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Faculty programs at risk By Kaleb.Warnock iowastatedaily.com Recent calls for budget cuts proposed by the Iowa Legislature have put pressure on universities to eliminate important programs. Faculty professional development assignments are one of these programs at risk due to criticism from the Iowa House of Representatives. They have been improperly labeled “sabbaticals,” which are more like rewards for service than professional development opportunities. At some universities, a sabbatical is awarded after a faculty member has been tenured for a speciﬁed number of years — usually ﬁve to seven — that is intended for travel or study. Although FPDAs at Iowa State have some similar characteristics, they also have distinct
VEISHEA uprising reminisced By Carmen.Leng iowastatedaily.com Editor’s Note: This is the third in a six-part series on ISU alumni’s perspectives on the Campustown area. Brian May and his friends would come on weekends to Campustown to shoot pool, throw darts, drink cheap beer and listen to live music. However, May’s most unforgettable experience was the 1992 VEISHEA riot. May attended Iowa State in 1988, living a majority of his college life on Welch Avenue in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. May remembers all the good Campustown hangouts and food venues such as Pizza Pit, Da Vinci’s Pizza and Hoagies, Cy’s Roost,
‘Personhood’ legislation attempts to stop research By Addie.Olson iowastatedaily.com Don Reed has been advocating stem cell research since the day he watched his son, a thriving college football player, become a quadriplegic. Today, his support of the research has aided in the development of treatments that could save the lives of millions, including one ISU sophomore. Roman Reed was playing football for Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., in 1994 when a tackle left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. From the start of the play to the snap of his son’s neck, Don Reed will never forget the game that changed their lives forever. Fifteen years later, and about 1,400 miles away, ISU sophomore Nick Lacina also received a life-altering blow. While preparing for his senior-year track season at Marshalltown High School, he began experiencing abnormal pains and noticed that he was running slower than he had as a freshman. After visiting the doctor he was sent to Iowa City, where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. While these events may seem unrelated, they are connected by a medical development that has the potential to ﬁnd cures for both Reed and Lacina. Stem cell research has already made great strides in developing treatments for cancer, genetic disorders and spinal cord injuries. In leukemia patients, stem cells are often transplanted to create new blood cells after bad cells have been destroyed. “If an ALL patient will relapse and the cancer returns, that means the chemo probably isn’t strong enough to kill off whatever cell is replicating those bad cells,” Lacina said. “Stem cells can play a key role in ALL treatment when the initial treatment doesn’t work.”
Lacina, who receives monthly chemotherapy treatments, hopes he can make it into remission without a stem-cell transplant, but he has seen stem cells save the lives of friends. Lacina Don Reed, on the other hand, would like nothing more than a stem-cell treatment for his son. After the incident occurred, Don began his search for anything that could restore some of Roman’s mobility. “By going deep in debt we were able to get some function back, which allowed him to transfer himself from the bed to the wheelchair, but we wanted more,” Don said. It was then that he realized stem cell research offered promise beyond anything he could have imagined. But being one of the most controversial issues among all medical research, developments were not made easily. The research done on spinal cord injuries comes from embryonic stem cells, which means a fertilized human embryo is needed for the transplants that could restore mobility to those in paralysis. These embryos come from eggs that were fertilized at in vitro fertilization clinics but were not implanted in a woman’s uterus because she no longer needed them. Many people consider this unethical, and “personhood” legislation has been introduced across the nation in an attempt to prevent the research altogether. Personhood protects life from the moment of conception, and would rule the destruction of these embryos as murder. Don works tirelessly lobbying against these bills. “Personhood legislation would shut down the entire ﬁeld of embryonic stem cell research,” Don said. “They’re saying that a dot of living material in a dish of saltwater is equally as important as my paralyzed son who sits in his wheelchair.” Although most of his developments have been made in his home state of California, he reaches out to the entire nation seeking support for his cause. When he saw that personhood legislation had been introduced in Iowa, he wanted to let the state know that the bill would prevent more than just abortions.
Uses of stem cell research: Increase understanding of how diseases occur Test new drugs for safety and effectiveness Generate healthy cells to replace diseased cells Ailments treated with stem cells: Spinal cord injuries Type 1 diabetes Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s disease Heart disease Stroke Rheumatoid arthritis Osteoarthritis Multiple sclerosis
Where stem cells come from: Embryos Adult tissues, such as bone marrow Umbilical cords Placentas Amniotic ﬂuid
HF 153’s Impact: Embryos used for stem cell research come from eggs that were fertilized at in vitro fertilization clinics but never implanted in a woman’s uterus because they were no longer wanted or needed. House File 153 would protect these embryos as human lives, and criminalise their destruction as well as their use in the research. Adult stem cells cannot be used for this research because they are more likely to contain abnormalities due to environmental hazards, such as toxins, or from errors acquired by the cells during replication.
He also recognizes that even without laws preventing the research, funding is hard to ﬁnd. Wanting to change this, he started from
Department receives $20 million By McKenzie.Vogt iowastatedaily.com Grants are offered to universities throughout every year, helping fund different types of research that can one day better educate students and professors. The Department of Agriculture received a $20 million grant Feb. 1 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology and interim director, said the “USDA does a number of high priority challenge areas. This particular request for proposal [RFP] was focused on the intersection of agriculture.”
World record broken 360 students, staff participate By Frances.Myers iowastatedaily.com Students and faculty broke a world record Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum. Braving the rain and snow in order to do their part, 360 students and staff attempted to break the world record for the greatest number of people to play the basketball game of knockout for the Guinness Book of World Records. One hour, 55 minutes and a broken record later, a winner was declared for the knockout tournament. Winning an autographed men’s basketball poster and being declared winner of the knockout world re-
cord was Dustin Gray, program coordinator for ISU Athletics and adviser of the Iowa State Basketball Association. “It’s shocking that I won,” Gray said. “I think something like this means a lot to ISBA and Iowa State. It’s something that shows the good of the community and the students and faculty.” The idea to break the knockout record came to Brian Capesius, senior in mechanical engineering, May 2010. Stuck on the couch after having knee surgery, he had plenty of time to make plans for the upcoming year. One was planning what to do for VEISHEA Tournaments 2011. “When the idea came to me, there was no such record,” Capesius said. “Since then there has been a record set
by a high school, then George Washington University, and currently it’s being held by James Madison University.” Capesius talked with Blake Woebbeking, senior in agricultural business, who was also working with him on VEISHEA Tournaments. The two got Hilton Coliseum to approve the contest and in midFebruary they began having two meetings a week with the rest of the VEISHEA Executive Committee for about a month to plan the event. ™
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Nick Wetzel, senior in chemical engineering, shoots the ball and saves his spot in knockout Tuesday night at Hilton. Photo: Bryan Langfeldt/ Iowa State Daily
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Regent university students Entertainment gather for state budget cuts bill overviewed By Michael.Craighton iowastatedaily.com
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Dozens of students from the three Regents universities â€” Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa â€” ďŹ lled the Iowa Capitol on Monday in Des Moines. UNI brought more than 100 students, said Emma Hashman, vice president of UNIâ€™s student government and senior in political communication. Iowa State made huge gains in its attendance this year as well. â€œI am very pleased with the turnout,â€? said Jessica Bruning, director of ISU Ambassadors, the student lobbying arm of Iowa Stateâ€™s Government of the Student Body and senior in political science. Students from all of the universities spent the day speaking and listening to legislators, some Republican but primarily Democratic, about Gov. Terry Branstadâ€™s proposed state budget, which would cut funding to the Regents universities. The ISU College Republicans were also present to demonstrate in favor of the budget cuts. Many legislators were supportive not only of the studentsâ€™ lobbying efforts but also of their cause. Representative Lisa Heddens, D-Ames, said she is not in favor of cutting funding to Regents universities. â€œIâ€™ve been one whoâ€™s supported increased funding for the Regent universities, not only as a legislator, listening to my constituents and how the cuts have impacted not only the professors and the quality of the programming, but also the students and hearing from the students and their families [about] the increase in tuition costs,â€? Heddens said. â€œBut Iâ€™m also a parent and my daughter is a student at Iowa State. I can see from my own parent perspective the increase in the tuition costs.â€? Heddens said she heard from a number of students who said they are considering going to school out of state because of the tuition costs. â€œI donâ€™t see the need for such drastic cuts,â€? Heddens said. Representative Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, said he is also opposed to cutting university budgets.
An open forum took place Tuesday to give students a chance to ask questions and voice their opinions about the Featured Programs for Students Bill. The bill will be discussed and potentially voted on during the Government of the Student Body meeting Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will allocate $200,000 to be used by the Student Union Board to bring big name entertainment to campus. The money was originally set aside to use for the Cyclone Cinema project, which was recently dropped by GSB due to high costs and Campustown renovation plans. Anthony Maly, GSB ďŹ nance director and senior in political science, said the goal for the program is to bring more entertainment to students. â€œWeâ€™re hoping that we can help expand the entertainment options available, such as for students under 21 that donâ€™t wish to drink, but also for people that just want more entertainment and a lot more options for stuff to do on the weekends,â€? Maly said. Student voiced their concerns about who will determine the acts that come in, how much tickets will cost and if this program will impact other entertainment currently in place on campus. MaryBeth Konkowski, SUB president and junior in communication studies, said SUB general committee members will suggest what acts should come in, though the SUB executive board of directors will make the ďŹ nal decision through a two-thirds majority vote. Student input might also be
considered as well, depending on how much money the program has. If students want to have a more direct say in what acts are brought in through this program, they can join SUB. â€œAnyone can join SUB and they are certainly welcome to,â€? Konkowski said. The program will not impact other entertainment options that take place on campus but rather will enhance them. â€œWe deďŹ nitely donâ€™t try to program on top of other things, we try to enhance all programming,â€? Konkowski said. The entertainment programs would be in Hilton Coliseum and Stephens Auditorium with the goal of attracting at least 4,000 students. Tickets for the shows would be in the $25 range, though would vary depending on the size of the act coming in. Konkowski said SUB would base ticket prices off of a 70 percent capacity breakeven point. Any amount of money generated from ticket sales extending beyond that capacity level would be used to bring in the next nationally recognized act. â€œThis isnâ€™t something that weâ€™re going to keep contacting the GSB to get money because the project will hopefully become sustainable,â€? Konkowski said. Maly said two or three events would be held during the year: two in the fall and one in the spring. Only one will be held in the spring because of the entertainment VEISHEA brings in. â€œThe plan would be to try to have it at those weird times of the year when there isnâ€™t a lot of programming right now,â€? Maly said.
ment of medical research. Weâ€™re not separated by politics or by nationality, or by creed or color when disease strikes,â€? Don said. â€œWe have to stick together
on this; we canâ€™t allow ourselves by fear or ignorance to be taken away from our goal of giving everybody the best medical treatment science can provide.â€?
>>CURE.p1 scratch in an attempt to create a law that would enable the groundbreaking research. â€œThe ďŹ rst thing I did was just send out letters to everyone,â€? Don said. â€œI had no idea how these things were done.â€? He sent separate letters to each of the U.S. senators and representatives. When the bill was introduced, he spent countless hours sending letters to anyone he could think of, encouraging them to lobby for the legislation. â€œBefore you go to the committee hearings, you want to have as many people as possible from that legislative committee to hear from their constituents,â€? Don said. He contacted constituents of each district and asked them if they knew anyone in a wheelchair. They would then send out letters to their representative, and support grew stronger with each hearing. After about two years, his efforts paid off. The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act was passed in
Rep. Lisa Heddens answers questions and talks to a group of ISU Ambassadors, Monday at the Iowa State Capitol. Photo: Karuna Ang/Iowa State Daily
At a lobbying training session hosted by ISU Ambassadors Friday, Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, explained a budget forecast from Legislative Services Agency, a non-partisan agency that, among other things, is responsible for analyzing state expenditures. Quirmbach said the forecast demonstrated that the state actually operated at a budget surplus last year and is projected to do so again this year. The forecast also shows that, without signiďŹ cant cuts anywhere, the state could still operate at a small surplus. Other legislators were not as receptive to the issues the students were lobbying for or even to the lobbying itself. Rep. Greg Forristall, R-Council Bluffs, said he was in support of the cuts. â€œI regret they have to be made,â€? Forristall said. â€œI think that if we just stay calm for the next couple of years and allow the economy to grow that we will be in a better position to better support the universities in the future.â€? His advice for students, should the budget cuts pass, is to â€œget through school as soon as you can.â€? Tim Albrecht, press officer for the governorâ€™s office, explained some of the reasons for the governorâ€™s budget. â€œItâ€™s unfortunate that for years, the government has been spending more
1999. In the lawâ€™s ďŹ rst 10 years of existence, it generated $14 million of state funding, but it gave way to funding from across the nation. â€œIt attracted $63 million in out-of-state funding because if a scientist does well in a small amount, then theyâ€™ve got a track record,â€? Don said. â€œTheyâ€™ve got proof of concept.â€? With this money, researchers have made great strides. Don was able to see the capabilities of stem cells ďŹ rsthand. â€œI held in my hand a rat that had been paralyzed and walked again,â€? Don said. The research has gone so far that it has been taken all the way to human trials, which are currently being conducted. But Californiaâ€™s promising stem cell program offers hope for more than just those with spinal cord injuries. In November, a cancer patient became the ďŹ rst to receive an embryonic stem cell injection in an attempt to cure brain cancer. The stateâ€™s researchers continue to study stem cells
than it takes in and thatâ€™s why we ďŹ nd ourselves in this precarious position,â€? Albrecht said. â€œWhat Gov. Branstad is doing is precisely what he campaigned on and that is to not spend more money than we take in.â€? He said the governorâ€™s proposed budget will restore predictability and stability to budgets across the board to avoid the â€œerratic 10 percent across the board cuts that have sent not only school budgets but also city and local governments into chaos.â€? Albrecht also said the problem is the budget shortfall next year that totals in the hundreds of millions of dollars. â€œThis may look balanced on paper, but that simply is not the case because of the budget shortfall next year,â€? he said. â€œ[This] means a lot of shared sacriďŹ ce.â€? He said the overall result will be to get the state on a solid foundation for the future. â„˘
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and are gaining a better understanding of how cancer cells develop with each new project. Lacina recognizes that the stem cells he could need do not just come from human embryos. â€œEverybody has stem cells,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™re also found in umbilical cords and placentas.â€? He does not disagree with personhood legislation that would prevent abortion, but he feels that stem cell research should continue. Although he doesnâ€™t see an immediate â€œcureâ€? for cancer arising, he has seen stem cells save lives. â€œWhen I think of a cure for cancer, I think of a treatment course that will make sure you donâ€™t relapse again, and in that sense, I do think that stem cells hold promise in keeping cancer survivors from relapsing,â€? Lacina said. Don feels that personhood legislation, such as House File 153, which was introduced in Iowa on Jan. 28, is unfair to those suffering from a chronic illness. He continues to lobby against this legislation and is
always searching for ways to inform as many people as possible of the beneďŹ ts of stem cell research. â€œEvery person in the world is beneďŹ ted by the advance-
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Journalism has lost its compassion
Once self-proclaimed “warlock” Charlie Sheen began his very public downward spiral, it became difficult for all of us to look away. For some twisted reason, schadenfreude seems to be an integral part of the American consumer culture, and there’s probably a significant amount of interest that’s solely based on the sentiment of, “Wow, I’m glad that’s not me.” But the truth is, even if we lacked that voyeuristic curiosity about Sheen and all his problems, we would still be inundated with reminders almost everywhere we looked. It seems the only entities that have sought to limit our exposure to the Sheen show are “Two and a Half Men” — the show that fired him — and “Tinted Sheen,” the app that places a black rectangle over anything Sheen-related that shows up in your web browser. Every other form of media — print, broadcast and online — is rife with stories of Sheen’s latest outrageous quotes and actions. He’s given interviews to “Good Morning America,”” Piers Morgan” and “The Today Show” to name a few. And the forces behind these outlets continue to eat it up, with no apparent consideration for the impact that each additional media appearance has on this troubled man. Sheen is allowed to make his own decisions about how much access he’ll grant to the media. But we think it’s time for some of these outlets to shut off the cameras. We understand that media outlets will do everything they can to ensure they obtain the best ratings possible. But we wish, for once, they wouldn’t. We believe there’s a place for compassion in journalism, in entertainment and in the media in general. And it’s time someone showed it. Have we, as a society, finally reached the point at which we don’t care that our spotlights are crushing people before our eyes? We’ve seen what media attention has done to exacerbate, and potentially even create, the problems in so many stars’ lives. Take Christian Bale, Mel Gibson or — well, just about any star created in the Disney mold. We’ve even seen what could arguably be referred to as the first death by the hand of the paparazzi, with Princess Diana. Despite public outcry at the time against the role the paparazzi’s relentless pursuit played in her death, the media climate has done little to improve in the years since. It seems we’ve become even more obsessed with celebrities. Intimate details of their lives are fodder not only for entertainment outlets such as Access Hollywood and TMZ, but also for network “news” outlets. It’s time for us to incorporate some compassion into the way we produce and consume news and entertainment. We are currently a society of enablers, and it’s not healthy for anyone. Editorial Board
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Reality of lobbying sinks in
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Students wait for hours, legislators too busy to talk
was a bright-eyed student, ready to exercise my democratic right on the behalf of Iowa State to tell our legislators to stop the budget cuts. I had my story ready: about working two jobs and still being thousands of dollars in debt. Students like me flooded the Capitol dressed in purple, red and black representing their Iowa schools proudly. We were all ready to lobby. It was my first time talking to my legislators, but it seemed easy enough, as I found out. You fill out a yellow slip with whom you want to see and give it to the clerk. Then the clerk will see if the representative is in and can talk to you. Then he or she comes out and you talk about yourself and the issue, and they respond back. I could handle that. I was nervous, excited and worried, but I knew this was important. I turned in my slip for Pat Murphy, my hometown legislator. The clerk said he couldn’t meet me at that moment. I was disappointed, but I wasn’t giving in. I wanted to at least talk to one person in the House of Representatives. So I signed another yellow slip to talk to someone else, someone on the Education Committee. Another no. My excitement soon drained when in my hand were countless yellow slips and failed attempts to talk to a legislator about the issues. Too many clerks telling me that my legislator, any legislator “wasn’t in,” “was busy” or just “couldn’t see me.” I started to go down the list looking for someone to talk to. Out of eight people I tried to talk to, only one spoke to me. Cindy Winckler, a ranking member of the Education Appropriations Committee came out of her office to see me. She urged me to keep trying and that what I was doing was important. She heard my story and appreciated what we were trying to do and agreed the cuts should stop. She spoke of the $1 billion surplus we had and gave me information to help better my lobbying. It didn’t do much to lobby to the people who agree the cuts should stop, but it made me happy that a representative talked to me. Ahna Kruzic, my fearless columnist friend was with me, and she tried a lot harder than I did. Out of 10, she had zero people talk to her. How can our representatives represent us when they don’t talk to us? I get it, it was lunchtime, and legislators need to eat too. So I waited and waited with no response. The students handed their slips, ready to talk. The clerks seem to shake their heads more
Logan Pals, senior in industrial engineering, speaks with Rep. Kevin Koester at the Regents Day political rally in Des Moines. Photo: Clark Colby/Iowa State Daily
than bring out a legislator. Lunchtime came and went. Then around 1:30 p.m., we were told that both Republicans and Democrats were going into caucus and wouldn’t be able to talk to us. We were told it could be anywhere from “five minutes to five hours,” a clerk said. So we waited outside their office, not giving up, but clearly disappointed. We would wait. We left at 3 p.m., and they were still in caucus. I understand they have a job to do, but it was Regents Day. They knew we were coming by the buses, they knew we were pissed at our high debt and hikes in tuition while our class sizes were growing, professors leaving and scholarships dwindling. Couldn’t they allow a break in their schedules and pencil in time to see us? To hear our stories? To see our faces?
The Negative Nancy in me said it was a conspiracy that they didn’t want to talk to us. I mean, having a caucus when there are about 100 angry college students outside your office seems pretty convenient. Nobody wants to hear how crappy of a job they are doing. The clerk said they were in caucus that morning too, only fueling my negativity. Yes, they were probably actually doing their jobs, not cowering from us, but it was still upsetting. I know they are busy cutting our budget and all, but if they had given a half-hour of their time to the students who took time out of class to visit them, I would have been happy. No wonder so many students are apathetic or think their voices don’t matter when our own legislators don’t want to talk to us about what is important.
Maybe it was just bad luck and the random representatives I picked were honestly busy, but seeing so many downtrodden faces makes me think I wasn’t the only one with poor luck. I understand that some of the legislators were actually busy, and I am extremely happy for those representatives who did talk to us. It means a lot that you took the time to talk to us and I hope you take to heart our stories. You gave us the motivation to not give up and show what we can do in a democracy. I really hope others had better luck than I did. I know some representatives did come out of the ivory tower to see us, and that makes me believe there is hope. I am not giving up, but I am a whole lot more realistic when it comes to making a difference and lobbying.
Change requires actions A
s repressive Middle Eastern regimes fall by the wayside, Communist China increases its standing in the world economy and the U.S. emerges from a multi-year recession, many Americans are left wondering just what is going on here. It seems like there’s never been a time so rife with change for our world. But where does America stand in all this? Not so long ago, our nation clamored with cries for change and new leadership. Our current president spouted promises of hope and change and the ever-ready phrase “Yes we can!” We do need change in this day and age. Our world is shifting and America needs to keep up. But, here we are in 2011 and many citizens are wondering where those promises have taken us. As the issues in Wisconsin escalate and angry unions shake massive fists at Gov. Scott
By Clare.Schwager iowastatedaily.com Walker’s attempts to limit their power, the nation is getting front row seats to a classic example of the old adage, “It all depends on whose ox is being gored.” Two years ago, these same labor unions were shelling out money to get a guy with a mind for change in the White House. Now the tables have turned. The public sector union leaders will stop at nothing to prevent change. Oh sure, they’re all for change in theory, but not when it comes to their own affairs. Heck no, leave those union oxen alone. And don’t even think about touching Social Security. But enough about Wisconsin. In Iowa we’ve turned back attempts to consolidate counties, even though the original reason for having 99 counties was so all the state’s citizens could travel to the county seat and back in one day. Using that logic, now that we no longer rely on horse and buggy for travel, we could get by with something like four counties.
“County consolidation would combine multiple low-population counties into a regional government. In countywide consolidation, a county absorbs the power of all cities within its border. The goal of both is to decrease spending and increase efficiency of services by eliminating unnecessary governments.” But people are unwilling or afraid to change. Every small school district will fight tooth and nail to stay open. Even though consolidation would probably provide better education and a tax break for the majority, we are left with a multitude of tiny school districts struggling to stay afloat. Yes, change can be difficult, but whose interests ought we to cater to? When all is said and done, providing the best education possible for the children should be our chief concern. Change was an easy thing to promise in 2008. After all, the people’s wish for change was reflected in the election results, was it not?
But when it comes down to it, I’m not seeing all that much change. Where are those people now, the ones calling for something new, something different? They’re busy protesting that very sentiment. There are plenty of things we could be working on changing right now, regardless of party alignment. I realize I’ve digressed a bit here from the whole ox analogy, but you get the picture: It all depends on whose ox is getting gored. Sure, Americans want change. We need it, if we want to keep up with the rest of the world. But we’re not going to get anywhere if we sit around pointing fingers elsewhere and refusing to address our own problems. We can hope all we want, but the real world requires action. Can America manage to pull itself up by the bootstraps and forge a new path through the hazy and uncertain future? Three words: “Yes we can!” In theory anyway.
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Republicans have a right to lobby In Response to “Belding: ISU Ambassadors entitled to lobbying”: It is absolutely correct that “in lobbying a politician, the lobbyist would make some kind of claim or argument in support of or opposition to a particular proposed measure.” However, one might consider that although the ISU Republicans took an unpopular view, they were clearly in support of the budget cuts. They were organized, they had signs, and their unity drew the positive attention of many representatives. I joined other students in lobbying against the magnitude of proposed budget cuts to the Regents’ universities, and I had the opportunity to observe the ISU Republicans, and then engage in conversation concerning my confusion over their position. Basically, they wanted politicians to know that not all students were opposed to the budget cuts. They thought [Iowa State] was misappropriating funds on superﬂuous expenses, and that through smarter spending, the university could survive on its current budget. Even though I disagree on this issue, the ISU Republicans should have had the opportunity to let other students know that another group of students was going to lobby. I told them I wished we could have had more of a united front as a student body, rather than the semi-hostile feelings between groups, and they expressed similar chagrin that it had come to this. I spoke with Logan Pals, president of the group, and what he had wanted was an e-mail to the student body informing them of an alternative view. I also checked out the ISU Ambassadors’ website, and was a bit surprised at the description:
“As an ISU Ambassador you will serve as a connection between Iowa State University, the state legislature, and Iowa communities in a professional, non-partisan manner. ISU Ambassadors represent and educate students about issues that are pertinent to the student experience. ISU Ambassadors is a prestigious organization of leaders with integrity and character, dedicated to creating a positive image and strong future for Iowa State University.” I do not mean to be antagonistic, but I believe the ISU Ambassadors had a responsibility to be non-partisan, and the manner in which they attempted to censor the ISU Republicans was not non-partisan, just as Belding’s article said. What I would have loved to see between the two groups was some real discussion, maybe in the form of a public forum. Perhaps the Ambassadors could have expressed why they felt like the students attending Regent’s Day should be uniﬁed as a positive reﬂection on the university, and the Republicans could have expressed what they viewed as major ﬂaws within the current spending. Regardless, I think this is an excellent example of how we as students should be active in educating ourselves in political matters, and using our education to participate in reasonable discussions. Rachel Pratt, senior in English education
Everyone needs to give a little There’s been a lot of debate at Iowa State over the past week about the proposed cuts to the Regent colleges. Although we may be students here for a few years, we’ll be a citizen of this country forever.
To quote President Obama, “Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.” Our students and professors are thinkers, innovators and problem solvers who are not only capable, but should call it upon themselves as their duty to spearhead this movement to ﬁscal responsibility. K-12 schools and even community colleges may not have the resources to get through hard economic times without some help, and a solid foundation in K-12 is a very important prerequisite for effective secondary education. In a time when everyone is being told to “have some skin in the game” throughout the education community, the Regents have the most skin. We may by hungry, but we still have some weight to lose. I support the Go Green Initiative, but is it really the right time to be taking on a $12 million expense toward hybrid buses or buying solar powered garbage cans that cost $5,000 a piece? Maybe it’ll pay for itself someday, but long-term investments aren’t short-term solutions. During a time when money’s tight, families don’t go out and remodel their home with state-of-the-art eco-friendly products with the argument that it’ll pay for itself in 15 years. They turn down the
thermostat 2 degrees, don’t go out for dinner as much, and start tracking their expenses to see where else they’ve been wasteful. For now, we need to treat our universities the same. Zachary Byrnes, junior in agricultural engineering
Experience gained with lobbying On Monday I took a trip down to the Iowa capitol in Des Moines for Iowa Regent’s Day. I started my day out at the capitol meeting with Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, the state representative for Ames, who showed [ISU students] Sam Haakenstad and Ryan Hagen, along with myself, around the representative House. Next, we went over to the Senate side and talked with Sen. Herman Quirmbach of Ames, who was excited to see a large turnout. Then we started our lobbying, which consisted of talking to Linda Fandel, the special assistant for education, who has close contact with the governor. The three of us expressed our opinion on not raising tuition by allocating more money to the Regents. We began our discussion with the cost of tuition and how we
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were paying for it. I told her that I’m grateful for federal and state aid because I’m an independent adult made by a guardianship change, thus I have to take out loans for what isn’t covered in aid and money from appropriations. Then, Fandel posed a question to us: “What do we think about the quality of our education?” We informed her that our professors are effective in teaching, and so far we haven’t seen drastically larger class sizes because our classes are generally taught in a lecture. Fandel left us with the message to “stay in touch.” From here, I went on to lobby representatives and senators. I faced the difficulty that not many lawmakers were not on the ﬂoor. I was able to talk with the assistant of Sen. Michael Gronstal from Council Bluffs, the secretary of Sen. Merlin Bartz from Clear Lake and Rep. Janet Petersen from Des Moines. With senators and representatives who weren’t available, I left my contact info and my sheet with, “Vote to not raise tuition,” and a report from the Legislative Service Agency showing that year-to-date ﬁscal year 2011 revenue could be used on the budget gap. I was disappointed that out of the three senators and ﬁve representatives from my
hometown of Cedar Rapids, only one of them was present, Kraig Paulsen, and he replied that he was busy. At 2 p.m. I went to the press conference, where I was able to see Gov. Terry Branstad, and I had the opportunity to shake his hand. The governor, from my knowledge, didn’t attend the press conference. I learned important info about our Regent schools: For every $1 spent by the state on education, $14.5 is generated in economic activity. So after doing a calculation, if the state wants to decrease Regent funding to our universities by $148.8 million, the state of Iowa will miss out on almost $2.2 billion of economic activity. If we could have that much extra economic activity, think about how many jobs could be created, not just short term but in the long run, people can afford to go to the three Iowa universities and ﬁnd jobs here in the state of Iowa. I received a valuable life experience Monday, and I would hope our elected ofﬁcials see what our Regent universities do for Iowa, and the state will continue to fund higher education, so we as the students don’t have to pay higher tuition. Nathan Tendick, freshman in aerospace engineering
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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. “Having a family and bills other than school is difﬁcult when attending college. All of my tuition was paid for using loans, and now that I received this scholarship, I don’t worry as much,” said scholarship recipient, Ivan Guerra. Guerra is a ﬁrst year recipient of the Roy J. Carver scholarship. He is full-time senior in elementary education, and is raising a 9-year-old, a 4-year-old and a newborn. “I want to become a teacher to affect one life at a time,” said Guerra, “There are kids out there that have a false sense of reality and don’t believe they can succeed, and I want to be that teacher that tells the kids they can.” Guerra’s educational path has been somewhat untraditional. He grew up in California and is actually a high school dropout. As a kid he said there was a lot of drugs and crime where he grew up. He later moved to Iowa and started a family. After starting a family, he realized how important it was to him to continue on with his education. Guerra hopes to one day write a book about his life to inspire younger generations to follow their dreams and overcome hardships like he did.
“If you just believe in yourself and have goals, you can accomplish anything,” said Guerra. It is hard going to school and raising a family admitted Guerra. “Since I got this scholarship, I can focus more on school and spend more time with my kids,” said Guerra, “I don’t have to work as much and chase money like I used to.” Guerra said he couldn’t stop jumping around his house after he found out about his scholarship award.
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“I was always told that scholarships were available, but I had no proof of that. It was hard to believe I got it, because I’d been in school for 3 years with no support,” said Guerra, “It was amazing.”
Without the ﬁnancial burden, Guerra has been able to focus more on school and spending time with his family. He is very thankful for this and said it’s nice to know he has some support “other than [his] own.” “Many people have had some bad stuff in their lives, but you have to overcome that,” said Guerra, “We’re doing it. We’re living the dream. The Roy J. Carver Scholarship is available to full-time students who will be going into their junior year in Fall 2011, and may be renewed for their senior year.
Applicants must demonstrate ﬁnancial need and evidence of unusual barriers to attending college full-time. For more information regarding the Roy J. Carver Scholarship, go to www.carvertrust.org. Applications must be in by Friday, April 1.
Eligibility Requirements: Iowa Resident 2.80 Cumulative GPA Junior status fall 2011 Demonstrate ﬁnancial need by ﬁling the 2011-12 FAFSA Unusual barriers to attending college full-time
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Spice up the sand, sun with suits that are just as hot as your spring break destination.
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ISLANDS Lay back, relax and chill. The islands are a place to unwind and let go. Your swimsuit should reﬂect the feel. Go with something a little quieter, like tropical colors. This coral one-piece from Voda has side cutouts to accentuate an hourglass shape without revealing too much. This suit also has the Envy Push-Up feature built into it. Not only will it add cleavage, but it also won’t lose shape when wet because it absorbs very little water. This $127.00 suit is online at Vodaswim.com.
MTV’s “The Real World” Open Casting Call When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Where: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Des Moines Cost: Free Hairball When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Iowa State Fairgrounds Jacobson Exhibition Center in Des Moines Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For those who love big hair, Bon Jovi and everything 1980s
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Dance Social When: 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. Friday, March 11 Where: 196 Forker Hall Cost: Free Singles welcome
Winter Escapes Art Short Course Show When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday March 12 Where: Reiman Gardens Join Jo Myers as she teaches a series of seven classes on watercolors. Cost: $37.50 + materials
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Twenty-four hours in a car with six other students for a drive to PCB or Texas can be intense. Having a driving buddy is necessary, but what about everyone else in the car? How will you all stay entertained? “Adult on Board: Travel Games for GrownUps” by Jeffery and Judy Wuorio is a book of easy travel games. Check it out on Amazon.com and look through the book of games to prepare yourself for the road trip of a life time.
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Cargo Better Than Waterproof Mascara Perfect for any occasion, Cargo Better Than Waterproof mascara lives up to its name. Not only is this mascara smudge-proof, sweat-proof, buildable and cry-proof, but it is also unbelievably easy to remove with warm water. Equip your make-up bag with this essential, and there will be no need to drag along eye make-up remover this spring break. ($20 ULTA) Photos courtesy: Clarins, Origins, Cargo Cosmetics
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Fighting to stay afloat Division I programs struggle with finances
By Jake.Calhoun iowastatedaily.com Editor’s note: This is part of a two-part project on the state of collegiate wrestling programs nationwide. With the success and notoriety of the ISU wrestling program, the Daily takes a look at the sport outside of Ames.
Dan Hicks is fighting a battle that has been lost by many before him. The ninth-year wrestling coach at Cal State Fullerton is sparring to keep his program afloat after the school announced it would drop the sport at the end of this season. After 16 months of fundraising, Hicks raised $196,145 by his Aug. 1 deadline, coming up short of the $200,000-mark set by the school to continue operations. However, the administration relented and allowed Hicks to finish the fundraising for this season, but the pressure ceased to end there. “They said, ‘In order to have any life beyond 2010-2011, you need to raise two years in advance by March 1 in cash,’” Hicks said. “Even though we had raised our money and everything was looking good, they made it much harder.” Division I schools have recently been cutting wrestling in a trend ignited by Title IX, a law that prohibits gender discrimination in an educational institution that receives federal funds. The law, enacted in 1972, never contained any explicit reference to athletics and has sparked a heated debate over its original intent by differing parties affected by it.
A unique answer to Title IX T.J. Kerr, who coached Cal State Bakersfield for 26 seasons until retiring at the end of 2009-2010 season, began recruiting female wrestlers to his team in the mid-1990s in an effort to avoid getting axed by the school in a time of uncertainty, provoking opposition among the community. Much of the opposition claimed that there was a sexual undertone to having women wrestling men, but Kerr saw it differently. “Wrestling is as close to combat as you can get,” Kerr said. “You’re fighting, you’re using your skills, it’s not sexual at all.” He was also quick to point out that a rule on the team prevented men and women from dating one another. Despite having had at least 17 women on the team at one point, athletic director Rudy
Division I schools have recently been cutting wrestling in a trend ignited by Title IX, a law that prohibits gender discrimination in an educational institution that receives federal funds. Photo courtesy: The Daily Titan
Carvajal ended Kerr’s recruitment of females after informing him that those wrestlers would not be recognized as female athletes by the NCAA. “Now whether that was true or not, I don’t know,” Kerr said. “But that’s how he killed the women being on the team.” Calli Sanders, ISU senior associate athletic director, said wrestling has generally been considered a men’s sport.
“Broken business model” Controversy has also arisen in how schools have altered their interpretation of the law to accommodate the business of their athletics. “Too many schools across the country are mortgaging their Olympic sports to keep fueling this broken business model for football and basketball,” said Mike Moyer, executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Since football and basketball typically bring the most revenue to a school, some administrations have adopted a strategy to minimize the amount of sports offered while meeting the minimum requirement for each gender: six for men and eight for women. The maximum amount of scholarship allotments, which have a set cap for each Division I sport, are varied to accommodate this model. The NCAA permits football programs to offer 85 individual scholarships, while men’s and women’s basketball receive 13 and 14 scholarships. Wrestling, however, is granted 9.9 scholarships, which are divided up amongst the team. Wrestling typically finds itself on the chopping block since it does not bring in the same amount of revenue that football and basketball do, playing a part in the withering of Division I wrestling from 160
teams in the 1970s to just 81 today. Hicks said this year the Fullerton wrestling program has an operating budget of $230,000, a small cost compared to larger Division I programs. Iowa State, which sported three All-Americans and two national champions en route to a third-place team finish at last season’s NCAA Championships, had an operating budget of $764,020, ISU associate athletic director Steve Malchow said. That figure includes salaries, expenditures and scholarships. Although revenue concerns have been influential in many schools’ athletic cuts, one of Fullerton’s reasons for eliminating wrestling was that the Big West, the school’s conference, no longer offered the sport, forcing the team to compete in the Pac-10 as an affiliate member for wrestling, alongside Boise State, Cal Poly and Bakersfield. “One of the criteria that university administrations use to evaluate what stays and goes is if the sport is part of the multi-sport conference the school participates in,” Moyer said. “Their first commitment is to the sports that the conference sponsors championships for, and wrestling is not one of them.” Even though finances tend to be a major factor in whether a sport gets cut from a school, the decision entails multiple aspects, including Title IX. “There’s a limited number of finances and [schools] want to provide as many opportunities as they can, but the law says that those opportunities need to be proportional with the number of males and females in the student body,” Sanders said. The Pac-10 used to house wrestling teams for every member institution except
the University of Southern California until a recruiting war led to a drastic domino effect.
The courting of George Achica George Achica, a Samoanborn football player from San Jose, Calif., was the No. 1 football recruit coming out of high school in the late 1970s. The only problem: He was also a wrestler. “I can remember walking up to a gymnasium, there were five Division I football coaches in the gymnasium all wanting to talk to George Achica,” said former ISU coach Bobby Douglas. Douglas, who coached Arizona State to the 1988 national title before coming to Iowa State in 1992, said Achica signed with Southern California when the school promised to start a wrestling program if he signed to play football there, a promise that was never kept. “That was the beginning of the end of wrestling in the Pac10,” Douglas said. An agreement to “take wrestling out of the picture” was made between some members of the Pac-10 in order to ease the competition for football recruitment, Douglas said. However, former USC football coach John Robinson said he has no recollection of ever doing so and declined further comment on the issue. A phone call to Achica’s residence to seek comment was not returned.
Tough decision When Douglas left Arizona State to become coach at Iowa State, he rejected a common option in fear for the future of his former employer. “If I had done what a lot of coaches had done around the country, taking my team with
me plus my recruiting class, Iowa State would have won a couple national titles,” Douglas said. “The only reason I didn’t do that was because I was afraid they’d drop the program [at Arizona State].” However, wrestling at Arizona State stayed afloat for 16 years before a decision by the athletic department caused a call to action. Arizona State abruptly cut men’s swimming, men’s tennis and wrestling May 13, 2008, since the athletic department felt that 22 varsity sports were too much to support on a budget that had seen a $4 million surplus, according to The Arizona Republic. “There was a lot going on with the program,” said Todd Schavrien, a former ASU wrestler. “It was kind of unstable.” Schavrien transferred to Missouri following the cancellation of the program after two years of donning the maroon and gold in Tempe, Ariz. Ten days after the cancellation, Art Martori, founder of Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club, led action to revive the program in which numerous alumni made donations for its resurrection. “That’s a huge success story,” Moyer said. “Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of having alumni with that kind of capacity with these schools.” As for Schavrien, even though he said he felt more at home in Columbia, Mo., than at Arizona State near his hometown of Poway, Calif., he still feels remorseful for his departure from the school. “Every once in a while I wonder what it would be like if I would have stayed there,” said Schavrien, now a senior. “I left friends, I was close to home, there’s things that I loved about the school.”
The final hope Hicks said that the problem he faces not only rests with trying to keep Division I teams in California alive, but also with trying to keep wrestling alive on the West Coast. “It’s like trying to float the Titanic,” Hicks said. “We’re just bailing water like crazy and it’s sinking and the people that have the power are in the lifeboats.” The impact that Fullerton wrestling’s cancellation would have reaches far beyond the school’s beach-side campus. “I’m afraid that we’re going to kill our sport,” Hicks said. “If we go down, it just puts more pressure on Bakersfield and Cal Poly that are teetering on the edge of going under. They’re just slowly killing it off.”
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Helmets reviewed to decrease concussions Editorâ€™s note: This is part two of a two-part story on concussions in hockey. Part one focused on research done on the number of concussions in hockey. Part two focuses on new helmet technology and its role in injury prevention. Part one can be found online or in Tuesdayâ€™s Daily.
By Kevin.Shay iowastatedaily.com Although the jury is still out on the M11 helmetâ€™s ability to decrease concussions, steps are being taken to support concussion prevention in relation to helmets â€” the most important piece of equipment in protecting concussions. ISU hockey coach Al Murdoch is a proponent of his players wearing half-masks that protect the upper-half of a playersâ€™ face, rather than full-masks that better protect a playerâ€™s mouth and chin. â€œAs an ex-player and current coach I feel as though they give the player better vision of the ice, and then they are more ready for hits and the impact that goes with it and keeping balance,â€? Murdoch said. â€œWhen youâ€™re ready for hits your likelihood of a concussion has been shown to decrease.â€? The American Collegiate Hockey Association mandates that players wear full cages in the course of competition, a rule Murdoch will argue against at Aprilâ€™s ACHA/ NCAA coaches conference. â€œItâ€™s something that Iâ€™ll bring up,â€? Murdoch said. â€œAt the World University Games, everyone wore half-shields, and there were no concussions in the games I was a part of. Iâ€™ll
show the evidence to support my claim for half-shields at the meeting.â€? Half-shields can also help reduce severe injuries, such as spinal and neurological injuries like concussions. Half-shields may lead to more players wearing custom-ďŹ t mouth guards. Mouth guards are required, but former Cyclone Christian Johansson believes the rule is not enforced enough, even though they can help with mouth and concussion protection. â€œFortunately most of our guys do wear their mouth guards,â€? Johansson said. â€œI absolutely believe that mouth guards do decrease the risk of concussion, and recent studies have shown that.â€? According to a recent Mayo Clinic survey, of 94 hockey players, 72 of them wore mouth guards at all times. Former Cyclone hockey
player Pete Majkozak agrees with Johansson when it comes to mouth guard use. â€œI have one but I rarely wear it now or even when I was at Iowa State,â€? Majkozak said, despite the fact that he suffered a concussion in his freshman year at Iowa State. â€œI know itâ€™s stupid, but I hate those things.â€? According to an October 21 New York Times article, neurologists say once a person suffers a concussion, he is up to four times more likely to sustain a second one. Majkozak graduated from Iowa State in the spring of 2010 and now plays for the Liege Bulldogs in Belgium. While both European and North American rinks are typically 200 feet in length, European rinks are on average 13 feet wider. This allows for more skating area and fewer collisions.
â€œThere are deďŹ nitely less concussions in Europe,â€? Majkozak said. Murdoch is a proponent of the wider rink, and hopes the next arena Iowa State plays in has wider dimensions. However, a wider rink is much more costly. According to the Mayo Clinicâ€™s report, a recent ice renovation to increase rink width in Rochester, Minn., was estimated at $1 million. â€œA wider rink no doubt would lead to fewer hits and fewer concussions,â€? Murdoch said. â€œHopefully down the road we can have a rink with a wider surface area, and more flexible glass.â€? Iowa Stateâ€™s current facility uses tempered glass above the solid baseboards as opposed to Plexiglass. â€œAt the conference they also proved that itâ€™s been shown that Plexiglass has more give upon impact and
decreases concussion rates,â€? Murdoch said. â€œWhen you hit the tempered glass itâ€™s like hitting a brick wall. It hurts.â€? â€œIn Europe a lot of rinks donâ€™t even have glass along the sides, which I think also leads to fewer concussions,â€? Murdoch said. Majkozak agreed, but gave fans some caution. â€œThere probably is fewer concussions because of the lack of glass away from the
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