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S E S N O I S F U L B O E VE H T Ames companies prepare for a busy Valentine’s Day By Colby.Siebersma

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Hy-Vee floral clerk Nicole Roorda re-arranges flower orders in a refrigerated storage space located in the back stock room of the East Ames Hy-Vee Wednesday. Around Valentine’s Day, the floral department receives about 200 orders.

Ames was named one of the country’s seven new “climate hubs” on Feb. 5, in an announcement from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The climate centers were created by the Obama administration in an attempt to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. “Climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate,” Vilsack said. Dr. Jerry Hatfield, collaborating professor and lab director at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, was chosen to direct the new center. Hatfield, who has an extensive agriculture climatology background, said the Ames hub will focus mainly on efficient communication and education in how climate change will affect agriculture. “What the climate hub is all about is really building this integrated system between science, information

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and outreach to the agriculture and forest community.” Hatfield said. “Our primary audience is farmers and agribusinesses, but anybody involved with agriculture — they’re going to be looking at this.” The climate centers, which are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture research service, will be located in cities scattered across the United States: Ames, Iowa; Durham, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.; Fort Collins, Colo.; El Reno, Okla.; Corvallis, Ore.; and Las Cruces, N.M. There are sub-hubs other hubs in Houghton, Mich.; Davis, Calif. and Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Farmers today “face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate,” Vilsack said in his statement. The Ames climate hub will try to help farmers by developing a Midwest profile. The profile will show how climate change will affect the corn and soybean industry, as well as various livestock and a few perennial crops, including cherries, apples and cranberries. The hub, Hatfield said, will not have a sepa-

By Elaine.Godfrey Ames was named one of the country’s seven new “climate hubs” on Feb. 5, in an announcement from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The climate centers were created by the Obama administration in an attempt to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. “Climate hubs are part of our broad commitment to developing the next generation of climate solutions so that our agricultural leaders have the modern technologies and tools they need to adapt and succeed in the face of a changing climate,” Vilsack said. Dr. Jerry Hatfield, collaborating professor and lab director at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, was chosen to direct the new center. Hatfield, who has an extensive agriculture climatology background, said the Ames hub will focus mainly on efficient communication and education in how climate change will affect agriculture. “What the climate hub is all about is really building this integrated system between science, information and outreach to the agriculture and forest community.” Hatfield said. “Our primary audience is farmers and agribusinesses, but anybody involved with agriculture — they’re going to be looking at this.” The climate centers, which


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Ames is to be one of the country’s new “climate hubs,” which are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Created by the Obama administration, these hubs are attempts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture research service, will be located in cities scattered across the United States: Ames, Iowa; Durham, N.H.; Raleigh, N.C.; Fort Collins, Colo.; El Reno, Okla.; Corvallis, Ore.; and Las Cruces, N.M. There are sub-hubs other hubs in Houghton, Mich.; Davis, Calif. and Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Farmers today “face a new and more complex threat in the form of a changing and shifting climate,”

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Jewelry stores and flower shops earn more profit around Valentine’s Day than normal days, but the gain is not comparable to the extreme revenue during the Christmas season. Riddles Jewelry store in Ames is one of the businesses that is affected by the Valentine’s Day rush. In preparation for this busy time, Riddles focuses on lining up their Valentine’s Day-specific merchandise, such as heart-shaped jewelry. “It makes me happy to make her happy,” said Jake Ruddy, a freshman in pre-architecture. He said that he has bought a necklace for his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. To attract more customers, Riddles Jewelry runs deals around Valentine’s Day. The deals are 30-50 percent off with 12-month financing. Manager of Riddles, Lane Jahn said that prices stay low around this time because he considers Valentine’s Day a “value holiday.” Jewelry is not the only business that experiences an increase in traffic for Valentine’s Day — flower and gift shops like Mary

Kay’s Flower and Gifts do as well. Mary Kay’s gets ready by preparing special arrangements of red roses made specifically for Valentine’s Day. Anticipating more business, a dozen red roses is priced at $75, rather than the normal $60. James McConnell, freshman in pre-business said that he has spent over $50 on flowers for his girlfriend. Both Riddles and Mary Kay’s value quality over quantity. Riddles does not provide extra staffing around Valentine’s Day. Jahn said jewelry salesmen require a high level of training nearly on par with that of medical salesmen. Because of this training, the business sticks with staffing skilled workers. In contrast, Mary Kay’s staffs extra workers around Valentine’s Day. The manager of the business, Melanie Cornwell, said her store needs the extra workers in order to fulfill the extra demand. This extra staffing does not hurt Mary Kay’s financially because of their extra sales. Although the Valentine’s Day can be

Vilsack said in his statement. The Ames climate hub will try to help farmers by developing a Midwest profile. The profile will show how climate change will affect the corn and soybean industry, as well as various livestock and a few perennial crops, including cherries, apples and cranberries. The hub, Hatfield said, will not


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Police Blotter The information in the log comes from the ISU and City of Ames police departments’ records. All those accused of violating the law are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Feb. 6 An individual reported the theft of an iPhone at Carver Hall (reported at 3:31 p.m.). Vehicles driven by Joseph Webb and Melisa Saldana were involved in a property damage collision at Lot 1 (reported at 3:45 p.m.). An individual reported several boxes of instructional and historical material were moved or misplaced at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena (reported at 4:53 p.m.). An individual reported the theft

of keys from a bathroom at Helser Hall (reported at 5:42 p.m.). An individual reported the theft of items from a locker at Lied Recreation Center. It was subsequently discovered there was no theft—the property was simply misplaced (reported at 7:53 p.m.).

Feb. 7 Vehicles driven by Benjamin Brixius and Weihong Weng were involved in a property damage collision at Lot 21 (reported at 10:06 a.m.).

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With the recent credit card breaches of companies like Target and Neiman Marcus, the public is being urged to understand the importance of protecting their financial and personal information by being cautious with how they use their credit and debit cards. Little changes to a bank statement or credit card bills may go unnoticed, but that might very well be a hack into your credit cards. To watch for this, the Federal Trades

Commission website said to save receipts for comparison with bills and monthly bank statements. It also said to never sign a blank receipt and to only sign the businesses copy. Hacking and stolen identities is not something new, but today, it is a lot easier for hackers to copy and steal personal information from consumers than in the past. “Younger generations embrace the cashless society,” said Doug Jacobson, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Computers play a huge role in credit card breaching because the

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Internet only uses numbers, and they do not require a signature. Gas stations are a prime center for the use of stolen cards, as well. There are many ways to protect against credit card fraud and identity theft, according to the Federal Trades Commission website. It said to always double check and make sure the companies online are legitimate businesses. By looking at the logos on emails and looking for locked locks on search bars, it is possible to check the authenticity of the message. The website also said to carry credit and debit cards separate from wallets or purses in case of theft or misplacement, to watch where the payment card goes at restaurants or commercial businesses and to be sure to receive the card back. “Keep records of personal account numbers and do not lend your cards to anyone,” Jacobson said. “This will help to protect against lost or stolen cards. Make sure to shred old and used cards before tossing them in the trash, too.” Victims need to cancel all cards and they need to double check every-

thing to make sure charges are not against them that they did not make. All cases are important, even if they seem minor. Credit card companies can send out new cards without a definite breach. Kelly Smith, a research associate for the ISU veterinary diagnostics laboratory, received a new card from her credit card company. “The letters stated they were sending new numbers and cards to everyone, just as a precaution or post-caution,” Smith said. Smith also said the reissue of payment cards served as a cautious reminder. “I’m a very relaxed person by nature, so I didn’t really freak out at all,” Smith said. “[Receiving a new credit card] mostly just reminded me how careful we need to be in the world we live in today. Everything is advancing so quickly, and unfortunately some people are taking advantage of that in some not-so-pleasant ways.” Credit card breaching and identity theft are serious crimes that can be prevented with steps that can be made to protect personal information from being released.

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Leadership program gains enrollment By Mackensie.Moore The Community Leadership and Public Service program has seen a substantial increase in student enrollment for 2013. While only seven students were enrolled in the program in the fall of 2012, in the spring 2013 semester, enrollment was up to 35 students throughout the six colleges. Faculty senate and the administration approved the certificate program in the fall of 2008. “They realized there was a need on campus to recognize that students were learning leadership skills and that they needed to encourage students to learn these skills intentionally,” said Clint Stephens, scholar-in-residence for leadership education for the Catt Center. The program requires students to complete 21 credits from eligible courses, nine of which cannot be used for other requirements. The leadership certificate requires three core classes, one communication class, two elective classes and a capstone experience, which can be tailored to a student’s own needs. There are more than 50 eligible electives for students to choose from, including communication,

engineering, political science, sociology and more. “The leadership certificate is designed to work with all majors across campus and to complement all of those majors,” Stephens said. And complementing their major is why many students are enrolled in the program. Jacob Sheets, sophomore in civil engineering, believes that learning how to be a better leader will be valuable to his future. “I enrolled in the program to learn about leadership, and because it’s characteristic that engineers, in particular, aren’t taught about that often,” Sheets said. Both faculty and students believe that acquiring the leadership certificate will help them in the job market. Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman-Catt Center, said that the program is a bonus for students looking for a job and that many employers are interested in the program. “Employers want to hire people who have an appreciation of these skills — communication, collaboration, leadership, an understanding of an organization — and I think that our leadership certificate provides that,” Bystrom said. Margaret Elleby, se-

nior in communication studies, would like a future in human resources and believes the program will be beneficial for learning to lead different people. “I think it’ll help management wise, to help manage different types of people in an organization,” Elleby said. Some students are a lot closer to completing the program requirements than they think. Because of the variety of elective classes, Elleby has already satisfied many of the prerequisites and only has three classes to complete before she earns the certificate. Some students enrolled after learning about the program through their adviser or from Stephens, who visits campus organizations and orientations. Many of the students enrolled are endorsing the program themselves, saying that it is a valuable experience because of the information learned and their classroom experiences. “I firmly believe that leadership is something that can be learned but that we as educators have to create an environment and an experience for that learning to happen,” Stephens said. Stephens, who instructs liberal arts and science 322 classes, encourages constant interaction

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Students in liberal arts and sciences 322, a leadership class at Iowa State, work in a group to sort how approaches to how leadership has changed over time.

among students and group discussions. He also uses a Twitter page, plays music regularly and has students do different activities, inside the classroom and out. “The class is learningoriented but every student learns differently, so there’s always a wide variety of insights found in the classes,” said Peter Ampe, junior in political science and a teaching assistant for liberal arts and science 322. Due to increased enrollment, the program will be adding new courses to be used for the curriculum, as well as staff to help accommodate the increases.

Aquaculture conference in Toledo will benefit both researchers and industry By Morgan.Ball The North Central Regional Aquaculture Conference will be held in Toledo, Ohio for 2014. North Central Aquaculture is one of the five regional aquaculture centers established by Congress. According to North Central Aquaculture’s website, their mission is to “support aquaculture research, development, demonstration and extension education to enhance viable and profitable U.S. aquaculture, which will benefit consumers, producers, service industries and the American economy.” North Central Aquaculture is operated from Iowa State University in conjunction with Michigan State University, and it serves twelve states in the North Central region. Those states include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. North Central Regional Aquaculture and other aquaculture associations from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will also be participating in the conference. “Every year since 1988, the twelve states get together for an annual [North Central Regional Aquaculture] meeting, but this is the first year for a conference like this one,” said Joseph Morris, professor of natural resource ecology and management. The conference will be held Feb. 22-23. It is a two-day event full of speakers and presentations. The fee for the conference is $75 and, as of right now, there are 200 people signed up to attend.

The conference will focus on workshops that benefit the aquaculture industry. Health, feed, best management practices, biology and ecology are a few of the topics that will be discussed. The two-day conference will give the industry the chance to learn about future and current opportunities in the industry, as well. Opportunities of learning include technology, laws and issues, as well as advice from agencies. “The goal of the conference is to make the best use of funds,” Morris said. “There is a limited amount of funds, and it is beneficial to help the industry.” The topics that are chosen to be presented are those most relevant to the twelve states. Specific fish that are found among those states are one of the main topics; they include yellow perch and blue gills. Other sport fish, pond stocking and some food operations will be other topics of discussion. “Both experts and industry will be at the two-day event,” Morris said. Researchers can learn from the industry and the industry can learn from the researchers; therefore, it is a mutual benefit. North Central Aquaculture is made up of a variety of people. The center has an industry advisory council, including the Iowa DNR, participation from veterinary students and Iowa State University Extension. All of the twelve states have a center that is made up of a variety of people. North Central Aquaculture also works alongside the U.S. Department of Agriculture from Washington D.C. The centers are established by Congress and are administered

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Among the new courses being added, starting in the summer of 2015, a global leadership study abroad course, offered through the Catt Center, will be added to the curriculum to satisfy the program’s capstone

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College of Design hosts Chinese art gallery Week-long exhibit aims to teach public the beauty of art By Kennedy.Mason The College of Design held a ceremony to open a gallery of artwork from the Wuhan University in China. All the artwork was created by faculty members at Wuhan University. Through “The Highest Good is Like Water” gallery, students are able to learn the essence of art from a beauty point of view and not just a scientific way said Chiu Shui Chan, professor of architecture. “I hope that students can learn from the technique of doing artwork, not just in the pure art but also in the application, how to make it beautiful,” Chan said. As a week long event, the gallery is open to the public from Feb. 12 - Feb. 21. However, there are workshops displaying the artwork techniques during the week as well. The gallery opening served beverages and snacks while people viewed the artwork. Students and professors from the College of Design as well as Zhang Ming,

dean of the School of Urban Design at Wuhan University, attended the ceremony. Jingyu Feng, senior in architecture, said he can learn a lot from the art because it was done by professionals at Wuhan University. Rachel Anderson, graduate student in landscape architecture, said she was amazed by the watercolors because they were so realistic and vivid. She said she had never seen that much control in that style of art. “The ones that really touched my heart the most were the ones by Xia Lijun. I love that they seem playful and the bright colors. They evoke kind of this happy feeling,” Anderson said. Feng also liked the watercolors because of the full colors and the original technique the artist used to create a realistic piece of art. Watercolor is one of five different art techniques that will be demonstrated throughout the week at the workshops. Chan said the five demonstration components were sketch drawings, watercolors, glaze painting on ceramic tiles, photography of traditional Chinese buildings and stone engraving. “I hope that students can

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Susan Bradbury, professor of community and regional planning, and Teresa Paschke, professor of integrated studio arts, look through the Wuhan’s handout during “The Highest Good is Like Water” Chinese art exhibit.

learn from the technique of doing artwork. Not just the pure art, but also in the application,” Chan said. Chan said the ability to draw

things beautifully and skillfully helps a lot for designing. “For the program here, I really want the students to learn how to see artifacts from differ-

ent perspectives. In other words, they can see the design not just from the American way of doing things but in the oriental way of doing things,” Chan said.

>>LOVE p1 a hectic time, both Jahn and Cornwell said that they find joy in helping people with their romantic planning. Jahn said he loves being able to come through and provide the perfect gift for people when other stores cannot. He also said he enjoys the process of preparation for Valentine’s Day. Cornwell said she enjoys Valentine’s Day because it is a fun and joyful holiday. She said she loves bringing a smile to someone’s face through the universal gift of flowers. “Valentine’s Day is a day for you to show your true love for your significant other,” McConnell said. “Giving a gift like flowers or jewelry is a great way to express that love to them.”

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Hy-Vee floral clerk Brittanee Heaning begins arranging one of 500 rose bouquets at the East Ames Hy-Vee Wednesday in order to prepare for the busy Valentine’s Day order.

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Flowerama florist Amy Franzen tends to back stock for Valentine’s Day deliveries. Flowerama ordered an excess of 5,000 long-stem roses and hundreds of other flowers which florists use to prepare custom arrangements.


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Students don’t utilize scholarships Most of us go through college with the goal of trying to keep our costs, and later debt, as low as possible. Many students use federal loans or grants to widdle down the overall cost of their college education, but scholarships are an equally viable way to lower costs. Students should most certainly be taking advantage of all forms of financial aid, but not all do. Iowa State offers scholarships that are open to the entire university, not only incoming students but also current students. Students can also find scholarships specific to their major on their college’s website. Scholarship deadlines pop up quickly during the second semester, with many falling on or before March 1. Hopefully most students have already started to research and fill out their applications, but for those who have yet to begin looking it’s not too late. Students that choose to not take the opportunity to fill out applications for scholarships are cheating themselves out of a way to lower their future debt. The the common excuses of “I never get any of the scholarships I apply for” or “It was only $100 so it wasn’t worth the time” do little to mask the simple fact that you were not willing to take the time to fill out the application. Getting started on the first scholarship application can take some time, but after that many of the questions and information needed is similar and takes less time for every application you complete after your first. No scholarship is too small to not be worth a student’s time. Money of any amount is worth it when it means you don’t have to pay that money back in future years. Even if you or your family is capable of paying for your education, you should still attempt to gain further financial assistance. Scholarship applications often require an essay, resume or cover letter, items that you will eventually need to master in order to get a job. Scholarship applications offer not only the chance for monetary gain, but the chance to update and further materials that will be used in job searches. Even if you do not find yourself on the receiving end of a scholarship award one year does not mean that you should stop trying. You may have more skills and abilities to offer on a resume as your years at Iowa State continue, increasing your chance of receiving an award. Types of scholarships come in a wide range, and with research it is possible to find ones specific to your future career. There are scholarships that include other honors with the award and even some scholarships geared toward students with unpaid internships. There are scholarships designed tailored to a narrow career field and some that are not need based. Students that are resourceful have the potential to take huge portions, if not completely eliminate their costs for a semester or entire school year. To not even attempt at finding scholarships beyond what is offered in student loan programs, which will still need to be repaid, is irresponsible and, quite frankly, lazy. Deciding on your own that there is no way you would ever be awarded a scholarship is also selling yourself, and your talents, short. Researching scholarships and finding a friend or professor to go through your application take much less time than students think. Continuing to update your skills, resume and cover letters will also make applying for jobs easier down the road. When it comes down to it, their is never a good excuse to forgo applying for scholarships. Students that complain of burdening debt upon graduation, but then do nothing to improve their own financial circumstances, have only hindered themselves. This year, instead of coming up with a poor excuse to not apply for easily available money, schedule out some time to research, apply and edit through an application that can make paying off your college education a little less painful. There is always the chance that you will put in the work and not receive the financial award, but there is zero chance if you never apply.

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Brown makes the argument that universities have the right to be able to decide if they want to pay their athletes on top of the stipend, rent and tuition they already receive.

Universities should be allowed to pay athletes By Phil.Brown


he universities of our nation are wonderful places. They embody intellectual achievement, societal advancement and increased economic opportunity for their students. However, there is another public service for which our colleges are known, in some cases better than academics: athletics. Yes, our hallowed academic institutions also serve as focal points for fans of all sports to cheer for their school and their team. Speaking with any athletics administrator, coach or NCAA official, it is clear, though, that such sporting events are merely sideshows to the educational function of a university. The unofficial motto of college sports, “student-athletes are students first” has been repeated so many times that those doing the repeating might actually have started believing themselves. Even so, there remain those of us who realize how nonsensical the statement really is. Before going any further, let me make myself clear. The vast majority of college athletes are college students first and foremost who happen to enjoy membership on a sports team. Very, very few of the athletes at a university are there merely for their playing abilities. With that said, the fact remains that there do exist students who have been systematically recruited solely for their athletic prowess. We can all keep saying that every student athlete is a student first until our faces turn blue, but that does not make it true. No matter what rules the NCAA puts in place and no matter what expectations or standards a college sets, a small number of students are recruited purely for their ability to play a sport. Pretending these cases do not exist or drawing attention to their limited number does nothing to remove the reality that universities across the country are enrolling specific individuals only because they can bring the school success or revenue by competing in athletic contests. Having made this clear, it is absurd to disallow these professional athletes — and they should be considered professional athletes — from being compensated in certain ways. Yes, student-athletes can be given scholarships. They can be given money for room and board, free apparel, free travel, access to a world-class training facility and many other scholarly benefits, but heaven forbid they be paid with currency not intended for necessities.

The fact that some student-athletes are given an array of benefits other students may not enjoy is no reason to deny them additional payment for their impressive talents. Who deserves what from a university is for the university alone to decide. Likewise, the fact that student-athletes are given an education is no reason to deny them certain compensations. A college education is of high value to many people and statistically speaking increases earning potential, but to some it may not be as valuable as even a small amount of cash in-hand. That judgement call is certainly not for the NCAA or anyone else to make on behalf of all student-athletes. Of course, there are more to college athletics than economic factors. Academic institutions may rightly worry that their good names could be stained by the act of hiring professionals to compete in athletic contests designed to match students with students. The very notion that a university would enroll a student for purposes other than academics might bother some. This loss of integrity is simply not a valid argument against a pay for play scheme, though, since it is already occurring in the absence of such a system. It should be noted that the NCAA, effectively the “league” of collegiate sports, does have an interest in retaining what parity exists. Allowing colleges to pay untold amounts of money to their athletes would disproportionately benefit wealthy schools at the expense of smaller institutions. Luckily, professional sports have already found a way to combat this: create a salary cap for individual sports. This simple solution would allow certain high-value players to be rightfully compensated for their performance while keeping the playing field relatively even. Even with all of this, the argument can still be made that college sports are fundamentally different from professional sports, and they are. Collegiate athletics are contests between students, and they should remain that way. Each player should have to actually be a student and remain in good academic standing. Giving certain athletes payment for their skills does not magically make them no longer students; it makes them students with a fair-paying job. When proposing drastic alterations to any status quo, it often falls on those seeking change to show why their system should be adopted. In the case of paying college athletes, however, the more appropriate question to ask is why our universities are being made to abide by a senseless ban on certain compensations for their professional student-athletes.

Letter to the Editor

Student-athletes deserve to be recognized Adam Guenther, senior in animal science at Iowa State University In response to the editorial on Feb. 12 dealing with student-athletes, I write this letter to show my support for student-athletes and to express my disappointment once again on the ignorance and lack of research or preparation the Daily has been doing in the recent years. Now, I never have been a studentathlete at Iowa State, but I have seen firsthand the time and dedication that these students have put into not only their sport but also into school. I know this because I worked for three years as a student-athlete tutor, where I worked with them for hours a week, sometimes on the weekends or late at night after practice. The editorial’s first paragraph stated “Imagine if some of those athletes were being paid for their actions on the field. They would no longer be students.” The editorial goes on to say that they would just be professionals attending our classes. I disagree with this assertion that student-athletes would no longer be students if they were paid because attending class, doing assignments and taking exams would in fact make them still students, as those actions are exactly what I do as a student. Next, I want to talk about how the Daily undermines and does not recognize the time and commitment that the student-athletes go through. I’ll use a sample day from one of my student-

athlete friends who is on the track team. First, he wakes up early either for conditioning or for a run before breakfast, then has a full schedule of classes before a daily four-hour practice. Then after practice, he goes to Hixson-Lied where my past colleagues, as tutors, will work with them on homework, studying and tests. Off the field, many of these studentathletes participate in Veishea, Dance Marathon and during the TCU-ISU football game, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee even held a canned food drive which was put on by 77 studentathletes and collected 13,443 pounds of canned food. The proceeds went toward putting 27,638 meals for Iowans this winter in the Food Bank of Iowa. SAAC also organizes an adopt-a-family event, which had 6 families around central Iowa receiving holiday gifts paid for by student-athlete donations this year. It is no secret that some of our student-athletes are only in college because their skills and talents as athletes allow them the opportunity to attend college. I cannot begin to tell you how many athletes I tutored were the first in their families to attend college. It is humbling to me and put me in my place because where I come from, the students take it for granted. As a member of the Government of the Student Body, I regularly put in up to 10 hours a week on stuff for the elections, and complain about then having had to go to a 10 hour-a-week job sometimes last year. When I went into

to tutor, very rarely did I ever hear any of my tutored students complain after being up for almost 15 hours, and they were still ready to learn at 8 or 9 p.m. Lastly, I want to express my disappointment from the last paragraph. I found distasteful the way the Daily paints these ISU student-athletes as ungrateful. Student-athletes represent Iowa State on a higher scale of visibility and deserve to not look ragged when they are going to and from a game or tournament. Heaven forbid we feed them while they are away. Most student-athletes I have had the distinction of knowing conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and, as the editorial said, most of the student-athletes go on to something other than professional sports. In fact, so many of them do, the student-athlete graduation rate is higher than the nonstudent-athlete graduation rate, and the student-athlete graduation rate at Iowa State is one of the highest in the nation among BCS schools. Overall I think this editorial shows the outright immaturity and ignorance the Daily has shown recently. I personally was offended by the piece as it undermined my efforts previously as a tutor for the athletics department. I remember it was 2 years ago that they had a piece by Darrin Cline that had the boldness to critique what the studentathletes wear around campus. This is an ongoing issue with the Iowa State Daily, and I am disgusted with how they think they can treat our ISU students.


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Junior forward Dustin Hogue high-fives a fan on the way to the locker room after the Cyclones 77-70 loss to rival Kansas on Jan. 13 at Hilton Coliseum. Hogue was 3-for-10 from the field.

Iowa State seeks defensive fixes after lopsided loss By Alex.Halsted Players sat watching film Wednesday at the Sukup Basketball Complex on the west side of Ames, and one overwhelming feeling consumed them. Some time had passed since Iowa State’s 102-77 loss against West Virginia, but the bitter taste remained. The 25-point loss was the worst since 2011 when the Cyclones fell to Colorado by 26. The last time Iowa State had surrendered at least 100 points in regulation was 2002 when Kansas scored 102. “It’s embarrassing,” said forward Dustin Hogue. “We’ve got a lot of fans here and a lot of people stand behind us. They tune in to watch us play and give it our all and that’s not what we did. We can’t take anymore days off.”

Iowa State did take Tuesday off as mandated by the NCAA due to travel. But Wednesday, just as they do after a victory, the Cyclones sat in front of the screen critiquing and breaking down film from Monday’s loss. There were lapses on rotations and opposing guards getting into the lane. Missed box-outs caused trouble as did running shooters off the line. That was the start of a long list Hogue rattled off one day after the team’s film session. “Are there more things to look at? Yes, because we lost and we want to see where we went wrong,” said forward Melvin Ejim. “It’s probably a little bit more scrutinized this time because we did lose.” The Cyclones (18-5, 6-5 Big 12) emerged from the film room with an idea of how to take a step forward defensively as a team. Iowa State relies heavily on team defense and guarding opponents one-on-one. One mishap, though, makes all the difference.

“All five have to be on the same page,” said ISU coach Fred Hoiberg. “When you have one guy out of position, it’s going to affect your defense. All it takes is one person out of position for them to expose you and teams have been doing that.” Iowa State was exposed in the second half last Saturday by Texas Christian University, allowing the Big 12’s last-place team to score 47 points. That was overshadowed afterward as Ejim’s recordbreaking 48-point performance stole the spotlight. The two halves that ensued Monday night followed the same trend as West Virginia scored 52 points in one half and 50 points the next. The Mountaineers sunk 13 3-pointers and shot nearly 54 percent from the field. “We’re going to take that anger and frustration out on somebody and Texas Tech is up next,” Hogue said. “We’re not going to take anybody for granted.” The Cyclones defeated Texas Tech (1311, 5-6) 73-62 in their Big 12 opener Jan. 4.

The Red Raiders have taken strides since starting conference play 2-6 and enter Saturday’s game having won three-straight Big 12 games, including an 8-point victory against Oklahoma on Wednesday after leading by 20 points. “A lot of things concern me about Texas Tech,” Hoiberg said. “It’s a team that’s clicking on all cylinders right now.” Just as the Cyclones hope to do at 12:45 p.m. Saturday when the Red Raiders arrive at Hilton Coliseum. Iowa State will move on from West Virginia and the broken-down film and make the improvements it feels it needs. “You have a nightmare about it and then you can’t wait to get to practice to get things figured out,” said forward George Niang of the postgame reaction. The goal is to avoid seeing on film what the team saw Wednesday. “We’re not letting nobody score that many points on us again,” Hogue said. “We’ve got to take the initiative to become a better defensive team.”

ISU wrestling draws Kent State Cyclones seek to in first round of dual tournament end losing streak By Beau.Berkley In just about a month, the Big 12 wrestling championships will have concluded and ISU wrestling coach Kevin Jackson and select members of his squad will have their eyes on a different prize: an NCAA championship. Back in the present, however, a dual tournament stocked with 10 ranked teams, 62 ranked individuals and 24 AllAmericans are on the schedule for this weekend. Iowa State will take a business trip to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday and Monday to compete in the 2014 NWCA National Duals for the first time since 2012. Joining in on the mat-mayhem is Big 12 foe No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 1 ranked Minnesota, who will travel to Ames on Feb. 23 to round out the regular season. The 14 teams at the tournament square off in traditional duals with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser going to the consolation rounds. In the first round, Iowa State will take on Kent State with the winner advancing to take on the victor between No. 13 Ohio State and Hofstra. Kent State is 10-9 overall on the season with a marquee win against No.

10 Michigan on Nov. 16 at the Eastern Michigan Duals. The Golden Flashes are fresh off of a 19-18 loss against Northern Iowa, something they share with Iowa State, who dropped a 24-13 dual to the Panthers for the first time in 10 years. Coming off of the loss to Northern Iowa, AllAmerican Mike Moreno is ready to get off to a good start against Kent State. “They had a good match with UNI, so we just need to go out and have a solid first round and solid dual and just re-emphasize what we have been talking about for the last couple of weeks,” Moreno said. “We just need to go out there and stay tough.” With the field of talent that is littered across the bracket, coming out strong against Kent State might be key in the tournament setting. In order to get to the finals, Iowa State may potentially go up against No. 13 Ohio State and No. 1 Minnesota. “Every dual meet it is really important [to start strong] and I think you’ve seen that through the season, but especially in this type of setting, I think they’re starting at 125 lbs,” Jackson said. “Obviously your lighter weight guys are the ones who are losing abunch of weight, so



by this time of year, they have to have the control to come out quick.” Iowa State will take

on Kent State at 12 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the NWCA Nationals Duals.

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Redshirt junior Michael Moreno, 165 pounds, prepares to grapple with his opponent Jan. 12 at Hilton Coliseum. Moreno won by major decision.

By Maddy.Arnold The ISU women’s basketball team (16-7, 5-7 Big 12) will play Kansas (12-13, 5-8 Big 12) for the first time this season. Iowa State will return to the court on Saturday after six days off from play. The Cyclones have lost seven of their last nine games after going undefeated in nonconference play. Iowa State is riding a two-game losing streak after dropping a onepoint game against Texas Christian at home before losing by seven at Texas last Sunday. To end their losing streak, the Cyclones will have to match up with junior forward Chelsea Gardner, who averages almost 17 points per game. She’s shooting over 50 percent from the field this season and averages over eight rebounds a game. The last time Iowa State faced Kansas was in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament last season. The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 77-62 when then-senior Chelsea Poppens and junior Hallie Christofferson combined for 47 points. Kansas will travel to Ames — where it has




Play 4Kay The Cyclones’ game against the Jayhawks will be their annual WBCA Play 4Kay game. Iowa State encouraged fans attending the game to wear pink. Play 4Kay teams wear pink uniforms to raise both breast cancer awareness and research funds to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

not won since 2006 — to take on Iowa State at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. The Jayhawks do however lead the all-time series 45-30.

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ISU women’s basketball forward Hallie Christofferson looks up for an opening to go for a shot during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on March 9, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.

BUDDING RIVALRY Eleventh-ranked Central Oklahoma has played Iowa State close in recent seasons and has joined the ranks of the ACHA elite in 2013-14.


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By Chris.Wolff

ISU men’s track and field athletes were made unavailable for interviews per the coach’s decision.

By Kyle.Kubiak More than 50 college teams will be flocking Lied Recreation Center this weekend for the Iowa State Classic. Friday and Saturday will mark the 23rd time Iowa State has hosted this event. The field of teams will feature 16 conferences and over 100 All-Americans hailing from the Big 12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Ivy League, Mountain West, Big East, ECAC, Sun Belt, American, Southern, Big Sky, Missouri Valley, WAC, Summit League and Ohio Valley conferences. The Cyclones having been waiting for the opportunity to build off last weekend’s meet in Lincoln, Neb., this time in front of the home crowd. The majority of the athletes will be competing to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 14 and 15. High jumper Cameron Ostrowski will be hoping to build off his fourth place finish from last weekend. He currently holds the best jump going into the weekend at 7’1.75”. All-American and reigning 800m Big-12 champion Ed Kemboi will be running for the first time at home this season, while redshirt senior Mohamed

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Edward Kemboi, redshirt junior, rounds a turn in the men’s 4x400-meter relay on Sunday at Lied Recreation Athletic Center. The men’s ISU 4x400 team finished in fourth place.

Hrezi, will be making his season debut. He is coming off an NCAA All-American cross country season. Kemboi will enter the field to hold the pace in the 800m. He has run as fast as 1:48.14 earlier this season and achieved a personal best of 1:46.06. He is currently ranked 6th nationally.

Martin Smith, director of men’s and women’s track and field, and the team were unavailable to talk to media this week. Field events are tentatively scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with the preliminary running events set to follow at 12 p.m. Friday. All events will be held at Lied Recreation Center.

The ISU Classic is not your average track and field meet. Throughout the course of the ISU Classic’s 20-year history, the meet has shaped up to be one of the most competitive meets in the country every year. This season, the 23rd annual ISU Classic continues that streak of competitiveness as teams from 16 different conferences will be in attendance, including multiple nationally ranked teams, as well as professional athletes and over 100 All-American athletes. At this point in the season, most athletes will be going all out, attempting to run NCAA qualifying times and punch their tickets to the NCAA Indoor Championship. “It’s going to be amazing, like we may not be able to recognize the place,” said All-American freshman Bethanie Brown. “We’re used to a few people running on the track every day and now there’s going to be hundreds of athletes here. It’s going to be really transformed to this ideal athletic competition.” Brown will be one of the athletes looking run an NCAA qualifying time, either as a team member of the distance medley relay team, or individually in the 5,000-meter run. The 5,000-meter run is one of the most stacked events at the ISU Classic, featuring over 20 AllAmerican runners.

Cyclone Hockey gears up for final series of regular season By Will.Musgrove After 42 games played throughout the past 22 weeks, the Cyclone Hockey team will compete in its final regular season series this weekend. No. 9 Iowa State (31-8-3, 14-5-1 CSCHL) will face No. 11 Central Oklahoma (24-11-3) this Friday and Saturday at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. The last time these two teams met 19 weeks ago, the Broncos handed the Cyclones their first loss on the year. If the Cyclones are going to avenge this loss, they will to have to be ready to go as soon as the puck drops. “The biggest thing is coming out early on a Friday,” said forward Mark Huber. “We need to be ready to go and not being lazy and slow to start, but come out of the blocks with an attitude of how important the first five minutes of the game is to set the tempo.”

To avoid a lethargic start against the Broncos, ISU coach Jason Fairman has been stressing the significance of every player buying into each shift. By doing this, Fairman hopes to erase the tiny mistakes on the ice that could cost the Cyclones the win. But before the Cyclones even lace up their skates to play the Broncos, Fairman is trying to create the best atmosphere to get his team mentally prepared. “Usually come game time, all the coaching has been done during the week,” Fairman said. “It is just the matter of providing the right environment for them to get mentally ready for the game. So I need to figure out what the environment is for them by trying different tactics.” Since becoming head coach of the Cyclones, Fairman has been introducing his style of hockey into the program. In the upcoming series,

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Senior forward Chris Cucullu is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Illinois on Feb. 7. The Cyclones came back to score three goals in the second and two in the third period.

he hopes they grow this style further. “We need to continue to develop and establish the type of team that we are becoming,” Fairman said when ask about what the key to the series with Central Oklahoma is. “I think we have done that. It goes back to where we were a month ago; I think we are much further along.” The Central States Collegiate Hockey League Tournament

will face the Cyclones next weekend. But goalie Scott Ismond wants to prepare to win the conference now. “You never want to be going into something like the CSCHL playoffs with your last weekend being a weekend that you walked back,” Ismond said. “This is the time of the year that all teams want [to] end on a strong note to carry that momentum into the playoffs.”

While some athletes like Brown will be running for qualifying times, other athletes who may not be as likely to compete with top level competition yet will be focusing on running personal record times. With such a high level of competition, most runners will be zoned in and going for their personal bests. “Everybody’s expectations are a little different, but overall it’s to come in and put the work in and just see what happens,” said ISU distance runner Sam Bluske. “It’s just really exciting because some of the best runners in the nation will be here, and just to have [the meet] here in Ames is really special.” With all the hype surrounding a meet of this caliber, the excitement level for the athletes is off the charts. The intensity level and competition level will be unlike any other meet

the Cyclones have competed in so far this season, with most athletes in the full swing of competition mode. “I think we have all taken little steps in improving our times, so we just want to keep taking little steps, getting faster and improving our times,” said Maggie Gannon, another distance runner for Iowa State. The meet is positioned just two weeks before Big 12 Indoor Championships, so most athletes will be hitting their stride right around this point in the season, and attempting to peak right around conference championship and NCAA championship time. “People are trying to run fast times here to qualify for nationals … so I think people are going to be running some pretty honest races,” Brown said. “It’s one of those opportunities that you only get in college or professional running.”

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Redshirt sophomore Margaret Gannon runs middle of the pack in her leg of the women’s 4X1600 relay at the Drake Relays on April 25, 2013, at Drake Stadium.

ISU softball hits the road By Ben.Paulus The ISU softball team will be hitting the road for a matchup with New Mexico State for the Troy Cox Classic this weekend. The Cyclones will be trying to build upon their perfect 4-0 start to the season. Iowa State is scheduled to face Weber State, Colorado State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi one time each, and New Mexico State twice, for a total of five games in three days. ISU coach Stacy GemeinhardtCesler expects good competition from the field at the Troy Cox Classic, but ultimately this weekend will be determined by how well her squad is able to execute their game plan. “It goes back to being able to control what we can control,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “It really doesn’t matter who we are playing. If we are able to eliminate some of the mistakes we made this past weekend, then we will be fine.” Overall, GemeinhardtCeseler was pleased with how her team performed at the Cyclone Invitational, but knows the team needs to continue working to get better. “I thought it was a big positive that we won all of our games this past weekend,” GemeinhardtCesler said. “I thought we probably could have done a better job scoring some runners when we had them in scoring position.” The Cyclones have made their offense a point of emphasis this year. Through the first four games

of the season, Iowa State has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 15-6, while batting for a team average of .333. “I think this year, more than anything, we’ve really focused on hitting over our goal of .315 as a team,” said right fielder Sarah Hawryluk. “Everyone has been focused on doing their job, so setting that goal high and striving for it has been the biggest contributor so far.” Freshman catcher Rachel Hartman attributes the hot offensive start to the coaching. “I think the coaches are allowing us to hit with our own style but also in the way that they teach,” Hartman said. “We do a lot of front toss and a lot of work on mechanics, and I feel like that has helped us a lot.” In addition to the hitting success to start the season, the pitching of freshman Katie Johnson has been crucial to their hot start for Iowa State. With five games in New Mexico, the Cyclones will rely heavily on their pitching staff this weekend. Johnson will likely get the majority of innings, but GemeinhardtCesler also hinted that junior transfer Paris Imholz might be back from her wrist injury as early as this weekend. “We’re hoping Paris is ready to throw,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “She’ll throw live [in practice], so then that next step would be for her to pitch in a game.” The competition at the Troy Cox Classic will begin the stretch of 24 straight games on the road for Iowa State.

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>>CLIMATE p1 have a separate physical presence on campus. Instead, it will be more of a virtual center, which focuses on forming links between climate researchers all over the Midwest. The Ames hub, housed in the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will be a coordination center, compiling information and communicating it to farmers and agribusinesses. “Our impact is not going to come from the staff that we have here. It’s going to come because of the linkages we build across the Midwest.” Hatfield said. “Iowa State is helping us. We’re working very strongly on using their connections to open some doors for us,

so they can make these climate hubs work.” Websites are currently being developed for the new center and will be a main component of education and outreach. “It’s putting things in layman’s terms, putting things in information terms they can use,” Hatfield said. “How do we get this information so that people have an increased awareness?” Hatfield hopes that ISU students will be involved in the Ames climate hub in numerous ways, including communicating scientific information, building the new websites and conducting research. “It’s really about information delivery. It’s about taking information we have, putting into very usable forms and making sure that it’s applicable,” Hatfield said.


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>>FARM BILL p1 rate physical presence on campus. Instead, it will be more of a virtual center, which focuses on forming links between climate researchers all over the Midwest. The Ames hub, housed in the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will be a coordination center, compiling information and communicating it to farmers and agribusinesses. “Our impact is not going to come from the staff that we have here. It’s going to come because of the linkages we build across the Midwest.” Hatfield said. “Iowa State is helping us. We’re working very strongly on using their connections to open some doors for us, so they can make these climate hubs work.” Websites are currently being developed for the new center and will be a main component of education and outreach. “It’s putting things in layman’s terms, putting things in information terms they can use,” Hatfield said. “How do we get this information so that people have an increased

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To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 9 -- The Full Moon brings a new phase in your selfimage and confidence. Try a new style or haircut. Your magnetism draws others in. Stick with trusted techniques.

Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is an 8 -- Consider practical work issues. Don’t waste time arguing with your partner. Focus on what you have in common and share love instead. Play by the rules and you’ll end up with more than you thought possible.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7 -- The Full Moon illuminates a new door in your priorities with a personal project. Mend and repair. Graduate to the next level. New facts erase old fears. Let your creativity blend with ancient wisdom.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 -- After this is next step is done, the rest will be easy. Don’t forget a lesson learned the hard way. A new phase begins with today’s Full Moon regarding your income and expenses. Your discipline’s admirable.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8 -- A turning point develops regarding a contract, agreement or collaboration with today’s Full Moon. Grow a partnership. Let somebody else challenge the status quo. Don’t try to bend the rules. Water your garden patiently.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today is an 8 -- One door closes and another opens. A Full Moon turning point arises regarding balancing social life, home and career. Your confidence rises too, as you work out the details. Resist the urge to splurge.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is an 8 -- Step into a new endeavor. The Full Moon brings a turning point regarding career and status. Keep a low profile. Prepare a current budget. Competition leads to a better idea. Work interferes with play. You’re gaining confidence.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 9 -- A new opportunity arises with the Full Moon for travel or exploration. Include friends. You can be two places simultaneously, through fantasy or technology. It doesn’t take money. Tell your special ones why you love them.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 9 -- The Full Moon shines on a new phase in your partnership. You’re gaining confidence... use it to acknowledge someone for who they are for you. It doesn’t take grandiose gestures. Just share your love and appreciation.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is an 8 -- A new opportunity for your family prosperity arises with the Full Moon. Resist the spending temptation. Share delicious flavors and handmade expressions of love. Postpone a financial discussion and avoid an argument.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 9 -- The Full Moon brings a new door for service and health routines. Take care of business, and refine your practices for efficiency. Get nurtured with a walk and a shared sunset. Savor some unscripted, offline time.



by the Mepham Group

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