Saturday, September 29, 2007
Cellar Beer Garden
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thanks to a friend of mine at City Hall, I found this spiffy map of traffic counts throughout the state. It shows westbound traffic from Carbondale hits a high of about 28,000 a day out by Kroger West, drops down to about 14,200 where westbound 13 hits Murphysboro and trails off to about 4500 north on 127 leaving Murphysboro. Meanwhile on the other side of town, the Wal-Mart intersection draws about 28,000 cars a day while the Reed Station Road intersection sees about 29,600 cars. Meanwhile about 11,000 enter and leave Carbondale via South 51 while 10,500 use north 51.
Funny, I really though traffic was much lighter on the west side of C'dale than on the east. Maybe its the effect of the Carbondale Clinic and doctors offices out there?
Here's a link to the map. From what I was told, state route counts are updated every year and city streets, every five. click on Average Traffic Counts, the use the tool to work your way down to the area you're interested in:
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Others just wish Carbondale police would increase their patrol of the neighborhood. Some students say they would feel safer if Lewis Park would install dead bolts or better locks on their doors. Others suggested more police patrols in this area late at night.
If their apartments don't have deadbolts, as the above paragraph indicates, it appears the Lewis Park apartments are in violation of the city ordinance regarding security standards (see near the bottom). The students may have referred to wanting a deadbolt separate from the doorknob itself, which the ordinance does not appear to require, however, this is certainly something for Carbondale building inspectors to look into.
4-4-13: STANDARDS FOR SECURITY:
B.Alternative Materials And Methods Of Construction: The provisions of this section are not intended to prevent the use of any material or method of structural design or analysis not specifically prescribed herein, provided any such alternate is substantiated by suitable evidence.
C.Approval Of Alternate Material Or Method: The building and neighborhood services division may approve any such alternate material or method provided the proposed design is satisfactory and the material or method of work offered is, for the purposes intended, at least equivalent of that prescribed in this section.
D.Definitions: For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
CYLINDER: The part of a lock set that has an entrance for the key which thereby activates the locking mechanism.
CYLINDER GUARD: A hardened ring surrounding the exposed portion of the lock cylinder or other device which is so fastened as to protect the cylinder from wrenching, prying, cutting or pulling at attack tools.
DEAD BOLT LOCK: A locking device with a bolt that has no automatic spring action and which must, therefore, be operated manually by a key cylinder, thumb turn, or lever, and is positively held fast when in the projected position (also known as deadlock).
DEAD BOLT SINGLE CYLINDER: A dead bolt that is activated from the outside by a key, and from the inside by a knob, thumb turn, lever or similar mechanism.
DORMITORY: A building, not open to transients, where lodging is provided for ten (10) or more nonfamily persons, and no kitchen facilities other than one central kitchen facility, are provided any dwelling unit occupied by persons other than management personnel.
FLUSH OR SURFACE BOLT: A deadlock normally used on inactive door(s) that is attached to the top and bottom and/or side of the door and engages in the frame and/or base of the door.
HOOK OR EXPANDING BOLT: A dead bolt lock in which the bolt or bolts interlock with the strike plate into which the bolt or bolts are projected.
LOCKING DEVICE: A mechanical implement or combination of mechanical implements attached to the door, window or other access points of a building or structure which is designed to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the building or structure through the door, window, or other access point on which the locking device is activated.
THROW: The outward movement of a bolt or spring bolt which is measured by the distance which such a bolt travels, i.e., when the bolt or spring bolt is moved from the open position to the locked position (extended), it is said to have been thrown. (Ord. 92-77)
E. Multiple Dwellings, Dormitories, And Rooming House Security Standards: This section is not intended to require exterior doors serving as the required means of egress to the exterior of a multiple dwelling, dormitory and rooming house to swing inward. Such doors in that respect shall comply with the provisions of the 2003 edition of the international building code. All other doors to individual dwelling units within a multiple dwelling, dormitory or rooming house shall comply with the following provisions: (Ord. 92-77; Ord. 2003-72)
1. Doors to individual dwelling units shall swing inward and meet the following security standards:
a. Single doors shall be secured with a single cylinder dead bolt having a minimum throw of one inch (1"). A hook or expanding bolt may have a throw of three-fourths inch (3/4"). Any dead bolt must contain hardened material to repel attempts at cutting through the bolt.
b. On pairs of doors, the active leaf shall be secured with the type lock required for single doors in subsection E1a of this section. The inactive leaf shall be equipped with flush or surface bolts protected by hardened material with a minimum throw of three-fourths inch (3/4") at the head and foot of the door. Multiple point locks, cylinder activated from the active leaf and complying with subsection E1a of this section and the requirements herein, may be used in lieu of flush bolts. (Ord. 84-103)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Hickory Lodge Task Force Proposal
However if the proposed Friends of Hickory Lodge fundraising organization gets established, as per the proposal, the monetary problems facing the board would certainly drop.
Labels: Park District
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sales Tax Agreement Disclosure
Dr. Linz Brown
September 18, 2007 Council Meeting
On Tuesday, August 21, 2007, The City Council passed a resolution to “authorize the Mayor to execute . . . an intergovernmental agreement with Southern Illinois University Carbondale that will commit the City of Carbondale to pay the University $1 million annually for twenty years . . . .”
One week later, August 28, 2007, I sent the following letter to the mayor:
To date, I have not had a response to this letter.
This disclosure issue raises the following five questions:
1. Why was the intergovernmental agreement not disclosed at the public hearing or at the Council meeting? As mentioned in my letter to the mayor, this would be consistent with previous practice of attaching contracts, intergovernmental agreements, and other documents to proposals and resolutions placed on agenda. (I reviewed several recent intergovernmental agreements in the City Clerk’s Office.)
2. Why is it that other villages and municipalities in Illinois disclose their intergovernmental agreements before a vote and Carbondale did not with the SIU agreement? See Exhibits 1 and 2.
3. Why did the mayor and other council members feel that the people of Carbondale did not need to see or should not see the proposed agreement?
4. Did the majority of councilpersons who voted for the tax increase package realize that they denied other Council members their rights and responsibilities? The single vote of four members of the Council on the sales tax increase proposal and two resolutions as a package had the effect of denying the other three members of the Council the right and opportunity to exercise their responsibility to review and act upon a final document because the resolution authorized the mayor to execute the agreement.
5. Why did four Council members negate their responsibilities to act in the best interests of the public on this unprecedented commitment by deferring to one person to execute the intergovernmental agreement without review or oversight by the total elected body.
Also, in reviewing the intergovernmental agreements file, why is the mayor authorized to execute an agreement in a few instances and the city manager in most others. Do we sometimes have a city manager type government and at other times a mayoral type government? Is “executing” an intergovernmental agreement a policy function or an administrative function?
In conclusion, I repeat the request mentioned in my letter, i.e. that the agreement be available for public review and comment and that it be returned to the full council before signing. To ignore full disclosure is not in the best interests of the Council or the public.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Blues & Green
More outspoken and outraged is a new blog called Wage Laborer by Greener than Thou -- made up of "diatribes by a worker who objects to the worsening conditions of labor, the environment and the attacks on our freedom and on other peoples of the world." Check it out. Is it on top of things? Or just over the top?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
4 Lanes on 127
The argument for this seems similar to one advanced by proponents of the $20 million dollar donation to SIUC for the Arena and McAndrew Stadium, if you build it, development (or fans) will come
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Community Investment Program--Bikeway Network
From what I can tell, design work on this is scheduled to start in 2009. That should make the Bike to Work Day folks happy
Friday, September 21, 2007
Pell Grants Not A Sure Thing
Labels: Pell Grants
I don't like the location because of the sprawl it's going to create but, from Wal-Mart's point of view, it makes good sense. Locating almost halfway between the two cities means its trading area will overlap both of them, pulling people from throughout Murphysboro and further west, and from the western side of Carbondale. With the closing of Kroger's, will those Kroger customers shift to Schnuck's or transfer their custom to Wal-Mart? It's highly doubtful they will shift to either the low price, limited selection of Aldi's or the higher quality but higher prices of the Neighborhood Food Co-op, since by shopping at Kroger, they have already shown they value lower prices and a better selection..
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Pig Out Slide Show
Labels: Pig Out
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Another location for Pig Out?
And You Though Half a Percent Was Bad
The commissioner said it would have little effect on the bottom line for retailers and restaurants and hotels.
"Cook County is a destination place," said Murphy. "We have great conventions and conferences here. The sales tax is going up 2 ¾ percent. That's not a back-breaking increase."
Packlite Outdoor Gear
Labels: downtown Carbondale
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Kids activities were a bit sparse lacking. That was the main complaint I heard from attendees. There was the Fire Department's Smoke House and three inflatables for kids to climb and bounce on and the race track. No face painting, like the flyer advertised. The pony rides, which were a big hit last year, got canceled because because the man providing them got a flat tire on his trailer and apparently wasn't able to get it changed in time to drive five miles. The kids really enjoyed the inflatables, though.
Food went over very well, as usual. Bethel A&E sold out of all of their catfish, jambalaya and peach cobbler. In fact, they sold out of all the food they had by about 9:30 Saturday night. 17th Street Bar and Grill also did well and closed down around 10 p.m. The only place still serving anything was Paulette's and even they were down to a few items by the end of the festival.
Beer tent, not so good. From the main gate area, the crowd looked pretty sparse and the couple of times I walked through, I could have rolled a bowling ball through without much trouble. I think it was just too cool for people to enjoy beer that much. Plus as was pointed out in the comments, a lot of them were up at the stage in the evening, dancing.
A good event overall. As people were changing back in their tokens for cash, I made it a point to ask if they enjoyed themselves and, with the exception of a couple, all said yes and that they'd be back next year. Those that didn't said it was only because they got there too late to get food.
Labels: Carbondale Main Street
Give and Take
Janet Reno on CD
Labels: weird news
Monday, September 17, 2007
Blue Ribbon Panel Already Questioned
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Apple Festival vs. Pig Out
Labels: things to do
Dick's Opens, Ponderosa Closes
Meanwhile, I see the Ponderosa Steakhouse has finally closed. I've only eaten there once in the last five years and I've been told the quality and cleanliness has gone way downhill. Guess that means more business for the other breakfast places in town.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thoughts on the Poshard Situation
On the other hand, given the excuses and justifications that have been made, what's to keep other plagiarists from offering up the same reasoning and request a do-over or the opportunity to bring their mistakenly plagiarized work up to accepted standards? If it's acceptable for the president of the university to be allowed to rework his work, why not a student? And I'm sorry, but I don't buy into the "standards have changed over the past 30 years" argument. I remember having to maintain standards when I wrote papers in the 70's and 80''s that were the same as what we have to do today. However this outcome, except to academic types, will hurt much less than the alternative of a resignation.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sales Tax Redeaux
Citations Art, Not Science
Pig Out Starts Tomorrow
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Speaking of Pell Grants
IBHE Doesn't Think Much of the Poshard Story
Labels: Glenn Poshard
Cafe Euro For Rent
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
9/11 Memorial Service
In a related development, the Chronicle of Higher Education said in a story today that Poshard’s 1975 master’s thesis at SIU also appears to have some portions lifted from other sources without proper attribution. The issues with the master’s thesis are "considerably more minor" than those found in the dissertation, "but suggest a similar cut-and-paste methodology," the story says.
Dave Gross, an SIU spokesman, said the school has not yet seen the details of this accusation.
"But the single press account of it confirms again that Dr. Poshard’s underlying scholarship is not in question -- that these are technical and stylistic differences of opinion that date back decades," Gross said.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Main Street Pig Out
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Lack of Support for Poshard?
AFAC should now do the right thing and allow Poshard to know who his accusers are. It also might calm the generally roiling academic waters at SIU. Who would dare to take a position in support of Poshard and risk a counter-attack by a shadowy group of accusers?
Me, anytime I read about AFAC, I think of a duck.
SIUC PR Office Keeps Busy
Mike's Music Moves
Saturday, September 8, 2007
A downside to the program is what appears to have happened in this case. If papers or books aren't in the database or online, Turnitin can't check against them so returns a result of no plagiarism present. The materials in question are old and obscure enough that no one has put them online, ergo they are not accessible for comparison by Turnitin.
I have used Turnitin to catch plagiarized materials in class. A group of students turned in a term paper incorporating concepts more appropriate to a graduate level than an undergraduate class. When I ran it through Turnitin, it showed 90% of the paper had come from another source, specifically a paper from the Wharton School of Business website. If you're going to steal, steal from the best, says I.
WDBX Pledge Drive
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(receives a WDBX windbreaker in your choice of size and color and 2 tickets to the February 2007 WDBX Ball)
Friday, September 7, 2007
Makanda Fish Fry
Chicago Tribune Editorial
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Blue Ribbon Panel
On the Faculty Senate's Agenda
FACULTY SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Resolution to Censure the Anonymous Group, “Alumni and Faculty
against Corruption at SIU” (AFAC)
WHEREAS the politically motivated initiatives of “Alumni and Faculty against
Corruption at SIU” (hereafter “AFAC”), are not likely to end with the current
plagiarism accusations against President Poshard, regardless of the outcome;
WHEREAS AFAC’s methods of achieving their goals are tarnishing the image
of the entire university;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that 1) Faculty Senate strongly censure
AFAC for its use of inappropriate methods to tarnish the image and
reputation of faculty and staff at SIU; and 2) that Faculty Senate recommend
SIU’s Board of Trustees also strongly censures AFEC.
All State Insurance
D's Quick Shop
State Finance Company
Visions Hair Studio
Small Biz/ Coach
Old National Bank
Labels: downtown Carbondale
So Now What?
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
If you want to make the trek to Alto Pass, Rendleman's has Jonathons, Golden Delicious and Galas this week.
Labels: southern Illinois
Joan Friedenberg Steps Forward
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Interesting takes on the Poshard Situation
Kroger West to Close
Monday, September 3, 2007
More Hotel Rooms Needed?
However, we're not really enough of a business hub to justify 1150 rooms. In the article, Charlie Brown of Charlie B. Brown and Associates here in Carbondale says the Holiday Inn Conference Center, which his firm helped develop, hasn't met profit projections and probably won't for a couple of more years. Anecdotally, whenever I drive by any of the hotels in town, unless it's a weekend, there are only a scattering of cars in the lot. I counted 5 in the Hampton's lot as I drove by today. That's not enough to sustain a business. I assume the current hotels are doing well enough to stay in business now but what would adding 2 to 3 more hotels do to their profitability?
Local H.S. sports site launched
Since Don can't get the word out like the big boys and since they will not do a story on him, he's asked me to blog it!
Here's the press release:
618football.com is an action-packed new website community that focuses on Illinois high school football teams and fans from the 618 area code, which currently includes 68 teams in Southern Illinois, Central Illinois, Southeastern Illinois, and St. Louis Metro Illinois. This website is intended to be THE online meeting place for 618 football information, including team profiles, schedules, rankings, and scores, with other features being added as the season develops.
Functions and features of the website include weekly pick'em challenges, forums, dynamic Google Maps, news, user uploaded photos, links, and podcasts.
Why the 618 area code? The Southern area of Illinois is typically considered the area that includes the River-to-River, the South Seven, and the Black Diamond conferences. Teams in these conferences are the football teams predominantly covered by the regional print, radio, and television media. The most immediate coverage area includes some tremendous powerhouse football traditions, but why stop there? The South Seven conference includes Belleville Altoff and Cahokia. Those are generally considered St. Louis Metro Illinois teams. Illinois high school sports teams in this area could be considered out of Southern Illinois. The functionality of 618football.com will allow grouping by enrollment or the school size, but remember there are some good small school programs in this coverage area as well. Conferences would work, but in some cases would take us too far outside our area. This is why the 618 area code is the separation point and the name of the online community is 618football.com.
Don Laur, a former DuQuoin High School football player and '93 alum, developed 618football.com, out of his love for Southern Illinois high school football and as a Master's Project to complete his degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
For more information, visit the site and talk to Laur personally. Advertising availability is currently being offered to offset the cost of hosting the site and marketing materials. Laur can also be reached by phone at 618-201-4460.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Silver Screen Tanning and Video Closes
Carterville and Herrin Papers Corrected Post
Saturday, September 1, 2007
President Poshard Defends HImself
In a conversation I had today, the person I was talking with argued it was acceptable practice at the time, when quoting large blocks of text, to indent and footnote the cited text rather than highlighting it with quotation marks. I don't recall this as appropriate during my undergraduate years but my memory is hazy on the subject. Anyone more certain on the subject?
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