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New-student enrollment up; decrease in overall enrollment SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian According to the 10-day enrollment numbers released by Southern Illinois University Carbondale Tuesday, freshmen and transfer student enrollment rose 5.2 percent from fall 2010 while overall enrollment decreased. Undergraduate and graduate student enrollment for fall 2011 stands at 19,817 —


220 students less than fall 2010. According to a university press release, this drop reflects the 10.5 percent decrease in graduate program enrollment in fall 2010. John Koropchak, dean of the graduate school, said there has been a significant decline in non-declared students. “Non-declared students are students that apply late or just want to take a class or don’t immediately qualify for admission directly into the program,� he said Tuesday.

“We are doing some careful analysis for a better understanding of all the numbers. It is a little too early to say more than that.� Rod Sievers, assistant to the chancellor for media relations, said the enrollment increase of 116 freshmen and transfer students, in comparison to the 136-student decrease in fall 2010, could be attributed to a renewed focus on recruitment and retention and the university’s new marketing efforts. Please see ENROLLMENT | 10


Students fight for parking

Parking Division collects fines while students seek alternatives



Alec Eshelman, a first year Ph.D. student in counseling psychology from New Port Richey, Fla., unlocks his car Tuesday in the Communications Building parking lot.

Bob Hale, a Republic Service employee from Benton, tosses trash into his truck Tuesday behind an apartment building off South Hayes Street. Republic is a private company contracted by area commercial and residential cus-


Study shows university’s effect on economy

With $780,000 in fines collected from the parking division in fiscal year 2011, some students look for alternatives to parking on campus. As she waited for her husband outside the Student Center, Heather Taylor-Naas said she decided to resort to other parking alternatives after she received a $30 parking ticket on campus as a freshman. “I think everyone should try biking, walking or (using) the bus. Parking on this campus is just ridiculous,� said Taylor-Naas, a senior from Carbondale studying English. Brian Mager, administrative assistant for the Department of Public Safety and SIUC parking division, said in an email 9,802 student parking decals were sold during fiscal year 2011 and there is no cap on the number of decals sold during a school year. Mager said 8,050 of the 12,180 available parking spaces on campus are designated for students. Although there are plans to demolish the parking garage and build a student services building in its place, additional parking is planned for the old McAndrew Stadium area. Mager said the university does monitor the number of decals sold to freshmen and sophomores for overnight parking. Andriane Sturgis, a senior from Joliet studying information system technology, said she does not plan to buy a decal even though she received her third ticket of the semester Tuesday. “I thought about getting a decal, but everyone I know that has one has a hard time finding a parking space,� she said. Please see PARKING | 10

tomers. City Council met Tuesday night to discuss raising various fees for waste removal and raising other issues of waste management within city limits. Currently, the city hauls approximately 10,000 pounds of refuse daily.

Economic Impact Study

LAUREN DUNCAN Daily Egyptian More than $850 million of economic activity in southern Illinois is annually contributed by Southern Illinois University Carbondale, according to a recent economic impact study. The study, released Thursday, measures the university's annual, long-term and overall impacts on the southern, central and statewide economies. The report’s data was collected through outlets ranging from estimates collected on student spending through the financial aid department to interviews with staff members in the athletic department on visitor spending at sporting events, said Kyle Harfst, executive director of the SIUC Southern Illinois Research Park. The report states the university contributes about $2.3 billion per year in economic activity to the Illinois economy, $1.4 billion to the southern and central Illinois area economy and $859.1 million in the southern Illinois region. More than 23,000 jobs and about

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$1.19 billion in personal income in the state are supported directly and indirectly by the university, according to the report. For every $1 appropriated by the state to the university, almost $3 of economic activity is generated in southern Illinois, according to the report. Harfst said he and Subhash C.

Sharma, department chair of economics, and Aboubacar Diaby, a graduate student in the department of economics, began work on the study — specifically about the regional and state impact from SIU Carbondale and SIU School of Medicine in Springfield — in January. Please see ECONOMY | 10

Former Air Force ROTC officer dies in ATV crash during Labor Day weekend SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian A former Carbondale resident and noncommissioned officer in charge of personnel forAir-Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps died in an all-terrain vehicle crash

Saturday. Tech. Sgt. Todd Brown was among five passengers on the back of an ATV when it overturned after hitting a sand bar Saturday evening in Cedar Creek, Neb. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Staff Sgt. Brandon Ward, non-commissioned officer in

charge of knowledge operations for ROTC at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, said Brown was celebrating Labor Day weekend when the crash occurred. He said Brown moved to Omaha, Neb., Thursday for a career change in the Air Force. Ward said Brown was his best friend.

“There was never an awkward moment with him,� he said. “That was when he was best, because he would make the room not so awkward anymore; he was one of those guys.� Ward knew Brown for three years. Please see BROWN | 6


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City Council tables waste and recycling proposition TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian The Carbondale City Council voted in favor of a class H liquor license for micro-distilleries in Carbondale, and decided to table the vote to raise waste and recycling rates. The City Council met at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Carbondale Civic Center. The issue of refuse and recycling dealt with problems in the recycling program’s code. The city was unable to collect posted fees for extra trash pickups, except during brief periods designated by the city manager, said Councilmember Jane Adams in her blog. The city also did not make extra trash pickups outside of specific days designated by the city manager. Adams spent time outside of council meetings to study the code and propose the amendment. In regards to the issue of rates, user fees did not cover the trash and recycle pickup services provided, therefore the program did not generate enough income. “Financial problems center on the fact that the division revenues are being generated to pay the cost of providing of all the services,” City Manager Allen Gill said. “Each of the services listed does generate income from various customer fees except for the free drop-off recycling sites.” Gill said substantial adjustments would be needed. He said the city staff recommended to raise the rate by 50 cents per month for residential refuse and 50 cents more per month for recycling collection. He said a $1-a-month fee for future

City Manager Allen Gill, center, listens to issues raised by council members Tuesday at the Carbondale City Council meeting at the Civic Center Tuesday while Mayor Joel Fritzler, left, and Councilmember Chris Wissmann look on. Among the topics of discussions at the truck replacement would be a positive addition. Gill said there should be a raise of 25 cents for the already 75 cent stickers needed on specific bins. He also said commercial dumpster fees need to be considered. Councilmember Corene McDaniel said one issue to consider is how much waste each household produces. She said while one house may only have one trash bin, others have an extreme amount.

During the meeting, McDaniel asked if the fee rate should differ by the amount of trash one sets out to be picked up. Councilmember Chris Wissman suggested recycling be free and residents be charged $1 per trash bag. He said this would be a good way to promote recycling. Following the discussion, the council decided to vote on the issue at the next City Council meeting.


meeting was whether to amend the code establishing a solid waste and recycling schedule. One issue raised by Councilmember Adams was in regards to residents at apartment complexes who wish to recycle but aren’t given resources to do so. Another topic discussed at the meeting was micro-distilleries and wineries’ ability to sell products for consumption on its premises, and also sell packaged products for offpremises consumption. The council decided in favor, and wineries that hold the class H license can now sell wine by the glass, as well as by the bottle. While there is only one winery

within city limits, the new ordinance could influence more locations to pop up in Carbondale. “To see, in this particular period when our economy is faltering, both nationally and locally that the wine industry is continuing to grow, and to see micro-distilleries growing, is a very, very promising thing,” Adams said. She said it would be good for tourism and national attention.



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Varsity looks to expand live music performances ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian After a long history as a movie theater, vacant building, drama theater and visual art gallery, The Varsity Center for the Arts has become another hub for live music in Carbondale. “That’s what we’d hoped would happen, and we’re surprised it happened so quickly,” said David Coracy, treasurer for the Varsity. The theater was originally built in the 1940s, said Roxanne Conley, director of development. She said the original building had one large screen with a balcony. In the ‘70s the one screen became three, with the balcony becoming a separate room and the large screen divided. Owner Tony Kerasotes closed the theater in 2002 and it sat empty for five years before being donated to the city of Carbondale, which in turn gave it to the Stage Company. Conley said the Stage


t was a pretty magnificent place, and that’s what we’re shooting for. — David Coracy treasurer for the Varsity

Company partnered with Carbondale Community Arts to create a permanent space for both organizations. The Stage Company uses the theater for performances and CCA uses it to display visual art. Coracy said the nonprofit Varsity Center for the Arts Inc. was created in 2008 to manage the space. He said the smaller of the two groundfloor theaters is open, but the larger is awaiting renovation. He said the plan is to restore the building to its original 1940s state. “It was a pretty magnificent place, and that’s what we’re shooting for,” he said. Conley said they need to raise

$2.5 million for the renovation plus another $2 million to create a permanent operations budget. She said they’re about a third of the way to meeting that goal. “We’re going to keep going and going until we’re done,” she said. While the theater started its second wind as a space for the Stage Company to perform, Coracy said the organization realized it could be used for more. He said it just so happened the theater, while designed to exhibit films, also had great acoustics for live music. The Varsity is one of the venues for the Carbondale Rocks Festival from Friday through Sunday, and Coracy said he hopes it becomes a new home

for live music in Carbondale. Chad Shaffer, owner of the Practice Pad, said the Varsity offers an opportunity for Carbondale to bring larger, nationally touring acts to town. He said once the renovations are completed and the 1,200-seat main theater is open, it would be comparable to The Pageant in St. Louis. Promoter Curtis Conley said there’s been great feedback from artists about the space. Jason Isbell, who performed there Sept. 1, said it will be his new home in Carbondale. Conley said there have been only a handful of live music shows so far, but there are more to come and he hopes for about two shows a month. He said once the larger theater is open, they will be able to book higher-priced acts or charge less for the kind they’ve booked so far. Coracy said the theater is already booking acts for the spring, and the theater is not seeking any particular mix of acts. Conley said what sets the

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Varsity apart from other venues in Carbondale, particularly the bars, is that it admits all ages and shows start earlier, which means a lot of younger music fans can get a live experience they didn’t have access to before. “It’s focused more on the music rather than the party,” he said. “It’s just a little different from most in Carbondale.” Shaffer said the Varsity fits a niche in Carbondale and could offer an alternative to other venues farther away. “I like seeing good shows and good music, but I don’t like driving all the way to St. Louis,” he said. He said his experiences in the theater, with his band White Gold Centerfold and the Practice Pad’s Student Recital, have been positive. “It’s a great place to play,” he said. “It sounds amazing in there.”

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Academic Freedom and Tenure What Does the Constitution Protect? RICHARD FEDDER Carbondale Attorney This topic is highly relevant to the university community right now because the long-established notion of tenure at SIUC is apparently being eroded by the university administration. The faculty at SIUC have been working without a contract since June 30, 2010, when the old contract expired, and there still does not seem to be much progress towards an agreement. In the meantime, instead of merely continuing to operate under the old contract until a new one is negotiated (as is the common practice during extended contract negotiations), the university administration unilaterally imposed a new ‘contract’ upon the faculty. Of course, a true contract is, by definition, an agreement between the parties. It cannot be imposed unilaterally. But the faculty union has never agreed to this so-called new “contract,� nor has the union signed it. There are several points of dispute between the faculty and the administration, most of which already have been well publicized. But one issue, which is more subtle and yet potentially serious, is a reduction in force clause the administration unilaterally added to the new “contract.� This clause appears to give the administration

new discretion to fire tenured faculty unilaterally without an individualized hearing for the faculty member in question. That undermines tenure. To put this in context, both the old contract and the new ‘contract’ contain a standard discipline and dismissal clause for tenured faculty. In essence, these allow the university administration to impose discipline upon a tenured faculty member, up to and including termination, for misconduct. However, these actions can only be taken for “just cause� and require a full and fair hearing. That means the faculty member must be charged with misconduct, he or she must be told what the charge's basis is and he or she must be given a chance to confront the evidence and defend against the specific charges. In addition, both the old contract and the new give the administration discretion to shut down an entire academic department or program that is no longer deemed to be integral to the university’s mission. Under the old contract, and also traditionally as well as in most other comparable academic institutions, these were the only two valid reasons for firing a tenured faculty member. However, the new ‘contract’ adds a new reason – the reduction in force clause – for firing tenured faculty. It is not possible to know yet how broadly this clause will be interpreted, but that is part


hy did SIUC suddenly find the need to include a reduction in force clause in the contract it imposed upon the faculty?

of the point. The decision about how broadly to interpret it is purely up to the discretion of the administration, and that discretion can change over time. Chancellor Rita Cheng has attempted to assure the faculty that it is not her personal intent to change the system of tenure at the university. That may well be so. However, her intentions are irrelevant. The contract even says this. It contains a standard legal clause stating that “the provisions of this written agreement constitute the complete and entire agreement between the parties.� I am a practicing lawyer, and I can assure you that such “complete and entire� clauses are more or less sacrosanct in the courts. Therefore, the only way Cheng’s statements about her intentions regarding tenure would even be admissible as evidence in a court of law is if they were written into the contract. They are not. What is essential about the reduction in force clause imposed by the university is that it grants the university discretion to fire tenured faculty for a new reason – “financial exigency.� Moreover, this financial exigency need only be declared unilaterally by the administration. It need not be proved and it is not subject to independent review, or a full and fair hearing.

Nevertheless, at first glance, this “financial exigency� condition may sound reasonable. The university’s lawyer undoubtedly chose this particular phrase to make it sound as if it was only referring to real financial emergencies for the entire university. But that need not be how it will be applied. Suppose, for example, the administration wanted to fire a senior professor in the sociology department. The administration could easily frame the issue, such as by saying the sociology department has fewer students than other departments and pays too much in faculty salary for so few. The administration might even add that the professor himself does not teach enough students to justify his salary. Then, they would say that the sociology department cannot afford to keep him. Is that financial exigency? It would seem to depend upon the eyes of the beholder. But one thing that is certain is that if the sociology professor in the above example brought a lawsuit, he would not be permitted to explain to the court that Cheng said that was not what she meant. No other academic institutions that I know of have adopted this type of reduction in force clause for tenured faculty. Historically,

But the problem isn’t just yellow, it’s also blue. Every parking lot seems to be blue. If I want to go to Faner, I don’t even bother going up to the top level of the garage anymore (the only red parking lot around) — it’s always full; nor can I go to the parking lot next to the garage — it’s blue; nor can I go to the meters across from the Student Center — they aren’t for students. The same goes for Woody

Hall, nothing but meters and blue. I do not live within walking distance to campus; I have to drive to campus and therefore I need a place to park. Surely, SIU cannot think that the upper level of the garage offers enough student parking for the Student Center, Faner and adjacent buildings. I pay for a parking sticker but it gives me access to nothing if there are no student parking lots.

the rights of tenure have trumped financial exigency at most, or all, major academic institutions. Financial exigencies at academic institutions have been handled via such devices as hiring freezes, salary freezes, suspending physical plant maintenance and laying off untenured faculty members. Why did SIUC suddenly find the need to include a reduction in force clause in the contract it imposed upon the faculty? Certainly not for the purpose of firing untenured faculty due to financial exigency. They can already do that; this clause must be aimed at tenured faculty. Therefore, to say that this clause does not undermine tenure is disingenuous. How can the administration claim to be preserving tenure while authorizing itself to fire a tenured faculty member merely to save money for the institution? For what other reasons would you fire an employee except misconduct or to save costs? I realize that there are some who would say: So what? Workers at a factory do not have tenure. Why should faculty? There are many policy reasons why faculty have traditionally been employed under a different kind of contract than factory workers. But that is beyond the scope of this discussion. For the sake of this argument, I would just point out that it is not normal for an institution like SIUC to include a discretionary Reduction in Force clause in its contract with the faculty.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR University needs more parking space for students Dear Editor:

Southern Illinois University’s lack of student parking makes it impractical to go to the Student Center, Faner Hall or Woody Hall. I’m sure there are other areas, but as a law student, I spend most of my time on campus at the law school, where student parking is usually available because it is on the edge of campus.

Last week, I received a ticket because I parked in front of the Student Center in an area where the curb is painted yellow. There are only a few spots in front of the Student Center, but if SIU weren’t so generous with the yellow paint, there could be two or three more precious spots. You don’t need 30 feet of space between a car and the crosswalk; 10 feet will do.

In addition to the fee I paid for the sticker, I have to pay parking fines that I receive because there are not enough legitimate parking spots for students with a red sticker. SIU should provide parking for staff and visitors, but also for students. Angela Boley law masters student from Boston



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Ward said in their positions they handle anything that comes up with the cadets, from paperwork to medical issues. He said they take care of the cadet’s life during time spent in ROTC. Lt. Col. Melanie Friedman, commander and education officer for Air Force ROTC at SIUC, said Brown had a huge impact on his students. “He was a stickler for details and protocol, but he could lighten up when he needed to and let the cadets know not to be scared to come in and talk to him and either admit a mistake or ask a question,” she said. “He was very approachable, and of all the cadets who have finished and commissioned ... I think have all come away with a positive view of the Air Force because of Todd and his personality. He made no enemies; he was friends with everybody.” Ward said Brown was very proud of what he did because of the rewarding experience. He said the two of them oversaw an average of 100 cadets a year. More than 50 cadets reached out to the family on Facebook, Ward said. His wife, Jenny, and three children survive Brown. Ward said the oldest child, Gehrig, is seven and is a special-needs child; Alice is three and was adopted; and the youngest, Emmett, is two. Chilang Lawless, office administrator for Air Force ROTC at SIUC,

said Brown was an active member in the community and coached his oldest son’s baseball team. She said he was a loving father and his children were his world. “He was a great family man that absolutely adored his children,” she said. “He was not only a co-worker, but a great friend.” Lawless said she and Brown both came to SIUC in 2006 and became good friends. “This office is like a family, and he was a big part of our family,” she said. Brown was originally from the San Antonio area and moved to Carbondale to work at the university level. Lawless said a group of commissioned cadets and those involved with Air Force ROTC are trying to set up a memorial fund to benefit Brown’s children. Ward said they are also trying to set up a ‘fun run’ to benefit the family. Friedman said Brown was ready to move on to Nebraska and try something new. “He had been here five years, which is a long time in military terms because we usually move every three or four. He was ready to be done with the daily travails of students,” she said. Ward said Brown stayed with him for his last four days in Carbondale. “He loved his family and his friends,” he said. “He will be missed.”

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Pictured left to right is Alice, 3, Todd, 34, Emmett, 2, and Gehrig Brown, 7. Tech. Sgt. Todd Brown, a former officer of personnel for Air Force ROTC at SIUC, died Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle accident.



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Soul food disappearing in Chicago as blacks leave SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO — Duct tape covers a large crack in the premier booth at Hard Time Josephine’s Cooking, where waitresses call you “sweetie” and customers come for the steaming shrimp bisque and homemade peach cobbler that leaves a hint of cinnamon on the tongue. Not long ago, such an eyesore at one of Chicago’s top soul food restaurants would have been unthinkable. Despite the name, times were good: Chicago was a bustling center of black America and people in the neighborhoods savored southern-style cooking. But in the past 10 years as the city lost more than 17 percent of its black population, one soul food place after another has closed and the surviving few like Josephine’s are struggling. A tradition is dying in a place where southern cooking came north in the major social migration after World War II. “People used to stand outside the door to get in,” recalled Josephine Wade, who has operated the restaurant in the Chatham neighborhood for more than two decades. “It’s nowhere near like that. Each year it’s very, very difficult to be in business.” The decline is a symptom of the changing identity of a city where

blacks have been the largest racial group for decades, making up more than one-third of the population. Now, a visit to one of the traditional spots like Josephine’s seems like a step back into the past. Pictures of the Rev. Martin Luther King; the city’s first black mayor, Harold Washington; and soul diva Patti LaBelle cover the walls, along with pictures of Josephine herself, an Arkansas native and onetime maid who wound up running restaurants all over the city’s South Side. The sweet aroma of fresh waffles and salty fried chicken — family recipes passed down through the generations — hang in the air. No soda is served, only sweet tea. “The fried chicken is succulent. It’s fresh, got that southern flavor,” said Eve Lowe, 59, who comes every Sunday for the brunch buffet of chicken and dumplings, greens and lemon pound cake. “It’s really a lot more than food,” said Audria Huntington, 81, who frequents Josephine’s for the liver and onions or chicken and waffles. “Basically, you have the roots of your culture in the restaurant.” But places like Josephine’s — located in a sagging building off a busy commercial stretch— may number only a half dozen now, having gradually given way to fast food, healthy food and imports like Cajun cuisine, along with

the pressures of a bad economy. Also, more middle-class residents are moving to the suburbs, some retirees are heading “home” to the South and others are pursuing the economic lures of the Sunbelt, reversing the historic wave that brought southern blacks pouring into Chicago for jobs in industry. The Chatham neighborhood on the South Side shows the change. The rows of once-classy homes in the black middle-class neighborhood, including a brick cottage that was home to gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, are now pocked with boarded-up windows and vacant properties. Other traditionally black neighborhoods have suffered even more as the population loss and foreclosure crisis have left behind weed-filled lots. One of the most popular soul food restaurants in town, Army & Lou’s, closed this year. “When you lose your base, your foundation, the next generation isn’t there to keep it going,” said former owner Harry Fleming. “It’s losing a real strong sense of heritage.” Army & Lou’s, which opened in 1945, was famous both for its juicy fried chicken and its role in politics. Washington was a regular in the 1980s. It wasn’t unusual to see the Rev. Jesse Jackson, his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., or Rep. Danny Davis eating there.

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Gallery gives platform to local artists BRENDAN SMITH Daily Egyptian Luca Cruzat said her artwork has redirected her outlook on life. Cruzat, a 2006 Master of Fine Arts SIU graduate and former French professor, said constantly looking at life is essential for her craft. “Before, I did art as a hobby,” she said. “Now I teach language to pay for the studio and keep me going in my art.” Cruzat’s current exhibit, “Fragments,” embodies much of the irony the artist said she experiences in her life. The mixedmedia showcase contains small sculptures and many prints, the artist’s primary medium. She said the showcase’s title comes from the way postmodernism looks at reality in a fragmented and cynical way. One of her pieces in particular, “Espacio Publico (Public Space),” contains a political and activist subtext. She said a reed and wool figure is a representation of what public space truly is and even at a public university such as SIU, public space is only contained to certain parts of campus. “Before, I was showing a lot of work at universities,” Cruzat said. “I wanted to do a show in the community. I said I was showing my work in a lot of places; why not

show it where I am?” Joni Beth Bailey, owner of The Gallery Space in Murphysboro, has worked with local artists for 25 years. Bailey, who shares the gallery space with her law practice, said she met Cruzat after she volunteered at one of her shows. Since then, the two have extensively collaborated, and Cruzat said she now participates in the gallery’s operations. Bailey said the 126-year-old building has seen many changes while it remained a focal point of downtown Murphysboro. She said it was by chance that the legal building would double as an art gallery. Beth Smout, a former teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Murphysboro, approached Bailey and told her she had some students who did an art project and wanted a place to show their work. Bailey gladly allowed Smout to use the space, along with several members of the Associated Artist Gallery, of which Smout was a member. Bailey said it was from there that her passion for art took fruition. “I represent people that are disabled, (who), because of limited resources, or maybe limited mobility, don’t get the opportunity to travel to a city, get out of the car, park and go in to comfortably view work,” she said. “This (gallery) makes it accessible

in their normal routine.” Suzanne Bires, a Murphysboro resident, said she frequents the Gallery Space and is an avid fan of Cruzat’s work. She said she’s seen a huge growth in Cruzat’s pieces during the four years she’s known the artist. “This area really supports the arts,” Bires said. “I came here from San Francisco, where there’s a lot of artists and gallery space, and I’m very impressed with what happens in this community in support of the arts.” Cruzat said the Gallery Space has been a pillar for her and hopes it can have the same impact on other local artists. For Bailey, it’s just as important for the viewer as it is for the artist. She said many of her clients have a sophisticated taste in art, something that she has cultivated over the years. “My daughter is an artist; my mother is an artist,” said Bailey. “I am a patron, and I think you need more patrons than artists.”

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The Grind

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Internet archive shows Sept. 11 coverage DAVID BAUDER Associated Press NEW YOR K — For many in New York and Washington, Sept. 11, 2001, was a personal experience, an attack on their cities. Most everywhere else in the world, it was a television event. TV’s commemoration as the 10th anniversary approaches on Sunday puts that day in many different contexts. There is one place, however, for people to see the Sept. 11 attacks and the week after as they unfolded, without any filters. The Internet Archive, a California-based organization that collects audio, moving images and

Web pages for historical purposes, has put together a television news archive of that day’s coverage. More than 20 channels were recorded with more than 3,000 hours of television. Besides major U.S. networks like ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC, the Internet Archive has posted online TV recordings from Moscow, Paris, London, Baghdad, Tokyo, Ottawa and elsewhere. The site is available at http://www. The material is valuable to researchers, but the Internet Archive wanted to make it easy to use so the general public can go back and see what that day was like, said Brewster Kahle,

the organization’s director. “It is one of the top four or five events that have happened on television,” Kahle said. “You can think of putting a man on the moon, the Watergate hearings, the Kennedy assassination. I'm hopeful that people will come to this and make their own decisions about how they want to think about it, as opposed to politicians who have been pushing and pulling the event for years.” The archive begins at 7 a.m. CT, or 46 minutes before American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. That alone is interesting for the striking contrast it provides with the

last seemingly carefree moments before several tough years. On NBC’s “Today” show, Katie Couric talks brightly of “a beautiful fall morning in Manhattan” and the camera pans to a cheering crowd. Charles Gibson mocks his “Good Morning America” colleague Diane Sawyer for writing notes on her hand, and ABC’s Claire Shipman said the biggest news in Washington was Michael Jordan giving hints he might return to the basketball court. Out of a commercial late in the morning shows, even cutting one commercial short on CNN, suddenly came camera shots of a burning World Trade Center, ones that would dominate screens for several hours.

Newscasters were careful before the story became clear. Matt Lauer initially called it an “accident.” Morning shows effectively used phone calls from eyewitnesses adding details beyond the faraway camera shots. “It’s mindboggling and it's horrifying,” one witness, Jennifer Oberstein, told Lauer. Then came one of many unthinkable moments: a second plane darting into pictures and crashing into the second tower, exploding in a fireball and falling debris. “We just saw another plane coming in to the other side,” Gibson said. “This looks like there is some sort of concerted effort to attack the World Trade Center that is under way.”



Student transfers increased by 65 students, or 3.2 percent, accord-



While the report does weigh the effect of SIUC on the 23-county southern Illinois region, it does not include Carbondale-specific data. However, local business owners and managers say they do recognize the significance of the university on the local economy. Dave Alexander, owner of Dave's Automotive, said the beginning of the fall semester is when the university's economic impact is most noticeable to his business. “It’s like a ghost town in the summer. If the university shut down, we might come to a complete end,” he said. Alexander, who has owned Dave’s for 22 years, said the overall



Taylor-Naas said while it may seem like there is a large amount of parking available for students during most class times, it is hard to find spaces. She said the turnover of students leaving classes and those arriving does not usually free up spaces. “You have to get on campus about half an hour before classes to find a good parking space, and if you leave campus when you come back, that


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ing to the university press release. The average incoming new students had test scores, grade point averages and class ranks at the same level as last year’s class, ac-

cording to the press release. The university admitted 60.6 percent of applicants this year, compared to 61.1 percent last year, according to the press release.

According to the press release, the retention rate for 2011 is 69 percent, the same as fall 2010. Sievers said the full results of the marketing efforts by Lipman

and Hearne will not be seen until fall 2012, but the new view book, recruitment materials and updated website may have been a factor in increased enrollment.

decline in enrollment over recent decades has also affected his business. “When (enrollment) goes down from year to year, we may not know, but after 20 years, I can tell a difference,” he said. Brian Corcoran, merchandising manager at Neighborhood Coop Grocery, said about one-third of the store's staff is affiliated with SIUC, and local growers whose goods are sold at the store are also affected by business. He said graduates, undergraduates, professors and staff have all been a large part of the business. The impact of enrollment can also have a negative impact on the grocery store, Corcoran said. “As the university struggles and with the student population decreasing, there are definitely

diminished resources in the community,” he said. Because growers are affected by the store’s sales, Corcoran said the university’s influence on the local economy goes beyond the store's staff. “It's a big part of us that keeps the money circulating,” he said. Carl Rexroad, who owns The Bookworm with his wife Kelly, said business in his used bookstore has been steady since it opened 10 years ago. “We've seen the business has grown steadily, not dramatically, but some of it's from the students,” he said. The study states the total student spending for the SIUC campus is about $213.7 million. Rexroad said the difference between summer and school-year

business is significant. “Obviously, the whole town picks up when school is in session, but August is really a perk for us,” he said. Harfst said the study not only weighed financial contribution to the area, but also community service. The report states more than 3,600 students provided more than 50,000 hours of service to regional not-for-profit organizations. A result of the study, Harfst said he found interesting the retention rate of SIUC graduates, who go on to impact Illinois directly through tax dollars. “About one-half of graduates are here in Illinois. That means that there is a 50-50 chance a student will stay in Illinois,” he said.

Harfst said comprehensive economic reports similar to the Economic Impact Study are often completed by universities and the most recent one completed by SIUC was in 1993. This study was funded by the chancellor's office, he said. Chancellor Rita Cheng said the indirect influences of the university shown in the report stood out to her. “What struck me is that we not only make an immediate impact on the Carbondale area through the payroll and immediate spending, but in earnings and in the different ways those are spent,” she said.

space isn’t available,” Taylor-Naas said. If a student does not find adequate parking, they face seven possible violations and may receive a fine of up to $250. Violations include having no valid parking decal displayed or parking in a lot with the wrong color decal displayed, a $35 fine; expired meter violation, a $5 fine; parking at a yellow curb or exceeding time in a 15-minute loading zone, an $18 fine; parking at a visitoronly metered parking space by an SIUC affiliate, a $75 fine; exceeding the posted

speed limit, a $50 fine; and parking illegally in a disabled parking space, a $250 fine. Mager also said anyone who received a citation may follow procedures listed on the citation for either filing an electronic appeal or completing an appeal form at the DPS Dispatch office. Sturgis said she thought about disputing a ticket she received while parked at a visitor’s parking spot during the summer semester. She said she was given a ticket for not having a decal, although her meter was not expired and

she was not enrolled at the time. “I didn’t have a decal because I was not taking classes, so there is no reason I should have been given a ticket that says I’m in violation for not having a decal if I’m not a student at the time,” Sturgis said. Naas said although it is difficult to find on parking on campus, she would still advise others to buy a decal. “If you don’t park on campus it’s even worse,” Taylor-Naas said. “Parking on campus is almost the only choice you have.”

Sturgis said she thinks parking is an issue that will remain unresolved because of the large amounts of generated revenue. “I think there just isn’t enough parking for everyone and we should not have to buy decals,” Sturgis said. “It’s another way for the school to get money off of us.”

Lauren Duncan can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 259.

Jacqueline Muhammad may be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 259.

Wellness Center teaches sexual assault intervention WHITNEY WAY Daily Egyptian The majority of sexual assaults occur in the beginning of the school year, said Derrick Williams. A sexual assault is an act of non-consensual sexual conduct, according to the Illinois General Assembly website. Williams, wellness coordinator for student center development and diversity, said he will discuss sexual assault intervention methods with students at the Wellness Center Wednesday. Fewer than 5 percent of sexual assaults are reported, according to the U.S. Department of Justice website. According to the Department of Public Safety clergy statistics, eight incidents of forcible sex offenses and six aggravated assaults were reported


e don’t want to preach to students about how to act anymore. We want the students to teach each other by example how to respond in an emergency situation. — Derrick Williams wellness coordinator for student development and diversity

in 2009. Lt. Harold Tucker of the Department of Public Safety said the 2010 and 2011 statistics will not be available until late September. Williams said many incidents of sexual assault involve alcohol in a party setting and could be prevented if another student intervened by asking questions. “If a student sees something they think is wrong, never assume someone else will take care of it,” Williams said. He said the bystander effect, when

a person feels someone else will help or that the problem is none of their business, is a main reason students will not intervene when they observe someone who may be a victim of sexual assault. Steven Rosenberger, a senior from Vergennes studying animal science, said he would be resistant to help a person who looked as if they were being taken advantage of at a party. Rosenburger said he fears the assaulter would react violently if he were to intervene in the situation.

Tamara John, a graduate student from Hanover Park in media management, said she saw a male push a female who appeared to be drunk at Brush Towers. John said she attempted to check on the safety of the female, but the individual ignored her and continued to walk with the man. John said it is hard to determine whether a person is in danger or joking when alcohol is involved. “A lot of times you just don’t know,” John said. Williams said an intervention method a student could use in this situation is to ask questions to determine if additional help is needed. He said it's appropriate to call the police, even if it is a false alarm. Williams said once students learn how to prevent and deter sexual assault incidents, they can teach others

how to react in those situations. The event will be held at 3 p.m. in the Student Health Center. The event will be the first in a series of events the Wellness Center will host this semester, Williams said. He said all the workshops aim to teach students how to help themselves and fellow students who may have issues in regards to sexual assualt, domestic violence, body image and stress management. “We don’t want to preach to students about how to act anymore,” Williams said. “We want the students to teach each other by example how to respond in an emergency situation.”

Whitney Way can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 259.


15% 35% 43% of college-aged men admit to committing acquaintence rape.

of college-aged men admit they would commit rape if they could get away with it.

of college-aged men admitted to using coersive behavior such as aggression and ignoring a woman’s protest to have intercourse.


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Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

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(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: ARENA ABOVE ABLAZE ADRIFT Answer: Determining the wind speed on a calm day is this — A BREEZE

Aries -- Today is a 8 -- It doesn’t take much to restore harmony. A balanced checkbook is only part of it. Express your deepest passions this morning, and then take it easy later.

Cancer -- Today is an 8-- Prizes come to those who can hold their tongues while the rest complain. Disregard critics. Move quickly to take advantage of a sudden opportunity.

Libra -- Today is a 7-- Take your time and stay calm. Your home is your palace. Neatness counts, so meditate by doing the dishes and sweeping. You’re in demand and earning positive attention.

Capricorn -- Today is a 9 -- Keep listening. It makes you interesting. You want to make a difference, and others notice. Listen for inspiration, and others get motivated to action.

Taurus -- Today is an 8 -- Today is an 8 -- Choose the path you really want, even if it seems more challenging. Get expert advice, and follow the rules exactly. Stay cautious and focused, and go for it.

Leo -- Today is an 9 -- Finish tasks at work without a fuss (there’s no time for that). Tell fears you’ll get back to them later ... afraid you’re too busy now. Love lights the path. Focus, and follow the shine.

Scorpio -- -- Today is a 8 -- Now’s a good time to study, learn and discover. The best way to learn is by playing. Work quickly but carefully to avoid costly errors. You’re in practice. Just go.

Aquarius -- Today is a 5 -- You may feel particularly shy today, and that’s okay. Collaboration’s key: Partner up with someone who’s pleased to provide a public face. Stay flexible.

Gemini -- Today is a 9 -- Cash flow improves, and you feel more in balance. Don’t dip into savings, though. Resist temptation with love or money. There’s plenty of time to let things develop.

Virgo -- Today is a 7-- The more you get to know a friend, the better you’ll like her. New partnerships bring new opportunities. Pay down debts and finish old projects before diving in.

Sagittarius -- -- Today is a 8 -Artist Jaume Plensa makes enormous sculptures. He says that accepting his limitations is what made him grow the most. You may want to apply that today.

Pisces -- Today is a 6 --Study the situation with a friend, but don’t expect romance. Make sure that you listen well to avoid misunderstandings. Thinking is more powerful than speaking.


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India Rhodes, 11, of St. Louis, inspects a Jonathan apple she plucked from a tree Monday at Eckert’s Orchard in Belleville. Rhodes made the trip to the orchard with her mother, Jamie, and sister, Olivia. Jamie Rhodes said the family decided

to make the trip because the weather was so nice. She said they have been to Eckert’s several times to pick apples, and on this trip they picked apples to both bake with and eat alone.


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“I wasn’t really thinking as smart as I should have been (when I was a senior),” Braghini said. “I just really wanted to get out of Illinois and see other places.” Braghini would eventually accept a scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana, a team SIU beat Saturday in straight sets, and enter its engineering program. After a year, Braghini said the coach burned her out on volleyball by constantly surrounding her with it, and she decided to transfer back home to Parkland while she

figured out what she wanted to do with her life and her education. “Had I known what I know now, I definitely would have just gone straight to SIU,” Braghini said. Louis said Braghini had scholarship offers to play at other schools after a year at Parkland, but decided she would go to school for academics instead of volleyball and entered the aviation program at SIU. It didn’t hurt that her brother Kyle entered his senior year at SIUC as well. “She was about 99 percent sure she wanted to go here; to be able to walk-on with Brenda

just cemented it,” Louis said. “We kind of wish that she had taken the scholarship route, but we also know her and she needs to follow her own path.” Braghini hasn’t looked back since she decided to transfer to SIU in the summer, and is very enthusiastic about her future career off the hardwood. “I flew for the first time Monday, and it was awesome,” Alexis said. “We were sitting, waiting for take-off and I just yelled, ‘This is the coolest thing ever!’” Winkeler said that even though she has only been coaching Braghini at this level

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 for a few weeks, she already knows her more than anybody else on the team. “I used to yell things like, ‘Alexis, stay focused!’ at her while she was a kid and that’s kind of shown through here as well but not nearly as bad,” Winkeler said. “It’s kind of funny though; Alexis acts a lot like her mother and I always call her out on it.” Braghini, who sat about ten feet away, just laughed and buried her face into her gym bag.

Joe Ragusa can be reached at or 536.3311 ext. 269




Johnson, who currently holds the NFL single season record for yards from scrimmage, eventually signed a new contract and left many owners in regret for passing up Johnson for other players in their draft. TyRance Stuckey, a senior from Chicago studying rehabilitation services, chose Johnson in his fantasy league despite Johnson’s holdout. “Whether he was signed or unsigned, he would have been my first pick,” Stuckey said. With the 2011 season on the brink of kickoff, fantasy-football owners can once again devote a large majority of their time towards a hobby that truly puts them in control.

Tryouts set for Saluki baseball CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian A day before the official start of fall practice, the Saluki baseball team will host its annual tryout for students to join and be a part of its historic program. The open tryout, scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Abe Martin Field, is designed to give any student the opportunity to come out and display their talents on the baseball diamond. Though not every year proves to be fruitful, the Salukis have had success stories come in the form of a walk-on player. Coach Ken Henderson said he has seen quite a few talented players join the team as non-scholarship athletes. While not all seasons are the same, he said walk-on players have held critical roles throughout his lineup. “Every now and then you’ll find a good arm or somebody who can help you,” Henderson said. “Some years there are some talented kids who come out here, and other years there’s not.” The most notable walk-on baseball player whom Henderson can recall during his two decades with the Salukis is former Major League Baseball player Al Levine. He walked on to the team in 1989, two years before Henderson started his career at SIU. Levine began his professional baseball career with the Chicago White Sox in 1996 and finished in 2005 with the San Francisco Giants, his seventh team throughout his career. The newest and only current walkon addition to the Saluki roster is


Jake Welch, an undecided freshman studying education and human services from Malden, Mo., fields grounders Tuesday

during practice at Abe Martin Field. The baseball team will hold tryouts Saturday and begin practice Sunday.

junior left-handed relief pitcher Austin Johnson. After he got turned down in tryouts his freshman year, Johnson made the team his second time around. He said he didn’t get discouraged, but rather continued to lift weights and pitch to prepare for the next season’s tryout. Johnson said he thought about playing baseball for a junior college or smaller university but said SIU was a

and play Division I baseball, compete against some great guys and be a part of the team.” The Salukis’ assistant coach and pitching specialist P.J. Finigan said Johnson was a crucial part of the pitching staff last season. He said he helped contribute to the team’s success, exactly what the coaches will look for in Saturday’s tryout.

better fit for him, both academically and athletically. “I visited a ton of smaller schools but decided it wasn’t for me,” Johnson said. “If baseball didn’t work out, I’d just go to school. Luckily it all worked out.” Johnson played baseball for the school’s sport club his first year at SIU, but said he prefers the situation he’s in now. “It’s given me a lot of opportunities,” Johnson said. “I get to come out here

“We don’t need numbers; we need somebody who can help,” Finigan said. “(Johnson) really provided a nice stable presence down in the bullpen and we look forward to him to expand on that this year.” All participants are required to show proof of a physical examination within the past six months. For questions, participants can contact Henderson at 453-3794.

Taylor suspended indefinitely after marijuana arrest JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian Men’s basketball coach Chris Lowery had an entire offseason to think about how he can keep this season from being his last at SIU, but one player isn’t doing him any favors. Sophomore guard Diamond Taylor was suspended Friday for violating team rules following an April arrest for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, according to Jackson County court records. Taylor will be under court supervision for six months after he pays $475 worth of fines. This isn’t the first time Taylor had a run in with the police. When

Taylor was a freshman at Wisconsin in 2009, he and then-teammate Jeremy Glover were arrested for residential burglary after stealing several iPods, cell phones and $400 dollars in cash, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan kicked Taylor and Glover off the team following the incident, and Taylor enrolled at SIU in fall 2010. Taylor didn’t become eligible for the Salukis until the spring semester, after which he started in nine of the 19 games he played. Taylor averaged 7.5 points per game in his last five regular season games, according to Saluki Media Services. Lowery and Taylor declined to


espite being aware of Taylor’s track record, Lowery had no way of predicting Taylor’s arrest one month later.

comment for this story, but Lowery released a few statements in a press release Friday. “I am disappointed when any of our players makes an error in judgement,” he said. “But I am confident that Diamond will learn from this mistake and move forward.” Lowery held a press conference March 10 to discuss the team’s future and what needs to be done to turn the program around. Preventing players from getting into incidents like this was one of the focal points.

“(Lowery and Athletic Director Mario Moccia) talked about retention a lot, but the number one thing we talked about more than that was the identification of the right type of student-athletes that fit our profile and fit what we are trying to do here,” Lowery said. Despite being aware of Taylor’s track record, Lowery had no way of predicting Taylor’s arrest one month later. It’s easy to pounce on BCS talent when it slips through the cracks, but there’s always negatives that need to be addressed otherwise this could continue to happen.

Fortunately for Lowery and SIU, Taylor’s offense was only an ordinance violation so it’s nowhere near as serious as the burglary that got him kicked out of Wisconsin. Taylor’s suspension details have not been released, and it’s unclear whether he will miss any time on the court. Lowery said Taylor will remain on the team, which is important since he is one of only three guards returning from last year. “His actions going forward will be an important consideration,” Lowery said in the press release.

Joe Ragusa can be reached at or 536-3311 ext. 269.




Walk-ons welcome, open invitation to baseball tryouts




Winkeler, Braghini more than just player and coach JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian Friendship began during Winkeler’s days at Parkland. Junior outside hitter Alexis Braghini’s relationship with head volleyball coach Brenda Winkeler started long before Braghini transferred to SIU. “Geez, I’ve known Alexis she was in a stroller,� Winkeler said. “Actually, before that, I knew her parents — you’re going to make me feel old now — in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s.� Before you assume Winkeler recruits her players right out of the womb, she played with Braghini’s mother, Amy, on the same USA Volleyball team while Winkeler coached at Parkland College in Champaign from 1989 to 1999. That is until Amy became pregnant with Alexis Braghini, who was born Nov. 14, 1990. Winkeler also played with Alexis Braghini’s father, Louis, with Amy Braghini in co-ed park-district leagues. Winkeler started to coach Alexis Braghini when she was nine years old as part of a 12-and-under club league volleyball team called Prime Time. This was in 1999, the same year Winkeler won the National Junior College Athletic Association at Parkland. “She helped give Alexis the foundation to continue on and to grow and become a very good player,� Louis Braghini said. Winkeler continued to coach Alexis Braghini after she landed the head coaching position at Eastern Illinois in 2000. After five seasons and an NCAA tournament appearance, she left to take the SIU head coach vacancy in 2005. With Winkeler in Carbondale and Alexis Braghini still in Champaign,


Junior outside hitter Alexis Braghini gathers volleyballs during practice Tuesday at Davies Gym. Braghini came to SIU from Parkland College this summer and joined the volleyball team, where she is

coached by long time family friend Brenda Winkeler. Louis Braghini, Alexis Braghini’s father, said her decision to come to SIU and play was all her own and Winkeler spent very little time recruiting her.

this relationship seemed to be over except for a few interactions every now and then. Alexis Braghini began to flourish as a high school athlete,

several colleges offered scholarships to Alexis Braghini, and while Winkeler let her parents know that she would be interested for Alexis Braghini to play

who was a four-year letter recipient at Centennial High School and named the News-Gazette’s Player of the Year her senior year. Louis Braghini said

at SIU, Winkeler didn’t spend a lot of time recruiting her. Please see VOLLEYBALL | 15

Anxiety builds for start of fantasy football KEVIN TAYLOR Daily Egyptian With the start of the 2011 NFL season merely a day away, fans who enjoy fantasy-football leagues will spend the next 24 hours stressed out about their potential line-ups. For the uninformed, fantasy football is a game in which fans create a league, hold a draft to pick any current NFL player and proceed to track their statistics from week to week, all in hopes of victory against fellow members of their league. The rise in the popularity of the NFL has paved the way for fantasy football to truly take off in the public forum and the craze appears to have no end in sight. Instead of merely cheering on a favorite team, fantasy-football owners also follow their own players, who are often scattered throughout the 32 NFL teams. The hysteria is real; simply search fantasy football in any search engine. When the search is completed, the

results amount to around 275 million. Michael Condon, a senior from Chicago studying rehabilitation services, said the appeal of fantasy football lies in the ability to control and manage household names within the NFL. “People obviously love sports and many are critical of the way coaches handle their team,� Condon said. “Fantasy football allows fans to try to manage a team themselves.� David Lynch, an undecided freshman from Rockford, said he believes the freedom a person has to pick their own players draws fans to fantasy football. “Fantasy football combines football with a video-game-like aspect, which makes the experience unique,� Lynch said. Every participant has his or her own strategy, tendencies and rituals in regards to drafting and choosing whom to play. Lynch said the strategy for drafting players is dependent on which league a person joins. Despite a variation of rules in different fantasy

leagues, Lynch said he tends to draft one position first. “Personally, I have always drafted quarterbacks first,� Lynch said. “Some leagues give more points to running backs. It all matters, but I usually draft a quarterback in the first round.� Several off-season storylines have factored into many fantasy owners’ draft strategies. Big-name players like Peyton Manning and Arian Foster are questionable for at least the first week of the season, both due to injuries. Foster injured his hamstring during a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, and Manning has yet to return from an off-season surgery on his neck. Chris Johnson, starting running back for the Tennessee Titans, refrained from participating in organized team activities in an attempt to restructure his contract. Therefore, fantasy owners were left unsure as to when Johnson would be available this season. Please see FANTASY | 15


Heidi Ousley, of Carbondale, fills out a draft roster Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings. Her family and friends started what they hope will be an annual fantasy football draft party at the restaurant. Ousley helped by filling out the draft roster while she made predictions and chose players for the season. “Once I joined the family league, I started paying attention to football, and I really got into it,� Ousley said.

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