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Turnout for mayoral vote expected to be low Incumbent Prussing, Stratton vie to be Democratic nominee for Urbana mayor BY CORINNE RUFF STAFF WRITER
Voter registration ended Tuesday for the Feb. 26 Democratic primary in Urbana. About 145,000 voters are registered countywide, about 21,000 of whom are registered in Urbana, according to Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten. While the November elections rallied nearly 80,000 voters to the polls, Hulten said that based on prior local primaries, he expects 4,000 to 5,000 to vote in the April 9 election. “There is very little awareness about the primary,” Hulten said. “That’s why there is such a low voter turnout for these elections.” Among smaller elections, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing will vie for the Democratic seat against Les Stratton. The two will face Republican candidate Rex Bradfield in April.
Hulten said he usually sees surges in registration before high profile races such as the presidency, but local government doesn’t generate as much interest. Since the November elections, Hulten said fewer than 500 residents have registered countywide. The county clerk’s office is collecting absentee ballots, but Hulten said he has only received around 30 ballots so far. Although the he posts informational material about how and where to vote on their website, Hulten said the county clerk’s office doesn’t have the funds to advertise voting in the community. In an effort to increase local voting, Carletta Donaldson, deputy registrar, has volunteered her time for the last six years to register voters anywhere from the grocery store to the barbershop.
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Primary campaign focus: Economic and Construction Development “Infrastructure is very important to me. I believe good roads are something people have already paid for, so that’s something we should be providing. If we attract more businesses, we expand the tax base and lighten the load on everyone. Economic development is very important to Urbana in our situation at this time.”
On the Boneyard Project:
“The money coming from tax increment finance
Primary campaign focus: Public safety “Public safety is the No. 1 responsibility of any government. ... One of the big projects is in the Lierman neighborhood. There were some luxury apartments that gradually fell into the hands of poor managers and were a source of crime. ... We are going to tear down the apartments.
On the Boneyard Project: “The cities that have done this have found it to be not only something beautiful but a powerful incentive
going into the Boneyard Project, $5 million, is not going to enhance the business district in downtown. I would curtail spending. ... There are businesses downtown that could expand given the right opportunity using the TIF money.”
On the Urbana Landmark Hotel: “The project was designed to make $200,000 for city in extra tax money, most of that coming from hotel tax and food and beverage tax. But with no restaurant open, there is no food and beverage tax being collected. ... With no conference center we are not attracting any businesses.
for development. People like to be in a beautiful setting. This is something we think is going to be very good for Urbana.”
On the Urbana Landmark Hotel: The Urbana Landmark Hotel has been designated historic building by Urbana and we have found an investor who is willing to put $2 million into it, so we are working with him. ... The alternative was to let it deteriorate and have a gaping hole in Lincoln Square, so we would have to spend over half a million dollars to have to tear it down.
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Champaign aspires to be bicycle friendly BY CLAIRE EVERETT STAFF WRITER
Despite infrastructure challenges, the city of Champaign is applying to be designated as a “bicycle friendly community” by the American Bicyclists in Illinois. Rob Kowalski, assistant planning director for Champaign, said the application will be submitted mid-February. The city of Urbana received its “bicycle friendly community” designation in 2011. Kowalski said he believes the city is ready for the title even though challenges, such as bridge crossings over interstates, can make it dangerous for bicyclists. “We’ve been striping bike lanes, producing maps, and just the fact that we’re a University town laid out well for bicy-
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League of American Bicyclists “Bicycle Friendly Community” requirements:
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on the service fair and how you can get involved this semester on campus and in C-U.
1. Engineering — the physical infrastructure and hardware in place to support cycling 2. Education — programs that ensure the safety, comfort and convenience of cyclists and their fellow road users 3. Encouragement — incentives, promotions and opportunities that inspire and enable people to ride 4. Enforcement — equitable laws and programs that ensure motorists and cyclists are held accountable 5. Evaluation — processes that demonstrate a commitment to measuring results and planning for the future
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Elliott Bortner, special events coordinator for the Champaign Park District, and Kim Lareau, marketing coordinator, give a brochure to an interested volunteer at the Spring Volunteer Fair at the Illini Union. Hosted by the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs, the fair was held Thursday to help local organizations recruit volunteers.
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Research Park hosts mobile app development conference BY JACQUI OGRODNIK STAFF WRITER
The University Research Park hosted its second annual mobile application development conference on Thursday at the iHotel and Conference Center. The event was a networking and learning opportunity for those who design and those who use mobile applications. The event focused on mobile development in the technical, entrepreneurial, and design and user experience fields in Champaign-Urbana. “This mobile wave is getting more popular, so more and more companies want to have a mobile presence in addition to their Web presence,” said Ling Wong, mobile development consultant for Research Park. More than 40 speakers representing several different companies came together to share their ideas about developing mobile apps. Alan Craig, associate director of Human-
Computer Interaction, represented the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and demonstrated uses of an application that dealt with alternative reality. The application took an image captured by a smartphone, iPad and other electronic devices and brought it to “life,” making the image sensitive to sights, sounds and touch. When holding a phone up to an image printed on a piece of paper, the image became three-dimensional on the phone. Craig also showed a paper with a human anatomy printed on it. When holding his phone to the image, the anatomy became three-dimensional on the phone, allowing the user to view the picture from different angles. The user also had the ability to add or remove the skin, muscles, skeleton and organs. “We’re working with the anatomy and physiology group on campus
Local businesses, residents disrupted by power outage DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT
Around 1,265 Champaign residents and businesses were without power early Thursday. The majority of Champaign residents and businesses were without power from 5:31 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. The outage was a result of a broken cable that left 33 customers without power beginning at 3:50 a.m. In order to repair the cable, more customers had to be taken offline, said Leigh Morris, spokesman for Ameren Illinois. “There was no way they could make the repair without a short but larger outage ... It’s not always necessary, but that’s what they had to do in this case. There was no other alternative,” Morris said. No Urbana residences or businesses were affected by the outage.
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Dan O’Neil, one of the many speakers at Mobile Development Day, delivers a presentation called “The Importance of Mobile in Urban Flow.” The event was held at the Illinois Conference Center in Champaign on Thursday. for their introductory class to see about deploying something like this to them,” Craig said. The conference ended with a TechMix hosted by Research Park. Companies including 004 Technologies
USA, IMO, mpressInteractive and NCSA demonstrated the various uses of their applications at the reception.
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Volunteer fair aims to motivate students, community BY YELE AJAYI STAFF WRITER
The Office of Volunteer Programs is offering students a variety of choices to get involved in the community and on campus for the semester and throughout the summer. The office held its annual spring volunteer fair Thursday at the Illini Union to showcase some of these opportunities. The event was co-sponsored by C-U Scholars, a collaboration of the school districts; the University of Illinois; Parkland College; and the business community. Students, faculty and staff were all encouraged to attend. Organizations including the Mahomet Area Youth Club, Crisis Nursery and Habitat for Humanity ReStore were a few of 40 groups present. Attendees walked around the fair and talked to different organization leaders to learn more about their missions. Students could collect flyers and sign up to join the organizations they found interesting. Kelly Laxgang, manager of program development for the Mahomet Area Youth Club, represented her organization at the fair. The organization focuses on helping children reach their full potential. Laxgang discussed how students from the University recently came to volunteer and the positive feedback the kids gave back from working with these students. “They love when adults can get down
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On Thursday, the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs held the Spring Volunteer Fair in the Illini Union Ballrooms. Over 40 organizations from the Champaign-Urbana area came to recruit volunteers. “Volunteers are what make our organization work,” said Lindsay Burton, volunteer specialist for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. on their level, play with them and just be a good role model,” Laxgang said. Lindsay Burton, volunteer specialist for the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, emphasized the importance of students to attend these annual volunteer fairs. “Volunteers are what make our organization work,” Burton said, “Without our volunteers, we would not exist. They’re the blood of our organization.”
Arianna Lawson, senior in BUS, is a volunteer for the Dream Studio, an organization that mentors high school kids interested in music. High school students pair up with college students and compose music, which they later perform in a showcase at the end of the year. Lawson said it is important to volunteer because it shows that people care about bettering their community.
“Volunteers shed some lights on the things that they’ve learned, so that those in the community can learn from that,” she said. Participating in the fair allowed students to explore interests beyond just the University campus. “There (are) so many opportunities in the Champaign-Urbana community, as well as the surrounding areas, such as
C-U at Home hosts event to raise awareness BY CARINA LEE STAFF WRITER
Students, community members and city officials will brave the elements Friday night when they sleep outside in cardboard boxes to raise awareness about homelessness in Champaign-Urbana. C-U at Home is hosting the second One Winter Night event to raise money to support the area’s homeless people. Locations for this year’s event will be at the corner of Neil Street and University Avenue in downtown Champaign and on the Quad. Participants will arrive at their locations at 6 p.m. Friday and leave at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Melany Jackson, executive director of the organization, said she hopes the event raises $50,000 this year, up from the $29,700 raised last year. “The funds raised from One Winter Night will be the majority of our annual budget,” she said. “Again this year we did not receive government funding. ... We are a donation-based volunteer organization.” According to the C-U at Home website, the goal is to raise at least $50 per participant. “This is a huge awareness-raising event,” Jackson said. “Decision making people will be spending 12 hours
overnight outside on the street in a cardboard box. They will be changed when they wake up in the morning.” Gabriella Sorich, senior in social work, said it feels great to see increasing support for the homeless population. “The organization is still very young, but the community involvement and support that they have gotten in the past two years has been tremendous,” she said in an e-mail. Public officials from the cities of Champaign and Urbana will attend the event to support the cause despite the anticipated cold weather. Last year, Champaign Mayor Don
Gerard participated in the event and has decided to participate again this year. “I’m going to this event to support the event,” Gerard said. “It’s really great and that’s why we need to succeed.” Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly said it is important for the community to be aware of the issue of homelessness. “It’s a really worthy cause,” Connolly said. “I’m a firm believer in the community-policing concept, and what better way to engage with the community than to help the homeless population?”
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Mahomet,” Laxgang said, “Without these types of fairs, the students wouldn’t necessarily know what’s out there for them to do, and it also gives them the opportunity to explore some of their interest because there’s a lot of different programs.”
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BIKES FROM PAGE 1A cling gives us a very strong application,” he said. He also said the Illinois Department of Transportation announced a $1.7 million grant on Wednesday to reconstruct the Windsor Road bridge into a complete street with bike lanes and sidewalks. “Construction takes a long time and a lot of money, but we’re making progress,” Kowalski said. However, Ken Sutto, Campus Bike Shop manager, said although he appreciates Champaign’s efforts to be more bike friendly, he does not feel the city is ready for the title. “I think the bike paths need to be connected, and the road condition in this town is pretty poor in a lot of places,” Sutto said. “I live near downtown, which is fine, but the further west you go and the further north at all, it’s pretty insane to try and ride a bike. It’s darn near suicidal at times.” Sutto said the designation would be good for the city as it contributes to sustainability but before it could happen, he said it is necessary to have more support for cyclists in the infrastructure. According to the League of American Bicyclists, the title requires being active in the five “E’s:” engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. Jeff Yockey, president of Champaign County Bikes, said although Champaign and Urbana faced challenges in terms of the economy, he is excited to live in a city that considers bicyclists in city development. “We’re about 20 years behind the ‘gold-cities’ (League of American Bicyclists designation), and that’s a lot of paint and cement to catch up in, but we’re getting there,” Yockey said. Yockey said his goal is for the community is to raise interest in biking as well as dismissing concerns. With resources like a Champaign-Urbana bicycle map his organization created, he said he thinks receiving the title is possible. Kowalski was also hopeful about the city’s prospects. “I don’t suspect we’ll have a problem getting the designation,” Kowalski said. “I feel very confident about it.”
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Human rights activist Nguyen Quoc Quan, second from left, is welcomed by his wife, Huong Mai Ngo, left; sons Khoa, second right, 20; and Tri, 19, after his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport from Vietnam on Wednesday. Quan has been released after being detained since April 17 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Deported Vietnamese-American returns to US BY SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES — A VietnameseAmerican accused of conspiring to overthrow Vietnam’s communist government smiled broadly as he reunited with his family after he was deported back to the United States. Nguyen Quoc Quan, who had been detained for nine months, was greeted by his wife, children and other family members, who carried balloons and placed leis around his neck after he exited a plane Wednesday night at Los Angeles International Airport. “I love you a lot, and I feel very near you every minute of jail,” he told his wife, Huong Mai Ngo, in Vietnamese, then repeated in broken English for
reporters. He pulled her to his side. “Now even closer,” he said with a smile. He would only answer a few questions, promising to share details at a weekend news conference, including the contents of a handwritten letter he brought back from another prisoner. He said he was proud of what he accomplished and would be willing to return, with his wife’s approval. “The communist government of Vietnam can’t stop you, how can I?” she said. Vietnamese authorities’ decision to release Quan contrasts with the long prison terms given to Vietnamese activists who are members of the same U.S.based dissident group. The release came after U.S. diplomatic pressure and removes an obvious
thorn in relations between the former enemies. Both countries are trying to strengthen their ties in large part because of shared concerns over China’s emerging military and economic might, but American concerns over human rights in one-party, authoritarian Vietnam are complicating this. Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Quan had “confessed to his crime” and asked for leniency to be reunited with his family. Ngo said prior to his arrival that she doubted this was the case, suggesting that Hanoi was seeking a face-saving way of allowing him to go home. “I don’t believe it. They say that about everybody,” she said via telephone earlier Wednesday. “If my hus-
band was prepared to do that (confess), he could have been released nine months ago.” Quan didn’t address the issue with reporters at the airport. Given the diplomatic sensitivities around the case, most observers had expected Quan to be released and quietly deported. Quan, an American citizen, was arrested at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport in April after arriving on a flight from the United States, where he has lived since fleeing Vietnam by boat as a young man. The 60-year-old is a leading member of Viet Tan, a nonviolent pro-democracy group that Vietnamese authorities have labeled a terrorist organization.
FROM PAGE 1A “That’s where the people are,” she said. “I can register people anywhere — all I need is a photo ID with an address.” OD Wesley, a barber at Whip Hair Designs in Champaign, said Donaldson has been coming to their shop for about five years to set up a voter registration table and talk to customers. “She gets more than a couple (to register) in a day,” he said. “(Voting) is important, and this is a good place for it. She tells people what they have to do, the rules and what allows them to vote.” Living in a politically active household, Donaldson said she is astonished that local primaries get such low voter turnout. “In order to have a voice to vote, you must be registered,” she said. “If you want to make changes, you start locally where your voice counts more. This is grassroots.”
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New tech project has potential to boost the University, Illinois economy
or a university with toprated engineering and science programs, churning out highly educated, workforce-ready graduates is not a problem. But for the University, keeping these students in the area, or in the state, for that matter, has become a problem that we have been unable to solve. Many of these successful graduates choose either to move to more technology-oriented parts of the country — Silicon Valley to work at major companies like Google or Apple and the East Coast with the lure of tech startup companies — or returning to home countries like China and Korea. In the computer science department alone, 32 percent of graduates move to California for work, according to the Chicago Tribune. Clearly, the University, as a public, state-funded land grant institution has some serious brain drain issues. But last week, an announcement was made that could direct some of this outgoing traffic back to Illinois, specifically the Chicago area. A private but University-affiliated company, to be called UI Labs, will open a tech center in or near Chicago’s Loop, an idea location for the marriage of big Chicago business with the technological services the center will provide. As this entire project will be funded privately, the University and the state will have their hands clean of any initial debt UI Labs may incur being a new business, which is great news for Illinois, just downgraded by Standard & Poor to have the worst debt rating in the nation. Additionally, since the affiliation with the University isn’t as stringent as it would be if the project were publicly funded, it opens up opportunities for research partnerships with Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, adding additional notoriety and idea pools to the project. The partnerships can help enhance our position as a formidable research institution, despite the school being relatively in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by cornfields. Key pieces of technology, like the Blue Waters Supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing, and companies in Research Park are essentially surrounded by farmland — a truth we all acknowledge. Not only is this project the perfect boost for the University, it could also help bolster the state economy in years to come, making Chicago a hub for technology and business partnerships, just as the Bay Area and East Coast powerhouses like Boston and New York are. The solid financial backing of several deep-pocketed sponsors is just an added plus, making the $20 million first-year goal attainable and exciting.
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NoCo finds comradery in a cappella MELANIE STONE Opinions columnist
he room is warm, and it is loud. Fifteen a cappella connoisseurs are circled up at the front of Room 1147 in the Music Building, making their way through the alphabet. Their warm-up is simple and mundane, but for the members of No Comment on this particular Sunday evening, it is musical gold. The notes explode and resonate, dancing across the stark walls and brushing past the chalkboard. The exercise comes to its final crescendo, and Kyle Perfect, freshman in Engineering, stumbles on a letter. “Kyle’s the smartest guy here and he can’t sing the alphabet,” someone jokes. “Do it now!” Kyle grins, readjusting his blackrimmed glasses. He whizzes through the tune once more, nailing each letter, and everyone cheers. Kelsey Stanker, senior in FAA and NoCo’s musical director, quiets the singers and commands their attention. Saturday is the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella, a quarterfinal competition held at Illinois State University. Kelsey blows into her pitch pipe, and the song begins. “Dun, doo, dun, ahhhh, waaah ...” What I thought might be a typical three-hour practice feels more like a private concert for me. I’m beaming, and when the soloist opens her mouth, my heart nearly stops. Kristin Morrill, junior in LAS, is a wonder. Her voice, rich and toned, fills the room: “If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?” One hour passes and I feel as if I’ve known these people my entire life, like Logan Moore, sophomore in Education. This girl is vivacious. She even lets out a belch at one point. (Kelsey’s response: “No fart-
ing, burping, sneezing, coughing on stage this weekend. For 12 minutes, bodily functions are not allowed.”) Then, there’s Chris Rice, junior in Business, whom I affectionately nickname Chill Beatbox Guy. I don’t tell him that. He’s wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, and during the songs, this vocal percussionist holds his left hand to his ear as if listening to an invisible set of headphones. Chris is a boss, especially when he drops the beat. When NoCo rehearses “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” I get to know two more members: James Fletcher, freshman in Media, and Morgan Ammirati, freshman in DGS. Both are soloists for this song, and they’re outstanding. James’ long, lean build and doe eyes make him the “cute” one. The same can be said for Morgan. She is small, but her voice is not. It is sweet, feminine — the perfect complement to James’ tenor. James, I learn, is the proverbial ladies’ man of the group. Morgan describes him as a wonderful hugger. “He’s so tall, and the girls in NoCo are short, so our heads end up on his lower chest,” she says. “We all love hugs from James.” Morgan is quite affectionate herself. Her NoCo friends say she’s warm, loving, the type of girl who brings you chicken noodle soup when you’re sick. Morgan is the mother of the group. She and James, then, are the absolute right pair for the Whitney Houston classic. Once Kelsey is satisfied with their dance moves for the song, people mosey out to the hallway for a water break. Some linger in the classroom, standing around a few half-eaten packages of Andes Chocolate Mints. I take a short rest from my journalistic duties and pull up Facebook. Maddy Wilkinson, sophomore in Business, is a friend of mine in real life and online. As I click through
her tagged photos, I realize something: Every single picture of Maddy has No Comment members in it. Scott Stover, sophomore in ACES, appears in roughly three-fourths of her photos. These two are the troublemakers — not to be confused with the Treblemakers — always arriving fashionably late to rehearsals and making obscene comments. Maddy tells me they hang out excessively. They’re best friends. It’s not just Scott and Maddy. The members of No Comment are virtually obsessed with each other. Max Antman, sophomore in LAS, says these people are together almost 25 hours a week. They are brothers and sisters, bonding over musical tours around Chicagoland, nights out in Champaign and dinners at Olive Garden. Jessica Clark, junior in ACES, mentions NoCo once sang at “the OG.” They were waiting for a table, harmonizing quietly, when the owner asked them to sing “Happy Birthday” to celebrating customers. They also love movies — over winter break, NoCo watched “Pitch Perfect” twice in one night. No matter what these kids are doing, they revel in each other’s company. A few minutes past 10 p.m., the rehearsal ends, and NoCo spills out into the hallway of the Music Building. They’re tired — and a little bit sweaty. “Y’all need deodorant,” someone shouts. I pack up my laptop and traipse through the back door. Kristin is ahead of me, humming the chorus to “Clarity.” For a moment, I pause, listening. She turns and then I’m alone on the corner of Goodwin Avenue and Nevada Street, with the music and laughter of No Comment playing over and over again in my head.
Melanie is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at email@example.com and @mellystone.
Guest Column Reasons why women’s freedom to choose will never convince a ‘pro-lifer’ We’ve just passed the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. As is typical with “anniversaries”, Americans seize the opportunity to voice their opinions. You don’t have to go far to read a rant arguing that one side is remarkably intelligent while the other is sadly misinformed. Both sides present seemingly logical and “common sense” arguments (some backed up by statistics, others backed up by experience, circumstances, or feelings). The constant political and ethical debates about abortion make little to no impact on people. The reason is that the basic difference between pro-life and pro-choice is presuppositional and not political, circumstantial or experiential. In a recent column, Nora Ibrahim presented many different angles of the pro-choice mindset, including women’s rights, the advancement of medicine and science, the “medical jurisdiction” that abortion falls under (as opposed to the religious or ethical) and the perception of women as “containers for the child.” I believe that she is fairly typical of the pro-choice mindset. In comparison, pro-life organizations argue their points from almost the exact same angles. The differences exist in how each argument is interpreted. For example, the National Right to Life Committee argues that “Roe is a sad commentary on our society’s attitudes toward women and their unborn children. Instead of helping and empower-
ing mothers, our society funnels them to the nearest abortion clinic.” What we see here is an argument about women’s rights and perceptions, just with a different interpretation. I don’t buy any of it. We are arguing over the branches of the tree when we should be focusing on the roots. It’s not about women’s rights or the perception of women — anyone, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice, is in favor of women’s rights. The truth is that both sides have deep compassion for women and their physiology. This directly affects perception; no one would actually argue that women are simply “containers for the child.” It’s not about advancement of medicine or science — abortions have been performed for thousands of years. History tells us that abortions have been common (albeit typically criminal and punishable by death). There is nothing new under the sun. We’ve just developed new, less painful ways of doing it. It’s not about a court case — to say that a decision by the Supreme Court should be the focus of the issue would be, at best, insufficient. Pro-choicers accuse pro-lifers of relying on God and ethics; yet pro-choicers seem to focus on Roe v. Wade, which is, in effect, quite ethical. The difference is that it portrays the ethics of a human court vs. a “Higher” court. Religion and ethics can certainly make a huge impact, but the point is that everyone must make an individual decision regardless of what someone else says. Instead, consider the fact that it is all about a fundamental question: What is the value of an unborn child (or fetus)? The
answer to that question directly impacts how anyone feels about the abortion issue. The value placed on the unborn is the reason why the constant debates will never solve anything. Because people don’t agree on that question, they will not agree on any of the details. So, consider your stance on the issue. If you ask yourself the question, “What is the value of the unborn?” you will most likely be able to put the answer into every way that you approach the abortion issue. For pro-lifers, the infinite value of the child makes abortion systematic murder. For pro-choicers, the lack of value that the unborn possesses renders it to be nothing more than a collection of cell and tissues, and, therefore, expendable. Everything that each side believes comes down to that question: What is the value of an unborn life? This is why, no matter how many statistics I throw out about the dangers and ethical disasters of abortion, it will have no impact on pro-choicers. In comparison, the arguments about women’s rights, the advancement of medicine, access to health care, a Supreme Court decision and the freedom to choose” will never convince a pro-lifer. My two cents on the matter can be summed up by one request. Assume the presupposition that the unborn child is, in fact, a child and has just as much value as the mother, and then read an article in favor of pro-choice (you might start with Nora’s article). You may be surprised at how you feel when you’ve finished. NATHAN SINGER, graduate in Labor and Employment Relations
ver since high school, the military has been a significant part of senior Amber Johnson’s life. She attended Carver Military Academy in Chicago, where as a junior, she asked her parents to sign her up for the military. Amber then began working in the army reserves as a cargo specialist and has now been working in the reserves for five years. Certified in transportation, she is in charge of sending equipment overseas and making sure it gets there. During the school year, she travels to an Army reserve training facility, Fort Sheridan, for one weekend a month. In the summer, she completes missions across the country. She entered the Army ROTC program as a junior at the University for advanced training. In May, she will graduate and be commissioned, therefore becoming a member of the officer corps where she will plan operations. From there, Amber plans on making a career out of the military, hoping to eventually be a part of the intelligence field, which comprises agencies like the FBI and the CIA. While those roles do not necessarily require being on the front line, the Pentagon’s decision last week to allow females to serve in direct combat allows Amber, and all other females in the military, to do so if they please. Options are paramount, and now females have all options open to them. No longer are there limitations. Females and males can move around equally in military positions. Will hordes of females rush to fill those positions that were previously closed to them? Maybe. Maybe not. According to Amber, many of the opinions she has heard from her fellow cadets regarding the decision have been split, or neutral. Many females entering the forces have a plan as to what they want to do that may not involve direct combat. And those females already serving in the military may be happy where they are. But even if there is no big rush, even if we do not see a large increase in the number of females serving in direct-combat, that does not give anyone permission to say that the Pentagon’s decision was not a worthwhile one. After all, the merit of gender equality is rarely one that is widely frowned upon. To have the option to serve in direct combat is important, for, in my eyes, females should never be seen as less capable than men, in any regard. But in the media frenzy that has followed this decision, it is obvious that not everyone sees eye-to-eye on this issue or understands it correctly. Fact: Females’ body compositions are different than males’. On average, females have less muscle mass than males. Myth: This difference in composition will decrease the quality of the military’s frontline fighters. In reality, there will be “genderneutral occupational standards” for serving in direct-combat roles. If a male has to do 70 push-ups to qualify, so does a female. Is this possible for females? Heck yes it is. In high school, I beat many guys at the push-up fitness test, to their dismay. Now, I do have an athletic build and I work out when I can, but in no way do I consider myself an athlete. So, I can’t even imagine what feats those females in the ROTC program at the University, and those females in the military, are capable of. But what I do know is that it’s nothing less than males. Fact: Females have different hygienic-needs than males. Myth: This will affect the operations of missions. Females know how to deal with their hygiene. Our business may be incomprehensible to males, but we are not living in ancient times; our hygienic needs are just a hiccup in our normal day-to-day routine. And when did a hiccup ever stop anybody from doing anything? Let females speak out on behalf of themselves, for males do not know first-hand what our needs are. Whether or not females in the military want to serve in direct combat, across the board, they can now be seen as equals to their male counterparts. And for those females who have already been serving in direct combat, they can now be recognized for their actions. For Amber and all other females involved in the military, the sky is now the limit. That is how it should be.
Kirsten is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Archaeologists work at the site where skulls were found in a field in Xaltocan, near the Teotihuacan pyramids in central Mexico. Georgia State University archaeologist Christopher Morehart found about 150 skulls of human sacrifice victims in this field on Thursday. It is one of the largest collections of severed heads found in Mexico.
Archaeologists find 150 skulls in Mexico BY MARK STEVENSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEXICO CITY â€” Archaeologists say they have turned up about 150 skulls of human sacrifice victims in a field in central Mexico, one of the first times that such a large accumulation of severed heads has been found outside of a major pyramid or temple complex in Mexico. Experts are puzzled by the unexpected find of such a large
number of skulls at what appears to have been a small, unremarkable shrine. The heads were carefully deposited in rows or in small mounds, mostly facing east toward the rising sun, sometime between 660 and 860 A.D., a period when the nearby city-state of Teotihuacan had already declined but the Aztec empire, founded in 1325, was still centuries in the future. Georgia State University
archaeologist Christopher Morehart, who found the skulls last year in Xaltocan, a farming village just north of Mexico City, said that between 150 and 200 adult skulls or their equivalent in bone parts have been excavated so far from fields that stand on a former lake bed. Experts werenâ€™t expecting to find anything of this kind in the flat, undistinguished pasture land and corn fields.
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RIGA, Latvia â€” Unemployment, recession, debt, crisis and bailouts: These have been the sort of words that have been associated with the euro currency over the past few years. So it may come as a bit of a surprise to hear that a relatively poor country on the edge of the European Union is hurtling toward full membership within the year. Latvia is the country in question and its lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that brought membership one step nearer in spite of widespread worries among the population. Latvia, which became independent from the former Soviet Union in 1991, intends to send a formal request to the European Union next month asking permission to adopt the euro â€” a request that, if approved, would make it the 18th EU country to use the common currency that over the past few years has been ravaged by a debt crisis that at times has threatened its very existence. Latviaâ€™s center-right government believes that becoming a member of the euro bloc will attract investors to the small, open economy that at the start of the global financial crisis, between the years 2008 to 2010, saw economic activity col-
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A demonstrator speaks through a megaphone during a protest at the Latvian parliament in Riga, Latvia, on Thursday. lapse by nearly 25 percent. The country had to borrow â‚Ź7.5 billion ($10.2 billion) in bailout funds from lenders such as the EU and International Monetary Fund in order to avoid bankruptcy. In return, the country had to enact painful austerity measures.
Blackberry needs new name to succeed in youth-driven industry BY TIM VAN DER AA TECHNOGRAPH COLUMNIST
Wednesday, Research in Motion, creator of the famous Blackberry line of phones, held a flashy event with Alicia Keys to announce that they have two brand new phones debuting soon and that they are becoming the hip, exciting brand they want to be by changing their very boring and nonsensical name to ... Blackberry. Wow. Blackberry desperately wants to be cool again. It has been losing ground to Appleâ€™s iPhone and Android phones made by companies such as Samsung for quite some time. IPhones and Samsung Galaxys are seen as modern, cool and advanced. Blackberrys are seen more as something that was amazing and super cool about 10 years ago. Theyâ€™re phones for older businessmen and those who worry about security, such as Barack Obama. That problem is clear when walking on campus. You might see someone using a Blackberry a couple of times a day; you see someone using an iPhone or Android every few seconds. And the young students who use smartphones soon will be heading off soon to the workforce â€” exactly the market Blackberry has traditionally held. And they will want to bring their current smartphones with them. That trend has already been happening, and not just among recent college graduates. Blackberry
just isnâ€™t in the minds of young consumers like Apple or Samsung is. But Blackberry actually isnâ€™t an elderly technology company. They have some innovative ideas with their upcoming phone, the Z10. While it has just as boring a name as the company used to, the phone itself has many cutting-edge features. The user interface is all new and is a clever update to how users interact with a touch screen. In a world where tech companies constantly sue each other for copying everything from app icons to how finger movements zoom or unlock a phone, the new Blackberry system is refreshing. Moving your finger in different directions either brings applications in and out of full screen, takes you to your notifications or brings up the keyboard or other menus â€” and it all animates well because it looks simple and smooth. Itâ€™s the same story with the physical looks of the device: It has an all black rectangular front much like an iPhone, or really any popular smartphone, but unlike an iPhone the back plate comes off to access the battery compartment. It is a far cry from the rounded edge phones with a full keyboard that Blackberry is famous for, and it brings something new to the market. There is a big problem with the phone though: the name. Not just the Z10 (which sounds like a German car), but Blackberry. When you hear Blackberry, your brain thinks
â€œboring and old.â€? It has a reputation for being something for business and not for regular consumers, especially younger ones. And for that reason, many people will not consider it, no matter which celebrity the company gets to endorse it. It is probably too little, too late for Blackberry. They have been mostly nonexistent for younger phone users for too long. And even if they drummed up enough publicity to get buyers to compare the Z10 to an iPhone, many wonâ€™t switch. They have spent years buying apps and using Appleâ€™s iOS and Googleâ€™s Android systems. The new Blackberry looks good, but not so much better to be worth switching ecosystems. But there are signs of life for the former Research in Motion (which is like Samsung calling themselves Korean Electronics Development or something). They have whatâ€™s become rare in the phone world: an operating system that offers something new to the user experience. If this phone were sold by Samsung, it would probably be a success. Which is why Blackberry should ditch its name entirely if it wants more recognition by younger consumers. Forget â€œBlackberry,â€? and start something new. Maybe they can refer back to their Canadian roots. The Maple Z10 â€” it sounds cooler already.
Tim is a junior in Engineering. He can be reached at vandera1 @illinimedia.com.
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PROP BETS DANIEL MILLERMCLEMORE Sports columnist
couldn’t really care less about the Super Bowl matchup Sunday. Ravens! 49ers! Kaepernick! Flacco! Not exactly Brady versus Manning or even Rodgers versus Roethlisberger. And yet, regardless of the teams playing, Super Bowl weekend gives me the most cause for excitement since 13-year-old me found out about porn, and that excitement revolves solely around gambling. It’s been proven, with science and stuff, that gambling on anything makes it 100 million times more interesting (seriously, I’m in a fantasy Bachelor league that makes Monday nights the highlight of my week. Don’t judge me). And if you love betting on sports, this is the greatest week of the year. Super Bowl week is to recovering gambling addicts what St. Patrick’s Day must be to recovering alcoholics. There are more opportunities to place bets related to Sunday’s game in New Orleans than there are transvestites in the French Quarter. Most of these are called prop bets. For the unfamiliar, a prop bet is a bet on an occurrence (or nonoccurrence) that is not necessarily tied to the outcome of the game. The Super Bowl is king of prop bets. Gamblers can lay down money on anything, ranging from the coin toss, to the jersey number of the player that will score first, to the length of Alicia Keys’ national anthem. Let’s run through a couple quick examples so you can get the hang of it before watching both games on Sunday (betting lines, as of press time, taken from sportsbook.com, and, of course, for entertainment purpose only).
Daniel is a senior in Media. He can be reached at millerm1@dailyillini. com. Follow him on Twitter @danielmillermc.
Another kind of prop bet has to do with numbers: completions, yards, points, etc. An example:
Most completions: • Joe Flacco -3 (-115) • Colin Kaepernick +3 (-115) As in the example above, the -115 means you have to put down $115 to win $100. The -3 and +3 are there because Flacco is expected to complete more passes than Kaepernick on Sunday. To even out the bet, Vegas gives Kaepernick a threecompletion handicap, so if you bet on Flacco, he must complete four or more passes more than Kaepernick for your bet to win. And finally, there are crosssport bets, which we’ll be focusing on here. Bookmakers take totals from the Super Bowl — points, yards and the like — and pit them against other sports. Here’s an example:
Who will have more? Ravens and 49ers combined points +1.5 (-115) • LeBron James points, rebounds and assists accumulated Sunday against the Raptors -1.5 (-115) To ensure everything’s clear, this is a bet gauging if the combined points the Ravens and 49ers score on Sunday will add up to equal more or less than LeBron’s points, rebounds and assists on Sunday. Got the hang of it? Good. Because the IllinoisWisconsin game Sunday means we can examine some Illinicentric prop bets for a bit of fun. We’ll start off with something easy.
What will happen first (in each game, respectively)? •
A Ravens or 49ers touchdown or field goal (+120) • A Nnanna Egwu foul (-150) Vegas has even odds on a score occurring in the first six minutes of the game, so Egwu will have to do some quick work to beat a score. But the Illini center is still the slight favorite here. All it takes is one screen hedged too far, one mistimed block attempt, and we’ll see the familiar site of Egwu looking toward the ref with his hands raised, eyes wide in surprise.
The first score of the game will be: • A touchdown (-155) • Any other score (+125) The numbers in parentheses are how Vegas and other sports books make their money. If you want to bet the first score of the game will be a touchdown, you have put down $155 to win $100 (or apply that ratio to how much you bet). The +125 means if you put down $100 and that first score is anything but a touchdown, you win $125. Pretty straightforward.
BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER
EGWU Who will have more? •
Brandon Paul combined points, rebounds and assists (+125) • 49ers total points (-140) Paul is averaging slightly less than 18 points, five rebounds and three assists per game (26 total). The Niners over/under is 26.5. Gridlock, right? Wrong. Wisconsin has Paul’s number. The Badgers were the only team to hold Paul to single digits this season, with the primary defensive responsibilities falling to Mike Bruesewitz. Yes, that Mike Bruesewitz
PAUL Who will show more emotion? • Ray Lewis (-9999) • John Groce (+9999) I love Groce. I love how intense he is and how much he cares. But sorry, there’s just no beating Ray Lewis here. He’ll cry during the national anthem. He’ll cry during the coin toss. He’ll cry if the Ravens win. He’ll cry if the Ravens lose. And in between, he’ll be jumping around and doing a bunch of maniacal (stuff) you would normally point at and diagnose as “clinically insane.” He’s a lock.
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What will happen first? •
A successful Tyler Griffey 3-point attempt (-155) • The End of the World (+130) But seriously, what will happen first? • A successful Tyler Griffey 3-point attempt (-155) • An A.J. Jenkins reception (+125) OK, enough jokes, what will happen first? • A successful Tyler Griffey 3-point attempt (-155) • A boob slip during the halftime show (+120)
The Illinois women’s basketball team finally beat Iowa. Thursday night’s matchup against No. 24 Iowa was the Illini senior class’ last chance to notch a victory over Morgan Johnson and Jaime Printy, who have gone 5-0 against the Illini in their four years against Illinois. Illinois seniors Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold made the most of that opportunity, combining for 35 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-62 win. The Illini moved into a tie for third place in the Big Ten. “It feels great,” Penn said. “All of the seniors just had a private little party to celebrate. We finally knocked them off.” Illinois came into the game 0-3 in home conference games this season, a record that sharply contrasted with its 4-0 mark in Big Ten road games. The Illini secured their first home win in January since 2010, when Illinois’ current seniors were freshmen. Thursday’s win against Iowa was Illinois’ first since 2007. Illinois secured the victory by finally closing out the game with a full roster. The Illini lead the nation with 22 players fouled out on the season, but Illinois only recorded 10 fouls Thursday night. Instead, it was Iowa that had foul trouble. The Hawkeyes committed 17 fouls and had two players, Johnson and point guard Samantha Logic foul out. Iowa’s foul trouble allowed Illinois to shoot 15 secondhalf free throws, while the Hawkeyes attempted none. The free-throw advantage and tough defense allowed Illinois to finish the game on a 14-2 run to secure the win. “We showed a lot of grit and a lot of toughness,” Illinois head coach Matt Bollant said. Iowa started the game in a 2-3 zone that the Illini had difficulty penetrating, losing the ball every time a Hawkeye drove to the basket. Instead, Illinois stayed in the game by hitting eight 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes to stretch its lead to 31-21 with 3:52 remaining in the first half. Iowa ended the
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(12-8, 5-3 Big Ten)
Wisconsin (10-11, 2-6)
Sunday, 2 p.m. Madison, Wisc. Illinois has won four consecutive road games in the Big Ten for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Illini basketball victory slips away by intense Spartan 2nd-half play four minutes and didn’t hit a field goal until about the 13:50 mark of the second half, fueling the MichiEAST LANSING, Mich. — It was a beautiful sight, gan State run and another Illini meltdown. Turnoverinduced offensive lapses have become a standard part really. The jumping, howling white and green lower bowl of Illini games since the start of conference play. “That’s unacceptable. We can’t let guys take our at the Breslin Center appeared to engulf the five-man blue and orange huddle that gathered at the free throw ball,” Groce said. “That’s two games in a row. We can’t line. The Illini were desperately attempting to find have bobbled entry passes. We got to be more precise composure after Michigan State emerged from half- there.” But once Michigan State pushed the lead to four, the time to start the first four minutes of Thursday’s secIllini finally woke up. Tracy Abrams ond frame on a 14-0 run. tightened the offense, scoring 12 Illinois shot 48.5 percent from the field to end the first half with a 37second-half points; he finished with 27 lead, Michigan State did one bet16 for the night. While the offensive ter. The Spartans shot 87.5 percent execution improved, defensive lapses from the field in the second half, and ultimately resulted in 19 second-half spurred by a renewed energy after fouls. Michigan State not only shot Illinois Wisconsin the break, defeated Illinois 80-75. the ball efficiently from the field — it (15-8, 2-7) (14-7, 5-3 Big Ten) “The game was won in the first four nailed 23-of-32 free throw attempts in to five minutes of the second half,” the second half alone. The only player Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Illinois head coach John Groce said. with meaningful playing time who finAssembly Hall “I thought they came out and punched ished with less than three fouls was Sunday’s a rematch of the 74-51 us in the mouth.” D.J. Richardson. blowout Illinois experienced at the “If I were to say to you: ‘Hey, you’re In a way, Groce saw it coming. He Kohl Center Jan. 12. going to go into East Lansing and play told his team to expect an uptick in Michigan State and they’re going to intensity from Michigan State at the start of the second half. But the Illini have also made shoot 60 percent from the field and go 14-for-16 in the blowing leads in East Lansing, Mich., into an art form. second half and shoot 30-something free throws. How For the fourth time in their last five appearances at the do you like your chances, John?’ I would say ‘not very Breslin Center, the Illini headed into halftime with a good,’” Groce said bluntly after the game. Still, Illinois brought the game down to the wire with lead and left the court with their heads held low at the sound of the final buzzer. They haven’t won at Michi- a solid shooting performance, draining 45 percent of its shots from the field and 36 percent from distance. gan State since the 2005-06 season. “You play here against a really good Michigan State Brandon Paul added 13 points and a crucial three to ball club on the road, you can’t come out like that,” cut the lead to two with 2:57 remaining, but it wasn’t Groce said. enough, as Groce chastised him for his defense in the And initially his team didn’t. Illinois entered Thurs- post-game presser. day’s contest losers four of its last five, but Thursday’s Izzo figured Groce’s team would give the Spartans first half seemed to correct many of the mistakes that a fight to the end, but Michigan State closed it out by have plagued Groce’s team over the past month. outscoring Illinois 53-38 in the second half. And now, “They worked harder than us,” Michigan State head Illinois appears swarmed, engulfed in the mess it has coach Tom Izzo said. “They got every loose ball. They created over the past month. just dominated.” Ethan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and That all changed after the break. Illinois turned the ball over four times in the first @asofthesky. BY ETHAN ASOFSKY SENIOR WRITER
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Illinois guard Tracy Abrams reacts to a callmade by the officials during the game at the Breslin Center in east Lansing, Mich., on Thursday.The Illini lost to Michigan State 80-75.
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Super Bowl has evolved into so much more EMILY BAYCI Sports columnist
looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday. I mean, who isnâ€™t? Iâ€™m not looking forward to â€œthe main event,â€? the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Instead, Iâ€™m talking about chicken wings, chips and salsa, beer, potato wedges, cheese dip â€” a food coma that rivals the feeling of lethargy and dopiness after a Thanksgiving feast. Iâ€™m talking about sorting through my many party invitations to see which one deserves the grace of my presence. Iâ€™m talking about the Puppy Bowl, where I melt from the cuteness of the last pooch standing. Iâ€™m talking about falling crazy in love with BeyoncĂŠ while watching her act like a naughty girl. And Iâ€™m talking about the mixed curse/blessing of a Super Bowl commercial playing on repeat in my head for the next week. The other day, my friend asked me who was playing in the Super Bowl. She didnâ€™t even wait for me to answer before she said, â€œMore importantly, what are we going to eat during the Super Bowl?â€? Super Bowl Sunday has evolved into something greater than a football game. Itâ€™s an American event, one that could arguably be made into a national holiday (weâ€™ll save the Super Bowl Monday should be a day off work column for another day), and an occasion
celebrated by those of all ages, colors, sizes and ethnicities. Itâ€™s even celebrated by the people donâ€™t like football. Maybe youâ€™re different FROM what Iâ€™m going to label as the norm of Super Bowl watchers, maybe youâ€™re what one would call a die-hard football fan.
For you, I have a quiz:
1. Who won the 2004 Super Bowl and what team did they beat? 2. Whose nipple was revealed during a â€œwardrobe malfunctionâ€? during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show and who exposed said blouse puppy. Answers:
1. The New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29. 2. In what is sometimes
referred to as â€œNipplegate,â€? beloved boy-band heartbreaker Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jacksonâ€™s costume. My hypothesis is the majority of readers got No. 2 right and not No. 1. People remember the drama and the conflict that happened more than the actual game. It isnâ€™t like this for every sporting event, Iâ€™ll give you that. The Super Bowl is a phenomenon, it is bigger than any other sporting event. For three straight years, the Super Bowl has broken its own record as the most watched television event â€” last year an estimated 111.3 million people watched. The Super Bowl is a big-
ger deal than everything else because itâ€™s one of the only sporting events with one championship game, allowing for more finality and drama. The World Series, the Stanley Cup Final and the NBA Finals are all spread out over possibly seven games. People are less likely to watch all of those, especially if they donâ€™t care for any of the teams playing. Because the Super Bowl takes place on just one day, it opens up countless doors that have businessmen across the world smiling. All of the business moguls efforts can be concentrated around one broadcast, in one location, which means they pool all their resources to this day and it makes the events all the more exciting. Every year business tycoons are trying to make the hype around the Super Bowl bigger and better than ever. This year thereâ€™s already been the debauchery of Super Bowl Media Day, breakfasts, dinners, a bowling event, a VH1 Best SuperBowl Concert Ever and probably a hundred other things I donâ€™t even care to know. Then during â€œthe main event,â€? thereâ€™s BeyoncĂŠ at halftime, whatâ€™s sure to be a slew of enthralling commercials and hopefully some preshow or halftime dramas to keep everybody on the edge of their seats. And for that, Iâ€™ll keep watching the Super Bowl to see what corporate America can cook up next. Not because I care about the Ravens or the 49ers. Which I donâ€™t.
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This publicity photo provided by Animal Planet shows dogs playing on the field during â€œPuppy Bowl IXâ€? in New York. Columnist Emily Bayci says the Super Bowl is fine and all, but itâ€™s evolved into something much more. Thanks in part to corporate America, we also have the Puppy Bowl and feasts of epic proportions.
Womenâ€™s golf focuses on chemistry, confidence BY ALEX ORTIZ STAFF WRITER
As the beginning of the 2012-13 season, one of the more distinguishable features of the Illinois womenâ€™s golf team was its youth. The roster features five sophomores, one junior and only two seniors. There was no doubt in the teamâ€™s mind what one of the signature challenges of this season was going to be. â€œWe didnâ€™t quite have as much experience as weâ€™ve had in the past,â€? junior Ember Schuldt said. â€œSo knowing that (as) kind of a young team, we have a lot of room to grow.â€? Early on, the Illiniâ€™s prospects looked bright, with their third tournament resulting in a third-place finish. But beyond that, the first part of the season was not kind to the Illini. Fast forward to less than a week out from the Illiniâ€™s first tournament of the spring season at the Illinois Challenge on
Feb. 3 against Illinois State, and the development of the team chemistry is apparent. After arriving at their indoor golf facility from their weight training session for practice, team members do not go off into their own prepractice rituals so suddenly. Half of them decide to use the time to be together, just sitting on the couch in the main lounge area, watching a Golf channel broadcast of Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open. One can see how the young team has really come together. â€œThe team chemistry definitely has gotten a lot better,â€? sophomore Samantha Postillion said. â€œWe werenâ€™t used to competing, at the beginning, as a team and now that weâ€™ve spent so much time together, I think weâ€™re all just more reliable on each other.â€? Time spent together off the course is not the only thing that has changed for the players this past offseason. Head coach
Renee Slone and assistant coach Jackie Szymoniak have been emphasizing an alteration in their approach to the mental aspect of the game. â€œToo many times we base our confidence levels on results, and that can make for very challenging times,â€? Slone said. â€œThere are a lot of other things that we can use to build our confidence, including our preparation.â€? Slone attributes an unwanted fluctuation of confidence to paying too much attention to results. She wants to focus on a steady and consistent attitude throughout the entirety of the season for the young players. â€œI think they realized a lot of things last fall,â€? Slone said. â€œIt was a learning experience for all of them, and I think theyâ€™ve come to terms with different things in realizing, â€˜Here are what our goals are ... we canâ€™t base it on past results. We are our own team.â€™â€?
Of course, the preparation process goes beyond the mental. Slone also noted that the team made a conscious effort to practice more like it played. A change of perspective was needed in the approach to practice, so actual competitions were implemented. Players have really put in the hours this offseason, like Postillion, who said she worked, especially on her swing, every other day. Others, like sophomore Pimploy Thirati, who finished the fall with a career-best performance, want to keep their momentum going. â€œObviously I didnâ€™t start off all that well,â€? said Thirati. â€œI struggled here and there, but I found a way to play my best again, and so my goal was to not lose that focus and not to get too carried away.â€? Thirati also points to a lack of experience in traveling and competition for her slow start, but she now has found that competitive mind-set and wants to keep it
going as the team looks for a good result at the Illinois Challenge. Fortunately for the team, senior Crystal Smithâ€™s hometown is Venice, Fla., and she is familiar with where the Illini will play. Smith, an Illini Media employee, has shared her â€œcourse knowledgeâ€? about the bump-and-runs and longer holes that feature on the course, and the team has adjusted its approach. Hopes are that the team shook off some growing pains during the fall season. While there were some positives, coaches and players all acknowledge the room for improvement. The development process, though, does seem to be turning up for the Illini, considering that the steady journey is still in its early stages. â€œI think we handled it well and I think this will help us in the long run,â€? Schuldt said. â€œWeâ€™ll be ones to watch out for coming up.â€?
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No. 25 Illinois prepares for tough competition vs. Duke, Tenn. BY J.J. WILSON STAFF WRITER
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Illinoisâ€™ Alex Jesse waits for the ball to come down during a serve at the Atkins Tennis Center against Tennessee on Friday.
After two losses last weekend, the No. 25 Illinois menâ€™s tennis team is set to face tougher competition in No. 5 Duke and No. 15 Tennessee. Illinois dropped in the rankings from its No. 16 spot following losses to Tennessee and Tulsa. But the Illini are looking to keep their energy up against the Blue Devils. â€œ(Last weekend), we had fantastic energy and competed with tremendous enthusiasm,â€? head coach Brad Dancer said. â€œOn the second day, we had a couple of exceptions, and that looks bad. It only takes one person when there are six out there to make it look bad.â€? Freshmen Jared Hiltzik agreed the teamâ€™s energy got â€œa little softâ€? going
into last Saturdayâ€™s consolation match but said he knows the team has the potential to bring tremendous energy to the home courts. Illinois has a chance to redeem its loss last week against undefeated Tennessee in the two teamsâ€™ rematch Saturday night, but Dancer said energy wasnâ€™t what had his team beat the last time they met. â€œI look back to it and I think our preparation ever since we got back from Florida has been spotty,â€? said Dancer, whose team hosted the Illini Open in Florida three weeks ago. â€?This week, the guys did a good job of following what weâ€™re doing (in practice), and I think weâ€™ll be more prepared this weekend.â€? The Volunteers last weekend shut out the Illini 4-0, earning the signifi-
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Illini hope to continue success vs. Huskers BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
After coming off a season-high score, a win against Michigan State and a jump back into the top 25 in last weekend’s Pink Meet, one would assume that the Illinois women’s gymnastics team hit its best routines. The team doesn’t think so. Although the No. 19 Illini were almost perfect in hitting their 196.125 against Michigan State, they still see room for some minor improvements in routines for their meet Friday against No. 7 Nebraska. “We look good as a team,” senior Alina Weinsteinsaid. “We’re coming off of a pretty big score and a pretty good win, but we feel that we didn’t even do our best routines, so it’s a good stepping point, and we just want to go out there confident and do our gymnastics.” For the Illini to continue their success and achieve the goal of beating both their high score and the Cornhuskers this weekend, the team believes that it will all come down to the little things. “We’re continuing to work on the small details as we do every week because that is what separates good teams from great teams,” sophomore Sunny Kato said. “We are working on our handstands and sticking our dismounts and all the minor things to make our routines great.” Weinstein agrees. “We’re hitting now and we’re doing good routines, but we need to focus on sticks and not giving away small deductions on handstands on bars or small wobbles on beam so we’re working on finetuning those things,” Weinstein said. Illinois will face one of its toughest opponents of the season when it steps into the Bob Devaney Center. After winning the Big Ten Championship last year, Nebraska has started this season 2-1 with two straight wins over Michigan State and Ohio State after a season-opening loss to Michigan. The Cornhuskers enter the meet with a season-average
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Illinois’ Alina Weinstein competes her balance beam routine during a dual meet at Huff Hall on Saturday. The women’s gymnastics team will face No. 7 Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Center on Friday. score of 196.383 and a season“They’re an amazing team,” ing quad meet in which they fin- be nice to get one of the top-12 we did last weekend,” Landrus high score of 196.700 against Kato said. “They’re always one ished third. From there, Illinois coveted spots and be a top-two said. “We need to go out and have the Spartans. Nebraska is also of the best preforming teams in improved dramatically against seed, but as I said we’re just tak- 24 strong performances, get all ranked in the top 15 in all indi- the Big Ten and we’re excited to Michigan and just last week ing it one step at a time, knowing the little details right, use this as vidual events and features Big compete against them.” defeated Michigan State. that we need to progress every another opportunity to get better Ten beam, floor and all-around Illinois, like Nebraska, has “I think it’s always great to be weekend to reach our goals.” and we’ll be just fine.” champion Emily Wong on its improved in each of its first three a top-25 team,” head coach Kim Landrus added that the team’s roster. meets as well. The Illini started Landrus said. “Our goal is to be goals are simple. The group just Nicholas can be reached at The talent on Nebraska has the slowly with some uncharacter- a seeded team going into region- wants to keep improving. firstname.lastname@example.org and Illini eager to compete. istic falls in their season-open- als, which is top 18 and it would “We need to add on to what @IlliniSportsGuy.
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PROP BETS FROM PAGE 1B Dang it, I can’t help myself. Finally, a real one.
Who will make more 3-point field goals? • Tyler Griffey (even) • 49ers kicker David Akers (-120) A battle between two maligned gunners. Akers has missed more field goals attempts than any Super Bowl kicker in 29 years. Griffey hasn’t made a three since Jan. 2 at Purdue. He’s 0-for-20 since. He’s gone from being a weapon to a liability. But the guy’s due, right? He has to make one eventually, doesn’t he? There’s just no way such a good shooter can keep missing, is there? I’m not asking too many questions, am I?
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What will happen more often? •
You ask yourself, “Wait, how is this the same team that beat Gonzaga on the road and dominated the Maui Invitational?” (even) • Any member of the CBS Sports broadcast refers to the game as the Harbaugh Bowl, the Har Bowl or the Super Baugh (-120) This one is almost impossible to call. In fact, it is impossible to call. Let’s move on.
Who will have more? • Illinois first-half points (-180) • 49ers total points (+250) I desperately hope this is not actually in question Sunday, but history shows it might be. In one of the worst halves of basketball I have ever witnessed, Illinois scored just 19 points at Wisconsin. The team had nine with three minutes left in the half. The Illini can’t be that bad again (right? Right? Oh god, you’re right, they can).
Who will look more like a Badger? Bo Ryan (+140) Bucky, Wisconsin’s mascot (-180) It’s closer than you think. • •
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Illinois’ Adrienne GodBold clenches her fists in celebration during Illinois’ 74-62 win over Iowa on Thursday.
BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1B first half on a 10-3 run, but Illinois maintained a 34-31 lead at the half. Illinois opened the second half by stretching its lead to seven, but Iowa took a 43-41 lead with 13:17 left. The two teams exchanged leads and traded baskets until tying at 60 with 5:31 remaining. Then the Illini went to work, finishing the game on a 14-2 run to pull ahead for the 12-point victory. “We held them without scoring down the stretch,” Bollant
said. “That’s such a change from the other games that it’s really encouraging.” Johnson and Printy had dominated play in the matchups, but Johnson was held to six points and four rebounds in just 27 minutes before she fouled out. Printy, who has averaged over 21 points against the Illini, was limited to 13. Penn had early foul trouble causing the 6-foot-4 Johnson to be guarded by 5-foot-9 point guard Alexis Smith. “I know everybody talks about, ‘How does a guard guard a 6-foot-4 kid?’” Bollant said. “Well, the sys-
tem works, the system has worked, and we’re getting better at it.” Amber Moore and Ivory Crawford helped keep Illinois in the game by combining for nine 3-pointers. Illinois tied a season high with 11 3-pointers after making 11 against Minnesota on Monday. Illinois improved to 2-1 against top-25 teams this season. The Illini beat then-No. 6 Georgia 70-59 on Dec. 29 and lost to then-No. 14 Purdue 67-66 in overtime on Jan. 2.
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With just two weekends of competition left before the Big Ten Championships, the Illinois men’s track and field team will split up for the first time this season and head off for competition in two separate meets over the weekend. The Illini will be competing at the Armory Collegiate Invitational held in New York and at the Meyo Invitational held in South Bend, Ind. “This weekend is going to tell us a lot about where we stand as a team going forward into the conference championship and into the national meet,” said head coach Mike Turk, who will travel to New York. “We are going to see a volume of great teams and tough competitors at both meets, and I really want to see how our guys respond to that.” The Armory Collegiate Invitational will exclusively be for the short- and middle-distance runners and throwers, whereas the Meyo Invitational will feature long-distance athletes. In New York, the Illini will have to contend with an extremely fast track — one with a slight incline on the turns — and will compete against a multitude of top-tier SEC and ACC teams. The 200-meter dash will be a major event the team will focus on in New York. The 200-meter crew includes Brandon Stryganek and Julian Smith, both whom finished first and second at the Indiana University Relays last week. They will expect to see a similar outcome this week. Stryganek, who is currently ranked No. 1 in Big Ten and 13th in the nation in the 200, will look to add to his national
standing over the weekend. Both will also race in the 60-meter dash. “I’m excited to be running in New York for the first time and since I have always seen this place on TV, I’m glad to have the opportunity to compete,” Smith said. “I just want to see myself break my personal best and to do better than I have done before.” Other notable events and competitors for the Illini at the Armory Collegiate Invitational will be Vanier Joseph in the 60-meter hurdles and throwers Brandon Noe and Davis Fraker in the shot put. The 4x400-meter relay squad will also be looking to repeat its title-winning performance from last week. In South Bend, the Illinois distance runners will be tested once again with their toughest test so far in the season. After his recordbreaking effort in the mile last week, Graham Morris will be looking to replicate his success. Other distance runners scheduled to run over the weekend will be Jordan Hebert in the 5,000-meter run and Kyle Engnell and Tommy King in the 3,000-meter. Matt Bane leads the pole vaulting squad, with a Big Ten-high vault of 5.4 meters, who leads the Big Ten with a vault of 5.4 meters, “This will be a crucial meet for our distance guys,” Turk said. “A lot of what happens over weekend will directly influence what we see from the distance guys come conference championship time in a few weeks. The preparation from all of them has been solid throughout the week, so I expect some fast times and strong finishes.”
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No. 6 Illinois wrestling readies to take on No. 5 Ohio State BY DAN BERNSTEIN STAFF WRITER
After dominating Indiana on Sunday, the No. 6 Illinois wrestling team has a tough test ahead of it, as the team travels to Oak Harbor, Ohio, to take on No. 5 Ohio State. The Illini are now 2-2 in Big Ten duals, having lost to Nebraska and Minnesota earlier in the season. Ranked No. 7 in his weight class, 133-pound senior Daryl Thomas is set to wrestle the Buckeyes’ Logan Stieber, who won an NCAA individual title last season. Thomas has defeated all three Big Ten opponents he has faced
so far this season and is looking to remain unbeaten come Friday. “I just need to be aware of where he’s good. Obviously, it’s a big match, but I don’t want to change my approach to him as I have to any other matches,” Thomas said. “I’ll be ready to go.” After compiling a 15-15 record and placing fifth at the Big Ten Championships last season at 141 pounds, Thomas has been seeing success as the full-time starter at 133 this season. “It is a better natural fit for my body and 141 is a better fit for B.J’s (Futrell) body, so we kind of decided right after the season last year that it was a good idea
to switch and it was better for the team,” he said. Illinois holds the all-time record over Ohio State 33-29-1 and has won 11 out of its last 14 meets against the Buckeyes. But Ohio State has won the last three, including last year’s matchup 21-12. The Illini this weekend will still be wrestling without their senior leader and No. 2-ranked wrestler at 141-pounds, B.J. Futrell. Illinois wrestling head coach Jim Heffernan said he was pleased with his team’s performance over the Hoosiers on Sunday. He wants to see the same intensity from his wrestlers this
Friday against a national title contender in Ohio State. “It’s a big meet, they’re ranked a notch or two ahead of us and they’re a solid team for sure,” he said. The road for the Illini will not get any easier after they face the Buckeyes. Illinois will host No. 1 Penn State on Sunday. Given the fact that the Illini will only have one day off between meets, Heffernan said it will have no effect on the way his team will wrestle. “It’s pretty typical in terms of the Big Ten season,” he said. “We go Friday-Sunday most weekends so it’s not a big deal. In tournaments, you’re gonna wrestle guys
back-to-back in the same day, so it really won’t have any bearing on anything.” Wrestling at 174 pounds for the Illini, No. 8 Jordan Blanton has a tough weekend ahead of him, as he will face No. 7 Nick Heflin before wrestling No. 4 Matt Brown of Penn State on Sunday. Blanton is 18-4 so far this season but is only 2-2 in Big Ten duals. He dominated Purdue’s Chad Welch and Indiana’s Cheney Dale but was defeated by No. 3 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska 8-3 and No. 2 Logan Storley of Minnesota 6-5. “I was looking the other day at the rankings in the top 10 and
by the time the Big Ten Tournament comes around, I will have wrestled nine of the 10, which is awesome,” Blanton said. “Every single match, I’m wrestling the best guys, and I love it.” At this point in the season, Blanton is looking to gain momentum by beating top conference opponents. “I kind of put it on myself a little bit for our team to really do something special here and get on a roll a little bit before the Big Tens and nationals.” Blanton said.
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