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Volume 46, Issue 16

Change coming to the residence halls By Megan Swett Editor-in-Chief

By Nick Zambito Staff Writer

Lincoln and Founders Residence Halls are set to undergo some organizational changes in regards to the various Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Late last spring, the university brought in an external review board to examine the status of residence life on campus. According to John Ringle, external peer reviews happen “periodically” to assess a department’s performance. “In the conversations they had with students and staff,

there were concerns, they noted, about the perceived, distinct racial makeup of both buildings,” Ringle said. “They very clearly said that this is something the university has to address in a positive, forceful manner.” According to Mark Dochterman, the director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center and subsequent director of the Leadership for Life LLC, the conversation about the divisions between residence halls has existed for a while. “About a year ago, there were a few articles written [in The Journal] about the relationship between, or lack thereof, between [Lincoln] and Founders,” Dochterman said. “But pre-existing that, there were conversations among staff

Microaggressions study reveals racial atmosphere within UIS community

By Sean Blackwell Staff Writers

The findings of a recent study suggest that many black and Latino students at UIS find themselves having to navigate a far more challenging campus climate than that of their white cohorts. Titled “Racial Microaggressions Experienced by Black and Latino/a Students at a Predominantly White

University,” the study was conducted by Kay Young McChesney, a UIS professor of social work, and Karen Moranski, the former associate vice chancellor for undergraduate education at UIS, “to improve the experiences of Black and Latino/a students at [UIS], and thereby to improve [the] retention and graduation rates of minority students.” The study used survey research to gather descriptive data shedding light on the reported experiences black and Latino students at UIS have had with racial microaggressions. According to a 2007 article published in the American Psychologist, “Racial miContinued on Page 5

Outside Lincon Residence Hall

members about how to make our campus as welcoming as it possibly can be.” Following the articles and the external review, a special committee formed. The committee included leaders across campus like Ringle and Dochterman, Marc

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Klingshirn from CAP Honors, Justin Rose from Necessary Steps, and Tarah SweetingTrotter from STARS. Together, they developed a plan to “facilitate better collaboration between the LLCs and to help increase interaction between students within

Town hall on Trump’s immigration ban By Cole Moriarty Staff Writer

Last week, a town hall meeting was held in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby to discuss the implications of Trump’s “Muslim ban.” The panel was made up of Assistant Professor of Legal Studies Anette Sikka, a lawyer specializing in immigration; Associate Professor of Legal Studies Deborah Anthony, who specializes in civil rights and constitutional law; and Director of International Programs Jonathan GoldbergBelle. The event served as a primer on what the executive order meant for students and as an informational session on the implications of the order. It was not primarily

about the moral or ethical considerations of the order. This discussion took place at the same time as oral arguments before a federal appeals court as to whether the stay, or suspension of the order nationwide, issued by a lower federal court would

be upheld. The appeals court decided unanimously on Feb. 9 to uphold the stay, meaning that the immigration policy of the U.S.

our respective groups,” according to a presentation given last November. As stated in the presentation, three specific items were developed to address these concerns. The first item involves LLC student attending two campus events from an “approved list” that will “allow students to learn about cultures/identities other than their own.” The presentation referenced events like “Dred Scott, Wong Kim & Vanessa Lopez” and “The Legacy Wall: LGBT History.” “They try to take advantage of some of the already programmed ECCE formats, which I think is a natural tiein,” Ringle said. Continued on Page 3

has reverted to what it was prior to the executive order. According to the panel, the president has broad discretionary powers over immigration policy, but is constrained by several laws passed by Congress which define the scope of said powers. For instance, a 1952 law gives the president the ability to “ban certain classes” of people from entering the U.S. who are deemed threats to national security. However, a 1965 law forbids the president from discriminating on the basis nationality, ethnicity, religion, or sex. It is therefore unclear as to the whether the courts will hold that the order has violated both of those laws, and concerns of constitutional violations. The current lawsuit against the executive orContinued on Page 6

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This Week at UIS Wednesday




Legacy Dance Team Model United Na- Junie B’s Essential Crowned Beauty 1:00 pm Bake Sale tions Bake Sale Guide to School11:00 am 10:00 am 4:00 pm Free Event for UIS Black Diamonds: Students History Central Illinois Career Connec- 6:00 pm 9:00 pm Black Month Party Foodbank Weekly tions Expo 9:00 pm Project 11:30 am 2:30pm Alchemist Review 4:45 pm - 7:30 pm Submission Party Dodgeball 5:00 pm Dance Marathon 9:00 pm at UIS Volunteer Probate CelebraMeeting tion 8:00 pm 10:00 pm 1:00 AM



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Trump continues attack on environment and the EPA By Bryanna Shinall Staff Writer

Just weeks into his presidency, President Donald Trump has already made decisions that indicate a clear shift in the United States’ environmental policy. In his first days in office, Trump signed executive orders following through on campaign promises of advancing approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. This last set of actions effectively dismantles former President Barack Obama’s efforts to block construction of both pipelines and flies in the face of public outcry against them. Myron Ebell, Trump’s pick to lead the EPA transition team effort, is a noted climate change denier. Ebell also recommended that Trump’s administration should cut more than 10,000 jobs within the EPA. Further, his nominee to head the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has previously sued the agency 14 times, is an established climate change denier, and has dedicated himself to fighting the EPA’s “activist agenda.” During his confirmation

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hearing, Pruitt refused to recuse himself of involvement in current suits against the EPA. With ties to fossil fuel proponents and major industrial companies, Pruitt’s ability to potentially advocate for clean energy and environmental safety standards in his capacity as head of the EPA is being called into question. Anne-Marie Hanson, an assistant professor of environmental studies, expressed concern over these potential conflicts of interest. “Having someone lead that agency who has sued them be-

cause of his own financial interests is clearly problematic,” she said. Since these appointments, Trump has frozen EPA grants and attempted to bar agency staff from speaking to the press. Researchers are attempting to determine the scope of the grant freeze and have received little in the way of information. This development, coupled with Trump’s public attitudes toward the EPA, has scientists questioning whether their research will be subject to denial or censorship by the current administration.

Hanson, whose research was affected by the grant freeze, predicts that the scientific community won’t go down easily, however. “He does not control everything that happens in that agency,” she said, “and there are career people who have been there who are not going to easily let him dismantle it.” Trump is poised to make good on another campaign promise of pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, which aims to address climate change through legally binding agreements with almost every country in the world. Ebell has openly stated his belief that Trump intends to remove the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. “Trump has made it clear he will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package,” Ebell said in a press conference on Jan. 30. “Just don’t believe politicians when they tell you that scientists are working against you,” said Hanson. “But even if you don’t care about the environment, you should care about yourself and your health.”

Editor-in-Chief: Megan Swett Copy Editor: Sean Flamand Multimedia Editor: Sarah Bond Assistant Editor for Features: Aeriel Storey Photographers: Erica Thomas Sarah Bond Tiffany Chin Columnists: Cole Moriarty Erik Thulien Reviews: Sean Flamand Tiffany Chin Staff Writers: Sean Blackwell Jessey Bruce Nick Zambito Bryanna Shinall Michael Agbabiaka Senior Sports Reporter: Zach Lebovitz Sports Reporter: Nick Zambito Avinash Badeti Distributors: Sean Flamand Tiffany Chin Layout & Design Editors: Megan Swett Erica Thomas Arunlal Soman Business Manager: Pushpita Choudhury Adviser: Debra Landis 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. Advertising Policy The Journal does not knowingly accept advertisements that discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, disability, military status or sexual orientation, nor does it knowingly print ads that violate any local, state or federal laws.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) Convince your love interest that you’re the one!

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Keeping a job is essential, don’t let

Aries (March 21 – April 19) This week, you’ve been given all the

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) You may have an uninvited visitor this

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Stand your ground with it comes to in-

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) This is probably the week to spend time

dividuals moving in on the things you’ve worked hard for. Paying for a little extra insurance to make sure your valuables are secure is not a bad idea. That platonic relationship may be taking a turn, give it a chance!

alone. If you seek the advice of others this week, you will be more confused. In additions try meditating in a quiet room. Treat yourself to the “wants” this week, you deserve it!

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Taking a brisk hike will be the solution to

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) Don’t worry when family members are not

your problems this week. For the long-haul tropical weather, could be the fix for recent emotional difficulties. Pack up your loved ones, take a personal leave and make a road trip of it. The people around will thank you too!

the risk taker you are. Make a way to present plans that are clear and easy to understand. Delegated individual responsibilities, this will make everyone feel in charge and secure with their place in the family business.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) There’s a few wrongs you need to make

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Consider yourself as the reason for your

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) The Week is off to a great start! The excite-

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) You are looking to take that fam-

Prepare a setting for two, cook the food and pour the wine. Don’t forget to comb your hair. It’s time to start considering stocks, your future is bright and you’ll need a nest egg. signs that a situation isn’t working out. Don’t evade your senses and what they are saying. Valentine’s Day isn’t over for you, look forward to your love showering you with gifts and cuddles all week!

right. Abusing friendships are a thing of the past, and you want thing to be the way they used to. Pick up the phone, make the call, and get thing back to the way they were.

ment of money coming your way it totally normal, however don’t count your chickens until they hatch. Make sure that past due bill is laid to rest before you immerge into large spending.

outside stress leak over into your professional life. It may be time to take a couple days off to deal with this situation. Make sure you gather all the facts before you make life changing decisions. week. It’s ok to let them in, you both will find it delightful and much needed. Funds are tight this week, so make sure you share the expense of social snacks.

failed relationships, learn to lighten up! Giving constant attitude to the people around you will leave you alone. Plan a get together to show your friends the lighter side of you. ily vacation soon. Continue to develop that entrepreneurial spirit, your financial ventures are soon to pay off. Don’t be afraid of over time, or taking a job with more pay, you’ll need the money!

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SGA President Austin Mehnet and Student representative Nathan Hoffnan on tour of the Student Union

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Student Union tour shows progress By Jessey Bruce Staff Writer

The more than 5,200-square-foot Student Union is “on schedule and under budget,” according to Director of Construction Chuck Coderko. Fifty percent of the construction is complete, and the building is scheduled to be opened in January 2018. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, a tour of the building was hosted by Chancellor Susan Koch. The workers have been able to seal the union and use heaters so that they can continue working on the interior as the weather worsens. Construction of the interior has begun with beams and electrical wiring, and also with outlines drawn in orange for where things will be put later on, such as coolers. However, the outside will remain the same sight for bystanders until the weather warms in April. Multiple offices will be moved to the Student Union once completed, including: Student Govern-

ment Association, Student Activities Committee, Student Organization Funding Association, Student Trustees, board administrators’ offices, Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, and the Office of the Chancellor. On the second floor there is a wide-open room, which has movable walls that can divide the room into five smaller rooms for events. Catering will be covered upstairs, where many events will occur. Of course, students are the main concern for the functions of the union. There will be a Starbucks on the second level. This will also include the ability for a small stage indoors and a terrace with seating outdoors. Between all of the floors, there are many areas where students can study or socialize. Socializing includes the game room, which has many outlets for game systems and televisions. There is also the potential for interactive video games. “Micro-restaurants,” as described by Coderko, will be included downstairs, replacing the food emporium

in the Public Affairs Building. Just outside of the front doors, which face the rest of campus, there will be a plaza. The plaza will extend to the already existing sidewalk and will include multiple seating areas. There will be an area where major events can occur, which could include concerts. Throughout the union there are a total of three entrances, two elevators and multiple staircases, which allow students to maneuver easily. The union will be closed after a particular time, which has yet to be decided. Students will be able access to the Student Union after hours, and will also have access to the Capitol Grille, currently located in Founders Residence Hall. There will be a considerable amount of security inside and outside of the Student Union, covering concerns for student safety. Overall, the Student Union is for students, but Koch also said it also will be “available for the community.”

19th annual Career Connections Expo provides great career opportunities By Aeriel Storey

Assistant Editor for Features

The 19th annual UIS Career Connections Expo will take place this Thursday, Feb. 16, from 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. in TRAC. The event provides students the opportunity to establish connections or build relationships with a variety of employers, learn about job and internship opportunities, and explore potential career paths.

The Career Connections Expo will feature a large variety of organizations, with over 120 large companies, small businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations offering internships and seasonal work, as well as both full-time and parttime employment. At this event, students can gain, test, and utilize their skills in developing professional connections in real time.

The event creates a platform to practice proper ways to act and behave in a professional manner. This direct exchange with recruiters also assists with honing skills for the interview process. This event also allows students and attendees to meet one-on-one with recruiters and learn about current or future opportunities for internships and Continued on Page 5

The second item is a service experience requirement to be fulfilled either at UIS or within the greater Springfield community. The third item introduces a “common topic/curricular component” among the LLC freshman seminars. An example of this was the LLC-specific presentation with Jane Elliott last semester. “That’s something [LLCs] did all together,” said Dara Abina, the student success coach and coordinator for STARS. “It was a session just for LLCs … so it does bridge this gap. “It just brings some type of cohesiveness for everyone.” And cohesiveness is something many students in the residence halls look for. Yuli Salgado, a Leadership for Life student, said, “I do feel the divide [between halls]. I feel like I don’t get a chance to interact with other students.” Another student living in LRH, Lindsay Harris, shares Salgado’s concern. “I feel like I don’t know anyone from Founders because there isn’t interaction, unless you go to the grill,” she said. Dochterman noted that students from both residence halls feel the divide, though from different avenues. Students in Founders often feel that they lack the resources that students in Lincoln receive, while students in Lincoln tend to feel like they’re missing out on the diversity of campus. Other students, however, don’t feel the same. Fady Karim, a Founders resident, said that he doesn’t “feel a divide” because he visits Lincoln “all the time.” Lindsey Storm, another Founders resident, feels the same, though she said she could “see how others might [feel a divide].” When asked about how the university could better diversify housing, Karim said, “I don’t feel like the university needs to do anything with the current situation.” However, the university is pushing forward. The committee developed a step-by-step plan to “reconfigure the placements” of LLCs, according to Ringle. In the academic year 20172018, STARS will be moved into Lincoln, while Leadership for Life traditional freshmen

and one mentor are moved in Founders. Additionally, Abina will become a “formal administrative/ advising presence” in Lincoln for STARS students. By the academic year 20182019, the goal is to have one freshman residence hall and one sophomore residence hall. Lincoln is intended to be the freshman hall, while Founders is intended to be the sophomore hall. Harris said, “I wouldn’t be opposed to it, because you get to know your classmates better. I feel as though I’m restricted to the people within my hall.” On the other hand, Karim said, “We need the upper classmen to help us, especially the first semester.” However, committee members believe the transition will benefit students in the long run. “I think anytime there’s change there’s going to be some resistance,” said Sweeting-Trotter. “I think change is difficult. But I also think that we have a lot of very enthusiastic studentcentered professionals, who are ready and willing to help students adjust to that change.” “Our goal is absolutely to build community in both of those groups,” she continued. “However, we recognize that freshmen and sophomores have different needs for support.” Examples of those differences includes increasing freshman engagement on campus, or helping sophomore students’ transition into their majors. “Students are a pretty resilient lot,” Ringle said. “Yes, it may be an initial challenge … but I have a lot of faith in students that they’re pretty adaptable.” Ringle continued, “The flipside of worry is opportunity. This is an opportunity for them … to perhaps learn something from someone they otherwise wouldn’t have had a reason to associate with.” However, Dochterman noted that students also have responsibility in these endeavors. “We can change where people live,” he said. “We can change the resources available to people, but the students also have a responsibility to take advantage of them and use them to their fullest.”


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The reality of white privilege

By Erik Thulien Columnist

After Donald Trump was elected, many people of color, people in the LGBTQ community, etc. expressed their fear of his presidency. But instead of expressing compassion for those who felt marginalized by Trump’s election, many chose to tell those frightened individuals that they had no right to be afraid. Of course, these are the same people who passionately deny any existence of privilege. They’ll call anyone fighting for better treatment of people of color “snowflakes,”

but the moment you even mention the word privilege, they have to fight back tears of rage while they choke out half-arguments. They’ll say that if white privilege exists, then how come there are so many white people who struggle? Of course that’s like denying that tortoises have longer life expectancies than giraffes because some tortoises die before giraffes do. But the fact is, white privilege is real whether you are willing to admit it or not. About 46 percent of young black children live in poverty, compared to 15 percent of young white children according to research by the Economic Policy Institute. According to research done by the National Center for Children in Poverty, children who are exposed to poverty are extremely likely to remain poor as adults, as a result of lack of resources,

Sexism in defense of racism By Cole Moriarty Columnist

Look, Jeff Sessions was the Senator from the great state of Alabama. He’s also pretty old. If you didn’t know anything else about the man, you could infer that he grew up during a time of widespread and institutional racial oppression and suppression. As United States Attorney for the state of Alabama, he prosecuted three black organizers working to get out the vote for allegedly tampering with 14 votes. Fourteen votes. I’m not saying that the man is racist. I’m merely heavily implying it. It was not an accident that the two Obama Attorneys General were Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, both black. It is not a coincidence that the Department of Justice under Obama investigated police departments across the country for discrimination against African-Americans in nearly every aspect of everyday policing, and in the use of deadly force. It is not an accident that Jeff Sessions is Attorney General now. I want to take a moment here to note that the Department of Justice was formed in 1870 to combat the Ku Klux Klan.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, of the great state of Massachusetts, wasn’t super thrilled about this guy taking over the sole government agency devoted to ensuring equal protection under the law. During the night, she decided to note the objections of Coretta Scott King at the prospect of Jeff Session’s nomination to be a federal judge because of a history of action with the result of suppressing the votes of African-Americans. Coretta Scott King is the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King.She has some credibility. But, the senator from the great state of Kentucky, majority leader Mitch McConnell, is also old, and also from a state that isn’t awesome about equal protections for minorities. Again, heavily implying. Rule 19 forbids a senator from imputing conduct by a fellow senator as being unworthy of a U.S. senator. I mean, come on. They banned Sen. Warren from speaking on the floor of the senate because she read the words of Coretta Scott King, and also former Sen. Ted Kennedy. Important note: Sen. Ted Cruz once called Sen. Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, a liar. He called him a liar, and he did so on the floor of the Senate. I mean, come on. They can’t even keep their sexism subtle, can they?

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the tendency of schools in poor areas to be underfunded, etc. Research done by Bhashkar Mazumder, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve of Chicago, found a correlation coefficient of 0.6 when it comes to intergenerational mobility. This means that growing up in poverty, or the

earnings of your parents, are strongly correlated with your own earnings as an adult. Through this data you can see a cycle that perpetuates itself, as black people are far more likely to grow up in poverty, then live in poverty as adults, which in turn will mean their children will grow up in poverty.

And this issue isn’t just economic. You are far less likely to be arrested or jailed if you are white. Black people make up just 13 percent of the population, yet they make up almost 28 percent of arrests, compared to white people who make up about 77 percent of the population but 69 percent of arrests, according to FBI data. According to the 2010 census, black people made up 40 percent of the total incarcerated population, while white people make up just 39 percent. White privilege isn’t some issue of competing opinions. Its an issue of those who have a nuanced understanding of the perpetual cycles and systemic issues related to race in the United States, and those who choose to deny it. It isn’t an issue of entitled brats who think we should all get a participation trophy, but rather an issue that we can take social and political measures to address.


Villeneuve’s ‘Arrival’ is simultaneously smart sci-fi and emotionally impactful By Sean Flamand Copy Editor/ Movie Reviewer

When you watch a lot of movies, you start to develop a stock reaction to a lot of what you see. For me, it’s “It was fine.” Movies that are “fine” are enjoyable enough for me, but offer little reason to watch them again. “Arrival,” though, is as affecting as it is surprising, and demanded to be watched multiple times. It’s smartly written, wellacted sci-fi that manages to blindside viewers without betraying them, its turning point hinging on everything we see earlier in the movie. Based on a piece of short fiction by Ted Chiang (“Story of Your Life”), the film follows linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who is called upon to attempt to communicate with aliens that have landed in several countries, motives unknown. The nations in which the aliens have arrived cooperate about as well as you’d expect, and things head south at the first sign of trouble – which is only inevitable when trying to communicate with an

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alien race whose language everyone is learning from scratch. Its science fiction elements are superb. The aliens (“heptapods”) are not humanoid and are genuinely not of this world – they almost glide on their seven tentacled limbs, and they have no obvious facial features. Their language is unique as well, both from a layman’s perspective and a linguistic one, adding further depth to the events the film constructs. Cinematically, “Arrival” is most successful in the care it takes to craft its atmosphere. Perhaps the most breath-

taking scene is when we finally see the towering, monolithic spacecraft hovering over the rolling grasslands of Montana. This scene draws power from its panoramic cinematography and the fact that viewers are seeing this spaceship for the first time along with Louise. The slow buildup to finally seeing the heptapods is constructed in this manner as well, as we’re shown every bit of the journey from helicopter, to military encampment, to, finally, the disorienting, multi-directional gravity of the spacecraft. The film’s potential stumbling blocks are essentially dealt with, too. I initially felt the opening was overwhelmingly sentimental, but the later payoff lends it incredible weight – watching the film a second time makes the first scene positively chilling. Adams’ acting is vital in selling this emotion, and it’s criminal that her captivating performance wasn’t recognized with an Oscar nomination. Opposite her as theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly is Continued on Page 5

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croaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” The study was conducted, in part, to follow up on anecdotal reports from black and Latino students of experiencing racial microaggressions on campus. The study, which was conducted during a four-week period in spring 2015, evaluated the survey responses of 277 UIS students who take at least one on-campus course, including “168 students who self-identified as Black, 68 students who self-identified as Latino/a, and 33 [students] who self-identified as White/non-Hispanic.” The descriptive data gleaned from the survey responses confirm the anecdotal reports of black and Latino students who have reported experiencing racial microaggressions on the UIS campus and in the surrounding community. UIS students submitted several accounts that describe their experiences of racial microaggressions on the UIS campus. One person recalled, “[An] incident occurred on campus in the bookstore. I was in a rush and didn’t take my book bag off when I walked in, so one of the workers told me I had to take my book bag off and I said okay. I took it off and went to put it outside on the shelf for belongings. “I walked back in to see that another student, who was white, still had his on, and she didn’t say anything to him about his book bag.” Another student said, “Often people make statements such as being glad that I don’t act like a black person or even imply that it is a good thing that I ‘act white.’ … Often people imply that I ‘act white’ and implicitly associate positive traits with white people (such as politeness, proper grammar, and intelligence) whole associating negative traits with black people (personally this annoys me the most). A different student noted,

“Due to my knowledge and ability to communicate effectively people refer to me as a white Mexican. I am never an American, I am a Mexican.” Another student recalled a police officer walking into a poetry slam event and saying, “What is this – black night?” These are only a select few of the various UIS-specific stories submitted. There were very few reports of overt racism in the campus community. Although the overwhelming majority of survey respondents reported experiencing racial microaggressions on the UIS campus, several students submitted reports stating they have not experienced racial microaggressions at the university. Referencing the research of Derald Wing Sue, a leading scholar on microaggressions, McChesney outlined several of the effects of racial microaggressions in a university setting. “The more microaggressions students experience, the worse students [perform] at a predominantly white institution in comparison to how they could have done if they were African-American and went to a [Historically Black College or University] or if they were Latino/Latina and went to a predominantly Hispanic-serving institution,” said McChesney. Sonia Hernandez, a UIS student who collaborated with UIUC student Fabian

Ramos in researching and creating a presentation educating fellow students about microaggressions, shared her thoughts about racial microaggressions. “Microaggressions stem from ignorance – ignorance concerning differences in race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, disability, and any other characteristic that distinguishes one group from another. “It is important to know that the perpetrator mostly always never means harm by doing these verbal and nonverbal acts,” wrote Hernandez. Hernandez, who works as a resident assistant on campus, urges members of the UIS community to engage in dialogues regarding racial microaggressions. “It is important to educate and have conversations regarding microaggressions. … We must bring this out to the surface and pay closer attention to what we say and what is being said. Faculty, staff, and students may all be guilty of microaggressions. “In order to educate, we must be educated and spread this awareness amongst our fellow classmates and coworkers. “It is only with knowledge and the power to speak and the humility to listen that we will make this world, this town and most important, our UIS campus, a better place,” wrote Hernandez. McChesney will be conducting a similar survey,

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the second film I’ve seen from director Denis Villeneuve, but between it and “Sicario” (2015), another truly memorable moviegoing experience, he’s catapulted himself into mustsee territory. “Arrival,” rated PG-13, is now available in Digital HD or on DVD/Blu-ray. Like my reviews? Give me a shout on Twitter at @ MovieMuseSean.

Jeremy Renner, who does well enough in holding up his side of the acting bargain. “Arrival” does run into some paradoxical issues that can’t be fully explained without spoilers, but it should at least be noted that this is because the film doesn’t take the same fatalistic worldview as its source material – and, of course, the purpose of the genre is to root itself in science but stretch and break those boundaries. Overall, “Arrival” is both smart and well-acted, and firmly grounded in genuine emotion that plays off of its more heady and scientific elements. It’s just

titled the “Spring 2017 Experience of Microaggressions Survey,” which will research the experiences of black, Asian-American, white, Latino, and international students on the UIS campus. Students are encouraged to participate in the survey to shed light on their experiences both on the UIS campus and in the surrounding community. Those who would like to access additional information about microaggressions can do so via the following link: http://www.

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jobs. Students not interested in immediate employment can talk to recruiters from various organizations and industries to discuss what sort of skill sets and qualifications are required for specific opportunities to determine future career choices. Angela Evans, a career counselor, advises students to prepare in advance for this great op-

portunity. This includes creating an elevator pitch, researching organizations, and bringing in finished resumes or portfolios. She advises students to “dress, talk, and behave professionally to make a winning first impression.” Students are encouraged to review and utilize the various career services and resources available through the Career Development Center. The Career Development Center offers drop-in hours every Tuesday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. and every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist students in brushing up on their resume and professional skills. The expo expects to be even more successful than last year, projecting more than 400 individuals to be in attendance. This has all been made possible by the hard work and efforts put together by the staff at UIS and Lincoln Land Community College, as well as Employer Advantage Partner Sponsors including College Pro, MSF&W Consulting, Inc., OSF Healthcare System, and Wise Equation Solutions Inc. To view more details about the Career Connections Expo and see a full list of employers that will be attending the event, visit career/students/events/ career-fairs/careerconnectionsexpo/

Apply for Housing for the 2017-2018 Academic Year! The Housing application/contract goes live on our website:

February 1st at 4pm

The Housing application/contract for Specialty/ Themed Housing

Due: February 22nd

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der was brought by the state of Washington and joined by the state of Minnesota on the basis of “irreparable harm” to the citizens of those states. The panel explained that in order to bring a lawsuit, a plaintiff must have “standing,” which is a clear harm to that plaintiff. The states of Washington and Minnesota are claiming they have standing because of harm to their businesses and universities from the prevention of employees and students from entering the country. The lawsuit was brought before a federal judge who ordered a judicial stay, which is being appealed to a higher federal court, and which might be appealed to the Supreme Court. The claim that the seven nations listed in Trump’s executive order – Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran – were selected because of a list established by Obama in 2015 was, according to the panel, a false equivalency that misrepresented the policy under the Obama administration. As they explained, the list was first created as a modification of the visa waiver policy. The U.S. established agreements with several dozen nations to allow citizens of those nations entrance to the US without a visa. In the case of 2015, citizens of those nations who had visited the listed countries since 2011 would not have the visa requirement waived. The distinction between

the Obama policy and the Trump policy is that the Obama policy did not specifically apply to citizens of the listed nations, but rather to citizens of nations with a visa waiver agreement (such as the U.K. and Canada) who had visited those nations, requiring them to go through the standard process. On the issue of the constitutionality of the order, the panel mentioned that the order may violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, regarding the establishment of religion, due to a section of the order referencing priority for a religious minority, as well as Trump’s comments regarding a preference for Christian refugees over Muslim refugees. It may also violate the Fifth Amendment’s right to due process, which mandates that individuals have a legally established process that ensures respect for their rights when threatened with a government action against them. Further, it may also violate the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection clause, which mandates that all individuals be given equal respect for their rights. The panel noted that these possible violations are unanswered and will be litigated by the courts. They also noted that constitutional protections apply to any individual on U.S. soil, but it is unclear as to whether it applies to those engaging with the U.S. government on foreign soil, though this protection is established for U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders).

Students ‘Seize the Power’ at Black History Month event By Michael Agbabiaka Staff Writer

Last Wednesday, the Diversity Center hosted an event aimed at instructing and uniting the UIS community. The night, which featured a presentation from Donard Haggins, was aimed at educating students about breaking cycles of poverty and navigating foreign spaces comfortably. The event was co-sponsored by the Black Male Collegiate Society, the Black Student Union, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Multicultural Male Society, Sigma Lamda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., and the African Student Association. Haggins, formerly an estate lawyer, gave advice and answered questions on how to network successfully and how to pass wealth from generation to generation. This included discussions of establishing a trust, how to appear presentable, ways to stay knowledgeable about current events, and techniques to break into new social groups. Haggins also gave advice on how to save money while living in college.

Malayzja Anderson, a graduate assistant in the Diversity Center, said that the inspiration for the event was empowering people, especially those in the black community. “A lot of times when we think of power, we think of force and action… but power is in unity, it’s in navigation, it’s in saving and investing,” Anderson said. “I learned about … how to support myself in the future one day,” said UIS senior Adam Tomaszewski. Tomaszewski added that he enjoys when speakers come to UIS.

“I really enjoy that all of us come together as a campus. You see faces that you might not see normally.” While the event was held as a part of the Diversity Center’s Black History Month programming, Anderson stressed all students were welcome to attend. “It’s important to get an array of students out, not just students of color,” she said. The Diversity Center will continue its Black History Month programming with the Etiquette Dinner coming Friday, Feb. 17.

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SPORTS Athlete Profile: UIS sophomore Lexi Yoggerst

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By Zach Lebovitz Senior Sports Reporter

Many students have probably seen Alexis “Lexi” Yoggerst walking, or running, around campus. Tall, blonde, and with a positive personality, Yoggerst is a sophomore communications major here at UIS. And when she isn’t hitting the books, she’s running. Lexi is a an athlete for the women’s track and field team. The Riverton, Illinois native is the daughter of Don and Deborah Yoggerst, who are in sales, graphic design, and photography. Lexi has two siblings: one older brother, Zach, who is 22 and graduated from Illinois College in May; and one younger brother, Spencer, who will be

15 this month and attends Riverton High School. Yoggerst started running in sixth grade and never stopped. She was ranked number one in Illinois going into state finals when she was in eighth grade. She still holds two records at Riverton Middle School, and she was given the Coach’s Award from head coach Mike DeWitt at the athletic awards ceremony last year. While the awards are nice, Yoggerst’s times speak for themselves. She runs in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 4x200 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay, and the distance medley relay. Some of her best scores are as follows: 400 meters, 60.7 seconds; 800 meters, 2:24

Alexis “Lexi” Yoggerst Photo Courtesy of UIS Athletics

minutes; 4x400 meter relay, averaging 4:24 minutes; and distance medley relay, 12:57 minutes. Yoggerst said, “I didn’t think I wanted to run in college, but after visiting UIS and meeting Coach DeWitt, I changed my mind. Honestly, Coach DeWitt made me

want to continue running. He encouraged me to keep my momentum going.” She continued, “Coach DeWitt is one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever met. He somehow knows what I am capable of doing and correctly predicts how I’ll do in a race. He always knows the perfect thing to do or say in any situation, even if it isn’t related to running. He and Coach [Tyler] Pence both encourage me to perform at my best, on and off the track.” Yoggerst also has great respect for her teammates. “We’ve really come together to make a great team,” she said. “Running is fun when everyone on the team works together and celebrates each other’s accomplishments

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Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 and we strive to be very competitive, run to our best ability, and always work to improve.” After UIS, Yoggerst hopes to continue to running. She intends to run 5K events and marathons with her brother Zach, who ran cross country and track at Illinois College. Professionally, she isn’t for certain now, but she knows that she wants to continue her modeling, and then either work as a television news anchor or maybe switch it up and be a personal trainer. While Yoggerst strives to do her best at all times, she also strives to “always be kind to others.” The motto she lives by is, “The biggest challenge of life is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else.”

last weekend of February, we will look to score in the top eight of the two relays and with strong races. … That will place us in 10th to 12th place of the 13 schools that do Indoor Track in the Conference.” For those interested, men’s track is not competing this Indoor Season and will have their first-ever season of track starting with the outdoor season.

UIS track and field teammates pose at a meet

UIS track and field begins its first full season By Nick Zambito

Sports Reporter/Staff Writer

New to the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the Prairie Stars women’s track and field team is taking their first full season in stride. Collegiate Indoor Track has a total of 17 Conference/ National Events, and the UIS Team competes in eight of them: the 60, 200, 400, and 800 meters, the mile, the 4 x 400, the distance medley relay, and shot put. The Stars finish ahead of about a third of the teams they compete against in the final scoring of their meets. However, when taking into account that the young team only participates in half of the events, looking at the scores of what the team does compete in, the Prairie Stars finish ahead of three-fourths of the teams they compete against.

“We are very good at what we do,” said head coach Mike DeWitt. Not only is the track and field team fairly new, so is the head coach. But as new as he may be to UIS, DeWitt is not new to success. DeWitt is an All-American who has competed in the U.S. Olympic trials five times in the 50K race walk and was on Team USA seven times, not to mention he medaled twice at the U.S. National Olympic Festivals in the 1980s. DeWitt has guided many teams to the title of conference champions a well as guiding many athletes to state championships. It should come as no surprise he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in 2000 for his coaching success. Perhaps the impact DeWitt

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can have has already been felt here at UIS. Of the 14 women on the track and field roster, two runners, Krissy Finley and Lexi Yoggerst, are ranked in the top 10 of the GLVC as well as being ranked in the top 50-100 of the NCAA. This is significant because these girls are in the top 10 percent of Division II, ranking them over a majority of the 800 athletes in those events. Finley, a junior who transferred from Greenville College after her freshman year, has not only helped win sectionals on the relay team, but has also won three individual races this winter. Finley has an outstanding 800-meter time recorded at 2:21.50, and her mile at 5:21.03. Yoggerst, who also runs relay, has won two individual races this winter as well as placing second twice. Her key event is the 400 meters, marking her best time at 1:00.70. DeWitt said, “Looking ahead to the GLVC meet the

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UIS soccer and its way forward By Avinash Badeti Sports Reporter

The men’s and the women’s soccer teams are stocking up on players for their matchups in the coming season. There has been a rapid increase in the viewership for soccer all over the country and thus teams are getting better and stronger with each passing season. The UIS Prairie Stars are no different. From finishing 15th in a table of 16 in 2015 to fighting their way into ninth in the following year, the men’s soccer team has impressed many and turned a lot of heads. Men’s soccer coach Adam Hall said, “When I came in for my first season as coach last year, we were [second to last] in the league. … We finished ninth this year, but there was only one point or one goal difference that separated us from the eighth placed team, and that is the last spot to make the playoffs.” “We turned things around and I think we had a 30-goal differential, we scored more and conceded a lot less.” When asked about the new recruits for the men’s soccer team, Hall said, “We’ve lost some tight games at the end, so this year we are looking at

some good quality so we can finish the games well.” The new recruits for the men’s soccer team are Steven Albers, Harrison Dover, Adrian Ortega, Alex Zarco, and Ahmadou Ndiaye. A few other players have yet to sign a contract. Hall said, “Zachary Allevi scored 12 goals this year and he was our main striker, and we’ve had some seniors like Alejandro Inostroza from Chile, Mac Leverenz, Dylan Stockman, Kanye Sayon, three of whom are forwards and two of them are center-midfield. These players almost never missed a game and were pivotal for the team. Then we also had a senior, Nathan Berillo; we had a large squad this year and we have a lot of guys to replace.”

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The new signings are as follows for the men’s soccer team: Steven Albers, a forward, is from Jacksonville High in Jacksonville, Illinois. He set the school records for career and single-season goals, accumulating 73 goals in total and 24 assists in four seasons at Jacksonville. Harrison Dover is a defender from Rochester, Michigan and is set to become a key member in the backline. “He is unfortunately coming off an ACL injury, but we see great potential and know he will be a great fit for this team,” Hall said. Adrian Ortega, from Chicago, played for the Chicago Fire Academy as a midfielder and was named to the MLS AllStar team. Hall said, “[Ortega]

is a crafty player that I noticed while out recruiting when he was with the Chicago Fire [Developmental Academy].” Alex Zarco, a midfielder, is from Champaign, Illinois and has played for two years at Parkland Community College. Ahmadou Ndiaye is a midfielder from Moline, Illinois with a tally of 18 goals, seven assists, and 43 points across four years in high school. “All recruits that we are bringing in have a lot in them to be game changers. They have the skill set, we watched them, we’ve had them on campus, we liked their personality, and they’re also hardworking,” said Hall. The men’s soccer team is one of the biggest squads at UIS, with 30 players. Hall said, “One of the reasons that I like to have a [30-player] squad is that there will be good competition among players which will help them rise to the occasion. As long as they have the right work ethic we like to give them a chance.” “Soccer is getting popular, so lots of new talents are coming up the ranks,” Hall added. When asked to talk about last season, the newly appointed women’s soccer head coach Erin Egolf said, “I think last season was a step in the right

direction for us. We set a couple of different records, we had our most wins in a season ever.” “In the last few games of the season we thought we were almost there but we didn’t quite make it. Still work to do, lot of good things but still room to grow.” Egolf added, “We had 20 girls return from our roster of 24 this fall, which is great, so we’re looking to add four to six players to make an impact right away.” The women’s soccer team has recruited two players so far, namely Meghan Delaney and Taylor Parriott. Egolf said, “They are going to add a different dynamic to our attack and I am thrilled with how the rest of our 2017 class is shaping up”. Meghan Delaney is from Sauget, Illinois and plays as a forward. She has totaled 17 goals, nine assists, and 43 points in three seasons. Taylor Parriott plays as a midfielder and is a Springfield native. She has totaled 28 goals and 30 assists in two seasons. “Recruiting is a 365-day jog and we’re always recruiting,” said Egolf. “Our first game is on August 18th, and right now the girls are doing strength and conditioning. I’m always optimistic, I think we have a good shot to make the top eight this season.”

Dodgeball club provides stress relief and fun for UIS students By Aeriel Storey

ball has implemented a noThe games and team seblocking rule, which elimi- lection go by fairly quickly, Assistant Editor for Features Students are invited to en- nates an individual that so the outcome of the game joy a good, old-fashioned game of dodgeball at the Student Life Building (SLB) gymnasium. This is a great way to meet new people in a fun and exciting environment, while also being able to relieve the weeklong stresses of class and coursework. Dodgeball games take place every Tuesday from 9-11 p.m. and Thursday Photo by Megan Swett from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Visitors Students at the court are welcome to join in at any time and may leave when- blocks another ball with is never a serious issue, their held ball. This rule is keeping the games fun and ever they like. The dodgeball games are the main significant change friendly, yet still competiorganized by randomly se- from the old-school game tive. Everyone is encouraged to lecting individuals to be on that everyone knows and join, even for just one game. each team. The games are loves. The games are fast-paced Dodgeball can benefit parplayed according to most of the regular rules of dodge- and no-holds-barred, mak- ticipants in various ways, ball, such as playing until ing for a great environment including improving physithe last person is eliminated for some friendly competi- cal fitness by increasing and eliminating opposing tion with fellow campus stu- stamina and enhancing coordination; it is also a great players while simultaneous- dents. Once a game has ended, a way to do cardio without the ly bringing in teammates by catching opponents’ throws. new game begins, and teams mundane task of running on However, UIS Dodge- are occasionally changed a treadmill. throughout the night. It also offers a great way to

meet new people and gain many new friends. The organization is inclusive of everyone, bringing together people across different campuses, majors, and more. There are no commitments to joining the club, and any individual of any skill level may participate without feeling self-conscious, making it a great way to get involved on campus. Cameron Seibert, a junior at UIS, encourages others to participate, stating “Dodgeball is great, fun, and relaxing. It’s something to get my mind off all the schoolwork.” He continued, “I encourage everyone to try it. Bring some friends, and have some fun!” For those wanting to play in a more competitive fashion, UIS Dodgeball participates in tournaments two to three times a year. Such a tournament was held this year where club members played in and refereed a charity dodgeball tournament which took place at UIS.

UIS Dodgeball also competes at other colleges and universities, such as an upcoming event on Saturday, Feb. 25 at SIUE, where they hope to send two teams of six or more players to represent UIS. The club also participates in a dodgeball intramural that takes place every year. Tournaments are usually announced at the dodgeball games, where anyone who is interested may sign up. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to show up to the dodgeball games. You may also contact Jarrett Lindsay or Sean Flamand, presidents of UIS Dodgeball, at or, respectively, or visit the Facebook page UIS Dodgeball. Transparency disclosure: Sean Flamand is a staff member with The Journal. Flamand was not interviewed in relation to this story. If you want your club or organization profiled in The Journal, contact us at

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