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The iconic Alma Mater statue will make its way back to the campus in early April. James Lev, architect in the Office of Capital Programs and chairman of the campus Architectural Review Committee, said about a half a dozen pieces are waiting to be fi nished, but the 83-year-old statue is about 80 percent re-assembled and should be back in time for Commencement. However, she may look a little different than how most students remember her. “The features of the sculpture are easier to defi ne with the cleaning up and the removal of the corrosion from the surface, so you don’t get that high contrast green and black streaking on the features like you have before,” Lev said. In 2012, an inspection by the University’s Preservation Working Group concluded that the statue needed to be repaired after suffering from years of water damage, corrosion and air pollution, which compromised the structural integrity and color of the sculpture. The Alma Mater was lifted in August 2012 to begin the restoration project. The project entailed taking the statue apart, replacing bolts and giving it a laser cleaning. The project was originally anticipated to be completed in May 2013, but when experts

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saw the extent of the corrosion, more repairs had to be done than previously planned. Lev said several groups are planning to throw welcome back celebrations. There will be a rededication ceremony of sorts in June for the Alma Mater’s birthday, he added. “I’m sure our students — especially those who are graduating this spring — will be excited to have Alma home for Commencement pictures,” campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler in an email. Originally, the project was estimated to cost $100,000, but the price increased to $360,000 in reparations, Lev said. “It’s taken much longer than we thought it would, but the work that’s been done is going to ensure that statue is going to be around for another 100 years,” he said.

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Kelasia Karmikal, a drag queen also known as Kenneth Johnson, performs her second piece at the Illini Union Board Drag Show, held Thursday. Karmikal organized the show with the board.

Illini Union hosts annual drag show BY ALEX SWANSON STAFF WRITER

Kenneth Johnson has attended drag shows since he was about 15-years-old. He himself performed in his first serious show on his 19th birthday. Now, Johnson performs two or three times a month, usually locally, and he also performed in New York for an AIDS benefit show last November.

On Thursday, Johnson took to the stage at the Illini Union Board Drag Show as Kelasia Karmikal, his show name. Several drag queens, including Karmikal, and one drag king, performed for the IUB Drag Show. The music was mostly pop, and the audience was encouraged to move from their seats to tip the performers with dollar bills. The queens all performed in

costume, usually sparkly ones, and often had fishnets and heels as well. Throughout the show, audience members were on their feet tipping or dancing, and the drag queens came through the aisles, occasionally sitting on audience members’ laps or kissing them cheek to cheek. Also sitting in the audience was Johnson’s brother.

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Campus streets were particularly crowded with visitors as March 14 marked the beginning of the 94th annual Engineering Open House. The open house attracted participants and onlookers of all kinds including students from universities and high schools across the nation and their families. Doug Podgorny, director of the open house and junior in Mechanical Engineering, said the two-day event featured more than 230 student-run exhibits. Engineering Open House continues to attract curious individuals annually with an estimated 20,000 visitors in attendance this year alone. “The combination of interaction and education really brings people to campus for EOH,” Podgorny said. “With such a wealth of information presented in an engaging way, people are naturally drawn to what EOH has to offer.” Although the event is showcased during a two-day time frame, extensive preparation occurs before exhibits are ready to be displayed throughout the Engineering Quad and its surrounding buildings. “Preparations for EOH begin in midApril and last throughout the summer, fall and spring terms. It is essentially an 11-month planning process,” Podgorny said. However, the exhibits that intrigue so many during these two days require just as much attention and effort — for many students, their exhibits took nearly a year to develop.

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The Engineering Open House honored Ellery Paine and Joseph Tykociner, by showcasing a reinvention of sound-onfilm. Sound-on-film is a class of sound film, whose process was refined at the University, in which the sound and picture is physically recorded to photographic film. Paine and Tykociner requested a patent, awarded in 1926, for the invention and released the first film in 1922. The demonstration at the open house included two projectors from the 1940s and 1950s playing a black-and-white film about the experiences of engineers. Engineering students involved said the exhibit was originally for the new Electrical and Computer Engineering building, but they thought it should be showcased at the open house before it became a permanent exhibit.

Students in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics hosted one of this year’s most anticipated demonstrations — rocket races along Boneyard Creek in which two rockets were launched three times on both Friday and Saturday between the quad’s two bridges. The races take place every year, but this is Michael Bush’s fi rst year helping to organize and prepare the event. While this demonstration draws a large crowd, Bush, sophomore in aerospace engineering, said making the rockets was fairly simple. He said the organizers hope to get people to see that students can have fun in aerospace engineering. “You can be creative with rocket science,” Bush said.

Students in Illini Motorsports displayed their Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) car on the Engineering Quad. Illini Motorsports takes part in design competitions every year in which they design, build and race a small Formula-style race car. “We go on two major competitions where there is about 120 teams from places like Germany, Spain, UK and Big Ten schools, too,” said Jack Miller, senior in mechanical engineering. He said it takes the students about a year to build the car. Guests of the open house were able to use a racing simulator that replicated the car on display. “It’s kind of like a realistic video game,” he said.

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Illini Pullers, a quarter-scale tractor building club, showcased its exhibit in the Digital Computer Laboratory. Each year, the club constructs a new quarterscale tractor. “We get a lot of parts donated from companies or money donated,” said Holly Brown, a junior in technical systems management. “We construct a lot of the parts in shop, and we spend a lot of time designing the entire thing.” Each year, the Illini Pullers compete in the ASABE International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. “Each year we make a new tractor starting in August and we have until competition time to get it up and running to have it tested,” Brown said. With the competition beginning in early June, the Illini Pullers have nearly a year to construct its tractor. “For the most part, the tractors are used in competition when we’re tested against maneuverability, when we compare design reports against each other, and when we test distance pulled,” Brown said. At the exhibit, the Illini Pullers featured an accomplishment they are very proud of — a self-made tractor with five engines for a total of 80 horsepower. The tractor took first place overall in the 2010 ASABE competition. Although the tractors are built primarily for competition, the Illini Pullers find time to demonstrate the work its tractors can accomplish in the real world. “Sometimes we take it out to Ag Day and do some pulls to show people what we can do with our major,” Brown said.

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UI Professor Gollin balances family, Congressional run fixing elements in government he believes are currently broken. “I believe that sometimes circumstances align, and you can give a shove,” he said. “It’s the butterfly effect. If you give a push at just the right time, everything becomes really different. This is what we do in science.” Many years ago, if someone had asked Gollin’s grown daughter Cordelia if her father would ever run for political office, she would say, “No, he’s a physicist; that’s what he does.” But, when she was in high school, her father became involved in higher education policy, and the current reality of his campaign started to make more sense to her. In 2002, Gollin, along with other professors at the University, began receiving spam from “diploma mills,” or unaccredited universities and institutions that offer fake degrees and diplomas for a sum of money. After a few months, Gollin called a number listed and received a sales pitch about acquiring a degree for only a few thousand dollars. However, once he discovered there were real people, including some practicing doctors with these degrees, he went after the diploma mills and began a wild fight against them that continued over the course of several years. “Knowledge conveys responsibility,” he said. “I’m now highly knowledgeable about this problem. And it means I have an obligation to decide how to engage with it. It’s important to do because these

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The door to Room 437D in Loomis Laboratory is closed. Only a few months ago, the rhythms of the academic year vibrated throughout the room, as physics students asked complicated questions and marveled at the complexities of the world along with George Gollin, physics professor at the University. Forty-three years ago, as a freshman at Harvard University, Gollin discovered a love for the subject and never let go. But, as much as he enjoys analyzing the strangeness and beauty of the world with his students, Room 437D may be quiet for a little longer. On Tuesday, Gollin will learn if the time he spent away from campus running for Congress landed him a spot as Illinois’ 13th congressional district’s Democratic nominee. Before embarking on his campaign, Gollin made a promise to himself: “I think I was very clear on this when I first began running — I had to go about this in a way that I could look at myself in the mirror every morning and say, ‘I did good,’ or, at least, I did not do anything that I would be uncomfortable with, that I would be ashamed of, say, that I felt was wrong,” Gollin said. “I’d want to be able to explain the things I did to my daughter, or to my mother, or to my wife and feel that I was doing the right thing.” And for Gollin, the “right thing” is fulfilling his civic obligation and

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DRAG SHOW like, 40-years-old or 50-yearsold, and it’s a big secret.” Drag is commonly associated with transgender, bisexual, gay or lesbian performers. But performing in drag in no way categorizes one’s sexual orientation or gender identification. Johnson spoke to another incorrect assumption about drag. “The misconception would be that we want to be girls,” Johnson said. “There are some people that are born in the wrong bodies or do want to have surgeries to alter their looks ... But there are some of us who like the pure entertainment value: doing the hair, doing the makeup, mixing the music, making the costumes, and that’s what I do it for.” On average, it takes Johnson about 45 minutes to an hour to get ready for each show. There’s face makeup, hair and costumes

that all take time to put together. The show had a comedy component, as the drag queens frequently debated one another on stage or yelled out at the audience members, usually cursing. One performer even brought some french fries with her to the stage to eat. Halfway through the performance, three volunteers from the audience were brought up on stage for a surprise dance contest. One of the volunteers, freshman in LAS Kyerra Ratliff, was caught off guard. “I was nervous, but I was excited! I guess I wasn’t expecting it,” Ratliff said. Johnson was a middle man between the performers and the Illini Union Board. He and the board had meetings together and worked out exactly what was needed for a successful show. Ryan Kuramitsu, director of enriching programs for the IUB and junior in Social Work, said he enjoyed the entertainment. “One of my favorite things about the drag show is that it

folks are out there killing people, and I know enough about it to be helpful in solving the problem.” Gollin said he knows so much, in fact, that the people behind the diploma mills began to go after him and his family. When Cordelia was in high school, she received a string of obscene messages over the Internet. “She’s a lioness, and it made her afraid to be alone in the house when she was 16 and 17,” Gollin said. “How dare someone do that to my kid!” But Cordelia didn’t let the bullying faze her, and though a simple Google search will reveal offensive allegations about Gollin on Internet forums (presumably posted by individuals who run diploma mills), he doesn’t let the Internet poison bother him either. “The reason he’s getting into politics is because he wants to do good,” said Mats Selen, Gollin’s colleague and physics professor at the University. “He’s not doing this whole run because he’s tired of being a teacher, and he’s not doing it because he wants to go live in Washington (D.C.) or something. He’s doing it because he thinks in whatever years he has left on Earth, the most important thing he can do is make it a better place. He really thinks that, and that’s another thing I admire about him.” In Gollin’s ideal world, he said people would all know in their bones what’s fair, and act based on clear, ethical and moral principles. It would be kinder and gentler, and

brings in folks from the local LGBT community,” Kuramitsu said. “It’s fun and entertaining, and students can experience something they might not have.” Kuramitsu has come to have a better understanding of drag since joining the IUB. “These are people who have an art. They take a lot of time and practice with it, and it’s very entertaining,” said Kuramitsu, “It’s powerful — that’s the word I would probably use to describe it.” When asked what his favorite part was about being on stage, Johnson stopped and laughed. He stated that it certainly wasn’t the money. “If one person at the end of the day comes up and says, ‘I liked what you did,’ or ‘you were the prettiest,’ or ‘I loved your lipstick,’ or ‘I noticed your bravado’ ... It’s just all about that to me ... having an opportunity to show something to them and get something back in a positive way.”

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the accidents of birth, ethnicity and skin color would play minimal roles in opportunities. “Something that I think comes across really well whenever George interacts with people is he has this really wonderful curiosity,” Cordelia said. “He wants to get to know people. He wants to understand what’s important to them and what makes them function. That’s been something I was really fortunate to grow up with my whole life.” Cordelia is a first-year student in a master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, but over the summer she had the chance to accompany her father on trips across the district to meet constituents. “I like talking to people,” Gollin said. “I like showing up some place and having people tell me what’s on their mind.” One of the best trips for Gollin was in Hillsboro, Ill., at a laborist union meeting. In a room of about 25 people, Gollin said everyone was twice as strong as him. And yet, he said he had the best time with them. However, Gollin said he misses contact with his students and colleagues. He misses discussing and sharing concepts that are too multifaceted for humans to fully wrap their minds around. His deep appreciation for science provides him with a different perspective on politics. “I think working with very complex stuff makes me see that what

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OPEN HOUSE Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition The Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition took place in the Kenney Gym Annex where teams of up to six members competed using robots to perform certain tasks. Daniel Takushi, a member of Brobots and junior in electrical engineering at the University, said his team knew what to expect this year from past experience. Every two years, the competition’s specific event changes. “There’s a certain game you have to play — this year the competition consists of robots picking up cones and moving them to different pegs throughout the arena, scoring points along the way,” Takushi said, adding that team members controlled the robots’ movements from outside the arena with Xbox controllers. Registration for the competition

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University professor George Gollin speaks at a public forum held for candidates for congressional representation of the 13th district of Illinois on Feb. 20 at Champaign City Council chambers. Gollin will learn Tuesday night if he’ll be the Democratic nominee for the district. we should be striving for is not perfection, but improvement in things,” he said. “It’s made me see very clearly that public policy addresses issues that are so complex, that we cannot assume that we’re doing what will make improvements. We have to put in ways to measure our outcomes, and then determine whether what we’ve tried makes things better.” In the weeks leading up to the election, Gollin admits that he doesn’t sleep as much as he’d like to. But he keeps the campaign out of the house, and at home, he has a safe harbor. Sometimes, on “nerdy evenings,” Gollin and his wife, Melanie, executive vice chancellor for research at the University, both work in their separate stud-

begins in the fall and attracts students from universities throughout the Midwest. He noted that the competition’s preparation requires a great deal of dedication, as his team had hardly slept for a couple of days prior to the competition. “We get the general idea of what the game is in the fall,” Takushi said. “Most of our build happens right when we get back from school in the spring semester.” For Takushi in particular, it is a chance to apply knowledge from his engineering courses to build things with his own hands. “I just like building stuff — stuff that actually works ... it’s one thing to work on computer systems in a classroom, but it’s really fun to actually program a BeagleBone, hook it up with a computer and get it working with an Xbox controller.”

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ies. They don’t send each other emails, so Gollin will get up and give her a hug from time to time. They both work pretty hard, he said. An election viewing party will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Lounge in downtown Champaign. Tuesday’s results could determine how much longer Room 437D will remain empty, but Selen said that every time he walks past the office, he thinks to himself, “I hope he is doing good.” “I hope he’s getting people interested in what his message is,” Selen said.

Alice can be reached at smelyan2@dailyillini.com. Engineers reenacted fi refighting scenarios on the Engineering Quad to educate onlookers about fi re safety. This group is the only professional society on campus dedicated to fire protection engineers, said John Regan, junior in civil engineering. The display has been going on for several years; however, it is the first time students in the society are involved, collaborating with the Society of Women Engineers and the Urbana Fire Department to put the event together. The presentation began as an independent study and later became a display at the Engineering Open House. With about 200 registered fi re protection engineers, Regan said the society would like to increase its presence on campus. “Our end goal is to get fi re protection engineering more involved, whether it be its own program or maybe even a couple of classes,” Regan said.

Jessica and Meghan can be reached at news@ dailyillini.com.

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Green Street renovations look to better Campustown

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ourteen years ago, a collaboration between the community and the University set off an ambitious construction project that led to the Green Street we know today. In that time, the streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation remained between Wright and Fourth streets, but, in January, the Green Street Renovation Project will push onward toward Neil Street. Heading west past 309 E. Green and the construction of the monolithic skyscraper at 308-312 E. Green St., the sidewalks and streets fall to severe disrepair. The urban landscape that gives Wright to Fourth streets its character is nowhere to be found. Still, several businesses including Papa Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Chopstix have continued operations out there. The renovation project hopes to remedy the streets and provide for more businesses to thrive in Campustown. It also aims to provide a more cohesive urban design that will, we hope, attract students to venture out there. To be successful, the area needs to maintain the density of businesses now found on the eastern part of Green Street, of course, but the attention paid to the details will be important, too. The sidewalks need to have ample space for outdoor cafes, like those found in front of Starbucks and Potbelly or those outside of CafĂŠ Kopi and Esquire in downtown Champaign. The success of those spaces is that they are one with the sidewalks and not cordoned off behind planters, dividers or fences. Pedestrians must be able to walk comfortably around them, but a slightly congested feel is more attractive. When planters and ledges are constructed, as much of them as possible should be built to provide seating, too. Planters should have ledges wide enough and low enough for people to sit on so that they can enjoy a beverage they purchased inside one of the stores nearby. Because Wright to Fourth streets contains virtually no places to chain up a bike (except for a few bike racks on the street corners and the fences between the sidewalks and the streets), city planners should factor in a biking infrastructure. As the weather warms up, biking becomes a popular choice for student travel. Artists should take note, too. Public art draw the public to a place, especially if the art is interactive like the Chicago bean (the Cloud Gate, if you know it by that little-used name), the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park or the soon-to-be-installed Roger Ebert sculpture in front of the Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The renovation project will be a welcome change to Campustown and, if executed well, could continue to provide jobs for community members and students alike and could blend downtown Champaign and campus. We have high hopes for the success of the project because students want to and will use the space.

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After over a year of feeling like our own mother completely abandoned and neglected us, our beloved Alma Mater is finally coming back. If we want to stick with this abandoned mother scenario, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if she left us for $360,000 worth of plastic surgeries. But all is well and right with the world now that she is proposed to come back and look better than ever for our 2014 graduates. We are also relieved that we no longer have to see studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unoriginal photos of them standing in Alma Materâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place. Or a cyber-imposed picture of Alma â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we know how well that worked out.

Finally the time has come where we no longer have to make our weekly adventures to downtown Champaign now that our favorite sushi place, KoFusion, is opening its heavenly doors and releasing its delicious magic in its new campus location this week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 701 S. Gregory Street in Urbana. All of us fake sushi lovers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the ones who deny any roll containing raw fish or caviar, as per standard, traditional sushi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are so excited to order our California rolls and shrimp tempura.

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According to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voice of Russiaâ&#x20AC;? article published Sunday, the Crimea referendum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which indicated over 95 percent support for seceding the area to Russia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was allegedly hacked from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right ladies and gents, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just a campus of corn and squirrels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because according to the article, signs hint that one of the NSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headquarters is in ChampaignUrbana. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up, Big Brother?

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a look at a few stores from The Huffington Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;9 Retailers Closing The Most Stores:â&#x20AC;? 1. Abercrombie & Fitch: Does anyone besides high schoolers from 5 years ago really care? 2. Aeropostale: Hopefully, its closure influences the extinction of the cargo short epidemic. 3. Sears: Not even the Kardashian clothing line could save it.

Celebrities should not use popularity to spread opinions SEHAR SIDDIQUI Opinions columnist

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elebrities often take advantage of their popularity to spread awareness for a cause they feel impassioned about. As most famous people should realize, their voice can be highly impressionable on their fans, even when they are not speaking from a place of authority. Tracy Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Extreme Fitness Plan, for example, promotes an unhealthy diet that is low in nutrients and has been pegged as a potential leader to eating disorders in youths, according to The Daily Mail. Although experts have warned against her diet regime, Andersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence is still very strong as her Twitter boasts 76,000 followers. Anderson isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even a certified trainer or dietitian, yet she still uses her popularity to reach thousands of people with risky advice on how to eat and exercise. If an issue a celebrity is pushing is a medical one that could harm impressionable fans, I believe it is best to leave the debate to scientists and experts. This is not to say I am opposed to celebrities advocating to raise money for research going toward well-known diseases, such as Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. These are unfortunate diseases that afflict people worldwide, and trying to fund research isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spreading any potentially inaccurate information. But, when celebrities such as Kristin Cavallari and Jenny McCarthy publicly state their opinions

about something that can put children and whole communities at risk for serious illness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as not vaccinating their children because of a possible link to Autism â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I take issue. This is because medical issues deal with facts, and facts are simply not up for interpretation. Just because a celebrity has had experiences with a medical issue does not mean that they are suddenly an expert on it. With that in mind, I am merely saying celebrities, like the common person, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have the appropriate knowledge to address a particular issue, and therefore donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the authority that scientists might have to spread information to the public regarding medical concerns that are still debatable. For example, the measles vaccination is one of the vaccinations that is debatable in terms of its relationship to the development of Autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eight outbreaks accounted for 77 percent of the (Measles) cases reported in 2013, including the largest outbreak reported in the United States since 1996 (58 cases). These outbreaks demonstrate that unvaccinated persons place themselves and their communities at risk for measles and that high vaccination coverage is important to prevent the spread of measles.â&#x20AC;? Although I am not a doctor or even a pre-med student, I not only find it absurd that famous people are ignoring the dangers reported that come along with not vaccinating children, but are actually spreading this falsified information to the general public as well. A report from the British Medical Journal showed that the original paper linking vaccinations to Autism was inaccurate and has since then

been discredited: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Epidemiological studies consistently found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism ... by the time the paper was finally retracted 12 years later ... few people could deny that it was fatally flawed both scientifically and ethically.â&#x20AC;? However, celebrities are still jumping on some bandwagon to support a claim that has been condemned multiple times by accredited organizations such as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Food and Drug Administration. Although people are obviously able to think for themselves, many individuals might not be very knowledgeable on the topic of inoculation, or really any medical topic for that matter, and could be influenced by their favorite celebrity spreading information they truly have no expertise on. Jenny McCarthy, an actress and model stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do believe, sadly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe.â&#x20AC;? Although McCarthy has a child with autism, anecdotal evidence of the correlation between the time of her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vaccinations and development of Autism donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the place of more reliable scientific research that can infer causation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right for celebrities such as Anderson, McCarthy, and Cavallari to spread information that encourage the risks that come along with following faulty medicine, especially when they have such huge influences on fans who might not know any better.

Sehar is a junior in LAS. She can be reached at shsiddi2@dailyillini.com. Follow her on Twitter @Nimtaod.

Qualities necessary in our next University president BRAD BARBER Opinions columnist

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ver the course of the next year, the University will be conducting a search for its next president. The members of that search committee will be asked to act like Congressmen in that they must represent their respective campus and the interests of the system at whole. Serving on this committee will not be an easy task, nor should it be. The Board of Trustees has allotted our campus one student to represent our campus on the 19-member presidential search committee. Despite the fact that our campus and its 41,505 students are far more than the Chicago campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 27,589 or the Springfield campusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 5,137, we have the exact same representation of one sole student. With this allotment, the Trustees have clearly stated that the student opinions of the Springfield campus are eight times more valuable than our Urbana campus. This is a challenge for our representative, but it can be overcome. The student will not be chosen through a Hunger Games-style student reaping, or by use of Toy Storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Claw.â&#x20AC;? No, the student will be chosen by faculty senate and student government recommendations from each campus. Whoever this individual will be, he or she will come recommended for this position. Here are three things he or she needs to look for in the next president when representing our student body so that our students can be equally represented. First and foremost, our representative needs to look for a candidate primarily concerned about our campus. Our representative is selected to stand for our campus, not the other Illinois

campuses. The other campusesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; futures are also important when selecting the next president â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is a position that governs all three â&#x20AC;&#x201D; however our member needs to be focused on representing the interests of those he or she has been selected to serve. We cannot afford to have our representative sacrifice our student body for the concerns of the other two student bodies. The other student representatives will likely speak on behalf of their campus in this way, so we must have ours do the same, which would result in all three campuses having equal representation. An example of where the emphasis on the Urbana campus will come into play is in the restoration of Illini athletics to national prominence. It is no secret that fans often come to our major sporting events out of blind loyalty or to watch the other team play. We need a president that is willing to devote the time and resources to not only continue the renovations in progress, but to grow the athletic programs, instead of focusing these efforts on the other two campuses. Our campus needs are not a point that can be compromised on because if they are, they will never be considered. Secondly, the business acumen of the next president is the most important professional characteristic. The nation still has not fully recovered from the disastrous financial climate of a few years ago. Higher education was hit particularly hard, and relying on public funds was not an option for the University. If we do not have a president that is a savvy businessman, the students will feel these effects. The president is directly responsible for overseeing the finances of the University and staying within the budget. Projected long-term shortfalls in the budget will only cause programs to be cut or tuition to rise. For the sake of our interests, we need someone that can find and eliminate waste

and recognize failing (or under-performing) projects. This will allow for the most efficient redirection of funds. The financial health of the University is the health of the University as a whole â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we need someone that can properly manage that. Finally, we need someone that can stay with the University long-term. There has been a lot of turnover in the presidential position in the last decade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; five presidents since 2005, if you include the interim. That kind of turnover rate in any high-up administrative position is alarming because the administration lacks the guidance and development that a stable hand at the helm can bring. At the presidential level, this type of turnover rate can be warning signs of the Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inability to pick the right person for the job or serious troubles with the position itself. We do not need to be going through this process again in three years, nor should we want to. Our representative needs to be evaluating the candidates by looking at if they can stay longterm. This can be done by examining the vision that the candidate has for the future of the University â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are they short-term or long-term goals? This can also be determined by the vitality of the candidates. Although it is unfair to determine vitality strictly on age, it can be a helpful factor in deducing if the individual is a long-term fit when paired with the lifestyle the candidate currently lives. Our student representative will have a tough task ahead. Prioritizing a candidate that is focused on helping our campus, has the best business credentials and has prospects for longevity will ensure the search is a success for our campus.

Brad is a graduate student in Law. He can be reached at bsbarbe2@dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @b_rad_barber.

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A healthy way to enjoy cookie dough BY ELIZABETH DYE STAFF WRITER

Cookie dough is arguably every womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friend â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and immortal enemy. While cookie dough can provide a world of comfort for a stressed student during midterm week, once that first bite is taken, it can be difficult to ever stop. And, with the Academy of Nutrition and Dieteticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; National Nutrition Month in full swing for March, super-processed, store-bought cookie dough should be avoided if students want to finish the month with healthy-eating habits. But the cookie dough in this recipe is not store-bought or highly processed. It is actually very healthy, easy to make and just as delicious as its sinfully unhealthy counterpart. These cookie dough balls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while they look almost identical to any chocolate chip cookie dough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are vegan, almost 100 percent raw, gluten-free and, because of the protein provided by the cashews and oats, super filling. They also freeze well, so they can easily be available whenever a sweet craving strikes. Follow the simple directions below, adapted from an Averie Cooks recipe, to satisfy both that sweet tooth and that grumbling stomach.

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These chocolate chip cookie dough balls satisfy that sweet tooth and serve as a healthy alternative to highly-processed cookie dough.

Ingredients: 2/3 cup raw unsalted cashews 1/3 cup oats or 1/4 cup of oat flour 2 tbsp. agave syrup 1 tbsp. maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 1. Take the cashews and oats and blend them in either a food processor or a high-speed blender until the mixture starts to feel like

a fine powder. Do not over-blend. 2. Then, add the agave syrup, maple syrup and vanilla extract, and blend in short spurts to avoid over-blending. 3. Sprinkle chocolate chips into mixture and blend by hand. 4. Form the mixture into about 1-inch balls and serve. (If dough is sticky, cover the mixture and place it in the freezer until it hardens into a more workable dough.) Yields approximately 15 cookie dough balls.

Elizabeth can be reached at edye2@dailyillini.com.

New KoFusion location opens in Urbana Popular fine fast food sushi restaurant now opening doors on South Gregory

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After a year of construction, popular sushi restaurant KoFusion finally opened the doors to its new campus location. The restaurant, 701 S. Gregory St., opened this past weekend. Last March, Bubin announced that she would be opening a new restaurant on campus in partnership with JSM Development. Her first restaurant opened in the downtown Champaign area during the summer of 2005. Bubin said the plan of opening a second restaurant has been in the works for more than 10 years. When she finally decided to go for it, she initially wanted to open up closer to campus on Green Street; however, that plan fell through

after she failed to find the right location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a long project,â&#x20AC;? Bubin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just waited and waited so we finally went to Gregory Street.â&#x20AC;? Bubin stated the new restaurant is a quick service restaurant, meaning it has the same style as a fast-food restaurant. However, she said that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change the quality of the establishment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do only use natural meat and sustainable seafood, and local vegetables,â&#x20AC;? Bubin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be fine dining, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a QSR. So letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call it fine fast food. The restaurant is hiring positions for cashiers, food servers, sushi toppers and sushi rollers.

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KoFusion will offer its variety of sushi at a new Urbana location.

Hip-hop duo Hobson Jobson performs to bring awareness to the Arab culture and Syrian conflict

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The Arab Student Association and Council on American-Islamic Relations partnered to organize a hip hop concert featuring rap artists Omar Offendum and The Narcicyst on Thursday at the Illini Union. BY JOSH WINTERS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Courtyard Cafe hosted Hobson Jobson, the hip-hop duo of renowned Arab artists Omar Offendum and Yassin â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Narcicystâ&#x20AC;? Alsalman, on Thursday for a concert to bring awareness to the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict. The concert also featured a performance from student acapella group The Other Guys, as well as speakers from charity groups such as Syria Relief and Development and the Syrian American Medical Society. The concert, Hip Hop for Hope, filled the Courtyard Cafe with a diverse, high-energy crowd of University students, many of whom have family in or are from Syria themselves. Following a performance from The Other Guys, a representative from Syria Relief and Development presented a music video created by the charity depicting the violence in Syria. The representative also discussed the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission, provided statistics about the conflict and encouraged the audience to donate to their charity or others to help end the conflict. A representative from the Syrian American Medical Society spoke to the audience after the Syria Relief and Development presentation. Syrian American Medical Society, a non-governmental organization comprised of volunteers and medical professionals operating across the Middle East, talked to the crowd about the work it has done to help tens of thousands of Syrians receive vital medical and psychological treatment. Once the society speaker fin-

ished delivering her information, Omar Offendum and Yassin â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Narcicystâ&#x20AC;? Alsalman took the stage to begin their set. The artists performed solo tracks as well as collaborations in both Arabic and English, the majority of which centered around Syria and the widespread unrest in the Middle East. From the soulful song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sumeriaâ&#x20AC;? to the activist anthem â&#x20AC;&#x153;Free Syria,â&#x20AC;? each Hobson Jobson song was received with cheers and applause. Many in the audience were singing along with the tunes or high-fiving the performers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one fan even surfed along the front of the crowd. The concert was hosted by the University chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Arab Student Association. Both organizations seek to integrate Arab culture into the University as well as create a more politically active Muslim-American student body. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to integrate Arab culture more on campus, and this is a big part of it,â&#x20AC;? said Syrian student Noor Qaddour, Arab Student Association event coordinator and sophomore in LAS. Both student organizations want to focus attention on the humanitarian crisis in Syria rather the politics of the conflict itself. Zahra Siddiqui, president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and junior in LAS, believes that music is an effective way to do just that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a different way to approach the problem,â&#x20AC;? Siddiqui said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make (the conflict) personable to people and we want to find a different way to connect to peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s souls. We thought music would be the per-

fect way to do that.â&#x20AC;? The civil war in Syria is now almost in its third year, with casualties estimated to be between 100,000 and 140,000 dead in addition to another estimated 2.4 million Syrians who are now refugees. Western nations are hesitant to get involved in the conflict, since the superpowers of Russia and China both back the Syrian government, headed by hereditary dictator Bashar Al-Assad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone who is Syrian has been personally affected,â&#x20AC;? said Syrian student Lina Al-Chaar, event coordinator for the Arab Student Association and Council on American-Islamic Relations and junior in LAS. Al-Chaar, the Arab Student Association and Hobson Jobson want University students to educate themselves about the situation in Syria so they can do their part to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis the nation faces as well as recognize that what happens in Syria matters in the US. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,â&#x20AC;? Al-Chaar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything that happened in Syria will affect us and has affected us in North America,â&#x20AC;? Asalman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To see what is happening in Syria right now is heartbreaking. Not just as an Arab or as a Muslim. As a human being, to see the level of destruction is disturbing. Be aware, educate yourself, and spread the word. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just take the bleeps or ad-libs on TV; really go research how complicated it is.â&#x20AC;?

Josh can be reached at jjwinte2@dailyillini.com.

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Unlike past years, class is in session on St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, but police are not worried that the holiday will compare to Unofficial St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m somewhat concerned about the fact that while we had Unofficial, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still going to have â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;official,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said University Police Deputy Chief Skip Frost, pointing out that students are normally on spring break during the holiday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not overly concerned, I hope not to see large celebrations.â&#x20AC;? Frost said the department has not been led to believe any wild parties will happen Monday, but it is still plausible because spring break is only a week away and midterms are largely over. Urbana police are approaching the situation similarly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traditionally, it hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been too much of a problem in Urbana,â&#x20AC;? said Urbana South Patrol Commander Robert Fitzgerald. Urbana police will be staffed as nor-

St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebration offers opportunity to connect with culture BY DECLAN HARTY STAFF WRITER

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hether someone is Irish, Irish-American or not even a little bit Irish, St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, the epitome of green gatherings, is celebrated in a variety of ways across the nation. From the numerous parades to shamrock shakes and green beer, the holiday offers the 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry the opportunity to celebrate their Irish culture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or at least an Americanized image. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is definitely an Americanized holiday,â&#x20AC;? said Caitlyn Kelleher, senior in Business. Kelleher spent last St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day in Dublin, Ireland, when she was studying abroad at University College Dublin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day just isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that big a deal there (in Dublin). It is mainly for tourists, and the most Irish people I saw out were probably in high school,â&#x20AC;? she said. Despite the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s universal recognition with shamrocks, the color green and beer, Dublinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Champaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ways of celebrating differs largely in that Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday still remains true to its roots: religion. Despite common belief, St. Patrick was not actually Irish; however, Irish captors enslaved him for six years in Ireland. Many years after escaping, St. Patrick would go on to return to Ireland, and he is largely accredited to have brought Christianity to Ire-

land, according to history.com. Brian Crawford, a software developer and program manager, has written on the holidayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different celebrations before on his website. Crawford, who lived in Dublin during the early 2000s, said Ireland is a predominantly Roman Catholic country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not an Irish national and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to speak for them, but it seemed to me that the Irish remember that this day was originally set aside as a day to remember St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to the country, and that the day does not have roots as a drink fest,â&#x20AC;? Crawford wrote in an email. Kelleher and Rachel Bessonny, junior in Business, agree with the statement, after studying abroad together in Dublin during Spring 2013. While attempting to celebrate the holiday last spring, the two girls went out in the morning in Dublin to get an Irish coffee, a drink consisting of coffee, whiskey and sugar; however, they were denied because the holiday fell on a Sunday, a holy day, and the restaurant could not serve them until 12:30 p.m. The girls said they ended up settling for a McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shamrock Shake instead. But despite the holidayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration differences in Ireland and the United States, students can portray their own depiction of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day on Monday on campus for the first time since 2011 because the holiday doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall on spring break.

Because it is uncommon for the holiday to fall on a school day, the University is not expecting the same level of activity experienced on the Unofficial St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, according to Renee Romano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is pretty much business as usual,â&#x20AC;? Romano said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess we sort of think maybe the students get their really outrageous or heavy binge drinking on Unofficial St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day.â&#x20AC;? Romano said the University does not have any plans to increase police or monitor students as the University did on Unofficial St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. However, many Irish-American students might still be unaware of what campus has to offer for the holiday other than the typical bar and party scene. Compared to the festivities of Chicago, the home of many St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebrations in the Midwest, campuses options are limited. Chicago is known to dye the Chicago River green, host the downtown parade and put on the South Side Irish Parade in the Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods. With the large population that attends these events, the holiday brings a sense of community for many. Shana Pembroke, an Irish-American and freshman in DGS, agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is a really great day to come together and celebrate our heritage,â&#x20AC;? Pembroke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is just a community all coming together â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there is the Irish dancing and the parade and the different floats and seeing everybody and just getting all together to celebrate St. Patrick and just being together with your community.â&#x20AC;? Claire Sullivan, freshman in Edu-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m somewhat concerned about the fact that while we had Unofficial, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still going to have â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;official.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

cation, said she will be celebrating by dancing in a performance on campus with the registered student organization Identity Company of Irish Dance. Sullivan, who has been performing Irish dance since she was four years old, said that through her two visits to Ireland for the World Irish Dancing Championships, she believes the evolution of St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day celebrations is mainly because of American cultures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are very into the religious aspect of it,â&#x20AC;? Sullivan said of her experience from being in Ireland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think just America in general, everyone pretends they are Irish on St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day and just likes to join in. They make a lot bigger of a deal than it is. I guess there are a lot of Irish people in America, so I guess they all just like to come together, and everyone else joins them.â&#x20AC;? Although the celebrations vary from community to community, one stereotype stays the same for many: Ireland is a country of drinking. Kelleher and Bessonny said that although drinking was a factor at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration in Dublin, the drinking culture is completely different from the culture on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ireland always gets a horrible reputation for being a bunch of drunks, but it is honestly not like that,â&#x20AC;? Kelleher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously people go out to pubs because that is the social thing to do there, but it is not like in Champaign where you see people walking around drunk any night of the week. It is more relaxed.â&#x20AC;?

mal with the possible addition of an extra squad car to handle traffic, he said. Urbana normally does not have problems on St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, but Fitzgerald said it may be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;little busier,â&#x20AC;? although they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipate a growth in calls. Rene Dunn, spokeswoman for the Champaign Police Department, said everything the department is planning to do for St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day is outlined in a recent press release. Police are conducting special patrols to â&#x20AC;&#x153;curb intoxicated driving and enforce seat belt laws,â&#x20AC;? according to the release. This is particularly important at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. Champaign is enforcing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Click It or Ticketâ&#x20AC;? campaigns, said Sgt. Joe Ketchem in the release. If a person is hosting a St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day party, Champaign police encourage the host to make sure guests have designated drivers and to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be nothing, especially because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Monday, but it is St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, and people do have a tendency to involve themselves in that,â&#x20AC;? Frost said.

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2nd Round MARCH 20-24

Quarterfinals MARCH 25-26

Semifinals APRIL 1

Championship APRIL 3

SMU (23-9)

Minnesota (20-13)

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*UC Irvine (23-11)

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Illinois missed out on the big San Francisco (21-11) dance but will continue its season in the National Invitation TournaLSU (19-13) ment, beginning with a game at Boston University on Wednesday. The No. 2-seeded Illini last Arkansas (21-11) played in the NIT in 2010, when they advanced to the quarterfinals. Illinois head coach John Indiana St. (23-10) Groce was an assistant on the 2008 NIT Champion, Ohio State, and he thinks the tournament will help his California (19-13) team improve. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great environment,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to *Utah Valley (20-11) play basketball. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity for our team.â&#x20AC;? Illinois will be unable to host St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (NY) (20-12) any games in the tournament because of ongoing renovations *Robert Morris (21-13) at State Farm Center. Instead, Illinois will have to play three road games, when it likely would have *Green Bay (24-6) hosted two, if it wishes to advance to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden on April 1 and 3. *Belmont (24-9) The tournament will provide an Illinois team with only two seniors, Clemson (20-12) neither of whom start, with at least one more road game and more practice time. Still, Groce said Illi*Georgia St. (25-8) nois is playing to win, not give its younger players experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every game we go into, we put Illinois (19-14) a game plan together that puts us in a position to win,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not conceding any game. *Boston U. (24-10) Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to be as competitive as possible.â&#x20AC;? Illinois struggled early in the us off, but for our guys to continue season, starting 2-8 in Big Ten to fight and battle like they did and play, but ended the season win- grind it out and put themselves in ning six of its last eight games, a position like they were in today, with both losses coming at the weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re certainly proud of the way hands of Big Ten champion Mich- they responded.â&#x20AC;? Standing in Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; way to igan. Groce said Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best two games of the year were its last two Madison Square Garden is No. in the Big Ten Tournament. 1-seeded St. Johns, No. 3-seeded â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played really well here late Clemson and No. 4-seeded Green in the year, and our seed was cer- Bay, a team that many experts tainly a reflection of that,â&#x20AC;? Groce thought was snubbed when it was said after the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection was the third team left out of the NCAA announced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five or six weeks ago, tournament. a lot of people might have written The NIT has often been benefi-

*High Point (16-14) St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (CA) (22-11) Utah (21-11) Southern Miss (27-6) Toledo (27-6) Missouri (22-11) *Davidson (20-12) Florida St. (19-13) *FGCU (22-12) Georgetown (17-14) West Virginia (17-15) *Louisiana Tech (27-7) *Iowa (22-10) Georgia (19-13)

Home team *Automatic qualifiers - Regular Season Conference Champions

*Vermont (22-10)

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cial for younger teams trying to gain experience. The Big Ten has had success in the NIT the past two seasons, finishing with the runner-up in each of the past two years: Minnesota in 2012 and Iowa in 2013. Both teams advanced to the NCAA tournament the next season. The 2011 NIT Champion, Wichita State, made the NCAA tournament in 2012, the Final Four in 2013 and is currently an undefeated No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Boston University earned an automatic bid to the NIT after winning the regular season Patriot League Championship. The Terriers would be dancing, if not for a 55-36 loss to American in the Patriot League championship game. Boston had been hot, going 9-1 in its previous 10 games. The Terriers are 1-1 against major conference teams this season. They lost to Connecticut 77-60 on Nov. 17 but defeated Maryland 83-77 on Dec. 21 on the Terrapinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home court. Boston is led by point guard

Maurice Watson, Jr., who is No. 2 in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, and relies heavily on the 3-pointer, ranking No. 14 in the country in 3-pointers attempted and No. 18 in 3-pointers made. Illinois and its opponent donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have too much in common, as they have no common opponents this season and have never met in the history of the programs.

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Abramsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shot comes up short in loss to Michigan BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER STAFF WRITER

INDIANAPOLIS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; It was the shot Tracy Abrams wanted. With 3.0 seconds left in the game and Illinois trailing 64-63, senior Jon Ekey passed it to the point guard at the top of the key. Abrams broke free of Caris LaVert, Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6-foot-6 wingman, who was guarding him. He drove to the basket, and there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a Wolverine around to stop him. With just around a second remaining, Abrams let a floater fly. But the floater fell short, and with it, Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comeback effort. The fans in Bankerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis let out a collective sigh â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the fans in orange sighing in disappointment, the fans in maize sighing in relief. Abrams stood under the basket, where he landed after a putback attempt after the buzzer. Abrams hands were on his knees, his eyes staring straight ahead, he was shocked â&#x20AC;&#x201D; shocked Illinois lost, shocked the shot fell short. The fans stood in the stadium, feeling disbelief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; disbelief Illinois was able to mount a comeback, disbelief Abrams couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t finish it off. But Illinois wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been in that position without Abrams. It was Abrams who got Illinois into the quarterfinals, with 25 points and seven rebounds against Indiana on Thursday. It was Abrams who, after going scoreless in the first half, scored seven straight points, cutting the Michigan lead from 55-49 with 10:25 remaining to 55-54 with 7:59

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Illinois has key chance to grow for next season MICHAEL WONSOVER Sports columnist

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he Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team had its name called on Selection Sunday, but not for the tournament Illini fans were hoping for. The Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 19 wins werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to place them in the NCAA tournament. Illinois will instead have to settle for an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, whose field was also announced Sunday. No. 2-seeded Illinois will head on the road to face No. 7-seeded Boston, the regular season champions of the Patriot League, in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday. No teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to make the NIT, but Illinois still has something to play for. Illinois last made the NIT in 2010 when the Demetri McCamey-led Illini were a No. 1 seed. That team lost to Dayton in the third round and never really appeared to take the tournament seriously. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is different. As Illinois head coach John Groce said Saturday, playing hard every game is part of his

teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DNA. Their grind-it-out mentality isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to change in the NIT. Illinois deserves a chance to extend its season after coming up short in an upset bid against Michigan. Illinois looked like an NCAA Tournament team this weekend and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the chance to prove it in the NIT. The NIT is filled with a plethora of teams that are talented enough to be in the NCAA Tournament. The No. 1 seeds of Southern Methodist, St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Minnesota and Florida State arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to be taken lightly. Other big names such as Missouri, Georgetown and Clemson will also be in the NIT field. Illinois has what it takes to bring home an NIT title at the great Madison Square Garden come April 3. Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stifling, physical defense is proven and will play well against any team in the NIT field. The Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15th ranked defensive efficiency is the best of any team that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the NCAA Tournament with the exception of SMU. Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; path to an NIT Championship wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be easy. Boston doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pose much of a threat, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget Illinois canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t host a home game because of the renovations to State Farm Center. If the Illini move past the Terriers, Illinois will already have

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kendrick Nunn (25) attempts a floater over Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jordan Morgan (52) during their quarter-final game of the Big Ten Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball Tournament at Bankerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life Fieldhouse, on Friday. The Illini lost 64-63. to face a major conference opponent in Clemson. The Tigers lost by a point to Duke last time out and boast the 20th best defensive efficiency in the nation. Clemson arguably is a bigger challenge than St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the No. 1 seed in Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; region. Illinois will go as far in the NIT as it wants to. If the effort, intensity, and passion are still there from the Big Ten Tournament, Illinois has enough talent to get past any team in the NIT

field. Illinois has already beaten two NIT teams this season, Minnesota and Missouri, who are one and two seeds, respectively. Winning the NIT Championship wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be something worthy of raising a banner at State Farm Center, but the victory would send a message to the NCAA Tournament committee that Illinois belonged in the field of 68. The NIT also gives Illinois the opportunity to extend its season and start thinking about next

year. Groce has the opportunity to learn more about next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team with Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey being the only departures from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad. Tracy Abrams will have the opportunity to prove that his play in the Big Ten Tournament wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a fluke. Rayvonte Rice has the opportunity to snap back into his nonconference form. Nnanna Egwu will have the opportunity to showcase his sensational

defense on a national stage. The extra minutes for freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill will be invaluable. This NIT berth means something to Illinois, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the tournament everyone was hoping for.

Michael is a senior in Media. He can be reached at wonsovr2@dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @The_MDubb.

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: The Daily Illini sports desk will publish a recap of the past weekend for Illinois sports here every Monday.

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psets and upstarts marked the first two rounds of the Twittournament. Just to give you a taste of the action, the Daily Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very own Sean Hammond knocked off LeBron James, the No. 1 overall seed. That and more highlighted the top matchups of the first two rounds, and to paint an overall picture of the early part of this tournament, I have picked four matchups to focus on. Three fall in the first round and one falls in the second round. First was the matchup between Sean Hammond and King James. Seeding was determined by number of Twitter followers, thus the pairing of LeBron (12 million followers) and Sean Hammond (268 followers). This one was a stunner, down to the very finish. Not really. LeBron is pretty strongly disliked here in Chicago Bulls territory, and Sean is such a lovable guy that the decision was a no-brainer for the staff. Personal loyalties aside, LeBron should have been a clear-cut choice, given his 12 million followers and 4,000 tweets. Lebronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ratio of followers to following is a whopping 44,776:1. Sean actually follows more people than people who follow him, but his offline charisma gave him the win. The second matchup of interest is the first-round faceoff between Aaron Rodgers and 506 Sports. Rodgers grabbed the No. 3 seed in his quadrant but was bounced by 506 Sports and its measly 5536 followers. Rodg-

ersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Twitter feed is dull and relatively uninspired while 506 Sports grabs your attention with handy television sports listings and broadcast maps. With a relatively small audience, 506 Sports responds to its followers and provides a great service for anyone living outside of their favorite teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooting radius. The third matchup of note was the dethroning of regional No. 2 seed Skip Bayless by the No. 15 seed Illini Drive, Champaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier sports radio show. Bayless follows no one on Twitter, automatically marking him as a villain, and his tendency to get hyperbolic, both on Twitter and in person, cost him some support among rational members of the selection committee. Illini Drive just became our tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Florida Gulf Coast. The fourth and final pairing that deserves some attention is the second-round battle between the Champaign Room (SB Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Illinois blog) and Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter. Champaign Room upset Peter King in the first round, and Kluwe defeated ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dana Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil in his first matchup. Kluwe is an outspoken activist for various social causes, a hilarious parent and a video game addict. His Twitter handle @ ChrisWarcraft reflects the last point quite strongly. Sadly, Kluwe was defeated by the Champaign Room, which provides a blogging take on the Illini, and is more known amongst the selection committee than Kluwe. This continued the underdog run of the Champaign Room, which began as a No. 14 seed in their quadrant. The second round matchups established some clear crowd favorites, including the aforementioned Illini Drive and Champaign Room, as well as Mike Wilbon, Champaign Mayor Don Gerard and Awful Announcing, which bounced regional No. 1 seed SportsCenter in its second-round pairing. As we head into the Sweet 16, this Twittournament can only get better.

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Joseph 10th, Fraker 15th at NCAA indoor championship meet

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1. MICHIGAN (23-7, 15-3 Big Ten) 8. INDIANA (17-14, 7-11)

1. MICHIGAN 9. ILLINOIS 1. MICHIGAN

9. ILLINOIS (18-13, 7-11)

4. NEBRASKA (19-11, 11-7)

5. OHIO STATE (23-8, 10-8)

March 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that was one of my Senior hurdler Vanier Joseph worst distance-wise perforfi nished 10th and junior weight mances Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had all year,â&#x20AC;? thrower Davis Fraker fi nished Fraker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was also prob15th at the NCAA Indoor Cham- ably the worst Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve executed all pionships in Albuquerque, N.M., year.â&#x20AC;? this weekend. Fraker fouled on his fi rst two Joseph ran the fi nal race of of three attempts, recording a his indoor career at the meet foot foul and a sector foul. Frakand fi nished in 7.75 seconds, just er said both are fouls he has .06 seconds away from qualify- never really had before. After ing for a spot in the fi nals. Still, that, he said he just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put Joseph said he is satisfied with together a good throw. Fraker his performance. still came away with a 14thâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to make it back place fi nish, one spot above his to NCAA two No. 15 -place years in a row national rankoff of transfering before the ring and being meet. injured earlier â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a in the season long time since and being able Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve th row n to end pretwell, and it was ty much on a really nice to break through season (personal record),â&#x20AC;? that and get Joseph said. to a national Joseph was VANIER JOSEPH meet,â&#x20AC;? Fraker TRACK AND FIELD HURDLER able to improve said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is upon an 11ththe fi rst time place fi nish at I P.R.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;d in the indoor nationweight throw als last season and also outper- since my true freshman year.â&#x20AC;? formed his national ranking. Fraker and Joseph will now Joseph came in as the 16th of put their indoor performanc16 hurdlers to qualify but man- es behind them and turn their aged to top higher seeds. focus toward the outdoor seaJoseph added that he was son. Joseph will compete in the proud to represent the Illini in 110-meter hurdles, and Fraker the fi nal indoor competition of will likely specialize in the hammer throw. the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming and being able to While Fraker and Joseph comrepresent is as good of a motive peted at nationals, Turk said the as making fi nals,â&#x20AC;? Joseph said. rest of the team is hard at work Fraker competed at indoor preparing for the upcoming outnationals for the second time in door season. his career in the weight throw, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really challenged an event for which he holds the them to keep the intensity and all-time high school record. He their competitive spirit alive said he was very disappointed and really focus on bringing with his performance of 19.55 their best effort to practice,â&#x20AC;? meters, about a meter and a Turk said. half off his 20.99 meter personal best and school record, Chris can be reached at which he threw at Big Tens on cmkenne2@dailyillini.com. BY CHRIS KENNEDY

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5. OHIO STATE 12. PURDUE (15-16, 5-13)

3. MICHIGAN STATE

2. WISCONSIN (25-6, 12-6) 2. WISCONSIN

7. MINNESOTA (19-12, 8-10) 7. MINNESOTA 10. PENN STATE (15-16, 6-12)

3. MICHIGAN STATE

3. MICHIGAN STATE (23-8, 12-6) 3. MICHIGAN STATE

6. IOWA (20-11, 9-9) 11. NORTHWESTERN 11. NORTHWESTERN (13-18, 6-12)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming and being able to represent is as good of a motive as making finals.â&#x20AC;?

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RECAP remaining. Abrams facilitated the offense, scoring 11 points to key Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comeback â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trailing by five at the half and 13 with 16:13 remaining in the game. Illinois head coach John Groce didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame Abrams.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got the ball right where we wanted. Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made big plays for us all year,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His ability to lead and be vocal is a big key to our team. I just told him itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about that last play. There were a lot of other plays in the game.â&#x20AC;? There were other changes that couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been made to change the outcome. Rayvonte Riceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shot with 1:12 remaining and a

63-61 Illini lead couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve swished through rather than rimming out . Illinois couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve called a timeout instead of forcing Abrams to shoot an off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock went off with 22 seconds remaining. With 19 seconds remaining, Illinois could have stayed in a zone, like they had played all day, instead of switching to a man-to-man defense to stop Nik

Stauskus from passing it inside to an open Jordan Morgan. Stauskus could have shot the ball instead of passing. But none of those things happened. And Illinois lost 64-63, falling out of the Big Ten Tournament and likely being relegated to the NIT.

Johnathan can be reached at hetting2@dailyillini.com.

High jumper Bloch-Jones places 14th at NCAAs BY MUBARAK SALAMI CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Freshman high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones represented the Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field team this weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Bloch-Jones, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone representative in the meet, placed 14th in the high jump. The fi nish earned her secondteam All-America honors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an honor to compete at NCAAs as freshman,â&#x20AC;? BlochJones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great experience and hopefully the next seven times I go, the environ-

ment wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be new to me.â&#x20AC;? Bloch-Jones has been consistent all year and has begun her career on a strong, positive note. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kandie has really had an unbelievable start to her career,â&#x20AC;? head coach Ron Garner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really proud of her and she will only continue to get better.â&#x20AC;? Bloch-Jones grabbed a conference title in the high jump on March 1 at Big Ten Indoor Championships. She fi nished her indoor campaign with a strong performance. She fi nished the meet with a

performance of 5 feet, 9 inches, which was below her season- and personal-best mark of 5 feet, 11 1/2 inches. She posted her best at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14. Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leontia Kallenou won the event with a performance of 6 feet, 1 inch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happy with the way I performed,â&#x20AC;? Bloch-Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to learn from this experience and improve upon my performance next time.â&#x20AC;? Next time will come in two weeks, when the team will travel to Arizona to compete in the Arizona State Invite, the fi rst meet

of the outdoor season. Until then, Bloch-Jones will use this time off to rest and focus on technical work as she hopes to continue her success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next for me is to keep improving, I need to work on my mechanics in order to get 6 feet,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goals for outdoor are to be Big Ten champion and to compete at nationals and hopefully do better than I did this time.â&#x20AC;?

Mubarak can be reached at msalami2@dailyillini.com and @justmubar.

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A strong offensive performance this weekend helped the Illinois softball team win two of its three games in the Fighting Illini Classic at Eichelberger Field. The Illini (14-7) won 13-1 on Friday over Western Michigan before splitting Saturday with a 7-4 loss to North Dakota State and 6-1 win over Omaha. “We were much more aggressive this weekend than last weekend,” sophomore Allie Bauch said. “Last weekend, we were taking pitches, and we weren’t doing our hitting philosophy. This weekend, we were aggressive, and it really makes a difference when you go up to bat.” After a poor offensive showing last weekend in Florida, this week’s practices focused on being more aggressive at the plate with a two-strike approach, which helps batters stay ahead in the count. The Illini saw improvement as they recorded 23 runs, 28 hits and hit three home runs in three games. Friday against Western Michigan, the Illini began a hot streak at the plate with 13 runs, eight of which came in the top of the fourth inning. The Illini fell behind early when freshman pitcher Brandi Needham gave up a run in the first and found herself in trouble with runners on first and second. Needham struck out the next batter to end the inning and never looked back after that, only giving up two more hits the rest of the way. Senior Jenna Mychko tied the game in the top of the second with a RBI groundout to second, scoring junior Brittany Sanchez. The Illini took the lead for good when senior Alex Booker found the gap

With two outs and the bases loaded at the top of the ninth inning against Southern Illinois, leadoff hitter Will Krug stepped to the plate and seemed poised to help the Illinois baseball team win its second series of the season. With a 1-2 count, though, Krug swung on an inside fastball, forcing a fielder’s choice. The Salukis made the play at home to close out the Illini 3-2, handing them their fourth series loss of the season. “We weren’t as aggressive today,” head coach Dan Hartleb said after Saturday’s doubleheader. “It’s a mentality, and right now, we have a poor mentality at the plate.” Illinois (7-9) started the weekend hot when No. 1 starter Kevin Duchene pitched a perfect six innings Friday night before allowing Southern Illinois to score its only run of the 5-1 victory in the eighth. Duchene struck out six and allowed just four hits in his nine-inning, 93-pitch performance, earning his second win of the season. “They were getting themselves out at a pretty decent rate, so I was pretty effective outside the zone,” Duchene said. “It was one of those days where I knew where everything was going.” At bat, the Illini more than tripled the Salukis’ number of hits in the first game, 13 to 4. Krug started the action with a leadoff double in the first before stealing third base. One out later, junior Reid Roper tripled and brought Krug in for an early Illini lead. Sophomore Ryan Nagle reached first

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tom frame and lost the game 7-4. “Brandi’s been pitching well all year and finishing games,” said Arnold, who gave up three runs on seven hits. “We don’t regret (putting her in) because Brandi’s been a leader on the mound all year.” The Illini fell behind early again to Omaha, trailing 1-0 after the first. Needham’s bad day seemed as if it would continue when she gave up a solo home run and then loaded the bases in the first with two outs before getting out of the inning. The Illini took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Ruby Rivera hit a RBI double into deep left center. Needham gave up two more hits, and pitched a complete game to guide Illinois to a 6-1 lead. “You have to have a short-term memory with your performance,” Sullivan said of Needham’s performance in the second game. “It’s not many times that you get an opportunity to respond right away. She got that chance, and I was proud of the way she responded.”

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in left center for an RBI single in the top of the third. “We’ve just been really trying to focus on stringing hits together, so being able to execute and get all those runs in the fourth inning was really crucial,” junior Jess Perkins said. “We were really focusing on pitch by pitch and getting hits when we needed them.” Illinois picked up where it left off in the first game of its doubleheader Saturday against North Dakota State, scoring one run in the bottom of the first and two in the second. The Illini led off each inning with a solo home run. Junior pitcher Shelese Arnold had a strong outing, not allowing a hit until the third inning and only allowing one run before the top of the seventh. After a leadoff home run for the Bisons in the seventh cut, the Illini lead to 4-2, head coach Terri Sullivan put in Needham to try to earn the save; however, Needham hit the first batter she faced and gave up four runs before Sullivan put Arnold back in. The Bison scored one more run, scoring six runs in seventh. The Illini could not respond in the bot-

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Illinois’ Allie Bauch stretches to reach a wayward throw to first base during the match against Omaha at Eichelberger Field, on Saturday. The Illini won 6-1.

base on a walk and, thanks to aggressive baserunning on a single, was able to reach home on a sacrifice groundout to shortstop in the second, putting the Illini ahead for good. They tacked on an additional three runs to put the Salukis away. Illinois returned Saturday for a doubleheader after forecasted inclement weather forced Sunday’s game to be rescheduled. This time, Illinois’ bats cooled down, while the mound went ice cold. In his second start of the season, sophomore pitcher Ryan Castellanos allowed all six runs, five earned, before being pulled in the fourth. The Illini scored five runs in eight hits, but 0-for-5 performances from Krug and junior David Kerian stunted a repeat in efficiency from the day before. Three fielding errors also proved costly as the Salukis won 6-5 to tie the series. “I think it may have been a lack of focus or energy,” Krug said. “Maybe it might be nerves from some of the younger guys, but I think the majority is bringing the energy.” In the second game, Illinois held the score closer but fell a few hits shy of clinching the win. Starter Drasen Johnson improved details on the mound by limiting the Salukis to seven hits and two earned runs, but even five strikeouts couldn’t prevent him from being pinned with a loss. The offense stayed soft with seven hits in 33 at-bats, but fielding troubles persisted as the crucial difference from the previous game. “I think as a team, we’re struggling with bringing the same mind set and attitude to the field every single day,” Duchene said. “Going out there and absolutely wanting to destroy your opposition. “If we can come out with more consistent energy from a team standpoint all the way around, I think this season could turn around real fast.”

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