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University officials told the state Board of Regents Tuesday that they anticipate those proceeds stemming from a new endowment created under its utility system public/private partnership.

The UI announced Tuesday that Russell Ganim will assume the role of associate provost and dean of International Programs, effective Jan. 1 and pending approval by the state Board of Regents.


UI hopes for $3 billion from P3 over 50 years BY MARISSA PAYNE

Russell Ganim named associate provost and dean of International Programs


University of Iowa administrators shared Tuesday that the proceeds placed into a new endowment from a possible public/private partnership for the maintenance of the campus utility system are expected to generate around $3 billion over 50 years — a sum that would help fund

institutional priorities. This pursuit could generate resources that the UI would use to invest in its strategic plan — funding programs to support efforts such as boosting retention and graduation rates — and ultimately reverse the university’s fall in national rankings while better serving students and the state, UI President Bruce Harreld told the state Board of Regents

during an informational webinar. The regents will consider on Dec. 10 the university’s potential deal with a private firm — Harreld which the UI has not publicly identified — to operate and maintain its utility system. The university has not identified

the amount the company would pay in an upfront lump sum for the UI to place into a new endowment to grow over the 50-year term of the agreement. Of that lump sum, the UI would use around $166 million to pay consulting fees and its outstanding utility-system bond debt. Should the UI and the regents SEE P3, 2

Mental-health resources scarce at Children’s Hospital Harris’ exit Researchers say support for children’s mental health is important from the race as studies show more young people are seeking support. ‘a gut punch’



UISG passes election code changes

After negative experiences with the University of Iowa Student Government election process, senators took action and adapted the election code with several updates at their Tuesday night meeting.

The U.S. senator from California accumulated a following of key endorsers in her race to top the Iowa caucuses. Tuesday, she dropped her bid for president. BY SARAH WATSON

the growing number of pediatric patients in its emergency room with mental-health concerns. Psychiatry department head in the Carver College of Medicine Peggy Nopoulos said that a child seeking psychiatric treatment at the UI must go to an outdated child-psych unit — the UI’s was last updated in 1992. Nopoulos said the donation from “Iowa Legend” Carson King was disproportionately allocated to other areas of the hospital, and excluded mental-health units. “There are plenty of child-cancer beds in the

Sue and Bob Dvorsky, Johnson County political workhorses, were two of Sen. Kamala Harris’ earliest endorsers. As news broke on television networks Tuesday afternoon that Harris would drop out of the presidential-nomination race, Harris’ Iowa campaign chair Deidre DeJear told Sue over the phone Harris would be ending her campaign. Dvorsky was shell-shocked and sad, she said in a phone interview, but would remain a staunch supDvorsky porter of Harris’ career. She also said Harris’ campaign suspension was part of the weeding process leading up to the Iowa caucuses. “The process is designed to get us to a nominee. And every time this happens, it is going to be a gut punch and emotional for the supporters, and the staff of the person who makes the hard call,” she said. “It’s gonna



City Council addresses Gilbert Street Riverfront Crossings rezoning The Iowa City City Council unanimously passed an ordinance at a public forum during its Tuesday meeting to begin the rezoning of Kum & Go from Gilbert Street to the Riverfront Crossing area. Go to to see more.


Tania Davis returns to Carver with Clemson

Tania Davis is coming back to Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but this time she’ll be on the opposing bench as a graduate assistant for Clemson. The women’s basketball team will face an aggressive defense from Clemson.


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BY ALEXANDRA SKORES Some researchers are raising concern for what they say could be a disparity in resources that the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital provides in support of mental-health services for children as the hospital works to offer more treatment options and services. Experts say support for children’s mental health is critical as recent National Institute of Mental studies show a rising number of behavioral-disorder diagnoses among children. The Stead Family Children’s Hospital has felt the burden of

City Council delays repealing rental caps The Iowa City City Council has delayed its first consideration to repeal the rental moratorium in an effort to give members of the public time to submit suggestions for how the city can regulate rental permits. BY KELSEY HARRELL

Swim/dive heads to Minneapolis for Minnesota Invitational

Iowa swimming and diving is getting into championship mode as it gets a test at the Minnesota Invite this weekend. This will be the women’s second invitational of the season and the men’s first.

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The Iowa City City Council voted 6-1 to defer its first consideration of the repeal of a rental moratorium to Dec. 17 so citizens have time to propose alternative ways for the city to reduce the impact of rental housing. The moratorium, which was initially enacted in May after state lawmakers passed a bill preventing cities from enforcing rental caps, prevents new rental permits for single-family and duplex units in certain neighborhoods. Iowa City used rental caps to control the number of rental permits in the neighborhoods near the University of Iowa campus before the bill passed, aiming to prevent overcrowding among rental properties — typically in student-dominated neighborhoods. The goal of the moratorium is to give city staff sufficient time to consider alternative ways to reduce the impact rental housing may have on housing stability and affordable housing, according to City Council documents. Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton proposed deferring the consideration to give citizens and city councilors elongated opportunity to submit ideas for the requirements the city can put in place involving the upkeep of neighborhood properties. Ideas must be written and submitted to the council by Dec. 12 to be considered during the Dec. 17 meeting. “It is not clear to me that we can invent, over

Emily Wangen/The Daily Iowan Iowa City resident Nancy Carlson speaks to the Iowa City councilors during a public comment period during consideration of an ordinance that would repeal a rental-permit moritorium on Tuesday. the next couple of months, a solution that the staff has not been able to identify or devise over the past seven months,” Throgmorton said. Iowa City City Councilor Susan Mims was the only member to oppose the deferment of a first consideration, stating that the requirement of at least two considerations of the repeal is an adequate amount of time for citizens to propose alternative ideas for consideration. Throgmorton said he did not feel comfortable voting in opposition to ending the moratorium, not wanting to end it sooner than scheduled

without ensuring that the public had the opportunity to adequately explore all possibilities and share its input. In addition to the repeal of the moratorium, the City Council gave a second consideration of a proposed radon testing ordinance and voted 7-0 for an ordinance requiring a nine-foot separation between conforming parking spaces and additional paving area. The radon testing and single-family site deSEE COUNCIL, 2


P3 FROM FRONT proceed with the proposal, a financier and the operator would invest money to create the concessionaire, a new entity with which the UI would partner. A nonprofit will be formed to hire a firm, invest the net proceeds, and determine allocations from the “P3 utility endowment.” A nonprofit board composed of one regent, one Faculty Senate appointee, and the UI senior vice president for Finance and Operations would meet quarterly to review the fund’s operation, hire investment advisers and managers, and determine the yearly allocations to campus. Shared-governance leaders and a budget review board would collaborate to determine how to share the proceeds from the deal. Harreld said the UI has determined it needs to spend

THE DAILY IOWAN | DAILYIOWAN.COM | WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019 $33 million annually to fund its strategic plan. Officials expect to tap into the partnership endowment to use $15 million each year to support the institution’s goals, which would be distributed through one- to five-year grants. Those grants likely won’t involve building projects and facilities, Harreld said. The UI has modeled a conservative rate of return in estimating that its partnership endowment will grow to $3 billion, Harreld said. This means the UI could realize more proceeds but has accounted for historical returns and potential fiscal collapses “so that we don't overspend and overfund based on expectations that don't materialize.” UI Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Terry Johnson said he estimates the new for-profit entity created under the public/private partnership would pay around $700 million in state and fed-

eral taxes over the course of the 50-year agreement. That financial boon is “a good thing for the overall economy of the state and the United States government,” Harreld said. As a nonprofit entity, the UI does not pay taxes on the approximately $98 million it spends annually to operate its utility system, which generates and distributes water, energy, and steam to the campus and its auxiliary units, including Housing & Dining, Athletics, and UI Hospitals and Clinics. While stewarding those resources to campus, the UI would pay a yearly fixed fee of $35 million — which increases 1.5 percent annually after the first five years — to the firm to operate the utility system. The UI would still pay for fuel, employee wages, and capital expenditures. The firm must meet certain key performance indicators, including committing to being coal-free by 2025

and upholding the university’s sustainability goals. If the firm fails to meet those standards, it could face penalties. The Utility System’s approximately 120 employees could choose to work with the new operator or retain their positions with the UI, and Harreld said keeping these workers is one of those key metrics the firm needs to meet to comply with the contract. Harreld predicted the U.S. is in the early days of a floodgate of public/private partnerships, particularly in the higher-education sector as universities face dwindling enrollment and other challenges. “… We’re getting quickly to the point where we can look back on the last year or two, and say it’s been an amazing year,” Harreld said, “and a very momentous — maybe even tremendously momentous — period in the university’s history.”

HARRIS FROM FRONT happen over and over again until June.” Harris’ announcement followed two lower-polling candidates’ exits from the lineup earlier this week. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak pulled their bids for the nomination earlier this week. Almost as many Democratic candidates have dropped out of the race as remain in it — 13 Democrats have dropped their presidential bids since the summer and 15 remain in the race. After campaigns dissolve, supporters often search for a new camp to support and staffers must look for new jobs — often with other campaigns. “At one point there were 27 candidates in this race. There’s going to be one nominee,” Dvorsky said. “Supporters of 26 people are going to go through this, Beto O’Rourke’s people went through it, Steve Bullock’s people went through it yesterday.” Dvorsky said, however, that she would continue to support staff members of the Harris campaign she’d gotten to know over the course of the campaign and said the staff and supporters needed time to process the news. “Our job was our job until 20 minutes ago,” Dvorsky

CHILDREN'S FROM FRONT hospital in comparison to the zero pediatric mental-health beds,” Nopoulos said. This disparity is despite the rate of death by suicide in individuals ages 14 to 19 being three times the death rate in cancer mortality, National Institute of Mental Health Director Joshua Gordon said. Gordon gave a presentation at the UI Nov. 19 on the opportunities and challenges relating to mental health. “It’s astounding the disparity in resources when the [cancer] death rates are lower,” Gordon said. “…The fact is there are lots of other kids who need mental-health beds and aren’t getting them and spend days or weeks in ERs.” Nopoulos said the ongoing stigma surrounding mental health factors into the lack of resources it receives for treatment. Hanna Stevens, the UI Hospitals and Clinics Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry director, said the Children’s Hospital has various resources for behavioral and developmental disorders, including an outpatient clinic, inpatient unit, and opportunities for therapy. Stevens said there’s been a rise in the amount of child

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said. “Now, our job is to come together around those most affected and that’s the field staff.” Another endorser, Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig, pledged her support for Harris on Monday — just a day before Harris’ exit. Rettig was caught in a budget meeting Monday but got a call from her spouse — who also endorsed Harris — who broke the news to Rettig after seeing a news outlet’s post on Twitter. Harris had been position-

ing herself to be the first woman of color to win the presidency. Rettig noted on Twitter with disappointment that the race would lose a non-white, female candidate. “A smart, tough, compassionate, experienced, realistic woman of color is just what Democrats needed,” the tweet said. “I can't be inspired by another white, man again and again. #ShesMyPresident needs to happen now.” Harris announced her campaign on Martin Luther King

Jr. Day earlier this year. In late September, the Harris campaign decided to refocus their efforts on Iowa — the senator campaigned in the Hawkeye state almost every weekend of October and cut staff in New Hampshire. A month later, it didn’t appear to have a dramatic effect in moving Iowa polls. In the Des Moines Register/ Mediacom/CNN November Iowa Poll, 3 percent of Iowa caucusgoers supported Harris as their first choice for the nomination — a sixth-place

mental-health cases over the last five years. A spike in the number of these cases may be due to family stress, economic uncertainty, addiction, and other factors that play into a child’s growth, she added. Stevens said inpatients stay an average of five to seven days and typically receive therapy and medication. She also pointed to decreasing stigmatization of mental illnesses and to people’s increasing willingness to admit their desire to see a psychiatrist as factors that could explain the rise in mental-health cases. “I’ve talked to somebody about the fact that they’re planning to hurt themselves, thinking about not wanting to be alive,” Stevens said. “That situation would probably be presented to the emergency room, where the … doctors are pretty experienced with that kind of thing and they often will do an assessment themselves and then bring in one of the child-psychiatry teams to think about the best plan.” Nopoulos said Iowa is one of the worst states for mental-health services — particularly for children. “One of the things we have seen is a significant increase in the number of children coming to our emergency room,” Nopoulos said. “Both in the context of those that are having suicidal ideation and need placement in a psychiat-

ric bed, but because the state is so low on those, we have a hard time placing them ...” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed off on the state’s first comprehensive child’s mental-health system May 1. The bill, House File 690, requires Iowa’s mental-health regions to implement certain crisis response and treatment services across Iowa. It also established a statewide advisory board to advise the regions and collect data. However, the regions, which fund themselves through property taxes, will not receive new funding from the state with the bill. “With a children’s mental-health system, we’re start-

ing from scratch. We have to put the system in place to start to [bring] down the waiting list, identify the additional gaps or barriers, and then we can address that moving forward,” Reynolds told the The Daily Iowan in January. The Children’s Hospital opened a crisis stabilization unit in October 2018 to accommodate the increasing number of psychiatric patients in the emergency room. “Even though the emergency room staff and physicians are wonderful people, they are not necessarily trained in behavioral health, and a lot of our patients were simply waiting there for days,” Nopoulos said.

Iowa City City Manager Geoff Fruin said during Tuesday’s meeting that some city staff members felt a 10-month moratorium was too long. Right now, the moratorium is in its seventh month, and city staff has done the work to determine ordinances to regulate rental properties.

The bedroom and parking space at houses are currently regulated by the city in an effort to control population density in the neighborhoods, Fruin said. “We really felt like we need to give [the current regulations we have] time in order to be effective,” Fruin said. While City Councilor Bruce Teague supported the

deferment of the repeal, he said that keeping the moratorium until March may not be necessary if a better ideas are not brought before the council. “I do feel, at this moment in time, that the tools in the toolbox — we have used to the best of our knowledge and the best of our ability,” Teague said.

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tie with four other candidates. In the July Iowa Poll, Harris was polling in fifth place at 7 percent. Harris spent Thanksgiving in Des Moines with her family and made campaign-related stops in the area leading up to the holiday. In a post to Medium, Harris said her “campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.” “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete,” she continued. “In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do.” Dvorsky said the couple will still stand in a candidate’s corner Feb. 3, but they won’t make another public endorse-

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ment ahead of the caucuses. “You know, it’s a relationship, and when any relationship breaks up you need some time,” she said. The Dvorskys endorsed Harris in August, just ahead of the Iowa State Fair, walking the grounds with Harris amid a sea of media reporters and cameras. Sue Dvorsky is the former Iowa Democratic Party Chair, and Bob Dvorsky represented Coralville in the Iowa Senate for decades before choosing not to seek reelection in 2018. “I think it (dropping out of the race) is a brave thing to do. I think it’s a hard thing to do, but it actually reinforces some of the reasons why we endorsed her in the first place,” Dvorsky said, noting that Harris’ timing didn’t fall too close to Christmas for staffers now out of a job.


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Why we have primaries and why they need to change

Iowa shouldn’t be the perpetual epicenter of presidential politics. We should have a system that is more inclusive for voters.

JASON O’DAY The transformation to the modern primary system began in the early 1970s after a disastrous 1968 Democratic National Convention that angered a large plurality, if not a majority of the Democratic base. Party leaders nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who refused to capitulate to the growing liberal anti-war sentiment until two weeks before the election. After a crushing defeat the DNC reached out to South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, Humphrey’s popular rival and a fervent opponent of the Vietnam War, to develop a reformed nomination process. McGovern and his commission recommended a system of participatory and binding primaries. The change was implemented swiftly as many states changed their election laws, forcing the GOP to adopt the changes as well. The result is a system that incentivizes aspiring candi-

dates to begin organizing two or even three years before the general election in five key early states, particularly Iowa and New Hampshire. I’ll concede that I have personally benefited from Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status. In 2016, I attended speaking engagements of seven different Republican candidates near my hometown of Davenport and probably could’ve seen all of them had I wanted to. Volunteering for the Romney and Cruz campaigns in 2012 and 2016 helped me gain useful experience and build valuable connections. But that first-in-the-nation status also has some annoying drawbacks. Iowans get bombarded with political advertisements much sooner than anyone else. I remember once in 2008 traffic was backed up for over a mile on the I-74 bridge between Davenport and Moline because then-Sen. Barack Obama was rolling into town. The current system is grossly unfair to voters in most states who only receive a couple weeks or days of attention, if any, from primary candidates. They never get the opportunity to ask questions of the individuals their party will select from to nominate for President of the United States.  It’s neat that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his fel-

low comrades have spent time engaging with young people at the University of

of states. Although the states within a given region would vote on the same day, each

‘The current system is grossly unfair to voters in most states who only receive a couple weeks or days of attention, if any, from primary candidates.’ Iowa, but students in other parts of the country should enjoy similar levels of exposure to presidential politics once in a while too. Some are complaining about the supposed unfairness of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg skipping the first few states in the race, but how is it in any way fair that several late states such as California haven’t held a presidential primary in decades? A few plausible solutions have been floated to mitigate this issue. One is a national primary in which every state would have their primaries on the same day. This would cause some of the same problems that arise in a popular-vote system. Without being compelled to build momentum in small states like Iowa, candidates would focus exclusively on large swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania. Another idea is a rotating system of regional primaries. This divides the country into four regional groups

state’s delegates would still be allocated individually just like they are in the current system on Super Tuesday.

Basically there would be one Super Tuesday per month for each region. The order would rotate each election cycle. My personal favorite is the Delaware Plan, which divides the country into four “PODs.” This also entails four groups of individual states voting on the same day monthly, beginning on the first Tuesday of March. The first POD includes 17 of the smallest states and

territories by population. Each subsequent POD would include states with a larger share of the population, forcing candidates to build momentum by paying attention to all states. It’s getting a little old watching senators and governors helicopter in to the Iowa State Fair to grill pork chops.  Being first in the nation is cool, but other states deserve some love too.

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The life-changing magic of Mr. Rogers Local farmers are worth supporting A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood exemplifies joy for all people of all generations.

Johnson County must continue to keep its agricultural industry strong.

EMILY CREERY Although I spent my childhood watching Dragon Tales and Blue’s Clues — often with a frosted, sprinkled donut in hand — I was truly touched and in awe while diving into Mr. Rogers’ world in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I had nothing to reminisce as the puppets Daniel Tiger and King Friday XIII came on screen, but my face hurt long after I left the theater from smiling so much. I believe that’s the magic of Mr. Rogers. He didn’t transform people’s lives simply because he was a fond memory, but because he was a rare spirit who loved unconditionally. The film itself is a time capsule as it roots us in the year 1998, focusing on the development of the iconic Fred Rogers Esquire profile “Can You Say…Hero?” The journalist, Tom Junod, has a reputation for writing articles on people that do little to flatter their image, but with a subject such as Rogers, Junod’s life is forever changed. In this very article, Junod wrote, “There was an energy to [Rogers] … a fearlessness, an unashamed insistence on intimacy.”

Lacey Terrell/Sony Pictures/TNS Reassuring television host Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) meets skeptical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) in director Marielle Heller’s unconventional biopic, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. This was incredibly evident throughout the film, a characteristic that often made the actor’s portrayal of Junod uncomfortable or even angry. But this same persistence broke down the walls Junod built out of anger toward his life and relationships. Yet, this wasn’t the incentive behind Roger’s compassion. There were no ulterior motives, no disguise of caring in order to access information. The people he helped were not just checked boxes to fuel his own sense of altruism, but people he truly cherished — people who he welcomed into his neighborhood. There are several scenes that will make you tear up, and

make you laugh. But the one that stands out to me actually came as a bit of a surprise. Nothing too astonishing happens, but tears streamed down my face nonetheless. In a restaurant, Rogers asks Junod to take a minute of silence to think of all of the people who have helped him become the person that he is today. As Junod begrudgingly agrees, the crowded café slowly falls silent, too. Within these 60 seconds, it becomes clear just how much of an impact Rogers has on the world. Although a small pool of people, he was able to make all of them take a step back from their daily motions and mindless chatter to think

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deeply and meaningfully about who they hold dear. Perhaps it’s the idea of seeing someone wearing their heart so unabashedly on their sleeve. Or the fact that Rogers patiently sat with kind eyes as Junod began to break down across the table. But to be quite honest, I think the power of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — and the power of Mr. Rogers — lies in how the world can truly be such a wonderful place if we just choose to embrace the shared beauty in humanity. As Rogers once said, “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”

More than a year ago the Johnson County Board of Supervisors directed the County’s Planning Development and Sustainability Division to update the county’s Unified Development Ordinance. With input from individual supervisors, Planning Development and Sustainability staff developed and recommended many changes to the ordinance. Planning Development and Sustainability staff worked with the Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission and a volunteer group of citizens to review and discuss each recommended change. This has been a tedious process and not all issues have been mutually agreed upon. The proposed ordinance has been reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission who then held public input sessions which were well attended. The Planning and Zoning Commission has made recommended changes to the proposed ordinance and forwarded these to the supervisors. The supervisors will hold a public hearing on the ordinance on Dec. 5. They can include the Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations or make their own changes.

As with many county residents and farmers, I am concerned with the agriculture-related portions of the ordinance. I encourage the supervisors to accept and include the recommendations made by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Recent statistics reveal that the number of farmers has significantly decreased in Iowa. It’s get big or get out. Do not make it more difficult for small family farms and young beginning farmers to survive. The small farmers help to hold down local food costs and do all that they can to contribute in providing for our food-insecure residents. Restricting the number of livestock that a small farmer can have on an acre of ground or making a farmer or retired farm family prove that they are a profitable farmer serves no purpose. Many retired farmers only have the farm rent income and sometimes Social Security to support them. As written, the ordinance would not consider these individuals as active farmers. Such regulations always result in unintended consequences. Farm operations are presently adequately regulated under Iowa code. — Pat Harney Johnson County resident

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Ganim named head of International Programs The University of Iowa announced Tuesday that Russell Ganim, former Faculty Senate president, will assume the role of associate provost and dean of International Programs once Downing Thomas steps down Dec. 31. BY KATIE ANN MCCARVER

The University of Iowa announced Tuesday that the director in the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Russell Ganim, will assume the role of associate provost and dean of International Programs, effective Jan. 1. In addition to his role as a French professor, Ganim previously served as department head for Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures and has served as department head of German since 2013, French and Italian since 2016, and is the administrative head of the American Sign Language Program. Ganim’s appointment as associate provost and dean of International Programs is pending approval by the state Board of Regents. The university said in a statement that he will receive an annual salary of $236,000. “I have devoted a major portion of my career to international education. The University of Iowa has a very

strong commitment to global education and global affairs and now is the opportune moment to take us to the next level of excellence,” Ganim said in a statement. Ganim will succeed current Associate Provost and Dean of the program Downing Thomas, who is stepping down after a decade in the position on Dec. 31. Thomas will return to a faculty position in the liberal-arts college. Ganim said his journey in international education began 30 years ago as a graduate student at the University of Virginia. He eventually landed at the UI, which attracted him with its extensive infrastructure in international programs. Since his arrival on campus, Ganim said his division and faculty have kickstarted a number of study abroad programs; intentionally revived language programs such as Japanese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, and some growth in Swahili; and worked to send more students abroad. As head of International Programs, Ganim said a few of his goals include increasing study-abroad participa-

tion and scholarship aid and engaging faculty in international partnerships. “Another thing that’s high on my list of priorities is to highlight the activity and contributions of international students and scholars on campus,” he said. As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, international-student enrollment at the UI has steadily declined since fall 2016. International students account for 2 percent of the class of 2023 undergraduate population, which is a 2 percentage point drop from the class of 2022. “I think that we need to try and connect more with international students on a personal level,” Ganim said. “I’d also like to engage more with international alumni, not simply for the purposes of fundraising but to get a sense of … whether or not they would recommend the UI to students from their home country.” He added that he’s particularly excited to focus on current efforts by Provost Montserrat Fuentes to develop international collaborations within Central and South

Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan Then-UI Faculty Senate President Russell Ganim reviews notes during the meeting on April 23. America and Africa. “[Russ] has an extraordinary record of service to the university, and I am delighted that he will bring his commitment to our academic mission and his passion for international education and collaboration to this very important role,” Fuentes said in

a statement. The university hosted open forums this fall for the position, and Ganim was one of three finalists selected by the committee, co-chaired by Edith Parker and Amanda Thein — College of Public Health dean and College of Education senior associate

dean, respectively. “The University of Iowa has always been committed to international education. It sees itself as a global university, and I see myself as a custodian of that tradition,” Ganim said. “I want to respect it, and I want to enhance our reputation as a global university.”

UISG senators pass election code changes University of Iowa Student Government passed several updates to the election code Tuesday night in an effort to increase accessibility in joining the organization during spring elections. BY ELEANOR HILDEBRANDT With a tear in his eye, Teagan Roeder sat among his fellow University of Iowa Student Government senators and characterized the election code of the organization which he fought hard to participate in last spring as elitist, being especially difficult to join for introverted individuals. As someone on the autism spectrum, Roeder said he had to jump that hurdle himself to join UISG. At Tuesday’s meeting, UISG senators passed two pieces of legislation focused on clarifying and updating the guidelines of the UISG election ticket. The

first passed unanimously with two amendments. The second proposal to remove a joint-ticket option — in which senators and executive board members run together — was passed by 70.8 percent of the student senate. “I believe student government is a very powerful tool to help students,” Roeder said. “I’m a person on the spectrum, and it’s difficult to form relationships and be known by the proper people.” Roeder said this initially proved to be incredibly difficult when he began his UISG bid. “I ran as an independent last year,” he said. “As someone on the outside of UISG, I had no way of accessing tick-

ets. As someone who is a little more introverted, I can’t form those relationships with executive members. I find this such a disappointing system, because someone has to know me for me to be invited to tickets.” UISG Internal Affairs Committee Chair Anna Correa said the two pieces of legislation passed Tuesday had been in the works for two months, involving all three branches of the student government. “We’ve been working with members of the Student Judicial Court,” she said. “They’ve been really influential in this because they run the elections — and the executive branch, because they’ve done this before.”

Both pieces of legislation will go into effect for the spring 2020 UISG election. The legislation passed Tuesday will add a definition for adherent and define caps on the money that specific types of tickets can use. These changes follow the UI SURGE Party’s election-code violations in the 2018 UISG election. SURGE was 2018-19 UISG President Hira Mustafa’s ticket. As previously reported by The Daily Iowan, there were two complaints lodged against SURGE, which alleged intimidation against the opposing party and falsification of campaign-finance records. Mustafa told the DI in 2018 that the term “adherent” was

not specified in the election code. This caused her party to take responsibility for a post by SURGE’s web designer, UI alum Andie Dutton, about a different candidate running on another ticket when Dutton never signed the election code that restricted her from doing so. UISG Parliamentarian Jacob Heid supported both pieces of legislation. “In a system where executives reach out and hand-pick who’s on their ticket, there is so much intrinsic bias,” Heid said. “I think a system where executives and senators are separate really allows people running for senate to showcase their own abilities, talents, and ideas.”

Roeder said this was a personal topic for him, and he aimed to change the way outsiders saw UISG. “In my opinion, I think how the previous system was set up as an exclusive system,” he said. “It was very selective. You had to know someone; it was a procedure that was hidden.” Correa explained that this was incredibly important to her as she progressed in her UISG career. “My primary concern in everything that I do in this organization is that students’ lives are bettered,” she said. “I think a good way to do that is to ensure that this body is representative of the student body itself.” PUZZLE PUZZLESOLUTIONS SOLUTIONSON ONPAGE PAGE22

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SWIM CONTINUED FROM 10 The four-day event will feature some of the top teams in the country including Arizona, California-Berkley, Harvard, Michigan, Texas, and host-school Minnesota. In the most recent TYR/CSCAA men’s rankings released on Nov. 13, Texas is first, followed by California. Michigan is ranked fifth, Arizona is No. 20, and Iowa is No. 23. Harvard also received votes. In the women’s rankings, California is third, Michigan is 18th, Minnesota is 21st, and Iowa also received votes. The men’s team has competed against Michigan already this season in a three-team battle

with the Wolverines and Indiana on Nov. 2. The Hawkeyes were defeated by Michigan, 218-82. The women’s team has also faced Michigan this year, falling 173-127 on Nov. 1. Both Iowa teams took on Minnesota in Iowa City on Oct. 26, when the men triumphed 156-144 and the women were defeated 157-143. While Iowa did not participate in the Minnesota Invitational last season, they did swim at the 2017 edition of the event. The Hawkeyes finished as the team runner-up behind the Gophers. The Iowa men finished first in five events, second in 11, and third in six. The Iowa women took home one first-place finish, six finishes in second place, and eight in third. Then-sophomore Hannah

Burvill broke the Iowa record in the 100-free with a time of 49.10 in the finals to claim third place. She has since broken her own record, dropping to 48.94 in 2018. A number of athletes competed on this year’s roster swam at the event as underclassmen alongside Burvill. This year’s contest will feature preliminary races starting each day at 10 a.m. with the finals beginning at 6 p.m. After the Minnesota Invitational, the Iowa women’s team will compete against Iowa State in the annual CyHawk Series at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in Ames. The men will take a break until Jan. 11, while the divers return to Minneapolis from Dec. 15-22 to participate in the USA Diving Winter National Championships.

Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan Iowa’s Hannah Burvill dives off the blocks in the 400 Freestyle Relay during a swim meet between Iowa and Rutgers at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Nov. 8.



“Obviously, she still knows personnel better than anybody,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “And there’s definitely things that are the same from when she was here that she knows, but quite honestly any good coach is going to be able to pick up most of that on their scouting report. She’s going to know the inside kind of things about our team and the personal than most people would know.” As for Davis’ current team, Clemson is 3-5 but has played against some tough opponents in South Carolina, Maryland, and Alabama. The competitive early schedule makes it difficult to judge how good Clemson is this season. What the Hawkeyes do know is that Clemson plays the full court press very well in an aggressive 2-3 zone. The Hawkeyes have been working this week to combat that defense, but the Hawkeyes do have experience against similar defenses from last week in Puerto Rico. “We just learned how to have composure, I think,” senior guard Makenzie Meyer said in reference against playing those defenses. “We have some young guards, so I think it was good to get that experience in and we handled it really well.” Another thing the Tigers do well in is rebounding the ball, as they average 42.8 rebounds per game.

Here is where the top six teams ended up in the season-long Constructors’ Championship race and what might be in the cards for next season.

1. Mercedes AMG Petronas Mercedes won the team championship with two longtime drivers, a reliable hybrid power unit, and more money than you could imagine. Life was good this season and will be for another year.

2. Scuderia Ferrari

Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan Iowa guard Gabbie Marshall defends against Princeton’s Carlie Littlefield during a women’s basketball game between Iowa and Princeton at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 20. They struggle with 3-point shooting, hitting only 22.3 percent of their shots from that range this season. Senior forward Kobi Thornton leads the team in points, averaging 13.3 per game, even though she comes off the bench. As Meyer alluded to, the Hawkeyes do have some young players, and the experience gained in their first seven games is starting to show. “I think our freshmen are getting really comfortable in their roles,” Bluder said. “Especially Gabbie [Mar-

shall] and McKenna [Warnock]. They seem to really understand that they are a big part of it now. We felt like coming into this year that the sooner that are freshmen embraced and felt a part of it, the quicker we were going to become a better basketball team, and I think that they are understanding it now and realizing that we are counting on them, even though they are freshmen.” Marshall described her role as being the backup point guard and said she does whatever she can

when she’s on the court. She is currently fourth on the team in points and makes over 40 percent of her 3-point attempts. “I think as a freshman there’s always a little lack of confidence as you start, because you don’t really know what to expect,” Marshall said. “But I think it’s honestly the team [that] has made be more comfortable talking and being a leader, so I think that’s made me more confident in my game.” Tip-off is at 8:01 p.m., and the game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.

After underperforming through July, Ferrari saw veteran Sebastian Vettel and youngster Charles Leclerc be competitive for the podium in September — a little too competitive. The tense dynamic climaxed in Brazil. Vettel and Leclerc seemed to take each other out, costing the team hefty points. Locked in together for another season, I’m curious to see if unity or egos prevail.

3. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Impatience will be this team’s downfall. Sure, they have an absolute stud in Max Verstappen. The second-seat switch from Pierre Gasly to Alex Albon, however, proved ineffective. Although more consistent than Gasly, Albon really didn’t astound anyone after the summer break.

4. McLaren F1 McLaren turned questions into a pleasant surprise of a season. Carlos Sainz, Jr. and rookie Lando Norris more than im-

pressed at various points this season, with the former locking up a stunning sixth in the drivers’ championship. Tying up a few loose ends could maybe result in the team on the podium more often next year.

5. Renault F1 What started as a race for fourth turned into barely hanging onto fifth, with the ever-optimistic Daniel Ricciardo falling off in the back half. While the team said its goodbye to three-year driver Nico Hülkenberg — who will not be racing in F1 in 2020 — they welcome in Esteban Ocon, who last raced for Force India in 2018.

6. Scuderia Toro Rosso This is where you go to succeed under-the-radar. Only three teams had two different drivers on the podium at some point this season: Mercedes, Ferrari, and yes, Toro Rosso. After being demoted from the A-Team Red Bull, Pierre Gasly impressed with far less pressure on him. The team will still run with him and Daniil Kvyat as they rebrand in 2020 as Alpha Tauri.

Looking ahead The sport’s next major rules shakeup is slated for 2021, including a completely redesigned car and financial regulations for teams. That should, in theory, narrow the gap and bring the top-tier teams back in line with the midfield. Until then, things are pointing towards another runaway season for Mercedes, with all-buttwo driver lineups remaining intact. Will any of the steps made by other teams this season result in a remotely competitive 2020? I don’t think so. Prove me wrong.



HAWKEYE UPDATES Duncan, Epenesa highlight Iowa’s Big Ten awards

Duncan earned the Big Ten’s Bakken-Anderson Kicker of the Year honor and was named a first-team All-Big Ten player on Tuesday. Hawkeye defensive end A.J. Epenesa also earned a spot as an All-Big Ten first-teamer. Cornerback Michael Ojemudia earned second-team honors from the media as well, and safety Geno Duncan Stone found a spot on the second team with votes from the coaches. Ojemudia earned a third-team spot from coaches, while Stone was an honorable mention from the media. Defensive end Chauncey Golston and linebacker Kristian Welch picked up honorable mention spots from the coaches and media, while defensive tackle Cedrick Lattimore (coaches) and punter Michael Sleep-Dalton (media) each earned honorable mentions. Quarterback Nate Stanley also earned Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award. Duncan is the first Hawkeye to win the Big Ten’s Kicker of the Year honor since its inception in 2011. Duncan set Big Ten and Iowa program records with 29 field goals on the season, which ranks sixth in NCAA single-season history. This is Epenesa’s second year earning first-team honors. The Glen Carbon, Illinois native leads the Hawkeyes in sacks (nine), tackles for loss (13), and forced fumbles (three). Ojemudia leads Iowa with three Epenesa interceptions and seven pass break-ups. Stone has one pick, defended three passes, and forced two fumbles to go with 65 tackles. Welch paces Iowa with 80 total tackles despite missing three games due to injury. The senior from Iola, Wisconsin posted double-digit tackles in each of Iowa’s final three games after coming back from his injury. He finished the regular season with 7.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, three pass break-ups, and a forced fumble. Golston trails Epenesa with 8.5 tackles for a loss, while also recording 2.5 sacks, four pass break-ups, and an interception. Lattimore, Golston’s high school teammate, posted three tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, and recovered a fumble while starting all 12 games. Since joining the Hawkeyes as a graduate transfer, Sleep-Dalton has 42.1 yards on 54 punts with a long of 63. He pinned opponents inside their own 20-yard line 21 times and eclipsed the 50-yard mark 10 times. Offensive awards will be announced Wednesday.

DeSanto earns Big Ten Wrestler of the Week

Iowa junior Austin DeSanto was named the Big Ten Wrestler of the Week after upsetting No. 1 Seth Gross of Wisconsin on Sunday to take his top-ranked spot. DeSanto was ranked No. 2 before the dual, which Iowa won 32-3. DeSanto won his match 6-2, with a 3-0 advantage in takedowns. This season, he wrestled at 141 pounds for Iowa’s season-opener against Tennessee-Chattanooga and won the match by technical fall. He then moved back down to 133 against Iowa State and took the match by major decision. DeSanto transferred to Iowa last season and went 23-6. He placed fourth in the Big Ten Championships and fifth at the NCAA Championships.


Four-time All-American diagnosed with leukemia Brandon Sorensen, a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, announced the diagnosis Tuesday. BY ANNA KAYSER Four-time All-American Brandon Sorensen announced that he has begun treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Tuesday. “I am prepared to beat this disease, and there is no wait,” Sorensen said in a release. “The challenge is

right in front of me and I am all-in. I know I am not alone in this fight. I have the very best doctors, resources, and family you could possibly hope for, and I know that we will beat this cancer together. There is no choice. We will move Sorenson

forward with success.” Sorensen wrestled with the Hawkeyes from 2015-18 and placed second in the 2016 NCAA championships. Since graduating in 2018, he has been a member of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. “Brandon Sorensen is not fighting this alone,” head coach Tom Brands said in a release. “I can guarantee

everyone of that. We are with him lock-step, and by ‘we’ I mean this entire program, from his teammates and coaches to the alumni, fans, and administration. Brandon is as solid of a person as you will ever meet; personally, professionally, athletically, and socially. He has never backed away from an opponent and he will not back down from this.”

Tania Davis returns to Carver with Clemson

The Hawkeyes will face an aggressive press defense in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup.

Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan Iowa guard Tania Davis drives to the net during a women’s basketball matchup between Iowa and Rutgers at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 23. The Hawkeyes defeated the Scarlet Knights, 72-66.

BY ISAAC GOFFIN When the Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight, they’ll see a familiar face on the opposing bench.

Tania Davis, who was a starter on last season’s Elite Eight team, is now a graduate assistant at Clemson, who Iowa faces tonight in the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge. She will be honored before the game, along with Hannah Stewart, who was also a starter last season.

Though the Hawkeyes are excited to have Davis back at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and the offensive strategy has changed, she knows the team and its processes well. SEE BASKETBALL, 9

Swim/dive heads to F1 has been Minnesota Invitational here before COLUMN

With championship season approaching, the Hawkeyes will face their first test of December at the Minnesota Invitational.

Another season of Formula 1 racing is in the books, and each team has had plenty of moments to build on for next year.


“Brandon Sorensen has been a toprated soldier for this program. He always marched the right way, and that’s what we loved the most about him, and still love.” — Head coach Tom Brands on Brandon Sorensen

STAT OF THE DAY Wednesday will be the


meeting between Iowa women’s basketball and Clemson in history


David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan Iowa swimmer Kelsey Drake swims the 100m butterfly during a swim meet against Northern Iowa and Western Illinois on Feb. 1.

BY CHRIS WERNER While the bulk of Iowa’s swimming and diving season has consisted of dual meets against Big Ten foes, both the men’s and women’s teams will begin competition in a different style of meet today. The fourth annual Minnesota Invitational begins today at the Jean Freeman Aquatic Center. It serves as the second invitational this year for the women and the first for the men. The women first placed in

fourth out of six teams at the SMU Classic in October. The men come in with a dual meet record of 1-3 and the women stand at 3-2. Most recently, the women topped Rutgers back on Nov. 8. “I have been looking forward to the Minnesota Invite all season,” senior Sam Dumford said. “There will be plenty of great competition there, and it is a perfect time to showcase what the team can bring to the table this year. We’ve had it marked on the calendar.” SEE SWIM, 9

If you take the Indy 500, make it a season-long points competition, and move it over to Europe, you have the Constructors’ Championship of Formula 1 racing. It’s the world’s highest level of open-wheel racing, and it’s a big deal. Every race weekend in a different country, 20 drivers from 10 teams compete, with the top 10 finishers on race day earning points for themselves and their teams that culminate at the end of the season. It can be compared to the elitism of popular U.S. sports, as the field isn’t competitive from year to year. The same teams are taking home championships, and things have to change. Mercedes ran away with the team-coveted 2019 Constructors’ Championship for its sixth yearin a row, and Lewis Hamilton blasted away the competition for his sixth career Drivers’ Championship. SEE RACING, 9

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