October 10, 2012 Volume 37 Issue 6
Bright Lights Blue City
UIS celebrates homecoming
Features Gender Outlaw: Kate Bornstein visits UIS Page 2
Above: Graduate Assistant Susan Thomas and Director Tammy Craig of the Career Development Center throw candy to the crowd at the parade on Saturday. Left: Hayley Beran dresses like a taxi for Christian Student Fellowship during the parade. Right: Cosmo, the UIS mascot, waves to the crowd as he walks with the Athletic Department. More homecoming photos on pages 6 and 7.
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UIS adapts to decreases in state funding By Daymon Kiliman Assistant Editor for News
t is not difficult to find indications of hard economic times on the UIS campus. “Everybody has taken a hit,” said Aaron Shures, Associate Provost and Director of Budget and Financial Analysis. Some offices are sparsely staffed, and there is a longer maintenance backlog with less frequent service. “With the falling state support, we’re so much more responsible for our own revenue stream,” he said. Which means staff cuts, frozen or modest annual salary increases, and a struggle within each department to acquire new educational resources. Money from Illinois funds go into the university’s general operating budget. The money is spent on staff and faculty salaries, academic programs, student affairs, maintenance, and more.
Housing, food service, grants and contracts are paid for by other means. In the latter half of the 1990s and in the early 2000s, approximately three-fourths of the operating budget was supplied through state funding. The es-
fully fund the operating budget, so every year that state support decreases means UIS must find more money through a combination of cost-cutting measures and tuition increases. “It has certainly made public higher education more expensive for students
“We are now playing on a whole different field. We’re always looking for ways to do things better with less money.” Aaron Shures, Associate Provost and Director of Budget and Financial Analysis timate for 2013 puts it at 37.1 percent. “This represents a direct appropriation that is less than it was in fiscal year 1987,” said Lynn Pardie, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost, while addressing the Campus Senate. “And, if it’s adjusted for inflation, that’s below the 1966 [appropriation].” The university has to make up the difference in order to
and families,” said Shures. “The Springfield campus, and universities in general, is very aware of the incredible sticker price increase, but it has just been unavoidable.” The “sticker shock” is made worse by the four-year tuition guarantee. While this guarantee allows students and families to plan for a consistent tuition bill, it also means that increases in op-
erating costs due to inflation and other factors must be built into the upfront costs of the student’s first year. UIS’ situation is not unique, Shures said. All Illinois schools and public institutions across the country are being forced to operate with fewer state appropriations. Some states, such as California, have seen even more drastic and rapid reductions in state funding compared to Illinois, but the cause is generally the same. The Illinois government’s commitment to higher education has not decreased. The problem is the increased strain caused by other areas of the budget, most notably health care. “Other areas of the state budget have grown so rapidly,” said Shures, that they have started “eating up so much of the budget.”
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Gender Outlaw: Kate Bornstein visits UIS By Lori Beckham
Assistant Editor for Features
n Wednesday evening, Queertober kicked off with author, playwright and performance artist Kate Bornstein in Brookens Auditorium. Bornstein talked about her book, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994), a comingof-age story about her experiences as a transsexual. Bornstein was born out of a Jewish-American family. She is 64 years old and underwent sex reassignment surgery 26 years ago. She has since written books on gender theory. “I travel around the country now, giving lectures and performances,” Bornstein said to the audience. “This is not the kind of work I thought I would do when I went through with my gender change. But this is what I do: I write books and give these kind of talks.” Bornstein performed several monologues from her written works. One piece she wrote called “Hoowahyoo?” appeared in The New York Times in 1998 under the title, “Her Son/Daughter.” The story is about Bornstein attending her mother‘s funeral after her reassignment surgery and being bombarded by strangers with the question, “Who are you?” While addressing serious issues that transgender people encounter, the monologue was humorous as well as her other performances, such as her impersonation of her 8th grade teacher
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Kate Bornstein shows the list of factors that can alter our identity, our desires, and our access to resources. she named, “Mr. Blunt,” who talked about pronouns and gender. Another monologue called, “The Seven Year Itch (whatever goes around, comes around)” from Gender Outlaw was written by Bornstein 7 years after her reassignment surgery. She said she does not claim herself to be man or woman. She read: “After 37 years of trying to be male and over 8 years trying to be female, I’ve come to the conclusion that neither is worth all the trouble.” Toward the end of her presentation she talked about her gen-
der theory. She explained that identities, sexual desires and access to resources are being controlled by a long list of factors, including gender, race, age, class, religion, looks, sexuality and political ideology. She clarified these are not bad things, “But when [gender, race, etc.] start dictating the individual, who you can be, who you can f**k, then…I don’t respect that.” She talked extensively about the gender binary and how “they rob us from our imagination.” She said a binary means a person
is either one thing or the other, such as white person/person of color, man/woman, Democrat/ Republican and adult/child. She said, “We’re told that these are 2 and 2 only.” Bornstein argued that people can be neither, using herself as an example. She said, “I am not a man. I am not a woman…Once I really got that, I haven’t been able to take any binary seriously…Because every one of these is so much more than either/or.” Bornstein encouraged UIS students to do whatever it takes to “make life more worth living,”
niversity of Illinois Springfield Police Department reported the following calls for the period of Oct. 2 to Oct. 7. Driving Under the Influence 10/7/12 at 11:33 p.m. on Sheffield Rd. While on patrol, an officer spotted a vehicle being driven all over the road at a high rate of speed. When the vehicle pulled over at the above location, the officer discovered the driver was intoxicated. The driver was arrested, cited, and taken to jail. A report was completed. Medical Report 10/7/12 at 12:31 a.m. in the Student Life Building An officer was dispatched to a call concerning a highly intoxicated subject who was not feeling well. The subject was transported to a local hospital via ambulance. A report was completed. Patrol Investigation 10/6/12 at 10:30 p.m. in Foxglove Court While on patrol, officers noticed a vehicle with doors left ajar. The vehicle was checked and secured. Underage Drinking Party
10/6/12 at 10:30 p.m. in Trillium Court Officers were called to the above location for an underage drinking party. Officers charged underage subjects with illegal consumption by a minor. A report was completed. Drug Law Violation 10/5/12 at 7:06 p.m. in Lincoln Residence Hall Officers were called to the above location to investigate a drug law violation. A report was completed. Disorderly Conduct 10/5/12 at 6:56 p.m. in Lot G Officers were called to the above location for several subjects fighting. A report was completed. Missing Person 10/4/12 at 7:17 p.m. in Brookens Library Officers were called to the above location for a young child left unsupervised. The case was referred to DCFS. A report was completed. Disorderly Conduct 10/4/12 at 1:28 a.m. in Larkspur Court Officers were called to the above location for complaints of loud noise and fighting. Officers arrested one person for providing false names and
as long as it is legal and it follows her number 1 rule: “Don’t be mean,” taken from her book, Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws (2006). “So now when you meet someone new, and/or maybe different than you, please practice the activism of radical wonder and radical welcoming. This is what I’m asking you to do when you meet people who are different from you on this campus,” she said. Michael Murphy, Assistant Professor in Women and Gender Studies, said it is Bornstein’s, “Sharp wit and a naughty sense of humor” that is the reason her book Gender Outlaw has been assigned to over 200 colleges worldwide. He said, “Although Kate Bornstein is not your canonical academic author, I do not think it is possible to overstate the influence her writing has had on academia, especially in the fields of women and gender studies. Her work is remarkable for using her life experience as a window into a wider analysis and critique of the gender binary, which as Kate’s life aptly demonstrates, is a cultural fiction that oppresses us all and has long outlived its usefulness, if indeed it ever had any.” Bornstein can be followed on Twitter and Facebook. Her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger was released last May and her rewritten book, My Gender Notebook, will be available for purchase on Valentine’s Day.
charged several more with illegal consumption by a minor. A report was completed. Theft 10/3/12 at 10:43 p.m. in the Student Life Building A bicycle was stolen from the above location. An arrest was made and a report was completed. Emergency Call Investigation 10/3/12 at 9:59 p.m. in the PAC Teardrop Officers were called to the above location looking for a subject that had called the emergency line several times. The subject had mental issues. The subject was removed from campus. Burglary 10/3/12 at 2:49 p.m. at Kiwanis Stadium Officers were called to the above location for a burglary. A report was completed. Patrol Investigation 10/2/12 at 7:28 p.m. at the SASA Fields While on patrol, officers got out to check on a vehicle parked in the lot. The vehicle was checked. For the complete Police Beat, visit www.uisjournal.com
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Perceptions on feminism By Kati Maseman Editor-in-Chief
eminism, a common word surrounded by misconception, or an ideology fighting to be recognized properly against deliberate attacks? Feminism is a passionate topic for Women’s Center Director Lynn Otterson, and UIS history senior, Bridget Maloni. Both women feel that feminism is misused to go against women, but they have different ways of thinking about how this negativity came to surround the word. Maloni feels like the biggest response she hears to her self proclaimed feminism is “oh, you must hate men,” which isn’t true, she stated. She also explained that many people believe all feminists think the same things. “(Feminism) encompasses so many things, all of them (feminists) have different ideologies,” she said. She gave the example that some feminist women do chose to go the stereotypical direction, and become very anti feminine, on the other hand though, some women go to a sort of hyper-feminine ideology. To explain her thinking on
misconceptions, Otterson said, “I think many of what you call “misconceptions” about feminism - aren’t that at all. I think the larger part of the so-called “misconception” is in fact deliberate, albeit in varying degrees of conscious awareness, negative blowback. What feminists suffer is so often purposeful distortion of what feminists say, do and know to be true.” Her latest observation of this kind of blowback, while she calls it subtle, is the “strategy of absorbing women under the banner of ‘gender’,” she said. “In this new push for Gender, a once empowering feminist concept is being used against women/feminists - often with their enthusiastic support. And so the old misogyny successfully, at least for a little while, has a new trick for silencing women - the new invisibility of women through some feminists’ acquiescence to letting all women being subsumed under Gender,” she explained. Maloni feels that radical feminists are also partially responsible for the misconceptions that surround feminism. She explained that some people feel they have
to be radical to make a difference, and those people contribute to the images about feminism. “The most visible feminists take over people’s mindset,” she said. Being an election year, feminist issues are coming up frequently in various candidate statements at both local and national levels. While women today have many more rights and privileges than women from 50 years ago or even 30 years ago, there are still several issues left unresolved. “I think the reproductive rights issue, as we currently see it played out in US politics, does go to the essential core of not only women’s rights, but also deeper issues of how power is perceived,” Otterson said. “I don’t think it is an accident that so often in our US politics, those who wish to diminish women’s power over their own bodies (and health)…also side with corporations on lessening power for citizens over safety and purity of food, maintaining the most aggressive stances towards other nations/peoples, less spiritual tolerance of other traditions, etc.” Maloni feels that women’s issues are more visible in this
election. She explained that this election may be different from previous elections, as women are more interested in the issues men are interested, as well as women’s issues, and will take both into consideration when voting. “Vote as if absolutely everything depends on it - because it does. But I have to add that major party politics being what they are, while the issues may be clear the solutions currently available are rather not so clear,” Otterson stated. To combat negative images of feminism, there is education. Maloni explained that the Women’s Center is helpful, being that it is open to men and women, and it helps educate people on what feminism is. She also feels that the Women and Gender Studies program helps to shed light on not just the radicals of feminism, but the “ones who are doing the little things,” she said. The Women’s Center “helped me become the feminist I am today,” Maloni said. She explained that she had the same ideology before coming to UIS, but she
eturning 2012 Student Government Association (SGA) members, Ryan Bouray, Aaron Mulvey, and John Tienken discussed plans and goals for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year. President Ryan Bouray is a senior at UIS majoring in accounting, with a minor in economics. As SGA president, Bouray’s role is to act as a facilitator, including assigning SGA members to committees, organizing meeting agendas, as well as other administrative tasks. Bouray said that it is also his job to help guide students, and act as their “sounding board” for any questions they may have. “The overall goal of the organization is to be a representative for all students. I think that, that is what we should always be focusing on,” said Bouray. “As well as having a broad vision of how we want to see the campus and move it forward.“ As part of his duties, Bouray serves as an ex officio member of all campus committees, as well
as an active member of the Campus Senate, the Tuition and Fees Committee and the Student Fees Committee. In recent academic years the SGA has worked with the UIS Task Force on the possibility of bringing an off campus food vendor to the UIS campus. During the 2011-12 academic year, the Task Force inquired about student opinions on the issue, and will be analyzing the data this academic year. The possibility of an off campus food vendor coincides with the established Student Union proposal. Bouray said that the SGA is going to be keeping “constant focus” on these two issues in the upcoming months. A new project for the 201213 academic year is the SGA’s Ideas Campaign, which will run through an online forum on the SGA website. This campaign is looking to work with students to get their ideas, questions, comments and concerns addressed. Bouray explained that the thought behind the Ideas Campaign is to focus on the positive aspects of student life, with the
understanding that students do come across problems. “Yes, overall UIS is great, but tell us your problems,” said Bouray. Aside from SGA, Bouray plays on the UIS Club Squash Team and is currently completing an internship at an insurance agency in their accounting department. Secretary Aaron Mulvey is a junior at UIS majoring in communications with a minor in political science. As the Secretary Mulvey’s role is to take the minutes of SGA meetings as well as serve on SGA committees, which include the Student Union Committee, the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, the Housing Committee, SAC ex officio member, and the SGA E-Board. “I believe at the end of the day, SGA is here to represent the students. We are elected officials, by the students, to get their voices heard… and that is what we try to do,” said Mulvey. Much like Bouray, Mulvey said that one of the major goals of SGA this academic year is to work on open communica-
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tion between the organization and the students. As part of this plan, Mulvey is working to get a suggestion board in Brookens Library. Last year, Mulvey organized a similar board which allowed students to walk up to a white board and write their opinions – he said that this year’s board would likely be similar. Additionally, the SGA is working with the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee on a possible UIS mascot change. Mulvey works for the Hoogland Center for the Arts and enjoys filming and acting in his spare time. Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, John Tienken is a senior majoring in political science with a minor in English. As the Student Representative, Tienken’s role is to act as an advocate and bring student concerns to the Board of Trustees. This also entails participating in SGA discussion and helping to draft resolutions. “I was appointed by Governor
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ave you ever wanted to harness the power of a volcano? Well two companies intend to do just that. AltaRock Energy and Davenport Newberry plan to use the highly controversial method of hydroshearing to create a steam-based generator next to the Newberry Volcano in Oregon. Hydroshearing is a method similar to the more common hydrofracking, but one designed to have a smaller impact on the geology of the region and use fewer toxic chemicals. For those readers who might not be aware, hydrofracking is a technique typically used by oil companies to reach reserves located deep underground. It involves sending jets of highpressure water into cracks in the rock to force them to widen. The Newberry site will have to drive water roughly three kilometers to reach sufficient depth for energy production. There are dangers to this method, however, since deviations from a series of strict regulations could trigger a mild earth-
quake. In this specific case there is the added danger of sparking a volcanic eruption from a volcano that, although it hasn’t erupted in 1,400 years, the US Geological Survey believes will definitely erupt again. AltaRock Energy in their blog located at blog.newberrygeothermal.com, wished to ensure readers that no danger of an eruption exists. Nevertheless several protest groups continue to cite this danger as one of the many reasons for their problem with the Newberry plant. On the upside, the company believes that the plant will generate a great deal of energy for surprisingly little overhead cost. Comparisons have also been drawn to nuclear reactors, pointing out how the Newberry site will be able to produce similar amounts of energy without the toxic byproducts. Additionally, AltaRock Energy claims that once construction has been completed the plant should be able to produce energy at extremely competitive prices to fossil fuels. Should this plant be successfully built and run, it will definitely prove to be a major boon in the field of clean energy. Not only will the site itself produce a fair amount of electricity, but it can serve as the inspiration and example for future, similar endeavors in the U.S.
According to an MIT report in 2007, roughly .3 percent of America’s energy is derived from geothermal sources. However, with a relative small investment of $1 billion, it could be bumped up to 10 percent by 2050. Another projection by the US Geological Survey even suggests that a plant like the Newberry site, located in the western half of the country, have the potential to produce half of the U.S.’ electricity. Now I am not a geological expert and frankly I am not sure what to expect or feel about this plan. It’s obvious that this instance is more or less a test case of a potentially beneficial technology. If successful, it could mean a new age in the production of clean energy in the U.S. While dangers do exist, they are believed to be on a much smaller scale than say a nuclear meltdown, and if AltaRock Energy’s blog is to be believed, the chances of a major event occurring at the Newberry site are even smaller. Additionally several similar plants have already been successfully implemented in other parts of the world. Still, I can’t quite get over the feeling that we might be messing with things a bit beyond our reach. Hopefully the plant will work fine and I shall be proven merely paranoid.
o you hate to read? Do you think classic American literature rivals the boredom of yet another condescending lecture on why it’s your duty as American citizens to vote? If either of these questions warrants a resounding, “HELL YEA!,” then graphic novels may provide an exciting alternative to the bland, boring aesthetics of conventional Times Roman. The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers (and friends), and Spiderman were all adapted from graphic novels. Here are some less obvious examples: The Walking Dead, Sin City, KickAss, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, 300, Hellboy, and Wanted. But maybe box office numbers don’t tell us about the qualitative value of graphic novels. Does the genre have substantial literary value? And might your lit professor respect your preference for penned pages? Your lit professor may indulge your momentary lapse. He or she might also promptly write a letter to the editor demanding to know why some opinionated columnist is attempting to pass off illustrated children’s fiction as mature reading. That’s partly true but only because I’ll attempt to pass off constituently illustrated children’s fiction as mature reading. But first, let’s consider literary value and take a look at the list compiled by Time magazine back in 2005 of the greatest novels published in the English language from 1923 to 2005. Among the list of greatest novels published in the English language are such titles as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and 1984. Surely, we
all recognize these books and appreciate their value. Also on the list of the 100 greatest novels published in the English language between 1923 and 2005 is Watchmen, an incredibly complex graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Neil Gaiman, author of modern mythological fiction of the sort which makes one lament the loss of story time and collective naps, wrote American Gods, Stardust and extremely entertaining (as well as exceptionally creepy) children’s books like Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman also authored an epically enthralling graphic novel series titled, Sandman. Try to imagine Shakespeare meets Lord of the Rings meets Friday the 13th and you’ll grasp some inkling of the Sandman. It is the only “comic” to have received a World Fantasy Award for outstanding short fiction. Stephen King knows how to write gripping fiction; Salem’s Lot is as intense a vampire story as I’ve ever read. His son, Joe Hill, wrote Locke & Key which reinvents King’s quality in an illustrated format. In fact, Stephen King himself soon followed suit and adapted his Dark Tower series to graphic novel form. So, if you have any attraction to great horror (or just great writing in my opinion), then you might enjoy his contributions to the genre. But don’t take my word for it (I might be showing my age with a Reading Rainbow reference), there is a plethora of great graphic fiction out there for you to enjoy...possibly to the chagrin of your lit professor.
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didn’t have the label. Otterson explained a few goals of the Women’s Center. “Whether it is the True Life sexual assault awareness we provide to all First Year students every August, or the Half the Sky viewing last week about the sexual violence done on a massive scale to girls worldwide - or, yes, the Barbie for President TGIF this week WUIS-ad-20121011-18-3.75x6.pdf - all these (events)1 are carefully thought through
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Addressing the Campus Senate, Pardie said, “The University of Illinois as a whole has been told to prepare for a possible 40 percent increase in pension and health care costs, which will represent an enormous additional pressure on the budget.” Shures wants to be clear that, “We are now playing on a whole different field. We’re always looking for ways to do things better with less money.” UIS has recently hired more part-time instructors to teach classes. Although Shures acknowledges this is a “smart business maneuver” that avoids the hiring commitment made to tenure-track faculty, he does not necessarily see it as a trend for UIS. Utilizing non-contractual instructors and part-time faculty is an inevitable cost-cutting measure, but the number of instructorships at UIS is still lower than that of peer institutions, according to Shures. The university has begun keeping track of “instructional resource metrics” to measure such things as how many students a faculty member teaches each term. If the load is high enough, then a departmental dean may be able to justify a new faculty hire, but only after it can be demonstrated that the money spent on salary and benefits will come back in tuition and enrollment. “That’s the worst part,” Shures said, “having to hook those two things together.” Higher education has historically focused on, “What is best academically for these students in this program. But, unfortunately, now the external funding is drying up.” Pardie is looking for ways to meet the needs of prospective and current students by forming an ad hoc steering committee to collect data from occupational outlooks, ideas from faculty, and inquiries from students. The goal is to anticipate the majors students will be looking for. “We know that we have many prospective students that contact us who are looking for particular majors,” she said while addressing the Campus Senate. “If we don’t offer them, they’re not going to entertain us as a possibility.” “This has been a story we’ve been telling for a long time,” said Shures. The ways in which the campus administration reacts – by cutting costs where it can and adapting to the needs and desires of students – will maintain educational quality without exorbitant price increases.
choices meant to, in their combined wholeness, really speak the core issues of a lessening of fear-based power structures, encouraging human compassion and responsibility to radical truthfulness and kindness - and offer some of bit transformative empowerment for all,” she said. “Generally, humans don’t relish the ideas of change anyway - and this feminist insight is profoundly transformative, not simply a rights movement - although it is that, too,” Otterson said. 10/5/2012 6:02:45 PM
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David Miller and Ashley McClelland march with the UIS Pep Band at the parade on Friday.
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Above: Students Vooka Pavan, Narayanan Ramsubramanyan, Zehra Ozkan, and Dexter Burns walk with the International Student Association at the parade.
Above: The drummer of This Drummer, That DJ plays for the crowd at the Blue City Camp out on Thursday night.
Right: On Saturday night, students celebrated the end of homecoming at the dance held in SLB gym.
Right : A member of the Legacy Dance Team stops for a small performance during the parade on Friday.
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Left: Jaime Cruz and Alberto Dominguez rides a bike through the parade for OLAS.
Right: Sarah Weaver, director of the Office of Disability Services, throws necklaces to the crowd at the parade.
Below On Tuesday, female UIS students and alumni team up for a friendly game of powder puff football to celebrate homecoming.
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Brookens Library promotes importance of information literacy By Ray Carter Features Reporter
his October, UIS Librarians are joining thirty-one other states in the cause for Information Literacy. Sarah Sagmen, Director of Learning Commons, explains that UIS plans to create a new blog along with their current one called Faculty Focus. In August of 2012, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a proclamation which would allow Illinois to participate in National Information Literacy Month. The goal is to offer concrete ideas for faculty on how they can better present the library’s services. Sagmen explained learning how to use information is key to making important decisions in life.
Stephen McMinn, Director of Collections, agrees that students need to be more aware of information literacy and how it can affect them. “When I’m working at the reference desk, people come up asking you about doing a paper on Nixon. Just trying to do a broad overview is pretty hard; you need to narrow it down. The more you try to narrow it down, the more important it is. That not only applies to school, it applies to life.,” he said. Whether checking out a candidate to vote for or looking for reviews on Yelp, McMinn says
that being able to evaluate information will make students’ lives so much easier. The digital age has affected a librarian’s role, especially here at UIS. Nancy Weichert, Visiting
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you,” Treadwell explained. What this boils down to, for Sagmen, is the misconception by students that libraries are only a book business. “Borders was a book business; we’re in the information business. The best resource you will have in a library is not the source or the book, but the librarian who will help you,” she said. The delusion that an Internet connection is better than being information literate is hurting libraries in the state of Illinois. One disturbing issue for Treadwell is the disappearing resources at Illinois schools, especially at the younger grade levels. “Schools in under-privileged areas are most likely to see these cuts; I think our society is doing a disservice to those children, by taking away something that could help them be successful as adults,” Treadwell said. Primary and secondary schools are now coming to Brookens to see a school library,
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A Korean pop music video released recently has gone viral. The video titled Gangam Style by Psy, short for psycho, depicts the singer in a number of unusual situations while performing strange dance moves to pounding, somewhat hypnotic dance beat. The song is meant as a satire of the Gangam area in Korea, which is by and large the wealthiest in the country, much like we have satire songs about Hollywood. Its over the top ridiculousness serves to mock the materialistic intentions of the area’s residents and future hopefuls. Hundreds of parodies have sprung up with viewership comparable to the original.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Women’s Center is hosting TGIF: Barbie for President. In conjunction with the White House Project, attendees can try to win a Barbie for President doll by playing a Women World Leaders Contest. Also the Women’s Issues Caucus will be there and selling “This is what a feminist looks like,” t-shirts. Taking place in the Women’s Center from 2-5 p.m. Looking for a scare? Haunted houses have opened; some of your choices include Terror on the Square in Petersburg (see their ad on our Tech page for details), The Boo Crew in Rochester (see their ad on our Tech page for details), Auburn Haunted house in Auburn, 217 Terror in Jacksonville, and Jaycees Haunted house in Springfield. Most haunts open between 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: •
UIS Closet Door on the Quad on National Coming Out Day, Featuring Guess the Str8 Person gameshow, Mandy Carter, and Summer Osborne. This event will feature stories from those walking through the door, booths sponsored by local LGBTQ organizations and more. Head to the Quad by the Colonnade for this event from 4-6 p.m. Game Night, brought to you by the Black Male Collegiate Society. The Diversity Center is the location for this event. There will be refreshments. Game Night starts at 9 p.m.
Friday, October 12: •
A Long Way Home, a Veterans Benefit Stage Play will be at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. This event is to benefit the Sangamon County Veterans Assistance Commission. Starting at 7 p.m. this event is $25 for general admission and $15 for Military/Veterans and their wives and children. Looking for a scare? Haunted houses have opened; some of your choices include Terror on the Square in Petersburg (see their ad on our Tech page for details), The Boo Crew in Rochester (see their ad on our Tech page for details), Auburn Haunted house in Auburn, 217 Terror in Jacksonville, and Jaycees Haunted house in Springfield. Most haunts open between 6-7 p.m.
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Quinn with a binding vote,” said Tienken. “So I am humbled by the responsibility the vote carries and I vote each meeting representing all students of the three campuses of the U of I.” Currently, Tienken is working on the proposal for a Student Union, as well as working to improve the communication between UIS and the entire community of Springfield. Additionally, he is working to increase opportunities for undergraduate research on campus. Outside of SGA, Tienken plays on the UIS Club Squash Team and is involved in the Cuban-American Relations club. He hopes to study abroad in England or attend Law School after UIS. For additional information on all SGA members, please visit uis.edu/SGA.
Thursday, October 11:
What’s Happening This Weekend
“Savion is possibly the best tap dancer that ever lived.” – Tap legend, Gregory Hines
Sunday, October 14, 7 PM
Mind-bending physical theatre that defies the laws of gravity.
Friday, October 19, 8 PM Tickets: 217.206.6160 • 800.207.6960 www.SangamonAuditorium.org
Horoscopes Libra (Sept. 23.-Oct. 22) You’ve been too shy lately. You can avoid being seen if you wish, but to disappear entirely, that is a rare gift.
Aries (March 21-April 19) You’ve had lousy days this week, but a new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You and a colleague are not getting along and your superior has noticed. You will unite or you will fall.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) A good worker is never late, nor is he early; he arrives precisely when he means to.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You want to believe a loved one is a saint, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) Your future is precious. Treasure it by living it, not by obsessing over it.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Do not suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. It will only waste your time.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) You shall not pass future trials if you do not stay focused on your goals.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Your friendship stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little and it will fail. But hope remains, if friends stay true.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) ) The journey doesn’t end here. A rocky relationship is just another path, one that we all must take.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) There are some things that time can not mend, some hurts that go too deep. Take time off for yourself and pick up the pieces.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The battle of getting that position you wanted is over; the battle for keeping it is about to begin.
Stars outshoot Pumas, couldn’t find net for a win
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Player Profile: Annie Nottingham
By Adam Buck Sports Reporter
riday was the annual Homecoming game for UIS and the women Prairie Stars played the Pumas of St. Joseph College in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match. It was a cold night at Kiwanis Stadium, but that did not stop students, fans, and faculty from attending the nights match. The game started at 5 p.m., and within the first several minutes, the Prairie Stars got the first shot of the game. However, Puma goalie Amanda Volk made the save and the game was still scoreless. The first goal of the game came in just ten minutes of play, when Puma forward Sarah Johnson scored after receiving the ball from Haley Celebre. The Prairie Stars stepped it up and out shot the Pumas ten to three, but were unable to find the back of the net. The score at the end of the first half of game play was 1-0 with the Pumas leading. During half time head coach Pete Kowall told the girls, “It’s got to be better, we can’t take anything in this league for granted.” Kowall was trying to motivate the team for the second half. After the second half started the Stars would equalize the score as Senior captain Erin Egolf buried the ball in the goal, she was assisted by Sophomore defender Cara Doogan. However, the Pumas would answer back with another goal with twenty-
Photo by Adam Buck
Annie Nottingham hits the ball from her position as opposite for UIS during a match. By Adam Buck Sports Reporter
Photo by Adam Buck
Eileen Kenny protects the ball from a Puma attacker. seven minutes remaining. With the remaining time in the second half, the Stars pressed the Pumas defense with shot after shot and they were not letting up. Late in the second half weather turned and started raining and sleeting, making game play more challenging for the teams. Unfortunately the women’s team was unable to score again in the second half and the Stars lost the Homecoming match 2-1.
The Stars outshot the Pumas 19-10 with Freshman forward Eileen Kenny shooting seven and Egolf right behind her with five. After the game Kowall stated, “We had plenty of opportunities to score and win the game, but in the end they wanted the win more than we did.” The Stars fell to a record of 3-7-1 overall and a 2-7 record in conference standing.
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oming from Shelbyville, Illinois, standing at 5’10’’, playing in the opposite position for the UIS volleyball team is number 5, senior Annie Nottingham. In the 2011 season, Nottingham received the UIS Coach’s Award, had a careerhigh of 19 digs and 11 kills against McKendree to record her first career double-double. Nottingham finished with 245 digs, second on the team, 213 kills, third on the team, and scored 247 points which was second on the team. Nottingham has been playing volleyball for 11 years. She played at Shelbyville High School, and before coming to UIS she played at Lake Land Community College, where she was named to the all-conference and all-region team twice. When asked why she chose to come play at UIS, Nottingham commented, “I loved the campus, I liked how it was smaller, and I liked the atmosphere.” “I love my teammates, we are really close,” she said. “I also love my coach, she made it so much better I almost wish I wasn’t a senior this year, because last year I wasn’t sure if I liked playing here or not and this year is a lot better.” She also likes the athletic director Kim Pate and the Chancellor Susan Koch. “They make it fun to be here and play here.” Head coach Noelle Rooke stated, “Annie is a great person who has a good head on her shoulders as she has a clear path on what she wants
in life. She is sweet-natured, well-mannered and an absolute joy to be around. Annie is one of our most consistent players, a true asset to the team and this program, and a pleasure to coach.” Nottingham’s favorite memory of playing volleyball was during her senior year of high school. “We had a winning record and we won our conference and I will always remember that.” Being a senior this year, Nottingham feels a little sad that it is her last year playing. “This year it’s kind of hitting me that I am going to graduate, I am going to have a job, and I am not going to get to play volleyball anymore. But at the same time I’ve recently been engaged so I am kind of ready to start a new chapter in my life. So I hope we can end the season well so that it will be memorable. But I will definitely be sad.” Nottingham is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in educational psychology. After college she would like to get her master’s degree either at UIS or at Eastern Illinois University. Also after she graduates Nottingham wants get married and get a job as either a guidance counselor or a counselor at a hospital. The next home game you can see Nottingham play in set for Oct. 16 at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC), where the Prairie Stars face the Lynx from LindenwoodBellville.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Homecoming Match-ups NBA Kia Tip-off 3 weeks away
Photo by Alex Johnson
Megan Vladic spikes the ball towards opposing Red Devil’s player, Peyton McAtee, during their match last Wednesday. The Prairie Stars defeated Eureka 3-0.
he countdown has started and the 2012/2013 NBA season is approaching. In 20 days the Kia tip-off will start a double header; the Miami Heat will host the Boston Celtics and the L.A. Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks. The Miami Heat have a reputation to uphold after winning the NBA finals last year, but that should not be a problem with the lineup they have. Both teams (the Heat and the Celtics) have a strong lineup and even thought the Heat did win the finals, it doesn’t guarantee them a win in the game on Oct. 30. According to ESPN.go.com the Heat will have Ray Allen for the 2012/2013 season. With the addition of Ray Allen, the Heat will be able to play at their peak. The players in the Heat’s starting lineup are great on their own, but will they work well together? The ego level of the Heat has reached an all-time high with the addition of Ray Allen. Miami does have a lot of stars, but the positive part of that is that they have a working bench. This will come handy if any of the starters get injured and even during the finals. With the team the Heat has, it is going to be an arduous task for Boston to try to bounce past their defense. The Celtics have a lot to
bring to the table as well. They did inherit Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo though, both first round draft picks, according to boston.com. They still may not be able to face the Heat and come out with a win. The Celtics still have Paul Pierce, one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, but that will not be enough to save this game. The only hope Boston has lies with Kevin Garnett. If he plays hard in the paint, they may be able to snag themselves a win. On paper the L.A. Lakers seem to have to have a better team than the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers have more depth and they have more experience. They may not have had the best luck with draft picks this year, but they still have players like Kobe Bryant and Metta World Peace who have been in the game 10+ years. Bryant is an outstanding scorer, but he doesn’t have to do it all because they have a well-rounded team. Dallas has veteran players as well, but even with that advantage it will be hard for them to surpass the expertise the Lakers have taken time to hone. Dallas also does not have as good of a bench. The only real chance they may have is if all of the starters play at their maximum potential. These games can go either way. The Heat could defend their title and conquer the Celtics; or the Celtics can start off the season well with young, determined players. The Lakers vs. the Mavericks will be the game to see, though. Tune into to TNT at 8 p.m. ET to watch this double header.
Sports Scores Wednesday, Oct. 3 Volleyball vs. Eureka: W 3-0 Photo by Alex Johnson
Jon Powell battles against St. Jospeh players Josh Stymiest and Eric Frasco for possession during their match Friday for Homecoming.
Saturday, Oct. 6 Volleyball at Kentucky Wesleyan: L 1-3
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Friday, Oct. 5 Women’s Soccer vs. St. Joseph’s: L 1-2 Men’s Soccer vs. St. Joseph’s: L 2-3
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Sunday, Sept. 23 Volleyball at Southern Indiana: L 0-3 Women’s Soccer vs. Indianapolis: L 0-1 Men’s Soccer vs. Indianapolis: L 4-5
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Brookens
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because these schools no longer have the resources or staff to teach children how to research. John Laubersheimer, Clinical Assistant Professor with Library Services, pointed out that it hurts librarians to try new outreach programs in schools. “My mom works in Springfield high schools, and she sees her budgets slashed pretty heavily. She complains that it impacts her ability to do anything other than administer a dusty collection of books. It really impacts her on what the new version of the job requires,” Laubersheimer said. Laubersheimer likes to see librarians now as more of an access point than a curator of books. Information Literacy Month encourages UIS students to realize the importance of coming to the library and asking for help. “Information literacy is important, especially to a working society, so that we can prosper, be an intelligent society, so our citizens can contribute in positive, ethical way,” Treadwell said.
2012 LINCOLN LEGACY LECTURE SERIES
October 11, 2012 • 7 p.m. Brookens Auditorium, UIS “Four Roads to Emancipation” Dr. Allen C. Guelzo
Professor of the Civil War Era Gettysburg College
“A Blight on the Nation: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today” Ron Soodalter
Moderator: Dr. Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS Co-sponsors: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Public Affairs and Administration, Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund, ECCE Speakers Series, Illinois Issues, The Illinois State Library, University of Illinois Alumni Association, WUIS Public Radio
Presented by the Center for State Policy and Leadership
http://cspl.uis.edu • (217) 206-7094
in cooperation with Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies
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