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October 19, 2011 Volume 70 Issue 7



In a world of remakes, Footloose holds up

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General Assembly scholarship good for students, bad for UIS?

Stars keep pace, but lack finish in losses

Students discover new bond

By Colten Bradford

Assistant Editor for News


or many students, the General Assembly scholarship has helped put recipients through college, but that scholarship may taken away through lobbying. On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Student Government Association met to discuss this issue, among other topics. The meeting began with a brief vote over the new SGA bylaws and a quick discussion over the campus climate survey. After two weeks of review and revisions, the SGA passed the creation of new SGA bylaws without discussion with one opposing vote and the rest in favor. This new set of bylaws will be available for access on the SGA website. In addition, with the approaching campus climate survey, the SGA voted to use SGA funds to purchase an iPad for a prize in order to create an incentive for students to complete the survey. All students who complete the survey will be put into a drawing to win the prize. After a brief discussion regarding the survey, the SGA continued to new business with the discussion of a resolution in support of the Illinois Student Senate’s resolution to abolish the General Assembly scholarship. According to Parliamentarian David Ballard, this scholarship is awarded to students by state legislatures which helps pay for tuition. Each year, legislatures award two four-year scholarships in which half of the funds have to go towards the University of Illinois. Ballard said the problem is

that the scholarships are basically tuition waivers, but instead of sending funds to reimburse the costs, the university just has to write it off. “It hurts the University budget in the end,” Ballard said. While this program costs the U of I a lot of money, Ballard also said the scholarship has been under investigation due to some political corruption in the program. “In these economic times, it’s hard for us to justify having this program in place,” Ballard said. Aimee Winebaugh, senator for public affairs and administration, disagrees and does not support this resolution. “Yes, this is a hard time, but it is also a hard time for students going to college,” Winebaugh said. “I think it’s an incentive [for students] to go to college.” While Ballard does agree with Winebaugh’s comment, he says he is looking at the scholarship in a business perspective for the university. “It is costing us a lot of money, which in turn raises tuition dollars… You just have to balance the good and the bad, and that’s a hard thing to do” Ballard said. A motion to suspend the resolution was made, and this suspension was denied because the SGA felt it needed more information about how the scholarship is negatively affecting the University. The discussion of the General Assembly scholarship will continue during the next meeting on Oct. 30.

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Dance team member marches in the homecoming parade. Many student groups came out on Friday, Oct. 14 to show their support. By Mayur Thulasi-Das

General Reporter

“We Bleed Blue,” this year’s homecoming theme, emphasized school spirit above all else and made sure this resonated in all the events that happened over the course of the week. Staying true to Homecoming tradition, UIS students and

alumni kicked off the week on Monday night at the boisterous Pep Rally, held at TRAC. The Rally, this year, began with a speech from Chancellor Susan Koch. She then handed it over to the hosts of the night, Dave and Ethan, a comedic duo from New York, convinced in keeping the audience engaged with their ‘shock and awe’ humor.

Shortly after imparting their wisdom in helping improve the dating scene here at UIS, they welcomed the sports teams on stage to introduce this year’s additions to each team’s lineup. The night was wrapped up with performances by the UIS Cheerleaders and Legacy Dance Team, which only left students and staff in a high state of anticipation for

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Afia Empowerment Retreat aims to educate students about HIV/AIDS and STDs By CheVaughn Starling News Reporter


he Springfield Urban League and the Diversity Center at UIS presents the Afia Empowerment Retreat. Afia (ahfee-ya) in Swahili means wellness and health. The Afia Empowerment Retreat was founded by the Black Student Union and Springfield Urban League. The Afia Empowerment Retreat is a two-day retreat, starting Friday Oct. 28 through Sunday Oct. 29. The retreat will be held at Lake Williamsons in Carlinville, Illinois. The Purpose of the Afia Empowerment Retreat is to inform students about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The retreat is open to all UIS students between the ages of 18-24. According to Patricia Bonus, Bonner Leadership Program Coordinator and Afia Empowerment Retreat Coordinator, their goal is to have 30 students on the trip, 15 females and 15 males. As of right now they have 15 males and 7 females, and are happy to have more sign up. On Oct 28, the van for the retreat will be leaving the Diver-

sity Center at 4 p.m. When they arrive at Lake Williamsons, students will be broken up into small group discussion. They will then participate in group role playing, listen to lectures, and watch prevention videos. On the following day, students will be educated about ethnic and gender pride, assertiveness skills training, sexual health, listening and coping skills, peer education, rites of passage, and HIV testing. The students will also participate in physical activities such as high ropes, swimming, rock climbing, basketball, and much more. They will be concluding their day with a choice of game night or a movie night. The Afia Empowerment Retreat will conclude that Sunday with a big group discussion on what they learned about the retreat and how they will apply what they learned to their life. The students will be returning at 5 p.m. Bonsu, along with the Diversity Center, feels, that the events chosen will help strengthen team building and get students more aware about the dangers and effects of HIV/ AIDS and other STDs. “The HIV/AIDS risk is high

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and it is very important to consistently motivate the youth to reduce the risks of contracting HIV or other STDs. On behalf of the Springfield Urban League and the Diversity Center at UIS we expect the turnout to be great,” said Bonsu. The Diversity Center hopes to inspire young adults to talk openly about the effects of HIV/AIDs. They also hope to get students in tune mentally and physically with their bodies, hence why they choose so many activities making the students get moving. They want students to be well informed about all aspects of being healthy. Bonsu believes that the Afia Empowerment retreat is a fun and educational way to get students involved about being healthy and STD free. Also, she believes it will be a great place to get students together and still be educated on a serious topic such as AIDS and STDs The event is a free and transportation is provided. Anybody still interested in the Afia Empowerment Retreat can contact Patricia Bonsu at or call (217) 206-6333.

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Punsisi Dayaratne Senior Computer Science Major “Cardinals all the way!”

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University launches In a world of remakes, multi-campus Footloose holds up climate survey By David Thomas

General Reporter

By Alissa Groeninger

advancement and/or academic success. News Reporter Invitations to participate in the climate survey will be sent to he University of Illinois university email accounts beginwill launch its first ever ning Oct. 26. multi-campus survey to gauge The surveys will help guide how students, faculty and staff university policy, said John Tienfeel about the atmosphere in their ken, UIS student campus commember of the munities. Board of TrustThe survey ees. will build on “It is essenpast individual tial that stucampus efforts, dents’ thoughts said President and opinions, Michael Hogan especially from in a letter to stuour campus, be dents and staff. known,” said Administrators Tienken. will use the reThe infor-John Tienken sults to respond mation gathto concerns on Student representative ered from the each campus, survey will be he said. Board of Trustees used to priori“We support tize concerns this universityand make necwide survey,” essary changes said Director of at each campus. Tienken apPublic Relations Derek Schnapp. plauded the decision to include “It is important that we get evall three campuses together eryone to participate, so we can because it shows that the Uniget a good feel of what the cliversity of Illinois is one school, mate, thoughts and perceptions are about the campus and the though the three campuses each have distinct missions. university.” “I hope that staff, faculty, but Administrators seek to gauge especially student opinions, conhow members of the University cerns and feelings are heard loud of Illinois community feel about and clear, and that university adthe structures, policies and pracministration and the leadership tices on their individual camon each of the three campuses puses. The survey will ask about take them into account in all fuinclusiveness, friendliness, coture decision making,” Tienken operation, professionalism, supsaid. port and opportunities for career


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p until this week, I have never watched “Footloose” before. It just never struck me as being something I had to see. “Star Wars,” “Batman”…those were (and are) my priorities. The quest of Ren McCormick to bring dancing back to the almost-theocratic town of Bomont never really interested me. So this past week, I watched both the Kevin Bacon version of “Footloose,” and its 2011 remake, which debuted this past weekend. And honestly, the 2011 remake with Kenny Wormald as Ren and Dennis Quaid as Reverend Shaw Moore is the better version. The storyline is nearly identical between the two movies. Ren arrives in the town of Bomont a number of years after a group of teenagers, one of them Moore’s son, are killed in a car crash coming home from a dance. In a reactionary measure, the city council imposes a curfew and bans all dancing and rock music. Ren appears with all of his teenage angst, and wages a passive resistance campaign against the rules.

the 1984 version, Kevin Bacon and his mom are living with relatives in Bomont after their father ran out on them. Bacon’s new family isn’t that different from the rest of the town though; his uncle believes all of the slander being spread about Ren. In the 2011 version, Ren’s mother is already dead from leukemia, which leads him to moving to Bomont. This is a very crucial change, because it allows for Ren and Rev. Moore to connect on a more personal level later in the film. Still though, there are some things Kevin Bacon did better. The famous scene where Ren dances his frustrations away just doesn’t seem to cut it in the new version. Yeah, Wormald dances, but the music doesn’t fit the scene. In a world where remakes and reboots are all the rage, this new version of “Footloose” isn’t half bad. Viewers who are caught up in the nostalgia of the original might dismiss this altogether, and I can see their reasoning. But if you’re a casual fan, or a newcomer to the whole thing, then the remake is worth exploring.

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Again, all of the major plot points between the two versions are the same, with some key differences. Something I noticed with Bacon’s version is that it seems campy and silly. I acknowledge that this simply might be a generational thing. My experiences and core values as a young adult in 2011 are probably much different than if I were 23 in 1984 when the original came out. It’s quite possible that I just don’t “get” it, but I stand by my criticism. I can see that Rev. Moore is still agony over the death of his son, but I just don’t quite feel it. You feel it in the new version though, because you see it. The film opens with the tragic car accident that sets the plot in motion. At first, I thought this was in poor choice; even though I thought “Footloose” was campy and silly, it was supposed to be that way. All of that disappears in the first scene. And the remake is better served without the campiness, as the arguments between Rev. Moore, his daughter Ariel, and Ren take on a new level of drama and tension. Another big change in the plot is the changes in Ren’s family. In

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can attest to my eternal devotion to this alleged one-hit wonder, and their self-titled, awesome, and sadly only album has accompanied me on many of my journeys from my somewhat inconsistent middle school days all the way through my current pursuit of a Master’s degree here at UIS. I love the reflective potential that music provides, good or bad. I’m sure you all have certain bands and songs, or maybe even entire albums that evoke memories both positive and negative. You can remember where

you were the first time you heard your favorite song, or what you were doing when a particular song came on the radio or at a social event. I still recall with great luster the very moment I heard “You Get What You Give,” the song New Radicals are most known for, and every time I hear it to this day I get a flash of that moment. Another thing that I love about music is its ability to adapt without ever really changing. The lyrics and accompanying instrumental work on this album has not changed in the near decade and a half since its release. “You Get What You Give,” a song I have heard at least 500 or more times in my life, has begun to take on new meaning now that I’m 26 and have so many more life experiences under my belt. It is this ability for music to transform us consistently through life that forces me to pause and reflect a bit on the impact it has. While the exact composition of the song doesn’t change, the context I hear it from does. In a way, the song is always and nev-

er changing. So, when “You Get What You Give” popped up on my iPod Shuffle just days ago, I was struck that I was hearing things I had never before heard. A song I have heard several hundred times in my life was still fresh, still new, and I had a greater understanding of it. The message of the song is pretty clear, and it got me thinking about some of the things I hear around campus. It is with the advice the song gave me that I implore my fellow Prairie Stars to realize that this college experience does not last forever, and that you will truly get what you give. We worry about due dates and how long our papers have to be. We worry about what there is to do on the weekend and get caught up in fleeting relationship dramas. We squander available resources in favor of what is easiest and most convenient. We choose to insulate ourselves from experiencing and trying new things, and prevent our-


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The misdirection of Occupy Wall Street

By Zachary Sullivan Guest Columnist

*The views expressed within this article belong solely to the author of this article and in no way represent the views of SGA as a whole.*


n case you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you have no doubt heard of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has been sweeping the nation. The outcries from the protesters are loud and clear. People cannot find jobs for whatever reasons. Student debt is out of control, as tuition rates in America are raising at twice the rate of inflation. There is an uneven distribution of wealth in America. Protesters claiming to be part of the 99 percent of Americans who are not ultra-rich have tak-

en to the streets to….well, that part is a bit unclear. Organizers of the Occupy movement claim that if you are among the 99 percent of Americans who are not ultrarich, you are automatically part of this movement. The U.S. has a population of over 300 million people, and 99 percent of our population is roughly 270 million people. There are not even one million people taking part in these events, and even if there were, that would only account for around .37 percent of the 99 percent this movement represents. In order for a movement to be successful, there must be massive support for it, and the Occupy movement does not have that kind of support. Secondly, the definition of occupy comes to mind. The Occupy Wall Street protesters are doing just that. Protesting.

They are not occupying anything. If they were, they would march right onto the floor of the NYSE and refuse to leave until they are either arrested or successful. That is the essence of an occupation. This brings me to the success of this movement. We know what it is these protesters want to accomplish, achieve, and change, but how will this change come about? I don’t foresee President Obama waving a magic wand to forgive student debt, nor will Wall Street tycoons start cutting checks to the protesters because they are benevolent. What the fat cats on Wall Street have been doing is legal. I’ve learned that while the rules of the game constrain


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ion on something, but no matter how hard you try, you just really don’t know? That’s how I feel about the Occupy movement. On Saturday, I attended Springfield’ s version of the movement whose actions in New York City have earned them national headlines. And while the Springfield version wasn’t on the scale of their Big Apple-counterparts, they did all they can to get their message out. Many of them had signs that summed up their viewpoints; “We are the 99%” and “End the Fed” were some of the more popular ones there, but they all had one central point: They wanted their country back, which was apparently stolen by corporations and corrupted by money. Chris Trudeau, a 29-year-old brewer who works at Rolling Meadows Brewery in Springfield, was one of the individuals who believe corporations have corrupted the U.S. democratic process. In both our interview and remarks he made to the 300some people there, he emphasized a return of unity and direct democracy in the country. “We shouldn’t be so divided,” Trudeau said in regards to the partisanship that has paralyzed Washington. “We have more in common that what’s not in common.” At this point, I’m sure you’ve heard something about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Plenty of commentary has been written about the movement by people who are smarter and better paid than me. The only thing


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selves from getting to know most of those who sit in classrooms with us. We opt to spend the afternoon on the Internet communicating rather than seeking out stronger modes of interpersonal communication. We get stuck in reliving the maladies of our past or daydreaming about our radiant future, and in doing this we neglect the present. So, I return to the words of Gregg Alexander and his wonderful song, I encourage each of you to take a chance and do something different than your usual routine. Sit next to someone you have never met at lunch and have a conversation. When you get an assignment, rather than immediately thinking about how much time it will take you to get done and being upset when that total exceeds 15 minutes, bask in the chance to learn and engage yourself in showing what you have learned and knock that assignment out of the park. Instead of spending the afternoon checking status updates and text messages, go out on campus and engage yourself with your peers. When prospective students visit our campus, send them home with the image of UIS being an incredible place not only to learn, but also to engage in the best things the college experience has to offer. We have the potential to unlock an experience of lifelong value, and it’s not that hard to do. If we all give more, we’ll get a lot more in return.


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your behavior, you play to win the game. If you know how to use the rules to your advantage, you are going to be successful. If anything, the Occupy movement needs to send a message to Washington, not Wall Street. In Portland, OR, protesters shouted “What do we want? We don’t know! When do we want it? Now!” These protests and the entire Occupy movement are not going to change anything. I wrote this piece before the Occupy Springfield demonstration occurred on Oct. 15, 2011. I have a hunch that as you read this and if you protested, your life is not much different than it was a week, or even a month ago. That is because this movement is aimless and will accomplish nothing. Michael Jackson sang it best – “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change!”

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Science, God, and presidential politics By Jerry Zandstra Guest Columnist

Science and God are again front and center in presidential politics. GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry launched the discussion by responding to a boy’s question about the age of the earth. He said, “You know what, I don’t have any idea.” He told the young man that evolution is “a theory that’s out there” but that’s “got some gaps in it.” GOP candidate John Huntsman saw this as an opportunity and responded to Gov. Perry’s comments, “To be clear, I believe in evolution and trust scientists… Call me crazy.” He accused Gov. Perry of holding an “anti-science” position which would turn off voters, stressing that Republicans would find themselves “on the wrong side of science.” Why does it matter, especially for Republicans? Because candidates and their campaign know

polling numbers. In 2010, Gallup polling showed that only 8 percent of Republicans said they believed human life evolved without God’s intervention. More than 50% believe that God created human beings “pretty much in their present form.” In anticipation of the release of our film, “The Genesis Code,” we hired Strategic National to poll people as to their opinions of faith and science. Thirty-nine percent of voters in New Hampshire believe that science and the Biblical story of creation are in conflict. Forty-two percent of voters in Iowa agree. Digging into the Iowa data shows why this matters to Republican candidates. Sixty-five percent believe the earth was created in six days and 48% believe the earth is around 10,000 years old. Are the majority of Republican voters nuts? Are they the gun-toting, knuckle-dragging, Bible-thumpers President Obama warned us about in the 2008 elec-

tions? Theology has certainly had to eat its share of crow in the last 400 years. The earth is not flat nor is it the earth the center of the universe. It took nearly 360 years for the Catholic Church to offer an apology to Galileo for placing him under house arrest and burning his writings that argued that the earth goes around the sun. But science has its own dogmatists who are sure that their theories are law. At the beginning of the 20th century, scientific orthodoxy held to a “steady-state” concept of the universe. It had no beginning and it had no end and everyone knew it. Oops. Albert Einstein’s theories led other scientists to propose the idea of a Big Bang and, suddenly, accepted orthodoxy was blown up too. For nearly 100 years, Einstein has been the new orthodoxy. But recently, one of Einstein’s central propositions was called into questions when scientists in France seem to have broken

Einstein’s unbreakable law of the speed of light. As Charles Krauthammer wrote in the Washington Post, this may mean, “we shall need a new physics. A new cosmology. New understandings of past and future, of cause and effect. Then shortly and surely, new theologies.” The three scientists who recently won the Physics Nobel Prize, Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess, were chosen because they have demonstrated that the expansion of the universe is not actually slowing, as everyone was sure they knew, but actually speeding up. Again, scientists are forced to abandon orthodoxy and head back to the theoretical drawing board. Edward Witten, a theorist at the Institute for Advanced Study told the New York Times, “This discover definitely changed the way physicists look

For the past couple of years, groups of people of all political stripes have taken to the street and demanded a wide variety of change in the American political and economic system. Change is nice, but as always, the devil is in the details. For example, Ben Turner, a 21-year-old worker at Buffalo Wild Wings, would like to see corporate personhood end. “Corporations are businesses. They are not like us sitting here struggling, and when they

are in trouble, the government gives them a bailout,” Turner said. Sounds nice, but what’s the plan to change this definition? A new law? A constitutional amendment? It matters. A lot of people at the rally expressed the desire to see money taken out of politics. Again, that sounds nice, but how do you do that, especially in light of the quote: “Money is the mother’s milk of politics”? But this is just me. I am very

skeptical about political movements. But that doesn’t mean you should be, dear reader. Joining the Occupy movement, or the Tea Party, or any other countless political movements is a part of your rights under the Constitution. Democracy is not a spectator sport, folks. Do you resonate with the concerns of Turner or Jacksons? Then go do something about it.


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I can offer is the perspective of a 23-year-old graduate student who still has a lot to learn. And the truth is, I don’t know how I feel about the movement. I sympathize with their fears. Like Robert and Carolyn Jackson, both of them retired state workers who live in Springfield, I’m also afraid of what will happen to our country if something doesn’t change. But what stops me from expressing support for their movement is a lack of a plan.

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the week’s events. As the week progressed, students were high in anticipation for the annual Homecoming Dance on Thursday night. Held in the SLB Gymnasium, students and alumni began showing up dressed in their best. Students were also given the opportunity to cast their ballots for Homecoming Court as the results were to be announced at midnight. As Friday rolled around, it was time for the Homecoming Parade. Various sponsors and departments participated in a convoy of many vehicles that began near the PAC concourse and proceeded to travel around campus in proud display. As the parade ended, students took part in the Homecoming barbeque in lieu of the evening’s sporting activities. The UIS Prairie Stars women and men’s soccer subsequently went on to face Bellarmine’s teams. As the audience gathered, slowly but substantially, the women’s game

turned into a nail-biter as the Prairie Stars put up a good fight with Bellarmine ultimately taking a 2-0 win. The men’ team faced difficult opponents as Bellarmine took a 5-0 win. The UIS cheerleaders and Blue Crew cheered both games on with ample support from the home audience. Homecoming came to a close with the events in the weekend, most notably, the 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Students, alumni and staff assembled together at TRAC for this event and completed it at their respective paces. The spirit of school and homecoming still seem to resonate in the week following it as students have discovered a new bond that brings them together; the simple fact that here at UIS, We all Bleed Blue.

(Top left) Seniors Katie Dryer and Jeremiah Hernandez take their first dance as homecoming king and queen. (Top right) UIS pep band helps keep the energy high as music is played. (Above far left) Chancellor Koch along with her husband Dennis tosses candy to students at the homecoming parade Friday afternoon. (Above left) The UIS dance team shows off their moves during the parade. (Above right) The Organization of Latin American Students shows both school and heritage pride as they ride through the parade. (Left) Sophomores Matt Dobill and AJ Hamm show school spirit as they ride on a float for the Student Activities Committee.

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‘I Am The Queen’ breaks stereotypes about the transgender life By Kati Maseman

Assistant Editor for Features

“I Am The Queen” is a film about Puerto Rican transgender youth, their lives and their participation in the Cacique pageant in Humboldt Park, Chicago. While serious in nature, the film also has a humorous side, thanks to the personalities of some of the main characters. The film was created by Josue Pellot and Henrique Cirne Lima. Pellot is a visual artist who grew up in the Humboldt Park after his family moved there from Puerto Rico. He was familiar with the pageant, but became reacquainted with it when he saw a poster more recently. Lima, Director of Media Services at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), was the editor for the film. The duo followed four contestants for the pageant, with a main focus on two of the girls, as well as the pageant coordinator Ginger. The contestants were

Jolizza, Julissa, Bianca, and Allan. The pageant is mainly for the purpose of opening doors for the contestants, as well as helping them to feel comfortable with themselves. Ginger provides this safe and understanding environment that some of the contestants were missing from their home lives. She is a transgendered adult and helps with many of the pageant’s costumes, make-up and other various aspects. In addition to getting to know a lot about Jolizza and Julissa, viewers get to know much of Julissa’s family, as she is one of the lucky few whose family supports her decision. “I Am the Queen” provides a story of what the male to female transgendered youth in Humboldt Park go through on a daily basis, their whole experience with the pageant, and what they intend to do in the future. The creators revealed that it was a very low budget film, ed-

ited in Lima’s house, but that didn’t keep them from creating

“We went in expecting a lot of homophobia and aggression, but it wasn’t what we expected” -Josue Pellot, film creator a film that really got the audience’s attention. “We went in expecting a lot of homophobia and aggression, but it wasn’t what we expected” Pellot said of the creation. “They were supported in their community. There was some homophobia, but we actually only witnessed one hurtful remark while they were filming.” However, the girls did inform

them that there are places outside of the Humboldt Park area that they won’t go out of fear. Having the directors at the screening gave the audience a chance to see behind the camera, and get all of their questions answered. Many wanted to know how the idea came about. “I knew of the pageant, but I saw a poster explaining it all and I also met one of the main characters before the film and that really got us started. It was a big experience for me. I never had a transgender friend before we started,” Pellot said of what the project meant to him. “The girls were very open to being filmed; some of them really loved it. Over time, the movie’s direction and goal changed, but we finally decided that we wanted to focus on the girls. Because of Julissa, we felt that we could break the stereotypes associated with transgenders. We liked having two perspectives from Julissa and Ginger. Ginger

made bad choices when she was younger but not she is older and wiser and helping others,” Lima said. “I Am the Queen” brought a lot of groups at UIS together. Co-sponsoring was: ECCE Speaker Series, the LGBTQA Resource Office, the Women and Gender Studies Department, the Organization of Latin American Students. They all had a part in bringing the eye opening film to UIS, and they intend to bring back the directors and possibly Ginger when the sequel is finished. “The Other Side of the Queen” is the movie’s sequel, and it should be finished in the near future. It is a follow up with the girls a year later. The story will focus more on the girls and their families that were not highlighted in the first film. For information on the film and to see a trailer, visit the page for “I Am the Queen” on IMDB. com or Youtube.

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Horoscopes Aries (April 18- May 13)

Libra (Oct. 30- Nov. 23) Life is different for you now, and you’re on your own for the first time in a very long time. But that does not have to be a bad thing. You can resist the system and provide to be a true inspiration to someone who really needs your point of view right now. Invest in balloons. They will take you far.

Taurus (May 13- June 21) Do not be afraid to show those

closest to you exactly who you really are on the inside. Shed your gruff exterior and get in touch with yourself on a more intimate level. Also, take a look around your home and try to see if a tea set, candlestick, or clock posses the ability to come to life and sing.

Scorpio (Nov. 23- Nov. 29) You are a little rough around the edges, but that’s where your charm comes from. Don’t be intimidated to shoot for the stars, and also eat a delicious spaghetti dinner under those stars with someone you care about. Remember to be generous when it comes to the final meatball.

Gemini (June 21- July 20) Expect to uncover a priceless heirloom and for all of your wishes to come true as long as you are able to stay true to yourself. You will enjoy a real “rags to riches” story, find the love of your life, and all this while coasting around the atmosphere on a pretty kitsche rug; metaphorically, in your case.

Ophiuchus (Nov. 29- Dec. 17) Be careful on a trip to the grocery store, especially if you frequent the produce department. Someone wishes to harm you because their talking mirror has suggested you are much fairer than they are. You have a new group of friends, but it’s not they who can awaken you should you take a tragic bite.

Cancer (July 20- August 10) Don’t be threatened by the new person at work. They are really no different than you, despite a few more impressive credentials and sharper outfits. Loyalty is your calling card, and those around you will always look to you to be the leader no matter what the situation.

Sagittarius (Dec. 17- Jan. 20) You do not need to sequester yourself in your home because you feel inadequate in society. Your reliability at work has gone unappreciated, but it’s time for you to give yourself a chance. People don’t fear you, they just don’t know you yet. Give them a chance to get to know you before you ring the bell.

Leo (Aug. 10- Sept. 16) ) Life is an ocean for you, and although that might seem a tiny bit scary at first, you are more than ready to rise to the occasion. Do not let your independence get the best of you, but also do not be afraid to take a trip because it will make you a stronger person in the long run.

Capricorn (Jan. 20- Feb. 16) Tragedy is tough to rebound from, especially when it happens way before you expect it, but that does not mean you cannot overcome adversity and pursue a happy existence in the forest of life.

Anticipate a promotion, but beware that it might not be under the most desired of circumstances. You will have to prove your worth to the others around you by embarking on a journey. It all starts with embracing the circle of life.

Virgo (Sept. 16- Oct. 30) You might be a little different

from the rest of those around you, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have your amazing qualities. Embrace who you are! Never forget where you came from, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box and pursue the thing you have always wanted to take a chance on with your life. Just don’t go out for seafood.


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at the universe, and we probably still haven’t fully come to grips with the implications.” So who’s right? Scientists whose answers need to be adjusted or abandoned nearly as quickly as they become orthodoxy? Is Perry right to question current scientific conclusions or is Huntsman right to put his faith in science? Let’s make a case for a dose of humility. Science and faith should not be enemies. Christians should remember that science is merely the discipline of coming to a better understanding of the world God created. Scientists should remember that people of faith have much to add to the conversation about the origins, purpose, and ultimate end of the universe and life on this planet. It is time to put aside this false argument and encourage both sides to seek mutual understanding and appreciation in the context of some healthy modesty. Dr. Jerry Zandstra is a pastor and is the Executive Producer of The Genesis Code, a film about two college students and their struggle between faith and science. The film opens on November 4 in Champaign.

Aquarius (Feb. 16- March 11) You are more than you think you are, and negative influences have forced you to forget that. There is an important event coming up, and you will receive an invitation from someone very important. Don’t rush off, lest you lose a shoe. Although when it fits later, everything will make sense. Pisces (March 11- April 18) Let imagination take hold as you are whisked away to a beautiful, foreign land. You should not be afraid to fly and embrace your innocence as your help rescue someone who really needs your help.

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Stars keep pace, but lack finish in losses Women’s soccer falls to BU and NKU, moves to 4-8-1 By Carson Buss Assistant Editor for Sports


Photos by Mayur Thulasi-Das

(Top) Midfielder Jessica Jaime prepares to receive a ball from goalie Kelli Kubal. Both Jaime and Kubal are currently in their fourth year on the team. They celebrated their senior night on Oct. 14. (Above) Pushing forward, Kim Tokarsi advances the Prairie Star offensive attack. The Stars had 10 shots on goal for the night, but lost 3-2 to the Knights.

pringfield, IL - Bellarmine slated two quick goals which proved fatal for the Stars as the Knights were able to trump UIS 2-0 in the GLVC and senior night matchup. The victory moved the Knights to 10-2-1 overall and 9-2-1 in GLVC play. Following the half time intermission, both UIS and Bellarmine were able to come out with scoring chances. BU was able to capitalize where UIS could not as Allison Menchak was able to put the Knights on the board nearly 63 minutes into the competition. Not three minutes later Bellarmine found goal, this time off the foot of Lauren Boyd. The Knights outshot UIS 1110 and also won the battle in the corner 3-2. UIS found an offensive presence in Emily De Long who had a team-high 3 shots on the night, 2 of which were on goal. Chandler Sommerfeldt and Ashley Stariha each had 2 shots. This year’s senior squad includes goalie, Kelli Kubal; midfielder, Linda Hernandez and defender, Jessica Jaime. Kubal recorded 3 saves against Bellarmine. On the season, Kubal has played all but 18

minutes in goal. In this time she has held opponents to 1.58 goals per game and has posted 2 shutouts. In the 2011 campaign, Hernandez has recorded one goal for UIS and 2 shots on goal. Ashley Stariha has played in and started all 12 contests for the Prairie Stars. Stariha has 15 shots on the season, 4 of which were on goal as well as an assist. Wrapping up the weekend, the UIS women’s soccer team squared off against the number 11 ranked Northern Kentucky. NKU was able to start scoring early as Northern Kentucky found net five minutes into the game. The UIS defense did all it could to keep the Stars in the game as the Norse were able to find UIS keeper, Kubal out of position, but a quick defensive shift allowed the UIS defenders to make the stop. Northern Kentucky added 2 more goals in the second period. UIS would not back down, however. The Prairie Stars sprayed 4 shots at the NKU defense in the final 9 minutes of play. UIS kept pace in the shooting column (13-11) but were unable to find the finishing touch as the Prairie Stars were held scoreless for the third straight game. The Prairie Stars will head out on the road playing Southern Indiana Friday Oct., 21 and Kentucky Wesleyan Oct. 23 before coming home to wrap up the regular season Oct. 26 against Quincy. The women’s record now stands at 4-8-1.

Women’s Soccer Schedule 10/21 at Southern Indiana at 5 p.m. 10/23 at Kentucky Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m. 10/26 Quincy at 5 p.m.

Women’s soccer shuts Missouri S&T down in shutout By Carson Buss Assistant Editor for Sports


IS 3 Missouri S&T 0; Drury 2 UIS 0 10/7/2011 Rolla, Mo. – Facing off in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup, UIS made quick work of Missouri S&T. Erin Egolf opened the gates for the UIS offense as she was able to find net following an Ashley Stariha assist. Kaitlyn Logan added another goal for UIS before the half time intermis-

sion. With a comfortable 2-0 lead, the UIS leader in assists, Hannah Fyfe was able to strike goal for the first time in 2011. The late goal put the nail in the coffin as the Stars swamped Missouri S&T 3-0. Senior keeper, Kelli Kubal picked up her third clean sheet of the season while making 7 saves on the night. 10/9/2011 - Kubal tried to keep the defensive momentum going as UIS came home for another GLVC game against Drury.

As Prairie Star defense held strong, the UIS forwards struggled to muster any sort of offense. The Drury defense allowed UIS zero shooting opportunities in the first 45 minutes. The Panthers were finally able to break through the UIS defense 69 minutes into the match as Shelby Hatz’s strike found the back of the net. Drury was able to score again late in the match, giving the Panthers a 2-0 victory over UIS.

Hannah Fyfe leads the teams in assists and scored her first goal of the 2011 season against Missouri S&T.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

IndyCar humbled in Los Vegas 2-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon dies in horrific crash By Carson Buss Assistant Editor for Sports


as Vegas, NV- Sunday, a day meant for rest, relaxation and reflection on a week’s worth of activities. Many individuals tuned into various NFL football games to watch as the Bears tore apart a weak Vikings squad or watching the Packers make a leisurely game out of the Rams, but it would be a safe bet that a large percentage of the UIS and surrounding area population did not watch the IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas this weekend. Prior to the races all eyes were on Dan Wheldon. The 33-year-old racer, born in Emberton, England and living in St. Petersburg, Florida, had won two of the last seven Indianapolis 500 races and was on the verge of a $5 million payday if he was able to take the checkered flag this past Sunday, Oct. 16. The race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway drew a lot of pre-race attention as 34 Indycars would take to the 1.5 mile oval track. With these high-powered motor vehicles traveling at speeds in excess of 225 miles per hour, many thought the oval track was too small and the high density traffic would cause problems for the racers. As the leading cars entered turn one of lap 11, smoke quickly filled the air and the events the followed over the next 20 seconds left spectators, race officials and racers speechless. Cars began spinning out of

control, two instantly bursting into flames; the 77 car of Dan Wheldon became airborne, flipped and continued into the catch fencing around the track for the next few hundred yards, cockpit first. Simultaneously, the yellow caution flag came out, then shortly after the red flag, bringing the race to a standstill. Emergency crews raced to the cars engulfed in flames, dousing the fires as quickly as possible. Cameras focused on drivers involved in the accident as the attempted to get out of their mangled cars. There was little talk of what happened to Dan Wheldon. Few even knew he was involved in the crash at the time. Thousands if not millions of viewers held their breath as 15 cars littered turn 1. As rescue crews arrived at the car of Wheldon, time stopped. Two hours later, Indycar released to the drivers that, “Dan Wheldon passed away from unsurvivable injuries.” The IZOD IndyCar World Championship race was not completed that day. Instead, the number 77 was placed at the top of the scoring pylon and every car that was on damaged in the accident made five slow laps around the 1.5 mile track as amazing grace was played in honor of a great racer, husband and father. Wheldon was married and had two young children. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and CEO, Jeff Belskus commented, “Most importantly, he was a fantastic husband, father and man -- a good friend to so many in this sport. His memory will live forever at the Speedway, both through the magnitude of his accomplishments on the track and his magnetism off the track.”

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Volleyball Shorts By Nick Dow Sports Reporter


ay 1 of GLVC/GLIAC Crossover The Prairie Stars Volleyball team opened the GLVC/ GLIAC Crossover against the Findlay Oilers, but dropped a four-set match (25-23, 23-25, 21-25, 12-25). The opening match was closely contested, with a 1714 Prairie Star advantage at one point, but Findlay was able to close the gap to 2221; however, UIS finished strong and won the opening match 25-23. The Stars came close, but were never able to win another. In the second match, UIS had a chance to tie; Findlay was able to end the match on a Mackenzie Vorst kill to take the 25-23 match victory. In the final set, UIS was down 15-10, but went on a roll to find the score in their favor 20-19 after a Rebka Pruemer kill. Findlay was

able to weather the storm however, and finished the set on a 6-1 run, with the aid of four UIS errors. Prairie Stars junior Annie Nottingham lead the charge for the Prairie Stars with nine kills and nine digs, but it wasn’t enough to win. The Prairie Stars hit -.065 and had seven attack errors. Findlay on the other hand had a .367 attack percentage and totaled 14 kills. The Prairie Stars conclude the GLVC/ GLIAC crossover on Saturday with matches against Madonna and Michigan Tech. Day 2 of GLVC/GLIAC Crossover The Prairie Stars concluded the GLVC/GLIAC Crossover with two matches on Saturday. UIS was able to split the two matches, defeating MTU in five sets (14-25, 25-17, 2325, 25-20, 15-8), but losing to Madonna in three straight sets (15-25, 15-25, 14-25).

The Prairie Stars weren’t able to get their offense going in the day’s first match against Madonna. In their first two sets the team struggled to the tune of hitting .027, but Sam Krilich and Annie Nottingham combined for eight kills. Karie Altman chipped in 11 kills on the day. The second match went much better for the Prairie Stars, as the offense came to life. After losing the first set UIS set the tone with their defense, as they allowed the Huskies to hit negative .030. The key players for the stars in their victorious match against Michigan Tech were Krilich and Nottingham. Krilich tied her career-high with 21 kills in the match against Michigan Tech. UIS (4-18) will enjoy a five-match home-stand that begins Friday Oct. 21 when the Prairie Stars host William Jewell at 7:00 p.m.

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Cardinals and Rangers meet for date in World Series By Nick Dow

Sports Reporter


o one is surprised that the Texas Rangers find themselves in their second consecutive World Series. It’s more surprising who their National League Opponent will be: The St. Louis Cardinals. The fall classic will show a tale of two teams, one that dominated throughout the regular season on their way to the playoffs, and one team that was 10.5 games behind the Braves for the Wildcard as late as the last week of August. The Rangers will enter the World Series considered the favorites to win, as their lineup has proved impossible to slow down, even against probable American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. Ranger’s outfielder Nelson Cruz seems incapable of not hitting a homerun every game, as he was named ALCS MVP for his record 6 homeruns in the series. After never making it to the World Series until last season, the Rangers will not be frightened by the big stage, as virtually every key player from last year’s team besides pitcher Cliff Lee will play again in this year’s World Series. After losing last year’s series to

the Giants, the Rangers will be back to prove that last year was a fluke and they are the best team in baseball. The Cardinals seem to prefer the “underdog” title, as they have had their backs to the walls for over a month now. After getting into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Cardinals were faced with a five game series with the Philadelphia Phillies, the team many favored to win the World Series. The five game NLDS proved to be one of the better division series matchups in recent years as the Cardinals were able to win it in five games and advance to the NLCS. The Cardinals lineup is one of the best in baseball as well, anchored by the best hitter in the game, Albert Pujols, other players have stepped up big this postseason including NLCS MVP David Freese. Freese, a St. Louis native, hit 3 homeruns and drove in 9 runs in his breakout postseason. Both teams are capable of putting big numbers on the scoreboards, but it will likely come down to starting pitching to determine the winner. The Cardinals were able to win the NLCS with only one of their starting pitchers

completing five innings. Cardinal’s manager Tony La Russa was able to brilliantly manage his bullpen to get the four wins against the Brewers, but it would be improbable to count on winning the World Series using relief pitchers to pitch more innings than starters again. If the Cardinals can get good performances from their starting pitching against a stacked Texas lineup then expect to see the Cardinals hoisting the trophy, but if the Rangers are able to score early on the Cardinals and hand the game off to their dominant bullpen, it will be the Rangers celebrating this year. Just don’t expect the Cardinals to go down without a fight. They have played their best baseball when they absolutely have needed to, and so far have been up to every challenge presented on their way to their eighteenth World Series Appearance. The Rangers will be motivated as well as they came up short last year. Expect a highly competitive series with some well-pitched games, but also some slugfests, as it will be hard for any pitcher to keep these two explosive offenses down too long. Prediction: Rangers in 7

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Mens Soccer Shorts By Nick Dow Sports Reporter


ellarmine 5, University of Illinois Springfield 0 Bellarmine’s Connor Brehm was too much for the Prairie Stars to handle on Friday night as he scored 3 goals in the second half to give Bellarmine a 5-0 win over the Prairie Stars in a conference match. Bellarmine took the lead in the first half on a corner kick from Jack Binns to Austin Chitwood just six minutes into the game. Bellarmine would never lose the lead, as Brehm added his 3 goals in the second half, and Jacob Kay hit the net at the 79:05 mark. All 3 of Brehm’s goals came in an 18-minute span in which he dominated the Prairie Stars defenders. UIS was able to get shots on goal from five different players, while goalie Jack Turanchik made 5 saves guarding the net. Bellarmine outshot UIS 18-5, and also enjoyed a 5-4 margin in corner kicks. Bellarmine moved to 7-60 overall and 6-5-0 within the GLVC, while UIS dropped to 0-10-2 overall and 0-9-2 within the conference. Northern Kentucky 2, University of Illinois Springfield 1 The Prairie Stars came close against a seventh ranked North-

ern Kentucky at Kiwanis Stadium Sunday, but ultimately fell 2-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference match. Northern Kentucky was able to score twice late in the match to take the 2-1 victory over the Prairie Stars with Anthony Meyer’s laser shot into the goal past goalie Jack Turanchik. UIS was able to score the first goal of the match when Colton Harden took a beautiful pass from Mauricio Ramirez and put the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead. Just minutes after scoring the goal, the UIS defense was attacked relentlessly by the NKU offense. Goalie Jack Turanchik made save after save to dispel each scoring chance. Oddly enough, the momentum was shifted in the 67th minute, when NKU was given a red card and was forced to play a man down. The Norse offense was awakened by the disadvantage, as they were able to tie the game at 1 on a direct kick from Michael Bartlett. Just minutes later the Norse offense scored the game-winning goal when Anthony Meyer kicked a rocket past Turanchik and into the goal. The Prairie Stars (0-11-2, 0-102) will hit the toad next weekend when they head to Southern Indiana Friday, and Kentucky Wesleyan Sunday.

Stars compete in Triton Invite, women break record By Carson Buss Assistant Editor for Sports


omen set 18-hole record, finish 7th MADISON, Ill. – The UIS ladies broke the school record for the best 18-hole team score (323-315 – 638). The Prairie Stars finished in seventh place at the Triton Invitational. Host Missouri-St. Louis took the team title, besting UIS by 45 strokes. The medalist, Kayla Eckelcamp (69-73 –142) of Maryville, fired 142 during the 36-hole tournament. Caitlin Osborn (80-75 -155) finished 16. Her 75 tied the school record for lowest 18hole score with Abby Vorreyer, who broke the record earlier this season. Vorreyer (80-80) finished in a tie for 27 with Paige Luker

(82-78). Jenna Fox (81-82 –163) was 21 over par for the tournament and closed out her round in a five-way tie for 37, behind Fox; Kelsey Blake (8284 – 166) finished 47. Kesinger (92-85 –177), playing as an individual, ended the tournament tied for 64. UIS concluded its fall schedule and will be in competition again March 7-8 at the Classic Club Invitational in Palm Springs, Calif. Men finish 10th at Triton Invitational EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Andy Wilkinson (74-75 –149) led the UIS Men’s golf team and tied for third at the Midwest Regional No. 2. The Prairie Stars (316-319) finished 10 after shooting a two-day score of 635.

Bellarmine (301-297) won the team title with a 36-hole 598, while Brandon White of Lewis carded the events low score and medalist honors. White was one over par Tuesday, but was one under for tournament after shooting 143. Shane McCafferty (79-77 –156) was the next Prairie Star on the leaderboard as he placed in a tie for 38. Mike McKillips and Ryan McKillips both carded 165 and tied for 68. Mark Klinger tied for 83 as he finished with a 36-hole 178. Playing as an individual for UIS was Sam Norbom (78-79 –157), who finished in a tie for 42nd. The Prairie Stars will conclude their fall season when they participate in the Maryville Fall Invitational.


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