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October 17, 2000

Inaugural Midnight Madness Event Introduced The Basketball Cougars

More than 500 spectators and fans took part in the inaugural Midnight Madness event in the Vadalabene Center this past Saturday as the Basketball Cougars took a bow amidst an evening of fun and games. Even the Chancellor got into the act.

SIUE Chancellor David Werner took turns in the dunking booth while students took delight in sending him to the water below. Meanwhile, others entered several basketball competitions, playing for thousands of dollars in prize money and scholarships.

No one won the $10,000 grand prize, according to Assistant Athletics Director Nick Adams, but Matthew Pierson, a freshman from Shelbyville, walked away with a semester's worth of tuition. And, Pierson won under duress ... he was wearing only sandals on his feet.

"It was kind of hard to move around because of the sandals, plus I hadn't really shot hoops in awhile," Pierson said.

He was a starter on his high school basketball team through sophomore year. Nevertheless. he had a great time. "I made a three-pointer from the top of the key to win it," Pierson said. "I was thrilled to win it. I had a great time all night, especially the free pizza."

Sharing "Shay" Conrad, a freshman from Fairview Heights, won second place in the competition but was disappointed because the tuition would have come in handy. "I missed the first shot and then he made his shot and I missed the three-pointer,"she said. "I was really confident because I needed that tuition, but it just wasn't meant to be, I guess."

Conrad won a $100 gift certificate to the SIUE Bookstore as runner-up.

At midnight, the two Cougar Basektball teams hit the court for a light workout and a few scrimmages. Men's Coach Jack Margenthaler and Women's Coach Wendy Hedberg started their first official practice at midnight by combining their workout. Students and fans who attended were treated not only to the practice but also were given T-shirts and refreshments.Adams said he was pleased with the turnout. "I think it went amazingly well for an inaugural event," he said.

Alcohol Awareness Week Runs Through Oct. 21

Velcro madness ran through the crowd Oct. 13 as Alcohol Awareness Week at SIUE kicked off with the 13th Annual Tons of Fun, a late night social event, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Vadalabene Center.

In addition to a velcro wall, activities included a bungee run, a giant obstacle course, karaoke, a DJ/Dance, a Float-A-Note booth, scuba lessons, pumpkin decorating, a life-sized Sega, a haunted maze, and a gladiator event. Food was served free at 11:30 p.m.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 18), the Alcohol Awareness Fair takes place in the Student Fitness Center. Various interactive games will be available, including the "Wheel of Misfortune," the "Beer Goggles," and the "Dexterity Test."

The next day, at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodland Hall Multifunction Room, University Housing will sponsor special guest Scott Gillian who will speak about his own experiences with alcohol abuse. In addition, the film 28 Days will be shown.

The SIUE Wellness Center is sponsoring the PITCH (Playing Intramurals To Celebrate Health) co-ed softball tournament beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and continuing Sunday, Oct. 22, all on the SIUE intramural fields.

Alcohol Awareness Week and the Tons of Fun event are sponsored by the SIUE Wellness Center, the SIUE Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program, and the SIUE Office of Student Affairs. For more information, call Mary Baya, (618) 650-3873.

Annexed

In a symbolic gesture, Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur and Chancellor David Werner recently exchanged banners in the Stratton Quad, signifying the annexation of the university within the city limits of Edwardsville. The Edwardsville City Council formally voted Oct. 3 to annex the remaining portion of the SIUE campus not already included within city boundaries. In 1995 the city annexed the portions of campus that included Cougar Village, Woodland Hall, a strip of property along Poag Road, University Park, and Korte Stadium. The city banners have been hanging from street light poles in downtown Edwardsville, interspersed with the SIUE banners. With the recent exchange between Niebur and Werner, the city's banners will soon be displayed on light poles on University Drive, alternating with SIUE's banners. (SIUE Photo)

Nominations apps available

Nominations are being sought for the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Scholarship awards to be given at the Jan. 18 MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration Luncheon. Nomination applications are available at the Kimmel Leadership Center. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Oct. 27. The theme of this year's celebration is Keep Hope Alive: Realizing the Dream. Call 650-2686 for information.

Preview

Nearly 900 students, their parents, and guests attended SIUE Preview 2000, converging on the Morris University Center. During the day visitors toured the general campus, residence halls, and Cougar Village, speaking with faculty, and generally becoming acquainted with the university. Academic sessions during the day were near or over capacity; those who were not able to attend Preview 2000 also have been invited to attend SIUE's new student receptions in spring. (SIUE Photo)

Charles Osgood To Speak Oct. 20 For Arts & Issues

CBS News correspondent and veteran journalist Charles Osgood-referred to as "one of the last great broadcast writers"-will speak at SIUE on Oct. 20 as part of the Arts & Issues series.

Osgood will bring his wry humor to Meridian Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The SIUE series has been entertaining Southwestern Illinois audiences with distinguished performers and speakers since 1985.

Since joining CBS News as a New York-based correspondent in September 1971, Osgood's news commentaries (often delivered in verse) have won him legions of listeners. The Osgood File is heard by one of the largest audiences drawn by any network radio feature; he is known as CBS Radio's "Poet in Residence."

Arts & Issues Coordinator Richard Walker said Osgood will provide a balance of urbane wit with a keen interest in current events. "The Osgood File is composed of tidbits of news in which the commentator shares his own sense of wonder, dismay or amusement," Walker said. "This should be a great evening of intimate sharing with a legend in national network news."

Osgood was named anchor of CBS Television News' Sunday Morning on April 1, 1994. Prior to his present assignment, Osgood provided commentary for CBS This Morning and was a regular contributor to Up To The Minute and until June 1992 he was co-anchor of the CBS Morning News Sunday Morning. and a contributor to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. From 1981-87, Osgood anchored the CBS Sunday Night News.

Individual tickets for the Oct. 20 event are $12; students, $6. Admission includes free parking in the lot behind the Morris Center. Individual and season ticket information is available by calling (618) 650-2320, or by writing: Arts & Issues, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1083, or by e-mail: rwalker@siue.edu. Season information also is available on the World Wide Web: www.siue.edu/ARTS_ISSUES.

Men's Soccer Picks Up No. 3 Seed After Crushing Loss

Playing well may not always lead to a victory but it represents the character of a team. Coach Ed Huneke and his men's soccer team showed their character is strong enough to turn in a win following a tough loss. "The Quincy loss was one of the most heart-wrenching losses," said Huneke of his team's 2-1 overtime game this past Friday (10/20).

"We played extremely well but had trouble finishing. The tough part was losing on a 40-yard shot with one second left in overtime."

Following the loss to Quincy, Huneke said he was concerned with his team's mentality going into the Southern Indiana game. But the Cougars showed him there was no need for concern when they defeated Southern Indiana 2-1 in overtime last Sunday (10/22). "They showed a lot of character by bouncing back and playing well again."

SIUE, 10-6-1 overall, finished the conference regular season with an 8-3 record and a third place regular season finish in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Cougars face Southern Indiana in a home contest in the quarterfinals of the GLVC Tournament on Nov. 1. If SIUE wins, it advances to the semifinals in Romeoville.

The Cougars have one more game left in the regular season against Missouri-Rolla at 6 p.m. on Friday (10/27) at Bob Guelker Field. "This is a very important regional game, since we are both tied for fifth in the region. We also are looking for momentum going into the conference playoffs next week."

Five seniors will be recognized on Friday-Eric Modeer (Hershey, Pa.), Donny Sheehan (O'Fallon), Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.), Ryan Franklin (University Park) and John Niebruegge (Valmeyer). Gibbs scored the game-winning goal against Southern Indiana in overtime. He leads the team with six goals, six assists and 18 points. Gibbs also leads the team with five game-winning goals, including three in overtime. "Brandon had a good weekend. He came through again with his third golden goal of the season," noted Huneke.

Modeer leads the team with six assists, while Sheehan has started 13 games this season as goalkeeper and leads the team with three shutouts and 47 saves. Franklin started one of the eight games he played in this season. Niebruegge played two games at goal and recorded three saves.

Women's Soccer Earns No. 2 Seed After Win Over Quincy

Coach Brian Korbesmeyer and his women's soccer team finished the Great Lakes Valley Conference season with an 8-0-3 mark and a second-place conference finish. SIUE, 12-3-3 overall, defeated Quincy 2-0 last Friday (10/20) and worked to a 2-2 tie after two overtimes with Southern Indiana (10/22).

The Cougars qualified for the GLVC Tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Northern Kentucky. SIUE will play host to a yet undetermined opponent in a quarterfinal conference tournament game on Nov. 1 at Bob Guelker Field. The team wraps up its regular season at home on Friday (10/27) with an 8 p.m. match up against Missouri-Rolla at Bob Guelker Field.

Friday's game will also be senior night. The Cougars have three seniors on the team this season in Beth Louderman (Girard), Rebecca Mays (Springfield) and Michelle Montgomery (Granite City). Louderman has started all 18 games for the Cougars this season and recorded 89 saves and five shutouts. She is third in the conference with a 0.82 goals against average. Mays continues to be a strong defender in the backfield for the Cougars by marking the key scoring threat on the opposing teams. Montgomery has recorded two goals and three assists this season.

Sara Decker (St. Louis) and Colleen Creamer (St. Louis, Mo.) continue to be a vital part of the Cougars offense. At Quincy, Decker and Creamer each scored a goal, while Creamer also added an assist. Creamer also scored the Cougars' first SIUE goal on Southern Indiana. Creamer and Decker share the team lead with nine goals apiece. Decker also leads the team with nine assists and 27 points. Erin Gusewelle (Edwardsville) scored her second goal of the season and tied the game against Southern Indiana.

Volleyball Uses Rest And Execution To Its Advantage

Coach Joe Fisher said rest and execution were the keys to the volleyball team's two wins this past weekend. "Having the previous weekend off helped everyone," said Fisher. "The team knew going in the weekend it should come out the way it did, but the way things had been going this year nothing was certain. So, we worked on our execution and didn't worry about the opponents."

The Cougars swept both matches against Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan. SIUE, 10-13 overall and 6-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, moved into third in its division with the wins. SIUE wraps up its part of the home schedule this weekend with matches against Northern Kentucky, Indianapolis and Rockhurst. The Cougars play Northern Kentucky on Friday night (10/27) at 7 at the Vadalabene Center.

"Northern Kentucky is a different team than we watched earlier this season. They lost two key components to graduation but have talent that has stepped in. The biggest thing for us will be to shut down their middle attack."

SIUE faces Indianapolis at noon and Rockhurst at 4 p.m. on Saturday (10/28). Indianapolis and Rockhurst play each other at 2 p.m. "As long as we pass well and serve well, things are going to go our way," said Fisher.

Saturday also marks the final home matches for four seniors - Lindsay Rust (Belleville), Kathy Dulle (Mt. Pulaski), Heather Vaughan (Mt. Pulaski) and Melissa Schaeffer (Ballwin, Mo.). Rust finished last weekend with a team-leading 21 kills. She continues to lead the team in kills per game (3.75), kills (319) and digs (326). She is first in the GLVC with 3.84 digs per game and tied for eighth with 3.75 kills per game. Dulle leads the team with 855 assists and is sixth in the conference with 10.69 assists per game. Vaughan has 18 service aces and is third on the team with 2.82 digs per game. Schaeffer is averaging 2.00 kills per game in seven games. Andrea Voss (Breese) is second in the conference with 1.18 blocks per game. Voss leads the team with 30 block solos.

Cougars Reload With New Faces For 2000-2001

Some introductions are in order. With a roster which holds more than three players from last season's team, SIUE Men's Basketball Coach Jack Margenthaler has nine new players who will hit the court when practice began Oct. 15 for Midnight Madness at the Vadalabene Center.

"I think almost every position is challenging this year," said Margenthaler, who begins his ninth season as the Cougars' head coach. "I know every coach says that, but it's wide open. We're so young and have a lot of people who can play."

The three returnees from last season's 9-17 overall and 5-15 GLVC mark recorded considerable playing time last season. Nick Hartwig, a senior from South Wayne, Wis., averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest last season. The 6-foot, 6-inch Hartwig can be a force under the basket. "Nick has come back as strong if not stronger," Margenthaler said. "Although he's a good rebounder, I think he's become a better rebounder because he understands the importance of that aspect of the game."

Marty Perry, a 6-9 junior from Jacksonville, is the team's top returning three-point threat. Perry hit 23 of 41 three-pointers last season. Margenthaler said that while Perry will continue to excel from three-point range his post-up game has bloomed. "He also has done better of being able to score and finish inside," Margenthaler said. "In this league, if you can't score inside and out, you're not going to get many opportunities."

Luke Humphrey, a 6-2 sophomore from Rantoul, played in 19 games last season off the bench and averaged 2.5 points per game. "Luke was fortunate as a freshman to get quality time last year. He's come back stronger and more aggressive as well as more confident in his shot," Margenthaler said.

The newest Cougars need to impress upon the SIUE coaching staff how dedicated they are to getting better. Margenthaler said the team's goal is to return to the GLVC Tournament. That only will be accomplished by focusing in practice and every second of every game. The guard position is sprinkled with a number of players who will be battling for two or three spots on the floor. "I think you're going to see a number of different starting lineups this season," said Margenthaler.

Joining Humphrey at guard is 6-0 freshman Bilal Spiller, 6-0 sophomore Jewel Gibbs, 6-2 freshman Wes Pickering, 6-2 sophomore Ben Garwitz, and 6-2 sophomore Garrett Thomas.

Spiller, of DuQuoin, has a great deal to learn in his first season, but the potential is there, according to Margenthaler, to break into the lineup as a point guard. Gibbs, of Carbondale, is a transfer from John A. Logan Junior College. He sat out last season, but he is ready this season. "He has excellent jumping ability and plays hard. He could see time at the two-guard or three position," Margenthaler said. Pickering sat out last season as an incoming freshman but played third base for the SIUE baseball program. The redshirt season should help the Springfield, Mo., native. "He understands by watching last year the level of play that is necessary to be successful," Margenthaler noted. Garwitz also hails from Springfield, Mo., and was a prep teammate of Pickering's. A transfer from Westminster College, Garwitz is a walk-on who plays the off-guard position. Thomas, a transfer from Northern Illinois University, enters his first full season as a Cougar with a reputation as a strong outside shooter. The Riverton native is No. 2 on the Illinois High School Association's all-time list of career three-pointers made.

Joining Hartwig and Perry in the front court are 6-6 junior Tim Rose, 6-7 junior Glen Collins and 6-7 sophomore Mustafa Cetin. Rose is another transfer from John A. Logan Junior College. The DuQuoin High School graduate is a "slasher" type player who finds ways to score with better-than-average rebounding skills. Collins, of Bowling Green, Ky., transferred from Shawnee Junior College. "Glen needs to play inside and around the basket. We need him to be a defensive player, a rebounder and a scorer off putbacks," said Margenthaler. Cetin, of Edmonton, Canada, transferred from the University College of the Cariboo in British Columbia. "He has size and is an excellent outside shooter. He runs the floor extremely well for a big man, but he needs to become a more aggressive style of player."

The Cougars also list Jon Wolf, a freshman from Okawville, as its lone center. The 6-8 Wolf is a walk-on who Margenthaler said has potential at this level. "I think he's made tremendous progress already. The stronger Jon gets throughout the season will be a big factor for him."

SIUE once again faces the 12-team Great Lakes Valley Conference. Kentucky Wesleyan College, which has been to the NCAA Division II championship game in each of the past three seasons, heads the gauntlet known as the GLVC's 20-game conference schedule.

The Cougars also face a difficult non-conference schedule, which includes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foes Northwood University (Mich.) and Wayne State (Mich.) University. The Cougars open the 2000-2001 season with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Eureka on Saturday, Nov. 18.

2000-01 SIUE Women's Basketball Aims High

With 11 returning players from an 18-9 squad a year ago and three incoming freshmen, optimism is growing for the 2000-01 Women's basketball season.

And rightfully so. "My expectations for the team are high because we have most of our players returning," Coach Wendy Hedberg said. "We lost two starters, but both have been replaced by either returning players or incoming freshmen. We had a very good recruiting class with three All-State players."

But what exactly are the expectations? "Being ranked No. 2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason poll, I believe our overall goal is to win the conference championship and go onto the NCAA Tournament. I think it is a realistic goal with these girls."

The Cougars have made the big dance three times, all of those appearances coming in the past six seasons-1994, 1998 and 1999. The team fell short of its third consecutive NCAA bid when they fell to Bellarmine 64-56 in the first round of the GLVC Tournament last year. However, the challenge comes in winning its first-ever conference title since joining the GLVC in 1994.

The Cougars finished last season in fourth place in the conference with a record of 13-7. Hedberg looks to her newcomers to help with the task. "I believe each of the newcomers will see a lot of playing time this year, and possibly provide an immediate impact on how things go."

The Cougars return four players to the backcourt this season led by two-time All-American honorable mention Misi Clark (Paris). A senior, Clark already holds three career records at SIUE in points (1,676), free throws made (484) and free throws attempted (710). Named GLVC Co-Player of the Year last season, she also is in the top four of six other SIUE career records. The 5-foot, 10-inch guard set single season records in points per game (21.4) and free throw attempted (251). "We have one of the best, if not the best point guard in the league in Misi. She is very versatile and does whatever is needed on the court to make things happen. I expect her to be a leader this season," Hedberg said.

Joining Clark at the guard position is junior Heather Hillebrenner (Quincy). Hillebrenner finished her sophomore season with 15 starts. She averaged 2.8 points per game in 15.9 minutes per game. "Heather excels in the open floor game. She has good quickness and likes to get out and run with the ball."

Also returning at the guard position are sophomores Sarah Schweers (Chatham) and Julia Brokaw (Mt. Vernon). Both saw limited action as freshmen, playing in only five games. New freshmen to the Cougar backcourt are prep All-State Jaque Howard (Galesburg) and Jessica Robert (Carlyle). Howard helped Galesburg High School to four consecutive state championship appearances and holds her high school record for career assists, season assists and career three-pointers. "Jaque comes in from a very good program and had an outstanding senior year. She is a very good ball handler, sees the floor well and is capable of scoring from the perimeter."

Robert averaged 20.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game as a senior at Carlyle High School. She was also named All-Area and All-USA Today honorable mention. "I look for her to be a very steady player, a good ball handler and a scorer. She is an excellent passer, who reads the floor extremely well for a freshman. You can expect her to see a lot of playing time."

At forward, SIUE has four returnees in Sarah Larson (Galesburg), Jill Johnson (Highland), Liz DeShasier (Carrollton) and Amanda Buldtman (Metropolis). Larson, a sophomore, played in all 27 games in her initial season. She averaged 4.9 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game. "She will surprise a lot of people this year. She worked on perimeter shooting in the off-season, which will cause people to play her more honestly this season."

As a junior, Johnson started 17 games at forward last season. The 5-10 post player was third on the team with 6.3 rebounds. "She is a strong rebounder and one of our best defenders."

DeShasier, a sophomore, played 16 games in her first season as a Cougar. She recorded a career-high eight points against Saint Joseph's. Buldtman returns for her junior season after averaging 2.5 points per game in 13 appearances.

At center, the Cougars return three players and add one newcomer. Seniors Crystal Gladson (Fairmount) and Sarah Cook (Edwardsville) are the core players at center. Gladson led the team with 173 rebounds, while becoming the SIUE career leader in blocked shots with 86. "As a senior, I know Crystal is expecting a lot from herself. I think she'll be a big factor for us and a leader on the floor."

Cook begins her second season as a Cougar after starting 27 games a year ago. Named All-GLVC honorable mention, she led the team in blocked shots with 38 and an 85.5 free throw percentage. Cook was second on the team with 10.7 points per game. "Cook is one of the top posts in the league and is a very good free throw shooter," Hedberg said.

Sophomore Megan Grizzle (Salem) returns after seeing playing time in 23 games last season. "I am looking for good things to happen. Last year was a learning experience for her. I expect her to have a good season."

An All-State player at Carrollton High School, Kristen Boss (Carrollton) joins the Cougars as a freshman this season. "She will definitely push the returning players to be better. She runs the floor extremely well and has a nice touch around the basket."

Mens Soccer Jumps To No. 25 In National Rankings

On a roll. The No. 25 nationally ranked SIUE men's soccer team is coming off three consecutive wins; its longest winning streak of the season. The Cougars defeated Missouri-St. Louis 1-0 last Saturday (10/14) to improve their record to 9-5-1 overall and 7-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

"We played better than the scored indicated," said Coach Ed Huneke, "but the most important thing is we won on the road in the conference." Despite attempting 25 shots, the Cougars managed one goal against the Rivermen. Chris Camacho (Quincy) scored his second goal of the season at the 74-minute mark off an assist by Eric Modeer (Hershey, Pa.). Modeer now has five assists on the year.

SIUE, who enter the week third in regional rankings, travels to Quincy on Friday (10/20) for a 5 p.m. match up. The Cougars are in a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Quincy and Lewis. "We are tied for first with them, we are both ranked in the region and we have a long standing rivalry with them."

The Cougars then return home to play Southern Indiana on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. "Southern Indiana is a much improved team and are fighting for a place in the conference tournament," Huneke said.. "It will be important that we finish the conference regular season on a high note."

Brandon Gibbs (St. Charles, Mo.) continues to lead the team with six assists and 16 points and is tied with Justin Huneke (Glen Carbon) for a team-leading five goals.

Men's Division II-National Rankings (10/16)

Rank School Record Points Previous

1 Francis Marion, S.C. 12-1-0 380 2

2 CS-Dominguez Hills 14-1-1 376 3

3 Wheeling Jesuit, W.V. 15-0-0 372 6

4 Dowling, N.Y. 10-1-0 360 5

5 Barry, Fla. 10-3-0 330 1

6 Lewis, Ill. 12-3-0 320 7

7 Colorado Mines 12-2-2 300 24

8 Franklin Pierce, N.H. 10-3-0 298 8

9 C.W.Post, N.Y. 11-2-0 254 10

10 Sonoma State, Calif. 13-4-2 244 14

11 Christian Brothers, TN 11-2-0 220 RV

12 West Texas 9-2-2 198 15

13 Truman State, Mo. 7-4-1 184 23

14 Lander, S.C. 9-2-0 176 22

15 Assumption, Mass. 8-4-1 174 19

16 Charleston 9-4-1 166 12

17 Tampa, Fla. 11-3-0 142 9

18 Lynn, Fla. 12-2-0 136 12

19 East Stroudsburg, Pa. 12-2-1 118 17

20 South. Conn. State 7-3-3 104 21

21 Metro State, Colo. 10-2-1 92 4

22 SC Spartanburg 9-2-1 72 11

23 Ashland, Ohio 9-3-0 62 NR

24 Seattle Pacific 8-4-1 46 RV

25 SIU Edwardsville 9-5-1 30 NR

Also receiving votes:

Mercyhurst, Penn.

North Florida

Women's Soccer Remains Tied For GLVC Lead

It's a tight race with only one weekend left. Coach Brian Korbesmeyer knows anything can happen this weekend as the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season comes to a close.

The Cougars extended their undefeated streak to 10 games last weekend (10/14) by tying Missouri-St. Louis 2-2 in double overtime. The game was a barn-burner. "We played well in the first half then lost our momentum during halftime and didn't get it back until overtime," Korbesmeyer said. "Both teams had many opportunities to score in overtime but failed."

SIUE, No. 6 in the region, takes its 11-3-2 overall and 7-0-2 mark in conference to Quincy on Friday (10/20) for a 7:30 p.m. game. The Cougars then return home to face Southern Indiana, No. 9 in the region, on Sunday (10/22) at 3 p.m. "We have another rival game with Quincy," Korbesmeyer said. "We never seem to have an easy game and even though they are struggling this year, if they are on their game, we are in trouble. Southern Indiana brings in a good record. We are glad we're at home because it is going to be a real tough battle."

Sara Decker (St. Louis) scored both goals for the Cougars last weekend in the first seven minutes of the game off assists by Michelle Montgomery (Granite City) and Leslie Henigman (Florissant, Mo.). Decker leads the team with eight goals, eight assists and 24 points. "Sara continues to play very well for us and is having one of the finest freshman years I have seen."

Rested Volleyball Cougars Ready For Homestand

After a week of rest, Cougar volleyball returns to action this weekend. "The schedule is in our favor," said Coach Joe Fisher. "I look for us to have a strong finish to the season."

SIUE, 8-13 overall and 4-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, plays Bellarmine University and Kentucky Wesleyan College this weekend at the Vadalabene Center. The Cougars face Bellarmine on Friday (10/20) at 7 p.m. and Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday (10/21) at 1 p.m. "We're coming off the break and playing two teams that are struggling a little more than we are."

Freshman Andrea Voss (Breese) and sophomore Kelly Schaill (Princeton) continue to play well. Voss recorded seven kills, two solo blocks and three block assists while Schaill had nine kills and five block assists in the Cougars most recent match against Southern Indiana. Stosha DeShasier (Carrollton) also finished with eight kills and two block assists. Lindsay Rust (Belleville) finished with a team-leading 17 kills and five service aces against Southern Indiana. She continues to lead the team in kills per game (3.72), kills (298) and digs (311). Kathy Dulle (Mt. Pulaski) recorded 45 assists in the game against Southern Indiana and leads the team with 785 assists on the season.

Cross Country Set For GLVC Championships

Coach Darryl Frerker knows what he expects from his cross country teams this weekend at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships. And it is not a first-place finish.

Realistically, Frerker knows that his teams are young and sees more personal records being set than anything. "Both teams are able to have good things happen," said Frerker. "They also will gain valuable experience that will help the young squads build for better things in the future."

The championships take place Saturday (10/21) in Evansville, Ind. The women's 6,000-meter run begins at 10:30 a.m. with the men's 10,000-meter run to follow at 11 a.m. On the women's side, Frerker said his teams goal is a third-place showing. "If we stay third like we were last year, we will have had a very successful conference outing."

Freshman Carrie Carducci (Powell, Ohio) has led the women's team in all five meets this season. She set the SIUE freshmen record in the 5,000-meter run two weeks ago at the Washington University Invitational with a time of 17 minutes, 59 seconds, thirty seconds better than the previous record held by Amanda Bozue (Joliet). Carducci's time also was the second best 5,000-meter time in school history.

"I am looking for Carrie to be All-Conference," Frerker said. "We need the next four ladies to be close to her in order to finish in third place." As for the men, Frerker looks for them to move up the standings after a last place finish a year ago. "The guys are in position to climb into the upper half of the standings."

Sophomore Jason Olszowka (Lockport) leads the men's squad by finishing first for the Cougars in four races this year. "Jason was All-Conference two years ago, and I anticipate him to be All-Conference once again. Similar to the ladies, the next four guys will have to finish close to him in order for us to climb back up the conference standings."

Seminar to discuss election issues.

The Office of Economic Education and Business Research, together with the School of Business, is hosting "Economic Issues of the Presidential Election" from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Hickory-Red Bud Room of the Morris Center. This forum, sponsored by the law firm of Mathis, Marifian, Richter & Grandy of Belleville, is open to the public, and features several prominent economists. A reception will follow.

East St. Louis Poets To Take Part In Discussions Today

East St. Louis poets Sherman Fowler and Darlene Roy, along with Indian poet-scholar Anushiya Sivanarayanan, will participate in a panel discussion and reading, Aesthetics, Marches, and Movements, at 12:30 p.m. today (Oct. 17) in Room 3404 of Peck Hall.

The free event is sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature through a course, Literature of the Third World, taught by SIUE Professor Eugene B. Redmond. Fowler and Roy are frequent contributors to Drumvoices Revue, a multicultural literary journal published by the department and the Eugene B. Redmond Writers Club.

Fowler, who spent 10 years in Africa, also is a photographer and a parent involvement coordinator for East St. Louis schools. Roy, an associate editor of Drumvoices Revue and president of the EBR Writers Club, is administrator of the East St. Louis office of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Sivanarayanan is an assistant professor of English at SIUE, where she teaches courses in African-American literature and also composition. Her poems have been published in Black Bear Review, Parnassus, Brushfire, and American Collegiate Poets.

Commentaries at today's session will include reflections on the Million Man March, the Million Woman March, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, and social/cultural arts movements in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, the United States, India, and Nigeria. For more information, call the department, (618) 650-3991.

Gift

SIUE recently received a $5,000 gift from Target Stores to help renovate the Career Development Center, which incorporates Career Counseling and Development and Cooperative Education in a comprehensive program to prepare students to enter the workforce. The planned renovation will increase the interview space for employers and students. Target has had a continuing relationship with SIUE for the past five years, participating in the CDC's career fairs, on-campus interviews, posting job opportunities, and hiring SIUE students for co-op and full time positions. Past financial donations have included a $5,000 contribution in February 1999 for the purchase of computers and furniture for the CDC's Career Resource Center. Shown here are Alicia Petross, executive recruiter for Target; G. Patrick Williams, SIUE vice chancellor for Development and Public Affairs; and CDC Director Jean Paterson, who said the gift is a great help with the CDC's goals of helping students and alumni. "Target also has supported SIUE by hiring our students, which is the most important. But, the monetary gifts also have helped us further our goal of helping students/alumni network with potential employers." (SIUE Photo)

Textiles Exhibit On Display Through Nov. 17 At The Morris Center Gallery

Textiles: Contemplative Language" is the name of the current art exhibition in the second-floor Morris University Center Gallery, where weavers, a papermaker, a surface designer, and an artist who creates textile installations have all been asked to submit works for the exhibit by Assistant Art and Design Professor Laura Strand .

"The impulse to curate this exhibition comes from my role as a teacher," Strand said. She explained that textiles are a particularly labor intense media and "their language often speaks directly to the time invested in their making" and the state of mind that the artist must engage in to accomplish the task.

"Each of these artists speaks the ideas in their work through this investment of time and repetitive gesture.

Textile art offers an alternative to exhibitions that display other kinds of crafted objects. "We all have daily contact and emotional associations with the clothing we wear, the curtains on our windows, sheets, quilts, coverlets and blankets on our beds, rugs on our floors and hand-towels in our kitchens," Strand said.

"These objects have entered our lives and language as metaphors for hearth and home, for covering and protecting, for warmth and vulnerability."

Strand considered carefully the artists and their work for the exhibition. "I have purposely chosen two surface designers, two weavers, two sculptors, a papermaker, and an emboriderer/ weaver who works in installation forms to begin to suggest the broad range of artwork grouped under the textile art label," Strand said. Other artists who have contributed to the exhibition are: Marjorie Durko Puryear, Fuyuko Matsubara, Charlotte Hamlin, and Jo Stealey.

The show continues through Nov. 17 at the Morris Center Gallery, which is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

The exhibition is supported by the Friends of Art, The University Museum, and the SIUE Department of Art and Design.

SIUE, SIUC To Sponsor Jan. 4-14 Expedition To Egypt

SIU Edwardsville is co-sponsoring a travel-study program to Egypt Jan. 4-14 for up to 35 travelers who will be led by a team of professors in various fields of ancient culture. Faculty members are from SIUE and SIU Carbondale

Travelers will visit Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, including sites of ancient Egypt, temples and tombs, and experience a camel ride into the Sahara at dusk, a visit with Bedouins, and a three-day luxury cruise on the Nile to Abu Simbel. Students who take the trip may earn up to six semester hours of credit in a variety of subjects and may apply for financial aid for the trip through SIUE.

Presentations to answer questions about arrangements are scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Edwardsville Public Library, and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Room 3117 of Peck Hall on the SIUE campus.

SIUE English Language and Literature Professor Lloyd Kropp, who participated in a similar program earlier this year, said such a trip could be a life-changing experience. "For people who love the long ago and far away, the strange and the beautiful, the ancient and the mysterious, this trip to Egypt will be excellent."

Allison Thomason, assistant professor of Historical Studies, added: "The SIUE trip is especially excellent since it involves visits to many important archaeological sites that are not normally part of professional tours of Egypt. The program also exposes students to the dynamic world of modern Egypt for an interesting experience with a foreign culture."

For more information about the January trip, call Associate English Language and Literature Professor Nancy Ruff, (618) 650-3649, or write by e-mail: nruff@siue.edu.