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Memorial held for victims Community remembers students who died in Oregon shooting By Mengwei.Xue @iowastatedaily.com
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Cyclones Against Gun Violence members organized a candle light vigil Thursday to honor the memory and lives from the Umpqua College shooting.
College shootings have been on the rise, however the rising number doesn’t numb the pain felt by the entire nation, especially for those on other college campuses. A memorial took place in front of the Fountain of the Four Seasons at the southern entrance of the Memorial Union Thursday night to honor the lost from the most recent college massacre. Nine people had lost their lives and about 10 were injured
from the campus shooting that took that place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Oct. 1. The shooter, 26-yearold Chris Harper-Mercer, then shot himself. The vigil opened with a prayer led by Rev. Jennifer Suydam, a campus minister at Collegiate Presbyterian Church. After the prayer, prominent members of Iowa State and the Ames community gave speeches regarding the shooting. Megan Sweere, vice president of Student Government; Jerry Steward, chief of police at Iowa State; Ellyn Grimm, head of the
Iowa chapter of Moms Demand Action; and Heaven Chamberlain, president of Cyclones Aginst Gun Violence, all talked at the vigil. Chamberlain’s speech focused on wanting to raise people’s awareness about unregulated gun control and campus gun violence. The memorial helped serve as a means of delivering the message. “We need to mourn, but also be angry at the same time because there’s an average [of] one school shooting every week, a massacre every week,” Chamberlain said.
Debt reaches deep end for students The Institute for College Access and Success survey ranks Iowa ninth in student indebtedness By Eric.Wirth
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ISU hosts student-run Bacon Expo Attendees ready to devour about 300 pounds of pork By Anthony.Weiland @iowastatedaily.com Members of this year’s ISU Bacon Expo can pig out in the all-you-can-eat bacon event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center. The year’s event will feature bacon, education, fun and some more bacon Attendees will also be educated on where their food comes from and how it gets from the “gate to their plate,” said Megan Andersen, sophomore in agricultural business and executive member and recruitment cochair for the Bacon Expo. The Bacon Expo is in its third year, this is the first year it is completely student organized with the assistance of a faculty adviser. Andersen said the Bacon Expo was originally assembled by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a teaching opportunity for the public. Andersen said the Bacon Expo organizers are focused on serving the public, specifically on agriculture education with a fun take on a more serious issue.
Student board members intend for an audience ranging from farmers to those not familiar with farming or agriculture whatsoever, including students, community members and families. Attendees can expect a variety of entertainment, including all-you-can-eat bacon, specialty bacon items, live 20-pound piglets, a bacon eating contest, coloring contest with prizes every hour, a corn pool for kids and most importantly, the education. All bacon items, except apparel, are free with the price of admission. With 14 different bacon vendors, a person’s bacon craving can’t help but find its fix. Specialty bacon items this year include maple bacon cupcakes courtesy of Scratch Cupcakery, beef bacon and bacon candy. This is Scratch’s third year attending the Bacon Expo. “We will be bringing 1,000 mini maple bacon cupcakes to Bacon Expo,” said Bre Stone, kitchen manager at Scratch Cupcakes in Cedar Falls. “Bacon Expo is a good thing for the community to attend to try different things and see different businesses.” Even though vendors play a key role in the event, students take great pride in their organization of the event. “Bacon Expo is the only student-organized bacon event in the nation,” Andersen said.
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Brynna Sankey from Scratch Cupcakery serves maple bacon and chocolate bourbon bacon at last year’s Bacon Expo, which took place Nov. 8, 2014 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center.
Members have been planning the Bacon Expo for the entire year. About 300 pounds of bacon will be served. They start cooking it a week early, but it is only half cooked and is finished right before the event, so it has maximized crispiness and flavor.
For fun bacon facts and further details about the planning and execution of Bacon Expo, follow Iowa State Bacon Expo on Facebook and @ISUBaconExpo on Twitter. Tickets can be purchased through Midwestix.com or by visiting Bacon Expo’s website at
www.baconexpo.ag.iastate.edu/ tickets/. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for ISU students with a student ID and $8 for children under 10. The event is for children 5 and under. Tickets prices will rise at the gate.
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Police Blotter The information in the log comes from the ISU and City of Ames police departments’ records.
Oct. 6 Felix Santos, 19, of 3015 380th Street, Story City, was arrested and charged with public intoxication at 200 block of 13th Street (reported at 4:32 a.m.). An officer investigated a property damage collision. The incident occurred on 10/03/15 at 500 block of Wallace Road (reported at 8:05 p.m.). An officer investigated a property damage collision at 13th Street and Stange Road (reported at 5:17 p.m.). An individual reported the theft of a backpack at Union Drive Community Center (reported at 5:30 p.m.). An officer assisted an individual who was experiencing medical difficulties at Hansen Ag Student Learning Center (reported at 8:22 p.m.). An individual reported being harassed at 1200 block of Walton Drive (reported at 8:12 p.m.).
James Kofi, former child slave and leader of West Africa’s most prominent children’s rights organization, spoke on campus Thursday. See what he had to say on the Daily website.
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tion at Hayward Avenue and Mortensen Road (reported at 8:50 p.m.). Ross Ellingboe, 18, of 7349 Larch Hall, Ames, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, third degree criminal mischief and possession of a fictitious license at Hayward Avenue and Mortensen Road (reported at 9:16 p.m.). Trenton Frederickson, 18, of 2112 Lincoln Way, Ames, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and possession of a fictitious license at Hayward Avenue and Mortensen Road (reported at 9:16 p.m.). Zachary Anderson, 18, of 5334 Larch Hall, Ames, was arrested and charged with public intoxication at Hayward Avenue and Mortensen Road (reported at 9:16 p.m.). An individual reported the theft of items from a store at Maple-Willow-Larch (reported at 11:28 p.m.).
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MULICULTURAL CENTER SERVES STUDENT BODY News quiz A student walks through the Multicultural Center in the Memorial Union. The Multicultural Center exists to develop a sense of community among students, staff and faculty of color on the Iowa State University campus, according to the multicutural website.
Campus rally coming By Michaela.Ramm @iowastatedaily.com A Conservative Coming Out rally will take place on campus from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the free speech zone outside of Parks Library. The rally will be hosted by ISU Young Americans for Freedom.
According to a release from the organization, the event is meant for students to share their life experiences of discrimination, persecution and being shunned because of their conservative views. The rally is meant “to highlight how alienated conservative students are on ISU’s overwhelmingly
liberal campus,” the release continued. ISU Young Americans for Freedom is an organization dedicated to education of conservative principles, including limited government, free markets, individual freedom, traditional values, peace through strength and fidelity to the U.S. Constitution.
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Forum on reaccreditation By Eric.Wirth @iowastatedaily.com A public forum will take place Friday on campus to discuss Iowa State’s reaccreditation. The forum will last
from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union. David Holger, associate provost for academic programs and dean of the graduate college; and Karen Zunkel, director of undergraduate programs and
academic quality, will be there to answer questions regarding the reaccreditation process. The reaccreditation process will take place Nov. 2 and 3 during a site visit by the Higher Learning Commission.
Swimming and Diving The ISU Swimming and Diving team takes on Nebraska this weekend. Find the preview at the Iowa State Daily website.
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Monarch butterflies fly around in the Genetics Laboratory at Iowa State. Iowa State is participating in a monarch conservation effort alongside many government agencies.
New initiative aims to save butterflies Recently created Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium attempts to boost monarch population By Jace.Dostal @iowastatedaily.com Could you walk 2,500 miles twice a year? Each year the monarch butterfly migrates about 2,500 miles through the heart of North America. Iowa sits in the middle of the monarch’s path as they travel to their winter home from their summer habitat in Canada. State and government officials have recently noticed a drastic decline in the number of monarchs wintering in Mexico each year. “Counting monarchs in Mexico is a very interesting process,” said Sue Blodgett, professor of entomology. “When the monarch overwinters in Mexico, they rest in the trees, turning the trees orange. We measure the population in hectares, so whoever is measuring the population will fly over their habitat and count the number of hectares that the monarch is covering.” Blodgett said four to six hectares are needed for a sustainable population. One hectare equals 100 acres. Monarchs covered about one hectare in 2014. This is one of the
lowest number of hectares to be recorded since 2003, the start of the most recent decline. “There are a lot of reasons [for the decline],” said Steven Bradbury, professor of natural resource ecology and management. “Deforestation in their wintering habitats in Mexico, urbanization and a loss of milkweed and other feeding plants are a few of the main causes.” This loss has caused a statewide consortium to be formed in Iowa to help keep monarch population numbers from dropping lower. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was started in spring 2014 and has been gaining members ever since. Members are joining rapidly enough that Bradbury said the consortium couldn’t even keep its website up to date. When the consortium was being created, Bradbury said members were remembering what it was like when they were growing up, being able to witness the mass migration of the monarchs. “The [consortium] came together, in part, by what the monarch represents,” Bradbury said. “In Iowa and surrounding states, people have personal experience with [the monarch]. It represents
a lot of values about conservation and natural resources.” The ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is partnered with many government agencies in the consortium, including the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The goal of the consortium is to help develop and implement approaches to increasing breeding habitats for monarchs,” Bradbury said. To aid in the research, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack awarded $760,897 to the consortium. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this money comes out of a countrywide Conservation Innovation Grant awarded by the USDA to help with conservation practices. “This year’s slate of projects represent the next generation of natural resources conservation, headed by partners who are progressive and forward-thinking in their solutions to natural resource problems,” Vilsack said in a press release announcing the grant. “Many of them are also engaging with ... our under-served farmers and ranchers, and carrying their
projects into parts of the country where Conservation Innovation Grants have not been utilized in years past.” To help aid in the monarch migration, the consortium wants to increase the number of milkweed plants along the path and decrease the distance between plants. Members will monitor the monarch populations as they migrate through Iowa and will examine how increased habitat will affect the monarch population, Bradbury said. To find the best possible solution for the migration problem, the consortium has planted nine different species of milkweed at 13 research farms located around Iowa. “We are not introducing any new species to Iowa that would be bad,” Blodgett said. “What we are doing is testing to see if certain milkweed species grow better in certain parts of Iowa, and if the monarchs prefer a certain species.” The consortium will also monitor the spread of the plants to insure that none of them present weed problems. No one will want to plant the milkweed in his or her yard or in public places if the plant becomes a problem, Blodgett said.
Blodgett said other states have been looking at what the consortium is doing. She said the other states might adapt to the model of the consortium for their own monarch conservation. The consortium has also taken the lead with a monarch symposium in Minneapolis, Minn., this winter. The symposium will allow other people conducting monarch research to share what they have found. “We don’t want to reinvent the wheel,” Blodgett said. “We can save years of research by just hearing what people in other states have found in their research.” With migration season getting closer, Blodgett has already noticed the different species of milkweed have different effects on the migration of the monarchs. It’s too early to say what those differences mean, but Blodgett is confident in the work the consortium is doing. “It’s good to be conscience of the reasons [for the monarch decline],” Blodgett said. “We can’t unplant houses, so we have to look at where we are today. We have limited resources, so we have to try and maximize these sources. At the end of the day, we are hoping that our research will help better inform efforts to help monarchs.”
In the news Student Government adds new position, Cubs go to postseason By Alex.Hanson @iowastatedaily.com Read this week’s news recap below, then test your knowledge in the news quiz at iowastatedaily.com. Flooding devastates the Carolinas Described as a 1 in a 1,000-year event by the governor of South Carolina, massive flooding devastated North and South Carolina this week, causing thousands to evacuate. At least 19 were killed as flooding forced thousands in both states out of their homes. Hundreds were rescued when floodwaters overtook their homes or as they tried to drive through flooded roadways. More than a dozen dams failed, causing even more headaches for officials throughout the week. The rain ended midweek, but water remained. Officials and residents have now begun cleaning up, which will continue into the weekend. McCarthy drops out of speaker race The number two Republican in the House, California’s Kevin McCarthy, currently the House majority leader, shocked his Republican colleagues in the House when he announced he would drop his bid for speaker of the House. House Republicans were set to choose their nominee for speaker at a meeting Thursday morning, but McCarthy — short on the votes needed for speaker — said he would forgo his run to be speaker. At least two other can-
didates — U.S. Reps. Jason Chafetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla. — are still running, but it’s unsure if the Republican leadership will choose another candidate to fill McCarthy’s spot. U.S. Rep. Steve King, Republican in Iowa’s 4th District, which includes Ames, said he would support Webster for Speaker. An aide to U.S. Rep. David Young, a Republican from the 3rd district, said Young plans to interview every candidate before he backs a certain candidate. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was floated as a potential candidate, but reiterated to reporters at the Capitol on Thursday that he would not run. Politico reported Thursday that Ryan had canceled upcoming fundraisers and fielded calls from current Republican leadership, including Speaker John Boehner. The race for a new speaker comes after Boehner announced he would resign at the end of October. Student Government hires sexual assault director Student Government is hoping that a new executive cabinet position will help find solutions to the issue of sexual assault on campus. Student Government President Dan Breitbarth and Vice President Megan Sweere have appointed Kathryn Leidahl, senior in political science to the position of director for sexual assault. “This gives someone a complete, narrow focus look on this to make sure
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In the left photo, Kegan Wertz, senior in dairy science, wins the Mr. CALS Competition on Monday. The Mr. CALS Competition was a male beauty pageant and showcased ISU students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In the photo on the right, Katherine Leidahl, right, was appointed to the director for sexual assault by the Student Government. Student Government and Leidahl are hoping that the new position will help find a solution to the sexual assault issue on campus.
it’s done the right way,” Breitbarth said. Leidahl will oversee “It’s On Us,” a campaign to spread awareness on the issue created last year, on the ISU campus. She said she hopes to initially educate and make people more aware of the issue. This campaign will be more of an of an educational-type tool, she said. “The entire project is now in my hands, which is a daunting task but a very exciting one,” Leidahl said.
Cubs headed to postseason Chicago fans were in high spirits Wednesday night after the Cubs shut out the Pirates 4-0 in the NL Wild Card game in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pitcher Jake Arrieta dominated, giving up only four hits and striking out 11 during nine innings pitched. The Cubs will now travel to play the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the N.L. Central division this year with more than 100
wins. ESPN noted on Twitter that the Cubs have played the Cardinals 2,361 times since 1892, but never in the playoffs. That matchup will happen for the first time Friday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., and the game will be televised on TBS. Mr. CALS The Mr. CALS Competition, a male beauty pageant featuring students from the College of Agri-
culture and Life Sciences, kicked off CALS Week at Iowa State on Monday. The contestants were judged by five professors on a panel in three categories: their dream date, dress your major and lipsynching. “We’ve had a great turnout each year, we had about the same attendance as we had in the past, but it’s always fun to see all of the guys and what they can bring,” said Megan Henry, junior in agriculture and life sciences education.
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We can’t solve the sexual assault issue until we take into consideration victimized groups.
Sexual assault issue adds confusion Many of us have this image in our heads of what we imagine a sexual assault looks like in college. Often that image is a man taking advantage of a woman at a party or bar. Maybe even when we talk about the issue or how to solve it, we look at it through the lens of this stereotypical sexual assault scenario. But sexual assault is far more complicated than that. Sexual assault survivors are diverse and face very different challenges from one another, especially when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. When our university and community members discuss prevention, resources and possible solutions, we should make sure that we’re talking in a larger scope that considers this community of people. In Iowa State’s Sexual Assault Climate Survey report released last month, the report categorized students into three gender groups. For gender identity groups, students were categorized as female, male or in a third group which included transgender, genderqueer or nonconforming, questioning or not listed. The report called this third group of people TGQN students. Considering those who identify as something other than man or woman is important because, according to the survey, they report more concerning numbers in almost of the survey’s categories than those who identify as men and women. There are not exact numbers for this group, as the report said there were not enough TGQN students who answered the survey to provide an exact percentage for each response. However, the report did make an estimate for this group of students based on the responses received. Perhaps the most tell-tale number of the report is the number of students who believe that sexual assault is “very or extremely problematic” at Iowa State. About 10 percent of male undergraduates believe that sexual assault is “very or extremely problematic” while 15.7 percent of women do. The report said “overall, a higher fraction of TGQN students” believed that sexual assault was this severe of a problem at Iowa State. TGQN students also reported seeing more sexually violent or harassing acts than men or women as well as suspecting one of their friends as been sexually assaulted. In addition, TGQN students are less likely to believe that campus officials would take their report of sexual assault seriously, that there would be a fair investigation if they were a survivor of sexual assault and less likely to believe campus officials would take action against the offender. The report includes even more and still shocking numbers for TGQN students. This report shows these students do not feel as safe or supported on our campus, especially when it comes to sexual assault. Obviously, we would all like to solve the issue of sexual assault on our campus. We would like to support the survivors here and prevent any more sexual assaults from occurring. But that will not happen until we include some of the marginalized and victimized groups on our campus when it comes to sexual assault in our thought process.
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Columnist Brase applauds the bravery Lizzie Velásquez has displayed against bullies, but believes bullying is an issue that needs to be stopped.
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Bullying needs to end now By Haley.Brase @iowastatedaily.com
efore technology, bullying could be classified as taking a peer’s lunch money in the schoolyard. Then cliques became popular structures that were built to degrade anyone who was not wearing a certain brand to school. In today’s culture, bullying has advanced and caused an act that was previously restricted to school grounds creep into the Internet. We are living in the age of cyber bullying. When she was 17 years old, Lizzie Velásquez of Austin, Texas, found a YouTube video of herself that changed her life. It was called “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” But now, at age 26, she is using her bullies’ words as motivation. Velásquez was born with Marfan and lipodystrophy and she is blind in her right eye. According to The Marfan Foundation, Marfan affects the body’s connective tissues, which help the body grow and develop. Lipodystrophy causes the loss of adipose tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic, meaning Velásquez cannot gain weight. She tolerated the bullying she received in school, but when she saw the video with more than four million views calling her the ugliest woman in the world, the vicious backlash tore to shreds her selfesteem. Insensitive people on the Internet who used a screen as a shield made comments, telling Velásquez to kill herself and that they could not believe how ugly she was. According to Today Health and Fitness, Velásquez’s parents told her, “There is nothing wrong with you,
you are just smaller than the other kids. You are beautiful and smart and can accomplish anything.” No one should judge abnormalities because everyone has something that makes them unique, and people do not often want their insecurities advertised because they may be worried about how they will be perceived. People in the past have made negative comments about my laugh, majors and where I grew up. I make other people laugh when they hear me laugh, I write because it’s is my passion and my hometown is where my family is. I’m not ashamed of the negative comments people have made about me. Like Velásquez, I use my bullies’ words as encouragement to prove them wrong. Velásquez only weighs about 60 pounds but has let her big heart do the talking. If the people who made cruel comments on YouTube met Velásquez in person, they would probably ask for her autograph because she’s made a huge impact on the world since the discovery of her video. She decided to stand up to her bullies and become a motivational speaker, gaining support from celebrities like Kylie Jenner. She has her own YouTube channel, which has more than 460,000 subscribers. She talks about what it’s like to live a day in her life, and thankfully, she is receiving positive feedback instead of morbid backlash. Today Health and Fitness reported that Tina Meier, a mother who lost her daughter Megan after she committed suicide because of online bullying on MySpace, is partnering with Velásquez. They are campaigning for U.S. Representa-
tives in Congress to vote for the first federal anti-bullying bill. Velásquez is trying to overcome those bullies, and more people are supporting her ideas. The documentary “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story” was released Sept. 25. “As soon as Lizzie became more open and honest — whether it was her TED Talk or her YouTube videos — it was clear that people were thirsty for a story of somebody standing up and saying, ‘I’m not going to be a victim, I’m going to make a change,’” Sara Hirsh Bordo, director of the documentary, said on bbc. com. These efforts are not going unnoticed. Velásquez was named the recipient of the Hispanicize 2016 Latinovator Award on Sept. 16. The award is given to Latinos who have made an impact in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. “That video changed everything and it has given me the platform that I have now to be the voice for anyone who’s ever been bullied — and not just myself,” Velásquez told People Magazine. NVEEE, National Voices for Equality Education and Enlightenment, reported that a child is bullied every seven minutes, and 85 percent of people would not intervene. Velásquez is trying to be the voice for anyone who has experienced a type of bullying, but she cannot be the only one. I’m not saying she’s the only activist working toward ending bullying, but bullying should not be a common threat in schools or online. Bullying needs to fade with the tradition of lunch money. It can’t be used as a threat if it doesn’t exist.
Millennials can enact change By Ben.Moran @iowastatedaily.com Ronald Reagan told it best when he said, “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Now, more than ever, we hear about government scandals and lack of trust in elected officials. But we have the power to change that. U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old have gained the right to vote on a local, state and national level, but young people have tended to neglect this right. A study by the U.S. Census Bureau found that voters between 18 and 24 years old have the lowest voter registration percentage — 58.5 percent — among all age groups. It’s ironic how young people tend not to vote, especially considering they control 21 percent of eligible voters in the United States, according to a report by the Center for
Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. That’s one-fifth of eligible voters. The 2000 election between Al Gore and George W. Bush is a great example of how big of an impact each vote has on an election. It was one of the closest presidential elections and was decided by just a handful of votes. Bush defeated Gore in electoral votes, 271 to 266, but Gore edged out Bush in popular votes by 0.5 percent. Our votes matter, and this is one of the greatest examples of the impact each vote can have. The U.S. Census Bureau found that scheduling conflicts, no interest in voting, being out of town and forgetting to vote were the main reasons for not voting. These reasons should not deter us from voting. With the upcoming presidential election and very important Iowa caucuses, now is one of the best times to get
informed and get involved. Every candidate has different ideas that could benefit or harm you in future years. Since these candidates are adults, they don’t necessarily know what the best decisions are for college students. Our needs as students won’t be addressed unless we vote. With more than 45 million millennials, we could easily swing an election. Our vote can help elect a politician who shares beliefs on environmental issues, foreign policies and the social agenda. If we don’t vote, we are leaving the future of this country in the hands of someone who doesn’t necessarily care about the issues our generation cares about. I too often hear people complain about how poorly of a job President Obama has done, or how members of Congress are only looking out for themselves. This has become a common occurrence in today’s society, but we have no right to complain unless we
actively try to do something about it. If you don’t vote, don’t complain. By not voting, you are letting everyone else decide who is in charge of your future. You are letting them decide the direction of this country, and those decisions will drag you along with. But if you do vote, you are adding your input. You can help shape the future of this country, no matter who you align your beliefs with. In the next decade, you will live a new chapter of your life. Once you realize it, you have the power to determine the outcome. Don’t be a hypocrite and complain about what you don’t like. If you don’t like something, vote for a change. You have just one voice, but when enough voices are put together, a movement is created. Voting is one of the greatest privileges we have as American citizens, so don’t waste it because it can make a difference.
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Social media support article rings true By Erin.Mckney Senior in global resource systems I read the “Social media helps students find support” article. It rang so true with me. I too have had this same issue. I’ve used Yik Yak to vent before and the responses I got were
so encouraging. If someone doesn’t have depression, it’s hard for them to understand. The girl was correct in saying that you have high highs and low lows. Every day is different. It’s nice to see you aren’t alone in how you feel. With no rhyme or reason as to why you feel that way. I have had days where getting out of bed and going to class wasn’t
an option. I just wish I had some great friends like Rylee that came and checked up on me when my days have happened. I’ve thought for a year now it would be awesome to have a support group here on campus for things of this nature. Sometimes all it takes is someone to interact with and talk to or just that one phone call asking how you are.
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much pressure on them as we can.” While adding pressure to Mahomes in the backfield is a goal for Saturday, the Cyclones know that they can’t overlook the ground attack. Texas Tech is averaging nearly 180 yards per game — the fourth best in the Big 12. DeAndre Washington, Texas Tech’s starting running back, is putting up more than 100 yards per contest. But Rhoads said he is going to put emphasis on stopping the run. “It would be dangerous for other people to [overlook Tech’s run game] — we’re not doing that in Ames, Iowa,” Rhoads said. “We’re very respectful of their run game and we’re taking quick notice of that ... They run the ball very effectively and they’re committed to running the football.” So if the Cyclones are going to stop Texas Tech’s high-powered offense, which manifest nearly as well on the ground as it does in the air, it’ll take a strong defensive showing to do so. The best chance to accomplish that is with the 3-4 defense, and while Rhoads said he will implement the scheme at times against Texas Tech this weekend, he added it isn’t quite perfect. “Part of the presence of the 3-4 defense is to try to get us that leverage to try and have enough guys on the perimeter for that passing game and enough guys close to the interior to defend the run game,” Rhoads said. “This is one of the reasons we went to it. “There were pieces of it that need to be played much faster than what we saw [against Kansas] from what we’re going to see this week and the next eight weeks of the season.”
The ISU football team is at an important point in the season. Its commanding 38-13 win against Kansas last week marks its first 1-0 conference start in more than a decade and keeps alive the Cyclones’ hope for postseason play. But now the Cyclones are heading into the tougher part of their schedule. Seven of the final eight opponents on Iowa State’s schedule were either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll. But it starts this weekend when Iowa State (2-2 overall, 1-0 Big 12) heads to Lubbock, Texas, to take on Texas Tech (3-2 overall, 0-2 Big 12) on Saturday. “I think we’ll match up with them pretty well just because we’re quick and we’re pretty good as a defense,” said defensive lineman Dale Pierson. “I think if we just stay consistent with everything that we do, we’ll be pretty good.” One of the biggest problems the Cyclones will need to solve is how to slow down the Red Raider offense. Currently, the TTU offense is on the field just more than 25 minutes a game. But it is still averaging 50 points per contest, compared with Iowa State’s 27.25 points per game. Texas Tech also averages 423.8 yards passing, one of the best marks in the NCAA. But one thing the Cyclones hope will slow down the strong Red Raider attack is the 3-4 defense, something they have implemented more this season. “We’ve got players capable of playing the spots [in the 3-4], and the coaches who have the confidence to put them out there,” Rhoads said. “There is no pattern to it except for trying to keep guys fresh and attacking.” The 3-4 primarily defends the pass but also attempts to apply more pressure on the quarterback. TTU quarterback Patrick Mahomes has only been sacked one time through the first five games. Pierson, who is currently leading the team in sacks through the first four games with six quarterback takedowns, said he is up to the challenge. “I know they get the ball out quick,” Pierson said. “I’ve just got to continue to use my quickness and speed just to get penetration straight into the gap. We’ll just try to get as
GAME INFO Iowa State (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (3-2, 0-2 Big 12) When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Jones AT&T Stadium | Lubbock, Texas TV: Fox Sports Midwest Radio*: Cyclone Radio Network (1430 AM, 105.1 FM) Twitter: For updated information throughout Saturday’s game, follow @ MJ_Dible, @RyanYoung44 and @Luke_ Manderfeld on Twitter. *Radio available in the Ames area only
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ISU defensive end Dale Pierson celebrates a sack against Iowa on Sept. 12
Volleyball ready to end Kansas’ perfect season By Brian.Mozey @iowastatedaily.com
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Samara West spikes the ball during the game against Nebraska on Sept. 19.
Undefeated. It’s a rare term used in the sports world and a record that’s hard to maintain. Iowa State will try to become the first team to defeat Kansas this season when the two match up Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. It’ll be the matchup defined by Iowa State’s defense and Kansas’ offense. “Kansas is great team, hence the undefeated record,” said ISU volleyball coach Christy JohnsonLynch. “We have to compete just like any other match and hopefully we can get one win closer to the top spot in the conference.” Iowa State and Kansas have played essentially evenly the past five seasons, the Cyclones winning six of the 10 matches against the Jayhawks. But during the past three seasons, the two teams have
split the games. The reason behind this split could be the two different styles of play. Kansas focuses on offensive pursuits, such as kills, assists and hitting percentage, while Iowa State counters with defensive priorities, like amassing digs and blocks. Kansas is ranked first in kills per set with 15.47 and first in assists per set with 14.47. The team boasts the second-best hitting percentage of all the Division I teams in the country. “Our objective is to create long rallies and stop Kansas from attacking with their solid hitters,” said libero Caitlin Nolan. “We have to do what we do best, which is dig and have a defensive-mind approach.” Iowa State ranks 23rd in digs per set in the NCAA. As a libero, Nolan will be focusing on how to make the points longer and rally to wear out the Kansas hitters and setters.
Johnson-Lynch will be centering her attention on two specific players on the Kansas team. The first is Kelsie Payne, a right-side hitter from Texas who leads the team with 211 kills this season and averages 4.06 kills per set. The other player is Ainise Havili, a setter from Texas who leads the NCAA in assists per set with 12.55 and has 656 assists this season. If Iowa State can get those two Kansas players out of rhythm, Johnson-Lynch thinks it’s possible to serve Kansas its first loss of the season. Every season, the focus is always on Texas and how to defeat it. Now, it seems like the spotlight has shifted to Kansas and how to end its pursuit of perfection. “It always seems like Texas is the team to beat to win the Big 12 Championship,” said junior Ciara Capezio. “Now, it looks like we’ll have to go through Kansas to win that title.”
Hockey prepares to hit ice against No. 2 Ohio By Austin.Anderson @iowastatedaily.com The Ames/ISU Ice Arena will be filled with not only eager fans this weekend, but also some of the best hockey players who have ever donned the cardinal and gold Cyclone Hockey jersey during the the team’s Hall of Fame/Alumni weekend. And it will be a good weekend for the former players to watch the current ones. The No. 5 Cyclones will take on the No. 2 Ohio Bobcats, who double as their Central States Collegiate Hockey League rival. “It’s definitely not the average weekend. A lot of prep goes into a week before Ohio,” said co-captain Alex Stephens. “They are a very system-oriented and a disciplined team, so our systems will have to be sharp as well. Since it’s alumni weekend
there will be some added Cyclone Hockey guys watching the games, so that adds to the atmosphere for sure. “The anticipation can definitely be felt.” Last weekend and this weekend have been the most anticipated of the season. Last weekend, Cyclone Hockey traveled to defending champion Central Oklahoma and came home with a sweep to improve to 6-0. Even after the eagerly awaited sweep of Central Oklahoma, Cyclone Hockey coach Jason Fairman is still trying to improve the discipline of the team. He said there are too many missed opportunities to play at full strength. “If we play five-on-five, we can beat any team,” Fairman said. “No question.” After Central Oklahoma ended the Cyclones’ season last year, the revenge moved
the Cyclones up from No. 7 to No. 5 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association rankings, but Stephens said the rivalry with Ohio is even greater. “It was nice to see a little bump in the ranking for us, but it’s definitely not where we want to be,” Stephens said. “The sweep was huge, but beating Ohio would be even bigger.” And there is more at stake against Ohio than just two potential victories in the win column. “I’m excited to see what kind of team we have,” Fairman said. “We got tested this weekend — and that’s no disrespect to Central Oklahoma — but with this hostile environment, potentially the No. 1 ranking in the nation and the Hall of Fame/Alumni weekend, there’s a lot on the line [against Ohio].” Ohio started the season 6-0 and has
maintained its No. 2 ranking throughout the entire season. The Bobcats are led by an explosive frontline featuring forwards Michael Harris and Matthew Rudin, who have combined for 21 points through six games. “I don’t have a philosophy as a coach where I want to focus on other players too much. I think that distracts guys from what we need to do as a team,” Fairman said. “I’m obviously more concerned with what we’re doing and if we’re executing. If we’re doing that, I think we’ll be successful. “They’re both great players, but if we’re doing our job, we’ll be able to neutralize them to some degree.” Fairman said he expects the Ames/ISU Ice Arena to be packed to max capacity this weekend, and for good reason. “In the regular season, this is arguably one of the biggest games since I’ve been here,” Fairman said.
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Buckley on path to success as point guard By Kevin.Horner @iowastatedaily.com Timing seems to be on the side of the ISU women’s basketball team. Nikki Moody — who became the all-time assist leader in ISU history last season — graduated last year, and backup Nakiah Bell transferred to Southern Illinois. The departures left a significant gap in the ISU offensive lineup. Although the transfer of Bell may have seemed untimely considering the graduation of Moody, a third factor — one that worked in the favor of the Cyclones — has been re-introduced. “Jadda Buckley will be the point guard [this season],” said ISU women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly. “Jadda’s had a good off-season.” Buckley, a redshirt sophomore, started in seven of the nine games she appeared in last season before being sidelined with a stress injury to her right foot. The injury kept Buckley off the court for the remainder of the season, eventually resulting in a medical redshirt to extend her eligibility. Buckley used her skills in the off-guard position, while Moody filled the point guard spot, notching 10.9 points per game and a unanimous selection to the Big 12 All-Freshman team in her first year as a Cyclone. Although she has experience at the point guard position, Buckley was not automatically considered to be Moody’s replacement, especially with a season-ending injury. Based on her offseason improvements, Fennelly made it clear that Buckley will be at the helm of his offense this season. “This is the first year in a long time where we don’t have an incumbent point guard that, you know, is really, really good,” Fennelly said. “I honestly believe Jadda Buckley could be the next one.” As Buckley can attest, she has
POINT GUARD COMPARISON 2014-15 Point Guard Statistics - Nikki Moody 14.5 PPG, 6.8 APG, 3.6 RPG - Nakiah Bell 1.2 PPG, 1.3 APG, 0.4 RPG Jadda Buckley Statistics - Senior Year of High School (Mason City) 14.0 PPG, 4.9 APG, 4.4 RPG - Freshman Year at Iowa State 10.9 PPG, 3.3 APG, 2.3 RPG - Sophomore Year at Iowa State (First Nine Games) 9.4 PPG, 2.3 APG, 2.8 RPG multiple adjustments still to make as she transitions into this more prominent role in the offense. She not only hasn’t seen in-game action for more than nine months, but she also has a new position to master and a relatively new team around her — with seven of the 12 players being underclassmen. Buckley, despite these potential setbacks, said she is ready and excited to assume this new position. After nine months of rest and offseason training, she is ready to take the court once again wherever she is needed. “I’m obviously really excited about [playing point guard],” Buckley said. “Having last year [on the sideline], I could kind of watch the point guard position from a different standpoint, so I think that was a big help.” Buckley used the majority of her time off the court to study the habits and play of Moody and other point guards on the floor — gaining a fresh perspective on her future position. With nearly an entire season of observing from the sideline under her belt, Buckley now feels like she has gained a greater grasp of her role for the season. “[I was able to see] what coach sees that we don’t neces-
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Redshirt sophomore Jadda Buckley is expected to be the starting point guard for the ISU women’s basketball team this season. Buckley suffered a season-ending foot injury after starting seven games last season and appearing in nine.
sarily see on the court,” Buckley said. “When coach was telling us, ‘Hey, look for that reverse pass,’ or ‘Pivot and look behind you,’ I think I was able to see what he was actually saying by watching it rather than being in the shoes [on the court].” Buckley will have help running the point this season as play-
ers like sophomore Emily Durr and senior Nicole “Kidd” Blaskowsky will continue to aid in bringing the ball up court. On top of that, two of three freshman — TeeTee Starks and Bridget Carleton — are guards who have already received public praise from Fennelly. Regardless, Fennelly made
it clear on media day that Buckley will be taking the reins of the ISU offense — doing her best to continue the trends of the point guards before her. “[Buckley’s] healthy now,” Fennelly said. “[Point guard is] her job right now. It’s her team to lead, and I have great confidence that she can do that.”
Freshman trio refuels women’s basketball Cyclones are relying on youth this season to lead after losing three impactful seniors, point guard Nakiah Bell By Luke.Manderfield @iowastatedaily.com The ISU women’s basketball team isn’t recovering from losing three impactful seniors and point guard Nakiah Bell last season — it’s reloading. And this time around, the Cyclones may be packing even better talent than before. At least that’s what ISU coach Bill Fennelly thinks, calling the true freshman trio of Meredith Burkhall, TeeTee Starks and Bridget Carleton the best he’s ever had in his 20 seasons as the head coach of Iowa State. “I don’t think we’ve ever had [a roster with such talented true freshmen],” Fennelly said. “They’re talented kids. I told them a lot at practice that we’re going to have to coach them hard because they are going to play.” Just because their age doesn’t match against other players on the team, that doesn’t mean their skill falls short. If a game took place tomorrow, Fennelly would give them all playing time, even if that proposition rattles his nerves a bit. “Last night, we were doing a little drill, and [assistant coach Billy Fennelly] walked by me and it was [Carleton, Burkhall, Starks, Claire Rickets and Jadda Buckley playing] and he asked, ‘are you alright?’” Fennelly said. “I’m like, ‘I’m alright right now. We don’t have to play right now.’” The leader of the freshman group, Carleton, enters with an
FRESHMEN ROLES Bridget Carleton “Definitely wherever the coach wants to put me. I can kind of play everywhere, so if that means I have to bring up the ball sometimes or play at the [power forward position]. I just need to play consistently and have a good IQ of the game.” Meredith Burkhall “This year, I plan on bringing a lot to the team, being able to face up toward the [basket]. Being able to score inside and out and being able to create for my teammates.”
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Freshman Bridget Carleton provides versatility to the ISU women’s basketball team this season. If the season started now, Carleton would start at power forward.
impressive résumé under her belt, consisting of exceptional play at the high school and international level. During the summer, Carleton captained the U19 Canadian national team. It wasn’t her first go-round, with stints on the U16, U17 and U18 teams bolstering her experience and preparedness. The Big 12 Conference is notorious in women’s basketball for being a tough battle game in and game out, but playing against some of the best players in the
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Freshman Meredith Burkhall is from Urbandale, Iowa, and is the lone true forward among the three true freshmen.
world at her age, Carleton feels ready to adjust. “It’s helped a lot,” Carleton said. “I think everyone at [the international] stage are bigger, stronger, faster. They’re the best players in their country. Definitely coming here, again, all the players are older, so they’re bigger, faster, stronger. It’s good and helped me coming here.” Carleton is also one of the most versatile players on the Cyclones. If a game took place tonight, Carleton would start at power forward while doubling as the backup point guard behind Buckley. That isn’t to say that the team is forgetting Burkhall and Starks. Both players have the ability to put up points. Starks brings a winning mentality to the Cyclones, as she is a winner of three state championships with Hopkins High School in Minnesota. Starks will assist Buckley, who is returning from a season-ending injury, at the point guard position. Burkhall is the lone true forward among the true freshmen. Burkhall, an Urbandale, Iowa, native has the advantage of proximity with her hometown. “It’s really nice being only 40 minutes from home,” Burkhall said. “It’s a chance for my family and my friends to see me play, and it’s a chance to represent the state of Iowa and be a hometown girl.” Burkhall’s role may not be as a starter, but she may come off the bench to assist in the post and
TeeTee Starks “I know to bring some intensity on defense. Offensively, help [Jadda Buckley] at the [point guard position]. She’s the only point guard and she can’t play every minute of the game, so I’ll be there to help her out. “Just playing and rebounding toughness and being a great teammate.”
create space for her teammates to attack the basket. As the only three true freshmen on the team, they have meshed well. When they first arrived, they lived together, which
boosted their cohesiveness and ability to play off each other. “We’re really close,” Burkhall said. “We’ve kind of created that bond outside of basketball. We just see each other playing a lot on the court and being together over the next four years.” The best part of the trio’s chemistry comes from the view of the coaching staff. All three players buy into the system and are willing to do whatever they need to assist in the team’s success. “You could not find three better people,” Fennelly said. “I’ve had freshmen that were good players that maybe don’t buy in to what we’re all about and that’s part of dealing with young people. … It’s going to be fun to watch them develop.” And many of the players are already developed, but their maturation will be tested when they walk onto the hardwood at Hilton Coliseum. The crowd may be overwhelming for some of the new players, who come from high school games that draw less than 500 fans. At Hilton Coliseum, where crowds can reach more than 1,000 fans, the environment will be completely new. “It’s going to be a feeling that I’ve never felt before,” Starks said. “I’ve heard about the fans, and I’ve been a fan of the team, but I’ve never played in front of that many people. I’m of course going to be nervous. I think it’ll be great.”
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Freshman TeeTee Starks will assist point guard Jadda Buckley this season. Before Iowa State, Starks won three state championships with Hopkins High School in Minnesota.
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MEMORIAL p1 Chamberlain’s speech continued, taking an Iowa State focus. He called for action from the university and students. “Iowa State doesn’t have any anti-gun or progun regulation groups on campus,” he said. “Iowa State should take a stand and we get started doing that by recognizing that people die in campus
LOAN p1 Even though Iowa did rather poorly in the poll, things are better than they seem. Iowa is actually on a downhill slide when it comes to student debt. Iowa ranked second in the same study in 2005 and sixth in 2009. “It’s gone from $31,000 to about $29,000,” Leath said in regard to average student debt for ISU graduates since he arrived at the university in 2012. Regardless of the slow decrease, the large amount of debt accrued by students has graduates across the nation questioning whether their degree was worth it. The second annual Gallup Purdue Index Report, which was published earlier this year, found that only 52 percent of graduates of public institutions across the nation “strongly agreed” that getting their degree was worth the expense. This
number dropped to 47 percent for students who attended private institutions. The same survey, which polled more than 30,000 graduates within the first six months after graduation, also found that high levels of student debt could hinder graduates from pursuing other life goals. Graduates with more than $25,000 in debt were 16 percent more likely to delay buying a home. It was also found that they were more likely to delay marriage, put off starting a business and stay in their parent’s home for a longer period of time on average. Roberta Johnson, director of the Office of Student Financial Aid, said that part of the reason student debt in Iowa is so high is because of the lack of a state grant program that would subsidize student tuition costs for those in need. Other states, such as Minnesota and Nebraska,
The candle light vigil took place at the Fountain of Four Seasons at the southern entrance of the Memorial Union on Thursday night.
Heaven Chamberlain, president of Cyclones Against Gun Violence, said if students don’t take a stand against gun violence now, another shooting could occur on a college campus. Nine people had lost their lives and about 10 were injured from the campus shooting that took that place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on Oct. 1. The shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer, then shot himself.
have a state grant program. In fiscal year 2016, Minnesota is projected to give out almost $180 million in state grant funds to resident students who attend one of the state’s public or private institutions. The amount of the award, and to whom the award is given, is based entirely on need. Nebraska has a similar program, offering nearly $16.5 million in state grant funds. The average grant given to each student is about $1,000. “We lose money on every Iowa kid,” Leath said, adding that the university just about breaks even with non-resident students. Regardless of the fact that in-state tuition had been frozen for the past three years, the responsibility to keep debt at a minimum isn’t just on the university. “Students and their parents should start saving from the get-go,” John-
son said, adding that every student should know how much money they’ve borrowed and will borrow once they get to college. Johnson also said many students follow what they’ve seen when it comes to money management. “We’re all kind of a product of where we grew up,” she said in regard to how individuals learn to spend money. Although many students understand how to budget money, Johnson said others can learn how to break old habits they learned from their parents or guardians. Within the past few years, HD FS 283, a course that focuses on personal and family finance, was added to Iowa State’s course list. Johnson said the course is a great tool to teach students proper ways to manage their finances. She said Student Govern-
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shootings a lot.” With about 35 people in attendance at the event, the vigil was intimate, and the message that was given was poignant. “If we don’t take a stand against gun violence now, we might get another shooting on campus as well.” Chamberlain said. Congregation President Ron Jackson from Ames Jewish Congregation led the closing prayer during the vigil.
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ment has even pushed to add it to the required course list in past years. “You have to start somewhere,” Johnson said in regard to financial literacy education. Leath shares similar concerns about financial education. “I’m always surprised when students don’t understand the difference between a grant and a loan,” he said. With all of the negatives surrounding student debt in Iowa, some positives exist. Per the most recent Iowa Board of Regents Student Financial Aid report, the amount of students who graduate with debt at Iowa State is shrinking. During the 2012-13 school year, the percent of students who graduated without debt from Iowa State was 35.5 percent. The 2013-14 school year saw an increase — 35.8 percent of students who
graduated didn’t have debt. Some students and their parents may even be gaining when using loans, allowing them to graduate with less debt. Johnson said some families have decided to take out loans regardless of need because pulling from other long-term investment funds, which may be earning up to a 7-percent interest rate, to pay for college is detrimental compared with taking out a 4-percent interest rate loan. The high level of debt is an issue, but Iowa’s fall from second in the nation to ninth in student indebtedness is an improvement. Regardless, student debt will always be a problem. “There is no one silver bullet,” Johnson said. Strong financial planning and increased state support may be among some of the best ways to prevent debt, she added. “Money is the root of all of it,” Johnson said.
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