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ISU hip-hop dance club performs show Saturday
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Light night By John.Lonsdale iowastatedaily.com With 20 dances, 20 choreographers and nearly 500 members from every college on campus, Dub H, the hip-hop dance club, will present its show, “Light Up The Night,” on Saturday. Different from shows past, the club wanted to bring the dances and theme back to the hip hop roots that so heavily permeated the shows nearly a decade ago when the club was formed. Haley Wakeﬁeld, senior in hotel, restaurant and institution management and senior of the club, has been dancing in Dub H for four years. “There is not a bad dance in this set,” Wakeﬁeld said. “We wanted to bring it back to that sort of ‘Fame,’ that type of ﬂashy, ‘We’re here, we want you to pay attention to us, we’re gonna light up the night.’” Although she has been a dancer since the age of 4, Wakeﬁeld had never danced hip hop until she came to Iowa State and joined Dub H. She became a part of the club and started dancing in the shows. Wakeﬁeld promised a ﬂaming radio backdrop and a “pretty intense” show and said the dances are family-friendly and an overall good time. Ke e s h a Wormely is in her ﬁfth semester in Dub H as a choreographer and loves having the chance to see dancers live out what she saw in her head. Wormely, who choreographed two of the dances in the show, said it’s not just Saturday that will be good. “I think it’s every show that we have,” she said. “You’re going to get the best of everything.
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E v e r y b o d y ’s styles are so different that it will keep the crowd interested and keep the crowd going through the show. Everybody can expect great things and great performances and it gets better every semester.” Another choreographer, Demetrius Scott, said Saturday’s show is the biggest of the year for the club. “It’s kinda like the Super Bowl of the semester for us,” Scott said. “It’s the big dance everybody’s waiting for.” Steven Flagg is a choreographer for Dub H and in his 12th semester in the club. Choreographing nearly 20 dances during his Dub H career, Flagg is choreographing three for this weekend’s show. “What I ﬁnd special about Saturday’s show is that this is where all the hard work that I have put in over the semester pays off,” Flagg said. “It’s an awesome feeling to see what started out as thoughts and ideas in my head transform into what people will be seeing this Saturday.” Flagg said Dub H has become like a family to him. “For some students, this club has changed lives for the better,” Flagg said. “And it gives everyone that joins an opportunity to branch out and push themselves to try things they normally may never have tried. “With Dub H, it’s like a family because you feel like you belong to something and everyone supports and cares for one another. Dub H for life.”
Tyler Danielson, former ISU student, died March 13, 2010, in an automobile accident during Spring Break. Tyler will be honored with a memory treeplanting ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday near the electronic sign on the north side of Hilton Coliseum. “Tyler loved going to school at Iowa State, which was an important factor in the decision to plant a tree in his honor,” said Steve Danielson, Tyler’s father. “We wanted to have a place for us to go when we come back to Ames as a family and gather to remember him,” he said. Since the aftermath of Tyler’s accident, communication between Tyler’s family and the dean’s office led to the idea of honoring the student through a memorial and scholarship award for students in criminal justice, Tyler’s major. The Danielson family’s intentions were to have the memorial ceremony before the fall semester of 2010, but through hard work and much communication the decision was made before Winter Break to host the ceremony Friday. “In trying to establish some sort of an ongoing tribute to Tyler and the fact that he was leaning in the direction of Iowa State’s criminal justice foundation, it just seemed to be a good ﬁt to have a lasting legacy in Tyler’s honor through awarding a selected student with a scholarship,” Steve said. “Hopefully the recipient will have a successful law enforcement career and be able to carry on what Tyler wasn’t able to do,” Steve said. “Iowa State has been excellent and outstanding to work with through this process of ﬁnding a way to honor our son and his adventure at Iowa State,” Steve said. ABOVE: Keesha Wormely, staff member in child care services, teaches some moves to members of Dub H during the rehearsal for Saturday’s performance. Photo: Karuna Ang/ Iowa State Daily LEFT: A member of Dub H practices Wednesday at Forker Building during a rehearsal for their performance Saturday. Photo: Karuna Ang/Iowa State Daily
Background for the story: The previously published story about Tyler’s death can be found at iowastatedaily.com
Easter, atheist convention overlap dates Atheist group hosts annual convention in Des Moines By Thane.Himes iowastatedaily.com Des Moines will be a gathering place for atheists and non-believers Easter weekend. The American Atheists, one of the largest atheism activist groups in the nation, will be hosting their annual convention Thursday to Sunday in Des Moines. The convention already has nearly 700 people conﬁrmed to attend, including members of Iowa State’s Atheist and Agnostic Society. Hector Avalos, professor of philosophy and religious studies and adviser of the Atheist and Agnostic Society, believes the convention will beneﬁt atheist activism in Iowa in several different ways. “First, it will give them a moral boost because they may feel rewarded for their helping to put Iowa secularism on the map,” Avalos said. “Second, local secularists will be introduced to a national audience and network of atheists around the nation.” Avalos said the publicity for the conference may help attract more people in Iowa to local secularist groups. He is hopeful that the term “atheist” in Iowa may become a more normal self-description. “I already know many who are less fearful of using that word to identify themselves, though there is a long way to go,” Avalos said. A conference centered on atheism, partic-
ularly during the Christian holiday of Easter, seems atypical in a state like Iowa. From Avalos’ experiences, Iowa is perceived around the country as a beacon of hope for secular causes. “The idea that a Midwest farm state has legalized gay marriage, when many states with more liberal reputations have not, is certainly one development that attracted the attention of atheists, who tend to support gay marriage,” Avalos said. “The fact that Iowa has defeated many efforts to introduce intelligent design into public education also has generated the perception that Iowans really stand up for science education.” Avalos said athei s t s around the nation were also at-
Concerned Christians counter Easter’s commercialization By Thane.Himes iowastatedaily.com Easter Sunday marks a time for Christians everywhere to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but their faith can be tested when problems like commercialization and other motivations for celebration risk depriving the holiday of its meaning. Easter tends to see a rise in the number of church attendees. Brian Peck, president of The Rock Christian Students, believes family values can frequently be a contributor to the spike in churchgoers. “Maybe people especially go because maybe their mom would appreciate that you go at least this one day a year,” Peck said. “It’s kind a special thing. I think a lot of it is tied to families.” There is a perception that there are many so-called “twice-a-year Christians,” especially in America. “People have said that going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than being in a garage makes you a car,” Peck said. “[Church] isn’t described in scripture as what
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Christianity is about.” Michael Patterson, senior in computer engineering and president of the Campus Crusade for Christ, agrees attendance and labels aren’t as important as what people get out of going to church. “God doesn’t work on some type of point system where those who attend church regularly are ‘good’ Christians and those who attend church only on Christmas and Easter are ‘bad’ Christians,” Patterson said. “That’s just not how it works, and the Bible makes this extremely clear.” With the commercialization that comes with many Christian holidays, the original meanings of these holidays, as well as Christianity in general, are often misunderstood. Reverend Whit Malone, pastor at the Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, thinks that from an outsider’s perspective, it must be confusing. “Do we worship Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or Jesus?,” Malone said. “For some it must look like we really just worship ourselves with the amount of money and
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>>EASTER.p1 energy we expend on the cultural trappings of Christmas and Easter.â€? However, Malone doesnâ€™t condemn these perceptions. He instead sees most of what Christians do as a culture during their holidays as an expression of hunger to believe in and live for something bigger than they are. Patterson agrees, saying Easter can be celebrated however people wish. â€œIf I want to spend the entire day of Easter thinking about Jesus, Iâ€™m free to do so,â€? Patterson said. â€œSimilarly, if I want to buy huge amounts of chocolate and spend Easter eating it, Iâ€™m also free to do so.â€? Patterson said that the commercialization of holidays is simply a product of the consumerist society that we live in today, and that heâ€™s not personally offended by it at all. Above all, Malone believes Easter means that love
>>ATHEIST.p1 tracted to Iowa after seeing the visibility of local atheist groups. One of these groups is Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers, a non-proďŹ t social group working to create a community of support for nonbelievers in Iowa, be those atheists, freethinkers, secular humanists, agnostics and other non-religious people. One of their most successful efforts was a DART bus ad campaign that read â€œDonâ€™t
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wins. â€œJesus loved even to death,â€? Malone said. â€œHis resurrection means that love is more powerful than death. And this is not just about the afterlife, though I look forward to that too. Because unconditional love wins in the end, we can risk loving unconditionally here on earth,â€? Malone said. â€œItâ€™s really ... the climax of everything [Jesus] did,â€? Peck said. â€œI think that [1 Corinthians 15:12-14] really sums it up. The reality is ... that if Christ wasnâ€™t resurrected, weâ€™d ultimately be wasting our lives.â€? â€œBut if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.â€? â€” 1 Corinthians 15:12-14
believe in God? You are not alone.â€? The American Atheists, the group organizing the convention, had their own campaign around the Des Moines metro area to promote the event, which read, â€œYou know itâ€™s a myth. We KNOW youâ€™re right.â€? Atheism is a term that often has negative connotations. Avalos said he believes this is due to the same reasons other minority groups are perceived in a negative light. â€œAmericans are predominantly religious and have been
A new and improved ďŹ lm program will be available for ISU students beginning in the fall 2011 semester. The Cinema Project Round Two bill was discussed and voted on at the Government of the Student Body meeting Wednesday night. The bill proposed a combination of the Student Union Board and Free Friday Flicks ďŹ lm programs into one program. One of the problems with the existing ďŹ lm programs is that they are not at set locations and times, which can be confusing for students, said Nate Dobbels, speaker of the senate and senior in agricultural and life sciences education. The new program will be held in Carver 101 each weekend of the academic year with pre-release movies shown twice Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Anthony Maly, former GSB ďŹ nance director and senior in political science, said another problem with the current programs is that freshmen and incoming students do not know the full extent of the ďŹ lm program at Iowa State. â€œItâ€™s very hard for them as students to really realize whatâ€™s going on,â€? Maly said. The bill requested $80,000 to fund the program. The funding would cover:
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Dobbels said both SUB and Free Friday Flicks support the program. â€œCombining the two resources for one main purpose that will show movies for
socialized to think that religion is necessary for good citizenship and morals,â€? Avalos said. â€œAtheists, therefore, are perceived to lack good morals and as anti-social.â€? â€œPeople who donâ€™t know atheists personally may also fear what they donâ€™t know just as they do with other minority groups, such as Muslims and immigrants.â€? The charge that atheists have no morals is the one Avalos hears the most frequently. He wrote a book in 2005, entitled â€œFighting Words: The Origins of Religious Violence,â€? to refute such a claim.
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free for our students is a good idea,â€? said Rene Hamilton, president of Free Friday Flicks and senior in aerospace engineering. Sawyer Baker, liberal Dobbels arts and sciences senator and sophomore in political science, asked if this program was being proposed simply because the Cyclone Cinema project failed and GSB was looking for a way to spend its money. Dobbels said GSB is not just looking for a way to spend the money because they have it, but rather they want to spend it because it will offer an alternative entertainment option to students. â€œIt is not just an extension of the ďŹ rst project because the project didnâ€™t fail,â€? Dobbels said. By a vote of 27-4-0, the bill passed. Also on the agenda was an amended version of the Connecting with Constituents bill. Spencer Hughes, vice speaker of the senate and open-option freshman, said the amendments were made in order to clarify the purpose and requirements of the bill. â€œWe wanted to get some structure to this and make sure that it was actually worthwhile going forward,â€? Hughes said. The amendments made to the bill included: Each GSB senator must attend at least one student organization once each month during the months of September through November and January through April. If a senator cannot attend a meeting during that month, they may attend two meetings during the preceding or following month to make up for it. Senators cannot attend a student organization meeting that was previously attended by another senator in order to fulďŹ ll the requirement. Senators must introduce themselves to the organization at the meeting. Senators must report to the chairper-
Avalos said atheists believe moral codes should be based on causes and consequences that can be proven. He also believes that a moral code revolving around God tends to be more chaotic and arbitrary because people can interpret what God wants in a number of different ways. â€œThus, you have Christians who say homosexuality is a sin, and Christians who believe homosexuality is not a sin,â€? Avalos said. â€œYou have Christians who believe the death penalty is murder, and Christians who believe the death penalty is not murder. Historically, God-
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son of the Public Relations Committee before attending the student organization meeting. GSB meetings do not count as a student organization meeting. Hughes said the decision to require senators to attend student organization meetings that have not yet been attended is meant to increase interaction between students and GSB. â€œWe donâ€™t want to see multiple senators going to meetings other senators are going to because we want to connect with as many students as possible,â€? he said. The amendment to the bill passed by unanimous consent. An amendment was made to the amended bill by Erik Manatt, off-campus senator and graduate in materials science and engineering. The amendment stated that students may also attend an event offered by a student organization to fulďŹ ll the requirement, if ďŹ rst approved by the speaker of the senate. The amendment passed. Many senators argued about the feasibility and time requirement of the bill. Eric Harms, off-campus senator and senior in material engineering, said a bill should not be needed to get senators to go out and connect with students. Senators should already be doing that as part of their duties as elected GSB members. â€œIt shouldnâ€™t take 68 lines to make you fulďŹ ll your duties and do the right thing,â€? Harms said. Baker said this bill may lead student organizations to think senators are only attending their meeting because they are required to and not because they want to. â€œGroups are going to know that if we contact them, itâ€™s probably because weâ€™re required to,â€? Baker said. Sean Morrissey, off-campus senator and senior in environment science, suggested having a test run of the program to see how it goes before enacting it as a bill. â€œI would rather see a voluntary pilot program, this way we can see what works and what doesnâ€™t work,â€? Morrissey said. â€œI think weâ€™re really underestimating the
based morality has never resulted in a uniform set of principles or actions,â€? he said. Avalos said the other problem with religion-based morality is some people become convinced that murder is permissible if they are commanded by God to do it. Avalos said atheists would say one should never take someoneâ€™s life based on the will of a being whose existence cannot be proven. â€œAs an atheist, I focus on making the world around me better because I do not live and expend my resources living for an afterlife,â€? Avalos said. â€œAs an atheist, my moral-
ity is focused on relationships with real human beings, and not on relationships with beings I do not know exist,â€? he said. Avalos will speak at the convention on why the concept of intelligent design is not considered science. On top of that, several members of the ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society will be part of a panel discussion during the convention. The American Atheists National Convention will be Thursday to Sunday in the Embassy Suites on the River, 101 E. Locust St., in downtown Des Moines.
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Designer manifests green concept By Katherine.Klingseis iowastatedaily.com Furniture designer Peter Danko spent a week at Iowa State lecturing on the importance of being environmentally-friendly. “Everyone says that they want to be green, but no one really does it,” Danko said. “I guess my whole belief is that there are an awful lot of things we can do.” In his quest to make America more “green”, Danko designs furniture out of molded plywood and other environmentally-friendly materials. He challenges himself to make furniture from materials that Obviously Manifest Green, which are materials that can be easily seen to be “green.” “When people buy things, we buy it because of the emotional connection,” Danko said. “My whole thing is about making a style change toward something more environmentally friendly.” Although he is a furniture designer now, Danko originally went to college to become an illustrator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in ﬁne arts and art history from the University of Maryland, After college, Danko began carving claws for coat racks in a clothing store. “That’s how I started woodworking, and I perfectly loved it,” Danko said. “I was really attracted to the smell of the wood and the smell of the woodshop.” Danko soon became interested in designing chairs. He said his fascination with chairs is due to their complexity. “You’ve got structure, and then you’ve got of course aesthetics,” Danko said. “You’ve got economics because, you know, you’ve got to make it.”
Eventually, Danko opened up his own shop near Georgetown University in Washington D.C. While there, he visited a factory that made things out of molded plywood. “They would make these big sheets of plywood out of this beautiful material, and then they would cut it up into little pieces, and put it together like they put together solid wood chairs,” Danko said. “This kind of plywood is not at all like the kind of plywood you buy at Home Depot or Lowes, this is really ﬁne quality wood.” Danko decided to start making chairs out of molded plywood. The molded plywood is made of thin layers of laminated wood glued together with environmentally-friendly adhesives. He said molded plywood uses resources nine times more efficiently than solid wood. “Molded plywood is sort of a relatively new medium,” Danko said. “They’ve only been making furniture out of it until, well really, less than a hundred years, and solid wood has been around for thousands of years.” Architects and interior designers are Danko’s main market. He said he has designs in hotels, schools and dorms. “I’ve done a lot of university work,” Danko said. “I’d like to do the University of Iowa, but I guess I should show them my work ﬁrst.” Although his favorite chairs are the ones he constructs with molded plywood, Danko said his most popular chairs are the ones that he makes with solid plywood and recycled seatbelts. “I think that the reason [why they’re the most popular] is because people like solid plywood,” Danko said. “They just don’t consider [molded
plywood].” Danko is currently working on his NoCO2 design, which is furniture made from automobile tires. He is also working on a machine that puts edges on plastic quickly and easily. In the future, Danko plans on ﬁnishing his kitchen, which he has been working on for about a dozen years. He said his kitchen uses 20 percent of the wood used in a normal kitchen and is 30 percent of what a normal kitchen weighs. “There’s less than half of the material used in a normal kitchen, and everything is recyclable,” Danko said. “It’s just totally different as far as resource consciousness; it’s really different.” Danko said he believes people will eventually become more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. This belief is due to the fact that people today are much more aware of their environmental impact. “We want everybody to have a higher standard of living, but we have to change how we use resources,” Danko said. “It just makes sense.”
Furniture designer Peter Danko, who spent a week at Iowa State as a lecturer, stresses the importance of being environmentally friendly, stretching the concept further than most designers. Courtesy photo: Peter Danko
Danko’s unique chair design is made of molded plywood that ‘uses thin layers of laminated wood glued together with environmentally-friendly adhesives’ along with recycled seatbelts. Courtesy photo: Peter Danko
Danko’s table designs also uniquely combine form with function. Without losing his design creativity, Danko manages to create green-friendly concepts. Courtesy photo: Peter Danko
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• If 25 percent of U.S. households used 10 fewer plastic bags a month, we would save more than 2.5 billion bags a year. So: after you go grocery shopping, save those bags and use them next time you go. • More than 200 million gallons of gasoline are used every day in the U.S. So: leave your car at your apartment or house and bike in. If you don’t have a bike, jump on one of CyRide’s Cybrid buses. • Americans throw away enough glass in a month to ﬁll an entire sky scraper. So: take your glass bottles to the Ames Resource Recovery Plant. They accept glass items for free. • About half of all rainforests are already gone. So: email assignments to professors and don’t print off all of your syllabi. Recycle your newspapers and try to use a notebook for more than just one class. • A giant “island” of trash ﬂoats near Hawaii where few people travel. The island is called Great Paciﬁc Garbage Patch and is made up of mostly plastic items broken down to their smallest form. This patch is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. So: recycle your plastic items so they don’t end up in the oceans.
ISU Dining uses local food to help reduce impact By Joy.Wessels iowastatedaily.com As thousands of students pass through Iowa State’s dining halls each day the only thing on their minds is satisfying an appetite. But for those who are responsible for providing that service, they’re thinking about how to get the food and if they can do it in a sustainable way. Local food: Five years ago Iowa State coordinated a small program with local farms that would provide different kinds of produce to ISU dining halls. Today, $600,000 of ISU’s dining budget goes toward purchasing food from those farms. Nancy Levandowski, director of ISU dining, said they’re still shooting for a higher goal of incorporating locally
Reusable To-Go containers, which cost $6, are a greener alternative to disposable containers. Used containers can be returned to the dining centers and exchanged for clean ones. Photo: Julie Vujnovich/Iowa State Daily
grown food into the menus. “Right now 5 to 10 percent of our food comes from local places,” Levandowski said. “But we’d like to get that up to 35 percent.” The food bought from local farms ranges from fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat. Some of the local farms include Onion Creek Farms by North Dakota St. and The Berry Patch Farm in Nevada,
but all of the farms are within Iowa’s borders. Trayless dining: The dining program is also trying to be more sustainable in other ways outside of food speciﬁcally. Three and a half years ago the idea of going “trayless” was introduced by a group of students. The concept was created to attempt to ﬁnd a way to waste less food. In fall 2009, ISU Dining
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made the renovated Season’s Marketplace a completely trayless dining hall. The difference in waste was drastic between Season’s and Union Drive Marketplace. “The waste was twice as much at Union Drive per person than it was at Season’s in 2009,” Levandowski said. Today, all of the dining halls have gone trayless. She also said that on average, Union Drive Marketplace and Seasons save 2,060 pounds of food per week. Food donations: While dealing with waste issues has shown to be successful, ISU Dining has also found a way to make use of food that is still edible. If the dining halls have leftover food, it’s taken to Food at First, a soup kitchen located on Kellogg Avenue. “Food at First offers eight free meals per week as well as a ‘Free Market’ that gives away perishable goods on Monday and Thursday nights,” Levandowski said.
To-Go containers: Chantal Roberts, senior in agronomy and the ISU Dining sustainability coordinator, helps come up with other “go green” initiatives. One of these initiatives is the To-Go Container available at dining halls, which came about in a conversation among students. “Some of the dining halls used to offer disposable containers that students could put food into and eat at a later time,” Roberts said. “The problem was that these disposable boxes would build up in the trash at residence halls.” Roberts, along with others decided they needed to have a To-Go Container program that was consistent with all three dining centers. They also wanted it to be sustainable. “We decided to go with a reusable container,” Roberts said. “Students pay $6 for it
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Weird Al to parody Lady Gaga song Sometimes, amid the politics and natural disasters and war and risks to life, you have to sit back and laugh. The ISD Editorial Board would like you to take a moment and relax from the world and your pending cram sessions during Dead Week to enjoy a few laughs. This particular laugh involves the work of the one and only, Weird Al Yankovic and the utterly strange Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga has the talent to make any of her appearances into a media spectacle of wonderment that sets people off in inspired and disgusted ways. Her new hit, “Born This Way,” has been heralded as a coming-out anthem and an inspirational song for anyone daring to be different in a world filled with those not comfortable with lifestyles dramatically different from their own. And who knows more about being an absolute oddball and making a spectacle of quirky antics than the maestro of madcap Weird Al? That’s right folks, Weird Al will be parodying “Born This Way” with his song “Perform This Way,” inspired by Gaga’s red carpet entrances and media events. But the interesting part of the story lies with Weird Al’s attempts to gain permission from the artist to record the song; a permission he does not need legally, but that he chooses to adhere to out of a personal code. Initially he contacted Lady Gaga’s people and was asked to submit the song, which was not yet written or recorded. He then took time out of his busy schedule to write the song. He received a requirement from the Gaga camp that she needed to hear the song. So, Weird Al went ahead and recorded the song. It was then rejected. As such, he went ahead and posted the song online with a message at the end for people to make donations to the Human Rights Campaign, which he had intended to donate proceeds from the song to before. Wednesday, after Weird Al had received Lady Gaga’s rejection, he received a confirmation that the song was OK to go from Gaga’s camp. Apparently Lady Gaga had never even been given the song to hear and knew nothing of it. It was Gaga’s manager that was rejecting it. With any luck, that manager will get the boot. Well, long story short — too late — Weird Al will proceed with his new album and the world will get to have another fun look at how silly things can be in the world despite the terror and tragedy from nation to nation. With all of the loss in the world, it is a happy thought to know some simple, kind of dorky things such as the music of Weird Al are still finding their way to people’s ears and letting in a few laughs amid the difficulties. Editorial Board
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Burning a book in the U.K., specifically the Koran, seems to be something that can land a person in jail. Though burning a Koran might be questionable as to effectiveness of the message, the resulting jailtime is questionable . Courtesy photo:Thinkstock
Burn a Koran, end up in jail I
wrote April 3 about Terry Jones — can’t call him “Pastor,” that would be far too respectful — burning a copy of the Koran at the Dove World Outreach Center, and the Westboro Baptist Church burning one on Sept. 11 of last year. Now it seems the trend has hopped the pond. A former soldier, 32-year-old Andrew Ryan, stole a copy of the Koran from a library and set it on fire in the town center of Carlisle in the U.K., in full view of pedestrians, some of whom were children. The BBC reported earlier this week: Carlisle Magistrates’ Court sentenced Ryan to 70 days in prison for his crime.” It was deemed “theatrical bigotry” by the court, which claimed that Ryan “went out to cause maximum publicity and to cause distress.” Now I understand that Britain’s laws aren’t quite the same as ours, but honestly? Theatrical bigotry? Seventy days in prison? You fine people for destroying a library book, or you make them replace it, or both. You don’t waste time and money putting them in jail. What Ryan did is simply not a criminal offense. Would he still have gone to jail for two and a half months if he’d just lost the Koran instead of burnt it? What if he’d stolen a Bible
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and burnt that? I appreciate and support the freedom of speech, even speech which is at times unsavory, e.g. that of the Westboro Baptist Church. In this sense, I believe that if anyone, Muslim or otherwise persuaded, wants to interrupt a moment of silence to make his or her points in the most immature ways possible, that person is entitled to it. At the same time, I don’t know if I support Ryan in his outburst, either. Burning a Koran does little to fix a situation. This is an ethical opinion, of course; I feel the right to a freedom of speech should transcend a nation’s constitution. The fact that men have mouths is, to me, enough that they deserve the right to use them. As he was pulled from the courtroom in handcuffs, the BBC reports that Ryan did use his, screaming, “What about my country? What about burning poppies?” New York Daily News reports that Ryan was referring to Emdadur Choudhury, a Muslim extremist fined in March for having lit a poppy on fire on Armistice Day 2010. Why did Choudhury receive a fine while Ryan was sentenced to jail time? Is the only difference between them that Ryan stole and destroyed a library book? Make sure to return
your library books if you ever go there, I guess. And what about Ryan’s country? At Armistice Day 2010, Muslim extremists also held signs that said, “British soldiers burn in hell!” and “Allah is our protector and you have no protectors.” The irony of the last sign is likely not lost on Ryan, whose protectors turned on him. At the least, here in the U.S., the media and important figures noticed and condemned the slaying of U.N. personnel “in response” to Jones’ Koran burning. They begrudgingly accepted that Jones was within his rights after dragging him through the mud, instead of ignoring him. A stone’s throw over the water and they’ll haul you to court for speaking your mind and demonstrating. One other thing; while the red of the poppies is often noted as an ironic contrast to the red blood spilt in the fields of France and everywhere else since, I’d like to note another ironic contrast: that of the extremism. While no one appreciates a moment of silence for millions of war dead broken by knuckleheads, I find it fitting that those whose memory they mock died to let them do so; died to let them prove in no uncertain terms the depth of their inanity. That’s freedom of speech at its finest.
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n our modern, enlightened era we romanticize about the strength and truth of science. For many of us, she stands as a sort of silent arbiter to our reasoning that, like lady justice, is blind to human passions and bias. Being a chemical engineering student and more fully aware of her grand contributions to society than most of the public — as are most engineers — I, of all people, have sat mesmerized by her wonder and depth since my childhood. But for all her grandeur, she has her limits, and the public seems woefully unaware of what they are and why they exist. This may seem like an engineer nit-picking, but I assure you that a lack of understanding concerning the nature of science may undermine our reasoning at worst, and at best, allow us to be manipulated by those who do understand it. While the contributions of science and her history are studied well and completely in our public schools, precious little time is spent discussing the meaning of the scientific method. The scientific method is often summed up in a few simple steps: Ask a question, Formulate a hypothesis, Test your hypothesis, Repeat your test, Draw conclusions, Repeat if necessary with a new hypothesis. This method is the benchmark of scientific reasoning. It is meant to stand as the proof of the truth of an idea in relation to the natural world. If the hypothesis fails to predict the results of the experiment many times, we may conclude that it is not true. If the next hypothesis tested accurately predicts the result of our experiment, we take it to be true. This is fine, but what the scientific method has not done is guaranteed the uniqueness of that truth; that is to say, we are not certain that this hypothesis is the only one that explains the results of our experiment. This attribute is far from critical insofar as science is pursued for the sake of understanding the natural world, but the reality and mendacity of our humanity causes this to be a central point of contention in modern societal issues. In essence, science is a philosophical
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sausage grinder. The hypothesis that gets put in the grinder appears in the sausage, proven or disproven. As humans, we choose the ingredients of our intellectual sausage. We spice it with political implications and philosophical biases and pump it neatly into the skin of scientific study, and then dare to claim it is unbiased science, a reflection of the natural world. We need only examine myriad core political issues to notice this manipulation of truth. Research may be conducted based on a hypothesis chosen not for the sake of understanding our natural world, but for pushing political or social agenda. If the hypothesis formed by the scientists were contrary to a political or social climate it would not receive funding and remain unproven, and therefore untrue. A simple example of this occurs in our views of race. It is common to classify micro-organisms by genotype with the goal of understanding behavioral differences. This information may then be used to identify a genotype based on an observed behavior rather than genetic testing. Humorously, we might imagine applying such an experiment to humans, but of course it will never occur, because funding such a project would forever label the supposedly impartial scientific institution that undertook the study as racist. The understanding of the nature of our biology has become second in importance to societal qualms and perceptions. Scientific inquiry into climate change, alternative energy, the origins of life, and biological evolution are all subject to the political climate in which we reside. Perhaps our generation will have to step forward and demand as much a separation of scientific research and government as our forefathers did of the sate and their religion. Aside from sociopolitical manipulation, science is continually used to justify or rationalize particular ethical or moral outlooks whereupon she ought to be silent. Simply put, if something is not experimentally testable, science will have no bearing on it. This seems obvious, but we often hear people suggest that science bears relevance in such things as
societal ethics and morals. Certainly the converse is true: ethics must be a part of scientific experimentation, but the notion that science should govern ethics, or any other branch of philosophy, is ridiculous. What would it look like to test ethics scientifically? Let us perform a thought experiment and apply this notion to a simple ethical question: is killing a 5 year old child wrong? Our hypothesis is that it is indeed wrong to murder children 5 years of age. We might begin by getting a large group of children, say 100, that are as similar as possible. Clones would be preferable. We could then shoot them one by one. After each dead child we could look for evidence for the wrongness of the activity — I doubt if wrongness can be found under a microscope, but for the sake of argument we will assume it can be observed — and then analyze the results statistically. We may find that 83 percent of the time shooting a child of 5 years is wrong. We publish our research so that someone somewhere else may repeat our experiment and verify our results. We have now made one solid ethical decision scientifically. Since science may test only one variable at a time; we will have to repeat it on different ages, races, and genders of children to draw accurate ethical conclusions in a broad spectrum of child murder. Sound insane? It is. Yet we hear from some that science should dictate and drive the decisions of our nation. Science is no substitute for human judgment, and by its nature it never will be. Science sits a tier below philosophy and strategy. The questions of our reason and our philosophy will never be encompassed by the scientific method. Science is truly one of the greatest accomplishments of the human race. It stands rivaled perhaps only by the written word itself, but as citizens and as thinkers we owe to ourselves to keep our science concerned with the testable and our hypotheses as true and impartial as we may. As informed Americans, we owe it to ourselves to take a critical look at how science is used in the power structure of our nation and how it plays as much a role in shaping our thoughts as it does improving our quality of life.
8 | SPORTS | Iowa State Daily | Friday, April 22, 2011
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Cyclones continue to improve Team takes on Nebraska for last meet of season By Clint.Cole iowastatedaily.com The ISU tennis team will play its last game of the regular season Saturday afternoon against Nebraska in Lincoln. This will be the ďŹ nal time the Cyclones (10-14, 1-9 Big 12) play a conference meet against the Cornhuskers (18-6, 6-4 Big 12). â€œIâ€™ve always thought of the Big 12 as Nebraska being included,â€? senior Liza Wischer said. â€œItâ€™s going to be weird when they donâ€™t play them next year as a conference match,â€? she said. Last weekend, the Huskers lost to No. 25 Texas and Texas A&M in Lincoln. Both meets were lost by a ďŹ nal score of 5-2, and Wednesday they defeated Colorado by a ďŹ nal score of 7-0 in Boulder. This will be the last meet for the Cyclones before the Big 12 Championships.
Iowa State (10-14, 1-9)
Nebraska (18-6, 6-4) Where: Lincoln, Neb. When: 1 p.m. Saturday Notes: Iowa State and Nebraska will compete in their ďŹ nal meet as conference opponents. Nebraska won last seasonâ€™s matchup by a score of 6-1 in the meet in Ames. Nebraska lost two meets last weekend, one to No. 25 Texas and one to Texas A&M.
Coach Armando Espinosa said that he is seeing a lot of improvement from his team lately. â€œWeâ€™re starting to play a little bit better as a group,â€? Espinosa said. â€œI think individuals are doing ďŹ ne, but I think overall weâ€™re getting a little bit more consistent efforts throughout the lineup. I think itâ€™s going to be good to get out there and compete and get a little bit more conďŹ dence.â€?
Last weekend, the Cyclones lost to Texas A&M 4-3 and to No. 25 Texas 5-2. Despite the losses, they showed a lot of competitiveness, but Espinosa thinks that they still need to capitalize on their opportunities. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s going to change unless we start winning,â€? Espinosa said. â€œAgainst good teams, theyâ€™re going to make you pay if you donâ€™t put them away, and thatâ€™s exactly what happened against Texas A&M and Texas.â€? Last season, the Huskers defeated the Cyclones by a score of 6-1 in Ames. Wischer had the Cyclonesâ€™ only singles victory in that meet. â€œIf the whole team keeps competing like we have been, and everyone goes out there and gives their best effort, weâ€™re going to have a good shot at taking Nebraska down this coming weekend,â€? Wischer said. â€œI think that will be a really big conďŹ dence booster for everyone.â€? The Cyclones take on Nebraska at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nebraska Tennis Center in Lincoln.
Erin Karonis takes a swing during the tennis match against Kansas State on April 3. The Cyclonesâ€™ next match is their last game of the regular season, and they face Nebraska in Lincoln. Photo: Yi Yuan/Iowa State Daily
>>TRACK.p7 to competition this weekend in Iowa City. â€œWeâ€™re getting to that point in that season where weâ€™re starting to back off a little bit, so if we can catch the weather there it should be alright,â€? said throws coach Grant Wall. Wall will get his ďŹ rst chance this outdoor season to see the six throwers â€” Danielle Frere, Hayli Bozarth, Mike Zika, Zack Richards and Laishema Hampton â€” who are redshirting this outdoor season, compete unattached at the meet. The meetâ€™s sponsor, Musco Lighting, which is headquartered in Oskaloosa, provides the lighting at the Francis X. Cretzmeyer Track. Wall is looking forward to both the well-lit environment and the opportunity to be closer to Ames than is usually possible in the outdoor season. â€œTheyâ€™re putting on a great meet, and Iâ€™m just glad weâ€™re in Iowa for a weekend,â€? Wall said. Field events at the Musco Twilight are set for a 2 p.m. start while track events are scheduled to get underway at 3:30 p.m.
Iowa State searches for conference win Opponents ďŹ ght to â€˜crawl out of conference cellarâ€™ By Darrin.Cline iowastatedaily.com To this point, the 2011 softball season has been largely forgettable for Iowa State and Kansas. The Cyclones (19-20, 1-7 Big 12) and Jayhawks (28-19, 1-13) will square off in Ames this weekend. Both teams have struggled in the Big 12 and are looking to crawl out of the conference cellar. The Jayhawks have picked up a single conference victory, topping Texas Tech, 9-5. Since that point, the Jayhawks have lost ďŹ ve straight and are 1-11 in the month of April. â€œIt has always been good competition between Kansas and us so Iâ€™m looking forward to a good game and hopefully coming out with a better outcome than we have lately,â€? said Cyclone outďŹ elder Heidi Kidwell. Iowa Stateâ€™s April has not gone much smoother. The Cyclonesâ€™ most recent loss came Wednesday against rival Iowa. The Hawkeyes pulled out a 4-3 win, but it gave the
Iowa State (19-20, 1-7)
Kansas (28-19, 1-13) Where: Southwest Athletic Complex When: 4 p.m. Friday, noon Sunday Notes: Both teams are searching for just their second conference win this season. Kansas has scored more than ďŹ ve runs only twice in the last 18 games it has played. Iowa State is 3-9 in April.
Cyclones a perspective on the rest of the year. â€œWe need to start new like this is a new half of the season,â€? said second baseman Erin Johnson. â€œThe coaches are always telling us that we can pick up wherever we are and win out the rest of the games if we really want to.â€? The Cyclones hold a 3-9 mark thus far in April, but are 0-6 in conference play. Since back-to-back thrashings at the hands of Texas Tech, the teamâ€™s defense has improved, allowing four runs per game during a ďŹ ve-game stretch.
OutďŹ eld Heidi Kidwell hits the ball during the softball game against Oklahoma State on March 26 at the ISU Sports Complex. Photo: Zhenru Zhang/Iowa State Daily
Rachel Zabriskie continues to handle a bulk of the work from the mound, making 27 starts this season. While her ERA, 3.77, and win-loss record, 12-14, have steadily eroded, her ability to guide the defense has kept the games manageable. Offensively, the Cyclone women have struggled in recent weeks to match their defensive ďŹ re. The team last scored double-digit runs April 7 against Minnesota, but have been held
to ďŹ ve or fewer runs in six of seven games since. â€œWe just need to get our minds set on what we can do and not what we have been doing,â€? Kidwell said. â€œWe didnâ€™t hit as well as we should have against Iowa and [Thursday] in practice hitting is what we need to focus on,â€? Kidwell said. Kansas has been hobbled by its own offensive struggles. Three of its last ďŹ ve losses have come via shutout. The Jayhawk women have
put up more than ďŹ ve runs only twice in their last 18 outings. Brittany Hile and Liz Kocon provided much if the Jayhawk power early in the season. They have 13 and 12 home runs on the season, respectively. However, no Kansas hitter has more than three home runs in conference play. Both teams will be looking to the weekend as a chance to improve in the conference. As one-win teams battling amongst perhaps the toughest
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