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GEO to initiate contract ratification vote BY TYLER DAVIS STAFF WRITER

The Graduate Employees’ Organization secured another five years of guaranteed tuition waivers in its tentative agreement with the University, according to the document, obtained by The Daily Illini. The bargaining units reached a tentative agreement Nov. 27, which the GEO brought back to its general membership that evening. The next step for the GEO will

be to initiate a contract ratification vote, which will begin during a general membership meeting Tuesday. The vote will continue until Thursday at several campus polling stations. GEO spokeswoman Stephanie Seawell said the results of the vote will be announced late Friday. The guarantee of the tuition waivers marks a victory for the GEO, which was on the edge of striking until the agreement was

set last week. In the tentative agreement, tuition waivers appear as they did in 2009: in a side letter as opposed to in the contract. “The tuition waiver issue was the No. 1 issue for us, so without the kind of assurances that we felt we needed to protect tuition waivers, we wouldn’t have been able to sign a tentative agreement,” said Natalie Uhl, a member of the GEO’s bargaining team and graduate student.

Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the University declined to comment until the GEO had voted to ratify the agreement. According to the tentative agreement, in the first year of the contract, assistants will be paid no less than $15,190 per year for a standard, 50 percent appointment on a nine-month service basis, which is a 2.5 percent increase in wages from the contract that expired in August. Assistants must

be employed by the time the agreement is made effective to receive this minimum wage. From 2013 and on, assistants will see 2.5, 1.5, 1.5 and 1.5 percent increases respectively each year for a final wage of $16,281 per year in 2017, when the contract expires. “We did get increases to the minimum, just not increases that bring us up to the living wage published by the University,” Uhl said.

The University estimated annual graduate student expenses to be $16,618 for the 2011-12 school year. “Negotiating means that you can’t have everything that you want,” Uhl said. “There were some areas where we were hoping to make more movement, but in this case, we knew what the No. 1 issue was, so we were happy to

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UI approves center for sustainability BY LAUREN ROHR STAFF WRITER

The Urbana-Champaign Senate unanimously approved a proposal at its Monday meeting to create a Center for a Sustainable Environment, an umbrella organization that will lead campus environmental groups, academic units and the Office of Sustainability. There was no discussion on the matter. The center will cost the University $450,000 annually, with additional funding coming from an endowment from the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund. It will have an annual budget of $495,000. The goal of the center is to bring together campus units geared toward sustainability to develop related initiatives. Stephanie Lage, assistant to the director of the Office of Sustainability, said the office started discussing the CSE during the Spring 2012 semester and began creating a proposal soon after. Nicholas Burbules, chair of the University General Policy committee, presented the proposal to the senate at the meeting. “The area of sustainability is something that I think is a major concern,” Burbules said. “Because so many different units on campus are involved in sustainability issues, it makes sense to see a campuswide center for such issues.” Provost Ilesanmi Adesida said the proposal for the CSE is in line with the Visioning Excellence goals established by Chancellor Phyllis Wise after her “listening and learning tour” last year. The area of sustainability was one of the most common concerns among the campus community. “Hopefully, from establishing this center, we can grow stronger in areas of energy and the environment,” Adesida said. The CSE, which will eventually merge with the Office of Sustainability, will be advised by a steering committee. This committee will consist of students, faculty and staff in charge of leading projects and activities within the CSE. Lage said the next step is to appoint a faculty member as the leader of the project, who will also be in charge of an interim steering committee that will lead the planning of the center.



'Gianni Schicchi', a one-act opera production, was performed by professional opera company Opera Venezuela, in Smith Recital Hall on Sunday evening.

Opera Venezuela hosts one-act opera Opera seeks to provide entertainment for all socio-economic levels in free shows BY CORINNE RUFF STAFF WRITER

Champaign-Urbana welcomed its first professional opera company — run by University students — with two free productions on Sunday. The company, Opera Venezuela, performed Gianni Schicchi at Smith Memorial Hall for its first one-act opera.

John Gomez, doctorate student in opera, started the company two years ago. In creating Opera Venezuela, Gomez gathered a wide variety of artists from the University, which he said he believes makes the company so special. “You need different flavors and different colors, and Opera Venezuela is

that,” he said. “We are a product of mixed cultures and majors.” The opera came together as a production by University students who created the lighting, set, orchestration and voice ensembles, all of which they did voluntarily. “No one is getting a salary,” Gomez said. “It’s about helping others. Making others smile is the pay-off.” Although James Blachly, graduate student in orchestral conducting, had never conducted a full opera, he said he couldn’t turn down the opportunity

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Giving a helping hand

Senate proposes campus integrity statement BY LAUREN ROHR STAFF WRITER


Nate Overman, a sophomore volunteer on the Parkland golf team, helps Keegan Andrews, 4, pick out presents for his mother, father and brother at the Crisis Nursery Holiday Shop in Urbana on Monday. The shop, located in the Lincoln Square Mall, lets young children to do their own holiday shopping with volunteers.


when Gomez asked him. “It was tremendous,” he said. “It was thrilling and challenging, and I think putting an opera together in the short period of time meant every moment of rehearsal was riveting — and slightly terrifying.” Stephen Fiol, retired artist and opera director, was the stage director of the production. He described the company as representing local art at its very best.

As a result of University scandals in recent years, the Urbana-Champaign Senate is recommending that Chancellor Phyllis Wise put together a committee to create a campuswide integrity statement. The senate unanimously approved a resolution to do so at its meeting Monday with no discussion, after it was passed to the body from the Illinois Student Senate. Not an academic policy, the integrity statement will list ethical guidelines for members of the campus community, said Keenan Kassar, student senator and senior in Business. “I’m not looking for more policy because we have plenty of that,” he said. “But I think it would be productive to have a one-page statement that sets out our priorities as a University in regards to integrity.” After the Illinois Student Senate passed its resolution

regarding this issue in October, Keenan and fellow student senators Jim Maskeri, senior in LAS, and Carey Hawkins Ash, graduate student, created a resolution to present to the academic senate. “The resolution ... does not suggest that current efforts to remain ethical have failed; rather, it is our hope that the statement will serve as a formal supplement to the campus’ continuing commitment to ethical practices,” Maskeri said. “For now, all I can say is that we will be looking at this in the near future,” said Ilesanmi Adesida, vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. Kassar said the committee would ideally consist of faculty, administrators, students and staff, as the integrity statement would affect everyone at the University. Over the past few years, the University “has been affected by scandals in recent years, including last year’s transgres-

sions at the highest echelons of university governance,” as stated in the resolution proposal. Other Big Ten schools have integrity statements similar to the one Kassar hoped for, including Purdue University and Ohio State University. This resolution states such an integrity statement does not exist in any University statutes. Kassar said creating a list of integrity priorities would give the University a “cleaner image.” Ideally, he said, the statement will be posted online, in the administrative manual and within the student code for increased visibility. “I think (an integrity statement) is a piece of inspiration to do good and behave ethically,” Kassar said. “It’s a cultural statement, really. We’d be creating a culture of integrity.”

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Champaign Hate crime and aggravated battery were reported in the 400 block of East Green Street around 11 p.m. Saturday. According to the report, the victim was punched in the face by an unknown male offender. ! A 19-year-old male was arrested on the charge of retail theft at Macy’s, 2000 N. Neil St., at 5 p.m. Saturday. According to the report, the suspect was issued a city notice to appear for shoplifting. Two clothing items were reported stolen. ! A 19-year-old male was arrested on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in the 600 block of East Armory Avenue around 2 p.m. Friday. ! Theft was reported in the 400 block of East Chalmers Street around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. According to the report, an unknown offender stole one computer and one purse or wallet from the victim’s apartment. ! Home invasion and criminal damage to property were reported in the 1500 block of South Mattis Avenue around 9 p.m. Friday. According to the report, two unknown male offenders entered the residence with a gun and damaged a door. No one was !

harmed and the offenders were not located. ! A 31-year-old male was arrested on the charge of public urination in the 600 block of South Fifth Street around 11 a.m. Friday. ! Armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping were reported at the intersection of East Bradley Avenue and Market Street around 11:30 p.m. Friday. According to the report, three unknown offenders battered the victim with a pistol and stole his money. The victim was then forced in the trunk of a car against his will. ! A 20-year-old and 22-yearold male were arrested on the charge of home invasion in the 600 block of Crescent Drive around noon Saturday. According to the report, the two suspects and two unknown male offenders entered the victim’s house and battered him. ! Criminal damage to property was reported in the 600 block of East Green Street around 3 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, an unknown offender threw an apple, breaking the victim’s bedroom window. ! Battery was reported in the 1100 block of South Randolph Street around 2 p.m. Friday. According to the report, the victim was pepper sprayed by

his roommate. ! An 18-year-old male was arrested on the charge of possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia in the 600 block of East Armory Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

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Urbana ! Attempted residential burglary was reported in the 1300 block of Laurel Drive around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. According to the report, an unknown offender attempted to enter the victim’s house without permission. The offender fled the scene prior to police arrival.

University ! A 22-year-old male was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence of drugs, cannabis possession and resisting/ obstructing a police officer in the 1300 block of West Green Street around 1 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, the suspect’s car was pulled over for failing to yield at a stoplight. ! A 23-year-old female was arrested on the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol near Third Street and Springfield Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Friday.

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Today’s Birthday

Drink in time alone this year with a journal, your thoughts and a cup of tea. Plan for what you want and aim high. Treat yourself well. Care for one who needs it. Family comes first, and home is where your heart is. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.


Today is a 7 -- Be respectful, and listen to another’s cries. Provide information. Passion requires commitment. Maintain objectivity. Let them know you appreciate the feedback. Say how you feel later. Postpone travel.


Today is a 9 -- Conditions begin to improve, with compromise achieved. A female sets the tone and pace. Don’t ask many questions. Take coaching from an expert, and practice. It works out.


Today is a 7 -- Misunderstandings are likely. Nonetheless, commit to your passions. Consult with a co-worker on a priority. Bring in more wealth.


Today is an 8 -- Contentment reigns at home. On the spot creativity is required, and it’s fun and random. Help others generate necessary funds from available resources. Speak from your heart.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

Today is a 9 -- Intuition enters the picture. Don’t push too hard. Hammer out the details. New information dispels old fears. Test it before sealing up everything. A lovely moment is possible.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

Today is a 5 -- Your suggestions may not be immediately accepted. Don’t get intimidated. Keep planning. There could be a communications breakdown, with temporary confusion. Postpone a celebration or financial discussion.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

Today is a 9 -- Invest in your infrastructure. Obtain the necessary materials. Don’t celebrate by spending more. Make financial talk fun. Meticulous planning pays off. Positive numbers appear on the balance sheet.

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Today is an 8 -- Take care not to step on toes, and connect with the group for public success. It’s not a good time to question authority, unless hiring an expert.


Today is an 8 -- Use the energy others generate. Don’t gossip about work. Postpone travel and expansion. It could get tense, so relax. Keep your head down. Get money for improvements now.


Today is a 6 -- Follow through on your plan. Arguing just makes it take longer. Minimize financial risks and watch for hidden dangers. Work interferes with travel. Provide information. Enjoy local cuisine.


Today is a 7 -- Soak up information, and let your partner do the talking. Visualize perfection. Act on profitable ideas. Expect a visitor you haven’t seen for some time.


Today is a 6 -- You can get whatever you need, and easily avoid a mistake. You’ve earned some rest. Others are drawn to you today. Bask in the glow. Postpone an outing.



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Gov. Quinn finalizes special election for vacant congressional seat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation fi nalizing the date for a special election to fill the vacant 2nd Congressional District seat. The election to choose who will replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. will take place on April 9, 2013, a date on which local elections are already scheduled. This decision, according to the Office of Gov. Quinn, will save money for taxpayers and will allow voters to elect a new representative for the 113th Congress. “This new law will save taxpayer dollars and help encourage greater participation on Election Day as voters choose their next leader to represent Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District,” Quinn said in a press release. The senate bill Quinn signed into law allowed an extended period of time in which to schedule the election. This change in special election policy will save taxpayers the estimated $2.5 million it would cost to hold a separate special election, as estimated by the Illinois State Board of Elections. The special election will choose a new representative from the 2nd Congressional District, which is composed of about 420,000 registered voters.

Governor Quinn announces grant to improve healthcare in Illinois Three Illinois nonprofit organizations were awarded $1.3 million in federal funding, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Saturday. The money will help the organizations upgrade health information technology services in underserved areas of Illinois, according to a press release. The grants were made possible by the Illinois Office of Health Information Technology as part of its White Space Grant Program. The office anticipates the grants will allow providers to serve hundreds of thousands of patients every year, said the press release. “Upgrading our health information technology network is a critical part of our efforts to transform our healthcare system into one that focuses on wellness and keeping people healthy through better preventive care,” Quinn said in a press release. “Improving communication among providers is a key to this transformation. These grants are another important step in the direction of a fully connected Illinois and better patient care.”` Heartland Health Outreach, The Alliance of Community Health Services and the Chicago Health Information Tech-

nology Regional Extension Center in Chicago were awarded a $500,000 grant. The Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network in Princeton was awarded a $495,120 grant and Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale was awarded a $338,600 grant. In 2010, Illinois was awarded with $18.8 million in federal funding under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act as part of the Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program, making the funding for these grants possible.

Champaign Police arrest suspect after shots are fired Shots fi red at approximately 3:15 a.m. Sunday led to the arrest of a suspect by Champaign Police, according to a press release. Police officers were patrolling the area when they heard multiple shots fired and saw the suspect, Rynell W. Frazier, 24, fleeing from the 500 block of Highland Avenue. Officers pursued the suspect on foot, who resisted arrest, until they were able to arrest the suspect at the 500 block of Willis Avenue. According to the press release, a search of Frazier yielded 4.4 grams of suspected marijuana. The police officers also found a gun outside of the private home to which Frazier fled during the foot pursuit. Frazier was arrested on charges of resisting a police officer, unlawful use of weapons and unlawful possession or use of a weapon by a felon. Both the suspect and one of the involved officers sustained minor injuries during the pursuit. Frazier was treated at Carle Hospital and later transferred to the Champaign County Jail.


This photo taken Friday in Chicago shows three vials of mass murderer John Wayne Gacy's blood recently discovered by Cook County Sheriff's detective Jason Moran. The sheriff’s office is creating DNA profiles from the blood of Gacy and other executed killers and putting them in a national DNA database of profiles created from blood, semen or strands of hair found at crime scenes and on the bodies of victims.

Database may help solve murders DNA could link executed killers to unknown victims BY DON BABWIN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Public Safety Advisory alerts public of armed robbery investigation Champaign Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 12:10 a.m. Monday at 201 S. Wright St. According to a Public Safety Advisory, the victim was entering his apartment building when the offender approached him and asked for money. The offender proceeded to punch the victim in the mouth and implied that he had some sort of weapon. He then took the victim’s wallet and left the area on foot in a northbound direction. The offender was described as a black male with a dark complexion in his early twenties, between 150 and 160 pounds and 5’8” tall. He was also described as clean shaven and wearing a white, short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

CHICAGO — Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed — particularly whether they had other unknown victims. Now, in a game of scientific catch-up, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department is trying to find out by entering the killers’ DNA profiles into a national database shared with other law-enforcement agencies. The move is based on an ironic legal distinction: The men were technically listed as homicide victims themselves because they were put to death by the state. Authorities hope to find DNA matches from blood, semen, hair or skin under victims’ fingernails that link the long-dead killers to the coldest of cold cases. And they want investigators in other states to follow suit and submit the DNA of their own executed inmates or

from decades-old crime scenes. “You just know some of these guys did other murders,” said Jason Moran, the sheriff’s detective leading the effort. He noted that some of the executed killers ranged all over the country before the convictions that put them behind bars for the last time. The Illinois testing, which began in the summer, is the latest attempt by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to solve the many mysteries still surrounding one of the nation’s most notorious serial killers. Dart’s office recently attempted to identify the last unnamed Gacy victims by exhuming their remains to create modern DNA profiles that could be compared with the DNA of people whose loved ones went missing in the 1970s, when Gacy was killing young men. That effort, which led to the identification of one additional Gacy victim, led Dart to wonder if the same technology could help answer a question that has been


This image released by NASA shows the work site of the NASA’s rover Curiosity on Mars. So far, there is no definitive evidence that the red planet has the chemical ingredients to support life. Scientists said Monday that a scoop of sandy soil analyzed by the rover's chemistry lab contained water and a mix of chemicals, but not the complex carbon-based compounds considered necessary for microbial life.

Mars rover’s latest discoveries don’t hint at life BY ALICIA CHANG THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES — NASA’s Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there’s no defi nitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life. A scoop of sandy soil analyzed by Curiosity’s sophisticated chemistry laboratory contained water and a mix of chemicals, but not complex carbon-based molecules considered essential for life. That the soil was not more hospitable did not surprise mission scientist Paul Mahaffy since radiation from space can destroy any carbon evidence. “It’s not unexpected necessarily,” said Mahaffy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,

who is in charge of the chemistry experiments. “It’s been exposed to the harsh Martian environment.” The latest fi ndings were presented Monday at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The mission managed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is trying to determine whether conditions on Mars could have been favorable for microbes when the red planet was warmer and wetter. Hopes for a “Mars-shaking” discovery peaked two weeks ago after mission chief scientist John Grotzinger told National Public Radio: “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good.” The Internet lit up with

excitement. NASA later clarified that Grotzinger was referring generally to the mission and not a specific result. Days before the science gathering, the space agency sought to contain expectations and issued a statement insisting there’d be no big news. So what did Curiosity fi nd after baking the soil and analyzing the resulting gases? Water, sulfur and perchlorate, a highly oxidizing salt that was also detected by one of NASA’s previous spacecraft, the Phoenix lander, in the northern Martian latitudes. “This is typical, ordinary Martian soil,” said mission scientist Ralf Gellert of the University of Guelph in Canada. The rover did detect hints of

a simple carbon compound, but scientists don’t yet know if it’s native to the planet, came from space or hitchhiked from Earth. Scientists think the best chance of fi nding complex carbon is at Mount Sharp, a mountain rising three miles from the center of Gale Crater near the Martian equator. Curiosity won’t trek there until early next year. Images from space reveal intriguing layers at the base and many think it’s the ideal place to search for carbon. “The real new science may have to wait until the rover gets to the ancient layered terrain at the base,” said University of Arizona senior research scientist Peter Smith, who is not involved in the latest Mars mission.

out there for decades: Did Gacy kill anyone besides those men whose bodies were stashed under his house or tossed in a river? “He traveled a lot,” Moran said. “Even though we don’t have any information he committed crimes elsewhere, the sheriff asked if you could put it past such an evil person.” Dart’s office said Monday that it believes this is the first time DNA has been added to the national database for criminals executed before the database was created. “This has the potential to help bring closure to victims’ families who have gone so long without knowing what happened to their loved ones,” Dart said in a news release. Receiving permission to use the database posed several challenges for Dart’s detectives. After unexpectedly finding three vials of Gacy’s blood stored with other Gacy evidence, Moran learned the state would only accept the blood in the crime database if it came from a coroner or medical examiner. Moran thought he was out of luck. But then the coroner in Will County, outside Chicago, surprised him with this revelation:

In his office freezer were blood samples from Gacy and at least three other executed inmates, all of whom had been put to death there in the period after Illinois reinstated the death penalty in the 1970s. The executions were carried out between 1990 and 1999, a year before then-Gov. George Ryan established a moratorium on the death penalty. So it was the Will County coroner’s office that conducted the autopsies and collected the blood samples. That was only the first obstacle. The state sends to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System the profiles of homicide victims no matter when they were killed. But it will only send the profiles of known felons if they were convicted since a new state law was enacted about a decade ago that allowed them to be included, Moran said. That meant the profile of Gacy, who received a lethal injection in 1994, and the profiles of other executed inmates could not qualify for the database under the felon provision. They could, however, qualify as people who died by homicide. “They’re homicides because the state intended to take the inmate’s life,” said Patrick O’Neil, the Will County coroner.





have language protecting that, but there were other things we would have liked to have in there.” The University agreed to cover 80 percent of the Student Health Insurance fee, which moved up from the 75 percent provided in the expired contract. The health insurance plan provided to graduate employees lets them purchase coverage for dependents, including children, but Uhl said GEO members would have also liked to see University coverage of dependent premiums. Outside of the contract, the University also conceded to retroactively pay graduate employees in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, whose waivers had previously been reduced. This comes after a state arbitration board ruled that departments in the college violated the terms of a side letter to the 2009 contract that assured that would not happen. The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board ruled that the University’s actions constituted a “clear violation” of their contract. The agreement includes a settlement in which the total amount of improperly charged tuition will be reimbursed with 7 percent interest. In exchange, the GEO agreed to withdraw all complaints pursuant to the prior side letter, and the University promised not to appeal the state board’s decision. “While I would have preferred that the University not break our contract in the first place, having people made whole now rather than continuing that fight in the court system is definitely preferable from our perspective,” Uhl said.

“It’s easy to find people who are willing to do things for a lot of money, but everyone in this production is doing it for the right reasons,” he said. “They love the arts and want to see them flourish.” Fiol has conducted 11 opera productions at Krannert, several including Gomez, whom Fiol has come to know personally within the last two years. “It’s very interesting because as students that have come to the end of their degree programs, all of the sudden a career is looming and a lot of things take shape in a new way,” he said. Gomez, native of Venezuela, said his biggest inspiration for the company came from El Sistema, a Venezuelan voluntary music education program, that promotes music education as a tool in making classical music available for people of all socio-economic levels. This program allows people to attend concerts and receive music education for free. “It’s a music revolution,” Gomez said. “Music is a powerful tool for our communities, and I think it has been the key to calming down people.” Tania Arazi Coambs, doctorate student in opera and developmental associate of Opera Venzuela, said many people that attend their shows have never been to an opera production before. Her goal was to make classical music accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Coambs said the company plans to offer an after-school program that will give kids from lower economic families the opportunity to receive lessons in instrumentation, voice and acting.

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posal also states that the center will look to raise external funds from sources such as supporting families and foundations. Although the proposal for the CSE has only recently been approved, Burbules said he thinks it is a great opportunity for the campus. “Sustainability should be high-priority for us right now,” he said. “The establishment of this center is essential to our campus.”

FROM PAGE 1A “We hope to get through a search process and have a director in place by fall 2013,” Lage said. “I am delighted the faculty senate has approved the CSE so we can now officially begin the search.” Burbules said additional funding will become necessary over time, but there is “hope in participation and donation from additional endowments” once the CSE is further established. The pro-

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Editorial Elimination of Civic Leadership Program could give undergrad program more prestige


ne more program at the University has been cut. Because of lack of funding, the master’s degree part of the Civic Leadership Program has been eliminated, and there are plans of integrating the program into the undergraduate political science department. Students who completed the program began their studies their junior year; had a 7-month internship anywhere in the world, aided by $10,000 funding from CL P; completed a master’s degree in political science; and completed a group project thesis. On top of it all, members were eligible for tuition waivers. Students in the program are upset about the decision, to say the least, and they have every right to be. Fortunately, students already admitted into the program will be able to finish their master’s degree as they had planned. But the program has had its run, and integration into the undergraduate program could help give the undergraduate political science department more prestige. Integration would boost employer perceptions of the University’s undergraduate degree because CL P, devoid of the additional year of school, could make it more competitive. If students didn’t have to stay for another year of school, more students may apply for the program, making the selection process all the more selective. But for students who are enrolled, the part that probably seemed most attractive was the master’s degree — ranked 21st in the nation’s political science programs, tying with Northwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin, according to U.S. News & World Report — and it was cut. Giving more emphasis to the bachelor’s degree is a much better course of action. Over the past few decades, the bachelor’s degree has morphed into the high school diploma — a four-year degree is a requirement for nearly every entry-level job. Since the recession began five years ago, the number of students applying to master’s degree programs has increased — and so did the thought that the master’s is the new bachelor’s. In 200910, nearly 700,000 master’s degrees were awarded, more than twice those awarded 10 years prior. Professional and academic opinions on the value of a master’s degree vary, but it seems that several sources would agree that not every master’s degree is equal in value — some are worthy of the lofty $50,000 each while some are not. Although CL P was virtually a free degree because of tuition waivers, the master’s degree could serve to hinder the program’s graduates. Despite the extra education, employers may value the experience over additional classes. Too much education comes with the pejorative “overqualified.” The real-world experience that employers value wasn’t devoid from CL P, though. The program was responsible in providing students with practical and applicable skills for the real world through the residency and the practicum, something that many other ivory-tower humanities and social science programs don’t explicitly include. CL P’s seven-year run did show that University students have an interest in pursuing further education in political science and civic leadership, but that doesn’t mean they have to pursue those interests in a master’s program, especially if the undergraduate program is bolstered by cutting the master’s degree.

SARAH FISCHER Opinions columnist


them. But we use them in a way that’s hopefully equal-handed and satirical instead of preachy or soap-boxy.” I find it an unbelievably impressive feat that Parks and Rec has managed to make two characters with completely opposite beliefs both able to coexist to solve problems in a way that is relatable to a vast audience. Both hold powerful roles at their department and every day come across issues that beg the question of what they should do as the governing body. It can be anything from regulating the parks to adding more benches, but their contrasting approaches offer insight to solve problems with compromise. Schur might be a little optimistic about seeing this relationship mirrored in Washington. He said Leslie and Ron’s relationship should not be something impossible. It is symbolic for the fact that opposite political views can coexist peacefully though so often we don’t see it. Sure Ron’s character is made out to be a ridiculous borderline anarchist, but it presents an important discussion of the other side of the coin. At times he may be irrational and sound loony, but we can’t help it — we like him. And that he makes you ask yourself if you really need the government. He makes you want to stay in the woods for a month, grow a mustache, carve your own furniture and get the government out of your personal business. Keep fighting the good fight my mustachioed comrade.

oint to Syria on a map. Now explain which empire Syria was a part of until the 1900s. Then talk about the blackout and its implications on the rebellion. Now do the same thing with England. Find it on a map, explain part of its history and talk about something going there currently. How about the United States? An inability to recognize the world outside our own borders, not only geographically but politically and historically, has become a national disaster. It damages our ability as individuals to learn, to understand, to be compassionate, to make informed decisions, to improve our own country and the world as a whole. And it’s certainly not limited to students. A civic literacy exam issued by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute found that the average American scored 49 percent; the average for college educators, 55 percent. The ISI’s study isn’t the only one to showcase these findings, and civic literacy isn’t the only measure of such ineptitude. During the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney made the comment that “Syria is Iran’s route to the sea.” But Syria and Iran don’t share any borders. More importantly, Iran has its own coastline. My high school offered one course that dealt with current affairs, one class offered at the same time as calculus called Current American Problems. Taught by the most intelligent teacher in the school, students enrolled because they liked him — and dropped because it was difficult. I never had the opportunity to take it, though I, like everyone else, was required to take a year of U.S. history, a semester of geography and at least a semester of world history. It’s a trend of studying history over current events continues from middle school and probably elementary school before that, though I don’t remember it. What I remember from my past history classes is the year of the start of the French-Indian War, the placement and capital of every state in the U.S., the journey of Harriet Tubman, the names of the first 16 U.S. presidents in order, the years of Reconstruction, who painted “Guernica,” the countries that made up the Axis of Evil, that Harry S. Truman’s middle name was “S,” that Woodrow Wilson was the only U.S. president to have a doctorate and started the League of Nations. What I don’t remember is learning about what was going on in the world. I remember facts and stats, but the implications behind many of those facts are lost somewhere in the crevasses of my mind — if I ever learned them at all. So much of formal education relies on history as opposed to current events, and American history over all else. Current events will become our history, but if we wait until the events are printed in a textbook published in Texas before we read about them, we won’t be able to act — we will simply wonder how the world got to be this way. When I studied abroad in England, I learned more about the French Revolution in an English literature class on Romanticism than I learned in any history class because it severely impacted British literature at the time. Writers traveled, they ran, they drew parallels between the situation in France and their own conditions back home. We have never been hermitic and — especially in this age of globalization, of Internet, of multinational, transnational corporations — are never completely isolated. Not economically, not politically, and therefore we cannot afford to be isolated in our knowledge. Can you name the president of Iran? Of Russia? How does the new president of Mexico affect the drug war? Does the democratically elected president of Egypt help or hurt with regards to the stability and structure of the Middle East? Knowledge of historical events remains important (the old adage “Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it” stands even outside of the irony of the classroom), but we need to become more globally competent. We need to know that Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi recently placed himself above judicial scrutiny. We need to know that North Korea has set another rocket launch date, right around the time of South Korea’s elections. We need to know how the geographic position of Iran, in relation to countries occupied by the United States, shapes its foreign policy. Global incompetence is not limited to the United States, and it’s not limited to young people, but the implications of such widespread ignorance are dangerous for everyone. If we cannot increase our consumption of current events, if we cannot teach our youngest students how to think critically about the relationship between geography, history and current events, the problem will only persist and intensify.

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Give yourself a break and relax — extreme stress can be deadly RENÉE WUNDERLICH Opinions columnist


urns out a little hard work can hurt; as you’re pulling your all-nighters in preparation for finals, think about the 10,000 Japanese citizens who die each year from overwork. It’s called psychoneuroimmunology — the study of the silent killer of not just Japanese but also highly-motivated students and professionals everywhere: stress. The cure? Rest. Relaxation. Not working so dang hard. Sounds great, right? But try to get a little R&R when deadlines are approaching. The real world doesn’t stop to balance your stress levels. If you don’t take a deep breath and step away from the study guides, your body may pay the price in the long run from stress-induced heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and delayed wound healing. Or you could just spend several years developing unhealthy ways of bottling stress until you explode like a badly shaken bottle of soda. According to the theory of psychoneuroimmunology, a now-recent branch within scientific medicine, there is currently a controversy in mind-body therapy over whether there is a connection between the brain and the body. Despite the debate, physical ailments induced by stress are widely recognized. Certainly you’ve heard of the phrase “mind over matter,” but what’s the matter with certain people’s minds? Stress due to overwork is the sort of damage, according to scientists and physicians who back psychoneuroimmunity theory, that develops over time. Fear not — you probably won’t be driven into car-

diac arrest if you have one or two stressful final exams. But if you develop the harmful habit of powering through every work challenge without relieving your body’s pent-up tension, well, then you’re experiencing exactly what Japan is fighting so hard to combat. Long work hours are a part of life in Japan. And an unfortunate reality that comes from employees putting in over 60 hours of work in the average week is something called karoshi, “death by overwork.” As reported in The Economist, overwork at Toyota took Hiroko Uchino away from his wife and two young children back in 2002. Uchino was 30 years old when he collapsed at work, later to be pronounced dead from karoshi. It was 4 a.m., and Toyota was where he spent most of his time — on the production line. And when he wasn’t on the clock, Uchino was going for overtime, but not as incentive for a bonus or to help fellow employees out in isolated times of need, but just because it’s the culture. Japanese workers put in close to 1,780 hours a year, according to the article, and that’s not including overtime. And those hours are actually slightly less than what U.S. workers put in at 1,800 work hours a year. In fact, American college and graduate students have suffered from overwork for centuries. William T. Parker Jr., a student at Harvard, went crazy in the middle of his Constitutional law exam. He was “waving his hands wildly, (he) cried out a number of unintelligible sentences,” and died several days later of “an abscess on the brain caused by over study,” according to The New York Times. The year was 1900 — there was no Internet. The sort of studying Parker did may have looked a lot different from our version of

preparing for semester-end projects and final exams. He probably spent his time in the halls of Harvard’s historic libraries instead of being mesmerized by the glow of a computer screen. Something else Parker didn’t have was modern medicine to help him during his time of extreme distress. Maybe there were other issues going on in Parker’s personal life that a counseling center could have help him cope with. Perhaps there was something physically wrong with Parker’s brain that countless hours fixated in front of textbooks and court records only aggravated. Or maybe Parker just worked too hard. What we can learn from instances like Parker’s or those who reportedly died from documented cases of psychoneuroimmunology is not to slack off. For motivation isn’t itself deadly, and striving for success either academically or in the workplace is what sets students and employees apart. Overachievers will inherit the earth, if they haven’t already. But we workaholics can only advance our empire of productivity if we take a tip from those friends and foes who poke fun at our conscientious ways: We need to chill out. Take a break. Do something completely outside of the world you are used to. This is hardly the prescription we want, but it’s the medicine we have to take before we too throw up our hands in insanity. Don’t let finals or the end of the job crunch get the best of your brain or your body — you worked too hard to let that happen. Give yourself the pre-holiday gift you really need; for at least a few minutes once you’re done reading this, do nothing at all.

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Politics of ‘Parks and Recreation’ BRIAN SIEGEL Opinions columnist


ehind the best mustache on cable TV lies my absolute favorite thing about Ron Swanson. He has a strong opinion about government’s role — he wants to minimize it. In the words of Ron, played by University graduate Nick Offerman, “It is never too early to learn that government is a greedy piglet that suckles on the teat of the taxpayer until they have chapped nips.” That opinion is never portrayed in as likable of a way as NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” has done it. Ron Swanson is the best thing to happen to conservatism since Reagan. Ron is everything awesome about a do-it-yourself, pull-yourself-up-by-your-boot-straps, don’tneed-no-stinking-hand-out conservative man. He is the head of the parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Ind., but he is constantly trying to slash the government and his own department’s influence and power. Ron is a hunter, avid bacon enthusiast, outdoorsman and woodworker. He wears his libertarianism on his sleeve in a way that almost dips into anarchism, and yet the show finds a way to humanize him and make him extremely lovable. In one episode Ron finds out that websites can track your searches and purchases and immediately throws out his computer, all the while cursing his lack of privacy. When his colleague and ideological opponent Leslie Knope, played

by Amy Poehler, wants to regulate candy to improve health Ron absolutely disagrees, reciting one of his classic and beautiful Swanologues, “The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a heart attack at 43, you can. You are free to do so. To me that’s beautiful.” It is his catchy Swanologues that make libertarianism comedic and relatable. For example, “You give a man a fish you feed him for a day. You don’t teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He’s a grown man. Fishing isn’t that hard.” It is this type of standoffish attitude that makes him so liked and lovable. He fends for himself and lets everyone else have the freedom to do the same. Swanson’s government ideology clashes with Knope. Their back-and-forth offers humorous insight without making a distinction between Republican and Democrat or liberal and conservative. Though the show’s approach is to make Ron so far out to the right that they are almost making fun of him, the juxtaposition with Leslie’s character, who leans far left, creates for more than comedy — it creates a satirical discussion of political issues. The show’s co-creator and executive producer Michael Schur, reported by the Huffington Post, said that was intentional. “We have never said the words Democrat or Republican on the show, and we never will,” Schur said. “We are aided by the fact that many city council elections don’t have party affiliations, so that’s one thing that’s good. We don’t try to avoid issues at all. In fact, I think we try to use

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Variety of tablet models top wish lists this season BY ZEFAN ARAYA STAFF WRITER

When the first iPad was released in 2010, it came with many skeptics. Little did they know that tablets would become the ultimate tool to watch movies, read books and even take notes for class, all in one device. Two years later, they are on the top of many Christmas wish lists, and they’re not just made by Apple. Below are five tablets on the market this holiday season.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD At $199, the Kindle Fire is one of the most cost-effective tablets on the market this holiday season. Though the Kindle was originally meant as just an e-book reader, it has come a long way since then. It can now be used for social networking, watching movies and other basic Internet functions. Students can also upload their textbooks onto their Kindle, which is where its roots as an e-book reader pay off. The Kindle allows readers to look up words and highlight certain sections; its screen also makes it easy to read the text. However, Ben Kraatz, freshman in Engineering, believes the Kindle Fire HD is weaker than other tablets on the market, and noted it doesn’t have a camera. “The Kindle Fire is for the low price and the Amazon services,” Kraatz added.

Google Nexus 10 The Nexus 10’s $399 price

tag puts it at just about average for a 10-inch tablet of its quality. Despite its alleged weak battery life, the tablet received rave reviews. The Nexus 10 received 4 stars on CNET, which described it as “one of the best designed tablets around.” The Nexus 10 also runs on the Android 4.2 operating system. Brad Smith, freshman in LAS, prefers the Android OS. “It’s slightly more difficult to learn than the iPad, but it is much more customizable,” he said. He recommended some apps, such as Chameleon Launcher and GO Launcher, that allow customers to get the most out of customization. Unlike iPad apps, most Android apps are free. One of Android 4.2’s most anticipated features is the new Photo Sphere, which allows users to take pictures spanning 360 degrees.

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity This tablet also runs on Android OS, but its price runs significantly higher than the Nexus 10 at $499. What makes it a “transformer” is that the tablet can attach to a keyboard to change it into a netbook. The keyboard doesn’t come with the tablet, however, and costs about $150 extra. The Transformer Pad Infinity, as a tablet, has been commended for its HD screen and its 2-megapixel frontfacing camera.

iPad Mini The $329 7.9-inch iPad Mini is

significantly less expensive than the full 10-inch iPad, but Kraatz believes it’s just as powerful. “Although it doesn’t fall into the same price range of ... other similar tablets, it’s better than those cheaper tablets,” he said. The iPad mini has the same features as the iPad, and also has an extra inch of screen compared with other tablets of similar size. Unlike other tablets, it also has access to iBooks, making it “just as good as a bigger tablet,” said Kraatz.

Microsoft Surface With the Surface being Microsoft’s first attempt at a tablet, pricing it at $499 (and $899 for the Pro version) is a bold decision. Microsoft’s new tablet also runs on Windows 8, which is meant to further enhance the true netbook experience. Though Windows is the most popular operating system in the world, Kraatz believes that may not be a smart choice. “Windows 8 has received a lot of criticism because it is made for both tablets and desktops and is thus compromised in both ways ... the user interface is the main problem,” he said. The Windows App Store has a somewhat limited selection; however, the Surface links well with a keyboard and has a USB port, making it one of the highest rated tablet/netbook hybrids.

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Firehaus Fries bring friends together during mealtime BY TAYLOR ELLIS STAFF WRITER

For anyone who is a lover of french fries — or anything fried for that matter — Firehaus Fries served at Firehaus Restaurant and Bar are worth a try. Located at 708 South Sixth Street, Firehaus has been serving this crispy dish for years, making it a staple among students. According to Ian Joaquin, kitchen manager at Firehaus for the past two months, Firehaus Fries are one of the most popular items on the menu and are meant to be an appetizer shared among friends because of the hefty portion size. “One order of fries is way too

much for one person, especially with burgers too,” Joaquin said. To begin, a large heaping of fries are laid into a basket; however, these aren’t your average fries from McDonald’s — they have a crispy coating that set them apart. Once the fries are ready to go, toppings including cheese, ranch dressing, green onions and bacon are layered on top of the potatoes. Joaquin, a lover of Firehaus Fries himself, explained that many customers will share the fries and several other appetizers instead of ordering a main entree. “A lot of people will get it along with other stuff,” Joaquin

said. “If there’s four people eating together, they’ll get Firehaus Fries and other things to split between them.” While the Firehaus Fries are consistently served during the restaurant’s busiest hours, the dish is especially popular during football season in the fall when students need a little pick-me-up after a long day of tailgating. So whether it’s your love of french fries or the unique toppings, Firehaus fries may please even the most picky french fry connoisseur.

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Britain will have new #royalbaby: William, Kate expecting their 1st child BY CASSANDRA VINOGRAD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LONDON — Britain doesn’t have to wait any longer: Prince William’s wife, Kate, is pregnant. St. James’s Palace made the announcement Monday, saying that the Duchess of Cambridge — formerly Kate Middleton — has a severe form of morning sickness and is currently in a London hospital. William was at his wife’s side. The news drew congratulations from around the world, with the hashtag “royalbaby” trending globally on Twitter. The couple’s first child will be third in line to the throne — behind William and his father, Prince Charles — leapfrogging the gregarious Prince Harry and possibly setting up the first scenario in which a female heir could benefit from new gender rules about succession. The palace would not say how far along the 30-year-old duchess is, only that she has not yet reached the 12-week mark. Palace officials said the duch-

ess was hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that affects about 1 in 200 women and can lead to dehydration or worse if left untreated. They said she was expected to remain hospitalized for several days and would require a period of rest afterward. Until Monday’s announcement, the duchess had shown no signs of being with child. She was photographed just last week bounding across a field clad in black highheeled boots as she played field hockey with students at her former school. Still, speculation has swirled about when she and William would start a family from almost the moment they were wed on April 29, 2011, in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The attractive young couple is immensely popular, and their child is expected to play an important role in British national life for decades to come. In September, tongues wagged over why she might be avoiding

alcohol when the duchess opted to toast with a glass of ice water instead of champagne during a banquet in Singapore. Last week, the rumor mill kicked into high gear when a beaming William accepted a baby outfit from a well-wisher that bore the phrase, “Daddy’s little co-pilot.” “I’ll keep that,” he reportedly said. The confirmation of Kate’s pregnancy caps a jam-packed year of highs and lows for the young royals. They have traveled the world extensively as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and weathered the embarrassment of a nude photos scandal, after a tabloid published topless images of the duchess. British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted he got a headsup about the pregnancy, saying he found the news “quite difficult” to keep to himself and expressing confidence the young couple will make “absolutely brilliant parents.”















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No more fees, text for free Give your wallet a break, download these apps BRIAN YU Technograph columnist







Dec. 3, 1992, a 22-year-old engineer in England named Neil Papworth sent the world’s fi rst text message, reading “Merry Christmas,” from his computer to his friend’s phone. Yesterday, on the 20th anniversary of texting, more than 20 billion texts were sent from phones worldwide. What was designed as a simple way for interoffice contact has developed into the world’s most preferred form of communication, with a whopping 92 percent of smartphone users favoring texts over email and social networking messaging services. Despite texting’s wide use, or perhaps because of it, cellular service providers continue to outrageously overcharge for their texting service plans. An average text message consists of around 140 bytes of data yet costs an average of 20 cents to send. This leads to a cost of nearly $1,500 per MB of data sent, making it more costly to send a text than to receive the same amount of data from the Hubble Telescope, which is in orbit over 350 miles above the Earth’s surface. But since the advent of smartphones and data plans, there have been free texting applications that can be used as a much cheaper alternative. Here are three applications that I recommend you use in lieu of a texting plan: 1) textPlus: This texting app is available for almost all smartphones, including those that use Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system. It provides you with a free telephone number which you can make calls from as well as send and receive texts. It also supports group and photo messaging and can work off your data plan or Wi-Fi. 2) imo: This app is more than just a texting app, allowing you to link your other social messaging accounts including GTalk, Facebook and Skype. You can message your contacts from these services from your phone as well as send photos, videos and voice messages. 3) WeChat: As well as being a free texting app, WeChat has a unique “shake” feature that allows you to share photos, contact info and other multimedia fi les with users near you. It also has a “look around” feature that sees how close other users of the app are to you. It is amazing how cellphone carriers can continue to raise the price for providing a service running on 20-year-old technology. Luckily for us, mobile phone app developers have our back with these free alternatives.

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Illinois’ C.J. Maestas competes on the pommel horse during a meet at the Huff Hall on Jan. 28. Maestas tore his tricep and will sit out the entire 2013 season.

‘We’re not the same team anymore’ Coach, Maestas confident despite top gymnast’s season-ending injury BY JEFF KIRSHMAN SPORTS EDITOR

It was an injury waiting to happen. At Kenney Gym, sophomore standout C.J. Maestas was working on adding air flares to his floor routine. After finally landing the skill, Maestas, ever the perfectionist, requested one more go-around. The decision proved devastating, as the gymnast planted on the ground after his right arm lost stability. Maestas looked down at his elbow, bent the opposite way, and imme-

diately popped it into place. Maestas had torn his tricep, resulting in “an instant burning on my arm. The worst pain of my life.” He received surgery on the elbow Nov. 20. Maestas, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year, will miss the entirety of the 2013 season. He won the NCAA’s still rings title last season as a true freshman and was slotted to anchor five of the Illini’s six events this season. Spring said Maestas was irreplaceable and that the entire team will be responsible for helping fill

Maestas’ void if the Illini are to repeat as national champions. He pointed to senior Yoshi Mori, who finished sixth in the all-around in April’s NCAA Championships, as someone who will need to step up in Maestas’ absence. “We’re not the same team anymore,” Spring said. “Every guy who was seventh in an event is now in our lineup. It’s an early setback, but the team is ready to rise to the occasion.” Spring said the severity of the injury could be attributed to an incident Maestas went through before attending Illinois. Maestas initially injured his right elbow while sitting atop his friend’s shoulder in high school before falling from his friend’s

6-foot-2 frame and striking the tip of his elbow perfectly from the fall. Maestas never sought medical attention following the fall, which led to scar tissue instead of healed bone. Working on the air flares, Maestas said, was one of many exercises that may have triggered the tear. “There are times where I just stare at the floor and think, ‘What if?’ But you can play the whatif game all day,” he said. “What if I hadn’t made that last turn? What if it had happened on something else? What if I hadn’t come to practice that day? Whatever the case is, I still would have still got-

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Sophomores Crawford, Smith flourish under up-tempo system BY MICHAEL WONSOVER STAFF WRITER

When the Illinois women’s basketball team hired Matt Bollant as the program’s new head coach in March, changes were clearly going to be made. Perhaps the biggest change of all was introducing Bollant’s fast-paced system, a scheme that thrived during his five-year tenure at Wisconsin-Green Bay. The system encourages shooting and aggressive offensive play to go along with Bollant’s in-your-face Buzz defense. The ball, just like the players, is in constant motion. The team has quickly responded to the new style of play. Although only seven games into the season, Illinois is second in the Big Ten in points per game at 76.1 and assists per game at 17.7. The Illini finished near the bottom of both categories last year. No one has benefitted more from the new system than sophomore guards Alexis Smith and Ivory Crawford. The pair has accounted for nearly one-third of the Illini’s scoring and over

half of the team’s assists. Just a year ago, the duo had distinctly different roles. Crawford, ranked as the No. 88 recruit in the country coming out of high school, was given a chance early by then-head coach Jolette Law. As a freshman, Crawford started 23 contests, averaging 21 minutes per game. Despite receiving plenty of playing time out the gate, Crawford struggled to find immediate success. She made modest contributions last season, averaging 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. “It wasn’t that I was frustrated. I think it just didn’t fit us as a team,” Crawford said of Law’s system. “I think it just wasn’t working out.” Smith, on the other hand, was forced to ride the bench for most of the season. The West Islip, N.Y., native appeared in 19 contests, playing only 5.6 minutes per game. She struggled to find a rhythm in her limited time on the court, scoring 19 points all season while totaling five assists and 19 turnovers. Smith didn’t complain. Instead,

she looked at the positives. “I would say for me it was a learning experience,” Smith said. “It was frustrating that we couldn’t win, but it’s OK because I got all that time to learn. It worked out for me, I learned a lot. Maybe I didn’t get the most playing time, but my teammates were still there.” Law’s dismissal in early March after five seasons at Illinois and Bollant’s hiring breathed life into the games of Crawford and Smith. The duo has their fingerprints all over the Big Ten leaderboards in the early going this season. Smith leads the Big Ten in assists per game at 7.4, narrowly trailing Charlotte’s Ny Hammonds, who leads the nation with 7.8. Smith is also ninth in the Big Ten in assist-turnover ratio at 1.5. Bollant said he saw Smith’s potential before the season even began by watching her practice. “We get to see them the whole month of October. We practice two-and-a-half hours or so,” Bol-



Illinois’ Ivory Crawford (22) and Alexis Smith (23) attempt to trap their opponent during the Illini loss to Colorado at Assembly Hall on Saturday. Crawford and Smith have both taken significant steps forward this season.

Men’s basketball assistant provides insight against his former head coach Illinois expects multiple defensive styles, thorough preparation from Western Carolina BY ETHAN ASOFSKY SENIOR WRITER

Twenty-two years ago, Western Carolina head coach Larry Hunter, then the coach at Ohio, traveled an hour and 40 minutes to Cambridge, Ohio, for a Ford family dinner. His recruiting target was current Bradley head coach Geno Ford, and sitting at the dinner table right next to him was Geno’s brother — current Illinois assistant coach Dustin Ford. Both Fords went on to play for Hunter at Ohio, and Dustin even followed Hunter to Western Carolina, where he got his start coaching at the college level. He then returned to his alma mater

in 2009 to work on current Illini head coach John Groce’s Bobcats coaching staff. As the No. 13 Illinois men’s basketball team seeks its ninth straight win and a chance to remain undefeated during Tuesday’s game against Western Carolina, a small branch off Ohio’s long-standing coaching tree will dictate the sidelines at Assembly Hall. For the occasion, Groce has tasked his longest-tenured assistant with a responsibility that hits close to home. Ford will be the Illini’s lead scout for Tuesday’s game against Hunter’s Western Carolina squad. “I’ve known him since I was 12 or 13 years old. It goes back, way

back,” Ford said. “I’m grateful he gave me my start in the business. He gave me a chance to play at this level. He’s done a lot of things for me not only in my career but personally. He’s like a second dad, to be honest.” Ford had difficulty comparing his mentor’s chiseled 20-year trek as a head coach to Groce’s fiveyear resume, but he said both are unique player-first coaches with top-flight preparation. That’s why Groce isn’t overlooking Hunter’s squad, which was picked in the preseason to finish second in the Southern Conference behind Davidson, who the Catamounts took to overtime in their conference championship game last season as both teams fought for an NCAA tournament bid. Davidson won the matchup and moved on to the postseason, but Western Caro-

lina returns seven of its nine players from last season, including redshirt junior Trey Sumler, who is currently averaging 18 points and 4.6 assists per game. “They’re older. They’ve got a lot of juniors, a lot of guys who were on that team last year,” Groce said. “They’ll be challenging for sure. We’ll see mostly man-to-man, could see some zone, which at this point is good for us because we’ve seen all kinds of different styles of play, and that’s been good for our team’s development and growth.” The Illini could also play some zone after matchup problems during Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech forced Groce to switch to a traditional 2-3 approach. The Yellow Jackets passed the ball into the post at will while the Illini were playing

man-to-man during the first half, but the Illini pressured the ball and forced crucial turnovers late in the game after Groce switched to a zone. Illinois stuck with the zone for the latter part of the second half, playing 19 second-half possessions (roughly 25 percent of Georgia Tech’s total offensive possessions) in the defensive format. Western Carolina’s 6-foot-8, 245-pound junior Tawaski King could provide similar low-post difficulties as Georgia Tech’s big men, and if it becomes necessary to make a switch, the Illini will be ready with their secondary defense. “I don’t think teams were expecting us to play zone,” senior guard D.J. Richardson said.

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not really sure why the “Sports Illustrated” staff didn’t ask for me to write a celebrity column about who should win its 2012 Sportsman of the Year award, the magazine’s highest honor. SI went ahead without me and picked LeBron James thanks to an NBA title, an Olympic gold and an NBA MVP. I respect James, and he’s matured an unfathomable amount since the debacle of his infamous “Decision” in 2010. But another athlete was overlooked — someone who also made a huge decision in 2010 and has also grown up a lot since then: gymnast Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around and team gold medalist. In July 2010, James made a gaudy showcase of his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami in a one-hour ESPN special in which he turned the phrase, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” a national catchphrase. Just a few months later, Douglas convinced her mom that she needed to move 1,200 miles across country from Virginia to Iowa to train with Liang Chow, who coached 2008 Olympic standout Shawn Johnson. Douglas, who was talented yet barely known, decided to leave her family and friends to stay with a host family and practice. Most people, even Chow himself, were skeptical that she had what it took to win gold. Douglas and James are both athletes who made decisions that drastically changed their lives, decisions that they each thought were crucial to their dreams of becoming champions. James was 25 when he made his decision. Douglas was 14 when she made hers. James spent his two years closely watched by scrutinizing American fans as he attempted to weave his way back into the country’s good graces and bring Miami an NBA title. Douglas spent her time under the stern regime of Chow and the critical gymnastics world, where she was constantly overshadowed by gymnastics star Jordyn Wieber. When it came time for the London Olympics, James had already redeemed himself with an NBA title. Douglas, meanwhile, was seen as an inconsistent performer, incapable of dethroning Wieber, her American teammate and the defending all-around world champion. Douglas performed at her absolute best in London, nailing nearly all of her routines during preliminaries, team finals and all-around finals. She got tired as the competition dragged on and didn’t win any individual event medals, but that doesn’t change how she made history. Douglas became America’s sweetheart overnight, as she wowed the world with her dazzling smile, boundless energy and flawless routines. She risked her entire childhood and truly embodied an American champion. She’s known for her sassy personality, doing Dougie on national television and jawdropping release moves on the uneven bars, which is where she claimed the nickname of the “Flying Squirrel.” Douglas made history as the first African-American woman to win the all-around gold medal and as the first American woman to win the all-around and team gold medal. All three previous American all-around gold medal winners — Nastia Liukin (2008), Carly Patterson (2004) and Mary Lou Retton (1984) — claimed silver in the team competition. Douglas’ success will inspire millions of young girls across the world, African-American or not. She has made a commitment to help inspire and educate young girls to be successful. And she’s only 16 years old. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the law that leveled the playing field for female athletes and scholars. Douglas would have been the perfect pick for Sportswoman of the Year. She truly embodies how much women’s athletic opportunities have advanced in the past 40 years. James still has a ways to go before he’s the most accomplished basketball player of all time, but Douglas can take the gymnastics crown.

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“I think when Montee made the decision to come back and spoke up last year in the Rose Bowl locker room, we all knew we wanted to get back to Pasadena, (Calif.)” Bielema said. “When he did that, I think it spoke volumes to all the people around him.” With losses in the past two Rose Bowls by a combined nine points, the Badgers’ unlikely appearance against Stanford will pit them as the underdogs once again. “We love when people say you can’t,” Bielema said. “We heard it from a lot of different people. Lot of talking heads. “You just quietly store it away. ... Kind of walk softly and carry a big stick. When you have a chance to take a swing, take it hard.” With five weeks to prepare for the Cardinal, Ball’s and the Badgers’ hardest swing may be yet to come.

ten hurt. There are hard times, but the good always outweighs the bad.” As an athlete accustomed to playing a prominent role in his team’s success, spending the 2013 season, as a spectator won’t be an easy transition. His role as a vocal leader, however, should help ease the transition. Maestas served as one of the loudest members of last season’s national championshipwinning team, providing morale support and securing his status as one of the more selfless members of Illinois’ roster. Now that he’s limited to the sidelines, Maestas said, his voice will serve an even more prominent role. “I’ve always been a leader on the team,” Maestas said. “Whether I’m on the floor or not, I’m going to push these guys. I’m not going to isolate myself. This is my team, these are my guys. You could put me in a full-body cast and I’d still be wheeled out to be with them.” If there is a positive to take away from Maestas’ injury, it’s that his absence from the 2013 season will allow for his training to smoothly lead into a potential appearance in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Maestas would have had to train in an environment less conducive to success than as an Illini had he finished his collegiate career in 2015. With 2013 now serving as a gap year, Maestas’ senior season will take place in 2016, with the Olympic trials starting shortly after the end of the NCAA season. “You don’t have a lot of opportunities to get in and compete and raise your hand in front of a real judge for it to count very often once you’re out of the collegiate ranks because there’s not a lot of meets throughout the year domestically,” Spring said. “I guess you could say I got hurt at the perfect time, you know,” Maestas said. “I don’t like to say that, but I still got three more years until the Olympics.” The loss of Maestas is sure to hurt Illinois’ chances at repeating as national champions and, at the very least, diffuse the Illini’s No. 1 preseason ranking. Spring pointed to the Illini’s depth, which proved to make the difference at last season’s NCAA Championships when both Maestas and standout Paul Ruggeri were unable to secure key points on the high bar. Maestas, ever the optimist, expressed confidence that Illinois’ quest to repeat as national championships is still intact. Monday marked Maestas’ first day of rehab. He spent his first day out of the sling working on extending his arm, flexing and unflexing. “I have so much faith in my team,” Maestas said. “They’re amazing, amazing athletes, and I hope my spirit is still in the gym. I know it is.”

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lant said. “How they practice is how they play, eventually, that’ll show.” Bollant has especially been impressed with Smith’s recent performances, particularly in matchups against the oppositions’ point guards. “I was really pleased that she showed a lot of (potential) this last week,” Bollant said. “She had 14 assists in one game and 17 points the other game against (a point guard) in the ACC and (another point guard) in the Pac-12 — highly regarded point guards.” Smith attributed a lot of her improvement to Illinois’ new system. “I love everything. ... I think it fits us so perfectly,” Smith said of Bollant’s up-tempo offense. “And our defense, I love the Buzz, it’s so exciting to play. Just the aggression that we have on both ends of the floor is just exciting to play in.” As Smith has provided the distributing, Crawford has helped ignite the scoring. She has emerged as the Illini’s second leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, which also ranks eighth in the Big Ten. Crawford has contributed on the defensive end as well — pilfering 2.1 steals per game, which ranks ninth in the conference — while upping her rebounding average to 5.4 per game. Her free-throw percentage of 77.8 and 3-pointers made per game at 1.7 are good for 12th in the Big Ten. While the sophomores’ have achieved unforeseen success to start the season, senior forward Karisma Penn said she expected them to step up. “Before the season, I said that Alexis Smith was going to surprise people. I think she’s been doing that,” Penn said. “Ivory, I remember when I first watched her freshman year coming in, and everybody in the gym was just in awe of her talent, period.” Although Penn said she expected this kind of production from her teammates, Crawford didn’t even think she would improve this fast. “I had no clue it was going to be this way,” Crawford said. “I knew that I was going to make a change, but I didn’t know it was going to be this type of way. I thought I was going to be more of a defensive player and just get more steals, but now I’m more of an all-around player, just constantly running the floor offensively and defensively.” Penn said Crawford can be more consistent. The sophomore guard agreed, saying she must produce on a game-to-game basis. After scoring a career-high 32 points against Cleveland State, Crawford finished with only six points on 1-for-10 shooting in the next game against Tulsa. “I need to work on just having that game like I did against Wake Forest and Cleveland State and just have that consistency as a leader because my teammates are willing to look up to me,” Crawford said. Penn herself had similar success in her second season. She put up career-high numbers across the board, finishing the season averaging 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while breaking the single-season blocked shots program record with 78. But Penn saw a sharp decline in her play during her junior year. “You just have to have the want to (improve),” Penn said. “My (sophomore) year, I wanted it bad, I really wanted it. They have to have that same mentality every year and block out everything else. You know, just keep pushing through and fighting.” Bollant said he doesn’t expect Smith and Crawford to slow down anytime soon. “Those sophomores are going to be part of the core of this program,” Bollant said. “The exciting part is those guys getting better and having three years to build with them. And they’ve had to kind of be thrown into the fire because they have to play right now. They kind of grew up fast and learned on their way, and that’s a tough situation to be thrown in, but that’s where we’re at.”

Ball’s senior season includes running back’s 3rd trip to Rose Bowl BY DAN WELIN ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Earlier this year, senior running back Montee Ball made what he called one of the toughest decisions of his life — forego the NFL for his final season at Wisconsin. Having been told that he was a probable third-round pick affected his decision to return, but one more chance to win a Rose Bowl after coming up empty in his sophomore and junior seasons was also in the back of Ball’s mind. “Well, for me, that was one of the main factors coming back,” Ball said after Saturday’s 70-31 Big Ten championship game victory over Nebraska in Indianapolis. “I felt like there was a lot of unfinished business I can prove and also for this team.” An arrest for trespassing after refusing to leave a residence during the campus-wide event Mifflin Street block party last May and a concussion sustained as a result of an assault by three men in an unrelated incident in August weren’t on the list of things to do in his final season. While all the off-the-field hoopla was going on, the Wisconsin athletic department was busy promoting the tailback’s Heisman campaign, dubbed, “This Fall Belongs to Ball,” one season after Ball finished fourth behind winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor. The Badgers then started the season with a less-than-impressive 3-1 showing, which included close victories over Northern Iowa, Utah State and UTEP, while mustering a mere seven points in a loss to Oregon State that aided in the eventual firing of offensive line coach Mike Markuson despite head coach Bret Bielema having just hired him in January. The Badgers’ sluggish offensive start in the first four weeks could also be attributed to the loss of six assistant coaches, four of which were on offensive end. On top of suffering his second concussion as many months in his team’s win over UTEP, Ball endured a lackluster start of his own. He gained over 400 yards, but had six less touchdowns than he had through four weeks last season. Though the Badgers finished the conference slate 4-4 (8-5 overall), including a blown 17-point lead at Nebraska and overtime losses to Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State,


Wisconsin running back Montee Ball holds up the Big Ten Championship trophy after Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 70-31 in Indianapolis on Saturday to guarantee a spot in the Rose Bowl. Ball eventually returned to form, amassing 1,168 yards and 15 touchdowns in the process. The offensive lapses and the inability to close out games that plagued the Badgers all season were absent in Saturday’s thrashing of the Cornhuskers. “He obviously came up with a game plan,” Bielema said of offensive coordinator Matt Canada after the Badgers’ 640-yard, nine-touchdown performance. “I’ve been impressed with his creativity ever since I’ve known him.” That creativity was on full display Saturday. The Badgers ran end-arounds, used Ball and fellow running back James White at quarterback, and had wide receiver Jared Abbrederis complete a pass to quarterback Curt Phillips, mirroring a play they ran in last year’s conference championship, when Ball hooked up with former quarterback Russell Wilson against Michigan State. “It was a mixed bag,” Bielema said of the play-calling. “Matt

kept talking about having an indoor game, being able to execute certain things.” He added with a smirk, “There were probably a couple we haven’t used yet either that will remain a little secret.” The Big Ten’s Rose Bowl Game representative has five losses and only reached the conference title game as a result of the ineligibility of Leaders Division foes Ohio State and Penn State for postseason play, but the Badgers took advantage of the opportunity and provided the conference with another wacky outcome in 2012 — blowing out what was thought to be the best eligible team in the Big Ten. “I don’t have a normal locker room,” Bielema said. “I’ve got a group of men that is uncommon in the way they go about their business. I knew the kind of room I had. That’s why today isn’t a big shock for me.” The way Ball overcame the adversity and helped his team didn’t surprise the seventh-year head coach.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Coach Lovie Smith says the Chicago Bears are still evaluating injuries to linebacker Brian Urlacher and several other players in Sunday’s overtime loss to Seattle. Smith indicated Monday that Urlacher pulled a hamstring on the game’s final drive, but backed away from that after a follow-up question. Urlacher told a Chicago TV station he was simply sore. Either way, the Bears (8-4) are banged-up. They had already lost guard Lance Louis to a season-ending knee injury in the previous game and ruled out Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee) during the week. They lost a few more players in a 23-17 loss to Seattle. Safety Chris Conte (illness) and receiver Earl Bennett (concussion) left the game, and cornerback Tim Jennings (shoulder) was injured on the final drive, a few plays before Urlacher hobbled off the field. Urlacher came up lame in coverage on the game’s second-to-last snap, a 12-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin

that put the ball on the 13. He was not on the field for Sidney Rice’s winning touchdown catch. Would Urlacher have been able to return had the hamstring issue cropped up earlier in the game? “Pulled hamstring?” Smith shot back. “What is your question again?” Asked if Urlacher actually has a pulled hamstring, Smith said, “Hamstring injury to take you out of the game? I’m asking you. What is your question?” Smith went on to say, “If you have an injury and you can’t play, we take you out of the game whenever that happens.” Urlacher told Fox Chicago on Sunday night: “It’s not an injury yet. It’s just sore. It’s a little bit sore right now. It’s sore right now. That’s all it is is sore right now.” The Bears’ next game is at Minnesota, their second against the Vikings’ in three weeks, and if Urlacher isn’t ready, Nick Roach would likely start at middle linebacker. The hamstring problem is just the latest issue for the eight-time Pro Bowl player. Urlacher was sidelined almost all of the preseason because of a knee injury and



Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is tackled by Chicago Bears safety Craig Steltz and linebacker Brian Urlacher in Chicago on Sunday. hasn’t been as explosive as he was in the past, although he did force an early fumble by Marshawn Lynch that led to the game’s first touchdown.

“Coach Groce did a good job of preparing us early in our practice days. I like the 2-3 zone. I think it’s pretty active. The way he showed us 2-3 zone, I’ve never really played it like that.” Actually, Richardson hasn’t really played zone much at all. The system is nearly extinct in college basketball aside from a few outliers, but Richardson and fellow senior Tyler Griffey both said it fit the current roster’s personnel. Even in their final year with the program, the two seniors were willing to adopt a different style of play and embrace it to help the team. That’s been the force behind Groce’s style thus far, and for Ford, it’s oddly familiar. “Both guys have won a lot. Both do it their own way,” Ford said. “At the end of the day they’re both really, really good coaches.” Ford is the latest to instill topflight preparation into his scouting. Maybe it’s just an Ohio thing.

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Balconies off every bedroom

904 W. Stoughton


F !" !" !" """

42in. flat screen in some units, desk+chair, covered parking

508 E. Clark, C


B "" !" !" """

Laundry on site

1102 W. Stoughton


F "" !" !" """

42 inch flat screen in some units, computer desk and chair

408 E. Green, C.


F !" !" !" """

Intercom entry, remodeled bathrooms

1004 W. Stoughton


F "" !" !" """

42 inch flat screen in some units, computer desk and chair

106 S. Coler, U.


F !" !" !" """


1009 W. Main


F "" !" !" """

42 inch flat screen in some units, computer desk and chair

55 E. Healey, C.


F !" !" !" """

Parking & internet included

303 W. Green, C.


F !" !" !" """

Guest parking lots, balconies off bedrooms

507 W. Church, C.


F !" !" !" """

$365, includes water and one parking

505 S. Fourth, C.


F "" !" !" """

Laundry on site, Balconies

610 W. Stoughton, U.


F !" !" !" """

$510, includes water & one parking

1106 W. Stoughton, U.


F !" !" !" """

Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances

1004 S. Locust, C.


F !" !" !" """

$540 & $655, parking $40

805 S. Fourth, C.


F "" !" !" """

Laundry on site

1106 S. Second, C.


F !" !" !" """

$515, includes water, parking $50 -$70

911 S. Locust, C.


F "" !" !" """

Laundry on site

507 W. Church, C.


B !" !" !" """

$490- $525, includes water and one parking

56 1/2 E. Green, C.


F "" !" !" """


511 W. Church, C.


B !" !" !" """

$520-565, includes water and one parking

410 E. Green, C.


F !" !" !" """

Lots of updates, must-see units!

58 E. Armory, C.


F !" !" !" """

$890, includes one parking

621 E. Green, C.


F !" !" "" """

Skylights, jacuzzi tubs, balcony off every bedroom

201 E. Armory, C.


F !" !" !" """

$950, parking $60

1109 W. Stoughton, U


F "" !" !" """

Patio/Balcony, Skylights

53 E. Chalmers, C.


F !" !" !" """

$1100, parking $40

619 S. Wright


F !" !" "" """

You can\â&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get closer to the quad!

1004 S. Locust, C.


F !" !" !" """

$660-$870, parking $40

1009 W. Clark, U.


F !" !" !" """

$775, includes one parking

1010 W. Clark, U.


F !" !" !" """

$865, includes one parking

1012 W. Clark, U.


F !" !" !" """

$775, includes one parking

511 W. Church, C.


B !" !" !" """

$685-$745, includes water and one parking

201 E. Armory, C.


F !" !" !" """

$1305, parking $60

Burnham 310 310 E Springfield C. 1,2,3

Castle on Locust 1007 S. Locust, C.


1,2,3,4 1,2

Gillespie Management, Inc.


B !" !" !" !""$99 deposit, prices start @ $420/mo.


Country Fair Apartments 2106 W. White St., C.


F !" !" !" !""Pet friendly, individual leases, fitness, movie theater

Capstone Quarters/Green Street Realty 1901 N. Lincoln Ave.

Smith Apartment Rentals

F !" !" !" """

Cable & internet included


B "" !" !" !""FREE Heat, Digital Cable & High Speed Internet


Tenant Union

U of I Tenant Union

U "" "" "" """

The Tower at Third

302 E. John St., Champaign 2

Wampler Property Management

217-333-0112 Free! Check Landlord Complaint Records & Lease Review!


F "" !" !" !""1 block from Green. Individual leases. No cap on utilities.

709 W. Green, Urbana


F !" !" !" """

Internet Included

901 S. Second, Champaign


F !" !" !" """

Cable and Internet Included

505 S. Busey, U.


F "" !" !" """

302 S Busey, Urbana


F !" !" !" """

Internet included

711 W. Main, U.


F "" !" !" """

709 W. Green, Urbana


F !" !" !" """

Internet Included

808 W. Nevada, U.


U "" !" !" """

302 S Busey, Urbana


F !" !" !" """

Internet Included

406 E. Clark, C.


F "" !" !" """


604 E. Clark, C.


F "" !" !" """

Klatt Properties


F !" !" !" !""Most Utilities Paid

807-809 W. Illinois, U


F "" !" !" """

204 E. Clark, C.


U "" !" !" !""Most Utilities Paid

106 E John


F "" "" !" """

Klatt Properties



Newly Rennovated

Hardwood floors.

Play. Record. Refresh. Take Control.






Deck Z

Take Control.

The Daily Illini: Volume 142 Issue 67  

Tuesday December 4, 2012

The Daily Illini: Volume 142 Issue 67  

Tuesday December 4, 2012