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Professor fired, financial issues addressed at board meeting BY MARYCATE MOST
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The University Board of Trustees voted to dismiss Engineering professor Louis Wozniak at its meeting Thursday in Springfield. â€œThis has been a long and deliberative process governed by the University statutes,â€? University President Robert Easter said. â€œThe goal throughout has been to give due process to the professor, and we have now arrived at a decision.â€? Wozniakâ€™s tenure has now officially been revoked, though he had already been suspended for actions including sending inappropriate messages to students, disregarding student
more discussion on Wozniakâ€™s dismissal, read our editorial on Page 4A.
privacy and creating a hostile environment in his class, according to a Board of Trustees report. â€œThis is a unique experience in the history of the University,â€? Easter said. â€œIt has been very difficult for us having to make a decision.â€? The termination process will now be invoked, and the campus will work with Wozniak on his transition out of
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Houses were heavily damaged after a tornado ravaged through Gifford, Ill., on Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, multiple tornadoes touched ground in Champaign County shortly before 1 p.m. Around 12:30 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Champaign County until 1 p.m. and was later extended to 1:15 p.m. At press time, the Chicago Tribune reported that at least five people were killed across the state because of Sundayâ€™s tornadoes and storms. Pekin and Washington, two communities near Peoria, were among the hardest hit.
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ISS, lawmakers push UI YMCA loses grant over affi liation dispute for state legislation in student debt crisis STAFF WRITER
The University YMCA recently lost an annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant, which supported their immigrant projects, because of a connection the campaign found to be contrary to the moral teachings of the Catholic church. This decision came after the campaign added a new condition into the grant, stipulating that the YMCA must cut ties with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an organization that the YMCA receives much support from. The YMCA decided not to comply. â€œWe were notified when we reapplied for a second year of funding that it was going to be raised to $60,000, I think reflecting the good work that was happening here,â€? said Mike Doyle, executive director of the University YMCA. â€œBut with that came the condition that we would have to withdraw from this state-wide organization that we work closely with because they had come out in support of same-sex mar-
repaying their student debt loans, said Tony Fiorentino, a graduate student in the College of Law who has been working with the Illinois Student Senate for the past year to address student debt issues. â€œI think the biggest problem facing the student loan system is that the students are treated unequally under the law, particularly in respect to our bankruptcy laws,â€? Fiorentino said. â€œStudents cannot fi nd
BY MEGAN JONES STAFF WRITER
While the debt clock continues ticking away without pause, Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student loans, which is more than the country owes in credit card debt. In 2011, college seniors in Illinois graduated with an average of $26,000 of debt per graduate, according to The Institute for College Access & Success. Welcome to the age where 50- and 60-year-olds are still
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riage.â€? He added that the YMCA does not have a stance on samesex marriage. The fi rst grant the YMCA received totaled $4,000 from the local Catholic church, and the second one was for $37,000 from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Doyle said. â€œThe bishops of the United States donâ€™t want to fund groups that have taken positions contrary to the moral teachings of the Catholic church,â€? said Don Clemmer, assistant director of media relations to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He said because there are many people who live in poverty, the grants from the campaign are really competitive, which plays a big role in deciding which organizations receive grants from year to year. â€œThe philosophy behind the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is this notion of the church supporting people who are going out into the world to help empower low income and mar-
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Recruit Cliff Alexander snubs Illini, commits to Jayhawks BY SEAN HAMMOND SENIOR WRITER
The jewel of John Groceâ€™s eye spurned Illinois and his home state school in favor of Bill Selfâ€™s Kansas Jayhawks. Chicago native and Curie Metropolitan High School center Cliff Alexander verbally committed to play at Kansas in a televised announcement. Alexander was the No. 3-ranked player overall in the class of 2014 according to ESPN.com and the No. 4-ranked player overall according to Rivals. He will join
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Tony Fiorentino, graduate student and Illinois student senator, sits on top of the Alma Mater base during a student debt awareness rally on Friday. He spoke about how the Alma Mater used to stand with her arms open and how college affordability should be avaliable to all.
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the Jayhawks beginning with the 2014-15 season. The decision had been narrowed down to four schools: Kansas, Illinois, DePaul and Memphis. Alexander made his announcement at his high school minutes after topranked players Jahlil Okafor, of Chicago, and Tyus Jones, of Apple Valley, Minn., committed to play at Duke. Alexander first grabbed the Illinois hat and raised it partway toward his head before putting it back down and grabbing the Kan-
sas hat. â€œI did what was best for me and what was best for me and my family,â€? Alexander said. Alexanderâ€™s announcement came on the same day that Illinois lost a commitment from Louisville, Ky., point guard Quentin Snider. Snider had been committed to Illinois until he switched his commitment and signed with Louisville on Friday morning. Illinois has already signed power forwards Leron Black, of Memphis, and Michael Finke, of Cham-
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paign. Black is a four-star recruit and a top-40 recruit, according to multiple recruiting websites. Groce spoke to media Saturday but didnâ€™t discuss Alexander or Sniderâ€™s decisions.
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Alumnus honored at climate change talk BY ANDREW MUSUR STAFF WRITER
Former University analytical chemist and alumnus, Charles David Keeling, was honored at an event last Thursday at Noyes Laboratory by George Mason University Professor Edward Maibach. Maibach has been working since 2009 with several meteorologists around the country in order to teach citizens about local climate changes. “Most Americans are convinced the climate is changing and they want solution enacted, but most feel little sense of urgency,” Maibach said. Keeling, who died in 2005, was a 1948 graduate from the University. He was known for his methods of taking precise measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which were the first to show the possibility of human contribution to the greenhouse effect and global warming. Keeling produced a data set known as the Keeling Curve, which shows that the oceans readily absorb excess carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels. Keeling helped change the way scientists looked at the world, Maibach said, and was known for changing the way scientists monitor atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Keeling received the National Medal of Science in 2002 from President Bush, the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research. Maibach said he wants to educate people on climate change, so
BOARD the University, said University spokesman Tom Hardy. Easter said this is the fi rst time in the history of the University that a professor has been dismissed by the board. “There have been other instances in which faculty have opted to leave the University after dismissal proceedings,” he said. Easter defended the decision, stressing the necessity to remove Wozniak for student safety. “We have clear obligations relative to our students and to the families they come from to protect a great number of their rights,” Easter said. “The concern rose to a level that we felt this action was necessary.” Wozniak’s pension, however, will not be revoked. Wozniak began working at the University as a professor in 1966, and his teaching privileges have been suspended twice, totaling 10 years of suspension. His professorship in the department of industrial and enterprise systems engineering had been on hold since 2010, when he taught his last class. Also at the meeting, trustees discussed how the University will work around fi nancial barriers that it has been dealing with recently. The University is still facing significant difficulty when it comes to budgetary issues and debt, said Comptroller Walter Knorr during a presentation from the board’s Audit, Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee. “On the quantitative features, we are positive on everything but the state relationship and the state rating,” he said. Knorr said, in terms of debt capacity, the University is still hoping to maintain an AAA rating on the Moody’s Corporation credit rating scale. This rating puts the University ahead of Ohio State University and Uni-
STUDENT DEBT debt relief by going to court, no matter how much debt they take on.” He added that the cost of tuition has risen at two to three times the rate of inflation for several decades now, leading to catastrophic consequences. “Students are delaying car purchases, retirement contributions, they are not able to get married or have children as they normally would because they have such large student debt repayments,” Fiorentino said. The College Board estimates that students will pay 50 percent more toward tuition than a decade ago, after inflation. “There’s no way that people can afford that kind of tuition by simply flipping burgers over the summer or getting help from their parents,” Fiorentino said. “Most people who are (in) middle or low-income families don’t have the kind of money sitting around in a savings account, so they have to borrow, which is something few people had to do 30 to 40 years ago.” Because there are no consumer or bankruptcy protections on student loans, students are finding themselves taking on huge loans in a lending system that has become predatory, Fiorentino said.
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they can see it does matter. “While many Americans are changing their behavior to do something about climate change, the behaviors they are performing do not make all that much of a difference,” Maibach said. The ultimate goal for Maibach is to have people understand the importance of climate change through informing meteorologists on his theories, who can then educate the general public. “TV weather broadcasters now have the ability to show people that climate change is part of a broader trend,” Maibach said. University students’ opinions stand divided on what they think about Maibach’s presentation. “Overall the presentation by Maibach was very informational, and I was able to see the big picture, but I just do not see how this will help us,” said Nick Portillo, freshman in LAS. “I know for one, I am too lazy to get up and completely change my life around to stop climate change, and I feel most Americans can agree with that.” On the other hand, not all students agree with this viewpoint, such as Natalie Gacek, freshman in Media. “I really think we are going to change as a society,” Gacek said. “Maibach is opening a door that no one has ever been introduced to, this will change what the world becomes in the future.”
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Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, discusses climate change and its effect on humans and the environment during his talk titled “Public Opinion on Climate Change: What Is It, What Influences It, and Does It Matter?” on Thursday. Former University analytical chemist Charles David Keeling, who died in 2005, was honored at the event.
versity of Michigan, but behind all other Big Ten universities. University debt is currently sitting at more than $1 billion, Knorr said. Administrators have also been concerned regarding the Medicaid trust fund running short at the University, Knorr said. “We were made aware in October that we were going to have some difficulty getting a reimbursement of our Medicaid charges for FY13,” Knorr said. “This was also going to potentially effect our FY14 receipts.” The University is working with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in order to deal with the Medicaid charges, Knorr said, though some issues with the state remain. Knorr said the Institute of Government and Public Affairs released a report a couple of weeks ago regarding the condition of the state. “It was a rather dismal outlook for the state, even dealing with pension and with the increased tax surcharge — still, the state had a lot of problems,” Knorr said. He also noted that the Illinois did have a better year in FY13 than in years past. This past year the state’s debt has decreased by $6.1 billion, which includes its debt to the University. Knorr said this is an improvement of approximately $2 billion, but the state of Illinois still owes the University $289 million. In the coming year, the University will have to put unfunded pension obligations on its balance sheet as well, he said. “We (need to) get over this pension crisis,” Knorr said. “We are going to be walking on egg shells until we get this pension thing dealt with.” During the presentation of the Governance Personnel and Ethics Committee, trustees discussed other sources of funding for the University in the future that will be needed in order to rebound from these economic
issues. Tom Farrell, president of the University of Illinois Foundation, spoke on behalf of the committee, emphasizing a need to invest in more communication with alumni around the world in order to increase donor funding. “We want to improve our communications and branding activities so that we can get our message out to the community and to the world that we are great,” Farrell said. “It is imperative from an investment point of view.” Student Trustee of the Chicago campus Danielle Leibowitz said that she believes that “students will want to give back,” but she also inquired where the money was coming from to fund the investments that Farrell addressed. Knorr said there have been a number of budget meetings with the campuses about how to “round up and fi nish off the support” to fi nd the resources needed to increase investment and eventually return on those investments. The University of Illinois Alumni Association has been working to expand their network, both to contribute more funding from donors to the University, and to increase their political influence. Illinois Connection, a University networking group within the Alumni Association, is working on an initiative to “cultivate key contacts” within their group of grassroots workers, said Illinois Connection Director Amy Eichhorst. The group will begin searching for notable alumni who have connections to key legislators, in order to have a greater influence over legislation, which will ultimately benefit the University. Illinois Connection plans to start building a broader network this year and hopes to be fully functional by December 2015. “We know that we have a very strong grassroots network, and we will continue to grow that,” Eichhorst said. “We will actu-
ally ask (alumni) to be the key contact for (their) legislator so that more and more legislators in the state are hearing about higher education and the University.” By identifying these “legislative targets,” Eichhorst said she hopes the University will expand its sphere of interest. The group will also start to focus in on specific issues, working together to achieve particular goals on behalf of the University. “The key issues that we are advocating for need to be clear and specific so that we are all on the same page,” Eichhorst said. “We are really getting sophisticated with this and making sure that we know what our alumni are going to ask for.” In the past, the group has advocated for certain issues by encouraging student letter writing campaigns, meetings with legislators and other advocacy, Eichhorst said. This push for more influential alumni to become involved is expected to go one step beyond these students’ actions, she added. As the Illinois Connection network expands, Eichhorst has seen an increasing number of participants from a younger demographic. This year, the group has about 5,000 activists between the ages of 21 and 30. “We also started to reach out as students graduate,” she said. “These are alumni that may not have the fi nancial means to get involved, but they will give us their time and their activism and hopefully someday ... they will be able to give to us fi nancially as well.” Illinois Connection has also started seeing alumni involvement occurring on a global scale; the association now has representatives in 41 countries, Eichhorst said. The Board of Trustees will reconvene at its next meeting, which is scheduled to be held in Chicago on Jan. 23.
devoted last week to student debt awareness in an effort to bring attention to the lack of consumer protections for student loans, which can weigh heavily on students and their families. “The purpose is that many students do not understand the relationship between their lack of consumer rights and the infl ated price of college,” Fiorentino said. “Now with $50,000 in credit card debt (from) just buying stupid things, I could get debt relief, but not if I took on the same load of debt trying to get an education.” Illinois Student Senate hosted a panel Tuesday, Nov. 12, which featured several speakers including Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-103, Sen. Mike Frerichs and Alan Collinge, founder of studentloanjustice. org and the nation’s leading activist for legal equality for student borrowers. “Congress has done nothing for us. I can tell you this problem is not going to be solved without the students,” Collinge said. “We have gotten no federal legislation passed.” Collinge referenced a story of a borrower who contacted him saying they took out a $5,000 loan, but due to late fees, penalty fees and capitalized interest, their loan had grown to $100,000. The student senate also hosted a screening of the documentary “Default” on Thursday, which was followed by a town hall discussion with students.
Lastly, a rally was held Friday on the Quad, which included Champaign City Counci l members, local politicians, members from Student Loan Justice and professors. “It felt ex hi larati ng,” Fiorentino said. “This is something that so many students suffer silently through and treat it as if it’s their own personal albatross or their own personal struggle, and it’s not.” Participants marched to the Alma Mater in a symbolic effort to protest against how “the guardian of the past has forsaken the American dream,” said Mitch Dickey, ISS member and sophomore in LAS. “Your arms are no longer open to all those happy children of the future,” Dickey said. “The true travesty is with our legislators and administrators who have lost focus of making education affordable for all.” Fiorentino stressed that the idea is not to study hard to make lots of money to pay off loans, because that will not fi x the system, only leaving generations to come with the same problem. “The idea is to work together and change the law so today’s students have the same opportunities that yesterday’s students had,” Fiorentino said.
in paying off her student loan debt. Weiley’s father died when she was 12 years old; her mother never graduated high school, which left her with no one to guide her through the higher education system. She graduated from college with honors in 1988, after which she worked two full-time jobs to pay back her loans. After not making a dent in her payments, she sought consumer credit counseling who told her “she seems to be doing everything right.” She decided to go back in 1998 to earn her master’s degree in hopes of earning more money. In her last semester of school, she opened her student loan statement and was appalled — she was in $72,000 of debt. “I couldn’t eat or sleep for a couple of days, and I was actually suicidal,” Weiley said. “I suffer from insomnia, and I believe this has contributed to my diagnosis of breast cancer, which I overcame. I also am on antidepressants. However, I refuse to become a victim from this.” Today, her debt stands at $118,000, and she makes a monthly payment of $550, which only goes toward interest. Collinge said this is why bankruptcy protection rights need to be enacted, giving people like Weiley some leverage to create better payment programs. “Every time you mention bankruptcy, people freak
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YMCA ginalized people,” Clemmer said. “CCHD is a good example of that kind of work, of doing real work to empower marginalized people.” The grant funds come from a yearly donation of Catholics across the nation averaging about $10 million, and then the money is distributed according to need, Clemmer said. He said the local bishops must first approve every grant before it is sent to the national office for the grant funding to be distributed. “You don’t have to be Catholic for the bishops to support your work, but the bishops can’t, in good conscience, take up donations from Catholics across the country and turn around and fund groups that advocate for abortion or gay marriage,” Clemmer said. Doyle said there were two main reasons the YMCA rejected the new conditions: First, they did not feel comfortable giving a funder the power to tell them who and who not to be affiliated with, and second, it would undermine the work that the Y is doing with immigrants. “It had nothing to do with something the church was concerned about,” Doyle said. “It had to do with our work around immigration. (The coalition) provided incredible resources and have been supportive of us.” The Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights is one of the strongest statewide groups in the country and has been invaluable to the work they are doing, he said. The coalition offers information and instruction on how to apply for services such as the Affordable Care Act and temporary driver’s licenses, its website explains. An alumnus of the University works with the coalition, and he organizes workshops and series for immigrants at the YMCA as well as informational community meetings to raise awareness about immigration issues, said Samantha Busso, president of La Colectiout,” Collinge said. “It’s not so everyone can run out and file for bankruptcy. The importance of this protection is to have a good faith relationship with the lender and to prevent abuse to the consumer.” He hopes that with these rights in place, the lender will hold the same risk as the consumer. With this, lenders will want to see consumers succeed and successfully pay off their loans instead of simply charging more interest. Natalie Uhl, graduate student at the University, has been in college for 14 years — a task which would be “impossible” to take on without student loans. She is currently striving to buy a home in the Champaign community, and after working multiple jobs, where all her income goes towards student loans, she cannot afford a down payment for a house. Her car is as old as her college career, and she can no longer take it on the interstate. “All I want is a career as a teacher, all I want is a roof over my head, all I want is a car that’s safe,” Uhl said. “The interest is accumulating everyday, and it’s horrifying to watch. I feel like people that work hard and get an education to do a public good, like teach others, should be allowed this common decency.”
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va, a student group funded by the YMCA, and junior in LAS. A few of the groups funded by the grant money are La Colectiva, a latino/latina mentoring program, La Linea, a Spanish language community support line, and C-U Immigration Forum, which was created to bring together all people in the ChampaignUrbana community who are doing work to help immigrants. La Colectiva is a social justice organization, Busso said, and its members work closely volunteering with the driver’s license campaign helping immigrants register for temporary driver’s license as well as working with Urbana High School students through mentoring programs. Lisa Sink, La Linea caseworker, said immigrants use the support line for referral information, interpretation services and case management. She said she meets with people to understand their needs and to help advocate for them to officials, such as child support offices, to accomplish these needs. Megan Flowers, communications director of the University YMCA, said the YMCA plans to make up for the lost grant funding through reaching out into the community for support. Flowers said the coalition is planning to provide some funding to groups like the YMCA for a year while the organizations devise plans to make up for the lost grant funding, but it is not guaranteed that they will receive these funds. Busso said the YMCA financially supports La Colectiva, so in the future, the group is planning to look for alternative ways to raise funds for themselves and for the YMCA. “The Yis a type of organization that supports multiple groups; it’s not just certain issues that they address, so I don’t see the Y being an organization where people are like ‘no, we don’t support their decisions so we’re not going to help them financially,’” she said.
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April 1960, then-assistant biology professor Leo F. Koch published a letter in The Daily Illini in response to a piece titled â€œSex Ritualized,â€? written by two students. They outlined scenes from a sorority house to highlight the predetermined rituals of male-female relationships, dating and sex on campus. Koch responded by stating that students, if mature enough, should be able to have premarital sex because contraceptives and medical advice are readily available and accessible. The University president at the time found Kochâ€™s opinion in the letter reprehensible and fired him with the approval of the Board of Trustees, prompting Koch to fight the decision in court. The case was the last of its kind that involved the University Board of Trustees until last week when it proved that tenure is not always a guaranteed safety blanket. Louis Wozniak, a tenured engineering professor, was dismissed by the Board following more than 40 years at the University. Wozniak, distraught after not receiving a student-selected award that he claims he won in 2009, had his tenure revoked for â€œsending inappropriate messages to students, disregarding student privacy and creating a hostile environment in his class,â€? The Daily Illini reported Thursday, citing a Board of Trustees report. After testing the limits of professorsâ€™ academic freedom in the Koch case in 1960, the Board of Trustees learned that academic freedom stretches only so far. Academic freedom, then, according to University English professor Cary Nelson, often follows a hierarchical pattern, where different tiers of academic workers receive different degrees of security and protection. Tenured faculty would inevitably receive the â€œmost secure and protected formâ€? of academic freedoms â€” such as discretion over course structure and material without influence from the department or other faculty. Tenure is often the most sought-out status for teachers and professors. It provides select faculty with legal protections against arbitrary dismissal, allowing them to speak, write and research freely without fearing penalties or loss of employment. As The Daily Illini also reported last week, non-tenure track faculty members believe that their contracts lack any clear outline regarding what they are permitted to do and how that permission relates to their job responsibilities. The obvious relief of tenured faculty includes job security, salary increases and resource availability. Wozniak gained tenure in 1972, just five years after joining the engineering department at the University. Testimony from students on the UIUC subReddit recall Wozniak being extremely caring toward his students through his â€œgenuineâ€? yet â€œeccentricâ€? teaching style. But students also recall his stubbornness. In the mid-1990s, Wozniak challenged a requirement that he provide his grade books to the engineering department, something he considered a violation of his academic freedom. In May of 2010, Wozniak sent an inappropriate email with sexual overtones to about 100 seniors he referred to as his â€œGKs,â€? or grandkids. Wozniakâ€™s tenure may have pushed him to test the limits of his academic freedom and freedom of speech, just as much as it was supposed to protect his freedoms. Although there may have been serious enough allegations to dismiss Wozniak earlier, his case should serve as a lesson to all tenured faculty that academic freedom and tenure do have limitations. Although the joke may be that tenured professors can do as they please, they should also be aware that tenure is not and will not be an excuse for repeated, and inappropriate, misconduct.
Standards in education blurred by resource disparity BOSWELL HUTSON Opinions columnist
very Thursday, I volunteer to mentor a sixth grader at nearby Urbana Middle School. I come one day a week, eat lunch with him, help him with his homework and then if we have extra time left, we usually get to play basketball or computer games or do something entertaining. Last Thursday, however, as I was going to pick up my little guy from class to take him to the cafeteria, I overheard a teacher scold a group of seventh graders in the hallway. Her form of reprimanding them was to scream, emphatically ending her statement with: â€œYâ€™all dumbasses was clowninâ€™.â€? At first, I couldnâ€™t believe what was going on. I thought it was a joke. There was no way that a teacher, and an English teacher at that, was yelling at this group of students in such an informal way, not to mention the grammatical errors in her speech. In the past few years I have frequently witnessed teachers, whether it be in the classroom or in the hallways, who discipline by screaming and through anger as opposed to explanation
and understanding. Many of the teachers and principals I have encountered, both at the middle school and elementary school levels, use teaching and discipline tactics that are inappropriate and lack patience. Iâ€™m not saying that every teacher in the Urbana Public School system is bad (in fact, there are many teachers there that are among the most dedicated I have ever seen), or that the school system itself is bad. What is evident, however, is that these schools are clearly not equipped with adequate resources to support their students and teachers. Last year, only 42.1 percent of students at Urbana High School met their standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, compared to the 53 percent average for the state. And the school as a whole only averaged a 19.6 on their ACT tests. Iâ€™m certainly not advocating that all the blame for these poor numbers be placed on the teachers; there are multiple factors at work here, such as high proportions of students from lowincome families (64.7 percent at UHS) and property taxes. Itâ€™s obvious that districts like the ones right here in our backyard could certainly be given more resources and allocate them as necessary, similar to New Trier High School in wealthy suburban Winnetka, where 89 percent of
students meet PSAE standards. Seeing as Urbana is part of a college town, and that the University of Illinois has an entire college dedicated to Education, you would think that the pool of talent that Urbana public schools has to hire from and the resources available to them would be stronger than they are. The problem, however, is that often times the top-tier talent is hired away to more affluent areas of the state that have more resources - most notably, the wealthy Chicago suburbs. This makes sense; the taxes in the suburbs and other affluent areas of the state are higher, and as such, the public schools have more resources â€” particularly to pay teachers making them much more likely to pursue a teaching job away from downstate schools. This, in turn, lures those young and ambitious teachers away from the areas that need the most help and into the areas that can afford to pay the highest for the best teachers. It also ensures that schools with the highest property taxes will continue receiving the most resources, and those that donâ€™t will continue to suffer. Iâ€™m not saying that top talent doesnâ€™t deserve top money, they certainly do. But the process by which some school districts are left behind is blatantly unfair. The problem I have with this,
specifically, is that it creates a visible line of affluence. In theory, all students in the United States of America should receive a public education with the same standards. If all of the exceptional teachers are extracted from the local community, it is then left with a slew of teachers who may not be as dedicated or as qualified. This certainly doesnâ€™t seem fair to someone like the 12 year-old boy I mentor, who has a legitimate drive to learn, but because of a learning disability, has a hard time finding a teacher with the patience and care to help him succeed. Why should a student with the same disability from the North Shore, for example, automatically get access to a better teacher simply because of geographical location? Thatâ€™s frankly not fair. Iâ€™m not advocating for forcing teachers to stay in the community - of course they should choose to go where they want. Iâ€™m simply stating that it is impossible to say that the standard of public education is equal across the state. The best teachers are going to the best places with the best resources, perpetuating a â€œrichget-richerâ€? scenario in which many of those who need the most help get the least.
Boswell is a junior in LAS. He can be reached at hutson2@ dailyillini.com.
Facebook annoyances are tradeoff for using site SEHAR SIDDIQUI Opinions columnist
hate it, we love it, and we canâ€™t stop using it. Whether itâ€™s the people on it or the people behind it, Facebook can be pretty annoying. Itâ€™s happened to all of us before: Log onto Facebook and see a banner at the top notifying us that things are going to change. We cringe on the inside and wonder, â€œWhat have I done to deserve this?â€? â€” the dreaded Facebook update. Itâ€™s happened plenty of times and we all adjust â€” eventually. But it has always a pain to have to navigate a new layout when we are so used to things being in familiar locations. The most recent update is one that has had a lot of people still longing for the older Facebook days. Facebook Timeline is tolerable now that itâ€™s been around long enough for us to get used to it, but it really does enhance creeper tactics. Before, said creeper would
have to at least have the patience to sift through hundreds of tagged pictures to see what you were up to three years ago, but now all he would have to do is click on the year â€œ2010â€? on the side and â€œBAM!â€? The creeper suddenly has access to all of your embarrassing status updates from the past, all of your bad hair days and all of your poor wardrobe choices. Even more annoying are the constant updates the Facebook team decides to make to the privacy settings. Since the nature of Facebook is already a creeperâ€™s paradise, youâ€™d think Facebook privacy setting updates would be helpful rather than the complete opposite. Just recently, Facebook sent out an email notifying its members that they were going to adjust the way people could search for you. The email I received stated that, â€œAnyone will be able to look up your Timeline by your name â€” but if they go to your Timeline, theyâ€™ll only see what they already have permission to see.â€? Great, so unless you want to completely block a person, youâ€™ll have to go through your settings
and handpick what that person can and cannot see. This extra time youâ€™d have to go through to ensure that somebody doesnâ€™t see your posts is inconvenient. And worse than the people who keep making changes to Facebook are the people who are using it. Guys who post pictures of the progression of their workout need to stop. I do not want to scroll through my Facebook and see various pictures of abs, biceps and forearms the size of a toilet seat. We get it, youâ€™re ripped. Some guys defend themselves by saying, â€œWell, this is how guys who work out motivate each other to get better.â€? Sure, because there isnâ€™t something called a Facebook group or message option where this can be done privately. Girls are just annoying online, but in a different way. Iâ€™ve seen too many Facebook statuses of girls â€œcomplainingâ€? about some random man who hit on her on the street: â€œOh no guys, yet another guy thinks Iâ€™m hot. What a pain.â€? Seriously? Donâ€™t lie, getting hit on really isnâ€™t that awful. As long as the guy doesnâ€™t annoy or pursue you, the experi-
ence is only a little annoying. If anything, it could even be a mini ego boost. Pretending to complain about it on Facebook is more of a cry for attention than a genuine complaint about the antics of random men on the street. Finally, the most annoying people on Facebook would have to be the couples who are constantly in your face about their love. I get it, some of you have been together since you were fetuses â€” straight up Cory and Topanga style â€” but please do not subject the whole Facebook world to every moment you share together. Iâ€™m not saying to never share anything you do with your significant other on Facebook, but most people would appreciate it if you followed the â€œless is moreâ€? rule. Despite all the annoyances, Facebook is a pretty good social media site for talking to friends, sharing pictures and making humorous observations â€” that is, if you can do it without all the creepers watching.
Sehar is a junior in LAS. She can be reached at shsiddi2@ dailyillini.com. Follow her on Twitter @nimatod.
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Two women look at the portraits and read the stories of the people met along the Illini 4000 on Saturday at the YMCA.
Illini 4000 host cancer awareness gallery event BY TAYLOR ODISHO STAFF WRITER
Before the summer of 2012, Tori Cross viewed cancer in a way thatâ€™s familiar to many people: itâ€™s a death sentence. After biking across the nation and talking to people affected by the disease, she realized it can sometimes be a gift, a blessing or a friend to some. Cross, junior in neuroscience, is president of Illini 4000 for Cancer, a student-run RSO. Illini 4000 members bike cross-country for approximately 70 days each summer to raise money for cancer awareness and organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Camp Kesem. On Saturday, Illini 4000 held its annual Portraits Gallery event, hosted by the Portraits Project at the University YMCA. The Portraits Project is a subproject of Illini 4000. During the trip in the summer, students interview people they meet along the way that have been affected by cancer and then write a profile for each person. Those profiles are put on display at the Portraits Gallery the following fall. â€œPeople just want to share their experiences with cancer,â€? said Casey Fee, junior in Engineering and director of portraits for Illini 4000. â€œWe meet them at churches, at gas stations, at stayovers and people just come up
REGISTRATION just concerned I wonâ€™t get into the classes I need to get into.â€? Barbara Anderson, academic adviser in Media, said that while signing up for classes last can be frustrating to freshmen, the â€œcolleges do a good job of making sure there are seats open for freshmen in classes they need to get into.â€? â€œSeniors have worked hard to get where they are, and they are out of time,â€? Anderson said. â€œFreshmen still have time to be flexible.â€?
to us, read our jerseys and say â€˜Youâ€™re doing this? Let me tell you what happened to me. Hereâ€™s my story.â€™â€? Fee said the project has changed her in many ways. The people she met during her ride were actively fighting cancer, were caretakers or doctors and nurses, and they were stronger, happier and more positive than Fee could have imagined. â€œItâ€™s just really inspiring,â€? Fee said. â€œLife is bigger than we know it and more fragile than we know it. Iâ€™ve learned a lot.â€? Not only has this project impacted the people in Illini 4000, but it has also helped those that have been profiled. â€œThe people that we meet, I think it gives them a lot of hope,â€? Cross said. â€œItâ€™s really scary to feel very alone while youâ€™re fighting the disease and this builds a community for them ... and it really kind of builds this really strange family with everyone that has been affected by it.â€? Illini 4000 will be hosting a gala in the spring similar to the Portraits Gallery. Students can get involved with Illini 4000 by signing up to bicycle in the summer, or helping them fundraise during the school year for the trip. Catherine Kemp, sophomore in ACES and logistics director of the Portraits Project, shared
what motivated her to join the club. â€œI joined Illini 4000 for my own personal stories, people I knew who had cancer and passed away, but I think it really opened my eyes,â€? Kemp said. â€œItâ€™s not just me and my loved ones. Itâ€™s really such a universal thing and we say it all the time â€” cancer doesnâ€™t discriminate. It affects everyone.â€? To join the club, students must apply and interview with the board members. If theyâ€™re accepted, they must attend weekly meetings and mandatory workouts twice a week. The trip starts two weeks after classes end. The trip starts in New York and ends when riders cross the bridge to San Francisco. There, they are greeted by family, friends and board members. Eric Baehr, senior in LAS, will take his first ride with Illni 4000 this summer. Although heâ€™s nervous to be alone for two months, heâ€™s looking forward to making the trip. â€œIâ€™m most excited to meet people around this country and get to know them and find out what their story is and eventually put together this cool documentary for the Portraits Project,â€? Baehr said.
Karduck echoed this sentiment. â€œWe have to give priority to the older students. Seniors go before freshmen because they have been here longer and need certain classes to graduate on time,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s part of life that as a freshman you go last, but soon enough you wonâ€™t be a freshman and youâ€™ll have seniority.â€? To make registration easier on students, Karduck suggested that freshmen plan out their schedules ahead of time, go through the registration check list available on the Universityâ€™s Office of the Registrarâ€™s website and watch the registration video tutorial on
the Admissions website. Anderson said that a successful registration can come down to having a backup plan and being open to trying something new, even if the classesâ€™ time slot may not be ideal. â€œDonâ€™t panic,â€? Anderson said. â€œA class you need might be at a time you donâ€™t love, but it could be a class that changes your world view. Forcing yourself to get out of bed might be worth it. And if you arenâ€™t sure what to do, double check with your adviser.â€?
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Google Trekkers hike, photograph Floridaâ€™s beaches over 10 weeks BY JOHNNY DIAZ MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE
They give new meaning to a trek on the beach. Two intrepid teams, of two men each, have been mapping 825 miles of Florida beaches, lugging backpacks topped with green camera globes that shoot 360-degree panoramic views of the shoreline. These so-called Google Trekkers are on a sandy mission to show people the beaches online the same way that Google Maps shows them street views of homes and businesses. Google and Visit Florida, the stateâ€™s official tourism agency, have been collaborating on the four-month coastal imagecollection project, which began in July with one team in the Panhandle and North Florida and culminates with another pair of trekkers in South Florida. Wherever they journey, they turn heads. â€œ(People) see somebody with a giant ball over their head, they figured something was up,â€? said Sean McGeever, 23, part of the South and Central Florida duo that started in September. â€œThey recognized us from the Google Street View cameras on cars.â€? McGeever and David DeLong, 55, have been clocking about 50 miles a week in their odyssey, which has included inlets (Hillsboro Inlet) and small islands (Peanut Island in West Palm Beach). They mapped North Palm Beach and Lake Worth from Oct. 23 to 24 before kicking up the sand in Pompano Beach and greater Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 25 and 26. This month, theyâ€™ve moved into MiamiDade County and the Keys. The last mile on their 10-week trek was set for Nov. 13 on Miami Beachâ€™s South Pointe Park.
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David DeLong hikes along a beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., carrying mapping gear on Nov. 8. DeLong is a Google Trekker who walks places cars canâ€™t go to get ground-level views for the companyâ€™s mapping. But this hasnâ€™t been a complete day at the beach for them. There were blisters to contend with, and tough terrain. â€œFort Lauderdale was pretty tough,â€? said McGeever, who was working as a teacherâ€™s aide at a St. Petersburg, Fla., elementary school before becoming a part-time Google Trekker. â€œ(The sand there) will not only be soft but it will be real deep. You put a foot down and you sink your feet into it.â€? The sand in Central Florida was tough and flat, they said, which made it easier to hike. The guys worked weekdays from 8 a.m. to late afternoon, when beaches are less crowded. While one hiked, the other scouted ahead in a car to check on the weather and picks up his teammate at a predetermined location. â€œThere were some days that were very, very hot and you are
trudging along and the sand gets really soft and you are going under 3 mph,â€? said DeLong, a Tampa, Fla., resident and ultra-marathon runner and musician. While the images are stored on a data card, they go instantly to Google offices in Mountain View, Calif. â€œThe people in Mountain View watch us live as we are walking,â€? said Nelson Mongiovi, a project manager for Visit Florida. â€œYou may get a call from California and they say, â€˜Lens No. 9 is dirty; you need to clean it.â€™ â€œ The green globe has 15 lenses, each shooting an image every 2 seconds. Google will take the photos collected by the cameras and â€œstitchâ€? them together to make the panoramic views available for users next year, allowing people to virtually take a walk on a Florida beach.
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hen young adults go away to college, the independence can be exhilarating. However, being away from home can cause homesickness, especially with the sudden lack of daily parental guidance and care. Luckily, for the women in the Universityâ€™s Delta Gamma chapter, house mother Teresa Mendez, or more commonly known as â€œT,â€? has been a mother to generations of Delta Gamma house members for almost 29 years. Mendez first came to America from Bolivia in 1957 with her husband and son while pregnant with her second child. With the help of her husbandâ€™s uncle, the growing family moved to Elkhart, Ind. A friend of theirs then convinced them to move to Champaign-Urbana, where her husband got a job as an engineer and she ran an appliance store. In 1980, Mendezâ€™s husband was relocated to the Middle East through his job, and Mendez joined him about two years later. It was there Mendez lost her husband to a car accident in May of 1985. When she returned to Champaign-Urba-
na six months later to be close to her three children, she heard that Delta Gamma was looking for a new house director. After meeting house members and alumnae, Mendez felt that the job was a good fit. Although most house mothers, or house directors, do not stay in the position for decades, Mendez formed a special relationship after quickly fi nding her home in the Delta Gamma house. Now at age 79, she said she loves her job, the ladies at the house and the opportunities to meet their families. One of Mendezâ€™s favorite memories at the house is when the girls initiated her into the chapter as a sister in 1999. â€œT wasnâ€™t a Delta Gamma to begin with, but we initiated her,â€? said Katherine Bertolini, junior in LAS. â€œNot only is she a DG, but sheâ€™s been with us for almost 29 years, which is outstanding.â€? Another favorite memory of Mendezâ€™s was her 25th anniversary surprise party at Delta Gamma, which her family attended. â€œItâ€™s been incredible for her to give back to the young people,â€? said Teresa Bray, Mendezâ€™s oldest daughter. â€œThe young people trust her. Sheâ€™s a confidante to them
because she doesnâ€™t judge them; she understands what theyâ€™re going through. She has always been able to bring a sense of environment that is positive and uplifting wherever she goes.â€? Mendez said she cherishes these memories with the house and many more. â€œIt would take a whole book to write about them,â€? she said. The girls in the house said they have fond memories with Mendez as well. She strives to make the Delta Gamma house feel like home, and many sisters appreciate her efforts. Stefanie Ferrari, Delta Gamma member and junior in LAS, shared a story of when Mendez knitted her a winter headband with a note saying, â€œHere you go, Stefanie. Hope your ears are warm now.â€? â€œShe thinks of everything,â€? Ferrari said. â€œShe just makes it very homey. She does what a mom does.â€? Mendez has watched the girls in the house grow up year after year; within each four-year cycle, she is able to see members grow up into incredible young women and gain more understanding. â€œBecause sheâ€™s been here so long, she knows all our family
histories and relationship issues,â€? said Nicole Crifase, Delta Gamma member and junior in LAS. During the summer, Mendez said she has developed a love for traveling after visiting several destinations around the world. She said her favorite place so far has been Paris, and she hopes she can visit Mexico someday because she has never been there. Mendez also likes to spend time with her three children and four grandchildren. Bray said that all of her grandchildren trust and admire her, as she â€œcreates a sense of home wherever she is.â€? Whether sheâ€™s pampering the girls in the house, traveling the world or spending time with her family, Bray said she is guaranteed to bring a positive attitude. â€œI love that sheâ€™s such an optimist even though sheâ€™s faced such adversity in her life,â€? Bertolini said. â€œShe has such a positive outlook on everything that sheâ€™s a part of and sheâ€™s happy for every moment she has. Thatâ€™s something that we should all try to emulate every day.â€?
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Beginning Tuesday and lasting until Thursday, University freshmen start the process of course registration for spring 2014. Although registration can be stressful for all students, it can be especially intimidating for freshmen, who are enrolling in classes on their own for the first time. The registration process is different for all students. At the University, students are given registration time slots â€” with honor students, Disability Resources & Educational Services students and athletes having the first pick, then seniors, juniors, sophomores and finally, freshmen, according to the Office of the Registrar website. In the summer prior to the start of their first semester, freshmen attend registration and pick their classes in the presence of an adviser from their respective college. The adviser is there to answer any questions students may have, as well as help them plan out a balanced class load. When it comes time to register for their second semester, however, students are expected to use the Universityâ€™s enterprise system on their own. Rebecca Waxman, freshman in DGS, expressed her concerns on registering for classes on her own on Tuesday. â€œI am a little nervous to register for classes on my own for the first time,â€? she said. â€œEspecially since I am undeclared, I have more liberty on what classes to choose from, and want to pick classes that are going to be worth it.â€? Waxman said seeing her adviser before her time ticket opened and talking to her brother, who is a senior at the University, helped her feel confident in picking out classes she needs for next semester. â€œI also went online (before) and chose the certain classes I wanted, hoping that they will still be open by the time I register,â€? Waxman said. Justine Karduck, academic adviser in ACES, said that while the registration process is relatively easy, first-year students should make sure to read all the directions thoroughly and meet with their adviser prior to registering. â€œThere are a lot of intricacies to the process, and it takes a wellplanned student to figure out what goes where on their schedule,â€? Karduck said. â€œSelf-advising can be dangerous. We advise you with the best sections and classes based on your unique situation. We want to make sure we are on the same page as you.â€? Karduck said that although some freshmen may find the registration process to be overwhelming, many believe the major stress factor in signing up for classes is knowing they are the last to enroll. â€œIt makes sense, because upperclassmen need certain classes to graduate and complete their majors, but it is still sometimes frustrating,â€? Waxman said. â€œIâ€™m
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WRESTLING Ohio Stateâ€™s Braxton Miller runs the ball during the game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Illini lost 60-35.
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Illinois falls to Ohio State, Big Ten losing streak hits 20 BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER
For the second consecutive week, the Illinois offense put 35 points on the scoreboard, gained more than 400 yards of total offense, and lost by double digits. The Illini (3-7, 0-6 Big Ten) defense was shredded for big plays on the ground as Illinois couldnâ€™t keep up with No. 3 Ohio State, losing 60-35 on Saturday. The Buckeyes (10-0, 6-0) offense
ran for 441 yards â€” on an average of 10.5 yards per carry â€” and wore down the beleaguered Illinois defense as the game went on. It was the first time that Illinois surrendered 60 points since giving up 67 to Michigan in 2010, although this was an average performance for the Buckeyes offense. Including Saturdayâ€™s game, the Buckeyes averaged 59.7 points per game in their past
three contests against conference opponents. â€œItâ€™s crushing,â€? defensive coordinator Tim Banks said. â€œYou work so hard for such few opportunities. When you donâ€™t get a chance to cash in on them, itâ€™s tough.â€? The Illini had no answer for Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde on the ground. The senior rushed for 246 yards on 24 carries to go with four rush-
ing touchdowns and one score receiving. Another slow start early in the game doomed the Illini, who spent the game chasing, but not catching, the Buckeyes. Ohio State â€” a team that hasnâ€™t lost since New Yearâ€™s Day 2012 and are a perfect 22-0 under Urban Meyer â€” wasted no time getting on the scoreboard.
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Beckman, Cubit argue in OSU loss BY SEAN HAMMOND SENIOR WRITER
Illinoisâ€™ struggles on the football field came to a head on the sidelines Saturday when head coach Tim Beckman and offensive coordinator Bill Cubit were visibly arguing and had to be separated by other coaches. The argument came moments after backup quarterback Reilly
Oâ€™Tooleâ€™s fumble in the end zone was recovered by tight end Matt LaCosse for a safety. Oâ€™Toole came in on a third down play midway through the third quarter with Illinois trailing 35-21 after starter Nathan Scheelhaaseâ€™s helmet was knocked off, and he had to sit out for one play. The safety defl ated much of the momentum Illinois had
ILLINOIS - OHIO STATE Scoring by quarter 21 1st 0
*Games in bold are at home* Southern Illinois Aug. 31 - W, 42-34
Michigan State Oct. 26 - L, 42-3
Cincinnati Sept. 7 - W, 45-17
Penn State Nov. 2 - L, 24-17
Washington (Soldier Field) Sept. 14 - L, 34-24
Indiana Nov. 9 - L, 52-35
Miami (Ohio) Sept. 28 - W, 50-14
Ohio State Nov. 16 - L, 60-35
Nebraska Oct. 5 - L, 39-19
Purdue Nov. 23 - 11 a.m.
Wisconsin Oct. 19 - L, 56-32
Northwestern Nov. 30 - TBA
built after trailing by as much as 28. After the game, Beckman brushed off the confrontation with Cubit, saying it wasnâ€™t a big deal. â€œIt was just a heat-of-themoment thing,â€? Beckman said. â€œWe both want to be successful. I probably should have called a timeout to get Nathan back in.â€? Illinois could have burned a
timeout and Scheelhaase would have been allowed back into the game. Beckman elected not to call the timeout and go with Oâ€™Toole instead. It was the only play Oâ€™Toole played in the game. Cubit said Illini fans shouldnâ€™t take anything away from the argument with Beckman.
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NUMBERS TO KNOW
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Number of games the Illinois football team went without a punt return touchdown before Vâ€™Angelo Bentleyâ€™s 67-yard return touchdown Saturday Yards of career total offense for quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. He would become the second player in school history with over 10,000 yards for a career.
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GAME TO FORGET Reilly Oâ€™Toole
The reserve quarterback played just one snap, although it was a backbreaker for Illinois. He came in on third and 14 from his own 5-yard line and was sacked, fumbling into the end zone. The Illini recovered for a safety but Ohio State would score on its ensuing possession to push the lead back to 23 points.
Consecutive Big Ten losses by Illinois, which is now the longest streak in the nation after Kansas beat West Viginia 31-19, snapping a 27-game conference losing streak.
GAME TO REMEMBER Vâ€™Angelo Bentley
The sophomore cornerback made his impact yet again on special teams, returning a punt 67 yards back for a touchdown. it was the illiniâ€™s first punt return touchdown since 2003. Bentley is the first Illini player ever to have a kick and punt return for a touchdown in the same season after he had a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown against Southern Illinois.
QUOTE OF THE GAME â€œTheyâ€™re the No. 3 team in the country. I think that speaks for itselfâ€? Jonathan Brown
TWEET OF THE GAME â€œ@swirsk054 @34billy42 As an Illinois alum Iâ€™m embarrased to see Block I like that. But I canâ€™t blame the students for staying awayâ€? Melvin L. Tate @MelvinLTate
Wheatleyâ€™s gloves move Illinois soccer into 2nd round of NCAA tourney BY LANRE ALABI STAFF WRITER
After a quarterfinal exit in the Big Ten Tournament it hosted, Illinois (10-8-3) traveled to No. 21 Washington State (14-3-4) to find success at the NCAA Tournament. After 90 minutes of regulation time and two 10 minute periods of overtime, the Illini edged the Cougars 3-1 on penalties to advance to the second round of the tourney. Before kickoff on Saturday, heavy snowfall in Washington threatened to postpone the NCAA fi rst round match. The teams braved the uncomfortable conditions to compete, but not without consequence. Due to a mud-logged Lower Soccer
Field, Washington Stateâ€™s home pitch, both sides found it difficult to mount attacks through ground passes. The game was largely played in the air as both teams resorted to aerial passes and shots from distance. Illinois was ousted from the Big Ten Tournament by Indiana 10 days earlier, conceding five goals in the process. During the postgame interviews, amid tears at what couldâ€™ve been the last game of their collegiate careers, several senior players voiced frustration at the teamâ€™s slow start and the easy goals they gave up. The first two goals came from identical shots 18 yards out on the left flank and the fourth was struck from around 45 yards away. Illi-
â€œI was just trying to keep my noisâ€™ hopes hinged on the defensive improvements they made body behind it and not let anything get past to counter the me,â€? Wheateffectiveness ley said. â€œOur of long shots. The midfielders practices were and defenders great, and I was confident so I needed to minimize the space wanted to just afforded oppogo out there and nents and close do it.â€? down in their Wit h t he own halves. lionâ€™s share of Most imporpossession the tantly, the Illini CLAIRE WHEATLEY Cougars pepGOALKEEPER needed freshpered the Illini man goalkeeper goal early and Claire Wheatley often. Washto keep those long range efforts ington State outshot Illinois 17-4 out and that is exactly what she forcing Wheatley to make seven did. first half saves.
â€œI was just trying to keep my body behind it and not let anything get past me.â€?
After 110 scoreless minutes, the shot count read 29-10 in favor of the home team but Wheatley had saved all 11 of the Cougars shots on target to keep her team tied and get the game into penalties. Undercl a ssmen Aliina Weykamp and Taylore Peterson scored Illinoisâ€™ first two spot kicks and Wheatley saved Washington Stateâ€™s corresponding kicks. After the Cougars converted their third, Allie Osobaâ€™s miss from the spot on Illinoisâ€™ third attempt temporarily closed the gap. After the fourth Cougar penalty sailed high, the Illiniâ€™s fate rested on captain Vanessa DiBernardoâ€™s shoulders in her first full game back from injury. The best
of five shootout only needed four rounds to decide a winner as DiBernardo scored the decisive spot kick and sent Illinois into a second round match-up against Portland. â€œClaire came up huge today,â€? coach Rayfield said. â€œTwo big time saves early on and just making sure she got her body in front of things and thatâ€™s the kind of thing you have to do in this weather. For a kid from Texas to come up here, play in this type of weather and do the kind of job she did today as a freshman, you have to give her kudos for that.â€?
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BECKMAN “There’s no dysfunction,” Cubit said. “It’s in the game. That’s the way it is. Everybody’s out there competing. You’d be shocked at how many times ... it just happens. You get caught up, and it’s one of those things.” Scheelhaase said he did not see the confrontation between his head coach and offensive coordinator. He said his helmet
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came off on the previous play because the chinstrap broke, something that’s never happened to him before. “I didn’t (see it),” Scheelhaase said. “I was trying to find a helmet. It’s one of those things where emotions are running high. Those things happen. Shoot, it happens between us players all the time.”
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Scheelhaase was, by rule, forced off the field, and backup quarterback Reilly O’Toole was forced to come in on a thirdOn the third play from scrim- and-14 situation from his own mage, Braxton Miller took a quar- 5-yard line. O’Toole was lookterback keeper up the middle and ing left the whole way and was went untouched for 70 yards to hit hard by Ryan Shazier on his kick off the scoring. Miller fin- right, forcing a fumble. The Illini ished with 150 yards passing and were able to mitigate the damage 184 yards on the ground. by jumping on the ball in the end The Buckeyes utilized two zone for a safety. Nathan Scheelhaase intercep“(O’Toole) got into a blitz protions, one of which was returned tection and one guy didn’t see it,” for a touchdown, in the first quar- offensive coordinator Bill Cubit ter to push the advantage to 28-0 said. “We’re not in a give-up with more than mode offensive10 minutes left ly. He’s proved in the second it in practice. quarter. He checked to Even with the right blitz the lethargic protection and trusted it, but it start, Illinois broke down.” made a run in the second half. After the With the score play, there was 35-14, the Illian altercation between head ni received the halftime kickoff NATHAN SCHEELHAASE coach Tim QUARTERBACK and drove nine Beckman and plays amassCubit and the two coaches had ing 75 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown to be separated. Beckman called from Scheelhaase to Evan Wilson. it a “heat-of-the-moment type of A pair of rare defensive stops thing.” After the game, Beckman gave the Illini offense the ball regretted not calling a timeout back at its own 9-yard line with before the safety to get Scheela chance to cut into the 14-point haase back on the field. deficit. On second down, ScheelThe Illini would pull within 12 haase was hit on an incompletion at 47-35 but Ohio State’s punishand his chin strap broke, causing ing rushing attack took over in his helmet to pop off. the waning minutes of the game. “I’ve never in my career had Hyde ripped off touchdown rushmy helmet come off,” the senior es of 55 and 51 yards in the final quarterback said. “I’d like to say four minutes, and Illinois’ Big Ten I’m a pretty safe player out there, losing streak reached 20 games. I always have it strapped up tight. The chin strap, that piece, actual- Stephen can be reached at ly broke off and popped off when email@example.com and I hit the ground.” @steve_bourbon.
“I’ve never in my career had my helmet come off. I’d like to say I’m a pretty safe player out there.”
Era of participation over for UI football ELIOT SILL Sports editor
espite mild teases and laudable effort, we can all be glad that’s over. After a week of fearing the lash of Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, the Illini were stung early and resilient for the remainder of the game, and now Illinois no longer has to worry about playing Ohio State. Or a bowl game. Or ridiculous expectations. From here out, it’s also no longer okay for Illinois to lose, as it was on Saturday. Beckman gushed about his players’ fight and competitiveness after the game, yet when asked whether it was a “moral victory,” he said no, because coaches have a code by which they abide even if that means being hypocritical. “No moral victories. Only wins and losses.” And positive moods and good vibes we wouldn’t dare refer to as a “moral victory.” That part’s over now, it’s on to Purdue, a team that Illinois should beat. Beckman may even be able to experience the feeling Meyer was left fighting against after his team’s win: Not winning well enough. The loss against Ohio State closes the book on the first era of Tim Beckman’s tenure at Illinois. It was an era in which the Illini needed to be goaded just to play their hardest. Jonathan Brown tabbed the will to fight and compete as the biggest improvement for the team from last year to this year. Beckman has praised this team week in
and week out for its capacity to keep trying. That’s about the equivalent of praising a toddler for caring enough to head to the toilet when it has to go potty. But hey, to its credit, Illinois is growing up. Brown and the rest of the senior class can no longer achieve as seniors. Their only consolation — and it’s not a negligible consolation — would be to “lay a foundation” to get the program some momentum heading forward. Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey would know something about this phenomenon. As Illinois the program grows up, Illinois the team can be expected to do better. The era of participation is through. It’s time for this program to win. Illinois faces Purdue and Northwestern to finish out the year, and as high as Northwestern was ranked earlier in the year, they are experiencing a collapse similar to Illinois circa 2011. Purdue, meanwhile, is facing problems similar to those Illinois encountered last season. The Illini need to pressure themselves to not just compete, but to win those games. Illinois has managed to be over .500 this season on the moral front. That front no longer matters. A win against Illinois’ two closest Big Ten rivals would send this program into its offseason with some success. If Illinois is unable to close on a high note, then this season can be considered a failure even with respect to the low expectations surrounding it at the start.
Eliot is a senior in Media. He can be reached at sill2@ dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @EliotTweet.
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Illinois Jon Ekey dunks the ball off a missed shot during the game against Bradley at State Farm Center, on Sunday. The Illini won 81-55.
Illinois defeats Bradley 81-55, forward Ekey scores 19 points BY SEAN HAMMOND SENIOR WRITER
Sunday was a career day for Jon Ekey, at least in an orange and blue uniform. The Illini forward scored 19 points and snatched seven rebounds as Illinois beat Bradley 81-55 at State Farm Center. Ekey’s 19 points were the most he’s scored in his short Illinois career and the most since scoring 22 as an Illinois State Redbird in December of 2010. Illinois improved to 4-0 while handing Bradley its first loss of the season after four victories to open the year. “It was just one of those days where it was going,” Ekey said. “Just feeling good early in the game and guys kept finding me.” Ekey came out firing from the opening tipoff, hitting three of his first four 3-point attempts. In all, he had 11 points in the first half, including a two-handed tip slam off of a missed Tracy Abrams 3-pointer. Things got chippy later in the half after Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice was fouled hard by Braves
guard Xzavier Taylor. Rice didn’t Head coach John Groce has take kindly to the contact and emphasized rebounding to his got up from the floor shouting. guards in recent weeks, and it Referees assessed a double- showed with Abrams leading the technical foul. team. Play otherwise remained clean, “Every day coach challenges with Illinois taking a 34-19 lead us to rebound, go in there and dig into halftime. If that lead wasn’t some out,” Abrams said. “Tonight enough, Illinois we exemplified came out in the that pretty second half and well.” hit a barrage Brad ley ’s Tyshon Pickett of threes. In led the Braves the first four with 21 points minutes of the a nd Wa l t half Abrams Lemon, Jr., put hit two, Joseph Bertrand hit one in another 12. and Ekey added JON EKEY Bradley head FORWARD coach Geno another. The Illini Ford, brother of Illini assistant shot 7-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc in Dustin Ford, thought Illinois the second half and hit 10 total simply outplayed his team in 3s for the game, the most its hit the paint. He referenced Egwu’s all season. Illinois dominated shot-blocking presence as a key the Braves on the glass, out- to Illinois’ victory. “Egwu changed the whole game rebounding Bradley 49-25. Abrams led the Illini with eight because he blocked a couple shots and Rice and center Nnanna early,” Ford said. “We haven’t Egwu each. seen that kind of size and length.
“It was one of those days where it was going, just feeling good early in the game.”
As soon as he did that we did an awful job of finishing in traffic.” “I think he’s one of the best defensive forwards that I’ve coached,” Groce said of Egwu. “He’s so versatile and can do so many different things. You don’t see guys with that size and that weight move with that type of mobility.” Illinois cruised through the second half, leading by as much as 26 at the 12:10 mark and again at the final buzzer. Rice and Abrams finished with 13 and 12 points. Rice also had a pair of highlight-reel dunks in the second half on lobs from Bertrand and freshman point guard Jaylon Tate. “We play together, we share the ball, and we did a great job of that tonight,” Abrams said. “That’s great for us. Coach talks about transition, we’re a good transition team, but we’ve got to play transition defense as well as get out and run.”
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Forget about Friday; Illini basketball is still in a ‘great place’ MICHAEL WONSOVER Basketball columnist
orget about Friday. I know it’s tough. Whether it’s the image of Cliff Alexander’s switcheroo or Quentin Snider’s Eric Gordon impression, just forget it all. It’s in the past. The situation was unfortunate and will affect the future of Illinois basketball for a long time coming, but the Illini still have a half decent team that’s actually playing now. Just ask Bradley. Illinois was almost flawless in an 81-55 win over Bradley on Sunday. You know Illinois had it going when the long ball was falling. Illinois drained 10 3-pointers on Sunday at a 40 percent clip. The team made 13 3-pointers in its first three games combined. Jon Ekey starred in the 3-point show for the Illini, hitting 5 of his 7 attempts from
behind the arc and finishing with a team-high of 19 points. Ekey doesn’t deserve all the credit. Most of his 3-point attempts were set up by the penetration of his teammates. Nineteen of Illinois’ 28 baskets were assisted on against Bradley. Jaylon Tate was a magician Sunday. The freshman finished with six assists to only one turnover, with most of his dimes setting up dunks or 3-pointers. I can’t find a site that tracks alley-oops, but I’m convinced Tate leads the nation in the category. Champaign turned into Lob City as Tate threw a no-look lob to Ekey and followed it up with a an alley-oop to Rayvonte Rice on the break. Rice had 13 emphatic points. In addition to his enormous dunk off the Tate lob, Rice also finished two other alleyoops in the game. Someone needs to tell this athletic specimen to give up on the long ball and continue attacking the rim. Rice shot 0-for-6 from behind the arc but converted 6-of-8 attempts inside of
it. Bradley head coach Geno Ford, who is familiar with the Drake transfer’s game from his MVC days, even said Rice is better when he plays in the paint. Ford and his Braves left Rice open by design and he fell for it. Ford also complemented the play of Nnanna Egwu, saying he “changed the whole game”. Egwu, who entered Sunday averaging 3.3 blocks per game, added three more rejections to his tally against Bradley. The lanky 6-foot-11 center has the whole verticality thing down pat as he consistently keeps his arms up instead of reaching in. Egwu’s presence in the paint helps the rest of the team defensively. The guards are able to play tighter knowing that Egwu can bail them out at the rim. The entire team was committed to the defensive end, holding the Braves to 35.6 percent shooting for the game. Illinois also almost doubled Bradley in rebounding at a 49-25 advantage. That “toughness and togetherness” motto
that John Groce loves is finally fitting his team’s identity. Groce said that he wants his team “to be fearless”. The Illini were just that on Sunday. The early product is encouraging. This team may not have the shooting chops of a season ago, but they have athleticism and defense aplenty. Groce is starting to learn which rotations work and the players are getting adjusted to their teammates’ tendencies. The team’s chemistry is building. The events that took place on Friday were a shock to the Illini fan base. The day won’t be forgotten anytime soon, but let Sunday be a reminder that there’s still some good basketball to be played this season. John Groce said at Saturday’s signing day news conference that Illinois is in a “great place, not a good place”. He may be right.
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Volleyball sweeps both Purdue and Indiana in extended winning streak over the weekend BY BLAKE PON STAFF WRITER
For the first time since midSeptember, the Illinois volleyball team has a record over .500. Over the weekend, No. 25 Illinois (14-12, 10-6 Big Ten) got its 13th and 14th wins of the season, both sweeps, against a struggling Indiana (9-18, 1-15 Big Ten) squad and No. 18 Purdue (16-11, 7-9 Big Ten). The Illini beat the Hoosiers by scores of 28-26, 25-18, 25-22 and Purdue by scores of 25-18, 25-18, 25-21. “Offensively we did some nice things,” head coach Kevin Hambly said. “We didn’t defend as well as we liked, and I don’t think we competed the way we really wanted to until the end of sets. We found ways to win instead of really fighting to execute.” Strong serving by the Hoosiers provided trouble for the Illini in the first set, as the teams swapped leads 12 times. Indi-
ana put Illinois on its heels late in the set, taking a 23-21 lead that the Illini eventually tied at 24 after a Hoosiers attack error. The error gave Illinois an extra pair of points to play and gave head coach Kevin Hambly the opportunity to substitute in his best finisher in junior outside hitter Morganne Criswell. The move ultimately paid off, as Criswell closed out the match with a booming kill that took the momentum from Indiana for the rest of the match. In set two, the Illini got off to a 8-4 lead early and never looked back, not once giving up a lead throughout the set. The Illinois defense stifled the Indiana hitters, holding the Hoosiers to a .083 hitting percentage. The third set provided more of the same, as Indiana was held to a .075 hitting percentage. The Illini’s attack was balanced, as Criswell, sophomore Jocelynn
Birks and junior Liz McMahon contributed 13, 12 and 13 kills respectively, hitting a combined percentage of .281 for the match. The first set of the match against Purdue began with both teams trading points early, until a few Criswell kills sparked a 4-0 run that put Illinois ahead 17-12, enough to keep the Illini in the lead for the rest of the set. The Illini went down early, 5-2, in set two, but went on an 11-3 run to pull ahead 13-8, never letting up for the set or the match. “For me it was an emotional match after losing to them the first time,” said Criswell. “I’ve kind of been ready for this match ever since we played them. I thought it was an awesome, emotional match, and sweeping them was even better.” Criswell led the Illini in kills for the match, accumulating 12 on 23 attempts to go along with three errors for a .391 hitting
percentage. Birks and McMahon contributed 10 each. The weekend sweep caps off a five-match winning streak for Illinois, putting the team in the thick of NCAA tournament contention with only four matches remaining. “I feel like after we beat Michigan in that come-from-behind win, we just have this confidence,” junior middle blocker Anna Dorn said. “When we were playing against Michigan and Michigan State, it felt like our team was together, we were all playing with the same motive, and we were one. We weren’t six different people on the court, and we were one unit, and I think that confidence combined with that feeling when we play against big teams is going to be really important going forward.”
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Illinois’ Liz McMahon spikes the ball during the match against Purdue at Huff Hall on Saturday.
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