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FALL 2012







EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Devon O’Brien MANAGING EDITOR Matt Wettengel ARTICLES EDITOR Abby Gilman VISUALS EDITOR Kait McKinney CREATIVE DIRECTORS Katy Moore & Nguyet Bui ONLINE EDITOR Brady Rebhuhn ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Patrick Dieleman DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS Allie Anderson WRITERS Ali Abshier, Audra Manzer, Ben Theobald, Cole Komma, Eleni Upah, Emily Elveru, Ethan Subra, Jared Raney, Jasmine Anderson, Kiana Roppe, Leah De Graaf, Michelle Brugioni, Nicole Presley, Rahemma Mayfield, Stephanie Tran, Will Musgrove DESIGNERS Becky Eilers, Briana Wengert, Chelsea Parks, Emerald Klauer, Jordan Welch, Mackenzie Ferguson, Tam Vo PHOTOGRAPHERS Blake Lanser, Katie Hansen, Kendra Plathe, Liz Zabel, Suit Yee Yee, Yue Wu, William Deaton



5 | Spice up your pregame


We’ll get you drunk

6 | ROTC home workout


These moves put Jillian Michaels to shame

7 | Quickies


Nuggets of information to keep your inner douche at bay

8 | FiSci: What gets you up?


The supernatural gain heat thanks to recent fantasy flicks

10 | “I was roofied at work”


A story this bartender will never remember

11 |What not to say to a bartender


Schmooze your way to VIP status

12 | Backward study abroad


Iowa State through international eyes

14 | New villagers

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Finding adventures a world away

16 | Crowded campus

Where the hell did all these people come from?

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Extreme gym makeover: college edition

20 | A culture of success

Army ROTC climbs the ranks to the top

24 | Cops: Know your rights You gotta fight, for your right, to party

30 | How to lose a guy (or girl) in 10 minutes

We’ve all seen the movie...


19 | Lied gets toned

31 | Who do you think you are? The Bible Man

He makes it light up like a church, preach




I have too much personal experience with this. We are constantly seeking approval from someone else. When we were kids we looked to our parents, as teenagers we looked to our peers and now, we look to just about anyone who will look back. So, naturally, when I had to have my editor photo taken I woke up early, showered, put on makeup and dried and straightened my hair. If you don’t know me, that’s a lot to ask—I’m lucky if I’ve gotten even five hours of sleep the night before. I picked out an outfit I thought would please the masses and topped it off with these adorable boots—the latest addition to my roommate’s extensive collection. When I finally stepped outside to begin the 15 minute trek to Hamilton Hall—my home away from home—it was raining. I arrived a cold, dripping wet, shivering and disheveled mess. ‘To hell with it’, I thought, ‘We’re taking this photo anyway.’ At that moment I realized Ethos wasn’t any different—we can’t be expected to please everyone, as hard as we try, there are limits. We certainly didn’t make everyone happy last year when we decided to run a sex-in-the-library photo on the cover. (Did I mention it’s a finalist for a highly acclaimed award? Well, it is.) Some say we did a great job, some say we have no journalistic values and some say we made things up. But trust me when I say we set our standards higher than that. We strive to bring you a student publication you are excited for, that delivers factual information through the voice of a friend, like the ROTC story on p. 20; we sent reporter Kiana Roppe to work out with the number one program in the nation. Then there was Jasmine Anderson who quizzed the ISUPD to get the lowdown on your rights on p. 24. Finally, we had Emily Elveru investigate what the hell is going on with this overcrowded campus on p. 16—I mean, seriously, the student population has risen by thousands since my freshman year. Haters gonna hate, but we can’t make this sh*t up.

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Spice Up Your


Pregame getting a little stale? Fear no more, we’ve compiled a list of drinking activities more exciting than the classic fall-back Ring of Fire to amp up your weekend (or week) nights. Dig out that old Nintendo 64, crack open some beers and you’ve got Mario Cart’s older sibling, Beerio Cart. Start drinking when the race begins and down your drink before crossing the finish line. Here’s the catch: No drinking and driving—set down your controller to take a swig. Buy a cowbell, put it around the neck of your drunkest friend and take a shot every time it rings. Starting early? Have a potluck. Pick a theme and have each person bring a different dish and alcohol to match. Don’t worry if you’re not a gourmet chef—fast food counts as a theme. Ever had the urge to get drunk with Bill Nye? Have each guest bring a bottle of alcohol and mixer to make experimental shots—flaming shots should be attempted with caution and diluting ethanol is just a bad idea. Try this:

Alien Nipple

½ oz. butterscotch Schnapps ¼ oz. Bailey’s Irish cream ¼ oz. Midori melon liqueur

Embark on an adventure called “Wine Around the World.” Travel around famous campus spots and enjoy your classiest boxed wine with friends. Just don’t get too out of hand—leave the slapping of the bag for the privacy of your apartment or a public intox citation may be in your future.

Get everyone involved in a game of dress up. Whoever creates the worst/ best outfit shotguns a beer. Make classic board games into large versions—substitute the pieces for shots and use an old pizza box for the board. Aircraft carrier on D4? Bottoms up!

Power hours never get old. Spice them up by picking a ridiculous genre of music to set the mood for the rest of the night. Hop onto, hit play and take a sip every time the song changes. Be a moose. Grab a bowl, a quarter and an empty ice tray numbered 1-8 on both sides. Fill the bowl with beer and construct a ramp with the ‘8’ end of the ice tray on the bowl and the ‘1’ end on the table. Take turns trying to bounce the quarter off the table and into the ice tray. If the quarter lands in the left row, you drink. If the quarter lands in the right row, you give out drinks. Give out or take the number of drinks labeled on the cube the quarter lands in. If someone is unlucky enough to bounce the quarter into the bowl, everyone must yell “MOOSE” and give themselves moose antlers with their hands. Whoever acts last must drink the entire bowl.

Create shots so delicious they are hard to take all at once, starting with these:

Tennessee Log Jumper 1 oz. 99 Bananas 1 oz. Island Blue Pucker ½ oz. Redbull ½ oz. pineapple juice

Cherry Cheesecake 2 oz. vanilla liqueur 1 oz. Jagermeister ½ oz. cranberry juice

Oatmeal Cookie ¾ oz. butterscotch Schnapps ¾ oz. Irish cream liqueur splash of Jagermeister splash of cinnamon Schnapps


Get an ROTC worthy workout at home


These exercises are recommended by the ISU ROTC to achieve a full-body workout. Modify the moves to make them easier or harder, the goal is to improve every time you exercise. BY KIANA ROPPE DESIGN NGUYET BUI INFOGRAPHIC MATT WETTENGEL PHOTO BLAKE LANSER

The numbers go up, and the sweat starts pouring


5588556 152600 8 Joe Student


= 50,000 swipes Lied State ISU

Full-On Push-Ups

At the Core

Jumping for Joy

Position yourself on the floor with your hands placed wider than your shoulders and your back flat. Do 25 push-ups this way. Next, do 15 regular push-ups with your hands in line with your shoulders. Then move your hands in closer than your shoulders so your fingers are touching in the shape of a diamond. Finish the set with 10 diamond push-ups.

Sit with your legs straight out in front of you. Cross your legs, lift them and lower your upper body to a 45-degree angle from the ground. Clasp your hands together as if you were praying and move them together to touch the ground on the left side of your body, then twist to the right side of your body (one rep). Continue moving your arms while holding your body in position for 30 reps. Then lie on your back and put your hands on your ears. Lift your right elbow and left knee so they touch over your stomach, then do the same with your left elbow and right leg for one rep. Continue doing the Supine Bicycle at a fast pace for 30 reps.

While standing, position your feet so they are in line with your shoulders. Then, lower yourself so your legs are parallel to the ground for the Tabata Squat and quickly stand back up. Repeat continually for 30 seconds. Then begin the Little Man in the Woods exercise by doing jumping jacks while remaining in the squat.

Works your chest and arms

Works your abs

Works your legs









State Gym had


more swipes than Lied in spring 2012



Between the 2011 and 2012 academic years, Rec. Services saw an


increase in facilities use Full Speed Ahead Works your heart

Find a set of stairs and run or jog up them as fast as you can. Keep your knees high and watch where you place your feet. Repeat two or more times then immediately go to suicides. Begin by picking a starting point and at least three consecutive points beyond that. Sprint to the closest point then run back. Sprint to the farther point then run back. Sprint to the farthest point. By this point your heart rate should be up, so end your workout with stretching to slow your heart rate back down.

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Works your whole body Jump high, then lower yourself into position to do a regular push-up. Do a push-up, then lift yourself up and jump high again for one rep. Do 10 or more reps and go as fast as you can while using correct form. Next, lower yourself into an 8-count push-up.

*information gathered from Mike Giles, Director of Recreation Services


Your homemade dinner that appears to be par-digested and regurgitated onto a plate. No one believes you made a delicious meal tonight.






The classic selfie. Not even if you are about to go work out, if you are having an awesome hair day or if your mom bought you a killer new t-shirt.


The “seen on my run” photo. Without blur, it’s doubtful that any movement is occurring—you should probably stow that phone away and pick up the pace a little.


Any photo using the “Kelvin” filter. We can’t think of anything or anyone—other than the Situation—that looks better in an orange hue.

What I Wish I Would’ve Known as a Freshman

Don’t be the person who... walks on the left side of the sidewalk wears Hawkeye clothing on campus asks a million questions in class never buys their own alcohol has a five minute conversation with the bus driver is perky in an 8 a.m. class wears a wife beater as outerwear eats a four course meal in class has an Iowa State tramp stamp showers with cologne corrects the teacher in class wears a wall of text on a t-shirt wears white pants and dark underwear uses hashtags in normal conversation says YOLO goes on a first date to the library

“During the winter cut through buildings to get to your classes. This way you won’t freeze to death!” -Junior Megan Greenhalgh “Don’t worry about your first year. You’ll probably find yourself confused and frustrated from time to time ... If you really don’t know what college or major is best for you, you can determine that your sophomore year.” -Junior Jake Armstrong

“I wish I had worked out a plan to study abroad. Because I’m a senior it’s too late for me to do this. It’s a great opportunity that you should really look into.” -Senior Justin Keller



WEREWOLVES are just like humans, except HOBBITS are the littlest people to come

Just like fingerprints, snowflakes or even malformed birthmarks, no fantasy fiction reader is the same. If the recent Edward vs. Jacob or the never-to-be-forgotten Gandalf vs. Dumbledore controversy has taught us anything, it’s that we just can’t seem to agree on which mythical creature kicks ass more.

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to the big screen since Dobby from Harry Potter (the first movie in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy is coming in December). In the grand scheme of fantasy characters, they sit near the bottom of the totem pole. The simple folk that they are, hobbits are nonconfrontational beings who won’t let you down in a pickle. Of the creatures that inhabit science fiction, hobbits are the bravest of them all. Frodo made it to Mordor and destroyed the ring, didn’t he? They don’t have any superpowers other than being small enough to hide in checked luggage and having feet tough enough to go barefoot. But when provoked they can take down dark lords and ride eagles— pretty awesome.

that once a month they hulkout—which usually entails their clothes being ripped to shreds— grow a mess of hair and get a taste for blood. Female readers tend to fall for the blatant masculinity werewolves embody, even if only during full moons. Their moonlit transformations and dark, furry secrets bring some excitement to the average Joes werewolves would otherwise be. While female werewolves do exist, Shakira’s “She Wolf” ruined their chances of going mainstream. Those reading about the human-wolf combos might be on the prowl for a good guy with a predictable bad side or just a tortured soul to make their life’s problems seem insignificant. There’s more to werewolves than meets the eye, which often includes absurd amounts of body hair.

WIZARDS’ ability to control their powers VAMPIRES usually have a dangerous mix

of sophistication and bloodthirst. Eternal life gives them ample opportunities to brush up on any subject they choose—it’s not uncommon for them to speak multiple languages, and imagine how many Kama Sutra books they can memorize. For this reason, their pale skin doesn’t do much to deter the women they’re always enticing, being on the sensual/romantic end of the spooky spectrum. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t all out to get Abraham Lincoln. Take the Count from Sesame Street, for example; he took advantage of his endless life and knowledge to teach kids math. Take note, Edward Cullen: there’s more to life than getting hung up on the Bellas of the world. Good thing he’s got plenty more chances.

sets them apart from victimized werewolves and vampires. That, and the fact they don’t live forever or have to wax their bodies after a full moon. They’re just like normal people, but with wands and the power to do whatever they want, which the average reader eats up while imagining the possibility of having magical abilities themselves. Wizards like Voldemort prove that with such power comes great responsibility and one magical misstep is all it takes to ruin their reputations. On the other hand, even Snape saw the light in the end, and Gandalf showed up right in time to thwart Sauron in Helm’s Deep and nab Frodo and Sam before Orodruin erupted. They always come through in tough situations and use magic for both good and bad, so there’s a wizard out there for everyone.

They’re just like normal people, but with wands...



I used to sling drinks at a notoriously sketchy bar in Campustown. In the six months I spent working there, I knew five people who were roofied—including myself. One dead winter weekend, I let two lady coworkers off early and made them drinks. At the end of the bar were a few of the older creepy skeezeball-types you find prowling the college bars in search of impressionable (read: drunk) tail. The girls went to dance and I almost always set any untended drinks behind the bar as good practice. ‘Almost’ being this night. At last call, one of the drinks was too full to throw down the sink. “Bottoms up!” I thought. I’m a big guy—210 lbs at 6’4”—and if there’s one thing a decade of college affords you, it’s an alcohol tolerance. Not even five minutes later, there was a crescendo of ringing in my ears, coinciding with black slowly creeping in from every corner of my vision until reality was a blur at the end of a tunnel. The last thing I remember is starting to fall over. Apparently, I hit the floor, tried to get up, pinballed around behind the bar and spent the next hour alternating between throwing up in the urinal and sink in the bar bathroom. I say apparently, because I have no recollection of this. Nor do I remember being carried to the car by our head of security, or my roommates carrying me into the house and onto the couch, or my subconscious waking me up and putting my finger down my throat hourly until 7 a.m. I’ve overserved myself plenty of times, but never blacked out before. I have a photographic memory, and I remember every second of drunken haze I’ve ever experienced. Except this one. I woke up at 3:00 p.m., but to me, it’s like I fell through a twelve-hour time portal in the bar floor that transported me to my couch. I still thought I was falling, so I whipped the blanket off my head to the surprised stares of friends and roommates. The last few paragraphs are their accounts of that night, I don’t have any. I called the first nurse and told her I still had

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..there was a crescendo of ringing in my ears, coinciding with black slowly creeping in from every corner of my vision until reality was a blur at the end of a tunnel. really bad ringing in my ears, no equilibrium and black spots in my vision. “Honey,” she said, “sounds like you drank something with GHB [a common anesthetic date rape drug]. It’ll take at least a day for the symptoms to go away, maybe a week. It sounds like those girls are lucky you drank it before they did.” I’m still not sure how those guys planned on getting a vomiting, comatose girl past three surly bouncers without eating a platter of knuckle sandwiches, but I’m glad I jumped on that grenade. I can’t imagine how I’d have reacted if I was their size.


Sweaty and red in the face, you push your way through the thick and rest your arms on the bar. You’re not alone. In fact, you’re last in a queue of seven people, all fighting their way to their own taste of oblivion in a cup. Bars get busy, making it hard to catch the attention of the bartenders. But fear not, for the manual of jollification is here to save you. (Would you expect anything less?) We talked to Paddy’s bartender Joe Hughes to find out what irks him the most, therein what not to do, or say, to a bartender.

So... what’s good here? Bartenders don’t have time to wait for you to make up your mind, and they certainly don’t need extra bodies surrounding their workspace, so be sure to know what you’re ordering before you step up to the plate. Make it short, sweet and to the point.

Thanks for the tip. Tips make up a large portion of bartenders’ paychecks, so don’t be stingy, leave a tip. A dollar or two per drink is the norm around Campustown, but tipping a little extra on the first drink will help the bartender remember you and, oftentimes, serve you faster if you plan to order more.

Hey you, SERVE ME! Yelling to get a bartender’s attention will only get you on their “do not serve” list. Bartenders reserve the right to ignore anyone they choose, and those who make a scene very nearly top that list. Saying please and thank you with a friendly smile is a better way to grab their attention and earn some brownie points. Mom was right—manners really do get you farther in life, or in this case, more beer.

Snap. Whistle. Grab. Don’t do any of these. Ever. Bartenders aren’t your servants. The barrier of the bar is a sacred one that should not be breached, so wait patiently with your money ready—it shows the bartender you’re ready to be served in a much friendlier, less intrusive manner.

I know the owner! That’s nice and all, but chances are it won’t get you cheap or free drinks. Unless you’re in the owner’s presence, knowing them isn’t likely to get you any special treatment from the people manning the bar on any given night.

What’s for free tonight? Unless you personally know the bartender, chances are no drinks are free. If you don’t have money to spend on a drink, don’t order one. Or, better yet, find a cute guy or gal and get your flirt on. Bonus: you have a new friend.


BY ETHAN SUBRA DESIGN BRIANA WENGERT PHOTO LIZ ZABEL Cornfields fill the whole of Akshi Mohla’s window in Wilson Hall, broken only by the clear blue horizon. A far departure from the bustling upper-middle class New Delhi neighborhood where she grew up, she is left wondering if she made the right choice, if her years abroad would be worth it. Visions of the “American Pie” college experience were quickly fading, leaving her longing for the security of her family and home worlds away. She is studying abroad, and she is not alone. This year, 3,510 students from myriad countries packed up their lives, bid their friends and families adieu and began their adventures at Iowa State. An average of 7,669 miles from home, Akshi and two fellow students have

found solace in embracing the changes American culture has imprinted upon them and the subsequent lessons they’ve learned. Jassim Al-Marzouqi betrayed his friendliness with a smile as he walked down the ramp of the Maintenance Shop. “Are you Ethan?” he asks in near impeccable English. “That’s right, nice to meet you, man.” I was expecting something of a language barrier or an awkward exchange I’d have to push through, but this was far from that. Jassim, a junior in political science and economics, came from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a city with nearly four million people, which is roughly 80 times the size of Ames. He arrived at Iowa State in 2010 after undergoing a grueling set of tests in the UAE his final year of

high school to determine which universities he was eligible for, both in the UAE and internationally. He took UAE placement tests, as well as the American SAT and ACT, and eventually chose Iowa State as the place to chase his educational dreams. But as he now knows, the chase comes at a high price. The sacrifice of comfort is worth it for Jassim, though, and not just for the degree. He values his growing independence more than what he is learning in the classroom. Akshi, 21, a senior in aerospace engineering, and Presha Kardili, 20, a junior in business, came to Iowa State from India in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Growing up in a metropolis with a population upward of 17 million, Akshi’s parents never allowed her to go out alone. Because they feared for her safety, she had never “gone to a stationary shop to buy even a pencil” by herself. But she has met new tasks with determination to learn and grow from each new experience. Like his Indian counterparts, Jassim appreciates the independence he gains from being away from home, even though at first it didn’t seem worth the trade-off of homesickness. Though fortunate enough to make it home during the summer and winter breaks, the majority of Jassim’s year in Ames is a far cry from his childhood days spent on the beaches of Dubai. “The history of my tribe is that we used to be the pearl divers, so we are known for being on the ocean,” Jassim says. “So I would be there every day. Not in Iowa, though.”

“I will always think of Ames as the place where I spent the four most memorable years of my life” His adjustment to life in the United States was not an easy one, but through student clubs, organizations and intramural sports, he made many friends, most of whom are U.S. citizens. Friends, Jassim says, are what helped him cope best with the thousands of miles separating him from home. And similar to Jassim, Presha and Akshi found that making friends was the best way to get over the culture shock they experienced. And experience it they did. For Presha and Akshi, partying back home meant music and dancing, much like it does here. But what they encountered their first night at the club left them disgusted. “Honestly, I wouldn’t describe what was happening at 20/20 as dancing,” says Akshi. “I was shocked at the way some people danced.” At some point during the night, a guy asked Akshi to dance with him. “I was thinking he just wanted to dance next to me, maintaining a distance, but obviously he had something else in mind,” says Akshi. “I was horrified and pushed him away. At least this guy had the decency to ask me, as later on in the night there were a plethora of guys who would just start to ‘dance on you’ without even seeking permission.”

the crowd’s behavior. I have become more alert and my friends and I often decide on a signal, in case one of us is being bothered by someone,” says Akshi. The girls have learned a lot since their first nightlife experience, and they attribute their smooth adjustment to getting involved in activities on campus, both with international friends and American students. Both girls have been involved in student organizations since their freshman year, and both currently serve as international student ambassadors. Consequently, both say that while it wasn’t always easy, they were able to adapt to life at Iowa State. “The people,” was Presha’s response when asked what her favorite thing about Ames was. “I will always think of Ames as the place where I spent the four most memorable years of my life and met the most amazing people who have now become my family in the United States,” says Presha. “I can be anything I want to be and do whatever I want to do in a secure college environment—it can’t get any better than this.”

Looking past all of the grinding guys from that night, the girls have been able to get used to the difference in partying at college. “Now if I go partying, I don’t really get perturbed by



It was a gorgeous day in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Brooke Barker, senior in management and international business, kayaked to the Island of Lokrum, the wind blew through her hair as she paddled to keep up with the group. Upon reaching the island, she began the trek to the top, where she ran into some local daredevils preparing to jump into the deep blue water of the Adriatic Sea 35 feet below. Intrigued, Brooke decided to join them. While some spent the summer partying with friends, slowly killing brain cells playing their favorite drinking games or staying up night after night saving princesses made of pixels rather than human flesh, Brooke had experiences only a few students take advantage of. With the study abroad program she was able to spend the summer of 2011 traveling overseas, not only spitting in the face of danger, such as her time on the Lokrum cliffs, but also earning college credit and going places that a geography teacher couldn’t locate on a map.

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LLAGERS She discovered the Semester at Sea program through a friend—nine countries in two months floating on a ship that would make even the most luxurious cruise vessels jealous. She would be in one part of the world one day and somewhere entirely different the next. But to Brooke, the Semester at Sea was more than just learning about the world, it shaped her as a person. “Semester at Sea changed who I am, what I want and, most importantly, what I plan to do with my life,” Brooke says. Nick Morton, junior in environmental science, was shopping at a market in Fiji’s capitol, Suva, getting food to take back to his dorm, when, out of the corner of his eye, he saw the president doing the exact same thing. Not only did he see President Epeli Nailatikau, he had the opportunity to speak with him and snap a quick picture. With the president’s warm welcome, Nick realized the hospitality of the people of Fiji and came to understand the local culture.

Nick and Brooke learned a lot through their experiences overseas and both recommend every student look into the program. As Nick says, “Doing something different or experiencing a new thing has far reaching advantages.”

TOP 10

STUDY ABROAD LOCATIONS 1. Italy 2. Spain 3. United Kingdom 4. Australia 5. China 6. Ireland 7. Costa Rica 8. New Zealand 9. Canada 10. Ecuador *Information gathered from the 2011-2012 Iowa State Fact Book


Getting ready for class in the morning was different last summer. Instead of waking up ten minutes before class starts, frantically finishing homework, Nick wriggled his body into a snug wet suit as he prepared to explore the coral reefs. While scuba diving in the reef, he explored coves and saw exotic fish—two things he would have never gotten to see without the study abroad program.


This understanding helped him better comprehend a bit about his own country. “Learning about a culture that is so different from your own helps you appreciate your own country while getting an experience you will cherish forever,” Nick says.


Where is the money going? BY EMILY ELVERU



Fifty long minutes of class have come and gone, students pack up their bags and sling them over their shoulders as they walk out of the classroom and onto the sidewalk. Joining a surplus of other students, they notice campus is more congested this year. Iowa State University’s enrollment of 31,040 students is the highest to date, beating last year’s record by 1,153. “Growth is always positive,” says Warren Madden, Vice President for Business and Finance. “We would much rather deal with the university growing than shrinking.”

Housing However, enrollment growth can present challenges. As the amount of students increases, the demand for on-campus housing also increases. According to Madden, one-third of all Iowa State undergraduate students live on campus in either the dormitories, Frederiksen Court apartments or Schilletter and University Village (SUV), and 80 percent of the students living in Frederiksen Court and SUV also lived on campus the year before.

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With the high demand to live on campus, the Department of Residence has had to deal with a housing shortage. By converting floor den spaces into dorm rooms and renovating the Wallace and Wilson halls from super-single to double rooms, everyone wishing to live on campus has been provided a place to stay. Wallace and Wilson halls were once part of a four-building complex that included the Knapp and Storms halls, built in 1966 and 1967. Wallace and Wilson were built with sand from Wisconsin, while Knapp and Storms were built using local sand that contained a high amount of iron. Over many decades, the iron oxidized in Knapp and Storms causing damage too expensive to repair and in 2005, Knapp and Storms were demolished. To compensate, Martin and Eaton suite-style dorms and Frederiksen Court apartment-style housing were built. “We believe we have a nice balance between traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, new apartments, and older apartments with a good price point, though new apartments are tremendously popular,” says Pete Englin, Director of Residence. Although no plans have been made to build more dorm buildings, the Iowa Board of Regents approved the planning of seven more Frederiksen Court buildings, which would add 672 beds to the complex. As the demand for

on-campus living increases, Frederiksen Court is the best place to expand since its rooms are the first to fill each spring during recontracting. The proposed addition is intended to reduce the amount of students living in dens and provide permanent housing.

same amenities and pay the same rate as other students in their hall, but dens often have more square footage per person. “It’s not a requirement to live on campus,” says Englin, “but we never turn students away who want to live on campus.”

Michaela McInerney, freshman in psychology, lives with two other girls in a Friley den. She was placed into the den when it was too late to cancel her housing contract. If she could have, McInerney would have looked into living in an apartment, but she has enjoyed her experience and believes living in the dorms is important as a freshman. Though she gets along with her roommates and enjoys the extra space a den offers, she thinks it’s unfair to have to pay the same price as students living in a quad dorm, as they were able to choose their living situation while McInerney was forced to live in a den. “The acceptance rate at Iowa State should be lower,” says McInerney. “Chances are, firstyear students are going to live in the dorms. If it was harder to get into ISU, there might not be this problem.”

The Department of Residence looks at historical contracting rates of new and returning students to predict future occupancy rates. They also predict how large the university will be in 20 years and if enrollment projections do continue to rise, additional dorm buildings may be built. “Residence halls are terrific environments for fostering student success,” says Englin, “but given their more expensive construction costs, they typically require rate increases across the system.”

Student leaders have asked the Department of Housing to not use any dens as living spaces in the future and to have a five percent vacancy rate in permanent housing to allow for flexibility. Students now living in dens usually have two to four roommates, are provided the

Though no one is required to live on campus, on-campus living has been increasing each year since 2006. Numbers are predicted to be about the same next year, 10,426 students living on campus. With the seven new Frederiksen Court buildings, more upperclassmen will be encouraged to live in the apartments rather than the dorms to provide more room for freshmen. “We’re here for the students,” says Englin. “If we’re listening to the students we’ll make better decisions.”


Programs, Faculty and Finance In addition to the housing demand, more classes and faculty are also in need. Iowa State has added more academic courses and hired 40 to 50 new faculty members this semester with a ratio of 18 students to one faculty member. Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest college at Iowa State, with Engineering coming in second. Twenty-five percent of each student’s tuition goes toward the classes they take in their college, while the other seventy-five percent is allocated to the other colleges their courses are in. Each college at the university has their own budget according to how many students are taking courses within that college. In other words, the colleges do not have a flat budget, which allows the university to better each student’s experience. With a budget fit to how many students are taking courses in each specific college, there is a lesser possibility of being short of instructors and classrooms. The president and budget cabinet make the final decision on where all of the money is spent. By the time the president receives a budget proposal, a great amount of time and input has been devoted by the provost, senior vice president of student affairs and vice

president for business and finance. Once the budget is taken care of at the university level, it is then taken to the Board of Regents. If the Regents approve the budget, steps are then taken to follow through with any changes. For the year 2013, Iowa State was granted $1.213 billion by the Board of Regents. Within that, $362 million is allocated to Sales and Service which consists of residence, athletics, the Ames Laboratory, etc. Another $508 million goes towards base programs, education, research and outreach. “The university wants to continue to have the environment students need to be successful, in and out of the classroom,” says Madden.

Future For now, the Board of Regents’ forecast for enrollment shows the amount of students coming in will begin to steady. In the next years, graduating class sizes from Iowa high schools will begin to decline, while the amount of students coming from Illinois, Minnesota and international countries increases. This

year, there are 2,065 students from Minnesota and 1,851 from Illinois, the two biggest feeder states. “Other states’ decisions and world issues could affect us,” says Madden. China is improving their higher education system, but Madden does not think this will deter Chinese students from choosing ISU. In 2003, 72 Chinese students attended ISU, but that number has increased to 1,212 this year, accounting for nearly four percent of the entire university’s population. “Even though we’re growing in size, we don’t want to lose commitment to the students or their ISU experience,” says Pam Cain, Associate Vice President for Business and Finance. The agriculture and engineering programs are continuing to have a high demand. To control the growth, budget increases and building more facilities and classrooms will need to be planned. With the new lecture hall, Troxel Hall, currently under construction near the northeast side of campus, 400 more seats will be available for next year. “Without an exception, people are excited to see enrollment growth,” says Englin. “If a university wants to have challenges, these are the challenges we want to have.”

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It’s that time of day; jeans and sweaters tap out in place for athletic shorts and t-shirts, while water bottles are filled to the brim and sneakers laced tight. The doors open and you swipe your card and head to the treadmill as one of the nearly 22,000 gym patrons of the year. As a student at one of the fittest schools in the nation, it’s your moral duty.

Recreation services saw a 71 percent usage rate of its facilities last year from students. The increase in use comes with the convenience of having a more advanced facility on the west side of campus, eliminating the crosscampus trek that once deterred students from exercising. As the number of students on campus increases each year, the amount of money recreation services receives from facilities fees also goes up. Despite this, renovations to Lied are being funded with $1.1 million leftover from the State Gym renovations. Michael Giles, director of recreation services, says that maintaining and improving Lied is more important now than ever due to the increase in students and gym traffic. The equipment in Lied ranges from 3 to 10 years old, with some having passed its warranty or life expectancy. The old equipment on the third floor will be replaced with brand new equipment to match that of State Gym. This includes cardio machines with built-in TVs along the north wall, free weights on the east side, lifting machines in the weight room and new floor, lighting and mats in the stretching area.

for public purchase at weekly sales. Lied’s facelift won’t keep gym-goers on the west side of campus for long. Renovations to the third floor are due to start Nov. 19 and the gym is set to open the first day of the spring 2013 semester. Giles says delayed equipment shipments may set that date back by a week, as it did with the State Gym Renovations. The track on the first floor of Lied has already been resurfaced and painted in preparation for the Big 12 Conference to be held this coming January and February.

Once phased out of Lied, the equipment will be divided between the weightlifting club, Thielen Health Center and Beyer and Forker halls; the remaining equipment will be sold by Asset Recovery, a university department that sells retired equipment. If no other ISU department nabs the equipment within three weeks after it is listed, it becomes available



Army ROTC cadets fight their way to the top, earning the no. 1 spot BY KIANA ROPPE DESIGN TAM VO PHOTO YUE WU & KAIT MCKINNEY I got my first taste of ‘Army Strong’ that Tuesday. It was a little before 6 a.m. at Lied Recreation Center. I stepped out of my car, took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. The smell of morning dew filled the air and I could hear birds chirping nearby. It was still dark as I stood there looking toward the front door, toward the struggles I knew awaited me. My only thought was to return home.

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Determined to try, and with the help of a friend, I crept toward the entrance where a herd of students was standing. I thought, “Are they all waiting for the same thing I am?” Indeed they were. The doors opened and the students poured in. My expectations of the coming events mainly derived from media influence, including movies like Blackhawk Down, G. I. Jane and the beloved Disney

Channel Original, Cadet Kelly. The difference is that I can sit happily on the couch and watch those movies, but here and now I would have to join the no. 1 Army ROTC program in the Midwest brigade. Daunting, isn’t it? According to the U.S. Army, “A Soldier in the U.S. Army is the embodiment of physical strength, emotional strength and strength of purpose.” My experience with the Cyclone Battalion’s physical training proves they have the physical strength covered. In fact, the Cyclone Battalion is one of the best (if not the best) in the nation. This past summer, at the Leader and Development Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis in Washington, Iowa State cadets earned a 295.6 average out of 300 on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), the highest score of the 273 programs in the country. On the first floor of the gym students and ROTC cadets gathered in three groups (platoons) with three lines (ranks) in each. Seeing this, I timidly walked over and stood at the end of the line nearest me—I thought I would just do what everyone else did. An

ROTC cadet from each of the three groups shouted for attendance. This morning workout routine is a class: Military Science 150: Army Physical Readiness. The class is required as part of the ROTC program at Iowa State, but is open to all students. It’s taught four days a week from 6 a.m.-7:15 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays are filled with a mix of cardio and strength training, Tuesdays are primarily upper-body and core strengthening and on Fridays, they run 45 minutes straight. “It’s pretty vigorous, so it wouldn’t be appropriate for a new exerciser, and it is heavily focused on muscular strength/ endurance development of the upper body and torso,” says Warren Franke, a Kinesiology professor at Iowa State, “The exerciser uses their own body weight, which is a basic principle of functional training.” As we began our stretches for the day, I couldn’t help but chuckle, imagining how silly I would look if I

did these moves anywhere else. That’s what’s so great—the Army isn’t as cold or strict as it may seem. Cadet Brandon Amerine admits the Ranger Challenge Teams, teams of cadets that prepare for the Ranger Challenge Competition each year, develop camaraderie and he recalls a specific incident last year when he was a junior. Amerine says his Ranger Challenge Commander (the cadet in charge) joked that he wouldn’t jump in the fountain outside Mackay Hall as they were running. Willing to face the challenge, Amerine jumped in and rolled around, enjoying his victory. Afterward, he returned to team formation and ran back to Lied as water dripped from his drenched clothing. “We get our job done, we do it above and beyond, but we have fun while doing it,” he says. As part of ISU’s ROTC Program, the juniors— MS IIIs—plan and implement the physical training workouts. “By having even more students put into the class, students that they don’t see all the time, it forces them to communicate a lot more,” says Master Sergeant Benjamin Pingel, a class instructor. “They have to plan their workouts for a cadet that can run

a 10-minute mile and maybe a couple other students that can’t run nearly that fast.” Cadet Adam Nguyen was initially enrolled in the class as a regular student, but he later grew to love ROTC so much that he joined. “I didn’t join ROTC as a cadet until my junior year of college, however I’ve been taking the MS 150 course since my freshman year at Iowa State,” Nguyen says. “I joined this course just so I can get a great workout, but in addition to that, I’ve ended up gaining more.” I would be working out under Cadet Jake Rajcula. For each exercise, we counted the reps, “one-two-three, one, one-two-three, two,” all the way to, “one-two-three, one zero.” Never having heard military counting, I found it quite odd that the number ten was said as one-zero. Eventually I caught on and quietly joined in with the counting, letting it serve as the rhythm for my movements.

By the time we got to calf raises my lack of military strength was catching up to me. Standing on my tippy toes, “The Wizard of Oz” came to mind and I began to think, “There’s no place like home,” wishing I could cut this workout short. It wasn’t necessarily the exercises themselves that were so difficult, it was the repetition—each exercise had at least ten reps with no breaks, not even for water, before continuing on to the next. Being out of shape and dehydrated—most likely due to my love of diet soda—this became difficult for me. As we began doing calf raises for the second time, I scanned the group and noticed other students who appeared to struggle as much as me. This gave me comfort. The group leader, Rajcula, admitted it took his whole freshman year before he got used to the physical training (PT). “I hated PT in the beginning,” he says. “But it got to the point on Wednesdays and weekends, when I didn’t work out, I actually felt worse sometimes. After a while your body finally starts getting used to it.”


Lucky for students like me who aren’t as conditioned as Rajcula, grades are scored a little differently in this class. If students improve during the monthly APFT they will maintain a good grade in the class, regardless of where they began, Pingel says. MS 150 is graded primarily based on attendance and the APFT. The APFT includes a timed two-mile run, two minutes of pushups and two minutes of sit-ups. In order to pass it as a student age 1721, males must run two miles in 15 minutes and 54 seconds and females must run it in 18 minutes and 54 seconds. For the push-up section, males must be able to do 42 push-ups and females 19. Both sexes need to be able to do 53 sit-ups. The APFT is scored out of 300 points, 100 for each section. Just imagining attempting this test makes me cringe. I consider running my Achilles’ heel. So, as fate would have it, I was the first to sprint from the back of the line to the front as we jogged around the track for the Indian run. Determined to beat my nemesis, I raced to the front and kept jogging. After one lap, my heart was racing fast, it became harder and harder to breathe and my pace was slowing. Without a word, I dropped out of the group to get a drink. Right after, it was supposed to be my turn again. I’m sure there was an awkward moment when they all looked back and saw that I had vanished. All I have to say after lasting no more than twenty minutes is that Cadet Trevor Thein was right: This was nothing like “Tropic Thunder.” The goal of LDAC is to assess each cadet’s

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ability to not only be a good soldier, but a good leader. All 6,000 junior contracted cadets in the country are watched continuously for 29 days and then judged based on their physical fitness, Army knowledge and leadership ability. In particular, cadets must complete a land navigation assessment, which includes a written exam, a day navigation course and a night navigation course. Cadets also completed cultural awareness, weapon training, first aid training, the Field Leadership Reaction Course, where cadets must work together to overcome extensive obstacles and the land confidence course. The most intricate part of LDAC was the squad situational training exercise. For this, cadets actually lived in a tactical training base and conducted mock missions against a fictional enemy, allowing their minds and acting ability to lead the way. For the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear training, cadets were able to personally experience the burn of harmful chemicals to prepare them for their career. Toward the end of the assessment, the cadets literally walk the plank—they walk along a

narrow log high above water until they reach a set of handlebars, then each cadet has to zip line down and drop themselves into the water for water confidence training. How well a cadet does or doesn’t do at LDAC has a significant impact on their future in the Army. National rankings determine if a cadet can join the branch they want—Infantry, Military Intelligence, Aviation, Medical, etc.— and where they can be stationed. A cadet’s rank is comprised 40 percent their GPA and 60 percent their performance at LDAC. Each cadet must compete with every other junior cadet in the country, which is why Iowa State focuses on perfecting the PT test and training their juniors for LDAC. To ensure ISU’s cadets can handle the pressure, they take a lab every Wednesday that consists of learning basic military training. For underclassmen, training includes acting out missions and scenarios in order to gain confidence and leadership skills, while upperclassmen develop training programs, structure labs, present classes and plan various events. They also focus on land

navigation and water confidence. “We don’t think it’s very realistic that everyone would go off to camp and get an excellent rating, but we want everyone to be prepared to get one,” says Sergeant First Class Fred Beckman. According to Beckman, Thein says he actually had fun at LDAC—no wonder Thein ranked no. 1 out of the approximate 450 cadets in his regiment. “It was a great experience, not just as a cadet, but as a person,” Thein says. But he was not the only Cyclone to excel. In fact, within the 27 Cyclone Battalion cadets, which includes cadets from Drake, Buena Vista and Grandview, four were in the top four of the regiments of 450 cadets, seven were number one in their platoons, 11 earned an overall excellence award

and 12 earned the coveted RECONDO badge. (To get a RECONDO badge, cadets have to score over 90 points on each event of the APFT, earn an exceptional rating for Land Navigation, pass First Aid & the Confidence Course on their first try and earn a satisfactory rating or higher overall—as Smith puts it: “They’re studs.”) “There is no program better in the nation than Iowa State and the stats show it,” says Thein. “I feel like if I was told I had to go lead a platoon of soldiers tomorrow I would be able to go out and do it. It has not only developed me as a leader but also as a person. The morals and values you gain from a program and family like this is nothing you can experience anywhere else.”



Radars beeped, scans ran and the siren was ready for use. Taking the passenger seat in the Iowa State Campus Police car, flashbacks of “Reno 911” episodes ran through my mind as I imagined all of the sweet moves that would be thrown down on every freshman traveling with a backpack full of Keystone. Roaming through Campustown, we drove slowly, circling the mass of students traveling between parties and bars. It’s been a long week and you are incredibly relieved that Friday has arrived—taking shots tonight is a major improvement from that impossible organic chemistry exam. Everyone at the kegger you ended up at is too drunk to man the cups and your best friend is already throwing down YouTube worthy dance moves. The free drinks are flowing and that shit week is finally in the back of your mind when, an instant later, there’s a knock at the door and you’re cuffed, cited and carried off to jail quicker than you can say “Miranda rights.” For many students, the Iowa State University and Ames Police Departments are a mere nuisance—a group of people in black uniforms whose sole purpose is to dole out fines for being normal college students enjoying a night off. Obviously tickets suck, but they always come with reason. Citations are a form of disciplinary action that discourage citizens from breaking the law. When it comes to underage drinking, citations are served to discourage students from drinking beyond their limits.

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The ISUPD recognizes a positive relationship between itself and the students the officers protect. They don’t wear beer goggles on weekends like those who end up in the backs of their cars. As the intoxicated make their way across Campustown, officers carefully watch for subtle movements the impaired don’t notice themselves. They see the slight trip of a drunkard, almost landing in traffic, or a moment when a black-out student has lost their group of friends and is puking their guts out on the side of a house. It can be tough for officers to watch the oblivious actions of those they’re trying to protect. “Officers sometimes snap because other people can be oblivious to their situation, for example, if a drunk driver was on the road next to them,” said ISUPD Captain Darin Van Ryswyk. These actions may seem small and irrelevant at the time, but the campus police officers have witnessed how these small mishaps can lead to disaster. Almost three years ago, Jon Lacina drunkenly wandered into an abandoned building south of campus and injured himself. His body was found three months later. That same semester, Raven Gileau was left beneath the railroad tracks north of campus while walking home from a night of heavy underage drinking. Her roommate reported her as missing at 3:19 a.m. and her body was recovered near the train tracks about two hours later. She had been hit by a train.

Haunting memories of avoidable accidents like these drive police officers to protect and serve. Officer Doug Hicks of the ISUPD was a member of the search party for Gileau. He will never forget the rumbling sound of the train engine that was going over the tracks where Gileau was last seen. He later learned her body was found and she had been hit by a train. For all he knows, the engine he heard earlier that morning could have been the train that killed Gileau. An autopsy later revealed that her blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when she died. From a student’s perspective, a couple shots may only lead to a nasty hangover, but officers in Ames have witnessed how dramatically a night can change when alcohol consumption passes the point of responsible fun.

One In A Million People pour from every exit, empties fill the once green lawn and music blares ten times louder than it does from the average frat guy’s subwoofer. Shortly after, the police arrive

with plenty of pink slips and keen eyes that have no remorse for the underager hiding behind the couch. It sucks being the one person who gets cited, but that one person is the officer’s golden ticket to the source, according to the Nuisance Party Ordinance of the City of Ames. The ordinance requires officers to cite one of the first violators they see for them to be able to charge the party throwers with a nuisance party violation. Last year, the ISUPD issued a total of 437 Possessions of Alcohol Under the Legal Age (PAULA). Considering that many people are usually out drinking in Campustown on a Friday night and that roughly half of ISU undergrads are underage, 437 PAULAs spanning 365 days is a small number. Most of the PAULAs were issued during VEISHEA and out of the 124 people who were arrested during last year’s festivities, only about onethird were Iowa State students.

Officers don’t get adrenaline rushes by busting parties like we may have suspected. “I’ve never smiled after writing someone an


underage ticket,” Van Ryswyk says. Choosing the career path of an officer is driven by a want to protect the public by enforcing laws. Van Ryswyk explains, “[People] don’t become an officer to write PAULAs”. Handing out citations is a simple way to remind people of the laws that exist for their own safety. When an officer intervenes at a party, they’re not just giving students a hard time for having fun; they’re trying to save anyone there who may be having a negative experience. Some may be having the best drunken stupor of their lives, while busting a party could stop a rape from happening in the back upstairs bedroom or permanent damage from alcohol poisoning. For this reason, officers must have an aggressive strategy to break up a party. “It’s easy to give a warning to a speeder, but giving a group of underage people a warning is difficult. How do you choose who gets a ticket and who gets a warning?” Van Ryswyk asks. When busting a party, the first law breaker to catch Van Ryswyk’s eye is the first to get a ticket; it’s ultimately a random process. Officers have to deal with a variety of people on a daily basis, the unruly, the intoxicated, the testosterone-driven bad asses and the Fast

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and Furious wannabes. In order to enforce laws, the officers have to maintain an alpha dog persona in all situations, a stereotypical attitude taught to everyone who goes through officer training. Their boisterous voices and gun holstered to their side are intimidating, and images of dirty cops in movies and on television don’t reduce the fear that officers may be abusing their power in any situation. Brandon Singleton, a Des Moines police officer, was found with meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia for personal use in his patrol car after crashing into a parked car and fleeing the scene while on duty last April. Though not under the influence at the time of the incident, Singleton was tried, plead guilty and sentenced to one year probation. He was fired from the Des Moines Police Department the following May.

Identity Crisis For many, having a fake ID when underage is almost as crucial as receiving a driver’s license on their 16th birthday. Tip number one when dealing with

police officers: don’t lie about your identity. They will find out who you are and then slap you with a ticket for providing false identification. Your identification is the only piece of information you’re required to share with a police officer, according to the Supreme Court. Student Laura Faber was walking from a tailgate when she was stopped and questioned by a team of cops. Carrying an open container and being a minor, she made the mistake of making it a game. “I said I didn’t have [my I.D.] because I didn’t want to get ticketed, so I gave them a fake name and [fake] information,” Faber says. After running her information, the officers determined it to be false. “They took me to jail,” Faber continues. “[They] gave me citations for possession under the legal age, an open container, false identification and public intoxication. I ended up spending 21 hours in jail.” Many students use Facebook as an informal means of communicating with their friends and pages sometimes show more drinking photos than you want an officer who could cite you for a PAULA to see. With the rise of social networking, Facebook has become an information gathering tool for officers searching for a second form of ID. The ease of logging into users’ accounts via smart

phones have made it possible for officers to legally request to see the suspect’s photo and name on Facebook. Arguing against and refusing to show this second form of identification could bring charges of harassment and false identification.

Belittling Words Being called “sweetie” can feel extremely offensive when receiving a citation, but it’s also language that is completely unnecessary in the realm of law enforcement. Some even question whether a person of high authority using words considered to have a belittling and sexual connotation could be deemed as sexual harassment. Can a police officer call a student “sweetie?” According to Van Ryswyk, absolutely not. An officer speaking to a citizen in this manner is disrespectful and unacceptable, he adds. Van Ryswyk’s best explanation for why an officer may have chosen to speak to this student in this manner is because he thought it was better to keep his appearance of dominance in tact by belittling the student, rather than using a loud, commanding voice. Assault is common in the life of a police officer, so controlling suspects starts with their body language and voice, which is important for their own safety. But when are offensive manners necessary and when are they meant to insult?

Some students may let questionable actions, such as a supposedly unwarranted public intoxication citation or the address of sweetie, fly under the radar because police officers can appear to hold the final say. Van Ryswyk urges students to report mistreatments per police officers to their departments, it helps the department better serve its citizens. You wouldn’t let a mispriced item be charged to your credit card without a dispute, so you shouldn’t let a questionable citation mark your permanent record or empty your bank account, either. Students have the ability to fight for themselves in court if they think they were mistreated by government officials. Van Ryswyk holds his officers to high expectations and encourages persons who have experienced questionable behavior from a police officer to raise questions.

Sweet Talk a Cop The cop reaches in his pocket and pulls out the dreaded pink slip, the suspect in question has a small window of time to find a way out. No matter how unlikely, the thought of weaseling out of the ticket is often an immediate response. Telling the truth seems logical, but the drinks you had earlier might have brought out your inner-actor, complete with a fictional story that seems like it could get you out of anything. But officers have heard it all. One of Van Ryswyk’s favorites is the whimpering

Need to know During VEISHEA there are 85-90 officers on duty instead of a normal 20 437 Iowa State students received PAULAs during the year 2011 Police officers do not try to enforce laws in a stricter manner during VEISHEA During VEISHEA there were a total of 124 arrests, but only 1/3 were Iowa State students PAULA: Possession of Alcohol under the Legal Age A first offense PAULA will cost $314.00. That includes $200.00 for the fine, a 32 percent “surcharge” and the new court costs of $50.00 A second offense PAULA will run you $500.00, plus the surcharges and new court costs which sum to a total of $710.00 It is not against the law to drink alcohol at home with your parents “It wasn’t my beer I was just holding it”, will not get you out of a ticket At the University of Nebraska, police officers pull undercover cops to sneak into parties without a permit or procurement for minors to identify sales and possession of alcohol 27

freshman who claims to be 22 because he just finished a Purple Heart-worthy military term. After years of hearing countless stories from students, who will hopefully never receive a book deal, officers know when to call bullshit. Before you start imagining your next award-winning story, act cautiously. You might get off with fewer fines if you simply admit your wrong doing. Fleeing the scene is one surefire way to receive a ticket. Police officers have an efficient way of working together, and your chances of escaping are usually slim to none. If and when you are caught after running, additional citations are likely to be included for your athletics display. The third way may be difficult to hear, but no, crying will not get you out of a ticket. Next time you’re stopped, pull back the waterworks—they make no difference, though you may be handed a tissue along with your citation.

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Number four is specific to football season— holding a beer in a tailgating lot is one definite way of grabbing police officers’ attention. The final foolproof way to get a ticket has to do with that “super bass.” Police officers have to be considerate of all parties affected by an event, and some neighbors may not regard blaring rap music as artistic expression the same way that you do, so try to keep the music at a moderate level. During nightly patrols through Campustown, the campus police aren’t a pack of hyenas circling around innocent Simba and Nala. In a sense, they are truly watching over us so we don’t stumble into a deathly pit in the African Savannah, or more likely in this case, a curb. In many situations, police officers play a much greater role than they get credit for.

Perhaps my Reno 911 skills never got put into action, while doing the rounds with Officer Hicks only four stops were made, one of them an arrest. In the five hour period there were plenty of opportunities where he could have stopped and asked someone what was in their backpack this late at night, but that never happened. Instead, he kept his eyes open for students who were stumbling, watching closely for signs of danger. At one point he even removed debris from the streets to help the next traveler on the road avoid a flat tire. His love for Ames and its residents was obvious as he talked about Cyclone athletics and patrolling the tailgating lots, during which it’s not uncommon for him to grab a hamburger and bowl of chili with one of his past arrestees—one student even thanked Van Ryswyk for arresting him for over consuming alcohol, admitting that a night in jail was the wakeup call he needed.

Under the Party Nuisance Ordinance, these eight wrongdoings will land a cop at your gathering

Public intoxication Unlawful consumption of beer, wine or alcholoic beverages in a public place Outdoor urination or defecation in a public place Unlawful sale, furnishing, dispensing or consumption of beer, wine or alcholic beverages Underage deposit of litter or refuse; the damage or destruction of property without the consent of the property

Unlawful pedestrian or vehicular traffic; standing or parking of vehicles that obstructs the free flow of traffic on the public streets and sidewalks or that impedes the ability to render emergency services Unlawfully loud noise; fighting; or, any other conduct or condition that threatens injury to persons or damage to property is hereby declared to be an unlawful public nuisance



Be aware of the nonverbal messages you are sending to others. Ladies, if you are gazing at someone across the bar with a smile spread across your face as you tilt your head to the side and continuously flip your hair, he/she is probably going to think you’re interested. Communication studies professor Mark Redmond says women give off approachability cues that help others identify whether a person is approachable or not. Men, however, might engage in status displays says Dawn Sweet, who holds a doctorate in communication. So guys, if you catch yourself expanding your chest to take up as much space as possible, talking in a loud voice and engaging in “showing off” behavior you might be sending the wrong signals.

Five quick tips to shake those creepy drunks that never seem to get the hint BY LEAH DE GRAAF DESIGN NGUYET BUI PHOTO BLAKE LANSER

SHOW DISINTEREST Once you know the nonverbal hints you give off, use them to shake that guy or gal without being hurtful. Body language is everything, so avoid eye contact and keep your body turned away from your unwanted admirer. Drudge down conversation by answering questions shortly and don’t ask questions in return. Redmond, whose research focuses on interpersonal communication, says people tend to avoid offending others. “We don’t want to embarrass someone,” Redmond says. “We don’t want to make them feel bad.” Indirect strategies, like ignoring the person or subtly acting rude, protects a person’s feelings, while direct strategies tend to “threaten” an individual. One risk with the indirect strategy is that your message may not be picked up. According to Redmond, “We see what we want to see.” If that’s the case and you just can’t shake them, find an excuse to leave.


Flat out tell the person you are not interested. Sometimes it is best to have a clear and strong message to get your point across. According to Redmond, among the students he has talked to the preference is to be direct and say, “I appreciate your interest, but no thank you.” You don’t want to be seen as a tease. William Foss, senior in hotel and restaurant management, says it is easier to tell a lie. “If you lie you are saving their feelings. If you tell the truth, they could get upset,” says Foss. So using the whole “I’m sorry, I am in a relationship,” may be the best route, as long as you don’t get caught.

Don’t say one thing and do the other. For example, if a girl accepts a drink and then walks away there is a clear contradiction, and mixed messages lead to tricky situations. Foss, also a bartender and bouncer at Big Shots, says when he buys a girl a drink he expects at least a casual conversation. Similarly, if you have told someone to leave you alone, do not continue any kind of interaction. “We get into too much game playing sometimes when it comes to relationships,” says Redmond. “It would be a lot easier if [everyone] could be real frank with each other.”

FIND HELP OR LEAVE If the message is just not sticking, don’t hesitate to excuse yourself from the situation. Sit in a different seat, create distance, leave or ask for help. As a bar employee, Foss can tell when a girl is not interested in a guy, and if he were notified about a potentially dangerous situation, he would ask the male to either leave the female alone or exit the bar—don’t leave without your friends, though. “There are creeps out there,” Redmond warns. “Ultimately, it is just a matter of getting the message across clearly.”

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them I was leaving, there was this huge burden that was lifted. I felt called to campus preach, so [when I wasn’t preaching] it felt like I wasn’t functioning properly. E: What’s the best part about preaching?

THE BIBLE MAN We watched Keith Darrell preach his heart out, defend his beliefs against unruly passersby and snatched an interview with him during his recent visit to Iowa State. Ethos: I know you are Christian, but what’s your denomination? Keith Darrell: I’m associated with a Presbyterian church, but when I’m preaching I’m not affiliated with any denomination. I’m associated with the Whitefield Fellowship, that’s who I work under. E: Have you always been Presbyterian?

the bible every now and then. Right before I got to college, I just started to become more and more aware that I wasn’t that good of a person. One of the events that did that was that a friend committed suicide, and when someone dies you say, ‘Oh, well I’m going to be a good person now’ and that was kind of what drove me to Christianity. E: When did you start preaching on campuses?

D: No, I actually grew up in a liberal Episcopal church, so I wasn’t actually a Christian until I was 17 years old, the summer of ‘93, just before I got to college.

D: The first time I did it was in 2000. I spent about four or five years working in finance in New York and then in April of 2010 I left my job to travel and preach.

E: What made you convert?

E: Was it hard to leave your job?

D: When I got to junior high/high school I started to get rebellious, but I would still read

D: Yes and no. Yes because of the financial security and no because as soon as I told

D: Probably my favorite part of any day is when I know someone doesn’t like me or disagrees with me, but they hang out long enough and they kind of, well at least you think, they like you by the end of the day. I can think of a handful of examples where someone walks up and they are rolling their eyes at everything I say, and maybe they are cussing at me or whatever. For example, I preached in California and there was a girl there, Heather, who after my first day of preaching said, “F*** you, f*** your bible and f*** your Christ,” which isn’t usually the way you enjoy ending the day with somebody. But over the next six weeks she would come back out and listen and by the end of the six weeks she apologized to me and thanked me for coming. She wasn’t a Christian or anything, but that [is] probably one of my favorite parts of it, seeing that transition in somebody. E: How does it make you feel when people express hate toward you? D: [At Iowa State] there was a guy riding by on his bike and he got up to the front of the crowd and he said, “Keith Darrell, I hate that guy!” So for some people I’m just the aroma of death, [but] I like the idea of him having an opinion of me rather than being completely indifferent. E: If no one can change your mind, why do you think you can change others’? D: I freely confess that I can’t change anyone’s mind and that’s something that’s kind of difficult, even for Christians on campus to understand. I know that I can get so far into these people’s ears, but I can’t change their hearts.


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Fall 2012  

Fall 2012 issue of Ethos magazine at Iowa State University

Fall 2012  

Fall 2012 issue of Ethos magazine at Iowa State University