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October 31, 2012 Volume 37 Issue 9

Lt. Gov. Simon visits UIS on College Affordability Tour By Daymon Kiliman

Assistant Editor for News

Opinion

Student voices on the election

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ieutenant Governor Sheila Simon visited the UIS campus as part of her college affordability tour. After meeting with a small group of students involved in work-study programs, many of whom receive additional grants or scholarships and have off-campus jobs, she held a press conference to share what she has learned from meeting with students and her plans for keeping college affordable. MAP, or the Monetary Award Program, provides tuition grants to students based on need. “We’re lucky to be in the State of Illinois because not every state has a system like MAP grants, but unfortunately the map grant money doesn’t go as far as it used to,” Simon said. Competition for the grants has risen as a result of the recession and tuition in-

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Hong discusses Asian American stereotypes in comedy By Ray Carter Features Reporter

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he comedies Harold and Kumar go to White Castle and were up for debate during ECCE Speaker Series event titled Asian Americans Are (Not) Funny?: Comedy and Racialization. Caroline Kyungah Hong an Assistant Professor of English at Queens College CUNY, says that images of Long Duk Dong swinging over Samantha Baker’s bed and other stereotypes haunted her growing up in the 80s. Hong engaged the audience, “According to American popular culture Asian Americans are not funny, that is unless we’re being made fun of.” In graduate school, Hong wanted to find out more about Asian stereotypes in comedy since they are seen as one-dimensional. “Until very recently, Asian performers have been mostly ab-

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Hong speaks to the audience about stereotypes of Asian-Americans in comedy. sent from entertainment. From popular fiction to Hollywood movies to network TV; even comedy central, the network devoted to comedy, rarely features Asian Americans in its programming,” Hong said. With the 2002 film, Better Luck Tomorrow and rise of comedian Margret Cho, Hong started to see a positive break through with the way Asians were portrayed in the media.

Hong laughed to the audience that there are still some Asians that want to stick with the bad Asian experience. Better Luck Tomorrow features a group of California teenagers, who fit into the stereotype of the model minority, but lead secret lives at night. “I felt like I could relate to that, you can infer whatever you want. For me, the film was a thrilling and self affirming experience,” Hong said.

UIS students agree with Hong’s research, because they are often not aware of what is offensive. “It (the talk) was kind of eye opening, one of my best friends is half Japanese, and I think about some of the comments I made to him when we were in high school. I wanted to do a face palm, because it wasn’t meant maliciously, but it did further stereotypes,” Kim Brown a junior English major said. Jaime Cruz, an English major, thinks more people need to be better educated on the portrayal of stereotypes in media, “In today’s society you just have to be careful with what you say.” Hong’s study of Asians in entertainment has a unique way of tying pop culture and serious issues together. Hong is working on a book entitled “Funny

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Access and Equal Opportunity: Deanie Brown, a one-woman office By Lori Beckham Assistant Editor for Features

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ssociate Chancellor for Access and Equal Opportunity, Deanie Brown, has a busy job on campus. She investigates accusations of harassment and discrimination, consults students, staff, and faculty, provides workshops and training, and enhances diversity in employment opportunities, just to name a few of her of responsibilities. Brown summed up her position at UIS: “I support positive campus climate through implementation and enforcement of civil rights and human rights policies.” This includes the rights of Americans with disabilities, international students, people of color, women, and LGBTQ, among other groups that create diversity on campus and can be subjected to discrimination or harassment. Brown was appointed UIS Associate Chancellor of AEO in August of 2008. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History of Architecture and Art from University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law. While she does have a law license, she said she is not, “Practicing in a sense that most people think about with clients and court. I work closely with our campus legal counsel. So I don’t ever hold myself out as a lawyer, because I don’t want to impact that role or to claim to represent the university in a way that would be confusing or inappropriate.” Brown said her interest in law came from her parents who she always called, “‘armchair civil activists’ because we always had

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Asians” which wrestles with the love-hate relationship she has with Asian American Comedy. Part of the issue with Hollywood is that filmmakers have a hard time transferring the “model” minority into sophisticated comedic roles. Hong argues that the directors of Harold and Kumar, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, recognized the unreal portrayal of Asians in the

Deanie Brown that sensibility of wanting to help and wanting to give, and being aware politically. And so, even though many folks think of law school as a means to earning a certain amount of money…I really did think that it was a way to do good.” Her passion for civil and human rights led her to Access and Equal Opportunity, a department at UIS that she runs on her own, which prevents unlawful harassment and discrimination on campus. She said in most cases people come to see her for consultation. “It happens regularly that people might consult me for advice or with concerns, but I don’t think there’s huge incidents of discrimination and harassment on campus,” she said. For example: “There was an incident last year when a student was transgender,” Brown said. A professor had the student before and after the change, “And that professor consulted me about what steps (if any) needed to be taken. Sometimes people are really concerned about doing the right thing.” Brown said whenever she does receive a complaint of discrimination filed with an external agency, “I immediately investigate on my own. And then if I media. When creating the movie, they decided to attack those stereotypes. Kumar challenges the notion of becoming a doctor because of his Indian Heritage, and the American dream of reaching “White” Castle is seen as cheap and superficial. In the film, the female characters do not have a voice. Hong says that many successful Asian Americans in media have only been heterosexual, male characters. A generation gap may be in-

cannot determine that discrimination has occurred, then I am prepared to issue that response to the agency.” The Associate Chancellor said it is “tough” running what feels like an entire department by herself. She said she has a half time entry-level secretary, but despite the help, the bulk of the work rests on her shoulders. “I want to offer advice and consultation for many people, for people who feel harmed, for people who receive concern from other folk. All of that, in addition to receiving former complaints of discrimination or harassment, some filed with me or some filed with external agencies…there’s a lot to do.” She said the reason for the one-person operation is due to UIS being a small, young campus when compared to UrbanaChampaign and Chicago. “Even though we are the third campus of the University of Illinois, we don’t have a researching funding base...We have a different pool of money and we’re smaller. We are still growing; we are in a constant state of transformation.” Despite this, Brown said she does not want people to think she does not have time for them. It’s her job to make time for people with concerns on discrimination or who need consultation. “I want people, particularly students, to know that I am there for them. Even though my meeting schedule and all those responsibilities keep me busy, I’m never too busy and I want students to feel both that I’m available and that they will be heard and helped.” Brown’s office is located in PAC 491. The office can be reached by (217) 206 - 6222 and at aeo@uis.edu.

dicating that the younger people don’t see “color” or “sex” in comedy. Hong points to Alexandra Wallace’s racist remarks about “Asians in the Library” and Jimmy Wong’s smart, comedic response, in which, he made a song that educated Wallace on the dangers of stereotypes. Social media will have an impact on the future of the way Asians are seen in media. Hong says that Ryan Higa and Kev Jumba have millions of YouTube subscribers and will change the way Asians are portrayed in the future.


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Campus Senate discusses UI Labs, undergraduate advising By Daymon Kiliman Assistant Editor for News

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orge Villegas, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, reported on issues discussed at a recent University Senates Conference retreat, including the new UI Labs initiative. According to the report of the meeting submitted by Villegas, Lawrence Schook, Vice President for Research, considers the UI Labs “an idea in flux,” but The News-Gazette reported that University lawyers petitioned to trademark the name and slogan, “UI Labs: The Future Today,” last summer. The UI Labs are “meant to provide a place that could offer opportunities for collaboration between faculty as they come up with ways to address industry or, potentially, government research needs,” according to Lynn Fisher, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. John Martin, Associate Professor of Chemistry, recalled that the project has been described as, “What Bell Labs is to AT&T, UI Labs will be to the University of Illinois.” The UI Labs will be independent of the University of Illinois system and, despite being based in Chicago and supported

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creases. To deal with increased demand, MAP administrators have instituted earlier and more stringent deadlines for applicants. Simon said, “The earlier and earlier deadline inserts an artificial qualification for MAP grants that I don’t think is necessarily related to need and I don’t think targets our aid any better than it was before.” Simon did not imply that state government is considering adding funds to the program, saying, “We have to look at future budget fights.” Instead, she believes the process of awarding MAP grants can be made more efficient and targeted. “I think we can do a better job of saying who gets the MAP grant and targeting that more closely to need.” She is part of the MAP Eligibility Task Force, which according

by private industry and government entities, will not be held to any specific research agenda. “This is ours,” Villegas said. “This is for the faculty.” Senators agreed that they wanted more information on how UIS might get involved with the project, whether it may be utilized for research in the humanities as well as the sciences, and how the Univer-

advising matters, and instituting an advising referral service. These recommendations are in addition to those already implemented, such as Starfish Connect, a case management system that assists with collecting data and scheduling appointments with students. Peter Boltuc, Professor of Philosophy, questioned the need for additional hires and won-

“Every student we keep to graduation helps us to provide more majors, more services, because it helps us continue to keep an enrollment base.”

-Karen Moranski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education sity of Illinois’ commitment to shared governance and collective bargaining will be addressed. Karen Moranski, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, delivered the findings of the Undergraduate Advising Task Force, which is searching for ways to improve academic advising in all colleges across UIS. The UATF recommends hiring two additional professional advisers and an advising director, creating an academic success center as a centralized location for all

dered if UIS would be better served by allocating this money elsewhere. Martin shared his concerns, especially in light of the fact that many students face financial concerns in their college careers. He asked, “If we have a fixed amount of money, are we better off putting it in advising or putting it in financial aid?” Samia Ahmad, at-large SGA member and a junior in political science and criminal justice, said, “Personally, I’ve had rough issues with undergrad advising. I’m excited for [advis-

to their website “is to deliberate options of new rules for the Monetary Award Program with the goal of improving the outcome for students who receive the grants.” The task force’s findings will be delivered to the IL General Assembly at the beginning of next year. Nekira Cooper, a sophomore in criminal justice, receives various aid to pay for college, including a MAP grant, but also works at the Office of Financial Assistance on campus and at Walgreen’s parttime. “Having 18 credit hours and working 40 hours a week is very, very complicated,” she said. Simon praised the commitment of students such as Cooper, many of whom are first-time, first-generation students. Simon acknowledged, though, “I don’t know how all of them are sleeping.” In addition to revisions to MAP, Simon is proposing a college choice report that will clearly compare college costs across the state, and she sup-

ports passage of the American opportunity tax credit, which makes tuition tax deductible. All of these initiatives are aimed, “To make sure that we are still a land of opportunity where you can make of yourself what you can based on your talent and not have your lack of financial abilities get in your way,” she said. Simon tied college education not only to personal success, but to improving the economic condition of Illinois as a whole. “When we look at the future of what we want to look like as a state, particularly employment in our state, we know that there’s going to be an increasing need for people with college credentials in the workplace,” she said. An important aspect of this is ensuring that people do not have an “old-fashioned image of college.” Simon argued for the importance of community colleges, two-year and certificate programs, online learning, and traditional four-year universi-

ing] to get more people.” In 2007, UIS expanded the general education curriculum to keep in line with the requirements of a four-year university. This has led to greater complexity, but Fisher wanted to avoid blaming problems with undergraduate advising on the new curriculum. “We have naturally faced an increased complexity in our student body – the directions they are coming from [and] their preparations,” she said. Moranski said new retention information shows that sophomore and junior years are when students often decide to not complete a degree. “Advising in those semesters is absolutely crucial to retaining those students through to graduation. That’s where we can really make a big impact. And every student we keep to graduation helps us to provide more majors, more services, because it helps us continue to keep an enrollment base.” Provost Lynn Pardie clarified that UIS does not have a retention problem and is on par with national averages, a point she attributes to a collegial atmosphere that includes a good deal of personal contact between faculty and students. But, she said there is always room for improvement.

ties in training a diverse workforce that can bring various skills and talents. As far as cost-cutting measures undertaken by colleges themselves, Simon said, “Public institutions in Illinois are going out of their way to make sure they’re redirecting funds towards additional scholarships, grants, [and] loan opportunities. It’s not a question of trimming away waste.” She also warned that certain measures, such as hiring part-time faculty to save money, can adversely impact the quality of the education. UIS was Simon’s sixth stop on her tour. “In every case, it is the students who are the most inspiring. It’s the students who are sacrificing so much of themselves because they see that investment in higher education in their future. That has been very energizing for me, and I hope to share that around the state.”

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Student voices on the election

Is it over yet?

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he campaign season will come to a close after a long and difficult battle between the two, or more if you include primaries, candidates. Whether they have chosen to support the incumbent Barack Obama or the challenger Mitt Romney, people all across America can agree on one thing this November 6th, its about (expletive deleted) time. It seems like every four years the campaign season grows even longer. We seem to just finish watching the inauguration of one president, change a channel and see the first attack ads for the next election. Even the political pundits like John Stewart, whose jobs become definitively easier when an election campaign is on, have begun expressing a sense of fatigue to the continued struggle. I must admit I don’t envy Romney should he win this year. If current trends are anything to draw on, he will need to start planning his campaign for the 2016 election season (starting 2013 by the way) pretty much immediately after entering the oval office. Obama, at least, would be free from the need to run for reelection. Nevertheless if we continue to allow the political campaigns to grow unchecked we will see more problems than just the pervasiveness of advertising. Campaign spending, thanks to super PACs, has reached record levels this season. According to the New York Times, the two campaigns have spent a combined total of nearly $2 billion dollars in the last two years, not including outside spending from other super PACs, which is more difficult to determine. I am sure I am not the first person

to point out that this is clearly ridiculous. To put this into perspective, if televised guilt ads can be believed, that amount of money could feed an entire country’s worth of starving children in a third world nation for years or could provide adequate care for virtually every stray animal in America. A large portion of this money has been spent on the never ending attack ads that have been seen for months if not years in every available media source is an even greater disgrace. However, in the candidates’ defense, it is not entirely their fault. If they want any realistic chance to get elected they need to put virtually every strategy they have access to into play. This of course costs money, ergo their spending will naturally increase dependent on the availability of funds and legal limitations. No, what is really to blame is the American election system. Consider the UK. It may have its flaws, like every country, but they do have some good ideas about how a campaign should be run. Thanks to rather restrictive laws, individual candidates for political office are limited to a very small number of advertising methods. As a result, campaigns remain much lower in the UK, not to mention they don’t have to deal with extensive political ads everywhere. In any event, I must admit to a little bit of jealousy for those of you who are reading these words right now. You have passed through the trials and tribulations of the election season and emerged with the capacity to read and understand written text. You are one of the chosen few who can maintain sanity even in the darkest of times (the weeks leading up to election day). I unfortunately still have a ways to go before I can call myself free of campaign season. Perhaps a bunker is in order...

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his year’s elections are bound to be a hotbed of excitement in the coming final days of campaign 2012. By now, your television screens at home seemingly run endless amounts of political ads. It’s all over soon though, I promise. Our organization and its members on campus have worked diligently to spread the message of the Democratic Party both here and outward toward the community, through everything from voter registration drives to domestic policy debates with our campus counterparts, the College Republicans. Democrats believe in the power of government to do good in the lives of people. We disagree with President Ronald Reagan’s assessment that government can only be a hindrance. We seek to build long-lasting public/private partnerships for the betterment of our communities, schools, and businesses. The Democrats have renominated President Barack Obama and VicePresident Joe Biden for another four years, and we’re all behind the President, Vice-President, and other Democratic candidates up and down the ticket. I hope you can join me in making it out to the polls on November 6th, to support our party’s ideals and goals if they interest you. Even if you don’t like what we stand for, go vote anyway. It’s a shame to see the largest block of the electorate be non-

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voters. Get your voices and opinions heard, or else you really should have an asterisk next to you if you complain about the state of affairs in our country. Practice what you preach. Remember, change starts with individuals moving toward a common goal. Get involved in the political process, it’s why we have one in the first place. Take advantage of the system we have and make sure you have a piece of the pie in picking the people that decide large parts of our futures, especially college students. Marc Reiter, College Democrats President The College Democrats can be contacted at http://www.facebook.com/groups/2203092218/ or by e-mailing Marc Reiter.

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he Republican Party or sometimes seen as the GOP (Grand Old Party) first emerged in 1854. The party began as an anti- slavery party. The first Republican to be elected was Abraham Lincoln. The party began its base in the northeast and Midwest, which has changed over time and has become more dominate in the south. The Republican Party has seen some changes, during the 19601980s the moderate republicans emerged. The platform is one that is largely based around being fiscally conservative, or spending money within sense. We believe in less government control, and less regulation on businesses. We believe in the right to practice your 2nd amendment, and are pro-life. We support free markets and personal reasonability over welfare. Our group on campus is a group of students who believe the same things that the party was based around, although just like the party we do not all have the same views on every situation or decision our party makes, but at the end of the day we are Republicans. Our group has helped with many of the campaigns in the upcoming election.

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Many of the members helped with local races in their communities like county board, all the way up to state level races like those for senate and representatives. In return we are building our résumés, and doing what most of us enjoy doing. We are also in the process of assisting Rodney Davis’s campaign, who is running for congress in the Springfield area, and also Dennis Shackelford’s campaign who is running for State Representative. We help out or at least try to help any republican candidate that may need it. We have not really been able to help out with the presidential election. As of right now the Republican Party controls the House in congress, but does not control the Senate. As a political advocacy group on campus, we first and foremost want people to know what your government does and how it influences your life. We have students involved in College Republicans that come from the moderate side of “conservative” to the very right of “conservative.” The College Republicans can be contacted at http://www.facebook.com/groups/2203165647/.


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Radical Student Union at UIS A

s we turn into the homestretch of the 2012 election, there are countless news stories and discussions about the idiosyncrasies that differentiate President Obama and Governor Romney. Maybe it’s just the RSU that’s confused by this, but when we look at the present election we see two right of center, corporatist parties posturing as opposites; though it’s a good bet the Liberty Club is scratching their head too. Sure there are some important differences between the parties, but there are far more dangerous similarities. No matter which of the two main candidates you vote for you will get more exploitative capitalism, more militarism, more imperialism, and a more oppressive police state.

No matter which of them you choose you will get more interventionist policies and drone attacks. We have two presidential candidates who argue over who will kill more people around the world with drones. There is no discussion of the morality of such actions or the collateral damage caused by such attacks. Instead we see the only two candidates given the time of day by the mainstream media constantly ratcheting up the stakes for the next generation of U.S. militarism. No matter which of them you choose you will get continued bowing to Israel’s pressure to maintain a modern apartheid against the people of Palestine. The continued praise of Israeli democracy while overlooking their rampant human rights violations.

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And the stark possibility of the U.S. blindly following Israel into yet another war in the Middle East. No matter which of them you choose you will get more outsourced jobs and corporate welfare. Romney made his fortunes buying up companies and outsourcing the work, ask the Sensata workers in Freeport, IL about it. Obama has expanded free trade agreements allowing jobs to be shipped to an ever expanding list of labor pools and allowing American corporations to exploit new global labor markets. No matter which of them you choose you will get massive environmental destruction at the hands of money hungry multinational corporations. Hello, Keystone XL. Hello, increased dirty fuel production for the benefit of energy conglomerates. No matter which of them you choose you will get a continuation of our failed War on Drugs. You will see countless more

citizens imprisoned rather than given treatment. You will see more communities destroyed by drugs, selective enforcement, and violence. No matter which of them you choose you will get a leader bought and paid for by corporate and special interests. This election will be the most expensive in history, as it seems most every election cycle is. While working Americans struggle and new graduates search hopelessly for work, hundreds of millions of dollars will be passed between the pockets of America’s aristocratic wealthy populations and the corporate media to guarantee that their propaganda reaches the eyes and ears of the voting public. You do not have to choose between President Obama or Governor Romney. There are countless options. If you did not see it you should watch the Third Party Debate on RT.com. There, the top four third party candidates had a real discussion of the issues, not

the scripted joke that the Republicans and Democrats call debates. Real options exist; one must simply exert a little more effort and overcome decades of social conditioning by advocates of our two party system. Most of us grew up with “lesser of two evils” defining how we learned about and thought about politics. Such a system only survives because we are complicit, even in silence, in its operation. So this November 6th go out and vote. Educate yourself and vote for who you think will honestly better this country out of ALL of the candidates. But most importantly remember that democracy isn’t going out and voting every four years. It lives in our homes, our classrooms, and in the streets every second of every day. For those of us who truly want a better future, it will be made there; standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with one another. You can reach the RSU at h t t p : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / groups/UISRSU/.

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he Folly of Voting Another election cycle is upon us, but I’m here to assure you that not everybody is wrapped up in the emotional fervor that accompanies such a charade. Pundits make an effort to persuade you of how critical this election is, of how important it is to vote, of the supposedly vast differences between Suit R and Suit D. However, a person concerned with the principles of a free society and liberty would not vote in national elections. Let me explain. In debates every four years, we see two candidates who expect us to believe that their “vision” can control, change, and embody history’s most powerful and bloated government. That they can transform it into a fantasy that it is not. It contains thousands of departments, innumerable codes of laws, and systems of graft and corruption rooted in centuries of entrenchment. Yet, they stand on stage with an implausible conviction asking for your consent and approval—your vote. The candidates must be extraordinarily talented in order to pull off such an elaborate ruse, and

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perhaps pathological if they actually believe their claims. We are taught that voting is our civic duty and our right as citizens. This may be, but we should consider certain points first. People like to believe that their vote counts, but it doesn’t. Despite the propaganda from politicians and pundits, statistically it is meaningless. It is the absolute least worthwhile activity you should concern yourself with, if you aim to positively influence the world. There is actually a study showing that you are more likely to die on the way to the polls than you are to cast a meaningful vote in a presidential election. Even when it has been close, we have learned that votes really don’t count (see the 2000 election fiasco). Keep in mind that voting just encourages them. People very rarely vote for the candidate that they really believe in, but against candidates they fear. If you doubt this, simply ask an average Romney or Obama supporter to explain why they are voting without referring to the competitor. Unfortunately, this is not how politicians see it. They take office with the belief that the vote totals give a mandate to rule—never mind that most votes were merely

cast against the opponent. People take solace in voting for the “lesser of two evils”, but of course they are still voting for evil. One could argue that a vote for a third party is meaningful on a symbolic level, however hopeless their prospects of winning. Do so if you wish. But, if you do not believe that it is proper for individuals to relate to one another on the basis of coercion, then don’t engage in the process that approves it. Non-voters are told that if you don’t vote then you cannot complain. In fact, it is the exact opposite. By voting, you are consenting to the ultimate results of the political process and have no right to complain about the wars, the debt, and the violations of civil liberties. If you wish to learn more about this topic and how to meaningfully promote a free society contact Thomas Funfsinn at tfunf2@uis.edu to get involved with the Liberty Forum at UIS. Thomas Funfsinn is currently a graduate student in the Liberal and Integrative Studies program and the president of the Liberty Forum at UIS. He holds B.A.s in History and Legal Studies.


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Pumpkin season By Ashley Henry News Reporter

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rom the first hint of fall and throughout the holiday season, there is an abundance of everything pumpkin and with good reason. These squash-like gourds fill markets and food vendors alike, attracting the young, and the young at heart. From sweet indulgences to savory seeds, there is something pumpkin does to treat the taste buds of nearly everyone. UIS’ very own Capitol Perks is one of the many local cafés offering up specialty drinks and desserts featuring pumpkin. Director of Food Services Geof-

frey Evans said that during this season, pumpkin products are popular amongst students and faculty, especially because they are only around for a limited amount of time. He added, “We generally keep pumpkin coffee drinks, pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin ice cream.” Another well known coffee chain notorious for their pumpkin products during the fall and winter months is Starbucks. However, the company did not anticipate the high demand of this year’s crowd. Offering several pumpkin spiced coffee drinks, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cream cheese muffins and pumpkin scones; the chain reported a

shortage of their popular drink flavoring early on in the season, according to The Wall Street Journal. Thankfully for the many Starbucks enthusiasts, this small “crisis” was averted, and stores were restocked with the seasonal product. If you are looking for a healthier option to fill your pumpkin fix, look no further than local frozen yogurt shop Cherry Berry, on Iles in Springfield. The shop introduced Pumpkin Pie flavored yogurt back to their menu last Sun., and will continue to carry the popular flavor as long as it lasts. American Harvest Eatery, located on W. Iles in Springfield, is

Microwave Meals: Pumpkin Seeds Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin seeds 1 Tbsp olive oil or butter Optional: salt, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt or any seasoning of your choosing. Preparation: Rinse your pumpkin seeds thoroughly, and make sure to remove all of the pulp. Drain the seeds, and discard the pulp. Spread the seeds out on flat surface (cookie sheet or baking dish) to dry overnight.

Cooking: Place butter or olive oil in a rectangular microwave safe dish. Heat on high for 30 seconds. Add pumpkin seeds and toss until coated with butter or oil. Spread the seeds evenly on the bottom of the dish. Microwave on high 7-8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes, until seeds are light golden brown in color. (Every microwave is different, so keep an eye on your seeds while they cook) Once done, sprinkle with desired seasonings.

also incorporating pumpkin into their menu. The eatery is focused on sustainable food from locally owned and family operated farms in the Springfield area. To get into the season, they have added Pumpkin Cheesecake to their fall menu, which is paired with fall spiced caramel and chai tea ice cream. A definite crowd pleaser. For those of age, another popular pumpkin favorite is Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale. According to Samuel Adams’, each barrel of this fall ale is brewed with over 17 pounds of pumpkin and features subtle pumpkin pie spices. With Halloween celebrations continuing into the week, pumpkin carving is just one of the many activities associated with the festive fruit. And with pumpkin carving, comes pumpkin seeds, another fall favorite.

“There’s nothing like homemade pumpkin seeds,” said UIS student Christina Foster. She added that she remembers carving jack-o-lanterns with her mother as a child and baking the seeds in the oven afterward. If students would rather their pumpkin experience be slightly more homemade, brands like Pillsbury have started to offer seasonal mixes and dessert kits that are quick, easy, and on point for a college budget. The brand offers make-at-home treats including Perfectly Pumpkin Cookie Mix, Pumpkin Quick Break and Muffin Mix and Pumpkin Caramel Delight Dessert Kit. Whether students enjoy a more traditional pumpkin experience, or prefer trying something new during the fall and winter months, with pumpkin it is hard to go wrong.

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RTS AND ENTERTAINMENT A Actors make the play in UIS Theatre’s Tartuffe Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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artuffe opened at UIS Studio Theatre this past weekend to both regular and ECCE Speaker Series audiences. The production is a 17th century French play by Moliere with a modern translation by Ranjit Bolt. Tartuffe was the fall production for the UIS Theatre program, and was directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, Associate Professor of Theatre at UIS. The first thing about this production that sticks out to audiences is the set design, which was multi-layered and richly colored. It was much more elaborate than past Studio Theatre productions, and this may be in thanks to Dathan Powell, new Assistant Professor of Theatre and set designer for Tartuffe. Act One is 85 minutes long, which you may notice as you try to sit still. The first part of this production moves fairly slowly. There are several very long monologues in place of the quicker moving dialogue and sometimes the characters are very static in their motions. The play starts off with a dis-

While the first cussion, which is more portion of Act One like a battle of wills, was a bit of a drag, between Mme Permid-way through, the nelle, the mother of Orpace quickens and the gon, and Dorine, a serwhole production bevant of the household. comes more engaging. Mme Pernelle, played At this point, the by Susan Jeffers, a audience is introduced community member, to the rest of main is a proud proper sort characters, as the faof women, and doesn’t ther arrived, played approve of sinful acby Christopher Becktivity she believes is strom, another comgoing on in her son’s munity member. The house. character of Orgon is Dorine, while a sernot a sympathetic one, vant, is very outspoas he makes a fool of ken about the lives of himself time and time those in the household. again. He can’t seem She has very strong to see through the ruse opinions that Danner that is put on by Tarbrought to life. While tuffe, and blindly folthis scene is amuslows him when others ing in parts, it takes a encourage him to see good portion of time to reason. understand what they Photo by Nathan Bennett Orgon’s has two are arguing about, and Elmire (on the table with Tartuffe), gets herself into voices of reason, in his who is on what side of an uncomfortable situation as she tries to hlep her wife, Elmire, and inthings. husband Orgon (under the table) see reason. law, encouraging him Eventually we are trying to stand up for his sister to see what is in front introduced to the other Mariane, played by UIS student of him. His wife and step mother members of the household, when we discover that Damis (Or- Diane Sahagun, who is soon to to his children was played by gon’s son), played by UIS stu- be married and can’t seem to Sarah Collins, an alumnus of dent Keegan Otwell, very much stand up for herself, even when UIS, and current staff member. Cleante, in this production dislikes Tartuffe, and that he is she disagrees.

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played by Deirdre Blankenberger, an alumnus of UIS and community member, took on the role of the level headed in-law of Orgon, who tries to keep the family from making rash decisions. After a 10 minute intermission, the concluding 45 minutes of Tartuffe seemingly fly by as conflicts, both large and small, are laid out and resolved as dictated by the story. The characters true morality is revealed and the story unfolds to its conclusion. The title role, and one of the best performers, Tartuffe was played by Blake Detherage, a UIS student. He captivated the sleezy charm that the role required, while also adding some greed and malice for good measure. Detherage brought a great stage presence to his role, and had audience members laughing with out saying a single line. UIS student Nathaniel Ed played Mariane’s betrothed Valere, while additional roles were played by community members Mary Myers and Tom Hutchinson (also an alumnus). Overall, this play was decent.

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Haunted Library, scaring students for a good cause Last Friday, UIS Student Activities Committee, sponsored by Brookens Library and Creative Flow, hosted Haunted Library: Wizards of Carnage held in the library. Right: A werewolf hides between the book shelves to scare participants. Other creatures included: witches, zombies, and clowns. Below: A participant donates canned goods for admission into the Haunted Library. All collected food items will be donated to Central Illinois Foodbank.

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niversity of Illinois Springfield Police Department reported the following calls for the period of Oct. 21 to Oct. 29. Open Door 10/27/12 at 10:12 p.m. in Trillium Court Officers were dispatched to the above location to meet with a resident who came home to find their door open. Officers checked the apartment and cleared the scene. Traffic Stop 10/26/12 at 10:54 p.m. at University Drive and Richard Wright Drive While on patrol, an officer conducted a traffic stop at the above location. The subject was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. A report was completed. Medical 10/26/12 at 12:28 p.m. in Founders Residence Hall Officers were dispatched to the above location for a medical emergency. The subject was transported to the hospital for treatment. Hit and Run Accident 10/25/12 at 1:16 p.m. in Marigold Court A subject filed a report for a hit and run accident that caused damage to their vehicle. A report was completed. Emergency Call Investigation 10/23/12 at 7:29 p.m. in HSB Officers were dispatched to the above location to investigate a 911 hang-up call. The area was checked.

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The meter and rhyme that the lines are spoken in take a bit of adjustment after immersion in a modern society, but the actors were quite good and created an engaging scene for audiences. Where the play itself lacked some interest and excitement, the stage presence of the actors made up the difference.

Tartuffe will have productions on Nov. 1, 2, and 3, all starting at 7:30 p.m. to round out the fall theatre season at UIS. The performance on Nov. 1 will also be an ECCE Speaker Series event, and the production will be followed by a discussion with the actors. For more character description and detail, visit our website at uisjournal.com

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Horoscopes Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Accept what is in front of you instead of trying to change the outcome. Doing so will free your mind for the busy week ahead. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) If things aren’t right, speak up – everyone will benefit from your strong character.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Don’t get caught up in the issues of others. Instead, learn something you’ve been holding out on.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) When an off-the-wall opportunity arises, take it. Your talent and creativity may even surprise yourself.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Reach out to a new group this week. Trust that you are making the right decisions. Aries (March 21-April 19) Tap into your inner courage and let go of the drama surrounding you. You cannot settle for less than you deserve.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) It is time to close the door on the struggles from your past. Try something new – you may achieve more than you think. Gemini (May 21-June 20) Don’t take the easy way out when faced with a difficult choice. You will benefit from taking a different route.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Take charge at school or work. Stepping into a new role will boost your confidence. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) ) Be confident in your decisions. Trusting your instincts will aid in your success.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Break out of your comfort zone, and resist the urge to stay in this week. New opportunities are around the corner.

Libra (Sept. 23.-Oct. 22) Resist following, and be a leader. You are seen as a role model to more people than you think.

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his past weekend the volleyball team was on the road looking to win a couple of GLVC conference games. They faced Rockhurst down in Kansas City, MO and then they played William Jewell in Liberty, MO. Being 1-10 in conference play, the stars were hoping to win these games to increase their place in conference standing. The first game of the weekend was against the Rockhurst Hawks. The match did not go the way the Stars wanted it to. In the first set, the Stars had an early 7-2 lead before the Hawks tied it at 11 off of a 9-4 run. They then went on to continue their lead and went on a 9-0 run before the set ended at 25-18 for Rockhurst. The second set was much closer than the first. Throughout the game neither team could get more than three points ahead. Finally the Hawks got a seven point lead over the Stars, before the Stars fought back to within three points at 24-21. How-

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ever, the Hawks were able to steal the last point of the set for the win. It was two sets to none in Rockhurst’s favor. The third set the team once again put up a fight. The third set started off with the teams tied at 8 points each. The Hawks used an 8-1 run to fly past the Stars for the lead. However, the Stars fought back and brought the score to 20-19 before Rockhurst won the match off a 5-1 run. The Stars were swept by the Hawks of Rockhurst three sets to zero. The Stars fell to 1-11 in conference and 9-15 in overall play. Senior Annie Nottingham had 11 kills for the game and senior Rebeka Pruemer finished the game with 28 assists. Junior Bianca Sanchez and junior Kellee Mahaffay led the Stars’ defense with 16 and 12 digs respectively. The Stars played the Cardinals of William Jewell Saturday. The game was rough for the Stars and the team didn’t have the results they needed. The first set started off with the Cardinals taking the lead and kept on rolling. The closest the Stars would get was 8-5 before the Cardinals went on an 8-4 run to increase their lead. William Jewell went on to win the set 25-15. The second set was not much better than the first. Things stayed close until the Cardinals took a one point lead at 6-5 and they went on a 10-4 run, which made it 169. The Stars fought back to within five points before the Cardinals went on a run that ended the set with a score of 25-16. The final set was dominated by William Jewell. They had an early 6-0 lead and never looked back. They increased their lead to 11 points at 13-2, and the stars only scored five more points the rest of the set. The final score of the set was 25-7. The weekend was not what the Stars were hoping for. The volleyball team is still on the road as they travel to Quincy on Tuesday and they return home on Friday to play Maryville at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Player Profile: Katie Kirschbaum By LaNee Wood

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atie Kirschbaum is double threat at UIS. She is not only on UIS’ volleyball team, but she is on UIS’ tennis team. The volleyball teams record so far in the season is 9-16 overall and 1-12 in the GLVC. The tennis team, however, has yet to delve into their season. Kirschbaum is a middle blocker for UIS’ volleyball team and is doing well as a first-year student. Kirschbaum is also a CAP student majoring in biology, focusing in pre-med. Playing multiple sports is not unusual though. According to Kirschbaum she played volleyball, basketball and softball in high school. Kirschbaum is from Winfield, Il and attended Wheaton North. “I started [playing volleyball] in 5th grade,” she said. Coming from an athletic family this is no shock. Kirschbaum’s mother played tennis at Augustana and Kirschbaum’s sister, Lexi Kirschbaum, is UIS’ own cheerleading coach. Lexi Kirschbaum has been working with the UIS since her undergraduate degree, and has gone on to become not only the cheerleading coach but the Athletics Events Administrator. K. Kirschbaum also went on to say, “my younger brother [also] played [volleyball].” Kirschbaum grew up next to Jessica Ulrich, who played volleyball for Pennsylvania State. This is also where she draws her inspiration from. Her favorite volleyball player though is Misty

Katie Kirschbaum May Treanor, a professional volleyball player and actress. Even though Kirschbaum plays tennis and Volleyball, she says that hockey is her favorite professional sport to watch; her favorite team is the Black Hawks. Kirschbaum’s favorite play of all time was the first time she blocked a ball in 7th grade. She said, “You just get a good feeling of blocking—you have so much power and strength.” She expressed that she chose UIS because of the programs it offered and because of CAP. Upon choosing UIS, she was offered the positions on the volleyball team and tennis team. Being a student athlete, it is important to understand that being a student always comes first. Because sports were always apart a part of her life, it is not hard for her to incorporate them into her life in college. She is also fortunate enough to have her older sister here on campus to her guide her on the right path.

Sports Scores

Friday, Oct. 25 Volleyball at Rockhurtst: L 0-3 Saturday, Oct. 26 Volleyball at William Jewell: L 0-3


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Giants sweep Tigers in World Series By Adam Buck

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istory has been made as the San Francisco Giants won the World Series by sweeping the Detroit Tigers four games to zero. They are the 21st team to win the series after having a 3-0 lead. This is the second time the San Francisco Giants have made it to the World Series in three years. No team has done this since the 1999-2000 New York Yankees. The Giants surprised baseball nation when they won three road games in the division series; no team has accomplished this until the Giants. Then again, in the conference championship where they faced the St. Louis Cardinals, they pulled out of a 3-0 deficit to win that series and the NLCS title. In the first game of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Giants blew the Tigers out of the park with an 8-3 win to start the series. Then on October 25th in the second game of the World Series the Giants shut out the Tigers 2-0. Then the Giants were away in Detroit, Michigan where they once again shut out the Tigers at their home stadium 2-0. Many said that was the last nail in the

coffin and the Giants had won the World Series. In his article, World Series title awaits Giants after historic dominance of Tigers, Jeff Passan stated “The World Series ended Saturday night. They will play a Game 4 because they have to”. With the Giants wanting to sweep the Tigers, they needed to win game four of the series. However, the Tigers were not about to be put down so easily. In the first inning both teams remained scoreless. Then in the top of the second, Brandon Belt of the Giants hit the ball deep into the right field allowing Hunter Pence to score. The Tigers then finished out the top of the second with out allowing any more runs. The Tigers would answer Pence’s run in the bottom of the third when Miguel Cabrera hit a 358 foot home run allowing Austin Jackson to score as well. The Tigers now had a 2-1 lead over the Giants. The Giants fought to equalize the score, but were unable to do so until the top of the sixth inning when Buster Posey hit a homer allowing Marco

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Scutaro to score as well. The Giants were once again in the lead 3-2. But Detroit turned around and scored off a home run from Delmon Young in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 3-3. Both teams fought to gain the lead to win the fourth game. However, neither team was able to score in the remaining innings, sending the game into extra play. In the top of the 10th inning Ryan Theriot hit a line drive to right center allowing him to advance to first base. Then Crawford hit a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher allowing Theriot to run to second base. Then Tiger pitcher, Phil Coke, struck out Angel Pagan making it two outs for the Giants. Scutaro was up next, and hit a single to center field allowing Theriot to round third and score for the Giants giving them the lead 4-3 in the extra innings. The Tigers were able to finish out the top of the inning without allowing any more runs. All the Giants had to do was finish out the bottom of the 10th without the Tigers scoring and they would win the World Series. Sergio Romo came into relieve Santiago Casilla at pitching. Romo struck out the first two batters and victory was insight. Then the Tigers sent out Triple Crown winner Cabrera as their last hope to extend the Tiger’s post season. The game ended when Romo was able to get Cabrera to watch strike three for the final out. The Giants, who came back twice to make it to the World Series, had won the title in just four games. “Tonight was a battle,” Giants star Buster Posey said in an interview with a reporter after the game. “And I think tonight was a fitting way for us to end it because those guys played hard. They didn’t stop, and it’s an unbelievable feeling.” With the Giants winning their seventh World Series, the Major League Baseball season has finally come to an end with another historic World Series.

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