Prairie Star basketball game stories p. 6-7
Feb. 27, 2013
Task force aims to replace the UIS mascot p. 2
Volume 38 Issue 5
Taking the plunge
SGA stalls in the face of adversity By Sean Bruce News Reporter
Photo by Kim Hobby
The UIS women’s soccer team wades through the frigid water during the Polar Plunge last Saturday. This event took place in Lake Springfield with 308 participants and 51 teams. Over $64,000 was raised to benefit the Illinois Special Olympics.
UIS students participate in Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics By Jess Bayer General Reporter
unning into a freezing cold lake two days after it snows sounds like a good idea, right? Maybe, maybe not, but raising money prior to diving in makes the idea much more sensible. Friends, family members, workers and other community members came together to sprint into chilly Lake Springfield at the Knights of Columbus Hall last Saturday to raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics. There are three steps to participating in the Polar Plunge: register, raise money and run into a frigid lake. Each participant of the Polar Plunge had to raise at least $75 to take the jump and receive a complimentary plunge sweatshirt. The plunge had 51 teams register for the event. These teams included 308 participants, all dressed in different costumes and attire. This is 33 more par-
Photo by Kim Hobby
A Polar Plunge participant, dressed as a Ninja Turtle, slashes his way through the water. Many participants wore costumes such as this. ticipants than last year. Alex Fruth, a sophomore at UIS, participated in the plunge for the first time this year. He raised a total of $118. “I decided to plunge because I watched my brother plunge before and it seemed like something I would like to do,” said Fruth. “Once I found out it actually raised money for the Special Olympics was when I was really set on doing the plunge. I have volunteered
before for Special Olympics and I think it’s a great organization.” The Leadership for Life (L4L) program raised money for Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, to participate in the event. If they reached $75, Dochterman would take the plunge. Determined to raise more than $75, L4L set a goal of $150, and they achieved it. Some members of the UIS women’s soccer team took part
in the plunge as well. Their team raised about $1,325. “We did the Polar Plunge as kind of a team bonding thing as well as to help out the Special Olympics,” said Emily DeLong, member of the UIS women’s soccer team. “I was unable to plunge because I have been really sick, but I was there supporting my team as they were in the water. Everyone seemed really excited to take part in the plunge, and it was great to see my team all together and having a blast.” In 2012, the Springfield plunge brought in over $57,700. This year, the plunge surpassed that amount, collecting over $64,000. The Polar Plunge in Springfield is one of 20 being held throughout the state, and one of seven that was held on Feb. 23. The event is the creation of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. All of the money raised will go directly to the 21,000 athletes who participate in the Illinois Special Olympics.
espite the efforts of Internal Vice President Shonda White, who was directing the meeting in President Ryan Bouray’s absence, the Student Government Association failed to achieve anything last Sunday. The committee members had to face several difficulties during the session, including absences, illness, technical difficulties, and even ambient noise. A large portion of the SGA was absent from the meeting, with Bouray and Treasurer Jamal Hollins phoning in and participating through a teleconference interface. They only barely met the minimum number of participants necessary to hold the meeting in the first place. Of the members who attended, two were visibly ill, including White, who seemed to suffer from a case of bronchitis, making her efforts to direct the session even more difficult. To make matters worse, technical difficulties with the digital copies of the resolutions scheduled for discussion forced them to table three of the four pieces of new business until the next meeting. All the while, the SGA members had to maintain a straight face and business-like manner while a live show held in the Sangamon Auditorium next door blasted music loudly enough to be heard through the concrete walls. The band, Rain, in their “Experience the Beatles” show played several of the rock group’s most popular songs leading no small amount of toe-tapping and head bobbing from the committee members. Yet despite these challenges, the SGA did manage to deal with at least one item of business and seriously discuss another. They first decided on a logo for the SGA website. There were two different designs up for de-
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Weeding out Prairie Stars
Task force aims to replace UIS mascot
By Nafia Khan
Assistant Editor for News
iley Quinlan isn’t the only student confused about what a Prairie Star is. Is it a star in the sky or a poisonous flower? What’s with Cosmo, the spikey-haired fellow who is seen trekking during basketball games inside TRAC? Quinlan, sophomore political science/global studies major, and other members of the UIS Nickname Task Force are working to erase the Prairie Star for good and replace it with a new mascot. Quinlan is co-chair of the task force and said he thinks students are passionate about changing the mascot. “We had an SGA survey sent out [about the mascot change], and we had about 750 or so results come in and over three-quarters or so of people were in some favor or in complete favor about changing the nickname and mascot,” he said. “The survey could have been taken by students, faculty, staff and alumni. So we were
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Cosmo is the current mascot representing UIS. able to get a nice amount of input and they gave us a nice push and direction to change it.” Ryan Bouray is the Student Government Association (SGA) president and co-chair of the task force. According to him, the task force is charged with reaching out to members of the UIS community and educating them on the issue of a possible change to the current UIS nickname/mas-
cot while also seeking their feedback on the issue. It is also researching all intended and unintended outcomes related to changing the current UIS nickname and mascot as well as providing a recommendation to the SGA as to whether UIS should change its current nickname and mascot. When doing so, that means they must present five investigated possible alternative nicknames/mascots, along with a summarized feasibility of changing the nickname and mascot as well as an explanation of best practices for a transition. Emails and announcements were sent to the different interest groups on campus earlier in the semester to encourage their involvement and membership on the task force. There is a total of eight students who were selected to sit on the task force as well as seven employees from a variety of departments on campus. Natalie To is a sophomore communications major and a member of the nickname and mascot task force. She said students need to be a part of the selection process. “If the student aren’t really happy about the nickname, they’re not going to
be very proud of their school,” she said. “A majority of our student body doesn’t like [the] Prairie Stars, which is why this task force has been created.” To says she supports a mascot change, as she feels students need something larger to rally behind. “When I first started attending UIS, I didn’t know what a Prairie Star was and it was just kind of like, I’ll go with the flow,” she said. “Then when I started a student org, it was hard to find cheers to do with Prairie Stars.” To added that several of the suggestions brought forth in the committee involves changing the mascot to an animal. Bouray is sure the task force will do its due diligence to ensure that an informed and thoroughly researched recommendation is made to SGA. The University will ultimately vote on the change following SGA approval. “In my personal opinion, the nickname’s ultimate purpose is to be a symbol of recognition for the university and the mascot’s purpose is to increase school spirit by being a representative of the University,” he said. “This is an important issue to all members of the UIS community because a university’s nickname is an essential point
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Illinois Senate passes Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act
By Andrew Craven General Reporter
arriage equality may become a reality in the near future in the state of Illinois as the Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. In a 34-21-2 vote on Feb. 14, the Illinois Senate passed the bill which was hotly contested for many weeks. This act will go before the House of Representatives by the end of the 98th General Assembly. The vote mostly fell along party lines, with the exception of Senator Jason Barickman of Champaign. The Republican broke ranks with his party to support equal rights for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, taking quite a bit of criticism from his own party for doing so.
Still, he continues to insist he only did what he feels was right. “Given the supermajority control the Democrats have, it was only a matter of time before same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois,” Barickman said. “Because of that, I thought it was prudent for me to engage myself in the process and make sure we do it right.” The senator found that many of his colleagues felt the time was right to get the issue off the table, considering that it was a staple issue against Republicans. Reaction was mixed from his constituents, ranging from applause and tears to anger and frustration. More of the latter than the former, it seemed, as ultra-conservative groups, such as Illinois Family Action, called his vote “lousy” and his defense of it “feckless.”
Around campus, reaction was mostly positive to the news. Cheick Nombre, MPA graduate student, said, “True Freedom is about allowing everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious belief, to be free. True Freedom is free. Freedom is not truly free if our gay brothers and sisters aren’t allowed to marry on the sole basis of their sexual orientation. Our state is long overdue in rectifying this and it’s my sincere hope that it will.” According to the bill, the Act will not require religious institutions to offer services pertaining to the act of joining same-sex couples in marriage. Republican senators amended the bill in committee to improve what they said were protections and provisions for traditional institutions in religious society, which netted
the sole Republican vote on the floor. Illinois has a long history of tolerance and equality dating back to 1967 when it became the first state in the Union to repeal its’ sodomy laws. This, according to gay-rights advocates, should be no different. And while Illinois is not at the forefront of this wave of societal change, it can certainly stand as one of those few leading the way. Either way, the Illinois General Assembly will have a verdict on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act sometime this spring. Interested parties are directed to the Illinois General Assembly website at www.ilga. gov to follow the passage of SB 10 through the system, and are invited to observe the floor vote in the House.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Anonymous sources ‘hurt the reputation of journalism,’ some say
here used to be a time in journalism when using an anonymous source was a big deal. “In my experience with common, normal, journalism publications, any that I have worked for, have a written or even unwritten rule that you didn’t use unnamed sources unless you had a compelling reason. Even then, the publisher and editor had to agree, know who the source was, and why it wasn’t being named,” Michael Cavanagh, assistant professor of communication at UIS, explained. At one point in time, journalists were even prepared to face jail time to protect a source. In 2005, Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, was jailed for 85 days when she refused to reveal her source before a federal grand jury. Today, however, magazines like US, In Touch, and Star use unnamed sources with reckless abandon. “Smut” magazines, as my friends and I call them, publish stories without an interviewee’s name more often than they actually cite their source. An inside source, a close friend, a family insider or, my personal favorite, “a witness” supposedly revealed shocking information about some celebrity that these publications just had to publish but they didn’t want to endanger their source of wrath of these big, bad celebrities.
This overuse of anonymous sources is creating distrust among the masses, in my opinion. People used to look to mass media for reliable, trustworthy news. But nowadays, most news, especially that of the celebrity variety, has to be taken with a grain of salt. “It does, in general, hurt the reputation of journalism,” Cavanagh said. “The average consumer doesn’t distinguish between celebrity journalism and real journalism.” We have become a culture that prefers to follow the Kardashians to what is really happening in the world. Conflict, war, and politics just aren’t fashionable anymore. I am even guilty of indulging in this smut. I am the first to admit that I have a slight TMZ addiction. Honestly, reading mindless drivel about Taylor Swift is sometimes exactly what I need to check out for a minute or two. However, I try to balance my intake of celebrity news with hard news. Unfortunately, that is not the case with many. I dream of a day when the investigative reporting and humaninterest pieces aren’t pushed to the back of the magazines among the ads for the latest medications. I wish to walk through the check out line and see just as many public affairs magazine covers as celebrity covers. I understand that celebrity news has it’s place in today’s society, but I wish that people would take at least the same amount of interest in normal, everyday reporting as they do in who’s dating who and who’s pregnant.
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Television, the knockout winner
n the past, films like Casablanca and Star Wars united viewers with different intellectual, cultural and economic backgrounds, defining generations and setting new standards of artistic quality. Television, meanwhile, was an acceptable choice if you had nothing better to do; crude, kitschy, and lowbrow, it worked as white noise or a substitute for awkward conversation. At best, TV was a waste of time; at worst, it was a mindnumbing, soul-sucking capitalist tool. It certainly wasn’t art. It took almost 60 years, but that attitude is finally starting to change. The campy soap operas and insipid talk shows of yesteryear have been replaced by ambitious, cutting-edge programs which are just as intelligent and ambitious as their big-screen counterparts. With popular, successful, and critically acclaimed series like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” dominating pop culture, TV has finally entered its golden age. Since TV programs are delivered in short, 22-to-44 minute segments, they’re easier and less expensive to produce. Producers make up for their smaller budgets by focusing on the bare necessities: solid scripts and talented actors. This method of storytelling also allows writers to respond to audience feedback and the current pop cultural landscape. An
average season of “South Park” will skew everything from the BP oil spill to Shake Weights; this sort of flexibility would be impossible without an episodic format. Better writing isn’t the only thing that TV has to offer. Since TV involves lower stakes and a longer timeframe than film, producers can take more chances with risky, unusual programs and filming techniques. You’d be hard pressed to find a more surreal viewing experience than “Ad-
The screen may be smaller, but television packs a much bigger punch. venture Time,” which was once considered a children’s cartoon. Even popular sitcoms like “The Office” and “Parks & Recreation” play with perspectives and camera work to create a unique, pseudo-documentary look. With the film industry’s current woes, staying home and watching the tube sounds better and better. Rude audiences, inconvenient show times and ridiculously overpriced snacks have long been the bane of moviegoers. Now you can add inflated ticket prices and an overall poor selection to the list of complaints. Even legendary film critic Roger Ebert agrees, “Ticket prices are too high. People have always made that complaint, but historically the movies have been cheap compared to concerts,
major league sports and restaurants. Not so much any longer. No matter what your opinion is about 3D, the charm of paying a hefty surcharge has worn off for the hypothetical family of four.” Industry reps have blamed piracy and filesharing for shrinking ticket sales; the cold, hard truth is, movies just aren’t worth it anymore. A quick look at 2013’s Oscar contenders shows that the film industry has changed little over the past decade. “Lincoln” is a period biopic about a beloved public figure, directed by industry honcho Steven Spielberg; total award bait. “Django Unchained” was also helmed by a veteran director, Quentin Tarantino. While it was entertaining, it was also sloppy and self-indulgent, ranking rather low in his repertoire. “Zero Dark Thirty” dramatizes a fascinating real-world event – the execution of Osama bin Laden – but war films have been an Oscars staple since “All Quiet on the Western Front” won in 1930. It’s also worth noting that “ZDT” was directed by previous Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow. TV has its duds. The “reality” genre has yet to produce anything remotely resembling it, and major networks still greenlight dumb and contrived sitcoms which only laugh tracks seem to find funny. But in recent years, television has also given us the funniest, scariest, and most realistic entertainment available. Modern TV is smart, creative and you get a lot more of it for your money. The screen may be smaller, but it packs a much bigger punch.
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
‘Let It Be’ a Beatles experience
S ’ T A H W G N I B D N E R T
By LaNee Wood
in pop culture
Post-Oscar Buzz Everyone seems to be talking about the Academy Awards that aired this past Sunday, ranging from fashion, performances, upsets, Jennifer Lawrence’s fall or Seth MacFarlane’s song about boobs.
The First Lady is trending for two reasons this week. One, her ‘Evolution of Mom Dancing’ video with Jimmy Fallon has reached almost five million views on Youtube, and two, she surprised the nation when she presented Best Picture with Jack Nicholson at the Academy Awards.
eatles cover band Rain made its fourth appearance at the Sangamon Auditorium this past Sunday. The audience was up on its feet reliving the music of this British invasion. Experience the Beatles with Rain is a Broadway musical show featuring music that the Beatles themselves recorded, but never performed live on stage, as well as some of their classic hits. The audience was mesmerized by “All You Need is Love,” “Let it Be,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “With a Little Help from my Friends.” The band, made up of 14 members, rotated playing the roles of Beatles’ members George, Paul, Ringo and John. Each performer had identical haircuts, clothes, as well as demeanor of the member they were emulating. Music wasn’t the only highlight of the show. On either side of the performance stage, were big-screen TVs. Those screens featured news clips, TV advertisements, as well as other video
footage from the peak of the Beatles’ career. The audience experienced the story of the band’s success from its inception. Additionally, the audience was videotaped during the performance so that images of them swaying, clapping, laughing and singing were all a part of the experience. Lincoln Land Community College theater professor Ken Bradbury attended the event. He
said he had a great time experiencing the show with a handful of his students. He had bumped into a guy he “hadn’t seen since 1966.” The two of them had attended their first Beatles concert together. Rain also encouraged audience participation during the show. They were able to get up and dance along with the music the band performed. Tom Heavyside also attended
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• Head over to the LGBTQ Resource Office at 4 p.m. for the weekly social event LGBTea. It is a comfortable, accepting and non-judgmental social atmosphere for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, and allied students. • Black History Month comes to an end with the 2013 Illinois History Symposium, “Slavery and Emancipation: Global Perspective” This event is held through March 2 in PAC. • Show your school spirit and support Prairie Star basketball for its last games of the season at 5:30 p.m. for the women’s game and 7:30 for the men’s game at TRAC. The Prairie Stars will face Quincy.
• The Christian Student Fellowship invites the campus community to The Edge, a weekly Bible study on Fridays at the Butler Housing Commons. A free meal is served every week at 6 p.m., followed by music, Bible study and discussion time at 7 p.m. CSF is open to students of all religious backgrounds. For questions and comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org. • WMAY is presenting this year’s “Tribute to the King” Competition. Come see local Elvis tribute artists battle for the rock & roll crown and $10,000 in cash prizes! This event will also be held March 2 at the Hilton. • The Hipbone Sam Band will play two sets at the Albatross in Springfield. The group plays a blend of “rock, blues, and comedy,” set to crowd-pleasing covers and band originals. The band will perform at 8:30 p.m. on March 1 and 12:30 a.m. March 2. Saturday, March 2:
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Identity Thief topped the Box Office over the Academy Awards weekend bringing in over $14 million. So far, it has made over $94 million worldwide.
the show and said that he had high expectations for the performance. Heavyside admitted he had never attended an actual Beatles concert; he was too young. The last time they performed was in 1966 and Heavyside was 11 years old at the time. His wife accompanied him and both sung along to all of the songs. The audience begged for more at the end of the performance. One of the band members asked the crowd if they wanted one more and the packed auditorium bellowed, “Yes,” in unison. The band obliged the audience’s request and picked up their instruments to play, “When I’m 64.” The band started the song and invited the audience to sing starting with the young audience members. The band then closed with “Hey Jude,” where every single audience member sang along as well as swayed to the music. The audience left with a deeper understanding of the legends the Beatles really were. Heavyside added, “Beatles music is good for your soul.”
• The Illinois State Fairgrounds will be hosting some of the nation’s top horse breeders and trainers this weekend. The fair will include 20 different breeds and dozens of training styles, as well as equine acts and a ranch rodeo. This event will be held through March 3 from 1-5 p.m. • There are countless Fri fish fries to choose from in Springfield, but only one made the Illinois Times’ “Most Talked About” list. Start your weekend with a delicious, church-approved feast, the 16th Annual Lenten Fish Fry, at the Little Flower Parish Center from 5-7:30 p.m.
• World-famous guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson will be playing at Sangamon Auditorium at 8 p.m.. The Grammy-winning artist has been recording for over 20 years and is best known for his 1990 instrumental hit, “Cliffs of Dover.” Sunday, March 3: 34
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Smoothies and healthy shots available on-campus
By Jess Bayer
sually when something tastes like grass, it isn’t a complement, but the health benefits of wheatgrass shots, available at the Grab-N-Go in LRH, may overpower the flavor. In an attempt to add more health benefits to their day, students will mix in a shot of wheatgrass to their freshly squeezed juices. The juice helps dull down the grass taste, but allows students to intake all the vitamins, amino acids and minerals provided by the wheatgrass. Dr. Ann Wigmore, author of The Wheatgrass Book, claims wheatgrass will help cleanse the body by removing toxins from body cells. Wheatgrass juice contains 90 out of 102 vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Such vitamins include A, B, C, and E. It has been discovered that a one ounce shot of the wheatgrass contains the same nutritional values that three pounds of vegetables provide. It can also help stimulate digestion and provide energy throughout the day by removing waste that can clog cells and organs and fulfill nutritional deficiencies. According to the staff at the Grab-N-Go, they serve about
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Shannon Manfre, student worker, blends ice into a smoothie at TRAC. Smoothies and drinks, such as the wheatgrass shot, are gaining popularity at various locations on campus including: TRAC, Grab-N-Go and Capitol Perks four to five of these shots a day. Wheatgrass shots aren’t the only nutritious drinks available on campus. In addition to the Grab-N-Go, a variety smoothies, sugary drinks and healthy shots are also available in TRAC and Capitol Perks. TRAC and Capitol Perks have a variety of different flavors that can be made into a slushy treat in a matter of minutes for less than $4. These treats go by the name of Island Oasis smoothies. According to Shannon Manfre, a TRAC employee, “a lot of people will get these smoothies on game nights. Otherwise, we sell about three to four on a daily basis.” Flavors vary from mango, strawberry, peach and many others. Students can even mix multiple flavors to create a unique taste all their own. Every three ounces of smoothie has about 160 calories and 37g of carbohydrates. However, three ounces can provide students with
up to 120 percent of their daily vitamin C intake. The Grab-N-Go also offers students refreshing freshly squeezed juices in a variety of flavors. Some flavors being orange, strawberry and apple. The lemon shake-up is one of their most popular drinks. Freshly squeezed lemons are mixed with ice, water and sugar, and shaken into a cool, sugary addition to student’s day. “I like them because they are delicious and have a nice citrus taste to them,” said Ahsan Owais, a freshman at UIS. To try one of these unique drinks, visit the Grab-N-Go between Sun and Thu from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., TRAC Mon - Fri 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sat and Sun noon to 11 p.m., or Capitol Perks, located on the main level of Pac, Mon – Thu from 8:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. and Fri from 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Men’s basketball slips away from another win By Cameryn Barbeau Sports Reporter
Photo by Adam Buck
Sophomore Dylan Sparkman goes for a lay up against Maryville. The final score was 56-68 in favor of Maryville.
fter a tough battle against Maryville, UIS could not finish. After back to back plays and tremendous teamwork, UIS men’s basketball could not catch a break as they lost Thursday night. In the first half of the game, UIS struggled to gain control as Maryville dominated the opening minutes with an early 5-0 lead. After being down UIS came back as freshmen Dusko Despot helped UIS put points on the board. By the end of the first half, UIS was down by nine points. Key players in the first half were Despot, Kyle Gupton and West Dawson. Although they had an ill-fated first half and a very low scoring percentage, UIS showed tremendous skill in defending and worked hard on the offense. Senior guard Chase Brinkley said, “Overall we played well; however, there was a moment where we had a mental lapse which dug us into a hole we could not get out of.” Into the first minutes of the second half UIS had control of the game, connecting and putting points on the board. Gupton connected on his second triple and UIS began to catch up to Maryville.
UIS showed great improvement in the second half with a higher shooting percentage and more connected plays. Throughout the whole second half, UIS battled to get ahead of Maryville. Unfortunately UIS could not prevail and lost against Maryville 56-68. “During the first half, if we did not have the mental lapse and dig ourselves a hole we would have definitely made more of an impact and have a better outcome,” Brinkley said. Overall, UIS had nine turnovers and forced Maryville to 12 turnovers. Key UIS players that dominated the second half were Gupton, freshman Dylan Sparkman, and junior Regan Bruenger, all having doubledigit scores. Sparkman said, “We played real well, we just have to be able to play the full 40 minutes because when we don’t, the other team notices and takes advantage of our weakness. When we are able to play the full game we will start having more wins, which I know our team is more than capable of.” UIS comes back for their final battle of the season Thursday against Quincy with the conference tournament on the line. UIS will tip-off at home at 7:30 p.m.
UIS men’s golf has poor showing at tournament By Cameryn Barbeau
ith tough competition and rough terrain, UIS men’s golf took 10th place during the Frito Lay/Taco Bell intercollegiate golf tournament on Feb. 18 in Philadelphia, Miss. The first day of the tournament, Feb. 17, UIS posted scores of 324/324 which put them 8th place position for the day. Senior Sam Norbom said, “We were eager for the Frito Lay Taco Bell tournament but due to the winter, the golf course was still in rough condition, which did not help us when it came to competing against the colleges in the tournament.” The majority of the golf teams in the tournament were Division I colleges. “It was a good competition,” Norbom said. “This helped our team better our skills and prepared us for more challenging competitors.” Although an upsetting tournament, UIS golf is in a good position for the Regional tournament. Norbom said, “Overall we have four regional tournaments, two in the fall and two in the spring. To make it to the superregionals as a team we must average in the top ten teams. During the fall we placed 13th in the first regional tournament and 8th in the second regional tournament.” Men’s golf is coached by Frank Marsaglia, and since he arrived at UIS he has helped improve the golf program immensely. UIS golf is hoping to attend the nationals this year. Although the golf team was not fully prepared for the tournament, the experience helped the team prepare for future competitions. “Although it is the start of the season, something we can better is our putting,” Norbom said. “It did not help, either that the ground was still in rough condition.” The Las Vegas Desert Classic, on March 3, is the next appearance that UIS golf will make. The golf team hopes to improve their record and is eager to battle against their rivals. Norbom said “The Las Vegas Desert Classic will be fun and exciting because we will be playing against our conference rivals and it will definitely be a change of terrain because we will be playing golf in the desert.”
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013
Women’s basketball looks to finish out the season strong By Adam Buck Assistant Editor for Sports
Women Stars could not stop Saints offense
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of pride for everyone connected to the university. Further, it is a point of recognition to those outside the university and a major first impression to those new to campus.” Quinlan agrees with Bouray about the importance of first impressions of UIS from firsthand experience. “I also work in the Office of Admissions as a student ambassador and people will wonder what our mascot is because you know, they have never heard of us and we’re the Prairie
Stars, and we honestly can’t give them a straight answer that you can talk to about with people,” he said. “I think if we get this name branding, we can create more solidarity and build a connection among the student. In general, it will do much more good and create a bond among the students and faculty.” For more information regarding SGA’s role in the selection process or the student survey, visit: http://www.uis.edu/sga/initiatives/mascotchange.html.
Prairie Stars win last away game of the year
n their last away game of the season the Prairie Stars won by 10 points over the Tritons of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 77-63. After the loss on Thursday night, the Stars looked to finish out their season strong. The games against the Tritons started off slow for the Stars as they trailed the Tritons 13-4. However it would not stay that way for long as senior Ashley Coffey scored five points in a row to trail the Tritons by only one point with just a little more than nine minutes remaining in the half. UMSL answered back by increasing their lead to nine points, but UIS scored six points to close the gap to three going into halftime. The second half started off
great for the Stars as junior Megan Bergerud gave the lead to UIS by scoring five points in a row. With 13 minutes remaining in the game, sophomore Carly Goede made a 3-pointer to give UIS a five point lead, the largest for UIS so far in the game. With just under seven minutes of game time remaining Bergerud drained a 3-pointer after receiving the ball from junior Alyssa Palmer. Palmer made a steal and a layup that gave the Stars their first double-digit lead of the game with just four minutes remaining. The Stars would keep their lead as they finished out the game to claim a victory of UMSL. Bergerud lead the Stars offense with 21 points and shooting 8-12 from the field. Palmer had 13 points of her own along with four rebounds and four assists. Coffey added 10 points and pulled in three rebounds. The Stars return home for their last game of the season for senior night against Quincy University. The game is set for 5:30 p.m. at TRAC.
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it’s been hard after the last game which knocked us out of the conference tournament.” Oletzke also said the team needs to learn how to play at a higher, more competitive level.
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Junior ALyssa Palmer takes a charge for the team. UIS fell short of victory with a final score 66-50.
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ot only was it a white out outside, but also inside TRAC as UIS basketball held its annual white out game Thursday night. Prairie Star fans braved the weather and dressed in all white to show support for their team. The Prairie Stars got to an early lead but could not keep it as the Saints of Maryville went on a 21-5 run. On a dry spell, the Stars took shot after shot but could not make any. The Stars did not guard well in the first half especially on the perimeter as the Saints made 3-pointer after 3-pointer. The Saints would extend their lead to as much as 17 points over the Stars. At the end of the first half the Stars closed the gap to 14 making the score at half time UIS 22 to Maryville 36. There was no energy or passion in the first half by the Stars, they needed to find a way to get fired up and make their shots. Junior Megan Bergerud led the Stars’ offense with nine points and shooting three of four on the perimeter. The second half started looking as though the Stars had found that fire they needed as junior Mallory Beck made a jump shot and freshman Meredith Marti made a 3-pointer to cut Maryville’s lead to nine points. However, the Stars could not stop the Saints offense as the Saints answered back with 11 points of their own to increase their lead to 20. After that the Saints remained in control of the game as they continued to increase their lead to 30 points. A late game surge by the Stars just was not enough to win the game as Saints finished out the game with a final score 66-50. Marti led the team with 13 points, three steals and pulled in four rebounds. Junior Elizabeth Kelly had 10 points of her own along with seven rebounds. The Stars just could not find a way to stop Maryville’s offense and did not play with any energy or fire until it was too late in the game. The Stars shot 30 percent for night while making eight steals for night. “Not very good,” commented head coach Chad Oletzke about the game “It’s obviously not the outcome we were wanting. But
IS Police Department reported the following calls for the period of Feb. 18 to Feb. 23, 2013. Patrol Investigation Feb. 20, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. on Campus While on patrol, an officer was informed about a subject riding recklessly on a bicycle. The subject on a bicycle had pulled out in front of a bus. The area was checked; no subject was located. Check on Welfare Feb. 21, 2013 at 1:36 a.m. at Clover Court While on patrol, an officer got out to check on the welfare of a subject who had come out of an apartment and slammed the door. Contact was made with the individual and their welfare was checked. Go to www.uisjournal.com every Monday for the complete Police Beat.
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bates, and White felt that, “They are both really good images.” Bouray went on to add that he thought, “It’s great that we were able to use an on-campus service for this.” However, they eventually chose the first of the two, since as Bouray mentions, “the second one was a little too wordy.” Both images can be found on the SGA website. They next went on to address a resolution on the parking situation at UIS. Hollins introduced the legislation as having two key components. First he stated that the purpose of the resolution lies in, “Supporting the making of parking meters on campus more efficient.” He pointed out that most meters only charge on an 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. basis, but that
there are a few that charge 24 hours a day. The second component of the resolution sought to free up parking areas for student parking during off hours. If passed it would allow students to use usually restricted parking spaces after normal business hours and on the weekends. Most of the committee supported both aspects of the resolution. Senator Blake Johnson even went so far as to state, “The University should adopt a universal stance on parking meters.” However, he went on to express his desire to split the resolution into two separate pieces of legislation as it would allow them to add to the second aspect more easily. The SGA agreed to this idea and the resolution was tabled until next meeting.
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