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New director candidates to host forums By Maia Zewert Daily staff writer Dr. Abdullah Jaradat will be giving a public seminar at 9:30 a.m. Monday in room 1951 of the Food Sciences Building. Jaradat is one of three candidates, along with Thanos Papanicolaou and Mark Rasmussen, competing for the position of director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The center has been looking for a new director since Jerry DeWitt retired in 2009 after serving for 38 years. Since then, two interim directors have served while the Leopold Center has conducted it search. Jaradat also serves as an adjunct professor of agronomy and plant genetics at the University of Minnesota and adjunct professor of science at Southwest Minnesota State University. Each of the three finalists has been invited to campus for a twoday visit during which they will present a seminar to the public. The purpose of the seminar is to give each candidate a chance to introduce their plans for the Leopold Center while giving the public a little bit of their background. Papanicolaou will present Thursday, with Rasmussen concluding the seminars Dec. 5.

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Dancing to win ISU squads prepare for state competition

By Caroline.Havekost While most students are getting back into the swing of classes and preparing for finals, the ISU dance team is focused on winning two state titles. The Iowa State Gold and Cardinal dance teams are currently preparing for the state competition on Friday. Both teams will be competing in different categories. The Cardinal squad, which consists of 17 dancers, will be performing a pom routine, while the Gold squad, which consists of 18 dancers, will be dancing a jazz routine. Both the Gold and Cardinal squads are reigning champions in their categories. Last year was the first year Cardinal performed a pom routine, and their captains are hoping for the same result. “We really want to show what we do best and represent Iowa State

well,” said Kelley Jamison, Cardinal squad co-captain and sophomore in agricultural life sciences education. “It is a little nerve-racking because we want to do the same again.” Stephanie Leeds, Cardinal squad co-captain and sophomore in premed, added, “This year our dance is much faster, so we are working on endurance and strengthening.” The Gold squad will be competing this year for its fourth state win. “Our goal is to look our best and do our personal best,” said Morgan Northway, Gold squad co-captain and senior in apparel merchandising, design and production. “My goal is to push everyone, and myself, to do our best,” said Christie Cutter, Gold squad co-captain and senior in marketing. “We can keep improving and pushing ourselves. We never stop working to get to the next level.” The squad will be performing an upbeat jazz number this year, something new and different than what it has done in past years. However, there is more to being a

member of the ISU dance team than just performing at state competition. It takes hard work and dedication, members said. Jamison and Leeds said they practice three times a week and have workouts twice a week. Along with those practices and workouts, both teams also perform at football and basketball games and make appearances at other ISU events. The Gold squad also competes in the National Dance Alliance national competition every year in April. Last year the team placed third nationally. “It is not just about dance,” Northway said. “Being on the team holds you to a higher standard.” Cutter added, “It has been a good learning experience.” The squads are lead by coach Jill Petersen, who has three goals going into the competition season. “I want to represent Iowa State well. I want people to be wowed by us and to keep hold of our state titles,” Petersen said.

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Cyclone Ballroom has two objectives it wants to get across to the students at Iowa State: to offer lessons to less experienced dancers and to compete at a national level. “Our goal is to spread ballroom as an activity, something fun to do, exciting, etc., but also allow members to take their interest for dance to the level of collegiate competition,” said Alex Hay, club advisory seat and junior in mechanical engineering. The club is part of the Sports Club Council, meaning funds are given to Cyclone Ballroom by the Government of the Student Body. “We are partially funded through GSB, and we are also funded by dues,” said Michael Forrester, club president and senior in chemical engineering. “For a competition team member, [dues] are $75. We have lessons and we charge $35 a semester or

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Balancing classes, job Race honors By Tommie.Clark Acquiring a job can make a significant difference in any student’s life. Many ISU students keep busy with class, clubs, greek life and studying for hours. Some students on Iowa State’s campus also have made a job part of their learning experience. “My job will really help me in the future because I communicate with people so much. As a teacher, it will be important to communicate and be open with parents and students,” said Meghan Dwyer, junior in elementary education and server at Wallaby’s Bar and Grille. Several students are taking advantage of on-campus jobs, which relate to the career they would want after graduation. “I run samples to determine the amount of nitrogen or other levels in chicken excreta, weigh samples, feed chickens, label test tubes, and anything

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them inside as well as on the playground, and overall just being there for the kids.” Obtaining a job can be tricky, though. Professors can be helpful when looking for an on-campus job, which is how Ure found her job. “When I came for orientation my advisor, Dr. Tyler, introduced me to Dr. Persia, who is in charge of the lab I work at,” she said. “We emailed over the summer and I started the first week I got to school. It was very helpful and I was extremely lucky.” Making sure to get that

The fifth annual Andy Albright Jingle Jog, hosted by Iowa State’s Freshmen Council, is anticipating record numbers for fundraising and participation this year for the 5k event. At a time when students are feeling the sting of tuition rates the most, the Jingle Jog is able to provide some relief with a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding ISU freshman. In 2006, the Freshmen Council Executive Board began the Jingle Jog race in memory of a board leader, Andy Albright, who passed away in 2005 in an automobile accident. It was the members’ way to continue Albright’s legacy, to promote leadership and campus involvement and to help support the ISU freshman class. Money raised from the race will go toward funding the $1,000 scholarship. “When I was 12 years old, a very close family friend, who had just turned 16, passed away in a car accident, just as Andy Albright did,” said Jake Swanson, this year’s Freshmen Council president and sophomore in public service and administration in agriculture. “He, like Andy Albright, never got to experience a lot of the great things in life that come with getting older. This run is in memory of them and the great things they did during their lifetime.

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else the grad students need to make their experiments go smoothly,” said Shannon Ure, freshman in animal science and Poultry Nutrition Lab assistant. Shannon Clark, sophomore in elementary education and assistant teacher at the University Community Childcare center, said her experience has reaffirmed her love for working with children. “I enjoy my job working with children,” Clark sad. “I spend my time in the preschool and toddler room interacting with the children in lots of ways like resolving conflicts, reading to them, supervising

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Kanye West is using the words of 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to make his case in court. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is considering whether to uphold the dismissal of a 2010 claim that the rapper stole the song “Stronger” from another artist. Plaintiff Vincent Peters, in addition to claiming similarity in the use of “Kate Moss” and the title “Stronger,” zeroes in on alleged similarities in the chorus. Both sides acknowledge the lyrics are based on Nietzsche’s phrase, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” But earlier this year, a federal judge dismissed Peters’ claim, finding there was not enough similarity between the two tunes. (The title, Moss’ reference and Nietzsche maxim are unprotectable, said the judge.) Peters appealed, which is how West wound up defending himself in court again. The rapper’s lawyer submitted a brief to the courts on Nov. 18, arguing at one point that “the alleged similarities [which also contain many differences] all derive from a century-old maxim written by someone else — a maxim that has been used in many songs before Plaintiff’s [and Defendants’] song.”

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>>DANCE.p1 When asked how she felt going into state as the reigning champion in both pom and jazz, she said she feels “pressure.” “I want all of the girls to have the experience of winning a state title,” Petersen said. “This year we have worked a lot on stretching and technique, as well as maintaining confidence and continuing to grow.” Petersen, who is currently in her 13th year as head coach, said that it takes more than just a good dancer to be a member of the team. “It takes a dancer who is athletic, positive, someone

who is coachable and knows their potential, as well as someone who does well academically and is a good ambassador to our university,” she said, adding that in an average week, the girls spend 12 to 18 hours on practices, workouts, appearances and performances. Northway and Cutter agreed that the team is more than just dancing; there is a family feeling on the team. The dance team will host a preview Thursday night in the gym of the Forker Building. The teams will be performing their state routines and the public is welcome to attend. Updated information can be found on the team’s Facebook page, Iowa State Dance Team.

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>>BALLROOM.p1 $5 a lesson.” Within Cyclone Ballroom, there are two “teams.” The club provides lessons to dancers looking to have fun, along with a competition team that competes against dancers from the nation’s colleges. “We travel to Minneapolis; ChampaignUrbana, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; and South Bend, Ind.,” Hay said. “Columbus, which is where nationals are held, was just [a week] ago.” Forrester also commented on the club’s performance at nationals over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. “It was a very good competition,” Forrester said. “It’s nationals for both us and for the professional ballroom dancers ... Several of our club members made callbacks, and a few members made it to the semifinals at the national level.” Competition team coordinator Ryan

>>WORK.p1 right job is crucial and can determine whether students are happy at their place of employment. “Look for a job that best suits you, your schedule and your major,” Clark said. “Don’t stress yourself out or do a job you hate because then it will just drag you down and you won’t enjoy your day.” The amount of hours completed per week is an essential detail when it comes to a job. Students have to find a happy medium to take just enough hours to receive a sufficient paycheck, but not go overboard and miss studying for class or an important test. “I work two days, a total of nine hours per week. Each semester I fill out my availability and my boss places me accordingly with my schedule,” Clark said. Dwyer puts in requests about her schedule at Wallaby’s. “I request days off, but my boss puts the schedule together as well,” she said. “I work about 15 hours a week.” For Ure, the on-campus job allows for events that might come up. “I work three times a week, around 10 hours. I have set hours, but they’re very flexible if I have conflicts,” she said, adding that it is important for students to take an interest in their job. “My job is very interesting and I am always doing different things,” she said. “I would recommend it to students with related majors such as nutrition or animal science

File photo: Iowa State Daily Mark Deaton, junior in chemical engineering, examines the difference between raw bio-oil and diluted bio-oil at Iowa State’s new Biorenewables Research Laboratory on Sept. 21. On-campus jobs allow students to gain experience in fields related to their major or subjects of interest.

majors.” Occupations have the chance of producing positives outcomes for various reasons, such as getting tips as a waitress or just attaining an interest in what you do. “I absolutely love my job. If you are an education major or just love working with children I highly recommend it. The kids are tons of fun,” Clark said. “Everyone is extremely friendly and nice. It makes for a comfortable and fun working environment.” Employment can keep students busy, but homework must be a main priority and not be pushed back in order to pursue a job opportunity. “Being an assistant teacher is not too demanding. I work around

my job and plan accordingly,” Clark said. “I make sure to get homework and studying done before work or I make sure to have time slots open after work or on other days of the week.” Finding an occupation that is manageable is necessary if a job is demanding, Dwyer said. “My job was demanding in the beginning because I had never served before, but now I enjoy the break from school,” she said. “Sometimes it can be a little much in the week, but it all depends on your class load and your major.” Making sure to plan around work is imperative so as to not have any issues. “Depending on the person and job they are doing, work can

Damman also participated in the weekend’s performance in Columbus, Ohio. “We see amazing dancers perform on Friday and Saturday night,” Damman said, senior in marketing. “We competed as a team against 44 other schools here across the nation.” Damman said everyone on the competition team made a callback. Overall, he said the competition went very well, and all the dancers seemed pleased. Cyclone Ballroom is made up of mostly engineers. While not all members are engineers, Hay said the club is not to be mistaken for only allowing engineers. “When I first started, it provided a healthy distraction from classes, a nice change of pace,” Hay said. “Our president is a chemical engineer, as well as our treasurer. We also have [computer science] and [aerospace engineering] majors. Of course not all are engineers, but it is something to note.”

be stressful. Freshman year it’s rough, but you will eventually get into the swing of things,” Dwyer said. “Having a job is important because it teaches you lessons school wouldn’t like responsibility, leadership, and time management.” Putting all of these key points together makes for a happy, wealthier and more knowledgeable student. “I think having a job, as a student, is definitely a positive. Although it may not be the case for some, I feel like keeping busy makes me more focused and organized,” Ure said. “Additionally it is important to always think about networking and building a resume.” A student’s working environment can affect his or her outlook on the job as well. “My co-workers add to the positive environment by being very helpful and answering any questions I have whether it is about work, school or ISU in general,” Ure said. “My manager also always makes sure I am comfortable with the task I have been given and makes work a very positive experience overall.” Clark said she believes students should have jobs while in college. “It teaches you time management skills, responsibility and organization,” Clark said. “Plus it will help you in the long run because it teaches you how to multi-task and how to handle stress in a positive way.”

Photo courtesy of Ryan Damman Michael Forrester, senior in chemical engineering, and Meaghan Hetherton, junior in biological/premedical illustration, dance the waltz.

>>JOG.p1 “The proceeds from the race go toward a scholarship for an outstanding freshman student, in hopes that they will live on to continue doing great things, not only for our university, but throughout life.” The annual run will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, beginning in front of the Memorial Union and finishing in front of Curtiss Hall on Central Campus. Registration for the race is open and available on the Freshmen Council website at www.fc.stuorg.iastate. edu. Cash and checks will be accepted at registration and check-in, which will begin the day of the 5k at 4 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Along the route, student-athletes and prominent student and campus leaders will cheer on runners. “People should participate in the race this year because the race itself is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” Swanson said. “In very few fun-runs do you get to dress up in holiday-inspired costumes. Each runner will also get jingle bells for their shoes, a limited edition long sleeve T-shirt and refreshments after the race — not to mention the costume contest, jazzercising and charity card-making during race registration. It should be a really fun event, the proceeds go to great cause, and it will help shed a few of those extra pounds that we put on during Thanksgiving.” The race is projected to see a healthy increase in participants this year. “Last year, we had about 650 participants and this year we would like to see at least 750, but I don’t think 1,000 runners would be out of the question, and that would be a record amount of revenue for the scholarship,” said Tym Wood, co-chairman of the event.







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Black Friday should be least of our worries Black Friday is an annual part of post-Thanksgiving observances and Christmas season kickoff. In all likelihood, you participated in it to at least some degree. That participation may have consisted of anything from lining up after sleeping off Thursday’s dinner and clamoring for the deals you wanted to take advantage of to going out Friday night to survey the damage and see whether the chaos remained. We are in the middle of a cycle of economic recession and recovery, consumer confidence is low and unemployment is high. Yet we insist, just like we have for years, on going out and spending all kinds of money on all kinds of gadgets, clothes, toys and jewelry. Sales this year were up 6.6 percent from last year, at $11.4 billion. Maybe it’s just a matter of who is spending money on credit to stimulate the economy. For whatever reason, it is acceptable and encouraged for individuals to go out, spend money and create demand for cheap imports, but when the government tries to stimulate the economy by putting people in the United States to work providing services, we’re on the high road to socialism and betray the War for Independence. That verdict comes even as Black Friday shoppers mar their fellow customers with pepper spray, robberies and shootings above and beyond the ordinary (and it may be a strong indicator of our social health that “ordinary” is an appropriate word here) pushing, shoving and swearing at shoppers who get in the way of greed. This is at a time when we all preach a spirit of giving, charity and kindness. And then there’s today, Cyber Monday, when even more deals appear that shoppers can take advantage of online. And with spending projected to be at $1.2 billion this year, maybe it’s for the best that so many of us, having lost the social skills that serve as a foundation to go out in public and interact with others, confine ourselves at home and shop online. Shopping has become a way of life as we apparently discard fiscal temperance for self-gratification. Many news outlets offered tips for surviving Black Friday excursions and making a successful shopping experience. Families make their shopping plans while preparing Thanksgiving dinner or in its aftermath, and some of the legendary stories we tell this week will inevitably revolve around the weekend’s shopping. We should wake up. Until we snap out of our self-absorbed quest for material satisfaction, we won’t solve any of the problems confronting us, from unemployment and banking to pollution, national security and looser morals. Editorial Board

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anity, arrogance, presumption and conceit are the marks of any scientist who assumes that his discipline provides more of the answers to human existence than the arts and humanities or social sciences. Disciplines that may not be of profitable use are the ones that validate our existence as humans. Facts are very nice, and so is rational thinking. Science has undeniably given us important conveniences that free our time and improve our standard of living, but valuing science at art’s expense makes men into machines who are unable to appreciate grace, elegance and beauty. It is not through science that we suck the marrow out of life and let it drip from our tongues like honey. Science does not allow you to live deliberately. It makes decisions for you. Settled facts leave no room for debate or dissent or individual interpretation. It is through poetry, art and human interaction that our lives are validated. Civil society exists because somewhere, once upon a time, some group of people decided that looking after people’s safety and rights is important. Despite the fact that, as a landgrant institution, Iowa State is charged, “without excluding other scientific or classical studies,” the teaching of “such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts,” there is a discrepancy between funding for and enrollment in hard and soft sciences. In 2006, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sent 40 percent of its budget to departments grouped as science and mathematics, which teaches 43 percent of student credit hours, employs 47.7 percent of faculty and has 22.5 percent of majors in the college. The humanities and social sciences, meanwhile, receive 38.8 percent of the budget to teach 55.75 percent of student credit hours, employ 51.5 percent of faculty and teach 48 percent of the college’s majors. People lived full experiences before science came along and provided us with modern conveniences. We are food for worms, and someday we will all fertilize daffodils. Technological and scientific progress will not save us from ourselves or from that fate. All too often, rationalism and science have provided the means to terrible ends. The first world war was a boon to science. Using barbed wire, machine guns, flamethrowers, poison gas, airplanes, tanks, submarines and mines, vast

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LAS Credit Hours vs. Budget By Michael.Belding armies entrenched themselves across northern France from Switzerland to the English Channel and wasted themselves on each other in four years of stalemated war. Technology also served the second world war. The Holocaust brought 11 million people to their deaths through a progression of methods toward maximum efficiency. The Nazis improved their methods during a decade in power, moving from shooting people into mass graves to piping carbon monoxide exhaust into the back of sealed trucks before they reached their desired mechanism: the showerheads at Auschwitz. The French Revolution’s solution to a world in which only reason was kosher, where religion and emotion had to be checked at the door, was a bloodbath. The 19th century’s reaction to a world in which science and its cold, hard, empirical facts would provide answers to everything was the medical phenomenon hysteria — the manifestation, especially in women, of real physical ailments with no apparent physical cause. Finding a great key to everything in reason, even if it can be done, is impractical. The search drives men mad. Trying to reconcile problems using only reason also drives them mad. This problem does not belong

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only to the great mysteries of our time: Even chess players are afflicted with an obsession for finding the most perfect set of moves. Masters at the game, such as Paul Morphy, Aron Nimzowitsch and Bobby Fischer, exhibit patterns of descent into severe mental illnesses. Experience formed by interaction with other humans is what makes life worth living. It is the soft sciences that give us civil society, morals and comfort in the face of injustice. Biological existence and the human experience are not the same thing. God’s only afterthought when he created the Garden of Eden was to create a second human, woman, because “for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.” The power to name each living creature was insufficient. Life alone, even with complete

Graphic: Kelsey Kremer/ Iowa State Daily Shares of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences budget given to the college’s divisions.

dominion over nature, is no life at all: God created woman out of one of Adam’s ribs; by himself, he was incomplete. Consider Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. Intellectually brilliant, able to make use of the best logic and forensic analysis, he was sometimes a cocaine addict, regularly played the violin at 3 a.m. and was without friends or lovers. He cherry-picked through knowledge, learning only what was useful to him. No one discipline is more important than another. Each is valuable in its own right. Science does nothing to alleviate the natural condition of man as one in which life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

Michael Belding is a senior

in history and political science from Story City, Iowa.


Politicians cannot ignore science T he shopping holiday of the year, otherwise known as Black Friday, was not only an exciting time for shoppers this year, but for scientists as well. On Black Friday, the Mars Science Laboratory blasted off for the red planet, which it will reach in September 2012. The one-ton Mini Cooper-sized rover will spend the next few years (at least) photographing and investigating Mars rocks, looking for signs of life. This mission is what science and engineering is all about. Science is about finding precise answers to the multitude of unsolved problems in the universe and engineering is about building the tools that help get them to the answers. Why do we continue to search for questions and their answers? Perhaps it is just an evolutionary impulse that has helped humanity develop as a species. But it is no question that the new scientific data we discover could be revolutionary and at the very least will add to the human pool of knowledge. I spent some time during the first Sunday of break listening to one of the department chairpersons from the University of Minnesota talk about the long history of conflict between faith and science. What struck me most about the event at my church was one of the questions at the end of the lecture from the man behind me. He pointed out that after watching a debate between two people recently where one argued that our planetary system is geocentric (Earth-centered) and the other supported the scientific heliocentric (sun-centered) view, he found it more compelling to believe the preCopernican (Earth-centered) viewpoint. That was a bit stunning to me. I couldn’t believe there are still people who think the sun revolves around the Earth,

By Rick.Hanton as impossible as that may be in a universe of Newtonian physics. They have consciously made the decision that the Bible holds more truth than the scientific process in this matter. To an engineering student like me, this is simply amazing. While I don’t want to go too far down the science-religion rabbit hole here, I agree with the professor that while many literal teachings of the Bible that may have been true to the knowledge of their day, but are now proved false are just that — teachings. The central tenets of faith can’t be explained away by science. You have to have faith that your god forgives you of sin and that you will have the chance to pass judgment and find life after death — science will likely never prove those beliefs to be true or false. On the other hand, the belief that the man in my church held that we shouldn’t believe science unless we can verify scientists’ work with our own two eyes is ridiculous. If this were the case, it would be impossible, because not all of us have electron microscopes or space telescopes sitting in our basements. If proof is what we seek, we need only look at the peer reviews in the science community and the work that is done to repeat experiments to prove a good hypothesis and build on prior work. If I take my criticism of non-factual beliefs a few steps further, I also can apply it to the 2012 presidential race.

It worries me that a number of the Republican front-runners have made more statements that websites like have found to be blatantly false than statements found to be true. The worst offenders are Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. However, I should add that many of the other candidates have very good records of truth-telling and many Democrats also have records that are littered with half-truths and nowhere near spotless. But it isn’t hard for anyone with a moderate understanding of logic to see that superconservatives seem to live down a deep rabbit hole these days where the media is out to get them, science is not to be believed, compromise is seen as defeat and corporations are king. With so many of these far-right Republicans sitting in Congress, the voice of the mostly moderate group of Democrats is largely drowned out. This is not how our Founding Fathers ever wanted the country to be run. Without the reasoned consideration of all opposing views and use of compromise to make law, we are little better than the monarchy that we fought for years to break free of. So do us all a favor in 2012: Research all the candidates you can vote for, pick the very best person for each job (hopefully someone willing to believe science and use facts) and then go vote, either here in Ames or in your hometown. Scientists will continue to reach into the universe and into the atom to discover and explore, but it will mean little if our representatives never pay attention to what they find.

Rick Hanton is a senior in computer engineering from Arden Hills, Minn.


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Seniors optimistic for postseason play Despite loss to Texas A&M, team ready for tournament

By David.Merrill


The final score wasn’t the script the seniors had written. Texas A&M earned a 3-1 victory against Iowa State on Saturday. The loss came on senior night for four ISU players. Outside hitter Carly Jenson Jenson, right-side hitter Kelsey Petersen, middle back Deb Stadick and defensive specialist Caitlin Mahoney played their final regular-season match in Hilton Coliseum. Despite the loss, it did not dampen the players’ spirits. “It’s the best experience I could have had,” Jenson said of playing in Hilton. “I’m so grateful for my teammates and my coaches. I’m sad that this is how the season ended, but we still have postseason to go.” Jenson, the team’s top offensive threat, was held to 12 kills on 41 attempts. She hit .146 for the night. Petersen finished with four kills on seven attempts to hit .429. Stadick connected on both of her kill attempts while Mahoney finished with one assist and five digs. The fact that those four seniors ended the season on a loss is not indicative of the way the team performed during their four years. Jenson, Petersen, Stadick and Mahoney have the highest winning percentage of any senior class in school history. They have won 75 percent of the matches they were a part of. That fact was not lost on coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. “This group has been the core group of a team that’s been to the Elite Eight and the Sweet 16,” Johnson-Lynch said. “This is a great class. They’re a great group of kids and tremendous people. We’re lucky to have them here and thank them for the time that they were here.” Petersen averaged 1.88 kills per set in her senior season, while Jenson averaged 3.04 kills per set in her senior campaign. Stadick recorded 491 career kills while averaging 1.47 per set her

AP Top 25 1: LSU (60) 12-0 2: Alabama 11-1 3: Oklahoma State 10-1 4: Stanford 11-1 5: Virginia Tech 11-1 6: Arkansas 10-2 7: Houston 12-0 8: Oregon 10-2 T9: Boise State 10-1 T9: USC 10-2 11: Michigan State 10-2 12: Georgia 10-2 13: Oklahoma 9-2 14: South Carolina 10-2 15: Wisconsin 10-2 16: Kansas State 9-2 17: Michigan 10-2 18: TCU 9-2 19: Baylor 8-3 20: Nebraska 9-3 21: Clemson 9-3 22: West Virginia 8-3 23: Penn State 9-3 24: Southern Miss 10-2 25: Florida State 8-4 Dropped from rankings: Notre Dame 22, Virginia 24, Georgia Tech 25


Iowa State wins 2 games in Michigan By Clint Cole Daily staff writer The No. 5 ISU hockey team hit the road last weekend to play three games in the Michigan-Dearborn Holiday Classic. The Cyclones played Friday, Saturday and Sunday and came away with two wins and a loss in those three games. The Cyclones (16-4-1-2) lost the first game to Western Michigan by a score of 6-3. The Cyclones trailed 4-2 following the second period and pulled within one point 40 seconds into the third period with a goal by senior captain Brian Rooney, but that was all the closer the Cyclones would get before the Stallions scored two more to close the game. “The youthfulness on a road trip on the first game showed up again, being just a little flat in the first period,” coach Al Murdoch said in a news release. “We’ve been playing catch-up every Friday that we’ve been on the road, and our team struggles a little bit with that.” The Cyclones redeemed themselves Saturday night with a 10-0 win against Michigan-Dearborn. The Cyclones jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead in this game and didn’t let up as they cruised to the victory over the Wolves. Iowa State did it again Sunday morning against Eastern Michigan. The Cyclones closed out the MichiganDearborn Holiday Classic with a 10-2 win over the Eagles. The Cyclones continue the season at home this Friday and Saturday against No. 3 Lindenwood.

Photo: David Merrill/Iowa State Daily Redshirt freshman Ryak Finch wrestles against Oklahoma’s Jarrod Patterson on Sunday. Finch lost a 10-0 major decision.

Young Cyclones hope losses help build experience coach Kevin Jackson. “We plan on using it when we get in to the important part of the year, and that’s February and March.” The day started with redshirt freshman Ryak Finch’s 10-0 major decision loss to No. 4 Jarrod Patterson in the 125-pound match. The loss was Finch’s first since his freshman year of high school. The Cyclones would go on to drop the next four matches with four more freshmen — Shayden Terukina (133), Luke Goettl (141), Joey Cozart (149) and Michael Moreno (157) — on

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File photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily Senior right-side hitter Carly Jenson goes up for a spike in the Cyclones’ 3-1 win against Texas Tech on Nov. 5. Iowa State lost 3-1 to Texas A&M on Saturday on senior night.

senior season. Mahoney finishes her career with 788 digs, averaging 2.15 in her senior season. The seniors are looking forward to going through their final postseason run together. “It’s bitter to end it like this, but it means nothing,” Mahoney said. “We still have the tournament and we know we’re a great team.” The Cyclones will get at least one more chance in front of the home crowd. Iowa State will host Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.



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looking for the inexperienced freshmen to wrestle hard. “They just need to look at every match and get better every match,” Sorenson said. “All we’re asking them to do right now is go out there and fight for seven minutes and do what they’re trained to do.” When Sorenson was a redshirt freshman, an injury forced him into Iowa State’s starting lineup at 174 pounds. Sorenson said his mentality then is what the team needs


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from this season’s freshmen. “I had to go out and do my job, keep it close and wrestle my match where I could put myself in a position to win,” Sorenson said. “That’s where we’re trying to get these guys — to put themselves in position to win late in the match.” Right now, Jackson said, it’s all about making the adjustment to collegiate wrestling for the freshmen on the team. “These freshmen are struggling with Division I mental-

ity,” Jackson said. “They’ll get it, but as a program we’ll struggle until they do get it.” While Jackson said using the early-season matches as experience does not help stomach the losses, he said it will all eventually pay off. “We have some guys that are really trying their best, and they’ll figure it out,” Jackson said. “They will improve, they will get better and they will be good when February and March come around.”

Injury puts Gadson out for remainder of season Kyven Gadson will be out for the remainder of the season after reaggravating a shoulder injury, said ISU coach Kevin Jackson. The 197-pound redshirt freshman wrestled cautiously in his season debut —a 6-1 loss to Keldrick Hall — in the Cyclones’ dual loss to Oklahoma on Sunday.

“We’re going to have to shelf him for a long, long time,” Jackson said. “I don’t think we’ll see him again this year.” Jackson said his staff will begin the process of filing for a medical redshirt for Gadson. Gadson was not made available for comment. Jake Calhoun, Daily staff writer

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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Try something new. You’ve got your sights set on moving up the career ladder, which has seemed a bit shaky. Take inventory of those skills: There’s an appreciative audience.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- All the world’s a stage, and you, a player. Your role is “peacemaker.” Give it your best effort, for huge applause and flowers from loved ones.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Something may not work as intended. Follow directions exactly. Consider external factors. Go outside to clear your head, and get back at it later.

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The future of airport security After the EU’s announcement that it will ban “backscatter” X-ray body scanners, airports may have to look at alternative security measures, from Bluetooth tracking and ‘super clone’ sniffer dogs to behavior detection officers. Although still at concept stage, the International Air Transport Association hopes to have such checkpoints installed in airports in the next five to seven years. CNN Wire staff

Black Friday sales set records CNN Wire staff Black Friday brought record sales — an estimated $52.4 billion over the weekend — and analysts are expecting an abundance of deals to bring in record online sales on “Cyber Monday.” Andrew Lipsman, an industry analyst at data tracking firm ComScore, said sales for the one-day shopping event are projected to hit a record $1.2 billion this year. Almost every major retailer plans on taking advantage of the hottest day to shop online. According to the’s eHoliday survey, eight out of 10 online retailers will offer promotions on Cyber Monday. But the deals aren’t just limited to Monday. Ahead of the big day, more than 90 percent of online merchants offered promotions over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a trend analysts are calling “couch commerce” — more people want to spend money online from the comfort of their homes rather than head out to the shops. Lelah Manz, chief strategist of commerce at Akamai, cited the rise of tablet computers in the last year as a major game-changer in e-commerce. “If you think about when the con-










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If you sit down and talk to Lorry Ver Steeg or simply walk into his coffee shop, you can immediately see he is passionate about what he does. Ver Steeg’s easygoing, laid back personality allows him to run his business and take time to stop and chat with customers. It is evident by his character that Ver Steeg truly enjoys what he does. “If you have the privilege of doing what you love, it’s the easiest time spent,” Ver Steeg said. Ver Steeg is the owner of Lorry’s Coffee on Lincoln Way, which opened Oct. 18. Although this is only his first ownership, Ver Steeg has previously worked at eight different coffee shops. Ver Steeg said he started drinking coffee in high school

during the early mornings before Ultimate Frisbee tournaments. He continued to drink coffee throughout college and described that the caffeine had an immediate impact on his studies, allowing him to think faster and be more creative. Since 1997, Ver Steeg has served coffee in various locations but says he really loves Ames. He wanted to start a coffee shop in Campustown for a while and found Matthew Goodman, his business partner, who had similar goals. One of the things they pride themselves on is serving good, quality coffee that can be made quickly. This is achieved by having a drive-thru. “Our goal is that Campustown can have fast, great coffee,” Goodman said. Both Goodman and Ver Steeg are passionate about

Lorry’s Coffee ƒƒ 2320 Lincoln Way ƒƒ Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Sunday ƒƒ Phone: 515-292-2735

bringing high-quality businesses to Campustown that still feels accessible to students. In addition to coffee, Lorry’s Coffee also offers other drinks along with sandwiches and deli items. Aside from his passion for coffee, Lorry describes himself as having exuberance with customer service. He enjoys talking with and serving customers, which is how he has built great relationships with people in the Ames community.

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