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Ebertfest to tribute departed host Ebert’s funeral service:
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This year’s Ebertfest marks the 15th anniversary since the start of the famed film festival. It also will be the first since the passing of its esteemed host, Roger Ebert. The festival will continue, said festival director Nate Kohn, despite the news of Ebert’s recent death on Thursday in Chicago. Additionally, the festival will be continuing for years to come, said Associate festival director Mary Susan Britt in an email. “We want people to know that it was Roger’s wish that we continue the festival,” Kohn said. “And we’re going to honor his wish.” Ebertfest, which is scheduled for April 17-21, is an annual film festival sponsored by the College of Media and hosted in The Virginia Theatre in Champaign. The festival features a selection of films chosen by Ebert and Kohn. In addition to the film screenings, there are academic panel discussions at the Illini Union Pine Lounge in Urbana. Filmmakers and other special guests also speak at the annual event. This year, Chaz Ebert, Ebert’s wife, will again serve as the emcee of the event, which will act as a tribute to Ebert. The organizers also have a few surprises planned in honor of Ebertfest’s 15th anniversary, Kohn said. Steven Bentz, director of The Virginia Theatre, acknowledged the sadness that will resonate with everyone who attends the event and also throughout the ChampaignUrbana community. “It’s going to be an extremely poignant moment when almost 1,500 people come into this
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room and Roger Ebert isn’t able to be sitting with us,” Bentz said. “It can’t help but be an emotional moment, and I think we all know that we have that coming.” Betsy Hendrick, Ebert’s friend and sponsor of the event, became friends with Ebert when they were both reporters at The News-Gazette. She said that she expects a high attendance rate this year as visitors will be coming to honor the former host. “I think that people who haven’t been here for a few years would like to come back, kind of as a tribute to Roger,” she said. The week of Ebertfest also marks the grand reopening of The Virginia Theatre, which underwent an extensive renovation that cost roughly $5.5 million, Bentz said. The construction began in June 2012, and the reopening will be on Saturday, April 13, four days before Ebertfest. Bentz said the Champaign Park District kept Ebert informed about the renovations throughout the year. “We are really, really so sad he is unable to walk in that door and see the freshly restored Virginia,” Bentz said. With Ebert’s passing, visitors
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Adam Booher, president and maker at Bump, and Ehsan Noursalehi, vice president and designer at Bump, speak as part of TEDxUIUC on Sunday.
TEDxUIUC inspires students BY DANIEL WICENTOWSKI STAFF WRITER
Even before the first speaker took the stage at TEDxUIUC on Sunday, Kendall Rak was thinking about Why. A junior in engineering, Rak balanced a notebook filled with functions and symbols in his lap — the result of taking a class in higher mathematics. But that class, to Rak, was the What and the How; he said he wanted more from his engineering education. He wanted the Why. Eight hours later, he would have new notes scribbled alongside the equations of his notebook, new perspectives on creativity, intuition, risk, failure and love. Eight hours later, TEDxUIUC would bring Rak closer to that elusive Why. *** TEDxUIUC is a localized version of the wildly popular TED
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conference, and like many students in attendance, Rak is an avid fan of TED videos that have garnered millions of views on YouTube. Organized by students, the TEDxUIUC conference has been held since 2009, and this year’s event attracted an audience of mostly engineers and science students who were selected from among a pool of 900 applicants. The conference was split over the day into three themes: Initiate, Innovate and Inspire. The conference kicked off with Deana McDonagh, chair of the industrial design program at the University. Wearing a pair of seemingly physics-defying heelless pumps, McDonagh spoke about the nature of “design thinking,” a type of thinking that values childlike curiosity and creative problem solving.
The grand-opening of the Urbana Landmark Hotel bar Saturday night was an accomplishment for hotel owner Xiao Jin Yuan, as hotel renovations were contested as an issue in local politics. At least 550 people attended the opening, Yuan said, which featured music by Vena, a Latin American bachata supergroup. The after-party at the bar followed an event hosted by the Alpha Chi chapter of the Lambda Upsilon Lambda fraternity at the Illini Union on Saturday night. The event included a history of bachata, a style of Dominican music and dancing, a Q&A with the group and a free live performance. Vena reserved the ballroom for the after-party and later decided to reserve rooms to stay in the hotel. The Urbana Landmark Hotel has been open since December 2012 with 45 guest rooms available. Because of delays in obtaining liquor licenses, Yuan had been unable to open the bar until last weekend. Many have eagerly anticipated the opening of the bar, including one current guest at the hotel. “I have great hopes that it (the hotel) will continue to thrive and be a presence in
Urbana,” said Richard Briscoe, University alumnus and former area resident. “I know XJ’s (Yuan’s) got it in the plan, but having the tavern open will be great.” Yuan said he has met many setbacks while renovating the hotel but still wants to bring it back to life. The hotel was designed by Joseph William Royer, an Urbana architect and engineer who designed many buildings in Urbana like the Champaign County Courthouse. “I fell in love with the building,” Yuan said. “I believe the risk of investment in this building is manageable with my current finances.” Yuan spent 12 years as a commodities trader in Hong Kong, which required him to travel extensively. He said through his travels, he saw what it means to preserve historic buildings, as well as what it means to let them go to waste. “Even today, if you travel in Europe, you will see a lot of well-maintained old buildings,” Yuan said. “People didn’t tear them down ... they maintain some of the very old walls of their cities.” Along with the historical significance of the hotel building, Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing said she doesn’t see a much
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XJ Yuan, owner of Urbana Landmark Hotel, stands in front of the counter of his newly opened bar called Alumni Tap just inside the hotel on Saturday.
Costs to renovate the Urbana Landmark Hotel Hotel owner Xiao Jin Yuan pledged to renovate the Urbana Landmark Hotel and use his personal finances to make semi-permanent improvements to hotel rooms. The cost of upgrading the historic hotel’s furnishings and amenities proved more costly than originally planned. 1,000,000
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make it to TEDxUIUC? See a photo essay from the conference that aimed to initiate, innovate and inspire students at DailyIllini.com incredible doors are nailed shut by other people. Are we not here to nurture and encourage and empower and enable people to live a full life?” Allowing people to live a full life was also the subject of the pair of speakers who followed McDonagh. Adam Booher and Ehsan Noursalehi founded Bump, a non-profit design studio that provides prosthetic arms to those living in the developing world. However, their presentation wasn’t about their successes, or at least not directly. It was about
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SEIU approves 4-year contract
Urbana Landmark Hotel opens Alumni Tap bar BY JANELLE O’DEA
“We apply design common sense, which really isn’t that common,” she said of industrial designers. Two large projector screens on both sides of the stage showed examples of her students’ work: elegant high-heels made of paper and glue, a wedding dress of plastic bags, a bikini top made of CocaCola cans that left the imagination spinning. Later, during one the various networking breaks throughout the day, McDonagh explained that the nature of the current education system sometimes works to stifle that kind of free and creative thinking. “We realize that creativity has been dampened by their lifetime of education. My heart sinks when I hear a student say, ‘But I’ve been told all my life I can’t draw,’” she said. “What saddens me is that
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The Service Employees International Union Local 73 ratified a four-year contract with the University on Friday after more than nine months of negotiations. The new contract guarantees yearly wage increases and a signing bonus for union members. Members voted an overwhelming “yes” on the University’s contract proposal. Food service workers voted 89 percent in favor, while building service workers had a 93 percent approval rate, according to SEIU lead negotiator Ricky Baldwin. Baldwin said the vote speaks for itself regarding union members’ opinions of the new contract. “The most important thing is these folks stuck together and stayed tough and some of the other unions on campus stayed with them,” Baldwin said. “It’s really a victory for the whole campus.” Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said she was also relieved. “We’re delighted,” Kaler said. “It’s great to have everybody working together to serve our students.” After the union and the University reached a tentative
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agreement on March 27, the SEIU negotiating team recommended members vote “yes” on the contract. “If this vote had been ‘no,’ we would have had to go on strike again until we reached an agreement, which people didn’t want,” Baldwin said. Baldwin speculated the final contract will include terms such as fitting food and dining service workers for shoes once a year. In addition, employees will now be guaranteed to have two week’s notice before undergoing a shift change. Under the old contract, employees’ schedules were subject to change with minimal time to plan accordingly. The last time union members voted on a contract with the University was March 10. They rejected the contract, citing wage increases being too low, and went on strike for three days. The University preferred a four-year contract, but Baldwin said the union was open to a three or four-year contract as long as wage increases were high enough. With the new ratified contract, Baldwin said the University and the union will meet to review and sign the final agreement.
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TED TALKS FROM PAGE 1A their failures and how these early miscalculations were not only instrumental, but necessary. â€œThis is about overcoming failure, and thus overcoming the fear of starting things,â€? Booher said. He and Noursalehi went on to describe their various mistakes, including their initial plan to found the company as a for-profit LLC, their fixation of making the prosthetic affordable above all. What they didnâ€™t count as a failure, though, was their complete ignorance of how to build prosthetic arms when they began working on the company. They said it gave them open-mindedness and creativity. â€œWhat it gave us was the ability to explore and innovate in a way that experts in the field simply canâ€™t,â€? Booher said. Turning failure into success and ignorance into leverage are the kind of â€˜Big Ideasâ€™ that TED events are known for advancing, and attendees were encouraged to spark their own discussions during networking sessions throughout the day. During lunch, many ventured outside to sit on the grass, enjoy the sun and talk. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of pressure on this campus to just get in and start your lifeâ€™s project, so to speak,â€? said Jon Schultz, sophomore in media. â€œI think college has done its best to stifle design and creative thinking by trying
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to standardize and over-systemize every process of education.â€? Neha Shafizadah, senior in engineering, said the presentations made her think about the need for passion in her work. â€œIf you donâ€™t believe in it, if you donâ€™t have your full heart in it, you wonâ€™t go and innovate and research,â€? she said. â€œBut if you have that passion you will go miles just to get something done. You need to believe.â€? *** At 6 p.m., Rak reviewed what he had written in his math notebook. Most of the pages were already filled with dense stacks of partial differentials and matrices that he copied dutifully, over and over again, from his professor. Beneath them, written in faint No. 2 pencil, were messages and ideas that moved him so much that, after a few minutes of fumbling, he admitted he still couldnâ€™t really explain how he felt, at least not now. It was still too fresh. He flipped through the pages. â€œConfidence, ambition, persistence.â€? â€œHelp is the first principle.â€? He thumbed to an earlier page, where he had jotted down ideas from Noursalehi and Booherâ€™s presentation on how embracing failure and ignorance had allowed them to provide prosthetic arms to those in need. On the very bottom of that page, squeezed in below the bottom margin, Rak had written: â€œDonâ€™t let yourself be the obstacle.â€?
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ISS honors 5 instructors with awards for excellence BY LIZ AMANIEH STAFF WRITER
The Illinois Student Senate Committee on Academic Affairs hosted the Teaching Excellence Awards on Sunday honoring five instructors. The awards honored outstanding faculty instructors and teaching assistants that were selected from more than 600 nominees. Student Body President Brock Gebhardt expressed his appreciation for these teachers. â€œIn our studentâ€™s opinions, these are the best of the best,â€? Gebhardt said. â€œToday is a day to offer them a small token of our appreciation.â€?
Michael Donohoe Donohoe is a professor of accountancy in the College of Business. He explains topics in class using examples and stories from his own experiences and always ensures that students understand the topic before moving on. In addition, Donohoe has inspired many students to become tax accountants and
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Dean of LAS accepts position at Utah The University announced Friday that LAS Dean Ruth Watkins has accepted the position of senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah, and will be leaving the University at the end of July. Watkins has been the head of the Universityâ€™s largest college since 2009.
In the interim Provost Ilesanmi Adesida said he will announce an interim dean in the next couple of weeks. LAS will join Engineering and Media as colleges with non-permanent deans. Engineering has been
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encouraged excitement about his field.
Michael LeRoy LeRoy is a professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. Students have deemed him â€œthe most supportive professor they have had in their college career.â€? LeRoy teaches in a way that allows everyone to learn and benefit. Students see him go out of his way in order to ensure class material is being understood. During his career, LeRoy has inaugurated two courses. He expressed how vital it is for teachers to shape the curriculum in order for the University to grow and innovate. â€œOur students on this campus are not people we teach but people we learn from,â€? LeRoy said. â€œIâ€™m a student with them.â€?
Jermaine Martinez Martinez is a teaching assistant from the LAS department of communications. His main research includes emotion, feel-
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Deana McDonough, Chair of the industrial design program, speaks as part of TEDxUIUC on Sunday.
may feel that the atmosphere of the event may change, but Kohn said the message will stay the same. â€œObviously the tone of the festival will be different this year. But the bottom line is it still will be a celebration of films that
without a dean since Adesida took over as Provost in August, while Media has not had a permanent dean since 2009. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said in March the Provost officeâ€™s limited resources prevented it from conducting a search for a permanent Media dean.
Searches continue The Office of the Provost will have to conduct a search for a dean of LAS. The office currently has three dean searches underway in the Colleges of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine and for the Library. Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said in March the University expects to finish these searches by early summer.
Johnathan can be reached at hetting2 @dailyillini.com and @jhett93. Roger loves,â€? Kohn said. Bentz said he is grateful to have worked with Ebert in the past and witness the impact he had upon the people he met. â€œHe treated everyone in his path with such kindness and dignity. He was just an extraordinary individual,â€? he said.
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happen.â€? Yuan pledged $2 million of his own investment to renovate the Urbana Landmark Hotel, with $1.45 million in TIF funds from the city of Urbana. L e sl ie S t r at to n , who challenged Prussing in the Democratic primar y for mayor, held a news conference in January regarding the â€œfailedâ€? renovation plans and â€œmismanagedâ€? plan for the hotel by the Prussing administration. Prussing said Stratton used the Urbana Landmark Hotel issue â€œto satisfy his political purpose.â€? Stratton lost the primary to Prussing in February. Despite the charges of mismanagement from Stratton and others in the Urbana community, Yuan continues to make improvements on the hotel and deal with the numerous unexpected challenges of renovating a 9 0 -year- old building. Yuan is tired, and his family would prefer it if he could return home. However, finishing the Urbana Landmark Hotel project is his main goal. â€œIf anyone thinks this investor got a deal from the city, please, buy me out, so I can go home,â€? Yuan said. â€œWhile everyone is sitting at home watching T.V. and drinking beer and having family life, I am worrying about leaks in the roof and worrying about whether or not we can get certain things done.â€?
FROM PAGE 1A better option regarding the old property than to support Yuan in fixing it. The hotel is attached to Lincoln Square, so destruction of the hotel would mean leaving a hole in Lincoln Square Mall, as well as demolishing a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. â€œWe didnâ€™t have hundreds of people lined up to remodel this building,â€? Prussing said. â€œWe could work with this guy (Yuan), who already owned a hotel and was the most responsible person who was interested. The alternative to fixing the hotel would be to let the building deteriorate.â€? Continuing to let the building deteriorate would have meant ignoring a fire hazard and continuing to allow homeless people to break into and steal from the hotel, she added. Instead, the city of Urbana wanted to leverage Yuanâ€™s personal investment in the project with tax increment financing money (TIF). Tom C a r r i no, Urba na economic development manager, said when Yuan and the city tried to find a bank to finance part of the redevelopment of the hotel, it was difficult primarily because of the economic climate. â€œThe lending environment was not good at the time, specifically for hotels,â€? Carrino said. â€œThe purpose of TIF funds is to make projects like this
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We endorse Prussing for 3rd term as Urbana mayor
he’s done it twice now, and we think she can do it again. In the often fiery debates between incumbent Mayor Laurel Prussing and longtime Urbana resident Les Stratton, Prussing comes out on top. She has demonstrated her abilities not only in the mayoral primary debates throughout much of 2013 but also in what she has accomplished in the last eight years. She held her own then, and she can do so again in the election Tuesday against the Republican candidate Rex Bradfield. So that Urbana can continue to see the development it has in recent years, we want to see Laurel Prussing re-elected for her third term. Four years ago when The Daily Illini Editorial Board endorsed Prussing over Bradfield, there was a bit more of a difficult decision: Urbana was still making its way through a downturn in the economy, and the next mayor would be instrumental in leading the city to a successful recovery. And she did. Businesses grew (like the Common Ground Food Co-Op in the Lincoln Square Mall), the Olympia Drive project began, North Lincoln Avenue started to get the treatment it needs, and the Landmark Hotel acquired a private benefactor to restore it. She has proven herself, but there is still work to be done, especially those projects which affect University students. Urbana has given renters, a large share of whom are students, some rights that are far superior to its Champaign counterpart, but the roads surrounding them need improvements yet. This goal may be the only issue on which we side more with Bradfield. Prussing has said that her administration’s main focus has been on select core roads — those with heavy traffic — but we place high priority on them for added safety. Her efforts to remedy the crime in Urbana, especially in the southwest part of the city, have worked, and we think that she can continue to bolster public safety in another term in office. We like her efforts to beautify Boneyard Creek because the look and feel of the city are especially important to its residents. The beautification project may not add another business downtown, but it would clean up the creek, which runs through campus. Prussing has taken this election by a wide margin before, and she took down her early opponent Stratton easily in the primary. She didn’t earn those votes by sheer luck. The debates have shown that the election will largely be an issue-driven choice, giving voters a clear decision when they take to the polls. We were confident in her election in 2009, and we are again for the next term as well. But above all, we echo the same sentiment we had four years ago: We choose Prussing because we see no reason to fix something that’s not broken.
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Some things are not acceptable. Period. Perhaps it wasn’t even necessary that he had seen the videotapes to make a judgment call — one set of eyes from a university official should have been enough. Turning a blind eye certainly was the wrong decision. Rice’s reprehensible misconduct was grossly disturbing to witness. But these scandals do not just pertain to universities’ respective sports programs. Academic institutions need to foster a morally conscious environment. It has become commonplace around the nation for a variety of schools to seemingly ignore practical ethics. The treatment of athletes should be no different than that of other students — athletes are students too. The atmosphere at these schools and institutions should be taken into high regard across all programs and initiatives. Rutgers failed to make the right decision from the get go – did they not take their University’s esteem into regards? Hopefully, other programs around the country understand the implications behind what has happened at Rutgers. In this way, we do not have to just look at this as a scandal related to a sports program, team, individual player or coach – we can look at this as a lesson reflective of blatant disregard for the morals and prestige of a university as a whole. After all, these are institutions of higher learning.
been waiting for this for two whole years. My friend and I ran to the quad, only to find that we were too late to make clever signs. In fact, the group started to march, so we slunk to the back and took a second to take in the mix of Amnesty International, the Women’s Resource Center, Advocates for Choice and other allies. We looked somewhat odd in our non-provocative, totallysafe-for-work clothing, but that didn’t stop me from yelling out some chants like “The way we dress is not a yes” and (my favorite) “2, 4, 6, 8, teach the rapists not to rape.” After all, this was SlutWalk 2013. I was in the midst of the protest march that started in Toronto in 2011, the protest march against slut shaming and victim blaming in rape cases. I couldn’t truly participate without some chanting. We marched down Green Street and turned left on Fourth Street, all the while being photographed and stared at intently. At first, I just basked in the glow of being in the crowd. I had missed the 2011 and 2012 SlutWalk in Chicago, and it was my dream to participate. But after my ten minutes of grinning ear to ear and screaming at the top of my lungs about consent, I started to realize that some viewers just weren’t interested. They looked bored, or annoyed that yet another group of people were screaming about sexual assault. Which is unfortunate because it’s something we’ll continue to scream about. We live in a society that is immersed in a rape culture. In Steubenville, Ohio, two football players sexually assaulted a teenage girl — and we place blame on the girl for getting too drunk. In Notre Dame, Indiana, a rape victim attending Saint Mary’s College killed herself after being threatened by her attackers not to do anything she would regret — while the police waited five days after her suicide to interview the accused. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a student reported being raped last year and is now facing an honor code violation for creating an “intimidating environment” for her alleged rapist. And for all these highly-publicized incidents, there are probably tons more that occur in different towns. As my favorite chant suggests, we need to place blame off victims and on to perpetrators. We need to stand up and yell at our friends when they get too handsy at the bar because someone is wearing something provocative. We need to take classes that actually try to address consent — classes like FYCARE — much more seriously, and develop more educational courses that talk less about how not to be raped and more on why it’s wrong to do anything sexual with a girl without that hard, concrete “yes.” The reason that SlutWalk is, in my eyes, effective is because it’s one of the few protests that puts shame on the rapists. Dressing up in knee-high fishnets may seem ridiculous to you, but the message is simple: anyone should be able to dress, act or be anything they want because sexual consent doesn’t come from how you’re dressed or how many shots you’ve had. But although the support on Thursday was wonderful, we need to amp it up. Sexual assault shouldn’t only be the concern of women’s centers or human rights groups. More students, teachers and administrators should come along, ready to support the idea of shifting blame and stopping sexual assault. This issue isn’t just for victims or women. It affects everyone. If it takes you two minutes to skim over my whole column, by the end of it, someone in the United States has been sexually assaulted. Just yesterday morning, there was an attempted sexual assault in Allen Hall. In a residence hall. Anyone that thinks the issue of sexual assault is overreported and doesn’t affect their community has got to be kidding. At the end of the march, I had the opportunity to quickly talk to Elizabeth Mucha, one of the Amnesty International leaders. “Someone brought up the idea on working on a campaign teaching rapists not to rape,” she said. “Amnesty doesn’t really focus on it, but we were passionate against victim blaming. It just kinda snowballed from here.” Her legs were covered in sharpie-written tick-marks, starting with “whore” on her thigh, all the way down to “matronly” below her knee. She says she’s had experiences where if she wore long skirts, people would tell her that she looked “like their grandmothers” but if she sported a mini, people would ask if “that was appropriate to wear out.” “We’re damned if we do,” said Mucha, “and we’re damned if we don’t.” This is the truth, not only about the length of our skirts, but about the fight against sexual assault. So we might as well protest instead of keeping quiet.
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Theses: relevant or outdated? JOSEPH VANDEHEY Opinion columnist
deadline quietly slipped beneath the notice of most campus residents last week. While undergraduates were busy with the latest weekly assignment, midterm or essay, many graduate students – myself included – were facing one of the biggest days of their careers: their thesis defense. Imagine every term paper and final you have ever written smashed together into a booklength monster of a project, complete with claws, fangs and a ravenous desire to consume all your spare time — that is the thesis in a nutshell. Even after writing a thesis, one must still defend it. A typical defense consists of a half-hour lecture by the thesis writer before a committee of experts, after which the committee asks questions of the speaker. I suspect that many graduate students – myself included, again – wonder why we must go through this academic ritual. The graduate thesis has its purpose: much like a term paper or final, it demonstrates a specific desired ability. A master’s thesis often synthesizes and amalgamates research done by others, and so demonstrates its writer’s advanced knowledge and scholarship. A doctoral thesis often contains original research, and so demonstrates its writer’s ability to contribute to the body of knowledge. But these abilities can be demonstrated in other ways. In some fields, graduate students do research and publish results
well in advance of writing a doctoral thesis. Then, when the time comes, they collect three or four such results, staple them together, add a unifying introduction and conclusion, and – voila! – obtain a thesis. Why go through the additional work to collect the results together for a doctoral thesis? If a student has the capability for research, that will still be evident with or without collecting the work into a thesis. One could argue that a thesis, unlike a classroom essay, is meant to be a public work. An essay is graded and discarded soon after that, but a thesis is frequently archived so that it can be of use to researchers and scholars in the future. Thus it is the duty of a student to carefully prepare his work for future generations. That sentiment might earn a laugh from graduate students and professors alike. According to one frequently shared joke, you’ll be lucky if a handful of people ever read your thesis; and you’ll be extra lucky if some of those people are actually on your defense committee. Yes, a thesis is meant to be a public work, but it very often goes unused or underused. I have found the occasional master’s thesis to be helpful in my own research (since master’s theses amalgamate research from many sources, they can be great references), but the operative word here is occasional. In fact, many graduate students are encouraged to undercut the usefulness of their thesis: they are told to publish the results of their thesis in a journal as soon as possible after writing them. For all the importance that we place onto the thesis, we still consider a simple journal publication to be
a more official place to share our work. In short, the process of writing and defending a thesis can be an immense amount of unnecessary work. Note: “can be,” not “is.” The thesis makes a very clear destination for a graduate student. It is the goal, the target, the finish line: complete it and earn your degree (plus some fancy letters to go next to your name). Students can and do schedule months or years around having enough time to research, write and defend their thesis. For many students, the thesis is useful and rewarding, both personally and occupationally. And not all students have the sort of side projects that could be used as a stand-in for a thesis. But for those that have, why not make alternate completion methods available? Ever since the recession hit years ago, departments have been trying to streamline the graduation process. Just look at the mathematics department’s recent decision to end its language requirement for graduate students. The thesis may be the last thing that people want to change; it is an institution unto itself. Forget convincing graduate students one way or another, the University itself takes an immense pride in the quality theses produced here. And we students take no small amount of pride in our accomplishment either. But for all the pride I feel at having completed my thesis, part of me is still whispering in the back of my mind: why wasn’t I spending my time discovering something new, instead of just repackaging my old work?
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Scandals show institutional lack of morals IMRAN KHAN Opinions columnist
the wake of the Rutgers’ basketball scandal, the real question remains: How could this have gone on for so long? After tapes were released earlier this week showing Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice hurling homophobic slurs at players and ruthlessly pushing them around, the Rutgers University sports program has come under fire for the way they have handled this situation. Not only are the videotapes of their basketball practices horrifying, they are completely shocking. Now that athletic director Tim Pernetti has resigned, I can’t help but wonder how the demeaning treatment of their players by a coach went on for as long as it did. Granted, Rice was suspended last December for three games and fined $50,000 when these actions were first reported to Pernetti. Yet a suspension and fine weren’t sufficient punishments; he should have been fired immediately. The mistake not to fire Rice when the incident first occurred is disappointing, seeing as these players were attacked in a multitude of ways. A coach may try to get his players fired up with a more intense approach to practice, but there are certain lines a coach cannot cross. Hitting players with blocking mats, chucking basketballs at them and viciously assaulting their character are undoubtedly things no coach should do. He was not acting as a
mentor to these players – he was a bully in its purest form. The greatest disappointment is that University leaders enabled him to continue degrading these young men despite knowing of Rice’s erratic and shameful behaviors in the first place. Coaches at any level – be it professional or little league — have to be held accountable for their words and actions because ultimately, these people play enormously influential roles in their players’ lives. Coaches instill values. Coaches teach lessons that go beyond the playing field. Coaches support and reassure their players that if at first they don’t succeed, they need to try again. Still at a point in players’ lives where they are being shaped by the environment around them and into the adults they will become, it’s absurd to even think a coach would do this. University officials must also reexamine disciplinary procedures and reform them accordingly. Pernetti wasn’t the only school official to see the videotapes. The University’s legal counsel and human resource CFO saw them as well. Though University President Robert L. Barchi claimed that he hadn’t seen the videos until they surfaced this week, but he was aware of Rice’s behavior when it was first reported last fall. This wasn’t a case where his actions could be reversed. Rehabilitation wasn’t a plausible solution. And though students have rallied behind their school president, some even still in support of their former coach, these tragic turn of events should speak to the larger picture:
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Ebertâ€™s legacy to live through future Ebertfests as reminders of his dedication, passion for movies BY ALISON MARCOTTE FEATURES EDITOR
The idea to create Ebertfest was born out of a five-day festival in March 1997 called Cyberfest, which was a birthday party for the fictional computer â€œHalâ€? from the 1968 novel and film, â€œ2001: A Space Odyssey.â€? In the story, Hal became operational in 1997 in Urbana, Ill. Cyberfest was started by the Universityâ€™s Chancellorâ€™s Office, said Nate Kohn, who has been the director of Ebertfest since it started in 1999. â€œBecause of the large computer science presence at Illinois, they thought it would be a really good idea to celebrate the computer and the film at a University-wide event,â€? Kohn said. Roger Ebert â€” who at the time was a Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times â€” was invited to host the Cyberfest Gala at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the screening of Stanley Kubrickâ€™s film on its original 70-millimeter stereo format at the Virginia Theatre. Kohn worked with Ebert in producing the event. Kohn was born and raised in Urbana like Ebert, and he was a freshman at Urbana High School when Ebert was a senior. However, he didnâ€™t get to know him on a personal level until they worked on Cyberfest together. After the success of the event, faculty from the College of Communications (now Media) suggested holding an annual film festival hosted by Ebert, according to Betsy Hendrick, friend of Ebert and sponsor of Eberfest. â€œI was really very excited when I heard about it,â€? said Hendrick, owner and operator of Hendrick House. â€œBecause even though Roger loved Urbana and Champaign, all of his immediate family in this area had passed away, and I would think, â€˜I wonder what will bring Roger back here again to visit?â€™â€? By that time, Ebert was very busy, traveling the world, attend-
ing multiple film festivals and doing review after review, Hendrick said. â€œSo the idea of the film festival was just great,â€? she said. The first film festival, which was called the â€œOverlooked Film Festival,â€? kicked off in April 1999. The film festival was hosted at the Virginia Theatre, which has continued to house the festival for the past 14 years. â€œEvery movie lover has shared the melancholy experience of finding a film to truly love â€” and then discovering that most people have never heard of it,â€? he wrote in his welcome mes-
â€œI admire him so much and how he appreciated other people and their stories and their backgrounds, and I think I picked up a lot of that from Roger.â€? BETSY HENDRICK friend of Ebert
sage for the inaugural event. â€œWhen I was asked by the College of Communications to host a film festival at the University of Illinois, my first thought was of such films.â€? The first festival was dedicated to the memory of Gene Siskel, Ebertâ€™s former cohost on â€œAt the Movies,â€? according to the website. â€œIt was a great joy to work with him,â€? Kohn said. â€œHe was very involved in every aspect of the festival. He reviewed movies like nobody else on the face of the earth. It was just such a pleasure to have him as a part of this festival.â€?
Kohn would help Ebert every year with choosing which movies to show at the annual festival. â€œIt was a very informal process. Roger and I would put together a list of about a hundred movies and that we thought might be interesting to have in the festival,â€? he said. â€œWe would just slowly, over the space of several months, cut down the list until we had about 12 pictures.â€? In 2008, the name was changed from â€œOverlooked Film Festivalâ€? to â€œEbertfest.â€? In a 2009 TIME interview, he said, â€œSome filmmakers demurred at having their films seem â€˜prematurely overlooked.â€™â€? Kohn said every festival since the original has been a tremendous success. Ebert attended every Ebertfest except for the one in 2008 because of a fractured hip. The theatre would always sell out all of their festival passes before they even announced the films, which displays the faith the audience had in Ebertâ€™s selection of films. Hendrick said that during the festival, Ebert gave an introspective review of the movies he would discuss at the panel discussions. â€œWe all used to enjoy when he would lead the panel discussions after the films because he would bring up things that many people that were directly involved with the film didnâ€™t remember. Heâ€™s very good at that,â€? Hendrick said. â€œI admire him so much and how he appreciated other people and their stories and their backgrounds, and I think I picked up a lot of that from Roger.â€? Steven Bentz, director of the Virginia Theatre, also commented on Ebertâ€™s impact at the theater. â€œRoger Ebert was such an important and good friend of this theater, always,â€? Bentz said. â€œAnd when he was here, there was an electricity in the air. People were always very happy to see Roger come in that front door.â€?
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attempted sexual assault at Allen Hall on Sunday morning, according to two Illini-Alerts. The first alert came at 4:24 a.m., which described the offender as a black male in his 30s who is approximately 5-foot-9. According to the alert, he was wearing gray sweatpants, a gray sweatshirt and a gray T-shirt with an Eastern Illinois University logo. The second alert came at 4:53 a.m. and said the suspect had been located and arrested. The suspect was identified on a video.
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Hundreds of fraternity men strut in three-inch heels around the Quad during the 2013 â€œWalk a Mile in Her Shoesâ€? on Friday afternoon. The event is part of an international effort to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
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Weinstein powers Illini to nationals Third NCAA Championships for women’s gymnastics program BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
The No. 17 Illinois women’s gymnastics team huddled around each other inside the WVU Coliseum, in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday night. They waited in anxious anticipation of the team scores announcement. The announcer came over the loudspeaker and said: “And in second place, moving on to the NCAA Championships, the University of Illinois.” By finishing second overall at the NCAA Morgantown Regional, Illinois qualified for its third national appearance in program history, and the Illini erupted in cheer, jumping and screaming in celebration. “I think we did an amazing job at regionals,” senior Alina Weinstein said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better performance. We came up big in the clutch when it mattered, and that’s all that matters.” Illinois finished the meet with a score of 196.025, only 0.700 behind first-place Michigan
and 0.150 ahead of third-place Nebraska. The Wolverines were in control for the majority of the night, but the second qualifying spot was up for grabs until the last event. The Cornhuskers put up a 49.650 on vault forcing the Illini to score a 49.025 or higher on beam to advance. The pressure didn’t seem to faze Illinois, which had all of its competitors score above a 9.750. Weinstein and sophomore Sunny Kato led the way for the Illini with scores of 9.900 and 9.875, respectively. “I think it was clutch,” Landrus said. “We had some momentum from the last event, and they went up to beam with the mentality to think everything was normal and do what they do every day. They went out there not fazed by the pressure and showed off some really great routines.” All night, Weinstein led Illinois, finishing with three individual event titles and becoming the first-ever Illini to win
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Illinois’ Alina Weinstein performs her uneven bars routine during the Gym Jam against Iowa at Huff Hall on Feb. 16. three at a single NCAA meet. Weinstein took titles in the allaround with a 39.550, on floor with a 9.900 and tied for first on beam, again scoring a 9.900. She also finished fourth on bars and fifth on vault with a 9.850 and a 9.900, respectively. “Oh gosh, it was so much fun,” Weinstein said. “Honestly, I thought the same thing I think in every meet, which is to propel my team to win, and anything beyond that is a bonus
and a reward, and it was a lot of fun.” Following the meet, Weinstein was named Regional Gymnast of the Year. “She has just been a remarkable competitor who has so much talent,” Landrus said. “She represented Illinois well, being the anchor on four events, and doing what she did in such clutch situations says a lot about her character as a competitor.” Illinois was strong through-
Transfer excited to make impact for Illini football BY SEAN HAMMOND STAFF WRITER
Martize Barr is just happy to be back in a college town. For a guy from the Washington D.C. area, Council Bluffs, Iowa, was not his ideal location. After two years as a wide receiver and a safety for New Mexico, Barr spent the 2012 season in the Omaha, Neb., suburb of some 60,000 residents playing receiver for Iowa Western Community College. After racking up nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns — and winning the NJCAA National Championship along the way — Barr now finds himself in Champaign with high expectations for the 2013 season. “Coming from D.C., (Champaign has) more of a city vibe than (Council Bluffs),” Barr said. “This is a college-town feel, and I love that atmosphere. Especially when you start winning games.” Barr won’t have the chance to win any meaningful games until August, but he’ll have his first chance to showcase himself for Illini Nation on Friday under the lights at Memorial Stadium for Illinois’ Spring Game. Barr, who has been on campus since January, is likely to see a considerable amount of action on the field in 2013. And with his experience at New Mexico — he played in 10 games as a sophomore — he is no stranger to the bright lights of major college football.
“From New Mexico, (the speed of the game) is about what I had thought it would be,” Barr said. “It’s definitely faster than junior college, I adjusted to the game pretty quick and now I’m just rolling, trying to learn the offense.” First-year wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy was in a similar situation when he played in the late 1980s, transferring to Illinois after playing at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago. “I think the transition that you make is just being able to understand that the game speed is higher, that the expectations are higher,” Bellamy said. “He’s put himself in a position where once he gets in shape and once he picks (the offense) up, he’s going to be an asset.” Bellamy went on to spend parts of six seasons in the NFL after his career at Illinois. Barr has a longer way to go. He will be on the field at receiver for the Illini next season, and has seen reps as a punt returner through the spring. Barr has even been advocating for himself as a candidate for kick returner. When asked if he’s been in his coach’s ear about returning kicks, Barr said, “(I’m) in everybody’s ear.” He hasn’t seen many kick return reps yet, but he’s been put on the scout team and expects to get a chance at returning kicks there. Head coach Tim Beckman said the biggest advantage transfer play-
ers have over high school recruits is experience. Barr is one of five junior college transfers to enroll at Illinois in January. “You’re going to go out and recruit a high school kid that’s committed to making a program better and making themselves better,” Beckman said. “It’s the same way you’re going to treat a junior college player.” It’s no secret that Beckman receives transfers with open arms. In July, he and his staff caused considerable controversy when they openly admitted to recruiting Penn State players after NCAA sanctions were administered to the Nittany Lions program in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal. The staff broke no rules, and Illnois was certainly not the only team recruiting Penn State players, but the media heavily scrutinized the fervor with which the Illini recruited. Only one Nittany Lion transferred to Illinois, that being offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki. But Barr is not transferring from a Big Ten rival, and he has come a long way from Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. For him, Illinois is a new chapter in his book. And if he wants to see what the atmosphere in Champaign is like when the football team is winning, he and his teammates still have a lot of work remaining.
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Rutgers faculty wrong to call for Barchi to resign ELIOT SILL Sports editor
ello there, Rutgers, and welcome to the Big Ten, where your embarrassing PR disaster that’s being dubbed a scandal — though it really is more so just another case of athletic hubris gone wild — is mere small potatoes. It’s obviously not OK for a coach to hurl vicious and profane insults — and basketballs — at his players. The coach in this case, Mike Rice, should be beyond fired. The athletic director, Tim Pernetti, should be ousted for not taking swifter action on the coach. But the university president, Robert Barchi, should not be expected to police the conduct of his basketball coach in a practice setting and should not be forced to resign from the university. Eric Murdock, Rutgers’ former director of player development who compiled the tape and was subsequently fired, informed Pernetti of Rice’s behavior last summer. The half-hour compilation showed Rice aggressively shoving and throwing basketballs at
his players, using any of the curse words you would have learned from your resident middle school bully. After the video of the practices was obtained, Pernetti described it to Barchi and now says he wanted to fire Rice, but was overruled by Barchi and “general counsel.” Barchi, who was hired in September, was never shown the video until this past week. Keep in mind here, we’re a president away from matching the house-cleaning effort that went with Penn State’s notorious sexual assault cover-up that broke in 2011. The gravity of that travesty was understanding that the scandal was not about sports, but about using sports to conduct wicked, traumatizing pedophilic activity that doubled as an overt felony. The behavior was reported to the university president, Graham Spanier, and he did nothing. Barchi, similarly, did not intervene when he heard that his basketball coach was more or less being a mean guy. While Rice’s behavior was certainly misconduct, it was not illegal. At least 50 members of Rutgers’ faculty are now calling for Barchi’s firing over this particular scandal, and, albeit inadvertently, turning this event to one compa-
rable to the Penn State scandal that cost the coach, athletic director and university president their jobs. Faculty members were calling for Barchi’s resignation even before the athletic director stepped down. That means one of two things: either they blamed Barchi more than Pernetti, or they wanted Barchi gone for some other reason. I’m no expert on administrative business at Rutgers University, but I’m aware that they’re merging two of the three schools from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (the other will be ceded to Camden). Faculty members had concerns over a lack of hiring in the school of arts and sciences departments — Barchi’s administration was trying to save funding to help the merger. Barchi was hired this past September to help lead the school through the merger, and his focus on completing it has led to his perception as a careless, dismissive leader. Former Illinois President Michael Hogan stepped down last year due to poor leadership and a bad relationship with faculty. Barchi seems to be fitting those requirements, but whereas Hogan
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out the meet, putting up a 48.950 on floor, a 48.975 on vault and a 48.925 on bars before ending on beam. The team has seen its share of ups and downs throughout the season, which made the performance that much sweeter to Landrus. “It’s a truly exciting moment for this program to qualify for the third time,” Landrus said. “This group of girls has worked so hard this year and perse-
vered through a lot, so it was such a rewarding feeling that they went in there and accomplished what they set out to.” Following the announcement, the Illini went to the locker room where they surprised Landrus with a Gatorade bath. “It was cold,” Landrus said. “But it was also well worth it.”
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Efforts, successes of less-covered Illinois sports teams recognized JOHNATHAN HETTINGER Illini columnist
my two years at Illinois, the Illini have won one national championship and five Big Ten Championships. There have been five individual Illini crowned national champions. But none of this success has been in football or men’s basketball. Instead, in both football and men’s basketball, we’ve seen top-25 teams come crashing down, resulting in coaching changes. We’ve endured two years with just two total Big Ten football wins, and a men’s basketball team without any postseason in 2012. The Daily Illini covers every varsity sport and the club hockey team, but we devote thousands of words more to the 2-10 football team than we do to the four-time defending Big Ten Champion men’s golf team or one of the fastest women in the world, Ashley
The men’s gymnastics team won the national championship in 2011 but was hit hard by graduation and injuries and finished fifth at the Big Ten Championships over the weekend. The men’s golf team has won four straight Big Ten titles and is on pace for another a fifth. Mike Small has coached three straight individual Big Ten Champions and two individual national champions in the past three years. Kevin Hambly’s squad advanced to the national championship game in 2011, but fell off this season, failing to make the NCAA tournament.
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The women’s track team won the 2013 Big Ten indoor championship, led by 2012 400 meter NCAA champion Ashley Spencer.
The soccer team won the Big Ten Championship in 2011 and made the NCAA tournament in both seasons. Vanessa DiBernardo led the U.S. to a gold medal at the under-20 World Cup.
Spencer. I understand why we do this. Readers, myself included, want to know what’s going on with the football and men’s basketball teams. People pick up the paper when they see football on the front page. But there are hundreds of other student athletes who devote their lives to the sport they love without getting the publicity, and, at Illinois, they often have more success. In my new position of Illini columnist, it will be my goal to highlight the sports that get less attention. I will highlight the success of defending NCAA champion golfer Thomas Pieters. I will make sure that readers know how awesome the men’s gymnastics team really is. For my first column, since many Illini fans have not followed the smaller sports, I have decided to rank them by the success they’ve had since I’ve been on campus. If you don’t agree with my rankings, let me know.
The men’s tennis team won the Big Ten Championship in 2012. Brad Dancer’s young squad is currently 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten. Competing in the nation’s best wrestling conference, the Illini finished fourth and fifth in the Big Ten in 2012 and 2013, respectively, but seventh and ninth in the NCAA in those years. The men’s track team finished eighth in the Big Ten, but 11th in the country in 2012. So far, the team was second at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this season.
The women’s tennis team finished third in the Big Ten last season and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It currently sits at .500 this season.
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The women’s gymnastics team finished fifth of eight teams in the Big Ten last season and fourth this season. Kim Landrus’ squad will make its 3rdever trip to the NCAA Championships on April 20.
The men’s cross-country team was in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, finishing seventh in 2011 and fourth in 2012.
Renee Slone’s squad finished fifth in the Big Ten last season, making NCAA regionals, but has struggled this season, finishing near or at the bottom in all of its tournaments but one.
Dan Hartleb’s club failed to make the Big Ten Tournament in 2012 after finishing 28-25 overall. The Illini are 19-9 so far this season.
The women’s basketball team struggled in 2011-12, finishing 11-19, but bounced back in Matt Bollant’s first season, making the WNIT quarterfinals and finishing 5th in the Big Ten.
The softball team failed to make the Big Ten Tournament last season after finishing 27-26 and will likely miss the tourney again because of a current 11-19 record.
The women’s cross-country team finished last in the Big Ten in 2011 and ninth in the conference in 2012.
SWIMMING and DIVING
The swimming and diving team has struggled the past two seasons, finishing 10th in the Big Ten in 2012 and last in 2013.
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Softball swept by Wildcats in Evanston Illinois outscored 23-1 through 3 weekend games BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
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Illinois’ Justin Parr completes his swing during Illinois win against Oakland at Illinois Field on March 30. The Illini defeated the Hoosiers in a 3-2 victory.
After 2 losses, Illinois ends Indiana’s streak BY JAMAL COLLIER STAFF WRITER
Through the first two games of the series, it looked like Illinois had thrown everything it had at the nation’s longest winning streak. The Illini had a pitcher throw a complete game Friday, albeit in a losing effort. Then Illinois collected 10 hits Saturday, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Indiana. The Hoosiers (25-4, 8-1 Big Ten) had increased its program-best winning streak to 18 consecutive victories and hadn’t lost since March 9 as they ascended to No. 16 in the rankings. That was until Sunday, when Illinois came away with a 3-2 victory to avoid being swept in what head coach Dan Hartleb called “as good a college game as you can see.” Sunday’s victory was a consolation prize for the Illini (19-9, 2- 4), who now fall 4 1/2 games behind the Hoosiers in the conference. The Illini have now faced the top two teams in the Big Ten as projected by the Big Ten coaches in the preseason. Justin Parr led the Illini and seemed like he could single-handedly will Illinois to victory Sunday. He continued his season-long hitting clinic by going 4-for-4 Sunday, adding his second home run of the year and two runs while extending his career-best hitting streak to 16 games. He raised his average to .433, and his 52 hits on the year lead the Big Ten. Parr was at the plate for one of the turning points of the game, in the top of the sixth with the score tied at 2. After Indiana pitcher Aaron Slegers threw two straight balls to Parr, who was leading off the inning, Hoosier head coach Tracy Smith wanted to pull Slegers in favor of a left hander. So, Hartleb waited and allowed him to warmup and Slegers to go sit down as if his day was finished before he remind-
ed the umpires of the rule that once a pitcher crosses the foul line he must at least finish the first hitter he faces. It forced Slegers back into the game, and Parr would end up with a single and go on to score what would be the winning run. “Players make you look like geniuses sometimes,” Hartleb said. Parr did have help, mostly from freshman Ryan Castellanos lasting six innings Sunday in his first career start, allowing just two runs and picking up his first career victory. In his six appearances prior to Sunday, Castellanos had a 2.38 ERA and impressed Hartleb with his composure, which he did not lose even after giving up a game-tying two-run home run. He also impressed with his command and didn’t walk a batter during his start. “You get a little bit of butterflies, but most of it’s all excitement,” Castellanos said. “I was really excited.” He’s positioned himself into the starting rotation for Illinois, and Hartleb left no doubt that Castellanos is the new Sunday starter. Illinois also benefited from two big outfield assists from right fielder Davis Hendrickson, who threw out a runner at third in the second, and left fielder Jordan Parr, who threw out a runner at home in the third. “That fires me up because it just reminds me that my teammates are backing me up,” Castellanos said. “I don’t need to be perfect. I can go there and make my pitches and pitch to contact.” Kevin Johnson couldn’t end the streak Friday in front of the largest crowd in Indiana baseball history, when 2,757 fans packed a sold-out Bart Kaufman Field for the first night game in Indiana’s new stadium. Johnson would pitch a complete game, retiring 20
of the final 22 Indiana batters, but the Illini couldn’t recover after allowing three runs in the first two innings. Right fielder Will Krug was hit on the hand with a pitch in that game and missed the rest of the series. Hartleb said Krug will be out for “a while.” Hendrickson will likely be Krug’s replacement in right field going forward. However, facing a lefty Saturday meant the lefthanded Hendrickson would not get into the lineup, and it was first baseman David Kerian as the unlikely starting outfielder. Kerian approached Hartleb before the game and told him he could play the outfield and made his first career start in left field. Illinois will have to find a new leadoff hitter to replace Krug, who was hitting .305 as Illinois’ leadoff man. Last year’s leadoff man, Thomas Lindauer, reclaimed that spot Saturday, and it was Jordan Parr who led off the game Sunday. Hartleb said he’s still trying to find someone to fill that role. All of Illinois’ offense in Saturday’s game came from home runs by Lindauer (5) and third baseman Brandon Hohl (2), but the Illini went 1-for- 6 with runners in scoring position and lost the game 7-3. So Illinois came out and knew it needed to win on Sunday, and Hartleb said he still thinks the Illini are in striking distance of Indiana and able to prevent them from running away with the conference. “They remind me of us,” Hartleb said. “They’ve found a way to win 18 in a row. That’s tough, that’s a tough thing to do. I think they’re a good team, but I think we’re a good team.”
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Men’s track wins 4 events at Tiger Track Classic 4x400 squad improves last week’s time by 9 seconds, wins event by 3-second margin BY DAN ESCALONA STAFF WRITER
Facing its toughest competition yet in the outdoor season, the Illinois men’s track and field team was led by a titlewinning performance by the 1600-meter relay squad at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. Overall, the Illini took home four event titles — the most of any team at the event. The 4x400 relay crew of sophomore DJ Zahn, freshmen Cam Viney and Juan Paul Green and junior Stephon Pamilton won its second title in as many weeks, finishing with in 3 minutes, 7 seconds — besting last week’s mark by nearly nine seconds.
The relay squad ran past a slew of top-level teams such as Big Ten rival Purdue, Clemson and No. 7 Auburn. The relay’s finishing time was more than three seconds ahead of second place Purdue. “All four guys in the 4x4 came ready to compete, and each one did their part,” head coach Mike Turk said. “Coming off the indoor nationals, we didn’t know where they were, but they’re in a very good spot right now.” This was the first time the four runners had raced together since the NCAA Indoor Nationals in March. Turk said the lineup that ran over the weekend is the lineup he expects to run out for the
remainder of the season. “The four of us hadn’t run together since indoors, and we were thinking it would take a few meets to get back into a groove,” Zahn said. “It all came together nicely, and we were able to put together a really good time in our first run together in over a month.” The Illini also took home titles in two long-distance events; the 5000 meters and the 3000-meter steeplechase. Senior Jannis Toepfer took home his second title of the outdoor season with a first-place finish in the steeplechase. Toepfer crossed the finish line with a time of 8:54.48 — the ninth fastest time in school history. Redshirt freshman Ian Barnett won his first outdoor season title in the 5000 with a time of 13:58.79. Barnett’s time was the fifth fastest in school history and the first top-10 finish for an Illinois runner in the
event since 2007. The event was Barnett’s first after coming off a leg injury, which he sustained during the cross-country season. “I was just looking to get back on track and used to running outdoors again after my injury, and I’m glad that everything worked out well, and I ran a solid race,” he said. Senior Ryan Lynn raced to a title in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.08, handing Illinois its final title of the weekend. The title was Lynn’s second of the outdoor season. “Ryan is setting himself up for something special by the end of the season,” Turk said. “He dominated in the 800, and the amazing thing was that he told me afterwards that it was too easy of a race for him.”
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It was another long weekend of conference play for the Illinois softball team (11-21, 1-8 Big Ten). Illinois was swept by Northwestern (19-14, 5-3 Big Ten) in three games in Evanston, Ill., on the weekend but showed signs of progress in each game. “It was a rough weekend for all of us, but at the end of the day, we all got better as a team,” freshman Allie Bauch said. “We made improvements but we still could do a lot better.” The Illini opened the weekend Friday with an offensive performance that featured 11 base runners in the game. Despite the Illini owning the base paths, the Wildcats stranded every single runner and won 8-0. Illinois was unable to get clutch hits in any of the games on the weekend, which shut down nearly all of its scoring threats. Northwestern, on the other hand, capitalized on almost all its chances, scoring early and often. “We have to give a lot of credit to Northwestern,” head coach Terri Sullivan said. “Any chance there was for them to make a run, they really took advantage of it.” With 30 mph winds on Saturday, the Wildcats took advantage, hitting multiple home runs on the day and winning their second game of the series by an identical score of 8-0. “They’re really good hitters,” senior pitcher Pepper Gay said. “They took advantage of our mistake pitches, had a lot of home runs, and when they had runners on, they were able to score them.” After being able to put the first two games behind them, the Illini came out swinging on Sunday and scored in the first to put themselves ahead 1-0. “We showed resiliency and fought hard,” Gay said. After Illinois’ first inning run, the Wildcats took control, scoring seven unanswered to win the game 7-1. Illinois was disappointed in the way it played on the weekend, especially in its hitting. In order to improve, the Illini will continue to work on situational hitting, trying to mimic in-game scenarios. “Our mechanics are fine, but we need to work on situational hitting with pressure on the hitter and runners on base,” Bauch said. “Anyone can hit with no runners on, but we need to get timely hits with runners on.” Sullivan said even though it didn’t look close, the difference between the Wildcats and Illini on the weekend wasn’t more than a few clutch hits. She was impressed by her team’s determination. “We got out there after getting it handed to us on Friday and Saturday,” Sullivan said. “We had great energy and enthusiasm in the third game and that was good.” Illinois will have a chance to turn it around Tuesday as they face Eastern Illinois at home. Gay said in order to win, the team will just need to keep working. “Anyone can win on any given day, so we have to get back to playing our ball and keep improving all parts of our game each day.”
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Men’s gymnastics ends 4-year Big Ten title streak
SILL FROM PAGE 1B looked bad in wake of an email scandal last year, Barchi’s been diligently executing this merger, which is the most important task for the current Rutgers president. So here we have a House of Cards-like political ploy from faculty members at Rutgers to try and oust the school presi-
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Ali Stark spikes the ball over the net against Loyola on Saturday at Huff Hall. Illinois also played exhibitions against Northern Illinois and Indiana State.
dent for something only tangentially related to issues that really concern them. You want to tell me that economics professor Thomas Prusa, who was quoted in Friday edition of The New York Times calling for Barchi’s firing, gives a damn about the mental health of the men’s basketball team? The man teaches economics, not psychology. I’m calling BS. Prusa was quoted saying the following: “Maybe if the
president was more tuned in, he would think that we have 58,000 students, 18 to 22 years old, and what exactly is happening? He is throwing balls at students’ heads? And he’s calling them what? He was not interested in that.” And what if he was “interested in that?” The Rutgers faculty wouldn’t ask why he’s paying attention to matters the athletic director should handle capably while the College of
Arts and Sciences has its faculty’s concerns ignored time and again? I don’t have any reason to support Barchi, and I’m not writing on his behalf; he doesn’t matter to me. I’m writing on behalf of sports. The faculty members at Rutgers are attempting to exploit the popularity of athletics to initiate a move they want made for other reasons. Their deepest concerns with Barchi are
irrelevant to the basketball team, and for them to use this debacle to call for his firing is a premeditated lie. With hoops season over, the Rutgers faculty is now playing games of a political nature. And it’s cheap. This is the Big Ten — we know the difference between sports and nonsports issues. Rice’s actions are a basketball issue, not one of incompetence by the academic leadership
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that rightfully has its focus elsewhere. It’s shameful for Prusa and his fellow faculty members to try and blur the line between sports and life, given the context of their new conference. Maybe Barchi does deserve to be fired, but not for the wild antics of a basketball coach.
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The reign has ended. Heading into the Big Ten Championships this weekend, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team had won four consecutive Big Ten titles. The Illini’s streak ended, however, as they placed fifth in the competition. Illinois started on the pommel horse — usually one of its strongest events — and made detrimental mistakes. The momentum was difficult to create after a rough start. “Pommel horse is one of our best events,” Illinois head coach Justin Spring said. “We were hoping to get a four- or five-point swing on some of the other teams and we ended up posting some of the lowest scores. That’s certainly troubling for the guys to keep the
door open, and in a finals championship that is going to cost you. ... With six judges in finals, those little things can cost you big, especially when the rest of his routine is so good.” Illinois will have a little over a week to prepare for the NCAA Championships. Spring said the team needs to build more belief in itself before heading into such a big competition. “Physically we have done it,” he said. “A week ago we had an amazing inter-squad (meet), and we ran an inter-squad in February and killed it. We need to start believing that we can. Belief and selfconfidence is really all these guys need at this point. Physically they are prepared, but to hit that routine on command, you need that belief to know that you already can hit it.”
another stuck landing, Hartville secured his first place and Illinois’ only Big Ten title of 2013, scoring a 15.425. The freshman surpassed 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak’s vault performance, ending the night at the top of the podium. “The guys kind of helped me through this because I saw them go out there and kill it,” Hartville said. “I went to vault calm and collected and just said, ‘Don’t try too hard for something, let it happen,’ and tonight it happened.” Mike Wilner finished the team competition in first place on the still rings, earning a spot in event finals where he was just shy of earning his first individual Big Ten title. Wilner (15.45) was surpassed by Iowa’s Javier Balboa (15.50), placing him second on the podium. “Mike left the door open a little bit with one giant swing to handstand,” Spring said. “The handstand was not great, so he left the
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mindset of ‘We are in it to win it.’” The rest of the night resembled the season the Illini have had. Illinois earned a season-low on the pommel horse, scoring a 66.55, but earned a season-high on the vault with a 73.60. “We had some extreme highs and lows,” Spring said. “It was once again the inconsistency that killed us. We had some outstanding performances on what we thought were our weaker events, but high bar was the event that really knocked the wind out of us. ... We went one for five on high bar, and you can’t win a Big Ten Championship with mistakes like that.” Though the team performance was inconsistent, there were a few standout performances from Illini gymnasts. The story of the night belonged to Illinois freshman Fred Hartville. He finished in first place after the team competition, earning a spot in the event finals on Saturday. With
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