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arbondale Police Officer Tim McVey writes citations for underage drinking, consumption of an open container and resisting arrest at about 1 a.m. Sunday at the corner of University Avenue and Cherry Street. Party-goers in costumes filled the streets of Carbondale this weekend as part of Unofficial Halloween, leading police to simultaneously increase foot patrols. McVey wrote the tickets from one of the multiple parking lots observed in and around the Arbor District and the

Strip that served as hubs for no fewer than 15 patrol cars Saturday night. Students have taken to celebrating Halloween a week early as the Strip has been shut down during the official holiday since 2000 because of rioting. Sgt. Mark Diedrick also worked the night shift Saturday with McVey and said he wasn’t sure if problems such as underage drinking were a signature of any particular weekend. “This isn’t different from any other day of the week for me,” he said.

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A former SIUC student has filed a second lawsuit against the university, claiming she lost two jobs because her doctoral degree failed to be posted. Christi Turpin, who attended the graduate school in the late 1990s, said she was fired from two positions after background checks did not find the doctoral degree she listed on her curriculum vitae. Turpin said she finished her doctoral dissertation and defended it in front of her dissertation committee in March 1999. Turpin filed a federal lawsuit in

2007 against Graduate Dean John Koropchak, Associate Graduate Dean and Graduate School Director David Wilson, and Nancy Mundschenk, a professor of educational psychology and special education. But because the defendants are employees of the state, the court determined the university and the state were the real parties of interest. The case was then dismissed and Turpin was instructed to bring it to the Illinois Court of Claims. Turpin appealed the decision, which was affirmed in June 2009. “(Turpin’s) allegations are serious, and she deserves her day in court. Just not in federal court,” the court opinion states. Turpin said the case is now in the Illinois Court of Claims and depositions are currently being held. Turpin first learned the university had not posted the degree in 2003

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when employed by Parkway School District in St. Louis, according to the lawsuit. Court documents indicate Wilson then sent a letter to the school district saying the degree was not posted because some paperwork was misplaced. “This error is now being corrected and the degree will be posted in an appropriate manner,” the 2003 letter reads. Turpin said she believed the problem to have been solved, but encountered it again in 2007 when she was hired by McCarthy Building Companies. The construction company also determined through

a background check the doctoral degree had not been posted and Turpin said Wilson and Koropchak then denied she had ever earned the degree. Turpin was fired from the position, where she had a salary of $160,000. Court documents indicate that in an October 2007 meeting, Mundschenk denied signing off on Turpin’s dissertation and informed her of revisions she needed to make. Turpin said this was the first she heard of any necessary revisions and she has since completed the request. See DEGREE | 3

Veterans will soon have one place to go for all of their needs. An unfunded state mandate, put into action in August, requires all universities in Illinois to create a position to help coordinate the veterans on campuses. Interim Provost Don Rice said the only thing the state has really required out of the position is that it exists. “I think the first person in this position is going to help create what that position is going to do,” Rice said. “The state wants a veteran to fill that roll, but they haven’t detailed what that person should do. I think it’s going to vary from university to university depending what you already have in place.” Rice said the position would initially be an extra help position, but it would eventually become a permanent position. Larry Dietz, vice chancellor for student affairs, said the state has mandated that someone be in the position by Nov. 1, so an interim would be selected by then before a search begins for someone to fill the position permanently. “We’re thinking about bringing in someone on an extra help assignment to be able to comply with the legislative mandate, and then do a search shortly there after,” Dietz said. Dietz said he would meet with Rice today to discuss what they would like to do with the position. An extra help position means someone can be appointed to the position, but they have a maximum of 900 hours they can work before they have to step down from that role. After that, someone else can be appointed as extra help, or the position can be transformed into a permanent position. Peter Gitau, dean of students, said Chris Piha, a senior from Carol Stream studying history, has unofficially filled the position as a student worker. “Because it’s going to be a fulltime position, you can expect an enhancement of that coordinating role,” Gitau said. “There will be higher expectations. There will be a role in which this person is coordinating different offices that are serving vets.” Gitau said a search committee would be formed in the coming weeks, and he hopes for the position to be filled by January. Rice said Piha could be one of the potential candidates to fill the position because of the work he has already done. “He knows that there are some things they need to know how to get to,” Rice said. “They need to deal with housing, they need to know how to deal with financial aid.” But in Gitau’s talks with Piha, he said Piha does not feel as though he is entitled to the position. See VETERAN | 2


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FAMILY FUN Alexis Bergman, right, a freshman studying zoology, sits with her mother, Sue Bergman, during the Harvest Brunch at the Student Center Sunday. Alexis’ family was in Carbondale for SIU’s Family Weekend and attended several events together, including the craft sale and the football game.

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“He said that he would want to make sure that the best person for this position gets it,” Gitau said. “It’s great to know that we have at least one viable candidate, because once you cut the net you don’t know who’s going to come here.” Gitau said having Piha as a candidate is a relief, because while many searches yield a good number of qual-

ity candidates, others bring in almost none that are qualified. Rice said the person who takes the position would report to Gitau, and a veteran would fill it. Rice said, because the position is not being funded by the state, it would come out of either his or Dietz’s budget. “He and I are flipping coins for who has to pay for it,” Rice said. Rice said he thinks the position would be vital in helping to assist

veterans making the transition to college. “It will be nice to have somebody to coordinate for vets who are coming in, coordinate their abilities to maneuver and get where they need to go,” Rice said. Piha said he was not allowed to comment because of his candidacy for the position.

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Disney College Program Presentations • Informational presentation on paid internships at Walt Disney World • 6 p.m. Tuesday in Lawson 171 and 12 p.m. Wednesday in the Illinois Room at the Student Center

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According to court documents, Stephen McKasson, a document examiner hired by Turpin’s attorney, Darrel Dunham, states his analysis of Mundschenk’s signatures show she did sign off on Turpin’s dissertation. “There are also subtle similarities of construction, which, in my

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opinion, a forger would not be able to see and duplicate,” McKasson states in the September 2009 letter.

Turpin said she believes the issue is that the university and administrators do not want to be re-

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sponsible for the damages she now seeks in addition to her posted doctoral degree. “They owe me this degree,” Turpin said. “Now we’re looking at a lawsuit that’s going to be several million dollars.” SIU spokesman Dave Gross said he did not have an official statement from the university, but the legal process would unfold the

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whole story. “It’s a pending legal matter,” Gross said. “The judicial system is going to sort it out.” Koropchak declined to comment on ongoing litigation. Turpin said depositions would be held within the next few weeks. Madeleine Leroux can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 254.

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BAG H DAD, Iraq — Two powerful suicide car bombs blew up outside the Justice Ministry and city government offices in downtown Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 136 people in the deadliest attack in more than two years. Iraqi leaders said the attacks aimed to disrupt political progress in the months leading up to January’s crucial elections. While violence has dropped dramatically in the country since the height of the sectarian tensions, the latest bombings underscored the precarious nature of the security gains and the insurgency’s abilities to still pull off devastating attacks in the center of what is supposed to be one of Baghdad’s most secure areas. The street where the blasts occurred had just been reopened to vehicle traffic six months ago. Shortly after, blast walls were repositioned to allow traffic closer to the government buildings. Such changes were touted by Iraq’s prime minister as a sign that safety was returning to the city. “The perpetrators of these treacherous and despicable acts are no longer hiding their objective but to the contrary, they publicly declare that they are targeting the state ... and aiming at blocking the political process, halting it and destroying what we have achieved in the last six years,” President Jalal Talabani said. President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous attacks,” saying they “reveal the hateful and destructive agenda of those who would deny the Iraqi people the future that they deserve.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the “savage” suicide bombings attacks will not succeed in undermining Iraq’s progress toward stability, self-reliance and justice based on the rule of law. There have been no claims of responsibility so far, but massive car bombs have been the hallmark

of the Sunni insurgents seeking to overthrow the country’s Shiitedominated government. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki blamed al-Qaida and members of deposed regime of Saddam Hussein for the blasts aiming to “block the political process and the elections.”

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T E H R A N , Iran — U.N. inspectors entered a once-secret uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection that raised Western suspicions about the extent and intent of Iran’s nuclear program. The visit Sunday by the four-member International Atomic Energy Agency team, reported by state media, was the first independent look inside the planned nuclear fuel lab, a former ammunition dump burrowed into the treeless hills south of Tehran and only publicly disclosed last month.

IS L A M A B A D — The Pakistani army claimed advances in its eight-day old offensive in a Taliban stronghold along the Afghan border Sunday, while the militants’ chief warned of more terrorist attacks around the country unless the military halted the assault. The army moved into South Waziristan vowing to crush a militant network it says is behind 80 percent of the suicide bombings that have rocked the country over the last three years. Washington has encouraged the operation because militants there are believed to shelter al-Qaida leaders and attack Western troops in Afghanistan.

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“The cowardly terrorist acts will not break the will of the Iraqi people to continue the political process,” al-Maliki said. Black smoke billowed from the frantic scene, as emergency service vehicles sped to the area to treat the nearly 600 wounded. Even civilian cars were being commandeered to transport the wounded to hospitals. “The walls collapsed and we had to run out,” said Yasmeen Afdhal, 24, an employee of the Baghdad provincial administration, which was targeted by one of the car bombs. “There are many wounded, and I saw them being taken away. They were pulling victims out of the rubble, and rushing them to ambulances.” At least 25 staff members of the Baghdad Provincial Council, which runs the city, were killed in the bombing, said council member Mohammed al-Rubaiey. Three American contractors were among the wounded. The provincial council is the city government, which oversees a broad range of city services including distribution of food ration cards, a holdover from Saddam-era sanctions against Iraq. The council also administers garbage collection, electricity and the distribution of fuel for generators and is responsible for the maintenance of the cities schools. It is composed of 57 directly elected representatives. The blasts are a blow to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has staked his reputation and re-election hopes on returning security to the country. The attacks came as Iraq was preparing for elections scheduled

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for January. Officials have warned that violence by insurgents intent destabilizing the country could rise. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon urged “all Iraqis to unite in the face of these deplorable acts and to work with heightened urgency to protect Iraq’s political progress.” The area where the blasts occurred is just a few hundred yards from the Green Zone that houses the U.S. Embassy as well as the prime minister’s offices. The attacks occurred just hours before Iraq’s top leadership was scheduled to meet with heads of political parties on Sunday and reach a compromise on the disputed election law ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote in January. The explosive-laden vehicles were sitting in parking garages next to the two government building, police said. “They are targeting the government and the political process in the country,” Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Mousawi, spokesman for the city’s operations command center, said.

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WA S H I N G TO N — Businesses would not be required to provide health insurance under legislation being readied for Senate debate, but large firms would owe significant penalties if any worker needed government subsidies to buy coverage on their own, according to Democratic officials familiar with talks on the bill. For firms with more than 50 employees, the fee could be as high as $750 multiplied by the total size of the work force if only a few workers needed federal aid, these officials said. That is a more stringent penalty than in a bill that recently cleared the Senate Finance Committee.

WA S H I N G TO N — Top lawmakers sparred Sunday over the timing of President Barack Obama’s decision on how to move ahead in Afghanistan, with Republicans urging a quick move to boost troop levels and Democrats counseling patience. In partisan displays, senators generally agreed on the need to support whatever Afghan government emerges from a Nov. 7 run-off election between President Hamid Karzai and challenger Abdullah Abdullah. But they differed on exactly how to do that and when.

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On Oct. 15, tired of the stress of his mundane life, young Falcon Heene stole away in his father’s homemade balloon. As he climbed into the balloon he took one last look at the ground and closed his eyes — he knew what he had to do. Imagining his soul flying high in the sky, he cut the rope with a light saber his father had stolen from an alien and departed the familiarity of the earth. As he rushed upwards he breathed in the sweet air of freedom, wondering if this is how it feels to be a bird. Just as he thought this, a flock of geese descended upon him and approximately five to 10 of them grasped him with their talons and removed him from the balloon. Frightened, Falcon struggled to free himself from their grasp, not

realizing that he was 7,000 feet above the ground. It was at that very moment Falcon realized the true meaning of his name. Empowered with this realization, Falcon out-stretched his arms and took to the sky, like the creature he was meant to be. As Falcon soared with the geese the balloon tumbled to the ground. Rescue responders on the ground mistakenly thought he had fallen out and began a panicked search, but once they discovered what had happened they completely understood and no one got charged with any crimes. Sure, this sounds ridiculous, but is it just as ridiculous as media outlets worldwide reporting non-stop about a boy who might have possibly stolen his father’s balloon, based solely on the fact that his brother saw him climb in it? Or, is it just as ridiculous that it was all a hoax, set up by the family because they knew that the media would behave exactly like it did? Balloon Boy is a journalist’s dream because it basically reports its self: boy takes off in balloon,

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family in panic, tearful calls to 911, helicopter chases, balloon crashes, boy not in it, helicopter chases, might have fallen out, massive search. I mean, really, you don’t have to say anything extra, just by reporting the story as it “really” happened is enough. However, we all know that (aside from the balloon taking off ) nothing else the media reported really happened. Nobody fell out of the balloon, there was never anybody in the balloon and the child in question was in his parent’s garage the entire time. The only thing that really happened as it was supposed to happen was that Balloon Boy’s parents,

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Mayumi and Richard Heene, got what they wanted. They wanted to be on the news and they wanted to be on talk shows, and they wanted to have people talk about them. And it was all going great until Balloon Boy had to go and spill the beans on Larry King Live (he said his parents told him to hide in the garage so they could be on TV), then throw up on Good Morning America. With criminal charges being filed against them, perhaps the Heenes are getting some attention they don’t really want. In the end, everyone got something from the saga of Balloon Boy: the Heene’s got to be on TV, the media got (and still has) an exciting story and I got something to write about this week. Believe what you may about the motives of the Heene’s or the integrity of our news media, but I will continue to believe that young Falcon is still out there, flying ever closer to that elusive dream we call freedom. Bucklin is a senior studying political science.


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Rated: R Release Date: 10/24 Directed by: Kevin Greutert Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith Rating: DThis is the sixth installment in the “Saw” movie franchise. This is just not fair. There were not even six “Mighty Ducks” movies and not even “Major League” comes close to the “Saw” sequel count. Tobin Bell returns as Jigsaw, pulling all of his murder games from beyond the grave. Reading back through the movies’ plot, Jigsaw died in the third film, but here he is again subjecting audiences to more gruesome kills. The filmmakers did try to inject some social commentary into “Saw VI” by using health care-employed people to subject his horrors upon. Poor occupation decision for these people because ol’ Jigsaw was once turned down for a medical procedure. Nothing in very facet the film works. Every facet of the of the film film is sorry, from is sorry, from the acting to the the acting to the directing to the lame script. It is directing to the almost easy to feel sorry for the lame script. It is actors in the film. almost easy to They cannot do much with what feel sorry for the they have been actors in the film. given.

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lease plays out like its only necessity is tying up loose ends from the other films. The film has more flashbacks than a “How I Met Your Mother” episode. There are moments when tension is trying to be built, but the film does nothing to make the audience care about the characters at all. Their deaths are inevitable and lacking in surprise.

The release of these films each year during Halloween time is one tradition that needs to die, or just head straight to DVD. For some good scares this holiday stick with a classic from Blockbuster or something other than “Saw VI,” it will only frustrate and confuse. Luke McCormick can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 275.


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Down 1 Grumpy mood 2 Morays, e.g. 3 Lawn burrower 4 Arouse, as passion 5 Watch covertly 6 The E in Q.E.D. 7 Solemn promise 8 Sister of Zsa Zsa 9 Fit for a king 10 Biblical cry of adoration 11 Popular Apple 12 Himalayan giant 13 Fit to be drafted 18 Queue 22 Political takeovers 24 Kellogg’s toaster pastry 25 “Alas, poor __!”: Hamlet 26 Persian Gulf emirate 27 Wonderland girl 28 Rodent kept as a house pet 30 Baby beds

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Horoscopes By Linda C. Black

Today’s Birthday — This year is a bit difficult at first. Consult a teacher to resolve a problem instead of letting it fester. Imagination provides just what you need to increase your income now. Buy some new power clothes. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 9 — The name of the game today is passion. Arrange your environment and your attire appropriately. Friday’s answers

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Notice how easy it is to fall into step with a female friend. The two of you take off in a whole new direction. Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is an 8 — Your energy is running away with you. A female can help you get more centered and grounded. Ask for suggestions.

46 Frequent, as a diner 47 Like ripe peaches 48 Riga native 49 Distinctive emanation 50 Muffin ingredient 51 Infatuated, old-style 52 “This is my best effort” 53 Any minute now 54 Guitarist Clapton 57 Somme summer 58 Privileges: Abbr.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — You know what you want. Find out what your partner wants. See if you can add two and two to get four. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Go for broke. The gods are on your side, and so are other people. Go out to dinner to celebrate! Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — You see that someone else is suffering. Lift that person’s spirits with nourishing ideas — and food. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — You see a way to transform a problem into an elegant solution. A female provides just the right touch. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Others can accomplish a lot more than you can today. Don’t worry. You’ll get your work done in plenty of time.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 7 — If you’ve been doing your homework, you needn’t sweat the details. Everything falls into place for the two of you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — Choose your actions to appeal to both male and female. Guys want action. The ladies prefer elegance.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Forward movement is impeded by emotional resistance. Who’s resisting? Check that out with your partner.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —Today is an 8 — Everybody loves a lover. Polish your romantic act and make progress in every work and social situation.

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CHRIS LEE | M C C LATCHY TRIBUNE St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger (10) gets sacked by Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter. The Colts defeated the Rams 42-6 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Sunday.

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ST. LO UI S — The Indianapolis Colts were too good Sunday for Peyton Manning to tie the NFL record with his sixth straight 300yard game. It wouldn’t have been appropriate for Manning to try for the mark the way his unbeaten team was beating up on the woeful St. Louis Rams. Manning still threw for three touchdowns in a 42-6 victory. “He functions pretty well within the system,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “He does a great job leading our team and being a field general. I don’t think he reached 300 yards, but nevertheless he was very effective.” Manning was 23 for 34 for 235 yards, and the defense got its first score of the year on rookie Jacob Lacey’s 35-yard interception return. Looking fresh coming off their bye, the Colts won their 15th straight regular-season game and set a franchise record with their eighth straight road victory. “My hat’s off to them,” Rams defensive tackle Clifton Ryan said. “Don’t be surprised if they compete for a Super Bowl.” There were plenty of cheers from a sellout crowd that included a healthy contingent of Indianapolis fans, many of whom lingered to salute players after the game. “We had a great following today. It was outstanding,” said tight end Dallas Clark, who had a 27yard touchdown catch. “When we were introduced it felt like a home game.”

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e have to learn to put four good quarters together. We don’t know how to win a game right now.

The Colts are 6-0 for the fourth time in five seasons. The Rams (0-7) lost their 17th straight regular-season game, wasting a season-best 134 yards on 23 carries by Steven Jackson. St. Louis’ highlight came on its opening possession, a 50-yard flea-flicker from Marc Bulger to Donnie Avery to the Colts 14, but the drive fizzled and the Colts forced a short field goal. Jackson has three 100-yard games but no touchdowns. The Rams have been drilled by the Packers, Vikings and Colts in three home games by a combined 116-33. “We have to learn to put four good quarters together,” Jackson said. “We don’t know how to win a game right now.” The Colts intercepted Bulger twice, and Dwight Freeney ran his sack streak to seven straight games — three off the NFL record — by beating rookie Jason Smith. Safety Bob Sanders (knee surgery) got out of his season debut unscathed, getting 25 snaps and making his lone stop on Jackson one play after whiffing on Avery. “Everything looks good,” Sanders said. “It’s been a long time since I played a game and not had any trouble.” Indianapolis’ offense had plenty despite losing Reggie Wayne

— Steven Jackson Rams running back

(groin) for a quarter and Donald Brown (shoulder) for most of the last three quarters. The Colts led 21-3 at halftime and never looked back, even without huge numbers from Manning, who missed a chance to tie Steve Young, Kurt Warner and Rich Gannon for the longest string of 300-yard games in NFL history. Manning wasn’t sacked and rarely touched. He did hit one milestone, passing Warren Moon for fourth on the career completion list. “I really appreciate the protection I’ve been getting,” Manning said. “It’s something I don’t take for granted.” Wayne had seven catches for 83 yards with a 6-yard scoring reception on the opening drive, but seemed to lack burst after returning and had one catch for 7 yards the rest of the way. “He was feeling it a little bit toward the end of the second half, so we took him out,” Caldwell said. “Hopefully he can recover from it quickly.” There’s been no suspense to the Colts’ last four games, won by a total of 138-42. That no doubt hurt Manning, who had 24 yards passing in the fourth quarter, although that total included an 8-yard scoring pass to Austin Collie.

P I T TSB U RG H — Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings were anything but perfect. The Vikings couldn’t gain a halfyard when it might have turned the game, then watched the Steelers’ bigplay defense end their unbeaten season with two long touchdown returns in the final six minutes. LaMarr Woodley’s 77-yard fumble return and Keyaron Fox’s 82-yard interception return on turnovers by Favre allowed the Steelers to turn back Minnesota’s repeated comeback attempts, and the Steelers rode three major defensive stands to an important 27-17 victory Sunday. The anticipated quarterback showdown between Favre and NFL passing leader Ben Roethlisberger became a defensive duel. And the Super Bowl champion Steelers (5-2) — No. 1 defensively the last two seasons — are tough to beat in any game that’s decided by defense. The Vikings (6-1) conceded as much in the third quarter when, after failing to score from a half-yard out on three plays in which Peterson got the ball only once, they settled for a field goal that kept Pittsburgh in the lead at 13-10. To the Steelers, the goal-line stand was as decisive as the two defensive touchdowns that followed. “That’s the biggest point of the game,” safety Ryan Clark said. “You have the best running back in the world and you don’t give it to him. They’re saying they can’t beat us running, and that’s a major statement when you have the guy they have back there.” Woodley’s return, with the linebacker huffing and puffing for the final 30 yards after Brett Keisel stripped Favre of the ball, was reminiscent of James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl against Arizona. Coach Mike Tomlin called it “one of those slow-motion moments that are a joy in this business.” The touchdown put the Steelers up 20-10 with 6:23 remaining, after the Vikings drove to the Steelers 8 and were in position to take their first lead since Peterson’s 2-yard touchdown run put them up 7-3 in the second quarter. “I got to the 40 and I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Woodley said. The Vikings weren’t done, not in this season of last-minute surprises. Percy Harvin answered with an 88yard kickoff return touchdown, but

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— Brett Favre Vikings quarterback

Favre couldn’t pull this one out after twice previously rallying the Vikings in the closing minutes. “There were a lot of what ifs, a lot of reasons we didn’t win,” Favre said. “The red zone was one of them. They’re physical, and they were as good as we thought they’d be. ... When I came here and looked at our schedule (and saw the Steelers game), I went, ‘Oh-h-h.’” With Favre hitting Peterson on a 29-yard pass play, the Vikings drove to the Steelers 18 with just over a minute remaining, and their biggest victory of an improbably good season awaited. But Fox intercepted Favre’s pass intended for Chester Taylor and returned it almost the length of the field, with nearly every Viking except Favre in pursuit. Favre had been intercepted only twice previously. “Brett tried to force it in there and the running back bobbled it and slipped out of his hands and it fell into my lap,” Fox said. “I had just run across the field after Peterson and I was winded, so it felt like it was 100plus yards.” The Vikings’ most significant missed opportunity came when they had the ball only a foot or so from the goal line midway through the third period. Peterson, held to 69 yards on 18 carries after averaging 161.5 yards in his first two games against AFC North teams, failed to get in on first down. On the next two downs, Favre couldn’t get the ball to covered receivers in the end zone. Coach Brad Childress then settled for Ryan Longwell’s 18-yard field goal rather than go for it on fourth down, as the crowd of 65,597 — a Steelers record at Heinz Field — loudly cheered the potentially decisive stand. “We had three chances,” Favre said. “It’s easy to look back now and say we should’ve done this or should’ve done that. I would think handing it to Adrian, he’d get it in. I’m sure he will say he should’ve went in, but ...” Peterson said, “Playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers and their defense — I felt it’s the best defense we’re going to face — you’ve got to get those seven points. I was highly upset about having to settle for three points.”


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RYAN VOYLES rvoyles @siu.edu

He already runs an offseason hitting camp that multiple players attend, and he was a pretty decent hitter in his time, albeit with controversy surrounding him. And the best part, the horrible reign of Hal McRae is finally over in STL!Whenever a hitting coach goes on the record as saying he prefers his batters see no more than 3 pitches in an at-bat, you know it’s time to say goodbye.

I would comment on the signing, but I don’t want to talk about the past. I will only look at the future at this point in time, and if he is the future, so be it. I don’t want to talk about the past though.

RYAN SIMONIN rsimmy @siu.edu

DEREK ROBBINS drobbins @siu.edu

I think Mark McGwire as hitting coach will be a good fit, regardless of what happened at the end of his career. He knows the game and knows what makes a good hitter. There are some things a ball player just doesn’t forget. Once again it will also be a pleasure to see one of the best managers in baseball, Tony La Russa, coming back with a new contract with the birds on the bat.

EVAN DAVIS | D AILY E GYPTIAN Saluki running back Deji Karim lunges forward for extra yardage as he is taken down in Saturday’s 27-8 victory over Youngstown State University on Family Weekend at McAndrew Stadium. Karim broke 1,000 yards for the season Saturday but was held under 100 yards for the game.

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Highlights in the match for SIU included Berwanger getting her 39th career double-double with 16 kills and a match-high 21 digs. Junior Alicia Johnson added a match-high 19 kills. Winkeler said after Friday’s match that the only way to beat Northern Iowa was for SIU to play better as a team than it did against Bradley. Winkeler’s desire for better team play did not come in the match Saturday against UNI. The Salukis lost the first game 25-12 while being out-hit .257 to -.098. “We didn’t do the little things in that first set,” Winkeler said. “We

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weren’t staying on our base, (UNI) was tipping in front of us and we needed to take control and not be afraid to put the ball down.” In the first game, SIU committed 10 errors and had only six kills in 41 attempts. SIU bounced back after the first set and played much closer to Northern Iowa over the next sets, out-hitting the Panthers in every set but the last one, where NIU outhit SIU .366 to .295. “The key for us was staying excited and believing in ourselves,” freshman middle blocker Alysia Mayes said. “As long as we keep our energy up, we’re a very good team.” Winkeler said she felt the team

he key for us was staying excited and believing in ourselves.

— Alysia Mayes SIU freshman middle blocker

performed better in the loss against Northern Iowa than it did in the victory against Bradley. The Salukis had 19 errors against Bradley and 23 errors against UNI. Berwanger said she thinks this could be a turning point in the season. “We showed that we could play against the first place team in the conference,” Berwanger said. “This gives us a huge amount of confidence going into our second half.” With the victory over SIU, NIU has won 18 straight matches dating back to Sept. 2. SIU goes on the road next weekend to face Indiana State and Illinois State. Winkeler said playing on the road would not be a big deal for the team. “I haven’t seen any evidence that we play better at home than we do away,” Winkeler said. “I’m not that worried about going on the road.” Derek Robbins can be reached at 356-3311 ext. 261.

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not speculate on it. “I’m not going to make any comments on that until I know for sure. I’m not the guy that can make that call,” Lennon said. Lennon said Dieker may require X-rays, and those would not be done until Monday. He said that would give the team a better idea of the extent of Dieker’s injury. For the near future, it looks

like McIntosh will be the new face under center. He said he would not change anything in his approach as he prepares to become the leader of the offense. “I’ll just keep going week by week and preparing like I always do,” McIntosh said. “Everybody always prepares like they’re going to go in any time. That’s what we’re just going to have to do the rest of the season.” Ryan Voyles can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 256.

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EVAN DAVIS | D AILY E GYPTIAN Redshirt quarterback Paul McIntosh keeps the ball for a rush while the offensive line creates a hole in Saturday’s 27-8 victory over Youngstown State University on Family Weekend at McAndrew Stadium. McIntosh also completed an 86-yard pass to Joe Allaria, which was the second-longest touchdown pass in SIU history.

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Even with injuries and a stagnant offense, SIU found a way to take care of business. The No. 3 Salukis (6-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) continued their dominance over the conference Saturday at McAndrew Stadium with a 27-8 victory over the Youngstown State Penguins. It was SIU’s 11th straight victory over conference opponents. The win was bittersweet though, as quarterback Chris Dieker left the game late in the first quarter after getting sacked and reappeared later on the sideline with a sling on his left arm. There is no timetable for his return. Head coach Dale Lennon said the team is always prepared for the worst. “As a coaching staff, you’re always preparing for worst case scenarios and that’s just the nature of this game,” Lennon said. “It creates opportunities for other players though, and when you have one of your top players go down, it takes the wind out of you. But you can’t really feel sorry for your-

self, you have to move on.” Backup quarterback Paul McIntosh, with a little help from his defense and receivers, made it look easy for SIU. The Penguins (4-3, 2-2 MVFC) looked as though they were going to take the early lead, as they drove down to the SIU 25-yard line on their first possession. But when the Salukis forced the Penguins into a fourth and one, the Penguins went for it and they ended up inches short of converting. “It was big for us. When a team tries going for it on fourth and short that early in the game, it either means ‘We desperately need the first down,’ or they basically don’t respect your defense,” linebacker Brandin Jordan said. “So I was just looking at everybody and saying, ‘Nobody is going to go for it in our house and convert it.’” The defense later set up the Salukis for the first score of the game after Fred Wright blocked Ben Nowicki’s punt deep in Penguin territory. Rashad Graham recovered the ball on the YSU two-yard line. McIntosh, a redshirt freshman who transferred from Army last October, got the Salukis’ offense started soon after the block, handing the ball off to fullback John Goode

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verybody on this team just took it up a level once Dieker went down.

— Paul McIntosh SIU backup quarterback

for the first touchdown early in the second quarter. McIntosh, with a little help from wide receiver Joe Allaria, made the most of the next SIU possession. McIntosh hit Allaria on a fiveyard route for his first completion of the game, but the junior blew by his defender and raced down the sideline for an 86-yard touchdown reception. The 86-yards was the longest passing play in SIU history. McIntosh said the touchdown pass was huge for him. “That was huge for my first pass. It’s a five yards pass, and Allaria takes it however far to the end zone. It was just great for this team,” McIntosh said. “Everybody on this team just took it up a level once Dieker went down, and that’s what is great about this team.” McIntosh proved to be most of the Salukis’ offense Saturday, with 133 passing yards and a team-

high 81 rushing yards. Dieker was not the lone injured Saluki to almost give the 10,129 fans in McAndrew a collective heart attack. Running back Deji Karim, who was held to 67 yards rushing, limped off the field early in the fourth quarter favoring his left ankle. The nation’s leading rusher, who became the third fastest Saluki to rush for 1,000 yards in a season earlier in the game, did not return to the game. Lennon said Karim’s removal from the game was a precautionary move, and he should be able to play next week at Indiana State. McIntosh said he knows he will be the quarterback for the time being, and he already has a plan for success. “Now, I’ve just got to step up and do what (Dieker) would do in these situations,” McIntosh said. Ryan Voyles can be reached at 536-3311 ext. 256.

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The Salukis conference-losing streak took a one-game break. SIU defeated the Bradley Braves 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-23) on Friday to snap its four match conference-losing streak. On Saturday, SIU lost 3-1 (25-12, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21) to Northern Iowa allowing the Missouri Valley Conference’s first place team to

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ny time you get a win, it’s good. I think this weekend gave us a lot of confidence going forward.

sweep SIU in the season series. Outside hitter Jennifer Berwanger said she was happy to get another conference win. “Any time you get a win, it’s good,” Berwanger said. “I think this weekend gave us a lot of con-

— Jennifer Berwanger SIU outside hitter

fidence going forward.” SIU (15-7, 4-7 MVC) opened the weekend against Bradley (9-16, 0-11 MVC) by dropping the first set of the evening 25-23. The Salukis out-hit them .333 to .270 but were still defeated.

SIU led hit percentage in every other set, eventually out-hitting Bradley .277 to .217. “They took advantage of our little mistakes,” head coach Brenda Winkeler said. “We forget to do the little things and teams come back on us.” Bradley kept each game close as SIU was never able to win by more than two points, but the Salukis prevailed in the end with a 3-1 victory. Please see VOLLEYCAP | 11

Paul McIntosh made the most of what could possibly be a preview of the SIU offense for the rest of the season. The redshirt freshman transfer from Army orchestrated five scoring drives in place of the injured Chris Dieker, as the No. 3 Salukis defeated the Youngstown State Penguins 27-8 Saturday at McAndrew Stadium. McIntosh finished the game 10-of-14 passing for 133 yards and led the team with 81 yards on 12 carries. He said his coaches and teammates put him in the best position to succeed Saturday. “Coaches do a great job preparing us each week, everybody is always ready to get into the game,” McIntosh said. “And everybody on this team helped out with their efforts. The offensive and defensive lines, the running backs and receivers — everybody did their part.” McIntosh’s first offensive drive could not have been easier for him. SIU (6-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) started the drive on the YSU two-yard line. Several handoffs later, McIntosh had engineered his first touchdown drive. “Being able to start so close to the end zone on that drive, it definitely took a lot of the pressure off of me,” McIntosh said. Wide receiver Joe Allaria gave McIntosh plenty of breathing room on the next possession, as he turned a five-yard catch into an 86-yard touchdown play to give the Salukis a 14-0 lead. SIU remains tied atop the MVFC with No. 11 South Dakota State University, as the Jackrabbits defeated the Northern Iowa Panthers 24-14 on Saturday. SIU and SDSU face off in two weeks. But do not expect Dieker to be back in action in Brookings, S.D. The junior apparently was injured after he was sacked by safety Andre Elliott late in the first quarter. Dieker remained in the game and completed a screen pass to running back Deji Karim, but left after the play. Dieker returned to the SIU sideline in the second quarter with his left arm in a sling. Linebacker Brandin Jordan said he heard some teammates talking about Dieker’s collarbone, and the prognosis on the sideline was not optimistic. “I heard them say ‘collarbone,’ and that’s five, six weeks,” Jordan said. “He said he should be able to come back if we make it deep into the playoffs. I just told him to do what he could to make sure he could come back and play for us.” Head coach Dale Lennon declined to comment on the Dieker’s injury, saying he would Please see MCINTOSH | 11


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