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Ten nominated to search committee for University president BY MARYCATE MOST STAFF WRITER

The Urbana-Champaign Senate and the Illinois Student Senate have nominated six faculty members and four students to fill positions on the Presidential Search Committee, charged with finding presidential candidates to replace University President Robert Easter when he retires on June 30, 2015. Of the six faculty members, three faculty representatives will be selected by the University Board of Trustees to serve on the Presidential Search Committee. The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs will select one student. The faculty candidates include Engineering professor Douglas Beck, Business professor Jeffrey Brown, Engineering professor Roy Campbell, Applied Health Sciences professor Kim Graber, Engineering professor Matthew Wheeler and LAS professor Nick Burbules.

“This is another example of shared governance,” said University spokesman Tom Hardy. “There are policies and practices in place to guide how this was done. It will be comprised of representatives from the various constituencies (of the University).” The Illinois Student Senate reviewed four student-submitted applications and forwarded them to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. The student nominations include student senator Mitch Dickey; Jaylin McClinton, sophomore in LAS; Xavier Ramirez, a senior who plans to attend graduate school; and student Diego Espinoza. “I saw this as a very rare opportunity for students to decide a very important member of the University,” Dickey said. “We are choosing someone who will be the leader ... who will outlast us.”


Dean finalists to present future visions of College of LAS and University BY MARYCATE MOST STAFF WRITER

A search committee for the Dean of the College of LAS has selected four finalists for the position. The finalists include James Glaser, dean of academic affairs for Arts and Sciences at Tufts University; Joseph Francisco, associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Science at Purdue University; Elizabeth Spiller, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State

University; and Barbara Wilson, executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Each finalist will visit campus over the next two weeks and give a public presentation regarding their “Vision for Illinois’ College of LAS.” They will also be answering questions following their presentations. The search committee launched the process in early


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Luci Hamlin and her husband, Spc. Timothy Hamlin, wait to get back to their home on the base following a shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday.

Gunman opens fire on Fort Hood

Four dead, 11 wounded in 4-hour lockdown at Texas military base BY ALAN ZAREMBO, MATT PEARCE AND PARESH DAVE LOS ANGELES TIMES

KILLEEN, Texas — Four people were dead, including a gunman, and at least 11 others were wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, officials said Wednesday. The base was locked down for about four hours, until a siren sounded shortly before 9 p.m. to end the lockdown. At least two of the injured had multiple gunshot wounds, a hospital spokesman said. A U.S. military official said at least 11 other people had been wounded, but cautioned that the numbers could change. Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told CNN he had been told that four people were



stream of police cars arrived at the base as service members, followed by family members, congregated outside the gate. The 1st Cavalry Division, which is based at Fort Hood, sent a Twitter alert telling people on base to close doors and stay away from windows. Spc. Cody Bishop, 28, said his company of about 140 soldiers was in formation on a training exercise when the order came to “shelter in place.” “We were standing in formation,” he said. “They suddenly called everybody inside. They said stay inside. You can’t even go outside.” Bishop said soldiers immediately gathered around television sets to try to learn what was going on. “We’ve got four different news channels on and getting four different reports,” he said not long after the shooting broke out. He texted his wife, with whom he lives off base with his son, that he was OK.

Campaign contribution limits further lifted by Supreme Court BY MICHAEL DOYLE

The International Student and Scholar Services and Intensive English Institute held the third annual “Travel Around the World” event Wednesday. The cultural fair held on the Quad is designed to represent the countries and cultures at the University.

dead, including the shooter, and that 14 were hurt. He said the incident was not related to terrorism. The shooting began shortly after 5 p.m., when Fort Hood tweeted and broadcast an alarm that all personnel should take shelter. The sprawling military base went on lockdown while investigators tried to determine whether there was a second gunman. The U.S. military official said the shooter was an enlisted soldier named Ivan Lopez, who is dead, but it’s unclear whether he shot himself or was killed by military police. Three others are dead, the official said, noting that, that number could change as well. That official said no motive was known as of yet. A spokesman for one of the

hospitals where the wounded have been sent, Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, said their conditions ranged from stable to critical. Two victims have multiple gunshot wounds, he said. The base north of Austin was the site in 2009 of the deadliest mass shooting at a military base in U.S. history. President Barack Obama, who was in Chicago, said late Wednesday that he was “heartbroken something like this might have happened again.” “We’re following it closely. The situation is fluid right now ... I want to just assure all of us we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened,” said the president, flanked by an American flag as he addressed reporters inside a Chicago steakhouse. The chaos began in late afternoon at the base just outside Killeen, a town of 127,000 residents, including many military members and their families. A

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday further opened up the taps on political campaign spending, with a bombshell ruling that removes the longstanding limits on how much total money an individual can contribute to federal candidates. In what amounts to a 5-4 ruling won by conservatives, the court declared the aggregate contribution limits imposed four decades ago violated the First Amendment’s free-speech protections. Though individual donations may still be limited, for now, the ruling means donors can spread their wealth across as many candidates and causes as they can find.

“They ... intrude without justification on a citizen’s ability to exercise the most fundamental First Amendment activities,” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote of the aggregate contribution limits. Roberts’ 40-page opinion, joined by three other conservative justices, continues the court’s dismantling of congressional campaign finance reform efforts, including landmarks laws passed in 1974 and 2002, and its constitutional reasoning leaves remaining campaign restrictions at risk. Justice Clarence Thomas joined the conclusion, making an effective 5-4 majority, though he wrote a separate concurring opinion calling for the end of other campaign limits as well.

The court’s four Democratic appointees dissented. “It understates the importance of protecting the political integrity of our governmental institutions,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote of the conservative majority’s opinion. “It creates a loophole that will allow a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate’s campaign.” A 1974 campaign finance law, enacted in the wake of the Watergate political scandal, imposed several kinds of restrictions. Limits were placed on how much an individual or committee could give a particular candidate. Aggregate limits were also set, capping the total that a donor might contribute to

all candidates and committees. The ruling Wednesday covers the aggregate limits, which currently restrict an individual to giving $123,200 to candidates and parties over a twoyear election cycle. Of this total, an individual can give up to $48,600 to federal candidates and their campaign committees and up to $74,600 to political parties and non-candidate committees. The limits are adjusted every two years for inflation. “We have made clear that Congress may not regulate contributions simply to reduce the amount of money in politics, or to restrict the political participation of some in order to enhance the relative influence of others,” Roberts wrote.








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Today’s Birthday Life seems especially sweet this year. Both solar and lunar eclipses launch your partnership (4/15) and prosperity (4/29) to new levels this month. Barriers resolve. Your creativity thrives. Beautify your home and throw parties this spring. Summer fun leads to autumn romance. You’re clear about what’s important. Savor love with your dearest ones. Soak it in. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) Today is a 7 — There’s plenty to do close to home. Solve a domestic puzzle. Re-affirm a commitment to a partnership or project. Hold onto what you have. Present practical data, and talk it over. Listening is more powerful than speaking. Respect others and it returns to you.

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CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) Today is a 6 — It gets busy today and tomorrow. A new project demands attention. Work more and increase profits. It may require compromise. Postpone a trip, and meet virtually rather than in person. Search for practical data, and share it. Record thoughts and feelings in your journal.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Today is a 5 — Make plans for major changes at home. Today and tomorrow are good for testing ideas. Gather feedback, and take notes. Talk it over with the ones affected. Use your own good judgment. Avoid stepping on toes, or it could get awkward. Keep a wide view.

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PRESIDENT Wheeler said faculty and students in the search committee will help ensure that the next president has the leadership needed to make progress at the University. “It is an important job, and it is a really great credit to the University of Illinois that faculty and students will have a role in helping determine the leadership for the future,” Wheeler said, adding that the next president should be someone who “(understands) the role of a land-grant institution and someone with a vision about how to take us forward and make us the best public institution not just in the country, but in the world.” After a scandal that led to former University President Michael Hogan’s resignation in March 2012, a presidential search committee was not used to select Easter as president; he was instead selected by chancellors and deans after they consulted with key members of the faculty senate, Hardy said. The University has not used a presidential search committee since Hogan was selected in 2010.


LAS DEAN December, said Paula Kaufman, chair of the search committee and professor of the University Library. “I think we have a strong group of people that we are bringing to campus,” Kaufman said. “The candidates meet with a wide variety of people so that those people also get to provide input to the search process.” So far, candidates have only met with the search committee, but upon coming to campus, they will meet with deans and with the vice chancellor for research, Kaufman said. Faculty and staff will then be able to give their input on the finalists following the on-campus visit. After taking into account the input from faculty and staff, the search commit tee w i l l compi le recommendations for each candidate and send them to the Office of the Provost to make the fi nal decision. No date has been established yet for the fi nal selection of the new dean.

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“I don’t think past episodes really has anything to do with or reflects on the advisory search committees or the work they performed,” Hardy said. “Everyone who is a part of this process gives a lot of their time. The fact that the presidency was vacated due to difficult circumstances is no reflection of the search committee.”

“We have a really strong set of nominations. They are going to be a really good team.” ROY CAMPBELL


Search committee members will be responsible not only to search for presidential nominees, but also to help define the role of the next president, Campbell said. “Our flagship campus has some

Dean finalists’ presentations

The finalists will be on campus over the next two weeks to give presentations about their vision for the future of the College of LAS and the University.

James Glaser Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University Professor, Department of Political Science Monday, April 7 Public Presentation & Reception 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Beckman Institute – 1025 (Auditorium) Beckman and the Beckman Atrium

Joseph Francisco Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Education, College of Science, Purdue University William E. Moore Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Wednesday, April 9

really strategic goals that we need to satisfy,” Campbell said. “(The University presidential candidates) must maintain educational excellence, and maintain a presence in Springfield and coordinate our campuses under budget constraints.” Campbell said that any of the six faculty candidates will be suited for the search committee, but it will be up to the Board of Trustees to decide which candidates will best represent the diverse constituencies within the University. “We have a really strong set of nominations,” Campbell said. “They are going to be a really good team to help choose the president. In certain ways, we couldn’t have put a better foot forward.” Hardy also emphasized that diversity within the selection committee would be key. “(The Board of Trustees) will consider recommendations of potential advisory search committee members from all walks of life within the University,” Hardy said. “And obviously, students will play an important role.”

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Library-IT fee rate remains steady, funds fully allocated BY TYLER DAVIS STAFF WRITER

The University will no longer see an additional influx of funds from the campus Library-IT Fee, used to expand and enhance library and information technology resources. When the fee was instated in 2007, it was only applied to incoming students after the summer semester, resulting in an approximate 25 percent yearly increase in additional funding until the fee was fully implemented four years later in 2011, said campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler in an email. “Now that the fee is in its sixth year, there is no additional influx of funds to distribute and the recurring money is spoken for on long-term services,” Kaler said. She added that there has been no increase in the fee level for several years, remaining at $244 per semester for students taking 12 or more credit hours. As such, there is no longer a need for the LibraryIT Fee Advisory Committee, composed of faculty from CITES and the University Library as well as representatives from student stakeholder groups, to make allocation recommendations to the Office of the Provost. The advisory committee meets only when called together to review allocations of additional revenue. Kaler noted that the campus plans to review allocations as its needs change. At that time, students will once again be involved in the decision-making process. Since its approval, the fee has funded enhancements to the Urbana campus, including upgrades to classrooms, libraries and computer labs as well as additions to print and digital resources for the University Library. Associate Dean of Libraries Tom Teper, co-chair of the advisory committee, said the fee has “certainly enhanced the University Library’s ability to move ahead on a great number of initiatives.” “We were really interested ... in trying to expand services, to attempt to improve space across the libraries, and improve what we had in the way of collections, both in terms of discovery and materials,” Teper said. In 2007, funding from the Library-IT Fee was used to provide 24-hour service five days a week at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. Just a year and a half later, the Under-

A selection of Library-IT Fee projects

The campus Library-IT Fee has been used since 2007 to expand and enhance University Library’s technology and resource offerings within libraries. 2012 “Hidden Collections” Uncovered For Your Use With support from the fee, the University Library has cataloged tens of thousands of materials previously difficult to locate and use for teaching and research. These materials include foreign language materials, children’s literature, rare books and special collections. 2011 Student Services Development Team This proposal established an expert software development team that creates IT-based graduate Library began to provide similar hours, adding weekend hours as well. During the 2007 to 2008 school year, more than 1.7 million people visited these two libraries — a 10 percent increase over the previous year. Additionally, fee money allowed the campus to increase the power grid supporting the Undergraduate Library in 2009, as well as increase the number of available power outlets by 300 percent. “One of the first things we did was look at the 24-hour libraries, and we did that because of (student input),” Teper said. “We looked at power to the Undergraduate Library early on, because frankly, we knew we had to do something there. The input of the students (on the advisory committee) really helped us shape the priorities.” More recently, Teper said the fee has allowed the library staff to process “huge collections of backlogged materials,” including tens of thousands of materials that had been previously difficult to use in teaching and research. In addition, the fee has allowed

tools to improve campusspecific student services. The team’s projects are chosen and prioritized by a steering committee. 2009 Digital Library Expands The fee is used to allow further user access to online content. This proposal supports ongoing subscriptions to electronic resources and other acquisitions and allows University Library to acquire back files and new electronic resources to support the needs of students. 2007 24-hour libraries The fee was used to provide 24hour service five days a week during the academic year at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. In spring 2008, the same hours were extended to the Undergraduate Library. SOURCE: OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

the libraries to provide wider access to ebooks and other online resources. Teper said the University’s digital collections have millions of downloads a year for licensed online resources. “At this point, about 71 percent at the end of the last fiscal year of our materials allocation went to electronic resources,” he said. “Frankly, the changes in the publishing industry are moving in that direction.” Although Teper said resource prices continue to increase, Kaler said the fee has not increased in the past three years; however, if there were a need, she said the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee — composed of undergraduate and graduate student members — would review the possibility when they make their recommendations in the fall. The campus has not asked for an increase in the past three years and the committee has agreed that the fee remain flat.

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Addition of another state school to Big Ten Conference infeasible

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tudents in the state of Illinois donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough options. Because of limited resources at the University, many of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best students must go to Big Ten institutions out of state to get a quality public education: the University of Iowa, Purdue University, the Ohio State University, etc. To combat this problem, state senators Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, and Michael Connelly, RNaperville, have asked the state legislature to look into the feasibility of upgrading the status of one of the current state schools to a Big Ten institution. Although the Big Ten has an interest in expansion, which is an admirable goal, none of the current state schools are anywhere near the quality of a Big Ten university â&#x20AC;&#x201D; athletically or academically. Historically, Big Ten institutions are members of the Association of American Universities, an association of 62 of the top research universities in the United States and Canada. And, according to U.S. News and World Report, all Big Ten public universities rank in the top 50 public universities in the nation. Northwestern University, a private institution, is ranked 12th in the overall national rankings. Of Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; other public schools, the University of Illinois at Chicago ranks highest: No. 128 in the national rankings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indicating it is not as academically qualified. In the past three years, the Big Ten has expanded from 11 schools to 14, adding the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Maryland and Rutgers University, all of which were AAU members at the time they were added. The most recent additions to the Big Ten have also been partly selected because of their proximity to large media markets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Maryland to Washington D.C. and Rutgers to New York City â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the potential revenue the conference could make by establishing the Big Ten Network in those markets. Although UIC and Northern Illinois University are in the Chicago market, neither school has a following that could rival any of the current Big Ten institutions, and both would have to establish themselves in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third largest media market. Southern Illinois University could possibly get into the St. Louis market. None of the other Illinois schools are in a top media market. The Big Ten also plays football at the highest level and is one of, if not the best, basketball conferences in the country. The only other public Illinois school with a major football program is NIU; however, its basketball program is among the worst in the state. No other universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team could compete with Big Ten programs. Murphy and Connelly have good intentions, and if another public Illinois university met the academic and athletic standards that the Big Ten prides itself on, then the addition would likely be feasible and possibly even beneficial. But, with the athletic and academic limitations of other public in-state institutions, adding another to the Big Ten is not a worthy endeavor.



In light of all of our coffee talk this week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; literally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it seems only appropriate to mention the Starbucks customer in Louisiana who, instead of receiving fun coffee foam hearts or leaves in her drink, received Satanic symbols of a pentagon and the numbers â&#x20AC;&#x153;666â&#x20AC;? drizzled on top of her beverages. Starbucks took the complaint seriously and made sure to extend an apology to the customer. However, we will probably be taking advantage of the free small McCafes at McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the next couple weeks instead of risking scary designs in our coffees.

With only a couple more days until the weekend hits, the campus is buzzing with preparation for Moms Weekend. For the next few days, we students will perform various tactics in the hopes of fooling our moms into thinking that we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t messy, unkept college students. We will put valiant efforts into spraying Febreze on our clothes to make it seem like we actually do laundry, and scrubbing our counters and floors so our apartments, houses and dorms donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look so much like a left-over party. Or some of us might just leave the messes for mommy to clean up.



In what can only be described as an epic tribute to one of the best television series of the 1990s, Samuel L. Jackson performed a three and a half minute slam poem plot synopsis of Boy Meets World on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night. The show has garnered media buzz lately because its sequel, Girl Meets World, is expected to premiere on Disney Channel as early as this summer. Undoubtably, the show will disappoint, but Samuel L. sure didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.


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High school teachers more influential than you think STEPHANIE YOUSSEF Opinions columnist


hether you hated it or loved it, high school, and specifically high school teachers, played a crucial role in getting you where you are today. Just over spring break, when I was visiting my old high school, I started really thinking about how much the wonderful teachers I had there helped shape me into who I am. One memorable teacher, who had the greatest positive influence in my life, was my literature teacher, Mr. Jones. It was inspiring to see how hard he worked to challenge us to think about things differently, and we could see his passion for writing and teaching in every interaction we had with him. He taught me new, interesting ways to analyze literature and approach academic topics in general, ultimately helping me become a better writer and student. The power of teachers may not seem obvious at first, but I think high school teachers help play a larger role in shaping most of us

than we may realize. For example, our interests in college are often strongly determined by experiences weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built upon from high school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when it comes to majors and extracurricular activities. In high school, where classroom settings are typically smaller, this influence is more direct than in university settings. College professors put a greater emphasis on delivering academic information, which is perfectly fine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they are supposed to do. And we rate them by how successfully they do it. However, in high school, teachers have a greater responsibility for the kind of learning environment they create in their classrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have more freedom than college professors to make them their own. Additionally, regardless of what your interests are, they were probably sparked by a teacher you had in high school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether it was the subject they taught or their class in general. Maybe, a given teacher even helped you choose your current major or an extracurricular that you enjoy. If so, that teacher likely had a very strong impact on your college career. I mean, without Mr. Jones,

I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have developed the love for writing and analysis that I have today, and I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have started writing for The Daily Illini as an opinions columnist. Even teachers that maybe werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as charismatic or likeable influenced us by helping us uncover the academic subjects we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like or chose not to pursue in higher education. Think about it. A few years ago, the time you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend at home was mostly spent in school, where your teachers functioned as role models and secondary parents. They probably pushed you academically to strive for success, graduate and attend an accredited university. They pushed you to realize your greatest potential. Not only did you learn academic material from them, but you also likely developed some of your personal interests through them. Beyond influencing your favorite subjects and extracurricular pursuits, much of what you get from your high school teachers that sticks with you long-term isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t included in the class syllabus. A school is just as much about shaping social behaviors as it is about academic learning. Outside

the home setting, teachers are additional positive influences who can help promote good behavior. In high school, teachers are especially essential in that they help guide you through a pivotal stage in your development: right as you are becoming an adult and learning responsibility and self-motivation. Look at where you are today. You worked hard to achieve the success that you have, but you also had help from teachers in high school. Take the time to reflect on some of your wonderful high school experiences. Think about how much you changed from your freshman year to your senior year and about what teachers helped influence you in your high school career. Maybe even shoot them an email letting them know what you are up to and how they helped you become who you are today. You may find that, as their student, you had an influence in their lives as well. Thank you Mr. Jones!

Stephanie is a sophomore in LAS. She can be reached at syousse2@ Follow her on Twitter @syoussef22.

Friendly competition in U.S. does not exist JAD LACY Opinions columnist


othing wrong with a little friendly competition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; right? Perhaps, but when is competition ever truly friendly in the United States? To me, such a term as â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendly competitionâ&#x20AC;? seems no less of an oxymoron then plastic silverware, virtual reality or passive aggression. Judging from my own life experiences, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure such a contradictory concept â&#x20AC;&#x201D; friendly competition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; can exist. Dating back to my own childhood, it is difficult to recall a time when competition didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play a huge role in my life. Whether in the classroom or on the little league baseball diamond, I was taught at a young age that winning is important and, above all else, results matter. As a consequence, I learned early on to value grades over learning, batting averages above having fun and results before experiences. At the time, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think twice about these teachings, but, looking back now, I am not so sure that I agree with the emphasis on results. What about the importance of experiences gained along the way, friendships made, lives influenced or lessons learned? Do these things simply not matter as much as end results?

Despite my feelings that outcomes are often over emphasized, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to try and say they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t important. Results can motivate hard work and also function as measuring sticks to verify and prove our past accomplishments, but all too often, competition can serve as a double-edged sword. But issues occur when we get tunnel vision and allow winning to become all that matters to us. In many cultures, this cutthroat mentality is probably looked at as an overindulgent fixation with being the best, but in the United States, we simply call it friendly competition. Competing against others, even in a friendly way, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always fuel us to be better or work harder, instead it just makes us cold and callous towards adversaries, as well as less compassionate. With competition all around us from academics to games and sports meant for fun, it can be difficult to guard ourselves from becoming preoccupied with our obsession to compete. Many of us might even be unaware of our competitive nature. For instance, you might ask yourself, is winning a matter of character validation to prove your worth or importance to others? If you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t especially good at an activity, do you make great efforts to avoid that endeavor at all costs? Do you commonly find yourself surveying others in class about the

grade they got just to see if you got a higher score? If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, consider yourself a potential prisoner to your own lust for competition. When thinking about when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to compete against others, such as in professional sports and legitimate competitions, and when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not, one important thing to always consider is the context of the stakes you are competing for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a fierce attitude is not acceptable during a game of checkers or when playing Call of Duty. Certain activities, no matter how much you love the feeling of winning, do not warrant extreme competition. The reason for this is simple: Not all activities have to derive their meaning from whether you were victorious or not. Some things can be done solely for the sake of having a good time or enjoying yourself with others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if you do lose or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do as well as others. Another element of friendly competition that is important to ensure youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not becoming a â&#x20AC;&#x153;win-at-allcostâ&#x20AC;? blowhard is to remember the context of whom youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competing with. A common instance where this context is often breached is when individuals are found creating rivalries between friends and family. For me, this has always been a bizarre concept to conceptualize. First of all, why would some-

one desire to create an opposition between themselves and a loved one over something petty? Secondly, how can someone not be happy for the success of another that they both love and respect? Additionally, we do the same thing in the classroom setting by creating rivalries that need not exist. What we often forget about education is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not meant for us to compete against others â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to work towards acquiring new information. Accumulating knowledge and tailing together a respectable grade point average is unaffected by the success or failures of others. Regardless, friendly competition prevails in the United States school systems and many other realms of life. To combat our cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overwhelming obsession with always being the best and winning at all costs, my suggestion is to put less emphasis on competition and more on collaboration. While the basic premise for competition is one person winning and another one losing, collaboration is built around the idea of two people winning, so that no one has to lose. To benefit ourselves and those around us, we should put more focus on working together and making it less about beating others.

Jed is a junior in Media. He can be reached at jedlacy2@

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CHICKEN CAR ent colors, each for $16.50. Since becoming the owner of the chicken car, Taylor has encountered many strangers who inquire about the unconventional ride. “I have almost witnessed a few accidents with people driving down the interstate trying to take pictures of the car,” Taylor said. There was one time when he found a person standing on his car. “I’ve come out to my car to see people surrounding and taking pictures of it. I fear one day that a drunk person will get on it one day and accidentally break the head off,” he said. Not only does the chicken car visually attract others, it also has made a positive impact on the people who see it. A woman who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer was in the car with her daughter when she saw the car riding past her. Baffled, she asked her

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daughter if she was crazy or if she really saw a chicken on its hood. The daughter then reached out to Taylor, and he sent the mother a T-shirt to reinforce that she was not going crazy. There was another woman who lived in a nursing home and a friend of hers reached out to Taylor about her riding in a chicken car as part of her “bucket list.” Taylor went to the nursing home and took the woman for a ride in the chicken car. Taylor transferred to the University this past year and did not initially bring the car with him. He brought it down from his home this past November. His experience with the car on campus has been enjoyable so far. “I still don’t think that I’ve gotten that much exposure with it because I mostly walk to class,” he said. “When it gets nicer out and people are walking around, they will see it more.” Still, some students have taken notice of the mobile chicken head car cruising the streets of Champaign-Urbana. “I was with a group of friends

walking out of my apartment on First and Green when I spotted it,” said Natalie Gannon, senior in AHS. “Our first thought was take a picture of the car. It was the neatest thing to see.” Living in Urbana, Taylor does not think the car gets much attention. Taylor is a member of the Farmhouse International Fraternity and lives in the fraternity’s house. When Taylor drives the car in Champaign, he gets much more attention from students. “We drove around campus turning heads left and right on Green Street,” said Andrew Harmon, Taylor’s fraternity brother and senior in ACES. “The car has a crow horn on it, so we would turn it on while we were at a stop light and make people laugh.” Taylor has no current plans to sell the chicken head car, but he said if the price was right, it is a possibility. For now, he jokes with his mom that for when he dies, he would like the chicken head to serve as his tombstone.

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IUB’s annual spring musical ‘Rent’ to take the stage BY VICTORIA PAI STAFF WRITER

For its 104th student-run production, the Illini Union Board will put on a performance of the hit musical “Rent.” The show will be the newest addition to a long list of performances for the organization. The Illini Union Board’s annual spring musical, “Rent,” will have shows Friday and Saturday night at Lincoln Hall Theater beginning at 8 p.m. The rock musical’s plot focuses on a group of friends struggling together in New York. The play documents the struggles of those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the pains and joys of a group of friends during a year of their lives. The Illini Union Board’s Director of Musicals and Drama Kelly Cole, sophomore in Engineering, will produce the student-run production. This is Cole’s first year as director of musicals and drama for the organization. Cole said she expects a very large turnout, as the musical’s Facebook page already has over 200 people shown as “attending.” Presale tickets are $15 and $18 at the door. Students are invited to bring their moms and families to watch the show because the event will be one of many events for Moms Weekend on campus. “Rent has a really powerful meaning behind it,” Cole said. Cole said she had to work from the ground-up to get recruits for the musical. Along with the production staff, she said she advertised for the musical, held auditions and selected directors and cast members. As producer, Cole said she oversaw a lot of the backstage work for the performance, while filling in for different roles

as needed. The production team was formed in January, and auditions for the pit and cast were held in the beginning of February. Cole said she is fully confident that the cast and pit are ready for the show because most of the students in the cast of “Rent” have had previous experience in theatre. One of those students, Gwen Lavigne, junior in LAS, said she decided to join the musical cast this semester because of her background in her high school’s musicals. She said she heard about the production through “chatter on Facebook.” Lavigne will play a variety of roles including a parent, coat vender and a homeless person throughout the musical.

“It’s about a group of friends going through everyday struggles in a year’s time.” MATTHEW LITTIG


The rehearsal period, which began in February, has been unusually short. She said that everyone involved has “gotten very close, very quickly” because of the short rehearsal process. The experience has led her to want to continue being a part of musicals either through the Illini Union Board or other organizations on campus. Lavigne said that her family and friends will be in attendance of the performance and that she is excited and ready for the musical.

“It’s a very emotional show, something that everyone’s been very emotionally invested in,” she said. Matthew Littig, freshman in DGS, is also a part of the ensemble in the musical and plays a homeless person. Littig said he initially checked out the musical’s Facebook page to gather information on how to be a part of the show. He said he was involved with musicals all throughout junior high school and continued in high school. Because of the subject matter of the plot, he said the relationships between cast members have become important aspect to the performance’s success. “This is a very emotionallyheavy show,” he said. “Because of that, some of the obstacles are making sure relationships with other cast members are going well.” Littig said that sometimes after a rehearsal, he has felt down because of the intense events in the plot and emotions in the story. “It’s been a very cathartic show for me. I’m more apt to see glimmers of hope in everyday life,” he said. But despite the difficultly in performing in the show, he said that he believes the theme of the musical is that hope always exists. “(‘Rent’ is) very relatable, even if the subject matter isn’t what people are going through,” he said. “It’s about a group of friends going through everyday struggles in a year’s time. Even when things seem really bad, you can still find hope in that.”

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Petition against gerrymandering gains traction in Champaign County BY CHRIS PULLAM STAFF WRITER

A petition to outlaw gerrymandering in Illinois may change the political landscape for much of the state. Gerrymandering, the redrawing of legislative districts by lawmakers, takes place in most states throughout the country. Those in support of the petition fear that lawmakers have drawn, and will continue to draw, the map in a way that reflects their own interests rather than those of their constituents. The petition must receive 300,000 signatures by May 1 to appear as a proposed amendment on the November 2014 ballot. Citizens could then vote on whether to take redistricting power from the hands of politicians. Locally, the League of Women Voters of Champaign County and the Illinois Student Senate are collecting signatures in the Champaign area. So far, the petition has received over 340,000 signatures, according to Barbara Wysocki, president of the league. “Gerrymandering is by definition a very anti-democratic practice,” Wysocki said in an email. “It is designed to perpetuate a party’s control of the legislative process, which by definition should be done with the interest of the populace in mind.” She added that gerrymandering robs citizens of having their voice heard and may discourage them from voting in elections. The league promotes viable democracy and, according to Wysocki, believes that citizens must be educated as they make political decisions. This depends on a transparent redrawing of legislative districts that gives voters more power over their elected officials. Illinois Student Senator Tony Fiorentino, representing the College of Law, has joined Wysocki to promote redistricting reformation. Fiorentino has spent the past month spreading awareness on

campus and collecting signatures from interested students. “This is really a grassroots initiative,” Fiorentino said. “(The politicians) want to assert their control as they’ve always done and go behind closed doors and draw out the map the way they want. So this is a change that would have to come from the bottom up.” If passed, the amendment would allow the Illinois Auditor General, currently William G. Holland, to appoint a commission that would redraw the map. The commission would consist of eleven independent, private citizens that hold no self-interest in the restructuring of legislative districts. This eleven-body commission would redraw the map once every ten years through a public process that would serve the interest of the voters. Steve Beckett, director of Trial Advocacy at the University’s College of Law and a Democrat, believes that both democrat and republican voters should support the petition, arguing that both parties will strengthen as a result. “The average person will see legislative districts where there’s a chance that either party could elect a representative,” Beckett said. “And because there’s a chance that either party could elect a representative, more people will run for office, which will mean better choices. Then, once they are in office, they will have to behave themselves because there won’t be an automatic reelection.” Currently, democrats hold the majority in the General Assembly, granting them control over redistricting. Beckett warned that democrats have an incentive to draw a map that best solidifies their own political power rather than draw a map that best serves their constituents. “But the republicans would be in favor of (redistricting) for political reasons because they think they don’t have a chance

at a fair map otherwise, and the democrats would be opposed because they’re in power,” Beckett said. Several states, such as California and Iowa, have already undergone redistricting reformation. These states are drawn in a more compact and continuous way, which is usually a sign that the electoral districts focus primarily on population rather than political interests, according to Fiorentino. Beckett added that a total of 13 states have outlawed gerrymandering and that they have seen strong success after changing the legislative map-making process. When the petition is submitted on May 1, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office may challenge individual signatures to verify validity. If 300,000 signatures remain after this process, the proposed amendment will appear on the November 2014 ballot. If the voters pass the amendment, redistricting will take place following the 2020 census. “I don’t think this will be the cure-all for Illinois’ problems,” Wysocki said. “I think that it will have the effect of putting the state on a more honest, open footing as we move forward. Hopefully, this effort should help people gain some trust and confidence in state leadership.” Wysocki has collected 40 signatures herself and hopes that redistricting at the state level could encourage townships and municipalities to adopt similar policies, creating a better political atmosphere at every level of government. Fiorentino, who has supported the petition for the past month, has collected over 80 signatures. “What we have is a system where you have politicians choosing their voters instead of the voters choosing their politicians,” he said.

Chris can be reached at



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rentâ&#x20AC;? to premiere at the Krannert Center this weekend The Illini Union Board presents their 104th student-run show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rent.â&#x20AC;? Turn to Page 5A to learn more about IUBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition of the Broadway hit.



JUSTCLUCKINGAROUND Patrick Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chicken car turns heads, makes memories at UIUC BY TERYN PAYNE STAFF WRITER

For Patrick Taylor, junior in Business, there is never a dull moment while driving his car. Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car is not your typical means of transportation. In fact, the only normal feature about the vehicle is that it has four wheels and an engine. Designed in Sparta, Wisc., by a fiberglass specialist, the front of the 1993 Ford Mustang is covered with red and white stripes, leading into a design of white feathers with blue trimming and white stars wrapped around the middle of the car. On top sits a huge chicken head with a white feather-printed tail on the hood. By looking at the chicken car, the initial question one might ask is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is this car

that Taylor was not going to return the car. Since Taylor has been away at the University, his mother calls to tell him that the driveway just is not the same without the chicken car parked on it. In high school, Taylor didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have positive experiences with being the owner of the car. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got a lot of crap for the car in high school. People would egg it and stuff, and that was really annoying. It was funny at first, but it started to happen every weekend,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. Taylor started to feel that it was not even worth keeping the car because of all the trouble it was putting him through. However, he realized that the positive experiences he had with the car outweighed the negative ones and decided to keep it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you hear how you are affecting other people and making their days, it just kind of makes it all worth it,â&#x20AC;? he said. One of Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most memorable experiences as a result of keeping the car was when

and where did it come from?â&#x20AC;? In high school. Patrick worked for â&#x20AC;&#x153;BBY,â&#x20AC;? a chicken restaurant in his hometown of Dixon, Ill. The owner of the restaurant had the car made so that it could be used for local parades and food deliveries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The owner just got tired of it and was about to send it to the junk yard, and I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bought a first car yet,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. Without asking his parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permission, Patrick impulsively decided to buy the car during spring break of his junior year in 2010. Although Taylor was excited about his purchase, his family was not initially happy about his decision and thought it was a joke. His brothers thought it was a stupid idea but were impressed, his little sister liked it and his dad took a couple of days to realize

the British band, Mumford and Sons, invited him and the car to go on tour with them. In 2012, the band came to Dixon in late July during a stop over and they heard that there was a chicken car in town. Mumford and Sons reached out to Taylor to inquire about renting the car to take it on tour and decided to ship the car to make sure it could get to Ohio and Oklahoma. To save money, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managers were able to get the TV show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shipping Warsâ&#x20AC;? to ship it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They picked up the car in Dixon, and I went home to see the car off. My portion of the show was only a minute long, but I was still able to be on TV which was pretty cool,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. After talking to his family, his aunt suggested that he should make and sell chicken car T-shirts to bring on tour. He bought 200 shirts in the same color and sold them for $15 each. He currently sells the shirts in 12 differ-


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Scumbag Steveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coming to local bar

Famous meme persona to appear at Fat City on Fri. BY AUSTIN KEATING STAFF WRITER

One of the most iconic memes on the Internet will be coming to Champaign on Friday. His name is Blake Boston, but he is more popularly known as Scumbag Steve â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the popular meme featuring a â&#x20AC;&#x153;scumbagâ&#x20AC;? standing in a doorway wearing a backwards, checkered Boston Red Sox hat and a fur coat. Too White Crew, an old-school hip-hop tribute band, will be playing for the opening of Wrigley Field on Saturday in Chicago, but on Friday, the band and their guest, Boston, will come to Fat City, located at 505 S. Chestnut

St. in Champaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of our show in Chicago is that we have an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;extremely worthless posseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which are three guys who sit at a card table and do nothing but drink Hennessey,â&#x20AC;? said John Cordogiannes, member of the Crew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing personifies this more than Scumbag Steve. I mean if they could draw a caricature of a person that would best represent the spirit of the posse, it would be Scumbag Steve.â&#x20AC;? To which Scumbag replied with a chuckle and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hell yeah, hell yeah, son.â&#x20AC;? The show in Champaign, however, will not include an â&#x20AC;&#x153;extremely worthless posseâ&#x20AC;? due to stage size. Instead, Boston will perform some of his own work inbetween sets, and he will join the Too White Crew for a song. He was 16 when he uploaded his picture to Myspace, but four

years later, it wound up on the front page of Reddit with more than 8,000 upvotes. Threads of his picture popped up with captions that reflect stereotypical â&#x20AC;&#x153;scumbagâ&#x20AC;? behavior. He became the guy who says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry bro, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay you ... next weekâ&#x20AC;? and the guy who pockets lighters. Soon, Boston joined the ranks of Grumpy Cat, Philosoraptor, Bad Luck Brian, Overly Attached Girlfriend and countless other memes. But at first, Boston didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like his internet fame and the 1,000-plus messages in his Facebook inbox. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, I was walking around with a chip on my shoulder ready to beat anybody up,â&#x20AC;? Boston said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was talking to a friend of mine and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Listen, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you want to be an entertainer?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I go, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yeah, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your point?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

And he says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This might be your in.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So I decided to embrace it.â&#x20AC;? Boston, a father, a student and an aspiring rapper, used the added fame to his advantage. He started going to Internet conventions, performing and talking to fans. Eventually, he even released a music video that is up to more than two million views. Then one day, he noticed a tweet from Too White Crew. The tweet offered up a bottle of Booneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm to whoever could get Scumbag Steve on stage with them. @BlakeBoston617 tweeted back: â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the (expletive) is someone going to get me on stage???â&#x20AC;? From there, the group worked out a date with Boston to â&#x20AC;&#x153;scumbag it upâ&#x20AC;? on stage.

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Amber See performs her floor routine during the meet against Michigan, at Huff Hall, on Feb. 7. The Illini lost 195.800-195.575.

Illini prepare for NCAA regionals at Minnesota BY ASHLEY WIJANGCO STAFF WRITER

The No. 11 Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnastics team last competed at Minneapolis on Jan. 25, where it suffered its first loss of the season against a lower-ranked Minnesota team. The Illini will be back in Minneapolis this Saturday for NCAA Regionals, and they will be a No. 2 seed for the first time in school history. As such, the gymnasts have placed themselves in a good position to finish in the top two out of six teams at the Regional, a neces-

sity in order to reach Nationals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting to know that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a 2-seed, and that was definitely a goal that we had this year,â&#x20AC;? senior Amber See said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at the same time, we still have to do well on the day to prove ourselves.â&#x20AC;? Joining Illinois at the Minneapolis Regional is No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 14 Minnesota, No. 19 California, Southern Utah and San Jose State. With the exception of Minnesota, the only other team the Illini have faced so far this season is Oklahoma, where they suffered a loss. They have, however, compet-

ed against Minnesota twice. Aside from the regular season meet in Minneapolis, Illinois was also in the evening session with Minnesota at Big Ten championships. While the Illini placed third in the session and fourth overall, the Golden Gophers scored half a tenth more than them, which allowed them to take second place in the evening session and third in the Big Ten. The small margin that separated the Illini from placing at Big Tens has given them motivation and further emphasized the importance of

details, whether it is sticking landings or hitting handstands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve told them all year about the little things. It was by a very small margin that Minnesota had stretched for third place, so we came back in the gym,â&#x20AC;? head coach Kim Landrus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked really hard since Big Tens, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to go out there and make sure we correct those little things.â&#x20AC;? Illinois has also had nearly two weeks of practice time to prepare for Regionals. See mentioned the extra practice time has been good, but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important is the

simulation the team did. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last weekend, we actually kind of did a mock meet where we did practice day and competition day kind of like this weekend is going to be,â&#x20AC;? junior Kelsi Eberly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it was a little bit lighter on our bodies and prepared us for this weekend.â&#x20AC;? If the Illini fail to make it into the top two of the Regional, their season will be done. For See, this meet is taking place right near her hometown of Minnetonka, Minn., but she described it as bittersweet with the chance it may

be her final competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want it to be my last meet ever, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fully confident that it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be,â&#x20AC;? See said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But at the same time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to have my friends and family there supporting me no matter what happens. Just knowing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where I started my gymnastics career, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of cool to go back one last time before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over and compete there.â&#x20AC;?

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Football freshman walk-on is the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER


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Bragginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rights baseball game postponed due to bad weather BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

The weather hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been kind to the Illinois baseball team so far this season, but the Illini donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to mind. Illinois has canceled, postponed or rescheduled five games so far this year, with Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Missouri at Busch Stadium being the most recent postponement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of unfortunate,â&#x20AC;? sophomore catcher Jason Goldstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of us were looking forward to going out and playing a Busch Stadium. The older guys got a chance to do it last year but for some of the younger guys itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a cool experience.â&#x20AC;? The game origi nally scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due inclement weather in St. Louis. The Illini and the Tigers in conjunction with the Cardinals will make up the Bragginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rights game at Busch Stadium on April 23. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure they were excited to play (Wednesday), at the same time, we deal with that on a regular basis,â&#x20AC;? head coach Dan Hartleb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fortunate that we have rescheduled the game for April 23, so I know the guys will be excited that we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost a game, it has just moved from this week.â&#x20AC;? H a r t leb c a l le d t he postponement of the game â&#x20AC;&#x153;a smart decision for everyone

involvedâ&#x20AC;? for a number of reasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get on a bus, get part way there and then have to turn all the way around and come back,â&#x20AC;? Hartleb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both from a practice standpoint and a practical standpoint. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to spend the money to do that.â&#x20AC;? Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; weather problems started in the second week of the season when the team was forced to move the start time of its second game and schedule a different opponent for its third game of the weekend at the Caravelle Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The poor weather followed the Illini to their series against Western Kentucky in which the series opener was postponed. Bad weather was also a factor in last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midweek contest against Illinois State that was eventually played at Illinois Field. Although cancellations could be seen as an annoyance, Hartleb said the team is lucky to have not canceled as many games as other teams so far this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look across the northern part of the country, the number of cancellations and number of games that people have had to move, postpone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whatever it might


Almost his whole life, Peter Bailey Berg hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used his formal name. It just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cool enough. No, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the director of Friday Night Lights and Lone Survivor. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just Man. A redshirt freshman walk-on quarterback for the Illinois football team, Man Berg hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gone by his birth name of Peter since Pop Warner football in second grade, where he was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Berg.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The nickname Man originated at birth and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuck to some variation of the moniker ever since. When he was born, his mom dubbed him â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Little Man.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Man had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;grimace or a growl,â&#x20AC;? according to his father, Kevin, on his face and thus the nickname was born. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looked like an old man,â&#x20AC;? Kevin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The minute he was born, everyone in the delivery room, all the doctors saw this guy and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jesus, he looks like an old man.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? For five years, he was called

Manny, but that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite right either. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hated it and wanted to be called Man,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The school called and said they knew my name was Peter, and they asked if I wanted to go by Man or Peter and I said Man. I just thought it was cooler. So I was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; like my whole life through school and everything.â&#x20AC;? Along with the nickname comes general confusion during introductions and now well worn-out jokes about Man. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What did you say?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They always think I said Matt or Max, and then I said, no itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Man,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name? Woman?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Pretty much every day that I meet someone new, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they say. So you just learn to deal with it.â&#x20AC;? When looking at universities, Berg said he fell in love with the campus and coaches at Illinois and decided to enroll as a walk-on after a high school ACL

injury derailed his chances at a scholarship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always felt like when I would go to college, it would change back to Peter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell everyone I was Man,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really take it and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No my name is Man.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In his first season in Champaign, Berg never saw the field but earned notoriety by making Sporting Newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2013 All-Name AllAmerican team. There was even a hashtag, #manberg, movement on Twitter from Illinois blogger @ALionEye, which spread throughout the team and fans alike, producing yet another evolution of the name within the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was funny. My dad emailed me a link and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Look what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing to you on the Internet.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He was laughing about it, too,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I checked them out and there was a ton of them like #manberg, I got a kick out of it. The guys on the team got a kick out of it too and that sparked them calling me â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Manberg,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one

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word instead of just Man.â&#x20AC;? This spring, Berg works with the tight ends and running backs and will be running with the scout team during the fall. Though actual playing time isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a likely scenario in his career, Berg is still working each practice, trying to earn one of the 85 scholarships allotted to the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m competing just as everyone else is,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not getting the reps with the 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, obviously, but each practice Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing a bunch of stuff to get better and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always looking for a scholarship, trying to get a scholarship and trying to earn the right to play on the field.â&#x20AC;? Kevin said Man is trying to prove to himself that he can play at a Division I level, despite Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s warnings of too much pressure that can come with playing quarterback or pitcher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made himself into a quarterback. He wants that ball,â&#x20AC;? Kev-


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Thursday, April 3, 2014


Fans should look beyond win-loss record to judge AD the world of sports, when programs struggle, the blame inevitably rises to the top. Illinois athletics has been in a transition phase over the last several years with (relatively) new Athletic Director Mike Thomas firing and hiring three coaches at the beginning of his tenure. When Thomas sent Bruce Weber, Ron Zook and Jolette Law packing in 2011-12, he effectively latched his public perception as well as his job security to the performance of his three new hires: John Groce, Tim Beckman and Matt Bollant. The big sports make the big bucks and shape the image of Illinois athletics. With losses in those three sports piling up over two and a half years into Thomas’ tenure, portions of the Illini fan base

have voiced their disapproval of the job they perceive Thomas is doing. If you follow Illini sports as much as I do, which includes delving into online message boards as well as listening to Illinois sports talk on the radio, you know the kind of criticism I’m talking about: “Thomas is in over his head.” “When you hire MAC-level coaches, you get MAC-level results.” Even though the majority of Illini fans are happy with the job John Groce has done with the men’s basketball team thus far, Thomas can’t escape the negative perception of the Tim Beckman hire as head football coach. Many Illini fans are unhappy with the recent results on the gridiron after Beckman compiled a 6-18 record in his first two seasons. Even though basketball is the most popular sport on this campus, football generates the most revenue. The correlation between the state of the football program and the size of the target on Thomas’ back is inescapable.





in said. “He wants to be that guy leading that team.” The family even thought of legally switching his name to Man Berg and has all of the legal documents to do so. Other than his driver’s license, which is a legal document, all documents are under the name Man Berg — including his high school diploma. They still plan to change the name at some point, it just hasn’t happened yet. “Before he left here, we were going to do it but it’s just one of those things you keep running out of time for,” Kevin said. “Unfortunately, it’s not one of those things you can just do.” Going back to his preschool days, there’s no mention of his actual name. Kevin said people think that Man is his real name because that’s all he’s ever been introduced as. “There was no chance of it not catching on,” Kevin said. “That’s all he ever was.” So it’s Man. Or ManBerg. Or #manberg. But never Peter.

be — is high and we’ve lost very few games,” Hartleb said. “Our guys have dealt with the change of venues and change of teams very well.” Hartleb decided Wednesday would be best served with another day of practice, focusing mainly on situational hitting and preparing pitchers who were supposed to play against Missouri for this weekend’s series against Northwestern. Goldstein said the main takeaway from the postponement is that the team has to be prepared for whatever could happen. “It happens. It’s baseball,” Goldstein said. “Sometimes it rains, and if you’ve got a grass field you’re going to get postponed. Thank god we got a turf here so if it rains, snows, whatever, we can still play regardless. You have to go with the flow and if a game’s at 1 and it gets changed to 7, you still have to play at 7.”

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ALEX ROUX Illini columnist


However, fans shouldn’t be so quick to criticize Thomas. In less than three years at Illinois, we’ve seen some of the most progressive changes in the athletic department’s history. Most importantly, Thomas has spearheaded the much-needed $165 million renovation of State Farm Center. If the renovation is pulled off successfully without any major hitches, Thomas will have done better than his predecessor Ron Guenther. Guenther oversaw the facelift of Memorial Stadium in 2008, which successfully renovated the entire west side of the stadium but left the east side largely untouched. Promises of a horseshoe renovation went unfulfilled. Thomas has also led the charge in the Nike re-branding effort of Illinois athletics, which will provide new gear to all 17 varsity sports and merchandise to fans. The Illini brand will also become more unified. The brand fell into somewhat of a hodgepodge under Guenther, with no dominant logo or theme taking shape after the departure of the


Illinois’ athletic director Mike Thomas is recognized during the game against Miami at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 28. The Illini won 50-14. Chief. Set to unveil on April 16, the re-brand could very well be a defining project for Thomas if received well by the public. Other accomplishments under the Thomas era include introducing the “Our State, Our Team” campaign, electronic ticketing at football and basketball games

and the new $7 million scoreboard that was installed last summer at Memorial Stadium. Of course, our sports teams need to win. If our marquee programs don’t reach a higher level soon, Thomas will ultimately take much of the blame. But he’s being aggressive with projects

and fundraising. He’s well-spoken and seemingly future-minded. He’s making sure the legacy he leaves will extend beyond the win/loss column.

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‘Billy-isms’ key to Florida Gators’ 30-game winning streak BY EDGAR THOMPSON MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

ARLINGTON, Texas - Billy Donovan has one for every occasion. The Florida coach did not coin the expressions that now form his team’s vernacular, though Donovan might as well have as far as his players are concerned. Up one point with 14 seconds remaining in the SEC Tournament fi nal against Kentucky? Time for the Gators to “stay in the moment.” Giving up easy baskets, getting out-hustled, settling for too many three-pointers against Auburn? Time for the Gators to “play to their identity.” Tired, sore, stressed out by class work and dreading practice four months into the season? Understandable, but don’t “give into human nature” if you truly are committed to “chasing greatness.” After all, it is all part of “the process.” To the uninitiated, these

phrases amount to little more than coach-speak, but they are gospel to Donovan’s players. “He’s got expressions for everything,” Gators center Patric Young said. “He helps us just visualize what we can do, how much he believes in us, his passion. The fact that he would go out of his way to fi nd these things to help refocus us and get us back to the process just shows how good of a coach he is and how much he cares about us and how much he wants us to be great.” Donovan clearly has found the right buttons to push during the Gators’ 30-game winning streak that has carried them to a Final Four matchup with Connecticut at 6:09 p.m. EDT on Saturday on TBS. These Billy-isms have served a vital role with his current players, to the point they parrot their coach without even realizing it. “We try to have the same mindset as him, so we end up saying the same things as him,” senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin said. Sounding eerily familiar,

sophomore shooting Michael Frazier II explained why the Gators’ have heeded head coach’s words so well. “We have to continue to listen to that and do our job, stay in the moment, stay in the process,” Frazier said. “That’s the only we can get better.” Donovan’s methods to engage and inspire his players have evolved through the years. “As he’s grown, he has gotten more into that stuff,” said Bill Donovan, the coach’s father. “He’s always trying to learn.” Sometimes, these motivational instructions has been lost in translation, the eyes of Billy Donovan’s players glazing over as he delivered a sermon. “Probably early on in their careers, I was talking over their heads and they didn’t understand it,” Donovan said. “And that’s probably my fault. But you try to give them some things and through their experiences, they have a better understanding sometimes of what you’re talking about.” It helps to have four seniors who have won three SEC titles

and reached four Elite Eights listening to their coach. “It’s a lot easier to get bought into what anybody’s doing when you win,” Donovan said. But Donovan’s message is about more than making deep runs during the postseason. “He wants these kids to more worry about life than these three or four years of college,” Donovan’s father said. “That motivates him. He wants these kids getting ready to life.” As the postseason wore on, Donovan spoke to his team about the challenge of summiting Mount Everest. Many climbers reach the final base camp, Donovan said, but only 20 percent have the fortitude to ultimately reach the peak of the world’s highest mountain. “So we said, ‘Let’s not be fat and happy, going halfway, going 18-0 in the SEC, going to the SEC Tournament, winning it, going to the Sweet 16,’” Young said. “Let’s continue to be that 20 percent that keeps fighting and fights human nature to reach the top.” The mountaintop of college basketball is now in sight for the Gators.

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Illini tennis gears up for more wins Team hopes to extend winning streak in Great Lakes State BY THOMAS DONLEY STAFF WRITER

This weekend, the Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team will take its four-match winning streak to the Great Lakes State to take on Michigan State and No. 17 Michigan on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After two crushing losses to Northwestern and Purdue, the Illini have rattled off wins in each of their last four matches, beating Southern Illinois, Indiana, Penn State and Ohio State all at home. Illinois (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten) is still in search of its first conference road win this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think with the amount of practice weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had already on the road this season, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine,â&#x20AC;? freshman Alexis Casati said. Michigan State (15-4, 3-2) currently sports a two-match win streak of its own, knocking off Nebraska and Iowa last weekend. The Spartans are tied with Illinois and Purdue for fourth place in the Big Ten. With a win over Michigan State, Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win streak would be its longest of the spring. Senior Marina Bohrer leads Michigan

State with a 14-4 record in singles on the spring, while Erin Faulkner is 12-5. Bohrer and Faulkner are 11-4 as a doubles pair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can be crafty,â&#x20AC;? senior Misia Kedzierski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re feisty. I know that. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t underestimate or overestimate anyone, so we just go out there and play our own games.â&#x20AC;? Michigan (13-3, 5-0) is tied with No. 11 Northwestern for first place in the Big Ten and has the best overall record in the conference. The Wolverines will host the Wildcats on Saturday before playing host to Illinois. All three of Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s losses this spring have come against teams ranked in the top 15. The Wolverines have two players ranked in the top 25 in the nation. No. 9 Emina Bektas is 15-1 in singles this spring, playing exclusively in the No. 1 position for coach Ronni Bernstein. No. 21 Ronit Yurovsky is 8-1 this spring in the No. 2 spot. Michigan has dominated the Big Ten this spring, dropping only three points in its first five matches. Illinois is 11-28 all-time against Michigan and have lost the last 11 meetings.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tough,â&#x20AC;? Kedzierski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a challenge. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little like playing Northwestern, going out there and knowing that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a battle.â&#x20AC;? Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win streak has been a team effort: junior Melissa Kopinski is 4-0 in singles matches during the streak, while Casati, Kedzierski, and freshmen Jerricka Boone and Louise Kwong are all 3-1. The Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doubles pairings have changed constantly over the last four matches, and head coach Michelle Dasso says that will continue this week. The Illini have spent time this week practicing outdoors to prepare to play outside, as the weather forecast calls for 50 degree temperatures in Ann Arbor on Sunday. Tennis matches can be played outside if the temperature is above 50 degrees and the wind is less than 20 mph. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long way to the Big Ten tournament,â&#x20AC;? Dasso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just look at each weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s matches, and we have to be ready.â&#x20AC;?

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Alexis Casati returns the ball against Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center, on March 8. The Illini look to continue their 4-game winning streak as they head to the state of Michigan this weekend.

Tennis coach has players keep journals to stay inspired, accountable THOMAS DONLEY STAFF WRITER

Following losses to Northwestern and Purdue to open the Big Ten season, Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis coach Michelle Dasso knew a change was needed. With the Illini sitting at 6-6 on the season, she was disappointed with her teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uninspired effort and lack of leadership and decided to bring back a little-used tool from the beginning of the fall season. At the start of the season, Dasso handed each of her players a folder with handouts and journals inside. These folders went largely unused until those two losses in March, when Dasso decided she needed to increase accountability

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have it written down, sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to forget.â&#x20AC;? Dasso asks her players to write down things such as their confidence levels, how they feel during matches, things they have done well or poorly on the court and other questions intended to grow them as tennis players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michelle usually catches me off guard with some of the questions,â&#x20AC;? senior Misia Kedzierski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gets me thinking about it in a positive way. One time she asked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What are two things that you did well in your last match?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something you really think about when you walk off the court.â&#x20AC;?

Since Dasso re-implemented the team journals, the Illini have seen improvement on the court. Illinois has won each of its last four matches, beating Southern Illinois, Indiana, Penn State and Ohio State, and is now tied for fourth place in the Big Ten. The four-match win streak is tied for the longest this spring for Illinois. Illinois has also seen improvement in its team chemistry and leadership. Players have become more vocal on the court, encouraging their teammates on other courts during matches, even while awaiting serves themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of people have written some thoughtful things down in their

journals, so I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helpful,â&#x20AC;? freshman Alexis Casati said. Dasso has also ramped up conditioning in practice over the last few weeks, which has also contributed to the improved performance, but she also believes that the journals are every bit as important to the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The sport itself is incredibly mental,â&#x20AC;? Dasso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So this is our way, as coaches, to work on the mental side. Obviously, we do a ton of conditioning and a ton of tennis, and I think the mental side is easily overlooked.â&#x20AC;?

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Behind strong singles play, tennis defeats Kentucky in midweek match BY BRETT LERNER STAFF WRITER

The Illini didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to mind all of the changes to their Wednesday routine. Illinois had to hit the road once again to take on Kentucky in an uncommon midweek match, which was also played outdoors, something the Illini havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done much of this season. Despite all of the factors working against No. 11 Illinois, it was still able to take down No. 14 Kentucky, 4-2. The win brought both teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; records to 14-7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great team effort from our guys, I think to be honest it was the definition of a team effort,â&#x20AC;? head coach Brad Dancer said. Illinois started out the match and promptly dropped the doubles point for the third straight match. The anchor to Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; doubles play, No. 3 Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski fell first to the No. 31 duo of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai, 8-6. Farris Gosea and Jared Hiltzik also lost for the Illini, giving the Wildcats an early 1-0 lead heading into singles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doubles is always really tricky with us, we figure things out and then we go away from it,â&#x20AC;? Hiltzik said. Although Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ranked doubles team was upset, its ranked singles players did not disappoint. No. 42 Tim Kopinski set the tone for Illinois in singles by taking down No. 85 Alejandro Gomez in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-3. The two other ranked play-

ers for the Illini, No. 9 Jared Hiltzik and No. 23 Farris Gosea, followed Kopinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead. Hiltzik beat No. 90 Beck Pennington easily, 6-2, 6-4. Hiltzik returned to the lineup for Illinois last weekend after missing almost six weeks with a nagging wrist injury. The victory over Pennington was Hiltzikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first since his return, as he lost at both Penn State and Ohio State. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Winning) felt good, you just treat it like any other match. I just have faith in the process of me getting more matches under my belt so I think that carried me through,â&#x20AC;? Hiltzik said. Ross Guignon also grabbed a win for the Illini, 7-6, 6-1, as all four of the Illinois players to lose in doubles were able to gather themselves and gain wins in singles. With the Illini leading 3-2, Gosea finished off No. 11 Jomby to seal the road victory for Illinois. Gosea has been the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star in singles throughout the season, especially in the absence of Hiltzik. The win was Goseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15th of the season, tying him for the team lead. Gosea also boasts an impressive 8-2 record against top-50 opponents, beating the No. 8 and No.11 ranked players in the country in his last two matches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes when you fall off the horse you panic a little bit and I think (Gosea) did the opposite. (Gosea) just got right back on the horse, stayed on track and stayed dialed in,â&#x20AC;? Dancer said. The Illini will have little time to enjoy their victo-

ry, as they will hit the court for two long awaited home matches this weekend. Not only has Illinois played its last six matches on the road, but the team has also been dominant while playing at home this season with a 7-0 record. The return home also brings the return of Big Ten competition for Illinois, in which they are currently 3-2. Illinois will host Michigan State on Friday, a team that Illinois has been dominant over in recent history. The Spartans havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beaten the Illini since 1997, giving the Illini a 20-match win streak. Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second match of the weekend, at home against Michigan on Sunday, will have a different feel to it. The Wolverines rolled over the Illini 5-2 last season, so the Illini will be seeking revenge. FOLAKE OSIBODU THE DAILY ILLINI

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Illinois' Ross Guignon hits the ball during the match against No. 8 Texas at Atkins Tennis Center on Feb. 9. The Illini won 4-3.

Penn State match forfeited

record is now 14-7 (3-2). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I disagree with the current Big Ten policy on the setting of lineups,â&#x20AC;? Dancer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew the ramifications of what could happen when we made the decision on our lineup last Friday. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m disappointed in the situation, but, out of principle, we felt we needed to make a stand on what we

Illinois took a blow to its record as the Big Ten has ruled in favor of a lineup protest filed by Penn State after last weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match. The Illini initially won the match 4-3, but the ruling changed the result of the No. 2 singles match, giving the Nittany Lions a 4-3 win instead. Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

believe is right. We adhered strictly to the guidelines set forth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, but conference rules supersede ITA rules. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re disappointed with the situation and outcome, but, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll accept it and move forward. This may allow us to begin the conversation to revise the system in the future.â&#x20AC;?



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