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(Left) The stairs that lead to the front porch and entrance of the building do not have a handrail. According to OSHA regulations, every flight of stairs with four or more risers should be equipped railings. (Right) Lead paint is peeling from the basement walls of the center. All surfaces must be kept as free of accumulations of lead as practicably possible, according to OSHA regulations.

African-American freshmen enrollment on steady rise

African American cultural center in need of repairs BY TYLER DAVIS STAFF WRITER

The condition of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center isn’t news to its director, Rory James. He saw many of the problems when he first interviewed for the position in 2010 and he said the knowledge is commonplace. Of all seven cultural centers, James said the African American center is in the worst condition. The cultural center’s current location at 708 S. Mathews St. wasn’t intended to be its permanent location. Before the center moved in during the late 1970s,

Although African American freshmen enrollment has been on the rise since its last drop in 2010, African American student enrollment is now overshadowed by Hispanic, foreign, Asian and white students. 5,000



received a new kitchen and a gender neutral bathroom on its first floor, but these fixes don’t address the structural issues of the building. James said Facilities and Services provides the basic needs for the building, but at this point, it needs more than care. It needs something extra — institutional priority, which could now be the case. Following a statement released April 14, the University is exploring different options to relocate the center, Vice Chan-

it housed a fraternity. Upstairs, the windows are drafty. The stair treads on the three-story building are coming apart, causing a tripping hazard. Beyond the first floor, the building’s structure itself isn’t handicapaccessible, which James said prohibits a population of students from accessing the center’s services. In the basement, the tiles contain asbestos and layers of lead paint are peeling from the walls — and these aren’t the only hazards Facilities and Services noted in its March 24 building safety evaluation. Seven to eight years ago, the center


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Illinois receives waiver for No Child Left Behind BY ALEX SWANSON STAFF WRITER

Illinois will now see more flexibility in teaching and education funding practices. The state recently received a federal waiver for No Child Left Behind, which will allow the state more freedom in meeting the standards of the law. In exchange, Illinois must follow state level plans to improve education. NCLB was created under the

George W. Bush administration in 2001, but was not approved for reauthorization in 2007. For years, NCLB has been a controversial topic throughout the country. The law calls for greater accountability for students and greatly increased standardized testing. Under the law, schools have certain standards in math and reading they are expected to meet or exceed. In order to provide relief for schools, Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan announced that states could apply for waivers starting in 2011, which allowed states to have more control in student assessment and standards than originally allowed under NCLB. Illinois first applied for the waiver in 2012, but the approval was delayed because of a disagreement between the federal and state governments in regard to a timeline for teacher evaluations.

The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Bureau of Indian Education and 45 states have applied for No Child Left Behind waivers; the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico and all but two of the states that applied have been approved. Mary Fergus, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Board of Education spoke to why so many states are applying for the waiver. “It was pretty well known

as a rather punitive law, so if you didn’t make a certain meet or exceeds ... you faced sanctions, you were called a failing school,” Fergus said. “So this was a chance for states to say, ‘we want to look at different metrics to look at students and look at how they are doing.’” Fergus also said the waiver will change the way that the state can fund education.


“This was a chance for states to say, ‘we want to look at different metrics to look at students and look at how they are doing.’” MARY FERGUS ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SPOKESWOMAN

UI Police see spike in drug charges involving MDMA DBY JESSICA RAMOS STAFF WRITER

The University Police Department is seeing an increase in charges related to MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or “molly.” In the 2013-14 school year, there has been a total of nine charges relating to MDMA — six of which took place from Feb. 3 to April 13. In the past, police have typically charged students with alcohol and marijuana use. Detective Joe McCullough, who supervises Street Crimes and Narcotics, said he believes drug-related trends start in high school when some students begin to use experimental drugs, which are later introduced on the college campus. However, the increase of MDMA use poses a great concern, McCullough said. “The trend is disturbing — the uptake of the trend. The problem I foresee is that sometimes the drug is substituted with other unknown substances, or ‘the bath salts,’” he said. “There’s


Looking into trends of MDMA charges 2013

9/26: A 20-year-old male was arrested for possession of MDMA. 10/7: Three men were arrested on drug charges and suspects were carrying MDMA. 11/6: A 25-year-old male was arrested on the charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Officers found powder cocaine packaged for sale and two ecstasy tablets in the suspect’s apartment.


2/1: A 20-year-old female was arrested for possession of MDMA.

3/7: A 22-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were arrested on the charges of manufacturing and possession of a controlled substance. After conducting a search, police found marijuana and 59 bags of MDMA. The drugs were estimated at $3,900. 3/16: A 22-year-old male was arrested on the charges of possession of drug equipment and possession with an intent to deliver. An officer stopped the man, who dropped several bags on the pavement, which were suspected to contain MDMA. A further search uncovered several pieces of drug equipment, LSD and more MDMA.

3/18: A 18-year-old male was issued a notice to appear in court to face battery charges. Staff members at Lungren Hall, 1201 S. Fourth St., Champaign, called police officers after seeing the offender acting erratically and push an employee who tried to intervene. The male became combative when officers tried to subdue him. The offender admitted to taking multiple doses of MDMA. 4/9: A 18-year-old male was arrested on the charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia and a 19-year-old female was arrested on the charge of possession of a controlled sub-

stance with intent to deliver. An officer investigating a suspicious vehicle discovered MDMA pills, cannabis, drug paraphernalia, several containers of nitrous oxide and $3,800. 4/13: A 21-year-old male was arrested on the charges of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. The man was seen acting wildly and ran from the police, climbed the fire escape to the roof, resisted the officer’s attempts to remove him and it took several firefighters with ladders to remove him. The man was found to have bitten someone earlier in the evening and admitted to taking the controlled substance, MDMA.



Urbana City Council discusses possible use of Tasers, impact on community


The Urbana Police Department may soon carry Tasers in addition to pepper spray and standard firearms. Representatives of the Urbana Police Department and the University Police Department gave a presentation on the use of Tasers during the Urbana City Council meeting Monday. While law enforcement argued the benefits of using these devices as an

alternative to other non-lethal weapons, such as pepper spray and rubber ammunition, a large number of citizens voiced their opposition. African-American citizens from the Champaign-Urbana community voiced the majority of the opposition, which lasted almost a full hour before the Taser presentation began. Their main concern was that the use of Tasers could follow the trend of traffic stops and racial profiling.





Many members of the Champaign County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People spoke in opposition against the use of Tasers. As each citizen is allowed only two minutes to speak before the city council, members of the association took turns reading dozens of names of people, the majority of whome were African-American, who have died as a result of Tasers over the past several years.

“This could not come at a worse time, when we are trying to repair the relationship between the African-American community and law enforcement,” said Patricia Avery, president of the association. The use of Tasers has resulted in 540 deaths nationwide, as of 2013, according to an Amnesty International annual report. W hile African-A mericans account for only 13.6 percent of the U.S. population,Avery said















police would impose to regulate use. Whenever a Taser discharges, it records the date, time, temperature, battery life and duration of use. In addition, a Taser Cam attached to the side of the device records audio and visual whenever the safety is disengaged. Connelly plans to work with the city’s Civilian Police Review Board to assess each Taser dis-





they constituted 41 percent of all Taser-related deaths in the U.S. between the years 2003 and 2013. “Black people and people of color have been human targets for too long,” she said. Michael Schlosser, the director of the University Police Training Institute, and Patrick Connolly, the Urbana chief of police, explained the many safeguards built into Tasers, as well as the policies that the Urbana













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TASERS charge for misuse. Due to the Anti-Felon Identification program, Tasers also release bits of confetti engraved with the same serial number as the electronic device. This allows investigators to quickly identify the registered owner of any discharged Taser. “If there are those officers out there who are abusing it, none of us want them out there representing us,� Schossler said. “Good police officers see this and they say that they don’t want them to be a part of us.� But these assurances did little to lessen the concerns of citizens who would prefer that law enforcement focus on developing better speech and de=escalation techniques rather than arming officers with more weapons. Julie Watkins, a Champaign citizen opposed to the implementation of Tasers, said that she would rather have her tax money go toward upgrades in mental health care and the justice system than toward Taser training and purchase. Other members of the community supported the use of Tasers as long as it included a community-involved and balanced approach. Many of those opposed to Tasers worried about the dangers associated with the electronic devices.

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“Electronic Tasers are not nonlethal weapons, they are less lethal weapons,� Avery said. Connolly acknowledged that such a controversial tool requires safeguards and training that prepares officers to deal with situations in which the chances of serious injury or fatality to the targets are heightened. Examples of high-risk situations include those that deal with mobile targets or those near water, low body mass index persons, pregnant women and the elderly. “The tool is safe as long as they are operated with guidelines,� Connolly said. Connolly recommends that officers are given 12 hours of training before taking their Tasers onto the street, while the Taser manufacturer only recommends six hours. In addition, police officers would wear Tasers on the opposite hip from their handgun to avoid confusion and would be subject to being Tased before becoming carriers. During the presentation, Schossler described the difference between a Taser and a stun gun to eliminate any concern that an association between the two distinct weapons might elicit. While stun guns prevent hostility through “pain compliance,� Tasers work by causing “neuromuscular incapacitation� and cause little pain following the initial five seconds. They work by firing two electrified probes at a target. When the

probes make contact, they send an electronic pulse that mimics that of the human body and affects the muscles’ ability to communicate with the brain. The effects of pepper spray, by contrast, can last several hours. According to Schossler, officers who take his course at the University prefer the effects of a Taser to those of pepper spray 99 percent of the time. Still, officers would be trained not to target the head and chest, as well as to avoid use when circumstances increase the chances of serious injury or fatality. If used correctly, a Taser gives the officer a five-second window in which to subdue the target. Both Schlosser and Connolly acknowledged that the major chance for harm comes not from the weapons but from the individuals carrying the weapon. However, they believe that training and discipline would reduce the chance of misuse. “We are proud of our profession,� Schlosser said. “We don’t want these officers on the street. We want them disciplined. We want them punished. We want them possibly fired and maybe even criminal charges because we are out there to do the right thing and they are giving us a bad name.�

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“This could not come at a worse time, when we are trying to repair the relationship between the African-American community and law enforcement.� PATRICIA AVERY PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE


MDMA da synthetic version that people have been taking and snorting. There is no quality control over the drug, and the problem we see is that if a bad batch is ever put out on the street that the injuries could be pretty bad or they could be sometimes fatal.� While on MDMA, an individual feels the effects of a stimulant, as they enter a hyperactive state where the heart begins to beat faster and blood pressure rises. University Police Sgt. Joan Fiesta mentioned that when a


REPAIRS cellor for Student Affairs Renee Romano said. The statement, addressed to the University on behalf of the African American student body, brings attention to the condition of the cultural center and to claims of decreasing African American enrollment, retention and graduation rates. The statement requests that the University relocate the cultural center to 1404 S. Lincoln Ave., which Romano said is one of the options on the table. “It’s not really a slam dunk in the sense that it’s not owned by the University and I don’t know how much repair it needs,� she said. “If they moved from the current facility to that one, I don’t know that they wouldn’t be moving from one bad situation to another.� She said that she and her team are “moving pretty fast� to see whether any other Universityowned structures are available to permanently or temporarily relocate the center while the current building is worked on. “I’m just trying to keep all options on the table right now,� she said. “I don’t want to go down one road and then find out that we can’t do that, and then we’re stuck.� However, the University has a plan in its back pocket. Within an estimated five to eight years, an entirely new cultural center could be built to house all the ethnic studies departments and cultural houses. Romano said this is partly why administration has been reluctant to put a lot of money into maintenance on the African American center.


for continued restructuring. If the school fails for the fifth year, then major restructuring changes must take place, even so much as turning it over to private management or converting it to a charter school. Parents with children in a failing school district will have the option of relocating their child, and the transportation goes to the expense of the NCLB program. Jessie Garmon, member of the Student Education Association and junior in Education spoke about the positives and negatives of the law. “It’s helping children to keep up with academics and not fall way behind and be further behind then their peers,� Garmon said. “It’s frustrating for teachers, because their job is relying on how well their students perform and sometimes there are kids that can’t perform well on tests. It’s almost unfair to teachers that they are being assessed on how well their students do.� Stephanie Sharpe, sophomore in LAS and member of Epsilon Delta, a professional teaching organization, spoke to her disapproval of the standardized testing she received before attending the University. “I found it negatively impacted my education actually, I thought test preparation was not nearly as engaging as other activities we did in school,� Sharpe said. “No one really liked it, and no one really put much value into ISATs or whatever test we were taking.� Fergus also talked about the evolution of educational thinking in Illinois policy, from No Child Left Behind, to where it stands today. “The standard was proficiency, and we talked about meeting or exceeding standards of proficiency. Now we’re talking about college and career readiness,� Fergus said. “We want to see students taking fewer remedial classes once they get to college.

NO CHILD Instead of having to allocate federal dollars to tutoring, school choice or transportation, schools will have much more flexibility with those funds. The state is moving away from No Child Left Behind and exploring and implementing new ways to teach and assess students. The Common Core State Standards and Illinois Learning Standards were passed in 2010 and are examples of such assessments. “It’s really part of a greater effort for higher standards, new testing that focuses on progress rather than a snapshot in time,� Fergus said. Sarah McCarthey, a professor in the College of Education, published an article in 2008 about the negative impact of NCLB. She expressed she is somewhat optimistic about Common Core State Standards, though she still has apprehension surrounding their implementation. “I am concerned that, once again a good idea, can devolve into a set of mandates driven by accountability measures that reduce education to passing tests.� McCarthey also spoke about the potential of flexibility regarding the NCLB waiver. “My own hopes are that teachers will be less hampered by NCLB and the accompanying constraints of standardized tests and narrowed curriculum,� McCarthey said in an email. “Instead, I hope they will be energized to design instruction that promotes collaboration among students, focuses on problem solving, and encourages students to be creative.� Schools must make adequate yearly progress under NCLB, the rate of which is defined by each state. If the school doesn’t make adequate yearly progress for two years in a row, the school is flagged and must draft a “school improvement plan.� After three years, the school is identified for corrective action. After a fourth year, the school is identified

person is on MDMA, their core temperature rises and the individual becomes very thirsty. A person’s body is not designed to handle the effects of the drugs, she said. “They feel no pain, so it’s very difficult for an officer to deal with them. And the chances are very good of somebody — a suspect or police officer — being injured,� University Police Captain Roy Acree said. “That’s when Tasers come into play.� In the most recent case, a 21-year-old male was arrested on the charges of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property, according to a Uni-

versity police report. The man admitted to taking the controlled substance MDMA. The man was seen acting wildly; he ran from the police, climbed the fire escape to the roof and resisted the officers’ attempts to remove him, which took several firefighters with ladders to seize him. Deputy Chief Skip Frost mentioned that in this instance, one of the police sergeants was injured while trying to subdue the offender. McCullough said the use of tasers on offenders is not always effective because of their “hyper state.� “There was several minutes of

officers trying to restrain the individuals under the influence, and we’re very careful on how (that is) done. Sometimes it’s in such a confined and closed area (that) there’s little control that the officer has,� he said. “Sometimes our control tactics or Tasers are less effective or ineffective on somebody who cannot feel pain.� Possession of MDMA is considered a felony. Frost said there have been several high profile instances on campus for possession with intent to deliver or where a person is under the influence. “There are instances, I’m

From her perspective, Romano said the center “seems to deteriorate faster than we can keep up with it.� “If you think of an older vehicle, you think you want to keep it going, but how much do I keep putting into it that ends up not being a good use of funds?� Romano said. In addition to office space for the ethnic studies units and cultural houses, the center would house shared multipurpose rooms, classrooms, gathering spaces and even space for displaying art and cultural artifacts. Romano said a feasibility study for the facility has been completed and a budget and funding plan is now in development. The project is contingent on raising development funds, mostly in the form of fundraising and donations. “Even if we could raise all the money in the next year, we would have to then begin the real serious planning and that would probably be at least five years out,� she said. “We’re trying to be in a good place for the center with one of these options in the fall.� Regardless of what is to come in the future, James questions what his staff and his students should do in the present. “It’s unacceptable. However the future may look, we still have to do something for the now,� he said. “I think that’s the sense of frustration that comes not only from students but staff.� Bradley Harrison, a senior in AHS and one of the collaborators on the statement, said the letter, which came to fruition as part of the Being Black at Illinois movement, is meant to hold University administration accountable to its own diversity and inclusion statements.

According to first-year enrollment data from the Division of Management Information, African American students comprised 8.84 percent of the 6,802 students in the freshman class of fall 2003, which is the highest percentage of African Americans in a freshman class since 2000. By fall 2013, African Americans made up 5.91 percent of the new class of 7,331. “It took us 38 years to get to the highest point, and only about 10 years to get back where we started,� Harrison said. “It’s kind of scary how quick we can go downhill but how long it takes us to go back upward and make progress.� Similarly, in fall 2000, African American students made up 6.29 percent of enrolled students at the University, but by fall 2013, that had fallen to 5 percent. However, Stacey Kostell, Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management, said that in 2010, the University changed the way it collects ethnicity information, which skews comparisons between years before and after 2010. Kostell said since 2010, the University has seen an overall increase in student application and admittance, but not all students who are accepted choose to come here. She said this is related very closely with tuition cost, something the University is aware of. For the 2010-2011 school year, the campus allocated just over $38 million toward financial aid, Kostell said. For the 2014-2015 school year, $66.5 million will be allocated. “I think there’s certainly interest and the campus is certainly doing their part and trying to make college more affordable,� Kostell said. She said the money will fund programs such as Illinois Prom-

ise, which offers aid to students who are socioeconomically underrepresented, and the President’s Award Program, which assists the University in enrolling high-ability students who are members of historically underrepresented groups and groups that have been difficult to enroll at the University. Despite these efforts, cost can still be an issue for students. Alex Horton, a junior transfer student in LAS, said he thinks tuition price tag is the number one reason African American enrollment is on the decline. “We are at a public institution that is really charging private rates,� he said. “I think that’s a problem that needs to be addressed. I feel you ask anybody of any race, gender ethnicity — that is a big problem.� James also finds it problematic that affordability is preventing the best African American students from enrolling in the University. “They can go to Mizzou, they can go to Purdue University, they can go to any of our Big Ten peers, they can go to an Ivy and have their tuition paid for,� he said. “Now think about that. They can go to a private school for cheaper than coming to a public school. I find that very problematic.� Regardless of how bad someone wants to be an Illini, potential students are going to make the most economically feasible decision, James said. A sense of community plays a big role in student retention as well, said Horton, president of Salango, Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Hall’s Black Student Union. He feels that black student unions go a long way to create this sense in a dorm. “I love Salango because it’s a

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sure, where people under the influence injure themselves. People really need to make some tough decisions. While I realize that it’s not the No. 1 drug of choice, it is a great drug to avoid because a lot of people get themselves in trouble because of MDMA,� he said. “It’s causing not only them to put themselves at risk, but it’s also putting our officers at risk.� Frost mentioned that it is difficult to predict trends; however, the trend currently shows that if there is a market for the drug, it will be supplied. While possession of the drug is a concern, the police department’s primary

focus is the distributor. Acree added that the officers are improving their tactics and have gotten better at targeting suspects — users and dealers. This can also play into the increased numbers of MDMA related charges police have seen. “(We are) making sure we are going after the people that are dealing this,� Frost said. “Those people that are dealing it, you can bet that they will be dealt with very harshly. Not only in the courts but also in the eyes of the University.�

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In the basement of the African American cultural center, asbestos containing tiles are fragmented. OSHA regulation states all surfaces should be as free as possible of asbestos containing waste and debris. community,� he said. “It’s where you can just stop every Tuesday from nine to 10, whatever you’re doing, come and just relax.� Harrison said everything ties back into the cultural center, which plays a major role in recruiting and retaining African American students. “If you see something beautiful that has African American on it at another institution and then you come here and see something in horrible conditions, I would be more inclined to go to the university that has the beautiful facilities and resources designated for me, as an African American student,� he said. Harrison noted that he sees the cultural center’s current condition as symbolic of how the University sees its African American student population. “The symbolism of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center totally correlates with the racial climate of this campus,� he said. “Things aren’t good for us as

African Americans, or probably as any minority on this campus, just based off of the experiences that we have.� Harrison added that the cultural houses on campus are meant to be safe zones for minorities on campus — “however, when we go there, they’re horrible.� In the meantime, whether the cultural center moves into a new facility or not, James said something needs to be done. Over the past months, his staff has been working to clean out clutter that has collected over the years, and he said things are moving along. However, James questions whether it is the responsibility of students and staff to address the building’s larger structural issues. “I’m not a carpenter,� he said. “If there’s a hole in the floor, I don’t think the director should be the fool who’s working on it.�

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Michigan decision on affirmative action should not be left to voters


a 6–2 ruling, the Supreme Court held that it was permissible for the voters of Michigan to pass a referendum prohibiting the state’s public universities from considering race in the college admissions process. While affirmative action is the key player in this ruling — and essentially what the case was based on in the first place — the real issue at hand is whether Michigan voters should be able to make a decision like this. And we don’t think they should be able to — not because of any reservations with the democratic process or challenges with people’s right to vote, but because of other complications with this ruling. It’s a given that the Court can’t dictate what voters can and cannot think about a particular subject, such as affirmative action. And while we agree that we cannot simply limit the agency of voters to make decisions, the majority bolstered its opinion using some points we take issue with. First of all, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that “voters may eventually change their minds and vote to reinstate affirmative action.� While we have seen these sorts of decisions implemented before where voters “change their minds� such as through alcohol prohibition and gay marriage rights, the time it takes to put these resolutions into effect is lengthy, which is why decisions surrounding these hotbutton issues require careful consideration. And despite any outcome this decision has on Michigan, reinstating affirmative action later is easier said than done — mounting referendums costs time and money and requires swaying minds and meeting a variety of procedural requirements. These hurdles can be difficult to overcome for any group, particularly minority voting groups advancing initiatives meant to benefit minority interests. This ruling serves as another barrier to the advancement of policy that benefits minority interests. That’s not to say that all minority policy interests should be able to supersede majority opinions. Rather, the access that minority interests have to tools that can affect change should be equitable to those enjoyed by the majority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who dissented from the bench’s decision, further explains this point. She refers to the fact that there are limits to the abilities of the majority of voters based on constitutional law, and that they cannot “change the ground rules of the political process in a manner that makes it more difficult for racial minorities alone to achieve their goals.� Although many people have their various stances and opinions regarding affirmative action, we feel that because of the difficulties with potentially reinstating affirmative action down the line and the strong opposition of some minority group members, this decision should not have been left to Michigan voters.

Cultural awareness promotes inclusivity, empathy SIMRAN DEVIDASANI Opinions columnist


his past weekend, I attended a barn dance for my American Advertising Federation group, and I had a show and an after-party to attend for the Indian Student Association organization on campus. I was able to enjoy what I now know to be the best of both worlds. In other words, I was able to spend time with two completely different types of groups. Coming to the University from Cupertino, Calif., was definitely a culture shock for me. I was used to associating with and befriending those who came from similar cultural backgrounds as me. I knew coming to campus, however, that I would encounter those who were much different culturally than me, especially because most of them grew up in different environments. I was initially worried that I wouldn’t fit in or that I would be the odd one out. I wasn’t thoroughly involved in what I thought to be mainstream Midwestern culture, such as watching “Keeping Up

With the Kardashians� or eating cheeseburgers (especially because I don’t eat beef). Moreover, I felt as though I wouldn’t be able to carry on conversations because my interests were different. But I soon came to find out that wasn’t the case at all. Drawing from my experiences this past year, I’ve realized that being in a culturally diverse environment helps individuals expand their knowledge and horizons. By befriending those from different backgrounds, I have been able to gain insight into their life experiences. My high school never had prom kings or prom queens, but in the Midwest, it’s a popular concept. Moreover, I’m starting to learn about mainstream concepts such as famous YouTube stars and television hosts, things I previously hadn’t invested time learning about. But I’ve learned so much through some of my peers in advertising, and they’ve grown to become some of my best friends. Of course, this came with time, but I realized that what those from different cultural backgrounds taught me was reciprocated: I taught them as well. This symbiotic relationship enables us students to have the upper

hand when applying for jobs because employers are looking for diverse people. Being able to demonstrate a cultural understanding is incredibly useful because it shows the ability to relate to people of all types. In my particular field, advertising, you have to appeal to people through images and popular culture. The more cultural competency and experiences individuals have, the easier it is for them to relate to people, thus making them more ideal employees. Good thing I learned so much this year, huh? Thus, by showcasing that we participate in diverse organizations, we can pique companies’ interests. More importantly, I get to experience a lot of typical Midwestern and American culture through AAF, such as barn dances and patriotic parties. These are things that are rarely celebrated on the West Coast because it is has different atmospheres and demographics. At the same time, through ISA, I have been able to pursue my interest in my personal heritage and culture. The events the organization hosts, such as the recent India Night — which showcased Indian dance and singing pieces — allow me to connect to my past and also to

my relatives. I used to celebrate these same holidays and traditions back home, and continuing them in college allows me to strike up conversations with my relatives. Being a part of two different groups has helped me grow and expand on my knowledge and insight, something that will ultimately help me when it comes to the job hunt. Because I’m a member of AAF, I am able to associate myself with those other than Californians — my comfort zone — but at the same time, I am able to keep in touch with my culture and roots through ISA. I have also been able to spread awareness to my culturally diverse peers by inviting them to events such as Holi. Coming to the University was initially terrifying based on the fact that I would have to become involved with groups of people who were completely culturally different from me, but I’ve come to embrace and enjoy it. My weekends now include both barn dances and Indian parties — something that I absolutely adore, and I think others would, too.

Simran is a freshman in Media. She can be reached at devidas2@

Affirmative action discredits minority achievements SEHAR SIDDIQUI Opinions columnist


herever you go in life, you should strive to get there based on your own merit and qualifications. Nobody should be a token minority. Nobody should be a statistic to fulfill a diversity requirement. And nobody should be a bubble to fill in on a list of race options. Whomever you are and wherever you come from, your race does not define you or your abilities. This is why as a woman, a liberal and a person of color, I agree with Michigan’s recent decision to reinstate their affirmative action ban at colleges and universities, which eliminates race from admissions considerations. Affirmative action is an ineffective way to combat inequality and implies that minorities don’t have the merit to get ahead on their own. The fact that Americans are so worried about discriminating that they needed to implement a specific program to make sure they don’t discriminate is a problem in itself. And the fact that we think affirmative action is the solution to dispel racial disparities in poverty, education and employment is an

even bigger one. At its heart, there is nothing wrong with the ideals of affirmative action — to ensure equal representation of all people in the United States. However, if our country really wants to help bridge gaps between the disadvantaged and the privileged, we need to focus on improving the state of inner-city schools, our country’s high poverty and low literacy rates, rather than just fulfilling diversity requirements. For example, from the time Martin Luther King Jr. was active in the 1960s until now, conditions for disadvantaged AfricanAmericans in Chicago haven’t improved very much or at all. In 1960, the poverty rate for AfricanAmericans in Chicago was 29.7 percent. As of 2011, it was 34.1 percent. For whites in 2011, the poverty rate was 10.9 percent. In 2012, the unemployment rate of African-Americans in Chicago was 19.5 percent, compared to 8.1 percent for whites. Clearly this demonstrates that there is a disadvantage for minorities in the United States, however, I do not think affirmative action effectively addresses the various problems that exist among minorities. Even though racial preference is being given to minorities over the majority through affirmative action, it is still a judgment based on race, and in that way, it is reflective of

unfair discriminatory practices. Attempts to “diversify� universities, for example, sends the message that people from different races can’t get into accredited programs based on their skills, and need some special preference or help along the way. A desire for racial diversity also implies that the differences that are important to uphold are physical and based off of color and culture, rather than what is on the inside. When somebody is given a preference because of their race, the minority group they happen to belong to automatically overshadows their individual accomplishments and qualifications, and the focus is shifted to the color of their skin. I have heard multiple people accuse minorities in accredited programs of only getting there because of their race. This is a problem because rather than acknowledging the intelligence among different groups of people, many just assume that minorities get free passes. As a result, this discredits a minority’s intellect and achievements. If we want to ensure that minorities don’t miss out on opportunities the majority receives, here’s a fancy idea: don’t discriminate between different types of people. Not taking a person’s race into consideration when figuring out admissions should mean two things:

not accepting them just because of their race, but also not rejecting them for that same reason. Affirmative action draws more divisions between minorities and the majority and undoes what Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned — a color-blind society. If we keep paying attention to what we perceive makes us different, we can never be equal. Although we are still a long way from such a romantic ideal, giving anyone preference based on anything other than skill is a far cry from an equal United States. Merely looking for race as a qualification isn’t the right way to deal with unequal opportunity, and is not a solution to inequality, but a cover-up. Minorities do not possess any less intelligence or talent than the majority where they’d need special treatment to get ahead. It is so much easier to offer choice minorities a place at a university instead of addressing the deeper institutional issues that exist among minorities. If we want to help the oppressed, we need to bridge the huge gaps between the advantaged and disadvantaged rather than only focusing on fulfilling diversity quotas.

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BAYAT inequality than trying to overturn an entire regime, protests of similar kinds have occurred throughout the world since. For Bayat, the place that symbolized unity and solidarity during the Iranian Revolution was Azadi (Freedom) Square. In Egypt, it was Tahrir Square. Aksel Meric, freshman in Engineering, said Taksim Square was what unified the people during the 2013 protests in Turkey. In Turkey, what started off as a protest to contest urban development plans quickly shifted toward disdain for the government run by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his encroachment of civil freedoms like press, expression, assembly and Turkey’s secularism. “We, the protesters, were like a team; we were always helping each other,� Meric said. “It was just like going to the police and like trying to make your point, and when the police starts throwing tear gas and orange gas and throwing it all to you. You just run back because you can’t do anything ... We were running back, getting medical attention, and going back in.� Violence escalated throughout the protests despite their peace-

ful intentions, Meric said. “My friend’s sister got raped (by) the police,� Meric said. “Her dad tried to get her from the police, but he got beat down in the police (station). It was a horrible time ... everyone was bleeding, I was bleeding.� Ogan Aktolun, junior in Engineering, was home in Istanbul for the summer when the protests started and said he was disappointed at the escalation of violence. “To see most of it start off more peacefully than most European protests and then see the police reaction and the resulting escalation was disappointing,� he said. “For the first few weeks, I’d say most of the protesters still had some hope that the government and police would relent and come to their senses, but alas, that didn’t happen.� Despite the protests, Aktolun said he feels nothing has changed within the government. “Unfortunately, it didn’t have much impact on the government,� Aktolun said. “On the contrary, the government became more entrenched and paranoid and exploited ridiculous conspiracy theories to further their own ends.� To Meric, these efforts did not go in vain. “It was worth the protest. If I didn’t go there, if my friends

didn’t go there ... we couldn’t make a sound. That’s why everyone gathered together. It doesn’t matter how much you get damaged. It’s about making a sound,� he said. Bayat said the Guggenheim Fellowship grant means he can further explore the aftermath and future significance of these kinds of protestations and revolutions. “I’m hoping to write a book about these revolutions. I’ve already (started writing) ... but I do want to write about how the role of popular classes, ordinary people — something like a continuation in a sense of ‘Life as Politics’ — how these people were involved in the revolution and then what happened to them after the revolution. Did they benefit from it, did they (lose something) in between?� Despite the conflicted history that the countries have endured, Bayat said he sees hope for the future. “Things are still ongoing. We are not at the end of these revolutions yet, whether they’re for the better or for the worse. So far, the balance is mixed, and the countries are mixed,� he said. “Socially, a lot of things have changed, people have lost fear, and that’s the most important thing.�

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AGGERS the fraternity. “It’s a very rural, back, smalltown feel fraternity,� Croegaert said. “We don’t have any requirements of growing up on a farm or majoring in agriculture. We do usually recruit from those areas, but that doesn’t mean we necessarily have to do that. I’d say 90 percent of the guys are from small towns, but we do have a couple guys from the Chicagoland area.� Croegaert also said this notion may be one of the biggest misconceptions or something many don’t know about Alpha Gamma Rho. In addition to fostering a social and professional environment, Alpha Gamma Rho also hosts and participates in a variety of campus-wide philanthropy efforts. In the fall, they do a Foxy Lady Contest, which is similar to a pageant. Historically, the proceeds have been for breast cancer research, but this past year they went to a fraternity brother’s family member who was diagnosed with autism. In the spring,


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Alpha Gamma Rho, a campus fraternity united by an interest in agriculture, offers a unique spin to the social-professional combination in Greek chapters. Alpha Gamma Rho partners up with Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and holds a sand volleyball tournament to raise money for diabetes research. Overall, Alpha Gamma Rho provides a different experience than one may have in either a solely social or solely professional fraternity. The house doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only provide opportunities to socialize, but also to develop professionally in agricultural-related

fields, a unique combination in the Greek community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a strong social calendar and are involved in the social side of the Greek community,â&#x20AC;? Kempel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also recognized for our (agricultural) professional development ... that definitely makes us different.â&#x20AC;?



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Members of Illini Student Musicals rehearse together on March 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress: A Broadway Revueâ&#x20AC;? will debut Thursday at 7:30 pm in Lincoln Hall Theatre.

New student musical debuts Script focuses on graduation woes BY TAYLOR LUCERO STAFF WRITER

As graduation quickly approaches, students about to exit the doors of higher education may deal with the anxiety of life after college. This apprehension is embodied in the singing, dancing and acting of Illini Student Musicalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upcoming show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress: A Broadway Revue.â&#x20AC;? The performance is a concert revue with an original, studentwritten script. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress: A Broadway Revueâ&#x20AC;? will take place in Lincoln Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $8 for University students and $10 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased through Illini Student Musicalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; official website. The script for the concert revue was co-authored by Zach Moyer, director and senior in FAA, and Kelsey McGrath, dramaturg, properties coordinator and senior in Media and FAA. The vocal arrangements and orchestrations for the performance were written by Andrei Strizek, music supervisor and graduate student in FAA. The concert has a 15-member cast and focuses on the stories of four seniors about to graduate from college, according to Michael Courtney, producer for the show and senior in ACES. Courtney said this was the first time Illini Student Musicals has done an original show. When the executive producers and Courtney decided they wanted to do the concert revue, Courtney said

they hired Moyer to create the script and direct the show. Moyer later brought McGrath onto the project. Moyer said McGrath and he pulled experiences from their own lives to incorporate into the script. The co-authors included topics such as stress and the uncertainty that some students face about life after graduation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really think that this show is not only the brainchild of our experience, but of the collective experience of what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to be a second-semester senior on the cusp of graduation about to experience that next phase, that uncertainty,â&#x20AC;? Moyer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress: A Broadway Revueâ&#x20AC;? features studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; struggles as graduation looms closer. Moyer said that throughout the show, the characters go through situations like plagiarizing, dealing with sexuality and waiting to hear from a potential employer and graduate school. According to Moyer, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress: A Broadway Revueâ&#x20AC;? is a concert-format performance with a story and big musical performances from Broadway productions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we have a very small cast of really dynamic, talented singers, actors and dancers who have taken on this incredible challenge,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned some of the most difficult, contemporary Broadway songs in existence.â&#x20AC;? The concert revue incorporates 12 popular 21st-century songs from Broadway productions, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Wish I Could Go Back to Collegeâ&#x20AC;? from Avenue Q, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Goodâ&#x20AC;? from Wicked and â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Much Betterâ&#x20AC;? from Legally Blonde. McGrath came up with the

Illini Student Musicals presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress: A Broadway Revueâ&#x20AC;? Where: Lincoln Hall Theatre When: Thursday May 1, 7:30 p.m. and Friday May 2, 7:30 p.m. Ticket Price: $8 for University students and $10 for general admission

concertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Progress,â&#x20AC;? after a discussion about the difficulties of being comfortable in the world after graduation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a professional, even if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an adult, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a constant growing process,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always kind of in the making, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re allowing the people around us and the experiences that we seek out ... to shape us.â&#x20AC;? Sara Costello, junior in FAA, plays an array of characters in the production. One character she plays, named Sara Virginia, is a reporter covering the disheartening job market for college graduates. Costello said she feels lucky that Illini Student Musicals can put on this original production after establishing itself about two years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come so far with our organization that we can create a new piece of theater like this and have the people and the resources to really make it come to life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it really says a lot about our organization thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student-run,â&#x20AC;? Costello said.

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Asef Bayat, sociology and Middle Eastern studies professor, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Grant in April along with five other University professors.

Guggenheim Grant winner talks revolution and protests, plans for future book BY ELISEO ELIZARRARAZ STAFF WRITER

Five University professors have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, an award reserved for those â&#x20AC;&#x153;who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.â&#x20AC;? Of the five â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Asef Bayat, Joy Harjo, David Deke Weaver, Catherine Prendergast, and Stephen Andrew Taylor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bayat, sociology and Middle Eastern studies professor, won the award for his study of social movements, urban-politics, and political Islam in the Middle East. Grant sizes vary to the needs of the fellows, but averaging usually to about $43,200. Bayat said he plans to use the grant to finance writing a future book, a continuation of his previous work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? Bayat has been at the University since 2010, after previously holding positions at Leiden University, The American University in Cairo, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Kent in Canterbury, England. As a university student, Bayat said he was a face of the revolution in Iran which saw a long power struggle to overturn the pro-Western absolute monarchy in the Pahlavi Dynasty, turning over power to an antiWestern, authoritarian theocratic government. According to Bayat, this prompted his interest in studying social and

political change, which he said he has what interesting in a sense that it witnessed since the time of the last was a democratic country, and there was freedom of expression unlike Shah of Iran. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iran on the society level has my experience of Iran under the developed tremendously,â&#x20AC;? Bayat Shah, which was very autocratic said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more and undemocratic. literacy among So you could write, you could express women and more yourself and demmodernization in onstrate and so on.â&#x20AC;? society and more In 2009, Bayat urbanization, and wrote and pubyouth movement lished the book has developed very much. Socialâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Life as Politics: ly, it is very active, How Ordinary very vibrant, but People Change the Middle East.â&#x20AC;? To politically at the an extent, it was top is a peculiar regime which gets to anticipate the its legitimacy and movements that acceptability from would bring about  religion.â&#x20AC;? the Arab Springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bayat later revolution in 2011. moved on to study ASEF BAYAT â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t preUNIVERSITY PROFESSOR in the U.K. in 1978, dict, really, that which he said was this incredibly a time of revelation huge thing would happen, but what I could see in the for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a very revealing experi- underside of society was that things ence for me, living and studying in were brewing; something was hapEngland,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I went to pening,â&#x20AC;? Bayat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a lot the University of Kent, it was my first of dissatisfaction, and a lot of things time ever getting out of the country, were being said and done by womand it was very different. I was learn- en, by young people, especially by ing a lot.â&#x20AC;? poor people in poor neighborhoods For Bayat, English culture was far and so on.â&#x20AC;? different than the culture he grew up As a professor at The American in, where democracy did not exist, University in Cairo, Bayat was teachhe said. ing a course on social movements in â&#x20AC;&#x153;One key difference was, of course, 2001, as subtle protestation went on that I experienced life to be some- in Tahrir Square. Bayat said his class

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thousands were working together â&#x20AC;&#x201D; men, women, Christians, Muslims â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in one space for one cause. This is so beautiful; it was so lovely.â&#x20AC;?

and he joined in to what would be the foundation of a larger protest 10 years later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were there until night ... but at midnight, when people went home, the police came and basically retook (the square).â&#x20AC;? In Egypt on Jan. 25, 2011, many of Bayatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predictions came true, and the Egyptiansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; disdain for a government run by former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak boiled over with crowds hitting the streets and public areas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happened on the 25th was very, very different,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was unbelievable to me. What was especially unbelievable was that it stayed there; it continued for days and days and days and something very different was happening there.â&#x20AC;? At the end of the day, Egyptians were able to overturn the dictatorship that it was under through peaceful protests, but this was only the tip of the iceberg in what would become a road map for future revolutions in the Arab world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thousands were working together â&#x20AC;&#x201D; men, women, Christians, Muslims â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in one space for one cause. This is so beautiful; it was so lovely,â&#x20AC;? Bayat said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I was extremely happy, but I was also very worried ... that these nice revolutionaries would not be prepared for the day after. What do you do when you take over power? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not easy.â&#x20AC;? Despite being more about social


Alpha Gamma Rho offers unique fraternity experience BY SAMANTHA ROTHMAN STAFF WRITER

Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aggers,â&#x20AC;? is a professional and social fraternity established at the University since 1906. As both a professional and social fraternity, the opportunities that Alpha Gamma Rho offers have an agricultural spin different from other fraternities around campus.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew about AGR, but I wanted to check out some other houses first,â&#x20AC;? said Jared Kempel, former president of Alpha Gamma Rho and senior in Business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I knew once I met some of the guys, this was the right house for me ... I found out about it as a referral from a guy from home.â&#x20AC;? Kempel also said that a large majority of Alpha Gamma Rhoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members learn about the house

and start their recruitment process at home. This usually takes place when potential new members are high school seniors. Often current members and alumni from the fraternity are from rural areas in Illinois, and they personally reach out to high school students from their hometowns and neighboring areas. Students are recruited based on having similar rural community

backgrounds and having potential interests in agriculture-related fields. Alex Tebbe, sophomore in ACES, said a unique quality of Alpha Gamma Rho is that freshman can live in the house right when they come to campus at the beginning of the school year. The Alpha Gamma Rho house is considered certified University housing, which gives freshman the

opportunity to move in right away. Blake Croegaert, junior in ACES, said Alpha Gamma Rho fosters both social and professional development. Like all social fraternities, they have a social calendar consisting of exchanges and block for football games. But they also have a professional education requirement to facilitate the professional aspect of the fraternity. The fraternity also upholds

a strong alumni network that provides professional development advice and resources to its members. This includes practice job interviews and resume critiques. Croegaert also said that many members of the fraternity come from similar backgrounds in farming and agriculture; however, that it not a requirement to join


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The Illinois baseball team has been here before. Time and again this season the Illini have battled, both on and off the fi eld, and throughout the season the team has showed its resiliency. Head coach Dan Hartleb said the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resiliency was on display in the series against Indiana that the Illini played over the weekend. Illinois dropped the fi rst and third games of the three-game series, but Hartleb wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappointed with his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming into the series when you have as many young guys as we have, I was really anxious and interested to see how we would handle things,â&#x20AC;? Hartleb said after Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I thought each and every day we came out to win.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we had guys that were nervous. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we had guys apprehensive. I liked our demeanor and I liked our makeup. We lost two games and got beat by a good team


Rain delays upcoming game against Salukis

The Illinois baseball team will have to wait another day for a chance to even the season series against Southern Illinois. The Illini and the Salukis postponed their game originally scheduled for Tuesday at Illinois Field until 5 p.m. Wednesday, due to inclement weather. The matchup will be the fourth this year between Illinois and Southern Illinois, which leads the season series 2-1. Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against the Salukis is the fourth postponement the Illini have had this season.



Over the past three years this Welsh player worked his way up from the bottom of the lineup to the Big Ten Player of the Year BY BRETT LERNER STAFF WRITER

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.


arris Gosea has taken a far different path to Illinois than any other student-athlete on campus. Coming from Cardiff, Wales, Gosea hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met head coach Brad Dancer until he arrived on campus for the first time as a freshman. Dancer also had never seen Gosea play live before he committed. Although Goseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path to Illinois has made for an unconventional story, his junior year has been the most important chap-

ter. This past weekend Gosea was named first-team all-Big Ten and was also chosen as the Big Ten Player of the Year. After struggling greatly in his freshman and sophomore seasons, this season has brought Goseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story full-circle for both him and the Illinois coaching staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great to finally put freshman and sophomore years behind me, where I was always questioning myself, am I good enough? Will I ever be able to go pro? To be able to put that behind me and just see that all the hard work that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put in has shown that I am good enough now and really going on to play pro is definitely a viable option for me, is really a fantastic thing for me mentally,â&#x20AC;? Gosea said. Coming halfway across the world to play college tennis was

hard enough already for Gosea, who had to adjust to a new life and being far away from his family. His expectations also got the best of him coming in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming over, it was so tough for me I think because I really underestimated the level (of play). I expected to come in and maybe be playing top three in the lineup,â&#x20AC;? Gosea said. Things didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite work the way Gosea had once imagined, as he played primarily at the bottom of the lineup in his first two seasons. The preseason rankings that came out this past September didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Gosea ranked in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top-125 singles players, after last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles. The rankings released in January at the beginning of the dualmatch season slotted Gosea at No. 106. Gosea essentially became a one-man wreck-

ing crew this season to prove everyone wrong. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently No. 17 nationally and spent the better part of the past two months in the top 15. According to the coaching staff, Goseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge jump can be credited completely to the work heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done both on and off the court. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No. 1 thing is fitness. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a lot stronger, his stamina and endurance are considerably higher,â&#x20AC;? Dancer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patience, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a lot of patience now where he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used to and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controlling the tempo of the point so much better.â&#x20AC;? At the beginning of the season, some of Goseaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teammates were receiving the majority of the attention and respect. Jared Hiltzik was the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and


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Melissa Kopinski (womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The junior went a combined 4-0 in doubles and singles over the weekend to lead the Illini to an appearance in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track team â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Illini successfully defended the HyVee cup at the Drake relays, finishing first in a field of 19 teams.

Sterling incident a wake up call for sports fans worldwide ARYN BRAUN Sports columnist


Illinois' Alex Booker attempts to hit the ball during the second game against Michigan on Saturday. The Illini lost 6-5.

Seniors face last day as Illini, bittersweet Booker and Mychko celebrate past successes, look forward BY CHARLOTTE CARROLL STAFF WRITER

Senior Alex Booker was out on the orange â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;? where it broke the green of the grass in the center fi eld of Eichelberger Field. Her mom was with her, and the pair posed for a photo before Booker headed over for post-game interviews. As if in a daze, the usual prospect of answering questions didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even occur to Booker, saying she simply came out to capture a picture with her mom. Though her face was stained with the doubleheaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remaining eye black, her eyes shone bright.

While Booker talked, senior Jenna Mychko emerged from the locker room donning the weight of ice packs on her shoulder, knees, legs and elbow. The catcher modestly apologized for the interviews about to come, saying she just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very good with them. For both, the game and its meaning hung in the air, as tangible as the dirt beneath them. It was Booker and Mychko who were the last two Illinois softball players left inside Eichelberger Field after Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fi nal home game against Michigan. While the others went out to enjoy the remnants

of a tailgate and then head over to a team banquet, these two stayed a little longer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last time playing here,â&#x20AC;? Booker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last time seeing this dirt. Being able to roam around on our grass with our fans is something else. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just different. It stinks, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to come to an end sometime.â&#x20AC;? That end came Saturday, and with it, the knowledge that only a few more games remain before the two seniors retire the Illini uniform for good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very emotional,â&#x20AC;? Mychko said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have so much pride for this University. I was really happy to come out here and play here with my sisters and really compete for this school.â&#x20AC;?


ports are supposed to be the ultimate forum of equality. Games arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won by skin color, religion, sexuality or ethnicity, but by hard work and talent. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of the reason why sports are so great; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be businesses of equal opportunity. But the events of the past week have many wondering the extent to which racism is still institutionalized in the sporting world. Donald Sterlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments condemning his girlfriend for fraternizing with minorities is not his first offense. The Los Angeles Clippers owner has proved to be a man of questionable character, incurring a lawsuit in 2006 for refusing to rent apartments to blacks or families with children. There are also reports of him heckling black players from the sidelines and past lawsuits lobbied against him for wrongful termination due to racism. In a news conference on Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver imposed a lifetime ban from the NBA as well as a $2.5 million fi ne on Sterling. The fi ne is the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution and will be donated to organizations founded to fight racial discrimination. Sterling is not allowed to attend any future games, practices or NBA governorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meetings, and will likely be forced to sell his stake in the Clippers. The whole country should


NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media regarding the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at a news conference on Tuesday. be following Sterlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, not because he is a horrible man, but because it sheds light on the tendrils of racism still existent in entertainment culture. While this drama was playing out in Los Angeles, a few thousand miles away a banana was tossed at Barcelona defender Dani Alves on the pitch during a game against Villarreal on Sunday. Alves responded by eating the banana right then and there. A brilliant response to an ignorant gesture. In the next couple days, Alvesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; supporters showed their solidarity. FC Barcelona and Brazil teammate Neymar captioned a picture of himself and his son eating a banana with: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are all monkeys, we are all the same. Say no to racism!!â&#x20AC;? FIFA president Sepp Blatter also came to Alvesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense on Twitter.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What @DaniAlvesD2 tolerated last night is an outrage. We must fight all forms of discrimination united,â&#x20AC;? wrote Blatter. He goes on to assure the public that FIFA will not tolerate racism at the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The banana scene, like the Sterling recording, is not an isolated incident. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an exposĂŠ of Spanish football culture. Most fans cheering in El Madrigal stadium that day were probably not racists, but all it took was one individual to spark an international outrage. And if that makes people think, then outrage isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t such a bad thing. Barcelona released a statement condemning Villarreal, but is it fair to punish an entire club for the actions of one fan? Once these scandals, and others like them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trust me,




Wednesday, April 30, 2014


GOSEA the duo of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski was ranked topfive in doubles. This could have caused Gosea to be overlooked by opponents early on, but now the Big Ten knows him all too well for one reason: He didn’t lose to any of them. Gosea ran the table in conference play, finishing a perfect 10-0 in the first and second singles spots, making him a virtual lock for conference player of the year. Gosea became the first Illini to win Big Ten Player of the Year since Kevin Anderson received the honor in 2007. Being mentioned in the same category as Anderson is quite the honor within the Illinois


SOFTBALL This weekend, Illinois will play at Penn State and then go onto the Big Ten tournament in two weeks. But for head coach Terri Sullivan, Saturday’s Senior Day left her thinking back on her seniors’ softball careers. “When we have more games, I feel like we haven’t lost them yet,” Sullivan laughed. “As coaches, we stay in our little world where we have college athletes who we work with from age 18-22, but it sure goes fast from the moment they arrive until they leave. And that’s what you wish, that you can impart upon a player when they arrive here from the gecko, just how fast it goes.” With both wishing for the prolonged inevitable, the years have certainly sped by since the days when Booker and Mychko roomed together as freshmen. The pair have since grown much closer and demonstrated the leadership that comes with age and experience. Mychko’s fi rst two years were plagued by injury and surgery and spent, instead, cheering on teammates from the bench until she could play. She weathered the initial troubles and came out as a two-time Academic-All Big Ten, an NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete and earned a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in the 136 games she’s played. “She’s really put things in perspective,” said her father, Eric Mychko. “She enjoys softball and loves it with all her heart. But it’s just another part of life and she sees that. It’s so different from both aspects, from sitting and watching to fi nally playing. Now coming to the fi nal couple of games, you can see she doesn’t want it to end and in the same sense, she knows it has to.” With plans this summer to help coach the travel team she played on, Mychko is pursuing a teaching certificate and looking to gain a coaching job at some point in her future. Booker, likewise, has garnered plenty of experience, playing in 191 games as an Illini . She has earned All-Big Ten Second Team, Big Ten AllDefensive Team (OF), All-Big Ten Second Team, NFCA AllAmerica Scholar Athlete, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten. Her historic cycle — the fi rst in program history — this year helped to earn her Big Ten Player of the Week, as well . Her Illinois career has led to an internship with the National Pro Fastpitch League Chicago Bandits this summer, and she will try out for the team at the end of May. She will then go on to be a graduate assistant coach for Texas A&M. But the prospect of no longer playing turned her usually upbeat words to a more somber tone as she got quiet in thought after Saturday’s game.


BASEBALL but it wasn’t a situation where we went out there and we had fear and we didn’t compete so with the young group I’m pleased with that.” Illinois currently sits in second place in the Big Ten, but the road to where it is now hasn’t been easy. The Illini started the year 2-4 but were able to bounce back in the third weekend of the series, sweeping then-No. 23 Florida and Florida Gulf Coast in two games each . Sophomore shortstop Adam Walton compared the Indiana series to the Florida series, a series where they won all four games, in the sense that the Illini are good enough to compete with either team. “We were a couple pitches away, a couple plays away in the field, a couple big hits, timely hits away from really making those one-, two-run games or even coming out on top,” Walton said of the Indiana series. “Saturday we showed a bunch of fight and showed we can compete with teams like that, just like we did with Florida earlier this year.” The team’s resilience surfaced once again as the Illini had to deal with losing their No.


program, as Anderson is currently the No. 19 singles player in the world professionally. Gosea will be looking to be put in the same category as Anderson again this season, but for a different reason. Anderson led the Illini to a national runner-up finish in his junior season and reached the national semifinals as a singles player. “My goal was to eventually finish top-10 in the country and maybe win NCAAs, so to be really close to that right now is definitely a huge thing for me. I keep looking back at the beginning of the year to where I was and it just shows all the work I’ve put in has really paid off,” Gosea said.

Brett can be reached at and @Blerner10. “Not knowing if I’m going to see another day of softball,” Booker said. “Never knowing when the end is. I’m trying to potentially play later on in my career, but who knows at this point.” That emotion was evident to Mychko and Booker, to their families before the fi nal home weekend. Both were texting their moms, unsure how well they were prepared for the emotional weekend. For the parents, the passion, which has equated numerous years of little league, travel ball and fi nally college softball, has been such an expansive part of their lives that they can’t imagine life without it. They intend to follow their daughter’s careers regardless of whether they continue play or coach. Offseason tailgates for other Illinois sports, the weekends’ home and even cooking breakfast together has created a commonality between them all: a new family. A family that was present from the moment Mychko and Booker committed and one that will be there in all those future alumni reunions. On Saturday, Mychko and Booker got a taste of those reunions when Illinois recognized the 10th anniversary of the decorated 2004 team, which went furthest than any team in the softball program’s history, placing second in the Big Ten and fi nishing runner-up in the Big Ten tournament before being eliminated in the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament. The fi rst graduating class from the softball program, the 2004 team was composed of 15 seniors who helped found what Illinois softball means today. “Illinois really is a family,” said Janna Sartini, the 2003 NFCA All-Region and 2002 AllBig Ten catcher who holds the Illinois career record for runners caught stealing. “And each year when new kids are added to the team, we try to show them just how close we are. Hopefully they can look at us and just see, ‘Wow it’s 10 years later and they’re still jumping into each other’s arms and crying when they see each other,’ because we just have such a close family bond that is unlike anything else.” That bond is what left Mychko and Booker as the last in the locker room trying to soak up the remaining time they had left on Eichelberger Field. It is what drove them to each other for a hug after the pregame senior ceremony and what will continue to drive them back for years to come. The bond these players have isn’t broken when these players leave the locker room for the fi nal time. Rather, it only gets stronger with each opportunity to return to Eichelberger. Only next time for Mychko and Booker, they will be posing for photos as alumni.

Charlotte can be reached at and @charlottecrrll. 1 starter Kevin Duchene to forearm tightness in mid-March . The Illini responded to Duchene’s injury by going on fourand six-game winning streaks and starting the Big Ten schedule 9-3, the team’s best start in Hartleb’s nine years. With three weeks to go in the regular season, the Illini are three games behind Indiana in the Big Ten standings. They’re tied for second with Nebraska, and their chances of a Big Ten title are slipping away, but the Illini have been here before . Illinois has been able to deal with the trials and tribulations of a baseball season to this point and sophomore starter Ryan Castellanos said he thinks the team will be able to respond the same way it has all season following the Indiana series. “We’re a resilient team,” Castellanos said. “We showed that (Saturday). We were in the game on Friday and had a tough loss but we came back and shut them down.” “We still believe in ourselves. We believe in our offense when we need to. We defi nitely believe in our pitching staff. We believe in our coaching. It’s a blow today but, like I said, we’re down, but we’re not out.”

Nicholas can be reached at and @IlliniSportsGuy.


Farris Gosea returns the ball at the Illini men’s tennis game against Nebraska on March 23. Illinois men’s tennis will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Men’s tennis to host NCAA tournament’s opening rounds BY BRETT LERNER STAFF WRITER

The Illinois men’s tennis team’s road to a national championship is officially underway. An NCAA tournament appearance has become expected for the Illinois program, as this year’s appearance will be their 19th straight. For head coach Brad Dancer, specifically, this will be his ninth straight appearance while at the helm. The Illini were ranked as the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, which allows them to

host the fi rst and second rounds of the tournament. This should prove to be a big advantage for the Illini considering they haven’t lost at home this season. “We’re excited about playing at home just because we love our facility and I think our guys usually play well here,” Dancer said. It is a 64-team field, so the top16 seeds each host a regional. Illinois’ fi rst match will pit them against Ball State (1410), a team the Illini were able to beat handily earlier in the

season, 4-0. The winner of that match will take on the winner Memphis (14-5) vs. Drake (225). Ball State and Memphis were both automatic qualifiers, winning their conference’s championships. Regional action will begin for the Illini on May 9 and will be completed by May 11. If the Illini can advance past their own region, they will move on to play in Athens, Ga. “We’re going to be doing some heat training, so training with a lot of warm clothes on because Georgia is going to be pretty

hot,” junior Farris Gosea said. Although Illinois will be favored to advance from their regional and likely have a chance at revenge against No. 5 seed Baylor in the round of 16, no opponent can be taken lightly. “We’ve got good teams all the way in front of us, so we know we’ve got some big challenges,” Dancer said.

Brett can be reached at and @Blerner10

Women’s tennis season dissapointing BY THOMAS DONLEY STAFF WRITER

After four days of uncertainty, the Illinois women’s tennis team found out it will not be competing for a national championship. The Illini missed out on the 64-team NCAA tournament field, which was announced Tuesday afternoon, for the second year in a row. “It’s disappointing not to see our name,” head coach Michelle Dasso said. “I think we’re a good ball club, but we were just too inconsistent this year.” Illinois entered the Big Ten tournament with the belief that


STERLING there are myriad examples — disappear, will we forget the lessons they try to teach? Donald Sterling is disgraced. Too much light has been shed on his past for him to come out of this crystal clean. He’ll slink away into the shadows, and with time, we’ll forget. Maybe the Clippers will even win the championship. Maybe. The Sterling case is important, and he got his due diligence, but it’s more critical that professional sports learn from

in order to have a legitimate shot at making the NCAA tournament, it would need to win at least two matches. The Illini appeared to be on their way to doing just that as they took a 2-0 lead on Purdue in the quarterfinal match after breezing past Nebraska in the first round. However, the Boilermakers powered back to win four consecutive singles matches, all but ending the Illini’s tournament chances. Purdue, Ohio State, tournament champion Northwestern and regular-season champion Michigan will represent the Big Ten in the

NCAA tournament. Illinois posted a 1-4 record against those teams this spring. The tournament starts May 9 and concludes with the national championship match on May 20. The Boilermakers will open the tournament against Georgia Tech, while the Buckeyes will take on South Carolina. Michigan will face Fresno State and Northwestern, the No. 15 seed in the tournament, will play host to Miami (Ohio). The Illini finished the regular season fifth in the Big Ten but fell short of making their second tournament in three years. At

this incident. The Clippers shouldn’t have to worry about boycotting their playoff games and Alves shouldn’t have to defend his Brazilian heritage. But they do. Racism is still a reality. There are thousands of Donald Sterlings in this world, and it is up to the rest of us to change the culture that allows people like him to poison what should be a contest of strength, not color.

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Aryn is a senior in LAS. She can be reached at braun17@ Follow her on Twitter @arynbraun.

eeing a golfer at his best is absolutely beautiful. Hitting a 1.68-inch diameter ball into a hole hundreds of yards away is something I’ve tried countless times since attending the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships in French Lick, Ind., two years ago as the men’s golf reporter for The Daily Illini, something I had never done before. Prior to the tournament, I wrote a full-page preview of the Big Ten Championships. I called every head coach (except Penn State — they declined comment) and asked them a few questions, including who the favorite was. Some said Illinois, some said Indiana, but most said Iowa. Illinois hadn’t won a tournament all spring, and it appeared the team’s run of three straight Big Ten Championships would come to an end. One coach, however, said any team coached by Mike Small is always the favorite; he was right. Illinois was leading going into the last day, and despite a dramatic run by Indiana, the Illini won their fourth straight Big Ten Championship. I remember a few specific shots that day. I remember Mason Jacobs’ chip, where he perfectly popped up the ball, it rolled across the green and plopped into the hole for an eagle. I remember a few putts by eventual Big Ten champion Luke Guthrie, and a few drives by eventual NCAA champion Thomas Pieters. I remember Indiana’s top golfers shanking down the stretch, something Illinois didn’t do. The precision required — striking the exact right spot

NBA bans Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life BY JANIS CARR AND DAN WOIKE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life. He was also fined $2.5 million. Silver also said he will urge the NBA’s board of governors to force Sterling to sell his stake in the Clippers. An audio tape of racially charged comments attributed to Sterling surfaced last week on TMZ, and the league acted quickly to discipline Sterling. The Clippers’ owner has a history of issues involving race, especially including his real estate holdings, but this is the first time he has been disciplined by the NBA. Silver said in a news conference that the investigation concluded that it was Sterling’s voice on the recording, and Silver said Sterling conceded that it was his voice. The commissioner also said that Sterling never was fined or suspended before by the league for any previous actions, but he said his history will be taken into account when the board of governors decides whether it will force him to sell. Sterling may not attend games or practices or be present at the

Clippers facility. He also cannot participate in any decisions pertaining to the team or attend board of governors meetings. Silver, in the first major test of his tenure as commissioner, said he expects to get the votes he needs to force Sterling to sell the team. Silver, in handing down what is believed to be the league’s harshest sanctions, called it a “painful moment” for the NBA. This all is happening as the Clippers are in the middle of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, also an Orange County Register contributor, praised Silver’s decision in a gathering of former and current players in Los Angeles. “I’m thrilled with the outcome,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I think most of the players I’ve spoken to since the press conference feel the same way.” Lakers guard Steve Nash also spoke with the group that included Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, who worked with the NBA players’ association on the Sterling issue. “This is a proud day for all of us players, for our league,” Nash said.



14-10, Illinois finished with a better record than LSU (14-13) and Tennessee (13-11), which both received at-large bids. The good news for Illinois is that it will return four of its top six players, three of whom are freshmen. “The only way to describe it is utter disappointment,” Dasso said. “We’re just going to have to work better. We’ll use this as a motivating factor next year.”

Thomas can be reached at and @donley_thomas.

on the ball with the exact right spot on the club — to land the ball within inches of the hole blew me away. And Illinois could do it better than anyone else. But hardly anyone was at the tournament to see it. Last year, the Illini won their fifth straight Big Ten Championship, despite a poor spring, and went on to fi nish as national runner-up, which I also got to cover. Illinois hardly had any fans at the tournament. Every year, Illinois hosts one tournament — two hours away from campus — in Olympia Fields. Frequently, when I bring up the golf team, people go, “We have a golf team?” We do. And no other program at Illinois has rivaled the success the men’s golf team has had in the past half-decade. No other program at Illinois is as good as the men’s golf team. Currently, Illinois is No. 8 in the country. They’ve had a strong spring and have won three of their tournaments this year, despite losing 2012 individual national champion Thomas Pieters. Last weekend, they lost to Iowa at the Boilermaker Invitational, a tune-up for the Big Ten Championships, with similar competition, a similar course and similar weather. But I wouldn’t worry about it. Every year, Illinois brings its A-game to the Big Ten Championships. The Illini are in top form when it matters most. And their top form is better than almost everyone else’s. Any team coached by Mike Small is the favorite. The sad thing is, hardly anyone is there to see it.

Johnathan is a junior in Media. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jhett93.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014


White Sox young slugger Abreu emerging as Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next star SAM SHERMAN Sports columnist


remember refreshing my Twitter news feed once to find out that some guy named Jose Dariel Abreu had defected from Cuba and was now a free agent. I had never heard of him, but by all accounts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning all of the baseball writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Twitter accounts that I follow â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was a beast. My first thought was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who cares?â&#x20AC;? The Yankees or Dodgers were going to sign him, and he was going to be a successful player in the league. Being a White Sox fan, I had zero expectations of the Sox having any chance signing him. I mean, even if the Sox put up the money to sign this Cuban star, why would he want to play for the White Sox? I loved watching Yoenis Cespedes in his rookie season, along with Yasiel Puig

a year later. The power and athleticism that these Cubanborn players had shown was remarkable, and exciting for baseball. Even though I knew the team I root for wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sign him, I was still intrigued. I went on YouTube and searched â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jose Dariel Abreu.â&#x20AC;? There were only a few videos that came up. One was from the 2013 World Baseball Classic when Cuba was playing China. Abreu swung and missed on the first pitch but on the second... my goodness. He destroyed an 0-1 hanging curve ball for a grand-slam. Sure, it was only a 65-mph pitch that hung right over the plate, but what stood out to me was the power. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even look like he swung that hard. He put his bat on the ball and it soared. I watched the remaining videos that showed off his opposite-field power, and overall ability to cover the plate. Fast forward a couple of weeks and, out of nowhere, the White Sox, the team I felt wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even make a

play for Abreu, emerged as a dark horse candidate to sign the Cuban sensation I was shocked. I still tried to tame my emotions because, as a Sox fan, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never a great practice to have high hopes for anything. This was a White Sox team that had grown accustomed to signing players that I lovedâ&#x20AC;Ś five or six years out of their prime. Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle to name a few. While these rumors swirled, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remove myself from Twitter. I was constantly refreshing and following every baseball insider that I could. Then one day, I refreshed my feed to find a tweet from Jon Heyman, a CBS baseball writer. It stated that his sources were telling him the White Sox would sign Jose Abreu. I almost dropped my phone in excitement. After I saw this, flurries of tweets were coming out confirming these reports. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know what to think, but until I saw Abreu in a White Sox uniform, I almost wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to believe it. It was real, and the season

couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come fast enough. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn increased my excitement further by trading for players like Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson. The organization was changing for the better. As of Tuesday, the White Sox sit at 14-13 in the A.L. Central, good for third place in the division. They have plenty of issues with their starting pitching and bullpen, but their offense is among the best in the major leagues, in large part thanks to Jose Abreuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing. He has already broken basically every offensive record a rookie can break for the month of April and taken the baseball world by storm. As of Tuesday, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got 10 home runs and 32 RBIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, while already having endured a 1-for-25 slump. The pitchers adjusted to him, and he adjusted back to become one of, if not, the most dangerous sluggers in the game. I would have been interested in the Sox this season whether Abreu was in a their uniform or not.


First baseman Jose Abreu singles against the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning on Monday. But for the White Sox and the city of Chicago, the emergence of Jose Abreu means so much more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early, but he is the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new star. Like Frank Thomas before him, Jose Abreu has brought excitement to a city, a franchise that lost 99 games a season ago. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the Sox will finish first

or last in the A.L. Central, but Jose Abreuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early dominance has guaranteed one thing: This will be a fun season on the South Side.

Sam is a junior in Media. He can be reached at sshermn2@ Follow him on Twitter @sam_sherman5.

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accomplishments, however, Tom Thibodeau will never reach greatness or be able to contend for a NBA championship if he does not change his stance on minutes. Thibodeau has had the tendency to treat each regular-season game as if it were Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Even though his team has a huge lead late in the game, he continues to run his players dry. No one experienced this more than Loul Deng. Deng led the team in minutes per game in all of Thibodeauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s years as head coach. From 2010 to his departure from the Bulls in January of 2014, he had averaged 39.1, 39.2, 38.7 and 37.4 minutes, respectively. He led the league in minutes per game in both the 2011-12 and 12-13 seasons. In a move to clear cap space, the Bulls dumped Deng onto the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take Thibodeau long to find a replacement. Jimmy Butler now leads the team with 38.2 mpg, and in the playoffs has averaged 40.8. Wizards guard Bradley Beal has even said he takes advantage of the excess of minutes that Butler plays. Beal purposely runs more



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around the court so Butler gets tired on defense and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t produce as much on offense. That remark alone indicates that Thibodeau should change his ways. Yes, he would probably have been able to coach this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bucks team to a playoff spot. Heck, he could probably coach our sports staff at The Daily Illini to a playoff spot. But all of this doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if his teams are too tired by the time the playoffs start. The solution is simple: Rest your players. When your team is up or down by a large deficit, take out your starters. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the risk of injuring your players, including your franchise player, just for the sake of a regular-season game. A coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success is not determined by how many preseason or regular-season wins he can compile. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s determined by the amount of rings on his fingers, and if Thibodeau doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about changing the way he deals with minutes, he will never be considered one of the best in NBA history.

Michal is a freshman in Media. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bennythebull94.


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Thibodeau is a bad coach. Far from it. He is considered one of the best coaches in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NBA and definitely the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier defensive coach. He reached 100 wins faster than any coach in NBA history. He was named Coach of the Year in his first year as a head coach in 2011 and has been a contender for the award every year. Thibodeau has taken teams led by point guards such as Nate Robinson, John Lucas III, D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich to the playoffs when everyone left them for dead.




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The Daily Illini: Volume 143 Issue 113  

Wednesday April, 30