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365 days, 16 dating sites and 100 dates Artist Sean Fader’s portrayal of self-image

By Kaitie Devlin News Reporter


up? by Sean Fader: Raw, Genuine Artwork. In an ECCE Speaker’s Series discussion a few weeks ago, artist Sean Fader gave the background story behind his artwork that is presently displayed in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. Through a whole year of dedication, using 16 dating sites to go on 100 dates, Fader explored the idea of how society portrays their “self-image” on social media compared to face-to-face contact. “I looked at their profile and pre-visualized a portrait of who I thought they might be,” said Fader. He then asked the men on a date. “The date consisted of arriving at their home, pouring them a glass of wine and photographing them immediately.” Fader explained they he had the individuals portray who he thought they were, based on their online profiles. After the shoots, Fader took them on actual dates to get to know who they really were – then the two came up with an image that “represented them.” Fader is a well-known artist nationally and internationally. His artwork has been showcased stretching from New York to Chicago and even all the way to London and Dubai. He has been a recipient for numerous awards, such as New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow

Photo by Sean Fader

Sean Fader’s “Sup?” is on display at the Visual Arts Gallery through April 10. (2013), also Blade of Grass Fellow (2013) and even Magenta Foundation Flash Award (2012). From the artwork that has been

most known, Fader’s works provoke raw, provocative takes on the concept of the way everyone seems to perceive themselves.

In his previous work “I Want To Put You On,” Fader finds a way to use people in his life that he desires. He used their bodies

to display the concept of “putting yourself in someone else’s shoes,” through photographs that look as if Fader is wearing a zip up suit of the particular person’s body. Ironically, Fader said at the beginning of the ECCE discussion that he does not consider himself a “photographer.” He actually likes to call what he does either “life works” or “life practice.” In the end, the title really does seem to fit with the type of unique work Fader tries to do and for most, his work can be viewed as very genuine or real and those are both basic characteristics in the essence of describing “life.” Not only is Fader’s work genuine, but he is as well. When talking with the UIS Visual Arts Gallery Manager, Allison Lacher about Fader and his work, she first says that Fader was “delightful to engage with professionally, very playful,” and explains the artwork in the gallery was “born from playful curiosity and then grew into something rather sophisticated.” She also states that this particular artwork caught quite some attention. However, the attention mostly stemmed from the photographs being very thought provoking. The photographs in the exhibit help people, especially the generation of adolescents who have grown up with the climb of technology and media, to see how the

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UIS staff travels to China to get a new take on Chinese cuisine By Megan O’Dell General Reporter @ODellUISJournal


ecent initiatives among many American universities have shifted to attracting and increasing their international student populations. This is what prompted UIS’ recent endeavor to China.

Vice Chancellor Tim Barnett said, “The Chinese student population is the largest of all international students that live here on campus.” Currently, there are 62 undergraduate and 33 graduate international Chinese students attending UIS. Accommodating and catering to this large and rapid growing student populace is a main objec-

tive for incorporating new and improved UIS cuisine options. Executive UIS Chef Howard Seidel, Food Service Administrator Randy Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services Clarice Ford and two representatives from housing –John Ringle and Keith McMath – took an eight day long trip over the week of March 16 to visit three

Chinese universities. Hosting colleges were Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, located in Wuhan, Dalian School of Foreign Languages located in Liaoning Province, China, and Bohai University in Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province, China. Each campus serves over 30,000 students. Executive Chef Howard Se-

idel said, “[The] Primary goal was to get an idea of what the Chinese [universities] were doing on their campuses…and get an idea of what student expectations were and see how we could implement those things here... keep students happy and main-

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Mission Statement The Journal is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Our mission is to publish news and feature stories, editorials and opinions relevant to the campus community while upholding the highest professional and ethical standards as outlined in The Journal Code of Conduct and Editorial Board By-laws and Procedures. Editor-in-Chief: Ashley Henry @HenryUISJournal Assistant Editor for News /Photographer: Brittany Henderson @BrittUISJournal News Reporter: Kaitie Devlin Columnist: Julia Brown @BrownUISJournal Columnist/Copy Editor: Carolyn Miller

Supplementary pension program review By Brittany Henderson Assistant Editor for News @BrittUISJournal


arlier this year, the Illinois Board of Trustees approved a resolution urging President Easter and U of I administrators to explore options on the issue of employee pension. Campus senate chair and associate professor of anthropology, Lynn Fisher, brought a proposal for a supplementary pension program to be put forth by Easter’s office. In the proposal, all faculty and staff employed within the U of I system will be able to have

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IS Police reported the following calls for the period of March 23 to March 30, 2014. Complaint March 23 at 2:52 p.m. at the SASA Soccer Fields Officers were dispatched to a

a reformed pension program. Essentially, the program would allow for a matching option in which employees could contribute a certain percentage of their salary and with a percentage of that to be matched by their employer. No specifics have been published, however, a variety of models are being tested regarding this issue. According to a U of I press release, “A competitive compensation plan is vital to recruit and retain top faculty and staff, university officials say, but public pension funding changes approved by the legislature in December would put the U of I at a disadvantage by reducing cost-of-living increases, increasing retirement ages and capping pen-

report of two sets of fans shouting racial remarks at the above location. Upon arrival, officers found no such activity, but were told the subjects had left after being kick out by a referee. Patrol Investigation March 23 at 10:26 p.m. at Clover Court While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle with an open trunk at the above location. The officer found that the trunk did not appear to be forced open. The trunk was secured and the officer resumed patrol. Medical Report March 23 at 11:28 p.m. at LRH

sionable salaries.” Campus senate board member and associate professor of management information systems, Atul Agarwal pointed out that the key difference between the already enacted pension program is the ability of employers to match employee contributions. Proposing the issue at the senate conference will give the president’s office an idea of how critical it is for employees within the U of I system. It is important for these administrative officers to understand the impact of not having this program and the benefits that it can have for the university in recruiting and retaining faculty and staff.

Officers were dispatched to a medical report at the above location. Upon arrival, officers checked the subject, who was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital. A report was completed. Medical Report March 24 at 2:09 a.m. at Pennyroyal Court Officers were dispatched to a medical report at the above location. Upon arrival, officers checked the subject, who was transported by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital. A report was completed. Animal Problem March 24 at 11:52 p.m. on To-

ronto Road Officers were dispatched to a report of a deer that had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers searched the area but were unable to locate the animal. Property Damage Accident March 25 at 2:01 p.m. at Lot A An officer responded to the above location in reference to a two-car accident. A report was completed. Theft March 25 at 2:05 p.m. at PAC An officer responded to the above location in reference to a theft of a laptop. A report was completed.

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Ukrainian delegation visits UIS to study democracy in action By Kaitie Devlin News Reporter


embers of the UIS faculty along with Chancellor Koch took the opportunity to discuss specific topics and to showcase an American university to six Ukrainian delegates from Verkhovna Rada. An international delegation of six Ukrainians, hosted by the Springfield Commission on International Visitors (SCIV), made some stops in Springfield last week as part of the “Civic Rule of Law” program. Within the SCIV program, individuals from emerging democracies spend time in host regions to learn and explore lawmaking and the democratic process.

The group came here through the Open World Leadership Center. The Center has an exchange program to bring emerging and established Russian, Ukrainian, and other Eurasian leaders to the U.S. for professional learning experiences. Victoriya Beri, a consultant to the members of the Verhkhovna Rada, explained that this first visit to America made the group even more “interested in every aspect of life in America.” While the delegation was waiting to listen to a taping of 91.9 WUIS radio’s “State Week in Review” program, they took some time to discuss their impressions of the UIS campus and Illinois politics with the help of their interpreter, Tatiana Lukenbill. The discussion led into the recent loans that are being offered both by the U.S. and

also the International Momentary Fund (IMF) to Ukraine due to their economic status, and they automatically said “we highly appreciate the world community support.” Yurri Harbuz, a delegate who is also the Chief Consultant for the Committee on State Development and Local SelfGovernment, discussed the main concept of self-governance, but also talked about how the Ukraine legislators work on bills in conjunction with executive bodies. It was stated that the delegates look forward to using some of their experiences and new knowledge “to build the country with the rule of law, democracy, and state.” For the last several weeks, Ukraine has been in bold headlines across the world. Ukrainian delegate Hayk Stepanayan, stated that this began when Russia “an-

Shopping shuttle proves successful By Brittany Henderson Assistant Editor for News @BrittUISJournal


he recent trial-shopping shuttle proposed by SGA proved to be a success and could continue into the upcoming semester. According to Van Vieregge, executive director of auxiliary services in student affairs, the shopping shuttle averages between 30 and 35 students per day. Freshmen J’Nae Agbenla, criminal justice major, and Ariel Butler, psychology major, said their first shuttle experience was fun, convenient and reliable. Butler said the shuttle provided “a smooth transition” from one location to another. Convenience and reliability seem to be a trend among most students when it comes to the advantages of the shuttle. Traveling students explained that waiting for the shuttle to arrive is not an issue because of the advantage of not having to pay for the ride. However, it costs roughly $200 a day to operate. Jalissa Swoope, freshman communication major said, “When I first heard about it, I couldn’t believe it was free.” The joint consensus among some students asked was that

they hope the shuttle will continue. Vieregge said that as long as they can keep up the numbers, there is no doubt that the shopping shuttle will continue for students next year. In the upcoming semester, based on continued success, the shuttle will be visually identified as a UIS shuttle. The hope is for students to gain a familiarity with the driver and service. The shopping shuttle will loop every hour between White Oaks Mall, Barnes and Noble, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target and Best Buy, and will wait five minutes at every location. Vieregge said Student Affairs will look at the spring statistics at the end of the semester and gather information on popular locations among students in order to decide if adjustments or expansion are needed. The SGA is looking to students for feedback. In the event the shopping shuttle continues into the next year, it will not interfere with the ongoing transportation taskforce. The current shuttle is restricted to shopping, while the transportation taskforce would include a relationship with SMTD for an expansion of bus routes.

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nexed” Crimea. Delegates discussed these events candidly and expressed hope that international diplomatic efforts would help ease tensions. Unfortunately, upon their arrival to the U.S., news organizations were reporting that Russia had amassed significant forces once again along the Ukrainian border. The delegates explained that the Ukrainian government already knew about the situation and was in the process of bringing more troops towards the eastern border. The representatives for Verkhovna Rada hope to resolve these recent conflicts by diplomatic mean without the force of weapons and their army. They stated that “we are a peaceful nation against war” and that this is seen as a “peaceful tension.”

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s students of the 21st century we are privileged to learn with such advanced and beneficial technology. Without a doubt, we are utilizing way more technology than our parents ever did. We now have the ability to learn, test and receive grades faster than ever before. However, this does not mean everyone involved with the education process chooses to employ these technical advances. In particular, I am referring to teachers. As advocates for learning, teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the many online tools to assist students. Here at UIS, we have one of the best and most well-known online learning programs for students

and professors. Blackboard is a revolutionary way for teachers to communicate and educate students while outside of the classroom. This easy-to-access system offers a place for educators to upload a syllabus, grades, notes, handouts, contact information, class discussions and countless other applications. This being said – why would a professor choose not to use it? The answer may be difficult for the fast-paced younger generation to understand. Perhaps professors dislike the use of modern technology and prefer to have students receive and view grades on paper or use a hard copy of a syllabus. After all, this was the way things were done “back in the day.” It is also a lot of time spent on the computer, which is not appealing to some professors. There are so many reasons why one may choose not to put Blackboard to use, but the question remains: Is this lack of Blackboard use hindering some students?

In my experience, yes – it is causing a bit of an issue. I have a few teachers who have yet to do anything with Blackboard. It is frustrating when I go on to check my current grades, and find that I am missing grades from the same two classes every time. I want to know how I am doing in the class and if my level of current effort is corresponding with the marks I am getting. I also do weekly homework checks by going on Blackboard and viewing each class syllabus. I groan inwardly each time I remember I have to go find my hard copy of the syllabi that were not put online. I have to do the same thing if I want to see my professor’s office hours or homework policies. I secretly applaud the instructors who put notes online or upload study guides or helpful handouts. These are undoubtedly a huge help to students. I love knowing that wherever I am I can use Blackboard through any electronic device with Internet access. I don’t have to keep track

of six different syllabi or worry about losing them during breaks at home. As a generation of students who are driven to rely on computers for research, typing papers and almost everything else, we spend most of our time glued to a screen. We are paying thousands of dollars to be educated at a state university, so why not encourage professors to make the switch to modern technology? It would make my life so much easier if when typing up a paper I could simply open a new tab and consult Blackboard for the paper’s guidelines. Not to mention that the university is already paying for this system so it only makes sense to take advantage of it! For the money I pay I would like to know my instructors are putting an effort into guiding their students to succeed by providing them the tools they need to continually move forward with their education.

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No peace in Phelps’ death Julia Brown


’m mildly disappointed. I thought the death of such a vile man would bring me a little peace – and though I hate to say it – maybe even a little joy. Instead, as with most deaths I’ve experienced, there’s only sadness. Fred Phelps, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church died March 19, 2014. His church, mostly consisting of his family members, is famous for their hardcore religious beliefs about homosexuals. Westboro began making national headlines in the late 90s by protesting events they believed promoted homosexuality. This practice quickly came to include picketing funerals of openly homosexual people, suspected homosexuals and military personnel killed in action, among others. What does the military have to with homosexuality? According to Phelps, America is too accepting of gay people and, as many of their signs proclaim, “God Hates Fags!” Therefore, 9/11 and the subsequent wars are God’s punishment for America’s

Illustration by Alex Johnson filthy, sinning ways. Despite several groups’ valiant attempts to guard mourners from Phelps’ clan of screaming monsters, the mere idea that a

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child waving a sign that reads “Thank God For Dead Soldiers” at your soldier’s funeral must be heartbreaking. Phelps spent most of his 84

years on this earth spewing nothing but hate and hurting people. I grieve the life he wasted and the wasted lives of his followers. I am saddened that his church

will continue to picket. Even in the hour of his death, several of his children were protesting hours away instead of being by his side. I am angry that his family deprived so many of the chance to reciprocate the pain inflicted upon them through protest by denying Phelps a funeral. At the same time, I am glad. Since their hearts are so filled with hate, should we waste a single ounce of our goodness to stoop to their level, as tempting as that may be? If he had been a hateful man who had made relatively no impact in the world, his death would be just another death. Unfortunately, he had 13 children. While a couple have left the church, many will continue on in his hate-filled footsteps. Phelps’ poison has now been passed on to spouses, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. That’s the true tragedy here – not that Phelps led a horrible, hateful life. Not that he died after being excommunicated from his own church and essentially his own family. It’s not even that he hurt so many people and caused so many tears. The true tragedy is that his legacy of hatred, intolerance, disrespect and bigotry has already been passed on to poor, unsuspecting children who won’t have the chance to know any better.

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What’s Happening Wednesday, April 2









Beginning at 9 a.m., the Innocence Club will have an informational table at the PAC Food Emporium to educate individuals on an upcoming 5K race.

Friday, April 4





Come out to the Build-a-Blanket Lock-in, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, beginning at 7 p.m. in the LRH Great Room. The event will help inform individuals about homelessness. There will be a guest speaker, a movie, and blanket building, which will be donated to a local shelter. Classic Albums Live is scheduled to perform Abbey Road at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets start at $27, and the show will begin at 8 p.m. The men’s and women’s tennis teams are scheduled to play Lewis University at Washington Park beginning at 4 p.m. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Afflicted,” “Under the Skin,” “Alan Partridge” and “Frankie & Alice” are scheduled to hit theaters. Sunshine Daydream Plays the Ungrateful Dead is scheduled to perform at Donnie’s Homespun. Tickets are $3, and doors open at 8 p.m. The Hoogland Center of the Arts proudly presents “Enchanted April.” Tickets are $16, and the show begins at 8 p.m. There will also be a showing on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 5



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wenty-five UIS students spent four days volunteering in an effort to help with hunger and homelessness in the nation’s capital as a part of Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Over the course of four days, students ventured to over six different sites that catered to the needs of people in Washington D.C. without the necessary aspects of life. These sites included the So Others Might Eat (SOME) soup kitchen, D.C. Central Kitchen, and Parks and People. Each student was able to help numerous people during the trip as well as site see and enjoy the city. Many students had different experiences on the trip. Brittani Provost, the secretary of Alternative Spring Break, was impacted by the effect the trip had on the D.C. community and on UIS students. Provost, a sophomore sociology and anthropology major, explained, “I really enjoyed getting to see other UIS students having a moment where what we were doing made sense to them. Something clicked for them or something inspired them and they felt really connected to their experience which I was honored to be part of.” Another student that attended the trip had a different favorite part of the trip. Freshman Em-

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UIS students visited D.C. to volunteer during Alternative Spring Break. ily Collins, a psychology major, stated that, “My favorite part of the trip was one night we teamed up with another college to make a meal that we served to 40 guests and we spent the whole night getting to know them and hearing about their lives and it brought such a sense of community and there was never a moment without laughter.” These experiences allowed students to gain a different perspective on the issue of hunger and homelessness and also increased their knowledge on volunteer opportunities related to the issue. Provost gained a more humanized view of homeless people. She explained this by stating, “A lot of times it’s easy to go out to the breadline and do the job you’re supposed to while you are there, but in D.C. we had the opportunity to interact and learn and make these connections that really hit us on a personal level as to say we are all humans rather



Spring Cleaning

The men’s and women’s tennis teams will take on St. Joseph’s at 1 p.m. at Washington Park. The women’s softball team is scheduled to play a double header against Indianapolis at the Land of Lincoln Softball Complex beginning 12 p.m. Keith Anderson is scheduled to perform at Boondocks. Tickets start at $10, and doors open at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 6

Hunger never takes a vacation

By Daniell Bennett

The Resident Housing Association will take orders for Krispy Kreme Donuts beginning at 10 a.m. in the PAC Concourse.

Thursday, April 3

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The women’s softball team will take on St. Joseph’s in a double header beginning at 12 p.m. at the Land of Lincoln Softball Complex.

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than this person is homeless.” The students were able to interact with a diverse group of people, which was important to the character of the trip. Students worked with those in poverty that lived in Washington D.C., students from other colleges that also were participating in their ASB, and people in D.C. that have devoted their careers to help those in need. Students participated in both direct and indirect service during the trip. The direct service included working at soup kitchens, such as SOME. These experiences allowed students to interact with those in need from that community. However, other services indirectly affected the homeless population. One example of indirect service included working with Parks and People. Provost stated the organization “works to provide activities in a community as well as work within the park system doing cleanup efforts in D.C.” She also added that, “This effort helps to have the young community members take pride in the place that they live in as well as give them safe, smart choices of how they use their time.” During the trip, many students volunteered at a food bank. This food bank required the groups to sort through a massive pile of food and other products. One of the workers at this food bank concluded the food sorting by explaining that hunger never takes a vacation. This phrase was a good summary of the efforts of these UIS students because instead of spending their break relaxing, they worked at many volunteer sites to help with an important issue. ASB gave students a vast variety of experiences but overall it allowed them to see the problem and work to help end it.

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Executive Chef Howard Seidel chops green onions in preparation for beef stir-fry. bowls at different stations with various ingredients ranging from continued from Page 1 broth and noodles to chicken or beef and topping it off with contain that.” diments designated for any palSenior, international Chinese ate. student and double major in manKou said, “That [soup bowls] agement and Management Inforsound like a good idea, but the mation Systems, Rui Kou said, preparation of noodles wouldn’t “Not just here at be easy for the kitchUIS, but in Ameren to do.” ica, the Chinese Vice Chancellor food isn’t really Barnett also said, “If [authentic] Chinese trends continue of cuisine. I think the more international cafeteria should try student growth, we Coca-Cola chicken hope to do more trips as an option.” to cater to our other She described large international this easy-to-make student populations dish as rolling from India and Sauhunks of chicken dia Arabia.” in soy sauce and Students can exthrowing them into pect to see more of Photo by Brittany Henderson a boiling pot of Coa variety in internaSeidel prepares green bean stir-fry vegetables. ca-Cola to cook and tional meal options marinate. starting Fall 2014. Vice Chancellor Barnett said, comfort level there.” Seidel says, “By this point in “We know it takes a while to adAccording to Seidel, the most the semester with six weeks left, just and adapt to our [American] popular dish he came across was we have less and less students food.” something called soup bowls. eating – I mean they just don’t Seidel defined the university’s Seidel described the soup have as much money left on their angle for seeking to provide au- bowl process as an assembly line icards. We will plan on trying for thentic comfort foods, as well as where students could fill these Fall.”

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offering dishes pertinent to the wide range of North American dish options. “When you go to another country [and travel], you know the expectations are to try all the different things…but when you come here to live, it’s both that and to get things that also keep a

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F EATURES Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Instead of waiting for the pieces to fall into place, try tackling a plan ASAP. When the opportunity arrives, you will be confident in your decision. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Your finances have weighed heavily on your mind lately, but an unexpected bonus may come your way. Aries (March 21 – April 19) Enjoy your birthday month! Always remember – your desire to seek out new friendships and relationships is your strong point. Jot new friends on the party guest list – the more the merrier! Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Don’t be surprised if this week brings with it resolutions you have been seeking. They might come from the most unexpected place. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Your hard work has brought an extravagant unexpected career and/or life opportunity – seize this moment. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Motivate peers by encouraging them with your own success stories. Continue to lead by example. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Your ability to be a reliable friend is taken for granted more often than not; instead of letting that change who you are, let it shed light on those who appreciate your gift. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Others can’t help but be attracted to your innocent ways. Go ahead and find the wisdom in ‘healthy’ mistakes.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New technology means new opportunity By Jess Bayer Assistant Editor for Features @BayerUISJournal


hange may not always be easy, but sometimes it can be for the best. A new program called Elements has the scientific community gazing into the future possibilities. Back in September, Layne Morsch, assistant professor of chemistry, met with PerkinElmer developers to discuss how ChemDraw, an electronic molecule drawing program, was functioning. During that meeting, the director asked Morsch what he would like to see next in the way of usable technology in the classroom. Morsch replied that he would like to see “some kind of electronic lab notebook that [was] designed for education.” As it turns out, Apple brought this idea up to PerkinElmer a few weeks prior. With these different ideas and suggestions, PerkinElmer created the website-accessed program that goes by the name Elements. “Elements is a digital, cloudbased collaboration platform,” said Morsch. “It’s about sharing things with each other and working together.” Students log into their Elements account and can create their own personal notebooks for

each lab that they are working on. Within each notebook, students can arrange different sections to type in and areas to upload photos or documents. They can also share their notebook with their lab instructor, which allows for easy feedback and interaction. This technology allows for individuals to share their work with others and keep it organized. Another positive aspect of Elements is that it isn’t just aimed at chemists. It can be used within almost any field that includes a lab and can also be used with many different age groups. Elements has begun to gain more popularity and interest in the scientific community. At the ACS (American Chemical Society) national meeting held in Dallas, Texas, over spring break, many individuals stopped by the developers’ booth asking about the program. According to Tanya Tan, a laboratory instructor at UIS, “Nowadays, many chemical, biological and pharmaceutical companies will only allow electronic version of lab notes. Learning to use an electronic lab notebook helps the transition from a stu-

dent biologist or chemist to a professional biologist or chemist.” One thing that individuals must remember is that this technology is new and different problems occasionally arise. There have been a few bumps in the road, but there is constant communication between Morsch and the developers at PerkinElmer, and the program has been improving each week. When there is a problem that needs to be fixed, the developers are informed and do their best to fix the problem in a timely manner. Morsch hopes to see a few new additions to the program as time goes on, such as ways to graph, integrate videos and a way to get raw data from the different instruments found within the lab directly into the notebooks. As of right now, Organic Chemistry II students have just started integrating the Elements notebook into their lab activities. It is also being tested in two research labs. The technology will be tested throughout upcoming semesters to help further the usability and capability of the emerging technology.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You have taken on a lot, as you normally do. Just remember – when you’re tempted to drop a commitment, people admire your effervescent attitude when deadlines are approaching. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Keep your priorities directed to your dream. With your ambition you can accomplish anything. Use the Scorpio suave. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) You’re in a brand new place in life – trust your instincts to accomplish whatever it is – you were born to do it. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) A new friendship or romantic relationship is on the horizon for you. Let your guard down accordingly.

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UIS chemistry students use Elements to enhance their laboratory experience.

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Photo by Sean Fader

Sean Fader Art

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Top: “little_horse,”, April 2, 2010. Right: “Jeffrey,” Williamsburg, Brooklyn, April 2, 2010.

social media can portray our identities in a whole other way than we thought possible. From another point of view on the artwork, Parker Sheley, a UIS Visual Arts student, explained that he was intrigued to learn more about the artist, but was surprised by his work. Sheley especially likes the fact that the work did have a basis in the current generation. One part of Fader’s artwork that stood out to Sheley Photo by Sean Fader was the text that is presented between the two different photographs Fader takes for each person he did a photo session with.

The text was explained by Fader to have the essence of looking like text messages. Fader had the text made very small in order to make people who viewed the photos have to come close in order to read the text as if they were reading the texts from their phones and to also experience the actual photos. The idea of art is to make a point, or a world-wide message, and other times it is to just express one’s emotions. In this case, Fader displays an art that tells a story of how social media can play a major part in the way we are shown as a person. Through his well-done yet raw photographs, we capture this concept in a more realistic and ideal way.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


No found success UIS meets defeat at home against Southern rivals By Joe Miller

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By Daniell Bennett Assistant Editor for Sports @DaniUISJournal


tha Riss that scored freshman Tess Lamb. McKendree added two more runs in the bottom of third with an RBI single by freshman Dani Schoenbacher, who would then come around to score on a fielding error by the Prairie Stars. The score was 10-3 in favor of McKendree to start the top of the fifth until the Prairie Stars erupted with seven total runs throughout the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, tying the game at 10. The runs included two RBIs from Amos, two RBIs from Lamb, and a homer from junior Chelsea Minor that drove in three runs. McKendree then won the game on a sacrifice fly by junior Lindsay Schmits that drove home freshman Jamie Doggendorf. The final score of the first game in the double header was 10-11, UIS falling just one run

IS fought hard in the first set of away games against GLVC opponents McKendree and Bellarmine, but slowly headed south creating a 1-7 awaygame record. The Prairie Stars got on the board first in the second inning with a bunt by freshman Alexa McClaughry that scored junior Jordyn Amos. McKendree was quick to strike back with six runs of their own in the bottom half of the second. This scoring run was topped off by a grand slam by junior Erica Johnson that cleared the bases. Following the big inning by McKendree, the Prairie Stars managed to push another run across in the third inning with an RBI groundout by senior Saman-4:36:15 PM WUIS-ad-3.75x6.pdf 1 10/14/2013






behind. Game two was scoreless until the third inning when Johnson’s RBI single sparked McKendree’s four run inning, with runs scored by Doggendorf, Schmits, junior Kate Mayes and Johnson. The Prairie Stars got on the board in the fourth inning with an RBI double from sophomore Molly Manietta. UIS then stayed quiet for the rest of the game and went on to lose 5-1. Bellarmine climbed to the top early on with three home runs in the bottom of the first inning by freshman Erica Knollman, sophomore Ally Foster, and junior Scarlett Powers. Powers then scored a second home run in the third making it a 5-0 Bellarmine lead. The Prairie Stars battled back in the late innings with an RBI single by Minor in the sixth inning. UIS added two more runs in the seventh inning with RBI’s from seniors Katelyn Weaver and Shannon Ballegeer. The late effort was not enough, as the Prairie Stars lost game one of the double header 5-3. The Prairie Stars attacked early with an RBI double by senior Samantha Riss in the top half of the first. Bellarmine then evened the score at one with an RBI single from Scarlett Powers in the bottom of the first and took a 2-1 lead in the third with an RBI double from freshman Erica Knollman. UIS then tied the game 2-2 with a single from sophomore Molly Manietta that scored freshman Trisha Faulkner that would end the Prairie Stars scoring efforts for the day. Bellarmine went on to score a run in the fourth and two in the fifth including another home run from Powers which gave her three for the day. The game ended with a score of 5-2, Bellarmine over the Prairie Stars. The Prairie Stars ended the rough week with a 14-15 overall record.


he UIS men’s and women’s tennis teams took on the Bellarmine Knights last Friday, but both eventually met defeat. Neither the men nor the women of the Prairie Stars’ squads fared well on the chilly afternoon. The men’s team managed to threaten the Knight’s lead before losing 6-3. Senior Jose Ortega put away two singles matches from the No. 1 spot and the doubles duo of freshman Cole Buehnerkemper and junior Hayden Esker won their match. Unfortunately after battling into a must-win situation, the team was unable to ride out the

remaining matches to victory. The women’s team did not hold up any better. Bellarmine won with an 8-1 advantage, and in doubles play they swept the Prairie Stars, losing only a single game in one match to UIS’s Megan Zumbahlen and Faith Hook. The Knights were almost as equally dominant in singles play, but junior Zumbahlen, was tied up against the Knight’s Michelle McFerran before McFerran withdrew from the match, giving UIS their sole win of the day. The women of Bellarmine improve to 7-3 overall, while winning both of their GLVC matches. The Stars’ women’s squad drops another one to make their record 2-11, losing their first GLVC matchup so far.


UIS wins one, loses one against S. Indiana By Daniell Bennett Assistant Editor for Sports @DaniUISJournal


IS finished the double header against Southern Indiana by adding one loss and one win to their record, the games ended with 1-3 and 4-1 scores. The first four innings were uneventful, with no runs for the either team. Both UIS and Southern Indiana made hits in the second inning but were unable to make it around the bases. The third inning saw three straight outs in both the top and the bottom. Southern Indiana was the first to score a run in the game. In the fifth inning junior catcher/ infielder MacKenzi Dorsam hit a home run, putting the first run on the board. Southern Indiana scored twice more in the sixth inning, increasing the score to 0-3. The first player to score in this inning was junior pitcher/first base player Brooke Harmening, followed by senior pitcher/first base player Kelsey Jankowski.

UIS’ Tess Lamb, a freshman infielder, made the only RBI for UIS in the first game. Tess hit a single that enabled senior utility player Mandy Smith to score in the seventh inning. This run was the last of the game, ending with a 1-3 score and the Prairie Stars falling behind. In the second game the Prairie Stars jumped out to an early lead in the top half of the second inning with a solo home run by senior Samantha Riss. Southern Indiana then tied the game in the bottom of the third with an RBI sacrifice fly by Dorsam. In the top of the fifth inning UIS took the lead once again and held it this time. One run in the fifth inning came off an RBI triple by junior Jordyn Amos and two more runs in the sixth from a two RBI single by senior Katelyn Weaver. The scoring stopped there with the Prairie Stars winning game two by a score of 4-1. UIS will return to action April 5 at home against Indianapolis.

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UIS baseball soars past the Eagles in double header By Daniell Bennett

Assistant Editor for Sports @DaniUISJournal


IS swept Robert Morris University in a double header, finishing both games in five innings after run-ruling the Eagles. The first game of Wednesday evening ended with a 12-2 score. UIS continued their run in the second game, finishing with an 11-1 score. Robert Morris started off the first game looking promising. After a single by pitcher Kendall Interial and a walk for Ben Shepherd, the Eagles had 2 runners on and Ryan Kittell was up to bat. Kittell lined a base hit past the shortstop which drove in Interial from third. UIS ended the top of the first by catching Kittell while stealing second base. The bottom of the first saw two hits and two runs by the Prairie Stars. UIS player Luke Stewart led off the inning with a base hit past the third basemen. Trevor Johnson drew a walk to put two runners on for the Prairie Stars.

A double by Jared Massengill pushed Stewart home. A sacrifice fly by Adam Unes scored Johnson from third to put another run on the board for the Prairie Stars. The first inning ended with a 2-1 score with the Prairie Stars in the lead. It was a quiet second inning for both teams with the Prairie Stars having just one hit and no runs. The third inning had a similar fate, with just three hits for both teams and no runs. Robert Morris tied the game in the fourth inning after a home run by Kittell. UIS regained the lead shortly after, managing six runs and eight hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Runs were scored by Logan Frye, Nick Sanders, Blake Baker, Stewart, Johnson and Massengill. In the top of the fifth, the Eagles were unable to score any runs and managed only one hit. UIS ended the game after both Stewart and Johnson scored two more runs. The final score was 12-2. UIS started off the second game quickly, scoring four runs in the first inning. Stewart was

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Jared Massengill, #13, was a key component during games on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. able to score the first run off of a throwing error by the Eagles, after stealing third base. UIS picked up the three more runs after this, increasing the score to 4-0. UIS and Robert Morris were both scoreless in the second inning. In the bottom of the third, UIS picked up three more runs. The Eagles countered these three runs with one of their own, pushing the score to 7-1. Robert Morris player Kris Mosdale had a base hit to shortstop, enabling

Baseball season is open for business: UIS introduces new home field

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Chancellor Susan J. Koch cuts the ribbon on opening day, unveiling UIS’ new home field.

pitcher Kendall Interial to score a run in the top of the third. UIS then scored two unearned runs on just one hit in the bottom of the third inning. Frye and Alex Bradley both circled the bases after reaching on a fielding error by the Eagles. The end of the inning had a score of 7-1. UIS defense managed three straight outs allowing no hits in the top of the fourth. When the Prairie Stars came up to bat, the Eagles were unable to stop them from gaining an even larger lead.

Ryan Bonnett, Kyle Doubet, Frye and Sanders made consecutive runs to finish the fourth inning with an 11-1 score. UIS shut down the Eagles in the top of the fifth, allowing no runs and no hits. This finished off the second game of the double header. UIS became 5-1 at home and 12-7 overall after this game. The Eagles now have a record of five wins and 13 losses.

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