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Students protest class with petition More than 8,000 people signed their support

Twitter and several student-run University Facebook groups after originally being posted on the Illinois Student Senate’s Facebook page. “At first, I thought it was a really good idea because with the cold temperatures being the way they are now, it’s a big danger for students to be exposed to these kind of conditions,� said Janjay Knowlden, freshman in FAA. “I thought closing the school for one day would be just fine; it’s not worth the safety of students.� Though the petition is not endorsed by the Illinois Student Senate, Student Body President Damani Bolden believes it is a great idea. “(Hill) saw an issue, wanted to address it and went about it in the right way,� Bolden said. Hill began the petition after Bolden reached out to Romano and Ballom and felt that the voice of students were being ignored. “They didn’t listen to the student body president, and our concerns were not heard,� Hill said. “Students make up 40,000 people on the University’s campus, and we are the majority and we were ignored.� Hill chose an online petition as a way to lobby because it is the most “effective, constructive and formal� way to disseminate the case through social media. He said he received several positive messages from students who were glad to not see more negative social media regard-

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Within three hours, more than 7,000 signatures had amassed in an online petition promoting the cancellation of Monday’s classes, citing the extremely strong wind chill and dangerous conditions to be expected. “I was looking at my computer screen and every time I reloaded the page there were 100 new signatures,� said Matt Hill, Illinois student senator and sophomore in LAS. “It was very overwhelming, and I didn’t expect it to go viral that quickly.� Hill posted the petition, which currently holds more than 8,700 signatures, on Sunday at 10:46 p.m. It was sent to Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Dean of Students Kenneth Ballom and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Renee Romano. “We have such a diverse campus in regards to what location people are from, but I cannot tell you any other time the students have joined together online for one specific cause, besides bringing back the Chief, which I do not support,� Hill said. “We are not lobbying for something controversial, but we are lobbying for safety and health of the community.� The petition spread through

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Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of Champaign County Healthcare Consumers, Robert Rich of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and Dr. Bruce Wellman, former CEO and president of Carle Foundation Hospital, speak to a group of students at the auditorium in the College of Medicine about the Affordable Care Act.

Top C-U health officials address Affordable Care Act BY STANTON POLANSKI STAFF WRITER

On Monday night, the auditorium at the College of Medicine fi lled up with medical students who still had questions about the Affordable Care Act, which was passed March 23, 2010. Professor Robert Rich, of the Institute of Government & Public Affairs; Bruce Wellman, former CEO and president of Carle Foundation Hospital; and Claudia Lennhoff, executive director of Champaign County Healthcare Consumers, explained the nearly 1,000-page piece of legislation to the students in two hours. The act is designed to increase the amount of people with insurance and make insurance more affordable, Rich said. Before the act, an insurance company could drop a customer due to pre-existing conditions. “I can’t tell you how many cases I’ve had over the years — one example comes to mind of a lady who had been falling,� Lennhoff

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said. After one fall, the lady went to the emergency room. When she got a CT scan, the doctors discovered that she had cancerous brain tumors. After she began her treatments, her health insurance provider decided to bail. “Well then, her insurance company sent her a refund for her last quarterly payment and dropped her coverage,� she said. “She had no place to go — we ended up helping her — but can you imagine being scared for your life and fi nding out your ticket to health care has been canceled?� Lennhoff, who has a “very rare and aggressive� form of thyroid cancer, said people need insurance not only for treatment, but for spotting disease at its initial stages. She said she never would have known she had cancer if it were not for having health insurance and access to primary care. Although the Affordable Care Act expands health insurance

to more people, problems can still fester. Rich said the website for applying for health care has been a disaster, and the country is nowhere near its target mark of newly insured Americans. President Barack Obama also claimed that applicants for health insurance could keep their current plan if they wanted, but Rich said that is not in his power, as that decision is up to the insurance provider. And because the growing tide of newly insured Americans will need to be paid for, future generations will have a challenge in funding universal health care. Still, Rich said the ambitious legislation is a positive move. It’s not a move that has an easy-button to fix, he said. “There are no solutions, only trade-offs,� Wellman said. First year medical student Jennifer Alvarez wondered about how her future as a medical professional would be affected. But Wellman said people

should not steer away from being a doctor or nurse just because of the Affordable Care Act. “People will need you,� he said. “You’ll be satisfied. You’ll be respected.� Even with the website’s hangups and other shortcomings, the act is saving lives that never would have been saved before. “What we’re seeing is a lot of people coming forward who want health insurance — who are getting it for the first time,� Lennhoff said. “Who are excited about being able to have primary care for the first time. Who are excited about being able to have the problems they have been living with for a while addressed when they go a doctor. Who feel like they are now a part of the United States and that they matter because they can get health insurance and take care of their families.�

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Marijuana proposal met with contention Impending regulations for Illinois’ medical marijuana program disputed BY ELEANOR BLACK STAFF WRITER

In one of the first steps of Illinois’ four-year medical marijuana pilot project, a draft of proposed rules was posted online and has caused contention from medical marijuana supporters. On Jan. 21, the Illinois Department of Public Health posted a 48-page draft of the proposed regulations to show the public how the system may be implemented. Already, some of the proposed rules have been met with complaints. The major concerns include the annual application fee of $150, the timeline of the program’s implementation and the potential decision that will have to be made by qualifying patients with firearms. Though medical marijuana is now legal in Illinois, the program itself likely will not be fully implemented until next year. Applications for medical marijuana patients will not be accepted until September. Dan Linn, executive director of Illinois chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, said the first year of the pilot program will focus on the rule-making and regulation process. “It’s unfortunate that it takes that long because this is dealing with people’s healthcare and their livelihood, and in all honesty, their survival in some cases,� he said. “Putting the patient applications at the end of the year, I think that gives a little bit more of an hon-

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Chancellor Phyllis Wise received much backlash after sending out an email confirming that classes would be in session Monday.

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The decision made by University officials to proceed as normal on Monday despite expected cold temperatures was met with backlash from select students on Twitter. Most of the content targeted Chancellor Phyllis Wise after she sent out a mass email to the campus community Sunday night, notifying everyone that the University would hold classes the next day. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the University will never shut down completely because it is a residential campus. There will always be employees around, working in residence halls, on experiments or in police operations. The Campus Emergency Oper-

ations Committee met and made the decision about 10 minutes before the email was sent, Kaler said. “We did not think there was a threat to the safety of our students if they dressed for the weather and took appropriate measures to get where they needed to go,� she said. Though it is possible for temperatures to reach a point that would warrant canceling classes, Monday’s temperature did not reach that level, Kaler said. It wasn’t long before the University’s decision was quickly shot down by University students via Twitter.

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PETITION ing Wise. “I decided not to sign the petition because honestly I didn’t think it was necessary,” said Lizzie Diamond, sophomore in AHS. “The University made the decision not

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COLD From Sunday night through Monday afternoon, more than 400 users posted more than 700 tweets expressing their reactions to Wise’s email using the hashtag #fuckphyllis, according to Keyhole, a Twitter data tracking website. As of 10 p.m. Monday night, the number of tweets had fallen to 421. Among those tweets were many that included crude comments about Wise. Wise spoke at the Urbana-Champaign Senate Executive Committee meeting Monday, reiterating that she is not solely in charge of the decision. SEC chair Roy Campbell said he was dismayed by students’ reactions on Twitter. “I fully support the chancellor’s decision to keep the campus open today,” Campbell said. “I’m fully confident that the chancellor was conscious of the issues concerned. I call upon all concerned faculty, staff and students to disapprove

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to cancel school, and that’s their decision. We’re all adults. If you think it’s too cold to go outside, then we can make that decision for ourselves and stay home.” The petition features signatures of people ranging from North Carolina to Naperville, Ill., in addition to the many University student signatures.

“Whenever you have student advocacy regarding any issue on campus, it’s good,” Bolden said. “It shows that students are interested in what is happening on campus and that they are fully engaged.”

of these disrespectful comments from a few of our students.” Kaler said Wise doesn’t have a Twitter and did not see the student backlash, including the crude comments against her. Within an hour of Wise’s email, Student Body President Damani Bolden sent out his own mass email to the Illinois Student Senate Listserv lobbying for student safety. He said he spoke with the administration and continued to stay in contact with campus administration throughout the night. “This is a learning moment for us all,” Bolden said. “We need to sit down as a community and look at the inclement weather policy and look at the policy surrounding when and why we cancel class depending on when it is beneficial to the students.” Students have been advised by administrators about the frigid temperature, including an email from University Housing that provided tips on dealing with the cold weather. “There needed to be a safety email sent out,” Bolden said. “With

the temperatures we are currently experiencing, it’s imperative that we focus on the safety of the students.” Eric Snodgrass, director of undergraduate study for the atmospheric sciences department, advised students via Twitter about the harmful effects this frigid weather can have and how to take the necessary precautions when going outside. When the windchill is as cold as it was Monday “exposed skin can freeze in about 30 minutes,” Snodgrass said. These cold temperatures “can lead to frostbite,” he said, “really it’s your fingers, your nose and your ears — as long as you keep them covered you’ll be fine.” Monday’s high temperatures were listed at minus 3 with wind chill values between minus 19 and minus 24.

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MARIJUANA on the other in the real world.” He added that implementing the rule would deny patients treated by medical marijuana their right to defend themselves. “Why do they have less of a right to defend themselves than anyone else? That’s sort of what this law does,” Dapkus said. “They’re trying to get better health-wise, but in doing that, they must put themselves at a higher risk.” Linn also mentioned some aspects of the draft that were positive, such as the medical cannabis advisory board made up of eight doctors and one patient or patient advocate — though he thinks there should be more of a balance — and the time at which the draft itself was released. He said there had been talk that the proposed rules would not be released until late February or early March. The Illinois Department of Public Health has opened up the floor for the public to make any comments or suggestions to the proposal, which may help address any issues and concerns. Though Linn believes IDPH will change very little from what is being proposed, he said there is still a chance for change if enough people take issue with a specific rule. “I think it gives an appearance of transparency, and it gives a mechanism for feedback from

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the community and from the state,” said Linn. “You’re going to need a lot of people commenting that something bothers them and they don’t think that should be in there.” Overall, Lenhoff believes that potential patients for the medical marijuana program are being treated in a discriminatory manner.

“If a physician makes a decision working with a patient that this is the best treatment for that person, then why should there be all these things that prevent the physician from being able to treat the patient the best way possible?” Lenhoff said.

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of the Chancellor, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research’s, Public Affairs, Fire Department, Police Department and Student Affairs into a conference call. 3. Administrators heard reports that the winds would die down by 6 a.m., and that there would be no new snow in addition to cold weather. 4. Administrators balanced the safety of faculty and students and the inconvenience of canceling classes. 5. Administrators also made sure they were aware of which nearby institutions were closing. Although Illinois State University shut down, no universities on Interstate 57 were closing. 6. The decision was made to keep the campus open and continue with classes as planned.

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SEC discusses campus safety, pensions

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Senate Executive Committee chair Roy Campbell started off the committee meeting by calling for students and faculty to show signs of respect. He first expressed sympathy for the University’s neighboring Big Ten university Purdue that had a school shooting this past week, and then dismay for the crude tweets aimed at Chancellor Phyllis Wise sparked by the University’s decision to continue normal operation Monday. The chancellor herself addressed the decision to continue with classes. “We don’t take (school closings) lightly, and it is not just the chancellor who is deciding this,” Wise said. “I will take responsibility for having made the final decision, but I don’t do it alone.” Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler noted that the administration weighs both student and faculty safety with the business and research objectives of the University. “We have to balance the need to continue business with safety, and

our goal is not to take snow days willy-nilly,” Kaler said. “Our goal is always going to be to try to continue business.” At the meeting, concerns were also raised about when a pension plan is likely to be put into effect and about how much influence the University has had in reversing pension legislation that will be enacted by the state June 1. “I hear of movement interests from some of our premier faculty,” said Educational Policy Committee chair Gay Miller. “If we can get them information that might have an influence on their decision to stay, it would be very important.” University President Robert Easter said a supplemental pension plan will be in place by the implementation date. “I thought it important to get a signal from the board at the last meeting that this was something that we are taking seriously,” Easter said. “That was part of the intent of the resolution — to ensure our community this is something we are getting serious about.” Faculty and Staff Benefits chair John Kindt proposed University

alumni take a part in influencing legislators to make changes to pension legislation. “It seems to me that if there is an email list of 13,000 (alumni) that some of the numbers we heard today about how the new legislation makes the University of Illinois pension system non-competitive, that in and of itself, communicated by 13,000 (alumni) to decision-makers could have major impact, regardless of what is going on in the court system,” Kindt said. The University administration budget was brought up by Easter at the meeting, and he discussed the two main parts of the budget: UA administration and UA programs. Vice President Christophe Pierre is trying to make major changes within these two main parts of the budget, returning funds from the online-education initiative known as Global Campus back into the campus budgets, Easter said. The administration also plans to reinstate an annual review of campus budgets, which did not occur the past two years. In addition to budget reviews, Easter also took time to discuss

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yearly salary reviews for faculty. “I am fully committed to having salary programs year by year,” Easter said. “We see cost of living increases, cost of health increases ... it only makes sense that as we go forward, in order to remain fair, there would have to be an adjustment.” Easter also said the board and the faculty plan on further defining the role of the presidency. “I think the board is anxious, as Chairman Kennedy indicated, to engage the faculty significantly in this process,” Easter said. “There truly is a need to defi ne the nature of the presidency.” Easter, as president, has seen the role take on an “external” nature, working with both the University system and the state. “There is a role for professional representation and there is a role for the representational leadership,” Easter said. “One of the key roles for the presidency is regular engagement with legislators.”

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When Chancellor Phyllis Wise sent out an email to students notifying them that classes would continue as scheduled on Monday, a group of students began tweeting using the hashtag #fuckphyllis, criticizing her for the decision to keep school open. However, the chancellor only plays one part in the process by which the University decides to cancel class. 1. Lt. Todd Short of the University Police Department spoke with national, state and local emergency management officials to determine the severity of the weather. 2. Short called 27 administrators from the President’s Office, the Office

SOURCE: CHANCELLOR PHYLLIS WISE


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ast March, as many students were returning to campus from spring break, nearly one foot of snow blanketed the entire campus overnight. At 9:30 p.m. Provost Ilesanmi Adesida advised students to use caution while driving on the interstates but more importantly discounted the cancellation of classes. Students rallied around the possibility of a snow day, and around 1:30 a.m., they finally got what they wanted. But there were lessons to be learned — by University administrators and students. Administrators were criticized for their delayed decision in not canceling classes earlier when hazardous conditions were made very apparent. Students held administrators accountable: former Illinois Student Senator Jim Maskeri sent a mass email to the UrbanaChampaign Senate, provost’s office and chancellor’s office to express his concerns, and letters to the editor and testimonies flooded in from concerned students across campus. But between Sunday night and Monday morning, things were different. As students began noticing the absence of positive numbers from the weather forecasts, as well as wind chills plunging temperatures to around minus 20 degrees, they once again rallied around the idea of a snow day. But not in the same way we saw last year. It started around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when Chancellor Phyllis Wise told students via a mass email that classes and operations would proceed as scheduled. From there, the hashtag #fuckphyllis quickly garnered widespread use by students on Twitter — more than 1,800 tweets in the span of 12 hours included the hashtag, although some used the hashtag solely to express their disdain. Memes sprung up throughout Reddit and Facebook, many using Wise’s Asian-American background as the theme of the jokes. A BuzzFeed staffer even wrote a post titled, “After Being Denied A Snow Day, University of Illinois Students Respond With Racism and Sexism.â€? Well, University of Illinois students, what did you expect to happen? See, there’s thinking you’re holding people accountable for their actions, and there’s actually holding people accountable for their actions. In fact, according to campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler, the choice isn’t Wise’s alone. The University’s Campus Emergency Operations Committee has the discretion to call a snow day. Each time hazardous weather conditions occur that could possibly put students in danger, the CEOC holds a conference to discuss factors including current and anticipated weather conditions, whether sidewalks and roadways are clear and passable and whether heating and electricity are functioning throughout campus’ classrooms. See, there’s being proactive, and there’s being lazy. Proactive would have been emailing campus administrators voicing our concerns as students; proactive would have been using your own individual discretion to decide whether the trek to classes yesterday was safe for you. Instead, in response to the outright anger over Chancellor Wise’s email, we attacked her and embarrassed ourselves. We attacked her culture, her race, her gender and her history. We attacked everything but the problem itself. It’s disheartening to realize that as one student joked about Chancellor Wise’s race, thousands of others joined in — and for them, it was completely OK. It’s disheartening to see what “jokesâ€? can evolve into once enough people are in on it. As students, we are allowed to think that Monday was too cold and too dangerous to safely get to classes. But what we aren’t allowed to do is attack an individual’s character thinking that it would get us one step closer to our goal. We’re a University that is no stranger to racial controversy. We’re a University that still, to this day, cannot agree on the functionality and representativeness of our former mascot, the Chief. We’re a University that wanted a snow day and spewed undue hatred at the first face we could find associated with it when things didn’t go our way. We haven’t learned a damn thing except to think that if we complain enough, if we garner enough support and if we’re naĂŻve enough throughout the process, that we’ll ultimately get what we want. Maybe we all have a little bit of growing up to do.

Online backlash can be an opportunity for change JOHN BUYSSE Opinions columnist

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Sunday afternoon, I almost wrote a column about the “microaggressions� inspired by a post I saw on Facebook where a Caucasian female wished “her craziest Asian friend� a happy birthday. The inclusion of the “Asian� qualifier bothered me because such a qualifier would likely never be used for a white friend. This also wasn’t the first time I witnessed such a post on social media. I eventually decided to write about a different issue that seemed more relevant at the time. Little did I know that, hours later, a perfect storm of bad weather and an email would bring this issue to the forefront of this very campus. At 9:32 p.m. on Sunday, Chancellor Phyllis Wise sent a massmail to the campus community informing us that classes and University operations would “proceed as scheduled.� This type of email is not out of the ordinary, but it quickly ignited outrage from the student body as the forecast called for sub-zero temperatures and extreme winds. The backlash began with predictable outrage on social media sites followed by a petition that was circulated by a student named Matthew Hill through Change.org, in hopes of prompting Chancellor Wise to reconsider the decision to keep campus in operation. Even if the goal was fruitless, this was a mature way to organize the student body in a grass roots manner. It was spread with the clever social media hashtag “#Wise2Cancel,� leveraging the Chancellor’s own last name against her decision that students seemingly felt was “unwise� considering the weather forecast. To this point, the situation had not been exceptionally noteworthy. Then, it spiraled out of control. Students began using a different hashtag. The hashtag? #FuckPhyllis. Hateful? Yes. Did it end there? No. It was quickly eclipsed by racist and misogynistic content that many of the tagged tweets included.

“Phyllis Wise is the Kim Jong Un of chancellors #fuckphyllis,� stated one student. “In a room with Phyllis Wise, Adolf Hitler, and a gun with one bullet. Who do I shoot? #fuckphyllis,� questioned another. One minute, Chancellor Wise was the focus of a safety-minded petition seeking to reverse a decision she likely made with a team of administrators. Within an hour, a smaller collection of students compared her to the man who led the mass execution of millions of people and the current, suppressive leader of North Korea. Such comparisons are beyond hyperbolic, but the fact that most were rooted in race and gender-based insults was even more troubling. And remember, it was all over the decision to not cancel classes — which students can (and often do) easily skip on their own accord. In that same time, a fake, now-deleted, Twitter account was created that began to spout off an array of inappropriate tweets. It is unclear who was behind the obvious parody account, but they were able to successfully use the Chancellor’s identity to spew venomous words. For most bystanders, the progression of these events was dizzying and their nature was appalling. Suey Park, an alumna of the University, took note of what was happening and launched a remarkable pushback on the use of the hashtag, drawing attention to the hatred that was transpiring. She was able to do so by using the inappropriate hashtag to call out people spewing vitriolic hatred at Chancellor Wise. This was followed by a now-viral post on BuzzFeed that justifiably called out the perpetrators. What started as a widely-supported and calm opposition devolved into an embarrassing and offensive display of hatred from a small portion of students. In the process, the ugly truth about an issue that has existed for a long time emerged: the frequent and seemingly “micro� aggressions that students of minor-

ity backgrounds face. Normally, such occurrences are masked by “humor,� subtlety and a general lack of serious concern for their existence. The aforementioned Facebook birthday post between friends was a perfect example of how sometimes people can insult even close friends by inserting race into the discussion. In the case of Chancellor Wise, hateful tweets pertaining to her race and gender (which at no point were small or harmless) became large-scale macroaggressions after being broadcast on Twitter for the world to see. As with any dark hour, a silver lining has presented itself. We now have the opportunity to turn fresh shock and awareness for this subject into thought, discussion and, eventually, progress. Ms. Park and the BuzzFeed post were right to call out students who spewed such hateful aggressions. Unfortunately, the piece also quoted Ms. Park as she (wrongly) connected the insensitive attacks on Chancellor Wise to the 2011 stabbing of a Sikh law professor at the University. Comparing Sunday’s debacle to a race-based hate crime (fueled by mental illness) changes the conversation from being about the all-too-common everyday aggressions minorities face to something it’s not. Their important message was further diluted with the inclusion of the Change.org petition in their complaints and the insinuation that the students in question represent the entirety of this campus. These distortions distract and hinder the meaningful discussion that must now happen. With that in mind, it is our duty to learn from this and continue these meaningful discussions in our classes, in our homes and, yes, even online. Chancellor Wise deserves better. Students of minority backgrounds deserve better. This University deserves better.

We now have the opportunity to turn fresh shock and awareness for this subject into thought, discussion and, eventually, progress.

John is a senior in Media. He can be reached at jbuyss2@dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnBuysse.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Backlash from students reflects cultural intolerance

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the wake of the reaction to Phyllis Wise’s response to the possibility of canceling classes, I was quite confused. When I received the email that class would not be canceled and thought about making some sort of snide comment on social media, it did not occur to me to use her gender or her race to question her abilities as an administrator. I settled on posting a picture of her face pasted on Dr. Freeze from “Batman and Robin,� making an ice pun. As illustrated by this instance, we absolutely have issues of white privilege on our campus and a general lack of cultural tolerance. It is a pretty disgusting mark on our campus’ national presence that individuals of the student body think this way. At the same time, generalizing a group of people being racist doesn’t accomplish much and, in turn, can reflect some of the same type of hateful language. My friend commented on a BuzzFeed article covering the social media fallout and noted on Twitter that prejudicial behavior was being utilized by both sides. She received hateful tweets and texts in return. What this incident really has shown me, however, is that we do not have fully effective policies or programs regarding cultural tolerance on our campus for the general student body. On one end, we have students making disgusting and sexist remarks, and on the other hand, we have other students

whose good intentions are invalidated by prejudicial rhetoric. In between, we mostly have a vacuum. There are many students working as multicultural advocates seeking to resolve these issues in University Housing, and I commend their efforts. Unfortunately, I do not see people listening to these people or taking away something from their efforts. If this is the first thing that people think of to insult an administrator, then we need a new approach to fostering constructive conversations about diversity, sexual politics and more. My experience has been that white people, such as myself, do not want to talk about these issues because they “have heard it all before� in high school and view it as annoying. I admit to rolling my eyes at diversity initiatives, feeling that they were preachy and even patronizing at times. Even if people have talked about diversity a thousand times, it is clear that they have not listened, and they do not understand the importance of it. Therefore, we need diversity programming that is real and speaks to our students — something that is real, relevant, does not talk down to students and does not seek to blame individuals. Because if we act like this over cold weather, what else are we capable of?

JONATHAN BRESSLER, senior in ACES

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Chocolate treat for cravings of salty, sweet

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When the wind chill hovers around minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit and walking to class becomes a serious workout, it’s perfectly normal to fi nd yourself in hibernation mode. If the idea of leaving a source of heat to brave the icy weather gives you actual chills, then make use of your time and treat yourself with something sweet. With just four ingredients, this recipe for saltine toffee crisps might not really occupy your time. But nevertheless, these sweet and salty crisps are the perfect pickme-up for unreasonable weather and homework assignments.

Four-Ingredient Saltine Toffee Crisps Ingredients: 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup butter (two sticks) 50 saltine crackers (cracker amount depends on cookie sheet size) 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Consisting of four ingredients, Saltine Toffee Crisps are simple and delicious treats that satisfy both one’s sweet and salty cravings.

Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. In a pan, melt the butter and light brown sugar and bring it to a boil. As it boils, stir for five minutes to create even texture. 3. Take a large cookie sheet and place foil on top for an easy clean up. 4. Line the cookie sheet with crackers, making sure to fi ll in any gaps with crackers. 5. Evenly cover the crackers with the butter and light brown sugar mixture. 6. Place the dessert in the

oven and bake for five to six minutes. 7. Take the cookie sheet out and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. 8. With a spatula, spread the melted chocolate over all of the crackers. 9. Allow the crisps to cool by placing them in the freezer for a few minutes. 10. Once cool, break the pieces apart and relish in chocolatey goodness!

Alice is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at smelyan2@dailyillini.com.

Apple earnings fall behind predicted outcome Monday that showed revenue increased to $57.6 billion from Apple Inc. reported iPhone $54.5 billion one year ago. That sales Monday that fell well short slightly beat analyst estimates of analyst estimates, sending of $57.46 billion, according to the stock falling in after-hours Thomson Reuters. trading. Profit was the same as a year Apple said it sold 51 million ago at $13.1 billion. iPhones in the fi rst quarter of Thanks to its increasingly its 2014 fiscal year, which end- aggressive stock buyback proed Dec. 28. That’s a new record, gram, even though profit was and up from 47.8 million last hol- stagnant, the company’s earniday season. But it didn’t meet ings per share rose to $14.50 per analysts’ expectations that the diluted share from $13.81 per company would diluted share a sell 55 million year ago. Wall Street analysts iPhones in the quarter. had expect“We are realed Apple to ly happy with post earnings ou r rec ord of $14.09 a i Phone a nd share, according to Thomson iPad sales, the Reuters. strong perforThe disapmance of our pointing sales Mac products PATRICK MOORHEAD and the continof iPhones came MOOR INSIGHTS & STRATEGY ued growth of as a particular surprise for iTunes, Softseveral reasons. ware and Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s This was the fi rst full quarter chief executive. “We love hav- that both the iPhone 5S and 5C ing the most satisfied, loyal and were available. There had been engaged customers, and are con- some chatter that the iPhone 5C tinuing to invest heavily in our was not doing well with consumfuture to make their experiences ers. And there was some question with our products and services about whether Apple was able to meet demand for the new iPhone even better.” Overall, a slew of updated gad- 5S. gets, including new iPads and In addition, these new iPhones iPhones, drove Apple to record were available in China at the revenue over the holiday quar- same time as the rest of the ter, though profits remained flat. world. Apple didn’t start selling Apple reported earnings on the new iPhone 5 in China until BY CHRIS O’BRIEN LOS ANGELES TIMES

“While earnings may be flat, most companies would kill for their fundamentals.”

late December 2012, making for a favorable comparison this year. So, was this a good quarter? Did expectations run too far ahead of reality? “While earnings may be flat, most companies would kill for their fundamentals,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “Their products are high quality, their customers love them, and they are sitting on an obscene amount of cash.” Moorhead added: “Fifty-one million phones is an incredible number in itself.” In a note to clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote that “iPhone units were disappointing,” though he applauded higher average selling prices and higher gross margins. The company sold 26 million iPads in the first quarter, up from 22.6 million last year. That tops analysts’ consensus estimates of 24.6 million iPads in the December quarter. That reverses three straight quarters of declines, thanks to the help of the new iPad Air and the new iPad Mini with Retina display that debuted midway through the quarter. Apple sold 4.8 million Macs, compared with 4.1 million in the December 2012 quarter. Apple’s stock closed up $4.43, or 0.8 percent, to $550.50 at the end of trading Monday in anticipation of earnings being released after the bell. In after-hours trading, the stock fell 7 percent.

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Customers at White Horse Inn sing Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billy Jeanâ&#x20AC;? early Thursday morning. The John Street bar hosts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Karaoke Nightâ&#x20AC;? every Wednesday at 10 p.m.

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Singing away some college blues Campustown proves to be prime location for karaoke enthusiasts BY BRIDGET HYNES STAFF WRITER

For college students in Champaign, Wednesday night can mean attending karaoke night at a local bar on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different option â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a way for us to be even more crazy than usual and have some fun,â&#x20AC;? said Blake Quinlan, freshman in Business. Quinlan said his favorite karaoke experience was at White Horse Bar and Grill when he and some friends sang Journeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Believinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and got the whole bar singing with them. Jamie Norton, who DJs karaoke night at Firehaus Bar and Grill in Champaign every Wednesday night, said he witnesses the good and bad of karaoke singing on a regular basis. He sometimes jumps in with another microphone to help people when they lose track of the beat of the song. The only time he will not jump in and help are when people â&#x20AC;&#x153;bite off more than they can chewâ&#x20AC;? and sing songs that not even he can handle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like Macklemore. He did help someone out with Eminem the other night though â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he can do Eminem. After being a karaoke DJ for 12 years, Norton said he understands why students, and people in general, are attracted to singing karaoke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chance to be a rock star for four or five minutes,â&#x20AC;? Norton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their moment in

the spotlight. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blowing off steam from the week, from tests or whatever they have going on. This allows them to forget about all of that for a few minutes and have everyone cheer them on.â&#x20AC;? He said he was most surprised by the amount of Disney songs that students request to sing, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Make a Man out of Youâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mulan;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Whole New Worldâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aladdin;â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Wait to be Kingâ&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lion King.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was expecting the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, but not the Disney songs,â&#x20AC;? Norton said. Along with the Disney songs, Norton said some other crowdpleasers are Billy Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piano Man,â&#x20AC;? Don McLeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Pie,â&#x20AC;? Def Leppardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pour Some Sugar on Meâ&#x20AC;? and any boy band songs. Alyssa Lies, junior in Media, said she and her friends used to go all the time to White Horse to sing karaoke and would actually sing girl band songs, such as the Spice Girls. She said one night when they asked a stranger to videotape them singing, some of his friends ended up jumping on stage with them to join in the singing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the fun part, when random people join in with you,â&#x20AC;? Lies said. Ninos Baba, sophomore in FAA, said he lives in an apartment on Second and Green streets near Red Lion. During the fall, he said he often would hear people do a mass sing-a-

long of Miley Cyrusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrecking Ballâ&#x20AC;? at Red Lion before the bar closed at 2 a.m. Although this is not karaoke, he said the fact that people are singing at the bars shows why karaoke works on a college campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a change from just dancing. You go somewhere, you sit down, have a few drinks, embarrass yourself and have a good time,â&#x20AC;? Baba said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a change from what we usually see. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here for four years and sometimes it can get a little repetitive, so karaoke is a good break.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different option â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a way for us to be even more crazy than usual and have some fun.â&#x20AC;? BLAKE QUINLAN

FRESHMAN IN BUSINESS

Baba himself said the worst karaoke song he has ever sung was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Survivorâ&#x20AC;? by Destinyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Child because he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the song enough justice. Justin Gilles, manager at Firehaus, said that from what he has seen, crowd-pleasing songs generally have a part in the song where the crowd can sing back, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shoutâ&#x20AC;? by the Isley Brothers. Gilles loves karaoke night so much that he specifically asks off every

Wednesday night so that he himself can attend karaoke night. He said he first sang karaoke when he was stationed in the Airborne Infantry at Ft. Bragg, N.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a tiny karaoke bar right outside of Ft. Bragg, a stones throw away from where we were,â&#x20AC;? Gilles said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We walked in there one night not knowing what it was, and my buddies and I just fell in love with it. We ended up going there every weekend.â&#x20AC;? He has been working at Firehaus since December 2012 and has seen his share of karaoke songs. He said he thinks college students like karaoke so much because â&#x20AC;&#x153;it gives them the excuse to DJ the party theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at. It also gives guys an excuse to go up there and sing Backstreet Boys and not have to admit that they like it.â&#x20AC;? One of his favorite moments at karaoke thus far came the other night when one of their regulars got up to sing Celine Dionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Heart Will Go On.â&#x20AC;? Gilles said he and another man carried another bar patron around with his arms spread out in the famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;titanic poseâ&#x20AC;? during the song. Regulars like this are common for karaoke, Gilles said. He said he figures every karaoke bar has about five to 10 regulars who come every Wednesday. He said the best reactions usually come when guys get up there and sing girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; songs, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call Me Maybe,â&#x20AC;? where no one even expects them to hit the notes. He said he has noticed that more guys than girls sing at karaoke, and when girls sing itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually in big groups.

The following bars on campus all host â&#x20AC;&#x153;karaoke nightâ&#x20AC;? every Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Firehaus Restaurant and Bar 708 S. 6th St., Champaign White Horse Inn 501 E. John St., Champaign Papa Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grill 401 E. Green St., Champaign â&#x20AC;&#x153;I honestly think they should charge maybe five bucks for people to sing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Believinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bohemian Rhapsodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because no one can sing them; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tough songs,â&#x20AC;? Gilles said. However, Gilles said regardless of your ability level, the most important part is getting up there, committing and having fun with it. Throughout his 12 years as a karaoke DJ, Norton has seen his share of competitive karaoke and has worked gigs where most people sit back and like to judge the singers. Here on a college campus, he said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is ready to do it, ready to go with the flow, where a lot of other places people just want to sit back and judge the singers a little bit more,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On campus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit more lighthearted.â&#x20AC;?

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Kappa Delta Rhoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DJ â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;D-Mandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entertains at KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BY CHRISTINE OLIVO STAFF WRITER

At KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S, Dan Manning is not known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Danâ&#x20AC;? but rather DJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;D-Mand.â&#x20AC;? For Manning, an active member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and junior in LAS, mixing and listening to music is more than mere entertainment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is a passion and hobby that he believes will be an important part of his life for years to come. Manning has been DJing at KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S for a year and a half. Pradeep Chawla,

University alumnus and friend and mentor to Manning, believes the DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal style is what makes him stand out on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dan is able to switch up genres really well, which is something you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see from some DJs on campus,â&#x20AC;? Chawla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has an open-format style and knows what songs to play for the crowd to have a good reaction. He is one of the better DJs on campus.â&#x20AC;? Manning said he enjoys playing 90s music, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;stuff people will want to sing along to and know every word to.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I also like mixing old music with new music,â&#x20AC;? he said. Manning also said he is willing to take song requests and make himself available to his audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With Dan, I feel like he actually will listen to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requests,â&#x20AC;? Chawla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to approach while DJing ... Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take a couple of seconds to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up.â&#x20AC;? L eroy Ekechukw u, book i ng manager of KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S and graduate student, said Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendly personality is one of the main reasons

why he hired him to DJ at the bar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S had one of the DJs I regularly schedule (working) upstairs, and I believe a private party going on downstairs,â&#x20AC;? Ekechukwu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went down there to listen to the DJ, who happened to be Dan. I liked the music he was playing and his attention to the partygoers.â&#x20AC;? Ekechukwu added that Manning is professional and easy to work with, making him an asset to the KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never heard a complaint about

him, which makes my relationship with K A Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S less stressful,â&#x20AC;? Ekechukwu said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also open to constructive criticism, which tells me he is always trying to better himself as a DJ. Without using the microphone, Dan can pack a dance floor, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty impressive thing to be able to do.â&#x20AC;? Manning first became interested in DJing when his friend, a student at Columbia College in Chicago,

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Success for golf team no small feat Small able to succeed despite disadvantage of northern teams ALEX ROUX Illini columnist

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rayvonte Rice attempts a layup during the game against Michigan State at State Farm Center on Jan. 18. Rice is Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leading scorer this season.

Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive woes continue Groce: Rayvonte Rice â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;needs some helpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with scoring BY SEAN HAMMOND SENIOR WRITER

The Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to turn things around against Indiana on Sunday, but Rayvonte Rice was. In the midst of a sixgame losing streak, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to focus on the negatives. While head coach John Groce knows his team needs to improve, he did point out some posi-

tives when speaking with the media Monday. One was getting the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading scorer back on track. After a trio of subpar games and a scoreless outing at Ohio State on Thursday, Rice put in 20 of Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 46 points against the Hoosiers. It was his highest total since scorching the same Hoosiers squad for 29 points in an 83-80 overtime victory on Dec. 31. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought (Rice) did a great job yesterday,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a big step from what he was Thursday at Ohio State. He needs some help. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything else he can do.

We need some other guys to be more consistent with their scoring and their shot-making.â&#x20AC;? Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 0-for-8 performance against the Buckeyes was the fi rst scoreless outing of his collegiate career, including his two seasons at Drake â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a span of 85 games. It was only the second time this season he failed to score double-figures. Groce knows his players better than anyone, and he is right, it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just be Rice scoring. He said the Illini need everyone to be hitting on all cylinders if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to compete in the Big Ten.

While Rice didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t score against Ohio State, Joseph Bertrand picked up the slack with 19. With Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance Sunday, it was Bertrand who faded, fi nishing with only two points on 1-for-11 shooting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a consistent theme through the losing streak. One player might be clicking â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rice, Bertrand or Tracy Abrams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the Illini canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to get everyone to play well on the same day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The margin for error is small,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Players make plays,

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Former D-I players find home on club team BY CHARLOTTE CARROLL STAFF WRITER

Dodging loose balls and weaving between the remaining basketball players in Gym 2 of the ARC, the members of the Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club volleyball team warm up to a mix of chatter and the voice of Vic Mensa coming through the speakers. The last of the basketball athletes clear out as the volleyball team starts its practice in preparation for hosting its fi rst ever Big Ten tournament at home on Feb. 1. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6 p.m. on a Sunday, and the gym atmosphere is a far cry from the 6 a.m. practices sophomore and B-team member Shannon Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien used to

attend when she played Division I at Cornell last year. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien is one of four team members who played Division I volleyball at other universities but, since transferring to Illinois for fi nancial reasons, has joined the club volleyball team. But it was more than just fi nancials that caused the four of them to transfer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those morning workouts were the worst because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to wake up at 4:45 a.m.,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were some mornings where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just get up and throw up. I was just exhausted. The academics were crazy, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get to bed at midnight after all my schoolwork and wake up four hours later.

I was in a haze basically all of last year.â&#x20AC;? Though the transition from Division I to club seemed daunting, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien and the others have weathered it with ease. Playing volleyball to them feels more like a passion again, not just a job. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no coach, so I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t how sure it was going to be,â&#x20AC;? said Cami Beghou, a sophomore on the A team who played Division I with Lafayette College before transferring this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think it makes us closer as a team as opposed to worrying about our own personal goals. You have to be mature

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The Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club volleyball team gathers during a break in its practice on Monday.

efore this year, the SEC had won seven straight BCS National Championships in football. The SEC comprises 14 schools, most of them located in warm, southern climates. Their streak of BCS dominance was broken this season by Florida State, another southern team. Not since 2002 has a school that endures anything resembling a winter season won the title, when Ohio State defeated Miami. There seems to be a correlation here. Schools located in warm climates enjoy more football success than their cold-weather counterparts, as evidenced by the SEC. It makes sense. Football is an outdoor sport, and warmweather schools reign. Predictably, the same pattern is seen in other outdoor sports, such as baseball and golf, which makes Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf coach Mike Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success with the Illini even more impressive. The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best golf teams are supposed to be in warm climates. Go figure. Pleasant weather means more time for outdoor practice, nicer courses and an attractive recruiting pitch. The warm-weather advantage is reflected in the NCAA top 10: No. 1 is Alabama, followed by Georgia Tech, California, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Illinois ... Illinois? Apparently no one told Mike Small about his geographical disadvantage. Small is the leader of fivestraight Big Ten Champion golf teams here at Illinois. His Illini squad was the national runner-up last year in the NCAA Championships. Three of his former golfers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Joe Affrunti, Luke Guthrie and Scott Langley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are currently on the PGA Tour. He has won the Big Ten Coach of the Year award six times. The Illini have had three straight individual champions at the Big Ten Championships. Small has built a golf oasis in the middle of a barren, frozen landscape. The success of Illinois golf is comparable to Butler reaching two straight National Championship games in basketball. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as surprising as the United States winning the World Cup. Illinois golf is the classic example of a program that no one suspects to be capable of such success. At this point, Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success at Illinois is not new. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sustained. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reminiscent of another coach building another unlikely powerhouse program in another sport. Everyone knows about head

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Power rankings DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Every week, The Daily Illini basketball staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten 1-12 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.

1. Michigan

2. Michigan State

3. Iowa

4. Wisconsin

The Wolverines take over the top spot in the rankings after their win at Michigan State on Saturday. Despite not meeting nonconference expectations, Michigan is the only undefeated team in Big Ten play, thanks largely to the play of sophomore Nik Stauskas, who is averaging 19.0 points per game in conference play.

7. Indiana

8 Purdue

5. Ohio State

6. Minnesota

After starting the season 15-0, the Buckeyes lost four straight games before getting back on track Thursday with a win over Illinois. Still, Ohio State didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look particularly impressive in the win and needs more offensive firepower to compete in the conference.

9. Northwestern A team that many predicted could go winless in Big Ten play has already picked up three conference wins, but Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (non-)showing against Iowa illustrates the still-large gap between Northwestern and the conference elite.

10. Illinois

11. Nebraska

12. Penn State The Nittany Lions were poised to move up after they picked up their first conference win Thursday against Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers collected their second Big Ten win against Minnesota on Sunday, leaving Pat Chambers crew at the bottom of the conference.


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Freshman goaltender proving valuable BY SEAN NEUMANN STAFF WRITER

After the Illini hockey team’s 6-1 win over the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs, defenseman Austin Zima yells for reporters to ask freshman goaltender Zach Danna what his nickname is before he emerges from the locker room for an interview. “Call him Cherry!” Zima calls out again, as Danna emerges, laughing. “Cherry?” Danna repeats. “Yeah, that’s thanks to my teammate Austin Zima.” Danna said he received the nickname “Cherry” from Zima after his first game at Fenwick High School, where the two played together. Thanks to Zima, Danna’s nickname followed him all the way to Illinois.

“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Danna laughed. “I remember when he gave it to me, he called me ‘Cherry Danish’ because I’m soft in the center and don’t give up any rebounds.” As Danna becomes more comfortable inside the Illini locker room, he’s already finding his comfort zone between the pipes. Danna recorded his first collegiate win against Chicago with 29 saves on 30 shots and has only given up one goal in 80 minutes in net this season. “When a guy plays like that, it’s hard not to notice,” said Illini head coach Nick Fabbrini, who also coached Danna and Zima at Fenwick High School in the northwest suburbs of Chicago for a season. “I know what he’s capable of. It’s just a matter of getting

an opportunity.” Danna has proved himself, sporting a 0.75 goals-against average with a 97.22 save percentage. Although he’s played fewer minutes than the other goaltenders on the team, no other netminder has fewer than a 3.00 goals against average or higher than an 88.61 save percentage. “Stepping up to this level, the game’s a little bit faster — not only passes and shots, but everyone skating,” Danna said. Fabbrini said he’s happy to see the freshman growing into a role on the team and making the most of the opportunities given to him through more ice-time. But it wasn’t long ago when Fabbrini inadvertently knocked Danna out of a few games himself.

During Danna’s junior year at Fenwick, Fabbrini broke the goaltender’s finger with a hard shot in warm-ups before the Chicago Catholic Hockey League (CCHL) playoffs. “I mean, I’ve got a bomb, but...” Fabbrini laughed. “I was just warming him up, and it was a freak thing.” Despite joking about it two years later, Fabbrini said the two haven’t talked about the incident since it happened. “I actually felt really bad about it when it happened,” Fabbrini said. “We didn’t really have much of a chance without him in the playoffs, and we ended up having to play a freshman in net. In college, it’s not that big of a deal, but in high school, it’s a huge difference between an 18-year-old

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“Stepping up to this level, the game’s a little bit faster — not only passes and shots, but everyone skating.” ZACH DANNA

HOCKEY GOALTENDER

D-League could serve NBA as farm system

Sherman glad about effects of

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SPENCER BROWN Sports columnist

Dialogue about race ensues after outburst

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BY BARBARA BARKER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Richard Sherman wouldn’t change a thing about the last seven days. He wouldn’t change his spirited postgame rant against 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after the NFC Championship Game a week ago Sunday. Nor would he delete a single one of the tweets and messages that he received from fans and media types, even the most negative and hurtful. A week before playing the biggest football game a player can play, Sherman made it clear that he believes there are some things that are bigger than football. He believes his rant and reaction helped open up a dialogue about race. “I do think I have had some effect on opening the channels of communication, conversation and dialogue,” the Seahawks cornerback said last night at a news conference at the NFC hotel. “I want everyone to understand that people should be judged by their character and who they are as a person, not by the color of their skin. “That’s something we’ve worked on to get past as a nation and a country, and we’ll continue to work on it. It’s healthy.” “All the people who sent messages and tweeted what they tweeted. It ends up turning around to be a positive because it opens back up the discussion.” Over the past week, Sherman has become a household name as videos of his rant went viral on YouTube. Sherman has proved to be a player who loves a big stage, and there is none bigger than the one he is stepping on this week as the Super Bowl is being

and a 14-year-old.” But now Danna’s the freshman in net and he’s already proving himself worthy to his head coach and the Illini fans, who gave him a standing ovation and began bowing to him after his first collegiate save on Dec. 13 against Northern Illinois — an impressive glove save on a rocket from the high slot. “I feel like I’m starting to get in a groove,” Danna said. “That’s thanks to the guys on the team in practice who are going hard and making sure I’m pushing myself. I feel like every day I’m getting better as a goalie and a teammate.”

PAUL KITAGAKI JR. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman bats ball away from San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree during the NFC Championship Game in Seattle on Jan. 19. played in the country’s media capital for the first time. Sunday, at his first news appearance here, about 100 reporters were jostling for position around Sherman’s podium at any given time, making it perhaps the first time in NFL history that a defensive back has drawn more attention than a starting quarterback. Over the past seven days, Sherman has appeared on national television and his agent has said that interest in the cornerback for endorsement purposes has exploded. CNNMoney has

estimated that he is poised to make more than $5 million in endorsements because of the 15-second rant. Sherman, who had a 4.2 grade-point average in high school and attended Stanford, said his biggest hope is that his trip to the Super Bowl will inspire young kids. “This is the culmination of everything I’ve worked for,” said Sherman, who recorded eight interceptions this year. “They can understand that you can come from humble beginnings and get out of the inner city.”

obe Bryant’s next professional basketball game should be for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Yes, you read that right. The D-Fenders, not the Lakers. The Los Angeles D-Fenders are the Lakers NBA D-League affiliate. I understand that Kobe Bryant is still one of the greatest players of this generation and maybe of alltime. The statistics do not lie. Bryant is a 16-time All-Star, former MVP, five-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, has scored 31,700 points; the list goes on. There are two other numbers that require mentioning as well, 35 and 18. That is his age and number of seasons played. I’m not even going to include his international experience with the Olympic team. The fact is that Bryant is not the young, springy athlete he once was. The age and the injuries are adding up. His six-game stint before his latest injury was less than impressive. After the Achilles injury, Bryant sat out for a while before being allowed to participate in on-court activities. He practiced for a bit with the team and then was thrown to the fire. That’s the typical rehab process for all the NBA athletes, all of them except Rajon Rondo. Rondo actually opted to go to the D-League prior to returning to action for the Boston Celtics. He cited his reason as wanting to have some in-game action without interrupting the team’s routine by scrimmaging on an off-day. The D-League is in no way shape or form comparable to the competition level of the NBA. What the D-League does offer are NBA-capable players that will provide a good challenge for rehabbing players. D-League players arguably play harder because they are fighting for a contract in the league.

Before considering it a slap in the face to send Bryant and other players to the D-League before allowing them to return to action, let’s analyze the benefits. It is not uncommon to send big-name players to a minor league-type system in other sports. The MLB uses this practice faithfully. It is not only accepted but expected. There is no name too big to be assigned to the minors. Last year, Alex Rodriguez was a member of the Charleston Riverdogs. If the NBA uses the D-League in this fashion, it would definitely work to its favor. Sending players to the D-League initially is a great way to assess the injury after the player has been cleared. Evaluations of how the players’ bodies respond to in-game situations can be completed. There would also be a chance to determine if there were any complications during the healing of the injury before placing them back into an NBA lineup. D-League assignments will help the players. Basketball is as much about timing and rhythm as anything else. Instead of wasting a number of NBA games to regain this timing and rhythm, D-League games can be used to get the player back in game situations and regain some of their confidence. Playing at real-game speed helps with regain conditioning, as well. General managers also have the opportunity to find a hidden gem in the D-League. How often do D-League players have an opportunity to prove themselves against a proven Hall of Famer? If a D-League player can hold his own against the likes of a Rondo or Kobe, he’ll likely be able to find a roster spot on someone’s team. Rondo’s decision could be a blip on the radar or the spark of a great idea. Just don’t be surprised if you see Kobe in a different purple and gold uniform.

Spencer is a senior in LAS. He can be reached at sebrown2@ dailyillini.com.

Illini women’s basketball falls to No. 19 Purdue 80-68 BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER

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Illinois’ Jacqui Grant shoots the ball against Purdue at State Farm Center in Champaign.on Monday. Grant had 22 points and seven rebounds.

A return home was not so sweet after all for the Illinois women’s basketball team. After three consecutive road games, Illinois (9-11, 2-5 Big Ten) returned home to an 80-68 loss against No. 19 Purdue (15-5, 5-3). The Illini never led but kept within striking distance throughout the game, although the team couldn’t get over the hump. Boilermakers sharpshooter Courtney Moses led the team with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. The senior came into the game leading the Big Ten in three point percentage (47.7 percent) and ninth in the conference in scoring (15.3 points per game). April Wilson chipped in 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists on six-of-nine shooting for Purdue. “If you look at (Wilson’s) stat line, it’s one of the best stat lines I’ve seen in a long time,” Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp said. “Our three guards, if you look at the scoring with only six turnovers, and the rebounding, those three really did a phenomenal job.” Jacqui Grant led the Illini with a career-high 22 points, seven rebounds to go with four blocks and two steals. Alexis Smith paced the offense with 13 points and six assists, while playing the entire game. Ivory Crawford continued her productive play for the Illini early in the game. Crawford notched 10 points and eight rebounds in the first half alone, but foul trouble limited her playing time. The junior picked up her second foul with 5:48 left in the half and sat out for a short break before picking up her third with just under three minutes to go. Crawford returned in the second half, only to pick up

her fourth foul almost immediately. Crawford was whistled for an offensive foul with 18:28 left in the second half. The Illini thrived in her absence, however, going on an 18-11 run to pull within two with 9:29 left. When Crawford reentered the game, however, the Boilermakers ripped off a quick 7-0 run, forcing an Illini timeout. After that point, the lead was never less than nine. After her stellar first half, Crawford was held to 2-6 shooting and only one rebound in the final half. “When you get in close, you can’t stop there,” Illinois head coach Matt Bollant said. “You’ve got to be able to take the lead and keep the momentum going.” Purdue entered the game third in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 75.1 points per game and carved up the Illini with crisp ball movement early in the game. Five of Purdue’s first seven baskets came via assists and the Boilermakers tallied 38 points in the first half. The Boilers had multiple chances to pull away early — pulling ahead 20-9 and 31-20 — but Illinois had an answer for every run to keep the game close. The Illini played its zone defense through most of the game, though it didn’t slow the Boilermakers’ offense. Purdue shot 46.9 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Illinois averages +6.5 turnover differential for the season, but the two teams were even at 16 giveaways apiece. Point guard Sarah Hartwell left the game and didn’t return after a hard fall in the second half, but Bollant said she could’ve returned if necessary.

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DULUTH, Minn. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With his practice session complete, John Shuster left the ice at the Duluth Curling Club and tucked his 8-month-old son, Luke, into his car seat for the ride home. The threetime Olympian gathered up the last of the baby gear and slipped it into a navyblue backpack with a USA logo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty cool diaper bag, huh?â&#x20AC;? Shuster said, zipping up the knapsack issued to American athletes at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He can smile at it now, having shed the emotional baggage of that ill-fated February. After winning a bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics as part of Pete Fensonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, Shuster returned four years later as the American skip in Vancouver, where his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ugly 2-7 finish turned him into a punchline. More than 18 months later, Shuster couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch video of those Olympics without his heart racing and his nerves fraying. Those memories gradually faded with the help of a new team, whose gathering strength has given him a rare and pre-

cious opportunity: an Olympic-sized second chance. The skip who took so much heat in Vancouver proved his cool late last year, when he and three fellow Minnesotans vanquished a stacked field at the Olympic trials, then clawed their way through a tough Olympic qualifier in Germany to earn a berth in Sochi. Shuster, 31, dismisses the assumption that he is driven by the ghosts of Vancouver. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My motivation is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing everything I could my entire life to win a world championship and a gold medal for our country at the Olympics,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My motivation really comes from trying to be the best and having teammates that do the same.â&#x20AC;? Those teammates, however, also want to write a happier ending to his second turn as an Olympic skip. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all saw what happened last time,â&#x20AC;? said John Landsteiner, 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The past is not our focus, but he took so much criticism. We want to win for our country and for ourselves, and to give John a better result.â&#x20AC;? The Duluth Curling Club is particularly proud of Shuster, who used to tend bar there. There are photos of him and his

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New Cubs hitting coach Mueller has many ailments to fix in 1st season in Chicago BY MARK GONZALES CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHICAGO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Darwin Barney was one of the first patients at the spring training office of Bill Mueller and Mike Brumley this winter in Mesa, Ariz., and the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; struggling second baseman believes he might have found the remedy to cure his hitting struggles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their ideas are simple,â&#x20AC;? Barney said of the Cubsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new hitting coach and his assistant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stabilize the base and release some tension, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be the same

every at-bat. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple version of what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to do with me. I really believe in it, and I feel good in moving forward. Hopefully things work out for our offense this year, and I think they will.â&#x20AC;? In his first duties, Mueller is serving more as a psychologist, watching tapes and conducting brief conversations with each player before watching each player in the batting cage and offering a diagnosis. From Barneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s penchant for abandoning a compact swing to Starlin Castroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitch selection to Anthony Rizzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles with

runners in scoring position, Mueller faces several ailments heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in charge of curing. But Mueller, obviously aware that President Theo Epstein emphasizes a single voice in sending a message to the hitters in the wake of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles, stressed the importance of listening to his pupilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; feelings on their preparation, their approach at the plate, and the level of stress they feel in a specific situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too far into anything until you get in the (batting) cage,â&#x20AC;? Mueller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to them to throw out

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fact or fiction or a little of both, Peyton Manning canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t escape questions about his poor record in coldweather games. With this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Bowl being played outdoors at nearby MetLife Stadium, the Denver Broncos quarterback was sure to be asked about the wintry conditions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rain, sleet, snow and a below-freezing temperature at kickoff â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the forecast for this Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against the Seattle Seahawks. In fact, it took all of three questions before the topic was broached during the Broncosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fi rst news conference aboard the Cornucopia Majesty docked at the Hyatt Jersey City on Sunday. But the question focused more on Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive feelings after last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frigid, double-overtime loss to Baltimore in the playoffs than on his 4-7 mark when the temperature at kickoff is below 32 degrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I needed to face different circumstances with my new surroundings, with my new physical state,â&#x20AC;? Manning said, referencing his recovery from neck surgery

and his leaving the Indianapolis Colts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In two years I feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a lot as far as on-thefi eld situations, weather, crowd noise, you name it, with this team ... so I do feel comfortable.â&#x20AC;? Manning was hardly the reason the Broncos were knocked out in the divisional round of the playoffs a year ago, but he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t his typically accurate self either. He completed 28 of 43 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns with a Denver game-time temperature of 13 degrees. But he also tossed two interceptions, including one in overtime. However, Manning considered the game a bit of breakthrough because he had only just started wearing a glove on his throwing hand. He even went so far a day later as to look ahead to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Bowl and how the experience of that loss could buoy his confidence if the Broncos were to advance as far. And they did, after Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record-setting run through the regular season and victories over the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots in the postseason. He did it wearing a glove the entire way. He did it winning his

fourth game in subfreezing conditions when Denver spanked the Titans, 51-28, in December and Manning threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoever wrote that narrative,â&#x20AC;? Manning said on a Denver radio station after the game, â&#x20AC;&#x153;can shove that one where the sun donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shine.â&#x20AC;? Someone from Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media corps even asked Manning how he could use the winter weather to his advantage and he seemed dumbfounded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not real sure,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know the answer to that one.â&#x20AC;? The Broncos, who will practice at the New York Jets facility in Florham Park, N.J., already seemed tired of the Manning cold-weather narrative that should get plenty of attention this week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen him throw for a lot of yards in bad weather,â&#x20AC;? Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker said. Coach John Fox said he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet decided if he would have his team practice indoors or outdoors this week. He mentioned the field conditions being the primary factor. But Manning said the Broncos practiced outside in Denver all last

week â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I would think that would be the plan this week.â&#x20AC;? Manning played at MetLife in September when the Broncos handled his brother, Eli, and the New York Giants, 41-23. But the weather wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a factor that day. Manning said he has had conversations with Eli about playing at his home field in difficult conditions. A win Sunday would give Manning as many titles as his brother (two), but for some, it would settle any debate that he was the greatest NFL quarterback of all time. Some have even wondered if Manning would walk off into retirement with another ring. He mentioned two players â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Broncos executive and former quarterback John Elway and former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis _ as two all-timers who were able to walk away after a Super Bowl win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play anymore. That was all they had to give,â&#x20AC;? Manning said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They truly left it all out there. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve certainly had a career change two years ago with my injury, with changing teams, so I truly have been kind of a oneyear-at-a-time basis. So I really have no plans after this game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I certainly want to continue to keep playing.â&#x20AC;?

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Denver Broncosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Peyton Manning smiles at the bench before kneeling down for the conclusion of the AFC Championship Game in Denver on Jan. 19.

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Twenty years ago this month, Pete Carroll was named coach of the Jets. Nineteen years ago this week, he was fired from that job. Now he returns to the city where he got his first shot at running an NFL team, with a chance to win a Super Bowl. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine that symmetry did not cross his Zen-like thoughts as the Seahawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; charter plane swooped down and landed at Newark Liberty International Airport last night. Carroll insisted it did not. At least not at that time. He has given some thought to it, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always loved playing in New York,â&#x20AC;? Carroll said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have a chance to be a head coach in New York is an extraordinary honor because of the history and the following and all that goes along with that. Unfortunately. it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last very long.â&#x20AC;? Carroll was a defensive coordinator for four years with the Jets before he was promoted to replace Bruce Coslet. And he often needs to remind people that he had the Jets winning and nearly tied for first place late in the season. They were comfortably ahead of the Dolphins in a late November home game, and a win

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VOLLEYBALL and step up. But you still get play and have that team vibe.â&#x20AC;? With 26 women split between an A team and a B team, both teams have played well this year using the mix of club and collegiate careers to their advantage. The A team is ranked fi fth overall in the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) after placing in the top three in all their fall tournaments. The B team is ranked 10th in their division of the NCVF. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all doing this because we want to,â&#x20AC;? said Maureen Stroka, a senior and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more about playing the game we love and less of an obligation.â&#x20AC;? The tournament, which is the fi rst of the season at home, will include a mix of about 20 A teams and B teams from the Big Ten conference and will begin about 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 in Gym 1 of the ARC. The team uses scrimmaging at the end of almost every practice to gain a better grasp of game situations and improve as a team. Sometimes, however, the inspiration for the drills run in practice can come from an unlikely source. Junior Caitlin Ori is not only a member of the A team but has also held a

would have put them atop the AFC East. So what happened? Just one of the most notorious plays in Jets lore. The fake spike. Dan Marino pretended to throw the ball into the turf to stop the clock, but instead threw a touchdown pass to give the Dolphins the win. The Jets still had four games left. They lost all of them and finished 6-10. Carroll was fired (although he may have gotten some vindication by being replaced by Richie Kotite). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be,â&#x20AC;? Carroll said of that game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that play â&#x20AC;&#x201D; being the defining point of his first season as a head coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just kind of went south on us.â&#x20AC;? Carroll learned two lessons that day. First and most obvious: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever assume that a quarterback is going to spike the ball. Second? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a moment,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It showed you how fine the balance was. It could have been entirely different had we won that game.â&#x20AC;? Carroll went on to coach the Patriots for three years and then became head coach of Southern Cal, where he won one BCS title and two AP national championships. In 2010 he left there to become head coach of his third NFL team, the Seahawks. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in Seattle as long

as he was at his first two head-coaching jobs combined, and has found success now that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been able to have a voice in picking players and defining characteristics of his team. Carroll joked last week that he was little more than an interim head coach with the Jets, having replaced Coslet while the rest of the staff remained intact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It happened very suddenly, without any preparation for that to occur,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes I think it kind of looked like that.â&#x20AC;? Asked if he would do anything differently during his first spell with the Jets, Carroll smiled and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing now.â&#x20AC;? In some ways, he gets a chance. The stadium where the fake spike took place was demolished a few years ago, but Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in the same metaphysical space, at MetLife Stadium. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be spending the next week preparing for the game in a state â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and near a city â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that was, for five years of his life, home. Before it threw him out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It still was a great experience and I remember it well,â&#x20AC;? he said of his brief tenure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud to come back here and coach a game like this, of this status, in a place where we lived and worked. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special honor to do that.â&#x20AC;?

team manager position with the Division I Illinois volleyball team since last February. Attending every practice and home game, Ori has become an integral part of their team. Balancing playing on the club team and managing the Division I team, she has made friendships with both sets of girls while fi nding ways to intermix the two along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll come into practice sometimes being like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, (the Division I team) did this one drill, and I know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we need,â&#x20AC;? Ori said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It clicked with me that we need to work on that, too.â&#x20AC;? The hours of practice and layers of insight are all in preparation for the NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships in Reno set for April 3-5. Though it still proves to be a balancing act between the schoolwork, social functions and extracurriculars, volleyball has been an ever present and, as the women hope, ever future aspect in their lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are days Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Is this what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want my college experience to be remembered as?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Ori said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But then I go to the practices and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just like: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Absolutely.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine my life any different.â&#x20AC;?

Charlotte can be reached at cmcarro2@dailyillini.com.

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RICE weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to make a few more of them.â&#x20AC;? Putting the ball in the basket is an easy concept, but it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always easy to do. Illinois simply has not made shots when it needed to. During the six-game losing streak, the Illini have scored 70 points just once â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a 95-70 loss to Wisconsin on Jan. 8. Their problems Sunday had nothing to do with shot selection â&#x20AC;&#x201D; players just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t execute when they were open. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to shoot the ball better than weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shooting it now,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we had some pretty good looks. Some of them will snap out of it.â&#x20AC;? Illinois is shooting 36.2 percent from the fi eld through eight conference games, ahead of only Northwestern.

Illini catch a breather Monday was the fi rst of five days off for Illinois, the longest such stretch the Illini will see for nearly a month. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a much-

needed breather with eight Big Ten games down and 10 still to go. Illinois had four days off between games against Michigan State on Jan. 18 and Ohio State on Thursday. Groce said those days were used to get back to â&#x20AC;&#x153;old-school, fall-type practicesâ&#x20AC;? last week and it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprising if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the Illini handle the idle stretch this week. In addition to practice time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity to let banged-up bodies recover. Rice appears to have recuperated from a strained adductor muscle in his hip suffered Jan. 12 at Northwestern, but Sunday, it was Abrams who was held to just 13 minutes of play because of persistent back spasms. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear yet whether Abrams will be 100 percent healthy by Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matchup with No. 15 Iowa. The Illini face the Hawkeyes on Saturday and then follow it up with No. 14 Wisconsin on Tuesday.

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ROUX coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and his success with the Blue Devilsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball program. However, not as many people know about Dukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mediocrity in hoops before Coach K took over in 1980. Before Krzyzewski, as sportswriter and Duke alum John Feinstein put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duke was bad.â&#x20AC;? Krzyzewski eventually began to win at Duke. Once he won, he stayed, and he won a lot more. He has now won more than 900 games and is the poster-child of sustained success in college basketball after turning a small private school in North Carolina into a basketball powerhouse. This is Coach Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14th season at Illinois. He graduated from the University in 1988. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a loyal Illini if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever seen one. Ex-Illini track coach Tonja Buford-Bailey left her alma mater to coach at Texas last summer. It was an understandable move, but a move that makes you appreciate the job Small is doing that much more. We may very well have our own golf version of Coach K in Small. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turned his program into a perennial national contender, despite the obstacles and elements. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no small feat.

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7 tips to make your cover letter stand out BY REEMA ABI-AKAR STAFF WRITER

Writing cover letters may not be everyone’s favorite task, but they can make or break an internship or job application. Instead of just being a chore, a cover letter can serve as a snapshot of a student’s skills and personality — valuable assets that a company is looking for. Michele Plante, career services coordinator for FAA, weighed in on these seven tips for writing a memorable cover letter.

1. Customize your cover letter based on the job “The most important thing is to write a different letter for each application,” she said. Companies can tell if an applicant is using a standard cover letter instead of one written for a certain job. It is important to highlight the skills that are most relevant to the position at hand.

2. Do research on the company Anyone applying for a position should be well-versed about what the organization or company does, what the work environment is like and other major details. It is necessary for a student to know what he or she is applying to and be knowledgeable about the company during an interview.

3. Make sure to respond to the specific job listing “You want to make it clear to (the company) that you are replying to the ad and that you’re really delivering to them what they need,” Plante said. She recommends making a check list of the job qualifi cations and tasks, and checking them off while writing the cover letter.

4. Do not just create a carbon copy of your resume “Some people make the mistake of just repeating their resume — you’re basically handing in two copies of your resume,” she said. “It also says that you’re not a good communicator.” So instead of just saying “I have great communication skills,” make sure to demonstrate those skills by describing your experiences and accomplishments.

5. Think about it as a conversation Talk about yourself by using stories and giving specific examples of your experiences. For example, if the job ad asks for experience in research and communication, describe a research project you did in class and talk about how you

presented it. These stories show your personality and may single you out from several other qualified candidates.

6. Talk up the organization “Tell them how much you like their company and why. Don’t tell them what their company is; they are familiar with their company already. Instead, emphasize what you both have in common,” Plante said. Explain what led you to apply there and why you believe their company stands out from the rest. This shows that you have done research and that you are enthusiastic about the position.

7. All work experience can be applicable “I’ve had a lot of students tell me that in their job interviews, interviewers have said they like to see experience with sales or waiting tables, because it shows the student has dealt with customers before, which can translate to client experience later in their career,” Plante added. So don’t dismiss a job in a restaurant or in retail just because you believe it is irrelevant.

Reema can be reached at abiakar2@dailyillini.com.

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Experience outside classroom helpful in professional world BY JED LACY STAFF WRITER

While still in college, students can work tirelessly in preparation for the day they fi nally enter the “real world” and begin their careers. Fortunately for University students, Illinois is known as one of the top academic institutions in the country and serves as an ideal training ground for students to learn the skills necessary for success in their prospective professions. However, despite the University’s efforts to prepare its students as best as it can, even higher education has its limitations. As a result of the complex

nature of the job market, there is no way for universities to teach students everything they will need to know for their future careers. The reason for this is simple: There is no substitution for fi rsthand experience, and that can’t be taught in a classroom. This is precisely what Chessa Kilby found out when she graduated from the University in 2012 with a degree in MCB and began her fi rst job as a neuroscience technician at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. “There was defi nitely a learning curve at fi rst. I had a lot more responsibilities than I

ever had in undergrad,” she said. “During college, my main focus was to just complete my coursework, but at Beckman, I was required to be in charge and manage people.” Kilby’s experience at Beckman reflects the importance of human interaction in the workplace and, in particular, the responsibilities that go with leadership. While it is possible to improve one’s teamwork skills by participating in extracurricular activities or organizations, at the end of the day there is no substitute for learning how to interact and lead your fellow co-workers in a professional environment.

Perhaps the closest alternative to gaining real work experience before beginning a career comes in the form of an internship. One way to think about an internship is to liken it to a fi rst date. While the internship may not be the exact job a student wants to stick with forever, it serves as a valuable learning experience to better understand what works for him and what does not. For Patrick Schultz, junior in LAS, it was love at fi rst sight when he began working as an intern for the health informatics company Intelligent Medical Objects this past summer. “Everyone I worked with

at my internship was great. I would tell them about what I had learned about in school and how it applied to the work we were doing, and they would just sit there and smile at me,” Schultz said. “They were extremely helpful and did a wonderful job of making me feel welcome as a newcomer.” Aside from internships, undergraduates can increase their chances of being hired by cultivating skills that are beneficial to have, no matter an individual’s academic discipline. According to The Career Center’s Associate Director for Assessment and Research Julia Makela, the skills employers are

really looking for are not necessarily skills specific to a particular major, but rather general skills that all members of the workforce should have. “It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from on campus. There are certain skills that are important to employers across all disciplines,” Makela said. “Some of these general skills include being able to actively engage in problem solving, communicating effectively with coworkers, having strong technological skills and being able to work well in a team.”

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FOLLOW IN SUIT Knowing how to wear a suit is key to a job interview or the first day of work BY DECLAN HARTY STAFF WRITER

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rom the Rat Pack and James Bond to Barney Stinson and Don Draper, the suit has been the trademark of the professional man in both pop culture and everyday life. After four years of wearing jeans and sweatpants to class, a suit can be vital to transition into the professional world for college students. But it is the finer details that can make or break a suit. Though owning a suit is a rarity on a college campus, it is a necessity. Jason Swenson, a first-year graduate student in Engineering, said his black and thinly grey striped suit is an essential asset for approaching the job market. “It brings a certain level of confidence to an individual when they apply for a job,” Swenson said. “Obviously, the point of college, in the end, is to get that job, so if you have the suit, you have the swag.” Swenson said that he believes first impressions are vital to the level of success in a job interview, which can be led by one’s confidence in his suit. Brian Neighbors, a senior assistant director for employer development with The

Career Center, said he believes the expectations for owning a suit on campus differ by the department and the job one is applying for. “Any job interview you are going to go for that (is) a business — it is a brick-andmortar building, there are offices, and it is a formalized business — that is when the suit is going to come into play,” Neighbors said. “If you are a certain type of engineer … and your interview is going to be on sight at a construction yard, if you show up in a suit there, you will get mixed emotions when everyone else is in jeans, work boots and a hard hat.” Neighbors said that for most students, there is one rule to always abide by in a professional setting. “The rule of thumb is that you want to dress one level up from what everybody else is doing,” Neighbors said. Even the students who do own a suit may not realize the untold success in wearing one right. These tips can help students perfect the look that has been mastered for years.

TIES Know how to tie a knot

According to Doug Conant, assistant manager at Men’s Warehouse in Champaign, the knot of the tie, particularly a half or a full Windsor knot, is dependent on the width of the collar.

Pick the right tie size

The size of the tie should always match the width of the jacket’s lapel, meaning that a thinner tie should join a thin lapel and a wider tie should be used with a thicker lapel. The width of a lapel is a preference selection, according to Conant; however, most men determine their lapel width by their age. The younger men wear a thin lapel with a thin tie and older men wear a wider lapel and a wider tie. The wider tie and lapel is a look that is commonly associated with the suits of the 1900s, whereas the thinner approach is more modern. On the other side of the tie, the very tip of the tie should always aim to hit the belt buckle.

Color match

Unless the colors of the shirt and tie contrast, the color of a tie should always be darker than the shirt’s color, according to Conant.

JACKETS AND SHIRTS Buying a jacket off the rack

As one of the more difficult choices to master, an off-the-rack suit can either hinder or be a lucky charm for some men. If you can’t find a well-fitting suit, don’t force it. “I don’t think it has to be tailored like Barney on ‘How I Met Your Mother,’” Neighbors said. “I think that something you can buy cheaply off the rack is fine. ... Instead of wearing a frumpy suit or something that is oversized, if you have slacks, a button-up and a tie that fit you well, … I would recommend you go with that.”

Button up

The middle button, for a three-button jacket, and the top button of a jacket should be equal to a man’s navel ideally; however, it can be above the navel as well.

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Where to find affordable clothing Suits can be costly, but inexpensive options exist BY ALICE SMELYANSKY STAFF WRITER

It’s that dreadful moment you thought would never creep up on you again. You look in to an over-stuffed closet and find nothing to wear. It’s the day of your potentially life-changing interview, and you are about to leave your room wearing fuzzy slippers and a bathrobe because that’s less stressful than finding an outfit. Don’t let yourself time-travel back to a teenage-angst phase. With just a few simple pieces, you can stock up your closet in time for internships, resume reviews and other career “make-orbreak” moments. Here are some options on and near campus to help you find just the right business-appropriate clothing without spending that precious bar cover money:

Salvation Army

2212 N. Market St., Champaign If you don’t want to break the bank, then thrifting will allow you to still dress the part. At the Salvation Army on Market Street, you’ll find more than the essentials from your grandmother’s closet. A woman’s suit is $5.75 on average, according to Store Manager Tammie Williams, and if you’re willing to go through the racks, you could combine a few items to create multiple looks. “Here you could get an entire business suit for less than $10, right down to the shoes,” Williams said.

ModDeals.com Walking down aisles in search of the cutest clothing is a hobby and addiction for some. But if you would rather find your go-to interview outfit from the convenience of your home, then typing ModDeals.com into your search bar might be the better choice for you. Many of the tops are $10 on average, and the clothing categorized under “Work Clothing” on the site is all $18 and under.

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Whether you are looking for a suit, dress, button-down shirt or blazer, the woman’s department at Kohl’s contains a huge assortment of business clothing. Online, you can find suits from Tahari-Levine Co. ranging from $40 to $80 per piece, as well as Apt. 9 button-down shirts from $20 to $30. “They have a wide variety of reasonably-priced business clothing,” said Elissa Hadro, assistant store manager at Kohl’s location on 109 Convenience Center Rd. “Personally, I usually just go for business slacks with a blazer and nice shirt underneath. I would recommend Apt. 9, ELLE, Daisy Fuentes and Lauren Conrad.”

For a French-cuffed shirt, the sleeve cuff is a place for personalization with the cuff links. Everything from functioning watch cuff links to sports team’s logos, the sleeve cuff is a place for a man’s personal mark. Optimally, the cuff of a sleeve, French cuff or not, should be exposed a half an inch from the jacket sleeve.

Find the right length

The pants of the suit are one of the more difficult parts to get perfect. For all suits, the pants hem should have one break in them when the pants hit the top of the shoes. Another difficult aspect is the length when sitting, as a man’s leg should never be exposed. Therefore, this creates another area of personalization: socks. Dress socks can be found in a variety of colors and patterns, which allow some personal options for the man.

Shoes should compliment the suit

The pairing of a suit and the corresponding shoe color can make or break the final look. For black shoes, one should be wearing a black, light grey, navy or charcoal suit, but for brown shoes one should be wearing either a brown, navy or light grey suit. But one must always remember to have their shoes and belt match.

Fira Boutique

700 S. Gregory St., Suite E., Urbana For those who don’t want to sacrifice fashion sense for the office place, Fira, a new fashion boutique on campus, can help you out. Storeowner Anne Ragle brings in the latest trends from L.A., including Jack by BB Dakota. “We have a tweed crop jacket with a high-waisted pencil skirt look that could work,” Ragle said. “Or you could do a crop pant and include a pop of color underneath a ruched sleeve blazer. People like to get something versatile, for work and play.” Ragle recommended saving money by shopping for tops that one could easily wear to the bar at night, and pair with a blazer or cardigan the next day for work.

Alice can be reached at smelyan2@dailyillini.com.


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Keep your child-like dreams

The aspirations we held as kids should stay the same BRIDGET HYNES Staff writer

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think every child has had at least one ridiculous dream of what he or she aspired to be as a grownup. In kindergarten, when teachers would hand out those worksheets titled, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” we casually and confidently wrote down answers such as “a rockstar,” “my dad,” “Michael Jordan” or “a NASCAR driver.” If you are still reading this and you didn’t answer anything of a similar caliber, you were probably that one boring kid who has wanted to be an accountant since the age of 5. Kudos to you, Jimmy. Either way, at that age the career possibilities were endless and our parents were ever supportive, no matter how crazy our career goals may have been. While I had many career goals as a child, my most memorable and most ridiculous was my dream of one day simultaneously being the fi rst woman president and the fi rst woman priest in the Roman Catholic

Church. Yes, you heard that right. At the tender age of five, I could not foresee the struggle this dual-career would pose: the juggling of church and state. I attribute this double aspiration to two things that dominated my childhood: listening to NPR from my car seat while my parents ran errands, and having to sit through some bad homilies at church. I figured I could do a decent job — maybe even better than the Clinton guy they were always talking about on the radio or those priests whom I never could seem to understand. Obviously, some time passed and I moved on to more reasonable careers of “ballerina,” “artist” and “singer.” Then more time passed and I realized that maybe I should look into other careers. I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to do. Stephanie Fessler, senior in Social Work , attributes this “moving on” phase to an increased awareness of the world. “As a kid, you have this list of jobs people can be in your head. You know there is a job called fi reman, singer, artist; no one grows up saying they want to be an electrical engi-

neer,” Fessler said. She said that she has wanted to be a variety of things, including a brief stint when she wanted to be president of PETA after she witnessed calves being lassoed at the rodeo when she was 5. “The calf was not hurt at all in this process, but as a five-year-old, I freaked out that this was animal abuse. And so I’m screaming hysterically at the rodeo about how I was going to write a letter to the president to stop the rodeo from ever happening again,” Fessler said. Since that day, she has moved on from her dream of being the president of PETA, and now instead of having a career in animal rights, she said she wants to be involved in the rights of children — as a child welfare specialist. Figuring out what you want to do with your life careerwise can be frustrating, but I think it’s important to remember that fi nding a profession you love is a process of trialand-error. Even if our childhood career dreams haven’t quite panned out as we wanted them to — for example, I am not in the seminary nor do I have any major political aspirations — I think we should still hold on to that feeling of confidence and invincibility we had as kids. We truly believed we could be anything we wanted, and our own happiness was at the forefront of that decision.

Danielle Moyer, freshman in Media, is a perfect example. She said she wanted to be a farmer and live on a farm with just dogs. “My dad’s family is from Nebraska. I always visited there growing up, and I thought it was a really glamorous place for some reason,” Moyer said. “It quickly faded when I realized that would be a very lonely lifestyle.” Vikram Reddy, junior in Engineering, also saw glamour in the mundane. He wanted to be a garbage man as a kindergartener mainly because he liked their trucks and uniforms, which were both blue, his favorite color. “As a kid, it looked exciting. You got to hop on and off the truck,” Reddy said. He would wait every morning by the window to watch for the garbage man to pull up. Like most of us, Reddy eventually decided not to pursue his childhood dream career, and now wants to go into business consulting. To those of you who really did pursue your childhood dream, I am impressed and inspired. For the rest of us, no need to worry, we have not grown up yet. As kids, we set our goals high and planned to do what made us happiest. Why should that be any different now?

Bridget is a freshman in Media. She can be reached at bhynes2@dailyillini.com.

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Practicing professionalism in college pays off in the future ANNA HECHT Staff writer

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ackling college and maintaining a professional reputation may be a struggle for some University students. While working to create a positive first impression on professors and potential employers, college students are simultaneously facing enormous amounts of stress, deadlines, exams and homework. When under incredible amounts of pressure, the anxiety of college can make appearing professional on a daily basis seem altogether impossible. Below is a list of tips for appearing and acting professional every day.

1. Allow yourself time to de-stress and relax at least once a day Whatever it is that you enjoy, make time for it — even if it’s only for a few minutes. Whether it’s going to the gym, taking a walk, cooking a nice meal or reading a few inspirational quotes, do it. The rest of your day will feel less forced once you have collected your thoughts. And you will look and feel less frazzled as you go about your day.

2. Plan out your days To appear punctual and organized, be sure to first consider how long it takes for you to get from point A to point B in the morning and in between class-

es. By arriving a few minutes early to class, you’ll have time to get organized and take a deep breath. Not to mention, your professors will notice and appreciate your timeliness and dedication to the course, especially as those last few straggler students are still slipping through the door after the start of class. In the end, punctuality goes hand in hand with professionalism.

3. Participate in class Once you’ve proven yourself to be a punctual and puttogether student, your professors will likely be your greatest resource when in need of recommendations for internship and job applications. But being on time to class isn’t always enough to guarantee a five-star

letter of recommendation from the professor of your choice. As irritating as some students may fi nd classroom participation, it’s important to ask questions and share your opinions about the subject matter. Bottom line: An “A for effort” really does go a long way in college.

One good rule of thumb is to think of yourself as your potential employer and let that be your Facebook fi lter. If you wouldn’t hire yourself based on your social media presence, then your potential employer probably wouldn’t, either.

4. Keep your social media professional

5. Dress your best for interviews

When outside the classroom, it’s important to keep a handle on your Twitter handle, as well as all other social media outlets. In other words, the less “selfies,” bikini shots and drunk party pics out there, the better. If you are having trouble deciding whether to post an entire album of last night’s shenanigans, it’s probably best to hold off.

Finally, an interview is the ultimate time to appear professional. For your interview to go well, it’s important to take pride in yourself and your appearance and to act confidently. Unfortunately, many people will not get the job of their dreams. And it may not be because they didn’t have the necessary skill

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Anna is a junior in Media. She can be reached at features@dailyillini.com.

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Notable University alumni find success after college BY STEPHANIE KIM STAFF WRITER

In need of inspiration? Take note of Illinois alumni who have found success after graduation. The featured individuals do not encompass the success of Illinois alumni in their entirety; however, their accomplishments serve to picture the diversity and level of influence alumni have made. From Pulitzer Prize winners to notable business entrepreneurs, these alumni have a defi ning characteristic: the ability to make an impact through their innovation and achievements.

Stephanie can be reached at skim108@dailyillini.com.

Carl Van Doren

Max Abramovitz

Roger Ebert

Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of LAS (1907), deceased

Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of FAA (1929), deceased

Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of Communications (now called College of Media) (1964), deceased

Max Abramovitz was part of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, the Pierrots drama club, and the Architectural Society while he studied at the University. Years later, he eventually designed the Krannert Center for Performing Arts and the State Farm Center, which was one of the first edge-supported domes in the world. He is best known for his work on the Avery Fisher Hall (formerly known as the Philharmonic Hall) and the United Nations complex in New York City, as well the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. JAPAN HOUSE

Nick Offerman Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of FAA (1993)

Betsy Brandt

Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of FAA (1996)

Mark Van Doren

Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of LAS (1914), Master of Arts in College of LAS (1915), deceased Born in Hope, Ill., the Doren brothers found similar success throughout their lives. While they attended the University, they actively served in different clubs and class committees and held staff positions at the Illio Yearbook and Illinois Magazine. In 1915, Mark Van Doren was voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Most Respected Manâ&#x20AC;? in an Illio contest. After graduating, they both earned a doctorate degree from Columbia University in New York City, where they worked as professors for more than 20 years. In 1939, Carl Van Doren received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Benjamin Franklin.â&#x20AC;? One year later, Mark Van Doren received the 1940 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collected Poems 1922â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1938.â&#x20AC;?

Steven Chen

Attended through 1999 in College of Engineering

Remembered as one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest film critics, Roger Ebert revolutionized the art of film review. When attending the University, he was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Illini, belonged to various honors societies, and participated in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and Illini Forensic Association. He became the fi rst fi lm critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and created the iconic thumbs-up, thumbs-down rating system. In 1999, he founded the Annual Roger Ebertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Film Festival in Champaign-Urbana to honor fi lmmakers, fi lms and actors who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive â&#x20AC;&#x153;deservedâ&#x20AC;? recognition the first time around.

Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of Engineering (2004)

These alumni have offered their talents to popular TV shows. Nick Offerman plays the role of Ron Swanson in the comedy television series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parks and Recreation,â&#x20AC;? which NBC recently renewed for a seventh season. He also appeared in films such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the Millersâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;21 Jump Street.â&#x20AC;? Betsy Brandt is best known for her role as Marie Schrader in the American crime series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breaking Badâ&#x20AC;? and currently appears on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Michael J. Fox Showâ&#x20AC;? as Annie Henry, the wife of Mike Henry, who is played by Michael J. Fox.

Francine Patterson Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of LAS (1970) For 30 years, Francine Patterson has been teaching Koko the gorilla how to communicate through sign language, using 1,000 gestural words. This is the longest interspecies communication study, and it has yielded the greatest results with a nonhuman. She also established the Gorilla Foundation to help and raise awareness about gorillas living in captivity and those living in the African rainforest.

Ang Lee Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of FAA (1980) Filmmaker Ang Lee has received awards from the Oscars, Golden Globes and the Academy Awards for directing fi lms such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Crouching Tiger,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hidden Dragon,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;BrokeBack Mountainâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life of Pi.â&#x20AC;? He also won the Directors Guild of America Award multiple times.

Jawed Karim

After leaving PayPal, Steven Chen and Jawed Karim created a successful video-sharing website with former colleague Chad Hurley: YouTube. One year later, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. Apart from YouTube, Chen and Karim have continued to gain success. Karim became the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 136th commencement speaker in 2007, and Chen co-founded AVOS Systems with Hurley and recently donated $1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy in November 2013.

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Jeremy Stoppelman Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of Engineering (1999)

Dave Eggers Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in College of Communications (now called College of Media) (2002) From the late 1980s to the early 90s, Dave Eggers attended the University but did not receive his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in journalism until 2002. During his attendance, he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and worked for the Daily Illini as an editor for various sections. Since then, he has become a best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize-finalist, and impacting philanthropist. His most acclaimed works include â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Geniusâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zeitoun.â&#x20AC;? Additionally, Eggers founded the publishing company McSweeneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and launched the nonprofit organization 826 National, which provides educational opportunities for students. He was inducted in the Illini Media Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the TED Prize in 2008, which is awarded to those who have potential to change the world.

In 2004, Jeremy Stoppelman founded the popular reviewing website â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yelpâ&#x20AC;? with Russel Simmons, creating a company that serves to help users find reliable businesses. Earlier in his life, Stoppelman was the vice president of engineering at PayPal and attended Harvard Business School for one year.

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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t rush to declare a major early on BY ABBY GLICKMAN STAFF WRITER

Many graduates say that college goes by in the blink of an eye. One minute, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an eager freshman, and the next, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re graduating and thrown into the real world. Because of the seemingly short time spent at the University, the need for a speedy answer to the questions â&#x20AC;&#x153;What should my major be?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can I do with that degree?â&#x20AC;? may creep up on you. Experts say that while there is no need to rush into picking a major or career path, students can start thinking about it as early as freshman year.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to encourage students to keep an open mind while choosing and exploring careers and utilize a variety of people and resources in order to make this decision,â&#x20AC;? said Zelda Gardner, senior assistant director at the Career Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They should get excited and motivated.â&#x20AC;? Gardner said that while there is no specific time when students should choose their major, they should start exploring their options as soon as possible. She recommended that students meet with their academic advisers and career counselors at the Career Center starting freshman year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you identify with your interests, it helps to compile a

list of professional opportunities which can help you make a plan of attack,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having conversations with people (about your interests) can help you think of options to consider.â&#x20AC;? Gardner also recommended getting involved in clubs and volunteering opportunities on campus, as well as part-time jobs and internships, to gain experience and market themselves to future employers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students should get out there and be exposed to as many things as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They should see how they feel in different environments.â&#x20AC;? Terry Cole, Jr., Office of Minority Student Affairs grad-

uate mentor for DGS, starts helping students pick their majors by asking them what they are passionate about outside of school, with questions as personal as what kind of movies they like to watch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what will help them to get the most out of their college experience,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I push kids to pick a major or classes to line up with what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in and enjoy doing.â&#x20AC;? Cole, Jr. thinks that the time to focus on a career path depends on the student, since each student has unique interests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always important for students to keep in mind that one of the reasons to go to college is

to find a career thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not work,â&#x20AC;? he said. He urges students to steer clear of saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know exactly what I want to do when I graduate.â&#x20AC;? He said that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair for a 18- or 19-yearold student to have to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives yet because they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had enough experience. However, he said that they should have an idea for the future somewhere in their minds. According to the U.S. News and World Reportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s article â&#x20AC;&#x153;5 Ways to Pick the Right College,â&#x20AC;? it is advised to wait until college to pick a major. The article

suggests that students try taking diverse classes during their freshman and sophomore year before officially declaring their major. By junior year, students will likely have a better idea of their interests and what they are most passionate about. Some students know their major from the moment they start college, but for some, it takes awhile to decide. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still undecided, there are many opportunities at this University and plenty of time to explore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Start as early as you can, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too late,â&#x20AC;? Gardner said.

Abby can be reached at glickmn2@dailyillini.com.

Choose major outside prospective job outcome Personal interests, networking growth shape career, too BY VICTORIA PAI STAFF WRITER

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A common follow-up to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your major?â&#x20AC;? question is the dreaded â&#x20AC;&#x153;What can you do with that?â&#x20AC;? And while the questioner may be well-intentioned, the implication remains: Majors should be chosen for their intended job outcome. However, Rebecca Diaz, assistant director at The Career Center, takes a different approach when advising students. The Career Center focuses on interests first, then choice of major

and then the work experiences students gain in the course of their college careers. Diaz believes using interests first to find a career is better than to simply enter into a field because it is the path most common. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What you major in today may not have anything to do with your career in five years,â&#x20AC;? Diaz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not linear. Just because you major in one particular major doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you have to go into one career path.â&#x20AC;? Much like oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own interests, careers evolve over time and are not limited by oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. While it can be daunting to think about the job market competition, networking is one way to get ahead, no matter the job. Kara Porter, specialist for international projects at the Study Abroad

Office, found that she was able to attain a job directly after she graduated when she focused on networking the year leading up to graduation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of using my major to decide my career, I used my job,â&#x20AC;? Porter said. Porter suggested that students make as many connections in college as possible, even if they are irrelevant to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s major. While some majors are specifically catered to a job market, many are too broad to have a clear path. Students may think being in a broad major is risky and challenging, because instead of having an expected traditional way paved for them, they are tailoring their own education to their interests. Professor Kate Grim-Feinberg,

academic adviser in LAS, said she believes broad majors actually have many advantages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In a broad major, you can develop your skills and knowledge in a specific way rather than in the same way as everyone else,â&#x20AC;? Grim-Feinberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throughout your college career, choose courses that will help you develop skills that will lead to jobs youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in.â&#x20AC;? Deciding on a future career is a goal that seems to have no beginning and no end. But keeping the focus on personal interests and networking growth can allow more confidence and ultimate success, no matter oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice of major.

Victoria can be reached at vpai2@dailyillini.com.

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