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2 | TABLE OF CONTENTS | Iowa State Daily | Thursday, May 24, 2012
Table of contents 3.....Poll: Most anticipated sports event? .4.....One-on-one: Seneca Wallace .5.....ISD road trip: Amana Colonies 6.....Opinion: Bronzed, but not debased
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ISU track garners 25 spots for regional competition Between the men’s and women’s track and field programs, the Cyclones have 25 athletes competing at the NCAA West Regional meet from May 24 to 26. The qualifiers were almost perfectly distributed between the two squads with 12 athletes qualifying from the women’s side and 11 from the men’s.
Albert Gary receives probation for robbery ISU wide receiver Albert Gary was sentenced May 21 to three years probation with time in a halfway house. Gary was originally charged Nov. 15 with first-degree robbery, a class B felony, after ISU Police responded to a call from a man claiming to have been robbed at gunpoint on Central Campus on June 19. Gary came to a plea agreement on a lesser charge. The ISU athletic department had no comment until Gary goes through the university judicial process.
Wistey qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials ISU swimmer Imelda Wistey qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials on May 20. In the first 100 meters of her 200-meter breaststroke race, Wistey swam a 1:11.74, just under the Olympic standard time of 1:12.19. Wistey’s coach Duane Sorenson said he was happy for the his swimmer and that the qualifying time was a breakthrough for Wistey.
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ISU announces new dean of students Iowa State announced May 17 that Pamela Anthony will be the new dean of students. Anthony currently serves as the assistant dean of students at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she has served since 2003. Prior to that, she served as director of student activities at Atlanta’s Spelman College. She has also worked at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Anthony will assume her new position at Iowa State on Aug. 1.
Financial literacy comes under review A recent study shows that 9 percent of ISU students are not aware of how much debt they are in. Gregory Forbes, research analyst for the student financial aid office, called these statistics “unsettling.” He went on to say that 13 percent of students surveyed did not know that they have debt, while 43 percent underestimated how much they owed. The study found that the more financial responsibility a student had, the more likely they were to be aware of their debt.
Local bands attend Music University Maximum Ames and the Des Moines Music Coalition hosted a Music University. The purpose of this event was to open up discussion for local bands about touring. Veteran bands talked about their experiences with touring and new bands discussed where they hoped to go.
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May 15 A staff member reported being harassed by an acquaintance at the Armory (reported at 2:11 p.m.). Michael Felderman, 138 Gray Avenue, reported the theft of a bike at Parks Library (reported at 2:33 p.m.). Vehicles driven by Adrianne Kaiser and Rosemary Stemler were involved in a property damage collision at Edenburg Drive and Long Road (reported at 3:08 p.m.).
May 16 Armando Espinoza reported the theft of two tennis rackets at Forker Building (reported at 10:17 a.m.). A staff member reported receiving an envelope bearing unusual writing at East Hall (reported at 2:33 p.m.). A staff member reported the theft of a rock specimen at Science I (reported at 2:45 p.m.). An officer on patrol observed a man carrying computer equipment at Agronomy Hall. Upon further investigation it was discovered one of the computers had been stolen from Agronomy Hall. Dustin Evans, age 29, no permanent address, was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. An additional charge of criminal trespass is pending (reported at 5:38 p.m.). Penny Runge, 45, 403 Lincoln Way, Unit 1, was arrested and charged with driving under suspension — she was subsequently released on citation at Ironwood Court and University Boulevard (reported at 8:08 p.m.). Jessica Kuyper, 19, of Dakota City, Iowa, was cited for underage possession of alcohol at Beach Avenue and Lincoln Way (reported at 10:48 p.m.).
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Iowa State Daily | FACES IN THE CROWD | 3
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One-on-one with Seneca Wallace By Alex.Halsted @iowastatedaily.com Seneca Wallace is currently an NFL quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. The former Cyclone has been in the NFL for nine years, being drafted in 2003 by the Seattle Seahawks after spending two seasons at Iowa State. In a 2002 game, Wallace became famous for a play known as “The Run,” where he scored a 12-yard touchdown after zigzagging around the field for some 130 yards.
People still talk about the play today, so it seems like a good place to begin. Could you take me through “The Run” as you remember it? It was a three-step drop, and I had Lane Danielson out to my left. I dropped back, and a defender, the defensive end, jumped up and tried to bat the ball down. So I pumped and got him to jump, but the timing of the play was off as soon as that happened. After that, I was in makea-play mode and dropped back, pumped, scrambled back out and kind of back-peddled a little bit and ended up running back about 15 yards. Once I got to the sideline and turned it up, I almost thought I was going to run out of bounds. I said: “Well maybe I should run out of bounds and
Photo courtesy of ISU Athletics Seneca Wallace was drafted in the fourth-round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks after spending two seasons as a Cyclone.
save the play.” It was kind of weird because it felt like the Texas Tech defenders kind of stopped. Once they slowed down thinking I was running out of bounds, I had a shot to dart and hit the sideline. Once I did that, I got a great block on the sideline and got another one from Mike Wagner. So once I got the block and cut it across the field it was pretty much just trying to make a play and get in the end zone.
Normally you get a guy to run 100-something yards, he’s going to be exhausted, a little winded. There was so much excitement in the stadium that day — I had a lot of friends and family at the game — it was just a big moment for us at Iowa State.
Estimates vary on how many yards you ran total — between 120 and 135 yards — what did it feel like after the play?
(Laughs) No, no, not at all. I’m just glad to be a part of something like that and bring so much attention to Iowa State. The fans love it and are still talking about it — that’s what a lot of us athletes play the sport for. It’s about the memories, and when you have memories like that, that people still hold on to, it makes you feel good because a lot of people respect what you did, and you bring a lot of excitement to people’s Saturday.
The funny part about it was I was on so much adrenaline; it wasn’t like I was even tired after the play.
Did you know at that point that the play would be as big as it is today?
Outside of that play, what would you say would be your greatest memory in your time at Iowa State? I had so many. The two years went by so fast, but we had a lot of fun, and there was so much excitement. From beating Nebraska for the first time in 37 years at home and the fans tearing down the goalposts and rushing the field; to going to Iowa and being down at halftime 24 to 6 or whatever it was and coming back and beating them and pretty much messing up their National Championship hope; and playing in the Eddie Robinson Kickoff Classic against Florida State. There were so many memories, and it was so much fun being apart of it. We went to two bowl games while I was there — unfortunately we lost both of them. … I wish we could have won the one against Alabama in the Independence Bowl. It’s kind of hard to put my finger on one, but me being able to beat Iowa twice and pretty much mess up their National Championship hopes, I think that’s one of the big ones.
In your NFL career, you’ve kind of turned into a veteran. What have you enjoyed most during your time in the league? Just learning. Everyday is different, everyday is a grind, and the season is a grind. I think the biggest thing is you take the things you
learned from guys that came before you, and you find as the years go on that you start doing those things to the younger guys. I’m truly blessed to be doing this as long as I’ve been doing it. There are a lot of great memories that come along with it, and one of the biggest ones is going to the Super Bowl and playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Football occupies quite a bit of your time during the year, but what do you enjoy doing during the off-season? Just hanging out with the family. You have to take advantage of your time off because it’s a grind, like I said, going through the season. Being around the family and being able to relax and spend time with them is really important. You try to recoup from the season because a lot of things transpire during that time, so being able to be around the family and decompress and forget about the stuff that happened during the season [helps] move forward and look to the next year.
One thing that you’ve spent a lot of time with in recent years is your foundation, Joyce’s Angels. Could you talk about what that means to you? It means a lot. My mom died of cancer about five years ago; she had multiple myeloma. I did a thing here in Cleveland a couple weeks ago where — my mom’s favorite thing that she loved to bake any holiday, Christmas or anything, and all of us kids loved it a lot, was a rum cake. What I did in honor of her death was I started baking a rum cake every holiday or if it’s her birthday or something like that. So a couple weeks ago in Cleveland I did a little deal with a cupcake place here in Cleveland that just opened up. I was pretty much turning her cake into a cupcake, which had never been done and a lot of people had never had a rum cupcake before. All the proceeds went back to my foundation to help raise awareness for multiple myeloma. It turned out well; we sold 350 cupcakes the first day and turned around the next day and sold another 200-something — and they’re still selling them, she’s keeping them in the store right now.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Iowa State Daily | NEWS | 5
ISD road trip: Amana Colonies Venture back into history and heritage
The Chocolate Haus — Dessert and Coffee Café
By Frances.Myers @iowastatedaily.com Driving into the Amana Colonies, you might do a double take. The streets, the walkways and the buildings all seemingly transport you into a whole other world, a world filled with so much history, you nearly forget you are living in 2012. For this week’s road trip, the Daily decided the Amana Colonies would be an interesting place to visit, full of culture, history and interesting craft shops, not to mention great food. The buildings are all made of historic brick, stone and clapboard. The gardens are alive with vibrant colors. The community is completely reflective of its heritage, that of the German Pietists who originally settled it. The Amana Colonies have been a national historic landmark since 1965 and are also one of America’s longest-lived communal societies. The word “Amana” comes from the biblical Song of Solomon 4:8. It means to “remain true.” For our first stop in the Amana Colonies, we stopped for breakfast at the Ox Yoke Inn, a quiet restaurant “World famous for American and German food served ‘Family Style.’” With quick service and friendly staff, it was a very nice contrast to the typically small breakfast of a college student. Next we wandered down the street looking at small shops. We came to the Village Store and decided to take a look around. We sampled some delicious fudge and looked at some of the trinkets the store had to offer. Walking back down the
Location: 4521 220th Trail Makes fudge and caramel from scratch Offers free samples Gourmet hand-dipped chocolates Cheesecakes Truffles Sugar-free chocolates Ice cream Kids frappes Espresso Gourmet coffee Smoothies
Restaurants in Amana Photo: Kelsey Kremer/Iowa State Daily The Ox Yoke Inn is located in Amana, Iowa, and is a national historic landmark. The Ox Yoke Inn is a popular place to eat at while visiting the Amana Colonies for those looking for “food served ‘family style.’”
Millstream Brewing Company Iowa’s “Oldest and Most Award Winning Craft Brewery.” Millstream was founded in 1985. The most popular beer Millstream makes is the Schild Brau Amber brew. Millstream makes about
15 different types of beer throughout the year. There are five year-round beers Millstream makes along with four seasonal types of beer. Best time to visit? Oktoberfest: Sept. 28 to 30
street, our attention was diverted to a store called “The Chocolate Haus — Dessert and Coffee Café.” With so much candy and chocolate, we couldn’t help but feel like little kids again. The store boasted “gourmet hand-dipped chocolates, cheesecakes, truffles, sugar-free chocolates, ice cream, kids frappes, espresso, gourmet coffee and
smoothies.” After purchasing a few choice goodies, we decided it was time for a change of pace. Driving around, we came upon — what could be better? — a brewery. Turns out, it was Millstream Brewing Company, Iowa’s “Oldest and Most Award Winning Craft Brewery.” Millstream was founded in 1985.
Restaurants: Ox Yoke Inn: 4420 220th Trail Ronneburg Restaurant: 4408 220th Trail Serena’s Coffee Cafe: 728 47th Ave.
Breweries, wineries and vineyards:
Photo: Kelsey Kremer/Iowa State Daily Beer is made at the Millstream Brewing Company in Amana, Iowa. Millstream is the oldest microbrewery in Iowa, and one of the oldest in the United States.
The brewery has crafted 15 types of beer brewed; the most popular is the Schild Brau Amber brew. The brewery sells five year-round beers along with four seasonal types.
During the summers, the Millstream Brewing Company hosts live music performances on Saturday nights. Food is brought in, and the themed events are family-friendly.
Ackerman Winery Inc.: 4406 220th Trail Heritage Wine, Cheese and Jelly Haus: 4402 220th Trail Sandstone Winery: 4505 220th Trail Village Winery: 752 48th Ave. White Cross Cellars: 755 48th Ave. Millstream Brewing Company: 835 48th Ave.
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Iowa State’s legacy stands academic now, but forever?
The Ames Lab’s recent marking of its 65th anniversary reminds us of Iowa State’s multitude of contributions to the world beyond campus. Over the years, the Ames Lab contributed to uranium enrichment for the Manhattan Project, high-performance computer research, organic polymers and other scientific innovations. Those contributions are in line with Iowa State being a land-grant university. When he visited the Daily earlier this year, President Steven Leath defined land-grant universities in terms of what distinguishes them from other universities: their public responsibility. With changes in university administration, from Leath to his new senior vice president and provost, dean of students, registrar and others, the new administration will be faced with making decisions that will put Iowa State on some new path or continue pressing in its existing direction. We will be interested to see, as the university’s model becomes increasingly a business, rather than academic, model, whether we will still be celebrating the same legacy in another 65 years. Editorial Board
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Photo courtesy of Thinkstock Tanning can become an addiction, but many women (and some men) enjoy the benefits of tanning in moderation. Too often the negative image — of leathery skin and “tanorexic” attitudes — applied to tanning beds is unwarranted. Being bronzed can be beautiful if used with appropriate knowledge and appreciation.
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oo much of a good thing can be bad. People first become acquainted with this mantra as children, when they finally get the chance to be alone with all of their collected Halloween candy. The opportunity to engage in a smorgasbord of sweets just for themselves is placed in front of them. But this heavenly situation quickly
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By Mackenzie.Nading @iowastatedaily.com turns sour, usually around the seventh or eighth candy bar, when the nausea sets in. From a young age the lesson becomes quite clear: Good things are to be had in moderation, or bad outcomes are sure to occur.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Iowa State Daily | OPINION | 7
Learn beyond math, science
s the American education standards in comparison to the rest of the developed world continue to go downhill, a megaphone has been hoisted belching some noise to the effect that more attention needs to be devoted to math and sciences. And by that, they mean hard sciences. To that effect, there is an interesting advertisement by Exxon Oil currently running on television with a lamentation that corporate America and other stakeholders could help rope in the magic necessary to increase scores among young learners. Currently, the United States is ranked 23rd among developed countries in scores in math and science among young learners. There is an underlying assumption that all that is amiss with the dwindling education standards has everything to do with the decay in the teaching of math and sciences. There is also the strait-jacket conventional wisdom that the central pillar of a sound education is math and sciences. In other words, liberal education is secondary top education. But what has math and science got to do with a progressive education system? Are we mourning the death of a promising scholarship or merely the decline in the ability of learners to memorize theories and numbers? Wouldn’t the basis of a strong educated society be the ability of people to engage one another in continual discourse? And, in-all-fairness, why aren’t we asking ourselves why we became so dependent as a people and how we could wean ourselves off of that dependence? Without coming off as a wimp or a defender of liberal arts, I find the obsession with math and sciences a perilous path toward putting American education standards back on the lead. People who propose we pay close attention to the teaching of math and science are not giving reasons why and how the standards declined so fast over the years. Most of the industry leaders, including President Barack Obama, somehow believe that once we fix the problem with numbers and scientific theories, then we shall have found cure to our education problem. Overemphasis in math and science is wrongheaded. I believe the problems with education largely stem from the society than from within a learning system or specific areas of instruction. The crisis that gripped the entire American society within its politics, economy and even morality has a spill-over effect that has engulfed a once sterling education system, the shining star that was the storied American education system — a global envy, was largely on the curiosity it imparts on learners. That the current generation of Americans lacks the oomph of scholarship and a curiosity thirsting for more knowledge details just how liberal grounding is the missing link. What the American education system needs now than ever is a renewed commitment to the country’s history. A deeper emphasis in the liberal consciousness that dovetails this great country’s history and models of inquiry would catapult into droves of new breakthroughs to address the kind of deficit that we think only math and sciences would answer. Americans invented by questioning — citizens’ ability to engage, to test knowledge to share and to size up albeit without mischief their various levels of understanding. This country has risen up to the occasion when reminded of its storied history. America rises up to occasion when confronted with the reality of her past. This country has a duty to
By Benson.Amollo @iowastatedaily.com subject young learners to the idea of America and what loyalty to her greatness can do. There’s a higher need to bring young Americans to understand that there once was an American where hard work was rewarded; Abraham Lincoln’s America saw civility pave the way for great invention. There is a higher need to instill in young citizens of America that when they sit in a classroom to learn, a whole country is relying on their pursuit of that knowledge. This is the message we have missed, and it is what will inspire rosy numbers in scores in those “coveted” areas in math and science. It is pointless to insist that we invest in math and science
If we can flip the pages backwards and arrive at a place in this country’s history where the moral chord was held sacrosanct, then that is what we must teach most Americans. among young learners when the media is awash with stories of capital greed, where individuals became richer overnight by cheating their way. If we can flip the pages backwards and arrive at a place in this country’s history where the moral chord was held sacrosanct, then that is what we must teach most Americans. It is the history, the American story of resilience and opportunity that inspires greatness.
Benson Amollo is a graduate student in journalism and mass communication from Nairobi, Kenya
8 | OPINION | Iowa State Daily | Thursday, May 24, 2012
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>>TANNING.p6 an accident. These overindulgences quickly become a problem, disease or addiction in the critical eye of society. The most recent of these social concerns is that tanning in electric beds, particularly among women, is becoming excessive and out of control. It has been labeled as a disease and given the name “tanorexia.” The concern of excessive tanning grew from a news story about a mother who allegedly allowed her five year old daughter to tan. The rumor was never proven to be true, but the appearance of the mother herself was what sparked the concern with tanning. The woman, quite frankly, looked like a piece of leather. She had an unnatural orange completion, wrinkled skin and dark spots all around her arms and face. It was clear that she has put herself in a tanning bed way too many times. Speaking as one out of the millions of young women throughout America that do choose to tan, that crazy leather woman is not allowed to speak for all of us. I choose to tan for multiple reasons, and none of those reasons is to look like an Oompa Loompa. The first is it’s relaxing. Many people that judge those who do tan have never been in a tanning bed. It’s warm and quiet and has the uncanny ability to lull a person to sleep. Another reason is because society tells me, and every other girl, tan is attractive. Now, I don’t mean to sound like a materialistic chick, but I tan so I can fit in and feel good about myself. Let’s be honest, the media has a huge influence on what people do. Whether it’s the clothes they buy, how they chose to style their hair or what color they try to turn their skin. Most will scoff when someone says they make a life choice just to fit in, but the truth is everyone tries in some way or another, and I, along with many others, feel more attractive and comfortable in society with a tan.
The “too much of a good thing” wisdom applies to more than just indulging in candy. Overindulgences quickly become a disease or addiction in the critical eye of society. So now that we’re being honest, it’s time to set the record straight: Yes, people tan to fit in, to fall into what society deems as attractive or normal, but most of us also understand that too much tanning can lead to unfortunate outcomes. I will not go to extreme measures in the tanning bed, and I’m sure most other tanning happy girls agree. Of course there are legitimate concerns with tanning, the main one being that it creates a higher chance of skin cancer. But I can also get cancer from my cellphone, the natural sun outside and too much McDonalds, and millions of people are exposed to each of those things on a daily basis. The moral of the story here is tanning, just like Halloween candy, can be enjoyed in moderation. Just because someone has a membership to a tanning salon does not mean that they are going to look like a piece of leather by the time they are 30. The mother mentioned above was, sadly, never taught that too much of a good thing can lead to a devastating outcome, thus she should not be allowed to be the poster child for the effects of tanning. Becoming bronze from an electric bed is nothing to be ashamed of and is in no way, shape or form a disease consuming those who choose to enter a tanning salon.
Mackenzie Nading is a junior in political
science from Elgin, Iowa.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 | Iowa State Daily | FEATURE | 09
Summer of a lifetime
McCoy readies for Canada, marriage By Alex.Halsted @iowastatedaily.com For as long as he can remember, he has been aiming for the fairways and hitting long putts. After all, Nate McCoy has been golfing all his life. “I remember him pretty vividly swinging his little clubs in the backyard,” said Nate’s father, Mike McCoy. “Hitting shots around the backyard.” Right from the start, Nate gravitated toward golf. It was no coincidence his father Mike is a 10-time Iowa Player of the Year in the sport. “Ever since I was crawling on the ground my dad had me around the game,” Nate said. “I was born into golf, and as soon as I could stand and hold a club, that’s when I started trying to hit the ball.” Mike said his son’s swing came to him naturally, adding that his primary role was making sure Nate had the right equipment in his hands. “I took him to the golf course and the driving range, and he hit balls in the backyard,” Mike said. “All I did was kind of encourage him — he didn’t need a lot of coaching, just a lot of encouragement to keep swinging.” Around the age of six Nate took to the course competitively, and he has been golfing ever since. Now a senior at Iowa State, McCoy has reached his final collegiate tournament, and it comes in the midst of a new chapter in his life.
Reaching for the NCAA Championships
Photo courtesy of ISU Athletics ISU men’s golf senior Nate McCoy qualified for the NCAA Championships from May 29 to June 3, beating his opponent by one stroke to earn the lone wild card spot. McCoy, with his stroke avergae of 71.60 for the 2011-12 season, is on pace to break the ISU record of 71.66.
Standing on his final hole at the NCAA Regionals in Bowling Green, Ky., on May 19, McCoy came to the realization his Cyclone career could be down to its final shots.
“I told myself, ‘Alright, you’ve got one hole left in your college career maybe, so let’s go out here and just hit a great shot,’” McCoy said. “I hit a really good shot; I felt like my best shot in college at the time.” With one lone individual wild card spot available for a spot at the NCAA Championships, McCoy faced off against Ethan Tracy of Arkansas as the third and final round of the weekend neared the end. McCoy swung his club and watched as the ball soared through the air. A par-4 hole, some 453-feet away, McCoy hit the fairway. His second shot landed on the green. With 6 feet remaining, the senior sunk his putt to finish with a birdie. With his day over, McCoy waited for Tracy to finish. After the Razorback missed a putt on his final hole, McCoy advanced to the NCAA Championships. “It’s really awesome to know I made it there and now I have one shot left to try and complete that goal of winning the NCAAs,” McCoy said. “It’s awesome knowing it came down to that last hole, that last putt.” McCoy, ranked No. 45 in the country by Golfweek, is the first Cyclone to advance to the NCAA Championships since Clay Davis in 1980. ISU men’s golf coach Andrew Tank said McCoy will go down as one of the best Cyclone golfers for more than one reason. “He’s certainly going to go down as one of the best players in the program’s history,” Tank said. “He’s done a lot to put our program on the map — it’s not just because he shoots low scores. It’s because the way he interacts and treats people.”
A professional career after college In early May, McCoy went to Canada for Q-school, a qualifying tournament for the Canadian Tour.
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>>MCCOY.p9 Out of 156 golfers, only the top 30 would receive a full exemption for the 2012 season. Finishing with a four-round total of 285, McCoy finished the weekend at 3-under, tied for fifth overall. “I didn’t really treat it any differently than any other event. It’s just pro golf, so you just have to hit fairways and greens and try and make putts,” McCoy said. “The level of play was a little higher, but you still just treat it the same way.” Tank said he was impressed with how focused McCoy remained on his collegiate career. “He stayed really in the present with his college golf,” Tank said. “A lot of times it can be a distraction for a senior — to start thinking ahead and thinking about the next chapter — but Nate has really just focused on getting better and playing well.”
Moving on to the next chapter When the NCAA Championships come to an end, McCoy will head for Canada and the golf it has to offer. The next chapter in McCoy’s life has something else to offer too.
On June 16, McCoy will get married to former ISU soccer goalkeeper, Ashley Costanzo, making for a busy summer. “I think it’s going to be a great, fun transition. I’m really looking forward to turning pro, but I’m also really looking forward to getting married,” Nate said. “I think both of those things together will probably make it one of the most enjoyable times of my life.” Growing up, Nate’s and Ashley’s parents’ homes were only 1.2 miles apart in West Des Moines. But the two never met until they were both athletes at Iowa State Ashley, a five-sport athlete growing up, never had much interest in golf. “I have never been interested in golf until I fell in love with a golfer,” Costanzo said. “Golf was kind of the thing that if I wanted to watch on television, I could watch for five minutes, and then I couldn’t anymore.” The marriage will now take Ashley to the golf course too, as she becomes Nate’s caddy for the summer tour. “I trust her out there; I wouldn’t really want anyone else out there caddying for me,” McCoy said. “I’m pretty excited to have her out there, and she’s pretty excited to caddy because we get to travel around Canada. “It’s going to be like our summer-long honeymoon.”
Photo courtesy of Nate McCoy ISU men’s golf senior Nate McCoy talks with his caddy and future wife, Ashley Costanzo. The two will get married on June 16, shortly after McCoy ends his collegiate career.
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Onward through an Odyssey
Photo: Liz Zabel/Iowa State Daily A team from New York watches a presentation in glowing Statue of Liberty hats. Odyssey of the Mind had its opening ceremony Wednesday night in Hilton Coliseum.
By Thaddeus.Mast @iowastatedaily.com For many students ranging from kindergarten to college, Odyssey of the Mind is a great opportunity to stretch their creativity to the limit while also meeting others from around the world. This year, the World Finals for the problem solving competition will be at Iowa State
from May 23 to May 26. While an outside events company is supplying most of the event coordinators and workers, some students have taken up the Student Job Posting’s position to help out as well. They will be setting up before and tearing down after the events for this competition, which is back in Ames for the seventh time to hold the World Finals.
“Iowa State has been doing this since 1990,” said Alan Strohmaier, associate director of Iowa’s Odyssey of the Minds. “The last time the World Final was held here was 2009.” The World Final will bring around 15,000 to 17,000 people to Ames and the surrounding areas. Every dorm room available has been rented out for the 815 teams competing. Fifteen countries will be rep-
resented at this year’s final, out of the 27 countries that currently have active Odyssey of the Mind programs. There are shuttles going from airports within a 300 mile radius, including Omaha, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Mo., to Ames to accommodate the teams. “It’s a big logistics nightmare,” Strohmaier said. Iowa State, however, is one of the few places that can han-
dle this kind of event. “I don’t care where we go or where we do finals, everyone says ‘I love Iowa State, when can we go back?’” Strohmaier said. “People in Iowa are just warm and welcoming. Here they treat the people who participate like they are people, and they are friendly towards them. Very few universities can hold Odyssey of the Mind.” Odyssey of the Mind is
“the premier problem solving competition of the world,” as Strohmaier said. The World Finals is the culmination of a year’s worth of work put into a single problem, ranging from building a vehicle that shows emotions or a structure made of balsa wood that can hold hundreds of pounds to putting on a unique version of play or
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>>ODYSSEY.p14 making a musical version of Hamlet. Strohmaier, working with the organization since 1987, tells of some of the more interesting devices made to solve the problems presented. “I have seen vehicles that have been made entirely of Coke cans. Vacuums have been made into robots with computer screens on them. One of the judges here this year currently holds the world record for the structure problem, holding over 1,400 pounds.” Tracy Hoekstra, coach of the Johnston High School team and coordinator for all of the Johnston teams, has been to over 12 World Finals over the years, both as a student and a coach. She described what is exciting for the students involved and why Iowa State is the place to hold the World Finals. “The climate is exciting, it’s fun, and they get to meet people from around the world. In addition to enjoying the experience, they also want to be successful. “Iowa State does a fantastic job, in my opinion the best job, hosting World Finals,” she said. “They have fantastic facilities, great food and friendly staff.” The opening ceremonies were Wednesday, and the World Finals will conclude with an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a dance for students involved to be hosted afterward.
Odyssey by the numbers Students kindergarten through high school and college can participate Iowa State has been involved since 1990 15,000 to 17,000 people come to Ames for Odyssey 815 teams competing this year 15 countries represented at this year’s World Finals 27 countries currently have Odyssey of the Mind programs active
Photo: Liz Zabel/Iowa State Daily Odyssey of the Mind brings more than 15,000 kindergarteners to college students to Ames from around the United States and across the world. The event will conclude Saturday night with an awards ceremony and a dance for participants.
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Daily by the day Thursday Odyssey of the Mind World Finals When: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. What: A creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten to college. Teams must work together to solve a wide range of problems. Where: Iowa State Center
President Obama Campaign: Grassroots Events When: 7 p.m. What: President Barack Obama will speak on issues and outline his campaign for the election. Where: Iowa State Fairgrounds
Floral design series When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 8 p.m. What: Learn basic floral design and have the opportunity to take home your own creation. Where: Reiman Gardens
Mat cutting with Amy Dreyer When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. What: Learn to size mats, cut straight and beveled edges, and hinge mount artwork. Where: Workspace, Memorial Union
Iowa Cubs Unplugged — Brian Congdon When: 10:35 a.m. What: Madhouse Brewing Company presents “Iowa Cubs Unplugged,” a pre-game series of live music and drink specials, before every Mug Club game. Where: Principal Park, Des Moines
Iowa Cubs When: 12:05 p.m. What: Minor League Baseball game. Where: Principal Park, Des Moines
Screen printing with Dara Poorman When: 7 to 9 p.m. What: Learn an inexpensive way to create custom T-shirts. Where: Workspace, Memorial Union
Free Texas Roadhouse lunch When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Local law enforcement will be serving free lunch. Leave donations at the table and the money will go to Special Olympics Iowa. Where: Texas Roadhouse, Johnston, Iowa
Music in the Junction: Comfort Zone
When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. What: A weekly farmers’ market and Music in the Junction series will be held in Historic Valley Junction. Where: Historic Valley Junction, West Des Moines
When: 7:05 p.m. What: Iowa arena football.
Iowa World Organization of China Painters porcelain show and convention When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday What: Displays of hand painted artwork painted by members from across Iowa on china. Where: Holiday Inn, Urbandale, Iowa
Kickoff to Summer sock-hop/ Special Olympics concert/fundraiser When: 7 p.m. What: Participants are encouraged to dress in ‘50s outfits to win prizes. Richie Lee and the Fabulous ‘50s will perform. Where: Prairie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Iowa Events Center
3XW Live Pro Wrestling TV taping When: 6:45 p.m. What: 3XWrestling will present family-friendly pro wrestling featuring the seventh-annual “Gauntlet for the Gold” rumble-style battle royal for the heavyweight title. Where: Forte Banquet and Conference Center, Des Moines
Maurice Walsh’s “The Quiet Man” When: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday What: The Winterset Stage presents the 60-yearold Academy-award winning film “The Quiet Man.” Where: The Winterset Stage, Winterset, Iowa
Saturday Odyssey of the Mind World Finals When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. What: A creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten to college. Teams must work together to solve a wide range of problems. Where: ISU campus
Ames Main Street Farmers Market When: 8 a.m. to noon What: Local food, music and entertainment. Where: 400 block of Main Street
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Odyssey of the Mind World Finals When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. What: A creative problem-solving competition for students from kindergarten to college. Teams must work together to solve a wide range of problems. Where: ISU campus
John Wayne birthday celebration When: 7 p.m. What: A celebration for the Iowa actor. Where: Winterset, Iowa
The Really Really Free Market What: A temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. Where: Nollen Plaza, Third and Locust, downtown Des Moines
John Wayne birthday celebration When: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. What: A celebration for the Iowa actor. Where: Winterset, Iowa
Kid Ink When: 8 p.m. What: Live music. Where: Val Air Ballroom, West Des Moines
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Daily by the day Tuesday Kids story time When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. What: Two to three books read aloud followed by creative activities. All books and activities are intended for children ages 7 to 7 years old. Where: Reiman Gardens
What: A family-friendly event that serves as a way to raise money for local nonprofit organizations supporting children. Where: Glen Oaks Country Club, West Des Moines
Wednesday Funny Bone presents Jeff Dye When: 7:30 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. weekends; May 30 through June 3 What: Comedian Jeff Dye will perform Where: Funny Bone Comedy Club, West Des Moines
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When: 8 p.m. What: Live music.
When: 9:30 p.m. What: The Science Center of Iowa is hosting a Star Party, which will allow guests to observe the moon, planets and other celestial objects. Where: Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines
Where: Bombay Bicycle Club, Clive, Iowa
Iowa Blues Challenge When: 8:30 p.m. What: The Pain Killers, Serious Business and The Mississippi Misfits will compete in the final round of the 2012 Iowa Blues Challenge. Where: Downtown Marriott, Des Moines
Nitefall on the River: Hairball
Running of the Trees — 5K fun run/walk
When: 7 p.m. What: The summer concert series Nitefall on the River begins with Twin Cities-based band Hairball. Where: Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater, Des Moines
When: 5 p.m. What: Runners and walkers will traverse through trees, ditches and around ponds. Where: Hynek Tree Farm, Ellston, Iowa
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When: 7 a.m. to noon What: The original Farmers’ Market, which began in 1976 with only 15 vendors and 200 shoppers, has grown to more than 200 vendors and 18,000 shoppers. Where: Downtown Court Avenue, Des Moines
Ames Memorial Day parade
Rock ’n’ Roll Art Show
Memorial Day ceremony
When: 7 p.m. What: Shawn Palek and Finder’s Creepers will host a one-night-only art show. Attendees must be 21 years old. Where: Fremont Tavern, Des Moines
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When: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. What: Ceremony honoring veterans. Where: The parade beginning at Ames City Hall will head north along Clark and then east along Ninth Street to the Ames Municipal Cemetery.
When: 9 a.m. What: The ISU Retirees Association will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to remember faculty, staff and spouses who have died. Where: Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center.
Tech N9ne When: 7 p.m. What: Music. Also with Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Prozak, Stevie Stone, and Mayday. Where: 7 Flags Event Center, Clive, Iowa
Rapper Machine Gun Kelly When: 7 p.m. What: Rapper Machine Gun Kelly appears for his “90 Dates in 99 Days” tour. Where: Val Air Ballroom, West Des Moines
Principal Charity Golf Classic When: All day; May 29 through June 3
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