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Morris Library pulls salaries books off shelves Morris Library pulled the book of Personnel Listings, also known as the Salaries book, from public use Tuesday after SIU Legal Counsel advised it to do so. The book contains salaries of faculty, staff and graduate assistants. According to state law, all salaries should be made public. However, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act states it is illegal to post the salaries
of graduate assistants, according to federal law. The U.S. Department of Education website states, â€œThe regulations make clear that if an individual is employed at a school as a result of his or her status as a student, those records are education records under FERPA.â€? The American University website states education records, under FERPA,
may not be released to third parties without studentsâ€™ written consent. David Carlson, dean of library affairs, said the Legal Counsel and library staff discussed removing the books because the student information was included in them. The Daily Egyptian requested to see the books but was denied. Please see SALARY | 4
FA gives authorization to set strike date SARAH SCHNEIDER Daily Egyptian Faculty members represented by the Faculty Association â€” both tenure and tenure track â€” can now strike at any time. Out of the 88 percent of eligible voters who cast a ballot Wednesday, 92 percent voted yes to give the associationâ€™s Departmental Representative Council the authorization to set a strike date. The union was the second of the four
Illinois Education Association unions to authorize their executive council to call a strike. This does not mean there will be a strike, but it is the last legal step under the Illinois public labor relations act toward a strike. Randy Hughes, president of the Faculty Association and a professor in mathematics, said the council will meet Thursday to discuss what will be done next. Chancellor Rita Cheng said she does not think a strike is appropriate because the administrationâ€™s
bargaining team and the Faculty Associationâ€™s bargaining team are still making progress at the table. â€œI am disappointed because we have made considerable concessions with all the groups that are represented by the IEA,â€? she said. Hughes said the approval implies faculty are not satisfied with what they have been offered. â€œThis is a strong message to the board and to the administration that they need to come back with better proposals that will better meet the
needs and interests of faculty, and it is our sincere hope that this will move negotiations forward and will get a mutual settlement,â€? he said. In accordance with the public relations act, the union may go on strike under certain circumstances such as, if the employees in the union are represented by an exclusive bargaining representative, the collective bargaining agreement has expired, the representative has requested a mediator, and at least five days have passed since an intent to
strike has been given. No union in the universityâ€™s history has gone on strike. This is the closest a group has come since 2003 when a contract was signed hours before a strike was set to begin. Jim Clark, IEA representative, said deadlines have a practical affect on bargaining. â€œA strike puts a deadline out there and says we are not going to continue with an open-ended time period,â€? he said. Please see UPDATE | 3
Palestineâ€™s statehood bid divisive; community reflects ELI MILEUR Daily Egyptian As locals celebrated Rosh Hashana â€” the Jewish New Year â€” Wednesday, the future of Israel and Palestine was again center stage in world politics. â€œWe have to pray they figure out a solution,â€? said former SIUC Chancellor Sam Goldman, a member of Carbondaleâ€™s Jewish community. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted a request to the United Nations Friday for Palestine to be recognized as a sovereign state. The proposal is set to go before the UNâ€™s statehood admissions committee. The U.S. is expected to veto any decision to grant Palestine statehood. â€œItâ€™s just one more chapter in a long saga,â€? said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. He said the conflict has huge implications for the U.S. including the future of its energy security and terrorism. Goldman said the conflict is important to Jews around the world because Israel is the homeland for the faith. â€œIt is the birthplace of the people,â€? he said. Palestinian lands are currently governed in part by the Palestinian National Authority, which was established after the Oslo Accords in 1993. Goldman said he was present at the White
House for the signing of the accords â€” the result of the first face-to-face negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. He said the tears in the eyes of many of the people there revealed how important it was. â€œIt was an incredible moment,â€? he said. â€œWe all left filled with emotion and hope ... then it fell apart.â€? Conflict has continued since the accords were signed, and the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank still lack statehood status. Israeli settlements in the West Bank are an irritant and perhaps the main flashpoint in the conflict, Yepsen said. Goldman said Palestine has every right to seek statehood, but peace must be reached first. The conflict is a matter of survival for Israel, he said. â€œIf Israel makes one mistake, theyâ€™re gone,â€? he said. It is time for Palestine to have statehood, said M.S., a Palestinian Carbondale man who requested to be identified by his initials. â€œAt least they should have a state of their own,â€? he said. â€œThe whole of Palestine is occupied for us.â€? Abbasâ€™ statehood request is a good political move, but he doubts it is successful, M.S. said. It is important for Palestinians to have a homeland, he said, and a right to return to it. M.S. said the failure during the years of any peace negotiations prove Israel isnâ€™t willing to cooperate with Palestine.
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Hormozd Gahuari, left, of Champaign, pours wine Wednesday for his fiancĂŠ, Ashley Medina, a graduate student in communication disorder science, during the SIU Hillel House celebration of Rosh Hashanan. Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas requested statehood recognition from the United Nations Friday. Moriah Bradley, director of the SIU Hillel House, said they are in support of Israel as well as direct communication between Israeli and Palestinian leadership.
â€œThere are victims on both sides,â€? he said. â€œA lot of innocent people are dying and suffering.â€? Assaf Grumberg, an Israeli emissary to the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky, said from
his perspective, most Israelis desire a peaceful solution to the conflict but will not move forward without resolving security issues. Please see STATEHOOD | 3
University dating scene gets technologically savvy Alex Broches, a Northern Illinois University graduate, created a new dating website called collegejunkee.com that differentiates itself from other college dating sites by using a Facebook login. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY STEVE MATZKER DAILY EGYPTIAN
TARA KULASH Daily Egyptian SIU students can now make an intimate connection by simply making an Internet connection. A new dating website specified for Illinois college students gained 89 Saluki users as of Monday. Alex Broches, a Northern Illinois University graduate, created the site, CollegeJunkee.com. The site is connected through Facebook to make it an easy experience for users, and Broches said there are about 125,000 user pages so far. Jack Hoggatt, a junior from Lake in the Hills studying physics, said he has been using the site for
about a month. He said he received a Facebook message from Broches that told him to make a profile on the site, which only took about 10 minutes to set up. He said its basic structure is really easy to understand and navigate. â€œIâ€™m in a relationship with a girl I met on there, and she goes to SIU,â€? Hoggatt said. Britney Murbarger, a junior from Fairfield studying journalism, said she doesnâ€™t think she would use the service. â€œItâ€™s not that Iâ€™m against using a dating site, I just feel more natural meeting someone on my own time and directly,â€? Murbarger said. Please see DATE | 4
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Cheng said the 92 percent approval vote was not surprising because those who pay dues are likely to be active in the union. A local publication in July described that out of the almost 700 faculty members represented by the union, 230 were dues paying members. Hughes said 220 votes said yes Wednesday. Cheng said the administrations bargaining team has proposed salary increases of 1 percent starting in January, 1 percent the next year and 2 percent the following year. The associations bargaining team has proposed the increases in salary reflect the increase in revenue for the university. If there was no increase in revenue, for example, there will be no increase and if there was a 3 percent increase in revenue, salaries would increase 3 percent. Cheng said she consulted with the board and they approved increases in minimal amounts in order to avoid having a large tuition increase. Hughes said there has been
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“There must be a two-state solution,” he said. Pro-Israeli and anti-Palestinian are not the same thing, said Moriah Bradley, director of Carbondale Hillel House. “In any conflict people feel the
discussion concerning the language in reduction in force but the association wants a formal proposal not just talk. Cheng said because the members had concerns with the language the administrations bargaining team referred them to the boards policy. “They feel that is not enough,” she said. “We have committed to talking about financial exigency and inserting clarifying language.” Cheng said in the event of a strike the administration will make sure qualified people are in the classrooms. She said substitute teachers would be called in such as retirees in the community, academic and professional staff from across the campus that used to be faculty will teach, and professionals in the community – such as licensed engineers to teach engineering and those in business can teach business – will be hired on a temporary basis. “Obviously this will take more planning, if there are more than a handful of faculty that choose to participate in a strike but it is not something that is unusual in higher education to have a colleague cover for another,” she said. The Faculty Association need to pick a side,” she said. She said although the Hillel House has a decidedly pro-Israel stance, a peaceful two-state solution is still the only viable option. Kemal Akkaya, assistant professor of computer science, said he is from Turkey, where relations with Israel have soured in recent years. He said it resulted from Israel’s
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The last Faculty Association ballot is cast Wednesday in the Student Center to authorize the Departmental Representative Council to initiate a strike. Of the 88 percent of eligible voters who cast a ballot, 92 percent voted yes. bargaining team will meet with the administrations bargaining team Friday. The Graduate Assistants United will vote to authorize a
strike Friday and the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Association will vote mostly by mail in ballot but also in person by Wednesday.
policies toward Palestine and its raid of a Gaza aid flotilla in May 2010, which resulted in the deaths of Turkish citizens. He said he is skeptical of the current Israeli administration’s commitment to cooperating with Palestine, and he doesn’t agree with some of its actions but said criticizing the Israeli government is not the
same as criticizing the Israeli people or the Jewish community. “This situation cannot continue this way,” he said. Mazhar Butt, a member of Carbondale’s Muslim community, said he supports Palestinian statehood. “I don’t know of any Muslim who wouldn’t,” he said. “I hope it brings
Sarah Schneider can be reached at email@example.com or 536-3311 ext. 255. peace.” Given the history of the conflict and the way things stand now, peace may not be possible, Yepsen said. “Prospects are slim, but we have to keep trying,” he said.
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She said she would be concerned that someone she met online might be completely different in person or their encounter would be awkward or lack a connection. “I’m the type that wants a relationship to develop hands-on,” Murbarger said. Broches said he birthed the idea while sitting in class at NIU and noticing how many students seemed self-conscious and nervous around each other. “I said, ‘You know what? There’s got to be some kind of site that I can make that will connect these people,’” Broches said. He said he thought it would be a good idea to create a website for students to trade class notes and discussions. It picked up quickly, but most people told Broches they used it for dating, so he
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Chancellor Rita Cheng said the legal staff determined there was an inadvertent inclusion of graduate students’ salaries, so the volumes needed to be removed but will be available to employees who request the information through a Freedom of Information Act request. Jim Podesva, a doctorate student in historical studies and Graduate Assistants United president, said he didn’t understand why the books were being pulled when the graduate assistants are in a period of labor strike. “It seems like a very strange point in time to do this,” Podesva said.
said he changed the site’s theme. Users can search for others by Illinois colleges, major, eye color, ethnicity, body type, hair color and more. Broches said if someone adds their zip code to their profile, it can also tell them exactly how many miles away they are from other users. He said he works on the website strictly from his garage in Sycamore, and he’s the only one that runs it. “Since I love what I’m doing, it doesn’t seem like work,” Broches said. “At three or four in the morning, if I can’t sleep I’ll just start working on it again and adding more.” The site is free for users but has Google advertisements, which is how Broches makes his profit. He said he’s not a millionaire yet; he’s just trying to pay off student loans. “I can make $5 one day and $110 the next. I’ll tell you it’s better than doing landscaping,” he said. Andrew Barbero, a doctoral student in historical studies, also said he thinks the timing is suspicious. “It just seems really questionable to me that this information has been readily available for quite a long time, has been bound into a book, but on the eve of our graduate assistants' strike … the administration decides to hide this information,” he said. The University Library at University of Illinois and the Milner Library at Illinois State University have not pulled their salary books, but they also do not have the graduate assistants’ salaries included in them. The libraries at Eastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University could not be reached for comment.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Civility shouldn't be lost at SIUC Dear Editor:
Solidarity should outweigh personal security for unions
RON FIELDS Graduate student
Although I used to be president of Graduate Assistance United, Iâ€™m no longer covered by the collective bargaining agreement since Iâ€™m no longer a graduate assistant. As such, maybe Iâ€™m sticking my nose where it doesnâ€™t belong, however, SIU remains close to my heart. As a student who is working on a dissertation, the prospect of striking faculty could set me back a little in my timeline, but itâ€™s a small price to pay for the solidarity that is needed during this crucial time. Iâ€™ve read a few questions posted on message boards from SIU professors, asking whether or not they have to strike in the event a strike is authorized. Dennis Lowry of the journalism department wrote to the Daily Egyptian and, while he seemed to support the faculty, voiced his stance that he would most likely continue to teach if a strike is called for. If a strike is called for, anyone covered by a bargaining agreement has the right to not strike. But those people, who are often called â€˜scabs,â€™ need to be aware of what their action signifies. People who cross picket lines and do not stand with their brothers and sisters are sending a definite message: They do not care about the rights that striking workers are fighting so hard to secure. Scabs issue the message solidarity and common struggle are not even on their radar. Scabs signify a commitment to themselves and their own security at the cost of the basic
academic freedoms union members have won for them. Iâ€™ll go a step further: It is morally wrong for any faculty member, tenured or not, administrative assistant or graduate assistant to perform their jobs during a strike. Once the strike is over, people will remember that you chose to not stand with them. Professor Lowry and others taut a commitment to their own personal values, but I must ask what those values are. People who cross picket lines might demonstrate a commitment to teaching, but they fail to demonstrate a commitment to solidarity, community and the faculty body as a whole. As a student, Iâ€™d rather be taught by a good person instead of a dedicated teacher. I canâ€™t stress enough that my position is not the position of any union on campus. But people must remember what each union may be striking for: equality, fair representation, fair pay, academic freedom and job security. Those are values that far outweigh the needs or plight of a single teacher. If you like five day work weeks, eight hour days, paid vacation, and safe working conditions, thank a union striker. Sometimes thatâ€™s what it takes to make the administration or management see that youâ€™re serious, and the goal of a strike cannot succeed without the full support of faculty. If an administration can afford to pay a huge amount of money to an outside firm to design a sub-par logo for the university, I think they can afford to negotiate health care fees for graduate assistants.
I should hope that the campuswide theme of civility will not be lost. Civility ought to include a respect for skills, beliefs and humanity. Very often, however, I believe we know civility, not by what it is, but by what we see it is not. Civility is not the destruction of materials printed by a minority group, nor is it not allowing that group, namely the Secular Student Alliance, to form based upon its deep-seated lack of popularity. Civility is not altering the chalked messages of RSOs, such as those by Saluki Respect Life, which are unpalatable or give discomfort to many, nor is civility exemplified in shouting matches whether outside Lawson Hall or behind closed doors. Civility is not attacking the characters of professionals who guide our university and community. Rather, civility requires all of us to listen, at a bare minimum, to those with whom we
disagree with the mind to come to an agreement. Civility requires we treat each other with respect if we cannot come to an accord and refuse to vilify â€˜the other.â€™ Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have. Civility just may be presuming the above is, in fact, true and those with whom we disagree deserve a modicum of respect. We are, whether students, faculty, administrators or community members, part of the human family. Civility demands we recognize the equality between persons that define the ideals of a society. It is my hope that civility is not lost upon us but that we may gather civilly to resolve all differences and move forward as one unit to confront the challenges of the future together. Scott Gimmy senior from Marion studying classical Latin and Greek
Be weary of administrationâ€™s public promises Dear Editor:
As the unions finalize their votes to authorize a strike, the rhetoric is heating up. This is to be expected. But if an actual strike is to be averted, it will involve good faith bargaining at the table to hammer out a contract all parties can agree to. It will involve strong and clear contract language, not promises and unsupported assertions in public. In the wake of the Association of Civil Service Employeesâ€™ vote authorizing a strike, President Glenn Poshard dusted off an old canard about the unions: They are unwilling to recognize the tough economic times the university and the nation are going through. Like his and Chancellor Rita Cheng's claim the Faculty Association did not and would not meet to negotiate over the summer â€” this is a lie. Each union has offered contract language which would allow the administration to make emergency adaptations in economic crises. From alternatives to across-theboard furloughs, to pay raises tied firmly to the budgetâ€™s health, each of the unions have been willing to give up a lot in recognition of our tough times. The administration is only interested in policies that allow it to cut salary (through one-size-fits-all furloughs) and positions (through tenure-busting
reduction of force contract language) whenever it wants and with no real oversight. The administration is absolutely inflexible in its demands for â€œflexibilityâ€? in control over labor and resources on this campus. But of course, in public it softens its own inflexibility with patronizing assurances that it has the university's best interests at heart and will never abuse the discretionary powers allowed by the current imposed â€œcontracts.â€? Why donâ€™t we just believe them and stop creating all this turmoil on campus? Perhaps because their public face in this drawn-out negotiation process has been all-too-willing to, well, lie. In the end, I do believe the administration cares about SIUCâ€™s health and our studentsâ€™ success. Its mistake is in imagining that the rest of us, including most definitely the unions, do not care. We do. The administrationâ€™s mistake is also in imagining it, or whatever marketing agencies it has signed no-bid contracts with, care more than the rest of us; it doesnâ€™t. Donâ€™t believe it when the administration tells you otherwise. Jonathan Gray associate professor speech communication
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Thursday, September 29, 2011
J. Cole crafts hip-hop classic BRENDAN SMITH Daily Egyptian
J. Cole is the mascot for modern hip-hop. In all respects, the emcee embodies the current, slightly ambiguous state of the sound. Today’s creditable rap star is far more progressive than the previous decade’s hypermaterialism. He opts for substance over style, a contrast to the ‘80s craze just a few years before, and he must have built a buzz through a collection of album-worthy mixtapes before his official studio debut. Cole’s 2007 “The Come Up,” 2009’s “The Warm Up” and 2010’s “Friday Night Lights” did just that. The 26-year-old has had magazines, blogs and fellow rappers such as Mos Def, B.o.B. and Wale singing his praises. And like his contemporaries Kid Cudi, who Kanye West endorsed, and Drake, who Lil Wayne battled labels for, Cole too has an established mentor who just happens to be the biggest name in hip-hop: Jay-Z. The partnership seems natural. Not only does Cole share his guru’s sense of charisma and undeniable wordplay, but the thing that links the two rappers’ debut is the sense of realism. JayZ’s debut “Reasonable Doubt” painted an equally murky, gritty and graphic depiction of mid ‘90s New York City and the shady lifestyle he knew. Cole does the same, but in place of drug dealing and project housing he testifies to female trouble, a rocky childhood and fulfilling his dreams. On his studio album debut “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” the two team up for “Mr. Nice Watch,” dubstep- influenced hip-
hop arrogance at its finest. JayZ’s single, Hova, outshines Cole in lyricism, a clear rematch from 2009’s “A Star is Born” off “The Blueprint III,” where Cole was victorious. What makes the track a standout is the young rapper’s production skills. He seamlessly lays his rhymes over a jittery, morphing electronic beat that comes off as a younger sibling to “Niggas in Paris” from “Watch the Throne’s.” Cole claims producer cred on 13 of the album’s 16 tracks. His knack for soulful beats and grand film-score styled instrumentation are obvious on songs like “Dollar and a Dream III,” “Rise and Shine” and “God’s Gift.” “Lost Ones,” a multiperspective abortion narrative, and “Breakdown,” an account of his father’s absence and mother’s drug addition, add emotional weight to the otherwise balanced album. “Lights Please,” and “In The
Morning” — both previous mixtape releases — and his current single, the breezy, tropical-tinged “Can’t Get Enough,” recount the emcee’s highs and lows with females, a common theme throughout his work. The main criticism for “Cole World” is a common one for today’s rapper and a peculiar one at that: The studio debut not surpassing the mixtape. Cole is cocky in his verses, and rightfully so; he’s a rapper and a good one at that. Lyrical wordplay means little without the demeanor to back it up, which the young emcee possesses. However he sounds a bit too comfortable here, and the album comes off both musically and lyrically as a follow-up to his mixtape discography as opposed to a major leap forward. Prior material aside, Cole has crafted a classic record and “Cole World” is arguably the best hiphop debut of 2011.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Illinois death penalty repeal sparks dialogue among students Troy Davis case creates questions on judicial system SARAH MITCHELL Daily Egyptian Nationally known public figures are to gather Saturday for the funeral of Troy Davis in Savannah Ga., but in Carbondale many still question the ethics behind the execution. Nick Neal, a junior from Effingham studying cinema and political science, said he believes there to still be doubt behind Davis’ conviction. He said he believes executing someone where there is reasonable doubt is unethical. “In smaller cases, a life in prison would be more suitable, but in extreme murder cases, it should be an option,” he said. Two decades after being placed on death row, Georgia death row inmate and murder convict Davis was executed Sept. 21 for the 1989 murder of a Savannah police officer. Opponents of the death penalty argued there was not enough evidence against Davis and the case received international attention – while the more than 3,000 pending death row cases in the nation have not. Bobby Van Drimmelen, a sophomore from Mendota studying civil engineering, said the death penalty should not be an option in murder cases. “(The death penalty) has killed innocent people in the past and even when it kills guilty people, it is a non-defensive killing, and I feel like defense is the only situation in which killing is necessary,” he said. According to a USA Today article published Sept. 22, Davis’ execution was postponed three times since 2007 and the U.S. Supreme Court gave Davis an opportunity to prove his innocence in a lower court last year.
actually think the life sentence is a harsher punishment than the death penalty
— David Yepsen director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, said the 20 years Davis spent on death row is typical of such cases. “Establishing a death penalty makes it much harder to get a conviction because jurors know that it’s irreversible,” he said. According to a New York Times article Sept. 16, executions have become less common and sentences for executions have dropped about 100 per year from three times that in the 1990s. “Compelling cases that make us second-guess our justice system have always struck a chord with the American public,” Benjamin T. Jealous, president of the N.A.A.C.P., told the New York Times in the article. “Some are simply more compelling in that they seem to tap deeply into the psyche of this country. A case like this suggests that our justice system is flawed.” The controversy surrounding Davis’ execution sparked conversation among students. Marta Bender, a freshman from Morrison studying photography and digital communications, said the system in place could be flawed. “There’s a lot of bias in our justice system that can lead to the penalties for crimes being heightened for different ethnic groups and such,” she said. “In some cases, our justice system has injustice incorporated into it (and) the death penalty shouldn’t be carried out.” According to the USA Today article, more than 700 protestors
chanted, “We are Troy Davis” outside Georgia State prison where Davis was executed by lethal injection. The article stated that hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions on Davis’ behalf. The Illinois death penalty, repealed in May, has executed 12 men since it was instated in 1977. Upon the repeal, 15 men on death row were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Yepsen said this retraction is becoming more commonplace across the U.S. because support for the penalty is declining. “Most states are trying to move away from it,” he said. “Of course, there will be some states that won’t do it for a long time.” Yepsen said the death penalty directly affects states’ taxpayers. He said the cost of convicting someone and applying the death penalty is millions of dollars, while a life sentence is much less expensive and possibly a better alternative. “I actually think the life sentence is a harsher punishment than the death penalty,” he said. “It has the advantage that if, for some reason, there is a mistake, society can go back and try to rectify them.” Yepsen said Davis’ case changed the perception of the death penalty in the U.S. “It has energized the opponents of the death penalty who think it was an injustice,” he said. “It underscores the argument that if there’s any doubt about someone’s guilt, as a society, we’re better off locking up someone else for life.”
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Leo â€” Today is a 7 â€” Tackle a home improvement project. Youâ€™ve got the energy. Let a loved one teach you. Do the homework first, and then save a bundle by doing it yourself. Celebrate with a photo after.
Scorpio â€” Today is a 5 â€” A dream may very well come true now. Nowâ€™s a good time to journey with a friend. Rather than doing all the talking, listen intently. You discover something illuminating.
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Pisces â€” Today is a 7 â€” Learn from a recent loss, and complete as much as possible of an older project. In the eye of the storm, take stock of resources and replenish what you can.
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Swimmers flow into season by going the distance NAREG KURTJIAN Daily Egyptian The Saluki swim team gets a chance to get out of the pool and compete in its first open-water meet of the season after an indoor long-distance race. The first of the series will be the Saluki Miler, a 1650-yard-race in the Recreation Centerâ€™s Edward J. Shea Natatorium Friday at 5 p.m. The Salukis will close the weekend with the Saluki 5k Open Water Swim at Touch of Natureâ€™s Camp One in Little Grassy Lake at Makanda Saturday at 9 a.m. The team will begin preseason competition with back-to-back distance meets, and the women will host Illinois State University for both events. The men will compete with themselves because ISU doesnâ€™t have a menâ€™s swimming squad. Walker said only a handful of the team participates in the distance swims. Of these athletes, juniors Kirsten Groome, Csaba Gercsak and Mazen Aziz have placed in the top 10 at world championship distance swimming events, he said. Please see SWIM | 11
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Junior distance swimmer Kirsten Groome, left, and junior fly and individual medley swimmer Melissa Larocque, right, wait to start their next lap Wednesday during swim practice at the Recreation Center.
The swimmers will participate in the Saluki Miler race at 5 p.m. Friday and the Open Water 5K Saturday at 9 a.m. â€œThis is a distance swimmerâ€™s Broadway; itâ€™s their show,â€? head coach Rick Walker said.