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DIPLOMACY BETTER APPROACH IN SYRIA The Daily Illini Editorial Board says the U.S. should start with non-military action in Syria before attacking.

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Members of the community gathered in front of the Champaign County Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Monday night holding signs asking the U.S. government not to bomb Syria. As they held lit candles, speakers urged the crowd to call Representative Rodney Davis, R-13, and ask him to vote against military intervention in the civil war-torn country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to show the faces and voices of people in this community in opposition to a new war,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Naiman, the organizer of the event and the policy director at Just Foreign Policy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re particularly trying to influence Representative Rodney Davis because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our local rep-

resentative in Congress, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the means by which we have the best chance of influence.â&#x20AC;? Davis said he is currently leaning against voting for congressional authorization because he feels that not enough information has been given as to what this show of force would entail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m leaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on this vote because I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that the president or the administration has made the case as to what this mission is actually going to accomplish,â&#x20AC;? Davis said before he attended classified briefi ng with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry to find out more information about the proposed action. Former Representative Tim Johnson, one of the speakers at


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the event, opposes military intervention for fear of what could ultimately result from it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the death of both innocent Americans and Syrians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see it as post-World War II bi-partisan war mania, starting with Korea and extending to Syria with numerous entries in between,â&#x20AC;? Johnson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;None of which have served the objectives for which they were allegedly assigned to ... all of which killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people.â&#x20AC;? Davis said that his objection toward taking military action against Syria was because he was taking notice of his constituentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opinions.

BERLIN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Russia on Monday urged Syria to put its chemical weapons stores under international control, intended for destruction, as a way to avoid a western military response to the alleged Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his government had been in contact with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem to make the request, and was hoping for â&#x20AC;&#x153;a fast and positive answer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only to agree on putting chemical weapons stores under international control, but also for its further



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A task force of faculty members recommends that the faculty senate and University administration focus more on faculty concerns. The Senate Executive Committee listened to a report from Randy McCarthy and Nicholas Burbules, leaders of the SEC Task Force on Faculty Issues and Concerns, as well as SEC member Joyce Tolliver. McCarthy and Burbules, who previously had disagreements regarding the unionization of faculty on the Urbana campus, worked together to head the task force, which met over the summer to compose the report. Burbules called the report â&#x20AC;&#x153;a set of concrete, realistic, actionable items.â&#x20AC;? The report addressed many concerns that faculty face across campus including salary, benefits and tenure review. The report comes shortly after the release of Chancellor Phyllis Wiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic initiative for the Urbana campus, which includes a plan to hire 500 new faculty members over the next five to seven years. The report cites the recent American Association of University Professorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ranking of faculty salaries, which says the Urbana campus is 17th among fouryear public universities for full professors, 43rd for associate professors and 10th for assistant professors. Barbara Wilson, executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, was at the SEC meeting in place of Wise and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida, who were both traveling. Wilson said hiring the additional faculty members is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;work in progress that is going a little slower than expected, but it is making some progress.â&#x20AC;? She identified the three clusters that the University will start hiring faculty in: health and wellness, social equality and cultural understanding, and energy and the environment. The plan has six clusters total, and Wilson


New members of the 2013 Sigma Delta Tau pledge class meet each other as they open their bid cards on the Quad on Monday. Opening the cards on Bid Day culminates the twoweek recruitment period. Visit for a Bid Day photo gallery.


Illinois Circuit Judge Michael Jones dismissed University graduate student and former student trustee candidate Carey Ashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complaint against a University dean with prejudice at the hearing held this morning. Ash had fi led the complaint against Kenneth Ballom, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, following Ballomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elimination of Ash from the spring 2013 student trustee election on the basis of in-state residency disputes. Ash claims he is a resident, as he pays state taxes and votes instate, among other reasons.





â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fi nd that the defendant, with arguments for the mootness doctrine, is well-taken,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. William Brinkmann, representing Ballom from Thomas, Mamer & Haughey LLP, and Ash, representing himself, presented arguments for nearly an hour before Jones made his decision. Brinkmann opened arguments and stated the election cited in the complaint â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the spring 2013 student trustee election â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was over; therefore, the mootness doctrine applies. The mootness doctrine refers to a principle of judicial procedure whereby American courts will not decide on cases in which there is no longer any

actual controversy. Brinkmann said no allegations within the complaint were pursuant to public interest. He also said there was no factual pleading that some violation of the law was likely to continue. Both public interest and continual violations of the law are exceptions to the mootness doctrine. In response, Ash presented a stack of documents he prepared and organized. Ash argued the court had changed his name from Carey Ash to Carey Hawkins Ash, thereby asserting him as a resident of the state of Illinois. Ash also said he has lived in the state for a number of years, and he both votes and works in the state. Ash said he also qualifies as a resident under the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s code, which states student trustee applicants must be a res-















administration to determine if someone is or is not a resident,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. After the hearing, Brinkmann said the issue was â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairly straightforward.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The complaint he was seeking to reverse was what could not be reversed,â&#x20AC;? Brinkmann said, referencing Ashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eligibility for the 2013 election. Ash said he would appeal the decision in an interview following the hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess my quote on today would be what else do you expect?â&#x20AC;? Ash said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a court that is in downstate Illinois that is in the backyard of the University. We expect fairness and justice, and we expect those things to prevail. And they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t today.â&#x20AC;?

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ident of the state of Illinois. Ash said he was denied on the basis of tuition requirements, which are irrelevant to Illinois residency law. Upon hearing Brinkmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument that the complaint was not of public importance, Ash said student trustee eligibility requirements affect a large number of people and will affect the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students in every way. Jones said he is not so sure that Ballomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 decision will foreclose Ashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eligibility to run again in 2014, as Ash stated it would. Jones said the law requires that a student trustee must be a resident, but the law doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t defi ne what a resident is. The decision is left up to the administrative officials to determine resident or non-resident status. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fi nd it not desirable for this court to second-guess this













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SEC said the hires in the other clusters will be addressed in later years. McCarthy and Burbules said the lower compensation rates are a concern for faculty members, and in order to address this problem, they proposed the creation of a Compensation Review Committee. The committee would analyze trends in salaries and compare the University employees’ total compensation with its peer institutions. The report said the University would need $10 million to equal the compensation level of its peer institutions, in addition to the amount of money to keep faculty compensation at the new level. In addition to the faculty concerns about salary, faculty members also have to deal with uncertainty in retirement benefits. Addressing the state pension crisis, the task force recommended the six-point plan proposed by the University’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs that had been proposed by University professors in March. “It’s the best of a range of bad options,” Burbules said, adding that the task force and the SEC should be open to other proposals. The recommendations were made to the chancellor and provost as well as the SEC and different senate committees. McCarthy said the University


SYRIA “There’s a lot of war weariness, there are folks that are concerned about how the objectives work (and) what could be accomplished,” Davis said. “There are also a lot of folks who are concerned, like I am, that the president hasn’t actually sold to the American people what the urgency is.” As a Syrian-American, Adham Sahloul, junior in LAS, has a different opinion and believes that action should be taken in Syria. He said every summer that he can remember, Sahloul went to Syria and visited Homs, now known as the capital of the revolution. His visits ended in 2011 when the revolution began. “It’s all but destroyed right now, (it’s) basically a parking lot. If I was going to visit Syria anyway, I’d be there,” Sahloul said, “But at the time we would have visited, the regime was targeting protestors, innocent people, children, women, sending their thugs to rape and kill and slaughter.” Sahloul said the conflict in Syria has affected him personally, as he still has family living in Homs. His aunt and her family, including her two young children, who now have post-traumatic stress disor-


RUSSIA destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Lavrov said, referring to the international body that oversees adherence to chemical weapons bans. The United States has blamed Syrian President Bashar Assad for the chemical attack. On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at a London news conference, said such an agreement would be one way to avoid a U.S. military strike. But he also suggested that he believed Assad was unlikely to agree to the terms in time to head off a U.S.-led attack. “Bashar al-Assad and his broth-

needs to upgrade its facilities in order to maintain a healthy campus — a recommendation that would include a one-time cost of $213 million, in addition to $43 million annually. The report explains that better facilities could help attract new faculty and students in that the physical appearance of the campus is the “public face” to students, parents, alumni and donors. Tolliver, a member of the task force, said there needs to be a review of the tenure system on campus and more consistency between the way academic units review faculty. The task force also noted that many faculty members don’t realize the extent of benefits they receive from the University. In order to combat a lack of awareness, the report said the senate and administration should work to raise faculty knowledge of benefits. Wilson said since the report had just been released, the chancellor and provost had not yet had a chance to look over the report, but she called it “doable.” She said Wise and Adesida are “very enthusiastic about looking forward and figuring out ways to continue to enhance well-being of our faculty.” SEC unanimously recommended the report to the senate, which will receive a similar report from Tolliver, Burbules and McCarthy at the meeting on Monday.


WASHINGTON — The banner ad atop the website features a wide-eyed baby cradled in an adult’s hands with the words, “Did that special vacation for two end up producing a third? Castle Payday has life’s unexpected expenses covered.” On a growing number of sites like this one, short-term loans are just a click away for Web-surfing borrowers, regardless of any history of bankruptcy, bounced checks


Grad student helps fuel your hunger with Facebook page BY SOPHIA SOPUCH CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In the midst of a tech talk held at the Siebel Center Thursday, an attendant raised his hand. When he was called on, he didn’t question the speaker about software analytics; instead, he asked the question Mohammad Rad has been researching for over a month — where’s the food? Rad, a graduate student, created a Facebook page July 28, where he posts events laying out where free food can be found around campus. At press time, the Facebook page had 345 likes. Rad said the page is a proto-

type for the mobile application he hopes to create, which will show students exactly where the closest free food is on campus and what time the event takes place. “I wanted to start the Facebook page to gain market research to see whether or not people would think this idea was as interesting as I think it is,” he said. Rad said he got the idea for this mobile app when he read a survey that caught his attention. The survey said at any given university in the United States, at any given time, there are at least two plac-

es on campus serving free food. Recently, Rad went to Quad Day and signed up for as many clubs as possible. When he receives emails from these clubs advertising for their events, he posts the events that offer free food on his page. He also uses the University calendar and other campus resources to find extra events around campus. Several University students have posted on the page encouraging others to come to their events. Jed Taylor, the assistant director of the Technology Entrepreneurship Center, has encouraged Rad to contin-

ue with the page, as he feels it will attract more students to TEC events such as the tech talk at Siebel Center. “Students will attend talks that they would never attend otherwise, which may give them ideas for their own areas of study,” Rad said. Rad said he is excited to develop the mobile app in hopes of gaining a larger profit. He said he is now looking to team up with a computer science major to help him create the application.

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Biden: East Coast ports must expand to compete with China BY CURTIS TATE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

Johnathan can be reached at and @jhett93. der, have been displaced because their home was destroyed. They now live in the home that Sahloul’s family used to stay in during the summer. He said that area has been relatively calm, “save for a few car bombs a few months ago.” In the summer of 2012, Sahloul interned for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a group that he said supports the Syrian Revolution. “We advocate for what the people of Syria advocated for,” Sahloul said. “Since 2011, they were advocating for the United States to intervene to help them.” The type of intervention the Syrian people were looking for includes a no-fly zone and the support of the opposition, but they are not asking for “boots on the ground,” he said. Naiman said he wants to see every diplomatic avenue “exhausted” before taking military action. With a death toll over 100,000, however, Sahloul said the time for talk has passed. “You had two and half years of diplomacy not really go anywhere, and with just two weeks with the threat of force on the table, Assad is willing to negotiate on handing over his chemical weapons,” he said. “This can save lives.”

Eleanor can be reached at er Maher al-Assad, and a general are the three people that have the control over the movement and use of chemical weapons. But under any circumstances, the Assad regime is the Assad regime, and the regime issues orders, and we have regime members giving these instructions and engaging in these preparations with results going directly to President Assad.” A U.S. State Department statement noted that Kerry did not believe Assad would turn over his chemical weapons. “His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago,” the statement said. “That’s why the world faces this moment.”

Online loans, high interest rates may trap borrowers BY LINDSAY WISE

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

or other credit problems. The catch is that these so-called payday loans often come with skyhigh interest rates of 400 percent or more. The Castle Payday website advertises an effective 888 annual percentage rate, meaning a 14-day loan of $500 will end up costing the borrower $675. Those who can’t scrape together the cash to pay off the loans along with their other bills may be tempted to take out another short-term loan to cover the first, potentially ensnaring them in a cycle of debt.

BALTIMORE — All of the ports on the East Coast “have to get in the game,” Vice President Joe Biden said Monday, and get ready to accept larger cargo ships that will come through an expanded Panama Canal by 2015. Biden, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and several members of Congress, presented a $10 million federal grant to the Port of Baltimore to widen its shipping channel and improve rail access. “More than ever, we are a maritime nation,” the vice president said, also flanked by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and the state’s Democratic U.S. senators, Barbara Mikulski and Benjamin Cardin. Baltimore and Norfolk, Va., are the only two East Coast ports that are deep enough for the larger, “post-Panamax” ships, and others may have to catch up. “Post-Panamax” refers to ships larger than the current maximum size limits for the Panama Canal. “Unless we expand ports on the East Coast, we’re going to fall behind,” Biden said, referencing U.S. rival China, which has spent heavily on infrastructure. In a time of scarce federal resources, port agencies will shoulder much of the cost. The American Association of Port Authorities projects that the


Vice President Joe Biden, right, visits the Port of Baltimore on Monday morning with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, left, where they were shown the new Panamax cranes by Maryland Port Administration Executive Director, Jim White, second from left, and Ports America Chesapeake president, Mark Montgomery, third from left. nation’s ports will spend $46 billion on improvements by 2017. That includes deeper and wider channels and harbors, upgraded dockside facilities and improved rail and highway connections. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave America’s ports

a D-plus in its most recent infrastructure report card, and the society estimates that ports will need $16 billion more in public investment than will be available by 2020. The Obama administration has set aside some funding for ports

in its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER program. Of the $474 million in program funds available this year, about $100 million went to port and port-related projects, including the $10 million for Baltimore.

Guest teachers fuel U.S. growth of Chinese language BY RENEE SCHOOF MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

WASHINGTON — On his first day of teaching Chinese in a Bradenton, Fla., middle school, Xu Dou showed his students the old forms of Chinese characters, so they could see how the writing has changed over millennia. “Most of the students love the language. They think the language is amazing,” Xu said. He said he’d explained to his class that Chinese characters were an indispensable part of Chinese tradition: “I tell them if you want to learn real Chinese, you have to learn how to write Chinese characters.” That will take a lot of memorization and practice, but Xu’s students already have a good start. Many began learning Chinese two years earlier as students at Wakeland Elementary School, where Li Meng, another newly arrived teacher, is working this year. Xu and Li are part of a group of 129 newly arrived teachers from China in the largest Chinese guest-teacher program, supported by the College Board and the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Hanban, a public institution affiliated with China’s Ministry of Education that promotes the study of Chinese lan-

guage and culture. Started in 2007, the Chinese guest-teacher program today is in 30 states. The largest concentrations are in Utah, North Carolina and Ohio, places with statewide Chinese programs. For the first time, North Carolina added five schools in Wake County to the guest teacher program this year: Garner Magnet High School; East Garner Magnet Middle School; and Aversboro, Smith and Farmington Woods elementary schools. In all, more than 7,000 students in 48 schools in the state are learning Chinese this year, mostly taught by guest teachers from China. U.S. government officials say Chinese is one of the languages that is essential for U.S. economic and strategic interests, but the federal government has halted much of the funding for K-12 language learning. “Technically, the department has no specific funding for K-12 language instruction,” Education Department spokesman Stephen Spector said. Most of the $63 million appropriated for international education this year goes to higher education programs, he said. Last year, Congress eliminated grants under the Foreign Language Assistance Program. Ele-


Chinese guest teacher Xu Dou works with students Thursday at Johnson Middle School in Bradenton, Fla. Xu is part of a group of 129 teachers from China in the largest Chinese guest-teacher program. mentary and secondary schools had used the grants to create or expand foreign language classes. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, speaking at a foreign languages summit the CIA hosted in December 2010, named the education system as one of the reasons so many Americans aren’t learning other languages. “Foreign language instruction in the United States is spotty and unfortunately on the decline,” Duncan said. In 2008, one-quarter of elementary schools offered language classes, down from onethird in 1997. And a shortage of foreign language instructors often prevents schools from hiring teachers, the education secretary added. Xu and Li are fluent English speakers who learned the language in China, where all stu-

dents learn English beginning in elementary school. This is their first trip to the United States. Xu, 30, grew up, went to university and teaches high school English in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province in north-central China. He plans to return there after the school year to rejoin his wife and 7-month-old son. Li teaches 570 students, from kindergarteners to fifth-graders. Students see her once a week for class, and the older grades have a Chinese club that learns tai chi with her on Fridays. Li, 31, has been teaching high school English for seven years in Jinan, the capital of her native Shandong province in eastern China. She said she already liked Bradenton because it shared some similarities with Qingdao, her hometown. “I love sunshine, the beach and the sea,” she said.

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President Obama should consider diplomatic solutions with Syria


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eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure that anything happened,â&#x20AC;? said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to CBS Newsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Charlie Rose in response to allegations of chemical attacks. Surely a troubling reply as the United States attempts to gather both Americansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; support to carry out a limited airstrike. A recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center and USA Today found that 45 percent of Americans, 70 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats oppose an airstrike in Syria. This past Sunday, Rose sat down with Assad in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, Damascus, to discuss face-to-face the allegations against Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regime and the possibility of retaliation. That person, however, should have been President Obama or another high-ranking U.S. official sitting across the table from Assad. So what happened? Well, aside from expressing doubt that chemical weapons were even used (in fact, stating that it was his soldiers who were attacked with chemical weapons), Assad also claimed that the U.S. does not have â&#x20AC;&#x153;a single shred of evidenceâ&#x20AC;? to support its claims that his regime used chemical weapons on its own citizens. Assad has been relatively closed off to western media since he became his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successor in 2000. But now with his regime facing a possible military strike, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addressing America head-on. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addressing videos depicting half-dressed men flailing around the floor and foaming from their mouths and children unable to control their shaking as bystanders watch. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addressing his regime, who Assad claims were the actual victims in the Aug. 21 chemical attack. And perhaps most importantly, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addressing Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to take imminent action, pending Congressional approval. The U.S. Senate has set Wednesday as the day when its members will hold a preliminary vote on military action. But the threats of a looming strike â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the high likelihood of retaliation, according to Assad â&#x20AC;&#x201C; could have been avoided. Now, Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government, prompted by Russian support, says the country would be open to relinquishing its chemical weapons to an international body. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a confluence of hopes and expectations from the American side, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in any way a relief to the hundreds that have been killed and injured. The damage is already done. Instead of rushing to a military attack, what the U.S. needs to do is consider more diplomatic solutions. The U.S. needs to set a clear standard, such as a deadline, for Syrian officials to surrender their chemical weapons. Even if that option comes to fruition, the crisis in Syria would not be averted. Headlines and stories wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t merely disappear. But what it would represent is a significant step toward diplomatic relations between the two countries. At this point, a meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether between Obama and Assad or their respective foreign officials â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is highly unlikely after contentious comments. Now, the calling to Syria to lay down its chemical weapons is the latest maneuver in a last-minute effort to get the embattled country to abide by de facto standards before the U.S. intervenes. If no further action is taken by Assad and his regime, then we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect American officials to carry on with this back-and-forth spat. Instead, expect Congress to side with Obama, who will ultimately order a physical message. Yet many of us canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deny Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confidence in his rebuttal to the possibility of an American airstrike: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should expect everything.â&#x20AC;?

Men and women across Washington and Colorado, armed with family-size bags of Cheetos and anything chocolatey and king sized, celebrated the Department of Justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to allow the two statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; marijuana legalization laws to proceed. Well, the celebration technically started after the 10 minutes it took for residents to realize what had happened, and the additional 10 minutes to stop watching â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s Nickelodeon re-runs. Attorney General Eric Holder specified certain instances in which federal prosecutors could intervene â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as drugged driving or distributing to minors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only if you can make it off the couch first. If Washington and Colorado residents adhere to their respective statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; laws, and the D.O.J. doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much to say, then whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the problem? More money for the states? Fewer incarcerations? Oh, the horror!

$/0$$33529(' So, Apple is hosting its first event since June on Tuesday. The rumors are as follows: the iPhone 5S made from an â&#x20AC;&#x153;indestructibleâ&#x20AC;? alloy (students parting with their fourth iPhone, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at you), the iPhone 5C that comes in various bright, primary colors (that will get annoying in a day), iOS 7 operating system (see Android operating system) and Apple TV (seriously, anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not Comcast will keep us sane).

$/0$$33529(' After Secretary of State John Kerry suggested a more diplomatic approach to the Syria conflict, Russia passed the news on to Syria. If we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know any better, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think the U.S. is a high school girl, Syria the crush and Russia the middleman. The proposal to place Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chemical weapons under international control is one to seriously consider. It would potentially avoid military intervention, as well as Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and American citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; partisanship on the issue. After all, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lingering words in his interview with Charlie Rose â&#x20AC;&#x201D; expect everything.

$/0$$33529(' If any of you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t watch â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Roast of James Francoâ&#x20AC;? on Comedy Central this past week then you have awful taste. The jokes: mediocre. James Franco: GORGEOUS. No, seriously. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeous. The end. Bye. Thank us later.

Negative preaching distances students from religion KIRSTEN KELLER Opinions columnist


any students on campus may have attended church or some other religious service regularly before college. You may not have even had a choice: Mom would barge into your room and throw a dress or button-down on you if you failed to wake up at the appropriate time (which always seemed too early). But then college life arrived, and you were 100 percent in control of your schedule. And suddenly, sleep became more important. Studying became more important. Or other nameless college activities became more important. Spare-time became more precious; church-attendance fell by the wayside. But this does not necessarily mean that we stopped being religious or decent people. Personally, I have a very forgiving view of the Bible, and I interpret it in a modern way, with

some verses I consider outdated. So when people take it into their own hands to tell us weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to hell, well, I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy it. Or appreciate it. Take Jed Smock, for example. Better known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brother Jed,â&#x20AC;? he travels to universities across the country (but concentrates in the Midwest), preaching the Gospel to college students. His mission is â&#x20AC;&#x153;to see men and women reconciled to God through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ,â&#x20AC;? as stated on his website. And how does he go about spreading his beliefs? By calling girls in sororities â&#x20AC;&#x153;sluts,â&#x20AC;? labeling guys wearing tight clothes â&#x20AC;&#x153;homosexualsâ&#x20AC;? and naming military members â&#x20AC;&#x153;baby killers.â&#x20AC;? Last Wednesday, Brother Jed made an appearance at the University. Walking by the north end of the main Quad at noon, a friend of mine alleged that Brother Jed was in an argument with a female, and he was saying something along the lines of â&#x20AC;&#x153;women must not be heard.â&#x20AC;? OK, Bro Jed, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re way past the times of the Nineteenth Amendment. Are you trying to be ignorant and a

misogynist? Students are known to get into arguments with Brother Jed and to mock his speeches. Why? Because his message does not connect with us. Some may argue that his speeches, although hateful, generate meaningful conversation about religion and faith. My response to that? Bullshit. Regardless of Brother Jedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intentions while preaching, what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really doing is pushing students farther from the church. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar to what the Westboro Baptist Church does or what street preachers with picket signs do. These groups conservative values and hateful ways of preaching them do nothing but create negativity. These groups get labeled as crazy, and in turn, students view the church as something rigid and unforgiving. Accusing students of sinful behavior is wrong, and saying weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to hell for it is false. College students are not angels. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to make bad decisions and learn tough lessons. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we live, learn

and improve. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why, if you believe in the Christian faith, we are forgiven for our sins â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not condemned to hell. And some of what Brother Jed believes are sins are not sins at all. In my eyes, homosexuality is not a sin. This is one example of where the Bible may be outdated. Not everyone believes that, but it is a statement that has grown traction in recent years and will continue to in years on. One man yelling hurtful words on campuses is not going to change that. Brother Jed is scheduled to be back at the University Sept. 23-24. It is best to ignore him. Sure, stop and listen to him for a few minutes if you want. Ask him some questions if you really want. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into an argument. It eggs him on and creates a scene that probably wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worth the effort in the first place. Religion should be something that is welcoming and forgiving. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let Brother Jed tell you otherwise.

Kirsten is a junior in Media. She can be reached at kekellr2@

Obama should respect Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Syria decision MATT PASQUINI Opinions columnist


he regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been allegedly wreaking havoc on its own people, with some reports estimating over 110,000 people dead since the beginning of the Syrian peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uprising nearly two years ago. On August 21, 2013, the Obama administration claimed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons which eventually killed 1,429 people, including 426 children. And the governments of France and Germany have made assessments that came to similar conclusions. I believe that Assadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regime has used chemical weapons against its own people in a cowardly attempt to silence the voices of its opposition, and I believe action needs to be taken. I applaud Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to rally support and agree with the sentiment of my fellow columnist, Max Fisher, that the U.S. should intervene but not without the support of the international community. Thankfully, in his duty to fulfill the office of the President of the United States, Obama has called on

Congress to act as another voice of support. While Obama has yet to indicate what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do if Congress votes â&#x20AC;&#x153;no,â&#x20AC;? I fear that he will take action anyway. This is my call on President Obama to respect Congressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; decision if it votes no, and to â&#x20AC;&#x153;preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United Statesâ&#x20AC;? by not taking further military action on the issue. In fourth grade, we were taught that the United States government is split up into three branches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the executive, legislative and judicial â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that each branch has checks and balances over the other. We were also taught that only Congress has the power to declare war and it is clearly outlined in Article 1; Section 8 of the United States Constitution. There is a reason the power to declare war was given to Congress. The Founding Fathers knew they would be responsible for making big decisions in moments of crisis and understood that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to refrain from knee-jerk reactions, especially in regards to war. When war becomes a possibility, the reality of sending soldiers and having intense political debates become genuine concerns. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the power to declare war was given to Congress. The legislative process is slow and deliberative and requires careful consideration. Over the past century, that duty

of Congress has been shed and the power of the president has grown substantially. The president of the United States, historically, has taken on the responsibility to decide himself when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appropriate to wage action with the U.S. Armed Forces. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about, see all the â&#x20AC;&#x153;warsâ&#x20AC;? weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in since World War II. Congress hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t officially declared war since then. This whole issue brought me back to a book I read two summers ago, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drift,â&#x20AC;? by Rachel Maddow, and she sums it up beautifully: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śafter a generation or two of shedding the deliberate political encumbrances to war that they left us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of dropping Congress from the equation altogether, of super-empowering the presidency with total war-making power and with secret new war-making resources that answer to no one but him . . . war-making has become almost an autonomous function of the American state. It never stops.â&#x20AC;? The American society is now accustomed to perpetual warfare. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t faze us. There are no longer large-scale rallies or protests, and patriotism has taken on new meanings and outlets. We, as the American people, have lost control of deciding when we want to fight the fight. By superseding Congress, the representatives of

the American people, we have lost a voice. Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Obama has been strong and consistent in foreign policy and has taken a very hardline stance when it comes to conflict abroad. While I believe that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that something is done in Syria, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally, if not more, important to abide to the rule of law set up by our Constitution. I think by expressing and showing constraint, Obama can restore the power and set a new precedent against unwarranted and illegal wars. I believe Obama is right in attempting to garner the support of both the international community and the American people, but he is constitutionally bound to act upon the will of the people and not the interests of the military industrial complex. What happens next is uncertain, but if Congress decides to vote no, then our Constitution will truly be put to the test. If Congress votes no and Obama defies its decision, that will be a reaffirmation of how far weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve strayed away from the original words of our Founding Fathers.

Matt is a sophomore in LAS. He can be reached mpasqui2@ Follow him on Twitter @MatthewPasquini.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013



Out of ideas for a first date? Try green peppers DECLAN HARTY Staff writer


nniversaries, fi rst dates, birthdays — special occasions can be more than difficult for college students. It’s hard to plan a celebration all while balancing classes, clubs and homework, not to mention trying to put the money together for the event. Many students don’t have a job or an endless supply of money saved up. Eating while on campus can be difficult at times, and for a fi rst date, ramen noodles, cereal or soup doesn’t provide the best fi rst impression. While grabbing dinner on Green Street can be enjoyable, it can also be pretty expensive. So what’s the best alternative? For many, visiting the dining hall would be the best option; however, for a special occasion, making the right dish can make a lasting impact. Living in apartments, many students are left on their own to scavenge for food, delivery and recipes that fit within their budget. Recipes are the most interesting of the three because although they may be the most difficult, they can be the most rewarding as well as inexpensive. Stuffed green peppers can be one of the cheapest and most fi lling recipes for any college student, whether it’s a special occasion or just a regular Tuesday dinner. To keep your taste buds satisfied, check out the recipe below:

Ingredients: Hot or mild mixture of Italian sausage Italian blend cheese Vodka sauce


Green peppers French bread, if desired Seasonings, if desired 1. Begin to cook your Italian sausage in a frying pan. Smash the sausage into as many small pieces as possible using a wooden spoon. 2. Continue smashing and stirring around the sausage until cooked the entire way through. 3. Once the sausage is done cooking, pour the vodka sauce (as much as you desire) and Italian blend cheese (as much as you desire) into a large bowl followed by the Italian sausage and any other seasonings, such as crushed red pepper. Stir them all together. 4. Begin to cut the green pepper. Cut out the top and clean out the insides, attempting to make the most room for the fi lling. 5. Fill the green pepper with the sausage, sauce and cheese mixture, and place in oven on a baking sheet. 6. Set oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place the pepper(s) in oven on center


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There are countless methods for manipulating this recipe, whether it is by replacing the vodka sauce with marinara sauce, placing any type of seasonings in the mixture, or replacing greens peppers with any other pepper; however, green peppers are the cheapest on the market as of now. Another benefit of this recipe is that each pepper, as well as any remaining mixture, can be frozen to save for lunch the following day. Any leftover mixture is also great for dipping bread in.

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Declan is a sophomore in LAS. He can be reached

Baby born after spending 19 years as frozen embryo BY LISA M. KRIEGER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

Baby Liam Burke is just learning to crawl. But he was conceived when Bill Clinton was president, the World Trade Center stood tall and home computers had the newfound ability to dial into something called the World Wide Web. Suspended 19 years in deep freeze, Liam is the beloved new son of Kelly Burke and one of the oldest embryos ever thawed and restored to life. “He is the most awesome baby there is,” said Burke, 45. “He is a happy, healthy baby, a little bundle of joy, smart and interactive.” What’s more intriguing, Liam is adopted. An Oregon couple who had twins two decades ago through San Ramon’s Fertility Sciences Center kept his embryo frozen for years, keeping open the option of expanding their own family. Ultimately, they decided to donate the embryo to Burke for her own pregnancy _ a profound example of technology’s extension of life. Like Liam, about 10,000 embryos a year are thawed and join families, thanks to advances in the field of cryopreservation. Others linger, sometimes for a decade or more, raising medical and ethical


BID DAY Sunday was the final day of formal recruitment. This round, called preference, is the most formal, extended round of the entire process, and PNMs can only go to a maximum of three chapters to further engage with chapters’ members. After the last round of recruitment, each PNM has an important decision to make that will most likely shape the rest of her college experience. This decision starts with Bid Day. All of the work that PHC and sorority members put in leads up to this end goal: welcoming new members into the University Greek community. It’s one of the most exciting days of the year for Greek community members. Even students who are not part of the Greek system can show up at the Quad and be a part of the excitement. On Monday, this year’s sorority representatives covered the Quad in anticipation as more than 1,000 new members waited to open their bid cards. Soon, they would begin the dash to their new sorority’s chapter house to begin the Bid Day festivities. Being a part of Bid Day is definitely an experience that no sorority woman wants to miss. Standing on the porch of the Alpha Omicron Pi house, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new




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members of my own sorority, I could hear cheering coming from the Quad as new members read their new sorority’s name. Seeing the new members running toward us as we chanted our Greek letters, I could tell that every woman in my chapter was just as excited as I was to welcome the newcomers into our chapter. Once new members arrive at the house, they spend the rest of the night getting to know their new sisters. Just two years ago, I was one of the nervous PNMs going through recruitment. When it was finally Bid Day, I had no doubt as to which sorority I was going to be a part of, and luckily, they thought I would fit in as well. When I went through recruitment my freshman year, my sister was a senior at the University and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. It was the very first round of recruitment, and I was

about to walk into my sister’s chapter. Standing outside, I was a nervous wreck. Once I stepped in the house, I immediately felt at home with the familiar faces of my sister’s friends. Then on Bid Day two years ago, I got to know some of the funniest and most genuine women that I have ever met, and I am so lucky to be able to call them my sisters. When I saw the faces of the new members Monday, I know that they felt exactly how I did when I opened my bid envelope. Yes, the process is a little strange and scary, but opening my bid card on Bid Day was one of the most exciting moments that I’ve had during my time at the University. I have already made some great memories, and I cannot wait to see what these next two years will bring.

Being a part of Bid Day is definitely an experience that no sorority woman wants to miss. Standing on the porch of the Alpha Omicron Pi house, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new members of my own sorority, I could hear cheering coming from the Quad as new members read their new sorority’s name.

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





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fter putting in countless hours of preparation, University sorority women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold back their excitement when it comes time to hand out bid cards on Bid Day. Caroline Cavallo, Panhellenic Council vice president of recruitment and senior in ACES, said that a lot of work was put into planning this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been in the works since last spring, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just now finalizing,â&#x20AC;? Cavallo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been planning every recruitment event pretty much since the beginning of the summer.â&#x20AC;? Starting Aug. 18, University sorority women returned to campus early after a long, relaxing summer to begin work week. During the

week before classes begin, work week is when each chapter practices its conversation skills as well as organizes, learns and perfects its recruitment entertainment, songs and dances. Though it may seem silly to some people, these songs and dances truly are important as they are each chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first impression for potential new members, or PNMs. Recruitment then began Aug. 23 and ended this Sunday, the day before Bid Day. There are four rounds of recruitment during which PNMs can get a feel for which sorority is their best match. Each round is longer and more formal than the last. The first event is the open round, where PNMs go to 18 chapters within two days. During this round, anyone walking around campus can usually hear each chapter yelling as loud as possible as PNMs get a first impression of each sorority. The next round is called first invitational. PNMs can go back to a maximum of 13 chapters and learn about the sisterhood of each chapter. This round is a little more formal than open, and PNMs get more time to get to know a few girls in each chapter they return to. The second weekend of recruitment begins with second invitational. During this round, PNMs can go to a maximum of seven chapters where they learn about their philanthropy projects and are usually given a house tour.



Top: Sorority recruits enter Foellinger Auditorium on Monday in anticipation of receiving their bid cards on Bid Day.


Middle: Onlookers of Bid Day 2013 sit on the Quad in front of Foellinger Auditorium. Bottom: Members of the new 2017 Sigma Delta Tau pledge class meet their sorority sisters after receiving their bid cards on the Quad.









Banks visited injured Leagaux on Sunday Bearcats quarterback â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;in good spiritsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; after major injury in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER

Coming over from Cincinnati in 2011, defensive coordinator Tim Banks was especially emotional to see the Bearcats star quarterback go down with an injury in the fourth quarter of the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 42-17 victory Saturday. Signal caller Munchie Legaux had his knee rolled up by Illini defenders and immediately crumpled to the ground with his leg bent awkwardly to the side. Linebacker Houston Bates frantically waved over to the Cincinnati medical staff as soon as the play ended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in the business of helping kids,â&#x20AC;? Banks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time you recruit a kid and go through that process, you feel connected to him. I love all the players Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve coached, and it kills me when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not successful or hurt.â&#x20AC;? Banks and his wife went to visit Legaux at the hospital Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was in as good of spirits as you could be with the circumstances,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a good kid, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not just giving you coach-speak. A great competitor.â&#x20AC;?

Cubit named Coordinator of the week Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit was named National Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports. The first-year play caller has resurrected an Illinois offense that was near the bottom in the country in most major statistical categories in 2012. After Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s victory over the Bearcats, the Illini rank 10th nationally in passing yards â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at 363.5 per game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as 27th in the country in points per game with 43.5. The year prior, the Illini offense ranked 107th in passing yards and 119th in scoring offense. In just two games, starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase already has more touchdowns and plays of 30 plus and 50 plus than in the entire 2012 campaign.

Washington offense presents tempo problems With the upcoming game against Washington, the Illini


Offensive Coordinator Bill Cubit watches his team warm up against Cincinnati on Saturday. Cubit was named National Coordinator of the Week by Athlon Sports this week.


Power rankings

Ohio State stays at No. 1, Illinois moves up to No. 8

Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Every week, The Daily Illini football staff ranks the football teams in the Big Ten 1-12 and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings.

Hockey adds 12 players to roster


1. Ohio State (Last Week: 1) 2. Michigan (2)

Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win over Notre Dame was proof that this Wolverines squad is a legitimate contender on the Big Ten stage and possibly even on the national stage. Quarterback Devin Gardner was impressive with both his arm and his legs. He threw four touchdown passes and nearly 300 yards. The Wolverines donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play another ranked opponent until they battle Nebraska on Nov. 9 at The Big House.

4. Northwestern (4)

After suffering a concussion in the season opener, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter split time at quarterback with Trevor Siemian. Both of them were clicking in the Wildcatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 48-27 victory over Syracuse. The Orange lost their second consecutive game to a Big Ten opponent and were never really in the game, trailing 34-7 at halftime. Northwestern faces Western Michigan and Maine next before hosting Ohio State on Oct. 5.

3. Wisconsin (3)

5. Nebraska (5)

6. Penn State (7)

7. Michigan State (6)

Michigan State still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who its quarterback is. In the Spartansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 21-6 win over South Florida (who, by the way, was pounded by McNeese State of the FCS a week ago), Connor Cook, Tyler Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor and Andrew Maxwell all saw action. And the Spartan offense still managed only one touchdown. A fumble return and an interception brought back for a touchdown kept the Spartans floating against the Bulls. Through two games, Michigan State ranks 117th in the FBS in passing offense.

8. Illinois (11)

Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win over Cincinnati was a huge step in the right direction for Tim Beckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program. It was easily Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; biggest win since Beckman took over in Champaign. But it now throws all expectations out the door. This was a team Illini fans expected to win something around two to four games this season. But now the possibility of a bowl game doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like such a farfetched idea.

9. Minnesota (9)

10. Indiana (8)

11. Iowa (10)

12. Purdue (12)

The 2013-14 Illini hockey roster is set. After a three-day tryout, the Illinois hockey team was fi nalized with the addition of 12 players to complete the 31-man roster. The 12 new players include defensemen Robert Kokoszka, Mike Fischer, Cody von Rueden, forwards Josh Belmont, Zach Morrison, Matt Flosi, David Christel, Jonathan Gauger, Eric Saulters, and goalies Zach Danna, Zev Grumet-Morris and Joe Olen. Head coach Nick Fabbrini said more than 80 players signed up in hopes of making the Illini roster, but only 12 were selected from the crop. The tryouts didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feature a traditional skill section, but instead had the players placed on four teams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Red, White, Blue and Black â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the coaches observed the potential players in an in-game setting. After each player played at least three games, Fabbrini said the coaches made their first round of cuts. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;all-starâ&#x20AC;? players who made it to the fi nal round of cuts then played a final game Friday night. Fabbrini said the coaching staff made its fi nal round of cuts after the all-star game, letting five more players go. Senior center Eddie Quagliata said the upperclassmen currently on the roster joined the players trying out on the ice in order to give the coaching staff a chance to see how the players meshed with members of the current roster. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played on tryout teams every single day,â&#x20AC;? Quagliata said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of those kids are very, very good. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll fit in pretty well with our team.â&#x20AC;? Prior to tryouts, Fabbrini said the program experimented with a brand-new conditioning camp for three days to prepare each

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and every player for collegiate ice-time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was nice because it gave us an extra chance to look at some guys,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said about having an extra three days to look at the new players. The team lost five seniors after last season, but more than doubled that amount by bringing on 12 new players after last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tryout. Quagliata said that while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a detriment losing players to graduation, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited for the

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season to start after seeing the new group of young players during tryouts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lost a couple good players last year, but I think we gained a lot more over the offseason than we lost,â&#x20AC;? Quagliata said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a really legitimate team this year and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a good shot to win both Leagues and Nationals.â&#x20AC;? With just two weeks to get comfortable with the rest of


Wrestling back in the Olympic Games after â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whirlwindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 7-month hiatus EMILY BAYCI Sports columnist


restling is officially back in the Olympic Games. We can ease the angry yells of shock and hurt, the soapboxes about how wrestling never deserved to go, the sob stories about what a vital

backbone wrestling is to the Olympics. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like wrestling was never gone. Because wait, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. On Feb. 12, wrestling, one of the original Olympic sports, was surprisingly dropped from the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee voted on 25 sports that would make up the Olympics starting in 2020. Wrestling did not make the cut. After seven months of bold and quick changes to

improve the sport, wrestling was voted back in, beating out a joint baseball-softball bid and squash. When people look back on Olympic history, they are not going to remember wrestling being knocked out of the Olympic games and the whirlwind the wrestling world had to go through to get back into it. People from this generation might not even realize there was ever a problem when really, the sto-

ry is pretty fascinating. Wrestling can be seen as an ideal Olympic sport. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basic, with a minimal amount of equipment, and it truly tests the physical strength and endurance of two competitors. The sport has global stature with 177 federations on six continents and powerful contenders from around the world. Olympic glory is the highest level of accomplishment for wrestling, unlike sports with other major

championships. It is the history and tradition of wrestling that doomed the sport. The IOC had expressed concern about the rapidly growing nature of the Olympic Games and desire to attract younger viewers and be relevant to sports fans of all ages. Olympic-style wrestling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; freestyle and Greco-Roman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was hardly visible other than during the Olympics. And even then, there were hardly any known

stars, and it was a male-dominated sport. Women joined the freestyle wrestling divisions during the Athens 2004 Games, but they were not included in Greco-Roman wrestling. FILA, wrestlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international governing body, sprang to action when the sport was dropped. Three days after the fateful decision, Raphael Martinetti resigned as FILA presi-



Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Lions defeat Vikings in season opener BY DAVE BIRKETT MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE


Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman during practice at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, on Aug. 11.

Trestman era opens with victory as Bears rally to beat Bengals BY RICH CAMPBELL CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHICAGO — Jerry Trestman balanced himself with a black cane as he stood in the dimly lit concourse outside the Bears’ locker room late Sunday afternoon. His navy hat with the orange “C” rested just above his glasses. He watched as his son doled out hugs and kisses to a dozen or so family members wearing blue and white jerseys. Cellphone cameras flashed. This was an occasion worth celebrating. His son, Marc, coached the Bears to a 24-21 victory over the Bengals in his NFL debut. Better yet, the win required a thrilling comeback and a critical coaching decision in the fourth quarter. “I’ll tell you something,” Jerry said, pride lifting his words. “This journey began in 1981.” Marc Trestman began his coaching career that year while studying law at the University of Miami. He took a few moments Sunday to appreciate his lengthy path to Soldier Field’s home sideline. In another way, though, it was only the beginning. A new chapter of Bears football started with some inspired offense in the second half. And

the familiarly fierce defense matched that with three takeaways. Trestman downplayed what the milestone meant to him and deflected credit for the Bears’ second-half surge. “Sundays are for players,” he said. Players such as quarterback Jay Cutler, who overcame a fourth-quarter interception to complete the decisive 19-yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandon Marshall with 8 minutes, 6 seconds remaining. Like cornerback Charles Tillman, who had two interceptions, and cornerback Tim Jennings, who set up the winning drive by forcing Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu to fumble at the Bears’ 19-yard line. The Bears began their comeback when they gained possession for the first time in the second half, trailing 21-10. To that point, the offense lacked the rhythm a nd efficiency Trestman demands. Players sensed a change after halftime. But they didn’t do anything differently. Instead, persistence lifted them. “The whole game we knew we were in it,” center Roberto Garza said. “You know our defense can

create turnovers, so it was just a matter of us finding a rhythm, and we did that. We were able to run the football, and Jay had an incredible (day) standing in the pocket and throwing the ball to our playmakers.” Cutler usually had time to scan the field, and when he didn’t, he extended plays with his feet. He converted both of his third-down passes in the second half. “We started clicking a little bit,” he said. “We weren’t really happy early on. Our tempo was a little off kilter. It was just a matter of us keep calling plays, be confident in what we were doing.” Trestman exuded such confidence with the outcome in the balance. The Bears, trailing 21-17 with 8:32 remaining, faced fourthand-inches from the Bengals’ 27. They had two timeouts, so they could have attempted a field goal and relied on the defense to get the ball back. But Trestman kept his offense on the field. “Ballsy play-calling,” Cutler said. “That’s what Trestman’s about.” Matt Forte scampered 8 yards around the right edge. On the next play, Cutler exploited the Bengals’ decision to cover

Marshall with a single safety. Marshall was the third read in Cutler’s progression. Cutler perfectly placed the throw at the left sideline in the end zone. “I didn’t understand it,” Marshall said. “Fourth quarter, put a safety on me one-on-one? You can only ask for that in dreams.” The Bears held the Bengals to a three-and-out on the ensuing drive and then ran out the final 6:38. Trestman clapped emphatically five times as the final seconds elapsed. He became only the fourth coach in franchise history to win his debut. Maybe Marshall was on to something. It was a dream beginning. After Trestman fulfilled his postgame media obligations, his family greeted him in the concourse with a round of cheers. Trestman kissed his wife, Cindy, who then stood back from the celebration. “Unbelievable,” she muttered to no one in particular as tears welled in her eyes. Trestman posed for pictures and relished the moment. He shared 10 minutes or so with them before disappearing back into the locker room to continue the day’s work.

DETROIT — This is what Reggie Bush went to sleep dreaming of the night he visited the Lions as a free agent back in March: six-man boxes, enough green space to roam and defenses left to make the impossible decision whether to cover him or Calvin Johnson. In Bush’s debut Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings chose Johnson, who set an N F L si ngle - se ason rec ord for receiving yards last year, and they did an admirable job. Dropping their safeties 20 yards deep at the snap, the Vikings held Johnson to four catches and 37 yards, fewer than he had in all but one game last year. But wh i le M i n nesota’s defense was zeroed in on Johnson, Bush showed why the Lions tried so hard to get him this off-season. He carried 21 times for 90 yards, caught four passes for 101 more and scored one momentum-shifting touchdown as the Lions beat the Vikings in the season opener for both teams, 34-24. “Haven’t seen a five- or sixman box since New Orleans, so it’s been awhile,” said Bush, who played the last two years in Miami after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Saints. “And it was very pleasant looking across that line and seeing those guys worried about Calvin and not me.” After a sluggish preseason i n wh ich the fi rst-te a m offense scored one touchdown on 18 drives, the Lions were dominant with the ball in their hand Sunday. Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns, Joique Bell scored twice on the ground and the Lions amassed 469 yards to win their first NFC North game since 2011’s playoff run. “These guys played us very similar to the way they played us last year,” Stafford said. “Very soft zone coverages, hardly any snaps of Cover 1 or anything like that. Just his ability to run after the catch


Detroit Lions’ Reggie Bush rushes for the end zone, but the touchdown was reviewed and overturned during 3rd-quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday. Bell scored on the next play.

Boldin’s debut too much for Packers BY BOB MCGINN MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

SAN FRANCISCO — It was one transaction, one of thousands that take place in the course of every National Football League off-season. But if the San Francisco 49ers don’t trade that sixth-round draft choice March 12 to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Anquan Boldin, they don’t outlast the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in their final home opener at dilapidated Candlestick Park. Boldin was that good, a oneman wrecking crew if you will, in the 49ers’ hard-fought 34-28 victory over the mediocre Packers. Unlike the Packers, whose only veteran newcomer to their roster is Seneca Wallace, the 49ers and general manager Trent Baalke use every personnel avenue in building a team. At the time, the 49ers were looking for a No. 2 behind Michael Crabtree. Randy Moss retired after the Super Bowl season, and Mario Manningham had blown out his knee in December. Then Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in May. Suddenly, the 32-year-old Boldin, a Super Bowl hero in February, had to be Colin Kaepernick’s main man. So the stage was set Sunday, and it was a savagely contested struggle between two teams that don’t much like each other and could meet again in January. For the third time in 12 months, the 49ers prevailed. “We came here to win the game,” Packers coach Mike

McCarthy said. “I don’t know who you think we are. We lost a game that we were capable of winning.” Last year, Crabtree separated at all the crucial times against Green Bay, hauling in 16 passes for 195 yards (12.2) and two touchdowns. This time, it was Boldin, with 13 receptions in 17 targeted throws for 208 yards (16.0) and a touchdown. “Boldin had a hell of a game,” cornerback Sam Shields said. “That was our main thing. We had to stop Boldin. “They put him in motion, like they used Crabtree. And they put him on the inside.” Just as coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman had to make do without Crabtree and Manningham, McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers had to find ways to compensate for the absence of safety Morgan Burnett and nickel back Casey Hayward. Neither played because of hamstring injuries suffered two weeks ago in a costly exhibition game against Seattle. It should be rather obvious which coaching staff did a better job. Boldin, who ran 40 yards in a slow 4.65 seconds coming out of Florida State in 2003, made the most vital play of the game with 3 minutes left. Clinging to a 3-point lead, Harbaugh faced fourth and 2 at the Green Bay 36. Deciding against a 54-yard field goal try for Phil Dawson or a punt, Harbaugh

was huge for us today. Whether it’s second-and-long getting back to t h i rd - a nd - shor t, converting a third down, the guy did it all. “The more weapons you have on offense, the more confidence everybody has that we’re all going to get it done, and that’s what happened.” The L ions forced four turnovers and their offensive fireworks were enough to overcome a sloppy fi rst half in which they had two touchdowns called back for different reasons and botched an opening-drive field goal. Johnson had a touchdown overturned on replay on the L ions’ second possession when officials ruled he didn’t complete the process of the catch, losing the ball as he lunged over the goal line and hit the ground. The play was reminiscent of one he had against the Chicago Bears in the season opener three years ago. “He’s a two-time loser on his own rule,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. Linebacker DeAndre Levy had an interception returned for a touchdown nullified by a low block by Ndamukong Suh that Vikings defensive end Jared Allen complained was dirty, and punter Sam Martin dropped the snap when David Akers lined up for an easy 31-yard field goal on the game’s opening possession. Bush also had two touchdowns overturned by replay. Bell capped one of those drives with a spinning 1-yard run and Stafford hit rookie tight end Joseph Fauria for a 1-yard touchdown after the other, and Johnson narrowly missed another score when he caught a pass in the back of the end zone with one foot on the end line. “I’m not going to apologize for any win,” Schwartz said. “We won this football game. There’s a lot of positives in this football game. We were resilient, we played hard, we played physical and we went out and beat a playoff team at home in our opener, and I’m not going to apologize for anything this team did.”

Man falls, dies during 49ers game at stadium BY TERESA WATANABE LOS ANGELES TIMES


The San Francisco 49ers’ Anquan Boldin (81) breaks away from the Green Bay Packers’ Jerron McMillian (22) in the second half at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday. called what he termed a “quick hitter right to Anquan in the flat.” The Packers, however, defended the original route combination. It was then up to Kaepernick. Escaping to the right, the thirdyear quarterback making just his 11th start waited and waited. Boldin then put his 225-pound body on 190-pound Tramon Williams, creating exactly the type of separation that enabled him to catch 772 passes for Arizona and Baltimore. Boldin’s final reception, for 15 yards, set up Dawson’s 33-yard field goal and left the Packers just 26 seconds to go 80 yards. Aaron Rodgers got 38 yards on

a strike to Randall Cobb, but his planned Hail Mary of 42 yards never got airborne when Aldon Smith belted Rodgers on his delivery. Offensively, it was the same old for the Packers. They went nowhere on the ground against almost 100 percent seven-man fronts until one drive in the fourth quarter. In the air, the 49ers covered up their weak nickel back (Nnamdi Asomugha) and rookie free safety (Eric Reid) better than the Packers hid their holes. Calling the Packers “one of the best teams in football,” Harbaugh added, “I thought the pass rush of

the Packers was completely negated by our offensive line. “(Kaepernick) made some laser-like throws down the field. Pin-point accuracy. Managing the chaos of the game. Never flinched at any time.” Of course, the Packers entered most concerned about the readoption, Kaepernick’s scrambling and preventing Frank Gore from controlling play with another 100yard game against them. The read option was rendered null and void. Kaepernick’s only scramble of note was for 15 yards. Despite his remarkable resolve, Gore had to settled for 44 yards in 21 carries.

A man fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died during the San Francisco 49ersGreen Bay Packers football game at Candlestick Park on Sunday, police said. The man, 32, fell to the sidewalk at 1:03 p.m. as he was walking on the overpass, which leads from the parking area to the stadium, said San Francisco police Lt. Laura Knight. She said off-duty medics and police officers gave the man first aid until an ambulance arrived, but he died at the hospital or on the way there. She would not confirm witness reports that the man appeared intoxicated, and she had no details on how many feet he fell or what injuries he suffered. His name has not been released. “The San Francisco 49ers ... would like to express our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time,” the 49ers said in a statement published on NFL. com. In 2007, a 31-year-old fan died during a 49ers game after falling 20 feet from an upper concourse at Candlestick Park. The Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents found that more than two dozen fans have fallen at stadiums across the United States since 2003, The Associated Press reported.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cowboys off to good start after rocky past BY CLARENCE E. HILL JR. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

ARLINGTON, Texas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; If this is the season the Dallas Cowboys finally change their bad-to-mediocre fortunes of late and become real winners again, then they got started off right with a tide-turning and possibly image-altering performance in a 36-31 season-opening victory against the New York Giants. Certainly, if Sunday night was any indication, it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come easy and it will be a struggle all the way. Not only did the Cowboys nearly blow a 27-10 lead before staving off a Giants comeback to secure the victory, but they also had to sweat out a first-half injury to quarterback Tony Romo and a fourth-quarter injury to receiver Dez Bryant. Both returned to the game and were on hand to celebrate the Cowboysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first-ever win against the rival Giants at AT&T Stadium. They had lost four straight since the $1.2 billion facility opened in 2009. What likely had the Cowboys and the 85,348 fans most excited was the greedy play of a defense that played without tackle Jay Ratliff and defensive end Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys forced six turnovers, capped by a 49-yard inter-

ception return by cornerback Brandon Carr to ice the game with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had three interceptions and three forced fumbles, including turnovers on the first two possessions of the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnovers were the story of the game,â&#x20AC;? Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a huge emphasis from minute one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to see taking from the practice field to the first game of the season. Taking the ball away is the No. 1 ingredient to winning games in this league. It has been for 100 years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a huge emphasis in practice. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infectious. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contagious.â&#x20AC;? Defensive end DeMarcus Ware got things started with an interception on the first play of the game. Safety Will Allen had the other interception. Safety Barry Church had a forced fumble and also returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown. Rookie linebacker DeVonte Holloman recovered a muffed punt. It was the most turnovers by a Cowboys defense since 2003 and matched the most given up by the Giants in 25 years. And while the unit had its moments in allowing Giants quarterback Eli Manning to pass for 450 yards and four touchdowns to go along with three interceptions,

the wave of turnovers was certain evidence that the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the hiring of Monte Kiffin in the offseason was taking hold. The Cowboys forced 16 turnovers in just 16 games last season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiff is fantastic,â&#x20AC;? Garrett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is one of the best coaches ever in this league. He has had a huge emphasis on our team in the short time he has been here. Made a huge impact on the game tonight.â&#x20AC;? Also key to the Cowboysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hopes of ending a three-year playoffless streak and making a postseason run in 2013 will be the play of Romo, who signed a six-year, $108 million contract extension in the off-season. He wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spectacular, especially early on, when the Cowboys couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take advantage of the early turnovers and repeatedly bogged down in the red zone. But Romo again showed his toughness by returning in the second half after suffering a rib injury and getting the wind knocked out of him late in the second quarter. Romo also proved to be efficient, completing 36 of 49 passes for 263 yards and touchdowns of 15 and 4 yards to tight end Jason Witten. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You got to be out there to play,â&#x20AC;? Romo said of his injury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be fine. Mineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not anything


Dallas Cowboys strong safety Barry Church returns a fumble for touchdown in the third quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. crazy.â&#x20AC;? He will undergo X-rays Monday. Romo said the offense was limited by the Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense that was bent on limiting the big play. He focused on playing mistake-free and just taking the underneath routes the Giants were giving. Miles Austin led the way with 10 catches for 72 yards. Witten had eight catches for 70 yards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a quarterback, you want to attack,â&#x20AC;? Romo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You had to throw it in front of them and accept

what the defense has given you. We did a good job and it produced a win.â&#x20AC;? Romoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only mistake was a firstquarter interception that was caused by rookie receiver Terrance Williams running the wrong route, allowing safety Ryan Mundy to pick it off and return it 91 yards. Running back DeMarco Murray, who had 86 yards on 20 carries and caught eight passes for 39 yards, arguably made the play of the game by hustling to make the

tackle at the 1-yard line. The Cowboysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense forced a field goal on the ensuing Giants drive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always talk about finishing the play on defense,â&#x20AC;? Garrett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That applies to everybody. That was a big play in the game to hold them to a field goal. The defense did a great job. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen if DeMarco doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make that play.â&#x20AC;? Owner Jerry Jones was ecstatic to get the season-opening win and get back ownership of his building again.

Nets to honor coach Kidd by retiring number BY RODERICK BOONE MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

NEW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; When the Nets take the floor for their regularseason home opener Nov. 1, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do so with their new coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 5 jersey hanging in the Barclays Center rafters. But whether Kidd will be there to actually guide them that night remains to be seen. T he Nets on Monday announced plans to retire Kiddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s number before the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preseason matchup against the Heat on Oct. 17. Kidd will become the sixth player in

franchise history to have his number retired, joining Drazen Petrovic (3), John Williamson (23), Bill Melchionni (25), Julius Erving (32) and Buck Williams (52). Kidd, who was hired as the Nets coach in July despite not having any previous coaching experience, is facing a possible suspension by the league after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge stemming from his crash into a Southampton utility pole on July 15, 2012. Given the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s precedent in such instances involving coaches, Kidd is facing a two-game ban and could miss the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season opener against the Cavaliers in

Cleveland on Oct. 30, followed by the Netsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home opener versus the defending champion Heat. Kidd played six-plus seasons with the Nets, directing them to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 before eventually forcing a trade to the Mavericks in 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish,â&#x20AC;? Kidd said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There can be no greater recognition of an athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time with any team than to have his number retired, and this gesture by the Nets organization validates a very significant portion of my career that was spent as a player with this franchise.â&#x20AC;?


Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd drives as Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant looks on during the first quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., on April 30, 2012.


Kidd faces possible suspension for DUI



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defense will face its biggest test from a tempo standpoint since last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest against Louisiana Tech. The Huskies rolled up 592 yards against then-No. 19 Boise State in week one and push the tempo like many Pac-12 teams do. Washington reeled off 85 plays in just 29:09 of possession time and presented a balanced attack; the Huskies passed for 324 yards and rushed for 268. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re extremely fast,â&#x20AC;? Banks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They play at a breakneck tempo, and their quarterback is as good as advertised.â&#x20AC;?

dent and Nenad Lalovic of Serbia was designated as acting president. He immediately focused on rules, gender equity and FILAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal workings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of the gray areas about the sport. In May, Lalovic was elected actual president, and the IOC voted for wrestling to make the cut from eight sports to three on the list for 2020. FILA created two additional weight classes for women, which will be active in time for the 2016 Game. The sport will be more fast-paced, with less stalling, more scoring and a point-based approach instead of best two-of-three periods. FILA even had a Save Olympic Wrestling meet in Ancient Olympia, Greece, where women wrestled at the location of the first Olympics, something that had never happened before. These changes make the sport more marketable and exciting for the Olympics.

Illini receiving votes in both polls After the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upset win over Cincinnati, the Illini were recognized by the media and coaches by receiving votes in both polls. Tim Beckman said during his press conference that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;had no ideaâ&#x20AC;? that the team was getting any recognition from the pollsters. In the Associated Press poll, Illinois ranks 34th, tallying nine votes, while in the USA Today Coaches poll, the Illini earned three votes to be 40th. This marks the first time since Oct. 24, 2011, that the Illini have received votes in both polls. Upcoming opponent Washington was ranked 19th by the AP and 23rd in the USA Today poll, while Cincinnati, who had been getting votes before the loss to Illinois, lost all votes in both polls.

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HOCKEY the team, the new players will head into their first competitions this weekend with two road games against the Springfield Jr. Blues and Northern Illinois. Fabbrini said he expects the new players to fit in well with the current roster by the time the season starts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know a lot of the guys know each other from growing up, so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely some familiarity and chemistry there,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully that can carry over to the rest of the team and we can hit the ground running. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly not going to hurt us.â&#x20AC;?

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The sport will never be the same and is on its way to re-establishing itself as a dynamic and worthy Olympic sport. The battle Sunday was handily won by wrestling with 49 votes. Baseball and softball (24 votes) were dropped after Beijing 2008 and squash (22 votes) has never been in the Olympics. The baseball-softball sales pitch was about the sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; growth among women. Squash, which was trying for the third time to enter the games, marketed itself as a sport of the future, which was seemingly a direct snub at wrestling. Maybe removing wrestling from the Olympics was just a slap in the face for FILA. But clearly, FILA took that slap in the face seriously, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what really matters. The seven-month hiatus wrestling took from the Olympic games wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more than a drop in Olympic history. But for wrestling history, the sport will never be the same and is on its way to re-establishing itself as a dynamic and worthy Olympic sport.

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Top-seeded Serena Williams wins US Open over Azarenka Tennis pro rules over 14-year reign with 5th US Open title, 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 victory BY DIANE PUCIN LOS ANGELES TIMES

NEW YORK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to rate 17 Grand Slam titles. Is the first one the best, or the one achieved on a surface most unfriendly to your game? Is it the time you came back from injuries, or the rally from a two-game deficit in the final set? Or perhaps itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the U.S. Open championship Serena Williams won Sunday with a 7-5, 6-7 (6) 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours 45 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Williams, the defending champion, once led, 7-5, 4-1, and CBS announcer Mary Carillo left the television booth during the second set to be ready for the trophy presentation. Carillo had to march back to the booth after the second-set tiebreaker, which Williams lost when she hit a backhand long, causing her to toss her racket toward her chair. And then the top-seeded Williams, fighting a swirling wind that ruffled her skirt and her nerves, had to summon every bit of energy to finish off the second-seeded Azarenka, a younger, unafraid opponent. Williams won her first U.S. Open in 1999 when she was 17. Sunday, at age 31, she won her fifth, and second in a row. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being older, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome and such a great honor because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ever win another Grand Slam,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about this one.â&#x20AC;? This 17th major title puts her one behind Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time list. And it earned her $3.6 million, including a $1 million bonus for winning the summer series of hard-court events. Williams had won her second French Open title earlier this year and seemed well on her way to victory Sunday when she took that 4-1, two-service-break lead in the second set. But in an uncharacteristic display of nerves, Williams was broken twice when serving the match at 5-4 and 6-5, and then the tiebreak to the 24-year-old Azarenka. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always trying to write history, or join history in my case, maybe you just get a little more nervous than you should,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of cool because it means a lot. It means a lot to me, this trophy. It makes me feel Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still fighting to be part of this fabulous sport.â&#x20AC;? Williams was so angry after J. CONRAD WILLIAMS JR. MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE the tiebreaker that she also Serena Williams celebrates defeating Victoria Azarenka during the kicked her racket, but then she womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U.S. Open Tennis Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King played with furious energy and National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York on Sunday. power in the final set. She broke Azarenkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serve in the fourth Azarenka, from Belarus, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ma. Williams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; watched from game when Azarenka double give up easily, but after a long the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; box by her older sisfaulted on the final point to give rally, she had her serve broken ter, Venus, and their mother, OraWilliams a 3-1 lead. again, dumping a forehand into cene Price, as well as by former Williams then held serve at the net and handing Williams a President Bill Clinton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; held love, ending that game with back- 5-1 lead and yet another chance at 30, with Azarenka sending a to-back aces, one hit at 126 mph, to serve for the match. backhand return out on match the other on a second serve. This time there was little dra- point.

Wolverineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gardner showcases leadership after win over rival

Despite victory against Notre Dame, Michigan looks forward to next â&#x20AC;&#x153;big gameâ&#x20AC;? BY MARK SNYDER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; For all the attention and spotlight on the Notre Dame rivalry, the day after is usually one of the most liberating of Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such an early season buildup and trepidation that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost a relaxation among the players after it passes, win or lose, if only because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some proof. This season is the same, only the perspective didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until Sunday. On Saturday night, less than an hour after Michiganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impressive 41-30 win over the Irish, Devin Gardner refused to bask in the moment. He was asked about Brady Hokeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offseason challenge to him, to be the quarterback who wins the big game, and whether Saturday counted.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the game that we want â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this is a pretty big game, and I feel like with the help of my teammates, they helped me a lot,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;115,000, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how many people were there, not the mention the people watching on TV. ... â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing to be able to participate in something like this, but this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;big oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that I really want.â&#x20AC;? For a seven-start quarterback playing through this atmosphere for the first time and a surrounding young team, it was a long-term vision after a short-term moment. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how Gardner helped find his leadership. The night could have blown up his head, getting the No. 98 Tom Harmon jersey before the game and knowing there was a (formerly?) ferocious defensive front head-

ed his way. The nerves could have attacked, and he could have started like last week, taking too many chances. Instead, by following the early running game plan to test the edge with Dennis Norfleet and working his way down the field, Gardner was methodical. Of course, his method will induce more heart palpitations than most other QBs, but those are external forces. Gardner reminded his teammates â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and convinced most of the NCAA-record 115,109 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that his massive mistake wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deter him. Nearly every scenario there was bad with a million ways (grounding, tucking the ball, running out of the end zone, etc.) to get a safety. But Gardner compounded it by creating a play no one imagined from a fourth-year player, throwing the ball up for grabs, which Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stephon Tuitt grabbed for the touchdown.


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