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November 7, 2012 Volume 37 Issue 10

Veterans remembered at UIS

Military and veteran student group helps with “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” event

By Nafia Khan General Reporter


Who is your president? Pages 3


Free Verse performs emotionally charged poetry slam Page 7


Meet our new columnist, Julia Page 9 .


.ie a Yellow Ribbon brought together the campus and local community to remember fallen soldiers and current, active-duty service members. The event includes a week-long toiletry drive and a banner in the Public Affairs Center where students can write their message of support and gratitude to those who have served, currently serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The items collected from the toiletry drive will benefit United Service Organizations. While the students who participated in the event may not be at war right now, there are students who attend UIS that have seen it firsthand. Junior legal studies major and veteran Chad Sibley is the president of the Military and Veterans Student Organization (MVSO), a newly-revived student group on campus. He served in the United States Army from 1987 to 1991 and in the Army Reserve from 1993 to 1995 as a combat medic. Sibley comes from a long line of military service members, including a grandfather who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, a father who served as a Military Policeman, a brother who is a Marine vet, a mother who was an army nurse, and an uncle who was a Vietnam War vet. His daughter is entering the Navy next year and a son who also has plans to enter the military. Sibley was deployed to the Middle East in Operation Desert Storm and said he knows the troubles facing vets and service members. Sibley said the vision for the group came after an advisor on his campus tour told him there was no organization on campus for veterans or members of the armed forces other than the campus financial aid office and programs listed online. “Veterans in active military are a different breed – we’re not like civilians,” Sibley said.


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Junior Legal Studies major and creator of MVSO, Chad Sibley ties a yellow ribbon as a way of reflecting on his military service.

Senior English major Gretchen Addis and Senior Psychology major Krystal Cheung tie yellow ribbons on campus for their Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service hours.

Photos by Nafia Khan

I thought, well, Veteran’s Day is coming up and I had the idea, let’s tie a yellow ribbon in every single tree. But then I thought, guys, that’s, like, 1000 trees. So then our goal was to get a ribbon on every tree on University Drive and we accomplished that. -Samia Ahmad, UIS junior


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Win $25 gift card for opinions of UIS Student Satisfaction Survey offers rewards for feedback

By Lori Beckham

Assistant Editor for Features

My office handles a number of large national surveys that are bench-marked, which means that our results compare to the results of other universities, to see how we’re doing compared to other campuses. -Karen Moranski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education


tudent Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) “Gives us an opportunity to really change some things that will help students. That’s why this is a particularly important survey, because it’s students telling us what they need more of,” said Karen Moranski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education. She is an administrator for the Provost and stressed the importance of completing this survey. The Provost is currently sending email reminders to students about the SSI. It is an online survey and open to all students on campus. “My office handles a number of large national surveys that are bench-marked, which means that our results compare to the results of other universities, to see how we’re doing compared to other campuses,” Moranski said. “The Student Satisfaction Inventory is one of those large national bench-marked surveys.” The SSI was first conducted at UIS in 2001, and it was issued

every other year until 2007; this will be the fifth administration of this survey. Moranski explained that the administration had been waiting for the SSI to become available online. Before then, students could only take the survey in paper form. “We were waiting for them to shift to an online format, which is much easier for us and for students to take,” she explained. The survey was distributed to students by faculty during class time. “But the paper survey can take 30 to 45 minutes,” she said, due to the amount of time it took for faculty to introduce the survey, in addition to waiting for all students to complete the form.

By making the survey available online, it makes it convenient for students to fill the survey out whenever they can. Moranski added, however, that this means students can easily dismiss the survey altogether, because it is not issued during class time. There is also a concern that students will not even open their emails about the SSI, therefore unaware of its importance. “It does mean we got to get the word out to students,” she said, “which we’re trying to do with ads and posters across campus.” Another way to get students interested in taking the SSI is by

offering students a chance to win a $25 gift card for, a local gas station, or as Campus Cash. Moraski said, “We like the idea of letting the students choose the prize that was more effective for them.” Thirty-five cards will be awarded randomly to students who take the survey. Online students will be asked to complete a different survey called the Priority Survey for Online Learners (PSOL). Moranski said online students must take a different satisfaction survey, because many of the questions for campus students do not apply to them. “The campus survey deals with you going in and getting

services, and online learners don’t have those same issues,” she explained. “It’s differently phrased to meet the needs of people who are taking their courses at a distance from the campus. It becomes accesses to ‘library resources’ rather than going into the library. ” She added that online students will still have a chance to win prizes, but that it is limited to gift cards only. Moranski said that the point of this survey is, “Generally to share them… so that the campus sees how we’re doing... We’ll likely share general results with the campus senate so that the Student Government Association will be aware of those results, and we can work with SGA to share [the results] broadly with students in ways they think are appropriate.” The only way to take the SSI is by opening a link sent by Lynn Pardie’s office to students’ UIS accounts, using the pass code issued in the same email. The survey must be completed no later than Nov. 16.

Committing to a better tomorrow through donations By Daymon Kiliman Assistant Editor for News


t the State and University Employees Combined Appeal, or SECA bake sale, Wendy Johnson, Assistant to the Dean of Public Affairs and Administration, says Normajean Niebur’s baked goods almost always sell out. Niebur, who works as an Office Support Specialist in Public Affairs and Administration, had a big hit with her rum cake, but some other contenders, such as jars of Chancellor Susan Koch’s homemade apple sauce, were following closely behind at the start of the noon hour. All the proceeds from the donated goods support SECA causes. SECA is a giving campaign that raises money for 11 charitable federations. SECA offers

UIS employees the opportunity to donate on a one-time or recurring basis to a charity of their choice. With nearly 2,000 charitable causes organized under the 11 umbrella foundations, faculty and staff have many options for how they want to direct their contributions. Erica Michael, Assistant to the Chancellor, sits on the fivemember organizing committee for SECA at UIS. She said that the charities people choose often reflect a personal commitment. For example, “The former assistant to the Provost’s daughter was afflicted by one of these diseases [addressed by an organization], so several people on the floor gave to that particular charity for her,” she said. The charities, chosen by a statewide board of which Michael is a member, include the

American Cancer Society, Earth Share Illinois, the United Way, the Special Olympics of Illinois, and more. The 2011 statewide campaign raised $2.6 million for organizations that address such diverse causes as global warming, animal abuse and neglect, and international medical issues. “Everybody seems to have their own cause,” Michael said. For their part, the 140 employees who participated last year raised over $32,000. Many employees choose to contribute to local United Way projects, such as the Sojourn Shelter for victims of domestic violence, Michael said. Since 2000, UIS has won outstanding achievement awards every year and the Chancellor’s Cup, which is awarded to the public university that has the highest percentage of participation, four of those years.

Michael acknowledged that the recession and modest wage increases and freezes have impacted people’s ability to give. “Last year, because of those factors, we did not even advertise a goal, but we’re thrilled with the results based on people’s generosity.” This year, instead of a dollar goal, SECA organizers have set a goal of 190 total participating employees. “If more and more people participate, then the dollar amount will obviously rise as well,” Michael said. So far, about 50 faculty and staff have committed to giving in the traditional campaign, but this is not the only way SECA raises money on campus. In lieu of a direct contribution, the entire UIS community is invited to help by attending brown bag lunches where they

can learn how to create a personal website, make a perfect apple pie, or use iPad apps for fun and productivity. Each brown bag lunch session costs $5, with the proceeds divided equally among the 11 charitable federations. “It’s great when somebody gives a huge gift, but we need to focus more on getting people involved; whether they give five dollars or twenty dollars, it’s all needed and it’s helpful,” Michael said. With 100 percent of the proceeds going to the contributor’s designated charities, there are many opportunities for making a difference. More information about SECA is available at http:// The yearly campaign ends Nov. 16.

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Four more years

Mission Statement The Journal is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Our mission is to publish news and feature stories, editorials and opinions relevant to the campus community while upholding the highest professional and ethical standards as outlined in The Journal Code of Conduct and Editorial Board By-laws and Procedures. Editor-in-Chief: Kati Maseman @KatiLu91 Assistant Editor for News: Daymon Kiliman @dkiliman

President Obama re-elected By Kati Maseman Editor-in-Chief


resident Barack Obama has won a second term. The electoral results were called by several major news stations before 11 p.m. last night. The popular vote will take additional

time to tally to ensure all of the votes from the closely watched Ohio and other swing state elections, absentee ballots, and votes from those displaced by Hurricane Sandy are counted accurately. According to his website, Obama has a long term plan

for the country, including investments in education, small business, and clean energy. He has also listed stunting tuition growth, investing in Medicare, and leaving women’s health choices up to women as issues he wishes to promote. It looks as though his campaign slogan

2012 Electoral College Results

“Forward,” proved true, as he will indeed be moving forward as the leader of the United States of America. Throughout a close campaign against opponent Mitt Romney, Obama came out just ahead. Though both parties spent the past few months pointing out flaws in the other, and running a nearly constant campaign, the people have spoken and their representatives have chosen Obama to continue his term as President. While election ads and campaign posters may now be allowed to fade into the background, another few months of post-election coverage is almost guaranteed, especially due to the close nature of this presidential race. Did the election turn out as you hoped? Visit our website for a poll to let us know. Obama Romney

As of 11:59 on Nov. 6, Alaska and Florida were undecided.

Other election results for Illinois and Sangamon County

Representative Election Results: 13th District: Republican Rodney Davis defeated Democrat David Gill in a close race. The results came to 47 percent for Davis, 45 percent for Gill and 7 percent for John Hartman, who ran as an Independent. 18th District: Republican Aaron Shock won re-election, and will continue in his role as the youngest Representative in the U.S. He defeated Democrat Steve Waterworth. Shock had a large lead throughout the day and won 76 percent to 24 percent. Senate Election Results: 44th District: Republican Bill Brady ran uncontested and received nearly 15,000 votes in Sangamon County. 48th District: Democrat Andy Manar defeated his opponent Mike McElroy (Republican) for this district with 54 percent of the votes.

50th District: Republican William “Sam” McCann ran uncontested and received nearly 38,000 votes for his district. State Representative (General Assembly) Election Results: 87th District: Republican Rich Brauer ran uncontested and received nearly 15,000 votes in Sangamon County. 96th District: Democrat Sue Scherer won this district with 59 percent of the vote. Scherer defeated Republican Dennis Ross Shackelford and Write-in Andrew Dambrauskas for this position. 99th District: Republican Raymond Poe ran uncontested for this district and received nearly 40,000 votes in Sangamon County. 100th District: Republican Jim Watson ran uncontested. Sangamon County Elections: Auditor: Republican Paul Palazzolo took

a large lead over opponent, Democrat, Christopher L. Boyster, winning 64 percent of the vote. Circuit Clerk: Republican Tony Libri defeated Democrat Kristin DiCenso with a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent. Coroner: Republican Cinda Edwards took 61 percent of the vote and beat Democrat Jerry Curry. Recorder: Democrat Joshua “Josh” Langfelder ran uncontested and received a little more than 60,000 votes in Sangamon County. State’s Attorney: Republican John Milhiser defeated opponent Ronald G. Stradt with 66 percent of the votes in his favor. The Illinois and Sangamon County election results came from and Final election results can be found on our website at

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New fees, senators for Student Government Association Senator student representation on SGA

By Ashley Henry News Reporter


he interest in the Board of Trustees meeting taking place at UIS and increasing fees are just two of the issues discussed by the Student Government Association (SGA) at their latest meeting. At the meeting, former SGA Transfer Student Senator, Zachary Sullivan, addressed the board with the proposal of a resolution to add an International Student Senator to the SGA board. “We went over this last year, and it was part of a failed constitutional package, but I believe that this individual question is a worthy one,” said Sullivan. “It’s one that definitely has a lot of support among the student body.” Sullivan also stated that the international student body accounts for nearly five percent of the total student body, and that their representation is essential. Currently, the SGA board holds seats for senators in Public Affairs & Administration, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Education & Human Services, Business & Management, Peoria Campus Students, Transfer Students, Freshman Students, Undergraduate Students, Online Students, Graduate Students and Senatorsat-Large. President Ryan Bouray re-

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There is currently no student senator specifically for international students. International students consist of almost 5 percent of the total student population. ported that Senator of Online Students, Barbara Matthews, has resigned from her position, for personal reasons. Applications for the seat will be accepted during the upcoming week. External Vice President Riley Quinlan announced that the 35th annual International Festival will be held Fri. Nov. 9 from 5-8 p.m. in the student life building. He reported that this event is one of the oldest traditions at UIS and will feature food and games for all attendees. In Officer Reports, Bouray reported that the Student Fees Committee met last week to vote on student fee increases for the upcoming year, per semester.

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lems campaign came to a close,” said Treasurer - Jamaal Hollins. “They were all really good responses … many members of the SGA have taken the time to look into many of the issues.” Hollins added that even though the campaign is over, the forum will remain on the SGA website for students to continue to submit their concerns. Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, John Tienken, extended an invitation to all students to attend the Board of Trustees meetings being held Wed. afternoon and Thurs. all day on campus. “I encourage all students who are interested in seeing how the

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He reported that following the vote, Student life was approved for a $4 increase to cover the increased cost of events; Career Services was approved for a $2 increase to account for their increased operating budget and to increase student employment on campus; and Health Services was approved for a $5 increase in order to account for the cost of digitalizing medical records in accordance to the Affordable Healthcare Act. The UIS proposal for a mascot change is underway with a meeting to further discuss the change Fri. Nov. 9, as reported by Secretary Aaron Mulvey. “October 26, the 99 Prob-

Board of Trustees works, [and] seeing what they discuss at meetings to come,” said Tienken. “Springfield tends to host only one meeting every academic year, so this is a great opportunity.” Tienken also reported that the Student Union Planning Committee met and had a successful meeting. He added, “We had a lot of good attendance, passionate people, who really want to make this project a reality. So we are going to be working hard to deliver an iconic building for the campus.” Senator of Transfer Students Dane Vincent reported that the Information Technology Committee has worked to improve the Wi-Fi connectivity for students on campus, now allowing for students to connect up to five devices to campus Wi-Fi. He also reported that he will be conducting a poll in the upcoming week to address the parking concerns of students on the east side of campus. In new business, the SGA voted to pass a resolution to support the library fee increase that was proposed at their Oct. 14 meeting. In addition to the original proposal, the new resolution works to increase educational mediums in the library as well as access to language learning programs.

ew Greek life is coming to campus, just ask Senior Ashley Harris, Communication Chair for the Greek Affairs board. “With the incoming freshman class, they had one of the highest interests in social Greek life. A lot of them have asked, even before coming to campus. Is there Greek life here? What’s the process?” Harris said. A student driven mission to retain students has finally wrapped up a three and a half year process. Students Rob Dixon, Jessica Odigie, and Kyle Palmer worked with Diversity Center Executive Clarice Ford to create a plan to see Greek Life at UIS. After presenting their information, Chancellor Susan Koch, and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Tim Barnett agreed to work on a plan to would allow the organizations to have a pres-

ence on campus. Currently four Greek organizations are presenting proposals to become student organizations on campus. Dixon laughed about the numerous challenges his group faced, “We just went back to the drawing board, did what was asked of us, and continued to

only reason for UIS to get Greek Life, building a relationship with the surrounding community was also important. “Social Greek organizations account for the number of most volunteer hours at most universities. At Urbana-Champaign, in 2010, they counted 20 to 30,000 hours. That’s just one year of

College is more than just education. It includes all aspects of social life. Greek letter organizations will help increase the climate and retain students. -Ashley Harris, UIS student

present the facts of how it would benefit the university.” As part of their mission to establish Greek life, Dixon and his group sent anonymous electronic surveys to UIS students. Eighty percent of those who responded said they would be in favor of having Greek organizations on campus. Retaining students isn’t the

volunteer service,” Dixon explained. Ashley Harris said that some students think having only education on a campus is fine. “College is more than just education. It includes all aspects of social life. Greek letter organizations will help increase the climate and retain students. A lot of the times students come here, and say well

this campus doesn’t have anything to offer; it’s boring,” Harris said. Harris says fraternities and sororities can even help maintain minorities by bringing in different types of fraternities and sororities. Housing will not be allowed due to UIS policy that prohibits social Greek Housing. “That’s not going to be part of the process. It’s something that we compromised on. From the beginning, it’s something that we really did not want. It’s usually associated with negative stereotype of Greek life,” Dixon said. Harris says that Greek letter organizations will be officially recognized as student organizations. With such responsibility, the groups will be to plan events with groups such LGBTQ and the Women’s Center. Greek Organizations will be able to also have social functions on campus, if an alumni or advisor is present.

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“Transferring from the military to the civilian world, especially at a four-year university, is very difficult”. He started MVSO to provide a space for active duty service members, vets, and veterans with disabilities along with family members of military service members to receive academic, fiscal and emotional support. He says the group is important for all three groups, especially family. “Family members actually are put through, I think, worse conditions as far as the mental part,” he said. “How do you deal with a veteran that just came home from war that won’t talk about his or her experiences?” MVSO is hoping to create a fund for financial assistance. According to Sibley, new recruits have to wait 30 – 90 days for their first benefit check. If they need rent or food money, Sibley says service members and veterans could come to MVSO and ask for help. “I wasn’t just a disabled veteran – I was a homeless veteran, too,” he said. “To know there are veterans and military

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MPA graduate student Justin Rose ties yellow ribbons on behalf of the Black Male Collegiate Society.

personnel that are starving, that doesn’t sit well with me.” Sibley said MVSO will serve as an important asset and symbol of UIS. “Even though we’re a small group, our expectations as a group are to grow,” he said. One initiative that Sibley hopes the MVSO can help lead is giving honor chords to active duty military service members at commencement who have been honorably discharged. He got the idea when he received

an honor chord from Lewis and Clark Community College. Although this would require approval from university officials, Sibley is hopeful the gesture would really be a great way to honor grads that have served in the armed forced. Sibley said the student group is proud to stand with the campus community in this event and reflect on those who have fought, continue to fight and those who made the ultimate

sacrifice. “By having our group out here, tying yellow ribbons, it is a very personal for me because I have had soldiers and friend die in combat and after combat, died from disease or suicide,” he said. ”It will definitely show UIS students and faculty that we support our veterans no matter what they do.” Junior criminal justice and political science major Samia Ahmad organized “Tie a Yellow Ribbon.” She says she got the idea to tie a yellow ribbon on a tree outside her apartment for her boyfriend, who is a junior at UIS and has been serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan since August. After being told campus staff might take down her ribbon, she had a bigger idea. “I thought, well, Veteran’s Day is coming up and I had the idea, let’s tie a yellow ribbon in every single tree. But then I thought, guys, that’s, like, 1000 trees,” Ahmad said. “So then our goal was to get a ribbon on every tree on University Drive and we accomplished that.” Ahmad is hopeful the event will make a large impact on campus. “I hope I get good feedback from everyone and that they (veterans) appreciate it and that the community members here today can spread the word about it,” she said.

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niversity of Illinois Springfield Police Department reported the following calls for the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 3. Disturbance Oct. 29 at 10:40 a.m. in the Teardrop Officers responded to a verbal altercation between a taxi cab driver and their passenger. The officers defused the situation and resumed their patrol. Criminal Trespass Oct. 31 at 5:48 a.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts building Officers were dispatched to the above location for a subject who was found in the building after business hours. The subject was given a verbal trespass order and escorted out of the building. A report was completed. Disorderly Conduct Oct. 31 at 8:57 p.m. in Founders Residence Hall Officers were dispatched to the above location in reference to two subjects throwing eggs at cars. The subjects were located and a report was completed. Go to for the complete Police Beat.

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Movie Review: Addiction and courage battle in ‘Flight’ By Lori Beckham Assistant Editor for Features


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enzel Washington [The Book of Eli (2010), The Manchurian Candidate (2004)] plays Whip Whitaker, a divorced heavy drinking pilot who becomes a national hero for landing a plane after a severe malfunction; only six out of 102 people are killed as a result of the crash. Whip, however, had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he flew, and his lawyer (Don Cheadle) tries eliminating the toxicity report while Whip is under investigation. The trailer makes this film look like an action thriller, but it is really a drama about addiction. The literal crash of the plane can be used as a metaphor of Whip crashing from his alcohol abuse. When the plane went down it coincided with another character who overdosed on drugs. Kelly Reilly plays drug addict, Nicole, who Whip meets at the hospital. She serves as a foil to Washington’s character later on when the two meet again. Reilly is known for her role as Mary in Guy Ritchie’s successful Sherlock Holmes (2009) and her reprising role as Mrs.

Watson in its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Bruce Greenwood, who has played small roles in movies like Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 (2011) and Dinner for Schmucks (2010), plays Whip’s former colleague who is now a representative of the airline pilot’s union. His character tries to help Whip, but he becomes frustrated with him and his alcoholism. John Goodman has a small role as Whip’s drug dealer and close friend, Harley Mayes. He is the comic relief, playing a funny role similar to Walter from The Big Lobowski (1998). He also plays John Chambers from this year’s Argo. It is unfortunate that his character only

appears in a couple of scenes; the movie could have used more of him. Religion is a motif in the film. The plane crash takes place near a church, destroying the steeple and interrupting an outside baptism. God is brought up by a cancer patient at the hospital, Whip’s crippled co-pilot, and by his lawyer who makes the argument that the plane crash was an act of God. This motif ties in with the idea that some things are out of our control, which can also be tied to addiction and Whip’s loss of self-control. The plane crash sequence is an intense ride, a gripping scene that will leave some viewers holding their breath and preparing for impact. The movie’s intense first act dwindles into the struggle and denial of addiction. The third act gives a familiar ending of sentimentalism that some viewers might find cliché, but it lends Washington the opportunity to emote and give powerful performances as a result. The first scene has explicit nudity for several minutes, and drug use is a frequent visual, making this an R rated film.

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Tired of Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney There are plenty of people who are sick of hearing about the election, but not as much as this little girl. This brief clip, depicting a sobbing child, went viral on receiving almost 12,000,000 views in less than week. The good news for this child, the election is finally over. The bad news, there will be plenty of coverage of “Bronco” and Mitt in the next couple of weeks during the post-election season.

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Free Verse performs emotionally charged poetry slam By Lori Beckham Assistant Editor for Features


oets Dominique Ashaheed and Ayinde Russell, or Free Verse, gave a powerful performance on Thursday night in Brookens Auditorium. Their poetry was a unique blend of singing and speaking in rhymes; sometimes one recited a poem while the other sung softly in the background, adding emotional intensity to the poem. Ashaheed and Russell were on the winning team of the National Poetry Slam in 2011. The two have a long history together, growing up in the same schools and meeting each other over 10 years later by chance, discovering they both have the same passion for creating rhymes. “I hadn’t seen him in more than a decade and then we found each other in the same venue doing the exact same thing in a very similar way,” said Ashaheed. “So it’s been an awesome experience to reconnect with someone that you’ve known your whole life and practicing your gifts in some way.” The duo’s style of expressing poetry stems from their experiences singing in gospel choirs in high school. “Because of that, we find it only natural to incorporate music to our work,” Russell said. “Poetry is lyrical by de-

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Dominique Ashaheed and Ayinde Russell recite a poem about racial segregation in South Africa. Their emotions moved audiences in Brookens Auditorium.

fault, it carries meter, timing, and rhythm, so it feels like a natural sort of blend between the two.” The poems they recited (sometimes as a pair, sometimes solo) cover a wide range of subject matter. One poem the pair recited together called “Aman-

dla” is a political piece about racial segregation in South Africa known as apartheid. “Amandla” means power in Zulu, a language that is integrated in several of their poems. “We wrote it for and about those young people who resisted

apartheid in South Africa,” Ashaheed explained. “So we wrote a poem about that movement because what you may or may not know about that is that there were children that fought in the streets, in their school uniforms, protesting an unfair justice system.”

One of Russell’s poems titled “The Blah Song” addresses the redundant themes in today’s hip hop. He said he wrote the poem because of the “Trends I saw in the hip hop culture that I did not like. It became predictable and easy...less constructive. They’re not diverging into any other subjects.” Another piece, “Stargazer,” was a personal poem by Ashaheed that is about overcoming molestation, and explaining that virginity is only lost when there is a “choice.” The poem was very moving, and one audience member broke into tears after the performance. Ashaheed said later in regards to that person’s reaction, “I’m always rocking one, at least a little bit. I think I live more authentically now than I ever have before. I think poetry is where there’s no layering at all. It makes me very humble, because I know what words can do.” “Poetry has been a vehicle for me to exercise my imagination,” Russell added later. “The only thing that inhibits you is what your mind and heart will allow you to release or construct.” Ashaheed and Russel will continue performing their poetry in their February and March schedules. They can be followed on Facebook under Free Verse Project.

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods collects three tons of food On Halloween, over 150 students (15 teams) went doorto-door in the Springfield area collecting food for the Central Illinois Foodbank. The Foodbank collects donated food and distributes the food to charitable agencies serving people in need. The students participating in the annual Trick or Treat for Canned Goods, hosted by the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, collected over 6,500 lbs. of food. The group Lambda Pi Eta collected the most canned goods, weighing in at 854 lbs. Left: Trenton Culberson, Shannon Mitchell, Sam Riss, and Mandy Smith of Team Softball, unload their cart of food after collecting non-parishable items from around Springfield.

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LGBtea Social will be taking place from 4-6 p.m. in the LGBTQA Resource Office. Head over for some fun in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Everyone is welcome. Eight students from the Perspectives on Poverty Class are hosting a fundraiser for St. John’s Breadline. The group’s main venue will be a Bake Sale and Silent Auction held on the UIS campus on the first floor of UHB. Their hours of sales will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each of those dates. For their press release, visit our website. Comedian Cristela Alonzo will be at Brookens Auditorium at 9 p.m. This event is free and should be a fun night of comedic relief. The Women’s Issues Caucus is hosting a screening of Generation M, with a discussion to follow. They will be in LRH Greatroom at 9 p.m. to view this film about perceptions of men and women in the modern media.

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after a time, and there aren’t many TV shows produced in 3-D, mostly just sports and movies. Another concern is the cost. A 3-D TV is about $200 more than a basic TV of the same size. Plus there’s the cost of 3-D cable services, 3-D DVD players and better 3-D glasses. Even Primus’s 3-D concert had some drawbacks. I must admit it was pretty nifty watching snow fall around the guitarist while indoors but there is definitely room for improvement. Instead of just having trippy lines on top of a southbound pachyderm, an actual elephant charging out of the screen would have been better. After three hours of constant visual assault, I was a little dizzy, had a headache and wouldn’t have passed roadside alcohol test to save my life even though I

drank nothing. These side effects are my biggest concern with 3-D. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), not everyone will experience side effects from viewing things in 3-D but sitting further away from the screen can reduce eyestrain and headaches. The AOA has yet to find any lasting symptoms from watching things in 3-D for an extended period of time. In an article published on March 18, 2011 in Consumer Electronics Daily, Jim Sheedy, director of the Vision Perfor-


an you trust a high school student to vote? Argentina has recently done just that. On Oct. 31, the Argentine government lowered the voting age from 18 to 16, joining Brazil, Ecuador, and Nicaragua as South American countries with voting ages less than 18. The change in voting age will allow for an additional 1 million voters in time for the upcoming elections. It is widely speculated that this move by the current President of Argentina, Christina Fernandez, is meant to improve her party’s chances, as she has spent much of the last few years courting the youth vote. It may be hard for us to imagine a world where those under the age of 18 had say in the government, after all, it was a mere 40 years ago that the voting age in America had been reduced from 21. That took a generation of disillusioned college students in the wake of the most unpopu-

lar war in American history to change. So it might surprise us as members of a democratic society that certain South American countries have already enfranchised more of its populace than our country. Of course they tend to couple this right to vote with penalties for failing to vote, but as a result they have incredibly large voter turnouts. If it wouldn’t chafe the freedomminded US citizens, our country might benefit from a similar system. Then again, it might simply be better the way it is. After all, if someone is too lazy to be a voter, they are double certain to be too lazy to be an informed voter. This of course raises questions; is lowered voting ages a sign of a beneficent democracy bringing previously unheard voices into the political sphere? Is it an indication of the sweeping social changes placing everincreasing responsibilities in the hands of the young? Is it the product of vote seeking politicians with the fortunate circumstance of being popular with young people? Quite frankly it’s hard to say. So much of what takes place in the political sphere occurs for multiple reasons, many of

which may not be apparent right now. In Argentina, at least, we can suspect the efforts of the leading political party that seeks to capitalize on the new voters and achieve sweeping victories in the coming elections. However, that may only be part of what motivates them. Nevertheless I find myself applauding the decision. While the 16 and 17 year old Argentineans are spared the worst of the fallout of their political opinions, since they can’t join the military, they nevertheless have to live in the society created by the government, one which they previously had no say in managing. Now I am not saying that we should allow children to vote, and there should be some cut-off age, but there remains a difficult question of establishing when a person should be able to decide certain components of their own future. Do they need to be an adult in the eyes of the law to suffer depredations at the hands of ill-managed government? No

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of course not, even infants and children who have virtually no control over their own bodies, let alone their lives, can still suffer during times of war or hardship. However, in the case of America, I cannot see this country lowering the voting age any time soon. Our conceptions of youth coupled with a collegeoriented society means that many of us believe a person doesn’t reach maturity until somewhere in their twenties, or even later. In fact, I believe we are more likely to see a lowering of the drinking age before the voting age. After all, if an 18-year-old can vote, smoke, and die in war, it’s something of a shame that he/she can’t do them all while drunk. Tongue in cheek aside, this has not stopped many of America’s youths from continuing a long history of rebelliousness and protest by flagrantly ignoring said drinking laws. However, the oddity of such rulings will have to wait for another time.

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mance Institute at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., said he would have trouble justifying the costs for a study of the long-term side effects of 3-D viewing. So, it doesn’t look like they plan to do any conclusive research on the matter. I, for one, prefer my TV and movies in plain ole two-dimensions. However, concerts are another story. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference and weighing the costs and benefits of converting to 3-D.

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o you remember the old paper 3-D glasses with the red and blue plastic lenses? They worked half the time, the other half you were looking at a discolored, fuzzy picture. Nowadays, patrons are given an actual pair of glasses that remind me of cheap sunglasses. I am even the proud owner of some nifty 3-D goggles. Not only has the technology of glasses improved, 3-D in general is making leaps and bounds in the entertainment world. Most movies are now offered in 3-D, several companies are producing 3-D TVs, Nintendo introduced a 3-D gaming device and Primus recently brought

their innovative 3-D concert to St. Louis. However, with any evolving technology, there are some drawbacks to the 3-D revolution. While 3-D movies are popular in theater, most people do not own a 3-D TV, making them impractical at home. Unfortunately, when people are making a 3-D movie, this point is often forgotten. I have been disappointed several times when watching a movie originally made for 3-D in its 2-D form. Time and again the filmmakers spend too much time focusing on whatever would be flying at you if you were watching it in 3-D. Of course, if I had a 3-D TV, this would not be an issue, although, I’ve heard mixed reviews on these new fangled TVs. According to an article written by Ryan Nakashima published in USA Today, many complain that the glasses are uncomfortable

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Scorpio season is here, so you are destined to have a great day. Sit back today and let things naturally come to you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) See if you can get the ones closest to you to give you support and not back down from life’s pressures.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Relax! If you let go, you will be able to deal with the mini obstacles that come your way.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Go above and beyond what is expected of you. Prove someone wrong!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Your energy levels will not run flat today; you need to know all the stipulations before you say yes to anything.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) People will be unpleasantly responsive to your jovial attitude today; pay them no mind.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You will find yourself drawn to your more natural side. Don’t be afraid to explore this side in depth.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) ) Don’t be frightened by the praise coming your way today; contingent on your reaction, you will have a pleasant day.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) All of your feelings are heightened today. Your terrific energy sparks the flames for great things to come.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It is important that you pay close attention to your family today; there may be an emergency. Make sure your mind is open to calling truce with someone close to you.

Aries (March 21-April 19) Your romantic life is heating up in relation to things in the past. Be sure to have the right people there supporting you.

Libra (Sept. 23.-Oct. 22) Be a leader and change the world today; one problem at a time though. Once you are on track, your peers will be willing to help and follow your example.

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Stars outshine Saints during Senior Night volleyball

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NBA Prediction: Chicago Bulls finals contender

By Adam Buck Sports Reporter


riday night the women’s volleyball took on Maryville University for a GLVC conference match. It was also the night that the senior members were recognized for everything they have done for the program. The night started off with the recognition of senior members Emily Fox, Ashley King, Annie Nottingham, Rebeka Pruemer, and Megan Vladic. Students, family, and faculty were in attendance for the night’s game. “It’s never easy saying goodbye to the senior class, I am very thankful for their contributions to this program,” said Heach Coach Noelle Rooke. After senior recognition the game started. The Stars were on a five game losing streak they were looking to put an end to. The first set was a close battle between the Saints and the Stars. The two teams went back and forth keeping the score close. The set ended with the Stars coming out victorious in a 25-21 final score. The second set was all UIS. The Stars took an early 8-3, lead to start the second set. They increased their lead to 12-6 before going on an 8-5 run to put the set just out of reach for the Saints at 20-11. The Stars went on to finish the second set 25-14. The Stars now had two sets to Maryville’s zero. The third set was closest set of the night. Neither team was able to get more than a four-point lead. The set came down to wire as both teams fought to win. Unfortunately, the Saints were able to stop the Stars and won the third set 26-24. The fourth set was full of energy and passion. The teams would tie at 9 points each before the Stars went on a 6-0 run to take the lead at 15-9. However, the Saints stepped up once again


Photo by Adam Buck

Senior Ashley King prepares to serve the ball against the Maryville Saints in Friday night’s game. The stars defeated Maryville 3-2.

and tied the game once again, at 18 points apiece. The Saints went on a 7-3 run to win the set 2521. Both teams now had two sets each, sending them into the fifth and final set. The last set of the game remained close until the Stars got on a hot streak. They put the set and the game out of reach for the Saints at 12-6 and ended the set with a final score of 159. The Stars won the game on their senior night three sets to Maryville’s two. Pruemer and Nottingham both played exceptional games leading the Stars’ offense. Nottingham recorded a double-double

with 16 kills and 14 digs, and Pruemer had 50 assists for the evening. King led the defense with 22 digs. Junior Sarah Baker had a career high in kills with 19 and junior Kellee Mahaffay also contributed with 14 kills of her own. After the game Rooke commented on working with this year’s seniors. “ (It’s been) rewarding. I came in and inherited a great group of girls who are very hungry to learn, and I think they are doing what I ask them, they keep playing every day and that’s why it’s so rewarding to have such a great group,” she said.

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Friday, Nov. 2 Volleyball vs. Maryville: W 3-2 Saturday, Nov. 3 Volleyball vs. Missouri-St. Louis: L 0-3

he Chicago Bulls have thoroughly evolved throughout past few seasons. They have had their peaks and they have had their pitfalls, but through it all the Bulls have survived some bad times. Now—at what I would call a peak—the Bulls are doing their very best to stay at the top and might be able to make it to the 2013 playoffs. Last year the Bulls fought to be the top seed in the east and succeeded. The first playoff game the Bulls played was against the Philadelphia 76ers and they were able to win that game, according to, with a final score of 103:91. Derrick Rose scored 23 points and tore his ACL going for a lay-up. With Rose’s absence the Bulls could not escape the Philadelphia 76ers fighting spirit. The Bulls went on to lose the series 4:2. Because their season had gone so well, it came as a shock to the fans when the Bulls lost their first series in the playoffs; but let us not dwell on the past. This season the Bulls’ have started off on a good a foot. According to, in the first game of their season on Halloween night the boys defeated the Sacramento Kings with a final score of 93:87. They opened at home without Rose, who was out was out due to his torn ACL, and played with their main scorer on the bench. In this game the Kings led Chicago, 22:18, the first quarter and the second quarter rounded and the Bulls picked up the pace.

With nearly two minutes left in the second quarter, Joakim Noah led the fast break down the court and passed to Richard “Rip” Hamilton. Hamilton missed and Noah jumped up to tip it in. Toward the end of the game the Bulls got sloppy and started to miss easy points, but they were still able to showcase what they know best, and pull through. The second game of the season they went on to slaughter the Cleveland Cavaliers; in a 115:86 game. The Cavaliers were no match to a developed team like the Bulls, or any team for that matter. The Bulls’ third game of the season was a blow to their esteem. They fell to the New Orleans Hornets with a final score of 82:89. Throughout the game there were several times were the teams were tied for points. Both teams had great defense and offense, but the Hornets played a little better. The Bulls executed very well. The problem was not that they had done something completely awry; the problem was that the Hornets have a better center and they know how to play better in the paint. When there is a man bigger than Noah on the floor he tenses up and acts as if he has not been playing professional basketball for going on five years. Overall the Bulls are a great team. They are well rounded and do not need to rely on star players, like Rose, to beat the competition. They have a great bench and even better starting lineup. If they continue to do what they have been doing, minus the minor setback with the Hornets, they will thrive as a team. It may be a bit early in the season, but I foresee the Bulls making it to the finals this year.

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