Two former Cyclones pursue their professional careers in the NBA’s Development League and abroad
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Story County introduces iris database By Rashah McChesney Daily Staff Writer The Story County Jail will soon be scanning the irises of all current and new inmates as part of a biometric identification program that nearly 200 other agencies nationwide utilize. The iris scans, which recognize 256 points of reference according to both the Story County Sheriff’s Office and BI2 Technologies, the company that manufactures the hardware and software adopted by the Sheriff’s department. Iris scanning is nothing new to the Story County Sheriff’s office as it has been using the same type of technology to develop databases of iris scans as part of their ChildSafe project and its Senior Safety Net project, said Story County Capt. Barry Thomas. “We’ve had the iris-scan capabilities since August of 2008,” Thomas said. “This new unit that we got is the latest and greatest; it was given to us through a federallyfunded grant.” The National Sheriff’s Association received a grant through the Department of Justice and allocated the money though the C.O.P.S. program to sheriff’s offices throughout the nation to equip them with iris scanning biometric technology. As with any databasing technology, the more people that access and utilize the scanning software and contribute to the database, the bigger and better the database will be. Pat Lawton, senior development officer at BI2 said BI2 has been in business for about five years and by the end of March will have sheriff’s offices using the database in 40 states. “There are about 3,000 sheriff’s departments in the United States, and we are in many of them,” Lawton said. She said that while BI2, a private company, maintained the various databases which link a person’s retina scan to profile information determined by the parameters of the database they are placed in, private individuals could not gain access to the information. “Your average person would have no
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Shirley Smith holds the ISU yearbook from 1948 when she was a freshman. The 79-year-old returned 60 years later to Iowa State to earn her degree in liberal arts on Dec. 19, 2009. Courtesy photo: Bob Elbert/University Relations
Late graduate shares triumph After nearly half a century, 79-year-old returned to Iowa State to earn degree By John Lonsdale Daily Staff Writer It’s 9 a.m. on a frigid Monday morning in Ames, the first day of the second semester. Thousands of ISU students delicately walk on the icy pavement of the sidewalks, trying to set a hurried pace to get to their new classes on time. While there is excitement of a somewhat new adventure for some, others are relaxed and done worrying about classes for now — people like Shirley Smith. It’s 7 a.m. in Beaverton, Ore., same time, different zone. Smith is sitting with her husband at breakfast. They both wake up at 6 every morning no matter the circumstance. After spooning out
half a grapefruit, a bowl of oatmeal and sipping on a half cup of coffee, she answers the phone. “Do you know what time it is here?” says Smith, intimidating at first but then laughs it off. “Maybe call back in 20 minutes after I finish my breakfast.” A routine set in place, Smith seems like a woman of a strong work ethic and responsible qualities. Her voice is warm with the tone of a long life lived. She has already had stories written about her and had people ask her questions about being 79 years old and graduating from Iowa State after not completing her college career in 1949. In fact, people ask her about it quite a bit. Most people are supportive, especially her husband and seven daughters, while others are simply just curious about why she decided to go back after such a long time away from school. Her response is simple but inspiring. “The census asks how many years of schooling you’ve completed. I could only put down 14 years, and I wanted to be able to put 16 for the first time in
my life,” Smith said. “It was just something I always thought I’d like to do. And I think a really important part of this is having my husband’s support through it all. A lot of women wouldn’t have had what I had and would’ve been asked why they were wasting their time and money doing that.” Smith’s favorite classes were courses on the Holocaust, the Civil War and human sexuality. She hated pre-calculus. Everything about it was just not a good experience, and it was just awful, Smith said. Her highlight of the classes wasn’t the material she was learning, but the young people by whom she was surrounded. Smith made good friends with numerous students, particularly three male students. “I got to know those fellows pretty well,” Smith said. “It was sort of strange because I made more friends with the guys than the girls. I attribute that to being possibly somewhat of a grandmother
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El Nino expected to bring warmer temperatures shortly By Sarah Gonzalez Daily Staff Writer
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama blesses a police officer at the Rigon Thupten Mindrolling monastery at Jeerang, about 186 miles from Bhubaneswar, India, on Monday. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit the University of Northern Iowa on May 18. Photo: Anupam Nath/The Associated Press
Government, spiritual leader Dalai Lama to speak at UNI By Rashah McChesney Daily Staff Writer The University of Northern Iowa announced the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is scheduled to visit its campus on May 18 to speak about his views on education. There will be a panel discussion at the McLeod Center from 9:30–11 a.m. the same day and then his keynote speech will be from 2–3:30. The tickets, which went on sale Friday, were between $15 and $50. “The available tickets we had that went on sale Friday were pretty much gone as of late Friday morning,” said Jan Hanish, assistant vice president of outreach and special programs at
Northern Iowa. “We’ve been taking names of people who would still like tickets and putting them on a waiting list.” Nick Spyrison, sophomore in physics and member of the Karma Kagyu student group on campus, said he’d love to see the Dalai Lama but hadn’t yet gotten tickets. “It slipped my mind the day of and I didn’t get on until that night, and for the main program they were already making the waiting list,” Spyrison said. Hanish said Northern Iowa was working to expand the seating in the McLeod Center to accommodate more people.
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This season’s cold winter weather is expected to warm up during the next two weeks. Temperatures will reach 30–40 degrees Fahrenheit due to El Nino. “The upcoming weeks will be a lot more normal for an El Nino winter,” said William Gallus, professor in geological and atmospheric sciences. El Nino historically occurs every seven years; but the cycle has lately presented itself more often, or about every three years, said Elwynn Taylor, professor in agronomy. The climate pattern, which originates in the Pacific, usually brings warmer temperatures to the Midwest if it occurs during the winter. The rest of this winter is expected to be typical for an El Nino season. The temperatures in the last month have been 15–20 degrees below average; however, the next few weeks will bring in warmer temperatures roughly six degrees above normal, Taylor said. Although El Nino historically lasts about 14 months, its lifetime has dwindled to about three months in recent years. This year’s cycle will be gone by June, Taylor said. The past three winters have brought harsh temperatures, and the start of this season was
Students walk through snowfall on Dec. 8, 2009, near the Landscape Architecture building. Temperatures are expected to rise in the coming weeks. File photo: Karuna Ang/Iowa State Daily
no exception. “The awful storm that lasted a month got here before El Nino started,” Taylor said. The storm that brought heavy precipitation and snowed in ISU students had arrived before the climate reached El Nino level on Dec. 16, 2009. Before mid-December, the season had followed the recent
years’ trend of extremely cold winters. “We are not really surprised to see three increasingly harsh winters,” Taylor said. The North Atlantic oscillation has brought a cycle of unusually cold winters to the Midwest. The northern movements of the Gulf Stream have
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Luke Klein, left of center and a junior in criminal justice, high fives Allissa Johnston during “Buck Bowling” on Monday at The Underground. Klein and his wife, Monica, met up with Johnston and her husband, Dan, a sophomore in political science, to have a night out before the stress of classes kicks in. The Underground now offers “Buck Bowling” every Sunday and Monday, during which students can bowl or play billiards for $1 per game. Photo: Logan Gaedke/Iowa State Daily
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Dec. 17 Officers received a report of several people attempting to open parked cars. Isaac Brekke, 18, of Nevada, was arrested and charged with attempted burglary, interference with official acts and possession of burglar’s tools. Daniel Jahren, 19, and Patrick Jahren, 19, both of 1719 Grand Ave., were arrested and charged with attempted burglary and interference with official
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acts. (reported at 9:37 p.m.) Officers received a report of a fight in progress. Lewis Atchison, 31, 4611 Mortensen Road unit 311, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The incident remains under investigation. (reported at 9:54 p.m.) Dec. 18 Nathan Groenewold, 21, 101 N. Hyland Ave., unit 7, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 1:39 a.m.) Alison Knar, 24, 1400 Gateway Hills Drive unit 805, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 2:12 a.m.) The victim of an iPod theft on Dec. 16, 2009, reported the item was returned by the person who took it. No prosecution is desired. Supplement completed. (reported at 1:34 p.m.) Dec. 19 Lindsay Petermeier, 24, of Mingo, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 12:20 a.m.) Hailey Tuttle, 22, 224 S. Kellogg Ave. unit 7, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 1:08 a.m.) Landry McGahuey, 27, 1309 Big Bluestem Court, was arrested and charged with driving under revocation and driving under suspension. (reported at
11:51 a.m.) A residence staff member reported finding 12 airsoft guns. The items were placed into secure storage. (reported at 2:11 p.m.) A staff residence member reported finding a hunting bow and a sword. The items were placed into secure storage. (reported at 3:41 p.m.) A 14-year-old male was referred to Juvenile Court Services for delinquency by fourth degree theft. The original incident involved the theft of an iPhone from Beyer Hall on Nov. 10, 2009. Supplement completed. (reported at 7:06 p.m.) Dec. 20 A staff member reported observing a stolen parking permit being displayed in a vehicle. The investigation is continuing. (reported at 1:03 p.m.) Dec. 21 Robert Kimbrough, 20, 210 S. Second St., was arrested and charged with interference with official acts. (reported at 7:14 a.m.) A vehicle that left the scene struck a car owned by Wei-Teng Hsu. (reported at 10:30 a.m.) A staff member reported a theft via fraudulent checks. (reported at 11:36 a.m.) Dec. 22 A semi-truck trailer struck a pole, causing minor damage to the latter. (reported at 2:37 p.m.)
Dec. 23 Vehicles driven by Heaven Fitchett and Derek Grooters were involved in a personal injury collision. (reported at 7:50 a.m.) Dec. 24 Derick Marquardt, 21, 1718 Clark Ave., was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 2:53 a.m.) A vehicle driven by Maliviwe Mpayipheli struck a curb. (reported at 9:35 p.m.) Dec. 26 Vehicles driven by Adam Harmon and Saud Al-Sadi were involved in a property damage collision. (reported at 4:49 p.m.) Dec. 27 Robert Literman, 24, 2822 Stange Road unit 101, was arrested and charged with public intoxication – second offense. (reported at 2:19 a.m.) An officer assisted the Ames Police Department with a theft case. (reported at 6:09 p.m.) A vehicle driven by Yi Li struck a curb and a sign. (reported at 6:51 p.m.) Dec. 28 Officers assisted a staff member who fell. The individual was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center. (reported at 6:11 a.m.)
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reason to buy the software,” Lawton said. “Right now our system is for law enforcement.” Lawton said that sheriff’s offices paid $9,995 for one iris-scanning unit and the software that gives them access to the national database. “They can get the software alone and we’ll gladly put it on other computers that they have for $4,995,” she said. “It really isn’t that expensive, for what we do.” One benefit to implementing a system
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The Dalai Lamas are said to be physical manifestations of enlightened beings who choose to serve humanity instead of attaining nirvana, according to
like this is that retinal scans are a much smaller file than a fingerprint scan is and can therefore be stored more easily, Lawton said. “It’s a 512 byte code,” Lawton said. “It just takes up less space to store.” Thomas said he thought this kind of technology would replace fingerprinting for identifying people but stressed that iris scanning wouldn’t be helpful for forensic purposes. “You can’t leave an eye-print at the scene of a crime,” Thomas said. Lawton said she thought its lack of forensic use would make people more comfortable with the technology and apt to use
www.dalailama.com. While the Dalai Lama is both the head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet, he has been living in exile in northern India since 1959. Spyrison said he thought the visit would help highlight
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a substantial impact on Iowa’s winters, Taylor said. The arrival of El Nino is predicted to turn this unusually harsh winter into an unusually warm one. Tuesday and Wednesday have antici-
it, which would, in turn, make the database bigger. The scanning equipment essentially works like a digital camera, Thomas said. It takes a series of 30 frames per second and is supposed to retrieve a person’s history from the database if they already have a profile in place. Lawton said it would be nearly impossible to misidentify someone who already had a retina scan in the database. “So far we’ve never come back with a false positive,” she said. “The United Arab Emirates has done about 200 billion iris scans and they’ve never had a false positive either.”
the political strife occurring in Tibet and also give people who attended the chance to see a world leader who promotes compassion and similarity between religions and shows an interest in science and education “He’s always been a big
supporter of education and he’s very science oriented as far as religious people go,” Spyrison said. “He’s always said that if science overturns some of your beliefs you should rethink your beliefs.”
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figure to them … they were 20, maybe 22 years old.” Despite her age, Smith says she tends to feel much younger than she is. She never felt there was a lot of difference between her and the other students. Some of their ideas were a bit different, but it didn’t matter. She enjoys being around young people. She never felt old, especially around them. Lauren Wolyniec, sophomore in child, adult and family services, was in Smith’s “Aging in the Family” class. Sitting behind her, the two would just communicate with small talk, nothing too personal except the occasional, “Hi, how are you.” “She would talk about her kids every once in a while and we got to know her story,” Wolyniec said. “She just seemed like she really wanted to learn and you could tell she just enjoyed everything that was happening. It was really great to have a class with her.” Having three to four semesters worth of classes with Smith, Jennifer Sobotka, senior in history, might just be the student who can relate to Smith the most. Working in childcare for the past 12 years, she is finally about to finish up her degree at Iowa State. Sobotka instantly gravitated toward Smith because she felt it was a nice thing to get to talk with someone who wasn’t younger for once. The two could connect not only because they weren’t the age of those around them, but because some of Smith’s family was from southwest Iowa, where Sobotka lived much of her life. “She turned around one day and told me she saw my name on the roster and asked if I knew people who ended up being my relatives,” Sobotka said. “I respect everything she did. There are times when you just want to give up and then you look at what she did, and it’s just amazing. She’s a huge inspiration to me. “Now granted, there’s 40
years difference between us, but I regard her as a friend. It was really tough going back to class and not seeing her.” After arriving back at Iowa State in August of 2008, Smith started with only nine credits. She didn’t want to jump in too heavily. With proceeding semesters of 15, 12 and 16 credits, Smith was on the dean’s list twice out of her four terms, and giving up completely never entered her mind. According to her, once she was there, she was there. With her earliest class usually beginning at 9 a.m., Smith would get done with classes around 2 p.m. each day and start her studying and homework at about 4 p.m. Using the kitchen table as a desk to study at in the Schilletter Village apartment she and her husband, Vic, moved to so she could complete her schooling at Iowa State, Smith concentrated on getting her diploma every waking second. She’d take short breaks to have a cup of coffee, play a game on the computer and to have dinner, just to go right back to studying. Normally stopping at 10 p.m., she’d sometimes take studying to bed and go on for another 45 minutes or so. However, Smith says she definitely is not one of those people who stays up until the wee hours of the morning. After completing her college career, Smith isn’t probably going to look for a job. She’s already retired once. One thing she’s always wanted to learn how to do is play the piano. After watching her daughters take piano lessons for so many years, she just never thought she could do it. “I want to play for the enjoyment of it all,” Smith said. “I don’t want to play for anyone except me.” Smith’s aspirations for herself have turned into inspirations for mere strangers. When people had read about her story on the ISU homepage, she received well over 35 e-mails regarding her story. Two or three were especially important, saying what an inspiration she was
to them as far as continuing her education; most noted how they were about to discontinue their own education but her story changed their perceptions toward staying in school. Smith says that to her, it was really one of the best things that had come out of this whole thing — being an inspiration to someone. It’s Dec. 19, 2009. Smith is in her cap and gown about to walk across the stage to accept her diploma in liberal studies. In a daze, she concentrates on getting to the other side. As she does so, the entire college stands up in applause as her full name is stated, echoing throughout Hilton. The three “fellows” she
had become such close friends with were there to hug her. Seeing the people standing, Smith had no idea everyone was standing because of her. “My husband told me afterwards that when I walked across the stage, the whole college had stood up and clapped for me,” Smith said. “Through this, it was really amazing to me that no one ever acted any differently toward me, like I was old. Some would ask, but wouldn’t treat me any differently. “Raising a family was, you know, important, but this … this is something I have waited a long time to do. It’s probably the highlight of my life.”
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College finances tread dire straits, new cuts feared It’s been about three months since Gov. Chet Culver announced that the state of Iowa would receive a 10 percent across-the-board budget cut. This resulted in $24.5 million slashed from Iowa State’s budget for the current fiscal year. Since then, we’ve heard talk of countless methods of budget slashing, including a 6 percent tuition increase for next year. Temporary layoffs and furloughs are a reality for faculty and staff, along with a temporary reduction in Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association — College Retirement Equities Fund contributions. Colleges are searching for ways to cut their budgets in ways still unknown to us. And, of course, the $100 tuition surcharge has reared its ugly head this semester. You might be wondering, throughout this endless downpour of bad news, what President Gregory Geoffroy, has to say. We were curious, too, so we found out. During the last week of winter break, a few members of the editorial board had the opportunity to sit down with President Geoffroy. He went over charts, graphs and data with us and took time to answer our questions. Almost immediately a few things became apparent. Things are indeed grim. State funding has declined so drastically that tuition now accounts for more than half of the university’s revenue. President Geoffroy put it well when he told us, “Now the bottom has just fallen out,” adding that the university is “fully anticipating” another cut during the legislative session that began Monday. While state funding relies heavily on the economic climate, it seems that in its response to this budget crunch, the legislature is giving higher education the short end of the proverbial stick. While students are left to scrape together enough tuition money to cover what the state no longer allocates to education, ISU colleges and departments are scrambling to absorb the almost certain additional cuts for fiscal year 2010. Geoffroy assured us that cuts to colleges and units will be differential. That means some units will be cut more deeply than others — but it will be proportional. Differential reductions will also be made among some non-academic units such as student services and athletics. He’s also encouraging departments to avoid cuts across the board and instead “make deep, vertical cuts.” Geoffroy explained that by shaving everyone’s budget equally, “you deteriorate into total mediocrity.” The vertical cuts will mean some total eliminations, but are designed to preserve quality. The concept of program eliminations is frightening. The fact that it will be done in the name of quality preservation is only a small consolation. But we can cling to a glimmer of hope in the university’s “ethical, moral commitment to make sure students don’t get the rug pulled out from under them” — especially at a time when it seems the state intends to show no such commitment. And in times like these, sometimes those small glimmers are the best we’ve got. ™
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bandon all hope, ye who enter CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. Particularly if you’re a girl. Anybody remember that absolutely wonderful contest orchestrated to promote the upcoming game “Dante’s Inferno” awhile back at Comic-Con San Diego 2009? You know, the one that pretty much confirmed the line of thinking, “women are objects” or that, moreover, treating them as such will actually win you prizes? To be fair, the development team behind “Dante’s Inferno” issued an apology/clarification about their contest, but it strikes me as pretty half-baked. I find it hard to believe that EA’s PR department wouldn’t foresee problems resulting from the phrasing “commit acts of lust,” the involvement of women outside of their own company, and/or the imagery — breasts and women on all fours — associated with the contest. How about the extremely not safe for work comic drawn about Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond? I’m not linking to it here, by the way. If you really want to see it, the Internet will happily oblige any search engine, as the Web is a horrible place where nightmares walk, childhood memories are destroyed and nothing is ever truly erased. I could go on, but I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. Women aren’t objects. It’s time we stop treating them like they are. Believe me, I know it’s easy to be a troll on the Internet and I would wager good money that we’ve all seen some butcher of the English language go on a racist, sexist, homophobic ranting spree that would leave even our greatest detectives scratching their heads in befuddlement. But, in real life, there’s a limit to the tolerance these kinds of behaviors deserve. Note that I said “deserve.” Not “receive.” Let me give you a few more examples other than the “Sin to Win” contest mentioned above. As a girl who likes to look pretty — curse you, societal expectations! — I get my hair done fairly often. It’s my greatest accessory. It’s always with me, rarely in the way, customizable, unique and, I gotta say, I think it looks pretty nice. So, to take care of my lovely locks, I have a trusted stylist I visit at a local salon. The place is usually pretty busy, with all manner of people walking in, out and about: Grandmas, tweens, 7-year-olds, punk rockers, runway wannabes and soccer moms. Their heavy boots squeaking, high heels clacking and jib-jab gabber chatter creating a cacophony of sounds like the warm-up of a pit orchestra. As I sat down in my chair, I caught the tail-end of a neighboring appointment, and thus learned of another category of visitor: The Creep. The Creep leered at his stylist. He grinned impishly. He complimented, flirted and touched. This might not sound like a big deal to some out there, but touching is an extremely intimate thing to do to someone. Think about it: Do you want someone you’re uncomfortable with, someone you don’t know, someone you don’t trust, touching you? She asked him not to do it again, a request which he ignored, proceeding to touch her at the waist and stomach. Once he had left, the woman struggled to compose herself, lamenting the disrespect one human being showed another. “It’s like, how dare you do that to someone?” she said as tears welled in her eyes. “How dare you?”
Electronic Arts’ encouragement of fans to “Commit acts of lust” with the booth babes at the event may have sent the wrong message. Courtesy photo: Set on Stun
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Thankfully, The Creep is no longer welcome at the salon, as the woman — who has not been named for sake of privacy and, as illustrated, issues of harassment — took action and stood up to the offender. But what about women who get paid to more or less welcome the lecherous behavior? There are plenty of professions which place women in this position, but as this is a gaming blog, I’m specifically referring to booth babes. As you may have read on my earlier blog post, CES was just held, and by almost all accounts, was considered a success. The technology was solid, impressive and innovative. But what about the people? Although the thought of booth babes tends to crop up more at events like E3 and Comic-Con, they were just as prevalent at CES as any fanboy could hope for. And sadly, these events allow for plenty of experiences comparable to the stylist’s. Gizmodo has a video showcasing these women where you can get the information straight from the girls themselves. It’s particu-
larly telling when every woman they talked to had at least one negative experience. But perhaps even more revealing are the comments listed below the article, which reiterate typical sexual harassment victim blaming. You know, the “they’re asking for it” comments. Physical attraction is never an excuse to overstep one’s boundaries. Saying so is a cop-out, a coward’s way to avoid responsibility, and it sometimes leads to devastating consequences. No, not all men are to blame here. In fact, the majority know how to respect and treat women as the human beings they are. I’m not out to chastise men. If anything, I’m asking for their help. Men are the majority in gaming, in nearly all respects. If they don’t want to be seen on the same level as ogling perverts, the majority need to denounce the creeps and take a stand against them. It needn’t be your number one priority. The objectification of women is something one can end by simply ceasing to be a bystander. If someone says or does something offensive — good tip: If you wouldn’t want someone saying or doing it to your sister, mother or grandma, it’s probably offensive — one can say, or write, something as simple as, “Hey. Women are people, too. Knock it off.” Or you could write a lengthy blog post. And hope someone takes something away from it.
This column appears courtesy of Sophie Prell’s blog, “G3 — A Girl’s Guide to Gaming.” You can find links to “G3” for more gaming-related news and commentary on iowastatedaily.com or via her Facebook fan page.
University budgets in peril Iowa State University is known throughout the world as one of the top research universities in the agricultural sciences, materials sciences, computer sciences and many other fields. We are also a place where generations of Iowans have received a superior education at a relatively low cost, and where Iowans in every corner of the state and from all walks of life have received help to increase their economic prosperity and improve their quality of life. But all of that is now critically endangered because of the massive budget cuts we have experienced over the last 18 months — $62.9 million or 22 percent of our state appropriations — and more cuts seem likely to come. We have cut deeply in absorbing these reductions, with impact felt across the university and throughout Iowa. We have reorganized ISU Extension and cut extension staff and programs, instituted furloughs or mandatory unpaid days for all employees, reduced employee benefits and cut by 10 percent the number of state- and tuition-funded faculty and staff positions. Students are feeling the impact through increased class size, decreased access to faculty and advisers and reduced services for those who need help with academic, financial or personal problems. And more changes are yet to come as we absorb the full impact of these budget cuts, with the inevitable elimination and consolidation of academic programs and departments, significantly reduced course offerings and limited access to programs of study. As president, I am deeply concerned that these budget cuts seriously threaten our ability to maintain the high-quality ISU education that generations of graduates have received and that Iowans expect us to provide. Tuition increases will help offset only a fraction of the lost state funding. It would require an enormous 33 percent tuition increase to fully cover the $62.9 million loss, and that is simply not feasible, even though increases of nearly that magnitude are being implemented in California and Oregon. Still, our tuition is low compared to our peer land-grant universi-
Gregory L. Geoffroy is president of Iowa State University. Contact: Geoffroy@iastate.edu • January 10, 2010 ties, compared to our neighboring states — only South Dakota has a lower tuition — and as a percent of median family income. Although painful to our students and their families, a tuition increase is essential if we are to have any hope of maintaining educational quality at the level they expect. Iowans have worked hard to build Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa into one of the best public university systems in the nation. Both Iowa State and Iowa are among our nation’s most highly regarded public research universities. Together our three universities annually bring into the state more than $765 million in sponsored funding — $165 million more than the state appropriations for all three universities combined. This funding pays for research in areas critical to Iowa’s future, such as biorenewable resources, plant and animal sciences and human health. Combined, our three universities attract nearly 23,000 students from other states and nations, who, through their out-of-state tuition, subsidize the cost of educating Iowa residents and contribute to Iowa’s growth and development. Our universities generate new businesses, strengthen industries and assist every Iowa county through our many outreach services. But this level of excellence and service to Iowa is in grave danger because of the deterioration of state funding. Iowans have a long tradition of valuing education at all levels, and it is critical to Iowa’s future for that to continue. Today’s economy requires our citizens to have advanced knowledge and skills if Iowa is to compete effectively with other states and on the global stage. If Iowa’s public universities sink into mediocrity because of these massive budget cuts, then Iowa’s quality of life and economic vitality will suffer a similar fate. For the future of Iowa, I call upon our elected leaders to give priority to Iowa’s public universities, even in these tough economic times.
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Stat of the week 103 Texas broke the century mark against Colorado in its Big 12 opener, going on to defeat the Buffaloes 103–86. Avery Bradley, who was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Monday, recorded a career-high 29 points and nine rebounds.
Game to watch Oklahoma St. (13–2) @ No. 24 Baylor (13–1) 3 p.m., Jan. 16
Results from last week (through Jan. 10) Jan. 3 No. 12 Kansas St. 91, South Dakota 69 No. 24 Texas Tech 86, UTEP 78 Iowa State 82, Houston 75 Jan. 4 Oklahoma 88, Maryland-Eastern Shore 54 Jan. 5 No. 2 Texas 96, Arkansas 85 Nebraska 77, SE Louisiana 59 Oklahoma St. 79, Coppin St. 61 Texas A&M 82, North Dakota 41 Colorado 67, Miami (Ohio) 65 Jan. 6 No. 1 Kansas 71, Cornell 66 No. 5 Duke 86, Iowa State 65 Missouri 74, Savannah St. 45 Baylor 79, Morgan St. 63 Jan. 9 No. 2 Texas 103, Colorado 86 Missouri 74, No. 10 Kansas St. 68 Iowa State 73, North Dakota St. 71 Texas A&M 64, Nebraska 53 Baylor 91, Oklahoma 60 Oklahoma St. 81, Texas Tech 52 Jan. 10 No. 15 Tennessee 76, No. 1 Kansas 68
Big 12 Standings (through Jan. 11) 1. Texas 15–0, 1–0 2. Baylor 13–1, 1–0 3. Oklahoma St. 13–2, 1–0 4. Missouri 13–3, 1–0 5. Texas A&M 12–3, 1–0 6. Kansas 14–1, 0–0 7. Iowa St. 11–4, 0–0 8. Kansas St. 13–2, 0–1 9. Texas Tech 12–3, 0–1 10. Nebraska 12–4, 0–1 11. Colorado 9–6, 0–1 12. Oklahoma 9–6, 0–1
AP Top 25 poll (Jan. 11) 1. Texas (30) 15–0
In August of 2003, two ISU freshmen, one from Boston, Mass., and the other from the Bronx, N.Y., stepped onto campus with dreams of successful college basketball careers playing under coach Wayne Morgan. The two players, Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson, happened to also step into the same Frederiksen Court apartment and the two roommates and teammates quickly became great friends. Following successful careers as Cyclones which included runs to the NIT Semifinals in 2004 and to the NCAA tournament’s second round in 2005, juniors Blalock and Stinson decided to leave school early to test the waters of the annual NBA draft. On June 28, 2006, 59 names were called by NBA commissioner David Stern, but neither Blalock or Stinson walked across the stage, shook hands with Stern and held up their NBA team’s jersey. Then, with the 60th and final pick in the draft, Blalock was drafted by the defending Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Pistons. “Just hearing my name called was kind of special to me, but at the same time I did have somewhat of a bitter feeling about it because of being picked last,” Blalock said. “I was really just thankful that I got picked at all because there were a lot of good names that didn’t get picked at all, and Curt [Stinson] was one of them.” Unexpectedly, Stinson went undrafted in 2006. “I thought that there was a mistake at first,” Stinson said. “I really was hurt, but what can I do, I just wasn’t the right person for a certain team at that point.” However, within three hours after the draft, he received a call from the Golden State Warriors asking him if he would join their summer league team. Stinson joined the Warriors, but failed to make the regular season roster. Blalock began the season with the Pistons, but only played in 14 games before being assigned to the an NBA Development League (D-League) team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The D-League is a league that began in 2001 comprised of 16 teams that all have affiliations with NBA teams. Since leaving Iowa State in 2005, the two have spent time with a combined 14 teams spanning five different countries and six different leagues. Despite both players having good experiences in the U.S. and abroad, they still have a burning desire to make it in the NBA. With nearly 20 percent of NBA players having D-League experience, Blalock and Stinson are hoping the D-League can give them the skills and the exposure to make an NBA team as soon as possible. Blalock is now a point guard for the Portland, Maine-based Maine Red Claws and Stinson is in his second year with the Iowa Energy out of Des Moines. Will Blalock A Boston, Mass., native, Blalock made a name for himself on the ISU court as a leader at the point guard position for three years under Morgan. In his three-year career at Iowa State, Blalock finished 22nd all-time in scoring with 1,078 points and sixth in assists and steals, as well as eighth in 3-point shots made. Blalock earned All-Big 12 Third Team honors before declaring for the draft after his junior season. Blalock was also the floor general for the Cyclones’ 2005 NCAA tournament run. “The NCAA run we had in ’05 was pretty special for me, I’ll always remember the times we had and the time we enjoyed together,” Blalock said. After Blalock’s 2006 season ended with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Blalock joined the Denver Nuggets summer league team after the Pistons failed to pick up his contract in 2006. Just like Stinson in 2006, Blalock was unable to make the regular season roster. Over the summer months, Blalock began thinking about playing overseas in case he did not make the Nuggets’ roster, and in the fall of 2007, he took an interesting opportunity to play for Hapoel Jerusalem, a team in the Israel Premier League. Although there were six other Americans on the team, basketball was a much different game in the Middle
Will Blalock ABOVE: Will Blalock (11) of the Maine Red Claws dribbles past teammate Mike Williams and James Cripe of the Springfield Armor during a game on Dec. 4, 2009, at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. It was the first home game of the Red Claws’ inaugural season. Photo: Rich Obrey/NBAE via Getty Images LEFT: Curtis Stinson of the Iowa Energy takes the ball to the basket past Dewitt Scott of Fort Wayne in the second half of their NBA D-League game Dec. 3, 2009, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Photo: Dave Eggen/ NBAE via Getty Images
East. “It was a diverse culture, but at the same time, as far as basketball, they live and die by basketball and soccer over there,” Blalock said. “The team played in front of a packed crowd every single night.” Blalock saw some differences on the court, such as a trapezoidal lane and no defensive three seconds in the lane penalty, but the real culture change was off the court. Blalock had to learn how to drive
a manual transmission vehicle, had to adjust his stomach to Israeli cuisine and had to survive without the use of his cell phone. Blalock was released in December by Hapoel Jerusalem and he made his way back to the U.S. for his second D-League stint, playing for the nowdefunct Anaheim Arsenal. In Anaheim, Blalock had
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2. Kentucky (1) 16–0 3. Kansas 14–1 4. Villanova 14–1
Cyclones take second
5. Syracuse 15–1 6. Purdue 14–1 7. Duke 13–2 8. Michigan State 13–3 9. West Virginia 12–2
Players’ struggle to finish matches left Iowa on top
10. Tennessee 12–2 11. Georgetown 12–2 12. Kansas State 13–2
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13. North Carolina 12–4 14. Gonzaga 12–3 15. Connecticut 11–4 16. Wisconsin 13–3 17. Brigham Young 16–1 18. Georgia Tech 12–3 19. Clemson 13–3 20. Pittsburgh 13–2 21. Temple 13–3 22. Butler 12–4 23. Mississippi 12–3 24. Baylor 13–1 25. Florida State 13–3
Coach Kevin Jackson reacts to Dalton Jensen’s pin during the 141 weight class quarterfinal match at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals wrestling competition at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday. Photo: Rick Tibbott/The Associated Press
ISU wrestling coach Kevin Jackson started his Monday press conference by expressing his mixed emotions about the Cyclones’ second place finishing at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls this past weekend. The Cyclones fell to top-ranked Iowa for the second time this season, 19–12, to take second at the event. “[There were a] couple matches that we had trouble finishing in,” Jackson said. “If we can finalize our deep penetration defense, then I believe Andrew Long wins [against Iowa’s Matt McDonough] handily, I also believe Jon Reader wins [against Iowa’s Ryan Morningstar].
“We didn’t finish some matches. Jon Reader had the lead, Andrew Long was in that match to win it, so we’re still working our fundamentals and finishing.” However, Jackson was not reluctant to point out the positive aspects of his team’s rematch against Iowa. “Our focus was a little bit better for the most part,” Jackson said. “Mitch Mueller took a step up, giving himself a chance to win in that match [against Brent Metcalf].” Mueller fell to top-ranked Metcalf by a decision of 7–3. Metcalf pinned Mueller with a fall time of 5:50 in what many believed to be the deciding factor of the Hawkeyes’ 18–16 dual victory over the Cyclones back on Dec. 6 during their first encounter of the season. After recovering from an injury earlier in the
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to take care of,” Blalock said. Despite being back in the U.S. for over a year now, Blalock has not ruled out joining another foreign team. “I wouldn’t hesitate to go back over there, because I’ve been through it twice already,” Blalock said. When Blalock’s days on the court are through, he would like to stay with the game of basketball, but with a whistle rather than a basketball in his hand. Blalock has seen the way kids growing up in Boston use basketball as a solace from life’s troubles, and he would like to show that conduct off the court is just as important as on the court. “I’d like to teach [high school players] what I have learned both from the game and more than basketball,” Blalock said. Curtis Stinson Stinson made an immediate impact as an ISU basketball player after highlighting the Cyclones’ 2003 nationally ranked recruiting class. The Bronx, N.Y. native took home Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors in his first season and along with Blalock, comprised one of the best backcourts in ISU history. Stinson finished his career ranked 11th on ISU’s all-time scoring list with 1,687 points and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors in his final season with the Cyclones. After failing to make the Warriors summer league team in 2006, Stinson made his first trip overseas, joining the Croatia Split. In Croatia, Stinson found a lot of players who were still trying to learn the fundamentals of the game. That caused him to take on more of a leadership role as a point guard who had a lot of experience through his time in the college game. Stinson stayed in Croatia until December, when he returned stateside to play in the D-League. Stinson finished the 2007 season with the Dakota Wizards and Fort Worth Flyers. Then Stinson began the 2007 –2008 season in Greece where he played for Kolossos Rodou in the Greek League. Similar to 2007, he left Kolossos Rodou and finished the season playing for the Utah Flash, then the Austin Toros and finally ended the year with his current team, the Iowa Energy. Stinson certainly knows about the D-League because of his variety of experiences in the league. He hasn’t played in an NBA game, but Stinson did spend the 2009 training camp with the Chicago Bulls where he got a glimpse of the difference between life in the NBA and life in the D-League. “It’s a grind here more than in the NBA where it’s a finesse thing,” Stinson said. “It’s more like everything is given to you [in the NBA].” The NBA practice facilities that include team whirlpools, hot tubs, saunas and top-ofthe-line weight training apparatuses are non-existent in the D-League, where, as Stinson says, “If we can get a gym, we’ll play in it.” Despite the “grind” of the DLeague, Stinson enjoys the style of American basketball and believes it’s his best opportunity to make it to the next level. “This is the best league in the world besides the NBA,” Stinson said. Stinson played in 50 games for the Energy last season, averaging 16.1 points, 7 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game. Iowa Energy assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren gave his take on
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season, Nate Carr Jr. returned to the mats with high expectations at 157 pounds. However, the Gray, Ga., native struggled, going 1–2 at the
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Will Blalock Detroit Pistons 2006-2007 Sioux Falls Skyforce 2007 Denver Nuggets Summer League Team 2007 Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel) 2007-2008 Anaheim Arsenal 2008 Artland Dragons (Germany) 2008-2009 Indiana Pacers Summer League Team 2009 New Jersey Nets Training Camp 2009 Maine Red Claws 2009-present
Curtis Stinson Golden State Warriors Summer League Team 2006 New Jersey Nets Summer League Team 2006 KK Split (Croatia) 2006 Dakota Wizards 2006 Fort Worth Flyers 2007 Utah Flash 2007 Austin Toros 2007 Kolossos Rodou (Greece) 2007-2008 Iowa Energy 2008-2009 Aris Thessaloniki (Greece) 2009 Chicago Bulls Training Camp 2009 Iowa Energy 2009-present
Blalock and Stinson Although their days living in Frederiksen Court have now passed, Blalock and Stinson still keep in touch every few weeks. “Although we aren’t in school anymore, we are still able to get in touch with each other and just make sure we’re both doing OK,” Blalock said. On Dec. 31, 2009, the two were reunited on the basketball court when the Energy traveled to Portland to take on the Red Claws. “We still have love for each other and we’re going to have fun out there,” Stinson said in an interview prior to their Dec. 31 meeting. Despite riding a five-game win streak into Portland, the Energy lost a close game to the Red Claws, 95–88. Stinson played the most minutes on the floor, 37, of
any player in the game, leading the Energy with six assists to go along with 10 points and three rebounds. Blalock failed to put any points on the board for the Red Claws, but did dish out three assists and grab two rebounds in his 16 minutes of play. The next time the two met was over a four-day stretch from Jan. 4–7 as both players were in Boise, Idaho, with their teams to display their talents for NBA scouts, coaches and general managers at the annual NBA D-League Showcase. The showcase holds two regular season games for each team in the D-League and gives the NBA a chance to look at potential talent. As for Blalock and Stinson, neither of them were for sure on their chances at the showcase. “I never really know the situation,” Blalock said. “If I’m playing solid I can’t see why I won’t at least be mentioned as someone who could be called up.” In the Red Claws’ first game of the showcase, Blalock dished out a season-high 14 assists to go with four points and six rebounds in Maine’s 113–111 victory over the Los Angeles DFenders. Blalock finished the showcase by leading the Red Claws with a season-high 21 points and tallying six assists off the bench in Maine’s 121–102 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. “Honestly, I really don’t know,” Stinson said. “What I do is just play every game like it’s my last and keep doing what I do and if I don’t get called up, well, I know I did my job.” Stinson kicked off his Showcase performance with a 10-point, 11-assist performance in a 116–93 victory over the Austin Toros. In game two, Stinson did himself one better as he went off for his second tripledouble — 18 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds — in eight days in the Energy’s 96–91 win over the Bakersfield Jam. Stinson’s performance earned him a spot on the Showcase’s third team. Blalock is currently averaging 6.2 points and 5.1 assists per game for the 12–5 Red Claws while Stinson is averaging 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game for the 15–3 Energy. The Energy sit atop the East Conference standings with the Red Claws only 2.5 games behind in second place.
Midlands Championships in late December and losing to Bloomsburg’s Matt Moley by Jackson a major decision of 19–6 in the first round of the National Duals. Jackson said that Carr’s struggles compelled him to pull him from the roster to start Andrew Sorenson for the rest of the tournament. “He gets beat in must-win positions,” Jackson said of Carr. “You can’t get turned in matches, you can’t give up your wrists, you can’t give up back points — not to mention in a dual meet.” Sorenson, a sophomore from Woden, went 2–1 after taking over for Carr in the National Duals, with his only loss coming to Iowa’s Aaron Janssen by a sudden victory decision of 3–1. Senior Nick Gallick suffered a deep thigh bruise earlier in the season and has yet to see any action on the mats since re-aggravating his injury dur-
ing the Dec. 6 dual against Iowa. Sophomore Dalton Jensen has stepped in for the All-American 141-pounder, going 3–3 in his absence. All three of Jensen’s victories were won by fall. Jackson expressed the possibility of Gallick receiving a medical redshirt for this year; however, it is still too early to tell whether that would be plausible. “From my understanding, you would be on hold until a decision would be made after the season’s over; so if he’s unable to wrestle and if we hope he gets a medical redshirt, that could be denied and his collegiate career would be over,” Jackson said of Gallick’s situation. “I’m disappointed for him because I really truly believe he could dominate [his] weight class. He was one of our leaders, and he was capable of being a national champion.” The Cyclones return to the mats against Illinois at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Hilton Coliseum.
the strengths of Stinson’s game. “He is a great defender, and has an extremely high basketball IQ,” Bjorkgren said. “He plays to his strengths well. An NBA team would benefit from his defense, strength and intelligence. He can pick up schemes [and] plays very quickly. As long as he continues to develop in these areas, an NBA team will come calling.” Already being familiar with the Iowa lifestyle from his time at Iowa State is something that benefits Stinson, as well as getting to spend more time with his three-year-old son, Curtis Jr., who lives in Ankeny. “That’s one reason why I’m happy to be back here [in Des Moines] because I get to see my son grow up and he gets to see his dad play games,” Stinson said. Stinson enjoys the close proximity to his son, but Stinson has entertained the idea of spending some more time overseas. “I love being in the DLeague, but Europe will be an option,” Stinson said. “It’s definitely not a bad place to play.” Getting to be closer to his son isn’t the only positive of playing in Des Moines. With a lot of ISU fans living in the Des Moines area, Stinson has enjoyed the added attention he has received while playing for the Energy. “I think I have a good fan base here and it’s like a second home to me,” Stinson said.