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February 29, 2012 Volume 36 Issue 6



Lighter, better, faster, stronger: The Ultrabook and you

Empowering males on campus



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UIS Studio Theatre presents ‘True West’ Page 8

Home Away From Home USC and pre-med, Helping students adjust to a new environment

topics for Campus Senate

By Daymon Kiliman News Reporter


Photo Courtesy of Jeannie Capranica Participants in the Home Away From Home program. The program is all about helping international as well as domestic students adjust to life in Springfield.

By Lori Beckham Features Reporter


he Diversity Center has created a new program called Home Away From Home. This is a volunteer opportunity for Springfield residents to help UIS students who have moved here from distant locations adjust to college life. The host family, those who volunteer to spend time with foreign students, take the student to events around town, such a dinners, theatre productions, and movies. The point of the program is to make students feel welcomed,

says Jeannie Capranica, the Diversity Center’s program manager. “These are students who are trying to better themselves; it’s challenging for many students who are jumping the pond from another country alone.” Capranica stresses that while international students are certainly candidates for the program, American students from afar are also encouraged to partake in Home Away From Home. She says: “We have a lot of students from inner city Chicago coming in; the new environment can be difficult for them as well.” Host families do not have to be families. They can be couples or single individuals who have the time to introduce new

residents to the Springfield area. Capranica says UIS students from Springfield or nearby towns can also serve as hosts. Although the program accepts families and individuals outside of UIS, such as churches and the city council, UIS students and professors can join in and take the new students to events. Capranica says the hosting relationship certainly “could be student to student.” This is a great way for students to do mentoring and relationship building with those who are trying to find their way into

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ens. Lynn Fisher, Peter Boltuc and Jorge Villegas provided their first report as newly inaugurated University Senate Counsel (USC) representatives at the Campus Senate meeting Friday. In their first USC meeting, the Senators discussed a new draft of the Enrollment Management Plan that aimed to address extensive comments to the original proposal. Sen. Fisher stated that the new draft, currently only circulated to USC representatives, constitutes a “significant response to campus and faculty concerns.” Chief among the changes is that the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Christophe Pierre, will act as central administrator of the program in lieu of a separate appointment. Pierre will work closely with an enrollment policy council made up of representatives from each campus in the goal-setting process. Cost-benefit analyses, the lack of which was repeatedly criticized in the initial draft of the plan, will be a part of future discussions, Sen. Fisher stated. The common university application, which would allow prospective students to apply to all three campuses by completing one form, is one such proposal that will be analyzed on a costbenefit basis. Sens. Fisher, Boltuc and Villegas were pleased with what Sen. Fisher termed a “remarkably productive and collegial meeting” where they felt “very welcome.” Sen. Villegas’ impression was that all involved

desired to move negotiations forward in a productive manner, and Sen. Boltuc was encouraged by the body’s willingness to compromise. This spirit of consensusbuilding was welcomed by the Campus Senate, with Chairman John Martin stating that he hopes serving on the USC continues to be a “less combative experience” for the new members than it was for him and Sen. Carrie Switzer, who in the last Campus Senate meeting resigned the USC, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Although Student Senators were absent from Friday’s meeting because of a competing engagement, Sen. John Tienken also expressed hope for progress in an e-mail prior to the meeting, stating “too often we hear too little about the students, and too much about outside conflicts. I hope, at the end of the day, everyone involved remembers that the ultimate guide in determining policy should be doing what will provide the best university experience for students.” In other business, Resolution 41-26 passed, creating both premed concentrations and minors at UIS. Extensive discussion preceded passage with some Senators expressing reservations for the proposal. Sen. Ross Garmil, who cast the only “nay” vote, was concerned that the proposal failed to address operational authority in the case of changes in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences committee, which is governed under the bylaws of the

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Unique experience, tradition hallmarks of 20th Annual Springfest By Andrew Majors Assistant Editor for Features


n its nineteen previous incarnations, Springfest has offered students the opportunity to be a part of something unique on campus, to be a part of a longstanding and still developing tradition that will continue on long beyond graduation. Springfest began in 1992, when UIS was still known as Sangamon State University, and has grown into one of the most popular yearly events on campus. The tradition has become a part of the fabric of the university, a memory that remains with those who participate as they enter their career field. Last year, almost 500 Prairie Stars participated in the event, an increase of over 100 from the 2010 total. Each year Springfest changes in order to offer the participants a

one of a kind experience, but also retains the qualities that make Springfest such a rousing success each year. On top of yearly staples like Sports Day, Trivia Night, and the Scavenger Hunt, those putting this year’s installment together are looking to add some new elements to the competition. “We want to offer students a unique experience,” Ryan Thoroman said of the event. “We also realize Springfest is one of the strongest and longest running traditions on our campus. This year we are celebrating our twentieth anniversary. So, in that respect, we are adamant about maintaining the essence of what makes Springfest special.” But what is the most important element of Springfest each year? Thoroman points to those who participate as the most crucial entity. “Ultimately what sets Spring-

Photo by Colten Bradford Alexandrea Kinzinger fights to keep her team out of the mud pit on sports day during last year’s Springfest. Sports Day is one of the returning events to Springfest this year. fest apart from other activities on our campus are the competitors and volunteers,” he said. “The spirit and competitiveness infused into Springfest by our community creates an incredible atmosphere on our campus.” One new event scheduled for the 20th Springfest is a community event that focuses on service and education in improving the green fingerprint on campus.

“An event we are very excited about though is our huge service and educational event taking place on Friday. Mark Dochterman and Brittany Elder of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center have been doing a tremendous job heading up this project,” Thoroman explained. “To celebrate Earth Week and Arbor Day, we will be planting over four-thousand oak

Empowering males on campus By Natalie Noble General Reporter


IS Speaker Series and The Black Male Collegiate Society (BMCS) held an event centered around the empowerment of black males on campus and Black History Month awareness. On Friday Thomas Armstrong, a civil rights activist and author, spoke about the impact of knowing the importance of voting and equal public accommodations. As a college student back in the 1950s through 1960s, Armstrong participated in different organizations on his campus for civil rights. He also spoke about the students groups who would go to different towns and neighborhoods to convince blacks to vote and request civil rights. The organizations Armstrong spoke about called themselves Freedom Riders. By speaking about different incidents and racial discrimination, UIS students were captivated by his great charisma and truth that silenced the room. Armstrong also sold books during his visit to UIS. The book, entitled Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights, is

about creating social change for his fellow black citizens. It has memoirs about his family being freed slaves, leading up to the civil rights movements, through to his personal experiences. Although mentioned in critically acclaimed books and Forbes magazine, Armstrong leaves a humble message for his audience. “Evidence of you being here today shows that you want to make a change. Think of turbulence civil rights fights. Learn respect and turn that into good will for your fellow man. Exceed your own expectations and aspirations. I found my aspiration and it made me stronger. Find yourself a song or poem that sustains you forever,” said Armstrong. “Find your special interest and follow your personal path. Make things work better for everyone. You have the tools to make the world a better place. If you see something that’s in your county, city, or school without equal op-

portunity, go to that problem and solve it,” he continued. On Saturday the BMCS speaking engagement event had Armstrong in attendance, but also featured UIS’ own African American Studies Department Chair, Kamau Kamayó and celebrity guest, Christopher Martin, from the music group Kid ‘n Play. All three speakers discussed the importance of black awareness during black history month as well as awareness in general. The event exposed students to different topics such as racism, prejudice, slavery, hiphop issues, and accurate black history. The speakers took their time introducing the topics and conveying a message to young students that would open their minds to understanding African American studies as a way they can make a difference. Kamayó spoke more formally to students to emphasize his point. “African American studies and Black History Month are not

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interest and follow your personal path. Make things work better for everyone. You have the tools to make the world a better place.” -Thomas Armstrong

about understanding your history. It’s about understanding you and changing yourself. Get the knowledge for yourself. Search in bibliographies and footnotes for those authors in your textbooks to go deeper. And if you haven’t experienced any of that we spoke about here, then it will happen soon.” Kamayó said. This event was open to the general student body, although centered towards the uplifting male blacks on campus, it still made a huge impact on the audience that participated. Justin Rose, senior interpersonal communication major and BMCS president, shared his views on his wonderful event that was carefully thought out for males on UIS campus. “I had the chance to learn about black excellence. Three things that stuck out to me were unity, perseverance and preservation. Having these positive individuals speaks and having it pertain to men, but also women shows how important it is to get education. By going to both events this weekend I learned from all the speakers to get out there and do it. Actions speak louder than words,” Rose said.

trees. This is an opportunity for our participants to set aside their team colors and work collectively as one team, Team Green.” The winning team is traditionally awarded black t-shirts, and the event is currently soliciting sponsors in order to of-


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Natural Sciences Division. Sen. Boltuc voted in favor of the resolution but expressed reservations at the lack of an M.D. facilitating the program, and Sen. Dennis Ruez was concerned that the large number of hours associated with the minor could discourage enrollment by students who are interested in pre-med study but who do not intend to become medical doctors. Harshavardhan Bapat, Director of the Science Division, stated that the minor has “the dual purpose of satisfying gened requirements and serv[ing] an advising issue” by establishing a specific progression of courses to facilitate student success. Provost Lynn Pardie voiced her support for the resolution, believing official codification of the minor and concentration will increase visibility of the program and benefit both current and prospective students. Sen. Villegas’ recounted that members of the USC conference in Chicago stated it was their impression that “UIS would be a very good place to start pre-med work.” The Senate also voted for Vice-Chair, with Sen. Fisher receiving 12 votes and Sen. Tena Helton receiving 6 votes.

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Students encouraged to save money by competing By Che Vaughn Starling News Reporter


tudent Money Management Center and University of Illinois have partnered in organizing a saving competition to promote positive aspects of developing strong saving habits. Saving is an important skill to have because most people want money, and want to keep as much money in their pockets as they can. People are always thinking about their finances, and wondering where all their money is going. Creating a budget and a saving plan is a great way to keep money around. A competition, including all three University of

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Illinois campuses, has created a way to help people learn how to save. The purpose of this competition is to instill excellent saving and spending behaviors to everyone who is interested. According to Penney Soon, a SMMC representative at U of I UrbanaChampaign, this is the first year that they are expanding to all University of Illinois campuses because everyone should be educated in savings. “Illinois Saves is an opportunity to promote good savings behavior and gives students and faculty a chance to assess their own savings status,” said Soon. According to SMMC, de-

veloping a well balance savings is important to individual’s financial growth and stability across many stages in their lives. Learning how to save now can prevent money woes later on in a person’s future. In today’s world money is a necessity, and learning how to keep money around is something worth investing in. For college students, grasping the art of saving is important because most graduates owe $20,000 or more in student loans. A person shouldn’t be further in debt for lack of knowledge of

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the community. For those who would like to join the program as a host, go to the Diversity Center website at under “Programs” and “Host Family” to fill out an application. For new students from another


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ike almost forty million other people, I watched the Academy Awards on Sunday evening, an event that wraps up the film year of 2011 by handing out a collection of golden statuettes to those deemed deserving of the industry’s highest accolade within the film business. I fell in love with movies at a young age, and the Oscars each year remind me why it’s so easy to lose yourself for a couple of hours amidst the fantasy playing out on the big screen. Of the nine films nominated this year for Best Picture I have currently seen seven, with War Horse and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close being the only two that have thus far fallen through the cracks. I plan on remedying that as soon as time permits, and of the films nominated I felt that The Artist absolutely deserved the highest honor to be bestowed upon a film. It was an original, unique blend of clever humor and artistic integrity that none of the other films nominated quite matched, though that is not to

say they were not quality films. Unfortunately, most of the Oscar buzz I heard in class the following afternoon seemed to center around celebrity storylines rather than on the films that were honored, and this is unfortunately where Hollywood seems to be heading. I heard more people talking about Brad Pitt’s hair, Angelina Jolie’s leg, and designer dresses than I heard talking about Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris screenplay (which won Best Original Screenplay) or Christopher Plummer’s performance in the criminally underappreciated Beginners (which won Best Supporting Actor, and garnered the 82-year old a much deserved standing ovation from those in attendance). Jim Rash and Bret McKenzie are Oscar winners. That’s enough to celebrate right there. It’s a perplexing situation that Hollywood finds itself in only a few days after their biggest celebration of the year. The theme for the show was based around the concept of “why we go to the movies”, and I thought the producers of the show did a terrific job showcasing and capitalizing on that theme. The only problem was that, as it seems, some members of the at-home audience missed the point completely. It’s just anoth-

er pop culture event to watch and then to turn around and be super cynical about. In our beloved 24-hour news cycle, things are over before they’ve ever really begun, and I would suggest that those people who only found things to complain about during Sunday night’s telecast didn’t really want to like anything about it anyway. I’m pretty sure Brad Pitt is doing okay even without a recent haircut, and I don’t think any of the beautiful and skilled actresses really mind if you didn’t like their dress. It’s just another opportunity for me to beg those of you who found something to dislike to take off your cynical sunglasses once in a while and appreciate the forest for the trees. There were nearly forty million people who watched the Academy Awards. I just hope the majority of them used it as a chance to relive some terrific films from last year rather than to turn it into yet another opportunity to spew venom about a handful of things you disliked. I learned a lesson at a young age that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid, but it’s much more fun to enjoy something rather than loathe it just for the sake of doing so. Positivity, people. It’s contagious.

he legendary phrase, “a dingo ate my baby!” has become ingrained in American pop culture. It has appeared innocuously in movies and TV shows, often in a comedic light. This is quite understandable considering the apparent ridiculousness of the statement, although I doubt that many who use it know of its origins. Very few people who hear this line, especially members of my generation, don’t realize its tragic history. It stems from the horrified cries of a mother who witnessed her daughter dragged out of their tent and carried off by a dingo. Or at least that is how the story went. Officials have been trying to determine the true nature of the events for the last three decades. The fourth in the series of inquiries has just recently adjourned, marking the first decision made in the case since 1995. The event in question occurred in August 1980 during a family camping trip in the Australian outback. The twomonth-old Azaria Chamberlain was reportedly taken out of tent by a dingo before her parents could respond. From early on there was a great deal of public support for the parents in their time of crisis, and the first inquiry resulted in official support for the veracity of their statements. The Australian police, dissatisfied with the original verdict held a second inquest. Evidence suggesting that Azaria had a significant incision along her throat led to Lindy Chamberlain, the infant’s mother, to be charged with murder and eventually convicted of murder in 1982. Her husband, Michael, was tried and convicted as an accessory to murder. The chance discovery of a piece of Az-


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Police Beat

University of Illinois Springfield Police Department reported the following calls for the period of Feb. 12, 2012 to Feb. 25, 2012. • Traffic Stops (34)- Of the 34 stops, police issued 10 citations and 24 written warnings. • Motorist Assists (36) • Burglary Alarm Responses (1) • Fire Alarm Responses (1) • Other Alarm Responses (2) • Parking Tickets (50) • Agency Assist (10)- UIS PD assisted the Springfield Police Department and the Lincoln Land Community College Police Department • Employee Lockout (9) • Student Lockout (7) 2/23/12 12:18 p.m. Forgery UIS Someone attempted to forge signatures on a student’s loan papers. A report was completed. 2/21/12 2:22 p.m. Disturbance BSB Officers responded to the above location regarding an upset subject who was creating a scene. Upon arrival, the subject eventually calmed down and left the premises. UIS PD found no report was necessary. 2/17/12 3:18 p.m. Complaint West Lake Shore Drive An officer responded to a complaint concerning an electric golf cart driving on the roadway. Upon checking the vicinity, the officer could not locate any vehicle matching the description. UIS PD found the complaint to be unfounded. 2/17/12 6:16 a.m. Driving Under the Influence Carl Sandburg Lane An officer witnessed a vehicle drive off the road at the above location. The subject was found to be drinking, was subsequently cited and had their vehicle towed. A report was completed. Check out the complete Police Beat at every Monday.


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savings. This competition will enable people, students especially, to prepare for future endeavors like retirement, children going off to college, graduate school, starting families, etc. The University of Illinois also gains national exposure for supporting the development of good financial behaviors in students, staff, and faculty. U of I feels including faculty and staff in this competition will support their immediate financial growth through the introduction of new tools and techniques to help them accomplish their previous financials plans. The first step to participate in this completion is to sign up on www.universityillinoissaves. org, where the site will direct users to all the things needed for entrance into the competition. Next, fill out the form the website provides, tell a friend about the competition, and start saving. There are incentives for pro-

moting savings through the campus. The campus to sign up the highest ratio of students, faculty and staff as “savers” on the America Saves campaign web page will get a collection of prizes for members of that campus to win. Also, there will be weekly drawings to encourage participation through the duration of the competition. The prizes will be TCF $15 gift cards, Apple iPad 2s, three $500 saving bonds from Chase, two $250 gift cards from PNC Bank and a $100 gift cards from Busey, all provided from the U of I Employees Credit Union. The competition is scheduled to from Feb. 19 to April 19. The saving competition is another way for faculty and staff to get more involve on campus. It is a competition that is essential to help everyone to save. It is never too late to start thinking about the future. Establishing the knowledge of savings now, will save a person a lot of headache later.

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Lighter, better, faster stronger: The Ultrabook and you By Andrew Majors Assistant Editor for Features


he college students across the world cling to their laptops like Linus used to clutch his beloved blanket. Hauling them to and from class, pushing the classroom experience more and more into the digital age. But, with the development and growing popularity of tablets such as Apple’s iPad, the laptop has been forced to keep up with the market in offering consumers lighter, sleeker, and more powerful laptops. The term used to describe these diet laptops is “ultrabook”, and they are

changing the way tech companies promote and market their products to the masses. But what exactly is an ultrabook? How is it different from the laptop you bought only a few years ago? An ultrabook is ostensibly the next generation laptop, providing users with an even more portable portal to the wireless world. Intel, the developer of the ultrabook frame, provides the slimmed down content to larger PC manufacturers who put their own unique spin on the ultrabook. Intel believes that the ultrabook is not only an adaptation of current technology, but an entirely different beast altogether. It provides users with an amazingly powerful computer with the essentials and some added perks thrown in to entice those users into revamping their perception of the laptop in 2012. Intel has addressed some customer

issues with ultrabook predecessors, providing a tailored logic board that allows for all ultrabooks to be 18mm thin or less while also providing users with an extended battery life that can power a much larger screen. At least half of the new generation ultrabooks will have capacity to power screens fourteen inches and larger, another fix to consumers who were reticent to purchase previous ultrabooks because of their diminished screen size. Another change Intel is looking into is in manipulating the traditional user interface in favor of touch screen technology, which for an ultrabook would be a groundbreaking breakthrough. Intel’s primary competition, the Apple MacBook Air, has

been on the market for years and has strong word of mouth that has allowed it to earn its reputation as the genre’s archetype. The MacBook Air took the market by storm and gave users all the functions of a larger laptop with a significantly slimmed down appearance. But for fans on the other side of the Mac vs. PC debate, Intel is offering all the benefits while trying to overtake their competition through innovation and dedication. Ultimately, it’s the consumer who will have final say on whether or not Intel’s strong marketing push of the ultrabook will be a successful alternative to the MacBook Air. Based on the ultra-expectations, the ultrabook boom is likely to find a secure share of the marketplace alongside its competition in the coming year.

Culture Corner Welcome to Iceland Fun Facts: • Iceland is a hot spot of volcanic and geothermal activity due to its location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and thirty post glacial volcanoes have erupted there in the last two centuries. • Half of the country’s population of 300,000 lives in the capital city of Reykjavík and neighboring southwestern towns. • Vatnajökull, located in Iceland, is Europe’s largest glacier. • Iceland’s life expectancy, 81.3 years for women and 76.4 for men, is one of the highest in the world. Foods: Lamb, dairy, and fish make up a significant portion of Icelandic cuisine. Most emphasis of the country’s eating is placed not on historical traditions and food preparation methods, but on the quality of available ingredients. Speak the Language: Icelandic language is one of the Nordic languages, a subgroup of the Germanic languages. Counting to 10 in Icelandic: zero = núll (nool) two = tveir (tvay-r) four = fjórir (fjoh-rir) six = sex (sex) eight = átta (ohw-ta) ten = tíu (tee-u)

one = einn (ate) three = þrír (threer) five = fimm (fim) seven = sjö (syur) nine = níu (nee-u)

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aria’s clothing near a dingo den in 1986 led to the eventual acquittal of the hapless parents. While the two were awarded 1.3 million Australian dollars for wrongful imprisonment, this amount only covered about one fourth of their legal expenses. A third inquest in 1995 merely led to an “open” verdict, simply stating that the court did not have enough evidence to definitively make a conclusion. This fourth inquest, actually instigated by the Chamberlains, is hoped to serve as closure for the case. A series of similar dingo attacks, which have been reported with increasing frequency since the 1980s, serves to help substantiate the Chamberlains’ ver-

sion of the events. I for one, hope that they will be able to lay this case to rest. Whether or not a dingo was responsible for the death of Azaria, the experiences of the Chamberlains were tragic. Even had they killed their daughter, for which there is no strong evidence to suggest, by this point there is little the court could do to continue punishing them. They have suffered for three decades of public condemnation, extensive legal fees, and even a period of outright jail time. I sincerely believe that the court should give them closure in the case. It is entirely possible that a dingo, which consequently is similar to a wild dog and has had a long history of aggressive tendencies in certain circumstances, could have taken Azaria.

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Thursday, 1: • LGBtea Weekly Socials! Head to the LGBTQ Resource Office for conversation and fun. Open to all LGBTQ and allied students. From 4-6 p.m. • Need some motivation? Head to Brookens Auditorium at 7 p.m. to hear Karli Butler. She will be sharing her story and helping women persevere. • Didn’t catch True West last weekend? Not to worry, the UIS Studio Theatre production continues. Get your tickets and head to the lower level of PAC, curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2: • True West will be in Studio Theatre. Starting at 7:30, so get your ticket and get there early for a great seat. This production stars UIS theatre professor, Eric ThibodeauxThompson and UIS community members. Saturday, 3: • Support the Prairie Stars Softball team as they take on Indianapolis. Double header starts at 12 p.m. at the Softball Complex. • If you love to ice-skate or just want to try something new, head to the Nelson Recreation Center in Springfield with your i-card at 3 p.m. Skating is free for the first 20 students. • The final production of True West at UIS. Don’t miss out on the chance to see it! Curtain at 7:30 p.m.

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Sibling rivalry and UIS Studio Theatre presents: By Che Vaughn Starling News Reporter


Photo by Mayur Thulasi-Das Austin (Craig Rauch) and Lee (Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson) sit in their mother’s kitchen and talk. True West continues this weekend with shows at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

IS Studio Theatre kicked off the spring season with True West this past weekend. A play directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, True West is about two brothers, and how they deal with their differences. It is a classic sibling rivalry that is shown constantly throughout the play. The play takes place around 1980 in suburban home, 40 miles away from L.A. True West explains the bitter dilemma between Ivy League graduate screenwriter Austin, played by Craig Rauch, and his thieving pernicious brother Lee, played by Eric Thibodeaux- Thompson. The two brothers always had a turbulent relationship, and that is shown in the play. Austin and Lee are secretly jealous of what the other has, and wish that their brother’s life was really their own. Thibodeaux-Thompson always wanted to direct it,

mainly because it is current to situations today. Most people who have siblings know about little sibling rivalries, even if it is out of pure friendly fun. “I love love love this play. Although this is 20 something years old, it’s still great scene work. It’s a big T-bone steak for actors, and it’s a great challenge for directors. There are still sibling rivalries today, and New vs. Old debates,” said Thibodeaux-Thompson. Austin is a clean cut, mellow, middle age man that lives his life in an honest way. He has the American Dream: a wife, kids, a car, a house, an excellent job, and a dog. Most people would love to have a life like that, but deep down inside he wishes he has something more rugged and out of the norm. In contrast, his brother Lee is the total opposite. He is an adventurous free spirit that follows his own beat, and creates his own rules. He lives in the dessert, plus he steals. A person would think that Lee is perfectly content with the life he

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self discovery ‘True West’ has; Wrong! He wishes that he had the dream life of going to a top notch college, having a dream job, and living in a suburban home. The play starts off with Austin, sitting in his mother’s kitchen because he is housesitting for her while she is vacationing in Alaska. His brother, Lee, comes in uninvited, and pesters him. This scene puts the audience in the mindset of the older brother antagonizing the little brother. Lee and Austin have not seen each other in five years, and the mood is stiff. The audience can see the tension between the two with the interaction they are having. Lee is making fun of his brother success, and Austin is lecturing his brother on how to be more responsible. Throughout the play the audience will see these two having frequent arguments. In the production viewers will see that drunken speech can reveal truth in each of the brothers, especially Austin. They will make new revelations

about each other for better and for worse. True West also shows how a person cannot escape who they truly are. A person can put up a façade and mask what they are by going to ivy -league school or trying to be a thief, but deep down inside if a person is not that it will come out later on in life. The play expresses that idea through Austin’s character. The play went over well for audiences, especially those who could relate to what was happening in the play. Some audience members, such as UIS Freshman, Colton Harden, really enjoyed it. “I like reading the play in class, but getting to see it was so much better. It was just good acting and entertainment all around,” said Harden. True West is a play that is worth seeing and shows audience members a lot about siblings and the interactions that they have. Come out and support the UIS Theatre and see True West March 1-3.

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fer even more prizes to winning competitors. But it’s the black shirt and bragging rights that go along with it that most are vying for at Springfest and part of what makes it such a memorable event for previous participants. “College is all about creating memories and if you ask our alumni about their favorite moments at UIS, I guarantee a lot of them would mention Springfest. You really see our campus come alive and the spirit and excitement is infectious,” Thoroman mentioned. “Trust me, if you are not on a team during Springfest week, you will regret it. Be prepared though, the competition for that black t-shirt is fierce.”

Page 9 Currently, there are eight teams registered to compete at this year’s event, with no limit on the number of teams that can round out the field. Teams are composed of 10-15 members, which can include alumni, faculty, or staff. Alumni, faculty, and staff members must pay a $10 participation fee upon registration, and each team can only have up to two of those members per team. The best way for anyone with a team looking to register is to stop by the Student Organization Center (SOC) and pick up a paper application. SOC is located in the Student Life Building (SLB). While there, any additional questions can be answered. The official deadline to register is Wednesday, March 7.

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Weevils don’t wobble, Stars fall down By Carson Buss

Assistant Editor for Sports


pening the season, UIS Head Baseball Coach Mike Zandler and his squad headed south for a weekend series against Division II opponent the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Following the weekend’s action, the Weevils bested the Prairie Stars in the three game series with scores of 1-0, 13-9 and 12-2. The wins improved UA-Monticello’s record to a solid 10-2, while UIS fell to 0-3. Game one proved to be a pitchers duel as neither offense was able to muster anything until UA-Monticello broke the deadlock in the eighth inning, taking advantage of two wild pitches. This single run is all that game one produced following a complete nine-inning performance from Monticello’s Kenny Marshall. “You have to give [Marshall] credit, he came out and threw a complete game,” said Zandler. The Weevils’s right-handed Marshall has proved effective

as the Junior has begun his 2012 campaign 4-0 with 22.0 innings pitched and has yet to yield an earned run. Barry Arnett started game one for the Stars. After five innings of work, Arnett allowed just two hits and no runs while striking out three. This five-inning effort was only good enough for a no decision as the game’s only run was charged to Stephen Siegel. Siegel’s run was allowed in after two wild pitches from David Frank and Seth Warren. “We had a few interesting moments,” commented Zandler after the double header on Saturday, “the pitchers did well, and we had opportunities.” The second game proved to be just the opposite of the first as both teams combined for a total of 22 runs. Unfortunately for UIS, ten of these runs came to Monticello within the opening three innings. UIS battled, cutting deep into the Weevils lead, but were unable to overcome the large deficit, falling 13-9. Zandler commented that it was the inability to work ahead in the count that allowed Monticello


to capture such a hefty lead. UIS’ sophomore outfielder, Jesus Gonzales had himself an extremely productive game two. Gonzales was a perfect 4-4 at the plate and drove in three of the Prairie Stars’ nine runs while picking up a put out, as well as an assist. Russell Watts picked up the game two win with five innings of work and allowing three runs. The loss was given to Ethan Morris, who, after 1.2 innings, allowed a total of five runs (three of which were earned). The Weevils got another quality effort from their starting pitcher, this time Chris Guzman. Guzman was able to strike out eight Prairie Star batsmen over the course of 7.0 innings. UIS on the other hand had to dig into its bullpen after Kyle Schildroth pitched just 1.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on five hits and three walks. UIS will be back on the diamond Feb. 29 as they face off against St. Ambrose in Jacksonville, Ill.

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Beale first women’s basketball player named all-conference


he Prairie Stars’ own Bailey Beale has become the first women’s basketball player at the university to be named to the GLVC second all-conference team. Beale received this high honor for her excellence on the court. Beale is a senior guard for UIS and is ranked in multiple categories in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, including three-pointers, steals and scoring. Also, Beale was chosen by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association to attend the Women’s Final Four in Denver, as a part of the “So You Want to Be A Coach” program.

By Nick Dow

Sports Reporter


o start off the 2012 season the Prairie Stars traveled down south to Arkansas to compete in Quad-State Classic. The Prairie Stars were set to play six different teams in six games in the tournament over the course of three days. UIS opened the tournament with an early morning game against Lincoln. For UIS it

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Prairie Stars open season on winning note

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was the team’s battery that paved the way to a 5-2 victory. Pitcher Aubrey Watson hurled a complete game, allowing just two runs over seven innings of work, while her catcher for the day Chelsea Minor doubled in two runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Almost immediately following their victory over Lincoln,


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This semester Rec Sports will have different equipment available for you to demo! Equipment will range from the updated models we currently have to those that are new trends in the industry! Personal Training- Buddy Training Package One-on-two meeting with a personal trainer that offers individuals an opportunity to work out with co-workers, spouses, roommates, or any other buddy. A personal trainer will assist in developing a fitness program specifically designed to meet your goals and interests. Prices are for two people. Wellness The 100 mile is in full swing, keep tracking those miles and encouraging your teammates to stay active. Remember each person has to obtain 100 miles in order for everyone to receive the 100 mile club t-shirt!

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Prairie Stars end regular season on winning note By Nick Dow Sports Reporter


or much of the season whenever UIS has needed a clutch basket Jermaine Love-Roberts has answered the call. Thursday night in Quincy, Illinois was no different as Love-Roberts drained a baseline fade-away jumper with under a minute left to give the Prairie Stars a 63-62 win in the GLVC matchup. The Prairie Stars came out of the locker room ready to play to open the game as Michael Fakuade scored on a layup just seven seconds into the first half. Quincy was then able to keep pace with UIS until about seven minutes remaining in the half when UIS was able to force several Quincy turnovers and proceeded to score nine unanswered points to push the lead to 27-17. Quincy was able to close their deficit to six points at halftime thanks to some hot shooting from Chris Babbitt, including a layup with 37 seconds left in the game to shrink the deficit to 29-23 at halftime. The Prairie Stars defense swarmed the Quincy offense throughout the first half


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UIS took the diamond again, this time for a wild game with Southwest Baptist. Extra innings were needed in this game as the score was tied at 8 after seven innings of play. After a scoreless eighth inning for both teams, Southwest Baptist scored on a double to give them a one run lead entering the final inning of play. UIS freshman Chelsea Minor doubled in the tying run and then proceeded to score the game’s winning run after Southwest Baptist’s shortstop committed a fatal error on a ground ball from Tina Buck. During the second day of action in the tournament UIS kept their hot hitting going with two more solid performances. In the day’s first game, UIS fell behind Northwest Missouri in

holding them to just 37 percent shooting from the field. The second half proved to be a different story as Quincy started hitting their shots on offense. A basket by Justin Brock tied the game at 31 just four minutes into the second half, and just a minute later a Scott Hahn jump shot would give Quincy a temporary lead. The game remained a back and forth affair, with Quincy possessing a four point lead with just over four minutes remaining in the game after a Brock layup made the score 58-54. Lester Hart brought the game to within one possession with a layup in transition coming on a nice assist from Love-Roberts. Quincy scored their last points of the game with just under two minutes in the game remaining to push the score to 62-59. From that point on the game belonged to Love-Roberts as two successful free throw attempts closed the Quincy lead to just one point. After having his shot blocked by Brock, Love-Roberts got a second chance after the UIS rebound and hit the game-winner fading away from the baseline making the score 63-62. The Prairie Stars were able

to hold on to the one point lead in the game’s final seconds when a tip-in by Quincy’s leading scorer Justin Brock was ruled no good by the officials. Brock tried tipping in the rebound from his teammate Ryan Stuckman’s errant shot, but was unsuccessful allowing UIS to breathe easy. Love-Roberts was the game’s leading scorer as he finished with 19 points on the night. Guard, Hart added 13 points in his team-high 35 minutes played for UIS. Big man, Fakuade narrowly missed adding another double-double to his resume as he pulled down 13 rebounds and scored nine points. The win for the Prairie Stars placed them second in the GLVC West Division to Missouri-St. Louis as they finished with a conference record of 12-6, and an overall mark of 15-12. After the game Love-Roberts explained the importance of getting the win on the road, “this win put us in a good position for a tournament run, and were glad to have a chance to play in front of our fans again.”

the first inning after surrendering a two-run homerun to NWMS third baseman Kristen Uthe. UIS was able to rally back and take the lead in the third inning when the Prairie Stars took advantage of errors to strike for four runs. UIS was able to add seven more runs in the following three innings en route to an 11-3 win. Aubrey Watson earned her second win in as many days as she went seven innings allowing just two earned runs and striking out seven batters. The Prairie Stars ended the second day of the tournament with another win, this time needing only five innings to defeat Missouri Southern 102. Junior hurler Brittany Sitton picked up the win as she threw five innings, striking out five batters. Chelsea Minor pro-

vided all the offense that UIS would need when she blasted a grand slam in the game’s first inning on her way to driving in six runs in the game. After starting the tournament 4-0 and scoring runs at will, UIS looked to keep their winning streak alive against 19th ranked Missouri Western. The Prairie Stars fought back from an early deficit to push the game into extra innings, a solo homerun from Brooke Carroll tied the game in fifth inning. Missouri Western pushed a run across in the top of the eighth and was then able to retire UIS in the bottom half of the inning to win 7-6. The loss was the first of for UIS and dropped their record to 4-1 on the young season. The Prairie Stars concluded their play in the tournament with a game against Southwest

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Home crowd not enough to spur Stars to victory

Photo by Kati Maseman Jermaine Love-Roberts lays-out for a basket during the first round of the GLVC Tournament. UIS faced Lewis in their first home tournament game in the NCAA Division II. Lewis defeated the Stars 75-68. Oklahoma. Aubrey Watson took the circle for UIS looking to notch her third win in as many tries. The pitching struggled for UIS as Watson and Sitton combined to allow 13 hits and 10 runs on the afternoon. The UIS lineup again refused to go down without a fight. Tied at seven in the seventh inning, Southwest Oklahoma plated three runs to make the score 10-7. UIS responded in the bottom half of the inning as Lauren Holllinshead walked and scored on a Rachel Wood double to make the score 10-8. The rally wasn’t enough, as UIS stranded the tying runs on base to end the game. Speaking after the tournament concluded, Coach Mat Mundell voiced his pleasure with the team, “I thought the girls did a great job of com-

ing out and attacking the ball at the plate. We were able to score runs in variety of different ways and that will really come in handy throughout the season” Mundell Said. When asked his thoughts on his team’s refusal to quit on games when they found themselves down on the scoreboard early, Mundell said, “as a coach nothing makes you more proud than watching your team competing hard no matter the score. The girls were able to do that in every game, and I think that shows what type of character this team has.” The Prairie Stars will have several days to rest after their trip down south as they open the regular season at home with a double header with Indianapolis on March 3 starting at noon.

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