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Professor’s complaints found unjustified Ongoing dispute between Krier, faculty members ends in award of damages By Sarah Haas Daily Staff Writer Associate Professor Daniel Krier was found to have abused ISU administrative complaint procedure against two ISU sociology professors Friday. A jury ruled that Krier did not use the ISU administrative complaint process for its intended use and awarded the plaintiffs, Terry Besser and Betty Do-

bratz, $18,442 for monetary damages and $24,000 in punitive damages. The plaintiffs alleged Krier wrongfully filed complaints of gender discrimination against them because they were critical of his academic scholarship. They also claimed that he made the false complaints to eliminate them “from consideration of his application for tenure and to intimidate them,” according to a news release from Mark Sherinian, the plaintiffs’ attorney. The ruling was the culmination of nearly two years of an ongoing battle between Krier and members of the sociology department. Krier filed an administrative complaint March 12, 2008, against five ISU faculty members includ-

ing ISU professors of sociology Besser, Dobratz and Stephen Sapp; and associate professors David Schweingruber and Susan Stewart. The complaint was sent to Carla Espinoza, associate vice president for human resources and director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office. Krier alleged that Dobratz, Besser and Sapp engaged in misconduct including discriminatory harassment and retaliation for filing complaint of the harassment, according to court records. At the time, Dobratz and Besser served on the ISU Sociology Department Preliminary Evaluation Committee. Composed of three full professors and three associate professors, the committee meets with each assistant professor annually,

in order to provide them with advice. In his complaint, Krier alleged that during a PEC meeting in April 2007, Besser and Dobratz “discussed how [Krier] would never come up for tenure.” He said he found their review to be “hostile, dismissive” of his accomplishments and discouraging. Sherinian said during the meeting the committee was critical of Krier “for not having sustained research and publications.” Krier’s complaint also alleged there were “recurrent references” to him as a “testosteronedripping male” and unsubstantiated rumors that

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By Taysha Murtaugh Daily Staff Writer A proposal to replace Section 3.4 of the Faculty Handbook and the Memorandum of Understanding is at the top of the Faculty Senate’s agenda Tuesday. The senate will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The replacement process will begin during the “Consent Agenda” portion of the meeting. Max Porter, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering and member of the Governance Council, will propose a withdrawal of the previous version of the policy. Then, under “New Business,” Porter will propose the new policy entitled “Nonrenewal or Termination of Appointment.” This provision regards the termination of tenured and untenured faculty and elimination of departments. It will incorporate some important procedural steps from the Memorandum of Understanding, but unlike the MOU, will be a permanent change to

Employees of all kind share stories of dealing with extreme temperatures this winter By Whitney Sager Daily Staff Writer


nduring the blowing snow and frigid temperatures for a 10-minute walk to class may seem like torture for students, but it’s nothing for the people who are out working in those conditions every day. From the student who dons a Statue of Liberty costume five days a week, to the manager of the gyro and Super Dog stands who dances to keep warm, to the groundskeeper who is pushing snow at 4 a.m., spending time in the cold means getting a paycheck.

The waving Statue of Liberty Dressing up as the Statue of Liberty and waving to people as they drive by really is a job. Nolan Murray, freshman in English, is employed by Liberty Tax Services of Ames and can be found, disguised as Lady Liberty, on the corner of Duff Avenue and Main Street every weekday from 4–8 p.m. throughout the tax season. “With weather like it is today, it’s a little bit discouraging,” Murray said on a day when snow was falling everywhere and temperatures were in the teens. “You got to bundle up a little bit, you know, but it’s money in your pocket, so I guess that’s kind of the drive. You just got to bundle up and just get it done every day, and when you get that paycheck it’s all worth it.” Before going to work, Murray has a unique method of preparing for his shift out in the cold. “It’s quite simple: I open my closet and grab every sweatshirt I can find,” Murray said. “Right now I got about five sweatshirts on, three pairs of pants, long underwear, wool socks. You just got to bundle up, put your facemask on, your hat on and just do it.” Attracting the attention of potential customers — or anyone for that matter — is not hard for Murray. Since he started working, Murray said he has received a number of different reactions from people who drive by: kids who are scared, adults who look at him like he is crazy, and teenagers who throw things at him.

“You get a little bit of everything, so it keeps you guessing, and that’s kind of the fun part about it,” Murray said.

The dancing Smiles and Gyros manager The manager of Smiles and Gyros describes her job as “exhilarating.” Mara Spooner is in charge of managing the employees who work the four gyro and Super Dog carts that can be found along Welch Avenue six nights a week. Spooner said the stands remain open even if it is really cold outside. “We’re not just going to wimp out because it got kind of cold,” Spooner said. However, there are limits on which stands will open if temperatures drop below a certain point. Spooner said if the temperatures are at or below 19 degrees at 8 p.m., the Monday and Tuesday stands will not be open, but Thursday through Saturday, all stands will be open by midnight. If at 11 p.m. it is five degrees or below, none of the stands will open, no matter which day it is. “We want each other to have a face and make it through the night and not put ourselves in danger,” Spooner said. “We still do just a little more than you might expect.” On nights when it is particularly cold, Spooner said she dresses in layers. These layers include leggings, several longsleeved shirts, a red Union suit, Carhartt overalls and a hat. “Everyone kind of finds their own favorite combination,” Spooner said, referring to the layers of warm clothes Smiles and Gyros employees wear when they are working. Along with the layers of clothing, Spooner and other Smiles and Gyros employees will dance to keep warm during the night. Spooner said the dancing also makes her job more enjoyable. Despite having to endure the cold weather, Spooner said this is one of the coolest jobs she has had. The gyro and Super Dog carts transform the sidewalk into a business, so it’s not just another street corner, Spooner said. “There’s really something cool about being outside but still having control of an area,” Spooner said.

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Haiti trip to aid victims By Tessa Callender Daily Staff Writer Nolan Murray, freshman in English, walks up and down Main Street on Feb. 8. Murray is dressed as the Statue of Liberty and encourages people to sign up for a tax service. File photo: Rashah McChesney/Iowa State Daily

The early-bird snow remover A majority of campus is still sleeping when the groundskeepers start clearing off the sidewalks. Doug Harjes, groundskeeper II, operates one of the tractors used to push the snow off the sidewalks. Harjes, along with the other groundskeepers, is up at the crack of dawn to tackle the most recent blanket of snow that has fallen on campus. Depending on the amount of snow that has fallen, Harjes will report to work as early as 4 a.m. “If it’s a lighter snow where there’s not a lot, you know, two, three inches or less, generally we come in at four o’clock in the morning,” Harjes said. “On nights when we’ve had, maybe, two days of straight snow, like we’ve had several of those this year, we may stay overnight.” During particularly bad storms, Harjes said, he has spent the night sleep-

ing on the floor in one of the rooms in the General Services building. “I live about 25 miles away, so to go home on certain nights and then try to come back at two in the morning is not real feasible,” Harjes said. Dressing in layers is essential for keeping warm, especially when Harjes gets out of the heated tractor cab to shovel the snow. Harjes said that along with typical winter clothing, he wears Carhartt overalls, a jacket and winter gloves to keep warm. Harjes has been working as a groundskeeper for the past 14 years. He used to work in the retail business and, despite all the snow this winter has brought the Ames area, Harjes said, he enjoys what he does. “Even though it’s hectic when you’re actually doing it, once you get caught up and you’re just in the flow, it’s not hectic anymore. You just kind of do it,” Harjes said.

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Spring Break is right around the corner, and for most people that means going home and spending time with the family — or partying it up somewhere far away and warm. However, for 47 members of the Salt Company, this is not the case. They plan to spend their Spring Break in Haiti serving those who were affected by the country’s catastrophic earthquake in January. “We were already looking at some form of partnering with Haiti and students from the Salt Company before the earthquake hit,” said Lance Allgood, ISU alumnus and Global Ministries coordinator of the Salt Company, who is organizing the trip. “Salt has done lots of trips before; for instance, in the past, Spring Break trips have gone into the rainforests of Panama or the poor countryside of Jamaica. But for this year we were

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with public intoxication. (reported at 2 a.m.) Corey Hurst, 24, 120 Colorado Ave., was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He was transported to the Story County Justice Center. (reported at 2:20 a.m.) A found license plate was placed into secure storage. (reported at 3:54 a.m.) Officers assisted a woman who fell. The individual was transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center. (reported at 8:04 a.m.) Timothy Benson, 28, 908 Douglas Ave. unit 10, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. (reported at 5:20 p.m.) Quinn Kirchner, 20, 300 Stanton Ave. unit 506, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. (reported at 6:45 p.m.) Jonathan Rushford, 20, 300 Stanton Ave. unit 601, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. (reported at 6:45 p.m.) March 7 Christopher Dunahoo, 19, 115 Q Ave., was arrested and charged with theft in the fifth degree and simple interference with official acts. (reported at 12:10 a.m.) Jake Shipley, 18, of Sioux

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International Women’s Day celebrated around the world By Abigail Barefoot Daily Staff Writer

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March marks Women’s History Month, and Monday was the celebration of women’s achievements worldwide with the holiday, International Women’s Day. The day hoped to inspire women to further activism and progress for women worldwide, as well as celebrate the achievements women have made in terms of equality and leadership. Around the world, the holiday was celebrated in many different ways. In some countries it was celebrated much like Mother’s Day, in which children presented their mothers and grandmothers with gifts. The men hon-

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ored the women in their lives with flowers or small gifts. In the United States and much of the world, the day was celebrated by holding political rallies, conferences and government activities to promote equality for all women. The United Nation’s also celebrated

International Women’s Day. The theme for 2010 was “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All.” The Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, stated in a video message, “There are many examples of progress, thanks in large part to the resolute efforts of civil society organizations. Most girls now receive an education .. and more women are now more likely to run businesses or participate in government.” The idea of International Women’s Day was started by Clara Zetkin, Leader of the “Women’s Office” for the Social Democratic Party in Germany in 1910. The idea was to create an international holiday for women to press their demands to a then-male dominated

government system. Zetkin discussed this idea at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. According to, “The event had over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament.” The following year was the first International Women’s Day. It was actually celebrated on March 19 rather than March 8. The date was not changed until 1913. The day featured journals discussing the role of women in politics and government, as well as the issue of equality. Men stayed at home to take

care of the children while the women attended village halls and meetings to discuss political issues. Today the goals of equality and leadership for women are still a major concern for the women of today. “To achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment is central to all the rest. When women are denied the opportunity to better themselves and their societies, we all lose,” Ki-moon said. “On this International Women’s Day, let us look critically at the achievements of the past 15 years so we can build on what has worked and correct what has not. Let us work with renewed determination for a future of equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all.”

SENATE March 12, 2008: Krier filed an administrative complaint with Iowa State University against Dobratz and Besser May 11, 2008: Krier filed an additional complaint of retaliation against Dobratz and Besser June 28, 2008: ISU Faculty Review Board reviewed the findings of the University of Iowa investigator and recommended that Krier’s complaints be dismissed

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October 2008: Sociology Department’s Promotion and Tenure Committee voted on Krier’s tenure approval

July 14, 2008: Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman adopted the findings of the Faculty Review Board and dismissed the complaints against Dobratz and Besser

April 2009: Board of Regents approved Krier’s promotion to associate professor with tenure March 5, 2010: Jury decided that Krier used the administrative complaint process in March and May of 2008 for an unintended purpose

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from PAGE 1 he was a “serial sexual harasser.” He believed he was being discriminated against because of his gender, sexual orientation, marital status and what Krier perceived to be as a vendetta against him because of his professional relationship with Paul Lasley, chairperson of the department of sociology. “The same people who are Paul Lasley’s most vocal detractors are also those who have been most hostile to me,” he said. Besser said Sapp and herself were removed from Krier’s PEC because of his complaint. On May 11, 2008, Krier filed an additional complaint of retaliation against Dobratz and Besser. According to court documents, Krier claimed the requests

made by Besser and Dobratz to have him removed from the sociology Program of Study committees of three graduate students was a form of retaliation that violates university policy. Meanwhile Lon Moeller, University of Iowa clinical professor and associate dean, investigated the complaints made by Krier and concluded the evidence did not support Krier’s claims, according to documents created by both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Moeller’s findings were reviewed by the Faculty Review Board on June 25, 2008, and recommended that the complaints be dismissed. Three weeks later, Elizabeth Hoffman, executive vice president and provost, adopted the findings of the board and dismissed the complaints against Dobratz and Besser. Then in the fall of 2008, Krier was up

for promotion and tenure. The department of sociology Promotion and Tenure Committee is composed of all tenured sociology professors who, along with the department chairperson, submit a review of the applicant’s work and qualifications. “I was involved in the discussion, but there were several people who thought I shouldn’t take part in it, because of the complaint and that I should recluse myself, but I didn’t,” Besser said. “I did not want to be intimidated. I was exonerated in this case and I felt the claim itself shouldn’t mean that I can’t take part in the process and that’s what they implied.” The committee voted seven for granting tenure, eight against and six abstained. “Obviously this is a very unusual situation. Normally when a professor

the handbook. The meeting will continue with announcements and remarks from Faculty Senate President Arnold Van der Valk, President-Elect Micheal Owen and Provost Elizabeth Hoffman. Following these comments will be a special order presentation by Veishea co-chairs Hallie Satre and Nicki Cortum. In other new business, the senate will discuss the possibility of adding an engineering sales minor. The proposed minor has already been approved by the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Affairs Council with 70 percent voting in favor. Several questions remain, including whether or not the minor would be more appropriate for the business department. Some senate members want to avoid what Hoffman referred to as “curriculum poaching” and will have the opportunity to voice remaining concerns in the meeting.

goes up for tenure they have tremendous support from their own department,” Sherinian said. “Ninety percent of applications come with full support of the faculty.” The committee’s report and Lasley’s memorandum were sent to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Review Committee. The faculty’s summary does not express concerns about a candidate except in listing the weaknesses of the applicant, Besser said. She said a representative of the LAS committee, professor of mathematics Clifford Bergman, testified he was surprised by the divided vote. “Chairman Lasley claimed at trial that he summarized the concerns of the faculty, that led to this very divided vote among the faculty, in a memorandum that went to the Dean of the College of LAS. That memorandum

apparently supported Dr. Krier’s application. However, given Professor Bergman’s testimony, it does not appear that Chairman Lasley communicated the concerns of the faculty at all,” Sherinian said. Despite the concern of at least one committee member, Krier’s application was submitted to the provost and President Gregory Geoffroy, both of whom approved the application. In April 2009 the Iowa Board of Regents approved Krier’s promotion to associate professor with tenure, according to the provost’s Web site. “The reason we believe that Dr. Krier got tenure was because the legitimate concerns of the faculty were not communicated through the tenure process,” Sherinian said. Krier, Lasley and Dobratz could not be reached for comment Monday.


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President pitches health plan By David Espo and Julie Pace Associated Press Writers GLENSIDE, Pa. — Stirring memories of his campaign for the White House, President Barack Obama made a spirited, shirt-sleeved appeal for passage of long-stalled health care changes Monday as Democratic congressional leaders worked behind the scenes on legislation they hope can quickly gain passage. “Let’s seize reform. It’s within our grasp,” the president implored his audience at Arcadia University, the first outside-theBeltway appearance since he vowed last week to do everything in his power to push his health care plan into law. The president’s pitch was part denunciation of insurance companies — “they continue to ration care on the basis of who’s sick and who’s healthy,” he said — and part criticism of his Republican critics. “You had 10 years. What happened? What were you doing?” he taunted members of a party that held the White House for eight years and control of Congress for a dozen. The outcome could affect almost every American, changing the ways they receive and pay for health care — and extending coverage to tens of millions more people — if the legislation gains final approval. “I’m kind of fired up,” Obama said at the beginning of his remarks, a variation on his oft-stated 2008 refrain, “Fired up. Ready to go.” And he included an appeal to his audience — many of whom were students — to help in the same ways they

might in a campaign. “So I need you to knock on doors. Talk to your neighbors. Pick up the phone,” he urged them. Obama made his appeal as Democratic leaders in Congress worked on a rescue plan for legislation that once seemed on the cusp of passage, only to run into difficulty when Senate Republicans gained the seat they needed to block action on a final compromise. The two-step approach now being pursued calls for the House to approve a Senatepassed bill from last year, despite House Democrats’ opposition to several of its provisions. Both houses then would follow by approving a companion measure to make changes in that first bill. In general, Obama wants legislation to expand health care to many millions who lack it, with subsidies to defray the costs for lower income families as well as small businesses. In addition, he has called on Congress to ban insurance industry practices such as denial of coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Last month, prior to a daylong meeting with key lawmakers in both parties, Obama outlined several provisions he wants included in the second bill, at least some of which appear likely to be incorporated in some form. Several officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a Senate-passed excise tax on high-cost insurance plans would be scaled back in deference to objections from labor unions. In another White House proposal, a Senate-passed pro-

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vision to raise Medicare taxes on the wages of upper income earners would probably be extended — possibly at a higher rate — to investment income such as interest and dividends as well. The fix-it bill would also increase funds the Senate approved to defray the cost of premiums and out-of-pocket health care expenses for those at lower incomes who currently cannot afford health insurance. And it would gradually close a

gap in coverage under the existing Medicare prescription drug program, a provision the House approved late last year and the White House backs. The Senate bill reduced but did not close the gap, but leaders have pledged support for the change. In a new change sought by House Democrats, the fix-it bill would require businesses to count part-time workers when calculating penalties for failing to provide health coverage for employees. Smaller businesses

would be exempt. The Senate bill would count only full-time workers in applying the penalties, but under the change, described by a Democratic aide, two part-time workers would count as one full-time worker. Businesses say that’s unduly burdensome, but Democrats contend it would prevent businesses from avoiding penalties by hiring more workers parttime. Separately, some House Democrats have been lobbying to add to the health care bill unrelated legislation overhauling the nation’s student loan programs. The administration has called for all federal student loans to be originated in the Education Department instead of through banks and other lenders. The government’s savings is estimated at about $87 billion over a decade, money that would be put into larger Pell Grants and other forms of student assistance. A stand-alone measure has cleared the House but is stalled in the Senate. The White House has called for action on the broad health care legislation by March 18, but it seems virtually impossible for Congress to complete both bills by then. Officials said they did not expect the follow-up bill to be disclosed publicly until the end of the week at the earliest, and possibly not until next week. Under the Democratic blueprint, the fix-it bill would come to the Senate under rules denying Republicans the ability to demand a 60-vote majority to clear the way for passage. Obama’s speech on Monday

drew fresh criticism from Republicans in Congress, as well as a retort from the insurance industry. “Americans don’t want this bill. They’re telling us to start over. The only people who don’t seem to be getting the message are Democrat leaders in Washington,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader. Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, said insurance industry workers “do not deserve to be vilified for political purposes. ... For every dollar spent on health care in America, less than one penny goes toward health plan profits. The focus needs to be on the other 99 cents.” Obama has long identified the insurance industry as an obstacle to changes along the lines he seeks, but the administration’s actions and rhetoric seem to have escalated in recent days. The president’s proposal would give the government the right to limit excessive premium increases — a provision included after one firm announced a 39 percent increase in the price of individual policies sold in California. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, convened a White House meeting with insurance executives last week, and followed up with a letter released in advance of Obama’s speech. It asks companies to “post on your Web sites the justification for any individual or small group rate increases you have implemented or proposed in 2010.”



Lil Wayne sentenced to a year in prison for gun possession

Supreme Court to rule in military funeral protest case

First, the rap star’s sentencing was postponed in February so he could undergo surgery on his bejeweled teeth. Then, a fire shut down Manhattan’s main criminal courthouse while he was on his way there last week. Lil Wayne has been one of music’s most prolific and profitable figures in recent years. His “Tha Carter III” was the best-selling album of 2008. His latest album, “Rebirth,” was released last month. Facing jail with his career in full throttle, Lil Wayne has prepared with a burst of work and farewell shows and videos for fans. He said in a video clip sent last week to MTV News that he shot footage for seven music videos with various artists in one night over the weekend.


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NEW YORK — Lil Wayne was sentenced Monday to a year in jail in New York City for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007, then was taken away in handcuffs to begin his term immediately. The Grammy Award-winning rapper, born Dwayne Carter, was sentenced in Manhattan after pleading guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted having the loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus. The rapper will serve his sentence in city jails, not a state prison. He could be released in about eight months with good behavior. Before Monday’s court appearance, it had proved difficult to actually begin Lil Wayne’s agreed-upon sentence.

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By Mark Sherman Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is entering an emotionally charged dispute between the grieving father of a Marine who died in Iraq and the anti-gay protesters who picket military funerals with inflammatory messages like “Thank God for dead soldiers.” The court agreed Monday to consider whether the protesters’ message, no matter how provocative or upsetting, is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners. The justices will hear an appeal from a Marine’s father to reinstate a $5 million verdict against the protesters after they picketed outside his son’s funeral in Maryland four years ago. Members of a Kansas-based church have picketed military funerals to spread their belief that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexu-

ality. The funeral protest dispute was one of three cases the court said it would hear in the fall. The others involve whether parents can sue drug makers when their children suffer serious side effects from vaccine and NASA’s background checks on contract employees. The government says the decision in the NASA case could throw into question the background checks routinely done on all federal government workers. The protest lawsuit stemmed from picketing by members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., outside the funeral for Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder in Westminster, Md. Snyder was killed in Iraq in March 2006 when his Humvee overturned. The funeral was one of many that have been picketed by Westboro pastor Fred Phelps and other members of his church. One of the signs at Snyder’s funeral combined the United States Marine Corps motto, Semper Fi, with a slur against gay men. Other signs carried by church members read, “America is Doomed,” ‘’God Hates

the USA/Thank God for 9/11,” ‘’Priests Rape Boys” and “Thank God for IEDs,” a reference to the roadside bombs that have killed many U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Snyder’s father, Albert, sued Phelps, his daughters and the church and won with a verdict of more than $11 million for emotional distress and invasion of privacy. The judge reduced the amount to $5 million, but a federal appeals court threw out the verdict altogether. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the signs contained “imaginative and hyperbolic rhetoric” protected by the First Amendment. Shirley Phelps-Roper, a defendant in the lawsuit and one of Phelps’ daughters, said she is pleased the case is going to the Supreme Court. “We get to preach to the conscience of doomed America,” she said in an interview Monday. “I am so excited that I can’t I tell you how good it is.” In the vaccine case, parents, drug companies and the Obama administration all asked the court to decide whether vaccine makers can be sued in state court over injuries that allegedly result from vaccines.

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Group endorses right to suicide

Earthquake kills 51 in Turkish villlage, survivors struggle

By Toby Sterling Associated Press Writer AMSTERDAM — A campaign to give elderly people in the Netherlands the right to assisted suicide said Monday it has gathered more than 100,000 signatures, hoping to push the boundaries another notch in the country that first legalized euthanasia. The signatures are enough to force a debate in parliament, where it is certain to face resistance. Even if widely approved, the proposal would normally go through a lengthy process of committee work and consensusbuilding that could take years. The legalization of euthanasia for the terminally ill in 2002 was preceded by decades of discussion and quiet negotiation that attached stringent conditions and medical supervision. Spokeswoman Marie-Jose Grotenhuis of the “Of Free Will” campaign said the group

had hoped for the 40,000 signatures needed to bring the idea to parliament when it launched its initiative in February. It has so far received 112,500 signatures, in a country of 16 million. The group proposes training non-doctors to administer a lethal potion to people over the age of 70 who “consider their lives complete” and want to die. The assistants would need to be certified and make sure that patients were not acting on a whim or due to a temporary depression, but from a heartfelt and enduring desire to die. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of reactions, especially because people took it so seriously and reactions were mostly positive,” Grotenhuis told reporters Monday. Many religious groups oppose any form of suicide on principle. The Royal Dutch Medical Association — which played a key role in supporting the nation’s euthanasia

law — says it opposes the assisted suicide idea in part because it believes it would undermine doctors’ position in the current euthanasia policy. Under Dutch law, two doctors must agree a patient is suffering unbearably from illness with no hope of recovery, and wants to die, before he or she can be given a lethal cocktail of sedatives. Several European countries allow some assistance to terminally ill people who wish to die. In Switzerland assisting someone to die is not illegal as long as there is no “selfish motivation.” Belgium has followed the Dutch model, while Britain and France allow terminally ill people to refuse treatment but stop short of allowing active euthanasia. The Dutch doctors’ association says it fears patients would use an assisted suicide policy as a way of getting around their own doctors.

By Burhan Ozbilici and Suzan Fraser Associated Press Writers OKCULAR, Turkey — Hundreds of earthquake survivors huddled in aid tents and around bonfires Monday in eastern Turkey, seeking relief from the winter cold after a strong temblor knocked down stone and mud-brick houses in five villages, killing 51 people. The damage appeared worst in the Kurdish village of Okcular, which was almost razed. At least 15 of the village’s 900 residents were killed, the Elazig governor’s office said, and the air was thick with dust from crumpled homes and barns. The pre-dawn earthquake caught many residents as they slept, shaking the area’s poorly made buildings into piles of rubble. Panicked survivors fled into the narrow streets of this village perched on a hill in front of snow-covered mountains, with some people climbing out of windows to escape.


Election results to be released By Ben Hubbard Associated Press Writer

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, arrives for a dinner reception in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday. Early estimates Monday predicted a coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki would take the lead in the parliamentary election. Photo: Hadi Mizban/The Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Early estimates from a range of Iraqi parties on Monday predicted a coalition led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would take the lead in the parliamentary election, though official results were not expected for a few days. A win by al-Maliki could signal Iraqis’ rejection of the religious parties that have dominated the country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The prime minister has been trying to distance himself from his party’s religious roots and portray himself as more of a nationalist. Sunday’s voting was the latest test of Iraq’s fragile democracy and will determine whether the country can overcome the deep sectarian divides that have plagued it for the past seven years.

Turnout for Iraq’s second election for a full parliamentary term was 62 percent of about 19 million eligible voters, the election commission said. That is lower than the last full parliamentary election in December 2005, in which roughly 76 percent of eligible voters turned out. Officials attributed the drop to a combination of voter intimidation, more stringent ID requirements at the polls and a drop in voter excitement. A spate of attacks on election day — some directly on voters and polling stations — killed 36 people. The election commission said at a news conference that initial results for some provinces as well Baghdad — an area key to determining any winner — will be announced Tuesday. But full results are not expected for a few more days. But officials of the various parties were present during re-


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gional vote counts after the polls closed Sunday, giving them a sense of where the race is heading. Abbas al-Bayati from al-Maliki’s State of Law coalition said early information from the coalition’s representatives showed the list did well in Baghdad and in the Shiite south. Baghdad accounts for 70 seats in the parliament. But one seat is mandated as Christian and another for minorities, meaning 68 are up for grabs. Regional officials in other parties who observed local vote counts also acknowledged that al-Maliki had done the best, although they spoke anonymously because official results had not yet been announced. An official from a competing Shiite party opposing al-Maliki said the State of Law coalition appeared to be in the lead. He asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

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Roadtrip preparation plan Spring Break is here and nothing is more college than a roadtrip to warmer climates. The following suggestions are taken from fellow students who have experienced many roadtrips in the past and decided to share their secrets. Hopefully, the tips provided will help you on your Spring Break roadtrip. ­­—Ben Sloan


Budget •

Plan gas stops ahead of time, to find the cheapest gas prices Rest stop food is expensive; avoid it, if possible Have $500-$1,000 of emergency money for breakdowns

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Car Preparation & Maintenance • • • •

Get an oil change, if it’s time Check you tires’ - tread cepth - inflation Carry a spare tire, jack and lug wrench Fan belt and jumper cables

Formula 1

Schumacher re-emerges from retirement

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By Jeremiah Davis Daily Staff Writer The Formula 1 world championship season is set to begin Sunday in Bahrain with no shortage of story lines. Perhaps the biggest story coming into the 2010 season is that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is returning to fulltime competition after retiring in 2006. Schumacher, considered by many to be the greatest F1 driver of all time, will be driving for Mercedes GP this season, formerly Brawn GP. Brawn won both the constructor’s and driver’s titles last season with Jenson Button behind the wheel. The German driver won the majority of his races and championships with the Ferrari team, but when two-time world champion Fernando Alonso filled the second seat at Ferrari, Schumacher had to look elsewhere. Mercedes bought out Brawn GP in November, and when Button left for McClaren Mercedes, Schumacher slid into his seat, on what many consider one of the best teams in F1. Button, who surprised many by winning the title in 2009, joins fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton, who won the world championship in 2008, at McClaren. With Schumacher joining Mercedes GP and the last two world champions teaming up at McClaren, the battle for both the constructor’s and driver’s championships figures to be settled between the two teams. Jim Rasmussen, senior in mechanical engineering, is the chassis coordinator on Iowa State’s own Formula team, which travels around much like the Baja team competing against other schools. Rasmussen follows F1 closely and thinks Schumacher will be hard to beat. “With Schumacher back, [Mercedes] GP is going to be tough to beat,” Rasmussen said. “Even being out [since 2006], he can still drive better than almost anyone.” Rasmussen also said Schumacher and Mercedes shouldn’t just worry about McClaren. “Alonso will be tough, too,” Rasmussen said. “Ferrari had a tough year [last year], but they should be back, and he’s a great driver.” Another thing Rasmussen, as well as every other F1 fan in the United States, was looking forward to this season was the debut of USF1. The North Carolina-based team was trying to get ready for the 2010 season, and even looked at hiring a U.S.-born driver — something unique, as there currently are none competing on the circuit. Unfortunately for the USF1 fans, the team has recently asked the series’ governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile — commonly referred to as the FIA — to defer its participation in the world championship until the 2011 season. The team has considered merging with other low-level teams, but so far that process has had unfavorable results. At this point, USF1 fans will have to wait another year to see their home-country team compete in the highest level of open-wheel racing.

Driving • • •

Nutrition •

Bring a cooler full of snacks Avoid purchasing items at gas stops

Drive the majority of your miles on the first day Switch drivers every few hours or at gas stops Reduce or eliminate nighttime driving Have an appropriate sized car for the number of people Plan turn-by-turn directions - Google maps - AAA trip planner

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Fuel Costs

Retail gasoline may top out at $3 this spring By Mark Williams AP Energy Writer Motorists are well down the road to higher pump prices as warmer weather and the driving season ap-

proaches. Average retail gasoline prices, continuing a surge that started last month, have now matched their 2010 high on the way to prices that many analysts believe

will top $3 per gallon. The nationwide average retail gasoline price rose 0.6 cents Monday to $2.753 per gallon, virtually identical to the high water mark of $2.7583 reached Jan. 14,

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from PAGE 1 still looking for the right connection. Haiti had a lot of things that caught our eye, and the earthquake just intensified the need on their end.” Initially, there were about 120 students interested in going. The group was not sure if it would be able to pull the trip off by Spring Break with such little time, but it has all come together. The group plans to depart from the United States on March 14, spending a week in Saint Louis du Nord, in southern Haiti, and returning March 23. One of the group’s biggest struggles was finding the right organization. Group members searched hard to find an one with which they would be safe and protected, and most importantly, a partnership that would use their group to help the people and make sure that no food, housing or work was taken away from the people of Haiti. Silentor Esthil-Henderson, senior in history and the only Haitian going on the trip, said, “We didn’t want to go over there and take that job from them by doing it for them. We wanted to figure out an organization that really feels like we can come over there and really do something that’s not taking away from the country itself.” Allgood, who first got involved with Haiti through Esthil-Henderson when they lived on the same dorm floor, also emphasized this. “One thing we try to stress is that we want to work with the people in Haiti,” he said. “We don’t see ourselves as some type of superheroes, flying in to magically make their problems disappear because we’re so awesome. No, instead of the cape of a superhero, we come wearing the apron of the servant. What can we help with? How can we enable, empower and enliven what you are already doing?” The group eventually found its match and are teaming up with an organization called Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. “They are faithful, reliable people who have been going hard to serve the people of Saint Louis du Nord since long before the earthquake ever struck,” Allgood said. “They also operate on a larger scale, so they know what to do with a group our size. That was a big thing to keep in mind: Who down there will see 47 mostly unskilled laborers, particularly college kids, as a blessing and not a curse? Because I know if you sent 47 people to my parents’ house for a week, they wouldn’t know how to keep them busy.” Organizations in the area were very giving, so the group is taking plenty of donations with it, including weather

Petersen Hilan is carried by a friend in the rubble of Hilan’s destroyed home upon his return Feb. 18, after being hospitalized in Port-au-Prince. Petersen lost his leg when his house collapsed in last month’s earthquake. A group of 47 Salt Company members will spend their Spring Break in service to earthquake victims in Haiti. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/The Associated Press

tarps for the wet season, blankets, medical ointment and kits, and eye drops. On behalf of the soccer program at Iowa State, six women’s soccer players — captains Lauren Fader, Mary Kate McLaughlin and Casey Bothwell; and players Megan Long, Amanda Woelfel and Ashley Constanzo — will even be taking a soccer ball to Haiti with them. “We plan to use our gift of soccer to connect with some of the Haitian children,” said Bothwell, senior in marketing. “I am so blessed to be given the opportunity to come play for ISU through soccer, and now I feel so much more blessed to be serving the Lord with fellow teammates. These are girls I have spent hours upon hours with in the weight room, locker room, soccer pitch, bus trips, practice — and now I get to travel to another country to serve with them.” To pay for the trip, the group hosted fundraisers, and anything not covered, individuals raised on their own. Additionally, the group had to deal with getting visas, passports and vaccinations. Allgood said Thielen Student Health Center has been amazing in going the extra mile to make sure everything goes smoothly for participants. There are plenty of individual goals the group has for going on this trip. “Personally, I want to share the word [of God] with nonbelievers,” Bothwell said. “I want to guide them to comfort from this earthquake through Scripture. I want to boldly proclaim my faith to the Haitian people and be able to bless them with God’s word. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: ‘Trust in the Lord

with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.’ I hope to use this verse to help encourage the Haitian people that through God, he will give us understanding in this time of struggle. Ultimately, though, I want to be in Haiti to do whatever I can to help, I want to make a difference this Spring Break.” One common goal is for sure, and Allgood believes that it is to “love and serve the people there.” While in Haiti the group will do everything from spending time with the children to rebuilding. “We are not doctors, we’re not nurses or architectures, but we have a big heart and we wish to leave our comfort zone to really go make a difference,” Esthil-Henderson said. Bothwell also hopes “to patch up the immediate wounds put on by the earthquake by comforting the loss for some, and to begin the long-term healing process through Scripture.” “How can you not want to help the Haitians who are in so much trouble? With all the media covering this catastrophic disaster, the images truly pull on my heart,” Bothwell said. “To see people in the situation the Haitians are in, I think personally I took those images to heart and wanted to do whatever I could for those people.” Allgood has more objectives for the group and hopes to build relationships with the Haitian people while there. “I really want to establish some good contacts while we’re down there,” he said. “Haiti is in the eyes of the na-

tional news for now, but rebuilding a nation is something that takes years, not months. Soon they will be getting less press and less extra support. That’s when the long road to national recovery really kicks in. But really, I feel like this could, in the long run, turn into a positive turning point for the nation of Haiti — that maybe they can reset the foundation of their country and begin fresh. “If this trip really clicks, we’ll hopefully maintain relationships that are started so that we can continue to bless one another. Because that’s the crazy little secret about these short-term service trips: From my experience, it’s the people going to help who get blessed just as much, if not more, than the people receiving the help.” Two other Haitian students, Mikelange Olbel, graduate student in interdisciplinary studies, and Vanessa Philogene, senior in journalism and mass communication, have been committed to creating aid efforts to support Haiti and plan to return in the summer to help as well. “One of their main motivations to go on this trip is they have seen what people can do just here on campus through their aid efforts, and they want to take that to a different level,” Olbel said. Olbel is a little worried about Haiti being forgotten, however. “I feel like a lot of people are willing to reach out now, but they’re not looking at the long-term aspect. I’m worried about the long-term more than I’m worrying about right now,” Olbel said.

The road to recovery is going to take a long time for their home country, and people should be aware of that and continue to put forth the much appreciated help, Philogene said. “I still want people to know about what’s going on in Haiti,” she said. “I still want people to know how they can continue making a difference, because it’s not a one day or one week, or two week or three weeks. It’s months, it’s years of work that is ahead. And if it’s not there for them to see the progress or where the money is going, we will lose that.” Olbel said, “The most important thing that you’ve got to look at is that we are still young and we still have it in our heart to really make a difference.” If one thing is for sure, the group from the Salt Company is excited to go to Haiti and make a difference, whatever their reasons. “I’m excited to see how the Haitian people express their faith,” Allgood said. “I can’t wait for the first worship service that we get to go to in a Haitian church. [Northwest Haiti Christian Mission] has a focus on many different areas, including agriculture and medical, but they always include ministry through the local churches. We believe that the church is the hope of the world. In a world where everything can be shaken to the core, literally and figuratively, the one thing that remains constant is our hope in Jesus Christ.” Bothwell said she looks forward to the unknown. “I am most excited about the unexpected. I don’t know what to expect over there in Haiti. I have never traveled overseas,” Bothwell said. Esthil-Henderson is most enthusiastic about “seeing more of what I can do for my country and to be able to see those I love, which are the people of Haiti.” Students from the Salt Company going on this trip are determined to use this experience to leave their mark and make a difference in the lives of the Haitians they will be able to impact. “I just ask that people pray for our team going to Haiti,” Bothwell said. “I specifically ask that they pray for our safety, that our team would be unified and work well together, that we may be given opportunities to share Christ with the Haitian people, and that we depend on God and learn to trust Him in a greater way imaginable this Spring Break. [This group] could be going to Panama City, Mexico, California or wherever the Spring Break hot spot is this year, but we’re not. “This group of salt-goers is headed to Haiti to make a difference in the lives of Haitians as well as our own lives. Spring Break 2010 will be one we will never forget.”

ROY J. CARVER SCHOLARSHIP The rising cost of tuition places a heavy burden on students’ shoulders. This is where the Roy J. Carver Scholars Program steps in to help. The program, established in 1988, aims to help students overcome financial or social issues they may face. Additionally, the scholarship relieves some of the financial burden that may otherwise not allow them to acquire a four-year degree. The Roy J. Carver Scholar Program has helped more than 1,750 junior and senior students attending either a Regent University or private college in Iowa.

apply for the Roy J. Carver Scholarship; she applied without a second thought. A few months later, Scioneaux received a surprising notification from the scholarship program and was informed that she was awarded the scholarship. After a minute of jumping and screaming, she settled down and broke into tears. “I will forever be grateful. I still get choked up, not everyone is handed this opportunity, and I have made the very best of everyday at Iowa State University,” said Scioneaux.

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“The scholarship was a life saver. I couldn’t have accomplished what I have without it,” said scholarship recipient, Mary Scioneaux.

Without the financial burden, Mary has time to concentrate more on school involvement and family, including attending choir concerts and Girl Scout functions.

“Scioneaux is a second year recipient of the scholarship and a senior sociology major. She is a full-time student and single mother of two daughters, ages 12 and 16.

“The scholarship opened a door that otherwise would have been closed,” said Scioneaux. “The scholarship gave me confidence and was a self esteem builder.”

“My daughters are the number one reason to continue, and it shows them how studying and education is important and as a female you can do it.”

The Roy J. Carver Scholarship is available to full-time students who will be going into their junior year in Fall 2010, and may be renewed for their senior year. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and evidence of unusual social barriers to attending college full-time. For more information regarding the Roy J. Carver Scholarship, go to Applications must be in Thursday, April 1.

Scioneaux’s journey did not follow the traditional collegiate path. She is 42 and started taking classes through North Iowa Area Community College, and while there, she obtained her Associate’s Degree. The Roy J. Carver Scholarship was brought to her attention after visiting someone in NIACC’s financial aid office. After academic success at NIACC, the school’s faculty and staff encouraged Scioneaux to


Eligibility Requirements: Iowa Resident 2.80 Cumulative GPA Junior status fall 2010 Demonstrate financial need by filling out the FAFSA Social/other barrier to attending college full-time


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Cure for Olympic curling withdrawal sought in aftermath We miss curling already. Sure, it’s only been a little more than a week now, but there’s nothing on TV that captures our attention — not to mention distracts us from our work — the way curling did during the Olympics. There is no other sport where the athletes competing can wear pants as — let’s say colorful — as Norway’s were, or even wear skirts like the Netherlands’ women did. All of you naysayers out there may argue “curling isn’t a sport” or whatever, but we would argue that it takes more skill than bowling does. Not to mention, we’re pretty sure you could slide the rock with one hand and keep hold of a tasty beverage in the other. Try to bowl a 300 while holding on to your drink at the same time. No, really. Go ahead. We’ll wait. ... See, it can’t be done. And we’re not alone in our fascination with the greatest thing to come out of Scotland since, well, ever. Even now, there are iPhone apps and Web sites offering the chance for everyone to curl and sweep. Whether you take part in a little “Cool Curlings” on your iPhone or iPod touch, or free, online curling — beware the malware — we want to encourage you all to take part in the curling madness, even just a little. Because, as the spring approaches and the snow and ice disappear, curling may be the only way we’ll remember the Olympics and all the joy it brought us during the otherwise crummy winter. So, sweep on, beloved curlers and students. Sweep on.

Olympic exit results in longing for more Dear Olympics, Please come back. We miss you terribly, you know. You were always there for us when we needed you. When homework forced us to stay awake into the wee hours of the morning, it was OK, because you weren’t asleep, either. You faithfully kept us company for two weeks, when, suddenly, like the snuffing of a torch, you left us with our books and laptops, and only the memory of the Norway curling team’s argyle pants. You brought the United States together as we watched Team USA win an impressive 37 medals. For two weeks, you gave us heroes we could cheer for proudly. Apolo Anton Ohno short-track speed skated his way to his sixth, seventh and eighth Winter Olympic medals, giving him the most all-time for an American — and we loved every second. And who would’ve thought we would get a game on Canada — and give them a run for their money in the gold medal game? That USA-Canada match might not have gotten Super Bowl numbers, but 27.6 million Americans tuning to the same hockey game is a majority you don’t see every day in the states. And how about those skiers? You teased us with the mystery of Lindsey Vonn’s shin, then gave us the sweet rewards of Julia Mancuso, Bode Miller and Vonn herself. Please come back, Olympics. We’ll gladly put up with watching the “Good Morning America” crew attempt to broadcast from a fire pit, and we’ll even pretend commentator Mary Carillo is funny when she says things like, “The ‘Oh’ in ‘Oh Canada’ no longer stands for ‘zero.’” And if you’re going to make us wait until 2014 for the next Winter Games, could you at least give us a Curling Channel? Editor in Chief

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Otis McDonald takes part in a press conference in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. The Supreme Court appeared willing to say that the Constitution’s right to possess guns limits state and local regulation of firearms. But the justices also suggested that some gun control measures might not be affected. Courtesy photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari/The Associated Press

Bill of Rights protects us all Ban on guns finally addresses rights issue

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an Chicago — and by extension other cities and towns throughout the U.S. — ban guns? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court will now have to answer after hearing oral arguments a week ago in McDonald v. Chicago, a case where the National Rifle Association and 76-year-old Otis McDonald, who says he fears for his safety without a gun, are challenging the constitutionality of Chicago’s ban on handguns. The answer might at first seem clear. Indeed, the Constitution’s Second Amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Thanks to this amendment, handgun ownership is now at an all-time high. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimated in 1999 that there were 215 million privately-owned firearms in the United States. The National Academy of Sciences placed the number at 258 million in 2005, and it’s likely approaching 300 million given the skyrocketing sales following the election of President Barack Obama. Whether you think the United States having as many guns as it does people is a good or a bad thing is your prerogative, but possession is clearly protected by the Second Amendment. However, getting back to the Chicago case, things aren’t so simple. The catch is that most of the Bill of Rights really applies only to the

three branches of the country’s national government: Congress, the president and the courts. Given that the Illinois state government legislated the Chicago gun ban, the justices will therefore have to consider another amendment: the 14th. The applicable part of this particular amendment states that, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This suggests that many of the rights included in the Bill of Rights, though only applicable to Congress in the text, are incorporated into the 14th Amendment and therefore also apply to the states. For much of history, the right to bear arms has been consistently perceived by the Supreme Court and lower courts as a right that, given the Second Amendment’s focus on the gun ownership for the upkeep of militias, does not necessarily apply to all states. This contention was fully refuted, however, when the Supreme Court struck down D.C.’s handgun ban in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller, ruling that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own weapons, such as handguns,

for self-defense. Not surprisingly, the court, which can be counted on to always answer the simplest questions it can when presented with hotbutton issues, did not suggest whether or not the right to bear arms for the purpose of selfdefense should or should not be incorporated into the 14th and applied to all states. This case forces them to make that decision — and it’s about time. Apart from the specific gun issue, it’s time the court clearly states once and for all that each and every part of the Bill of Rights applies to all American citizens. Just as the rights were enacted to apply to all Americans no matter which of the 13 colonies they called home in 1791, they should apply to all Americans today, no matter in which of the 50 states they reside. Now, this doesn’t mean I support the court’s current reading of the Second Amendment. In fact, I think they got it wrong in D.C. v. Heller. As I see it, the framers’ sole purpose for the Second Amendment was to ensure that, at a time when the United States did not have a standing army, bearing arms was necessary to protect the new nation from a foreign invader or internal rebellion. As such, my opinion is that the right to bear arms today — and by arms I mean handguns, not hunting rifles — needs some limits. And as the underlying issue in this case shows, what limits are necessary should be decided not on the state level, but by Congress. Because whether its contents need to be changed or not, the Bill of Rights was made to protect us all — and I’m guessing old Otis McDonald agrees.


Internship nearly required to find work


ver asked the question, “What do I need to do to be marketable and competitive for full-time employment at graduation?” If not, shame on you. A student’s academic preparation is the foundation for learning, but to actually understand the theory, the best way is to experience it. An excellent way to receive practical training is through cooperative education and internship programs. Employers use these programs as their pipeline to full-time recruitment. This is a great way for both students and employers to experience a working relationship in a temporary setting. Students gain practical work experience to ensure that the major they have chosen is indeed an area they want to pursue as a career. By doing an internship, students are not only solidifying their academic choice, but also acquiring skills and abilities that will make them attractive as a potential candidate for full-time employment when they get ready to graduate. Employers benefit from internship programs by getting help with projects that they don’t have the manpower to complete and by observing how well students perform and fit into their corporate culture. They, too, are sizing students up for the prospect of full-time employment. Some employers will not

Loni Pringnitz is the Manager for Cooperative Education and Internship Programs in the College of Engineering. even consider a candidate for full-time employment without internship experience. Research shows that in the next five to 10 years, 40–60 percent of the workforce will be retiring. Many employers are realizing they haven’t done a good job in succession planning­— identifying and developing internal personnel with the potential to fill key or critical organizational positions — and need to fill skills gaps within their organizations. Sourcing, or relocating jobs],and retirements are profoundly changing the entry level skills and abilities new college graduates need to gain meaningful employment. Internships and co-ops are replacing the traditional starting job most new college graduates entered just five years ago. The entry level job of today must demonstrate higher levels of proficiencies and abilities than the entry level job of five years ago. In the entry level position of today, a young professional will need to quickly convert collegeacquired learning to the workplace, write effectively, work well in teams, acquire new knowledge

as quickly as possible to carry out job functions and be able to grasp the realities of the workplace and demonstrate initiative. Candidates who can demonstrate the following abilities will be more valued by employers as potential employees. Organizational Savvy: Ability to promote cooperation, address conflicts and get things done. Show-and-tell: Ability to present your ideas persuasively in written and oral form. Perspective: Ability to see your job in its larger context and taking other viewpoints like those of the customer, manager and work team. Followership: Ability to help the leader accomplish the organization’s goals and thinking for yourself rather than relying solely on managerial direction. Leadership: Ability to formulate, state and build consensus on common goals and working to accomplish them. Teamwork effectiveness: Ability to assume joint responsibility for work activities, coordinating efforts and accomplishing shared goals with coworkers. Self-management: Ability to regulate your own work commitments, time, performance level and career growth. Networking: Ability to get direction and immediate access to coworkers with technical expertise and to share your own

knowledge with those who need it. Initiative: Ability to accept responsibility above and beyond your stated job, to volunteer for additional activities and to promote new ideas. The key to a successful journey is to start right away. Make sure you understand what you need to do to prepare yourself to be marketable and competitive at graduation. You need to start thinking about why it is that you are here: to ultimately get an education and pursue a professional career. With the desire on the part of employers for candidates to have experience prior to graduation, obtaining an internship or co-op becomes necessary for successful entry into the job market upon graduation. Each college on campus has a career services office. The career services staff need to be an integral part of your learning process to help lay the foundation for a successful graduation outcome, that being: full-time employment. For more information on your college’s career service office, please visit edu/. For more information on the workforce skills and abilities, visit

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Census wants where you live now Students count. Think you don’t need to complete the Census form because you’re originally from another town or country? Think again. The Census clarifies residency as the place you live and sleep most of the time. If you are a student today, that means Ames. More than $400 million in federal funding is issued to states and communities based on population counts. That funding helps provide transportation services like CyRide, as well as educational, medical and social services in the community. An accurate Census count also ensures Iowa has the appropriate number of Congressional representatives. While you are living in Ames and attending school, the funding Ames receives as a result of the Census benefits you. Remember, the Census form instructs

Judi Eyles is program coordinator of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and member of Ames Leadership XXIII. parents not to count sons or daughters living elsewhere to attend school. So make sure you and those living in your place of residence are counted. Census forms will be mailed in March. One person can complete the form for all residents living in your household. The Census questionnaire only asks a few simple demographic questions of each person. Most importantly, Census information will not be shared with anyone — not federal agencies, not law enforcement entities and not property owners. It is an entirely confidential document. Completing the Census is easy and safe ... 10 questions, 10 minutes. Please claim Ames on April 1.


Rules should be suspended in emergency situations


grew up in Cali, Colombia, where earthquakes were an annual event. We sit right on the major fault line running from Chile to Panama down the coast. The tectonic plates scraped, got stuck and then suddenly slid again to make up for their lost time — an inch a year average — and then Cali shook like salsa band maracas. I loved that life: the jungle, the sultry heat of the tropics, the waving palms and the great Merecumbe music. Most of the quakes were small. A few were honking big, but nothing like the one that hit Chile on Feb. 27. That one was a top-five ever in recorded history and 500 times stronger than the one that hit Haiti. Each time the ground shook, we would head out on the street. One of the quakes caught me downtown at my dad’s optical store. It was big, and after evacuating all his customers and employees my dad locked the store and we went into the big Plaza Caicedo — a wide open space where you at least felt a little safer from falling debris. I remember looking at three skyscrapers. One was the Banco de La Republica and you could see the building separate from the one next to it. Bricks and

The Plaza Caicedo provided a refuge for victims of frequent Colombian earthquakes. Schmidt said that despite the outdoor location, the open space made people feel safer. Courtesy photo: Panoramio

debris fell down that chasm, then it swayed back again, smacked into the other building and then separated again. I was fascinated. Chile is one of the most educated, developed and literate countries in Latin America. It’s experience with earthquakes and high level of development coupled with clean government — for the most part — is helpful. It means the earthquakeresistant building codes have actually been enforced. It means the military and first responders are well paid, highly trained and among the best in

the world. The economic stability and budget surpluses Chile has enjoyed also mean Chile can handle much of the earthquake crisis, but these events are so big, outside help will be welcome. Earthquakes have the effect of making you feel small and helpless. It is hard to believe the force behind them, and they come as quickly as a tornado, with no real warning. The animals sometimes act strangely, as was the case with our huge parrot, but they often act strangely not just with earthquakes.

One time there was a huge tarantula walking around the house that freaked the parrot out. This feeling of the majesty of nature over humans stays with you for the rest of your life. It’s branded into the flight part of your DNA response system. In the apartment where we lived in New York City, on the west side almost over the Subway, there would sometimes be a suddenly dull rumble and a shaking. I always turned white and wanted to flee outside. I never really got used to it. As I

said, my instinct from Colombia was just too strong. Did anyone else besides me notice that the president of Chile; the president-elect; the Minister of Education; Minister of Emergency Response; the head of the military, fire and rescue; and others were on the air, in command and in action within literally minutes of the quake? Do you also remember that the president of Haiti was nowhere to be found — I saw an article that he is still wandering around like a zombie. Part of being a developed, educated and middle-class country is that your governmental bureaucracy and political leadership is there instantly, and ready to command as well as reassure. Sorry, Rush Limbaugh, when there is a crisis we don’t run to Walmart or Bear Stearns. I noticed Gov. Chet Culver was soundly criticized — especially in Carroll County — when the snow and ice storms

recently cut power while the governor was in Washington, D.C., and then made one very lukewarm visit to the afflicted. It’s in times like these government becomes either the ally of people or gets in the way. I also heard Chilean President Michelle Bachelet saying she was issuing an emergency declaration so the bureaucracy would not get in the way of quick and decisive action. Maybe we should learn a lesson from that. In an emergency situation, the rules need to be quickly suspended so we can act decisively and without filling out all those forms. If only Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans and Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana had done so during Hurricane Katrina, fewer would have died. Remember, it was the rules of who’s in charge that actually slowed down the federal response. You can quote General Russel L. Honore, the hero of New Orleans, on that one.

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Iowa State’s upset victory over No. 5 Kansas State on Saturday ended the team’s 0-for-21 streak against teams in the Top 25. The Cyclones had last defeated a ranked a opponent back on Feb. 5, 2006, when Iowa State beat No. 25 Colorado 96–79.

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Phillips Big 12 Championship Wednesday through Saturday, Kansas City, Mo. The yearly conference tournament begins Wednesday with No. 8 Colorado taking on the ninth-seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Big 12 Week in Review March 2 Missouri 69, Iowa State 67 — OT No. 22 Baylor 86, Texas Tech 68 Colorado 81, Nebraska 68 March 3 No. 2 Kansas 82, No. 5 Kansas State 65 No. 24 Texas A&M 76, Oklahoma St. 61 March 6 Iowa State 85, No. 5 Kansas State 82 — OT No. 2 Kansas 77, Missouri 56 No. 22 Baylor 92, No. 25 Texas 77 No. 24 Texas A&M 69, Oklahoma 54 Oklahoma 74, Nebraska 55 Colorado 101, Texas Tech 90

Final Big 12 Regular Season Standings 1. Kansas 2. Kansas State 3. Baylor 4. Texas A&M 5. Missouri 6. Texas 7. Oklahoma State 8. Colorado 9. Texas Tech 10. Oklahoma 11. Iowa State 12. Nebraska

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Associated Press Top 25 1. Kansas (63) 2. Kentucky (2) 3. Syracuse 4. Duke 5. Ohio State 6. Purdue 7. West Virginia 8. New Mexico 9. Kansas State 10. Villanova 11. Michigan State 12. Butler 13. Wisconsin 14. Brigham Young 15. Tennessee 16. Pittsburgh 17. Temple 18. Gonzaga 19. Maryland 20. Vanderbilt 21. Baylor 22. Georgetown 23. Texas A&M 24. Xavier 25. UTEP

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Ready for round five After tumultuous season, McDermott confirmed to return By Nate Sandell Daily Staff Writer Say what you will about Greg McDermott, but the four-year Cyclone coach will be at the helm of the ISU men’s basketball program next season, Athletic Director Jamie Pollard announced Monday. In the wake of Iowa State’s recent struggles, Pollard and McDermott held a surprising joint press conference to address the current state of the men’s basketball program. “When I look at this team and the character the coaches and the student athletes have exhibited through some pretty tough times, there is a lot of resiliency there and there is a lot to be proud of,” Pollard said. “So we look forward to coach McDermott and his staff leading our program to the same level of success we’ve achieved in some of our other programs. I look forward to working alongside [McDermott] for quite a long time.” Pollard’s address to the public was a direct result of a growing unrest among the Cyclone fan base. Despite a renewed outlook prior to this season, Iowa State has stum-



bled to a 15–16 regular season record and a 4–12 mark in the conference. These struggles compound what has already been a rocky four-year tenure for McDermott, who has five years remaining on his contract. Amidst a slew of player departures and untimely injuries, McDermott’s Cyclones have posted a 59–67 overall record and an 18–46 mark in the Big 12 in his four year in Ames. Up until last Saturday’s upset victory over No. 5 Kansas State, McDermott had yet to obtain a signature win over a program ranked in the Top 25 nationally. “Unfortunately the men’s basketball program hasn’t achieved at the level we would all like it to achieve,” Pollard said “It’s been frustrating, it’s been disappointing for fans and for coach McDermott and his staff and the players.” The steady slew of disappointments has led portions of the ISU fan base to become vocal of their unhappiness with the current state of affairs. “The overwhelming message that I get from our fans is that they are just

frustrated,” Pollard said. “They want to win. That’s a lot of time and money to spend coming to games and you want to go home feeling good about it. That’s been the frustrating part, because we have been close.” That frustration has led both the fan base and the athletic department to critically examine McDermott’s position as head coach. “It’s made us stop and think about why someone is giving the opportunity and privilege to be one of our 18 head coaches. And winning is a big part of that, but so is one’s integrity, so is one’s character, so is how the student athletes perform in and out the classroom. In all of those categories, things have gone extremely well.” Regardless of the recent criticism McDermott has faced, he said there was no uncertainty in his mind that he would still be coaching at Iowa State next year. “Jamie and I have had conversations throughout the season like we always do. And he has been unwavering in his support of me and the program and I appreciate that, because that allows me to continue to do my job and prepare the team to play,” McDermott said. Although McDermott remains aware and understanding of the growing adversity among fans, he said he will continue to do what he can to turn the program around.

“Its good to wake up in the morning and know you are coaching where people really care, and that’s why Jamie is here today, because our fans care and they are disappointed we are not winning at the level that I would like to see as well,” McDermott said. “But all I can do is continue to work as hard as I can and be who I am. And I am not going to change that.” With the arrival of Marquis Gilstrap, LaRon Dendy and Scott Christopherson last fall, the anticipation and hopes for this year’s Cyclones were elevated. But those high hopes were quickly dashed after key injuries to Jamie Vanderbeken and Charles Boozer, as well as the sudden departure of Lucca Staiger, left the Cyclones with a depleted roster. Adding to Iowa State’s woes this season has been the nature of many of the team’s conference losses. Eight of the Cyclones 12 Big 12 losses have been decided by seven points or less. “I really believe that the plan that we had in place and the team we had in place at the beginning of the year, I really believe we would have accomplished our goals,” McDermott said. “The reality of it is that the team we’ve played with the last 16 games is not that team. We’ve had to retool what we’re doing. Part of what we’ve done this year is find a way to be competi-

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Meet ends home matches, career Errors, injury affect team’s performance against rival Iowa By Kelsey Jacobs Daily Staff Writer Friday marked the end of the road for the career of senior Melanie Tham, who sustained a season-ending injury after two falls. The meet also marked the end of the home season for the Cyclones, who suffered a 195.175–194.150 loss to Iowa. Before the third rotation on beam, the team had been scoring below par, but was still in close running with the Hawkeyes. However, during Tham’s beam performance she had a non-serious fall, after which coach Jay Ronayne said the team became shaken and had some uncharacteristic mistakes. “We did as well as we could on vault, and bars could have been a little sharper,” Ronayne said. “We gave away a couple landing tenths, so that just kept the door open for Iowa. Having Melanie fall on beam surprisingly shook everybody up, and once that door was open [the Hawkeyes] weren’t going to give up. We just kept making mistakes and we can’t do that.” While warming up on floor exercise before the fourth rotation, Tham suffered another more serious fall coming off of a tumbling pass. The


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accident resulted in a torn Achilles tendon. Tham’s parents, who were there to watch their daughter’s final performance in Hilton Coliseum, witnessed the accident, and it was the only time her father had ever seen her perform during her collegiate career. “She’s out. She’s done,” Ronayne said. “It’s the type of injury that a gymnast doesn’t come back from within a year, so it’s the end of the road for her gymnastics career.” Senior Ashley Kent said Tham’s injury affected the team because her fall happened so close to when she was supposed to perform. The team had to rush in a replacement, freshman Jessica Rizzi, who still managed to do her part and scored a 9.600. “The team did get a little down,” said senior Ceilia Maccani. “We brought everyone in and told them that our job doesn’t change and that we still need to go out and hit five

Melanie Tham receives attention from the trainers after failing to properly land a double backflip during warm-ups for her floor routine Friday at Hilton Coliseum. The trainers later determined that she tore her Achilles tendon. Photo: Gene Pavelko/Iowa State Daily

floor routines, but I still think it was in the back of everyone’s mind just a little bit. For the most part, though, I think we did a pretty good job of picking it up and Rizzi stepped in for Melanie on floor and did awesome.” There were two other falls that occurred during performances on the floor exercise, however, and the team was forced to count an 8.875, which effectively ended the team’s chance

at a win. The loss was especially unwelcome to the seniors because it wasn’t quite the way they wanted to go out at their last meet at Hilton Coliseum. “It was bittersweet,” Kent said. “I was definitely glad I went out and ended on a good note, but unfortunately we didn’t have the perfor-

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By Dan Tracy Daily Staff Writer ISU coach Armando Espinosa isn’t expecting a Big 12 Conference title from his 2010 squad. He isn’t even expecting it to finish in the top half of the conference. Espinosa has his eyes on eighth place in the Big 12 as he continues to build the ISU program in his second year as coach. “I think if we can get to that eight spot, that would be great. That would mean four wins in the Big 12,” Espinosa said. “Going from zero [wins] in [seven] years to one one year and to jump all the way to four, that would be great.” Espinosa cleared the first maj o r

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hurdle last season when the team ended a historic 79-match losing streak in Big 12 Conference play. The Cyclones defeated Kansas State 4–3 on March 13, 2009, at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center to earn their first victory since March 2, 2002. After that victory, the Cyclones lost their last 10 Big 12 matches and have not earned two Big 12 victories in a season since 2000–’01. “I think that if we can take two, that’s still a 100 percent improvement, so we’ll take one step at a time,” Espinosa said. The Big 12 Conference will be one of the toughest in the nation once again as seven of the 12 teams — including the Cyclones’ opponent Saturday, No. 5 Baylor — are ranked in the top 75 nationally. In order to prepare itself for the tough competition, the team has played three ranked teams — No. 66 Old Dominion, No. 55 Minnesota and No. 27 VCU — this nonconference season. The team is currently 5–5 in non-conference play and will host Cleveland State and the University of South Dakota on March 18. “I think it’s good to have Big 12 level competition before we get into the Big 12 so we’re not kind of shell-shocked when we get into it,” said returning All-Big 12 honoree junior Erin Karonis.


from PAGE 10 mance we wanted to. But just being able to spend five years here was the best experience of my life, so it’s still just a nice goodbye.” Ronayne said he was disappointed at the team’s performance, though, because the gymnasts were not as focused as they should have been. He said he thought they let some other things distract them and overshadow what they were supposed to be doing. “We tell them to take care of the three things that are important to us: hit routines, stick your landings and make it look pretty,” Ronayne said. “They weren’t doing that [Friday], it’s that simple. We talk about that all the time, keeping it simple and the three points to take care of, and they weren’t focused on that.” The Cyclones still have two regular season meets before the Big 12 Championship and they will now compete with replacements due to Tham’s injury.



Espinosa is excited for the conference schedule because the team will play only one of those seven ranked teams, Baylor, in its first four Big 12 dual matches. “Coming off of the Baylor match to play a team like Missouri, and then you have Kansas and Kansas State who are kind of pretty close as well, that’s going to give us a bit of confidence as we really get going in the Big 12,” Espinosa said. The Cyclones are 7–151 alltime in Big 12 Conference play since the conference’s inception in 1997: a winning percentage of only 4.4 percent. In order to improve that percentage, Espinosa feels his team needs to begin each match strong by winning two of the three double matches which will earn the doubles point for the match. “If we want to beat a team that we’re not supposed to beat in the Big 12, we need to win that doubles point,” Espinosa said. Being in the eighth position in the Big 12 would also put the Cyclones on the brink of being ranked in the top 75 nationally, something that Espinosa made a goal at the beginning of the season. The Cyclones have not been nationally ranked since

Regaining momentum Cyclones modify play for Razorback Invitational By Michael Zogg Daily Staff Writer Iowa State made sure its struggles at the Georgia Tournament stayed in Georgia as it bounced back in Arkansas at the Razorback Invitational. The Cyclones (10–11) started their climb to get back over .500 this weekend with a 3–2 record in the tournament. Although Iowa State started the weekend off slowly, losing to Eastern Illinois, the Cyclones bounced back with three straight wins against Southern Mississippi, Drake and Arkansas. They ended up the weekend with a loss to No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette. “I think it could have gone better, but compared to the Georgia [Invitational] it was really good,” said junior pitcher Rachel Zabriskie. After last weekend’s tournament, the team was able to improve its consistency. They feel like that was the key to their three-game winning



streak. “We just put a few things together,” Zabriskie said. “You need pitching, hitting and defense to win, and last weekend we had one or two and this weekend we had everything working together.” Even with the three wins, the team seemed troubled about the two lost games over the weekend. “In the Eastern Illinois game we just dug ourselves a hole and weren’t able to get out of it,” said coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler. “The last game on Sunday I thought we came out flat, and you can’t come out flat against somebody and win. Especially against that good of a team.”


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Forward Poppens chosen as Big 12 Freshman of the Week By Kayci Woodley Daily Staff Writer Iowa State’s Chelsea Poppens was honored by the Big 12 as Freshman of the Week after two solid performances in the final week of Big 12 play. Saturday, Poppens posted a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. The 6-foot-2-inch forward also came up with three steals in the Cyclones’ victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. Without senior point guard Alison Lacey on the court for the first time all season, everyone had to step up for Iowa State against Oklahoma State last Wednesday. Despite the loss, the Cyclones came close to overcoming the Cowgirls on the road, fueled by Poppens’ double-double contribution. Poppens scored 11 points and snatched 17 rebounds against Oklahoma State and went 7-of-9 from the field in Stillwater, Okla. In conference play this season, Poppens averaged 7.7 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.


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Big 12 honors four Cyclones By Kayci Woodley Daily Staff Writer Four Cyclone players were honored by the Big 12 for their performances over the 2009–’10 season. Iowa State’s Alison Lacey was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team and junior guard Kelsey Bolte was chosen as an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention member. Senior guard Denae Stuckey was selected for the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and freshman post Anna Prins made the list of the Big 12 AllFreshman Team. Lacey, Iowa State’s senior point guard, averaged 16.5 points per game, which ranked seventh in the Big 12. Lacey also finished second in the conference in assists, with an average of 6.30 per game, just .43 behind leading Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley’s average. Lacey was the leader in the Big 12 in free throw percentage, finishing with an .889 clip. The Canberra, Australia, native also led the conference in assist-toturnover ratio, at 3.21, topping the charts by a landslide, with the next closest Big 12 player at 2.32. Not only did Lacey’s staggering ratio lead the Big 12, but also she currently leads the nation in what coach Bill Fennelly has referred to before as a “ridiculous”


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Iowa State’s Anna Prins goes for a shot during the Cyclones’ game against Colorado on Saturday. Prins was named to the Big 12 AllFreshman Team on Monday. Photo: Manfred Brugger/Iowa State Daily

rebounds this season, which ranks fourth for Iowa State, even though Stuckey stands at just 5 feet 8 inches. Standing at a towering 6 feet 7 inches, it’s easy to pick Prins out of a crowd, but her performance this season as a fresh-

man made her even more of a standout. Prins pulled down an average of 3.9 rebounds per game and scored nine points per game on average. The Broomfield, Colo., native has led Iowa State in blocks with 22 this season.

derbeken and Boozer. “Next year’s team is going to be much different than this year’s team because we’re probably not going to have a guy who’s going to average 17 or 18 points a game,” McDermott said. “But I feel the balance of our team will be much better.” Regardless of what happens in the Cyclones’ tournament opener against Texas on Wednesday night, Pollard and his department remain confi-

dent McDermott is still the right person to lead the basketball program. “What you really look at is the individual leading. Are they exhibiting the characters, the integrity and qualities we look for in anybody who is at Iowa State University?” Pollard said. “From that perspective, there is no question in my mind that coach McDermott and his staff do it the right way. The wins will hopefully come.”

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Team approaches first title since ’92 Absence of shootouts aids Iowa State’s play in ACHA Tournament By Blake Schultz Daily Staff Writer Overtime games have been a struggle for the Cyclones this season, but the American Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament seems to have brought out the best in the team. Entering the tournament, the Cyclones were 1–4 in games that went into overtime, but those four loses all came in shootouts. Luckily, the tournament’s overtime rules do not include a shootout after five minutes of overtime — just 20 minutes of five-on-five sudden death. “We haven’t really struggled in overtime all that much this season as shootouts, so it helps that we just play five on five, and not a lot of teams can beat us five on five,” said freshman forward Derek Kohles. Saturday, Iowa State outlasted Kent State in a game where the Cyclones held a lead, lost it, came back to tie the game and eventually lead, then Kent State tied the game with less than a minute to play in regulation. In overtime, the Cyclones nearly took themselves out by committing an early penalty, but all was erased when senior forward Brad Krueger scored a shorthanded goal to win the game.

Sunday went very much the same for the Cyclones. Iowa State scored two goals in the first period within three minutes of each other, but Illinois answered with a goal of its own getting the puck past Iowa State goalie Erik Hudson with six minutes to play in the first period. The Cyclones held the 2–1 lead until halfway through the second period, when Illinois got the puck around Hudson again. The two teams went scoreless in the third period, which set up another overtime challenge for the Cyclones. Iowa State wasted no time in the overtime period. Kohles managed to get the puck by Illinois goalie Mike Burda 39 seconds into the period, sending the Cyclones to the semifinals to play Ohio University. In the first two games, the ISU upperclassmen stepped up. Pete Majkozak has scored two goals in the tournament, including the game-tying goal with six minutes to play in Saturday’s match against Kent State. Krueger, who was at the top of the list of goal scorers for the Cyclones, got the game-winning goal Saturday. “All our guys are playing with a lot of passion and heart,” said coach Al Murdoch. “All the seniors are playing each game like it’s their last, and each one very well could be.” Murdoch was also impressed with the play of Hudson. Hudson had 25 saves out of 31 shots Saturday to go along with 27 saves out of 29 shots Sunday.

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Iowa State’s Derek Kohles sweeps past a pair of University of Northern Iowa players Feb. 26. Kohles and the Cyclones will face Ohio in the semifinals of the ACHA Tournament on Tuesday at 8 p.m. File photo: Logan Gaedke/Iowa State Daily




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The last game, against No. 22 Louisiana-Lafayette, was a rematch for the Cyclones. The two teams played Feb. 19, a game that Iowa State came back from a 4–0 deficit to tie the game, before falling in extra innings, 6–5. “We knew Lafayette was a good team coming in, but we also knew we could beat them because we played [the] team so close before,” Zabriskie said. “We just didn’t have as much energy on Sunday as we did on Saturday night, which happens a lot.” One reason for the lack of energy may have been the fast start by Louisiana-Lafayette, which scored one run in the first and two runs in the second to open up an early 3–0 lead. “They are just a really good team,” said sophomore outfielder Heidi Kidwell. “We knew it was going to be tough, so we tried to come out strong in the first inning. It was just tough, when they started hitting home runs to come back.” By the seventh inning, the Cyclones were down 4–0. They were able to make another comeback against the Ragin’ Cajuns, but this time they were only able to score one run after loading the bases with no outs. “We really weren’t even a threat until the very end, which is six innings too late,” Gemeinhardt-Cesler said.

2002, when they reached No. 68 in the nation. Leading the way for the Cyclones will be No. 1 singles and doubles player, Karonis. After going 3–7 in the fall season, Karonis has begun her spring season 6–4 in singles play. “I never perform well in the fall, but I always somehow perform well in the spring,” Karonis said. “I feel like even though I didn’t get the wins I wanted and didn’t do as well at Regionals, I still got a lot of practice in with

to be in the top two and eventually be the number one.” Iowa State will face off with Central States Collegiate League opponent, Ohio, on Tuesday at 8 p.m. In three games this season, the Bobcats have gotten the best of the Cyclones, all in close games. “Almost everybody on the team really wants to end their season,” Kohles said. “We feel like we need to pay them back for the last three times, and where better to do it than in the National Tournament.”

matches, and I feel like sometimes you learn more from losing than winning.” Karonis definitely had an impressive spring season in 2009 when she went 7–4 in Big 12 play, becoming only the second ISU player all-time to earn All-Big 12 honors. “I don’t want to get it sophomore year and not get it junior year,” Karonis said. A new goal for Karonis is earning All-Big 12 honors in doubles, something no Cyclone tandem has done in the history of the program. “She’s still very competitive, I think she can come out and

make this year another great year for her,” Espinosa said. Teaming up with Karonis in doubles will be freshman Jenna Langhorst, who along with Karonis and sophomore Marie-Christine Chartier, lead the team in singles with records of 6–4. Karonis and Langhorst are second on the team in doubles wins at 5–5 behind senior Alyssa Palen and junior Liza Wischer at 6–3. Langhorst is confident that even without winning the doubles point that the team is deep enough at singles to earn some victories. “Even if we don’t win the

doubles point, I feel like we’re still there,” Langhorst said. Langhorst wasn’t around during the losing streak, which may be a good thing for the team’s optimism as she hopes to replicate the team’s nonconference win total in the conference season. “Last year I know we beat one team. Now hopefully this year, we definitely have a chance against those four teams and hopefully we can sneak a few more in there,” Langhorst said. “Maybe five wins.” The Cyclones 5–6 (0–1) began Big 12 play Saturday with a 7–0 loss to Baylor.

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Zach Thompson

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What was your best day as Editor in Chief? It’s really hard to choose, because the best days are those when the people around you are really starting to get it — learning how to do really good journalism, and it’s exciting to get to call them on it.

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