Concerns with the Electoral College Page 6
UIS Reacts to the Election Page 5
Sangamon County Election Results Page 3
Military and Veteran Club
Volume 44, Issue 12
Prairie Stars Rout Robert Morris Page 8
November 30, 2016
UIS community reacts to election of Donald Trump By Sean Blackwell Staff Writer In the wake of the historic election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the UIS community reacted with an outpouring of contrasting emotions and concerns about the future. Leading up to the election, the prospect of a Clinton White House seemed almost certain to many of those who believed what they heard through the media, as most polls, pundits, and political prognosticators predicted a ClintonKaine victory. The democratic ticket had a 71.4 percent chance of winning the presidency, according to FiveThirtyEight. However, by 10 p.m. on election night, it was clear that Clinton’s bid to become the 45th president of the United States was in trouble. Clinton lost the battleground state of Florida, and had either lost or was behind in the Rust Belt states of Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – states which Obama won decisively in 2008 and 2012. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 9, Clinton called Trump to concede a stunning defeat, according to cbsn.com. In the days immediately following Trump’s election, many in the UIS community readily voiced their opinions about the results, while many others were restrained, seemingly shocked. On that Wednesday afternoon, an event called Democracy and Donuts was held in the Food Emporium, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. According to Director of Student Life Cynthia Thompson, the event had a three-pronged purpose: reflection, information-sharing, and reconciliation. “There are a lot of feelings, a lot of concerns and fears and frustrations resulting from the election; and this event offered a chance for people to share those in a safe
environment, and to get some feedback about the outcomes and implications,” said Thompson. Several faculty and staff spoke at the event, which ended with the president of the College Democrats at UIS, John Burns, and the president of the College Republicans at UIS, Dominic Chiappano, saying a few words before shaking hands in front of those attending. Following the event, Burns and Chiappano shared their thoughts about the significance of their public display of reconciliation. “One of the reasons why I took part in this event is that I think while we may disagree on just about every single thing, we all want the same result, which is a better America for our children and our grandchildren,” said Chiappano. Burns said, “I felt it was important to participate … because of how negative this election season was. This was a great way to show [the UIS community] that both organizations respect one another and are willing to work together.” On that Friday, Nov. 11, Student Representative to the Board of Trustees Nathan Hoffman and SGA President Austin Mehmet, shared their thoughts about the impact of the election on UIS students and the prospect of protests. “The election [will not] have any impact on SGA,” Mehmet said. “The SGA is nonpartisan. … If anything, this election is going to light a fire under our students, politically-wise. It’s going to get more students engaged in politics.” “We live in a democracy that always respects election outcomes. We live in a country that has a peaceful transition of power. We had an election. The election is over. We’re going to move forward,” said Hoffman. Several UIS students voiced concerns about the significance of the election, and how the results will be an impediment to the progress of the nation.
A portion of a flyer for the Democracy and Donuts event sponsored by the division of Student Affairs. “I feel like we’re about to undo all the progress that activist groups have made – whether it’s Black Lives Matters or the LGBT community or any minority group. We’re going to have to work so hard to get to where we are now, instead of moving on into the future,” said Austin Hudson, a UIS student majoring in chemistry. Angelina Russo, a clinical psychology major, said, “I think that our country is going to plummet pretty bad. We’re not going to take any steps forward; we’re just going to be taking a lot of steps back.” Monica Stabile, a public affairs reporting graduate student, agreed. “I think it’s a step backward in the wrong direction in history,” she said, “because having Hillary Clinton – a very qualified woman and politician lose to someone who has no political background whatsoever is kind of a slap in the face.” “Hillary is overqualified and here is a man who is not qualified, nor does he have experience. Women for years have worked for this position, and this took it backwards,” said student Aminata Bah. Dr. Tih-Fen Ting, an associate professor of environmental studies, said, “Being a female and a
minority, I think the outcome of this race is quite discouraging. I like to think we are progressing. … I can’t fathom this complete 180-degree turn.” Other members of the UIS community thought the election of Trump was a positive result. UIS student Connor Davidson said, “I think the country will be in a better state with Trump being president. I think he is not the best guy for the job … but from what we had, I think he is the better of the two. … I think he is more qualified than she is.” “When I saw the results I was super happy, but at the beginning of the election I didn’t want to vote for either of them,” said biology major Karly Losch. “I really don’t think either of them are good candidates; but I liked [Trump’s] policies more.” The concerns of many international students centered on the potential ramifications of Trump’s immigration policies. “It might affect the immigration process. When Obama was there, there were many F1 [student] visas, compared to the working visas. We may face restrictions in getting H1 [work] visas,” said Meher Mandavilli, a UIS international student majoring in computer science. Rakshmi Mohan, an interna-
tional student studying business administration, said, “It’s going to affect the outsourcing to India, and probably it’s going to affect the H1 visas, as well … If he’s going to tighten up the outsourcing of manufacturing-related jobs, probably there’s going to be some kind of hindrance.” Several faculty voiced concerns about the political ramifications of the election, summed up in the comments of Ali Nizzamuddin, a professor of political science at UIS. “I think many of the signature programs of Obama are going to disappear. Whether it be DoddFrank, whether it be the [Paris Agreement] on climate change, or even Obamacare. I think it’s going to be eviscerated,” said Nizamuddin. Trump won the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency; however, he lost the popular vote to Clinton. The Republican Party retained control of the House and the Senate, giving Trump a certain amount of political leverage for the next two years. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017. See Election Commentary Pages 4 and 5
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
This Week at UIS Wednesday
Mexican Candy Vector Marketing Fundraiser Info Table 10-1p.m., 11a.m., PAC Concourse PAC Concourse Sitting with Breath: OLAS Study Taa guided meditation bles audio session 6-8p.m., PAC 4D 12-12:45p.m., L4L Holiday SLB 15 Party Eck, Schafer, 8-10p.m., and Punke LRH Greatroom Networking Dodgeball Night 9-11p.m., SLB Gym 4-6p.m., PAC C/D
Friday Afrofusion Christmas Bunch 1-2p.m., SLB Lounge Public Health Club Meeting 3-4p.m., PAC E Late Nite 9p.m., SLB Study Hall for Majorettes 9-11p.m., PAC F
Praise Team Sunday Worship Music Practice Service 6:30p.m., 11a.m.-1p.m., LRH Greatroom LRH Greatroom Alpha Phi Alpha Catholic Mass Awareness 6p.m., PAC G Seminar Executive 7-10p.m., Council Diversity Center 8:30-10p.m., TRAC Conference Room Dancing Stars Practice 9-11p.m., TRAC MPR
The Edge 9-10p.m., SLB MPR ALPHAdemics 8:30p.m.12:30 a.m., PAC F Dodgeball 9-11p.m., SLB Gym
Preventing Radicalization in Local Communities 7-8:30p.m., BRK AUD Dodgeball 9-11p.m., SLB Gym
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Military and Veterans Club gives back to veterans and their families By Aeriel Storey Staff Writer If you have ever been an active duty member for the armed forces or have been involved with the military, you can understand the struggles that service members face every day – all for the protection of our country. A newly formed organization on campus, the UIS Military and Veterans Club, recognized these struggles and was created to provide support for service members and their families, as well as supporters of our troops. Established in the spring of 2016, the goal of the organization is to identify and assist veterans with any concerns or situations they encounter while attending UIS, and to collaborate with LLCC veterans for an easy transition to a college or university. The organization provides many outlets for veterans, families, friends, and supporters to bond and receive mentorship, as well as support to become successful as a civilian and a college student. This includes establishing a social support group, promot-
Members of The Military and Veterans Club raise an American flag on Veteran’s Day. ing spirit towards military families, integrating veterans and students into social and campus activities, and strengthening their relationship with UIS faculty, staff, and students. Within its short time on campus, the organization has also been able to provide veterans with a military-specific graduation chord that they can wear upon graduating at UIS, which was available to veterans for the first time in the spring 2016 semester and will continue throughout the years. The UIS Military and Veter-
ans Club plans to grow their organization and raise awareness of military matters by organizing projects and events throughout the year that engage the UIS community to be supportive of veterans, service members, and their families. Anyone is encouraged to join the new organization and be a defining part of its growth for the university. Members will be involved with creating events and brainstorming ideas to assist veterans and supporters of veterans with any situations or concerns within UIS. To join the UIS Military and
Photo courtesy of the Military and Veterans Club at UIS Veterans Club, interested individuals can find the organization on the UIS Connection website and request to become a member; afterwards, they will then be notified of any upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the organization or would like to receive more information, you may contact the UIS Military and Veterans Club President Ashti Dawson at adaws3@uis. edu. Want your club or organization profiled? Email us at email@example.com with your club’s name and primary contact!
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Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) You will encounter a little bit of bad luck
Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Conflict may seem like an inevitability
Aries (March 21 – April 19) You’ll be in desperate need of a break
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) You may feel the urge to spend a little
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) When studying this week an idea will
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Remember to take care of yourself this
Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) An illness may strike this week and pre-
Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) A friend may seem a little down this week
vent you from concentrating fully on your exams. Be sure to drink plenty of orange juice and avoid people who are obviously sick in order to make it through exams before illness strikes!
due to the fact that they won’t be able to spend time with their family for the holidays. Try to include them and cheer them up! This will mean the world to them and help strengthen your friendship.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) You’ve been looking forward to winter break
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) Trying to limit your cookie intake this
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Try to avoid talking about politics this
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Someone may try to manipulate you
this week, however, it will pale in comparison to the good luck you will experience at the end of the week!
this week, however, you aren’t finished quite yet. Resist the temptation to start break early and forgo studying for any finals. You may just find yourself unprepared and lady luck may not be in the mood to help you out!
come to you that could help you save a lot of money going into the new year. Work on implementing this idea as soon as possible!
for a while now but now that it’s almost here you’re worried you might not be ready for it. Sometimes getting ready for the holidays can be stressful. Don’t worry! Everything will turn out fine! Focus instead on the fun you’ll have! week with your family. A controversial topic may lead to an awkard holiday experience for you and your family!
this holiday season, however, you can prevent a large majority of fireworks by planning a fun activity with your family this week. You will be ready to change the subject and talk about the fun everyone had instead! extra on your loved ones this holiday season. This is fine, however, be careful not to add too many people to your list! If you stray too far outside of your budget you’ll need to use the gifts you receive to pay your bills! week. A good meal and a little extra sleep may mean the difference between passing and failing an exam!
holiday season will prove futile and only serve to dampen your holiday spirit. Enjoy yourself for now and work on your diet next year when most of the temptation will be gone! this week! They may try to guilt you into something that you’re not entirely confortable with. Make an objective decision without worrying about their reaction. This person likely doesn’t have your best interests at heart anyway.
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2016 general election results for Sangamon County By Jeff Burnett Staff Writer In the 2016 general election cycle, Sangamon County had a slight increase of 4.5 percent in voter turnout or 99,402 (72.92 percent) of registered voters casting ballots at the polls compared to the 2012 election with only 95,156 (71.74 percent) registered voters participating. The number of registered voters in the county also had a substantial increase of 2.8 percent with 136,312 registered voters this election cycle compared to 2012 with 132,634 registered voters. All numbers are the results for Sangamon County. Statewide Races: The constitutional amendment on the ballot proposed that all revenue generated from transportation related taxes and fees, commonly referred to as “transportation funds,” including motor fuel taxes, vehicle registration, and other fees for highways and roadways, would be exclusively used for transportation purposes. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROPOSAL: Yes . . . 63,947 (77.37 percent) No. . . . 18,701 (22.63 percent) Total . . . 82,648 Over Votes . . . 29 Under Votes . . . 16,669 The presidential election became one of the most heated races between two major party candidates. Republican nominee and businessman Donald J. Trump trailed behind Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the polls for most of the election. Trump won the 270 Electoral College votes needed to gain the presidency, while Clinton won the popular vote, and became the fifth presidential contender in election history to win the popular vote, but not the Electoral College. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is currently leading recount efforts in the traditionally blue states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, which Trump won. In each state Trump beat Clinton by less than 100,000 votes. PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: Hillary Rodham Clinton (DEM) . . . 40,731 (41.55
percent) Donald J. Trump (REP) . . . 49,823 (50.83 percent) Gary Johnson (LIB) . . . 4,484 (4.57 percent) Jill Stein (GRE). . . . 1,434 (1.46) Total . . . 98,027 Over Votes . . . 72 Under Votes . . . 1,303 Incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk squared off against 8th congressional district Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) for the U.S. Senate. Kirk trailed Duckworth by 8 points in the polls leading up to election night. Commentators considered his seat to be the most vulnerable. Duckworth carried the state by a 14 percent margin. UNITED STATES SENATOR: Tammy Duckworth (DEM) . . . 39,760 (41.00 percent) Mark Steven Kirk (REP) . . . 51,698 (53.31 percent) Kenton McMillen (LIB) . . . 3,405 (3.51 percent) Scott Summers (GRE) . . . 1,973 (2.03 percent) Total . . . 96,980 Over Votes . . . 55 Under Votes . . . 2,367 Republican Incumbent Leslie Geissler Munger faced Democratic challenger and City Clerk of Chicago Susana Mendoza in the comptroller race. Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed Munger to the position in 2015 after Judy Baar Topinka passed away while in office. Mendoza won the state by a 4.1 percent margin. COMPTROLLER: Susana Mendoza (DEM). . . 37,486 (38.81 percent) Leslie Geissler Munger (REP) . . . 54,699 (56.63 percent) Claire Ball (LIB). . . . 2,594 (2.69 percent)
Tim Curtin (GRE) . . . 1,805 (1.87 percent) Total . . . 96,584 Over Votes . . . 41 Under Votes . . . 2,721 Local Races: REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS: 13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Mark D. Wicklund (DEM) . . . 17,370 (42.02 percent) Rodney Davis (REP) . . . 23,887 (57.78 percent) Total . . . 41,340 Over Votes . . . 36 Under Votes . . . 1,512 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Junius Rodriguez (DEM) . . . 15,354 (28.03 percent) Darin LaHood (REP) . . . 39,358 (71.86 percent) Total . . . 54,768 Over Votes . . . 20 Under Votes . . . 1,726 STATE SENATOR: 44TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT Bill Brady (REP) . . . 18,852 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 18,852 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 4,478 50TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
William “Sam” McCann (REP). . . 47,767 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 47,767 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 12,789 REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: 87TH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT Tim Butler (REP) . . . 18,282 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 18,282 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 5,048 96TH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT Sue Scherer (DEM). . . 12,075 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 12,075 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 3,385 99TH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT: Anthony “Tony” Delgiorno (DEM) . . . 22,078 (38.51 percent) Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (REP) . . . 35,255 (61.49 percent) Total . . . 57,333 Over Votes . . . 16 Under Votes . . . 3,007 100TH REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT: Christopher “C.D.” Davidsmeyer (REP) . . . 161 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . . 161 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 39 AUDITOR: Andy Goleman (REP) . . . 75,810 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 75,810 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 23,536 CIRCUIT CLERK:
YOUR SCHEDULE IS CRAMMED (AND SO ARE YOUR SINUSES.)
Donnie R. Killen (DEM) . . . 30,769 (32.46 percent) Paul Palazzolo (REP) . . . 64,026 (67.54 percent) Total . . . 94,795 Over Votes . . . 14 Under Votes . . . 4,537 CORONER: Cinda Edwards (REP) . . . 78,210 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 78,210 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 21,136 COUNTY CLERK: Don Gray (REP). . . 77,456 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 77,456 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 21,890 RECORDER: Joshua “Josh” Langfelder (DEM) . . . 74,838 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 74,838 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 24,508 STATE’S ATTORNEY: John Milhiser (REP) . . . 76,959 (100.00 percent) No Candidate . . . 0 Total . . . 76,959 Over Votes . . . 0 Under Votes . . . 22,387 JUDGE OF THE SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT: (To fill the vacancy of the Hon. Patrick W. Kelley) Rick Verticchio (DEM) . . . 33,537 (35.90 percent) Ryan Cadagin (REP) . . . 59,875 (64.10 percent) Total . . . 93,412 Over Votes . . . 21 Under Votes . . . 5,913 (To fill the vacancy of the Hon. Patrick J. Londrigan) David Reid (DEM) . . . 40,138 (42.65 percent) April Troemper (REP). . . 53,983 (57.35 percent) Total . . . 94,121 Over Votes . . . 20 Under Votes . . . 5,205
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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
Acceptance is the final stage of grief: Making peace with living in Trump’s America
By Cole Moriarty Columnist/ Staff Writer In the first hours of that Wednesday morning, when I couldn’t avoid the election results any longer, I finally saw that Donald Trump had unequivocally won the Presidency. Next, I had a panic attack. Wrestling with the implications of the election consumed me for the first few days as I tried imagine what President Trump, a man eminently unpresidential, would do with the power he had now been given by the Electoral College, what changes he might make to the American order of things, and what changes he might fail to make. It was a time grappling with the choice tens of millions of Americans had made, a rejection of the current system of political, economic, and cultural power. But then I found peace. We’re doomed, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. My go-to expletive is the only way I know to accurately describe how screwed we are; there’s something about the word’s obscenity that captures the obscenity of what is now occurring. This is going to end badly. And someday, probably not all that distantly, after the damage is done, I’ll simply stand quietly and sigh at the
A time for love
By Erik Thulien Columnist These are divisive times in America. The election of Donald Trump has brought elation to many and fear to many others. But I don’t need to comment on the election; there is nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said. Instead, I feel I must comment on family. Your Facebook feeds are probably filled with political rants, passionate arguments, and the like. Many of those
failure of American democracy to keep itself safe from harm. And we will be harmed. It’s been less than a month and already our new President-elect has signaled that almost everything he campaigned for was BS, and that instead of hiring the smartest and best, he is hiring racists and lunatics, fools and vandals. Either they are effective at eroding American freedom and prosperity with bankrupt ideology, or they are incompetent. I’m honestly not sure which is which. In the days since his victory, Trump has appointed Steve Bannon as White House chief strategist, a racist, sexist, misogynistic, antisemitic, vulgar man whose only goal in life seems to be the complete annihilation of the American political establishment. Let me say that again: He doesn’t care about America, Americans, health, jobs, economic security, security, and the American dream. The only thing he cares about is giving Democrats and Republicans a middle finger as he beats them in a power struggle. Trump has nominated Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be attorney general, the chief law enforcement officer of the nation, an office intended to protect and defend the rights, freedoms, and liberties of all Americans. Sessions, a lawyer in Alabama, was nominated to be a federal judge by President Reagan, but was denied the appointment because of his history of racism. This is a man who berated his white colleagues for tak-
ing black clients. This is a man who once said of groups fighting for equal rights for minorities – as relayed by a lawyer who had encountered him while Sessions was the U.S. attorney for Alabama – quote “trying to force civil rights down the throats of people who were trying to put problems behind them.” Sessions is a racist. And he is the man Trump has chosen to oversee the Department of Justice, the single most important governmental body in the fight for equal rights and justice for long-oppressed minorities. Google him, because it gets much, much worse. But to my mind, the thing that scares me to the point of panic is the fact that President
Trump will almost inevitably fail to address climate change. And failing to address it now, in these last few years we have left to limit the semi-apocalypse waiting for our children and grandchildren, will cost hundreds of millions of people their lives, and make billions of people refugees, poor, sick, devoid of hope that they or their children can make a better life. Let me say that again: If President Trump does not far exceed the progress of President Obama toward addressing climate change, he will be an accomplice to the killing of hundreds of millions of people in the coming century, and he will doom billions to suffering worse than we can imagine. What I fear is that when we
are old men and women, our grandchildren will come to us to ask: “Why? Why did you let this happen? Why did you let the world fall apart?” and our answer will be: “We didn’t like Hillary Clinton.” So if tens of millions of Americans want to watch the world burn, so be it. I can’t stop them, and the deed is done. We have jumped off a cliff and we find ourselves now in the moment after our feet leave the cliff and before we die at the bottom. And in this moment there is only peace, acceptance that things will get very, very bad, and that it will be a long time before we can climb back up. If we’re not dead. Rest assured, tomorrow it’ll be the biggest fight of our lives.
arguments are likely happening amongst your own family members. I’m definitely guilty of these sorts of arguments, although I try to stay out of them. Political arguments among family can cause anger, sadness, and fear. And this election, more than any others, has the potential to tear families apart. But I urge you to not let this get in the way of loving your family. You may disagree politically and socially, you may see a vote for the opposing candidate as inexcusable, but you must not let that cause a rift in your family. Your family members are no less your family now than they were when you were growing up. That uncle or aunt or cousin or sibling or parent whom you loved growing up, who was your friend, your role model, your confidant, is still that
person even though you may now have opposing political views. During the 2008 election, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was in a bit of
many suggested, the future president gave one of his most famous speeches on race in America. He talked about his experiences at the church, all of
me cringe.” The point Obama so eloquently made was that these people are a part of who he is. He cannot simply remove them from his life because of a few inappropriate things they said, as that would ignore all of the good they did for him. It would ignore the ways they shaped him into the man he is. Just as that relative helped shape you into the person you are. Yes, you may see their opinions, their vote, as inappropriate; you might even feel betrayed by what they say or do. But just as Obama’s family loves him, I assure you yours loves you more than anything in this world. More than any other time in our lives, this is a time for unity, not division. It is a time to come together and find common ground, so we can move forward. This is a time for love, not anger.
“Political arguments among family can cause anger, sadness, and fear. And this election, more than any others, has the potential to tear families apart.” hot water over remarks made by Rev. Wright, the reverend at the church Obama attended and a well-known mentor to Obama. The reverend had made public some racially charged comments, and many were justifiably outraged. How could Obama be President if he sought advice from such a man? Instead of publicly cutting ties with the reverend and switching to a new church as
the values the reverend had taught him, about citizenship, caring for the poor, etc. Obama explained, “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother, a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as anything in this world … but a woman who, on more than one occasion, has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made
UIS reacts to the presidential election Sonia Hernandez, legal studies and political science major
Eric Hadley-Ives, associate professor of social work
“The beginning of this election was a sign of hope – hope for change, hope for new policies that would help Latinos. We were hoping for equality – more equality amongst women, amongst people who for so long have been marginalized, oppressed. … Of course, now this [election] means something a lot different. Now that [Trump] won, it means getting together, and working with one another. It means fighting. I think it means remaining strong, trying to be hopeful for something better. Organizing, mobilizing our people – that’s what this election means now. Now we have to act. When [Trump] won the election, it felt unreal. It was upsetting on so many levels. I was deeply saddened to realize that a person who has targeted specific groups of people, that has been outright racist and sexist, could have won. It was extremely disappointing to see that the American people could elect such an individual. It was heartbreaking. It truly was.”
“When the Democrats portray those who voted for Trump as being racist chauvinist bigots (no doubt quite a few are), they are performing an act of silencing and shaming on voters who weren’t particularly bigoted, and mainly voted for Trump because they detest the ruling elites and the rentier class on Wall Street and the free trade and neoliberalism that has harmed them so badly, and thought Trump might do more against those perceived (?) enemies than Clinton would. Calling Trump’s victory a victory for fascism or racism or xenophobia is only a half-truth, and the non-ideological Trumpvoters who aren’t supporters of fascism, racism, or sexism who hear this complaint are more likely to respond with hostility and deepening suspicion toward liberals than they are to feel shame or regret for voting for Trump (at least for now).”
Jasmine Griggley, sociology/ anthropology major “I feel like it’s time for us to really tune in to our politics. As young people, we can no longer ignore what’s going on. … We need to stop with this division. We need to acknowledge that there is a division. We come to college to be a part of a diverse community. And we all are here; and, yet, we all are separate. That doesn’t make sense. It’s hard for us to engage each other, especially when you don’t have the knowledge. … If you come here to be a part of the community, and you don’t want to understand the people around you, then you are creating the problem.”
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Ali Nizamuddin, associate professor of political science “I think racial tensions are going to be exacerbated in this country. Not just because of what he says, but because of the responses it amasses … So when he says very divisive things – whether it be against Muslims, against Mexicans, against minorities – he’s cheered by the thousands; and those are the people that scare us the most, not him. He’s not going to go out and burn a cross. When he says certain things, those tensions become fueled; those feelings of supremacy and superiority come to the fore.”
Ty Dooley, assistant professor of public administration “A majority of people did not vote for Donald Trump. A majority of people supported Hillary Clinton. … We live in a rational society that, for the most part, advances the cause of justice. It oscillates, but the net bent of our history is to advance the cause of justice. This is a speed bump in the grand scheme of our nation. So, that’s the silver lining that you can take out of this historic election.”
Richard Richard Stokes, Gilman-Opalsky, instructor of associate biology professor of “People are in bad situations in a lot of places; and people political science don’t want to take personal “What you had here in the Rust Belt, and also across the country, is an unpublicized, unspoken deeper support that could be expressed at the ballot box, but wasn’t expressed very publicly or vocally. … What it shows us is that political scientists and the media and the whole polling industry is, in many ways, so deeply flawed in ways it doesn’t want to admit. … The fact is, this is a poor way of studying politics. It’s unreliable. The algorithms are not as good as they claim to be. … It also means that the country is deeply resistant. Deep down in the bone marrow of the country and the culture, there’s a lot of racism, there’s a lot of sexism, there’s a lot of white supremacy, which does not speak out loud in the same old ways, but it did speak out at the polls.”
responsibility for their situation oftentimes. And that doesn’t matter whether you’re a poor middle-class white person, or an inner-city black youth. People like to blame other people. And so when somebody comes along and says ‘Look, we’re going to blame this group over here for everything bad that has ever happened to you,’ people vote for them. People rush to them. And that’s what [Trump] did; he gave people somebody to blame. It wasn’t the right thing to do, but it worked for him. It doesn’t mean some of the things he says aren’t true. But, ultimately, I think Donald Trump is more of an opportunist than anything else. I don’t think he’s a conservative. I don’t think he’s liberal. I think he’s more interested in making Donald Trump great.”
International students’ holiday activities
What does “Home for the Holidays” mean for them By Sean Blackwell Staff Writer Hailing from some 27 nations and comprising approximately one-fifth of the 5,000-strong UIS community, many of UIS’s international students are being introduced to Western festivities for the first time during this holiday season, while also venturing out to explore strange lands or returning to their homelands to share their experiences with their families. While for many international students the holiday season will simply mean a long-awaited relief from the rigors of academia, for many others the holiday season presents an opportunity to take part in eating a Thanksgiving meal with a fellow student or a faculty member, unwrapping gifts around a Christmas tree for the first time, or traveling to worldrenowned cities like Las Vegas or New York. At least one UIS international student, Jiabao Li, plans on exploring the United States before returning home to China to visit with his family. “For Christmas I will go to Chicago and Las Vegas to play and to go shopping. On [Christmas Day] I will return to China,” Li said. When asked why he will be traveling to several cities in the United States, Li said, “Because I just go to America, I am unfamiliar with America. I want to know American culture and increase my knowledge.” Liliana Vazquez, a UIS international student from Mexico, intends on eating a meal with a teacher before returning home to spend Christmas with her family. “We’re going to gather together at the teacher’s house, and we’re
going to have a traditional American dinner – turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie,” Vazquez said. Common amongst many of the international students on campus is the desire to take part in Black Friday, seizing an opportunity to obtain coveted items that cost much more in their home countries. “I’m going to do a lot of shopping, you know,” said Avinash Vaddi, a student from India. “On Thanksgiving, you have Black Friday. Being a computer science student and being a tech guy, I want to buy new stuff, which is cheap during Black Friday.” Christmas holiday is also celebrated in India, according to india.gov. Even though roughly four-fifths of Indians practice the Hindu religion, and less than 3 percent of Indians identify as Christian, the amount of people celebrating Christmas in India is significant, as 3 percent of the 1 billion-plus population is 30 million people. The most popular holiday in China is Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, which takes place in late January and goes into February, according to history.com. Spring Festival goes back many centuries and unites the world’s most populous country in a series of festivities that last several days. Other members of the UIS international community celebrate holidays such as Hanukkah, which is celebrated by those who practice Judaism, and Kwanzaa, which is practiced by many people of African descent. No matter the nationality, winter break will provide members of the UIS community an opportunity to recharge, and prepare for the upcoming spring semester.
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
Joy Roberts pauses to think during an interview with Jessey Bruce.
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Behind the scenes at UIS
Program and Student Advisor Joy Roberts By Jessey Bruce Staff Writer
Dr. Frank Nation, an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting, said, “Joy is like the glue that holds the whole accounting department together. She does so much stuff for all of us that we couldn’t possibly replace her.” Mariejoy “Joy” Roberts, who was born and raised in the Philippines, has been working in the accounting department at UIS since 2010. During her job interview, Roberts said to her interviewer, “I
do not need a job, I want to work. I know I’m a fast learner and can do this job well.” She was hired as office support specialist not long after, learning from scratch everything she could about the educational system in the United States, from the semester schedule to how credit hours worked. As support staff, her job included taking care of administrative needs of the department, as well as providing assistance to students and faculty. She was promoted to office manager in 2013, and was promoted again to her current position of
program/student advisor in 2015. She considers her job to be doing “anything and everything that is related to the accountancy department’s needs.” Roberts stated that most of a typical day is spent meeting with students. There are many aspects to her job, including meeting the needs of current and prospective accounting students. Roberts says her favorite part of working at UIS is the students. “No matter how busy my day gets I enjoy working and interacting with students,” she said. Shannon Manfre is currently a graduate accounting student and a graduate from the accounting undergrad program. Manfre said, “Joy’s the best! She’s incredibly helpful with scheduling and just venting to with concerns. She’s the only one I’ve gone to with scheduling questions!” During the short amount of time that Roberts has been working at the university, she has seen a number of students finish their journey at UIS and successfully continue on with their lives. “You get a sense of fulfillment,” she said, “because you know that you were a part of that [student’s] journey. It’s even sweeter and more fulfilling, when you know it didn’t come to them easily.”
Roberts finds her job very worthwhile. She said, “I was in a job before where I dreaded waking up in the morning. When you get to that point, you need to re-assess if that job is really for you. Even after six years, I still enjoy getting up and going to work. When you like what you’re doing, half the battle is won. “Not only do I enjoy it,” she continued, “I feel good when I’m able to help somebody resolve something. Regardless of what the problem or issue may be, I know how good it feels when somebody is able to help you out and offer a helping hand. It’s similar to practicing ‘The Golden Rule,’ I’ll treat others the way that I want to be treated. I get a sense of fulfillment, knowing I’ve done something good for them.” Roberts did not begin doing what she enjoyed. Even though both of her parents worked in accounting, she said, “It was not a field I considered taking in college.” When deciding on a major from an alphabetical list, she skipped all the A’s when making a choice, because she had no interest in accounting. However, looking back, Roberts said, “If I could turn back time, know what I know now in life, I would have definitely considered
an accounting degree.” Avoiding accounting, she decided on communications for her bachelor’s degree. Once she graduated, she applied for jobs within the fields of advertising and public relations, which is how she ended up in the business of operations and eventually in human resources. She stayed in human resources for close to 15 years. There are a few things that Roberts enjoys since coming to the United States. “I like the four seasons because of the different foods every time, different clothing, and different activities to do in the seasons,” she said. “It doesn’t get boring.” During the four seasons and when she is not at work, she enjoys doing activities outside. “Maybe it’s because I came from a tropical country, where we only have summer and rainy season, that’s it,” she said. “Twelve months of the year, you can do whatever you want to do outside.” Some of those activities include camping, fishing, and just spending time with her family. When the weather doesn’t allow these activities, she takes advantage of her time spent inside by watching Korean shows and Hallmark Channel original movies.
The Electoral College: Outdated or unchanging? By Jeff Burnett Staff Writer A UIS professor of political communication, Michael Cheney, believes that eliminating the Electoral College is “not likely,” despite a growing opposition to the current standard and the unprecedented levels of aggression across the country. Following the election, “AntiTrump” protests broke out across the country in major cities like Los Angeles, Portland, and Minneapolis, as well as on college campuses. “This election has set a new level of aggression and the follow up reactions,” said Cheney. “Both protests and responses to Trump’s recent appearances have been beyond past norms.” While President-elect Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by gaining the necessary 270 Electoral College votes first, he failed to win in the popular vote. Clinton currently possesses a 2 million vote lead in terms of the popular vote. In late November, Green Party nominee Jill Stein raised funds to request recounts in several states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. In each traditionally blue state, Trump leads Clinton by fewer than 100,000 votes. The Trump victory has not only caused protests, but could have state electors deviate from voting
for the “winner-take-all” candidate, and leaving some voters questioning the American political system. A petition created on Change.org, a popular site for circulating online petitions, reached 4.5 million signatures calling for electors to vote in the way of the popular vote. “[In] 14 of the states in Trump’s column, [electors] can vote for Hillary Clinton without any legal penalty if they choose,” wrote Daniel Brezenoff in the petition. “We are calling on the 149 Electors in those states to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton.” According to archives.gov, there is no federal law that requires electors to cast their vote for the candidate their state elected; but 26 states, including the District of Columbia, have party pledges and state laws that bind electors to the winning candidate and penalties for “faithless electors,” as in those who do not vote or choose to vote for the other candidate. Cheney said the 2000 general election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, which came down to the decision of Florida, had some “rumblings” about the Electoral College, but that it “never took hold” because of the Supreme Court decision. Other groups, like National Popular Vote, a leading non-partisan group started in the 2000s that opposes the Electoral College, have seen a recent increase in website traffic and support.
“The issue, I sense, will die down cent state New York in 2014. Howas things move forward,” said ever, these states are not required Cheney. “Smart minds have said to allot their electoral votes until that a movement now on the heels the 270 electoral vote goal is met. of this election is not likely to effect “Not likely to see much movechange, but rather be perceived as ment,” said Cheney. “There has not sour grapes.” been a convincing argument made National Popular Vote’s goal is on the math of these proposals.” to get enough states equaling 270 In 2008, Illinois became the third electoral college votes to enact laws state to enact a national popular on the state level where the win- vote law when then-Gov. Rod R. ner of the overall popular vote in a Blagojevich signed the act into law presidential election automatically (HB1685). Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium receives the state’s electoral votes. A constitutional amendment A Eleven states and the District passed through the House of Repof Columbia, with a total of 165 resentatives in 1969 to abolish the electoral votes, have implemented Electoral College, but the Senate “National Popular Vote Interstate filibustered the amendment, killing Compact” laws, with the most re- the bill. B
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Debate over resolution readings revived – SGA By Megan Swett Assistant Editor for News/ Copy Editor In their last meeting of fall 2016, the Student Government Association (SGA) revisited concerns about resolution 10, which was adopted on Oct. 23. The resolution amended SGA bylaws to forgo the previously established policy of reading a resolution at two different meetings before voting on its adoption. At the time of the original debate, Senator-at-Large Joe Monak posed concerns over the impact on transparency. After discussing the issue, the SGA voted to adopt the resolution, with Monak providing the only dissenting vote. In the Nov. 20 meeting, Peoria Campus Senator and Speaker of the Senate Daniel Kelly revisited these concerns in his Committee of the Whole report. “I’m going to bring this up to you,” Kelly said, motioning to SGA President Austin Mehmet. “Just kind of as a check and balance between the senators and the [executive] board, we had decided … that the senators should at least be emailed any resolution that’s going to be brought up at the [executive] board meeting to be approved for the agenda.” President Mehmet responded by clarifying the SGA’s specific procedures. “If I’m going to bring something up, it’s going to be up to everybody,” Mehmet said. “I’m not going to keep anything away from the senators.” The debate lasted for approximately 30 minutes as issues of efficiency and checks and balances were discussed by various members of the SGA. One specific concern brought up during the debate was members of the executive board writing resolutions. Traditionally, only senators write resolutions. Mehmet pointed this out, but also noted that, historically speaking, SGA senators rarely write resolutions. Mehmet said, “The sad part of it is, in the three years that I’ve been on [the SGA], if the executive board didn’t write resolutions, resolutions wouldn’t come.” Cynthia Thompson, staff
advisor to the SGA, nodded along and hummed in agreement with Mehmet’s statement. The SGA eventually tabled the debate, deciding to address the raised concerns after further discussion and consideration. The Nov. 20 meeting also saw the appointments of a new external vice president and a new senator-at-large. Edwin Robles, a junior and a political science major, and Yamundow Camara, a management information systems graduate student, received the appointments, respectively. Robles introduced himself as a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and highlighted his legislative experience, as well as his relationships within the chancellor’s office. Camara noted her leadership qualifications, including co-founding two non-profit organizations and being awarded multiple national and international leadership awards. Both appointments were unanimously approved. During the meeting it was also confirmed that the Shop24 vending machine is to be removed and replaced, and that the Department of Management Informa-
tion Systems successfully implemented the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program. Various SGA members are working alongside different departments to make the program, which helps international students complete internships vital to their degrees, a success. Another issue concerning international students was addressed by International Student Senator Wei Jin. “International students were told that they should arrive earlier for orientation week,” Jin explained, “but when they did so they were charged a fee for early arrival.” Jin brought the issue to Dr. Clarice Ford, the interim vice chancellor for Student Affairs, and made sure that international students in the future won’t face those charges. As for the students that already paid, Jin said they are working on refunding the fees “as soon as possible.” The Nov. 20 meeting was the last SGA meeting of the fall. The recording of the meeting, along with previous meetings, is available at https://www.uis.edu/ informationtechnologyservices/connect/webcasting/ webcasting-sga/.
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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
Prairie Stars rout Robert Morris in home opener
Zach Steinberg prepares to shoot a free throw against the Springfield Eagles.
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Donnelly leads attack as UIS beats Robert Morris The Prairie Stars improved to 2-1 on the season with their second straight home win, beating the Robert Morris – Springfield Eagles 100-60 on Wednesday night. Five Prairie Stars scored in double figures on the night as they reached triple digits for the fourth time since the start of last season. Both Zach Steinberg and Lijah Donnelly recorded double-doubles as Steinberg tallied 21 points and 15 rebounds, while Donnelly nearly missed a triple-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists. Transfer junior, Eddie Longmeyer had an efficient night, going 6-of-8 from the floor for 14 points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing out four assists, and picking up two steals in 30 minutes without committing a turnover. Paxton Harmon was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor including three from deep for a total of 16
points and had two assists, two rebounds and a steal. This marks the first time since November 7th, 2008 that a player has been perfect from the field with at least six field goal attempts. Along with Donnelly, Brandon Van Sant and Kaj Days each had big nights as Van Sant tallied six points, four assists, and 11 rebounds while Days poured in 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The Prairie Stars won by 40 --- which was their largest lead of the night --- and scored 62 points in the paint en route to shooting 61.9 percent from the field, setting a UIS single-game record, besting the previous mark of 60.9 percent against Rockhurst on February 7th, 2013. UIS will continue a six-game home stand on Saturday as they take on Kentucky State with tipoff set for 1 pm.
The Prairie Stars (2-1) were never challenged in their home opener as they ran away from Robert Morris – Springfield to the tune of 89-22. Three Prairie Stars scored in double-figures and 14 players scored altogether with 12 players tallying at least one assist. UIS scored the first 27 points of the game and nearly shut out the Eagles in the first quarter as they scored with 37 seconds remaining. At the half, UIS led 47-7 behind 12 points from Syerra Cunningham and four points and five rebounds from Shelbi Patterson. The Prairie Stars went on to shoot 46.1 percent from the field and grabbed 59 rebounds on the
game, their third highest total in a game in UIS history. They also dished out 28 assists on the night, which also sits as the third most in a single-game. The lead grew to as much as 67 with just over a minute to go in the final quarter. Cunningham notched her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Chasitee Shroyer and Emily Matsen each scored 11 points off the bench. Shroyer went 3-for-5 from deep while Matsen hit 5-of-7 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. UIS turned the ball over just nine times while forcing the Eagles into 25 turnovers and accumulating 16 steals. The Prairie Stars will take a
Syerra Cunningham Photo by Erica blocks a shot by Thomas Robert Morris. week off and return home on November 25th to take on Missouri Southern for a 5:30 pm tip-off.
Prairie Stars fall in shootout to Kentucky State The Prairie Stars (2-2) fell at home to Kentucky State 112-89 in the third game of a six game home-stand. Both Zach Steinberg and Vince Walker eclipsed 20 points in the loss as Steinberg recorded another double-double with ten rebounds. UIS shot 54.2 percent from the field but couldn’t hold down the Thorobreds as they connected on 63 percent of their shots. In a back-and-forth first half, UIS trailed Kentucky State 24-23 before a jumper from Eddie Longmeyer gave UIS a lead with 11:14 remaining in the half. The Thorobreds then went on a 9-0 run to take a 33-25 lead and would not trail again. UIS trailed 56-46 at the half and then surrendered 56 points in the second half as Smith led the way with 30 points for the visitors on 11-of-15 shooting. The Prairie Stars outrebounded Kentucky State 32-27 on the day
Kaj Days attempts to escape the Thorobred’s attempts to block him. and dished out 13 assists while outscoring off the bench 22-to16. Steinberg led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of13 shooting while also blocking a shot and picking up an assist. Walker totaled 21 points, five rebounds, and four assists on 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from deep. As a team, UIS hit
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8-of-17 from deep, a 47.1 percent clip. UIS will continue the homestand with Division III opponent Blackburn College on Tuesday night for a 7:30 pm tip. This will be the final tune-up before conference play begins on December 1st when UIS hosts Bellarmine University.
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