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Student senate boosts spending, is still on budget STAFF WRITER
The Illinois Student Senate has spent about 146 percent more than it did at this time last year, according to the quarterly fi nancial report released early this month. This includes increases of about 536 percent in spending on events, 152 percent in promotions and 269 percent in travel, as well as an about 48 percent decrease in supply spending compared with last year. Treasurer Kevin Seymour said in an email that despite
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what looks like a spike, spending levels in past years have been low and too much money has been left over. The senate receives $39,000 at the beginning of the academic year from the University from student service fees. “At this point, (the) senate is on target for spending its annual budget,” Seymour said. “Last year’s spending was very unhealthy, which resulted in a larger amount being rolled over.”
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Illinois Student Senate increases spending Illinois Student Senate spending has increased by 145.95% since last year at this time. Here is how expenditures broke down: $15000
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Frost gathers on the hair of Jeff Weimer, graduate student, while snow fell on Green Street on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Thursday as hazardous winter weather was expected to roll through Champaign on Thursday night and early Friday morning. Two to four inches of snow changing into a wintry mix were expected.
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NCSA’s Blue Waters set for official launch UI professors to use new supercomputer to simulate tornadoes, storms BY DARSHAN PATEL
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magine simulating a virtual tornado and charting its fi nest details in 10-meter increments. Now take into account the various distances the tornado travels, sometimes over the rare 50-mile mark. Now add wind, surface friction and other weather conditions before running the simulation. And you’ve got a perfect problem for the Blue Waters supercomputer to solve. Tornado reproductions have been done for some time, but never as precise as what a University professor and other researchers plan on doing next month with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ prized possession. When researchers simulate tornados, or even thunderstorms on a large scale, large datasets can show details about a tornado’s inner workings, such as its formation, but they could get the “right answer for the wrong reason,” said atmospheric sciences professor Brian Jewett, whose group will be among the fi rst to officially use Blue Waters, as it begins its five-year production stage. This is why a supercomputer of this magnitude is needed: to answer questions like “ W h at ’s going on in t he
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Kids from classroom four of the Urbana Head Start share toy cars during playtime. Budget cuts have made space limited in pre-K programs.
Urbana’s preschool programs see rising demand, falling funds BY CORINNE RUFF STAFF WRITER
The walls of the Urbana Head Start preschool classrooms, which serve 105 at-risk children, are lined with posters of the alphabet, and the floors are cluttered with educational toys. Because of budget restrictions, 67 children are on a waiting list for the program and may never have the chance to learn in these classrooms. Early childhood program directors
are concerned that without these resources, these children will not be ready for kindergarten. Nationwide, thousands of such qualified children are stuck on waiting lists for federal government-funded early childhood education programs each year, and federal and city governments have noticed the need to prioritize funding for programs such as Head Start.
Supercomputer to simulate tornadoes Atmospheric sciences professor Brian Jewett and his team will be among the first to officially use the Blue Waters supercomputer when it opens its doors for a five-year operational period. The research group will simulate a virtual tornado to its finest details, trying to form a better idea about how tornadoes develop and sustain themselves.
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UI housing services will continue DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT
Even if University food and building service workers go on strike, regular housing services will continue, according to an email sent to University Housing residents Thursday morning. The email, sent by Jack Collins, director of University Housing, said union-affi liated workers have discussed a potential strike in the future against the University. Collins said that if the workers choose to strike, University housing services, which includes dining halls, a la carte loca-
tions, trash removal, 24-hour maintenance and emergency response, will continue on as usual. Members of the Service E mploye es I nter n at ion al Union Local 73 voted last month to authorize a strike against the University. The union, which represents about 800 food and service employees, has been in contract negotiations with the University since May of last year. Members have cited wages and working conditions as reasons for a possible strike.
early stages in the formation of a tornado?” or “What makes it possible for a tornado to sustain itself or endure for a long period of time?” “You fi nd the solution at every one of those cross points of your screen and the fi ner you can make (the grid), the more resolution, the more detail you can see in that simulation — so that scale has not been done,” Jewett said. Blue Waters has been fully operational for a few months, but NCSA staffers have been working out glitches during what they call a “friendly-user period.” Now they’ll start charging professors for their use — not in terms of money, but in time allocated, said NCSA spokeswoman Trish Barker. “It’s an interesting problem because once you get a block of time, then it’s like, ‘Do you spend most of that time in one simulation and hope everything goes well? Or do you budget for several, which is pretty much the way science goes,’” Jewett said. This is why his colleague, Central Michigan University professor Leigh Orf, has been testing possible models and various set weather conditions on a smaller-scaled supercomputer named Kraken, located at the University of Tennessee. Jewett’s group earned time to use the supercomputer through a nationwide-allocation process with the National Science Foundation. But University faculty members can also try another route: through a special Blue Waters committee, which comprises top faculty members across scientific and engineering disciplines. Proposals for the fi rst round of allocation through the Illinois process were due last Friday, and the aforementioned group is reviewing them, especially looking to see if the research will take advantage of Blue Waters’ powerful Cray Inc. processors. Barker said if researchers have to work with a small amount of data, there are other options available, such as the University’s shared computing cluster, locat-
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University makes loanable technology more available Media commons project allows students to rent out more than 100 types of equipment them through from beginning to end. As the Undergraduate Library The UGL now has 105 unique continues to implement the technology items available for media commons project, the use loan to students, with multiple of loanable technology, a major available of each item, totaling component of the project, more more than 500 pieces of techthan doubled this past year. nology. Mestre said this numThrough the media commons ber has doubled in the past year project, the UGL alone, mostly and CITES acadue to the addidemic technoltion of highog y ser vices end cameras, department are 3D technology, working together lighting and othto provide more er accessories. loanable tech“Media has nology and more become such a technology supkey part of how port services for we teach and students. Classlearn and such a GLENDA MORGAN, es using loan- director of ATS department in CITES huge part of our able technology lives generally,” items increased said Glenda Morfrom 95 in spring gan, director of 2012 to 215 in fall 2012. the ATS department in CITES. With CITES’ technical assis- “It is key that we provide support tance, Lori Mestre, head of the for its creation and use, but also Undergraduate Library, said she create a place where we can prohopes the media commons will vide students with the tools and both provide the technology for the skills to develop and create projects and also provide assis- their own videos, audio and other tance for the projects, seeing multimedia.” BY JANELLE O’DEA STAFF WRITER
“Media has become such a key part of how we teach and learn.”
In fall 2011, the media commons project added seven new collaboration rooms for students and faculty members to use. Two of the 11 collaboration rooms feature tables that have the capability for multiple laptops to be plugged in so presentations and images can be projected on a larger screen. These collaboration rooms are available on a first-come firstserve basis, if they are not already reserved. Students can now make reservations online to use the collaboration rooms, and Mestre said the University Library and CITES ATS partnership hope to make online reservations an option for other aspects of the media commons as well. Eric Kurt, media commons coordinator, said the UGL continues to expand its loanable technology and is open to suggestions from students. “We can assess what students want and what they’re interested in, and we’ll evolve the space based on that,” Kurt said.
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Noor Qaddour, freshman in LAS, Lina Al-Chaar, sophomore in LAS, Ahmad Hamdan, senior in Chemical Engineering, and Arsheen Aziz, senior in LAS use the Media Commons in the UGL for group research. The Media Commons is new to the UGL for spring 2013 and helps students utilize technology with their school work.
A performance to remember
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BRIAN YU THE DAILY ILLINI
Professional drag queen Amaya M. St. James performs at the fourth annual USSGA Drag Show on Thursday night. Hosted by the Urbana South Sexuality and Gender Alliance, the show was held in the FAR multipurpose room and featured multiple drag queens from areas surrounding Champaign-Urbana as well as dance troupe Dance2XS. Amaya, actually named Andrei, comes every year from Chicago to perform.
ISS FROM PAGE 1A Promotional spending, as with last year, comprised the largest portion of the budget at 48 percent. Of the remaining portion of the senate’s budget, 37 percent was spent on events, 8 percent on travel and 7 percent on supplies. While event spending rose the most since last year at this time, the majority of that increase was largely related to carried-over costs of the iRent program, initiated last March, which allows students to rent iClickers for free on a semester basis. This program cost the senate about $8,000 to purchase 200 iClickers and made up 28 percent of spending this year. Senator Jim Maskeri, senior in LAS, said programs like this allow the senate to support students in their educational endeavors. He said he’s always been an advocate for a larger senate budget because he thinks senators are stuck in the mind-set that they do not have enough money to make a difference on campus. “By dipping into some of our surplus, I think we’ve been able to do some more impactful things with our budget this year,” Maskeri said. Jenny Baldwin, vice president-external and public relations committee chair, said this spending is important for the senate to be able to reach out to its constituents. “If people don’t know who we are, then we can’t really help them because they won’t come to
WATERS FROM PAGE 1A ed at the Advanced Computation Building. “We’ve gotten quite a few proposals already and certainly quite a bit of interest,” said computer science professor Bill Gropp, a member of the allocation committee. The NSF will presumably use an annual process, Gropp said, to allocate time for use of the supercomputer over the next five years, the time period in which the NSF is expected to cover the operating costs, though no official grant has been awarded to the University yet. Meanwhile, Illinois will use a different system, reviewing proposals three times a year, at least in the beginning. But after the five years, it’s unclear what will happen. Barker said it is possible that the NSF extends the operational period
us with problems, with issues that need to be solved,” Baldwin said. She said some people would see it as the senate spending money on itself, but she disagrees. She said that even if senators are out every day telling people what they’re doing, they won’t be able to reach the same amount of students as the senate could with promotions. Maskeri said that if they weren’t able to get students interested in the senate, the senate would not be able to function as an organization. But some senators are unhappy with the amount of promotional spending. “If we were doing a good enough job, we wouldn’t need to spend money to promote ourselves,” said Max Ellithorpe, senator and graduate student. “We’re spending money to get our name out because we, in other ways, haven’t done a good job at doing that.” Student body President Brock Gebhardt said the senate’s purpose in spending their budget is solely to better promote the student body. “Whenever there are questions of spending that come up, they’re always strictly scrutinized, and they go through a strict examination,” Gebhardt said. “The Committee on Financial Affairs has been very stringent on what they have let through. ... They have been very careful and meticulous with what they let come to the senate floor.”
Tyler can be reached at tadavis2@ dailyillini.com. through a grant or upgrades to the supercomputer. If that doesn’t happen, the hardware becomes property of the University, which gets to decide what to do with the processors. “I don’t know if the University would just want to operate it without any sort of grant funding because that could be fairly expensive to do,” Barker said, referring to the high operational costs. “In the past, some of the things we’ve been able to do is break up a supercomputer into smaller pieces and maybe we would continue to run some of it here and maybe another research entity on campus will want some. Maybe we’ll even share it with another state organization or state university,” Barker said. But for now, Jewett and his team will soon be on the clock.
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But with federal budget cuts going into effect on March 1, Kathleen Liffick, Head Start and Early Head Start county director, said the program could lose a little more than 8 percent of its funding, and some families with children currently enrolled may be turned away from the program. Liffick said about 100 families are put on a waiting list for the program each year. “There are more children in our community who would be eligible than any of (the programs) have the funding to serve,” Liffick said. President Barack Obama has mentioned, most recently in his State of the Union address, that he plans to increase Head Start funding, and the city of Urbana is also looking for ways to help local programs. The Urbana City Council is reviewing social service funding over the next few months, and council members have stated in past meetings that they will focus on expanding these early childhood programs. “We would like to see every pre-K child in some kind of early childhood program,” said Alder-
man Charlie Smyth, Ward 1. “Even in state funding, principal Cris a few hours a week can have an Vowels said. impact.” “Ever year, it is questionable Urbana Mayor Laurel Pruss- whether we will be funded,” she ing said social service funding said. “With (the state’s financial) could open up for programs such struggle, our funding is getting as Head Start if a compromise is cut.” reached with Champaign. The two While the program’s budget could potentialis shrinking, its ly split the costs waiting list grows every year. Fifty of the increased funding for agenchildren are waitcies serving both ing to get into the program, and communities. “If we don’t Vowels said she take care of chilexpects the prodren who are gram to receive born into poor more applicants before the end of circumstances, the school year. they won’t live CHARLIE SMYTH, “Last year, over up to their full Urbana alderman 100 kids (in Urbapotential,” she
“We would like to see every pre-K child in some kind of early childhood program.”
said. “You need to make sure children get a good start in life from the beginning.” The city council has also seen a need for financial assistance for the Urbana School District’s Early Childhood Program, which is funded by the state. Although the program currently teaches 360 at-risk kids, it has reached its capacity. Over the last four years, the Washington Early Childhood School has taken a 20 percent hit
na) went into kindergarten unprepared,” she said. “We want to avoid that happening every year — kids who are at-risk and are unprepared. They aren’t ready for learning.” Prussing said the council will be better aware of how to address the growing need for early childhood education when the city’s social service budget goes into effect June 1.
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Illinois considering strictest fracking regulations in US BY TAMMY WEBBER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — Illinois would have the strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling in the nation under a bill introduced Thursday and drafted with the help of industry and environmentalists, supporters said. The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act would require oil and gas companies to test water before, during and after drilling — and then hold them liable if contamination was found after drilling began. It also would
require companies to disclose the chemicals used in the process and control air pollution, as well as provide for hearings and allow residents to sue if they harmed . Such provisions are uncommon in states where hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” happens, and Illinois would be the fi rst to require that many, environmental and industry officials said. “This is a situation where Illinois really is leading the way,” said Ann Alexander, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest program, who
participated in negotiations. “We hope we are setting a floor for others to be able to build on (because) there is very much a gold rush mentality.” Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack and hold open thick rock formations, releasing trapped oil and gas. Combined with horizontal drilling, it allows access to formerly out-of-reach deposits. The industry — which is eyeing the New Albany Shale formation in southern Illinois — insists the method is safe and could create thousands of jobs.
Peterson sentenced to 38 years for murder
of 3rd wife BY MICHAEL TARM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOLIET, Ill. — Drew Peterson — the swaggering Chicago-area police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007 — was sentenced to 38 years in prison on Thursday for murdering his third wife. The sentence came moments after Peterson shocked the courtroom with a rare public outburst of anger as he proclaimed his innocence in the death of Kathleen Savio. “I did not kill Kathleen!” he shouted at the top of his lungs, emphasizing every word. Peterson seemed to look across the courtroom at Savio’s family. Savio’s sister Susan Doman shot back “Yes, you did. You liar!” before the judge ordered sheriff’s deputies to remove her. Illinois does not have the death penalty, and the 59-year-old Peterson had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. The judge gave him four years’ credit for time he has served since his arrest. Jurors convicted Peterson in September in Savio’s 2004 death. Neighbors found the 40-year-old’s body in a dry bathtub at home with a gash on her head — her hair soaked in blood. Peterson is also a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson — who was 23-years-old when she vanished — but he hasn’t been
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In this courtroom sketch, Drew Peterson, left, watches Will County States Attorney James K. Glasgow during Peterson’s sentencing for the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio onThursday in Joliet, Ill. charged in her case. It was her disappearance that led authorities to take another look at Savio’s death and eventually reclassify it from an accident to a homicide. Fascination nationwide with Drew Peterson arose from speculation he sought to use his law enforcement expertise to get away with murder. After his courtroom outburst, Peterson addressed the judge with a rambling speech, claiming he had been railroaded. He spoke in mostly hushed tones, crying and trying to regain his composure at times. His voice quivered and his hands were shaking as he reached out for a glass of water. He aimed some of his anger at lead prosecutor James Glasgow, saying sarcastically that Glasgow could now celebrate because he had destroyed Peterson’s life. “You perpetrated the largest
railroad job ever in this country,” Peterson told him. Minutes later, Peterson challenged Glasgow to look him in the eyes. Glasgow, who had been taking notes, laid down his pen, folded his arms and looked straight back at Peterson. “Never forget what you’ve done here,” Peterson said, gritting his teeth. Peterson had divorced Savio a year before her death. His motive for killing her, prosecutors said, was fear that a pending settlement would wipe him out financially. “We all got an opportunity to see a psychopath reveal himself in open court,” Glasgow told reporters after Thursday’s hearing as he called Peterson a “cold-blooded killer.” Before Thursday, Peterson had never publicly showed concern about the serious charges and the possible sentence he faced. The
glib, cocky former police officer seemed to taunt authorities before his 2009 arrest, suggesting a “Win a Date With Drew Contest” and then, after his arrest, “Win a Conjugal Visit With Drew Contest.” More recently, his story inspired a TV movie starring Rob Lowe. His personality loomed large over his trial, illustrated by crowds of bystanders gathered outside the courthouse in a circuslike atmosphere after his conviction last year, cheering as prosecutors walked by and shouting, “Loser. Loser. Loser,” at defense attorneys. Savio’s family members told the judge Thursday that they hoped she was somehow watching the proceedings. “I hope she is haunting him in his dreams,” said Henry Savio Jr., the victim’s brother. “I hope ... she is watching his descent into hell.”
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Pistorius: Not the right type of role model
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Armstrong, Pistorius remind us that athletes are all too human
IMRAN KHAN Opinions columnist
t’s been a great couple of years for sports. The N F L , NBA and most recently the NHL all weathered lockouts and continued to draw huge crowds, not to mention millions watching the games at home. The love affair is strong as ever. These have been great years for organized sports. But terrible ones for athletes. The trial of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his 29 -year-old girlfriend is the latest in an astonishing train of tragedy and betrayal in the sports world. Pistorius, a double leg amputee, competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the first double-leg amputee ever to do so. Now, he is standing trial after shooting his girlfriend to death in their home. Here in the U.S., we are used to stories of athletes receiving DUIs or getting in brawls at clubs, but fans this year were treated to stories like that of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot his girlfriend and later himself. Or that of Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle and former Illini Josh Brent, charged with manslaughter after drunkenly crashing his car and killing a teammate in the passenger seat. Early this year, Lance Armstrong finally admitted to years of doping, completing his transformation from a celebrated athlete and philanthropist to simply a liar and philanthropist. If Pistorius is found guilty of murder, then his fall will be even greater than Armstrong’s. These events needn’t shake our love of athletics. They should, however, lead us to realize that individual athletes — despite incredible physical accomplishments, fame, money or even nobility — are human and prone to igno rance and mistakes in judgement. Athletes need help and guidance, and they live their lives under a pressure to perform that the rest of us simply can’t understand. For many students on this campus, recovering from a failed exam means new study habits and extra credit. When a University athlete fails, sometimes the ligaments in their knees fail with them. Most organized sports are attempting to better their ability to watch after their athletes, not just off the filed, but also after they enter into the real world. While these measures might not have prevented a tragedy such as Pistorius’, providing athletes with support structures and mentors could go a long way in helping them deal with the pressure of competition and, later, the temptations of fame and money. This University provides a number of resources to athletes to address these very issues, and it wisely recognizes that balancing being a full-time student and essentially a full-time athlete is not easy for anyone. Competing and practicing every week places unique pressure on these students, not to mention frequent traveling. At the end of the day, we value sports and the athletes who compete in them. This isn’t about following a team or playing fantasy football: There is real meaning in the lives of those who push themselves to incredible levels. Just look at Tyler Griffey. The eruption inside Assembly Hall after his shot will perpetuate long after Armstrong’s and Pistorius’ names disappear forever from the headlines. People don’t love sports because of jerseys or Beyonce performances. No, it’s watching our athletes succeed, and being with them when they do.
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doesn’t look like she’s dining by herself, or worse, been stood up. A couple of decades ago, people had to show up because they really didn’t have many means of contacting others. But now, technology has made us inconsiderate. The point of this is not to ask you to cut yourself off from technology. You don’t want to do that, I don’t want to do that, and frankly, at this point, it’s not possible. I just ask you to keep some of these things in mind: Turn off your phone, or at least leave it in your pocket when you’re spending time with your grandparents. Though they may not admit it, they’re annoyed when you stop midsentence to read the text that just came in. When you’re eating at a restaurant, don’t keep your phone on the table. This goes for when you’re eating with your family, your friends, or your boyfriend or girlfriend. Your focus should be on those you’re spending time with at that moment. When you make plans with someone, keep them. They’ve cut a chunk out of their day to see you too, and when you ditch them, they’re left hanging. Don’t talk on the phone while you’re working with a cashier. It’s rude. Even when you try to be quiet when you’re on the phone, you’re not. Take your call outside, or somewhere where you definitely won’t be irritating others. Though we all like to believe it, the world does not revolve around us. So, concentrate on minding your p’s and q’s. Your mom will thank you for it.
scar Pistorius was once a role model to many. He made history this past summer as the first person with a double-leg aumputation to compete in the Olympic Games. Representing South Africa, Pistorius ran in the 4x400-meter relay and the individual 400-meter relay. He posted a blazing time of 45.44 seconds in the race, remarkably advancing to the men’s 400-meter semifinal. Nicknamed “Blade Runner,” Pistorius’ story was inspiring and reminiscent of other great athletes, such as Jim Abbott and Tom Dempsey, who also refused to let physical disabilities hamper their athletic dreams. Today, Pistorius is being charged for the murder of his girlfriend in a case that is garnering international attention. While he is innocent till proven guilty, clearly the inspiration his story generated has disappeared. The charm and appeal he exuded after a glowing, historic performance has turned to disgust. Whether he ultimately is exonerated or not, the Pistorius case demonstrateds that we don’t really “know” somoene just because they are a celebrity. They are under public scrutiny, but what happens behind closed doors, we may never know. The ubiquitous nature of celebrities perhaps causes us to fall into that trap — but it is merely an illusion, a mental trick of sorts. Pistorius gained worldwide fame after the Olympics. Because he is a celebrity, the air of ambiguity, which surrounds people in the public eye, caused us to look beyond his talents as an athlete and portray him as a good person, too. However, if he has let you down, I’m not sorry — you shouldn’t have looked up to him — at least as a role model figure. Don’t get me wrong — what Pistorius did defied conventional assumptions of athletic ability and redefined our notion of physical limitation. It was a story that projected hope in the face of adversity and displayed technology’s ever-increasing capabilities. His performance left the world in awe. He is a gifted track star. And that is all. If anything, he should have inspired the masses because of his athletic achievement, considering his circumstance as a competitor with an enormous disability. But if you viewed him as a good person only because of his athleticism, then you may have not have distinguished his talent from his character. The definition of what a role model is seems blurry at times. How should we define a role model? Is it based on their behaviors and the lengths at which we go to imitate them? If that’s the case, let’s take a closer look at some other great athletes. Mike Tyson was convicted of rape. Michael Vick served 21 months in prison after he was found guilty of operating a dogfighting ring. Pete Rose bet on sports, even betting on his own baseball team. These men were revolutionary figures in their respective sports. Their unique abilities, coupled with an intense passion for their craft, contributed to an evolution in boxing, football and baseball. Still, these men are no role models. Clearly, there are some athletes that might be admirable role models. For example, Muhammad Ali’s monumental efforts as a humanitarian might be what he is best remembered for down the road. Arguably the greatest athlete of all time, Ali helped organizations including Make-A-Wish and the Special Olympics. Ali has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive. Through it all, Ali used his fame and accrued power to positively contribute to society. Nonetheless, the vast majority of people that emulate Ali have never met him. They have no idea what he’s like in private. They have no conception of the “off-camera” Muhammad Ali. No matter how much good he does publicly, this disconnect will always exist. To me, a real role model is a goodnatured figure that possesses traits such as being accountable, reliable and compassionate. A real role model is someone whose morality is on point with their values. A real role model strives to promote the goodness and decency of humankind. A real role model is someone you know, someone close to you. It is often lamented that role models are in short supply today. They aren’t — we’re just looking in the wrong places. I know who my role models are. They are my parents, my brothers and my sister. They are not celebrities (just yet) — they are good people. They’ve shaped me into who I am and continue to become. Thus, I challenge you: Who are yours?
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Harlem Shake, Illini unity take over the Quad MELANIE STONE Opinions columnist
t’s 1:32 on Wednesday afternoon and I’m walking — no, running — to the Main Quad. In just 18 short minutes, the lawn outside of Foellinger Auditorium will be packed with students, ready to do the Harlem Shake. Baauer’s song came out a little less than year ago, but the YouTube videos didn’t appear until this month. As of this week, tens of thousands of 30-second clips have been uploaded. That’s a lot of shaking. It’s a simple concept. Each video begins with an eerie screech: “Con los terroristas!” One person usually wears an outrageous costume and dances alone until the bass drops. “Do the Harlem shake!” Then, everyone and anyone is bumping, jamming, doing the worm, going absolutely all-out crazy until the half-minute is up. It’s madness. It’s hilarious. This fine University added our own version to the mix, under the leadership of Aaqil Khan, junior in LAS. By the time I make it to the Quad on Wednesday, Khan is already there, arranging different camera angles (I counted four tripods) and assembling his cohorts. I check my phone. They have 10 minutes till showtime. It is now 1:50 p.m. — classes are dismissed. In a span of 30 seconds, the Quad comes alive with students. A few of them are wearing creepy masks and superhero outfits, while some are simply clad in Illini gear. Behind me, speakers are blasting the Baauer hit.
All I want to do is dance, but I’ve got a recorder in one hand and a notebook in the other. I remain professional. Rita Haber, sophomore in LAS, stands next to me. This day isn’t just any Wednesday, it’s Haber’s 20th birthday. “Are you gonna dance?” I ask her, gesturing toward the giant group of people that is now forming on the grass. She shrugs. There are a lot of people here, and Haber doesn’t seem to be with any friends. It’s your birthday, I say, you have to do the Harlem Shake on your birthday. “Will you hold my bag?” she asks me sheepishly. I’ve known Haber all of about 90 seconds, and she’s already entrusting me with her laptop and wallet and more. “Of course!” My interviewee grins and heads into the mass of students. By now, the music is building, building, building, and there are hundreds of people out there. I take a moment to soak it all in: a “Don’t Stop Believin’” stop sign, animal prints, bare chests (note: it’s 25 degrees out), inflatable beach balls, a blue morphsuit, a red morphsuit, every color morphsuit, a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber, a hula hoop. … These kids got creative. “I love our school,” says someone standing beside me. Khan, the mastermind, stands in front of the crowd. He’s wearing short shorts — orange spandex, to be precise — and a fluorescent orange vest. And then, to top it off, a very large sombrero. The next time I look up from my notebook, everybody’s going insane. “Harlem Shake” is booming from the speakers. It’s wild. For the next three minutes or
so, the dancing continues, and Khan is grinning like a madman — rightfully so, this is his masterpiece. His Facebook event, created on Feb. 12, has 2,300 people promising to participate. I’m smiling, too, perched on the concrete ledge outside of Foellinger. This is one of the greatest displays of Illinois unity and pride I’ve ever seen. The crowd soon begins chanting “I-L-L!” and “I-N-I!” as the Jimmy John’s delivery guy pelts sandwiches into the air. At that very moment, I am so proud to be an Illini. Onlookers line up on the sidewalk, holding up their phones for proof. The music plays on, but soon, the dancers begin to disperse, heading off to their 2 o’clock classes. Haber emerges from the group, passing by Khan. He high-fives her. “How was that?” I ask, handing over her bag. “Oh, my gosh, crazy. Crazy fun.” Haber says. She’s beaming. By 2:15 p.m., I’m alone. I’ve talked to Khan, I’ve talked to his camera crew, I’ve talked to the DJ, and I’m just about Harlem Shake’d out. In Khan’s words, “The Harlem Shake fever took over.” I walk across the Quad slowly, surveying the aftermath. The grass is littered with confetti, orange cups, deflated beach balls and a few trampled Jimmy John’s sandwiches. Bending down, I pick up a handful of silver confetti and toss it into the air, savoring the remaining magic of the Harlem Shake — UIUC style.
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Manners still important in world of technology KIRSTEN KELLER Opinions columnist
llow me to be your mother for the next 700 or so words, will you? Because I want to talk about the thing that your parents (or whoever raised you) have been force-feeding you since you popped out of the womb. Manners. I’m not talking about saying “thank you” to the bus driver when you hop off of the Illini. I’m not talking about holding the god-awful doors open at the UGL for the person behind you. I’m not even talking about waiting patiently in line at Joe’s instead of slyly squeezing your way forward. (Don’t even try to deny it.) What I’m talking about is a relatively new trend that our generation is the first to face: technological courtesy. Right now, I’m sitting in front of my laptop with my smartphone beside me, and my tablet within reach. I’m texting my roommate and have Facebook, Gmail and Pandora tabs up on my browser. I have my whole world right here, and I can easily cut myself off from everyone else studying on the second floor of the Main Library. But how I choose to operate when I leave some of my technological bubble behind is where manners come in. Will I cross the street while texting, forcing a car to screech to a halt to avoid me? Will I unknow-
ingly walk on a bike path because my nose is buried in my Twitter feed with bikers quickly swerving around me? Or will I walk excruciatingly slow on the Quad, trying to read an email on my phone, while students rushing to class try to get ahead of me? Most of us have been on both sides of this issue. When we’re in our technological bubble and are forced out of it when a car almost hits us, we think, “Wow. Close call!” and go right back to our bubble. When we’re the one in the car avoiding the ignorant person on the phone, we exclaim, “How can people be so oblivious?” Part of the problem is that college is a selfish time. This is the time of our lives to do what we need to make a life for ourselves. It justifies in our minds why we have to talk on the phone in a quiet computer lab or keep our phone on the table while having dinner with our family. I’m either going to be a great mom or a terribly annoying one. I suppose I could be both, but right now you’re probably thinking I will be the latter. But honestly, I’ve had almost as much as I can take with the technological bubble. The thing that lately has me going overboard is flakiness. Because of the ease of communication that technology affords us, it’s as easy to make plans with people as it is to cancel them. It allows us to back out of plans when a better opportunity comes up. It allows people to be lax with meeting times — you can simply send a “Wait some more!” text to your poor friend who’s trying to busy herself at Papa Del’s so it
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Friday, February 22, 2013
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ELAINE THOMPSON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A Boeing 787 flight test jet taxies after landing following a test flight Feb. 11 at Boeing Field in Seattle. Federal officials grounded 787s from flying on Jan. 16 after two battery incidents in less than two weeks, including a fire.
United scrambles while Boeing looks for 787 fix BY JOAN LOWY AND JOSHUA FREED THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
United Airlines cut the grounded Boeing 787 from its flying plans at least until June and postponed its new Denver-to-Tokyo flights on Thursday, as airlines continued to tear up their schedules while the plane is out of service. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a battery fire in one plane and forced the emergency landing of another plane last month. The worldâ€™s 50 787s have been grounded since Jan. 16. United spokeswoman Christen David said the plane could still fly earlier than June 5 if a fix is found. At that point it would be used as needed around Unitedâ€™s system, she said. United was due to begin flying from Denver to Tokyoâ€™s Narita airport on March 31. Itâ€™s postponing the start of those flights at least until May 12, or longer if the 787 isnâ€™t cleared to fly. That would be almost a year after
United began selling tickets for the flight. United has said the flights are a perfect fit for the 787, which is mid-sized and very fuel-efficient. The thinking is that Denver would be unlikely to fill a bigger plane for a flight to Tokyo. But it can fill the planeâ€™s 219 seats, and the plane is fuel-efficient enough to turn a profit. LOT Polish Airlines has pulled its two 787s from its schedule through October. The planes are off of All Nippon Airwaysâ€™ schedule through at least March 30. Switching the plane to be used on a flight is more complicated than passengers might think. Pilots trained to fly one type might not be able to fly the replacement, creating scheduling problems. Seats are laid out differently, meaning seating assignments have to be redone. Boeing has deployed hundreds of workers on the project to find and fix the problem with the 787â€™s batteries.
Boeing has long used lithium ion batteries in its satellites, according to Dennis Muilenburg, who runs Boeingâ€™s defense and space business. He said at an analyst conference on Thursday that about 20 engineers from the satellite business are among those working on solving the 787 problem. â€œWe have broadly grabbed ahold of the best expertise in the world, and all of that is being harnessed and applied to work on this issue, and work on it with a sense of priority,â€? Muilenburg said. The Federal Aviation Administration has said it wonâ€™t clear 787s to fly until Boeing can show theyâ€™re safe. Boeing intends to propose a plan to federal regulators on Friday to temporarily fix problems with the 787â€™s lithium ion batteries, a congressional official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Boeing has declined to talk about any planned meetings with federal officials.
Universities increase use of massive open online courses BY TERENCE CHEA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO â€” More of the worldâ€™s elite universities are joining the rush to offer â€œmassive open online coursesâ€? that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees. Coursera and edX, two of the leading MOOC providers, on Thursday announced major expansions that will roughly double the number of universities offering free online courses through their websites.
Cambridge, Mass.-based edX, which was founded in May by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said it will add six new institutions, including five outside the U.S., which will offer at least 25 additional courses. Mountain View-based Coursera said it will add 29 institutions, including 16 outside the United States. Over the next several months, the schools will offer 90 new courses, including some taught in French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. â€œHaving courses taught in other languages will enable
more students to take our classes,â€? said Andrew Ng, a Stanford University professor who co-founded Coursera last April. MOOCs have attracted millions of students and captured the public imagination over the past year, allowing people from all walks of life to learn from leading scholars at top-tier universities â€” free of charge. So far only a small number of institutions are offering degree credit for MOOCs, but that could change if more colleges determine the digital classes meet their academic standards.
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Police rope off the scene of a shooting and multi-car accident on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday. Authorities say at least one person in a Range Rover shot at a Maserati that then crashed into a taxi cab. The cab burst into flames, and the driver and passenger were killed. The male driver of the Maserati also died, and his passenger was shot.
Ga. jet crash kills 5, injures 2; pilot, passenger hospitalized THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
THOMSON, Ga. â€” Five people were killed and two injured when a small jet crashed off the end of a runway in eastern Georgia, an official confirmed early Thursday. Thomson-McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said the jet crashed after 8 p.m. Wednesday. He said the two survivors were taken to area hospitals but did not have information on their conditions. He said the identities of those killed were being withheld pending notification of family members. The Hawker Beechcraft 390/ Premier I en route from Nash-
ville, Tenn., crashed around 8:30 p.m. at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, about 30 miles west of Augusta, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email. Seven people were aboard, she told The Associated Press in the email. She added that she had no immediate details about a possible cause. The Augusta Chronicle cited Assistant County Fire Chief Stephen Sewell as saying there were at least two survivors identified as a pilot and a passenger. But he provided no additional
information about those aboard in that account. The newspaper said a brush fire flared near the crash scene, quoting witnesses who reported local power outages that prompted a utility to send workers to the site. A photograph posted on the newspaperâ€™s online site showed ambulances with lights flashing. The plane was on a flight from John Tune Airport in Nashville to the Thomson-McDuffie airport, Bergen said in her email, adding the aircraft is registered to a company based in Wilmington, Del.
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Former employees indicted in peanut butter conspiracy Case sparked by 2009 salmonella outbreak BY MARY CLARE JALONICK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON â€” Four former peanut company employees have been charged with scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine, sickened hundreds and prompted one of the largest recalls in history. The indictment by a federal grand jury in Georgia is a rare move by the federal government after an outbreak connected to food. Justice Department officials said Thursday it serves as a warning to food manufacturers who may compromise consumer safety in search of higher profits. â€œWhen food or drug manufacturers lie and cut corners, they put all of us at risk,â€? Stuart F. Delery, who heads the Justice Departmentâ€™s Civil Division, said at a news conference. â€œThe Department of Justice will not hesitate to pursue any person whose criminal conduct risks the safety of Americans who have done nothing more than eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.â€? The 76-count indictment was unsealed late Wednesday in federal court in Albany, Ga. It accuses Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell and Georgia plant manager Samuel Lightsey with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and the introduction of adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead. Michael Parnell was a food broker who worked with the company. Stewart Parnell, Lightsey and quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson were also charged with obstruction of justice. The conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. The Justice Department said a fifth employee had pleaded guilty to similar charges in a separate case. Criminal charges are rare in food outbreak cases because intentional adulteration is often hard to prove and companies often step up and acknowledge their mistakes. Widespread outbreaks like the salmonella in peanuts in 2009 are becom-
ing more common as food companies ship all over the country and the world. Investigations are pending into two other large outbreaks in recent years â€” an outbreak of salmonella in eggs in 2010 and an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe in 2011 that was linked to more than 30 deaths. Bill Marler, an attorney who represented many of the victims in the peanut case, has specialized in food safety law for 20 years. He says this is the first time he can remember such a scathing indictment on a food poisoning case. â€œIf I were an executive of a company, today Iâ€™d be asking my lawyers, â€˜How does this not happen to me?â€™â€? Marler said. The conditions at Peanut Corporation of America â€” and the employeesâ€™ alleged attempts to conceal them â€” appear more pronounced than most. Food and Drug Administration inspectors found remarkably bad conditions inside the processing plant in Blakely, Ga., including mold, roaches and a leaky roof. According to e-mail uncovered by congressional investigators shortly after the outbreak, Parnell, who invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying before Congress in February 2009, once directed employees to â€œturn them looseâ€? after samples of peanuts had tested positive for salmonella and were then cleared in another test. The indictment says the company misled its customers about the existence of salmonella in its product, even when lab tests showed it was present. It says the co-workers even fabricated certificates accompanying some of the peanut shipments saying they were safe when tests said otherwise. According to the indictment, Peanut Corp. included Mexican and Argentine peanut paste in products shipped to a multinational food products company in Battle Creek, Mich., but said it was all from the United States. The indictment does not name the company, but Kelloggâ€™s is based in Battle Creek and Kelloggâ€™s Austin and Keebler peanut butter sandwich crackers were part of the massive recall.
JACQUELYN MARTIN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mandiant founder and CEO Kevin Mandia is seen in his office in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday. Mandiant, a private technology security firm, described in extraordinary detail efforts it blamed on a Chinese military unit to hack into 141 businesses and steal commercial secrets. China denies the claim.
US company investigates likely Chinese military cyberattacks BY ANNE FLAHERTY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON â€” When Kevin Mandia, a retired military cybercrime investigator, decided to expose China as a primary threat to U.S. computer networks, he didnâ€™t have to consult with American diplomats in Beijing or declassify tactics to safely reveal government secrets. He pulled together a 76-page report based on seven years of his companyâ€™s work and produced the most detailed public account yet of how, he says, the Chinese government has been rummaging through the networks of major U.S. companies. It wasnâ€™t news to Mandiaâ€™s commercial competitors, or the federal government, that systematic attacks could be traced back to a nondescript office building outside Shanghai that he believes was run by the Chinese army. What was remarkable was that the details â€” code names of hackers, oneâ€™s affection for Harry Potter and how they stole sensitive trade secrets and passwords â€” came from a private security company without the official backing of the U.S. military or intelligence agencies that are responsible for protecting the nation from a cyberattack. The report, embraced by stakeholders in both government and industry, represented a notable alignment of interests in Washing-
ton: The Obama administration has pressed for new evidence of Chinese hacking that it can leverage in diplomatic talks â€” without revealing secrets about its own hacking investigations â€” and Mandiant makes headlines with its sensational revelations. The report also shows the balance of power in Americaâ€™s cyberwar has shifted into the hands of the $30 billion-a-year computer security industry. â€œWe probably kicked the hornetâ€™s nest,â€? Mandia, 42, said in an interview at the Alexandria, Va., headquarters of Mandiant. But â€œtolerance is just dwindling. People are tired of the status quo of being hacked with impunity, where thereâ€™s no risk or repercussion.â€? China has disputed Mandiantâ€™s allegations. Mandiant, which took in some $100 million in business last year â€” up 60 percent from the year before â€” is part of a lucrative and exploding market that goes beyond antivirus software and firewalls. These â€œdigital forensicsâ€? outfits can tell a business whether its systems have been breached and â€” if the company pays extra â€” who attacked it. Mandiantâ€™s staff is stocked with retired intelligence and law enforcement agents who specialize in computer forensics and promise their clients confidentiality and control over the investigation. In turn, they get unfettered access to the crime scene and resources to
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fix the problem (Mandiant wonâ€™t say exactly how much it charges, but itâ€™s estimated to average around $400 an hour). The growing reliance on contractors like Mandiant has been compared to that enjoyed by the military and State Department contractor formerly known as Blackwater, which provided physical security to diplomats and other VIPs during the Iraq war. Officials inside and outside government say thatâ€™s not a bad thing; contractors can often act more quickly than the government and without as much red tape. There are also serious privacy concerns: Most U.S. citizens donâ€™t want the government to access their bank accounts, for example, even if China is attacking their bank. â€œThe government doesnâ€™t have the capacity,â€? said Shawn Henry, a former FBI executive assistant director who works for a Mandiant competitor, CrowdStrike. â€œThere are a lot of people working hard. But the structures arenâ€™t there.â€? Michael DuBose, another former senior Justice Department official who works at a different Mandiant competitor, Kroll Advisory Solutions, added: â€œI think thereâ€™s a recognition that the government canâ€™t stand at the entry point of the Internet to the United States and shield it from all bad things coming in.â€?
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Illinois holds off last-place Penn State BY THOMAS BRUCH STAFF WRITER
In the game of basketball, there is not a specific metric to measure the ugliness of a contest. Perhaps the closest statistic to defi ne such an intangible adjective is in the foul column. In that regard, the 64-59 Illinois victory over Penn State included 52 fouls Thursday night at Assembly Hall might constitute the ugliest game of the season for Illinois. But Illinois head coach John Groce’s old adage is that his team won’t give away a win, and now Illinois has reached the 20-win threshold on the season during a five-game win streak. It is in large part because of a plus-20 free-throw attempt advantage and a couple timely baskets from Illini senior guards. Illinois attempted 36 free throws to Penn State’s 16, sinking 23 of them. D.J. Richardson hit four free throws in a row to seal the game in its fi nal moments. Richardson tallied 18 points to lead Illinois, marking the fourth time in the last five games that he has scored at least 18 points. “It’s not always sexy and pretty in February,” Groce said. Groce was diplomatic when discussing the foul debacle, but Penn State head coach Pat Chambers addressed it head on in the postgame, clearly frustrated after the fourth opponent in the Nittany Lions’ last
six games attempted at least 30 free throws against his team. “There was a foul every play,” Chambers said. “There was zero flow to the game. I understand there’s going to be fouls, but there was too many fouls. “We’re not that bad defensively.” Interspersed among the rampant referee whistles, aghast player reactions at dubious calls and free throws, Illinois actually scored baskets and made plays. Nnanna Egwu forced a steal, grabbed it and went coastto-coast for a dunk to give Illinois a 45-37 lead with 7:48 to go in the game. From that point forward, the game flow grinded to a halt for the next five minutes until Penn State pulled to within three points at a score of 52-49 with 2:50 remaining. Illinois guard Brandon Paul answered with a 3-pointer of his own on the next possession to secure a six-point lead that outlasted the barrage of fouls at the end. With his 16 points, Paul became only the 10th player in Illinois history to reach the 1,500 career-point mark — a milestone he seemed oblivious to after the game. “I reached a milestone today?” Paul asked. “Oh, I had no idea. I mean, I guess that’s cool.”
Thoughts from mental training consultant Dr. Walker Confidence as a belief
How can you be successful if you aren't confident to start? This is often the problem with an athlete on a cold streak — they lack confidence because they lack results. Developing confidence comes from taking the focus off of the results and going back and ensuring we are doing everything within our power to achieve those results.
The main thing I try to do to develop confidence is to help athletes adjust their focus from the results to factors that are within their control. I find it to be a rare occasion where an athlete that lacks confidence controls all of the things within her control and focuses primarily on those issues.
A large part of the focus problems experienced by college athletes relates to developmental issues with sport today. If you perform well, we overgeneralize and say it is because you are good. Kids then think, "If I perform poorly, I must be bad" This is developed both in sport and schools.
Part of the problem athletes experience with confidence comes from the average fans/ media focus on results. Athletes often lose focus of what's important because of the focus on results or a lack thereof.
Women’s golf constantly working on confidence
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BY ALEX ORTIZ STAFF WRITER
Consider a moment — five seconds to be exact. For a golfer, what happens in these five seconds before a shot and what runs through a player’s head can make the difference between success and failure. What many tend not to realize, is how much can go into determining what actually happens physically, mentally and emotionally in these five seconds. Dr. Todd Kays, author of “Sports Psychology for Dummies,” founder of the Athletic Mind Institute and a sports psychologist at Ohio State, points to this time as “the most critical in golf.” “If you get your head right for these five seconds, you play better golf,” it says on the Athletic Mind Institute website. “With your mind in the right place during this time, you improve your swing mechanics and your ability to win.” Dr. Kays’ “Mental Mechanics and Swing Mechanics” is just one of the many topics that the Illinois women’s golf team has discussed in its mental preparation and in working on confi dence. Head coach Renee Slone has consistently stressed the importance of maintaining a high level of confidence throughout each individual aspect of this season. Perhaps the idea that she has emphasized most to the
team is to not base the level of confi - about addressing the fluctuation of these levels for an athlete, Walker dence on past results. This lesson is one of the core teach- said: “Since confidence is a belief, ings of another recognized expert in from a psychological perspective, the field, mental training consultant part of changing confidence comes and Associate Athletics Director for from changing belief patterns. For Championship Performance at Colum- instance, many athletes believe that bia University and Illinois graduate they need to be successful to be conDr. Brent Walker. Walker has spoken fident. This is a faulty belief pattern. with the team about How can you be succonfidence and keeps cessful if you aren’t in touch with players confident to start? in order to assist them This is often the probin maintaining a high lem with an athlete level of confidence on on a cold streak — a wide range of topics. they lack confi dence “It varies week to because they lack week depending on results. Developing confidence comes from how my practice is taking the focus off of going,” sophomore Michelle Mayer said. the results and going “If I don’t feel like I’m back and ensuring we accomplishing much are doing everything within our power to that week, we talk MICHELLE MAYER, about why that might achieve those results.” sophomore golfer be, like if I’m focusing Considering Illinois’ on something else.” youth, there has been a more concertWalker suggests different ways ed effort on the part of the coaches to in which to help the process along. ensure a clear and comfortable state To help Mayer, Walker suggested a of mind, not just before each compevisualization technique that involves tition, but also before each practice. recording her swing on her camera In order to successfully compartmenphone and watching it, as she will be talize different facets of their lives, doing on the plane to Arizona for the some players have even gone as far as team’s next invite. When asked about the word “confidence” and how to go See GOLF, Page 3B
“If I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing much that week, we talk about why that might be, like if I’m focusing on something else.”
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Illinois’ D.J. Richardson dribbles down court early in the game against Penn State at Assembly Hall on Thursday. The Illini won 64-59.
Illini hockey to say goodbye to seniors in series versus Eastern Michigan BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER
While Illinois hockey’s games this weekend don’t carry any weight to its seeding in the ACHA national tournament, it is still an important weekend for the Illini. This weekend marks senior night, and the Illini will get the chance to send off five seniors in front of the home fans for the last
No. 8 Anthony Carlsen
Career stats — 35 games, one goal, nine assists and 20 penalty minutes Best game — Feb. 9, 2013 against Robert Morris Why — A 4-1 win over the Eagles clinched the regular-season CSCHL Championship for Illinois. “I didn’t do anything spectacular but had a lot of shot blocks that night. A big win for us.”
time. While hockey players aren’t usually the most emotional bunch, the prospect of playing on the Big Pond for the last time holds some weight. “I don’t think it will really sink in until we take off the jersey for the last time,” senior defenseman Anthony Carlsen said. Along with Carlsen, defensemen Kent Kovalsky and Chad
No. 17 Chad Himley
Himley, along with forwards Nick Stuercke and Scott Barrera, will be playing their last games in the Illinois Ice Arena. The national bracket is already set, but this weekend serves as a tuneup for No. 7 Illinois to get back into form before it skates against No. 10 Delaware on March 2. Last weekend in the CSCHL Tournament, Illinois didn’t show
Career stats — 49 games, 10 goals, 11 assists, 33 penalty minutes Best game — Feb. 9, 2013 vs. Robert Morris Why — A 4-1 win over the Eagles clinched the regular-season CSCHL championship for Illinois.
No. 19 Nick Stuercke
up against No. 12 Iowa State and was held scoreless for the fi rst time this season. The Illini were without Barrera, who was serving a one-game suspension for fighting, but no one else filled the void and the Cyclones filled the net. “We got away from our game so badly against Iowa State,” head coach Nick Fabbrini said.
Career stats — 80 games, 11 goals (two on power play), 12 assists and 47 penalty minutes Best game — Oct. 6, 2012 against Stony Brook Why — He scored the game-tying goal in third period and recorded game-winning goal in overtime. “It was good to put the team on my back and get the W.”
“It’s not really a weekend of us to come out and mess around.” If there were a pair of games to get back into form, these would be it. The Illini have won 18 straight games against Eastern Michigan since 2005, including winning 10-0 and 4-3 last season. Even while playing an unranked team the week before the national tournament begins, Fabbrini
No. 73 Scott Barrera
Career stats — 96 games, 35 goals (10 on power play), 57 assists, 69 penalty minutes Best game — Feb. 12, 2011 against Oklahoma Why — A sweep of Oklahoma earned the Illini a berth in the national tournament. Barrera earned Illini of the Week honors. “It was a must-win weekend to get into nationals. We ended up sweeping them.”
expects players not to overlook the Eagles. “I think (Iowa State) was a big wake-up call for us, so we better be focused this weekend,” he said. “I think we took Iowa State for granted a little bit.” One main difference between this weekend and next weekend
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No. 5 Kent Kovalsky
Career stats — 33 games, three assists and 100 penalty minutes Best game — Nov. 10, 2012 against Lindenwood Why — Kovalsky was ejected for dropping the gloves and fighting a Lindenwood player, a fight he says he won.
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Tough tourney ahead for softball Coach: Team keeps improving BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
While most Illinois students will be bundled up this weekend, the softball team won’t be. For the third straight weekend, the Illini will play in a road tournament, this time in the Mary Nutter Colegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. They’ll face four teams that have all been ranked at some point in the season. “It’s exciting to go to all these different parts of the country,” senior pitcher Pepper Gay said. “Not many people can say they do that, so we take full advantage of the opportunities we have, and we love playing on the road.” Illinois’ schedule for the weekend is by no means a breeze. The Illini will play No. 22 Washington and Oregon State on Friday, before facing No. 8 California on Saturday and Georgia Tech on Sunday. “Everyone knows our philosophy, we play the best and we’re not looking for any cupcake schedule,” head coach Terri Sullivan said. “Our young players, we say we throw them right to the fire, it’s great competition, quality competition ... (and) each weekend we’ve opened up against a top-five team and have had an opportunity to do something special. Every time there’s a challenge, there’s an opportunity, and this weekend we want to grab some of those opportunities.” The team will play three night games in as many days, which Sullivan says has the Illini excited. “All players love night games,” Sullivan said. “Pitchers feel like they throw a little bit harder, and it’s fun playing under the lights, but the bottom line is winner’s win. They win when they play at 9 in the morning, which we do, and they win when they play at 10 at night, which we do, they win in rain, sleet, sun, whatever matters, winners win.” The Illini were up and down in their last tournament, finishing the weekend 2-3 with wins against in-state rival DePaul and Houston and two losses to No. 6 Texas. “I really like how we responded toward the end of the weekend. At this level, you have to be able to give punches and take punches and I thought we did that especially in the final game on Sunday. We were really tested last weekend, and we came up short a couple times and now we just need to close things out and really get that consistency going in the third tournament of the year, which will be a huge challenge with tremendous competition.” To be more consistent, Illinois has been taking as many reps as possible in its practices this week. “It’s really a coach cliche to say, but the way you play has a lot to do with the way you practice,” Sullivan said. “We want quality reps and at this level — taking care of the ball is so big. We always say playing a high level of catch is the foundation of a good defense and some drops or poor throws have put our back against the wall a couple times this season and against the competition. We play if we give them too many opportunities to have second chances that can hurt you. Again it’s practicing hard and focusing and playing in the moment and the simple fundamentals of softball.” The Illini continue to finetune all aspects of the game to improve every week. “We want to make those routine plays,” Sullivan said. “Throw the ball, catch the ball, we want our pitchers to throw strikes. When they throw strikes, the best of the best aren’t hitting them, and we want to execute our offensive game plan.” Illinois has also been trying to jell as a team. “We’re really just working on coming together,” sophomore Jess Perkins said. “Finding our chemistry and going out strong. We have to trust each other, know that we all have each other’s backs, and if we do that, we’ll win this weekend.”
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“Everyone knows our philosophy, we play the best an we’re not looking for any cupcake schedule.” TERRI SULLIVAN, softball head coach
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Illinois’ Conrad Polz wrestles Minnesota’s Cody Yohn at Huff Hall on Jan. 13, 2012. No. 8 Polz will take on No. 3 Tyler Caldwell of Oklahoma State in this weekend’s NWCA National Duals.
No. 8 Illinois wrestling heads to national duals Illinois enters competition with 7-5 record, needs to beat 3 top-4 teams to win tourney; Polz returns to competition BY DAN BERNSTEIN STAFF WRITER
After finishing the regular season 7-5 record (3-5 in the Big Ten), the Illinois wrestling team will take its No. 8 national ranking into Minneapolis on Friday to compete in the NWCA National Duals. The duals will feature eight teams: Illinois, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Cornell, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, all of which are ranked in the top 10 in the country. Illinois will be thrown right into the fire Friday as it opens competition against No. 1 Oklahoma State. With the Big Ten holding five of the top-10 spots in the national
rankings this year, the Illini have become familiar with wrestling against the best programs in the nation. Illinois will still be without two-time All-American at 141 pounds B.J. Futrell. “For us, I’m relieved more than anything that we get to wrestle somebody different even though it’s Oklahoma State,” head coach Jim Heffernan said. “We have an unbelievable opportunity to go up there and do something great but more than anything I’m glad we’re not wrestling another Big Ten team, especially in the first round.” One of the key matchups for the Illini will be at the 165-pound weight class, as No. 8 Conrad Polz
is set to wrestle the Cowboys’ No. 3 Tyler Caldwell. Polz finished the season with a 20-4 overall record and is coming off a 2-0 victory against No. 23 Pierce Harger of Northwestern. After two weeks without competition, Polz said he is looking forward to getting back onto the mat to compete against a competitive Oklahoma State team. “I think I can beat him (Caldwell). I plan on winning,” Polz said. “We’re walking into a weekend where if we beat Oklahoma State and we keep wrestling, we’re going to have someone good too.” Another compelling matchup this weekend will be between the
Illini’s No. 8 Jordan Blanton and Oklahoma State’s No. 2 Chris Perry, the younger brother of Illinois associate head coach Mark Perry. The two wrestlers faced each other on three different occasions last year with all three bouts ending in decision victories for Perry. Blanton said he is looking forward to the challenge and does not see wrestling his coach’s brother different than wrestling anyone else. “I just see him (Perry) as a guy who is trying to take what I want,” Blanton said. “I don’t feel any extra added pressure, I just plan on going out and wrestling to dominate.” After defeating Northwestern’s No. 9 Lee Munster in his last Big Ten dual of the season, Blanton said he’s had his best-
ever weekend of training as far as getting the most out of his workouts and having to dig deep and find ways to get excited. To win the NWCA championship, the Illini will need to beat three of the top-four teams in the country. More importantly, it is an opportunity for the Illini to gain even more experience against the top programs in the nation before the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Championships. “We haven’t been consistent enough,” Heffernan said. “We need to make sure our guys are focused on where they’re good and are able to wrestle their style. Our shape is great right now and our mental health is pretty good.”
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Student-athletes set good example in volunteer work Athletes unite in community service through Jock Jams EMILY BAYCI Sports columnist
icture this: Football players and gymnasts facing off in a break-dance competition, volleyball players belting out the lyrics of current pop songs and various other athletes acting, singing and diving. There are no set uniforms, no balls and no final buzzer will sound. But there’s always a champion. One may think there’s no world where these shenanigans ever happen, but that’s wrong. The fourth annual Jock Jams will take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at our very own Huff Hall. Jock Jams isn’t just a talent show where athletes prove why they choose athletics over singing, dancing or acting, but a historically successful community service event. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Illini Ticket Office or the night of at the door. Proceeds benefit the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, The Crisis Nursery and Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC). I wanted this column to be about the necessity of athletes performing community service and how hours should be mandated by the NCAA, but discovered that Illinois athletes are on the right track. The Illinois student body should follow the athletes’ example and start doing more community service of their own. Community service is an integral part of a positive student-athlete image because athletes have a high-profile image where they can be an example to children, community members and other students. I understand that athletes have very busy schedules, but participating in just a little bit of community service is a great way for them to give back to those who sup-
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Student-athletes dance during last year’s Jock Jams performance. The University of Illinois Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host this year’s talent show featuring Illini athletes on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Huff Hall. port them and to create a more well-rounded image for themselves. If they engage in service in college, they are more likely to continue after graduation. The NCAA doesn’t mandate athlete community service, but it does require member institutions to have a StudentAthlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). This committee has representatives from every sport with many responsibilities, including generating a student-athlete voice, recommending NCAA legislation, participating in the NCAA administrative process and promoting a positive studentathlete image. Jock Jams may be the largest and most structured community service event, but it’s only one of the several community service events Illinois ath-
letes participate in each year. Illinois student-athletes logged more than 6,800 service hours in 2011-12. Part of the SAAC’s role is to set goals and encourage community service. This year, the SAAC’s goal is for 100 percent athlete participation in service, that every athlete participates in at least one event. Participation is currently at 80 percent. None of the service is required, although it is recommended, Kathy Kaler, a counselor in the athletic department and advisor of SAAC, said. Different sports set different goals for community service, and it’s up to the students and coaching staff to determine a system for evaluating these goals. Kaler said the women’s golf team sets a goal of eight hours a year and that there is never any prob-
lem with students not completing their hours. People from the ChampaignUrbana community are welcome to send requests in to the athletic department for athletes to complete service as part of the Illini’s Hometown Heroes program. Most of the requests come from schools, Kaler said. Kaler sends out a weekly email to the athletes and in it she lists the week’s service opportunities. “Usually there are athletes always willing to participate, as long as it fits their schedules,” Kaler said. If student-athletes can fit community service into their schedules, then so can everyone else. The majority of the student body can’t participate in the service opportunities for athletes, of course, but Illinois has a countless number
of organizations dedicated to community service. An easy way to get involved is by contacting the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs, which provides weekly emails listing opportunities to students. Or look up open volunteer hours at local nonprofits around the area, UC Books to Prisoners, Salt and Light and the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen are some organizations to start with. Or you could even team up with the athletes and attend Jock Jams. Remember, all proceeds go to charity. It doesn’t have to be every day and it doesn’t have to be something big, but there’s always time to do something.
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Friday, February 22, 2013
Women’s gymnastics prepares for dual meet with Ohio State BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
The Illinois women’s gymnastics team is hungry. After a win over Iowa by a 10th last Saturday, the No. 18 Illini are ready to face No. 20 Ohio State and show that they belong at the top of a competitive Big Ten. “Ohio State is a very good team so we have to make sure that we get after everything and we have to be hungrier than our opponent,” head coach Kim Landrus said. “Right now, the Big Ten is very competitive, and right now, in order to come out on top, you have to make sure that you work out and compete to your potential.” Illinois was down to Iowa last weekend until the final event, but showed resiliency and hunger by putting together an almost perfect floor lineup. “The team is trying to build on what we did on Saturday,” Landrus said. “We had some great events and then we had some areas in which we could improve and we’ve come in the gym and been focusing on the little things, like the amplitude and the execution, everything that is the wow factor in your performances.” The Illini won last year’s
meeting against the Buckeyes “We need to figure out how to in Champaign, but Ohio State overcome adversity when someedged Illinois at the Big Ten thing bad happens,” Weinstein Championships. said. “We need to be able to push Both teams have been up and it behind us. I think that we did down this season, with neither an awesome job considering the recording back-to-back wins. circumstances, but it’s going to But Illinois and Ohio State have be the same situation this weekseemed to hit their respective end. We’re not going to have strides. Amber in our lineup and so we “We’re in a good position right need to figure out a way to be now, this is where we wanted able to overcome that. Hopefulto be,” senior Alina Weinstein ly, we see people in our lineups said. “We need step up and try to stay in the to make up for top four (in her score.” As is the c o n fe r e n c e) c ase ever y to reach our goals of getweek for the Illini, the litting into the No. 18 Illinois No. 20 Ohio State tle details will evening ses- (3-5, 2-3 Big Ten) (3-4, 2-3) make the difsion of Big ference in the Te n s , a nd Saturday, 3 p.m. final score. right now it’s Columbus, Ohio all about main“ M istakes The Illini took last year’s meeting tenance. We happen, but need to just against the Buckeyes in Champaign, the good teams but Ohio State edged Illinois at the make sure we get back on Big Ten Championships. keep hitting t rack a nd the scores that they don’t lose we’ve been hitting and just stay focus,” sophomore Sunny Kato in the same spot or move up, said. “We just need to keep movI think we can easily take on ing forward and keep up a good that feat and that’s something pace.” we have been working for.” The Illini have been working Nicholas can be reached at hard to prepare for competing email@example.com and without junior Amber See. @IlliniSportsGuy.
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Karisma Penn looks for the basket while being heavily guarded during Illinois’ win over Wisconsin at Assembly Hall on Monday. Penn frequently runs into foul troubles, which forces the Illini to change up their lineup.
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Illinois' Alina Weinstein celebrates after balance beam routine during the Gym Jam against Iowa at Huff Hall on Saturday. Weinstein and her teammates will have to compete without junior Amber See at Ohio State this weekend.
Illinois, Indiana meet in battle of 1st-year coaches nois State and Illinois’ 91-86 win at Minnesota following its loss to When the ball is tipped at Northwestern. Assembly Hall on Saturday afterFollowing each loss, however, noon, two teams led by first-year Illinois had at least a weeklong head coaches will have to show break to prepare for its next oppotheir squads how to respond from nent, compared with the two-day either an extreme high or extreme turnaround with Indiana. low. One main area where Illinois On one side of the court, wear- struggled Wednesday, and has ing white, there will be the Illi- struggled all season long, was nois women’s basketball team. with foul trouble. Senior forHead coach ward KarisMatt Bollant’s ma Penn was squad is coming off its worst sent to the loss of the seabench with son, a 33-point three fouls just thrashing by eight minutes No. 7 Penn into the Penn Indiana Illinois State. State game and (11-15, 2-11 Big Ten) (15-10, 8-5) Going the played just 26 Saturday, 2 p.m. opposite direcminutes overAssembly Hall tion, wearing all before fouling out. crimson, will Saturday’s matchup will be the first When Penn be Indiana. Head coach between first-year head coaches Matt gets in foul Bollant and Curt Miller. trouble, Illinois Curt Miller’s either turns to Hoosiers are coming off their best win of the a five-guard lineup or puts in litseason, a 62-61 upset of No. 22 tle-used reserves like Nia Oden Purdue. or McKenzie Piper. On WednesIn the locker room after Illinois’ day, Oden was substituted in, but loss, Bollant was already prepping she recorded three fouls in just the team on how to respond. over two minutes of playing time “We can’t let this loss affect and was sent back to the bench, the next one,” he told the team. forcing Illinois into a five-guard “We have to move on as a team, lineup. move on mentally and be ready Illinois finished with 26 fouls for Indiana.” with two players fouling out. IlliBollant said the quick turn- nois’ lack of size with Penn out around will benefit the Illini. allowed Penn State to gain a 45-26 “Any time after a loss, you’re rebound advantage. hungry to get back on the court,” “We’ve got to change that. he said. “Every time we’ve lost, We’re not the same team when we’ve come back the next game she’s in foul trouble,” Bollant said. and played really well.” “She’s got to be really disciplined Bollant cited two specific inci- and we have to put her in situadences, Illinois’ win over then- tions where she’s not going to foul No. 6 Georgia after a loss to Illi- them.” BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER STAFF WRITER
Women’s golf prepares for Ariz. invite with unfamiliar but ‘scoreable’ course BY ALEX ORTIZ STAFF WRITER
The Illinois women’s golf team will be heading into the Westbrook Spring Invitational with limited course experience against a competitive 13-team field. Arkansas, Washington and Texas Tech, all top-25 teams, highlight the competition that will be playing the Westbrook Village Golf Club par-72, 6,269yard Vistas Course, from Sunday through Monday in Peoria, Ariz. “Having played the golf course last year, we’ve got some experience (and) know what to expect,” head coach Renee Slone said. “We’ve got the notes from last year of the golf course and (we’re) really making sure that the team members review those notes.” Those notes, along with photos of the different holes of the course, will prove key in the team’s preparation. Only one Illini making the trip has actually played the course. Junior Ember Shuldt’s experience playing in last year’s Westbrook Invite will help the younger players this year. “We actually have team meetings, and I’ll bring up topics like this,” she said. “I told everyone
on the team this course is definitely very scoreable, not a lot of trouble (and) it is shorter.” Players and coaches say the course does not pose any unique challenges, but the characteristics have dictated the types of shots taken in practice. “It was mostly more of our basic chip shots (and) a little bit of lag putting,” assistant coach Jackie Szymoniak said. “This course is fairly straightforward. We kind of like to start with this golf course for a reason in terms of our regular-season play.” The team has been focusing more on lower chip shots for the relatively low area around the greens, shorter par-4 holes and mid-range putting. “I’ve been working more on bump and runs with my chip shots,” sophomore Samantha Postillion said. “I know that I’ll have a lot of short irons or wedges into the greens, based on the yardage that we have for the course.” Coming off a win at the Illinois Challenge against Illinois State, Illinois is looking for another good result to start its spring season on a positive note and to continue a streak of quality outings the squad has had in the last couple of competitions.
The last time the team played in an invite, it had its best round of the season by breaking 300. “I think everybody definitely grew from that experience and the confidence levels are starting to increase,” Szymoniak said. “Part of that, obviously, is we prepare as much as possible, and we try and encourage them to get their confidence off of the preparation.” Confidence has been the signature message of this practice week, the team said, because the levels are about as high as they have been in a while. Despite the tough competition, the Illini are poised to make noise this spring season. Still, the coaches are maintaining that steady message that they hope will keep the team’s morale up. “Results, yes, are what we want at the end of the day; however, we need to be able to be confident regardless of purely the score on the scorecard,” Szymoniak said. “So they’ve put in the time, energy and effort on both the mental side as well as the physical side. So by piecing together those, then we should be able to play some great rounds of golf.”
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at the national tournament is that more players will be in the rotation against Eastern Michigan. Fabbrini expects backup goaltender Rob Schmidt to start one of the games and has challenged players who don’t normally play many shifts that playing hard this weekend could earn shifts in the national tournament. “We’ll find out who really wants to play,” Fabbrini said. The biggest aspect of the weekend, however, is winning for the seniors. After last year’s 16-17-1 record, the success the Illini have achieved this season is new territory for a lot of the players. With a 23-11-2 mark this year, the Illini believe they can make some noise in the national tournament after posting wins over eight of the other 19 tournament teams, including defeating all five of their conference opponents at least once. Before they can think of tournament aspirations, though, the Illini have business to take care of. “We got to bring effort,” Stuercke said. “We can’t just take this weekend off and expect to turn it on next weekend.”
writing down what non-golf related things are on their mind and simply crumpling up the piece of paper and disposing of it. Jeff Janssen, of the Illinois Leadership Academy, has also contributed exercises in order to assist the team in organizing its thought processes. The team completes “confidence worksheets” in which they have to write out what they are confident about in 10 different categories and they add to it as they progress through the season. These include what the player did in preparation, her strengths, past successes, people who believe in her, etc. The purpose is to physically and visually remind players of all they have going for them and they are instructed to place the list in a spot where they can see it every day. The “confidence script” is another exercise the team writes
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out in order to basically plan out a desired mental or emotional state each player wants to be in when they leave for the golf course, when they arrive and when they finally step onto the green. But it is not just a single exercise or two that Slone wants for the team. She tries to continually keep these goals in mind so that the process does not falter. The “confidence worksheet,” for example, is completed a number of times throughout the season. Having a specific focus, attempting to only control what is controllable and always trying to look at situations positively may be techniques heard time and again from childhood, but they are still constants in chasing success with trained professionals helping the team. The team also has other individual approaches that help in staying consistent. Sophomore Samantha Postillion literally counts in order to maintain a rhythm for each swing she takes on the course.
Indiana snapped a 10-game losing streak, during which it lost every game by at least 10 points, with its win over Purdue on Wednesday. The Hoosiers are still in last place in the conference, but Bollant has seen them make strides under his long-time friend. “They do a really good job of running their offense,” Bollant said. Miller’s ball-screen offense has helped Indiana improve from 6-24 last season to 11-15 so far this season. It could be Bollant on the other side of the court, leading the ladies in crimson. The man strolling the sideline in orange and blue interviewed for the Indiana job but was offered Illinois’ spot before he heard back from the Hoosiers. Bollant was an assistant at Indiana for two seasons, from 2000-02, and still has many close friends in Bloomington. Bollant and Miller, who was the head coach at Bowling Green, have known each other since Bollant started working in Division-I basketball in the late ’90s, meeting on recruiting trips and exchanging phone calls about potential jobs they may pursue in the future. “We’ve known each other for a long time, and we’re in similar situation leaving mid-majors programs and coming to the Big Ten, so we can really relate to each other and feel what the other person is going through quite a bit.” When the ball is tipped, though, both Bollant and Miller will try to keep their teams level-headed and pick up a highly-coveted Big Ten win.
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“I want to go into the tournament knowing that I will stick with the same routine for each shot and each putt,” she said. “I think that helps with scoring better because if I get in a nervous situation, I’ll still be doing the same thing.” Other methods include a “self talk” to reassure themselves of the possibilities, taking care of non-golf related work before a tournament starts and maintaining one specific swing style to create a sort of muscle memory. These all can contribute to consistent confidence. From an overall standpoint, though, Slone acknowledges the constant struggle but is pleased with the team’s effort. “It’s easier said than done,” she said. “But I think for some, they really have taken that to heart and really have started doing a very good job with that.”
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FROM PAGE 1B Penn State poked and prodded the Illini all night long through grit and a rebounding effort that bested Illinois. The Nittany Lions dropped their 14th straight game and remain winless in conference play. Groce said his team’s win did not deter his respect for how hard Penn State plays despite its inadequacies. “I love their attitude, their disposition and their passion,” Groce said. “I told Pat after the game, you could see them getting better. I loved their energy level and passion that they play with, and they’ve done that through adversity.” Chambers echoed the praise for Groce, unprompted after Illinois reached .500 in conference play with the win. “I just want to say, John Groce is doing a great job,” Chambers said. “His energy, his fire, his enthusiasm. Illinois is playing with a lot more toughness, and they’re defensiveminded. They’re doing a great job.”
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