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Union fights against campus wage program

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SEIU’s concerns stem from past wages, which were below inflation BY AUSTIN KEATING STAFF WRITER

Behind the walls of the Busey-Evans dining area, cook Gloria Von Behren lays out the batter for the morning’s breakfast on a stove: chocolate chip pancakes. Her carefully guided hand tilts the ladle to form a medium-sized, sizzling circle. Behren, a second-generation

chef for the University, is 51 years old and has been a food service employee for 17 years. In that time, she has worked at every dining hall on campus, but while she loves her job, she feels she deserves more. Behren belongs to the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, Local 73, which represents more than 800 employees at the University. She, along with 91 percent of SEIU members who voted on Jan. 25, opted to give the union’s bargaining team the power to decide whether to strike. Her reasoning, as she put it: “We can’t keep going backwards.” As Behren dunks her ladle

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Food service workers wage negotiations continue ZACH DALZELL DAILY ILLINI

Owl City performs at The Canopy Club on Sunday. Adam Young, vocalist and founder of Owl City, opened the show with the song “Speed of Love.”

Theater groups hold benefit show ‘Art for Art’s Sake’ raises funds to help nonprofit for the mentally disabled BY JANELLE O’DEA STAFF WRITER

Three student theater groups held their third annual benefit production Friday in support of The Awakenings Project,

a non-profit that encourages those with mental disabilities to use art as therapy. The registered student organizations — the New Revels Players, Penny Dreadful Players and The What You Will Shakespeare Company — joined with the non-profit to host “Art for Art’s Sake,” a benefit theater production held in the Gregory Hall auditorium. The event drew more than 100 members of the University community and raised $700.

The theater groups collaborate on the fundraiser every year, but each year a different group handles the event planning. This year, the benefit was produced by the New Revels Players. Members of all three groups wrote, directed and produced eight shows for the production with the exception of one play written by Robert Lundin, co-founder of The Awakenings Project. The group also decided to add a concert by the band

Chief to the beginning of the show and moved the event to Gregory Hall from its former location at University Place Christian Church. “We decided to change the venue because it’s a more central location, and it gives it more of a theater feel,” said John Pollard, president of New Revels Players and junior in LAS. Charity events such as

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Mascot results won’t be released until ruling

University food service employees make up about a quarterof the membership of the SEIU on campus. And wages, the last major hurdle in negotiations between the SEIU and the University, revolve around this group. Ricky Baldwin, lead negotiator for SEIU, said food service laborers work full time for almost eight months a year and claims the hourly wages they receive aren’t enough.

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Jazz music filled Memorial Stadium’s Colonnades Club on Saturday night as gentlemen in crimson and cream suits clinked glasses and welcomed each other back to campus. Kappa Alpha Psi alumni, who had pledged as long ago as the year

1952, sat side by side with current members of the fraternity at a banquet to celebrate the first centennial anniversary of an African-American fraternity at the University. In 1913, nine members of the “Illio Club,” the only student group of African-American men on campus at the time, became the first African-American fraternity at the University and the second chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in the country. On behalf of the University administration, Renee Roma-

no, vice chancellor of student affairs, gave an address commemorating the history of the fraternity. “Can you imagine what this campus was like in 1913?” she asked. “Nine men came together and felt they deserved the best education the world had to offer, so they came to the University of Illinois. They weren’t only going to come here and spend their time, they were going to leave a mark — one that lasted 100 years.”

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The results of Campus Spirit Revival’s new symbol contest will not be released until a challenge the group Stop Campus Spirit Revival filed in University moot court is addressed, student senators said Sunday. In 2011, the senate passed a binding resolution supporting the efforts of Campus Spirit Revival, then known as Students for a New Mascot. But Jim Maskeri, Illinois Student Senate chairman, said the group Stop Campus Spirit Revival claims that resolution was inconsistent with a 2008 referendum the senate posed to the student body. The referendum asked if students thought the Chief should be reinstated, and students voted 7,718 to 2,052 in favor of the discontinued mascot. “All resolutions are binding on the student senate until they are repealed,” Maskeri said. “The current decision of the student senate is to hold off on releasing that (contest result) information until moot court either throws out the case, or issues a hold on the information, or overturns the resolution.” Maskeri said he thinks the court will decide this week. Thomas Ferrarell, who operates Campus Spirit Revival, said he would not comment until a decision had been made.

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Champaign A 30-year-old male was arrested on the charge of selling tobacco to minors at Den Liquors, 608 S. Sixth St., around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Q Attempted burglary and criminal damage to property were reported in the 900 block of West Beardsley Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. According to the report, an unknown offender attempted to burglarize the victim’s residence, damaging a door in the process. Q A 19-year-old male was arrested on the charges of theft and minor in possession of alcohol at The Clybourne, 706 S. Sixth St., around 2 a.m. Wednesday. According to the report, the suspect was issued a notice to appear for stealing alcohol. Q

Urbana Q Theft was reported at the Holiday Inn, 1003 W. Killarney St., around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to the report, the victim was in town teaching and went to check out of the hotel on Friday. While he was checking out, he remembered that he left his phone in his hotel room so he went back to retrieve it, leaving his computer at the front desk. He came back, checked out and left to drive back home to Chicago. When he got home, he realized his computer was gone. He called the hotel and the computer was not found. Q A 19-year-old male was arrested on the charge of assault in the 1500 block of Hunter Street around 11 a.m. Saturday. According to the report, the two victims were allowing the suspect to live with them. One of the victims wanted the suspect to leave. The suspect then picked up a metal pole and threatened to hit both of the victims. The suspect was taken to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

University A 27-year-old male was arrested on the charge of driving with a suspended license near Fifth and John streets at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. According to the report, a patrol officer pulled the suspect over after running the car’s registration information through the police database. Q A 19-year-old male was arrested on the charge of possession of cannabis in the 1300 block of Gregory Drive at 2 p.m. Thursday. According to the report, police initially had questioned the suspect as part of a theft investigation. Q Theft was reported at the Hydrogen Liquefier Building, 1301 S. Oak St., at 11 a.m. Thursday. According to the report, an unknown offender had stolen a sheet metal gutter from the building. The gutter is valued at more than $300. Q

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SEIU FROM PAGE 1A into the batter for another round of pancakes, her free hand starts to tingle, a side effect from carpal tunnel syndrome. “We love what we do, or we wouldn’t stay, (but) this job wears us out,” she said. “I had a co-worker walking around for two years on broken feet because she was too afraid to go take some damn time off.” Behren said she and other SEIU food service workers only take sick leave sparingly because sick days reduce their pensions. These workers also say they’re at a disadvantage because they can only work full-time when school is in session. “We sacrifice for our jobs,” she said. “We lose our phones; we default on our loans. We can’t maintain (our livelihood) because there isn’t enough business during the (breaks). It hurts us immensely.” Ricky Baldwin, chief negotiator for SEIU, said food service employees work fulltime for seven and a half months per year. The rest of the year, they can either take intermittent work through the University or can choose to work part-time outside the University. “There are many additional opportunities for employees to work in the summer on events and camps,” said University spokeswoman Robin Kaler in an email. “Also, other departments often hire those employees for extra help during the summer.” However, Behren said food service workers struggle to find jobs during those breaks, which she referred to as “lay-offs.” “(Employers) will deny me jobs because I work at the University because they know that (after) my layoffs, I’m going to go back to the University,” Behren said. “There’s just not enough work to go around.” According to a report prepared by the University’s Labor & Employee Relations unit, cooks at the University who have worked for at least four years, like Behren, are paid in the top ten percentile in their labor market area. However, Behren said the $17.49 an hour she earns isn’t enough to make up for the losses she takes during her “lay-offs” and because of inflation. In 2006, Behren and the rest of SEIU say they had little to complain about when it came to wages; every year, they received a raise through the campus wage program. The program sets a flat rate, nonnegotiable pay increase given to most University workers to compensate for inflation. Union members departed from the program briefly in contract year 2007-2008, and they

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received a 3 percent increase that topped the campus wage rate of 2.5 percent. In 2008-2009, the union returned to the campus wage program. But that year, they received a 1.5 percent increase, which was below inflation. And when contract year 2009-2010 came, the campus wage program offered no raise at all. “Our people didn’t like that,” Baldwin said. “(They) started losing ground. It made it harder to pay the bills because the bills went up a certain amount due to inflation while their wages didn’t.” Kaler said the cuts to the campus wage program and various others were the result of budget cuts by the state. “ Wages were frozen, a nd m a ny Un iversit y administrators were furloughed from their jobs to ensure that the institution could make payroll for all employees,” she said. As a result of the contract year 2009-2010 campus wage, SEIU negotiators threatened to strike during contract negotiations and managed to work out a deal with the University. The union left the campus wage program and negotiated a “base rate” percentage increase with the University, agreeing that if the campus wage rate turned out to be higher than that base, they’d instead take the campus wage rate. If not, “we’d at least receive something,” Baldwin said. But now, during negotiations for the next contract, the University wants to put SEIU members back on the campus wage program. “With so much financial uncertainty in the state’s future, it’s important that all employee groups face the challenge together,” Kaler said. When negotiations resume Tuesday for the food service workers contract, Baldwin will continue to push for the SEIU to stay off the campus wage program. “We are asking for additional money to cover increases in health care and pension costs expected later this year as well as an adjustment for 2009 to 2010 in which the campus wage ran well below inflation,” he said. “So far, we are offered nothing for next year but the extremely open-ended campus wage, which could be announced arbitrarily as zero as in the past.” Behren said the “trickleup” campus wage program leaves food service workers with a disproportionate wage compared to University administrators. “We can’t keep playing a rich man’s game out of a poor man’s pocket,” she said. “We’re broke.”

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Members of The Awakenings Project perform a skit at Greg Hall on Friday. The skit shown is one of the many performances put on by The Awakenings projects Art for Art’s Sake, a fundraising project to aid artists with mental illnesses while also aiming to find outlets for their creative talents.

ARTS FROM PAGE 1A “Art for Art’s Sake” are typical of The Awakenings Project, an advocacy group that also seeks to give its artists a place to express themselves through its art studio in Elgin, Ill. Irene O’Neill, co-director of The Awakenings Project, said the organization’s goals are based on the research of K.R.

Jamison. “Researcher K.R. Jamison did amazing work with manic-depressive illness and artistic talent,” O’Neill said. “She showed, without a doubt, that there’s a link between manic-depressive illness and creative genius.” O’Neill said she didn’t accept herself after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder until she heard Lundin, who deals with schizoaffective disorder, speak several years ago.

One Awakenings artist, Mike Rudis, of Lemont, Ill., came to the event to see Lundin’s play and display some of his own art. “I have wanted to come for the past three years, but I could only make it this year,” Rudis said. “I wanted to display my art, and I’ve never been here. I like theater and wanted to see the band play, too.”

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Violence plagues Mardi Gras festivities BY STACEY PLAISANCE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS — Gunshots erupted in a crowd of bead-wearing, drink-carrying late-night revelers on Bourbon Street during the countdown to Mardi Gras, wounding four people and sending bystanders running and screaming. Hours later on Sunday, though, the same stretch was packed with partiers who said they weren’t letting the violence dampen their fun. In a video taken by a witness Saturday night and released the next day, the shootings are preceded by footage of people standing shoulder to shoulder in New Orleans’ famed tourist district, with some holding green plastic cups and wearing gaudy hats or masks. A section of the frame highlighted by police shows people jos-

tling and speaking with angry expressions. Police said in an email that the video depicts an argument involving one of the shooting victims and the suspects. Two men are seen leaving the argument and returning with a third, then approaching the victim as at least one of the suspects begins shooting, according to police. Four shots are heard in rapid succession, followed by screams as some in the crowd stagger into one another and a nearby wall. A man who police identified as one of the suspects is shown walking through the crowd with his arm extended as the gunshots are heard, though it’s difficult to make out a weapon. Police said Sunday that they were seeking the three men. The shootings wounded two

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Craig Stevens, a 1992 University graduate and alumnus of Kappa Alpha Psi, dances at Memorial Stadium’s Colonnades Club on Saturday night in celebration on the fraternity’s centennial. Brothers of the fraternity participated in events throughout the weekend.

In appreciation for the University’s support in allowing the fraternity to remain on campus for a century, chapter polemarch Rodney Simpson, the group’s executive officer, presented the University with plans for a bench that will be donated during Homecoming weekend next year. Brothers of the fraternity began their celebration Thursday with several service events, including a blood drive and Build-a-Bear Workshop. The stuffed animals from the event were personalized and donated to the children of The Swann Special Care Center, a home and school for individuals with the mental and physical disabilities. Simpson said one of the main objectives of the fraternity has always been to uplift the surrounding community and help where they can. “At the end of the day, if you’re not helping your community, then really what are you doing to create actual change?” he asked. “Our motto is achievement in every field of human endeavor. And that is something we can truly say, as a Beta chapter, we have upheld throughout our

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males and two females. One male victim hit in the abdomen, thigh and pelvis was in guarded condition Sunday after surgery the previous night, New Orleans Police spokesman Frank B. Robertson said. The second male was shot in the buttocks, one female was shot on the chin and right foot, and the second female was shot on the toe, according to Robertson’s statement. Those three were in stable condition. No ages or names were released. The shooting came on the last weekend of partying before Mardi Gras, the Fat Tuesday celebration that is the signature tourist event of the year in New Orleans. And for thousands, the partying continued despite the shooting. Parades rolled under cloudy skies Sunday before crowds of onlookers, though the shootings were on the minds of

some revelers. “It was very disappointing,” said New Orleans resident Carol Redmann-Bailey as she watched Thoth roll by. “I was disappointed and sad, but it seems like Bourbon Street stayed open. ... Let the good times roll.” New Orleans has been plagued for years by violent crime, including gun violence that has soared since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Parades rolled all day Saturday but none on Bourbon Street because the streets are too narrow. One of the biggest Mardi Gras parades, the Krewe of Endymion, rolled down a major thoroughfare and just skirted Bourbon Street a few hours before the shooting. Typically, once the parades end, partygoers head to the French Quarter.

American community,” he said. history of the past one hundred years.” Patterson said giving back to the comJames Montgomery, oldest present alumni of the fraternity and trustee for munity is not only the most important the University, gave the keynote speech thing he can do as a fraternity member at the banquet, addressbut also the most imporing current issues that tant thing he can do as an face urban black AmerAfrican-American man. ica and how the alumni As the fraternity began of Kappa Alpha Psi can their special rituals and give back to the Africanthe Kappa song played American community. loudly in the next room, “There is an obligaAnthony Wilson, current tion to give back some of member of the fraternity and senior in Busiwhat you have achieved,” he said. “It is critically ness, said he felt truly important that you spend honored and excited to (your capital) where you be a part of the centenhave the opportunity for nial celebration. it to come back into your “Members of our chapter, we always acknowlcommunity.” William Patterson, edge what our founders RODNEY SIMPSON, have represented, and alumni of the class of Chapter polemarch those are the same things 1984, called Montgomery’s speech extremely we are doing today,” he inspiring. said. “For me to be in chapter at a time “It was geared towards giving back like this is wonderful. I actually get to to the community and encouraging the see members who have paved the way men that are here to recognize the fact throughout Beta history the hundred that we have been given an opportu- years it has been here.” nity...and should use (our) success to bring finances back into the African- Corinne can be reached at cruff2@dailyillini.com.

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Mascot voting results need to be released soon to keep legitimacy, worth

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were supposed to know the results Friday — as illegitimate and botched as they may be — to the new mascot vote sponsored by the Illinois Student Senate and the RSO Campus Spirit Revival. The vote, which took place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, a week and a half ago, was complicated further with an additional “no change” option on the second day. As information trickles in regarding a University moot court case filed by the RSO, it is even more clear that the organizations involved with the vote are not being as direct as they should be. If they believed this vote to be as definitive as they seemed to make it, they should have alerted voters as soon as there was a possible delay of the results. At that, these organizations should have been transparent about the reason for the withholding, too — and not 10 days after voting ended. When the smoking ban referendum passed through student vote in November 2011, the results were released the day after voting concluded, as they should have been. That issue, although not as contentious as the one at hand, carried its weight among students. And its results were released within an appropriate time frame. Whether the results are released Monday or a year from now or never, voters deserve an explanation. The longer that this vote’s disclosure drags on, the less legitimate the vote becomes. Replacing the mascot, reviving the Chief and any other conversation about this topic will continually drag on, and students and alumni have made that fairly clear. Now, there is another referendum in the making to keep the Chief as the symbol of the University, despite the contest. Few are yet willing to let this go, and no one likely will until this issue is given the room to heal. The more we try to replace or fight to bring back the Chief, the longer these wounds are going to stay open. Matters of deep-seated cultural significance can take decades, centuries even, to heal. Regardless of any rational thought, issues like this can’t be resolved without time, especially if they are to be resolved democratically with, say, a vote. People on all sides of the mascot issue still think based on emotion and beliefs, not logic and reasoning. This way of handling situations like this is no different than the gun violence debates in Congress, or even slavery 150 years ago. Certainly, issues like this do require conversation, but it must be at the right time. If the time is not right, someone has to make that time, but no person, no organization has that power yet. Drag on as it may, the latest vote on the mascot issue has nearly reached the nadir of insignificance. A week ago, it may have been interesting at best to know which kraken design fared the best, but at this point, the vote is borderline worthless. If anything, answer us one question: where are the results? We want to know. Kind of.

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he gauntlet has been thrown down. Last week, fellow columnist Andrew Horton wrote about problems in the University’s mathematics department ... my department. He spoke of archaic teaching methods and awful professors he encountered in his math classes, while singing the praises of the physics and mechanical engineering departments. Frankly, it sounds like it’s time for a good old-fashioned opinions page showdown. Horton vs. Vandehey, one night only. No strawmen, ad hominem arguments or other hits below the belt. To begin, let me dispel the impression that the instructional quality of the mathematics department is lagging behind that of other departments. For my witnesses, let me call upon you — my dear readers — and your class evaluations. ICES form comparisons between mathematics and mechanical engineering (or physics) show that they are all about on the same foot: In some ways math is doing better, in some worse, but nothing horribly different. Mathematics generally has more instructors in the top 10 percent of faculty than mechanical engineering, but also has a couple more in the bottom 10 percent. In fact, when it comes to exceptional teachers, the math department is a bit of a hog. A mathematician has won the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching every year but one since 2003. Five faculty members from math (but only two from mechanical engineering) have earned the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching between 1995 and 2010. The math department is not, as Andrew implies, lacking in “instructors who are passionate about teaching.” And all of this has been hap-

pening at a time when outside pressures have made it increasingly harder, not easier, to teach mathematics. Due in large part to increasing demand from the College of Engineering, the mathematics department is teaching 16 percent more Instructional Units than five years ago, while its ranks of active faculty have declined. Surprisingly, ICES scores for the mathematics department are generally better today than they were five years ago. But this hasn’t addressed Andrew’s column itself yet, just the inferences one might draw from it. He makes two primary points: that the teaching methods of the mathematics department are outdated and that the very fact that he had any awful professors, let alone three in a row, should be a sign of something horribly wrong. On teaching methods, Andrew seems unaware of some programs in the mathematics department already enacting the exact suggestions he made. The LAS Top Ten Initiative is increasing the number of so-called active learning courses that focus on problem solving in small groups. The mathematics department and College of Engineering have also worked together to create a calculus class specifically tailored to the needs of engineering students. But lurking behind his arguments was one point that did make me start to twitch. Andrew criticizes “deriving theorems on the chalkboard in full formality.” Which theorems to state, which theorems to prove and how to motivate all these theorems are critical questions that the mathematical community should address, but Andrew skirts close to a just-teach-me-theformula philosophy that makes my skin crawl. The formula might be enough 90 percent of the time, but when it fails, it fails spectacularly and utterly. (Just ask all the students who try to apply l’Hôpital’s rule willy-nilly to every limit they see.) Andrew’s second main point is that the math department has some awful professors. I won’t deny it: I’ve had to TA for such a profes-

sor and basically reteach the entire class in my discussion sections. The relevant question is why such professors exist and what can be done about it. If we go back even just 40 or 50 years, universities placed much, much less emphasis on the teaching skills of professors. Once a bad teacher obtains tenure, the university’s ability to enforce high standards on them drops like a rock: some of these professors hang on to this day, and the university often can do little more than offer a good retirement package and hope they’ll take it. Departments also have post-docs and visiting professors who are simply not around long enough for the department to hold any serious threat over them. They can’t fire someone at the end of the semester if they won’t be here next semester anyway. In smaller departments this is less of a problem, but as the size increases, the presence of one, or even several, bad professors is almost a guarantee. Running into these teachers many times in a row isn’t a sign of a bad department — it’s sheer, dumb bad luck. Should you be in such a class, please do not just sit on your hands, muscle through it, and then write something nasty on the back of the ICES forms (only the professors themselves read it). Do not just write a bad review on RateMyProfessors.com and leave it at that. Do not just grumble to your fellow students. If you do those things, nothing will change for you, certainly not during that course. It might take years for enough data to accumulate to force the department to act. Instead, get up, go to head of the department, the head of undergraduate studies or an undergraduate adviser in the department and Tell. Us. About. It. We can’t fix something if we don’t know that it has gone wrong until six months later.

Joseph is a graduate student in Mathematics. He can be reached at vandehe2@dailyillini.com.

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Illinois Student Senate should speak out against Iran

Last week, the Illinois Student Senate made a motion to put a resolution that supported the prevention of a nuclear-capable Iran on the agenda for its weekly general meeting. This motion did not pass and the resolution did not even get on the agenda for discussion. According to the live-tweet feed of the meeting, Kevin Seymour, ISS treasurer, said: “This proposed resolution (regarding a nuclear Iran) is ridiculous. I urge you not to add this to the agenda.” Senator Christopher Dayton also said: “I understand the intent, but it’s not in our body to pass this. We cannot (discuss) this without further information.” I am writing to explain that this proposed resolution is in fact not ridiculous, as some claim it to be, and that it is the responsibility of the student senators to listen to their constituents and advocate on behalf of them. A nuclear-armed Iran would prompt a nuclear arms race in the

Middle East. A nuclear-capable Iran would likely further intensify its support of Middle East terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran could share its nuclear technology with anti-American terrorist groups, increasing the threat of nuclear terrorism. The U.S. has troops and bases all over the Middle East and in countries that neighbor Iran. The threat of a nuclear-capable Iran threatens U.S. interests and Western values and, therefore, threatens students on this campus. The ISS website opens with: “The Illinois Student Senate, or ISS, serves as the ‘Official Voice of the Student Body’ at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is committed to representing the views and needs of the student body to campus administration, local, state and federal governments.” It is important that the ISS recognizes what its job actually is: to advocate on behalf of the student body. The ISS wants to charge each student at the University $1 to fund its goals. But what is our $1 going toward? An organization that is only able to discuss internal matters: constitution-

al changes, nameplates and senate supplies. How is this a representation of the student body? Some might argue that a resolution in the senate is pointless. I beg to differ. Once passed, this resolution will be sent to Illinois members of Congress. As a flagship university, our voices on campus hold a lot of weight. Members of Congress have responded to resolutions in the past, and I expect no less from this resolution. Several other universities have passed resolutions in support of preventing a nuclear-capable Iran, including Indiana University, Northwestern University, Rutgers University and The George Washington University. Why is our senate unwilling to touch this resolution? It is important for the Illinois student senators to take a look at their own mission and think about why they decided to run in the first place. Was it to discuss budgetary concerns, or to make a difference on campus and represent the views of their constituents? ALANA RUBIN, junior in LAS

hen I was a senior in high school and on the verge of attending college, I received a lot of advice about how to “do college the right way.” Most people mentioned being open to new friends and experiences. Some people told me to always go to class. Others said that I had to get involved in some way or another. One thing everyone agreed upon, though, was that I had to have excellent time management skills. While I have been able to do all of that so far, I constantly struggle to balance all of it, often with varying degrees of success. The main reason for this struggle has been heavy involvement in a variety of clubs and activities on campus. Calling it a struggle makes it sound as if it’s all bad, but in reality being heavily involved in college has been both a blessing and a curse. For example, any time you join a club that requires more than a passive membership after signing up on Quad Day usually promotes new friendships in your life. This is something that I have been able to experience firsthand and is something I will always cherish. However, becoming overly involved in a number of clubs can make your ever-expanding friend group go from being a good thing to being an extra stressor in your life. What starts as an endless line of social events and relaxing hang outs can end with anxiety over whether to ditch your intramural team’s bar crawl for your club’s annual fundraiser. These are what many people would call “first world problems,” but they are problems nonetheless. Being involved makes it almost impossible to ever be bored. Depending on what you’re involved in, your weeknights can easily become filled with meetings, practices or performances. For the most part, this can be invigorating. Successfully managing all of this on top of school and your social life can be so rewarding, but sometimes — just sometimes — all you want to do is lay in bed, watch a little Jersey Shore and eat your Jimmy John’s in peace. The fact that I am 20 years old and just referenced Jersey Shore is telling as to how over-committed I am because I didn’t realize it permanently went off the air in December until writing this piece. Two short years ago I was scheduling my Thursday nights around the show as it was must-see-TV during my freshman year. Either way, this is a trade-off that must be made when balancing a busy life on campus and, for the most part, it is a good thing. Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that heavy involvement throughout college can open so many doors. At first, it can open doors on campus in and outside of your organizations to leadership positions, resumebuilding accomplishments and a general feeling of being a productive member of society. The accomplishments I have achieved outside of the classroom and in clubs have far outshined much of what I do in class. It has made me appreciate how important the 500-plus registered student organizations on campus can change the trajectory of anyone’s career — regardless of their ability to earn a 4.0 each semester. All it takes is dedication to paying your dues and a willingness to take on the challenges of leadership once in that role. Although this all sounds like an ideal situation, being a leader can have its downsides. For example, when a major issue or problem comes up requiring action on the part of someone in charge, it doesn’t matter if they have a test the next day, three papers to write or plans to go out that night. You have to be willing to be responsible whenever it’s necessary. While this seems reasonable, many college students would prefer to live up their college years when responsibility isn’t necessary — until graduation, that is. The key to surviving any of this is balance or at least the pursuit of balance. This might mean consciously scheduling time for different friend groups in your planner. It might mean cramming as much into one day so you can relax the next day over some Jimmy John’s and Honey Boo Boo. Or whichever show is relevant now. In the end it all evens out and we can all take comfort in knowing we will be working on this balance for the rest of our lives.

John is a junior in Media. He can be reached at jbuyss2@dailyillini.com.


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On Oct. 19, Gov. Pat Quinn, left; U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, center; and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., celebrate in Pontiac, Ill., after the Amtrak train they are riding reached 110 mph during a test run.

Despite critics, report supports high-speed rail BY JASON KEYSER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO — Hundreds of Midwest manufacturers stand to benefit from a web of high-speed passenger rail routes emerging from Chicago’s rail hub, according to a report released by an environmental policy group that has fought to defend the use of billions in taxpayer money on such projects. The report released Friday by the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center found that 460 manufacturers in seven Midwest states are poised to reap new business, along with a dozen more highly visible companies that make rail cars and locomotives. Those additional supply-chain manufacturers make everything from seats, couplers and bolts to ceiling panels, interior lighting and air horns. They also cut sheet metal, provide electronics and communications equipment, and supply track maintenance machinery. “What we’re seeing is that old-

line Rust Belt manufacturers are making the equipment for modern new rail cars,” the group’s director, Howard Learner, told The Associated Press. He said the “extraordinary” number of companies they found in the supply chain was nearly double what he expected. “It shows that the federal investment in high-speed rail modernization is good for manufacturing jobs, good for economic growth and good for the environment,” Learner said. Critics of the high-speed rail projects set in motion by President Barack Obama in 2009 with the help of $8 billion in stimulus money say they are expensive boondoggles. Opponents and skeptics include members of Congress, governors, policy experts and even some in the rail industry who doubt any of the planned routes will become profitable, especially given the political pressure to keep fares low. As a result, they argue, taxpayers will be on the hook for

years to help provide subsidies to keep the projects up and running. Kristina Rasmussen, vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute, rejected the notion that the new report provided evidence that the high-speed rail program would ever be a genuine and sustainable driver of economic growth. She said the businesses named were merely benefiting from what she called the government’s shifting of taxpayer money from one industry to another. “We can’t trust the government to pick winners and losers,” Rasmussen said. “Remember all of the businesses and industry that won’t have capital available because some politician took it away through higher taxes or borrowing and spent it on a politically favored group like high-speed rail.” Work on the Midwest program spreading out from Chicago already has sped trains up to 110 mph on at least some segments of the routes to Detroit and St. Louis.

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CHICAGO — Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral Saturday for a Chicago honor student whose killing catapulted her into the nation’s debate over gun violence. Yet one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best friend, an excellent student with dreams of going to college and a sometimes goofy girl with a bright smile and big personality. They said she was a typical teen who wanted to borrow her friends’ clothes and who never left home without her lip gloss. “You don’t know how hard this really is, and those of you who do know how hard this really is, I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Cleopatra Pendleton, Hadiya’s mother, told the packed South Side church. Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Jan. 29 as she stood with friends at a park about a mile from President Barack Obama’s Chicago home. The band majorette was among the performers during Obama’s inauguration. Police say Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting. Her godfather, Damon Stewart, said someone on Facebook had asked what made Pendleton’s death more noteworthy than those of more than 40 people who had already been slain in Chicago this year — many without so much as a mention in local newspapers.

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Cleopatra Pendleton, left, is consoled by her sister Kimiko Pettis on Jan. 30 in Chicago. Pendleton’s daughter Hadiya, 15, was killed in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not aiming at her. The response, he said, was obvious to him. “She’s important because all those other people who died are important,” Stewart said. “She’s important because all of those

lives and voices of those families who were ignored, she now speaks for them. ... I don’t believe in coincidence. God needed an angel. God needed to send somebody for us to change.”

Blizzard’s impact lingers in NE More than 300,000 still without power as area recovers from snowfall BY BOB SALSBERG AND DAVID KLEPPER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEWPORT, R.I. — Travel eased and life slowly returned to normal for most New Englanders after a massive blizzard, but many remained without power in cold and darkened homes as a forecast of rain brought a new worry: Weight piling up dangerously on roofs already burdened by heavy snow. The storm that slammed into the region with up to 3 feet of snow was blamed for at least 14 deaths in the Northeast and Canada and brought some of the highest accumulations ever recorded. Still, coastal areas were largely spared

catastrophic damage despite being lashed by strong waves and hurricane-force wind gusts at the height of the storm. Hundreds of people, their homes without heat or electricity, were forced to take refuge in emergency shelters set up in schools or other places. “For all the complaining everyone does, people really came through,” said Rich Dinsmore, 65, of Newport, R.I., who was staying at a Red Cross shelter set up in a middle school in Middletown after the power went out in his home on Friday. Dinsmore, who has emphysema, was first brought by ambulance to a hospital after the medical equipment he relies on failed when the power went out and he had difficulty breathing. “The police, the fire department, the state, the Red Cross, the volun-

teers, it really worked well,” said the retired radio broadcaster and Army veteran. Utility crews, some brought in from as far away as Georgia, Oklahoma and Quebec, raced to restore power to more than 300,000 customers — down from 650,000 in eight states at the height of the storm. In hardest-hit Massachusetts, where some 234,000 customers remained without power on Sunday, officials said some of the outages might linger until Tuesday. Driving bans were lifted and flights resumed at major airports in the region that had closed during the storm, though many flights were still canceled Sunday. The Boston-area public transportation system, which shut down Friday afternoon, partially resumed subway service and some bus routes on Sunday.

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Chinese New Year celebrations subdued to air concerns CHRISTOPHER BODEEN ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The annual Lunar New Year fireworks barrage in Beijing was notably muted Sunday following government appeals to reduce the smoky celebrations after air pollution rose to near catastrophic levels over recent weeks. Vietnamese and Korean communities were also celebrating the holiday, and in North Koreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital, Pyongyang, streams of residents offered flowers and bowed deeply before giant statues of national founder Kim Il Sung and his son and late leader Kim Jong Il. In Jakarta, Indonesia, where Chinese cultural observances had been suppressed before 1998, ethnic Chinese flocked to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest temple to pray for health and success. Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capital saw almost twice the number of smoggy days as usual in January, with levels of small particle air pollution going off the charts at times. That prompted calls for restraint, along with a reduction in the number of licensed fireworks sellers and the amount of fireworks on sale.

The fusillades that began on Lunar New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eve on Saturday night started later than usual but still grew to furious intensity at midnight. They also died out earlier than usual on Sunday morning, and relatively few explosions were heard during the day. Setting off fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits is a traditional part of the celebration that marks Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important family holiday. Sales of fireworks from Tuesday to Saturday fell 37 percent over the same period last year, from 410,000 cartons to just 260,000, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing figures from the city government. The city authorized 1,337 fireworks stands this year, down from 1,429 last year, and allowed 750,000 cartons of fireworks to go on sale, down from 810,000. The Beijing Daily, the city governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official newspaper, carried appeals last week for residents to hold off on fireworks celebrations, saying not doing so would significantly worsen levels of PM2.5 particle pollution forecast to be in the hazardous zone. City environmental bureau read-

ings showed levels well above 200 in most parts of the city Sunday, dangerous but still well below readings of more than 700 seen last month, when Beijing experienced 23 days of smog, up from 10 the previous January. Beijing was largely helpless in the face of the January smog, while schools canceled outdoor activities, some factories closed and government cars were ordered off the streets. Scores of people, especially the young and elderly, were treated at hospitals for respiratory problems, elevated blood pressure and heart complaints. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fireworks display created a thick haze that sent 2.5 microgram pollution levels as high as 1,500. Beijing on Saturday night also saw just 25 injuries and 83 fire emergencies related to fireworks, down almost 29 percent and 45 percent, respectively, from last year. Beijing permits fireworks displays over a 16-day period surrounding the Lunar New Year, but largely restricts them to suburban areas outside the densely populated city center.

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A man takes photos of fireworks at a neighborhood to celebrate on the Chinese Lunar New Year's Day on Saturday, in Shanghai, China. Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China.

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Sports Griffey leads Illinois to 57-53 victory at No. 18 Minnesota BY DAVE CAMPBELL THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Illinois’ Tracy Abrams shoots a 3-pointer over Minnesota’s Elliott Eliason with 18 seconds left to extend Illinois’ lead to the final score of 57-53 on Sunday in Minneapolis. The win was Illinois’ second in a row over a ranked team.

MINNEAPOLIS — Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night. Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four. Abrams came off the bench for the first time this season after failing to score against the Hoosiers. D.J. Richardson had 13 points and Brandon Paul added 10 points for the Illini, who ended a 10-game losing streak on the road against ranked Big Ten teams. Their last such win was three years ago at Wisconsin. Austin Hollins had 16 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers (17-7, 5-6), who lost for the sixth time in eight games and could find themselves out of the Top 25. Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points and 10 rebounds, but four turnovers, none more costly than with 50 seconds left and Illinois leading by a point. Double-teamed down low,

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After needing late-game heroics to defeat Minnesota on Jan. 28, the Illini women’s basketball team had the game in hand in the closing minutes against the Golden Gophers on Sunday. In front of 2,703 Assembly Hall fans in attendance at the Play 4Kay Pink Game, Illinois (14-9, 7-4 Big Ten) picked up where it left off in a 76-66 win over Minnesota (15-10, 4-7) on Sunday. The win is Illinois’ fourth in its last five games and second consecutive home victory after losing its first three Big Ten home games. Illinois was led by three 20-point efforts from junior guard Amber Moore (25), senior forward Karisma Penn (22) and senior guard Adrienne GodBold (20). “Really happy for our team,” Illinois head coach Matt Bollant said. “This is a great cause to play for, something to fight for. We’re a really good basketball team when we play with joy.” Just like the first time they met on Jan. 28, when Illinois won 91-86, the game was off to an uptempo start. The Illini scored with regularity in the early going, shooting 46.7 percent from the field by the under-12 minute media timeout. Minnesota shot only 2-for-7 from the field, but its 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line kept them close at a 15-10 deficit. After the fifth straight missed 3-pointer to begin the game by the Illini, the Gophers answered with a longball by freshman guard Mikayla Bailey to tie the game at 17-17 with 7:43 remaining in the half. Amber Moore ended a 7-0 Minnesota run with Illinois’s first 3-pointer of the game at 5:52 to give the Illini a 20-19 lead. An and-one layup by Mikayla Bailey with 3:31 remaining in the half ended a 10-0 Illinois run and cut the Gophers’ deficit to 27-21.

Moore’s third consecutive 3-pointer put Illinois up 32-22, its largest lead of the half, with 1:50 remaining. Illinois entered the break with a 32-27 lead, but if not for fouls, the lead could’ve been much larger. The Illini outshot the Gophers 40.6 percent to 30.4 percent in the first half, but Illinois attempted only four free throws compared to Minnesota’s 16. Senior forward Karisma Penn led Illinois in the first half with nine points and eight rebounds, shooting 4-for-6 from the field. Moore contributed 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in the first half. After scoring 37 points against the Illini on Jan. 28, sophomore guard Rachel Banham was limited to an 0-for-8 first-half performance from the field. “They pressured me a lot,” Banham said of what was different from her last game against Illinois. “I think they always had two people really close by, so I felt like I was always being trapped, or someone was flying out at me. They were better about doubling.” Banham was called for a flagrant one foul at the 17:16 mark of the second half after tripping sophomore guard Ivory Crawford following a steal. Crawford left the game briefly with a bloody nose. A steal and layup by Crawford at the 12:00 mark gave Illinois a 49-42 lead. After having only nine turnovers in the first half, Minnesota turned the ball over seven times in the first 8:27 of the second half. Illinois looked like it was going to pull away after GodBold hit a layup to put the Illini up 53-44, capping off a 12-4 Illini run. But Minnesota responded with three layups of its own, closing the gap to 53-50 at the 8:49 mark. Two free-throws by Banham,

a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Richardson, his third in the final four minutes of the half. That fueled a 20-4 run by the Illini that didn’t end until a dunk by Mbakwe well into the second stanza, ending a skid of more than 7 and a half minutes by the Gophers without a basket. As the only team in the nation with three wins over opponents ranked in the top 10 of the most recent Associated Press poll, the Illini have showed off their shooting-driven skills several times this season, with those wins over Butler, at Gonzaga and against Ohio State even before the takedown of Indiana. What they hadn’t done yet is prove they can play consistent enough defense to pull out gritty victories when the performance isn’t so pretty. Those losses at Purdue and at home against Northwestern could haunt them come NCAA tournament selection time. The Illini didn’t make a shot from the field until 9 and a half minutes were gone in the game, when Nnanna Egwu’s baseline jumper bounced off the rim and dropped in. The Gophers didn’t run very many crisp half-court sets, particularly when all or most of the five guys on the floor were from the second group.

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the sixth-year senior pivoted and threw a two-handed pass across the court that sailed out of bounds. Abrams scored on the next possession, and Hollins airballed a 3-pointer after that. The Gophers played without senior forward Rodney Williams, whose shoulder injury kept him out of a game for the first time in nearly three years. That forced coach Tubby Smith into some awkward lineup combinations, and the reserves again struggled to establish a rhythm or avoid stagnant, sloppy possessions. Elliott Eliason, who filled many of Williams’ minutes, had 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks and swished a mid-range jumper with 2:22 left to pull the Gophers within one point. But the Gophers didn’t get enough help. Andre Hollins and Joe Coleman combined to shoot 3 for 18 from the floor. The Gophers, who won at Assembly Hall 84-67 last month while holding the Illini to 3-for24 shooting from 3-point range, were trying to beat Illinois twice in the regular season for the first time since 1996. They led by as much as 13-2 and 26-14 in the first half. But they found themselves trailing 31-30 at the break after

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Illinois’ Adrienne GodBold takes a jump shot against Minnesota at Assembly Hall on Sunday. GodBold had 20 points in the 76-66 Illini win. her seventh and eighth attempts of the game, tied the score at 58 with 5:54 remaining in the game. GodBold took a pivotal charge on a would’ve been Banham made layup with 3:45 left to preserve Illinois’s 64-60 lead. GodBold followed her defensive play with jumper to extend the Illini’s lead to six. After committing 11 first-half fouls, Illinois was whistled five times the entire second half and allowed only six free throw attempts. Moore’s fifth 3-pointer of the game, following a 3-pointer by Banham, iced the game for the Illini, stretching the score to 70-63. “I think our energy helps a lot,” Moore said of how she found her 3-point stroke after starting 0-for-6 from behind the arc. “When we don’t bring energy and enthusiasm, it really affects the

way we play. When our team is happy for each other, it makes a big difference.” Illinois’ starters outscored Minnesota’s starters 73-36. Moore, Penn and GodBold combined for 67 of Illinois’ 76 points, with no one scoring five points other than the trio. “That’s part of being a team,” Bollant said. “Different players have different nights, and some nights we’re gonna have great balance, other nights, as talented as those three are, there should be some nights where they really dominate, and they did tonight.” Illinois will have three days off of practice this week for the first time this season because of an eight-day break the team has before it faces Wisconsin at Assembly Hall on Feb. 18.

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hen Illinois beat Indiana on Thursday, I was counting pennies. Since the prices changed at Jimmy John’s, a regular sub now costs $5.01 with tax. If you hand me six dollars, I count out three quarters, two dimes, and one, two, three, four pennies. It’s tedious, it makes me feel like a jerk and it’s definitely not as fun as storming the court after possibly the greatest Illini basketball victory that will occur while I’m attending U of I. But I know I was counting pennies because as I did so, I felt a buzz in my pocket. I checked my phone, and it was sports editor Jeff Kirshman (Editor’s Note: !!!!) texting to inform me that Tyler Griffey had just done the deed. I was surprised, though preoccupied on a couple different levels and about as far removed from the intensity of the moment as one could be. But now I knew. I had been informed. As the night went on, plenty of orange-clad students came through for some swift “gourmet” goodness, but very few actually spoke up about where they had come from. Only a couple people asked me if I had heard. The conversation was spirited, but most people kept telling me how awesome it was without feeling the need to explain what “it” was, exactly. The assumption was that I knew. I mean, I’m at work. How weird is that of people to assume? I don’t own a smartphone, but most people do.

I’m at work, where we’re not allowed to be on our phones, but most people check for updates. In my shoes, most people would have heard about The Griffey Game. But it wasn’t until a co-worker came to relieve me at 10 p.m. that I got a full play-by-play. I left work and headed home to look up some video evidence of this occurrence. I checked Twitter for a torrent of exultation, along with Facebook to see what my friends thought. I YouTubed the final call (“They’ve done it, Tess!”), I saw Twitpics of the stormed court, I read the recap online. Soon, I had an understanding of how downtrodden the crowd was before D.J.’s first big three. Then I felt the reluctance to believe as he hit his second, the fright caused by BP3’s banked free throw, the moment of buying in as we tied the game, the tension before the final possession, the ecstasy of the dagger lay-up, the jubilee of the crowd taking Assembly Hall back from the demons of this season. I had experienced this with both friends and strangers. Not only had I read about it, I had seen it. I went to a friend’s apartment that night and tilted glass in celebration. We talked about the game and how awesome it was. She had been there, and I was jealous, but I could carry the conversation. While I hadn’t been at the game, I was able to come really close to feeling like I had. It’s amazing how sports works these days. As I walked home, I saw a stranger in an orange shirt. I raised my hand for a highfive and shouted “I-L-L!” He clapped it and called back

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Fans storm court after men’s tennis defeats No. 7 Kentucky BY J.J. WILSON STAFF WRITER

It wasn’t just Assembly Hall that had its court stormed by fans this week, as the No. 19 Illinois men’s tennis triumphed over No. 7 Kentucky 4-3, making the Wildcats the second top-seven nationally ranked team to be defeated by the Illini in two weeks. “They just have great players. That’s the best part about Kentucky,” head coach Brad Dancer said. Despite it coming down to a

third-match decider, doubles slipped up again. For the entire season, it has been the weak point of the Illini and exploited in every match, short of Toledo. The team’s doubles performance was so below par that Dancer said he literally wanted to pull his hair out. “We played scared.” Dancer said. “We’re better than what we’re showing. ... There’s something that they’re feeling to play as scared and passive as they did. It really bothered me.”

With the Wildcats up 1-0 heading into singles, the Illini fought back and earned four victories in the first set. It was Bruno Abdelnour who made quick work of his opponent and gave Illinois its first point in a crushing victory of 6-1, 6-2. “I’ve been on a good path from last weekend and just repeated what I did last weekend,” Abdelnour said. “That’s all I think about — fight, fight.” Once the ball got rolling, freshman Jared Hiltzik seized

a point from court two over No. 15 Tom Jomby 7-5, 7-6(4). But Kentucky kept pressing until senior Stephen Hoh and sophomore Ross Guignon fell on their respective courts, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-3, 6-3. “(Kentucky’s Anthony Rossi) was really solid from the baseline and he didn’t really give me many errors,” Hoh said. “I didn’t really find a good rhythm until halfway through the second set.” It wasn’t until Farris Gosea evened the score out at 3-3 that

all eyes in Atkins Tennis Center were once again fixed on a single match, this time between Illinois’ Tim Kopinski and Kentucky’s Alejandro Gomez. “There was a lot of pressure, but I knew he had more pressure than me, so it really helped me kind of relax,” said Kopinski of the excited atmosphere of the home crowd fans. Gomez took it to three sets, returning with a 4-6 upset over Kopinski after a rolling victory of 6-1 by him in the first set.

But it was Kopinski in the end that saved the day and earned the decisive point for Illinois. “As a coach, you really always take it match by match,” Dancer said. “We can play better throughout and we’re going to need to play better to beat the very best team if we’re going to challenge for the Big Ten and so forth. For now, I’m proud of the guys. This is a good effort.”

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no time with the man advantage. Freshman John Olen found the back of the net from the point nine seconds into the power play to start off the scoring for Illinois. After exchanging goals later in the first to make it 2-1, the Illini would endure penalty trouble in the second period. After Eddie BY STEPHEN BOURBON Quagliata picked up a holding STAFF WRITER penalty a little over 16 minutes Before the puck dropped Fri- into the period, the Illini would day night, the Illinois hockey lose another man when Nick team sat in fourth place in the Stuercke was called for hooking CSCHL standings. When the final 47 seconds later. horn sounded Saturday, the Illini Illinois would kill the 5-onwere regular season conference 3 penalty but went right back champions. to being down two men when No. 9 Illinois completed a week- there were too many players on end sweep of No. 4 Robert Mor- the ice during a shift change. ris in its last conYet the Illini ference games would kill all the of the year, winpenalties once ning 3-1 Friday again and get and 4-1 Saturout of the period unscathed. day. The Illini vaulted past idle “5-on-3’s are a No. 5 Ohio, No. big momentum 7 Lindenwood — swing one way or which was swept another,” Fabbriby No. 13 Iowa ni said. “It breaks State — and Robthem a little bit to ert Morris in have two extendthe conference ed 5-on-3’s, and they didn’t even standings with the victories. get very many “I would bet good looks.” at the beginning W h i le t he of the year, no game was close NICK FABBRINI, one would have throughout the head coach thought we would third period, cenbe regular season ter Matt Welch champions,” head was able to get coach Nick Fabbrini said. “We’ve the insurance goal the Illini really stepped it up a notch sec- needed to put the game away. ond semester.” Not too long after Illinois went With the team knowing it need- up 3-1, the PA announcer read off ed a sweep to earn the confer- that Lindenwood had lost to Iowa ence crown, the Illini lit the lamp State — a loss Illinois needed to early Friday. After getting on the have a shot at the CSCHL title power play just 28 seconds into — eliciting a roar from the Big the first period, the Illini wasted Pond crowd.

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Illinois’ John Olen (16) celebrates with Kyle Varzino after Varzino’s second-period goal, putting the Illini up 3-1 at the Ice Arena on Saturday. With two wins over Robret Morris and Lindenwood’s losses to Iowa State, Illinois secured the regular season conference championship. With the conference title on the line Saturday, the Illini came out apprehensive, giving up a goal three minutes into the game and only mustering six shots on net. The team would find some energy at the end of the period, when forward Scott Barrera dropped the gloves in a fight with Robert Morris’ Brett Moser. Both were ejected and

will face suspensions from the ACHA. “I was personally frustrated with how we were playing, and (Moser) gave Welch some shots after the whistle,” Barrera said. “I don’t regret it because it turned out well.” In 4-on-4 action at the beginning on the second, the Illini seized control of the game.

Defenseman Mike Evans put home a rebound 41 seconds into the period and Olen went top shelf barely a minute later to take a lead the Illini would not relinquish. Forward Kyle Varzino and Olen buried two more goals in the same period to reach the 4-1 final, while the celebration was on from there. After the final buzzer and

handshakes, Fabbrini was doused in an ice water bath in celebration. If history holds true, the Illini won’t be done celebrating. The last two times Illinois won the conference outright (2005 and 2008), they went on to win the national championship.

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Wrestling falls to No. 2 Iowa in final home meet

Delgado defeats 2-time NCAA champion in 125-pound dual BY DAN BERNSTEIN STAFF WRITER

On senior night, the No. 8 Illinois wrestling team fell against No. 2 Iowa 25-12 before 1,485 fans at home, dropping to 2-5 in Big Ten dual meets this season. In one of the most anticipated matchups of this year, the Illini’s No. 3 Jesse Delgado took on Iowa’s two-time NCAA champion Matt McDonough in the 125-pound dual. After losing to Delgado last season in December, McDonough had won all 42 matches since. Delgado was able to control the pace from the get-go Friday, recording two takedowns in the

first period to give him the 4-1 lead heading into the second. He then continued to dominate in the next period by recording two more takedowns and limiting McDonough to just one escape, increasing the lead to 8-2. Delgado was penalized for stalling in the third period before McDonough recorded an escape. Delgado was able to hold on and capture the 9-4 decision, giving the Illini the early 3-0 lead. “We came out with fire and had some energy, and I think that’s very important,” head coach Jim Heffernan said. “Jesse did great for six minutes and got going right away and stayed on the attack the whole match and put (McDonough) away early.” Iowa captured the next two matches at 133 and 141 pounds; Iowa’s No. 2 Tony Ramos pinned No. 10 Daryl Thomas in 6 minutes, 36 seconds before the Hawkeyes’ Mark Ballweg defeated Steven Rodrigues 2-0.

Caleb Ervin was able to get the Illini back on track at 149 pounds, as he was able to defeat Iowa’s Brody Grothus 5-0, bringing the Illini within three at 9-6. At 157 pounds, Illinois’ Matt Nora was defeated by No. 1 Derek St. John by a 20-8 major decision. No. 7 Conrad Polz was able to get the Illini back on the board in the 165-pound match, as he captured the 7-3 decision over Nick Moore. With Illinois trailing 13-9, No. 8 Jordan Blanton of the Illini fell to No. 6 Mike Evans 2-1 in a tough seven-minute defensive match at 174 pounds. Iowa’s No. 13 Ethen Lofthouse then won the 184-pound dual, defeating No. 16 Tony Dallago 9-5, increasing Iowa’s lead to 19-9. The Illini’s 197-pound Mario Gonzalez was able to win his fourth conference match of the year as he controlled the pace against Iowa’s No. 19 Nathan Burak. The heavyweight match was

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Illinois’ Jesse Delgado wrestles Matt McDonough during Illinois’ loss to Iowa at Huff Hall on Friday. Delgado pinned two-time NCAA champion McDonough, breaking McDonough’s 42-match winning streak. the last of the evening as Iowa’s Bobby Telford pinned the Illini’s Chris Lopez in 2 minutes, 32 seconds, giving the Hawkeyes the 25-12 victory. As the Illini are trying to

establish themselves as one of nation’s top programs, they will first need to be able to compete with the best in the Big Ten. “We’re trying to become a top-level program,” Heffernan

said. “We gotta be able to compete with those guys in order to win a national championship.”

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Weinstein shines, but women’s gymnastics falls to Gopher BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

Alina Weinstein had a night for the record books Saturday against No. 13 Minnesota. The Illinois senior gymnast put together a historic performance, tying the all-time school record in the all-around with 39.550. As a team, the Illini also put on a great show, bouncing back from a subpar performance against Nebraska to score above 196 for the second time this season. Illinois came close to knocking off undefeated Minnesota but came up short, finishing with a score of 196.350 to the Golden Gophers’ 196.775.

Still, the night belonged to Weinstein. “She came to play,” Illinois head coach Kim Landrus said. “It was nice to see her really rise to the occasion in the anchor spot in three of her four events (Saturday) and come through with very solid performances. ... She competes so hard every day, so for her to be at the top of the record books says a lot about her as an athlete.” The Illini started the meet on bars, where they scored a season-high 49.150 as a team. Weinstein began her night with a season-high 9.850 on the event, and sophomore Sunny Kato led the team with a 9.875, which was good for third overall.

Landrus said the team committed only one mistake in the event: Freshman Giana O’Connor fell on bars, leading to a 9.000 from judges. “But the other girls really put themselves in a practice situation and did the routines they do in practice and had some really strong performances because of it,” Landrus said. Illinois next moved to vault, where Weinstein scored a 9.875 and O’Connor bounced back from her fall to tie her careerhigh of 9.825. The Illini also hit the 49.000 mark on vault for the first time in 2013. “I think we carried the momentum from bars onto vault,” Landrus said. “We had

Amber See debut her 10.0 (start value) vault so that was an exciting moment for our team because she preformed it and it was awesome.” In the third rotation, Illinois tied its season-high on floor with a 49.250. Weinstein recorded a career-high 9.925 on the event and was closely followed by See and O’Connor, who scored 9.850 and 9.825, respectively. Minnesota and Illinois headed to the final rotation tied at 147.400. The Illini came out firing on beam, as See tied her careerhigh of 9.850. The Illini had a fall during their next routine but bounced back and still managed a 48.950

on the event. Weinstein scored another career-high with a 9.900 on beam. “Honestly, going into the fourth rotation, we knew that the meet was close,” Weinstein said. “And I think that we let up a little bit on beam and let the pressure get to us. It’s not an easy thing to come back from a fall, especially on such a precise event like the beam but that’s sports and that’s what happened.” Junior Sarah Fiedler said likewise. “Sometimes our problem is that we’ll do great on three events and then there’s that one event that we have a couple of mistakes on,” Fiedler said. “So

we just need to be able to put all four events together. If we just do our normal gymnastics next weekend, we’ll be good to go.” As for Weinstein, she now holds the record with alumna Allison Buckley, who set the record in 2011. “It’s awesome to say that I tied the school record,” Weinstein said. “I’ve been working really hard on minimizing those deductions and fixing those small details so its really nice to be able to do that and preform. My team really set me up for those big scores and I went off of them.”

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Softball goes 3-2 in season-opening tourney; Gay pitches no-hitter BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

The Illinois softball team is looking for consistency after its first tournament of the year. The Illini were sporadic in their losses to No. 1 Alabama and Drake but beat three mid-major teams at the UNI Dome Tournament in Ceder Falls, Iowa. But the most impressive performance came Sunday from senior Pepper Gay, who pitched a six-inning no-hitter in a 8-0 win over Northern Iowa. Gay bounced back after a rough outing in the team’s season-opener Friday against No. 1 Alabama. Illinois fell behind after the first inning. In the second, freshman Allie Bauch scored for the Illini to tie the game at 1-1. They scored again in the third on an RBI from Bauch — who went 2-for-3 on the day — but in the third the Crimson Tide’s offense

exploded. Alabama scored six runs in the inning — four on a grand slam — and would go on to win the game 7-2. “I don’t think we really gave Alabama our best punch, but I don’t think they gave their best stuff either,” head coach Terri Sullivan said. “They had some big bats coming back but so much of their offense was created because of walks on our part. Our pitchers know that they have to be aggressive and throw strikes and really make every batter in the lineup earn their base.” After giving up eight walks and allowing seven runs to Alabama, Gay came back for the first game of the second day against North Dakota State and took a no-hitter into the fifth, recording nine strikeouts on the day. “You have to come back and have a short memory as a pitch-

er, which is what I did,” Gay said. “I tried to work on not letting as many base runners on. I wanted them to earn it. My defense helped me out a lot today, getting the groundouts and the fly balls so I’m pleased with the win and with my pitching.” Freshman Kylie Johnson was the offensive star for the Illini, going 4-for-4 at the plate and becoming the third Illinois player ever to steal three bases in one game. The Illini were able to cruise to their first victory of the season 6-3. “Against North Dakota State, I was happy to see Pepper do what she always does and that’s respond right back. She came back after not having the success she wanted in the Alabama game, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and threw well,” Sullivan said. “We were just a little bit more aggres-

sive and we came away with a win but we still want to see our seventh inning be just as strong as the start of our game.” In their second game of the day, the Illini couldn’t finish what they had started after pulling ahead 2-0 in the second. Illinois muffed a throw in the seventh, leading to two Drake runs and a 3-2 loss. “We need to be better at finishing games. There’s no room for mistakes in your close games, so we just need to be better,” Sullivan said. In Sunday’s first game, Illinois improved its consistency tremendously. The Illini beat Green Bay 6-3 behind strong offensive performances from juniors Alex Booker and Jenna Mychko and freshman Katie Repole. “I think we’ve shown signs of being a great team,” Gay said.

“We’ve gotten runners on, we’ve scored early on, we’ve had the pieces but we just need to work on finishing every game strong. We’ve done well, but it’s early in the season so we just need to continue to improve.” In the final game for the Illini, Booker delivered another strong offensive performance, going 3-for-4 with a RBI, to complement Gay’s pitching performance. “We’ve had everyone do good things,” Sullivan said. “We’ve experimented with different lineups and the team is working very well with that. We’re trying to see who can do what, and it seems like we’re working well together. Players are learning that they have to step up in the role they’re in each game.”

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Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brandon Paul is surrounded by fans after Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win over No. 1 Indiana at Assembly Hall on Thursday.

SILL FROM PAGE 1B â&#x20AC;&#x153;I-N-I, baby!â&#x20AC;? He walked past me, and I turned around because that was the direction I needed to go anyway. We had something of a conversation about the game as he walked six or so paces in front of me before I crossed the street to head home. The next day, I went to the ARC to shoot hoops for the first time in months. I had a jones now, after all. As I left the courts to head

back upstairs, I saw one of the TVs showing a replay of the game. There was roughly 10 minutes left, and we were down 11. I began watching, and a smile came over my face. But I felt no need to sit down and engage myself. Despite the fact that I was nowhere near the game when it occurred, I had already experienced it once. Besides, the Bulls were playing that night, and I had work at 5.

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There was no spot available on the 2013 senior national team for Illinois. After two days of rigorous competition at the U.S. Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, the three men representing the Illini fell short of earning a spot on the team. After the first day of competition, senior Yoshi Mori was ranked 21st in the all-around and tied for 12th on the pommel horse, but his injuries earlier in the season continued to affect his performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime an injury takes an athlete out of their training schedule, especially in the most critical time frame, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to damage their ability to perform at the highest level,â&#x20AC;? Illinois head coach Justin Spring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gymnastics is not like basketball, soccer or football, where as long as you are healthy come gameday, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still going to retain your skills. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work that way.â&#x20AC;? Jordan Valdez finished in the top 20 on both of the events he competed on, ranking 13th on the high bar and 17th on the parallel bars. Though he had a crowd-pleasing routine, small mistakes cost him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was hoping he would hit his

high bar routine a little better,â&#x20AC;? Spring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It looked like he had some grip issues where he slipped off a few times. It was an exciting routine in that way. He had some release moves that were fingertip catches, which wowed the audience, but he certainly got penalized quite a bit.â&#x20AC;? Chad Mason was the only Illini who did not advance to the Winter Cup finals. Mason was only competing on the pommel horse as an event specialist. He posted a 13.650 the first night, which was not a high enough for him to advance. Mason struggled with a new dismount that had to be changed a week before the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He needed one extra hand placement toward the end of the pommel horse, so we had been flirting with some new dismounts,â&#x20AC;? Spring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the most part his routine was great, and where he struggled was the dismount. Once he gets a few more numbers under his belt as we go into the season and postseason, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be just fine.â&#x20AC;? Two former Illini â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Paul Ruggeri and Luke Stannard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; had successful first- and second-day appearances. Ruggeri had three top-five performances the first

day of competition on the high bar, vault and parallel bars. He also finished 11th in the all-around. After two days of competition, Ruggeri retained his spot on the senior national team for the seventh time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made a few changes from last year and he kept up his endurance,â&#x20AC;? Spring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He looks good, he looks confident and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of him. To be honest, looking at him train I was expecting him to make the team like he has done so many times in the past.â&#x20AC;? Ruggeri finished the competition ranked second on the vault and the high bar, posting twoday cumulative scores of 30.150 and 29.500, respectively. He also placed top 10 on the parallel bars, the floor and the all-around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gamer,â&#x20AC;? Mori said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazing, talented gymnast. He hit really well at the meet and I think he definitely deserved it.â&#x20AC;? Stannard finished the first night ranked 12th in the all-around â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one spot behind Ruggeri â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and fifth on the pommel horse. He was not elected onto the national team but finished the meet placing sixth on the pommel horse, seventh on the floor and 14th in the all-around. Though no current Illini made the national team, their heads

are held high. Valdez is already thinking about preparing for the Visa Championships this summer, when there will be another opportunity to secure a spot on national team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the end of the world,â&#x20AC;? Valdez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still have plenty of time to make it in the following years, and I felt like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be much more prepared when Visas comes around toward the end of the summer.â&#x20AC;? Also, a USA Gymnastics committee denied C.J. Maestasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; petition this weekend. Maestas did not secure a spot on the national team or receive an unranked, unfunded spot. He will still be invited to the training camps but will not be recognized as a member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because he is not quite doing gymnastics, they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t justify using a national team spot for him,â&#x20AC;? Spring said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was hoping at least for an unranked, unfunded spot, but they chose to go another way. For C.J., it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a difference one way or another. He will continue to train and push his career here, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get him ready when it really counts at the end of the summer.â&#x20AC;?

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