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Funding bills scheduled on GSB agenda By Charles O’Brien Daily staff writer Wednesday night’s Government of the Student Body meeting will feature a presentation by Veishea General Co-Chairpersons BJ Brugman and Kayla Nielsen and Veishea Entertainment Co-Chairpersons Kevin Kirwin and Rachel Owen. GSB will sit a new graduate senator and an at-large member for the University Affairs Committee. The group will be voting on two bills, for revival funding and for establishing the firstyear funding committee. The revival funding bill is asking for funding of $6,950 to help with spring semester costs for Revival Magazine.

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Honoring Shechtman By Tiffany.Westrom Everyone has a bad morning once in a while. Whether it includes oversleeping, a stubbed toe, a bad hair day or a late arrival, some starts are simply better than others. Dan Shechtman, a scientist at U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and professor of materials science and engineering, is no exception. Shechtman’s day on Oct. 5, 2011, did not start out well. His 21-year-old

Overall, this has been a moving time for Tzipora and I. Now I will go to many places in the world and give lectures.” Dan Shechtman car would not start, so he was forced to take his wife’s car to work at his job at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. But at 11:50 a.m., his day

took a turn. He received a call from Sweden and was told that he was the single candidate for the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals. He was told not to share the news with anyone for 30 minutes because the Nobel Foundation had not yet announced it to the world. He shared it with his wife, Tzipora Shechtman, first. “I was sitting alone in my office for my last five minutes of freedom,” Shechtman said. “I was thinking, ‘What does this mean? What will happen now?’”

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By Madeline Wilhelm Daily staff writer The Vagina Monologues is meant to celebrate women’s sexuality and strength. The actors do this in a humorous way through the liberation of the word “vagina.” It is a series of monologues based on the interviews of more than 200 women by V-Day founder Eve Ensler. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against females. Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for non-students. The show will be at the M-Shop at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The Nobel laureate had dozens of Iowa State’s leaders and media personnel laughing as he explained his Nobel Prize experiences at a news conference Tuesday morning. ISU President Steven Leath began the conference by extending the congratulations of Iowa State’s principals, faculty and students to Shechtman. The director of the Ames Laboratory, Alex King, also spoke about the honor that Shechtman has

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Xi is set to arrive in Iowa on Wednesday to attend a first-ever U.S.-China agricultural symposium on Thursday in Des Moines. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack developed this forum for Xi and other Chinese and U.S. officials to discuss agriculture, food security, food safety and other related topics.

Lauren Sullivan, graduate student in ecology, evolution and organismal biology, was awarded the TogetherGreen fellowship for her vision of community involvement in prairie restoration. TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of The National Audubon Society and Toyota, selected 40 people nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant. “The TogetherGreen fellowship program aims to nurture conservation leadership, achieve conservation results and engage the public in conservation action,” said Elizabeth Sorrell, TogetherGreen communications associate. Through the TogetherGreen fellowship program, Sullivan has been supported in her “holistic community approach” to conservation. Sullivan and two other biology graduate students initially took a scientific approach to the restoration of cropland into prairie. In a four-acre corn plot, located west of the corner of Ontario Street and Hyland Avenue in Ames, they plan to research soil development, herbivores’



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Xi Jinping to attend agricultural event By Randi.Reeder and Katelynn.McCollough China’s vice president Xi Jinping, the likely successor to the country’s presidency, met with President Barack Obama at the

White House on Tuesday to help resolve differences related to business and agriculture. “In the long and difficult journey of the U.S.-Chinese relationship, this visit will be just one of the bilateral efforts to maintain the momentum and keep the direction of the most important interstate engagement of our times,” said Xiaoyuan Liu, Asia history professor.

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>>AGRICULTURE.p1 Xi is also scheduled to visit California. Besides trying to have better agriculture ties with Iowa, the reason for Xi’s visit is a recap of his trip to Iowa in 1985 when he stayed with a Muscatine family. Relations with China are crucial because the country is the top customer of U.S. agriculture products, including three of Iowa’s top items: soybeans, corn and pork. “One reason ... that Iowa commodity prices ... are at or near historic highs is large purchases of such goods by China,” said Charles Dobbs, director of graduate education and professor of modern east Asian history. Dobbs is presenting a paper at Hong Kong University. “The government in Beijing seeks to raise the

standard of living for the 1.3 billion people on the mainland, it will mean a bigger diet, more meat and likely more purchases of Iowa commodities...good for our farm sector, good for our state,” Dobbs said. In 2010, China was the fourth-largest customer for Iowa trailing only Canada, Mexico and Japan for agricultural products accounting for approximately 6 percent of the value of all exports. Soybeans have been the leading export. According to Thomson Reuters, a corporation that provides data to businesses and professionals, China is now the largest buyer of U.S. soybeans, while becoming an increasingly important exporter of U.S. corn and pork. Farm exports are up from $18.6 billion in 2010. China now represents

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>>FELLOWSHIP.p1 relationship with plants and seed movement during the restoration of the prairie. While scientific research guides the restoration project, the students decided to also engage the ISU community, specifically the English department, in the prairie restoration project. “We wanted to make our project 50 percent research and 50 percent education,” Sullivan said. Sullivan, along with graduate students of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and environment, are working to involve ISU humanities students in the project. “This allows for many different perspectives and people to be learning about the restoration project,” Sullivan said. “There is opportunity for both scientists and creative disciplines.” Fred MacVaugh, graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing and environment in English, said the collaboration is an example of service learning, which allows students to engage in environmental issues.

“The project presents an opportunity to bring the arts and the sciences together,” MacVaugh said. “Scientists are often believed to be ineffective at communicating to a general public, while creative writers are often seen as lacking credibility in communicating science.” MacVaugh said he believes this collaboration will help meet the needs for conservation communication and interest outside the science community. “TogetherGreen hopes to foster peoplepowered conservation from the ground up,” Sorrell said. Beginning this spring, the prairie will be planted and data collection will begin. Sullivan said restoring cropland to a prairie is a process that will take many years, but the early data is useful for her research. Starting next fall, some introductory English classes will begin working with the project. “We plan to teach students a little about the prairie and then take them on site to start writing assignments,” Sullivan said. “Hopefully they will bring a creative view to understanding conservation.”

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>>SHECHTMAN.p1 brought to both the institution of Iowa State and Ames Lab. “I’d say I’m just about bursting with pride,” King said. After making phase-changing references as an analogy for the new condition of his life, Shechtman went into detail more about what it was like to be recognized. He explained that when everyone heard the news, the hallway outside of his office felt like the entrance to a football or soccer game and how he was whisked into a news conference where the entire build-

ing was standing and cheering for him. Shechtman even had his own way of addressing the media that bombarded him. “I’m a technical professor,” Shechtman said, addressing the reporters. “And in my class we speak one at a time.” His sensibility continued into the Nobel week that included the Nobel Ceremony and several very festive dinners. For one of the dinners, he sat with the queen of Sweden, Queen Silvia, to his left and the king of Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf, seated across the table. “All I was interested in was,

‘What does the queen do?’” Shechtman said. He received his answer at the dinner. The Tel Aviv-born scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Dec. 10 in Stockholm, Sweden, in front of about 1,300 guests, 16 of whom were his friends and family. The award is the highest distinction for a scientist and is worth about $1.5 million. In addition, Shechtman receives countless requests to speak at institutions around the world. “Overall, this has been a moving time for Tzipora and I,” Shechtman said. “Now I will go to many places in the world and give lectures.”


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America can’t afford parties who can’t agree The Conservative Political Action Conference is an annual gathering of conservatives in Washington, D.C., where conservative Republicans gather to discuss issues facing the country, and how they should be handled. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a popular Republican, addressed the crowd during the most recent conference. What DeMint had to say was extremely troubling. His address included the following quote: “Compromise works well in this world when you have shared goals. When you have a shared goal, you can sit down together. We don’t have shared goals with the Democrats.” While rhetorically espousing Republican ideals and simultaneously denying goals of the Democrats, DeMint overlooks the primary purpose of Congress: cooperation. And DeMint has gone so far as to eliminate the possibility of any sort of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. Why is this so bothersome? Without cooperation, this country is dead in the water. Healthy politics requires input from all sides in both the House and the Senate in order to craft legislation that is in the best interest of everyone involved. Politics cannot simply be about getting what one party wants and ignoring the rest. It must be about compromise. DeMint seems to imply that compromise is impossible when the same goal is not in the sights of all parties involved. Compromise isn’t just about attaining goals on which everyone agrees. Our country is faced with major problems, from the economy to the budget deficit to the debt ceiling. When problems arise, politicians’ goals no longer matter. They must address the situation and work together to find the best solution. Even for issues that are known in advance, having separate goals does not preclude compromise. For instance, the House must pass a budget. However, in order to pass one, the members must reconcile their goals. Although Republicans may want to lower taxes and Democrats may have the goal of cutting military spending, that does not mean that they cannot work to find a middle ground. If they do not, a budget will not be passed and a government shutdown may occur. Budgeting is only one issue, but compromises must be reached on every bill that intends to pass through Congress or the bill will fail, plain and simple. If DeMint and Republicans feel as though they have nothing in common with Democrats, we will see a repeat of the past 10 years, where we’ve seen almost nothing but extreme partisanship, brinksmanship and filibustering to “win” instead of working together to solve our problems. That’s something we simply cannot afford. Editorial Board

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he was dead. The woman lay on her back in the middle of the street. Her eyes were open and staring up at the sky, clouds reflecting on the haze forming over them. Pools of thick, dark syrup formed under her back, her life blood oozing out across the black asphalt around her body. I was there when she died. It’s a hell of a thing, death. Anyone who has been around it knows about that moment when someone goes from being a person to a thing. It’s a curiosity, almost magical in a way. You can’t help but be mesmerized. Dying is a threshold we all have to step over someday, and your instincts force you to watch someone else do it, perhaps to see if you can learn some secret — a secret that will help you the moment you cast off your own mortality. But this was a time when the line was crossed too soon and for no good reason: This woman was shot and killed by her jealous ex-boyfriend. “She wouldn’t talk to me,” he told officers as they put the cuffs on him. He’d followed her all the way to Iowa from Florida, illegally purchasing his firearm from some other criminal before he made the trip. “I just wanted to talk to her,” he said between his incoherent mumbling. The guy was completely insane, and she was completely defenseless. I worked for two different sheriff’s departments before coming back to school, and I’ve seen and dealt with some of the worst of humanity. For example, we had a guy in our jail who raped a woman so violently that he broke every bone in her face. She survived the encounter but endured a great many surgeries to repair the damage. When I’m not at school, you can probably find me working at Jax Outdoor in the hunting and fishing department. Because of my job, I’m

By Barry.Snell in daily contact with people — women quite often — who are interested in firearms for protection. Just the other day, an awesome couple, Trevor and Jessica, came in to buy their very first handgun. Trevor had taken his concealed carry class and had his permit, but both were taking their first steps toward joining one of the oldest and most critical of American traditions: firearms ownership and carry. They had a long journey ahead of them, but like many customers I talk to at Jax, both Trevor and Jessica were interested in taking responsibility for their own safety. It might come as a surprise to many, but Jessica was the most excited of the two. An ISU student herself, she was as stoked as could be about the prospect of getting her own training and handgun someday. Jessica understood a critical fact that fortunately many women are realizing these days: When seconds count, the police are minutes away. It’s a harsh reality, but unless you carry a cop on your back everywhere you go, when a violent crime happens, only you will be there to help yourself. Last week, the Daily’s Editorial Board published an editorial suggesting that legislators were wasting their time in proposing an amendment to the Iowa Constitution to guarantee the right to keep and bear arms. The argument was that after Supreme Court case McDonald v. Chicago, which incorporated the Second Amendment to the states, any such amendment to a state constitution was redundant. There is certainly logic there. However, we columnists here at the Daily tend to be all

philosophical about government and law. I admit I may be the worst offender on these pages. We can provide all sorts of heady arguments about how our government is the people and is therefore not an entity separate from us. Or about how rights aren’t granted by the government; that we have the right to defend ourselves no matter what the law says. And every one of those arguments would be true. Except the world doesn’t work that way in practice. Government now is an all-powerful force separate from the people, completely capable of dominating our lives. We are ruled by laws, good and bad, and the outcome of our lives can hang in the balance of what laws are made and what rights are dissolved. The government can — and sometimes does — legislate our rights away. McDonald was just a lucky break. What if the decision had gone the other way? What if the court changes its mind in a ruling later? Yes, Iowa faces great challenges right now, and there are many important things to be done. Regardless, there is nothing more valuable than your life. I can’t think of anything more important for government to do than protect your ability to protect that life, especially in an era when government appears to be acquiring as much power and authority over our lives as possible. You might not like guns, and that’s OK; you don’t have to get one. But can you look a wonderful woman like Jessica in the eye and tell her that her life isn’t valuable enough to defend, both with law and force, if necessary? If the primary function of government is to protect our rights, then the proposed amendment to Iowa’s Constitution cannot, by definition, be a waste of time, regardless of our other problems. The future is uncertain. Support the amendment; it supports you.

Barry Snell is a senior in history from Muscatine, Iowa.


Voter ID should not cause issue


ecently in the state of Iowa, our secretary of state proposed a new voter ID bill. The bill is pretty straightforward: You must have a proper form of identification in order to vote. Last Tuesday, the College and Young Democrats of Iowa went to the Iowa Capitol to protest this bill. In the email they sent out, they called this bill dangerous and a threat to democracy. Their argument was that this bill would set unnecessary requirements on voters that would make it more difficult for certain voters, such as the poor, elderly and students. I am having a hard time understanding their argument. Under the proposed bill, an ID issued by the government of the United States, the state of Iowa or any Iowa public, private or secondary school or university works. The ID must show the name of the individual, feature a photograph and contain an expiration date. For example, our red ISU ID cards would work fine. Those individuals without an accepted form of ID would be able to obtain a voter identification card from the Department of Transportation that would be free of charge to the voter. Also, if you don’t want to go through that system, a voter may establish proof of identity by a written oath of an attesting person who provides an ID. The oath shall advise the attesting person and the person wishing to vote that falsely attesting to a voter’s identity is a class “D” felony. This is very similar to the same way election day registration functions. In my opinion, this bill is not dangerous at all, but helpful to establish quicker and more accurate voting. This is not like back in the

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock A voter ID bill would require all voters to present a valid ID before being permitted to vote. An ID doesn’t equate to a license; for instance, a valid ISU student ID would suffice.

By Ian.Nichols old days when they tried to have fees to keep the poorer people from voting. Other than establishing your identity, the purpose of an ID is to ensure you meet the requirements to receive certain items or do certain activities. If you want to purchase alcohol or see an R-rated movie, you have to show an ID. Simple tasks such as getting on the CyRide require you to show an ID. If you want to

get a gun or hunting and fishing license, you have to show an ID. If you claim you are too poor, you have to show an ID in order to receive food stamps. The student argument is even more ridiculous, because student school IDs are allowed. Every student is already required to have one. The purpose of this bill is just to make sure you actually are who you say you are. The government just wants to make sure that dead people, illegal immigrants or anybody else that is not legally allowed to are not voting. For example, in 2008, a study conducted by the Florida Sun Sentinel found there were more that 65,000 ineligible and duplicate voters on Florida’s registration polls. Of

these, 600 were deceased people. There was also the debate in the Senate race in Nevada in 2010. Republican challenger Sharron Angle was leading in the polls on the day before the election. After the results were counted, Democrat incumbent Harry Reid miraculously won the election by a few percentage points. Speculation circled that in Reid’s brother’s district, illegal immigrants were brought in to vote illegally. There is always going to be voter fraud on both sides, but if a this bill will be able to cut down on this, it will be a lot more fair.

Ian Nichols is a junior in meteorology from Ames, Iowa.

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Social media

Memes expose more than 1st-world problems “B race yourselves.” The memes are coming. If you’re an avid Facebook user, you probably noticed a few things showing up in your feed over the past week that weren’t there before. Pictures of Willy Wonka, some kid doing a fist pump, random “Lord of the Rings” images, that kid with the UNH sweatshirt wearing headphones, a scumbag named Steve, a good guy named Greg and so many more. The college memes are here and they’ve taken over Facebook. For those of you who don’t know what Internet memes are — for one, they are pronounced like the word “theme,” but with an M on the front — they are an image, GIF or video that is spread via the Internet. They typically contain some form of humor or inside joke and are typically altered over time by users providing their own commentary and parodies. Now, of course, once anything cool or funny gets into the hands of the mainstream, there’s always the naysayers and “hipsters” who become irate at its mainstream popularity. And there’s the mainstream themselves who recently discovered memes but can’t pronounce “meme,”

By Heath.Verhasselt let alone create a clever one, but that’s the beyond the point. For one, they show the level of community and the common problems that many ISU students face on a day-to-day basis. An ongoing joke is that memes and other Internet culture seem to only address “firstworld problems,” but I feel that many of them are of valid concern. For starters, one of memes was a picture of one of the smaller CyRide buses, with the caption “Do I ... get on?” A valid concern, especially if you don’t know what that bus is for. Those short buses are used by CyRide to help out the other buses on their routes for when those buses get full, and yes, you can get on them. Another meme, “One does not simply walk across the zodiac,” pulling from a “Lord of the Rings” screen capture but also raising the larger

Photo courtesy of Facebook Memes often express or comment on political, social and economic values — usually in a witty way — through screen captures and drawings.

point: Freshmen, don’t walk across the zodiac. Just don’t do it. And if you’re not a freshman and you walk across it anyway, shame on you. Another meme showed Patrick Star from “SpongeBob SquarePants” saying, “Let’s use the money we get from the parking tickets ... and use it to build more parking lots!” Obviously posted by a irate parking ticket victim, but a valid concern none the less.

“Bird shit, Bird shit everywhere,” with Buzz from “Toy Story” describing the birds, the crows and their droppings to his pal Woody. I don’t have much to say on this one, but it’s really getting kind of ridiculous. But those issues are minuscule compared to what other people have posted. “People wearing Iowa stuff on the ISU campus, Y you no leave!?!” And that’s exactly right, pick any team you’d like to cheer for. As long as

it’s not Nebraska (aren’t you glad we don’t have to see them anymore?) or Iowa. Especially Iowa. So why don’t you leave? The best yet was a picture of Willy Wonka with a look of wonder and fascination on his face “Oh, you’re an engineer? Please continue to tell me how my major is pointless,” which received close to 500 likes. And it points to the larger problem of majorism that seems to has spread across campuses nationwide. A problem that I fear has no immediate solution in sight. These problems can be addressed in various ways, but the point is that although these are jokes, in many ways they are serious issues that plague our student body. Remember we’re all in this extremely cold college together, and a little camaraderie never hurt anyone. And with that, I’ll end on a meme we can all agree with: a picture of Sir Lancelot and Elaine with the caption, “Still a better love story than ‘Twilight.’”

Heath Verhasselt is a senior in

management information systems from Johnston, Iowa.

Health care

Government presents religion with conflict of interest


he time has come when religion no longer dominates popular opinion and government policy. Recently, President Barack Obama passed a new health care reform, mandating all companies and institutions provide their employees with contraceptives, Plan B (the morning-after pill) and sterilization surgeries as a means of making contraceptives available to all demographics. There are few organizations exempt from this new bill. Among those who are not exempt are hospitals, schools and charities founded on religion, demanding a sacrifice of timeless core principles from those organizations. Many consider this to be a huge step in progressing women’s health rights. But when does a fight for rights begin to inhibit the rights of others? What makes one person’s self-endowed rights more important or ethical than another person’s? Not everyone who works for a religious organization holds the same principles as their employer. It should be up to the discretion of the organization to decide if the legislation is providing freedom to the needy or taking it from all. The Obama administration has given these organizations an ultimatum — comply within the year or risk penalization varying from fines to a possible closure of

By Scott.Watson the organization in its entirety. This tactic is ludicrous. The Roman Catholic Church is a 2,000-year-old organization. Asking it to rethink a fundamental dogma is undermining all religions and inhibits the rights of all to hold and maintain their own standards and beliefs. What about the separation of church and state? It seems this phrase of conveniently strung-together words is only applicable when it meshes with the agenda of the state. They are two separate entities that must brush shoulders from time to time, but religious values are to be protected by the state, not regarded as an obstacle for the state to maneuver to achieve the desired effect. For many years, we have been told how pertinent it is to keep the church out of state affairs, but what about keeping the state out of church affairs? It is not the state’s place to tell the church what it is allowed to believe. When church and state are intertwined as one, the vision of what is best for society is skewed. We have our individual beliefs and spiritualities, and we


Photo courtesy of Thinkstock President Barack Obama has given religious organizations an ultimatum with women’s health care to provide women with contraceptives, even though it is against their doctrines.

also have our role as citizens. These are separate roles that require us to put aside our beliefs and make compromises for the betterment of society, while maintaining our own religions and outlooks on life. When either church or state meddle with the others’ rights and duties, it sacrifices the integrity of both. According to Business Insider, last year the Catholic Church built 625 nonprofit hospitals and accounted for

one in every eight visits. The church is the largest nonprofit segment of the American health care industry by far. The callous manner in which the Obama administration has gone about achieving its agenda completely undermines the values of these religious organizations. This is an extremely complex issue with many intricate factors deriving the broader goal. By failing to understand this is not as simple as passing

out penicillin and bandages to the poor; many good-doing institutions are being thrown into a position where they’re forced to sacrifice morals for existence. Not every institution is ready for the widespread acceptance of contraceptives and its questionable morality. The government is making a stand, showing these groups they too are subject to any laws the government would like to impose, regardless of violations to religious

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2012 schedule released Iowa State will play 7 games at home By Jake.Calhoun The ISU football team has released its full schedule for the 2012 season on Tuesday, according to a news release. The nonconference schedule was already set in stone, but the conference schedule was not released until Tuesday because of West Virginia’s previous legal issues with the Big East Conference, which it is leaving at the end of this athletic season. Iowa State will play seven home games for the first time since 2010, when it went 4-3 at Jack Trice Stadium. Last season, the six home football games averaged more than 50,000 fans for the first time in school history. “Any time you get a chance to play

more games at Jack Trice Stadium than you do on the road, it’s a positive to begin with, but it’s our job to make it the true advantage that Rhoads it is by how we play,” said ISU coach Paul Rhoads. “But we’re anxious and excited about that opportunity, especially in the league having five home games compared to four on the road.” One season after facing a school record seven ranked teams in a season, the Cyclones have nine teams on their schedule that won a minimum of seven games last season. Six of those nine teams won a minimum of 10 games last season. “It seems like it never lessens for us,” Rhoads said. “We go from having what most would argue was the second-toughest schedule in the country to [another season] in the deepest league in the country.

“You play in this league, you’re going to be challenged every week, and the way our nonconference schedule remains, it’s always that way with the entire schedule as well.” The Cyclones will be playing TCU and West Virginia as conference opponents for the first time in 2012. They will be traveling to Fort Worth, Texas, to take on the Horned Frogs on Oct. 6 and hosting the Mountaineers in the regular-season finale on Nov. 24. “It brings something new to the fan base, it certainly brings new preparation to us,” Rhoads said of having new conference opponents. “But you’re talking about two programs that arguably have been as good as any or at least most [teams] in this past decade. “What a great challenge that issues to us and everybody else in the Big 12, but it also helps strengthen the power of what the Big 12 is across this great country.”

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By Mark Schafer Daily staff writer In the first official tournament of the spring semester, the ISU men’s golf team finished in a tie for 12th place overall at the Texas-San Antonio Invitational with host Texas-San Antonio. Senior Nate McCoy was the top scorer for Iowa State, finishing in a tie for 12th overall in the tournament with a threeround score of 214 strokes. McCoy led every round for the Cyclones. The next closest Cyclone player to McCoy was freshman Scott Fernandez, who finished the tournament in a tie for 17th with a three-round score of 218 total strokes. As a team, the Cyclones finished the tournament with 892 total strokes. Oklahoma finished second after a playoff against Texas Tech for the tournament win. Baylor finished third in the tournament.

Women’s golf:

Chayanun leads team in Puerto Rico competition By Mark Schafer Daily staff writer The ISU women’s golf team finished in ninth place in the Lady Puerto Rico Challenge, the first tournament of the spring semester. Freshman Chonlada Chayanun led the team, finishing in a tie for 12th in the tournament. Chayanun was the team leader in strokes in all three rounds of the tournament. The next closest Cyclone golfer on the leaderboard was sophomore Sasikarn On-Iam, who finished the tournament in a tie for 21st. On-Iam tied her career-best single-round score with a score of 69 in the third round. Iowa State finished the tournament with 914 strokes in the tournament, just three strokes behind North Carolina State. Of the other Big 12 schools in attendance, Iowa State finished last with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech finishing ahead of it. LSU won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic with a three-round total score of 884 strokes. The next tournament for the Cyclones will be the Central District Invitational that starts Monday.

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Shutout SPORT: Baseball/softball DEFINITION: When a pitcher prevents an opposing team from scoring a run during a game. USE: For her senior year of high school, Miranda Kemp pitched 25 shutouts as part of her 36 victories on the season.

‘Living her dream’ Photo: Nicole Wiegand/Iowa State Daily Although Miranda Kemp, pitcher for the ISU softball team, spent the fall season rehabilitating her pitching shoulder following surgery, she’ll take her place once again on the mound as the Cyclones head to Tempe, Ariz., for the Littlewood Classic on Saturday.

High school success creates big expectations for pitcher

Cyclones inconsistent in tournament play

By Travis.Cammon At the end of last season, softball coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler wanted to add a little more depth to her team after the departure of workhorse Rachel Zabriskie, who graduated last spring. “We have a really balanced team this year,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “I feel good about [the pitching staff]; they are going to be effective as long as they work together.” One of those offseason acquisitions is former Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year finalist Miranda Kemp. “It’s a pretty big deal to have her here,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. “We saw her about three years ago at a tournament and started recruiting her. She came out, fell in love with the place and picked Iowa State.” Kemp, a true freshman from Haymarket, Va., attended Battlefield High School, where she compiled an impressive list of awards including All-Area Player of the Year, All-Region Player of the Year and two-time first-team All-State honors among many others. “Growing up, she was the typical kid being dragged around to softball games,” said Bobby Kemp, Miranda’s father. “I was the old guy who still thought he could play, so she would come to my men’s tournaments and by 4 or 5 she was keeping score.” It was because of this that Miranda developed a love for the game of softball. “I was always at the field with him,” Miranda said. “I was always around it; in between his games I was throwing all the time. I think that taught me a lot about the game.” The Cyclones are hopeful Miranda’s level of performance increases at the collegiate level as well. “I think she’s throwing great,” said senior pitcher Lauren Kennewell of teammate Miranda. “She hasn’t played in a college game yet, so this weekend is definitely big for her to get out there and show what she can do because it’s definitely different from high school.” The Gatorade State Player of the Year award is given to athletes on the basis of athletic achievement at the club, national or international levels of competition, as well as standout performances in their respective sport. It is also a review of academic honors and distinctions, according to Gatorade’s

Photo courtesy of Miranda Kemp Miranda Kemp pitches for her high school team, the Battlefield Bobcats. Kemp, an incoming freshman from Haymarket, Va., will join the Cyclones for the Littlewood Classic on Saturday.

official website. “It was kind of sprung upon me,” Miranda said. “I really didn’t know too much about it. My high school teacher gave me a recommendation letter and my coach sent it in.” Miranda’s high school coach, Joe Schelzo, said that he was not surprised Miranda was a contender for the award after having seen what she could do on the mound. “She always possessed strong basic skills,” Schelzo said. “What was most impressive was her ability to pick up her level of performance to a new level in the postseason of both her junior and senior seasons.” In Miranda’s senior season, she pitched a whopping 36 games, earning shutout victories in 26 of those contests. “I think that’s one of the reason’s she chose Iowa State,” Bobby said. “I never really had to push her hard, she was always just motivated. In high school, she was a big fish in a small pond. But now she is entering the Big 12, where she’s just another fish in the pond, so you really have to work hard.”

By Travis Cammon, Daily staff writer The softball season began for the Cyclones this past weekend with a loss to Valparaiso 11-5 on Saturday. However, they regathered themselves quickly on Sunday, beating Green Bay 3-2 and Western Illinois 6-2 to round out their first three games of the season with a 2-1 record. While Sunday was a great rebound for the team, coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler said she is concerned about the consistency of her young team early in the season. “Saturday was not good at all,” GeimenhardtCesler said. “I really don’t have an excuse for them. I think that they appeared super nervous and really unsure, which they shouldn’t have been because they have been working really hard.” Sunday, however, was a different story for the Cyclones, who looked like a different team with quality starts from freshman Miranda Kemp and junior pitcher Tori Torrescano. “Obviously it’s really nice to get wins,” Torrescano said. “I’ve worked really hard this past fall and put a lot of extra time in, so going into the game, I have a little more confidence than I’ve had in the past and I just feel a lot more comfortable.” ™


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Kemp’s father also expressed pride in his daughter’s potential to succeed at the Division I level. “It’s hard to put into words how proud of her I am” Bobby said. “She’s worked so hard and sacrificed some of the normal kid things in her early childhood and teens, but she understands that it’s paying off now that she’s living her dream of playing at the college level against some of the best competition in the nation.” The best competition is certainly what they get as Miranda and the rest of the Cyclones will be in competition again at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz., which will be hosted by defending national champion Arizona State. “It’s kind of like what the football and now the basketball team has been upsetting some Big 12 teams,” Bobby said. “Miranda wants to be one of the people that does that for the softball team. That would be awesome if they can do it.”

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Women’s basketball

Cyclones prep for pivotal home stretch as postseason nears By Cory.Weaver

The ISU women’s basketball team has earned three of its five conference wins during the past 15 days. This week, the Cyclones (14-9, 5-7 Big 12) begin a pivotal three-game stretch at Hilton Coliseum that coach Bill Fennelly said is their most important homestand yet. “To see where this season ends up, wherever it ends up, we’ll be able to evaluate pretty

heavily after the Missouri game if there are still possibilities,” Fennelly said of his team’s postseason hopes. “You’re looking at 5-7 now and you could be 8-7 or you could be anywhere below that, so there’s great possibilities and at least you have a chance.” Iowa State will face its first opponent of that stretch Wednesday night against Kansas, followed by Oklahoma on Saturday and Missouri the following Tuesday. Both the Sooners and


Jayhawks (17-7, 6-6) beat the Cyclones earlier this season, but ISU guard Lauren Mansfield said they are eager for their second chances. “I know [against] Oklahoma we played terrible that game, we lost by about 30,” Mansfield said. “So we’re definitely ready to have another shot at them and then obviously Kansas as well. We lost in a close game, so I think we’re very determined to have another shot at them.” In their last meeting,

Kansas and Iowa State were tied in the rebounding battle up until overtime. The Cyclones went on to get out-rebounded 11-4 during double overtime, and all team members will have to help out inside the paint against that Jayhawks. “I think we’re going to have to be more aggressive toward the ball and not let the ball bounce when it comes off the rim,” said forward Hallie Christofferson. The team heads into

Wednesday’s matchup following a road loss to Texas Tech, where the Cyclones shot just 27.1 percent from the field. Earlier this season, the Cyclones went on a five-game conference losing streak where they failed to bounce back after poor shooting nights. However, Mansfield is confident practice will do the trick to not fall into that funk. Kansas will be forced to play without leading scorer Carolyn Davis due to a knee injury in its last game against

Kansas State on Sunday. Fennelly said, however, his team will still need to find its niche on the offensive end. “I think for us it’s a matter of having an identity offensively, finding ways to score, continue to be focused on our plan defensively and hopefully that will continue,” Fennelly said. As Fennelly said, these next three games could be a teetering point for their season and NCAA tournament hopes. Wednesday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.

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15 February 2012



Aphrodisiacs stimulate sexual desire By Caitlyn Diimig AmesEats Flavors Writer


If Cupid missed you on Valentine’s Day, you can still find a lover by seducing them with aphrodisiacs, or foods considered to be sexual stimulants. In Linda Civitello’s book “Cuisine and Culture,” she says the term comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.

According to Civitello, popular aphrodisiacs in the Greek culture included: ƒƒ Chocolate ƒƒ Oysters ƒƒ Champagne ƒƒ Snails Foods also believed to be aphrodisiacs: ƒƒ Figs ƒƒ Avocados ƒƒ Honey ƒƒ Bananas ƒƒ Asparagus ƒƒ Carrots ƒƒ Cucumbers ƒƒ Peaches ƒƒ Pomegranate

Aphrodisiacs often are shaped like reproductive organs. Asparagus and bananas are phallic symbols and, due to this, are regarded as aphrodisiacs. When a fig is cut in half, it represents a women’s vagina and is thus eaten for reproductive health or stimulation of that area.

Photo: Claire Powell/AmesEats Flavors

Roasted fig dessert

Chocolate-covered figs

Ingredients 1/4 pound fresh figs 2 tablespoons red wine or cranberry juice

1 tablespoon brown sugar 3 tablespoons honey, separated 1/4 cup chocolate

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Slice off stems and cut figs in half lengthwise. In a baking dish, cover figs with the wine, sugar and 2 tablespoons of honey. 3. Cover dish with foil and roast in oven for 15 to 30 minutes. Baking time will be determined by how soft or hard the figs are. Softer figs will need less time.

4. While figs are cooling, melt the chocolate in a separate bowl. 5. When figs are done, let cool before drizzling warm chocolate and honey over them. 6. Devour and let the sexual tension release. *If you still don’t believe aphrodisiacs work, the leftover wine will do the trick.

Photo by Claire Powell/AmesEats Flavors

Ingredients 1/4 cup milk chocolate, melted

1 small bag of dried figs

honey to taste

Directions 1. Dip dried figs into the melted chocolate. 2. Place on a piece of parchment paper and put into freezer.

3. Remove from freezer when chocolate has hardened, about 15 minutes. 4. Drizzle with honey and enjoy.


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