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Veronica Olson, senior in philosophy, plans on joining the marines after she graduates from Iowa State next winter. Photo: David Derong/Iowa State Daily

Feeling liberated Lesbian student comes out due to legislation repeal By John.Lonsdale Veronica Olson is risking everything this morning. With the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy Dec. 18, 2010, Olson, senior in philosophy, is finally able to come out as a lesbian without the fear of being refused entrance into the service after she graduates next semester — almost. Although the policy has passed legislation, there is still a chance it will be reinstated, which means all of Olson’s hard work in the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC), her childhood dreams of being in the military and her future career are over. Olson is petite and shy. She wears a deepgreen, button-down shirt, accenting the barelythere green tips in her hair; her smile and laugh break up her guarded front once she begins to speak about her life and her lackluster running time during her ROTC days. That is, until she starts to talk about DADT. “I’m scared a little bit,” Olson said. “There’s a chance the repeal will be taken back. That’s a concern with me talking and letting you use my name and picture. It’s a small chance, but the risk of losing the career I want because I speak out for something I’m passionate about ... if I got to become an officer, and I didn’t do this, I’d be more ashamed. I don’t want to be that kind of officer.” Olson aspires to become an officer in the Marines. When her elementary classmates wanted to be firemen and ballerinas, she wanted to be a U.S. Marine — a lifelong goal that controls every aspect of her life.

DADT was implemented when Olson was 4 years old. Her sexual orientation wasn’t something she thought about back then, but it was something that Olson said phased in around first or second grade and continued on through her high school years. When her sexuality started to develop, she knew that if she wanted to serve in the military she could not have romantic relationships. She has only dated one woman briefly last year, and DADT was a large reason for the split. “I didn’t want to date someone and try to have to hide it,” Olson said. “I couldn’t ask someone to be in the closet for me, especially if they were out in the first place.” Perhaps the biggest strain from DADT was while Olson was in ROTC. She constantly received friendly questions about dating and weekend plans, which would be covered up or avoided for protection. “Every week, every day, you have to try to avoid or decide between lying and not answering [the questions] or risk losing your career,” Olson said. Having to hide who you are is incredibly stressful and has a negative impact on the individuals who must do it even if it doesn’t have any impact on their peers, Olson said. Some who support DADT have been vocal about their concerns of not having “homo shoved in their faces,” Olson said. Coming out The end of 2010 was anything but ordinary for Olson. She officially came out to her parents and younger sister at a restaurant in mid-October. “I know that my family was accepting,” Olson said. “That’s who they are. I knew I was safe with them.” As soon as she told her parents, they went

back to asking her sister how her calculus class was going and left Olson with a racing heart, but all was well. In November, Olson came out to the most important person in her extended family — her grandmother. Olson’s eyes swelled with tears as she recalled the day she had to tell the woman she had always looked up to about the secret she had kept for so long. “I’m going to try not to cry ... she [her grandmother] just said, ‘I’ll love you no matter who you are. Love is love. I love you,’” Olson said. Olson didn’t come out to anyone else in her family because DADT was still in place at the time. The most important people in her life knew and she didn’t want her extended family, including a cousin in the military, to have to choose between reporting her to the military or keeping her secret. The reality of DADT All NATO members allow homosexuals to openly serve except for the United States and Turkey, according to the Christian Science Monitor. More than 13,000 American military men and women have been discharged since the 1994 policy implementation, not counting those who left on free will. The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law reported that DADT has cost more than $1 billion. Research studies performed at the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that “allowing homosexuals to serve contributes to improving the command climate in foreign militaries, decreasing harassment, retaining critical personnel and enhancing respect for privacy.” Brad Freihoefer, coordinator for Lesbian,

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Attack victim shares account By Kaitlin.York “Get the hell away, just run.” Those were the first thoughts that came to mind of a female ISU student who was attacked on Friday in Campustown. “I didn’t recognize them at all, but I definitely would if I saw them again,” said the student who wishes to remain anonymous due to fear or possible threats of being attacked again. Some images still remain a blur, but she said there were at least four men, dressed in black, that followed her into the apartment complex. “I didn’t think anything of it, I thought that they probably lived here too,” she said. With the start of the new semester, the student’s plan for the night was to go out on a Thursday night, have a couple drinks, have some fun, then go home and get a good night’s rest for class the following afternoon.

“One of the men followed me into the elevator,” she said, “and that’s when he grabbed my head and slammed it into the wall of the elevator.” Fear and panic ran through her mind while she kicked and scratched. The elevator doors opened as they reached her destination at the third level. After kicking and clawing at the attacker’s face, she was able to crawl out of the elevator and run away from him. “I still am wondering why this happened to me. I don’t get why someone would do that,” the student said. “I banged on everyone’s door in the hallway when finally the girls next door to me answered.” Her neighbors wiped the blood flowing down her face and called for an ambulance. A note was left for her roommate explaining there had been an incident and she was being taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center.

The hardest part for her is dealing with the “why’s” and “what if’s” of the situation. “The scariest part is I wasn’t even outside walking home at the time, I was in my complex,” she said. “What if I had just been going down to get the mail?” She wasn’t walking across Ames nor did she have to cross a main road. With less than a block to walk from Paddy’s, 124 Welch Ave., to her residence at Welch Crown Center, 217 Welch Ave., being attacked was the least of her worries. “It happened so fast. It was one second I was in my complex and the next I was on the floor bleeding,” she said. She recalls blacking out momentarily. “Everyone you see you’re not going to look at them and think, ‘Are you going to hit me?’” she said. “It’s one of those things where I can’t help but think, ‘What if I wasn’t walking home by myself?’” Her friends continue to sympa-

thize and apologize for not walking home with her, but being assaulted wasn’t anyone’s expectation that night. “It was completely unexpected and you don’t ever think that it will happen to you,” she said. It remains unknown as to whether the attacker wanted to rape her, take her purse or just hurt her. These questions may never be answered. “If he was any bigger than what he was, I may not have been able to fight against him,” she said. “I’m lucky he was small enough for me to get away.” Walking away from this incident leaves the student with wounds on her head and a new can of Mace Pepper Spray. “I just want people to know that this kind of stuff does happen. It’s scary. People think because we’re in a small town that it won’t happen to them,” she said. “None of my girl friends walk home alone anymore; we’ve realized that it’s too risky.”

The Government of the Student Body will vote on allocating funds to several organizations and host guest speaker President Gregory Geoffroy at its meeting Wednesday. At its meeting last week, GSB members asked questions of intent regarding the requests for funding. Halley Stille, speaker of the senate and senior in French, said this discussion was the first of a two-part process GSB Geoffroy follows for allocating funds. “We ask questions about bills one week, then discuss and vote the next,” Stille said. Organizations that have requested GSB funding include: • “Conference Funding for MBLGTACC” — $5,000 to attend the 2011 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference • “Safety Equipment for the Horseman’s



Senate elects president Tuesday By Jacob.Stewart The ISU faculty senate elected a new president, Ann Marie Vanderzanden, Tuesday night. She was elected after the first vote ended in a tie between Robert Wallace, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, and Vanderzanden, associate director for the department of horticulture. Vanderzanden recently completed her second term on the senate and as the council chairwoman for the department of horticulture. She was excited to work with the senate and is confident in her ability to be president. She also plans to address faculty morale concerns. The most heated issue of the night was the ratification of the unacceptable performance of duties policy. The policy, which has been undergoing revision and review for the past four months, was brought before the senate for a vote, but several faculty members had prob-


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University to lose in budget cuts By Paige.Godden The Iowa House held an open forum Tuesday night in order to address HD45, the Taxpayers First Act, which has a list of several budget cuts, including a $3.7 million reduction for Iowa State for fiscal year 2011. “Most of the time political leaders don’t leave anything in place long enough to see if it works ... [we] worked tirelessly to develop a curriculum core ... after having spent millions in research and development you want to throw the baby out of the bathwater,” said a third-grade teacher from Western Hills Elementary School in West Des Moines. A representative from the Coalition for a Better Iowa said he is representing a broad range of people concerned about the future of the state. Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municiapl Employees, said if the state cuts appropriations it doesn’t mean the state will see a reduction in the needs of Iowans.


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Ricky Gervais: Everyone took my jokes well Though there was a lot of nervous laughter in the room at the Jan. 16 Golden Globes ceremony, host Ricky Gervais swears his scathing humor didn’t offend anybody. “Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great,â€? Gervais said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. The funnyman also cleared up rumors that he had been scolded or ďŹ red during a long pause in the show in which he mysteriously went missing. “I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance,â€? explained Gervais.

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Aretha Franklin would love for Halle Berry to portray her in an upcoming biopic, but the Oscar winner said she just doesn’t have the vocal chops to pull it off. When CNN’s Roland Martin e-mailed Berry, 44, to ask about the casting conundrum, Berry replied that while she was moved and attered by the statement, she wasn’t so sure she was the right pick. “I adore Aretha ... adore her,â€? Berry said, “but I’m sure she would want the actress to sing.â€? Although Berry swears she can’t hold a note, she did say that she’s open to thinking about it.

Victor Mooney, sophomore in biochemistry, and Emily Highman, freshman in animal ecology, play cellos during a music recital Tuesday at Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall. Photo: Karuna Ang/Iowa State Daily

Police Blotter: Jan. 7 Vehicles driven by Louis Johnson and John Lippolis were involved in a personal injury collision. (reported at 7:04 p.m.) Mark Dearborn, 28, 843 190th Ave., was arrested and charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of drug paraphernalia. (reported at 10:20 p.m.) Keith Judkins, 24, 3819 Tripp St. unit 6, was arrested and charged with simple assault and interference with ofďŹ cial acts. (reported at 10:45 p.m.) Ryan McCurnin, 24, of Mason City, was arrested and charged with interference with ofďŹ cial acts, simple, and public consumption. (reported at 10:45 p.m.)

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ďŹ fth-degree theft. He was subsequently released on citation. (reported at 12:30 a.m.) Jeremy Kahler, 21, 614 Billy Sunday Road unit 201, was arrested and charged with ďŹ fth-degree theft. He was subsequently released on citation. (reported at 12:30 a.m.) Christine Witzenburg, 21, 608 Stanton Ave., was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 1:12 a.m.) Jerrod Jenkins, 19, of Gilbert, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 1:50 a.m.) Kolisa Winston, 29, 3418 Coy St. unit 12, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. (reported at 2:28 a.m.) Lowery Honore, 24, 3811 Tripp St., was arrested and charged with public consumption. (reported at 2:50 a.m.) Martin Soens, 54, 225 S. Kellogg Ave., was arrested and

charged with public intoxication (third offense). (reported at 4:01 a.m.) Steven Cross, 29, of Des Moines, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 12:50 p.m.) A woman was taken into custody on a warrant held by an out-of-state agency. The person was released once it was determined she was a victim of identity theft. (reported at 6:56 p.m.) An individual reported being the victim of identity theft in another state. (reported at 9:26 p.m.) An individual reported the theft of a shelf. (reported at 11:08 p.m.)

Bella and Edward’s bedroom scene revealed The ďŹ rst photo of “Breaking Dawn’sâ€? steamy scene between Bella, Kristen Stewart, and Edward, Robert Pattinson, has been unveiled, and it has fans swooning. Director Bill Condon promises that fans won’t be disappointed. “It’s one of the most anticipated scenes,â€? he said. “The anticipation is part of it and you want to play with what people expect and maybe subvert it a little and surprise them.â€?

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“I fear this bill represents only the state of these cuts ... [the] new cuts being proposed will cut so deep it will take Iowans years to recover,â€? McEntee said. Adam Mason, from CBI, said Iowa has lived with cuts from vital services. “CBI questions the real reason for these cuts ... offering more to special interests is not a reason to cut vital services,â€? Mason said. A volunteer for the American Cancer Society spoke against the bill and said eliminating tobacco prevention programs isn’t a road Iowa wants to take. He said the health of Iowans should be the number one priority of the state. Gene Lutz, director for the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the (#0,-#.3Ĺ—) Ĺ—),.",(Ĺ— )1Ä…Ĺ—3#&Ĺ—"#-Ĺ— time to speak to attorney general Tom Miller. Miller spoke on behalf of smoking cessation programs. The bill also proposes:

Election commissioner resigns After failing to complete required duties on time, Nicholas Davis, Government of the Student Body election commissioner, resigned before his second impeachment trial. Davis, junior in political science, announced his resignation as GSB election commissioner through an e-mail sent to Luke Roling, GSB president and senior in chemical engineering, Jan. 10. This was done before Davis’s second scheduled impeachment trial Jan. 12. “I resigned because I didn’t want to go through another impeachment process and I felt that, given the ďŹ rst trial, I wouldn’t be afforded the same objective and lenient discourse,â€? Davis said. Davis was ďŹ rst put up for impeachment Dec. 12, 2010, after failing to complete the 2010-2011 apportionment bill.

Roling said this bill is similar to a census for the GSB and indicates how many representatives each area GSB Davis can have. “It’s an extremely important document to have in place,â€? Roling said. Davis cited personal reasons for not meeting his responsibilities. “My grandmother passed away and [I] was in and out of Ames during the couple weeks leading up to the deadline,â€? Davis said. At the impeachment trial, a vote of 22-2-1 allowed Davis a second chance at fulďŹ lling his duties as election commissioner. Roling said (Ĺ— Ăś,'.#0Ĺ— 0).Ĺ— ) Ĺ— ßýŗ -(.),-Ĺ— was needed to impeach Davis. When Davis had yet to complete his duties at the beginning of the spring semester, the senate once

>>FACULTY SENATE.p1 lems with the proposed ideas. Peter Sherman, associate professor of aerospace engineering, believed the revised policy was “not ready for a vote.â€? He said the department of aerospace engineering and several other departments had not received the ratiďŹ ed document until Tuesday, and had not had time to talk over the proposed revisions. The original document suggested that the ďŹ rst step in a complaint of unacceptable performance of duty was to

>>LGBT.p1 Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Student Services, has worked with students who are struggling with the DADT policy and their dedication to not only their country but to themselves. Honesty and integrity are fundamental parts for many in the armed forces, Freihoefer said, and having to go against them by hiding their sexuality and being in fear of being discharged are signiďŹ cant complications posed by the policy. “The repeal is historic in nature,â€? Freihoefer said. “This will allow for family support and will actually strengthen our armed forces.â€? Disagreement over the repeal and a sense of “don’t ďŹ x what’s not brokenâ€? by those in Washington and around the country has sparked discussion that DADT was beneďŹ cial in separating sexuality from the actual job of serving. “How did they know it worked?â€? Freihoefer said. “No, in the middle of combat, no one is worrying about sexuality.â€? Although sexuality doesn’t matter on the battleďŹ eld, Freihoefer feels it’s important for military persons to be able to live equitably, honestly and with integrity — something the military has taught those like Olson since their ďŹ rst days in ROTC training. An honest life “I just want to be a good leader, a good professional. It’s one of the reasons I’m doing this. I want to stand up and take care of my people ... even if I don’t know them,â€? Olson said. Although DADT’s repeal isn’t ďŹ nalized, Olson is optimistic about her future. She plans on dating more

again put him up for impeachment. Roling said Davis was charged with the following: ÄŠĹ—#&/,Ĺ—.)Ĺ—**)#(.Ĺ—Ĺ—0#Ĺ—)'missioner, as required by the GSB bylaws ÄŠĹ— #&/,Ĺ— .)Ĺ— **)#(.Ĺ— Ĺ— )''#-sion recorder, as required by the GSB bylaws ÄŠĹ— #&/,Ĺ— 3Ĺ— &.#)(Ĺ— )''#-sion to publicly announce an election timeline by the end of the fall semester ÄŠĹ— & -(Ĺ— ) Ĺ— /.3Ĺ— 3Ĺ— Nicholas Davis for misrepresenting himself during the ďŹ rst impeachment trial. The charges stated that he claimed to have apportionment completed at this trial, when in fact the apportionment bill was not completed until several days after the trial took place. “I personally made quite a few changes to the apportionment document submitted to me in time for it to be passed next week,â€? Roling said.

have the dean of the college bring the complaint to the head of the department the faculty member in question belongs to, then have a jury of faculty extensively investigate the accused faculty member’s past work at the college before making a decision to take action against that faculty member. ,()&ŗ (ŗ ,ŗ &%ąŗ *,) --),ŗ ) ŗ ecology, evolution and organismal biology, proposed that a council of colleagues be assembled by the department head to review that faculty member’s performance and take action accordingly. The

after she graduates, but isn’t worried about anything except the next step in living out her dream. “As mentioned before, my run time is something I’m working with. Marines have

Roling said the GSB rules committee approved the charges by a 0).Ĺ—) ŗýĚßŗ ),Ĺ—."Ĺ—Ă°,-.Ĺ—.1)Ĺ—",!-Ĺ— and 5-0 for the ďŹ nal two charges. From there, the charges would have been sent to the senate, who would decide if a trial should be held, had Davis not resigned. MaryBeth Konkowski, election commission member, has been nominated by Roling to take Davis’s place. The senate will decide whether to conďŹ rm this nomination at their meeting Jan. 19. Roling said Konkowski has been working on an interim basis since Davis’s resignation to help with candidate seminars. “MaryBeth has done a spectacular job of ďŹ lling in gaps and getting things moving, I’ve been very impressed with the response from the election commission as a whole to stepping up and getting things done. I’m very conďŹ dent in her leadership moving forward,â€? Roling said.

senate voted against his proposal and a motion was passed that voting on the policy change be postponed until their next meeting. Several more issues were brought up before the senate after the election. Elizabeth Hoffman, executive vice president and provost, apologized for the ofďŹ ce’s failure to communicate clearly. A plan to incorporate a recreational service program in the budget was in the works, but the provost office was not able to keep costs down and provide a recreational budget.

very high physical standards. I could qualify, but I want to be better than what I am. I wouldn’t want to do anything else but that — lead by example, lead from the front. “I still

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Internet, television commingling soon to come to fruition With Comcast, the country’s largest Internet and cable provider, now owning NBC Universal, we hear it “will have an incentive to prioritize NBC shows over other local and independent voices and programs, making it even harder to find alternatives on the cable dial.” Also that corporatized media destroys the “historic notions of a free, diverse, and independent press,” and we are heading toward a Ministry of Culture straight out of George Orwell’s “1984.” Doubtful. Comcast is buying a majority, 51 percent, of NBC Universal from the multinational corporation General Electric. General Electric will own the remaining share.

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Media is driven by advertising, since that’s where money is made. Enter the Internet and it becomes more unstable since Internet advertising rates aren’t as strong as broadcast or print advertising rates. During the last two decades, the top 10 media companies have owned, give or take, about 40 percent of all media and those 10 media companies have been a revolving door. Buyouts, mergers and bankruptcies are a regular occurrence. Remember how AOL Time Warner was supposed to be

the end of independent media on the Internet? It lasted nine years. Vivendi, which once owned part of NBC Universal — it sold its remaining share to General Electric — had the ambition to buy all the world’s media. Its big buying spree in the late 1990s and 2000s failed within 10 years. Viacom use to be the almighty media company owning numerous media outlets. Now it’s number four because it spun off CBS and sold off other subsidiaries. It recognized it

Matsushita, Seagram’s, Vivendi and General Electric. How many actually like their Internet service providers? As the country begins to go wireless, service providers will likely go to battle with phone service companies because both provide wireless Internet. NBC Universal gives Comcast a new revenue stream and allows them to create content for the service they offer. And why would Comcast give priority to NBC programming? That goes against the purpose of the Internet. Enough with the “it could happen” scenarios. Comcast is simply getting ready for the future. Your television will soon be your portal to the Internett.

had become too large to keep up with the necessary innovation. Sure Comcast will now have Universal’s film library and movie studio as well as the news outlets of MSNBC, CNBC and NBC News, but who watches broadcast news anymore, and broadcast TV for that matter? On cable, NBC has few networks compared to others. Bravo, Syfy, The Weather Channel and USA Network are the only NBC Universal networks available through Mediacom cable in Ames. News Corporation owns five. Time Warner owns six. Viacom owns seven. There are 65 channels. For Universal, this is the fifth owner in the last 20 years — it was previously owned by

Law enforcement

Are we really afforded protection?

By Thomas.Hummer

Editor’s note: All names in this article have been changed to protect the peoples’ safety and privacy.

Accountability applies to authority


teve has always been an easygoing guy. He’s never one to start confrontations, almost always laid back and has a multitude of friends who would testify to this in a heartbeat — myself being one of them. You can imagine my surprise when Steve told me he began taking self-defense classes because he feared for his safety. I simply couldn’t imagine anyone going out of their way to hurt Steve, and I told him so. “Well, let me tell you why I’m taking the classes,” he said. “A few weeks ago, I got into an argument with a co-worker of mine named Jeff. He’s a really irrational guy, and things escalated pretty quickly. Our manager stepped in to try and calm Jeff down, but he just got angrier and turned on my manager. Soon after, Jeff got fired.” “The day after Jeff got fired, I happened to run into him at the movie theater in North Grand Mall. He followed me into the bathroom and assaulted me, bashing my head into the tiled wall.” Steve refused to fight Jeff, and instead called the police. Jeff ran away, but the police soon arrived at the scene and took a statement from Steve along with several photographs of the massive bump on his head. “Since Jeff was my co-worker, I had his name, phone number and address available, which I gave to the police,” Steve said. “They said they would contact me with their progress. I left the situation feeling like I had done the right thing in not fighting back and immediately contacting the authorities.” Much to his surprise, about a week went by and Steve hadn’t heard back from the police. He called the department, and after being on hold for a while and having a brief conver-

An officer waits at the entryway to the old ISU Dairy Farm where an ISU police officer found a body at approximately 8:30 p.m. April 14, 2010, near the corner of Mortensen Road and Hayward Avenue. Many law officials do their duty to serve and protect, but there is a need to ensure the police are doing their duty all the time. File photo: Iowa State Daily

sation with a rather rude secretary, Steve discovered that the investigation of his case was still “ongoing.” “I left that conversation feeling disappointed, angry, confused and a number of other things,” Steve said. “I mean, there was no ‘investigation’ to even be ‘ongoing!’ All they needed to do was show up at his place or track him down somehow. It’s not like the guy skipped town! I don’t feel safe knowing that this situation hasn’t been resolved, and the police department clearly isn’t doing their part in taking care of it. It scares me to think that they’re more concerned with kids smoking pot in their dorms than citizens being physically assaulted. I’ve lived in Ames all my life, this is the one time I’ve ever asked anything from the police department, and I feel like my worries aren’t being respected in the least.” It may be easy for some people brush this off and say that the police have bigger, more important things to worry about; but the truth is that they don’t. They are in the line of public service, and nothing is more important than the public’s safety. This is especially true considering

we’ve put so much effort into trying to prevent violent crimes from occurring — if you don’t believe me, try going through airport security — and yet when one happens in our town, minimal action is taken. You’d think with the recent events in Arizona, the police would realize that this kind of unstable behavior is a red flag as to what people are apt to do in the future. Situations like this are precisely what the law enforcement exists to take care of, and the fact they’re not doing so in a timely manner makes me wonder what they are spending their precious time on. But the inadequacy doesn’t stop on the local level. Here’s another story about the federal law enforcement also failing to pull their weight. Rob owned and operated a store on eBay. A while back, he noticed two suspicious orders that were made within a day of each other. Both of the orders were for expensive electronics, both were being shipped to the Bronx, and both of the credit cards used had billing addresses in states far away from New York. “I knew I had a case of identity

theft on my hands,” Rob said. “I didn’t ship out the order because it seemed so fishy, and soon enough, I got a phone call from each cardholder saying that my number appeared on their billing statement for a purchase they didn’t make. I explained the situation to them and told them to refute the transactions with their respective credit card companies. I asked them to have their credit card companies and/or the authorities contact me, because I had the street addresses the shipments were supposed to go to, and the IP addresses for the computers the purchases were made from. They were both a little frazzled, but very appreciative.” About a week went by, and Rob was shocked that he hadn’t received any calls regarding the situation. “As far as I knew, I was the only one with the evidence that could bring the thieves to justice,” he said. “So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.” “First I called the FBI and some other government agencies who, according to their websites, are supposed to handle this sort of thing. All of them told me the same thing:

If it wasn’t your information that was stolen, we can’t do anything for you. Then they recommended that I contact the local authorities.” “When I called the Ames police, I explained the situation to them. I said ‘I have the documentation to prove that these people attempted identity theft. I also have their street addresses and IP addresses. Can you help me?” The answer was a resounding “no.” The local law enforcement simply told Rob to contact the FBI, starting the entire cycle over again. “I don’t get it,” Rob said. “I had the information that could have brought these criminals to justice, but the people whose job it is to make that happen weren’t interested at all. For all I know, the credit card companies could have had the information and contacted the authorities. But what if they didn’t? The people I talked to wouldn’t have known if that was the case, and they still weren’t willing to help.” Rob was so disheartened after this experience that he closed his online store. “I don’t want to be part of a system that makes it so easy for people to get away with that, and I never want to deal with the unhelpful law enforcement again.” I’m sure everyone has encountered an impersonal police officer at some point. I’ll even admit that I’ve actually had more positive experiences with the Ames police than negative. However, while an officer’s bedside manner is important, in the long run it only matters as much as having a superbly nice waitress or grocery store clerk. What’s really important is the work that’s going on behind the scenes, and whether it’s getting done efficiently. Our tax dollars pay these people, so these stories should anger each and every one of you, because either of these situations could happen to you. In the case of the waitress, we can just choose to not tip her as much. But we don’t get to directly decide how much police earn, so it’s up to us to make sure that they’re doing what we pay them to do

Gun legislation

React before catastrophy strikes again I

owa State Daily columnist Brandon Blue wrote about the ineffectiveness of writing new legislation to ban the sale of some types of dangerous weaponry in the United States. His point was that it doesn’t help Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the others killed and injured last week to write legislation now in reaction to the incident. I would debate this point, and argue that while new laws won’t help the victims of the recent attack, this incident is a good excuse to re-examine our nation’s gun laws or lack of gun laws. It is true that in cases like the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., stricter gun laws may just force an attacker to use a knife instead. But what about the threat other individuals and criminals pose these days to the valiant police officers

By Rick.Hanton

across the United States, not to mention any civilians in the crossfire? Is it possible to honor the second amendment while keeping deadly weapons away from people who would seek to use them against their fellow man? I believe the answer is yes and that these changes are necessary for the public good. At the very least, can we agree that a ban, or partial ban, on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to help protect our police officers and citizens from extended rampages by criminals is in order? Gun rights advocates always repeat the phrase, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people;” but do we really need to make it easy to obtain the best killing device people have invented for killing individuals in the last 100,000 years? I think that we can and

should convince our congressional leaders to bring back the laws contained in the Federal Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004, perhaps with the new provisions added in recent replacement candidates that prevent subtle changes to weapons to make them compliant. A brief disclaimer about myself: I have never shot a weapon, but I wouldn’t be averse to doing so at a shooting range for fun. If you want to go hunting or go to a shooting range for fun, more power to you, but I’m not sure you need a semiautomatic AK-47 to do it — I’m sure it would be interesting to shoot an Uzi, I question whether you need one at home for hunting or self-defense. Creating federal laws to ban certain types of weapons may not stop the use by

criminals of illegally-obtained weapons, but at least it can lower the number of weapons floating around this country. With less weapons floating around and stricter controls on who can obtain guns, maybe we can drop the United States down from being the intentional gun death capital of the world to maybe second place. Do you realize that the death rate due to firearms in the United States is more than 10 people per 100,000 according to many sources? Iowa is on the low end with only five firearm deaths per 100,000, but Louisiana and Washington D.C. have rates more than 20 deaths per 100,000, according to 2007 data. For comparison, the rate of deaths in Canada where gun laws are fairly loose is four people per 100,000; in Japan where there are strict gun

laws, the rate is only 7 percent of a person per 100,000 people. The correlation to me seems to be that stricter gun control laws decrease overall gun violence, and while a criminal intent on massacring people will likely still be able to procure a gun, an individual with less calculated intent to kill may be prevented by the barriers in place. Gun advocates have spent the last week urging us to think of the victims of the tragedy in Tucson rather than the political enactment of gun control laws because they know that the last time we focused on gun control as we reacted to an assassination attempt, we created the recently deceased Federal Assault Weapons Ban. At the time the ban was called “the Brady Bill” for former

assistant to President Ronald Reagan Jim Brady, who was shot and permanently disabled in an assassination attempt on the president. Having met Giffords at a student conference in Arizona a few years ago, I hope her injuries are not as disabling as Brady’s, but I think the incident in Arizona is just as good of an excuse as the shooting 30 years ago to be careful what weapons we allow in this country. As the news stations report, it is physically and financially impossible to provide protection to all members of government in this country from rogue gunmen. But, we can at least take some measures to help prevent them from being gunned down like Giffords in a hail of bullets.

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Why can’t we just meet someone online? By Sean.Flack

Finding love on the Internet can happen


’m not as social as I used to be. Don’t get me wrong I can be social, but most of the time I choose not to. This isn’t a result of a crippling lack of conďŹ dence or a fear of human interaction, but rather, a dislike for most people I interact with on a daily basis. I’m not trying to make myself seem like some emperor of cool or anything. I just enjoy my own space more these days than hearing about Sally so-and-so talk about the “awesomeâ€? bars she got drunk at last weekend. But I do get lonely, sometimes. I mean, I have great friends, but sometimes I miss the electricity that one shares with a lover. That being said, when you have your iPod in at all times, it’s kind of hard to have yourself open to chance encounters with the opposite sex. That, coupled with the fact I hardly ever run into

any cool, single girls, makes the idea of serendipitously running into my college sweetheart slim to none. And then something magical happened. One of my most critical friends found a girlfriend. This was an awesome girl who matched up with each one of my friend’s speciďŹ c things he looks for in a girl, and she attended school at Iowa State. Where’d they meet, you ask? Online. Despite legitimate sites like eHarmony and, online dating still carries a reputation with it that is less than desirable. But after noticing my friend’s luck with OkCupid, I decided to go on the site and create a proďŹ le for myself. All of us have heard the same speech over and over again about how Facebook and other social media are changing our lives. But it’s true. As a society, I feel that young people are preferring electronic interaction to human interaction because it’s simply less scary. Hiding behind a computer screen, you can take the

time to formulate responses and avoid awkwardness. This is one of the appeals of online dating. But while OkCupid is a free site, the clientele is usually not sketchy. Of course you’ll have your occasional “jellylover34,â€? but most times you’ll ďŹ nd honest people trying to make a connection with someone — whether that be friendly or romantically. Bear in mind, though, that I’m speaking from a guy’s perspective on the site. Girls report getting more creepy messages, but still guarantee there are some diamonds in the rough. I’ve been using the site for a couple months now, and I have to say that it’s been mostly a success. I’ve met two friends and went on one failed date throughout my time on there. This isn’t because of lack of ďŹ sh in the sea, but rather my own pickiness. There are hundreds of girls to choose from in the area. And I know I’m making this out to be some sort of game, but isn’t dating like that already? We go to a bar or

a party or class and see women and decide whether or not we want to talk to them based on some qualities that don’t even really matter in the long run. What I want people to get from this column is that online dating is legitimate. No longer is it a hang out place for pedophiles and guys who can’t spell. Don’t get me wrong, those sites are out there, but they’re slowly becoming overshadowed by the good ones. And I’ve been to the speed dating events Iowa State holds. I’ve seen the massive amount of people that show up. Sure, some of them could be there as a joke or just looking for casual sex, but a good majority of the public hates being alone — big thanks to romantic comedies. Believe me, I’m not one of those people who thinks a relationship is the

end-all, be-all of human achievement. I just think it’s nice having someone to campanile with. And in this age of keyboards and instant messages, why can’t we meet someone online?

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Days of quality cable television are numbered By Heath.Verhasselt

Trashy reality TV shows have taken over sets


ike many of you during break, I too stared at the ceiling, bored out of my mind. There was nothing to do, and yet I had work 30 hours a week, too many video games to play, not to mention articles to be writing, but that feeling of boredom would not go away. And so, after all other avenues had been closed, I decided to turn on the TV. Not a very uncommon thing to do, but this time was different, very different. Instead of powering on my PS3 to play a game or movie, I did something crazy,

I switched the input of my TV from HDMI1 to Cable. What I saw was mind shattering. What I just described might seem like nothing spectacular to you, maybe you watch TV all the time and aren’t following me on this. Let me ďŹ rst explain, I never watch TV. Plain and simple. I have Netix, the Internet, video games, podcasts and if those fail I have no problem going for a walk outside. This is because I have given up on television, besides the occasional show on the History channel; I maybe watch TV twice a month. Let’s face it though, the shows on right now are mostly trash or just a waste of time. Of course that’s the modern pur-

pose of TV, to make you sit on the edge of your seat wondering why what you’re watching is even on TV and what will happen next. Reality TV is probably the largest reason TV pretty much sucks. Since the likes of “The Real World� and “Survivor,� television show quality has begun a downward spiral in terms of quality, rivaling that of watching paint dry. So much that I really think most TV channels should seriously consider changing their names. MTV for example. You know MTV right, music television; because “Jersey Shore,� “the Hills� and “16 and Pregnant� have such musical backgrounds. And that’s just it right there, I know that I can’t

change what they put on TV, but I really think cable networks should address what they are and what they say they are. For example, if MTV changed their name to Complete Trash Reality TV, I’d know exactly what to expect when I switch to said channel. And the issue doesn’t even stop with MTV, it could be applied to so many other channels. VH1 could easily change their name to “I love the 19XXs� and go from there. Travel channel, “where we don’t actually talk about how big of a pain in the side traveling really is.� The Speed channel, “sorry, we’re not actually doing speed.� The History channel, could go with the motto, “We used to actually

show you historical documentaries but not anymore,� and change their name to “Pawn stars/American Pickers TV�. Lets not forget those sick individuals that run the Lifetime network: “A lifetime of awful movies where women are excessively beaten and raped for no real reason.� Comedy Central could keep their name if they just ran a blank screen until Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert or “South Park� came on at night. I’m starting to think their entire channel is the joke their name seems to hint at, but you tell me. All jokes aside, something tells me this issue is already being addressed by outside forces, those forces being the Internet and services like

Netix. A la carte programming as this is called, where you get to pick what you want to watch, rather than sit through the agony of watching the show before the show you actually wanted to watch comes on. YouTube just adds more fuel to this a la carte ďŹ re: The ability to watch hours of whatever nonsense you want is truly wonderful. Yes, the content on YouTube isn’t up to the same production quality of network TV, and maybe Netix costs too much or doesn’t have what you want, but it’s a step in the right direction. By the end of the year, I think many of you will consider cutting the cord and bring an end to this nonsense.


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China offers more imports than just toys

By Curtis.Powers

Railway system could beneďŹ t U.S. transportation


s you may or may not know, China became the second largest economy in 2010 moving past Japan in terms of nominal Gross Domestic Product. China’s economy was roughly $5.75 trillion in 2010, according to the CIA Factbook. By comparison, the U.S. economy was $14.6 trillion. If compared by Purchasing Power Parity, the U.S. was only ahead $14.7 trillion to $9.85 trillion. The economic growth in China is going so well, approximately 10 percent growth in 2010, that the minimum wage in various parts of the country was raised in the past few months. In fact, many Chinese businesses are beginning to outsource jobs to other southeast Asian nations. As you may see, there are many implica-

tions about the rise of “the Dragonâ€? (China) especially considering their military’s new ďŹ ghter jets. However, I wanted to focus on their transportation system in comparison to ours and how they reect our cultural differences. When I visited China with my friend two years ago to visit his family, one of the things I fell in love with was the public transportation. After we got off the plane in Beijing and toured the city a little with some friends, we got on a train. For about 160 yuan, approximately $25 — for the average Chinese person, this is a luxury — we got a ticket for a sleeper car with a place for our luggage and a bed. The “roomâ€? had six beds, three on each side — it was best to be on the top with luggage; the bottom worked too. As I said, we got on in the evening and after sleeping through the night, woke up at our destination in the morning. It was about an 11-hour trip from Beijing to Xi’an, which is not

bad for a trip that is like going from Des Moines to Denver. We took another train or two with similar results. Though I must say eight-hour train rides overnight aren’t quite as refreshing in the morning as the longer 10- to 12-hour ones. I’m also not sure how a longer train ride, say 24 hours, would go either. After being in the train stations waiting for trains, it seemed like this was a very popular mode of transportation. Air travel is coming along as some of my Chinese friends have said to me. It’s getting cheaper and more accessible to the masses. However, trains still dominate. And they will continue to do into the future with the high speed trains imported from Europe. In June, a new bullet train will get people from Beijing to Shanghai in under ďŹ ve hours — currently it’s 10 to 18 hours for the 800-mile trip. I think it demonstrates the collective nature of Chinese society under Communist rule. Eastern cultures by nature generally value the collective, especially with families. Communism probably only brought it more in that regard. That stands in stark contrast to the U.S., with how much we value our individuality and independence. We drive our cars everywhere by ourselves. This practice is picking up in China, but still, it

is generally only wealthier folks who can afford a car. That’s why many of these high-speed rail projects strike me as odd. Don’t get me wrong, I would much rather take a train some-

where than drive. That way I can sleep, read or whatever and not have to deal with driving, traffic, etc. However, I’m not sure many people really want it; they’d rather have their vehicle or not have to drive more than an hour to the nearest train station. It would also cost a lot of money do it when many state governments are facing deďŹ cits. It’s an issue Iowa is currently facing. The State Legislature could invest $8.5 million to get a matching $81.4 million grant from the federal government to build high-speed rail from Iowa City to Chicago. The new Republican controlled House wants to axe it, which seemed wise to me. That was until I read Dave

Elbert’s column Sunday in the Des Moines Register. I was very surprised to read that he, along with a Republican busi-

ness leader, thought this rail project was a key investment for 21st century travel. It seems that they think our generation would prefer rail if it can be competitive in terms of time and money to cars. Maybe it’s time we imported more than toys and random junk from China.ewe imported more than toys and random junk from China.



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Weapons are a health hazard Guns pose threat to community well-being, safety The persons who were killed and wounded in the Arizona shooting are less healthy than they were before the shooting. Even the persons who escaped direct physical injury, but experienced the trauma of the event, have less vigorous health than they had before. This is not a difficult concept. Shooting is a hazard to health. We regulate other threats to public health but allow the threat from gunshot trauma to remain in our community. In Iowa, we have actually reduced the protection citizen health has enjoyed from possible gunshot trauma. We regulate water quality, we require childhood immunizations, we concern ourselves

with food safety and more. All of these actions are important safeguards to our health as a community. But we do little to protect Iowa citizens from gunshot trauma, even when gunshot health risks are 100 percent preventable. In fact, recent Iowa legislation required county sheriffs, in the vast majority of cases, to issue gun permits regardless of the sheriff’s reservations about the applicant’s qualiďŹ cations. Current conversation in Des Moines suggests that gun restrictions in Iowa will be further reduced. There is nothing in the Second Amendment of our U.S. Constitution that requires each of us to be exposed to a known, preventable, serious health risk. Being shot by a gun is clearly detrimental to your health. This is not a difficult concept. Guns are dangerous.


Myrna Loehrlein is president of the League of Women Voters of Iowa. Guns bring a threat to community health. Members of our community deserve to have their health safeguarded. The League of Women Voters of Iowa supports the right of citizens to live in an environment in which known health hazards are recognized and eliminated or, at least, minimized. We look to our legislators to do all they can to eliminate the known, preventable, serious health risks that guns bring to our community. The league urges all citizens to remind their government representatives that each citizen has a right to live in the healthiest reasonable community environment. Guns are a health hazard that can be eliminated. It is time to take action.

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It’s time for leadership University should place more value on social sciences In reading the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ proposals from the Blue Sky Taskforce, I ďŹ nd myself a bit confused and frustrated. Though the multiple proposals have different suggestions for cutting the budget, one common theme permeates them equally: Iowa State does not value social sciences or humanities. I wish I could say this surprised me, but in honesty, the Blue Sky recommendations just reinforced the trends of cutting social sciences and humanities in the past few years. We all remember the crippling cuts to women’s studies and sociology. We saw the English department forced to give up their phones. Now, we have our own Dean of LAS entertaining proposals to cut political science, anthropology and sociology further, to the point where they do not exist as autonomous programs any longer. We all know that Iowa State University of Science and Technology loves, well, science and technology. Let’s face it; science and technol-

Jacob Wilson, is a senior in political science, women’s and gender studies. ogy bring in millions of state and federal research dollars every year. It allows us to build state-of-the-art facilities and boast of our advancements across the country and around the world. What our students and researchers in the ďŹ elds of science, engineering and technology are accomplishing deserves the accolades they receive, and I do not wish to take that away from them. However, it is the job of our university leaders to provide equitable opportunities for all students admitted to Iowa State. Iowa State wants to continue increasing enrollment while dismantling the social sciences and humanities, and frankly, they can’t have it both ways. Students in the humanities, social sciences, education, design, veterinary medicine and human sciences deserve to receive just as high quality of an education as our peers in engineering, physics and statistics, and it is time that our university administrators make up their mind: Either regard us with the same dignity and respect as other colleges and majors or just say upfront that your vision for

Iowa State is to focus solely on science and technology. None of us could imagine President Geoffroy sitting idly by if the College of Engineering worked to make an interdisciplinary bachelors or doctorate of engineering, eliminating the computer, materials and aerospace engineering departments. With that said, it’s not right for him to allow the Blue Sky proposals to go forth. I implore President Geoffroy and Dean Whiteford to be leaders for the social sciences and humanities, showing they are committed to more than just money, but rather, concerned with the quality of education received by all Cyclones. It’s true that the lowly social sciences and humanities don’t pad the pockets of the ISU coffers, but they provide something much more valuable. They offer an understanding of how the world works, strive to progress past the status quo, and advance our ability to communicate with and understand one another. It’s time for Iowa State to take a stand for equitable education and opportunities for all students. To the distinguished president of Iowa State and dean of LAS, I say this: It’s time for leadership.


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Get involved in GSB, make a difference Take advantage of chance to improve Iowa State

Each year, ISU students elect new student government leadership for the upcoming academic year. Next week, candidates will begin the process of running for 40 representative senate seats and two executive positions in the Government of the Student Body. I write today to all students, encouraging you to take advantage of this opportunity to serve others and make Iowa State a better place for everyone. Student government isn’t just for political science majors and other politics nuts. I’m an engineer. Politics rank near the bottom of my scale of interests, yet I love the chance that I have been given to represent students and make a real difference through GSB. No experience of any kind is necessary, so if you’re interested in serving students you can’t be underqualified for a position. Involvement in GSB and other such organizations helps you develop networks with students, faculty, staff and administrators throughout the university. There are huge opportunities for personal growth through developing essential skills, not to mention the valuable leadership experiences you will have when looking to move on in your career. Most importantly, our student government serves students. GSB represents students on the toughest issues. GSB allocates more than $1.8 million each year to student services and organizations. By running for a senate or executive position, you are given the chance to have a direct impact on these decisions. Have an issue on your mind? Can’t stand how money is spent? This is your chance to carry a representative vote and make changes. GSB candidate seminars will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, and Thursday, Jan. 20, in room 3534 Memorial Union. If you aren’t able to make this and need alternate arrangements or if you have any questions, please e-mail: If you’ve ever wanted to make a positive difference at Iowa State, this is an awesome chance to do that. If you’re hearing a voice pushing you to serve ISU students in the public arena, give it a try. You won’t regret it.

Luke Roling is a senior in chemical

engineering and the president of the Government of the Student Body.

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Service provides opportunities Service isn’t a hobby for me or a way for me to get ahead in the world; it is a key part of who I am. I guess you could say it helps define me. The importance of service was instilled in me by my mother who believed that you should always give of yourself. My family grew up in poverty but even so, we always gave. I remember putting together care packages to send abroad to international families in need. My mother’s spirit of service encour-

aged me to seek out a life devoted to serving others. This continued throughout my youth and into my college years. I spent part of my time at Iowa State engrossed in service-related organizations and the other part pursuing a major in political science/international studies, which I hoped would lead to a career in service. Iowa State provided a number of different opportunities to engage in service. I was involved with Circle K, Alternative Spring

Break Trips, GRIP Mentoring, the ONE Campaign and the NonProfit Protégé Program. These were only a few of the opportunities available at Iowa State. I am currently serving a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Volunteer Center of Story County. The skills I acquired during my service expe-

rience in college can be directly linked to my ability to fulfill the job responsibilities at my current position. So whether you are looking for a hobby or a career builder, or if you are just a person who defines themselves through service, you can find something to suit you. A perfect opportunity to start looking for opportunities is the upcoming Volunteer Fair from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union.

SJS offers compelling experience Two years ago I applied to, and was selected to attend the Social Justice Summit at Iowa State. The SJS is where I met my soon-to-be husband. And to think, I almost didn’t go. I actually had no idea what the summit was about, but I figured, “Hey, this will boost my resume and I’m pretty sure I’m into social justice, so yeah, I guess I’ll go.” The first night Kathy O’Bear from the Social Justice Training Institute spoke, and changed the way I understand my relation to

others who may have more, or less, privilege than myself. The second day, we participated in activities like “Star Power” addressing LGBT issues and later an identity activity where participants share aspects of themselves and their histories with one another nonverbally — my favorite activity. There were small group and large group dialogue that encouraged everyone to reflect on the activities. Through that reflection, I found the SJS to be a transforma-

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tive experience. My identity, my relationships with others, and the way I understand society were changed. I was compelled to activism. Last year, I was the co-chairwoman of the SJS. This year, I am participating again as a member of the planning committee. For the 2011 SJS, we will be bringing in another professional facilitator from the Social Justice Training Institute.

This will be my final summit at Iowa State. Both my fiancé and I are attending, together, for the third year. If you are interested in exploring issues of diversity and social relationships, injustice and activism, you must apply to attend this event. Apply online at www.sac. by Jan. 21. I promise you will be transformed, and who knows, you might even make a friend.

Attacking Palin does not solve issues I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how disappointed and disgusted I was with your Jan. 10 staff editorial criticizing Sarah Palin for inflamed political rhetoric. I know this story is a week old at this point, but the more and more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t resist letting you know now how a reader of your publication felt about that piece. Before the bodies of the victims were even in the ground in Arizona your editorial board jumped into the fray of accusing Sarah Palin, and her conservative movement in proximity, of the shootings in Arizona with nary a thread of evidence. If a true discussion about toning down rhetoric was your inten-

tion, you could have done without trying to score political points. Your editorial reads like a story ripped off a left wing political blog with all the conservative blaming rhetoric to go along with it. As a sense of balance it would be important to note that a fellow host on MSNBC, Ed Schultz, continues to air a segment called “Battleground” in which inflamed rhetoric is used on both sides of the aisle. President Obama himself made the statement that Democrats should be ready to bring a gun to a knife fight. Additionally, noted Daily Kos blogger Markos Moulistas himself had a list of moderate Democrats targeted with bullseyes — which, ironically


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Chris Chambers is a junior in electrical engineering. enough, as been erased like Palin’s crosshair map. This targeted map is believed to have originated from the old Democratic Leadership Council of the late 1980s and early 1990s. They are just a sampling of examples of other with different political persuasions that have used such rhetoric. It’s also not the point that some have apologized and some have not. A clearly political apology to make oneself look better does nothing to sooth the grief of the families of the victims, and it surely doesn’t bring them back. Political showmanship following an event like this does nothing to make the situation bet-

ter, it just disgusts those watching shameless show unfold. In closing, the purpose of the examples of inflamed rhetoric that I have given was not to point a finger at Democrats. The rhetoric used in political discourse is always a metaphor for something else. Taking it away would not have prevented this tragedy. Crazy people do crazy things. The only person responsible for what happened in Tucson was Jared Loughner. Any implications of guilt for this massacre laid at the feet of anyone else is irresponsible and hurtful at best. If you disagree with Palin on policy, fine, many do and that is OK. But to use this tragedy as fodder for a political attack really damages your credibility.


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Cyclones vie to end skid in Stillwater

Basketball is starting to feel like football

15-game losing streak dates back to 1988 By Jake.Lovett Fred Hoiberg has never won a game in Stillwater, Okla,. Neither has Marcus Fizer, Jamaal Tinsley, Craig Brackins or Diante Garrett. Wednesday night, Iowa State will try to end a 15-game losing streak, dating back to March of 1988, when it takes on Oklahoma State inside Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. “Just from playing in that building, it’s a tough place to play,” Hoiberg said Monday. “The fans are right on top of you and it’s a tough place to go in and get a win.” The Cowboys (13-4, 1-2 Big 12) started conference play with a win over No. 17 Kansas State, but have since lost their last two, both on the road. Led by senior forward Marshall Moses — scoring 16 points and bringing down eight rebounds a game — Oklahoma State sits tied with Iowa State (14-4, 1-2) for seventh in the Big 12. In Moses, Hoiberg said the Cowboys have a “big, strong body” that the Cyclones will try to confuse with different looks on the defensive end. “They’re a big, strong, tough team,” Hoiberg said. “We need to try and go out there and play with poise.” The Cyclones are coming off of an impressive win against Baylor on Saturday and won against the Cowboys during the 2009-2010 season.

The teams are different than last season’s matchup, though, and the 2010 NCAA Tournament qualifier hasn’t fallen at home in 2010-2011. “It’s going to be a big-time challenge for us,” said ISU guard Scott Christopherson, who led Iowa State with 19 points in last season’s 69-65 win over the Cowboys. “Oklahoma State is going to have some runs and their crowd is going to get into it.” Third-year OSU coach Travis Ford has a team that is struggling in many statistical categories, despite the presence of Moses and guard Keiton Page, who scores 13.9 points per game. The Cowboys are 10th in the Big 12 in scoring offense, rebounding and turnover margin, contributing to their earlyseason struggles in conference play. Meanwhile, Hoiberg’s bunch have looked impressive through its first three conference tests, losing the first two contests by a combined six points before the 15-point win over Baylor on Saturday. Wednesday night’s game will be only the second conference game to be played away from Hilton Coliseum early into the Cyclones’ Big 12 schedule before they play at Missouri on Saturday. Iowa State is 3-2 away from Hilton this season. “We’ve gone on the road and played well before, so I think we’re capable.” Christopherson said. “We’re going to have our hands full.”

Hoiberg’s first year shows parallels to Rhoad’s start By Jeremiah.Davis


Forward Jamie Vanderbeken gives his teammates a high-five as he comes off the court during the second half of Saturday’s game against Baylor. Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

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Fatigued team hits the road Injuries, illness present extra challenges By Jake.Lovett Scott Christopherson has been playing hurt; Jamie Vanderbeken, too. Monday morning, Diante Garrett woke up with flulike symptoms. With just seven able bodies for coach Fred Hoiberg to use, times are getting hard. “We’ve got some issues going on right now, but you find a way to get through that,” Hoiberg said. The first-year Cyclone coach has ratcheted back the physicality of his team’s practices to try and help his team stay healthy. Christopherson has been dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow for several weeks. Vanderbeken’s been playing on a sore ankle. Those two are injuries Hoiberg can work around in practice. Garrett’s sickness, though, is something

“Playing seven or eight guys at the most, we can’t afford to lose guys in Iowa State Oklahoma practice.” Garrett made the trip State (13-4) (14-4) to Stillwater, Okla., for the Cyclones’ Wednesday Where: Gallagher-Iba matchup with Oklahoma Arena, Stillwater, Okla. State, but may not play at When: 8 p.m. Wednesday full strength. Media coverage: Cyclone Christopherson got a Radio Network shot in his elbow before Saturday’s win over Baylor, ESPNU/ something that may be a Notes: Iowa State hasn’t game-to-game procedure won in Stillwater since for him. The nature of his 1988. injury keeps his status for The Cyclones won 69-64 each game up in the air unin last year’s matchup til tipoff, too. between the two teams. “It’s going to be a little ISU coach Fred Hoiberg bit inconsistent on how was 2-9 in his playing he feels from day to day,” career against Oklahoma Hoiberg said. “We’re going State. to continue the treatment Oklahoma State is 1-2 in plan, and hopefully he’ll be conference, and has lost OK on the road trip these two in a row after opening next two games.” conference play with a win After Wednesday’s over then-No. 17-ranked game in Stillwater, Iowa Kansas State. State takes off to Columbia, Mo., to face Missouri, leavthe team can’t prepare for. ing little time for soreness “The coaches have and sickness to wear away. done a good job of mak“That’s the Big 12. ing sure that our bodies There’s not going to be an are fresh and that we’re easy game,” Vanderbeken as healthy as we can be,” said. Christopherson said. The 6-foot-11 Canadian


played on his sore ankle Saturday, but still put up one of the season’s best performances, shooting 7-of-8 from three-point range to lead the Cyclone victory. He’ll be challenged Wednesday, going up against physical OSU forward Marshall Moses in the post. However, that physicality is something Hoiberg is weary to try and replicate.

“I’d love to. We just don’t have that luxury because we don’t have depth,” Hoiberg said. “We’ve really got to be careful, we can’t lose a guy in practice.” Practices are shorter for his team’s tired legs, but the coach said

they’re intense and mostly focused on getting the group mentally prepared. “I would like to practice more than we do, but we just can’t,” Vanderbeken said. “We don’t have the numbers to go two or three hours anymore. With the time we are in the gym, we’ve got to be 100 percent focused and 100 percent active.”

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Cyclones warm up with scrimmages Team travels to take on No. 25 Missouri By Dean.Berhow-Goll After a long layoff during Winter Break, the ISU swimming and diving team is ready to compete against Missouri. To bridge the gap between meets, the swim team went to Phoenix for a training trip and did their

best to simulate a meet. “We had a little scrimmage against Nebraska when we were in Phoenix,” said coach Duane Sorenson. “We had a test set to get them in a racing mode, so I think we’re ready to compete this weekend.” Going into the scrimmage, the swimmers were already held at a disadvantage. Before the meet the swimmers fought fatigue at several practices, and Nebraska merely warmed

up before the scrimmage. “We had some tough practices before the scrimmage,” said swimmer Danni Harris, “and for us to give them a run for it, it was a big confidence booster for us.” Sorenson said that during break a few swimmers stood out, such as Lindsey Frodyma and Meredith Doran. “Lindsey has had a great month of training,” Sorenson said. “In practice she was swimming times she

wasn’t doing in meet setting. Meredith Doran has been doing a great job in her distance sets also.” Sorenson also said Harris has been swimming great, calling her “Miss Consistent.” Harris has a personal tie to this meet, as she will be competing against a friend she knew growing up. “I grew up with Lisa Nathanson,” Harris said. “We swam on the same club team, and she’s a tough competitor so I’m

really excited to swim against her.” Earlier this year the swim team lost narrowly to a strong No. 14 Minnesota squad, and Missouri will prove to be another tough test coming in ranked No. 25. Earlier this week Minnesota beat Missouri convincingly, 195-101. Some swimmers from Missouri to watch are Dominuque Bouchard and Sasha Menu Courey. Sorenson said the two

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on’t let that headline mislead you. No, the addition of two members of coach Paul Rhoads’ squad isn’t turning Fred Hoiberg’s squad to pads and helmets. Hoiberg This year’s version of Cyclone men’s basketball is starting to have the feel of Rhoads’ first season as coach of the football team. Think about what expectations were for football going into 2009. There Rhoads weren’t any. New coach, not many players that stuck out to people as a guy who could carry the team to a postseason berth. Widespread predictions of finishing last in the conference. Sound familiar? Everyone assumed Hoiberg and Co. would struggle mightily this season with a patchwork roster, now being referred to by some as the “Magnificent Seven.” They didn’t have a go-to player like Craig Brackins anymore, and some of their best players were stuck on the scout team due to NCAA transfer rules. Now, after the non-conference schedule and three games in Big 12 play, we have a different view of this Cyclone team. They had a legitimate shot — at least looking in hindsight — at going 15-0 in nonconference play. In both of the losses to begin Big 12 play, they were in the game with at least a chance to win. Then they blew away a good Baylor team on the strength of lights-out shooting from Jamie Vanderbeken. Like football had in 2009 in Austen Arnaud, the 2010-2011 Cyclone basketball team has Diante Garrett to lead them. The players on that football team looked up to Arnaud and followed his lead, and the players on this basketball team do the same for Garrett. He said before the season he had worked all off-season to improve his game, and it has shown so far. His leadership and consistent play on both ends of the floor have made this team gel well and become a formidable unit. Hoiberg seems to have found a formula for success in putting these guys together — players who probably wouldn’t scare many by themselves. Coming with a team playing well together, is the return of something Hoiberg promised would return when he took the job: Hilton Magic. The Magic had pretty much disappeared in recent years. Teams used to fear coming to Ames, no matter how good or bad the Cyclones were supposed to be at the time. There were stretches where mighty Kansas teams wouldn’t be able to get a win in Hilton, like when Marcus Fizer and Jamaal Tinsley were here. Legendary coach Larry Brown also never won a game in Ames. Slowly but surely this season, the Magic seems to be coming back. Fans have fallen in love with this team for for being scrappy and playing hard every minute of the game. That, and the fact the fan base now expects this team to be in the game every time it’s playing at home gives them more of a reason to cheer. In both early-season home Big 12 games, the crowd seemed to have an effect on both teams on the floor. The Cyclones obviously thrived on the encouragement, and Baylor especially seemed to get frustrated when they couldn’t hear over the crowd noise. Kansas coach Bill Self even said that after leading his team to an 84-79 win in Ames a week ago it was going to be tough for teams to come into Hilton and leave victorious. Bottom line: This team, like the football team in 2009, has become fun to watch, especially at home. Like that football team, we believe they have a chance to win every time they take the court, and fans should know that the wins will come, if not now, then in the future. And if fans are honest with themselves, that should be enough.

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Jenny Vondenkamp, competes in the 1,000-yard freestyle competition during a swim meet Oct. 30, 2010. Vondenkamp took ďŹ rst place in the event with a time of 10 minutes, 27.56 seconds. File photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

swimmers are some of the best in the country at the backstroke, and the ISU backstrokers will have “their work cut out for them.� “Missouri is a good team,� Sorenson said.

Junior Andrew Sorenson attempts a take down on Minnesota’s Cody Yohn during the meet Sunday. Sorenson beat Yohn with a score of 9-7. Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily

Iowa State roster shuffles By Jake. Calhoun

Jackson said the two will continue to train together.

Chris Drouin was listed on the ISU roster as active, even though he was dressed in street clothes when the teams came out of the tunnel at Sunday’s dual meet against Minnesota. By the time the 141-pound match came around, the Cyclones forfeited, giving six points to the Golden Gophers, who won, 26-13, at Hilton Coliseum. The Temecula, Calif., native can’t be put on the mat, because his medical ďŹ le is getting longer. “He actually dislocated his ďŹ nger, it was pointing the other way or pointing sideways, and he also got a concussion at the Nationals Duals,â€? said coach Kevin Jackson. “He has not responded to the test and he keeps failing the concussion test. So with him failing the concussion test, we can’t put him out there.â€? The Cyclones only have one other 141-pounder, but Jackson said he is reluctant to put him out there as of right now. “Our depth is pretty lean at 141, we have a freshman [Luke Goettl], but I’m not willing to pull him out of redshirt for one match or two matches,â€? Jackson said. Nate Carr Jr. was also absent from the starting lineup for the Cyclones, but Jackson said the reason for this was more disciplinary than anything. “He has to be able to make weight three days in a row, not just one day in a row,â€? Jackson said of his 149-pounder. “And right now, he has not been disciplined with his diet as we’d like to see for him to be able to perform two, three days in a row.â€? As of right now, Jackson said he plans on keeping Carr Jr., a senior, as the starter at 149 pounds. However, Jackson said, “Everything is in question right now,â€? as to what will happen at that weight class. Sophomore Max MayďŹ eld stepped in for Carr Jr. in the dual meet against Minnesota, losing in a 6-2 decision.

Mistake-prone Sorenson battles injury

Simonson named starter at heavyweight for now Kyle Simonson has been named the starter at heavyweight over Matt Gibson. Jackson said Simonson has out-performed Gibson so far in the battle for the starting spot, but that has not been the only factor playing into the decision. “Gibson, I think he’s just having a hard time transitioning,� Jackson said. “He’s had several injuries and I think he’s just had a tough time adjusting to Division I academics and athletics.� Simonson, a native of Algona, is 19-5 this season, including a 4-0 showing at the NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals in early January. However, Gibson outperformed Simonson at the Midlands Championships, landing one win away from placing at the two-day tournament in Evanston, Ill. Simonson was eliminated one match shy of reaching the second day of the tournament after getting pinned in the fourth consolation round by Michigan State’s Mike McClure.

Andrew Sorenson continued to wow the crowd at Hilton Coliseum despite nursing an ankle injury he has been battling all season. Without any feeling of doubt or weakness, Sorenson rallied from a 7-3 deďŹ cit with

two takedowns and two escapes to pull off the 9-7 victory over seventh-ranked Cody Yohn. This performance gave the crowd something to cheer about on an otherwise-demoralizing afternoon for the cardinal and gold. However, Jackson still pointed out that it was the sloppiest match he has seen out of Sorenson all season. “He made several mistakes in that match,� Jackson said of his 165-pounder.

“He didn’t ďŹ nish the singleleg [attack]. I mean, we want to be 100 percent on our singleleg ďŹ nishes.â€? Sorenson agrees that it was not his best match. “I was kind of stumbling around,â€? Sorenson said. “It’s just weakened positions, and [Yohn] is kind of a funky kid and I ended up getting in those positions a lot this match. I need to make sure I get to my ďŹ nishes a lot quicker and then I won’t get in those positions.â€?

“They have very strong backstroke and breaststroke swimmers, so it will allow our women to see where how they stand against the Big 12, and hopefully it’ll be a great meet.�

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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- There may be more possibilities than first apparent. Nature provides solutions. To leverage thousands of years of development, ask yourself, “What natural design handles this?”

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re on the top of the world and you like it. Don’t worry about money. Focus on the love around you, and on giving more away. This inspires others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Your priorities regarding your future and your long-term dreams shift. Clear communication flows easily today. Write it all down, and share the words. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Reconsider career goals today. Increase efficiency by dropping a redundant step. When challenged, look for something to be grateful for.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Money insecurities get resolved by focusing on a relationship. Be generous with love and attention. What goes around comes around. Share resources.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re a brilliant communicator today. The full moon is your inspiration, so find time together -- a moonlit hike, perhaps, or just a good howl.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- “A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush” is a good motto today. Don’t gamble, especially with other people’s money. Be grateful.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Lack of confidence at work gets resolved by trusting and acting on intuition. Be open to a change of luck. Don’t take unnecessary risks, though.

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Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- There will be a turning point in a relationship and in your personal priorities in the coming week. Meditate under the full moon. Howl, even.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Your health and work are both important today. Intend for balance. A short journey may be required. Be in communication, and walk or take stairs. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You want to be freed from obligations. Don’t compromise when setting your hourly rate. Fall in love with your career, and the market appreciates that.

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Memorial Union Heels in the snow, you will regret that. College of Design Some girl in a weird hat, it had antlers. The Hub I hope you’re doing a sociology experiment of some sort, shorts in the winter is just a dumb idea. We live in Iowa! Everywhere I didn’t know orange was a natural skin tone. The Golden Globes Some great outfits this year. Anne Hathaway looked great! Memorial Union Pakers Shirts, just sayin! Everywhere You go to Iowa State not Iowa, so stop wearing Hawkeye stuff. Lied Rec Neon spandex, on a guy.

EVENTS Funny Bone Presents Dan Grueter When: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Jan. 19 to 23 Where: Funny Bone Comedy Club in West Des Moines Comedian Dan Grueter will be performing. Tickets are $10-$15. Dance Marathon When: 9 a.m. Jan. 22 Where: Great Hall, Memorial Union “Dancers” will stand for 15 hours and raise money to support University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. Participants must raise $200 each.


IF YOU CAN’T SKI OR SNOWBOARD WELL, YOU CAN STILL LOOK GOOD Taking on the mountain through skiing or snowboarding as a beginner can be an intimidating experience, but you can help your image by dressing like you know what you’re doing. Exchange the Carhartt jacket just this once and slip into some of the trends of the mountain. One of the most popular mountain trends right now is neon colors. It seems that 80’s styles have come back into fashion on and off the mountain. Going green is another popular trend in snow gear. Clothing brands such as Patagonia use eco-friendly materials to make their gear. Other styles commonly seen on the slopes are funky patterns and designs. Many brands such as Burton make snow pants and jackets with unique designs and loud colors. Plaid jackets have also made a significant appearance. Burton gear, and other popular brands can be found at great prices at websites such as, and rei. com. When wearing goggles on the mountain, it is important to find ones that protect you eyes because of the higher altitude of the sun. Be

sure to find ones that are anti-fog. Brands like Smith and Dragon make a wide variety of well-built goggles that will be sure to match your ensemble, as well as protect your eyes. The Smith goggles shown are more on the expensive side priced at $165, but you can find a reasonable prices at places such as Scheels and Sports Authority for prices under $50. The final thing needed to complete your outfit before you hit the slopes is a good hat or helmet. Helmets are no longer the traditional black and bulky look. Many brands make very trendy helmets that are extremely warm and accessorized with built in head phones, or vents to create airflow. The Smith helmet shown is priced at $75. Finally, this year’s popular hat style for both men and women are colorful yarn hats, many times made from wool string. If you haven’t tried skiing or snowboarding, I recommend you give it a shot. Before doing so, be sure to get outfitted with the popular trends just in case you have a little trouble up on the slopes, you’ll at least have some good looks to back you up!

Goggles and Helmet Courtesy of Smith Jacket and Pants Courtesy of Patagonia

KURE Fest When: 9 p.m. Jan 22 Where: Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union KURE Fest is a free concert put on by the student-run radio. The lineup has been announced and can be viewed on the Student Union Board website, Opening Reception for “Relationships: drawn, Analog to Digital” When: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 20 Where: Brunnier Museum Featured artists include Anson Call, Dean Biechler and Chuck Richards. The event is free and open to the public. Swing Dance Social When: 8 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 Java Joes 4th street theater 214 4th street Des Moines, IA Free to watch and learn!

CHECK IT OUT Whether you’re a die-hard boarder, or just someone interested in learning a little about the sport is a website worth looking at. It’s filled with great articles on snowboarding, skiing and information about various winter activities. There are also great videos of tricks and even a how-to page that can teach you how to do them yourself. If winter sports aren’t your thing, it has other articles including one on exercise ideas outside the gym. The website is full of fun articles and is definitely worth checking out.

Skiing Isn’t Just in the Mountains BY LEAH RODEWALD ISD STYLE WRITER NO NEED TO TRAVEL TO HIT THE SLOPES; IOWA HAS PLENTY OF WINTER ACTIVITIES Snow. Just the word makes most people shiver. Others however, look forward to the first snowfall and the piles of powder because it means one thing: time to ski and snowboard. We all know that Iowa is not as rich in skiing as Colorado, but there are a few places to have fun in an otherwise flat state. Seven Oaks Recreation Located in Boone, Seven Oaks Recreation is a mere 15 minutes away from Ames. Seven Oaks has a number of slopes ranging from Green to Black Diamond. One thing that Seven Oaks has begun to offer is a free shuttle bus to their establishment at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. with return trips at 7:30 and 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Wednesday night specials also include $10 lift tickets with a $16 ski and snowboard rental. Seven Oaks also

offers free ski and snowboard lessons for beginners, something that is very unique for a resort. Lift tickets are $20 to 30 and rental prices are $16 to 20 depending on what time of day you choose to go. When deciding when to try out this facility, be sure to check the website for hours as they change each day of the week. Seven Oaks also offers season long passes for lifts, $248 and rental, $127. Sundown Mountain Resort Nestled in the countryside near Dubuque, Sundown Mountain offers a long weekend getaway for a college student. Though Sundown is three hours away, it offers more than twice the number of ski runs than Seven Oaks. Open all week, with extra hours on the weekend, Sundown lets you get the most of your time out on the slopes. Sundown is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.

to 8 p.m. Sunday. Weekday lift prices are $33 for the whole day and $28 after 4 p.m. Weekend lift prices start at $40 for the day. Rental prices are set at $27 per day or $22 after 4 p.m. Season-long passes for Sundown are $375 per season along with a season rental for skis at $130. ISU Ski & Snowboard Almost every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after class, members of the ISU Ski & Snowboard club take off to Seven Oaks for an afternoon of adrenaline. With the discount on season passes that Seven Oaks gives club members, it costs students only $125 to ski all year long. The club also sponsors a competition called Campus Town Rail Jam for skiers and snowboarders to show off their tricks and win a grand prize. With Rail Jam coming up Feb. 12, Seven Oaks’ small terrain park can give you all the practice you need to survive past the preliminary competition at 2 p.m. and make it to finals at 6 p.m. Photo Courtesy of Thinkstock


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