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Jackson County police to take over gun-theft case TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian

Carbondle city council member Jane Adams requested an internal investigation of the police department’s policies and procedures as Jackson County police take over the investigation of the theft of Police Chief Jody O’Guinn’s gun. Carbondale police believe the killing


of Carbondale resident Deaunta Spencer, 20, Sept. 14 may have involved O’Guinn’s handgun that was stolen from his personal car in June. In a press conference Tuesday at the Carbondale Civic Center, Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Wepsiec said the amount of media that has surrounded O’Guinn has cast him in a negative light and disturbed the case.

“While questions are important in our democratic society, rumors do not facilitate a healthy environment in which to conduct a good police investigation,� Wepsiec said in the conference. Questions have swirled around the lack of urgency O’Guinn displayed when he reported the stolen gun a week after it went missing. Please see POLICE | 3


Students speak out about university insurance policy

Southern Recycling Center sorts it out

Students with Medicaid not eligible for refund JAMES JONES Daily Egyptian


y frustration is not targeted at the fact that I do not receive a refund; it is based on fees we are expected to pay the university for insurance that doesn’t provide full coverage. — Marla Baker graduate student in public administration from Chicago Every student is able to use their own health insurance, according to the Student Health Center’s website, but there proves to be an exception. Jim Hunsaker, assistant director of the student health insurance department, said Medicaid — a government-funded program provided to lower income families — is an unacceptable form of student insurance. Although Medicaid covers students’ expenses, it is not a commercial insurance policy, which is why students who are covered under Medicaid are still required to purchase university insurance. “If students were to use their Medicaid health plan, SIU would pay expenses first and Medicaid would pay a small portion of the remaining amount,� Hunsaker said. “SIU’s goal is to always be the payor of last resort, not the primary source.� Students who have a credible form of health insurance outside of SIU are eligible for a $300 insurance refund at the beginning of each semester, according to the Student Health Center website. Those who do not have any form of alternative insurance are required to use the university’s. Marla Baker, a graduate student studying public administration from Chicago, said she understands the logic behind the refund policy but does not understand why she has to purchase insurance from the university. Baker, a Medicaid program participant, said Medicaid covers all of her medical expenses. According to Medicaid’s website, the policy states that holders have 100 percent coverage for medical expenses, yet the university’s health care covers only 85 percent of total expenses for students under their plan. “My frustration is not targeted at the fact that I do not receive a refund; it is based on fees we are expected to pay the university for insurance that doesn’t provide full coverage,� Baker said. Hunsaker said many students are misinformed about the Medicaid program, as many believe it to be insurance. Medicaid is not an insurance policy but a program through the state that assists those who cannot afford health insurance. Keilani Riley, a sophomore from Chicago studying prenursing, said it was an inconvenience for her to have to deal with extra fees. Because she has children, Riley said she is not able to use the health center to its fullest because her children cannot be treated there. Please see INSURANCE | 3


Ernie Herrera, a Southern Recycling Center employee, throws cardboard onto a conveyer belt Thursday. Southern Recycling Center has been open since 1988 and is one of the largest recycling centers in southern Illinois. “In a month’s time we process 1,200 tons of different materials,� said Tasis

Karayiannis, manager of the center. The center processes recyclable materials commercially and also allows the public to bring in their own recycling. Workers sort through all the material before it is processed and shipped out. “It’s a hard job, but I get a lot of exercise,� Herrera said.

Faculty Association: Tenure at risk SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian


he imposed conditions under those circumstances give no need to prove that layoffs need to occur. I can’t understand why the chancellor does not see the danger in that. — Mary Lamb professor in English and member of the Faculty Association

Members of the Faculty Association will vote Wednesday to authorize a strike with one of the key reasons being to protect tenure. In a letter to the faculty and staff Wednesday, Chancellor Rita Cheng said she is keeping in mind the concerns of the supposed destruction or elimination of tenure because, as a long-time tenured faculty member, she understands the importance of its protection. Randy Hughes, an associate professor in mathematics and president of the Faculty Association, which represents both tenured- and tenuretrack faculty, said Thursday the chancellor’s email was misleading because she said the two bargaining teams tentatively agreed on the contract article that governs tenure in February. He said the language about which the association has not agreed with the administration is not in the sections of the contract regarding tenure or academic freedom but the section titled, “Reduction in force and recall procedures.� He said the section gives a wide latitude of why a tenured faculty member could be laid off. Cheng could not be reached for comment Thursday. The article presented to the association in March as part of the last, best and final offer said if the board has a need for a reduction in force for faculty members, the board will notify the association in writing. Hughes said this was added and in the previous contract from 2006-2010 there was no clause discussing layoffs of faculty. The proposal states full-time, untenured tenure-track faculty will be considered for full and partial layoff before tenured faculty, but both


would be contemplated. “If the board decides it is necessary to fully or partially lay off faculty members in accordance with this article, the factors which will be considered in light of the university’s program needs, in determining which, if any, employees will be retained,� the article stated. Mary Lamb, a professor in English and member of the Faculty Association, said this language is extremely dangerous for tenured and untenured faculty. “The imposed conditions under those circumstances give no need to prove that layoffs need to occur,� she said. “I can’t understand why the chancellor does not see the danger in that.� Please see TENURE | 3


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“It would be best if SIU just gave us the same options and consideration they give other students,” Riley said. Because the Student Health Center does not provide on-site pediatricians, students with children are referred to other medical centers in the surrounding areas. “If we started covering dependent children, it would be costprohibitive,” Hunsaker said. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but it’s the rules.” He said the only form of nonstudent coverage SIU offers is for students’ spouses for an additional fee of $215. According to SIU insurance



Tenure is an arrangement in which faculty members, after completion of a period of probationary service, can be dismissed only for adequate cause or other possible circumstances and only after a hearing before a faculty committee, according to the American Association of University Professors’ website. In the email, Cheng said nothing in the board’s proposals eliminates or harms tenure of the faculty association’s right to bargain any reduction in force. She said tenured faculty can be laid off under two circumstances: the declaration of a financial exigency — a

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records, an estimated 13,000 students have SIU-based insurance, including a significant amount of students with children. Keba Fletcher, senior from Chicago studying early childhood development and mother of two, said if she were able to receive the money from the refund, she could put it toward other things. She said it is already difficult being a singleparent student because there is only one income supporting her family. “Money spent on extra insurance could be used to take care of my childrens’ personal needs,” Fletcher said.

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pending financial crisis which threatens the survival of the institution and which cannot be improved by anything other than layoffs — by the SIU Board of trustees; and a program discontinuation. The proposal creates and defines the process to be used in the unlikely event that layoffs are necessary, she said in the email. Hughes says the imposed terms do not say there has to be a state of financial exigency declared in order to lay off faculty. He said the association is considering using language if the university has a state of financial exigency but want to set rules to verify that situation exists.




The police report was also marked as an animal control case. Adams released a press statement Thursday to formally request the internal investigation. “The recent media attention to delays in reporting, errors in filing a police report, and allegations of lack of transparency indicate that there may be flaws in internal departmental policies and procedures,” Adams said in the statement. “The investigation should include but not be limited to the department’s handling of the theft in June of the police chief ’s personal handgun.” She said O’Guinn was the victim of a crime and she still has confidence in him. Wepsiec said the question of

whether the police department handled the situation appropriately rests with the city manager and city council. Mayor Joel Fritzler said council members were not alerted before the media of the gun’s link to the slaying. He said the police department reported directly to City Manager Allen Gill, and it was Gill’s responsibility to tell the council. “I guess there was a certain level of embarrassment there that we didn’t know what was going on,” Fritzler said. “Our disappointment is more with the city manager than the chief for not telling us.” Gill had no comment at the press conference. Wepsiec said Jackson County Sheriff Robert Burns agreed to take on the case. “This decision will relieve the

Carbondale officers of the extraneous burdens inherent in investigating a crime committed against their ultimate supervisor,” he said. Wepsiec said the Carbondale police will still be in charge of the investigation of Spencer's death. He said the reason he asked the county department to step in instead of the Illinois State Police is because the county department is local and because he’s had a working relationship with Burns for 26 years. Once the investigation is complete, Wepsiec said he will sit down with the sheriff ’s office to analyze the facts, and he will fully disclose the results of the investigation to the public. “I pledge to you that we — the sheriff ’s office and I — will work diligently on this matter and hold all responsible parties accountable under the law,” he said.


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University prepares to replace Blackboard JACQUELINE MUHAMMAD Daily Egyptian The university is in the process of developing training programs to determine how to implement the learning management system Desire2Learn that will begin to replace Blackboard in Spring 2012. After using the Blackboard learning system for several years, the university chose to transition to a different learning management system for Fall 2012. During the spring, there will be additional training for instructors. In July, Desire2Learn will be implemented for all SIUC students, including those in the School of Medicine. “We were going to have to integrate a new program no matter what we do,” said Heidi Jung, acting associate director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. “This was our opportunity to decide if we wanted to stick with Blackboard or find a program that met our long-term needs.” Jung said the Desire2Learn management system was chosen by a committee after assessing the university’s needs. The university wanted a system that was user friendly, had the tools to measure learning assessments and could integrate Banner – the university’s student information system. John Nicklow, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the university group pulled together to assess the needs of the university and found a system which is more cost efficient and has more capability in assessing learning outcomes. “Blackboard was rapidly increasing its prices. When you look at price, capability and features – which we can use and need – (Desire2Learn) is more beneficial,” Nicklow said. She said the committee focused on the features instructors used from Blackboard, as well as incorporating new requests. “We feel we are meeting the needs of instructors much better by switching to (Desire2Learn),” Jung said. New features allow tracking class attendance and participation. In addition to its functionality, there will be more opportunities for instructors to tailor their course activity within the system.

Vincent Intintoli, assistant professor of finance, uses Blackboard for his Introduction to Finance course. He said it is a necessity in his class due to the large enrollment of students and he uses it to provide grades, post slides and homework. He said he thinks Blackboard is somewhat outdated and not very user-friendly, but overall he hasn’t experienced any major problems or negative feedback from students. Sebum Pense, associate professor of agricultural education, said he uses Blackboard mainly to provide students with notes for class and track their grades. While he does use Blackboard, he said he thinks the idea of transitioning to a new learning system is unnecessary and may be overwhelming for some professors. “I think it’s awkward for everyone involved,” Pense said. “I think people who are tech-savvy will benefit from some of the new tools, but for the vast majority of the faculty and students involved, I don’t think they will use it.” Jung said the university wants to offer students consistency from course to course, allowing them to look at their collegiate career in a holistic perspective. She said the system may also allow instructors to open courses before the first day of school, giving students an early opportunity to look at course content, which could ultimately help them become better prepared for classes and start the learning process early. She said as officials work to set up stable training, instructors can request to have their course content migrated into the new system or choose to completely redesign their course. Jung said after the first year the university hopes to have provide the campus with a system offering better communication tools, a better email system and a better way to analytically assess learning outcomes. She said the university has a oneyear contract with Desire2Learn, and after the first year will be offered a four-year renewal contract.

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Texas prisons end special last meals in executions H OUS TO N —  Texas inmates who are set to be executed will no longer get their choice of last meals, a change prison officials made Thursday after a prominent state senator became miffed over an expansive request from a man condemned for a notorious dragging death. Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed Wednesday for the hate crime slaying of James Byrd Jr. more than a decade ago, asked for two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover’s pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Prison officials said Brewer didn’t eat any of it. “It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege,” Sen. John Whitmire, chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote in a letter Thursday to Brad Livingston, the executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Within hours, Livingston said the senator’s concerns were valid and the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their final meal was history. “Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made,” Livingston said. “They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.”


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Building an education nation in America TOM BROKAW McClatchy-Tribune Think of American education as a house of many rooms, each with a distinct function but taken as a whole, it is shelter against the winds of change buffeting the world and threatening our future. Any objective analysis of that shelter comes to the same conclusion: We have work to do to be sure we're secure and able to hold our own against whatever this new global climate sends our way. That’s the unsettling news. The good news? Work is under way, from the most remote school districts in rural America, to the inner city of our largest urban areas. Standards and expectations are being raised and tested; new teaching techniques are being systematically measured and implemented; new kinds of schools are being constructed and politicians from the White House

to the village green are being held accountable for their commitment to education. For too long in our country, education was a one-size-fits-all model and the place of education in the public arena was more symbolic than real. Candidates regularly proclaimed, "I am running on a platform of pro-education. I'll be the best friend the schools ever had." Campaign intentions quickly gave way to the same old, same old. Then, two dramatic developments set off alarms everywhere. Colleges and companies began to complain that too many high school graduates, not drop outs but graduates, were arriving on their doorstep functionally illiterate and unable to do the simplest form of math. The other development? Our Asian competitors were racing to the top not only of the economic ladder but also the education ladder. They were making massive investments

in education, unencumbered by outmoded structures, political food fights and I give up mentality. Two examples: China requires all junior high students to take courses in biology, chemistry and physics, rightly figuring that science will be the coin of the 21st century. In America, only 18 percent of senior high school students take those courses. As long ago as 1996 I was working in Seoul, South Korea, anchoring “Nightly News� before dawn because of the time difference. I was on a rooftop overlooking a junior high courtyard. At first light every morning the yard was filled with students reading by flashlight, waiting for the doors to open in another hour. I could not imagine a similar scene in my country. Recently President Obama asked the president of South Korea what the issues were with education that he had to confront

and the South Korean leader replied, “Parents demanding more classroom time for their children.� That is not to say there isn't impressive work underway in the public schools of America. Innovative administrators and teachers have designed imaginative curricula and motivational techniques to keep students in the classrooms, and engaged in learning, often with little help from the outside. Yes, there have been problems with the structure and constraints of teachers' unions but those are now on the table and being negotiated. The battle is not over, but at least it has been joined. Wendy Kopp’s innovative idea, Teach For America, is attracting a new generation of energetic and bright young men and women to the profession. Entrepreneurs and captains of industry such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, home building

tycoon Eli Broad and hedge fund billionaires in New York's Robin Hood Foundation have put education reform and excellence at the top of their personal and financial agenda. NBC News has established an ongoing project called Education Nation to keep the issue before the American public. Other journalistic organizations have devoted special coverage to the subject on a regular basis. This is a crusade in which we can all take part. Members of my generation, who owe so much to this country, should be a ready army of volunteer tutors and teacher aides in their communities. Education used to be about reading, writing and arithmetic. No more. Now it is about recognition of the problem, reform of the institution and resolve to do what it takes to place American students of every socio-economic class in the top tier of their peers everywhere.

my friends and family who would gladly take a university teaching position even without a contract because not all professions have that luxury. I would like the faculty to take a step back and look at it from a student’s perspective. As a senior looking into graduate schools, I, as well as my peers, are questioning whether we want to stay at SIUC because of this situation. A strike, although well-

intentioned, does not attract students in the least. If anything, I think it would scare students away because what student would want to pay tuition and devote their time to a university that has cancelled classes and extended semesters because of contract disagreements? I beg you, Faculty Association, to seriously consider what you are doing before you vote to authorize a strike. Take into consideration

how this will negatively affect the entire 19,000 plus student body and the prospective students that are looking into SIUC. We are all part of an excellent research institution, but resorting to these types of activities to gain ground is not the way to showcase this university.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Think of the students before a strike Dear Editor:

I was very disheartened to learn of a possible Faculty Association strike. As a student viewing the situation, it seems like a very unprofessional way of going about things. I am all for a faculty having a contract and having their ‘crucial values, like job security, shared governance and academic freedom,’ but when you resort to going on strike in order to get your

way, the issue no longer involves only you. Quite frankly, I question the motives behind the faculty who are in favor of a strike. Are they here just to make a decent salary and have great job with benefits or are they here for the good of the students because they love the teaching profession regardless of work conditions? I am not saying that working without a contract is fair because it is not, but I can think of many of

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BRENDAN SMITH Daily Egyptian This weekend will mark the third installment of the annual Tall Tree Lake Music Festival. A slew of national and local acts will flock 20 miles south of Carbondale to Goreville's Tall Tree Lake campgrounds. The 50 plus singers, songwriters, bands and DJs will take it to the stage tonight, kicking off the two-day festival. This year’s headliner is jam band legend Leftover Salmon. The act from Boulder, Colorado formed by accident in 1989 when group guitarist and vocalist Vince Herman asked Drew Emmitt, Glenn Keefe and Mark Vann, members of Left Handed String Band at the time, to fill in some missing spots in his line-up. That night Leftover Salmon was formed and the rest is history. This weekend’s performance will mark the band’s first southern

Illinois performance in six years. “For those who were at our first Carbondale gig at Copper Dragon with kegs in the parking lot, at Tall Tree you'll get to celebrate the old times in a brand new way,” Herman said. Herman said music festivals are vital in their ability of exposing goers to a diverse variety of sounds and giving musicians a chance to interact and jam with different bands. “At festivals people are kind of removed from the world,” Herman said. “They can go out a little further out of their comfort zone in festivals, and it’s generally good for the energy circle. The power of live music is really different; playing songs off instruments (rather) than laptops.” “We play real music for real people in real places and it’s been a real treat to get to do it for so long,” Herman said.

&RIDAY The Black Fortys CD release party with Kid Tiger and Royal Smokestacks at Hangar 9 Personnel at Copper Dragon Bosco and Whiteford at PK’s Department of Cinema and Photography’s Film Friday series presents “Citified Copy,” a film by Abbas Kiarostami at the Varsity Center for the Arts

3ATURDAY Family Weekend: SIU vs Missouri State at Saluki Stadium Soothsayers at Hangar 9 Prophets and Kings at PK’s Big Surr; Wild Murphy and the New Year at Tres Hombres.

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Britney Spears looking forward to 30 HILARY FOX NICKI FINLAY Associated Press LOND ON — The singer who created a sensation when she hit the music world in pigtails and knee socks is turning 30 — and Britney Spears says she’s looking forward to it. The U.S. pop star will be on the South American leg of her “Femme Fatale” world tour as she celebrates the landmark birthday Dec. 2. “I hear the older you get, the wiser you get and the more

you know what you want — so hopefully it’ll be a good year,” the woman who was once one of the Internet’s most-searched names told The Associated Press. Spears kicks off a string of European tour dates Thursday in St. Petersburg, but is not scheduled to play on the birthday itself. She has spent the summer performing across North America to generally positive reviews. “The audiences have been just amazing; they’ve been so great to bounce off of and the energy I get from them, it’s great, it’s really cool,” she said.

Her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale,” debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard charts and globally, and Spears targeted it at her female fans. “With the big picture of being ‘Femme Fatale,’ I think it is really inspiring for girls all together feeling very empowered and having a voice and being heard,” she said. The singer was in London to promote her U.K. gigs, which include two in October at London’s O2 Arena. After Russia, she tours across Europe — from Hungary and France to Sweden, Germany

and Britain — before heading to South America in November. With more than 35 gigs left to play before her final date — Dec. 10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico — it’s a demanding schedule, and saying healthy and fit is high on her agenda. “I have a good group of people around me, and we have the show at a certain time every night and we just try to stay consistent on having a routine and staying fit and healthy,” she said. A former child performer, Spears shot to international fame with her 1999 debut album,

“Baby One More Time.” The hits kept coming; including “Oops!.. I Did It Again” and “Toxic,” but her personal life spiraled out of control. She lost temporary custody of her two young boys, had spells in rehab and was admitted to a psychiatric ward. Four years after that public meltdown, Spears is looking forward. And with more than 70 million albums already sold, she says the pressure is off. “You know, I don’t really have anything to prove at this point, so it’s like I just do it for fun and just see what happens,” she said.


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Park District encourages outdoor activities ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian A number of local organizations are attempting to draw people out of their houses and into the outdoors. “There’s a big movement just to get people to go outside,” said Kathy Renfro, executive director of the Carbondale Park District. “People really need that to be healthy and happy.” Mayor Joel Fritzler proclaimed Saturday a Worldwide Day of Play, joining numerous communities in the event sponsored by Nickelodeon, which will stop afternoon programming to encourage families to get outside and play. Locally, the event is being sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and the Park District. Renfro said a lack of outdoor activity can deprive people of a sense of calm, a connection to nature and a sense of community, but the Park District and other local organizations are working toward getting people outside again. This is not the only event where the Park District hopes to draw people out of their houses. The district, along with Land for Learning, will host an educational canoeing trip at Little Grassy Lake Saturday to teach people the basics of canoeing and water safety. It will also include a Dutch oven cookout and an opportunity for participants to camp out at the lake for a lower price. Renfro said she’s particularly excited about another canoe trip the district is hosting Oct. 22 at the Cache River, where participants will explore the northernmost cypress swamp in the U.S. She said no experience is needed and all equipment will be provided. Renfro said the programs aim to get people who are unaccustomed to the outdoors to lose their fear of it. “Part of our mission is to instill the confidence and encouragement that people need


Carbondale Park District is hosting the Little Grassy Lake Canoe and Dutch Oven Cookout Saturday at Little Grassy Lake Campground. The event is catered to people with little or no canoeing experience and

will give lessons on cooking with a Dutch oven. Kathy Renfro, executive director of Carbondale Park District, said she hopes the event will bring people unfamiliar with outdoor activities.

to go out,” she said. Kate Hellgren, environmental education coordinator at Touch of Nature, said going outside is often associated with negative things like ticks, spiders and bad weather. She said parents can pass that attitude on to their children. “Sadly, there’s fear associated with going outside,” Hellgren said. It is fear of each other, though, that Renfro said often keeps people in their houses. She said she thinks it’s the result of negative, often violent, media coverage. Georgia Doss, of Carbondale, said people hole up in their homes to avoid crime on the streets. “People are scared to sit in their yards after sundown, scared to sit on their porch,” she said. “They all go in the house and put the curtains down.” Doss said she and her husband, Roy Doss, go fishing at Campus Lake and elsewhere almost every day to relax and relieve stress. “You get real depressed, get your fishing pole and go out fishing,” she said. Bill Fix, of Herrin, said he and his wife jog and walk around Campus Lake every Wednesday to spend time together in the midst

of their busy schedule. He said he enjoys the aesthetics of the lake, but understands why people don’t go outside as much as they did when he was younger because the world is more dangerous than it used to be. He said it’s important for children to get an outdoor experience, but they’re in more danger outside on their own than when he was younger. Jerry and Lisa Porter said they like to bring their grandson to Evergreen Park so he can get in touch with nature and other children. However, Jerry Porter said he believes children shouldn’t be left to themselves. “I don’t know what to call society anymore,” he said. “It’s untrustworthy is what I’d say.” Renfro said she hopes local efforts to reacquaint people with the outdoors can get them in touch with each other too, and their fear can be turned to friendship. “We really do need to reconnect with each other in order to create an outdoor environment where we all feel safe,” she said.

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Aries — Today is a 9 — Today is a 9 -- There’s a serenity about you that’s attractive. Contribute to your family. Accept circumstances as they are, and be an unstoppable proponent of love.

Cancer — Today is a 9 — You’re entering a prosperous phase. Don’t fritter it all away. This next month you earn greater perspective, seeing all sides of issues. Use this to grow and get your house in order.

Libra — Today is an 8 — You’re the life of the party now. Get together with friends to create new possibilities. What do you have to offer? What can you invent together? Make music.

Capricorn — Today is a 6 — Now’s a good time to reaffirm a commitment (romantic or otherwise). Discover the freedom of knowing where you’re going, or at least knowing who you are.

Taurus — Today is an 8 — The next two days are good for making changes at home. Put in the extra effort for improved output. Friends are happy to help. Whistle while you work, and the love grows.

Leo — Today is a 9 — You’re in charge and looking good. Unleash your brilliance. Follow a strong leader (or be one). Respectfully let others know what you want. Always say “thank you.�

Scorpio — Today is a 7 — Assume more responsibility for the next few days, and don’t expect it to be effortless. However, you’re gaining lost of brownie points. Add a smile and some elbow grease.

Aquarius — Today is an 8 — A partner comes to your rescue when you find yourself lost. Focus on abundance, balance and unity. A tiny bit of frivolity would be okay ... fresh flowers?

Gemini — Today is an 8 — Acceptance and ease rule the day. Get involved with studies and projects that require keen concentration; you’ve got it in spades. Finish up old business to make room for new.

Virgo — Today is a 7 — Followup and completion are key for the next two days. You get farther than expected, and friends help. Take action to forward a brilliant idea.

Sagittarius — Today is a 6 — Go for what you believe to achieve it now. Don’t despair if the road to success has a few potholes, at least you’re on the right road. Aren’t you? Question your presumptions.

Pisces — Today is an 8 — Time to put on those work gloves and start digging for buried treasure. It requires effort, but you’re being extremely productive now. It’s closer than you think.


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Gallagher said the injury has been difficult for her, but Levi continued to come to practice and support the team. “It’s sad that she can’t race because we

all are really close with her,” Gallagher said. “She’s kind of like a mini-coach ... she’s always there cheering us on so she’s still there for us.” Sparks said he will run top runners senior Neal Anderson, sophomores Lucas Cherry, Zach Dahleen and

T.J. Heffernan for the first time this season. “What we would consider four of our top five will be racing for the first time,” Sparks said. “Shaking some of the rust off those guys to see what their progression has been like since we last

Friday, September 23, 2011 saw them race in the spring time.” Sparks said from past experience for the men, SEMO and Evansville will provide strong competition. “I know they (SEMO) always put a target on our back when they come race us, so we’ll have our eye on


them as well,” Sparks said. “Evansville, obviously as a conference rival, has a couple individuals here and there, on the men’s and women’s side.” When Sparks is at the finish line, he said he wants to see the Saluki uniforms cross the line within the first 5-10 runners.


Salukis welcome Bears for season opener CORY DOWNER Daily Egyptian The home opener for Saluki football is no longer just around the corner. We have reached that corner and the team is ready. SIU (1-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) hosts Missouri State (0-3, 0-0 MVFC ) for its first visit to the new Saluki Stadium, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday. The Salukis’ first home game of the season does not have a singular meaning: It’s Saluki Family Weekend for students, parents and faculty members, as well as the start of conference play for the Salukis’ young season. Coach Dale Lennon said this is a game he and his team have been looking forward to since the start of the season. “You ask the guys what the biggest game of the year is, and this is it,” Lennon said. “I think it’s important to get that first win because that can make all the difference in the world with what kind of season you have.” The Bears are still looking for their first win of the season, and Lennon said he expects them to have a chip on their shoulder to avoid four straight losses. “No. 1: They don’t like us,” Lennon said. “They’ve played at Arkansas and Oregon, so coming to Carbondale won’t intimidate them.” MSU opened up its season with a 51-7 loss at Arkansas, then had another big loss two weeks later when

they went to Oregon and left Eugene with a final score of 56-7. Despite the lopsided scores in two of the three Bears’ games, senior tight end C.J. Robertson said the games against top teams in the nation can help MSU and contribute to success later in the season. He said it is important for the Salukis to stay focused on Saturday’s game and not look too deep into the Bears’ winless record. “They’re a pretty good team and they came in and played some elite teams,” Robertson said. “They’re going to improve (by) playing these teams despite the score.” He said this game has been in the back of his mind for a while, particularly with the significance of playing in front of the hometown crowd. “We have to defend this place; it’s our home,” Robertson said. “It’s like a snowball effect from here on out. We can get some momentum going and carry it through the rest of the season.” The Salukis are coming off a bye week after only having played two games thus far in the season, and both Robertson and senior left tackle David Pickard said it was a timely opportunity for the team to rest up after the physically rough game against Ole Miss. Pickard said this is the perfect opportunity for the team to get healthy and back on track as the team has all but one conference game left in the season.


Sophomore inside linebacker Bryan Presume, tries to avoid a tackle Aug. 30 by sophomore outside linebacker Juan Carlos Avila during training at the practice field outside of the Saluki Stadium. “We’ve got a nine-week stretch here where we’re going to play eight conference games,” Pickard said. “Obviously everyone wants to win the first one and I’m sure they feel the same way.”

The Salukis will be playing their first home game against Missouri State Saturday at 6 p.m. SIU will also be hosting Saluki Family Weekend Tailgate before the game begins.

The Salukis lost 51-41 to MSU last season in an offensive assault, and Lennon said his team is prepared to do what it takes to win the 2011 home opener.

“If we have to be in a shootout, we’ll be in a shootout,” Lennon said. “If it’s going to be a defensive battle, then we’re ready for a defensive battle.”


Volleyball plays Creighton, Drake returns to Davies Gym Team looks to rebound after last week’s heartbreaker at Bradley

JOE RAGUSA Daily Egyptian SIU women’s volleyball returns to Davies Gymnasium this weekend for their first home conference games of the season, yet the sting of Saturday’s defeat against Bradley still resonates throughout the team. “We started strong, we were up two (sets) to none, but we just didn’t close the door,” assistant coach Peter Chang said. “We gave them a little room to come in and next thing you know, they’re back in the room with us.” SIU (5-5,0-2 Missouri Valley Conference) hit .147 over their last three sets in a loss to Bradley that finished last in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2010. Friday’s match against Drake (4-10, 0-1 MVC) will be their first game since the loss and the first home game of the year at Davies Gymnasium. “Normally we leave right after an (away) game and go home, but we stayed in Peoria until about 10:30 p.m and didn’t get home until around three in the morning,” junior outside hitter Laura Thole said. “We’ve never had a meeting that long before.”

Chang said he met with each player individually during practice this week to make sure the team was doing alright after Saturday’s loss. “I didn’t even watch film with them; I just wanted to talk more about the mental and technical side,” Chang said. “Most of the girls went through a tough time, and they don’t want to taste (defeat) again. That’s what I wanted to hear.” SIU takes that attitude into its today’s match against Drake, the team that defeated them twice last year, including a sweep at Davies Gymnasium Sept. 18, 2010. “Drake lost one of their very strong outsides (Angela Bys), along with their right side (Alisa DeBerg-Roth) and libero (Alana Wittenberg), but they have a lot coming back,” head coach Brenda Winkeler said. “You’ll see a lot of different things from them, but we’re different as well.” Drake’s junior outside hitter Whitney Westrum came up to replace Bys and DeBerg-Roth this season and has a team-high of 153 kills to go along with 111 digs. As a team, Drake is last in the MVC in hitting percentage (.121) and kills

(11.27 per set), but is fourth in digs with 16 per set and third in blocks with 2.34 per set. SIU takes on Creighton (6-7, 1-0 MVC) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and will compete for its first win against the Blue Jays since the 2002 season. Last season Creighton ended SIU’s early eight-game winning streak with a three-set sweep at Davies Gymnasium Sept. 17, 2010. “Creighton was a team that we fought hard in three last year that we thought wouldn’t be as strong, but ended up being a top 15 program in the country,” Winkeler said. “They play a lot of hard opponents in the preseason and when game time is on in the Valley, they’re always there.” Creighton’s junior setter Megan Bober will be the focus of Winkeler’s defense Saturday. The left-handed player has a team-high of 327 assists to go along with 97 digs and 106 kills. “We see a strong middle from them and they’re running a totally different offense (from last season) with two setters in their offense (Bober and freshman Michelle Sicner). We’ll see (Bober) in the back as a setter and up front as

a hitter,” Winkeler said. “We’re working a lot this week on our left side. It’s tough; we don’t see a lot of lefties and we see two in Creighton and Drake, so luckily we have Coach (Tammi Fries), who is a lefty, helping us get ready for that.” Although Drake and Creighton’s attack toward SIU may be different than last year, Chang said the most

important thing to the Salukis is playing their own game, and when they do that, the wins will come. “Right now, all of the teams are going through this, and we’re trying to focus more on what we do on our side of the court,” Chang said. “If we can get a win, that’s great, but if we can compete and do what we’re supposed to do, I’ll be happy with that.”


Freshman setter Krista Menghini runs drills Thursday during practice at Davies Gymnasium. The Salukis will host matches today and Saturday against Drake and Creighton at Davies Gymnasium.




First conference game serves as Saluki’s home opener.

Salukis return to Davies Gym to host weekend matches






Cross-country on the run with Saluki Invitational NAREG KURTJIAN Daily Egyptian The SIU cross-country team will race competitively for the third time this season as they host the Saluki Invitational. The meet will begin 10 a.m. Saturday for women and the men will push ground at 10:45 a.m. This is the third meet of the season for the Salukis, but it will be the team’s final home event. The Salukis will have two meets remaining before conference and national championship contention begins. Senior runner Jamie Pfister said this race has a greater importance because it’s her final home meet. “I try to run every race like it’s my last race,� Pfister said. “But it’s going to be a special meet.� Every year the meet brings in anywhere from six to 10 teams throughout the region. Competing teams this year include, Kaskaskia College, McKendree University, Millikin University, Southeast Missouri State, the University of Evansville and SIU. For the women’s team, the underclassmen continue to play a large role with their top finishes in the first two meets. Pfister said she has been impressed with how the freshmen have performed and the maturity level they’ve had as the season has progressed. “The freshmen have all been stepping up (and) willing to take some leadership roles that usually freshmen aren’t asked to take� Pfister said. Freshman runner Kelley Gallagher, top finisher for SIU at the Walt Crawford open Sept. 9, said she thinks the freshmen help bring consistency to the team. “I think we really put a lot of depth to the team,� Gallagher said. “I don’t think


From left, freshman Kelley Gallagher, freshman Tori Parry, and sophomore Eileen Schweiss stretch before running that many people expect to have a group of nine freshmen so close together, kind of like an x-factor, I think.� Head coach Matt Sparks said of the visiting teams, SEMO brings a good challenge for the girls as both they and SIU have some question marks to answer in terms of who will make the most of opportunities.

Wednesday at the cross-country course. SIU is hosting the Saluki Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“On paper it looks like SEMO will be a good a race for our women,� Sparks said. “Every week out is such a learning curve for the coaches and the athletes to see who we can count on and how they’re going to perform.� Freshman runner Kristen Levi continues to be inactive for the meet with a foot injury. She had a first-place finish in the SIU Early Bird Sept. 2, but

Sparks said he will have to decide on her role for the remainder of the season. “She’s still having some foot problems,� Sparks said. “It’s looking like she’s probably not going to compete the rest of the year so we’ll try and get a medical redshirt for her.� Please see CROSS-COUNTRY | 11

Daily Egyptian 9/23/11  

The Daily Egyptian for September 23rd, 2011