Women’s Club Volleyball Team Comes Home Empty Handed

On April 7, the University of Illinois Springfield Women’s Club Volleyball Team visited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the Midwest Plains Volleyball Conference Championship.

The women’s team competed against 16 other teams for the title, however, they did not come out on top. They went 0-6 with games against Kansas State University, University of Arkansas, Maryville University, SIUe, and Lewis University.

The team played five games on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. The UIS team only had six players and struggled because of it.

The team was short players due to injuries and conflicting schedules, but the team still decided to attend the tournament as it would be a good experience to play in other positions and was another opportunity to play competitively.

The players that attended the tournament were Aileana Rawlins, Kelsey Fitzgerald, Randi Hirschel, Ciara Tieman, Emily Albrecht, and Kaylee McClanahan.


The UIS Recreation & Athletic Center hosted a National Walking Day observance event on April 4. Students met at the colonnade at the center of campus, then walked around UIS in an effort to promote health, fitness, and general well-being.

Across the country April 4, businesses offered discounts to walkers, and participants posted encouraging photos on social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Some social media posts also claimed that walking 30 minutes a day may reduce stress overall.

National Walking day was originally sponsored by the American Heart Association to promote healthy living through exercise. According to a Center for Disease Control study, “People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.”

National Walking day is traditionally observed on first Wednesday in April of every year. UIS students and faculty alike are encouraged to try and make time for a walk for 30 mins a day—every day. On social media, participants of National Walking festivities may join others using the hashtag #NationalWalkingDay to tag photos and posts about the event.