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Xerion Corp. uses 3-D technology which results in faster charging BY JANELLE O’DEA STAFF WRITER
Xerion Advanced Battery Corporation is continuing to work on mass-producing a new battery technology from its offices in the University’s Research Park. The technology, called StructurePore, was developed by a University professor Paul Braun and his research team, Braun Research Group. Batteries using StructurePore are able to fully charge cell phones and other electronics in less than a minute. After almost a decade of work, the research team solidified the technology in late 2010. Braun invited University alumnus John Busbee to Champaign to co-found Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. at the Research Park so the technology could
be commercialized. “Given the tremendous potential of the technology, I left my position as Program Manager of Nanotechnology in the Materials Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory to co-found the company,” Busbee said. He said Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. hopes to become a domestic manufacturer of lithium-ion, single-cell batteries, which can be used in a variety of electronic products, including cell phones. The cutting-edge battery has a different electrode structure than other batteries currently on the market. Electrodes are the components in a battery responsible for storing electrical energy.
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New 3-D battery means faster charging A new three-dimensional battery electrode structure allows batteries to be charged faster than the old, two-dimensional structure. This technology has been in the making for more than a decade.
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Students visit the Israel Week booth, sponsored by Illini Hillel, on Tuesday inside the Illini Union. Free falafel and music attracted passing students to the table. Israel Week continues through the week with events ranging from traditional Israeli dancing to an Israeli Independence Day bar crawl.
Illinois Marathon re-evaluates safety Illinois police groups monitor Boston situation to ensure public safety for races DAILY ILLINI STAFF REPORT
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Illinois Marathon officials decided to re-evaluate security measures in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Marathon officials will meet Wednesday with representatives from the Champaign Police Department, the Urbana Police Department, University Police, the Champaign County
Police, Illinois State Police and Mahomet police to discuss safety for the local races that are scheduled to take place April 25-27. “We’re going to continue to monitor what’s going on in Boston and apply what we know from there to our marathon and make determinations to ensure public safety as much as we can,” said Scott Friedlein, Illinois Marathon emergency services coordinator. Friedlein added that officers from all six agencies will be used mostly for traffic-related services. Other officers will be assigned to Memorial Stadium
for security purposes. The Illinois Marathon route starts near Assembly Hall, runs through campus into Urbana, back through campus and ends on the 50-yard line of Memorial Stadium. Jan Seeley, Illinois Marathon co-director, said there are no known threats in ChampaignUrbana, so there is no reason to cancel the marathon. As of this morning, registration for the marathon was just shy of 20,000 participants, according to Friedlein. About 440 participants registered on Monday, the final day of registration and the same day as the
Boston Marathon explosions. Seely said there are about 500 more people registered this year than last year. “It’s interesting, it actually seems to be bonding people to where we’ll see more (of a turnout),” Friedlein said. As of April 4, 400 volunteers were still needed to run a safe race. Mary Anderson, volunteer coordinator for the event, said 100 volunteers are still needed. The Christie Clinic will host a fundraising event during the marathon, according to a press release. All profits raised will go to Boston relief efforts.
Lawmakers scramble for new concealed carry law BY BRITTANY GIBSON STAFF WRITER
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Ivan Dozier Jr., a senior in ACES, speaks at the Chief Illiniwek debate hosted by Campus Spirit Revival and the Native American Indigenous Organization on Tuesday in Gregory Hall. Dozier is the current unofficial portrayer of Chief Illiniwek.
RSOs meet to debate future of Chief Illiniwek BY YELE AJAYI STAFF WRITER
The Registered Student Organization Campus Spirit Revival and the Native American Indigenous Student Organization hosted a forum at Gregory Hall on Tuesday concerning whether Chief Illiniwek, the University’s 80-year-old tradition, should be reinstated. Tayana Panova, NAISO member and junior in LAS, said Campus Spirit Revival hosted a contest to choose a new mascot, bringing forth protests from both students and alumni still hoping for the Chief’s return. Among those who voted in the spring 2013 referendum, support for Chief Illiniwek as the official symbol of the University was overwhelming with 9,003 votes in favor and more than 2,517 against. Xochitl Sandoval, president of NAISO
and junior in LAS, began the forum by explaining some of the group’s reasons why they believe Chief Illiniwek is degrading to Native American culture. “Today society has stereotyped and romanticized images of Native people,” Sandoval said. “There has become a sexual image of Native Americans. Today, Hollywood has created a stereotypical image of what Native people are.” After a brief history of Native culture was given, guests were open to discuss their personal opinions. The majority of the room was in favor of eliminating the Chief, while others proposed requiring educational courses. Robert Heath, University alumnus, said the Chief could be eliminated because students are unaware of its history. “There’s no history class or education
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behind it. It wouldn’t bother me if we were the Fighting Illini in the mind and body, but everyone knows the Chief, but no one knows the history or what it stands for,” he said. Though a majority of those present were ready to move past the Chief, Ivan Dozier, junior in ACES, said the Chief is an important figure at the University. “This has been embedded in the community,” Dozier said. “If it’s here, we should use it to our advantage. The intentions of the mascot do have merit. The intentions were never evil.” The forum closed with debating future ideas for moving forward. “There should be mandatory classes we take as freshmen about the history of
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Illinois lawmakers face a quickly approaching deadline to ratify new concealed carry legislation before the state’s concealed carry ban, which was enacted earlier this year, expires June 10. Illinois is the only state without a concealed carry law. The federal court gave Illinois 180 days to draft legislation concerning a concealed carry law. If a law is not passed by June 10, anyone will be allowed to carry a concealed weapon virtually anywhere in Illinois. Following recent shootings, notably in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., Gov. Pat Quinn said he is ready to enact new legislation concerning concealed carry. “(We have to) listen to what people are saying all over our state, all over our country,” Quinn said at the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence rally in Springfield on Thursday. “It’s time for gun safety legislation.” Last week, House Bill 0148, a bill on concealed carry, was not passed by the Illinois House. Christopher Dayton, Illinois student senator and senior in LAS, said this bill was offered and sponsored by Republicans and would have few restrictions, so everyone eligible to own a gun could carry a concealed weapon. Dayton said the more important bill that is still being considered is House Bill 1155, which is a Democratic bill sponsored by Speaker Mike Madigan, D-22. Dayton also said he thinks it has the highest probability of being passed. House Bill 1155 contains more restrictions concerning where someone can carry a weapon, but Dayton said it is not as specific as some would prefer. For example, under this bill,
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a location such as Newman Residence Hall, 604 E. Armory Ave., would be seen as an apartment in the eyes of the law. If this law is passed as is, anyone eligible to own a gun would be legally able to bring a firearm into the dorm. The same detail is needed when considering fraternity and sorority housing. “You’re introducing firearms into a very volatile area, where we know for a fact alcohol consumption is very high, emotional tensions run high, class stresses and possibly the use of illegal narcotics,” Dayton said. “While I fully believe in the individual’s right to own and carry a concealed weapon, we (need to) prevent it from being done in an atmosphere that could pose harm to others.” One of the facets being debated is the idea of limiting high-capacity magazines that can be bought. This would limit the amount of bullets that can be fired at one time, which would limit the number of victims in a shooting. “If (the concealed carry policy) is enacted into law, then we’ll react to it,” said Skip Frost, deputy chief of University Police. “I can’t see it changing the policy on campus where guns and weapons basically are prohibited (unless) you have the written authority of the chief of police.” Frost said that local police have been in contact with other large public universities, like those in Wisconsin, about new policies when the concealed carry law is ratified. Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison posted signs clarifying that students cannot carry weapons near locations like the student union and other common areas. “It’s as simple as if they raised the speed limit to 45 mph instead of 35 mph on campus,” Frost said. “Would
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Itâ€™s easier to advance for the next six months, and relationships deepen. Changes require adaptations. Pay debt, and review insurance and investments. The focus shifts to home and family. Grow your health, love and community participation for increased satisfaction and happiness. To get the advantage, check the dayâ€™s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
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Boston bombs homemade, act called terrorism BY EILEEN SULLIVAN AND JAY LINDSAY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BOSTON — The bombs that ripped through the Boston Marathon crowd appear to have been fashioned out of ordinary kitchen pressure cookers, packed with nails and other fiendishly lethal shrapnel, and hidden in duffel bags left on the ground, investigators and others close to the case said Tuesday. President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism, whether carried out by a solo bomber or group, and the FBI vowed to “go to the ends of the Earth” to find out who did it. Scores of victims remained in Boston hospitals, many with grievous injuries, a day after the twin explosions near the marathon’s finish line killed three people, wounded more than 170 and reawakened fears of terrorism. A 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition. Officials found that the bombs consisted of explosives put in common 1.6-gallon pressure cookers, one containing shards of metal and ball bearings, the other packed with nails, according to a person close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Both bombs were stuffed into duffel bags, the person said. At a news conference, FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, confirmed that investigators had found pieces of black nylon from a bag or backpack and fragments of BBs and nails, possibly con-
tained in a pressure cooker. He said the items were sent to the FBI for analysis at Quantico, Va. Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in international terrorism, and have been recommended for lone-wolf operatives by al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen. But information on how to make the bombs is readily found online, and U.S. officials said Americans should not rush to judgment in linking the attack to overseas terrorists. DesLauriers said that there had been no claim of responsibility for the attack and that the range of suspects and motives was “wide open.” Throughout the day, he and other law enforcement authorities asked members of the public to come forward with any video or photos from the marathon or anything suspicious they might have witnessed, such as hearing someone express an interest in explosives or a desire to attack the marathon, or seeing someone carrying a dark, heavy bag at the race. “Someone knows who did this,” the FBI agent said. The bombs exploded 10 or more seconds apart, tearing off victims’ limbs and spattering streets with blood, instantly turning the festive race into a hellish scene of confusion, horror and heroics. The blasts killed 8-yearold Martin Richard of Boston, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell of Medford, Mass., and a third victim, identified only as a graduate student at Boston University. Doctors who treated the wounded corroborated reports
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Investigators in hazardous materials suits examine the scene of the second bombing on Boylston Street in Boston on Tuesday near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after two blasts killed three and injured more than 170 people. that the bombs were packed with shrapnel intended to cause mayhem. “We’ve removed BBs and we’ve removed nails from kids. One of the sickest things for me was just to see nails sticking out of a little girl’s body,” said Dr. David Mooney, director of the trauma center at Boston Children’s Hospital. At Massachusetts General Hospital, all four amputations performed there were above the knee, with no hope of saving more of the legs, said Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery. “It wasn’t a hard decision to make,” he said. “We just completed the ugly job that the bomb did.”
Obama plans to visit Boston on Thursday to attend an interfaith service in honor of the victims. He has traveled four times to cities reeling from mass violence, most recently in December after the schoolhouse shooting in Newtown, Conn. In the wake of the attack, security was stepped up around the White House and across the country. Police massed at federal buildings and transit centers in the nation’s capital, critical response teams deployed in New York City, and security officers with bomb-sniffing dogs spread through Chicago’s Union Station. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urged Ameri-
cans “to be vigilant and to listen to directions from state and local officials.” But she said there was no evidence the bombings were part of a wider plot. Pressure-cooker explosives have been used in Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, according to a July 2010 intelligence report by the FBI and the Homeland Security Department. One of the three devices used in the May 2010 Times Square attempted bombing was a pressure cooker, the report said. “Placed carefully, such devices provide little or no indication of an impending attack,” the report said. Investigators said they have not yet determined what
was used to set off the Boston explosives. “We will go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime, and we will do everything we can to bring them to justice,” the FBI’s DesLauriers said. The Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the 2010 attempt in Times Square, has denied any part in the Boston Marathon attack. Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen gave a detailed description of how to make a bomb using a pressure cooker in a 2010 issue of Inspire, its English-language online publication aimed at would-be terrorists acting alone.
Task force aims to educate lawmakers on open access bill BY MEGAN VASILIADIS STAFF WRITER
fore be an option in the future,” said study co-author Dr. Luigi Titomanlio, chief of a pediatric migraine clinic at Robert Debre Hospital in Paris. More research is needed to prove any link between colic and migraines, and Titomanlio said studies would need to be done before anyone would recommend using migraine treatments for babies’ colic. The study appears in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. Among about 200 children and teens who got emergency treatment for migraines in the study, 73 percent had colic as infants, versus 27 percent of children in a control group. That group — 471 kids — got emergency treatment
for minor trauma and had no history of recurrent headaches. An editorial in JAMA calls it important research and says that if colic really is an early form of migraines that might explain why digestive treatments typically don’t help colic. Definitive causes are uncertain for both colic and migraines. Roughly 20 percent of U.S. infants have colic — intense crying spells lasting more than three hours a day, at least three days a week, for more than three weeks in an otherwise healthy baby. It usually starts a few weeks after birth. The symptoms are sometimes blamed on digestive problems including gas but experts say the true cause is unknown.
Migraine headaches are rare in very young children but by middle-school and teen years as many as 10 percent or more experience them. The throbbing headaches are thought to be inherited and may be caused by some sort of irritation in nerve cells in the brain interacting with brain blood vessels. The researchers said it could be that colic is caused by similar changes in nerves and blood vessels in the gut. The study supports the idea that colic “may be an early life manifestation of migraine,” said Dr. Amy Gelfand, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco’s Headache Center.
Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss introduced the Open Access to Research Articles bill in February to require all eight public institutions of higher education in Illinois to develop an open access policy allowing their research to be available to the public for free. Last Wednesday, to offer more legitimacy to the proposal, Biss filed Senate Amendment No. 2, which requires each of the eight universities to establish an Open Access to Research Task Force. “Task forces are usually issued when lawmakers are not quite ready to vote on a new and unfamiliar topic,” Biss said in an email. This task force will allow committees to familiarize lawmakers with the ideas and enable the University to come up with the best possible way to further the aim of open access. Biss said there are many options to consider when discussing the bill. “Illinois could adopt a statewide policy as in the introduced bill, something no other state has done yet, or each public university could adopt its own policy,” Biss said. “(I am) confident that if universities study the issue, they will come back to the Legislature with valuable evidence and ideas lawmakers can use to move toward the goal of open access.” Sarah Shreeves, scholarly commons associate professor and library administrator, said she is an advocate for open research. But because of the way the bill is currently structured, she said she thinks there are more productive ways to achieve open access. “I’m in favor of open access to research and finding a way to increase the ways that the general public can get access to research, as well as researchers
team, lithium ions necessary to charge a battery can move more quickly through the battery, charging it much faster than the current battery structure on the market. Although the new technology can charge a battery faster, it will not impede the function of batteries in products as they function now. Braun and his team knew from previous research that the new battery technology might be possible. Dr. Huigang Zhang, a senior scientist with Braun’s group, said he and Braun initially tried to apply the 3-D electrode structure for a different project but soon found that it had other potential. “The battery using the unique
structure was a byproduct of my research in photonic crystal for thermal emission,” Zhang said. “Since we found that the battery with the structured electrode showed super high discharge rate, we all agreed that there is a great opportunity for pushing forward the battery technology to a higher limit.” If the higher limit of the battery is successful in commercialization, the University will receive royalties to cover the costs of patenting the discoveries. After paying the patent costs, the profits will then be divided between members of the Braun Research Group.
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Illinois,” Dozier said. “The class should have nothing to do with the Chief, just students becoming educated about those that came before us and the University’s history.” Tayana said the forum was necessary because discussion had previously only taken place over social media. “We’re all passionate about this issue so we needed to come together and share our emotions,” Panova said. “We needed to come to an understanding of what the other side is thinking.”
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it be safer? Probably not, with all the skateboarders and bicycles and those walking around campus, that would be a bad move.” Before the June 10 deadline, if no concealed carry law is passed, every eligible citizen of Illinois can carry a firearm to any location, whether it is a rifle, pistol or other weapon. Dayton said he thinks House Bill 1155’s lack of specifity needs to be changed. The bill could be rewritten in order to provide a framework that would allow certain locations to determine whether they would allow concealed carry, he said.
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Janelle Valore holds her daughter Alena Valore, 5 months, who has colic, at their home in Mt. Joy, Pa., on Monday. The nonstop crying of colic in babies is often blamed on tummy trouble. But now a study released Tuesday says the problem could be linked with migraine headaches in at least some infants.
Colic may be linked to childhood migraines BY LINDSEY TANNER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — The distressing nonstop crying in babies with colic is often blamed on tummy trouble, but a new study says the problem could be linked with migraine headaches in at least some infants. Children and teens treated for migraine headaches at three hospitals in Italy and France were much more likely than other kids to have had colic in infancy. The link has been suggested in other research, and if it can be proved, it could offer new hope for treating colic, the researchers said. “Infantile colic causes pain in babies and high levels of stress in parents. Preventive therapies for migraine could there-
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who are at institutions in regions or countries that have fewer resources to get access to the research that they need,” Shreeves said. “However, I actually think it will cause more challenges than perhaps solve the problems that Sen. Biss wants to solve.” Susan Singleton, assistant vice president and executive director of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, said trying to asses the bill’s impact on the University or its libraries is premature because, if passed, the act will not go into effect until January 2015. “Since the recommendations could and will differ for each university, so will the impact on the university libraries,” she said. In addition to the possibility of the Open Access to Research Articles Act passing in Illinois, the United States Executive Office of the President enacted the Office of Science and Technology Policy in February. This policy requires each federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan supporting increased public access to results of research funded by the federal government. Shreeves said because most faculty members are not actively engaged in this area of open access, the potential double mandate of the policies might cause opposition. “ T he fact t h at (t he requirement) is coming from the federal government combined with the state makes it a complicated picture in terms of how the institution finds ways to support the activity that will have to take place,” Shreeves said.
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#22 Bus system The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District offers a great bus system that takes us all-over campus and to surrounding towns. It also gives us SafeRides, which comes in handy late on a Saturday night. #21 Registered Student Organizations Illinois has over 1,000 RSOs ranging from Nuts for Nutella to the Ballroom Dance Club.
#24 Squirrels No place has friendlier squirrels. Cute and fluffy, whatâ€™s not to love? Just keep an eye on your food!
#20 Research The Research Park offers valuable research internships for students where established companies work with faculty and students to develop new technologies.
#19 Best band in the land Illinois Bands is a program of firsts, most notably the first college band program in the world. Philip Sousa himself called it the â€œworldâ€™s greatest college band.â€? The Marching Illini, one branch of the band program, also keeps the football games interesting.
#17 History Illinois has a long and interesting history. It started when Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862, which granted public land in each state for the creation of universities.
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#12 Micro-urban community Though it is 140 miles south of Chicago, the University doesnâ€™t feel like it is in the middle of cornfields. Campus, as well as the cities of Champaign and Urbana, offer numerous things to do.
#10 Professional selationships The student-faculty ratio is 17:1. This allows students to get to know their professors and form connections.
#8 Jobs According to the University, 73 percent of job-seeking seniors find work within six months of graduation. The odds are in your favor.
#16 Tradition Even though Chief Illiniwek is no longer the mascot, he still maintains a presence for many students. How long this tradition continues is up to fans at football and basketball games who yell â€œChiefffâ€? during the Three-In-One.
#15 The Quad The Quad is the central gathering place on campus. This year, it held the Harlem Shake dance, the mass snowball fight on the snow day and sunbathing students on the few and far between warm spring days.
#14 Diversity Illinois is an ethnicallydiverse university, bringing students from all 50 states plus 118 countries, with 20 percent coming from outside the country.
#13 Weekends There are so many things to do on campus all the time. From sporting events to Illini Union Board activities to club meetings to parties, youâ€™re missing out if you go home for a weekend.
#9 Retention After their freshman year, 92.7 percent of freshmen return. Thatâ€™s a high retention rate. Students want to be here.
#18 Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Krannert offers a beautiful concert venue for performances ranging from campus instrumental groups to Circus Oz from Australia. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra sometimes uses Foellinger Great Hall, the main performance hall in Krannert, to record.
#1 Feels like home Coming to Illinois feels like coming home. You build an entire life here and can come back at any time without feeling like an outsider. While the campus landscape may continually change, the core of Illinois stays the same. #2 Once an Illini, School spirit forever an Illini; I-L-L! I-N-I! you belong here. Though we may have some trouble winning football games, we all still bleed orange and blue.
#5 Sports Illinois is a Division I, Big Ten school. No matter how our teams do, itâ€™s pretty cool to be a part of that atmosphere.
The University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign is the No. 24 university in the world, according to Times Higher Educationâ€™s world reputation rankings. Harvard takes the No. 1 spot and Kyoto University in Japan precedes the University at No. 23. The University of Michigan, ranked No. 12, is the only Big Ten school which precedes Illinois.
#6 Future Illinois is a great university to attend if you donâ€™t really know what you want to do with your life. With more than 150 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate programs, you can basically study anything you like.
#7 Green Street Green Street makes for the perfect heart of campustown. A variety of restaurants, bars, a Starbucks, apartments, bookstores and so much more.
#3 Aesthetics A large part of a universityâ€™s appeal is its aesthetics, and Illinois has it. Three grassy quads, century-old beautiful buildings and large leafy trees create the perfect collegiate atmosphere.
The rankings were determined by a survey taken by over 16,000 published scholars from 144 different countries. Each scholar named up to 15 universities that they thought were the best in the world, based on excellence in research and teaching within their own discipline.
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#4 Top programs The University boasts the No. 1 spot in the nation for its Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Engineering holds the No. 5 spot.
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Annual health fair to educate community BY JED LACY STAFF WRITER
Between schoolwork and extracurriculars, students may struggle finding time to focus on their health and may be unaware of the community services geared toward improving physical well-being. However, students and community members have the opportunity to interactively educate themselves about their health Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the “20th Annual Health Fair: Go for the Gold with Good Health.” The fair will be held in the Illini Union in rooms A, B and C, hosted by the registered student organization Special Populations and sponsored by the Student Affairs Program Coordinating Council and McKinley Health Center. “Our goal is to promote balanced, healthy lifestyles among the diverse UIUC community and provide health and wellness information for typically underserved populations,” said Maura Steinke, graduate hourly at McKinley Health Center and graduate student in Social Work. Steinke said the mission to
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provide the Champaign-Urbana community with better health education is the hallmark of Special Populations and is reflected in the annual health fair. Although Special Populations has hosted the health fair for 20 years, its members have seen it grow in recent years, said Pajion Montgomery, committee chairman of the Special Populations and senior in LAS.
“Our goal is to promote balanced, healthy lifestyles among the diverse UIUC community.” MAURA STEINKE, graduate student in Social Work
“It started with a group of students who came up with the idea to have a health fair, but at first it wasn’t nearly as big as it is today,” she said. “Over the years, though, it grew and expanded into what it is today.”
This year, the fair will host more than 80 venders, including chiropractors, physical therapists and dentists. An acupuncture practitioner will also treat students for free at the fair. Other services include free massages, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and manicures from Concept College of Cosmetology in Urbana. While the fair aims to be educational, it’s also meant to be entertaining, said Maritza Rodriguez, student worker for Special Populations and junior in LAS. “I think (the fair) is informational but also fun,” Rodriguez said. “We make it a priority to get entertainers that represent different populations of people.” The fair will also feature a live DJ and a myriad of performers, such as Central Illinois Irish Dance and the “Gah Rahk Mah Dahng” Korean percussion group. At the end of the fair, students may enter a raffle to win gift cards from various local businesses and restaurants.
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Taylor Ellis, staff writer for The Daily Illini, climbs the rock-climbing wall at the ARC.
Rock climbing: A more exciting workout routine TAYLOR ELLIS Staff writer
henever I get a chance to go to the ARC, I always end up doing a similar exercise routine. After running on the treadmill for about 45 minutes, I stretch and do some abs — as you can see, this isn’t the most exciting workout. However, while on the treadmill, I always have my eye on the rock-climbing wall. I always steered clear. Unfortunately, the first time I tried the ARC’s wall, it wasn’t the most successful experience. It was on a random fall day this past semester. My friends and I needed something new to do, and until someone suggested we try rock climbing, we all thought it was going to be another lazy afternoon of watching “Modern Family” reruns. As we made the walk over to the ARC, I was actually kind of excited to try rock climbing as a form of exercise. Plus, I hadn’t been rock climbing since I was probably 10 years old, so I thought it couldn’t be too difficult, right? Well, I was definitely wrong. After getting all set up in my harness, I ended up totally embarrassed. I’m pretty sure I was able to get just 10 feet off the ground before terror paralyzed me. I couldn’t move any higher. Apparently, I had forgotten about my “slight” fear of heights before making the trek to the ARC with my friends. I was always the kid who had hesitated when trying to jump off the jungle gym in elementary school, and I still hate going all the way up to the eighth floor of my apartment building. Why did I think climbing up a rock wall would be any different? Well, despite my previous bad experience with rock
climbing a few months ago, I decided to give it another go this week. I challenged myself to try the rock wall at least three times during the week, inspired by recently seeing a little boy who had climbed all the way to the top of the wall. If a boy who was no older than 6 could climb to the top of the rock wall, I knew I could, too. Even though I couldn’t climb all the way to the top, working on my rock-climbing skills led to major improvement. Each day, I told myself that I needed to go a few feet higher than the previous. It was a bit scary at times, but I’m glad I overcame my fear ... at least a little bit. I’m even happier about learning of the benefits of rock climbing.
By the end of the week, I could tell that my arms had become stronger, and despite the pain, I knew it was worth it. According to HealthGuidance.org, physical benefits of rock climbing include muscle toning, increased metabolism and burning calories, which leads to increased stamina and energy. “Rock climbing not only builds up your strength and endurance, but it also helps you increase your balance and determination,” the website says. I’m glad to hear that rock climbing improves one’s strength. Personally, I’ve always had a hard time with weight lifting. I’m an extremely weak
More online: To see a video of rock climbing in action, visit DailyIllini.com person, and even though I know that weight lifting is a great way to improve overall health, I’m just awful at it. Instead, I always end up doing way too much cardio and tiring myself out. However, I know now that rock climbing can be a great alternative to weight lifting. After my first time rock climbing this week, some of my muscles, which had never been sore before, were aching. By the end of the week, I could tell that my arms had become stronger, and despite the pain, I knew it was worth it. According to Selina Kempton, Campus Recreation employee who works the ARC’s rock-climbing wall and senior in LAS, rock climbing can be used for a few different types of exercise. “Depending on how you do it, you can make it into cardio or you can do strength building,” Kempton said. “It’s just really fun to be fit and active.” When it comes to using rock climbing for cardiovascular exercise, it’s important to start small and work your way up. According to fitday.com, the American Medical Association recommends climbing for 30 minutes in order to gain health benefits. In addition, fitday.com also explained that rock climbing at a moderate intensity for an hour will burn approximately 400 calories. I definitely hope to incorporate rock climbing into my regular workout routine — it’s perfect for those days when running on a treadmill seems too boring, or for whenever you need something fun to do to pass the time.
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Almost nothing is more refreshing than the cold, sweet taste of summer frozen treats. Fortunately for students and community members alike, the University campus offers a variety of summer indulgences that can satisfy most customersâ€™ sweet tooth. The following list includes dessert shops that are less than a five-minute walk away from Green Street.
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Christopher Chang, freshman in Business, works at Quad Cones on Saturday. The ice cream shop is part of the Quad Shop.
old Stone is a well-known ice cream chain that provides custom-made ice cream and an abundance of dessert options, including ice cream cakes, funnel cakes, brownies and cookie sandwiches. Cold Stoneâ€™s primary attraction is its variety of ice cream, featuring 20 different flavors and numerous mix-in ingredients. â€œThe ice cream there is the best on campus,â€? said Jon George, graduate student in Engineering. â€œItâ€™s rich and thick but still creamy.â€? Its newest flavor is Red Velvet Cake, made with real red velvet cake. Cold Stone also recently introduced new sorbet flavors that taste of real fruit, giving tart and fruit lovers a reason to celebrate. Additionally, Taylor Lester, Cold Stone employee and sophomore in LAS, said that students and community members frequent the ice cream store because of its welcoming atmosphere. â€œWe greet everyone who comes into the door, and weâ€™re always very happy to have customers,â€? Lester said.
uad Cones offers an assortment of classic ice cream flavors at a convenient location for those travelling to and from classes. Options include chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough and cookies â€˜n creme. Birthday cake is arguably a stand-out flavor. With the colors of the rainbow, this flavor resembles the taste of sweet frosting and cake batter. Besides ice cream, Quad Cones also sells a tasty treat that can be overlooked by customers. Alligator Ice, a fruity slushie that comes in two different flavors, can also satisfy cravings for a frozen, sweet treat. â€œI would definitely buy this in the summer because it is refreshing,â€? said Albert Chang, freshman in Engineering. By July 1, Quad Cones will be switching from Blue Bunny ice cream to a new distributor that will provide cheaper costs and a greater variety for its customers.
Beri is a popular frozen yogurt store that is located oncampus in Champaign. The store recently began selling Korean cuisine along with its frozen yogurt.
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Cocomero fills with customers on Saturday during Moms Weekend. The shop provides tasty treats and is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
eri, which will not be open much longer due to apartment building construction in that space, is another frozen-yogurt shop on campus that provides four simple yogurt flavors and a multitude of fruit and dry toppings. Customers can complete their choice of plain, mango, green tea or strawberry-flavored yogurt with unique toppings such as Fruity Pebbles and Twix chocolate pieces that blend well with the classic flavors. Beriâ€™s frozen yogurt also has its health benefits. It is made of Dannon Activia yogurt, which consists of probiotic culture that helps regulate the digestive system. The pricing system also works to the advantage of those who are watching what they eat. Prices are based upon predetermined quantities (small, medium and large), eliminating the temptation to overindulge. â€œSummer is a time when people want to lose weight or watch their weight, and since their dessert is light and a yogurt, itâ€™s the perfect dessert for summer,â€? said Joyce Song, sophomore in ACES.
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ith 16 different flavors of frozen yogurt (many low-fat) and over 30 dry and fruit toppings, customers are welcome to create their own desserts with Cocomeroâ€™s self-serve, pay-byweight system. According to Chris Kim, Cocomero shift manager and senior in ACES, the most popular menu items on a hot summer day include milk tea, strawberry banana bubble tea and any of the frozen yogurt flavors available. The store will be featuring its newest flavors this summer, which are pistachio, mango, blueberry and peach. â€œA lot of people donâ€™t taste Taro, but itâ€™s what I would choose from the yogurt flavors,â€? Kim added as inside advice. Cocomero provides not just tasty treats, but also a friendly environment. â€œCocomero sells quality products, and the environment that this building structure provides is just a great one to relax and talk with friends,â€? said Emily Lee, junior in social work. â€œI think itâ€™s one of the only places on campus that has a big enough facility to allow a group of people to relax and eat dessert.â€?
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Cold Stone Creamery is located in campustown in Champaign. The shop is part of a popular commercial chain which sells dessert items.
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OF THE WEEK
Boston bombings steal city’s day of celebration, sport JACK CASSIDY Sports columnist
“There’s times where he hits the ball, and it’s literally like a sledgehammer hitting a brick.” DAN HARTLEB, head coach
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After season-long struggles at the plate, Illini baseball’s surging second baseman leads a weekend-long slugfest against Purdue with three home runs and eight runners batted in. BY JAMAL COLLIER STAFF WRITER
Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Student-athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.
eid Roper could barely hold back a smile when he took off his helmet and touched home plate. He touched helmets with his teammates as they offered him congratulations before he put his head down and jogged back toward the Illini dugout. He’d been waiting for this for more than a year. “This may be it,” said Roper, still beaming after Saturday’s 6-4 victory over Purdue. “This may be one of my biggest hits as an Illini.” Roper’s two-run home run in the eighth inning would eventually be the game winner for Illinois. It was Roper’s second home run in as many days, but before then, he hadn’t hit one since last season in his first career game. Assistant coach Eric Snider described the Illini second
baseman as quiet and reserved, yet as intense and competitive as anyone else on the field. After Roper steps out of his black car with a license plate “ROPE 92” and steps onto the field, he rarely shows any emotion. When Roper hadn’t been smiling recently, Snider and head coach Dan Hartleb noticed it, because Roper’s performance at the plate during the year hadn’t given him reason to be happy. He came into this past weekend’s three-game series with Purdue scuffling with a .231 batting average and .302 on-base percentage, and it had been 10 days since his last hit. Roper can recall instances last season when he would struggle for three games at the most, but this was easily the worst stretch of his career — he had gone 3-for-37 since March 16. Roper couldn’t explain why. He hits near the bottom of the order, so he received plenty of fastballs and strikes to hit. He was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball last season after hitting .293 with a .396 on-base percentage. His father is a high school baseball coach, so he is used to constant instruction and is usually
able to get out of slumps rather quickly. Roper has a high awareness of what he’s doing in the batter’s box and makes adjustments all the time, so this was frustrating for him to not be able to correct it. “Sometimes guys internalize so much, and it eats them up because they want to do so well,” Hartleb said. “Yet their hard work doesn’t show in a game situation.” When Roper struggles, he starts messing with his hands. Sometimes, he will move them up and hold the bat high. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to move them down a bit. At the beginning of the season, he said he thought his hands were a little high, and he got caught out on his front foot, which resulted in too many lazy ground balls to second base. Roper is also the Illini closer, and never let his struggles at the plate carry over to the mound. He has a 2.79 ERA in 9 and 2/3 innings. “He’s not a person that gets flustered a lot,” Hartleb said. Roper busted out of his slump in an emphatic way against Purdue. He went 7-for-14 with three home runs, five runs and eight RBIs. It bumped his average up
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Honorable mentions Justin Parr (baseball) — Senior Parr was named Big Ten player of the week for the first time in his career and extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon (men’s tennis) — The No. 19-ranked doubles tandem beat the No. 16 Ohio State pair Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith to rise to No. 11. The duo is 10-1 overall and is 5-0 against top25 ranked opponents. 40 points to .271. The rest of the Illini have seen it before in batting practice, the way Roper crushes the ball and makes everyone turn their heads. Left fielder Jordan Parr even suggested that Roper may have the most natural power on the team. “There’s times where he hits the ball, and it’s literally like a
hat else is there to say about the bombings at Monday’s Boston Marathon? The journalists from their respective newspapers have already reported on the situation to the best of their ability. The columnists crafted pieces that resonated with readers, hoping to make sense of a senseless act. The news coverage turned questions of “what” into questions of “why” as confusion slowly boiled into anger. The tweeters tweeted. The bloggers blogged. Everything possible to say has been said. But then again, what other sports topic is worthy of discussion following an event like that? There’s nothing left for me to say other than that Monday’s Boston Marathon had no winners. Some idiot somewhere made sure everyone lost that day, and that’s just horrible, horrible, horrible. I tried to embrace what happened in Boston on a personal level, but it’s difficult to relate to the unimaginable. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your city punched in the mouth on its biggest day. I can’t imagine what it’s like to have an afternoon spent among a large crowd quickly turn from wonderful to traumatic. I can’t imagine what it’s like to work, train and suffer in order to achieve the incredible feat of finishing a marathon, only to have that moment of supreme pride — a moment you deserved — stolen and replaced with a moment of panic and terror, a moment no one deserves. I’ve never experienced it, but according to every report and testimony, Patriots’ Day in Boston represents everything good in life. The people
of the city spend the day outside with their friends and family, grilling and enjoying a beverage or two. No adult toils away at work and no student toils away at school. Fenway Park celebrates another season. Thousands and thousands of runners and their families celebrate months of hard work with proud hugs and high-fives. Everyone is friends, everyone is happy, and everything is good. The traditional Patriots’ Day celebrations somewhat represent sports as a whole. Just like a day at the ballpark, it’s an escape from the mundane daily pattern. Just like an evening on the couch in front of your favorite team, it’s an escape from work and finances and problems. It doesn’t last forever — nothing in sports does — but even the smallest vacation is better than no vacation at all. A problem in sports is less significant than a problem almost anywhere else, and that’s exactly the way it should be. And that’s exactly the way it was not on Monday. It was not an escape. It was not insignificant. It was very real. Instead of the terms “heroes” and “warriors” being used in terms of clutch, ninth-inning players, they were used in terms of actual doctors, Good Samaritans and police officers — people saving lives. Instead of ESPN standing as the refuge from the traditional, depressing news, it became a top news source on unthinkable carnage. Instead of tears of joy, there were tears of fear. Instead of a great day, Monday was a horrible day. And I don’t know what to say about it. Other than, “Stay strong, Boston,” there really isn’t much to say. I only hope that someday soon, Patriots’ Day will again symbolize everything that is good.
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Illini baseball pound Redbirds, 12-1
Duchene leads Illinois to improve mid-week record, despite rain BY JAMAL COLLIER STAFF WRITER
It can be difficult for teams to get ready for this kind of game, when it rains all day and the players aren’t sure if there’s even going to be a game. Especially for the Illinois baseball team, so focused on its conference schedule that it would be easy to look ahead to this weekend’s road series against Ohio State, who is fifth in the Big Ten at 7-5. Both teams are now in striking distance after Indiana was swept this past weekend. “You got to knock it into your head that you’re playing Illinois State today, not Ohio State on Friday,” third baseman Brandon Hohl said.
Hohl added Illinois didn’t know whether the team would even be playing until about 2:30 p.m. Starting pitcher Kevin Duchene was just trying to get his mind off baseball entirely during the bus ride to Bloomington. He put in his headphones and listened to Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady” Pandora station. “Just trying to get into the zone,” Duchene said. It worked for Duchene, who struck out seven of the 11 batters he retired while collecting his team-high sixth victory of the season as Illinois (23-10, 5-4 Big Ten) pounded Illinois State (19-16, 3-3 Ohio Valley) 12-1 on Tuesday in a
game that ended in the eighth inning due to college baseball’s 10-run rule. The Illini have struggled in midweek games in recent years, and this win improves their midweek record to 2-1. The Ilini are now on a four-game winning streak headed into the weekend. Duchene lasted only 3 2/3 innings Tuesday but improved to 6-1 on the year and is now closing in on the school record of wins by a freshman, which was set last season by John Kravetz at eight. Duchene is also getting the most run support of any Illini pitcher. Illinois dominated the Redbirds the entire game, and its pitching staff of Duchene, Drasen Johnson, J.D. Nielsen
and Tyler Jay combined for a season-high 14 strikeouts and allowed a season-low three hits. Illinois got off to a slow start in the first three innings after scoring 40 runs during the weekend.In the fourth, the Illini took advantage and forced some Illinois State mistakes in a five-run inning. Illinois stole bases and the Redbirds threw the ball into center field. Illinois State finished the game with five errors. “It was situations where we were putting pressure on them offensively to force those errors,” head coach Dan Hartleb said. Center fielder Justin Parr
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Bridget Wood, 18, of Boston, holds candles during a vigil the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions at Boston Common on Tuesday.
Sprinting Spencer sisters watch each other’s back on the field BY LANRE ALABI STAFF WRITER
Ahlivia and Ashley Spencer have always been teammates. They may not have competed for the same schools, with Ahlivia being a year older than Ashley, but growing up as star athletes, beating the boys in their classes in races, and even dealing with injuries, they’ve always had each other’s back, the way inseparable teammates do. The two Illinois track stars have helped take the women’s track program to another level, with Ahlivia specializing in the 800 meters and Ashley in the 400 meters. Ashley was stellar in her freshman season for the Illini last year, but Ahlivia spent last season toiling away in a program that couldn’t accommodate her changing desires. When Ahlivia needed a new place to continue her devel-
opment as an athlete, she decided to get the team back together. Middle-distance runner Ahlivia is in her junior year, her first for the Illini after two years with the University of Louisville. She was a three-time Big East champion with the Cardinals and holds several school records. Ashley, the sophomore sprinter, is a ninetime Big Ten champion, a twotime IAAF World Junior champion, Big Ten Freshman and Athlete of the Year. The two look to play as big a part in Illinois’ future as they did in each other’s past. Ahlivia and Ashley grew up in Indianapolis with both of their parents and a brother four years older than Ahlivia. Born into an athletic family, with a father who played football and a mother who ran track, the Spencers always seemed des-
tined to be athletes, but they felt no pressure from their parents. “My parents were a big influence as far as athletics,” Ahlivia said. “They’ve always wanted us to be active in something, whether it be dancing, basketball or soccer. They never wanted it to be strictly athletics; they just kept us active and wanted us to do something we were good at.” The Spencer sisters started their athletic careers in elementary school. They joined the basketball team at Craig Middle School in Indianapolis. Ashley noticed her own potential pretty early, and she acted on it. “At a very young age, I found out I was faster than most guys in my classroom,” Ashley said. “I think that’s what got me started. I joined the track team in high school, and I encouraged (Ahlivia) to come out (for the team).”
Ahlivia said she owes joining track to her younger sister, who convinced her to join Lawrence North High School’s track and field team on a bet. “She actually bet me on the team,” Ahlivia said. “I was returning from surgery and (my high school basketball team) had a game. I was trying to get back to fitness and Ashley said, ‘If you lose this game, you just have to run a year and try out track.’ We lost, so I ended up having to join.” Ahlivia agreed to join the team, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing from that point. “The first day I wanted to quit,” Ahlivia said. “It was way too much running, especially coming off of basketball. My mother made me finish out the year, but Ashley encouraged me the whole way through. I finished, and I actually loved it by the end of the year.”
By the end of Ashley’s sophomore year in high school, she noticed her sister had begun to garner interest from some Division I basketball programs. Ashley, on the other hand, played basketball for fun. She saw her sister accumulating letters of interest for basketball, and told herself that if she didn’t have letters of interest by then, she would drop the sport. The letters didn’t come, so Ashley stopped playing basketball after her sophomore year of high school. Ahlivia, on the other hand, received a number of inquiries from colleges and decided to continue until she had no options. She tore her ACL her junior year, however, and her prospects changed. “At that point, I felt like track could take me a lot further than basketball,” Ahlivia said.
This period marked the end of the Spencer sisters as a basketball tandem. The next step in their journey would be college, and each had different criteria for picking schools. Ahlivia, by her own admission, was relatively oblivious to the collegiate track and field circuit. Her choices, which didn’t include Illinois at the time, came down to comfort. Ahlivia chose Louisville because she liked the coach, she said. “We really clicked because his coaching style is very similar to my high school coach, and I really enjoyed it,” Ahlivia said. “His plan for me, as far as track, was dead-on for what I was interested in at the time, which was the 400.” Ashley’s recruitment to Illinois came with help from an insider. Head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey
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Let the Goliaths earn the right to duke it out, not the Davids
March Madness remains a narrative; the BCS is just a footnote to a season
The same cannot be said of the NCAA tournament. Those who cite 2010’s Butler-Duke admittedly phenomenal title game must also concede that Butler versus Connecticut the following year was equally putrid. And sure, Alabama rocked Notre Dame in this year’s BCS National Championship, but that was because the Crimson Tide held a substantial advantage over every other team. Yes, Michigan against Louisville resulted in an entertaining NCAA tournament finale. But all No. 1 seeds in the Final Four and Indiana versus Louisville would have forced me to gravitate toward my TV with a much stronger pull. Texas’ win over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl did that for me. The outcome was unknown, and the game was one of the greatest sporting events in recent memory. It was played because the two teams earned the right to play each other after a grueling regular season. The importance placed on college football’s regular season serves as its own playoff. How often are the two best teams actually in question following the completion of college football’s regular season? Perhaps a vote for the BCS is a vote against the idea of sports in general. Why even bother playing the games if you’re just going to let computers and committees decide? But once again, it’s not about fairness.
but nothing compares to the Duke-Butler title bout. Without the NCAA tournament, Butler does not play in that game. Neither does Duke. Sherron Collins and Kansas would have played John Wall and Kentucky, and it would not have been nearly as special. March Madness gives us Butler in 2010 (and 2011); it gives us Villanova in 1985 and it gives us NC State in 1983. It gives us countless other Cinderellas that couldn’t quite make it to the title game. What does the annual SEC coronation — uh, I mean BCS Championship — give us? A 28-point drubbing of Notre Dame at the hands of Alabama. Backto-back thrashings of Ohio State in 2007 and 2008. How many undefeated teams never had the chance to win the BCS National Championship? Too many (six to be exact, plus countless in the pre-BCS era). How many undefeated college basketball teams never played for a title? Not since the Alcorn State Braves finished 27-0 in 1979 and were not invited to the NCAA Tournament because of academic reasons. Let’s look at it from a fan’s perspective. What do we as fans want? Well, we want to be entertained. So in the years since the BCS was implemented (1998-present), how many memorable championship games have there been? I’m not talking close games, I mean memorable. I mean games that make you say, “I want to watch that again.” By my count, there have been two: Ohio State vs. Miami in 2003 and Texas vs. USC in 2006. How many memorable NCAA Championship Games have there been in that span? Duke vs. UConn in 1999, Kansas vs. Syracuse in 2003, Kansas vs. Memphis in 2008, the aforementioned Duke vs. Butler game in 2010, and Louisville vs. Michigan last Monday night. That’s five. Does that make it a better way to decide a champion? No, of course not. But there’s a reason President Barack Obama enthusiastically fills out his bracket every March. And there’s also a reason why three years ago he asked for Congress’s help in attacking the legality of the BCS.
JEFF KIRSHMAN Staff writer
et’s start by recognizing that this isn’t an argument about fairness. No one is claiming the BCS is more virtuous or unbiased than the NCAA tournament when deciding a national champion. Giving 68 teams an equal(ish) chance at playing in a title game is obviously a more judicious solution compared to a selection committee known for its subjectivity, corruption and priorities placed on nonfootball criteria. Yet while the principles of the BCS are undoubtedly flawed, the end result is repeatedly the right one. The most compelling games are the ones in which the end result is truly up in the air, when a competition is all but guaranteed to come down to its final seconds. I want to watch a game truly not knowing who is going to win, and that happens with much greater regularity via the BCS than the NCAA tournament. Oftentimes in the NCAA tournament, such as this year’s Wichita State-Louisville Final Four matchup and even Michigan-Louisville in the title game, the underdog — Louisville’s opponent on both accounts — had an uphill battle. It was an accomplishment for the teams to just make the games interesting and avoid blowouts. And then they pointed their focus on actually trying to win the game. I want the clock to strike midnight on the Cinderellas by the time the Elite Eight is decided. By then, the charm of the underdogs has been lost and it’s time to see the Goliaths battle it out — especially with the watereddown version of college basketball in its current form. Yes, the NCAA tournament’s entertainment value as a whole is superior to that of the BCS. I am little concerned with whether Florida State or Northern Illinois will win the Orange Bowl. But deciding matchups for supplemental bowl games isn’t the BCS’ main priority. It’s to decide which two teams are most deserving to play for a national championship, and that is continuously done successfully.
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SEAN HAMMOND Staff writer
an avid college basketball fan, I find it somewhat insulting that this is even a debate. Yes, I understand that football is America’s sport. And as a former high school basketball player, I’m probably biased toward basketball. But it’s not even about that. I’m anticipating that my counterpart will argue that the NCAA championship game and the BCS championship game are the same thing — a one-game, winner-takeall event. He will say the BCS is better because it (supposedly) pits the nation’s two best teams on the same field. He will take the stance that this debate isn’t about the lead-up to the respective title games, but about the final games themselves. That is where he is wrong. You can’t have this argument without discusing how the last two teams standing made it to the pinncle of their sport. March Madness is about so much more than the title game. In all honesty, I have no idea what the BCS is about. I was lucky enough to be in the building for the 2010 National Championship game between Duke and Butler. I’ve attended some memorable sporting events (Steve Bartman’s blunder in 2003 and Illinois’ comeback against Arizona in 2005, to name a couple),
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Illini softball readies for rival Blue Devils team has to stay aggressive and be ready to attack the first-pitch strike The Illinois softball team will face a when it is thrown. Although it was a loss, Sunday’s offenfamiliar foe in DePaul for its midweek sive performance has given Illinois congame at home on Wednesday. The Illini (11-25, 1-11 Big Ten)will fidence moving forward. face the Blue Devils (23-14, 10-1 Big “On Sunday we played well even East), a team they play yearly and have though the score didn’t show it,” Mychalready beaten this year. ko said. “Our bats came alive, we got “They’re defthree runs, which has made us feel initely a really good team,” junior really ready to catcher Jenna go for Wednesday and this weekend.” Mychko said. “They have a really Repole added good record right that their simunow, and they’re lated-game pracDePaul Illinois always tough.” tice has also add(23-14, 10-1 Big East) (11-25, 1-11 Big Ten) The Illini beat ed to the Illini’s Tuesday, 4 p.m. the Blue Devils 4-1 confidence. Eichelberger Field in mid-February at “In this game, the Hilton Houston confidence is Plaza Invite and Illinois has already beaten DePaul once this e v e r y t h i n g , ” season. since then the two Repole said. “I teams have gone in think that coach different directions. Illinois has lost its Sullivan and the rest of the coachlast nine and DePaul has won seven of ing staff has done a really good job of its last eight, moving into a tie for sec- keeping everyone’s confidence up even if we’re struggling. Today we scrimond place in the Big East. Freshman infielder Katie Repole said maged just to get some cuts in and get the Illini expect DePaul to be at its best some balls hit at you, which helps with because it’s an in-state rivalry game. confidence.” “Everyone wants to win the state, so The Illini will add to their confidence everyone comes out with a lot of ener- even more Wednesday if they come away gy, a lot of passion and it’s a lot of fun,” with a win, something that Repole said will come if the team plays its best. she said. “We have to have a good pitching perTo bounce back from being swept by Minnesota last weekend, the Illini have formance and score some runs for our been working on a multitude of things pitchers,” she said. “We need to click on all cylinders and put everything in practice. “We’re working on playing together together.” as a team, talking, being together as a team and just having fun,” Mychko said. Nicholas can be reached at goldwyn2 Mychko added that on offense, the @dailyillini.com and @IlliniSportsGuy. BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER
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Ross Guignon hits the ball during the game against Penn State on Sunday. With Tim Kopinski, Guignon leads the Big Ten at the No. 11 spot.
Illinois men’s tennis struggles to continue Sweet 16 streak NCAA success will depend on underclassmen’s performance BY J.J. WILSON ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
The Illinois men’s tennis team lost to Southern California in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last year, capping its fifth Sweet 16 appearance since Brad Dancer took over as head coach in 2005. Under Dancer the program has advanced to the second round of the tournament every year, making its furthest run during the 2006-07 season, when it lost to Georgia in the championship. After the graduation of Roy Kalmanovich and Dennis Nevolo, the current roster is trying to fill the holes they left to continue the program’s NCAA performances. This year’s team is composed of nine players — four freshmen, three sophomores and two seniors — making it just one of three Big Ten teams to have seven or more underclassmen and the only team without a junior. It’s hard to deny Illinois’ underclassmen success, with Jared Hiltzik ranked
No. 31 in singles and sophomores Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski leading the Big Ten at the No. 11 spot. Just four of its nine members have experience in NCAA tournaments, and two of them having only last year’s experience under their belts. Dancer said he recognizes his young team’s energy and fight in matches, but that doesn’t change some of the technical faults. For the past three weeks, each player has been correcting his own individual problems. These problems showed in previous matches against Minnesota, Michigan and Michigan State, which Dancer called “disappointing.” Kalmanovich and Nevolo led a thenNo. 16 Illinois team into NCAA tournament last year, each individually ranked in singles at No. 7 and No. 31, respectively, and as a No. 21 tandem. But this year, seniors Bruno Abdelnour and Stephen Hoh aren’t quite filling their shoes. Hoh has handled the singles department with eight wins in
his last 10 matches, but none were over significant opponents. Hon’s only two losses came against nationally ranked opponents. Meanwhile, Abdelnour has been inconsistently on the lineup because of a groin injury he received in the Feb. 1 match against Duke. Abdelnour also obtained a contusion to his right quad in practice last week that kept him out last weekend against Ohio State and Penn State. While he expects to play in Friday’s match against Indiana, Abdelnour’s recovery is shown by his 4-5 record since the Duke meet. With neither senior has been dominant, pressure has been piled on underclassmen to deliver in tough matches. Wins over Indiana and Purdue would tie last year’s 8-3 Big Ten record. Winning this weekend would also bring the Illini to 15-9, only a single match worse than last year’s 19-8 record. The task of living up to last year’s Sweet 16 appearance — of continuing Dancer’s streak of reaching the second round — will fall largely on the shoulders of the team’s least experienced players.
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Cubs’ 4-8 record signals changes needed in lineup THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs activated second baseman Darwin Barney from the 15-day disabled list before the team opened a three-game series against the Texas Rangers. The Cubs also claimed infielder Cody Ransom off waivers from the San Diego Padres and added relievers Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe to the active roster. To make room, the Cubs designated second baseman Brent Lillibridge and reliever Hisanori Takahashi for assignment, and optioned right-hander Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa. Barney missed the Cubs’ first 12 games of the season after suffering a lacerated left knee late in spring training. Lillibridge played in nine games for the Cubs and had one hit in 24 at-bats. Ransom appeared in five games for San Diego and was hitless in 11 at-bats. The Cubs hope those moves will help their defense and a struggling bullpen, problems president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is confident won’t be as troublesome when Wrigley Field undergoes a $500 million renovation.
“We need revenues to increase in order for us to execute our baseball plan,” Epstein said. “We expect them to.” Chicago entered Tuesday with a 4-8 record. “We are off to a slower start than we would’ve liked,” Epstein said. “Some sloppy play that we need to eradicate sooner than later.” Gregg spent spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has experience as a closer, including saving 23 games for the Cubs in 2009. Loe was claimed off waivers on Sunday from the Seattle Mariners and has a 1-1 record and 10.80 ERA in four appearances. Takahashi was in his first season with the Cubs and had a 6.00 ERA in three appearances. Dolis was called up Saturday and pitched a scoreless one-third of an inning. The Cubs are already on their third closer after struggles by Carlos Marmol and a forearm injury to Kyuji Fujikawa. Entering Tuesday, the Cubs’ bullpen had blown four of seven save opportunities.
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IOTW FROM PAGE 1B sledgehammer hitting a brick,” Hartleb said. “He’s got such strong hands and forearms, and I think he has a lot of natural power. ... He could be a major threat in RBI situations.” Roper stands at about 6-feet but weighs close to 210 pounds, and most of his weight is in his lower body. His family is built in the same way, including his brother, Ryne, who has committed to play baseball at Illinois next season and is even bigger than his older brother. In 2011, Roper Reid was the Prep Baseball Report’s No. 5 baseball prospect in Illinois before redshirting his first season following knee surgery. He began his career in 2012 against Notre Dame when he doubled in his first at-bat and hit a home run in the next. It looked as if the Illini had found another power hitter. Roper hit 10 home runs during his senior year in high school and hit some in summer baseball before his freshman season. But Roper would only hit that one home run, which shocked Roper. It was a huge relief for him when he hit his first of the season in the first game of the series Friday, but the wind was blowing out on a cold and tough day for pitchers. Illinois scored
BASEBALL FROM PAGE 1B extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a bunt single in the fourth, now the third-longest ever by an Illini. The next batter was his brother, Jordan, who also reached base via a bunt. Every Illini starter had a hit, and Illinois finished with 13 as a team, the fourth consecutive game tallying double-digit
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17 runs on 20 hits, so that home run could’ve been a bit of a fluke. Roper said Saturday was much more important for him. He stood in the on-deck circle with Illinois trailing 4-3 in the eighth inning before David Kerian singled home the game-tying run. He said it felt like a weight lifted off his shoulder, and now he felt much more relaxed as he waited for a new pitcher. The left-handed Roper has been especially terrible against lefthanded pitchers this season, so Purdue brought in left-hander Tim McElroy, who retired Roper the day before; however, Hartleb never thought about pinch hitting for Roper. He stood in the batter’s box timing every warm-up throw from McElroy, remembering how he got himself out the day before on the fastball. On McElroy’s second pitch, Roper got another fastball that he lined over the right field fence for the game-winning home run. Snider said that’s the pitch he has too often seen Roper pull foul. Roper followed up his performance by going 3-for-5 on Sunday, adding his third home run of the weekend. “Haven’t seen a smile on his face all year up until this weekend,” Snider said.
Jamal can be reached at collie10@ dailyillini.com and @jamalcollier. hits.This game was different than the home run explosion the Illini offense has recently enjoyed, as the Illini didn’t hit the ball out of the park at all during the game. “Guys found ways to put the ball in play and found a way to score without smacking the ball all over the ballpark, which was impressive to me that the guys matured enough to do that,” Hartleb said.
SPENCER FROM PAGE 1B had a previous relationship with the Spencers’ aunt, and she used that to help Illinois stand out. “Coming out of high school, Ashley was highly recruited,” Buford-Bailey said. “I knew her aunt, who was also their track coach in high school. She and I worked that out, with her pushing Ashley towards Illinois and me doing all I can to help her. The program and our plans here kind of spoke for itself, and it did the rest of the work.” Choosing Illinois began to pay dividends almost instantly for Ashley, as she ran several school bests and collected many accolades during her freshman year. Ahlivia, on the other hand, had enjoyed success as a sprinter at Louisville, but a change in preference left her wanting to switch to the 800. “My coach admitted he had never coached the 800 before, and that really scared me,” Ahlivia said. “I felt like I had the potential to be one of the best in the 800, and I wanted someone who had been there and really knew what they were doing. That was one of the things that attracted me to Coach (Buford-Bailey).” Ahlivia said she and Ashley have been teammates since kindergarten. She said they maintain a give-and-take system, where one encourages the other on a bad day, and they both push each other even harder on good days. “If I mess up, she’ll have my head on a platter because she’s my sister, and she wants me to succeed,” Ahlivia said. Their sibling support system was tested earlier this year in the buildup to the 2013 Big Ten Indoor Championships. Ashley got frustrated leading up to Big Tens because she was held out by a hamstring injury.
“(Ahlivia) pulled me off to the side and let me cry and kick and scream, and then she calmed me down,” Ashley said. “She told me to be patient with that injury and to not force anything. Ever since that day, I haven’t had any problems with my hamstring. ... She really helps me put things into perspective.” The tables were turned just before Big Tens, however, when a hamstring problem reared up again. This time, it affected the other Spencer sister. “The day before we left for Big Tens, I pulled my hamstring and could barely walk,” Ahlivia said. “It was very challenging for me because I was really ready to get out there, but I couldn’t compete. I felt like it was the end of the world for me, but Ashley was there for me.” Apart from being with each other, the sisters credit BufordBailey for their growth and success this season. “I would never have dreamed of doing some of the workouts (coach Buford-Bailey uses) at Louisville,” Ahlivia said. “She jokes around with us and keeps it lighthearted but also pushes and encourages us when it’s needed. Even though it hurts like hell, she encourages you to get through that workout, and she can advise us because she graduated from here and has been through this. She’s such a rock, and she’s so determined, and that has rubbed off on the whole team.” The Spencer sisters have seen each other mature, but they have also tried to maintain their humility. “I love seeing (Ashley) run fast times and being in the limelight.” Ahlivia said. “It’s kind of weird for me because everybody sees her as this track icon, but I just see her as my sister. On the track, she’s just another teammate, but off it, she’s just my little sister.”
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Cardinals game rained out in Pittsburgh after 2 innings BY WILL GRAVES THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PITTSBURGH — Rain wiped out Tuesday night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. The storm hit at the end of the second inning with the Pirates leading 4-2, and the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes. No makeup date was immediately announced. The cancellation allows St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook to reset his ERA to 0.00. The righthander has struggled against the Pirates in his career, and Pittsburgh turned five consecutive singles in the first inning into four runs. Pittsburgh starter Jonathan Sanchez — who came in with a 12.96 ERA — allowed two runs in the first inning but retired the side in order in the second. Matt Holliday had an RBI single for St. Louis. Garrett Jones, Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez all had RBI singles for Pittsburgh. None of it will count,
however, and the game will be replayed in its entirety. The cancellation allows Pittsburgh’s depleted bullpen to get a needed day of rest. The Pirates called up reliever Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday for some help after starter James McDonald managed to get through just 1 1-3 inning in a 10-6 loss to the Cardinals on Monday, forcing long relievers Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris to work a combined 6 1-3 innings. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle hoped Sanchez — who made the team out of spring training as a non-roster invitee — would be able work deep enough to get to the setup guys. It hasn’t been the best start to the season for the left-hander. He was roughed up by Arizona in his previous start, allowing nine runs in 3 1-3 innings. It looked like more of the same in the first inning Tuesday. Sanchez walked Shane Robinson on four pitches to start the game.
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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte warms up on deck as storm clouds roll over PNC Park and rain starts falling during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Carlos Beltran followed with a single two pitches later and Holliday dumped Sanchez’s next offering into center, bringing home Robinson. Allen Craig lined out to shortstop Clint Barmes, but
Barmes made an error when his attempt to double off Beltran at second ended up in right field. Both pitchers settled down in the second before the rain starting falling.
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A SWAT team member stands guard near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston Monday. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line, sending authorities to carry off the injured.
Marathon security deep issue after Boston bombings BY HOWARD FENDRICH THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A marathon course runs 26.2 miles along an open road. Much tougher to secure than an arena with doors and walls. Yet across the U.S. and around the world, from West Bend, Wis., and London this weekend, to Nashville, Tenn., next week and Copenhagen next month, organizers of road races are trying to figure out how to improve security after the Boston Marathon bombings. Paris Marathon director Joel Laine, whose race was held earlier this month, put it this way Tuesday: “There will be a ‘before’ and ‘after-Boston’” from now on. Still, with thousands — and sometimes hundreds of thousands — of spectators and entrants scattered along the route, there are limits to how much can be done to protect everyone, marathon officials, experts and runners cautioned. They spoke in dozens of interviews with the Associated Press a day after a pair of bombs went off seconds apart near the finish line in Boston, killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 170 others. “This is what everyone thought might happen” following the 9/11 attacks, said Tom Derderian, coach of the Greater Boston Track Club and author of a book about the Boston Marathon. “This is a 26-mile foot race. With both sides of the street, that’s 52 miles to secure,” Derderian said. “How? You can’t have everyone go through metal detectors.” Marathons aren’t just for elite athletes: they have steadily increased in popularity among recreational runners and those raising money for charity. In the aftermath of Monday’s attack, which President Barack Obama called an act of terrorism, some marathons heard from runners
wondering whether races would be canceled. Yet nearly 40 events all over the globe are set for this weekend alone — including Hamburg, Belgrade, Salt Lake City, Lansing, Mich., and the Jersey Shore. There was no indication that any would be called off. Scott Dickey, CEO of Competitor Group Inc., which manages more than 35 marathons and half marathons around the world, said he’s “been in deep conversations already” with the FBI and government agencies “to talk about enhancing security protocol and personnel” for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon in Nashville on April 27. “What we’re going to do with yesterday’s event is we’re going to learn from it, and we’re going to increase, certainly in the near term and probably permanently, the number of security personnel, both private and public, at our start lines and finish lines,” Dickey said. Susie Smisek, director of September’s Omaha Marathon, said Boston does indeed change the way race organizers go about their job now. “We’ll make sure we have more security available, that people are more aware and are aware of their surroundings,” Smisek said. Rick Nealis, director of the Marine Corps Marathon since 1993, pointed to factors that make these races unique among sports — and therefore more of a challenge to secure. “It’s a participatory sport. At any running event, especially Boston, world champion and Olympic athletes stand at the start line, and at the same time, there’s someone from Boise, Idaho, or Duluth, Minn., that did the qualifying time and are in the same field, on the same course, in the same weather as these champions, competing,” Nealis said.
First-year Bears head coach emphasizing high-tempo regime THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Everything moved faster for Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears offense Tuesday at minicamp practice — including the new coach. The new, up-tempo offense came complete with Marc Trestman running all over the field, up and down the sidelines, to get his point across to players in a high-energy style the Bears aren’t used to seeing from their head coach. “That’s just how I have been doing it,” said Trestman, who came to the Bears from the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes after the firing of Lovie Smith. “I like football and like moving around and making sure people are running
to the ball and that is kind of how I have done it.” Cutler liked the new approach. “It was faster,” he said. “We were in and out of the huddle. I think we wanted to try to create as game-like an atmosphere as possible. A lot of plays, in and out.” The changes included shorter drops by Cutler to throw, the ball getting out quicker and less complicated pass routes. It’s just the opposite of the passing game the Bears used the last three years, and Cutler seemed to like it. It could mean fewer sacks for a quarterback among the most harried in the NFL the last three seasons. “We’re going to protect the
quarterback and get rid of the ball as fast as we can,” Cutler said. “We want to get the ball to the play makers. That’s where we’re going to make our money, getting them the ball fast and letting them make plays for us.” Cutler has the difficult task of learning a new offense in a contract year. He admitted he’s been watching with interest the other deals for QBs around the league, including Joe Flacco’s six-year, $120 million contract with Baltimore. “It doesn’t make me mad,” Cutler said. “You know, there’s some big numbers being thrown out there. You can’t get ahead of yourself. We’ve got to win games to sign those contracts. I’m in
my last year obviously. I’m sure everybody knows that. We’ll play it out and see how it goes.” The Bears were without wide receiver Brandon Marshall as he recovers from a minor hip surgery, and kicker Robbie Gould missed practice after spending the final three games last season sidelined with a calf injury. Devin Hester, the NFL’s all-time touchdown return leader who has doubled as a receiver for six seasons, stood on the sidelines watching the offense and participated only when special teams required him to return punts or kicks. He won’t be a receiver in this offense. “Devin is going to focus on
being our returner,” Trestman said. “He’s got to be the returner for him to be here (with the team) and once that is locked into place, which we expect that it will, then we’ll see where it goes from there. But we made a collective decision organizationally. I talked with the guys who have been here. (GM) Phil (Emery) and I had a long conversation about it.” Trestman called it letting Hester “get back to doing what he does best first.” Among the other changes players are getting used to: Brian Urlacher will not be with the team after 13 years. “I’m very appreciative of the effort and attitude they’ve had
since we’ve been back,” Emery said. “Guys like Lance Briggs have stepped up ... said some very good things. Tim Jennings. That’s all been very positive with the players. At the end of the day, all NFL players know that there’s a ceiling to how long they can play, and they grab every day, and I know that these guys want to win championships and that’s what’s important to them.” Also Tuesday, the Bears have signed guard-tackle Eben Britton to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Britton started 30 of 37 games in four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last season, Britton started five of 11 games with Jacksonville, all at left guard.
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