December 2004

December 2004

Tate: Margin of victory won''t spread cheer


Bill Lyon, a bright C-U native who turned columnist in Philadelphia, wrote a biting article recently about his Brotherly Lovers who showed displeasure with a close Eagles victory.

Three council candidates file as write-ins

CHAMPAIGN – Candidacy filings Wednesday by three write-in candidates for the Champaign City Council guarantees that there will be a Feb. 22 primary in Districts 1 and 3.

And the list of write-in candidates in those districts could grow longer in coming weeks, depending on the outcome of objections to the nominating petitions of five city council candidates.

Brown bruised, not broken

ST. LOUIS – You could sense the tension. You could hear the worried buzz swirling around Planet Orange.

Dee Brown, he of those infamous stress fractures, was hobbling.

Police lodge program aids area senior citizens

CHAMPAIGN – Pamela Hurt and her son, Neil, loaded their van with food baskets to deliver to needy senior citizens Wednesday.

"I have had seniors cry when they get their food basket," Hurt said. "They really do appreciate it."

Groups fighting agency layoffs

SPRINGFIELD – Bill Wengelewski has worked as a natural resources coordinator at Starved Rock State Park for seven years, leading guided hikes, impersonating a 17th-century French voyageur and teaching 20,000 students and countless members of the public about history, ecology, snakes, rocks, insects, trees and wildlife.

"Much of what I've done has been hands-on things that the teachers themselves are unable to do," he said. "We're talking about science and math scores dropping. I'm frustrated because here I am teaching science in a hands-on way, and that's not valued."

Mizzou unable to escape woes on, off the court

ST. LOUIS – The 2-ton burden Quin Snyder carries around now was in its infancy a year ago.

Yes, the Missouri coach had an upsetting loss to Gonzaga on his early-season resume.

Tate: Missouri, coach look to keep their guard up

"What we need is some of the dust Santa Claus tosses on his reindeer."

– Mizzou coach Quin Snyder

Tirtiaux making impression

NORMAL – Tuesday probably was Sophie Tirtiaux''s final chance to play against Illinois. And while her Illinois State team made obvious progress in an 82-72 loss to the Illini at Redbird Arena, Tirtiaux didn''t receive any playing time.

The senior from Belgium, who played high school ball for coach Aimee Smith at Urbana, isn''t in coach Robin Pingeton''s doghouse. The ISU coach is thrilled with the way Tirtiaux has come along.

Opposites attract

A year ago, Missouri was a heavy favorite heading into the annual Braggin’ Rights game. How things have changed. What’s gone right for Illinois and what’s gone wrong for Missouri – on and off the court – since December 2003:

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 82, Illinois State 72