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Biomedical facility talks spark controversy Urbana residents voice concern over new venture BY ELI MURRAY STAFF WRITER

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Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at the MAP Matters Day rally on Wednesday. Quinn has proposed to double MAP funding over the next five years.

Gov. Quinn stresses need for increased MAP funds Students across state voice support for Quinn’s proposal to double grant funding

and college affordability, where he was introduced by University PresiStudents from universities and col- dent Robert Easter as “a great friend leges around the state were invit- of the University of Illinois.” ed to come and voice their support Quinn plans to raise funding for increased MAP grant funding slightly for the University to $253.56 at a rally Wednesday in Springfield, million in the 2015 fiscal year, assiswhich was hosted by Gov. Pat Quinn. tant Illinois state budget director Illini Democrats and the Illinois Abdon Pallasch said in an email. Student Senate both had represenHe said that the “not recommendtatives attend the MAP Matters Day ed” budget — a scenario in which the rally to demonstrate their support temporary income tax hike would not for Quinn’s proposal to double MAP be extended — would cut state public university funding by 12.45 percent. funding over the next five years. Evan Keller, reporting director David Blanchette, spokesman for for Illini Democrats and freshman Gov. Quinn, said that increased MAP in LAS, emphasized the importance grant funding could affect college affordability across the state. of the scholarship program. “It’s going to greatly increase “It could affect literally thouthe number of first generation col- sands of people’s ability to attend lege students, which is completely the University of Illinois at Urbain line with democratic philosophy na-Champaign,” Blanchette said. “I and the philosophy of Illini Demo- can’t stress enough how vital this is crats,” Keller said. “We believe in for people who want to attend colmobility among classes, among peo- lege, but may not have the financial ple. And these people that have par- wherewithal to do so.” Specifically in regards to MAP ents that don’t go to college, if they worked hard, and they’ve done well grants, Quinn’s budget proposal in school, they deserve just as equal would increase funding for the proa shot as kids with more money.” gram by $50 million. With this monQuinn visited the Illini Union a few etary increase, the University could weeks ago to discuss MAP funding fund about 1,750 more students with BY ALEX SWANSON STAFF WRITER

MAP grants, Pallasch said. Jaclyn Gelfond, president of Illini Democrats and junior in LAS, attended the rally herself. She is a MAP grant recipient and she described the rally as energetic and optimistic. “If anything, it only made me realize more so how important MAP grant funding really is,” Gelfond said in an email. “Students depend on these grants, and we are lucky to have a Governor that is fighting for them.” She added that she heard personal stories about how MAP funding allowed students to attend college, including a first-generation student who attributed her opportunity to the scholarship program. Former Student Body President Damani Bolden offered his support for the MAP rally as well. “I am honored that the governor has called on our students to advocate for such a transformational program,” Bolden said in an email. “My administration is pleased to partner with Gov. Quinn to ensure that the funding increase in MAP grants becomes a reality.” Pallasch commented that state funding of education has remained

relatively constant over the past five years. He also said that over the past few years, Quinn usually has proposed more funding for MAP grants then is appropriated by the legislature. Pallasch also spoke about the more general current state of education funding in Illinois. “We do not spend at the foundation level,” Pallasch said. “We’re only at about 89 percent of what we should be right now spending in education. The proposal would correct that.” To apply for a MAP grant, a student must fill out a FAFSA report. The grants are distributed to the students based on need with expected family contribution, cost of institution, and amount of other financial aid taken into consideration. MAP grant recipients must be Illinois residents and enrolled in at least three hours at an approved Illinois college. Other requirements may be found on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s website.

The West Urbana Neighborhood Association listserv, or WUNA list, has seen a growing discussion of the impact of a newly proposed medical facility. Some area residents are even suggesting a “grassroots movement” to oppose the venture, which is backed by both the University and Carle Foundation Hospital. Area resident Dr. Andrew Scheinman shared with WUNA list an open letter to Chancellor Phyllis Wise. In the letter, he called on Wise to address community concerns regarding a public-private partnership between the University and Carle. “If you’re serious about following the advice of the reports you’ve commissioned, at what point do you intend to follow the advice of the first report on the importance of responsiveness to and interaction with the local community?” he wrote. A proposed biomedical facility is outlined in the report titled “Evaluating the Feasibility of a New College of Medicine in Urbana-Champaign” published on April 18. In it, the University discussed the benefits of adding a full-scale academic hospital to the Urbana campus. The report, jointly commissioned by the University of Illinois Foundation and Carle Foundation Hospital on Jan. 24, for up to $97,750 ($85,000 base pay and up to 15 percent for out-of-pocket expenses), outlines a plan to create a “specialized engineering-based college of medicine in Urbana-Champaign” through a partnership between the University and Carle Foundation Hospital. According to the report, the proposed

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University, state and federal funding helps veterans complete education BY MARYCATE MOST STAFF WRITER

When Liz Ambros arrived on campus, she did not know that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Ambros came into Applied Health Sciences after serving in the Navy for six years, including an eight-month tour in Iraq. After she visited the Counseling Center on campus, Ambros, a senior, was diagnosed with PTSD. “I didn’t realize I had it,” Ambros said. “I don’t think a lot of veterans realize that they have it either. You know, we always try to be tough. We always try to be strong. If there is anything wrong with us, we think, ‘There’s nothing wrong with us. We are normal. We are strong. We keep going.’ There are not only physical injuries. It is very common to have those invisible types of injuries — a lot more common than people think.” In addition to the obstacles that veterans must overcome due to their military experience, transitioning to college poses a unique challenge for the men and women who have served and are serving in the armed forces. Many of the servicemen and servicewomen don’t have financial support from their parents, some are supporting families, and 25 to 30 percent return with physical disabilities, said Director of Veterans Programs Nicholas Osborne. “Financially, anything we can do to help them finish their degree is the most important part of this,” Osborne

said. To aid these veterans, their tuition and fees are entirely covered by the federal government, the state government and the University. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission allotted $19.2 billion to create a veterans scholarship, said Randy Kangas, associate vice president of planning and budgeting. However, five or six years ago, as veterans began to return from tours in the Middle East, state funding started to run out, and the scholarship’s budget was cut to $36 million. Because these veterans are entitled to receive full tuition and fees, state universities are expected to waive the costs for veterans. In fiscal year 2013, the University system waived $10.3 million; the Urbana-Champaign campus waived approximately $3.9 million of that total, the Chicago campus waived approximately $4.7 million and the Springfield campus waived approximately $1.75 million, Kangas said. “Different universities are affected differently,” Kangas said. “For some of the community colleges, it is a very large number considering the size of the community college. The veterans are fine, the veterans are taken care of, and the University is happy to do that — so it has become in essence a waiver program instead of a scholarship program.” The University is waiving tuition and fees for roughly 400 veterans right now, who are completing undergraduate, professional or graduate degrees.

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However, some of these veterans fees are covered by the G.I. Bill, and the Illinois Veteran Grant is used to cover graduate school or any additional cost of living that servicemen and servicewomen face when completing their education. “Many of our students treat this (college education) like a job and want to get finished to get into the work force,” Osborne said. “Having the G.I. Bill has made it so they don’t have to work as

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much or stretch themselves too thin.” The federal, state and University funding has already shown results, Osborne says. Due to programs such as counseling, student outreach groups, career advising and the waived tuition and fees, the University graduates around 76 to 78 percent of its veterans, as opposed to the national veteran graduation rate of 51 percent, Osborne said.

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Mumps outbreak infects about a dozen students DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT

About a dozen students have been diagnosed with the mumps at the McKinley Health Center after returning from spring break. The outbreak seems to be part of a larger emergence of the illness throughout the Midwest, according to a press release from the McKinley Health Center. Nationwide, Ohio State University is reporting the highest number of mumps cases with 172 cases linked to the school. A number of cases have also been reported at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mumps is a virus that is easily

transmitted from one individual to another by the sharing of liquids or eating utensils. A small proportion of people with the disease may suffer more serious consequences, including infertility, abdominal pain or neurologic abnormalities, according to the release. Mumps does not have a specific medicinal cure, but the symptoms can be handled by following recommendations made by a health care professional. A person may come down with mumps 12 to 15 days after exposure and will be contagious for five to seven days after the onset of symptoms. As of right now, there is no

particular pattern seen in those who have been diagnosed with mumps. Infected individuals are kept quarantined during their contagious period and many students are sent home to their parents where they can receive comfortable care. Residents of residential halls and fraternity homes where a case of mumps is reported receive an email stating that a member of the community has contracted the disease and gives them information about the illness. Roommates living with someone diagnosed with mumps is given counseling for the pos-

sibilities of mumps and many undergo blood tests to test their immunity to the illness. Almost every University student received two shots of the mumps vaccination, according to the release. Out of people who received two vaccinations for mumps, 85 percent can expect to be completely protected. The other 15 percent could come down with mumps, according to the release. There is limited data regarding the effectiveness of administering a third shot. Before offering students a third shot, the University will consult local, state and national officials.

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City of Champaign hopes to develop downtown area BY ANGELICA LAVITO STAFF WRITER

Downtown Champaign promises to provide visitors with a vibrant experience. Despite being the center of the city, the area may not be the biggest attraction. The Champaign City Council has been asked to explore multiple downtown issues this month. A plan to create a plaza at the corners of Washington and Neil streets was rejected, as nearby business owners voiced concern over the loss of parking if the plaza was constructed. “Washington Park is two blocks away, and it provides a lot of green space. It provides a place for people to gather, things to happen, and I would like to see Downtown Champaign grow and develop First Street into Second Street reach and extend into Campustown,” said Karen Foster, Champaign City Council member at-large. The city agreed to offer vid-

eo game developer Deep Silver Volition incentives to renovate their downtown office space in order to accommodate a larger workforce, with local business owners expressing their support because of the economic impact the business’ employees have on the area. Other new developments include Hyatt Place opening this spring and plans for Black Dog Smoke & Ale House to open a second location downtown. Paul West, owner of Cafe Kopi, said the downtown business community hopes the hotel will bring more foot traffic to the area. He added that it will probably be beneficial on the weekends but is “not sure how much we’ll see during the week and if they’ll be walking around and walking, shopping.” Downtown offers a variety of local businesses, as opposed to Market Place Mall and Campustown, which house national

chains. Before the construction of Market Place Mall in 1976, downtown was a retail center that included department stores like JCPenney.

“It would be nice if people came down here during the day to support retail, but right now students are really excited by the nightlife, the food and the bars.” PAUL WEST

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The city decided to cut access to downtown via Neil Street in 1975, which contributed to the decline of downtown as a retail hub. Neil Street was reopened in 1986, and city council adopted

its first Downtown lan in 1992. “Downtown Champaign over the past 12-15 years has seen a resurgence of a lot of new businesses and a lot of new buildings ... all these things help to revitalize the downtown area,” said Erin Lippitz, executive director at Champaign Center Partnership. Champaign Center Partnership markets businesses in Campustown, midtown and downtown. Lippitz said one goal of downtown business owners’ is to collaborate more and help promote each other. Downtown offers a variety of bars and restaurants but offers few retail choices. “I would like to see more retail,” Lippitz said. “What we have now with bars and restaurants isn’t a bad thing. It creates a vibrant nightlife, but some retailers have said they would like to see other retailers.” West and Foster also discussed the need for more diver-

sity in businesses. However, they understand the economy is still struggling and it will take time to develop. “It would be nice if people came down here during the day to support retail, but right now students are really excited by the nightlife, the food and the bars,” West said. Champaign can offer incentives to businesses looking to open downtown, but Foster said no businesses have approached the city yet. West, Lippitz and Foster all expressed a desire to expand downtown beyond the core area on Walnut and Neil streets. “If there was someone thinking more family-friendly or college-aged businesses on First Street, that would be a goal,” Foster said. “We’ve got a few things, but that wouldn’t be a draw for the college-aged kids.”

Angelica can be reached at lavito2@dailyillini.com.

Southern California wildfire grows to more than 800 acres BY CHRISTINE MAI-DUC, RUBEN VIVES AND KATE MATHER LOS ANGELES TIMES

LOS ANGELES — A fastmoving wildfire above Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in San Bernardino County exploded in size to more than 800 acres Wednesday as strong winds drove flames relentlessly and forced authorities to expand mandatory evacuation areas. About 1,100 homes had been evacuated by midday, and at least one was saved from advancing flames, said Liz Brown, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. While an exact size of the burn area was not immediately available, officials said the fire had grown to more than 200 acres roughly two hours after it was first reported about 8 a.m. as being a 20-acre brush fire. Driven by powerful Santa Ana winds, the Etiwanda fire was burning in the Day Canyon area north of the 210 Freeway, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Angelique Lazier, 43, yelled over her fence as she and her neighbors prepared to leave their Carriage Place homes. “We think

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HOSPITALS medical center would begin admitting students by Fall 2017 and “aim to revolutionize the delivery of health care through the integration of advanced technology, transform the quality and efficiency of regional health care delivery, strengthen the University statewide, grow statewide bioscience economic development and serve as an international magnet for innovation, research and scholarship.” The University declined comment on this story, but, in a letter attached to the April 18 report, Wise and Carle CEO James Leonard said, “There is no U.S. public research university better positioned than Illinois to leverage the convergence of engineering with medicine and be a leader in the transformation of health care research, education, practice and delivery.” Although the report was released April 18, discussions about developing an academic hospital have been happening for some time now. “Some early, high-level discussions are occurring within the university regarding the idea of creating an expanded medical school and academic hospital,” states the Identification of Technology C lusters for E c onom ic Development report shared by Chancellor Wise via Campus Massmail on Jan. 27. The economic development report, commissioned by Research Park on Aug. 27 for $35,000, identifies three major avenues the University may pursue to encourage economic development in the area: “Data Analytics and Management, and Computing,” “Biomedical and

it burned up some equipment over there,” she said, pointing to a fresh plume of black smoke near a rock quarry. Lazier’s husband, race car driver Jaques Lazier, watered down the vegetation at the back of their property. The couple said that was the area that burned during the last fire, the Grand Prix, in 2003. They were evacuated during that blaze but later allowed to return to their home. But the flames spread unexpectedly, and the Laziers woke up to firefighters banging on their door in the middle of the night, telling them to leave. This time the couple was ready. Both of their cars were packed. “If it shifts back on us, we’re out of here,” Angelique Lazier said. “We’re gone.” As heavy smoke billowed through Rancho Cucamonga and flames reached the canyons above Day Creek Intermediate School at about 9:30 a.m., officials canceled classes at multiple campuses, including Day Creek, Caryn Elementary, Los Osos High School and Chaffey College. The Etiwanda School District voluntarily moved students from Colony Elementary to Terra Vista Elementary, according to the Bioengineering” and “Energy.” Research Park reached out to Business Cluster Development, a firm created “to assist clients with the start-up and development of their business incubators (such as Research Park),” according to BCD’s website. While the report makes a case for encouraging the growth of all three clusters, the “Biomedical and Bioengineering” cluster is the only cluster individually discussed in the summary: “To grow the bioengineering and biomedical cluster will also require the addition of an important asset, a fullscale medical school and academic hospital, which would create new research and funding opportunities as well as attract and train skilled professionals. Without this asset, the community will continue to struggle to retain early stage bioengineering and biomedical companies, as they will seek capital and test facilities outside the region and state. The amount of technical talent in this field will also be limited. Early discussions on the possibility of creating this asset are already underway.” Before a contract had been drawn for this report, Research Park Director Laura Frerichs contacted Carol Kraus Lauffer, partner at BCD, specifically indicating that the University was interested in pursuing an academic medical facility. In her email sent July 22, Frerichs defined two scopes she would like Kraus Lauffer to investigate at the University: PM Subject: Consulting the University of Iliinois at Urbana-Champaign “Carol, ... I am the Director of the Research Park, which is located on campus as[sic] has 90 companies (large and small) and a vibrant and award

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Jeannine McClendon takes photos of smoke billowing from a wildfire in the Etiwanda Preserve as she prepares to evacuate from her home along Scarlet Way in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on Wednesday. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Powerful winds with gusts of up to 80 mph had prevented air crews from making water drops all morning as flames whipped through canyons and along ridges. The gusty winds combined with temperatures nearing 100 degrees prompted red flag warn-

ings across much of the region Wednesday. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we anticipated these fire conditions because of the fire warning,” Brown told KTLA-TV earlier in the day. An estimated 550 personnel and 30 engines were assigned to fight the blaze with aircraft

“available,” according to the Forest Service. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, meanwhile, issued a smoke advisory for portions of western San Bernardino and Riverside counties, as well as eastern Los Angeles County as air quality reached unhealthy levels due to the fire.

winning incubator. We know we can do more in technology based economic development and would like a consultant to help us plan and focus our priorities. Scope #1: Sector Definition and validation of key themes for cluster development. Key areas in our community: data analytics, advanced manufacturing, enterprise software, optics. New areas might g row ag r icu lture technology, medical devices, and advanced materials. Scope #2: Other large universities without medical schools have been able to successfully add them. The University of Illinois has medical schools in Chicago and Peoria, but recognizes a much different potential would arise if a medical school was located next to our flagship campus with $600 million in annual research and 42,000 students. We want to look at other communities that have added medical schools and or created a new biotech cluster for economic development to understand their strategies and roadmap of success.” The report also mentions an Economic Development Advisory Group ( EDAG) convened by Chancellor Wise. In response to a Freedom of Information Act Request filed by Scheinman, Thomas Hardy, University of Illinois system spokesman and chief records officer, said EDAG is composed of 10 members. The EDAG member list includes Chancellor Phyllis Wise; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida; Peter Fox, a Champaign businessman and founder of Fox Development Corporation and partner with Research Park; Research Park Director Laura Frerichs; Carle CEO Jim Leonard; and Greg Lykins, chairman at First

Busey Corporation. The group does not, however, include representation from either city or from any member of University Administration. According to the National Institute of Health award budget for 2014, The University of Illinois at Chicago received $31,011,258 in grant funding while the Urbana-Champaign campus received $11,338,972 this year. A new medical center on the flagship campus will likely affect future NIH funding rates. Champaign Mayor Don Gerard said the proposal will likely cause waves when brought to the attention of University Administration and the Board of Trustees as both University branches at Chicago and Peoria already have medical schools. “ T h e r e ’s i nterschool competition. I can presume that the Chicago campus isn’t going to be happy about this,” Gerard said.

2013-2014, but the tax figures are not yet available. These tax-exemptions have put pressure on Urbana to find a new source of revenue for many of its services. Urbana residents will see an average 10 percent property tax increase because of these exemptions. Urba na M ayor L au rel Prussing said it was unfair to Urbana residents to place the tax burden on them when Carle provides charity care to the entire county. Plus, she said, Carle has the money to provide charity care, as well as to pay its share of taxes. “Carle can afford to be a better neighbor,” she said. Alderman Charlie Smyth, Ward 1, said he was fed up with the issues the city has been facing regarding Carle’s tax contribution. “(Carle’s) long term goal seems to have been to get the city to give them everything they needed to expand, and then turn around and do everything they could to avoid having to pay anything back by getting their ‘charity’ care deducted from property taxes,” he wrote in an email to WUNA list. He also noted that Carle has a “heavy demand for services, such as fire response and police protection” but no longer contributes to the funds that support those services.

Carle and Urbana In 2012, SB2194 passed in the Illinois General Assembly, allowing not-for-profit hospitals to deduct charity care from their property taxes. In accordance with this bill, Carle filed for, and was granted, tax-exempt status. Because of this exemption, Urbana School District 116 lost more than $3 million in funding for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Last year, Carle also reached a settlement agreement with School District Unit 116 which will return nearly $6 million of Carle’s tax funds that were being held in an escrow account for educational purposes over the next five years. This settlement left the school district with less than $2 million in the account. Both Presence Health and Carle have been approved for tax-exempt status for fiscal year

Community involvement In light of the recent spat between Urbana and Carle regarding property taxes, a bill, HB3634, is in committee in the Illinois house that would remove Carle’s property tax exemption in Urbana. The bill is sponsored by Naomi Jakobsson, D-103. Diane Marlin, Ward 7, expressed concerns that decisions were being made at

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VETERANS Veterans on campus have used the Illinois Veteran Grant in a variety of ways. Ambros hopes to spend the grant on medical school at University of Illinois at Chicago, fulfilling her dream of becoming a doctor, while students such as Brandon Ricca, junior in Engineering, and Johnny Watts, senior in Engineering, have used the veteran grants to pay for undergraduate tuition or other school-related fees. Ricca, an active-duty member of the Navy, said the grants have allowed him and his wife, who is studying at Illinois State University, financial security while they achieve higher education. “It’s just another thing you don’t have to worry about,” Ricca said. “To come out of school after three years with no college debt is a relief.” After he graduates next spring, Ricca will serve for another five to six years in the military on top of the 6.5 he has already served. Although some of the financial burden of getting a college degree has been relieved for Ricca, he felt that adapting to the environment at the University has been difficult. “It is very hard to be a veteran because often, we have a lot of values and norms that often clash with a liberal college,” Ricca said. Ricca and Ambros agreed that most students on campus don’t really recognize that some students are veterans and that there is a lack of understanding for the experiences that veterans have been through. “We are doing this on our own,” Ambros said. Through support from the Veteran Students Support Services at the University and the Illini Veterans student organization, the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education will be constructed on campus and is set to be completed by August 2015, Osborne said. Watts, who is also the president of Illini Veterans, said this center will be critical for veteran visibility and support on campus. “We know how hard (being a student is) when we are fully capable and with no injuries,” Watts said. “We are just looking to support them.” Building the center on campus will also be an educational opportunity for the rest of the community, he said. “When students meet a veteran in their classes, it is almost as if we are from another country or something,” Watts said. “It’s almost like they have no awareness of what we are. This will definitely help us and help them.” Despite the challenges that she has faced, both in-duty and back home, Ambros said the sacrifices that she made for the country were worth it. “If you asked anyone, I think they would do it all over,” Ambros said. “I would still go to Iraq. Knowing what I got out of it, I would still probably go back and do it all again.”

MaryCate can be reached at most2@dailyillini.com and @marycate_most. the University without input from the cities. On page 59 of the Identification of Technology Clusters for Business Development report, the 10th recommendation reads ‘add leadership representation from the cities of Champaign and Urbana and the CEOs of successful technology businesses to the advisory group.’ “As I went through (the report), I continued to see references to the Economic Development Advisory (Group) and at some point, it dawned on me that it didn’t include representation from either Champaign-Urbana nor Champaign County,” Marlin said. “The recommendation from the consultant was to include somebody from each community on the committee.” Prussing said the city hasn’t been involved in the decision to the degree she would have liked to have been. “(The medical facility has) been mentioned to us, but there haven’t been any big, formal talks,” she said. Smyth said he did not support this cooperative venture if it was going to lead to more non-taxable property in Urbana. He said he would much rather see the Research Park taking advantage of research opportunities to advance economic development by developing tax-paying businesses and industries in the area as a way to alleviate the tax issues Urbana is facing. Noting that the park and school districts both rely primarily on property taxes, he wrote to WUNA list, “We do need to come up with both short and long term solutions to this issue.”

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the Urbana City Council meeting on April 28, city officials listened to the Urbana Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request to soon carry Tasers, in addition to the pepper spray and standard firearms they are already permitted to carry. The presentation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; made in partnership with the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Police Training Institute, which already uses Tasers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was followed by a large number of citizens voicing their opinions against the use of these weapons. Because of citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; specific concerns as well as some of our own, we question the necessity and appropriateness of the increased number of Tasers. At the city council meeting, Patricia Avery, president of the Champaign County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said â&#x20AC;&#x153;electronic Tasers are not nonlethal weapons, they are less lethal weapons,â&#x20AC;? indicating that they have potential to kill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and they do. According to an Amnesty International report, more than 500 people have been killed by Tasers since 2001, proving that these weapons can have a serious negative impact. This is another reason why we believe local police should not be carrying them. If people are being injured and killed by Tasers, it seems they can cause similar consequences to firearms. Since police already carry these, there shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be an additional need for Tasers. Another problematic statistic is that African-Americans make up 13.6 percent of the United States population and constituted 41 percent of all Taser-related deaths in the United States from 2003-13. This only reinforces the concerns of the Champaign County branch of the NAACP, and it is worth taking local citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; uneasiness into consideration. Not to mention, the current system is functioning smoothly enough that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t indicate a need for additional weapons. We feel police officers should stick to their regular practices, which already include carrying pepper spray and standard firearms. The department should continue to practice more de-escalation techniques rather than arming their officers with more weapons. Continuing to use current equipment would also cost much less than purchasing new Tasers. Urbana Police Chief Patrick Connolly expects each one to cost $1,700, leading to a total cost of $26,000 for the department. Tasers are a very reactionary method to crime versus a preventative method, such as mental health care for example, and these preventative approaches to crime would be a far better solution in terms of where to allocate money. With so many members of the community in opposition over the possibility of adding Tasers among many other concerns, we do not believe this is an initiative the Urbana Police Department should continue to consider.

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As if the end of the semester isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stressful enough with papers, projects and exams coming up, now University students have one more thing to worry about: getting mumps. According to an article published in the Chicago Tribune on Monday, nine cases of the contagious viral disease have been diagnosed on campus since spring break â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about two cases a week since spring break. Some symptoms include fever, headache, muscle soreness, lack of energy, loss of appetite and, most notably, tender, swollen salivary glands. And we thought finals were bad.

Chipotle lovers everywhere unite over one thing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their love for burritos, bowls and tacos. So when it was announced that there would probably be a price hike of up to 48 cents because of the rising costs of ingredients, we felt that Chipotle steak knife go straight into our hearts. This is in addition to the recent scare of the lime shortage that we thought would affect our cilantro-lime rice and lime flavored chips â&#x20AC;&#x201D; luckily, it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, or at least, hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so far. Regardless of any looming rising prices, though, we will continue to empty our pockets for one of our favorite Mexican food chains. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll love you forever, Chipotle.

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The day weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all thought about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nay, the day weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all dreamt about is almost here. On May 5, Mountain Dewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Baja Blast will be sold in stores by the bottle. Currently, those craving the sweet electric blue-green nectar can only purchase it by the cup from Taco Bell. But no such restriction will hinder consumption this summer! What better way to kick off the season than by relaxing pool-side with numerous bottles of the sugary, caloric drink at your disposal? But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too excited, as Mountain Dew said the sale of bottle Baja Blast is only temporary. So come May 5, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk, run to buy yours.

For those of us who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already feel like there was an overwhelming amount of unrealistic beauty standards in our society, think again. Apparently there is this awesome new way to judge your superficial beauty called the finger trap test. Supposedly, if you touch your index finger to your nose and your lips are able to come into contact with your finger at the same time, then you are beautiful. We also heard that if you can pull your ear and hop on your right foot at the same time while wearing a bunny costume, you are really intelligent. Great logic, guys, great logic.

Inform yourself about unauthorized solicitors STEPHANIE YOUSSEF Opinions columnist

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ith the warm weather finally setting in on ChampaignUrbana, afternoons on Green Street have never been busier. This increased foot traffic of students and local residents makes campus a great place for those looking to quickly reach large audiences, like solicitors. And because busy areas on our campus can attract such people, we need to be more aware of local laws and regulations that can protect us from being scammed. Solicitors are people who are generally employed by charities, private corporations and religious organizations to approach people in public and petition for a certain cause. Supporting their cause can mean giving monetary donations, buying goods or becoming a member of their organization. Solicitation, as a means of increasing an organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s profits, is regulated by state and local governments. These are regulations that, thankfully, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware of, and that others should be, too. On Friday when I was walking home from class, I was stopped by a man on Green Street claiming

to represent a charity. I forgot his name, so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just call him Tim for now. He said something to the extent of, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, I represent a non-for-profit organization that gives magazines to little kids. It helps kids with cancer, my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in it, which is why I got involved. So we are a charity that goes around trying to get people to buy magazines for little kids.â&#x20AC;? He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t making much sense, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be rude. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really in a rush, so I was willing to listen to what Tim had to say. I let him explain what he wanted and what cause he represented, but when he started asking for my name and a check, I asked to see his solicitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh no,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I totally left it in my car.â&#x20AC;? Right. I immediately told Tim to have a good day and kept walking. All solicitors in the state of Illinois must fill out a form and register for a solicitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license with the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office before they are able to legally represent a charitable organization. If Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unprofessional looking red snapback and sneakers werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough of an indication that he might not have been who he said he was, a notable representative, his inability to show a solicitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license was. It told me that he probably wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

legally registered as a representative of an organization and steered me away from giving him any money or personal information. Students might not see the real harm in unauthorized solicitors on campus, but there are big issues that can arise from giving oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s money or personal information to an illegitimate cause. As reported in a February article on CNN Money, incidents of identity fraud claim a new victim every two seconds. With this glaring statistic, no one should hesitate to reject a solicitor for fear of being rude. Even with someone claiming to advocate for a worthy cause, you have to be critical about exactly where your money and personal information are going. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not saying that one should assume that everyone claiming to represent a charity is lying, but taking everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word at face value can be very problematic. The unfortunate truth is that there are

desperate people like Tim out there willing to lie about children with cancer in order to get their hands on some money. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no harm in asking to see a solicitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license because, if a the person is who they say they are, they will, or at least they should, have one on them. In asking to see it, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better safe than sorry. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a solicitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility to carry a license, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our responsibility as citizens to know that they are supposed to, We should all educate ourselves about local laws and regulations like this that apply to our daily lives. We should be informed citizens so we can avoid being scammed and make sure our money and personal information donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall into the wrong hands.

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

The unfortunate truth is that there are desperate people like Tim out there willing to lie about children with cancer in order to get their hands on some money.

Intolerance a persistent problem on campus Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: The following contains profane language. ot girl, orange shirt,â&#x20AC;? I hear behind me as I sprint through the edge of campus near some fraternities. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m annoyed. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go on a run to be objectified by my peers. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even ask about what I wore â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sports bra isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t asking for it. Street harassment happens without consequence, and many donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think too much about it, especially on college campuses. When I pull up my Facebook, I am exposed to the same catcalls except they are anonymous. Thanks to Illini Crushes & Confessions, a Facebook page where people (specifically University students) can post anonymous â&#x20AC;&#x153;confessionsâ&#x20AC;? with only mild curating by page administrators, and it is followed by more than 6,800 people. The page was created most likely with the intentions to build a closer and stronger campus community, but instead, its content perpetuates rape culture, body shaming, racism and intolerance on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Likesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;retweetsâ&#x20AC;? promote the content as funny, and hardly anyone calls out the page for its offensiveness. This Facebook page is a serious problem. Examples of some of these

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offensive posts include: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wish we lived in a place with more beaches and a warmer climate so that more girls would not be able to hide their big guts behind layers of clothes. Maybe then they would have motivation to be in better shape and eat healthier, just a thought... #illiniconfessionsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My roommate is a faggot ass(No homophobic)#illiniconfessionsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like you...just not in a sober wayâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Sarah] puts the ass in gymnasst. #illinicrushesâ&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m tired of being objectified, stereotyped and shamed. College confessions pages are forms of cyberbullying and perpetuate intolerance. Nobody asks to be harassed while walking to class or when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a run, and nobody is asking to be picked apart on a social media site. Reading posts over and over on this page has desensitized students to intolerant remarks. Scrolling through the page, I wonder how these submissions were even allowed on the website. My open letter to the administrators of the Illini Crushes & Confessions page urges them to stop posting intolerant submissions. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than page administrators, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the

privileged student body. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same ones who generated the #fuckphyllis Twitter trend when they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive a snow day, the students who proudly hang Confederate flags in their bedrooms and promote segregation within the Greek system. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more than tired, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m angry. At a campus where a stranger yells, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Want a real dick?â&#x20AC;? to my partner and me while weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on a walk, where images of a Native American Chief on clothing are associated with drinking holidays, and where â&#x20AC;&#x153;Companion Animals in Societyâ&#x20AC;? fulfills the Western Comparative Culture course requirement (where students should actually be learning about culture), there is a larger problem than bullying on Facebook confessions pages. Our campus has an intolerance problem that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be changed by hiring visiting speakers or sending an email about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inclusive Illinois.â&#x20AC;? Intolerance at our university can be denied time and time again by students who have the privilege to ignore inequality. Intolerant graduates will only perpetuate the discrimination in politics, business and advertising. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m calling on students to open their eyes to the racism, sexism,

body shaming and oppression on campus. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m calling on students to reject what they believe as tradition. This issue affects more than just me. Intolerance is everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem. We can address every college campus confessions page that comes to light â&#x20AC;&#x201D; YikYak, CollegeACB, you name it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily stop these sites from existing and being created. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to face the real problem, the ugly truth that we have a tolerance problem. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m calling on the University campus to listen to the microaggressions we make in conversation and class. Saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is just how it is,â&#x20AC;? is a way of exercising privilege. We can speak up. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m calling on every student whose blood has boiled while hearing offensive chants from outside a house party. Every student who has been called a faggot. Every student who has been victim blamed after a sexual assault. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m calling out our campus and every campus that creates unsafe and exclusive environments. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encourage the end of pages like Illini Crushes & Confessions, but also remember why these exist and persist in the first place.

Lucy Vernasco is a senior in LAS.

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Students participate in the fifth annual state 4-H robotics competition on April 20, 2013.

ARC to host 4-H youth robotics competition BY REEMA ABI-AKAR STAFF WRITER

Robots will take over the ARC this Saturday during the sixth annual Illinois State 4-H BoxBot Robotics Competition. Approximately 300 students within 45 teams from across the state will exhibit their robots and compete against each other. In addition to the student competitors, University students from the colleges of Engineering and ACES will man booths and present their own projects in the STEM field, according to Smith. The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab, which focuses on innovation, fabrication and design, will also be there with a 3-D printer. The studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; robot creations, which are made predominantly out of LEGO Mindstorms sets, will have three minutes to transport packages across a 4-by-8 field, gaining extra points for returning the packages and physically lifting them up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The robotics competition is for groups who are just starting out with playing with robots to do well, and then once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing it for four or five years to be able to challenge them,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Smith, 4-H statewide robotics educator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So the whole idea is just to ... see what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve actually learned and what their skills are with robotics.â&#x20AC;? Although the competition itself is for 9-to-14-year-old youths, University students and community members are encouraged to attend to watch the judging and enjoy the atmosphere, Smith said. 4-H robotics is part of the 4-H umbrella organization,

which includes 7 million members nationwide in addition to other organizations in 60 other nations, according to Judy Bingman, media and communications specialist for the 4-H state office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Illinois, we strive to impact the lives of 200,000 youth a year,â&#x20AC;? Bingman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;4-H-ers are 8 to 18 years of age. There is a 4-H organization in every county in Illinois and serves rural, small town, metro and urban areas of the state.â&#x20AC;? The 4-H robotics league itself is gaining traction. Though the 4-H program has been going on for over 100 years in the United States, 4-H robotics is a relatively new addition. The program is only in its sixth year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started (working with) that fi rst competition, and in that time, we have seen robotics interest and participation in 4-H grow like wildfi re,â&#x20AC;? said Lisa Bouillion Diaz, extension specialist in technology and youth development for 4-H and adjunct professor of Education. The students certainly do not need to be experts in robotics to participate, as long as they have the passion to build and create the models and work in teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to make it as studentand youth-led as possible,â&#x20AC;? said Donna Nuger, 4-H metro youth development educator focused in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that there is so much to be learned by having the youth meet with other youth from around the state who have the same interest.â&#x20AC;? Each team has at least one volunteer parent or teacher, but this Saturday it is all about the kids, according to Diaz.

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This Must Be The Band to cover Talking Heads at Canopy Club BY CARLY CHARLES CONTRIBUTING WRITER

On Friday night, Canopy Club will host This Must Be The Band, a Talking Heads cover band from Chicago. This Must Be The Band, headed by lead guitar and vocalist Charlie Otto, was formed back in 2007 through a series of Craigslist inquiries for band mates and, perhaps, some forces of fate. Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show will feature band members Charlie Otto, Jamie Jay on bass and vocals, Alan Maniacek on drums, Kiley Moore on backing vocals, Vincent Naples on synths and guitar, and Nate Urbansky on percussion. Since its formation, the band has grown from frequenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;the coveted pizza joint circuitâ&#x20AC;? to traveling across the country and playing at larger-sized venues. Last week, Otto reported that the band would be returning from a gig in St. Louis on Sunday to head over to Carbondale, Ill. Bassist Jamie Jay said the band does attract a large number of older concert goers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; mostly those who remember Talking Heads from their own college days. However, an adequate amount of 20-somethingyear-olds has also begun to attend their shows. Kaily Schenker, freshman in FAA, described her first exposure to Talking Heads. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In middle school, I started listening to really bad stuff, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause my friends liked it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Green Day, My Chemical Romance ... My parents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who like good music and were, like, around for Punk Rock and New Wave â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were just like, this is crap. We have to do something. So my dad got me the Talking Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (self-titled album).â&#x20AC;? Schenker was conflicted in choosing her favorite Talking Heads album, but eventually named â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Name of this Band is Talking Headsâ&#x20AC;? as her favorite, and if not that, then â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop

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This Must Be the Band performs the Talking Headsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stop Making Senseâ&#x20AC;? at the Vic Theatre on Nov. The band will visit Canopy Club on Friday night to play a show with DJnoDJ. Making Sense.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like their live stuff the best,â&#x20AC;? she said. At their core, Talking Heads is a fun, quirky dance band, and This Must Be The Band tries to replicate this vibe to a tee. Jay said that This Must Be The Band doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a set list before shows. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just base the set on what the crowd is requesting,â&#x20AC;? Jay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing it for so many years that we have a huge plate of options, so whatever the crowd is calling out ... we try to play as many requests as we can, and keep the energy going.â&#x20AC;? This Must Be The Band shapes the sound and tone quality of their instruments to mimic that of the 1980s New Wave band, but what really stands out in their live shows is the voice of Charlie Otto and its uncanny resemblance to Talking Heads singer David Bryne. Indeed, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website boasts that Otto has been coined â&#x20AC;&#x153;the illegitimate son of David Bryne.â&#x20AC;? After This Must Be The Band performs, there will be a sec-

ond set by DJnoDJ, a side project headed by Otto and of which Jay and other members of This Must Be the Band are members. DJnoDJ can be described as live house music and features drums, electric drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and vocals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Almost aevery instrument has samples they can play and electronic sounds,â&#x20AC;? Jay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For instance, Charlie can make his guitar sound like a keyboard, and the vocals all have vocal processors and vocoders, which can make the vocals sound affected or like a robot. All kinds of crazy stuff.â&#x20AC;? DJnoDJ frequently covers Daft Punk, DeadMau5 and Justice. This Must Be the Band and DJnoDJ will play at Canopy Club for an 18-and-older show. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show will begin at 9:30 p.m.. Tickets may be purchased beforehand either at The Canopy Club and Manolos or at the door for $10.

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(LEFT) Alec, Larry, Ryan and Dustin Stern participated in the 2013 Compete for a Cure, a philanthropy event in honor of mother and wife, Pam. This year will be the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth year at the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Phi Gamma Nu. (RIGHT) Myers Leonard, 2012 alumnus, and Tyler Griffey, 2013 alumnus, played in the 2012 Compete for a Cure event.

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Business fraternity hosts 5th annual Compete for a Cure fundraiser BY BRIDGET HYNES STAFF WRITER

Pam Stern lost her battle with lung cancer on March 31, 2010. Within three days, her oldest son, 2012 alumnus Dustin Stern, began planning a fundraiser in her honor as a philanthropy for his professional business fraternity, Phi Gamma Nu (PGN). This year, the fifth annual Compete for a Cure will be held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak and Stadium fields. Signups for the fundraiser are open until 12 p.m. on Friday and costs $10 to attend and $15 to play. Before his mom was diagnosed with lung cancer, Dustin worked alongside other fraternity members on PGNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philanthropy committee, and after his momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diagnosis in early February 2010, he said he knew he wanted lung cancer research to be the philanthropyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cause. With the help of everyone in the fraternity, especially those on the philanthropy committee and the chair of the committee, 2011 alumna Ellen Langdren, his vision became a reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really, really hard to come back to school and focus on everything after my mom passed, but this project kept me going, brought me back and was incredibly therapeutic,â&#x20AC;? Dustin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just really wanted to build this up to something that would honor my mom.â&#x20AC;? The first Compete for a Cure fundraiser, now annually hosted by PGN and the Pam Stern Legacy of Hope Foundation, was held May 2, 2010, and had more than 400 attend-

ees. The event featured a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a 6-on-6 volleyball tournament, raffles, food and live music. It raised $8,000 for lung cancer research that year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the seniors came up to me and said this was the greatest event they had ever been a part of in the fraternity,â&#x20AC;? Dustin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was incredibly humbling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just the way the entire community rallied around me when I really needed it.â&#x20AC;? Dustinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger brother, Ryan Stern, current president of PGN and junior in Media, arrived at the University in 2011 and pledged PGN in the spring of 2012 when Dustin was a senior. He alleviated any worries about the future of the fundraiser and has been involved with the planning of Compete for a Cure ever since, even chairing the 2013 event. Ryan said he and his family did not want the fundraiser to be a somber event, but rather a celebration that would reflect his momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caring spirit and passion for changing the lives of others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was an angel,â&#x20AC;? Ryan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a pre-school as well as special education teacher, all that she lived for was helping others. Although her brains and power could have taken her to much higher so-called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;success,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about any of that.â&#x20AC;? During its four-year existence, the fundraiser has raised more than $60,000 for both lung cancer research and special education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the past years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved less towards giving

the money to cancer research, because we feel that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t define my mom. We feel what defined my mom was her passion and her legacy, so we wanted to move towards special education,â&#x20AC;? Ryan said. However, part of the money always goes to the American Lung Association, he said. After last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiser, the American Lung Association actually reached out to PGN and the Pam Stern Legacy of Hope Foundation and asked to partner with them for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds this Sunday will go to the American Lung Association and 75 percent will go to Keshet, a Jewish Special Education program in the Northern suburbs of Chicago. Ryan said he might participate in the volleyball tournament for the first time this year, because Marie Bongiorno, junior in LAS, is chairing Compete for a Cure and running the majority of the event. Bongiorno, who has participated in the fundraiser in the past and is a good family friend of the Sterns, said the fundraiser works because it is a cause that is really close to all of their hearts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a philanthropy event for a woman who passed away four years ago, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not mourning,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re celebrating the life that she had and everything that she worked for and celebrating the work that she did in her life.â&#x20AC;?

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Canopy Club to present ILLRock Block Party on Saturday BY STEPHANIE KIM STAFF WRITER

To celebrate the end of the year, Canopy Club will bring live music outdoors with its first ILLRock Block Party on Saturday. The party will take place on Oregon Street in Urbana near Manoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and Empanadas and the School of Music building. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the show will end around midnight, according to Michael Armintrout, talent buyer and director of marketing for Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment. Canopy Club and its interns created ILLRock Block Party after brainstorming ways to incorporate â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;uniqueâ&#x20AC;? events, Armintrout said. The event is being put on by the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chapters of Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Alpha

Mu in addition to Canopy Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As opposed to just doing a philanthropy concert at the Canopy, we all thought what this campus was lacking was an outdoor end of semester event,â&#x20AC;? he said. The lineup will feature artists including Chiddy Bang, Shwayze, Future Rock, Down With Webster, Taylor Bennett, Church Booty, Frank Leone and Sneezy. The showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performers represent a mix of hip hop, rock, electronic and rap music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be an eclectic sound,â&#x20AC;? said Frank Leone, performer in the show and freshman in FAA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be music for everyone within my set, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be music for everyone within the whole show.â&#x20AC;? Crofton Coleman, sophomore in FAA, will also play at the show with Church Booty, a local band

that formed two years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re developing our own sound,â&#x20AC;? Coleman said, who sings for the group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re jazz-influenced and funk sound with a few straight pop covers.â&#x20AC;? The show will also feature national acts like Down With Webster, a rap and rock band from Toronto, Canada. This will be the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first time in Urbana during its 16 years of performing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it fits right in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to say our sound is like iPod shuffle music,â&#x20AC;? said Tyler Armes, bassist and keyboardist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have six different guys in the band and everybody has a different taste and style.â&#x20AC;? But apart from showcasing a wide array of music, the event is designed to draw attention to the diversity seen in campus and community developments, Armintrout said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for the campus and the community at large to be reminded that all of these things are here,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this neighborhood can be the backdrop and the landscape for this event, hopefully it will bring more attention to all of those different aspects.â&#x20AC;? Tickets cost $20 in advance and can be purchased through Canopy Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official website or at Manoloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and Empanadas and Exile on Main Street, a music store in downtown Champaign. Prices may vary on the day of the event at the gates, according to Armintrout. An after-party will follow the end of the show at The Canopy Club and will cost $5 for ILLRock Block Party attendees and $10 for others.

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or all the excitement that came with traveling to Busch Stadium for an Illinois baseball game, I find myself tossing around the same thought in my head as the game finishes. This place was supposed to feel different this time. From my cushy chair in the press box, I can see almost every inch of the home field of the St. Louis Cardinals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sight my grandpa would have loved to see again. I can see the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Mac Landâ&#x20AC;? sign, fully restored since I watched Albert Pujolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home run knock out the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;? in 2009. Below, I spot the on-deck circle, where I still cringe at the thought of a foul ball ending Juan EncarnaciĂłnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career in 2007. If I lean enough to the left, I can almost make out the spot on the dugout fence I used to see Tony La Russa lean against in the summertime. All of this, and here I am, staring at the Gateway Arch, not even sitting in my chair. Maybe because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been sitting and watching Illinois and Missouri go at it for the past two hours. Mostly, though, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nerves fused with some other inexplicable feeling that bounces between sorrow and shame. Three summers ago, Grand-

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pa and I sat out on his indoor patio, watching the same field on his small box TV screen as warm air slid in through the open windows. About twice a year, we would drive down to the ballpark, usually with my dad, my uncle and my cousin. We always tried to go more, but the alternative never bothered me. He would drink a Bud Light wrapped in a Cardinals coozie, I would sip on a red can of Coke. Together we would let our afternoons slip away to the sounds of the crack of the bat and strike calls. Not long before this particular afternoon, I had decided to study journalism after high school. It was a massive life decision I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully appreciate at the time, but Grandpa and I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spoken a single word about it.

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Casey Fletcher celebrates with his teammates after hitting his second of three home runs in the victory against Southern Illinois on Wednesday.

FLETCHER HITS 3 HOME RUNS Junior drives in 5 runs in 10-1 victory vs. SIU BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

As Casey Fletcher returned to the dugout after his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday night, head coach Dan Hartleb had something to say. The junior right fielder had just been jammed on an inside pitch that hit above his fingers. Fletcher drove the a ground ball to Southern Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; third baseman, who threw to first for the out. After the game, Hartleb said what he told Fletcher was kind of funny given what Fletcher would go on to do in his next three at bats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told him he did a good job,â&#x20AC;? Hartleb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He absolutely roasted the ball. He got hit right above the fingers and drove one to third base, but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that dictate his day. He turned right around and took very good

at bats.â&#x20AC;? attention away from his individFletcher powered through the ual play, referencing how intrinegatives of his first at bat. His cate his teammates were in the next three were significantly win. better. With the help of the 14 â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pitchers did their jobs mph winds blowing out of Illi- and threw up zeros for us.â&#x20AC;? nois Field, the hitting strategy Fletcher said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And offensively, instilled in him by hitting coach we just had a good day.â&#x20AC;? Er ic Sn id Illinois er, Hartlebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treated the words and his m i d w e e k own motivamatchup as a tion, Fletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;staff day.â&#x20AC;? next three hits The Illini had left the yard five different for home runs. pitchers throw Illinois beat throughout the Southern Illigame and each nois 10-1 on had success. the back of Rob McDonFletcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five nell, Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RBIs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two junior starting DAN HARTLEB pitcher, threw solo homers ILLINOIS BASEBALL HEAD COACH three innings and a threerun shot. Durof one - h it ing and after baseball and the game, the Illini hero was recorded four strikeouts. still so shocked he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put â&#x20AC;&#x153;Throwing strikes down his feelings into words. in the zone is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know,â&#x20AC;? Fletcher always tried to be able to do and said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just kind of taking it I was able to do that today, so I was happy,â&#x20AC;? McDonnell said. in right now.â&#x20AC;? Fletcher was quick to divert After talking about his per-

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The Illinois softball team came away with a huge upset win against No. 4 Michigan in the opening game of its last home series at Eichelberger Field on Friday. Despite that hot start, the Illini went on to lose the doubleheader Saturday. However, Illinois (20-25, 4-16, Big Ten) wants to take that momentum built from last Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final game into this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final regular-season games at Penn State (14-31, 5-15). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Michigan is a dynasty in the softball world, not just in the Big Ten,â&#x20AC;? head coach Terri Sullivan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it was a great win for the program. But I, to be honest with you, want to take more of the third game with us because I thought we fought hard. We got behind and came back and had the tying run on. So that kind of fight is what we want, what you have to have, in every game you play at this point.â&#x20AC;? An overturned call in the bottom of the seventh with the winning run at the plate led to Sullivan getting ejected after a lengthy argument with the umpire. The Illini could not come back and lost 6-5, yet, it was the way they battled all game that led Sullivan to want to carry that fight into this upcoming weekend. Illinois owns the all-time series with Penn State 18-12 but is looking to put up a fight after Penn State upset Illinois in the first-

sonal pitching performance, McDonnell threw the praise back to Fletcher. After thanking Fletcher for the home runs, he made a playful joke about his stature that Fletcher chuckled at from across the clubhouse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looks small but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got some power I guess,â&#x20AC;? McDonnell said. The Illinois offense wasted no time, as it got on the board in the bottom half of the first inning. The Illini scored two runs on a double by Jason Goldstein to the gap in right field. From there on out, it really was â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fletcher day.â&#x20AC;? He helped the Illini score an additional eight runs in the next seven innings. Illinois scored one run in the third, sixth and eighth and five runs in the seventh. The Illini gave up one run to Southern Illinois in the fifth, but from start to finish Illinois seemed to be in the drivers seat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a good day,â&#x20AC;? Fletcher said.

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jenna Mychko hits a foul ball during the second game against Michigan at Eichelberger Field on April 26. Illinois faces Penn State in the two teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last series before the Big Ten Tournament. round upset of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. Illinois did not face Penn State in the regular season last year.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last series so we have to look for everyone to be at their best, and we have to be at our best.â&#x20AC;? JENNA MYCHKO

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In practice this week the Illini worked not only on routine defensive plays and situational hitting but also on completing the big plays. The team used live situations to create pressure moments

very similar to the ones found in that last inning in the third game against Michigan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We brought a lot of positives,â&#x20AC;? catcher Jenna Mychko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know we can hit. Our bats were on fire. We know when they score, we can come right back and score. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last series so we have to look for everyone to be at their best, and we have to be at our best.â&#x20AC;? With that fight from Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss, Illinois is looking to end Big Ten play with a series win. But the team will have difficulty knowing that this is one of the last opportunities they will get to play with seniors Alex Booker and Mychko. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll lose a lot of leadership,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Allie Bacuh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Booker, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great player. The talent she has for the game is undeniable. And then with Mychko, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got so much pride and passion for the game. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just so contagious that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been so lucky Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

been able to play with both of them. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take a lot from them.â&#x20AC;? For although the Illini will definitely play this weekend and in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament, Sullivan pointed out that Bookerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Mychkoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time playing for Illinois could be over soon. According to her, their drive and momentum has the potential to carry them far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At this point on, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be playing to win and to keep their careers going basically,â&#x20AC;? Sullivan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know those two will have that mindset. They love the game. If we play to the level we did on Friday night and the fight we had in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest and for a little bit there in Game 2 in between. I like this teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances of continuing to play through the month of May.â&#x20AC;?

Charlotte can be reached at cmcarro2@dailyillini.com and @charlottecrrll.

Anyone who has played competitive golf knows how hard it is to win a golf tournament. It requires an incredible amount of mental strength, focus, strategy and outright talent. The No. 8 Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team knows what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to win golf tournaments, especially Big Ten titles. They have won the past five Big Ten Championships and look to make it six this weekend at the 7,254 yard, par-72 Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Indiana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be who we are and not try to press too hard,â&#x20AC;? head coach Mike Small said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to protect anything. We just need to go out and play our game and take care of our business.â&#x20AC;? The Pete Dye Course at French Lick was named the No. 1 Public Golf Course in Indiana by GolfWeek in 2013. The course is located on one of Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most elevated points, which makes for an unforgettable golf spectacle. The rugged terrain, narrow fairways, elevation changes and well-protected fast greens are just a few of the reasons why the Illini will have to be on top of their game in order to claim their sixth title in as many years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golf is a funny thing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a week-to-week deal,â&#x20AC;? Small said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re peaking at the right time.â&#x20AC;? The Illini are the highest ranked team in the field this weekend, but will likely be challenged by ranked Big Ten rivals No. 36 Iowa, No. 44 Northwestern and No. 49 Purdue. While the Illini did not shoot a score below 70 at the Purdue Invitational a couple weeks ago, they are confident that their knowledge of the course from past experiences will help them put some low scores together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident because I know we won last year, and I still can visualize every single shot from last year at that course,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Thomas Detry said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know a lot of Big Ten teams are playing well right now, but I know that we will take ownership of our own game and will play well enough to win.â&#x20AC;?

Dan can be reached at daberns2@ dailyillini.com and @yaboybernie11.


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After Drake Relay win, Illini head to Iowa BY CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY STAFF WRITER

After being crowned Hy-Vee Cup co-champions last weekend at the Drake Relays, the Illinois men’s track and field team soared to No. 14 in the national rankings, the highest position the team has ever held mid-season. Now the Illini enter the final week of the regular season and head to Iowa City for the University of Iowa’s Musco Twilight Meet. Except for two athletes, the whole team will travel to Iowa. Liam Markham and Ian Barnett will head to Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invite to try to hit some fast marks in the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, respectively. The Musco Twilight Meet is Illinois’ last meet before Big Tens and championship sea-

son. Only one Big Ten team, No. 11 Nebraska, is ranked higher than the Illini. They will face off against the Cornhuskers in Iowa; however, that is not the team’s main concern this weekend. “No. 1 we’ve got to come out of this weekend healthy,” head coach Mike Turk said. Turk mentioned the approach to this weekend’s meet will be different than usual because of the effort the team put in at Drake. In addition to Nebraska and Iowa, Illinois will be facing off with Minnesota, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and last weekend’s host Drake. “It’s kind of a tough position for us because it is a scored meet. And usually we can really crank up for these scored meets. ... I don’t feel like we can really do that coming off of Drake

because a couple of our horses kind of nice to be able to do an ran so many races.” open event and at least show With Turk not that I’m protrying to overgressing,” Zahn load athletes, said. “Hopefully I can drop most athletes my time a little won’t double bit so I can see and many will something kind run in events that aren’t their of happening as main focus. Big we get closer to Ten Athlete of conference.” the Week Vanier Another IlliJoseph will run ni running a on the 4x100 different event meter relay is sophomore  hurdler Cam and sprinter DJ Zahn, who Viney. After usually runs on DJ ZAHN a br e a ko ut ILLINI SPRINTER both the 4x100 p er for m a nc e a nd 4 x4 0 0 at the Drake meter relays, Relays, Viney will only run the open 100 meters. has moved up to No. 4 in the “I do love the relays, but it’s country in the 400-meter hur-

“We kind of just got everybody in the right mindset to do everything we need to. All around we have a lot of good athletes ...”

dles and is the nation’s topranked sophomore. Turk said Viney is already a “star” in the 400 hurdles and still has room for improvement. Nebraska has multiple hurdlers ranked in the 400-meter hurdles that Viney saw last weekend at Drake. Instead, freshman David Kendziera will go against a deep Nebraska squad in the event this weekend. Turk said that Viney needs to get some work in the open 400, partially because he is one of five athletes who could be a part of the 4x400 meter relay line-up for the championship season. Along with Zahn, Joe McAsey, Kenneth Allen and Stephon Pamilton are potential members of a squad that the Illini can shift around as needed. The relay line-ups will be

shaken and other athletes will get a chance to show what they can do in the 4x400 this weekend, as the team aims to not overload its athletes. “It’s going to create some opportunities for some other guys; we’re going to run some alternates on our relays this weekend. Those guys will get a chance to step up and get in there,” said Turk. With only a week to go until Big Tens, Zahn said the Illini are poised for success. “We kind of just got everybody in the right mindset to do everything we need to,” Zahn said. “All around we have a lot of good athletes, beside the rankings.”

Chris can be reached at cmkenne2@dailyillini.com

Women’s track prepares for Billy Hayes Invite BY MUBARAK SALAMI STAFF WRITER

The Illinois women’s track and field team will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, this weekend to compete in the Billy Hayes Invitational, the team’s last meet before Big Ten Outdoor Championships. As the season is drawing closer to its championship stage, the Orange and Blue are focused on making sure every meet and practice count. “As always we want to give it one hundred ten percent at practice every single day,” sprinter Jesica Ejesieme said. “With Big Tens around the corner, it’s time for us to piece together what we have been working

on all season.” For Ejesieme, as well as the rest of the team, making sure to maintain focus and taking care of their bodies at this juncture of the season becomes especially important now that most of the preparation and hard training is behind them. “Resting, eating right and the little things are most important now,” Ejesieme said. “We’ve been training all year and putting in work, so it’s just time to show it and rise to the occasion.” With Big Ten Championships less than two weeks away and numerous hours of intense training behind them, several members of the team have made it a point of emphasis to

rest their bodies to make sure they perform their best when it matters most. “At this point in the season, I think recovery becomes more important than ever,” distance runner Alyssa Schneider said. “It is more about running fast when it counts and giving your body a bit of a break from all the work put in throughout the season.” For an athlete like Schneider, someone who has been competing since the fall with crosscountry, getting rest becomes especially important. “Taking care of your body is huge,” said Schneider, who is currently ranked in the top10 in the Big Ten in the 1,500

and 5,000 meter runs. “We’ve trained hard, but right now it’s more about maintaining and racing well.” Schneider, along with Ejesieme, figure to lead the way for the Illini in events on the track this weekend. For field events, throwers Jazjuan Wallace-Sipp and Mariah Smith should shoulder the bulk of the scoring. WallaceSipp is coming off a performance last weekend in which she threw for 166 feet, seven inches, the top mark in the conference. Smith is right behind her, holding the second-best mark, with a throw of 166 feet. The Billy Hayes Invitational will provide the Orange and

Blue a last chance to work on any adjustments or technical work before Big Tens. The meet will feature local teams from around the Midwest area including Indiana, Indiana State, Ball State, Ohio, Miami(OH) and Rose-Hulman among others. After racing against some of the best teams in the country in consecutive weeks at LSU and Drake, this weekend will give the Illini a chance to capture several event titles and build up some much needed momentum going into the Big Ten championships.

Mubarak can be reached at msalami2@dailyillini.com or @justmubar.

“Resting, eating right and the little things are most important now. We’ve been training all year and putting in work, so it’s just time to show it and rise to the occasion.” JESICA EJESIEME ILLINI SPRINTER

Illinois’ 2013 MLB Draft class ‘grinds it out’ in hopes of majors ALEX ROUX Illini columnist

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urn on ESPN these days, and you’ll be bombarded with hours and hours of coverage of the upcoming NFL Draft. With seven rounds and 32 teams picking players, the NFL Draft can seem complicated. But it’s nothing compared to the circus that is Major League Baseball’s draft. Last year’s MLB Draft saw 1,216 players drafted over 40 rounds. Four of those players — Justin Parr, Jordan Parr, Thomas Lindauer and Kevin Johnson — were on the Illinois baseball team in 2013. Being drafted by an MLB franchise is a dream come true for any baseball player, but it is far from a guaranteed trip to the big leagues. Drafted players have a long road to “The Show.” Many toil and struggle for years in the minor leagues, sometimes never making it to the majors. Here’s a crazy stat to illustrate the plight of some major league prospects: Since the first MLB Draft in 1965, three No. 1 overall picks went their entire careers without ever playing a single major league game. Out of the four Illini who were drafted in 2013, Justin Parr was drafted highest, going in the eighth round to

the Philadelphia Phillies. Jordan Parr, Lindauer and Johnson went in the 15th, 23rd and 24th rounds, respectively. Each one of them is a long shot to make a major league roster. To do so, they’ll have to navigate through a maze of minor league affiliates and leagues. These include offseason and rookie leagues, Single-A, Double-A and finally Triple-A affiliates. And players only move up if they perform extremely well at each level, or show some sort of major league potential. So let’s see how our four Illini prospects have fared, nearly one year removed from draft day. Justin Parr has made it the furthest up the minor league ladder, as he’s currently on the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A-Advanced League. However, he’s struggled in his professional career so far, batting .247 last season in Class A-Short Season ball and posting a meager .125 average for Clearwater this year. In order to keep moving up the ranks, Parr needs to find the swing that propelled him to a .398 average and a 33-game hitting streak his senior year at Illinois. Justin’s twin brother Jordan played last season in the Diamondbacks organization for the Class A-Short Season affiliate Hillsboro Hops, batting .226. He also hit the first home run in the Hops’ new ballpark’s history. Lindauer is off to a strong start in the Class-A Midwest League for the Quad Cities

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Justin Parr bats during the game against Penn State on May 11, 2013. Justin Parr is currently with the Clearwater Threshers. River Bandits in 2014, batting .346 through six games with two home runs. The former Illini shortstop is in the Houston Astros’ organization. Johnson, the only pitcher in the Illini draft class, was selected by the Oakland A’s.

The former Illini ace underwent Tommy John surgery, which calls for a 12-18 month rehabilitation period. He is currently rehabbing the injury. These former Illini still have a long way to go but will

continue to grind it out in hopes of one day making the majors. They’ll bounce from town to town and diamond to diamond, enduring cheesy minor league promotions and long bus rides. Teammates will come and go on rosters

that are constantly in flux. Such is the life of a ballplayer chasing the dream.

Alex is a sophomore in AHS. He can be reached at roux2@ dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @aroux94.

Trainer Mike Maker has 3 chances for Kentucky Derby win on home turf BY CHILDS WALKER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Though he’s rarely mentioned with thoroughbred racing’s most glamorous trainers, soft-spoken Mike Maker could have as big a say as anyone in determining the winner of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. Maker, whose stable is based at Churchill Downs, will saddle three horses in the Derby, second only to Todd Pletcher’s four. Vicar’s in Trouble, General a Rod and Harry’s Holiday have mostly flown under the radar this week, just like their trainer. But Maker seems fine with that. “Each one’s coming in at the top of their game,” he said Wednesday. Maker said it’s easy to manage three Derby horses because all are on their home turf and going through familiar routines. “Same guys are working with them,” he said, “whether they’re running in the Derby or not.” Maker is a second-generation trainer from Michigan who learned the game under his father and went to finishing school as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He has managed his own stable since 2003, and this is the third time he’s saddled multiple horses in the Derby. Of the three, Vicar’s in Trouble posted the best prep season, winning the Louisiana Derby and finishing second in the points race for Kentucky. He’s

ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who hopes to make her own history Saturday by becoming the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. Some handicappers have questioned Vicar’s in Trouble’s physical talent, especially his pedigree to run 1-1/4 miles. They praise his determination, but there’s a whiff of backhanded compliment to it. “The results are the results,” Maker said. “Regardless of what he looks like, he’s gotten the job done.” As for General a Rod, he sat higher on many early lists of Derby contenders but fell back with a third-place finish at the Florida Derby. Maker said he was actually fine with the Florida run, noting that the colt overcame a rough start to finish only 1-1/2 lengths back against a top field. “No shame in that,” he said. He doesn’t anticipate any of his trio being overwhelmed by the magnitude of the Derby stage. “They’re pretty laid-back horses,” Maker said. *** Turcotte criticizes Churchill Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte punctured the festive tone at Churchill Downs on Wednesday with a written statement criticizing track officials for their failure to accommodate him in recent years. Turcotte, best known for riding Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973, has been in a

wheelchair since a career-ending accident in 1978. “My most recent experiences at the track have tarnished my fond memories of Churchill Downs through the actions, or should I say inaction, of track management who has not provided me with either accommodation or parking access during Oaks and Derby days,” Turcotte wrote. “Being confined to a wheelchair since my racing accident in 1978, it is no easy feat to maneuver through the crowds that attend the Derby festivities. It becomes a nearly impossible task when there is virtually no assistance from the track.” Turcotte said he has enjoyed interacting with fans during Derby week but said track officials denied him onsite parking and access to the race in 2013. His criticisms quickly drew support from others in the racing world. “I have held my tongue about the way CDowns treats horsemen in lead up to Ky Derby but letter from Ron Turcotte is believable and deplorable,” Maryland trainer Graham Motion wrote on Twitter. Motion won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom. Track spokesman John Asher apologized Wednesday, saying, “We’ve obviously fallen short.” Asher said he hadn’t reached Turcotte and didn’t know specifically where communications broke down. But he called the former jockey a “very special

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Trainer Mike Maker leads Stately Victor off the trailer at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on April 28, 2010. person here.” “There will never be an issue again,” Asher said. “We regret incredibly that he’s unhappy with the situation.” Turcotte’s complaints came

two days after Rick Porter, owner of Kentucky’s Fox Hill Farm, bashed Churchill Downs for making no special ticket accommodations for horsemen. Asher said horsemen running

entries on either Kentucky Oaks Friday or Kentucky Derby Saturday do receive free all-day passes. He said he was working to understand and address Porter’s concerns.


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WILSON I remember leaning back in my chair and saying to him, “Wouldn’t it be cool if I got to go there and cover our Cards?” “Yeah,” he answered, taking a sip from his can. He coughed into his fist and cleared his throat, as he often did, then added, “When you get there, you’ll have to take me up to the box with you for the games, though.” He smiled, and I smiled back. “Deal,” I told him. The memory of that talk plays though my head as we ride the elevator down to the field. It’s quite possible that, that talk pushed me toward sports journalism. And now, three years later, I’m stepping into the media offices on the ground level at Busch Stadium. I haven’t been back to Busch Stadium since Grandpa passed away almost two years ago. I like to think we just got busy. I went off to college, my dad and uncle worked a lot, and my cousin got married, and it was all a viable excuse for not buying tickets. Only, I knew what returning to this ballpark would mean. At his visitation, they played “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” as friends and family dispersed. But afterward, I stopped wanting to go. Though I kept up my continual Cardinals support, my team spirit was reserved, my dedication limited. Plainly put, I fell out of love with Major League Baseball. By now, we’re right in front of the field, and my stomach drops. Each game without Grandpa has felt a little more lonely than the last. Each pitch has made him being gone more real. And for an instant, I worry my next, heavy step will cause him to slip away from me forever. But I don’t stop — not once — on my way to the Cardinals’ home dugout, where the Illini players wait to field our postgame questions. I follow the dirt track past home plate without even looking at it and do my job. Because feeling anything would remind me of the man who isn’t with me. It isn’t until interviews are fi nished that I fi nally steal a moment for myself, to process everything around me and to let the pain hit me. And so, I wait for Busch Stadium to leave my heart and for the last chip of reality to fi nally settle into place. It never does. I wander nearer to home plate and look out at the scoreboard. Perched atop are two red Cardinals, one on each side of the analog clock, and seeing them brings a smile to my face. Two Cardinals, together for baseball, much like a grandpa and his grandson, never alone and never apart. My next steps aren’t as heavy. They’re lighter than most I’ve taken in the past 21 months. Turning to leave the field, I recognize that Busch Stadium still doesn’t mean to me what it once did. I’ve reassessed its value. It isn’t just some place Grandpa and I both cared about. And it isn’t just the home of the Cardinals. It’s a place to celebrate life lost and life yet to come. It’s a place where a grandfather and a grandson can always watch baseball. It’s our place.

J.J. is a sophomore in Media. He can be reached at jjwilso2@dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @Wilsonable07.

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Illini prepare for NCAA Tournament BY BRETT LERNER STAFF WRITER

Now that the No. 12 seed Illinois men’s tennis team officially knows that it will be making its 19th straight NCAA Tournament appearance starting May 9, there are many things to look forward to. Head coach Brad Dancer will be no stranger to coaching in the field of 64, as he has reached the tournament in all nine of his seasons with Illinois. He has also brought the Illini to six Sweet 16 appearances through his first eight seasons. Dancer’s team is now fully ready to head into the tournament, and has its sights set on making a return to Athens, GA. in pursuit of its first national title since taking home the hardware in 2003.

Home, Sweet Home: The top 16 seeds in the country are seeded, and host the first and second rounds of the tournament. The Illini, who were awarded the No. 12 seed, will once again play postseason tennis at the Atkins Tennis Center. Playing at home should be a huge advantage for this Illinois team. The Illini didn’t lose a home match during the regular season, going a perfect 11-0. The program also never lacks fan support, with the stands of the outdoor courts regularly packed to capacity. The players and coaching staff have acknowledged their home court advantage throughout the season, so the opportunity to play at home once again is something that excites Dancer. “The fans make such a difference here,” Dancer said. “Whether it’s the I-L-L chants or the play-

ers’ familiarity with the surface, I think it’s a great place for us and one where we’re comfortable.”

Familiar Foes: The Illini have the potential to see a few familiar opponents early on in this year’s tournament. Their first match will be against Ball State, a nonconference team that Illinois swept 4-0 back in March. If the Illini can get through their regional, they would likely face off with another familiar foe in the Sweet 16. No. 5 seed Baylor beat Illinois at a neutral site in California, sweeping the Illini, 4-0. The Illinois lineup didn’t have All-Big Ten first team selection, Jared Hiltzik for either of those two matches. Whether the Illini have seen their opponents previously or not, Dancer knows the road will be tough regardless. “We’ve got good teams all the way in front of us, so we know we’ve got some big challenges,” Dancer said.

Georgia on My Mind: If the Illini can get two wins at home they’ll head to the national host site, University of Georgia. Judging by the Illini’s past tournament experiences, this could be good news for them. In both Illinois’ 2003 national championship and 2007 runner-up finishes, Athens was the host. Getting back and making another deep tournament run is exactly what the Illini will be training for leading up to the tournament.

Brett can be reached at blerner2@illinimedia.com and @Blerner10.

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Illinois’ sophomore, All-Big Ten first team selection Jared Hiltzik hits the ball during a match at Atkins Tennis Center. The No. 12 seed Illini will host first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament starting May 9.

Oprah, others interested in buying Clippers BY ANDY GRIMM CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Oprah Winfrey reportedly is interested in bidding on the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA board of governors is able to force embattled owner Donald Sterling to sell the team, according to one report. Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison are joining together to make a bid to buy the Clippers, Geffen told ESPN on Wednesday. Geffen said the Clippers would be run by him and Ellison, while Winfrey would be an investor. “Oprah is not interested in running the team,” Geffen told ESPN. “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own (another) franchise. “The team deserves a better group of owners who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman, we’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.” Forbes magazine estimates Winfrey, whose eponymous talk show was taped in Chicago, is worth nearly $3 billion, with the NBA’s Clippers worth an estimated $575 million. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday announced Sterling had been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million and would invoke league rules to hold a vote to force him to sell the team. He said he expected owners would support the move. It was not clear when any such vote would take place. Magic Johnson, an NBA Hall of Famer with the L.A. Lakers, who has gone on to head an ownership group that purchased the Dodgers, has also been mentioned as a possible buyer, and a number of other tycoons have been sug-

gested as being interested in buying the team. Ellison is the chief executive officer of software giant Oracle Corp. Geffen, a media mogul with a net worth estimated by Forbes of $6.2 billion, reportedly tried to buy a controlling stake in the Clippers in 2010 but was rebuffed by Sterling, a billionaire who made his fortune in Beverly Hills real estate and bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981.

What is the team worth?

Sterling paid $12.5 million for the Clippers in 1981. The team sale is going to crush the Bucks’ sale price and could reach $1 billion. The Clippers local TV deal with Fox Sports expires after the 2015-16 season and will be renewed at a massive premium. The Los Angeles Lakers just kicked off a 20-year, $3.6 billion local deal with Time Warner Cable. The Clippers and Lakers have the NBA’s two longest tenured owners and an NBA franchise has not come up for sale in the L.A. market in more than 30 years. Southern California is loaded with wealthy sports fans that will pay through the nose to join the NBA’s exclusive club of owners. Here are some of the leading candidates, according to Forbes, to be the next owners of the Clippers ranked from highly unlikely to the favorites.

Floyd Mayweather Mayweather threw his name in the ring Tuesday while talking to the media promoting his Saturday fight with Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. “I called Al (Haymon) today about that to see if me, Leonard (Ellerbe) and Al, and hopefully Richard (Schaefer) and

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The starters for the Los Angeles Clippers watch the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference NBA against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, April 27. The Warriors defeated the Clippers, 118-97. a couple of other guys, a couple other of my billionaire guys, can come together and see what we can come up with,” Mayweather said. “Hopefully, we can do it, and it’s not just talk.” Mayweather has made more than $350 million during his boxing career.

died about by others. The comedian/actor and long-time Clippers superfan was asked this week about buying the team. He responded in jest: “We’re in negotiations.” Crystal owns a small piece of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Oscar De La Hoya

Magic Johnson & Guggenheim Partners

De La Hoya retired as a boxer in 2009, and has built the biggest boxing promotion firm in the U.S. with the help of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. De La Hoya has a statue outside of the Staples Center.

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Johnson has been a part of the Sterling story from the beginning. It was pictures of Sterling’s girlfriend with Johnson on Instagram that set Sterling off on his racist rant. Johnson and his financial backers, Guggenheim, are interested in buying the Clippers, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. If interested, the

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Florida State University was busted Tuesday night for allegedly leaving a Tallahassee Publix with $32.73 worth of crab legs and crawfish he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an otherwise minor shoplifting case that became nationwide news when it broke the following morning on the Tomahawk Nation fan blog. Jameis Winston is one of the most celebrated and most scrutinized figures in college sports after leading the Seminoles this year to a national football title while also facing accusations of raping an FSU student. State Attorney Willie Meggs concluded in December that he had too little evidence to prosecute the case successfully and pressed no charges. Nicknamed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Famous Jameis,â&#x20AC;? Winston is one of the most-recognizable figures in town, and an employee spotted him leaving with the unpaid-for goods just before 9 p.m. Publix reported it to the Leon County Sheriffs Office, who found Winston at his home about three hours later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jameis was very cooperative,â&#x20AC;? said Maj. Mike Wood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He did,

ston took or whether the athlete had devoured it by the time he was questioned by deputies. Wood said Winstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time in Publix was captured on in-house video cameras, which showed him milling around the store before leaving. Winston at one point picked up butter, but ultimately put it down before departing without paying. The employee who saw Winston, Wood said, thought the player was leaving temporarily to get a cart. But when Winston didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t return, he reported the theft. Shortly before the 2 p.m. news conference on Thursday, Florida State baseball coach Mike Miller announced he had suspended Winston indefinitely until he completes the pre-trial program. Winston is a relief pitcher for the Seminoles. FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement that he supports Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. Winston has had other incidents involving law enforcement authorities in Tallahassee. In November 2012, police were called to an apartment complex in which 13 windows had been damaged by BB guns. Winston and his roommate at the time said Florida State players were engaged in a series of â&#x20AC;&#x153;battlesâ&#x20AC;? with each other, although they denied shooting BB

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award earlier this year. Winston this week was cited for stealing crab legs and crawfish from a Publix in Tallahassee, Fla. guns themselves. Winston was not charged with any crime. In another incident, police records show Winston came into a Burger King with three men but did not order food, instead asking for a water cup he repeatedly filled with soda over an employeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objections. The report says Winston was never interviewed about the incident because the restaurant declined to prosecute. In the alleged rape case, the accuser claimed she was assaulted before Winston became a star. The investigation lagged for months

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