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Photo: Kait McKinney/Iowa State Daily Krista McCarty, senior in food science, is the co-president of Iowa State’s Relay For Life. McCarty’s mother passed away of cancer when she was 8. “I want to relay because I don’t want any child or family to have to go through the same experience as I did,” she said. McCarty has been involved for three years.

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“All of us girls and my parents were sitting in the car in the parking lot right before church, and that’s when they told us.” Krista McCarty, senior in food science, was only 8 years old when her mother, Beverly, was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer, which forms in the tissue lining the uterus.

By Megan Swindell Daily staff writer It is that time of year again: Greek Week. The greek community is already in action. From collecting cans to practicing for Broomball tournaments, greek students have been preparing all year for the week-long tradition that has been around for 60 years. The BBQ Kickoff Event will be from 5 until 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, on Central Campus. This year’s Greek Week is full of tournaments where sorority-fraternity pairings will be competing against each other in events such as Live-Action-Role-Playing, also referred to as LARP, Bed Races and Egg Joust. Lipsync Finals will be on March 30 starting at 10:30 p.m. They will be held in CY Stephens auditorium. There will be one day set aside completely for Greek Olympics, which are to be held throughout the greek community from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This year the main philanthropy is the Polar Bear Plunge in Lake Laverne for the Ames Special Olympics. Plunge participants must raise a minimum of $50 to participate. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 31 with registration from 4:30 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. The Iowa State community is encouraged to get involved with the week activities as well, especially in the Polar Bear Plunge. The week comes to a close with the Vespers Ceremony on April 1 in CY Stephens. Here, the revealing of the Greek Week winners takes place. A full agenda with the main events as well as locations and dates can be found on the Greek Iowa State Website.

“At that point I’m pretty sure I hadn’t really even heard of cancer,” Krista said of the day that her parents broke the news to her and her three sisters. “And I really didn’t understand how awful it was until my mom’s first treatment. She went in for just a normal check up after my youngest sister, Katrina, was born, and that’s when they found it.” For a couple of years Beverly, a stay-at-home mom who loved to garden and cook, underwent intense chemotherapy and radiation to treat the can-

cer. Krista remembered trying to distract her two younger sisters throughout those vigorous years. “My older sister Sarah and I would read books to Katrina all the time, and we’d make puzzles too.’ The girls would help their mother in any way they could from “putting lotion on her feet” to days such as the one when “a lady came in with options for wigs.”

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Cady works for impartial judiciary By Katelynn.McCollough @iowastatedaily.com

Photo: Huiling Wu/Iowa State Daily Mark S. Cady talks with the president of Ames League of Women Voters Linda Murken, on Thursday at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court spoke of the importance of an impartial and fair judicial system and the need to uphold a judicial selection process that ensures Iowa courts will remain free from political influences at a meeting of the Iowa League of Women Voters on Thursday. Cady addressed the 78 people in attendance on the “fundamental concept of judicial independence” as he explained the founding fathers’ vision of the American judicial branch.

“It is that branch [the judicial branch] of government that maintains the constitutional form of governing as we walk through life … to make sure that that Constitution is followed,” Cady said. Cady explained the “institutional” and “personal judicial independence” that are major concepts in keeping not only political bias, but popular public opinion, outside the decisions of the courts. On Nov. 2, 2010, Iowa voters chose not to reappoint Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, Justice

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Tornado Alley preps to weather storms By Michael.Finn @iowastatedaily.com The wail of a tornado siren is something most Iowans have heard, as Iowa is smack dab in the middle of “Tornado Alley” — a hotbed of several Midwestern states comprising a notoriously deadly tornado zone. Tornado season, loosely classified as lasting from late spring to early fall, has already begun with a bang. Earlier this month, several dozen tornadoes ripped through the American heartland and southern region, killing at least 39 people and injuring countless others. Disaster relief organizations are mobilizing to provide aid to

the affected towns. Statistically speaking, Tornado Alley sees tornadoes more frequently than anywhere in the world. According to the National Climatic Data Center, an average of 1,253 tornadoes occur in the United States each year. William Gallus, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, explained why the North American heartland climate produces so many tornadoes. “The warm Gulf of Mexico allows south winds to bring a lot of moisture northward, and the high elevation deserts of the American Southwest allow a warm layer to

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Cocaine, heart disease contributed to Whitney Houston’s drowning Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” were contributing factors in her death, the Los Angeles County Coroner said in an initial autopsy report released Thursday. Houston, 48, was “found submerged in a bathtub filled with water” and “no trauma or foul play is suspected,” the coroner said. The toxicology tests found other drugs in her body, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl, the report said. But these drugs “did not contribute to the death,” it said. The one-page report released Thursday did not disclose the levels of each drug, but that information will be included in the final coroner report to be made public within two weeks, the coroner said. Houston’s family, which had been informed of the findings before Thursday’s release, issued a statement through a family spokeswoman. “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” said Patricia Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and former manager. Houston died Feb. 11 in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., the day before the music industry gathered for the annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Having trouble finding ‘Hunger Games’ tickets? In case you did not already get the memo, “The Hunger Games” is going to be big. Like “Twilight” — and “Harry Potter” — big. The flick, based off Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel of the same name, hits theaters on Friday, and is expected to rake in more than $80 million. However, given Fandango’s report that the website is selling 10 “Hunger Games” tickets per second, $80 million seems like a conservative estimate. With more than 2,500 show times already sold out, some moviegoers might look to Craigslist in hopes of finding tickets for opening weekend. (There are more than 30 listings for show times in New York City alone.) The Jennifer Lawrence-starrer currently sits at No. 3 on Fandango’s list of the top advance ticket-sellers of all time. 2009’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” have claimed the first and second spots, respectively. While “The Twilight Saga’s: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” and “Eclipse” round out the top five.

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“Sex and the City” producer Michael Patrick King is not enthralled by the idea of a prequel to the HBO series, but it seems Carrie Bradshaw herself is ready to pass on the torch. Sarah Jessica Parker, who played the Manhattanite for six seasons (and two films), recently reached out to AnnaSophia Robb, who plays a teenaged Bradshaw on The CW’s “The Carrie Diaries.” “She sent me a letter. I wrote her one back, too,” Robb told Us Weekly. “She was just very encouraging about it all. It was really cool.” The 18-year-old said she prepared for the iconic role by “watching the show and really trying to click with the character.” After filming her first episode in New York City, Robb said she is prepared for “Diaries” to be compared to the original series, but she is not worried. “We’re never going to be that,” she said. “The show is more for my generation, but it’s set in the ‘80s, so it’s fun.”

Katy Perry and Rihanna to collaborate? It looks like Katy Perry has a bit of a musical crush. The “Last Friday Night” singer told MTV she is eying a duet with Rihanna. “I’ve always wanted to [collaborate with her], and she’s always wanted to, and that’s very genuine,” Perry said during “MTV First: Katy Perry,” which aired on the network on Wednesday. “We’re not just shooting the sh - -. We’re not, like, just kind of beating around the bush. But really we want to.” But the pressure just might be too much, Perry said. “It’s just that I think it’s gotten to such a head that if we do something that’s not the greatest, it’s going to be so anticlimactic,” she added. “So we’ve already thought about it.”

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Coe’s Floral & Gifts blooms into its 80th year Coe’s Floral & Gifts is in the business of taking dreams to reality. This weekend, the business celebrates 80 years, and Dan Brabec celebrates 10 years as owner. Coe’s began as a seed shop downtown. After several generations of family ownership, Brabec

>>RELAY.p1 From their farm in the small town of Hartley, Iowa, Krista’s parents drove back and forth four hours to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for Beverly’s cancer treatment throughout the years. “We took turns. Two of us girls would go [with to the Mayo Clinic], and two of us would stay with my aunt and uncle.” After a little over two years of treatment, Bev went into remission. “I think that she was back in the garden and basically back to normal,” Krista said. The McCartys were able to live normal lives with healthy Mom for only a short time. The six months of remission brought irreversible news. The four youngsters were gathered together at the kitchen table only to be told that the cancer that would soon take the life of

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their mother had spread to her lungs and brain. “We all just started bawling; Katrina didn���t understand, but she was sad that we were sad,” Krista said. Pneumonia brought Beverly’s frail, cancer-stricken body back to the hospital. “I remember her being so sick that she couldn’t even walk,” Krista said. “Dad had to help her out of the house. I remember thinking every night ‘God, please let her live one more day.’” Her eyes filled with tears as she recalled the last time she spoke with her mother. “My aunts came to pick us up on my last day of sixth grade, and we knew that day. She told us to remember her by a rose in a garden.” Beverly died in the afternoon on the girls’ first day of summer. “All of us girls had to grow up pretty fast,” Krista said. “Grandma came every Thursday for years to do laundry.”

role just as it had been envisioned,” Cady said. He explained this non-retention of judges was the first time in Iowa history that a civil rights case decision was wanting to be reversed by the public. “It showed the vulnerability of Iowa judicial selection,” Cady said on the three judges losing their positions, “and judges became vulner-

David Baker and Justice Michael Streit. This came after the Iowa Supreme Court decision in the Varnum v. Brien case ruled an Iowa marriage statute was unconstitutional. The statute was one that made gay marriage illegal. “The Iowa Supreme Court has played out its

>>TORNADO.p1 drift over the Plains about a mile up,” Gallus said. “This warm layer acts like a lid, letting tremendous instability and energy build up below it, so that when it gets hot and humid enough, or something lifts the air, it explodes through the lid and air rushes upward with more violence than just about anywhere else on the planet.” Nearly all tornadoes reported in the United States are considered to be relatively small and short lived — 95 percent of all tornadoes produce winds less than 100 mph and last only five to 20 minutes, causing few if any fatalities. But every now and then, a violent beast of a storm emerges from the sky, shredding through rural towns and settlements with winds exceeding 200 mph. Such was the case for the infamous 1925 “Tri-State Tornado,” a category F5 tornado that ravaged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, causing 695 deaths — the deadliest tornado ever recorded in U.S. history. Iowa has never experienced such widespread disaster as the Tri-State Tornado — the highest death toll ever reported by a single tornado in Iowa was on March 15, 1968, claiming 13 lives. Tornadoes are highly unpredictable phenomena, so climatologists say it is hard to say exactly what lies ahead for the 2012 tor-

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Krista took after her mother’s passion in the kitchen. “Making supper every night was a role I took on since I was nine,” she added. “Dad raised us well.” Although the McCarty’s had participated for years in the Spencer Relay for Life as the “McCarty Party” team while their mother fought her battle against cancer, the family’s involvement subsided for a bit after Beverly’s passing. Today, Krista is the co-president of Colleges against Cancer at Iowa State. Her involvement began in the Entertainment Committee as a sophomore then education chair as a junior. As co-president, Krista has helped organize Iowa State’s seventh annual Relay for Life, which kicks of Friday at 7 p.m. and ends Saturday at 7 a.m. Krista encouraged everyone to attend the Relay, so that “no other children have to hear that their parent has cancer or live through that experience.”

able for doing their jobs. The job done … was the same job that the court had always done in every single civil courts case in the past.” Though Cady said he felt that judicial independence and the court systems had been “threatened” by the loss of the justices, he also said the judicial retention process “belongs to the people, and they should be left to do it.”

nado season. However, there are some climatic factors that may suggest an increase in tornado activity this year. “The Gulf of Mexico is warmer than normal since there was almost no winter weather down there this year,” Gallus said. “With the water being warmer, winds can sweep larger amounts of moisture off the Gulf and bring it north, which creates more fuel for thunderstorms and tornadoes.” There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that Earth’s climate is changing. Some scientists are wondering if global warming might lead to a dramatic increase in extreme weather events. Over the last decade, an influx of mega-hurricanes has already been seen across the globe. These disasters are completely natural and have been occurring for millions of years. But problems arise when hurricanes and tornados attack densely populated areas, causing fatalities and costly damage. Hurricane Katrina, for example, was widely regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. It took the lives of 1,836 New Orleans citizens, and cost the government over $81 billion in damages. Many scientists, like Gallus, agree that these unusual weather patterns could be closely connected to a rising global temperature. “The evidence for warming temperatures over the planet is pretty much undeniable,” Gallus said. “Warmer weather near the

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In his years at the shop, Brabec has seen clients go from ordering wedding flowers to baby gifts to celebrating family events together. And the shop is always willing to go the extra mile to create special moments. When a client wanted a dream wedding with $60,000 worth of fresh flowers, Coe’s mobilized a team of 27 employees to make it happen. When a student wanted to surprise his girlfriend with

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ground is one ingredient that should increase both hurricanes and tornadoes.” Scientists say that while it is clear that our climate is changing, it must be noted that any correlation between climate change and an increase in severe weather is only hypothetical. Tornadoes and hurricanes are still very unpredictable phenomena. People in the Midwest live under constant threat of tornadoes almost year-round. Harry Hillaker, state climatologist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, is well aware of Iowa’s potential for destructive tornadoes. “The historical record shows that tornadoes have occurred in Iowa in every month of the year,” Hillaker said. “We have even had one major outbreak in January of 1967. May and June are by far the most likely months of the year for tornadoes in Iowa.” Scientists and disaster prevention organizations alike agree it is essential to know safety protocols in order to sidestep the destructive path of a tornado. In the event of a tornado, people are told to always occupy the lowest possible ground, and avoid taking cover near windows at all costs. The proper protocol is to crouch to the ground with their hands over their head. The next tornado could be looming just around the corner, so be prepared.

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purchased the business while a student at Iowa State. Ten years ago, Coe’s was mainly known for fresh flowers. Today they offer much more, including special events, classes and workshops and a wide array of home decor and gift items. “My number one thing is just trying to build relationships with our customers — it’s not just selling flowers,” Brabec said.

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Could online networking save Israel? The Israeli and Iranian governments have both exchanged quite a lot of threats that entail largescale bombing runs on each other. President Barack Obama recently stated the United States would defend Israel, especially if that required the use of military force, inching us closer and closer to all-out war. Yet, maybe there exists the assertion that these threats are merely political figures flexing their military muscles. Under such politicking, one must ask, do these political figures truly reperesent their citizens? To place the domestic environment in perspective, U.S., Israeli and Iranian citizens almost never talk to each other. The only contact that really occurs is among our elected officials and ambassadors. There are some Israeli citizens who disagree with their elected officials and their statements, instead seeking out the Iranian citizens directly, conveying passive messages of peace and love. Writers, teachers and graphic designers Ronny Edri and Michal Tamir are leading a campaign on “IsraelLovesIran.com,” encouraging fellow Israelis to join in on the positive conversation surrounding the similarities between the people of Jewish and Islamic states. The website makes a strong effort to address all “fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters” of Iran. For Edri, “war is not on his radar.” His artistic creations, certainly aim to effect social change. The campaign has received support from thousands of citizens, a majority coming from Israel. This demonstrates another effective use of social networking to create change that could very well radiate to a global stage. The citizens are talking among themselves, circumventing their elected officials and delving straight into the domestic heart of each other. This certainly shows the world there is a shining niche of people who believe in peace and cooperation in stark contrast to their warmongering administrations. As social network users, we too have the opportunity to effect real change in our surroundings. We should commend Edri for his efforts and mirror his constructivism into our own lives. We each have a unique way in which we can participate in such overarching matters. Whether you are a writer, musician, painter or whatever, change can still come from your creative mind. The Israeli citizens are certainly beginning to realize this, and are reintegrating constructivist art to convey their message. Who knows, given the political instability in Iran, maybe this movement will prevent war with them. Editorial Board

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ednesday past I asked the question: Do you know how to be an American? Now we have to answer. The Declaration of Independence set out publicly, to the entire world, why the colonies were doing the then-unthinkable: rejecting the alleged divine right of a king and establishing a system of self-governance based on the rights of the individual. In writing the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson embedded within its prose the philosophical underpinnings of the new nation. Jefferson asserted to the universe in the Declaration, thus writing himself into eternity when he said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Jefferson mentions four key things in that most famous sentence: Rights, Life, Liberty and Happiness. So let’s start there. Rights are something that cannot be taken away. A right is something you’re born with and have by virtue of being alive. A right is not granted by any person or government; you are born with them, and you will die with them, and they cannot be taken away — though you can give them up! We will address this problem together later as our conversation evolves. For now, here’s two key principles: First, the only just restriction of one’s rights exists where one’s rights collide with those of another. In other words, your rights are equal to everyone else’s and can never exceed the rights of others. For example, you have the right to listen to music as loud as you like, but I also have the right to peace and quiet too. Second, groups don’t have rights, only individuals do. The government has no rights; the police has no rights; special interest groups have no rights. Only the individual. The confusion that surrounds rights usually deals with privileges. Do you have to ask permission, pay a fee or get a license or permit to do it? If so it’s not a right, it’s a privilege. But wait, you might think, what about protest permits or gun licenses? Now you’re thinking like an American, though we’ll talk about that in a future column too.

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By Barry.Snell @iowastatedaily.com With respect to Life, you have but one of them, and that life is special. That life makes you an individual, separate and unique from all other individuals. But without life, you have no rights, no liberty, no nothing. This is why murder is such a depraved act, as it deprives you of everything; it is the ultimate denial of rights. Liberty now, well that’s a bit tougher. Liberty has been distilled to the pithy definition of “doing whatever the hell you want.” To men of the Age of Enlightenment, though, Liberty meant something completely different. Exactly 27 years ago last Friday, Terry Anderson, a young man who attended Iowa State just like you do, learned what the Founders meant by Liberty. In some of the opening moves of what we now call the “Global War on Terror,” Terry Anderson was grabbed off the streets of Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists, and held captive for seven years. In his filthy Lebanese cell, he had a radio which allowed him to hear international broadcasts from the station Voice of America, transmitting from Ohio. One of the Voice of America programs led with a recording of the Campanile playing “The Bells of Iowa State.” Anderson tuned into this broadcast every chance

he got, and in an interview after his release, he said hearing the Campanile reminded him of home and gave him hope, that those bells of Iowa State set him free. Liberty is an existential, yet psychological, condition that must first exist in the mind. “Let us, then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things,” Jefferson wrote in a letter. Liberty is an attitude first, and a matter of practice second. In its physical manifestation, Liberty as the Founders understood it was also a public thing. It is for this reason that your rights are protected by the Constitution: so that you may act with one each other. The sublime beauty of the Constitution is not that it created some fancy new style of government, but that it created a space in which citizens could interact and achieve common goals, whatever those goals may be. This ability to act — to be political in the classical sense — is Liberty. Happiness, like Liberty, is also a strange concept to the modern American. Today we take “happiness” to mean a state of being pleased or doing what pleases us, such as making a lot of money, buying a big TV, or going to a football game. Happiness meant something radically different during the revolution though. The word “happiness” is related to the word “happenstance,” which is connected to being lucky. Even now,

you can find “happiness” defined as having good fortune. In 1776, Happiness was actually about the opportunity to create one’s own opportunities and the freedom to enjoy the benefits. Generating luck or good fortune for ourselves involves taking risks. That ability to try something, to fail and then to try something else, is Happiness. As Bobby Kennedy said, “Long ago the Greeks defined happiness as the ‘exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence in a life affording them scope.’” These concepts, which seem abstract to the modern American mind today, form the crux of American philosophy: You are a unique individual, and you matter. You were born with rights that cannot be taken away. You are free to act with other Americans and solve problems or do great things together. You have the ability to make opportunities for yourself and reap the rewards of your labor. So much has been written about and so much blood shed over these principles. Consider for awhile what their implications are and see if you can identify conflicts with our modern reality. Next week we’ll get into some of the problems interfering with our ability to be Americans, then on to the how-to. These principles are the Founders’ legacy to you, passed down from a time spanning four centuries. They are your birthright. Claim them!

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

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Shooting first makes us barbarian A pparently it’s becoming perfectly acceptable to “Stand Your Ground” and shoot first, ask questions later. I’m referring to the bill passed into law in Florida in 2005 and similar legislation introduced or passed in other states, including Iowa. The gist of Stand Your Ground is that if even feel threatened, even in a public area, you do not have to retreat. You may pull your gun and shoot. In light of this, maybe I should buy a gun, too, before its too late. I mean, don’t I have the right to defend myself? Last month, Daily columnist Barry Snell wrote in “Your life is precious, protect it” that people should arm themselves because the police probably won’t make it in time to save you. Every time there’s a shooting rampage like Columbine or Virginia Tech, somebody inevitably says: “Well, if other people were armed, they could have stopped the shooter.” Last month, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in a gated community in Sampson, Fla., by self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. As of this writing, police have yet to arrest Zimmerman because claimed to be acting in self-defense under the Stand Your Ground law. I wonder what would have happened if Martin had had a gun and shot Zimmerman instead. I’m hesitant to buy a gun, however, because I fear gun ownership would change my outlook on the world. For me, when the general populace of a region is allowed to arm themselves, it represents the breakdown, or the perception of breakdown, of central authority in a given area. The above examples seem to support this. I recall the philosophy class I took years ago where the professor discussed gun control. Somehow, he had dissected the argument down to the difference between handguns and bazookas. “What’s the difference?” he asked the class

By Stelios.Vasilis.Perdios @iowastatedaily.com in an accusatory tone, as if we didn’t know. I, being a smartass, responded, “One’s bigger than the other.” “Really?” the professor said. “There is no difference. Both kill people!” Again, being a smartass, I quoted that old cliché: “‘Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.’” Nobody laughed, and the professor continued on. To this day I’m still not sure if he really believed what he was saying, trying to goad the class into arguing with him, or both. Years later, I realize much of the attention on gun control actually centers around the ownership and use of handguns. Bazookas and the like are meant to take out vehicles and fortified positions. But handguns are meant to used to kill people, period. The majority of all deaths in the United States caused by firearms are from handguns. And the majority of all firearm deaths in the United States are suicides. Putting suicides aside, bringing a handgun into a tense situation is likely to cause the death of the attacker or the victim. Thus, the stereotypical gun nut going on a rampage with an assault rifle is a very extreme case. Stand Your Ground seems to ignore other consequences and circumstances. It takes the ideas of self-defense out of the private domain of the household and into the streets. How many innocent bystanders must get injured because two parties simply felt threatened by one another.

Furthermore, when somebody goes on a shooting rampage, and others use guns to stop him, how do the police tell the difference between those who are defending themselves and the original shooter? Hell, in the heat of the moment, is it not possible for those defending themselves to mistake each other for the original shooter? Stand Your Ground would give them the option to shoot each other first and ask questions later. Stand Your Ground seems to indicate that many people have an intrinsic desire to defend themselves, most likely from another person with a gun. But crime rates have generally dropped in the last decade or so, and around three-fourths of the American population is unarmed. So I’m not sure where this fear really comes from. American society has its problems, but it is stable. Yet is it the breakdown of society that people fear? Or perhaps the violence of poor urban areas spilling into suburbia? Or are they afraid of big government trying to run their lives? Or the fear of the absence of government, America breaking down into feudal states dominated by warlords who constantly fight each other? In that case, I’m reminded of Katharine Hepburn, playing Eleanor of Aquitaine in the 1968 movie “The Lion In Winter.” At one point, Prince John, played by Nigel Terry, exclaims, “A knife! He’s got a knife!” And Eleanor responds, “Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It’s 1183, and we’re barbarians!” I believe if most Americans possessed handguns, the American society would become absolutely feudal.

Stelios Vasilis Perdios is a graduate student in history from Ames, Iowa.


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Building a ‘greener’ house By Taylor.Hilsabeck @iowastatedaily.com

Photo: David Derong/Iowa State Daily The city of Ames installed BigBelly solar intelligent waste and recycling collection systems. These cans compact trash and wirelessly signal when they need to be emptied, cutting down on energy used in picking up the trash.

City of Ames installs solar trash compactors By Moriah.Morgan @iowastatedaily.com

The city of Ames has decided to take the next step in sustainability. On Wednesday, BigBelly Solar intelligent waste and recycling collection systems were installed in pocket parks at the corner of Welch Avenue and Chamberlin Street and in Tom Evans Park at Main Street and Burnett Avenue. “We take sustainability seriously,” said Susan Gwiasda, public relation officer for Ames, when asked about the new solar powered trash compactors. The trash compactors will cut down on the number of trash collection visits. This will lower costs, minimize pollution and lead to less congestion. This is because not only do the cans hold more trash, but also use wireless technology to alert city staff when the trash needs to be emptied. The trash from the solar compactors will be taken to the Resource Recovery Plant. There the trash will be separated. Metals are taken out and sold to a scrap dealer for recycling. The burnable portion is used as refuse derived fuel and is piped to the City’s power plant. The non-burnable is shredded to take up significantly less space and is sent to the landfill. John Pohlman, superintendent of the Resource Recovery Plant, is very optimistic about the city’s next step in saving money and becoming a more sustainable city. Want to learn more? Go to www.cityofames.org and click the “Go Green” tab.

The buildings of the world are responsible for 40 percent of the world’s energy and emit 50 percent of greenhouse gases. This is not a problem in which we can simply butt out the source, but one in which the source must be modified by those who design and construct them. In the eyes of some architects, the adoption of sustainable alternatives is not only a matter of progress, it’s a matter of survival. “Right now there is a split in the design profession, it’s the idea that design is about aesthetics and the idea that design can be about ethics,” said Cameron Sinclair, executive director of Architecture for Humanity. Professor Sergio Palleroni from the University of Texas is an architect and founder of architecture firm BaSiC Initiative. Palleroni has been involved with building sustainable, low-income housing for 20 years, helping poor communities by recruiting hands and, more importantly, minds. Palleroni brings design students into underserved communities to build homes in a sustainable way, using local materials and not wasting energy or polluting, and meanwhile, encompassing the context of design by remaining interesting and innovative. His idea is that students in particular need to get out into the world, the developing world, and do hands-on projects. “I tell my students that the responsibility of an architect is to be inclusive, to include all things about this world, and that means all communities. ... We have got to be part of the missonaries that make that connection between ecological housing, and sustaining their culture and that place in their community.” One community that has been visited by Palleroni and his students are the Yaqui Indians, a nomadic tribe who roam the north central and western deserts of Mexico. They have gradually seen their lives diminished by the expanding ranches and farms of the region. Living on a piece of land with such harsh conditions, they can’t even raise cattle. The Yaqui, in economic terms, are probably the poorest residents of North America with their average income being a little less than $600 a year. They desper-

Photo Courtesy of Sergio Palleroni/BaSiC Initiative Architecture Sergio Palleroni, students from the University of Texas and residents of Sonora, Mexico, work together to build supports. They use manpower instead of machinery, reducing emissions.

ately need inexpensive homes. The Mexican government responded with thousands of low-income houses, none were built to be sustainable for the climate and their way of life. Many problems resulted, including drainage problems, no natural ventilation and no sense of community. With 20,000 homes still needed, the Yaqui business leaders, residents and politicians created a micro loan system, enabling a few to be able to afford a home for $5,000. The University of Texas students, led by Palleroni, came up with a model that incorporated an open courtyard, a major part of the Yaqui life. They used the money to utilize local materials more suitable to the environment, such as river reeds, recycled boxes, and adobe. One side of the house has bedrooms and the other side has a bathroom, kitchen and a small dining area, creating a living room in the center. The center space is covered by thatch roof, protecting it from radiation, of rush bamboo from the riverbed. Their goal was trying to design houses that are truly economical in the long term. The heating, cooling and maintenance costs of these houses are cheap, therefore families are not driven out of their home by the costs to maintain the house. A Yaqui resident, Maria Teresa Estrella Camargo said she is very happy because it is a house she can call her own. “I like everything, but especially the bathroom. Here, we had no plumbing, that’s what both-

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cleaning up neighborhood alleys as a way of reaching out to the residents and called it the Alley Flat Initiative. With this initiative, Palleroni challenged students to not only design houses but to develop strategies that strengthen the community. The student housing designs, at their core, aim to utilize systems that reduce running costs and minimize waste. By incorporating social, cultural and environmental aspects in their designs, green and sustainable choices were not seen as luxuries but basic building blocks. The students also created vertical gardens, which can help bring moisture and cool the alley. This also gives the people an opportunity to raise tomatoes or other fruits and plants. Palleroni and his students aim to sustain communities both close to home and abroad. According to Palleroni, “Design can act not just to create new possibilities and how to live in the world, but it can also create possibilities of political and social rights in this world.”

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Mays, Harris set to leave women’s hoops team By Cory Weaver Daily staff writer Coach Bill Fennelly announced Thursday in a news release that two players would be leaving the ISU women’s basketball team. Sophomore Kelsey Harris and freshman Kilah Mays will not be returning next season. “You never like to have kids leave the program, but change is often good for all involved parties,” Fennelly said in the release. “I wish them all the best in the future.” Harris averaged 1.9 points per game over the 2011-12 season including 14 3-pointers and an 11-point outing against Texas Tech on Feb. 12. The Brea, Calif., native averaged 2.4 points per game over her Cyclone career and said she plans to find another school where she can make more of an impact. “I want to thank the coaches and the University for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program,” Harris said in the news release. “I’ve enjoyed my time here but hope to find somewhere that I can contribute more to the program.” The move also comes less than a week after coach Jack Easley announced he would be leaving later this year.

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Washington steps down after 3 seasons By Jake Calhoun, Daily staff writer ISU assistant coach Yero Washington is stepping down after three seasons. Washington, who joined the Cyclone coaching staff with the hiring of coach Kevin Jackson in 2009, will assume the executive director position of Beat the Streets — Los Angeles, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the sport of wrestling in schools. “Washington has been the most loyal, hard-working and selfless coach I have ever known,” Jackson said in a news release. “I want to thank Yero for his three years of service to Iowa State. He will be greatly missed.” Washington wrestled for Fresno State before coaching at Columbia for seven years. Washington begins his new position in May. “My time at Iowa State has been an amazing experience,” Washington said in a news release. “I have no doubt that the future is bright for the Iowa State wrestling program.”

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Counterpunch SPORT: Boxing DEFINITION: A punch administered at the exploitation of an aggressor’s openness after initially throwing a punch, typically avoided by a block or evasive move. USE: Josue Avila threw a counterpunch after blocking a jab from his opponent.

Photo: Tim Reuter/Iowa State Daily Josue Avila, a freshman in engineering, practices on the punching bag during boxing club practice at State Gym on Wednesday. Avila will be competing at 132 pounds in the National Collegiate Boxing Association’s National Championships on April 5 to 7.

ISU boxers land punches for national tournament

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Inexperience could not hold back two ISU boxers from delivering the ultimate punch. Josue Avila, freshman in engineering, will compete in the National Collegiate Boxing Association National Championships at 132 pounds April 5 to 7. His teammate, David Glenn, sophomore in mechanical engineering, also qualified at 165 pounds. “These guys have really exceeded expectations,” said Jon Swanson, head coach of the ISU Boxing Club. “Both Avila and Glenn have only been boxing competitively since October. I couldn’t be more proud of two individuals who have put in so much hard work and dedication to get them to where they are now, competing for a national championship.” The National Collegiate Boxing Association was formed in 1976 and is a group member of USA Boxing. Currently the association has over 25 colleges and universities participating in collegiate boxing nationwide. The association conducts competitions throughout the year for a multi-

tude weight classes. Each spring, a National Championship Belt is awarded to the best individual boxer per weight class and National Championship Trophy to the best team in college boxing. The championships will take place at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Although boxing is an individual sport, it takes a team effort to prosper. “The help of Landon Wolfe, Garry Greenly and many others within the Recreation Services can’t go unnoticed,” Swanson said. “They have been more than generous with giving us the space to practice when we need it.” Morgantown, W.Va., was home to the Mid-West Regional Championships, March 15 to 17. In order to qualify for nationals, boxers needed to place in the top three in their respected weight class. Avila won his weight class at 132 pounds, while Glenn finished third, awaiting the final decision of the committee. “[Glenn] took third at the Midwest Regional Championships, and we are bidding for him to go to nationals at

165 pounds,” Swanson said. “First and second place winners of the three regional championships at each weight class qualify for nationals, along with two of three third place winners. Glenn won three of four matches by technical knock out and one of his losses came earlier in the year where he later beat the same kid. He would have a very good chance of placing at nationals as a sophomore, which is unheard of.” Glenn is preparing with a winners mentality. “If I get the opportunity to compete at nationals, that would be amazing,” Glenn said. “Regardless, I am practicing with the same intensity. The first year boxer’s involvement in the sport came from the help of a former ISU student-athlete. “I always wanted to box when I was younger, but my parents didn’t think it would be a great idea, basketball was my main sport,” Glenn said. “I originally started boxing to help me prepare for mixed martial arts with Phil Hawes, a former Cyclone wrestler. Instead, I fell in love with boxing and really respected coach Swanson and how he stressed fundamentals, hard work and dedication.”

Avila also has taken the unconventional route — he is a fan of “the beautiful game.” “Soccer has always been my favorite sport,” Avila said. “One of my friends from my hometown of Marshalltown used to box, so I started boxing with him since we didn’t have a club.” Accountability has been a key to Avila’s success. “I run on my own to make sure I have the endurance needed to sustain three two minute rounds,” Avila said. I have also planned to start cutting weight now instead of waiting until the last minute like I did at regionals. Avila credits his coach as well. “Coach Swanson does a good job of making sure practice is intense,” Avila said. “He definitely shows tough love. Ultimately, an athletes’ drive comes from within. Avila said that at the end of the day, it’s up to an individual to ready themselves for a competition. “Training in preparation for nationals will obviously become more intense, with longer hours,” Avila said. “How much time you put into something will dictate your success.”

Gymnastics

Hunger for Big 12 Championships Past mistakes drive team to perfection By Isaac.Hunt @iowastatedaily.com The ISU gymnastics team won its first conference championship in 2000. The banner from that meet hangs in the practice gym coach Jay Ronayne walks into almost everyday. The season before Ronayne became coach, the Cyclones won another conference title in 2006. With the window open and his team peaking, the coach is itching for a title.

Our plan ... is to go out and hit 24 routines that are great looking. Stick a bunch of dismounts, and we have a shot” Jay Ronayne “We’ve won two [conference] championships,” Ronayne said. “There’s a [2000] team picture [in our gym]. I love that picture because of what it represents. “But I would also love to replace that picture.” “Satisfying” is a word Ronayne continued to repeat when asked what it would mean personally to win. But he does not want to win for his own personal gain, he wants to win for

the gymnasts he has seen put in so much hard work. “I want their picture to be up there,” Ronayne said. “I want them to join Ronayne that crowd. Those alumni mean a lot to Cyclone gymnastics. To join them would be an incredible feeling, and I want them to have that feeling. Now’s the time.”

The time is now “It’s up to us to do our job,” Ronayne said. “Focus on things we can control, and let other teams make a mistake.” “Mistake.” A word that followed this team, like Mary’s little lamb, wherever they went. In the past four meets, however, this team has only had to count a fall once. “Our plan for this week is to go out and hit 24 routines that are greatlooking,” Ronayne said. “Stick a bunch of dismounts, and we have a shot, especially if Missouri or Oklahoma make one mistake. We plan on being there to capitalize.” Ronayne said if Oklahoma is able to stay near perfection and not count a shot, it will be the Big 12 Champion. But Missouri will not be an easy out. “From top to bottom, everyone sees it as the most important meet of the year,” said Missouri coach Rob Drass. “To win that is one of those huge victories.”

Photo: Yue Wu/Iowa State Daily Seniors Celine Paulus, front, and Michelle Browning practice the balance beam in Beyer Hall on Tuesday. The poster pictured directly behind Paulus is of the team that won the Big 12 Championships in 2000.

Gymnasts who will go there “At this point in time, competing seems to be about focus and a mental edge,” Drass said. No athletes have been more focused than the two senior all-arounders Michelle Browning and Celine Paulus, who have combined for four Big 12 Gymnast of the Week awards this season. “We haven’t won the Big 12 since 2006,” Paulus said. “It would show everyone that we’re capable of big things.”

The two have been on fire the whole season and are familiar names to those who follow ISU gymnastics. Their last time out, they scored their highest all-arounds of their careers. Browning and Paulus have worked four years for this moment, and they are not going to let it slip out of their hands. “[Winning] would mean the world to me,” Browning said. “This is the team, this is the year.” No. 25 Iowa State will match up against No. 19 Missouri and No. 2 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. on March 24 in Norman, Okla.


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Cyclones kick off Big 12 schedule against Texas By Dan.Cole @iowastatedaily.com The ISU softball team kicks off its Big 12 schedule with a threegame series against Texas this weekend in Ames. The Cyclones finished their nonconference schedule with a 9-15 record. “Obviously I’d like it to be better,” said ISU coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler of the Cyclones’ nonconference record. “I

We need to just go out ... and let it rip.” Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler think that there’s a lot of things that we could learn from that. I wish that we had been definitely more consistent, but it is what it is. We just keep on going from here.” The Cyclones may have gotten ahead of themselves in nonconference play, said freshman Lexi Slater.

“We were looking at an overall picture of what we wanted for the whole entire season,” Slater said. “We weren’t looking at game by game.” The Cyclones ended the nonconference schedule with back-to-back wins over Santa Clara and St. Mary’s, which has given the team Slater added confidence heading into this weekend. “It wasn’t as consistent as we were hoping, but now it’s time to turn that around,” said senior pitcher Lauren Kennewell. “I think we can really come out and surprise some people.” The Longhorns (23-2) have been dominant so far this season, and are already off to a 3-0 start in the Big 12. Texas won both meetings between the two teams last season in Austin, Texas. “They have a great hitting team. That’s what they’ve been known for the last couple years,” Kennewell said. “They’ve also got a couple good pitchers on their staff, so it’s definitely going to be a battle.” Offensively, the Longhorns are led by senior Lexy Bennett,

who is currently batting .471 with six homeruns and 37 RBIs this season. The Texas pitching staff has been stifling opponents’ bats all season, currently owning a collective ERA of 1.25. Gemeinhardt-Cesler said there is a fine line between trying too hard and just letting the game come to you. “We need to just go out and play and let it rip,” GemeinhardtCesler said. The Cyclones’ outlook on the Big 12 season as a whole appears to be quite optimistic. “I’m just expecting us to come out and surprise some people,” Kennewell said. “Right now we’re at the bottom of the Big 12, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not a good team.” Given that she is a freshman, Slater has never experienced the trials of the Big 12 conference schedule. But she knows what to expect. “I know they’re going to be good. I know that we’re going to be better. We just have to play our game,” Slater said. This weekend’s games are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

Track

ASU Invitational ‘good place to start’ competition Women’s track team is ‘hungry and healthy’ for first outdoor meet By Stephen.Koenigsfeld @iowastatedaily.com

Photo: Grace Steenhagen/Iowa State Daily Abdoulaye Seye starts off the second heat of the men’s mile at the Iowa State Classic in February. The men’s track and field team makes way to Arizona to compete in the season’s first outdoor meet this Friday and Saturday.

By Dylan.Montz @iowastatedaily.com Outdoor track and field season has finally arrived for the ISU men’s track and field team. The Cyclones will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the ASU Invitational this weekend for the first outdoor meet this season. ISU coach Corey Ihmels said that since the end of indoor season, the runners have been putting in good, hard, work and have, for the most part, avoided injuries. He also said the first couple meets may not be very “glamorous,” but the work that is done

I just want ... to have a good race. I’m not sure what that exactly is yet, but I’ll be able to feel it at the end.” Brandon Barnes now will help them as the season goes along. “Going outdoors, sometimes, that transition can be difficult,” Ihemls said. “We’re gearing up, especially the distance crew, towards Stanford and Mt. SAC. That’s where we’ll be ready to run so that’s why we’ll be staying back with most of the distance kids.” One middle-distance runner that will compete in Tempe is redshirt freshman Brandon Barnes. Barnes will be running in the 1,500-meter and is looking forward to it as it will be his

first trip to Arizona State. “It should be pretty fun,” Barnes said. “There’s lots of good competition down there, and so I hope to have a good, fun weekend.” Barnes also said that while Barnes indoor season is a good thing to have, outdoor season is “where all of the fun is at” and is really looking forward to getting outside. Normally a middle-distance runner, Barnes has never competed in the 1,500 meter run. He said that is should be a good experience for him. “I just want to go out there Ihmels and have a good race,” Barnes said. “I’m not sure what that exactly is yet, but I’ll be able to feel it at the end of the race.” Ihmels said that he wanted Barnes to run the 1,500-meter race to get valuable over-distance training in and to build strength that he will use later on in the season. “Brandon just needs a little bit more experience, and Arizona State is going to be a perfect meet for us in the sense that it’s going to be competitive but not too highly competitive,” Ihmels said. “It will be a good place to start.” The ASU Invitational will be held on the campus of Arizona State University on Friday and Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

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The smell of fresh cut grass, wet pavement and a humidity level of almost 100 percent are the perfect adjectives to describe what is just around the corner for the ISU women’s track team. This weekend, the team will travel to Tempe, Ariz., for the ASU Invitational, where athletes will get their first taste of the outdoor asphalt and the competition the meet will bring. “There are certain people that haven’t competed all indoor season,” said assistant coach Travis Hartke. Hartke said this weekend is not only about getting runners out on the track that have not competed yet this year, but also for those runners who have to get focused. “It’s not as important for our group because we’re back into a training period,” Hartke said, talking about the distance women. “But it’s important for the sprints, jumps and throws because everything builds off each other.”

I want to see improvement from the point where we are ... that they put their best effort on the track.” Nate Wiens During the outdoor season, Ames will not host an outdoor meet — the closest meets are a couple Des Moines-area competitions in late April. Hartke said it is hard to get a race-type atmosphere in Ames with no spring meets. In the early month of April, the team will head to the West Coast for seven different meets in the states of Arizona and California. The ASU invite is just the first among many for the runners. Sprints coach Nate Wiens said he would like to see something in particular out of his runners as the outdoor season starts to unfold. “I want to see improvement from the point where we are and [the runners] that they put

File photo: Jordan Maurice/Iowa State Daily Kianna Elahi anchors the Women’s 4x4 meter relay during the Bill Bergan Invitational Saturday, Jan. 28 at Lied. Iowa State’s “A” team won the finals, scoring 6 points.

their best effort on the track,” Wiens said. One name that made headlines throughout the indoor season was senior Kianna Elahi. Elahi will be running in the 400-meElahi ter hurdles, something she has run in years past, this weekend. “Every year I’ve done this, I’ve run the 600, which is good training for the 400-[meter] hurdles,” Elahi said. “[The 600] gives me that little bit of extra distance, a little bit of Hartke extra endurance.” The women left for Tempe on Thursday morning in order to be fully prepared for their first outdoor meet of the season. Wiens said his squad is ready for the meet, as well as the season itself. “We can prepare the best that we can, and I know the women we have always compete tough,” Wiens said. “It’s just a matter of being hungry and being healthy.”


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