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Carbondale Community High School concert and chamber choir members perform Friday during their fifth annual Halloween Sing at the Varsity Theater. Carlyn Zimmermann, choir director at CCHS, said the students have contributed to the show and created their own visions through costumes, choreography and song. “The students get to be creative with Halloween and have fun,” Zimmermann said.
Although some students are worried that a university fraternity’s suspension may result in the cancellation of one of its major events, a member from the group said the organization does more than host the Player’s Ball. The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has hosted the Player’s Ball for the past 22 years, and Andy Morgan, Greek life coordinator, said the fraternity is not allowed to host campus events as part of its suspension. Ryan Reed, a senior Kappa Alpha Psi member from Homewood studying speech communication, said he encourages students and faculty to know the fraternity is much more than the event, though he appreciates students’ love for it. The Player’s Ball was held last year at the end of The Kappa Karnival, a week-long event that drew about 2,000 college students from SIUC and across the country. Reed said the group hosts students, their families and alumni to enjoy free food, games and fun during the carnival. The organization also hosts a free barbecue, an informational meeting on the fraternity, a comedy show and a car show during the week. “We do so much in the community that we don’t always document like we should, and that’s our fault,” Reed said. He said the group has put in several volunteer hours at local organizations and events along with hosting its own. Besides the Player’s Ball, the group hosts the Can I Live rally every March, and it cohosts a talent show
for area youth in November. Although the fraternity has been suspended, it will still take part in the third annual Carbondale Youth Showcase Nov. 14. During the showcase, Carbondale students exhibit their talents in the Student Center ballrooms, and a school supply drive is held for Carbondale schools and poverty-stricken schools in Bangladesh and South America. Kappa Alpha Psi pioneered the showcase in 2010 and is able to get involved this year by co-sponsoring it with the Speaking and Teaching Registered Student Organization. Reed said he thinks what hurt the most about the fraternity’s suspension was that the university community’s main concern was the Player’s Ball. “The truth of the matter is that we didn’t do what we were supposed to do, and we have to suffer the consequences,” he said. “No one is concerned with the fact that this fraternity that has been around for 62 years will not be at SIU for a while.” Katia Salomon, a senior from Chicago studying psychology, said she has attended the event every year since she’s been at the university and expects the community to suffer without it because of the revenue it generates. Salomon said she thinks many people view the Player’s Ball as a negative event because a lot of people think of it as a time for only partying, but there are other community events such as Polar Bear that are similar but receive more university support. Please see FRATERNITY | 2
After two people were injured in falls at the Garden of the Gods in the past three weeks, officials spoke about ways hikers can avoid accidents. Lt. Tracy Felty, of the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, said the park averages five to six falls per year. With a 20-25 minute minimum emergency response time in the remote area, Felty said it’s important hikers plan ahead before they hit the trails. He said proper preparation is key to helping prevent or handle an emergency situation in the wilderness. Many falls happen because people don’t dress appropriately for a hike, Felty said. “Often times I’ll see people out there in flipflops and sandals, and they’ll be jumping from rock to rock,” Felty said. If a hiker falls into a deep ravine, Felty said it can take 45 minutes to an hour for a repelling team to recover the injured hiker and bring him or her to safety. He said being rescued by a helicopter can be expensive, too, as its starting rate is $14,000. Traveling in a group can be the best way to hike safely, he said. “It’s always good to have a group with you in case there is an emergency,” Felty said. “Whether it’s a fall or something else, you know you are out in the middle of a wilderness area, and there are animals out there.” Rattlesnakes and Copperheads are the two main threats that Felty said could create problems for hikers. Amanda Patrick, public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said plants and temperature can pose a constant threat to unaware hikers
much like animals can. She said visitors should also be wary of the season before they can properly plan a hike. Patrick said summertime presents many risks to hikers. “With potential heat stroke and being outside, it’s important to make sure folks stay hydrated,” she said. “It’s also important to wear sunscreen and bug repellant because there are lots of different animals and insects and even plants like poison ivy out there.” Felty said proper provisions should also be taken to ensure a safe departure and return, and a GPS is one of the best items to bring along. He said the device can help a hiker give the exact location of an accident to emergency response locations. However, it’s not always the best idea to rely on a cellphone GPS because reception can be limited in an area as big as the Garden of the Gods, Felty said. Patrick said having solid information on Shawnee National Forest can give hikers the best advantage, so it’s always a good idea to call the Office of the Shawnee National Forest Information Desk to receive information about a park at 1-800-MY-WOODS. Thaddeus Portz, treasurer of the climbing club, said he thinks people expect situations to be safer than they are, which in turn makes them underprepared. “There’s almost this sense that everything around us is safer than it is because we live in a controlled environment with handrails everywhere, you know, people get this idea that they’re safe,” Portez said. Austin Flynn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 257.
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A scholarship offered to firstgeneration students will provide them more than just funding. The First Scholars is a Suder Foundation program out of Plano, Texas that offers a $5,000 scholarship to incoming freshman at five universities in the country. It requires recipients to participate in campus volunteer and leader training as well as a special section of the University College 101 class. The Suder family met with the First Scholars UCOL 101 group and SIU faculty members so the foundation will continue to grant the university the scholarship after the five-year agreement ends in 2014, said Christina Gilroy, First Scholars program coordinator, in an email. First Scholars is a five-year, $1 million program that is disbursed among SIUC, University of Kentucky, University of Alabama, University of Memphis and Washington State University. SIUC was chosen for the scholarship in 2010 and began to offer it in fall 2011, according to the university’s website. In a 2010 article on the university’s website, Chancellor Rita Cheng said students’ first year of college is essential to their success. “We provide support systems and additional tools to help our first-year students make a successful transition to the university because success that first year is key to students reaching their educational goals,” Cheng said in the article. “But first-generation students
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Marsha Sanders of Paducah, Ky., struggles to catch her breath after participating in the fourth annual Army ROTC 5k-10K Run and Walk Saturday at Kesnar Hall. Donations raised from the event will go to the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna, but it wasn’t just about the donations for Sanders; it was for a personal cause. Sanders said she was running in memory of her family’s military history and to honor her father, who served in the Army. She said her father-in-law Harold Sanders, who served in the U.S. Navy, had his ashes buried on the same day as the run. “It has been a very emotional day,” she said. “Military is very deep in my family.”
Polar Bear is an event Pinch Penny Pub puts on where customers order drinks at reduced prices starting in the morning. Before the January event, SIU officials warn students and families via email and letters about the dangers of day-drinking, and Department of Public Safety employees are available at tents around the city to help anyone who needs assistance. Salomon said the university has not offered assistance for the Player’s Ball, though. “Many people have a negative connotation when it comes to Player’s Ball, but people also have that same negative connotation about Polar Bear, but it is still allowed,” Salomon said. Kwalee Kemp, coordinator of the Black Affairs Council, said the revenue the Player’s Ball brings to Carbondale is crucial. “There are so many people who attend this event, which in turn allows great business for restaurants, hotels and the mall,” Kemp said. “The businesses aren’t the only people who take advantage of the guests.” At a Black Affairs Council meeting Thursday, many students said they felt unwelcomed by the university. Kemp
can face additional challenges, and this program will enhance our efforts at helping them succeed throughout their careers here.” The scholarship is offered to selected first-time freshmen who are also first-generation college students, which means neither parent has more than two years of education beyond high school and did not earn a postsecondary degree. The students must also be enrolled at the university full-time, according to the SIU First Scholars website. Twenty students are selected for the scholarship and must agree to attend a new student orientation, enroll in the University College 101 class that is designated for First Scholar students during the fall semester and participate in service projects, campus activities and workshops. They must also attend meetings with the program coordinator, participate in the peer mentor program, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and transition to a leadership role as an upperclassman, according to the program’s website. The students are chosen based on the level of support they need, said Diane Schorr, executive director of the Suder foundation. “Basically, we’re not necessarily looking for honor students but instead students who fall somewhere in the middle,” Schorr said. Gilroy said this is the second year SIUC has had the scholarship. The scholarship is divided between the fall and spring semesters for four years, according to the website, and applications are being accepted for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
cited the university’s assistance during Polar Bear and not the Player’s Ball as an example. “... If this is an event the university thinks is dangerous and causes violence, then why do they sponsor it and why doesn’t the chancellor send emails of concern to students before this event?” Kemp said. She said she thinks people who don’t attend the Player’s Ball have a negative perception of what goes on during the event, but she wants the university and the community to understand it offers more than just parties. Kemp said there would be a better perception of Player’s Ball if people understood what the event is all about. Sean Cobbs, an SIU alumnus and Player’s Ball disk jockey for several years, said he doesn’t think the event’s absence will cause the university or community to suffer, but it will instead cause him, other DJs and party promoters to miss out on the revenue the events generate. “I personally think there is a way to still have the event at locations outside of the university, and students will more than likely still attend,” Cobbs said. Tai Cox can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 536-3311 ext. 268.
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Pastor Phil Nelson, of Lakeland Baptist Church in Carbondale, delivers a sermon to students passing by Morris Library while Ian Lohnes of Carbondale distributes tracts. Nelson comes to campus three times a week to share his message with the student body. “During the college years, this is where students make the most significant decisions of their life, so I want to be here when they’re making those decisions,” he said. “If there are people here that God is calling to Himself that they’ll have an opportunity to engage us and find the answers they’re looking for.
C A PE C A N AV E RAL, Fla. — An unmanned Dragon freighter carrying a stash of precious medical samples from the International Space Station parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, completing the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. The California-based SpaceX company successfully guided the Dragon down from orbit to a splashdown a few hundred miles off the Baja California coast. “This historic mission signifies the
restoration of America’s ability to deliver and return critical space station cargo,” Elon Musk, the billionaire founder and head of SpaceX, said in a statement. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden praised the “American ingenuity” that made the endeavor possible. The supply ship brought back nearly 2,000 pounds of science experiments and old station equipment. The Dragon is the only delivery ship capable of returning items, now that NASA’s shuttles are retired to museums. Atlantis made the last shuttle haul to and from the station in July 2011. It's the second Dragon to return
from the orbiting lab; the first mission in May was a flight demo. This flight is the first of 12 deliveries under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The medical samples will be removed as quickly as possible, and turned over to NASA within 48 hours of splashdown, according to SpaceX. Everything else will wait for unloading in McGregor. SpaceX is working to transform its Dragon cargo craft into vessels that American astronauts could fly in another four or five years. Until SpaceX or another U.S. company is able to provide rides, NASA astronauts must rely on Russian rockets to get to and from the space station.
From new traffic light bulbs to turning off computers, Carbondale has become more energy-friendly over the past year. The city received the Act on Energy Most Progressive City Award from the Ameren Corporation Oct. 24, which goes to cities that have shown the most progress to become energy efficient, said Leigh Morris, Ameren spokesperson. Businesses in the city cut about 1.3 million kilowatt hours of energy consumption in one year, primarily through improved efficiency in lighting, according to a press release. The amount of energy saved was a 6 percent increase from the previous year, which was the highest change in the region. Morris said the company gives out six awards each year within the state. He said he thinks the award encourages towns to become more energy efficient. Some city leaders said they are pleased with the recognition. “It encourages people in town that a company like Ameren is noticing that we are making an effort to cut back (on energy),” Mayor Joel Fritzler said. Fritzler said he tries to promote energy efficiency while at work. “You can ask most employees at City Hall, and they’ll tell you I’m the energy fuehrer,” he said. Fritzler said he tells his co-workers to turn off computers when not in use and to close the windows in the summer for lower air conditioning costs. City Councilman Don Monty said the city has made progress to use energy more effectively. “We have some very large energy users, and they substantially reduced their energy use, and that would have
an impact on the overall community,” he said. Monty said the city has become more energy efficient through changes such as the new LED bulbs in traffic lights and adjustments to City Hall’s air conditioning system. “It’s something the whole community should be proud of,” he said. “I personally don’t think it’s something where just the city should take credit.” Illinois ranks fourth in the nation in total net electricity generation, and Monty said this is the first time Carbondale has received the award. While the award went to the city, the SIU community has worked to make itself more energy efficient as well. “We certainly meet energy code when it comes to new work,” said Justin Harrell, an electrical engineer at the SIU Physical Plant. Harrell said some campus areas are not as energy efficient as others because they have older buildings. He said energy efficiency was not a concern when the buildings were constructed. The campus’ energy conservation has improved with LED lighting installment and ensuring new buildings, Harrell said, such as how the new Student Services building will use methods to consume less energy. Harrell said the best way students and faculty can conserve energy is to turn off lights when they are not needed. He said faculty can also make sure computers are turned off or in stand-by mode when not in use, and students should try to minimize space heater use in university housing. Matt Daray can be reached at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 254.
CHICAGO — When was the last time you were alone and unwired? Really, truly by yourself. Just you and your thoughts — no cellphone, no tablet, no laptop. Many of us crave that kind of solitude, though in an increasingly wired world, it’s a rare commodity. We check texts and emails and update our online status at any hour — when we’re lying in bed or sitting at stop lights or on trains. Sometimes, we even do so when we’re on the toilet. We feel obligated, yes. But we’re also fascinated with connectedness, constantly tinkering and checking in — an obsession that’s starting to get pushback from a small but growing legion of tech users who are feeling the need to unplug and get away. “What might have felt like an obligation at first has become an addiction. It’s almost as if we don’t know how to be alone, or we are afraid of what we’ll find when we are alone with ourselves,” said Camille Preston, a tech and communication consultant based in Cambridge, Mass. “It’s easier to keep doing, than it is to be in stillness,” she said. One could argue that, in this economy, it’s wise to be constantly wired — to stay on top of things, to please the boss. Preston knows people who get up in the middle of
the night to see if their boss has sent them an email. But she and others also see more hints of limit-setting going on, this movement of solitude-seekers with roots in the technology industry, ironically enough. “When I think about truly disconnecting, I look to my truly techy friends,” said Cathy Davidson, a Duke University professor who co-directs the school’s PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge. Those friends, she said, take long, unwired vacations and set “away messages” telling people to write back after they return. “And they stick to it,” Davidson said, wishing she could do the same. “They’ve come up with a socially acceptable convention for their own absence from the world of technology and everybody
recognizes it,” she said. One organization called Reboot has started the Sabbath Manifesto, a call to unplug one day a week to find solitude — or to simply take a day of rest with family and friends. Bigger corporations, some outside the tech industry, are starting to catch on to this type of limit-setting. To encourage work-life balance, Volkswagen shuts off mobile email in Germany 30 minutes after employees’ shifts end and turns it back on 30 minutes before their next shift starts. Google, Nike and the Huffington Post, among others, provide space for employees to take naps, or to meditate. The idea is that employees who take time to themselves to reenergize will be more productive. John Cacioppo, a University of Chicago psychologist, thinks there might just be something to that.
CHICAGO — On the eve of the 2012 elections, The Associated Press interviewed dozens of Americans to try to gauge the economic mood of the nation. People were asked about jobs, housing, gas prices, retirement and other issues. Among them were a Chicago couple: Adrienne Cragnotti, 46, and Mike Eiler, 41. She’s a selfemployed photographer; he’s an unemployed former copy editor. Despite career setbacks and a declining living standard, Cragnotti and Eiler remain optimistic. Job market frustrations are the one gray cloud hanging over Cragnotti and Eiler’s adventuresome life together. The couple dealt with Eiler’s layoff from a Colorado Springs newspaper last December by indulging in diversions they lacked time for when they were working. They fixed up and sold their century-old house in Colorado, went camping around the West in a vintage travel trailer and visited friends.
Then in July, they moved to Chicago, a city they’d always wanted to live in. Ditching most belongings, they rented a 350-square-foot studio apartment in the city’s upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood and moved in with their two cats. But the tightening squeeze of long-term unemployment threatens their future, as it does for many other Americans. More than 5 million people have been out of work for six months or more, up from 2.7 million when President Barack Obama took office. Eiler, who worked as a copy editor, has been job-hunting unsuccessfully for nearly a year. He has found few suitable job openings in journalism or related fields — and heavier competition than he expected. Cragnotti brings home only limited pay from her photography and modest rental income from a house she owns in Los Angeles. Demand for the glamour photography she specializes in has dropped. So she is branching out to different kinds of photography in search of more income.
After Eiler’s unemployment checks stop coming in December, they’ll need to dip into savings to get by. This could prompt more cutbacks to their lifestyle. Eiler remains optimistic, but he figures their standard of living “will have to be worse for a little while before it gets better.” “As bad as it might seem, the selfpity of not having a job, we’re hardly eating out of a dumpster,” he says. “We’re pretty fortunate.” But, he adds: “It’s more difficult than I thought it would be to find a new job. The unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the first time it has dipped below 8 percent in 43 months. And that’s where it is forecast to be on Election Day, just four days after the government releases the October jobs report. Cragnotti’s glad the U.S. economy and job outlook seem to be slowly picking up. But she’s eager to see it translate to more than just numbers in the news. “Our personal economy is not that great,” she says.
CHICAGO — With two months left in 2012, Chicago has surpassed the number of homicides it had for all of last year. The 436th homicide this year came Monday with the shooting of 33-year-old Carlos Alexander
in South Chicago. It was a grim milestone city officials wanted to avoid but knew was coming. Last year, Chicago recorded 435 homicides. It tied that number over the weekend when six people were fatally shot. Chicago’s homicide rate has made national headlines for much of the
year, starting in the spring when police reported the number of homicides was about 60 percent higher than for the same period last year. Since then, the rate has slowed down considerably as police focus much of their attention on street gangs linked to most of the shooting deaths.
hat might have felt like an obligation at first has become an addiction. It’s almost as if we don’t know how to be alone, or we are afraid of what we’ll find when we are alone with ourselves. It’s easier to keep doing, than it is to be in stillness. — Camille Preston tech and communication consultant based in Cambridge, Mass.
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When Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell talks about the importance of manufacturing to this friendly Michigan town with a name that lends itself to song, he doesn’t reel off the usual list of heavy industries typically associated with the word “factory.” He speaks of Kalsec, the Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company founded in 1958 that produces and markets natural herbs and spices for food manufacturers. He mentions Fabri-Kal, a 62-yearold packaging company that describes itself as “the seventh-largest plastic thermoformer in North America.” Think of products in drug stores encased in heavy plastic. And he doesn’t leave out the pharmaceutical industry, long vital to his city’s economy. Yes, we still make a lot of stuff in the United States of America, and one
of the good things about this election is that it is likely to be decided in the nation’s industrial heartland — in Ohio’s towns and cities above all, but also in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. President Obama almost certainly needs these states to win reelection. If he does, manufacturing is destined for a larger role in the American economic conversation. Many promises have been made this year to the people and the communities whose ability to thrive has long depended upon manufacturing. The campaign’s thrust should move them to the heart of our efforts to seek a path up from the financial catastrophe that engulfed the country in 2008. For two decades now, we have acted as if nearly all of us are destined to work in the tech industry or health care — or to survive on money that trickles our way courtesy of the world of finance. But while Hopewell is
proud of the part played in his city by universities and those engaged in work involving what he calls “intellectual property,” he adds: “We are major makers in the region.” When Hopewell is asked if he used the term “makers” in the way Paul Ryan does in drawing a distinction between “makers” and “takers” — between those who produce and those who get government aid — this Democrat laughs heartily. No, he says, his views have little in common with Ryan’s. The mayor is talking about manufacturing, pure and simple. Leaders of traditional factory towns are by no means interested in a stagnant world in which members of each generation follows their parents into the same old factory job. On the contrary, this city is proud of “The Kalamazoo Promise,” the remarkable initiative of anonymous local donors who have established a fund that pays for a college education for every graduate of the city’s schools. In Parma, Ohio, the industrial
suburb of Cleveland where both Bruce Springsteen and Bill Clinton recently campaigned on Obama’s behalf, Mayor Tim DeGeeter said the top priority of the city’s blue-collar workers is a college education for their children. Parma and places like it, he adds, also want the sort of economic development that creates higher-end jobs so graduates can stay in the area, “and not have to move to Phoenix or Charlotte.” What both mayors are saying (there are many like them) is that they want the market system to work for their communities, but they do not want to leave their citizens utterly at the mercy of decisions made by economic actors far away, or of economic forces that no one controls. This is why rescue the auto industry’s rescue has been such a defining campaign issue in the Midwest. In Parma, DeGeeter notes that the auto revival means that GM recently made a $20 million investment in its
stamping plant in the city. “That helps me sleep at night,” he said. Hopewell says that even though the auto industry is not as important to Kalamazoo as it is in the Detroit area, “you can’t be a Michigander and not understand the importance of the auto industry, and not understand what it has done for our state.” The Republican sweep in Michigan in 2010 suggested it might be open to the GOP’s presidential candidate this year. But so far, it has remained anchored in Obama’s camp. More broadly, white voters without college educations are voting for Obama at nearly twice the rate in the Midwest as in the South. Obama is drawing 41 percent of their votes in the Midwest, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll, compared with only 24 percent in the South. If Obama prevails, “makers” of a sort quite different from the ones in Ryan’s speeches will have played a central role.
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Libra — Today is a 5 — You get to have it your way, but you’re attracting attention. Too much focus on detail may create additional work. Get creative while keeping the big picture in mind.
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Taurus — Today is an 8 — Take on more work to pay off a debt. You’re in the spotlight, so enjoy it. Makes sure you have what you need, even if you have to ask for help. Return a favor.
Leo — Today is a 7 — Your leadership skills improve. You are at your most convincing, but also allow yourself to be persuaded to a new point of view. Make an interesting discovery about love.
Scorpio — Today is a 7 — Discover something of value that you or someone else has hidden. Share the winnings. Getting along with others is extremely helpful now. Follow your intuition.
Aquarius — Today is an 8 — Love finds a way. There are so many friends you want to see. Turn objections to agreement through gentle persuasion. Your fame travels. Romance a competitor.
Gemini — Today is a 5 — Use this opportunity to let go of the old and build anew. Consolidate your position. A partner has a pleasant surprise. Document your findings. You’re lucky now.
Virgo — Today is a 7 — The call of the wild is ringing. Respond passionately. Work with a member of your household to gain clarity. Determination produces results, possibly lucrative.
Sagittarius — Today is a 6 — Choose your challenge, and then try all different angles. Don’t get so busy that you forget to pay attention to friends. They offer good advice.
Pisces — Today is a 7 — Make sure you know what’s required. Making a good impression with compelling selling points works. Accept wise financial advice. Power your way through tasks.
The men’s and women’s swimming team did not win any of the 32 events from a four-team meet during the weekend, but the team’s coach said he found plenty of positives at the Missouri Quad invitational. Coach Rick Walker said he was not displeased with the effort against University of Kentucky’s and University of Missouri’s men’s and women’s teams as well as University of Arkansas’ women-only squad, which are some of the nation’s strongest programs. “We get asked to do events like that on a yearly basis by programs that are in the top 25 because we don’t back down from anybody,” he said. Missouri’s women’s team is ranked 18th in the nation while the Arkansas women were ranked as high as 20th in previous polls. Junior Pamela Benitez continued her successful season when she took second place in the women’s 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10 minutes, 6.13 seconds. She also placed third in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. Benitez teamed up with sophomore Holly Johnson, junior Luisa Silveira, and junior Rachael Barry to take fifth in the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay. Benitez, who took part in all four of the women’s top-five finishes, called the competition challenging, especially after the four-hour drive to Missouri’s campus in Columbia. “It was a really good meet for me because I didn’t look for places; I looked for times,” she said. “I improved from the Evansville meet.” Freshman Till Pallmann anchored the men’s team, which collectively finished in the top five of 11 competitions. He finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, just four tenths of a second behind Missouri’s Eegan Groome. Pallmann also took second in the 500-yard freestyle at 4:35.01. He was the only swimmer to finish higher than third in individual men’s competition. The relay team composed of Pallmann, junior Juan Arbelaez, freshman Steve Andrade and junior Oleg Rabota finished second out of 10 teams in the 400-yard freestyle at 3:06.23. Rabota, who finished sixth in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 200-yard competition, said he is encouraged by his results despite his belief that he should have done better. “We can’t always win,” he said. “It’s showing us what we have to do.” The competition consisted of some of the toughest teams the Salukis could face all season. Walker said he is proud of his team’s resolve against powerful programs. “Our loss is not necessarily our loss,” he said. “We think it’s definitely in the long run going to be our gain.” He said the event was good preparation for the Salukis, who will compete against other perennial top-25 teams soon such as Purdue and Missouri Valley Conference rival Missouri State. “I want them hungry,” he said. “I want them fighting, and I want them to not care who’s across the pool from them.” The Saluki men will return to competition at 6 p.m. Friday against Air Force at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium. Both the men and women will face Missouri State at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the Shea Natatorium.
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Ray Page, right, and Bufford Stout, of Marion, cross the finish line Sunday at the Grand Avenue Pumpkin Run. The two mile run/walk stretched down Grand Avenue and ended with festivities at the Carbondale Middle School. The run/walk was a community event that benefited Green Earth Inc., a not-for-profit organization that helps acquire, preserve and provide public access to natural areas in and around Carbondale as well as ACTIVE, an organization that informs the public of fitness related activities nationwide.
The Saluki men’s and women’s basketball teams were ranked in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll of league coaches, media and sports information directors Monday. The men’s team was picked to rank last, while the Saluki women were predicted eighth on the annual poll. The SIU men finished in ninth place last season with a 5-13 conference record, and the team returns four starters and eight letter winners for first-year head coach Barry Hinson. “You turn programs around by getting players that make you better and have great character,” Hinson said during a morning conference call. “We need total culture change, not so much on the court, but off the court.” With junior guard Desmar Jackson leading the charge, the Saluki men are deep and experienced in the backcourt with seniors Kendal Brown-Surles, T.J. Lindsay
and Jeff Early. However, the front court doesn’t look as productive or as experienced as last year. The men lost Mamadou Seck, Treg Setty, and Harry Whitt from last year. Sophomore Dantiel Daniels is out five weeks with a leg injury, and freshman forward Chase Heins will likely redshirt after having surgery, Hinson said. Freshman Bola Olaniyan, an NCAA partial qualifier, is also likely to redshirt. “If we can ever get healthy, we can play guys without having oxygen tanks behind our bench,” Hinson joked. Receiving 38 of 40 first-place votes, Creighton University was named the favorite to win the MVC this season. The Blue Jays were picked as high as No. 10 in nation preseason polls. Creighton’s junior forward Doug McDermott, the reigning Larry Bird Player of the Year, recieved preseason honors as a projected All-Conference player and AllAmerican.
The Saluki women, however, placed eighth in the poll above only Drake and Evansville. The team is coming off an 8-22 season, including four conference wins to put the team ninth in the MVC. “I don’t put much thought into preseason rankings,” women’s coach Missy Tiber said. “I am more concerned with the daily development of our kids and where our team will be come March.” Creighton took the top predicted seed for the women’s division as well, followed by Wichita State in second. Creighton’s Carli Tritz was also named MVC preseason Player of the Year. No SIU players were named to the preseason all-conference team. The lady Salukis will start their season Friday in an exhibition game against Central Methodist, and the men will play an exhibition game against Upper Iowa University Saturday. Both games will be played at the SIU Arena, and tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.