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April 30, 2013 -- Coming to America.

CARBONDALE, IL -- The St. Louis Cardinals are in a battle for first place with the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium, while the Cubs are on a little winning streak of their own.

The women’s tennis team finished second overall in conference this year, but that was not the most impressive feat for this team. These girls represent four of the seven continents, and have all come together to put their stamp in the Saluki Women’s tennis history book.

Anthony Giase

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April 25, 2013 -- Alex Wilson Goes to Base Camp.

CARBONDALE, IL -- The great outdoors. A lot of people take it for granted, but graduate assistant Mitch Belsley says that SIU's Base Camp can help you get back in touch with nature.

"We run trips that we advertise here that are already kinda pre-established trips. So we like to focus on high-perceived risks adventures, so we do rock-climbing, white-water rafting, caving. We do back-country wilderness trips where we'll go backpacking into wilderness areas down here in southern Illinois."

Base Camp is located right across from the weight room on the first floor of SIU's rec center.

Out at the front desk, they have all kinds of tents, kayaks, and other equipment that they rent out to the general public, not just SIU students.

"First and foremost we are a resource as far as our rental cage. So we rent various different things from canoes, kayaks, tents... Basically anything you need in order to travel into the back-country safely and recreate over a multitude of different recreational opportunities. There are a couple of different trips, there are day trips and then for instance we would do maybe a kind of intensive backpacking trip into Lustcreek wilderness areas."

"If traveling isn't really your thing though, they have a rock wall right down the hall. It's open four days a week during the school year, and two or three times a week over the summer. The wall is adaptable for all people of all different skill levels."

The Base Camp office is open Fridays from 3 to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to noon, and Sundays from 4 to 7 pm.

For more information you can visit the rec center's website at reccenter.siu.edu.

Alex Wilson

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April 25, 2013 -- Cardinals Complete the Sweep.

Carbondale, IL-- Today in sports the Chicago White Sox have now won two straight games and appear to be back on track. While the Cubs couldn’t manufacture any runs no matter how hard they tried, but the Cardinals completed the clean sweep of the Washington Nationals. But today’s Giase’s Gem came from Madison Square Garden.

Anthony Giase

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April 25, 2013 -- Saluki Tennis Prepares for MVC Championships.

Carbondale, IL-- The women's tennis Salukis finished up one of their most successful regular seasons in program history earlier this week.

Though they went into Sunday's match with Wichita State a perfect 6-0 in conference play, they didn't have quite enough to get past the shockers. But that doesn't mean their season is over yet. The team ended their phenomenal season last weekend and look to build on their regular season success going into the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Coach Audra Nothwehr is very optimistic about her team this weekend. "I think I like our chances of getting back in the finals, and were just going to have to go for it. You know no pressure, they've got the regular season title you know and were just Going to have to go out and take it from them".

Captains Melanie Delsart, Anita Lee and sophomore Natasha Tomishima, will need to have big tournaments if the Salukis want to make the conference finals.

"You look toward your captains, I think definitely and Melanie and Anita have always come up with some big wins in our pressure situations as well as Natasha she plays very good against high quality players she actually plays better against high quality players than she does against lower the quality players," said Nothwehr.

The Salukis dramatically improved their record from last year and coach Nothwehr credits having more confidence to this year's team's success.

"The biggest improvement would just be there confidence level, you know I think that having a year where we were successful didn't really know we were going to be successful and how we have that confidence being like ok now we had it for a couple years now were going to actually go do it".

Conference play starts tomorrow going throughout the weekend; the Salukis will face Creighton to open up their conference play and hope to bring all the confidence they can.

The Missouri Valley Conference championships are this weekend in Wichita. The Lady Salukis open up tomorrow with Creighton at 12:30. The Mens’ championships are also in Wichita this weekend and they too get Creighton. They'll play the jays at 4:00.

Cary Brin

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April 25, 2013 -- SIU Weighs in on Rutgers Player Treatment.

CARBONDALE, IL --People around the nation saw former Rutgers coach Mike Rice's treatment of his players.

"The things I witnessed on the video you know those are they're inexcusable," said SIU men's basketball coach Barry Hinson.

Hinson is known for fiery demeanor on the sidelines. He weighed in on the balance between being verbal, and being violent.

"When you run up behind a guy and kick him, or when you run up on a guy and he cowls down, I just don't think that is a format in order for you to teach young people."

"And I have told our staff and I have told our players. We will never put our hands on you, we will never grab you, we will never kick you, and we will not verbally abuse you and any way shape or form that you find it derogatory. We will not use derogatory comments. We will not use derogatory words."

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti suspended and fined rice after learning of his actions, but later resigned after being accused of letting rice off easy. SIU's AD Mario Moccia is a friend of Pernetti.

"It's really incumbent that I think you step away from maybe the immediacy of what's going to happen," said Moccia.

"The coach was ultimately let go so I think the right decision was made in the end, obviously when it came to light but I hate the fact that that situation ended someone's career."

Moccia and Hinson say they hope Price and Pernetti have learned from their mistakes.

Rutgers has their replacement for Rice with the hiring of Eddie Jordan earlier this week. Jordan has nine years of NBA head coaching experience with the Kings, Wizards and 76ers.

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April 25, 2013 -- Salukis Prepare for the Next Step.

CARBONDALE, IL -- Saluki draft hopefuls Ken Boatright and Jayson Dimanche have taken different paths to get to where they are, but both are thankful for the experience they have gained playing at SIU.

Only 224 players are selected in the NFL draft, and for Saluki football players, the odds are weighed heavily against them.

Linebacker Jayson Dimanche knows this. He said he’s "not really expecting and hoping to get drafted, if it happens it will be a blessing, but just getting the opportunity knowing you have the opportunity to get drafted is the best part about this."

For most player's this is where their athletic careers will end, for a select few, this is just the beginning.

"First time I came to this field I wasn't on the team yet and I see NFL scouts walking around the practices and coming from the NAIA you never really see that and now to know they are calling my phone and coaches and it is like crazy," said Boatright.

Boatright has had an uphill battle since graduating high school. He came from a family of 12 and walked-on to the SIU football team. From there he worked his way to becoming an All-American defensive lineman.

"As soon as they told me I would be playing d- line I knew I would have to gain some weight just on the pounding my body would take from the three technique it was just going to be double teams all day."

SIU football coach Dale Lennon was impressed with Boatrights natural instincts.

"Even though he had never played the defensive line position, He was making instinctive plays that players take their whole careers to develop, you know that's where Kenny really made his mark, the game just came naturally to him."

Dimanche has enjoyed working with Boatright to develop as players leading into the draft.

"It's been great man, it's like working with one of our really good friends and work together to try to make ourselves as good as we can be."

Dimanche is not one to shy away from hard work, and being a first generation American has given him that extra motivation on and off the field.

"You know I'm gonna work hard, I'm not going to complain about anything, I really have that type of mentality, I'm here just to work and do what I can to make a living not just for myself but for my family."

Anthony Giase

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