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NISG votes in support of gradual student teaching fee increase LINH TA

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35 years of UNI Christmas tradition

The Varsity Men’s Glee Club packed the Great Hall in the GBPAC for a round of Christmas Variety Shows last weekend, entertaining audiences with traditions old and new. < See PAGE 6

The Northern Iowa Student Government unanimously voted in support of a resolution to gradually increase the student teaching

fee on Nov. 28. Recently, the College of Education announced the student teaching fee for Level IV education students would jump from $50 to $350 to compensate cooperating teachers starting in fall 2013.

Reasons members of NISG voted in support of the resolution included the recent state requirement for education students to take a second Praxis test, which can cost between $100-$150, the lack of income during stu-

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Professors analyze 2012 election results

Bienvenido al nuevo América

When it comes to the United States’ shifting ethnic demographics, columnist Pope firmly believes a change will do us good.

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Teaming up to clean up the savanna A team of volunteers joined forces to tidy up the Cedar Bend Savanna, devoting their efforts to a vanishing natural feature in Iowa. < See PAGE 6

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Individuals participate in the NOH8 Campaign at Los Angeles Pride 2011. University of Northern Iowa students will have photoshoots for the NOH8 campaign on Wednesday Dec. 5 and Thursday Dec. 6.

UNI students to partake in ‘NOH8’ photoshoots BRIAN FREESE Staff Writer

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UNI brings home 1 win from NCAA tourney

The UNI women’s volleyball team swept Kansas State in the first round of the national tournament, but fell to No. 4 Nebraska. < See PAGE 8

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dent teaching and the sudden announcement of the increase. In the resolution, NISG states that they realize the University of Iowa and Iowa

University of Northern Iowa students can show their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at the “NOH8 at UNI!” events on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom. “The purpose of the event is to show that at UNI we will not stand for hatred and bullying against any population,” said Darin Adams, a senior criminology major. “Anyone and everyone (is invited). I feel that the whole community should join us for this event because they have a vested interest in the success of UNI.” UNI, UNI Proud, ONE Iowa, UNI Feminist Action League and the Northern Iowa Democrats are sponsoring these events, which are free and open to the public. At the event, photogra-

phers will take pictures of individuals for the NOH8 website and for social media. In the photos, individuals will wear white t-shirts – provided by the NOH8 campaign – and will have “NOH8” painted on their cheeks. Footage taken during the event will be given to the It Gets Better campaign and posted on YouTube. Celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley created the NOH8 campaign after California passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex mar-

riage, according to the NOH8 campaign website. The campaign styles itself as a photographic silent protest whose “mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media and visual protest.” The NOH8 campaign has photos of almost 30,000 individuals, including politicians, military personnel, law enforcement officials, artists and celebrities. “NOH8 at UNI has been made as simple as possible so there needs to be little time commitment for the event,” Adams said. “The goal of the event is to get 3,000 students to join us in making a stand against LGBT bullying and discrimination.”

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Although the purpose of the event “Election 2012: What Did It Mean?” was to analyze the results of the 2012 local and national elections, University of Northern Iowa political science department head Donna Hoffman made it clear there is no definitive answer with this quotation from Vladimir Orlando Key, Jr.: “The vocabulary of the voice of the people consist(s) mainly of the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’; and at times, one cannot be certain which word is being uttered.” Hoffman and political science professors Chris Larimer, Scott Peters and Justin Holmes provided a broad range of political analysis of the 2012 election to a crowd of more than 30 individuals in Sabin Hall on Nov. 28. Peters also included insight on the retention of Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins. Holmes addressed the issues both the Democratic and Republican parties faced during the presidential election, especially in terms of presenting themselves to the public. According to Holmes, challenges for President Barack Obama included the economy and maintaining the coalition that elected him four years ago. Holmes said Republicans believed that in the four years of his presidency, Obama had not delivered on his 2008 campaign slogans “Hope” and “Change” – something the < See ELECTIONS, page 2

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Republicans used to argue against reelecting him. In regard to maintaining votes, Holmes said young adults and racial minorities often favored Obama but were less likely to turn out to the polls, causing another challenge in the campaign. The challenges faced by 2012 Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney included lack of consistent vision, “Romneycare” and policies that were laid out with little specifications, according to Holmes. “There was this sense that he was all over the map politically, and you weren’t sure which Mitt Romney was going to show up,” Holmes said in reference to Romney’s moderate stance as governor of Massachusetts but conservative stance in the 2011 Republican primaries. In regard to Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts, Holmes said it played against him as it was the pinnacle of his governorship, but during the campaign he was trying to draw a distinction between his health care policies and Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Holmes also discussed advertisements and the attempts by both candidates to portray each other in a negative light. In Obama’s advertisements about himself, Holmes said Obama tried to show that things in the job market have been getting better since 2008-2009, but he

said it may not be the best idea campaign wise. “Vote Obama — it could have been worse,” Holmes said, in regard to the message Obama gave off in his advertisements. In their negative advertising towards Romney, Holmes said the Democratic party tried to portray him as someone who lacked empathy, especially after the “47 percent” video leaked. “Look, Mitt Romney has umpteen houses and elevators for his cars and made lots and lots of money, and look at these things in his tax returns — he doesn’t get you,” Holmes said, summarizing the campaign’s message. “He does not understand the needs of people like you.” With technology and microtargeting, there are new ways that campaigns can reach out to constituents, but the effectiveness is still questionable, according to Holmes. “Beyoncé invited me to dinner. I felt flattered but I didn’t actually go,” Holmes said, joking about emails the Obama campaign sent out to voters. On a local level, Peters discussed the ousting of three Iowa Supreme Court justices in 2010 and the retention of Wiggins this election season, even though groups like The Family Leader attempted to oust him. “Wiggins won primarily because Democratic voters showed up in 2012, and Democratic voters didn’t show up in 2010,” Peters said. Hoffman said there were

two things that Republicans could take away as a lesson from the election: either their candidate was not conservative enough or the candidate was too conservative, and they have to find a middle ground. “It’s not clear to me (and) it’s not clear to most people what the lesson is the (Grand Old Party) will take from the race,” Hoffman said. During the question and answer portion, Hoffman answered a question regarding the effect media outlets like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News had on the election. In her response, Hoffman said these media outlets had a negative effect for some Republicans, as they caused different interpretations of polls and public issues. “You don’t want to get so caught up in your own argument that you don’t understand where the other side is coming from or what information they have,” Hoffman said. Bryant Hickie, a sophomore political communications major, enjoyed the forum. “I’m really interested in campaigns,” Hickie said. “It’s one of the emphases in my major.” Larimer said he hopes students learned something about the 2012 election at the lecture. “I hope (students) got a good sense of what the 2012 election meant, both at a national level, a state level, judicial level and across all types of elections,” Larimer said.

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SPOTLIGHT SERIES CONCERT: CHIMES OF CHRISTMAS Great Hall, GBPAC 7:30 p.m. UNI Singers, Concert Chorale, UNI Cantorei and Women’s Chorus will celebrate the holidays in song.

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QUASH KICKOFF INFORMATIONAL EVENT Hemisphere Lounge, Maucker Union 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The kickoff event for the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer’s Scavenger Hunt (QUASH) will feature interactive games, music and lots of prizes. REACHING FOR HIGHER GROUND EVENT: CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS: VOICES OF THE CEDAR VALLEY 244 Schindler Education Center 7-8:30 p.m. Sixth-graders in Mirsa Rudic’s English Language Learners at Carver Academy in Waterloo will feature their photos and written work on their conception of the American Dream. The event will also feature a panel of speakers.

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SHAME AND GLORY Interpreters Theatre, Lang Hall 040 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Graduate students perform their work from the Seminar in Performance Studies taught by Karen Mitchell.

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State University both pay more than $500 in student teaching fees and UNI must stay competitive with the other regent institutions, but the increased fee places an “undue amount of financial burden on students.”

First reading of the resolution

NISG first read the resolution on Nov. 14. During the first reading, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences senator Blake Findley said Iowa and Iowa State both pay more than $500 because it also covers their Level I and Level II student teaching, and their experience at these levels is different than the experience of UNI students. During the reading, Findley said that Greg Reed, the interim head of the department of teaching, said the resolution is more of a statement and may push the fee committee to look into different avenues for funding the student teaching fee. In a recent interview with Reed, he said he is not directly involved with the student teaching fee and decisions made around it, but executive vice president and provost Gloria Gibson may have insight on the future of the student teaching fee. Gibson could not be reached at press time. At the first reading of the resolution, several senators questioned the resolution, including COE senator Alyssa Turscak and CHAS senators Tucker Olson and Jordan Wilmes. All three believed students are paying for quality student teaching experience. However, CHAS senator Jordan Leckband disagreed. “I don’t know if the quality of the placement is so much affected by the amount of money a teacher is getting from a student teacher fee, but rather the quality of the student as a student teacher,” Leckband said. He also cited the district placement as an example of what may affect a student teaching experience. Findley pointed out that cooperating teachers will end up receiving the $350 in the end. “Students are going to end up paying for this,” Findley said. “It’s just the difference in either years or right now.”

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NISG read the resolution for the second time on Nov. 28 and officially voted on it. They voted unanimously in support of the resolution, with three senators absent. Findley said he was in favor of the resolution because education students were suddenly hit with a large financial burden and student teachers are not allowed to get a second job during their student teaching, which is also unpaid. Senator Tyler Moran of the College of Business Administration was against the resolution at first, as he believed education students had sufficient time to find funds to pay for the fee. He also said students in the College of Business have to pay a supplemental fee for their education and that students receive the quality they pay for. “(Education students) should be paying for (the fee), and the rest of the university shouldn’t take a hit because the university would have to pay what isn’t getting paid by those students,” Moran said. However, according to Findley, if the COE funded the student teaching fees in a different way, the funding would come from within the college. During the debate, Findley posed the idea that the vote holds symbolic meaning rather than a direct action. “This (resolution) isn’t saying this is what’s going to happen — this is saying what NISG supports. If NISG goes on record on supporting (the) $350 increase for students, that’s not really what we’re supposed to do,” Findley said. “We’re not changing the money — we’re encouraging (the university) to look into other ways of doing that, which they’re apparently currently receptive (to) ... there’s really no harm in passing this resolution.” He also said there was not enough student input in the initial decision, as two students were on the fee committee and the one student opposed to the fee did not get to meet with the fee committee to discuss her concerns. “If (the university administration) hear(s) this and look(s) into (the gradual increase) and it can’t be done, then so be it,” Findley said. “We still did our job as senators to represent the needs of students.”

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Bienvenido al nuevo América DAVID POPE poped @uni.edu

There has been a lot of talk recently about the changing demographics of this country. If you believe your television, many white folks are alarmed at the prospect of the oncoming “majority minority”: the demographic trend that people of color (most notably Hispanic/ Latino people) will outnumber white Americans in the coming years. I say that’s a good thing. Bienvenido al nuevo América. For decades, xenophobes and racists have railed against Hispanic/ Latino people, even committing acts of violence against them. Institutional discrimination and a lack of access to resources such as a quality education have kept many struggling in the throes of poverty. State-implemented racial profiling laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 allow police to ask anyone for their papers based on suspicion alone. The United States deports nearly 400,000 individuals each year (www.ice.gov/ removal-statistics/) because of prohibitive and draconian immigration policies. With the population of Hispanics and Latinos in this country steadily increasing, I have hope that all those things are about to change. We are a nation of immigrants, and few among us can say that our family did not immigrate within the last few generations. Indeed, only Native Americans can accurately make this claim. The United States is a nation made up of people from so many different backgrounds, and the vehe-

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ment push against Latino immigration can only be categorized as racism. It is important to remember that many members of the Hispanic/ Latino community are natural-born citizens of the United States, whose families have been in this country for generations – just like people of any other race – and that they have diverse backgrounds and are not all “Mexican.” Todos somos humanos. Those who would fight to close our borders and who fear the changing demographics of this country are motivated by white supremacy. Prominent political figures who use race-baiting to scapegoat the Hispanic/Latino community as responsible for economic conditions such as unemployment are trying to distract from the true nature of the economy: the benefit of the wealthy at the expense of the working class. America is changing; there is no doubt about that. Those of us who are white Americans can cling to the ways of the past out of fear and prejudice, or we can embrace the Hispanic/Latino community and work with them to create a future that finally lives up to the American promise of diversity, inclusivity and equality. Those of us who are white Americans can cut ourselves off from new experiences and sequester ourselves in pockets of sameness, or we can open ourselves up to be enriched by the different cultures, perspectives, ideas and friendships that Hispanic/Latino people have to offer. This nation will be greatest not when white Americans have successfully kept everyone different than them out, but when people of all < See AMERICA, page 5

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Clearing up portions of Study Abroad article I write in response to Blake Findley’s article “Faculty express concerns about Study Abroad Center,” which appeared in the Nov. 30 issue of the Northern Iowan. As I noted during the faculty senate meeting, faculty members used to be compensated at the adjunct rate set by the collective bargaining agreement between the faculty union and the University of Northern Iowa, and in addition received reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses associated with their teaching. In summer 2011, prior to my arrival at the university, it was determined that the compensation received by faculty members should be one-twenty-seventh of their nine-month academic year salaries. This resulted in faculty members receiving on average more than double their previous compensation. The Study Abroad Center operates study abroad programs to break even; it does not have the resources to cover such an increase in expenditures. Indeed, in summer 2011, the provost’s office had to cover the resultant deficit, and has not been able to afford to do so since. The choices available were to: (1) cease offering short-term study abroad courses, (2) pass on the cost to students, (3) only hire adjunct faculty members to teach short-term programs or (4) have faculty members pay their own travel expenses out of their substantially increased compensation. Option one would deprive hundreds of students the opportunity to study abroad. Option two would have had the same effect for it would have added substantially to the cost of short-term study abroad programs putting them out of the reach of most UNI students. Option three would deprive tenured and tenure-track faculty members of the opportunity to teach study abroad courses. Option four, which was implemented, has allowed short-term study abroad courses to continue, does not raise costs for students, does not bar faculty members from leading study abroad programs and no faculty member is financially worse off under the present compensation model than they were under the previous compensation model. In fact, most faculty members are financially better off under the new system. Not only do they receive more salary after expenses than they received previously for teaching study abroad courses, but the expenses are now taxdeductible. The suggestion that the decline in College of Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty member participation in the Study Abroad Center is due to the change in compensation is inaccurate. It has been many years since CSBS faculty members led six short-term study abroad courses. Most of the decline occurred before the new compensation model was implemented. During the faculty senate meeting, I encouraged faculty members to recommend that their union representatives < See LETTER, page 5

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themselves out, but when people of all races achieve equality. I am proud to be a white ally to the Hispanic/Latino community. I have found that by opening myself up – by attending Hispanic/Latino Student Union events on campus such as the Quinceañara dance and Center for Multicultural Education events such as the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico – I have been enriched. By being open and willing to learn, I have formed deep and meaningful friendships with Hispanic/ Latino people. It is a pity that others like me, in their clinging to the past, will miss out

on similar experiences and relationships. The United States is changing. El cambio es bueno. We can forge the new American future – white, Latino, all Americans together – but only if we work to fight racism, reform immigration laws so they welcome prospective Americans rather than penalize them and welcome change rather than fear it. With people of all races working together, that future is possible. We are more than racial demographics: we are humans. Bienvenido al nuevo América. David Pope is a junior in

political communication from Clear Lake, Iowa.

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raise the issue of compensation for short-term study abroad programs through the collective bargaining process – the legally mandated venue for such negotiations. As I suggested, I doubt the university would oppose going back to the old system. Senators Bruess and MacLin made several allegations about fellow faculty members who teach study abroad courses. They did not, however, name a single individual. Two courses were mentioned, but neither of them has ever been offered by the Study Abroad Center. If the senators have concerns about the quality of fellow faculty members, they should raise their concerns with the faculty member’s department head or dean. The fact is that all Study

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Abroad Center courses have undergone the same curriculum review and approval process as all other courses offered at UNI. In addition, all Study Abroad Center course proposals and course leaders are approved by the appropriate academic department and dean. ... (The) courses undergo a more rigorous review process than is undertaken for courses offered at UNI in Cedar Falls. During my interview for the associate provost position, I said that I wanted to create a faculty advisory committee for the Office of International Programs, not for the Study Abroad Center. ... Senator MacLin was confused regarding my use of the terms “markets” and “yield,” for, as the minutes of the meeting reveal, I did not use them to describe the Study Abroad Center. Rather, I used the terms in response to a

question about international student recruitment. As indicated in the meeting minutes, it was international student recruitment that I said needs to be regarded as a business; not the university as a whole. This error in reporting is so egregious as to require the printing of a correction. Terms such as “markets” and “yield” and the running of international student recruitment like a business are typical of all universities that are successful at recruiting international students. Craig Evan Klafter Associate provost for international programs Editor’s note: This letter was condensed in two places. Find the full version on our website, www.northern-iowan.org. See page 2 for more information about errors in Findley’s article.

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Glee Club, Santa Claus, and tutus

35th annual Christmas Variety Show held in GBPAC BRIAN FREESE Staff Writer

The University of Northern Iowa Men’s Glee Club held their 35th annual Christmas Variety Show on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the Gallagher-Bludeorn Performing Arts Center. The Glee Club sang a variety of Christmas songs, showcased some local talent and incorporated many longstanding Glee Club traditions, which were met by thunderous applause throughout the shows. “My daughter graduated last year and she went last year. I wanted to go this year so we both went,” said Maggie Schultz of Mason City. “It was very good. They did a great job with all the choreography and music.” “It’s about the fourth show I’ve been to. I like the music

and the fun parts, too,” added Linda Witcombe of Cedar Falls, an usher at the GBPAC. After singing several Christmas songs, the glee club put on their traditional Christmas play, which featured appearances by a long list of famous people and fictional characters, including the Grinch, the Avengers, Katniss Everdeen, Doctor Who, Michael Phelps and Santa Claus himself. Shortly after intermission, Santa paid a visit to the GBPAC, asking who had been a good boy or good girl this year. A 4-year-old boy named Kaden said he would like to join the Glee Club and a little girl asked for play foam from University Book & Supply. This was followed by an appearance from “Mrs. Claus” (senior theatre major Ian Goldsmith) who asked the director, professor John Len

Wiles, what he would like for Christmas. “I enjoyed that the director was not only directing but was part of the plays. It wasn’t just all choir; it was lots of everything. I feel like there were a lot of surprises, not only for the choir, but also for the director,” said Kayla Peirce, a senior at Roland Story High School in Story City, Iowa. Glee Club members weren’t silent about the night’s performances, either. “I definitely enjoyed the sense of community we have with the other guys. There’s nothing like it,” said Jonathan Haverdink, a freshman music major. “This is my first semester. All the songs were really fun; it’s a really high-energy show,” added Joe Bruen, a social science freshman. Peirce’s favorite part of

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Half-Masted inspires laughter with ‘Armando Diaz’ and celebrity guests ETHAN MENG Staff Writer

Last weekend, auditorium 108 in the Communication Arts Center echoed with laughter as the University of Northern Iowa’s comedy improvisation group, HalfMasted, held its fall show on Friday and Saturday night. Under the wing of adviser and creator of Half-Masted, math professor Doug Shaw, the group performed four shows with the help of special guest stars. To make these shows as exciting and humor-filled as possible, Shaw gathered guests from the community to aid in the performances. Shaw was able to bring in Cedar Falls mayor Jon Crews, Iowa state representative Bob Kressig, artistic director and CEO of the Waterloo Symphony Orchestral Jason Weinberger and UNI theater professor Richard Glockner. “I looked at a list of people who were my dream team and they said yes,” Shaw said. “I was totally floored.” In addition to the cast, Shaw assembled these guest stars to help aid in doing an “Armando Diaz” structure of improvisation for the first

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Dana Dzick, a former UNI student, and Samantha Fistler, a sophomore criminology major, improvise a skit at the Half-Masted fall semester show. The show also featured several local “celebrity” guests.

time on the UNI campus. The Armando Diaz form begins with a suggested topic from an audience member. Then the “Armando,” in this case the guest speakers, present a short storytelling monologue based on the suggestion. The performers must then improvise three scenes motivated by what the “Armando” has talked about. Following the pattern of the structure, the next monologue is then inspired by the performers’

scenes. “I thought it made for an interesting format because it kept the show fresh because you didn’t know where the next scene would go, but it kept building and made it funnier,” sophomore biochemistry major Justice Wright said. In preparation for the full house showings last weekend, Half-Masted members met twice a week this semester in order to hone their improvisation skills. As this was the first time the group publicly performed an Armando Diaz, they needed to work hard to make sure they put on a great show. “We are always working in practice,” sophomore theatre major and Half-Masted member Cody Hoien said. “It’s hard, but we don’t necessarily register it as hard because we all love it.” In addition to last weekend’s shows, the Half-Masted improvisation group performs many family-friendly events at the Lampost Coffee Shop. Along with their smaller performances, the group will also host another big show during the spring semester and will introduce a six-week class with the Sturgis Youth Theater.

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The 2011 Men’s Glee Club fills Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center with Christmas music. This year marked the 35th annual Christmas Variety Show for the club.

the show was “...the tutus. I couldn’t stop laughing. Especially their facial expressions. I just could not get more of it.” The tutus Peirce referred to were a part of the Arthur Murder dance troupe, which has been the closing act of

the Christmas Variety Show since its inception in 1978. Select members of the show put on tutus and danced to ballet tunes and they ended the show by holding up signs that spelled out “Merry Christmas.”

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The Daredevil Christopher Wright, a Wisconsin-based band, will perform at The Hub on Dec. 7 as part of a Slimbeast Productions concert. From left, Jonathan Sunde, Jason Sunde and Jesse Edgington make up the band.

Slimbeast Productions brings their first show to the Hub KIRSTEN TJOSSEM Staff Writer

Bringing bands like the Dirty Projectors and Poliça to the Cedar Valley would be comparable to Christmas morning for some people. For Julie and Andrew Thoreen, the two Cedar Falls natives and University of Northern Iowa alumni who own Slimbeast Productions, the goal is just that. “We were inspired to start this series here because we see the potential,” said Andrew Thoreen. “There are lots of people that like good music in

this town.” Slimbeast Productions hopes to promote unique indie-rock/folk music in the Cedar Valley and generate support for the local music scene. “By promoting shows word-of-mouth with a promotional team of volunteers that want to stimulate the music scene here – which is already awesome, by the way – we hope to build a better support network of people that want the music scene to get bigger and better,” said Andrew < See SLIMBEAST, page 7

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UNI students and faculty save savanna with Americorps BRIAN FREESE Staff Writer

University of Northern Iowa students and faculty and an Americorps group teamed up to clean up the Cedar Bend Savanna from Nov. 26 through Nov. 29. “The primary goal of clearing selected trees and brush in CBS is to restore sunlight to the ground level,” said David Williams, prairie institute manager at the Tallgrass Prairie Center. “If trees and brush are not removed from the site, native herbaceous vegetation (prairie grasses, wildflowers and sedges) will disappear due to lack of sunlight. The presettlement savanna plant community will develop into

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Thoreen. On Dec. 7, in what will be the first of four shows put on by Slimbeast Productions throughout the upcoming year, three bands will take the stage at The Hub on Main Street. Musicians themselves, Julie and Andrew Thoreen, who are known as Har-diHar, will be the first to take the stage at 9:30 p.m. They will also release their latest extended play, “Feudal Kind.” During their first tour, the band recently made a stop

a floodplain forest. Clearing trees and brush from CBS is the first step in restoring a very rare and endangered plant community.” “Iowa used to be covered with native prairie, which would have been burned during droughts or dormant growing times of the year,” added Nick Tebockhorst, a senior biology major at UNI. “One thing that makes the site unique, however, is that there are oak trees there which are most likely over 200 years old. These trees would have been fire tolerant. We are clearing younger trees to reduce competition for the old trees and allow for reestablishment of prairie species,” said Tebockhorst. “I would argue that

Savanna today is one of the most endangered native plant communities that historically occurred in Iowa. ... We have the opportunity to restore Cedar Bend Savanna before it completely disappears under a forest canopy. Cedar Bend Savanna is a true gem in Iowa,” explained Williams, when asked why the restoration was an important project. There are several other projects planned for the ongoing restoration of the CBS, including the selective thinning of trees and brush, monitoring and assessing recovery of the native herbaceous vegetation, continued use of prescribed fire and controlling of non-native plants.

at the Des Moines Music Coalition’s Little Big Fest. They were also recently featured on the Philadelphia music blog Yvynyl. Following Har-di-Har at 11:00 p.m. is The Daredevil Christopher Wright, an Eau Claire, Wis.-based band that will be making their first visit to Cedar Falls. Featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered in October, the band also recently finished a national tour with the Brooklyn band Cuddle Magic. Concluding the show at 12:15 a.m. is Brooks Strause and the Gory Details, who were recently a part of the

Iowa City Songwriters Project, curated by Maximum Ames Records. The Iowa City band will be playing in Cedar Falls for the first time in four years. Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance for $8 at the Hub or Mohair Pear and will be available for $10 at the door. For more information on the concert and other happenings with Slimbeast Productions, visit www.hardihar.com/slimbeast-productions. Anyone interested in volunteering with future shows can also send an email to info@slimbeastproductions.com.

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UNI tops UW-Milwaukee 72-61 to snap 3-game skid

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Seth Tuttle (right), pictured here against Southern Illinois, was one of four Panthers to reach double digits in scoring Saturday night against UW-Milwaukee. Tuttle finished with 11 points and five rebounds in the win.

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After a closely contested first half of play, the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team came out on top, defeating the University of WisconsinMilwaukee Panthers 72-61 Saturday night in the McLeod Center. UNI fired on all cylinders Saturday evening, helping them slow down Milwaukee’s fastpaced offense. Led by Nate Buss’s 17 points, UNI (4-3) managed to win their first game of the season without point guard Deon Mitchell, who missed the game due to a bruised bone in his foot. Though his prognosis is day-to-day according to head coach Ben Jacobson, Mitchell could possibly be back for UNI’s next game against the University of Northern Colorado on

Wednesday night. Even without Mitchell in the lineup, Buss managed to set a new McLeod Center record by shooting 88.9 percent from the floor, which bested the previous high, set numerous times, of 87.5 percent. When asked about Buss’s presence on the floor and what he means to the team, senior forward Jake Koch said, “Nate’s a scorer for sure, so he knows where the opening is ... he’s a smart offensive player.” Buss’s two-handed dunk with 12:48 remaining in regulation was a key play during UNI’s 27-9 second half run. It helped seal the victory and snap their threegame losing streak. “Our bench guys did a great job of coming in and giving us a little spark, and < See BASKETBALL, page 9

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The UNI Panthers, pictured here against Creighton, swept the Kansas State Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

UNI falls to Nebraska in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament MAT MEYER

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The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team competed in the NCAA Tournament in Lincoln, Neb., over the weekend. After sweeping Kansas State University in the opening round of action, the Panthers went on to play the No. 4-ranked University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second round. UNI put up a good fight, but was unable to come away with a victory. In the match against Kansas State (21-9), hitters Krista DeGeest, Megan Lehman and Macy Ubben each recorded 11 kills. Setter Molly Turk dished out 36 assists to her teammates. The Panthers started off the tournament on a strong note with a 5-1 run to start the first set. UNI cruised from that point on and won the set with a score of 25-18. The Panthers (25-10) continued their

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strong play in the second set, dominating the Wildcats around the net. With some big kills by DeGeest, the Panthers went up 2-0 in the match with a 25-13 win. With UNI holding a 17-11 lead midway through the third set, Kansas State started to make a comeback. However, the Wildcats got no closer than three, as UNI went on to win by a score of 25-21. With the win, the Panthers advanced to the round of 32 for their second straight season. < See VOLLEYBALL, page 9

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Panthers struggle on offense, fall to Hawkeyes 68-46 RILEY UBBEN

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Jess McDowell (15), pictured here against Creighton, scored nine points against the Hawkeyes on Saturday.

The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team fell to the University of Iowa 68-46 Saturday in Iowa City. It was clear that the Panthers’ game plan was to focus on their 3-point shooting as they fired off 29 shots from long range. However, the Panthers (3-4) struggled, shooting a season-low 23 percent from the floor and 28 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Hawkeyes scored 34 points in the paint while the Panthers scored four. The Panthers’ only lead of the game came on the first possession when senior guard Jacqui Kalin hit a 3-pointer before the Hawkeyes went on a 10-0 run that gave Iowa a quick

10-3 lead. The Hawkeyes would put together another 10-0 run led by senior guard Jaime Printy to extend the lead to 20-8 with 9:35 left in the first half. UNI fought back to end the run with back-to-back 3-pointers from junior Jess McDowell and sophomore Brittni Donaldson. The Panthers headed into the locker room at halftime down just six points at 30-24. Senior Amber Kirschbaum grabbed six points and six rebounds in the first half to keep the Panthers in the game. Donaldson’s 3-pointer with 17:26 left in regulation brought the Panthers to within four points at 34-30. However, that was as close as the Panthers came, as Iowa gradually put the game out of reach. The Panthers’ second half shooting was

far below their average, as they shot just 17 percent from the floor. The Panthers’ leading scorer on the day was sophomore Brooke Brown, who finished with 12 points. Kirschbaum added eight points and 11 rebounds. Kalin finished the game with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists, despite shooting a season-low 2-for-13 for the game. Morgan Johnson, the senior center for the Hawkeyes, led all scorers with 19 points. She also accumulated a game-high 12 rebounds. Hawkeye sophomore Samantha Logic finished as the game’s second leading scorer with 15 points. The Panthers look to bring their record back to .500 as they take on Chicago State University in Cedar Falls Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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No. 4-ranked Nebraska (25-6) proved to be a challenge for the Panthers, who struggled against ranked opponents early in the season. Ubben connected on eight kills in the match and Turk was able to record 29 assists

in the last match of the season for the Panthers. The first set set the tone for the match, as both teams battled back-and-forth throughout. UNI took an early 4-1 lead, but that was quickly erased by Nebraska. With multiple ties in the set, Nebraska eventually went up 20-17, forcing UNI to play

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with that dunk, it gave our guys a little more energy,” said redshirt freshman guard Matt Bohannon. Despite UNI’s strong performance on Saturday night, Koch stressed that the Panthers came into the game angry after the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas didn’t exactly play in their favor. “I think everybody was pretty (upset) to go down there (and come back winless), and of course they’re good teams, but we had our opportunities. This game we played better, but there are still things to learn,” said Koch. Learn they did. Koch and Bohannon

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catch-up as the set wore on. The Panthers continued to fight, but it wasn’t enough, as Nebraska got the win 25-21. UNI fell behind early in the second set and were never able to get back within striking distance. With all of the momentum leaning in favor of the Cornhuskers, UNI lost the set 25-16 and went down

kept noting the fact that UNI played a more up-tempo pace on offense against Milwaukee. Rather than simply hurrying through a play after it didn’t go the way they wanted to, they would run another immediately after to keep a sequence going for the entire duration of the shot clock. Coach Jacobson believed the Panthers’ ball movement really helped lead the team to victory. “Our movement on offense was better. The pace at which we were doing things, a lot of that had to do with an entire week to practice coming out of three games where we had a lot to work on, so we spent considerable time working on different actions and on the pace of our offense,” said Jacobson.

2-0 in the match. After the intermission, the Panthers showed solid play around the net and good defense, which kept them in it until the end. However, a late 5-2 run by Nebraska sealed the deal as the Cornhuskers won 25-21 and swept the Panthers 3-0. The loss put an unfortu-

With only five 3-point attempts in the second half of play, the Panthers did just that – they focused on the ball movement rather than simply throwing up shots from beyond the arc. In the end, UNI shot 50 percent from the field and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. Also, with four players in double figures for points (Buss, Bohannon, Seth Tuttle and Anthony James), the Panthers were able to keep the ball moving around all areas of the court. With one home game left before winter break, the Panthers will play host to Northern Colorado on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

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The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team placed eighth at the Cliff Keen Invite in Las Vegas over the weekend. UNI beat three teams currently ranked in the top 25: the University of Michigan (No. 14), the University of Wyoming (No. 19) and Kent State University (No. 23). Four UNI wrestlers also placed in the meet. Ryan Loder, competing in the 184-pound weight class, wrestled for the first time this season and placed third. On the first day of competition he was 3-0, recording a major decision, a technical fall and a pin in 2 minutes, 35 seconds. On the second day, Loder lost his first match to Mike Larson from the University of Missouri in a 3-2 decision. However, he bounced back and defeated No. 12-ranked Casey Newburg of Kent State in a decision and No. 11-ranked Jacob Swartz of Boise State University. Levi Wolfensperger also had a strong meet, finishing in fourth place in the 133pound weight class. On day one, Wolfensberger went 2-1, beating Thomas Kelliher from the University of Wisconsin 14-4 and Esteban GomezRivera with a technical fall. On day two, Wolfensperger

won in a decision over Brian Owen of Boise State, earning him another matchup with Thomas Kelliher. It was the third time in two weeks the two had squared off against one another. Wolfensperger beat him with a pin in 2 minutes, 9 seconds and then went on to beat George DeCamillo of the University of Virginia. Wolfensberger lost his next match 4-3 to No. 12-ranked Devon Lotito of Cal Poly University. Wolfensberger stands at 8-2 on the season. Competing at 157 pounds, David Bonin won his first two matches of the meet over Charles York of Wisconsin and Brian Harvey from Army. Bonin lost his third match of the day 3-1 against Gabe Martinez of the United States Air Force Academy in a tight matchup. Bonin went 3-1 during the second day of competition to move to 8-3 on the season. At 174 pounds, redshirt freshman Cody Caldwell competed well and showed great resilience. After losing his first match against Magi Frazier of San Francisco State University, he went on to win his final six matches of the tournament. Caldwell is 9-2 for the season. Joey Lazor won three of his four matches at 141 pounds on day one before being eliminated from compe-

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