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Northern Iowan t h e u n i v e r s i t y o f n o r t h e r n i o wa’s s t u d e n t - p r o d u c e d n e w s p a p e r s i n c e 1 8 9 2 DECEMBER 7, 2012 I FRIDAY VOLUME 109, ISSUE 27 INSIDE THIS ISSUE CEDAR FALLS, IOWA I NORTHERN-IOWAN.ORG BOR BOR approval of tuition freeze contingent on state funding LINH TA News Writer The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday in support of a tuition freeze for fiscal year 2014, but they warned the freeze was contingent on Iowa legislators’ decision to provide additional funding for the three public universities, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. If the Iowa legislature does not approve a 2.6 percent increase in funding for the regent universities for FY 14, the BOR said they may decide DEPARTMENT OF RESIDENCE to raise tuition in the spring. With a freeze in tuition, tuition at the University of Northern Iowa would remain $6,648 for in-state undergraduate students. ACADEMICS Liberal Arts Core at a crossroads WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Panthers top Chicago State 81-41 Hot shooting and persistence paid off as the the Panther women neatly notched a victory in the McLeod Center Tuesday. < See PAGE 11 Changes proposed, set to go through curriculum process BLAKE FINDLEY Academics Writer OPINION ‘Twilight’ is destroying America The wooden acting! The hole-filled plots! The baffling and irritating characters! What’s not to hate about “Twilight,” Columnist Ruane wonders. < See PAGE 4 ONLINE BOR UNI staff earn Regents Excellence Awards Four staff members were recently honored by the Iowa Board of Regents for outstanding contributions during their careers. < visit INDEX OPINION............................5 CAMPUS LIFE....................7 SPORTS...........................11 CLASSIFIEDS...................14 backbone for retail and dining to produce the recipes they need,” Moore said, describing the role of Fresh Beginnings. Moore said fewer than 10 pounds of food are wasted per week, even though Fresh Beginnings The Liberal Arts Core of the University of Northern Iowa is “truly at a crossroads,” according to Deirdre Heistad, the director of the LAC. “What I mean is we have two things. We have a president who is leaving, so that can affect the vision of the university in general,” Heistad said. “Then we are also entering a new curriculum cycle.” According to Heistad, a majority of faculty and students wish to see changes to the LAC, but the challenge is knowing what changes to implement and how to build a consensus around those changes. There are a number of proposals for changes, including one from the social sciences category committee (Category 5) and three supported by the LAC committee (LACC). The social sciences category committee proposed having students take a course from Category 5A, 5B and 5C instead of 5A, 5B or 5C. The first change supported by the LACC, according to Heistad, is the addition of a first-year Cornerstone course to the permanent curriculum. The course would be an option for students to satisfy Categories 1A and 1B of the LAC. The second recommendation supported by the LACC is a restructuring of the humanities requirement so that students would have to take two required courses < See FOOD, page 3 < See LAC, page 3 Graphic by Linh Ta UNI explores composting options to reduce food waste LINH TA News Writer The University of Northern Iowa Department of Residence and UNI Facilities have collaborated since last spring to test a potential composting program and reduce waste from the dining centers and retail stores on campus. In the past, UNI Facilities composted leaves and yard waste. After visiting Iowa State University last spring to observe the composting program there, Paul Meyermann, assistant director of operations planning at the physical plant, said UNI is taking a closer look at its own composting program and the potential of composting food waste. Fresh Beginnings, a centralized commissary/bakery production facility in the Redeker Center, has played ERIN KEISER/Northern Iowan A University of Northern Iowa student sends his tray to be washed at the Rialto Dining Center. a part in the testing of the composting program. Bakery and commissary manager Cathy Moore said Fresh Beginnings has composted close to 750 pounds of pretable waste a week. Pretable waste includes produce such as vegetables and fruits. “We’re providing the


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