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Dominique Johnson, junior in LAS, speaks to students, trying to convince them to join Partnerships in Action at Quad Day on Aug. 26, 2012.

Other universities, mostly Big Ten schools, began to see the success of the University of Illinois’ Quad Day in effectively diminishing some wartime tension on campus. They, too, began initiatives to hold similar events.

1974 Quad Day continued to be a success. A steam engine was brought in to honor of one of Illinois’ staple crops: corn. The engine was used to boil ears of corn for attendees. Other activities were also added. Highlights included a paper airplane flying contest, a hot air balloon demonstration and a faculty talent show.


Free food was banned from Quad Day.

2005 More and more student organizations began registering for Quad Day booths. Over 600 RSOs were registered that year. The event became geared more toward students interested in joining extracurricular activities and social networking. Again, attendance continued to grow for the event.

2009 A large banner was draped in front of the Alma Mater that stated “Chancellor Herman: Admission Denied,� to show the students’ dissatisfaction with the Chancellor’s admissions scandal.

2012 Last year’s Quad Day showed a record attendance for the event with over 12,000 students and 650 organizations.

2013 This year marks the 42nd Quad Day held at the University. The event has expanded since its founding and now hosts over 600 organizations and even more students in attendance. The material used in this story comes from newspapers, correspondence and other historical documents from the University of Illinois’ Digital Newspaper Collection and Life and Culture Archives, as well as an email interview with Willard Broom, alumnus of ’72.

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Over 150 student organizations registered for booths for Quad Day.


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Due to the popularity of “Rap on Quad� the previous year, the Office of Student Programs and the Illini Union teamed up to host the fi rst official Quad Day to welcome new students to campus. In the midst of building war tensions throughout the nation’s college campuses, the purpose of Quad Day was mostly to show freshmen that the University could be a home away from home and to inform them of the different support services available to them. Featured booths ranged from community and campus establishments to legislators and trustees from the C-U area. However, the rest of Quad Day was meant for entertainment. Because of the event’s low budget, it included simple activities and amenities, such as volleyball, a single food booth and a half hour concert of the Altgeld chimes. The evening consisted of a student, faculty and staff talent show led by Dan Perrino, professor emeritus of music.

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Attendance continued to grow, and more universities hosted similar events. According to Willard Broom, who has attended every Quad Day since 1972, “With the end of the Vietnam War...student life turned to more inwardlooking activities and the expansion of student organizations reflected that shift.�



“Rap on Quad,� a precursor to the modern Quad Day, was held at the end of the school year. This event was completely unlike the University’s current Quad Day. Back then, it served as a relaxed gathering for students to listen to local bands and take part in a variety of activities ranging from a swap shop to a food drive.


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Performers, food to line street at Taste of Nevada BY ADLAI STEVENSON STAFF WRITER

Classes are only days away and emotions may be tangled: hesitation, doubt, excitement — you name it. But students’ attitudes should be bright. Just before fall semester begins, the collection of cultural centers on campus welcomes students through the annual Taste of Nevada event Sunday. Sponsored by a partnership between New Student Programs, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, University Housing and the Illini Union, Taste of Nevada hopes to expose students to new cultural interests. “Taste of Nevada is an opportunity for new students to learn more about our cultural centers, enjoy free food, live entertainment and giveaways,” said Abbey Wolfman, assistant dean of New Student Programs, in an email interview. Wolfman said that this year’s food includes “catfish nuggets, empanadas, squash quesadillas, samosas, sweet potato pie and much more.” Alexander Kogan, sophomore in DGS, said that Taste of Nevada’s food highlighted last year’s event for him. “The lines were never too long, and there was always a great variety of options to choose from,” Kogan said. “This year’s menu sounds great, and people can rest assured that it will taste better than what they might suspect.” Taste of Nevada will also feature a main stage with cultural entertainment. Wolfman said artists this year will include West African drummers, Samba Soul and Native American hiphop artist, Quese IMC. The event is not just fun for students but also for the cultural centers that take part in the Taste. Mai-Lin Poon, assistant director of the Asian American Cultural Center, said she thinks it is a great way to introduce students to the cultural centers that exist on campus. “Students can tour the cultural centers and learn more about the programs, resources and opportunities that they have to offer,” Poon said. “It’s also a great way to meet the staff who


Megan Hawver, right, races against friend Renee Jackson at the Taste of Nevada block party on Aug. 26, 2012. Both sophomores in education, the students were attached to a bungee cord trying to out reach the other. Taste of Nevada this year will provide students with free food and entertainment on Nevada Street in Urbana. make those things happen and learn how to get involved.” Kogan said that while he has not joined any of the cultural centers at the University, he appreciated their openness and enthusiasm during last year’s event. “(The cultural centers) were very welcoming and did a lot to expose students to what their organizations focused on and did

throughout the year,” he said. “I felt like I gained a good sense of what they are all about.” Poon said that AACC and other cultural centers emphasize the idea of inclusion for all students. “I think there is often this thought that a person has to identify with a center to be able to use it,” Poon said. “So for example, a student does not have to

be of Asian descent to come to any of the AACC’s programs, nor does one have to be Native American to go to Native American House’s programs. All centers welcome students to come, learn and engage.” Poon said she hopes that students will find AACC and other cultural centers to be safe spaces where they can explore their identities, participate in

discussions and make lasting friendships. The participating centers include AACC, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, the LGBT Resource Center, Native American House, the Women’s Resource Center and the Diversity and Social Justice Education group, along with other clubs that will host information booths.

Kogan said he is excited for this year’s Taste of Nevada and is still considering joining a cultural center. Taste of Nevada will take place on Nevada Street on Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wolfman said NSP expects nearly 3,000 students to participate and all are welcome.

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New RSOs showcase array of student interests BY ALICE SMELYANSKY STAFF WRITER

From a common interest in hot tubbing to a passion for glowsticking, this year’s Quad Day will be in no shortage of new registered student organizations for students to join. While some organizations already began in the spring semester, this will be their first opportunity to gain exposure to the entire student body. Here are just a few of the newest RSOs to look out for:

Pink Illini According to president and senior in LAS Ellie Kaplan, Pink Illini’s mission is to reduce the risk and promote the early detection of breast and ovarian cancer while providing support for high-risk female students. Kaplan has a family history of breast cancer, which was a part of why she wanted to bring the RSO to the University campus. “I hope that Pink Illini can one day pair up with a larger organization so there can be a national college program for young women at high-risk for cancer,” Kaplan said. Since the club is brand new, Kaplan is currently looking for students interested in joining the executive board. Throughout the year, Pink Illini plans to host informational and educational seminars from medical

professionals, visits from breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors, and fundraisers for breast and ovarian cancer organizations.

The Next Step Though the RSO was founded last semester, Quad Day will be the non-profit organization’s first recruitment appearance. Along with providing weekly Latin dance lessons, it offers service opportunities for members to raise money for different organizations in the community. “Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary,” said Alejandra Berber, RSO president and junior in LAS. The first general meeting will take place on Sept. 10 at the La Casa cultural house at 7 p.m.

NAMI-UIUC When Aaron Chen, sophomore in LAS, saw a lack of mental illness resources and support for students, he started a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, at the University. “Having had personal experiences with mental illness, I have a unique insider’s look into the struggles and hardships facing many college students,” Chen said. “My ultimate hope with this RSO is to utilize the support

of the student body to ensure that mental health concerns are never an obstacle towards enjoying everything that college has to offer.” NAMI-UIUC is an official affiliate of the NAMI, a nationwide grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness, educating others and providing support for all those affected by mental illness, according to Chen. Some of NAMI’s plans for this semester include helping and participating in NAMI Champaign County’s annual NAMI Walk and holding social and stress-busting activities. “By joining NAMI-UIUC, you will become a part of the largest grassroots mental health organization in America, and as a result, our voice will be counted and heard in the broader mental health movement,” Chen said.

practice roughly nine hours a week and perform intermittently throughout the school year. In the past, the group has sung at events such as the Campus Property Management Spring Block Party and the Spring 2013 Velocity Dance Show. Last April, the ILL Harmonic hosted its own show with a guest performance from another a cappella group, No Strings Attached. “Aside from getting to spend nine hours a week with a group of pretty — more or less — cool guys, members of the Ill Harmonic get to sing A Cappella music from a diverse range of genres, from country to 80’s rock,” Dahowski said. Auditions to join the ILL Harmonic will be held from Aug. 26 to 28 in Gregory Hall from 5 to 10 p.m. Students can come to the booth on Quad Day to sign up for an audition time.

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The ILL Harmonic evolved from a group of three guys jamming out and singing in the practice rooms of Allen Hall. “What inspired us to start the RSO was just a desire to make great music and enjoy ourselves,” said David Dahowski, treasurer, business manager and sophomore in LAS. As an all-male a cappella group, the members of the RSO

For president and sophomore in Engineering Jimmy Guo, this RSO’s mission is simple: teach, practice and perform glowsticking, an art in which one swings glowsticks around on a pair of strings. “We teach each other moves, practice them and then sometimes we’ll have a choreographed performance, such as

during the AAA Fashion Show,” Guo said. Illini Glowsticking meets once a week to improve and learn new tricks and encourages students who are new to glowticking to attend a meeting. “For anyone who is nervous, don’t be. We’re a really relaxed group and open to newcomers,” Guo said. “Just remember to bring a pair of shoelaces or strings.”

104 Degrees: The Illini Hot Tub Club What originally began as an ordinary “girl’s night” eventually became a weekly ritual for sophomore in LAS, Haleigh Draper. One night, Draper and her friend Jackie Douglas decided to check out the hot tub at CRCE to take a break from their rigorous class schedules. “As time progressed, we added in more girls we met and it just became our weekly thing,” Draper said. “It was so much fun to hang out in a big group like that, so Jackie and I turned to each other and had the same idea: why not let other people join in on the fun? We got to work the next day to make it an official RSO.” The club meets once a week at CRCE and brings together all students (it is no longer a “girl’s

night”) looking to escape the stress of college life. In addition to hut tubbing, Draper plans on doing fundraising through the RSO and putting together Finals Survival Kits to donate to members.

ILL Pandemic Dance Crew While there may be numerous dance crews on campus, ILL Pandemic’s mission is to truly represent hip-hop and redefine how hip-hop dance is represented in the community. “There is so much unseen talent within students that go to the University, and ILL Pandemic is just an attempt to bring that out,” said Blessing Adeoye, RSO member and junior in LAS. Whether it’s breakdancing, popping, choreography or a different style of dance, the RSO caters to its members and works to challenge them as well. “ILL Pandemic wants people who know or want to learn different styles of hip-hop dance to have the opportunity to practice their craft in a safe environment and be a part of the campus dance scene,” Adeoye said. For those interested, the RSO will be have a dance clinic on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m., and auditions will be on Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.

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Greek life has much to offer, especially for freshman JED LACY Staff writer


ake a moment and consider this head-scratcher: Imagine how different the Harry Potter series would have played out if the Sorting Hat placed Harry in Slytherin instead of the brave and courageous house of Gryffindor. If Harry didn’t join Gryffindor, he wouldn’t have met his loyal sidekicks Ron and Hermione, leaving him to fend off “He-WhoMust-Not-Be-Named” by himself or with sub-par assistants. What if Michael Jordan was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers instead of going third overall to the Chicago Bulls? As a result, M.J. wouldn’t have been able to team up

with coaching legend Phil Jackson and Hall of Fame small forward Scottie Pippen and win an unprecedented six NBA Championships in a single decade. These two examples of hypothetical roads not taken illustrate the importance of being a part of a group who assist and support you with becoming successful at whatever you do. Any incoming freshmen unfamiliar with the University’s large Greek community should be aware that approximately 22 percent of the undergraduate population are in either a fraternity or a sorority. With the Greek community being such a thriving part of student life, I recommend that anyone even slightly interested in rushing should go to Quad Day from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday to get a better feel for what the Greek community is about.

According to Interfraternity Council Advisor Lauren Gress, “numerous fraternities will have tables set up with information during Quad Day, but due to sororities being forced to abide by formal recruitment restrictions, there won’t be tables for individual sororities on Quad Day.” However, if you are a female and still interested in learning more about sororities on campus, make sure to stop by the ARC for the Panhellenic Sorority Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday — conveniently an hour right after Quad Day is over. The Expo provides time for sororities to get their names out and gives potential recruits time to meet and greet with members. One of the biggest factors that usually detours potential recruits when joining a fraternity or a sorority is having to get through a brutal

initiation process. But according to a member of the Sigma Chi chapter at the University, the initiation process was worth it to be able to call himself a Sigma Chi for life. Tom Walsh, junior in Business and member of Sigma Chi, said, “(pledging) was definitely a difficult and trying task, but when you finish something that difficult and you realize what you’ve accomplished, I can honestly say that it was the best experience of my entire life.” Hailey Anderson, junior in LAS and a proud member of Pi Beta Phi, offered her advice for those on the fence about getting involved in Greek life. “I think everyone should go through Rush and at least try it out and see if there is a house out there for you or not,” she said. Remember, houses are not for everyone; don’t join one

solely because of peer pressure. Christian Dullard, sophomore in Business, chose not to join a fraternity because most of his free time is spent at TIS Bookstore, where he sometimes works 30-hour weeks. “I never even considered joining a frat myself,” he said. “Between my job, school, and going to the ARC to play basketball, I knew I didn’t have any time to give.” At a school the size of the University, there are many paths to take. You can come to school and become a frat star, work vigorously toward a 4.0, become a James Scholar or all three. Regardless of if you want to join a house on campus or not, you should make an effort to go to Quad Day to become better educated about the Greek system as a whole.

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Any incoming freshmen unfamiliar with the University’s large Greek community should be aware that approximately 22 percent of the undergraduate population are in either a fraternity or a sorority.


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Quad Day opportunities for transfer students Transfering to UI can be overwhelming, but Quad Day helps students get aquianted DECLAN HARTY Contributing writer


a familiar scene on college quads across the nation at this time of year: decorated tables overflowing with pamphlets and free Frisbees, hundreds of people representing diverse clubs and thousands of students surveying the multitude of opportunities. As a sophomore, I’m looking forward to experiencing Quad Day a second time, but this

time on another campus. I am an incoming sophomore transfer student from Illinois Wesleyan University, and this upcoming semester will be my first at the University of Illinois. Though I have been to the campus many times to visit, I still could not be more nervous for this school year. Given that the first week of college can be the scariest time for a freshman, I wonder how it will be different for those who are going through their second “first week” of college? Illinois Wesleyan is a small, private liberal arts school in Bloomington, Ill., with a student body of roughly

2,100 students. Compared to University of Illlinois’ student population of over 44,000, the first few weeks of school might eat me alive. University of Illinois’ Quad Day showcases around 600 of the 1,000 registered student organizations on campus, whereas Illinois Wesleyan’s RSO fair featured 100 RSOs last year. I think it is safe to say that Quad Day will be

somewhat reminiscent of the Madhouse on Madison for a Chicago Blackhawks game for me. But despite the overwhelming size of the event, Quad Day is still something I’m excited to experience. Quad Day offers new opportunities and the chance to make up for missed opportunities — and there’s a lot of free stuff, which is always a plus.

“As a sophomore, I’m looking forward to experiencing Quad Day a second time, but this time on another campus.”

Having been an active student participating in football all throughout high school and at Illinois Wesleyan, I feel the need to become active. I am lucky enough to have already become a member of many groups and clubs, including The Daily Illini. However, Quad Day will provide me with a variety of clubs I could have never imagined joining. The University’s Quad Day provides each student with over 600 different opportunities to get involved. Many transfer students face the dilemma that returning students already have a solid group of friends, know their

way around campus and therefore don’t have those same first-week jitters. Joining these clubs on Quad Day can help transfer students make some long-lasting friends that will be there as they ride the storm for those beginning weeks. For transfer students (myself included), Quad Day is that day where everything becomes a true possibility, whether it’s entering one of the top Greek houses or fulfilling the unsure statements of, “maybe I’ll row this upcoming year,” a reality.

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Take time to reflect on Quad Day Take advantage of University, student organizations sooner rather than later MAGGIE O’CONNOR Staff writer


there is one event almost every University student can recall from those early days as a wide-eyed, lanyard-wearing freshman, it’s Quad Day. Oh yes, this is the part where I go ahead and make myself sound old and nostalgic: I remember it like it was yesterday. The crisscrossed sidewalks were bursting with color and energy, and I was in awe at the bustle of so many students. I remember being excited about the boundless opportunities as I imagined myself traveling to a foreign country to provide medical aid (even though I knew nothing about medicine),

speaking fluent Mandarin Chinese (hey, it could have happened) or designing some award-winning gadget (maybe even Calculus deserved a second chance?). If you were anything like me, you can recollect walking casually as if you weren’t making sure every few steps that you hadn’t lost your new best friends — aka people you met like five minutes ago in your dorm. But most of all, you were filled with that indescribable buzz of endless possibility. After all, your naive freshman self thought the next four years had plenty of that crazy thing seniors now wish they had more of: time. But what I have realized as I enter my fourth year is that like any good buzz, this one has also gradually subsided — or maybe it has not subsided, just changed. We found our specific interests,

our group of friends and maybe even a career path (or so we’ve promised our parents). In short, we have become focused, which is not a bad thing. It just leaves little chance for us to look around and appreciate the incredible things happening all across ChampaignUrbana. We forget how proud we should be to be a part of it. So before you decide to skip out on Quad Day in favor of your air-conditioned apartment and a six-pack, let’s do that thing that you dread during your Friday morning 9 a.m. discussion — let’s reflect. Do you know how amazing it is that our University has

over 1,000 registered student organizations? That would be the equivalent of almost every student in my high school running his or her own organization. Even if you just stop by Quad Day to see some of the more, shall we say, unique ones, I promise you will end up finding yet another way to be proud to be an Illini. Think back: Who went with you to Quad Day your freshman year? Remember when you all promised each other you wouldn’t lose touch? What are those friends doing now? Unless some major blowout has caused a giant rift in your relationship, arrange a get-together. It

The crisscrossed sidewalks were bursting with color and energy, and I was in awe at the bustle of so many students.

is so easy to stick with your roommates or peers in a student organization, but the people you met that first year were your lifesavers when you think about it. I wouldn’t have survived trying to navigate the University’s uncharted waters without knowing my friends were there to make that tiny box we called a dorm room my home. Ask yourself: Have you ever been one to turn down free stuff? Do you have enough plastic cups, pens, note pads, key chains, T-shirts, drawstring backpacks, Frisbees, magnets or chip clips to make it through the year? Yes, I have an absolutely ridiculous amount of T-shirts, but I definitely plan on stopping by for some other Quad Day freebies to stock my new apartment. Pull out your bucket list and see what you have left to do. Don’t have one? Make one for

your senior year. Hate to break it to you, but senior year might be a little bit too late to be on the executive board for three different organizations. But if you have always wanted to join October Lovers, go skydiving or play an intramural sport, there is nothing wrong with picking that up as a senior. Join something fun so that you can cross something besides “graduate college” off of your bucket list this year. Ask yourself, is there really anything better to do on a Sunday afternoon when classes have not even started yet? Give it a half-hour, 15-minutes or even just a five-minute walkthrough, because the next chance you will have to do so will be as alumni. Now that is a scary thought.

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10 tips and tricks of the trade on how to survive your 1st Quad Day STEPHANIE KIM Staff writer


ust once a year, the Quad becomes a bustling mecca for Registered Student Organizations to advertise their clubs and recruit new mem-


Come equipped with a bottle of water — maybe even two. Today, the sun and heat will be your enemies.


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Have an open mind. You may never know what can truly interest you unless you take the time to hear or read about it. Or better yet, having the courage to try it out.


Protect your eyes from the blinding sun with a pair of sunglasses. It’ll also help you seem more relaxed and approachable — a definite advantage for this event.

Wear light clothes that will help you keep cool. You’ll want to do everything you can to lower your body temperature.

Be mindful of your surroundings. When you have hundreds of people roaming the Quad, it’s going to feel like a zoo. Be prepared to brush shoulders with strangers and get pushed around a little.


Bring a bag, especially if you’re into freebies. There will be plenty of free goodies to pick up, and the scavenge might even lead you to a club that aligns with your interests.


bers. In turn, freshmen have the opportunity to learn about different organizations and gain a brief overview of what the University has to offer. But with over 600 RSOs of varying interests, shouting recruiters and crowded walkways, it can be easy for freshmen to feel overwhelmed. Follow these 10 survival tips to make the most of your Quad Day this Sunday:

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want to make sure you know what you’re signing up for! The last thing you want do is join a dancing club thinking it was a chess club. But who knows, maybe you’ll discover you enjoy dancing more than you thought.


Sign up for clubs without caution. — Joining the email list doesn’t bind you to them for eternity. If you find that a club isn’t for you, you can always ask to unsubscribe from the mailing list. So sign away!



Go with a buddy. Everything is always more fun and exciting when you have someone else with you. But this doesn’t mean you have to visit the same booths and join the same clubs together. It’s okay to split up occasionally because you have different interests.

Most importantly, have fun! Quad Day is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover the ways to get involved at the University. What’s a better way to grow and cultivate your interests than to join an organization? Welcome to college!

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ISS: Student loan legislation doesn’t go far enough Students will need to make influence felt on lawmakers to initiate change for bankruptcy protection, lower college costs entire fact that college was ten times cy protection for student loans. New plan could see undergrad rates double less expensive back then.” “It’s up to our students to enforce that


President Barack Obama signed into law a student loan deal at the beginning of August which would retroactively lower interest rates for college students, but Tony Fiorentino, student senator, said he doesn’t feel there was any movement in the effort to ultimately lower the cost for students with this new law. “This law really didn’t address the systemic failures,” Fiorentino said. “It didn’t address the bankruptcy problems, the fact that standard consumer protections and statutes of limitations don’t exist when it comes to student debt.” For the coming school year, the law allows for undergraduates to take out federally subsidized Stafford loans at an interest rate of 3.86 percent, while graduate and PLUS loans will be offered at 5.41 percent and 6.41 percent, respectively. Guaranteeing a cap on loan interest rates, this law also ensures that undergraduate rates can never rise above 8.25 percent, while graduate loans are capped at 9.5 percent and PLUS loans have a limit of 10.5 percent. Despite these efforts, Fiorentino directs attention back at the root problem: the cost of tuition. “It’s kind of a distraction when you think about it,” Fiorentino points out. “Really what crushes students is the sticker price of attending college.” Senator Mitch Dickey, sophomore in LAS, said he met with Rep. Rodney Davis, R-13, to discuss the issue of high interest rates. “He wouldn’t come out and make a stance on the issue, but he did attempt to dull our argument down by stating that he, too, also had to pay high interest rates,” Dickey said. “He missed the

Students are unable to discharge their debt as bankruptcy statements as they fi nd themselves unable to repay what they owe. However, other debtors such as homeowners, credit card debtors and even gambling debtors can discharge their debt. “A student debtor, somebody who wanted to improve their life and serve their community, cannot,” Fiorentino said. “That’s a very perverse incentive that our bankruptcy court treats gamblers better than our students.” Neglect of addressing these problems in the law affirmed Fiorentino’s call to students to engage in the conversation. Illinois Student Senate will be pursuing a ballot referendum in the fall. This referendum would give students the option to initially call upon state lawmakers and federal lawmakers to meet with students in a community meeting to address the student debt crisis. “Students can testify before the higher education committee about their concerns and get answers directly from lawmakers,” Fiorentino said. The referendum may appear on the ballot with or without senate support. If the question is supported by two-thirds of the senate, ISS would need 5 percent of the student body’s signatures in order for the referendum to appear on the ballot. If not, 7 percent of the student body’s signatures will need to be acquired. With students showing interest and catching the attention of lawmakers, he said he believed there could be movement in this campaign. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., answered Fiorentino’s request on July 26 during a press conference by agreeing to hold hearings on the restoration of bankrupt-

promise, and the only way we are going to be able to enforce that promise is if our students know that the promise was made,” Fiorentino said. “(If) students come and rally around that, we might just get back to an equitable system of student lending.” Fiorentino said this dual engagement of both lawmakers and citizens is the necessary means for change, which has been evident through history. Fiorentino refers to this student debt issue as “one of the civil rights issues of our time,” where students are now fi nding themselves in a position where they are becoming “indentured servants.” “They actually have to work over the course of a lifetime in order to pay back their debt,” he said. “They have to significantly shape their lives around the burden of the debt they have. There are all matters of collection powers that the government has to make sure that students are paying what they owe.” Knowing what has worked in the past, Fiorentino urges students to be out there and visible. Dickey echoes Fiorentino’s sentiments about the necessary role of students being actively engaged in this campaign. “Signing petitions is great, but going and actually talking to congressmen, writing them a personal letter, going out and rallying ... that would actually have a bigger impact on the opinion and the representation that we get out of our representatives than just simply signing a petition,” Dickey said. “Putting time and energy into something is actually going to get change evoked.”

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A new law, signed by President Barack Obama in early August, resets student loan interest rates retroactive to July 1. These graphs shows the current loan rates and the maximum rates that can be reached under the new plan. UNDERGRADUATE RATES FOR FEDERALLY SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOANS
















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I-Guides help new and current students move into their dorms at the “Six-Pack” in Champaign on Thursday.

C-U police departments collaborate on quiz to reduce bicycle citation fines BY SARI LESK STAFF WRITER

Local police departments teamed up this summer to offer bicyclists in Champaign and Urbana an alternative to paying the full fi ne for bicycle safety offenses. Residents in both cities will soon be able take online bicycle safety quizzes to reduce their bicycle violation fi nes. In the past few years, the Champaign and Urbana communities have seen an increase in the number of people choosing to ride bikes as a mode of transportation, consequently increasing the number of complaints about bicyclists. Skip Frost, deputy chief of the University of Illinois Police Department, said the local police departments have been focusing on the bicyclists’ unsafe behaviors as a matter of public safety. “There are some people out there whose behavior really puts themselves and others at great personal risk,” he said. “It’s a personal safety issue, a public safety issue.” When it comes to traffic safety, protecting the community is a matter of three ‘E’s’: engineering, education and enforcement. The University addressed the engineering aspect by improving infrastructure such as bike lanes. As for enforcement, the local police departments began to put a heavier focus on bicyclists violating the law in the fall 2012 semester. The following spring, they began to address the educational component. In the spring 2013 semester, the cities of Urbana and Champaign chose different routes to offer an educational opportunity to bicyclists. In Urbana, offending bicyclists were offered the option to attend a bicycle safety course and reduce their $100 fi nes for breaking the law down to $30. The Champaign Police Department began

planning an online option: a bike safety quiz produced by the League of Illinois Bicyclists. “We thought this online version would be much more acceptable — especially with the students, who are used to doing stuff online,” said Lt. Jim Clark, of the Champaign Police Department. While the Urbana Police Department offered two bike safety courses in the spring, Champaign Police prepared to roll out the online safety quiz option for its city. This summer, the three local police departments teamed up to create a plan that is uniform across the two cities. Lt. Bob Fitzgerald, of the Urbana Police Department, said the bike safety classes were successful and positively received for the most part, but that Urbana will be changing to offer the online safety quiz instead. “It’s easier for the person to do,” he said. “When you do a class, you can only set it up for one time and certain hours. This makes it easier for the person.” In-person bicycle safety courses will still be offered for those interested in learning about bike laws, but they will not be available to reduce fi nes. Rebecca Bird, a planner for the city of Urbana and a certified instructor by the League of American Bicyclists, taught Urbana’s safety courses. She said her students were attentive and interested, but that some people wanted to take the course and couldn’t make it to the scheduled times. “We didn’t have any alternative that we could offer them. This online quiz means that anyone at any time who gets a ticket would have that alternative,” she said. While ticketed bicyclists in both Champaign and Urbana will be offered the opportunity to take the quiz, the program varies between the cities. In Urbana, similar to the bike safety class,

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Champaign-Urbana bicyclists can now take online safety quiz

dismissed. The program started Monday, Aug. 19.

The same quiz will be offered in Champaign and Urbana, but the programs are not identical. Bicyclists who are ticketed in either Champaign or Urbana will only be given the opportunity to take the quiz one time, regardless of where the ticket is issued.


Champaign Successful completion of the quiz eliminates the regular $185 fine for violating the city ordinance. Offenders have 21 days to complete the quiz and submit the certificate to have the violation completion of the quiz will reduce the fi ne from $100 to $30. In Champaign, completing the quiz wipes out the regular $185 fi ne for violating the city ordinance. The quiz is a one-time offer for offenses in all of Champaign-Urbana once the program starts. “The intent is for people to learn about bike safety and comply with bike safety,” Clark said. The quiz became available for people ticketed for bike offenses in Champaign on Monday, and the quiz will start to be offered in Urbana on Oct. 1. In both cities, officers are conducting details, similar to speed traps, and informing offenders of the new opportunity. Officers have the discretion of whether to issue warnings or tickets, but bikers can mostly expect tickets in Champaign because the quiz eliminates the fi ne. In Urbana, details will take place through September, in which mostly warnings will be issued. Fitzgerald said the main purpose of the quiz is

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Successful completion of the quiz reduces the regular $100 fine to $30. Offenders must go to the City of Urbana building, sign a plea agreement and pay the $30 fine. They then have 21 days to complete the quiz and return the certificate of completion to the city’s legal department. The quiz will become available on Oct. 1. Until then, officers will mostly issue warnings to offending bicyclists during details.



to provide people with an education about bike safety instead of continuing to write citations, noting that, unlike obtaining a driver’s license, no training is required to ride a bike. He also said these programs raise citizens’ awareness of bike safety issues. “People understand that, if the police are out there writing tickets or stopping people for doing this, they understand that they also have to follow the rules of the road,” he said. University students can also expect forthcoming changes to the University’s bike code, Frost said. All of these changes are a matter of convincing the community to voluntarily comply with all of the laws and regulations. “It would be great with us if everybody voluntarily complied and we never had to write another citation,” Frost said. “That’d be perfect.”

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Sequester raises concerns over future of research Cuts in funding may have negative impacts on undergraduate, graduate opportunities BY ELEANOR BLACK STAFF WRITER

Concerns regarding the future of research funding have arisen at the University due to the sequester that took effect in March after Congress was unable to reach an agreement on a budget plan. The National Science Foundation has already been affected by the sequester, and its budgetary resources were cut by $356 million. In an announcement published on July 17, the foundation states that it will most likely limit the number of new grants given out, though it will continue to fund already existing grants. Andy Borum, graduate student in aerospace, recently received a Graduate Research Fellowship from NSF, which is awarded annually. While he has not seen any impacts thus far, he said he questions what the future will hold. “For grad students, there’s six years in grad school, and things could be really different six years from now,” he said, “It would be awful to spend six years, and your last year — about to graduate — you have trouble with funding.” As a graduate student, Borum said he is more worried that cuts could mean there will be fewer jobs available upon graduation, rather than worrying about the research funding that is available. Melissa Edwards, director of research com-

munications in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, said right now it is hard to know exactly how the sequestration is affecting the University. “There (are) a lot of unknowns still ... and I think it’s just going to be an evolving situation for many people,” she said. Earlier this year, the OVCR issued an informal survey to gauge how faculty has been affected by the sequestration. Edwards said it varied on a grant-by-grant basis, but there was a general feeling of concern for the future, and rightly so, she added. “We really did get a sense that people were concerned about three areas,” Edwards said. “Reducing staff, not being able to hire the post doc(torate) or graduate students they want to hire — which certainly reduces opportunities for the next generation of scientists – and then I think there’s also some concern about being able to plan for equipment purchases.” A cut in research funding also has the potential to impact the future of the University’s undergraduate students. John Wilson, senior in LAS and president of the Research as Students at Illinois (RSI), a student group that is in the early stages of becoming a registered student organization, has been particularly focused on such an impact. “If you cut the budgets of research labs on campus, they might have to lean on undergrads


NSF funding cut by large government sequester The Control Act of 2011 requires an automatic cut of federal spending equal to $109 billion per year between 2013 and 2021. Of the $47 billion that's listed as 'other,' $388 million is being cut from the National Science Foundation's budget. Other notable cuts under this include NASA, which will lose $970 million.











more to get their work done, instead of paying techs to do it,” Wilson said. “This has a negative impact on the undergrads’ futures because they don’t necessarily understand what they’re getting themselves into, and they end up with a research experience of a much lower quality.” As part of RSI’s mission to help undergraduates find rewarding research experiences on campus, Wilson said he is trying to educate people on what to look for in terms of good experiences. “There are no real expectations or rules about what undergrads do in research labs, so they’re the most vulnerable to being used as a source of free labor,” Wilson said. “If undergrads spend

too long doing free work, then they’re going to be less prepared to apply to grad school.” By educating undergraduates, Wilson said he is trying to create mutually beneficial relationships between researchers and undergraduate students on campus. While it is currently difficult to see the effects of the sequester at the University, the next year may makes things more clear, Edwards said. “It’s really very early in the game, so I think it’s really going to be over the longer term that we’re going to see some real impact to the University.”

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FORT MEADE, Md. — Three years after rocking the Pentagon by leaking a mountain of secrets, Bradley Manning created a whole new set of potential complications for the military Thursday by asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment. Manning’s gender-identity struggle — a sense of being a woman trapped in a man’s body — was brought up by the defense at the court-martial, and a photo of the soldier in a blond wig and lipstick was submitted as evidence. But the latest twist, announced the morning after Manning was sentenced to 35 years behind bars, surprised many and confronted the Pentagon with questions about where and how the Army private is to be imprisoned. The former Army intelligence analyst disclosed the decision in a statement provided to NBC’s “Today” show. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” the statement read. The statement asked people to use the feminine pronoun when referring to Manning. It was signed “Chelsea E. Manning” and included a handwritten signature. The soldier’s attorney, David Coombs, told “Today” he hopes officials at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., accommodate Manning’s request for hormone treatment, which typically involves high doses of estrogen to promote breast development and other female characteristics. However, George Wright, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said the Army does not provide such treatment or sex-reassignment surgery. He said soldiers behind bars are given access to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. A lawsuit could be in the offing. Coombs said he will do “everything in my power” to make sure Manning gets his way. And the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign and other advocates for gays, bisexuals and transgender people said Manning deserves the treatment. “In the United States, it is illegal to deny health care to prisoners. That is fairly settled law,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Now the Army can claim this isn’t health care, but they have the weight of the medical profession and


On Tuesday, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was escorted to a security vehicle outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after a hearing in his court martial. Manning wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, a day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. science against them.” With Manning in custody and unavailable to comment, the AP is seeking additional information about the statement from Coombs, who did not immediately respond to email and telephone messages. For the time being, AP stories will use gender neutral references to Manning and provide the pertinent background on the transgender issue. A Federal Bureau of Prisons policy implemented last year requires federal prisons to develop treatment plans, including hormone treatment if necessary, for inmates diagnosed with genderidentity disorder. But the bureau oversees only civilian prisons. Manning’s case appeared to be the first time the therapy had come up for a military prisoner. Manning, 25, was convicted of Espionage Act violations and other crimes for turning more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents over to the secrets-spilling website WikiLeaks. Coombs said the soldier could be paroled from prison in as little as seven years. After sentencing, Manning was returned Thursday to Fort Leavenworth. Fort Leavenworth is an all-male prison. But the




staff has some leeway to separate soldiers from the other inmates based on the risk to themselves and others, prison spokesman George Marcec said. Manning would not be allowed to wear a wig or bra, and would have to meet the military standard for hair, Marcec said. In addition, Marcec said if Manning wants to go by Chelsea in the prison, a name change would have to be approved in court and then a petition submitted with the Army to change its records. Advocates said gays and transgender people are more susceptible to sexual assault and other violence in prison. “She most likely will need to be placed with a female prison population because she identifies as female,” said Jeffrey Parsons, a psychology professor at Hunter College in New York. Under a special agreement, the Army sends its female prisoners to a Navy women’s jail in Miramar, Calif. It also has an agreement under which it can send soldiers to federal civilian prisons. Greg Rinckey, a former Army prosecutor and now a lawyer in Albany, N.Y., said Manning’s statement could be a ploy to get transferred to a civilian prison.

Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) is a national non-profit organization that promotes leadership and service throughout communities nationwide. The registered student organization started its Urbana-Champaign chapter in 2012 and began its service work during the spring 2013 semester. STLF’s mission remains “to reveal leadership through service, relationship and action,” and the University’s chapter members said they continue to do just that on campus. Calvin Shirley, junior in DGS and co-founder of the STLF chapter on campus, said the chapter currently has 25 members and is pushing to expand this year. Shirley said after being very involved with STLF during high school, he and a few friends wanted to bring the organization to the University. “This year, our effort is going to be a bigger outreach and getting new people involved on campus,” he said. Lexi Longsworth, a junior in AHS and a member of STLF, said she joined shortly after hearing about STLF’s spring break service trip, the Pay It Forward Tour. This trip marked the proliferation of STLF’s mission as members traveled to several cities on a nine-day community service trip. Longsworth said it was great to give back to the communities and to spread happiness throughout the tour. “We cleaned a men’s homeless shelter, helped at a children’s school for the blind, cleaned a base river in Baltimore and helped organize a warehouse,” she said. Her most memorable experience, she said, was working at the school for blind children. “It was so great to see how they react ... they were wonderful kids,” Longsworth said. On the Chapter Core Leadership team for STLF on campus, Longsworth said they want to build and further their chapter at the University. She said they want to do service projects in UrbanaChampaign by sending members to help out in the community and work on building a stronger foundation for their group. “We plan on sending out another bus for the spring break trip, starting service projects and getting our organization well known on campus,” Longsworth said. Though their spring break mission trip this year is tentative, STLF plans on travelling to San Antonio, Texas.

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Pursue more than just career builders on Quad Day


ust as Welcome Week initiates the freshman masses into their first strides of campus life, and Alma eventually initiates them into the foreign realms of postgrad, Quad Day navigates students through the various spheres of the campus community. More so than serving as an introduction to the University’s ever-expanding repertoire of Registered Student Organizations, Quad Day offers new students a glimpse into vast opportunities — ranging from academic departments to non-profit agencies. And while voyaging through over 1,000 RSOs may be tedious, the experience is anything but. The ingenuity behind the University’s RSOs is that if there’s not one for you, you can make your own. But seriously, there’s everything from The Illini Hot Tub Club all the way through Club Disney. So if you’re exiting Quad Day dissatisfied, you’re probably too picky. And if you don’t receive a surge of emails from RSOs you carelessly signed up for, you aren’t doing it right. Think of Quad Day as your freshman induction: You’re unfamiliar with campus, let alone one that sprawls over two cities. You’ve never lived without your parents, and now you have to do your own laundry (don’t worry, you’ll learn) among many other previously takenfor-granted chores. Even if you aren’t interested in joining extracurricular clubs or organizations, Quad Day is the ideal representation of the chaos, enormity and vast opportunities that consume campus on a regular basis. But don’t just assume that Quad Day is reserved solely for those interested in non-academic organizations and clubs. The University hosts four cultural centers, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and Spurlock Museum, as well as 21 NCAA sports teams and various club teams. Whether you’re interested in participating in an organization that will further your knowledge in your field of study, or if you just really want to go squirrelwatching, something is there. Otherwise, you’re just being plain stubborn. Quad Day isn’t just a University legacy, it’s a student tradition. The very booths and RSOs many students come across their freshman year are the ones they remain involved with all the way to graduation. It’s more than just seeing what’s out there and getting involved; it’s not even entirely about being dedicated or motivated. It’s about participating in something that not only intrigues you, but that can supplement and extrapolate your interests. With over 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students, you’re going to want to set yourself apart from the rest. Any student can work hard and get on the Dean’s List, but how many students can say they created their own RSO that will be on campus for years to come? Whether you want to check it out or skip it entirely, the decision is yours. But Quad Day is just the preview to the opportunities that the University has to offer. Participation and involvement on campus are just the beginnings of the success you can achieve here.

Adam is a senior in ACES. He can be reached at

KIRSTEN KELLER Opinions columnist


here are some things you want to leave behind in high school: eight-hour school days, AP classes, having to ask in front of the entire class to go relieve yourself. But many of us will have something we will miss — the ability to take all sorts of classes and do myriad activities without worrying about how they will impact our future. After all, we were only trying to get into college at that point, right? However, while we should start focusing on where our major could take us (or just trying to figure out what our major should be!), it’s also important to realize that in college, we do have a lot of extra time. We aren’t in school all day, and we don’t have mom or dad telling us to do chores when we get home. In other words, you should pursue

You should pursue activities outside of your major. You can, and should, do activities that may or may not necessarily be the direct path toward landing a job.

activities outside your major. You can, and should, do activities that may not necessarily be the direct path toward landing a job. In high school, many of us probably did something that we loved, but then chose not to pursue a career in that area. In my case, I loved music. I was in an orchestra, a concert band and marching band, but I chose to study journalism. Coming to the University, I knew that I couldn’t stop playing the flute and piccolo, because if I did, I would be losing a part of who I am. I now average about three music classes per year, with the Marching Illini taking up an incredible chunk of my fall semesters. But I obviously still write for The Daily Illini, and cannot wait to make a career out of writing and reporting. So long story short, do what you love. I don’t care if you say that you adore engineering and never want to leave the Bardeen Quad. All of us are multi-faceted people and are at this University because of that. Find an activity that you know you love, or try to discover a new love. For those of you who are interested in music on campus, keep reading. Everyone else, go pick up a plant from the horticulture club. If you’d like to take classes outside your major, credit is offered for concert and athletic bands, orchestras and choral groups. Not to mention, classes like these tend to be GPA boosters. There are many different ability levels for the concert bands, orchestras and choral groups, so you should be able to find something that is suitable for your playing or singing level. These classes should remain open through the first week of classes, so it is not too late to sign up. Athletic bands consist of the Marching Illini, which plays for football games, the basketball band, which plays for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the newly-formed volleyball band, which plays for the women’s volleyball team. Registration for this season’s Marching Illini is closed, but

registration for the latter two remain open. But if you don’t want to add another class to your load, you still have many options. There are tons of a cappella groups on campus, students performing at the Illini Union, and no one will look at you strangely if you whip out a guitar and play on the quad. These are only a few options out of a campus of 40,000 students — there are surely many more to be discovered. So go out there and do what you love. And leave your résumé at the door.

Kirsten is a junior in Media. She can be reached at


arlier this week, I had the strange experience of sending my cousin Brian off to his freshman year at the University of Illinois. It was bizarre because I’m technically a senior at the University, but spending the fall abroad. As a result, I will miss many of his firsts on campus. It may not sound like a big deal, but Brian is like a little brother to me. It would have been great to be there during those early days of sweaty dorm acclamation, football games and nights on the town. On his last day home, we went to lunch and talked about what lies ahead of him during his magical first semester on campus. While I tried to be helpful, give advice and ease any worries he may have had, I realized there’s nothing anyone can say to make your first semester at college any less daunting. I asked him and our other cousin who is headed out west for school what their biggest worry was about starting this new chapter. Without saying it, they both noted the uncertainty of whether they would like it. After saying our goodbyes, I started to look back on the start of my college career and realized I had asked him the wrong question. Instead of probing him about what worried him, I should have challenged Brian to ask himself how he could ensure that he will leave campus in May loving this great University. While I would not have had a specific answer for him (since we all make this University home in our own unique way), I do have one piece of advice for Brian and everyone else on campus: Go to Quad Day. Better yet, go to Quad Day and sign up for anything that interests you. Then, over the first few weeks at school, figure out what captivates you the most and throw yourself into those activities or clubs. This could mean anything from joining a high intensity club sport to attending meetings and events for the October Lovers club. Either way, taking the steps to join something new and expand your horizons will, without a doubt, help to make your year on campus the best it can be. While this may sound most relevant to incoming freshmen, it is something people at every level of their education should remember. In fact, I have made it a personal goal to join something new each year on campus. Last year, I applied to write for The Daily Illini after two years of not being involved. This small effort allowed me to make new friends and grow as a writer. While you don’t need to follow the exact steps I did, at least consider doing something totally new. The prospect of missing Quad Day is almost as devastating as the thought of missing Thanksgiving as I head to Europe, but I take great comfort in knowing that Brian and the rest of the campus community is about to dive head first into a new year of friends, fun and opportunity. So, how will you make this year the best it can be?

John is a senior in Media. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JohnBuysse.

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University colleges, schools introduce new programs Restoration still in progress on Cathedral after earthquake

Students will be offered additional courses based on popular demand, emerging fields BY TAYLOR ODISHO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

College of Media New Programs & Purpose: The College of Media will be offering two new certificate programs for students this fall. The first is the Media Sales Certificate Program. The program is open to all students regardless of their major. Brett Clifton will be teaching the course. One of the courses in the program will be MDIA 270, which is an introduction to media sales class. It will teach students basic sales techniques in advertising and media sales. The class currently has 95 students enrolled but due to high demand, 27 more seats are available. Other classes in the program include BTW 271 (which is a persuasive writing course through the Department of English), MDIA 320 (which is about the media sales industry from the business or managerial side) and MDIA 370, which will deal with advanced media sales. Students will learn about media vehicles, such as television, radio and print, and what they need to learn to sell for each of those vehicles. The program will also include an internship for students and will provide the opportunity to work for Illini Media. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of students are told they need to go to an advertising agency, which is a viable option, or the client route but the sales component is the third part of the triangle that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a lot of attention and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an important part of the industry,â&#x20AC;? Clifton said.

New Courses & Purpose: LIS 490PV Privacy in the Information Age This course is all about privacy. You will learn about privacy in a historical context and in relation to existing and projected information and communication technologies. It will cover topics such as: the nature of identity, protecting personal data, technologies for personal identification and more. This course is especially timely because of recent revelations with surveillance programs by the National Security Agency.

LIS 590AG Evidence-Based Discovery This is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;evidence-basedâ&#x20AC;? discovery course that introduces students to theoretical models of discovery. Students will explore how massive increases in data are both challenging and reinforcing what evidence means. This is the first of a two-course series and is required for the socio-technical data analytics (SODA) specialization. This course is part of a new specialization in sociotechnical data analytics.

LIS 590ER E-Resources Management Students will take an in-depth exploration of current topics in the world of e-resources management in libraries and information centers. They will discuss trends, problems and issues relating to how e-resources are reshaping the library service spectrum. This course will prepare graduates to manage the increasing volume and diversity of digital resources and to address associated policy issues, such as licensing and copyright.

PR Primer Workshop This fall, the College of Media is presenting PR Primer. PR Primer is a two-day workshop for college students interested in careers in public relations. The workshop session will be led by leaders in the field, and students will be introduced to various areas of public relations. The sessions will be held in Chicago on Friday and Saturday, October 4-5. On Friday, there will be a networking and mini recruiting fair with PR agencies and corporate communications businesses to talk about possible internships or full-time positions for students. On Saturday, several workshops in different areas of PR will be led by industry professionals. There will also be a luncheon and keynote speaker. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the workshop. The College of Media began offering the PR certificate in 2011 and many students have shown interest since. Unfortunately, the college doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the capacity to accept all students that show interest in receiving the certificate. PR Primer offers another option for students interested in public relations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to give students something that could expose them to the industry and they could also learn about the different factors of PR,â&#x20AC;? said Rhiannon Clifton, program director in the Department of Advertising. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The success of the digital boot camp is the reason for this boot camp.â&#x20AC;?

LIS 5901 Dialogues in Feminism and Technology Part of a massively distributed collaborative learning experiment, this seminar investigates the intersection of gender and technoculture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s built around recorded dialogues with preeminent thinkers and artists concerning feminism and technologies. Student may utilize Scalar (a nonlinear publishing platform) or the on-campus Fab Lab to build genderconscious technologies and networks at the end of the semester, which will add to a growing database of materials relating feminist technologies to economies, identities, infrastructures and movements. The course meets with GWS 590 and MDIA 590.

LIS 590DU Information Services for Diverse Users

Graduate School of Social Work

This course is designed to prepare future information professionals in providing services to underrepresented populations, as well as analyzing and evaluating services to ensure equality of access to information in a range of institutional settings. Students will explore diversity issues that impact information services and develop skills for planning, implementing and evaluating programs and services to address these issues. Topics will include race and ethnicity, literacy, gender and sexual orientation, social class and more. This course is meant to better prepare graduates in working with the growing diversity of populations that libraries and other information organizations must serve.

New Courses & Purpose: For the first time ever, the School of Social Work has expanded their undergraduate program to a freshman class. In the past, students could only transfer into the school their junior year. This fall, the first freshman class will consist of 25 students. After seeing the demand of students who wanted to study social work at the start of their college career, the school opened the program to freshmen and all other students can now do an intercollege transfer into social work if they decide that is the path they want to take.

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Cathedral head stone mason Joe Alonso, right, talks with cathedral staff on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dance floor,â&#x20AC;? a scaffold landing constructed 75 feet from the floor of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington on Thursday on the same label with the stained glass â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creationâ&#x20AC;? on west rose window, following a news conference a day before the second year anniversary of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that damaged the cathedral. It is made out of 10,500 pieces of glasses and was inaugurated during the United States Bicentennial in 1976.

Penn State settlement money will go to local nonprofits Adelaide Aime, executive director at the center, said she hopes to enhance the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services for the children in need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always trying to help take kids off the waiting list by being able to hire an addi- reduce the trauma and begin tional counselor specifically for the healing process and so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll children services.â&#x20AC;? be looking at ways to enhance The four programs were cho- that,â&#x20AC;&#x153; Aime said. sen by United Way based on They also hope to create a the children communithey serve, ty education the current piece so peoprogramming ple in the comthey provide munity will and how the know how to funding would prevent and be used to supreport child port the curabuse. rent programs. While the The ChilC h i ld r e nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AdvoAdvocacy cacy Center Center proprov ides a vides a safe facility where place to talk children can about abuse, go with a parCrisis Nursent or careery is open 24 hours a day giver to be and provides i nter v iewed STEPHANIE RECORD, emergency about their executive director at Crisis Nursery shelter for abuse. It is the first point children up to of contact for six years old children who may have been who are at a high risk of being abused. Their interview is sexually or physically abused recorded by a trained forensic or neglected. Last year, Crisis interviewer and given to law Nursery served 850 children enforcement. This saves chil- and provided nearly 33,000 dren the trouble of telling their hours of care to those children. stories multiple times throughStephanie Record, execuout an investigation. tive director at Crisis Nurs-

University will donate $188K to 4 groups that will help prevent child sexual abuse BY TAYLOR ODISHO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The University has turned a negative situation into a positive one. After former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing at least eight victims, the University will receive $188,000 from the Big Ten-Penn State settlement. The money will be donated to four local nonprofit organizations. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advocacy Center of Champaign County, Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program, Crisis Nursery and Rape Advocacy Counseling and Education Services will each receive $44,000, $10,000 of which will be used for the organizations to collaborate and create an educational program open to the community. The United Way of Champaign County will be dispersing the money. The United Way is a group that coordinates fundraising and volunteer efforts for other community organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to be able to reach out and expand services,â&#x20AC;? said Sue Grey, CEO of United Way of Champaign County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, the Rape Advocacy Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think one of the goals is to expand the awareness in our community about the issue and the impact it does have on the children and families in our community.â&#x20AC;?

ery, said she hopes to expand the nurseryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach in the community by providing education on noticing the signs of abuse and providing education for parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping educate the adults in (childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) lives on the situations that their children are in or the situation theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting them in, and things that cause risk to that, are one of the things we hope to expand on and do a little more extensively now that we have these funds,â&#x20AC;? Record said. Record said she believes parents need to realize that abuse usually comes from people the children know, not just strangers. The Crisis Nursery works with families to help strengthen their family network. They also provide home visiting in the community. Each organization helps children in similar situations as those in the Sandusky case. The four organizations also plan on collaborating to create a community-wide event focused on educating the community on child abuse during the month of April. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think one of the goals is to expand the awareness in our community about the issue and the impact it does have on the children and families in our community,â&#x20AC;? Record said.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Internships provide invaluable experience Senior interns in China, California gain perspective Redmond, Wash. Microsoft headquarters

Mountain View, Calf. Google headquarters

Washington, D.C. The White House


David Perez stepped off the airplane and onto the passenger boarding bridge. It was his first time in Beijing, and his first time out of country for that matter. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone in China, only a name written in Chinese on a piece of paper. Despite this, the then-freshman in Business reveled in the chance to enter into the unknown and take his first steps on a journey that would land him at Google headquarters, Microsoft headquarters and even the White House. Perez, a first-generation Latino student, is now a senior in his fifth year at the University. He has spent more time studying abroad, working abroad and interning than he has on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a freshman I had three international experiences that really got me in the mindset of doing really what I wanted to do, and because I had those three experiences, a lot of doors opened up,â&#x20AC;? he said. With the help of the I4I scholarship, a University study abroad scholarship funded by a $4.59 per semester fee in tuition for undergrads, Perez was able to go to Italy and Turkey during breaks in his freshman year. Over the course of that summer, he went to China as an English educator through AIESEC, a nonprofit leadership organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we get to school, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to get intimidated because there are so many things that you can do at U of I,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would highly advocate for freshmen to do their research on things theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in and find where at U of I you can find those opportunities.â&#x20AC;? After his time in China, Perez returned to campus as a sophomore and left again over winter break to go to Australia. He also spent spring semester in Brazil. Over the course of the school year, Perez applied for an internship at Google, which, according to job rating company Glassdoor, is ranked as the No. 1 internship provider in the country. His experiences with using technology as a teaching tool in China ultimately led to an interview, and eventually to an internship over his sophomore summer were he worked on a marketing consulting project, Perez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people get too caught up in the whole idea of looking at acceptance rates and whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s applying, and try to compare their profile and resume to everyone else,â&#x20AC;?

he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These companies are really looking for people who are unique and who can tell a good story.â&#x20AC;? University alumnus Michael Lyons became friends with Perez during their freshmen year when they were both placed in the College of Business honors program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David is a perfect example of the snowball effect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one thing piles on top of the other,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really you have to put yourself out there early on like David did ... throw yourself out towards those crazy experiences, you might apply for fifty of them and just get one, but that is the one that matters, the one that will start snowballing.â&#x20AC;? Soon after the Google internship was added to Perezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;snowball,â&#x20AC;? he went to China and Brazil to conduct research and study abroad. Then during last semester he started his new internship at the White House, where he took on several jobs like processing requests from people who wanted to meet the president. He was able to meet several diplomats, the first lady and the president himself during his time at the White House. Over the summer, he worked on a marketing project for Microsoft. Perez, an avid Apple user, worked on a series of commercials for Microsoftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surfaceâ&#x20AC;? that will come out soon, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve actually never really known what I wanted to do besides freshman year when I knew I wanted to go abroad,â&#x20AC;? Perez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I did all these really unconventional things freshman year, it kind of put me in the mindset of continuing to do and look for these big opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Perez will stay on campus for the next two semesters and hopes to move onto graduate school and work for the Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. John Hedeman, former Dean in the College of Business and Perezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentor, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen him as a strong, positive influence on his peers in class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;David wants to help as many people who are part of his network as possible,â&#x20AC;? Hedeman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no doubt that he will be a force for good on whatever path he selects.â&#x20AC;? Perez has started a blog called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Empowering Undergrads,â&#x20AC;? to share his experiences and offer advice to students.

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Quad Day is just like a day in kindergarten REEMA ABIAKAR Staff writer


not going to lie. I cried my eyes out on the first day of kindergarten. I mean, do you blame me? Being away from my parents for a whole six hours was unbearable. But in the end, I got through it, crayon in hand, with a new set of friends to boot. College is not too different — you meet new people, learn to work in a new environment and find out that coloring inside the lines

isn’t a requirement. But instead of being afraid of new experiences, choose to seek them out. You came to college to learn anyway. You might as well start at Quad Day. Quad Day is full of potential new opportunities. Although it may seem like a daunting task, navigating the endless booths can be especially rewarding in the long run, but only if you’re open to trying new things. As you wander through the congested maze on Sunday, don’t dismiss an RSO or club that you haven’t heard of. Instead, think of it as a learning experience that is separate from academics. While a number of RSOs

look for people who have experience in a specific activity, several others welcome anyone who is interested, even with no relevant background. After all, everyone who is an expert at anything was once ignorant about that same activity. It only takes an open mind to find out what your forte is. Conveniently enough, Quad Day is chock-full of new prospects, and the best way to try something new is to jump at the chance while it’s available. Why not speak to a student representative of a little-known RSO? How about a larger one you keep hearing about, but never considered?

After Sunday’s displays are torn down, it always helps to go to the very first meeting for an RSO or club to get the feel of it. Don’t hesitate to sign up for several groups, because you may end up honing in on one or two that really interest you. That’s how I ended up writing for The Daily Illini, after all. Although there are tens of thousands of students on this campus, it’s always more memorable to connect with a smaller group with your same interests. Out of more than 1,000 student groups, there is sure to be one that catches your eye, especially if it’s something new and different. It might seem like a

daunting task at first — sifting through all those potential opportunities to find a couple that you like — but it can be rewarding in the end. The worst that could happen is you’ll end up with a bag full of free stuff and a bunch of fliers. Ultimately, college — like kindergarten — is all about having fun, learning some things and finding people with whom you like to share your crayons. Use Quad Day to help you find those groups of people, and you may find some lifelong coloring buddies.

Reema is a junior in Fine and Applied Arts. She can be reached at

As you wander through the congested maze on Sunday, don’t dismiss an RSO or club that you haven’t heard of. Instead, think of it as a learning experience that is separate from academics.

Choose the right organization for you on Quad Day OLIVIA CATUARA Contributing writer


the biggest opening event of the school year, Quad Day is one of the first impressions of college culture and the University for incoming freshmen. Over 600 registered student organizaitons will fill the lawn and surrounding pathways to the Quad on Sunday, advertising their organizations through colorful T-shirts, decorative tri-fold boards and loud voices. Every club has to make the day count. But attending students should too. Amid the bustling crowds, it can be hard to figure out where one fits in among the variety of RSOs, ranging from the professional to the fun and obscure. Many students will make a beeline for the Greek community booths. Others will be attracted to the sports clubs. Thinking back to my freshmen year on Quad Day, I was unsure about which RSOs I wanted to join. I remember seeing girls throughout the event wearing their sorority apparel and signing up for

other organizations. Ultimately, I ended up joining a sorority. Though it’s been a major time commitment, I have never regretted my decision and have made many great friends as a result. But if Greek life or sports isn’t your thing, then what? With over 600 possibilities, no one should leave Quad Day without finding an organization to join. Out of the represented RSOs (there’s actually over 1,000 in total on campus), different clubs can incorporate a range of themes, including politics, religion, media, the sciences, technology and many more. These organizations can provide long-lasting friendships, as well as impressive additions to your resume. Whether an RSO incorporates your major or not, you can gain valuable experience in leadership, networking and organization. Classes aren’t the only way to prepare for life after graduation. Participating in clubs on campus can be whatever you want them to be, and the experience can really positively affect your time at the University professionally, academically and socially. Some can even help you determine a future career or gain contacts within your interested field of

work. Quad Day is there to help incoming freshmen get started. I’ve seen countless freshmen sign up for as many RSOs that interest them and be flooded with a never-ending supply of emails as a result. Remember to only sign up for clubs you can see yourself attending and monitor your email to keep from being overwhelmed. Whatever your dominating interests are, determining the amount of time you have to devote to an organization can be a difficult decision. The type of clubs you choose may require a large amount of the time you need for classes, studying and maintaining a social life. Quad Day is about choosing the organization that has the right balance for what you are looking for, whether that’s a minimal time commitment or something to keep you busy throughout the week. When you step onto the Quad on Sunday, take it all in and remember that at a university as big as ours, there is bound to be an organization that offers what you’re looking for.

Olivia is a junior in Media. She can be reached at catuara2@


The Men’s Water Polo Club jokes with potential members and interested students during Quad Day on Aug. 21, 2011. At this year’s Quad Day, over 600 organizations will be present.


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The new 36-by-96-foot video board at Memorial Stadium, produced by Daktronics, is located above the south side of the stadium.

Memorial Stadium fitted with new 36-by-96-foot video board BY SEAN HAMMOND SENIOR WRITER

Even if the players are just specks on a green gridiron, Illini fans sitting in the upper reaches of Memorial Stadium will now be able to watch their team in quality HD on the stadium’s new video board. The 36-by-96-foot video board, designed by South Dakota-based company Daktronics, is more than four times larger than the old video board at Memorial Stadium’s south end. The $7.2 million project also includes two smaller video boards in the southeast and northeast corners of the stadium. These wall-mounted boards will provide views for fans seated in the lower level, whose view

of the main video board will be obstructed by the overhang of the upper level seats. Additionally, ribbon boards measuring more than 400 feet have been added along the upper deck. These boards can provide advertising, statistics and scores from across college football. “Our video displays and added ribbon boards will now be visible by almost every seat in the stadium,” athletic director Mike Thomas said in a statement. The main video board also features a scoreboard and a 50-foot ribbon board along the bottom. It is capable of showing one large image with live video and instant replay, or multiple smaller windows with a variety of graphics, animation, statistics, scores and

advertisements. Daktronics has worked on numerous scoreboard and video board projects across the country. This summer alone, Daktronics has put in new technology at Memorial Stadium, Northern Illinois’ Huskie Stadium, Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium and Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. Other projects Daktonics has worked on in the past include video boards at football stadiums at Iowa State and South Carolina, a video board at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park and LED displays outside the Brooklyn Nets’ Barclays Center. The previous 22-by-39-foot display at Memorial Stadium’s south end was in use for 11 sea-

sons, beginning in 2002. The disassembly of it began Jan. 28. “The University really wanted to keep the existing concrete structure in place, so we custom designed the entire end zone display configuration to fit with their needs,” said Daktronics sales representative Tony Mulder. “I think the brainstorming and design sessions led to an excellent solution that the University will really be proud of and enjoy for many years.” Beside the video boards and ribbons, a new sound system has been installed in Memorial Stadium. And public address announcer Gene Honda — PA announcer for the Chicago White Sox, Chi-

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coming. Football is on horizon, and you know what that means. Ladies, get ready to cancel Monday date nights with your boyfriends. Don’t expect them to hold your hands in the late church services on Sundays. And guys, you already know. Amped-up Bud Light ads at every commercial break. Irresistible “bro” bondage when that deep pass connects with seconds on the clock. Yeah, it’s almost that time again, so fire up the laptops, kids. Fantasy football has returned. Now, it’s my job to pass along tips and strategies I’ve learned in my five years of playing. That also means that week to week you can check with me to see which players are going to make or break your team. Is Jay Cutler going to throw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 4? Will Carson Palmer be the quarterback to get Larry Fitzgerald numbers he hasn’t seen since Kurt Warner? Probably not, but be sure to check in with me — just in case. Soon, we’ll all be bragging about our draft picks like an overzealous father reliving “the glory days” through his son’s achievements as high school quarterback. We refer to our team as “we”, as if we’re on the same level as the pros. Things will be thrown. Bets

will be won. Hearts will be broken. But before any of that, I’ve got to lay down some ground rules. I’ve made mistakes (dressing up in a Batman costume and screaming at my floor mates excluded), but fortunately I’ve developed a list — a set of golden rules that tragically mark my failures as a team owner and were created to help you avoid the same fate.

Know how to draft If this is your first time playing in a fantasy league, congratulations! You still get to experience it for the first time. That doesn’t mean other owners are going to show you mercy if you come into the draft half-cocked, though. If you think grabbing last year’s biggest boot in the fourth round will give you a competitive edge, it’s going to be a long season. Hit the web, watch some ESPN, and do your research. That way, when the draft wraps up, you won’t be sitting there with two washed-up running backs and the league’s best kicker to lead you to the Promised Land.

Have a plan (and a backup for your backup) Nothing is worse than sitting down to draft with the first pick and suddenly thinking: “Wait, which of these five quarterbacks are going to get me to the playoffs?” Not knowing Rob Gronkowski is unlikely for the first three weeks could result in a bad pick in the early rounds. Maybe you want Tom Brady, but don’t forget his best receiver is kicking it in Denver these days. It’s all about having a game plan, and another few in place

to back up your first choices just in case things don’t fall in suit.

It’s called preseason for a reason Too many fantasy owners overanalyze, and that’s to be expected. But the key thing to remember is that you can’t base everything on the preseason. Just because the Cardinals shutout the Packers doesn’t mean their rookie Charles Hawkins is going to catch four for 92 yards every game — or in any regular season game, for that matter. The point is this: Yes, the starters do play, and these starters will be people you want to look at, but don’t let a loss in the preseason turn you off from a player. Remember, the ‘85 Bears lost three in the preseason, and that didn’t stop them.

Lose the love of the homeland More than anything else, I’m guilty of loving my home team. I want my Chicago Bears to win — every game, every year. I want Jay Cutler to go for 300plus yards a game, and I would love for Devin Hester to return to his old ways and start the game with a runback. It’s a perfect fantasy, but it’s not perfect for fantasy. Not only will you have a tough time winning if several of your players are on the same team, but you are more than likely to end up hating your favorite player for having an off game. In short, if you have three receivers from the same team on your roster, you’re going to have a bad time.

Don’t rely on repeats In 2010, Philip Rivers threw for 4,710 yards, 30 touchdowns

Illini return to action with alumni match Fans can get their first look at the 2013 squad in the team’s annual Alumni Match Saturday at Huff Hall at 7 p.m. Five true freshmen will make their debut in orange and blue against the alumni, including recruits Michelle Strizak, Katie Stadick, Katie Roustio, Danielle Davis and McKenna Kelsay. Redshirt freshman Maddie Mayers will also play. Former All-Americans Hillary Haen (2007-10), Colleen Ward (2010-11) and First Team All-Big Ten selection Shadia Haddad (1998-2001) highlight the alumni squad. Admission to the match is $5 for the general public, $2 for youth and free for students who bring their student IDs. All seating will be general admission and season ticket packages do not include free admission to the match.

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After finishing last season with a disappointing 14-16 record overall (8-12 Big Ten) and missing the NCAA tournament, things won’t be getting easier for Illinois volleyball this season in what head coach Kevin Hambly said is the “toughest schedule in the country.” The Illini will open up the season in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 30 for the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational, where they will play Florida State, Long Beach State and Kentucky. The Seminoles and Wildcats are two of 15 teams the Illini will face this season that made the 2012 NCAA tournament. Kentucky and Florida State are also ranked Nos. 17 and 18, respectively, in the 2013 AVCA preseason coaches poll. Three teams that made the Final Four last season will set foot in Huff Hall this year, including defending national champion Texas. Big Ten powerhouses Penn State and Michigan are the remaining Final Four teams making a trip to Champaign. Hambly said the obstacles lying ahead for the Illini will benefit the team no matter the results. “There’s lots of benefits (to having a tough schedule),” Hambly said. “The obvious one is to get us more ready for the Big Ten. It helps us RPI-wise — if we have a great season we could end up being seeded very high. If we don’t have a great season and we finish above .500, it’ll help us get into the tournament. “We won’t be fooled into believing we’re better than we are because we’ve played quality opponents.” The Illini will play a match at the State Farm Center this season; Illinois last played a game in the Assembly Hall in 2009. The team will open Big

Ten play against Iowa Sept. 27 before taking on Nebraska the following day at Huff Hall. The State Farm Center home match is a prerequisite to hosting the 2013 NCAA Regional semifinals and finals Dec. 13-14, also known as the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. The NCAA tournament begins Dec. 6. “(Hosting the regionals) is really important if we’re there,” Hambly said. “I think it’s important if we can make it there, and we’ll do everything we can to make it.”

and averaged 294.4 yards per game. In 2012 (the year I drafted him), he threw for more than 1,100 fewer, four fewer touchdowns and only averaged 225.4 yards per game. Simply put, he was not ideal starting material. Sure, he only threw two more picks that season, but it was circumstantial. At the night’s end, he wasn’t the hero I needed. That said, take caution when drafting this season. While Peterson is probably a safe bet, but I wouldn’t count on him being nearly the stud he was last year. It’s the same deal with Brady, who lost Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez in the offseason, leaving a wounded Gronkowski and an overrated Danny Amedola in his arsenal. Just because they’ve spent time in the spotlight doesn’t mean it’s always on them.

Get weird All in all, this is about having fun, so make it that way. Come up with a clever name for your team. Make it funny. Make it dirty, if you’d like. But above all, keep calm and remember why you’re playing — for the love of football. Heck, we are playing make believe with real life statistics just so you can assert your dominance over your family and friends. So don’t lose sleep over that fumble. It’s not the end of the world because Brandon Marshall didn’t break the 100yard receiving mark. Your life won’t be any different in the morning, so don’t sweat it. Your most important job as an owner is to just kick back and enjoy the fantasy.

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


Illinois’ middle blocker Anna Dorn stretches to attempt a block on her opponent during the Illini’s 3-2 loss to No. 1 ranked Penn State on Oct. 6.

Dorn hopes for high health as volleyball season gets underway BY JOEY GELMAN STAFF WRITER

Anna Dorn has one thing on her mind — her knee. After tearing her ACL her freshman year, she continues to have troubles, and is still recovering from her second surgery this past December. Not knowing when she will return to the court, Dorn understands she needs to take on a new role until she is healthy once again. “For me personally, it’s accepting the fact that I am going to have a new role on the team in terms of mentoring the younger players and contributing when I am healthy enough,” Dorn said. While it has not yet been determined who will be taking her place at middle blocker, head coach Kevin Hambly has many options to choose from, including freshman Maddie Mayers, who has impressed the coaching staff in the beginning stages of practice. Last year, a similar situation developed when freshman Alexis Villunas had to step in, making an immediate impact on the Illini’s push into the postseason. Though Hambly had been planning to sit Viliunas for the entire season and redshirt her to save a year of eligibility, the experience proved to be beneficial. “I think everything happens for a reason,” Villunas explained, “I feel a lot more

comfortable on the court, I think the girls feels a lot more comfortable with me ... and my sets because every setter sets differently.” Whoever replaces Dorn will be hoping to reap similar rewards. During the offseason, the Illini were able to get a unique opportunity and travel to Italy where they faced premier competition and were exposed to a cultural experience like no other. Hambly emphasized the importance of teamwork, as there were many instances where the players were responsible for their own travel and coordinated their own plans throughout their trip. He said it helped the players learn to rely on each other and have better communication between them, which they could apply on the court. The level of competition the Illini faced is what really set the tone for the trip, teaching them valuable lessons Dorn and the team hope to translate into the upcoming season. “The teams that we played over there were all diverse and so technically sound that it taught us a lot on how to prepare for different types of teams,” Dorn said. “Especially playing the Italian junior national and national team, I think we got a lot out of those matches.

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Danielsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development key to Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; future BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER STAFF WRITER

It appeared Charlie Danielsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season was over. The freshman on the Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the five-man roster for the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final regular season tournament. The tournament, the Boilermaker Invitational, is held at Purdueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kampen Course. Kampen is located just 150 miles north of the Big Ten Championships course in French Lick, Ind., and has similar terrain. The courses also share a designer, Pete Dye, making the Boilermaker Invitational an ideal primer for the conference tournament. Prior to the invite, Danielson finished last among the team at the Augusta State Invitational,

shooting a 20-over-par; he was replaced in the lineup by sophomore Alex Burge. But the team finished a disappointing third at Purdue, and it changed the luck of both Danielson and the entire menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count myself out, even though I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t crack the lineup,â&#x20AC;? Danielson said. Fifth-year senior Mason Jacobs, a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2012, finished last on the team at the tournament, and head coach Mike Small called Danielson and told him he would be replacing Jacobs at Big Tens. Danielson said it was a little bit awkward replacing the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone senior, who had been

a member of two Big Ten Championship lineups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitive,â&#x20AC;? Danielson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Off the course, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still friends.â&#x20AC;? The decision paid off, as Illinois won its fifth straight Big Ten title. Danielson finished fifth on the team and 25th overall, but his scores contributed to just one of the four rounds. That was the last time Danielson was anything but necessary. At the regional, Danielson shot a career-best 65 in the first round, propelling the Illini to first place and setting the pace for Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first regional title. The last man to crack the lineup, in Smallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words at the time, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was a big, big reason for our success.â&#x20AC;?

When the team headed to the NCAA Championships in Milton, Ga., Danielson earned PING All-America Honorable Mention by finishing four-under and tying for 13th overall, helping the Illini secure a place among the top eight teams and in the match play portion of the championships. He followed the stroke play portion with a dramatic 20-foot putt on the 18th hole to clinch Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; victory over defending national champion Texas. The freshman, ranked No. 153 in the nation, then took down No. 12 Joel Stalter of No. 1 California, who many were calling the best college golf team in history with five players among the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top 20.

The streak of success ended as Danielson and the Illini fell in the national championship match to Alabama. It was the best team finish in school history. The only Illinois player to win a match against Alabama was junior Thomas Pieters, the 2011 national champion and 2012 Big Ten Champion. After the season, Pieters turned pro, leaving Illinois with a year of eligibility left and a hole at the No. 1 position. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to replace guy like Thomas, a national champion and two-time All-American, and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one guy replace a guy like Thomas,â&#x20AC;? Small said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to do it by committee and get stronger as a team. Everyone has to get a little

better.â&#x20AC;? Danielson is doing his part. He continued his success this summer with a second-place finish in the Wisconsin State Amateur, and he qualified for the US Amateur, along with Illini teammates Brian Campbell and Burge. He was the only Illinois golfer to finish in the top 64 and advance to match play. He made it to the round of 16 in match play at the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest tournament, a serious improvement from his tie for 180th in 2012. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each round, each time you go out there, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning and you get a little better,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Johnathan can be reached at and @jhett93.

Soccer keeps feet on ground despite high preseason rankings BY LANRE ALABI STAFF WRITER

The Illinois soccer team filed out of the athletic administration building in their jerseys and onto the well-manicured front lawn. It was the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media day, and every playerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face was brimming with smiles and seemed to emanate confidence. Just five days from the first game of their season, the players appeared to have no worries and instead, have great hope for the upcoming season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to see us win the Big Ten Tournament this year and get past the second round of the NCAA Championship,â&#x20AC;? midfielder Vanessa DiBernado said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is something we have been unable to do in the years I have been here, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an important team goal.â&#x20AC;? The Illini head into the season ranked third in the Big Ten preseason polls and just outside the NCAA Top 25, so a deep run in either tournament would not be a surprise. That being said, 12th-year head coach Janet Rayfield believes there shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a lot of stock put into the preseason rankings. She emphasizes the importance of the first game of the season as much as the last game in November.

To attain their team goals this season, Rayfield said the Illini will employ a more balanced approach to the tactical aspect of their game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a balance (of defending and attacking),â&#x20AC;? Rayfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Against Virginia (in a preseason exhibition), we really got caught on the defensive side of things. We talked a lot about our midfield dropping into our backline, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to focus on our midfield getting on their backline and being an attack-minded team. We want to be a team that puts you on your heels, but we also want to be defensively organized. That is one of the things we pride ourselves on.â&#x20AC;? One potential source of concern for the team would be to find a starting goalkeeper for the upcoming season. Stephanie Panozzo played a huge role for the team, remaining reliable for the Illini between the sticks last season. With Panozzo graduating last spring, the team went into the preseason without a distinct replacement for Panozzo but with three choices with equal chances at the starting line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played two (keepers) against Virginia and I think

those two are leading the race right now, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not a distant third by any means,â&#x20AC;? Rayfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goalkeeping training mix has been fantastic and they are certainly pushing and challenging each other. I think technically and consistently, Lizzi (Sanscrainte) and Claire (Wheatley) are showing that sort of consistency, and those are the two leading the race right now.â&#x20AC;? To kick off a difficult season schedule, Illinois will travel to Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, finished last season 16-6-2 and were ousted from the NCAA tournament in the quarterfinals. Notre Dame is ranked No. 10 in the NCAA preseason polls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certainly, Virginia tested us,â&#x20AC;? Rayfield said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest thing is we just have to do things faster. We have a pretty young crew and their decisions are good, they are just a little bit slow. They recognized it, and I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to pick up the speed to be successful against Notre Dame, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on both sides of the ball.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to see us win the Big Ten Tournament this year and get past the second round of the NCAA Championship.â&#x20AC;?

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at Notre Dame (16-6-2, 8-1-1 ACC) (2012) Friday, 4:30 p.m.


(10-9-4, 6-4-1, Big Ten) (2012)

The Illini last played the Irish in the first round of the 2011 NCAA tournament and won 1-0.


The Illinois soccer team celebrates Vanessa DiBernardoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game winning goal during Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dramatic 3-2 win over Michigan State on Oct. 4.


Austin Bostock prepares for the face-off during the game against No. 2 Ohio at the Ice Arena on November 3.

Hockey hopes to bring national trophy home BY SEAN NEUMANN STAFF WRITER

One more chance. With last hockey season ending in heartbreak, the Illini senior class has just one more shot at the national title. The Illini will enter the 201314 season with eight returning seniors, three more than last year. Illinois is already a team seen across the ACHA as legitimate contenders for both conference and national championships, but with the return of a strong, veteran class, the Illini are looking more and more like a force to be reckoned with. Team captain Austin Bostock will look to cement his legacy with the Illinois hockey program in his senior year after putting up 39 points in 40 games last season, while senior goaltender Nick Clarke will look to pick up where he left off in net. The second team All-American posted a 22-10-2 record in 201213, behind a defense lead by first team All-CSCHL Mike Evans, who will also be returning for his final season. After finishing the season ranked No. 7 in the nation with a 26-12-2 record, Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dreams of taking home a national championship were crushed when they fell in the quarterfinals to No. 2 Arizona State, 3-1. But to head coach Nick Fabbrini, the heartbreaking finish to last season is a tough lesson learned that the secondyear coach said just adds more fuel for the fire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the beginning of the year last year, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what we were capable of as a group,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the year went on, the guys started to realize that we are one of the top teams in the country.â&#x20AC;? But with each new year comes new players and thus, a slightly new team. The Illini have already added

three defensive recruits to the roster and expect to add up to six or seven more players once tryouts begin on Aug. 26. Cody von Rueden is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest recruit during the offseason, turning down multiple offers from D-I and D-III schools to play for Illinois, according to Fabbrini. And the new defensemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hunger for an ACHA National Championship is perfectly aligned with Fabrinniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mentality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main goal I have for this season is to help bring back a national championship trophy to Champaign, and expect nothing less,â&#x20AC;? von Rueden said in a press release earlier this summer. The Illi ni a lso added defensemen Austin Zima and Will Nunez â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who played two years with CSCHL rival Robert Morris â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roster, filling three empty defensive spots left from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduating class of defensemen. Coach Fabbrini said he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worried about how the newcomers will fit in and is confident his veteran team will help the new players mature quickly over the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I expect our (seniors) to really step up this year and take on more of a leadership role,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need them to do that.â&#x20AC;? While last season ended in disappointing fashion the Illini, Fabbrini has his sights set on defending the conference title and bringing home the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first national championship since 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From my experience, the teams at Illinois that have done the best have always been the ones with strong senior classes,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And this year, our senior class is shaping up to be pretty strong.â&#x20AC;?

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All-American Kopinski in place to lead tennis team BY ALEX ROUX STAFF WRITER

After failing to qualify for the NCAA Championships hosted at home in May, the Illinois women’s tennis team was forced to watch what might have been. There were two Illini who did manage to leave their mark on the tournament, though, when senior Rachael White and sophomore Melissa Kopinski received an atlarge bid for doubles. The duo fell in the quarterfinals, but not before becoming the second and third AllAmericans in the program’s history — the first to achieve the honor in two decades. Kopinski and White made sure to reap the benefits of home-court advantage while preparing for their run at a doubles title. They had a month to train and used the time to get acclimated to the outdoor courts at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. “For a whole month, we just played on those courts to get used to stadium seating,” Kopinski said. “It was awesome.” Kopinski added there was a comfort factor with playing at home, giving the national tournament more of a “special” feeling. “It was very fitting to have (them qualify) the year we hosted,” head coach Michelle Dasso said. The significance of hosting the tournament extended far beyond the on-court success. Tennis players, coaches and fans from all over the country flocked to ChampaignUrbana, making Illinois center of the collegiate-tennis universe for 12 days in May. “It was a great experience for the players and coaches that participated, and it was very good exposure for us as an institution,”

Dasso said. Dasso also said the tournament also gave Illinois the benefit of exposure — an opportunity to show off Illini tennis and its facility on the biggest stage. “I think everyone that was there saw the support that we have, as well as the amazing facilities,” Dasso said. “(Khan) is certainly one of the finest facilities in the country. We feel very fortunate to have it. We try to use it as much as we can when recruiting student-athletes.” Now, the Illini have to step away from the spotlight and look toward future challenges. White has graduated and Kopinski is left without a doubles partner as she begins her junior year, which poses obvious problems for a team that finished the season 14-11 and 6-5 in the Big Ten. “We’re going to have to mixand match to see who I can play doubles with,” Kopinski said. “I’m going to try and play with one of the (three incoming) freshmen.” Kopinski said she hopes her success from last season’s tournament experience can translate into becoming a leader during her two remaining years on campus. “It’s a good example to set for the freshmen, so they know what we expect of them,” Kopinski said. With five underclassmen making up half of this year’s squad, Kopinski may be expected to carry more weight on her shoulders this season. “(Being All-American) hasn’t hit me yet,” she said. “I think when the banner goes up, I might freak out a little bit.”

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Melissa Kopinksi reaches for a ball during the game versus Michigan on April 6. The Illini lost the match with a 1-6 score.

Departures weaken national prospects of women’s track team ARYN BRAUN Illini columnist


ummer 2013 brought track-mageddon upon the University. It seemed like the end of the world when longtime Illinois women’s track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey decided to leave her alma mater to join the Texas Longhorns as associate head coach. As an athlete, Buford-Bailey was an integral part of Illinois athletics in the early ‘90s, win-

ning 25 Big Ten conference titles and the 1992 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships. She then went on to compete on three USA Olympic teams (1992, 1996 and 2000), leaving the 1996 games in Atlanta with a bronze medal. As a coach, Buford-Bailey was no less spectacular. She began her tenure at the University of Illinois in 2004, serving as an assistant coach until 2007 when she was promoted to associate head coach, and then again in 2008 when she took on the head coaching role. In her five years as head coach, she earned numerous accolades for the successes of her teams and her

development of individuals, such as NCAA champions Andrew Riley and Ashley Spencer. Losing a coach of BufordBailey’s caliber is never a good thing, but couple that with star sprinters Spencer and Morolake Akinosun’s decisions to join her down in Austin, Texas, and the Illini have a problem. A gaping hole now represents what used to be one of the finest athlete-coach combinations in the sport today. After completing her freshman year at Illinois, Akinosun was crowned USA Junior 100-meter champion, which qualified her to compete at the Pan American Junior Championships in Colombia in August. She

was also a part of the 1600-meter relay team — along with Spencer — that broke school records on the way to finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships in early June. This spring, Spencer led the Illini to top-20 finishes in both the indoor and outdoor seasons while amassing plenty of individual titles. These include 2013 Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and defending her 2012 400-meter title at nationals in June. She was a twotime World Junior Champion and a member of Team USA at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Not to mention, she was the

winner of The Daily Illini’s Illini of the Year award. Every Illini fan should be squirming with discomfort at the loss of athletes like Spencer and Akinosun. We here in Champaign-Urbana find ourselves faced with disappointment in athletics — in some capacity — almost every year. Track and field was a shining beacon of hope to a student body accustomed to a football team that goes 2-10 on the season and a basketball program that, for the past couple of years, had underachieved. New head coach Ron Garner returns to Illinois almost twenty years after serving as

an assistant coach during the ‘90s, but he is faced with what one can assume is a disheartened but determined group of athletes. Coaching changes aren’t rare, but they can hurt. Only time will tell how the rest of the team, including senior standouts Samantha Murphy and Amanda Duvendack, rise to the challenge. Moral of the story? While we shouldn’t count out our Illini, watch out for Texas this coming year. Chances are, they’re the team to beat.

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

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Bears’ Bostic fined $21K for hit on receiver BY ANDREW SELIGMAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

L A K E FOR EST, Ill. — Chicago Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic energized his team with a big hit last week. Turns out, it cost him. A person familiar with the situation said Bostic was fined $21,000 for the hit during last week’s preseason game against San Diego. The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the fine has not been announced. “I’m just finding out about all of this stuff,” Bostic said. “I really haven’t even thought about it to tell you the truth. I’m going to focus on this week and the game plan.” A second-round draft pick out of Florida last spring, Bostic drilled the Chargers’ Mike Willie as he turned trying to

catch a pass, jarring the ball from the receiver on a play that was ruled an incompletion. No penalty was called. Bostic was punished for delivering a hit against a defenseless receiver while lowering his head and making forcible contact with the top or crown of his helmet. “Obviously, it’s a bang-bang play,” he said. “But when we target the ballcarrier, it’s getting your head across, making sure you’re not on the back side so he can run through the tackle and keep your feet running.” Bostic sidestepped the question when asked if he would appeal, saying, “Right now, I don’t even know the whole process. Like I said, I’m new to the NFL. This is my first year, so I don’t know how this process exactly works. I’ve got to find

out more about it and figure out exactly how everything is going to play out.” Coach Marc Trestman and several Bears players defended Bostic, saying the hit was clean. “I can only address what I saw, and that his head was up and he hit with his shoulder and he ran through the player the way we’re trying to teach these guys to play every day, to be safe for themselves and for the guys that they are hitting, to do it the right way,” Trestman said. S even - t i me P ro B owl linebacker Lance Briggs, who broke the news about the fine on Twitter, wasn’t sure what Bostic could have done differently. Actually, he had an idea. “He could have allowed the receiver to run him over — that’s another technique,” Briggs said. “We could play the catch technique, we could take a

charge, I don’t know, you gotta play football.” Trestman also said he expects defensive end Julius Peppers to play at Oakland on Friday, although he also noted he said the same thing last week. Peppers wound up sitting out his second preseason game because of a hamstring problem. “We’ll see where he is in pregame,” Trestman said. “I’m encouraged based on what I saw here this week, he practiced every day, that he’ll play.” Trestman also said receiver Earl Bennett and defensive end Henry Melton, recovering from concussions, are “getting better and making progress.” “We’ll see what happens down the road, and we’re going to try and be as upbeat as we can and stay encouraged that they’ll be ready to go (for the opener),” he added.


Chicago Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic has been fined $21,000 for a hit during last week’s preseason game against San Diego. A person familiar with the situation spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the fine has not been announced. Bostic delivered a hit againist a defenseless receiver, but no penalty was called during the game.

First-draft pick D.J. Hayden finally ready for Raiders play BY JOSH DUBOW THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OAKLAND, Calif. — D.J. Hayden finally gets the chance to answer the critics who thought the Oakland Raiders made a risky bet when they drafted him 12th overall in April. Hayden will make his exhibition debut for Oakland on Friday night against the Chicago Bears in his first game action of any kind since a nearfatal practice collision ended his college career last November and raised questions about his future in the NFL. Hayden has been limited most of training camp after undergoing abdominal surgery in May to heal scarring from the original injury. He was not cleared for any contact until last Friday and has had just one padded practice before taking the field against the Bears. “I’m looking forward to my first NFL game. Can’t wait to get out there and play,” Hayden said. “I want to go ahead and shake the rust off. Get wet a little bit. Can’t wait.” Hayden last played a game Nov. 3 for Houston against East Carolina. He was injured days later when he collided with a teammate at practice. He was rushed into surgery for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body to the heart. The injury is 95 percent fatal in the field, according to doctors, and is most commonly associated with high-speed motor vehicle accidents. Hayden worked his way back to health and was cleared by doctors before the draft. The Raiders selected him 12th overall even though some teams believed he was too much of a risk. The Raiders have been pleased with the pick and now get to see how Hayden performs when he starts against the Bears.

“I just want to see him play prolific receivers in Brandon football,” coach Dennis Allen Marshall, who had 119 catches said. “It’s been a while since last season. he’s really had an opportunity M a rsha l l was ta rgeted to go out and play real football. on more than 40 percent of I’m looking forward to watching Chicago’s throws a year ago him. He’s done some really good and the Bears are looking to things in this camp. He’s got prove they have more options exceptional coverage skills. I on offense than Marshall and think everyone is anxious to see running back Matt Forte this when he has his first real live year with second-year receiver contact.” Alshon Jeffery and free agent Hayden wi ll wear a n tight end Martellus Bennett. extra flap over his chest for Cutler threw all five of his added protection despite his passes toward Marshall last complaints that week agai nst San Diego, it makes him look like he has completing four a beer belly. of them. He was “We’re going allowed to take to spread it part in warmups around,” Cutler and wear his said. “We can’t u n i for m l ast just throw to Friday night in Bra ndon a nd New Orle a ns give the ball to but couldn’t play Matt. We’ve got even though he to figure out ways felt ready. to get other guys “They teased involved. We had plays up, some me a little bit,” he said. “It’s like of them worked, putti ng some some of them got cookies in front checked out of. of a kid and tell So, it is just the him, ‘you can’t way it goes.” Bennett, who eat them, but look at them.’ But had 55 catches I’m all right.” last year with Hayden isn’t the Giants, said the only Raiders two abbreviated d e f e n d e r preseason games D.J. HAYDEN, for the first-team making his Oakland Raiders cornerback offense is too first exhibition small a sample appearance of the summer. Defensive end size to draw any conclusions Lamarr Houston and defensive from. tackle Vance Walker will also “I just think it’s the way the play. That means the Raiders cookie crumbles sometimes,” will be close to full strength on Bennett said. “I mean, we defense, with the exception of haven’t played a full game yet. defensive tackle Pat Sims and There’d be some quarters where cornerback Tracy Porter. Brandon might catch eight balls The Raiders defense should in the first half, and then the get a good test against Jay second half they might double Cutler and the first-team him, I might catch eight or offense for the Chicago Bears. Alshon might catch eight. We Hayden will match up at times haven’t played a full game of with one of the NFL’s most football yet.”

“I’m looking forward to my first NFL game. Can’t wait to get out there and play. I want to go ahead and shake the rust off. Get wet a little bit. Can’t wait.”



Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden goes up for a pass during NFL football training camp on Saturday in Napa, Calif. First-draft pick Hayden recently returned to training after a near fatal practice injury received last November.


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ond consecutive such honor. Birks’ selection comes after leading the team last season with 510 kills and 27 aces and finishing second on the team with 262 digs. Birks’ five weekly conference honors set a new team record, and she fi nished top five nationally in kills and points among all freshmen. McMahon fi nished 2012 with 400 kills and 470.5 points, good for second on the team. She fi nished at third in aces with 16, and had 97 blocks and a .270 hitting percentage. The announcement came as no surprise to Hambly. “They are two of the best players in the league, and it was not surprising that they made the team,” he said. Illinois was voted as the No. 6-ranked team in the Big Ten in a coaches poll. Ahead of the Illini are Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State.

“It gave us a confidence boost that we can hang with teams like that.” For the second consecutive year, the Illini volleyball team received the AVCA Team Academic Award last season. This award recognizes high school and collegiate volleyball teams for their excellence in the classroom. Illinois was the only Big Ten program to qualify for the award, and 10 of the 12 sophomores through seniors received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012. Dorn was also awarded the first team Academic All-District honors. The Illini return to play at Huff Hall on August 24 for the Alumni Match at 7 p.m. and begin the regular season against No. 20 Florida State on Aug. 30 in the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational.

Illini get 5 televised matches The Big Ten Network will feature five live Illinois matches this season. The fi rst televised match comes Sept. 28 against Nebraska. The other matches come at Michigan Oct. 5, against Penn State Oct. 18, at Nebraska Oct. 30 and against Michigan Nov. 6. A majority of matches will also be streamed live online. The match against Ohio State on Oct. 20 and Michigan on Nov. 9 will be streamed on Big Ten Digital Network, as well as seven more matches streaming on Fighting Illini All-Access.

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FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 1C cago Blackhawks and the NCAA Final Four — is being brought back to Champaign for his second season behind the mic. Fans should have no problem understanding Honda or looking for themselves on the various video boards across Memorial Stadium. New video boards were fully operable by early August, and everything is expected to be up and running when the Illini kick off against Southern Illinois on Aug. 31.

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Ex-Patriot Hernandez indicted on 1st-degree murder charge BY ERIKA NIEDOWSKI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was indicted Thursday on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player’s home. The six-count grand jury indictment charges Hernandez with killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player from Boston who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June, and he is being held without bail. He had a brief court appearance in Attleboro on Thursday afternoon. Afterward, his attorney Michael Fee said the defense was pleased to be on a path to a jury trial and was looking forward to testing the prosecution’s evidence. “There has been an incredible rush to judgment in this case,” and the state doesn’t have enough evidence to prove the charges, he said. Hernandez signed a contract last summer worth $40 million but was cut by the Patriots within hours of his June 26 arrest, when police led the handcuffed athlete from his home as news cameras rolled. He could face life in prison if convicted.


Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez is lead into court in Attleboro, Mass., on Thursday where he was indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges in the death of a friend whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park about a mile from the ex-player’s home. The Bristol County grand jury also indicted two others in the case: Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace and Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Singleton. Wallace is charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Prosecutors have said he was with Hernandez the night Lloyd died. Singleton is charged with

criminal contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury, Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter said. She has been jailed in Massachusetts since Aug. 1. A recent affidavit said that, after Lloyd’s killing, Singleton bought Wallace a bus ticket. Carlos Ortiz, who faces a weapons charge in district court


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connected to the case, was not indicted. Hernandez is also facing civil litigation after a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit asserting the former player shot him in the face in February after they argued at a Miami strip club. Alexander Bradley, who says he lost an eye, told police at the time he didn’t know who shot him.



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