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SIUC receives $300K from National Science Foundation RYAN VOYLES Daily Egyptian Almost $300,000 in grant money will be sent to SIUC courtesy of Jerry Costello. U.S. Congressman Costello (D-IL) announced in a press release Tuesday that SIUC would receive two grants, valued at $191,878 and $99,999; from the National Science Foundation.

“Federal support is an important element in basic research,� said Costello, a senior member of the House Science and Technology Committee. “Projects such as these help fulfill the academic mission of the University, and I will continue to work to ensure that we adequately fund federal research and development programs.� The $191,878 grant will go towards

the project, “NeTS: Small: Collaborative Research: Federating Disjoint Wireless Sensor Networks,� under the direction of Kemal Akkaya, an assistant professor in Computer Science. The $99,999 grant will go towards the project, “Constrained Statistical Inference and Information Theory,� under the direction of Bhaskar Bhattacharya, a professor in the mathematics department.

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Vote to approve alcohol sales at arena, stadium postponed RYAN VOYLES Daily Egyptian

SIUC will have to wait for at least two more weeks to see whether it can sell alcohol at the new football stadium and the renovated basketball arena. The Carbondale Local Liquor Control Commission decided Tuesday to postpone the vote on whether to approve Chartwells group’s liquor licenses, which would make alcoholic beverages available in the club and suite areas of both athletic facilities. Mayor Brad Cole said there is still a chance for the license to be approved in time for football season, but the university needs to come and explain its plans to the commission. “We will let the university administrators know that they are requested to attend our next regular meeting (Aug. 3),� Cole said. Chartwells is contracted by SIUC for hiring and managing some employees around campus — including most of the workers at the Student Center. The group will control the liquor license and oversee the distribution of alcoholic beverages at the athletic facilities, said SIUC Athletic Director Mario Moccia. He said his department has no control over the license. Members of the committee expressed concerns over the guidelines of the license, which would not allow the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone outside the designated areas. Councilman Joel Fritzler said he did not understand why many people are paying for something that only a select few could use. “The remodeled job is being paid for through our tax dollars and student fees,� he said. “Why should this only be available to those who can afford club and suite level tickets?� Cole and the commission were confused that no representatives from the university attended Tuesday’s hearing to explain details of the license. Matt Kent, director of Chartwells at SIUC, was in attendance; but could not answer any of the commission’s questions. Kent said because he is a representative of Chartwells, not the university, he could not speak on behalf of the university. Councilman Lance Jack said he was not opposed to the sale of alcohol, but he would be hesitant to approve the proposed plan. “To me, it smacks as a bit of elitism,� he said. “If you have the money to buy a suite ... to make a big donation or host a function, then you can have the ability to enjoy our sporting facilities with alcohol. But any adult who doesn’t have that money; they are really being thrown into a different class of people who cannot have the same luxuries.� The commission’s decision derailed what looked like a clear path for the university toward selling alcohol at the stadium and arena. Please see LIQUOR | 3

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BUBBLY TRADITIONS Hsein-Tang Kuo of Taiwan prepares a strawberry banana fruit slush with juice and a Jell-Olike substance at QQ Bubble Tea Tuesday. The teas and flavoring shaken together produce air bubbles in the

drink, while tapioca can add texture. Drawings line every wall and the ceiling in the decorated shop on 701 S. Illinois Ave, which has been selling the distinct beverages in Carbondale for the last seven years, Kuo said.

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Elaine Conrad said miscommunication between the tenant and the resident is one of the main factors that lead to unreturned or delayed security deposits. Conrad, community programs coordinator, works specifically with international students who have difficulty getting their security deposits back. Conrad also helps students understand their rights and responsibilities before signing a lease. “Leases can be difficult to understand, even when English is someone’s first language,� she said. Conrad said leasing policies differ from one apartment complex to another. She said some complexes have security deposits, which are to be paid beforehand, and some deposits are attached to the monthly rent. Conrad said a verbal agreement is not enough. “You can avoid any misunderstanding in the lease by asking questions, and getting anything agreed upon that’s not in the original release, in writing,� she said. Richard Hall, a lecturer in the finance department, said security deposits are a hot issue in Carbondale, but there is an Illinois state law that can help residents in the event a tenant holds a security deposit for an extended period of time. The Security Deposit Return Act explains what a landlord has to do when returning a security deposit, Hall said.

he law states if management is aware of some damages but is unsure of the exact cost, it still has to tell the tenant how much it will cost after 30 days of sending the original statement out.

The law applies to tenants of residential real property containing five or more units. This would include the larger apartment complexes in Carbondale such as Home Rentals, Lewis Park, and Saluki Apartments, Hall said. The law states the lessor, or landlord, has 30 days from the date the resident vacates the premises to supply an itemized statement of all damages and the estimated cost for repair. “That is from the date the premises is vacated, not the date of the end of the lease,� Hall said. He said if the landlords do not supply a statement within 30 days, they are obligated by law to return the lease in its entirety within 45 days. The law states if management is aware of some damages but is unsure of the exact cost, it still has to tell the tenant how much it will cost after 30 days of sending the original statement out. This could lead to some tenants not seeing their deposits for nearly two months. Hall said if the time frame in the leases differs from state law, and the complex has five or more units, state law prevails. Conrad said she stresses for students, national or international, to read every point of the lease and to find out if the security deposit is refundable or not beforehand. She said there could

also be a cleaning deposit as opposed to a security deposit. Students need to take photos or have written record of any damages in the living space, she said. “If you can get them to sign off on that, or be present while you are taking pictures, that’s the smartest thing to do,� she said. Richa Asarawala, a graduate student studying electrical and computer engineering from India, lives in Campus Habitat and hasn’t had any issues with her tenants. “Before signing a lease, they need to read the whole lease papers carefully,� she said. “Not each and every lease is the same.� Conrad said the Students Legal Assistance Office, located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, has representatives available when students need advice concerning legal issues with understanding apartment leases. Asarawala said students should be cautious when searching for apartments and not to rush into anything. “Before you sign the lease, they are very good with you, but after you sign the lease, they sometimes don’t care for you at all,� she said.

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East college parking proposal draws fire Planned proposal postponed for more discussions MICHARA CANTY Daily Egyptian The location of the new public safety center has raised concerns about parking from residents and tenants on East College Street. According to a proposal sent to the city council, the center will require access to East College Street and would be better served by having two-way traffic to allow police vehicles in and out in case of an emergency. Therefore, reconstruction of the street will have to widen 28 inches and remove public parking, according to the request. City council members approved the construction of a new public safety facility on June 22, in efforts to improve the working environment of police staff. City Councilman Chris Wissmann said there should be public parking alternatives created for residents before this proposal is finalized. “We cannot have a police station on a one-way street especially when immediate action is needed,” he said. “There are six or more houses without driveways ... where will the residents park?”

The director of Public Works sent 16 letters to property owners on East College Street June 25th to notify them of the city’s recommendations and possible changes. Carbondale resident Greg Szubartowski said he owns various properties located on East College Street and that the removal of parking will be of great expense to property owners that may not have the funds to create parking lots for their tenants. “This brings safety issues for students crossing and for the handicap traveling in their wheelchairs that do not have safe sidewalks,” Szubartowski said. The center, expected to be completed by March 25, 2011, will be a 32,000 square foot; 2-story brick structure located on South Washington Street. The completion date led councilman Steven Haynes to ask about the urgency of the council’s immediate decision and if there were other alternatives considered. Allen Gill, Carbondale city manager, said the best time to make changes on the street would be before school begins. Nancy Cunningham, an East College property owner, said while she is pleased with the new center, she was also poorly notified of this issue. Cunningham said consideration for a two-way street should have been considered long before

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The Carbondale City Council agreed to postpone a vote Tuesday that would widen East College Street and turn it into a two-lane road. Several council members said they wanted more time to discuss the potential loss of parking along East College. Planned proposal postponed for more discussions location of the safety center was decided. Council members aired complaints that they were not notified of this proposal beforehand. City council decided to postpone its decision on the East College Street construction proposal until further deliberation and consideration of all affected parties. In lieu of city developments, the council approved the Patterson Industries LLC request to rezone 5.29 acres located at 1209 East Walnut Street in order to donate 3.2 acres of land to the Hindu Temple and Cultural Society of Southern Illinois.

The non-profit corporation plans to construct a temple on the site with the donated land. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on July 7, where the committee unanimously voted (6-yes, 0-no) on a motion to recommend approval of the rezoning request, according to the request form of the city council agenda. The construction of the Hindu temple will increase diversity throughout Carbondale and create a community for people of similar interest, said Wissmann.

Michara Canty can be reached at mcanty@dailyegyptian.com or 536-3311 ext. 263.

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The Liquor Advisory Board originally reviewed the application on July 1, and expressed no concerns with Chartwells application. The estimated license fee has already been paid and all documentation required for Chartwells has already been submitted, according to the commission’s agenda. Former SIUC Chancellor Sam Goldman, who sent a letter to the Advisory Board in support of Chartwells, said the sale of alcoholic beverages, if controlled, would benefit the university. “I think it’s a part of the services you would provide to the people who are there, as long as it is controlled in the sense that it is within boundaries,” Goldman said. “As long as it’s kept internal and away, I feel it would work well.” Cole said he still is in support for some alcohol sales, and that they may even be necessary later in the fall at the arena. “With the way the basketball team has been playing, that’s probably where we are going to need the most beer anyway,” he said with a laugh.

Ryan Voyles can be reached at rvoyles@dailyegyptian.com or at 536-3311 ext. 254.


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NAACP plays latest race card at tea party

Summertime, and the race cards are easy. The Rev. Jesse Jackson has accused the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers of racism, for treating multigazillionaire basketball star LeBron James as a “runaway slave.� This is the same James who will become his own billion-dollar marketing franchise in South Beach. If only slavery were so sweet. And the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People played a big race card, accusing the libertarian-leaning tea party movement of harboring racists. Meanwhile, the political right is accusing the Obama administration of racism for dropping a complaint against a black thug with a club in the New Black Panther Party who allegedly intimidated white voters at the polls in Philadelphia. With so many race cards in the air, any day now Attorney General Eric Holder might just accuse Americans of being cowards when it comes to race, right after we elect the first African-American president of the United States. Oops. My bad. That one already happened, didn’t it? Jackson spent decades crying

racism, even when there wasn’t any, and sometimes leveraged the race card for his benefit. That boycott against a beer company that ended with a beer distributorship for his sons sure was a beauty, wasn’t it? It’s taken years, but Americans have finally tuned Jackson out. There was a time when all he had to do was even think about holding a protest, and TV news cameras would gather like flocks of ravenous pigeons before the bag lady with the big sack of popcorn. Offenders targeted by the Rev would fall to their knees, quivering like a Jell-O mold with the horrid floating pineapple chunks. The offenders would beg forgiveness, rush off to some Orwellian Sensitivity School and ask if there was some group to which they could write sizable checks in the name of fairness and equity. Bulletin: Americans have already stepped over the great racial divide in 2008, by electing a president who happened to be African-American. So now, when Jackson whines that a professional entertainer easily worth a billion dollars in salary and marketing deals was treated like a slave, most of us yawn. A few plucky souls might even

lift their beer in a toast and say, “Hey, Rev? This Bud ain’t no dud. This Bud’s for you.� Now the NAACP, an organization with a historic role in civil rights, seems to be taking Jackson’s path to irrelevancy. At its national convention in Kansas City, Mo., this week, the NAACP offered a resolution condemning what they call “racist elements� in the anti-big government tea party movement. “You must expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take full responsibility for all of their actions,� NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said. Let me hazard a guess here. Some critics of President Barack Obama don’t like him because he has black skin. They might invoke other issues, but the black skin thing bothers them. Conversely, some Obama supporters like him because he’s black. They might talk about other issues, but it’s the black skin that compels them. But for the NAACP to condemn the tea party as racist — and the point of the resolution was to put the libertarian movement on the political defensive — isn’t only

wrong, it’s wrongheaded. I’m no member of the group, but from what I can tell, tea party supporters aren’t a bunch of absolute racists. They’re a bunch of absolute heretics. They’re heretics because they distrust and oppose a federal government that keeps growing, telling people how to live and what to do, no matter what party is in power. They’re opposed to Democratic tax increases and Republican borrowing. And they want the government to stop gorging. The heresy of tea partiers is that they’re not asking government for anything except to leave them alone. That’s what frightens liberal Democrats and corporate Republicans and confounds much of the news media. Such heresy is also highly threatening to groups that leverage government for access or “outreach� or whatever. The smaller the government, the smaller the pie and the smaller the slice. And when groups demand that government use skin color to hand out benefits — in the form of contracts, promotions, hiring and so on — what do you call that exactly? Racism?

I thought so. Our latest summertime controversy about race has little to do with real racism. Americans are smart enough to see real racism and call it out and condemn it. What we’re seeing are politicians who plan to tame the tea party, coming to the movement’s defense, Republicans like Sarah Palin, who want those votes. And we’re seeing the NAACP helping the White House by using the race card to inoculate the allimportant independent vote — the same vote slipping steadily away from Obama — from the tea party heresy. It is the politics of symbolism and rhetoric, funneling Americans into groups, priming them for the midterm elections in November. This looks like the old broken politics of the past, not Obama’s promised politics of transcendence. Actually, it looks an awful lot like Chicago politics, the city of tribes. And there are a little more than 100 days until the polls open Nov. 2. Enjoy the summer. This editorial orginially appeared in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Marijuana studies offer chance to make bank, get baked Agriculture students not the only ones studying grass at SIUC MATTHEW FLORES Daily Egyptian The goal of the day for Gus Diggs is to pay people to smoke weed in front of him. Gus Diggs, a graduate student in clinical psychology from Hampton, Va., is the brains behind the marijuana studies at SIUC. He said the goal of the study is to aid in the treatment of people with substance abuse problems. The study has students smoke marijuana that has been procured legally through the National Institute on Drug Abuse by the university. SIUC gave $20,000 to the study which goes to the expenses of the lab and compensation for participants, Diggs said. Diggs, whose thesis is on the study, said the university used to do research on marijuana in the 1970s, but new technology has made the research more valuable. “Technology today gives us the ability to better understand substance abuse and how it affects the individual,” he said. “In the 1970s there were three electrodes attached to an individual, now we have headgear that gives more accurate readings.” Marijuana research takes place in a vacuum room in Life Science II which vents out the smell of the pot so it is not noticeable in other parts of the building, Diggs said. He said

the smoke also dissipates in the lab within minutes. Marijuana research at SIUC began because of more than a year of navigating the red tape of the Drug Enforcement Agency, the State of Illinois and the federal government, Diggs said. The research involves the selection of participants who have to pass a screening process that includes a psychological exam, interview and a mandatory drug test to confirm the subject is using marijuana, Diggs said. He said those who pass the screening then begin orientation and sessions where machines measure participant’s brain waves after they smoke. Natalie Wagner, a junior from Chicago studying secondary education, said she would be interested in participating in the study because it could reveal benefits of smoking marijuana. “I feel there are a couple of benefits that could come out of the use of the marijuana, and this study could aid with that,” Wagner said. Not all SIU students are fond of the study, however, and there are some who said marijuana studies should be absent from SIU. “I disagree with the marijuana research study simply because SIUC is promoting the usage of marijuana,” said Marcus Brown, a senior from Champaign studying social work. “If

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Southern Illinois University has started a marijuana research program where participants will smoke someone gets caught with marijuana on campus, then they have to meet with Judicial Affairs, but if someone smokes marijuana for the research study, it is acceptable. What’s the difference?” Brown said the money for the studies and research would be better used to aid enrollment and student grants. Diggs said the study is open to anyone who is interested, including faculty and residents of Carbondale. He said confidentiality is guaranteed, with participants identified by code names.

marijuana twice in one week. The program is meant to assist individuals with substance abuse problems.

People who choose to quit the use of marijuana can make $300 for the study, and those who elect to continue to smoke pot can make $150. Diggs said the study, which ends in August, is still open for applications. He said anyone interested could contact the smoke lab at 453-3561. “The study requires commitment from the individual in terms of time and quitting for the week,” Diggs said. Though the participants are given pot to smoke twice during the week, participants are not to smoke outside

of the study, he said. Marijuana research may also be a way to stop for some smokers, Diggs said. Diggs, who is also a substance abuse counselor in Marion, said counseling is available to participants who want to quit after the study concludes. Diggs said snacks would not be provided.

Matt Flores can be reached at mflores@dailyegyptian.com or at 536-3311 ext. 256.


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Unemployment benefits extension clears Senate GOP hurdle, setting stage for final vote WASHINGTON — Legislation to restore unemployment benefits to millions who have been out of work for more than six months broke free of Senate Republican delaying tactics on Tuesday. Senators voted 60-40 to move ahead on the bill, clearing the way for a final Senate vote later on Tuesday. The measure would restore jobless checks for 2.5 million people whose benefits started running out seven weeks ago in a stubbornly jobless economic recovery. The vote was a modest victory for President Barack Obama and Democrats, whose more ambitious hopes for a jobs agenda have mostly fizzled in the face of GOP opposition in the Senate. A battle has raged for months over whether jobless benefits should be financed with additional federal debt as Democrats want or through cuts to other government programs as most Republicans insist. Two Republicans, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, voted to end the filibuster. Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the lone Democrat to break with his party and vote to sustain it.

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Feds tamp down fears leaky well cap, nearby seepage mean BP’s blown out well is unstable WASHINGTON — The federal government’s oil spill chief said Tuesday that seepage two miles from BP’s oil cap is coming from another well, tamping down fears that leaks mean the ruptured well is unstable. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen also said five leaks in and around BP’s well are more like “drips,” and aren’t yet reason to worry. The leaks and seepage had raised concerns that the mechanical cap choking off the flow of oil was displacing pressure and forcing oil out deep underground. That could make the sea floor unstable and make the 3-month-old environmental disaster even worse and harder to fix. Allen said the well appears stable, and he extended testing of the experimental cap by another day, which means the oil will remain shut in. The cap is buying time until a permanent plug is in place. Crews are drilling into the side of the ruptured well from deep underground, and by next week, they could start blasting in mud and cement to block off the well for good. Killing the well deep underground works more reliably than bottling it up with a cap.

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Judiciary Committee approves Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, sending nomination to Senate WASHINGTON — Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice. Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan’s nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she’s expected to win confirmation within weeks. “Elena Kagan will be confirmed,” predicted Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the Judiciary chairman. “She will go on the U.S. Supreme Court.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., broke with his party to cast the sole GOP “yes” vote on President Obama’s nominee to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired in June. The vote was 13-6. “What’s in Elena Kagan’s heart is that of a good person who adopts a philosophy I disagree with,” Graham said. “She will serve this nation honorably, and it would not have been someone I would have chosen, but the person who did choose, President Obama, I think chose wisely.” At the White House, Obama hailed the vote as a “bipartisan affirmation of her strong performance” in confirmation hearings, and said Kagan would be “a fair and impartial” justice who understands the impact of Supreme Court decisions on everyday people’s lives.

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Blagojevich brother’s lawyer says he may rest case

Suspect in friend’s heroin death dies

HARRISBURG — Harrisburg’s school board president and sheriff’s deputy is jailed on $250,000 bond after being accused of felony sexual assault. Saline County State’s Attorney Michael Henshaw says 43-year-old Todd Fort of Harrisburg was arrested Tuesday and charged with four counts each of criminal sexual assault and official misconduct.

C H I C AG O — An attorney for Rod Blagojevich’s brother has told the judge in the ousted governor’s corruption case that his side will rest if his brother’s attorneys call no witnesses. Michael Ettinger, a lawyer for Robert Blagojevich, said he was going to rest if Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys don’t put on any witnesses. If the ousted governor did not testify, if would be a sharp departure from what he has been saying, that he wants to take the stand to tell his side.

TR OY — A southwestern Illinois coroner says there will be an inquest into the death of a man who was released from jail after being charged in a friend’s heroin overdose death. Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn says 37-year-old Michael Bovinett’s family found his body July 9 in his Troy home, and toxicology tests are pending. Bovinett was charged with drug-induced homicide, obstructing justice and concealment of a homicide in the March death of 29-year-old Chad Bell, whose body was found in a Troy cemetery.

Storms bring heavy rain, flash flooding to Midwest JIM SALTER The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Strong thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa on Tuesday, shutting down at least three major highways and forcing evacuations and water rescues. The storms dumped up to 10 inches of rain, causing many streams and creeks to flow out of their banks. Dozens of roads were closed for part of the day, including sections of U.S. 36 near Hannibal, Mo., U.S. 61 at the Iowa-Missouri border and U.S. 63 near Kirksville, Mo. “There’s quite a bit of water in places we don’t normally have it,”

said Mark Giessinger, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation. There were no immediate reports of death or serious injury. The storm prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to extend an emergency declaration he issued last month. Severe storms hit Missouri in mid-June and have continued since then. The governor said extension of the declaration to Aug. 19 will allow state agencies to continue responding and working with local emergency officials. The worst of the damage appeared to be in Hannibal, Mark Twain’s hometown. Swollen creeks and overburdened drainage systems caused flooding at the General Mills plant, forcing it

to close. Emergency director John Hark said several homes and businesses were flooding, including a day care center, where 15 children were safely evacuated. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the state Water Patrol were brought in to help with rescues. “We’ve got numerous water rescues, we’ve got numerous homes flooded and people stranded in automobiles,” Hark said. “We’re just taking them on a priority basis.” Many homes and businesses were also damaged in Louisiana, Mo., where several inches of mud made it into several buildings and caked roadways. Many areas had 5-plus inches of

rain. Putnam County in far northeast Missouri reported 9 inches; neighboring Schuyler County had 10 inches. John Campbell, operations director for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, said flash flood warnings were in affect for 18 northern Missouri counties — and more heavy rain was possible. “I would really caution folks to be aware of their surroundings as they’re driving,” he said. The National Weather Service had reports of tornadoes in Sullivan and Mercer counties in Missouri. High winds also toppled trees in New London, Mo., and damaged RVs in Macon, Mo. The sudden surge of water was bad

news, too, along the Mississippi River, which has already flooded several times this year. The river quickly rose above flood stage again from the southern tip of Iowa south through Hannibal, though major flooding is not expected. Hark has been involved in floodfighting in Hannibal for decades, including the massive floods of 1993, 1995 and 2008. But in some ways, he said, the situation Tuesday was worse. “The river flooding, we have a little bit of control over,” he said, referring to the levee that protects the Mark Twain sites and other areas of downtown Hannibal. “This flash flooding is not like controlled flooding. “We have quite a mess going on right now.”


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“If I have an hour between classes in school, that’s when I will try to get some homework done.” Mattsson said. “Or if there is any other reason I needed to wait for something, I usually use that time to do something that I need to get done.” She said she likes working hard because she enjoys the positive results. Mattsson said she has been close to slacking many times, but she didn’t give up on getting her tasks marked off on her daily to do list. After she found herself procrastinating on homework or not giving it her all in the pool, she

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Callahan said the freshmen coming in would also have a chance to be contributors for the team. Freshman Dakota Holcomb from Fort Collins High School in Colorado said he is open for any role where the team needs him. In the three years on his high

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 would get upset and push herself harder. Whitfield, who is a senior from Johnston City studying civil engineering, said she had to make a time compromise between track and studying. She said for athletes who want to be successful in their sport, they have to balance practice and the stresses of school as it can affect performance. Her time commitment toward the classroom is shown with her cumulative 4.0 GPA. “You have to look in the future and see what will help you out more — sports or school,” Whitfield said. “Unfortunately, most athletes don’t go to the next level in their sport. I

made the compromise.” Forty-one Salukis earned the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence award. This honor is given to student-athletes who have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA for the past two semesters and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or more. More than 400 students in the conference were given the award. SIU also had 139 student athletes on the MVC Honor Roll. This honor is awarded to people who had a minimum of a 3.2 GPA for the fall 2009 semester.

school varsity squad, Holcomb hit more than .300 and made all-conference all three years. Last year as a senior he batted .474 coupled with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. He said the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico had an interest in him, but he wanted to play right away. He said he is excited for the challenge

of playing baseball at a collegiate level. “The most difficult thing for me is that I will be so far away from home but after I settle in I expect good things will happen for me,” Holcomb said.

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Cubs manager Piniella retiring after season ANDREW SELIGMAN The Associated Press CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of the season, ending a storied and often colorful career that included 18 years in the majors as a player and another 22 as a manager. The 66-year-old Piniella, who has reached the World Series five times in his career and has three championship rings, said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family. “I’ve grown to love the city and the fans but at my age it will be time to enter a new phase in my life,” Piniella said in a statement released by the team. Announcing his retirement now, Piniella added, gives the team time to find a replacement. “I’m proud of our accomplishments during my time here and this will be a perfect way for me to end my career,” he said. “But let me make one thing perfectly clear: our work is far from over. I want to keep the momentum going more than anything else and win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race.” Entering Tuesday night’s game against Houston, Piniella’s overall record was 1,826-1,691 (.519) and he trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre in victories among active managers. The Cubs said Piniella will retire as the 14th-winningest manager in major league history. His record with the Cubs was 307-271, and he is in the fourth and final year of his contract. After leading the Cubs to consecutive NL Central titles in 2007-08, Piniella and his team missed the playoffs last year and have struggled again this season with a new owner, the Ricketts family, in charge. The Cubs have gone 102 years without a World Series title. A right-handed outfielder,

’ve grown to love the city and the fans but at my age it will be time to enter a new phase in my life.

Piniella was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1969 after batting .282, 11 home runs and 68 RBIs with the Royals. He was traded to the Yankees in 1973 and ended his playing career with New York in 1984. In all, Piniella played 18 years in the majors — 11 with the Yankees — and was a career .291 hitter. He began managing in 1986 with the Yankees and lasted three years, including a stint as general manager. He managed the Reds from 1990-92, leading them to a World Series championship in his first season. He also got national attention for a clubhouse wrestling match with reliever Rob Dibble. From there it was on to a long run in Seattle, where his teams won at least 90 games four times. The Mariners went 116-46 in 2001, but lost in the ALCS to the Yankees. His 1995 and 2000 Mariners teams also fell in the league championship series. Piniella won 93 games his final season with the Mariners in 2002 before heading home to his native Tampa but had a difference of opinion with ownership, questioning the Devil Rays’ commitment to winning before they bought out the final year of his four-year contract. In Chicago, Piniella’s arrival was part of a major overhaul that sent expectations soaring after a dismal 2006 season. Chief executive officer Andy MacPhail resigned after the Cubs won just 66 games, ending a 12year run that included only two postseason appearances. A day later, the Cubs announced they were not renewing manager Dusty Baker’s contract, and general

— Lou Piniella Cubs manager manager Jim Hendry went shopping. First, he picked out Piniella, who left the TV booth for a three-year contract worth nearly $10 million, with an option for a fourth year. Then, Hendry committed about $300 million for players. The Cubs re-signed third baseman Aramis Ramirez for five years and $75 million and lured Alfonso Soriano with an eightyear $136 million deal, the fifth largest in major league history. They also added Ted Lilly to the starting rotation, but for all the big moves, the results were awfully familiar at first. The low point came in a series against Atlanta in early June. Pitcher Carlos Zambrano got into an altercation with former catcher Michael Barrett that started in the dugout and resumed in the clubhouse, resulting in fines for both players. The next day, Piniella got ejected for a dirtkicking tirade against umpire Mark Wegner during a loss that left the Cubs at 22-31, resulting in a suspension. From there, though, the Cubs turned things around. They went on a run that led to the playoffs and kept it going the following year, going 97-64 — the most wins for the franchise since 1945. Things have not been as good for Piniella and the Cubs since then. The team missed the playoffs last year and through Monday was 10.5 games out of first place in the NL Central and 10 games under .500. Zambrano, the onetime ace, was in the minors after another tirade involving his teammates.


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BRANDON LACHANCE Daily Egyptian

The Daily Egyptian caught up with SIU graduate Blake Driskell who helped lead the Saluki golf team to a second-place finish in the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference championship. The Cape Girardeau, Mo., native was a three-time member of the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team. He finished in the top-10 at the UD Fall Invitational in October and played the most rounds in school history at 128. Driskell talked about his life after college and his favorite professional sport teams and figures. DE: What have you been up

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Blake Driskell to after graduation? BD: I graduated May 15, on the 17th I started working for my parents’ construction company. I work a lot, not much adjustment time.

DE: You graduated with an engineering major, are there any special inventions or projects you’re blue printing in your spare time? BD: No, the company works on road construction. I get to work on awesome bridges but I’m not currently working on anything personally. DE: Do you still get a chance to play golf? BD: I play once or twice a week. I have one more tournament this

Saluki Insider I have lobbied for this man once before and I will do it again, Mike Tyson. I don’t care who actually makes the ingame calls, but having a dude with a face tattoo that can knock out most men on the planet staring down the opposition from the dugout is intimidating. Imagine the potential brawl between him and Big Z a few weeks back, it could have been epic, just like all of his post-game rants would be.

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2009-2010 Driskell is the first fouryear letterwinner in men’s golf, he has placed top-20 six times throughout his senior season

year. I still play competitive golf, twice this year and two to three times next year.

DE: Who is your favorite pro golfer? BD: Tiger Woods is definitely the most fun to watch. DE: Do you think he will get out of this slump? BD: He’ll get out of it. When you take off that long, it takes awhile to get back into it. He still has a nice golf swing. DE: Besides golf, what is your favorite sport to watch? BD: It would be baseball because I’m a big St. Louis Cardinals fan. This year I’m going to watch a lot of the Miami Heat. I

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DE: Do you think LeBron made a good decision? BD: I do. I don’t agree with the hour-long TV special, but the fact he took a pay cut to get a championship ring…I respect that.

Division; do you think they will hold off the Cincinnati Reds? BD: I like their chances. Their pitching rotation is sick and the batting order should be hitting better. They have won five or six straight; if they keep it going, they’ll be hard to beat in the postseason.

DE: The Cardinals are currently a half game ahead of the Reds in the National Central

Brandon LaChance can be reached at blachance@dailyegyptian.com or 536-3311 ext. 282.

want to see how the dream team works.

After 18 years as a player and 22 as a manager, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced his retirement after this season. Who would you like to see as the new Chicago Cubs manager?

I think the Cubbies are going to favor someone who knows the organization. I think they should call up Ryne Sandberg. He is a long time Cubbie second-baseman and has paid his dues in the minor leagues as a Triple-A manager for four years. It’s time to make the call to the bullpen Chicago before someone else does.

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The Cubs should hire Sammy Sosa. Sosa could give the team his connection for steroids. Then the entire Cubs organization will be suspended and fined more money than it can afford. The Cubs would have no players and no money meaning the club would fold. This would give the White Sox the title they deserve, the real baseball team of Chicago.

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JUMP-STARTING PRACTICE Junior jumper Nina Okafor, from Carbondale, practices long jumping Tuesday at McAndrew Stadium. Okafor had the fourth best jump in the Missouri Valley Conference during the 2010 outdoor season with a jump of 19 feet, 5.25 inches. Kasey Oceguera, a sophomore high jumper, said she has been back in Carbondale practicing with the jumps coach and three other jumping athletes, including Okafor, for four weeks.

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Athletes recieve academic accolades BRANDON LACHANCE Daily Egyptian The awards received by 186 of some of SIU’s finest student-athletes will not be seen in a trophy case, but will help them in the next stage of their college careers. SIU boasted 186 student-athletes who earned an academic award from the Missouri Valley Conference for the 2009-2010 school year. Six of these students were honored with the greatest academic

achievement available, the MVC President’s Council Academic Excellence Award. To earn this recognition a student must have at least a 3.8 cumulative grade point average through fall of 2009, have participated in athletics for two years and are within 18 hours of graduation. Three of the six athletes were part of SIU’s track and field team: Greg McBride, Toni Whitfield and A’Seret Dokubo. Blake Driskell (golf), Therese Mattsson (swimming) and Alicia Johnson (volleyball) also rep-

resented SIU out of the 52 conference-wide recipients of the award. Driskell, who graduated in May with a degree in civil engineering, said excelling on two stages can be difficult, but with dedication, it’s possible. He said it took him a year to manage time efficiently including nights when he didn’t get much sleep, but he learned from his mistakes and kept his grades up and golf scores low. “It was really hard. I set my goals and priorities and did whatever it

took to reach them,� Driskell said. “My dad always told me, give it your all or don’t try at all.� His work ethic earned him a 3.93 GPA and a leadership role on the golf team. He said he had some outside motivation as his brother had a 4.0 when he got his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. He said all athletes should be able to achieve at the highest levels. “All athletes are given all the resources to succeed,� Driskell said. “I feel like there should be more ath-

letes that succeed in the classroom as well as their respected sports.� Mattsson, who also graduated in May with a 3.97 in kinesiology, she said agreed with Driskell about taking the time to get the best results in what she wanted to do with her life. She said because she had been 100 percent dedicated to the pool and books for many years, she became adequate at planning her day. Please see EXCELLENCE | 10

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Salukis snag five more to complete 15-man class RYAN SIMONIN Daily Egyptian The SIU baseball team will welcome 15 recruits to the 2011 roster. Head coach Dan Callahan said this year’s recruiting class is one of the best in the past several years after adding five more players Wednesday. “I like the mix of players we have brought in,� Callahan said.

“We have brought in (11) high school players and a few junior college players and I think having those few JUCO players, will add a little stability to the top of our rotation.� He said he recruits pitchers with the intention that they are all capable of contributing to the team immediately. Callahan said he brought in Brad Drust from John A. Logan and Cameron Maldonado from Seward County Junior

College in Liberal, Kan., to stabilize the young pitching rotation. Last season as a reliever for the Vols, Drust made 12 appearances and one start with a 3-1 record. He recorded 43 strikeouts in 31 innings of work. Opposing hitters posted a .281 batting average off Drust. Drust said he is getting some experience in the Jayhawk League, which is a summer league for collegiate players. He said playing

in the summer league has helped him establish his fastball and gain experience pitching against Division I batters. As a Carterville native, Drust said he was a batboy for the Salukis when he was in elementary school. “Being able to play for SIU is a dream come true for me,� Drust said. “I have watched Saluki baseball my whole life and I have known coach Callahan since I was little.�

Maldonado was named to the All-Jayhawk league last season as he compiled a 8-4 overall record. His ERA was .311 as he pitched 47.2 innings while putting up 37 strikeouts. “We think that Cameron and Brad can come in and be weekend guys for us,� Callahan said.

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