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INDEPENDENCE BOWL SPENDING SPECIAL INVESTIGATION by Ben Gross

“You can’t explain it with the bottom line. It’s an investment. If you want to compete at this level, you have to be willing to invest.” Jeff Compher NIU director of athletics

Independence Bowl goes $154,125 over budget When NIU accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl on Dec. 7, 2008, it propelled the Huskies into their third bowl game in the past five seasons. But while the team was focused on winning its postseason opportunity, officials such as Eddie Williams, executive vice president and chief of operations for Finance and Facilities at NIU, were focused on keeping a balanced budget. While the goal on the field is for the Huskies to win, the goal for the university in a low-payout bowl is to break even, Williams said. Although NIU procured a $750,000 payout from the Independence Bowl, because of expenses acquired from the required ticket allotment, travel, lodging and other expenditures, the university found itself $154,125 over budget. Story continuation on PAGE 02 Expenditure sheet on PAGE 03

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Bowl spending investigation

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INDEPENDENCE BOWL SPENDING SPECIAL INVESTIGATION

NIU finds itself on wrong side of budget How NIU got there The 2008-2009 college football postseason produced a record 34 bowl games. When the regular season came to an end, 72 teams were left bowl eligible. This meant four bowl eligible teams would not enter the postseason. Of these 72 teams, 13 teams had a 6-6 record, the minimum record to reach the postseason. One of these 13 teams was NIU. The Huskies hoped to win their final game against Navy, as this would have given them a 7-5 record. A 75 record would have improved NIU’s chances at a bowl game, as the NCAA restructured a few years ago the manner in which at-large bids were selected. Bowl games are forced to take a team with a winning record for an at-large slot, before inviting a 6-6 team. This meant teams such as Western Michigan with a 9-3 record, had to be selected for an at-large bid before a 6-6 team like Notre Dame. Western Michigan proved to be the crucial piece of the puzzle to get NIU into a bowl game. The Broncos ultimately accepted an invitation to the Texas Bowl in Houston. At first, however, WMU wanted to accept an invitation to the Independence Bowl. The motivation, it seemed, was money. “The net payout in Shreveport was $330,000. In Houston, it was $270,000,” said MAC commissioner Rick Chryst. “Prior to any bowl invitations, we wanted to take the money part off the table. I think we felt Shreveport was the best opportunity for Northern.” NIU agreed with Chryst, feeling that if it were going to make it to the postseason, it would be in Shreveport. “Rick [Chryst], and his staff, we relied on them to be really the kind of conference voice for us as the negotiations occurred,” said NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher. “We feel like the more teams from our conference that go the better. We didn’t want to be the one sitting out, but we didn’t want anyone else sitting out.” In order to convince WMU to accept the invitation to Houston, NIU agreed to give $29,380 of its revenue from the Independence Bowl to WMU.

Sliding payout scale Bowl games guaranteed every participating team at least $750,000 for its involvement. This, however, has changed. “About 1992, it kind of leveled off at $750,000 and stayed that way for 12 or 13 years,” said Glen Krupica, NIU deputy athletics director of External Affairs. “The NCAA, ever since they lost the lawsuit with the parttime assistant basketball coaches, is

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NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish (12) carries the ball during the Independence Bowl during the last football season. definitely afraid of anti-trust. Therefore it became pretty easy to establish a bowl game in a different number of communities. You draw that mentality even further, and now you have games where there is almost a sliding scale.” Krupica, who from 1994 to 2005 was the executive director of the Independence Bowl Foundation, said there are now privately owned bowl games. Some of these games, such as the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl and Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, are owned by TV networks. In the cases of these four games they are all owned by ESPN. Other bowl games are now in the hands of private investors, like the Texas Bowl. The Texas Bowl, according to Krupica, is actually owned by a group of investors in the Houston Texans organization. This explains the location of the game and why it is the only bowl game televised through the NFL Network. The issue with these private bowls, as Krupica explained, is they do not guarantee what a participating team will receive for its payout. “There are some games that are owned by private entities where you might not know what the payout and the ticket arrangement is until you actually get in the thing,” Krupica said. ”It’s a whole different game. It’s changed the game a lot, and I’m not sure it’s for the better. Going in, you want to know what you’re going to make out of it and what you’re going to spend, and tickets is a big part of that.”

BASIC BOWL EXPENSES The Independence Bowl advertises a payout of $1.1 million per each participating team. This payout, however, is only given to teams which come from the automatic tie-ins to the Independence Bowl (one SEC team and one Big 12 team). “If you’re an at-large team, then that kind of payout becomes more negotiable or kind of mandated

based on not getting one of those affiliated teams, and it drops off significantly,” Compher said. “Most people don’t get that. I wish [the Independence Bowl] wouldn’t put that out there. People think: $1.1 million; you’re set. If it were $1.1 million, we’d be fine.” Once negotiations were reached, NIU received a $750,000 payout. But this entire payout did not come back to NIU. As part of accepting an invita-

Possible future changes Krupica said the main change the Athletic Department needs to make in the future is to be more prepared from a marketing standpoint. In order to achieve this, however, he said NIU needs to know it will be participating in the postseason earlier than it did this year. “Hopefully we’re in a little bit better position that we’ll know we’re playing a bowl game,” Krupica said. “Our fans will then be conditioned to going to a game and to be able to float out there are some pre-sale opportunities where people can lock into tickets regard-

less where we go. And then in early November, we lay out five options.” Krupica and Compher see this as one of the key ways of selling more of the required allotted tickets when accepting an invitation to a bowl game. By achieving this, the pair hopes the university will no longer have to use a majority of the payout to purchase the allotted tickets. “Maybe someday you’re not worried about defraying but maximizing your payout,” Krupica said. “I think that’s when you start getting at the point bringing five, six, 7,000 people to a game.” tion to a bowl game, teams must commit to selling so many tickets to the game. In the case of the Independence Bowl, the Huskies had to commit to 12,000 tickets at $35 a ticket. This produced a $420,000 expense for NIU. If a program is unable to sell all its tickets, it must pay for the unsold tickets. This cost is defrayed from the bowl payout. NIU produced around $38,000 to $39,000 in ticket revenue for the

In order do to this, however, Compher said a mind set has to be created at NIU where fans expect the Huskies to go to a bowl game. This may only be the case, however, if NIU can produce better regular season records in the future. Williams said he believes there will be a reduction in bowl games in the future, as games are now struggling to find sponsors. “I am concerned about bowls in general. There may be too many of them. There may not be enough sponsors,” Williams said. “When you are in that situation, the payouts may be smaller for the non-large bowls.” While Williams did not see any specific changes needed for the future, he did say each bowl game presents its own challenges. He believes NIU needs to enhance its mechanisms that handle these bowls. “There is not going to be a one-frame fit-all,” Williams said. “You’re going to have to have a mechanism that has the basic structure, the right thing to look at, but also flexible enough, informed enough, experienced enough to handle that Shreveport and Detroit are not the same, San Diego or Toronto are not the same, and the demands and what they ask of us will be different.”

Is the cost worth it? Compher said the financial matters cannot illuminate the entire situation. “You can’t explain it with the bottom line,” Compher said. “It’s an investment. If you want to compete at this level, you have to be willing to invest.” Compher said a bowl game helps game, Williams said. Not all of this, however, was profit as some of the ticket revenue went to tickets that were given to spouses and other family members. “Some tickets you have for spouses or relatives,” Williams said. “The bottom line was a majority of the funds had to come from the allotment, and that’s basically what happened in the other bowls.” The Independence Bowl also required the Huskies participate in a

NIU offered a package for students that included a round-trip bus fare, two nights in a hotel and a ticket to the game at a total cost of $125. The bus for this package cost NIU $6,200, but half of that cost was split with the Student Association, Williams said. The lodging cost NIU $6,435.72. These costs are less than what NIU incurred from the student packages it put together for the Poinsettia Bowl. In 2006, the Department of Athletics spent $44,000 on helping students get to and stay in San Diego. After the Poinsettia Bowl, Williams said he thought NIU would no longer provide student packages because they were too expensive. He said, however, that NIU was able to do student packages for the Independence Bowl because the university was able to send students to the game on a bus instead of a plane. “When you can use a bus when compared to buying an airline ticket, it’s a lot cheaper. That was the biggest thing,” Williams said. “I think the time and the date of the bowl had a big impact. This bowl is right at the holiday, so I think it had an impact there.” add spirit to the campus, creates the college experience, helps recruit players and coaches and adds to the student-athlete experience. “We came to a conclusion that this was about a student-athlete experience and making sure that their experience was as first class as we could make it and that we would work very hard in that regard,” Compher said. “But we had to be cost-conscious along the way.” Krupica echoed the benefits Compher mentioned and added that bowl games help to attract administrators to the department and benefits the university in general. This investment cost NIU $154,125. The amount will not be paid by the university, Williams said. Instead, it will be paid by the Athletic Guarantee Fund. This fund is money NIU receives for playing single games against teams such as Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee. Williams, who examines the game from a financial perspective, said he was happy with the results. “I think that the key thing was, I have to look at it in dollar and cents, and I was very pleased in the way that we were able to manage the cost,” Williams said. “I think these bowl opportunities are even more attractive because we can manage our cost because we can make it fit in with what we have available, and that’s the key.” Christmas night gathering and the Minuteman luncheon prior to the game. These required experiences cost NIU $2,220. Comparatively, when the Huskies went to their last bowl game in San Diego, they were required to go to Sea World, which cost $9,000. The bowl payout also goes to cover other expenses that a team will incur such as travel and lodging for the players, coaches, marching band and cheerleaders.


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The expenditure sheet

Purchase Order Number Date

Item description

Cost

102246

12/16/2008

Lodging for football team between 12/23/08 to 12/29/08 Food for the football team between 12/23/08 to 12/29/08

$144,300.37

102256 102244 102233 102958 102324 103199 103084 103084 5290

12/15/2008 12/12/2008 12/16/2008 1/30/2009 12/18/2008 2/17/2009 2/4/2009 2/4/2009 2/11/2009

Network switch and custom travel case for video equipment for NIU football Equipment truck for football team travel to Shreveport, La. Airfare for football team 12/23/08 to 12/29/08 Broadcasting for Independence Bowl Lodging for cheerleaders and band from 12/27/08 to 12/29/08 Reimbursement for buses used by NIU for the Independence Bowl Independence Bowl rings for 107 players and 29 staff members Independence Bowl pendants Airfare from Independence Bowl to Kansas (Sylvia Carter)

$3,500.00 $2,845.00 $115,428.00 $700.00 $12,752.26 $26,958.90 $21,172.48 $249.00 $297.00

4602

1/15/2009

Ship Bowl Game Tickets via UPS

$122.62

103548 4378

2/20/2009 1/7/2009

Remove Independence Bowl patches off 72 jerseys Independence Bowl patches for jerseys

4378 102343

1/7/2009 12/18/2008

Game jersey repair Apparel for Independence Bowl from Adidas

$222.00 $339.00 $9.00 $8,455.99

102323 102315

12/18/2008 12/17/2008

Lodging for students at Independence Bowl from 12/27/08 to 12/29/08 Printing and shipping of media guides

$6,435.72 $1,794.21

103030 4044

2/2/2009 12/26-12/29

Tailgate reception rental fee Bill Baker airfare to broadcast game

$1,000.00 $404.00

4344 4375

12/26-12/29 12/25-12/29

Bill Baker meals and care rental Shelley Binegar, Carly Newlands and Matt Mattmiller airfaire

$252.76 $1.204.00

4526 4064 4624 4367 4425

12/26-12/29 12/26/2008 12/26-12/29 12/15-12/20

Russell Bonder meals and automobile Thomas Bough airfaire to game (bus back) Thomas Bough band per diem Adam Clark meals for team prior to trip

$845.90 $414.00 $9,835.00 $29,968.00

12/22-12/29 12/25-12/29

Adam Clark (large array of items) Jeff Compher airfaire to game

$22,422.23 $352.50

12/25-12/29 12/26-12/29

Jeff Compher car rental and airport parking Anthony Del Fiacco car rental and airport parking

$312.74 $295.52

4442 4625 4377 4158

12/26-12/29 12/26-12/29

Patrick Gorman gas to airport, parking and bag check Cindy Green cheerleaders per diem

$109.28 $1,388.16

12/23-12/29 12/28-12/29

Glen Kupica player incidental per diem Mark Lindo airfaire to bowl

$12,840.00 $374.00

4373 4374

12/28-12/29 12/25-12/29

Mark Lindo parking and meals Matt Mattmiller random car cost

$103.00 $24.50

4376 4441 4452

12/25-12/29 12/22/2009 12/26-12/29

Carly Newlands rental car Zach Peters drove Glen Kupica to the airport Eric Shultz travel cost Cost of tickets Payment to MAC

$236.72 $56.92 $116.22 $420,000.00 $29,380.00

Bus cost for students (half paid by NIU, other $3,100 paid by SA) Christmas night gathering and the Minuteman luncheon

$3,100.00 $2,220.00

Travel cost TOTAL EXPENSES

$37,511.46 $920,348.46

4073 4371 4464

NIU’s philosophy with bowl money A payout from a bowl game, at least a smaller game, is to cover the expenses a participating team will incur from its participation in the bowl game, Williams said. “That’s what those funds are for, to support the travel and expenses for games,” he said. Larger bowl games, such as the Rose Bowl, do produce revenue for the university and conference, Williams said. In the case of NIU, however, the goal of the payout is to break even.

Glen Krupica has a travel voucher for $12,840 with the type of expenditure listed as “Player Incidental per diem.” Krupica explained this as extra spending cash given to every player for the days they are down at the bowl game. Each player is allowed $20 a day to buy things they might need at the bowl, such as extra food, toiletries and other items. “That gives them money, so if they need to buy a tube of toothpaste, they can,” Compher said. The athletic director did say players had to sign a contract every day they received the money that it would be used appropriately.

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The Athletic Department originally estimated lodging and food for the football team would cost $200,000. The department, however, was able to cut this projected total to $144,300.37, a reduction of 27.8 percent.

Airfare for the football team was estimated at $130,000 but was reduced to $115,428. This was a reduction of 11.2 percent. Apparel costs were also reduced 15.4 percent from $10,000 to $8,455.99. NIU was also able to reduce the housing for the cheerleaders and the band for their twoday stay. It was expected to cost $13,109.25 for the lodging, but the university was able to reduce this to $12,752.26, cutting off 2.7 percent from the total. On the purchase order for bowl rings, there was a portion covered by Wite-out. Upon removing the Wite-out a phrase saying “1338.76 Official party 20,082.72” could be read. The official party, according to Williams and Compher, is the designated delegation of NIU officials that represent the university, such as the president. No source, however, was able to explains this whited out information. Williams was especially confused, as this information was not on his copy of this purchase order.

NIU paid Chase Carter’s mom, Sylvia Carter, $297 for airfare back from the Independence Bowl. NIU athletic director Jeff Compher explained that this must have been a reimbursement to Sylvia for the cost of a plane ticket for Chase to return to his home in Kansas, rather than to return to DeKalb with the team after the bowl game.

NIU was able to cover all expenses through the $750,000 payout and ticket revenue except for $154,125.00. To pay the remaining balance, the athletic department used money from its Guarantee Fund.

The NIU Athletic Department had originally estimated $13,109.25 for lodging for students at the game. This was reduced to $6,435.72 but only because the department originally expected to bring two busses of students to the game but was only able to fill one.

get. So something should be there somewhere, unless they ordered it through the I-Bowl,” Williams said. “I know what it was because I have it down at $13,000.” Upon review, however, Williams said in an e-mail NIU did not spend any money on these gifts, although he had a budget

for them. Krupica said NIU did spend some money on gifts, but did not have a number. “We spent a little bit, but not a fair amount beyond our complimentary packages,” he said. “That was to really take care of our staff and the folks who worked hard.”

Team Gifts Every team receives gifts for participating in a bowl game, Krupica said. “You get ‘x’ number because there’s a limit that the NCAA says you can give,” he said. When participating in the Poinsettia Bowl, NIU went over this limit, as it gave players, coach-

es, donors and friends team gifts. In 2006 these gifts were an iPod Nano, an iPod Nano case, men’s/ women’s watch, sweatshirt and ski cap. These gifts cost $12,000. At the Independence Bowl, all members of the NIU football team received a Timely Watch Co. watch, New Era cap and Trek mountain bike.

Williams said the bikes were given to the players through a sponsor of the bowl, and were not paid for by NIU. He thought, however, NIU paid $13,000 for the other gifts. “I know that we got some things for the team ... It’s on the budget; it was $13,000 on our bud-


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Summer means chasing the boredom away Smart options for summer fun prevents burning holes in students’ pockets Kim Skibinski Staff Writer

DeKALB | As summer break creeps closer, many students are counting the change in their pockets with hopes of an event-filled hiatus. With a little creative thinking, students who are pressed for cash can have a pleasant summer without burning holes in their pockets.

Golf, shopping and movies Lisa Hall, freshman pre -nu rs i ng major, plans on having the ‘usual’ summer with a twist. Besides shopping and watching movies, Hall wants to go miniature golfing with her friends. “My family and I go to the ‘Pirate’s Cove’ chain, and it’s a lot of fun,” Hall said. “I want to putt-putt golf in Peoria with my friends.”

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As students head home for the summer, DeKalb turns into ‘ghost town’ Desmond Lawe Staff Writer

DeKALB | Next week, the annual migration out of DeKalb for summer break will begin. However, some students who live in apartments off-campus will remain as DeKalb returns to a quiet rural town. Those who choose to remain may find the town feels remarkably different. “It’s like a ghost town here beginning the second week after finals,” said senior marketing major Dave Moore, who has spent three

summers in DeKalb. “You pretty much need to do whatever you can to combat boredom.” One of the activities Moore has picked up is frisbee golf, or “frolf.” Over the summer he can be found frequenting the frisbee golf course at Prairie Park off Gurler St. in DeKalb. “I started frolfing out of necessity,” Moore said. “Other than that, I pretty much hang out with whoever else happens to be here.” Anthony Ianno, junior engineering technology major, is preparing for his second summer in the area, and is better prepared to handle the downtime. “Last year whenever I went into town for groceries I noticed that

the park district pool was packed,” Ianno said. “I am definitely going to get a membership there for the summer because it looked like such a good time.” On-campus summer activities are limited, however. Campus Activities Board does not have any activities planned for the summer at this time and does not anticipate any being added. Guest speakers do occasionally make trips to NIU. “I went to see a guest speaker once last summer,” Moore said. “Unfortunately, when I got to the auditorium I was the only person there besides the speaker and the tech guy. It turned into an awkward two-hour one-on-one conver-

sation.” But while DeKalb may seem like a ghost town to some, other students enjoy the quiet time over the summer. “I split my time between home and here over the summer,” said junior psychology major Sean Foley. “Whenever I need to get away from my hectic work schedule at home I come to NIU to relax at my apartment with my friends.” Senior psychology major Anastasia Wiltgen uses the time to catch up on one of her favorite hobbies. “I spent a lot of time last summer hitting up the library,” Wiltgen said. “I love to read and the peace and quiet was a great atmosphere.”

Taking time to help the community Amanda Walde Staff Writer

DeKALB | Students who are looking to kick back this summer might want to use their time to give back. Local volunteer organizations have many opportunities available for students who are looking to improve their resumes and spend their time giving back to the community. Robert Hellmuth, administrative assistant for the Hope Haven homeless shelter, said any kind of volunteer help the shelter receives is greatly appreciated. “Our organization is entirely run by volunteers, so they are, of course, essential,” Hellmuth said. “We have received a great deal of help from local churches, and we would love to see more.”

The TAILS Humane Society is also in constant need of assistance. From cleaning cages to simply spending time with the animals, all support is welcome. Courtney Marshall, volunteer coordinator for TAILS, said NIU has been a huge partner in maintaining the animal shelter. “The football team has come in to volunteer their time by walking dogs,” Marshall said. “[Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity] and many sororities have also been a wonderful help. Because we are a nonprofit organization, anyone that comes to help really stands out to an employer as an individual who gives back to his or her community.” The TAILS staff has written many letters of recommendation for students who have donated

their time to the organization, Marshall said. Safe Passage, an organization dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault, is also accepting volunteers to help maintain its shelter. Natalie Walker, volunteer coordinator for Safe Passage, said volunteers would be welcome this summer to help with planting, maintaining flower beds and brainstorming ideas to help improve the lives of those affected by domestic abuse. “Our volunteers represent a great sense of maturity by displaying their commitment to preventing domestic violence,” Walker said. “A volunteer’s willingness to give back to their community says a great deal about their character.”

FOR MORE INFO Students interested in volunteering at these organizations can reach them at: • Hope Haven 1145 Rushmoore Drive 815-758-3166 • Safe Passage 151 N. Fourth St. 815-756-5228 • TAILS Humane Society 2250 Barber Greene Road 815-758-2457 More volunteer opportunities can be found at http://www. kishwaukeeunitedway.org/ give/volunteer.html.

The cost for miniature golfing may be too much for some, but making fun at home with friends is almost always free. Freshman accountancy major, Roopak Pandya, wants to spend a lot of quality time with friends in any way possible. “I plan on playing a lot of sports [such as] football, volleyball and basketball, hanging out with friends, going to the pool and maybe wasting time on Facebook every once in a while,” Pandya said. Pandya looks forward to cooling down in his friend’s pool after a day full of sporting events. “When we swim, there’s usually some sort of basketball or football beforehand,” Pandya said. “So it’s nice to go for a swim after getting all sweaty.”

Quality outdoor time Some students, such as freshman undecided major Breanne Lindsay, just want to spend time outside. “I’m going to go fishing, plant a garden and have a barbecue with my f r i e n d s ,” Lindsay said. A l though Lindsay enjoys the idea of fishing, what she does may not be considered fishing at all. “I don’t actually catch fish,” Lindsay said. “I don’t have the patience. I usually catch tadpoles and pick flowers, but I like to be one with nature sometimes.”


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A bachelor’s degree can give you the credentials to work a certain job; it does not ensure that job Giles Bruce Columnist

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Your perspective Campus Antiwar Network’s members to graduate, leave plenty of open positions In a unique opportunity for students looking to add extracurriculars to their resume, or for anyone hoping to make a difference, the Campus Antiwar Network NIU chapter has announced openings for officers for the 2009-10 school year, including chapter President. “If you are interested in being CAN president next year...we can meet,” according to current President Mariel Mentink. If the meeting goes well and the organization approves, Mentink added, “I’ll share my contacts and knowledge.” Known for their successful rallies and ‘Drop Beats, Not Bombs,’ the Campus Antiwar Network tries to bring the social aspect back into social activism, bolstering their messages with the fun sort of gatherings

Kelly given a notarized letter from U.S. embassy in order to enter Gaza Strip I was grateful to be part of a lively and educational exchange at NIU, following an eyewitness account of experiences in Gaza which I was invited to present on April 23, at the Holmes Student Center. The Northern Star correctly reports that there was an extensive network of tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Because Israel had closed the border crossings that formerly allowed importation of needed goods, Gazans resorted to creating a “tunnel industry,” which could be quite lucrative for anyone who owned a tunnel. The article states that “Kelly entered the Gaza Strip through one of the nearly 3,000 tunnels from

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that will entice the uninitiated into service. Unfortunately for C.A.N., however, many of their most dedicated members will be graduating in just a few short weeks, leaving gaping holes in their roster. “This is something that should be taken care of soon if C.A.N. is going to live on at NIU for another year,” Mentink said. “Please let me know if you or someone you know are interested in the jobs.” For more information, e-mail Mariel Mentink at niu@campusantiwar.net, or visit the NIU Campus Antiwar Network page on Facebook. Mariel Mentink senior visual communications major

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Egypt.” I entered Gaza at the Rafah border crossing, above ground, carrying a notarized letter from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo which facilitated this entry. The letter simply stated that I was responsible for my own safety. A tunnel owner had suggested that for $3,000 U.S. dollars it would be possible to enter Gaza through a tunnel, but this sum was well beyond what I could afford. It’s estimated that there were 1,700 tunnels built between Egypt and Gaza. Thank you for receiving these corrections to Kyle Nabor’s otherwise accurate and thoughtful coverage. Kathy Kelly co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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It was a few weeks ago when my mom fi rst started hinting at it. She’d say things such as, “So, Giles, where are you going to sleep when you move back home?” or “Are you going to live with me or your dad?” I guess I’d been naive about the weak job market. But, until then, I honestly hadn’t thought I’d be moving back home after graduation. Now, I’m not so sure. So I asked economics professor Khan Mohabbat : With the economy in recession, will more students be moving in with their parents after graduation? “It is indeed a very diffi cult time for all — parents and students alike,” he said. “If graduating students cannot fi nd jobs or summer work, there is no doubt that most will go back home and stay with their parents.” Well, I’ve applied for 15 to 20 jobs. A few were even nice enough to send a letter to reject me. So I called my mom. “Do you really think I’ll be moving back home?” I asked. “Yeah, ha ha,” my mom, Vicki, said. “But why?” “Because you don’t have any money. You don’t have a job.” True and true. But during our conversation my mom reminded me some students aren’t as lucky as me. “I think a lot of parents might be foreclosing on their homes, or the parents might be losing their [own] jobs,” she said. OK. She got me with the sentiment. Who will I live with then? (My mom has a two-bedroom apartment with my sister.) “Probably Dad’s because he’s got a spare room. Because I

don’t know where you’ll stay here. The couch?” She then gets distracted by our cat and dog. “Max is funny. He’s walking real low to the ground. Now Lucy’s going after him ... You’d move in with dad. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.” My mom’s short attention span on that day reminded me of one of the pluses of living at home: I’d always be able to see our cute-as-can-be pets. Not to mention I’d get free meals, cable, Internet, heat, air conditioning, electricity, water and rent. But, on the other hand, I could see myself getting comfortable with all those free amenities, leading to complacency. And then there’s the lack of freedom, being in my mid-20s and still living at home. Next, I called Xiaolin Xie, coordinator of family and child studies . “Will I make my parents crazy?” I asked. Xie laughed. “Yeah you will.” She laughed again. But setting ground rules ahead of time will help keep us all sane, she said. Before our call ended, Xie informed me that, on average, men live at home longer than women, who are generally more independent. Then she laughed again. OK. Say I do move back home. I’ll only be there a short time. Right? Maybe not. Forty percent of last year’s college graduates still live with their parents, according to a survey by the Web site, Monster. Regardless, I think it’s time to step up that job search. I have until Aug. 14, the last day of my lease. Wish me luck.

But, on the other hand, I could see myself getting comfortable with all those free amenities, leading to complacency.

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Show goes beyond expectations Jen Hance Columnist

A look at how Martha Stewart enhances her daytime TV show Everyday I come home from class to have a quick lunch at home. As I sit down to relax and enjoy my meal, I can’t help but wish there was something better to watch on TV. Between overly dramatic soap operas, Maury and Jerry Springer, trying to figure out if a guy named Reggie is some baby’s father and re-runs on VH1, afternoon TV is nothing but garbage. On one of my tireless lunch breaks channel surfi ng, I stumbled upon the “Martha Stewart Show.” While this show is usually directed toward middle-aged housewives who enjoy gardening, cooking and crafts, her unexpected guest stars make this show surprisingly entertaining for everyone. While she is genuinely offering great advice and tips to stay at home moms, she knowingly pokes fun at some well-known celebrities, and they join in by teasing her as well.

weaving baskets, but there’s a lot we don’t know about her. On her recent show with SNL’s Seth Meyers, who was a last-minute replacement for Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Martha prepared the Easter favorite hot crossed buns, and agreed that it would be an appropriate nickname for the “Tudors” hottie, because of his lovely buns. Between this and her supposed “thing” with Anthony Hopkins, which was revealed in her interview with Ray Liota earlier this month, when the actor asked her if Hopkins was a good kisser; it is evident the blushing host is not as innocent as we always thought. So whether she is coyly making a Q-tip holder with Q-Tip the rapper, or being reminded of her stint in the big house while decorating Easter eggs with Rosie O’Donnell, the “Martha Stewart Show” is a surprisingly funny afternoon talk show. This show pokes fun at celebrities including Martha. Never does it cease to be amazing when a star can laugh at themselves, and all in good fun. It also manages to take the www.marthastewart.com time to teach valuable tips on beCreative host Martha Stewart stands in one of her gardens. ing an exceptional housekeeper. I have fi nally found a show that I mean where else can you see Is she listening to the same is worth watching during my elevLudacris show how he prepares sea Luda I do? I mean I can’t really en o’clock lunch break everyday, bass, while Martha chats about picture her singing “I’ve got h- and as the domestic diva herself how much she loves his music. -- in different area codes,” while would say, “That’s a good thing.”

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What’s on your iPod? Andy Fox Staff Writer

Virak Hem junior health and human sciences major PLAYLIST: 1) The-Dream - “Rockin’ That Thang” 2) Mastodon - “Blood and Thunder” 3) Four Tops - “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I Got)” 4) Zu - “Carbon” 5) OutKast - “SpottieOttieDopaliscious (feat. Patrick Brown)”

New Mike Jones album lacks swagger, ‘voice’ Mainstream rapper’s singles fail to gain airplay, lack creativity

bum “Who is Mike Jones?” still can’t be answered. He’s just been too inconsistent. The Houston native is best known for giving out his cell phone number to fans, 281-330-8004, and REVIEW for his patented skills of self-promotion — he shouts his fi rst and MIKE JONES- “THE VOICE” last name whenever he deems applicable. Jones, however, has been RATING - 6/10 suspiciously quiet lately. He’s had Chris Krapek singles fail to gain airplay and witFlavor Editor nessed the demise of chopped and screwed rap, a concept that he Who is Mike Jones? helped mainstream. Four years after fi rst turning On his long-delayed second alheads on the rap scene, that ques- bum, “The Voice,” the rapper should tion posed from his 2005 debut al- be coming back with a vengeance,

putting emcees in their place and reinstating himself as a prominent player. He instead putters to the fi nish line with a song about his grandma. The album explodes with “Swagger Right,” as Jones, with his Southern, sufferin’ succotash twist, boasts about how he’s got swagger to the ceiling. Although he’s no trendsetter — as it seems every rapper is legally obliged to talk about their swagger — the track maintains Jones’ trademark delivery while incorporating sounds that resemble the latter half of the decade. “Cuddy Buddy,” featuring T-Pain,

Lil Wayne and Twista, dropped last summer but it’s such a hot and slick R&B jam that it still remains relevant. The auto-tuned lothario returns later on “Scandalous H--- II,” a song inherently offensive, complaining “I can’t love ‘em, I can’t trust ‘em.” “Drop and Gimme 50” is a lame attempt for a hit for the clubs and features the intolerable ringtone rapper Hurricane Chris. Was Soulja Boy busy? “The Voice” is filled with too many filler tracks at a time in Jones’ career when he must deliver nothing but classics. “On Top Of The Covers” and “Hate On Me” should have been left in

the studio, and “Give Me A Call” is laughable. Jones relies too much on featured guests, and most of them are total nobodies. Nae Nae, Essay Potna, Kai? Who? On this album, Jones, with a few distinctly memorable tracks, is able to fill a rap niche that was previously nonexistent. He’s different from the current batch of flavorof-the-month rappers, but doesn’t stray too far from candy paint and purple drink. “The Voice” is only his second album, but he needs to return to the lab and come back with something that makes him huge before people start to forget Mike Jones.

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Type of gas depends on type of auto John Bachmann Staff Writer

DeKALB | How much you pay for gas depends on what the car requires. Economics professor Khan Mohabbat said people who pay for premium gas do so because their car requires that type of fuel. “Premium gas is used only for certain cars such as those with V-8 engines because it needs more octane in the fuel,” he said.

Senior economics major Ankur Gandhi said it is necessary for him to use premium. “I use premium because I have to for the kind of car I drive,” he said. Mohabbat said a difference between unleaded and premium is the price. “Premium tends to be 10 to 11 cents more than unleaded,” he said. Gandhi said despite the high-

er price for premium gas, it hasn’t been affecting him too much. “It would be a bigger deal for me if gas were $4,” Gandhi said. Mohabbat said unleaded gas shouldn’t be used on cars that run on premium. “If unleaded is used on premium gas cars it hurts the engine,” he said. What type of gas people should use for their car can also depend on what the manufacturers sug-

gest, Mohabbat said. “Based on manufacturer statements, they may recommend to use premium depending on what kind of car it is,” he said. Mohabbat said most cars don’t need premium gas. “Most other cars run on unleaded gas because they don’t require as much octane,” he said. Junior journalism major Gareth Sleger said he has always used unleaded gas.

“I use unleaded gas because it’s cheaper for me, and the car I drive works fine with it,” he said. “For all the cars I’ve had, I never used premium because it wasn’t necessary for me to do so.” Like Sleger, Ryan Mackey, senior business administration major, said he only uses unleaded gas. “Unleaded costs less and has been working great for my car, so there’s no reason for me to use premium gas,” he said.

Older vehicles need investigation prior to purchase Kim Skibinski Staff Writer

DeKALB | Jonathan Borowicz has been without a car his first year at NIU. Next year, his vehicle status will change. “My dad bought a BMW, and he’s selling his old car to me,” said Borowicz, a freshman pre– computer science major. Many NIU students have to rely on new and used car dealers in order to search for their perfect four-wheeled companions. Although the idea of buying a car can be overwhelming, anyone can be a knowledgeable customer after a little research. Brian Bohman, sales manager at Brian Bemis Ford, 1380 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore, said choosing between a new or used car depends on the person’s situation. “If you are looking for transportation on a limited budget

there are some great deals on predriven cars,” Bohman said. “However, if you buy a new car, you get full factory warranty [and a car] that no one has driven and best of all, that new car smell.” Researching about different kinds of cars is also important, Bohman said. “There is a ton of information online about different vehicles,” Bohman said. “Compare features, prices, reliability and get an idea of what your payments will be. Finally, have a budget and know what you can afford.” Because they are not new, used cars need extra attention. Tim Jennings, Internet sales manager at Tom Sparks Buick, 216 S. First St., said there are two main questions to ask dealers when looking for a used car. “[Ask] where did this car come from? [and] Has this car ever

been in an accident?” Jennings said. “The answers to these questions can be found at several informational sites, the largest being Carfax Vehicle History Report.” Jennings stressed the importance of making sure the cost of owning a car is worthwhile. “Figure out cost of ownership for the first year of the vehicle you’re going to purchase and weigh that against the value of owning your own vehicle,” Jennings said. “[Some hidden costs] include fees and registration, insurance, fuel and possible repairs and breakdowns.” For people like Borowicz, the freedom of having a car to go anywhere at any time outweighs its cost. David Zalubowsk | The Associated Press “I don’t know if I’ll be going In this April 3 photo, prospective buyers look over a 2009 Solstice convertible in the home more, but I’ll pick up more Pontiac display at the Denver Auto Show. chicks,” Borowicz said.


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Huskies escape with a 1run victory over Redbirds

Huskies lose 2 to Panthers

Andrea Colosimo led the offense going 3-for-4 and Dani Thompson drove in the only earned run against ISU pitcher Chrissy Burton. The Huskies jumped to the early Northern Star DeKALB | Five errors doomed Il- lead with three runs in the second linois State against the Huskies on and one in the third, but ISU posted Tuesday night as NIU came away three in the top of the fifth to pull within one. NIU increased the lead with a 5-3 softball victory. Morgan Bittner started for NIU with one run in the sixth. Bittner struck out the final hitand pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on two home runs, ter of the game, ISU’s Michelle Henwalking six and striking out six for derson, with runners on first and second. the win.

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NIU continues to struggle in late innings, drops third straight Steve Nitz Staff Writer

The NIU baseball team has seen this movie before. After giving up a walk-off homer Sunday in a loss to Eastern Michigan, the Huskies suffered two heartbreaking defeats Tuesday at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. NIU twice took leads into the sixth inning at Henry Aaron Field but twice came out of the frame trailing with the Panthers coming out on top in each game, 5-2 and 6-4 respectively. “It’s a story that we’ve seen unfortunately a few times this year,” said NIU head coach Ed Mathey. “We’re playing good up until the other team’s last at bat. We just don’t close it out.” Only one game was scheduled, but w ith both teams hav ing a lot of rainouts recently, the coaches decided to make it a doubleheader w ith both games being seven innings. With it being the last week of classes at NIU, some players, including leading hitter Jordin Hood , weren’t able to make the tr ip because of exams and other things related

w ith their classes. The Huskies (15-27, 6-11 MAC) were able to get off to a hot start in game one. NIU had its fi rst two batters reach base in the top of the fi rst when Joe Buonavolanto and Troy White singled. First baseman Dave Reynolds then fl ied out to right-plating Buonavolanto, who had advanced to third on White’s hit. White then scored on Nick Badgley’s single after advancing to third on a wild pitch. But the Huskies only managed one hit the rest of the game while UWM starter Cuyler Franzke and three relievers held them scoreless. “We weren’t centering the ball up,” Mathey said. “We weren’t hitting it the other way as well as we have.” NIU starter Jake Hermsen cruised through the fi rst fi ve innings but hit a wall in the fi fth where the Panthers (18-19, 8-4 Horizon) got to him for fi ve runs with the help of a Tim Patzman two-run homer. NIU was able to bring the tying run to the plate against Milwaukee closer Craig Meier in the top of the ninth, but Buonavolanto lined out to center to end the game. T he Hu sk ies entered t he

si x t h i nn i ng of ga me t wo w it h a 4-3 lead. Sta r t i ng pitcher Dave Rey nold s gave up a leadof f s i ngle to M ilwau kee catcher Josh Groves , a nd a f ter ret i r i ng t he nex t bat ter, wal ked Shaw n Wozn i a k . Wit h t wo men on, Paul Hoenec ke depos ited a Rey nold s pitch over t he r ight f ield fence to give t he Pa nt hers a lead wh ich t hey would keep. “He got it up into the jet stream, and it cleared the fence,” Mathey said. NIU will take on Valparaiso Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Ralph McKinzie Field.

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Top 50 continues with No. 3 Northern Star

The Northern Star Top 50 Huskies of All Time is a countdown of the 50 greatest figures in NIU sports, ever. People are ranked based on their accomplishments and achievements as Huskies, which include coaches, players, administrators and sports information directors. The list was compiled by the Northern Star sports staff with guidance from Mike Korcek, NIU Sports Information Director Emeritus. The order of the list was decided upon solely by the Star sports staff.

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BOB BRIGHAM

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Bob Brigham took over as NIU’s athletic director in 1968. He achieved his first major accomplishment in 1969 by getting the Huskie football program into NCAA Division I-A. Brigham donned the cardinal and black for 50 years as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach, director of athletics and special assistant to the president before his retirement in June 2001. Brigham also led the Huskies into the Mid-American Conference in 1973. Under Brigham, NIU installed Astro Turf at Huskie Stadium in 1969 and received NCAA tournament bids in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s soccer and NCAA Championship berths in men’s golf and men’s gymnastics. The NIU football team also made a major bowl in 1983. Prior to the 2003 home opener versus Maryland, the field at Huskie Stadium was officially named Brigham Field.

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