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Thane Fowler, president of BikeFace and sophomore in DGS, fixes bicycles on the Quad on Wednesday. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the creation of a bike powered nut grinder.

Fracking debuts in Illinois under strict regulatory laws STAFF WRITER

Starting this month, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has set up online registration for businesses to receive permits for fracking operations, setting the state up to receive its first large-scale fracking operations. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process of natural gas extraction using horizontal drilling to inject a highly-pressurized combination of water, chemicals and sand deep into shale rock layers that were previously inaccessible. The fluid creates or widens cracks in the rocks, allowing methane gas to escape. Senate Bill 1715, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on June 17. Local State Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-52, was the sponsor of the bill. “If we didn’t pass anything, (fracking) was going to come to Illinois regardless,” he said. “It was not regulated and we passed the strongest regulations in the country.” With this new law, Illinois became the first state to require pre and post-fracturing chemical disclosures and the only state to require pre and post-fracturing water testing, according to the bill. Groundwater contamination is one of the biggest concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing. Robert Bauer, principal engineering geologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey, said studies have been done on the east coast to determine the effects

on water supplies. “The best studies are the studies where folks go in before drilling and do sampling of the water supplies and groundwater wells in the area, and then after hydraulic fracturing and drilling has taken place, do additional sampling afterwards,” he said. “Those type of studies have shown no contamination from these drilling operations, and that is what’s required for their permits (in the new act.)” Bauer added that ISGS were brought into the meetings concerning fracking legislation. “(We) had a seat at the table of the multitude of folks who worked on this legislation, including a consortium of four environmental groups, the oil and gas industry and then all of the different departments in the state that would have concerns with this type of operation,” he said. Those departments included the Department of Health, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Attorney General’s office. Frerichs admitted that though some are worried about fracking’s potential impact on Illinois’ environment, others believe it could actually help the state. “Obviously there are a lot of concerns with what it could do to our water and environment. But there are also an awful lot of supporters who think that it has the ability to bring in much needed revenue to the state of Illinois, and make the state more energy independent,” he said. “After three years of working on this bill, hopefully the

Potential energy benefits of fracking in Illinois The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that shale gas production will rise to 13.6 trillion cubic feet by 2035, which represents 45 percent of all natural gas production in the nation. Just one trillion cubic feet of natural gas is enough to heat 15 million homes for one year, generate 100 billion kilowatt hours of electricity or fuel 12 million natural-gasfired vehicles for one year.


After walking through the double glass doors at 402 N. Randolph St., teens who have been arrested wait in a room with the words “dream” and “love” framed on a white wall. This is Champaign’s Youth Assessment Center, where the staff in the surrounding offices help troubled kids avoid blemishes on their criminal records and learn from past mistakes. Since the center’s Sept. 23 opening, local communities and agencies have donated funds to show their support, including the city of Champaign. At the Champaign City Council meeting on Oct. 15, an agreement was reached that the city would help fund the center by allocating $15,000 annually. “I was amazed that there’s a great opportunity for families to get help — for youth to get help,” said council member Will Kyles, District 1. Prior to the center’s opening, only youth sent for a referral after police arrests would get the chance to seek help from community services. But now that

Champaign has professionals ready to work with the youth at a centralized location, even overwhelmed parents can walk in and seek help with their at-risk child. Community Services Director Darlene Kloeppel, of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, said in the center’s first few weeks, she and her staff had received 49 referrals, eight of which pertained to cases like runaways and worried parents — cases that Kloeppel would never have had the opportunity to handle in the past. Before the youth center was in operation, Kloeppel said the average number of referrals was around 26 per month. “If we can keep (kids) out of the system, especially for some of these minor offenses, and we can change behavior, that would definitely be advantageous to everyone: to the community, the kids and law enforcement, all together,” Kyles said. Kloeppel and her staff members spend most of the day making their way through paperwork. She said it’s like any other office. During this time, they arrange mediated meetings between the






For kids who face abuse and neglect at home, each day presents a new struggle. “Most of the kids who have come into contact with Child Protective Services could have been left at home when they were four, or left unsupervised, or they could be dealing with physical neglect, where their house is falling in or they are suffering from food insecurity,” said Jesse Helton, research specialist at the Children and Family Research Center. On top of these daily struggles, one in four of these children have to deal with obesity as well, according to research conducted by Helton and recently published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. Helton and Janet Liechty, assistant professor in the school of Social Work, used data gathered by Child Protective Services to analyze obesity levels within a group of 5,800 children across the nation who have been investigated for abuse or neglect. Their results showed that these children are more at risk of obesity than any other children in the United States. “Obesity puts children at

assembly struck a nice balance between those different interests.” Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-103, was one of the house sponsors of Frerich’s bill, and she noted the importance of regulations, specifically citing the aforementioned chemical disclosure provisions in the bill as being comprehensive. “I think anything that protects the people of Illinois, it really benefits all of us,” Jakobsson said. “Once this gets off the ground, I think that there will be many job opportunities for people working in that industry.”

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Youth assessment center brings in increased referrals

Three weeks after the opening, Kloeppel said on Oct. 16 that she had handled 49 referrals. Of minor who has committed an offense and the victim. A mediator sits in to ensure that talks between the two are productive, with the end goal of having the offender sign a contract written by the victim on how to make up for their actions. Kloeppel said in one case, a minor who damaged a store owner’s property was later hired to work at the store after the minor

those 49, eight were cases of families walking in, runaways or schools stepping in to help kids that never would have gotten help before.










natural language processing, a system that identifies all of the nouns and verbs in the text and then exchanges those words with properly formatted and conjugated versions of what he refers to as “scary words.” The “scary words” were taken from a Homeland Security keyword list and are Grosser’s best guess at the types of words the NSA might be looking for in emails. From there, the process is simple: users compose an email and a unique version of the converted text is automatically added at the bottom. The text is different every time and is also editable. The intended results of the project are speculative, Grosser said, as the techniques used by the NSA to conduct surveillance are largely unknown. Yet he is familiar with a method he refers to as blanket collection of Internet traffic, a process


higher risk for all sorts of bad outcomes,” Helton said. “Kids who are obese are not only stigmatized and bullied, they also have all kinds of internal and external behavioral problems that come around with it.” Helton also noted that certain demographics suffer from obesity in different ways. “Girls in particular are more likely to be depressed when they are obese, and new research is showing that boys who struggle with obesity end up acting out or not doing well in school,” Helton said. “(Obese kids) also have all these health problems such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, etc. It really sets them off on a bad first step in terms of adult health.” The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services funded Helton’s research because previously, little research had been done about the connection between obesity and maltreatment, he said. Karen Hawkins, the department’s deputy director of communications, said that when caseworkers are working with families, the issue of nutrition and health is only brought up


Obesity increases in homes of neglect University research specialists Jesse Helton and Janet Leichty analyzed data of children who reportedly came from homes of abuse or neglect. The data showed differences in obesity between this population and others.

In the first three weeks... • 41 kids sent from the police department • 3 were runaways • 2 were from parents • 2 were from schools • 1 other from an agency

One in four children who live in homes of abuse or neglect were obese.

One in five children who live in poverty are obese.

finished the agreed punishment. “I see the difference it makes for the kids,” she said. “A relationship got formed. The store owner was able to understand that this was a person involved who had needs and who was willing to take ownership.” The center can determine whether, years from now, a

One in six children who live in homes without abuse or neglect are obese. SOURCE: STUDY BY JESSE HELTON IN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL






Study shows child abuse, obesity link STAFF WRITER


Prior to the Youth Assessment Center’s opening on Sept. 23, Community Services Director Darlene Kloeppel said that her staff would average about receive 26 referrals per month. They only dealt with minors sent from the police.

“It makes for nuclear threats. Well, this government so important? Because they think phishing. It might make the world as it resisted.” This text may appear as a meaningless jargon of words — and that’s because it is. Benjamin Grosser, a visiting instructor in the School of Art and Design, is the creator of ScareMail, a web browser addon that adds “threatening” text to the bottom of emails in an attempt to disrupt NSA surveillance. “It’s first and foremost a work of art. I’m an artist, and I’m interested in how software affects culture and how software changes who we are,” Grosser said. Grosser’s ScareMail software takes original source text — in this case, the text from Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” a novel set in a dystopian state — and performs


Champaign’s new youth center assists troubled teens BY STANTON POLANSKI


Browser add-on hopes to disrupt NSA email filter

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SCAREMAIL that includes searching material for certain keywords. “People who write certain words that might suggest they’re doing something the government wants to know about,” Grosser said. “(ScareMail is) essentially setting a trap for the NSA, a false trap, so that the software systems out there scouring Internet traffic looking for evidence of something mysterious will catch these meaningless nonsense stories that look intelligible.” Computer science professor Roy Campbell, director of the Center for Advanced Research in Information Security, is speculative of the results of ScareMail. “I think it will cause chaos, to be honest,” Campbell said. “(ScareMail is) well-intentioned, but I don’t think that it will have the right effect because this will go on irrespective of his program.” Campbell represented the University in 2008 in receiving the National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research award from the U.S. National Security Agency. The award is a renewable five-year designation that recognizes universities whose graduate research programs in information assurance demonstrate a significant impact. “The NSA’s just another one of the organizations that is trying to make things work for everybody. They may be doing (it) in what we think is an inappropriate way, but their intention is to actually protect as opposed to disrupt,” Campbell said. Although the extension is currently only available for Gmail, a ScareMail generator is available for users to copy and paste text into their emails. “I think (ScareMail) would definitely be very effective if it got a strong enough support that it could overload the NSA’s ability to filter through the messages. I think a lot of them that get picked up are just random and not actually threatening emails,” said Patrick Slade, webmaster for the Engineering Information Bureau of the Engineering Council and freshman in Engineering.


OBESITY if it is an identified issue when they contact the department. Christy Levine, a researcher at the Children and Family Research Center who worked as a department caseworker for several years, said this is because obesity is just one of the many problems that disrupts the lives of struggling families. “The social ills that plague everybody are magnified on these families,” Levine said. “I don’t think that any one agency can handle this entire issue. The most important thing would be to have better coordination with the Department of Health and better coordination within the community so that television and food don’t need to be a source of entertainment for so many families that just don’t have other resources.” From the perspective of a case worker, Levine mentioned how difficult it is to prioritize health and nutrition issues when supporting a family. “It is hard for a caseworker who is working with a family that is barely getting by on what they make, to tell them that they should go out and buy more expensive food,” Levine said. “Caseworkers already check water temperature, check the smoke detectors, check fire safety, check the windows and doors ... this would add one more thing to the list.” Helton agreed that other fields such as the medical and academic communities need to help deal with the problem of obesity and nutrition for these families.

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Grosser is the creator of more than 20 projects that focus on areas of social media, communication, interaction, technology and art. He also recently developed a Facebook Demetricator, a web browser add-on inspired by examining Facebook’s quantifications and how they guide users’ interactions. For example, how does the amount of ‘likes’ received change the type of material users post? By using the add-on, all of the numbers disappear — 500 friends becomes “friends” and five likes becomes “likes.” “What does it mean when we focus on how many people commented rather than who they are or what they said,” Grosser said. “I guess that I am as embedded in the use of software systems as anybody. I’m critical of Facebook, but I’m also fascinated by it, enjoy it, use it all the time.” Stemming from the Demetricator, Grossers’ next project proposal tests how “liking” in real time may guide musical performance by using a participatory audience, two saxophones and an artificial intelligence system, he said. If Internet trackers were to pick up on a ScareMail-laced email, Grosser said this would not necessarily mean that the NSA would start knocking down users’ doors. He sees ScareMail as a piece of protest that won’t actually cause a governmental threat to anybody. “I think I’m an artist who wrote a program that adds meaningless specks to the end of email,” he said, adding that if the NSA starts taking action, then “I think we’ve got large problems.” Grosser gets his ideas from his research of trying to understand how news feed systems affect human interaction, society and culture. To download ScareMail and other programs, visit his website at bengrosser. com. “I think drawing attention to these things is a good thing,” Campbell said. “We depend on the Internet nowadays, but it’s always good to draw public attention to problems if that can be done in a way that’s not too damaging.”

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“We need to get the academic community on board now and we need the medical community to be aware that this is an at-risk population, if they didn’t know previously,” Helton said. “A lot of these child welfare places are doing these things already, they just have a very difficult situation to deal with.” There is some debate over the accuracy of the data that was used in the study, he said, due mainly to the fact that the data is reported by the parents, and researchers cannot be certain that parents are reporting correct statistics. Helton, however, believes that, if anything, the amount of obesity that his research showed is actually underestimated, rather than overestimated. “Caregivers never over-report how much their kids weigh. They are more likely to tell you their kid is 180, rather than 220,” he said. “Actually, our results could be even higher if we got more reliable data.” Although it is difficult to find accurate data about child obesity and to end neglect altogether, Helton thinks that paying more attention to the nutrition and health of these children could be a solution for obesity. “If there is a lack of food, families are probably buying high-calorie, low-nutritious food, because it is cheap,” Helton said. “Kids would rather have Cheetos than broccoli, but if you keep feeding your kids Cheetos, they are going to be obese. Hopefully, we can move health up the list of things that caseworkers are concerned about.”

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Progressive jazz on center stage BY ELISEO ELIZARRARAZ STAFF WRITER

Jazz hype at the University will be at an all-time high this Thursday, as it marks the first installment of the two-part Sudden Sound Concert Series, where prominent progressive jazz artists will be showcasing their music in the Krannert Art Museum’s Gelvin Noel Gallery. The William Parker Quartet will be displaying their style of progressive jazz, a form of jazz originating in the 1950s. It is an experimental form of jazz, branching off and creating a style characterized by loud and brassy voices. The Quartet has been “one of the most in demand rhythm sections in progressive jazz over the past 13 years,” said Jason Finkelman, curator of the concert series. “It is probably one of today’s greatest progressive jazz units. (Listening to) William Parker’s quartet is the equivalent of one of these historical moments in music,” he said. The group, which formed in 2000 in New York City, comprises bassist William Parker, drummer Hamid Drake, alto saxophonist Rob Brown and trumpet player Lewis Barnes. Performing during the second part of the Sudden Sounds Concert Series, scheduled for Nov. 7, is progressive jazz artist Adam Rudolph,

who will be performing alongside woodwind and reed player Ralph M. Jones. According to Finkelman, Rudolph is a pioneer of improvisational music who has made a career performing on non-western instruments — primarily as a percussionist — in projects that bring together jazz and world music. He is also credited with spearheading the cross-cultural music ensemble, GO: Organic Orchestra, according to a news release. “In Adam Rudolf’s case, he has a long history of working in crosscultural combination of jazz and world music,” Finkelman said. “Adam Rudolf and Ralph Jones embrace elements of musical forms from all over the world.” The concert series comes at a time when progressive jazz is a rarity in this part of the U.S. and underrepresented in most main stream media, Finkelman said. “The Sudden Sound Concert Series aims to develop new audiences for music that principally operates outside of mainstream media. It is one of the only opportunities to experience this kind of music live in our area, and many of these artists are acclaimed artists throughout the world,” he said. While jazz may not have the popularity that once bonded generations during the 20th century, University students are still show-

ing plenty of interest in the genre. “I enjoy listening to jazz when I’m doing homework,” said Craig Radke, senior in Business. “There’s a decrease in interest, and people are listening more to pop music. I enjoy it ... and it would be cool if people could get into it, too, instead of just pop.” Dave Rodgers, junior in Education, shares a similar sentiment, and calls jazz “God’s music.” “Progressive jazz definitely perks my curiosity,” he said. “It saddens me that jazz isn’t as big in the modern age.” The Sudden Sound Concert Series began in January 2005 . It has since found firm ground in the Krannert Art Museum Galleries, showcasing many shows per year. “We’ve had a continuous series of about four concerts per year since then. To have a series of music, in a contemporary art gallery, was a very nice pairing,” Finkelman said. “We are honored to have the support of the Krannert Art Museum. All the artists presented in the series have unique voices in progressive jazz and improvised music, and I do think that opportunities to experience this music is rare.” The concert series begins at 7:30 p.m. with the William Parker Quartet, and although admission is free, there is a $3 suggest-


The William Parker Quartet will be performing in the Krannert Art Museum’s Gelvin Noel Gallery at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

ed donation. The Krannert Art Museum will host the second session at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 with Rudolf and Jones performing. The museum will also be hosting a workshop run by Rudolph that will introduce fans to conductive improvisation that he employs in his group. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8 to 10 p.m.

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Anti-bullying campaign casts a wide net BY REEMA ABI-AKAR STAFF WRITER

One day every month, thousands of people across the globe wear pink shirts with the words “Stood Up” across the front. This is no coincidence: students, school teachers and advocates all over the world are supporting International STAND UP to Bullying Day, which takes place on the last Friday of each month. It is a day devoted to recognizing bullying and supporting victims. The next STAND UP day is Friday, Oct. 25.

nents, 25 countries and more than 1 million people. Schools, organizations or individuals can take the pledge on STAND UP’s website, order the special pink shirts with “Stood Up” written on the front, and commit to live by the organization’s principles. “Not only does this show victims that they can turn to one of these people for help,” Cooper wrote, “but it also shows bullies that their ways are not necessarily so accepted, without getting directly in their faces and confronting them.”

The stand The idea for the campaign started in March 2007, with the first official STAND UP day occurring in February 2008. International STAND UP to Bullying Day was based on an occurrence at Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia, Canada, when seniors Travis Price and David Shepherd stood up for a freshman when he was being teased about wearing a pink shirt. Bobby Cooper, executive director of the Bully Help Initiatives , decided to use this story as inspiration to create an entire international movement. Since then, participants commemorate the day by wearing a pink shirt and signing their name on the back of it to show their commitment to the cause. “My theory when I started this campaign was that an overwhelming majority of the population believes that bullying is wrong, and (they) will help victims to their full potential if they are called upon to do so,” Cooper wrote in an email. The event became so popular among schools that it changed from an annual day to one that takes place monthly. Currently, the movement spans four conti-


YOUTH CENTER minor gets a job. If the minor who had damaged property had appeared in juvenile court instead of receiving help at the youth center, the court records could be later looked up at the county clerk’s office. Most people, Kloeppel said, are under the misconception that if someone commits a crime as a youth, nobody will ever find out about it. But criminal records are only sealed until adulthood. “So when you’re 18 and somebody asks you for a background


Large-scale anti-bullying effects? So how well do these large-scale campaigns work? Do they really make a difference in mitigating bullying worldwide? The answer is not straightforward, according to local professors and professionals who offered their opinions on the subject. “I think ... that a large campaign is great as a kickoff event, but if the goal is truly to reduce bullying, it needs to be an everyday effort,” said Michelle Jett, a statewide organizer of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, a group focusing on anti-bullying for LGBTQ students. “It has to be a whole, full systemic change in the approach of how everyone is treated and how they treat each other — and that requires day-to-day effort and monitoring.” Karen Rudolph, psychology professor at the University, believes that while adults can help in establishing the anti-bullying rules, sometimes it is truly up to the students themselves to enact them. “More and more researchers are thinking, ‘Well, we actually check, they will get your juvenile record,” Kloeppel said. “It becomes a public record and there’s lots of ways of finding out about it.” To ensure that a kid does not get sucked into a cycle of poor decisions, the center tests each minor to find out what aspects of their lives need to be corrected and selects an agency that deals with that aspect. “There’s an opportunity for them to link up with some resources,” Kyles said. “It keeps the kids out of the system. One of the issues is once the kid gets into the system ... they start following that bad track record.”

really need to not just tell kids to stop bullying, but we need to teach them pro-social skills as well,’” she said. “So I think what some of the programs that are being tested now are doing is ... (teaching) kids that bullying is bad, and you should stand up against it, but also that you should have the skills to be able to (stand up against it).” Either way, it may be that the most effective anti-bullying campaigns, programs or research are multifaceted. They must engage not only the adults in charge (school teachers, administrators and staff), but also the students themselves — bullying victims, bystanders and the bullies themselves. This way, there will be a higher likelihood of creating lasting positive change.

Not just for kids According to Cooper, “People are bullied at all ages, in all sorts of environments.” While research studies about bullying tend to focus on children or adolescents, the subject isn’t only limited to kids. International STAND UP to Bullying Day is open to all participants, regardless of their age. “Once you get into middle and high school, children know what to use as the weapon for bullying, so they’re very informed on what racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, all of those things look like,” Jett said. “When you’re an adult, it’s not called bullying — it’s called being racist or being sexist or something along those lines.” As children grow, the type of bullying can vary significantly, said Jun Sung Hong, University alumnus and assistant professor of social work at Michigan’s Wayne State University. Kyles, who is also a member of the Champaign Community Coalition, saw the Youth Assessment Center as something the community needed — as did the rest of the Champaign City Council. “Isn’t it amazing when heads get together and do something — and not just blather,” council member Vic McIntosh, District 3, said at the meeting. And when Kyles passed through the glass doors to speak to the staff members at the center, he could tell that he and his fellow council members had made the right decision. “I could sense their dedication

“The peer dynamics among young adults is quite different ... from younger kids,” Hong said. “There may be college students who are bullied or bully other students, but also there tends to be a lack of monitoring as opposed to in schools where teachers ... are supposed to monitor peer conflicts.” There are fewer studies and programs that highlight college-aged or young adult bullying, although the issue can still be relevant, Rudolph said. “At least in (grade) school, you have a captive audience and you can teach the group of kids,” Rudolph said. “At a college level, obviously people are dispersed a lot more ... so I think (anti-bullying campaigns) would have to be more creative (when targeting college students). But certainly raising campus awareness and trying to teach people skills for dealing with it should certainly apply at the college level.”

The bottom line Overall, International STAND UP to Bullying Day, other antibullying campaigns, and ongoing research studies aim to mitigate bullying in society. Tomorrow’s movement will strive to propel this ideological change and quell these harmful social practices on a large scale. “Having an international campaign can be a major advantage,” Hong said. “Stakeholders or researchers, as well as teachers and school officials from all over the world could get together to share ideas, learn from each other, and also share what works and what doesn’t.”

Reema can be reached at and their passion toward improving our community,” Kyles said. Even before the center opened on Sept. 23, Kloeppel painted and decorated the walls with art. To her, the work is worth it. She helps turn lives around. “We know that in any circumstance there’s going to be kids that succeed and ones that don’t succeed as well, or kids that need more than one try,” Kloeppel said. “So we are very happy when we can make a difference. That’s partly why we do the job. It’s personally satisfying.”

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a new push to help the Champaign homeless population, the city is teaming up with local organizations — TIMES Center, a transitional living center for the homeless, and Community Elements, a mental health treatment agency — to address panhandling using an unconventional method: parking meters. Here’s how it works: There are four parking meters around Champaign and Campustown: North Neil and Main streets, North Walnut and East Chester streets, South Sixth Street between Green and John streets and the southwest corner of Green and Wright streets. The collected proceeds are funneled toward the TIMES Center, which will help homeless men find transitional living. Sure, the money isn’t much by traditional standards (the program took in $34 between Aug. 16 and Sept. 1), but people are going to pay for metered parking regardless. Whether the individual is conscious of it, the money will either be directed to the city of Champaign or the homeless of Champaign. It’s a win-win situation. And when you consider that some meals cost only a few dollars, any donation is welcome. The city funded the first four meters, identifiable by their blue color. Although the project is in its initial stages, the long-term payoff looks promising. But Community Elements CEO Sheila Ferguson told The Daily Illini that the success of the program depends on the community’s support. With a formalized process in place, people will know exactly where their money is going and what it’s being used for. There is always skepticism of what the money would be used for if given directly to an individual, but by using a third party such as parking meters, there is almost a guarantee that your money will be used and distributed appropriately. Many students also express their discomfort with approaching or being approached by panhandlers. This initiative will provide students and community members with an opportunity to help but in a different setting. However, using the meters to help the homeless creates distance between the donor and receiver. It disconnects helping homelessness from those who are homeless. We can’t assume that because these meters are in place, we can just stop interacting with and donating to the cause of homelessness altogether. Interestingly enough, Champaign Center for Partnership executive director Erin Lippitz said in response to panhandling, “It puts a bad face on campus and a bad face on Champaign.� But these are real people. Homeless or not, they are faces of this community. We can’t let parking meters hide the very real issue of homelessness in one of Illinois’ poorest counties, where 23.4 percent of individuals are living below the poverty line according to a report by Social IMPACT Research Center. There’s no way to definitively recognize people’s intent when they feed these meters. At the end of the day, $34, or whatever is collected through the meters, means something. It translates to meals, assistance with living and treatment of mental health issues. After a wait-andsee period, more meters could be on the way to benefit other organizations, such as the Center for Women in Transition. We don’t see a situation in which the community wouldn’t want to support this initiative. As long as people need parking spots, people will continue to feed the meters, which will in turn help Community Elements and the homeless. It’s as simple as that.


Millennials need to stay on top of the news using reputable sources, not just social media Editor’s note: This letter is a response to a previous editorial, “Education, jobs take precedence over reading news for millennials�, published in the Oct. 21, 2013, edition of The Daily Illini. he Editorial Board underestimates social media’s ability to distort our collective understanding of current events. The article argues that, in light of millennials’ time-consuming school and work commitments, participating in social media discussion about the news can be an appropriate substitute for sustained engagement with traditional media sources.


While we don’t actively engage with the news as we would with midterms or job interviews, our social media activity can still influence the outcome of newsworthy events. For instance, a New York Times article about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings details how Reddit falsely identified Sunil Tripathi, a missing Brown University student, as one of the suspects based on photos released by the F.B.I. In the hours before the F.B.I. revealed the suspect’s true identity to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, tweets accusing Tripathi of the bombings

spread to millions of people, and Tripathi’s family received death threats online. Additionally, a New Yorker profile of the Steubenville High School rape case discusses how various channels reported that Steubenville officials were attempting to cover up the victim’s gang rape in front of multiple witnesses. Despite the lack of corroborating evidence for this version of events, Anonymous, an online activist collective, threatened to release the personal information of people implicated in the conspiracy. Social media discussion outpaced

traditional investigations in both cases, producing false accounts which impacted the parties involved. Thus, because they can unwittingly make influential contributions to newsworthy events, millennials need to stay abreast of the news from a variety of reputable sources. The world isn’t waiting for our full-throated response to tomorrow’s newsworthy problems; it’s picking through our musings online for answers today.

MICHAEL EICHNER Graduate student in Accounting

E-book sellers should be tough on erotic content ANDREW HORTON Opinions columnist


tephen Colbert pointed out an interesting fad to me on his show on Monday: dinosaur erotica. Turns out, it’s a thing. Searching for the genre on Amazon returns approximately 90 results. These books consist mainly of plots that weren’t quite right for traditional publishing, but thanks to the Internet, were able to find a home on Amazon for electronic download, available for $2.99 or less. The collection of books contains a number of interesting titles such as: “Taken by the T-Rex� and “Fifty Shades of Paleontology.� This represents a revolution in book publishing. Now, instead of having to be one of the lucky few manuscripts selected by a major publisher in a given year, anybody with a little initiative can get their work published online. At first, the notion of expanding the power of the pen to more aspiring authors is an appealing idea. However, the freedom is starting to backfire.

A new survey by Aaron Stanton of Digital Book World found that self-published e-books contain more extreme sexual content than their traditionally published counterparts by a nearly 10 to 1 ratio. Also interesting is the fact that erotica makes up 28.57 percent of all selfpublished e-books whereas it only makes up 1.11 percent of the catalogs from traditional publishers. While I fully support freedom of expression, this context, where e-books are available to individuals of all ages, requires that something be done to maintain the quality and integrity of books available for purchase online. As Stanton wrote in regard to his study: “This tremendous volume of content is far greater than any current social-based review system can handle, not only from a sexual content standpoint, but from a review and discovery standpoint ... This creates a problem. Online retailers like Amazon, Google and B&N end up putting books on their shelves without content oversight.� Amazon’s policy states that they “don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.� However, if you take one quick browse through the Kindle store, you will find that this vague

policy is not very restrictive. U.K. self-publisher Kobo recently pulled all erotic and pornographic self-published titles from its site after it was discovered that such titles were being found alongside children’s books. WHSmith, whose e-books are supplied by Kobo, initially shut down its entire website over the issue and decided to conduct a full review of all self-published titles before allowing any of them back on the site. In response, 13,000 erotic fiction authors signed a petition against the ban, claiming that it was an overreaction. While I understand the authors’ frustration, I think the steps taken by WHSmith and Kobo were adequate to bring attention to this issue. As a result, other sellers such as Amazon and Smashwords have begun to reevaluate their oversight policies. According to The Drum magazine, in the days following the incident, Amazon began quietly removing such titles from its site. This wake-up call is the step in the right direction. While it is important to remember that many very successful books began as self-published titles (such as “What Color is Your Parachute?� and “Fifty Shades of Grey�), the online

stores need to be better monitored to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed with poor quality and obscene content. Granted, regulating self-published material is no easy task. In 2011 alone, 87,201 self-published e-books were released, and that number has been growing substantially over the past decade. While it may be impossible to personally monitor every new title, at least the fallout from this event should encourage e-book providers to look into implementing new technologies to address the concern. Looking forward, it may be relevant to remember the downfall of Chatroulette — the site which began as a cool new way to start a spontaneous video chat with someone from anywhere around the world but soon became just a bunch of dudes displaying their junk. Online content enables tremendous opportunities for people to spread ideas. However, without proper oversight, the perverted intentions of some can ruin it for everyone.

Andrew is a junior in Engineering. He can be reached at

Time to review the unspoken rules of ARC etiquette NICKI HALENZA Assistant opinions editor


if we needed another reason to support why we go to one of the best universities around, I’ll give you one more: the Activities and Recreation Center — commonly known as the ARC. At 340,000 square feet, it is one of the largest on-campus recreation centers in the country. As you can imagine, this makes it quite the hot spot for students, faculty and other University affiliates — meaning that there is a lot of traffic in and out of the building each and every day. With so many people using this facility, there are obviously several rules and guidelines, which are posted on signs throughout the building. However, being somewhat of a gym rat, I know that there is definitely a set of unspoken rules among ARC-goers. Some of this ARC etiquette seems like common sense, but apparently some people could use a bit of a reminder. Just to cover the bases, let me simply start out by reiterating the fact that the ARC is a workout facility.

So just to be clear, it is for working out — for sweating, for burning calories, for getting our lazy selves off the couch. However, in regards to the Activities and Recreation Center, I think some people may be putting too much emphasis on the word “recreation� and not enough on the word “activities.� During one of my trips to the ARC, I was trudging along on one of the stair stepping machines on the entrance floor, sweating profusely and not looking terribly unlike a corpse. As I wiped a strand of sweat-soaked hair off of my face, a girl sat down on the bike next to me — wearing a sparkly sweater and jeans and a pair of cute shoes. Oh, and don’t let me forget the icing on the cake. She also brought a package of cookies that she nonchalantly placed in the water bottle holder. It appeared as if she was there to take a load off and catch up on some shows rather than exercise. While I’m all about a day or two of easy cardio and using the machine’s TV to watch re-runs of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,� there is something totally off about consuming Keebler Fudge Stripes while doing so. And not to mention what an evil temptation it is to put a sleeve of cookies in the

proximity of people currently trying to work off their lunches. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to reach over, snatch the bag and wolf down three cookies right then and there. It’s like dangling a carrot in front of a horse. Another bad habit that is leaching its way into some people’s workout routines is the use of cell phones. Too many times I have walked by someone casually sitting at one of the strength training machines immersed in the iPhone world. Meanwhile, forget about strengthening those hip abductors because you’ll have to wait until that person comes back from their trip to lala land and finally starts using the machine. And don’t even get me started about all the people I have caught snapchatting their friends from the elliptical. The combination of a selfie, a weird facial expression and the already funny rotational movement of legs on the elliptical equals the appearance of straight ridiculousness. A third piece of undercover ARC etiquette that needs to be mentioned is the acknowledgment of personal space, particularly during times when the facility is not busy. When someone is running on one of the treadmills, for instance,

and all the other ones are available, it should be somewhat obvious that you should go to one that is not directly next to that person. The same can be said of where you place your mat for stretching — if we don’t have to be within a two foot radius of each other, then let’s not. If the ARC is pretty empty and there is a decent amount of space, use it. Relieve the awkwardness, please. Not to mention, according to some guys, I’m pretty sure this same exact concept applies to urinal etiquette. One last gym faux pas that needs to be put out on the table as a gentle reminder is to remember to wipe down everything after each use, because nothing triggers my gag reflex quite like coming into contact with someone else’s sweat. And as for what goes on in the basement, I have no comments because the level of comfort I feel entering that zone is nonexistent. The bottom line: be self-aware. I love the ARC and so do many other people, so let’s develop a mutual understanding about some of these common courtesies.

Nicki is a junior in Media. She can be reached at halenza2@


Thursday, October 24, 2013



Celebrate this weekend with Homecoming events BY JULIA MARBACH STAFF WRITER

Although Champaign-Urbana may be many miles from a big city, there are still plenty of options for students looking to have an eventful weekend. With homecoming events, numerous performances and outdoor activities taking place this weekend, students looking for fun weekend events are in luck.

Thursday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 27 Visit The Pottery Place

Located at 1808 Round Barn Road, Champaign, The Pottery Place is a local business that allows its customers to paint their own pottery, which is then fired and glazed for them and ready to be used in a few days. Visitors can choose from a variety of ceramic dishware items to paint, said Emily Knox, The Pottery Place employee and senior in Applied Health Sciences. The dishware includes pieces that may appeal to children, such as animal banks, animal boxes and cupcake boxes, as well as Hello Kitty-, Iron Man-, and Snoopy-themed items. There are also pieces that may be interesting to adults, such as gardenware and kitchen items such as salt and pepper shakers, coasters and ornaments. There are also seasonal items, including items for Halloween. After visitors choose their desired pieces and colors, they can then begin painting. The workers are available to help with painting techniques, mess-ups or questions. The process typically takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, Knox said. “Just having confidence in yourself and knowing that you can do it, because everyone can paint pottery,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who it is; it’ll look good when it comes out.” Once the pieces are finished being painted, The Pottery Place then fires and glazes them, with most pieces taking four days to finish. They are then ready for pickup, and because they are food safe, they may be used or displayed as wished. Visitors will pay a studio fee, which includes the price of sitting, paints and firing the piece, Knox said. The studio fee is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. However, an adult and child are $10 together. Then, there’s the price of the piece, which ranges from $1 to about $65, with the average price around $10-12. The Pottery Place can also accommodate groups, Knox said, from birthday parties and bridal showers to ladies’ nights out. Many campus sororities have even visited, Knox said. “So many people come here on first dates,” she said. “People have been engaged here. The people that come in just love the store. It’s a really friendly and comfortable environment.”

Saturday, Oct. 26 Nick Offerman’s American Ham Tour

If someone is looking for a few laughs this coming weekend, Nick Offerman, best known for his character Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is bringing his stand-up comedy series to the Krannert Center for the Per-


OFFERMAN “It was a tremendous experience for me to be in the Kabuki ‘Achilles’ production back in 1990-1991. For an American actor to get into Kabuki, an experience like that is like a whole different world,” Stark said. But despite the praise his students have for him, Sato said he feels the best when he sees them succeed. He recalled that from the beginning, Offerman was a funny person. “In Kabuki ‘Achilles,’ Nick was there and he played the typical comic character. He always did, in a sense, because that’s what he liked,” Sato said. “From his young age, he had a unique ability; instead of a cool joke, he had a distinct delivery, so everyone liked him.” Sato said that Offerman’s gift for making people laugh is not the only thing that got him to where he is today, but also his work ethic. “One great element about him is that he’s a hard worker. ... Although the cultures are so different, one thing that Japanese culture values is hard work, and Nick has that,” Sato said. According to Sato, Offerman is very gifted in woodworking as well, a similarity to his character on “Parks and Recreation.” Offerman said that he was really bad at acting when he was a student and started working in the scene shop when he was not getting good parts at the Krannert Center. As he gained more experience, Offerman began to be paid for his woodwork in the scene shop. “That was a great supplement to allow me to earn my keep


forming Arts. The show, which starts at 7:30 p.m., consists of Offerman’s tips for how to live a great life, and is broken up into 10 parts, said Heidi Feigin, Offerman’s talent agent at United Talent. “It’s kind of just words to live by; it’s very humorous,” she said. “Some are anecdotal stories about his own life, others are funny songs. It has a real theme and it’s very connected; it’s not necessarily just a traditional stand-up show where somebody’s up at a mic telling joke, punch line, joke, punch line. It’s kind of a very thought-out show which is packed with laughs and everything else.” While the tour began with just college destinations, it has since expanded to include shows open to the general public. It has sold out twice at Town Hall in New York City and has been to other cities including Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, Feigin said. Offerman, who is a University alumnus, is doing the show as a fundraiser for Japan House, and all of the proceeds will be donated, Feigin said. Tickets are $30 for the public and $10 for students. They can be purchased online at the Krannert Center’s website or in person at the Krannert Center.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 – Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 Visit Curtis Orchard

For those who want to enjoy the outdoors and get into the spirit of fall and Halloween, Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, located at 3902 S. Duncan Road in Champaign, offers many options. For starters, there’s the pumpkin patch, with pumpkins priced at 39 cents per pound. “We’ve got several varieties out there,” said Sarah Graham, Curtis Orchard employee. “A lot of them are already cut ... but there are still several on the vine. So, it gives that family or good date experience where you can go and pick your own pumpkin out, and we have several varieties to choose from. If you don’t like the traditional, you can find pink and blue and white. There’s something for everyone out there.” On Saturday, the Orchard will have live entertainment by The Prairie Dogs, a bluegrass group, and on Sunday, Denny K, a country musician, will perform. “We started branching out and doing different entertainers to get a different feel every weekend,” Graham said. “We’ve gotten great reviews on it. With the festivities that we have on the weekend, we try to make every weekend a festival.” Visitors can also enjoy a petting zoo where they can feed goats, a pony and chickens. There is also a 2-acre corn maze that people of all ages take on and that takes about 20 to 25 minutes, Graham said. For those who get hungry, Curtis Orchard features the Flying Monkey Café, where visitors can find “a lot of good home-style food,” Graham said, including pulled pork, Italian beef, homemade soup, chili, grilled hot dogs and brats, salads, homemade au gratin potatoes, homemade apple sauce and green beans. There is also a gift store with a variety of gifts for visitors of different ages. while I was learning to be a better actor,” Offerman said. Offerman put his woodworking skills to use in building the Japan House a gazebo through his business, Offerman Woodshop, in California. “When I was in Champaign a year ago, I saw the new garden at the new Japan House and they had a couple projects left to finish. I said, ‘I sure would appreciate it if you let me make something in my woodshop to give back to the legacy of Shozo and the Japan house,’” Offerman said. “I feel like my life has been so enriched by Japan and the programs instituted by our sensei, so I’m just thrilled that I can pitch in a little bit, hopefully to provide a spot to shelter from the weather and meditate on the beautiful views from the garden.” Offerman built the gazebo in three parts in California and had it shipped to Champaign for the upcoming weekend. The gazebo will be unveiled on Sunday. “The University is getting a little example of his generosity and kindness with his gift to Japan House and performance,” Robertson said. “He’s a great guy, and when you see him on TV or in a movie you think, ‘Finally the good guy wins!’” Stark said. Well after Sato’s tenure, the legacy of Japan House continues with Sato’s former student, Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, now running the operations. “Students should be aware that it’s alive and well and you can sign up for the same classes that Shozo instituted,” Offerman said. “It’s a beautiful place to take a walk and meditate, and I hope students take advantage of that.”

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Homecoming Weekend Activities Friday, Oct. 25 Parade and pep rally Parade: The parade will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and starts at Sixth Street and Taft Drive in Champaign, goes through Campustown and turns south on Mathews Avenue in Urbana to end at the Quad. Pep Rally: The pep rally will be held on the Quad after the parade from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Marching Illini will be performing, and head football coach Tim Beckman and the football team will be present. There will also be presentations of the Homecoming Court, Illini Comeback guests and the recipient of the University Alumni Association’s Lou Liay Spirit Award. Illinois vs. Michigan soccer game Time: 7 p.m. Location: Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium, 1801 S. Wright St. in Champaign Cost: Free Jim Gaffigan: “The White Bread Tour” Homecoming comedy show Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: State Farm Center, 1800 S. First St. in Champaign Cost: $32 to $45 for public, $3 facility fee, $10 for students















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Saturday, Oct. 26 Illinois vs. Michigan State football game Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Memorial Stadium, 1402 S. First St. in Champaign Cost: $49-$60 per ticket (main stands)



Sunday, Oct. 27 Illinois vs. Michigan State soccer game: Time: 1 p.m. Location: Illinois Soccer & Track Stadium, 1801 S. Wright St. in Champaign Cost: Free More events can be found at homecoming. With products from 80 different companies, options include homemade apple crisp donuts and pies, including apple, cherry, peach and pumpkin. All items are made every day; homemade cider, syrup, jam, home décor items and honey also made right on the farm. Other activities visitors can enjoy are wagon rides, miniature golf, a giant 30-foot slide and more. There is no admission fee and individual activity prices vary.

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GAFFIGAN DI: You’ve played such a wide variety of roles and characters in TV shows and movies, such as “That 70’s Show” and “17 Again,” as well as simply being yourself with your stand-up acts. What has been your favorite role or persona you’ve played so far? JG: Well, I would say, I did this role in a play on Broadway, which is pretty amazing, for “That Championship Season,” which I really enjoyed. I guess the surprising thing is, the more flawed the character that I’m playing (is), the more fun it is. So, the dumber the guy is or the more kind of weaknesses (he has), the more appealing the character is. DI: If you could give your “college self” one piece of advice, looking back, what would it be? JG: I would say, ‘Don’t get caught up in other peoples’ expectations. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of time.’ I think that I really was kind of into what other people thought I should be doing. DI: What advice do you have for students aspiring to enter comedy or the entertainment industry? JG: I think the best advice is, you know, if you’re a performer, I would try to perform as much I as can. Whether it’s stand-up or anything. Just find out what you can do with it as much as you can. But otherwise, I think it’s probably a good idea to work in — I never did this — a casting office, and see how the business works. I think that’s probably a good idea.

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Laughs and lessons will be gracing campus this Saturday night when actor, comedian and University alumnus Nick Offerman returns on his American Ham Tour at Foellinger Auditorium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a handful of cautionary tales, some mediocre original songs, peppered with minor nudity,â&#x20AC;? Offerman said. Offerman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; known for his character Ron Swanson on NBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been on his comedy stand-up tour since late August. With several college-campus shows, the tour will make its way to a special weekend stop in Urbana for Offermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s return to his alma mater. Barbara Robertson, actress and University alumna, saw his show at the Chicago Theater on Oct. 3 and said that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely and thoroughly enjoyedâ&#x20AC;? herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Before the show) I emailed him and asked if they had tickets to house seats, and he emailed back saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, I insist you have to have a complimentary seat, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see you backstage,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Robertson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a show that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just comedy but it really makes you reflect, and he gives some advice that you can take away.â&#x20AC;? Robertson described Offerman as a loyal man who values friendship, a description now exemplified as his campus visit will be partially to benefit the Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Japan House. In addition to his comedy show on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Offerman has also built a gazebo to be assembled on the grounds of the Japan House this weekend and will co-host a fundraising dinner at Prairie Fruits Farm on Sunday. Shozo Sato, founder of the Japan House, will co-host the dinner with his wife, Alice. Before graduating with a

degree in theatre in 1993, Offerman developed a close relationship with Sato, a former artist-inresidence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts from 1969 to his retirement in 1992. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was in school, everyone knew the coolest class in the theater department was the Kabuki theater class, so we all signed up for it our sophomore year,â&#x20AC;? Offerman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were just some lucky sons of bitches who were there at the right place at the right time when (Sato) needed some dumb, strapping donkeys to play soldiers in his production of Kabuki â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Achillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which was his adaptation of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Iliad.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Sato taught a traditional, dance-drama form of Japanese theater called Kabuki theater. At that time, the theater department did not promote Asian theater, Sato said, but his class was very popular among students nonetheless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the typical Japanese way, the professor and the student have a father-son, father-daughter-like relationship; they share dinners together and travel together,â&#x20AC;? Sato said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was the same concept taken on in my Kabuki classes. All the members of my classes would come for a late dinner to my home, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d send them off on a full stomach.â&#x20AC;? According to Offerman, students who took his class quickly came to regard Sato as a mentor and father-figure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;a real-life Mr. Miagi or Obi Wan Kenobi,â&#x20AC;? he said. Jim Stark, theater director at Hanover College in Indiana, took Satoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kabuki class and became a friend of Offermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s while in graduate school at the University. Stark recalled how Satoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class brought everyone together and how one show in particular really shaped their lives.

Despite being deemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;white bread,â&#x20AC;? many may argue that there is nothing â&#x20AC;&#x153;white breadâ&#x20AC;? about Jim Gaffigan. With a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in finance from Georgetown University, a new book titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad is Fatâ&#x20AC;? and a variety of experience in the TV and film industry, Gaffigan boasts an impressive professional and personal resume. Now, the comedian is on a stand-up comedy tour and will be performing at State Farm Center on Friday, Oct. 25, as a part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The White Bread Tour.â&#x20AC;? The Daily Illini had the opportunity to sit down with Gaffigan prior to his stand-up performance to find out more about his past, his current tour and his passion for stand-up comedy. The Daily Illini: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so happy to have you at the University. What brings you here? Jim Gaffigan: I love performing at colleges, and it just seemed like a great opportunity to perform there. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to somebody who loves doing stand-up and I love doing shows in college, so there was a lot of appeal there. I also went to Champaign when I was in college like a hundred years ago, so I remember being there once before. DI: Where did your inspiration for â&#x20AC;&#x153;The White Bread Tourâ&#x20AC;? come from? JG: Well â&#x20AC;&#x153;The White Breadâ&#x20AC;? thing ... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from Indiana and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m kind of this â&#x20AC;&#x153;white bread,â&#x20AC;? Midwestern guy and occasionally in articles Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be described as kind of this â&#x20AC;&#x153;white bread,â&#x20AC;? Midwestern comic, and I just thought it was kind of funny because someone would intend it as being a little bit of a criticism. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah, I am â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;white bread.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? ... I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care. I thought it was kind of funny.


DI: Your new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dad is Fatâ&#x20AC;? talks about raising your children, as well as your own childhood. How has being a father to five children and the youngest of six siblings influenced your comedy? JG: I would say that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely had some influence, but when I started stand-up I always wanted to keep my material relatable to everybody in the room. So when I started, I would see people doing material about their wife and kids, their husband and kids, and I told myself (that) I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to do that at all ... So it really kind of inspired that book more than anything. I mean I definitely talk about having kids a little bit in my show. ... I love being a dad, but my stand-up remains observational stuff about a lazy guy who likes to eat. DI: After graduating from Georgetown, you started a career as a litigation consultant. What made you want to become a comedian? Was there a moment, or was it always something in the back of your mind? JG: Well I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I always wanted to do. I mean, I come from a pretty small town in Indiana and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone who was in the entertainment industry, so I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really see it as any possibility of becoming a stand-up comedian. I thought that it was just for people from New York and LA. I went about kind of following the path that everyone had told me I should follow, which is (to) get a finance degree and get a job in finance, and that will make me happy. It really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that satisfying for me. I also did all the things I was supposed to, and then after I got to the point where I have this interesting job in finance I realized I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it. So then I kind of did some soulsearching and realized stand-up was what I wanted to do.


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Volleyball must gain momentum for postseason Boy, do I wish I could have been at Huff Hall on Sunday to hear the chants of O-H-I-O slowly dissipate as Ohio State continued its slide down the Big Ten standings. The Buckeyes are now sitting at 14-6 overall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a seemingly impressive tally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but one digs deeper and notices a 2-6 conference record, four of those losses coming right in a row. Yikes. Last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game against Northwestern marked Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first midweek match of the season. The Wildcats came in with their tails between their legs after losing 3-0 to the same Penn State team that the Illini came so close to beating just days before. But in the end, Illinois came up just short, losing 3-2 in Evanston. While this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the desired outcome for a team looking for a spark, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the 3-0 losses of the not-sodistant past. Northwestern is an underrated team that shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be taken lightly. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate, but the Ohio State win isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t diminished. Illinois still has something positive to build on. For their next test, the Illini will travel to Madison on Sunday to face the No. 15 ranked Badgers on their home court, and hopefully secure a victory over yet another top team. But Wisconsin is looking to wrap up the first half of conference season with a big win at home. Volleyball is a momentum game. Feelings of disappointment or regret arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to carry over from match to match, but sometimes they do. After the Northwestern loss, Illinois is at a crossroads. What happens in Madison may set the tone for the rest of the season.

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Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox celebrates with teammates David Ortiz (34) and Dustin Pedroia (15) as they all score on a double by Mike Napoli in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday.

Boston drubs St. Louis 8-1 Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright surrenders 5 runs in 1st 2 innings BY ERIK BOLAND MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE

BOSTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This World Series couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have gotten off to a worse start for the Cardinals. With their ace having little control early and their normally sure-handed defense producing a slapstick performance, the Cardinals, who, oh by the way, also lost rightfielder Carlos Beltran to injury, were blown out, 8-1, by the Red Sox in Game 1 of the Series in front of 38,345 at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. The postgame commentary will rightly say it is only one game, but recent history has treated Game 1 winners well. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gone on to win the World Series 62 percent of the time overall, including nine of the last 10 years and 14 of the last 16. Boston righthander John Lackey will try to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead on Thursday night when he goes against 22-year-old Cardinals rookie righthander Michael Wacha, who has shined this post-

season, going 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA. Wacha will need more help behind him than Adam Wainwright received Wednesday night, but giving credit where it is due, the Red Sox, in winning their ninth straight World Series game, were as good as the Cardinals, who committed three errors, were bad. Boston got 7 2/3 shutout innings from Jon Lester, who allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked one, and a home run and three RBIs from David Ortiz. As they did in the ALCS against the Tigers, the Red Sox took advantage of the opportunities presented. Those came early in the fi rst, a three-run inning highlighted by the fi rst of shortstop Pete Kozmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two errors and an overturned umpireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call. Wainwright was off from the start, walking leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury. After Shane Victorino lined out to left, Dustin Pedroia singled to center. Next came

David Ortiz, who sent a grounder to second baseman Matt Carpenter that appeared to be an inningending double play. But Kozma dropped Carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw, though second-base umpire Dana DeMuth initially ruled Pedroia out at second, saying Kozma fi rst possessed the ball, then lost it on the transfer. Replays showed that to be an obvious mistake, and after an umpiresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; conference, the call was reversed. Cardinals manager Mike Mathenyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirited argument likely would have led to an ejection under different circumstances. Mike Napoli came up with the bases loaded and got ahead 2-and0 before lining a bases-clearing double into the gap in left-center to make it 3-0. When the Red Sox swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, they scored in the fi rst inning of each of the four games. Wednesday night the Red Sox scored in the second, too, aided by more shoddy defense by the Cardinals. Stephen Drew led off the inning with a pop-up between the mound and home. Wainwright called for it, but as catcher Yadier Molina

trotted toward him, he let the ball fall between them for what was ruled a single. The Red Sox pounced on the mistake, again with some help from Kozma. David Ross followed with a single to center and, after Ellsbury flew to left for the fi rst out, Victorino bounced a grounder to the hole at short. Ranging to his left, Kozma booted the ball for an error to load the bases. Pedroia singled to left to bring in Drew, making it 4-0. Ortiz then sent a shot to rightcenter, not far from where his ALCS-altering grand slam sailed in Game 2. Beltran, however, reached into the Cardinalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bullpen to steal another grand slam. Beltran slammed against the wall with his body as he made the catch and would leave the game after the inning. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with what was announced as a right rib contusion. Ross came in on the sacrifice fly to make it 5-0. Ortiz got his home run five innings later, connecting off lefty Kevin Siegristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fi rst pitch in the seventh, a two-run shot over the Red Sox bullpen that made it 7-0.

After winning 2 sets, Illini drop next 3 BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

Execution was yet again the driving factor behind the Illinois volleyball teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loss to Northwestern Wednesday night. The Illini (8-11, 4-5 Big Ten) took the fi rst two sets over the Wildcats (13-8, 5-4) in before dropping the next three. Illinois had 26 attacking errors and four service errors in the match, which allowed Northwestern to stage a comeback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we sustained really good volleyball in the fi rst two sets and then we relaxed,â&#x20AC;? junior outside hitter Liz McMahon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They made a lot of adjustments and came out fighting after the break and I think we backed down a little bit. They executed at a high level and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I think it just came down to execution.â&#x20AC;? The loss to Northwestern was eerily similar to the one Illinois suffered against thenNo. 4 Penn State last Friday when the team jumped out to a 2-1 lead after three sets only to see the Nittany Lions claw their way back into the match. Illinois took the fi rst two sets over Northwestern both by a score of 25-19. In the fi rst and second set the Illini seemed to be on track to recording their second straight win. From there, junior Liz McMahon said defensive lapses contributed to Illinois allowing Northwestern back into the game. The Illini lost the following three sets 19-25,

19-25, 10-15 to the wildcats to lose the match in five. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think our defense slipped,â&#x20AC;? McMahon said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when our defense slips everything kind of goes with it. We got tense at times and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play well when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tense and anxious.â&#x20AC;? Illinois will try to sharpen itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s execution in practice before attempting to get back to its winning ways Sunday in Madison, Wis., against No. 16 Wisconsin. The Illini will face a Badgers team that has won two straight. Illinois head coach Kevin Hambly said the Badgers are a good team in every aspect and that they serve especially aggressively. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a really good serving team,â&#x20AC;? Hambly said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They play really good defense and they extend rallies really well. They also have a really good young setter who can move the ball around in (freshman Lauren) Carlini who was player of the year her senior year. But I think the biggest thing is just serving and passing. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a good serve and pass team and that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been our strength so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to do a good job on that.â&#x20AC;? With a loss to Northwestern weighing on the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind moving forward, sophomore outside hitter Jocelynn Birks said Illinois will need to focus on keeping up momentum and continuing to execute at a high level throughout games in order to have success Sunday against Wisconsin.


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 24 days since the Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team opened practice, and the team finally gets to face someone other than itself Thursday, when McKendree University comes to the State Farm Center for the first of the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two exhibitions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always refreshing to know that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing someone than yourself,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Mike LaTulip said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not gonna be the same matchups you see every day in practice and finally get new people.â&#x20AC;? LaTulip, who plays both point guard and shooting guard, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largely been matched up with junior Tracy Abrams, Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; starting point guard the last two seasons.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re usually on opposite teams going at it,â&#x20AC;? LaTulip said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I take it as a blessing. Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a heck of a player. To be able to go against someone like that every day, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paying dividends for me.â&#x20AC;? LaTulip, a walk-on who appeared in just 16 games last season, has made clear steps forward. He scored 15 points in the Orange and Blue Scrimmage last week, including going 10-for-10 from the freethrow line. Illinois head coach John Groce said there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;no questionâ&#x20AC;? LaTulip will be in the playing rotation against McKendree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His body of work between Sept. 27 and (Wednesday) has been good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been solid,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at.â&#x20AC;? Through the fi rst four weeks of practice, fi fth-year transfer

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anna Dorn (5) and Morganne Criswell (1) attempt to block a spike during the game against Northwestern at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., on Wednesday.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would defi nitely say that we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back down and let teams in,â&#x20AC;? Birks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially when we have them down 2-0 and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing really well. We need to learn to not let up and not stop fighting until weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done with that last point.â&#x20AC;?




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Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball begins season with exhibition BY JOHNATHAN HETTINGER

nytime an Illinois team beats Ohio State, I feel compelled to write about it. This is mostly because of my own feelings of rivalry toward the Big Tenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most pretentious university â&#x20AC;&#x201D; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even try to deny it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but also because beating OSU in any sport is usually an impressive feat. This time it was volleyball that gave me that warm fuzzy feeling that only beating the Buckeyes can provide. The Illini handed thenNo. 17 Ohio State a 3-1 loss last Sunday night that invigorated a disheartened team. Two days earlier, volleyball had lost a heartbreaker to No. 2 Penn State in five sets. They were so close. Inches away from a seasonsaving win. A lot was learned about the Illini during the Penn State matchup. A loss is a loss, and it hurts, but a five set loss means they fought, and fought hard. It was a back and forth battle with Illinois winning sets one and three before dropping the final two to the Nittany Lions. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think this loss was the worst thing in the world. In fact, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a step in the right direction for a team looking for some consistency. To come back from a physically and mentally grueling Friday game to beat a good Ohio State team two days later says something great about the toughness of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad. And honestly, I had doubted that toughness. Too many 3-0 losses had me wondering if Illinois could prove it was more than just a good program suffering from one of the toughest schedules in the nation. To be a good team you have to win big games, and win they finally did.

Jon Ekey has graded out as the top player for the Illini throughout the first four weeks of practice, Groce said. He said Ekey and junior Nnanna Egwu are the only guaranteed starters as of Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nnanna in particular has obviously stood out. Ekey as well,â&#x20AC;? Groce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The perimeter is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up in the air tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? Competing for the three spots are likely Abrams, LaTulip, senior Joseph Bertrand, junior transfer Rayvonte Rice and freshmen Malcolm Hill and Kendrick Nunn. Ekey said the increased competition will benefit the Illini in practice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just been switching the lineups every day and not really knowing whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be playing with who,â&#x20AC;? Ekey said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, having some rotations and seeing who will be getting a little bit more time, it will make it more competitive. Guys will now be fighting for more spots and more minutes. It makes practice even more competitive.â&#x20AC;? Thursday will be the first time Ekey, Rice and the five freshmen will compete for the Illini. Ekey said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit nervous, but there are always nerves when you play for a new team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting,â&#x20AC;? Ekey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been going for what seems like a while now, against each other battling every day, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting to finally get to go against somebody else.â&#x20AC;?

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Illinois’ Jannelle Flaws (3) celebrates her goal during the game against No. 20 Wisconsin at the Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium on Oct. 12. Flaws was hit in the head at last Sunday’s game and removed from the game.

Soccer needs ‘results’ for tourney BY ALEX ORTIZ STAFF WRITER

For the final two home matches of the regular season, the Illinois soccer team will face Michigan and Michigan State. These matches will very likely determine the chances of the Illini making the Big Ten Tournament in early November, held in Champaign this year. “I think for us right now, we control our own destiny,” head coach Janet Rayfield said. “I think if we get results in these next three games, then that gives us a chance in the Big Ten Tournament.”

“Results” in this case mean wins, and perhaps only one tie. Only the top-eight teams in the conference will advance to the tournament. Illinois is currently tied for seventh in the standings with Iowa, which means wins are needed to secure that last qualifying spot. Purdue is ranked ninth and Minnesota is ranked 10th, and both are within three points (or one win) of that final qualifying spot. First on the agenda though, Illinois will have to survive its Friday night match against the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines (12-2-1, 6-1-1). The Wolverines will bring

the best defense in the Big Ten to Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium. They have allowed just nine goals this season. Offensively, Michigan can also be dangerous. Senior Nkem Ezurike is an especially athletic forward who has scored 10 goals this season with seven assists. She is also Michigan’s all-time leading scorer with 45 goals. To prepare for the threat Ezurike poses to the defense, Illinois practiced with a forward playing higher up the field. “We’re kind of just going through how they may play,” senior midfielder and defender

Kassidy Brown said. “But I think a lot of times we don’t try to match our style of play with theirs. We try to play our own style.” On Sunday, Illinois will host Michigan State (8-6-2, 2-6-0), as the team also celebrates its senior day. The Spartans are the secondworst team in the conference standings, just ahead of Northwestern. Still, they have shutout wins against the teams vying for those last Big Ten Tournament spots in Minnesota (3-0) and Purdue (4-0). The Spartans also began the season unbeaten at 6-0-2 in nonconference play. Illinois will also be monitor-

ing the health of two key players. Junior forward Jannelle Flaws took a hard hit to the head against Penn State last Sunday and was removed from the game for a while. “She looks a little bit like Rocky right now,” Rayfield said. “(She) certainly has the shiner to show for her efforts but seems to be OK.” Flaws’ eye was cut and it required stiches, but Rayfield said she expects her star forward to be ready for Friday. There were no concussion symptoms, and she participated in practice this week. On the other hand, senior mid-

fielder Vanessa DiBernardo is still nursing a sprained knee that has kept her completely out of the last six matches in which the Illini were 2-4-0. Although Rayfield says they have seen more progress in the past 10 days or so than they had in the first couple of weeks, they are still uncertain about her status moving forward. “I definitely want to be out there as soon as I possibly can,” DiBernardo said. “But I have to think of my health.”

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Women’s cross-country preps for big meets BY MICHAL DWOJAK CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Illinois women’s cross-country team will have one last tune-up before the Big Ten Championships when it hosts the Illinois Open this Friday at the UI Arboretum to end its regular season. “This is a great opportunity to see how much we have improved over the course of the season,” head coach Scott Jones said. The Illini, who ran in last Friday’s Bradley Classic, will be running again this week, including sophomore Michelle Frigo and freshmen Megan

Lemersal, Valarie Bobart, Kim Seger and Ellie Palacios. Practices this week have lowered in the volume of training due to the one-week gap between meets. The team was also split into two separate tracks based on who will be competing on Friday. Jones made individual needs more of a priority due to a shorter week. The conditions for the meet will be much different from when the Illini opened the season in late August at home. The weather was sunny with a high of around 90 degrees while the forecast for this Friday is partly cloudy with a high of 49 degrees. Even

with this, Jones wants his team to run faster and compete in races more than in the past. The Illinois Open will not only be a good way to measure how the Illini compete with other teams from the state, but it will also be a big opportunity for the runners on the team who hope to join the roster at Big Tens next week. Jones said the competition has never been a problem with the team, and the runners will be the ones who decide if they will participate at Big Tens in West Lafayette, Ind. “For some people, it’s a chance

to demonstrate that they should be traveling with us to the Big Ten Championships,” Jones said. “It’s up to each individual to show that they are able to compete at that level,” Although the team is focused on the home meet Friday, the team as been working for next week’s meet all season. “This is one of the major tests that we face as a team,” Jones said. “We look forward to competing in it when we assemble in the summer and train throughout the fall. It guides us all the way through.” The team knows the importance that

meets hold as the season moves toward an end and championship meets begin. “These meets are more important and you have to prepare yourself,” sophomore Alyssa Schneider said. The team, which started the season unsure of who its coach would be, has now grown closer under Jones. “We really came together as a team much better than the past few years,” Schneider said. “Growing together confidence wise as well as running together.”

Michal can be reached at dwojak2@ and @bennythebull94

Men’s cross-country to finish regular season with Illinois Open BY THOMAS DONLEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Illinois men’s cross-country team will run its last regular season meet of the season as it hosts the Illinois Open at the UI Arboretum. The Illini are coming off a weekend that saw Jannis Toepfer, Liam Markham, Ian Barnett, Brendan McDonnell, Will Brewster, Paul Zeman, Luke Carroll, Ryan Burgoon and Jon Vaccaro all set personal bests over two races and knock

off six nationally ranked teams. Head coach Jake Stewart said the team is looking to carry that progress into Friday’s race. “That’s our guys not making the decision to settle in the middle of the race,” Stewart said. “We’re committing to the middle of the race and it leads to that success.” After beating six nationally ranked teams at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday, the Illini came with-

in two points of re-entering the top 30 teams in the nation in the polls that came out Tuesday. Earlier this season, Illinois cracked the top 30 for the first time in 15 years, only to fall out of the rankings after a poor race. “Rankings are rankings,” Toepfer said. “I don’t necessarily agree with them. They’re just for other people to look at.” Friday marks the first full-length home meet this season for Illinois. The Illini also hosted the Illinois Challenge

on Aug. 30, a 6K race in which they took first overall over the club team and Hannibal-LaGrange. The UI Arboretum, located at the southeast corner of Florida and Lincoln avenues, features an eight kilometer path that winds around a pond, through a walnut grove, over a hill and past the President’s House and the Hartley Garden. “I don’t think we’ll have much of an advantage, honestly,” Stewart said. “With the field that’s in place and the level of

competition, there’s not an advantage one way or the other.” The field this Friday includes in-state oppoents Eastern Illinois, Loyola and Bradley as well as 10 unattached runners. After the Illini Open, the team will begin the postseason with the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., on Nov. 3.

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Kobe may be out, but the Lakers are golden SPENCER BROWN Sports columnist


he Los Angeles Lakers will not make the playoffs — at least, that seems to be the general consensus around the sports world. Well, brothers and sisters, I’m here today to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone will obviously point out that Kobe Bryant is injured and will miss at least the first 20 or so games of the season. Advantage Lakers. Bryant, as great as he is, tends to be somewhat of a ball stopper. Once he decides he is going to take a game over, there is no such thing as an offense, or a coach for that matter. With this reshaped Lakers team,

running the offense will be its saving grace. After the departure of Dwight Howard, the Lakers got younger and quicker in a hurry. That is music to coach Mike D’Antoni’s ears. His seven-seconds-or-less system is predicated on younger athletes willing to run the floor. Insert Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson. Those names mean absolutely nothing to the casual NBA fan, and justifiably so. They have done little to nothing in their short playing careers; however, they will thrive in D’Antoni’s system. Henry and Johnson are both big guards and effective slashers. They are not the best shooters, which is why an up-anddown pace better suits their skills sets. Anchoring that system is a healthy Steve Nash. Nagging leg injuries and personal issues limited his performance last season. Those problems seem to have been corrected. Nash still has capable shooters around him. Jodie Meeks is a proven

sharpshooter who will be better served in his new role as a spot up 3-point shooter. Injuries at key positions last season forced Meeks to take on more responsibility and hurt his productivity. Rookie forward Ryan Kelly has longrange ability. At 6-foot-11, he is sure to spread the floor, similar to a Channing Frye when he and Nash were in Phoenix. Nash’s backup, Steve Blake, is a consistent shooter as well. He was 42 percent from behind the arc last season. Then there is offensive juggernaut Nick Young. Possibly the most underrated scorer in the NBA, he is instant offense. Numbers do not tell the story. Young averaged 10.6 points per game in just under 24 minutes in Philadelphia last season, but numbers don’t tell the full story. His combination of athleticism, range and ability to get his own shot makes him very lethal. This may be the most talented offensive guard playing next to Kobe since Eddie Jones. D’Antoni’s system is perfect for his style of play.

We must not forget the veterans. Alongside a healthy Nash is a rejuvenated Pau Gasol. Though a down year statistically, Gasol ended last season playing some of his best basketball. A lot of his late season production was clouded by the Dwight Howard affair on and off the court. After an offseason to heal, he should be really productive this season. Joining Gasol in the frontcourt is former All-Star Chris Kaman. Once considered one of top big men in the game, he looks to be really effective playing for his second Los Angeles team. His numbers have declined over the past few seasons, but he is still talented enough to solidify that front line and support Gasol. There is also the case of the forgotten Lakers. Jordan Hill, a high-energy player, was injured for a huge part of last season. His tenacity on the glass and ability to beat the opposing big man up the floor will prove vital this year, assuming he stays healthy. Jordan Farmar, an integral piece of

the Lakers 2009 and 2010 championship teams, has also made his way back to Hollywood. In addition to all of this, there is no reason to assume that Kobe will not return to form. His 27.3 points per game a year ago was third best in the league. This team doesn’t have the luxury of the big names, but there isn’t a better collection of guys to use in this system. There is a good mix of younger talent and veteran leadership. D’Antoni has the benefit of a training camp to install his style, as opposed to last year when he was hired midseason. Assuming chemistry is established, there is no doubt that they are one of the top-eight teams in the Western Conference. The Lakers will make the playoffs. And if not, Lakers fans can begin plotting early to bring Carmelo Anthony west.

Spencer is a senior in LAS. He can be reached at sebrown2@



Thursday, October 24, 2013

Illini to try and beat Lindenwood in box score Despite violent rivalry, Illinois hockey team isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focused on fights BY SEAN NEUMANN STAFF WRITER

While fans showing up to this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s series against a rival Lindenwood team may be looking for fights to break out on the ice, the Illini hockey team will be looking more for a chance to break out of a grueling slump. The best opportunity for the Illini to end their six-game losing streak comes this weekend against a similarly struggling Lindenwood team. Illinois (6-5-1) has struggled through one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest schedules, getting swept by No. 2 Arizona State, No. 5 Iowa State and No. 6 Robert Morris, while the No. 10 Lions (3-5-0) have faced a challenging schedule of their own, losing games to No. 1 Minot State, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 11 Central Oklahoma. The two teams have built a rivalry over the years, and the games between them have been trademarked by heavy hits, fights and a lot of penalties. Last season, eight players were ejected from a single game and four Illini were slapped with suspensions after fights broke out on and off the ice, even on the Lindenwood bench. With most players involved in last seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fights still playing this season, such as the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mario Pacheco and Lindenwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cody Barra, the anticipated match-up isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expected to be any different.

But with penalty troubles allowing opposing teams opportunities to score, the young Illini team will have to mature quickly and stay out of the penalty box in order to keep the pressure of the Illini goaltenders, who faced 43 shots in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5-1 loss to No. 6 Robert Morris. Senior goaltender Nick Clarke has been known to antagonize opposing teamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; players when crowded in his crease, pushing skaters and checking them with his stick. Clarke said the Illini will have to keep their emotions in check and focus on scoring goals, rather than putting on big hits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a tough team,â&#x20AC;? Clarke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to match their physical play and stick to what we know is right.â&#x20AC;? Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive production has lacked in the last six games, scoring just five times and averaging less than one goal per game. Clarke said he tries to get under the opposing playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; skin in order to ignite motivation on his own bench. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not scoring goals, a big hit or physical play is definitely the way to get them going,â&#x20AC;? the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Clarke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If guys see me competing and going up against the big guys, just being a little guy like me, hopefully that will spark some guys.â&#x20AC;? On the other side of the ice, the Illini defense has allowed 29 goals against during the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six-game losing

streak and will be up against a Lindenwood offense that averages 3.25 goals per game. Lindenwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense primarily stems from freshman Daniel Rosse, who has scored nine goals in eight games, while the Illini goal scorers are led by freshman defenseman Cody von Rueden (5). Both von Rueden and Rosse came over to the ACHA from the NAHL junior league during the offseason. Head coach Nick Fabbrini said the team is excited to play against one of their biggest rivals in front of what should be a large crowd on Homecoming weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genuine dislike between our guys and their guys,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said, discussing the lingering tensions between two of the most successful programs in ACHA history, each team having won two national championships in the past decade. The Illini are in the middle of the toughest stretch of their schedule, having to play five ranked teams in a row. Having lost every game against a ranked opponent so far this season, Illinois is looking to bounce back and remain in the ACHA top-10, still having to play No. 10 Lindenwood and No. 13 Ohio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any shame in losing to the teams that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost to,â&#x20AC;? Fabbrini said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lindenwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great team and Ohioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great team, so we still have an opportunity to be where we want to be come November.â&#x20AC;? MICHAEL BOJDA THE DAILY ILLINI

Sean can be reached at spneuma2@ and @Neumannthehuman.

Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Kent Kovalsky (5) and Lindenwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cody Barra (24) square off during the third period of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game Nov. 12, 2012. The game was chippy from the start with 38 penalties, accounting for 158 penalty minutes.

Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf to end fall play at Palmetto Intercollegiate BY ASHLEY WIJANGCO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

To finish off its fall season, the Illinois womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team will be traveling to Kiawah Island, S.C. for the Palmetto Intercollegiate tournament on Sunday. The Illini will be one of 19 teams at the Turtle Point Golf Club for the tournament. In preparation for the two-day tournament, the Illini have been practicing chips shots from a collection of areas surrounding the green, as it will be different from what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to. Another aspect that may present a chal-

lenge for Illinois is the Bermudagrass of the golf course. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commonly used in warmer, tropical areas, and this will be the first time the team will encounter it this season; however, head coach Renee Slone is more concerned about the wind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are three holes on this golf course that are right on the ocean, so obviously the wind will be a factor on those holes,â&#x20AC;? Slone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But as far as the rest of the holes go, the wind is known to swirl a bit, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just going to have to pay very close attention to that.â&#x20AC;? At Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last competition, the Hoo-

sier Fall Invitational, wind also played a factor. As a result, junior Sam Postillion was able to be more confident in herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think what helped me the most from the last tournament is the fact that it was really windy outside, and I was able to work on knockdown shots,â&#x20AC;? Postillion said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m much more comfortable doing my knockdown shots and will take that to the next tournament.â&#x20AC;? Another way the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous tournament has helped in preparing for Palmetto is through the individual meetings the golfers have with their

coach. During these, Slone and her golfers discuss how the last competition went, what the positives were, where improvements are necessary and how to take on situations differently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of very beneficial things that come out of that because the game of golf is roughly 90 percent mental,â&#x20AC;? Slone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So anything that we can tackle from that side of the game will definitely be a big help.â&#x20AC;? Both Slone and Postillion said the mental approach to the game will be unchanged, despite it being the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last of the season. Postillion did include

that the tournament could bring forth more effort, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just try to put in extra time this week, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause I know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have a lot of time to spend on school after the tournament, so maybe just a little more preparation if anything,â&#x20AC;? Postillion said. The competition team will also consist of junior Jackie Calamaro, freshmen Emily Joers and Stephanie Miller and senior Ember Schuldt.

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Dance team gains spot at football games BY CHARLOTTE CARROLL CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Between the soundtracks echoing through Huff Hall and the thuds of feet touching down, head coach Amy Sharwarko is heard repeating “let’s run that again.” Yet come Saturday, the landing of pirouettes will be lost to only the turf of Memorial Stadium, swallowed by the definitive roar of the crowd. Dreaming of this moment for more than a decade and recently fighting to achieve it, the Illini Dance Team crossed a hurdle this year in gaining a performance spot at all Illinois home football games. The team cheers from the horseshoe side of the stadium and performs in the south end zone during the second quarter. But this year is a trial run. Before, the team performed at some men’s and women’s basketball games along with the occasional other sporting events, but it was never able to dance at football games. At the end of last year’s dancing season, Katie Kodros, now a firstyear graduate student in public health but still a member of the team, and current senior Makenzie Morton finally saw the chance to acquire a long-coveted spot of dancing on the sidelines during games. Kodros set up a meeting with athletic director Mike Thomas and Morton went along. “He came from a school that

had two awesome dance teams that we competed against,” Morton said. “He knows how dance teams work at nationals and such, so we thought he might listen to us.” That initial meeting led to more, and soon the Illini dance team was sponsored by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics — hiring head coach Sharwarko and becoming a new part of Illinois’s spirit squad. The dance team was once combined with the Marching Illini’s Illinettes, but the squads parted ways at one point. The Illinois dance team has been separate ever since. Yet, with this new role at the football games, the Illinettes and the Illini Cheerleaders as well have come together to aid the Illini Dance Team throughout the transition. Cheerleading head coach Stephanie Record was crucial in helping the team master the traditional sideline school songs such as “Oskee-Wow Wow,” “Illinois Loyalty” and “William Tell.” Though the dance team does maintain tradition with such routines, it especially looks for opportunities to perform to top40 music. Seen in the group’s timeout performances, this style has and continues to be the main focus of the team’s competitive season, which culminates with the Universal Dance Association College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Competing in the Division I-A, Illinois is up against almost all of the major Big Ten schools and other national universities, including UNLV and Tennessee. Out of jazz, hip-hop and poms categories, the team always competes in the former two. With the championship event set for Jan. 17-19, the team will be back at school Jan. 2, practicing six to eight hours every day until the competition. Searching for its first national title since winning the jazz championship in 2000, the team is using this opportunity with a coach as a fresh start. The squad is still set to perform at basketball games, appearing at 50 percent of the men’s and women’s home games on the sidelines with timeout performances and a few halftime routines as well. At the team’s basketball halftime performances, fans will have an opportunity to preview the team’s national routines complete with costumes, turns and jumps. Though the benefits outweigh previous deterrents, according to dancers who have been on the team throughout the turnover, the season is an adjustment for these dancers. “It’s a lot more stressful definitely because we’re learning new stuff every week,” Morton said. “We just started learning this dance (Monday), and we to have it perfect to perform by Thursday. So we’ll have three days to make our team look good, where


The Illini Dance Team dances after an Illinois touchdown during the game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The team gained a performance spot at football games this year. as opposed to last year we had a lot longer to work on a routine.” Starting the football season with two new routines a game, the team has since moved to one new routine for each upcoming Big Ten game. Bringing in a professional choreographer for only nationals, it is the dancers themselves who choreograph each routine. As a junior transfer student this year, Emily Rose joined the team and has choreographed routines three times, including one for Illinois’ game against Michigan State on Saturday. Not only is there pressure in perfecting each choreographed routine as seen in the countless runs during practice, but there is also a difference between game and competition

choreography content as well. “When we’re competing we had to do so many different technical elements,” Rose said. “Our game routines are simpler and eyepleasing. We have more skills and tricks that we obviously just can’t do on the football field.” Bringing small problems to light throughout each run-through, the group consistently goes over the steps until they are near perfect. Whether it is inserting or subtracting moves, each dancer plays a role in choreographing the ultimate end product, creating a cohesive team, built not just on one leader. With the chance to perform at football games comes an opportunity for more students to gain an

awareness of the team, who before remained relatively unknown. The team hopes to retain its partnership with the DIA for years to come and in doing so, bring an original perspective to Memorial Stadium. “We’ve never really had a problem distinguishing ourselves in the past,” Sharwarko said. “And that’s one thing I said coming in. I don’t want to change our ways. If we can’t fit in the way with who we are; I don’t know if we’ll fit in with where they want us to be. I just really hope we’re given a chance to stay around a while to really show what we can do.”

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Illini hope for clean sweep in tough weekend meet BY MICHAL DWOJAK CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Illinois’ Amanda Schilling swims the 200-yard freestyle event during the annual Orange and Blue exhibition meet at the ARC on Oct. 12. The Blue Team won 120.5 to 100.5.

Head coach Sue Novitsky has one goal for her Illinois swimming and diving team on the road this weekend against Michigan State, Liberty and Oakland. “We are looking to come out of the weekend 3-0,” Novitsky said. “We know it won’t be easy, but we will be able to win if we compete hard.” The team was able to recover well at Monday’s practice after splitting the opening meet of the season against Eastern Michigan and Northwestern. The Illini look forward to the challenge of competing against another Big Ten team in East Lansing, Michigan this Friday. “It’s always fun going against another Big Ten team,” senior Erica Lynn said. “There have been many close meets between the schools in the past seasons, which

always makes make it even more exciting.” The team continues to train hard as it works toward details, such as pace and endurance, to build on what Novitsky believes makes the difference in close meets, such as the one against Northwestern (Illini lost 166133). Novitsky said hard work and attention must be a team effort for there to be success during the season. “It can’t just be the top swimmers. We need everyone competing throughout the lineup,” Novitsky said. This attention to detail is what makes the team’s practices always so competitive. The team enjoys competing against each other, even sometimes at record paces. Competition within the team during practice translates into positive results in a meet, Novitsky said.

“It’s good to get comfortable with speed and stroke so that when it comes time to compete, you are prepared and ready to go,” Lynn said. As the routine gets more comfortable, so does the team. Although there are many different types of personalities on the team, most of these have consistent core values, which make it easy for them to respect each other. Each swimmer encourages the others during difficult times, helping push many towards success. The senior swimmers have taken the responsibility of being the leaders of the team very enthusiastically, Novitsky said. “(The seniors) help set the example for the team,” she said. “They help show not to take a day off, show the importance of coming in each day and putting in your best work and get better each day. This will ultimately lead



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to a better swimmer.” Novitsky also applauded the way the freshmen have adjusted to the collegiate form of swimming. Not just faced with the challenge of balancing athletics and academics, freshmen swimmers are also used to swimming in only a few events in high school, while each swimmer competes in many different races in college. The freshmen also get involved right away, which is different from other sports and is something they appreciate and look forward to. “It’s always fun to get into the competition right away,” freshman Amelia Schilling said. “The team has really come together and we support each other, which is great.”

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The Daily Illini: Volume 143 Issue 35  

Thurs. October, 24 2013