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HIGH PRICES, LOW PROFIT
For most college professors, the money made from their own textbooks provides little more than pocket change BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER
ruce Levine was taken aback. The award-winning history professor and author of five books assigned his students at the University of Cincinnati to buy his book “Half Slave & Half Free: The Roots of Civil War.” When one of his students objected that he was taking advantage of the
class, Levine, who was making 10 cents a copy for the 30 copies in the class, couldn’t believe the student’s outrage. In the last ten years, textbook prices have risen by 57 percent and, with the rising prices, Levine and professors at George Mason University, University of Kansas and countless other institutions have been accused of profiting off of books. Nationally, the American Associa-
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A student browses the shelves of the TIS bookstore on Sixth Street in Champaign on Wednesday. Students have been paying higher prices for books in recent years.
Where does your textbook money go?
tion of University Professors addressed this problem in a 2004 report saying professors should be able to select the materials for their own courses. “Professors should assign readings that best meet the instructional goals of their courses, and they may well conclude that what they themselves have written on a subject best realizes that purpose,” the report read. The association takes a clear position on the profiteering of professors, telling them to “avoid any exploitation” of students. University journalism professor Brant Houston uses “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook,” a book he co-authored, in his classes, but he gets none of the revenue for the book. The revenue goes to the Investigative Reporters and Editors organization, of which Houston served as executive director when he co-authored the fourth and fifth editions of the book. Houston said he’s never had anyone accuse him of profiting off his book, but his syllabus states that he doesn’t profit from the book to stop any accusations. “It’s a non-starter,” he said. Houston and Levine both said they have no problem with professors who use books that they get royalties from. “For the most part, no one is going to become a millionaire off of textbooks,”
of the cost goes to the publisher, who uses this money to pay printing, publishing, administrative, marketing and author costs. In 2008, 11.7 percent of the revenue of the book went to the authors.
of the cost pays college bookstore employees
Houston said. T h e National Association of College Stores collects inforof the cost pays for the operations mation about how and overhead each textbook dollar of the cost is costs of the is broken up. Overall, the income for the college bookstore. 77.5 percent of revenue college bookstore goes back to publishers, and the rest goes to the of the cost bookstore. The association goes to shipping stopped further diving into the the books publishers’ revenue five years ago, but, in 2008, only 11.7 percent SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE STORES SOURCE: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE STORES of revenue went back to the authors. SCOTT DURAND THE DAILY ILLINI SCOTT DURAND THE DAILY ILLINI Melissa Peterson, a junior in AHS, said she has had two professors use textbooks that they wrote in their classes.
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Police crack down on traffic violations
State Rep. advocates for Illinois students
BY SARI LESK STAFF WRITER
Students can expect a heavy focus by local police agencies on traffic violations for the first few weeks of school, no matter their preferred mode of transportation. At the start of each semester, the University, Champaign and Urbana police officers put a heavy emphasis on traffic safety while on patrol. The departments are currently watching for behaviors by motorists,
BY ELEANOR BLACK STAFF WRITER
State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-103, was recently appointed as an Illinois delegate to the Education Commission of the States. During her time as an Illinois representative, Jakobsson said she has championed higher edu-$.2%6621 cation. She has served as a chairwoman of the House Committee on Higher Education and a member of the Appropriations-Higher Education Committee. Despite her work in higher education, Jakobsson said it is important to understand that the commission works in all levels of education — from preschool to post-secondary school to the workforce. “As many of us know, there are so many people who start out in higher education pursuing a degree and they may fi nd that they’re running into difficulty because they’re not very well prepared,” Jakobsson said. “That’s why we go back and bring in K-12 issues and even before that, the pre-k issues. This organization is one that recognizes that and makes sure that we see the whole picture.” As a national organization, ECS serves to provide policymakers around the country with information about education policy, she said. “The purpose of (ECS) is to help states develop effective policies and practices
Pedestrians Q Violations by pedestrians are moving violations and they fall under the Illinois Vehicle Code. Q Pedestrians have the right of way in most scenarios, but not always. Q When a pedestrian crosses somewhere other than a crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield to traffic. Q When a pedestrian crosses at a crosswalk, the pedestrian must confirm that doing so will not create a hazard and that he has been yielded the right of way. Q “Jaywalking tickets” are not issued in the state of Illinois. The term is not used in the Illinois Vehicle Code. Instead one may receive a failure to yield as a pedestrian ticket and can be ticketed for disobeying a traffic control device.
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Calvin Lear, a graduate student in Engineering, hands a student an iClicker Wednesday on the Quad. The Illinois Student Senate loaned out more than 400 iClickers to students this semester at no cost.
Free i>Clickers given out Illinois Student Senate’s iRent program gives 400 free iClickers to students BY LIZ AMANIEH STAFF WRITER
Students on campus had the opportunity to save money on school supplies this year, courtesy of the Illinois Student Senate’s iRent program, which provides up to 400 students with free i>Clickers. For three consecutive days, starting on Aug. 26, student senators stood outside the Union in a booth promoting and distribut-
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bicyclists and pedestrians that pose a hazard to everyone’s safety. “This is a public safety issue,” said Skip Frost, deputy chief of the University of Illinois Police Department. “People are getting injured and, unfortunately, killed.” Frost said his department takes a holistic approach to traffic safety, and his staff wants to educate people who violate
ing i>Clickers. Students were only required to fill out a sheet with their contact information before they were given an i>Clicker. After the Illinois Student Senate’s first installment of the iRent program last winter, the senate looked to further expand the program. At the May 1 ISS meeting, Shao Guo, senator and junior in ACES, said that during the singular iRent distribution day last winter, more than 90 percent of the
senate’s 200 i>Clickers were given away to students. Members then passed a resolution that would allow the senate to purchase an additional 200 i>Clickers for fall distribution. Mariela Rodriguez, freshman in DGS, was one of the hundreds of students who was grateful to receive an i>Clicker at no cost. “It helps students to save money because tuition and going here can cost a lot,” Rodriguez said. The senate distributed approximately 350 to 400 i>Clickers to students over the span of the
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Motorists Q Violations by motorists fall under the Illinois Vehicle Code. Q Public Act 097-0829 amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to prohibit texting while driving. This act took effect on Jan. 1, 2013. Q Public Act 098-0506 amended the Illinois Vehicle Code to prohibit the use of an “electronic communication device” while driving, which does not include devices integrated into vehicles. This will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
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Bicyclists Q When a bicyclist is riding on the street, the bicyclist must behave as a vehicle and abide by the Rules of the Road.
Q When a bicyclist is riding on the sidewalk, the bicyclist must behave as a pedestrian. Q Violations by bicyclists fall under both the Illinois Vehicle Code and city ordinances in Champaign and Urbana. The University also has a bicycle code, which students must also follow. Q Bicyclists are also required to have an operational light on their bikes when riding after sundown.
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The Champaign Police Department has received six robbery reports, three including handguns, since Aug. 23. Detectives are investigating these crimes to see if they are related, according to a Public Safety Advisory sent by the University Police Department. The robberies occurred between 9:30 p.m. and 3 a.m. at the following areas: Q Green and Neil streets Q Second and Daniels streets Q 300 block of East Springfield Avenue Q 400 block of South Second
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do not always do so lawfully or responsibly, noting that pedestrians and bicyclists are in more vulnerable positions than motorists in vehicles. He added that crossing the street at designated crosswalks does not guarantee the right of way. UIPD Capt. Roy Acree said he has seen a similar problem and that he is surprised the campus hasnâ€™t seen more injuries. â€œI donâ€™t know how we go through a day when either a pedestrian or bicyclist doesnâ€™t get hit by a vehicle,â€? Acree said. â€œ(Our officers) probably just cringe at some of the stupid stuff they see.â€? Citations for traffic safety violations fall under the Illinois Vehicle Code and the local city ordinances, and the UIPD can write citations
SAFETY the law to achieve voluntary compliance from everyone on the roadways. â€œWhat we would like to see is that everybody does abide by the rules of the road,â€? Frost said. The local police departments recently created a new plan to educate bicyclists who violate city ordinances and the Illinois Vehicle Code, and Frost said his department has done well enforcing laws on motorists. Pedestrians, however, have not always received an education about violations. Frost said that in his experience, pedestrians like to assert their right of way, but that they
for public education and sometimes thatâ€™s done (by) looking at data, research, analysis and leadership that might have already taken place in another state,â€? Jakobsson said. Heidi Normandin, associate of communications for ECS, said for most delegates, the appointment to ECS is secondary to their primary job of being a policymaker. â€œBecause we are a national organization, we have our meetings all over the country, which logistically makes it harder for them to get to,â€? she said. â€œOf course, they all have their primary job of being a policymaker and so really our role is to help them do their job better.â€? Normandin said the delegates attend an annual meeting where the commissioners can vote on any business or policy matters. They are expected to be aware of the organizationâ€™s resources and share them with colleagues and attend any topical meetings that may be of interest. Delegates are also sometimes asked to serve as speakers or panelists at the aforementioned topifor violations in both Champaign and Urbana. Bryant Seraphin, a lieutenant at the Urbana Police Department and a University alum, said traffic safety relies on everyone on the road working together and being alert. â€œWhether thatâ€™s the drivers of the motor vehicles, whether thatâ€™s the bicyclists, whether thatâ€™s pedestrians, all of them need to be focused on what theyâ€™re doing and pay attention to what theyâ€™re doing,â€? he said. Seraphin said his department tries to educate people who violate the law by providing them with brochures and pamphlets so they can learn about their mistakes. He also said that in the first month of school, his department puts an
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Champaign Police are currently searching for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery which occurred Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. in the 500 block of East Stoughton St. A 25-year-old male reported being approached by two males while locking up his bicycle. One of the males placed the barrel of a gun to the victimâ€™s forehead and demanded his property, according to the advisory. The suspect struck the victim cal meetings. Alex Halaska, state president of College Democrats of Illinois and senior in LAS, said that Jakobssonâ€™s appointment makes sense based on her work on higher education committees and involvement in the community and state. â€œFrom what I can tell, (sheâ€™s) been about making college more affordable for students,â€? Halaska said. â€œNot just in her home district, but it seems like across the state.â€? He noted her work in passing legislation that helped make textbooks more affordable by requiring the publishers to separate materials that were formerly bundled. Jakobsson said that she will continue to focus on higher education in areas like graduation rates. â€œI always say that I champion higher education, I am always championing for the University of Illinois and the people who are here,â€? she said. â€œThe bottom line is we want to make sure that everybody in Illinois gets the quality education that they deserve.â€?
Eleanor can be reached at email@example.com. emphasis on issuing warnings, although tickets may be issued if the violation is more egregious. â€œAt the end of the day, we just want everyone to get home in one piece,â€? he said. Frost said the high number of people competing for space on the road requires caution on everyoneâ€™s part. â€œIf everybody would just slow down, exercise a little bit of patience, a little bit of courtesy and obey the law, we would have much fewer conflicts,â€? he said. The Champaign Police Department could not be reached for comment by presstime.
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the public to remain alert, travel in pairs, refrain from being distracted by electronic devices and to travel in well-lit areas. The University, Champaign and Urbana Police Departments are also collaborating to provide a national crime mapping service called CrimeReports with up-to-date crime information. According to the advisory, this would include a map of Clery crimes as well as other crimes. The map can be accessed at www.CrimeReports.com. Any information can be reported to the Champaign Police Department at 351-4545 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 373-8477.
with a handgun after taking the victimâ€™s money. A University police officer found the victim lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding, according to the advisory. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he told police that he was also missing a laptop, credit cards and other personal items. According to the advisory, the victim described the armed suspect as a black male and approximately 5â€™7â€? tall. The Champaign and University Police departments are increasing patrol around campus in response to the robberies, according to the advisory. The advisory also reminds
Textbook costs rising significantly above inflation
As students pick up their textbooks for the new semester, the University estimates each student will spend $600 on books and supplies, but that number could be rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook prices are increasing significantly above the level of inflation.
This semester, Peterson said she has to buy â€œComunidadesâ€? by Ann Abbott for Spanish 232. The new book, which comes with a passcode to a website, costs $79. The code forces students to buy a new book for the class each semester, which many students feel is unfair. â€œI wouldnâ€™t say the professor is taking advantage (of students),â€? she said. â€œThey donâ€™t like how any other books explain a certain subject, so they create their own to explain in the best way possible.â€? Peterson said she would prefer if professors put attachments of their work on Compass and other online sites, rather than requiring students to buy the text. Now a professor at the University, Levine no longer uses books that he has written when teaching his classes, though itâ€™s not because he was accused of profiting off the book. â€œI want them to get access to the information through a variety of ways,â€? he said. â€œThere was too much overlap between what the students were reading and what they were hearing in class.â€? Levine, whose books are still used by professors elsewhere,
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said he noticed that some students got bored by the overlap and either stopped attending class or stopped doing the readings. Levine can live without the money he made on the textbooks. â€œI wasnâ€™t eating too many lavish meals off that profit,â€? he said.
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In addition to an electronic system, ISS will work on a more effective system for returning the i>Clickers due to students still returning from last semester. Heller also plans to work on developing a system for freshmen to renew their i>Clickers to use in the following year. â€œSenator Rachel Heller has done an amazing job jumpstarting this all,â€? Vice President-External Timmy Knudsen said. â€œItâ€™s a growing program so ... itâ€™s good that we see (the kinks) and we recognize them and weâ€™ll fix them. If all the kinks get worked out, the sky is the limit.â€?
RENT three days of distribution, said Rachel Heller, senator and iRent coordinator. Heller, a junior in LAS, said she believes that this second installment of distributing free i>Clickers was successful, yet she said there is still room for improvement. â€œIt went really well and we sold out on the first hour of the last day,â€? Heller said. â€œI am hoping by next semester weâ€™ll have an electronic system where students can swipe their i-card, and then it can automatically go into a database for us so we donâ€™t have to manually enter everything.â€?
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Boycotting Olympics not a good response to Russiaâ€™s homosexual law
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he Olympics showcase the limits of physical human potential, and a boycott of the Sochi Games this coming winter would be a disservice to the men and women who have trained for years and decades for this very event. Across the United States and several other countries, thousands expressed their discontent with a Russian law that bans gay â€œpropagandaâ€? toward minors. The law, which is overwhelmingly supported by Russian citizens and their government, staunchly defies the equality principles set out by the International Olympic Committee. In June, Russian President Vladmir Putin signed the legislation that could imprison foreigners and tourists for displaying anything related to homosexuality in front of minors. The athletes and their families who travel to see the Games wonâ€™t be protected from the law during the twoweek span of the Winter Olympics. Violence against LGBT individuals in Russia has erupted recently, and thereâ€™s no telling if foreigners traveling to Sochi will be protected from it. This deep concern for human rights and safety has led outspoken people like Dan Savage to protest the Olympics through boycotts of the Games and vodka: Savage called for a boycott of Stolichnaya vodka, which is not even Russian, itâ€™s Latvian. At first this seems to be a logical and understandable knee-jerk reaction to a policy that runs against the majority opinion of the U.S. Americans are increasingly more open and accepting of LGBT issues, and itâ€™s been a long and tough fight to arrive where the U.S. is today. Of course, this country is far from perfect in its treatment of LGBT citizens. Russia is where we were three or four decades ago. To us and many other nations, the propaganda law seems like a travesty. But more reprehensible would be disallowing American athletes from competing in the single event that has come to define their lives up to this point. For several, the Sochi Games will be their only opportunity to compete, and for many others, this may be their only year to compete and win a medal. We boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980, and it didnâ€™t cause the Russians to pull out of Afghanistan. Boycotting these Olympics will not transform Russian public opinion, either. That doesnâ€™t mean that Russia isnâ€™t responsible for treating all participating athletes morally and equally. It should change. It needs to change. But a boycott wonâ€™t be the cause for that change. Russia needs to be held accountable for it, and the IOC needs to step up and assert its authority. This propaganda law could prove dangerous to visitors, and itâ€™s the responsibility of the IOC to remedy that as much as it is for Russia to recognize how draconian its law is. Boycotting the Olympics because of Russiaâ€™s inequality doesnâ€™t fix anything, but it does hurt our athletes.
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Thereâ€™s something about waking up at 8 a.m. to 80-degree weather that is simply inhumane. Most of us got stuck to our seats trying to stand up or had to change aisles because apparently deodorant is just a suggestion these days. But the heat wave didnâ€™t stop the masses of sorority girls from starting their tanning packages on time, and it definitely didnâ€™t stop the southwestern U.S. from rolling their eyes at us. But donâ€™t worry, UI is totally down with global warming; how else did you think we got a snow day during the last week of March?
The New York Times website finally returned online after nearly two days following an alleged hack by the Syrian Electronic Army â€” and nobody but those old guys at Espresso Royale who still read print newspapers really cared. The group has apparently gone after Americaâ€™s most prestigious and reliable news source, The Onion, and has even taken several jabs at Twitter, the only news source Americans care to read, because if itâ€™s not hashtagged or less than 140 characters, itâ€™s just not worth it. At least the NYT comment-trollers can sleep peacefully tonight â€” if they do at all.
Yesterday signaled the 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.â€™s infamous â€œI Have a Dreamâ€? speech. Since then, the Supreme Court ruled ambiguously in favor of Fisher v. University of Texas, upholding that race can be a factor in college admissions if done so with strict scrutiny. The Supreme Court also invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, allowing several states in the South to change their election laws without federal approval. Are we the country now that King dreamt of 50 years ago? Certainly not. But if the Universityâ€™s mission to diversity represents anything, itâ€™s that we havenâ€™t stopped acknowledging Kingâ€™s dream.
Now that Chick-fil-A is gone, students are furious. I mean, where else can you get chicken and fries on campus? Hint: everywhere. Fortunately, Wendyâ€™s will be the restaurantâ€™s replacement. Because campus needs more chicken, more fries and more of the same restaurants within a 50-foot radius of one another. Portilloâ€™s was the No. 1 choice, but they declined the offer. So I guess all of the Universityâ€™s Chicagoland-natives will still resort to filtered Instagram photos for their fixes. And yes, weâ€™re all guilty of it. But seriously, McDonaldâ€™s? Burger King? Where you at?
Look past the do-rag in others to suspend judgment ANDREW HORTON Opinions columnist
like to start my first column of the new school year with a story about a guy with a do-rag. I spent the summer living in a notso-well-off part of Houston, Texas that had an abundant scenery of pawn shops and adult video stores. On my first day there I noticed a guy wearing a do-rag (who I would come to refer to as â€œdo-rag guyâ€?) walking around outside of my apartment complex. Coming from a very affluent town in Illinois, seeing this man sporting a style that is often associated and stereotyped with gang activity naturally gave me a slightly uneasy feeling. I saw do-rag guy frequently. Every day he would walk down the same path and sit on the same bench. He just sat there and watched the world go by. That was all. After a while, I finally began to
contemplate what do-rag guy was really like: Nothing about him was particularly threatening, other than the stigma that wearing a do-rag carries with it. All I ever saw him do was walk down that path and sit on that bench. What did he see when he looked out at the world? What did he think of it? He seemed to be of a pretty substantial age. What lessons had he learned in life? He probably knew more about the neighborhood I was living in than anyone else. *** I was coming home one day in the middle of summer when I saw the aftermath of a car accident on the major roadway near the entrance of my apartment complex. Two cars were pretty banged up, though no one appeared to be seriously injured. A woman was sitting in the driverâ€™s seat of one of the cars and appeared to be quite shaken. A man was at her side trying to comfort her. And guess who it was? It was that man I had seen my first day moving in. Not only was he just a man who sat on a bench and
watched the neighborhood, he was a man who stepped in when someone in that neighborhood needed help. He was a hero. That moment inspired me. While Iâ€™ve always tried to perceive everyone in as fair and objective way as possible, I realized that subtle misconceptions can still creep in and govern the way we judge others. That incident made me more committed to trying to look past the shallow things that sometimes encourage us to form swift and firm judgments. As an opinions columnist itâ€™s my job to come up with strong viewpoints about issues that the campus cares about. Iâ€™ve always tried to do so to the best of my ability, but I canâ€™t help but wonder if there are things I have missed in the past due to not looking beyond the do-rag. I think we are all vulnerable to falling into these traps, regardless of how righteous some of us might think we are. What is important is that we are able to take a step back and examine our thinking to see if we are really living up to the standards set by our self-righteous minds.
This kind of introspective viewpoint is critical in creating a more harmonious world, and is central to the framework that world-class institutions like the University of Illinois are based on. All of us as a campus community, whether we are students or faculty, should go into this new year with the attitude that there are things we donâ€™t know, that there are things we take for granted, and in the spirit of the institution, we should try our best to seek out what those things are and improve on them. We should give extra attention to seeking answers to the questions we have, avoid conforming to ideologies that claim to know everything, and be willing to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and pursue new frontiers. In short, we shouldnâ€™t let the dorag (no matter what form it takes) prevent us from seeing a greater truth. Itâ€™s a well-known lesson, but one that sometimes needs reinforcement.
Andrew is a junior in Engineering. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Great experiences come with change, so embrace them NICKI HALENZA Opinions columnist
ime waits for nobody. No matter how swimmingly things are going or how happy we are in a single moment, it does not change the fact that life continues to move forward. We are pushed and shoved out of our comfort zones into situations that are new and unfamiliar. Then, just when things start to settle down and fit into place, life picks up the pieces and scrambles them around again. However, as challenging and frustrating as it sometimes may be, we must embrace the changes life provides because, as I have found, they often lead to bigger and better things. Too often we find ourselves cocooned in our familiar environments. We get so comfortable in our surroundings and find a way to settle. But this pattern of nesting makes it really challenging to break free and explore. I have found the transition from summer to school particularly challenging this year because I got a lit-
tle too cozy in my daily home routine. Something about entering into apartment life and getting back into the school grind had me feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. Not to mention, none of it sounds nearly as appealing as hanging out with my dog and watching Netflix. Being thrown into a world of new responsibilities Iâ€™ve never had before has left me yearning for the simplicity of home. So frequently we live our lives as nomads, and sometimes not by our own choosing. We move all of our belongings back and forth from home to dorms to apartments and back again. Itâ€™s as if nothing is ever permanently settled because at this point in our lives, none of these places are our permanent homes. We jump through fiery hoops and balance plates on sticks to impress employers and directors of organizations in hopes of landing campus jobs and summer internships. Each semester we adjust to new classes and new professors and lay down another few hundred dollars for new books. Our lives keep going and changing and there is really no time to get comfortable. While it is often said that ignorance is bliss, sometimes hindsight
sheds more light and clarity on our hectic lives. As we jump into new situations in life, we are often overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty and a general discomfort that lives within unfamiliarity. We may struggle and break down over our new surroundings or new opportunities and it is difficult to get through those times without knowing what positivity it will end up bringing. And in these instances, ignorance is anything but blissful. But, ironically, it is those moments of breakdown and discomfort that allow us to grow and become better, stronger people. It is that ability to struggle and then succeed in a new situation that gives us knowledge and experience to enter a new job, new living accommodation, or new opportunity with a little more positivity than before. When we look back in hindsight and everything is said and done, we tend to feel grateful for our experiences and proud of our accomplishments. When I began life as a sophomore last year, no one told me I would be writing for the school newspaper or going on a service trip to New Orleans. No one told me about all of the wonderful, interesting people I would meet and friends I would
make. No one told me about all of the challenging, time consuming and fulfilling work I would do. All of this happened because of change. I was able to have these great experiences because I tried new things and stepped out of my comfort zone. I remember being anxious and hesitant about many of the opportunities I went after last year but Iâ€™ve come to realize that those are often good feelings to have because it usually means something new is on the horizon. Though I still loom in the stage of longing for the comfort and familiarity of life at home, I know that many new experiences await me this year. And I am excited to look back a year from now and see how I have changed and what new opportunities I have taken advantage of. As Ferris Bueller once said, â€œLife moves pretty fast. If you donâ€™t stop and look around once and awhile, you could miss it.â€? Keep going forward and seize new opportunities with an open mind, but remember to enjoy the present because these moments certainly do not last forever.
Nicki is a junior in Media. She can be reached at halenza2@ dailyillini.com.
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Junior-Year Dilemma: Stuck between the real world and frosh year EMMA WEISSMANN Assistant features editor
not sure if there is a name for what I’m feeling, but for now, I’ll call it my “Junior-Year Dilemma.” Halfway through my college career, I feel stuck in the limbo between being a freshman in college and being a freshman in “the real world.” Although I’ve spent the last two years getting cozy with my “University lifestyle,” I felt an underlying sadness when I arrived on campus last week. I couldn’t help envying the newly admitted freshmen eager to make new friends, gain new perspectives and experience all the “firsts” that freshman year has to offer. The first week of classes only intensified this feeling for me. As I looked around, I couldn’t help but smile at the students with the shiny new MacBook Pros and iCards hanging on lanyards around their necks, many still adorning their high school spirit wear. I remember the mix of excitement and anxiety I felt as my mom pulled away from my own dorm two years ago (R.I.P. Garner Hall), my last source of comfort before I was forced to tackle the year on my own. Other memories stand out as well. Feb. 13, 2012, was the night my roommate and I made handmade paper valentines and
slipped them under doors while our floor-mates were sleeping. And in March, I began working as a news reporter at The Daily Illini. The Illini Media building became my home, and the people inside it, my new family. Despite these fond memories, this week another part of me yearned to be hundreds of miles away from Chambana back in New York City. This summer, I spent eight weeks as an intern at Travel Weekly, a national newspaper of the travel industry. Through my experience at Travel Weekly, I got my first full-fledged taste of adulthood. And, I have to admit, it was hard to give that up. I commuted to work Monday through Friday, worked 40 hours a week and spent my time reporting, writing, traveling and interviewing. I left the East Coast with 25 clips in my portfolio and a newfound confidence in my future career. I felt ready to tackle the world. Many times I caught myself thinking, “Why do I have to stay in Champaign for two more years? I’m ready to work now!” So here’s where my dilemma comes into play. I feel stuck — wanting to be in two separate worlds. And, despite all I have going for me right now, I can’t help feeling as if I’m stuck in some sort of mid-college crisis (well, that may be a little dramatic, but you get the point). Where do I belong? Although these feelings plagued me throughout the week, I slowly came to a real-
ization: Although I may be a “junior” in regards to University status, I can continue to be both a college and real-world freshman at heart. For the remainder of this year, I will tap into my “college-freshman” self by getting goofy with friends from my freshman-year dorm, exploring Champaign-Urbana past the confi nes of campus or by “frat hopping” (just kidding, I have raised my standards a little bit in the past two years). On the fl ip side, I will indulge my real-world freshman self when I go to work at The Daily Illini each day or apply for internships where I can continue to practice my professional skills. To you college freshmen out there: Enjoy this year. Explore, learn, create and make memories. That way, when you experience your own “Junior-Year Dilemma,” you’ll be able to re-visit your favorite freshman-year experiences. And, to you freshmen of the real world (or just those returning from awesome jobs and internships): This is one of the most exciting times of your lives. Work hard, show ‘em what you got and enjoy the freedom and independence that comes with it. And don’t forget to stop by your college home from time to time.
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Emma is a junior in Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and @EmmaWeissmann.
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Tony Hall, a student at Strayer University, poses for portrait at the Center City campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Aug. 16.
Amidst rising tuition costs, for-profit schools offer financial incentives BY SUSAN SNYDER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE
PHILADELPHIA — Tony Hall tells his five daughters they must go on to college and get their degrees, but he doesn’t have one himself. “It’s kind of like a hypocrite. I say a degree is important, but they don’t see mine hanging there,” said the 35-year-old insurance agent from Wyncote, Pa. In July, Hall set out to change that by enrolling at Strayer University, a for-profit institution that offers a primarily business curriculum and caters to working adults. His decision was largely influenced by a new offer at Strayer: tuition breaks. For every three courses he completes, he will get one tuitionfree. No minimum grade-point average is required, just completion. That benefit, however, can be cashed in only during his last year at Strayer. Strayer’s approach is one way colleges are trying to mitigate the rising cost of tuition as pressure mounts from students facing a crushing debt load. Last Thursday, President Barack Obama said he planned to create a college rating system and policies that award federal financial aid based on factors such as tuition, graduation rates, and student debt. Karl McDonnell, chief executive officer of Strayer Education, in Herndon, Va., says the program will not only address rising tuition costs but will boost graduation rates. Students who start as freshmen could earn their entire senior year tuition-free, saving nearly $18,000 — but only if they finish their education. Only 2 percent of Strayer’s students, how-
ever, come in as freshmen. Though the university may lose money from students who earn free tuition, it will do better in the long term if larger numbers stay in school and finish, McDonnell said. About 35 percent of undergraduates who come in as freshmen complete their studies in six years, the university said. Of those who come in with the equivalent of an associate degree, 69 percent complete in six years. Around the country, colleges are trying different approaches to cut tuition costs. Cabrini College, a Catholic school in Radnor, cut its tuition by 12.5 percent to $29,000 for the 2012-13 school year. It then froze tuition for 2013-14, as well as most room and board rates. Rowan University, a state school in Glassboro, also froze tuition this year. Peirce College in Philadelphia will give a 10 percent discount on summer tuition to students who attend the previous fall and spring semesters. Some colleges have created online degree programs and accelerated degrees so students can graduate earlier and avoid more debt. States, including Florida, Texas, Wisconsin and California, have seen a push for a $10,000 four-year degree. Nationally, for-profit universities have been more likely than their nonprofit counterparts to offer rate cuts, said Richard Vedder, a professor of economics at Ohio University who heads the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. But Laura Perna, a University of Pennsylvania professor who specializes in higher education, questioned how effective Strayer’s approach will be. Many adult
students, who are juggling family life and a job, could run into trouble before senior year. The plan doesn’t help students in the first year, she said. Two-thirds of Strayer students are female, and the average age is 35. Most work during the day and attend school at night. Strayer offers both online and on-campus classes, as well as graduate degrees. About half of Strayer’s students have had some college before entering one of the system’s 100 campuses across the nation, McDonnell said. Strayer has 27,000 undergraduates nationwide. Hall, the insurance agent, is one of Strayer’s re-entry students. After graduating from Germantown Friends, he attended Widener University and was a small forward on the basketball team but suffered a severe head injury during practice when he was a freshman. The recovery was long — he spent six weeks in a coma — and although he eventually returned to the team, he never fully got back into the academic swing, he said. He dropped out, vowing to return. “Here I am 14 years later,” Hall said. He needs 19 courses to earn his bachelor’s in fi nance from Strayer, and can earn up to five courses free, saving about $8,800. With the goal of becoming a fi nancial planner, Hall said he was focused like never before. “For the first time since fifth or sixth grade, I’m a student first, as opposed to an athlete first who was going to school just so I can play,” Hall said. “Now my focus is on maintaining A’s, which is what I have so far.”
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Coping with the Junior-Year Dilemma
Assistant features editor Emma Weissmann gives her insight on how to balance your nostalgia for freshman year and excitement for the working world. Turn to Page 5A to read more. THEDAILYILLINI
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There were parties every night this week, and itâ€™s unlikely many escaped espite the sandy beach vacations the lure of a bar or apartment soirĂŠe. in far-off places, summer can Whether you drink this weekend or be quite stressful: a crappy job decide to hardcore prepare for the new (maybe two crappy jobs), an semester, finish off the laziest week of internship from hell, loads of summer the year with something a bit classier classes or living at home with your parents than the frat water (a.k.a. Keystone) and remembering why you moved out in and Jungle Juice that is available the first place. To remedy all of that, we everywhere. have syllabus week, where the free time With that, hereâ€™s to a great syllabus is high and the quantity of liquor around weekend (and great syllabus weekend campus is higher. drinks). BY RYAN WEBER
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Minimum-wage jobs and loans can only get you so far, but this will do the trick without breaking the bank.
Grown-up, a bit dry and cold â€” basically, the drink speaks for itself.
It may be the end of the easiest week of the semester, but you still have to make it to class on Monday. Why not have a little fun in that 9 a.m. lecture with this early morning beverage?
When youâ€™ve seen the semesterâ€™s high number of exams and projects, you might be feeling all hope is lost. Shoot that despair down and drink this straight up (and donâ€™t worry, it goes down easy â€” the sour flavor combats the taste of the vodka).
Dude, you just drank five nights in a row and are about to drink for three more. This guy is now your best friend. Treat him well.
Raise one to our girl, Alma. Sheâ€™ll be back from her makeover in the spring, and we can wait for her return with this tasty drink, which is reminiscent of Almaâ€™s blue-ish hue.
Ryan can be reached at email@example.com and @ryanjweber. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EUNIE KIM, FOLAKE OSIBODU, BRENTON TSE AND RYAN WEBER,
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Jennifer Beltran receives the ball at Illinoisâ€™ first game at Huff Hall on Saturday. The team is headed to Long Beach, Calif. this weekend.
Volleyball heads to Calif. tournament Hambly feels team is meshing well, hopes to maintain communication on court waiting for a match out in California and so has my family, so theyâ€™re really excited This weekend will be senior libero as well.â€? Jennifer Beltranâ€™s homecoming. While Beltran is eager to go home, The Reseda, Calif., Illinois is energized to native will get to play in start a new season and her home state for the first leave last year in the past. time in her four years as To surpass its 14-16 VS. an Illinois volleyball record from last season, player. Illinois will rely on newcomers and veterans to The Illini will open the bring energy, athleticism season this weekend with three matches against and skill to every game. FRIDAY, 1 P.M. The exact combination of No. 18 Florida State, LONG BEACH, CALIF. who will play, however, is Long Beach State and still up in the air. No. 17 Kentucky at the Illinois will play Florida State Long Beach State Mizuno â€œIt depends on how we University in the first of three do,â€? head coach Kevin Invitational. games at the Long Beach State The tournament will Hambly said. â€œWeâ€™re not Mizuno Invitational. a participation sport, so be held in Long Beach, if you earn the right to be Calif., about 50 minutes away from Beltranâ€™s hometown, and a out there, youâ€™ll be out there. If someoneâ€™s number of people close to Beltran will be losing the right to be out there, theyâ€™ll be in attendance to cheer her on. taken out.â€? â€œFamily, friends, lots of people, so Iâ€™m Hambly added that for how early it is in really excited,â€? Beltran said. â€œIâ€™ve been the season the team seems to be meshing BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
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Illinois' Tracy Abrams looks down the court during the Illini's win over Purdue at Assembly Hall, on Feb. 13.
Soccer starts home season off with Charleston Former Illinois coaching assistant to lead College of Charleston on Sunday Michner will lead the College of Charleston to face Illinois. After splitting the games on Michner spent five years as enemy turf in their opening a professional player in the weekend, the Illini soccer team MLS after graduating from opens its home season against Charleston. He spent two the College of Charleston and seasons as an assistant coach Illinois State. under Rayfield, and Illinois â€œ(The freshmen) are excited,â€? was ranked as high as 11th in head coach Janet Rayfield said. the nation during his tenure. â€œThey are looking forward They also produced six Allto seeing what a night game Americans, 11 All-Big Ten and a home crowd is like. It first team selections and 51 is something they have never Academic All-Big Ten honorees experienced.â€? during that time span. Five freshmen on the squad â€œIâ€™m excited to have him back saw considerable minutes in the here,â€? Rayfield said. â€œHeâ€™s done first two games against Notre a great job with that program Dame and Louisville, which gave and we knew when he left that them their he was ready first collegiate to be a head ex p er ienc e . coach.â€? But while those M ich ner â€™s freshmen Cougars from AT the Colonial c o nt r ibute d Athletics three goals to the offense A s s o c i at io n last weekend, are currently FRIDAY, 7 P.M. t he te a m 1-1 on their ILLINOIS SOCCER STADIUM season as well. surrendered Illinois will eight on Charleston head coach Chrisdefense in the have to shut tian Michner was an assistant two games. down veteran at Illinois for two years. Rayfield said forwards the key to McCallie improving the â€œsieve-likeâ€? Jones and Sarah Cardamone defense will be each individual if they hope to win. The pair doing their part, starting with has yet to net any goals for the the forwards. Cougars this season but ended â€œWe allowed them to penetrate last season as joint top scorers into our defensive third way too at four goals apiece. One of the often,â€? Rayfield said. â€œWeâ€™ve got defenders tasked with shutting to win the ball higher up the them down is freshman Hope field, so our midfield has to be Dâ€™Addario. better defenders and our front â€œI just need to be ruthless runners have to make the plays with 1-v-1 defending,â€? more predictable so we know Dâ€™Addario said. â€œAlso, I need to where the ball is coming from communicate more and listen and have players there to win to communication from my BRENTON TSE THE DAILY ILLINI the ball.â€? teammates so we can defend Illinois' forward Megan Pawloski (7) jostles with her opponent for the ball Friday, former Illinois during the Illini's 2-1 win over Illinois State at Illinois Soccer and Track coaching assistant Christian SEE SOCCER |4B Stadium on April 20.
well. â€œI think thatâ€™s always a work in progress,â€? Hambly said. â€œI think theyâ€™re as good together right now as they possibly could be. Weâ€™re trying to dial some stuff in and get our starting group more together so some of the younger kids arenâ€™t necessarily mixed in like we did early on. But I think for where we are and how much time weâ€™ve put into it things are pretty good.â€? Illinois will not only need to bring a high level of energy and mesh well as a team to succeed but will also have to have a number of other attributes including communication and a defensive mind-set. â€œThe biggest thing for us is going to be for us to maintain our communication on the court,â€? Beltran said. â€œWe know that weâ€™re better when weâ€™re all talking especially when weâ€™re being very direct. â€œAs long as weâ€™re being defensive minded and working hard ... weâ€™re going to be good.â€?
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Watch soccer before calling it a noncontact sport FĂştbol may not be football, but the sport is physical in a different way ARYN BRAUN
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eople used tell me that soccer isnâ€™t a contact sport. What a joke. Anyone who has ever watched a soccer game â€” be it youth league, high school, college or professional â€” knows just how physical the sport can be. My soccer career was anything but glamorous. I played midfield and huffed and puffed my way up and down the field, but damn it I had bruises the size of Texas and aches and pains for days. Letâ€™s take an inside look. Say youâ€™re Vanessa DiBernardo. First of all, youâ€™re one heck of an athlete, so youâ€™ve got that going for you. Youâ€™re running down the field, looking for an open man, but all the while you have a member from the opposing team, letâ€™s say Ohio State â€” because who doesnâ€™t love to hate on Ohio State â€” jockeying for position. She constantly rams your side, throwing her elbows, doing whatever she can to push you off the ball or trip you up. Sure, fouls are a thing, and maybe the ref will call one. But he probably wonâ€™t. The amount of times I was legitimately run over in a soccer game is too high to count. Then again, my 4-foot10 frame in high school never quite gave me the upper hand. It might be Americaâ€™s tentative feelings toward embracing soccer, or fĂştbol, as our Spanish friends would
put it, which leaves people with the wrong impression. Maybe the sport isnâ€™t mainstream enough for prospective fans to really get a feel for everything that it entails. Bruises and broken bones included. Watch highlights from â€œEl ClĂĄsicoâ€?, the aptly named matchup between vicious rivals and La Liga superpowers Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Still think soccer is all sunshine and daisies? Sergio Ramos will take you down. â€œFootball, now THEREâ€™S a contact sport!â€? OK, I get it. Unlike football, tackling is not an integral part of the game. The Illinois soccer team doesnâ€™t run drills in full pads and work on keeping facemask calls to a minimum. Itâ€™s sneakier than that. I like to think of it as aggression typified. Itâ€™s not always hitting someone that marks an activity as a contact sport. Itâ€™s the give and take, the constant struggle. In soccer, itâ€™s not just one hit and the play is over. The physicality of the game is continuous throughout each 45 minute half. The goal of basketball isnâ€™t to take down your opponent, but its place in the realm of contact sports isnâ€™t disputed. Unless â€œtake downâ€? is being used as a euphemism for beat, conquer or destroy. If so, then yes, by all means, letâ€™s take down all teams the Illini come up against this coming season. This view of soccer is outdated and disrespectful to those who know and love the game. The sport wouldnâ€™t be
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Amid injuries, Bears consider trading Bennett Key target not likely to return from concussions before season opener BY BRAD BIGGS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
The Chicago Bears reportedly have discussed the idea of trading wide receiver Earl Bennett, but that is a long shot before the start of the season as he has yet to return from a concussion suffered Aug. 2. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the Bears have talked about dealing Bennett, who has been sidelined nearly four weeks since a big collision in training camp left him with his second concussion since December. Bennett did some running before practice Wednesday at Halas Hall and played catch with a trainer but will miss the entire preseason. It’s too early to predict if he will be cleared for a full return before the start of the regular season. Final cuts to the 53-man roster are due by 5 p.m. Saturday and the Bears may begin the process on Friday after Thursday’s preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. The Bears would not be able to give Bennett his outright release if he is injured. Bennett, 26, missed two games in December after suffering a concussion against the Seattle Seahawks. This latest injury has forced him to miss more time. “Earl went out and ran today,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “He was out here before. He had a helmet on, shoulder pads, was running around. He caught some balls out here in practice today. He’s day-to-day. But it’s encouraging. He’s been released to work and begin his reconditioning process. So that’s a good sign.” Bennett was signed to a $16.2 million, four-year extension in December 2011 and received a $6 million signing bonus that was applied to that season’s salary cap. So, his contract is relatively flat now. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.25 million this season and his cap number is just $2.35 million because of a $100,000 workout bonus. Bennett’s salary climbs to $2.35 million in 2014 and is $2 million in 2015 when he has a $500,000 roster bonus. Bennett’s most productive season was 2009 when he caught 54 passes for 717 yards and two touchdowns. He’s missed time since the contract extension -- five games in 2011 with a lacerated liver following a hit by New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper and four games in 2012, two for the concussion and two for a broken hand. Bennett made 29 catches for 375 yards and two touchdowns
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett runs past Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy for a 60-yard touchdown during the first quarter of their game at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 30. The Bears are considering trading Bennett due to a concussion. last season. Quarterback Jay Cutler has a strong relationship with Bennett dating to their time together at Vanderbilt, and he’s been longing for the return of the familiar target. “I think there’s that consistency at the slot position and being able to bump him outside,” Cutler said Tuesday. “Earl’s a guy that can play all three of them. He keeps everyone at ease in the hud-
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Cutler expects his top receiver to be ready to go in time for season opener BY BRAD BIGGS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
A day after Brandon Marshall turned a question about Jay Cutler’s comfort level in the Chicago Bears’ offense into an answer about his role in the offense and the health of his hip, the wide receiver was beginning a four-day excused absence from the club. Head coach Marc Trestman said after practice that it was a pre-approved absence for Marshall, who will not be at the preseason game Thursday night at Soldier Field. “This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons,” Trestman said. “I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since started training camp.” Pressed on whether Marshall’s absence was related to his hip, which he had complained about Tuesday, Trestman did not pair the two things up. “I’d rather just leave it to personal reasons out of respect to Brandon,” Trestman said. “But it’s all good. As I have said, when I let guys go for personal reasons, it’s all good. It’s not reflective of anything other than I gave him time off. He will be back on Sunday.” The Bears used the explanation of “personal reasons” for middle linebacker Brian Urlacher when he left training camp last summer to have a follow-up on the alternative treatment he sought for his troublesome knee -- Regenokine therapy. Marshall vented on Tuesday when asked about Cutler’s fit in the offense.
“I’m still trying to figure out my role and my place in this offense,” Marshall said. “Trying to get healthy and we’ll see where it takes us.” Marshall underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in January for the third time in his career after he set franchise records with 118 receptions for 1,508 yards. He had previous hip surgeries in 2009 and 2010. Marshall was given nearly the entire offseason off. He did return to the field for the minicamp in mid-June, the final segment of the offseason program, but was shut down before it ended. Marshall passed a physical to begin training camp and was given periodic rest during the team’s stay in Bourbonnais, including the preseason opener at Carolina Aug. 9. The plan is for Marshall and most -- if not all -- starters to be sidelined Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. “I really can’t,” Trestman said Tuesday when asked if he could say where Marshall was physically. “I mean, I watch ... I know this: Brandon is working his tail off to try to get himself ready. He feels a sense of urgency because the season is (11) days away. He’s a highly competitive man. An elite player. He can only comment on how he feels. You saw him out on the field at Soldier Field. So you saw that he does have those moments where he can practice and work at a very high level. There’s been days that haven’t gone so well for him and then he’ll bounce back. I don’t know how he feels. I know he’s trying to push himself through.
dle because he knows exactly what to do. If anybody on the outside isn’t sure, Earl can get him lined up and get him going. Hopefully we get him back soon. Concussions get a little scary. There’s a lot of attention on those. We’ve just got to take it day by day. When he comes back, he’ll be an immediate playmaker for us.” Trading Bennett will be complicated for the Bears because teams are very conscious of head injuries right now.
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrates a 5-yard touchdown catch against the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter of preseason action at Soldier Field in Chicago on Aug. 15. I know he’s doing everything he can to try and get himself ready.” In his seven-year career, Marshall has missed only five-regular season games and Cutler didn’t seem to be overly concerned with his favorite target’s status a day ago. “It’s B,” Cutler said of Marshall. “He’s going to take it hard for a couple of days and then he’ll snap out of it and he’ll be the guy we need next week. This week we don’t need him, so he can stay on the ledge for a couple more days and then come back next week. “Conditioning-wise he’s a little
behind. He knows where to be. It’s just a matter of him getting out there and pushing his hip through things when it gets tight a little bit. I think once we start getting into a routine in game week and we shorten some of these reps, we’ll really figure out exactly what routes we want him on and where we want him on the field. Hopefully things will sharpen up for his hip for him and he’ll be able to make it go.” But Marshall’s situation is concerning because the surgery was seven months ago and he is still dealing with issues.
IOWA CITY — College football is no stranger to Fox Sports, which once aired the Bowl Championship Series and the national title game. But this is a new era of Fox Sports’ relationship with the sport. The media company debuted Fox Sports 1 (FS1) as the latest all-sports network to compete against ESPN among other channels for viewership. College football is the first battle FS1 chose to wage, and the network opens fire Thursday with Utah State at Utah. FS1 will air Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA football this year, and it didn’t get the leftovers. On Thanksgiving night, FS1 broadcasts Texas Tech at Texas. On Black Friday, it airs Washington State at Washington and Oregon State at Oregon. Locally, FS1 broadcasts the Iowa-Iowa State game on Sept. 14 and then airs Iowa State-Tulsa on Sept. 26. “It’s so exciting,” said Joel Klatt, who will serve as an FS1 game and studio analyst this fall. “On the forefront, this is the largest sports cable launch in the history of television. It’ll never be equaled. So just to be a part of it is pretty special, there’s no doubt.” FS1 replaced the former “Speed” channel, which already was located on most cable systems and there was no need to fight for access. Where the network is unique from other recent launchings is it chooses to compete against ESPN’s ultrapopular “College Gameday.” “Fox College Saturday,” debuts Saturday and will air two hours
each week. The show’s hosts provide an eclectic mix of opinions and backgrounds. Fox hired away former ESPN sideline superstar Erin Andrews, features former Heisman Trophy winner (Eddie George), a former Colorado quarterback (Joel Klatt), a former USC team captain Petros Papadakis, a former NFL officiating czar in Mike Pereira and a polarizing, yet thought-provoking, blogger in Clay Travis. They form the foundation of a studio show designed to compete against ESPN for pregame eyeballs. “I’ve never met anybody who works as hard as Erin Andrews,” Klatt said. “She knows what she’s talking about it. She’s the First Lady of college football. So her resume speaks for itself. Eddie George has a Heisman Trophy. Petros knows the game. He was a captain at USC. Mike Pereira is a guy who knows the game inside and out on the both of the NFL and college level. My experience is both in the NFL and college.” Travis writes his “Outkick The Coverage” blog with a Southern bent. He’s outspoken and opinionated, which could present some interesting discussions with both Klatt and George. “Clay has a very unique perspective that only an author can bring,” Klatt said. “I think that type of perspective gives us a chance to talk about overarching topics in much more detail and can get the viewer something a little bit different that they don’t get everywhere else. All of those roles come to the forefront, that’s how we lean on each other and go out there and try to have fun. If we’re having fun, the viewer will have fun, too.”
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Penn Stateâ€™s total cost for Sandusky scandal estimated at $168 million
$60 million set aside for settlements BY MIKE DAWSON MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE
Penn State has settled with 25 men claiming they were abused by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, said a lawyer for the university Tuesday. Most of the men who testified against the former assistant football coach at his trial last summer are settling, said lawyer Michael Rozen, of the New York firm Feinberg Rozen thatâ€™s been retained to resolve the claims. Rozen said the claims were vetted and the university went to â€œgreat lengths to verify and corroborate the storiesâ€? told by the men. Penn State has authorized $60 million for the settlements. Of the remaining six claimants Rozen said heâ€™d expect one of the remaining six to settle, and one may file a lawsuit. Another claimant already has filed a lawsuit in federal court, Rozen said. In the grand jury presentment, that young man was known as Victim 6 and was involved in a shower incident with Sandusky in 1998 that was investigated but not prosecuted. The last three claimants have not provided any â€œcredible evidenceâ€? to support their claims, Rozen said. The university is keeping the individual settlement amounts confidential. Among the claimants who settled were the young men known from the Sandusky case as Victims 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10. All but Victim 5 was represented by a legal team that included local lawyers Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici. Shubin and Andronici also represent Matt Sandusky, one of the adopted sons of the former coach. Victim 5, who was represented by Philadelphia lawyer Thomas Kline, settled his claims earlier this month. Rozen said the claimantsâ€™ allegations ranged from the less severe, such as the grooming behavior in which Sandusky â€œwould rough house with some of the boys and shower with themâ€? to more severe sexual allegations, such as those brought up through testimony at trial. The authorized $60 million in payouts represents one of the largest chunks of the financial cost of the Sandusky scandal to the university. In addition to that, Penn State has spent nearly $48 million in legal and consulting fees and will pay the NCAA a $60 million fine over five years. That would bring the cost to $168 million.
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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller celebrate a 17-16 win over Michigan State Spartans, while singing Carmen Ohio, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 29,.
OSU primed for a stellar season Coming off strong season, Coach Meyer expects solid year
It is the difference a year makes â€” often across college football, usually at Ohio State, and always for Meyer. A season after OSU improbably rallied to perfection, a team now unchained by the NCAA expects to contend for everything in Meyerâ€™s second season. History has set the bar. At each of Meyerâ€™s first three stops, his teams in Year 2 have benefited from circumstances similar to those in place for the 2013 Buckeyes: Staff continuity, a returning quarterback leading a veteran offense, a sense of uncompleted business, and â€” of course â€” a natural progression. Meyerâ€™s teams jumped from 8-3 in his debut season at Bowling Green State University to 9-3 in his second, from 10-2 to 12-0 and a Fiesta Bowl win at Utah, and from 9-3 to 13-1 and a national championship at Florida. His latest lab to test the Year 2 phenomenon is fitting. Paul Brown won a national title in his second year at OSU, and Jim Tressel did the same in his encore sea-
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COLUMBUS â€” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer agitated with uncertainty as he braced for last seasonâ€™s opener. He was working with eight of his nine assistants for the first time, several key players continued to resist the new era, and donâ€™t get him started on the product on the field. Privately, Meyer figured a team that went 6-7 in 2011 would maybe improve to 8-4. â€œThis time last year, it was terrible,â€? he said. â€œIt was awful.â€? Now? â€œI just canâ€™t wait to play football,â€? he said Monday.
son in 2002, while all but one Buckeyes coach since 1945 has enjoyed greater success in Year 2. There are exceptions â€” Earle Bruce was never able to match the success of his 11-1 debut season in 1979 â€” the same way there are nationally. But on the whole ... â€œTeams just tend to be much better in their second year, if you have the players,â€? Meyer said this week. And Meyer believes he has the players. Heisman favorite quarterback Braxton Miller is one of nine returning starters from an offense that averaged a Big Ten-high 37.2 points per game last season, All-American candidates Bradley Roby at cornerback and Ryan Shazier at linebacker anchor a rebuilt defense, and one of the nationâ€™s top freshman classes adds needed speed at the skill positions. Not to be overlooked, either, is the lack of staff turnover. The same way Meyerâ€™s entire staff stayed aboard for Year 2 at BG and Florida, OSU is one of nine teams nationally to return all nine assistant coaches.
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BASKETBALL that lead into a number of road and neutral-site tests. The nonconference will prepare us for what will be another difficult Big Ten schedule.” The December slate includes a road game at Georgia Tech and neutral site games against Oregon (Portland, Ore.), Missouri (St. Louis) and UIC (Chicago). The Illini open Big Ten play against defending conference champion Indiana at home on Dec. 31. They only played Indiana once during the regular season last season, a last-second upset. Illinois will play a return game in Bloomington this year as well, but will play Northwestern, Pur-
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due, Michigan and Minnesota only once. Season tickets are now on sale for both the general public and students. General public tickets start at $199, while student tickets cost $158. The Illini will have five games on the ESPN family of networks: at Georgia Tech (ESPN2), Indiana (ESPN2), at Ohio State (ESPN/ESPN2), at Michigan State (ESPN/ESPN2) and at Michigan (ESPN). The Big Ten Tournament will return to Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Field House from March 13-16. The NCAA tournament will take place March 18-April 7.
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what it is without contact. It would turn into a waiting game — waiting for someone to muff a pass, miss a shot or fall down out of clumsiness or distraction. That sounds like a sport for lovers of board games and puzzles, not hardcore athletes. This is my challenge to you: go to one match this season. Just one. Watch our Illini duke it out with a Big Ten foe, and then try to tell me soccer isn’t a contact sport. Here’s how this ends: I win.
as a team and not 10 individual defending battles.” On Sunday night, Illinois State will be the opposing team at Illinois Soccer Stadium. The Redbirds have split the first two games and will be looking to take advantage of their in-state rivals. The Illini will have to neutralize redbird junior forward Rachel Tejada, who has assistant on half of the goals for her team this season. As the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Tejada may be the offensive threat Illinois needs to test its defensive organization.
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Cross-country teams host Illini Challenge Women adjust to new coach; men hoping to build on best season since 2002 BY J.J. WILSON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Illinois men’s and women’s cross-country teams will host the annual Illini Challenge in Urbana on Friday night. The meet will be divided into two races — a men’s six kilometer race and a women’s four kilometer race. For the women, the 4km path will consist of two identical loops, while the men’s 6km path will feature two loops varying in distance. The Illini Challenge will be the inaugural meet for first-year head coach Scott Jones, who returns
to Illinois after 17 seasons at Akron after assistant coaching for Illinois from 1994-96. “I’m extremely excited, and the welcome I’ve received from both the staff and the athletes has been very gratifying,” Jones said in a press release. “The reception has been wonderful and I feel right at home. The transition has occurred remarkably quickly with us, so I think that’s going to be a really positive thing for us going forward.” Sophomore Alyssa Schneider returns for the Illini after placing 12th at the NCAA Midwest
Regionals and earning All-Region honors. Other returning athletes with postseason experience include senior Katie Porada, juniors Rachel Irion and Chloe Schmidt and sophomores Amanda Fox and Lindsey Rakosnik. Meanwhile, the men’s team is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten Championships, its best performance in 16 years, as well as its highest finish in the NCAA Midwest Regionals since 2002. “We have a pretty large group of athletes coming back,” head coach Jake Stewart said in a
press release. “Looking at the group that ran at the Big Ten Championships and the Regional Championships last year, we only graduated one athlete, and another athlete used his last season of eligibility but will be returning in the spring. We have a really good nucleus of guys coming back.” The men’s team will look to win its ninth consecutive title at the Illini Challenge.
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Illinois and Illinois State players meet in the air in an attempt to win the ball during the Illini’s 2-1 win over Illinois State at Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium on April 20.
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