Thursday, January 28, 2010



MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College’s track teams continued their early season success, winning the men’s team competition and tying for first in the women’s at last Saturday’s Rose-Hulman Engineer Invitational at Terre Haute, Ind.

The Fighting Scots’ won by more than 70 points in the eight-team men’s field. Monmouth’s women turned in a school record performance and tied for first with Bellarmine in the seven-team women’s meet.

Senior Katie Staab, juniors Mary Kate Beyer and Morgan Leffel, along with freshman Rachel Bowden shattered the school record in the women’s distance medley relay. The foursome placed second after clocking a 12:44.15 to break the Scots’ previous best by 20 seconds.

Leffel had a busy day, scoring in no fewer than five events. Competing in the pole vault, where Whitney Didier cleared 10’6 to take second, Leffel placed fourth with a personal-best height of 8’6-1/4 in her first vault competition this season. She also took third in the triple jump with a mark of 34’3-1/2, less than two inches out of second. Leffel placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.82 and she was sixth in the 55 dash, running a 7.85 in the finals.

Jae Moore – who was second in the 200 at 27.21 – took first in the 400. Running the event for the first time this season, Moore clocked a 1:03.35.


(Monmouth, IL) Has the financial crisis had an impact on what the people of Warren County and the surrounding area do for entertainment? No, says Jim DeBruzzi, chief financial advisor of Kerasotes Showplace in Galesburg. For the Warren County area, he says that 2009 was “terrific across the board, and overall a tremendous year for every region.” DeBruzzi noted that this past year was a great year for movies, citing some of the more successful such as 'Inglorious Bastards', 'Up', and of course, the year ending box office smash 'Avatar'. The past year's movies were extraordinarily strong in creative content, which is the main driver when it comes to selling movie tickets. But what is the driving factor that brings the audience to the theater? Is it the movie itself, or the customer's disposable income? “The biggest factor is a creative product,” says DeBruzzi, “That is the main driver. The second is the quality of the facility, and third is the economic climate.”

He goes on to stress that a quality film, not the people's wallets, are what really matter in his business. “We've seen great years for movies in crappy economies, and poor years when the economy is great.”

Another factor for such a successful year in the box office was that people have less money to spend taking their families on big vacations, or even on outings such as a concert or sporting event. It is much easier for them to take the family to a movie for entertainment, and costs them a lot less. Mark Woessner, a student at Monmouth College agrees. “No matter what is going on around town, I know that seeing a movie is always a reliable and relatively inexpensive option for my friends and me.” It is clear that while the recession has taken its toll on many of the nation's markets, the entertainment industry is still going strong.


(Monmouth, Ill.) Monmouth continues to expand, even in times of economic hardship. A new restaurant called Petey’s is scheduled to open by early June. Construction is currently underway in front of the AmericInn on the corner of North Main and U.S. 34.

Kevin Cerar, who currently owns and runs Cerar’s Barnstormer, is the proprietor of Petey’s. He says this new restaurant will be something completely different from his current restaurant.

“This will have more of a casual sports bar type atmosphere,” said Cerar. “It will feature economical prices.”

Though some might question the idea of opening a new restaurant when people are struggling to stretch their dollars, Cerar said that is the reason he is confident the restaurant will attract plenty of customers.

“People are still looking to go out,” he said. “They may be looking for less expensive options and this is something that may fit into a lot of people’s budgets.

In order to attract college and high school students, Petey’s will feature a reasonably priced buffet suited to meet the budget of a typical college or high school student. Cerar will also feature college specials, such as half-priced appetizers on Tuesdays. The pub will have both a bar and a restaurant area, similar to what the Barnstormer has now.

“I think lots of people would go,” said Freshman Aimee Hodierne.

“Any new place to eat is good,” said Senior Nishant Dixit. “Living in a small town has few options to choose from.”

Cerar said the opening of his new restaurant will not greatly affect the other restaurants in Monmouth.

According to Cerar, Monmouth business sales are on the rise, and some of this is due to the increase of students at Monmouth College.

“It has such an impact not only for my business, but for business in general,” said Cerar. “This [Petey’s] is part of the growth of Monmouth to keep up with the demands of the area and it is something the area needs.”


Monday, January 25, 2010

Late Basketball Scores


Jan. 27, 2010 vs. Grinnell at Monmouth, Ill.

Monmouth 75 (10-6, 5-4), Grinnell 60

Monmouth caught fire in the second half in a 75-60 win over Grinnell. Justine Boone keyed a Scots' 11-2 run with 5:32 to go and finished with 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, just two rebounds shy of becoming Monmouth's first woman to record a triple-double. The run put the Scots up by 18 to down the Pioneers fifth time in six games. Zipporah Williams scored a double-double and led five Scots in double figures with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lynsey Barnard poured in 15, Alison Andrews added 11 and Keli Jo Hinkle chipped in 10.


Jan. 27, 2010 vs. Grinnell at Monmouth, Ill.
Monmouth 82 (4-12, 3-6), Grinnell 80Monmouth fought off a poor night at the free throw line to edge Grinnell 82-80. The Scots, who made just 16 of their 32 free throws found other ways to score to offset 18 Grinnell three-pointers. Trailing for most of the second half, the Scots regained the lead with 3:59 to go on Michael DeDecker's last of a game-high 19 points. Kevin Fay's layup a minute later gave the Scots a four point edge before the Pioneers tied it one last time at 80-80 with 2:14 remaining. Zach Ott put the Scots back in the lead with two free throws at the 2:01 mark. Neither team was able to score over the final two minutes as Grinnell missed a trio of treys in the final minute. Corey Gruber added 18 for the Scots, Kevin Fay scored 17 and Eric Cogdill posted 10.


(Monmouth, IL) For the eleventh consecutive year Monmouth College is offering computerized tax preparation and e-filing at no cost to the taxpayer. This service is provided in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program under its Stakeholder Partnership, Education and Communication (SPEC) Division.

Professor Judy Peterson, coordinator of the college program, stated that it has a two-fold purpose: Service and education for the community, and citizenship and education for the students. The service is aimed at low to middle-income taxpayers (generally $50,000 or less) who cannot afford professional assistance and need assistance in the preparation of their return. All ages of taxpayers are served, from students through retirees. Everyone who comes to the VITA sites is strongly encouraged to e-file. Taxpayers can expect quicker response to their filings, and the IRS can reduce its processing costs.

Professor Peterson asks that taxpayers who have higher incomes but have tax returns within the scope of the VITA program please wait until after our first two busy weeks in February to come to the sites, as the program is aimed at those with lower incomes. “Nevertheless, we welcome higher incomes as the learning process for the students in this program continues throughout the tax season. We also ask that taxpayers that have unusual or complicated returns go to a paid tax preparer of your choice.”

Tax preparation is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are three locations:

*Monmouth College (Basement of Wallace Hall – the college’s main building – this is a new location this year)
For the first two weeks, VITA will be available on Monday and Wednesday, and Thursday, February 1,3,4,8,10, and 11. The M/W time will be from 4 – 7 p.m. and the Thursday time will be from 5 – 8 p.m. After that, the Thursday session will be dropped, and VITA will be available each Monday and Wednesday evening to April 14 except during the college’s spring and Easter breaks: March 8 & 10, and April 5.

*Warren County Library (60 Public Square).
Will hold sessions the following Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.:
February 13 & 27, and March 27.

*Galesburg Library (40 E. Simmons Street).
Will hold sessions the following Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.:
February 6 &20, March 20, and April 10.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Track and Field

MONMOUTH, Ill. – No team scores were kept at Saturday’s five-team Midwest Invitational track meet, but Monmouth College had four athletes turn in provisional qualifying performances.

The Fighting Scots won 15 of the meet’s 42 events and were especially good in the men’s high jump where they took the top five spots. The women’s shot put nearly equaled the men’s high jump performance, taking four of the top five places.


Monmouth 77
Lawrence 58

Lawrence 89
Monmouth 65


Power Outage Leaves Residents, Stores and College In The Dark
by Emily Friedrich

(Monmouth, Ill.) A severe ice storm swept across much of western Illinois on Thursday, leaving 4,015 people without power in Monmouth alone.

Ameren Illinois Utilities pressed all their emergency resources into action to fix "galloping" electrical lines that caused most of the outage in the area. Power lines "gallop" only under a dangerous combination of winter conditions. Ameren spokesperson Neal Johnson calls the situation a “phenomenon.”

Johnson says, “Most of the power has been restored to Warren County, but northern Mercer and southern McDonough counties were not so lucky. McDonough was hit bad with 10,000 people affected.”

Ameren restored power to most areas by midnight, but many communities continued to experience sporadic loss. Monmouth College, one of Ameren’s largest power users in Warren County, did not shut down despite the outage.

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students Jacquelyn Condon, believes the College handled the situation well. Students were notified by text message and voicemail early Friday morning that classes would proceed as usual for the day.

Condon was not as impressed with Ameren’s performance and said, "Approximately five years ago Ameren became our carrier, and shortly afterwards we began to have power outages. This latest outage is the third or fourth in five years. It is one thing for power to go out briefly, and it is another for it to go out for hours and hours.”

Meals were still available to students in Stockdale Center that was powered by a generator, but all other academic buildings were without heat. Condon says, “The College owns a number of generators that are deployed at times when the power goes out. Physical Plant works with the Power Company to determine when they believe power will be restored and on their best advice, secures additional generators.”

Vehicle Vandalism Continues in Monmouth
by Andy Drea

(Monmouth, Ill.) In his report to City Council, Monmouth Police Chief Brad Zeigler announced that recent car thefts in the city are continuing into 2010. The thefts have been occurring across town since mid-December. Most of the cars have had windows broken to gain entry or items have been taken from unlocked cars.
Zeigler said he had “No comment” as to any suspects in the case, only that “We are working aggressively to arrest the perpetrator . . . and recommending to people to not leave items of value in the front seat,” Zeigler said.
Also, EMC Public Works Director Andy Jackson updated the council on the progress of the new wastewater treatment plant, which was described by City Administrator Eric Hanson as “the biggest project ever” for Monmouth. The plant is now scheduled to be operational in Spring 2010, while final touches, including sidewalks and other exterior construction, are slated to be completed mid-summer. The wastewater treatment plant will be energy-efficient and reuse produced Methane for its own energy, making it self-sufficient. Any unused Methane will be sold to Ameren to generate profit. Already, the project has been cost-efficient as the project has stayed under budget, using only 90 percent of the money set aside by the city, according to Hanson.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


The Monmouth College track teams won the men’s and women’s portions of the five-team Knox Invitational on Saturday. The Scots claimed a combined 18 firsts in the 31 events and five athletes recorded personal best marks. Monmouth was exceptionally strong in the field events where they won nine of the 11 events they entered.

Women's Basketball

Monmouth 60
Lawrence 57

Men's Basketball

Carroll 89
Monmouth 86 OT

Thursday, January 14, 2010


(Monmouth, IL) Monmouth College quarterback Alex Tanney has been selected as the top football player in the nation among Division III colleges. Tanney was selected by a nationwide panel as this year’s winner of the Melberger award, given since 1933 to the nation’s top player in the division.

Tanney led the division last season with 3,856 passing yards, 44 passing TDs and one rushing touchdown. He is a two time Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the year.

In accepting the award, Tanney said “I have to credit all the great players around me who make my job easy. Coach Bell and his staff have really helped me develop my skills, but like any ward, it’s really a reflection of the success of our team.”
The Melberger Award includes a donation of $2,500 for the college’s general scholarship fund. Tanney is a junior business major from Normal, Ill/Lexington.

Monday, January 11, 2010

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