‘Night of HOPE’ attendees raise money over coffee

Jazz, blues and folk singer Reverend Robert performs a cover of the band Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" Saturday during A Night of HOPE at Jackson Avenue Coffee. The night was dedicated to raising money for the HOPE Family Services, an organization helping victims of domestic violence. (Kimberly Foster | The Daily Eastern News)

By Sara Hall/City Editor

Attendees of “Night of HOPE” crowded in shoulder-to-shoulder on Friday at Jackson Avenue Coffee (JAC) to show their support against domestic violence.

Dan Reible, owner of JAC, described the evening benefit of music and food as their busiest night of the year. He said the event has gained popularity throughout the years because people are eager to show their support for HOPE, which stands for Housing, Outreach, Prevention and Education.

“It’s a great event,” he said. “(HOPE) is working towards a great cause. They offer somewhere for people needing to get out of an abusive situation.”

Reible said while all regular food and drink items at JAC were offered, many attendees opted for the café’s bread bowls of either wild rice and chicken or broccoli and cheese soup because all proceeds went towards HOPE.

Bands Motherlode, Reverend Robert and Some of Us provided live music. Poetry group Speak Easy also performed at the event.

In addition to the funds raised from the bread bowls, a silent auction was sponsored, with items donated from local artists and businesses. Raffle tickets were sold for a blown glass vase made by Randy Turner, of Paris.

Angie Hunt, housing and program director of HOPE, said the event originated seven years ago out of a need for a fundraiser, but also a way to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“It’s about funds, but also about raising awareness and coming together,” she said.

Hunt said she enjoys not only seeing people come out to support the event every year, but also entertainment and joy it brings attendees.

“The community and people of all ages come together and have the best time,” she said.

Pauline Kade, a HOPE volunteer and event committee member, said although Night of HOPE is now in its seventh year, and it has only grown and gained extensive support from community members throughout the years.

“We get a broad base of the community, not just one section,” she said. “It’s good that everyone in the community comes out to support (Night of HOPE).”

Hunt said the event remains relevant every year because the issue of domestic violence has not disappeared and continues to need support shown against it.
“Domestic violence can happen to anyone,” she said. ‘We need to come together to help it stop from happening.”

Shanna House, of Gayes, said she came to show her support for the cause because, as a teacher, she frequently sees the effects of domestic violence on others at her job.

“I see family and students affected by domestic violence,” she said. “It’s close to my heart. I like to support HOPE because it’s nice for people to have a safe shelter to go to and get help.”

Damiya Perkins, a senior family and consumer sciences major, said she attended the event because she supports fighting domestic violence, a cause she said is often misunderstood and needs to be stopped.

“People don’t understand the domestic violence factor. It affects both families and people’s lives,” she said. “Coming to this helps people understand the meaning of helping out.”

Reible said overall, Night of HOPE attendees were proud to show their support and were appreciative of the one-night event against domestic violence.

“We’ve had people thanking us all week for putting on this event,” he said. “We’re proud to be part and help what we do helps even the slightest.”

For more information on HOPE, visit http://www.hope-eci.org.

Sara Hall can be reached at 581-7942 or smhall3@eiu.edu.


O’Brien Field overflowed with music Saturday

A student from Centralia High School plays the baritone Saturday during the 35th annual Panther Marching Band Festival on O'Brien Field. 29 schools competed, Centralia taking 3rd place in the Class 2A section. (Kimberly Foster | The Daily Eastern News)

By Samantha McDaniel/Activities Editor

Eastern’s O’Brien Stadium was filled with competitive music and 29 high school marching bands Saturday.

The Panther Marching Band sponsored its 35th annual Panther Marching Band Festival for Illinois’ high schools to come see how their bands compare with others.

The 29 high schools that participated in the festival were split into one of four sections that were based off of the number of participants of their band, 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A.

Each section consisted of six to eight bands who played songs ranging from “This is Halloween” from the Nightmare Before Christmas to “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood.

Awards for the best drum major, best auxiliary, outstanding percussions, general affect, best visual, best music selection, first, second, third place and participation awards were given to each section throughout
the day.

Alan Sullivan, interim director of bands and director of the Panther Marching Band and the Eastern Wind Symphony, said for his first year he thinks the day went really good.

“It went very smooth,” Sullivan said. “The day just seemed to go really smoothly. Except the wind, we didn’t have any problems with the weather. And with the 29 bands, it went well.”

Sullivan said he hopes the band learned something from the competition.

“I hope they learn from the judges’ comments and continue their musical education and learn from it,” Sullivan said.

Wendy Ronna, the director of the Hoopeston Area High School marching band, said she thinks her band did well.

“The competition is good to see how well you perform,” Ronna said. “In a competition like this, they have judges from all around who judge different parts of the performance, and their comments help the bands improve.”

The Hoopeston marching band took first place in the 2A section of the competition.
Wyatt Roberds, the director of the Granite City Marching band, said his bands performance was their best so far.

“We don’t care where they place as long as it was better than the last one,” Roberds said. “I tell them if you compete better (last) Friday night than today, then you lose. If you do better you are champions.”

Roberds said that while his band is competing with other bands, the real competition is with themselves.

Rodney Embrey, a Chatsworth resident, said he thinks the bands learn discipline and teamwork through competitions like the festival.

“They have to work as a team to do the routine and if they don’t have discipline it messes up the whole team,” Embrey said.

The other first-place winners were Atwood-Hammond for 1A and Mahomet-Seymour for 4A.

The second place winners were Oak Valley for 1A, Tri Valley for 2A, Champaign Centennial for 3A, and Normal for 4A.

The third place winners were LeRoy for 1A, Centralia for 2A, Robinson for 3A, and Champaign Central for 4A.

Sullivan said he hoped the bands had fun, whether they won or not.

“I am hoping they had a really enjoyable time on the Eastern Illinois University campus,” Sullivan said. “I hope they remember these memories and being able to perform in front of a big crowd.”

Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-7942 or slmcdaniel@eiu.edu.

Basic Skills Test changes greatly reduce passing rate

By Amy Wywialowski/Staff Reporter

The number of students who passed the Basic Skills Test has decreased 57 percent since scoring changes were made to the test in 2010.

Doug Bower, associate dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies, said the test itself did not change much, but the State Board of Education changed what scores are considered passing.

“Prior to this change about 90 percent of students passed, now only about 33 percent do,” Bower said. “They need at least an 80 percent in each of the subtests to pass.”

Along with these changes, students can take the test a maximum of five times in their lifetime if they hope to be a teacher in Illinois.

Education majors make up 35 percent of Eastern students, and these students need to pass this test to be able to take many of their teacher certification classes.

Stephen Lucas, the chair of the secondary education and foundations department, said the changes in the Basic Skills Test have contributed to decreased enrollment.

“Enrollment has been down because of the job market as well as this hurdle,” Lucas said. “Our general methods courses are down 40 percent enrollment from 2009, and we’ve had to drop sections and have some small sections as well.”

The Basic Skills Test will be Nov. 12 and students must register to take the test no later than Nov. 8.

“We’re providing a lot of new workshops, tutoring sessions, student-led tutorials, computer software as well as final prep. Students should plan to study about 7 to 10 hours a week,” Bower said.

Two of the new offerings include study groups and one-on-one consultations to set up a study plan.

Lucas said the student lead drop-in programs are often less intimidating to students and some students feel they can learn better from a fellow student instead of a faculty member.

Lucas said the department is also offering faculty-lead sessions.

Bower said these study groups can help provide a sense of community to help students work through their test anxiety and help one another.

Another resource is the one-on-one consultations to help students plan their study schedules.

Sharon Kim, a first year graduate student who works with Bower, conducts these consultations.

“I’ve had three students come in so far and they seemed to appreciate it,” Kim said. “I plan according to their schedules; I think knowing what they can and cannot go to helps.”

Although these changes have made it more difficult for students, both Bower and Lucas agree the changes were necessary.

“The state made these changes for a variety of reasons including the perception that teaching is an ‘easy’ profession,” Bower said. “If we want higher quality teachers, we need higher standards.”

Lucas said he is encouraging students to take the test as soon as they can, as either a freshman or even when they are still in high school.

“The test is similar to the ACT but it is still different,” Lucas said. “It is geared to information we expect students to have before college.”

Bower said one of the issues they are struggling to understand is that students who had good ACT scores are not doing as well as expected on this test.

“Many students struggle to remember the math formulas; they are not something we use every day in college,” Kim said.

Bower said the test is by no means impossible and students just need to think differently about it.

“They cannot just show up Saturday morning after doing their Friday night thing and expect to do well,” Bower said. “This is not just a College of Education initiative; it is an Eastern initiative and all the deans are on board as well as the Provost.”

More information about the Basic Skills Test programs can be found at http://www.eiu.edu/ceps/basicskills.php or email Sharon Kim at sykim@eiu.edu to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Amy Wywialowski can be reached at 581-7942 alwywialowski@eiu.edu.

Outdoor café is open

By Samantha McDaniel/Activities Editor
Eastern sponsored the grand opening of Java Beanery & Bakery’s outdoor café Friday.
Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, said the café has been in the plans for a couple of years.
Nadler said this is part of the plan for a pedestrian plaza on campus.
“This is something we’ve been talking about for some time,” Nadler said. “Last spring it went into the planning phase, so I hope it’s well used and enjoyed.”
Cathy Engelkes, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, said the café will be a good place for students.
“I hope people will go in, get coffee or a drink, or visit the Panther Pantry, or even the Food Court, and come out and have fun,” Engelkes said.
Nadler said many students seem excited about the café.
“People are very excited, we are pleased with the turnout,” Nadler said.
Nadler said he is happy to have the café open for students to use.
“We hope people will get as much use out of it as possible before the weather gets bad, but we will be ready to jump right back in when the weather improves,” Nadler said.
Nadler said he realizes the café will only be used part of the year.
“It’s no doubt that an outdoor café in this part of the country is most frequently used mid- to late fall to late spring and the summer months,” Nadler said.
Englkes said the outside café may be covered eventually, but has not put into action yet.
Kristina Garza, a senior family and consumer sciences major, said she thinks the café is a good environment.
“It’s a nice place to come and talk and hang out with your friends,” Graza said. “In between classes, sitting, grab a cup of coffee and wait for your next class to start.”
Kayla Wagner, a senior physical education major, said the café is a good place to hang out with friends and do homework.
“It’s a great location for students to connect and also an inspirational place to get ideas for assignments,” Wagner said.
Josephine Baik, a junior kinesiology and sports studies major, said she likes the outdoors café because it is on campus.
“Usually I go to Starbucks, they have an outdoor café too, but this is closer,” Baik said.
Engelkes said she thinks the café will be a great place for students.
“Everyone has been really excited and upbeat about it, so really it’s just another meeting place for students and faculty,” Engelkes said.

Samantha McDaniel can be reached at 581-7942 or slmcdaniel@eiu.edu.

Tough conditions in South Bend

Staff Report

The Eastern men’s and women’s cross country teams competed Friday at the Notre Dame Gold Division Invite in South Bend, Ind.

Despite low temperatures in the 40s with winds blowing at 20-30 mph, and top gusts reaching 40 mph and above, and an extremely wet course due to severe rain in the area over the past week, the Panthers came out in the top 10.

The women placed sixth overall against 20 teams.

Grand Valley State won the meet with 40 points, followed by Northwestern with 56 points, Central Michigan University with 61 points, Indiana State with 173 points and Bradley University with 219 points.

The top finisher for the Panther women’s team was red-shirt junior Olivia Klaus for the third straight meet.

Klaus placed 28th out of 170 total runners in the 5K course with a time of 18:31.

Other scoring finishers for the Panther women include Erika Ramos in 41st with a time of 18:48, Britney Whitehead in 51st, Megan Gingerich in 53rd and Caitlin Napoleoni in 65th.

The Panther men placed eighth overall against 20 teams.

The top finisher for the Panther men was red-shirt senior Brad LaRocque for the third meet straight. LaRocque placed 30th out of 165 total runners on the 8K course with a time of 25:50.

Other scoring finishers for the Panther men include Danny Delaney in 52nd with a time of 26:08, Bryce Basting in 56th, Graham Morris in 71st and Matt Feldhake in 73rd.

The Panther men and women will return to action in two weeks for the Bradley Classic in Peoria.

Split on OVC road

Staff Report

It was the second weekend of Ohio Valley Conference for Eastern’s women’s soccer team.

They were into the weekend 2-0, but came out 3-1 after a loss to Southeastern Missouri followed by a win over Tennessee-Martin by the same score.

The weekend started with 82 scoreless minutes for the Panthers on Friday against Southeast Missouri until Redhawk forward Erin Shulman netted one in the closing minutes to give Southeast Missouri the win.

The goal came against red-shirt sophomore goalie Jessica Taldone, who made a season-high 14 saves throughout the contest.

Reigning Adidas OVC Defender of the Week Brenna Vogel led the Panthers offensively against Southeast Missouri, as the sophomore took two shots, one on goal, against the Redhawks.

Southeast Missouri’s goalie only had to make one save to record the shutout against the Panthers.

The loss to Southeast Missouri also saw Panther skipper Summer Perala fail in her third attempt to beat Southeast Missouri, dropping her record as head coach to 0-2-1 against the Redhawks.

Following their loss to Southeast Missouri the Panthers traveled to Martin, Tenn., to take on the Skyhawks in a Sunday afternoon tilt that saw the Panthers, this time, winning a 1-0 decision.

The only goal of that match was scored by junior midfielder/forward Jessie Morgan in the 75th minute on a pass from red-shirt junior Ashley Streid.

The goal was Morgan’s first of the season and the first game-winner of her Panther career.

Taldone was in goal again for the Panthers in Martin, notching another 14-save performance for the shutout, totaling a final weekend save percentage of .966 for the red-shirt sophomore.

Junior forward Kristin Germann led the Panther attack with two shots, one on goal. Morgan, Streid and Vogel added one shot on goal each against the Skyhawks.

The win against UT Martin lifted Perala’s career record against the Skyhawks to 2-1 as a Panther.

The weekend lifts the Panthers to 4-7-2 overall and 1-5-2 away from Lakeside Field.

The Panthers will be off for family weekend and return to action at Lakeside Field Oct. 14 and 16 against Eastern Kentucky at 3 p.m. and Morehead State at 1 p.m.

Panthers drop two OVC matches over weekend

Staff Report

The Panthers lost two Ohio Valley Conference matches over the weekend, one to reigning OVC champions Morehead State and one to Eastern Kentucky.

The weekend losses move the Panthers to 4-13 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

Despite leading in overall kills, assists, and digs, the Panthers dropped a tough four-set OVC home match to Eastern Kentucky (28-26, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21) Friday.

Junior Emily Franklin led the team in the loss against Eastern Kentucky with 18 kills and 17 digs and nine kills and three digs Saturday.

Sophomore Reynae Hutchinson scored 17 kills and 16 digs Friday while acquiring nine kills and 11 digs Saturday.

On Friday against Eastern Kentucky, the first two sets featured 25 ties and seven lead changes as both teams were neck and neck until the other Eastern prevailed.

The last set in the series featured six ties and two lead changes and at one point, the Panthers led.

Unfortunately, Eastern Kentucky tied it up off of Panther miscues.  Down 22-17, the Panthers pulled within two, but errors would give Eastern Kentucky the match at 25-21.

In Saturday’s game against Morehead State, they were able to hold on and top the Panthers in total kills (46 to 35), assists (43 to 33), aces (nine to two), digs (48 to 36), and blocks (seven to five).

After losing the first set 25-12, the Panthers gave Morehead State a good run, coming together for 21 ties and eight lead changes over the final two sets.

Despite the weekend’s losses, Eastern still holds a game lead over both teams overall.
They are 16-15 over Eastern Kentucky, with Friday’s loss being Eastern’s eighth straight loss against them.

Eastern holds a slim lead over Morehead State with a 15-14 all-time series lead.
The next game is against OVC rival Southeast Missouri Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.