Tuesday, May 5, 2015

UIS men's basketball team signs junior college transfer Paxton Harmon

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball program has added to its recruiting class with the signing of 6-foot-5 guard-forward Paxton Harmon.

The Warsaw native signed a letter of intent Monday to play for the Prairie Stars.

Harmon was the No. 3 scorer on the John Wood Community College team last season with 14.2 points per game as a sophomore. He ranked second with 5.7 rebounds per game. He should bring versatility to the Stars’ lineup.

“At the beginning of the season, I played a little guard,” Harmon said. “At the end of the season, I played a forward position. I played a little bit of guard in every game, too.” Harmon helped John Wood to a runner-up finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Tournament.

“The UIS campus and facilities are a lot nicer than any other schools that I went to,” Harmon said.

This article appeared in The State Journal-Register on May 4, 2015.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

150 years later, Springfield honors its favorite son with funeral procession

Opening ceremonies featured a keynote speech by Michael Burlingame, noted Lincoln expert and author and the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Burlingame's speech centered on abolitionist Frederick Douglass' views on his friend Lincoln and how Douglass' speeches show that he eventually came to the conclusion that Lincoln despised slavery.

In a speech given on April 11, 1865, only three days before he was shot, Lincoln called for voting rights for blacks who had served in the Union Army and who were "highly intelligent," which historians take to mean those who were literate.

Douglass was at first dismayed by the narrow approach to black suffrage taken by Lincoln, but he later said it was a rail-splitter's approach — start with a thin wedge, then later drive it home with a maul.

Burlingame was featured by The State Journal-Register on May 4, 2015.

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Tennis star is heading stateside to boost game

Sam Clarke is swapping the South Lakes for the Great Lakes after signing a tennis scholarship in America.

The 17-year-old, a pupil at Kirkbie Kendal School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the University of Illinois Springfield.

Clarke, who is also a member of both Kendal and Heversham tennis clubs, opted to commit to the 'Prairie Stars' of UIS as it offers him both the best developmental pathway for his tennis, while also providing him with a highly regarded degree from the world ranked University of Illinois.

Clarke was featured by The Westmorland Gazette (UK) on May 1, 2015.

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