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December 5, 2012 Volume 37 Issue 11

UIS student Denton-McCaster charged with Mechanicsburg murder By Kati Maseman Editor-in-Chief


Violence in the Middle East, reactions from the US, UN and UIS Pages 2

Food Holiday recipes from our staff to the stressed college student Page 6


Prairie Stars win on family night Page 10 .


IS student Juatasha Denton-McCaster, 22, charged with three counts of first-degree murder of her husband, Norman McCaster, is in the Sangamon County Jail on a $5 million bond. Denton-McCaster has also been charged with dismembering a body, concealment of a homicidal death, and obstruction of justice. The charges were filed this week. Denton-McCaster attended her first court hearing Wednesday. Authorities identified Norman McCaster, 22, as the man whose headless, handless and footless body was found dumped in a field in rural Mechanicsburg in late October. Derek Schnapp, UIS director of public relations, confirmed Wednesday that Denton-McCaster was an undergraduate in liberal studies. Schnapp said that all persons, faculty, staff or student, who pose a possible threat to campus secu-

UIS student Juatasha Denton-McCaster, 22, charged with three counts of first-degree murder of her husband, Norman McCaster, is in the Sangamon County Jail on a $5 million bond. rity are placed under review by the administration. For students, this follows the steps in the Disciplinary Code under Polices and Procedures from Student Affairs. He also said that there is a different type of review for cases like this one that occur off-campus than there would be for crimes that take place oncampus. “When it comes to offcampus incidents, outside law

enforcement and other entities are involved with the process and how the individual is dealt with,” said Schnapp. No matter if a crime occurred on-campus or off, the administration may look into the case and decide whether that individual should be allowed on campus, or what risk to security may be involved. Reviews may start with charges and be followed through to a

conviction. On a case-by-case basis, the administration will determine if a person’s charges need to be reviewed and if the person should be subject to suspension or expulsion from the university. Schnapp also stated that the university cannot disclose if a student is under review by the administration due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

New Vendor Task force and parking, topics for SGA By LaNee Wood General Reporter


tudent Government Association created group, the New Vendors Task Force, proposed that in the new student union building that there be a “Pub style restaurant” that be run by UIS food service employees. Instead of implementing an idea for a franchise to work out of UIS, this pub would carry name brand food items; such as T.G.I. Fridays’ hot wings and potato skins like the Grab N’ Go. It would, though, carry a variety of name brand food items. The New Vendor Task Force was represented by Caitlyn Clausen, a senior accountancy major, and Van Vieregge, Executive director of Auxiliary Services. Before they proposed this idea, it was proposed that there be a Chick-fil-A. That idea was not pursued due to the controversy

moving to clear up by laws because some allow student organizations to take advantage of them. The SGA did not look over these new revisions to the bylaws because they were not in to the executive board on time. President Bouray did mention, however, that they will be able to examine the revision in the next executive board meeting. Issues about parking that were brought up in the 99 probPhoto by Alex Johnson lems campaign were also topics Students protesting against Chick-fil-A at the April 15 SGA meet- for discussion. What is considing. Chick-fil-A is no longer being considered as a possible food ered visitor parking was cleared vendor at UIS. The SGA’s New Vendor Task Force is now con- up, and visitors are able to use sidering a pub style restaurant, run by UIS Food Services, for the spaces up to three days before future Student Union Building. they receive a ticket. Administrative reports and Parking Opwith the LGBTQA and commu- ries of how to sustain a franchise erations announced that if they nity. Some felt the company was over the summer. This new pub need, they were more than welanti-gay and those ideals conflict would also be able to “change come “to come in and stop by with UIS. and adapt based on students and share with me why they need It would be a costly expense wants and needs.” a longer stay than three nights.” to house a franchise and be able “Those are readily available to keep up with the cost. This to be purchased by our current SGA new idea offers students more vendors,” said Clausen. variety and relieves them of worIn other business, SOFA is continued on Page 3


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