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Kitty Bays, of Chester, helps her Nubian and Nigerian dwarf goats reach branches to eat Friday on the Bays’ five-acre farm. Kitty and her husband Bob take care of various animals, including goats, cattle, chickens, cats and dogs. “We both grew up on farms and always knew that it was the life we wanted to get back to,” Kitty said.

University officials say they are cautiously optimistic about the effects of changes made to the math placement exam, a mathematics chairperson said. SIU began to place students in math courses through a placement test in fall 2011. This year, the test has changed. Chancellor Rita Cheng said in her Sept. 5 State of the University Address the successful completion rate of math courses is expected to increase 20.3 percent. Gregory Budzban, mathematics department chair, said the department has improved with placing students in suitable courses. “The current system appears to be placing students in courses that they are prepared for,” he said. Budzban said the testing process has changed considerably since it was first implemented last year. “The first year, we felt the results were not what we were looking for,” he said. “The students were being placed in courses that they were not arguably prepared for.” Changes made to the test’s answering system might make the difference, he said. The original test was primarily multiple choice, allowing students to

potentially guess the answer, he said. This year, students are required to answer “created response” questions, problems that require them to enter the answer into a blank space rather than choosing from options. Budzban said even though results looked positive, he was cautious about giving results before final numbers become available at the end of the semester. “We’re still collecting data,” he said. “This is a new operation on this campus, and mathematicians are conservative by nature in terms of saying things that later cannot be supported by evidence.” Robin Dean, a lecturer of mathematics, said tests given in the first several weeks of class could also determine students’ preparation for college-level math courses. Dean said the test helps professors predict how well students will perform in the class. “The placement test gives us an idea about how they are going to do in the course overall, as a rule,” he said. “That’s what the goal is. We’re trying to tweak that to where it works better.” The mathematics department requires the test to ensure students don’t waste their time, Dean said. Please see MATH | 4

Although break-ins, thefts and robberies can be a problem for some Carbondale residents, a new neighborhood association president can offer helpful advice for citizens who deal with the issue. Adam Loos, president of the Northwest Carbondale Neighborhood Association, said

theft is a very real danger the group must face on a constant basis even though the organization deals with more than just crime. A specific part of the organization was created to deal with such conflict, he said. “We’ve got a safety and security committee, which is made up of members of our board and possibly some members of the organization who are not on the board,” he said. The association created bylaws

for itself in April, one of which is to support crime prevention measures such as a neighborhood watch and has since been incorporated as a not-for-profit group dedicated to preserving city’s northwest section. The association covers West Main Street, North Illinois Avenue, Little Crab Orchard Creek and the city’s northern boundary.

Students of all ages and races gathered in the Student Center’s Big Muddy Room Wednesday evening to make Latino-inspired masks as part of a Latino Heritage Month event. Organizers said they hope the participants gathered more than just mask-making skills.

Latino Heritage Month began Sept. 15 and will continue until Oct. 15. Events such as Wednesday’s “Masks and Justice,” which was sponsored by the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Hispanic Resource Center, are scheduled throughout the month and are aimed to promote Latino culture and customs. “I think it’s important

because even though there’s not a wide Hispanic population on campus, we want to make a bigger difference as a group,” said Edith Ortiz-Ruiz, a sophomore from Chicago studying civil engineering. “We are trying to teach about Hispanic culture by joining together with a common goal.”

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Police Blotter September 28

Carbondale Police — The Carbondale City Police Department will take back unwanted prescription drugs Sept. 29 at the Public Safety Center at 501 South Washington St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service is free and anonymous; no questions will be asked.

DPS Crime Log — Criminal damage to property to a vehicle tire at Lot 45 was reported Friday. There are no suspects. — A case of criminal damage to property to a motorcycle at Lentz Hall motorcycle lot was reported Friday. There are no suspects. — Five SIU students were arrested

outside the agriculture building Saturday for underage consumption of alcohol. Benjamin J. Davis, 18, from Springfield; James Z. Gotch, 19, from Plainfield; Brandon A. Riley, 18, from Willow Springs; and Conor J. Cratsley, 20, from Orland Park, were issued Carbondale city pay-by-mail citations and were released. — Two SIU students were arrested at Neely Hall Saturday for fighting. Andrius Karasauskas, 19, from Mount Prospect; and Frank W. Soveg, 21, from Berwyn, were issued Carbondale city pay-by-mail citations and released. — Criminal damage to state supported property to a light post at Davies Gymnasium was reported Saturday. There are no suspects. — An SIU student was arrested at

Grinnell Hall Monday for retail theft. Anthony Lamar Gardner, 18, from Crest Hill, was issued a Carbondale city notice to appear and was released. — A case of criminal defacement of state property was reported Monday at Faner Hall. There are no suspects. — A theft from a motor vehicle regarding an SIU parking decal was reported Monday. There are no suspects. — An SIU student was arrested at the 600 Block of S. State Street Tuesday for domestic battery. Nicholas A. Smith, 21, from Chicago, was transported to the Jackson County Jail. The victim, a 20-year-old SIU student, did not require medical treatment.

SOURCE: CARBONDALE CITY POLICE, SIUC DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY


University faculty are contributing efforts to rebuild a small southern Illinois town. Members of SIU’s departments of anthropology, political science and architecture departments are some contributors in the rebuilding of Olive Branch, a town in Alexander County. The town received flooding more than a year ago that resulted in water damage for more than 200 buildings. As a result, Alexander County asked SIU and other organizations to help with the rebuilding process. Federal Emergency Management Agency was in charge of the project’s funding. Though funding has yet to be received, SIU has plans to rebuild when it arrives. The rebuilding task has been an area of interest to some faculty members involved in this process. Roberto Barrios, an associate professor of anthropology, said he works as a consultant for disasterinduced community displacement and resettlement. He said he has studied community relocation for 14 years and worked in post-disaster recovery planning, as he worked in Honduras and Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath. “The thing I have been interested in

as an academic is that when disasters occur in contemporary state societies, most disaster affected communities have to interact with either governmental agencies or organizations … that usually make decisions about how aid is going to be distributed,” he said. “A lot of the communities we look at don’t necessarily have autonomy that they get to decide how they want to reconstruct.” Barrios said government agencies and organizations usually have assumptions about what social wellbeing and resources will be needed for the affected area. When they help with rebuilding He said town reconstructions can inadvertently disperse people and affect social communities, and his job is to prevent that in Olive Branch. “Communities aren’t just a bunch of strangers living together. Communities are formed from social bonds and relationships that take time to build up,” Barrios said. “In many occasions, those social bonds are not considered an object of concern of organizations and government agencies.” He said this was the case with his experience in Honduras, which caused street gangs, crime and social disorder to rise in the newly constructed area. Community residents were viewed as individuals and not as a whole

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o a lot of the communities we look at don’t necessarily have autonomy that they get to decide how they want to reconstruct. — Roberto Barrios Associate Professor of Anthropology community, Barrios said. Other faculty members such as Chad Schwartz, an assistant professor of architecture, are not used to rebuilding work. “I have only been at SIU for a little over a year, but my impression is that this is the first time (the department of architecture) has participated to this extent in a town redesign and rebuilding,” Schwartz said. “I have never participated in a process like this before.” Schwartz said several members of his department participated in a fourday design effort at the end of May with the goal to generate a series of conceptual strategies to rebuild the greater Olive Branch area. “This project is an amazing opportunity for our department — both faculty and students — to bring our expertise to a community in need of it,” he said. “I think we all feel privileged to have been invited by the community of Olive Branch to participate in this event and to have the opportunity to learn more about their families, lives

and goals for their home.” Schwartz said it has been a blessing to have some tangible impact on Olive Branch residents. “The best part of the process for me was getting to know the people of Olive Branch,” he said. “They were warm and welcoming and an absolute pleasure to work with and learn from.” Schwartz said about a half a dozen faculty members and around 10 graduate students participated in the town’s design effort. Laura Hatcher, an assistant professor of political science, said she was part of one of six teams of rural and urban planners, architects and fresh water biologists who created a plan to rebuild Olive Branch. Hatcher said she also offered to help with the documentation of land acquisition issues once FEMA funding becomes available. “As a researcher interested in law and property issues in postdisaster settings ... this is a unique opportunity for me to both help my broader community and also learn

firsthand what FEMA process is like,” Hatcher said. Hatcher said she and Randolph Burnside, an associate professor in political science, are the only two involved from their department. She said they may get others involved with the process if redevelopment expertise is needed. “Everyone is getting discouraged because there is no money, so we are going to continue to lose people left and right,” Beth Ellison, a researcher in the biology department and a leader in Olive Branch’s rebuilding efforts, said in a Sept. 18 Daily Egyptian article. “I think once funding comes through and people start seeing the area can be rebuilt and recovered ... I think we will get a renewed energy.” Ellison said in the article that more than 50 university students have helped in some way with the rebuilding plan. She also said the plan after rebuilding is to lease a building in the town by the university for a student research lab and field trip location. Ellison could not be reached for an update by press time. Matt Daray can be reached at mdaray@dailyegyptian.com or 536-3311 ext. 254.


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“No one wins when you come in, take a course, and you don’t pass,” he said. A grade of 70 or above is required in Math 107: Intermediate Algebra and 108: College Algebra for students to move forward to the next math class. Math 107 does not count toward graduation requirements; students who do not place into Math 108 through the exam must take the course before they progress in their math sequence. “Our goal is to make sure that when (students) come in, that we feel like they can get at least a 70,” he said. “That’s a success.” Dean gives several tests in his College

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Zachary Kemp, an NCNA member, said theft is a problem for all residents, and many area residents have become victims to theft-related crimes. Loos said most Carbondale homes are susceptible to theft, and students are especially at risk because they leave for holiday breaks to visit their families. Amber Goddard, support services officer, said the Carbondale Police Department offers the House Watch program, which is a great aid to residents who leave their house for an extended period of time.

Algebra class to determine students’ grasp of basic algebra concepts. The first test deals with basic arithmetic while the second test, given several weeks later, deals with more conceptual algebra. Dean said students are not allowed to use a calculator on these first exams, which could mess students up. “They’re so used to the calculator that it takes awhile to get acclimated to doing real arithmetic,” he said. “The second test is a better indicator for how they’ll do in the math course, as a whole.” Despite the predicted positive percentages, Kamal Adhikari, a teacher’s assistant in Intro to Contemporary Mathematics, said some students are prepared for the higher-level math courses, but some

enter the classroom unprepared. “Some of them don’t know how to get the sum of two fractions,” he said. “Some of them still don’t know their high school mathematics. That makes it difficult for us to help them understand.” Students’ opinions differ on the test’s difficulty. Devon Richardson, a freshman from Chicago studying physical therapy, said the test was fairly difficult because he didn’t take any math classes his senior year in high school. The no-calculator policy heightened the difficulty, he said. Kurtis Siemsen, a freshman from Belvidere studying forestry, said the test wasn’t really hard. “You either know it or you don’t,” Siemsen said.

SOURCE: PLACEMENT EXAM FAQS, SIUC DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

“If you’re going to be gone for a week or two, you sign up and the police department comes at least three times a day to check the premise,” Goddard said. Jane Adams, member of the Arbor district, an organization similar to the NCNA, said break-in prevention can be as simple as having a well-lit front porch or back yard with motion sensor lights. Adams said window stops can also be helpful because tenants open a window a few inches for ventilation without allowing it to be raised any higher. She said an open window is a leading way burglars get away with a crime.

“People will have their window open for ventilation, and a burglar comes along and lifts the window and reaches in and gets your iPad or crawls in and takes everything,” Adams said. Goddard said another leading cause for break-ins is something as simple as owners who forget to lock their doors and windows. “People, as a general rule, forget to lock their doors,” Goddard said. “They want to save on the electric bill, so they don’t run the air conditioning and they leave the doors and windows open while they’re gone, which invites people to take advantage of them.” Loos said a call to the police

department can be made and an appointment may be set up for an officer to walk an owner through his or her residence and suggest better ways to protect the property if a homeowner or renter wants a professional opinion about keeping the house safe. Above all else, Loos said, landlords should be immediately contacted if something in a house might lead to easy access to the residence. “If you’ve got weak door locks, these are the kinds of things you have to ask your landlord to replace so you have better security,” he said. Although NCNA members have

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The mask of Olivia Perez-Langley, a doctoral candidate in speech communication, is shown as Hannah Kirkpatrick, left, and Rosario Clara, right, create their own masks Wednesday at the Craft Shop. The mask acts as Perez-Langley’s performance art persona Justicia, which means “justice.”

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Jazmin Duran, a junior from Elgin studying Spanish and international trade, works at the Hispanic Resource Center on campus and said Latino Heritage Month is important to build cultural competence on campus. “This month is in place for other students on campus to get an understanding of what our culture is, where we come from and why we are the way we are,” she said. “It also helps Latino students on campus learn more about themselves.” Alberto Rosario, a senior from Puerto Rico who is also an intern at the Hispanic Resource Center, said he is very excited about the month’s events. “It gives opportunities for not only

Hispanic cultures, but different types of cultures to keep their practices alive,” he said. “It’s what gives life meaning. It’s a melting pot that gives you a perspective of global viewpoints.” Ortiz-Ruiz and Duran said it is unfortunate that SIU doesn’t have very many Latino faculty members. They said the amount of Latino faculty members is very small compared to the amount of Latino students on campus. However, they said the addition of the Hispanic Resource Center and The Center for Inclusive Excellence are steps in the right direction. “I think we are getting there, but it’s going to take a long time,” Duran said. “There are still a lot of things on campus that haven’t been met.” Ortiz-Ruiz said the Latino students meet together year-round and not just during this one month. She said

sent neighborhood watch training inquiries to the police department, Loos said the department no longer supports the service because of budget cuts. However, Goddard said the police department supports neighborhood watch programs. She said police meet with such groups regularly to make sure citizens and officers can communicate with active problems in the community. “You become the eyes and ears for the police department because you know what’s out of place in your neighborhood,” Goddard said.

Registered Student Organizations, including the Hispanic Student Council and the newly founded Latino Cultural Association promote the interaction among students of different cultures. However, Ortiz-Ruiz said the one month devoted to Latino culture across campus is nice because her culture is something she can always fall back on when she misses home. “The campus might not be similar to home, but the Hispanic part is really comforting,” she said. “If those who are homesick see that there are people on campus that can relate to the cultural experiences they’ve had, that may help them enjoy the campus more.” The next Latino Heritage Month event is today. A classical Latin American and Spanish vocal music concert will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Old Baptist Foundation.


Our Word is the consensus of the Daily Egyptian Editorial Board on local, national and global issues affecting the Southern Illinois University community. Viewpoints expressed in columns and letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect those of the Daily Egyptian.

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RACHEL SVEDA Financial aid specalist Rend Lake College This year, Illinois jumped on the performance-based funding bandwagon. According to George Reid, executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the state has two goals for performancebased funding. The first is that 60 percent of Illinois residents of college age or older will have some type of postsecondary education by 2025. The second is to close the prosperity and achievement gap between white citizens and underrepresented groups, which include Latinos, African-Americans and first-generation college students. In its inaugural year, performance–based funding appropriations will account for only 0.6 percent of the higher education budget in Illinois. The state intends to increase this

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percentage each year until it reaches 10 to 15 percent of the total higher education budget. When coupled with the huge push from the federal government to increase graduation rates, institutions have been backed into a corner. To meet the requirements being imposed at both state and federal levels, institutions are forced to sacrifice the very thing they have the responsibility to protect — academic rigor. Craig Brandon, writer for Times Union Newspaper, discussed the results of a recent study. Using a sample of 2,300 undergraduate students, he said researchers found that almost half showed no significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning or writing after their sophomore year. After their fourth year, 36 percent of these students still did not show significant improvement in these areas.

These are startling facts given the importance of these skills in coping with a wide variety of life experiences. The scariest fact is that many of these same students graduated. Our institutions have essentially told them that they have acquired the skills necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree. If this is the case, then what is the value of their diploma? Brandon clearly expressed the dilemma that faces our colleges and universities and how it became so easy for institutions to settle for less than academic excellence. “Students are happy when they don’t have to do as much work,” he said. “Faculty don’t have to issue as many failing grades. Parents get to show off their children’s bachelor degrees. Administrators can keep all that tuition money and brag about their increased retention rates.” This loss of academic rigor is even more troubling because the stakeholders mentioned by Brandon

are not purposely perpetuating the problem. They have all simply lost sight of the purpose of higher education. Institutions must remember that they exist to educate students despite the overwhelming pressure they face to improve graduation rates. To preserve the integrity of higher education, schools must teach at a level that stimulates the highest achieving students. Courses are organized in a way that benefits the average student, who is able to pass even though he or she may not fully understand the material. Furthermore, the most prepared students are able to pass courses without having to devote much time or effort. It is true there are institutions with honors courses that exist for high achieving students. However, it is not solving the larger problem if we provide rigorous courses only to the students

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who are most likely to succeed. The overarching issue is that all students should have to put forth effort to succeed in college. Average students should have to seek help through tutoring services, study groups or their professors to keep up with other students who are better prepared. College is not intended to be easy. It should be stimulating and challenging for all students. We should not structure higher education in a way that helps every student earn a bachelor’s degree, especially when they have not acquired the skills that should accompany a college education. Our universities have been forced to lower academic standards by the state and federal governments as well as the consumer mentality that students and parents have regarding higher education. It is time for institutions to stand up for academic excellence and remember that our most important mission is education, not retention.


LOS ANGELES — An actor whose character died a violent death on the TV drama “Sons of Anarchy” plunged to his death in a driveway after apparently killing his landlady and attacking neighbors near Hollywood, police said Thursday. Johnny Lewis, who played Kip “Half-Sack” Epps in the FX show, is the only suspect in the death of 81-yearold Catherine Davis, according to Los Angeles police. Authorities found them dead Wednesday morning after neighbors reported a woman screaming inside the home, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. The home was ransacked, glass was shattered and a dead cat was found. Neighbors said a man had jumped a fence and assaulted a painter and homeowner next door. The body of Lewis, 28, was found in the driveway. He could have jumped or fallen from the roof, garage or balcony,

or tumbled down stairs from a patio area, Smith said. It appears Davis had been beaten, Smith added. Because of the circumstances, investigators were checking whether Lewis was on drugs or had mental health issues, Smith said. Lewis’ attorney Jonathan Mandel said the actor did have serious mental issues that seemed to surface fairly recently. He said Lewis’ parents and others had tried desperately to help him. “Johnny Lewis had a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems,” Mandel said by phone Thursday. “I recommended treatment for him but he declined it.” He continued, saying: “I give a lot of credit to his parents. They were really strong in trying to help him out. They really went to bat for him, but I guess they just couldn’t do enough.” Lewis was released from Los Angeles County Jail a week ago, according to court records. He had pleaded no contest to assault

with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary in separate cases this year and was enrolled in a drug, alcohol and psychiatric treatment program over the summer, according to the records. In the assault case, two men reported that Lewis hit them in the head with a bottle in January, according to a probation report. The injuries were described as minor, but a probation officer wrote, “Obviously defendant’s behavior is out of control and needs counseling afforded by a professional.” The report states that Lewis had been earning about $20,000 a year as an actor in recent years, but that probation officials had not interviewed him. He was living with his parents in their San Fernando Valley at the time of his arrest. When he was sentenced in September, Lewis was on informal probation on another battery and resisting arrest case filed in February. As a condition of his probation in both cases, he was ordered to stay away from narcotics.


N EW YO R K — The Big Apple is getting another “biggest”: the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, part of an ambitious plan to draw New Yorkers and tourists alike to the city’s so-called “forgotten borough.” The 625-foot-tall, $230 million New York Wheel is to grace a spot in Staten Island overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the downtown Manhattan skyline, offering a singular view as it sweeps higher than other big wheels like the Singapore Flyer, the London Eye, and a “High Roller” planned for Las Vegas. Designed to carry 1,440 passengers at a time, it’s expected to draw 4.5 million people a year to a setting that also would include a 100-shop outlet mall and a 200-room hotel. It will be “an attraction unlike any other in New York City — in fact, it will be, we think, unlike any other on the planet,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said as he unveiled the plans against the backdrop of New York Harbor. While the privately financed project faces various reviews, officials hope to have the wheel turning by the end of 2015. The wheel would put Staten Island on the map of superlatives in a place where “biggest” is almost an expectation — home to the nation’s biggest city population, busiest mass-transit system, even

the biggest Applebee’s restaurant. The attraction stands to change the profile of the least populous and most remote of the city’s five boroughs, a sometime municipal underdog that has taken insults from New Jersey and was once known for having the world's largest landfill. “It’s going to be a real icon. The Ferris wheel will be Staten Island’s Eiffel Tower,” Sen. Charles Schumer enthused. As a visible addition to the skyline around the harbor, the wheel “gives Staten Island an identity beyond its role as a suburban community,” while letting it tap into the stream of tourist money in a city that drew 50.9 million visitors last year, said Mitchell Moss, a New York University urban policy professor. The project is expected to bring $500 million in private investment and 1,100 permanent jobs to the borough’s St. George waterfront, and the developers will pay the city $2.5 million a year in rent for the land. Staten Island isn’t entirely off the tourist map. Its free ferry is the city’s third-largest tourist attraction, carrying an estimated 2 million visitors a year alongside millions of residents, officials say. But the city has long struggled to entice tourists off the boat and into Staten Island. Much-touted Staten Island sightseeing bus tours fizzled within a year in 2009 for lack of ridership.

Australian tourists Leah Field and Adam Lica, for example, were riding the ferry Thursday for its views of the Statue of Liberty. They thought they might have lunch on the Staten Island side but weren’t planning to explore further. “We weren’t sure what there is to do there,” explained Lica, 32, of Melbourne. But were there a giant Ferris wheel, the couple likely would go ride it, he said. But Henriette Repmann, a German university student, said she wouldn’t bother. “You don’t have to have the biggest Ferris wheel in the world to get a good view of New York,” Repmann, 20, of Leipzig, said Thursday as she visited the Empire State Building. Largely a bedroom community for other parts of the city, Staten Island boasts about 470,000 residents and a minor league ballpark, cultural sites and quirky attractions, from locations in the video for Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” to the Staten Island Zoo, home to New York’s answer to Pennsylvania’s prognosticating groundhog. The Staten Island rodent bears the dubious distinction of having once bitten Bloomberg. But Staten Island, the only one of the city’s five boroughs not accessible by subway, tends to get overshadowed by its bigger neighbors, so much so that some have at times suggested it secede from the city.


A student-led discussion will cover the importance of college-age voters in this year’s election. As a part of the Raise Your Political Voice project, a small group of undergraduate political science and engineering students will discuss questions about topics such as voter accountability and third party candidates at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Student Center Ballroom C. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the Center for ServiceLearning and Volunteerism and

the Department of Political Science Ambassador Program will sponsor the event as a part of the National Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. Young voters accounted for one in every four votes during the 2008 presidential election, said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and their 2012 presidential race involvement remains a question. Emerging factors such as new voting laws and a struggling economy will determine whether those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s will significantly

impact the 2012 presidential campaign, he said. Statistics by the Campus Vote Project — a campaign to make the voting process easier for college students — show registration as the key to college-age turnout on election day. In 2008, the Project stated there was an 87 percent turnout of 18- to 24-year-old college students who registered to vote. Joe DeBose, a sophomore from Eldorado studying marketing, said students shouldn’t complain about the state of the country if they don’t want to get out and vote. “An informed decision will count

every time, but we will not maintain our personal liberty in this country if we don’t exercise our right to vote,” he said. In 2010, more than a quarter of college students reported that they did not register to vote because they did not know where to or they missed the deadline, according to the Project. Philip Habel, an assistant professor of political science, said college-age voters who don’t register to vote represent a general lack of interest among their age group. David Lynch, a student discussion leader and member of Raise Your

Political Voice, said open discusion has always been the best way to get people involved in the democratic process despite some students’ lack of interest. “This is part of a nationwide initiative to get students out on election day,” Lynch said. “Open discussions like these are taking place all over the country in order to get students involved. This is a chance for students at SIU to make their voices heard.” Caleb Motsinger can be reached at cmotsinger@dailyegyptian.com or 536-3311 ext. 269.


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Aries — Today is an 5 — Watch out, or you will spend more than expected. Don’t despair; the tunnel could be a simple figment of your imagination. Besides, there’s a light at the end, anyway.

Cancer — Today is a 6 — Find inspiration in a book, and venture far. But listen to the voice of reason to assure that the giants you fight are not actually windmills. Don’t make expensive promises.

Libra — Today is a 5 — Focus emotional energy on work, not on drama. The job may get complex, but it’s also rewarding. You may as well enjoy the experience. Watch out for hidden agendas, though.

Capricorn — Today is a 6 — Give your mate the benefit of the doubt. Check the Internet for ideas, but limit your time. There are plenty of great experiences around the corner, not far from home. Explore.

Taurus — Today is a 6 — The job now is keeping what you’ve learned. Home improvements will drain savings if you’re not careful. Friends can help you replenish your reserves. Schedule carefully.

Leo — Today is a 5 — Consider all options before taking on new responsibility. A risky proposition could be rewarding, but may also fail. Trust your instincts, and be willing to accept the consequences.

Scorpio — Today is a 7 — Breathe deeply and relax. Access your creative side to overcome obstacles with playfulness and joy. Avoid distractions from what’s truly important. Share love.

Aquarius — Today is a 5 — Develop a creative plan of action. Expand wisely, without haste or waste. Emotions center on money, but cash may not be the core issue. Go ahead and be outrageous.

Gemini — Today is a 6 — You may have to make a mess to get things right, but don’t push your luck, especially around finances. Acknowledge limitations. Friends help you meet the right person.

Virgo — Today is a 6 — It may seem like resistance coming from above, but you may be your biggest obstacle. Get out of your way and face your public. There’s nothing to be afraid of if you really think about it.

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Pisces — Today is a 7 — Pay attention to everything around you. You get flashes of insight at the oddest moments. Don’t take financial risks if you encounter resistance. Avoid distractions.


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NICOLE HESTER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Sophomore tight end MyCole Pruitt runs with the ball while junior inside linebacker Houston Walker gives chase Tuesday during practice at Saluki Stadium. Pruitt has recorded at least four receptions in nine of his last 12 games since last season. The Salukis will host Indiana State University Saturday during family weekend.

The Saluki defense’s top priority must be to stop Indiana State University’s ground game if the team hopes to bring its win streak to three Saturday. SIU (2-2, 1-0) expects Indiana State (2-2, 0-1) to get the ball to star running back Shakir Bell — who ranks second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 166 yards per game — as much as possible, coach Dale Lennon said, but

the Saluki defense won’t change much of the game plan as the team allows only 114 rushing yards per game. “We have to play our game. I think it’s important that you don’t try to be someone that you’re not,” Lennon said at his weekly press conference. “(Bell) is just capable of making the big play, and that is a key to their offense, the big-play threat.” One change the team hopes to see on the field is an offense improvement. The Salukis failed to convert any of their

Coming off two conference losses, the volleyball team has practiced this week for the next two Missouri Valley Conference matches. The Salukis will start weekend play against Creighton at 7 p.m. in Davies Gymnasium for Pack the House night. Creighton (12-2, 3-0 MVC) beat Wichita State in four sets the weekend before Wichita beat SIU (11-3, 2-2) in three. Coach Justin Ingram said Creighton plays similar to SIU. “They run a system that is similar to ours,” he said. “I expect it to be a tough match.” The Bluejays beat the Salukis in four and five sets last season. Senior Bailey Yeager said the teams’ similarities could be an advantage. “They run similar offense to us, so hopefully we will be able to stop them,” she said. Creighton sophomore Leah McNary leads the team with 3.19 kills per set, and sophomore Kelli Browning leads the nation in blocks. Browning had 15 solo blocks against the University of Tulsa.

13 third-down attempts and managed only one offensive touchdown in a 14-6 Missouri State win Saturday, and it faces a Sycamore team this weekend that is second best in the conference and allows only 14.5 points per game. “Offensively, we needed to be a little more aggressive,” Lennon said. “The rhythm of the offense wasn’t there, and when we did do something, then we would have a penalty negate it, and those are things you have to learn how to overcome, and we weren’t able

SIU was on an 11-match win streak before it lost to Missouri State Sept. 21. Senior outside hitter Laura Thole said the team needs to be focused at all times to compete at the level of other top MVC teams such as Wichita and Creighton. “To be at the top half of the conference you need to play your best every point … there are no points off,” she said. Yeager said the team has worked to improve its communication. “We had a few breakdowns in communication this past weekend, so we have made that a focus on our practices,” she said. “In every drill, talk more about who is going to get what ball.” The team will also play Drake (1-12, 0-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday in Davies Gymnasium. Drake senior outside hitter Bentley Mancini leads the team with 2.34 kills per set. Three SIU hitters rank in the top 10 of the MVC in kills. Junior Jessica Whitehead is fourth with 3.85 per set; senior Alysia Mayes is sixth with 3.69, and Thole is ninth with 3.62. Yeager leads the conference with 5.69 digs per set, and sophomore Amy Drabant is third in assists with 11.92 per set.

Junior punter Austin Pucylowski might be the only Saluki who isn’t eager for play time come game day. Pucylowski ranks third in the MVFC at 42.4 yards per punt, but he understands that his number is only called when the Saluki offense falters. Pucylowski punted 11 times at Missouri State, which accounts for nearly half of his 24 punts on the year. “It’s all about the job. There are ups and downs,” he said. “Last week I had two punts. This week I had 11. Personally, I really don’t like going out there on the field because that means our offense isn’t doing too well. I love punting, but I also love watching the offense score from the sideline.” With any luck, Pucylowski’s punt total against Indiana State will be closer to the two he had against Southeast Missouri State Sept. 15 than the 11 attempts he had Saturday.

to overcome that at the level that we would have liked.” Missouri State held sophomore running back Mika’il McCall to 80 yards on 15 carries in Saturday’s game, but the Salukis succeeded with senior backs Mulku Kalokoh and Steve Strother out of the backfield, as the two combined for 10 carries and 72 yards. Kalokoh scored the game’s only touchdown, a 12yard pass from junior quarterback Kory Faulkner in the first quarter. “I think we’ve got a pretty good

mix with myself, Mulku and Mika’il carrying the ball,” Strother said Monday. “We are all willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.” SIU takes a nine-game winning streak against the Sycamores into Saturday’s matchup, but senior offensive lineman Eric Bergman said the team isn’t thinking about past success. “We just want to be 1-0 this week,” Bergman said. “We’ve just got to win this week.” Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

TIFFANY BLANCHETTE | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Senior defensive specialist Bailey Yeager, center, dives for the ball Tuesday between freshman defensive specialist Mary Bogdanski, right, and junior outside hitter Emily Less, left, during volleyball practice at Davies Gym. The Salukis (11-3, 2-2 MVC) continue Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend and face Creighton (12-2, 3-0 MVC) tonight at 7 p.m. for Pack the House at Davies Gym. SIU will also host Drake (1-12, 0-3 MVC) at 3 p.m. Saturday in Davies Gym.



Daily Egyptian for 9/28/12