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First Street (fall 2014) Estimated cost: $113,629.75 Armory Avenue (TBA) Phase 1: Adds off-road bike path from Lincoln Avenue to Goodwin Avenue „Dedicates bike path from Nevada Street to Armory Avenue Path „Dedicates bike path from Nevada Street to Gregory Drive „Dedicates bike path from Armory Avenue Path to Gregory Drive Phase 2: Adds off-road bike path from Goodwin Avenue to Mathews Avenue Phase 3: Adds off-road bike path from Mathews Avenue to Wright Street Adds shared use path by Undergraduate Library from Lorado Taft Path to Armory Path

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Editor’s note: This is the final part of a five-part series. In this personal essay, Daily Illini columnist Melanie Stone combines her story with that of experts and multiple women across the country.

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Bike path plan pedals forward “People are glad to see Plan seeks to move community toward increased safety, sustainability this report that explains BY CLAIRE EVERETT cyclists on campus, funding future infrastructure and renewing the University’s standing how it all fits together University Facilities and Services is accepting feed- improvements as a national leader in bicycle friendliness. on its currently unfunded $4 million “2013 CamIts main focus is to improve the network of Univerand how we’re going back pus Bike Plan” on the Illinois Climate Action Plan sity bike paths. website. The first paths were created in the 1950s; because to move forward.” The plan is a compilation of projects to improve bicycle riding has increased, improvements on infraSTAFF WRITER

MORGAN JOHNSTON, sustainability coordinator

bicycle infrastructure, education and enforcement on campus and will be finalized this summer. “The University has not had a bike plan for several decades,” said Rebecca Bird, Urbana planning official. “The University owns some streets, and ChampaignUrbana owns others. The University is right in the middle, and that connection is missing.” The plan’s goals include increasing safety and sustainability, improving mobility and accessibility for

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structure, education and enforcement are called for in this plan. “We have a lot that needs to be done,” said Morgan Johnston, sustainability coordinator. “People are glad to see this report that explains how it all fits together and how we’re going to move forward. Johnston said funding would be requested from

hen I started writing this series, it had been almost eight weeks since I left the University. So much had happened by that point: I started seeing a psychologist and a counselor, applied to other colleges, enrolled in online classes, visited friends at their respective campuses, spent time with them when they came back to Hinsdale, Ill., dropped the sorority, started a new devotional plan, kept up with yoga, decided to return to the University for the spring semester and live with other Christ followers in Stratford House, and devoted myself to this very story. Today, I am finally at a healthy weight for my body. I don’t obsess over calories anymore, and I now know how to properly indulge in a slice of pie or a cupcake. I have slip-ups sometimes. Food can still tempt me, and there are moments when I believe lies and lose the battle. My binges, though, are different these days. They are very rare, they are small, and each time it happens, I learn new truths about life and about myself and about God. Instead of crying and wallowing in self-pity, I recover by spending time in the pages of my Bible. Instead of shutting down, I openly share my struggle with others. Instead of punishing myself, I choose forgiveness. This, then, is what healing looks like. Physically, I still wish my stomach was a little flatter or my arms were more toned. But I’m learning how to look at my body with love. God didn’t intend for me to be bony and small. I have curves, a courtesy gift from Him, and these days, I’ve been trying to embrace them. The most important change is my heart. For the first time in my life, I feel peace. My time away from the University allowed me to rest my soul and renew my mind, and fill with hope once more. It didn’t happen overnight. I had to recognize my weakness — my desire to control life and perfect myself and find acceptance — and lay it down before God. I didn’t heal myself. He did. Over Christmas break and near the end of my semester at home, my best friends and I got to talking about happiness. “You know,” I said, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so content before. I just have this crazy sense of calm, of Christ in me. It’s amazing.”

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New student trustee discusses refundable fees, Chief Illiniwek Cunningham plans to create new ad-hoc RSO committees, focus groups BY TYLER DAVIS STAFF WRITER

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The Daily Illini sat down with new student trustee Mike Cunningham at the Illini Union and had a conversation about his views and goals for his term. Cunningham, junior in LAS, is originally from River Grove, Ill. His term starts July 1, but he said he has already been setting up meetings with different student leaders and administrators.

The Daily Illini: How would you characterize yourself? Mike Cunningham: Energetic. Definitely pro-

active — through my experiences, I would call myself a leader. Outgoing. I love to joke around a lot. I’m not too serious all the time, but when I need to be, I can be. I like to have a good time; I like to work hard, play hard, sit down, have a good time, but at the same time get the work done.

DI: What’s your past history with politics? MC: Sophomore year, I sat on the Illinois StuSee CUNNINGHAM, Page 3A

Condemned Urbana apartments spur talk of new relocation ordinance BY CORINNE RUFF STAFF WRITER

When Esther Patt stepped into an apartment at 2018 S. Fletcher St., her feet first felt the warp in the floor. The tenant of the apartment walked Patt through some of the violations that had yet to be fixed by the landlord. She saw cockroaches crawling around in drawers, on countertops and managing their way into the refrigerator through a crack in the seal. “I am so frustrated,” said Patt, director of the Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union. “City government just lets landlords get away with it.” The residents of this complex are not strangers to poor apartment maintenance. Two weeks ago, 18 occupants were relocated from their former residences at 1302, 1304 and 1401 E. Silver St. City officials condemned the complexes on Feb. 28 due to structural safety issues with the outdoor walkways between apartments. Now just a few blocks south of the old apartments,

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The apartment building at 1401 East Silver St. in Urbana has been condemned due to weaknesses in the building’s exterior walkways and stairways. Two other apartments, located at 1302 and 1304 East Silver St., have had their occupants evacuated until repairs can be made.

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APARTMENTS FROM PAGE 1A Patt said many residents weren’t aware that after the condemnation, their leases were broken, and they could legally seek new housing. The landlord, Paul Zerrouki, of BZ Management, was charged on Feb. 14 with criminal housing management, or “recklessly permit(ing) the physical condition ... to become or remain in any condition which endangers the health or safety of a person,” a Class A misdemeanor. If he were to repeat the offense, he would be charged with a Class 4 felony. Zerrouki is next expected to appear in court on March 27. City planner Libby Tyler said the Fletcher Street units passed code inspections before residents moved in, but she agreed with Patt in saying better education is necessary. “We are looking at revising some of our procedures for these relocations,” Tyler said. Although the apartments received a systematic inspection, where inspectors do an overall check, Patt believes the inspection was not sufficient. She said inspectors would have noticed the cockroaches if they had done a called-in inspection for the specific problem. Patt said she believes the issue is not only about the city more carefully evaluating apartments during inspections but also holding landlords to stricter financial responsibility. Alderwoman Diane Marlin, of Ward 7, where the apartments are located, said the city may have to step in to address the issue with an ordinance, in addition to the city’s existing property maintenance code, that details which financial responsibilities fall to the landlord and how the city will enforce them. “The key is for us to consistently enforce the property maintenance code,” she said. “That’s where the city could step in.” Marlin said an ordinance could require the landlord to pay for moving costs for all residents as well as for their last month’s rent and damage deposit. Urbana mayor Laurel Prussing said city staff is researching the costs of such an ordinance in terms of the city’s liability. If landlords failed to follow the ordinance, the city would have to front the cost and the landlord would be in debt to the city. Prussing said the council will write an ordinance in the next few months. Tyler said she is working on a cover letter to send to affected residents that contains information about tenant rights in the situation of relocation. “It’s difficult when you have an unsafe situation,” she said. “You want people moved quickly and safely, but you want to prevent homelessness. We also need to make sure they are aware of their options.” Paul Zerrouki of BZ Management could not be reached at press time.

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BIKES FROM PAGE 1A campus administration, the University endowment and the Student Sustainability Committee on a project-by-project basis. Facilities and Services is asking for $1 million a year for four years, although this will be a challenge because most infrastructure work can only happen over summers. “We’re showing why (funding is) needed, and we’re working with campus and anyone else that will help fund it,” Johnston said. Last Thursday, Facilities and Services held a feedback session at the ARC where the public was invited to make suggestions about the plan. Johnston said so far, the feedback has been “overwhelmingly positive.” Amelia Neptune, academic hourly at Facilities and Services, who compiled the report, said the next step in the plan is to compile comments from the iCAP feedback forms to edit and clarify the content of the plan. “It’s exciting to have the plan done, but this is certainly just the beginning,” Neptune said. She said feedback reports that they’ve received so far suggested a general sense of urgency to implement the plan faster. However, that is dependent on funding. “I share people’s feelings that this is really important, and we should do everything we can to get it done as quickly as possible,” Neptune said.

Liz Amanieh contributed to this report. Claire can be reached at everett5@dailyillini.com.

“We should do everything we can to get it done as quickly as possible.” AMELIA NEPTUNE, academic hourly

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New video production studio opened in UGL Former classroom turned studio provides video equipment for various student projects BY JANELLE O’DEA STAFF WRITER

The University’s Undergraduate Library opened its professional-grade video production studio in a former library classroom for the first time last week. The studio, which was constructed as a part of the media commons project between the UGL and CITES Academic Technology Services, is meant to provide a collaborative production studio space to students. The new studio allows students to film an assortment of projects, from simple interviews to more complex shots with special effects using the green screen and professional cameras. “The Media Commons is open to supporting digital products of all kinds,” said Eric Kurt, media commons coordinator. “We have designed the studio to have as much versatility as possible.” The UGL did not have a video production studio before the new one was constructed. There are other video production studios on campus, but they are not avail-

able for student use, Kurt said. He said the University Library and CITES ATS partnership wanted to build the studio so students would have room to work together on video projects in a centrally located space. Kurt said the hardest part of constructing was eliminating all the classroom elements in the space and rescheduling classes that were in the room. He said the project was completed over the course of the fall semester. To demonstrate the green screen and entice students to the University, MACS visiting lecturer Rich Potter showed prospective students the capabilities of the green screen at Saturday’s Mediapalooza. Potter and two prospective students filmed and edited a short video discussing the positive and negative effects of Facebook. Potter said he wanted to shoot this “YouTube-style vlog” with prospective students so they could use video production skills and look at media with a critical eye. “A big part of what MACS does

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The new video production studio in the UGL has new equipment aimed at students interested in production. The room includes new technology from a sound board, camera equipment and a green screen. is to get students to look at media critically,” Potter said. “Whether it be discussing representation of identity within media, politics and policy surrounding media, or economics and business models used with media.” The studio is fully functional, Kurt said, but is still waiting on a couple of lights, which are scheduled to arrive this week. Since the studio’s opening, a couple of stu-

dent projects have taken advantage of the setup. Kurt and the rest of the UGL and CITES ATS partnership hope to eventually have YouTube videos explaining how to use the studio, as well as videos to explain how to use loanable technology items. Until the instructional videos are finished, students can email mediacommons@illinois.edu with

a brief explanation of the project they want to shoot. Because of liability issues, a staff member must be present in order for students to use the studio. Students will schedule a time when either Kurt or another UGL staff member can be present to supervise the shoot.

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Prosperity Gardens gets new logo Students collaborate to benefit the people BY AMAYA ADAMS CONTRIBUTING WRITER

University graphic design students have teamed up with Prosperity Gardens to rebrand the urban agricultural nonprofit in hopes of attracting donors. Under the direction of graphic design professors Eric Benson and Brian Wiley, about 60 students in their introductory and intermediate level graphic design classes are creating and promoting the corporate identity of Prosperity Gardens. Prosperity Gardens, run by University alumna Nicole Bridges, is a small organization aimed at providing access to produce and employment for at-risk youth in the North First Street Neighborhood. Vegetables are cultivated by the youth, ages 5 to 17, in an urban garden equipped with 14 raised beds. “Ordinarily we could just be making a poster for a project,” said Sarah Chaney, junior in FAA. “With this (collaboration), we got to see a person who is trying to accomplish something and then try to help (Bridges) accomplish her goals.” With both classes, Benson and Wiley implemented the Vertical University graphic design students work on respective projects to help rebrand Prosperity Gardens. Studio Model, a new teaching approach for the graphic design relations team, was responsible was to the logo, which was origi- have never thought about. That department. for creating videos that would nally off-limits. was a powerful piece just in that “It allows the students to address community outreach. “This logo was near and dear first day.” interact with each other more The graphic design students On Feb. 15, the project began to my heart,” Bridges said. “I — they’re always sort of siloed at with a weekend workshop in said do anything you want, but are scheduled to complete their sophomore, junior, senior levels which students met Bridges and don’t change my logo.” projects for Prosperity Gardens and they hardly get together,” identified challenges Prosperity On the second day of the proj- on March 29. Benson said. “This was a really Gardens faced. ect, Bridges was called and “When it’s all said and done, good chance for them to do that.” For Bridges, the proposal was asked to talk about the logo. it’s been lots of weeks and lots of The students were divided into initially confusing. A simplified, more cost-effi- work on both our parts,” Bridges two three-week sections. The “Just on the basis of what is cient logo was presented to said. “I hope that wherever we’re first session identified issues, a graphic artist going to do for Bridges and she eventually located on North First Street becomes this epicenter around such as Prosperity Gardens’ an urban agriculture non-profit approved. signage as well as fundraising organization,” Bridges said. “It “They completely kept the a movement towards healthier, and planned how to address them was really exciting once we got essence of it but made it much happier living.” while the second session execut- the ball rolling. I was able to get more relevant and effective and ed those plans. on board that first day.” efficient for our needs,” Bridges Amaya can be reached at Chaney, who was on the public One of the first changes made said. “These are things I would amadams4@dailyillini.com

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Q&A FROM PAGE 1A dent Senate’s internal affairs committee and its subcommittee on campus safety, and the past two summers, I interned for Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri and at the County Building.

DI: What’s the first initiative you’d like to undertake in office? MC: I want to create a bunch of

ad-hoc committees (of RSOs) because technically there’s no governance underneath me. ... I do want to create different focus groups ... from different aspects of all University’s culture ... and just get them together and start addressing the real issues that their members have concerns about. ... I want to really create a culture where all RSOs can have a part in this.

Obviously there’s no real way to sit down with 1,000 leaders, but if we can selectively pick different people from different aspects and bring them together, we can really start looking at holistic issues.

DI: Given that the administration has a pretty strong position on nonrefundable fees, how do you plan to go about moving toward refundable fees? MC: That’s something I’m going

to need to sit down and talk to them about face-to-face and ask why. I think some are pretty black-and-white. I’m not going to sit here and say, “Okay, the student transportation fee should be refundable,” because then everybody’s going to say, “I don’t use this,” but hop on the bus anyway. Something as simple as McKinley — if you’re not going to use this insurance system, then you literally can’t

go to McKinley, so that’s a little more black-and-white. If we can’t get them all, I want to get as many as we can.

DI: You mentioned addressing real issues that RSOs are having on campus. What are some examples of those? MC: I think one of the biggest

common misconceptions is campus safety — a lot of people feel that sometimes the campus isn’t safe. I honestly would beg to differ. Just talking with the U of I police chief and the Urbana police chief, (I think) we have one of the safest campuses. I think they do an outstanding job, it’s an outstanding law enforcement agency with some of the best officers we have. I just think people need to be more aware. There needs to be more Illini Alerts, even if it’s just a backpack stolen at the Union or somebody lost their

phone at the UGL. It may not have to be an alert, but maybe on a monthly basis, there’s an email sent out. ... Academic programming is an issue. If you want to double-major in different colleges here, it’s one of the hardest universities to do so. I understand that we’re a very large institution, but I don’t think that creating a barrier and making it as tedious as possible is the proper way to go about that because the more well-rounded and better the students are, the better prepared for the workforce and the more they’re going to be able to give back and make a better name for U of I. We need to make that easier for our students.

DI: I’m sure you saw that the Chief referendum results were released — where do you stand on the mascot issue? MC: I think we need to

“When all is said and done, it’s been lots of weeks and lots of work on both our parts.” NICOLE BRIDGES, University alumna

recognize that this was the NCAA. If we disobey them without proper cause, we no longer have the right to participate in post-season athletics. I think that would be detrimental to the University’s culture and spirit. ... As of right now, I’m not in support of finding another mascot ... I think we need to focus on our academics, our research, our educational policy and institutional matters that are internal or external, like involving more alumni, too. Those are more important than finding a mascot right now, and that’s simply because of the fact I’m satisfied with being the U of I Fighting Illini, and I can almost guarantee that a lot of other students would be, too.

Tyler can be reached at tadavis2@ dailyillini.com

Thousands of European workers demonstrate at EU meeting for economic reform BY DON MELVIN AND RAF CASERT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BRUSSELS — Some 10,000 workers from across the European Union protested outside a summit of EU leaders Thursday, demanding they end years of austerity and focus instead on curbing runaway unemployment with more spending. Trade unions and an increasing number of economists say austerity has inflicted severe economic

pain. Inside the summit, leaders made it clear that they realized that public anger was reaching dangerous levels, but they offered little in the way of new solutions, saying instead they were going to stay the course with enforced budget cuts. “Tonight, in view of our bleak economic prospects, in view of growing social distress, we looked very carefully at the situation,” said Herman Van Rompuy, pres-

ident of the European Council, after the meeting ended. But he added, “The only way out of the crisis is to keep tackling its root causes. ... We reconfirmed our overall economic strategy.” Much of that strategy includes measures to cut spending and raise tax revenues — measures that take money out of the economy, something that many economists say contributes to unemployment.

Most leaders remain committed to reducing public debt quickly, primarily through spending cuts and raising taxes.The twoday EU spring summit, which will stretch into Friday, traditionally centers on the economy, and peaking unemployment has given it special urgency. “No leader can be happy with the situation where 26 million people are out of work in the European Union. That is why we

are here,” said Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Protesters at Thursday’s labor demonstration are calling for fundamental changes to the current measures, however. Europe’s manufacturing industry has been hit by a succession of plant closures and job losses.

AP writers Robert Wielaard and Juergen Baetz contributed to the story.


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In 1903, the University’s campus was just a sliver of what it is today. Then called Illinois Industrial University, University Hall was the main building of the Quad, which served as an academic building and a dormitory. Today, approximately 650 buildings constitute campus.

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recent years, many blasts of legislative rhetoric centered around high school and middle-level schools failing to meet standardized test benchmarks (thanks to No Child Left Behind) or the accessibility and affordability of college. It is seldom that the discussions in the public sphere involve early childhood education. Obama pledged to better the American public education system, starting from the ground up. He also reaffirmed his conviction to impoverished families with children, promising support for the Head Start program, which aims to give a boost to lower-income children. In its short foray into the spotlight, the Head Start program had its fair share of criticism thrown at it, which asserted that the benefits of Head Start disappear by the third grade. A valid argument, but one that weakened conviction for Head Start and early childhood education in general. As swiftly as it came, early childhood education was swept under the rug to make room for a seemingly unrelated issue — sequestration. As of March 1, Congress has to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending by fiscal year 2021, which includes a roughly 8 percent slash across the board this year alone. This law was never meant to go into effect, but because of opposition on both sides of Congress, no deal could be reached in time. But Head Start and the sequester are not unrelated. In fact, they are entwined to the very core. For fiscal year 2013, Head Start programs nationally will face a 5 percent budget cut, endangering the education of thousands of at-risk children in the first year of sequestration cuts alone. Head Start cuts, being the lowest on the totem pole, are just the beginning of cuts for education. Cuts will continue up through high school. In the past four years, college students have already seen significant decreases in the amount of federal financial aid available to them, namely drop offs in available Pell Grants and federal work study money. Here at the University, thousands of students and faculty are only afforded the research opportunities available because of federal grants, especially those from the National Science Foundation. The NSF, however, will see budget cuts of five percent, which, in turn, will limit the number of grants the foundation is able to give to research projects and universities. In 2012, the University was the largest recipient of NSF funds: $218 million spread across 322 projects. When a researcher is on the brink of a major development, slashing funding to that project is particularly devastating, both to the development itself and the people involved. In the end, cutting federal funding to any aspect of American public education is taking away limitless potential of millions of students of all ages and abilities. We must have a federal government ready to look beyond the dollar signs that add up to a supposed “debt ceiling” or “fiscal cliff” and see the faces of the people affected. After all, if we want to raise a generation that’s capable of making responsible choices for the American people, why would we cheat them out of an education?

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ne hundred and forty-six years ago, the University of Illinois was just a scrap of what it is today. As detailed in Roger Ebert’s 1967 book, “An Illini Century,” the first class of the Illinois Industrial University (as the University was named until 1885) consisted of 50 students and two professors. Today, the University is home to 37,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduates, plus 3,000 faculty members. One building, University Hall, made up the University and was used as a dormitory, a classroom, a lecture hall, a laboratory and a museum. Situated on the Quad, it was demolished in 1938 and replaced with the Illini Union and Gregory Hall. Further construction over the decades would produce the 647 buildings the University has now. As we are one month away from Ebertfest, the College of Media’s prized event, I have recently been preoccupied with the great Ebert himself. And being preoccupied with Ebert means becoming obsessed with anything and everything to do with the University. The famous movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert received his undergraduate degree from the University in 1964. After discovering that he was once a fellow opinions columnist for The Daily Illini, I delved into his relatively new memoir, “Life

Itself,” and further found out he has a deep, undying love for the University. His passion and awe for the University is refreshing and apparent when he writes: “Urbana-Champaign was gathered at the feet of the University of Illinois like a medieval town outside the walls of a great castle.” I later stumbled upon “An Illini Century,” which details the history of the University from 1867 to 1967 through Daily Illini articles, editorials and his own research. This book, available to download through the University library, is a treasure-trove of facts that even the student who claims history is boring cannot resist. In honor of Ebert’s love for the University and his soon-to-be arrival to campus, the following is just a hint of the history of the University: In the beginning, graduates did not receive degrees, as that was an Eastern custom. Harker Hall the building directly east of the Illini Union, is the oldest continually used building on campus, built in 1878. It is preceded only by Mumford House, which was built in 1871 and is not occupied now. Harker Hall was built as a chemical laboratory but is now home to the University of Illinois Foundation. There were no school colors until 1879 when The Student (now The Daily Illini), appointed a committee that chose cardinal and silver. Fifteen years later these colors morphed into orange and blue. The English Building used to be a women’s dormitory and had a pool, locker rooms and a gym. The first president of the University, John Milton Gregory, called for the

abolishment of fraternities, or “secret societies.” A few years later the University became known as the fraternity capital of the world. Two students shared a $5 prize in 1888 for composing the first official college “yell,” called Rah-Hoo-Rah. In the sporting world, Memorial Stadium was dedicated on the day of the 1924 Homecoming game against Michigan, the second of Illinois’ biggest rivals (the first being Chicago. Yes, the University of Chicago). This was the game that legendary Harold “Red” Grange rushed for five touchdowns. You know that statue that stands on the west wall of the stadium? Yeah, that’s Red. Smoking was banned on campus, much like the University ban that will start November 2013. And finally, the Alumni Association moved the Alma Mater statue, which was unveiled in 1929, from behind Foellinger Auditorium to in front of Altgeld Hall in 1962. Ebert grew up in Urbana, surrounded by the “castle” that he saw the University as. In his memoir, he writes: “On pleasant days, (my family) would stroll after dinner onto the Quadrangle, lined with trees and the biggest buildings I’d ever seen. ‘This is the greatest university in the world,’ my father told me. ‘Someday you’ll go here.’” Years later, Ebert’s father’s prophecy came true: Roger finally came to campus not as a townie, but as a student; an Illini. From there, he took on the campus full-force and went on to add to the school’s great history.

Kirsten is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at kekellr2@dailyillini.com.

Saying goodbye to a good and long year SAMANTHA KIESEL Editor-in-chief

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finished the seven-season series, “The West Wing” this past Sunday. I had been watching it since December and ironically finished it right before my final week as editorin-chief of The Daily Illini. Leading a college newspaper isn’t exactly like running a country, or pretending to run a country, but there seemed to be multiple similarities. Since I took this position I have known of its end date — the DI transitions positions at spring break — and being a senior, my term at the helm has ended today. It’s a weird feeling watching a new staff begin its transition while you stand static. I give advice, I give my suggestions, I use my experience to help when I can, offering what I think is best, but I have to let go. It is no longer my responsibility. It is now Darshan Patel’s time to shine. Darshan, my successor, has the ability to take this paper in a great direction, and I know him and his staff are capable of that. They are

well-prepared to lead the DI through a constantly changing digital world. But it is strange not to be making those decisions anymore. Now I will sit in a permanent adviser chair until I graduate in May. I’ll dabble in some reporting, I’ll copy edit a couple times a week, but like the majority of my senior colleagues, my prime here is over. It really is an odd feeling watching a place I called my second home for the past four years move on without me. But that’s the reality. And it is time for me to move on as well. I am headed to the real world, and it is intimidating. I’ll leave behind the comfort of the people and places I know best and enter the unknown. However, I know I am prepared. Through this newspaper I have had unbelievable experiences. I have covered five different sports, a volleyball national championship game and Bruce Weber’s firing. I saw the paper through our University’s presidential resignation and the strike of a large organized group on campus. Student media is unlike anything else in this world. It is exciting, fastpaced, stressful, and for that this end is bittersweet. But I’ll be leaving with pride because of what my staff has accomplished in this past year. The DI has always strived to be a place to inform readers, give opin-

ions on important topics and train the future members of media. And we did that this past year. We of course made mistakes, but that was to be expected. And there were positives, too. I get to look back and remember declaring to the newsroom that President Obama would run the country for another four years. I’ll remember the negatives — the angry emails and phone calls — and learn from them. Despite everything that happened, no one can take away the once in a lifetime opportunities I have had in my last four years. But now, it’s all over. The ride is at its final turn. I thank you readers for picking us up, reading the website and giving us your opinions. I thank my staff who worked hard, got better and learned how to be better journalists. Even though this chance and experience is over, it will be all right. Because you know what? Darshan and his staff will come in and continue the legacy of this paper. Similarly to how a new president comes in, continues to rule and helps move the nation forward. All was well.

Samantha is a senior in Media. She can be reached at kiesel1@dailyillini.com and on Twitter @sammiekiesel.

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he story of America is perhaps defined by the immigrant journey; the search for opportunity and freedom. With dreams rooted in success and prosperity, America is more than the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is the measuring stick of morality, a nation that has given every person a fair chance no matter where they came from. Countless immigrants, young and full of optimism, have possessed the full-fledged belief that their children could succeed in America. By hard work, sheer will and investment in education many have created new lives for themselves. Example after example of this phenomenon has certainly demonstrated the following: Education creates opportunity. That said, too many people are being denied education around the globe. For example, the populous nation of Pakistan is mired in educational turmoil. According to UNICEF, the total adult literacy rate is an alarming 56 percent .The youth literacy rate is 79 percent for males and 61 percent for females. Adding to the damage, more than 100 schools have been destroyed in just the Mohmand tribal region due to extremist militants in opposition of co-education, specifically of education for girls. Undoubtedly, the poor education system has contributed to the societal strife ever-present in Pakistan. However, Pakistan is far from the only place that endures educational hardships. This immoral campaign to stifle public education is happening everywhere. For example, in many places, children, by necessity, must work to help support their families. The International Labour Organization found that one in every four children in sub-Saharan Africa had to work to support their families. The estimates also showed that one in every five children in Asia had to work as well. To deal with this global problem, we can and must begin turning to technology. In a world that’s becoming increasingly globalized, our channels of communication have expanded exponentially. Whether it’s the daily usage of social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook or the ability to interact visually over Skype, rapid technological innovations can, should and are beginning to be used to increase and spread educational opportunities. The benefits of implementing new technologies are evident when considering Rwanda. The country’s Ministry of Education understands the critical importance of furthering education, especially in regards to technology. Though the country’s adult literacy rate averaged around 71 percent between 2005 and 2010, the primary school participation rate of males and females surpassed 150 percent. Dr. Vincent Biruta, the Minister of Education, called for researchers and the younger generation last fall to incorporate technology in educational reform. Utilizing advanced technology, Rwanda has begun to increase the capacity of technological and distance learning in villages. This is vital to shrinking the teacher to pupil ratio, which currently stands at a scary rate of 58 to 1. And if education continues to be the staple of the government’s agenda, we might see Rwanda’s rate of those living with HIV and AIDS taper off over time from its current 170,000 people who live with the virus. Though 44.9 percent of the country lives in poverty, one can see why increased funding to the country is being allocated for the improvement of education — it will lead to good fortune everywhere else. Education should be the greatest priority for every country. With technology’s assistance, we have entered an age where we can truly connect not on a local scale, or even national scale — but a worldwide scale. Increasingly, educated societies will pave the way for the development of flourishing economies, aid in the alleviation of poverty and improve the quality of life available to much of humanity. The story of every country is, and will always be, unique. Innovative education has been and continues to be part of America’s story, and it continues to make its way to every corner of every country. So it seems this new chapter of mankind’s global story is being rewritten, 140 characters at a time.

Imran is a sophomore in DGS. He can be reached at ikhan10@dailyillini.com.


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A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames when a shot fired by riot police hit the petrol bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw during clashes in Sanabis, Bahrain on Thursday.

Scientists now nearly certain they discovered Higgs boson BY JOHN HEILPRIN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GENEVA — It helps solve one of the most fundamental riddles of the universe: how the Big Bang created something out of nothing 13.7 billion years ago. In what could go down as one of the great Eureka! moments in physics — and win somebody the Nobel Prize — scientists said Thursday that after a half-century quest, they are confident they have found a Higgs boson, the elusive subatomic speck sometimes called the “God particle.� The existence of the particle was theorized in 1964 by the British physicist Peter Higgs to explain why matter has mass. Scientists believe the particle acts like molasses or snow: When other tiny basic building blocks pass through it, they stick together, slow down and form atoms. Scientists at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced in July that they had found something that looked like the Higgs boson, but they weren’t certain, and they needed to go through the data and rule out the possibility it wasn’t something else. On Thursday, they said they believe they got it right. “To me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson

it is,� said Joe Incandela, a physicist who heads one of the two main teams at CERN. Whether or not it was a Higgs boson had to be demonstrated by how it interacts with other particles and its quantum properties, CERN said. The data “strongly indicates that it is a Higgs boson.� The discovery explains what once seemed unexplainable and still is a bit hard for the average person to comprehend. But it means the key theory that scientists use to explain everything works — for now, at least. Its discovery could be a strong contender for the Nobel, though it is uncertain whether the prize would go to the 83-year-old Peter Higgs and the others who first proposed the theory, or to the thousands of scientists who found it, or to all of them. Finding it wasn’t easy. It took more than two decades, thousands of scientists and mountains of data from trillions of colliding protons. And it needed the world’s biggest atom smasher — CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, which cost $10 billion to build and run in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border — to produce the extreme surge of energies simulating those 1 trillionth to 2 trillionths of a second after the Big Bang. The Higgs boson is so elusive that only about one collision per

trillion will produce one of them in the collider. CERN said it is open question whether this is the Higgs boson that was expected in the original formulation, or the lightest of several Higgses predicted in some theories that go beyond that model. “We found a new particle and we want to know how it behaves, and maybe it behaves the way it was predicted in 1964, maybe it’s a little bit different,� said physicist Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology, who isn’t involved in the research. Finding a Higgs more or less as expected is a bit deflating, Carroll said, because physicists had also hoped that an unexpected type of Higgs might open windows into yet more mysteries of the universe. “Scientists always want to be wrong in their theories. They always want to be surprised,� he said. “It’s a bittersweet victory when your theory turns out to be right, because it means, on the one hand, you’re right, that’s nice, but on the other hand, you haven’t learned anything new that’s surprising.� Some of the remaining mysteries including why gravity is so weak and what is the dark matter that is believed to make up a large part of the total mass in the universe, said Patty McBride, who heads a center at the Fermilab in Chicago.

Cement samples discovered by contractor during BP trial Samples possibly tied to web of mistakes which lead to April 2010 oil spill BY MICHAEL KUNZELMAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS — BP’s cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon rig has discovered cement samples possibly tied to the ill-fated drilling project that weren’t turned over to the Justice Department after the 2010 oil spill, a lawyer for the contractor said Thursday. Halliburton lawyer Donald Godwin told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier that the company believes the material found Wednesday at its laboratory in Lafayette has no bearing on the ongoing trial to assign responsibility for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. But a plaintiffs’ attorney, Jeffrey Breit, countered that the samples are cement a Halliburton employee used for testing of BP PLC’s Macondo well before the disaster. The blowout and explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 workers and led to the enormous spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The failure of the cement job to seal the well was part of a complex web of mis-

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In this June 6, 2010, photo, a small oil-covered fish floats on the water’s surface at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana after the oil spill on April 20.

takes that led to the April 20, 2010, blowout, according to a series of government probes. In an email to the court late Wednesday, Godwin says Halliburton is investigating whether the cement samples should have been turned over in response to subpoenas. Godwin’s email said the newly discovered samples appear to be associated with the Kodiak well, which the London-based energy giant BP and its contractor Transocean were drilling in the Gulf. The non-jury trial began Feb. 25 and could last months. Barring a settlement, Barbier could decide how much more money that BP and its contractors owe for their roles in the catastrophe. BP could be on the hook for nearly $18 billion in penalties under the Clean Water Act if the judge finds that it acted with “gross negligence.�

Godwin’s email said Halliburton lawyers didn’t have any idea that materials associated with the Kodiak well were still in the company’s possession before hearing testimony Monday from Timothy Probert, a Halliburton president who served as its chief safety officer at the time of the disaster. While questioning Probert, Breit said Kodiak cement that Halliburton had stored by April 30, 2010, was no longer listed as being in its possession as of July 20, 2010. “Do you have any explanation why someone from Halliburton would have violated a preservation order of this court and removed the very Kodiak cement that was being used on the Macondo well?� Breit asked. Godwin objected, saying there was no evidence that a court order had been violated.

Lawmakers make progress on Illinois’ pension problem BY SOPHIA TAREEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers inched along Thursday with ideas aimed at solving Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis as three different proposals — including a bipartisan plan — saw movement. The bipartisan plan is sponsored by House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Democratic state Rep. Elaine Nekritz and requires higher employee contributions and generally delays cost-of-living increases until age 67, among other things. It also tests out making universities and some school districts pick up their own pension costs for new employees. The House Personnel and Pensions Committee approved it 9 -1,

sending it to the full House. Nekritz and Cross have said their plan would cut the state retirement systems’ debt by roughly 30 percent. The committee vote came shortly after House members approved two smaller pieces of reform in a laborious process aimed at trying to find consensus on how to solve Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension problem. Lawmakers have been zeroing in on the problem in smaller doses after more typical legislative routes have failed. However, some Republicans have criticized the process as directionless and the process also means duplication of the same ideas in several pending bills. Still, there was some movement Thursday as House mem-

bers approved two amendments, sending the bills to the Senate. The first caps the salary that pension benefits are based on at the limit set for Social Security, currently $113,000 a year. The other amendment pushes back the retirement age by different increments based on age group. For example, younger employees will see a later retirement age. Nekritz, who’s been at the heart of pension talks, defended the tactic. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on a plan for more than a year, even with intense urging from Gov. Pat Quinn, who’s made it his top priority. “Working this bill in a traditional way, we really have not been able to come up with a solution,� Nekritz told lawmakers.

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AS A GIRL THINKS By Melanie Stone (continued from 1A)

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nce the opportunity arose for me to write this story back in October, I was hesitant. After all, it had only been a little over a month since my withdrawal. Was I ready to bare my soul for the entire campus to read? Was I ready to talk to other girls and hear their stories? Was I ready to write everything out and see it in print? Would I ever be ready? I said yes. And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so glad I did. These girls, the girls that so graciously told me their darkest secrets and most painful stories, taught me just how much hurt there is in the world. But, they also showed me that new life is just within our reach. I am incredibly thankful for their courage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their ability to reveal themselves to a faceless voice on the phone without shame. I remember the shame I felt after my chew-spit episodes, after my binges, after my meltdowns. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the disordered eating itself that I was ashamed of â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was the personal failure that destroyed my sense of self. Shame can grow, fester, rot until it consumes you, dragging you down further and further until you hit rock bottom.

For me, the shame continued to build up until I simply could not hold it in anymore. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until September that I came out of hiding. Days after my withdrawal from the University, my secret was out, and I was overwhelmed by support: voicemails, texts, emails, blog comments, Facebook messages, snail mail. And even though it took time for me to begin responding, I felt the shame slowly melt away. In the weeks that followed, I started opening up to my psychologist, to my parents, to my friends and to anyone who stumbled upon my personal blog. My conversations and my posts allowed me to share the details of my struggle, even when I was hurting and the truth felt uncomfortably raw. And my shame continued to ebb, until it finally disappeared for good. I believe in honesty. In humility. In vulnerability. I believe that we, as humans, are called to be in fellowship with one another, opening up our hearts and minds. How can we support each other if we are clouded with shame? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The concept of grace is massive,â&#x20AC;? said Matt Wilcoski, cam-

pus pastor of Illini Life Christian Fellowship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sweep things under the rug. Everyone has issues, but grace gives us hope, instead of shame.â&#x20AC;? In writing this story, I have found more hope than I ever thought possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a verse in Corinthians that talks about being able to comfort others with the comfort we have received. This is one of the most amazing pictures of redemption that I know of,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If one person has struggled with something, then he or she is going to be able to understand and encourage someone else.â&#x20AC;? I once saw a woman named Tiffany Dawn talk about her own journey through disordered eating and desired perfection. Her beauty surely came from ashes: Today, Tiffany is a published author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Insatiable Quest for Beauty.â&#x20AC;? She is a speaker, singer and songwriter, sharing her struggles and the hope she has found. Tiffany was an inspiration to me, offering me advice for conquering my food issues, and later on, helping me with this very story.

On her blog, she described a perfect picture of finding beauty in the ashes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just started tearing up as I looked at the Autumn leaves, because their beauty came from their letting go, their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dying,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; their surrender. And I was just thinking back on every time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;die to myself,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or part of me has been broken ... those are the moments that God has redeemed, the moments that have transformed into the most glorious beauty,â&#x20AC;? she wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want my life to be that kind of beauty; not the kind of beauty that pulls your eyes to me, but the kind of glory that speaks of heaven. And that kind of beauty only comes from surrendering my all to Him, letting go, like the leaves are letting go of the branches, so I can fall into Him.â&#x20AC;? This is what true beauty looks like, lifting our eyes off ourselves and up toward something much greater. And maybe, possibly, that beauty will rise up from our ashes.

Melanie is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at mastone3@ dailyillini.com and @mellystone.

Shame can grow, fester, rot until it consumes you, dragging you down ... until you hit rock bottom.

Two killed in Okla. helicopter crash One more in critical care after medical helicopter accident

peared behind some buildings, according to the report released Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He then drove toward an area where smoke was emanating and saw that the helicopter was on fire in the parking lot of (the nursing home). He immediately assisted others ... in pulling the surviving paramedic away from the burning aircraft,â&#x20AC;? the report said. The report did not indicate what may have caused the flash. Satellite data showed that the helicopter left the hospital and began a gradual climb on a northwesterly path toward Watonga. The data stopped approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the flight, the report said. An Eagle Med spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Integris-Baptist spokeswoman Brooke Cayot referred questions to Eagle Med, saying the hospital wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comment until the NTSB released its final report. That could take more than a year. The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services has said Eagle Med had just received its threeyear accreditation. That included an analysis of maintenance records of all its aircraft and crew.

BY KEN MILLER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OKLAHOMA CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A witness reported seeing a flash in the sky before a medical helicopter crashed into the parking lot of an Oklahoma City nursing home, killing two people, according to a preliminary report released from the National Transportation Safety Board. The Feb. 22 crash occurred shortly after takeoff and killed pilot Mark Montgomery and flight nurse Chris Denning. Paramedic Billy Wynne was critically injured. The helicopter operated by Wichita, Kan.-based Eagle Med LLC took off from Integris-Baptist Medical Center about four minutes before the 5:42 p.m. crash. It was headed to Watonga, about 70 miles away, to pick up a patient going to an Oklahoma City hospital. A man driving in the area told NTSB investigators he saw a â&#x20AC;&#x153;flashâ&#x20AC;? in the sky in front of him and then witnessed the helicopter in rapid fall before it disap-

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Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration look over the wreckage of a medical helicopter that crashed Feb. 22 in front of the Saint Ann Retirement Center in Oklahoma City. A National Transportation Safety Board report says a witness reported seeing a flash in the sky before a helicopter crash that killed two people onboard. The third person onboard was seriously injured.

State lawmakers review drilling proposal Measure would impose regulations on new hydraulic fracturing wells BY REGINA GARCIA CANO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Environmental group members show support inside the Capitol rotunda in an effort to pressure lawmakers for a twoyear moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The activists oppose a House measure that would allow the practice for the first time in Illinois.

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SPRINGFIELD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Backers of a measure to regulate high-volume gas and oil drilling in Illinois announced Thursday they have agreed on the fees and extraction taxes that drillers would pay to the state if lawmakers approve a plan to regulate the practice. The rates were presented during a meeting of the House Finance and Revenue Committee, which is expected to vote on the measure Friday. The proposal calls for industry operators to pay $13,000 per well upfront, with $11,000 going to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the remaining $2,000 going to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Environmental Protection Agency. The DNR would use the money for a new regulatory program spelled out in the legislation. The vice president of the Illinois Manufacturersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association, Mark Denzler, said the money for the EPA would be put toward any pollution complaints. Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has made it possible in other states to tap

into deep reserves of oil and gas but has also raised concerns about pollution. Large volumes of water, along with sand and hazardous chemicals, are injected underground to break rock apart and free the oil and gas. Energy companies have been waiting for legislation in Illinois before undertaking the practice in the state. Last month, Rep. John Bradley, a Marion Democrat, introduced the regulatory proposal, which has been touted as among the toughest in the nation and drafted with the help of industry and some environmental groups. Energy companies are eyeing the New Albany Shale, a formation deep under southern Illinois that they believe could hold significant gas and oil reserves. Under the agreed rates, well operators also would pay a 3 percent-per-barrel extraction, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;severance,â&#x20AC;? tax during the first two years of operation. That tax would scale up after the second year depending on the wellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average monthly production. . Denzler told legislators he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;reticentâ&#x20AC;? to estimate how much revenue fracking could generate for Illinois because production among wells varies. But he provided an overview using an estimated model: Production of 200 barrels a day per well, at a 3 percent tax rate, would generate just under $200,000 per year per well.

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Brandon Paul seals the deal

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CHICAGO — Cliff and Lynda Paul clawed through the pandemonium at the United Center. Their son Brandon had just nailed a buzzer-beating fadeaway to seal the Illini men’s basketball team’s 51-49 win over Minnesota in Thursday’s opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, and they almost missed it. They phoned the senior guard two days earlier to let him know they’d try to stay until the end of the game, as Cliff and Lynda also told Paul’s freshman brother, Western Michigan guard Darius Paul, they’d make his opening round matchup of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland on Thursday night. Paul gave them every reason to stay. No other Illini scored more than six points in Thursday’s win. Paul finished his afternoon with 25 points on 10-for16 shooting from the field and drained 4-for-8 attempts from behind the arc. He played stellar defense, pulled down five boards and didn’t turn the ball over once, a persistent problem he’s had all season. Illini head coach John Groce has said throughout the year that his seniors die hard. On Thursday, Paul refused to let his Big Ten career perish without a fight. “I didn’t want to lose. We worked too hard,” Paul said. “This team has so much character and the coaching staff, they got us right for this one, as they do for all the games. So my mindset was to be aggressive. Coach talked to me to just stay aggressive.” Groce also preached ball control in his pregame preparation, realizing possessions would be limited against Minnesota, which led the conference in offensive

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Friday, 11 a.m. Chicago In the two teams’ last matchup, the Illini defeated then-No. 1 Hoosiers, who were then No. 1 nationally, in Champaign.

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Illini to face top-seeded Indiana, No. 1 for the first time in the tournament’s history With the win Thursday afternoon, the Illini men’s basketball team will face No. 1 Indiana again — this time, the No. 1 signifies the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Illinois turned around its season with a resume-building victory against then-No.

1-ranked Indiana in Champaign earlier this season. The Illini were losers of 6-of-7 before that victory, which was the start of a fivegame winning streak. Indiana is coming off of a 72-71 win over Michigan and is entering as a No. 1 seed for

the first time in the tournament’s history. The Hoosiers are led by Sporting News’ National Player of the Year Victor Oladipo, who the Illini held to just nine points and four rebounds the two teams’ only meeting this year.

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was nearly fired as Daily Illini sports editor after kicking a hole through a wall on the fourth floor of the Illini Media building. It wasn’t the smoothest first day on the job, but the heel of my left foot bursting through the drywall was as good a wake-up call as any. Hey, dummy. Stop acting like a damn child all the time. I eventually paid off my debt to Illini Media Company through odd jobs and manual labor, but the message stuck. If I was going to experience success as a desk editor at The Daily Illini, I had better develop some maturity, and fast. That sense of responsibility was one of the countless lessons I learned during my four years at the University of Illinois, both in the classroom and at the DI (though the latter served as the primary source for my education). I leave my post at the DI a self-assured journalist eager to make a name for myself — a welcomed upgrade from the blustering freshman who foolishly thought working for his high school newspaper was of any significance. I still remember exiting the tall brick building overlooking Green Street in terror after submitting my reporter’s test, convinced my journalism career had ended before it even started for not knowing how to spell “buccaneer.” While that feeling of doom following an exam was one I’d soon become exceedingly familiar with, thensports editor Cody Westerlund was gracious/foolish enough to hire me. Under Cody’s tutelage, and eventually that of Alex Iniguez and Kevin Kaplan, I developed reporting skills and a writing style that I can call my own and feel comfortable taking into my post-collegiate endeavors. I did my best to mirror the abilities of my predecessors during my time as sports editor. The job was arduous, unrelenting and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. I never considered putting out a paper five times a week to be my main priority; if there’s one thing I accomplished as editor, I hope it’s that the reporters comprising the sports staff saw considerable improvements in their abilities. AP style was never my forte. I applied for the job so that I could help my reporters craft the best stories possible, and I believe I succeeded in doing so. That is what brings me the most joy. “What a year this day has been, What a day this year has been,” Best Coast singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino croons in “Last Year.” Time is a funny thing, said Everyone Ever, but it’s the truth. Years always seem to go by so fast, while months take days and some weeks last an eternity. It was an eventful year to be sports editor, starting with three major coaching hires during my first week on the job. There was certainly a learning curve, but I eventually figured it out. I even found time to do some reporting of my own, including a story on fraternity rush that caught the eye of many. My time working at the DI allowed for me to cover the likes of Denard Robinson, Montee Ball, the Chicago Bulls, first-round NFL Draft picks and Olympic sprinter Andrew Riley, and that was just this past year. It’s been a thrilling privilege that isn’t lost on me. I will take those experiences moving forward following my graduation in May (fingers crossed!) as I attempt to enter the field of longform journalism and prove to my mom that pursuing a job in a dying industry is indeed a brilliant decision (shout-out to my mom, the most important person in my life. Your influence on me is — as my love is for you — immeasurable. It’s great having you on my team, and hopefully these kind words make up for this column being the first time you learn about my kicking a hole in the wall). This is as good a time as any to thank the superbly gifted members that made up my staff for all their hard work. Any success the sports section experienced this year lies entirely within the merits of its reporters. I am indebted to all of you, and I won’t forget how fun you made this past year. The pages of The Daily Illini aren’t the last place you’ll be reading articles from the sports department’s departing members. I’ve never been one for having a hipster mentality, but I can’t wait to say I

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Illinois on the bubble for NCAAs BY MICHAEL WONSOVER STAFF WRITER

This coming Monday on ESPN’s Selection Show, the Illinois women’s basketball team will find out if the NCAA tournament committee considers it deserving to dance for the first time since 2003. Despite a three-game losing streak to end the season, Illinois remains firmly on the NCAA tournament bubble. According to ESPN’s Charlie Creme, Illinois is among the next four out, along with Florida, Minnesota and Arkansas. While Illinois will certainly compete with Big Ten teams such as Minnesota, Ohio State and Iowa, other teams across the nation will also be compared with the Illini when the tournament committee assesses which teams deserves a spot. Here is how Illinois’ resume compares with the tournament hopefuls from outside the Big Ten.

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Illinois’ Karisma Penn looks for space to shoot during the Illini’s win over Iowa at Assembly Hall on Jan. 31. Illinois is among the next four out, according to ESPN’s Charlie Creme.

Many of the bubble teams competing with Illinois for an NCAA tournament spot are in a mid-major conference. Creighton, of the Missouri Valley Conference, boasts arguably the most impressive resume of any mid-major team currently sitting on the bubble. The Blue Jays have the best RPI of the teams on Creme’s bubble, ranking 31st in the nation. RPI is a statistic the selection committee uses that combines winning percentage and strength of schedule. Although Illinois’ strength of schedule ranking seems low at 81st, that is actually a high number compared with other mid-major teams. Florida Gulf Coast of the Atlantic Sun, for example, ranks 165th in the country, while Charlotte of the Atlantic 10 ranks 143rd. Creighton is currently a No. 11 seed in Creme’s latest bracket and will compete in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament starting Friday. Creme also has Charlotte sneaking into the tournament as a No. 11 seed despite its loss in the A-10 tournament Saturday. He also has other mid-majors

such as Duquesne, also of the A-10, and Florida Gulf Coast on the outside looking in. How the Illini compare: Illinois has the worst RPI among bubble teams, ranking 79th in the nation, but its biggest point against mid-majors is its 41st-ranked strength of schedule. The Big Ten ranks second in the nation in RPI, so the Illini have had to face stout competition all season. Although Illinois’ modest record of 16-13 is dwarfed by Florida Gulf Coast’s 27-6 mark, the Illini should get the benefit from the selection committee of having played in a much tougher conference.

The other BCS conferences Creme projects West Virginia and South Florida to make the tournament despite early exits in the Big 12 and Big East tournaments, respectively. The Mountaineers 17-13 record won’t blow anyone away, but their No. 18 strength of schedule is easily the best among bubble teams. West Virginia has also knocked off three ranked teams this season. Kansas, like West Virginia, lost in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals Saturday. Florida and Arkansas of the SEC are also among the big conference bubble teams. Florida defeated Arkansas in the SEC Tournament on Thursday but lost against Tennessee the next day. Both teams look like long shots to make the tournament because the SEC already has seven teams projected to make the field.

How the Illini compare With the strength of schedule similar among major conference bubble teams from this group, wins within each other’s conference could play a role in deciding who deserves a bid. Illinois went 0-2 on the season against the Big 12, where West Virginia and Kansas reside, with blowout defeats at the hands of Iowa State and Texas Tech. Kansas and West Virginia didn’t have much

Team Record Creighton 23-6 Duquesne 23-7 Florida Gulf Coast 27-6 South Florida 21-10 Charlotte 24-5 West Virginia 17-13 Kansas 18-13 Florida 18-14 Illinois 16-13 Arkansas 18-12

Strength of schedule provided by WarrenNolan.com success facing Iowa State and Texas Tech either, combining to go 2-7 against the two teams this season. Kansas, meanwhile, cruised past Minnesota on Dec. 2 in its only match-up against the Big Ten. While West Virginia lost to Iowa on Nov. 25. Illinois combined to go 3-0 against Minnesota and Iowa this season. Illinois’ only game against the SEC was against then-No. 6 Georgia on Dec. 28 in its biggest win of the season. The Bulldogs swept both Florida and Arkansas this season. Michigan beat the Gators 59-53 on Dec. 1 in the only game Florida or Arkansas played against the Big Ten this season. Although Illinois faces an uphill battle to earn a spot in the tournament, head coach Matt Bollant said his team deserves to hear its name called come Selection Monday. “I think if you look at our quality wins, that’s what they talk about,” Bollant said. “Your quality wins is what gets you into the NCAA tournament. We have six wins in the top 50. They’re not going to take another team in the NCAA tournament at-large bid that has six top-50 wins. Us to finish tied for fifth in the RPI, tied for fifth in the conference, to me, we should be in because of the quality wins.”

Michael can be reached at wonsovr2@ dailyillini.com.

Peak Illini: Who were the greatest Illini in their prime? EMILY BAYCI Sports columnist

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arly on in my sports-movie-watching experience, I had a #baycifail by accidently renting “Rocky Balboa” — the final movie of the series — before watching the first one. So here I was, watching Rocky argue with his son and pine over dead Adrian being completely and utterly confused. The only aspect of the movie that made any sense was how awesome it was that they computer stimulated a fight between a young Rocky and current champion Mason Dixon. It immediately sparked the idea of how Illini athletes of different generations would fare against each other in their primes. So, here goes.

Men’s basketball: Nick Anderson (1988-89) vs. Deron Williams (2002-05) Anderson was one of the ringleaders of the famous 1988-89 Flyin’ Illini squad, which was the first Illinois team to make the Final Four in the modern NCAA tournament. Williams was a starter and the force behind the Illini’s 2005 National Championship run. Winner: Deron Williams. He made it further and for that, he’s better.

Football: Harold “Red “Grange (1923-25) vs. Rashard Mendenhall (2005-07) If you don’t know Red Grange, the “Galloping Ghost,” then go figure it out. He defined football at Illinois and carried the Illini in a majority of their games. Mendenhall is one of the last stars Illinois football fans can remember getting genuinely excited about. Winner: Red Grange. He has a statue in front of Memorial Stadium. He has poetry written

about him. You can’t mess with Red, yo.

Volleyball: Mary Eggers (198588) vs. Laura DeBruler (200710) They are arguably the two best outside hitters in Illinois history. Eggers was known as one of the deadliest and toughest players of all time, while DeBruler’s quiet personality balanced out her killer spike. I just wish they could be a tag team because that would have been the first Illinois volleyball national championship. Winner: Laura DeBruler. She tops the record books despite ending her career early because of injury. And it’s the quiet ones that always come out on top, right?

Men’s gymnastics: David Zeddies (1986-89) vs. Justin Spring (2004-06) vs. Paul Ruggeri (2008-12) All three won Nissen-Emery awards, the Heisman Trophy of men’s gymnastics. All three were the stars during their respective Illini careers. Zeddies and Ruggeri led Illinois to national titles, but Spring won an Olympic bronze medal for Team USA. Winner: Justin Spring. He has a bronze medal, yo. And he’s redefining gymnastics as everybody knows it. Though watch out for sophomore C.J. Maestas; he’s going to give Spring a run for his money.

Men’s golf: Steve Stricker (1986-90) vs. Luke Guthrie (2008-12) The two probably have teed off together, considering they’re both still going strong. Stricker was so good at Illinois he has a tournament named after him. Guthrie was the first golfer to rival his success. Winner: Stricker. Sorry, Luke. As much as I wanted to say Stricker struck out, you’re just

Illini softball uses week off to perfect its defense

not good enough.

Women’s track and field: Tonja Buford-Bailey (1990-93) vs. Perdita Felicien (2000-03) vs. Ashley Spencer (2012- )

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strategizing for the tournament rounds. The Illini will need to pay special attention to the greens in order to have the best possible short game. With this being the third-to-last tournament before the Big Ten Championship, the Illini are in need of a positive result during a time in which they are facing low morale and even less preparation time. “It’s just a matter of really digging deep inside and pulling out that playing for pride, playing for your teammates, playing for each other and most importantly, playing for yourself,” Szymoniak said. “They’re getting in their practice. They’re going above and beyond at times to get in some extras where they see it necessary and fit and they just need to have faith that they can do the same thing in tournament.”

Practice makes perfect. Although the Illini softball team doesn’t expect to have a perfect record following Big Ten play, the team is definitely looking to improve on a mediocre start to the season. After a 7-12 start in nonconference play, the Illini have taken note on what needs to be improved in their game, particularly their defense. “We’re coming in a little earlier and we’re coming in to work on individuals, so at practice we can work on the team defense,” senior Stephanie Cuevas said. Practice was not all the Illini softball team needed, though. Following a busy traveling schedule in the beginning of the season, the Illini were glad to have a week at home and get a day off this past Sunday. Visiting Iowa, Texas, California and Florida for tournaments in four consecutive weekends, the team was ready to spend a weekend practicing in its own facilities and catching up on the life they miss out on while on the road. Senior pitcher Pepper Gay said she planned to spend her day off catching up on sleep, homework and laundry. “It will be nice for us to get a weekend day off, so we can get some schoolwork done,” Cuevas added. Head coach Terri Sullivan said this past week was an opportunity to register quality practice hours, which can’t easily be done on the road. “Once we start playing, we only really get two days to practice, so we needed (to practice) and it’s a really good chance to focus on Illinois softball, not an opponent,” Sullivan said. Sullivan said Sunday’s day off was a good chance for players to take a mental break from the stress of close games and traveling. “We’ve been in a lot of tight games,” Sullivan said. “We’ve had a really challenging schedule and sometimes just to give yourself that little break completely from softball is a good thing. It’s a chance to get organized and head into what will be an exciting weekend when we host (the Fighting Illini Invitational).” Sullivan said she didn’t expect the coaching staff to stop working on their day off, but that they are relieved to be at home for the weekend. “Coaches don’t get days off, but everybody has got to rest up,” she said. “Even coaches, too.” The Ilini won’t rest for long, however. With practice every day this week and four games scheduled for this weekend alone, the team’s day off will quickly be forgotten as Illinois looks forward to this weekend’s tournament in Urbana starting Friday and a challenging conference schedule around the corner. “There’s a lot going on at this time of the year,” Sullivan said. “We’re really just working hard and that’s what it’s about to get better.”

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A hurdle race between this trio would probably end up with the starter getting trampled and nobody being able to see who won because it was just a flurry of activity. Translation: It would be a triple-triple threat of aggression, height and speed. Buford-Bailey and Felicien dominated their time at Illinois and Spencer is so far so good. Winner: Ashley Spencer. In this case, newer is better and Spencer has the guidance of Buford-Bailey as her head coach. Together, they’ll be able to get over any hurdles BufordBailey had. See what I did there?

Basketball coaches: Lou Henson vs. Bruce Weber They’re the two Illini coaches that reached the Final Four. They’re two of the most memorable and loudest leaders of Illini basketball. Their fans will forever worship them and their athletes respect them. Winner: Henson. Bruce got fired and Lou will forever be known as a legend. In the words of “Sandlot,” “Heroes get remembered but legends never die.”

Mascots: Chief Illiniwek (192607) vs. Illinois’ current mascot. Wait... There’s Chief Illiniwek, the official symbol and mascot of Illinois from 1926-2007, who was retired because of the controversy surrounding the image as a hostile and abusive mascot. The outcries of dismay haven’t settled down much the past six years, and there’s yet to be a replacement but instead continual protests for its reinstatement. And Illinois remains the school without a mascot.

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The Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams, a former Illini, shoots a 3-pointer past Washington Wizards' Martell Webster on March 8 in New York. Williams set the NBA record with nine 3-pointers in a half, and columnist Emily Bayci thinks he could take down former Illini Nick Anderson. Winner: The Chief. I mean, if it couldn’t beat a ghost of nothing then we’d have bigger problems on our hands.

Basketball Facilities: Assembly Hall vs. Huff Hall Assembly Hall just celebrated its 50th anniversary. It’s now the home of the men’s and women’s basketball and the Orange Krush cheering section. But from 1925-63, basketball games were played in Huff Hall, named after long-time Illini athletic director George Huff. Winner: Huff Hall. For no other reason than the fact that Assembly Hall looks like a space ship.

Daily Illini Sports Editors: Cody Westerlund (2008-10) vs. Jeff Kirshman (2009-13)

It’s a tale of two individuals who never dreamed of being sports editors. In a true “Karate Kid” fashion, master trains the student and student takes over. Cody led the Illini of the Decade campaign, while Jeff successfully turned the entire Greek student body against him, while still being awesome. Winner: Kirshman. He has a fro and everybody loves the one everybody hates.

Writers Note: If any of the above mentioned athletes would be interested in a duel, I personally have no objections and think it could be a great charity event for the University. Because, of course, my opinion matters.

Emily is a graduate student. You can reach her at bayci1@dailyillini.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilybayci. But she gave up Twitter for Lent, so email her.

Women’s golf aims to improve at Ga. tournament BY ALEX ORTIZ STAFF WRITER

The Illinois women’s golf team had only two days at home to prepare for this weekend’s Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Ga. After last weekend’s last-place finish, Illinois will use the short turnaround to address the glaring weaknesses in the team’s latest performance. “Right now we’re struggling a little bit with the transition from practice to tournament,” assistant coach Jackie Szymoniak said. “We’re just going to continue to try and keep things as real as possible. We’ll just try and make practices even harder, step it up a little bit more so that you are feeling it, feeling that pressure.” Head coach Renee Slone and Szymoniak implement this atmosphere of gamelike conditions at the end of practice with exercises like chipping and putting com-

petitions. Slone was especially disappointed in her team’s short game last weekend, so this will be an even bigger point of emphasis moving forward. “One thing last week that, as a team, we struggled with was putting,” she said. “We’re going to focus on making a lot of putts — a lot of putts. And come later this week, each one of them can reflect on the fact that, ‘Hey, I made this many putts in practice. ... I’ve done this.’” The coaches stress that transferring that confidence over to in-game situations will prove paramount in succeeding the rest of the season. “The key thing we’re going to focus on is really confidence,” Slone said, “and trying to figure out why it’s lacking, what we need to do to improve that, how each individual needs to look and do a serious internal look at themselves and determine what they need to do to get that confidence.”

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Players like sophomore Pimploy Thirati want to rectify last weekend’s tough outing. “I’m still trying to stay aggressive during the competition especially,” she said. “I think for me personally, and I’m sure for a lot of people too, it’s hard to only focus on the good things when you recently just missed a putt or mis-hit something. It’s hard to erase that and move on to the next one.” As for the course itself, the Forrest Hill Golf Club is a 7,140-yard, par-72 public course with open fairways, which will lead to a much easier time for the Illini keeping the ball in play. “It should be fairly open, which is good because if you’re missing a little bit with the drives you can still keep it in play,” sophomore Samantha Postillion said. “I think the main thing is probably going to be just putting well for this tournament.” Illinois has yet to see the course, so the practice round will again be important in


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Hot off 3-game sweep of Baylor, baseball to face Southern Illinois BY JAMAL COLLIER STAFF WRITER

The Illinois baseball team has been riding the high of its three-game sweep of Baylor all week. Practices are joyful and relaxed in practice for an Illini team that has won nine of its last 10. The Illini received votes in the latest top-25 poll from the National College Baseball Writers of America. They were honorable mention for team of the week from College Baseball Insider. Illinois’ next challenge will be in a four-game series against Southern Illinois from Friday to Monday. The series could set up Illinois (10-4) for a proverbial let-down weekend if it takes Southern Illinois (9-7) lightly. The Salukis went 1-2 against the Illini last season, but this isn’t the same marquee matchup as last week’s against Baylor. The Bears were one game away from the College World Series in 2012. “I hope this group is mature enough that they don’t look at the opposing team and opposing uniform,” Illinois

head coach Dan Hartleb said. “We just go out there and play hard and play to win each and every game. If you start gauging your opponent, that’s when you get in trouble.” Illinois is playing as well as it has all season. The Illini are at the top or near the top in many of the major offensive categories in the Big Ten, including batting average (tied for second), home runs (third) and RBI (first). The key for Illinois has been how quickly its young pitching staff seems to be coming together. It started the season with two rookies in the rotation — Kevin Duchene and Nick Blackburn — each of whom is yet to lose a game on the year at 2-0. Illinois has been able to shut teams down at the end of games with Tyler Jay, Ronnie Muck and closer Reid Roper as the late-game relievers with respective ERAs of 1.80, 1.17 and 0. So many of Illinois’ freshmen pitchers are pitching at a high level already that it’s easy to forget about Illinois’ top two starters — Kevin Johnson and

John Kravetz — who are a combined 4-1 on the year. “The scary thing is we have a lot of room for improvement, too,” pitching coach Drew Dickinson said. “Which is kind of scary and can be a great thing.” The Illini have had trouble with midweek games in recent years, for reasons the coaching staff is still struggling to figure out. Most midweek games are against in-state teams that usually play as though they have some extra incentive when playing the Illini. “It turns out a lot of those kids might have wanted to come here and we didn’t recruit them,” Dickinson said. “You got to be able to turn up the intensity a little bit. (Our opponent is) going to bring it, that’s for sure.” Illinois and Southern Illinois will also get a chance to play at an independent league field Rent One Park in Marion, Ill., on Monday. The Illini are undefeated on a neutral field this year at 5-0.

Jamal can be reached at collie10@ dailyillini.com and @jamalcollier.

Men’s gymnastics to trek to California BY GINA MUELLER STAFF WRITER

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Illinois’ Brandon Paul takes the buzzer beating game winning fade-away shot during the Illini’s win over Minnesota at the Big Ten Tournament at the United Center on Thursday.

BASKETBALL FROM PAGE 1B rebounds during the regular season. While the Illini lost the overall rebounding matchup 38-26, they finished with 12 offensive rebounds to Minnesota’s 11. They also forced Minnesota into 19 turnovers while limiting their takeaways to just six. Eleven of the Golden Gophers’ turnovers came in the first half, allowing Groce’s squad to build a 25-16 halftime lead despite shooting 37.5 percent in the first half. That percentage dropped to 28.1 in the second half, causing the Illini’s grasp on the game to quickly vanquish after returning from the locker rooms. Minnesota seniors Austin Hollins and Trevor Mbakwe returned to the court after first-half foul trouble, and the Gophers came out firing. After shooting 27.3 percent in the first half, Minnesota shot 55.6 percent after the break, claiming a 32-26 lead in the first six minutes of the second half. “Obviously, a tale of two halves here,” Groce said. “I thought defensively we were really good in the first half. “I thought they then flipped that switch on us in the second half and were able to get stops, kind of get us out of rhythm a little bit.” It took a few chances, but Illinois finally regained its rhythm with less than three minutes left in the game. The Illini missed on three attempts to tie on 3-pointers but kept the possession alive by wrestling offensive rebounds away from Minnesota, due in large part to tip-outs by sophomore center Nnanna Egwu. Finally, senior guard D.J. Richardson — 1-for-11 from the field until then — nailed a 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining to knot the game at 49. “The offensive rebound effort was tre-

mendous by our guys on the possession that led to D.J.’s three,” Groce said. “It put us in a position where we had a chance to win the game.” In actuality, it gave Minnesota the ball back with a chance to take the lead with under a minute remaining. As the shot clock wound down, senior forward Sam McLaurin switched onto Austin Hollins and trapped him near the sideline. “I did one of my moves that I do in the paint where you show your hands and test him a little bit, knock him off balance,” McLaurin said. “He started leaning a bit and I knew he was going to throw it off me.” McLaurin jumped out of the way, and Hollins fell out of bounds, giving Illinois the ball with 15 ticks left. There was never a question where the ball was going. The only question was how to get the ball in Paul’s hands with two timeouts in Groce’s pocket. “(Assistant coach) Dustin (Ford) and I were talking about it there on the bench,” Groce said. “I was about 50-50, to be honest, whether I was going to call one or not. But at the end of the day, I knew what I wanted to go with there.” Groce didn’t give Minnesota a chance to make an adjustment. He let Illinois’ hopes ride in Paul’s hands. After the ball swished through the net, Paul was mauled by his teammates then whisked into a TV interview. His parents found him shortly after. “They’re super parents,” Paul said. “They told me they love me and way to play. I told them to tell Darius good luck.” Luck has nothing to do with it. In the Paul family, It’s all about showing up.

Ethan can be reached at asofsky1@dailyillini.com and @asofthesky.

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team will travel to the West Coast this weekend to compete against No. 8 California. After testing Illinois head coach Justin Spring’s new format last weekend, the Illini will return to the regulation five-up, five-count. “It was a good switch-up because now we are back to the gymnastics daily grind, which is just knocking out numbers and routines,” Spring said. “That is where we are at in our training, and it can be mentally frustrating because it is monotonous. Last week gave us a good spin on our training, and now we are back to our old ways, but it is still something new.” The five-up, five-count format recently went into effect at the beginning of March. Illinois has only competed the new format once so far this season because of the head-to-head format used in last weekend’s competition. The Illini will have to adjust quickly to the time change in California before competing Saturday. Senior Josh Wilson said the time zone change will just be another factor the Illini adapt to. “We don’t put too much weight into how much the jet lag and time change will affect us,” he said. “We know we have to get up at 4 a.m. anyway to

TOODLE-OO FROM PAGE 1B read these guys before they made it big. Thanks as well to all my friends and family unmentioned, particularly My Best Pals. Thank you, all of you, for being part of my life. It was never my intention to assume the role as sports editor, partly because I never considered it a possibility and partly because I was so keen on covering the men’s basketball team. I maintained this

travel, so we just dump it all in with the extra added pressure of life. We don’t think, ‘Oh, we are going to have a bad meet because of traveling.’ We just think of it as starting facing a different way on an event.” The new format cuts one member of the team from each event lineup. The competitive nature during practice intensified the first week this format was introduced. “I’m always going to have troubles with these lineups,” Spring said. “We’ve got some depth on a couple of events and it’s not going to go away. ... Everyone is hitting good routine and coming within a couple of 10ths in practices. You can look at past competitive experience. You can look at how the practice went, but every thing pushes and pulls one way. There is never an easy answer.” Illinois is making its own spring break vacation after the team’s competition Saturday by taking an extended stay. The Illini will stay in California a few extra days, but the majority of their time will be spent training in gyms. “It’s going to be nice to get away from school for a while and only focus on gymnastics,” sophomore Mike Wilner said. “Being in California is pretty nice too.” Illinois is ranked No. 6, behind Big Ten competitors No. 1 Penn

State, No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State. The Big Ten Championships are only a few weeks away with the NCAA Championships following immediately. “Depending on what side of the bracket we are on for NCAAs, we might have to beat out a very strong team to make it to second day. Not that we are overly worried about that. We are pretty confident we are a good team, but in this format, anything can happen.” California has recently been struggling with funding for its men’s gymnastics program. Without the proper funds, the program was unable to persuade a lot of top recruits over the past few years. Spring said the team is going into this weekend to compete against itself. “We are competing for a score,” he said. “They have been struggling with funding and don’t have full-endowed scholarships, so they have a weaker freshmen and sophomore class. They were able to pull in a very big class. I don’t know how refined they are, but I’m challenging the team to push the score. “We went 430.00 last weekend, and we need to be pushing 440 and above. I’d like to see the team rise to the occasion.”

notion until a serendipitous conversation with DI lifer/swagger coach Emily Bayci flipped my stance mere hours before the application was due. I was eventually awarded the opportunity to run the sports section, but it came at the expense of Eliot Sill, who has been one of my best friends at school since shouldering the load with him as a fellow assistant sports editor. Eliot was relegated to reporting and column writing upon my hiring rather than heading the sports section. Rather than feeling scorned, he handled the situation with the kind of grace that I’m not sure I

would’ve been able to replicate. Perhaps a year later than he would’ve liked, Eliot will replace me as sports editor following spring break. The Daily Illini’s sports section is poised to be even better next year under his guidance. He’s one of the brightest people I know and five times the writer I hope to ever be. I can’t wait to see what he does at helm. Just make sure to avoid the fourth floor.

Gina can be reached at muelle30@ dailyillini.com and @muelle30.

Jeff is a senior in Media. He can be reached at kirshma1@dailyillini.com. Follow him on Twitter @jkirsh91.

Illini aim to bolster conference standing with strong performance at Illinois Classic BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

With only one meet left before the Big Ten Championships, the No. 17 Illinois women’s gymnastics team will look to improve its conference standing against familiar foes this weekend. The Illini will compete Saturday in the Illinois Classic at IllinoisChicago, where they will take on the Flames, a team Illinois beat last Saturday. Along with UIC, the Illini will also face Northern Illinois and Illinois State at the Classic. After scoring a 196.300 in both meets last weekend, Illinois will end its regular season against three teams that haven’t scored a 196 all year. Senior Alina Weinstein and freshman Giana O’Connor will lead the Illini, as the two have all season. O’Connor is coming off of what head coach Kim Landrus called an 8-for-8 performance in both meets last weekend and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time. “It feels good to know that my

hard work paid off, and I’m really proud of myself,” O’Connor said. After getting Monday off to recover, the Illini were back in the gym Tuesday when they were working on precision. “We’re working on being extremely solid in our execution and amplitude so that we can get a half 10th more out of every gymnast,” Landrus said. Before its dual 196.300s, Illinois was in a bit of a rough patch. The Illini had lost two of three but were able to bounce back. “It was a little tough for a while, but we have those leaders like Alina and the rest of our seniors who come in and do their job,” sophomore Sunny Kato said. “Even though we were in a little dip, they were able to lead us back, and I feel like our energy is up again. I just want to keep that momentum going.” The Illini will look to surpass No. 15 Penn State in the conference standings to qualify for the night session of the Big Ten Championships. “Our goal is absolutely the eve-

MOVIE MADNESS FROM PAGE 1B seen the movie, stop reading this column and watch it — to an issue that sparked multiple sports movies after it. “Remember the Titans” is the ultimate sports film. There are lines like “Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all” and “You make sure they remember, FOREVER, the night they played the Titans!” It’s about football, but it isn’t. It’s about segregation, but it isn’t. It’s about winning, but it isn’t. You feel something every time you walk away from this movie. A feeling deeper than your foot falling asleep or popcorn stuck in your

ning session,” Landrus said. “But I talked to our girls and we can’t control what Penn State does this weekend. We can only control what we do so we have to make sure that we only focus on ourselves and go out there and get a real high score because this will also go into the RQS (regional qualifying score) and it will help us be a seeded team at regionals.” To succeed this weekend and achieve its goal, Illinois will look to concentrate on what it been focusing on all year: the little details. “We’ve also been trying to minimize the deductions, so if there is a wobble, we make it the smallest one we can,” Kato said. Kato added even with a better spot at Big Tens on the line, the team isn’t feeling the pressure. “It’s not really pressure, it’s more of excitement and motivation,” Kato said. “I believe in my team and I know we can do this. It’s gonna be hard because Penn State is at home, it’s their senior meet and they’ll probably score pretty high, but we’ll be at the Illinois Classic where we usually

teeth or the relief of peeing after a twohour movie. You don’t get that feeling from wannabes like “Bull Durham” or “Space Jam.” This is the film for every viewer, not just the sports fans. Not to mention, Ryan Gosling’s in it before he became Ryan Gosling: America’s heartthrob. Plus, you get the honor of watching now-slutty Hayden Panettiere be a young woman. She’s an example that anyone, not just the guys, can like football. More importantly, it is a film that has iconic scenes, iconic quotes and iconic characters. There is no scene that gives me bigger chills than watching the Rev take the hand-off — the guy has been injured the whole season! — and run for a touchdown as Denzel basically

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Illinois’ Giana O’Connor competes her floor exercise routine during the Gym Jam against Iowa at Huff Hall on Feb. 16. The Illini have one meet left at the Illinois Classic in Chicago before they head to the Big Ten Championships.

score pretty high.” The Illini will look to keep their momentum by taking things slowly this weekend. “We need to use our confidence in the gym and make sure we prac-

jumps on the back of Coach Yoast. I cry when I watch Gerry Bertier stretch his arms in victory in his hospital bed, and if you don’t, you have no soul. By the film’s end, you feel changed. You’re not quite sure how, but you feel like a better person. You just can’t make that stuff up — well, actually they did, but we don’t have to get into that. If you want to know the differences between the reallife events compared with the film, feel free to check out ESPN’s comparison online. But that is not what is being argued here. This was a great film. For once, Disney hit all of the right notes. From drama to comedy to the issue of race to the

tice consistently and then when we go and take the competition floor, we have to focus on all the details and focus on one skill at a time,” Landrus said. “I still want to go out and hit 24-for-24 and stick our

pressures of winning: “Remember the Titans” is an accomplishment. There isn’t much more to say about it, otherwise I’d start being repetitive and that’s not allowed in journalism. Its competitor is a worthy opponent, known to many as the best sports movie of all-time. “Rocky” is no doubt a classic. But the Titans are winners and Rocky, well, he lost. “Rocky” does bring up many of the same elements as “Remember the Titans.” Yet it was not the movie that taught this generation morals, but “Remember the Titans” did. “Rocky” is considered the ultimate story for an underdog, but it’s not our underdog story. He fought the good fight, and his effort will be remembered

landings and have six really great routines on every event so we can ride the wave going into Big Tens.”

Nicholas can be reached at goldwyn2@ dailyillini.com and @IlliniSportsGuy..

(ha, get it?) but he’s just not the best. Adrian and Rocky have had their time at the top, but for this generation the crown is for the film that taught us everything. And since its release in 2000, no film has been able to beat it. It will be a movie all of us will show to our kids. They will end up seeing films like “Rocky” and “Field of Dreams,” but “Remember the Titans” will be the one we talk about. Not to mention, how many times have you seen “Rocky” compared with how many times you’ve seen “Remember the Titans”? That’s what I thought.

Samantha is a senior in Media. She can be reached at kiesel1@dailyillini.com. Follow her on Twitter @sammiekiesel.


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Friday, March 15, 2013

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