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Opinions divided over Apple v. Samsung Some say win for Apple will stifle innovation BY EMMA WEISSMANN STAFF WRITER

Nine jurors in a San Jose, Calif., courtroom ruled in favor of Apple Inc. on Friday in an intellectual property rights case against Samsung Electronics Co. The verdict came as a result of a long-lasting patent battle between Samsung and Apple over intellectual property rights. As a result of the trial, Samsung owes Apple $1.05 billion for copying various design and software elements from Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices and using them on

various Android products, such as Apple’s touch-screen technology. Apple fi led suit in April 2011. Michael Shaw, professor of business administration, lectures on mobile computing and mobile commerce with his students. He said he thinks last Friday’s jurors were “quite logical” and the verdict was “fair and justified.” “What this verdict said is you cannot just bypass other people and use other people’s ideas,” Shaw said. “And so, in a way, over the long term, you can say that it’s good for innovation because it forces companies to think about new product design and new user experience.” But others say that patents given out for basic components, like double-tap or fl ick functions, stand in the way of innovation. “If you start fi guring out who owns the patent on what, it’s vir-

tually impossible for you to start producing a new product without fearing that somebody’s going to sue you,” said Vishal Sachdev, visiting assistant professor of business. Sachdev said that, as a result of this trial, Samsung might come up with an even more creative product and “out-innovate” Apple to avoid future intellectual property battles. Will Tham , president of the University’s chapter of Industrial Designers Society of America and senior in FAA, started following the suit after learning about it in a society newsletter. “I kind of favored Samsung, and I kind of wanted them to win because Apple is trying to enforce really small detail,” Tham said. “Yeah, they do have the design patents, but by having these patents maintained for such a long time, it

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is slowing the process of innovation .... Now they should be rushing to innovate in another way instead of just holding that ground.” Tham said he thinks it is good for students to be aware of the case but “hopefully people will realize it’s stupid.” “Fighting over the radius of a corner for a billion dollars?” Tham said. “(It’s sad) to see that creative process stifled by money.” Shaw, on the other hand, said he thinks students will learn valuable lessons about respecting intellectual property rights as a result of this trial. “I think that, of course, we are all passionate about these products, and I know young people especially are,” Shaw said. “Another lesson for every one of us as a citizen in this democracy is that we need to

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Editor’s Note: On Thursday, the Daily Illini Editorial Board sat with Chancellor Phyllis Wise to discuss issues on campus. This is a portion of the transcript from that meeting. DI: What would you like to do differently this year in comparison to last year and what do you plan to keep the same? “Before the construction ... the communications graduate students were located in the basement of Lincoln Hall. We had offices in the basement. When people and students went down the stairs, they sort of saw the bare stone area, and then they would walk into our office that had an old couch and some rooms and desks, but the ceiling tiles were crumbling, and it was pretty dank; it felt like a basement. So, this is a big improvement to be now on the fourth floor in this beautiful, new refurbished facility.”

“Night and day, it’s really different. I have been a faculty member since 1999 and until we moved out for the renovation, my office was on the first floor of Lincoln Hall. Now, we are upstairs, our departments are on the third and fourth floor, so it’s a lot quieter and better for the students.” CARA FINNEGAN, associate professor in communications

“We were in a temporary building for three years while it was under construction; it was really difficult because we were on north campus. It was far enough north that we had very little undergrad population that would come up unless they absolutely had to have advising, so that was difficult. The grad students’ space was also not the best for them professionally. So it’s really nice being back in the building; we’ve got all the grad students housed in some great spaces and all our faculty are here. ”

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“Everything is better. For instance, I really like being able to open and shut windows in various places if I need to. In the old Lincoln hall, at the very end, we couldn’t even open and shut windows no matter what the weather; they would get stuck. In my office, I used an old sweatshirt stuffed into the gap between the bottom of the window and the cell in order to keep the cold air out. So it’s really just a great facility.”

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Safe school built for students in Israel’s war zone BY ARON HELLER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SDEROT, Israel — For the fi rst time in years, the children of Sderot can study in peace. Living under a constant threat of rocket fi re from militants in the nearby Gaza Strip, their schooldays were often interrupted by mad dashes to bomb shelters. But on Monday, they started the school year safe from attack in a new, fortified, rocket-proof school building. The $27.5 million structure features concrete walls, reinforced windows and a unique architectural plan all designed specifically to absorb and deflect rocket fi re. Notices on the walls of the Shaar Hanegev High School remind the 1,200 students of their new reality: In case of a warning siren, it reads, stay put. “You can fi nally teach without constantly worrying about what to do when there is a rocket attack,” said Zohar Nir-Levi, the principal of the junior high school inside the complex. “You can concentrate on your studies. It used to be that even before you said hello in the morning you were telling people where to run.” In the 12 years since rockets began raining down on Sderot, less than a mile (2 kilometers) from Gaza, residents say life has often been unbearable. Eight people have been killed, hundreds wounded and nearly everyone in the working-class town of some 24,000 has been

traumatized by the frequent wail of sirens and explosions. Schools were often shut for periods during this time, with parents fearing for the safety of their children. Psychologists treated many kids for trauma. In one memorable incident, a rocket hit an empty school, sparking demands for better protection. Alon Shuster, chairman of the regional Shaar Hanegev council, said the decision to build the new school was made as “a strategic response to a threat we have been coping with for 12 years.” The rocket fi re has subsided considerably in the past three years, since Israel carried out a fierce three-week offensive against Gaza militants in which some 1,400 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed. Gaza’s Hamas rulers have largely halted their rocket fi re at Israel since then, though smaller armed groups continue to attack. The Israeli military says some 440 rockets have been fi red so far this year. In a fresh reminder, two rockets fell in the area on Monday, following a similar barrage a day earlier. No one was hurt. Over the years, authorities have scrambled to protect the town’s schools, reinforcing buildings with concrete barricades and stronger roofs. A heavily fortifi ed elementary school was also built, as was a special indoor playground with a mini-soccer field, video games and bomb shelters, according to

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An Israeli high school student stands in the window of a new rocketproof school building, a Shaar Hanegev school, near the southern town of Sderot, Israel, Monday. The 27.5 million US Dollar structure features concrete walls, reinforced windows and a unique architectural plan all designed specifically to absorb rocket fire. local officials. But officials say the new high school takes protection to a new level. The school, built on a sprawling campus, took two years to plan and then two more years to construct. Each grade has its own color-coded building, with colorful tiles lining the floors. It features concrete shelters in the school yard as well, to allow students on recess to fi nd cover in the 15-second window they have between the sound of the siren and the landing of the rocket.

A science lab and an auto shop are fortified. Even the angles of the buildings are specially built to deflect incoming projectiles. “The walls are thick, the windows are very thick too,” said Yuval Gani , the architect who designed the school. “The doors are protected, the roof is protected also. ... The facade of the building, its task is to deviate the missiles.” Israel is by no means the only place where children come into danger when they go to school. In areas of Colombia wracked

by guerrilla violence, schools have intentionally been located far away from police stations, which often become targets. In Iraq, police patrols stand near schools, and some roads leading to schools are blocked with barbed wire or concrete walls. The students appear to appreciate their new home. Michael Spitzer, an 11th grader, said the protection of the building made him less concerned about his younger sister, who also studied there and his mother, who is a teacher.

“I don’t have to worry about them anymore,” he said. “I can just focus on school and not all the other stuff.” Israeli President Shimon Peres attended the school’s grand opening Monday and praised the children’s resolve. “I see here a wonderful and strong stance in the face of rockets,” he said, seated in a ninthgrade classroom. “This fortified school inaugurated today is the least that can be done for you. In response to the rockets you are making a strong statement.”

Fire at Venezuelan oil refinery kills 48, injures 150 BY JORGE RUEDA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela — The death toll has risen to 48 at Venezuela’s biggest oil refi nery, where fi res were still raging on Monday nearly three days after a powerful explosion. The higher toll was announced by Falcon state Gov. Stella Lugo in remarks to the Venezuelan radio station Union Radio. About 150 people were injured in the disaster, 33 of whom remain in hospitals, Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega said at a news conference at the refi nery complex. “We still don’t have facts to determine the causes of the accident,” Ortega said. Residents in a neighborhood next to the refi nery say they had no warning before the explosion hit at about 1 a.m. on Saturday. “What bothers us is that there was no sign of an alarm. I would have liked for an alarm to have gone off or something,” said Luis Suarez, a bank employee in the neighborhood. “Many of us woke up thinking it was an earthquake.” The blast knocked down walls, shattered windows and left streets littered with rubble. People who live next to the refi nery said they smelled strong fumes coming from the refi nery starting between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, hours before the blast, but many said they weren’t worried because they had smelled such odors before.

WISE Q&A FROM PAGE 1A tory of the University because it’s really the first time that we have permanent people, people without the interim title in front of their title, in about four or five years.

DI: Now that President (Bob) Easter is now settled into his role at the University, how has the administration changed to avoid the same tensions we experienced not more than a year ago? Wise: I have the greatest

respect for him. He understands and knows this campus very well. He has been spending the first several months of his tenure getting to know Chicago and Springfield, so that he’ll really know the whole University of Illinois. But his sense of shared governance, in this case, between the president and the chancellors is invaluable.

COURSERA FROM PAGE 1A ing fully produced, tuition-free courses for anyone with access to the site. While Tomkin’s course is the fi rst to go live, the University is in the process of preparing nine others to be available on Coursera this year. First getting its start in a partnership with Stanford University, Coursera currently lists 120 courses on its website. Four new courses began just this week, and forty more will be in full swing by the end of September. Tomkin said he felt especially nervous as he prepared his lectures and lesson plans. He was

Then, a cloud of gas ignited in an area with fuel storage tanks and exploded. Some of the tanks were still burning on Monday, billowing black smoke. President Hugo Chavez visited the refi nery on Sunday. In a televised conversation with the president, one state oil company official said workers had made their rounds after 9 p.m. and hadn’t noticed anything unusual. The official said that at about midnight officials detected the gas leak and “went out to the street to block traffic.” “And later something happened that set (it) off,” Chavez said. “A spark somewhere.” Energy analyst Jorge Pinon said the accounts of the hours leading up the explosion raise concerns. “The fact that the gas leak went undetected for a number of hours and that there was no evacuation alarm (or) order indicates to me that there is a lack of safety related planning and behaviors throughout the complex, and most important in nearby communities,” Pinon said. Amuay is among the world’s largest refi neries and is part of the Paraguana Refi ning Center, which also includes the adjacent Cardon refi nery. Together, the refi neries process about 900,000 barrels of crude per day and 200,000 barrels of gasoline. The disaster occurred little more than a month before Venezuela’s upcoming Oct. 7 presidential election. Opposi-

DI: What are actions you can take regarding this campus ... in order to offset the compromises that the University has to make in light of the state’s deficit? Wise: We’ve taken three tactics. One is to increase our efficiencies. We have fewer staff working on issues now than we had before and these issues are just as complex, so we’re figuring out ways to do this using technology. There’s certain things we’ve decided we just can’t do. Hopefully not the things that touch the lives of the students, but some of the paperwork that we used to do, we just can’t do any longer. The second area is that we have redoubled our efforts in the area of philanthropy. I’m spending a lot more time getting to know alums and friends of the University and corporations that might be interested in investing in the University. The third thing is tuition. Tuition has risen fairly dramatically over the last ten

used to writing emails to 30 people or so, where any vagueness could be easily explained later in person. But now he communicates with tens of thousands at a time. “When you realize that there’s a thousand times as many students in the class, you really have to be scrupulous,” he said. Compared to lecturing before 200 or 300 students, the prospect of 26,000 people hinged on his every word isn’t an entirely pleasant thought for Tomkin. “This is far scarier,” he said. “And it’s all in your head, of course, because you don’t see them.” Tomkin isn’t the only professor wondering about the effects of a huge increase in class size.

ARIANA CUBILLOS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two boys look at flames rising from the Amuay refinery after an explosion near Punto Fijo, Venezuela on Sunday. Venezuelans who live next to the country’s biggest oil refinery said they smelled a strong odor of sulfur hours before a gas leak ignited in an explosion on Saturday that killed at least 48 people and injured about 150. tion candidate Henrique Capriles said the matter shouldn’t be politicized but repeated past criticisms about the number of accidents at the state-owned oil company. “Accidents occur for a reason, and we Venezuelans are expecting there to be a

years, and we’re really trying to hold that and not be increasing anywhere near the rate that we did before. So the philanthropy, actually, the (Access Illinois) campaign that’s going on right now is the $100 million goal that we’ve set ourselves specifically for student scholarships. ... These are all going to Illinois students, all going to undergraduate students, and it’s all based upon needs because we assume that any student that can get in here is meritorious.

DI: What are your plans to increase the quality of the campus for students academically and otherwise? Wise: We’re looking very care-

conclusive response, a serious, responsible and transparent investigation, in order to see what the situation was,” Capriles said at a news conference. Capriles has previously been critical of problems in the oil industry. “Look at how many events have

things. ... To me, the complement of online and in-classroom learning is one of the biggest innovations in learning techniques and methodologies over the last five years, and I think it’s taking a bigger and bigger role. The pedagogy shows that the hybrid way of teaching, that is, you teach some of the course in the classroom and then you supplement it with work that’s done online, is probably the best for retention. Some faculty is, what we call, flipping the classroom, that is to say, you get your lecture work online and you use the classroom as a place where you can ask questions and go into more depth and more breadth in an area.

fully at online learning as a complement to the in-classroom learning, so that students can take courses that they might not be able to get into the classroom because of their own schedules or because of other

DI: If it keeps going in this direction, are we going to lose part of what our core educational mission is? Wise: For a university like Illi-

Economics professor Jose Vazquez currently lectures about 900 flesh-and-blood students and reaches 300 more online. But he was stunned to discover that even with a to-bedetermined start date, his microeconomics course has already attracted 8,000 Coursera users. “We are trying to figure out how to learn from Coursera,” he said. In Vazquez’s opinion, the success of Coursera’s grand experiment will hang on how educators adapt to an unprecedented number and diversity of pupils. “It all depends on how much the educational value will be hurt by not being able to interact with the instructor on a direct basis,” he said.

For professors not experienced in online teaching, like geology professor Stephen Marshak , the transition was made all the more challenging by how quickly it happened. As Marshak tells it, he found out about the Coursera partnership at 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday in July. And by the next morning, he was shooting a video promo for his new course, “Planet Earth.” “It has been an intense period of time,” said Marshak, who has had to adjust to lecturing in a studio with nothing but a camera for audience. “It’s a cross between a class and a PBS special. The production value of the courses U of I are putting out are going to be very high.”

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occurred, how many accidents, how many workers have lost their lives,” Capriles said. He criticized state oil company president Rafael Ramirez for what he called “political maneuvering,” saying what’s needed is a serious investigation.

because part of the excellent experience you have by getting a degree from here is being able to be here and have that serendipitous conversation with a faculty member that you run into in the hall or you go into his office or her office for their office hours, ... that you cannot have when you’re just online. I think there are a lot of students (that), just for whatever reasons, cannot get to campus. They have a job, they have a family, but they want an Illinois education. And for those we want to make sure they too have access to what you have access to, being on campus. I think what we are doing is we are meeting the needs of a larger number of students. It’s all about access. But I don’t feel any threat to not being able to fill the classrooms and not being able to fill the residence halls with really great students because our niche is still educating the student that comes

out of high school and within the first couple years wants to go to college.

DI: At what point does the tuition for in-state students become too high? Wise: If the state was continu-

ing to support us the way it did 20 years ago, I’d do anything to bring tuition back down to where it was 20 years ago. We, in general, if you look at national statistics, the cost of education has not increased very much at all in the last 20 years, corrected for inflation. What has changed is who’s paying for it. 20 years ago, most state universities, the cost of the education was 80 percent on the state, 20 percent on students. And now it’s about 70 percent on students, 30 percent on the state. ... What I won’t let go of is the quality of education that we offer you. I will not cheapen the quality of education that you’re getting.

Tomkin had a much smoother ride; Even before the University partnered with Coursera, he was already creating his own massive open online course. That is why his course is the fi rst ready for public release, and he’s ready to start teaching on a global scale. “I think what’s really exiting is that this is a great way for Illinois to really reach out,” he said. “(The University’s) mission is to teach people with a really wide variety of background. We’ve done a great job of that in Illinois, but this is great opportunity to do that for the whole world.”

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FROM PAGE 1A respect these intellectual property rights.” While the trial may be over, Shaw said Samsung may still appeal the decision. “But now the story continues, right?” he said. “There will be more patent fights and understandably there will be an appeal process, and then every company now will for sure be guided against the patent and very much looking to these intellectual property rights.”


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Online courses offer affordable, efficient solution to mass education but continue to lag behind classroom learning

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family and illnesses or people who are geographically cut off from the university system. Which is why it’s laudable that even as tuitions continue rising, universities are offering free courses for people to learn. And without concerns The University may be of profiteering and cutting reaching millions online with costs with this new CoursCoursera, but for those on era program, this resource campuses across the United being available to the public States, there has been a conis enormously beneficial to cerning trend toward comput- society. er-based education. But is it a replacement for From a university’s standcollege education? Nowadays, point, online education is with a plethora of online quite efficient because you learning sources — some can dispense knowledge to free, like the Khan Acadeas many as millions in an my — we must ask why the instant without having to University would decide the fit all of them in a single same model works across classroom. the board. For University But fully online coursstudents, some of whom in es taken on campus seem to the most recent class may be the ultimate compromise pay up to $25,000 for out-ofbetween students and a finan- state tuition, the same thing cially strained university: that makes it effective for less work for everyone. the masses is what makes it Marginal effort is expended unworkable for those seeking in online courses. Rarely is a an education, rather than spefully online course taken to cific training. reflect a passionate interest “I really think we should in the course material. Inter- always be aware that we are acting directly with your training people for the workpeers and your professor, is force, but even more imporpreferred in cases where pas- tantly, we’re educating them sion is the reason for taking for their lives,” Chancellor a class. Phyllis Wise told the Editorial Online classes are benefiBoard on Thursday. “There’s cial to us because of their a difference between training exceptional ease and flexibil- for a specific thing versus ity. But from an educational educating people to be better standpoint, we’re selling our- citizens of the world.” selves short. As the University’s mission, The number of academic particularly as a land-grant units taken online two years institution, it seems more ago was more than 4 percent important for the administraof the total, but given curtion to figure out how to use rent course offerings, we’re online components to compleworried that number will ment the classroom, and not increase. do away with in-class learnAs a dispensary of knowling entirely. edge, an online class is True, pioneering educaadvantageous. That’s what tors are trying to find ways spoke to us about Wise’s to better engage students so vision for higher education that the education received for the masses: specific train- online is still useful, but we ing for a specific skill set. can’t help but think online Online options such as Cours- will always lag behind classera can educate people who room learning — particularly work full-time jobs and can’t learning that utilizes digital afford to take time off for resources to the full extent in school, people who have othorder to enhance the experier time constraints such as ence, not compromise it.

his summer, the University joined a dozen other universities across the globe by offering free university courses online on Coursera. It allows University professors to teach courses in areas ranging from Android app creation to microeconomics.

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he University is home to one of the most diverse student bodies in the country, hailing at least 8,000 international students and roughly 6,000 undergraduates from out of state in Fall 2011. Students attend the University from every county in Illinois, and the school boasts significant racial diversity and a sizeable LGBT population. But to what degree can we rely on these numbers to describe our population as diverse? In an interview with The Daily Illini on Thursday, Chancellor Phyllis Wise said: “The diversity adds to the excellence of this place. I think it’s wonderful when students can get introduced to people they would have never seen in their high school or in their neighborhood and learn from them in very much ‘out of the classroom’ ways.” However, citing results from the University climate survey in 2011, Wise said the University needs to be more assertive in promoting diversity to make it a more welcoming place for students from “far-away places.” The University’s push to actively seek a richer international student population adds to the diversity of our campus — but only in figures and statistics. Even though our population contains several students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, they don’t necessarily mingle and interact with one another. Arguably, the only place students mix with one another is in the classroom, but Wise told the board of trustees that neither she nor

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Renee Romano have plans to bolster this activity. Wise said most of the programming done focuses only on extracurricular activities, instead leaving the faculty on its own to foster diversity in the classroom, where its purpose is most crucial. At that, Wise does not have a concrete plan to foster diversity outside of the classroom either because she said she needs the results of different surveying techniques before she can reasonably act on anything. Nor has she begun to focus on capturing diversity of sexual orientation, even as the push for marriage equality has spread across the nation. According to a 2011 Inside HigherEd survey of admissions council nationwide, more than half of public research universities have started to increase their focus on recruiting more international students because of their ability to pay for such high tuition. The University tuition for international students is nearly $14,000 more a year than instate tuition. This in itself is a significant reason for the University to seek out students from every corner of the globe. Of course, this University and the chancellor cherish the importance of diversity for its educational purposes. But the meaning of diversity should not be so limited to race and ethnicity, and the University should begin to embrace the significance of a rich variety in the student body apart from the numbers to foster a greater sense of welcoming for students of other backgrounds.

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Home can be more than just the place you live RENÉE WUNDERLICH Opinions columnist

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ome Sweet Home” is a phrase often embroidered but seldom contemplated. What do you say when people ask not “Where are you from?” or “Where did you grow up?” but “Where’s your home?” I’ve traveled to four different continents, lived out of my suitcase and made the pilgrimage each academic school year to campus from eight hours east of Illinois. I always know where I live, if not where I’m about to go. But my home? That’s the tricky part. One of my best friends has a terrific relationship with her childhood town, which she effortlessly identifies as her home. Morton, Ill. is not the most glamorous dot on the map, but it is the place she misses profusely when at school. She genuinely enjoys spending time at her parents’ house, visiting neighbors of yore and cruising in her car down the endless fields of corn and soybeans, which are admittedly 90 percent of the district. Home for my friend is an annual Pumpkin Festival, a campfire at her grandfather’s farm and horseback riding at the local stables. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted something more name-brand homey. But this is not the image evoked by all college students. For some, home may not be the permanent residence on your voter’s registration, but rather where you spend the most time. During my first three years at the University, much to my mother’s chagrin, I called campus “home.” And for nearly all incoming freshman and several upperclassmen this year, the dorms will be a home away from home. Rooms perhaps smaller than linen closets will become mainstays; hallways transform into entire communities. The “freedom” that dorm life provided was enough for me to forsake any lingering high school memories, even if my driver’s license still read Pennsylvania. Students live in residence halls, yes, but also houses (Greek or otherwise), apartments, lofts, duplexes — the list goes on. There are even four Co-Ops in Urbana for those of you who haven’t

managed to venture past Green Street. No need to step inside a real estate agency or the Tenant Union to understand that there are multiple living options, thus different categories for those who define their home as where they sleep — or at least the place they pay rent for. Then there are those whose home is not a residence or even a country — home becomes more of a feeling, a memory brought on by the senses that becomes more powerful than a geographic coordinate. Musician Phillip Phillips won this year’s American Idol with his song “Home.” Never once does Phillips give a street name or even a reference to America, yet the single was played at this summer’s Olympic Games as the U.S.’s adopted anthem (second only to the actual one). The argument opposing this notion of “feeling at home” brought on by Phillips is, of course, how can you travel to an ambiguous, Mumford-&-Sonssounding lyric? How can you be at home if home is not a place? And so we return to landmark references. Can you call a house a home when your feet stick to the Bacardi-soaked floor? What about where your parents live? Is home a place you sleep, or a place you go to dream? Is your home even a place at all? I challenge you to think about where you would hang your grandmother’s cross-stitched plaque of “Home Sweet Home,” and I encourage you to keep challenging your definition of what it means to feel “at home.” Right now, my perception of home falls somewhere in between my friend from Morton and Phillip Phillips. As proud as I am to hail from the city that begot Heinz ketchup and Steelers football, I do not call Pittsburgh, Pa. home. I could be super artsy, call myself a global citizen and say that the world is my home, but I’m not yet freelancing for National Geographic, nor am I a hipster. I enjoy the vagabond lifestyle of not staying in one place for too long, but I also like the occasional family dinner. And not all those struck with wanderlust are big on personal hygiene — I like showers. For now, my home hovers comfortably between a place and a feeling. And wherever that is, I’m of the understanding that there’s no place like it.

Renee is a senior in Media. She can be reached at opinion@dailyillini.com.

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his past week, NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, successfully attempted its first test drive, three weeks after its wildly exciting, highly experimental landing. NASA took the opportunity to announce another trip to Mars with InSight, a new craft designed to study the Martian core. On Earth, the 2,000th United States soldier was killed in Afghanistan. In experiencing these two historic moments, I cannot help but be drawn to the disparity between the cost of the space program and what we spend on defense in the United States. NASA received $18.7 billion for their 2012 budget. In contrast, $663 billion was allocated to military spending in 2009. The Mars rover cost $2.5 billion, the shuttle program $209 billion, whereas the combined wars in Afghanistan and Iraq cost $3.7 trillion, over $12,000 per person. Looking merely at the monetary cost of these programs, however, provides a disservice to them both. So too must we look at what we buy with that money. First, investigate the cost of life associated with each program. Since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 6,590 soldiers have died, an average of 50 soldiers a month. In that same time, from 2001 to the present, six astronauts have died. Looking back over the existence of both programs, NASA has lost 22 astronauts in the 54 years since its conception. During Vietnam, the United States military lost 26 soldiers a day. Now, clearly it’s unfair to limit analysis to death toll only. One may argue that to be a soldier is a lot more dangerous than to be an astronaut, though both live in a perpetual state of danger, one from weapons and one from the air. Let’s then consider another non-monetary cost. The military, apart from a collection of new weapons, has also developed many of the items used everyday by civilians: canned food, margarine, tissues, the microwave, the Slinky, the Internet. NASA too has contributed to the ease of everyday civilian life: invisible braces, scratch-resistant lenses, cordless tools, water filters, memory foam, long-distance communication. Clearly both of these organizations have purposes and influences beyond the established one. They contribute to how we work in the world, how we view the world, how we communicate across the world and how we get our information. Information is another important cost that must be considered when looking at both military spending and spending for space exploration. With the money we spend on both of them, the millions, billions, trillions of dollars, what do we get for that money? Apart from the televised conflicts our military is involved in, the billions spent on the defense department allow for covert operations purely to find information. Information gathered under such circumstances has the ability to not only increase safety and stability worldwide, but improve global relations. It allows the United States to back rebellions such as those in presentday Syria, and to support dictatorships such as those of 1983-Saddam Hussein, to arm drug dealers in Mexico and to even overthrow dictators like Muammar Gadhafi. When we look at the knowledge the space program accrues, we look at billions of years of history, images sparkling back through the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope. Our exploration into distant planets, solar systems and galaxies, help uncover the make-up of our own planet and ourselves, and answer the question “Why are we here?” When all of these factors are taken into account, a cost-benefit analysis of where the majority of our spending should go makes a pretty obvious argument in favor of NASA. To be clear, I am not advocating for a removal of our military or of the defense department; I merely want to reevaluate how we spend our money. The United States spends more on its military than the next 19 highestspending nations combined , and while we do invest in our space program, it is easy to imagine how much more could be accomplished if, perhaps, that spending were increased. We may fi nd our televisions flooded with images of extraterrestrial life, rather than those of fl ag-draped coffi ns.

Sarah is a senior in LAS. She can be reached at opinions@dailyillini.com.


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A man tries out the enhanced version of International Business Machines Corporation’s personal computer, which was unveiled March 8, 1983. Now the PC business is faltering; HP’s market value has plunged by 60 percent, to $35 billion, while Dell’s market value has also plummeted by 60 percent, to about $20 billion.

HP, Dell struggle after success of Apple, iPad BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — HewlettPackard Co. used to be known as a place where innovative thinkers flocked to work on great ideas that opened new frontiers in technology. These days, HP is looking behind the times. Coming off a five-year stretch of miscalculations, HP is in such desperate need of a reboot that many investors have written off its chances of a comeback. Consider this: Since Apple Inc. shifted the direction of computing with the release of the iPhone in June 2007, HP’s market value has plunged by 60 percent to $35 billion. During that time, HP has spent more than $40 billion on dozens of acquisitions that have largely turned out to be duds so far. “It has been a case of just horrible management,” ISI Group analyst Brian Marshall said. HP might have been unchallenged for the ignominious title as technology’s most troubled company if not for one its biggest rivals, Dell Inc. Like HP, Dell missed the trends that have turned selling PCs into one of technology’s least profitable and slowest growing niches. As a result, Dell’s market value has also plummeted by 60 percent, to about $20 billion, since the iPhone’s release. That means the combined mar-

ket value of HP and Dell — the two largest PC makers in the U.S. — is less than the $63 billion in revenue Apple got from iPhones and various accessories during just the past nine months. The hand-held, touch-based computing revolution unleashed by the iPhone and Apple’s 2010 introduction of the iPad isn’t the only challenge facing HP and Dell. They are also scrambling to catch up in two other rapidly growing fields — “cloud computing” and “Big Data.” Cloud computing refers to the practice of distributing software applications over highspeed Internet connections from remote data centers so that customers can use them on any device with online access. Big Data is a broad term for hardware storage and other services that help navigate the sea of information flowing in from the increasing amount of work, play, shopping and social interaction happening online. Both HP and Dell want a piece of the action because cloud computing and Big Data boast higher margins and growth opportunities than the PC business. It’s not an impossible transition, as demonstrated by the once-slumping but now-thriving IBM Corp., a technology icon even older than HP. But IBM

began its makeover during the 1990s under Louis Gerstner and went through its share of turmoil before selling its PC business to Lenovo Group in 2005. HP and Dell are now trying to emulate IBM, but they may be making their moves too late as they try to compete with IBM and Oracle Corp., as well as a crop of younger companies that focus exclusively on cloud computing or Big Data. A revival at HP will take time, something that HP CEO Meg Whitman has repeatedly stressed during her first 11 months on the job. “Make no mistake about it: We are still in the early stages of a turnaround,” Whitman told analysts during a conference call last week Although cloud computing and Big Data look like prudent bets now, HP and Dell probably should be spending more money trying to develop products and services that turn into “the next new thing” in three or four years, said Erik Gordon, a University of Michigan law and business professor who has been tracking the troubles of both companies. “It’s like they are both standing on the dock watching boats that have already sailed,” Gordon said. “They are going to have to swim very fast just to have chance to climb back on one of the boats.”

Survey says majority of Americans think taxes on wealthy are too low BY HOPE YEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are paying too little in taxes, according to a new survey. The poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center points to a particular challenge for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose party’s policies are viewed by a wide majority as favoring the rich over the middle class and poor. The poll found that many Americans believe rich people to be intelligent and hardworking but also greedy and less honest than the average American. Nearly 6 in 10, or 58 percent, say the rich don’t pay enough in taxes, while 26 percent believe the rich pay their fair share and 8 percent say they pay too much. Even among those who describe themselves as “upper class” or “upper middle class,” more than half — or 52 percent — said upper-income Americans don’t pay enough in taxes; only 10 percent said they paid too much. This upper tier was more likely to say they are more fi nancial-

ONLINE FROM PAGE 6A some cases, the student will be rewarded a certificate at the end of the course. “There will be animated slides and examples; however, most of the learning happens when students engage with the material and interact with it,” said Lawrence Angrave, senior instructor in the computer science department. He will be offering “Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps,” a course that teaches concepts in how to develop applications for Android platform. “We are also putting together a development department so (students) can see these things happen as they are developed and get a feel for what it means to be an

ly secure now than 10 years ago — 62 percent, compared with 44 percent for those who identified themselves as middle class and 29 percent for the lower class. They are less likely to report problems in paying rent or mortgage, losing a job, paying for medical care or other bills and cutting back on household expenses. The fi ndings come at the start of this week’s Republican National Convention and as both Romney and President Barack Obama seek to appeal to a broad swath of financially struggling voters who identify as middle class. Romney supports an extension of Bushera tax cuts for everyone including the wealthiest 2 percent, and says his policies will benefit the middle class by boosting the economy and creating jobs. “The fact that Romney may be viewed as wealthy doesn’t necessarily pose problems for his candidacy,” said Kim Parker, associate director of Pew Social & Demographic Trends, noting that people see the wealthy as having both positive and negative attributes. “The challenge for Romney lies more in the fact that large majorities say if he is elected president, his policies would likely benefit the wealthy.” The results reinforce a tide

of recent economic data showing a widening economic divide. America’s middle class has been shrinking in the stagnant economy and poverty is now approaching 1960s highs, while wealth concentrates at the top. A separate Pew survey earlier this year found that tensions between the rich and poor were increasing and at their most intense level in nearly a quarter-century. In fact, well-off people do shoulder a big share of the tax burden. Households earning $1 million annually pay 20 percent of all federal taxes that the government is projected to collect this year. The American income tax system has long been designed to be progressive, meaning higher earners are expected to pay a greater share of their income than those making less. In this year’s tax battle in Washington, Obama wants to let the current top rate of 35 percent for high earners rise to 39.6 percent next year. Congressional Republicans would reduce the top rate to 25 percent, while Romney would reduce it to 28 percent. Romney and GOP lawmakers have said they would eliminate some deductions to pay for the rate reductions, but have not specified which ones.

Android developer,” Angrave said. The range of courses currently offered is very broad, from computer science and programming, to health and medicine, to history and economics. This University has already provided 10 courses including Android programming, organic chemistry, and microeconomics. To make learning easier, Coursera cuts lectures into short segments and offers online quizzes, which can be auto-graded, to cover each new idea as the material is presented. “It’s all asynchronous; you can go on and watch the lectures whenever you want, and your time and my time are independent of each other,” Evans said. Angrave agrees and adds that it will work very well for students who are self-motivated and demonstrate an early interest in a particular subject. But like Evans, he

doesn’t think this can replace the traditional model of teaching, at least not any time soon. “It’s not going to take away or remove the need for face-to-face teaching or people meeting on site. Instead, I see it as a wonderful supplement as part of courses at other universities and high schools,” Angrave said. Overall, this new initiative still has some uncertainties and will depend on how students respond to it and how valuable it becomes. The one thing that is certain; however, is that it will get the University’s name out there on a larger platform. “It’s still pretty new, even for the faculty,” Evans said. “Having the ability to have thousands of students critique our stuff is amazing because that will help us make the course better both for the Coursera students and the ones who take it on campus.”

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UNTANGLE YOUR NEW APARTMENT BECKY ZILIS Staff writer

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or my third year on campus, I’m celebrating with the freedom that every college student waits to experience — I am living in my very fi rst apartment. Yes, Mom, I am officially a grown-up. Goodbye summer savings and hello rent money. Little did I know, my lack of handy skills and spending money would give my housewarming a bumpy start. My hope is for my struggles to serve as a learning experience for not only me, but for all apartment dwellers.

Sifting through an electrical jungle: Living in an apartment unfortunately comes with the daunting task of setting up the oh-so-elusive internet connection. Attempting to install the jungle of white cords that would soon consist of my wireless Internet quickly became a frustrating event in unit 119. After a half hour sitting cross-legged on my floor,

cardboard boxes askew, my roommate called Comcast and gave them a piece of her mind. Yes, the “easy” self-installation would save us $30, but would it compromise our sanity? Maybe. My suggestion to all students: Spend the money, have someone come and save yourself from mind-blowing frustration. After stretching, prying, connecting and reconnecting every wire and outlet in our apartment, my angel of a roommate plugged in my laptop, and ‘tada,’ Gmail then proceeded to slap me in the face with 200 unread emails.

Basking in the tundra air: Being the savvy money-saver I am, convincing my roommate to install our Internet was only the beginning. Because air conditioning seems to add exponentially to the electricity bill each month, we collectively decided we were strong enough to do without. After my fi rst few days on campus I found that my ratio of air conditioning to showers is very positively related, meaning the money I saved via cold air would come back in my water bill. A walk around Quad Day for two hours only to come home to a

sauna broke my spirit. Hello, air conditioning, you are welcome in my home any time. Sacrificing a few dollars each month on a savior from the heat is well worth the money, but keep in mind -- the costs can be lowered by turning off the A/C when you leave your apartment.

The monster behind the mysterious door: My fi rst morning in my shiny not-so-new apartment began with some utility troubles. I awoke feeling rested and ready to conquer the Quad, only to set my feet down on a sodden carpet. My fi rst thought was that I had spilled a beverage, lazily dropped a towel down to cover it and continued with my day. Flash forward five hours: I enter an apartment smelling completely of mold. I look down at the floor and fi nd that the closet, conveniently placed next to my bed, is leaking water into my room. After tinkering around behind the tiny door that hides my nemesis, the water heater, I realized my technological skills had no power there. The backto-school clothes stacked in my closet immediately vis-

ited the laundry room and a few angry messages were left for my apartment manager. I feel that, in general, problems with basic utilities are better dealt with by professionals. For speedy service, I suggest speaking to your apartment manager in person, rather than electronically submitting a maintenance request.

Caffeine necessity: I must begin by letting students know that once I’m hooked to the Internet and Google Chrome is up and running, my ability to surf the World Wide Web deserves a gold medal. Unfortunately, no matter how many tabs I opened, I was unable to read the hieroglyphics on my ancient coffee maker. Alas, my fi rst day of classes would begin with no coffee. Blame goes to my mother for packing up my family’s heirloom of an appliance and sending it off to school with me. Instead of sifting through your family’s storage closet, take a stroll down the appliance aisle at Wal-Mart and look for cheap items that will make it through the year.

Becky is a junior in Media.

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Coursera provides access to college courses online for free BY MOHAMED ELRAKHAWY STAFF WRITER

In today’s digital age, everything is online and available with a few keystrokes or finger swipes. The Internet has bridged gaps in communication between people, and education is another avenue where online technology makes it easier than ever to get many people learning in the comfort of their homes. The latest player in this new wave of education is Coursera, a startup founded by Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, that will make courses from top-

tier universities available online, at no charge, to anyone with a computer and Internet. The University is currently the only land grant university in a group of 16 colleges providing content to the site, joining the likes of Duke, Rice and Johns Hopkins University. So far there are 120 courses starting this fall, with many more to be developed as a part of making world-class lectures and assessment available across the globe. “It provides access of information to a very broad group of people,” Chancellor and Vice Presi-

dent Phyllis Wise said. “It could be high school students who are looking around and seeing what the best universities are offering and becoming interested in the University of Illinois ... Maybe even an older person with a job and wants to be promoted and their work says if they take a course like this they will be better qualified for promotion.” Wise also said Coursera might be helpful for college students to explore a new topic before they enroll in a university course. Mike Evans, organic chemistry instructor, said that another

big target is international students who don’t have access to high-quality educational content but want to learn material for jobs or hobbies. There are some downsides of having enrollment in the thousands, such as credentials and accreditation. With some courses, the student has the option of buying a certificate at the end of a course as a record. However, Evans said it currently would not be something that could replace a campus course, but perhaps with better technology and assessment something could be worked out in

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Illinois’ Graham Pocic calls out Ohio State’s defense at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 15. Pocic was named starting center but played all five offensive line positions in the offseason.

Pocic offers versatility to offensive line Center played 5 positions in camp; 2 players out for Saturday’s opener BY CHAD THORNBURG STAFF WRITER

Graham Pocic is listed as the starting center for the Illinois football team, but come Saturday,

that may not be the case. The offensive line’s veteran leader has played all over the field since head coach Tim Beckman took over the program this spring.

“From the start of camp to now, he’s played from left tackle all the way across to right tackle,” quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said. “Graham helps our offensive line out so much, not just from an experience standpoint, but from being able to play every single position.” The 6-foot-7, 310-pound lineman

started all 13 games at center in both his sophomore and junior seasons, and he was named to this year’s watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top center. Pocic said he is comfortable at every position on the line and has even bounced around at different positions within single practices

during the offseason. “The coaches are doing a great job preparing me for it and I’m ready for whatever happens in the game,” Pocic said. Beckman said depth is a major concern for the offensive line, adding that having a player like Pocic, who can play multiple positions, can help cover up those

concerns. As the depth chart stands, Hugh Thornton will line up at left tackle, Alex Hill at left guard, Pocic at center, Ted Karras at right guard and Michael Heitz at left tackle. Jake Feldmeyer filled in at center when Pocic shifted to other posi-

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Volleyball falls 12 spots in rankings

Volleyball coach Hambly recaps 2-loss weekend Despite record, coach sees players’ potential DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT

Editor’s note: The following is a partial transcript from an Illini Drive interview with Illinois volleyball head coach Kevin Hambly.

Squad now at lowest rank in Hambly’s tenure

Illini Drive: You got the first loss out of the way. So you don’t have to worry about when the first loss is going to come. ... What did you take away from the opening weekend? Kevin Hambly: We’re young. I’ve said all along that we’re going to take our losses early. I’m a little disappointed we lost 3-0 (to Dayton and Pepperdine). That’s probably the only thing that disappoints me. My wife asked me as we were leaving, ‘What do you expect?’ And I said: ‘We could go 0-3 because the teams are that good. We could go 3-0 because I think we have that kind of potential. We probably go somewhere in between.’ I was just disappointed with the two 3-0 losses just because we were more nervous than I thought we would be. We made more mistakes because of that and didn’t put ourselves in a position to win.

ID: It seemed over the weekend that passing was the main problem. How would you assess that? KH: It was the problem. ... It was hard to gain any offensive

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MELISSA MCCABE THE DAILY ILLINI

Kevin Hambly speaks to the Illini Drive on Monday. The volleyball coach discussed the team’s 1-2 weekend. rhythm because of passing. As the young players struggle, the kids that have done it in the past like (libero Jennifer) Beltran, who’s been the only one who passed for us that we had out there, was trying to pass every ball and she struggled.

ID: It’s one thing to replace your two outsides, your All-American talents (Colleen) Ward and (Michelle) Bartsch. But how do replace someone with the intangible talent that Rachel Feldman had?

KH: Those things are developed. Rachel didn’t come in with that.

She developed it because she was put in some situations where she had to develop it. And she found a way to have an impact on matches not every kid could have. So we need to develop that.

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Most volleyball programs wouldn’t consider a No. 19 ranking a new low, but in the Kevin Hambly era of Illinois volleyball, that’s the case. Following a 1-2 opening weekend that included two three-set losses to No. 11 Dayton and No. 13 Pepperdine, the Illini plunged 12 spots in the coaches poll. Illinois fell from its preseason No. 7 spot to No. 19, the team’s worst ranking since Hambly took over as head coach in 2009. Prior to Monday, the lowest Illinois had been ranked during Hambly’s tenure was No. 15 on Sept. 22, 2009. The drop doesn’t fi gure to bother Hambly, though, who stated his apathy toward the rankings last week before the season opener.

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Blockbuster trade pushes America’s attention toward baseball THOMAS BRUCH Sports columnist

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know it’s late August and all you can think about is the repeated crunching of football pads and the always daunting task of cheering for the Illini football team, but bear with me. One of the most incomprehensible trades in MLB history went

through on Saturday, and its implications are numerous. In case you missed it, the Boston Red Sox traded first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, starting pitcher Josh Beckett, maligned outfielder Carl Crawford and, um, Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for a handful of the Dodgers’ top prospects and the languishing carcass of James Loney. That’s nearly $260 million in salary the Red Sox dumped on the Dodgers almost a month

after the MLB trade deadline, which appears to be a flimsy formality at best in this trade’s wake. The Dodgers now boast a star-studded lineup that could vault them into World Series contention and the Red Sox are given new life after a year of bitter controversy. Isn’t this the most American trade ever? In the U.S. of A., we love our baseball. And we love our selfmade heroes, which is almost certainly the narrative the Red

Sox will pursue in the ensuing years. They will rebuild from within by re-signing all-around good guy MVP Jacoby Ellsbury and relying on a solid stable of prospects to blossom under less scrutiny. Manager Bobby Valentine will get to oversee a ball club on a post-beer-and-friedchicken Sox team that won’t be conspiring to put him out of a job. Maybe they will compete with the Yankees again, and we’ll root for them because we Americans uniformly despise

the Yankees. But deep down to our cores, we love our affluence. We love total domination and throwing money at a situation until we attain that dominance. So we love this new-look Dodgers team, even if we’ll never admit it aloud. Endearing stars like outfielder Matt Kemp and Cy Youngwinner Clayton Kershaw are surrounded by a motley behemoth of talented players that were deemed unfit to serve on previous baseball teams. The

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Miami Marlins jettisoned Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers after Hanley feuded with Ozzie Guillen all summer. Then the Dodgers acquired Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford on Saturday — all underperformers who spent most of this season strapped to a George Foreman grill while both Boston fans and media alike sizzled them for keeping the Red Sox out of contention. And now they are all under

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Familiar face

FROM PAGE 1B “Rankings mean nothing to me,” Hambly said. “I’m on the group, they ask me to vote so I vote. But it’s peoples’ opinion. I care about how we play. That’s all I care about.”

Illinois defense improves over weekend While Hambly may not have liked much of what he saw over the weekend, the Illini did show defensive improvement in each game. Dayton dominated with a scorching .402 hitting percentage and outblocked Illinois 7-2 in Friday’s opener. The Illini held the Waves to a .272 hitting percentage in Saturday morning’s loss against Pepperdine before finally breaking through for their fi rst win against Ohio. In that victory, Illinois recorded 16 blocks and limited the Bobcats to a .199 hitting percentage. The improvements left Illinois with at least a few positives to take away from the weekend. “In the third match, against Ohio, we did just fi nd a way to win,” said redshirt freshman Jocelynn Birks, who led Illinois with 44 kills on the weekend. “And I think we started stepping into our roles and learning what we actually have to do to play at this level because a lot of us are young. Obviously, there’s going to be things to improve on every match, but I was just glad that we fi gured out how to win the last one.”

Pepperdine’s Jazmine Orozco got the better of her former Illini teammates in the Waves’ 25-15, 25-21, 25-20 victory. The junior outside hitter posted a double-double against Illinois, recording 11 kills and 10 digs. Orozco played a significant role for the Illini as a freshman in 2010 but saw reduced action last season as she battled postconcussion symptoms. During the offseason, she transferred back to her home state.

No. 4 Nebraska defeats No. 1 UCLA For the second time in two years, Nebraska has toppled a No. 1-ranked opponent. The then-No. 4 Cornhuskers defeated the defending NCAA champion Bruins in five sets Saturday, winning the fi fth set 15-13. Last October, Nebraska beat then-No. 1 Illinois in four sets. This weekend’s win was part of a big stretch for the Cornhuskers, who began the season as favorites to repeat as Big Ten champions. They went 3-0, also picking up victories against St. Louis and Notre Dame. After the weekend, Nebraska moved to the top spot in the rankings. In addition to having the nation’s top-ranked team, the Big Ten also boasts other top10 teams in No. 4 Penn State and No. 7 Purdue, which both started the season 3-0.

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tions during the summer. “We’ve got to make sure that we as coaches can adapt and we as coaches can make sure that our ‘A’ players get in the game on Saturday,” Beckman said.

one roof thanks to new Dodgers ownership that is admittedly fearless when it comes to spending and incurring the wrath of the luxury tax. When asked at a press conference about his boss-

Soccer has 1st loss with new formation BY GINA MUELLER STAFF WRITER

Mutz makes smooth transition

In spite of tallying its fi rst loss of the season over the weekend, No. 22 Illinois showed positive moments when it transferred what it does in practice to the game. The only goal scored by the Illini this weekend was from a play that started from a throwin. Interim head coach Jeff Freeman was pleased that the women made the connection. “I was happy we were able to score on a set piece,” Freeman said. “It’s something we have been working quite a bit on. Kristen Gierman got on the end of the throw-in, and Shayla Mutz crashed right in the box fi nishing our opportunity.” The goal was Mutz’s fi rst of the season and Gierman’s fi rst collegiate assist. Though it was tallied at the beginning of the match, the goal was the only one scored throughout the game against UC Santa Barbara, leading the Illini to their second victory of the season.

The new chemistry the Illini have developed this year has allowed the players’ minds to be at ease when transitioning from offense to defense. Mutz played in the forward position last year but is now playing on the backline because of the fourback formation change this season. Mutz rarely hesitates when an opportunity arises for her to step off the backline and into the attacking part of the field. “I wasn’t expecting many goals this season playing in the back, but it shows the attacking-mindedness of our team that we were up that far in the box,” Mutz said. “It’s nice knowing that I can go up and not have to worry about it because I know Christina Farrell, Tailor Smith and Kassidy (Brown) are dropping back for me. They give me the confidence to go up.”

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got some time and I think had some special intangible things. It also could be a kid like Ali (Stark) that plays a different role as an attacker. But can bring some of those same thing, It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same position. But we do need some

es’ — owners Mark Walter and Magic Johnson — ideas about the luxury tax, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten responded, “Mark and Magic don’t even ask me about that.” So the Dodgers brass has a blank check to win at whatever cost and the Red Sox a blank slate to move past the biggest

collapse in baseball history and a clubhouse that seemed perpetually at each other’s throats. It won’t be apparent who “won” this trade — if that’s discernible at all — until years down the road, when the bloated contracts of Gonzalez and Crawford are off the Dodgers’ books and the new Red Sox prospects work

FROM PAGE 1B Some kids have the potential.

ID: Is that someone like Jackie Wolfe or (Courtney) Abrahamovich?

Three freshmen earn starting spots The transfer from high school to collegiate soccer usually takes

awhile for a freshman player, but this season the Illini have three freshmen who are starting. “I couldn’t be happier with our freshman class,” Freeman said. “They are talented, they fit into what we do here at Illinois, and they really fit in well with the team. We have a great blend of upperclassmen and underclassmen right now that are pretty exciting to watch.” Tailor Smith is one of the freshmen in a pressurized defensive position sitting on the four-back line. With the formation change, Smith has brought her defensive prowess and become part of the Illinois adaptation. Nicole Breece plays on the attacking side of the field and has already tallied her first collegiate goal, scored in the 1-1 tie against Illinois State on Aug. 19. Breece has continued to contribute goal attempts this season. The third starting freshman for the Illini is Taylore Peterson, whose position is center midfielder, where Vanessa DiBernardo can usually be found. Peterson has tallied three shots so far, two of them on goal.

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that we are going to struggle early. And we are going to figure it out. And by the end of the year, we’re going to be a really good volleyball team because we have the talent.

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Along with the new addition of a freshmen class, senior Kristen Gierman was named one of the captains for the Illini this season. Gierman didn’t see much time on the field during her freshman or junior years and didn’t see any action in the 2010 season. Stepping into a leadership role this season has been an easy transition for Gierman with the help of fellow upperclassmen. “I don’t think it’s really any more responsibility besides logistics,” Gierman said. “(It’s about) making sure people are in the right places at the right times. ... There are people that will step up in different situations, and I don’t think any responsibility falls too much on Shayla or myself. It’s mostly putting people in places. Otherwise, I defi nitely rely on my teammates a lot just to make sure that the team does what it needs to succeed.”

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their way to the majors. But add that to the pile of baseball’s ongoing mysteries and America’s fascination with the sport. A 20-year-old in Mike Trout might win AL MVP, the Nationals are racing toward a pennant behind another 20-year-old and a trade where $260 million

changed hands just went down at the end of August. Football might be America’s favorite sport, but baseball is still its pastime.

Thomas is a senior in Media. He can be reached at bruch2@illinimedia. com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasBruch.

Tight end Davis expanding role The Illini lost last season’s leading pass catcher, A.J. Jenkins, to the NFL and the coaching staff will be looking elsewhere to replace Jenkins’ 90 receptions, 1,276 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. But some of Jenkins’ production could be made up from outside the receiving unit. The tight end group of Jon Davis, Eddie Viliunas, Evan Wilson and Matt LaCosse figure to be a central piece of the Illinois offense. Davis, a sophomore, is listed as the top tight end on the depth chart. “I get to do a lot of different things on offense to show my versatility,” Davis said. “The coaches are trying to put me in position to make plays and that’s what I’m trying to do.” Davis caught 22 passes for 187 yards and one score last season and hopes to build on those numbers in Illinois’ new up-tempo spread offense. “Hopefully the defense can start respecting me and seeing where I’m at all times,” he said.

Missing time Senior defensive end Justin Staples will miss Saturday’s season opener while serving his onegame suspension. Staples was arrested on Feb. 9 for a DUI in Champaign and served a two-week suspension in winter workouts following the incident. Junior Tim Kynard will start against Western Michigan in Staples’ place. Kynard appeared in 11 games as a sophomore, recording eight tackles, three for a loss, and one sack. Beckman also said Monday that offensive lineman Simon Cvjanovic will miss Saturday’s game, but declined to elaborate. “He just won’t be playing in this football game,” Beckman said.

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