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Clothing swap gets green light By Torey Robinson Daily Staff Writer

Brooke Dummermuth, senior in elementary education, sings during a tech rehearsal of Chaos in Candyland for Greek Varieties on Thursday. The group will participate in the second round on Feb. 5. Photo: Kelsey Kremer/Iowa State Daily

Almost showtime 2010 Varieties gears up for opening show By Tessa Callender Daily Correspondent The 2010 Varieties theme, “Living the Lyrics,” states exactly what the approximately 500 participants have been doing over the last couple of months. “Having fun, singing and dancing while hanging out with a bunch of new friends is a great way to break up the week,” said Kourtney Determan, junior in history. Sponsored by the Student Union Board and put together by the Varieties Central Committee, Varieties is a talent show that has been exhibiting the skills of ISU students for more than 70 years. These performances con-

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The Not So Wonderful World of Diznee (Kappa Alpha Theta, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, ACACIA) Starstruck (Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Tau Delta, Beta Theta Pi) Chaos in Candyland (Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Gamma Rho, Beta Sigma Psi) Evil Upheaval (Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pi Kappa Phi)

sist of 20 minute “mini-musicals” that are executed with original lyrics, choreography and even live bands. Included in Varieties are also shorter acts, called vignettes, that are performed as



Sibling Smackdown (Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Beta Chi, Farm House, Sigma Phi Epsilon) Camp Ottowatta be Here! (Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha)

In addition, there will be eleven vignettes that perform between the larger performances.

well, showcasing any talent a student may have — anything from juggling to rocking it out on the saxophone. “I really can’t say enough about the work both the groups and the central committee

have put into this show,” said Denton Patrick, head producer of Varieties and junior in biochemistry. “They have sacrificed a lot of time to keep Iowa State’s second oldest student-run program going and going strong.” Co-chairs of each group start putting their skits together in October, with practices starting in November. Students put in countless hours in preparation for this intense competition, writing lyrics, coming up with dances and choreography, building sets and sewing costumes. Currently, groups put in about six hours a week practicing their skits. “The Not So Wonderful World of Diznee” is a mashup of characters, from the Evil Queen in “Snow White” to Yzma from “The Emperor’s New Groove”

see SKITS on PAGE 3

Bridge future uncertain The Dinkey bridge isn’t dead yet. Gloria Betcher, adjunct associate professor of English and chair of the Historic Preservation Commission board said the historical significance of the Squaw creek bridge might hinder Union Pacific Railroad’s plans to demolish the bridge. The “Dinkey bridge” is an old railroad bridge running across Squaw creek. It is often used as a footbridge and is a popular spot amoung ISU students and Ames residents. “A lot of people have seen this as almost the end of discussion,” Betcher said. “Union Pacific said they are going to tear down the bridge by end of 2010. I don’t think that’s going to happen.” Betcher said Union Pacific is under the regulation of the Surface Transportation Board — a federal agency. According to the National Historic Preservation Act, any federally funded project that jeopardizes a historic resource must undergo a Section 106 review of the impact on historic resources. If the site is determined to have historic





11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring in clothing and receive ticket for each item 1 – 1:30 p.m. Free Jeff’s pizza will be available while volunteers organize clothing 1:30 p.m. Raffle in which 1-hour massage from It’s All About Me will be given away 1:45 p.m. Shop for new, free clothing; participants may pick out one item for each piece brought in

turning into a glamorous event that doesn’t cost a lot of money. I wanted to try it on a smaller scale.” Although Leighton said the event has not been overly pricey,

see SWAP on PAGE 7


Influential sculpture to join art at museum By Chelsea Davis Daily Staff Writer An influence on former local sculptor Christian Petersen, and on artists around the world, French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s “Saint John the Baptist Preaching,” created in 1880, will be installed at Iowa State with a dedication ceremony at 5:30 on Friday. Gathering in the Christian Petersen Art Museum Friday night, anyone and everyone can come see the new installment of Rodin’s and other new exhibits. “We have a high caliber of artists in our ‘Art on Campus’ collection and in our permanent collection, adding richness and depth,” said Amanda Hall, interpretive specialist for University Museums. Christian Petersen, to whom this particular museum is dedicated, was an influential sculptor on the ISU campus. He is well-known for having sculpted “Fountain of the Four Seasons” in front of the Memorial Union, “The Gentle Doctor” in the Veterinary Quadrangle and “Three Athletes” on State Gym. Although little is known about Petersen’s influences, Hall said, notes from one of his former lectures have been found, and in his lecture he mentioned Michelangelo and Rodin as influences — in particular “Saint John the Baptist Preaching.” “The sculpture represents an international fame and connection with Petersen,” Hall said. “And now we have one of [his] influences.”


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By Justine Scattarelli Daily Staff Writer

The first annual Closets Colide clothing swap will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jeff’s Pizza Shop, 2402 Lincoln Way. Students and community members are invited to bring clean, quality clothes to Jeff’s and may pick out one piece of clothing for each item they donate to the swap. Free pizza will be available for participants and donations for local shelters will be accepted. Kelsey Leighton, senior in apparel merchandising, design and production, wrote a proposal for the event as part of her English 250 class. The assignment was to come up with a plan of action that involved the campus and Ames community. “I researched clothes swapping because it’s becoming more and more trendy on the east and west coasts,” Leighton said. “There are parties and fashion shows that showcase swapping. It’s something that is

How to swap

significance the project must aim to mitigate damages to the structure. Recently Union Pacific rejected the city’s counteroffer to obtain ownership of the bridge from the railroad and incorporate it into a trail system connecting downtown Ames and the Iowa State campus. On Tuesday the company announced that in the interest of public safety they planned to demolish the bridge by the end of the year. The city’s proposal included a bike path that would cross over the mainline of Union Pacific rail on Hazel Street. Peter Orazem, an at-large city council member, said Union Pacific refused the city’s offer because the liability presented from having a bike trail that crosses the main railroad crossing. Union Pacific said the magnified risk involved with increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic weighed on their decision to reject the city’s proposal. Orazem explained that the company would be replacing one liability with another. Betcher said that a trail that avoids the main railroad line is a more likely possibil-

ity. Union Pacific said they would consider any additional proposals offered by the city. Ralph Christian, a historian with the State Historic Preservation Office, said that in response to inquires from Union Pacific, the office told the company that the bridge should be reviewed under Section 106 of the National Preservation Act and a historical survey of the site was necessary. Christian said Union Pacific is looking to hire a consultant to evaluate the eligibility of the bridge gaining official historical recognition. Betcher said according to her substantial research on the bridge, it is unlikely that a historian would deem the bridge unhistoric, and the potential connection of the bridge to the Manhattan project is one of the most significant historic factors of the bridge. During WWII, Iowa State labs produced purified uranium for the Manhattan project—a U.S. led project to develop the first atomic bomb. Betcher said the rail line was used to

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Lecture recounts ‘Journey to Islam’ By Rashah McChesney Daily Staff Writer The year Joshua Evans turned 17, he felt as though he had a clear path set out for him. He Evans was a temporary youth pastor at a Methodist Church in South Carolina and was enrolled at Bob Jones University, a Bible college in Greenville, S.C. “I wanted to go [to school] for what’s called textual criticism, which is basically Bible scholarship,” Evans said. “I was brought up with the belief that the Bible was the inherent word of God. This wasn’t really the case; the Bible does have quite a number of human errors.” His faith deeply shaken, Evans turned away from Christi-

“My Journey to Islam” ■■ Saturday at 2 p.m. ■■ South Ballroom of the Memorial Union anity and began looking for something else. “I left Christianity at the age of 17 and I started looking, and initially I didn’t find it,” Evans said. “I studied Judaism, Confuscism, Wiccanism, Hinduism — anything with religion or spirituality.” He even picked up a tract on Islam but discarded it almost immediately. “It spoke really, really negatively of Islam and said Muslims worshiped a moon god called Allah,” he said. “So I left Islam alone at the beginning. I read

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from PAGE 1 to Jafar from “Aladdin.” It’s a “where are they now” story that encompasses how both the good and bad Disney characters need each other. There are even skits about the board game worlds we used to play when we were younger. “[Our skit is about] a horrible villain steals the joy and brightness from Candyland,” said Cara Dykhuis, a senior in animal science pre-vet. “In a mad attempt to save the land he loves, King Kandy calls a board game summit. Madness ensues as chess pieces, Scrabble tiles, Clue characters and Monopoly pieces invade Candyland looking for the missing brightness and joy.” In any skit, there are many different roles. “I play the role of Mr. Mint; a character who is native to Candyland,” said Ben Zelle, a freshman in agricultural business. Some even play made-up roles. “I play ‘creepy candy,’ which is another way of saying, ‘mutated candy that is running around destroying candy land.’ I love it because I get to crawl around on stage and kidnap people. It’s a blast!” said Dykhuis. There’s singing, too. “The most enjoyable part of Varieties to me has always been hearing voices come from people you would least expect,” Patrick said. “It’s a sort of Susan Boyle effect.” But not everything comes easy. “The most difficult aspect of Varieties is learning everything during the two hour practice, and then trying to perfect everything you learned at the next practice while learning new things,” Determan said. Motivation during after-school practice can be difficult as well.

‘Catcher in the Rye’ author J.D. Salinger dies in home at 91 By Hillel Italie AP National Writer

Ben Zelle, left, freshman in agricultural business, performs with his group, Chaos in Candyland, during a Greek Varieties tech rehearsal. The second cuts of Varieties are scheduled for next weekend. Photo: Kelsey Kremer/ Iowa State Daily

“As a co-chair, it’s hard to get people excited about working when they are in a group with their friends,” said Amy Peyton, junior in agricultural business. “There isn’t a lot of down time because we are constantly working to improve our skit. The most difficult part is making sure people are enjoying the work.” But in the end, participants say the hours spent are worthwhile. “Varieties is a big time commitment, but it is shaping up to be totally worth it,” said Zelle.

“We hope that lots of people will come check out the show and see what ‘Varts’ is all about!” Second cuts will be held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union on Feb. 5 and 7. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for the public, with a dollar increase on the day of the show. Finals will be held Feb. 19 and 20 and will be $8 for students and $10 for the public, with a dollar increase on the day of the show. Tickets are general admission and will be available through the Maintenance Shop box office or by phone at 515-294-8349.

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Former dean Kolmer dies at 82 By Bethany Pint Daily Staff Writer When professors speak of Lee Kolmer, former dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, they use the words “fair” and “level-headed,” “appreciative” and “concerned.” The overall sense of his willingness to give to projects, departments and students is also present. Kolmer died Monday at Kavanagh Hospice in Des Moines. He was 82. Originally from Illinois, Kolmer obtained his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State in the 1950s. He taught at Southern Illinois University for two years before joining the faculty at Iowa State in 1956. He became an administrator of the Cooperative Extension program in 1965. He left Iowa State and became the associate dean of agriculture and director of extension in 1971 at Oregon State University. Two years later he was named the dean of agriculture at Iowa State. In 1987, Kolmer and his wife, Jean, moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Then in 1989, Kolmer returned to Iowa State as a professor of economics until his retirement in 1992. Ron Deiter, professor of agricultural economics, said he remembers interviewing for the assistant professor of agricultural economics position in November of 1977. “I, to this day, still remember sitting down across the table from the deans, and Dean Kolmer was one of the individuals that was there during the meeting, and one of the first questions he asked me he totally caught me off guard,” Deiter said. “But I still remember it, and it showed me that he had a sense of humor. He wanted to know what I thought about swimming — about the swim class I took as an undergrad. That’s funny enough in itself, but if you’ll look at my transcript as an undergrad, it was the only class that I got a C in ... I still remember my response. I said, ‘Dean, let me tell ya. There was only one way you could flunk this class and that was to drown, and I damn near flunked it.’” Deiter said that although he didn’t work with Kolmer every day, he still remembers Kolmer’s leadership in the college. “As a person that got his start here as a faculty member under Dean Kolmer’s lead, I found him to be a good leader,” Deiter said. “I also felt like he was a person that I respected and I could trust.” After retiring from Iowa State in 1992, Kolmer set up two scholarships in his name: the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research, and the Lee R. Kolmer Scholarship Fund for Ag Business. Wallace Huffman, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said he remembered

when Kolmer stepped forward in the efforts to raise money for research. “He did put up $50,000 that the ag experiment station had to undertake a survey of Iowa farms and farm households,” Huffman said. He said the financial assistance was used to statistically analyze the results of a survey completed by farm households. The results of the survey helped Iowa State learn about what services extension could provide across Iowa. “Kolmer was really quite concerned with the implications of work going on in the College of Agriculture and the ag experiment station that would help farm families in the state of

Iowa,” Huffman said. Kolmer was the dean of the College of Agriculture during the farm debt crisis in the 1980s. Neil Harl, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and professor emeritus in economics at Iowa State, wrote in an e-mail that he remembered a meeting in June of 1984 when a task force in the department of economics, bankers and lenders was discussing the farm debt crisis. A reporter from the Des Moines Register who had been following the controversy was also present. “The presence of the reporter caused one of the dean’s assistants to raise the question

of whether the meeting was or should be open to the public,” Harl wrote. “I was quickly asked my views and my response was ‘of course it should be open; there is nothing whatsoever in the anticipated discussion that merited going behind closed doors.’ The response from Dean Kolmer’s assistant, ‘if it is open bankers will leave the meeting. Besides, we have arranged for a meeting at another site with the meeting sponsored by the bankers, and it will be closed.’ The decision was left to Dean Kolmer. After a recess of a few minutes, his decision ‘the meeting will go on at Gateway and it will be open.’ The reporter joined the group,” Harl wrote.

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NEW YORK — J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91. Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s longtime literary representative, Harold Ober Agency. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H. “The Catcher in the Rye,” with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight — and concern.” Enraged by all the “phonies” who make “me so depressed I go crazy,” Holden soon became American literature’s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn. The novel’s sales are astonishing — more than 60 million copies worldwide — and its impact incalculable. Decades after publication, the book remains a defining expression of that most American of dreams: to never grow up. Salinger was writing for adults, but teenagers from all over identified with the novel’s themes of alienation, innocence and fantasy, not to mention the luck of having the last word. “Catcher” presents the world as an ever-so-unfair struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of elders, a message that only intensified with the oncoming generation gap. Novels from Evan Hunter’s “The Blackboard Jungle” to Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Prep,” movies from “Rebel Without a Cause” to “The Breakfast Club,” and countless rock ‘n’ roll songs echoed Salinger’s message of kids under siege. One of the great anti-heroes of the 1960s, Benjamin Braddock of “The Graduate,” was but a blander version of Salinger’s narrator. “’Catcher in the Rye’ made a very powerful and surprising impression on me,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who read the book, as so many did, when he was in middle school. “Part of it was the fact that our seventh grade teacher was actually letting us read such a book. But mostly it was because ‘Catcher’ had such a recognizable authenticity in the voice that even in 1977 or so, when I read it, felt surprising and rare in literature.” By the 21st century, Holden himself seemed relatively mild, but Salinger’s book remained a standard in school curriculums and was discussed on countless Web sites. Associated Press writer Norma Love in Concord, N.H., and Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle in New York contributed to this report.

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Economic debate continues Obama calls on Republicans for activity, unity By Charles Babington Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama voiced determination Thursday to change the tone of Washington politics and urged Republicans to get “off the sidelines” and help fix health care and other problems. Stopping on his way out of a town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla., Obama hammered again on his State of the Union message — insisting that voters and politicians needed to “start thinking of each other as Americans first.” Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were in Florida to announce $8 billion in federal grants for high-speed rail projects nationwide — part of his push to combine spending on infrastructure with job creation. Obama also used his first State of the Union speech Wednesday to push nervous Democrats to forge ahead on health care, despite voters’ worries and opposition from newly strengthened Republicans. On Thursday, he turned emphatically toward Republicans and implored cooperation. “Our political dialogue in this country has always been messy and noisy,” Obama told the crowd at the University of Tampa. “We’re all Americans. We all should anticipate that the other person, even if they disagree with us, has the best of intentions. We don’t have to call them names. We don’t have to demonize them.” Hanging over the Obama agenda and wobbly support among Democrats were fears fueled by events such as last week’s stunning GOP victory in the Massachusetts Senate race. That setback may have cost Democrats their filibuster-proof Senate majority, Obama said, but “we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills.” He accepted partial blame for the deep troubles facing his health care push, but he implored lawmakers to finish the task rather than yield to public opposition. “The longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became,” Obama told the joint session of Congress and a nationwide TV audience. But health care problems will continue for millions, he said, and “I will not walk away from these Americans, and neither should the people in this chamber.”

Trust, economic issues hit home for Americans By Oskar Garcia Associated Press Writer

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Tim Sloan/The Associated Press

House and Senate Democratic leaders are scrambling to see if they can salvage the ambitious health care package, which Republicans almost universally oppose. Obama offered no new strategies for overcoming the steep parliamentary and political hurdles they face. The president devoted most of his speech to job-creation proposals, such as eliminating capital gains taxes on small business investment and extending tax breaks for businesses to invest in new plants and equipment. But those proposals also face uncertainty in Congress, where Senate Democrats say they may need a selective, piecemeal approach to win enough votes. Obama said Republicans share a responsibility for governing, and he proposed meeting with their House and Senate leaders monthly. But his olive branch seemed brittle at times. Without naming George W. Bush, he pointedly noted that the previous administration left him a big deficit and a deeply troubled economy. For good measure, Obama said the United States killed more al-Qaida terrorists in 2009 than in 2008. Obama rebuked the Supreme Court for a recent decision that “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests” and foreign corporations to make unlimited campaign contributions. At

that, conservative Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito made a dismissive face, shook his head in disagreement and seemed to mouth the words “not true.” Republicans in the House chamber generally greeted such remarks with stony gazes and smirks. The statements they issued as soon as Obama finished — or even before he finished, in some cases — were equally icy. “We had hoped to hear a new commitment to keep his promises to govern from the center, change the tone in Washington, and work with both parties in a bipartisan way to help small businesses create jobs and get our economy moving again,” said House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “Unfortunately, the president and the Democrats in charge of Congress still aren’t listening to the American people.” Vice President Joe Biden, appearing in an interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, described Obama as upset with the way his program has been handled in Congress. “One of the things that’s most frustrating to him,” Biden said, “is the obstructionist ways of the United States Senate, on the part of the Republicans, requiring 60 votes, a supermajority, for virtually every single, solitary initiative we’ve had. Now that we have 59 votes, it’s time for everybody to start taking responsibility.”

LAS VEGAS — President Barack Obama’s intense focus on jobs in his first State of the Union speech hit close to home for the millions of Americans who are in a bad mood over their financial distress a year into his term. But it was another line in Obama’s speech that highlighted their deep skepticism that the programs the president discussed will ever lead to any real change. Obama called it a “deficit of trust — deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years.” Many Americans wondered whether lawmakers from both parties would be politically inclined to get jobs and economic plans moving, and whether the nation would be in the exact spot a year from now. “I just hope that he gets cooperation with it, because you know that if he doesn’t and this creates gridlock and nothing gets done, next year we’re going to be in the same place that we are right now,” said Mary Bartels, a 47-year-old registered nurse who voted for John McCain in 2008 but has since warmed to Obama. “That’s a very scary thought.” Obama acknowledged in his speech that the change he wanted everyone to believe in “has not come fast enough” and that economic devastation remains — in joblessness, shuttered businesses and declining home values. Many citizens who tuned into the president’s speech ached for solutions but were wary of his words — aware that in many places voters are no better off than when they lifted Obama to the White House. Voters have grown tired of politics and promises, and want

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action from Obama and other lawmakers.“You could tell by the body language, how the Republicans just sat there for so much, that tomorrow it will be business as usual,” said Ethan Ehrlich, a 32-year-old nurseanesthetist from Miami Beach. Nevada posted the highest foreclosure rate in the nation last year, with more than 10 percent of housing units hit with at least one foreclosure filing. December unemployment was 13 percent in the state, where rapid tourism growth has collapsed in a spectacular two-year meltdown of job losses, foreclosures and bankruptcies. Bartels has endured many levels of the financial crisis. Her fiance was laid off from a plumbing job in September and their house fell into foreclosure. She spent months before her foreclosure unsuccessfully trying to persuade lenders to adjust her mortgage, but received few responses. She eventually left Nevada last month and wound up in Washington state. While she hoped Obama would have talked more on Wednesday about stemming foreclosures and abusive credit card company practices, she said she thinks he is sincere in his attempt to change Washington’s ways. “He’s trying to get everybody to work together, stop the bickering and the arguing and work together to try to find solutions,” she said. “I think opening that door ... that’s huge.” Anton Fellinger, 47, of Washington Township, Mich., said he thought Obama was humble and stern at different times during his speech. Fellinger, who lost his job nearly a year ago selling marble and tile for new homes, said he gives Obama “a B-minus or C-plus,” for his first year, but credits him for trying to “get things going.” Associated Press writers Jeff Karoub in Ferndale, Mich., Laura Wides-Munoz in Miami, Tamara Lush in Tampa, Fla. and Ron Todt in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

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White House doles $8 billion for trains By Joan Lowy Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — High-speed rail projects in California, Florida and Illinois are among the big winners of $8 billion in grants announced Thursday by the White House — the start of what some Democrats tout as a national rail-building program that could rival the interstate highways begun in the Eisenhower era. President Barack Obama announced the awards during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla. — a follow-up to Wednesday’s State of the Union address that focused on getting Americans back to work. Thirteen passenger rail corridors in 31 states will receive grants, which are funded by the economic recovery act enacted last year. Obama said focusing on building 21st century infrastructure projects is an important element of the country’s economic recovery. “It creates jobs immediately and it lays the foundation for a vibrant economy in the future,” Obama said. Though the administration bills the program as “high-speed rail,” most U.S. projects won’t reach the speeds seen in Europe and Asia. California’s trains would be by far the fastest, exceeding the 200 mph achieved by some trains overseas. Some of the money will go toward trains with top speeds of 110 mph, while other funds — such as the $400 million allotted to Ohio to connect Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati — will be for trains traveling no faster than 79 mph.

The new high-speed train motor unit and coaches that will open the way for the first commercial high-speed link through the LGV East railway line, enters a railway depot on March 26, 2007, in Pantin, northeast of Paris. File Photo: Remy de la Mauviniere/The Associated Press

A half-dozen Cabinet members and other senior administration officials were fanning out across the country for rail events Thursday and Friday. The White House said rail projects will create or save thousands of jobs in areas including track laying, manufacturing, planning, engineering and rail maintenance and operations. Obama told the crowd at Thursday’s town hall that when the high-speed rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando is finished, “I’m going to come back down here and ride it.” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and members of Congress have acknowledged they

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Culver disappointed by unfunded routes DES MOINES— Gov. Chet Culver says he is pleased the Obama Administration will fund improvements for existing Amtrak service through southern Iowa. However, in a statement Thursday, Culver also expressed his disappointment that applications for proposed new routes from Iowa City to Chicago and Dubuque to Chicago did not receive funding. Culver says the $18 million in high-speed passenger rail grants Iowa will receive will allow state officials to study passenger rail expansion through

central Iowa. Culver says the Chicago to Iowa City and the Chicago to Dubuque Culver proposals are sound projects that will help Iowa residents. He says the state will be competitive for future funding. The White House announced on Thursday $8 billion in grants for 13 rail corridors in 31 states.

— The Associated Press

expect much of the expertise and equipment to be supplied by foreign companies. Except for Amtrak’s Acela line between Boston and Washington, there are no high-speed trains in the U.S. and no domestic high-speed rail industry. The $8 billion investment is just a start. Last year, Obama asked Congress in his budget request for an additional $1 billion a year for five years. Congress for this year approved another $2.5 billion that remains to be awarded. And Obama is expected to ask for yet more rail funds when his budget is presented next week. Also, LaHood has hinted that some of the $1.5

Field Notes on Finding Home

Author and environmentalist Rick Bass is the author of twenty books, including the autobiographical Why I Came West and the short story collection The Lives of Rocks. His first short story collection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award; and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an O. Henry Award, Bass started writing short stories during his lunch breaks while working as a gas and oil geologist in Jackson, Mississippi.

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 7 p.m. Sun Room, Memorial Union Panel: Meaningful Work: The Writer as Citizen Terry Tempest Williams and Rick Bass Saturday, January 30 at 3:30 p.m. Sun Room, Memorial Union

billion allotted in the stimulus plan for discretionary transportation projects may go toward highspeed rail. Japan launched the first high-speed trains in 1964, and France and other European countries followed in the 1980s and 1990s. China has announced plans to expand its high-speed rail system to a network of more than 16,000 miles by the year 2020 at an estimated cost of $300 billion. In the U.S., only the projects in California and Florida are planned to reach maximum speeds of 150 mph or more, what most transportation experts consider high-speed rail. Projects awarded the largest grants include: — California: $2.3 billion to begin work on an 800-mile-long, high-speed rail line tying Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area to Los Angeles and San Diego. — Florida: $1.25 billion to build a rail line connecting Tampa on the West Coast with Orlando in the middle of the state, eventually going south to Miami. — Illinois-Missouri: $1.1 billion to improve a rail line between Chicago and St. Louis so that trains travel up to 110 mph. — Wisconsin: $810 million to upgrade and refurbish train stations and install safety equipment on the Madison-to-Milwaukee leg of a line that stretches from Minneapolis to Chicago. — Washington-Oregon: $590 million to upgrade a rail line from Seattle to Portland, Ore. — North Carolina: $520 million for projects that will increase top speeds to 90 mph on trains between Raleigh and Charlotte and double the number of round trips.


Finding Beauty in a Broken World Terry Tempest Williams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 8 pm Great Hall, MU Terry Tempest Williams is a conservationist, advocate for free speech, and author of Refuge, a classic in environmental literature. She has been called “a citizen writer,” who speaks and speaks out on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda. Williams publications include An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; And The Open Space of Democracy. Her most recent book is Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Williams’ many awards and achievements include a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society, and the Wallace Stegner Award from the Center for the American West. Sponsored By: English; MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment; Creative Writers’ Milieu; Bioethics Program; College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Miller Lecture Fund; Center for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities; Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology; Environmental Studies; Geological & Atmospheric Sciences; Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; Humanities Iowa; and Committee on Lectures (Funded by GSB)

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ship the weapons grade uranium but it has not been verified that the train passed over the Squaw creek bridge. “We believe that that bridge was a key link in the transport of uranium from campus to Chicago and to other Manhattan project labs in the country and we’re trying to confirm that,” Betcher said. Nationally, sites connected to the Manhattan project are becoming increasingly popular due to a growth in nuclear tourism market Betcher said. Betcher explained that there are historic aspects of the bridge have a practical use today. Historically the Dinkey railroad served as a connection between downtown and ISU campus. Betcher said in the rail’s first year of operation, in a time when Iowa State had only 200 to 400 students, the rail line transported 144,000 passengers. Although the original Dinkey bridge is no longer standing,


from PAGE 1 she is paying expenses out-ofpocket. “I paid for advertising, Tshirts for volunteers, and I will pay for the pizza everyone eats,” Leighton said. “I’ve been so fortunate to receive discounts and donations from Ames businesses.” Leighton contacted Jeff’s Pizza, and the business donated half its dining area and offered discounted slices of pizza, manager Drew Batisa said. The Loft, a consignment shop geared toward collegeaged students, advertised the clothing swap in its store and donated coupons as well as body busts for the clothing, said owner Eric Abrams. Abrams and his wife, Amy, opened The Loft after they saw the need for “trendy consignment” in the Ames community.

that same line serves as a connection today, and preserving the history of the site involves not only the bridge but also the line Betcher said. “You can sit there and say wow there were students a hundred years ago who road in a crammed little car across this same line,” Betcher said. “That connectivity continues. That’s what people are seeing now. There’s a physical connection between the west side of Squaw creek and east side of Squaw creek and it represents the coming together of the university and the downtown.” Nitin Gadia, a former ISU student and current Ames resident started a Facebook group called Save the Dinkey Bridge that now has 512 members. Gadia said he thinks the bridge has been gaining popularity in the past few years, and that Facebook has been an effective tool in bringing people who support the dinkey bridge together. Members have suggested writing a petition and generating community-driven design plans to improve the structure.

“Students were taking their clothes to Des Moines to sell and buy less expensive clothes,” Abrams said. “There was a market for discounted, quality clothing in Ames. We’ve been looking to do an event like [Closets Collide] for a long time and are excited to be involved.” Like those at The Loft, Leighton thinks the college crowd is at a disadvantage, because clothing is expensive and students do not typically have money to spend on new items. Alison Lawler, sophomore in pre-business, thinks Closets Collide will be a practical way to revamp a wardrobe without spending a lot of money. “I think it goes without saying that everyone wants to look their best when they go out on the weekends,” Lawler said. “Every time me and my roommates look in our closets, even though they are jam-packed [with clothes], we feel we have nothing to wear. I wish I could

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go shopping as much as I would like to, but being a college student I just don’t have the money.” With more than 170 individuals planning to attend, according to the event’s Facebook group, Leighton is relying heavily on ISU students as volunteers to make sure the event runs smoothly. Katelyn Howe, junior in apparel merchandising, design and production and MODA Fashion Club president, will participate in Closets Collide as a volunteer. “MODA likes to take part in any service activities,” Howe said, “particularly those involving anything to do with apparel.” But Howe and Leighton said Closets Collide isn’t just about clothing — it supports a clean environment. “An event like this is a different way to go green: recycling clothing,” Howe said. “Apparel can also be reused and recycled instead of just trashed

in a landfill, especially when certain people could really benefit from having hand–me–down clothing.” Chandra Peterson, Government of the Student Body vice president and senior in political science, also plans to participate in the event and said she thinks it’s a great way to practice sustainability off campus. “One of the [four] R’s [of recycling] is ‘reuse.’ Although the best way to go green is to reduce what you consume, reusing is the second best way,” Peterson said. Peterson heard about the event through Department of Sustainability Program Manager Merry Rankin, to whom Leighton e-mailed the class proposal. Peterson and Leighton worked together to come up with ideas to make Closets Collide successful. “[Leighton] has been very proactive, very enthusiastic and very motivated through this

whole process,” Rankin said. “And it shows.” Rankin is pleased with how the event will promote living green in everyday life — not just on the ISU campus. “The Live Green Initiative is not only about doing green activities and projects on campus, but we also hope students will be involved in living green in their own lives off campus,” Rankin said. “This way, it will eventually become a part of their life. Closets Collide supports this idea and, hopefully, will get students in the habit.” Rankin said reusing the clothing and living a green lifestyle are not the only sustainable aspects of Closets Collide. Because donations and leftover

clothing will be donated to ACCESS, an Ames women’s assault shelter, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, the benefits reach beyond students. “Events like this assist in the ability of sustaining a community and a nation,” Rankin said. “Lots of people, not just the consumers, will benefit.” Leighton hopes Closets Collide will be successful enough to become an annual event and grow as time goes on. “I have a big vision for this,” she said. “I want it to be in a bigger location someday, with lots of activities other than swapping going on. I want everyone to be involved and benefit.”

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and had finally found the light, his truth. The Quran is said to be the direct word of Allah, and Evans said that was one of the things that drew him to the religion, and despite the fact that he’d read the English translation, he was hooked. “It was very appealing to me when I came to realize that this book is the same now as when it was revealed. To know that it has not changed was very appealing. It’s not the exact word-for-word because you can’t translate that type of Arabic into English; each word has so much meaning in Arabic, you’d have to write a whole sentence about it in English,” he said. When he did finally learn to read the Arabic, Evans said it was astonishing. “It’s like the difference between looking at a swimming pool and looking at the ocean. You can see the confinements of a swimming pool, but when you look at the ocean it has no end,” he said. His grandmother was apprehensive about his new religion but came around after seeing a marked change in Evans’ behavior. “She and my dad didn’t care what I was as long as it was better than where I was at,” he said. Evans, who now travels the country fulltime sharing his story, will speak in Ames at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union. He said he’d been traveling the country telling his story since 2001. “I’ve had people ask very tough questions and very harsh questions,” he said. “A lot of Christians come out and come to my event in order to debate me, but I’ve never had someone be outright negative to me.” He said his goal was twofold. “After 9/11 I’ve seen so much negative information go out about Islam, and my goal is to shed light on the truth. It is only a very small portion of the people who claim to be Muslim and run around and do crazy things,” Evans said. “And of course, because of the fact that I believe that the religion is the truth, I try to get the message out for other people to see the religion.”


The Dinkey ran from downtown Ames to the Iowa State College from 1891 to 1907. Courtesy photo: Ames Historical Society

the Talmud and the Torah and all of these different things, and then I just left things alone.” Evans laughingly referred to himself as a bookworm at the time and said he spent 6 – 8 months heavily into his research before dropping it entirely. “I really wanted to find the religion and find the truth and the answers to the questions that I had. After a time I became frustrated and then I became angry,” he said. “I was very angry at God and became very rebellious. It was not a good time at all.” For the next two years Evan’s family watched his life spiral out of control. “I hit rock bottom,” he said. Evans said he lost a four-year scholarship to a university in South Carolina after being arrested during a fight and decided that if he couldn’t go to school at that university, he could at least go party in the town. Then, as he and a friend where driving home drunk they wrecked the car. “We flipped it a number of times,” Evans said. “He had a broken ankle and I walked away with just a cut on my arm.” Evans said he ignored that wake-up call. “Two months later I went to New York and I got a gun put in my face at an ATM,” he said. “But he didn’t just try to rob me — he tried to kill me. He pulled the trigger and the gun didn’t go off. That was when my grandmother told me that God had a purpose for my life.” Evans, who was raised by his grandparents, said they never forced religion on him and he hadn’t told them why he left the church in the first place. “They assumed I was going through my rebellious phase,” he said. Although he had rejected his original religious upbringing, Evans said he never lost his faith in God. He was angry and confused by him, but never disbelieving.

“I began to ask God ‘look, if you really do have a purpose for my life and you really do have a religion that is right, I really need you to show it to me,” Evans said. After making that plea, Evans said, it wasn’t long after that he ran into a friend of a friend who was Muslim. “I never knew that he was a Muslim, and we were talking about something or the other and he asked me if I knew anything about Islam,” Evans said. “ I told him ‘yeah, I know all about those crazy Muslims.” His friend told him he was very misguided about the religion and invited him to a local mosque. “You know, that mosque was right across the street from my house,” Evans said. “My whole life it was there and I’d never paid any attention to it.” Evans was apprehensive when he walked through the doors of the mosque. “I actually thought that I was getting set up to be attacked by the Muslims,” he said. “It was kind of a conspiracy theory that I had, and the imam at the beginning of the Friday prayer was talking in Arabic and it scared me a lot.” But then the imam said something that stuck out to Evans. “It was a very appealing message that God was the one and only one to be worshipped,” Evans said. Not entirely convinced, Evans asked for a copy of the Quran. “I didn’t want to hear them just tell me what they believed,” Evans said. “That was the problem I had with Christianity was the proof. You just had to take everything on and have faith, but I didn’t want that. I wanted them to show me something tangible that proved the validity of the religion. He gave me the Quran and said ‘here’s our truth.” Evans devoured the book in three days. “I read it cover to cover and accepted about a week after that,” Evans said. Joshua, who goes by Yusha, an Arabic version of his name, said he felt as though he’d been stumbling around in the dark


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With the State of the Union, the deaths of Howard Zinn and J.D. Salinger, the release of the iPad and the Minnesota Vikings not making the Super Bowl, it’s hard to remember that today we celebrate one of the newest, and hopefully annual, national holidays — National Lady Gaga Day. NLGD even falls at a very appropriate moment in the calendar — two days before the Grammy Awards. Her chances of winning seem to be high, but she has a lot of competition. Gaga has also kept the limelight on her despite so many events since September, when the last major music awards ceremony took place — the MTV Video Music Awards and, of course, Kanye. “The Jay Leno Show” debuted the following Monday. On the show, a sober Kanye West had what will surely be a classic breakdown of the 21st century when Jay asked what his mother would think. For many of us, deep down, we knew Kanye was right — though at the time we would never admit it. But when you are 15 years old, Taylor Swift has a halo around her head. At least Beyonce allowed Taylor Swift to fearlessly finish her acceptance speech. Thinking of Beyonce, she and husband Jay-Z were one of the highest paid, most influential couples in America last year. We’re sure they could’ve cracked a bottle or two on a boat with The Lonely Island and T-Pain. But even with her money, can Beyonce beat the woman who has an entire day celebrating her just days prior to the big award show? She may not have as much money, but Lady Gaga has the attention of the paparazzi and many people fascinated by her fame. But is she as fierce as Sasha? Can she give the competition a boom boom pow and clean up in her nominated categories, which are record, album and song of the year as well as best electronic/ dance album? She has been bluffin’ with her muffin, and after Sunday, we think she will be able to boast with a toast. Thinking of breakfast food, we know someone who won’t be on any Wheaties box anytime soon again. Womanizer Tiger Woods slid into trouble when he started sliding into all those single ladies ... none of whom got to put a ring on it. We figure his wife wanted to give him a black eye and never mutter the three words “I” and “love” and “you.” Those three words became hard to say for one late-night TV star and NBC. The network obviously didn’t take MGMT 101 and left all the kids no time to pretend that we would get to see Conan continue with “The Tonight Show.” What was the result? “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” received a 21 gun salute from America, which gave the show its biggest ratings of its brief run. Yeah, yeah, yeah, his ratings weren’t great, but he was still in the process of working on a dream. Blame it on Jeff Zucker. Ready for the Grammys? We gotta feeling Lady Gaga will put on her poker face Sunday and go all-in to win. But never say never for an underdog like Dave Matthews — remember last year when Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s album “Raising Sand” beat such albums as “Viva la Vida” and “In Rainbows.” Sunday’s approaching — tick tock, tick tock.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session Congress on Wednesday in Washington. Photo: Tim Sloan/The Associated Press

The double standard Democratic Party dismisses Sen. Reid’s recent racial statement


ace continues to be a touchy subject in the United States, even with the election of its first African-American president. While our nation has undoubtedly made progress in race relations, there is still a long road to travel. Racism still exists in the country, and it still rears its ugly head among our leaders. It was recently revealed that during the 2008 campaign, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid described Barack Obama as a “lightskinned black man with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Even without the word “Negro,” Reid’s comment implies that the whiter the candidate looks and sounds, the better off he or she will be in an election. This ignorant description is insulting to the president, but more so to African-Americans in general, as Reid perceives them as inferior to white candidates. As with any foolish comment, foolish reactions tend to follow. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has called for Reid’s resignation, and has accused the Democrats of hypocrisy, citing the ousting of Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott in 2002 for making similarly insensitive remarks. Steele is correct in one regard: There is a double standard present. If Lott’s case sets the precedent as to how these situations are to be dealt with, Reid should step down from his post. One would expect Democrats, who usually find such comments completely unacceptable, to agree with the calls for Reid’s resignation, but they have mostly defended Reid. His apology to the president is considered acceptable and no further action is

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necessary. What lets Reid get off the hook so easily? If any Republicans had made a remark like that about Obama, they would have been called out to resign immediately, most likely ending their political careers. The distinction could be that Reid is a Democrat, and Democrats don’t pick fights with their friends, especially not when health care reform is on the line. Their inability to work across party lines leaves them desperately clinging to any votes they can get, or they risk accomplishing next to nothing, even with significant majorities in the House and Senate, and control of the presidency. This sad tale is one that voters won’t feel much sympathy for come November. Even if they try to sweep this debacle under the rug, it reveals their true character. It would seem Democrats have no problem using race and political correctness to further their political agendas when it is viable and beneficial. Take Joe Biden for example. In 2007 he described Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” and this is completely ignored and he is appointed vice president. Meanwhile, when Don Imus makes a derogatory comment he’s fired and Jesse Jackson wants his head on a platter. Then, a year later, Jesse Jackson is caught calling Obama the n-word and gets off with an apology. This exploitation of minorities in order to gain political ammunition over their opponents is just as offensive as many of the comments they call racist. Through their actions, they’re making race a partisan political issue. Michael Steele is wrong, however, when he calls for Reid’s resignation. The man said something that was poorly chosen and offen-

sive, but that doesn’t mean he should resign. When calling for Reid’s resignation, Steele and any Republicans who share his opinion are no better than any Democrats who have used race for political gain. The real problem is that the bar for political correctness has been set too high. It’s probably safe to assume that all politicians in Washington have said something inappropriate, offensive and wrong at some point in their careers. In fact, everybody has probably said something offensive and inappropriate at some point. We’re hardly in a position to judge each other. When someone like Harry Reid has reporters, cameras and tape recorders following him around as much as he does, some of the inappropriate things he says are bound to be caught on record. By making a big deal out of things like this, politicians do nothing but distract us from real issues. Republicans really want to discredit Reid and attack his positions and plans. Those are relevant to the interests of the nation and his job as a senator. A comment like this doesn’t warrant his resignation. Other politicians should not be concerned with the issue. Reid’s constituents, not his colleagues, are the ones who must determine if Reid accurately represents them and if this lapse in judgment can be overlooked. While the lack of extremist outrage is a welcome change in a political climate that usually explodes over nothing, the truth is, nothing has really changed. Our politicians prove once again that they are self-serving and lack the ability to follow what they tell us are their core values. Our disappointment and outrage should not be directed toward Reid, but to those who sacrificed their principles, set double standards and continue to fail to meet the needs of the American public. Policy, rather than personality, must be the focus when evaluating politicians.


Student leaders set unrealistic goals Chandra Peterson and Jacob Wilson want to represent ISU students and become the president and vice president of Government of the Student Body. However, they don’t seem to propose any real changes, despite the fiscal problems facing our school. On their Web site they propose to continue the efforts of lobbying state legislators, despite the fact that this has not produced any recent changes. Every year, Student Day at the Capitol is after proposed bills have to be submitted by legislators, meaning that the event is a big photo opportunity but doesn’t

Jason Covey is senior in political science. change any proposed legislation to increase funding. They are campaigning to eliminate new fees and costs to students, however, this is a completely unrealistic goal. Tuition will always inflate. In reality, making hard decisions and recommendations to the university about how to eliminate the spending that occurs will be what slows the inflation and makes the amount paid to the school more effective, and less wasteful. The team talks a lot on their

Web site about saving money and lessening the burden of the cost of our education at Iowa State, however, they plan on funneling a lot of resources to multicultural groups and LGBTA. I respect those groups, however, their goals are to make these groups larger and to give them more funding. They aren’t talking about creating more support or funding for any other groups on campus. To come out and only offer support to multicultural and LGBTA groups sounds a bit racist and prejudiced to me, a white heterosexual. Since both Peterson and

Wilson boast their GSB services as credentials to lead, I am curious as to what their views on the cross in the Memorial Union were. The amount of time spent on deciding whether to move it or not, only to find out that GSB didn’t have the authority to move it, seems like a very large misuse of time. I write this letter in hopes that it will shed light on the issues they are campaigning on. As an Iowa State student I believe we need leadership that will effectively ease the burden of cost and provide equal support to all student groups.

Bridge destruction affects residents The shortsightedness of the Ames City Council will now deprive its residents and students of the longest-tenured connection between downtown and campus. Whether you call it the “Dinkey Bridge” or “Pink Sand,” the Union Pacific now has clear intentions of removing it, a structure that has been the mainstay of an important, though “unofficial,” link in the Ames pedestrian network. People of all ages, from junior high skateboarders to collegiate professors, use the bridge as a regular shortcut over Squaw Creek. Even with a foot of snow on the ground, this path is used. Someone even took the time to shovel it a few weeks ago. I have been using the bridge as a study retreat since I enrolled at Iowa State, nearly six years ago. I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent reading books

Bradley J. Grefe is graduate student in transportation planning. or writing papers in its midst, nor could I fathom how many people I’ve observed cross the bridge in that time. This is especially disappointing because the council did very little to engage its constituency to determine the true interest in the preservation and incorporation of the span into Ames’ “official” network of pedestrian ways. There were no usage studies. The discussion was confined to the very few council meetings held over a two-month period, not nearly enough time to adequately organize an advocacy campaign. In fact, I met with the owner of a prominent downtown business just one week ago.

He would have been willing to donate a portion of his sales toward the renovation of the bridge, should the city have acquired it. Unfortunately, it seems this conditional agreement is now in vain. To many residents and students this bridge does not represent merely a recreational opportunity, but is a means of daily transportation. If the route had been made safer and “bikeable,” I have no doubt that it could have become as prominent a link between the ISU campus and Ames’ Main Street as it once was by rail. Although it probably never would have accommodated automobile traffic or seen another train, it certainly would have remained an integral part of Ames’ overall transportation network.

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First Amendment:

We stand divided

Editor’s Note: When the editorial board discussed last week’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, the result was the longest meeting and the first hung board that we’ve had so far this year. Instead of choosing one side and overruling the other, the board decided not to deprive readers of either opinion. By running dueling columns, one in support of the ruling and one against, we hope to tell both sides of the story and give readers the information to make up their own minds.

Free speech doesn’t end at the door of the institution


uch has been said in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. FEC, and in commentary, hyperbole has been the rule. The New York Times editorial board wrote that the decision, which “strikes at the heart of democracy,” has “thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century.” And all over a little free speech. In its decision, the Supreme Court correctly held that the First Amendment doesn’t discriminate, and that the right to free speech doesn’t depend on who is speaking. By doing so, the court struck down campaign finance laws that had limited corporations’ ability to voice opinions on elections and candidates for public office. So why the hissy fit? Well, these days, “corporation” is a bit of a dirty word, which, for many, conjures images of monolithic office buildings, mindless drones in factories, and fat cats in slick suits sitting around mahogany tables smoking Cohiba Cuban cigars. But that’s not quite the way it works. The purpose of incorporation is to provide an organization with a legal identity distinct from that of its owners. This can be useful for a variety of reasons, such as for limiting business liability. If a company failed in the days of old mother England, its proprietor would likely end up in debtor’s prison, unable to pay his bills. Today, through incorporation, an individual can separate his personal identity from that of his organization, meaning that if Bill’s Pizza goes under, Bill doesn’t end up rotting in the Story County Justice Center. Sure, some corporations are huge — Walmart or General Motors, for example. But most are small, local businesses. Some are even non-profit groups. Your favorite bar is probably a corporation. So is the Iowa State Daily. By incorporating, then, do groups give up their constitutional rights? Some have made this claim. Rights, they say, are to be held by people, not by entities, and Citizens United v. FEC bestows “personhood” on corporations by giving them the right to free speech. But this is shortsighted logic. Corporations are formed by individuals, run by individuals, and bestowed with the constitutional rights of individuals. If churchgoers form a congregation, their congregation retains the same rights to free speech and freedom of religion held by each member. This fact is one of the reasons people form corporations in the first place. Citizens United, one of the parties in last week’s court case, was

Kyle Peterson

is a senior in journalism and mass communication, and business from a farm in North Dakota.

created to amplify the voices of its supporters and bring light to issues in a way that each individual member could not. If the government halted the distribution of pro-gun advertisements paid for by the National Rifle Association, censored abortion pamphlets given out by Planned Parenthood, or deleted the contents of this column, the reaction from free speech advocates would be swift and decisive. Censorship of election-related speech should elicit the same reaction. The groups above — including this newspaper — should be able to publish their views regardless of their structure. Once the corporate right to free speech is established, then “Congress shall make no law,” is good enough for me. My colleagues, though, insist on debating the results of the ruling. Even if they admit its legal grounding in the Constitution, they still want to be convinced that corporations should have free speech, that the influx of corporate money won’t poison our republic. And to be fair, it isn’t Citizens United, but Walmart and Exxon Mobil that they fear. To this, I have two responses. First, business is affected by government, and therefore should have a voice in the political process. We live in an age of intervention, where the president routinely pontificates on the salaries of private individuals, and where Wall Street has been demonized for a financial crisis in which consumers, the Federal Reserve and Congress were just as complicit. Businesses should have the ability to counter such populism. But most companies will probably leave well enough alone. From a PR perspective, voicing an opinion isn’t worth alienating half of a firm’s potential customers. Target isn’t going to put its bullseye on your congressman, and Hy-Vee’s “helpful smile in every aisle” isn’t likely to include politicians beaming out from campaign ads posted next to your Frosted Flakes. What will happen is that groups like Citizens United will be allowed to speak up on candidates and elections important to their members. It’s a right they should have. And it’s speech Americans should have a right to hear. Just like a real market, the marketplace of ideas requires steady competition, and adding ideas to the debate will stoke the flame of democracy. That makes Citizens United v. FEC not just a win for corporations, but a win for you and me.

Corporate rights hinder political process further


nstinctually, I tend to prefer a “slippery slope” line of reasoning, so I apologize for my wandering train of thought in this column. I suppose, at first glance, the ruling may not seem like such a travesty, but if this policy isn’t replaced with some sort of compromise, I think my concerns are valid. First and foremost, this really shouldn’t have become an issue of free speech. A corporation is simply a collection of people who have already been granted individual rights. These people are free to exercise their free speech, but their corporation, which is nothing more than a group of people who have signed a legal document, should not gain additional rights by simply signing a document. Why should a group of people gain rights beyond the sum of the rights they have as individuals? Staunch, literal defenders of the constitution will certainly claim the first amendment restricts Congress from making a law abridging free speech. While true, should literal constitutional interpretation come before the protection of individual rights? To be perfectly literal, a corporation cannot truly “speak.” In this age of burgeoning technology, will a computer someday have the right to free speech? Will a cantaloupe? In this case, the intention of the first amendment has been over-shadowed, as corporations take control of the political process. According to the ruling, corporations are a legal entity and should not submit to a separate set of rules. The ruling is legally correct — the only thing Kyle and I agreed upon. However, the growing dichotomy between commerce and politics is not going to vanish or fix itself. Some corporations now enjoy near-infinite resources and instant recognition among American citizens. TimeWarner Inc., Frito Lay, ExxonMobil Corp., and various other double-named giants come to mind. These corporations often have billions of dollars, wealthy, powerful shareholders, and often pay enough taxes, provide enough jobs, enjoying such strangleholds on entire communities that they can muscle their way into practically any conversation. Mega-corporations need some restriction; the bank crises provides an example of the fallout that can occur following unregulated expansion, but we cannot suffocate companies and expect them to prosper. Consider candidates A and B. A is in favor of a slight minimum wage increase and national free-doughnut Mondays. Candidate B wants to

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decrease the minimum wage to 75 cents, and wants to brand all of the new children, so that they can be easily returned to their parents. In a normal vote, Candidate A’s doughnutheavy platform would carry him to victory. Candidate B, however, happens to be the favorite of several large corporations. These companies release statements, provide resounding endorsements, send biased e-mails and distribute campaign materials to customers and employees, and, in the simplest terms, throw their full power behind candidate B. It quickly becomes clear how the influence of only a few large corporations could provide candidate B with advantages that give him the upper hand from the start. Now, the corporations just wanted cheap labor, but, as a sideeffect, they also put a proponent of child serial numbers in office. Those corporations, acting within the bounds of the law, accidentally tipped the scales in favor of an issue they had no intention of tainting. Like a bull in a china shop, their immense power and size caused them to unintentionally destroy everything. A bit of a stretch, but a reasonable concern. Now, you may be asking “If you think we’re so screwed, Mr. Riegner, what do we do?” Allow me to briefly detail an ideal “first step” before your class ends — I assume class is almost over, because you’ve made it to page nine. With the previous limits deemed unconstitutional, I hope we see state laws drafted that limit corporations, but only a little. I hope these state laws limit corporate influence to states in which they have a significant presence. These limits would prevent a corporation from influencing elections in other states. This is just a start. I realize this column was largely hypothetical and disjointed, but my thoughts on this issue run into far greater detail that I can outline here. At it’s core, this isn’t about the free speech of corporations, but more an issue about the balance between individual rights and those of commercial giants. This is about your right to vote for who you want, and to vote based on the issues at hand, not which issues attract the most corporate attention. If you think the government is dysfunctional and corrupt now, wait until the power is overtly held by the highest bidder.

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Michigan, BYU arrive for tri-meet By Kelsey Jacobs Daily Correspondent After losing by less than half a point to Missouri last week, the ISU gymnastics team (1–2) will host No. 17 Michigan and BYU this Friday. Grant Last week, the Cyclones posted their highest score (196.000) since 2007 and moved up from No. 17 to No. 14 in the national rankings. The team has been consistently rising in the rankings Maccani so far this season and confidence is running high. Although the Cyclones hit 24 out of 24 of their routines last week, coach Jay Ronayne said there is still a lot of room for improvement. “It’s the details we need to sharpen up,” Ronayne said. “That means hitting landings and having feet together when they need to be together, and toes pointed when they need to be pointed.” Last year, the Cyclones had bigger problems when they faced Michigan in Ann Arbor and lost 195.875–193.300. Senior Ceilia Maccani said the team had a rocky turn on the floor exercise, with several girls going out of bounds. She said that is definitely not going to happen this year. “It was not a shining moment,” Ronayne said. “It was embarrassing to walk out of that stadium, and we have a little to prove. But we aren’t that team anymore.” Instead, Ronayne compared this year’s team to the one in 2007 that was ranked the highest Iowa State has been for three years at No. 13. He said the athletes are now even better because they are experienced. “We have seniors and super-seniors who were on that team,” Ronayne said. “They are strong and healthy, and without strength you cannot have quality gymnastics. I feel this team is better than the one in 2007.” Looking toward the meet on Friday, junior Alex Grant said the team is more focused in on itself and not on the other teams’ scores. “The final team score is what’s important,” Grant said. “Our goal is to go in and hit all of our routines. The score will be high if we have clean routines.” Michigan and BYU will travel to Hilton Coliseum for the tri-meet against the Cyclones at 7 p.m. on Friday.


ISU to swim back-to-back competitions in Nebraska By Kasey Sutherland Daily Staff Writer The ISU women’s swim team will make its home in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., this weekend, with competitions taking place in the two cities Friday and Saturday. The women’s swimming and diving squads will begin their competition Friday at the HPER Pool in Omaha against the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The UNO Mavericks, a Division-II team, will swim against Iowa State as a precursor to a big matchup Saturday in Lincoln. The women look to rebound after last week’s loss against Missouri by picking up a win against Nebraska on Saturday. The Cyclones will travel into Lincoln on senior day, making the tough atmosphere even more of an obstacle for the Cyclone women. However, they are no strangers to competition against Nebraska. At the Big 12 Relays in October, the Cyclones placed fifth in their first meet competition of the year — one spot ahead of the Cornhuskers. The Cornhuskers are also coming off a loss to Big 12 opponent Missouri and will be more than ready to end their home season on a high note. Nebraska has been a strong team at home in recent years. A win Saturday against Iowa State would be its fourth home win of the year. The ISU women will try to spoil the


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Men’s Basketball

Buffalo hunt in Hilton Cyclones remain short-handed as they face Colorado By Chris Cuellar Daily Staff Writer The ISU men’s basketball team will host Big 12 rival Colorado at 8 p.m. Saturday, attempting to break out of its second three-game losing streak of the season. The Cyclones’ last three defeats have come at the hands of conference opponents, putting a critical blow on their postseason hopes, and the team in black from Boulder is coming off of a home win against Nebraska. Iowa State closed a large secondhalf deficit against Oklahoma on Wednesday, and scored a conference season high 84 points, but still found defeat. Colorado’s conference wins have come from the Cornhuskers and Baylor in their Big 12 opener, but the wins have doubled their total from last season. “We’ve got to find a way to put some points on the board,” coach Greg McDermott said. “With some of the lineup issues we have right now, it’s hard to score points at times, and we just gotta keep moving Craig [Brackins] around and attempt to make them pay when they double-team him.” Since the loss of Lucca Staiger last week, the Cyclones have struggled with offensive consistency, and 6-foot3 guard Scott Christopherson has had to step into the German’s shoes from 3-point range and keep an elevated level on defense. “We’re asking a lot of Scott; he’s got to guard Sherron Collins and we expect him to score,” McDermott said of the redshirt sophomore. “It would be nice if there was enough offense around him that we wouldn’t have to rely on him so heavily, but he has to be that guy that’s going to create some things off the dribble and

Scott Christopherson looks for an opening during the game against Kansas on Jan. 16. Christopherson and the Cyclones will try to rebound from a three-game losing streak against Colorado on Saturday. File photo: Gene Pavelko/Iowa State

hit 3-point shots to loosen up that defense inside.” Christopherson tossed in 14 points in the Oklahoma game, including a 4-of-5 effort from 3-point range. The former Marquette transfer didn’t have to guard All-Big 12 player Willie Warren on Wednesday, but guards Tommy Mason-Griffin and Cade Davis exploded for 38 and 24 points. “I think [Christopherson] has already been successful,” McDermott said. “He’s been one of our most consistent defensive players throughout the season, and he’s shooting 50 percent from three. I’d like him to hunt down a few more of those.”

vs. Iowa State (12-8,1-4)

Colorado (11-9, 2-4)

Where: Hilton Coliseum, Ames When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29

The Buffaloes are led offensively by Cory Higgins and Alec Burks, guards who are chalking up 35 points combined per night. Higgins was the leading scorer from last year’s team, and the 6-foot-5

junior is adding just fewer than three assists per game to his totals. Burks is a true freshman from Grandview, Mo., and is the team’s leading scorer so far in conference play. The Buffaloes’ coach Jeff Bzdelik typically brings nine players in for his team, but 13 have seen time in conference play, a luxury the Cyclones can’t afford in their sixth game of the Big 12 schedule. “We have eight guys, and three of them are at the same position, so we don’t really have eight guys,” McDermott said. The Cyclones haven’t won in Ames since Jan. 9, but Colorado hasn’t won at Hilton Coliseum since 2005.

Women’s Basketball

Sweat leads Wildcat threat By Kayci Woodley Daily Staff Writer After an upset over No. 20 Texas and another over No. 11 Oklahoma, the game plan may be coming together for the Cyclone women’s basketball team. But just as quickly as Iowa State (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) topped the Longhorns in overtime and the Sooners at Hilton on Wednesday, the Wildcats of Kansas State could break Iowa State’s fever. Now ranked in the top 25, the Cyclones have found a way to win the last two games, and confidence may be building, but coach Bill Fennelly and his team realize this is an opportunity for a sneak attack by an unranked opponent. “There’s a little bit of, ‘you beat Texas, you beat Oklahoma [and] everybody’s patting them on the back telling them how good they are,’” Fennelly said. “The smart players understand that’s a trap situation. [Kansas State] had a week off to get ready for us, so they’ll be ready and we need to be as well.” Iowa State hits the road to Manhattan, Kan., this weekend to face a Wildcat (10-8, 2-2 Big 12) team that had an entire week to prepare for the Cyclone squad. The tipoff in Manhattan is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Wildcats have struggled in the last three conference games, falling to Oklahoma State,

at Iowa State (10-8)

Kansas State (16-3)

Where: Manhattan, Kan. Bramlage Coliseum When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Colorado and Nebraska, but did come up with a win over in-state rival Kansas in its first Big 12 game of the season. Kansas State is leading the league in scoring defense, at 57 points. Similar to Iowa State, coach Deb Patterson and her Wildcats are always prepared with a game plan to keep opponents from doing what they do best. “You have to be good at your secondary options, and people have to make plays at the end of the shot clock,” Fennelly said. “There’s a lot of possessions where both teams are forced to use the clock.” The Bramlage Coliseum may not be a place of bright memories for Iowa State, but then again, the Erwin Center in Austin wasn’t either, until Saturday. Last season’s ISU squad lost by seven in Manhattan, and during the 20072008 season the Cyclones suffered an annihilating 31-point loss. Both losses, however, came while Shalee Lehning finished her career first in school his-

see SWEAT on PAGE 14

ISU coach Bill Fennelly shouts out instructions from the sidelines during the Cyclones’ game on Jan. 9. Iowa State travels to Manhattan, Kan., to play Kansas State on Sunday. File photo: Logan Gaedke/Iowa State Daily


No. 2 Cyclones to duel No. 6 Cornell By Shane Lucas Daily Staff Writer After grabbing two tough road wins against top10 opponents last weekend, the ISU wrestling team will throw itself right back into the fire this weekend. The No. 2 Cyclones (9-2, 2-0 Big 12) will head to Ithaca, N.Y., in search of their fourth-straight dual win when they take on No. 6 Cornell (3-3-1) on Sunday. “Cornell matches up with us very, very well,” sad coach Kevin Jackson. “I think it’s going to be a strong match, it’s going to be an entertaining match, it’s going to be a fun match and one we’re looking forward to.” Aside from some individual matchups at last

at No. 2 Iowa State

No. 6 Cornell

Where: Ithaca, New York When: noon Sunday year’s Cliff Keen National Duals, Iowa State and Cornell haven’t faced each other in a dual since 1959. The all-time series is locked at 1-1. Jackson and Cornell coach Rob Koll go back a number of years as members of international wrestling squads. Jackson said Koll wanted to get the

teams back together, and this season won’t be the last time they meet in the near future. “He kind of went above and beyond trying to help us get out there,” Jackson said. “It worked out for us and we’re going to look forward to that relationship continuing.” Freshman Andrew Long (125) will face defending NCAA champion Troy Nickerson in what could be the marquis matchup of the dual. Nickerson is currently rated second in the nation while Long is ranked fifth. “For Long, it’s a great opportunity to wrestle the defending national champion,” Jackson said. “We’ll


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Jets’ quarterback may face surgery Rookie Sanchez may undergo operation to stabilize left knee

He had both knees examined by team doctors this week, and also had them looked at by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday. General manager Mike Tannenbaum said Sanchez would be ready “well before training camp” if he elects to have the procedure, which isn’t considered major, but could miss some early offseason workouts. “It would certainly be much sooner than later because, right now, nothing has been decided,” Tannenbaum said Thursday. “So, we’re going to keep the lines of communication open and make a decision pretty soon here.” Sanchez dislocated his kneecap during the first week of fall practice before his junior season at Southern Cali-

By Dennis Waszak Jr. AP Sports Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez might have surgery this offseason to stabilize the patella ligament in his left knee, which was injured during college. Sanchez, who just completed his rookie season, won’t need any procedures on his right knee, which sustained a sprained posterior cruciate ligament earlier this season.

fornia. He has worn a brace on the knee since, even in the pros. Sanchez also banged up his left knee against Carolina on Nov. 29. “You don’t want to have anybody miss any time, especially a young quarterback,” Tannenbaum said, “but we’ll balance it out with a medical procedure that may give him more stability in there and give him a chance to play without any worry about that.” Sanchez’s right knee, injured against Buffalo on Dec. 3 in Toronto, will heal through rehabilitation. “I think everyone’s on the same page,” Tannenbaum said. “It’s not going to be anything major.” Sanchez injured the right knee when he dived headfirst on an 8-yard

Sanchez had just two in three postseason games and fell a win short of becoming the first rookie quarterback to start in the Super Bowl. The fifth overall pick last year out of USC, Sanchez finished the regular season throwing for 2,444 yards and 12 touchdowns, but had a dismal 63.0 quarterback rating. Armed with a color-coded system and numbered plays on his wrist to help him, Sanchez took much better care of the ball down the stretch. He finished the playoffs going 41 of 68 for 539 yards with four touchdowns and a 92.7 rating. Sanchez also joined Baltimore’s Joe Flacco as the only rookie quarterbacks to win two playoff games.

run early in the third quarter against the Bills. The play came a few days after coach Rex Ryan brought in Yankees manager Joe Girardi to help teach Sanchez how to improve his sliding technique. He missed one game when Ryan kept him home for the trip to Tampa Bay on Dec. 13, and was replaced by Kellen Clemens. Sanchez returned the following week against Atlanta wearing a brace, and had no apparent signs of injury during the last several weeks of the season. He helped lead the Jets to the AFC championship game at Indianapolis, playing some of his best football during the playoff run. After throwing 20 interceptions during the regular season,

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65 Its capital is Apia 66 Performing __ 67 Despicable 68 Almost boil 69 Political cartoonist Thomas 70 Israeli statesman Weizman

1 Trip with much hardship 5 Ampule 9 Bikini blast, briefly 14 Prefix with port 15 FAQ responses, e.g. 16 Belittle 17 Send out 18 “Gosh darn it!” 19 Language that gives us “floe” 20 Music lessons for Bill Clinton? 23 Oscar-winning role for Forest 24 PC backup key 25 Corrosion-resistant metal 29 Letter flourish 31 Sgt. Snorkel’s pooch 33 An A will usually raise it: Abbr. 34 Science opening? 36 Most congenial 39 Documentary about Chicago’s relationship with its team? 42 Event with a piñata 43 Stuffing stuff 44 “Exodus” hero 45 At the top of the heap 47 Roman __: thinly disguised fiction 51 Often scandalous book genre 54 Dawdle behind 56 Old name of Tokyo 57 More equitable of two civil case juries? 60 With alacrity 63 Ruminate 64 Prefix with dextrous

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DOWN 1 One of Luther’s 95 2 Like “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” in 2008 3 Alchemist’s creation 4 Hawk family bird 5 High-tech invader 6 Of one mind 7 Aptly named shaving lotion 8 Became unhinged 9 Capital on the Red River 10 Govt. security 11 Otologist’s concern 12 Org. dodged by draft dodgers 13 Driver’s starting point 21 Take down 22 Did a laundry chore 26 “__ a Kick Out of You”: Cole Porter 27 “__-daisy!” 28 Welcome spot 30 “What You Need” band 32 Carryalls 35 Lacking capacity 37 2002 movie with Manny the Mamoth 38 Newspaper concern, esp. lately

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1861: Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state. 1936: The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.

Top two things Facebook’s putting on my news feed. –That my ex of a week is single, and that my old ex is in a new relationship ··· To the drunk guy sitting next to me in class, you’re not fooling anyone with your vodka breath next time just stay home ··· Dear Roommate from Hell, Two can play at that Game. Just Sayin’ ··· To the girls out by Carver running and yelling at the squirrel…CHILL! I’m sure it wasn’t going to take you, even if you are a nut!!....Just Sayin’ ··· To the kid in the Gerdin lab printing a 277 page document. You have proceeded to run my excitement from getting out of night class an hour early. Next time you may not want to pick half of it up in the middle because now...I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. ··· To the football player in pysch 280 who can’t spell his name, I love you... P.S. I’m a dude. ··· To the girl who decided to wear high heels during the ice storm: what the hell were you thinking?? ··· TO MY 212 TEACHER... IS THERE ANY CHANCE THAT YOU CAN SPEND ONE MINUTE IN CLASS NOT PACING BACK AND FORTH WHILE YOU LECTURE? MY NECK IS HURTING FROM LOOKING BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE ROOM! ··· To all those Iowa State football fans, you may have beaten Nebraska, but you’ll never shut out a bowl game ··· To the kid burping in 4th floor cubbies...At this point I don’t even need to see your face to know you’re disgusting. Good luck on you’re female ventures. ··· We have a great group of Socialist professors here at ISU ··· To the “heavy walker” who lives in the room above me, shut uppppp!

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39 Bold Ruler, to Secretariat 40 Versailles eye 41 Schedules of problems to be dealt with 42 More than plump 46 Jenna of “Dharma & Greg” 48 Musical based on an 1862 novel, for short 49 Safe to put away 50 More artful 52 Henry Blake’s title on “M*A*S*H” 53 Good place to get? 55 “Give it __!” 58 Surrounding glow 59 Uninhibited party 60 The law, according to Mr. Bumble 61 Lobbying gp. 62 Org. for GPs

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Sagittarius: Study your game. Today’s Birthday: (1/29/2010) This is your year to learn about the radically different thinking styles of males and females. If you don’t learn, you may face strained relationships. If you do, you develop strong friendships on both sides of the gender line. Restrain your impulsiveness. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- You may not have enough energy to get it all done today. Prioritize tasks and tackle them one at a time. Help comes from an unexpected source.

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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Expect an unusual shakeup early in the day. You must assume a leadership position to move forward. Family members appreciate you taking the lead so they don’t have to. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Energy reserves will run low if you allow others to pile on the

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work. Satisfy your own needs first. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Financial information reaches you now. This opens up possibilities for personal activities that you’ve had on hold. Include a friend or associate. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Unusual sources of information set the tone today. Satisfy your own goals by first taking care of someone else in order to free up time. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- A partner or associate supplies the information you need to make significant career choices. Accept greater responsibility for group management. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- A favorite person makes work much easier. You appreciate their support and ideas. Some adjustments must be made, but they’re practical, and they open new doors. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Today offers new meaning

to the phrase “chicken with its head cut off.” You’re on the run all day. Sit down for dinner. You’ll need the rest. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- You see how to change direction without derailing. Big or little, this change carries you toward greater financial security. Study your game. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Today is a 7 -- Practice your speech before you deliver it in public. What looks good on paper may not sound so great when it comes out of your mouth. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is a 6 -- In group situations, you find that ideas come together more readily. Each person alone was missing an essential ingredient. Together, everything blends perfectly. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You have your doubts about a recent career move. Not much is happening, so you have to trust that the situation will play out in your favor. It will.

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from PAGE 10 tory in career assists and second in the Big 12. Lehning led the Wildcat offense with her versatility and consistency, and is now an assistant coach on the Kansas State sidelines. “I would say the tempo and Ashley Sweat is where we have to start [our focus], and Kansas State is always really prepared to play, they’re hard to score on,” Fennelly said. The pressure won’t be on in the

full court, but the Wildcat defense will more than likely attempt to take away the 3-point shot from Iowa State, forcing the Cyclones to rely on younger post players to make a difference. If the Cyclones don’t lower their fouls, they could be relying yet again on play from the bench, which was crucial in Iowa State’s recent win over Oklahoma. Senior Ashley Sweat carries the Wildcat load offensively, leading the attack with an average of 17.6 points per game. Not only is the 6-foot-2 forward a threat down low, but Sweat can hit the


Cornhuskers’ senior day, as well as avenge a loss against Nebraska last year. The Cyclones were defeated last year by a come-from-behind victory after leading 137–

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three ball and nail her shots from the charity stripe. “[She’s] someone that has her hands on the ball a lot,” Fennelly said. “She’s a post player that can go away from the basket.” Sweat leads Kansas State from beyond the arc and ranks second in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage, something players of her position tend to struggle with. “You’ve got to have someone who can defend her, and defend her in a manner that is around the basket and away from the basket,” Fennelly said.

“We don’t have many players with that versatility at any level, and certainly she, I think, is a unique defensive challenge for people to play her.” While the ISU defense is focusing on controlling the Wildcat leader, the Cyclones will also try to keep fouls to a minimum. “We’ve got to keep people off the free-throw line. Those numbers are becoming increasingly worrisome to me, and I hate fouling,” Fennelly said. “That is a huge Achilles’ heel for our team right now that’s got to be corrected.”

Having foul trouble would be damaging to Iowa State on Saturday, as the Wildcats lead the league in free-throw percentage as a team. “I think if you look at the way we’ve defended overall it’s been pretty good, but we’re just giving up way too many free-throw opportunities and that’s something we’ve never done here before,” Fennelly said. “And there’s a lot of things that you want to get better, and the challenge for our team really is finding another gear, finding another level, improve to a level where we can find some consistency.”

127 with only two events remaining. The Huskers eventually captured victory in the 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard freestyle relay to down the Cyclones 156–144. With such a tough task ahead, Iowa State hopes to bring home a Big 12 victory from Lincoln and to have some positive momentum going into senior day Feb. 5 at Beyer Pool in Ames.


James fined by NBA for kicking over bottle NEW YORK — LeBron James has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for kicking a water bottle during Cleveland’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The announcement was James made Thursday by Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations. The NBA says James kicked a water bottle with 12.4 seconds left in the first quarter of the


Cavaliers’ 109-95 win Wednesday night. Last year’s league MVP, James was rested for the entire fourth quarter as Cleveland protected a big lead. He finished with 12 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes. James is averaging 29.6 points per game, second in the NBA to Denver’s Carmelo Anthony (29.7). Riding a six-game winning streak, the Cavaliers have the league’s best record at 36-11.

­— The Associated Press

Andrew Long wrestles against Iowa’s Matt McDonough on Dec. 6. Iowa State lost 16-18. Long and the Cyclones face No. 6 Cornell on Sunday. File photo: Jay Bai/Iowa State Daily


throw him out there, and hopefully he performs at a high level and gives himself a chance to win that match. I think it’s going to tell us exactly where Andrew Long is in his hunt to be the national champion.” Cornell boasts two topranked wrestlers in Kyle Dake (141) and Mack Lewnes (174), who will offer interesting match ups for the Cyclones. Sophomore Dalton Jensen will take on Dake in his first match as the official 141-pound

starter after Nick Gallick had a season-ending hip surgery on Friday. “Now that he [Jensen] knows he’s the guy, I’m sure he’ll be even more focused and determined to get better in his areas,” Jackson said. “For him it’s really exciting and for us it’s exciting too.” The Cyclones will either bring senior Duke Burk or redshirt freshman Chris Spangler to the mat against Lewnes. Burk hasn’t recorded a dual win since Nov. 12 and Spangler has since seen action in a few meets. The possible rematches

from the 2009 Cliff Keen Duals will be senior Nick Fanthorpe (133) against Mike Grey and top-ranked senior Jake Varner (197) against Cam Simaz. Grey defeated Fanthorpe 7-5 in overtime while Varner defeated Simaz by way of injury default. Cornell is coming off a 15-15 tie against No. 8 Lehigh on Jan. 22. They have picked up dual wins against Wisconsin and Missouri and split two matches with Maryland. The dual is scheduled to begin at noon from Newman Arena in Ithaca.


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