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Letters to the Editor 4/24/14

The sixth annual Take Back the Night march in 2013 at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Photo by Shannon O’Brien/UIS.



The University of Illinois Springfield Women’s Center and Residence Life will hold the seventh annual Take Back The Night march and rally Friday, April 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The candlelight march will start with a brief ceremony near the colonnade on the UIS main quad and progress toward the Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) Greatroom where a rally will be held.

Take Back the Night protests rape and all forms of violence against women. This event empowers women and all people to reclaim their right to be part of the night and the human experience of nighttime. Take Back the Night will include survivor stories, poetry, a healing observance and T-shirts for students who arrive early.

The Clothesline Project and 10 Paper Cranes for Healing the Violence will also be on display. The Clothesline Project is made up of T-shirts telling women’s stories. This is the 20th anniversary of The Clothesline Project at UIS. The 10 Paper Cranes project was created at UIS last year and is being replicated elsewhere. UIS students created paper cranes streamers, which are dedicated to victims/survivors.

The supporting organizations for the event include the Enos Park Neighborhood Association and the Feminist Activist Coalition of Lincoln Land Community College. Supporting UIS groups include the Asian Student Organization, Black Male Collegiate Society, Black Student Union, Indian Student Organization, Kalanidhi (an Indian Dance Organization), Muslim Student Organization, Necessary Steps Mentoring Program, Organization of Latin American Students, PStarHR, Sisters with Vision, and the Women’s Issues Caucus.

For more information on Take Back the Night, contact the UIS Women’s Center at 217-206-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu.

Lynn Otterson,
Women’s Center director
University of Illinois Springfield


Our son, Jamian Holder Jr., “JJ,” was born in 2004 weighing only 1 pound 14 ounces. JJ was so incredibly small that my initial thought as a mother was that I wanted to spend every day with him as if it were our last.

Being with my son day and night was almost impossible due to the distance that was between us since I was in Decatur and JJ was in the NICU at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. I learned about the Ronald McDonald House and was able to check in a few days after JJ’s birth.

Staying at the House allowed me to be there for every “hurry, come now” emergency call, every procedure, every round the doctors made, and to meet fellow RMH residents that related to our experience – and I am forever grateful. I stayed at the House three times during JJ’s 95-day stay in the NICU and truly believe that the ability and convenience of being close to him every day aided in his growth and survival.

My experience with the RMH was relived in 2010 with the birth of JJ’s sister, Jaiya. Although Jaiya was a full term baby, due to complications at delivery, she was also transferred to the St. John’s NICU. The nurses made the call to check availability at the House and we were able to check in again.

Our family had awesome experiences during our stays at Ronald McDonald House. I will forever be grateful to Ronald McDonald House for the ability to conveniently remain bedside to my NICU babies.

Kristin Holder and family


John Levalley’s letter in the Feb. 20 issue of Illinois Times is correct in that Springfield is the board in a game of chess between grocery barons in St. Louis and Quincy, and The Griffin Woods is a pawn.

What if we don’t care to play by the barons’ rules? Would, for example, Griffin football prefer to be downwind of the Woods or downwind of Schnucks?

Is there a way for the diocese to get the financial help it does need and we don’t get the “development” we don’t need?

Springfield, it’s our move!

Bob Zoch

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