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The Springfest games have begun! See photos from the scavenger hunt p. 2

April 24, 2013

Volume 38 Issue 10

Students ‘rip the runway’ p. 8

UIS students raise awareness through

shaving heads for cancer


Photo by Terra Easley

he UIS baseball team members and coaches shaved their heads for pediatric cancer research after their games last Saturday, in which the Missouri S&T team joined in, as well. The baseball team is raising money for the Versus Cancer Foundation. See both the baseball team’s volunteer work and game story on page 10.

having a day of silence


Photo by Colten Bradford

ctivists Julio Salgado and Arianna Salgado share a laugh while answering questions in a moving “Break the Silence” event titled, “Undocuqueer: I Exist!” Day of Silence is a student-led event across the country which brings awareness to the bullying and harassment faced by LGBTQ students. This year, UIS’ LGBTQA Resource Office made it a point to message Day of Silence as not only for gay, undocumented students to be heard, but also students with disabilities and those marginalized in society. See story on page 7.

taking back the night


Photo by Terra Easley

n a strong message of hope and survival, students took to the streets and sidewalks of the UIS campus to “Take Back the Night.” Gathered at the event were students, faculty and staff from all over the campus and the community for a procession and rally to fight against sexual assault and violence, chanting, “Rape strikes one in four, we won’t take it anymore!” and “Yes means yes, no means no. However we dress. Wherever we go.” See story on page 6.

walking a mile in heels


Photo courtesy of Juanita Ortiz

yler Johnson, Cole Hedrick, Ryan McKanna, and Adam Stone pose for the camera after walking a mile in her shoes, an event educating the community about sexual assault. This event literally puts men in women’s shoes, and it mirrors what numerous women experience daily. Men of all ages came to support the cause by walking a mile in bright red high heels. See story on page 6.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Scavenger Hunt kicks off Springfest

Springfest kicked off with its first event Monday night with a Scavenger Hunt. Teams had to find many items on an extensive list before time ran out. Above left: Emily Fox and Ashley King stay behind to sort through their team’s items found during the Scavenger Hunt. Above right: Rebecca Romero helps her team develop a strategy for the Scavenger Hunt. Right: Tony Vetter finds the next item on the list for the judge who is keeping tally. Left: Regan Bruenger poses for a photo after his team completed the scavenger hunt.

Campus Senate wraps up last seating of the year By Sean Bruce News Reporter


ast Friday, the Campus Senate had their last meeting of the 2012-2013 academic year. They focused on hearing committee reports, passing the last few remaining resolutions and beginning the nomination process for leadership positions on next year’s senate. The first item of note dealt with was the Provost Report; however, Provost Lynn Pardie told the senate she had nothing to report. This opened up the possibility for senate members to ask her questions, and the resulting discussion revealed that Pardie felt a bit apprehensive about class registration for this year. Due to campus policy, any class that is under enrollment requirements by a certain date will

be cancelled. So she sought to encourage students to register for classes early to ensure that the full variety of courses is available to them. Most following items of business passed quickly without much discussion. However, the Committee on Committees’ report concerning their selections for committee appointments sparked a rather heated debate. The contention revolved around placing a non-tenured instructor on the General Education Committee. Anibal Maximilano Sanchez, an instructor for Spanish, was selected to fill an open space on the committee despite his non-tenure position. Proponents of the move pointed out the increasing involvement of foreign languages in general education, as well as the continued need to support

the foreign language program in general. Senate Chair Lynn Fisher explained that the senate had previously discussed, “varying strategies for sustaining foreign language study on campus and I remembered it as general education perfectly fit in developing that.” However, Senator John Miller felt that including instructors on important committee held a number of inherent dangers. First, in his opinion they did not have the same level of commitment to the university that a tenured faculty member might. Second, because of the differences in perceived power between a tenured professor and a non-tenure instructor, it might prove difficult for the instructor to speak their mind. John Miller went on to comment on the committee structure as a whole, citing the inclusion

of instructors on committees as problematic. As he put it, “we are starting to water down the committees too much.” Nevertheless, when the slate of committee appointments came up for vote, they passed with only two dissenting votes. Lynn Fisher then took the opportunity to address a persistent rumor concerning the University of Illinois reserve budget. A report had surfaced that listed roughly $1 billion in reserve funding for the universities, however, Fisher explained that this is actually somewhat misleading. The $1 billion is a “mythical figure,” since it is actually comprised of several allocations and budgets previously earmarked for other purposes. A large portion of this amount is actually money not yet obtained from the state, and considering the current

condition of the state budget, it is not expected to be received soon. The remainder is composed of a number of accounts and reserve for a variety of campus functions that presumably serve as a cushion in times of emergency. According to Lynn Fisher, because of this reserve money, “we have sufficient cash reserves to run the university for three months.” The last items of business handled by the 2012-2013 senate were three resolutions introduced during the previous session. All three were passed with only moderate amounts of discussion and few dissenting votes. The new Campus Senate briefly proposed a few nominations for leadership positions in the senate before moving to adjourn. They will start meeting again on May 3.

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By Sean Bruce News Reporter


ast Sunday, the Student Government Association passed Resolution 18: Supporting a Change to Course Evaluations and Addition of Withdrawal Interviews. Essentially, the legislation will provide for online course evaluations, allowing students who were unable to attend class on the day that evaluations were distributed to still express their opinions. Additionally, it allows for exit interviews for students withdrawing from courses, should they desire to do so. As noted by Senator Dane Vincent, one of the resolution’s authors, posting course evaluations online was already practiced in the computer science program. Resolution 18 would, in part, expand the scope of these practices to the rest of the university. The major changes students can expect to see would only become obvious if they missed the class period where evalua-

tions were given, or withdrew from a class. In the first instance, students will have a one-week period to sign on and fill out an anonymous evaluation through an online link. As mentioned in the resolution, “This link would be active for a set period then expire, and be used in the same week that paper copies would be given to students.” The second instance will provide students with the opportunity to explain the reasons for their withdrawal. Members of the SGA raised some concerns about the possibility of duplication. If students are provided two separate methods for filling out evaluations they might fill out both. Senator Vincent assured the SGA that, while no methods of doing so are currently in place, it should not be difficult to achieve. After a short period of discussion and statements of support from both Senator Vincent and President Ryan Bouray, the SGA moved to vote on the resolution at its first reading, and then passed it unanimously.

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got out with a suspicious vehicle at the above location. The area was checked and there was no one in the area and no visible problems. Code Blue Alarm April 20, 2013 at 2:01 a.m. at FRH A Code Blue Alarm was activated at the above location. The area was checked and there was no one in the area and no visible problems. Illegal Consumption by a Minor April 20, 2013 at 11:25 p.m. at LRH Officers were dispatched to the above location for a report of a highly intoxicated subject. CMed responded to check on the condition of the individual but medical treatment was refused. The subject was charged with illegal consumption by a minor and a report was completed. Loud Noise/Party April 21, 2013 at 2:08 a.m. at Housing Commons Officers responded to a report of a loud party and a possible altercation. Upon arrival, officers discovered the loud music was coming from the above location. There was no active altercation. Intoxicated Subject April 21, 2013 at 2:59 a.m. at Larkspur Court 911 operators received a call from an intoxicated subject on campus claiming to be lost. Officers made contact via cell phone and the subject thought they were in a car by the above location. Upon arrival, officers were unable to locate the subject. The subject was not reachable upon callback. Battery Report April 21, 2013 at 2:56 a.m. at Housing Commons While on patrol, officers noticed a large group of people arguing at the above location. While trying to disperse the crowd, officers noticed a victim had been battered. The victim was brought back to the station to file a report. A report was written. Disturbance April 21, 2013 at 5:04 a.m. at FRH Officers were dispatched to the above location on a report of a fight that just occurred. Upon arrival, officers found no such activity. A report was written. For the complete Police Beat, go to www.uisjournal. com.


niversity of Illinois Springfield Police Department reported the following calls for the period of April 15, 2013 to April 22, 2013. Accident – Hit and Run April 15, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. at B-Lot A subject came into the Police Department Building to report a hit and run accident at the above location. A report was completed. Elevator Emergency April 15, 2013 at 10:08 p.m. at PAC The elevator emergency phone was activated at the above location. Officers were dispatched to check the elevators. The elevators were all clear. Patrol Investigation April 16, 2013 at 11:40 p.m. at Sunflower Court While on patrol, an officer noticed a light on in an unoccupied apartment; the light was not on earlier. The officer checked the apartment and discovered they had been doing maintenance to the apartment and left the light on. The apartment doors were secured. Medical Report April 17, 2013 at 2:29 a.m. at FRH While on patrol, officers got out at the above location with a medical emergency. The subject was transported to the hospital via ambulance. Suspicious Vehicle April 18, 2013 at 4:17 a.m. at SASA While on patrol, officers got out at the above location with a suspicious vehicle that was occupied. The vehicle and subjects were checked by officers and released. Drug Law Violation April 18, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. at LRH An officer was dispatched to the above location for a report of a drug law violation. Upon arrival, the officer could smell marijuana in the area but was unable to locate the violators. A report was completed. Drug Law Violation April 19, 2013 at 10:08 a.m. at Larkspur Court An officer was dispatched to the above location for a report of a drug law violation. Upon arrival, the officer confiscated several items from the apartment. The subject was arrested and a report completed. Suspicious Vehicle April 20, 2013 at 2:29 a.m. at CACC Lot While on patrol, an officer

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Challenge yourself, tell the truth


o mas pantalones, is a line from one of my favorite commercials. You know, the one where the saying “liar, liar, pants on fire” comes true and the insurance salesmen’s pants burst into flames with each obvious lie. Folk stories and popular culture alike are full of cautionary tales against the perils of lying. Pinocchio with his ever growing nose, the boy who cried wolf, George Washington’s famous line, “I cannot tell a lie,” and Jim Carey’s life after his son wishes he couldn’t tell a lie in the 90s movie Liar, Liar. There is even a day devoted to telling the truth. April 30 is National Honesty Day. I have a challenge for my readers. On National Honesty Day, only tell the truth. Do not tell any kind of lie at all. I can guarantee that this challenge will not be as easy as one might think. I’ve tried this before myself and failed miserably. According to, 60 percent of people admitted to lying at least once in the course of a ten minute conversation. The average number of lies a man tells over the course of one day is six and the average for women is three. Most people lie, many may not even realize they are lying. When you stop to think about it, there are several types of lies people tell on a daily basis that they consider harmless. When someone asks, “How are you

doing?” and you automatically answer “Good,” whether you’re having a good day or not, that’s a lie. When your friend asks you if you like her new dress and you explain to her that it is different even though you hate it. That’s an ambiguous lie. When your girlfriend asks you if she looks “fat in this” and you tell her no without even looking up from the TV. That might be a lie. Saying you can’t go out tonight because you have a test tomorrow when really

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you’re going to eat ice cream and watch the bachelorette, that’s a lie. Those are just some of the “little” lies that people use to save face. They lie to make people feel better about themselves. They lie to make themselves feel better about themselves and they lie to make themselves look better to other people. My point is that whoever said honesty is the best policy was full of malarkey. I’m not saying people should go around, lying all willy nilly. Not only is it really hard to go an entire 24 hours without lying at all, it can be detrimental to your relationships and, possibly, your reputation.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Asperger diaries


n 1944, Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician, noted odd behaviors in some of his young patients. They were clumsy, shy and often ignored the basic rules of conversation: turn-taking, eye contact and inflection. They were also fixated on their favorite hobbies, which inspired long lectures with suitably long words; it’s this habit that earned them the nickname “little professors.” Today, the condition can be found in medical journals under his awkward name: Asperger’s Syndrome. Few seem to agree on the exact definition of Asperger’s Syndrome. We hear theories from parents, psychologists and news reporters; it’s a social handicap, a teen phase, a disease, or a way of life. Asperger’s connection with autism has only added to the confusion. This much, however, is true: both conditions are misrepresented and misunderstood. My experiences writing this article are proof positive. For my first draft, I consulted psychology textbooks. It was very factual and exquisitely researched; it was also long, dull and full of technical terms that even I didn’t understand. It became clear that this article was not only boring, but also unhelpful. The story of Asperger’s can’t be told by statistics or NIMH reports; it’s told by human beings, who each express and deal with the condition in a unique way. Let me show you a portrait of a young Aspie: Robert Von Nordheim, age 14. I never made eye contact, never shaved and wore my socks as high as they could possibly go. I also had my fair share of obsessions: spiders, comics and Japanese RPGs. I was introverted, standoffish and not much fun at parties. In high school, I started to notice the differences between me and other kids.

They were better groomed, more popular and didn’t see a counselor during fourth period. I envied them, and was embarrassed by my condition. I wanted to distance myself from negative stereotypes in film and TV, especially “Big Bang Theory,” which couldn’t have less to do with my life. I wanted to look, act and think differently; it was a matter of survival. Some of these changes were for the better. Making eye contact is polite in our part of the world, and I needed to spend my Saturdays on something besides PS2. At the same time, I also became uncomfortably self-aware. I was afraid of being seen as awkward, insensitive or creepy. I hoped to make deep, lasting connections with other human beings, and worried that my condition might prevent me from ever doing that. Reduced empathy is the most distinct and controversial symptom of Asperger’s. Many Aspies struggle to express their feelings and understanding the feelings of others. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we have no feelings, or don’t care for other people. Yet studies still tend to phrase the problem in extremely negative terms, making Aspies seem almost sociopathic. Media messages and bad therapy are internalized, causing many Aspies to mistrust their feelings and overanalyze themselves. This is more than a little unfair. “Healthy” people can ignore each other’s needs and feelings without being subjected to scientific study. My experiences have actually made me hypersensitive in social situations, looking for signs which most people read subconsciously. For most of my teen years, I actively fought to understand and be understood by others. But once I felt comfortable with myself and the people around me, I unlearned these skills and trusted in my social instincts. Aspies may be an eccentric and erratic bunch, but we’re worth the effort. When you’ve been through what we have, you’ll never take a friend for granted.

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Prepare for bad weather Guest Columnist


he Illinois Emergency Management Agency knows all too well how critical it is that everyone is prepared for an emergency. The National Weather Service (NWS) and state and local emergency management officials strongly encourage everyone to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio All Hazards with battery backup. When an alert is issued for that area, the device will sound a piercing tone followed by the broadcast message. “Tornadoes do not just occur during the day,” said Chris Miller, meteorologist with the NWS in Lincoln. “In Illinois, 30 percent of all tornadoes occur at night when it can be difficult to hear outdoor warning sirens from inside your home, especially if you are asleep. Outdoor warning sirens are not designed to be heard indoors. The best way to be warned about tornadoes at night is to have a weather alert radio in your home.” While you can’t prevent severe weather, there are steps you can take to stay safe when severe weather threatens. Tornadoes Our state is one of the 17 that makes up Tornado Alley. Here are some things to know that will help keep you and your family safe from tornadoes: Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch warns the public to the possibility of a tornado. A tornado warning informs the public of an existing tornado or one suspected to be in existence. It is imperative that someone at home, work or wherever people gather, monitors weather conditions. Many deadly tornadoes occur at night. Do not solely rely on outdoor warning sirens, especially if you are asleep. Outdoor warning sirens are designed to be heard outdoors only. Determine the best place in your home or workplace to seek shelter when a tornado threatens. Getting underground will afford the best protection, but if an underground shelter is not available, identify an interior room on the lowest level. The idea is to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible. Ensure that you have an emergency supply kit that can support you and your family for at least three days. Visit the Ready Illinois web-

site,, for more information including what should be contained within your emergency supply kit. During a tornado, go immediately to your predetermined shelter such as underground or an interior room on the lowest level of the building with your emergency supply kit. In a basement, crouch under the stairs, a heavy piece of furniture or a sturdy work bench. It is imperative that you avoid places with wide roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gyms and large hallways. If an indoor shelter is not available then, as a last resort, lie flat in a ditch. Protect your head and neck with your arms. Always be aware of the potential for flash flooding. If you are in a vehicle, do not park under a bridge or overpass. Immediately exit the vehicle in a safe manner and get away from it. Lie flat in a ditch and cover your head and neck with your arms. Never attempt to outrun a tornado. If you see a tornado that does not appear to be moving in a particular direction, it is probably moving toward you. After a tornado, downed power lines are potentially energized and be aware of natural gas leaks. Check for injured victims and render aid if necessary. Exit damaged buildings and re-enter only if absolutely necessary. Severe thunderstorms Know the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning which means severe thunderstorms are occurring. Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds in excess of 60 mph and hail one inch in diameter or larger along with lightning. Wind gusts from a severe thunderstorm can do more damage than many tornadoes. If outdoors and you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Avoid using the corded telephone, delay taking baths or showers and turn off air conditioners to avoid compressor damage due to the lightning threat. After a severe thunderstorm, be alert for hazards on the roadway. Flooding Flooding is the number one severe weather related killer nationwide. The peak time for flash flooding in Illinois is 1 a.m. Most of the fatalities involved people in vehicles trying to cross a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) It’s foolish to try to change someone’s personality. Admit that you’re in love with a succubus and get on with your life.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’ll soon make a sacrifice to help the environment. Worms need to eat, too.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Looks aren’t important; it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In your case, it’s about 10,000 very unhappy demons; consult an exorcist.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You will embark on a journey to expand your mind; your skull might not handle the extra weight so well.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Your home will be visited by a plague of insects. My recommendation: centipedes, and lots of them. They’re fast, aggressive, and those extra legs give you more to love.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) No one seems to understand you or listen to what you say. Perhaps your tongue is oversized?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Finals are coming up; add some brain food to your diet. Chimp skulls are tough to crack, but worth the effort. Why not try all the primates?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This Saturday you’ll test the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Summer’s weeks away – that means longer days and shorter nights. Enjoy the moon while you can, friend.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Look both ways before you cross the street – unless, of course, a basilisk is nearby.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You will find spiritual enlightenment this week; there is great beauty and truth in Zoroastrianism.

Aries (March 21-April 19) “Good” is a relative concept. Keep raising the dead, as long as it makes you happy and benefits the community.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Participants of Take Back the Night marched around campus chanting “Rape strikes one in four, we won’t take it anymore!” and “Yes means yes, no means no. However we dress. Wherever we go.”

Message of reclamation rings loud at ‘Take Back the Night’ By Jess Bayer General Reporter


Photo by Jess Bayer

Paper cranes hung from the ceiling in LRH representing healing for individuals affected by sexual violence.

ne out of every four college females will be the victim of sexual abuse by the time they graduate college. In an attempt to educate the community and wipe out this number, the sixth annual Take Back the Night event was held at dusk last Friday. According to the Take Back the Night’s official website, over the course of 35 years, Take Back The Night has focused on ending sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and any other form of sexual violence. Many colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored these events all over the country. Gathered at the event were students, faculty and staff from all over the campus and the community for a procession and rally to fight against sexual assault and violence. Prior to the start of the procession, individuals gathered by the colonnade for two different speeches and the ringing of the bell. Following the short talks and bell ringing was the march. The

march began by the colonnade on the Quad, traveled down by the townhouses, back past the two residence halls, and finally, ending in the LRH great room. Chants such as “Rape strikes one in four, we won’t take it anymore!” and “Yes means yes, no means no. However we dress. Wherever we go,” were repeated during the march. A rally in the LRH Great Room followed the march. Over the course of the rally, numerous individuals also shared the reasons why they take back the night. Many of them replied that they do it for their family, friends and themselves. Fifteen different student organizations took part in Take Back the Night. Organizations such as Necessary Steps, Leadership for Life and the Black Student Union had a few members there to speak and represent their groups. Eleven individuals read poetry by numerous authors, and a group of males from UIS also wrote a pledge and recited it for the audience. To close the rally, slips of paper and pencils were passed out and

audience members were asked to write down something that they wanted to expel from their life and let go of the blackness. These slips of paper were then dropped into a fire outside of the hall. Following the Take Back the Night event was the second annual JAMnesty music festival. Four different groups of performers, Brittany Malloy, Josh Catalano, Landon Lee and The Truth, and The Transatlantic, filled the LRH Great Room with music. According to the president of the Amnesty International group on campus, Larnnell Dean, and the urgent action officer of the group, Mike McColpin, the point of the event was to showcase local talent that supports the causes of Amnesty International. The Amnesty International focuses on human rights all over the world. According to their website, they work with individuals to fight injustice and promote basic human rights. Instead of using the event to focus on all human rights, like Amnesty International, the planning committee decided to narrow the

focus down to the rights of women and their education. The event was dedicated to Malala Yousafzai, a 15 year old girl in Pakistan who was shot by members of the Taliban for attending school. “Malala can be seen as a symbol for women’s rights. She has a lot of guts to go to school with the threat of a shooting,” said McColpin. Throughout the course of the first event, t-shirts were hung that shared the stories of individuals who have been affected by dating violence or sexual assault, known as the Clothesline Project. Also hung were “tem paper cranes for healing.” Everyone was invited to visit the Women’s Center over the last few weeks and create 10 paper cranes that hung from a piece of paper with an individual’s name on it, as well as a word that described their feelings, that has been affected by violence in one way or another. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Center and co-sponsored by UIS Residence Life, UIS Women’s Issues Caucus, LLCC Feminist Activist Coalition, and Enos Park Neighborhood Association.

Men in heels raise sexual assault awareness

By Cameryn Barbeau Sports Reporter


Photo courtesy of Juanita Ortiz

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” participants break for a photo.

am man enough to walk a mile in her shoes. A phenomenon that hit Springfield seven years ago, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an event that assists victims of sexual assault to speak out. This event literally put men in women’s shoes, and mirror what numerous women experience daily. Men of all ages came to support the cause by walking a mile in bright red high heels. This walk allowed individuals to help raise awareness and the discussion of sexual assault throughout the community. Leanne Brecklin, board member of the Prairie Center against

Sexual Assault and associate professor of criminal justice at UIS said, “Rape prevention really needs to target potential offenders. Some of the rape prevention programs on college campuses that target men have a focus on a “bystander approach which encourages men to stand up against sexual violence and serve as allies in ending sexual assault.” “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” has formed a platform for both men and women to come together and openly fight against sexual assault. Numerous individuals do not come forward after they are assaulted, mainly because they are scared. Juanita Ortiz, a criminal jus-

tice professor, said, “This march receives a lot of attention in the media and among bystanders with the hope that such attention will lead to discussion of these issues at those levels as well. At the individual level, this march shows that there are many people around our community who care about preventing and fighting sexual assault.” UIS senior Cole Hedrick walked and ran the mile in heels. “Men need to lead this example because we are the leading cause of this issue [sexual assault]. Women need to be capable of protecting themselves, but it is our responsibility as men to break this cycle of violence against women.”

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Arianna Salgado of the Immigrant Yourth Justice League shares her experiences as an “undocumented and queer student” at UIS during the “Break the Silence” event on Day of Silence.

Day of Silence speaks to UIS community: ‘Undocuqueer I Exist’ sheds light on LGBTQ students and the immigrant experience By Nafia Khan

and engage in dialogue on these issues. Julio and Arianna shared their fears, hopes and challenges about their undocumented status. Arianna spoke about the time she and five other undocumented youth were arrested in Cook County while demonstrating against the Secure Communities program. An audience member asked about how Arianna

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s an artist, it’s about the visual – it’s about honoring with images of real people and that was part of it, what inspired it, Julio Salgado said. “Another part of creating these images was about honoring the fact that a lot of the folks that were doing the civil disobediences, who were doing a lot of the actions: the organizers were undocumented and queer. And as we have learned from movements, a lot of people who are queer are told to be silent, because you don’t want to alienate people who are homophobic and not on your side.” Twenty-nine year old Salgado was born in Ensanada, Mexico and raised in Long Beach, Calif. Upbeat and outspoken, this young artist’s raw, bright-colored portraits of undocumented students with quotes have resonated with the immigrant experience, especially those students who are members of the undocumented LGBTQ community, including himself. Salgado, joined by Chicago-based Immigrant Youth Justice’s League Arianna Salgado, spoke at an ECCE Series event, “Undocuqueer: I Exist!” as part of the UIS Day of Silence. According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Day of Silence is a student-led event across the country which brings awareness to the bullying and harassment faced by LGBTQ students. This

Julio Salgado shed light to UIS students and faculty about the struggles faced by undocumented youth. Salgado expresses much of this through art. year, UIS’ LGBTQA Resource Office made it a point to message Day of Silence as not only for gay, undocumented students to be heard, but also students with disabilities and marginalized in society. Jasmine Torres–Gonzalez is a junior criminal justice major. She sat down while Julio sketched her earlier last week and spoke about why she’s passionate about the undocumented experience. “It just hits the heart, you know…. I put myself in their position. If I was them, what would I do?” said Torres-Gonzalez. “I have sympathy for them, even though I’m not in their position; it still affects me because the people I love and care about are in that position.” Torres – Gonzalez has several

members in her family who are undocumented and added that witnessing their struggles, including serving jail time, is difficult for her. Julio stressed the importance of telling stories when shaping immigration policies. “There’s constantly this talk about need to change immigration policy, but we don’t talk about our personal experiences,” he said. “And a lot of the personal experiences are not the ones you are going to see in the media because in the media, you are going to see somebody crossing the border – criminals – and that we should not belong, that we are the other.” The Day of Silence, he said, is a chance for people to speak up

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was released after spending one night in jail. “When you create this kind of chaos, they [authorities] freak out because they know that while they have to protect people, they have to meet a quota and they don’t want to talk about that, the profit that’s made off detention centers,” Julio said. “Imagine students getting deported how they would look at the eyes of the rest of the world. It’s about playing with the media and trying to figure out what’s going on.” Arianna also shed light on the dangerous conditions faced by

undocumented people in the immigration system. “The important thing about these detention centers is not only that people profiting from our people being in these detention centers but also the fatalities and the working conditions they face,” she said. “People don’t realize they have these centers where everyone is treated horribly but [especially] people who are queer, people who are trans. Most of the time people who need medication don’t get their medication. This is going on in the United States but the media doesn’t cover it so it’s really important we talk about it here and you talk about it amongst yourselves.” Araceli Ariza, a freshman criminal justice major, attended the event. Some of her family members are also undocumented and struggle with things like finding jobs and driving. “I found it very interesting because the two issues [undocumented and queer students] are both controversial to talk about and there was time dedicated to that and learn what undocumented and queer people are going through,” she said. Freshmen computer science major Miguel Ruiz said he also learned from Julio and Arianna’s stories. “I was raised in Mexico and I had problems here at first so my family and I can relate with the experience,” he said. “I come to the events so I can hear about how others react to the stories.”

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Student ‘Rip the Runway’ at fashion show By LaNee Wood

Features Reporter

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Springfest is arguably the biggest event of the year. It’s time to forget class for some friendly competition.

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n 2009, Rip the Runway officially became an annual event. Last Saturday, Rip the Runway had its fourth fashion show. The show included performances from both the Spirit Team and the Legacy Dance team. Deantre Bankhead and Dexter Overall were the main organizers of this annual event. Bankhead is a senior, communication major and is the president of Rip the Runway. Overall, also a senior, is a social work major and the vice president. The show featured a variety of designers, including Sshillisa Williams and Carmen Renee, and about 20 models. Most of the models were UIS students, but the show did have some professional models. This year, the hosts of the show were Avery Smith and Tiffany Davis. Smith is a musician and Davis is a former member of the Bad Girls Club. The theme of this Rip the Runway this year was “A Beautiful Nightmare.” Overall said it was his and some other executive board members’ love for

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Showcasing her dress, Rip the Runway model Lisa Gary struts down the runway. Proceeds from the event went to the Diversity Center’s Terri L. Jackson Book Fund.

Beyonce that brought about the theme this year, inspired from her song “Sweet Dreams.” The general admission into the show was free, but VIP tickets were $10 each. According to Bankhead, the proceeds from the VIP tickets are suple-

Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches show how women are their own worst beauty critics. This commercial was released a little over a week ago and has over 22 million views on Youtube.

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menting a Diversity Center scholarship.” The scholarship is the Terri L. Jackson Book Fund. This book fund was started around 2009, right after Jackson passed away from cancer. Bankhead said this was an ongoing tradition that Clarice Ford, the director of the Diversity Center, wanted to continue. There were 100 VIP spots available and were all sold out well before the show. People in the VIP section did have some perks that came with their ticket. Not only were the seats much closer to the stage than the general admission, but they got a bag of prizes. In each bag there were some cookies, several coupons, a glass cup with the Rip the Runway symbol on it, a bottle of water, and a cupcake. Another way Rip the Runway raised money was to have raffle

tickets that could be purchased by anyone. People in the VIP section were given one raffle ticket, but had the option of buying more. Before the show, both Bankhead and Overall said they thought the show would be a success. They explained how much more work they put into this show and hoped it would shine through at the event. “We do have a bigger executive board this year,” Bankhead said. This bigger executive board helped make a lot of things run a lot smoother than they have before. According to Overall, this event is going to be a lot more interesting because there are some of the original models from the very first Rip the Runway and some newer ones. He said, “You get the old school flair mixed with the new school.” Overall’s hope for the show was that everyone would come out and support the models and designers. Mehi Smarandescu explained how much he enjoyed the show. “I enjoyed the different fashion styles and the way things were set up.” He said it was a good experience to have for people who want to go into the fashion industry. “My favorite part was when the host Avery Smith performed. The dancers and the singers were my favorite,” Smarandescu said.

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Office 365 may make group projects a little more bearable By Ashley Henry Assistant Editor for Features


e’ve all been there - forced into a group project with a handful of people we don’t particularly care for nor have any thing in common with. There is the go getter, the slacker, and the floater – all which make for an unruly mix. Similar scenarios are colorfully portrayed in humorous and arguably obnoxious videos featuring NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza, in several advertisements for Microsoft’s Office 365 with SkyDrive. Marketed toward college students, the advertisement boasts that students can now “work with your group without having to be with your group.” Long gone are the days of group scheduling, emailing files, and all around human interaction, literally. The program itself features all of the latest applications of the Windows Office Suite including, Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint, Outlook 2013, OneNote 2013, Access 2013 and Publisher 2013, but also works hand-inhand with Windows SkyDrive.

With SkyDrive, multiple students can make changes at the same time, on the same document, working simultaneously just as an in-person group might work, only better. Better, because they aren’t forced to work to-

for testing purposes, a friend and I were on a mission to successfully plan a girl’s night out, using Office 365 with SkyDrive. We both installed the free threemonth trial for college students, and ventured off to see what all

SkyDrive portion of the setup that made this a slightly different experience. I had used SkyDrive before, for personal file backup, but had never used it to collaborate quite like this. Traditionally, when

gether for long, late nights in the library and because everyone can view updated documents from multiple devices, online. This seemingly perfect program, lessening human interaction and fitting into my busy schedule, sounded just up my alley – so I gave it a shot. Strictly

of the hype was about. The install included Office 365 University, as well as 27GB of SkyDrive storage, plenty of space for group projects, let alone our smaller test project. The program worked extremely similar to that of an average Windows Office Suite. It was the

working in groups, one person would edit a file, email it, where it would then be edited by someone else, and emailed back – rather inefficient, but it worked. Working in this program created a virtual workspace, if you will, where my friend and I could work together, without the con-

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stant file sharing and updating. Another benefit was the ease of accessibility of the SkyDrive from our mobile devices. I have a Windows phone, and my friend has both an Android and an iPad, which were all compatible with the program. This made it easy to quickly pull up a file, add something to it, and save it for later. The downside to this version of office is that compared to the traditional version, Office 365 with SkyDrive is a subscription based program. This means that it will require ongoing fees, indefinitely. However, you will never be behind, as the program automatically updates itself with new features and security patches. So, the next time your are assigned to a group that you would rather not spend all of your spare time with, you might consider installing Office 365 with SkyDrive to lessen the hassle of working together. Or, you might just choose to go the old fashioned route, grin and bear it, and share those priceless late nights in the library together.

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Prairie Star baseball team gives back to the community By Adam Buck Assistant Editor for Sports


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Baseball coach Mike Zandler shaved his head along with the rest of the baseball team to raise money for Versus Cancer. Prior to the event, Zandler said, “I’ll be the first on in the chair; I don’t think my wife will be very happy, but it’s for a good cause.”

ver the past year the men’s baseball team has been doing more than just providing entertainment. The team has been busy at work partnering with several charities and organizations, and the team has served more than 1,000 hours of community service. The team didn’t even stop when the first day of practice came around. The team has helped out with organizations like Habitat for Humanity by unloading an 18-wheeler filled with pre-built walls. The team has helped with four other habitat sites and made an impact on four families and their lives. During the 2013 season, the baseball team has been working with and raising money for the Versus Cancer Foundation and research for pediatric cancer.

Half of the money that the team raises will benefit SIU Pediatrics’ Camp COCO, which is a camp for children with cancers and related blood disorders. The remaining proceeds will go directly to research for cancer. This last weekend after their game with Missouri S&T, the coaches and players shaved their heads to show support and commitment. Even the Missouri S&T players and coaches shaved their heads after the game. The team has currently raised $1,237.93 and hopes to continue to raise more at their remaining home games. If you cannot make it a home game you can donate online at team?ftid=22508. The team has a goal of $3,000 and are on their way to making it possible.

UIS baseball falls short in double header, raise money for cancer By Cameryn Barbeau Sports Reporter


IS fell short against Missouri S&T on Saturday, April 20 as they welcomed the team to a GLVC doubleheader. Due to the rough weather from the past week, the field condition was poor. UIS lost both games against Missouri S&T with a score in the first game of (50) and the second game of (5-1); however, both teams came together at the end of the double header to shave their heads for pediatric cancer research. Into the first inning, UIS started slow as they allowed Missouri S&T to score three runs. Into the next couple of innings, UIS was able to put players on base but were unable to capitalize the advantage. Due to the field conditions, it was difficult for both teams to commit fully. Coach Mike Zandler of the UIS baseball team said, “It’s the nature of the fieldhigh grass and a wet field; they [Missouri S&T] capitalized on it, while we could not.” Along with poor conditions UIS had trouble finishing. Into the third inning, UIS had the bases loaded but was unable to finish, as they struck out leaving the score at 3-0. “We had opportunities early in the game, situational hitting where we don’t get the job done. We should have played a run early, to make it a 3-1 game,” said Zandler. UIS starting pitcher, senior Stephan Siegel kept the score at a minimum for Missouri S&T as their bats were silent throughout the next five innings. In the seventh inning, Missouri S&T prevailed as they scored two homeruns. Coach Zandler said, “We came off a

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In a double header battle with Missouri S&T, UIS fell in both games. After the game, however, both teams came together and shaved their heads for Versus Cancer. Drury series, where we swung the bats really well. As well as we swung it all season. I was hoping there was some carry over from the Drury series into the start of this series to keep the confidence high.” Unfortunately, UIS was shut down. After an upsetting loss into the first game, UIS came back in the second game and scored an immediate run. Freshman Joey Campbell singled up the center of the field, allowing Junior Kendall Hocker

to score. However Missouri S&T battled back and in the fourth inning, scoring three runs. In the seventh inning, Missouri S&T scored two more runs, while UIS was unable to score any more runs, leaving the final score as 5-1. After the doubleheader, both teams came together and shaved their heads for Versus Cancer. Versus Cancer is a foundation that was

created by Chase Jones, an individual who played baseball at the University of North Carolina. “I knew [Chase Jones] when I was at Davidson. He was a freshman at UNC, when I was coaching at Davidson; we played UNC every year. He developed a brain tumor during his freshman year,” Zandler said. Luckily Jones recovered and was inspired to develop his own cancer foundation. The Versus Cancer foundation recruits high school and collegiate teams to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Versus Cancer foundation has reached out to major programs such as: Duke, UNC, and Alabama. These schools have raised an unbelievable amount of money. The Versus Cancer foundation donates half the proceeds towards national research specifically for pediatric cancer research and the other half goes to a local community project. “We have chosen SIU Camp COCO, which is a great project. The proceeds we raise here will help with a variety of children go to this Camp COCO, where they can interact with someone in their peer group that is also a cancer survivor,” Zandler said. There were mixed feelings coming from both teams as the players began to line up to have their heads shaved. Zandler said “I’ll be the first one in the chair; I don’t think my wife will be very happy, but it’s for a good cause.” UIS junior Kendall Hocker joked, “I just hope my hair grows back.” UIS will be traveling to Quincy on Tuesday, April 23.

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Women’s golf places second in Spring Invite By Adam Buck Assistant Editor for Sports


his past weekend the women’s golf team hosted the UIS Spring Invite at the Rail Golf Course. With Senior Abby Vorreyer leading the way, the women’s team finished in second place with a final team score of 643. Southern Indiana took first with a score of 635, just eight strokes less than the Prairie Stars. According to Caitlin Osborn, the women’s season so far has been phenomenal. “[Vorreyer] has been breaking records left and right, the team has been doing extraordinary well especially since we are a younger team. All of us have been able to combine our efforts to do a great job,” Osborn said. At the tournament Vorreyer continued her streak of breaking records as she beat her previous first round record of 72 with a round of 70. In her second round, she beat one of her other records by shooting a 146 which beat her old record of 149. With a 70 in the first round and a 76 in

the second round, her combined score of 146 earned her another first-place finish for the year. Last Thursday, Vorreyer was named the GLVC Golf Player of the month, which was voted on by the league of coaches. Vorreyer’s first monthly honor was

“Abby [Vorreyer] has been breaking records left and right, the team has been doing extraordinary well especially since we are a younger team. All of us have been able to combine our efforts to do a great job.” Caitlin Osborn, UIS women’s golfer also the first for the program in its history at UIS. The rest of the women’s team did very well with Osborn finishing in fifth place with a final score of 159 (80-79), sophomore Liz Kesinger (80-89) and freshman Rebecca Ramirez (8881) tied for 18th place with a fi-

nal score of 169. Junior Gabby Zeigler placed 41st with a score of 193 after shooting a 97 in the first round and 96 in the second round. The women’s team will travel to Columbus, Indiana this weekend to play in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships at Otter Creek Golf Course. The Prairie Stars are currently seated third in the GLVC standings with only Drury and Bellarmine above them. After the GLVC tournament, the women’s team will be done for the season. The team will have to say good bye to Vorreyer, but Osborn believes the team will continue to be phenomenal next year. “I think we are going to have a really strong team next year, Osborne said. “This year was a building year because we lost a lot of people last year so we had to accommodate for that. But next year I think it’s going to be really good with the freshmen coming in and combined with what we had this year we will do really well.”

Softball travels to St. Louis, comes home with one win

Player profile: Jacob Wherley By Adam Buck Assistant Editor for Sports


hen most people think of golf, many don’t think of a fast-paced, exciting game, but that is not the case for Jacob Wherley. “It’s exciting for me and there is just nothing else like it,” Wherley said. Wherley comes to UIS from Ozark, Mo. for two reasons, academics and the chance to play the sport he loves. He is a sophomore in the Capital Honors program and is currently a business administration major. Wherley’s favorite part about golf is “the individual aspect, you are out there playing for your own score and your own name.” In high school, Wherley not only played golf, but he also played hockey and was a member of the A-B Honor Roll and the National Honor Society. His senior year, Wherley made the conference championship team for golf in which his team were district champions, as well. Wherley was also 4A Missouri State qualifier. Wherley came to UIS for golf. “Coach Frank recruited me and I liked the feel of the campus and the school and classes that were offered as well as the honors program. I seemed like a great fit for me,” Wherley said. During his freshman year Wherley saw action in all but one of the team’s tournaments. In his first tournament, Wherley tied for 14th at the UW-Parkside Fall Invitational. He averaged 79.2 last year and his best finish was third place in the UIS Springfield Classic. Wherley finished 40th at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship and was selected to the academic All-GLVC team. He was also was named to the UIS Chancellor’s Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester and to the UIS Coach’s Academic Honor Roll for the spring semester. Wherley made the Dean’s List for the fall semester.

Playing at UIS Wherley likes “the players and the coach on the team for sure. They are a great bunch of guys to be around and it creates that environment - that team feeling that you want.” Wherley’s favorite memory of playing golf was last fall when he won his first college tournament. “I shot 73 and 72 and after the 36 holes I was tied for first so I won; well, technically I tied for first.” Another one of Wherley’s favorite memories was last weekend when he shot one under par at the Midwest Regional. Wherley finished tied for 19th out of 155. After Wherley graduates, he would like to play golf professionally. “It’s pretty tough, but I’ll give it a shot and if not I’ll find a ‘real job’ probably something to do with business.” Wherley’s favorite professional golfer is either Phil Nickelson or Kegan Bradley. “They can both hit the ball a long ways, and when they get it going they are fun to watch.” While Wherley is not a fan of Tiger Woods as a person, he is as a golfer “definitely fun to watch, great for the game, and he brings that wow factor to the game. Like Michael (Jordan) did for basketball, he does that to golf.” The next thing for Wherley and the rest of the golf team is the GLVC championship tournament which has yet to be announced. Whether one day we see Wherley competing in the Masters or not, he will continue to swing his club for the enjoyment of the game.

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Over the weekend, the UIS softball team traveled to St. Louis for two double headers. In the games on Saturday against Maryville, the Prairie Stars lost the first game 1-2, but won the second 11-3. The Sunday games against Missouri-St. Louis the Stars lost both games 0-3 and 5-6.


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What’s happening this weekend Thursday, April 25:





• Support the UIS Biology Club by purchasing a plant during its Spring Plant Sale at the PAC Concourse at 10 a.m. • For any Springfest teams looking for extra points, Rec Sports and the Counseling Center are sponsoring a bonus event called Drunken Bags. • The Psychology Club is holding a BBQ at the UIS Rec Park at 4 p.m. where a faculty member will get a pie in the face. • Springfest continues with the Chant at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 26:





• To prepare for Sports Day, the Springfest Spaghetti Dinner at 7 p.m. in PAC will allow all participants to binge on carbs. • St. Louis area band, Jake’s Leg, will be at Donnie’s Homespun on Friday night. Lead guitarist, Dave Casper, pays respect to Jerry Garcia, Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana and Miles Davis in his solos. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $9 to $12. • For a free music option, Ransom is playing at The Albatross Bar and Grill, playing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Saturday, April 27:





• Support the Prairie Star softball team at the Land of Lincoln Softball Complex against Missouri S&T at noon and 2 p.m. • Springfest festivities will conclude with Sports Day. Events will be held all day, all over campus. • Get ready to salsa to music by DJ Michael Orama at Abe’s Southside Café and Pub from 9 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. Cover charge supports the Culturally Integrated Education for Latinos Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Latino education, employment, culture, and the Victor A. and Daisy A Juarez Latino Scholarship Fund. Sunday, April 28:





• The softball team has another double header at the Land of Lincoln Softball Complex against Drury at noon and 2 p.m.

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