Disappointment in the Dawg Pound

By: Luis Medina

After the SIU men’s basketball team’s 66-64 loss to Charlotte on Saturday, it all became apparent to me.

The 49ers have the Salukis’ number. And to be honest, I’m not sure why.

Not only has Charlotte defeated SIU in its last four match ups, it has won two of the match ups at the SIU Arena where the Salukis are usually invincible.

Did you know Bobby Lutz’s kids are the only team to have beaten SIU in The Arena twice since the beginning of the 2001-02 season. That’s astonishing especially when you take into consideration some of the great Creighton teams that have come into the arena just to leave with a loss hanging around its neck.

And as much as the loss hurt SIU, it was felt throughout the arena as many students experienced their last game at the SIU Arena.

I would know. I spent four years as one of those nutty fans. Defeats such as Saturday’s two-point loss are hard to swallow.

A friend of mine told me he sat in the Dawg Pound, shocked by the Salukis defeat, until the cleaning crews asked him to leave. Another student told me it wasn’t the way he wanted his last game as a Dawg Pound member to end. A third was disappointed the loss came against a team that entered the game with a 1-6 record, as he could understand if SIU would have lost to what they would have considered a better team.

All three told me they will continue to follow Saluki basketball and plan on returning to one of the most boisterous student sections in the country.

They heckled opponents as mercilessly as they cheered their favorite players in the home whites.

Unfortunately, their efforts weren’t enough to shake Charlotte forward An’Juan Wilderness as he sank a pair of free-throws with four seconds left to push the 49ers past SIU.

Ending their time as SIU Dawg Pound members with what us sports writer folks would consider a tragic ending.

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Blog Wars: Brokest you have ever been?

Madeleine Leroux:

The stereotype college student that I am, I have been beyond broke way too many times to count. I guess the brokest I have ever been was probably last year when it got to the point where I did almost anything for anyone if they offered cash reward (anything outside of prostitution that is) and I was surviving on croutons for weeks at a time.

Although, for at least one week before Thanksgiving break this year, I survived solely on Smarties that I found at work.

I’ve done laundry and housecleaning, ran errands, helped with people’s homework, you name it and I’ve probably done it for cash. Or for the promise of food. Mmmmmm.

Never do you realize how important it can be to have money than when you have none to your name.

Alexis Boudreau:

I’m going to have to go ahead and say every Christmas season ever. I mean, I love my family and friends, but spending money on them hurts my wallet sometimes.

Amber Fijolek:

Christmas always takes its toll on me. I like to give expensive gifts. Last holiday season, however, was my first after turning 21, so I had a lot of bar-hopping to catch up on. With gift-buying being my first priority, I was forced to dig into couch cushions for the change needed to compensate for my drinks. Paying for drinks with quarters from my pockets was definitely one of my broke-est moments, but probably not my classiest.

USG senators face impeachment

By: Jeff Engelhardt

Ten months after Project Eco-Dawgs introduced the “green” fee, the Undergraduate Student Government unanimously voted to support it.

Both the senators and Eco-Dawg members were excited and relieved that everyone could come together in support of a fee that gained tremendous student-support in a referendum back in April.

But for two senators, the feeling of relief did not last long as they had to face the threat of losing their positions.

Senators John Boddie and Brandon Allen faced impeachment after the senate accused them of missing multiple meetings and not filing constituent reports.

Boddie defended himself in front of the senate, stating he had been actively meeting with his constituents, but failed to document an official report. He also pointed out he had only missed one meeting and his duties as president for Black Affairs Council sometimes requires him to arrive late or leave USG meetings early.

When asked if he would be willing to take his duties more seriously, Boddie mentioned his work as a senator from previous semesters shows his passion for the senate.

The senate voted to keep Boddie in USG after a secret-ballot vote.

Allen was not as fortunate as Boddie.

Allen, who had missed more than two meetings, left Wednesday’s meeting before he could defend himself against impeachment. The senators said that proved he did not care about the organization and voted him off the senate with a unanimous decision.

The finance committee will also have a new look starting in the spring semester.

Finance committee chair Krystin McDermott and committee member Pricilliano Fabian will leave the group because of executive positions they are taking outside of USG.

Constitutional guidelines require senators who hold executive positions in other groups to leave the finance committee so there is no favoritism.

Senator Ashley Epps, the current vice chair for the committee, will take over as chair in the spring.

Blog Wars: What are you doing to be green?

Shaneika Booker:

In order to be green I am using those really expensive light bulbs. I really don’t understand why they are so helpful; I am actually only using the light bulbs because they came with my lamp. I would like to do things to go greener but i don’t really know what to do and most of the things that I do know, I don’t really have the patience for. However, i will eventually catch on to the whole “going green” fad.

Audra Ord:

In my effort to save the world and some precious H2O, I am now using an outhouse and I have completely forgone showering.

Okay, so not really. I’m still as hygienic as I was before Al Gore warned us all that the earth is going to collapse on itself. But after living in Boulder, Colo., for a summer and developing a hippie mindset, I have altered a few things in my routine to save a little energy here and there. Here are some simple suggestions that you can implement in your life.

1. Recycle. Honestly, there is no excuse for not taking a few seconds to separate your papers and your plastics. If you don’t want to get a bin to collect recyclables in, use a cardboard box.

2. Ride your bike/walk/skate/unicycle to work and school. You’ll get exercise and save a some fossil fuels — it’s like killing saving two birds with one stone.

3. Unplug electronics when you’re not using them. You’d be surprised at how much phantom energy a cell phone charger uses, even when your phone’s not connected to it.

Alexis Boudreau:

It’s the little things, really. Turn off the light when I leave the room. Unplug the cell phone charger when I’m not charging the phone. Don’t run the water the entire time I’m brushing my teeth.

Coincidentally, these are also the things that save me money on my monthly bills.

Amber Fijolek:

I feel like we can do more to be green. When I was studying abroad in Spain, it was stressed by my program liaison, my landlord, and my Spanish host family that I need to conserve. I lived very differently there for the duration of three months, but there were three distinct reasons for which I consider Spaniards to be more green:

Propane was stressed to be turned off when it wasn’t being used (something my roommates and I in my apartment struggled with because most of us were used to having gas available at the twirl of our hot-water faucets).
Showers were stressed to be short. I was yelled at by my spanish host mother when she thought I had left the water running while I shampooed, loofah-ed and conditioned (something I struggled with because I tend to get cold while standing wet in a shower stall with no water running).
There were no such things as clothes-dryers. Everything was hung in a patio-area out-side to dry (something I struggled with because I lost about a third of the wardrobe I had brought there to the neighbors that lived below me in my apartment building.)
Now that I’m back, I don’t light up a gas tank before I jump in the shower or turn on the stove, nor do I risk not seeing my favorite shirts again by letting them sway in the wind attached to string by  flimsy clothespins, but the shower thing stuck, making my green contributions considerable. My showers are limited as it is because I don’t have the time to take them as often or for as long as I’d like to, but what I lack in cleanliness, i make up for in the good-sense-of-self I feel for turning off the water when I’m not rinsing.
AND I recycle, too.

Defense by the numbers

By Luis C. Medina

First, I’d like to reintroduce the Beyond the Stat Sheet blog, where numbers matter. Important statistics will be highlighted in bold-faced type.

Now, on to business.

Coming into its game against Saint Louis University, the SIU men’s basketball team struggled on the defensive end. It was coming off three straight losses in which its opponents (Duke, UCLA & Western Kentucky) averaged 79.6 points per game. It looked as if “Floorburn U” was a blip in the rearview mirror, but the Salukis stepped up their game and took it to the Billikens.

Granted, the SLU offense isn’t going to be confused with the Harlem Globetrotters as it averages only 56.2 points per game, but it is encouraging that SIU was able to shutdown its L-squared offensive attack led by guards Kevin Lisch and Tommie Liddell III.

Lisch and Liddell average 14.2 and 12.8 points per game, respectively, and they got theirs Tuesday night. But Chris Lowery’s bunch shut down their teammates, holding the Billikens almost 8 points below their season average.

Prior to the Salukis’ match up against SLU, they had allowed opposing offenses to average 72.8 points per game. A far cry from past SIU squads that were defending teams as soon as they got into Carbondale city limits. By only allowing 48 points to the Billikens, it dropped its opponents PPG four points as it allowed 24.8 points less than it had allowed coming into the game.

And while the SIU offense isn’t going to drop a hunny (or a hundred for those of you grammatically inclined) on its opponents, keeping its opponents off the scoreboard is as important as scoring.

I know my classic saying is “You can’t win if you don’t score”, but you can’t win if the other team scores more than you do.

Things not to do during finals week

By: Allison Petty and Diana Soliwon

10. Drink your sorrows away. While this may seem like a fantastic idea at the time, the imminent hangover will lead you to do destructive things. See #9.

9. Burn all of your notes in effigy outside of your professors’ homes. They will still make you take the final (unless you are in jail … but we can’t be sure).

8. Frantically Facebook-stalk ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, friends, acquaintances, celebrities and people you barely know. Social networking sites provide ample opportunities for procrastination, but when it’s over, it’s more like a one night stand – you just want to take a shower and forget all you know.

7. Cry.

6. Hide under your desk/in your closet/under your covers/in an abandoned car. They can still see you.

5. Call in crazy. DOES NOT WORK.

Example:

“Hi, (insert professor’s name). I just, I know, I mean, I haven’t really been – look, it’s been a really bad semester. (Begin to sniffle.) Bad, like, my (grandma/cat/fish/aunt/cactus/pet rock) died. Also, I was diagnosed with (insert really long nonsensical word ending in -itis). (Begin to breathe heavily.) And then the love of my life abandoned me for a reality show competition runner-up who is much, MUCH younger than me. (Voice begins to screech.) I just, (primal moan), NEED, (howl), TO TAKE MY FINAL SOME OTHER TIME!

“Like never. Thanks! Byeeee.”

Again. Does not work.

4. Flirt with/proposition your professor. Highly inadvisable, and if it is effective … you will probably regret it. Remember that feeling you have after you Facebook-stalk? This is 14,000 times worse.

See also: SIUC’s sexual harassment policy.

3. Crack.

2. Attempt to break the world record of sleep deprivation (about 11 days).

1. Plagiarize.

See also: SIU’s plagiarism policy.

Blog Wars: Favorite Magic Trick

Shaneika Booker:

My favorite magic trick is any card trick, simply because I want to learn them all.

However, the trick I want to know the secret to is how the lady gets sewn in half and her feet and upper body still move. Someone? Anyone?

Genna Ord:

As a child, I had a tendency to lump magicians in the same category as mimes, clowns and other creepers, so my knowledge of magic tricks is pretty low.

After seeing Josh Sucherman’s magic, though, my respect and awe for the business has grown. I consider myself pretty observant, so anything with effective sleight-of-hand amazes me.

My favorite magic trick, however, has nothing to do with cards, top hats, foam balls, or bunnies. It involves a pencil, a nameless and luckless lackey character, and Heath Ledger acting as The Joker.

I think we all know what scene from The Dark Knight I’m referring to.

Amber Fijolek:

I once pulled the most amazing magic trick. During my sophomore year, I learned a card trick that made me famous — it only lasted one night, but I still get warm feelings thinking about it.
For this trick, you need an accomplice, so I taught it to my best friend Joe. We’d been casually practicing it on people in the dorm, but on Halloween night, we were at a party that became the perfect opportunity to really show our magic.
One person we hadn’t pulled the trick on yet was Scott, a close friend of ours.
The trick was supposed to lead Scott to believe that I was magical, and even with my leaving the room, I could magically guess a card upon the table that he had proved to the room that he had chosen.
The game went on for an entire hour, which wasn’t surprising, because that’s about how long we had been fooling our dorm mates before they gave up. When the game ended that Halloween night, it wasn’t because Scott gave up, it was because Scott BLEW up. Scott has a terrible temper, and each time I, the magician, “guessed” his card correctly, he grew angrier — until he slammed the table so hard that he broke it!
Now, I’m not magical enough to wave a magic wand and fix a broken table, but I am magical enough to please a crowd! Everyone claimed it was the best prank they had seen and that it had without a doubt made their Halloween night memorable.