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Career Fair persists Wet, well-dressed students seek out opportunities By Matt.Wettengel iowastatedaily.com A new location and persistent rain didn’t dampen the determination of engineering students seeking employment at the College of Engineering’s Career Fair on Tuesday. On their way to the white tents outside the Scheman Building, students did what they could to protect themselves from the downpour. Umbrellas were hidden, layers of clothing were removed, some women unrolled the bottoms of their dress pants and a few men attempted to dry their hair — at least to the point where it wasn’t dripping onto their faces. Students like Julia Baray, senior in chemical engineering, were planning to attend the career fair rain or shine, with the intent of landing a job. She thoroughly prepared before coming to the career fair, which featured 211 employers. “First I looked at all of the companies that were coming and decided which ones I wanted to talk to and made sure that I knew a little bit about them so that I had some common ground to start talking to them,” Baray said. “I also prepared my resume to give to employers.” Most found few differences between the tents used this year and inside Hilton

Judge highlights importance of student votes By Paige.Godden iowastatedaily.com Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge visited Iowa State, 40 days before the election, to encourage local Democrats to get out and vote. “It is really crucial here on the campus that we need to get the students voted,” Judge said. It is important to maintain the Democratic majority in the legislature, Judge said. “I have had the privilege of serving parts of Iowa as a senator ... one lesson I’ve learned from that experience is unless you have a majority in that legislature, you can want all the things you want, but it’s not going to happen,” Judge said. “You are very fortunate to have the slate of legislatures you have, and we need every one of them back.” She said the Democrats have to keep moving forward with the agenda they have set. Gov. Chet Culver set some goals four years ago, and some

of them “were critically important to the state; his emphasis was put on education and health care,” Judge said. She said if Iowa doesn’t have a well-educated and healthy state, not much else matters. It is important to start early with education and make certain every child at the age of 4 has availability to a preschool, Judge said. “We know Mr. [Terry] Branstad does not agree with the emphasis on preschool. He has said many times ... if people want preschool they should pay for it,” Judge said. She said that is a basic difference in candidates, the difference in supporting education of children. “We believe whole-heartedly we have to spend the money in childhood education,” Judge said. “We’re not backing off that. We are going to continue to make sure all the children in the state have access to education.”

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Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business career fairs will continue through rain

Funds requested for SUB comedian, Pakistan flooding

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Students pick up their name tags inside the Fisher Theater lobby for the College of Engineering Career Fair on Tuesday. The different colored stickers represented the different careers at the fair. Photo: Kelsey Kremer/Iowa State Daily

Three-fourths of the employers coming for the College of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences career fairs had already been booked by the time August’s floods filled Hilton Coliseum. The damage the facility suffered left career fair organizers without a location to hold the events. Career fair planners looked at other universities’ methods of hosting the event to make up for the loss of Hilton. “We had to go through the process of evaluating our options and deciding on where to hold the event,” said Kathy Wieland, program coordinator for

Business Career Services. “It came down to a couple of choices, but we looked at some other universities that held large outdoor career fairs and decided to take that route.” The large, white tents used to host the College of Engineering’s career fair will also hold the College of Business and Liberal Arts and Sciences Career Fair on Wednesday. The career fairs are always held consecutively to accommodate employers attending both, Wieland said. The flash flood warning, issued Tuesday before the engineering career fair, caused concern with the tents, which are located in the courtyard south of the Scheman Building. However, Wieland said the tents are assured to withstand

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inclement weather. Organizers hope the recently erected tents will draw more attention to the event than in years past. Kravinsky hopes to see as many students at the event as possible, despite the forecasted chance of rain. “We’re bringing employers to campus, so no matter where it’s held it’s a good thing,” said Steve Kravinsky, director of career placement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “It’s a golden opportunity for [students] to network with potential employers that may become internship opportunities or future careers. Weather’s not an excuse not to attend. Last I checked we weren’t all made of sugar.”

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Streams predicted not to flood Heavy rains and thunderstorms predicted to pour on the Ames area this week are not likely to cause river and stream flooding. Though thunderstorms and rain moved across central Iowa on Tuesday and are expected to continue Wednesday night and though Thursday, the precipitation is not substantial enough to cause Ames rivers to overflow, said National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Small. “Any water rise should stay within the banks of Ames rivers,” Small said. “It’s been dry enough where the rivers have recovered from the August flooding and will not flood to that level this week.” The heavy rains are a bigger concern in southern Iowa, where flooding is likely, Small said. A break from wet weather can be expected Wednesday morning, with thunderstorms and rain moving in Wednesday afternoon and staying through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast. Clear conditions and temperatures in the 60s and 70s are predicted for the weekend. Daily Staff

The Student Union Board is hoping to bring Bo Burnham to Iowa State at a greatly reduced rate for students. Burnham is a musical comedian who caught his big break after uploading some of his songs to YouTube. Some of his most popular songs are “I’m Bo Yo” and “New Math.” The Student Union Board is putting $3,000 worth of funds toward Burnham and is requesting another $4,500 from the Government of the Student Body senate to help cover the remaining costs. The senate is also being asked for funding from the Pakistan Student Association. According to the bill, the group

is working to “promote understanding of Pakistani culture and raise awareness and funds for victims of Pakistan’s flooding in summer 2010.” The group is looking forward to attracting new members, and is asking for $2,384.30 out of the discretionary account to help with culture night, transportation, Iowa State Daily advertising, e-mail lists to help with flood fundraising and office supplies. GSB senate will also be discussing the transfer of budgets from the capital projects accounts to the events accounts. This will be more useful to students and their organizations. In doing so, the events accounts will contain $45,043.32 more for future student organization needs.

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Unemployment remains constant throughout August By Tyler.Kingkade iowastatedaily.com

LECTURE: PAUL GIGOT Paul Gigot, the vice president and editor of the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal, speaks Tuesday at Stephens Auditorium as part of the Chamberlin Lecture Series. Photo: Ryan Damman/Iowa State Daily ™

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The unemployment rate remained at 6.8 percent through the month of August, while the national unemployment rate was nearly unchanged at 9.6 percent, according to a news release Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Workforce Development. However, the actual number of residents unemployed went up to 114,200 in August from 113,300 in July. Out of 2,500 government jobs that were lost, 1,100 were census workers ending their work. State and local government lost a combined 1,400 workers, according to the department. Since last year,

government employment has pared 7,100 jobs. Leisure and hospitality employers posted a loss of 900 employees. However, not all sectors laid off workers. “The August job numbers show that modest improvement has occurred over the past year,” said Elisabeth Buck, director of Iowa Workforce Development. Manufacturing led Iowa’s job gains with 1,200 added, and health care services added 900. “Corporate balance sheets are in much better shape than they were a year ago, making it more likely that hiring will strengthen in the months ahead,” Buck said.


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PARIS HILTON: TOKYO — Japanese ofďŹ cials delayed Paris Hilton at Narita International Airport while they decide whether she will be admitted to the country after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Las Vegas. The 29-year-old celebrity was stopped by immigration authorities upon her arrival in Japan on Tuesday, one day after her plea, according to an e-mail.

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DETROIT — Aretha Franklin’s son was severely beaten at a gas station in Detroit, the singing legend’s spokeswoman said Tuesday. Eddie Franklin, who is in his 50s, was attacked Monday night, Gwendolyn Quinn said in a statement. A witness said two men and a woman may have been involved in the attack. The witness was not identiďŹ ed.

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NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton will host a weekly syndicated TV program focusing on education. ESH Holdings, a new minorityowned multimedia company, says the half-hour news and information magazine, called “Education SuperHighway,� will ideally target parents, grandparents, educators, teachers and students.

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By Frances.Myers iowastatedaily.com Tin-Shi Tam may not be the most well-known name on campus, but her work is heard every weekday at Iowa State. Tam is the woman responsible for the music coming from the Campanile heard by people on campus as they walk to and from classes. Recently, Tam became a hit nationwide on YouTube when she played the popular Lady Gaga song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Romanceâ&#x20AC;? on the carillon for students to hear. Since then she has received many requests for other favorites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coming soon includes â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Louie Louieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; theme songs from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Family Guy,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Simpsonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; and possibly â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Poker Face.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stay tuned,â&#x20AC;? Tam said. She has also been quite creative with her song choices, playing an arrangement of â&#x20AC;&#x153;folk songs, classical music, pop songs and original carillon music.â&#x20AC;? Some songs that students may recognize include the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hokey Pokey,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flight of the Bumblebee,â&#x20AC;? Journeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Stop Believin,â&#x20AC;? the popular â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s Rick Astley song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Gonna Give You Up,â&#x20AC;? and even Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thriller.â&#x20AC;? For quite a while, Tam says Friday concerts have been reserved for requests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the music translates well on the carillon, I do my best to honor those requests,â&#x20AC;? she said. Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite aspect of playing the carillon in the Campanile is â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting my daily exercises from climbing the steps [and] sharing the music with everyone on campus and around the globe.â&#x20AC;? Something unique in which Tam has had the honor of participating in her time here at Iowa State as carillonneur is the event of marriage proposals. Since 1994, Tam has played music for more than 20 proposals. She goes up into the Campanile and plays the carillon upstairs while the couple

By Gene Johnson Associated Press Writer TACOMA, Wash. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A lawyer for a decorated ďŹ&#x201A;ight nurse discharged for being gay urged a federal judge Tuesday to reinstate her to the Air Force Reserve, and the judge indicated he might have no other choice. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton in Tacoma said he would issue a ruling Friday in the case of former Maj. Margaret Witt. As the trial closed, he expressed strong doubts about the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arguments seeking to have Wittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dismissal upheld. The judge suggested his hands were tied by a 2008 appeals court ruling, which said the military canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ re people for being gay unless it shows their dismissal was necessary to further military goals. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation to repeal the 1993 â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tellâ&#x20AC;? law on gays serving in the military. Former Maj. Margaret Witt has sued the Air Force in hopes of being reinstated. No one in her unit or any of her patients ever expressed concern about her sexual orientation, she told the judge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spent over half my life training to do,â&#x20AC;? Witt testiďŹ ed, her voice breaking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I miss being able to be the one that that soldier looks at and I can do something for him. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not complete, and it kills me to not be there.â&#x20AC;? The case has been closely watched by those on both sides of the gay rights debate. Proponents believe another big legal victory would build momentum for a congressional repeal of â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell,â&#x20AC;? the 1993 law that prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members but requires discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are found to engage in homosexual activity.

Tin-Shi Tam, university carillonneur, plays the carillon in the Campanile every day. Song requests for popular songs have increased since the YouTube video. File photo: Whitney Sager/Iowa State Daily

gets engaged. The music she plays is usually something the couple can recognize, such as their special song. Tam added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every proposal is unique, special and memorable.â&#x20AC;? Tam learned to play the carillon in 1991 when she was a graduate student at the University of Michigan. After browsing through a university calendar, she noticed an announcement for a carillon concert in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clock tower. Curious, she asked her music professor about it, and her love for the carillon was born. Tam went to the concert and afterward went up in the campanile where the carillon was located. Soon she started taking lessons on the carillon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I began my tenure as university carillonneur at Iowa State University in 1994,â&#x20AC;? Tam said. Tam is the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ fth

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Fight flu season, avoid pandemic, get vaccinated At the end of September, three seasons are in full swing — football, fall and flu. We’re fans of the first two. That last one? Not so much. This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of 6 months gets vaccinated as soon as possible, with the hopes of preventing another H1N1 pandemic. You should probably get a flu shot. All of the cool kids are doing it. Peer pressure. See, if everyone gets immunized we’re not passing it around all winter and fewer people will get sick. Scientists call it “herd immunity.” Say it with us: “Moo.” Thielen Student Health Center is holding vaccination clinics at the UDCC each Wednesday and Thursday in September from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional dates to have on-campus vaccinations are also in the works. Doses run $20 for the shot or $25 for the flu mist, and don’t forget your ISUCard — they aren’t accepting cash. This year’s vaccine contains three subtypes of flu: Influenza B, H3N2 and the infamous H1N1. Humans aren’t the only animals that get the flu, and that’s why the “H’s” and “N’s” matter. If a pig is infected with more than one kind of flu, “H’s” and “N’s get swapped around. If you’re immune to swine flu and human flu, you’ll still get sick from the man-bear-pig flu. When you get sick from the flu, it’s because of your immune response. Fever, sweating and body aches are due to inflammation, which helps your immune cells get around your body. Meanwhile coughing, sneezing and the nastier stuff are your body’s way of flushing it out of your system. The scare from swine flu is its close relation to the Spanish Flu of 1918. Healthy individuals — which includes most college students — are at risk because their immune systems produce too much inflammation, which causes a fever no cowbell can fix. If you think of your body as a fortress and your immune system as armed guards, vaccination is the heads-up for whatever germ/ zombie horde you’re trying to keep out. The flu shot contains inactivated — or dead — virus particles. Your immune system processes these zombie chunks, and the guards are a lot better at killing the horde once they’re inside the fortress. FluMist works better. Because it’s an attenuated strain — alive, but non-infectious — your immune system gets the chance to study the zombies first, which gives you immunity in the tissues and your mucous membranes. If you’re under 50 and not pregnant, and for only $5 more, you put homing missiles in the towers, sharks with laser vision in the moat and replace your guards with highly trained ninja. You get the flu from breathing infected air, and we share air with a few thousand people per day. If you do get sick, you need to stay home. You’ll probably want to anyway. Nobody likes a quarantine. But you can skip all that if you head over to the UDCC today. We’ll be there. You’ll probably feel a little run-down the day after the vaccination, but it’s better than spending dead week wishing you were actually dead.

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Election 2010

Races will be close

By Curtis.Powers iowastatedaily.com

Midterm elections are inching closer as November approaches, and Roxanne Conlin and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are opponents in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race. Daily columnist Powers makes some predictions about potential outcomes in both the state and national electoral races and comments on the involvement of the tea party. Photo: Charlie Neibergall/The Associated Press

Mud-slinging, excitement will dominate elections

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lection season is now in full swing and the tea party folks have certainly proved themselves to be a force within the Republican Party. It remains to be seen, however, if they can win elections. I was going to write an article about how Democrats shouldn’t be so excited about tea party candidates winning. After all, the more motivated and pissed off people are, the more dangerous they can be both to themselves and to others. However, Roland Martin already wrote almost exactly what I wanted to say on CNN in a column called “Democrats had better fear Tea Party candidates,” so go check it out on your own. So I thought it’d be much more interesting to try and figure out how Congress might look after the election is over. This could change in the coming weeks, especially after the Republicans unveil their campaign agenda — something akin to their “Contract with America” in 1994 — later this week. After all, they haven’t shown much in the way of ideas beyond saying no to anything the Democrats want or, “Obama’s a socialist.”

Let’s start in Iowa. Broadly speaking, it doesn’t look like anything will change in either the House or the Senate. Current five-term senator, Chuck Grassley (R), holds a significant lead — 18 percent — over challenger Roxanne Conlin (D) in the polling I saw at Real Clear Politics. No surprise there. Grassley will likely be in the Senate as long as he’d like. However, his recent ad claiming that “we beat the drug companies before and we will beat them again” was a bit disingenuous and quite outlandish. The other ads of his that I’ve seen have been legitimate, even a little humorous, like his Twitter one. The five races for the House have all five incumbents with at least an 8 to 10 percent lead in the polls right now. The one race that had looked promising for Republicans was the 3rd District race — the 3rd District covers Des Moines and the surrounding areas — with Brad Zaun taking on Leonard Boswell. But things have turned as Zaun’s lack of understanding of public policy issues, as well as other details — harassing an ex-girlfriend a year after they broke up to the point that the police got involved, all while he was the mayor of Urbandale, almost a decade ago — have arisen. Boswell has since stormed back to lead the polls. So, on the whole, it doesn’t

look like there will be too many exciting races here in Iowa, and that includes local and state races as well. In the House of Representatives on the whole, I didn’t have the time nor the energy to try and figure things out race by race — but dagblog. com did, and I think it’d be worth checking out. It looks like it will be really close with both parties having a legitimate shot at securing a majority. In the Senate, there will definitely be 38 Democrats, two Independents who caucus with the Democrats and 20 Republicans, as some senators are not up for re-election. Real Clear Politics’ current polling has the Democrats up 48-45 with seven races as toss-ups, and from the looks of things, I’ll make that my starting point. Those toss-up races are in California (Boxer-D), Nevada (Reid-D), Washington (Murray-D), Wisconsin (Feingold-D), West Virginia (Open), Illinois (Open) and Colorado (Bennet-D). It’s hard for me to see Washington and West Virginia go Republican, so I’ll take the Democrats. I’d say that for California, too, but it’s Barbara Boxer. I lived in California when she first got elected and remember that no one really liked her too much. They just disliked the other candidate more, and that’s been the trend except for her 2004 election when she won by 20 points. Fortunately she’s run-

ning against Carly Fiornia, former CEO of HP, who is also really unlikable. However, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has dropped $119 million so far. Sometimes, other campaigns advertising can help out or hurt a candidate. In this case, I think it will push Fiornia into office and would be a major win for Republicans. I’ll also take Republicans in 50/50 states like Wisconsin — a Daily Kos poll had the Republican by double digits — and Colorado. That makes it 50-48 Democrats with Illinois and Nevada left. Those races are impossible to call. I’m from Illinois and have no idea how that one will shake out. As for Nevada, almost anyone but Harry Reid should win it. However, tea party candidate Sharron Angle is about as fringe as it comes in this election season, so who knows. My gut tells me Illinois will go Republican — for Gov. Rod Blagojevich staying in the news doesn’t help Democrats at all — and the crafty Harry Reid will hang on by his fingertips. That would make it 51-49 Democrats, which would give Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) lots of power once again. If one thing is sure, this fall election season should be an exciting one full of good ole’ fashion mud-slinging and name-calling.

Hunger

Ignore misleading statistics

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here’s a statistic floating around the Internet that the amount of money Americans spend on ice cream each year — allegedly $20 billion — is enough to feed every third-world country for a year. The question that’s posed is, “Wouldn’t you give up ice cream for a year to feed the world?” Whether this statistic is true or not is beyond me; I honestly have no source that can verify it to be true or false, but it’s also not where my objection lies. My focus is the mindset that this “solution” to world hunger promotes — one of shallow, idealistic thinking. So for the sake of argument, let’s assume the statistic is completely true. What would happen if we did stop buying ice cream and gave all the money we would spend to third-world countries? Well, a number of things would happen here in America. A large amount of industries would be severely crippled, if not put out of business entirely, including dairy companies, dairy farmers, refrigerated transportation companies, ice cream retailers and all the companies that create raw materials for ice cream packaging. This, of course, would only be the tip of the proverbial iceberg — many other industries would be affected vicariously due to their connections to these companies, and our country would be in a state of mass unemployment and economic ruin. Now, if ice cream were slowly phased out by some natural, free-market means, our nation would probably adjust. Looking

By Thomas.Hummer iowastatedaily.com at this from the other direction, let’s take the Internet itself as an example. Most of us can remember a time when the world got along just fine without the Internet. However, as we have become more dependent on it, it would be traumatic for our country to suddenly be without it. In the same way these trends need time to build, they would need time to fizzle out, or else it will be too much to adapt to at once. Regardless, I still don’t see anyone actually following through with this idea. Has anybody out there really cut their own ice cream funds? A similar question came up during the BP oil crisis: Everybody vilified the company, but how many people were willing to walk the walk and stop buying BP gas? I’m not defending BP in the least, but I also wasn’t one of the people slandering it with every available opportunity. Given, our dependence on gas is much stronger than our dependence on ice cream, but that actually makes the whole thing worse. And why ice cream? Why not cell phones? Our society must spend tons more money on cell phones and cell phone services than ice cream. Well, similar reasons still apply. First off, we would have a similar financial collapse, but it’s also because cell phones are a culturally made dependence that people simply aren’t willing to give up. Ice cream, however, is not, yet people still aren’t giving it up in the name of this cause. Talk is cheap, folks. In the end, this last point doesn’t really matter anyway, because even if people fol-

lowed through and gave up these luxuries, we all know that they wouldn’t give the money to a third-world country. They would find some other area of their lives to reroute the money to, and nobody should feel bad about it. It’s your money to do what you want with, and it’s doing more good supporting our own economy than being used to give handouts to other countries. I’m not trying to be insensitive — I also feel like we should be helping those who are less fortunate — but the truth is, our time and money is better spent helping others become self-sufficient rather than being wasted on free giveaways. There’s a proverb that reads, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” It seems overly simple, but it’s logically sound. Some would say that the “no ice cream” proposition is simply to raise awareness and isn’t to be taken literally. That gives me a bit of relief, but not entirely. The question still must be asked, “Why are we using idealistic thinking to try and make points about the real world?” There is no relation between this line of thinking and reality. That’s like trying to use Harry Potter as proof there might be goblins in the world. So please, everybody, don’t feel bad spending your hard-earned cash on some sugary indulgences every now and then. And to those who are spreading this idealistic, fairy-tale logic: Wake up to reality and learn how to recognize the real-life consequences of your proposed actions.


Sports

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Football

Tight end makes most of recovery Senior Franklin back strong after bed-ridden 2009 By David.Merrill iowastatedaily.com ISU tight end Collin Franklin spent most of his days sleeping. If he ate anything more solid than pudding or soup, his stomach made him pay for it. Franklin spent most of the 2009 season inhibited by the H1N1 virus. It forced him to miss two games, and in the games he could play, he didn’t have performances that were up to his potential. “I wasn’t able to eat solid foods for about a week,” Franklin said. “I lost 20 pounds in about five days. Losing 20 pounds in football is not something that’s easy to come back from. I tried to come back and do everything that I was used to doing, and I ended up hurting my back.” With the 2010 season in full swing and Franklin back at full strength, he has shown the team what kind of player he can be when he’s healthy. Franklin has totaled 14 receptions for 143 yards through the first three weeks of the season. Tight ends coach Courtney Messingham attributes that to

his improvement in conditioning and work in the offseason. “I think he worked hard Franklin in the offseason to get his weight back and get himself in great shape, and then in two-adays he’s worked hard and he’s worked hard in our first three games,” Messingham said. Franklin’s sickness caused him to become very winded after only a few plays throughout last season. Messingham has seen both Franklin’s runblocking ability and stamina improve this season. Another improvement Franklin has made is making the adjustment to the lifestyle in Ames and the rest of the Midwest, which vastly contrasts with that of his hometown of Simi Valley, Calif. Despite having taken trips to the Midwest before, it took some time for Franklin to get adjusted to the slower-paced lifestyle, smaller population and lack of entertainment scene compared to his hometown. Ames also doesn’t have a beach, which means Franklin had to get used to not being able to go surfing, one of his favorite activities. “I love just spending time at the beach no matter what I’m doing,” Franklin said.

Iowa State’s Collin Franklin attempts to avoid a tackle during the game against Kansas State on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: Manfred Brugger/Iowa State Daily Collin Franklin: 2010

14 rec.

143 yards

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47.7 yards per game

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192 yards

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14.8 yards per game

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21.5 yards per game

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“Whether I’m surfing or bodyboarding or just out there getting some sun. Just the atmosphere of the coast, whether I’m up in Santa Monica or down in Malibu, that’s one of the main things I miss about being home is the beach atmosphere.” His California lifestyle and

attitude didn’t take long to rub off on his teammates both on the practice field and in the locker room. “He’s kind of a joker in the locker room,” said wide receiver Jake Williams. “He’s kind of got that surfer-dude attitude, a beach bum sorta. It’s kind of different having someone here

Cyclones look forward after loss By Jake.Lovett iowastatedaily.com Before the 2010 season began, ISU football coach Paul Rhoads called for his offense to improve on its performance from 2009. In Rhoads’ first season, the Cyclones scored 20.54 points per game, a number the coach said must improve if they want to win close games. Through the first three games of 2010, though, Iowa State (1-2, 0-1) is averaging 18 points per contest. “It’s extremely disappointing,” Rhoads said Monday. “We sit here at 1-2, in large part, because we’re not scoring points.” Rhoads said he spent the weekend talking with the offensive coaching staff about ways to increase scoring output. While Rhoads said different playcalling could lead to more explosive

plays, he also said that things like field position and penalties have worked against the offense. “Explosive plays is something that we’ve got to find a way to get into the offense,” Rhoads said. “Alexander Robinson, getting free on some runs, which we’ve only done once, contributes to that.” Robinson’s struggles have likely come from his success in 2009. The Minneapolis native was the Big 12’s third-leading rusher last season, but has seen defenses stack the box against him. Rhoads said opponents are focusing on stopping Robinson, which in turn slows down the rest of the ISU offense. “We’ve got to be more effective in the passing game,” said quarterback Austen Arnaud. “When it comes down to it, teams are going to key on Alexander. We have to make more plays in play action and down the field

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to have us be more effective.” Robinson has 237 yards and two touchdowns through three games this year. His 75.7 yards per game is good for ninth in the Big 12. Arnaud and the passing game are struggling to move the ball, too. Arnaud is averaging 194.7 yards per game through the air, also ninth in the Big 12. “We haven’t thrown the ball with enough success to make people fear that,” Rhoads said. “One of the things you have to do with your passing game

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in Iowa with that attitude.” Despite the differences in cultures, it didn’t take long for Franklin to fall in love with the Ames community. The support the people of Ames give the football team is something Franklin noticed right away and has helped him feel more comfortable in

a place he is learning to call home away from home. “I love the campus and I love the people around here,” Franklin said. “Being able to play for a program like this is something I’ve always dreamed about. I love being able to go around town and everyone has an Iowa State sign in the window or an Iowa State football poster up on the wall.” While Franklin gives some of the credit to the fans for helping the team build on its success, he is thankful for coach Paul Rhoads and his staff for helping him get back to where he needs to be. He said the coaching staff does a great job of finding the things that he and the other players need to be coached on and then putting it in a way that is easy for him to understand. “If you go into practice and you’re just going through the motions and just getting by, you’re going to get run out of here real quick,” Franklin said. “Everybody is always pushing each other and picking each other up when they see somebody is not having a good day or going through some things.” Franklin has many talents. On top of surfing and bodyboarding, he plays a variety of instruments including the piano, drums, guitar and other percussion instruments, as well as vocals — in the locker

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Revenue withheld from universities after Colorado, Nebraska leave Big 12, The Big 12 Conference released terms on Tuesday regarding Nebraska and Colorado’s withdrawal from the 15-year-old athletic conference. The Big 12 will withhold $9.255 million from Nebraska this year and $6.863 million from Colorado from revenues otherwise distributed to the universities. The announced terms also allowed Colorado to depart a year earlier than had been previously planned, leaving the Big 12 at 10 teams to start the 2011-12 season. “We’re in a pretty stable position right now with 10 teams,” said Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe in a teleconference Tuesday night. “But we will keep our ear to the ground...if anything shifts, we’ll be cognizant of it.” The monies withheld from Nebraska and Colorado were pulled partially from June’s dis-

tribution for the 2009-10 athletic season’s and the remainder withheld from this season’s revenue base. The University of NebraskaLincoln will become a member of the Big Ten Conference and Colorado a member of the Pac10 Conference, based in the west coast, effective June 30, 2011. “The University of Nebraska believes this is a fair settlement of our disagreement regarding the appropriateness in this instance of imposing any monetary fee on the university for withdrawing from the conference,” said Nebraska chancellor Harvey Pearlman in a news release. Nebraska will receive an additional $500,000 if it is one of two Big 12 teams to play in a BCS football game at the end of the season. Daily Staff

Volleyball

Women’s golf

Iowa State takes on Baylor Cyclones hope to avoid slow start, add to road streak

Phuntumabamrung, Paulson lead team in season opener

By Dan.Tracy iowastatedaily.com

By Dan.Martin iowastatedaily.com

Slow starts are becoming too familiar to this year’s ISU squad. The season started with a 3-1 loss to Florida, the conference season kicked off with a 3-1 loss to Nebraska and the Big 12 road schedule began with a first-set loss, 25-16, to Missouri. The No. 10 Cyclones will be looking for a fast start as they hope to preserve their 10-match road winning streak as they travel to Waco, Texas, to take on the Baylor Bears. On Saturday, the Cyclones (8-2, 1-1) did start a bit sluggish against Missouri, losing the first set after trailing 7-0 to start the match. But behind a 20-dig performance from senior libero Ashley Mass and a pair of double-doubles from outside hitters junior Carly Jenson and senior Victoria Henson, the Cyclones were able to rally back for a 3-1 (16-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-19) victory over the Tigers. “For us it’s always kind of hard to get going out there, so the first set was a little ugly, but then I think we definitely turned it around 180 [degrees] and then really stepped it up,” said junior defensive specialist Caitlin Mahoney. The 20-dig performance was not only the 100th double-digit dig match of Mass’ career, but Mass’ 17th dig set a new program record for all-time digs which was originally held by former

After a summer of eager anticipation, the ISU women’s golf team is finally back on the course to compete. The team has high hopes as well as high expectations this season, following a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 last year. The Cyclones quickly proved that they had lost no momentum as they took second out of 17 teams in the season-opening Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 11 and 12. Coach Christie Martens is happy to be back at the helm this year and hopes the team can pick up where it left off. Martens would like to see the team place even better in the Big 12 this season and, ideally, make it the coveted NCAA Championships. She is confident from what she saw from the players in the season opener. “We saw a lot of good things that they’ve been working on this summer that’s going to help them during the season,” Martens said. “They’ve improved and learned a lot and just more experience for all of them. I think it’s going to be a good year.” All the girls on the team are very dedicated to improving indi-

Iowa State’s Carly Jenson takes a shot against Iowa on Sept. 10. The Cyclones play Baylor at 7 p.m. in Waco, Texas. File photo: Manfred Brugger/Iowa State Daily

Cyclone Steph McCannon (1992-95). “I think it’s pretty special,” said coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. “I think it puts her in a pretty elite category, and it’s neat to be able to coach a player that is so elite like that.” Mass’ dig numbers have been a bit lower this year as most teams have finally taken note of the two-time AllAmerican and are hitting away from the Muskego, Wis., native. “If they’re not going to hit at me, then I’m going to try and take as many balls as I can passing-wise, too,” Mass

said. “If they try to avoid me, [I’ll] try and step in front of people and take that ball so I can help out.” Now that Mass has the ISU record for digs, she is third on the all-time Big 12 digs list behind Kansas State’s Angie Lastra (2,032) and Missouri’s Tatum Ailes (2,017). The last time the Cyclones traveled down to Waco was Sept. 23 of last year, and the Ferrell Center was not too inviting for Iowa State.

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vidually every day. The girls must balance their class schedule and homework with the 20 hours of practice a week. The team consists of 11 members, but only the top five at the time compete in the tournaments. Sophomore Punpaka Phuntumabamrung and junior Kristin Paulson were the Cyclones’ top two placers in their opening tournament. Phuntumabamrung finished in the top 10 of all competitors for the second time in two years with a sixth-place finish, and Paulson placed 18th. The girls can credit their success to hard work over the summer, in which Phuntumabamrung won the A-Class Open in Thailand, and Paulson won the Iowa Women’s Amateur by a convincing four shots. Both girls remain humble despite individual success. “Helping the team make it to nationals” is on the top of their to-do list. The team has 12 more tournaments this year. Next up is the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday and Sunday. After that, the Cyclones will head to Chicago for the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 4 and 5. Then, on Oct. 11 and 12,

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>>FOOTBALL.p6 to make people fear it is hit big plays.” To start hitting more big plays, Rhoads said the offense may try stretching the field vertically. However, the coach also said that for the offense to set up longer pass plays, Arnaud must have more time in the pocket. In the first three games, though, that time has been cut down by the pass rush brought by the Iowa and Kansas State defenses. “I think that will come into play as we move throughout the season,” Rhoads said. “You’ve got to be able to throw the ball vertically down the field, at times, and make people respect it.” Arnaud described explosive plays as runs longer than 16 yards or passes of more than 18 yards. Against Kansas State, the Cyclones’ offense only had two such plays, a 20yard run by Robinson and a 16-yard run by freshman Jeff Woody in the fourth quarter. “We definitely need to get that up and make more plays in space,” Arnaud said. “K-State did a good job of containing us, it felt like all day, but in the end we shot ourselves in the foot.” Arnaud said the lack of deep shots downfield to receivers like Darius Reynolds or Darius Darks comes from situations the offense ends up in. Against Iowa, the Cyclones were playing from behind throughout and needed to move the ball however possible, but against Kansas State, the Wildcats’ defense did its job to limit ISU deep threats. “When you take shots, especially in the Big 12 and at this level, you have to take them wisely,” Arnaud said. “We’re taking our time, but we know we need to move the ball better through the air, and that’s what we’re going to work on.” Injury updates Arnaud was injured late in the third quarter against Kansas State, with what

>>VOLLEYBALL.p6 The No. 24 Bears upset the 11th-ranked Cyclones in a 3-0 (23-25, 19-25, 31-33) home sweep. “Definitely going to Baylor has been hard for us in the past,” Mahoney said. “For us I think it’s just about taking care of our side of the court. I think when we get too worried about what the other team is doing, then we kind of get in a hole. So we just have to focus on what we’re doing and just stop their big hitters.” Iowa State may have one of the best liberos in the country in Mass, but Baylor (7-5, 0-1) is no slouch when it comes to defense. The Bears are one of the stoutest defensive squads in the country this season, leading the Big 12 and ranking third in the country in digs with 18.49 per set. The Bears’ defensive efforts are led by senior libero Caitlyn Trice, who is currently seventh in the nation with 5.72 digs per set. “They’re very similar to us. They’re constantly digging balls and it’s kind of like that both ways, so the rallies just get so long,” Mass said. “We have to be ready for that.” Baylor is coming off of a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-14) conference-opening loss to No. 12 Texas. The Bears have played and fell to three ranked opponents this season including No. 22 Northern Iowa, whom they lost to in a five-setter (16-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23, 6-15). Iowa State defeated Northern Iowa at home in a 3-0 sweep two weeks ago. “Hopefully we learned from last year [against Baylor],” Johnson-Lynch said. “Hopefully we learned a little bit from our opening set against Missouri. We can’t take anyone for granted, we have to be ready to play.” The match in Waco, Texas, will begin at 7 p.m.

vs. Iowa State (8-2, 1-1)

Baylor (7-5, 0-1)

Where: Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Notes: The Cyclones and Bears have each played Northern Iowa, with Iowa State notching a straightset victory, while Baylor lost in the fifth and final set. Iowa State currently has a 10-match road winning streak. The Cyclones have won seven of their last eight meetings against Baylor, but their lone loss came in a sweep last fall. Baylor is 1-22 all-time against top 10 opponents under head coach Jim Barnes.

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Iowa State’s Alexander Robinson runs with the ball during the Cyclones’ game against Kansas State on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. Photo: Manfred Brugger/ Iowa State Daily

Top running backs by year: 2010

Alexander Robinson

227 yards

75.7 ypg

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Alexander Robinson

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99.6 ypg

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Alexander Robinson

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63.9 ypg

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Alexander Robinson

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Rhoads called a bruised shoulder. Monday, though, Arnaud didn’t hesitate when he said his injured left shoulder was recovering. “It’s fine,” Arnaud said. “Just pains here and there.” Rhoads said he didn’t expect the injury to keep Arnaud off of the field Saturday against Northern Iowa. Arnaud was held out of practice Sunday, but he has been using the shoulder to speed recovery. “The fact that he had a similar injury two years ago in his throwing shoulder and played through it, I don’t see any issues,” Rhoads said. Defensive lineman Bailey Johnson, though, could be held out of Saturday’s game with leg soreness. Johnson, a senior, had a stress fracture in his leg two seasons ago and has had bone growth in his lower leg because of it. Rhoads said Johnson will be day-to-

day going forward. A permanent punter? True freshman Kirby Van Der Kamp has been the full-time punter in Iowa State’s last two games, and he has not disappointed Rhoads or his staff. The West Des Moines Valley grad has 10 kicks and averaged 43.6 yards per kick in two games as the starter. “Kirby’s funny, he is so poised when it comes to everything that he does, and he showed that under the pressure and averaged over 50 yards on three punts,” Rhoads said. Van Der Kamp has taken over after senior Daniel Kuehl had one kick for 18 yards in the Cyclones’ first game against Northern Illinois. “He’s doing an exceptional job of directionally punting the ball and putting it in a position that our guys can cover,” Rhoads said.

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terested in.” Bigger stages may be in store for Franklin down the road. For right now he’s concentrating on reaching his full potential and giving back to his team what it gave to him when he needed it the most. “It was cool,” Franklin said of getting back onto the field. “It felt good to be able to come back and be able to contribute to the team the way I know how to. So it’s nice to have some reconfirmation of instead of just thinking that I can do things, to actually be able to prove it to myself and to other people.” Sounds like someone who is making himself right at home.

>>GOLF.p6 Iowa State will compete in the Lady Northern tournament in Chicago, where in-state rival Iowa will also compete. Martens is ready for matchup with the Hawkeyes. “Obviously, every time we play the Hawkeyes it’s going to be exciting,” Martens said. “Unlike other sports, it’s not a head-to-head competition because we will be playing against the whole field. I hope we can play well in the tournament, and hopefully that includes beating the Hawkeyes.”

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8 | OPINION | Iowa State Daily | Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Editors: Jason Arment, Edward Leonard | opinion iowastatedaily.com

Hate

Letters

Discuss race issues, reach out to others

Connection to groups separate from beliefs

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acism is something that exists in our country in a muted way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a comfortable subject for people to talk about. It brings up a past that America is still trying to forget or come to terms with, and calls for a very meticulous introspection of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own attitudes, ideologies and what exists swirling around the gutters of your psyche. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a subject that isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talked about enough judging by the sore state of our nations race relations. When it comes to understanding racism, Frank Meeink is an expert of sorts. Meeink is a reformed neo-Nazi. He did time for violent crimes, got out and started thinking. I was fortunate enough to talk to him recently and have him speak to me further about something I heard him talk about at the Memorial Union on March 30 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what composes hate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To go out and just hate something for no reason â&#x20AC;&#x201D; basically thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what you do, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at someone because of the color of their skin and hating them â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reasoning there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most evil things on earth, to judge something like that,â&#x20AC;? Meeink said, and I have to agree. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reason with racism, because there is no reasoning behind it. Hate is behind racism. For many people, hate is something difficult to understand. Have you ever hated anyone? For many the answer to that question will be no, and for other souls brave enough to admit it, the answer will be yes. Few, though, have a grasp on what makes hate tick. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than just getting really mad. Anger fades, but hate tends to stick around, to endure. Hate is something that is personal, intertwined somehow with our being. Meeink put it poignantly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something wrong with the person thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the hater. Something along the line has hurt

On Sept. 16, a letter I wrote to the Iowa State Daily was published concerning K2 and the legalization of certain drugs. Due to some miscommunication, my titles as owner of The Singer Station and secretary of Campustown Action Association were published along with it. In no way, shape or form was I speaking on behalf of my business or CAA; I

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their ego and made them fear this person or these people, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why they start to judge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you do to your enemy? You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sit there and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tougher than we are, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; No, you say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dumber than we are, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re superior to them, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re better than they are.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all by hurting someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ego and fear that drives racism; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the key components to racism.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what racism is, in words as simple as they are true. Why is that we as a nation refuse to speak about our race relations? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not talking about sound bites from the media, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about conversations in families, between friends and, most importantly, between races. An overall familiarization of what racism is needs to happen nationwide if we want to progress as a nation. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember my family ever explaining to me the racial environment of this country. Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing to allow children the chance to ďŹ gure it

out for themselves; rather than someone emotional invested in the politics of it try to explain it to their kids. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start to address the issue, racism will continue to fester like a rancid wound. The vast urban sprawl we have laid out for ourselves will continue to decay: from the recession, from broken homes, from another generation ignoring difficult issues. Will my generation ďŹ nally address racism in this country, and start to pound nails in its coffin through knowledge? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible. Frank Meeink is living proof that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible. As soon as people throw off dogma and start to think, minds open up. What was once unthinkable becomes the everyday. Asalaam Alikum, pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;asa lama lakum,â&#x20AC;? is an Arabic greeting that means, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peace be with you.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Como estas?â&#x20AC;? means â&#x20AC;&#x153;How are you?â&#x20AC;? in Spanish. Next time I see a person from the country of India, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to ask what their greeting is, and how to say it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to reach out. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to progress.

In response to Michael Beldingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sept. 16 column â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tea party has yet to learn participation,â&#x20AC;? several of his claims must be refuted. First, the tea party did not simply begin with the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Instead the movement began largely with public resistance to several federal laws, including the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. All of these give huge amounts of power to the federal government and hopelessly inďŹ&#x201A;ate an already incompetent bureaucracy, not to mention rely on the federal government to solve problems itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largely responsible for creating. Belding also claims todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tea party is nothing like the tea party that became the American Revolution, and that the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War were about taxation without representation, but the current tea party has elected representatives. He thus claims the original tea party was ďŹ ghting for the right to participate in government, but the modern movement only pursues its own private considerations. This couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be further from the truth. The peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to participate in our government is becoming less prevalent year by year. Politicians shamelessly lie about their platforms, undermining the ability to elect the best candidate; they pass bills without

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Packham’s runway show shimmers ELEGANT DRESSES STOLE THE SHOW WITH EMBELLISHMENTS BY KATHERINE ULICK ISD STYLE WRITER The British designer Jenny Packham has always designed for women to feel and look absolutely beautiful. With her strong background of bridal wear and the experience of showing her designs at New York Fashion Week for four seasons, Packham has become an expert at recreating old Hollywood glamour. Having graduated from the prominent Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, located within the United Kingdom, she has still been able to capture the eyes of young hot Hollywood from across the pond. Through her elegantly embellished designs, she has created a staple look for herself that has been adored by celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood and Cameron Diaz. The look designer Jenny Packham created for her spring/summer 2011 collection was enchanting and romantic. With the color palette of soft and muted pastels, nudes and metallics, it added to the vintage 1940s feel of the collection. The fabrics used throughout were sheer silks, satins and chiffons, in either solid colors or large floral prints. When watching the show I was impressed to see she did add more than evening gowns to her collection. Packham had also added day looks and shorter cocktail dresses to make the collection more eclectic. The feeling of her collection also struck my interest, with the feminine pieces and girly accents. Jenny Packham is an up-andcoming designer whose evening wear is sure to become a fashion staple.

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>>JUDGE.p1 Judge said she and Culver were able to expand both Medicaid and Hawk-I Insurance, but “elections are never about what you did yesterday and what you are doing today, they need to be about your vision and looking down the road.” She said by supporting a well-educated, healthy work place it brings another goal, to provide high-quality jobs to the work force. Judge said by bringing in the green jobs and high-tech jobs young adults are going to want to choose, it will help keep Iowans in Iowa. “This is another clear contrast between our candidates. Terry has said that he would dismantle the Department of Economic Development,” Judge said. She said Branstad is planning to replace the department with “some sort of scheme that would put private businesses in control of recruiting with tax payer dollars.” She said she sees some real flaws in that “something about

Lt. Gov. Patty Judge visits Iowa State as part of her campaign for Gov. Chet Culver on Tuesday in the Memorial Union. Judge discussed several issues, including a plan to expand Medicaid and Hawk-I Insurance, as well as bringing in high-tech, green jobs to Iowa. Photo: Ryan Damman/Iowa State Daily

turning over taxpayer dollars to private businesses really troubles me.” Judge said IBM, Google and Microsoft have come to Iowa within the last year and there is no other state that can make that kind of claim.

“Let’s not dismantle something that is working,” Judge said. Forbes Magazine is saying Iowa is the place to go to do business, and the Culver campaign has chosen the right path, Judge said.

“Assertions that the state is busted and bankrupt and is billions of dollars in debt and that the sky has fallen on top of us,” Judge said, aren’t true. “The budget is balanced. It has been balanced every day since Chet Culver has been governor. I

know that. I’ve been there every day.” She said despite the national recession, Iowa has remained with the eighth-lowest unemployment rates in the country. “I’ll take that,” Judge said. “Yes, the rate is higher than we would like it, higher than on average in the state, but in the midst of this economic meltdown we have made the right decisions.” Judge isn’t proud of the fact students graduating from Iowa’s universities are carrying the highest debt load in the country. “There are a lot of factors that go in this, but this is something we need to work toward changing,” Judge said. She said she wants to make certain that when young adults graduate from Iowa State they are able to assume their place in the workforce without being crippled with debt. Judge said the cuts being proposed by Branstad would cut the state budget by 15 percent. “That would mean a $33 million cut to Iowa State

University, about a $6,000 increase in tuition for a four-year degree,” Judge said. Judge said she was at the opening of the new Biorenewables Research Center at Iowa State last week. “What an exciting thing that is,” Judge said. She said Iowa is on the cutting edge of renewable energy. Judge said wind energy alone experienced a phenomenal growth during Culver’s administration. “When you think about biomass, no one grows things better than we do,” Judge said. She said Iowa has taken itself from being an importer of energy to soon being an exporter. “Soon we will be gaining more energy than we can use. It is so exciting to think about those possibilities,” Judge said. She also mentioned the support Culver has given to cities and towns affected by flooding. “We have the numbers. We have the voter registration advantage ... If we can get the Democrats to the polls, we can win this thing,” Judge said.

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>>RAIN.p1 Coliseum, aside from having difficulty hearing caused by rain falling on the tents. The new location provided plenty of space, and while it left some like Mimi Kelly, recruiter for Businessolver, a little damp, it allowed employers to attend and pursue ISU students. “I’ve been very pleased with Iowa State’s student turnout,” Kelly said. “Students seem to get more prepared every year. I feel like a lot of students, this year especially, have done research on us, they know who they want to talk to, they know kind of what we do, what majors we’re looking for — they really seem to be better prepared than they have in previous years.” This was Businessolver’s third year attending the College of Engineering’s career fair.

Kelly said it’s the ISU graduates they currently employ and interns they’ve had that keeps the business coming back. Businessolver is a unique company, in that it has grown by approximately 30 percent every year for the past seven years, Kelly said. This allows her to attend career fairs in search of interns, full-time, part-time and seasonal employees to fill the many openings the company has. “I know we are very fortunate to say that we’ve been growing and a lot of people, even a lot of students walking by, have said that a lot of places or booths don’t have positions available and they’re glad that we do,” Kelly said. The turnout at the career fair Tuesday indicated that the chance to land a dream job at one of the nation’s top companies took precedent over keeping dry for engineering students.

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BOSTON — A Boston-area man accused of killing his wife and two children said in a note that he should have written a book about dealing with his wife’s dysfunctional family and not let his anger fester “until one murderous night.” Details of the letter written by Thomas Mortimer IV and found at the scene of the slayings in Winchester were contained in a nine-page statement of the case filed by prosecutors. The statement was made public Tuesday after The Associated Press and other media fought efforts by Mortimer’s defense to have it impounded. In his letter, allegedly written in the hours after the June killings, Mortimer moves between confession and self-pity, writing, “What have I done? I hate myself more than ever,” and “I wonder what life would be like if I did not chicken out.” He wrote that it would have been better to write about his wife’s family “instead of bottling up my anger, frustration, resentment and hatred and letting it fester until one murderous night.” He also expressed shock, and relief, at what he’d done. “I am ashamed, frightened, relieved, surprised that I murdered my family, disgusted with myself,” he wrote. The statement did not include four lines from the original statement of the case. The lines remained under seal Tuesday while the defense was considering whether to appeal

a court order to release them; the deadline is Thursday. Mortimer’s attorney, Denise Regan, declined comment. Mortimer, originally from Avon, Conn., is accused of killing his wife, Laura Stone Mortimer, motherin-law, Ragna Ellen Stone, and two children, 4-year-old Thomas “Finn” Mortimer V, and 2-year-old Charlotte Mortimer. According to prosecutors, Mortimer and his wife argued the evening of June 14 about a bounced check for $2,499 to pay federal income taxes. Mortimer had been unemployed for more than a year and only weeks earlier had started a job at a consulting firm. His wife worked as an economist in Boston. The couple had lived at Stone’s house since 2005. Mortimer’s parents were at the house and recounted the argument to authorities. They said he was calm during the discussion. But prosecutors said Mortimer killed his family and mother-in-law sometime in the hours after his parents left that evening. The bodies were discovered by medics June 16 after Mortimer’s sister-in-law notified authorities when she couldn’t contact her mother or get inside the house after seeing what appeared to be blood on the wall. Police found a bloody knife with a bent handle at the scene, and autopsies showed all the victims died of “sharp force wounds.” Stone’s body was under a rolled up rug, and prosecutors said she’d been attacked at the front door and dragged

into house after trying to escape. Laura Stone Mortimer and her son were found lying in pools of blood in a family room. Charlotte Mortimer was found dead in her crib. Prosecutors say Mortimer fled after the killings, buying gas and food at a local convenience store. But he was arrested June 17 in western Massachusetts after a father and son reported that they’d helped Mortimer jump his car battery in the town of Montague that afternoon. According to the statement, after his arrest Mortimer called his parents and apologized for “wrecking everyone else’s lives.” His mother asked if he’d snapped, and he said “yeah.” She asked if it was about money, and he said partly, and he admitted he’d tried to commit suicide by hooking up garden hoses to his car’s tailpipe and pumping the exhaust inside the car, according to the statement. He also had superficial cuts on his left wrist and thigh. In his letter, Mortimer wrote, “I did these horrible things because I could not cope with the responsibilities I took upon myself.” He wrote he should have divorced his wife and been a good role model for his children. But he also wrote that he couldn’t envision things getting better and said he believes “they are in a much better place than they ever could be living with Laura and living with me.” He added he was “looking forward to peace, but already missing terribly Finn and Charlotte. That will be my ‘hell.’”

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