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Champaign police crack down on synthetic marijuana sales BY RAFAEL GUERRERO STAFF WRITER

Two local tobacco shops were raided Tuesday by Champaign police as part of a statewide campaign against illegal synthetic drugs. More than $55,000 worth of synthetic drugs were taken from these two shops. In addition to the local shops, Bloomington-Normal businesses were also raided that day — more than 6,000 packages of products with a street value of approximately $110,000 were confi scated from Bloomington-Normal and Champaign. The businesses affected in Champaign were Global Tobacco and Smoke Shack. A total of 873 packs of synthetic material were taken from Global Tobacco, with a street value of about $13,000, and 1,811 packs were taken from Smoke Shack, with a street value of about $44,000. These raids were all part of “Operation Smoked Out,” a project from the Attorney General’s offi ce aimed at removing these synthetic drugs from Illinois stores. Ingredients found in the drugs were made illegal in January. As a complement to that law, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is also proposing legislation that would defi ne synthetic drugs and ban their use as well as increase the penalties for selling them. After holding an emergency summit on synthetic drugs in November, Madigan has turned to store sweeps this year. Since then, law enforcement agencies in Illinois have prioritized searches and raids

Don’t pick them up: Bats with rabies make appearance in Illinois early this year CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Rabies may bring to mind stray racoons, possums and squirrels, but officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health are warning students to beware of one more animal: bats. Last week, the department, or IDPH, announced More onair: Tune in that warm winter temto WPGU 107.1-FM at p e r a t u r e s led 5 p.m. to hear more have about the early bat to earlier migration in Illinois bat activity increasing to stay safe. the risk of exposure to rabies. The first rabid bat in Illinois has been found this year, and the two individuals suffering bite wounds are currently receiving treatment. Bats are the primary carriers of rabies in Illinois. According to the IDPH, rabies is a virus that affects a human’s nervous system and is spread through the saliva of an infect-

ed animal. In 2011, 49 bats tested this region becoming active earlier in the year because warm positive for rabies. Lisa Powers, graduate student weather brings them out of hiberin integrative biology, researches nation sooner in order to feed. bat conservation in Illinois and “Their goal is to get out as soon said only half a as the weather percent of bats is warm enough actually carry for insects to be rabies. Despite flying around, this, she said and they go into feeding mode,” people may be she said. “They more likely to get rabies from are just lita bat versus tle bug-eating another animal. machines.” “Most peoHowever, ple — if they Powers doesn’t see a skunk, it entirely agree wouldn’t occur with the IDPH to them to go that earlier bat and pick it up,” activity will Powers said. increase a per“But bats are son’s exposure LISA POWERS, so tiny; they’re graduate student in integrative biology to rabies. smaller than “I guess I a mouse and would have to they’re weird and interesting, so talk to (the IDPH) and find out people are more tempted to pick what their rationale is behind it,” she said. “I mean, the bats are still them up.” Powers said she noticed bats in coming out, and they’re still doing

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“Their goal is to get out as soon as the weather is warm enough for insects to be flying around, and they go into feeding mode.”

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in order to eliminate the mass distribution and consumption of the drugs. “Bloomington, Normal and Champaign have significant numbers of college students who have been enticed to purchase and use these illegal and dangerous products,” Madigan said in the press release. “Retailers in these college towns should be aware that law enforcement will soon be walking through their front door to ensure that these dangerous, illegal drugs are not for sale.” Synthetic drugs tend to contain chemical compounds that mimic effects similar as those created from taking cocaine or methamphetamine. According to a press release, poison control centers nationwide received almost 3,000 calls related to synthetic marijuana use in 2010; that number jumped to nearly 7,000 calls last year. In the press release, Champaign police Chief Anthony Cobb said he was thankful for the support from other law enforcement agencies in combating the drug. “With these businesses sitting in the heart of our campus community, keeping our teens and students safe is a priority for our department,” Cobb said in the statement. Steve Mag, manager of

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Seen among a sea of hands, Shanna Diller, assistant director of marketing for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, of Champaign, throws plastic Easter eggs to the crowd during the Illini baseball game. Illinois played against Indiana at Illinois Field on Easter Sunday.

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the same thing they always do, they’re just doing it earlier. So I don’t know that people are any more at risk than they would be otherwise.” The bats students are most likely to encounter are eptesicus fuscus, or Big Brown bats, Powers said. They usually reside in older campus buildings and sometimes find a home in students’ apartments, according to Susan Northrup, warden for Champaign County Animal Control. “The buildings (at the University) are so old that they do have bats in them, up in the rafters,” she said. “Some of them find their way to student apartments after they’ve been bothered by movein week.” There have been 5-10 instances per year of students getting bitten by bats on campus, according to David Lawrance, medical director at McKinley Health Center. If a bat bites a student, it is important that he or she get tested for

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“With these businesses sitting in the heart of our campus community, keeping our teens and students safe is a priority for our department.” ANTHONY COBB, Champaign Chief of Police

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Talent show kicks off 1st annual Korean Week; cultural, social events open to public RSO hopes to increase communication among Korean international students, various Korean clubs on campus Traditional Korean song, a modern dance and Korean form hybrid and Korean-style yoga marked the beginning of Korean Week, as 14 students performed in acts displaying all three of those talents in the Korean Student Association Talent Show at Foellinger Auditorium on Saturday. The show, which about 400 students attended, kicks off the University’s first annual Korean Week hosted by the Korean Student Association, or KSA, one of the largest organizations for Korean students on campus. Albert Kim, organizer of the KSA talent show and senior in Business, said the talent show allowed students to demonstrate their skills. “I am relieved to fi nish the show successfully,” Kim said. “The whole team and I have put a lot of effort in this show. Although there were some little problems, everyone seemed to enjoy the show at the end.” Audience members evaluated each performer using an iClick-

er, and the performers with the top three scores received prizes. Hyewon Jung, member of KSA and freshman in LAS, said she enjoyed the show. “I haven’t (ever) seen that many Korean people in one place,” Jung said. Thirteen events have been planned for the rest of the week, which will culminate in a Korean baseball tournament on April 14. The event’s themes range from cultural, social and academic and are open to the public. Un Yeong Park, president of KSA and graduate student, said there were two reasons for hosting Korean Week. “We heard that Korean international students are (felt) invisible on campus, because they are living on their island; they don’t try to pull themselves out of their island,” he said. “They prefer communicating with just each other. That’s the first reason.” The second reason, he said, was that in addition to increasing communication amongst Korean international students, Park also wants to increase communication amongst the various Korean clubs

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Participants perform in the “Illinois Got Talent” show, sponsored by the Korean Student Organization on Saturday. The show served as the beginning to this year’s Korean Week, a week-long celebration of Korean culture through campus events and lectures.

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US joins search for those missing after avalanche BY ZARAR KHAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ISLAMABAD — The U.S. sent a team of experts Sunday to help Pakistan search for 135 people buried a day earlier by a massive avalanche that engulfed a military complex in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border. At least 240 Pakistani troops and civilians worked at the site of the disaster at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier with the aid of sniffer dogs and heavy machinery, said the army. But they struggled to dig through some 25 meters (80 feet) of snow, boulders and mud that slid down the mountain early Saturday morning. Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said Sunday evening that it was unclear whether any of the people who were buried are still alive. At least 124 soldiers from the 6th Northern Light Infantry Battalion and 11 civilian contractors are missing. “Miracles have been seen and trapped people were rescued after days ... so the nation shall pray for the trapped soldiers,” Abbas said in an interview on Geo TV. Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the site Sunday to supervise rescue operations. The U.S. sent a team of eight experts to Islamabad to provide technical assistance, said the Pakistani army. Pakistan will con-

sult with the team to determine what help is needed to expedite the rescue operation. The American assistance comes at a tense time between the two countries and could help improve relations following American airstrikes in November that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at two posts along the Afghan border. Pakistan retaliated by closing its border crossings to supplies meant for NATO troops in Afghanistan. The Pakistani parliament is currently debating a new framework for relations with the U.S. that Washington hopes will lead to the reopening of the supply line. But that outcome is uncertain given the level of anti-American sentiment in the country. The avalanche in Siachen, which is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan, highlighted the risks of deploying troops to one of the most inhospitable places on earth. The thousands of soldiers from both nations stationed there brave viciously cold temperatures, altitude sickness, high winds and isolation for months at a time. Troops have been posted at elevations of up to 6,700 meters (22,000 feet) and have skirmished intermittently since 1984, though the area has INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS been quiet since a cease-fire in In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations on Sunday, Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, center, gestures during his visit to 2003. The glacier is known as the avalanche incident site in Siachen, in northern Pakistan. Rescue workers used bulldozers Sunday to dig through huge banks of snow following a massive world’s highest battlefield. avalanche a day earlier that engulfed a military complex and buried at least 135 people, most of them soldiers, in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border.

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Study links obesity during pregnancy to autistic children BY LINDSEY TANNER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO — Obesity during pregnancy may increase chances for having a child with autism, provocative new research suggests. It’s among the fi rst studies linking the two, and though it doesn’t prove obesity causes autism, the authors say their results raise public health concerns because of the high level of obesity in this country. Study women who were obese during pregnancy were about 67 percent more likely than normal-weight women to have autistic children. They also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays. On average, women face a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism; the results suggest that obesity during pregnancy would increase that to a 1 in 53 chance, the authors said. The study was released online Monday in Pediatrics. Since more than one-third of U.S. women of child-bearing age are obese, the results are potentially worrisome and add yet another incentive for maintaining a normal weight, said researcher Paula Krakowiak, a study co-author and scientist at the University of California, Davis. Previous research has linked obesity during pregnancy with stillbirths, preterm births and some birth defects. Dr. Daniel Coury, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, said the results “raise quite a concern.” He noted that U.S. autism rates have increased along with obesity rates and said the

research suggests that may be more than a coincidence. More research is needed to confi rm the results. But if mothers’ obesity is truly related to autism, it would be only one of many contributing factors, said Coury, who was not involved in the study. Genetics has been linked to autism, and scientists are examining whether mothers’ illnesses and use of certain medicines during pregnancy might also play a role. The study involved about 1,000 California children, ages 2 to 5. Nearly 700 had autism or other developmental delays, and 315 did not have those problems. Mothers were asked about their health. Medical records were available for more than half the women and confi rmed their conditions. It’s not clear how mothers’ obesity might affect fetal development, but the authors offer some theories. Obesity, generally about 35 pounds overweight, is linked with infl ammation and sometimes elevated levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar and infl ammation-related substances in a mother’s blood may reach the fetus and damage the developing brain, Krakowiak said. The study lacks information on blood tests during pregnancy. There’s also no information on women’s diets and other habits during pregnancy that might have influenced fetal development. There were no racial, ethnic, education or health insurance differences among mothers of autistic kids and those with unaffected children that might have influenced the results, the researchers said. The National Institutes of Health helped pay for the study.

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including seaweed rolls, Inari rolls, sweet and spicy rice cake and fried dumpling,” Park said. FROM PAGE 1A The Korean Dish Sale will be within our group as well as outside held on Thursday on the Quad. the group.” Park said Some of the he wa nts events include K o r e a n a Kore a n Week to help bridge the Expo at the gap between Illini Union in Room C on students of Thursday. At different the expo, there nationaliwill be many ties. “I want all displays that the students, will explain r e g a r d all areas of less of their Korean culnationaliture, such as ty, to get to traditional clothing, movUN YEONG PARK, know about ies, food and president of KSA Korean culcalligraphy. ture a nd characteris“In order to raise awareness of (the) Korean tics of Korean students,” Park community and culture on cam- said. “The interest and concern pus, KSA will also be selling deli- should be shared with other cious homemade Korean food, groups.”

“I’d like to have one voice to show (everyone) our Korean culture within our group as well as outside the group.”

SYNTHETIC POT FROM PAGE 1A Global Tobacco, said the raid caught him off guard. He said shortly after opening the store on Tuesday, police arrived and quickly took off with the confi s-

cated material. “They just came over and took the stuff,” Mag said. “They told me ‘the products are not illegal, but you cannot sell them anymore.’” Managerial staff at Smoke Shack were unavailable for comment at the time of press.

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Lisa Powers, a student in the graduate program of ecology, evolution and conservation biology, holds an adult northern long-eared bat. Powers does bat conservation research in the state of Illinois.

rabies, he said. “We tell (students) to come in, we call animal control, and we send them to the emergency room,” Lawrance said. “It’s a very serious thing. Rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal.” If students come into contact with a bat, Lawrance and Norphrup said they should avoid touching the bat, remain calm and call animal control. “Just stay away from them. Just respect it just as you would with any other animal,” Lawrance said. “And most bats are well and healthy, and they’re fi ne.” Even though some bats may transmit rabies, they play an important role. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management cites some of those reasons as being for pollination and insect control. “Bats actually are beneficial to us,” Powers said. “People get scared when they hear about rabies and they say, ‘Well, why don’t we just kill off all the bats,’ but we really need those little guys.”

Powerful performance of ‘Brothers’ creates lasting memories for audience BY REEMA ABI-AKAR STAFF WRITER

The dim lights shone through industrial chain-link fences to cast block-like shadows across the empty area. Seats on all four sides of the room surround one circular open space. The three actors emerge in the center and begin their powerful story of brotherhood, trust and a test of life’s harsh realities. Tyrone Phillips and Julian Parker, both seniors in FAA, produced and starred in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brothers Size” at the Armory Free Theatre this weekend. A three-character, 90-minute play also starring Mercedes White, senior in FAA, this production proved to be not easily forgotten. Two brothers, Ogun and Oshoosi (Phillips and Parker, respectively), are living together in a sort of harmonized discord. Oshoosi is adjusting to normal life after having been released from prison, and his older brother Ogun is working in their car repair shop. Throughout the play, we see their troubled relationship evolving — and sometimes devolving — with the shady contributions of Oshoosi’s friend Elegba (White). The play utilizes names from the culture of the Yoruba people, a large ethnic group located in West Africa . These cultural undertones are subtle but represented within the play itself. Upon seeing the show in person, Phillips and Parker decided that they would like to bring it to the University through the Armory Free Theatre. “(Parker and I) were in London on a bus and we heard the play, and I just saw it in Chicago, and we thought, we really want to do this,” Phillips said. “So we found Kathleen Conlin , who is a very well-known and awarded director to direct for us. We didn’t know she would say yes, but she did.” Dr. Conlin, a professor and holder of the Bernard Hewitt Chair in Directing at the University, was thrilled to work with both students on the play. For her, the disciplined rehearsals as well as the end result truly made the entire production process memorable. “It seemed like a dream in the back of a bus,” Parker said. It was a dream, as displayed in the play’s three performances, which became a reality. Upon proposing the play to the Armory Free Theatre, Phillips and Parker then hand picked the hard working team of designers, managers and public relations specialists to create their vision. This team had the diffi cult job of bringing the text to life through costumes, lighting, sound and stage setup.

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Tyrone Phillips, pictured, senior in FAA, co-produced and starred in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brothers Size.” “For me, a lot of my process had to do with musical research, and looking into ... music that was influenced by Yoruban culture,” said Josh Willcox, senior in FAA and sound designer for “Brothers.” He wanted to meld the industrial feel of the set to the Yoruban ethnic nuances within it. This same dichotomy was represented in the lighting and set as well. The dim lights and simple yet cogent stage setup made the performances resonate more powerfully. “There’s this weird kind of thing where the play exists without time — there’s a timeline, but there’s no era that it exists in ... So from the beginning, we’re talking about a really abstract idea,” said Kevin Pelz , junior in FAA and the play’s lighting designer. “It comes into scene design ... There are really cool dualities that the designers came up with in analyzing the play.” The show itself underscored this juxtaposition of certain themes and motifs. While it is predominantly a powerful drama, it eased the atmosphere through unexpectedly comical scenes, often sending the audience into fits of laughter. As for the setup, the play was arranged in a round, which is a 360-degree stage format. The seats were arranged on four sides of the stage. Because of the size of the room, the audience was much closer to the actors as they performed.

“It’s more intimate, and the audience gets to see each other at these intense moments — you see what other people are going though at the same time,” Phillips said. “It’s really powerful, and it helps tell the story really quickly.” The Armory Free Theatre puts on an average of six shows each semester. This spring, “Brothers” was one of seven student-led productions held there. For Phillips, Parker, White and the rest of the team, this was their last play at the Armory, rounding out their senior year with something that will create lasting memories for them as well as the playgoers.

“It’s more intimate, and the audience gets to see each other at these intense moments — you see what other people are going though at the same time.” TYRONE PHILLIPS, senior in FAA


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What’s in a name? Not enough for gender equality JOSEPH VANDEHEY Opinions columnist

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alk past the right door in Altgeld Hall and a strange poster will greet your eye. It tracks the offers made by the mathematics departments to prospective graduate students, listing how many have declined, accepted or not yet responded. What makes the poster a bit strange is that it splits those who have accepted into two tallies: one male, one female. Despite significant progress made through the last few decades, many STEM fields (that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics) still face a strong male-dominated gender bias.

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Outside of life sciences, social sciences and psychology, women represent around 20 to 30 percent of doctoral recipients, around a sixth of full-time employees and still less for tenure-track and full professorial positions. As of 2006, only 9 percent of mathematics professors and 5 percent of engineering professors were women. So we hang the poster in Altgeld, keep watch on it out of the corner of our eye, and give a cheer any time we see the numbers evening out. But they don’t always, and many theories abound to explain why. Well, maybe it has to do with names. What’s in a name, anyway? A rose, by any other name, would still smell as sweet, but would a scientist? Academics have a peculiar habit of referring to one another by last name only. No personal name unless we know them well, no title of Doctor or Professor. Just the last name. Crack open the near-

est science textbook (you do open your textbooks from time to time, don’t you?), and you’re certain to see this on almost any page, maybe in a reference to l’Hopital’s rule — not, thankfully, Guillaume de l’Hopital’s rule. We even do this to ourselves at times, signing our papers with two insignificant initials and the all-important last name. If you, dear reader, are feeling particularly brave, try cracking open the nearest research journal (you don’t open a journal from time to time, do you?). Perhaps the author signed his or her name last-name-only, perhaps not, but you’ll likely find every citation, every reference and every name running down the bibliography given that way. Unfortunately, English is one of those languages where the last name carries no connotation of gender. So the academic naming convention can hide the presence of women in their field. On multiple occasions, I have looked up a math-

ematician online only to be pleasantly surprised that the “S.” at the start of their name stood for Sofia, not Stefan. Without any factors to suggest gender, my brain defaulted to the most probable case. So it is in any field where a strong gender bias already exists. The lack of clear counter-examples can make the bias seem all the stronger. Making a change to using the full name or just being mindful of the insufficiency of current naming conventions won’t suddenly fix the gender bias in these fields. It’s no magic bullet. We’re fighting social inertia, after all. Women are increasingly taking a role in STEM fields from the lowest level to the highest, but slowly, each step up the ladder lagging farther and farther behind. But as any physicist, male or female, would tell you, when you’re fighting inertia, each bit of force helps.

Joseph is a graduate student.

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Efforts to ban synthetic marijuana should continue

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wo Green Street establishments were raided for selling illegal synthetic marijuana Tuesday morning. Champaign police and investigators from the attorney general’s office found more than $55,000 worth of synthetic drugs in Global Tobacco, 202 E. Green St., and the neighboring Smoke Shack, 208 E. Green St. The Daily Illini editorial board commends the attorney general’s office in its effort to eliminate the sale and use of synthetic drugs in Illinois. Synthetic marijuana is a fairly recent addition to the drug scene in response to laws banning the use of natural cannabis. Some forms of synthetic marijuana were made illegal, effective in Illinois on Jan. 1, but it is still sold and used. Synthetic marijuana began its development in laboratories to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis. To keep ahead of the laws that have been created to ban common ingredients of synthetic marijuana, manufacturers must keep changing the formula, and the latest change was proved to be between four and 100 times as strong as natural marijuana. Last Friday, a Florida teen’s death was linked to his use of synthetic marijuana. On Jan. 8, Logan Kushner, 19, drowned in a shallow creek. Before his death, Kushner had smoked an herbal substance containing synthetic cannabis, which was widely available at area convenience stores and gas stations, ac-

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cording to police. Without this intense drug in his system, Kushner would have been less likely to drown in 14 inches of water. However extreme this may be, cases of reported deaths across the country continue to emphasise the potency and danger of this drug. Many users have experienced hallucinations and other psychiatric side effects. These hallucinations have led to self-harm and harm to others because the drug creates an environment that does not mimic reality. Irrevocable damage has been reported because of repeated use. Though the attorney general is taking steps to completely ban synthetic drugs, laboratories will continue to produce new formulas that may end up causing further harmful effects. The attorney general’s office should ban any ingredients that could be used in a new formula. We applaud the office on its efforts to sweep synthetic drugs and educate the public about the associated dangers, but in the end, it comes down to the decision of the user.

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Your chaotic family may help you find the order you’re T looking for after all

REBECCA ROSSMAN Opinions columnist

he shared Passover and Easter holidays sent a lot of people home this past weekend, myself included. Although, if I’m being honest, when my dad called me earlier this week asking if I was planning to ask the traditional four questions at our Seder, I was hesitant. I think the only way I can say this is bluntly — I never liked them. In Hebrew, the word “seder” means “order.” In my family, however, it has always been anything but. Two nights fi lled with chocolate jelly rings, gefi lte fish and, of course, matzah. The same twenty-minute story about the Jewish escape from Egypt is read over the course of about two hours. Somewhere in between the reading, hunger pangs start kicking in and people become delusional, salivating over thoughts of all the bread-y foods they can’t eat for the next week. They lose their place in the Hagadah. We have to start over. Hunger pangs kick in again. It’s a horrible cycle. But this year, after a three-year hiatus, I was determined to delve into two nights of matzah ball soup and the off-pitched sound of Deyanu once again. Or I just felt guilty. In 2012, not much has changed. The same food, same stories and same chaos exist in my family. But I found that I was glad to come home to something familiar, I suppose I’ve changed. As someone who always enjoyed exploring the strange and unknown, I’m learning how to appreciate what I already know. But at 21, I also know I have an entire future of the unfamiliar ahead of me. So with just one month left before graduation, I took the chance to ask my friends and family one of the most cliché questions in the book: “What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were 21 years old?” Most of the responses were just as cliché. But

that doesn’t mean they didn’t carry a ring of truth. Here’s a collection of what they said: “Time is going to go faster than you will ever think. You wake up one day and realize 30 years have past. Travel while you can, but make sure you do it with your own money.” Hearing my mom say that, my dad immediately raised his hand and said, “You don’t have time to travel now, Rebecca.” Instead, he offered this advice: “Work really hard now or you’ll be working much harder later.” Others told me to be more cautious when it comes to taking others advice. “I wish I knew not to believe everything I was told.” Then there was advice on how to succeed in life. “You may fail, but if you don’t ever fail, you’re never going to get anywhere. People are going to fail but if you go through the right channels and are willing to go places out of your realm, you will eventually succeed in some way.” “I wish I had the feeling I could accomplish anything. Thinking that I couldn’t accomplish certain things stopped me from even trying, which was my biggest mistake moving forward.” “Life and love are one in the same. Live to do everything with love, and doors will open up. People will come to you, and everything you want will come as a product of that.” “I wish I would have known to invest in Apple stock.” What I was told didn’t exactly surprise me, but I still took comfort in hearing their honest sentiments. Age truly does carry wisdom, and I would encourage others to ask their family the same question. What you hear likely won’t be unusual, but that may be the most comforting part of all. In the back of your head, you probably know you’re supposed to live with love, work hard now and never be afraid to fail. But hearing it reinforced from those that have lived through it all brings those ideas right in front of you. They remind you that as chaotic as your family can be, they carry some a sane box of wisdom, which contains the key to “order” you may be looking for.

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N. Korea to launch rocket, defy UN

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TONGCHA NG -RI, North Korea — North Korean space officials have moved all three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch, vowing Sunday to push ahead with their plan in defi ance of international warnings against violating a ban on missile activity. The Associated Press was among foreign news agencies allowed a firsthand look at preparations under way at the coastal Sohae Satellite Station in northwestern North Korea. North Korea announced plans last month to launch an observation satellite using a three-stage rocket during mid-April celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. The U.S., Japan, Britain and other nations have urged North Korea to cancel the launch, warning that fi ring the long-range rocket would violate U.N. resolutions and North Korea’s promise to refrain from engaging in nuclear and missile activity. North Korea maintains that the launch is a scientific achievement intended to improve the nation’s faltering economy by providing detailed surveys of the countryside. “Our country has the right and also the obligation to develop satellites and launching vehicles,” Jang Myong Jin, general manager of the launch facility, said during a tour, citing the U.N. space treaty. “No matter what others say, we are doing this for peaceful purposes.” Experts say the Unha-3 rocket slated for liftoff between April 12 and 16 could also test long-

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A North Korean soldier stands in front of the country’s Unha-3 rocket, slated for liftoff between Thursday and Monday, at Sohae Satellite Station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. North Korean space officials have moved a longrange rocket into position for this week’s controversial satellite launch. range missile technology that might be used to strike the U.S. and other targets. North Korea has tested two atomic devices, but is not believed to have mastered the technology needed to mount a warhead on a long-range missile. On Sunday, reporters were taken by train past desolate fields and sleepy farming hamlets to North Korea’s new launch pad in Tongchang-ri in North Phyongan province , about 50 kilometers (35 miles) south of the border town of Sinuiju along North Korea’s west coast. All three stages of the 91-ton rocket , emblazoned with the North Korean fl ag and “Unha3,” were visibly in position at the towering launch pad, and fueling will begin soon, Jang said. He said preparations were well on track for liftoff and that international space, aviation and

maritime authorities had been advised of the plan, but did not provide exact details on the timing of the fueling or the mounting of the satellite. Engineers gave reporters a peek at the 100-kilogram (220-pound) Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite due to be mounted on the rocket, as well as a tour of the command center. About two weeks before North Korea unveiled its rocket plan, Washington announced an agreement with the North to provide it with much-needed food aid in exchange for a freeze on nuclear activity, including a moratorium on long-range missile tests. Plans to send food aid, as well as a recently revived project to conduct joint searches for the remains of U.S. military personnel killed during the Korean War, have now been suspended.

BYU students participate in ‘It Gets Better’ YouTube video supports gay Mormon youth BY CRISTINA SILVA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Students from a strict Mormon college that prohibits “homosexual behavior” have launched a Web video aimed at reassuring other gay and lesbian youth struggling with their faith and sexual orientation. The video recently posted to YouTube by 22 Brigham Young University students is the fi rst of its kind with ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which forbids gay sex and marriage. By posting the video, the students could face excommunication from the church and expulsion at BYU, where gay students are prohibited from touching or kissing. The campaign is part of columnist Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, which seeks to give voices and hope to bullied gay and lesbian teenagers. In the video, several BYU students

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confess that they considered suicide because they didn’t think they could be Mormon and gay. “In our religion, there is a lot of misunderstanding and ugliness about homosexuality,” said Kendall Wilcox, a former BYU faculty member who produced the video and serves as an adviser to the school’s unofficial gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender support group. “We wanted to send this message that God loves you just as you are.” The video has sent tremors through the Mormon community and represents the latest effort to reconcile the church’s conservative values with a growing acceptance toward gay relationships. The video estimates there are more than 1,800 LGBT students at BYU. It also notes that the school is consistently ranked as one of the most unfriendly campuses for those students in the nation. A mere five years ago, BYU students weren’t allowed to discuss their sexual orientation without risking expulsion under the school’s strict honor code. A clarification in 2007 stressed that “one’s stated sexual orientation is not an Honor Code issue.”

In 2010, BYU lifted a ban on advocacy of homosexuality. That same year, students formed Understanding SameGender Attraction. The support group drew eight people to its fi rst meeting. This semester more than 80 students have attended the weekly meetings on campus. Gay students must still adhere to much stricter standards than their heterosexual classmates under the updated honor code. While premarital sex is off limits to all BYU students, straight couples are allowed to kiss and cuddle openly on campus. Gay students cannot. The student support group is more conservative than many LGBT groups. Some members have embraced lifelong celibacy as a way to stay in the LDS church without violating its rules. One student leader is gay, but married to a woman. Some students used the video to come out to their parents. One student recalled how she “died a little in the inside” every time she kissed a former boyfriend. “I thought eventually maybe it would be better if I died,” another student tells the camera.

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Sports Women’s gymnastics misses bid to nationals Alina Weinstein qualifies for individual national championship “It was defi nitely useful for when Macy got hurt,” junior Alina Weinstein said. Before the NCAA Champaign “That was really hard to just come back Regional meet even began Satur- to and do our gymnastics. It was nice to day, the Illinois women’s gymnastics have that little 10-minute break to talk and team had challenges to fight through. get ourselves together on the same page.” During uneven bar warm ups, Junior Although Hyatt only sustained muscle Macy Hyatt fell onto her neck and was injuries and was in stable condition, the taken to the hospital for precaution- Illini had one less team member competary reasons. ing alongside them. Illinois matched its The Illini came one spot short of season high on its fi rst rotation, the vault, advancing to nationals, fi nishing with a score of 49.000. It was the squad’s third in the meet. Illinois fi nished top score of the entire competition. On this with a score of 195.725 behind event, Weinstein recorded a 9.85, which national qualifiers No. 2 Oklaho- tied her for third place, while Joannides ma (197.025) and No. 11 Stanford and sophomore Amber See each scored (196.675). 9.825, which tied them for sixth. “I am so proud of how the team After the bye, the Illini moved to the did,” senior Kelsey Joannides uneven bars, where freshman Jordan said. “We had some really seri- Naleway was inserted into the lineup as ous high goals Hyatt’s replacement. and we came Naleway delivered a into the meet solid performance, and we knew scoring a 9.725, folit was going to lowing Weinstein and be fi erce competiJacly n K a nteck i’s tion. We came in as 9.825’s and Joannides’ a fourth seed and you 9.8. None of the Illihad to be top two. We nois gymnasts qualitook it one event at a fied for awards on this time and I can confi event. As a team leader dently say that we were throughout this season, really able to focus on Joannides was pleased with her teammate’s each event and give all of our energy and all of performances throughour effort. We had each out the night. others’ backs, and misWeinstein shined takes were made and for Illinois during the ALINA WEINSTEIN, beam rotation, posting I couldn’t be more junior proud of how everyone a career-high as well as the highest score for performed.” With Hyatt’s injury so close to the the Illini on this event with a 9.9. With beginning of the meet, Illinois was con- this score, Weinstein entered into a fourtent to compete in the fi rst rotation and way tie for the fi rst place beam crown then have a bye. This allowed them to with Megan Ferguson from Oklahoma, regroup as a team. Taylor Westrick from Southeast Missouri BY GINA MUELLER

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“It’s bittersweet just because our goal is to go as a team, so I don’t even focus on the individual aspects of it. I try to perform my best so I can do well for my team.”

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Illinois' Alina Weinstein competes her floor exercise routine during the 2012 NCAA Champaign Regional at the the Assembly Hall. With a score of 9.875, Weinstein earned fourth place Saturday, tying with teammate Amber See. She also captured the all-around title with her score of 39.450.

State and Amanda Spinner from Stanford. Joannides tied for eighth with a score of 9.8. Illinois head coach Kim Landrus was not surprised by Weinstein’s accomplishments throughout the meet. “She came in as a freshman and every year she has just gotten a little bit better,” Landrus said. “In her junior year, we have More online: really seen her develFor more op and mature and photos grow into the athlete from the weekend’s that we knew she was NCAA regional capable of doing.” championship in Closing out the Champaign, check meet on the floor, out the online the Orange and Blue photo gallery at collectively scored DailyIllini.com. a 48.975. See and Weinstein turned in the highest scores for the Illini with 9.75, tying them for fourth place on the event. Weinstein not only qualified to represent Illinois at nationals on the balance beam but was crowned all-around champion. She is only the second Illini to earn multiple regional titles, sharing the honor with Nancy Theis. Weinstein is also just the second all-around regional champion from Illinois, sharing the distinction again with Theis. “It’s bittersweet just because our goal is to go as a team, so I don’t even focus on the individual aspects of it,” Weinstein said. “I try and perform my best so I can do well for my team. “It’s defi nitely bittersweet, I mean I know I did something right, but at the same time I wish there were 14 other girls out there with me.” Closing out her last meet, Illinois team leader Joannides fell a 10th of a point short of qualifying for nationals as an individual all-around competitor behind Den-

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Illinois men’s tennis splits weekend competition in Michigan BY GREG ZECK STAFF WRITER

The Illinois men’s tennis team is no longer tied atop the Big Ten standings. Illinois (12-4, 6-1 Big Ten) fell a game back of Ohio State when it lost to Michigan 4-3 Friday but responded with a 6-1 win against Michigan State on Saturday. “I just think the whole weekend is disappointing for us,” head coach Brad Dancer said. “We feel that we’re a significantly better team than Michigan. I think that loss is bitter in our mouths, and it’s a testament to the guys, to the way they came out and responded (Saturday).” Against the Spartans, the Illini took the fi rst point of the

match in doubles as the No. 45-ranked pair of Dennis Nevolo and Roy Kalmanovich took down the No. 57-ranked duo of Aaron Pfi ster and Drew Lied 8-5 at No. 1 doubles. Illinois fell at the No. 2 spot but at the No. 3 doubles Stephen Hoh and Farris Gosea beat Doug Zade and Gijs Linders 8-4 for the opening point. Nevolo’s 6-0, 6-1 win started a strong singles display for the team with his dominant performance over Pfi ster at the No. 1 spot to make the score 2-0. “When I took away his serve, he really couldn’t do anything,” Nevolo said. “That was pretty much it.” Freshman Tim Kopinski followed suit at No. 5 singles by making short work of

Austin Brooks 6-2, 6-2 . No. 31 Kalmanovich then delivered the clincher when he downed Ron Hulewicz 6-1, 6-4 . To close out the day, Hoh picked up a win at the No. 4 spot over Leid 6-2, 6-1 and Bruno Abdelnour fi nished Denis Bogatov 6-3, 6-4 . “I served better than how I usually serve, and that’s good because usually I don’t use my serve as a weapon,” Abdelnour said. “And like always, the forehand was a weapon.” Michigan State picked up its lone point on the day at No. 6 singles when Linder defeated Gosea 7-6, 6-2 . Illinois didn’t fare as well against the Wolverines, however. Michigan was able to pick

up the doubles point, though Kalmanovich responded with a win at No. 2 singles over Shaun Bernstein 6-1, 6-2 . Kalmanovich was able to take advantage of Bernstein’s shoulder injury, which forced him to serve underhand. Abdelnour then gave the Illini the lead when he defeated Michael Zhu 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 4 spot, but Alex Petrone tied it at two when he beat Hoh 6-0, 6-4 . The score became tied at three after Barrett Franks defeated Kopinski 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6) and Gosea beat Alex Buzzi 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6), meaning it all came down to the No. 1 spot. Evan King, the No. 10-ranked

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Spring named coach of year as Illinois wins conference title

Fourth inning foretells Illinois’ weekend results Baseball maintains early-game leads, deficit in series win BY JAMAL COLLIER STAFF WRITER

The fourth inning isn’t usually the deciding factor of a baseball game, but it has been for the Illini this season. On Sunday, Illinois shortstop Thomas Lindauer doubled home a run in the bottom of the fourth to give the Illini a 6-5 lead against Indiana and essentially lock up the win. The Illini are 16-0 when leading after four innings, and 0-11 when trailing after the fourth frame. The same held true during the rest of the three-game weekend series against Indiana, in which the Illini trailed 7-0 after four innings Friday and would go on to lose 12-3, but led 4-2 after four innings Saturday before winning 7-3. On Sunday, they won 11-6. None of the Illini could offer an explanation for the team’s recent

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Illinois' Stephen Hoh, pictured, gestures after a point during his doubles match with Farris Gosea against Michigan State at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Illinois defeated Michigan State on Saturday.

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Illinois' Justin Parr hits a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning against Indiana at Illinois Field. The Illini (17-12, 3-3 Big Ten) won Sunday’s game 11-6 and took the weekend series 2-1 against the Hoosiers. trend. Either way, the Illini (17-12, 3-3 Big Ten) were able to bounce back from Friday’s blowout loss to take two of three on the series. “Our mentality was to just stay even-keeled,” said left fielder Justin Parr, who was 7-for-13 with seven RBIs on the weekend with a grand slam in Sunday’s game. “It’s something I think we learned last year with our up-and-down season to stay as even as possible and as solid mentally as we can.” Friday’s opener was billed as a matchup between two of the top starting pitchers in the Big Ten: Illinois’ Kevin Johnson against Indiana’s Joey DeNato. Johnson entered the game having won his last five starts and lasting at least seven innings in each of them. Both pitchers had yet to allow a hit through two innings before Indiana sent 11 hitters to the plate

in the third and scored seven runs. Illini head coach Dan Hartleb called it “a team inning where we just weren’t very good.” Johnson was unable to make the key pitch to put the Hoosiers away in the inning; four Indiana hitters were down to two strikes and would end up scoring runs. “I was just kind of disappointed in myself,” Johnson said. “I felt like I should’ve been able to get out of those situations. “I got ahead of people and I just tried to be too perfect, I guess. I just wasn’t getting that put-away pitch.” When the Hoosiers did put the ball in play, Johnson’s defense rarely gave him any help. The Illini weren’t officially charged with any errors, but mishandled bunts and missed cutoff men. That was more than enough for DeNato, who lasted 6 2/3 innings,

giving up two runs and striking out five. On the fourth pitch of Saturday’s game, Indiana jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a leadoff home run. The Hoosiers would then add another run in the inning to take a 2-0 lead. Innings like those at times ended a lot worse for freshman starter John Kravetz. Nebraska tacked Kravetz for nine runs during the second inning March 24 before Illinois State scored six runs in the fourth inning in his start March 27. “I was obviously concerned in the first inning,” Hartleb said. “Because of the way the game went (Friday), you wonder about how guys will handle it mentally when you get off to that rocky start.

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Big Ten titles are becoming second nature for the No. 4 Illinois men’s gymnastics team. The Illini won their fourth straight title Friday night at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, proving themselves as a “gymnastics powerhouse,” Illinois head coach Justin Spring said. Not only did the Illini win the championship, but freshman C.J. Maestas was named both Big Ten Gymnast of the Year and Freshman of the Year and won the all-around title. Saturday night, senior Paul Ruggeri won individual titles on the floor and vault, and Spring won his third straight Big Ten Coach of the Year award. “I’m really happy with the weekend and how the guys did,” Spring said. “Paul and C.J. really came through for us when we needed it. On floor, they stepped it up in that last rotation.” The team victory was hardearned, as the Illini suffered several mistakes, not living up to their potential on the pommel horse and parallel bars. Ruggeri, a world-class high bar competitor, fell on his routine and missed his dismount, failing to make the event finals. The Illini hit their routines in the final floor rotation, with Maestas and Ruggeri taking first and second for the evening, respectively. “I just knew I needed to put it all out there on the floor and

how important is was,” Ruggeri said. “The high bar was a big mistake, but I turned it around on floor.” “It’s amazing,” Maestas said. “We came out here with goals to win Big Tens. We wanted a four-peat. We did that. I won the all-around. That was just icing on the cake, the last of my worries. But it’s cool to come out with that title too.” The success is an appetizer for what the Illini are really gunning for, their first NCAA Championship in 23 years. If they are going to accomplish that goal, they are going to have to do better than their Big Ten performance, Spring said. “Michigan was right behind us and Penn State, they had a rough night,” Spring said. “Penn State is not going to be happy when going into NCAAs. They are going to want revenge.” Two weeks before the NCAA Championships in Norman, Okla., the Illini plan to fix their landings, something they struggled with this weekend and improve their routines, specifically on parallel bars and pommel horse. “It’s not over — this is just the beginning of the road,” Maestas said. “We don’t want to get too cocky. We don’t want to get too excited. We still have one more big competition. I know the guys are still hungry, and I know we’re not going to be satisfied until we have that NCAA Championship as well.”


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Sports columnist gives up ESPN for Lent, survives GREG ZECK Sports columnist

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he past 40 days I’ve been called a lot of things. These include, but are not limited to, “crazy,” “foolish,” “nuts,” “idiot,” “insane,” “stupid,” “brilliant,” “daring,” and all of which are for a very good reason. For Lent this year, I decided I would give up something that people wouldn’t roll their eyes about like they did last year when I could no longer eat Snickers (I used to have three or four each week). I didn’t want to do anything too crazy though — I had one friend that went vegan and another who gave up pop — and then it suddenly came to me when I was watching TV. Why not do what very few diehard sports fans can do and give up ESPN for an entire 40 days. The setup: I was not allowed to incorporate ESPN into my life unless it was absolutely necessary. That meant I was unable to watch the television networks, visit ESPN.com, tune into ESPN Radio or even receive text message updates. If ESPN happened to be on at a public place like a bar, then I had to avert my gaze or find a seat at a table that wasn’t facing a TV. The only loophole I established was that if my ban interfered with my work at the Daily Illini covering the men’s basketball team. In order to recall my experiences, I kept a journal of the more interesting points. Feb. 27: The first five days went without a hitch. There is certainly a strong desire to tune in and watch some basketball, but I’ve been able to fight it off. But today is the NHL trade deadline. In other words, today is the day when Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke makes a very questionable move. It would have been nice to visit the website today to get some good analysis, but I know that I’m not missing anything from the TV. Judging by Deadspin’s “Bristolmetrics” in which they try to quantify a week’s worth of SportsCenter, there is essentially no coverage of hockey. I instead turn my

attention to Yahoo Sports, and take note of the comprehensive coverage it provides with a budget that I’m sure is miniscule compared to the Worldwide Leader. March 3: For the most part, Spring Training is in full effect. I desperately miss the sound of Baseball Tonight coming on the screen. I have a deep admiration of that program, that is, except for John Kruk. March 11: I’m curious as to see how ESPN covered the firing of Bruce Weber, but there are more important things to attend to, because it’s Selection Sunday. I can legitimately say that if this program were on ESPN, that I’d have to break my promise. Within hours of the bracket being revealed, I get invites to Bracket Challenge on ESPN.com, but it must be declined. To make matters worse, I have to watch the NIT Selection Show to see if Illinois got in. It didn’t. March 13: My beloved Milwaukee Bucks make a trade to acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. I laugh at that last one too. Again, Yahoo! provides great insight as to how the deal was made as well as thoughtful analysis. I can only imagine what Chris Broussard is saying for the Worldwide Leader. I hope it’s more thoughtful than his last piece on the Bucks when he reported Brandon Jennings is keeping his options open. Don’t all players do that? March 26: Tim Tebow is officially introduced as a New York Jet. Who’s looking dumb now for this Lent promise? March 27: I may have broken my promise. Today in class we watched “Catching Hell,” the ESPN Films documentary about Steve Bartman and the 2003 Chicago Cubs. I had previously seen it and by all means, it’s a great movie. I considered leaving without wanting my test to be disputed, but ultimately I decided to stay because I sat directly in the middle of my row. Getting up and leaving would have required awkwardly trying to step over people already comfortably sitting down, and with my awkward lankiness, I decided to just stay and enjoy the movie. April 3: After many postponements,

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The ESPN College GameDay Desk announcers make appearances on television throughout the season of Lent, making this a site on television one Daily Illini columnist didn’t get to see for 40 days. the Daily Illini Sports staff finally has a night out on the town. We meet up beforehand and as I walk in, the Women’s Basketball National Championship is on the TV. The former sports editor, Kevin, knows about my Lent promise and changes the channel to a White Sox spring training game. Nobody seems upset. April 5 and 6: If MLB.TV were not around, I don’t know what I would have done. April 8, Easter Sunday: At the time of writing this piece, I have still not visited ESPN. Key Findings: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. It is possible to enjoy sports without ESPN as a necessity. I discovered the great work Yahoo does which has all necessary information to be a sports fan, albeit without nearly

as nice of a design or budget. But what ESPN’s great strength is that it makes it much easier to be a fan because it constantly feeds us the information we desire. No other network or website has the diversity ESPN has, so why bother going to four different places instead of just one? And how often do true sports fans just casually put it on as part of a daily routine? It’s just a part of us. What I personally missed most about this little experiment is that I didn’t appreciate how well ESPN produces live sports. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions about the commentary, but everything else from camera work to capturing the essence of a setting is done well at the Worldwide Leader. I think that CBS’s coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament could rival it, but I still tip my hat to ESPN.

Finally, the one thing I can genuinely live without is SportsCenter. I feel that it’s essentially become all analysis, and quite frankly, I just don’t care what Tedy Bruschi or Marcellus Wiley have to say about the NFL in the spring because it’s all been said before; there is nothing unique in the analysis. What ESPN should do is go back to what once made it great like in the Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann era: show more highlights. Leave NFL analysis to NFL Live and please have SportsCenter be a place where I can watch people ten times more athletic than me do amazing things in their respective sports. Then again, maybe I’m just foolish. Greg is a senior in Media. He can be reached at zeck1@illinimedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @thegregzeck.

Rose fails to rise again as Knicks top Bulls 100-99 in OT BY BRIAN MAHONEY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and fans react after Anthony scored a 3-point basket in the closing seconds of overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden in New York. On Sunday, the Knicks won 100-99.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony called it a statement game, and the message should be clear for the Chicago Bulls. If they do meet in the playoffs, the Bulls better fi nish off Anthony and the Knicks when they have the chance. Anthony scored 43 points, his most since coming to New York last February, and made the goahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime as the Knicks spoiled the return to the lineup for a rusty Derrick Rose and beat the Bulls 100-99 on Sunday. Anthony tied it with a 3 late in regulation and scored the fi nal five points of overtime in his signature performance since coming to New York last February. He only had the chance to pull it out because the Bulls missed four straight free throws in the fi nal 34 seconds of regulation. “This was a playoff game. We have a chance, we might play these guys in the playoffs if we keep doing what we’re doing and get that seed, so this was a big statement game for us and we willed this one tonight,” Anthony said.

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It had the look and sound of a playoff game in the tense fi nal minutes at a frenzied Madison Square Garden. The loudest roars went to Anthony, who screamed “This is my house!” after the second 3-pointer in a place where he heard boos just last month. He said Sunday’s big basket was one of the best of his career. “This was one of the top,” he said. “Overtime, Easter Sunday, everybody’s watching, everybody’s in the Garden, so this ranks as one of the top.” The Bulls trailed by 21 in the fi rst quarter, fought back to lead by 10 in the fourth, then lost for the third time in four games despite having their starting five together for only the 11th time this season. Their NBA-best record fell to 43-14. Rose scored 29 points after missing the previous 12 games with a strained right groin, but he shot only 8 of 26 from the field and missed a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left in regulation and the Bulls ahead by three. “It’s tough. It was defi nitely tough,” Rose said. “When you lose a game, especially for us, it’s tough. It’s going to hurt us

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player, outlasted Nevolo in three sets 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 to give the Wolverines the victory. “I started to dominate the match in the middle of the fi rst set, but I just kinda let him off the hook a little bit,” Nevolo said. “That’s just all it takes. ... I was a little bit unlucky at times, but I had my opportunities and just didn’t execute.”

“Things didn’t go well for (Kravetz), but he didn’t panic. He kept throwing good pitches, ends up getting out of it with two runs, and then he settles in and gave us a great game. He’s made another step that’s part of maturing and not an easy part of maturing.” Kravetz would settle in to allow three runs in 7 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and improved to

5-2 but said he didn’t really feel great before his start. Although he described it as “a little hyped up and a little excited,” he couldn’t seem to put his finger on what was wrong. “It was just one of those days,” Kravetz said. “Something was just a little off today for some reason, but I’ll take (the win). You have to find ways to grind these games out.” After Sunday’s starter Josh Ferry struggled to last just two innings after surrendering five

runs, the difference in the game came in the bullpen performance of Matt Milroy. Illinois’ right-hander didn’t allow a run in five innings, striking out a career-high 10 while only allowing three hits. “He could be a major difference in our season,” Hartleb said. “That’s not to put pressure on him, but he’s just got that type of ability where he could be a major factor on the pitching staff.”

Softball swept for 2nd straight time on road Illinois extends losing streak to 7, drops to 11th in conference standings BY SEAN HAMMOND STAFF WRITER

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Illinois' Alina Weinstein competes on the balance beam during the 2012 NCAA Champaign Regional at the Assembly Hall on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Weinstein earned first place Saturday with a score of 9.900.

WOMEN’S GYM FROM PAGE 1B ver’s Moriah Martin (39.200). Though Joannides didn’t qualify for nationals, she was crowned

the Big Ten Beam Champion this season along with 19 individual event titles. Landrus said she is sad to see her go after the impact she has made on the gymnastics program. “Kelsey has done a phenom-

enal job all four years for us,” Landrus said. “She missed one bar routine in the fi rst meet of the year and she has hit every routine since. To hit every routine as an all-arounder, that’s about 50 routines this year that

she’s hit. She has so much to be proud of, but I know it’s bittersweet right now. I think she’ll look back and feel honored that she had done such a good job for the University of Illinois and left such a tradition with us.”

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For the second-straight weekend, the Illinois softball team was swept on the road in Big Ten play. The Illini (16-18, 2-7 Big Ten) were swept in Friday’s doubleheader against Nebraska (24-14, 7-2), 11-0 and 5-1 and lost the finale Saturday 4-1. The Illini have now lost seven straight games, beginning with last weekend’s three-game sweep at Iowa. After a 2-1 start to Big Ten play, the Illini have dropped to 11th in the conference. “Our team’s not comfortable with it, and that’s all I need to know,” head coach Terri Sullivan said. “They know we didn’t play good softball for a little stretch, and they also know that we had people beat us fair and square when we weren’t swinging our best.” In Friday’s opener, the Illini gave up eight runs in the last two innings en route to a six-inning 11-0 loss. Nebraska’s Ashley Hagemann recorded her first career no-hitter and allowed just two batters to reach base. Illinois’ Pepper Gay picked up the loss, going three innings, but giving up only two earned runs. The Illini followed Friday’s first game with a 5-1 loss in the nightcap. Gay started from the circle again, surrendering four runs in the second inning on just two hits. She managed to stop the bleeding though, stranding three Nebraska runners on base, but the damage was done — the four runs ended up being the difference in the game. “I thought the second game (we) came back and had a better approach at the plate,” Sullivan said. “We kept their pitcher really uncomfortable and we were getting on base.” In the weekend finale, Hagemann threw another complete

game, holding the Illini to just two hits, and recording the 4-1 victory. First baseman Meredith Hackett would score Illinois’ lone run in the fourth inning on a Jess Perkins double, following a double of her own. Hackett, the Illini’s leading hitter, recorded just her second hit of the seven-game losing streak with the double Saturday. “Things haven’t been going our way for a few games now,” Hackett said. “I think we went to the plate with too much on our minds. (On Saturday,) we wanted to go up there with a clear mind and have better at-bats and swing at better pitches.” Hackett’s batting average has dropped from .350 to .297 during the losing skid. No Illini hitter is currently batting over .300 on the season. Gay picked up all three losses over the weekend. She has recorded six of the seven losses during the losing streak but has only given up two earned runs per game during that stretch and is still striking out just under one batter per inning on the year. “Nebraska’s a really good hitting team, they put the ball in play,” Gay said. “(Friday) they beat us on the long balls, they hit home runs. (Saturday) they had a blast one inning, I put the leadoff hitter on, and they got some momentum, and then they got a clutch hit.” The Cornhuskers do have one of the Big Ten’s best lineups. They have recorded 34 more runs than any other team in the conference and post a team batting average of .307. Despite the loss, Gay held them to just three hits Saturday. With the next two conference series at home, the Illini have a chance to move out of the bottomhalf of the Big Ten standings. The next two weekends, Illinois will host Wisconsin and Purdue at Eichelberger Field. “We’ll get right back on track,” Sullivan said. “Really, it was just two teams that beat us in their ballparks, and now we need to do the same.”

Cardinals not weakened without star player Pujols DEREK PIPER Sports columnist

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player, no matter how skilled, ever won a ring on his own. Just ask Barry Bonds, Ernie Banks or Ken Griffey Jr. Not even living legend Albert Pujols, who helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to their 11th title in 2011 before booking an extended stay at Disneyland this offseason, was a one-man show. Pujols’ impact in St. Louis during his 11-year run cannot be underestimated or overlooked. Without question, Pujols joins Stan “The Man” Musial and Bob Gibson as the greatest Cardi-

nals of all time. Pujols is one of only six players in MLB history to have more than 400 home runs, 1,300 RBIs and a .325 career batting average. Those numbers are overwhelming, but even more so was the 10-year, $254 million contract Pujols inked with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in January. The 32-year-old first baseman will make top-dollar, as he is set to earn $29 million in 2020 at the age of 40. It remains to be seen whether the Angels’ investment in Pujols will be worth the price tag, but what is certain is that the Cardinals, minus an all-time great, are still in great shape to defend their title. Despite losing arguably the best player in baseball, the

Cardinals team that will play in Busch Stadium on Friday against the Cubs is better than the one that popped champagne last October. How does this make any sense? The return of starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, who won 20 games for the Cardinals in 2010, is a major reason. Wainwright missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and looks to be on his way back to form. When healthy, Wainwright is a Cy Young-caliber pitcher — one who may be even more valuable than Pujols at first base. The baseball metric WAR (wins above replacement), which measures how many wins a player gives a team compared to the next in line at his position, showcases this fact.

According to baseballreference.com, Wainwright’s WAR measured at 5.9 in 2010, when he finished second in the Cy Young award race. Comparably, Pujols’ WAR was at 5.4 in his last season in St. Louis. While Wainwright’s injury may make this somewhat of an unfair comparison, it shows the true impact of Wainwright’s return. The continued success of Lance Berkman will also be key for the Redbirds in 2012. Berkman takes over for Pujols at first base after resurrecting his career last season. To nearly everyone’s surprise, including the Astros, who declined him an opportunity to return to Houston, Berkman hit .301 with 32 home runs and 94 RBIs in 2011. Berkman will no longer have

the luxury of hitting behind Pujols, but a middle of the order that includes Matt Holliday, Berkman and World Series hero David Freese will still be extremely tough for opponents to handle. Former Cardinal-killer Carlos Beltran also joins the party after signing a two-year, $26 million contract this offseason. Beltran was fairly successful in 2011, hitting .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs in stints with the Mets and Giants. Beltran adds another dangerous bat to the order and is off to a good start, hitting two home runs in his first four games with his new team. ESPN and media outlets around the country have been quick to remind Cardinals fans that Pujols will not be there

to save them anymore. Pujols’ name alone was mentioned at least a dozen times in the Cardinals’ opening-night game against the Marlins. While this was inevitable with an absence of Pujols’ caliber, analysts and fans should be quick to shift the conversation. The Cardinals won before Pujols and they will win after him. Great players come and go, but good franchises find a way to continue winning. With a solid nucleus that includes rising stars Wainwright and Freese, the Cardinals, the most successful team in National League history, will have no problem doing just that. Derek is a junior in Media. He can be reached at Piper2@illinimedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @feeldapaign.

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Individuals performances stand out for women’s track said. “I’m happy to say I see a lot of potential in the coming weeks and for the most part our girls are getting better meet to meet.” All-American freshman Ashley Spencer returned to form this weekend after seeing limited action the past few weeks while battling an illness. She took the top spot in the 200 meters with a time of 23.61. She also helped the 4x400 meter relay squad of senior Ryisha Boyd, senior Ashley Kelly and senior Latoya Griffith take the crown with a time of 3:33:13. “They’re all doing well in the respective events. I think it is important to realize what we have right now and focus on that, and what we have right now are those kids doing their job,” Buford-Bailey said. In addition, Griffith finished runner-up in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 57.42. Sophomore Stephanie Richartz continued her success in the pole vault fi nishing in third with a jump of 4.01 meters. Junior Kawanna Brooks added another highlight for the squad in the field events, jumping

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Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija delivers a pitch during the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs won 4-3 Sunday.

Samardzija strikes out 8 as Cubs beat Nationals 4-3 for 1st win of Epstein era BY ANDREW SELIGMAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO — Jeff Samardzija felt he had something to prove. He certainly made his point on the mound. Samardzija dominated into the ninth, outpitching Jordan Zimmermann, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Sunday for their first win of the Theo Epstein era. Samardzija (1-0) made it clear he wanted a spot in the rotation and was simply spectacular in his sixth career start, allowing four hits and an earned run. He struck out eight without a walk as the Cubs shook off two wrenching losses to start the season. “I’ve talked a good game about wanting to start and made it public,” Samardzija said. “I didn’t want to look like an idiot.” Instead, he made the Nationals look bad, and the Cubs came away with the win after some late drama. There were no bullpen meltdowns this time after Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol failed to hold late leads in each of the first two games, but things certainly got interesting in the ninth. Ryan Zimmerman reached when Starlin Castro bounced a throw to first after fielding a twoout grounder to shortstop. Samardzija stayed in after a visit from manager Dale Sveum — who was booed when he came out and cheered when he went back to the dugout — and Adam LaRoche drilled his second two-run homer in two games, sending a drive to the seats in right that cut it to 4-3. Marmol came in and walked Jayson Werth before Xavier Nady fouled out to Castro near the third base dugout to end the game for his first save. “(Samardzija’s) developed pitches over the last couple years with that cutter, and now, he’s got that split,” said catcher Steve Clevenger, who caught Samardzija in the minors. “He can throw it any time and any count. It makes him

tough on hitters.” The Nationals certainly were impressed. “He had three good pitches, and he was out there grinding,” Ian Desmond said. “He was anywhere from 98 (mph) to 90 with his fastball and had his split, the occasional cut. He was out there, he was pumping strikes.” Alfonso Soriano drove in two runs, with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and run-scoring single off Zimmermann (0-1) in the sixth to give Chicago a 2-1 lead after Washington tied it in the top half. Castro had two hits, scored twice and stole two bases. He doubled in a run off Ryan Mattheus and scored on Ian Stewart’s single in a two-run eighth, sending Chicago to its first win under the new regime. The Cubs brought in Epstein as president of baseball operations hoping he can help them capture their first championship since 1908 after he put together two title-winning teams in Boston, ending an 86-year drought. Chicago also hired his former Red Sox colleague Jed Hoyer as general manager and Sveum as manager to replace the fired Mike Quade. They didn’t get much off Zimmermann, who held them to two runs — one earned — and six hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth. With the Cubs being aggressive or impatient, he threw just 80 pitches and did not walk a batter, but the Nationals came up short after pulling out two dramatic wins. Samardzija, primarily a reliever for four seasons, gave up a double by Desmond to start the game and retired 15 straight before Wilson Ramos led off the sixth with a single. He came around on Danny Espinosa’s sacrifice fly. That little glitch and the homer aside, Samardzija couldn’t have made a stronger argument. He had said he wanted a spot in the rotation — not the bullpen — and he certainly made a strong pitch on Sunday.

The Illinois women’s track and field squad saw strong individual performances at events on opposite sides of the country last weekend. The majority of the squad competed in LSU’s Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La., and the distance squad competed in the Stanford Invitational in Pasadena, Ca. The Battle on the Bayou marks the team’s fourth meet of the outdoor season but featured the highest level of competition that it has seen thus far. “I thought it was good, we’re definitely moving in the right direction and making improvements, and we had a lot of personal bests this weekend,” head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. At the Stanford Invitational, junior Courtney Yaeger broke the school record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 3 better than her last 10,000 meters, which came at last year’s Big Ten Championships. “Today was a good day for us overall as a team,” Buford-Bailey

5.93 meters in the high jump. “Our young ones all ran personal bests today so it’s fair that they’re rising to the occasion and the competition,” Buford-Bailey said. Sophomore Breeana Coleman got her fi rst benchmark of the season in the 100-meter hurdles, where she fi nished in fi fth place with a personal-best time of 13.48. In fi rst meet of the season, a clock issue at Central Florida prevented her from getting to see her time. “She came in this meet without a mark, so it was really important for her to really run good race and get a mark on the board, and she actually ran a personal best so it went really well,” Buford-Bailey said. The Illini will travel to Columbia, Mo., next weekend to compete in the Tom Botts Invitational. They’re looking to continue their success at the meet, which will feature a similar level of competition as they faced last weekend. “We’re going to try to do the same things we did last week because that is the kind of training we need to do to get ready for Big Tens,” BufordBailey said.

Riley has outdoor season debut; Illini finish 4th in Battle at LSU a national champion his sophomore year and runner-up his junior year. This past weekend, Riley fi nished second to the same runner who ended his national title hopes last year. LSU senior Barrett Nugent took home the victory in the 110 hurdles, fi nishing three-hundredths of a second ahead of Riley with a time of 13.49 seconds. “They’ve had quite a few races against each other now and they always end up being neck and neck,” Turk said. “I thought Andrew ran a pretty good opening race of the outdoor season. He hasn’t raced since indoor nationals, so I thought it was pretty good, but certainly has a lot of room to improve.” Sprinters scored 23 of Illinois’ 82 points, with senior Stanley Azie fi nishing third in the 100 meters (10.47) and fourth in the 200 (21.15). “As I look through the performances, we’re way ahead of where

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The Illinois men’s track and field team put together a solid performance this weekend in its most competitive meet of the season so far. The Illini competed in LSU’s Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, La., facing a field of nine teams, including No. 2 LSU, No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 9 Mississippi State and No. 20 Iowa. Illinois fi nished in fourth place, scoring 82 team points. “It was a great meet,” Illinois head coach Mike Turk said. “There were a lot of high-caliber people there and I thought we performed very well amongst that competition.” The meet also marked the fi rst appearance of senior All-American Andrew Riley in the outdoor season. Riley’s outdoor debut included an appearance in the 110-meter hurdles, an event in which he was

we were this time last year, and that’s certainly encouraging,” Turk said. The 4x100 meter relay team of Riley, freshman Brandon Stryganek, junior Josh Zinzer and Azie had its fi rst opportunity to run together outdoors and placed third with a time of 39.77. The Orange and Blue will stay closer to home next weekend, as they will compete in the Tom Botts Invitational in Colombia, Mo. With a shorter distance to travel, the Illini will have an extra day of training. “We just need to keep progressing,” Turk said. “We’re going to go to Missouri next week, we’re going to continue to put races together. We had some people really step forward today and had some breakthroughs. “We just got to keep going, we’re improving and we have to keep going each week.”

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Women’s golf eager to get back in action after 3-week hiatus Illini hope to continue this season’s success at unfamiliar Florida course BY CHARLIE MANIATES STAFF WRITER

The Illinois women’s golf is ready to hit the links again after a three-week break that allowed the team to prepare for the fi nal stretch of the season. The Illini are set to participate in the Knights and Pirates Invite on Monday and Tuesday, held in Melbourne, Fla. The 15-team tournament will be held at the Suntree Country Club. This tournament is a new one for the Illini, so the 6,590 yard, par-72 course is an unfamiliar one, but sophomore Ember Schuldt, who will be competing for the Illini, played the course over winter break and was able to provide some information to the team. “It is fairly similar to the Eagle Landing course where we played in Florida back in March,” head coach Renee Slone said. “We’ve been working on our bunker game, it’s something that we have not done very much of earlier in the season.” “We continued work on short game,” she added. “This golf course is playing firm and fast, so we might have a few more short irons and screens than we typically do.” In addition, the team worked hard on putting over the extended break in preparation for this tournament.

Seniors Hailey Koschmann, Nora Lucas, Samantha Sloan and Katelin Dilger will be competing for the Illini as well as Schuldt and freshman Michelle Mayer. The Illini last competed March 19 and 20 in the BYU Entrada Classic, in which they placed fourth as a team. They hope for similar performances from Koschmann and Schuldt, as they fi nished tied for second and 13th, respectively. The team is not concerned about potential rust early in the tournament due to the long break . “We put that break in there by design because the last month and a half of our season is very busy,” Slone said. “There’s a lot going on in a short period of time so we did something a little bit different this year.” Slone said the players used the break to stay on pace academically, spend extra time practicing and rest up to be ready for the fi nal stretch of the season. “We wanted to make sure that they felt physically and mentally prepared for this last part of the season,” Slone said. The Illini will tee off at 7:30 a.m. Monday, playing 36 holes, followed by 18 holes Tuesday to wrap up the tournament.

Women’s tennis recovers from earlier loss with 6-1 victory over No. 15 MSU BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER

The Illinois women’s tennis team wanted to bounce back after a subpar performance. After losing 6-1 to No. 15 Michigan Saturday, the Illini came back Sunday and took down Michigan State 7-0. The loss to the Wolverines snapped what had been a six-match winning streak. “It’s always nice to get a sweep,” Illini head coach Michelle Dasso said. “It’s important for us to get Misia (Kedzierski) some doubles experience and also see Chelcie (Abajian) back in action in our singles lineup.” No. 19 Illinois (13-6, 5-2 Big Ten) won two of three doubles matches, taking the doubles point for the fourth time in five matches. The pairing of Melissa Kopinski and Marisa Lambropoulos beat the No. 1 pairing of Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova, 8-2. The only loss on the day for Illinois was at No. 3 doubles when the Spartans pair of freshmen Julianne Gruber and Katarina Lingel topped Allison Falkin and Kedzierski, 8-6. In singles, the Illini took all six matches in straight sets. Both Falkin and Lambropoulos took their matches 6-2, 6-0, respectively. Senior Amy Allin did not concede a game and won 6-0, 6-0, while Rachael White, Kedzierski and Abajian each earned singles victories for Illinois. Kopinski — normally in the second or third slot for singles — did not have a singles match Sunday.

Including her win Sunday, White has won six singles matches in a row, and was the lone point for Illinois in its loss at Michigan on Saturday. Lambropoulos had her six-match singles win streak snapped in the loss to Michigan, but the win Sunday was a bounce back for her and the team. “Rachael has been playing some quality ball in both singles and doubles,” Dasso said after the Michigan match in a press release. “She is mentally in a great place.” The biggest thought for the team heading into Sunday was not to let a winnable match slip away because of lingering disappointment from the day before. There was no letdown, however, as Illinois took care of business and fi nished up the road trip on a high note. This marked the sixth-straight loss for the Spartans (8-10, 0-7) and its seventh of its past nine matches. Michigan State’s roster has no seniors, and that lack of experience has defi nitely hurt them this season. Illinois is still only one game back in the Big Ten standings, as Michigan (13-6, 6-1) lost to Northwestern earlier Sunday. The Wildcats (13-7, 6-1) are the only team to beat the Wolverines since 2009 in conference play, and they also beat the Illini, 5-2 , on March 10. “This last stretch of regular-season play is going to be a great test of our team’s mental strength,” Dasso said. “Each team we face is dangerous.”

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Illinois’ Jonathan Brown (45) attempts to tackle UCLA’s Kevin Prince (4) in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Brown, who led the team in tackles with 108, expects another great year from the Illini defense. “Top of the nation. Probably No. 1 in the nation considering how hard we work,” he said. “I definitely believe we can be up there.”

After strong 2011 season, Illinois’ defense starts fresh under Banks BY CHAD THORNBURG STAFF WRITER

The Illinois football team finished as the seventh-best defense in the nation in 2011, but new defensive coordinator Tim Banks isn’t concerned with last season’s success. “Every year is a different year, and that’s really what I’ve been preaching to the guys,” Banks said. “They’re gonna get judged on what they get done this year. I think the kids understand that and for them to play at the level that they want to play at, they know they have to continue to get better, learn our system. “They continue to improve.” Banks takes over for former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning and inherits a defense that ranked among the top 10 in total defense, tackles for loss, sacks and passing defense. “I expect another great year out of the defense,” said sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown, who led the team in tackles with 108. “Top of the nation. Probably number one in the nation considering how hard we work. I definitely believe we can be up there.” Banks, who joins Illinois after two seasons as Cincinnati’s codefensive coordinator, said the new system isn’t much different from what the Illini ran last season under Koening. “Based on what they did last year, if you look at us, it will look fairly similar,” Banks said. “I don’t think we’re changing a lot. There’s only so many ways that you can play the game of football. We’re gonna be aggressive, we’re gonna play to our strengths.” Players are in the progress of learning the new system and becoming accustomed to head coach Tim Beckman and his staff during spring practices. Defensive back Earnest Thomas said the transition is coming along smoothly. “We’ve got some new things, got some old things,” he said. “It’s not really tough to learn. ... It’s more so just terminology, learning how Coach Beck speaks compared to what we’re used to.” The Illini defense remains mostly intact from last season, losing just four consistent contributors: seniors Ian Thomas, Tavon Wilson and Trulon Henry and junior Whitney Mercilus, a projected first-round draft pick and

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Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus (85) tackles Northwestern’s Dan Persa (7) during a game at Memorial Stadium. Mercilus, a projected first-round draft pick and last season’s NCAA sack leader with 16, is one of four consistent contributors the Illini defense. last season’s NCAA sack leader with 16. “I don’t think you can ever go wrong with experience,” Banks said. “The guys really enjoy playing the game of football and they’re playing extremely hard. They’re still learning the system, but I’m excited about the guys because they’re excited about playing football. Anytime you’ve got that, good things usually happen.” Banks said the experience is a strength of the defense, but added that the Illini will need to develop the younger players to provide depth at all positions.

“We start demanding that guys play extremely hard,” Banks said. “Everybody says their team is gonna play hard, but when you start demanding it, you realize, physically, there’s only so many snaps that they can play at that level. We’re working extremely hard to try to develop some backups.” While the Illini defense finished among the top of several statistical categories last season, the unit struggled to generate turnovers, finishing 95th in the nation with 22 and a -.46 turnover margin. “Although we were a top defense in the country last year ... one of our lowest stats is takeaways,”

Thomas said. “This spring, that’s what we’ve really been trying to do. ... If we can take the ball away, we make it that much easier for the offense.” Banks said it doesn’t matter where the Illini end up statistically if they don’t win games. “What do we have to do to try to help ourselves win a championship?” Banks said. “If that means being the No. 1 defense in the country, then so be it. But our No. 1 goal is to win and win championships. That’s what we’re trying to get accomplished. Hopefully playing great defense is a byproduct of that, and we believe it will be.”

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