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Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part article series. Deputy Brad Atkinson of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office can bench press 98 percent of his body weight without flinching. He can run a mile and a half in less than 12 minutes. He can crank through 40 sit-ups in 45 seconds. But Brad’s physical fitness is not the key to enforcing the law. His ability to pass the Police Officer Wellness Evaluation Report, or POWER test, is not what will make Brad, or any of his classmates in Basic Law Enforcement Class No. 3017 at the Police Training Institute, a good police officer. Dr. Mike Schlosser, director of PTI, says the key lays in two skills. “The two most important things I think to be a cop are common sense and, does anyone remember?” he asks his students. “Knowing how to talk to people.” After meeting the physical fitness standards set by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, it was time for the staff to show the recruits how to protect and serve their communities as sensible officers who know how to treat people — a job in which they’ll be held to a higher standard. In their first two weeks of classes, the recruits adjusted to their basic schedule of at least eight hours of class per day and started to cover the basics: a tactical mindset and principles to apply to their work, personal wellness, “Verbal Judo,” or communications skills and community-oriented policing. In the second week, the recruits made their first visits to the Willard Training Center — where they began learning control tactics — and the shooting range called the Tactical Training Center, where they began firearms lessons. They also added daily physical training, activities that would range from running circuits with


A bill, which would create a task force to assess whether adding another Illinos school to the Big Ten Conference would be feasible, was passed by the Illinois Senate’s Higher Education Committee on March 19. The bill is currently on the floor of the Illinois Senate waiting to be put to a vote. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University are currently the only two schools in the state that are members of the Big Ten Conference. State Sen. Michael Connelly, R-Naperville, who co-sponsored the



resistance bands to running up ramps at Memorial Stadium. Once, the training even included an exercise for the vocal chords: singing the Star Spangled Banner outside the Armory. The recruits had to arrive for PT by 5:45 a.m., line up in an array of three or four rows facing their squad leaders — four recruits selected by PTI’s administration to help with day-to-day operations during the 12 weeks of training. During PT, the squad leaders led daily stretching and warmup exercises. *** Week three was the time for the recruits to test their knowledge in the first integrated scenario. PTI considers its scenario-based training a point of pride because it gives the recruits several opportunities during their training to apply their classroom knowledge to mock crimes. The recruits arrived in their department uniforms and lined up for a uniform inspection with Mr. Chuck Deakin, the operations manager. “If you look sharp, you command respect,” Mr. Deakin told them. Mr. Ed Ogle, who’s retired from Brad’s department, then broke the recruits into five groups and sent the students down the back stairwell of the building into the basement to find their assigned rooms. His parting advice to the students prior to taking their first police reports was to remember they’re in a training environment. “Mistakes are good,” he said. “You are going to learn quicker from your mistakes than if you ace everything.” One by one, they were called to stand before the ceiling-mounted camera and practice interviewing techniques on an assigned dispatch — either property damage or stolen property. To successfully take the report, the recruits would have to draw on their recent instruction and establish the elements of the offense — the circumstances that have to be satisfied for a crime to be prosecuted. When Brad’s turn came, nervous and not knowing what to expect, he wrote a stolen bike report for Steve Malloch, who also retired from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. But Malloch was agitated — at least his character was.

The “happy children” of future generations will receive greetings from current Illini as part of a time capsule University officials are compiling. Students, faculty and staff are invited to share greetings and memories, which will be placed in the base of the newly renovated Alma Mater. “There’s a unique opportunity to include something that shows where we are as a University,” said Joel Steinfeldt, University brand manager. “It is a way of showing student life (and) faculty life, what the University was like (to) the happy children of the future.” Officials hope the messages will reflect the spirit of the quote on the Alma Mater’s pedestal base: “To thy happy children of the future those of the past send greetings.” Steinfeldt said the notes are an important part of the capsule because they will give personal accounts and information about the campus in 2014. Departments across campus have submitted almost 100 small items to be placed in the capsule. Though the time capsule is physically small, Steinfeldt said they are trying to include as many people and campus units as possible. Some of the items included in the time capsule are: a pick from the Ellnora guitar festival, a brain LED light from materials science and engineering professor John Rogers, a commencement program and pin, a copy of The Daily Illini and a brick from Garner Hall. Sophomore in Engineering Relwin Jay Singh’s i-card will be included in the time capsule as one of the commemorative items, by a very lucky coincidence, he said. Singh needed to replace his i-card because it only worked half the time and told the ID center desk he wanted a new ID. Steinfeldt said he waited for the first student who needed a new ID. When Singh arrived, Steinfeldt stepped forward and told Singh they wanted to use his i-card for the capsule. Singh said he signed paperwork regarding his


TOP: Cody Hammond, a deputy sheriff from Coles County, pretends to be a criminal during a control tactics lesson at the Willard Training Center. Recruits took turns acting as both police and criminals to practice all of the tactics they learned during their training. BELOW: Andrew Connor, left, and Brad Atkinson, right, practice search techniques on Daniel Tallman. After the search, the officers practiced proper removal of handcuffs.


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Malloch, a facilitator for the session, portrayed a man whose bike, his only means of transportation, had been stolen. He complained he had called the police a half hour before Brad arrived. Brad, drawing from his classes, had to combine communication skills and legal knowledge. He also had to practice officer safety tactics by keeping his gunside back and his hands available in case Malloch tried to grab his weapon — a plastic weapon used for training purposes. The instructors don’t expect the recruits to prop-


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Senators explore adding a third Big Ten school in Illinois BY ALEX SWANSON


Alma Mater’s restoration preserves more than just statue


Recruits learn communication is key as graduation approaches

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bill with Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, said a large motivation behind the bill is the talented students each year who are denied admission to the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign. If those students want a Big Ten education at a public university, they must leave the state to attain it, Connelly said. He added that his reasoning for backing the bill was to address the overwhelming demand he has seen for a Big Ten education at a public school, from parents whose children have been denied from the University. “We’re trying to address that demand...with this feasibility study

to see if maybe we can take one of our current schools and make it a Big Ten caliber school to address that demand,” Connelly said. Murphy said he felt this could be a very exciting opportunity for the University. “My vision of it is to have the University of Illinois freed up to be a magnet for international talent to Illinois, with the second (public) Big Ten university here providing the type of education that tens of thousands of our students want but currently have to leave Illinois to get,” Murphy said. Murphy likened his vision for the state to the educational position of

“Sometimes in class you are overwhelmed with information, and you have to walk outside and remember that there is still a world out there.”

Michigan. He said he believes that the excellence of the University of Michigan comes partially from the fact that Michigan State, another reputable Big Ten public university, is also available to accept local qualified students. Connelly stated that he didn’t have a specific Illinois university in mind for entering the Big Ten, but he did address the strengths of several Illinois schools, such as Northern Illinois University and Illinois State University. The task force would also be responsible for looking more closely

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Champaign A 55-year-old female was arrested on charge of aggravated domestic battery in the 1000 block of West Bradley Avenue, around 10 p.m. Sunday. According to the report, the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim, a 60-year-old male.

University Theft was reported at a break room at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., at 10 p.m. Sunday. According to the report, two

University employees reported that someone had stolen a computer, notebook and an electronic reader that they had left unattended. The total value of the items is estimated at $500. Criminal damage to property was reported at the Architecture Annex Building, 1208 Peabody Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, a University student reported that someone had damaged a building model built for a class project that was left unattended in a classroom. The monetary val-

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Urbana Theft was reported at County Market, 1819 Philo Rd., around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, an individual took merchandise beyond all points of purchase without paying. The offender fled the scene on foot.

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privacy and ownership rights for the ID. He said he thinks people will open the capsule, see his i-card and think “Who is this guy?” “It means something because, right now, my ID will be in the time capsule, and it means I have to be a good boy from now on,” Singh said.

erly assess the scenarios on the first attempt — especially whoever volunteers to go first. “By the end of the four hours, they’re like ‘Oh, now I understand what it means to have reasonable suspicion, and I understand what I need in order to do a pat down,’” Dr. Schlosser said. The scenarios are set up to simulate more than common calls for police, though. With an audience of classmates and a video camera taping the experience to send back to the recruits’ departments, it’s supposed to put them under stress. *** The fourth week brought more classroom sessions and practice at the off-campus training facilities on firearms and control tactics. It brought the second scenario — a domestic violence call and the recruits’ first experience with PTI’s role players — and an hourslong burning sensation like Brad had never before experienced — O.C. Spray Day. The day was meant to educate recruits about how to use the defensive spray, the effects it might cause on any given person and a day to teach them what it feels like to take a hit of it themselves. With a line of spray across their cheeks, each recruit was to drop down on the concrete to do 30 push-ups, run the length of the Tactical Training Center, crawl through a padded tunnel created by an overhead door, and grab a mat for an instructor to hold while the recruit kneed him until he was given the go-ahead. Then he had to practice the proper handcuffing procedures on a fellow recruit, and, finally, shoot a target with a laser gun. Brad felt the burn on his skin but managed to keep the spray out of his eyes until he reached the laser beam, having done the push-ups with his head held back. “It feels like you have rocks in your eyes,” Brad said. With a Dawn-soap remedy Brad found online, he managed to clear the pain after a few hours. One recruit was not so lucky. Unable to open his eyes, he was sent to the hospital. *** Five weeks in, the class began training on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and were ready to practice conducting vehicle stops in the dark. It was cold. Bitter cold. Cold enough that not even long underwear, layered socks and toe warmers could prevent numbness from taking over in a matter of minutes during the class. But police officers don’t get to choose the weather in which they work. Brad practiced his first stop of the night in front of Sgt. Jeff Vercler of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office — a sergeant whose shift he might eventually work on. Brad had the opportunity to get tips from his colleague, and Sgt. Vercler got to see what his department’s recruit can do. *** Six weeks in, the recruits completed their third scenario, this

“I want to encourage students to take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity” JOEL STEINFELDT


He said he does not want people to look him up after they find his ID and see that he was not an upstanding citizen. The last time the statue was lifted in the 1980s, another time capsule was placed in the base, but most of the items did not stand the test of time. “It was actually in a peanut butter jar,” Steinfeldt said. “It had some Polaroid photos that didn’t make it. There were some coins, pennies and things in there and a letter from a professor and students.” Some of the items from the 1980s time capsule will be placed back inside the statue, he said, adding another layer of history to the new time capsule. Steindfeldt said the Alma Mater will probably stay put for at least 100 years because of renovation efforts and a wax


BIG TEN at what kind of academic, athletic and monetary requirements a university that wants to join the Big Ten should possess. Kerry Kenny, Big Ten associate director of compliance, said in an email that membership into the conference requires a written application submitted to the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors and must be approved by 70 percent or more of the council’s members. He declined further comment. According to US News and World Report, all the public universities in the Big Ten Conference are ranked within the top 50 public universities in the country. Northwestern University, a private institution, is ranked as the 12th best national university. All Big Ten institutions have also been granted Tier One Status by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jim Nudera, University of Illinois football player and junior in LAS, felt that having a Big Ten

coating that will be applied every two years. “It would be amazing to be someone 100 years or more from now and to open that time capsule and be able to read messages from students from 2014,” he said. The deadline to submit a note to the Alma Mater time capsule is Wednesday, April 2, at 11:59 p.m. Current Illini and alumni can submit their messages online through a link on the University homepage. The notes from online will be complied in a database and burned onto archival quality gold DVDs that are built to last for a few hundred years. He said the information can be read by a regular DVD player and any other technology that can read DVDs, acknowledging that future generations may not use this technology. “I want to encourage students to take advantage of a once-in-alifetime opportunity and leave some greetings for the future,” he said.

Claire can be reached at title can significantly affect a school’s reputation. “If you have the Big Ten tag on your name then you’re definitely looked at as more of a prestigious university, and I think there are definitely standards that need to be upheld,” Nudera said. Janet Rayfield, head coach of women’s soccer at the University, said the Big Ten Conference is a big draw for potential students in an athletic sense. “Certainly, among a majority of the sports, it’s considered one of the top conferences in the country, and therefore athletes certainly look at it and say, ‘There’s a program and a conference where I can go and challenge myself against the best of the best,’” Rayfield said. The conference has undergone many membership changes since its founding in 1896. Penn State was added to the conference in 1990, and Nebraska was added in 2011. Maryland and Rutgers are expected to join the conference in the next few months.

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time on Terry Stops — stops conducted when police think a crime has been, or will be, committed by a person who matches the suspect’s description. On Wednesday morning that week, they learned the part of the job that would make up 80 percent of the calls they take: service. “No matter where it is, when it is, you guys come,” said instructor Dallas Jackson, a retired state trooper. They wouldn’t just take criminals to jail. There’d be welfare checks. There’d be citizens locked out of their homes. There’d be motorists to assist, downed wires to address and missing persons to look for. “Why do we do this stuff?” Jackson asked the recruits. “It’s our job.” At week’s end, Brad and his classmates were half-way through their training at the academy. “It’s going pretty quick,” Brad said. “It’s flying by.” *** The weeks wore on. The recruits trained on drug identification and searches involving drugs. They continued their certification training for Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. They trained for eight hours on HAZMAT. Night building searches. Child and elder abuse. Ethics. Juvenile law and processing. CPR. They did their fourth and fifth integrated scenarios, again practicing domestic violence calls and terry stops. The 10th week arrived, 75 percent of the recruits’ time at the academy behind them. They had their second round of practicing patrol operations, in which Brad got to practice a welfare check. Dispatched to a mock apartment inside building Q-8 at the Willard Training Center, the two recruits, Brad and Josh Carrigan of the East Peoria Police Department, knocked on the door of a man whose aunt called and said he might be off his medication. Inside the apartment, behind the door, was Tim Arie, a substitute teacher in the Unit 4 school district who has been a role player at PTI for eight years. Tim draws on his experience as an actor, who used to do commercials in Los Angeles, to give the recruits the most realistic experience they can get in training. As the recruits tried to enter Tim’s home, he threw a rope in Carrigan’s face and began frantically switching between topics as he talked non-stop. “I love, love, L-O-V-E the granny panties,” Tim exclaimed as he showed the recruits an advertisement, just before asking, “Do you guys got any candy? I would love a Snickers.” Tim threw a jersey over his face and sat quietly. “Would this be a good time to do something?” asked Malloch, who was facilitating the lesson. Brad and Carrigan approached Tim to put him in handcuffs, Brad reaching up to Tim’s head to remove the jersey. The action was met with a quick, staccato scream. Before the week of training was over, the recruits also finished the third module of a three-part class on policing in diverse communi-



Andrew Cimonetti, an officer at the Oak Lawn Police Department, acts as a criminal about to be arrested at the Willard Training Center. ties, a pilot study being conducted by University professors in conjunction with Dr. Schlosser and PTI. Training of this nature was relatively new to PTI — a result of the academy’s continued existence despite years of pressure to shut its doors. *** By June 2012, ILETSB director Kevin McClain was prepared to tell the board its initial startup of a new training academy at Western Illinois University was not making as much progress as planned. Training demands were slowly increasing and other academies had to pick up the extra cadets in the absence of basic training courses available at PTI. Three months earlier, the board had decertified PTI from being able to teach basic law enforcement. But the University had a new president, Robert Easter, who saw that the University’s mission was to serve all parts of the state. And he was willing to negotiate with the board to get PTI’s certification back. Before the board meeting, Easter and McClain had drafted a “Memorandum of Understanding,” which McClain distributed to the board. He informed the board that the University would be willing to enter an intergovernmental agreement if the board approved the memorandum. The document was accepted and all the board members passed a motion to re-approve basic training at PTI. *** With only 10 days left to train before graduation, Brad was ready to wrap things up and get on the streets. “It’s been enjoyable,” he said. “But it’s nice to actually get out there and actually put some of the things to use.” His final full week at PTI would include his state qualification firearms test, three exams and two days of training on patrol rifles, an extra training course his department signed him up to take. In his last three days, Brad and his classmates finished their certification on Field Sobriety Test-

ing, trained in rapid response to address active shooters and completed their final test: the state qualification test. At the completion of this exam, Brad’s training at PTI concluded. All that was left was walking across the stage of The Vineyard Church that afternoon to receive his certificate of completion. *** Graduation day might never have been possible if the contending entities had not come together on July 9, 2012. That day, the state and University signed an agreement to establish PTI as not only a training academy, but also as a research institute. In accordance with the agreement, the board would work with the University to find alternative sources of funding to support PTI and ensure it would not need the University’s subsidy. PTI was to complete special research projects — one being an update the mandated curriculum for all police officers in the state, to be completed by two University professors. With that tenant of the agreement in mind, Dr. Schlosser is looking to change another aspect of PTI. He’s working on changing the academy’s name to the Police Training and Research Institute. “Our number one goal will always be to train competent, safe officers. But with the changes that we’re making and the growth that we want and the goals that we have, it kind of fits into where we’re headed,” he said. *** With certificates in hand, the 56 recruits of BLE No. 3017 turned 180 degrees on Mr. Deakin’s call from the stage for an “about face,” and the class was congratulated by their friends, families and departments. One last time, Mr. Deakin called, “Class, about face.” The recruits turned to face the stage and received their final command from the operations manager. “Dismissed.”

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Jan. 1, a campus-wide smoking ban took effect. And though the ban has faced some opposition, it exists with the purpose of creating a healthy environment at the University and promoting safer lifestyles for students and others on campus. The ban is a result of University officials’ and some students’ attempts to rid the campus of cigarettes — which contain nicotine, one of the most popular and addictive drugs — and to improve general well-being of those on campus. But creators of this ban have neglected to address the presence of an even more prominent drug on campus: caffeine. Caffeine is plentiful in coffee, the popular beverage often used as a fuel to replace sleep by perpetually busy college students. In fact, the United States is the world’s largest coffee consumer with 83 percent of adults drinking coffee at an average of three cups per day. That’s 587 million cups every day. Our own campus’ addiction to the liquefied, moodaltering stimulant has exposed itself most recently in the opening of yet another cafe on campus. For the sake of everyone on campus, we must assuage the University’s coffee dependency. To do this, we at The Daily Illini feel a coffee limitation is in order. Apparently the single Starbucks, six Espresso Royales and countless additional coffee servers on campus weren’t enough, so another Starbucks opened in March in the Illini Union Bookstore. And it’s our coffee-guzzling campus members that allow for this economic expansion. Many of us drink mindlessly, ignoring the very real side effects, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, include insomnia, irritability and muscle tremors, among others. These side effects become increasingly problematic for those who drink more than four cups a day, which is likely the case for many on campus if the national average is three. These ill health effects also negatively impact our lives as students. Sleep becomes an afterthought. Caffeine-induced agitation makes studying nearly impossible. Our lives begin to revolve around securing our next buzz. Aside from the health effects, our coffee dependencies hit us where it hurts college students the most: our wallets. Every high-priced, jitter-abating frappe fix hurls us further into a world of debt, roasting our futures. How much further will the addiction that plagues our campus go on before we take the much-needed steps toward intervention?


April Fools! If there are two things we at The Daily Illini love, it’s a good joke and a good cup of joe. In fact, The Daily Illini staff could single-handedly keep the Starbucks chain in business, and we hope that today we could also give you a laugh.

After nine legend — wait for it — dary seasons, the CBS show “How I Met Your Mother” aired its series finale. Over the years, viewers laughed and cried with cast, felt the sting of the slap bet — even instigating their own when applicable — and searched for their doppelgangers in every crowd. But around the seventh season, we knew all there was to know about the blue French horn, and “Let’s Go To The Mall” had grown old. It was time to let go, and, thankfully, the show’s writers thought so, too.

West Iron County High School track team in Michigan told one teen to choose between his hair and his spot on the team. In support of his mother’s battle with breast cancer, Mike Barker had styled his hair into a pink Mohawk, which is in violation of his school’s policy. This ultimatum makes total sense because everyone knows “appropriate” hair color and cut are indicative of success in track and field, school and life. Thankfully, the school’s superintendent said he’s willing to “work with the student and parents to resolve this issue.”

Because nothing is quite as blissful as breakfast from your favorite fast food chain, McDonald’s will be providing its customers with free coffee for a short time, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. From March 31 through April 13, small McCafe’s will be free during breakfast hours. You are all welcome for that golden nugget of information.

Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful; We can all safely agree about that. But would we be willing to spend $25,000 to look like her? Probably not or, at least, we hope not. But a 30-year-old woman and mother of five from Texas decided to invest a small fortune to look like her favorite celebrity, instead of adding money to her kids’ college funds. Naturally, we would argue that this is a bit ludicrous and shake our heads at the situation.

Staying calm in the face of crisis at Panama City Beach REBECCA KAPOLNEK Opinions columnist


ust three short weeks ago, I was getting ready to embark on a spring break journey to Panama City Beach. My hotel was booked, travel plans were set and a to-do list was made. In addition, three weeks ago I wrote a column stressing the importance of being safe during this hectic time of year. Throughout that column, I implored students to realize that they are not invincible and explained that they needed to stay smart while in an unfamiliar area. When spring break was all said and done, I realized first-hand that, no matter how safe you think you are being, bad things can and will still happen. Sometimes just using what you think is common sense is not enough, and one quick, rash decision can change things for the worse. During my week in Panama City, I was faced with many unsafe situations, ranging from getting separated from my friends in a 7,000 person capacity bar (note that Joe’s has a 400 person capacity) to getting followed by a group of locals when I was walking back to my hotel. However, nothing I encountered could compare to what happened my last day in Panama City. While participating in the usual beach day festivities, my group staked out a spot on the beach and joined the fun. This day in particular,

I had my fanny pack around my waist carrying my phone, debit card, license, school ID, medicine and room key because I had gotten lunch with a friend directly before hitting the beach. Upon arriving, I put the fanny pack in the pile of other belongings, and 20 minutes later, it was gone. All of my most personal belongings were stolen while I was within five feet of them. Of course, after the incident I was beating myself up about bringing all my belongings to the beach. After all, bringing valuables at the beach was one of the number one things I was told not to do when I went to Panama City. I did not follow my own advice and thought after six days of nothing happening I would be just fine for one more day. I did my best to be careful and safe, but my best just was not good enough. After dealing with beach cops, police reports, a trip to the DMV and throwing away hundreds of dollars on a new phone, I came to the realization that no matter how careful I was on vacation, these things still could have happened. While I do not feel hypocritical for having something happen to me so quickly after ranting about being safe, I am using this experience as a learning opportunity for the future. After the initial shock of the crisis, instead of feeling bad for myself and moping around my hotel for the rest of the night, I used it as an opportunity to expand on my problem solving and people skills. Dealing with the police and credit card companies on my own ended up teaching me a lot about being an independent adult, and I now know how to deal with things like this in the future. A situation like this was

completely out of my control. Since there was nothing I could have done to get my stuff back, I needed to work solely on picking up the pieces. Things happen. In the end, we are not judged by the misfortunes that happen to us, but by how we choose to handle what is thrown our way. No matter how safe we feel we are being, bad things still happen because there are people in the world who do not have others’ best interests at heart. I believe in karma and strongly believe that whoever stole my belongings that day on the beach will have something coming their way eventually. But in the end, I am not choosing to look at it that way. I gained some valuable life skills from the experience, and I now know to never, ever let anything valuable leave my sight, even for just one minute. Of all the unsafe situations I could have been in on spring break, I am going to consider myself lucky. I did not come back with a serious sunburn, drinking ticket, disease or injury. Instead, I came back without a cell phone or wallet and with some new lessons learned. As I sit here and try to get the pieces of my life back together over the next few days, I will not be dwelling on the past but focusing on how I can do my best to prevent something like this from happening in the future. Spring break taught me that I am a lot more grown-up than I originally thought, and my situation proved this even further.

Rebecca is a junior in LAS. She can be reached at

‘How I Met Your Mother’ brings life lessons to students THADDEUS CHATTO Opinions columnist


ids, I’m going to tell you an incredible story — the story of how I met your mother.” That was the iconic line that would define the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” For nine long seasons, fans watched as future Ted Mosby — narrated by Bob Saget — recounted the story in the year 2030 to his son and daughter of how he met their mother. That line acted as the anchor for the series, holding it steady and reminding the audience of the show’s main purpose. HIMYM can be understood as a backward love story. Its format of flash-forwards and flashbacks is unique in that it allows the narrative to be zippy and non-linear while also lacing in silly yet heartfelt stories. But the incredible, hilarious, sweet, heartbreaking and beautiful story finally came to an end on Monday night. HIMYM left an imprint on our generation, coining several catchphrases such as “Legend – wait for it – dary” and teaching lessons, as learned by Ted, to 20-somethings, including nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m. But the most important lesson people can take away from the show is the idea that our lives are defined by the smaller moments and adventures we experience on the journey toward where we hope to end up.

This idea of journey and transformation is something all people — and especially college students — can relate to. Just as Ted’s quest was for finding his true soul mate, we as college students are working to receive an education to land our dream jobs or just simply graduate. As we venture to whatever goal we may have, we grow, we laugh, we cry, we fail, we succeed, we laugh more and ultimately, we change. I am definitely different from the Thaddeus Chatto that entered the University in August of 2010. That guy wanted to be a dentist, still very much enjoyed “Glee” and was rocking the Bieber haircut. In the pilot episode, Ted Mosby realizes he’s not good at being single. He has several dorky, dadlike qualities that would suit the role of father and devoted husband. He just wants to be married and lead a quiet life. But the seasons that follow reveal that Ted isn’t quite as ready to be the father that he assumes himself to be. While the point of the story is to reveal the initial meeting of Ted and the mother of his children, I would say there is something more to be taken from the show. It was the value in the events that took place between the pilot and the series finale. The experiences Ted had with his friends and romantic interests shaped him into husband- and dad-worthy material. Throughout my time in college, I have found that dentistry is not for me, the rest of “Glee” is just not as good as the first season and that Bieber hairstyle had to go. College is an important transition for the lives of

many students. This is the most appropriate time for people to change and grow. Freshmen are raw and ready to be molded and shaped by the events and people they will encounter in college. Ted wasn’t alone on his journey to meet his future wife; his friends all shaped and molded his path in ways that he couldn’t control. It wasn’t just Ted who changed; Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin all matured and changed from who they previously were. Just like Ted, I’ve also been shaped and formed by my group of friends. We’ve all grown together in our time here at the University, for better or for worse. We’ve shared our successes and failures with each other. I like to think of any person’s journey as a road trip. The point is to get from A to B, but sometimes what happens between A and B can be more important than the final destination itself. Fans of HIMYM will value the series over the final episode, and the four years we spend in college will be more valuable to us than the exact moment in time when we receive our diplomas. Ted narrates at the end of one episode, “even if you know how something’s gonna end, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride.” Even if things in college don’t go as planned, it’s important to remember the smaller moments that make up the bigger stories in college and the journey that got you there. Those will always be the best memories.

Thaddeus is a senior in LAS. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Thaddingham.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Original April Fools’ Day mocked foolish New Year’s celebrators BY BRIDGET HYNES STAFF WRITER

April Fools’ Day, a holiday now known for pranks and jokes, is celebrated across the nation and throughout the Western world on April 1. However, the lighthearted event, alternatively known as All Fools’ Day, does not have the clearest origins. The most popular explanation has the holiday running back to 16th century Europe. When King Charles IX of France replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar in 1564, the start of the New Year shifted from April 1 to January 1. People across France could go for months to years before

becoming aware of the change, and some chose not to recognize the new date switch. Those whom still celebrated the New Year on April 1 were regarded as fools and mocked, leading others to invite them to fake April 1 New Year parties and to give out bogus gifts for the holiday. Additionally, two ancient festivals celebrated in the spring have similar April Fools’ Day themes and may have also been precursors to the April Fools’ Day holiday. The lively festival of Hilaria was celebrated in ancient Rome to commemorate the resurrection of the god Attis. It involved celebrations and festivities similar to that of April

Fools’ Day. Today, the festival of Hilaria is now called Roman Laughing Day. In India, the festival of Holi celebrates the coming of spring during March and includes participants playing pranks and smearing paint on one another. Today, April Fools’ Day is a national holiday in the United States. Students across the nation celebrate the day with pranks and jokes on family, friends and teachers. University students have also pulled pranks and participated in the light-hearted holiday festivities.

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What April Fools’ Day pranks have you participated in?

“In high school, I set up cups of water right outside my friend’s bedroom door, so when he opened the door, he kicked them over.”

“In seventh grade, some friends and I got to school and wrote on the board that a test we had coming up was in fact that day instead of later in the week.”

“In middle school, we turned the classroom into a beach for the day — each of us brought in a bag of sand and some kids brought in kiddie pools. We wore swimwear and beach towels. The teachers were mad at first, but then they just went with it for the rest of the day.”


EDIBLE BOOKS “I think chefs are the most creative people,” he said. “A chef has to create something that communicates to all of the senses.” As for Tracy’s favorite part, he said it is hard to decide between looking at the entries and eating them. Masood Haque, senior in LAS, said he is interested in attending the festival.

“A few years ago, I replaced the filling of an Oreo with toothpaste and gave it to a friend to eat, who then spit it out.”

“Sophomore year in high school, me and my friend brought in Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and had people crowd around us chanting ‘fight, fight.’ So the teachers came in thinking there was a fist fight, but we were actually just playing Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em.”

“It’s cool to see how people get creative with the things they love,” he said. Haque said he would like to see the book “Fahrenheit 451” turned into edible art. The novel discusses books being burned, so Haque said if he were the artist, he would make a cake shaped like a charred book. However, not all of the entries should be taken as literal representations of the books. “People should come if they have a sense of humor, and most people do,” Tracy said. “It is a

great, fun time, and you really get to enjoy the sense of humor that people brought to making the entries, and, of course, it is just fun to eat the food, too.” Young also said attendants of the festival will be exposed to a unique experience. “It is unusual and different, and when something is unusual and different, humans should pay attention to that,” Young said.


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SATIRE tary” in early sixth century and second century B.C. respectively, according to Antonios Augoustakis, associate professor in classics. “The point was for Romans to comment on morality (and) teach you a lesson by looking at these exaggerated satirical situations,” Augoustakis said. “So you sit down and think about what they talked about in their poetry.” The subject matter often focused on Roman city life or corrupt politicians, added Mark Wardecker, visiting associate professor in library administration and acting classics librarian. “There are certain flavors to it,” Wardecker said. “It can be lighthearted or it can be sort of cruel and bitter. It’s taking a look at the world as it is and sort of poking fun at the foibles of people.” But because satire continues to grow in media that can influence the masses, it has been more difficult to critically analyze news, according to Augoustakis.

“You are predisposed today as you would be in antiquity in terms of how ready you are to believe something,” he said. “But we don’t scrutinize things. The ancients probably did more than we did.” So the question remains: Does satire have its place in media? Augoustakis and Meyer are split on the matter. “I would know that the Onion is funny so I would go read it and laugh at it,” Augoustakis said. “So you have to be predisposed and have to check twice to see if it’s true or if it’s a made-up story.” On the other hand, Meyer does not see satire as an effective means of communication in day-to-day news and does not personally enjoy it. “Anytime you say something that’s false, you’ve lowered the credibility of your publication because it lowers the credibility of everything else you do,” he said. “Even if it’s fun.” As the campus manager of The Black Sheep, Katelyn Lilly sees the merits of both Augoustakis’ and Meyer’s stances but still vouches for satire news. “It’s a very entertaining way

to learn about things that are going on, but compared to other forms of media, it might not be the most effective,” Lilly said. “There’s still a lot more information that can be shared through satire.” Since joining The Black Sheep staff her sophomore year, she said she has seen more positive comments from its readers than negative ones. “There are a lot of people who understand the humor that we’re going for and don’t necessarily have another source of that on campus,” she said. “Everyone always talks about The Onion, the great satire work, and I think having the Black Sheep here is something that people enjoy.” But as Meyer warned, readers and even “seasoned journalists” can make the mistake of interpreting satire as truth. “(Make) sure that you’re reading the article in its entirety and not skimming it through,” she said. “Especially with our newspaper, there are a lot of blatant statements a normal newspaper wouldn’t print.”

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DISSERTATION AWARDS The Survey Research Laboratory is pleased to announce the 2013 competition for the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award. Two UIUC doctoral students will be recognized for ongoing dissertation projects that relate broadly to survey methods. Each winner will receive a cash award of $2,500. Past winners have come from a wide array of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and business. Applications are due May 29, 2013 Complete eligibility and application information is online:


‘Just Kidding’ it’s April Fools’ Day Knock-knock jokes and whoopie cushions were not always the way of April Fools’ Day. Turn to Page 5A to learn more about the mysterious origins of the holiday. THEDAILYILLINI



Tuition to triple this coming semester When asked why, school officials said, ‘Because we can’ BY STEPHANIE KIM STAFF WRITER






LITERATURE Some books are so good, you just want to eat them up




hat do the titles “Life of Pi,” “Lord of the Flies” and “The Ugly Duckling” all have in common? Yes, they are books, but they were all also exhibited in last year’s Edible Book Festival. The annual festival, sponsored by the University Library and University YMCA, brings together book lovers, food lovers and artists to create “edible books.” These creations, which are made of all types of food, can be inspired by stories, shapes of books, puns and more. Last year’s “Lord of the Flies” entry, for example, was named “The Lord of the Fries” and consisted of a plate of fries covered in ketchup. Daniel Tracy, festival coordinator and visiting professor of library and information science, said people bring in their submissions to be judged and 1. ‘AS I LAY FRYING’ CREATED BY RACHEL WEBER 2. ‘ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT’ CREATED BY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE’S QUEER LIBRARY ALLIANCE

photographed, and then the public is welcomed in to view and eat the edible books for free. “It is amazing the talent people bring to this and the kinds of things that people do,” Tracy said. Now in its ninth year, the festival will take place on Tuesday, April 1 at the University YMCA. Public viewing is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. The 2014 festival award categories include: Best Depiction of a Classic, Best Visual Presentation, Most Appetizing, Funniest/Punniest, Best Entry Based on Book for Children or Teens, Best Collaborative Creation, People’s Choice,” and this year’s rotating special category, Best Entry Based on a Banned Book. Tracy said the winners of these categories will receive prizes, such as books and mugs from Expresso Royale. “They are nothing too big, because (the festival) is really for fun,” Tracy said. 3. ‘THE LORD OF THE FRIES’ CREATED BY DANA WEBER 4. ‘JAWS’ CREATED BY SUE SEARING 5. ‘THE LIFE OF PI’ CREATED BY BARB STRAUSS

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He also said that judges can make up categories on the spot for entries they really like but do not fit into any of the existing categories. This year’s judges are Donna Hacker Smith, a Lutheran pastor and book lover; Eric Woller, an extreme cake artist and owner of MeMe’s Treat Boutique in St. Joseph, Ill.; and Paul Young, the graphic design director at Parkland College and treasurer of the Champaign-Urbana Design Organization. Young said he plans to use his graphic design expertise and love for cooking when looking at the entries. “I think I am the ideal candidate. ... I am comfortable in making judgements,” Young said. His favorite part of the festival is appreciating what the edible book chefs create.



That’s right — April Fools’ Day. Without careful reading, headlines like this can fool readers, whether it is April Fools’ Day or not. The name of the game is satire. And over time, it has become harder to recognize. In recent years, news has permeated print publications, the Internet and social media, increasing its reach to the public. With various news outlets, readers are left with the challenge of separating truth from satire, said Eric Meyer, associate professor in journalism. “We are used to so much of the information that we glean on a daily basis,” Meyer said. “We read a headline or a few words at a glance somewher(and) don’t really study it but just absorb it subconsciously.” Meyer attributes this to the predisposition people often have of believing everything that is seen or read, even things that are “overthe-top satire.” He experienced this firsthand, working as an editor and reporter at the Milwaukee Journal for 17 years. The Milwaukee Journal once had a satirical column, but not everyone recognized the jokes, he said. “(The writer) would make up ridiculous things like, ‘We should all kill all middle-aged white guys,’ and people would say, ‘How dare you write about a suggestion about killing people,’” Meyer said. “It was obviously supposed to be satire. We even had a note that said it was a satirical column. They ignored that and still thought it was serious.” For this reason, Meyer regards satire as “one of the most dangerous things any news organization publishes.” Yet, how can it be that there are news outlets that run completely on satire today, such as “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” The Onion and The Black Sheep? It is because satire is no new art. In fact, its Greek and Roman forefathers used satire as a weapon of “social attack and commen-

SEE SATIRE | 5A According to Associate Professor Antonios Augoustakis, the word satire has Roman roots, stemming from the Roman word “satura,” which translates to “full plate.” This suggests its use as a metaphor for choosing what to talk about or a reference to making fun of each other during meals.





EVOLUTION of Rayvonte Rice

Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice takes a free throw during the first-round game of the Big Ten Tournament against Indiana at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse on March 13.

After starting in the MVC, Rice proves he belongs BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Four years ago, Rayvonte Rice wasn’t good enough to play in the Big Ten. Bruce Weber didn’t think so. Tom Izzo didn’t think so. Bo Ryan didn’t think so. Not one of the 11 Big Ten coaches offered Rice a scholarship. He was a star at Centennial High School in Champaign. He and Ohio commit James Kinney led the school to a 3A state championship his junior year, with Rice averaging 16.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Without Kinney his senior year, Rice took on an even larger role, leading the Chargers to a fourth-place finish, averaging 23.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He was a unanimous first-team all-state selection. He was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball behind Jereme Richmond, Illinois’ small forward of the future. But it was 3A, not 4A, competing with Mahomet and Oswego, not Whitney Young and Simeon. The competition wasn’t stiff enough for Rice to prove he could play with the big boys. The body many would marvel at four years later had not yet developed. Rice was just a boy compared to many Big Ten guards. He still had his chubby cheeks. His arms lacked definition. At 6-foot-2

and 190 pounds, he needed to add strength. Instead, many thought Rice’s calling was football. His sophomore season at Centennial, he backed up first cousin Mikel Leshoure at running back. Leshoure, an Illinois football commit, would eventually be selected in the NFL Draft. The NewsGazette’s Loren Tate wrote, “If ever there was a surefire Big Ten football prospect as a sophomore, Rice was it.” Rice, however, wanted to play basketball. The problem was no one thought he could keep up.


Without a Big Ten offer, Rice chose to play at Drake, a Missouri Valley Conference school in Des Moines, Iowa, five-and-a-half hours northwest of Champaign. Rice started in his first game and had a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) in his third. All season long, Rice was touted as the second-best freshman in the Missouri Valley, behind only Creighton’s Doug McDermott. On Jan. 1, 2011, the two faced off for the first time. Rice shot 2-for-11 and scored seven points, McDermott shot 9-for-12, in addition to 9-for-9 on free throws, and scored 28 points. The score: Creighton 73, Drake 57. A little more than a month later, the two went head-to-head again.

This time Rice made 5-of-12 shots to McDermott’s 4-of-12, outscoring him 16 to nine. Drake won 67-64. That first season, Rice led Drake in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks. He shattered the Drake freshman scoring record. He was sixth in the conference in scoring, second for freshmen behind McDermott. But Drake didn’t make the postseason. The Bulldogs lost in the first round of the Missouri Valley tournament, despite Rice’s 13 points and four blocks. Drake finished the season at 13-18. In his second season, Rice improved his scoring (16.8 points per game), rebounding (5.8 per game), efficiency and the team finished 18-16. Drake made the postseason tournament and, in his final game, Rice had 23 points, but his team lost 74-68. By the end of his sophomore year, Rice was well on his way to being the school’s all-time leading scorer. After two years, he had scored 983 points. Had he kept pace, Rice would’ve scored 1,964 points, 307 more than the school record of 1,657. Rice had fallen behind McDermott’s level, scoring 16.8 points per game to McDermott’s 22.9. He likely wouldn’t have become a 3,000 point scorer. But he had bigger dreams than Drake.


In March 2012, following his sophomore season, Rice declared he was transferring. The first coach to reach out to him was

John Groce, who had taken over as Illinois’ head coach a month before. Groce had recruited Rice to Ohio when Groce was the Bobcats’ coach. He had seen Rice have the impact of a Big Ten-caliber player while playing in the MVC. Groce asked if Rayvonte wanted to come home. He told Rayvonte going to college at home wasn’t for everyone. Rice would see people he grew up with. He would be judged at a different level. But Rice, a lifelong Illinois fan whose mom made the drive to every game at Drake, wanted to come home. Groce, trying to install an aggressive system, thought Rice would be a perfect fit. “Rayvonte is an aggressive player on both ends of the floor who will fit in well with our style of play,” Groce said at the time. With the decision to transfer, Rice had a year to improve his game and get fit. He had grown 2 inches since coming to Drake, but he had also gained 80 pounds. A 6-foot-4, 270 pound shooting guard wasn’t of much value in the run-and-gun system Groce wanted to play. So, for Rice to be the hometown hero, he needed to hit the gym. He couldn’t take a day off, despite not being able to play basketball for another 18 months. He knew when he got back, he would be on a team with a clear hole at shooting guard — a hole he would be expected to fill. “Be patient. Your time is coming,” coaches would tell Rice. He had a year to practice against


Big Ten guards D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul. Rice moved home to Champaign, but his diet forced him to cut out most of his mother’s cooking, a cut that especially hit home on macaroni nights. As Rice got his body into shape, the rumors started to swirl. “Rice is a man among boys in practice.” “Rice can still score against Big Ten competition.” The fanbase heard the rumors. Was Rayvonte Rice the impact player the Illinois basketball program needed? Was he the native son who would bring the Illini back to the promised land of Big Ten Championships and NCAA tournament runs? Groce said it was the best sit-out year he’d ever seen. Rice transformed from 267 pounds and 12.6 percent body fat to 231 pounds and 5 percent body fat. With the weight loss, the body that football scouts raved about became evident. Basketball scouts began to wish they had seen the same thing. Groce raved about Rice’s natural gifts. “What makes Rice good?” Groce was asked. “Size. Strength. Hands. Anticipation. Quickness. Explosiveness,” Groce said. “Want me to keep going?” Rice was an anomaly in Big Ten basketball. He was bigger and faster than most competing guards. He clearly fit in. But that wasn’t all Groce saw.


Illinois finds greatness in wrestling’s Delgado ALEX ROUX Sports columnist


ust when fans begin to take greatness for granted, it can vanish in the blink of an eye. Before you know it, Joe Montana plays for the Chiefs, Barry Sanders retires and Michael Jordan is wearing a Wizards jersey. Even fans of Illinois sports can attest to this phenomenon. After Illini fans nearly reached the mountaintop in 2005 with the best men’s basketball season in school history, it was assumed that Illini hoops would remain nationally relevant for years to come. Ten seasons down the road, the Illini basketball program hasn’t seen similar success. Same goes for the football program after the 2008 Rose Bowl appearance. The Illini revenue sports seem to have the same pattern of success, generation after generation. An extraordinary season pops up every 10 years or so, just to get our hopes up, just to keep us interested. Greatness will flicker in front of our eyes, then fade out again. Greatness has surfaced once again in Illini athletics, this time in the form of Illinois wrestling’s Jesse Delgado. His excellence, however, is becoming sustained. Delgado won his second consecutive national title on March 22 in Oklahoma City, defeating Cornell’s Nahshon Garrett. The 125-pound Delgado jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 victory. When Delgado won his first national title last year as a sophomore, he was the first Illini to do so since 2003. He became the first Illini wrestler in 56 years to win back-to-back national titles with his victory this year, meaning Illinois hasn’t seen wrestling at such

an elite level in its modern history. He is the only 125-pounder to ever win a national title at Illinois, and he has a mere five losses combined in his last two seasons. If there was a reason for Illini fans to appreciate Delgado’s excellence even more, it’s because his very presence on this campus was due to good fortune. Delgado wasn’t recruited by Illinois originally. He committed to wrestle at Cal Poly, but followed Illinois assistant head coach Mark Perry from Cal Poly when he was hired by the Illini. It’s crazy to think our two-time national champion almost slipped through the cracks. Perry deserves his share of credit for recognizing Delgado’s potential. Delgado has certainly established his place as one of the best Illini wrestlers of all time, and will look to do more damage next year in his senior season. He carried the Illini through a season that was marred by injuries (and a lower-than-expected team finish at the NCAA championships, if you ask Perry). Delgado didn’t let himself be cursed by the patented sporadic success that plagues Illinois athletics. Ten years after the Illini’s last national champion wrestler, Delgado won his first title. In 2014, he made sure Illinois wouldn’t have to wait 10 more years for another title. Athletic greatness comes and goes at all levels of every sport. Some fans are luckier than others, and are treated to greater amounts of success. Delgado is at the top of his sport, and Illinois fans should be proud. If there’s one lesson Illini fans should have learned over the years, it’s to appreciate greatness when it’s in front of them. We never know when it will come around again.

Alex is a sophomore in AHS. He can be reached at roux2@ and @aroux94.

Duchene expected to miss ‘a few more weeks’ BY J.J. WILSON STAFF WRITER

Illinois baseball took its first Big Ten series from Purdue over the weekend and laid an early claim to third place in the conference standings. More impressively, it did so without two of its most impactful players. Sophomore Ryan Nagle missed the Illini’s last two games against Purdue with a sore throat and a high temperature. Before his departure, he led the team in hits, RBIs, batting average and runs scored. A left forearm strain has also sidelined pitcher Kevin Duchene, Illinois’ No. 1 starter. Although he was able to play catch and throw 30 or 40 balls before Sunday’s game, he is still expected to miss a few more weeks. “He said, ‘Good news, bad news,’” pitching coach Drew Dickinson said. “’Good news is I threw today and it felt better. Bad news is it started to tighten up when I threw a bit harder.’” The left-handed pitcher posted a team-leading 1.70 ERA in five starts this season before his injury, which ranks third in the Big Ten. “Unfortunately, the cure for it is time,” Dickinson said.

Caught in the act Will Krug hasn’t been shy on base this season. With enough of a lead and the right jump, on just the right pitch, he isn’t afraid to steal an extra base. The leadoff hitter has tried 18 times this season, 10 more than anyone else on the Illini roster. But he’s not the only one. As a team, Illinois has 54 steal attempts, which leads the Big Ten by three. “The kids have an option to steal base based on their own reads and jump,” associate head coach Eric Snider said. “The one thing I think you can bring every day is speed.” Executing is a different story, though. The Illini also lead the conference in number of times caught stealing (21), while they only rank fifth in stolen bases (33). Michigan leads the Big Ten with 39 stolen bases in 50 attempts and sits in a fourway tie for fourth in the conference standings with Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan State. Still, getting caught hasn’t deterred Illinois yet. Last weekend against the Boilermakers, the Illini were caught stealing on four of five attempts. But as Snider says, stealing is all about speed and trusting players to bring speed every game. “Everybody has a green light to steal unless we shut them down,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. “You’re going until you get a stop sign.”

Hartleb returns


Illinois’ Corey Lewis runs out before the game against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 30. The Illini have four returning starters on the offensive line but have big shoes to fill after the departure of Lewis.

Illini offensive line returns 4 starters for 2014 season BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER

While the Illinois offense will need to replace six starters, it won’t face much turnover on the offensive line. The Illini offensive line returns four starters, only needing to replace the departed Corey Lewis. Seniors Simon Cvijanovic, Michael Heitz and Alex Hill anchor the left side of the line, while junior Ted Karras is the incumbent right guard. The quartet has a combined 94 starts, leaving the only question mark at right tackle. With Lewis gone, the Illini have a few options to fi ll the void at right tackle. Sophomore Austin Schmidt fi lled in as a true freshman last fall, especially when Cvijanovic missed a game because of an ankle injury. Another possibility is moving Heitz to right tackle, a posi-

tion he played in the past, and slide sophomore Joe Spencer in at left guard. Offensive line coach A.J. Ricker wants all of his interior linemen to know how to play both guards and the center position, to give him some flexibility in positioning. The key is putting the best five linemen on the field, Ricker said. “If they’re all centers or all tackles, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “That’s what spring is all about, switching it around and seeing what the best fit is.” While the unit will have experience, it doesn’t necessitate production. “Everyone talks about playing experience. I think it’s important, but those guys that played last year have to get a lot better,” Ricker said. “We’re not where we need to be. They know it, and we know it as a

unit. Yeah, they’ve played a lot of games together. But we need to get a lot better if we’re going to get to where we want to go.” The Illini were 90th in the country last season in sacks allowed and 81st nationally at 4.1 yards per rushing attempt. Protecting the quarterback this season will be different than in years past when fouryear starter Nathan Scheelhaase was under center. The now-departed signal caller was always a running threat and could escape pressure to keep plays alive. If a pocket passer such as Wes Lunt wins the starting job, there will be more pressure on the line to keep the quarterback’s jersey clean. “Wes is more of a pro-style, pocket passer, so you have to take a little more pride in pro-


When Hartleb walked into the clubhouse before Sunday’s game dressed in uniform, most of the players were surprised to see him. For the past three days, the ninth-year head coach had been in his hometown of Hamilton, Ohio, where he joined his sister and mother to be with his ailing father. His 86-year-old father was hospitalized after undergoing bowel surgery about a week and a half ago. He is now stable. The plan is to have him moved to a long-term rehabilitation facility, but Hartleb still considers the situation day-to-day. None of this made returning to Champaign any easier on him. “I found myself, the past two days, sitting in the hospital room and thinking about what’s going on here,” Hartleb said Sunday after Illinois’ 8-3 victory over Purdue. “I found myself today thinking, ‘What’s going on there?’” Fortunately, his team brought comfort in the best way it could when it clinched the series against Purdue to begin the Big Ten season. And as the season continues, so will Hartleb, with his father never far from his thoughts. “(I’ll) just keep my phone on and hope anything I get is positive,” he said.

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No surprise predictions for upcoming MLB season Traditionally dominant teams expected to return to World Series

in his very first year. I know not all folks appreciate my love for the Red Sox, but with the opening week of the regular season upon us, it seemed appropriate to spread my love of baseball with the world. Without further ado, I give you my 2014 Major League Baseball predictions.


American League champion: Boston Red Sox

Assistant sports editor

So at this point, you should stop reading, since you know this column is a biased piece of garbage. I just laid out my love for the Sox in the first two paragraphs! How much more evidence do you need? Other than blind fandom, why did I pick the 2013 champs to repeat? Oh, I don’t know, how about seven returning starters from the MLB’s highest-scoring offense? How about a former Cy Young award winner who projects to be the team’s fourth starter (Jake Peavy)? How about a closer who won the ALCS MVP award and was dominant in 2013 (Koji Uehara)? Now, to leave myself an escape route if the Sox do not play as well as I expect, you can bet your college education (actually … that’s not a great idea) that the AL champion will come out of the AL East. The Red Sox, Rays and Yankees are all primed for a postseason run


ooking forward to baseball season is something I do every year. I can’t help it. I grew up in a region that lives and dies with its professional team, the Boston Red Sox. I grew up in the years of Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez. I grew up watching the greatest postseason comeback in baseball history, and I stayed up way past my bedtime in 2004 to see an 86-year-old curse be reversed. I’ve been pretty spoiled since then. The Red Sox have captured two additional World Series titles and have been in the playoff hunt almost every year. They’ve had only one losing season since 2004 and that came under the shaky command of Bobby Valentine, who was promptly fired after the 2012 season. His replacement, John “Messiah” Farrell, led the team to a world championship

and the best division in baseball will prepare them for October. AL East teams averaged more than 86 wins last season, which was tops in the MLB, and would have been the second-most wins on a team in the NL East or NL West.

National League champion: St. Louis Cardinals Now I’m just cheating. Copying and pasting last year’s postseason champions into this year’s prediction column? What kind of a hack excuse for a columnist am I? Well, unfortunately for my credibility, the Cardinals are just too good to ignore. They don’t spend the big bucks like the Los Angeles Dodgers do, but they make up for it with a stacked rotation and a bullpen that had me biting my fi ngernails for most of last year’s World Series. The Cardinals also return all four starters who hit better than .300 last season, including Yadier Molina, the game’s best catcher. Throw in a true ace like Adam Wainwright and a stable of young starters like Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn, and there’s no doubt the Cardinals will contend deep into October once again.

World Series champion: St. Louis Cardinals (surprise!) I just can’t in good faith pick


Newly signed St. Louis Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz talks to the media during practice on March 10 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. the Red Sox to win it all again. No team has repeated since the 2000 Yankees, and the Red Sox have an older team than the fresh-faced Cardinals. Michael Wacha will do to the Sox what

he did to the NL in 2013, and the Cardinals bullpen should stifle the Red Sox bats. A team with red lettering will win the World Series in 2014, it just won’t be my team.

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Illini softball seeks to end its 4-game losing streak BY MICHAL DWOJAK ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

The Illinois softball team will try to put an end to a four-game losing streak when it plays Illinois State on Tuesday in Normal, Ill. The Illini had a lot to learn from their weekend in St. Paul, Minn., where the Golden Gophers completed a threegame sweep. They failed to get that one hit they needed to tie it and take the lead, which is something that has bothered the team all season long. The team ranks seventh in the Big Ten in RBIs with 132, compared to conference leader Michigan, who has 179 on the year. The pitching staff also looks to rebound from a dismal weekend, where freshman pitcher Brandi Needham was pulled after 1/3 of an inning in Friday’s game, and junior pitcher Shelese Arnold was taken out after 2/3 of an inning in Saturday’s first game. The pitching staff also gave up nine home runs in three games, making it hard for the defense to make a play on the ball.


OFFENSIVE LINE tecting him,” Ricker said. “Last year, Nate could get out and run and beat a couple guys. So protections have got to be a lot better.” This will be especially prevalent in obvious passing downs. Despite doubling the team’s passing offense in offensive coordinator Bill Cubit’s first season, the Illini weren’t as efficient when they got behind the sticks on offense. According to, Illinois was 22nd in the country in S&P+, a measure of offensive efficiency, during “standard downs,” but just 54th in “passing downs.” Passing downs are considered anything longer than 2nd-and-8, 3rd-and-5 or 4th-and-5, while all other situations are considered standard downs. The stat combines success rate in converting downs and points per play based off field position — meaning, how efficient and explosive an offense is over the course of the season. This also excludes “garbage time” possessions, where the score isn’t within 28 points in the first quarter, 24 in the sec-

The Illini lead the Big Ten with 63 walks allowed and the team ERA has risen to 3.17, which is sixth in the Big Ten. The team has also fallen behind early in games and never held a lead in the Minnesota series. Illinois will take a break from Big Ten play and has a chance to rebound when it faces Illinois State (12-19), which won two of three games against Indiana State. The Redbirds have faced 11 ranked teams this season and lost all 12 games. That record includes two games against Missouri, which Illinois defeated 3-0 in the two teams’ only encounter this season. Illinois State is also 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Illini travel to Marian Kneer Stadium a day earlier then scheduled. The teams were scheduled to play Wednesday, but because the early forecast is predicting thunderstorms, the game has been moved to Tuesday.

Michal can be reached at and @bennythebull94. ond, 21 in the third or 16 in the fourth quarter. Now transitioning into Cubit’s second season in Champaign, the entire offense is able to get a sense of consistency without constantly changing the scheme under a new coordinator. “This is our second spring in Cubit’s offense,” Cvijanovic said. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve switched offenses three times. We keep changing these calls and the play calls and everything. Once we get back-to-back years going, I feel like we’re really going to start to mesh.” One of the biggest keys to last season’s success was not having “MAs” or “missed assignments” along the line. Cvijanovic said there was one or two across the line per game a season ago, meaning the line was consistently in the right position to make plays. Eliminating mental errors is a big step, but Cvijanovic still believes the unit can improve. “We need to be the best offense we can be, and I don’t think we were the best offense we could have been last year,” he said. “We did make huge strides, but we can be better.”

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


RICE “Most importantly, his mind. He’s a tough dude,” Groce said. Rice was able to realize all of his work would come to fruition the first time he took the court for Illinois.


The first time Rice played as an Illini, he scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. In the nonconference season, Rice was the only consistent scorer. Without him, Illinois wouldn’t have at least three of its nonconference wins. His teammates helped out against the defensively challenged nonconference opponents, but he clearly stuck out. After Christmas, Rice began hitting his stride, and Illinois appeared to as well. At the United Center in December, Rice scored 28 points, including seven in 58 seconds to help the Illini come back from a 10-point halftime deficit for a 74-60 win over UIC. In the first Big Ten game, Rice and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell had a scoring duel, with Ferrell scoring 30 to Rice’s 29, but Rice’s Illini won in overtime. Against Penn State, Rice led the Illini with 15 points as Illinois beat the Nittany Lions 75-55. At 13-2 overall, Illinois reached No. 23 in the polls. Rice led the conference in scoring. If he wanted to score, he could. Even against Wisconsin, one of the nation’s most stringent defensive teams, Rice had 19 points and nine rebounds, though Illinois lost 95-70. It seemed no one could stop him, but he hadn’t faced the grind of the Big Ten. After the loss to Wisconsin, Rice suffered a strained hip adductor. In a 49-43 loss to Northwestern in his next game, a noticabely hampered Rice had just eight points, his first single-digit scoring game of the season. With a healthy Rice, Illinois likely wouldn’t have been held to 43 points against a Wildcats team that allows 63 points per game. The injury nagged and Rice struggled. In the next two games, he shot 3-for-9 and 5-for-15 but had 11 and 12 points. Against Ohio State, Rice had his first scoreless game. As Rice’s injury continued to bother him, the Illini posted the worst shooting percentage in the country in January. Statisically they sported the worst offense in modern program history. After the injury, it seemed the Big Ten figured out how to beat Illinois: Take away Rice. Once healthy, he wasn’t that different than Northwestern’s Drew

Crawford or Penn State’s Tim Frazier — putting up eyepopping numbers for a bad team. Rice, unlike the transfers that came before him, could star in the Big Ten. Sam Maniscalco, Sam McLaurin, Trent Meachem, Alex Legion, the list goes on, but none of the players stood out in conference play. Rice could score and defend, but to win in the Big Ten, he needed help. And he wasn’t getting it. His usage rate was rivaling his usage rate at Drake, as he was scoring about a quarter of his team’s points. If Rice couldn’t get Drake to win alone, he wouldn’t win being the sole scorer at Illinois. “He needs some help,” Groce said in the middle of the losing streak. “I don’t think there’s anything else he can do. We need some other guys to be more consistent with their scoring and their shot-making.” Finally, after a 24-point, ninerebound effort by Rice in a 75-63 loss to Wisconsin — Illinois’ eighth straight — Groce inserted freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill in the starting lineup, providing an offensive spark for the Illini. Both freshmen proved they could score, going for double digits in the 60-55 win over Penn State to break the streak. Other teams had to concentrate their defensive efforts on someone other than Rice. He wasn’t doubleteamed on every play. Rice immediately saw a difference. “It helps when everyone is helping,” Rice said. “It doesn’t allow the other team to just worry about me, and just faceguard me. We take advantage of it.” With the offensive help, Illinois won four of its last five games. The Illini beat three NCAA tournament teams: Nebraska, Michigan State and Iowa, with the wins against the Hawkeyes and Spartans coming on the road. In the Big Ten Tournament, the Illini defeated Indiana again and pushed Big Ten regular-season champion Michigan to the brink, before a Tracy Abrams buzzerbeater fell short. In the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, Rice, finally out of Big Ten play, had 28 points to singlehandedly fuel a 66-62 win over Boston University. His 15 points, which led all scorers, weren’t enough to top Clemson in the second round, with another Abrams potential game-winner falling short. He and Jon Ekey, who scored 11 points, were the only Illini in double figures. None of the other starters had more than six. He didn’t have enough help.


We finally understand what Rayvonte Rice is. He can score. He can singlehandedly will the Illini to victo-



Illinois’ Rayvonte Rice looks for a pass during the game against Michigan at State Farm Center on March 4. ry. But he can’t do it every game. On an off night, Illinois will falter if someone else doesn’t step up. He can anticipate passes, popping them out, explode toward the ball and race toward the hoop, finishing with a monster dunk or a finesse layup. But he’s not perfect. When going up for a one-handed jam against Michigan, Rice lost the ball and airballed what should’ve been an easy bucket. With 1:12 remaining, he drove to the basket, layed the ball up, and it rimmed out. Either basket could’ve been the difference in the one-point loss. Rice is a proven shooter, but he’s so used to being the only player who can score that poor shot selection has limited his effectiveness, causing him to miss many 3-pointers that he shouldn’t be taking, whether they’re from deep or with a hand in his face. The referees can have a direct impact on Rice’s effectiveness. If they call fouls like they did early in the season, Rice can drive in, get fouled and convert free throws. If they revert to the old system, like they did in Big Ten play, Rice isn’t nearly as effective, often losing the ball as he drives toward the basket. But once Rice had help, he became relaxed. He became more effective and more efficient. Illinois’ postseason encapsulated the season in just two games. Rice could will the Illini to victory against less-talented

teams, but he couldn’t do it alone against those more talented. With three double-digit scoring transfers waiting in the wings, help appears to be on the way. Senior Ahmad Starks is the all-time leader in 3-pointers at Oregon State. Junior Aaron Cosby shot 40 percent on 3-pointers and averaged 12.6 points per game against Big East competition while at Seton Hall. Sophomore Darius Paul was the MAC Freshman of the Year at Western Michigan and has proved he can knock down shots as a stretch four. Freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill should continue to take steps forward. In conference play, Rice was ninth in the Big Ten in scoring, fifth in rebounding (second in defensive rebounding) and fourth in steals. His shooting percentage improved significantly on 3-pointers and free throws. He fouled and turned the ball over less than in two years at Drake. He showed he was good enough, with help, to will Illinois to victory against Final Four-caliber teams. Rice went from not good enough to play in the Big Ten to an above-average Big Ten player on an average Big Ten team. He became an offensive threat on an offensively challenged team and a defensive force for one of the nation’s best defenses. It certainly seems like he is supposed to be here.

Johnathan can be reached at and @jhett93.

The Daily Illini: Volume 143 Issue 97  

Tuesday April 1, 2014