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Joey Norris, junior in aerospace engineering, and Kristen Morrow, sophomore in global resource systems, talk before President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday in the Gold Room of the Memorial Union. Photo: Yue Wu/Iowa State Daily
Obama: Collaborate to innovate
By Kaleb.Warnock iowastatedaily.com
President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address with optimism for America’s future. He called on American taxpayers to work alongside the federal government, to transcend party politics and take the initiative to innovate in order to compete in the global economy. “With their votes, the American people determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties,” Obama said. “New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all — for the challenges we
face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.” Obama said America still needs to compete in the global economy and will do so by continuing to be the best place to do business, take responsibility for the deficit, and reform the government and renewable energy. “Our success in this new and changing world will require reform, responsibility and innovation,” Obama said. “It will also require us to approach that world with a new level of engagement in our foreign affairs.” He has ambitious plans to reform and revitalize current policies regarding the use of green energy, education, immigration, infrastructure and the tax code, to
name a few. He hopes to freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years in order to fight the federal deficit. “At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded,” Obama said. “Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.” Obama specifically announced plans to give $4 billion to fund clean energy, rather than oil companies, and to increase
Campustown | Renovations
By Kayla.Schantz iowastatedaily.com Q&A Trip Ross, senior associate for LANE4 Q: What is your role in the Campustown redevelopment project? My role is during the development process, so before we start construction, I’m handling all the assemblage of the land and the properties. So I’m working with property owners in Campustown to acquire their buildings and land to be used in the redevelopment. And then I’m also handling what we would call “brokerage.” I’m basically finding the tenants that will help support the project, so that’s either tenants that are already in Campustown or in Ames that would be relocating or opening new stores in the redevelopment, or tenants that would be new to Ames that would be opening within the project. Q: What has been the reaction of the business owners that you’ve talked to so far? That’s a tough question, because we’ve talked to business owners in all different kinds of contacts. The first round of conversations were part of a series of focus groups we did for this project. And this is a
type of project that we’ve done before, but we’re by no means a local expert; we wouldn’t Ross claim to u n d e r stand the need in Ames or in Campustown. So we hosted a series of focus groups, some of which were invite-only so we could get specific groups of people. I guess to address your question, one of those groups was merchants that were just in Campustown, another group was local business owners, and then we had students, and government officials, and safety people — like fire, police, that kind of stuff. And then we had a few public sections, and basically we used those sessions and those conversations with local folks [merchants, citizens, students, etc.] to kind of gauge what the need is, what this project should look like, feel like, what would attract attention from a local customer. But what this ultimately comes down to is, we need to deliver a project that people want to go to, that they want to support. So we’re trying to figure out the best way to achieve
Mollie Tiernan senior in biochemistry
“Our president proposed a lot of progressive ideas in his address. I will be interested to see how much of it Congress will allow through its chambers.”
“I’m really pleased with the emphasis Obama put on innovation, research and education. Focusing our energy in these areas is vital to our nation’s future success.”
City of Ames
LANE 4 representatives respond to concerns, update project status
Trip Ross: LANE4 to use experience, work with business for project goals
Nathan Davis freshman in food science
Hunter Harris: Local groups helped determine project boundaries By Kayla.Schantz iowastatedaily.com Hunter Harris, director of development for LANE4 Q: I last talked to you in early December. What are the updates on the project? Where are we now in the process? Well, long story short is that we are moving along — I wouldn’t say slowly, but I wouldn’t say at light speed — in discussions with some really exciting potential tenants to occupy this space. [We] have been talking with several national grocery and pharmacy users to occupy space when the project is completed. We had anticipated coming back for real thorough and cursory reviews to the City Council at the end of this month but needed to expand that date. We hope to be back in Ames in February or March, whereby we’ll have a big presentation where we kind of outlay all of our efforts and also have an opportunity for students and community members to give further input on our progress so that we can [go] back to the drawing board. Q: What exactly will be in the presentation that
you will give to City Council? Will there be blueprints yet or just a genHarris eral outlay? You know, I think every time that we come back here you’re going to start to see a little bit more and more detail emerge as we’re able to drill down on some of the big issues. We hope to present a final project process plan that will be a little further along than where we were last time that shows the general uses and the properties that will be affected or impacted by the project. We’d also probably have some very preliminary renderings for the project that we hope to get feedback on at that time. And we’ll have a better confirmation on where we’ll be from a plan ... standpoint and also some of the potential tenants that were [contacted] through this process. Q: When you say “feedback,” does that mean there will be more user groups? How will you communicate with the different groups and hear their views on the
Council hires brand consultant By Kayla.Schantz iowastatedaily.com From Main Street to campus, Ames is comprised of diverse people and places, creating an unique character soon to be made into a city brand. This brand will be promoted to unite its residents and create a reputation for visitors. Tuesday night the Ames City Council approved the decision to hire Brand Endeavor, a company from Marina del Rey, Calif., that specializes in the research, strategy, architecture and execution of brands. “Cities have brands already, whether that’s what they want or not,” said Susan Gwiasda, public relations officer for
VEISHEA asks for extra funds By Whitney.Sager iowastatedaily.com After a busy meeting last week, the Government of the Student Body has a light agenda this week. Topping the agenda is a funding request from the VEISHEA committee. The committee is asking for money to provide a larger venue for the comedian for this year’s VEISHEA celebrations. The GSB may also seat an engineering senator, said Halley Stille, speaker of the Senate and senior in French. “Next week may be a good week,” Stille said. “CyRide is coming to talk to us about some new technology they’re hoping to invest in.” This week’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union.
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â€˜Mortal Kombatâ€™ digital series in the works Warner Bros. has announced itâ€™s developing a live-action digital series based on the best-selling video game franchise. The series will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen, who is known for his popular unofďŹ cial fan short â€œMortal Kombat: Rebirth,â€? which racked up more than 10 million views online. Done in conjunction with the release of the upcoming â€œMortal Kombatâ€? video game, the digital series will take gamers deep into the history of warriors like Scorpion, Johnny Cage and Liu Kang. The digital series will be available this spring through online digital retailers. Shooting will start in early February in Vancouver.
Temperatures around freezing with an 8 to 12 mph wind from the west. Warm weather continues with winds persisting from the west.
In Iowa weather history: A major winter storm dropped 10 to 14 funt 1996: in parts of Iowa. Thunder accompanied fac inches the snow for as long as four hours at the peak
of the storm with snowfall rates of around three inches per hour reported at some locations.
â€˜Avatarâ€™ sequel release dates revealed
Filmmaker James Cameron is working on two follow-ups to the 2009 blockbuster â€œAvatar,â€? each due on Christmases future. â€œI am in the process of writing the next two â€˜Avatarâ€™ ďŹ lms now,â€? Cameron revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. â€œWe are planning to shoot them together and post them together, and we will probably release them not quite back to back, but about a year apart. Christmas 2014 and 2015 is the current plan.â€? Cameron said fans of the original â€œAvatarâ€? can expect to see a few familiar faces in the sequels. â€œBasically, if you survived the first film, you get to be in the second film, at least in some form,â€? he said.
SUPER FANS: Cheeseheads, and their hats William Schnelle gets lunch with Mark Stenerson on Tuesday at Memorial Union. Stenerson has been wearing a cheese hat for weeks to show support for the Green Bay Packers. Photo: Karuna Ang/Iowa State Daily
WEDNESDAY Grandma Mojoâ€™s Student Comedy Troupe When: 10 p.m. What: Come see Iowa Stateâ€™s very own student improv comedy troupe. Where: Maintenance Shop, Memorial Union
Police Blotter: Jan. 21
Correction In Tuesdayâ€™s article â€œAllocations process begins with sessions,â€? Anthony Maly was incorrectly referred to as the Government of the Student Body treasurer. Maly is the GSB ďŹ nance director. The Daily regrets the error.
Jahyun Kim, 30, 2522 Aspen Road unit 2, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 2:49 a.m.) OfďŹ cers assisted an individual in retrieving property following a dispute with an acquaintance. (reported at 4:31 a.m.) Vehicles driven by Coady Mobley and Jordin Schwitzer were involved in a property damage collision. (reported at 1:26 p.m.) Jocelyn Braymen reported the theft of cash and an iPod. (reported at 2:10 p.m.) OfďŹ cers initiated a drug-related investigation. (reported at 3:52 p.m.) Vehicles driven by Lowell Yager and Neil Keifer were involved in a personal injury collision.
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(reported at 6:37 p.m.) Vehicles driven by Vineet Kuruvilla and Kelly Zieser were involved in a property collision. (reported at 8:10 p.m.)
Jan. 22 Chad Michael Hand, 23, of Delmar, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 12:45 a.m.) Robert Whitehill, 33, 301 Main St., was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 2:12 a.m.) Dwight Taylor, 24, 3610 Ontario St., was arrested on a warrant held by the Ames Police Department. (reported at 3:07 a.m.) Justin Van Wert, 201 Gray Ave., reported the theft of a laptop computer from an unlocked student ofďŹ ce area. (reported at 7:29 a.m.)
Courtney Nelson, 208 Ash Ave., reported the theft of a license plate. (reported at 11:03 a.m.) Vehicles driven by Katie Gustafson and Ned Parker were involved in a personal injury collision. (reported at 3:02 p.m.) Lauren Plummer, 18, 4330 Larch Hall, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 8:00 p.m.) A woman reported being assaulted walking from the Design College to campus. The incident occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. but the victim could not recall many details. (reported at 10:23 p.m.) Justin Uthe, 19, of Story City, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. Two juveniles were referred to Juvenile Court Services for the same offense. (reported at 10:45 p.m.)
Jason Mraz: No wedding till same-sex marriage is legal Despite getting engaged in December, Jason Mraz has no intention of walking down the aisle with girlfriend Tristan Prettyman anytime soon, according to Us Weekly. â€œWe canâ€™t get married until [gay] marriage is legal and equal ... I think giving people the right to marry will be a huge movement in civil rights,â€? 33-year-old Mraz said last week at Elton Johnâ€™s Concert to BeneďŹ t the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
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FacesintheCrowd What is your opinion of the State of the Union?
Christopher Schubert senior in political science and economics “President Obama was genuine and down to earth in this speech, He articulated his vision for the country more clearly than ever before. The devil, now, is in the details.”
Monica Williams junior in political science “The president’s goals for future spending seemed ambitious, but I’m hopeful it will be something both parties will be willing to work with him on.”
Jefferson Peter senior in communication studies “The president’s rhetoric has definitely changed from the last two years. I hope the nation remembers what was said to ensure it wasn’t empty words and promises.”
Joey Norris junior in aerospace engineering “To say it in one word, moving. Obama hit some of the key things I find important, including education, clean energy and mathematics. ... I would like to hear a plan to return to the moon, though.”
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Jeremy Case graduate in civil engineering
“I loved Obama’s analogies. It’s good to know that our future prosperity is in the process of being better secured.”
“The ideas ... are non-partisan, forwardlooking and ... echo the desires of the American people: freedom from dependence on oil, improved education, cooperation of political parties, job creation, reduced government spending and simplified tax code.”
>>ADDRESS.p1 the nation’s green energy consumption to 80 percent by 2035. He also plans to replace No Child Left Behind in an effort to push America to number one in education by the end of the decade. “The idea of America endures. Our destiny remains our choice. And tonight, more than two centuries later, it is because of our people that our future is hopeful, our journey goes forward, and the state of our union is strong,” Obama said. The address was precluded by a heated debate between ISU students. The debate included the recent Citizens United decision and the issue of underrepresentation in modern American politics. The Citizens United de-
cision was a Supreme Court ruling, which doesn’t limit corporate funding of political broadcasts, upholding the First Amendment. The debate addressed the conﬂict between campaign funding and how it represents candidates for the legislature. They also discussed the conﬂicts brought about by special interest funding through corporations and the recent reorganization of the House of Representatives. “There is a way that we can do this and right now each representative in the House is representing around 700,000 people, which is dramatically higher than anything the founders were dealing with,” said Christopher Schubert, Student Union Board awareness director and senior in political science.
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>>COMMUNITY.p1 project? To be determined. We’ll be looking for some help from the city and the university on how best to gather that feedback. However, I would suspect and hope that it will be some internal user group sessions like we’ve had in the past, as well as a town hall. And then a separate meeting with the student body, be it the ... government of the student body. [I’m] not sure what form that takes, but that’s kind of one of those things that we’ll be trying to ﬁgure out here in the next 30 or so days and how to best wrap up all the feedback that students have on the project. Q: What is the students’ role in this project? Well they should be our advisers; hopefully, they feel like they have a partnership in this project. From the outset, what our mission was charged with was making Campustown a destination that students are proud of, a place where they want to take their parents
when they’re in town, and when they’re done being students and they’re alumni that they want to come back to. So we view them as a partner in the deal, and we view their responsibility in the project as providing us with their input and feedback along the way, because if the students don’t come forward and give us their advice, then we won’t have a successful project here. Q: This project was also started as a way to make Campustown a place for adults and other people, not just the students. Who will this new Campustown be primarily directed to: will it be the students, the community or the City Council? Who are you trying to please the most through this planning? That’s what’s so difficult about it, Kayla, is we are trying to accomplish the goals of all of those constituents. So while we’ve met with the business owners, while we’ve met with the entire community and the students — is that we wanted feedback melded so that we have an environment people
of all ages want to come and experience. That means it’s not taking away all the bars so it’s just another part of Ames. That it’s making us feel like it’s a very fun, very active area that students want to continue to go to. So we’re trying to accomplish that [for] all those people on this project, and that’s what makes it a real challenge. Q: On another note, I’ve seen the plans for the general layout for Campustown; what you want to do to it. I was wondering, what are the Campustown boundaries and how were those decided? What land were you given to work with? The boundaries were deﬁned as part of the request for qualiﬁcations. [There were] some members of the ISU faculty that were on that committee that deﬁned the boundaries, and the city and the Chamber of Commerce. So I’m not sure how they deﬁned those boundaries originally.
Trip Ross sent out. Have the boundaries changed? Have you had any updates that required you to change the boundaries at all? Well our current Master Development Agreement with the city encompasses a very broad area. So it goes all the way over to Sheldon Avenue and south past Chamberlain [Street] into those blocks. Where we’ve focused our initial efforts is at the corner of Lincoln Way and Welch [Avenue] because we think that’s the real nucleus. And so that’s where we’ve been focusing our initial efforts. However, we hope that be it our projects, our future projects or other projects that come up ... there’s still other revitalization and redevelopment in Campustown in a broader area.
Q: The boundaries changed between the ﬁrst plans I saw and the brochure that
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>>BUSINESS.p1 that. Q: Will a lot of the businesses there now have to relocate? Will the new Campustown have a lot of the same businesses that are there now, or will it be mostly new businesses? Well, I would hope so. You know, obviously Campustown has a character because of who is there. Obviously our obligation has been to redevelop this area, so part of that is acquiring properties that have tenants in it or are occupied by tenants. So a tenant may not operate their business at the exact same location that theyâ€™re occupying now, but our hope would be to work with tenants to ďŹ nd an opportunity for them within the project. And Iâ€™ll tell you, those are conversations that we havenâ€™t had yet, because weâ€™re not at that phase of the project yet. That will start happening here pretty soon, but right now my main focus has been to acquire the property to make this project happen. Q: Have you encountered any opposition? It depends on what you deďŹ ne as â€œopposition.â€? There are folks that maybe donâ€™t understand our project or our goals, there are folks who have owned their property for a long time and just donâ€™t see any need to part with it, and thatâ€™s their decision, thatâ€™s a sentiment that we can totally understand. We canâ€™t force anyone to sell their property to us. So in that sense, I guess if you want to call that â€œopposition,â€? weâ€™ve had people say that theyâ€™d just like to hold onto their property. But I would say the feedback weâ€™ve received face-to-face and focus groups and in talking to folks, weâ€™re obviously in constant contact with people locally â€” this is a project that people have wanted to see happen for a long time. We hope we can deliver it. We hope that the time is right for the city and the university to support something like this. One thing we heard loud and clear from a lot of folks right at the beginning of our efforts was that the city and the university have tried to change Campustown over and over and over again; itâ€™s a very hard undertaking. This isnâ€™t an easy thing to do. Itâ€™s hard to take so many opinions into consideration and make a project that will please everyone, that again, will meet the city and the university and the communityâ€™s goal of being an asset to the total community, not just to the university or to the students or a speciďŹ c group. Q: You said you are not to the stage in which youâ€™re talking to businesses yet. When will that begin? Itâ€™s different from property to property. Weâ€™re working with the people that actually own the businesses at this point, and when we reach an agreement with them, then we can go to their tenants. So itâ€™s really just a matter of polite communication, we wouldnâ€™t want to interfere with the property
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ownerâ€™s lease with one of their tenants, once weâ€™ve reached an agreement with the property owner, then we would go and have a conversation with their tenants. Q: What is LANE4â€™s vision of the new Campustown? What do you have in mind of what Campustown will be like when the project is completed? Thatâ€™s a good question. Itâ€™s something that will continue to evolve. I would say â€” I guess just as Iâ€™ve kind of already said â€” the motivation is to deliver a project that is appealing to the greater Ames community; that someone that lives outside of that general area will drive in to visit the merchants and the businesses that are supporting that area. And even from towns outside of Ames, someone that would come in maybe for a game and support some of those merchants and businesses. The idea that we would just come back and deliver something that only caters to a speciďŹ c group â€” the university or students or what have you â€” we know is just not something thatâ€™s totally sustainable. So our hope would be ... to deliver a project, again, thatâ€™s attractive to everyone. And Iâ€™ll tell you, like I said, itâ€™s just an extremely complicated process. Thereâ€™s a lot of risk and itâ€™s a major undertaking to try to deliver a project like this. And the project is broad because the last thing we want to do is over-promise and under-deliver. Weâ€™ve been offered an incredible opportunity to work with the city and the university to create something really special, and we wouldnâ€™t want to [promise] the community something that we donâ€™t think we can pull off. So I can understand if I were a student or if I were a resident of Ames, I would want to know exactly whatâ€™s going to be there because this is an area that people are very passionate about. But again, thatâ€™s absolutely something weâ€™ve heard loud and clear, weâ€™re doing our best to take that into consideration. Weâ€™re hopeful that we can be able to deliver that. Q: I know the community has said they want to be more a part of Campustown, but there has been some concern from students as to what will happen to their favorite bars that are currently in the area. Will there still be plenty of student entertainment in the new Campustown? Of course. This is the reason that the area is of value is because itâ€™s right across the street from a lot of students. Our hope, though, is to incorporate more uses into this area than are already represented there. So I think that there are always going to be bars in Campustown. Weâ€™ve said before at meetings, thereâ€™s going to be a place to go get something cheap to eat and have a beer. Thatâ€™s why that area is unique, and I think thatâ€™s why itâ€™s attractive to people that live in Ames: they like the youth and energy of being around that university, so to come in and do something, to create something that could easily exist
on South Duff [Avenue], wouldnâ€™t be responsible on our part. Thatâ€™s not why we were drawn to this project. There will be change, but I think itâ€™s still something that will be attractive to the student body. Q: What will the construction period be like? Will there still be places for the students to go during the two year process in which the area is under construction? Well, our project doesnâ€™t encompass every bar and restaurant in Campustown. The scope of our last plan is still our focus, which is really the areas in front of Lincoln Way and then kind of go halfway up Welch [Avenue], so there are other bars and restaurants in that area. Yes, there is going to be a fair amount of construction in that area for quite awhile. Just know that again, the city and the university are great partners, but they also have very high expectations. This is a project weâ€™re going to want to deliver as soon as possible, so hopefully that construction period will be short-lived and by the time students come back for the next academic year there will be a new project there waiting. Once we actually have a plan to show people that will help spark conversation, there will be a lot more engaging with different groups â€” students, obviously. Again, the goal here is not to paint a really pretty picture and then deliver something thatâ€™s totally different. We want to make the most educated decision possible here and if weâ€™re going to show a project to the city council and to the greater population as a whole, we want it to be something thatâ€™s totally achievable. One criticism that weâ€™ve heard in our focus groups, and itâ€™s been mentioned in a few articles that have been passed on to me, is that ... weâ€™re just going to deliver some cookie cutter development with box stores and national retailers and that Campustown is going to lose its character ... really, weâ€™ve never even said anything that would allude to that. To create some urbanism there I think is really attractive, and also I think it makes the project a little more sustainable. Thereâ€™s so much focus on having a big parking lot in front of a big project and a parking structure or something. I think itâ€™s nice to know that a good amount of the traffic that goes through Campustown â€” whether itâ€™s for a grocery store, drug store, or Buffalo Wild Wings â€” will be people walking right across the street from campus, going either to and from class or going to campus from their house. But the really appealing aspect of an area like this, not even just Campustown, but some of the other projects weâ€™ve worked on. The project weâ€™re working on right now at [Kansas] State [and their campustown is called Aggieville] is a very similar area, kind of an entertainment district for students, and our project is right in between campus and that area. So itâ€™s a unique relationship to have a commercial project in between a university and where people live.
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Giffords strong enough to watch TV for an hour By Elizabeth Cohen CNN Wire Service HOUSTON — Gabrielle Giffords watched an hour of television from her hospital bed, a development her husband Mark Kelly called “’exciting,’ “ said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a friend of Giffords who spoke to Kelly Tuesday. “Last night or the night before she watched television — it was CNN in fact — and the fact that she was able to do that for about an hour, in terms of attention span, they were pretty excited about that,” Wasserman said. The Democrat from Florida added Kelly remains optimistic that his wife will make a full recovery.
“Doctors continue to tell them they’re hopeful about how much she’ll recover. With each day she’s able to do things that are a little more complex than she had been doing before,” she said. Giffords Giffords has been in the intensive care unit at the University of Texas Memorial Hermann Hospital since Friday afternoon. She was transferred here from the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, where she was treated since being shot January 8. Initially, Giffords’ office said she was being transferred from Tucson to the Institute
for Rehabilitation and Research, a few blocks away from Memorial Hermann’s main hospital. However, doctors here said she was not yet ready for a rehabilitation hospital, and ﬁrst needed to be in the ICU because she has a drain removing excess ﬂuid from her brain. Patients like Giffords with hydrocephalus who require a drain are kept in the ICU to make sure the drains don’t become infected. Wasserman said Kelly told her he’s “hopeful the drain will come out any day now and then she can be moved to the rehab hospital.” Tuesday, Giffords’ neurosurgeon told CNN Giffords’ situation is improving. “I think overall she’s doing great. Since she’s been here she’s been showing improve-
ments every day,” said Dr. Dong Kim, chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School. “We’re very pleased with her progress.” Kim declined to give more details about her progress, or comment on when the drain might be removed. Wasserman said she and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and possibly others plan to visit Giffords in Houston next week. “Mark’s been a rock, but what we’re trying to do as friends is to let him know he’s not doing this by himself. We’re going to give him a little break,” Wasserman said. “Anyone who’s ever dealt with a family medical issue knows the caregiver needs some respite. ”
Military defends putting suspect on suicide watch
Department of Defense supports its case for a sustainable military
By Chris Lawrence CNN Wire Service WASHINGTON — A Quantico official said a U.S. Marine commander did not violate procedure when he placed Private Bradley Manning on “suicide watch” last week. “The brig commander has the ultimate responsibility to determine what status a detainee is given. He based the decision on information from psychological professionals, the medical staff and the Marine guards who are interacting with him around the clock. The commander was absolutely within his right. Not just his right, his responsibility,” said Lieutenant Brian Villiard. Manning is facing eight counts of violating the U.S. criminal code for allegedly leaking the video. He is also believed to be the prime suspect in the latest leak of scores of documents to WikiLeaks.org. It was the largest ever intelligence leak in American history. Brig Commander James Averhart ordered last week Manning be placed on suicide watch, in which most clothes and possessions are removed. Manning’s lawyer, David
Coombs, formally objected to Manning’s treatment, ﬁling an Article 138 complaint last week. “He was stripped of all clothing with the exception of his underwear. His prescription eyeglasses were taken away from him,” Coombs wrote in a blog entry about the complaint ﬁling. “He was forced to sit in essential blindness with the exception of the times that he was reading or given limited television privileges. During those times, his glasses were returned to him.” Manning was taken off suicide watch after 2 1/2 days, after a review of the situation by the Army Staff Judge Advocate’s office, according to Coombs. Villiard says Manning was on a prevention of injury order up until last week, when Averhart elevated his status to suicide watch. “I can’t discuss the details of why the brig commander changed his status, but it boils down to: if the guards or anyone who advises the commander notices an anomaly — something that raises an eyebrow — appropriate actions have to be taken,” Villiard said. Under his current status, Manning is provided extra supervision compared to a regular
detainee. He is allowed to have all his clothes and items like reading glasses. But he is only allowed to have one book or magazine at a time. Villiard says just because Manning is classiﬁed this way, it doesn’t mean he has no access to his other possessions — but he has to ask for them. All the cells at Quantico are designed for one person, and Manning is being held in a regular cell. No detainee can see another detainee from their cell. There is a special “solitary conﬁnement” area of the Quantico brig for punitive actions, but Manning is not being held there. Manning and other detainees are allowed one hour of exercise and one hour of television per day, although Villiard says they’re sometimes allowed to go over that time limit. All exercise has to be supervised by guards, and no prisoners are allowed to exercise in their cells. The brig is a pretrial conﬁnement facility, so most of its detainees are transient. Villiard says sometimes there are only a handful of detainees, and at other times “quite a few.”
By Larry Shaughnessy CNN Wire Service WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has put a lot of money and effort into ﬁnding alternative fuels to replace petroleum-based fuels it uses now, but a new study concludes the military will not beneﬁt from alternative energy research. No organization in the world uses more oil-based fuel than the U.S. Department of Defense, about 337,000 barrels of fuel a day as of 2008. The Air Force and Navy have been testing aircraft and ships, and have found they can operate on a 50/50 mixture of traditional fuel and alternative fuel. The Air Force hopes to use 50 percent alternative fuel in all its domestic ﬂights by 2016. And the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus also has set a goal to use alternative energy sources to provide half of the energy for all the Navy’s warships, planes, vehicles and shore installations by 2020. The DOD “has spent hundreds of millions of dollars” on these research programs, but for all the cost and time, there is little promised beneﬁt over using fossil fuels, according to the congressionallymandated study by the Rand Corp. “There is no direct beneﬁt to the Department of Defense or the services
from using alternative fuels rather than petroleum-derived fuels,” the study said. But the authors conceded that the United States as a whole will beneﬁt, somewhat like the American economy proﬁted from the early space missions that gave the country everything from smaller computers to better baby food. Much of the DOD alternative fuel research has focused on turning vegetable matter, like algae, soybeans or camelina seeds into fuel. The fuel will burn, but the study said that doesn’t make it useful. “Too much emphasis is focused on seed-derived oils that displace food production, have very limited production potential and may cause greenhouse gas emissions well above those of conventional petroleum fuels,” said James Bartis, lead author of the study and a senior policy researcher at Rand, a nonprofit research organization. As an example, Bartis said to make just 200,000 barrels of fuel from seeds or beans, which is one percent of the fuel the United States burns in one day, would require 10 percent of all the cultivated farm land in the United States. Bartis said that would mean farmers might have to stop growing food and start growing crops for fuel and that would likely lead to higher food prices, but not necessarily cheaper or cleaner fuel for the military.
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Report shows students lack science skills
California lab studies bomb-making techniques
By Sally Holland CNN Wire Service
Improvised devices demand new research
WASHINGTON â€” A national assessment of studentsâ€™ grasp of science at three grade levels found that only 34 percent of the fourth-graders, 30 percent of the eighth-graders and 21 percent of the 12th-graders qualify as proďŹ cient. The National Assessment of Education Progress places students in one of three tiers: basic, proďŹ cient or advanced. At a proďŹ cient level, students show competency over challenging subject matter at their grade level. The periodic NAEP reports normally measure trends in academic achievement of U.S. students, but changes in the 2009 assessment to account for updates in science mean the latest report cannot be used as a comparison to previous ones. The 2009 report will be a baseline for future comparisons. The report shows that only 1 percent of fourth- and 12thgraders reached the advanced level, while 2 percent of eighthgraders made that level. â€œWhen only 1 or 2 percent of children score at the advanced levels on NAEP, the next generation will not be ready to be world-class inventors, doctors and engineers,â€? said Education Secretary Arne Duncan in response to the report. â€œOur nationâ€™s students arenâ€™t learning at a rate that will maintain Americaâ€™s role as an international leader in the sciences,â€? he said.
Ventura ďŹ les suit challenging TSA screenings By Marnie Hunter CNN Wire Service Count Jesse Ventura among ďŹ‚iers who donâ€™t want their â€œjunkâ€? touched by Transportation Security Administration agents. The former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler ďŹ led a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Minnesota against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. The suit alleges enhanced airport security procedures, including pat-downs and full body scanning, violate Venturaâ€™s rights unVentura der the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures. Ventura is not seeking monetary damages, said his attorney, David Olsen. Ventura wants an acknowledgment from the court that his rights have been violated and a court order that would stop the government from subjecting him to the screening procedures, Olsen said. The TSA said it cannot comment on pending litigation, but it has characterized pat-downs as one of multiple layers of security used to protect the traveling public.
By Deb Feyerick and Julian Cummings CNN Wire Service LIVERMORE, Calif. â€” The blast chamber looks like a giant meteor. Weighing 20 tons, it is made of 9-inchthick slate gray steel. It sits on rubber shock mounts which cushion the force of blasts that expand the walls of the massive sphere. High explosives used to ignite nuclear weapons have been tested here. The device scientists are preparing to test today is simpler. Itâ€™s made of a halfpound of high explosives and looks like a thin red pencil, wired to sensors that will record the shape and energy of the blast. Scientists take their positions at the control switches, which look like leftovers from the Cold War era. All the scientists know the drill and exactly what theyâ€™re supposed to do. A bomb expert in a blue lab coat turns a key. â€œWeâ€™re at voltage,â€? he says. Our eyes jump from the laptop recording the blast to the red ignition button. â€œFiring in three, two, one.â€? His ďŹ nger presses the button and
we hear a thunderous boom from the chamber about 100 yards away. The blast is invisible to the naked eye, but itâ€™s there, captured by highspeed cameras â€” a ďŹ‚ash in a few millionths of a second. â€œNo human eye can see that,â€? said Jon Maienschein, who blows things up for a living. Since 9/11, he and his team of scientists, physicists, bomb experts and engineers have recreated a number of devices used by terrorists. â€œThe explosives terrorists use, improvised explosives, are frankly mixtures that I didnâ€™t really expect would work,â€? Maienschein said. â€œAnd so itâ€™s been eye-opening to us what actually will explode when you put it together.â€? The bomb blast chamber, one of the largest in the world, is at Lawrence Livermore National Lab near San Francisco. Here, scientists and experts of all kinds study everything there is to know about explosives, assessing the overall threat and ďŹ guring out ways to control the damage. â€œTheir job in many cases is to think about what could happen, what could be done. How do you â€˜Red-Team,â€™ we call it, the terrorists â€” beat them at their own game,â€? said Bruce Goodwin, who heads up defense and nuclear weapons at Livermore. â€œAn ounce of high explosives would
ruin your whole day,â€? he said. The Livermore National Lab has analyzed the threat to airliners, testing explosives similar to those used by the underwear bomber, who tried to detonate plastic explosives onboard a commercial jetliner making its landing in Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. â€œIt would be interesting to see where that fellow got that from,â€? Goodwin said. He leaves it at that. Because he tests the viability of nuclear devices for the Defense Department, he knows a lot more than he can share. Fingerprinting explosives, for example, helps scientists understand how they were made, the blast potential, even who may have put them together. In October, the Yemen-based arm of the al-Qaida terrorist network claimed responsibility for a plot to send explosive devices on cargo planes bound for the United States. Even before those printer cartridge bombs were sent from Yemen, scientists at Livermore were working on techniques to detect high explosives in peopleâ€™s cargo luggage and studying shock waves in order to design cargo containers that can contain the blast. And itâ€™s that kind of science that policymakers and administration officials rely on when making their decisions.
Report: Office misused in 2006 Bush officials violated Hatch Act according to report CNN Wire Service The Bush administration used a White House political office as a â€œboiler roomâ€? to support Republican congressional candidates in violation of federal law, a report released Monday by an independent government agency concludes. The ďŹ ndings of the report by the Office of Special Counsel echo those of a 2008
H o u s e Oversight Committee investigation, which concluded that the activities Bush of the Office of Political Affairs during the administration of President George W. Bush represented a â€œgross abuse of the public trust.â€? The Office of Special Counsel report addresses alleged violations of the Hatch Act, a law which prevents using federal employees and resources in political activities.
It forbids most federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty and forbids the use of federal funds. The White House political unit, or OPA, has typically been used in an advisory role to help keep the president, appointees and others briefed on political matters, said the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing the Hatch Act. But the agencyâ€™s investigators found that the Bushera political affairs office went well beyond that role. Its functions were so intertwined with those of the GOP that at one point employees of the Republican National Committee were working out of OPA offices. â€œOPA employees, particularly during the 2006 mid-term election season, methodically coordinated administration support to aid the campaigns of Republican candidates,â€? according to the report. Investigators found that White House political office employees improperly coordinated travel by high-ranking political appointees, including cabinet members, particularly in support of Republican members of Congress whom the White House had designated as vulnerable in the 2006 election. The agency also found that the administration and executive agencies did not always
properly categorize such travel as political and failed to get reimbursed by campaigns, as federal law requires. The investigation also concluded that some 75 political brieďŹ ngs conducted by White House political office staffers were improper because they were held in government ofďŹ ces, during working hours or were conducted by employees who werenâ€™t exempt from the Hatch Act. â€œIn 2006, the partisan political activity of OPA staff was not incidental to the functions of the office,â€? the report said. â€œInstead, the OPA director and deputy director focused the time and energy of OPA staff to help advance the Republican Partyâ€™s electoral prospects, thereby transforming the ofďŹ ce into a setting akin to a political boiler room.â€? Karl Rove, who as a deputy chief of staff to Bush oversaw the White Houseâ€™s 2006 political strategy, did not return a message seeking comment. In testimony included in the report, Kenneth Mehlmann, who set up Bushâ€™s political affairs office and served as its ďŹ rst director, said the office was â€œby deďŹ nitionâ€? partisan. He said the office took care to separate official and political functions, going so far as to give OPA staffers a second set of computers, printers, e-mail accounts and telephones for use on partisan work.
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Facebook bans â€˜fakeâ€™ Kate Middletons By Bryony Jones CNN Wire Service LONDON â€” Several Facebook users have had proďŹ les deleted because they share a name with a soon-to-be princess. Kate Middleton, 33, from Melbourne, Australia, had her account shut down last week, after Facebook suspected her of pretending to be the ďŹ ancĂŠe of Britainâ€™s Prince William. â€œI thought I had misspelled my password but it kept locking me out. Then I noticed it said I was â€˜using a fake name,â€™ she said. â€œIf they had taken the time to look at my proďŹ le they would see Iâ€™m not trying to impersonate anyone, Iâ€™m just being me.â€? â€œI was quite cross,â€? said the Melbourne Middleton, who had just taken part in a â€˜princess brideâ€™ photo-shoot for local paper the Herald Sun when the ban came into force. A spokeswoman for Facebook told CNN it did not allow fake names or aliases, and that users were banned from impersonating others on the site. â€œOf course, we make an occasional mistake. This is an example. When this happens, and itâ€™s brought to our attention, we work quickly to resolve the issue.â€?
A display of anti-government protesters Tuesday in the streets of Cairo. Courtesy photo: Walid Al Husseini/CNN Wire Service
Egyptians follow Tunisiaâ€™s lead, protest in the streets Anti-government feelings spread across Africa By Ben Wedeman and Amir Ahmed CNN Wire Service CAIRO â€” Thousands of protesters spilled into the streets of Egypt on Tuesday, an unprecedented display of anti-government rage inspired in part by the tumult in the nearby North African nation of Tunisia. Two people died in clashes between the protesters and police, according to an Interior Ministry statement. One demonstrator was killed by tear gas in the eastern city of Suez, while one policeman was killed in Cairo by rockthrowing protesters, it said. Thirty-six police officers were reported injured. Throngs in the sprawling capital city marched from the huge Tahrir Square in Cairo to-
ward the parliament building, according to CNN reporters. Demonstrators threw rocks at police and police hurled rocks back. Tear-gas canisters were shot at demonstrators and the protesters threw them back. Protest organizers said they hope to capture the regional momentum for political change set by Tunisians, who 10 days ago forced the collapse of Zine El Abidine Ben Aliâ€™s 23year rule. The grievances were foreshadowed by several Egyptians who set themselves or tried to set themselves on ďŹ re earlier this month, mirroring the self-immolation of a Tunisian man whose action spurred the uprising there. The Tunisian uprising was the most successful revolt in the region since 1979, but it is anybodyâ€™s guess whether uprisings will spread to other Arabic-speaking lands. Juan Cole, a Middle East historian at the University of Michigan, said Tunisia is
different from other Arab nations. Tunisia, he said, is the â€œmost secular country in the Arab world.â€? Its traditions have favored womenâ€™s rights, and its Islamist inďŹ‚uence is negligible. The United States and other governments are monitoring the demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere closely. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged all people to â€œexercise restraintâ€? and supported â€œthe fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people.â€? â€œBut our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people,â€? she said. To highlight the role of police corruption, the protest organizers in Egypt picked Jan. 25 â€” Police Day and a national holiday â€” to hold protests. The protests started small, but they grew as people came to the center of the city from bridges over the Nile River.
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Police were restrained and at times were seemingly outnumbered by the protesters, who sang the national anthem and inched forward to express their ire toward the government. Witnesses said large groups of plain-clothes police were heading to Tahrir Square. Protesters had been expressing their anger over the rising cost of living, failed economic policies and corruption, but all those concerns were distilled into one overriding demand â€” the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, in power for three decades. The outpouring included young and old, Christians and Muslims, students, workers and business people. â€œWe breathe corruption in the air,â€? said one demonstrator, who along with others said their children have no future.
Professor ďŹ nds Vietnamâ€™s lost â€˜Great Wallâ€™ By Adam Bray CNN Wire Service QUANG NGAI, Vietnam â€” Nestled in the mountain foothills of a remote province in central Vietnam, one of the countryâ€™s most important archaeological discoveries in a century has recently come to light. After ďŹ ve years of exploration and excavation, a team of archaeologists has uncovered a 79-mile wall â€” which locals have called â€˜Vietnamâ€™s Great Wall.â€™ Professor Phan Huy LĂŞ, president of the Vietnam Association of Historians called it the longest monument in Southeast Asia. The wall is built of alternating sections of stone and earth, with some sections reaching a height of up to 13 feet. In 2005, Dr. Andrew Hardy, associate professor and head of the Hanoi branch of French School of Asian Studies, found an odd reference to a â€œLong Wall of Quang Ngaiâ€? in an 1885 document compiled by the Nguyen Dynasty court entitled â€œDescriptive Geography of the Emperor Dong Khanh.â€? It sparked his imagination and a major exploration and excavation project for a team led by Hardy and Dr. Nguyen Tien Dong, an archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology.
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Don’t let intolerance cloud a better vision of our future The State of the Union speech was last night. Rest assured, that is not what this editorial is about. Instead of talking about how President Obama plans to get his Bill Clinton on and fix the economy, we are going to address something we feared would happen. House Joint Resolution 6 is, “A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa specifying marriage between one man and one woman as the only legal union that is valid or recognized.” Specifically, H.J.R. 6 wants to add a new section. The new section would read, “Marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union valid or recognized in this state.” There it is, plain as day. The repercussions of Iowa’s Supreme Court justices being voted out are visible in H.J.R. 6; what is also apparent is that Republicans don’t know their own ideology. You see, Republicans should want smaller government. What seems to happen though
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is that they forget this when they want to push a standard of morality on everyone else, or have the desire to undertake an exercise in imperialism in far off places. When they get this urge to regulate the lives of others, they find it acceptable to expand government power to do so, forgetting that they should be for a small government. Where does this standard come from, you might ask. Is it from Plato, or Socrates? Does it expand on democracy, and take into account the liberties of others? Some would say yes. There are many that say JudeoChristian religions were meant to promote peace, unity and love. Taking the role of the “other” was commanded by Jesus when he said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Jesus wasn’t just issuing a blanket command of warm
fuzzy feelings. In order to love someone as yourself you must take into account how you love the “self” and apply it to the understanding of the intimate needs of the “other.” What we are illustrating is that not only do some Republicans go against their own ideology, but their religion as well — of course, this does not include Republicans that do not believe in a JudeoChristian faith, just to be clear. We aren’t surprised by this. After watching the oral debates that went on at our Supreme Court building concerning Judge Robert Hanson’s decision to return the LGBT community its right to be married, is anyone really surprised that the people against LGBT marriage are done giving reasons? We will be watching for a repeat of a phenomenon that happened right before the judges were voted out. A great many people that
were, or had been, identifying themselves with the libertarian ideology called for a vote against the judges on the basis that the state had no business dealing with marriage in any sense, even to deregulate it. If voting against government involvement in marriage was right then, shouldn’t it be right at this time as well? Will these people step forward and raise a voice of dissent now? Ideologies aren’t ideologies unless they hold some kind of congruity, a consistency that serves to help guide decision making. Politicians that have jumped on the tea party-esque band wagon of fiscal responsibility and bearing arms ignore something that was arguably a huge part of the tea party movement in it’s infancy. The socially progressive part of the coined phrase, “Fiscally conservative, socially progressive,” still exists. LGBT rights are just that, rights; rights that are unalienable, inseparable and granted as soon as a person comes into existence. Using faith-based argu-
ments concerning what a creator would want has never been, nor will it ever be, a valid argument to control the lives of others. We have often called for the people of this campus to support LGBT rights, to support the ability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people to enjoy marriage. We now call on you to do something very different; and for some of you an idea that is radical. If your political parties ideology doesn’t stand firm in support of LGBT rights, then abandon it. If you believe your party is one that supports the rights and liberties of the individual, and you hear something leave the mouth of a peer that is contrary to this, then it is up to you to immediately correct them. If you do not then you allow another standard to be set. Instead of standing in unity with those who compromise your beliefs, stand in solidarity with those who refuse to take part in political organizations promoting social inequality and bigotry.
Filibuster crucial for insightful debate
By Michael.Belding iowastatedaily.com
Let debate reign as issues become addressed
he filibuster has become one of the most reviled and oftenused practices in the modern Senate. It is a procedure by which a single senator — by continuously debating — can hold the floor of the Senate and stop a bill from moving forward in its passage to law. If you ever saw the film “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington,” you have, in essence, seen the substance of a filibuster. The Senate, unlike the House of Representatives, does not place time restrictions on how long a member can speak. Generally speaking, senators confine their remarks to reasonable lengths of time. But in extreme cases, when a senator wants to block passage of a bill or give his colleagues time to reconsider their prospective votes, he will filibuster the debate — he will refuse to yield the floor. These maneuvers are increasingly common. In the most recent Congress, 91 votes were taken to stop filibusters. But that number has not always been so high. It compares to 54 for the 2005-2006 Congress. During President Eisenhower’s entire eightyear tenure at the White House, there were two such votes to stop filibusters. Because of the increasingly partisan usage of the filibuster as a procedural tool to bring business to a halt, some politicians recently have advocated filibuster reform. Proposals range from eliminating “secret holds,” whereby a senator
Senators must take into consideration their declarations of “Thou shall not pass.” Courtesy photo: Nur Hussein/Flickr
anonymously threatens to hold up debate, to requiring filibustering senators to actually debate the bill in question on the floor of the Senate. These suggestions would accomplish their designed purpose — they would increase the transparency of the action going on in the Senate. But another proposal is very worrisome. And that is the suggestion that the number of senators to end debate on a measure — currently set at 60 — be decreased. The number to end debate was decreased long ago, from 67. And while each house of our legislative system is constitutionally entitled to make its
own rules for doing business, the senators should keep in mind the Senate’s purpose as they consider rule changes. That purpose is one of moderation. Until a century ago, senators were selected by the legislatures of the states from which they hailed. This mode of election, together with six-year terms, served to insulate them from the popular passions of the day. In fact, popular election of the Senate was most widely propagated by progressives whose legislative platform had been stymied by the Senate. John Jay, in “Federalist No. 64,” described the benefit of the Senate’s election by
state legislatures. He wrote that this means was advantageous because it was not one “where the activity of party zeal” would prevail and take “advantage of the supineness, the ignorance and the hopes and fears of the unwary and interested.” The Senate is to be a check on the reigning passions of the present. Because of their body’s original role, senators should be allowed to debate for however long on any measure that comes before them. It should be very difficult to assemble the required amount of senatorial votes to end debate. Initially, the senators represented the constitu-
ent, smaller republics that constituted the United States. In a sense, the Senate functioned to guard the republican system established by the Constitution from encroachments by populist measures introduced by the popularly-elected House of Representatives, where Americans were to receive their direct representation. The political theorist Hannah Arendt described the Senate as an “institution originally designed to guard against rule by public opinion or democracy.” She went on to write that the Senate was “entirely devoted to the representation of opinion on
which ultimately ‘all governments rest.’” It is opinions — things which can be held only by individuals and which can be formulated only through interaction with other, shared opinions — that are the basis of government. Allowing the entire lawmaking system of the United States to sink into partisanship, where debate is not necessary because majority and minority whips have enforced the party line on a bill, would be a disastrous mistake. Allowing an easier end to the filibuster would be such a mistake. Endless debate should be smiled upon by citizens concerned with the health and future existence of political life in their country. That said, senators absolutely must take it upon themselves to consider the filibuster they are about to perform. The fact that a bill is disagreeable to some of the people who elected a senator is not enough. A bill should have overly invasive, destructive, hurtful or unethical consequences reasonably imaginable before it is filibustered. Remember, senators, why Mr. Smith got up to filibuster. He did so to protest a bill that would have given graft to a small, select group of individuals for their support in bribing into office the senator who sponsored the bill. He used the opportunity to debate endlessly to raise awareness about special projects that benefited the private interests of a few people at the public expense of a whole country. And in doing so, he compelled the resignation of the offending, corrupt man who presumed to sit in a senator’s chair.
Is the payoff of a college job worth the cost? By Darryl.DeLeon iowastatedaily.com
Rent, additional student fees leave little for saving
one are the days when one could pay their way through college. That task is impossible these days. I’ve worked steady through two semesters and have been able to save little to no money. I couldn’t pay for school if I tried. So why work so hard? Where does all the
money go? What’s the point? Rent is one, and depending on where you live it can be ridiculously expensive or pretty cheap. Last year living in a Campustown apartment was no laughing matter. The rent was $465 a month, which isn’t so bad, but can be daunting when you’re not making that much an hour. During the fall 2009 semester, I was working for ISU dining, working 15 hours a week, for $9 an hour. Every two weeks I was making barely half my rent. In a month
I was making about $530. That paid for rent and utilities; and nothing else. I couldn’t put a dent in my tuition costs with the remaining $25. Is working a job through college worth it if you’re not making enough to pay for college? It depends on a person’s work ethic. Some people work jobs through college for the experience. Working a job as a supplemental dock associate at Fed Ex can prepare a logistics and supply chain management major for what-
ever job they’re looking into. Volunteering always looks good on resumes. Even though most volunteer work doesn’t pay, it looks great to employers and provides people with a sense of gratification. Some are fortunate enough to not have financial worries. Some work on farms and are able to make more than enough to fund their college education. Others have clever talents — like a certain poker playing former roommate of mine — that allow them to
bankroll their wildest desires. For others, it’s weird not having a job. I’ve worked the oddest of jobs from bussing tables to working as a mascot. The point is, it doesn’t matter what the wage is so long as money is coming in. But even that isn’t entirely true. Some jobs in town pay minimum wage while others pay much more than it. Is it all about the connections you make or opportune timing? Is it more important that you work somewhere you’re happy
rather than doing monotonous work for the sake of the income? Certainly some students are truly happy with the jobs they have. Whether these jobs have led to promotions or friendships or because they truly enjoy the work is up to the individual. However, more often than not, students are grinding it out day after day because the droning work helps distract from school and helps to pay for the bar tabs that sorrows are drowned in.
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The 1990s were just another decade
By Sean.Flack iowastatedaily.com
Nostalgia places media on a pedestal
ecently a friend of mine showed me a site called www. things90skidsrealize.com. As I was going through it, a feeling of euphoria washed over me, began to recall various things from my youth. Some thoughts that kept going though my head were, “Wow, the 1990s were really great. Things just aren’t like that anymore. Everything sucks now.” But as I left the website and started to go about my day, I started to think, were the 1990s really as great as we remember? All of us are living in a culture of nostalgia. If we’re not remembering some old TV show fondly, then we’re lining up at theaters to catch the next showing of “Unoriginal Remake 33.” It’s like in “Citizen Kane.” When Charles Kane dies in the ﬁlm, his last
word is “Rosebud.” And spoiler alert, but Rosebud is in reference to his childhood. We are all a bunch of Charles Kanes. People who hate where we are now, so we try desperately to hold on to a time in our life when we were supposedly happy. But guess what? The 1990s weren’t that great either. It was just another decade. If we grew up in the 2000s, I’m sure years later we’d be huddled together at the dining hall exclaiming how much we loved “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” and Livestrong bracelets. It’s unfair to say that one generation’s pop culture is superior to the other’s when you’re not even aware of everything out there. Have you really watched “Spongebob Squarepants”? It’s right up there with shows like “Rocko’s Modern Life.” OK, you want to go back to being a kid? Sure, let’s go back to having
curfews and elementary teachers who hate us. And you know what, not being able to drive would be spectacular. Of course I’m being sarcastic here. There’s a reason we grow up and mature. All the crap we go through when we’re young makes us who we are today. Why would you want to hit the reset button and go back to all that? Yeah, life sucks now, but life always sucks no matter what age you are. Go back to being 8 years old and I’m sure the anger about not being a big boy will start to creep in. You’ve just changed the scenery, not the problem. And do I have to remind everyone about dial-up Internet? The way all of us are wired these days would make it so we’d have to get our daily Internet ﬁx. I guarantee after the initial novelty of hearing the dial-up sounds again wears off, then everyone would be
Go back to being 8 years old and I’m sure the anger about not being a big boy will start to creep in.”
crying and begging for 2011. Don’t forget VHS tapes. All of us have such good memories of adjusting tracking on the VCR or blowing into a game cartridge, but when we
were actually living those moments, those moments sucked and they were a hassle. We have great stuff now. We have more books, music, video games, movies and technology. I’m not denying the validity of some of the classics, but just trying to make people realize that we have modern classics right in front of us. And while yeah, social media and fast Internet have turned us into a bunch of apathetic bums, could you really imagine life without it? There are some negatives, but boy has it made things convenient and easy. I love the 1990s, I really do. But I wouldn’t want to go back. The 1990s weren’t the pinnacle of human civilization. I mean, good lord, look at the clothes we wore back then. And besides, you can get “Doug” season one on DVD now. There’s your time machine right there.
Bypass hectic ISU Dining, brown bag your food
By Heath.Verhasselt iowastatedaily.com
Packing a lunch provides health, ﬁnancial beneﬁts
like many of you, have lived in the dorms, have dined at the UDCC or Seasons, and have seen the chaos that we call dining. First off, I like to give props to ISU Dining seeing as how they offer a clean place to eat, a large variety of food, at several different locations, and manage to have it all ready to go during the three rush hours every single day. That being said, it wasn’t until my girlfriend dragged me into the Hub during lunch time that I realized how insane trying to purchase food had become: lines upon lines, the loud roar of people talking, ordering and coming in and out of the building. I could literally feel my stress levels go up just by standing in the line.
We got lunch and proceeded to skedaddle on out of there. That trip essentially took the wool out from over my eyes. These lines were everywhere. Of course it was crazy at ISU Dining’s cafe’s and con-
venience stores, the Memorial Union, as well as the dining center, but off campus too. Long lines at everything from McDonald’s — in store and drive-thru — Panera Bread, and of course the line of epic
proportions that is customary to eating at Hickory Park. It was after seeing this I decided that I know I can’t ﬁx eating out on the town, but I knew that I could make trying to eat lunch easier.
After talking with fellow students, many argued that it’s easier to just order food from someone else and eat it there. This essentially takes the business concept of outsourcing and applies it to your daily life: ﬁnding someone who can make better food than you, have them do it faster, and for less. But when you’re standing in line at Subway for hours on end to pay for a sandwich — which is essentially a cold cut with shredded lettuce, with drink and chips that costs more than $8 — at what stage should you just be doing those things? It was at this point that I said enough is enough, I’m getting out the brown bag. And let me tell you, what I found was astonishing. Put simply: I could pick out all the foods that I liked, I could put them in a bag, and then I could take the bag with me. How awesome is that? In seriousness, this was true. I could eat healthier
by packing some veggies like carrots, and some sort of fruit, or go the opposite and eat salty potato chips, and fruit snacks; I could bring a coke, or bring iced tea. If I wanted to put in the effort it didn’t matter: ham and swiss on lightly toasted rye, with lettuce, tomato and mayo. And did I mention that the per unit price of one of these lunches costs less than a trip to Subway? Now, it’s at this point that you might be saying, “Yes that’s all and well, but I don’t have time to make myself lunch everyday.” Check the video out on iowastatedaily.com. Standing in line versus packing a delicious lunch, you save about two minutes of time. And how often in life do you wish you had just two more minutes. So I challenge you. Show off your culinary skills, brown bag it and let me know how it goes.
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Facebook makes pledges â€˜officialâ€™ By Laura Bucklin Daily Staff Writer In the past couple years, social media has changed the way we meet people, get to know others and express ourselves. Relationship statuses have been a big part of that change. Before this, it seemed like the only place you put your marital status was on your tax return, but now many display it on the Internet for all to see. â€œItâ€™s not official until itâ€™s on Facebook,â€? said Whitney Minnehan, who has chosen to display her marriage publicly on Facebook. The idea of â€œfacebook official,â€? also known as â€œFBO,â€? has two different meanings. It is said youâ€™re not real friends unless youâ€™re FBO, and youâ€™re relationships are not legitimate if youâ€™re not FBO. â€œItâ€™s changed the whole social construct of relationships,â€? said Maggie Elkin, a student at the University of Iowa, â€œPeople always say itâ€™s not a serious relationship unless itâ€™s â€˜facebook official.â€™ I ďŹ nd the whole concept to be stupid.â€? Elkin claims this phenomenon has led to people â€œFacebook stalkingâ€? others to see if he or she is single. Instead of getting to know someone, people have started trusting Facebook for all the answers. The newly added link called â€œsee friendshipâ€? has taken this â€œstalkingâ€? to a whole new level. Users can now see every interaction two people have had on one window. All this information is easily accessible, so relationship statuses can be a very touchy issue especially when dealing with the status of â€œengaged.â€? Obviously, itâ€™s important to tell your family and good friends before making the announcement on Facebook, but because smart phones are quickly emerging, this makes it hard. Giddy brides or grooms may be inclined to change their statuses minutes or hours after the engagement. Once again, itâ€™s important to tell your family and close friends ďŹ rst, so you donâ€™t cause any quarrels. Nicole Stoll, senior in agricultural engineering, was very excited to announce her amazing engagement. â€œIt was perfect: sunset, Campanile, light snow falling and no one around expect the two
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One of the ďŹ rst things newly engaged couples will do after he (or she) pops the â€œbig questionâ€? is update their Facebook relationship statuses to â€œengaged.â€? This allows them to spread the news to all their friends in a short amount of time. Photo Illustration: Whitney Sager/Iowa State Daily
of us,â€? Stoll said. Both Stoll and her new ďŹ ancĂŠ posted their engagement on Facebook that night after calling and texting close family and friends. â€œI didnâ€™t have everyoneâ€™s cell numbers that I wanted to tell, so I thought Facebook would be the quickest way,â€? Stoll said. â€œI donâ€™t usually post a lot on Facebook, but I was so happy that I wanted everyone I knew to know about it.â€? Stoll had no issues with announcing her engagement, because she told the right people ďŹ rst. As a result, she was able to enjoy the support from her friends on Facebook. It is important to remember there is also the option of not posting or taking down a relationship status. This is an easy way to avoid getting
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messages or chats from random friends. â€œWhen I posted I was engaged, there were a lot of â€˜Hey, itâ€™s been a while. What have you been up to?â€™ e-mails from ex-boyfriends,â€? said Jenna Radmer, a student at University of WisconsinMadison, â€œIt was strange to say the least.â€? Tyler Benson, freshman in music, also has had trouble with random friends commenting on recently updated status. â€œPeople will comment on statues and â€˜like it,â€™ and for all I know, it could be sarcasm,â€? Benson said. â€œWhen I took down my â€˜In a relationshipâ€™ status, a girl in my hall who is ridiculously mean â€˜likedâ€™ it. One, it was rude and catty. Two, Itâ€™s not anyoneâ€™s business as to what is going on in my life.â€?
Due to these odd encounters, Kaitlynn Kelly, a student from University of Illinois, thinks a relationship status is â€œunnecessary personal information.â€? Benson agrees with Kelly and has since then taken down her relationship status all together. â€œI feel like [relationship statues] are only necessary for marriages or engagements,â€? Benson said. Although the whole concept of FBO may seem silly, many disagree with Kelly and Benson. In fact, some embrace their status. â€œI would be offended if my boyfriend took his relationship status down,â€? said Laishla Jerris, a student at Des Moines Area Community College, â€œI like people to see that heâ€™s mine.â€?
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Brides, grooms look for wedding assistance online By Danielle Gibbons Daily Staff Writer The Internet is taking over our world and one of the best examples of this is how people use the Internet to plan the biggest day of their life: their wedding day. Brides and grooms all around the world go to the Internet to ďŹ nd all the information they need to make their day special. There are blogs about weddings. People tweet every single day about weddings. Facebook is ďŹ lled with information on weddings and there are thousands of websites dedicated to weddings. One of the biggest wedding websites is theknot.com. With this website, brides can make a personal address to provide information on their wedding. They can upload photos to tell their story and provide informa-
tion on the wedding date, time and details. They put the URL to their website on their save the dates. That way all of their guests can ďŹ nd current information on the wedding. Along with this tool, theknot. com provides so many other tools for brides and grooms to use. They provide a way to ďŹ nd local vendors for the wedding, information on making and ordering invitations, reception ideas, ďŹ‚ower ideas and much more. â€œI used the Knot mainly when I was looking for my vendors. It was really helpful in ďŹ nding my ceremony/ reception venue location because you can click on the state youâ€™re getting married in and then you can search for what youâ€™re looking for, such as ďŹ‚orist, DJs, etc.,â€? said Sarah Bougie, ISU alumna. The site is a type of one-stop shop for planning a wedding and is deďŹ nitely one of the most used wedding
websites today. â€œI think itâ€™s a popular resource for brides. Everyone I know whoâ€™s either gotten married recently or is getting married soon has used it in some way,â€? Bougie said. Another great wedding website is mywedding.com. This website is very similar to theknot.com, but also has some other information that could be useful to the bride and groom to be. Some tools that mywedding.com has to share are lifestyle and relationship maintenance. This provides information about relationship building, identity issues and counseling for the couple. Mywedding.com also provides information on honeymoons. It includes advice on where to travel and how to stay within your budget while having the most amazing honeymoon possible. There are so many options out
Sites like theknot.com make planning a wedding easy. They offer options for everything, from color schemes to bridal party apparel to cuisine. Photo illustration: Abby Gilman/Iowa State Daily
there from brides and grooms to help them plan the wedding of their
dreams, and these websites are just a few.
Shannon Mitchell, daughter of Dan and Lisa Mitchell of Pella, and Joshua De Bruin, son of Jerry and Pam De Bruin of Pella, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. De Bruin attends Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar and will
graduate in May 2011. Shannon, a sophomore at Iowa State double-majoring in agricultural education and agronomy, will graduate in 2013. Their wedding will take place on June 18 at Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum in Oskaloosa.
Julia Romberg, daughter of Gary and Linda Romberg, and David Rotert, son of Larry and Peggy Rotert, are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Romberg, of River Falls, Wis., is an alumna of Iowa State with a bachelorâ€™s degree in psychology.
Rotert, of Kansas City, Mo., is an alumnus of Iowa State with a bachelorâ€™s degree in chemical engineering. Their wedding will take place July 16 in Lindstrom, Minn.
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