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MONDAY September 9, 2013

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Illinois’ Ryan Lankford celebrates a touchdown with his teammates during Saturday’s 45-17 win over Cincinnati at Memorial Stadium. The Illini won in dominating fashion, scoring more than 40 points for the second straight week. For a recap and more, turn to Page 1B.

Plaza plans concern storeowners Downtown businesses object to city’s plans to ‘transform’ parkin g lot

the whole thing into a park it would probably have the effect of destroying our retail business,” Meyer said, noting that his business largely serves older clientele. Meyer said the drapery fabric his business sells is heavy and bulky – not something that a customer could easily walk to a parking deck blocks away. Meyer is not the only one who is concerned about business. Lee Shaffer, office manager of InfantParent Institute at 328 N. Neil St., said she does not like the idea and that it actually made her angry. “When I fi rst found out, I turned red,” Shaffer said. She said she is concerned about deliveries to her business, as the institute has office supplies delivered regularly. Without the parking lot in close proximity, she said the delivery person would need to park a block away and carry the deliveries to the institute. Shaffer also said the parking


Several downtown Champaign storeowners are concerned that their businesses may be negatively affected if the city goes through with tentative plans to transform a parking lot between Neil and Washington streets into a plaza. Lacey Rains Lowe, planner for Champaign’s planning department, said the city might hire a firm to help generate public input as to what they would like to see in the space where the current parking lot sits. David Meyer, owner of Meyer Drapery at 330 N. Neil St., said he is worried that the removal of the parking lot will put an end to his business. “If they actually converted

lot is constantly being used, and removing it will make it harder for business to be conducted. While Shaffer continues to be an advocate for her business, Terri Mason, manager of Studio Helix at 324 N. Neil St., said she doesn’t mind the idea to a certain extent. “We are not objecting to the park in total; however, we want to make sure that we do not lose our handicap access parking and at least one row here in front of our building.” Studio Helix is a wellness, fitness and massage therapy institution. Mason said about a third of their 130 clients are unable to walk a long distance, which means they would not be able to access the building if Studio Helix were to lose all of its parking out front. “On any given day we have a minimum of three to five people walk in that front door either in wheel chairs or with a walker or with canes, and they can bare-

ly get over the concrete curb so there’s no way they can come up through the back where there is three steps.” Mason says she wants to be a corporative entity with the city, but she wants to make sure that she gets what her business needs in the end. While many are worried about their business being negatively affected, Anna Ober, general manager of Destihl at 301 N. Neil St., said she thinks it could affect business in a good way. “It could be a positive thing if it is utilized in a way that brings more people downtown,” she said. “It would be nice to have more areas down here that will draw consistent presence, and I think it could really help the businesses down here.” Lowe said the city of Champaign would most likely come to a final decision by spring 2014.

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brought consequences of second and third order. “This ought to remind people that it is very unlikely that anything we do in a limited way is going to be limited in the way we prefer,” said Pillar, who now teaches at Georgetown University in the nation’s capital. Obama was asked about the potential for escalation at a press conference Friday in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. He attempted to downplay the chances but seemed to be making the point that anything can happen. “Is it possible that Assad doubles down in the face of our action and uses chemical weapons more widely? I suppose anything is possible, but it would not be wise,” Obama said. “At that point, mobilizing the international community would be easier not harder.” Syria has many ways to respond to an attack. The Assad regime could strike back directly or through proxies. Israelis have been stocking up on gas masks, fearing an outside chance that Assad could feel


WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama lobbying Congress to agree to the United States’ punishing Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons, he must convince wary lawmakers that Syria’s response won’t lead to tit-fortat retaliation that escalates the conflict. Obama has repeatedly vowed a targeted attack won’t seek to oust President Bashar al-Assad or aid the rebels. But the use of force often brings unintended consequences. “Anyone who claims to have a crystal ball here doesn’t,” warned Paul R. Pillar, a former senior CIA official with responsibilities in the Middle East. “This does stir the pot in ways that increase the risk or chance of certain things happening, even though one can’t place specific odds on it or make a specific prediction.” Pillar and other experts scoff at the notion of a surgical hit, noting that military forays into Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have all






After years without a permanent place to play, the Marching Illini will have an artificial turf field to practice on by fall 2014. Barry Houser, director of the Marching Illini and Athletic Bands, said the Marching Illini, which has been on this campus since 1868, has never before had an official practicing space. The project is a among between Campus Recreation, University Housing and the College of Fine and Applied Arts, said Director of Campus Recreation Robyn Deterding. The field will be at the intersection of Gregory Drive and First Street, where there is currently a grass field that is used for intramural sports practice. Because of the new buildings in the Ikenberry Commons, University Housing needs a retention pond and was considering building it under the fields, Deterding said. “If they’re (going to) tear up the fields and put them back in place, (I thought) we’d put more turf fields down because we can get so much more use out of them,” she said. Campus Recreation has set aside about $3 million to pay for the field. Deterding said this money comes largely from student fees, as well as the revenue Campus Recreation generates from factors such as extra membership and rentals of facilities. She added that the field is expected to last about eight years, and Campus Recreation is working with the College of Fine and Applied Arts to come up with a plan in which they help

pay for maintaining and replacing the turf. The Marching Illini will hold classes and practice on the turf. Campus Recreation will organize renting out the field for any other organizations that wish to use the field. “It’s good for housing, it’s good for Campus Rec members, and it’s good for the campus,” Deterding said. For the Marching Illini, having a permanent playing field means having peace of mind, Houser said. In previous years, the Marching Illini has rotated between fields for practice, including the fields behind the Business Instructional Facility and Huff Hall. Marching on gravel fields has caused health problems in the past, Houser said, as many students have rolled their ankles while playing on gravel. “The health and well-being of our students, that’s ultimately going to be fantastic,” Houser said. Houser said another positive feature of the new field is that there are permanent lights. Houser and Deterding said they are also hoping to build a band tower on the field. Ben Wooley, junior in Engineering, has played the cymbals in the Marching Illini for two years. Wooley said the fields the Marching Illini uses for practice now are hard to march on, especially with heavy instruments. “(The new practicing space) makes me kind of grateful that a lot of the different entities on campus are appreciative of what we do,” Wooley said.


University scientists combine forces to survey Dark Energy NCSA to use Blue Waters in analysis BY ARIELL CARTER STAFF WRITER


Hundreds of demonstrators protest against the U.S. intervention in Syria outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Saturday. threatened enough to attempt to escalate the Syrian conflict into a regional one. Middle Eastern leaders have frequently attempted to distract from a domestic problem or conflict by provoking Israel, banking that their citizens dislike the Jewish state more than their own leaders. Assad’s most immediate way to punish American attacks could be to retaliate in a way that drives up oil prices, squeezing the already soft U.S. and European economies. As tensions with Syria rose two weeks ago, the price of U.S. crude oil soared past $112 a barrel before edging back to a range between $107 and $109 a barrel. Traders justify the high prices as a “security” premium; U.S. oil remained above $107 a barrel at the end of

trading Friday. Seeking to spike oil prices, Syria could strike at the pipeline in northern Iraq that connects with Turkey and the outside world. “There are some real vulnerabilities on Syria’s border that hang in the balance,” said Kilduff, noting a sympathetic bomber in Saudi Arabia could send oil prices soaring. “Any kind of perceived threat to the (Saudi) Royal Family is just going to raise the security premium mightily.” Much depends on how threatened the Assad regime feels. If a strike does little to threaten Assad, it emboldens him. If Assad is threatened, it raises the stakes for retaliation as the very existence of







Scientists from the University are joining forces with researchers from across the world to complete a Dark Energy Survey, a collaborative project intended to uncover the nature of dark energy. The survey is one of the largest ever attempted and will take five years. Above weather interference in the Andes mountains about 50 miles east of La Serena, Chile, rests the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. The observatory houses a 570-megapixel camera, which was built at Fermilab and is used to photograph the sky in extreme detail. Jon Thaler, University physics professor, said he led a team of particle physicists to help create the Dark Energy Camera, which will be used to take pictures of one-eighth of the sky. The pictures taken over the








next five years will be processed by the University’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Tricia Barker, public affairs coordinator for NCSA, said it will take the data and make it available for the survey’s scientists. NCSA, which houses the supercomputer Blue Waters, is one of the few organizations that has the ability to run quadrillions of calculations every second, which makes possible processing the trillions of bytes of data that this project will accumulate. The camera will be able to see light up to 100,000 galaxies and eight billion light years away. Siv Schwink, communications coordinator for the physics deparment, said the purpose of the project is to “solve the biggest mystery of our time — what is dark energy?” Dark Energy is believed to be the force that is causing the acceleration of universe expansion, while it should be decelerating due to the gravitational effects of ordinary matter.






The Marching Illini performs during halftime of the game against Indiana at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Oct. 27.

Attacking Syria could influence Assad to retaliate BY KEVIN G. HALL


Marching Illini get new turf practice field

Illinois defeats Cincinnati, 45-17


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Concerns raised about members’ independence BY ALI WATKINS MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE


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Rights to ‘World Trade Center’ name were quietly sold for $10 BY SHAWN BOBURG MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

For more than four decades, the World Trade Center has been one of the world’s greatest public landmarks. But in a quiet deal nearly 30 years ago, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sold off the rights to the buildings’ name to a nonprofit organization established by one of its executives for $10. The former executive, Guy Tozzoli, who died this year, earned millions primarily by licensing the name through the group, the World Trade Centers Association. The Port Authority is among the hundreds of licensees around the world paying thousands of dollars each year for the privilege of using the words “World Trade Center.” Now, with the Port Authority hoping to sell branded souvenirs and merchandise next year after the new One World Trade Center skyscraper opens, the World Trade Centers Association is requesting free office space worth more than $500,000

a year in exchange for use of the trademark. “I am gravely concerned that a secret deal, years ago, sold the name of the World Trade Center for 10 bucks,” said the Port Authority’s deputy executive director, Bill Baroni. The deal with Tozzoli’s group came out of an era when the Port Authority was often criticized for leading an imperial, self-interested existence in which its executives were rewarded with travel and other perks unusual in government. The sale of the trademark turned out to be perhaps the biggest financial benefit of Tozzoli’s long career, during which he oversaw construction of the Twin Towers. In 2011, his last year as president of the nonprofit, according to WTCA tax filings, Tozzoli received $626,000. A World Trade Centers Association representative said the organization was not set up to make money, but rather to pursue laudable goals. A search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows the association has


trademarked the name on a host of products including greeting cards, pens and binoculars. The spat is intensifying as the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches — a tragedy that the nonprofit groups says in a promotional video on its website has raised awareness of the World Trade Center brand. The WTCA charges an initial $200,000 for use of the name on a building, plus $10,000 in annual membership fees. The Port Authority, owner of the nearly completed skyscraper called One World Trade Center, pays the $10,000 fee, records show. Silverstein Properties, the firm that is building three other towers on the site that also use the name, has an undisclosed agreement with the association, said Scott Richie of the WTCA general counsel. Each year, more than 320 members, public and private, also pay. In 2011, the company’s revenue was $6.9 million. There is one member in a run-down storefront off Hudson Street in Hackensack. Suite 1 of the building is the

home of the World Trade Center of Northern New Jersey, which doubles as a real estate office. Kley Peralta, a 70-year-old real estate broker who runs the center with his son, the owner, said they get business leads through the World Trade Center network. The Peraltas take a commission if they can close a deal, he said. The broader WTCA says it offers members some of the same kind of services: information about market conditions in their respective regions, local business contacts, business support services and group trade missions. Members can use the facilities of other World Trade Centers around the world. Nevertheless, records show that the venture was lucrative for Tozzoli and other Port Authority retirees. Public tax filings by the WTCA show that in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Tozzoli’s combined annual compensation was $1.7 million. That was on top of a $113,000-a-year public pension. The three years of tax filings are currently the only ones publicly available.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has announced the names of the five members of a task force to examine the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of Internet and cell phone records, but privacy and open government advocates say they don’t believe the panel is likely to be very critical of the NSA program. At the time Obama announced the panel’s creation Aug. 9, anger at the extent of the NSA collection efforts was at its height, and the president’s move was intended to calm growing congressional calls for curbs on the program. Obama said the panel would be made up of outside experts and would review the government’s use of its intelligence-gathering capabilities and whether it adhered to constitutional standards. “The review group will assess whether, in light of advancements in communications technologies, the United States employs its technical collection capabilities in a manner that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while appropriately accounting for other policy considerations, such as the risk of unauthorized disclosure and our need to maintain the public trust,” a White House memorandum on the panel said. But advocates note that four of the five people named to the panel last week have long histories in government or in the intelligence community, and they said that made it unlikely the panel would be critical of the government’s practices when it completes its required final report, which is due Dec. 15. Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, said even the panel’s assignment misses the major concerns that have been expressed about the NSA programs, which had been kept largely secret from the public until their extent was leaked in June by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “Basically, they’re saying,

‘Well how can we optimize surveillance while taking privacy into account?’ Aftergood said. But what people really want to know is whether the NSA violates the law and the Constitution, he added. “I’m not sure that that sense of urgency has been adequately communicated to the review board.” The a d m i n i s t r a t i o n ’s announcement of the panel in August sparked controversy, when statements released by the White House suggested that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper would lead the inquiry. Obama later denied that Clapper would have a hand in the panel, which the president had insisted would be “independent” of the administration. But although Clapper will not lead the review, four of the panel’s five members have direct ties to the executive branch and its intelligence-gathering apparatus. Michael Morell is the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Richard Clarke is the former national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism, and served as a counter-terrorism and security adviser in the administrations of presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Peter Swire served as chief privacy counsel for the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton. Cass Sunstein, a law professor at Harvard University, is reportedly a close friend of the president and was formerly administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which oversees the policies of executive agencies. The panel’s fifth member is Geoffrey Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago and an expert on conflicts between constitutional rights and national security. He joined the faculty of the law school in 1973, two years after he received his law degree. “It’s notable that several members of the board have strong ties to the intelligence community or the administration,” said Jameel Jaffer, who directs the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “On the whole, it does seem a bit of a stretch to call this an independent board.”

Enrollment numbers declining in Missouri Colleges under pressures to bring in more students BY TIM BARKER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

ST. LOUIS — The University of Missouri-Columbia needs to find 638 students over the next few weeks to avoid ending a winning streak that started in 1995. Since then, the school has managed to grow — sometimes by a little, and sometimes by a lot — every year. The numbers won’t be final for a couple of weeks. And while Mizzou did pick up nearly 500 stragglers by the time the official count was taken last year, things don’t look so promising this time around. Of course, it’s not a major blow for a school with more than 34,000 students to lose a couple hundred of them. But it illustrates the mounting pressure colleges face as they deal with a demographic shift that’s churning out smaller high school graduating classes. It’s forcing schools to get creative in attracting students, often setting their sights on states where students are more plentiful. The problem is that many schools have the same ideas, said Ann Korschgen, Mizzou’s vice provost for enrollment management. “There is much more aggressive competition this year,” Korschgen said in an email. “Many other major universities from across the country are trying to attract nonresident students, often with substantial scholarship packages or tuition waivers.” A look around the region shows that Mizzou is among several campuses with slipping enrollment. It should be noted that some schools will gain sub-


SYRIA the regime would then be at stake. “I think that some of these scenarios for ‘unforeseen consequences’ are a bit alarmist. I think the threats emanating from Damascus and Tehran are meant to unset-

stantially between now and the time they take their official counts, while others will lose students. In Springfield, Mo., Missouri State University’s early enrollment figures show a 7.8 percent decline, but it is expected to surge by more than 2,000 students after high schoolers enroll in dual-credit programs. Similarly, Lindenwood University’s preliminary numbers suggest an 8.4 percent dip, but the figures don’t factor in some latestarting programs expected to create an enrollment increase topping 4 percent. More troubling is what’s happening at St. Louis Community College, where enrollment has fallen more than 18 percent since 2011 when the school boasted an enrollment of more than 29,000. This year alone, enrollment is down nearly 11 percent, falling below the 24,000 mark. While the school is scrambling to deal with the repercussions of the decline, it was not unexpected. Community colleges, in particular, tend to see an enrollment boost during tough economic times, followed by a decline when things get better. That, combined with the smaller pool of high school graduates, is hurting the school. “I don’t think where we are is any surprise to us,” said Donna Dare, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. “Community colleges across the country are feeling the pinch. We’re all trying to level out and see where we stabilize.” The community’s college’s downward trend also means trouble for the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which draws half of its transfer students from there. It’s a situation that’s driven UMSL to push its recruiting tle nervous populations in western countries,” said Wayne White, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and a former deputy director of the State Department’s office in charge of Middle East intelligence. By retaliating, Assad would invite even more intervention in Syria’s conflict, White said. If there is a strike, both Assad


Freshman Ryan Serrano walks across the quad at Maryville University to his dorm after class Aug. 30. Serrano, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is studying criminal justice at Maryville. boundaries as far as Chicago — with mixed results. On one hand, the school saw a 5 percent increase in transfer applications this year, fueling hopes of a 1 percent increase in undergrads. But the optimism faded when the surge in applicants failed to produce an increase in actual students, said Alan Byrd, dean of enrollment services. Instead, the school is looking at a slight enrollment decline and the prospect of similar results in coming years. “We have to be able to attract more students from outside the region,” Byrd said. “We can’t rely on local students to meet our enrollment goals.”

There are schools, however, that are having success in spite of the high school demographic obstacle. Early returns show the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a 4 percent increase in students. Laura Stoll, vice provost and dean of enrollment management, attributes the hike to the school’s strong reputation and the fact that its graduates earn an average starting salary approaching $60,000 a year. “We hear it from the families,” Stoll said. “People want a return on their investment.” On the far extreme is Maryville University, which is looking at a 19 percent enroll-

ment increase, topping the 5,000 mark. That is, in part, because of an aggressive out-of-state recruiting effort that started several years ago, said Mark Lombardi, the school’s president. The university also has ramped up its graduate and online offerings — all part of an effort to counter the decline in high schoolers. “A lot of schools sort of circled the wagons and looked inward,” Lombardi said. “We did the reverse.” Maryville pulls 60 percent of its students from within 200 miles of the school. And while enrollment has remained steady with that group, Lombardi said the strongest growth had come

from out of state. The school actively seeks students throughout the Midwest and now has full-time recruiters in Texas and California, a state that’s having trouble meeting the higher education needs of its residents. Among the school’s recent additions is Ryan Serrano, a freshman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Serrano, who is studying criminal justice, said he learned about Maryville when he went to one of the university’s recruiting sessions at his high school. Maryville gradually climbed to the top of his wish list as he visited schools on the East and West coasts.

and Obama must calibrate their responses with an eye toward an end goal. For Assad, it’s a basic one: outlasting the insurgents and surviving. For Obama, the matter is more complicated. “You do ultimately want a negotiated outcome to this conflict because we certainly don’t want to see the regime win — but we don’t

want to see a straight-up victory for the opposition,” said Michael Singh, a former top national security adviser during the administration of President George W. Bush. A collapse of the Assad regime could leave parts of Syria ungovernable and strengthen jihadists who make up part of the opposition, he cautioned.


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DARK ENERGY “It’s like when you throw a rock in the air, you expect it to slow as it travels further up,” Thaler said. “This would be equivalent to you tossing the rock up, then it just shoots up out of nowhere.”

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Student debt crisis needs attention from US policymakers


he statistics are widely available: There is roughly $1 trillion of student debt, more than 37 million people have outstanding loans and the average sticker price of a college education exceeds $20,000 a year. And these numbers continue to climb. Growing along with these numbers is U.S. policymakers’ focus on slowing or reversing these increases. How to handle these exorbitant debts seems to puzzle Congress and, more pointedly, the state because despite all the talk, little action has excelled at rescuing debt-laden Generation Y students. In an attempt to give the debt crisis more light, the Illinois Student Senate created an ad hoc Student Debt Awareness committee Wednesday. Currently, there is no committee in ISS that specifically handles student debt, and the topic appears on its agenda only when a senator seems to think it imperative to speak about it. The creation of the committee will not solve the debt crisis faced by our generation, and is it likely to create any noticeable dent in it, but it will give students facing the seismic weight of student debt a voice in the matter. ISS has the ability to take its legislation before the University and before the state, and the personal stories of University students, who face some of the highest instate tuition prices in the U.S., could push the state to solve the problem more swiftly. It might seem silly to create a specific committee to bring more awareness to something so real to students, but we don’t think it is. Our generation has become so vastly dependent on loans and our parents to take us in when we simply can’t make payments or find sufficient employment. Education was once a cost that was worth the thousands of dollars in loans, but the difficulty of finding a job or paying down the debts we accumulate seems to signal otherwise. But we are also dependent on a college education. Secretary and office assistant jobs for Generation X could be secured with a good work ethic and a high school diploma, but that’s not the case any longer. We can’t make it in this country without a college degree, but we also can’t make it with one. Students living with this debt are acutely aware of the dire situation a few months after graduation. Most legislators understand it, but several of them haven’t lived with it like we do now. Our generation is alone in this burden, but now it seems fixing it is out of our control. We can’t boycott college; we can’t just skip it because it’s too expensive. For better or worse, we have to go. All we can afford is to voice our experiences and hope that it gets through to our government that this cannot continue.

Bullying not just a school-aged phenomenon SEHAR SIDDIQUI Opinions columnist


hen I think about bullying, my mind first jumps anywhere between elementary school and high school. The images that I first think of include bigger-studenton-smaller-student bullying and the typical stealing lunch money scenario or the cliche “meet me at the playground after school� situation. Although these situations are problematic, one stands out more than the other. What I never thought of is the idea of bullying on a college campus, perhaps because it doesn’t get that much attention. Maybe this could be explained by the differing natures of bullying in school-aged versus collegeaged individuals. Even the way the structures of K-12 schools and college campuses are set up could contribute to this discrepancy. The next question I asked myself was, “Why?� It couldn’t be as simple as bullying just not existing on a college campus. What happened to the bullies in high school whose misdeeds went under the radar? Did they suddenly reform, or are they carrying out their activities in a more clandestine fashion? Maybe once bullies transition to college, they’re intimidated that they’re no longer at the top of the hierarchy.

On the other hand, some of these bullies might be more fluid in their abuse and can easily switch to other, more nonconfrontational forms of abuse. Although students in the K-12 range don’t always report incidents of cyberbullying, smaller class sizes may allow teachers to detect distraught students more easily especially since these teachers are more concerned with their students’ mental well-being than college professors can be. On college campuses with class sizes ranging anywhere from seven to 750 students, it’s almost impossible for professors to notice students who might be in trouble, and more importantly, it’s no longer the professor’s responsibility. Lack of staff and teacher involvement could contribute to decreased reports of bullying on college campuses. Additionally, we can also look at the fact that in recent years, bullying has taken on new identities. It’s no longer just a black and white physical form of aggression. Peer harassment extends to cyberbullying, exclusion or other forms of passive-aggressive abuse. These forms of bullying that can occur over social networking sites, text messages or even emails are much more difficult to keep track of and record. Bullies who are too fearful to continue carrying out their activities in person can now take refuge behind a computer screen. Reporting these incidents depends on the victim either reporting the incident themselves

or choosing to fill out a survey for research purposes. Professors at Indiana State University realized that there was barely any research on college bullying and conducted a study across college campuses. They found that 22 percent of college students were cyberbullied and 15 percent experienced bullying in some other shape or form. This statistic might not seem staggeringly high; however, this study also found that 25 percent of children K-12 have been cyberbullied. When you compare the two proportions, the three percent difference doesn’t seem like that huge of a gap, so it is shocking to observe that the occurrence of cyberbullying across college campuses isn’t really significantly lower than the incidence of cyberbullying in K-12 schools. These numbers show that bullying is still an issue even beyond high school and, accordingly, deserves more attention and research. Professors from Indiana State University speculate that there is a high possibility of even more bullying cases, but due to minimal research and students not coming forward, there is not much record of this kind of harassment. Another study conducted by the University at Buffalo supports that 22 percent of college-aged students have been cyberbullied, and in addition, states that 18.5 percent of college students have experienced some type of bullying. Since a university in the Midwest and a university on

the East Coast had consistent findings, it begs the question of whether other universities across America also had similar rates of bullying, or instances of bullying at all. Luckily, most campuses including ours offer some kind of counseling service. These counselors can assist students with their immediate problems and recommend a range of services students can take advantage of. Also, students living in residence halls can turn to their resident advisors for help if they ever find themselves the victim of a bullying situation. Bullying is a pervasive and serious issue, and the prevalence of it across universities is barely spoken of. An environmental change does not lead to a personality change. Bullies can adapt to torment students from afar and because of the advances of the digital age, they can also cloak themselves in the anonymity of social networking. While some universities are beginning to notice patterns of bullying that continue into college, more schools from different regions should begin carrying out their own research as well. Higher observance of these usually unreported cases would lead to more awareness and eventually more campus resources to deal with and prevent bullying.

Sehar is a junior in LAS. She can be reached at shsiddi2@

We shouldn’t strive to avoid or fit into gender roles ADAM HUSKA Opinions editor


take responsibility when it comes time to resurrect the dust buster because the accumulation of cat hair on the living room floor has manifested into tumbleweeds, and our hardwood floors into carpet. And when a food coma confines us to the couch and we can’t take one more second of Carrie Bradshaw meta-commenting her doubts with Big, even though she cheated on him with Aiden, but then moved to Paris with Petrovsky, which is totally — you get the point — it’s Tyler who scavenges through the cushions for the remote. I’m obviously the man in the relationship: I have the lower voice, the larger of our residual collections of sport shorts from the “straight� years, and I get uncomfortable wearing more than two primary colors in one shirt. Tyler probably doesn’t wear the pants in the relationship: He likes wearing neon pants that might as well revolve around the Earth like a second sun. He condemns me for my fashion disasters such as wanting to wear anything American Eagle, and he does the majority of the housework. It’s plain and simple: Society depicts that the one that does the masculine work wears the pants, the one that doesn’t is, well, just the belt to keep the pants up, I guess. Asking who’s the man and who’s

the woman in the relationship isn’t typically asked out of curiosity, nor is it usually asked expecting a serious, straightforward answer. Fact is, asking who wears the pants and asking who the man is in the relationship, it’s degrading. Because both of us wear pants. Both of us have typically masculine characteristics, and both of us have feminine ones, too. Neither of us are the man or the woman, nor the pants or the skirt. We’re both the men in the relationship. We’re just two individuals in a committed relationship. And our roles? Well, that’s the beauty about being in an untraditional relationship: There don’t need to be any. If you have to ask two men who the man is in the relationship, the optometrist is a phone call away, and may I recommend a dose of feminist theory while you’re at it? We are both men who don’t strive to fit roles and molds set by heterosexual couples and a heteronormative society. Sometimes I do the traditionally feminine work, and other times the traditionally masculine. But at the end of the day, it’s not gendered work, just work. And whether that particular job fits a gender’s role is just as irrelevant; we conform to the type of work that needs to be done, period. And this extrapolates into an even larger problem: social hierarchies. And you don’t need to look much further than our very own campus and throughout the media to see the intersection between gender roles and social hierarchies. Gay men competing to be the bulkiest, “straightest,� most masculine

you can be without actually being heterosexual. Because when you’re perceived as straight, you assimilate better into a society that values white, heterosexual men. And once that hyper-masculinity is obtained, the rest are instantly deemed feminine. This phenomenon perpetuates so that eventually, the distinction between feminine and masculine gay men is largely observable, and the status as either a masculine or feminine gay man is all the more important to associate with. There is undoubtedly a crossroads between traditional gender roles and untraditional relationships. The same groups that are, in fact, untraditional and who don’t adhere to traditional roles, are now trying to simply force themselves to fit. There are untraditional groups trying to fit traditional roles — and it just doesn’t work. I’m not the man in the relationship, and neither is Tyler. The first problem is pretending like there needs to be one, the second is that our society can’t look at gender roles as malleable and abstract. Sure, Tyler may be handier around the house, and I’m more about work and school, but that’s just our personalities, not our permanent roles. If the cats are clawing each other over catnip privileges, it’s not Tyler’s job nor is it mine. It’s the job for whoever isn’t stubborn enough to wake up in the middle of the night and not complain about it the next morning.

Adam is a senior in ACES. He can be reached at huska1@

Asking who’s the man and who’s the woman in the relationship isn’t typically asked out of curiosity, nor is it usually asked expecting a serious, straightforward answer. Face is, asking who wears the pants and asking who the man is in the relationship, it’s degrading.


Monday, September 9, 2013




Latté Da! Cafe & Coffee Bar opened its sixth C-U location in a unique area under Lincoln Hall Theater. The cafe serves coffee and espresso drinks, cold sandwiches and salads. Catering within the building is also offered to faculty with pastries from Pekara Bakery & Bistro.

Latté Da! expands with new cafe in Lincoln Hall BY KARYNA RODRIGUEZ SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Now hidden in Lincoln Hall is a treasure. Step through the doors of the main entrance off the Quad. Walk across the marble floors of the foyer and turn right at the staircase. Now, journey a short distance down the East hallway until the outdoor courtyard comes into view. Descend the steps and walk through the hallway past the glass windows. The treasure is there, tucked away in an area under the Lincoln Hall Theater: coffee. With the opening of Latté Da! Cafe & Coffee Bar in Lincoln Hall, students and faculty can now grab a coffee or pick up a cold sandwich or salad at the cafe’s kiosk in between classes and sit at one of the surrounding tables. The cafe opened its sixth Champaign-Urbana location at the beginning of the semester. “We’re off the beaten path a little bit,” said Lauren Klein, owner of Latté Da!. “So here you kind of have to find us. It’s a little bit more mysterious.” Although the location is incomplete, the cafe is still open for business. Its official


BUDDY The rest of the show took on an intimate, informal atmosphere; although there were hundreds of audience members present, it seemed like he was connecting with each of them personally. Members of the audience would shout their song requests, and he would play them — only if the whole crowd would sing parts of the chorus enthusiastically. During his set, his numbers included “Five Long Years,” “Feels Like Rain,” “Someone Else is Steppin’ In” and “Meet Me in Chicago,” a song from his newest album, “Rhythm & Blues.” The record was released in late June earlier this summer. At one point during the show, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer strolled up and down


LUCINDA sense of her character,” Berkovich said. “It’s the way she gives herself.” But this is not to say that the audience was silent the entire time. During upbeat songs, the audience danced and cheered as much as they could while sitting down. Audience favorites seemed to be “Fruits of My Labor,” “Concrete Barbed Wire” and “Out of Touch.” Perhaps this is the value of Williams’ talent: no matter the tempo, style or content of the song, listeners are able to find


CINDY About halfway through the show, Cashdollar and Dickinson began a couple of friendly, yet very impressive, guitar duels. In the middle of two songs, the two began trading riffs back and forth to the delight of the audience. Alongside the strings and

grand opening will take place around Homecoming, Klein said. Some minor construction still needs to be completed, such as putting trim work along the bottom of the walls. Klein said many people use the cafe’s space to study and pass time between classes. She said the reaction from students and faculty has been positive. “Everyone seems really excited that we’re here,” Klein said. “Especially the faculty. I know they’ve been waiting to get a cup of coffee.” Although the new location offers many of the same menu items as its other locations, Klein said it will expand for the grand opening. More hot food, such as soups, grilled paninis and toasted bagels will be available. The cafe, which is a vendor of the Illini Union food court, was originally meant to open with last year’s re-opening of Lincoln Hall, but was pushed back due to other reconstruction projects. Lori Holmes, retail service coordinator for the Illini Union, said that the idea for the cafe was supported by students who were request-






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Vet Medicine campus (Basic Sciences Building) Lincoln Hall ing to have a food and beverage options in Lincoln Hall. “We had the opportunity to provide additional services to the students in places they had identified, and that’s why we’re here,” Holmes said. Klein said the cafe is open on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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both aisles on the main floor. The audience was euphoric, standing, cheering and eagerly capturing the moment with their smartphones. Guy even sat down in one of the few empty seats and strummed among the spectators. Between songs, Guy talked about his past. He reminisced about his childhood growing up in rural Louisiana in the 1930s and ’40s. As a boy, he made his own two-stringed guitar and taught himself to play in his free time. When he was 21, he moved up to Chicago and caught a break with one of his idols at the time, Muddy Waters. During the concert, Guy listed off a number of his other musical influences in the form of song snippets. He played tunes from John Lee Hooker, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles, to name a few — all the time testing the crowd’s

blues knowledge. He insisted that everything he learned throughout his career was based on these greats and that he emulated their legacies. At the end of the set, Guy received an overwhelming standing ovation that lasted several minutes. Members of the audience shouted for an encore, but Guy had already made his exit. Regardless, he left his impression on all the fans who flocked to ELLNORA on Friday night. It’s clear that when Guy is onstage, his good-humored personality is potent. He’s a lifelong entertainer, and it shows. He puts passion and soul into his blues tunes, and those are what made him the living legend that he is today.

art in her work. To me, the overall performance was a work of art. It was a beautiful sight to see a group of musicians — Williams, bassist David Sutton, drummer Butch Norton and The Wallflower’s guitarist Stuart Mathis — join together as one unit. For an hour and a half, I witnessed not only the talent of Williams, but the knitting of harmonies, melodies and rhythms of multiple professionals. Each musician played with such ease and grace that I became an instant fan. But all of this could not have happened if it weren’t for Williams. Throughout the night,

she was the main orchestrator and foundation of the performance. There wasn’t a moment when she wasn’t in sync with her bandmates. I found this to be the most inspiring and admirable aspect of Williams as an artist, and as a person. The night ended with two standing ovations, one after the final song of the performance and the second encore song. Williams brought character, soul and beauty to ELLNORA and ended the night with these two words: “Love and peace.”

rhythms of the other musicians, LaVere and McNally injected their harmonies into the more jazzy and blues-driven songs. Their voices complemented each other’s well with the laidback quality of the folk-style melodies. With and without their string instruments, the two showed their effortless musical proficiency in Friday’s performance. All in all, the group attracted

an entire tent-full of people in the late afternoon sun. Many of the spectators were tapping their feet, bobbing their heads and clapping along to the music. As the musicians walked off stage after their final song, they received a standing ovation to complete the performance.

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Local venue, international scale Lang showcases variety of genres BY STEPHANIE KIM STAFF WRITER

As Jonny Lang took the stage to close the Opening Night Party of ELLNORAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth biennial guitar festival, the crowd erupted into applause and excited cheers. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t familiar with Lang prior to this performance, but his undeniable stage presence and humble aura grabbed my attention. At the start of the show, it was obvious that I was in the presence of a star. Lang entered the music scene at the young age of 16 and found great success with his major-label debut â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lie To Me.â&#x20AC;? Since then, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a Grammy Awardwinning American singer and songwriter with a style that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fit into a particular genre but a blend of many: rock, blues, Gospel and even a bit of country. Thus, it seemed Langâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance at ELLNORA was an exciting event for guitar enthusiasts and music lovers. One fan in the audience was Paul Speers, a 61-year-old retiree from Urbana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the blues world, he was being titled as a prodigy, and of

course I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the opportunity to see him here in my own backyard,â&#x20AC;? Speers said. Before long, I could understand Speersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enthusiasm for Langâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. Lang played guitar solos and licks with so much passion and energy that he was dripping with sweat by the end of the first song. Lang treated his electric guitar with such delicateness that he was able to produce beautiful music, regardless of whether the song was fast or slow. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shared the stage with guitar legends such as Buddy Guy, B.B. King and The Rolling Stones in the past 16 years. However, the guitar isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only instrument Lang mastered â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his voice is a fine-tuned instrument of its own. Bearing the resemblance of Steven Tylerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high vocal range, Lang also possesses the smooth vocals of Gavin DeGraw and the soul of Jeff Buckley. Lang showcased this diverse mix of vocal styles through the delivery of difficult runs, the vocal mimicking of high-pitched guitar notes and the purity of his tone.


Jonny Lang performs during the Opening Night Party of ELLNORA at the Krannert Center in Urbana on Thursday. All of these elements created such a powerful energy and unique sound that my body couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but move to the melodic artistry of Langâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance. I could see that the majority of the audience felt the same way, as their bodies swayed, feet tapped and heads shook in awe of Langâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical craft. One audience member I noticed in particular was Mary Ellen Farrell, a 62-year-old guitar enthusiast and ELLNORA frequenter from Urbana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been coming to the guitar festival ever since it started,â&#x20AC;? Farrell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love blues guitar, and (Langâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) voice is so incredible.â&#x20AC;?

In the end, with the help of his touring band â&#x20AC;&#x201D; drummer Barry Alexander, bassist James Anton, rhythm guitarist Akil Thompson and keyboardist Dwan Hill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lang succeeded in bringing a performance that the audience would remember and could ultimately respond to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The guy just puts a ton of energy, and I think the crowd felt that and they were giving it back. It seemed like he was just feeding off of it,â&#x20AC;? Speers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great show.â&#x20AC;?

Stephanie is a senior in Media. She can be reached at


Cindy Cashdollar accompanies Luther Dickinson & The Wandering on her dobro guitar at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.

Folk, blues mix in joint performance BY REEMA ABI-AKAR STAFF WRITER

When the members of Luther Dickinson & The Wandering are onstage, you can tell theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a good time. When Cindy Cashdollar joins the mix, it becomes an upbeat, rhythmic party. On Friday afternoon at ELLNORA, the musical group lit up Krannert Center for the Performing Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sonic Garden with a myriad of restructured southern roots tunes. In fact, the concert was moved outdoors from its original indoor location to take advantage of the sunny weather. T h is ye a r, C ashdol l a r is E L L NOR Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a r tist-i nresidence. She is an acclaimed Grammy-winning guitarist who has recorded music with the likes of Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison. She has performed at EL L NOR A three times in the past. This weekend, she supplemented Luther Dickinson & the Wandering, whose frontman himself has appeared at ELLNORA two times. Luther Dickinson was ELLNORAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artist-in-residence in 2011. As early-arriving viewers sipped their drinks and others trickled inside the white tent, Dicki nson strummed his guitar. In between songs, he talked about his father, the late Mississippi roots music legend Jim Dickinson. His musically inclined family would play â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi front porch music jams,â&#x20AC;? which he and his band emulated Friday at Krannert.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sit on the front porch and drink moonshine and jive,â&#x20AC;? he said, inviting a few chuckles from the audience. Dickinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fellow bandmate Sharde Thomas also has music a l t a lent r u n n i ng through her family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her late grandfather Otha Turner was famous for his fife and drum music in Mississippi during the mid-1900s. For most of his life, he was a farmer, but once he began making and playing his own bamboo fifes, Turner became a full-fledged musician. During the show, Thomas showed her own drum and fife skills, maintaining the legacy of her grandfather. The onstage musicians also included Wandering band members Amy LaVere, Shannon McNally and John Paul Keith. Their instruments ranged from a keyboard, drums, a fife, a double bass and of course, guitars. Cashdollar strummed a lap steel guitar throughout most of the 50-minute set. Together they played nine songs, keeping the theme of jazz, folk and blues-rock while adding their own distinctive st yle. T hey tra nsitioned smoothly from one genre to the next, with the members switching dominant vocals, guitar and other instruments. Their variety meshed well, creating a unique alfresco-style concert. The song list included the Wanderingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wang Dang Doodleâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sentimental Blues,â&#x20AC;? as well as the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Glory, Glory.â&#x20AC;?




Legendary Louisiana-born bluesman Buddy Guy takes the stage at ELLNORA on Friday night at Krannert Center. Buddy Guy put on an electrifying performance that had the crowd jamming out the entire time.


Lucinda Williams (center) performs at the Krannert Center on Satuday during the ELLNORA guitar festival. She was named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best songwriterâ&#x20AC;? by Time Magazine in 2002.

Buddy Guy brings Lucinda Williams energy to the stage â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;spoke to the soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY REEMA ABI-AKAR STAFF WRITERÂ

After roughly 60 years of playing the guitar, Buddy Guy hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missed a beat. On Friday night, the blues music icon played an hourand-a-half-long set to a packed house at the Krannert Center for the Performing Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tryon Festival Theatre. Gatherers in the outdoor Sonic Garden were also able to watch the show from a free live stream of the ELLNORA stage. Cracking jokes and even clowning around with the photographers, the 77-year-old guitarist certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let his age hinder the energy of his performance. He made playing the guitar look effortless and natural, all while engaging the crowd and spewing complicated riffs and intricate impromptu solos. Urbana is not unfamiliar territory for Guy; he has played here in the past, including a

show back in 1983. Today, the six-time Grammy-winning artist is known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. His talents have been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Medal of Arts, Rolling Stone, and through many more awards. In the past, the acclaimed musician has collaborated with guitar virtuosos Johnny Winter, Carlos Santana, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton, among many others. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everybody doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tonight?â&#x20AC;? he asked near the beginning of the show, inviting raucous cheers from the crowd. One lone spectator shouted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How are you doinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;? The audience laughed, and Guy thought for a second. With a sincere smile, he replied that the crowd was making him feel â&#x20AC;&#x153;on top of the world.â&#x20AC;?




Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it felt odd being an outlier in a crowd of predominantly 50- and 60-year-olds. But after seeing Lucinda Williams perform at ELLNORA on Saturday night, I wondered why I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard of her before. Williams began her career with the release her album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ramblinâ&#x20AC;? in 1979, featuring a blend of rock, folk and country music. Although her unique style didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring immediate success, her skill and raw talent didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go unnoticed. She won a Grammy award and performed with music legends, such as Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, later in her career. Having performed for nearly 35 years, Williams is no stranger to the stage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it showed Saturday night. Although it was a subdued performance, her voice and simple acoustic pluckings were enough on their own. The power of her voice enabled


her to express emotions with grace and charisma that spoke to the soul. It was the beautiful union between her clear and piercing tone and fragile falsetto that brought about an emotional response from the audience. Although the audience was quiet for the most part, it was more of an act of respect and admiration for the artist. This was especially true during the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was emotional. It was moving. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just amazing as an artist and moving as a woman,â&#x20AC;? said Nadia Berkovich, a firsttime ELLNORA attendant from Urbana. Her lyrics arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mere reflections, but stories of life experiences and the nature of humanity. Because of this, listeners are able to feel a personal connection to her music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is able to say a story and a story about her song; we get a




SPORTS Olympic committee reinstates wrestling Sport now seeks to become more spectator-friendly BY MATT STEINER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE


Offense leads way with 500 yards; goal-line stop key to win BY SEAN HAMMOND SENIOR WRITER

It was a goal-line stand with more than 20 minutes of play left, but the game was very much on the line. Trailing 21-10 with a fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux ran to his left and dove for the end zone. He was met by Illinois safety Earnest Thomas and linebacker Mike Svetina. The ball was lost from view in the scrum. Officials originally ruled the play a touchdown, and the Bearcats were back in the game. But after an official video review, it was determined Legaux had fumbled the ball inches from the end zone. Officials explained the ball had been recovered by another Cincinnati player, and by rule, the ball cannot be advanced from that point. Illinois ball. The Illini took possession and marched 99 yards for a touchdown and never looked back. Illinois went on to win 45-17 in front of an announced crowd of 43,031 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I punched at (the ball) and tried to come in with my head up,â&#x20AC;? said Thomas, who was officially given the forced fumble in the stat book. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really took the second and third guy (Svetina and linebacker Mason Monheim) to keep him out of there. If they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come, he might have still gotten in.â&#x20AC;? Head coach Tim Beckman said he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the ball had crossed the end zone, and he was prepared to chal-

lenge the play if the officials hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reviewed it. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to. The call was reversed and the Illini won. But this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a win; it was a statement. And it was a statement no one saw coming. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase and the Illini passing attack picked up right where it left off last week against Southern Illinois. Scheelhaase connected with Josh Ferguson, Martize Barr, Steve Hull and Evan Wilson for touchdowns. He finished the game with 312 yards on 26-for-37 passing. His four touchdowns matched his season total from 2012. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unit rolled in the first half, jumping out to a 21-0 lead. The Bearcats would answer just before halftime with Legaux throwing a 1-yard touchdown to Max Morrison. Cincinnati added a field goal in the third quarter and then came the goalline stand. The Illini would outscore the Bearcats 24-7 after that and score the final 17 points of the game. Any attempt at a comeback was deflated when Legaux went down with a gruesome leg injury with fewer than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Illinois defensive end Tim Kynard hit Legaux in the knee just after Legaux released a pass over the middle. Legauxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg bent in the wrong direction, and he crumpled onto the turf. He was down on the field for several minutes while a stretcher was brought out. His Cincinnati teammates left the


TOP: Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Steve Hull reaches for a touchdown against Cincinnati at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Hull finished with 3 catches for 53 yards. BOTTOM: Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ryan Lankford runs in a touchdown. Lankford played a big role both in the air and on the ground, finishing with 46 rushing and 10 receiving yards.


bench and took a knee in silent prayer. The stadium fell silent. Beckman was trying to reach Legaux after the play, sprinting from his spot on the sideline to where Legaux fell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; somewhere around the 25-yard line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to get out there to him as quickly as I could,â&#x20AC;? Beckman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he was in pain, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no question.â&#x20AC;? Legaux was carted off and brought straight to the hospital, Bearcats head

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Illinois' Houston Bates (55) and Jonathan Brown (45) tackle Cincinnati's Muchie Legaux during Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory at Memorial Stadium.

thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slowly learning. It was athletic director Mike Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; old school, a team that rose through the ranks and turned a mediocre program into one that went 10-3 last season. The Bearcats could dominate. Illini optimists hoped their team would remain competitive. But no. Illinois had something to say Saturday. Illinois ran a smooth, fast-paced offense for four quarters, taking advantage of Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weak edges with a dizzying array of formations and glitch plays to run away with the game. The Illini kept a balance, with 220 rushing yards and 312 passing yards, hitting different receivers and using different players to carry the weight on the ground. Illinois was bigger where it count-

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A loud cheer echoed throughout at USA Wrestling headquarters on Sunday morning. Just after 9:30 a.m., about a gathering of 75 people could breathe a little easier after International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge declared wrestling reinstated for the 2020 and 2024 Olympics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After having heard we made it, there is that much more fight,â&#x20AC;? said Erin Golston, of the national womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, who is targeting 2020 as her Olympic debut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our dream is still alive,â&#x20AC;? she said. Wrestling, squash and baseball-softball joined five other sports to make their cases to retain the sports before the IOC in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;semifinalsâ&#x20AC;? in late May. After an intense 10 minutes of nervously waiting for the IOC general assembly to complete the vote, Rogge announced that wrestling received 49 of 95 votes submitted. Baseball-softball took second among three finalists with 24 votes and squash received 23. Golston and her USA teammates broke almost complete silence with a deafening cheer, then in electronicage fashion, they all began Tweeting the good news. Clarissa Chun, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, was also at the USA Wrestling office on Sunday. She and others, including FILA president Nenad Lalovic, who was televised presenting from Buenos Aires, Argentina, called Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrestlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest match in history.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today is the most important day in the 2,000-year history of our sport,â&#x20AC;? said Lalovic, who became leader of international wrestlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governing body in February after the IOC eliminated his sport as a core Olympic sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel the weight of that history. Remaining on the Olympic program is crucial to wrestlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s survival.â&#x20AC;? After wrestling officials made a fi nal presentation to the more than 100 delegates to the general assembly, they took questions about changes made to the sport and the future. The biggest questions raised centered around years in which delegates considered wrestling a stagnate sport. Chang Ung, a taekwondo official from North Korea, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you have to go forward with the evolutionâ&#x20AC;? when addressing Lalovic, the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jim Scherr, and three other presenters for wrestling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all make mistakes, but we decided to listen and learn,â&#x20AC;? Lalovic said. Under Lalovicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guidance, FILA made a move toward diversity, adding women to the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership and creating two more womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight divisions for the Olympics. The governing body also made rule changes in an effort to make the sport more spectator-friendly. Wrestling dates back to about 700 B.C. and has been a part of the modern-day Olympics since 1896.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball grows tougher with help from SEAL Team PT BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER STAFF WRITER

Toughness and togetherness has been the mantra for the Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team since John Groce took over in April 2012. The Illini wore orange bracelets with â&#x20AC;&#x153;TNTâ&#x20AC;? engraved on them all last season to remind them of their motto and their goal of making the NCAA tournament. Last week, the Illini received a lesson on toughness and togetherness in a new way: from the United States militaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite. SEAL Team Physical Training, a company founded by former Navy SEAL John McGuire,

came to campus and worked with the Illini to help the team become more mentally tough and build chemistry. With nine new players, the Illini hardly knew each other when the SEAL team first came for a few days in June to work with the team. McGuire said he could see a clear difference in the Illini between the June and September workouts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We came here in June and worked with these guys a little bit, and obviously the coaches have worked very hard,â&#x20AC;? McGuire said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This team has come a long way.â&#x20AC;? The company, which also does

corporate team-building, came in to help Illinois build chemistry and leadership. One of the ways that the SEALs tried to build leadership was by splitting into two competing squads, each captained by a team member. Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams were captained by Nnanna Egwu and Tracy Abrams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nnanna really developed as a leader throughout the four days,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership really developed.â&#x20AC;? SEAL Team PT has a track record of success in working with athletic teams. The company worked with VCU prior to its Final Four run in 2011, and both

Toledo basketball teams won the MAC Championship after working with Seal Team PT in the summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I want to teach these kids is to believe in themselves,â&#x20AC;? McGuire said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can all do more than we think.â&#x20AC;? For Groce and his staff, doing more than they thought meant trying to keep up with the team by participating in most of the drills throughout the training session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a spring chicken anymore,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told (McGuire) I was sore and he said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Quit bragging.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; It shows our guys weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in it with them. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not

just watching and coaching from an ivory tower, so to speak. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more hands-on.â&#x20AC;? In their fi nal SEAL practice Friday, Groce and his staff followed the players into an inflatable pool full of ice water to swim under three weights, coming up for air each time in between. The drill was especially hard on assistant coach Paris Parham, who, along with a few Illini players, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to swim. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want the mindset that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re attacking fear head-on,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have them. Some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to admit that, but we all have fear. We all have insecurities; we all have

hopes, dreams, as a team we have to figure out where everybody lies in each of those areas and help them grow, and I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the neat thing about doing something like this is that it takes you outside your comfort zone.â&#x20AC;? The Illini competed in various drills, including races, push-ups and sit-ups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want our guys thinking we have to win everything we do in every area of our program to win anything at all,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn it on and off.â&#x20AC;? McGuire saw the competitive edge.



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Keep an eye out for these fresh faces in orange & blue ARYN BRAUN Illini columnist



Outside hitter Jocelynn Birks spikes the ball against Northern Illinois on April 7 at Huff Hall. Birks led the Illini to a 3-0 sweep of No. 11 Iowa State on Sunday.

Illini volleyball splits weekend matches BY BLAKE PON STAFF WRITER

Prior to its first home series of the season, the Illinois volleyball team continued its grueling schedule with a trip to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Challenge to face its toughest competition of the year thus far. The Illini opened up the tournament slowly, losing 3-1 Saturday to No. 14 San Diego, a team head coach Kevin Hambly said would be the most difficult matchup for Illinois yet. Fortunately for the Illini, the squad bounced back strong Sun-

day with a 3-0 sweep of No. 11 Iowa State, which put the No. 18-ranked Illini at 3-2 for the season. The win also marked the third against a ranked opponent this season. In the opener against San Diego, Illinois kept every set within five points and outblocked the Toreros 15-6. But even with a second-set win at 27-25, the Illini could not crack a stout and tough defense. “(San Diego) is a tough team to play at this time of the year,” Hambly said. “They play a totally different style. They’re real-

ly fast, and they handle the ball well. “We needed to execute our game plan that was outside of how we normally want to play, and we didn’t. We just didn’t execute.” The Illini really showed their mettle in the following match against Iowa State. After another slow start to the opening set, which had the Cyclones leading 20-17, Illinois fought back to take the set 25-23 and never looked back. On their way to season highs in hitting percentage (.303) and

service aces (eight), the Illini dominated the next two sets, winning 25-19 and 25-16 to come out of the tournament above .500 for the season. “We knew we needed to be more prepared (against Iowa State),” sophomore outside hitter Jocelynn Birks said. “And really focused on getting that next win out of us, that’s what we did.” Hambly said his team is still learning a lot about itself during this difficult road series. He said the team is learning just about everything there is to learn, rattling off a long list of key aspects

of the game, from simply learning how to prepare for a match, to in-game communication, to leadership roles. Birks echoed a similar sentiment. “I think we learned how to play as a team,” Birks said. “How to stick together, even if we’re not playing our best, just sticking together and finding a way to win, and I think that’s something we’re still figuring out how to do, but we’re getting better at it.”

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Soccer picks up loss, tie and totals 4 overtimes BY LANRE ALABI STAFF WRITER

The weekend seemed like it would never end. The Illinois soccer team went through two games, a one-anda-half hour game delay and four overtime periods just to see the end of the weekend. The end result wasn’t so bright as Illinois fell to 3-2-1, losing to Arizona State on Friday and tying Arizona on Sunday at the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz. “It was disappointing with respect to the result,” head coach Janet Rayfield said. “Certainly we didn’t come here to be satisfied with a tie and a loss, but I think we got a lot out of this weekend in terms of improvement from Friday to (Sunday). Defensively, we figured some things

out, and it was a great lesson in terms of adapting.” Friday, after a double overtime draw played out between Kansas and Arizona on the same field, the Illini had to wait out a delay due to uncertain weather. Once the match began, Illinois fell behind early to Arizona State in the first half at 1-0. Seconds into the second half, sophomore forward Cali Farquharson doubled the Sun Devils’ advantage by rifling a shot into the top left corner of the net. But the Illini showed they weren’t willing to give up anything easily. In 62nd minute, forward Janelle Flaws was fouled in the penalty area and captain Vanessa DiBernardo stepped up to slot home the ensuing spot kick.

Three minutes later, Flaws finished a cross from Megan Pawloski to pull the Illini back on level terms and begin her brace. The deadlock only lasted six minutes before the Arizona State regained the lead through Devin Marshall’s second goal of the game. This lead lasted until the 80th minute when an Illinois throw-in was flicked on by freshman defender Casey Conine to set up Flaws for the completion of her brace. The goal continued Flaws’ blistering start to the season as it marked her seventh goal in six appearances this season. “She’s definitely an asset to the team,” DiBernardo said. “She’s always in the right place at the right time and she creates opportunities (for others), so it’s defi-

nitely helpful for us as a team to have someone like that.” The rest of regulation time and the first overtime of that game would remain goalless. The next goal would come with three and a half minutes left in the second overtime as Farquharson’s 107th minute golden goal secured a win for the Sun Devils. Sunday afternoon presented a new challenge for the Illini as they faced an undefeated Arizona team. The Wildcats had started their season with three wins and two draws, including the game against Kansas two days earlier. The match showcased stellar displays of defending as both sides’ defenses and goalkeepers traded stops and saves. In the 64th minute, the scoreboard final-

ly had a tale to tell after DiBernardo’s 18-yard strike squirmed through Gabby Kaufman’s gloves for an Illinois lead. The Illini were able to maintain this lead until the 82nd minute when a clearance inadvertently struck an Illinois player’s arm in the box. The Wildcats’ Jazmin Ponce stepped up to score the penalty kick and what would be the last goal of the game. “If you look at our game on Friday and Sunday, there was improvement,” Flaws said. “There was much improvement across the field, so I think we are getting to where we want to be.”

Lanre can be reached at and @WriterLanre.

Illini tennis duo breaks into top 10 in rankings lessons learned from last season will put them over the edge to The Illinois men’s tennis national success. “Tim and I are extremely doubles duo of juniors Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski is not comfortable playing together,” content to settle with a No. 10 Guignon said. “We feel that we preseason ranking. The 2013-14 have the ability to accomplish ITA rankings, released Friday, more than we did last season, and gave the Illini their highest I’m looking forward to playing ranking in their collegiate well and improving each and careers, and yet they are not every match.” taking anything for granted. Much of the pair’s confidence “We both were not surprised comes from an understanding of at all by the rankings,” Kopinski what they need to do to improve said. “The preseason rankings throughout the year. A common mean nothing theme heard if we don’t play from both was well. We just the need to have to get off improve on the to a good start pair’s serving. to the season Guignon and Kopinski noted and just get their ability better every week.” to hold serve The duo’s was ver y top-10 ranking i nconsistent entering the at times last season. season is just “They play the natura l ve r y good progression tactical doubles for the two — tennis, have considering great chemistry their success TIM KOPINSKI together and from last MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER their energy s e a s o n . is very Guignon and Kopinski had a c o n t a g i o u s ,” 9-7 record together, including head coach Brad Dancer said. a 4-1 record versus Big Ten “They have a chance to be an opponents and 3-2 record against elite doubles team this season, nationally ranked foes. they just need to develop a more While the pair was the consistent serve.” team’s most successful doubles While Guignon and Kopinski tandem last season, the duo was remain the top doubles duo for eliminated in the first round of the Illini, the pair of sophomores the NCAA tournament to the Jared Hiltzik and Alex Jesse, defending doubles champions ranked No. 56 in the ITA from Virginia — well short rankings, will be expected to of what both were aiming to play a greater role in the overall accomplish a season ago. Yet, success of the team. Guignon and Kopinski enter the “Alex and I didn’t play very season with confidence that the well at the beginning of last

Men’s cross-country Will Brewster is hoping to contribute to a young crosscountry team after coming off a redshirt season in 2012. Brewster was a sectional and state champion for Grayslake Central High School and earned all-state honors for both track and cross-country. In last year’s outdoor season, he set a meet record in the 3,000-meter run to help Illinois win the Lee Calhoun Invitational. He then finished third in the same event at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge. Fellow redshirt freshman Luke Carroll hopes to continue the success he found in last year’s outdoor season as well. Carroll contributed to the team’s victory at the Drake Relays in April by helping the 3200-meter relay take second. He also ran the 1,500 at the Big Ten Championships before qualifying to run the same event in the NCAA West Preliminary round of Championships at the end of May.

Soccer Meegan Johnston is already making noise for the Illinois soccer team. A midfielder out of Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill., Johnston finds herself contributing early in the season. In a 5-4 overtime thriller against Louisville, Johnston netted the game-winning goal to give the Illini their first win of the season. The Daily Illini named her Illini of the Week for her overtime heroics.

Women’s cross-country With eight freshmen joining the ranks of the women’s crosscountry team, first-year head coach Scott Jones can describe his team in one word: young. All eight women hail from Illinois and have probably competed against one another in sectional and state meets. Many, like Courtney Ackerman and Ellie Palacios, boast podium finishes at big-time IHSA competitions and allconference and all-state team accolades.


“The preseason rankings mean nothing if we don’t play well. We just have to get off to a good start to the season and just get better every week.”

hey say recruiting is half the battle. Without strategy, confidence and charisma, coaches aren’t going to nab those four- and five-star high school athletes around which their teams are built. There are websites purely devoted to ranking and keeping up with the nation’s top prospective student athletes. Rivals, 24/7 Sports,, even ESPN and the NCAA keep tabs on the goings on of prep sports for recruiting purposes. But without all this emphasis on things such as where John Groce took Quentin Snyder on his official visit — Original Pancake House in Champaign — we wouldn’t have the group of talented athletes that we do. Illinois coaching staffs work year-round to assure that they have the best teams possible, returners and rookies alike. So let’s look at these latest additions. It’s fall of 2013 and we have a brand new group of Illini babies dying to make a name for themselves.



Illinois doubles team Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon react during the NCAA Championships at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex on May 23. season when we were paired up, but we really clicked at the end of the season,” Hiltzik said. “We’re both pretty comfortable playing together, and it’s just a matter building our chemistry back to what it was at the end of last season.” The pair played together often last season and had a team-best record of 14-5 — though they did not play a nationally ranked opponent. Both expect to have higher-quality draws this season, and thus understand they both have specific aspects of their game that must improve. “For Alex, he has to get better with his serve in order for me to get opportunities at the net,” Hiltzik said. “I need to play a lot

better around the net and finish my volleys more consistently.” Dancer is also still looking for a slot to place junior Farris Gosea, who found most success last season when paired with Tim Kopiniski — a duo that went 10-2 a season ago. While Dancer knows Gosea has played his best doubles tennis with Kopinski, he stills sees a fluid situation as he notes that Gosea is apt to play well with whomever he is paired with. “Certainly Farris and Tim have good chemistry together, but I’m still willing to experiment with pairing Farris up some of our other guys like Brian (Page), Julian (Childers) and Blake (Bazarnik),” Dancer

said. “Farris has a propensity to play well in doubles at times, its just a matter of finding the right fit for him.” With the expectations of the upcoming season looming large, the Illini hope to see their doubles play translate into better team outcomes. “Playing well in doubles can sometimes be the difference between exceeding expectations as a team or falling short,” Jesse said. “All of us have something to prove in doubles, and we’re excited to get back out there and prove ourselves.”

Dan can be reached at and @danescalona77.

Maddie Mayers is going to be a household name for Illinois volleyball fans. In her Illinois debut at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational a week ago, the redshirt freshman earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for her performance. She had 29 kills and 20 blocks over the course of the tournament and helped Illinois go 2-1 on the weekend, its only loss coming to host team Long Beach State University. Mayers was also selected to the all-tournament team along with veteran teammates Jennifer Beltran and MVP Jocelynn Birks. Illinois fans should be excited about the futures of all these athletes. All the greats were once freshmen. This is when we discover new talent. It’s where breakout stars are made. Seeing Meegan Johnston and Maddie Mayers dominate as underclassmen is the reason why we stalk recruiting websites and online message boards so religiously. So become a fan of these rookies now. They’ll be frontpage news before you know it.

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CHICAGO â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Chicago Bears made Marc Trestman a winner in his NFL head-coaching debut Sunday, rallying to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21 at Soldier Field. Brandon Marshall caught a 19-yard pass from Jay Cutler for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:58 left to play. It capped an eight-play, 81-yard drive that featured a successful fourth-and-one conversion. Matt Forte scored from a yard out with 3:22 left in the third period as the Bears pulled to within 21-17. Cutler was 21-of-33 for 242 yards, two TDs and an interception for a passer rating of 93.2. He was not sacked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It felt good,â&#x20AC;? Cutler said of his first game in Trestmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Early on we were a little bit off kilter, which is fine. We battled through it. ... Plenty for us to clean up but we knew we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be perfect. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be perfect, we just had to be good enough to beat Cincy and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we did.â&#x20AC;? Marshall had eight catches for 104 yards. Forte had 19 carries for 50 yards and four receptions for 41 yards. The Bears defense had its hands full all day with A.J. Green, who caught two first-half touchdown passes and drew a pass interference penalty on the first drive of the third quarter that set up a BenJarvus Green-Ellis 5-yard TD run for a 21-10 Bengals lead. At that point, nothing seemed to be going the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; way, and Trestman credited his team afterward for hanging tough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We kept fighting through it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a credit to each and every guy,â&#x20AC;? Trestman, who reportedly was handed

the game ball by linebacker Lance Briggs, told WBBM-AM. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were good teammates to each other today. They stuck together and were able to find a way to win the game.â&#x20AC;? Charles Tillman committed the penalty that covered 34 yards as the Bengals marched 80 yards in 12 plays. After Green scored his second touchdown of the day on a 45-yard pass from Andy Dalton to give the Bengals a 14-7 lead with 3:01 left before halftime, Robbie Gould nailed a career-best and team-record 58-yard field goal to make it 14-10 at intermission. Green also scored on a 2-yard TD pass from Dalton with 2:38 remaining in the first quarter. It capped an impressive nine-play, 97-yard drive. The Bears had drawn first blood, as quarterback Cutler hit new tight end Martellus Bennett on an eight-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead with just under 10 minutes to play in the first quarter. The touchdown call stood after a review. The seven-play, 36-yard scoring drive was set up by a Charles Tillman interception of a Dalton pass. Cutler completed 10 of 19 passes for 70 yards and one TD in the first half. He had a passer rating of 78.8. Forte had 27 yards rushing on 11 carries (2.5 average). The Bengals had 245 total yards; the Bears had 97. Trestman made his debut as an NFL head coach with the Bears after serving in that capacity with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League for five years. The Bears entered the game with a 17-3 record in home-openers over the last 20 years.


Bears cornerback Charles Tillman intercepts a ball intended for Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green during the second quarter of the Bears 24-21 victory at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday. Tillman had two interceptions in the win.

Tillman nabs 2 interceptions; Bears best Bengals 24-21 in season opener BY DAN WIEDERER CHICAGO TRIBUNE

C H IC AG O â&#x20AC;&#x201D; C h a rle s Tillmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressing stall was empty and the 11th-year cornerback was gone from the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; locker room when it opened to the media after Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 24 -21 win over the Bengals. So, for now, it remains a mystery as to how Tillman processed his eventful afternoon. Included: two interceptions; a full defensive series spent

on the sidelines working to get hydrated; and a whole flurry of sequences in which he was on the wrong end of the highlight reel for Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green. So what can be made of Tillmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peanut is a pro,â&#x20AC;? fellow corner Tim Jennings assessed. T i l l m a nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fi rst- qu a r ter interception â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on a play in which he shrewdly undercut a Green slant route â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gave the Bears possession at the Bengalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 36, a

takeaway the offense converted into a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To start off the game, that was a big momentum boost,â&#x20AC;? safety Chris Conte said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helps the confidence across the board.â&#x20AC;? In the second quarter, Tillman recorded his second pick on a pass that ricocheted off Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands. Not only was Tillman there to capitalize, he added a nifty 41-yard return. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope that not just the people watching on TV but the

organization knows what type of gem No. 33 is,â&#x20AC;? linebacker Lance Briggs said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He battled one of the elite receivers. ... But to get the ball out and create turnovers, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all about. And Peanut is the pinnacle of it.â&#x20AC;? The glowing praise of Tillman was easier to deliver given the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final result. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to ignore the difficulty Tillman had with Green (nine catches, 162 yards, two TDs) all afternoon.

Green scored the Bengalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first touchdown, a 2-yard grab in which he buckled Tillman inside then strolled alone toward the right pylon to haul in Andy Daltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pass. That came three snaps after Green beat Tillman to a 50/50 ball up the right sideline for a 42-yard gain. In the third quarter, the biggest play of a Bengalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; touchdown drive that provided a 21-10 lead came when Green blew past Tillman and drew a 34-yard pass-interference

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Illini defense comes through when it counts After a week full of speculation and doubt spurred by the Illini defense surrendering 407 yards and 34 points to FCS opponent Southern Illinois, the Illini again allowed more than 400 yards in week two. Yet, after both contests, the Illini defense hung its hat on what it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up: easy red zone touchdowns. Clinging to an eight-point lead against the Salukis, the Illini were backed up to their own 3-yard line with less than a minute left; however, Southern ran out of downs when quarterback Kory Faulkner sailed a pass out of the back of the end zone on fourth down â&#x20AC;&#x201D; clinching the victory for the Orange and Blue. Against Cincinnati on Saturday, the Illini defense again found itself backed into its own goal posts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this time with a 21-point lead right before halftime. After seven plays inside the 10, aided by a pass interference penalty, the Bearcats punched home a touchdown with just eight seconds remaining in the half. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It hurt going into halftime,â&#x20AC;? linebacker Mason Monheim said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really thought we were going to get that stop.â&#x20AC;? The Bearcats notched a quick field goal right after halftime to bring the score to 21-10, as well as to bring back demons the Illini have experienced with second half collapses. After an Illini three-and-out, the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second in as many possessions, Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux connected on passes of 11, 14 and 32 yards to bring the Bearcats to the 4 yard line.

The Bearcats plunged up the middle for three yards to put the ball at the one before the Illini locked up. Jonathan Brown and Austin Teitsma stuffed a run for no gain on second down. On third down, Legauxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pass was deflected at the line, bringing up a door-die fourth down. Defending the north end zone, Brown and other defenders turned and rallied the Block I student section to a fever pitch. On fourth down, Legaux scrambled left and was hit right at the goal line by Earnest Thomas III, mustered a second effort and appeared to break into the end zone before Monheim and Mike Svetina barreled into the pile to force him back. Legaux didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the ball after the scrum cleared, but the Bearcats were celebrating nonetheless. The officials ruled a touchdown on the field, and during the video review, two camera angles would determine the outcome of the play, though it may as well have been the game. Both officials and fans strained their eyes to try and catch a glimmer of â&#x20AC;&#x153;indisputable video evidenceâ&#x20AC;? one way or another, but no obvious call was to be found. After the review, head referee John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill announced that Legaux had indeed fumbled before the goal line and since the ball was advanced into the end zone illegally on the fumble, Illinois would control the ball at its own 1-inch line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was huge. Our defense was great in the red zone all day long,â&#x20AC;? quarterback Nathan Scheelhasse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had them down there six, seven, eight plays down before the half and I think they did everything they





coach Tommy Tuberville said. Brendon Kay, who had played some snaps earlier in the game, took over quarterbacking duties. But the Illinois defense was too much. Linebacker Jonathan Brown finished the game with 14 tackles and half a sack. Monheim added another 10 tackles and a sack of his own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people counted us out,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we went out and proved that we can go win football games.â&#x20AC;? The victory was Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first win against an FBS opponent since it beat Western Michigan in Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first game as head coach on Sept. 1, 2012.

ed, making the final 10 yards of Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drives an utter pain. This is exactly what we expected â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Cincinnati. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are who you thought they were.â&#x20AC;? Those arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the words of Tim Beckman, who was surprisingly even-keeled after the biggest win in his tenure at Illinois. I half expected him to begin his press conference with a loud, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In your face, jerks!â&#x20AC;? Instead, he gracefully congratulated the team and chalked it up as nothing more than one win. For him, Saturday may have brought about his first feeling of relief since agreeing to come to Illinois. He earned it with the way his team played.


Sean can be reached at and @sean_hammond.


Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zane Petty (21) tackles Cincinnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anthony McClung at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The defense allowed 456 yards but only 17 points. could to get into the end zone ... We knew they were in trouble because they had already shot off a lot of bullets at that point.â&#x20AC;? The rest was a foregone conclusion. The Illini offense rediscovered its mojo and plowed 99 yards over 12 plays to a touch-

down and completing the 14 point swing. The Bearcats never recovered, and the Illini would pile up points of their own en route to the 45-17 victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really proud of my guys for,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had 400 yards, but

we stood up when it mattered.â&#x20AC;? Even after allowing 456 yards, with 308 coming through the air, the Illini defense â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for the second week in a row â&#x20AC;&#x201D; did just enough to tally the only number they care about: a second win in as many games.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have that mentality, that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to get into our end zone,â&#x20AC;? Monheim said.

Nathan Scheelhaase hit 11 different receivers and notched four touchdown passes to back up the record-breaking performance he had last week, which had been thought of as merely an experienced quarterback taking advantage of lesser competition. Ryan Lankford only caught one pass for 10 yards, but accrued 46 more and a touchdown on three carries. After the game, he kept being asked how â&#x20AC;&#x153;funâ&#x20AC;? it was to run those plays. It was very fun. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Illinois offense was very fun. Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win was Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really even Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win. It was offensive coordinator Bill Cubitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; his offense generating points on a consistent basis in a way fans of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Illini forgot to be possible. It was defensive coordinator Tim

Banksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; his defense causing a fumble when it mattered most, turning the Bearcats away at the one-inch line. That play stands as, without question, the biggest play of the Beckman era. It was Scheelhaaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; the senior couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep his head above water last year in an offense that plain didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already surpassed his 2012 touchdown total. It was the defenseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; after giving up 34 points to Southern Illinois last week, allowed half that to a much better team. Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been known as Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lesser hire, but Thomas makes a good point when he says turning around a football team to a basketball team is turning around an aircraft carrier to a speed boat. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that this win is just one win, and that Illinois just happened to have the right stuff to thwart Cincinnati.

But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also possible that with this win, Beckman has earned the benefit of our ponderous collective doubt. Maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earned a few years to implement his players and his system. Maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found the right man in Cubit to lead his offense. Maybe Illinois football could be big again. After coming in with high expectations surrounding him last year, Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team was stunningly bad. This year, with exceedingly low hopes placed in it, Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team is no longer stunned, and had its wits about it to send a clear message Saturday: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know this football team.â&#x20AC;? And we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad not to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just watch.


Eliot is a senior in Media. He can be reached at sill2@ Follow him on Twitter @EliotTweet.

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SEAL TEAM â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have an advantage over a lot of the teams weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked with: great energy, great chemistry, they really seem to care about themselves and care about each other and really want to win,â&#x20AC;? he said. With the season approaching, Groce said he could see his team growing closer and more comfortable with one another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can see a huge difference between where we were in June and where we are now, here in September,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re much closer and obviously, I think that the SEAL Team Physical Training has accelerated that at a high level.â&#x20AC;?

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