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Regents approve tuition hike Education costs will increase 3.75 percent By Paige.Godden @iowastatedaily.com The Iowa Board of Regents passed a 3.75 percent tuition increase as an indication to Iowa families that tuition will increase by at least

that much. After Thursday’s meeting, President Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter, who was filling in for President Craig Lang because he was attending an annual meeting with Farm Bureau, said the regents want to make it clear to the Iowa Legislature that a 4 percent increase in state funding will be vital this year. Rastetter said this num-

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ber is an indication to Iowa families, but the number may change if state funding doesn’t increase from last year. Regent Ruth Harkin, wife of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, was the only dissenting vote. “I appreciate the effort to keep tuition down, but I’m going to have to vote no because ... I believe Iowan’s in-

President Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter read a statement concerning a letter to the editor, published in the Iowa State Daily, written by a lecturer in the Intensive English and Orientation Program. The letter said necessities should be given to those in

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Gunman kills officer, then found dead BLACKSBURG, Virginia (AP) — A gunman killed a Virginia Tech police officer Thursday at a campus parking lot and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in an attack that shook the university nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. The shooting took place on the same day Virginia Tech officials were in Washington, fighting a government fine over their alleged mishandling of the 2007 bloodbath where 33 people were killed. Before it became clear that the gunman in Thursday’s attack was dead, the school applied the lessons learned during the last tragedy, locking down the campus and using a high-tech alert system to warn students and faculty members to stay indoors. Sgt. Robert Carpentieri said it appeared that the shooter was not in the car that had been pulled over. Carpentieri said another officer later spotted a second person in a different parking lot who was alive at the time. That person, a white man, later died of a gunshot wound. Virginia Tech officials said on the school’s website that a weapon was recovered near the second body found in a parking lot on campus. They also said there was no longer an active threat Thursday afternoon after an hourslong lockdown.

By Katherine.Klingseis @iowastatedaily.com W a r m . Welcoming. Translucent. Accessible. Those were all words members of the ISU community used to Geoffroy describe President Gregory Geoffroy at his and his wife Kathy’s farewell reception Thursday. Members of the ISU community flooded into the South Ballroom in the Memorial Union to attend the ceremony. Before entering guests were able to sign guest books and make name tags. Once inside, guests were able to shake the Geoffroys’ hands and speak briefly with them. “It’s great to see so many people here,” Kathy said. “I’m glad they have name tags.” ISU faculty, staff, students and

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Photo: John Andrus/Iowa State Daily A Ron Paul supporter holds up a sign in the crowd that attended the Republican presidential candidate’s speech in the Great Hall on Thursday.

Ron Paul emphasized the need to protect individual liberties to a crowd of 600-plus in the Great Hall on Wednesday night. “If you haven’t heard me speak before, my speech is a little different,” Paul said. “I think of change being philoPaul sophic, not just changing a person here ... but changing in the sense there is something seriously wrong with our Constitution.” Paul said in order to do that, we have to change things because we have drifted far away from our Constitution. He said there is a serious attack on personal liberty. He said that passing bills out of panic mode and passing legislation such as the Patriot Act does not help your personal liberty. “I’d like to get rid of the Patriot Act, to tell you the

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ART SALE: Students support art, shop for “homemade” gifts Peter Kasper, senior in integrated studio arts, explains how he made the rolling pin that Michael Vander Ploeg, senior in architecture, is examining at the annual fall sale of work by students in the integrated studio arts program at the College of Design. Behind them, Eleni Achrazoglou, senior in integrated studio arts, talks with Andie Schmitz, sophomore in pre-biological/pre-medical illustration.

Police Blotter: Dec. 6 Robert Newton, 34, East Seventh Street, was arrested and charged with public intoxication (third) (reported at 11 a.m.). A computer that was reported stolen in Carver Hall on Sept. 28 was located (reported at 3:13 p.m.). Martin Soens, 55, 225 S. Kellogg Ave., was arrested and charged

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Seacrest may be in running for possible ‘Today’ spot Ryan Seacrest is among the busiest in the business thanks to his myriad hosting and production duties, and it sounds like he’s being eyed for another job: co-anchor on “Today.”

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with public intoxication (third) (reported at 4:15 p.m.). Tarun Yenna, 22, 313 Stanton Ave. unit 22, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia (reported at 8:18 p.m.).

Dec. 7 Matthew Wilmers, 25,1217 Harding Ave., was arrested and

The Wall Street Journal pegs it as a possibility, as the paper reports that NBC is looking to Seacrest as a potential successor to Matt Lauer, should the anchor depart the morning show next year. According to the WSJ, Seacrest met with NBC execs Tuesday to talk over the idea of him joining “Today.” The paper cautions that these conversations are preliminary. His rep has declined

charged with public intoxication (first) and criminal mischief (second degree) (reported at 1:56 a.m.). Jeremy Dooley , 35, 1124 Curtiss Ave., was arrested and charged with domestic abuse (serious) and assault causing serious injury (reported at 3 a.m.). Justin Hoffman, 4709 Steinbeck St. unit 17, was arrested and charged with willful failure to appear (reported at 10:30 a.m.).

Dominique Lind, 23, 3801 Columbine Ave., was arrested and charged with theft (third) and theft (fifth) (reported at 1:30 p.m.). JB Rockingham, 39, of Ames, was arrested and charged with driving while barred (reported at 2 p.m.). Vehicles driven by Wen Zhou and Karen Goodman were involved in a property damage collision (reported at 5:11 p.m.).

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Research technician to retire after 51 years By Tiffany.Westrom @iowastatedaily.com Paul Ness remembers what Ames was like when he first started working at the Ames Laboratory. It was the Cold War era, troops were in Vietnam and Kennedy was president. Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium were cornfields, there was no College of Design Building, no Gilman and no Meat Lab. The Armory was used for pickup games of basketball, and the Ames Laboratory had guard shacks and security when a 22-year-old Paul Ness began his work as a research technician for the Ames Laboratory in 1960. Ness has worked the same job ever since. After 51 years at the Ames Laboratory, Ness will retire on Jan. 4.

Married for more than 50 years, father of four and grandfather of eight, Ness has worked daily to make sure students have everything they need to conduct research in the labs, and if they were missing something, he would make it. “We’re going to miss him, he is the life of the party here,” said his successor and friend, Marc McGinn. “He should get all of the credit because he has helped since the beginning.” In 1967, Ness and his former co-worker Mike Sandholm measured out the plans for Zaffarano Hall, which was built by 1968. Zaffarano Hall is home to parts of the Ames Laboratory and Ness’ current office, which after 40 years is less than 80 feet from his original office in Physics Hall. They were also responsible for the extensive helium recovery system that works to bring back helium from several buildings to reduce costs

for the lab. But Ness’ favorite part of his job has been the breaks in the coffee room with his co-workers. “This is where all the fun was, it got pretty loud in here some days with a big crowd, and we made a commitment of not talking about work in here, 15 minutes without it,” Ness said while standing in the small break room that was covered entirely in sun-faded newspaper articles from the last 40 years. A few mismatched chairs, retirement party posters, inside jokes and a bowl for making liquid nitrogen ice cream decorate the small space. After working for more than a half-century in Ames, Ness has watched the campus go through many changes and has enjoyed getting to meet and work with leaders, faculty and students in the labs. “There have been some days where it was

tough to come in, but after a coffee break most of the problems had eased themselves, and by the time I went home, I was happy that I had gone to work that day,” Ness said. When Ness retires, he plans to travel to places in the United States where he has never been before, but he also wants to work on projects in his Story City home. Retiring will not keep him away from the quaint and colorful break room he is leaving behind though, he said. “I’ll continue to come in and chat with the guys, you can’t leave permanently after making friends like I have for the last 50 years,” Ness said. Ness has served thousands of students and scientists in his time at the Ames Laboratory and will be missed. “We’re ready, but he certainly will be hard to replace,” said co-worker Keith Schulke.

>>EDUCATION.p1 While most Iowans agree with the goal, there is some controversy surrounding the proposed minimum GPA of 3.0. Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education, helped create the plan on the basis that there are five parts that make up an excellent teacher: the ability to connect with students on a personal level, caring for their students, believing they are working to improve a child’s life, mastering the content that they are teaching, and retaining the ability to teach in a variety of ways so that all children have the opportunity to learn. “A 3.0 GPA is a rough measure of content knowledge, pure cognitive ability and perseverance,” Glass said. “Currently we are taking a risk [by allowing anyone to teach] and putting it on our children.” The goal of the reform plan is to produce teachers who have all of the traits listed above, as well as the aptitude to reflect success in the test scores of their students. Glass believes that selectivity is needed to create better teachers and that a 3.0 GPA is a good measure for how a student will perform after graduation. David Whaley, associate dean of teacher education in the College of Human Sciences, disagrees with this assessment. “We don’t know that a 3.0 is the right expectation,” Whaley said.

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are able to produce quality teachers. Due to the current success of the ISU teacher preparation programs and the lack of research proving the correlation between GPA and teach-

ing excellence, Whaley does not believe the GPA minimum is needed. He hopes that if the minimum is mandated, there is a clause put in place to allow experts at the school to make exceptions for a student who is believed to be a good teaching candidate without the required GPA. “The most effective teachers today lead students down the path of learning,” Whaley said. With this new plan, students may wonder how this will affect them. “Overall, I think progress is being made and they are on the right track,” said Kendra Carlson, senior in family and consumer sciences education and studies. “While I may not think that an exam or GPA standard would make much of a difference, I do not think it will cause harm.” Current ISU students in the program will most likely be able to graduate with the requirements set forth at their admission to the program. Therefore, the GPA requirement should not affect them. It will, however, affect students entering the program in the coming years. Students who want to gain a teaching degree in Iowa face the possibility that all areas will need to take and pass an “exit exam” that would test content mastery before they are able to graduate and begin teaching. “The overall goal is to make our students the very best and to make our teachers the very best,” Carlson said.

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>>GEOFFROY.p1 alumni then chatted amongst each other and ate food in the South Ballroom and Sun Room. “There are just so many good people here,” Gregory said. Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman said turnout for the reception was “terrific.” Many people at the event said they came to the reception to honor the Geoffroys and pay their respects to the Geoffroys’ service to the university and to the community. Sociology lecturer Richard Reger said he went to the reception to say hello and goodbye to Geoffroy. “I’m going to miss him a lot,” Reger said. “He’s done a lot for the community.” Jake Armstrong, sophomore in agronomy, said he went to the reception to meet new people and to pay respect to the ISU president. “I shook Geoffroy’s hand,” Armstrong said. “You don’t get the opportunity to shake hands with the president every day.” The official program during the reception began with Peter Orazem, professor of economics, welcoming guests and introducing Hoffman. Hoffman began her speech with a toast, in which she thanked the Geoffroys for their work at Iowa State and “for leaving Iowa State as a better university.” “The toast really reflects what we as a community have to say about the excellence of Greg and Kathy Geoffroy,” Hoffman said. Hoffman then spoke about working with Geoffroy for more than 20 years at various positions across the nation. When Geoffroy was considering becoming an university president, Hoffman was the one who nominated him for the ISU position. After stepping down as president of the University of Colorado in 2005, Hoffman joined the ISU staff as the executive vice president and provost, working directly under Geoffroy. “I can tell you, President Geoffroy is the best boss I have ever had,” Hoffman said. “He hires great people and allows them to do their jobs. And that’s one of the hallmarks of a great boss.” Government of the Student Body President Dakota Hoben took the stage after Hoffman. He said he feels privileged to have

Photo: Emily Harmon/Iowa State Daily President Gregory Geoffroy and his wife Kathy listen to presenters during the farewell reception Thursday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. The reception began with refreshments and chatter, followed by presentations and words of appreciation.

been able to know the Geoffroys. Hoben spoke of Geoffroy’s accessibility and accountability. He described how Geoffroy created “an atmosphere and experience on this campus that no other university can duplicate.” “President Geoffroy has been a point of pride for this university for 10 years,” Hoben said. “He was never viewed as a figurehead, but as a real person by all of us students.” Hoben also said that a bad word can not be spoken about Iowa State’s president and that he will be greatly missed. Orazem then took the stage and presented a humorous slide show of Geoffroy’s life. Orazem also presented a video of members of the ISU community paying tribute to the Geoffroys. Vice President of Student Affairs Thomas Hill said in the video that Geoffroy asked him the first day as president if he would be able to arrange a meeting with a group of ISU students. “I was excited because that was a message to me that this president understood the significance of a good relationship with students,” Hill said. After the video, Hoffman and Hoben gave the Geoffroys gifts from the ISU and Ames community. After the gift giving, the Geoffroys made their remarks. Kathy

began by thanking the students who came to the reception. She then spoke of her time at Iowa State and her experiences with students. In particular, she said she enjoyed students sledding at the Knoll. “I thank you for coming over. Sometimes in the winter at the Knoll, it gets kind of slow there and its great to have students there,” she said. “I hope I got you a cookie.” Kathy also thanked her husband by saying, “Thanks for getting me into this.” After she finished her speech, Geoffroy began his speech by thanking the ISU community for its hard work. “Iowa State is a great university, and it’s a great university because of its people,” he said. Geoffroy then thanked his wife for her support. “She has always been a very, very strong rock of support for me — a great partner in helping me resolve my problems and issues and situations,” he said. “Those discussions have been extremely helpful.” He finished his speech by paraphrasing ISU football coach Paul Rhoads. “I just want to say how proud I am of all of you,” he said. “How proud, proud I am of this university.”

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truth,” Paul said. He said there was a time when we had a sense of foreign policy and in order to do that again, we need to “give us a strong national defense, to mind our own business and start bringing our troops home.” He said with the position the United States is in right now, the question of how many enemies the country needs must be asked. “I think a golden rule is ... treat the people like you want to be treated,” Paul said. He posed a question asking why the U.S. would want to do anything to another country that it would not want done to itself. “Wouldn’t that make a different world, if we refrained from bombing people and using drones?” Paul asked. “What if China or some other country ever did that to us? I don’t think America would tolerate it.” He said the Taliban is not made up of people similar as al-Qaida members, who want to come to America and kill its citizens; they want to get people off their land. “It’s none of our business,” Paul said. “We should stay out of their affairs and make them make their own

need, instead of soldiers. Rastetter read, “[In regards to] the letter to the editor in the Iowa State Daily on behalf of Thomas Walker ... the Board of Regents does not share or support his decision. I, along with many Iowans, was offended and disgusted by Mr. Walker’s opinion.” Rastetter said Iowa schools have tried hard to have a good relationship with veterans. ISU senior Kyle Bitterman, a cadet battalion commander of the ISU ROTC and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said he disagrees, but respects Walker’s opinion. “The words, no matter how much we disagree, they are opinion, and that opinion each citizen has a right to use, which is part of the U.S. Constitution, which each airman, sailor and soldier sears an oath to defend,” he said. Dakota Hoben, president of the Government of the Student Body, had a differing opinion. “It is the opinion of the student body that this kind of rhetoric is uncalled for and should not be tolerated,” Hoben said. He said he hates to see Iowa State severely mislabeled. “I hate to give the author of one letter so much credit, but in today’s digital world, there are few things that stop online content from going viral,” Hoben said. Hoben said that as a student leader, he has a responsibility to enhance the student experience and foster a positive learning environment for all students. “Now, when service men and women are returning from the war, we want to be able to offer them an environment where they can continue their education,” Hoben said. He said that, unfortunately, that message is not what is being received by service men and women. “We respect his right to freedom of speech, but we also believe there are consequences for one’s actions,” Hoben said. “God bless our service men and women. God bless the United States of America.” President Gregory Geoffroy said he wanted to make it very clear that Walker’s comments and opinions do not in anyway represent Iowa State. “I, personally, very strongly disagree with his comments and I am very disappointed he chose to write such a letter,” he said. Geoffroy said he is proud of the alumni, faculty and staff who serve or have served in the military and he is proud of the students who raised funds and care baskets for the troops.

comes aren’t high enough to keep up,” Harkin said. The increase is expected to Harkin bring a net revenue of $24 million. The regents approved a request to create a new school of education at Iowa State. The approval was passed as a part of the consent agenda, with no discussion on the topic. The request is for Iowa State to combine the department of curriculum and instruction, department of educational leadership and policy, studies, associated centers and the ISU Teacher Education Program to create the school of education. The regents passed revisions to the Board of Regents Policy Manual, which stated, “A center or institute cannot be named for an elected official until that individual is no longer in office.” This revision does not affect the Harkin Institute because it has already been instated. Approval was granted by the board to proceed with project planning to update Auditorium 117 in MacKay Hall as well.

Photo: John Andrus/Iowa State Daily GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul explains the debt burden in the U.S. on Thursday. More than 600 people showed up to hear Paul speak in the Memorial Union.

decisions.” He said the war in Iraq began from foreign policy officials “beating the drums of war and getting people to get people to go along with this.” He said if the United States is careless and lets its guard down, war is going to happen. He then said war is never an economic stimulus. “Don’t accept the argument that it’s an economic plus,” Paul said. Paul said the middle class is angry right now because the rich got bailed out and the middle class lost their jobs and homes. “Government has [gotten] big because of the Federal Reserve printing out money,” Paul said. “No matter how well off the welfare

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system is, it doesn’t work.” He said in order to protect individual liberty, there needs to be a restriction on federal government. He said the United States has been under attack through the way of the income tax. “Income tax is unconstitutional. I don’t even think we’d need income tax if we had the proper size government,” he said. He said he would like to see a full audit of the Federal Reserve, to which members of the audience yelled, “Down with the Feds.” Paul said the big problem is political when dealing with a recession. “When we have a severe slum, the best thing politicians could do is keep their hands out of it,” Paul said.

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Don’t enact tax on nectar of the gods Sitting in a class of 50 students, you might see nine classmates drinking Mountain Dew, another four sipping on a Coke and three or more drinking Pepsi. About halfway through, the professor cracks open a soda of their own. Head to the library when you finish with class and you’ll see even more Mountain Dew, Vanilla Coke and Wild Cherry Pepsi. We drink bottles and fill cups from its sacred fountain. Departments have entire refrigerators dedicated to it, T.A.s and professors teach with it and dorm rooms have constructed monuments and pyramids for it. Soda fuels our late-night study sessions and Xbox escapades against the Russians. It inspires us, writes our papers, keeps us awake and helps us lug through the long hours. Soda maintains our society. After we go through late nights and stressful mornings, soda is the only thing that keeps us from killing one another and devolving into barbarians. The fact is that it is the fabric of our civilization and the root of America’s success for the past 200 years. It is the sacred fountain from which we sought. From the ancients through the romantics and all across indigenous peoples, we spoke of restorative waters. The Fountain of Youth was not found in 1513 with Ponce de Leon searching Florida, it was founded in 1886 when John Pemberton invented Coke in Georgia. It was the medical beverage of the age. It acted well to fix morphine addiction, headache, depression, anxiety, fatigue, indigestion and impotence. Only in the modern day have we found it to cure psychiatric illness and restore sanity to our population. Without it we’d dissolve into cromagnon-man. So why in any circumstance would a “fat tax” be a decent idea? Taxing the beverages that we depend on is like taxing the anti-psychotics of your deranged roommates or issuing a toll to travel the sidewalks. Only madness will ensure causing our own devastation. Attempting to restrict consumption to increase physical health will cause exponential increases in mental disorders, alcoholism and homicides. Day-to-day survival depends on whether your editor has had his Coke or your classmates have had a Mountain Dew. If you want society to crumble, then feel free to favor the “fat tax.” If you want to dry the fountain, favor the “fat tax.” However, if you want to keep American society strong, then keep our people provided with what they need. It’s not simply our soda, but our safety.

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ike many Americans, my little brothers are obsessed with the lives of three dark-haired California girls — the Kardashians. Kourtney, Kim and Khloe, along with their fame-obsessed mother Kris, let cameras follow them everywhere, forfeiting all privacy in exchange for their name appearing in every gossip column from New York City to Los Angeles. Am I the only one who does not find this lifestyle appealing? Oddly enough, the Kardashians are not the only attention-greedy individuals out there willing to share with the world their most intimate secrets. The genre that is reality TV has split, now serving as a mother genre to a number of daughter genres. We see the family-friendly genre on TLC with shows like “19 (18? 20? Who can keep track anymore...) Kids and Counting.” MTV offers the PG-13 “Jersey Shore.” “The Bachelor” serves as a romantic comedy (or at least I think it’s a comedy.) Reality TV even has game shows such as “Big Brother.” But, different as they may be, reality shows all have one thing in common — they are as fake as the three Kardashian sisters. Merriam-Webster defines the word reality as “a real event, entity or state of affairs.” Let’s apply this definition to what we know as reality TV, starting with the Kardashians. Do real people spend millions of dollars on a wedding only to divorce 72 days later? Do your sisters take you to get a butt X-ray to prove that you have not gotten implants? I have not heard of a single person who has had either of those things happen to them. I also don’t know any

By Meg.Grissom @iowastatedaily.com other family with 19 kids or any man who has more than a dozen girls fall madly in love with him at the same time. This being said, reality TV is not really “reality.” Have you ever been watching one of the aforementioned shows and wondered, “Well, that’s a coincidence,” or “Where did that even come from?” That’s because, in many cases, reality TV is staged. Think about your own life. Do audience-captivating events occur often enough that you could fill an entire season with drama? Odds are this is not the case. Personally, I follow just about the same schedule every day and if something exciting does find me, it is usually something that only my closest friends would want to know about. So why are the Kardashians so entertaining? While it could be argued that the millions of dollars they make yearly glamorizes their lifestyle, I really do not think that is the case. The real difference between them and us is that they have expert publicists and producers that have the means to create a fabulous illusion. They can pick the theme of the show, set up conversations, arrange conflict and neatly

package it all together in 30 minutes with a shiny bow on top. But, of course, even the best producers run out of materials every once in a while, so what is the solution? They send the family on a vacation. How many vacations did the Gosselins go on before their show got the boot (and the real drama set in)? No real family goes on multiple vacations a year to exotic destinations. The show just needs a little boost, plus the preview promises fresh drama, so — naturally — people will tune in to see what happens. Reality TV has taken stations by storm. The reason: People are bored with their own lives. Most of us do not see what the stars of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” or “Jersey Shore” see every day. Our lives are typically pretty predictable, but do we really want to have such a shallow life? Or, more importantly, do we want other countries to think that America values what they see on our reality television shows? Not me. I would much rather have others see the family values that we used to watch on “Full House” and “Growing Pains,” shows that provided role models (and no, Snooki is not a role model.) These are the kinds of shows that should be on the TV today, shows with more class and less ... well, you know. It’s time that America ditches reality TV and brings back the sitcom.

Meg Grissom is a junior in linguistics from

Carlisle, Iowa.

Education

Build more than just a resume Build a project outside of class to gain experience

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tudents need to not solely rely on building a resume. They need to build projects. Building a project could just land you that dream job or create your dream job. I’m not talking about talking about class projects. I’m talking about building something that helps you better understand something you’ve always been curious about and you can then report your experience to future peers and employers. I’m not telling you all to practice a bit of entrepreneurship, although that wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’m pushing the practice of trying to build something new. To just give you an example, I’ve always been fascinated with creating an experience of content consumption that can be remembered and shared by many. I started by coming up with my first magazine concept and then I created the first two issues. These issues combined generated more than 50 downloads within a week. That number is not astounding, but that is just through marketing a few times on Facebook, Twitter and through email. Building something when you don’t know if it’s going to stick with the people you are targeting is scary. For my magazine, I’ve already seen two people unsubscribe from my mailing list that gets sent the issues. But, I can learn from them and more importantly keep pressing on with all the other people that haven’t

By Derek.Jensen @iowastatedaily.com unsubscribed yet. I started this project because I wanted to see what I could do with what I’ve learned from all my years of college and education gained from other valuable resources. I’ve previously written about how we students are lacking the skill of applying what we’ve learned from our classes to the real world. When you are in that marketing class and learning about the basics, you can apply that material to a project of yours rather than complaining how bored you are. When you are in that required lecture for all core design students, you can be inspired by what you’ve learned to either improve or change something in a project your working on rather than wishing you skipped. When you are in Sociology 134, I’m betting some aspects of the material learned could be applied to your project rather than just taking notes, studying and feeling as if you’re in this boring cycle. Having your project in the back of your head is not only useful and beneficial when keeping attentive in classes, but also when you go out and network with people and businesses that interest you. Next weekend, there’s a career fair. You’ve got your resume all edited, typed and printed. You might even have some business cards drafted up that just say your name and contact information.

File photo: Emily Harmon/Iowa State Daily Gretchen Baer, junior in communication studies, discusses her resume with Pernell, a merchandising business analyst for Target, at the Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Human Sciences Career Fair on Sept. 28, at Hilton Coliseum. In order to make yourself more appealing to prospective employers, take the time to create a project outside of class that incorporates your interests.

And then you walk in the doors to begin connecting with possible employers and selling yourself. You see an employer that you would truly love to work for. You head that way while trying to figure out your strategy of getting yourself noticed by them and that employer might not even be looking to hire. A lot is going through your head, because quite possibly your pictured future is on the line. But, while everyone else has just their resumes and business cards, you have something else. You have an experience of building and carrying out a project. Immediately, the man or woman in front of that employer’s stand is listening. Now all you have to do is sell yourself. So in my case, if I were to go up to a magazine company, I bet they would be more willing to listen to me and my project than all the

others that have just handed their resume and business card. Let’s just say that through my project and networking, I’m close to working with a technology news agency called Silicon Prairie News. With little effort, anyone can create a project and apply what they’ve learned in college to tell an experience that might quite possible land you something you’ve only dreamed about. Hard work pays off and you should have had a good time along the way. It’s time for more students to build projects and make Iowa State even better. Secretly, the “choose your adventure” campaign agrees as well as the students who are in personal project mode.

Derek Jensen is a senior in communication studies from Pella, Iowa.


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Guest column

United States is not ‘banana republic’ O

n my last radio talk show appearance, a caller said, “Newt Gingrich is the only candidate who can save the United States.” I reflected for a moment and then observed that the United States is not like a Central American or African banana republic or an authoritarian country like Syria or North Korea. We cannot be “saved” by some “Tin Horn Dictator” coming to power and leading us on his white horse to a better future. We are a complex democratic society with very strong institutions at the national level and one of the most robust, decentralized forms of government in the world with strong governors and state legislatures — and with a free and diverse media that keeps an eye on everything. At the national level, checks and

Steffen Schmidt is a university

professor political science.

balances restrain any “Great Leader” to a significant extent because power is shared with a bicameral Congress. Even just getting agreement at the legislative level is, as we know, difficult. That’s how the Founding Fathers intended it to be. They did not want either the president or even the legislative branch to push through things quickly without reflecting on the consequences. Efficiency was not their primary goal. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has said he will cut Congress members’ salaries and send them home. Oh, sure Governor, and ignore the United States Constitution, which provides

the rules for all of those things. Congressman Ron Paul will eliminate five Cabinet-level departments (Perry only three, but he can only remember two). Whoa, Dr. Paul, the president cannot just sign an executive order and “make it so” like Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek. I’m afraid the rhetoric, pumped up by a sensationalist and entertainment oriented mass media, have created the illusion that all we need to do is elect a “Great Man” and all will be well. Think, Barack Obama’s “Hope and Change” theme that lulled a landslide of Americans into supporting his messianic message. Four years later, we are stuck in the muck with a divided Congress and almost total gridlock in Washington. Oh yes, and then there is the small

matter of the United States Supreme Court, which can declare acts of government unconstitutional. In banana republics, “The Leader” — El Jefe Supremo — can issue order, get things done and almost never has to worry about the judicial branch because it is either weak or he has already appointed all his cronies to the courts so they will rule in his favor. Of course, a president can set the tone and offer leadership. He essentially conducts the vast orchestra of the federal political system. But without that huge orchestra there is no music. And unless the players are willing to follow the conductor and the sheet music, you get screeching noise or silence. I’m afraid that we have seriously lost our way when we seek out a messiah to make things right. There

is no savior. As they say, our political system stinks and is slow, but it is still the best political system around for protecting freedom and allowing the people through their elected representatives to rule — even when both the people and the elected representatives very often get it wrong. Now go to the Web, find the county where you will be on caucus night and register to vote. Then, find the nearest Republican Iowa caucus precinct no matter where in Iowa you are on Jan. 3 and go register your preference for a Republican president. Go to the Iowa Secretary of State website. It has all the information in one place at www.sos.iowa. gov. But don’t expect too much from one man or woman. You are not living in Cuba.

Letters to the editor

Service members Don’t blame troops deserve support for national issues Sacrifices keep our country free

David Goode is junior in aerospace engineering.

While reading through the Iowa State Daily on Monday, I was appalled at the publishing of Thomas Walker’s letter titled “Republican patriotism excludes those in need.” My father was almost killed by a mortar attack in Afghanistan serving this country by choice, as most American service men and women do. Americans have answered the call to serve this great country not because they want to go out and harm other human beings, but because they want to protect their families, friends and liberties. Walker’s belief in the only reason Republicans support our brave service men and women is because they are the pawns in the militaryindustrial complex that fuels

the wealth of the Republican party is false. Republicans and Democrats alike support our troops because we are grateful for the sacrifices they make to keep us free. Our freedom of speech, freedom to peaceably gather in protest and freedom to worship God as we see fit are all derived from the brave men and women who have sacrificed time, family, careers, education, limbs — even their lives. Mr. Walker would not have been able to write this article if not for the men and women who laid down their lives at Lexington, Concord, Gettysburg, Normandy, Bastogne, Kandahar and thousands of other battlefields throughout the world. God bless America.

After reading Thomas Walker’s letter to the editor Monday, I didn’t know whether I should be reeling at his attack on deployed soldiers or envious of his ability to explain the entire vast rightwing conspiracy in just a few paragraphs. Notwithstanding his accomplishment, Mr. Walker should be ashamed. While this nation may have forgotten the foreign policy lessons learned from Vietnam, its citizens have not forgotten their despicable treatment of the troops who bore the brunt of our military adventure. We eventually recognized soldiers were not responsible for our woes and vowed to never again make those who serve the object of our discontent. Soldiers now come home to a nation full of individuals who proudly thank them for their service when encountered in the airport, not to a

Students must get involved in politics to avoid abuse Would it ever make sense to give the CEO of a corporation his or her own law enforcement agency? University presidents are not much different than corporate executives. Just like CEOs, university presidents are appointed by and accountable to a board. When a university president fears a public relations black eye when students sit across a sidewalk on their quad with arms locked, as happened at Cal-Davis, students get pepper sprayed. When a university president sees a lucrative athletic institution threatened, as in the case of Penn State, children get abused. Search the Web and you can find case after case of rapes covered up, crime statistics fudged and high-

Jon Shelness is an alumnus

of Iowa State.

status athletes and lecturers protected. A Des Moines Register article, “Universities should get out of police business,” describes it better. But I would argue that the author does not go far enough. What about the local police and elected officials in college towns? Who are they accountable to? One could argue that they are accountable to the community. But that is not the case. Local officials are accountable to those who elect and re-elect them. And those same elected officials are subject to pressure from organized interest groups such as university administrators,

chambers of commerce, property owners, etc. In college towns, students historically do not participate in local government even though they are legal residents. Nobody encourages students to register to vote and get involved in local politics. In fact, students somehow see themselves as more like gypsies and choose to not get involved. Imagine the power and influence students would have if they floated candidates that supported and protected their interests. Imagine if students voted en masse. Students run the risk of being abused by those in authority both on and off campus by not utilizing the tools at hand. Students in oppressed parts of the world are giving their lives for the right to vote. Students in the U.S. don’t need an Arab Spring. They just need to get involved in local politics.

Aaron Gott is an ISU alumnus from Tallahassee, Fla.

crowd of protestors spewing spit and vitriolic insults in their direction. We learned our lesson, notwithstanding Tom Walker. Whatever you think of abortion, the military-industrial complex, our combat operations abroad, the needy on the home front or laissez-faire economics, our soldiers aren’t to blame. Necessity is the only metric of charity, Mr. Walker said. I await publication of his letter in opposition to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, because surely starving children in Africa are more in need than the retired old folks down in Arizona. Mr. Walker will surely make much of their predisposition to voting Republican.

American soldiers protect freedoms worth dying for [In response to Thomas Walker’s letter to the editor criticizing the College Republicans’ collection drive for U.S. soldiers,] I have but a simple question — Why are you here? America is a country founded on freedom. However, that freedom came only through millions of soldiers who have fought and continue to fight because they believe in something so great. That freedom allows normal citizens to live safely as well as to write and publish their own opinions. If you don’t appreciate the people fighting to maintain our freedom, then what is the point of living in America? Despite all great political differences, it is the one

Austin Laugen is a junior in computer engineering.

substance that ties us together. I’m so sick of people cutting down every part of America. The freedom we have is a privilege both worth living and worth dying for, so it’s time to step up behind the great country we have the gift to live in. That is what the College Republicans were trying to do, and it’s what everyone regardless of political affiliation should be doing. Appreciate what our troops fight to defend, Mr. Walker, for in many countries you would be imprisoned or killed for writing such an article.

Dining plans should allow students to gift meals Why do we purchase meal plans from Iowa State to use at all of their fine dinning establishments, but we aren’t allowed the freedom to use them as we wish? I myself chose the Cyclone meal plan, costing nearly $2,000 and giving me 275 meals — more meals then I could ever use. This being so, I and others have tried to use our excess meals (90 left with two weeks left in the semester) to help feed our friends and classmates who cannot purchase sufficient meals so we all can enjoy our adventure at Iowa State. All we are doing is gifting food to our friends. Meanwhile, the university employees have been conditioned to prevent the freedom of their use and are told to refuse us entrance into the dining hall. Are they really not behind maximizing our experiences? College students at Iowa State are old enough to man-

Cody Catron is a sophomore in pre-business & Aaron Schoeneman is a sopho-

more in political science.

age a pre-paid lunch account — without rollover. We are young adults and should be introduced to and not protected

from responsibility. Is the school really that inefficient? Or is it just greed? We can do better. I’d love to know how can we choose our adventure while we can’t even render this simple decision? Happy holidays from hungry students, Cody Catron and Aaron Schoeneman


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Paul to Lakers trade put on hold by league NEW ORLEANS — The NBA, owners of the New Orleans Hornets, refused Thursday to approve a three-team trade that would have sent Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. “It’s not true that the owners killed the deal, the deal was never discussed at the Board of Governors meeting and the league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons,” said league spokesman Mike Bass. Yahoo Sports reported that NBA Commissioner David Stern killed the trade after several owners complained. Citing anonymous sources, Yahoo reported Dallas owner Mark Cuban was one of the most vocal owners upset about the deal, done the same day as the end of the lockout. The Associated Press

Basketball:

Cyclones prepare for Devilettes By Zach Gourley Daily staff writer The ISU women’s basketball team will face Mississippi Valley State on Sunday at Hilton Coliseum, two days after its 6254 win against Iowa. Coach Bill Fennelly said in an email to the Daily that his team’s shooting must improve as they move forward, as the Cyclones (5-2) shot just 34 percent from the field Friday night and are shooting at just 38 percent on the year. “Shooting is a concern. The bottom line, it takes work and getting up shots, even extra on their own,” Fennelly said. “[We] must make the layups and convert at the free-throw line.” On Sunday, the Cyclones will face a Mississippi Valley State squad that has struggled offensively as well this season. Fennelly praised the defensive effort as the reason the Cyclones won Friday’s game, but said that attention to detail will be critical to their continued improvement. “I think defensively we can always work harder to know the game plan,” Fennelly said. “At times, we do not communicate every well.” The Devilettes have shot just .313 percent from the field so far this year and are led in scoring by senior guard Ka’Neshia Smith, who is putting up 9.5 points and four assists per game so far this season. Though the Devilettes come into Sunday’s game with a 1-4 record, their schedule has assured the they will be road tested, as they have already played road games at Nebraska, Kentucky, Marquette and Mississippi State. The Cyclones may be without their leading scorer and rebounder Sunday as junior forward Chelsea Poppens suffered what Fennelly called a minor MCL sprain on Friday night. “We will see how she feels for Sunday. I would say she is questionable,” Fennelly said. The Cyclones will face the Devilettes at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hilton Coliseum.

Sports Jargon:

Bonus points SPORT: Wrestling DEFINITION: The extra point(s) added to the team score after a victory by more than a regular decision in a match of a dual meet. USE: Andrew Sorenson pinned his opponent, awarding Iowa State three bonus points.

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Men’s basketball

Cyclones keep level head Team follows Hoiberg’s lead into Iowa game

By Jeremiah.Davis @iowastatedaily.com Disagreeing with officiating is part of the culture of college sports. In college basketball, coaches interact with referees constantly and do it in different ways. There’s the calm, reserved approach, in which a coach may argue a call, but he or she isn’t going to fly off the handle. Then there’s the coach who gets fired up and animated with officials and draws his or her fair share of technical fouls. ISU men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg is the former, while Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery is the latter. “I don’t mind either [approach] and I say that because I see benefits in both,” said forward Royce White. “I think on a 31-game basis, the way that Hoiberg does it is probably more efficient just because, you know, 31 games of yelling becomes taxing. And eventually it becomes a routine instead of something pure.” Hoiberg’s icy demeanor stands in stark contrast to McCaffery. Both are in their second seasons as coaches and will face off for the second time on Friday night in Hilton. The Cyclones will be coming off a convincing win against Prairie View A&M, while Iowa enters the game after losing to Northern Iowa 80-60 on Tuesday night. During that game, the Hawkeyes (5-4) had a stretch in which they were called for three consecutive technical fouls — five total on

Iowa in the game — and McCaffery was ejected after receiving his second. Allen T h e flurry of fouls helped Northern Iowa to a 20-2 run. ISU guard Chris Allen Babb said he’s played for fiery coaches in the past and that a fired-up coach can be a detriWhite ment as much as an advantage. “When I heard [there were five technical fouls], I was like, ‘That was the difference in the game right there,’” Allen said. “I just feel like whatever the coach needs to do to get the job done, that’s what he might need to do. For [McCaffery], even though they lost that game, it might’ve been a turning point for them.” Players said that Hoiberg stays pretty calm in the huddle too, and his demeanor works in tandem with them as players to keep a level head during games. “He tells us [to] never get too high, never get too low,” said guard Chris Babb. “He’s encouraging, but at the same time will get on us when he needs to get on us. But it’s never to the point where he’s attacking us or yelling to where it brings down our demeanor during the game.” Hoiberg didn’t want any part of comparing his coaching style with McCaffery when asked about it Wednesday, saying simply that “everyone has their

Photo: Jordan Maurice/Iowa State Daily Coach Fred Hoiberg gives instructions during the second half of Tuesday’s game against Prairie View A&M. The Cyclones tip off against in-state rival Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday at Hilton Coliseum.

style.” The Cyclones (6-3) beat the Hawkeyes 75-72 in Iowa City last season, in a game where McCaffery became livid with officials on multiple occasions. With Allen taking over point guard duties for senior Scott Christopherson —who

said Wednesday he’s happy to be back in his natural position — the players and Hoiberg know they need to focus on themselves and not what Iowa’s coach may be saying or doing during the game. “We’ve got to come out playing hard and be ready

Volleyball

for this game,” Allen said. “Regardless of what their situation was, we can’t worry about them, we’ve gotta worry about us.” The Cyclones tip off against the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. Friday at Hilton Coliseum.

Wrestling

Ranked foes await Iowa State against Gophers Freshman Finch will face off against No. 1 By Jake.Calhoun @iowastatedaily.com

well. They’ve got a lot of offensive weapons and are a solid all-around team and are very athletic.” Jamie Straube has led the Cyclones into the Sweet 16 this year. With the focus of other teams on slowing down All-Big 12 outside hitter Carly Jenson, numerous one-on-ones have allowed Straube to capitalize. In the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament against UW-Milwaukee and No. 25 Miami, Straube hit a .529 clip while amassing 27 kills. She’s also led the Cyclones defensively in the tournament averaging 1.17 blocks per set in the tournament.

As if dropping its first six dual meets of the season was not enough for the ISU wrestling team, it is set to face another challenge Friday. Jackson The No. 19 Cyclones (0-6, 0-2 Big 12) will travel to Minneapolis to face No. 4 Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Williams Arena. All 10 wrestlers Sorenson in the starting lineup for the Golden Gophers (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) are ranked nationally, which may prove to be the toughest challenge of the season yet for the Cyclones. “They’re a strong team,” said ISU coach Kevin Jackson. “They’re very, very capable, tough kids who are sound technically. J. Robinson does a great job with them. They could easily be [ranked] anywhere from [No.] 1 to [No.] 4 [as a team].” The contest against the Golden Gophers will feature another match against an opponent ranked in the top 10 for ISU 125-pounder Ryak Finch. Finch, a redshirt freshman from Safford, Ariz., lost his last two match-

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Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily Jamie Straube celebrates after scoring against UW-Milwaukee in the first round of the NCAA tournament last Friday. After beating the Panthers and Miami, Iowa State heads to Minneapolis on Friday to play Minnesota in the Sweet 16.

Forming a Sweet 16 habit

Iowa State heads to third round for fourth time

By Dean.Berhow-Goll @iowastatedaily.com The No. 4 seed ISU volleyball team is in its fourth Sweet 16 in the past six years. The Cyclones (24-5, 13-3 Big 12) face No. 13 seed Minnesota at its home stadium, the Sports Pavilion, at 7 p.m. Friday in Minneapolis. “We learned not to take anything for granted last year. We had advanced to the Sweet 16 three years in a row and had gotten used to it a little bit,” said ISU coach Christy Johnson-

Lynch. “ W e learned f r o m last year you can’t t a k e Straube that for granted. Yo u ’ v e got to continue to work hard and be ready for every Johnson-Lynch match in the NCAA tournament.” Iowa State hasn’t faced Minnesota since 2009, when the Golden Gophers managed a win in a hardfought five-set match. In 2008, the Cyclones defeated the Gophers in five sets as well. The difference

that time was that it was to advance to the Sweet 16. The five-set matches have been a theme as seven of the last eight matches have gone to five sets. The Gophers are led this year by All-Big Ten outside hitter Ashley Wittman. Wittman is only a sophomore and former Gatorade High School National Player of the Year in volleyball. During the regular season, Wittman averaged 4.51 kills per set on offense. She showed her versatility by contributing on defense as well, where she is third on the team in blocks and in digs. “Wittman is a great outside go-to for them,” Johnson-Lynch said. “It’s not a secret what they do


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Photo: David Merrill/Iowa State Daily Ryak Finch wrestles Oklahoma’s Jarrod Peterson in the dual meet Nov. 27. He lost the match in a major decision. The redshirt freshman will wrestle top-ranked Zach Sanders of Minnesota on Friday.

Still, Jackson said Sorenson’s struggles were not all negative. “Any time you wrestle another ranked wrestler, it’s going to be a competitive match,” Jackson said. “That guy’s ranked for a reason. But we expect [Sorenson] to go out there and perform better than he did against Iowa. “Obviously he recognized he didn’t wrestle his best match, but that shows the signs of a champion to still win and not have your best match.” Sorenson will face the Gophers’ Cody Yohn, who is currently ranked No. 8. Another matchup in which the Cyclones are favored is at 174 pounds, where No. 7 Chris Spangler will square off against No. 10 Logan Storley. Spangler had been having troubles with his conditioning after coming back from offseason recovery from surgery, but his upset of No. 6 Ethen Lofthouse against Iowa was a sign of good things to come from him. “We expect Chris to continue to improve even more from his performance on Sunday,” Jackson said. “He wrestled a complete match, his first complete match that he’s wrestled all year. So the expectations are for him to continue to build on that.” The dual is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Minneapolis.

>>WRESTLING.p8 es leading into another match with a top-ranked opponent, Zach Sanders. However, Finch is not fretting over his tough competition this early in his career. “It’s actually a good thing,” Finch said. “Wrestling [Iowa’s] Matt McDonough, wrestling [Oklahoma’s Jarrod] Patterson, wrestling Zach Sanders — he’s the No. 1 guy now — so I think wrestling guys like that can only make me better. Especially this early in my career, this early in the season, it’s just going to make it easy for me at the NCAAs.” Despite his recent losses, Finch has maintained his No. 10 ranking in InterMat’s weekly top 20 poll. Senior Andrew Sorenson will be vying for a better bout after a close 4-3 victory against Iowa’s Mike Evans on Sunday in the Cyclones’ 27-9 loss to their in-state rival. The fifth-ranked 165-pounder was noticeably displeased with his performance as he was unable to score bonus points in the Cyclones’ first win of the dual. “I feel like I want to get bonus points all the time and sometimes that hinders me,” Sorenson said after the dual Sunday. “But coaches do a good job of coming back and telling me, ‘Get the win first, focus on bonus points later.’”

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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Friends mean well, but don’t necessarily understand the situation. Pay off debts first. Quiet time taking care of business gets you farther. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Decline a public outing in favor of a private invitation. Postpone the decision, if you can. Something about it rubs you the wrong way. You could just stay home.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- A surprising development in business can be for the best. Be prepared to negotiate as if you’re unattached to the results. Don’t fritter your money away.

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How many number of musicians constitute a big band?

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