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Illini Express to replace defunct LEX

Shake, rattle and roll the pressure away

BY CARINA LEE STAFF WRITER

The owner of decommissioned bus company Lincolnland Express, better known as LEX, will open a new service called Illini Express starting spring break. Illini Express will begin selling tickets March 15 for weekend rides to Chicago area malls. Company owner Robert Frazier said Illini Express will hire former Lincolnland Express, or LEX, employees but will be renting vehicles from other companies. Trips that LEX buses used to service to Midway and O’Hare airports will not be offered but may be considered in the future. LEX was shut down in December by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and is awaiting approval of a 600-page corrective action plan. Shashunga Clayton, public affairs specialist of the safety administration, said the plan is still undergoing review. “When LEX gets its authority back from the federal government, LEX will be doing the daily service,” he said. The administration issued the company several violations in October, which included false reporting of records, use of buses that were not periodically inspected and failure to properly maintain vehicle parts and accessories. FOLAKE OSIBODU THE DAILY ILLINI

See ILLINI EXPRESS, Page 3A

Beth O’Connor, senior in ACES, hula hoops to relieve stress about graduation at the annual Stress Less Party on Wednesday at the ARC.

Violations issued on Unofficial decrease 32 percent since 2012 DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT

The number of city ordinance violations on Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day decreased by 32 percent this year, according to a Champaign Police Department press release. According to the press release, the event resulted in 210 notices to appear, down by 100 from last year’s numbers. Despite the decrease in violations, the number of criminal arrests increased, which the city attributed to the Social Host Law that went into effect Jan. 1. The new law states that individuals are criminally responsible if they host an event or social gathering and knowingly authorize underage possession or consumption of alcohol. Of the 33 state arrests issued, 21 were for made in violation of the law. Chancellor Phyllis Wise said at the Urbana-Champaign Senate meeting Monday that the University received minimal reports of disruptions. “Even though we haven’t been able to close this activity

down, I think we’ve had it under good control, which has been part of cooperation between our campus police and the police in Champaign,” Wise said. A total of 139 underage alcohol compliance checks were also conducted at local bars and restaurants by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Champaign Police, Urbana Police and the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Unit. Two licensees out of the 58 that were checked sold alcohol to underage Unofficial participants. In addition, many on-campus bars received other licensee violations. Kam’s, Red Lion, Joe’s Brewery, White Horse Inn and The Clybourne received at least one violation from an alcohol compliance check. “It truly takes the cooperation of all of the agencies to successfully deal with an event of this magnitude,” Champaign Police Lt. Jim Clark said in a press release. “Overall, we are pleased with the results of this year’s event.”

Campus groups request funds to make UI more green Each semester, working groups within the Student Sustainability Committee go through funding inquires. This semester, after inquiries, 13 projects were invited to submit proposals to the SSC:

SDRP Lighting REQUESTED

APPLICANT: DAWN AUBREY, UNIVERSITY HOUSING

Temple Buell Hall Lighting Project AMOUNT

REQUESTED

131,000

$

This proposal is to install automatic lighting controls in Temple Buell Hall where the Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning departments are located. The funding request states that electric controls of lighting will reduce energy waste by 30-50 percent. APPLICANT: GAINES HALL, ASSOCIATE DEAN, FAA

Sustainable Agricultural Food System

Proposal before board would raise fees by 16% for undergrads STAFF WRITER

Students may start paying more for health insurance programs if the University board of trustees approves a proposal to increase the fee. The board will determine health insurance fees for the fall 2013 semester at its meeting Thursday. If rates are approved, undergraduate students would pay $254 in health insurance fees next semester, a 16 percent increase from this year’s rate of $219. Rates for graduate students would increase 6 percent, from $310 to $328. At its January meeting, the board approved a 1 percent increase in total annual student fees for the 2013-14 aca-

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150,000

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Health insurance rates could increase demic year. This includes a $1 increase in health service fees, which, combined with health insurance fees, fund student health care programs. These programs meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, according to the health insurance fee proposal. The University revised student health insurance contracts after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized rules in regards to student health plans in March 2012. At the meeting, the board will also vote on proposals to establish the Center for a Sustainable Environment, the TIAA-CREF

See BOARD, Page 3A

94,350

The SDRP was designed with a computer-controlled system where light use be divvied up in zones of demand. The zones are not congruent to actual use and the lights in the SDRP all remain on when the building is in use. This proposal is to rezone the building to make it conducive to the computer lighting system.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BY LAUREN ROHR

$

AMOUNT

$

REQUESTED

This project would collaborate with the Sustainable Student Farm. By designing a packaging and processing line, the purpose of the project is to reduce waste and teach sustainable processing techniques in the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. APPLICANT: BRIAN JACOBSEN, FSHN

Illinois Biodiesel Initiative AMOUNT

REQUESTED

$200,000

The Illinois Biodiesel Initiative was founded in the spring of 2006. Its purpose was to produce biodiesel from excess vegetable oil waste from University dining halls. The group has successfully produced biodiesel fuel and soap using the waste. However, the group was asked to leave their previous space at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. The funding request is for new equipment and construction of a space.

BIODIESEL

APPLICANT: BRUCE LITCHFIELD, COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Orchard Downs Multifunctional Landscape

AMOUNT

REQUESTED

350,000

$

The purpose of this project is to develop a sustainable land use model out of the 16 acres of land on the southwest corner of Florida and Race Street. The funding inquiry states that the landscapes could include native planting, permaculture gardens, educational trails, and a space for recreation. REQUESTED BY: SARAH LOVELL, HORTICULTURE/CROP SCIENCES

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around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Criminal damage to property was reported in the 1600 block of West Church Street around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to the report, the victim reported criminal damage to his vehicle. Q Attempted burglary was reported in the 500 block of North Neil Street around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to the report, the offender broke a window and gained entry to a garage. It is unknown if anything was stolen. Q A 21-year-old male was arrested on the charge of throwing dangerous materials in the 200 block of East John Street

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Q Theft/lost property was reported at Einstein Bagels, 901 W. University Ave., around 3 p.m. Tuesday. According to the report, the offender stole the victim’s cell phone, which was mistakenly left on a table.

University Q An 18-year-old male was arrested on the charge of trespassing on state-supported land at Nugent Hall, 207 E. Gregory Drive, just before midnight Tuesday. Q Identity theft was report-

ed at Saunders Hall, 902 College Court, around 7 p.m. Tuesday. According to the report, the victim reported that someone had stolen her identity, created a fictitious business and filed income taxes under their name. Q Damage to property was reported at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to the report, someone broke into a window on the east side of Krannert. It is estimated to cost $800 to replace the window.

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Today’s Birthday

Love comes easier this year. Time with friends and family takes on a joyful flavor. Finances resolve in your favor with creativity and innovative thinking, despite instability. Pursue an educational dream; conferences and classes grow valuable career skills. Power and resources fill your network. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19)

Today is an 8 -- You’ll get to take on more responsibility in the next few days. Provide motivation to your team. Ask tough questions. Delegate a problem to another who provides structure. You make it look easy.

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)

heart. Encourage your mate’s change for the better. An older person needs your love ... share it freely.

now. You have more opportunities than expected, so grab them without hesitation. Go strictly by the book.

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21)

Today is a 9 -- Ask questions if you have doubts, and learn what you need to solve a puzzle. Work messes with your travel plans. Balance studies with socializing. You can afford something you’ve been wanting.

LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22)

Today is a 9 -- The next two days hold a heavy workload. Ask for help, and accept it. Others want to contribute. Imagine perfection. Accept your gains or losses. Pay back an old debt. Share appreciation generously.

VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22)

Today is an 8 -- Things fall together for you today. Take on a challenge, or resurrect an old pastime. Get immersed in a fun project. Use the proper tools. Enjoy a relaxation phase.

Today is a 9 -- Your luck is shifting for the better again. Keep your promises and avoid distractions. Improve household communications systems. Pay bills before other expenses. Use what you’ve learned, and discover hidden opportunities. Dream big.

LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22)

GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20)

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21)

Today is an 8 -- You’re surprisingly confident. Discuss shared finances, along with a topic that’s near to your

Today is a 7 -- Your choice becomes obvious. Allow yourself to trust a hunch. This could interfere with your work schedule. Avoid bringing work home with you, especially the emotional or stressful kind. Today is an 8 -- You’re entering a voracious learning phase. Get into studies and postpone romance for

Today is a 9 -- Adopt a new perspective. Start computing expenses. Measure carefully. You’re collecting benefits. Help comes from far away. You can earn extra cash now. An unexpected development makes you look good.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)

Today is a 9 -- Redirect personal energy to replenish your reserves. Follow someone with experience, and question your assumptions. Folks are saying nice things about you. Invest in your home, and add to your infrastructure.

AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18)

Today is a 7 -- Review your priorities. Conclude arrangements that lead to another income source. Success is your reward. Take new territory, and reap the rewards. Find answers to your innermost questions.

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Today is an 8 -- Things get easier for a few days. A brilliant idea comes from nowhere. Clear up confusion before proceeding. You’re making a good impression. Expand your perception of what you can do. Communication opens romantic possibilities.

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EOH offers variety of programs, demos BY EARN SAENMUK

ILLINI EXPRESS FROM PAGE 1A According to data from the Department of Transportation, 47 percent of inspections of LEX vehicles over the last two years have revealed violations that must be corrected before being allowed back on the road. “I designed my buses, which were an older style model of a bus, that they (the FMCSA) didn’t like, and pretty much, that led to a lot of my problems,� Frazier said. “If I was that bad, they should have shut me completely down, but they didn’t. They said you are okay, but you can’t do the regular schedule.� Frazier was referring to his other company, Illini Tours, a charter bus service for group trips, which has not received any warnings from the FMCSA. He said after LEX was shut down, he realized how much the business meant to him. “I really loved this business more than I thought I did,� he said. “LEX (is) ingrained into the community ... so that has given me the passion to want to come back and do it again.� Frazier said refunds for LEX tickets are still being distributed to students.

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The 93rd annual Engineering Open House will be held from Friday to Saturday throughout the Engineering Quad and at the Illini Union. EOH is an event run by the EOH Central Committee of the Engineering Council, which includes students from all engineering disciplines. Gloria Lin, a director of the committee and senior in Engineering, said there will be more interactive demonstrations this year because of presentations from many big companies including John Deere, Caterpillar and Boeing. The committee will also partner with the University and Champaign Police departments, who will demonstrate the bomb squad robots. which cost about $300,000. “Every year we try to get bigger and better,� she said. “We try to bring in more attractions, and more cooperative sponsors.� Lin said most of the main attractions will take place Friday, including a concert with a light show that uses more than 30,000 volts of electricity, led by Lippold Haken, lecturer in ECE. There will also be a talk called “Death From the Skies� by Phil Plait, an astronomer, lecturer and blogger. In addition to the shows and exhibits, there will also be creative design competitions for students in middle school, high school and college. All the events are open to the public. T he Nationa l Center for Supercomputing Applications, or NCSA, is offering self-guided tours of the Blue Waters Supercomputer on Saturday at the National Petascale Computing Facility, 1725 S. Oak St., Champaign. Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, and is used in a range of scientific problems. People interested in this supercomputer can see Blue Waters as well as the infrastructure required for it during the tours. Trish Barker, a spokeswoman for NCSA, said EOH is a good opportunity for people who are interested in Blue Waters to come and learn more about it. “People can just come in anytime and look around,� Barker said. “We’re

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Carina can be reached at lee713@ dailyillini.com.

The complete schedule of events can be found at http://eoh.ec.illinois.edu/ attractions/2013-visitors-guide/.

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usually not open on the weekend, and we give tours by appointment during operating hours only, so this is the easiest time to come and see Blue Waters.� The Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology will also have an open house concurrent with EOH. The Beckman staff will provide tours and presentations, along with interactive demonstrations of the research done at the institute. Lin added that there is a smartphone application for Engineering Open House, as well as a Twitter account and a Facebook page for people who want more information about EOH events.

Earn can be reached at saenmuk2@ dailyillini.com.

Center for Farmland Research and the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics. All three centers would be established on the Urbana campus. In addition, Chancellor Phyllis Wise will present a “dashboard indicator� report of the Urbana campus. This presentation will update board members of the campus’s enrollment numbers, graduation rates and research performance, as well as goals for the upcoming semester. University spokesman Tom Hardy said the rest of the meeting will be fairly routine. MICHAEL BOJDA THE DAILY ILLINI

Jakub Walkosz working on his entry into the Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition at the 2012 Engineering Open House.

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Quinn challenges lawmakers on comprehensive pension reform BY JOHN O’CONNOR AND SOPHIA TAREEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn proposed severe spending restrictions Wednesday in what he called the “most difficult budget ever,� telling a joint session of the General Assembly that the state is virtually paralyzed until it fixes its public-employee pension crisis. With a scolding tone, the Democrat facing re-election in 20 months used tough language to describe the pension hole that will suck nearly $7 billion of the state’s general revenue in the coming year. He challenged lawmakers to send him a legislative fix and answered critics by laying out specific provisions he wants to be part of the solution. “This is the most difficult budget Illinois has ever faced, and it is only a preview of the pain that is to come if this General Assembly does not act decisively on comprehensive pension reform,� Quinn said in a 30-minute address that focused almost entirely on the pension mess. But his speech barely addressed the “pain� that Quinn aides hinted at the previous evening, not even mentioning, for example, the $400 million cut in public education necessary in large part because of the state’s required contribution to employee retirement accounts.

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Leveraging Science and Technology to Transform International Security: The Social Responsibility of Engineers and Scientists Charles D. Ferguson

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Traditionally, security has often been narrowly viewed through the lens of military defense and acquisition of weapons. This view must change. Today and increasingly in the future, every nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s security will depend more and more on a new mindset: the security of everyone will hinge on cooperative means to ensure adequate energy, food, and water. However, humanity is on an unsustainable path in use of these resources. Increasing competition for scarcer supplies could lead to major armed conflict or other massive suffering. Dr. Ferguson will discuss the role of engineers and scientists in developing and deploying science and technology to achieve greater security for all nations. These presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Advanced Study at 333-6729 or www.cas.illinois.edu.

lion general revenue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; money spent for state operations such as education and public safety â&#x20AC;&#x201D; expected to come in during the budget year that begins July 1. Perhaps answering critics such as Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, who said the governor has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;woefully absentâ&#x20AC;? in the pension debate, Quinn laid out specifics of the bill he wants to sign. It must guarantee the state pay its obligated share each year and dedicate $1 billion a year to pensions beginning in 2020, the year pension loans are paid off.


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oncealed carry has been in the news a lot lately. But that doesn’t always mean it’s newsworthy. In response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., The Journal News in Westchester, N.Y., published a map of concealed carry permit owners in December that included names and addresses of local residents who had gun permits. The newspaper’s decision met immediate backlash from residents and lawmakers. State Sen. Greg Ball announced plans to close permits to Freedom of Information Act requests. And just last month, the Arkansas Business posted a list of permit holders’ names and ZIP codes in the state. Public outrage ensued, and the newspaper took down the list. Someone then posted an editor’s name, address and home and work phone number online. The editor wrote: “Our home phone began ringing constantly, silenced only when we unplugged it in order to go to sleep. ... My work email address filled up with requests, complaints, insults, veiled threats and, yes, quite a few messages of thanks and appreciation.” These newspapers all had the same problem: They published public data without context or analysis. Anyone can fill out a FOIA request. It’s a journalist’s job to take that raw information and give it meaning for readers. Publishing raw data is irresponsible and can even cause harm. Lawmakers who opposed the publication of these data rightfully pointed out the public safety concerns that go with publicizing lists of gun owners. But that doesn’t mean journalists should back down from investigations about concealed carry, and lawmakers would be wrong to make these data private. The Bangor Daily News in Maine sought information about concealed carry permit holders but dropped the request after Republican lawmakers held a press conference condemning the newspaper. The Cherokee Scout in Murphy, N.C., withdrew its FOIA request, then published an apology to its readers.The newspaper requested the data Feb. 19.The local sheriff claimed the data weren’t public, readers complained to the newspaper, and The Cherokee Scout dropped its request just three days after making it, and the editor of the paper resigned shortly thereafter. The papers in Bangor and Murphy shouldn’t have dropped their requests. Journalists have to stand up against public outrage and legislative bullying. But it’s also important that newspapers and journalists keep in mind their responsibility to the public. We can’t just broadcast raw information, especially on a topic as sensitive as gun ownership. Journalists are detectives, writers and analysts. We need to use all of those skills to make sense of gun ownership in the United States. So to the newspapers in this country: Remember your role in society. Analyze data and help the public good. Be bold. And don’t shrink from public outrage of legislative threats.

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Senior year: Killer of work incentive JOANNA ROTHENBERG Opinions columnist

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elcome to the end of Week Eight. While that may seem to be an arbitrary number, it proves we have reached the halfway point. Just as much is behind us, as is in front of us until we reach the light at the end of the tunnel that is summer. This week, some of us might be saying good-bye to our eight-weeklong classes, and others just might be starting to say hello to them. And then there are those of us currently scrambling to check if we signed up for any second-half-of-the-semester courses, maybe in kinesiology or educational psychology. Normally, I never think much about what the last eight weeks of class mean, but this semester there is a bit different of a feel to it. I wish I could say it is the sadness of graduating in about two months. The sadness of leaving behind the safety that my undergraduate career has brought to me. Or maybe sadness that I should have been filled with when I heard the Fall 2013 course listings were out and I could not register. And with that there comes some security, too. After registering, you know what you are going to do in the

near future. You know you still had some control. But to me, the last eight weeks reminds me just how little focus I have this entire semester. Thank you, senioritis. All of the motivation I have had for the last 3 ½ years seems to have deteriorated overnight. For many of us, senioritis is in full swing. Freshman, I know most of you had senioritis last year. You were accepted into the University, and you just could not wait to graduate from high school and become a semi-adult. But guess what. The senioritis you experienced then is nothing like what the senior class is experiencing now. Fear is much more prominent then it was as we were leaving high school. Plans are not always set in stone at this point. Many of us are still waiting to hear from graduate schools, internships and, of course, the real world — jobs. I hate to break it to you underclassmen, but senioritis gets much worse over time. Not better. But fear not, for those who, like I, are suffering from this atrocious disease. There are ways to combat it: 1. Try something new on campus that you have not fit in your schedule these last few years. Chances are, if you are suffering, it might be from all the free time from your light schedule. Try going to one of the cultural houses to see a guest speak-

er and get a free lunch. Just because you are finishing your degree does not mean you have learned everything about every culture in this country. 2. Assemble a list of everything you want to do within the next nine weeks. Have you rang the bells at Altgeld yet? Have you visited the observatory? What about taking a flight over campus? See a show at Krannert or watch an a cappella group. This campus has plenty of things to do to shake up the monotony of those 100-level gen-eds that you put off until your last semester. 3. Sit in a lecture for a class that you are not taking. While it may seem odd to go out of your way to go to another class, but when else are you going to have the chance to learn something just for fun? Maybe sit in on a psych or history course. Or try to sneak into your friend’s flower arranging or vegetable gardening course. I am sure your friends won’t mind (hopefully, maybe). However, the ultimate mini-break is just around the corner. In just one week, we will all be heading our separate ways for spring break. So maybe if we can survive just one more week, senioritis will fix itself. Or at least become bearable enough for us to get out of bed in the morning to attend our extremely early classes.

Joanna is a senior in LAS. She can be reached at rothenb2@dailyillini.com.

Guest Column I am a resident of the state of Illinois and should be eligible to run for Student Trustee As a write-in candidate for student trustee, I was unfairly removed from the ballot, even though I was legally eligible to run. I am a resident of the state of Illinois. I live here. I pay taxes here. I vote here. I have done so for the past 5 years. State law says that I need to be a resident to run for student trustee. I am. I have been a resident for the past 5 years. I call on the administration to recognize state law, to stop discriminating against its students and to stop disenfranchising the great number of students on this campus who are considered “outof-state” for tuition purposes, but who are residents of the State of Illinois under state law. For the past five years, I have given dedicated service to the University. From my very first days on campus, I was active in giving back to the great University that gave me the opportunity to study in its hallowed halls. As student body vice president and as a member of the Academic Senates Executive Committee, I helped guide our University through the admissions scandal in 2009, one of the darkest moments in our history, into the dawn of a new day. I defended our institution’s integrity before the public and in the press, vowing that I would help restore faith in our leadership. As individuals, our campus’ administrators are fit for the task. Knowing and valuing the positive, personal relationships I have developed with them over the past half-decade, I find that they are genuinely dedicated to serving the students’ best interests. How-

ever, more often than not, they take comfort in clinging to the status quo, rather than acknowledging the circumstances of the very present reality that compels them toward re-evaluation and beneficial change. It is altogether a disappointing day when our University denies eligibility to students to serve on the board when they do live in Illinois. This past week has been one out of the norm for me, both as a student and as a former candidate for student trustee. This is because the University that I so dearly love believes that only instate tuition paying students are eligible to serve on the board of trustees. This is absurd. Furthermore, this discriminates against many graduate and undergraduate students alike, and every international student, who make Champaign-Urbana their home. Under this misinterpretation of the law, we do not have equal opportunity to serve on the board of trustees even though we take on an even greater financial burden to attend this school. How tragic is this for an institution whose current initiative is to focus on “inclusivity?” State law says that to be eligible for student trustee, the student must be a resident of Illinois, and though state law adds additional requirements, such as the maintenance of a certain grade point average, the law makes no distinction in favor of in-state tuition paying students. Furthermore, all trustees, even those who are not students, are required to be state residents. We know for a fact that University administrators do not misapply their policies to the other trustees. The state of Illinois believed when it passed the state law that whenever students have been at

the University long enough to become informed of the issues, have an intent to remain in the area, and possess an honest interest in matters pertaining to the University, they should be eligible to serve. In proving my residency, I provided evidence on various fronts, namely certification of my service on the City of Urbana Plan Commission, a public office just like that of the board of trustees. Plainly stated: I currently hold the office of a City Plan Commissioner because I am a resident of Illinois. On a campus boasting so many Nobel Laureates, how ignorant to reality can our University possibly be? The University apparently believes that I commute to class everyday from Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky or Indiana, instead of driving 10 minutes from my home in Urbana. You be the judge of what makes the most sense. Despite stark reality, the University remains steadfast in ridiculousness and denies opportunities to students even though it has no basis in law for doing so. We, the students, know tuition is the price we pay for a first-rate, world-class education, however, state law does not discriminate on the basis of the dollars we pay to be eligible for service on the Board of Trustees and neither should our university. The truth is that if the University was able to discriminate against me, they are just as willing to mistreat you. This is my solemn promise to the Students of the University of Illinois: I will fight this injustice until victory is won. Yours forever, in Orange & Blue, CAREY ASH, graduate student in educational policy studies and law and legal resident of Illinois

almost that time of year again — that time of March when the campus rallies in abundant anticipation and excitement. However, I’m not talking about the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. I’m talking about Engineering Open House. The 93rd annual EOH kicks off tomorrow and will feature over 250 exhibits put on by students, societies and academic departments. It will also feature attractions such as the Illini Engineering Challenge, the Jerry Sanders Robot Design Competition and a keynote speech by author and astronomer Phil Pliat. While EOH is the talk of the town north of Green Street, students outside of Engineering Land are often uninterested, thinking that EOH is not for them. The reality is that EOH is an event with wide appeal that should be embraced by the campus as a whole. EOH is the largest student-run event at this university, consistently drawing over 20,000 visitors each year, including many prospective students and alumni. The quality of the event is something that most universities can’t rival, making it a staple of the Illinois experience. Thus, no senior’s bucket list should be complete until they have gone and experienced at least some of what EOH has to offer. Now, you may be wondering: What could an accounting or political science major possibly get out of watching a non-Newtonian fluids demonstration? It turns out a lot, in fact. For starters, EOH provides the unique experience for non-engineering majors to get a taste of what engineering is all about. This can provide a greater appreciation and understanding of the kind of work that engineering students and faculty are involved in and why it is significant. This understanding is critical in a world that is driven by technological innovation. Regardless of your major, technological changes are going to impact your life in some way — be it through a new cell phone, computer application or car running on alternative energy. Having a better understanding of where this technology comes from will make you better able to use it to your maximum advantage. In addition to the idealistic benefits, EOH is a tremendous opportunity to learn something new and interesting. The exhibits are designed to illustrate everything from basic scientific principles to cutting edge research. With the exhibits sprawling across the entire engineering campus, representing everything from computer algorithms to hydrosystems, you are almost guaranteed to stumble across something that peaks your curiosity. At an even simpler level, EOH is just plain fun. For instance, you can watch the state-of-the-art crusher in Talbot Laboratory apply a million pounds of force to burst a cement column, you can witness a live simulation of a dorm room catching fire, and you can experience a live Tesla coil concert on the Bardeen Quad. All of these exhibits can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of age or background. These thrills feed in to the main message of EOH, which is that engineering itself is exciting. The projects that University students and faculty are working on have the potential to revolutionize the way we live. Thus, understanding the importance of promoting engineering, even if you yourself are not a scientist or engineer, is essential for enabling a better future for all. Experiencing EOH as someone from a non-engineering background even offers the possibility to find an original connection between something you see being presented with something that you are working on in your own field of interest. This intermingling of ideas is the key to creativity, which is something that everybody values. So, regardless of what you are studying or what your interests are, come out either Friday or Saturday to get a healthy dose of engineering. Admission is free for all students, and you can spend the day exploring parts of campus that you may have never even known about before. It will definitely be a blast, and it may even be a life changing experience.

Andrew is a sophomore in Engineering. He can be reached at ajhorto2@ dailyillini.com.


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Eight-week courses can be beneficial but challenging BY TAYLOR ELLIS STAFF WRITER

For students looking to increase their course load, get classes out of the way or learn about a new topic, eight-week courses are an option. With second-eight-week courses beginning March 11, condensed courses will be offered on a variety of topics. According to Gina Martinez, professor of political science, eight-week courses can be a great option for students who are balancing their school work with other commitments. Specifically, online courses can be beneficial, such as the foundations of political science class she teaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know some students who are either working or arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to come to campus all the time and really benefit from the online eight-week courses,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can just get it out of the way and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit more flexible with their schedules.â&#x20AC;? Eight-week courses can also be an option for students who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily interested in certain topic that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re required to learn about. By only having to endure a course for half the amount of time, it can make learning about an unfavorable topic less painful.

Shortened courses are also an option for those planning to graduate in May who need to complete their curriculum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to take a secondeight-week course because I realized I need more hours to graduate than I thought,â&#x20AC;? said Patrick Sullivan, junior in Business. Sullivan, who will take a labor and employment relations course this semester as an eight-week course, explained that he likes taking classes this way because it gives him time to get used to a few of his classes before adding more hours during the second eight weeks. However, for those who have never taken an eight-week course, it may take some getting used to. According to Martinez, the format of an eightweek course is different from the classes most students are accustomed to, especially if the course is online. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a student was taking all online classes, they would get used to that kind of format,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just jumping into a class for eight weeks, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not remembering that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to be posting discussions online since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to talking in class and turning things in during class.â&#x20AC;?

Sullivan explained that it can be more difficult to remember to do class work when you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually going to class. Even though it may take some time to get used to an eightweek course, the class structure generally is not any more confusing than full-length courses. Lynn Holley, lecturer in journalism and academic programs coordinator for the department of journalism, explained that crisis communications, an eight-week course only offered in the spring, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too difficult to manage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anything we put up as homework and assignments wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doable,â&#x20AC;? Holley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We gave everyone the course evaluation and no one mentioned it was too much work.â&#x20AC;? Whether students like it or not, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to each individual to decide if an eight-week course is a good choice for them. It may seem risky to take a course thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condensed into a short period of time, but it could be potentially beneficial to do so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as long as the student is willing to work hard.

Taylor can be reached at ellis31@ dailyillini.com.

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WASHINGTON â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced Tuesday by the head of the Transportation Security Administration. The new policy conforms U.S. security standards to international standards, and allows TSA to concentrate its energies on more serious safety threats, the agency said in a statement. The announcement, made by TSA Administrator John Pistole at an airline industry gathering in New York, drew an immediate outcry from unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers, who said the items are still dangerous in the hands of the wrong passengers. Transport Workers Union Local 556, which represents over 10,000 flight attendants at Southwest Airlines, called the new policy â&#x20AC;&#x153;dangerousâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;shortsighted,â&#x20AC;? saying it was designed to make â&#x20AC;&#x153;the lives of TSA staff easier, but not make flights safer.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we agree that a passenger wielding a small knife or swinging a golf club or hockey stick poses less of a threat to the pilot locked in the cockpit, these are real threats to passengers and flight attendants in the passenger cabin,â&#x20AC;? the union said in a statement. The policy change was based on a recommendation from an internal TSA working group, which decided the items represented no real danger, said David Castelveter, a spokesman for the agency. The presence on flights of gun-carrying pilots traveling as passengers, federal air marshals and airline crew members trained in self-defense provide additional layers of security to protect against misuse of the items, he said. However, not all flights have federal air marshals or armed pilots onboard. The new policy permits folding knives with blades that are 2.36 inches or less in length and are less than 1/2-inch wide. The

policy is aimed at allowing passengers to carry pen knives, corkscrews with small blades and other knives. Passengers also will be allowed to bring onboard as part of their carry-on luggage novelty-sized baseball bats less than 24 inches long, toy plastic bats, billiard cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and two golf clubs, the agency said. The policy goes into effect on April 25. Security standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency, already call for passengers to be able to carry those items. Those standards are non-binding, but many countries follow them. Box cutters, razor blades and knives that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fold or that have molded grip handles will still be prohibited, the TSA said. Reaction to the changes was mostly positive among travelers interviewed Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I figure small knives are appropriate and fine,â&#x20AC;? said Becca Wong of Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People carry pocket knives on them daily on the street so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just as at risk there versus on an airplane. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not really too concerned about it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just a little small pocketknife that most people have isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to do a whole lot of damage to anybody,â&#x20AC;? agreed Matt Shaw of Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that big a deal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I carry a pocket knife as well,â&#x20AC;? said Tunde Akinyele of Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I know when I travel I leave it at home. They were taking those small knives that you use to clean your fingernails â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those, no. But a pocket knife, I would say, yes, that is a weapon. It can be used to harm somebody on the flight. So I would say still we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow that yet.â&#x20AC;? The policy change got a thumbs up from Dean Rhymer, a Junior Los Angeles Kings hockey player who strode into the terminal carrying a hockey stick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be helpful. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to carry it on to bring it places.â&#x20AC;? The items that will be permitted under the new policy donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t present any greater dan-

ger than other everyday items that passengers can turn into weapons, aviation security consultant John L. Sullivan said. A pen or a toothbrush can be sharpened into a knife like the â&#x20AC;&#x153;shivsâ&#x20AC;? inmates sometimes make in prisons, he said. Some airlines have returned to using real glassware and silverware in first class, rather than plastic or paper, he noted. Glasses can be broken and used as weapons, he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of things you can use on an airplane if you are intent on hurting someone,â&#x20AC;? said Sullivan, co-founder of the Welsh-Sullivan Group in Dallas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Security is never 100 percent.â&#x20AC;? But speaking as a passenger, he said, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;last thing I need is someone getting on a plane taking up valuable space with their pool cues and hockey sticks.â&#x20AC;? Douglas Laird, a former security director at Northwest Airlines and now a security consultant, said the change was long overdue. He said security should focus more on profiling passengers and less on what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re carrying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After 9/11, TSA did a lot of things pretty fast without thinking it through. They have better things to do than look for a guy whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a 2-inch knife,â&#x20AC;? he said. There has been a gradual easing of some of the security measures applied to airline passengers after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In 2005, the TSA changed its policies to allow passengers to carry on airplanes small scissors, knitting needles, tweezers, nail clippers and up to four books of matches. The move came as the agency turned its focus toward keeping explosives off planes, because intelligence officials believed that was the greatest threat to commercial aviation. And in September 2011, the TSA no longer required children 12 years old and under to remove their shoes at airport checkpoints. The agency recently issued new guidelines for travelers 75 years old and older so they can avoid removing shoes and light jackets when they go through airport security checkpoints.

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practice makes perfect â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be a fulltime, professional musician, sort of work my way up.â&#x20AC;? ADAM DAVIS, bassist

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Adam Davis, sophomore in LAS, stands with his upright bass in the music building. Davis plays in several local orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and near Chicago and St. Louis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I practice two to four hours a day every day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The time commitment does take away from time to do homework, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really impact me.â&#x20AC;?

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a tiny practice room in the Music Building, Adam Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; towering upright bass seems even more massive. As he plays a small part of Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3rd Cello Suite, his passion for the music is obvious. Since picking up the upright bass at age 10, Davis, sophomore in LAS, has established an impressive resume that includes both local and international symphony orchestras. Davis was 15 when he began playing professionally, or as he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;when people started paying me to play.â&#x20AC;? Although he is not involved with any music groups directly affiliated with the University, he plays with a local organization called the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, whose next performance will take place at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on March 9. Davis, though not obligated, is committed to practicing his art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I practice two to four hours a day every day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The time commitment does take away from time to do homework, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really impact me.â&#x20AC;?

Lee Mirowitz, Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roomSince becoming a professional mate and a junior in LAS, con- bassist, Davis has conjured up a firmed Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dedication to his collection of experiences, some instrument. of which have carried him across â&#x20AC;&#x153;He makes time to practice the world. The summer after his every day, but he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it freshman year, he earned an consume him,â&#x20AC;? he said. internship with the Pacific Music Mirowitz said that Davis is also Festival Orchestra and toured passionate about chess and makes Japan with the organization. Durtime to practice it, as well as com- ing another summer, Davis toured plete all of his schoolwork. South America with the Chicago â&#x20AC;&#x153;He makes Youth Symphosure that things ny Orchestra. that are imporIn August 2010, tant to him all Davis played have a good fracon the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kidzation of his time,â&#x20AC;? paloozaâ&#x20AC;? stage Mirowitz said. at the Chicago â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t music festival think something Lollapalooza. is important, he â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played with Dan Zanes (and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry about it.â&#x20AC;? the Chicago Rhett BradYouth Symphony ADAM DAVIS, Soundtrack) on ley, fellow bassbassist the kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stage,â&#x20AC;? ist and junior in LAS, said Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Davis said about hard work pays off. the experience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coolest part â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always benefit from playing was that I got a free artist pass.â&#x20AC;? with someone better than me, and One of Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; career highlights Adam is a phenomenal bassist,â&#x20AC;? was his performance with the VidBradley said. eo Game Orchestra, wherein he Bradley said that playing along- was conducted by well-known side Davis and having the ability composer Alvin Silvestri, who to critique each other and share is responsible for the scores for music challenges him to become films such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to the Futureâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forrest Gump.â&#x20AC;? a better player.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a big city and be playing with a professional orchestra full-time.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really fun and just a great experience to be able to play the music while being conducted by him,â&#x20AC;? Davis said. Davis takes pride in his work as a musician and plans to continue playing. Of his future, Davis said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be a full-time professional musician, sort of work my way up. Hopefully, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in a big city and be playing with a professional orchestra full time.â&#x20AC;? Mirowitz, too, sees a bright future for the bassist, citing the first time he met Davis. The friends first met this past summer, when Davis came to the dining hall where Mirowitz was eating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He asked if I wanted to hear him play and ended up lugging this giant instrument into the cafeteria,â&#x20AC;? Mirowitz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He performed his upright bass for everyone in the dining hall, and I was amazed.â&#x20AC;? Mirowitz describes Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; diverse interests and his passion for the things he does a â&#x20AC;&#x153;breath of fresh air.â&#x20AC;? Bradley describes Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; musical skills as â&#x20AC;&#x153;phenomenal.â&#x20AC;? However, Davis describes himself just as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal student.â&#x20AC;?

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#2 Nebraska (19-11, 8-8)

Jordan Hooper: 17.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg Lindsey Moore: 15.0 ppg, 5.4 apg At Mich., Mich. St. South Dakota St.

#7 Iowa (19-11, 8-8)

Jaime Printy: 13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg Morgan Johnson: 14.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg At Purdue, Iowa State Vs. FIU, Northwestern

Game 5 Winner

Game 1 Winner

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#10 Northwestern

Game 9 Winner

(13-16, 5-11)

Kendall Hackney: 13.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg Maggie Lyon: 12.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg At Ill., at Iowa, at Minn. At Ill. St., Hofstra, at Ind.

#3 Purdue (21-8, 10-6)

Courtney Moses: 13.2 ppg, 38.1 3-pt % Drey Mingo: 12.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg At Neb., at Mich. St., at Ill. At Ind.

#6 Illinois (16-12, 9-7)

Karisma Penn: 19. 4 ppg, 9.9 rpg Adrienne GodBold: 17. 3 ppg, 7.1 rpg Georgia, at Neb. Bradley, Ill. St., Northwestern

Game 6 Winner

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Game 2 Winner

2013 Tournament Champion

#11 Wisconsin (11-18, 3-13)

Morgan Paige: 16.1 ppg Cassie Rochel: 7.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg Penn St. Northwestern, at Va. Tech

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#8 Minnesota

Maggie Lucas: 20.5 ppg, 47 3-pt % Alex Bentley: 14.0 ppg, 3.7 spg At Neb., at Texas A&M, At Mich. St. Minn., Wisc.

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Rachel Banham: 21.0 ppg, 4.1 apg Micaella Riche: 13.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg Penn St. Vs. Richmond, at Kan., Northwestern

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Game 3 Winner

#9 Ohio St.

Game 10 Winner

(17-12, 7-9)

Tayler Hill: 21.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg Ashley Adams: 9.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg At Ill., Mich. St., Mich. At Wash. St., at Wisc.

#5 Michigan (20-9, 9-7)

Kate Thompson: 14.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg Jenny Ryan: 10.4 ppg, 5.3 apg At Purdue At Utah

#12 Indiana (11-18, 2-14)

Aulani Sinclair: 15.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg Jasmine McGee: 12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg Purdue Belmont, Cleveland State, Wisc.

#4 Michigan St. (22-7, 10-6)

Klarissa Bell: 11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg Jasmine Thomas: 10.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg Vs. Texas Tech, at Ill., at Purdue None

Game 8 Winner

Game 4 Winner Finally favored Seniors Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold have not been favored in three trips to the Big Ten Tournament, but, as a No. 6 seed, the Illini will finally be favored against No. 11 seed Wisconsin on Thursday. Look at how Penn, GodBold and the Illini did the last three years: 2010 — 1st round: No. 9 Illinois 59, No. 8 Indiana 53. Quarterfinals: No. 1 Ohio State 66, Illinois 55.

Illinois opens postseason at Big Ten Tournament

2011 — 1st round: No. 11 Illinois 63, No. 6 Wisconsin 56. Quarterfinals: Illinois 55, No. 3 Michigan 43. Semifinals: No. 2 Penn State 79, Illinois 64.

2012 — 1st round: No. 7 Michigan 68, No. 10 Illinois 53.

a risma Penn and Adrienne GodBold are used to being the underdogs. The Illinois women’s basketball team’s seniors have never been favored in their three appearances in the Big Ten Tournament and have never came in higher than a No. 9 seed, yet have found moderate success, going 3-3, including becoming the first No. 11 seed to make the semifinals in 2011. First-year head coach Matt Bollant is looking to change the underdog mindset. “We want them to believe that we should win, that they deserve to win,” Bollant said. “One of the things you do as a winning program is you believe you should win and you believe when you step on the court that you’re going to win.” For the first time in four years, Penn, GodBold and the Illini are favored to win their first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament this Thursday, when they face No. 11 seed Wisconsin at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. To demonstrate the change, the Illini were given dog tags before their trip to the tournament that said, “Started from the bottom now we’re here.” Illinois has already defeated

Wisconsin twice this season in a 64-56 win Feb. 3 and a 60-53 win Feb. 18. “That gives you a lot of confidence,” Bollant said. The first two meetings between the Illini and the Badgers were similar in many ways. Not only were the final scores and margin of victory just points apart, but the Badgers had 27 turnovers and shot 37 percent and 39 percent in both of their losses. “It wasn’t as tough as it was the first time,” GodBold said. “We pretty much know how they play. I’m not too much worried about it.” GodBold, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, said stopping Wisconsin junior Morgan Paige will be key beating the Badgers. Paige scored 23 points in the first meeting between the two teams but was limited to 14 in the second. She also committed 14 combined turnovers in the two meetings. Illinois would have to win four games in four days to win the Big Ten Tournament, a task that has no team has accomplished since the tournament’s inception in 1995. “It’s more mental,” GodBold said. “Yeah, there’s physical

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Share some love for players out of the spotlight ARYN BRAUN Sports columnist

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JONATHAN DAVIS THE DAILY ILLINI

Terry Hawthorne breaks a tackle from Indiana’s Nick Stoner after intercepting the football Oct. 27. Indiana beat Illinois 31-17. Hawthorne, along with Michael Buchanan, Akeem Spence and Hugh Thornton, will be competing in Pro Timing Day on Thursday.

Illini to host NFL hopefuls at Pro Timing Day Four Illini follow up strong performances in scouting combine BY SEAN HAMMOND STAFF WRITER

Illinois football players with aspirations of playing at the next level will have their final chance to impress NFL scouts Thursday when Illinois hosts its Pro Timing Day.NFL hopefuls Michael Buchanan, Terry Hawthorne, Akeem Spence, Hugh Thornton

and others are expected to participate in drills before NFL personnel at Irwin Indoor Practice Facility at 8:15 a.m. The aforementioned four were the only Illini invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis, Ind. The Combine and Pro Day are the players’ two largest opportunities to catch the eyes of scouts between football season and draft day. None of the four Illini is expected to be drafted in the first round.

Spence, who is foregoing his senior season at Illinois, is expected to go as early as the second round. He performed well at February’s NFL Combine; notably in the bench press, where he placed third out of all of the defensive lineman, bench pressing the 225-pound barbell 37 times. Hawthorne might be the Illini with the most to prove at Pro Day. After a 2011 season in which he had three interceptions and 60 total tackles,Hawthorne saw his numbers decrease in 2012 and

missed part of the season because of injuries following a vicious hit at Wisconsin on Oct. 6.He had to be taken off the field in an ambulance after attempting to tackle Badger’s tight end Derek Watt. Hawthorne ran the 40-yarddash in 4.41 seconds at the Combine but will need to improve in other areas if he wants to see his draft stock rise. Beckman said he liked what he heard about the Illini players at the Combine.

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ometimes I tell my friends I’m secretly an offensive lineman. I’m actually 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds. I know, I hide it well. Typical responses to this statement range anywhere from milk -out-of-the-nose-type laughter to utter disbelief that out of all the positions at my imaginary disposal, I would choose center ... or maybe linebacker? The verdict it still out. “G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S” Fergie taught me how to spell glamorous back in 2007. Such creativity in song titles these days. But what makes one position in sports more glamorous or alluring than another? They’re all necessary. You can’t have a soccer team without a goalkeeper, or a baseball team without a right fielder. So why do the quarterbacks and pitchers get all the pretty girls and sweet endorsement deals? I am reminded strongly of the BCS national championship this past January, when the cameras panned on Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend, former Miss Alabama and Auburn alum Katherine Webb, and announcer Brent Musburger just about had a heart attack. The 73-year-old Musburger concluded his embarrassing speech with the line, “You quarterbacks, you get all the good-looking women.” Awkward.

“I be on the movie screens, magazines and bougie scenes ... ” Bling, swag, attention, kudos. Whatever you want to call it, certain positions get more of it than others. Let’s face it, even at a school where the football team goes winless for the season, everyone knows who the quarterback is. Glamour doesn’t only confine itself to one position on a team, but the entire sports scene. In America, we love our football, basketball and baseball. Soccer is big in Europe, and England and India are huge cricket markets. But what about the little guys? Gymnastics, ice skating or swimming. Do we even hear about sports such as these other than every four years at the Olympics? Now there are rare cases where you have an athlete so spectacular or so full of personality that he breaks out of this unfortunate dichotomy of the adored and the forgotten. Apolo Ohno — speed skater. Usain Bolt — sprinter. Brian Scalabrine — beloved bench warmer. Aryn Braun — offensive lineman. Just kidding. “I’ve got money in the bank, and I’d really like to thank all the fans ... ” While it’s always nice to hear players thank the “O-line,” the “guys behind me” and “all the fans that got us here today” during postgame news conferences or award acceptance speeches, I propose a new way of thinking. The major networks might want to read this.

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Dry stretches for Illini offense destroying season DANIEL MILLERMCLEMORE Basketball columnist

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hat the hell is going on?â&#x20AC;? Twice, I turned to Ethan Asofsky, one of the Daily Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball beat writers, as we watched Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loss at Iowa on Tuesday, searching for an answer that was not readily forthcoming. Both times were the opening stretches to halves. Both times Illinois was mired in an awful slump. Both times I was left without a good answer to the question. Illinois began the game scoring only four points in the first 11:44, a remarkable stretch of offensive futility rife with bad shot selection, squandered fastbreak opportunities and misses on any good shots that were open. The Illini managed to stay in the game with effective defense, their active hands creating multiple Hawkeye turnovers and contesting open looks. They clawed their way back from an 11-point deficit, even managing to take a brief lead before trailing by three at the half. But then it happened again. The second half began and the Illinois offense again resembled the immediate aftermath of the plane crash in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost,â&#x20AC;? the survivors roaming around with stunned looks on their faces as they took in the carnage. Iowa showed a zone press, often sinking back into a half-court zone,

and the Illini looked lost. Their spacing was poor, waning shot clocks went unnoticed and it culminated in a total of three points being scored in the first 8:16 of the half as Iowa again built an 11-point lead. To their credit, Illinois was able to fight back yet again, climbing to within two with just under five minutes remaining before the Hawkeyes slammed the door shut. But this tendency for the Illini to dig themselves holes early in halves is costing them resume-building wins. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an anomaly. In fact, it has developed into a norm on the road against quality opponents. In Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; last four road games against good teams (Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ignoring the game at Northwestern because, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, without Drew Crawford and Jared Swopshire, the Wildcats are the equivalent of a high school team. And they play in a high school gym. Those bookish nerds.), they have been outscored by double digits to open a half four times (the second half at Iowa just missed the cut, coming in eight points.) The most glaring example occurred at No. 10 Michigan State in January, when Illinois led by 10 at the break before the Spartans roared past with a 14-0 run to start the second half. Illinois lost 80-75. The Illini didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until the second half at Minnesota. Illinois trailed 13-2 out of the gate and 26-14 but was able to recover to lead by one at the half. This was the only one of these four games the Illini managed to win, and it came against a Golden Gopher team playing without an injured Rodney Williams.

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Illinois guard Brandon Paul reacts to being called for a foul during the game against Iowa, Tuesday, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 63-55, dropping the Illini to 21-10 on the year. Illinois will head to Ohio State on Saturday for a season-ending matchup with the Buckeyes. It happened once again at No. 7 Michigan. After the Illini built a three-point halftime lead, the Wolverines erased it with a 16-3 run. Brandon Paul disappeared on offense, not even attempting a shot, and Illinois fell 71-58. And then of course Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa, the openings of both halves caused most Illinois fans to ask, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the hell is going on?â&#x20AC;? once more. This sort of trend should not

develop, particularly with a team filled with veterans. Head coach John Groce admitted as much following the game, saying he was disappointed. The fact is, Illinois isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consistent enough offensively to mount the sort of comeback needed to climb out of these Shia Lebeouf-sized holes. With no inside presence (Iowa outscored Illinois 28-12 in the paint) and a flagging transition game, the Illi-

ni have nowhere to go when they need easy buckets. They simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to fall behind by such large margins. The road wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any easier on Saturday at Ohio State, which has lost only twice at home all season (to No. 4 Kansas and No. 2 Indiana no less), and is playing its best basketball of the season coming off a convincing win at Indiana. Illinois matches up well with

the Buckeyes, as evident by its dominant 19-point win in early January, and has a decent shot to pull the upset. But if the Illini find themselves in an early hole, asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What the hell is going on?â&#x20AC;?, chances are they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t climb out of it.

Daniel is a senior in Media. He can be reached at miller1@dailyillini.com and @danielmillermc.

Groce hitting the road, trying to lure top 2014 talent to Illini BY THOMAS BRUCH STAFF WRITER

As the days on the calendar peel off to reveal the month of March and the college basketball season winds to a close, talk of madness, buzzer-beaters and championships start to dominate the college basketball scene. For Illinois head coach John Groce, though, March serves as just another month to continue planting his imprint into the program as he finishes up his first year as head coach. His team sits at a 21-10 record and firmly into the field for the NCAA tournament, but Groce still has his eye on recruiting.

Cliff Alexander, a Class of 2014 center prospect from (Chicago) Curie Metro High School, attended Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final home game of the season Saturday. Alexander ranks as the No. 5 prospect in the Class of 2014, according to Scout. com, and the No. 2-ranked prospect at center behind fellow Chicagoan Jahill Okafor, who is also a recruiting target of the Illini. The Orange Krush serenaded Alexander with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Want Cliffâ&#x20AC;? chant during Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game, which elicited a smile from the high school junior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it,â&#x20AC;? Alexander said of the Krushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They showed a lot of love. I loved the crowd.â&#x20AC;?

Alexander decided to attend Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game last Wednesday after Groce visited his practice. The prospect cited the coaching staff as one of the primary reasons for his interest in Illinois, along with a certain high-profile scorer on the current Illini roster â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brandon Paul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He got game,â&#x20AC;? Alexander said. A formidable list of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite basketball programs is in the running for Alexander, including Kentucky, Michigan State, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Before Alexander can dwell on any college choices, he must finish his high school basketball

season first. Alexander contributed 16 points and 16 rebounds in Curieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demolition of (Chicago) Bogan High School in a regional final last Friday and will face fellow 2014 rival Okafor on Thursday in a sectional semifinals matchup. Meanwhile, Groce used a light day following a loss to Iowa to trek to Evansville, Ind., on Wednesday and visit Class of 2014 point guard JaQuan Lyle. On Wednesday, Lyle confirmed the visit via Twitter, tweeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Groce coming to practice today..â&#x20AC;? Lyle previously attended Illinoisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; loss to Michigan in January

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BY CLAIRE LAVEZZORIO STAFF WRITER

After winning the Big Ten Match Play Championship in early February, the Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf team pulled off a win at the Louisiana Classics against some of the top-ranked teams in the nation on Monday and Tuesday. The team won with a final score of 2-over-par, after holding off LSU and Houston by eight and 10 strokes, respectively. After the first two rounds played at the par-72, 6,898-yard Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La., all five Illini

BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1B wear and tear on your body, but mentally you have to be tough. This is the Big Ten.â&#x20AC;? Physically, the quick turnaround may be more difficult for the Illini, who only give six players significant minutes. Bollant thinks his team can handle the turnaround. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This time of year, if you win and move on and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing in the quarters, or the semis, or the finals, the excitement and the adrenaline, that should mean a lot to you,â&#x20AC;? Bollant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to go. Our starting five is as fit as anybody in the conference and almost any team in the nation.â&#x20AC;? The tournament has become more important for the Illini after they lost their final two games of the regular season and three of their last four, with the only win coming over lastplace Indiana. The recent slide has turned Illinois from a solid NCAA tournament team into one on the bubble. A win over Wisconsin would give a small boost to the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tournament chances, though Illinois could greatly improve its resume with a win over Wisconsin and over No. 3 seed Purdue on Friday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like we deserve to be in, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always trying to increase your resume,â&#x20AC;? Bollant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For us, we want to end on a good note.â&#x20AC;? Illinois lost to potential opponent Purdue on Sunday, though Bollant said his team was playing some of its best basketball of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As much as any loss that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had as a coach, watching the film, I felt really good about how we played, how hard we played, how together we were.â&#x20AC;? Bollant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, we can carry that into the Big Ten Tournament and play extremely well there.â&#x20AC;?

Johnathan can be reached at hetting2@dailyillini.com and @jhett93.

FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 1B He was especially glad that they made it through the interview process without any hiccups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand that (the interview) is just as important as running a fast 40 or lifting a lot of weight,â&#x20AC;? Beckman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how you respond to people and how you communicate, especially when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get drafted in those first couple of rounds.â&#x20AC;?

75 the first round and 72 the second, Pieters was tied for 20th along with freshman Charlie Danielson. His third-round 68 earned him a fifthplace finish in the 14-team field. Pieters had battled the flu for a week after the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, in which the Illini placed third, in late February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out for almost a week,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat very well and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of energy to make it through a 36-hole day.â&#x20AC;? Pietersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; condition didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop him from leading the Illinois squad by two strokes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was definitely expecting to shoot

that low,â&#x20AC;? he said of his final round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got off to a great start the last day. I gave myself a lot of birdie chances and am extremely happy how my round ended up.â&#x20AC;? Pieters was also pleased by the play of his team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really encouraging how the whole team played steady. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re such a deep team with a lot of talent throughout, and I think that definitely showed in Lafayette,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sophomore Brian Campbell finished tied for 11th while Jacobs and Detry tied for 17th among the competitive field.

Danielson tied for 26th overall while sophomore Alex Burge and freshman David Kim, both playing as individuals, tied for 13th and 33rd, respectively. The win gives Illinois top-three finishes in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first two stroke-play tournaments this season. This is also the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth win this year, adding to victories at the Big Ten Match Play Championships, the Wolf Run Invitational and the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate, the latter two which were in the fall.

Claire can be reached at lavezzo2@dailyillini.com.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis served a win, loss in South Bend BY J.J. WILSON STAFF WRITER

After shutting out Illinois State 4-0 to start the day, the newly-ranked No. 13 Illinois menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis team dropped to 7-4 on the season in a 4-1 loss to Notre Dame. In the morning against the Redbirds, winning duos of freshman Alex Jesse and sophomore Farris Gosea alongside sophomores Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski took two of three courts to pinch their third consecutive doubles point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They kicked our butts at No. 3 doubles, so that put a lot of pressure on the other two doubles right away,â&#x20AC;? head coach Brad Dancer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that was a good test for our doubles to sharpen us up a bit.â&#x20AC;? Kopinski and Gosea fed off their doubles energy to claim quick singles victories while freshman Brian Page redeemed his previous loss against then-No. 20 Northwestern with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Redbirdsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jacob Wilson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the top of the lineup to the bottom of the lineup, I think our team is really competitive and really emotionally engages our opponent,â&#x20AC;? senior Stephen Hoh said. Kopinski said the Redbirds put up tough battles on all courts, but the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall preparation for the matches gave them the leg up. After starting the day on a good note, the Illini tried to bring similar

Beckman said the NFL hopefuls have been working out at Irwin Practice Facility and the lifting at the football facilities. He also said other former Illini in the NFL have been back on campus working out. He said former players are always welcome to come back, and the team even does their laundry for them â&#x20AC;&#x153;because this is their football team.â&#x20AC;? It is common for players to only do certain workouts at Pro Day, usually the ones in which they feel they can improve on their scores from the official combine.

energy into their night match, but the Irish were fresh and ready for their first match of the day. This time, Jesse and Gosea were taken down 8-5 followed shortly by freshman Jared Hiltzik and senior Bruno Abdelnour of the same deficit. Both defeats cut short duo Kopinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Guignonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4-3 battle as they struggled to get on top. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re weak (in doubles),â&#x20AC;? Dancer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve won four of 11, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not going to cut it.â&#x20AC;? An Irish victory in doubles tipped the momentum, showing in nearly every court of singles competition. Hiltzik, ranked No. 37 in ITA singles and named the Big Tenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athlete of the Week, clinched the lone point for Illinois in a 6-4, 6-3 win. Hiltzik has put up a 3-0 record in singles in the past week and has won crucial singles points for the team all season, including the winning point in the match against then-No. 5 Duke. In the end though, it was the Irish who claimed the match, defeating Abdelnour, Gosea and Guignon and leaving the other two unfinished. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Notre Dame was resilient,â&#x20AC;? Dancer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking back, the coaches made some mistakes in terms of just how we did our lineup. I think the guys played really hard, played with tremendous spirit, it was a terrific college tennis match, and I was certainly proud of our guysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; effort.â&#x20AC;? Illinois will have the next 10 days

Last year, former Illini wide receiver A.J. Jenkins took advantage of Pro Day and was eventually drafted 30th overall by the 49ers after being projected by some as a third-round draft pick. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Illini will have the same opportunity as Jenkins. They have one more opportunity to wow professional scouts before the NFL Draft begins on April 25.

Sean can be reached at sphammo2@ dailyillini.com and @sean_hammond.

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Sophomore Farris Gosea waits for the ball during the Illiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match against Iowa on Friday. Gosea, and doubles partner Tim Kopinski, won their match against Illinois State on Tuesday before a loss later in the day to Notre Dame. to pick up the pieces before taking on the top-two ranked teams in the country â&#x20AC;&#x201D; No. 1 Virginia and No. 2 USC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to prepare as hard as we possible can,â&#x20AC;? Dancer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We certainly understand that a win over both of those teams would have a

BRAUN FROM PAGE 1B It may seem like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to win a baseball game without a pitcher, but unless he throws strikeouts during each at bat, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in deep trouble without an outfield to back him up. Maybe I just like to root for the underdog. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like that scene in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Replacementsâ&#x20AC;? when Jumbo, a former sumo wrestler, picks up a fumble and sprints as fast as his 400 pounds will carry

huge impact for this season, and even a win over one of those teams would have a big impact. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity on our home courts to make that statement and play as best as we can.â&#x20AC;?

J.J. can be reached at sports@dailyillini. com and @TheWilson9287.

him until he reaches the Promised Land, the end zone. John Madden, in his cameo announcer role, says it best when he exclaims, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to see a fat guy score.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to see different people get a chance to ham it up in the spotlight. In most cases, the recognition allotted to big-name athletes is well-deserved, and they get that attention because of talent and hard work. But there are others working just as hard that may go unnoticed. And so I wait for the day when

sensationalist journalists decide to cover right fielders, cricket players and pommel horse specialists. In the meantime, I will continue to stuff my face with Nutella and Twinkies in the hopes of one day becoming the starting center for the Chicago Bears. Lord knows we need some help in that department. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking at you, Marc Trestman.

Aryn is a junior in LAS. She can be reached at sports@dailyilini.com. Follow her on Twitter @ArynBraun.

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