September 29th



Task force recommends changes to athletic department

In a 14-page report, the task force charged last spring with reviewing the UIS athletic department made 11 recommendations consisting of new policies, plans and practices designed to benefit a department “beset with problems.”

The task force submitted the report to Dr. Christopher Miller, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, in July. Since then, the Division of Student Affairs has acted on some of the recommendations, the vice chancellor said.

According to the report, Miller convened the task force on March 31 and asked it to “review certain aspects of the current athletics program at [UIS] … to ensure that appropriate policies, procedures and structures are being implemented to maintain the integrity of the program while protecting and promoting the best interests of both the University and the student-athletes individually.”

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Accused Capitol gunman spent month at UIS

On Monday, Sept. 20, a young man walked up to the door on the north side of the Illinois Capitol and fired a single shotgun round into the chest of William Wozniak.  An unarmed security guard working for the secretary of state, the 51-year-old Wozniak died in surgery a little over an hour later.

Before the end of the day, police identified Derek W. Potts as their suspect.  Early the next morning, he was arrested in a neighborhood southwest of downtown.

Derek Potts attended the University of Illinois at Springfield for 25 days.  He was a full-time student in Criminal Justice, having transferred from Olney Central (community) College.  On Sept. 13, he withdrew from classes at UIS.

In that time, Potts crossed paths with many people on campus.  Some encounters were memorable only for how innocuous they seemed in retrospect.  Others were strange right away.

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