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As he walks around the Campus Bicycle Shop directing students who are diligently fixing their bikes, manager James Roedl continues to hear common themes among students’ conversations: There are problems with the bike infrastructure on campus, ranging from crashing into pedestrians to not being able to find an available bike rack. For these reasons, Grace Kyung, graduate student, has submitted a referendum question to establish a $1 student fee each semester dedicated to bicyclerelated projects, including paving and painting bike lanes and paths, creating a bicycle rental program, funding the Campus Bicycle Shop, expanding bicycle parking, hiring a bicycle coordinator and creating educational materials. “This is me working toward showing the University that students really do care about this initiative and these projects,� Kyung said. “It’s something we want the University to start paying attention to because we, as students, want to see something change.� If students vote on the spring 2014 referendum to pass the bike fee, student initiated fees will rise from $66 to $67 per semester. The fee would bring


Ryan Kuramitsu, a junior in Social Work, paints a picture frame at Crafts Unleashed at the Illini Union Food Court on Tuesday.

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After graduating from the University in 2010, Manuel Colon took his degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences to Paraguay to serve in the Peace Corps until 2012. Colon is among 1,988 University graduates who have served in the Peace Corps since the organization’s creation in 1961. This year the University was ranked No. 19 out of “large� universities, moving up four spots from last year, according to a press release. Peace Corps volunteers come from all fields of study, but many volunteers serve in positions related to health care, education, agriculture and youth and community development, said Jessica Mayle, Peace Corps Midwest region public affairs coordinator. “At a school like UIUC, we look at applicants in all colleg-

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Limited bicycle-related project funding for Facilities and Services If approved, students would pay $1 per semester and the funds will be managed by the Transportation Demand Management Coordinator at Facilities & Services. The Campus Bicycle Shop will lose its funding in June, and Facilities & Services currently has no funds allocated specifically for bicycle-related planning. The fee would increase student initiated fees from $66 to $67 per semester. It needs 2,330 signatures in order to be added to the referendum. So far, 1,200 have been collected. All signatures are due to the Campus Student Election Commission by Feb. 25. Students can sign the petition at the Campus Bike Shop, 608 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign. SOURCE: MORGAN JOHNSTON, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY, AND GRACE KYUNG, GRADUATE STUDENT

















As of Sept. 30, 2013, these areas were actively served by Peace Corps volunteers. The University ranks as 19 out of large universities, who provide Peace Corps volunteers.



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New security technology class to help students’ careers BY CLAIRE HETTINGER STAFF WRITER

Throughout their careers, many students will deal with sensitive information and will be at risk for compromising this information if they are not able to use proper security measures. Two College of Media IT professionals want to ensure that University students are able to understand and use these technologies during their careers. Taylor Judd, internet technology specialist, and Mike Bohlmann, director of information technology, are teaching Media 199: Security and Privacy for

Communication, a second eightweek course designed to help students learn how to communicate securely with sources and search the web without the risk of their activity being tracked. Judd explained that sometimes professionals working in foreign countries are stopped at the border and customs officers will confiscate their equipment and examine its information. There is a certain need to encrypt sensitive information in these situations to prevent unauthorized access to the information by people who may want to contain it, he said. Judd said they wanted to cre-

ate “a course that will expose the students and teach them how they can use these tools without worrying about the barriers of technology.� The class will include handson demonstrations of how easy it is to access someone’s personal data. Another objective is to build awareness of the ways that information can be accessed externally. Bohlmann and Judd said they want to offer the class now in the wake of recent world events. They said the coverage of reporters who worked with Edward Snowden really caught their

attention because Snowden wanted to communicate at a high-security level and the reporters had not heard of the technologies he wanted to use. They said it made them realize that University students may be lacking this knowledge as well. Bohlmann said the main three tools they will be focusing on are the Tor Project, TrueCrypt and GNU Privacy Guard. Wayland Morgan, a University IT security analyst, helped teach a workshop on this topic during the fall semester. He said the tools they are teaching are easy to use as well as freely available online.

GNU Privacy Guard, or GPG, is an email encryption software that makes use of what is known as “public key cryptography,� Morgan said in an email. GPG uses a public key and a corresponding private key, both of which can only be unlocked by the other. Morgan said the messages are encrypted on the sender’s computer, so by the time that it is transmitted to its intended recipient it “looks like garbage.� The receiver of the message must download the email to their computer in order to decipher the message, he said. TrueCrypt is another encryption service used for files. An

example of this, Bohlmann said, is if he were to lose his flash drive with private information, it would not matter because the files it contains are encrypted with TrueCrypt and cannot be read by anyone but him. Tor is free software that is used to provide anonymity to its users by directing Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer network to conceal a user’s location or usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis, Morgan said.


Champaign issues liquor sale orders for Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT

Champaign Mayor Don Gerard issued emergency orders Tuesday pertaining to liquor sales in Champaign during Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day. Unofficial is scheduled to take place from March 7-9. Businesses with bar or restaurant liquor licenses (Class A or Class R) — between the boundaries of Springfield Ave-

nue, Wright Street, Kirby Avenue and Neil Street — are: — Prohibited from serving or permitting the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. from March 7-8. — Prohibited from hosting any private functions that result in special drink pricing between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7 to 9.





— Prohibited from serving beer in pitchers between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-9. — Required to serve drinks in aluminum containers and paper or plastic cups between 10:00 a.m and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-9. — Class A license holders will also be required to have at least one employee at all pub-

lic entrances to check IDs of all patrons entering the premises during their business hours beginning on Friday until 2:30 a.m. on March 9. Employees performing checks must be at least 21 years old at that time. The patron entry age for Class A license holders is 21 years or older between 10 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. from March 7-8 and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. from March 8-9.















2:30 a.m. from March 7-9. It is also illegal to have more than one keg per residence. — If police determine that pedestrian traffic impedes vehicular traffic in the area of the orders, the police will have the authority to order any and all liquor licensed establishments to shut down until further notice or until the end of the order.




— All businesses holding Class P liquor packaging licenses — between the boundaries of University Avenue, Wright Street, State Street and Kirby Avenue — will be prohibited from selling packaged liquor between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. from March 7-8. — No keg permits will be issued by the liquor commissioner between 12:01 a.m. and













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Today’s Birthday Disciplined efforts bring success wherever applied this year. Creativity bubbles with inspired magic, especially until August. Put your heart into it, and career leaps ahead. Balance this work with downtime, relaxation and healthy practices. Find joy in simple pleasures. Summer and autumn get especially romantic. Build partnership and family teamwork through listening and communication. Grow love in your garden. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Today is a 9 — Be respectful and don’t hold a grudge or you’ll be hurting yourself. It’s okay not to make changes yet, but prepare for speed. Caring for others is your motivation. Don’t gamble or waste your money.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Today is a 9 — Something that worked before doesn’t work now. Take it slow. Get set to change romantic direction. Avoid provoking jealousies. Simplify matters. Fall back and re-assess your position. Wait to see what develops. Prioritize health.

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Today is a 9 — It’s not a good idea to spend now. Figure out your next move. Begin a new money-making

venture. Track sales closely. Support a loved one emotionally, rather than financially. Don’t believe everything you hear.

CANCER (JUN 21 - JUL 22) Today is an 8 — Set long-range goals. Work in private. A female gives the green light on a project. Don’t get cocky or make expensive promises. Map the pitfalls. Do the extra credit problems. Leave the past in the past.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Today is a 9 — A roadblock slows the action. A female helps you find harmony about it. Think it over. A conflict of interests needs to get worked out. Rest up for it. Advance quickly after that. Consider all options.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Today is a 9 — The work pace picks up; postpone travel. It’s difficult to reach an agreement and could get intense. Don’t get stopped by past failures. List obvious problem areas. Discuss priorities and responsibilities. Handle the onrush, and invoice later.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Today is a 9 — Listen to your partner’s ideas carefully. Hold back your criticism and avoid a conflict. Resist an impulse. Keep costs down. Postpone a financial discussion. Use your own good judgment on how to proceed. Provide leadership.

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Today is an 8 — Curtail your enthusiasm and avoid a hidden

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SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Today is a 9 — Give kind words, not expensive treats. Begin a new work project. An important document arrives. New evidence threatens complacency. Take action for home or family. Don’t give in to a friend’s complaints. It works out.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) Today is a 9 — Keep track of spending, as it could provoke controversy or a domestic disagreement. Organize your infrastructure. Prepare the marketing materials. Handle overdue tasks, and clean house. Manage your work well and an authority approves.

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Pipeline construction plans create worry BY ROB HOTAKAINEN MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

WASHINGTON — Faith Spotted Eagle figures that building a crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would bring little to Indian Country besides more crime and dirty water, but she doubts that Native Americans will ever get the U.S. government to block the $7 billion project. “There is no way for Native people to say no — there never has been,” said Spotted Eagle, 65, a Yankton Sioux tribal elder from Lake Andes, S.D. “Our history has caused us not to be optimistic. ... When you have capitalism, you have to have an underclass — and we’re the underclass.” Opponents may be down after a State Department study found that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would not contribute to global warming. But they haven’t abandoned their goal of killing what some call “the black snake.” In South Dakota, home to some of the nation’s poorest American Indians, tribes are busy preparing for nonviolent battle with “resistance training” aimed at TransCanada, the company that wants to develop the 1,700-mile pipeline. While organizers said they want to keep their strategy a secret, they’re considering everything


BIKE in approximately $80,000 a year, said Morgan Johnston, associate director of sustainability for Facilities and Services. “It’s helpful to know whether or not the students support improvements in making us a more bicycle-friendly university,” Johnston said. “The results of the vote will definitely have an impact on how much campus funding we can obtain.” Facilities and Services’ Transport Demand Management department drafted a “2013 Campus Bike Plan,” which contains more than $4 million worth of project ideas. However, no funds exist specifically for bicycle-related planning, Johnston said. Bicycle-related planning currently falls under the budget category of Transport Demand Management, and the department struggles every time an allocation for funds arises, as they do not know who will pay for the repairs, said Illinois student senator and senior in FAA David Mischiu in an earlier interview. In December, Mischiu sponsored a fund allocation of $6,000 to Facilities and Services to repaint campus bike paths, which the senate passed. “It’s really not enough to even keep our streets painted and our traffic signs running,” Johnston said. “It doesn’t really allow for more, but we are asking for more support and direct funding from the campus.” Calvin Lear, graduate student and student member of the Urbana-Champaign Senate Executive Committee, added that the State of Illinois currently owes the University hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure-related funds and that bike lanes will not be a high priority on the University’s agenda. “We are about to have our WiFi collapse, some of our buildings are about to fall apart and we continue to have expansions to (University) housing. We’ve had to take out loans as quickly as possible because our credit rate is plunging,” Lear said. “While I don’t like the idea of adding more student fees, because I think it is way too high as it is, this is a pretty good quality of life project.” The Campus Bicycle Shop, which has been funded over the last three years by Facilities and Services and the Student Sustainability Committee, will lose its funding in June because the Student Sustainability Committee will only fund new projects. The shop serves as a “do-it-yourself” bike shop where students are given the tools, space and knowledge to fix their bikes, Roedl said. Five students are employed by the Campus Bicycle Shop, while many also work as volunteers. The Campus Recreation Advisory Committee is currently look-


SECURITY “It is an excellent tool for people who want to read things anonymously,” Morgan said. “There have been a few stories where people who live in Syria, for example, have Tor, and they claim it is the reason they are still alive because they are able to view things and communicate with people without fear of repercussions.” “The more people who use Tor, the more effective the tool itself actually is,” Judd said. The same applies to TrueCrypt and GPG — the more people who use these tools “the safer we all are,” Judd said. The NSA, for example, may notice an encrypted email and try to decrypt it, but there’s a possibility it may just include lunch plans, he said. “These innovations have very real privacy implications for individuals, so I think it goes with-

from vigils to civil disobedience to blockades to thwart the moving of construction equipment and the delivery of materials. “We’re going to do everything we possibly can,” said Greg Grey Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, who attended a two-day conference and training session in Rapid City last week sponsored by the Oglala Sioux Tribe called “Help Save Mother Earth from the Keystone Pipeline.” He said tribes are considering setting up encampments to follow the construction, but he stressed that any actions would be peaceful. “We’re not going to damage anything or riot or anything like that,” he said. Like much of the country, however, tribal members are divided over the pipeline. In South Dakota, the battle pits those who fear irreversible effects on the environment and public safety against those who trumpet the economic payoff and a chance to cash in on a kind of big development project that rarely comes along. In Winner, S.D., where the population numbers fewer than 3,000, Mayor Jess Keesis is eager to welcome construction workers from a 600-member “man camp” that would open just 10 miles from town if President Barack Obama approves the pipeline. “Out here on the prairie, you know, we’re a tough people,” said ing into creating a bicycle rental program, which is a project Kyung hopes the student fee will help fund. The Illinois Student Senate passed a resolution at its Feb. 12 meeting to lower the number of signatures needed for the question to appear among the referenda. Mitch Dickey, ISS member and sophomore in LAS, worked with Kyung on gaining ISS support. Many senators expressed concerns on raising student fees higher; however, the question lies in the voters’ hands. From 2007 to 2011, student bicycle use rose from 9 percent to 12 percent, while rates of students walking and riding the bus remained the same, according to information gathered by Facilities and Services. Employee bicycle use rose from 4 percent to 18 percent. BikeFace, a registered student organization that acts as a liaison between students and the Champaign-Urbana bicycle community, has been collecting signatures to add the fee question to the Spring 2014 referendum. So far, 1,200 signatures have been collected and BikeFace has until Feb. 25 to reach 2,330. If passed, the fee will be reviewed by the Student Fee Advisory Committee. Nick Cohen, sophomore in Business and BikeFace member, said bikes are an incredibly empowering way for students to travel because it opens options and driving a car can be expensive for students. “While MTD is great, they just need to get there faster on their own schedule,” Roedl said. “For them, it’s as important as a car. A lot of students are also international students so they don’t own a car in America, or some are on a budget and gas is expensive.” The first bicycle paths at the University were created in the 1960s; Dhara Patel, freshman in Engineering, believes that the paths are not designed as well as they could be, as some were later added to sidewalks, which could lead to accidents. Johnston said new national standards exist regarding bicycle path design, but the University’s paths do not comply with these standards. The League of American Bicyclists deemed the University’s campus as “bicycle-friendly” at a bronze level, and Johnston believes this fee could help the University reach a silver or gold level. “There’s a lot that needs to be done, from the pathways to the parking,” Johnston said. “We’re doing as much as we can, but there’s just not a lot of funding. Grace working on a vote for a student fee (is) one of the many things we are doing to become more bicycle friendly.”

Megan can be reached at or @ meganash_jones. out saying that balancing privacy concerns is and will be a major concern for a number of years to come,” Morgan said. There is a renewed focus on individual privacy due to recent government surveillance revelations, but the sharing of user data is a big part of the current economy and in the technology sector in particular, he said. Bolhmann and Judd said they would like to see students come away from this class being able to use these tools and to join in the discussion surrounding them. “When they are members of their communities, whether it’s journalism, advertising, or whatever community, they can participate in the discussion and move it forward and encourage more people in their field to use these tools,” Judd said.

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Keesis, who’s also a member of the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation in Kansas. “We deal with drought and 8-foot blizzards and all kinds of stuff all the time, so anytime we can get something like this to give us a shot, it’s a good thing.” Opponents say the risks are too great. Two weeks ago, an alliance of Native American groups approved a statement saying emphatically that no pipeline would be allowed in South Dakota and that tribes stand ready to protect their “sacred water” and other natural resources. That includes Native women, who opponents of the pipeline say would become easy prey for thousands of temporary construction workers housed in work camps. According to the federal government, one of every three Indian women are either raped or sexually assaulted during their lifetimes, with the majority of attacks done by non-Native men. “If you like to drink water, if you like your children not being harmed, if you don’t want your women being harmed, then say no to the pipeline,” Grey Cloud said. “Because once it comes, it’s going to destruct everything.” Opponents said they don’t want to have to follow through on their plans. They hope that they have


A car travels on Highway 44 in Tripp County, S.D., on Monday morning. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is slated to come through Tripp County and would cross under the highway in roughly this location.

Urbana to see increase in property tax BY ELI MURRAY STAFF WRITER

Urbana residents will see an increase in property taxes following a 4-3 vote by Urbana School District 116 opposing a tax abatement to property owners. “Property owners will see a potential tax increase of 46 cents per $100 of assessed value, which would equal around a $231 increase on a $150,000 home,” said Carol Baker, chief financial officer. Board President John Dimit said the school district had been put in a tough position after Carle Hospital was pulled from the tax rolls last year. Presence Covenant Medical Center will be pulled from the tax rolls this year. The law, which went into effect last year, allows hospitals to forgo property tax payments if they supply charity care of the same value. Between Carle and Presence, District 116 has seen estimated assessed property values drop 11 percent. “Because of the drop in property value, tax rates must increase to keep revenues the same,” Baker said. “It’s not our fault,” Dimit said noting that the board had already spent $3 million more than budgeted last year to cover the deficit left by Carle on the

tax rolls. The district previously held $10.8 million as an additional fund balance, but after a settlement with Carle, the district has about $5.1 million left in the fund. Furthermore, about $2 million of that fund is set aside to cover a deficit, leaving about $3.1 million for the board to spend as they see fit. “After budgeting for salary increases ... we have a net loss, even after the settlement,” Baker said. On Feb. 11, the board met to discuss whether this money would be used as a tax abatement for property owners. Board Member Paul Poulosky said that $3 million covered by the district last year was in itself a tax abatement. He voted against a tax abatement this year, saying that he’d rather see the $3.1 million spent on a one-time investment for the schools such as textbooks or other supplies. Board Member Peggy Patten disagreed. She voted for the tax abatement as a way to show good faith to property owners; however, she said, she felt as if the board was put in an unfair position.

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Southern Illinois student found dead DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT

Southern Illinois University student Pravin Varughese was found dead Tuesday morning, the Carbondale, Ill., Police Department said. He was found at around 10 a.m. Tuesday in a wooded area between a Kohls and a Buffalo Wild Wings near East Main Street. Varughese went missing around 11 p.m. Feb. 12 on the 600 block of West College Street, according to a release from Carbondale police. The 19-year-old sophomore was found in a field with no outward signs of trauma, police said in a news conference. Varughese got out of a car on his own accord near where he was

found dead and ran into the woods alone, police said. Police are working under the assumption that Varughese was getting a ride home from someone he had met at a party. He was unable to say where he lived, got into a fight with someone in the car and got out, police said. Varughese was wearing pants, a shirt and no jacket on a cold night, police said. The difficult terrain and low temperatures are thought to have contributed to his difficulty in getting out to the wooded area, police said. An autopsy is being requested and they have not determined a cause of death at this time.


PEACE CORPS es and all majors. They all have something to bring and they all have different experiences,” Mayle said. Colon was a volunteer who worked as an environmental education volunteer in his town station. He was assigned to help the community develop ecotourism surrounding the lake and other features. “Understanding that if we offer boat tours and have guides, you’re diversifying the economic importance of these places,” Colon said. Beyond the economic aspect of Colon’s project, he worked to transfer knowledge to the town’s inhabitants in a variety of ways, such as explaining why aspects of the environment are important to the surrounding community. Transferring knowledge is important even before service begins, said Alissa Harvey, campus Peace Corps representative. During the application process, work and volunteer experience is taken into consideration along with hours spent “transferring knowledge,” or teaching others. “A lot of what Peace Corps does is really transferring skills and knowledge,” Harvey said. “You’re also having skills and knowledge transferred to you. ... You are going to facilitate knowledge, do training and teaching — so we are really looking at how many hours you’ve done that.” Nicole Bridges is a University alumna who volunteered from 2006 to 2008 in Zambia in Southern Africa. She used her degree in Agricultural Communications to help address food security in her assigned town. “I know my degree impacted what got me into Peace Corps,” Bridges said. “The program I was in was really specialized and having a degree in Agricultural Communications was something I was told that was one of the reason I was accepted to the Peace Corps in the first place.” Coming out of the Peace Corps, volunteers also learn new personal and professional skills, such as leadership and project development, when they return to the United States, Harvey said. “Where I was is extremely remote and you are really on your own, relying on yourself,” Bridges said. “You had to rise above and face those challenges that you’ve really never experienced before in the states.” Bridges now runs the nonprofit group Prosperity Gardens in Champaign, which works with local urban agriculture. “My experience there certainly has prepared me for my career as an executive director and being able to have the vision to tap into my community, assess the needs and being able to create opportunities for people here to grow so it’s absolutely responsible for preparing me and propelling me into this nonprofit career,” Bridges said.

Peace Corps top college volunteers of 2014

The corps lists the colleges that produced the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2013. 1. University of WisconsinMadison — 90 2. University of Washington — 85 2. University of Florida — 85 4. The Ohio State University — 83 5. University of Michigan — 81 6. University of California, Los Angeles — 67 7. University of California, Berkeley — 66 8. University of Colorado Boulder — 63 8. University of Oregon — 63 10. University of Minnesota Twin Cities — 57 11. Colorado State University — 56 12. University of California, San Diego — 54 13. University of California, Santa Barbara — 48 14. Michigan State University — 47 14. The University of Texas at Austin — 47 16. Arizona State University — 45 17. The University of Georgia — 44 18. The Pennsylvania State University — 42 19. University of California, Davis — 41 19. University of California, Santa Cruz — 41 19. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — 41 22. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — 39 23. University of Maryland, College Park — 38 24. Florida State University — 37 25. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — 35 25. Boston University — 35 25. Indiana University Bloomington — 35 SOURCE: PEACECORPS.GOV

Peace Corps volunteers come from all age ranges, but the median age of 28 indicates young people’s attraction to the opportunity. “People who are fresh out of college with a degree, they have that motivation to help the world and to make a difference.” Mayle said. “They are smart and skilled and equipped, and they have everything we need of them to have a great volunteer.”

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KIEV, Ukraine — At least nine people were killed Tuesday in the deadliest day of the 3-monthold Ukrainian political crisis as security forces clashed with demonstrators and later stormed their encampment at Kiev’s Independence Square, local and international media reported. Live television coverage showed fiery explosions illuminating the grimy tent city in the capital after demonstrators ignored a warning from police to clear the square. Clouds of smoke from fires and tear gas could be seen wafting over the chaotic scene, eerily

backlit with an orange glow from the multitude of blasts, burning sandbags and smoldering debris. Security forces began moving against the protesters’ camp with water cannons and stun grenades after giving them a 15 minutes’ warning to leave. But thousands of protesters remained in the square despite the caustic gas engulfing the nerve center of the uprising against President Viktor Yanukovich. Opposition leaders told journalists in Kiev that they had requested negotiations with the government to defuse the escalating violence, and that Ukrainian leadership had agreed to meet with them Wednesday.

However, police continued to set fire to the protesters’ tents and barricades well into the night. Anti-government protesters have besieged the capital and key government buildings since late November, when Yanukovich unilaterally abandoned an association agreement in the works between Ukraine and the European Union in favor of maintaining close economic ties with Russia. Opposition leaders had reported three deaths among protesters before the square was stormed about 8 p.m. An Interior Ministry report issued late Tuesday said two policemen had been killed in the clashes, as well as an official of the ruling

Party of the Regions and six protesters. Opposition lawmaker Oleksandr Bryginets reported three more protesters dead as a result of the later police attack on the square, although there was no immediate government confirmation of that higher toll. The surge in violence followed a short-lived amnesty agreement fulfilled over the weekend when authorities released the last 234 detained protesters and promised to drop criminal charges against them. In exchange, the opposition vacated Kiev City Hall and removed some barricades blocking traffic to the streets around the Supreme Rada, the national parliament.








Both local and national retailers contribute to unique culture of C-U


rbana-based Black Dog is opening up its second location in downtown Champaign, and Yahoo is expanding its presence at Research Park. So, what do these two establishments have in common? Both Black Dog and Yahoo were given tax incentives by the city to expand their businesses in the area. Black Dog was offered rebates on sales and food-and-beverage taxes, while Yahoo was incentivized with $3 per square foot and $1,000 for each new employee, according to The News-Gazette. With the number of buildings rising in Champaign on Green Street and elsewhere, the number of businesses will also grow. Some of them, we hope, will be local businesses while others will be national retailers or chains. The trick through all of this development will be to establish a good balance of local flavor and national color. It would be easy for the bigbox stores to sweep in and push out local businesses, but they haven’t yet. Not to mention, students like the mix of local and national, the new and the familiar, the small and the big. Champaign has a healthy mix of the best of both, all of which contribute to a uniquelyChampaign culture. As such, we want to see the city working to give local businesses such as Black Dog the opportunities to thrive and grow, just as much as we hope to see an expansion of stores, such as Gander Mountain, which will occupy an empty storefront in northwest Champaign. The number of non-chain Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian restaurants on or near Green Street stand as a testament of the kind of local businesses students like to frequent. It’s no secret, though, that Campustown has a number of Asian restaurants, so a recent Black Sheep cover story satirically expressed its confusion about the construction of Panda Express (the headline read “Panda Express Brings Much Needed Asian Cuisine to Campus�). Sometimes students will choose to be patrons of larger chain establishments because they’re recognizable and have a reputation. Other times, students will choose local businesses when they’re looking to experiment with something new or unique to the area. Because this diversity of opinion exists, a diversity of businesses needs to be sustained. Big businesses do crowd out smaller ones because the smaller can’t slash prices like the big guys. But a responsible government can curb that problem with appropriate tax incentives and breaks. Going forward, we hope that Champaign continues to provide a good mix of local business and national retailers to the area. Unquestionably, our campus and the C-U area are going through a transformation. And while we’re glad to grab the attention of national businesses, we hope that local businesses have a similar opportunity to thrive, whether through tax incentives or another mechanism.

Meijer the cheapest option when refrigerator looks empty REBECCA JACOBS Opinions columnist


hen paying thousands of dollars for an education, college students cannot afford to be luxurious in their spending. Upperclassmen have to be craft in buying groceries to fill their fridges. So which grocery store is the cheapest in Champaign-Urbana? I visited three grocery stores in the area. County Market was selected as the most convenient option on campus, Schnucks as the further-away Urbana option and Meijer as the further-away Champaign option. Large chain department stores such as Target and Walmart are not included in this analysis. Target and Walmart are major corporations whose primary focus is not being a grocery supplier. While Meijer does offer other departments aside from groceries, it is more specific to Champaign, since Meijer is only located in the Midwest, and groceries are an emphasis in the store. At the three stores, I checked prices for a few items: Tombstone pepperoni pizza, a six-pack of Miller Lite and Tide Original laundry detergent. These are typical essentials in a college student’s diet: cheap, filling food and laundry supplies. Which store had the cheapest total for the items? To determine which is the best choice for grocery shopping, there are a few factors to consider: which store had the best price for each individual item, store accessibility and selection. Sales are not considered since they are common in all three of the grocery stores. Pizza is an easy dinner to make. On nights full of deadlines and assignments, there is not time to

prepare a dinner with side dishes. Meijer had a significantly lower price for Tombstone pepperoni pizza, priced at $3.79. Buying frozen pizza is a cheaper dinner option than ordering delivery pizza a few times a week. Buying booze can also add up quickly. For weekend beer needs, the cheapest six-pack of Miller Lite is at Schnucks. Schnucks and Meijer had very close prices and had a much wider selection than County Market. A wider selection makes it easy to stock up on what you want with cheaper prices. Finally, Tide Original laundry detergent was cheapest at Meijer, two dollars cheaper than at County Market. Buying detergent can get pricey, especially when you cannot wait to go home for mom to do your laundry for free. Do not spend money on pricier detergents when you need that money to pay for washers and dryers. While County Market did not house any of the cheapest prices for the items, it is the most convenient of the stores. It is located at Fourth Street and Springfield Avenue, within walking distance of the Quad. Many bus routes go past the grocery store. All three stores are convenient in the fact that each are open 24 hours. However, as convenient as County Market is, it has the smallest selection out of the three stores. Schnucks and Meijer are practically double in size of County Market. “I shop at Schnucks,â€? said LinnĂŠa Andersson, foreign exchange student from Uppsala University in Sweden. “They have a big assortment of food that I can’t find anywhere else, such as healthy food like quinoa, and they have fresh vegetables.â€? The downside to traveling to Schnucks and Meijer is that these two stores are less accessible. Long bus rides, often requiring changing buses halfway to the store, are likely for students who do not have cars on campus. Travelling to a less accessible grocery store means students may not go as often, resulting in

large purchases when they do go. If that is the case, then the trip becomes more difficult when having to haul lots of heavy groceries on and off the bus. Even so, many upperclassmen who live in apartments have the option to have cars on campus. Having a car means students do not have to be inconvenienced by whether a grocery store is close to their apartment. Nina Nguyen, junior in LAS, lives two blocks from County Market. However, she chooses to use her car to travel to further-away grocery stores for cheaper prices.

“County Market is overpriced because everyone goes there. I’d rather drive somewhere cheaper.� NINA NGYUYEN, JUNIOR IN LAS

“County Market is overpriced because everyone goes there,� Nguyen said. “I’d rather drive somewhere cheaper.� Based on price, accessibility and selection, Meijer is the best option. It had the cheapest prices for the items and is accessible by buses that run from campus to Walmart, which is across the street from Meijer. It is also near many shopping centers and restaurants. Meijer has a wide selection of food brands, including a large, well-stocked produce section. For late-night runs for essentials and snacks, the convenient County Market is a nice option. For large shopping trips to fill the fridge, Meijer is the college student budget-friendly option.

Rebecca is a junior in Media. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @ruthyjacobs.

The trials, tribulations and triumphs of long distance love SIMRAN DEVIDASANI Opinions columnist


crolling through the Illini Crushes & Confessions Facebook page, one post stood out to me — “Shout out to all the people in a long distance relationship. Whether you’re a couple miles away or 10 thousand miles away, kudos to you for staying committed. True love conquers all.� I then proceeded to pat myself on the back for my relationship of over two years. The summer before college started, everyone asked me that one crucial question, “are you guys going to stay together in college or break up?� When I told them that we were planning to stay together, everyone erupted in “aw’s,� but warned me that long-distance relationships usually don’t end too well. And while it’s only been a little over a semester into college, I can proudly debunk the myth that long-distance relationships don’t work. But unlike in high school where you just stay in a relationship because your worlds are more connected, there’s a lot more effort and planning involved in long-distance relationships. The first step to committing to the relationship is mental preparation. According to West Virginia Student’s Center of Health, there are many crucial questions you and your partner need to answer before stepping into this situation: What are your expectations from the relationship? Are you the jealous type? How will you keep in touch? While it may seem easy to answer such questions, it takes honest thinking and answers from both sides. Over the summer, my boyfriend and I had conversations about our expectations from each other, limits as to opposite-gender interaction and

our long-term plan. What did we agree on? We discovered that we’re willing to make it work, because neither of us had interest in exploring other potential relationships in college or fulfilling the stereotypical college “hook-up� lifestyle. Being open about our thoughts and preferences helped us figure out what we wanted from this relationship, which was simply to try to make it work. Of course, making promises are easier than actually carrying them out. Because of this, communication is key.

Ultimately, long-distance relationships are what you make of it. Situations can be difficult, but it’s up to you to rise to the challenge. With everything new in college such as adjusting to an independent lifestyle, classes and even different time zones may pose a challenge. While it was easier back home to just call or meet up with your significant other, in college, we’re constantly faced with new opportunities. Because of wanting to experience everything that is new, we get carried away and may forget to keep in touch with our other half. According to eharmony, however, using technology and keeping in touch is important in maintaining the long-distance relationship — without being overbearing, of course. How do my boyfriend and I keep in touch? Firstly, by adjusting to each other’s availability and scheduling times to talk. We decided that Friday nights were our day off from each other

to leave time for socializing. Interestingly, even though we came up with this schedule, we ended up talking sporadically based on both our availability and moods, but at least the schedule set up a promise to keep in touch. We’re even going to try mailing letters to each other once and a while to mix things up. In all honesty, though, it comes down to the effort you put in and the drive to make the relationship work. If, at the end of the day, you don’t want the relationship to work, you’ll find excuses to break up. But if you mentally prepare yourself to have certain limitations because of your relationship, it can work. According to the University of Illinois Counseling Center, there are many new concerns that come into play when one does a long-distance relationship, such as money problems, communication break downs and flexibility of roles. In other words, you may want your other half to come visit you, but they may be thousands of miles away, which leads to the issue of spending. The best communication is done in person, so there can be many miscommunications through a virtual connection. It comes down to both of you understanding and having patience. With my boyfriend, I’ve missed a few promised video chats, but he understood that being in college, anything can come up at any minute. Relationships are a social experience in the end. We’re constantly trying to mingle — whether in high school or in college. While it’s true that college changes you, even socially, being in a long-distance relationship isn’t a burden on that change, but rather, a helpful hand. Being in this type of relationship teaches you patience and determination. Ultimately, long-distance relationships are what you make of it. Situations can be difficult, but it’s up to you to rise to the challenge. And trust me, there’s nothing quite like seeing your significant other after months of waiting.

Simran is a freshman in Media. She can be reached at

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The Nutella crepe, served with bananas and walnuts, is one of Pekara Bistro and Bakery’s top-selling sweet crepes. The warm tortilla is filled with Nutella and cream cheese and topped with whipped cream, powdered sugar and walnuts. “I liked the way it tasted — I would get it again,” 8-year-old Maya Brown said.

Champaign bakery brings sweet, savory BY TERYN PAYNE STAFF WRITER

Located in the heart of downtown Champaign, Pekara Bakery and Bistro specializes in making fresh and organic foods. “We have a bake house on First Street that we use for our baked goods, and none of our breads have preservatives or artificial flavoring,” said Ryan Schwartz, a Pekara’s kitchen staff employee. Pekara, 116 N. Neil St., has been selling a variety of items from sweet pastries to sandwiches, soups and salads since 2005. From its selection of European breads and dishes, the bakery’s top three selling items are its crepes, omelets and sandwiches. Pekara’s crepes in particular caters to a range of taste buds, with its selections divided into sweet and savory sections. Of the sweet section, the Nutella crepe served with banana and

walnuts is one of the most popular items on the menu, according to Schwartz. “I liked the way it tasted — I would get it again,” said 8-yearold Maya Brown, a first-time customer. The Nutella banana crepe includes a warm tortilla packed with banana slices, whipped cream, cream cheese, sprinkled powdered sugar and walnuts. Many of the crepes can be nicely paired with Pekara’s coffees and teas from the Boneyard Coffee and Tea of Champaign, respectively. Pekara barista Chelsea Hendrix said she highly recommends the carrot cake and the almond croissant. “It’s always the first thing to go,” she said about the croissant. “It’s soaked in rum, and it’s amazing.” While some customers come to eat, some just come to relax and read. With a relaxed setting and L-shaped seating area of multi-

ple small tables, most customers can come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sit down with their laptops. The soft music and cobblestone walls add to the homey ambiance for the customers. “I’m here almost everyday,” said Asa Flanigan, a frequent customer. “This is the only coffee shop that has a full menu in town. It’s more than just basic sandwiches, and that makes it nice.” Most of Pekera’s meal selections range from $5 to $10. The bakery and bistro is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. With Pekara’s diverse menu selection and calm atmosphere, the bistro welcomes all ages from single diners to large groups. Customers can also order to carry out and request catering at different events.

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BHARDWAJ actively involved in the #neverrest campaign, which aims to honor a charity called Tanzania Heart Babies at the University of British Columbia. The main goal of the project is to raise a total of $25,000 to support the surgeries of 10 Tanzanian children suffering from congenital heart defects. The Tanzania Heart Babies Project hopes to make the general public aware of the pediatric need for cardiac surgery facilities in Tanzania, and it has helped more than 1,200 children thus far. To create awareness of the issue, about 12 students from around the globe are going to climb the base camp of Mt. Everest this summer, Bhardwaj said. “I’m super excited and more than happy to help out,” Bhardwaj said. “As their motto is ‘for the heart, from the heart,’ and I believe that even the smallest of steps can propel change.” To prepare for this summer’s experience, Bhardwaj, who is a first-time climber, will be training every day after work. The group




Tanaya Bhardwaj, sophomore in Business, works at the NASA Johnson Space Center Pathways Co-Op in Houston. plans to climb about 17,000 feet during the trip. Aside from her adventures both in Houston and soon at Mt. Everest, Bhardwaj plans to keep busy at the University by participating in clubs on campus. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, OTCR Consulting and Global Business Brigades.

“What I can tell you right now is that I enjoy being constantly busy and being pushed to think outside the box,” Bhardwaj said. “I want a job that excites me and that allows me to grow as both an individual and a professional.”

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After 60 years, Stratocaster guitars still going strong BY RANDY LEWIS LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Stratocaster, which was created by electric guitar innovator Leo Fender in his Fullerton, Calif., workshop, turns 60 this year. “I don’t think there was ever one soloist or instrumentalist that didn’t at some point have their sights set on a Strat, including me and everybody I knew,” said ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, whose solo on “La Grange” was played on one. “The Strat is really the global cornerstone, the reference point of the perception of the contemporary electric guitar.” Clarence “Leo” Fender was born and raised in Orange County. He was a quintessential tinkerer whose mission through most of his 81 years sprouted from an innate drive to make a good thing better. Fender came up with his company’s first functional electric guitar in 1950, the single-pickup Esquire, a predecessor of the two-pickup Telecaster. Despite the odd appearance, the new invention’s versatility, reliability and affordability compared with other designs found quick acceptance among blues



George Harrison’s Stratocaster “Rocky” is among the former Beatle’s memorabilia at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The Stratocaster found initial acceptance among blues and country artists in the 1950s. and country musicians of the early ’50s. Fender looked for the next step beyond his Telecaster and soon developed the Stratocaster, a three-pickup guitar, creating more sonic possibilities. It was curvier, with cutaway sections on both sides of the guitar’s neck that allowed players better access to the upper parts of the fret board, the body further con-

toured to more closely fit against a player’s torso. The Strat eventually went into the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its elegant design. Fender’s genius stroke was creating a quality instrument that could be mass-produced and still be affordable. For that he’s often lauded as the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford of the musical instrument world.



Go bananas for this Nutella-covered crepe Our Dish of the Week is one of the top-selling crepes from Pekara Bistro and Bakeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Find out more on Page 5A.



Derrick Miller, sophomore in Engineering, DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s under his stage name â&#x20AC;&#x153;droxâ&#x20AC;? at the Canopy Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glow and Flowâ&#x20AC;? event on Feb. 12.


New EDM event Wednesday nights provides a venue for local DJs BY RAYMOND SOBCZAK STAFF WRITER

low sticks and glowing cups wave in the air, and white shirts and studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; teeth are illuminated by black lights. The bass pulsates throughout the venue, and concertgoers pump their fists to the beat of the electric dance music, or EDM. As attendees dance under the neon lights, the DJ stands on the stage behind his booth, spinning fresh tracks with an electronic twist. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9 p.m., and the party has just begun at The Canopy Club. Hosted by a rotation of DJs, including DJ Synthetyk, DJ Revo and 3XCEED (also known as Mike Pierga, Kyle Murphy and Julian Semer), Glow and Flow Wednesdays is a new EDM event that takes place at The Canopy Club every Wednesday night. The event showcases local DJ talent and provides an outlet for students and

community members interested in electronic music culture, said Ryan Grady, bar manager at The Canopy Club. The event has no cover charge and features $2 wells in glowing cups. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the host will be 3XCEED and the special guest will be Critical Condition, also known as Pradeep Chawla. The DJ 3XCEED has spun music in several bars on campus, including The Red Lion, Clybourneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S. The idea for the weekly event came from Jamie Wellman, the assistant to the coordinator of The Canopy Club. The free event kicked off during the second week of January, and has had a turnout of about 50 people each week, Grady said. Additionally, The Canopy Club has been advertising the event through word of mouth and by hanging posters around campus. Derrick Miller, also known as DJ drox, said Glow and Flow Wednesdays is a renamed,

revamped version of other EDM events The Canopy Club has held. Miller, sophomore in Engineering, said he enjoys DJing at the venue and hopes he will gain more exposure as Glow and Flow Wednesdays bring in more traffic. Before Glow and Flow Wednesdays started, he performed at similar EDM events that The Canopy Club held, such as Summer Stragglers and Open Decks Night. Victoria Ronin, a regular at The Canopy Club and a senior in Media, said that she enjoys going to Glow and Flow Wednesdays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the music, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice break in the middle of the week,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good time to chill with your friends, and go have fun.â&#x20AC;?

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Business student reaches new heights at NASA BY CHRISTEN MCGLYNN STAFF WRITER

A typical day for a sophomore at the University may include classes, club activities and maybe a couple of Blue Guys at KAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the evening. But not for Tanaya Bhardwaj, sophomore in Business. Her days consist of extracting and analyzing data for the technical content, schedule and risk that accompanies NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budgeting process in Houston, Texas. And, once summer hits, she, along with 12 others, will attempt to climb the base of Mt. Everest in the Himalayas.

Bhardwaj is currently in the process of gaining a dual degree in finance and supply chain management at the university. After graduation, she hopes to stay in the field of financial and technical consulting or continue to work at NASA, but she is keeping an open mind, she said. Bhardwaj was first notified of an opportunity with NASA at the annual Engineering Career Fair at the University in spring 2013, She said a fellow student said NASA accepted some business majors, and she was later able to secure an interview. From there, she decided to take

a year off of school to became a contract analyst in the CFOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in fall 2013. While working for NASA in Houston, Bhardwaj is participating in the Pathways Co-Op. As a participant, she will have three â&#x20AC;&#x153;rotationsâ&#x20AC;? and try out different areas of interest, including procurement, finance and accounting. For her first rotation, Bhardwaj is placed in the CFOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, where she works as a contract analyst for the Lockheed Martin Facilities Operations Contract, a global security and aerospace company, in support of the Mission Operations Directorate.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her day-to-day duties include managing a multimillion-dollar budget, processing contractor cost reports, funding various purchases and incrementally funded contracts, and interfacing with upper management regarding cost, budgets and schedules,â&#x20AC;? said Carlito Vicencio, LD4 resource analyst for the NASA/Johnson Space Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tanaya processes and analyzes flight controller labor data, manages Commercial Crew Program funding and provides detailed level analysis of cost performance on both.â&#x20AC;? Vicencio also said Bhardwaj has branched out into sever-

al leadership roles within her Pathways Co-Op program and is highly involved in community outreach and volunteer program in the Houston area. Bhardwaj said her favorite aspect of working for NASA is the constant exposure to people from a variety of schools, backgrounds and majors who all share a common interest in space, technology and the future. She will be staying in Houston until mid-August, when she will return to the University to finish her degree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have friends who are working on the Orion project, Mission

Control, ISS, space suit design and a bunch of neat things that I constantly get to hear about,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mean, for all I know, I could be sitting next to a future astronaut during lunch, or on the treadmill next to a potential flight director â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty cool.â&#x20AC;? A position with NASA is not the only aspect in which Bhardwaj separates herself from the average student. During this upcoming May, she will also be climbing the base of Mt. Everest. Her cousin, Malaika Kapur, has been


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Reflections on the African Renaissance after President Mandela What:  2014 W.E.B. DuBois Lecture When:  Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. Where:  Ballroom, Alice Campbell Alumni Center, 601 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana Who:  Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, Former Professor of Historyat the University of Dar es Salaam, Former Senator, Democratic Republic of the Congo Co-Sponsors:  Department of African American Studies, Center for African Studies

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Big Ten swimming finals begin Wednesday Pope, Meng poised to lead Illinois BY MICHAL DWOJAK STAFF WRITER

The Illinois swimming and diving team looks to make history at the Big Ten Championships by keeping the same mentality it has held all season. With a two-week break since competition, the Illini are rested and ready to face the rest of the conference in Minneapolis. The athletes will treat the meet as any other when they jump into the pool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all need to do what we have been doing all season long,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Lori Lynn said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we head into it with the same mentality, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a good position.â&#x20AC;? The Illini held a fi nal swim practice Tuesday morning before boarding the bus later that morning. The team has responded well to the rest as it started the process of tapering after its last meet against Nebraska on Jan. 25. Illinois has had more mornings off, shorter distances to swim in practice and shorter practices. It has spent less time in the weight room with fewer sets and lighter weight. The team maintains a concentration on shoulder and core exercises, as keeping the nervous system sharp is the most important goal. The 12 Big Ten teams will compete for a championship over that span four days, beginning Wednesday. Eight teams are ranked top50 in the nation, according to; the Illini are not ranked nationally, but are 10th in the conference. Head coach Sue Novitsky said her team will welcome such a high number of teams, as it will result in longer breaks between events. Many swimmers will swim one event per day, or two if they qualify for nightly fi nals, in comparison to the three events every hour during a dual meet. Heading into competition, the team is 1-5 against Big Ten opponents this season, its lone win being against Michigan State early in the season. Novitsky hopes the Illini will rise in the Big Ten standings with a better fi nish than last year, when they fi nished tied for 11th. Novitsky also expects her swimmers to break school records during the weekend. She anticipates all five relay






With five goals over the weekend, Scully helped secure the hockey teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot in the ACHA national tournament. BY SEAN NEUMANN STAFF WRITER

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.


you first met John Scully off the ice, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d most likely give you a big smile and shake your hand. But if the first time you met Scully was on the ice, he might be running you through the boards. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a transition of personality unlike any other on the Illini hockey team and one that makes him one of the most feared players on the roster. Scully had five goals this weekend against CSCHL conference rival Indiana, which helped the team secure a spot in the ACHA national tournament. And 18 minutes, 47 seconds into the fi rst period of Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12-0 win, the senior forward already had a hat trick. Scully went on to net three more goals throughout the weekend for a total of six (though a scorekeeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miscredit on his deflection in the second period of Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game left him with just five in the box score). â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one of those things where things were just clicking that night,â&#x20AC;? Scully said. He was wide-eyed in disbe-

lief when informed that Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s would-be five-goal performance left him just one shy of an single-game Illini scoring record set by Ken Selby in 1962 and tied in 1989 by Mike Goldberg. The seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fierce aggression on the forecheck also led to a hit on Indiana defenseman Sam Linder on Friday night that was so hard it broke the supports holding the glass together behind the Hoosiersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; net, resulting in a 15-minute delay as crews cleaned up after Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wreckage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really realize it until there was the stoppage of play and they were like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Is that from when you hit that kid?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh yeah, I guess it was!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Scully laughed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, it might have been loose as it was.â&#x20AC;? Scully already has 29 points (20 goals, nine assists) this season â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the same point total in his last two seasons combined. All during a season where Illini head coach Nick Fabbrini has primarily matched Scully up against opposing teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best line. The senior also has more goals this season than he has in every other season combined in his collegiate career (18). Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance has him third in points for the Illini, behind CSCHL Rookie of the Year contender Cody von Rueden and linemate Eddie Quagliata â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with whom heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formed the most productive

line on the Illini roster, combining for 62 points in 36 games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more of a passer,â&#x20AC;? said Quagliata, who assisted on two of Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals this weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a goal scorer, so my job is to give him the puck. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of funny, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the complete opposite (of Scully off the ice). Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big mess all the time. We sit right next to each other in the locker room, too, so his spot always seems to be a little bit cleaner than mine.â&#x20AC;? Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization off the ice gives him a value to the team that reaches far beyond The Big Pondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 195-by-115-foot surface. On the club team that receives no University funding, Scully acts as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treasurer, handling all monetary issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the organization and planning of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual spending. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the way that we have to operate, having guys that are on top of things make things go a lot more smoothly for us,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done a lot for us in his role and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just part of the leadership he provides.â&#x20AC;? The 5-foot-11 senior said his attitude toward the sport is what forces him to be precise and organized when it comes to his role in Illini hockey program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I take the whole hockey thing pretty seriously, and the treasury stuff is something that keeps the program running,â&#x20AC;? Scully said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Away from hockey, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty

laid back.â&#x20AC;? Yet, as soon as a referee drops the puck, Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything but laid back. The Scully-Quagliata duo bring about a quick, physical forecheck, making them two of the most feared players on the Illini roster as they look to finish every check they commit to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes finishing their checks so hard they break the glass, as Scully did on Friday. The senior gives the credit for his lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thorough conditioning to its work at practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can run on the treadmill everyday, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like hockey-shape,â&#x20AC;? Scully said. Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conditioning comes from a lifetime of training on the ice, having played hockey since he was in first grade. He remembered his burning interest for the game at a young age and the desire to watch every game his favorite team, the Chicago Blackhawks, played. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Hawks were playing, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d only put the away games on TV, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always want to watch it, but even when they were playing out in California or something, my dad had a rule where, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you have your homework done, you can stay up and watch it,â&#x20AC;? Scully said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always look forward to those games and they always kept me going (academically).â&#x20AC;? But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scully said his deci-


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Honorable mentions Brandi Needham (softball) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The freshman starting pitcher went 2-1 on the weekend with a shutout. She also helped the Illini softball program improve to 8-2 through two weeks of play, the best start in program history. Emily Lennon (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The freshman won her first career individual title with a 9.90 on balance beam against Penn State on Saturday and received Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for her performance.

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sion to skip the junior-level experience and come to Illinois his freshman year that was the best heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had my heart set on playing juniors,â&#x20AC;? Scully said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to go see (the Illini) play at nationals my senior year, and it was hard not to come here. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


Struggling Illini attempt to get back on track Illinois basketball to face Minnesota on Wednesday after recent losing streak ELISEO ELIZARRARAZ THE DAILY ILLINI

The Illini Stunt and Tumble team competes at the ARC on Sunday. The team beat Northern Illinois twice and lost to Michigan State twice during the competition.

Stunt and tumble not just cheering BY ELISEO ELIZARRARAZ CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Tucked in a corner of the ARCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s east gym, the Illini Stunt and Tumble team gets to work early on a Sunday morning. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no pom-pom waving, no alligator cheers; here, there are battered knees in protective braces, acrobatic stunts and an aura of competition that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t new to the sport of cheerleading. And on this occasion, Illinois faces Michigan State and Northern Illinois. While some overlook this as a sporting event, Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stunt and Tumble session is every bit a competition. These choreographed routines are as intricate as football plays, with every

team member playing a role. In football, if the linemen arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready to block, the quarterback gets hit. One slip up in a stunt and the tumbling routine could prove disastrous for the flyer, who is tossed amid a complex routine of precise movements. A usual competition consists of a stunt sequence, pyramids, tumbling sequences and a dance at the end. College stunt is a new tournament format developed to promote the athletics skills of competitive cheerleading. In this format, teams compete head-tohead using essential routines that vary in difficulty, ranging in ascending order from one to



If you ask head coach John Groce, the Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team is executing its offense better than it was in December. But you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know it from comparing the offensive statistics of nonconference and conference play. Illinois scored a season-low 39 points against Ohio State on Saturday, shooting 28 percent. But Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season-low offensive output came at the hands of excessive turnovers and too many blocked shots, as well as its continued struggle to put the ball through the basket. The Illini will try to get back on track at Minnesota on Wednesday in what looks like a must-win for the Golden Gophers, who are sitting on the cusp of the bubble with tough games remaining at Ohio State and Michigan and against Iowa. Groce said Minnesota is one of the most talented teams in the conference offensively. Through Big Ten play, Minnesota has been one of the conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better offensive teams thus far, shooting 46.1 percent from the field,

good for third in the Big Ten. The Illini will have their hands full with the Hollins brothers, Andre and Austin, who combine for 26.2 points per game. In head coach Richard Pitinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first season, the bodies of Minnesotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big men have gone through a transformation. Forward Maurice Walker lost 65 pounds and has been solid for the Golden Gophers after struggling to gain playing time prior to Pitinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival, mostly due to weight issues. Still, the forwards donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t present as much of an offensive threat, which will neutralize the effectiveness of Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best defender, Nnanna Egwu. Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense has been below average, ranking in the bottom half of the Big Ten in every major defensive statistical category in conference play. In Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss, Groce said it was the first time he had seen Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive struggles affect its effort on defense, and he also saw the Illini get discouraged on offense. Illinois point guard Tracy Abrams said the struggles on both ends of the court ultimately fell on the captains, includ-


Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tracy Abrams (13) attempts a complicated shot during the game against No. 22 Ohio State at State Farm Center on Saturday. The Illini lost 48-39, shooting just 28 percent. ing himself, because they need to make sure the Illini keep their heads up, no matter what happens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a little frustrating just because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve obviously done better than that,â&#x20AC;? graduate student Jon Ekey said. Like Ekey said, prior to confer-

ence play, Illinois shot 44 percent from the field, but Illinois has been unable to reproduce these numbers against the higher quality defensive teams of the Big Ten.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Crawford more than just a scorer for Illini BY BLAKE PON STAFF WRITER

When guard Ivory Crawford isn’t leading the Illinois women’s basketball team in scoring, which is almost every game, she’s focusing on her creative writing degree and creating art as a hobby. Some would describe her play on the hardwood as a form of art — especially her defense, which often goes overlooked. Head coach Matt Bollant is one of those believers, but said she still has room to improve on the defensive end. “Yeah, she’s definitely overlooked. She gets a lot of steals, but she needs to be more disciplined at times,” Bollant said. “She’s really good going after the ball and great at getting steals, but we need her to be more fundamental as well.” Crawford’s breakthrough came last season, when she was

a sophomore. She finished second on the team in steals with 82 on the season, good for 2.5 per game. Prior to that, as a freshman, she averaged just under one steal per game. Now, she leads the team with 55 steals through 26 games. Ever since she became a takeaway threat on the defensive end, Crawford has improved her defensive abilities in the paint as well. “I still need a little guidance on my help-side defense,” she said. “But at the same time, I think I’ve improved a lot, especially my rebounding and boxing out and stuff.” The 5-foot-10 guard also leads the team in total rebounds with 140, but freshman forward Jacqui Grant is ahead of her in boards per game (6.0 to 5.4 per game). But Crawford has also proved to be a threat to deny the shots

of her opposition as well, as she has accumulated 20 blocks on the year, second behind Grant’s 33. Crawford said her defense has improved a lot in the last year, but her improvement since high school is a whole new story. A graduate from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Ill., the Chicago-native said her defense was nonexistent until she reached Champaign. Once she got here, Crawford realized in order to see time on the court in a defenseheavy system, she had to transform herself into an all-around player. “In high school I didn’t play any defense,” Crawford joked. “Well, I did play defense, but not nearly as hard as I do now. I’m more focused and aware of my surroundings now than I was then.” With Crawford’s tenacity comes aggression. Anyone who

has watched a few of her games this season has probably witnessed Crawford miss vital time due to foul trouble. She has far more fouls than anyone else on the Illini, with 94 on the year (3.6 per game) and six disqualifications due to fouling. Grant has the second most with 76 and also has six foul outs. No one else on the team has more than one foul out. Crawford’s aggression comes from her love of hockey, a sport that thrives on aggression and high-speed collisions. She said she fell in love with the sport because of her love for ice skating, which she used to do often when she was younger. “It’s just that toughness, aggression and you get to fight,” she said. “I like that.”

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Illinois’ Ivory Crawford (22) dribbles around a defender during the game against Michigan at State Farm Center on Sunday. The Illini lost 70-63. Crawford, a junior, blossomed on defense last year.

Chicago could target Missouri pass rusher with top pick Bears GM will likely look to improve defensive front in NFL Draft BY DAN WIEDERER CHICAGO TRIBUNE


Missouri defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) celebrates after sacking Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 3. The Bears may look to draft Ealy, who is lauded as the second best defensive end in his draft class.

As the Chicago Bears charge forward with their offseason plans, one thing is for certain: help is wanted and talent is badly needed on the defensive front. After a 2013 season in which the Bears surrendered a league-worst 2,583 rushing yards while also registering only 31 sacks (tied for last with the Jaguars), overhauls are planned. And it would be a shock if general manager Phil Emery didn’t use his top draft pick in May (No. 14 overall) to add a difference maker to the defense. The combine begins later this week in Indianapolis. The free agent market will open three weeks from now, too. So Emery and the Bears’ coaching staff still have plenty of time and opportunity to reshuffle their draft board and reconfigure their wish list. But if the Bears are still seeking a pass rush threat when they go on the clock during the first round of the NFL Draft on May 8, don’t be surprised if Missouri’s Kony Ealy is available and a target. On Tuesday afternoon, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock again touted Ealy as the second best defensive end in the draft class, behind only South Carolina’s

Jadeveon Clowney, who seems certain to be taken in the top three picks. Mayock said Ealy may be a guy that fits in the range of 20-23 in the first round. And at present, neither of ESPN’s draft experts, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, list Ealy in their Round 1 mock drafts. But with all that said, if the Bears pounced at No. 14, it wouldn’t be a surprise or a reach, particularly with the lack of depth at defensive end in this year’s draft class. “I don’t think (14) is too high,” Mayock said. “Because when you’re looking at the pure 4-3 ends in this draft, they’re few and far between. Clowney’s going to be gone and Ealy’s the next one. So if he should be there at 14, I think he’s a good fit.” Ealy had 9.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles as a junior at Missouri last season. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Ealy projects to remain as an end in a 4-3 defense at the next level. He has a good combination of power and speed and offers some versatility up front. He’ll need to get stronger and improve his hand use at the next level. And while some have likened Ealy to another former Missouri standout, Aldon Smith, now a 49ers Pro Bowler, Mayock says to be careful with that comparison. “He’s not quite as athletic as Aldon Smith,” Mayock said. “But I think he’s a little more physical. A little better against the run.” As for possible Day 2 defensive ends the Bears might eye if they opt to choose a safety or defensive tackle at No. 14, Mayock singled out Oregon State’s Scott Crichton and Stanford’s Trent Murphy as options in the second or third rounds.

David Wise doesn’t disappoint, scores halfpipe skiing gold Debut of the event ends with 92 points for Wise in Sochi



American Olympian David Wise skis on his gold-medal run in the finals of the men’s ski halfpipe at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday. This Olympics is the first to include halfpipe skiing.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — David Wise of Reno, Nev., is one favorite who lived up to his promise at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Wise played it smart Tuesday night as soft snow pelted the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. He twisted, twirled and floated away with the gold medal in the debut of halfpipe skiing. Wise, 23 and the father of a 2-yearold daughter, scored a winning ride of 92.00 points on his first run in the final. Mike Riddle of Canada won the silver while Kevin Rolland of France got the bronze in less-than-ideal conditions as winter finally arrived at the Winter Olympics. “It’s always rough when the conditions aren’t perfect and you don’t get to do the runs you were hoping to do,” Wise said. “I’ve had a Sochi run on my mind for a long time that I really wanted to throw down tonight. But you guys will just have to wait ‘till next year to see that one.” Wise, who grew up skiing in Lake Tahoe, almost walked away from professional skiing while struggling on the big stage until three years ago. Sister Christy Wise said Tuesday night that her brother changed after getting mar-

ried and having a baby daughter, who stayed home in Reno. “When Nayeli came along he stopped finding so much of his worth in skiing and he relaxed a bit and realized who he was and started doing well,” said Christy Wise, a captain in the Air Force who flies C130 planes. Since then, Wise has won three consecutive Winter X Games titles and now the Olympic gold medal on a sloppy night with heavy wet snow that forced the skiers to change tactics in the halfpipe. “The riders all came out and stepped up and put on a good show in spite of the rough conditions and so I’m happy landing my run and it’s an amazing honor,” Wise said. Colorado teenager Aaron Blunck finished seventh after barely advancing to the 12-rider final. But two other Coloradans ended their Olympics early. Aspen native Torin Yater-Wallace, a discretionary pick after missing all Olympic qualifying events with broken ribs, backed into the wall on his second run and failed to advance. Yater-Wallace, 18, is considered one of the world’s best ski halfpipe riders. He was expected to challenge for the gold medal in the new Olympic sport before breaking his ribs while training last month. Lyman Currier of Boulder, whose father was an Olympic alpine skier in 1972, finished 28th out of 29 competitors in qualifying. Currier took a hard fall on his second run, but skied out of the pipe.

Years of teamwork pay off in gold for US Olympic skating couple

Davis, White bring home 1st American gold in couples skating BY PHILIP HERSH CHICAGO TRIBUNE

SOCHI, Russia — Seventeen years. Seventeen years of skating together, learning together, growing up together. Seventeen years since an 8-year-old and a 9-year-old were thrown together as an ice dance team, a pairing that irritated the younger member, Charlie White. He already had been doing it for six months, and Meryl Davis was just starting, so he was back to dance Square One while she caught up quickly. Seventeen years during which Davis said there never was doubt about whether they should stick it out. Seventeen years leading to

a free dance so physically and mentally demanding it left them looking as if they had spent 17 years of energy on the four minutes of skating, unable to do anything but collapse into each other’s arms when it was over Monday night at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Seventeen years for a moment, the moment when the scores were announced and two kids from Michigan realized all that work and time with each other had made them the first U.S. skating couple to win an Olympic gold medal, either in dance or pairs. “You dream of the opportunity, and being able to put in the work every day to make it happen is a tribute to our partnership,” White said. “We prepared ourselves so well for what we wanted to put onto the ice and focused so hard on that we weren’t really prepared for what might happen,” Davis said. Such relentless effort was needed for Davis and White to

beat the 2010 Olympic champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, who had become not only fierce rivals but friends during the decade they have trained together under the same coaches in Canton, Mich. “The struggles, the rivalry, knowing if you’re not perfect then you can forget about your dreams, with that constant striving for perfection, you have to look in the mirror and figure out every day what it is going to take to get there,” White said. “You mature a lot quicker under that kind of pressure.” Virtue and Moir had been the first North American ice dancers to win Olympic gold. Both couples had become so good they would lose only to the other in the four years beginning with the Vancouver Olympics, when Davis and White were the silver medalists. “We’re linked forever,” White said. But he and White have separated themselves from the Canadians in the judges’ eyes. Skat-

ing the free dance to music from petitors, while Davis and White the ballet “Scheherazade,” the have made no decision. Both U.S. couple continued a domi- U.S. skaters have been internance over Moir and Virtue that mittent students at Michigan. has reached six The nex t c o mp et it io n s great da nce in a time span team clearly fast approachis going to be ing the 1,001 Russians Elena Ilinykh and nights in the Nikita Katasalstory Rimskyapov, who took Korsakov put to music. third with the Davis a nd most compelling free dance W h ite wo n of the night. both the short and free dancTheir i nteres with season pretation of bests, thei r “Swan Lake,” total score of full of poses CHARLIE WHITE, and movements 195. 52 beatU.S. OLYMPIC SKATER ing Virtue and that turned the Moir by 4.53 arena into the points. Bolshoi The“No athlete likes to sit in this ater, was utterly balletic and position,” Moir said, referring seamless. to second place, “but it is easier The intensity of the “Schehewhen you know how hard these razade” sections coach Marina Zoueva chose for Davis and guys worked.” Virtue and Moir have said this White suited perfectly the powwill be their last season as com- er and athleticism that have

“You dream of the opportunity, and being able to put in the work every day to make it happen is a tribute to our partnership.”

come to define their skating. The most striking feature of the way they performed it was a feeling for tempo, their skating changes of pace matching the shifts in the music’s speed. That is an understanding White said they had not developed until three years ago. Virtue and Moir’s free dance music was an unfortunate mashup of Russian classical pieces cut and pasted into something that would have confounded even Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. No matter that they skated exceptionally well Monday, no matter that they were supposed to be interpreting the turbulence of life, a sense of fragmentation prevailed. Davis and White skated last. Two Russian couples had gone immediately before them, sending the crowd into its usual partisan paroxysm. “The moments before we take the ice are difficult,” White said. “It is probably the most nervous you will be in a lifetime.” Or at least in 17 years.


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SCULLY a lot of good schools out here, but when you pair that with the kind of hockey program it is and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out on the ice everyday, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for anything better.â&#x20AC;? With only three weekends left in his senior year, Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey career and the life heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known since he first started skating at 4 years old is quickly coming to an end. But if you see Scully breaking the glass above the boards


TUMBLING six. There are four quarters in a stunt game: the first quarter consists of partner stunts, the second of pyramids and basket tosses, the third of jumps and tumbling and the fourth of a group routine combining elements of the previous three quarters. Each quarter has four rounds where teams get to choose the level of difficulty depending on who has possession of the game. There is a lot of mutual respect and camaraderie that comes into play in stunt and tumble, even between opponents. Teams clap to show good sportsmanship every time a winner of the competition is announced, regardless whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a member of their team. And when the competition concludes, the competitors roll up the mats together. Going 2-2 on the day, two losses to the Spartans and two wins over the Huskies, head coach Kevin Burnside felt good about his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance Sunday. He also wants people to know there is much more to cheerleading than the general perception. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want people to know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only about smiling and being peppy, it actually is athletic,â&#x20AC;? Burnside said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of what the whole point of stunt is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showcasing the athleticism that is involved with cheerleading.â&#x20AC;? Although the Spartans swept the Illini on Sunday, the event was just a stepping stone to the big dance on April 9 in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the three-day National Cheerleader Association Collegiate National Championship will be hosted. The Illini will be competing against 15 other Division-IA schools, including Michigan State and Northern Illinois. From now until April, the squadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus will be preparing to take on teams similar to Michigan State, which Burnside felt brought a nice competitive vibe and have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good rivalryâ&#x20AC;? with his squad. This year is also one of change for Illinois, as the team lost many of its seniors from last year. The Illini will be looking to build a foundation for success this season, one that will propel them into

with an opposing defenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s body, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth noting that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done out of love: The love for the game of hockey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to going to practice everyday, and games? Games are huge.â&#x20AC;? Scully said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you get out there on the Pond with all the fans, I look forward to it every time. And when you can have a weekend like that, it really just brings it to a whole new level of fun.â&#x20AC;?

Sean can be reached at and @Neumannthehuman. top spot in nationals in the years to come. But Burnside is still setting the bar high for the Illini, who took second place at nationals in 2012 before losing squad veterans to graduation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got second in 2012, we got ninth last year, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to get in the top 10 again,â&#x20AC;? Burnside said. Sophomore captain Kristy Salerno said she thought Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition brought the team good practice and experience for the trials to come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It definitely helped us realize that we need some improvement on some skills, but it was really good to be able to compete against the other teams and see how we measure up,â&#x20AC;? Salerno said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we ended up pulling it through very well. We started off a little shaky, but we got it together and we were really working hard to finish off strong in our final game.â&#x20AC;? Salerno also said team dynamics is especially important to pull off the complexities of the choreography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheerleading is definitely a sport where you have to have 100 percent trust in your teammates,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re throwing them so many feet in the air, and they need to trust that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to catch them.â&#x20AC;? Junior captain Kilani Gaston comes from a family of cheerleaders, with both her mother and grandmother taking up the sport before her. Gaston has been cheerleading since she was four and has watched the sport gradually evolve into something bigger, as evidence by the new stunting format. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just on the basis of considering cheerleaders as more athletic as before,â&#x20AC;? Gaston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what stunt is about; cracking down on the technique, cracking down on every little piece of routine that you have that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to perform. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just creating a different realm of cheerleading that people havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really seen before. When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big enough, people will start to realize that cheerleading isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just sideline cheering.â&#x20AC;?

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Illinois baseball posts great offensive numbers Team scores more early-season runs than in recent years, will keep working on fundamentals BY NICHOLAS FORTIN ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The Illinois baseball teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offensive production in its fi rst series of the season surprised a lot of people. Sophomore Ryan Nagle isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one of those people. The Illini were thought by most to be a team that would be led by a talented and experienced pitching staff. This was not the case over the weekend as the offense scored a total of 29 runs, the most runs Illinois has scored in the fi rst three games of a season since 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honestly, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too surprised,â&#x20AC;? Nagle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew coming in we were going to be just fi ne. We had a lot of people doubting us the whole offseason, but we worked really hard in the offseason, and then we just competed and did our job.â&#x20AC;? The offensive outburst didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just stop at runs, though, as the Illini tallied more RBIs (25) than they had through three games in each of the past two seasons. Illinois also recorded 34 hits on the weekend, one short of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fi rst series and four more than its fi rst series in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we took a lot of good swings,â&#x20AC;? head coach Dan Hartleb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even a lot of our outs were hard-hit balls, so I was really proud with that. We made great progress throughout the weekend as far as moving runners over. We hit behind runners and did a lot of really good things offensively. We need to get better there. But again, we had a lot of guys that were either new to the program or guys that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really been in a lot of game situations, and


SWIMMING squads to have a good chance of breaking records as well as many individual event records. Both senior Courtney Pope and junior Alison Meng, who has already set records during the season, are expected to perform well, as they have led the team during the season and are hope-














I thought for the fi rst time out they were solid.â&#x20AC;? Aside from the massive number of runs the team scored, junior third baseman Reid Roper said the Illini were able to get the little things done offensively over the weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a pretty good job of getting the leadoff guys on,â&#x20AC;? Roper said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting the top of the lineup on. And then guys in the middle of the order, driving them in.â&#x20AC;? In order to continue to have offensive success, Nagle said Illinois will continue to work on the fundamentals and make the â&#x20AC;&#x153;minor adjustments.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on seeing pitches, our situational hitting, getting our bunts down, stuff like that,â&#x20AC;? Nagle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving over runners and just scoring runs basically.â&#x20AC;? Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; batters also had a better eye this weekend than in previous years. The team only struck out 25 times compared with 28 times in each fi rst series over the past two years. Additionally, the Illini drew 16 walks on the weekend, which is one more than the 2012 team had through this point in the season. Three games is by no means telling of how the team will fare

the rest of the season, but Nagle said the selfl ess and winning nature this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team could end up being better offensively than past Illinois teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we just have a bunch of guys who just want to get the job done,â&#x20AC;? Nagle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take an out here or there if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to move a runner over. We may not have as many home runs as we did last year, but we just have guys who are going to put the ball in play and get their job done.â&#x20AC;?

ful to qualify for NCAA Championships in late March. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they remember to keep their cool and have a relaxed feeling like they had all season, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to put themselves into a great position at the conference level,â&#x20AC;? Novitsky said. The Illini are also happy to be coming off a two-week gap between competitions. The team was originally scheduled to compete in the Minne-

sota Challenge, held Feb. 7-8, but decided against competing because only one swimmer would have competed. The Illini coaches concluded that rest was the best preparation for the championships. As the team begins the competition, the most important factor will be relaxation. A lot of time has been spent on the details, such as turns and starts, so competing is mostly a

matter of reflex. The work has been done, and it is now time to put it into effect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have swum many times in this situation,â&#x20AC;? Novitsky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing more to get themselves ready as they always do and to let themselves perform.â&#x20AC;?

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