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SNOW CLASSES Student senator criticizes University on delayed emails BY DANIELLE BROWN AND DAN WELIN ASSISTANT DAYTIME EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER
Leading up to the University’s decision to cancel Monday classes, administrators were met with backlash from a student senator. Around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Jim Maskeri, senator and senior in LAS, sent a mass email to the Urbana-Champaign Senate, along with the provost’s and chancellor’s offices, to voice his concerns regarding how the University was handling the snowstorm. The email was sent after Provost Ilesanmi Adesida sent out a mass email to students at around 9:30 p.m., warning them to avoid driving on Interstate 57 when returning to school. Adesida said students should contact their instructors if they would not be able to make it back to campus safely in time for Monday classes. Maskeri said he was frustrated with the University’s delay in deciding whether to cancel Monday classes, adding that he sent the email after being contacted by several of his constituents. “If classes were not canceled, faculty members had the flexibility to levy sanctions on students based on lack of attendance in class, and therefore, some students were put in the situation where they
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had to choose between their education and their safety,” Maskeri said. “That’s never a situation we want our students to be in.” Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said in an email that Maskeri’s message was not a cause for canceling classes. She cited various factors that affected the University’s decision to ultimately cancel class, including a change in the forecast from 6 inches of snow reported on Friday to 9 inches reported on Sunday. She added that Adesida and Chancellor Phyllis Wise were returning to campus during the storm. “The chancellor and provost both drove to Champaign from Chicago on Interstate
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ZOE GRANT THE DAILY ILLINI
Joanna Bober, sophomore in Engineering, plays in the snow Monday afternoon on the Engineering Quad.
Students face car, bus, plane troubles returning to campus BY DANIELLE BROWN AND HANNAH PROKOP ASSISTANT DAYTIME EDITOR AND DAYTIME EDITOR
Stranded at O’Hare
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Students gathered on the Quad during the snow day Monday to build a large snowman. An estimated 6 inches of snow fell over night.
Riccardo Fabbro, sophomore in Engineering, was scheduled to depart from O’Hare International Airport at around 4 p.m. on Sunday and land at Willard Airport that night, but his flight was canceled. American Airlines offered Peoria Charter Coach vouchers for buses to drive Fabbro and other students back to Champaign. But as students were boarding, the driver had to turn away those with vouchers. “He refused to take any of us,” Fabbro said. Fabbro and other students went back to American Airlines, whose employees told the students there would be another bus Monday morning. He encountered the same problem using the vouchers for Peoria Charter the next day. “I was able to board, but the bus driver ended up realizing that he had more people who had paid throughout the night, so he couldn’t
take anyone who had the vouchers,” Fabbro said. Bill Winkler, president and CEO of Peoria Charter, said drivers took e-tickets first, then cash, then the vouchers. Another bus was sent Monday afternoon for riders with vouchers who could not fit on the bus Monday morning. Fabbro and other students bought Suburban Express tickets instead of waiting for the second bus from Peoria Charter. “We just didn’t want to be deceived again,” Fabbro said.
Stuck on I-57 Adina Raizen, senior in LAS, was stuck on Interstate 57 for around five hours Sunday night while driving back to Champaign from Nashville, Tenn. She left around 12:30 p.m. and did not arrive back to Champaign until around 3 a.m., even though the drive is usually about six hours. She said traffic came to a stop around 7:45 p.m., and she was in the same place on the interstate until 1:15 a.m. In response to the mass email sent
by Provost Ilesanmi Adesida warning students to avoid I-57, Raizen said she thought “it was a late response all-around.” “There were warnings for the snowstorms way ahead of that,” she said. “(The University) could’ve been much more proactive on notifying students and canceling classes.”
Travel plans delayed Courtney Young, sophomore in LAS, was one of many students whose return to campus was delayed by Greyhound Lines. After hearing rumors that buses had been canceled, Young decided to call Greyhound in Chicago. She got no response. Young then called Greyhound in Champaign to get an explanation. “(Greyhound Champaign) told me that the weather was so bad they didn’t want to send anybody out at the time,” Young said. After she heard that, Young started to look up different routes to get back
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Ike offers healthy options for National Nutrition Month BY BRITTANY GIBSON STAFF WRITER
The Ikenberry Dining Hall made healthy changes throughout March in honor of National Nutrition Month, such as installing a new soy milk machine, offering healthier versions of dining hall foods and educating students about nutritional eating habits. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Their goal is “to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits,” according to the academy’s website. Robin Allen, assistant director of dining and administration dietician, said the Ike wanted to demonstrate how different foods can be modified to fit dietary needs, like gluten-free restraints, and to show students healthy twists on everyday foods. “We try different things to see how the students react, and if they react positively, we install them,” she said. “For example, for someone who wanted chicken tenders, we would offer breaded or baked versions of the chicken tenders. The goal was not to necessarily have food lower in calories, but just to have it be healthier.” While dining hall changes have been a priority during March, Allen said administrators are always trying to offer new options.
“We are just trying to highlight various ways to add nutritional food into students’ diets,” she said. “We are constantly making plans, we are always testing new recipes and we are trying to respond to different cultural needs.” Allen said the fi rst problem Ikenberry was looking to tackle was portion size. The Student Dietetic Association at the University collaborated with University Dining Services and demonstrated serving sizes by setting up posters in the Ike and allowing students to weigh their food. The Ike also now houses serving spoons to help students control portions. Students said they have noticed and appreciated these serving spoons. “It was really helpful for me to know what exactly the serving size was with some of the less healthy foods,” said Angela Neufeld, freshman in Business. “Before, I would just grab any amount, and I didn’t know what was really in it.” Another main event was a themed meal called “Food Democracy,” held on March 6 in dining halls. The Ike hosted the Sustainable Student Farm and other vendors. Allen said the idea behind this theme is not to force students to eat only healthy foods, but rather to allow students to easily make healthy choices. “We are continually looking to add fruits and vegetables and healthier options to the menu,” she said. “But we want to (add these) without sacrificing
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YOUR VOICE 100 cals
Q: How do you feel about the nutritional changes made to the Ikenberry Dining Hall? COMPILED BY BRITTANY GIBSON STAFF WRITER
150 cals Total: 511 cals
“I’ve noticed a lot of the stuff is ‘prohealthy,’ with the signs that they have that say the food has less calories (and) less carbs.”
“I like the changes that have been made because I don’t really like greasy foods, so I like having choices that will be a little healthier for me.”
MARK NAVA, sophomore in LAS and Illini Media employee
CAROLINE GRAHAM, freshman in ACES
430 cals 570 cals Total: 1240 cals ROCHELLE WILSON THE DAILY ILLINI
“I don’t like where the healthy food is because ... it’s kind of inconvenient (compared) to where I usually head to get food.” JOSH TIMM, freshman in Business
“Personally, I probably eat more now because I know that there’s more healthy options, so I go there more and use my meals so that they’re not wasted.” ANGELA NEUFELD, freshman in Business
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Proposal would ban smoking at state institutions BY LIZ AMANIEH CONTRIBUTING WRITER
ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
An Afghan prisoner leaves with his belongings from the Parwan Detention Facility after the U.S. military gave control of its last detention facility to Afghan authorities in Bagram, outside Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. The handover of Parwan Detention Facility ends a bitter chapter in American relations with Afghanistan's mercurial president, Hamid Karzai, who demanded control of the prison as a matter of national sovereignty.
Afghanistan obtains US detention facility BY RAHIM FAIEZ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BAGRAM, Afghanistan — The U.S. military gave control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan to Kabul on Monday, a year after the two sides initially agreed on the transfer. The handover of Parwan Detention Facility ends a bitter chapter in American relations with Afghanistan’s mercurial president, Hamid Karzai, who demanded control of the prison as a matter of national sovereignty. It took place just a few hours before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Afghanistan on an unannounced visit to see Karzai amid concerns the
TROUBLES FROM PAGE 1A to Champaign. “At first, I was just trying to figure out other modes of transportation before I contacted other people,” Young said. She found that all other services were either canceled or sold out. Once she saw Provost Ilesanmi Adesida’s mass email, Young then started to contact her teachers to tell them that she would not be able to make it back in time for class. “The only class I was really concerned about was organic chemistry, because those (are) hard to
Afghan president may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremism with anti-American rhetoric. The dispute over the detention facility fueled acrimony between the two countries in recent months and also threw a pall over the ongoing negotiations for a bilateral security agreement that would govern the presence of U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 2014. Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. Joseph Dunford handed over Parwan, located near the U.S.-run Bagram military base north of Kabul, at a ceremony there after signing an agreement with Afghan Defense Minister
Bismullah Khan Mohammadi. “The transfer of the detention facility is an important part of the overall transition of security lead to Afghan National Security Forces. This ceremony highlights an increasingly confident, capable, and sovereign Afghanistan,” Dunford said. An initial agreement to hand over Parwan was signed a year ago, but efforts to follow through on it constantly stumbled over American concerns that the Afghan government would release prisoners that it considered dangerous. A key hurdle was a ruling by an Afghan judicial panel holding that administrative detention, the
practice of holding someone without formal charges, violated the country’s laws. The U.S. argued that international law allowed administrative detentions and also argued that it could not risk turning over some high-value detainees to the notoriously corrupt Afghan court system. An initial deadline for the full handover passed last September and another earlier this month. The formula for how the two sides resolved this dilemma has not been made public. Officials say that the Afghan government will be able to invoke a procedure that ensures prisoners considered dangerous will not be released from the detention center.
make up,” she said. Once Young saw that classes were going to be canceled, weight lifted off of her shoulders. “I did definitely breathe a sigh of relief when I found out that classes were canceled,” Young said. “I expected them to be canceled — I was surprised that they took so long to cancel (them).” Young, who was originally supposed to leave at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, finally boarded the Greyhound bus to Champaign around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
healthier menu items, such as grilled chicken wraps, baked fish sandwiches and grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches. “The grilled chicken wraps have been flying like crazy,” Francis said. “They’ve been doing really well, so the management decided to keep those after the healthy food month. The fries are probably going to go back to being fried in fryers.” Francis said managers will fi nalize which menu items to keep after National Nutrition Month is over.
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FROM PAGE 1A fl avor.” 57 North has also made changes to the food they offer. Along with selling healthy products like a variety of salads, granola bars, soy milks and other drinks, they have also changed the way their French fries are made. John Francis, 57 North student supervisor, said employees bake French fries rather than frying them. This decreases both empty calorie and fat content, making the fries healthier overall. In addition, 57 North added
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The Smoke-Free Campus Act, a proposal that would ban smoking on the property of state-funded institutions, is on its way to the full Senate after a higher education committee passed the measure Tuesday. After the Senate reconvenes on April 10 following its spring break, they are expected to vote on the act at any time, said Shana Harrison, a representative from the American Lung Association and graduate student. The proposal, first backed by Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, would prohibit smoking on public University property starting July 2014 and would require state institutions to establish a task force that would be in charge of overseeing implementation by Dec. 31, 2014. This proposal comes as the University is preparing to go smokefree this November. The smokefree campus policy will mean that smoking will no longer be allowed anywhere on campus. There will also be no designated smoking areas. Both the Urbana-Champaign and Chicago campuses have taken initiatives prior to this proposal, said Thomas Hardy, University of Illinois system spokesman. “(The state law would) establish an outright prohibition at public universities,” Hardy said. “If the law were to be enacted, I think that the campuses would be already ahead of it in terms of implementing a policy like that.” The Chicago campus has announced a tobacco-free campus, which would prohibit any tobacco product, this coming July. “Both campuses are ahead of what is being proposed in Springfield,” Hardy said. “It doesn’t matter what happens in Springfield; that proposal may not succeed.” Springfield lawmakers approved the proposal 7-5 after hearing testimony in favor of the measure from Harrison. “I focused on how the University of Illinois went smoke free and what we did on our campus to go smoke free,” Harrison said. “ I took the research that we know to be true (regarding the danger of smoking) and went to implement it in our policy.” Harrison said she has worked with the American Lung Association because they wanted to present Springfield lawmakers with a student perspective from a campus that will be smoke-free by November 2013. “What this allows is that universities who are having trouble going smoke free, it would allow them to go smoke free,” Harrison said. Paul Palian, Northern Illinois
University spokesman, said each Illinois university has their own approach to the proposal if it were to be enacted. Several other states such as Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma have implemented laws similar to those proposed in Illinois. “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and is the cause of one in five deaths in the United States,” Palian said in an email. “Northern Illinois University does and will continue to comply fully with state smoking laws.” Eric Jome, Illinois State University spokesman, said the university has already taken initiatives similar to the UI campuses. He said the campus instituted a more restrictive smoking policy in January, prohibiting smoking in the quad area and any large public area as well. This policy was brought about by student surveys on health and student issues. “Respondents said they would like to see no smoking areas expanded,” Jome said. “A year and a half ago we took this up and formulated a plan to make the no smoking areas more restrictive. The student government association worked with academic senate, and it went through all of the shared government bodies on campus.” As far as the proposal, from a legislation standpoint, Jome shared that ISU will stand by it. “Students would like to see no smoking areas expanded, it has gotten a fair amount of response and a lot of campuses are starting to move this way,” Jome said. “It’s a larger trend that public institutions are going to anyway.” However, unlike the University’s plan, ISU accommodates students who do smoke. The university has designated smoking areas, away from large concentrations of people. Around the campus, there are also expanded maps telling students where to smoke. Each university has a different approach to dealing with smoking on campus. However, with this proposal all state institutions will be regulated under the same act. “The legislators, I assume, have the same rationale and motive to have a policy that impacts all public facilities in Illinois,” Hardy said. “The same rationale and motives were behind the initiatives behind the Urbana and Chicago campuses in their policies. Sometimes it’s just harder to get those policies in Springfield as opposed to putting together committees and task forces on a campus and come up with a policy for an individual school.”
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Obama asks Congress to ‘finish the job’ on immigration reform BY JULIE PACE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama challenged Congress Monday to “finish the job” of finalizing legislation aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration system. With members of the House and Senate away on spring break, Obama made his most substantive remarks on the difficult issue in more than a month, saying he expects lawmakers to take up debate on a measure quickly and that he hopes to sign it into law as soon as possible. “We’ve known for years that our immigration system is broken,” the president said at a citizenship ceremony at the White House. “After avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all.” The president spoke at a ceremony for 28 people from more than two dozen countries, including Afghanistan, China and Mexico. Thirteen of the new citizens are active duty service members in the U.S. military. The oath of allegiance was administered by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. While Obama has hosted citizenship ceremonies in previous years, Monday’s event was laced with politics, given the ongoing debate over immigration reform on Capitol Hill. A bipartisan group of eight senators is close to finishing draft
SNOW DAY FROM PAGE 1A 57 Sunday evening, so they saw firsthand the need to use caution when driving in winter weather conditions,” Kaler said. Sgt. Jose Dejesus, of the Illinois State Police, said in an email that police issued several alerts, advising motorists to stay off the roads during the hazardous weather conditions. He said they started issuing alerts before the severe weather began. Maskeri said he wanted to make
work on a bill that would dramatically reshape the U.S. immigration and employment landscape, putting 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. The measure also would allow tens of thousands of new high- and low-skilled workers into the country. The president applauded the congressional effort so far, but pressed lawmakers to wrap up their discussions quickly. “We’ve got a lot of white papers and studies,” Obama said. “We’ve just got to, at this point, work up the political courage to do what’s required.” Immigration shot to the forefront of Obama’s domestic agenda following the November election. Hispanics made up 10 percent of the electorate and overwhelmingly backed Obama, in part because of the tough stance on immigration that Republicans took during the campaign. The election results spurred Republicans to tackle immigration reform for the first time since 2007 in an effort to increase the party’s appeal to Hispanics and keep the GOP competitive in national elections. Obama and the bipartisan Senate group are in lockstep on some key principles of a potential immigration bill, including the need for a pathway to citizenship, strengthening the legal immigration system, and cracking down on businesses that employ illegal immigrants.
President Barack Obama listens as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers the oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members and civilians on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington. At the ceremony, Obama challenged Congress to finalize legislation to overhaul the immigration system.
sure University officials were aware of the problems students were having while returning to campus. He said his email sparked much debate among students and faculty members, including other senators, and some people voiced disapproval for his message. “We did have one email saying that my email was disrespectful to the provost and the chancellor,” Maskeri said. “I wholeheartedly reserve the right, as a student leader, to criticize and evaluate the decisions and administrators on behalf of the students I represent.”
The University’s Campus Emergency Operations Committee holds a conference call each time threatening weather occurs. Kaler said the CEOC discussed all factors, such as the current weather conditions, the forecast and the anticipated ability to keep campus streets and sidewalks accessible. “When the CEOC met Sunday night, our crews felt they could keep up with the snow,” Kaler said. “During the night, it was determined that the storm was bigger than expected, and although the campus walkways would be passable, many employ-
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ees would not be able to get to campus.” Christopher Dayton, student senator and senior in LAS, responded in favor of Maskeri’s stance and said the email was “a spark that started a train (to cancel class).” “The University (dragged) its feet about not canceling classes, but instead said that the students were at the mercy of their professors. I think that’s unfair,” Dayton said. Dayton traveled southbound on I-57 from Wisconsin on Sunday, and the trip took from about
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He said once he finally got off the expressway, he knew that the Interstate was not going to be safe. “The University did not address the problem until 9:30 at night,” Dayton said. “Hours before 9:30, we knew that it was going to be a bad storm.” Wise sent a mass email around 1:30 a.m. Monday, saying that the day’s classes were canceled; however, the University remained open because of service operations and research projects. Maskeri said he felt the University made the right decision
by canceling classes. “I really do think that the administration is doing everything they can to keep students safe,” Maskeri said. “In the end, I do think the right decision was made. However, I think it should’ve been made earlier.” Monday was the first time the University issued a snow day since Feb. 2, 2011, when the UrbanaChampaign area saw 6 inches of snow.
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DANE GEORGES CAGLE CARTOONS
Snow day decision should have been made hours earlier
he University waited too long. Yesterday, while many students were still traveling back to school during the snowstorm, the University sent out a series of mass emails regarding the weather. The first email, sent by Executive Director of Facilities and Services Jack Dempsey at approximately 7:55 p.m., was to inform students of snow removal procedures and campus accessibility. The second email, sent by Provost Ilesanmi Adesida at approximately 9:15 p.m., warned students of the hazardous conditions on Interstate 57 and discouraged students from making the trip back if they had not already left. The final email, sent by Chancellor Phyllis Wise, announced the cancellation of classes on Monday. Sure, most students were probably jumping with excitement because of the spring break extension. The problem is that the email was sent around 1:25 a.m. — an unreasonable time to cancel classes, considering how heavy the snowfall was already at about 4 p.m. What is even more confusing is why the Provost would send out an email telling students that conditions are dangerous and that they shouldn’t attempt to come back to school if they had not already left. If it is not safe for students to be outside, then there should not have been a reason to wait to cancel classes. A decision should have been made immediately following the University being advised by Illinois State Police that it was “extremely hazardous” outside. There have also been numerous accounts of cars in ditches along I-57 and students being stuck in stand-still traffic because of the snow. Some students flying back to campus were stuck at O’Hare airport on Monday. That should be enough to warrant a cancelation of classes. But still, at this point, the administration had not canceled them. The Champaign Unit 4 School District canceled school by 7:40 p.m. on Sunday night. Keep in mind, these are students who live in the area and are not traveling across the state. Even then, there are faculty and staff that don’t live near campus and also have to travel to campus on the slippery roads. In the emails, the University even told employees to make a decision about whether they could make it to work. When it gets to the point where some employees and students may doubt their ability to safely arrive on campus, then they shouldn’t try to risk their safety to make it to a 9 a.m. class. And for the students who did make it back to campus, there are thick piles of snow everywhere. Even if the areas around University buildings are cleared, it is still dangerous for students who are traveling from their apartments and dorms to class. If the emails say anything about internal University communications, it doesn’t reflect positively. From Adesida’s email, it seemed as if classes would be held, no matter how bad the snow was. Even then, it came after an email sent out by Jim Maskeri, Illinois student senator, to academic senators, calling for the University to cancel classes. We are not asking for more snow days just so we don’t have to go to class. We are making a plea for the University to take the safety of its students, faculty and staff more seriously.
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NCAA favors drama over true competition ANDREW HORTON Opinions columnist
racketology is a fascinating subject – 64 teams, 63 games, 9 quintillion possible outcomes. The thrill of trying to master the madness while competing against friends and coworkers is one of the most unique fan experiences in all of sports. However, it comes at a price. In all the hysteria of March Madness, the tournament’s supposed purpose of determining the nation’s best team is lost. The current tournament structure is better designed to promote wagering and fan interest than it is to enable the best team to prevail. For starters, the field of 64 teams includes too many schools that are incapable and undeserving of a chance to be crowned champion. In the history of the tournament, a 16-seed has never beaten a 1-seed, and as of last year, a 15-seed had only been able to upset a 2-seed on six occasions. The point is, these early matchups are virtually meaningless, and if the NCAA was truly interested in finding the best team, it would skip ahead to games that are more evenly matched. Of course, the reason that the NCAA insists on letting David battle Goliath is that everyone loves the idea of an underdog. I’ll admit, I love rooting for Cinderella as much as the next fan. But it’s hard to rationalize how any team that played abhorrently in the regular season deserves a shot at ruining a better team’s reputation in just one game. Take, for instance, two of last year’s big upsets — 15-seeds Lehigh and Norfolk State knock-
ing out powerhouses Duke and Missouri in the first round. Sure, the underdogs made a splash at the ball, but they were certainly no Cinderellas. Both teams ended up losing in the next round to weaker teams, meaning that their victories were almost certainly flukes and that two more deserving teams were eliminated from contention. Of course, there is this year’s big story of Florida Gulf Coast making history by advancing to the Sweet Sixteen following two massive upsets. Sure, many would consider it a tragedy if the Eagles had been excluded from the tournament from the start. However, with a record that consists of five losses to teams from the “esteemed” Atlantic Sun Conference as well as five additional losses to non-conference opponents, the Eagles truly didn’t deserve to dance in the first place. The other important factor that March Madness ignores is that collegiate level basketball is a game that involves a significant amount of variability – referees blow calls, big-name shooters get cold, and noname shooters go on hot streaks. In just 40 minutes any one of these events can single-handedly change the outcome of a game. Because of this variability, isolation and repetition are critical in determining true superiority. This is why a better alternative would be to trim the field down to just around 16 teams that actually deserve to be competing for the title. This could be done by perhaps implementing a rating system similar to what the Bowl Champion Series uses for football. On top of that, the final rounds could be changed to best of three series to better ensure that the best team comes out on top. Of course, the NCAA could
reward stellar regular season play by eliminating the threat of wannabe Cinderellas and cutthroat single elimination games. However, it chooses not to for the sake of shocking upsets and marketable storylines. Admittedly, there is nothing wrong with what the NCAA is doing. It is a business, and it is trying to sell its product in the best way possible. Making these changes would reduce the thrill of March Madness that everyone enjoys, and ultimately make the sport less profitable. However, the distinction should be made that the NCAA’s main purpose is to make money and support its brands, not to promote quality athletic competition in the interest of its athletes. When viewed objectively, March Madness is really more of a bigtop circus attraction than it is a true sports competition. While it certainly isn’t on the same scale as WWE or other sports entertainment franchises, it does use similar tactics. And when you consider how the NCAA markets its athletes without giving them any cut of the profits, you have to wonder if its motivations are any less greedy. Ultimately, the public will decide. The excitement we get from March Madness is to be weighed against the value we put on quality competition and fairness to the athletes. Currently the former side is winning. And with the current boom of aspiring bracketologists, there is no reason to expect the NCAA will make a change anytime soon.
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In news, it matters what’s missing SARAH FISCHER Opinions columnist
the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins, it dominates the news media. Every source has, on average, two stories about the day before: a general recap (did you see Harvard over New Mexico? See the “shocking” upset of Gonzaga by Wichita State?) and a features story, either on a team, a coach or a player (such as Arsalan Kazemi, the 6-foot-7-inch Oregon Ducks forward from Iran or Florida Gulf Coast as a possible Cinderella team, becoming the first No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16). Though I am a major maniac for March Madness, I always wonder what stories I miss while the New York Times and CBS are covering college hoops. News selection dictates not only what we are thinking about, but also how we think about it. It’s a give and take: what is important versus what is interesting. Sometimes the media gets lucky and what’s interesting is also important, like the Arab Spring. Then stories arise that don’t catch fire. They don’t catch the national or international media and then we have to question why. Is it because they aren’t important stories? The movie shot in my hometown really only interests the town itself, and perhaps a few Hollywood insiders or major movie buffs who track Zac Efron’s career. Is it because they aren’t really stories at all?
Touring authors fascinate those who can see them but are little more than entertainment stories rolled up in the disguise of “news.” Or is something more sinister going on? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell, especially with the rush to get the information out fastest. Take, for example, two stories that were reported on in the end of February. On February 27, Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found in a levee. Though black and one of the first openly gay candidates in Mississippi, the police found no evidence that his death was the result of a hate crime. But that’s not what his family thought, and it’s not what the media outright reported. Because news media has this idea of objectivity, of not picking sides and of letting readers decide for themselves, they strive to present both sides of a debate. Pro-choice and pro-life. Pro-gun control and gun rights advocates. Those who believe in global warming and those who don’t. But some debates, like global warming and the death of McMillian, don’t have two sides. They have facts, and presenting two sides obscures those facts and creates debate and frustration where there shouldn’t be any. When the news media reports that McMillian’s death isn’t being investigated as a hate crime, then quotes sources who say it was a hate crime against a “man on the rise,” they aren’t being objective; they’re being confusing. Another case investigated in the end of February draws some question as to how objective the media is when it comes to
story selection, not just story presentation. On February 26, CBS Chicago reported the murder of two black men in Joliet by four young white individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 24, one of whom is the son of a Joliet police sergeant. The article goes on to state that two of the four alleged murders then had sex on top of the deceased. The case didn’t make national headlines or spark a national dialogue. It took almost a month for the story to migrate from the local Joliet Patch to a branch of other news outlets. However, a different discussion started among certain members of the community who read the story: what if the races had been reversed? How would media coverage have been different? I tend to hold with the camp that thinks the case would have made national headlines had two white men been killed by four black adults, especially given the odd addition of semi-necrophilia. Which raises another question about media credibility: does sensationalism actually hold our interest, or only certain sensationalism? While we rely on the media to keep us informed (even when at times we may want to read about Michelle Obama’s new bangs) we have to remember that what they cover and how they cover it are nevertheless sculpted by humans as fallible as us. As a result, what gets missed in the news is often more important than what hits the front page.
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ou know, snow days aren’t as special as they used to be. Maybe it’s because I still had a presentation due Monday and a midterm due Wednesday. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and more mature. Maybe I’m saddened by the fact that it may be my last snow day of my education — ever. My mom never understood what those days meant to me. A snow day was everything back then. It was a day to be free, a day where I determined what I wanted to do. Not what I had to or what I was told to do. I was the boy in charge. Why do I not feel the same way about snow days now as I did way back when? Searching for an answer brought me back to reality. So, Monday I chose to spend my free day reflecting upon what I have learned at college, what experiences I will never forget and what every undergraduate student should do before they graduate. Something I wish that was emphasized more when I started four years ago is a skill I would never have imagined on the list of “things I expect to learn at a university”: the dreadful process of networking. And when I casually say emphasized, I mean imprinted. No, I’m not kidding. Over four years of meeting new people and developing countless relationships, it became clear how critical it is to develop and practice the skill of networking, both professionally and personally. Landing your first internship, your first job, getting accepted to graduate school, that awkward meet-cute with your future girlfriend — it all depends on your ability to communicate your thoughts effectively. How well can you sell yourself? Making a lasting impression can affect you when you least expect it. You never know when you might need that random contact you made at Brother’s to help you with class, with your job, or to book your wedding photographer. If there was one thing I wish somebody would have told me when I first started, it would be to put my foot out the door and meet as many people as possible, no matter how uncomfortable it is at first. I wish somebody pushed me out the door, actually. But I didn’t get that late of a start. One month into my first semester I decided to study abroad during winter break. A week before the deadline, I blindly chose to apply to the program in Paris. I didn’t know anything about the course, the professor or the types of students that apply. I didn’t even know French, except “parlez-vous anglais?” I took a risk and it paid off. I figured, what could possibly go wrong over two weeks? It was in Paris where I realized what I wanted to do with my life. I wrote previously how college is a place to discover your passions, and it is opportunities like studying abroad, internships and student organizations that give you direction. Not only was Paris where I found my passion, it was a place where I spent two weeks of my life with complete strangers. The contacts I made there will be with me for the rest of my life, and you can’t put a price on that. If you’re looking for a way to study abroad but don’t want to spend an entire semester or year away from home, the winter break and summer programs offered are reasonable alternatives. The most important steps you can take as a college student are to get involved and to use your connections to find an internship in a position you have a passion for or at any company you enjoy. I will never forget the time I spent in Paris and the people I met. Every person has their own personality, and learning how different people interact with each other in unfamiliar territory is invaluable. I feel as though the experiences I have had throughout my college career provided me with the direction I need to succeed in the real world. Even if this is my last snow day, my time here has helped me understand that every day can be a snow day, a day where I determine what I want to do and how I want to do it. Don’t waste your time here — put yourself out there.
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Google Glass reality device offers problems, not solutions BRIAN YU Technograph editor
BY BRIAN YU TECHNOGRAPH EDITOR
oogle Glass, the tech giant’s highly anticipated augmented reality device, has not even been released for consumer use and yet has already made waves in the industry and government alike. Earlier this month, the 5 Point Cafe, a bar in Seattle, became the first public establishment in the United States to ban the face mounted apparatus due to privacy violation concerns. A similar policy has been proposed last week by a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates to ban the use of the device while driving due to concerns that it would be a distraction. While both of these qualms with Google Glass are legitimate, the most important question remains: Why? To better state the question, why is Google developing such a product that will, at best, only fill the needs of a small niche in the consumer market? As described by political commentator Rob Asghar, “Google Glass is a bold solution in the search of an imaginary problem, that problem being how difficult it is to explore the
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Internet while walking down the street engaged in a conversation with another person.” Based on usage video released by Google on their Google Glass website, the device can be boiled down to a wearable smartphone with a heads-up display. The wearer can use the glasses to make calls, hold video conferences, take pictures, record video, bring up a navigational overlay and other things that you can also do with your phone. According to a study conducted by U.S. cell phone carrier T-Mobile, the average smartphone user looks at their phone 150 times a day, almost once every 10 minutes. For $1500, you can use Google Glass to easily increase that number by 500 times, for nearly every second of the day. While the 5 Point Cafe ban is widely considered a PR stunt, the concerns of West Virginia holds true. The National Safety Council estimates that over 23 percent of car accidents in 2011 were caused by cell phone usage. The blame doesn’t rest on drivers alone: The numbers of distracted pedestrians who have walked into traffic while using their phones has quadrupled in the past seven years, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. With its convenient heads-up display, Google Glass will only make it harder for both driv-
ers and pedestrians to keep their eyes on the road. Furthermore, the discreteness Google Glass has when taking video leads real concerns of privacy violation. The bad news doesn’t end there. Even if you wanted what is essentially a face-mounted smartphone, you probably can’t get one when it’s released later this year. In order to receive the opportunity to purchase a Google Glass, you needed to have applied to their Google Glass Explorer program to be allowed to pay the exorbitant price tag. In fact, if you don’t live within driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York, expect to account for the additional cost of your plane ticket to one of those cities to pick up your Google Glass. Despite all this, the efforts put out by Google’s Project Glass team has not been in vain. While not suited as a consumer product, the technology has started the trend in wearable technology which could be incredibly beneficial for those with disabilities. It also represents what is now technologically possible and the direction the industry is headed in. However, like the Segway, Google Glass is just not practical right now.
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AXE FROM PAGE 6A in achieving his current spot in ninth place. Kasia informed the residents on her floor in Snyder Hall, Kamil’s friend Jason made a promotional video on his YouTube comedy channel Make ‘Em Laugh Films, and January Boten, area coordinator for University housing, provided him with campaign ideas. “I want Kamil to win this contest because he wants it so much — he’s very serious about it,” Boten said. “I feel like others in the contest just want to win something.” Currently, many of the contestants with more votes than Kamil are online celebrities, but he is determined to spend the next five weeks devoting his efforts toward winning the contest. At midnight on April 27, two people will win a trip to the AXE Space Camp in Orlando, Fla., and Kamil will discover if he’ll have the opportunity to live his lifelong dream 103 kilometers above Earth’s surface. “He has never wanted anything more, and I think the prospect of gazing upon the stars and planets closely with his own eyes really drives him,” Kasia said. “He will be able to say he was up there, and I do not think too many people really have that privilege.”
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Twinkies, Ho Hos resurrected from dead STEPHANIE KIM Staff writer
hen I was a kid, I remember happily opening my Winnie the Pooh lunch pail to fi nd the yummy treats my mom had packed for the day. My friends and I would barter with one another, exchanging string cheese for Gushers and Kool-Aid for Juicy Juice to spice up our lunch menu. But there was one snack I never left anyone get a hold of: my beloved Hostess Ho Hos. These cylindrical cakes wrapped in soft, chocolate layers had a sweet cream filling that made them all the more delectable. However, 10 years later, my charmed relationship with these tasty treats have come to an end — not by choice, but by unfortunate circumstance. In November, Hostess Brands, Inc. — an Illinois-born company that began 83 years ago — announced its termination and liquidation due to a Bakers’ Union strike. In other words: Ho Hos, Twinkies and other cream-filled goodies were goners. Tom Becker, spokesman for Hostess Brand, Inc., elaborated on the situation. “The company’s initial plan, when it filed for bankruptcy in January 2012, was to fi nd a way for the company to survive,” Becker said. “But by the end of November, the company could no longer afford to continue operating without all of its bakeries running in its capacity.” Becker explained further that the company needed two things to survive: a collective bargaining agreement with the
union employees and reduced compensation for its employees. Though the Teamsters — a trade union of truck drivers — agreed to have a new collective bargaining agreement, the Bakers’ Union did not. Instead, baking employees chose to strike, ultimately crippling the company and leading it to liquidate. This news left a bitter taste in the mouths of Hostess fans at the University. “I felt very disappointed,” said Crystal Reeves, freshman in LAS. “I wish I could’ve gotten the last few that were left.” Andrew Cai, freshman in LAS, and Savana Savage, sophomore in Engineering, echoed similar sentiments. “I’ll miss them,” Cai said. “I used to eat them as a kid, and now they’re not being made.” “I was shocked,” Savage said. “Then I was upset because I like how they make their products. Knock-off brands are a lot harder ... and I don’t like them as much.” These “knock-off brands,” such as Mrs. Freshley’s, have recently infiltrated shelves at Penn Station and 57 North with creme-filled cakes and cupcakes of their own. But despite the near identical packaging and appearance, Hostess lovers have expressed the subpar quality of these goods compared to the originals. According to Reeves and Savage, the flavor is not as rich or as fresh, and the products have a much harder texture. However, both stated that they would choose to settle with the generic brand if that was the only available option. Fortunately, this will no longer be necessary. Following the liquidation, Hostess opted to market their assets to obtain the highest and best deals for their stakeholders.
Since then, major food industries have been placing bids on various Hostess assets. A federal bankruptcy judge recently approved the sale of rights for major Hostess brands on March 19. According to the Hostess website, the majority of the company’s bread business — including Wonder Bread — was sold to Flower Foods for $360 million. Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bread maker, purchased the separate bread brand Beef Steak for $31.9 million. Private equity fi rms Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. won control over Hostess snack cakes brand — including Twinkies and Ho Hos — for $410 million. However, there are still two transactions that have yet to be approved. According to Becker, Hostess is due in court on April 9 for the approval of the Drakes branded products sale and a sale involving a group of four bread brands based in the Northwest, totaling approximately $56.6 million. All of these transactions point to a brighter future for Hostess products. Though products may not look the same — the buyers will decide how its marketing, production and distribution will run — one thing is for certain: Twinkies and Ho Hos have been resurrected from the dead, giving Hostess fans a reason to celebrate. “I feel really excited about it,” Reeves said. “I will be well prepared, and trust me, I will have (Twinkies) in my storage closet.”
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race to space University alumnus competes in space contest of his dreams BY ALICE SMELYANSKY STAFF WRITER
ome dreams are fulfilled at ground level, some require airplanes and trains and some come to fruition 103 kilometers in outer space. Amidst cosmic darkness and brilliant starry skies, University alumnus Kamil Stelmach could live the dream he’s had since childhood. All he has to do is win it first. When a call from his sister, Kasia Stelmach, senior in LAS, informed him of a commercial for the AXE Apollo Space Academy, he was immediately drawn to the competition. Without any hesitation, Kamil bought an astronaut suit from Amazon and a foam board to begin his campaign as “Kam the Astronaut.” In the competition, the two contestants with the greatest number of votes are sent to the AXE Space Camp, where one winner is ultimately chosen at the Global Space Camp to fly with the space tourism company, Space Expedition Corporation. “There is no doubt in my mind that Kamil has wanted to explore space ever since he was a kid,” Kasia said. “I remember him immersed in astronomy books, both in English and Polish, and he had all kinds of posters up in his room, showing planets or stars.” Starting around the age of eight or nine, Kamil was nearly inseparable from his fi rst telescope. Gazing through the device, Kamil
attempted to share the wonders he saw with his younger sister, though most of the time his explanations went over her head, Kasia admitted. His fascination with space continued into his undergraduate studies, as he majored in biology and chemistry and minored in astronomy at the University. He also had a few internships with NASA. Now, Kamil studies space chemistry at George Mason University and manages to fit campaigning into his schedule. “It’s a little difficult, I’m losing some sleep,” Kamil said. “But luckily, one of the pieces of equipment that my research project uses was broken for most of the semester while I was trying to get the campaign up and going.” The first time he went out in his astronaut suit he almost got arrested — it’s a Class 6 felony to conceal one’s identity in Virginia — but he’s since been more successful. Posing with strangers, Kam the Astronaut asks his fans to upload their picture to Facebook, tag him and then submit a vote online to the AXE Apollo Space Academy website. With photos from Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, D.C. and Boston, Kamil plans to continue his campaign route to St. Louis, Philadelphia and New York. Though he still needs thousands of votes to reach the top two places, his friends and family have aided him
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DISH OF THE WEEK
Jarling’s serves up Snowstorms, perfect for a snowy day BY HALEY JONES STAFF WRITER
Jarling’s Custard Cup, located at 309 W. Kirby Avenue and owned by Doug and Christy Jarling, has been known for providing the Champaign community with great custard since April 28, 1983 . The seasonal custard shop reopened in early March for the warmer months. The fi rst of two shops was opened in Danville, Ill., in 1949. Originally, only three fl avors of custard were sold: vanilla, chocolate and lemon . The current owners bought the custard’s secret recipe from Danville owners Wilmer and Dorotha Jarling in 1993. Since then, much has changed with the
menu, including the introduction of the shop’s best-selling item: the Snowstorm. The Snowstorm is the most popular item on the menu, said Sarah Allen, production manager at Jarling’s Custard Cup. The Snowstorm is a mix of custard with different toppings blended in, similar to Dairy Queen’s Blizzard. It comes in three different sizes: junior, regular and giant, priced at $3.75, $4.95 and $5.95 , respectively. The menu shows that many toppings are available, ranging from Nerds to coconut and premade options such as strawberry shortcake and caramel apple. Allen said there are many different combinations to create
a successful Snowstorm, but they are all made with the same basic technique. “We put vanilla custard in (the) cup and then we add the candies, or fruits, or whatever you choose to put in there,” Allen said. “Then we add more vanilla and then we blend it on the machine.” Allen said her favorite Snowstorm is the “grasshopper,” which consists of vanilla custard, Oreo cookies and mint syrup. Jarling’s Custard Cup has a customer base of both loyal locals and college student newcomers, Allen said. The wide range of customers makes for a busy season.
Maggie O’Neill, sophomore in LAS, is a fan of the Snowstorm because of its unique taste. “I like custard because it is a nice change-up from regular ice cream,” O’Neill said. “I like my Snowstorm with any type of chocolate topping.” Although Jarling’s serves custard throughout the spring, summer and fall, Allen said there are certain times when the shop receives more business than normal. “The busiest time of the season is right before the U of I school year ends for the year, (the) beginning of summertime and then again in the fall when all of the students come back,” she said.
During these warmer seasons, Allen said the shop makes anywhere from 600 to 800 orders a day, with many orders consisting of multiple items. O’Neill said that warm weather is defi nitely a factor in deciding to go to Jarling’s and grab some custard. “Getting custard on afternoons when the weather is nice is my favorite time to eat custard,” O’Neill said. The menu changes slightly ever so often, but one thing is for sure: The secret recipe and the Snowstorm aren’t going anywhere.
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Illinois advances to 3rd round of WNIT
Baseball game on hold due to snow
Moore, women’s basketball defeat Eastern Illinois in comeback win BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER STAFF WRITER
Memories are made in March in college basketball. With the Illinois women’s basketball team facing a three-point deficit at halftime, head coach Matt Bollant told his players to go out and make a memory. “Here’s a chance to make a memory,” Bollant told the team. “We’re down at halftime and haven’t done a whole lot right in the fi rst half. Here’s a chance to change that. And remember this game because we came back and we fought.” His team responded. The Illini fought back and defeated EIU 62-54 Monday night at Assembly Hall in the second round of the WNIT. Bollant’s squad had only won one game while trailing at halftime this season. “In the fi rst half, it was a struggle and we just didn’t have a lot of joy,” Bollant said. “(A few months ago) we wouldn’t have kept fighting and wouldn’t have had the heart to make it happen, and today we did.” Eastern Illinois’ players noticed the change. “At one point in the second half, they made the decision they wanted to win more,” Panthers guard Ta’Kenya Nixon said. The Illini took over for good after an Amber Moore 3-pointer with 7:33 remaining in the game. Moore lived up to her nickname, “Clutch,” once again, sinking that 3-pointer and three free throws in the fi nal minute. The junior only grabbed three rebounds in the game, but all occurred in the fi nal three minutes. She also led the Illini with 25 points in the team’s fi rst round win over Miami (Ohio). It was senior forward Karisma Penn, however, who led Illinois on Monday. She scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and
was a force defensively with five blocks and four steals. “K.P., in the second half, refused to be guarded,” Bollant said. “She was strong going to the rim and got to the foul line as well.” Illinois fell eight points behind with 14 minutes remaining. Penn decided it was time for her team to make a change. “I wasn’t as concerned with the score as I was with our effort,” she said. “We needed to play harder, and we fi nally did that.” Hundreds of EIU fans braved the blizzard that canceled classes on campus Monday and made the 50-mile trek north up Interstate 57 to watch the Panthers take on the Illini. For most of the night, the fans in blue had plenty to cheer about. The Panthers, who won their fi rst postseason game in program history at Missouri on Wednesday, jumped out to an 11-2 lead and led for the majority of the game. The small school from the Ohio Valley Conference outrebounded the state’s fl agship university, 44 to 33. “I thought we played 35 minutes of the best basketball we’ve played all year,” Eastern Illinois head coach Lee Buchanan said. “If it was a 35-minute game, we’d be sitting here talking about the win.” Luckily for Illinois, college basketball is a 40-minute game, and the Illini move on to play at Toledo in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Rockets defeated Butler and Youngstown State in the first and second rounds. Bollant said his team’s resiliency helped it improve for later rounds in the tournament. “We fought. We battled, and we grew,” Bollant said. “Survive and advance — and we’re advancing.”
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Match postponed against Illinois State BY JAMAL COLLIER STAFF WRITER
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Karisma Penn shoots the ball during the Illini’s game against Eastern Illinois Monday night.
POINT-COUNTERPOINT Editor’s note: The following columns are written as part of a point-counterpoint conversation. The following discourse is not to be confused with the debate pageant found on “ESPN First Take.” Both sides are recognized as having valid arguments, and the topic at hand is worth discussing. We write to articulate both sides of the issue. Should Derrick Rose return this season for the Chicago Bulls?
For Bulls to have a shot at winning season’s end, Rose’s return wanted BY ELIOT SILL
Rose should not rush ACL recovery for unfavorable playoff matchups BY STEPHEN BOURBON
Derrick Rose needs to conquer his fears. At a certain, critical point, things such as this, that are easier said than done, need to be done for the right reasons before they are left unfulfilled for the wrong reasons. D-Rose is afraid of his knee, yes. His other fear, however, is that of losing. He’s made it pretty obvious that he doesn’t want to play unless the team has a chance to do damage in the postseason. Things get hairy when you talk about “doing damage.” What does that actually mean? Indiana “did damage” last year when it took Miami to six games, even though the end result was the Pacers losing in the exact round they should have lost in. The 76ers “did damage” when they forced Rose into a drive that snapped a tendon in his knee. The Heat also “did damage” when they hurt everyone’s feelings on their way to an NBA championship. Rose knows that, for the Bulls, “doing damage” this year wouldn’t mean winning a title. He also doesn’t want to play unless he can give more than 100 percent for the Bulls, meaning that in his eyes, the Bulls need more than a 100 percent Derrick Rose to do what Rose wants to do this season. Rose doesn’t want to enter into the
Eleven months ago, the confidence of the Chicago Bulls and their MVP point guard Derrick Rose couldn’t have been higher. The Bulls had clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and despite a myriad of injuries and a lockout-shortened schedule, Rose was champing at the bit to start the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. We all know what happened next. With nearly a triple-double and holding a commanding lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1, Rose drove to his right, planted awkwardly before a jump stop and crumbled to the ground, clutching his left knee. The iconic call of Kevin Harlan (“Holding onto his knee, holding onto his knee and down.”) rang through the nation as a stunned city watched its hometown hero go down. In under a calendar year, the Bulls have been relegated from top seed to a middleof-the-pack team in the East. And as the Bulls waned, their premier rivals in the Miami Heat have soared to new levels, earning a ring for the Big Three in 2012 and currently holding 27-game winning streak. Though the anticipation for Rose to return has reached a frenzy, he should not attempt to return this season. Coming back from a traumatic injury like an ACL tear is extremely dif-
Though the anticipation for Rose to return has reached a frenzy, he should not attempt to return this season.
If you hate losing, you hate losing progress, and Rose doesn’t want his team’s regression to be definite, or so it seems. fold so that everyone can see this Bulls team for what it is, a second-round playoff team. If you hate losing, you hate losing progress, and Rose doesn’t want his team’s regression to be defi nite, or so it seems. The risk he undertakes when he sits out the rest of the year is this: The Bulls’ current incarnation is unproven, either positively or negatively, meaning the formula will receive a second chance. Hopefully Rose and Nate Robinson don’t speak to each other or have a relationship. Nate needs to go. Other beneficial possibilities for Rose include not knowing how to pronounce or spell “Nazr,” frequently mistaking Vladimir Radmanovic for a lost hot dog vendor, assuming Rip Hamilton has been promoted to assistant coach and placing bags full of cash labeled “amnesty money” all around Carlos Boozer’s apartment in hopes he’ll stumble on them and end his Chicago tenure the way he began it. In other words, the team needs to cut some fat, and nothing short of a Rose return
ficult, and while the world watched Adrian Peterson and his robotic knee take the NFL by storm, it is not an easy task. I have no doubt that the youngest MVP in NBA history has put in the work necessary to get his body in top form, but there is simply no upside to coming back from the injury this season. No matter whether the Bulls get the five or six seed, they face unfavorable matchups in either the Pacers in round one or the Heat in round two. The ceiling for this team — with or without Rose — is a second round exit. Another aspect complicating matters for Rose’s return is all the expectations on the point guard for when he finally does return. Knowing Rose would be out most of the year, the Bulls broke up the “Bench Mob” last offseason in a cap-saving maneuver. Injuries to Taj Gibson, Kirk Hinrich and Rip Hamilton have forced perennial reserve players such as Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli to play expanded roles with mixed results. Rose will be expected to carry the load both scoring and distributing as the only shot creator
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Illinois baseball has postponed Tuesday’s game against Illinois State due to heavy snow accumulation. The teams are expected to reschedule the game at a later date, though no makeup date has been set at this time. It’s the second time this season that Illinois has had a game canceled due to weather; Illinois’ series against Southern Illinois was cut from four games to three earlier this month. The snow caused the University to cancel classes Monday for the fi rst time since February 2011. The cancellation comes amid a seven-game home stand for the Illini, their longest home stretch of this season. The weather hasn’t been particularly kind to the Illini all season; earlier this year they had to endure snow delays in Tennessee a nd 4 0 -to - 5 0 deg re e temperatures in Texas. The Illini have been forced to hold nearly all of their practices inside Irwin Indoor Facility. Head coach Dan Hartleb won’t use it as an excuse, saying “everybody else is dealing with it too.” Thirty-one of the 35 players on roster are from the state of Illinois, so they are accustom to enduring unfavorable weather. The Illini are currently scheduled to play at Illinois State on April 16 , and the make-up game will be scheduled in addition to that contest. Hartleb wanted to give his team a break, to try and calm some of the nagging injuries that can build up during the season. The Illini spent the fi rst five weeks of the season playing all their games on the road, before this past weekend . “There’s times where you have to give guys some rest both mentally and physically,” Hartleb said. “You got to take care of your athletes.” One of the players who will benefit from the time off is freshman catcher Jason Goldstein , who jammed his glove-hand thumb during Friday’s 9-5 lost to Nebraska. He remained in the game after having his hand wrapped in tape, but would eventually be lifted in the bottom of the eighth. Hartleb said after Friday’s game that he would’ve pinch hit Goldstein, who’s batting average currently sits at .170, late in the game regardless. However, Goldstein did not appear in either game of Saturday’s doubleheader, although backup catcher Kelly Norris-Jones is the usual catcher for Game One starter John Kravetz . Hartleb said right now Goldstein is day-to-day. “He has some soreness and we’re going to be cautious with that so that we don’t set him back,” Hartleb said. Illinois has reason to be careful with Goldstein, who came into the year ranked as the No. 4 catcher in the country. He has started 14 games this year for Illinois.
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“There’s times where you have to give guys some rest both mentally and physically. You got to take care of your athletes.” DAN HARTLEB, head coach
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller, who recently won a starting rotation spot, throws a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins on March 19 in Jupiter, Fla.
Rookie earns rotation spot in St. Louis starting lineup Miller takes 5th spot after Cardinals win 4-3 over Twins THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT MYERS, Fla. — A shaky afternoon on the mound quickly became a most memorable day for Shelby Miller. The 22-year-old rookie pitched into the fifth inning, then found out he’d won the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation as the Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Monday. Miller gave up one run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck
out two and walked two. After the game, manager Mike Matheny said Miller would be a starter. Joe Kelly, who also had been competing for the No. 5 slot, will make the roster as a long reliever. “I’m grateful for the opportunity,” said Miller, a firstround draft pick in 2009. “I’m humbled. It’s an unbelievable feeling.” “I’m still kind of taking it all
in. To be the fifth starter for any team is amazing. To be playing for the St. Louis Cardinals is different. It’s one of the bestrespected organizations in baseball. I’m looking forward to the opportunity I have. I’m playing behind some of the best players in the league,” he said. Miller has a spring ERA of 3.94. Kelly gave up two runs and two hits in two innings, bringing his spring ERA to 5.54. “I was definitely struggling early,” Miller said. “I definitely didn’t have my best stuff at all. I still battled.” Miller made his big league debut last year and went 1-0
with a 1.32 ERA in six games. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound righty said he took a different approach this past offseason. “I made a goal to put on a lot of muscle and weight and come in with a different body,” Miller said. “I feel like I did that. I’m trying to do the little things right to try and make me a better pitcher.” Matheny said even after Miller’s worst outing of spring training that he deserved the fifth spot. “We explained to him in a year’s time the maturing in his game and as a person — it’s just off the charts,” Matheny
said. “He’s trending in a great direction. He just has to keep that going. There’s a bright future for him. Remember what got him to this point.” Miller earned his first big league win during a call-up from the minors late last season. He was 11-10 with a 4.74 ERA in 27 starts at Triple-A Memphis, striking out 160 in 136 2/3 innings.” “It was an important time of the season to bring him up last year, and we got to see him grow and improve and give us a glimpse of what he could be,” Matheny said. “And Joe Kelly, too. Let’s not forget he’d never
made an opening day roster. It’s a huge accomplishment for him to make our bullpen. He gives us some depth and a long guy if we need him.” Twins starter Mike Pelfrey struck out four, walked one and gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He has a 5.52 ERA after five spring starts. “It’s definitely better than the last time I pitched here,” said Pelfrey, who is coming off Tommy John elbow surgery last May. “I’m making progress. I’m pleased with where we’re at. The biggest thing is, I walked out there and I felt good.”
Orioles’ Betemit afflicted by torn ligament to right knee Baltimore held strong to defeat Boston Red Sox 12-9 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Baltimore Orioles coaches help move Wilson Betemit, and Orioles designated hitter, after he collapsed during the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Monday in Sarasota, Fla.
SARASOTA, Fla. — It was a scary moment for the Baltimore Orioles. Designated hitter Wilson Betemit was on first in the fifth inning and running on the pitch when Manny Machado flied to left field. Betemit already near second, was scrambling to get back to first when he collapsed. For several moments, Betemit was on the ground while teammates, trainers and manager Buck Showalter surrounded him. Betemit was sent for an MRI late Monday afternoon and diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 tear of the posterior cruciate ligament “with associated injuries.” Betemit had already hit a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly, Adam Jones hit two home runs, and J.J. Hardy drove in four runs with three hits including a three-run homer as Baltimore beat the Boston Red Sox 12-9. Showalter was so upset by Betemit’s injury that he left the dugout and walked off the field to visit with Betemit in the right field clubhouse. “He’s pretty down right now, as we are,” Showalter said. “I’m going to think positive thoughts. Obviously it doesn’t look good right now but I’m concerned about Wilson the human being as opposed to what he does for our club.”
problems of its own. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, for instance, rolled an ankle and jammed a heel in Sunday’s game at Philadelphia. “Jacoby came in today, feeling a little bit sore after yesterday,” manager John Farrell said. The Orioles scored 12 runs for “But taking him out of yesterday’s the second straight day as they game was as much precautionary ran their record to 18-7-3, best in as anything.” Ellsbury didn’t play on Monthe Grapefruit League. Rule 5 draft choice T.J. McFar- day, and the Red Sox are off on land started his Tuesday. Farfirst game for Balrell is hoping he timore, working 3 plays Wednesday 2-3 innings, allowagainst Miami. ing four runs on Shortstop Steeight hits. He phen Drew, who struck out five has been sideand walked none. lined with concus“The results sion symptoms, aren’t necessarily took 50 ground what I wanted to balls for the secsee,” McFarland ond straight day. said. “But in the “After we get game, I felt good. through today, I have nerves we’ll hopefulevery time I go ly have a better out to throw. You read on what we can get accomusually can overcome them; they plished before are good nerves. camp breaks,” JOHN FARRELL, I am excited to Farrell said. manager pitch. But not any Farrell also more or less than said he didn’t expect his team to add any playthere usually is. “I was able to calm myself ers from the outside before the before the game and just go out season started. there like any other day.” “We’ve been pretty consistent The Orioles would like to find with staying the course of who a way to keep McFarland. But we open up with will come from they’ll have to find room in a bull- this camp,” he said. “That hasn’t pen that returns all the key mem- veered off that course.” bers who helped the team win 93 The Red Sox called on minor league pitcher Graham Godfrey games last season. Boston brought a handful of to start. He allowed six runs on starters, and has many injury nine hits in three innings.
“After we get through today, we’ll hopefully have a better read on what we can get accomplished before camp breaks.”
March Mildness: not many upsets in women’s tourney BY DOUG FEINBERG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The opening round of the women’s NCAA tournament went true to form. Stars Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne shined. The top seeds cruised. There was a thriller or two, just not too many upsets. Unlike the bracket-busting that happened over the first four days of the men’s tournament, the women’s field remained stable. The higher seeds went 28-4, including blowout victories by No. 1 seeds Connecticut, Baylor, Notre Dame and Stanford. “Maybe that’s just because the committee seeds well,” said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. “Maybe they really have a good handle on it.” It’s hard to argue with that theory. Over the past six seasons, only once has a team seeded 13
or lower been victorious in the tournament — and that came last year when No. 13 Marist upset Georgia. There was the 1998 tournament in which No. 16 Harvard stunned No. 1 seed Stanford 71-67, but the 14s and 15s are a combined 0-152 since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1994. There is no Florida Gulf Coast, which became the first men’s team to reach the regional semifinals Sunday night. The women’s talent pool isn’t deep enough yet to see that sort of upset happen. “I watch the men’s games and I love it,” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey after her team beat Prairie View A&M by 42 points in its opener. “I don’t compare. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. The games are different. There’s obviously more parity, more guys across the country that can play this game.
“There is more parity in the women’s game, but you can’t compare it to the men’s game. There are so many guys who can flat out play, who can go to schools and can change programs.” Griner certainly has been a program-changer for Baylor. The 6-foot-8 senior, who is the second all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, had the 15th dunk of her career in the Lady Bears’ easy victory. Delaware needed a huge effort from Delle Donne to advance to the second round. The senior scored 33 points and led a second-half surge that carried the Blue Hens past West Virginia 66-53 on Sunday. Playing on their home floor before a sellout crowd, the sixth-seeded Blue Hens trailed 33-26 at halftime before bouncing back to extend their school-record winning streak to 26 games.
There were 4,532 fans in attendance, most of them clad in blue or yellow and cheering for Delaware. Not only were the parking lots jammed, but several people were pleading to purchase tickets from those waiting to enter the arena. The Blue Hens did not disappoint. “To win a game like this in front of our home crowd, which was electric, there’s no other way to describe it other than I’m just totally thrilled for my players, this program, for the state of Delaware,” coach Tina Martin said. Ever since Delle Donne began playing at Delaware in 2009, interest in the program has soared. It reached its zenith Sunday in what might have been the most important basketball game played in the nation’s first state. “This was actually better
than I could have even imagined,” Delle Donne said. “Our fans were absolutely crazy. The atmosphere was amazing.” The game of the weekend, though, was in New York. Seventh-seeded Dayton outlasted St. John’s 96-90 in double-overtime — the first game in the NCAA tournament since 2000 that went that long. “I’m going to enjoy this win,” Dayton coach Jim Jabir said. “I’ll be savoring this for a long time. It’s one of the most complete games I’ve been a part of.” While St. John’s fell short of pulling off the upset as a 10-seed, two other 10s did win. Creighton beat Syracuse and South Florida topped Texas Tech by one point in a thrilling game that no one saw the end of. Viewers watching the final few minutes of the game on ESPN missed the end when the network’s feed cut out. A fuse
blew in the production truck, according to a statement put out by Texas Tech and the network. Announcer Cara Capuano called the final 30 seconds over the phone. The feed finally came back after the final buzzer sounded, showing South Florida’s cheerleaders celebrating the victory. The only other lower seeds to win were ninth-ranked Iowa, which won on its home floor against Miami, and Kansas. The 12th-ranked Jayhawks won in Colorado. Despite the seeding, the Jayhawks weren’t intimidated by the Buffaloes. After all, the two schools had played many times when they were both members of the Big 12. There is hope that the predictability of the tournament could end in the next round. In three of the past four seasons, at least one of the top eight teams hasn’t advanced to the round of 16.
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Success of 16-year-old school surprises nation with defeat over No. 2, No. 7 seeds
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Sherwood Brown only wanted a bagel. The Florida Gulf Coast star walked into a restaurant on campus Monday and was quickly surrounded. People wanted autographs. People wanted photos. People just wanted to yell words of encouragement. A school that opened a mere 16 years ago finds itself frontand-center in March Madness, one of only 16 college basketball teams left from a field of 68, hoping to win the NCAA national championship. “I had no idea it was going to be like this, but I’m loving it,” Brown said as he made his escape from the shop. “I feel like we’re getting a lot of America behind us. I guess you could say we’re a part of America’s team at this point.” And the Eagles spent the day savoring their moment. Lines in the campus bookstore snaked from one side to the other, more than 100 people waiting for the chance to pay for their FGCU shirts and hats. Phone lines were jammed by those seeking tickets for this weekend’s South Regional, and even the university president halfseriously wondered if he would be able to obtain what he needed. And as they arrived at classes, players were met with applause. “It’s so brand new,” Eagles coach Andy Enfield said Monday, as emails popped into his mailbox at a fairly dizzying rate. “No one knows — no one knew — what FGCU stood for, the letters. Now it puts our university in a national spotlight and rightly so, because this is a great place. It’s a young, vibrant university with just a lot of energy. I’ve been trying to tell that story to a lot of people.” The Eagles play Florida in the South Regional semifinals Friday night, two wins from
a most-improbable trip to the Final Four. Seeded 15th in their region, FGCU knocked off both No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 San Diego State in Philadelphia over the weekend to keep their season going. Enfield’s lone mistake so far in the NCAA tournament may have been what happened when he went to bed around 5:30 a.m. Monday, roughly two hours after the Eagles landed home in Fort Myers after punching their ticket to the regional semifinals. Before Enfield went to sleep, he forgot to silence his ringer. Suffice to say, he was awakened long before he wanted. “It’s part of the moment,” Enfield said. “We’re happy to sacrifice a little sleep for the success of our program.” Here’s maybe the best way to explain what’s happening right now with FGCU: In a state where the Gators are back in the regional semifinals, where the Miami Hurricanes (who lost to FGCU early this season) are still alive in the field and look very much like a title contender, and as the Miami Heat took a 26-game winning streak into their game at Orlando on Monday, it’s the Eagles who might be the best story. LeBron James picked them to win one game in his bracket. Not two, though. “Just a hunch,” the NBA’s reigning MVP said. The Eagles — 26-10 overall and 13-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference — are starting their own tradition, since they have no real tradition yet. Of the 19 banners that sway in their gym to commemorate various accomplishments, the earliest entry on them is for a women’s volleyball trip to the NCAA Division II tournament in 2004. “You come from a small school like that, and everyone just kind of looks at us like a mid-week prep game. ‘All right, we’ll get
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can make that evident. He, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are a solid core. Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson are a near-completed elite second unit. Teams rarely ever win titles the year they are assembled. The Heat lost to the Mavericks in the Finals, the Thunder have been climbing the ladder rung by rung since Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka met up and started playing ball. The trend in the NBA is that you have to lose in the playoffs to learn how to win in them. These Bulls would be wasting a year if Rose sits out and they don’t go for broke. Picture this team losing a seven-game series without Derrick Rose. The result is expected, the blame lost somewhere in the ether outside the United Center. Now picture it losing with Rose: the prodigal son charging ahead, dragging dead weight, foiled by an inferior supporting cast, grimacing from exhaustion and hopelessness, guarded by LeBron James, bedraggled and expended. The problems show themselves, the fat jiggles, and you know what muscles need to be worked out. In all likelihood, Rose isn’t sitting out because he wants this group to get another shot. He’s sitting out because he hates the idea of enlisting in failure. After Rose’s absence gutted Chicago’s chances last April, this season has long been considered a lost campaign for the Bulls. If Rose waits until October to return, his torn ACL might cost his team three years of contention instead of two.
in the Bulls stalling offense when he finally does return. Not helping matters is all of the hype generated by the popular ad campaign from adidas, “#TheReturn,” which aired in the fall. Five months later, the buzz and excitement the campaign produced has soured into impatience with fans, especially now that the Bulls are 3-6 in their last nine games. Despite being medically cleared to play on March 9, Rose has lingering concerns with the mental aspect of his return. Trusting his knee to respond to explosive cuts is enough to weigh on the mind without the added expectation to be the alpha-dog scorer from the opening tip once he returns. For a quiet superstar who said he is uneasy with his fame in Chicago, this isn’t entirely unexpected. Rose attempted to come back last year at not quite 100 percent with dismal results. After missing 12 games, Rose came back at New York and shot 8-26 from the floor on April 8. After a game off, Rose shot 1-13 against the Heat and was benched in favor of C.J. Watson down the stretch. If Rose isn’t fully healthy, his volume shooting and acrobatic attempts in the lane simply don’t help Chicago win games. Rose needs to take six more months, scrimmage all summer with the team, ease his mental concerns and come back next season with a vengeance. With the weight of the team and the city on Rose’s rickety knee, the Bulls need their MVP for years to come, not meaningless regular season games in 2013.
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Florida Gulf Coast’s Sherwood Brown, center, celebrates with teammates after their 81-71 win over San Diego State in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sundayin Philadelphia. Florida Gulf Coast became the first No. 15 seed to make the Sweet 16. our win mid-week and then we’ll get ready for conference play,’” said Chris Sale, a former FGCU pitcher now with the Chicago White Sox. “I don’t think that’s the way it’s going to be from here on out.” The school has about 11,300 students, half of whom come from the state’s southwest section. The campus — which includes a man-made lake and actual beach where students flock — sits on 760 acres of land donated by Ben Hill Griffin III. And that lends a certain irony to this Eagles-Gators matchup, given that Florida’s football team plays its home games in what everyone calls The Swamp but what officially is named for Ben Hill Griffin Jr. FGCU is in such infancy as a school that its oldest alumni probably have yet to turn 40. “I’ve been in higher ed for a long time, worked at several institutions, and I have not experienced anything like this
phenomenon,” FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw said. “What has happened in the last three or four days has been exceptional. We’re getting, I’m getting, my staff members are getting emails and texts from all over the country, and it’s been very gratifying.” The interest has been overwhelming, at least to the servers that host the school’s athletic department website. It crashed twice Sunday night, and other university sites were seeing huge upticks in visits. Will Morse, a former soccer player at the school and now a graduate student, was waiting to buy a white sweatshirt at the bookstore. He hoped the investment of his time would lead to his parents making an investment of $200 for student tickets to this weekend’s games at Cowboys Stadium near Dallas. “It’s for my mom’s best friend. I don’t know,” Morse said. “They live in Colorado and they became
fans overnight, and they wanted a sweatshirt for their birthday. So I’m the kid who’s trying to make sure my parents buy me tickets.” And the wait in those long lines lasted about as long as FGCU’s games have taken so far in this tournament. “I think everybody’s shocked, mostly,” said senior Kristi Hurson. “We went out to watch the game Friday and were all joking that this wasn’t going to be a big deal. And then it was.” Her friend and fellow shopper Erica Turczyn used three words to describe the mood on campus right now — crazy, nuts and chaos. “Professors canceled classes today, some of them,” Turczyn said. “I don’t know how anyone can focus right now.” Give FGCU guard Brett Comer some credit. He was trying to focus, anyway. Comer got three hours sleep before waking up Monday to
hit his statistics class. As he arrived, his professor asked why he was there. “A lot of students didn’t seem to make it to class today,” Comer said. “But I was.” He won’t be at any classes later this week. The team’s annual banquet is scheduled for April 2. Someone in the lobby of the arena saw that sign Monday and asked if it would be canceled if the Eagles make the Final Four. A good question, one that no one even a few days ago would have imagined would have ever been uttered at FGCU. “Our heads have not gotten bigger,” Bradshaw said. “But we really are excited about the attention that we’re getting. And I’ve said this before: If it takes our very successful basketball team to get people to come to our website and learn more about Florida Gulf Coast University — and there is so much more — then I’m fine with that.”
Miami Heat buckle down for 4-game crosscountry trip after win over Charlotte Bobcats BY TIM REYNOLDS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s only on-court contribution of the night was grabbing a microphone for LeBron James’ postgame interview. Chris Bosh was twice regaled by “Happy Birthday” singing from fans. Juwan Howard got his first minutes of the season. Sunday was about fun for the Miami Heat. A much bigger test — a four-game trip that could bring them to the cusp of catching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers — starts on Monday. James finished with 32 points on 11 for 14 shooting, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Bosh scored 15 points and the Heat won their 26th straight game, topping the Charlotte Bobcats 109-77 on Sunday night. The chance for No. 27 comes Monday against Orlando, a team that has taken the Heat to the limit twice already this season. “It’s an opportunity just to treat it as a business trip,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what we talked about. This is a business trip. Let’s take care of (Monday) night. It’s not about the storyline. It’s not about anything else.” Norris Cole scored 15 points and Ray Allen added 14 for the Heat, who played without Wade, held from the lineup because of right knee soreness the team believes is minor. And after yet another slow start, Miami is now seven victories shy of matching those Lakers of Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich — and a reserve named Pat Riley — for the NBA record. After facing the Magic, Miami will visit Chicago, New Orleans and San Antonio. “We have to continue to play well on the road,” said Bosh, who turned 29 Sunday. “We have some huge challenges ahead of us. A lot of places where you can’t just come in and mosey in and think you’re going to win the game.” That being said, the Heat have done their share of moseying lately, Sunday being yet another example. For the fourth straight game, Miami got into
a double-digit deficit. Charlotte led by 11 in the early going and was within five in the third quarter, but two huge spurts by the Heat were more than enough to put the game away. Miami used a 31-6 run in the first half to erase the deficit, and a 26-5 blitz in the second half finished the job. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 20 points, and Gerald Henderson had 18. Charlotte finished the night 5 for 25 from 3-point range, while the Heat was 13 for 30 beyond the arc. “We ran into some dry spells and we settled for way too many 3’s,” Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. “At the end of the game we had 25, and that’s not who we are.” According to STATS, Miami became the seventh team in the last decade to trail a game by double figures and win by at least 32 points. James departed with about 8 minutes left, after perhaps the highlight of the night. Chris Andersen blocked a layup try by Walker, doing so with such force that the ball caromed right back into play and basically started a Miami fast break on its own. James capped the
“We ran into some dry spells and we settled for way too many 3’s. At the end of the game we had 25, and that’s not who we are.” MIKE DUNLAP, Bobcats coach
sequence with a spectacular dunk, his final points of the night. Some of the world’s best athletes, all seated courtside, didn’t hold back their approval. Tennis star Novak Djokovic clapped and smiled. Golf’s Rory McIlroy — who could lose
his No. 1 ranking if Tiger Woods holds on and wins at Bay Hill on Monday — turned toward Heat owner Micky Arison and grinned. World heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko’s facial expression was one of disbelief. “I think it’s very humbling that you can have some of the greats from other sports come to see your team play, come to see you play,” James said. “You try to leave an impression on them, as a team and as an individual, absolutely. So it was great to have them in the building, for sure.” The Bobcats and Heat played three times during 2012, and Charlotte never led for a single second in any of those contests. The Bobcats did lead by five when the teams played in Miami this past Feb. 4, but hadn’t held a doubledigit lead over the Heat since December 2011. That is, until Sunday. Just like Boston, Cleveland and Detroit did before them in the past week, the Bobcats were able to get the early jump on Miami. Charlotte hit eight of its first 14 shots, grabbed a speedy 19-8 lead and had Spoelstra calling a quick timeout. “That’s kind of been their M.O. lately, they’ve gotten off to slow starts,” Henderson said. “We wanted to come out and jump on them just like the other teams have. Once they got settled in, starting making plays, they got back into the game and we also when on a long drought where we couldn’t score the ball.” Whatever Spoelstra said in that huddle seemed to be effective. Miami closed the first quarter on a 15-0 run, taking the lead back on a 60-foot alley-oop from Cole to James, who pointed to the rim and then found a way to catch the long pass from the second-year guard. By the time the Heat’s burst was over, an 11-point deficit turned into a 39-25 lead — making it a 31-6 swing for Miami, which forced the Bobcats into missing 20 of 22 shots during that stretch. The outcome was never really in doubt again. “We’ve been having slow starts,” James said. “But it’s not how we start. It’s how we finish.”
Halftime speech fires up Kansas to snatch win from North Carolina for Sweet 16 spot BY DAVE SKRETTA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bill Self didn’t have much to say to his team at halftime, not with Kansas playing as poorly as it had all season and North Carolina just 20 minutes away from an NCAA tournament win. So he walked into the locker room and told his players to talk among themselves. Senior guard Elijah Johnson remembers asking, “What are we going to do, y’all?” Kevin Young, another senior, quickly replied, “We’re going to play!” And yet another senior, Jeff Withey, spoke up and reminded his teammates that they had “20 minutes or another weekend.” They chose to play another weekend. The No. 1 seed in the South Region roared back onto the familiar floor of the Sprint Center
and right past the eighth-seeded overcoming a nine-point deficit in a 70-58 victory that sent Kansas to the round of 16 for the third straight year. The Jayhawks will play fourthseeded Michigan on Friday in Arlington, Texas. “I stepped up and said, ‘This could be our last 20 minutes. Are we going to go out there and leave it on the floor, or let them roll over us like they did in the first half,” recalled Travis Releford, who led the Jayhawks (31-5) with 22 points and eight rebounds. “Everybody took that in,” Releford said, “and we just came out and played.” Made plays when they mattered most, just like plucky La Salle. The No. 13 seed in the West Region upended fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday night and then got a scooping layup just
before the buzzer to beat No. 12 seed Ole Miss 76-74 on Sunday. The Explorers (24-9) will play ninth-seeded Wichita State on Thursday in Los Angeles. “What a great win. What a great weekend over here,” said La Salle coach John Giannini, whose team actually started its run by beating Boise State in a First Four game Wednesday night. “We couldn’t be more proud,” Giannini said. “I know La Salle is proud of these guys. We talk all week about the great La Salle tradition, and when you come in, you want to bring that back, and these guys are doing it right before our eyes.” La Salle certainly has some tradition, having won a national title back in the ‘50s. The Jayhawks have a bit of history, too. The five-time national champions beat the Tar Heels, anoth-
er program steeped in tradition, in the NCAA tournament for the third time in the past six years. That includes last season, when they beat their former coach Roy Williams and his Tar Heels to reach the Final Four in New Orleans. “I don’t think it has much to do with Coach Williams or me. I think it has something to do that the three nights we played, we played well,” said Self, who was asked to make sense of the success he’s had against the man he replaced 10 years ago. “That kind of stuff is blown up way more than it should be,” Self said. “Coaches know players win games and certainly in the games we’ve played, we’ve had our players step up and play great.” Withey had 16 points and 16 rebounds on Sunday night, helping Kansas outscore North Caro-
lina (25-11) by a staggering 49-28 in the second half. That not only wiped out the Jayhawks’ deficit, it allowed both coaches the opportunity to sub in bench players in the closing seconds. P.J. Hairston scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo had 11 for the Tar Heels. “I hurt for my kids in the locker room,” Williams said. “The NCAA tournament, the swiftness with which your season ends is dramatic, and it hurts everywhere.” It’s sure to hurt down in Oxford, Miss. Ole Miss (27-9) was leading La Salle 74-72 with 1:07 left Sunday night when Tyreek Duren made two foul shots to tie the game. At the other end, flamboyant Rebels star Marshall Henderson failed to hit an off-balance bank shot that would have given his team the lead. The Explorers allowed the final
seconds of regulation to melt away, and Tyrone Garland slashed across the lane for a scooping layup with 2 seconds left that gave them an exhilarating victory. “Time was running out, and I felt like I could get the drive,” said Garland, who couldn’t make a jumper most of the night. “When I cut, I just saw an opening and took the ball up.” The basket set off a wild celebration on the Sprint Center floor, and allowed La Salle to join another upstart — Florida Gulf Coast, from the South Region — in the round of 16. “I don’t know how to feel, because I’ve never been here. I could say it’s the greatest feeling, but honestly, I don’t know,” said the Explorers’ Ramon Galloway. “It’s wonderful. It’s just a wonderful story to uplift the La Salle community.”
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