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April 25, 2011 | Volume 206 | Number 144 | 40 cents | An independent student newspaper serving Iowa State since 1890. ™
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ISU greeks make green efforts By Mary-Kate.Burkert iowastatedaily.com The greek community is going green. Representatives from each chapter house were invited to attend a round table Wednesday to discuss what going green could include. “The Collegiate Panhellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council are working together with the university’s Go Green Initiative to bring a new sustainability program to greek facility chapters,” said Laura Wooster, Collegiate Panhellenic Council vice president of finance and senior in food science. “We are working to reduce financial costs of Chapter houses through energy reduction. Iowa State is ‘going green’ and we should, too.” “The meeting included an overview of the project and our goals,” Brian Skalak, Interfraternity Council vice president of finance and junior in pre-advertising. “It acted as a chance to prepare chapters for an even bigger kickoff, which will happen in the fall.” But, so far, the plans are optional for each chapter. “We are not making anything mandatory
Hall improves chemistry expansion Graphic: Samantha Barbour/Iowa State Daily
Tree planting, ceremony survive rainy weather By Kaitlin.York iowastatedaily.com Family and friends gathered outside Hilton Coliseum on Friday to plant a memorial tree for Tyler Danielson, an ISU student who was involved in a fatal car accident in March 2010. The rainy weather did not reflect the spirit and optimism of the memorial ceremony. Several people joined as Paul Lasley, professor and chairman of the sociology department, introduced a planted tree to celebrate Danielson’s time as an ISU student. Anyone who wanted to contribute to the planting was handed a shovel alongside fresh soil to complete the implantation of Danielson’s memorial. The memorial ceremony was followed by the annual Alpha Kappa Delta award and scholarship ceremony, hosted in the Gallery Room of the Memorial Union. The Danielson family
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was recognized by students and faculty for the CY TY Criminal Justice award, a scholarship in Tyler’s honor. Matt DeLisi, associate professor for the department of sociology, announced Laura Glas, senior in interdisciplinary studies, as the first to be awarded with the CY TY scholarship. Danielson’s parents presented the award to Glas. “I was very honored when I was awarded the scholarship,” Glas said. “I didn’t know that his parents were going to be at the award ceremony, so it was an honor to meet them there and a privilege to have them there.” Glas discovered the opportunity to win the award through being vice president of the Criminal Justice Club — an organization that Danielson was also involved in. “The department chose an individual that they thought would best represent the qualities [Tyler’s] parents would be looking for to win the scholarship,” Glas said. Glas will be graduating in May and will be continuing her education in the fall at Iowa
State in pursuit of a master’s in sociology.
Jim Conneir Lacey (left) grandparent of Tyler Danielson, and Steve Danielson, father, plant a tree in memory of Tyler Danielson on Friday. Photo: Huiling Wu/Iowa State Daily
Hach Hall, the newest building on campus, houses chemistry department labs and research areas. Hach will be innovative and cost efficient, helping to boost research and lower energy costs for the university. The addition of Hach Hall is an essential asset to the ISU campus for two reasons: Gilman Hall is not big enough for the entire chemistry department due to the increase of students enrolled in classes, and its ventilation systems are no longer working as efficiently as needed. “The biggest problem with Gilman Hall is the infrastructure does not support ventilation to vent out toxic fumes that are generated in synthetic chemistry,” said Jacob Petrich, professor and chairman of chemistry. The ventilation system utilities cost is an issue with Gilman because of their enormous upkeep demands. “Out of the entire Liberal Arts and Sciences utility bill last year, a quarter of the bill was coming from Gilman Hall,” said Arne Hallam,
2012 candidates plan for election success Presidential candidate hopes to spread vision
By Hilary.Bassett iowastatedaily.com Presidential candidate Fred Karger will be visiting Ames on Monday night on his path to win the Republican bid for the 2012 election. Karger will be hosting the meet and greet at Legend’s Bar and Grill in the Skybox room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for all students and faculty to “hear his vision for putting America back on track,” according to a recent news release. This event will mark Karger’s seventh trip to Iowa, much of which will be spent on college campuses because of the strong response he’s had with students in the past. “It’s just his whole demeanor, he’s very outgoing
and friendly and just has a lot of energy, and I think that really captures students’ Karger atte nt i o n ,” said Nathan Treloar, ISU director for the campaign. Karger’s campaign also symbolizes a historical moment for the U.S., Treloar said. “I would be an unconventional candidate, and if I run, I will wage an unconventional campaign,” Karger said in his speech announcing his possible candidacy in April 2010. “I would be the first openly gay candidate to seek the nomination of a major political party as its presidential candidate.” In order to get the word out, Karger has enlisted the help of a couple organizations on campus such as the ISU College Republicans and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Student Services. “I think there’s a lot of history in the making here, which is great, and I think that will certainly be of interest to students,” said Brad Freihoefer, coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Student Services. Because it is Dead Week, the ISU College Republicans cannot officially host any events, but they are working to spread the word and have invited the Story County Republican Central Committee. “We always try to have an additional candidate come to talk with us,” said Logan Pals, president of the ISU College Republicans and senior in industrial engineering. “It’s a different perspective we get to hear.” Because of the busy schedules for both students and faculty with finals coming up, the event is planned to be casual.
Republican will switch district to face Boswell By Hilary.Bassett iowastatedaily.com
Tom Latham announced his intention to move from the fourth district to the third district, and will challenge Rep. Leonard Boswell, a Democrat, in 2012. The new redistricting plan decreased Iowa’s districts for the U.S. House of Representatives from five districts to four districts, which would have resulted in a matchup of Republican representatives Tom Latham and Steve King in the fourth district for 2012. “I have never let map boundaries block the great honor I have felt in representing the interests of all Iowans in the United States Congress,” said Latham in a letter to supporters. “And, after thoughtful discussions with my family, friends and supporters over the past two weeks, I am writing to share with you my decision that I will be a candidate for Congress in Iowa’s new Third Congressional District in 2012.” In the past, both Latham and Boswell have carried a lot of support in their respective districts, but the new boundaries could create an
upset. “There’s a strong base of active democrats in Des Moines, and Congressman Boswell has represented a lot of that third district already,” said Sam Roecker, communiLatham cations director for the Iowa Democratic Party. “When he was in the Iowa Senate, his seat included many of those counties, so he has deep connection to that district and can definitely remain representative of the district.” Others disagree, and said Latham can certainly keep up with Boswell in the polls. “Congressman Latham has already represented many of the counties in the new third district, and he’s seen strong support from Warren and Madison counties as well as a host of other counties,” said Casey Mills, communications director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “I definitely think his support translates to other counties within the area, in addition to the counties he’s already represented.” But both Congressmen have represented Iowa for multiple terms, which could mean a close race. “I think any congressional race in Iowa is
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Police Blotter: April 16 Officers assisted a 21 year old male who had consumed too much alcohol. (reported at 12:10 a.m.) Ryan Giles, 20, 4509 Steinbeck St., was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 12:19 a.m.) Caryn Thor, 20, of Arden Hills, Minn., was arrested and charged with public intoxication. She was subsequently released on citation. (reported at 12:20 a.m.) Daniel Folkers, 19, 2660 Helser Hall, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 12:39 a.m.) Tyler Schwager, 22, of Manilla, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 12:41 a.m.) Griffin Heiden, 21, 416 Billy Sunday Road, unit 111, was arrested and charged with public
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intoxication (second offense). (reported at 12:43 a.m.) George Guardado, 19, of Cedar Falls, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 12:44 a.m.) Derek Johnson, 19, of Shakopee, Minn., was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 1:06 a.m.) Brandon Estabrook, 21, of Pleasant Hill, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. (reported at 1:09 a.m.) Ryan Miller, 22, of Jesup, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. (reported at 1:09 a.m.) Jacob Eischeid, 19, of Waukee, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 1:16 a.m.) Colin Udvig, 21, of Bloomington, Minn, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 1:18 a.m.) David Schwartzenburg, 19, of Marshalltown, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 1:40 a.m.) Ross Haubrich, 21, of Manning, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 2 a.m.) Timothy Schulte, 21, of Omaha, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 2:06 a.m.)
Adam Strait, 20, 216 Stanton Ave., unit 204, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 2:14 a.m.) Brett Ratcliff, 24, of Webster City, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 2:22 a.m.) Tara Truax, 25, of Kansas City, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and interference with official acts (simple). (reported at 2:23 a.m.) Joshua Neblock, 19, of Forest City, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 2:28 a.m.) Dustin Frank, 22, of Earlham, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated. (reported at 2:30 a.m.) Jennifer Hills, 22, 244 North Hyland Ave., unit 302, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 2:33 a.m.) Justin Hoffman, 18, of Dunlap, was arrested and charged with public intoxication and criminal trespass. (reported at 2:33 a.m.) Shannon Miller, 24, of Huntsville, AL, was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (reported at 2:48 a.m.) Nathan Breen, 20, of Urbandale, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 2:50 a.m.) A 17-year-old female was cited for underage possession of alcohol. (reported at 2:50 a.m.)
Expect the season finale of “The Office” to end on a truly funny note now that Jim Carrey has signed on to appear in the hourlong episode. According to Entertainment Weekly, Carrey will join fellow guest stars Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, James Spader, Ray Romano and Catherine Tate as candidates who want to take over the job vacated by former Dunder Mifflin office manager Michael Scott [Steve Carell]. Though Will Ferrell, who plays Deangelo Vickers, seems to have a lock on the job at the moment, Spader and “Doctor Who” alum Tate are likely to be the most serious contenders to take over for Carell, since all of the other actors are committed to other projects. The season 7 finale of “The Office” airs May 19.
The Game denied entry to Canada on alleged gang ties Rapper The Game tried to head over to Canada earlier this week as part of his “Red Nation” tour, but our neighbor to the north didn’t take kindly to his attempts at entry. According to a statement from Canadian promoters for the tour, Canadian customs denied entry to the artist because of alleged gang ties. The promoters say they “completed all necessary work permits and paperwork to allow [The Game] entry into Canada,” but it was a different story when he arrived. “While The Game was flying to the first scheduled tour date on April 19th 2011 we were informed credible evidence had been obtained by Canadian customs to allegedly prove The Game is a member of the notorious gang The Bloods,” the statement says. “Based on this intelligence they received – combined with his alleged association to organized crime – Canadian customs declined him entry into Canada,” his reps explained, clarifying that “past criminal history of The Game was never addressed in conversation with Canadian officials and at no point was that the issue for his denied entry.” According to the statement, “customs insisted the reason was strictly his current gang affiliations.”
Montag returns to reality TV with VH1’s “Famous Food” If you see Heidi Montag waiting tables, it’s not because she’s fallen on hard times. “The Hills” star is teaming up with six fellow celebrities for a restaurantthemed VH1 reality show called “Famous Food.” In the series, Montag, Danielle Staub [“Real Housewives of New Jersey”], Jake Pavelka [“The Bachelor”], Vincent Pastore [“The Sopranos”], singer/mistress Ashley Dupre and Three 6 Mafia members DJ Paul and Juicy “J” will spend eight weeks working at a new restaurant – also called Famous Food – and attempt to turn it into a hit. Each week, they’ll be faced with a different challenge, including renovating the space, agreeing on a restaurant concept, drafting marketing plans, crafting a menu, hiring staff and ensuring a scandal-free grand-opening. Whoever contributes the most to the restaurant’s success will ultimately be crowned the winner and receive a partnership stake in the restaurant.
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BHANGRA: Students perform Punjabi dance
ACTIVITY: Students ‘Run Beyond Coal’
ISU’s Bhangra club performs its traditional Punjabi Indian dance Friday at the Sheman Building. Native to India, Bhangra originated as a folk dance in the 11th century to celebrate the coming of the harvest season. Photo: Jacob Balough/Iowa State Daily
Participants start off their run for the Run Beyond Coal hosted by the Sierra Student Coalition Iowa on Friday near the power plant on campus. Photo: Karuna Ang/Iowa State Daily
Suspect in bomb case At least 3 dead as forces had just been in prison open fire on protesters The suspect in the attempted bombing of a Colorado mall was released from a federal prison exactly one week before, a federal law enforcement source said Sunday. The FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force identified the subject of a nationwide manhunt as Earl Albert Moore, 65. Authorities, who released more photos of the suspect, said he has an extensive criminal background and multiple recognizable tattoos. They also said he should be considered armed and dangerous. According to the source, Moore was released from an unknown federal prison April 13. A pipe bomb device was found after a fire broke out Wednesday in a back hallway at Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton. The shopping center was evacuated. Authorities are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the incident on the 12th anniversary of the shooting at nearby Columbine High School. Twelve students and a teacher were killed at the hands of two other students, who then killed themselves. No evidence exists so far of a link to the Columbine shootings, Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said. The photos released Sunday show a man identified as Moore with a rose tattoo on his upper right arm, a knife or dagger on his left
arm and a bearded Nordic warrior on his left forearm. He was last seen wearing glasses, the task force said in a statement. A security camera shows the man sought by authorities in the mall just minutes before a security guard extinguished the fire. Investigators say that fire may have been part of an attempt to detonate explosives. The device has been sent to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Va., for a forensic examination. Moore is described as a white male who is bald, has a gray mustache and blue eyes. The tattooed suspect weighs between 200 and 225 pounds and is between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, the FBI said. The man in mall surveillance video had on glasses and wore a dark cap with a light-colored logo on the front, a gray and white horizontally striped shirt, a dark jacket, jeans and dark-colored shoes. Possible aliases include Earl Buchanan, Morelli Buchanon, John Lindzy, Donald Morelli and Gary Steele, authorities said. According to a public records search through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Moore since 1984 has been arrested on charges of dangerous drug possession, larceny, theft, possession of burglary tools and failure to appear. CNN Wire Staff
At least three protesters were killed Sunday when security forces and secret police raided the town of Jableh on Syria’s western coast and fired at demonstrators without warning, according to an eyewitness and demonstrator. Security forces surrounded a mosque that was being used to treat the wounded, preventing 18 seriously wounded people from being taken to a hospital, according to a doctor inside. Snipers posted on the rooftops fired rifles indiscriminately around the mosque, causing the hundred demonstrators and medical personnel inside to fear they would be shot in the dark, the doctor said. The doctor, who asked not to be identified, said he believes the Syrian regime is now targeting him because “they heard my voice on Al Jazeera and they know me now and anytime the Syrian regime finds out about someone they do their best to make them disappear.” The makeshift hospital inside the mosque has no supplies to treat wounds other than cotton balls and gauze, he said. Security forces did allow one gravely wounded patient to be taken away to a hospital, but the doctor said the man was “passing towards death.” Small groups were beginning to gather in the streets when security forces began firing at them, the eyewitness said. The witness said he saw one man shot to death, and that he was one of several men who carried the man’s body away from the scene. After hearing news of the incident, hundreds of people gathered on the streets chanting anti-government slogans, but before they could mass into one large crowd, security forces moved to break up the groups, the eyewitness said. “They attacked us and show-
ered us with live ammunition,” he said. “We all began fleeing and ran back into our homes.” Many people were injured in the crackdown, and one additional demonstrator was killed, the eyewitness said. Security forces were patrolling the streets as snipers perched on the roofs of buildings continued to fire sporadically into the deserted town, the eyewitness said. Water and electricity to homes was turned off, and people were scared to raise their voices inside their homes for fear of attracting the snipers’ attention. “I am not afraid, but I have children and I cannot risk attracting attention to my home,” the eyewitness said. The city was shut down, with all businesses closed. The country’s interior ministry said Sunday that dozens of Syrian police officers have been injured in the anti-government protests. On Saturday, witnesses also reported that security forces opened fire on people mourning slain protesters. At least 10 people died Saturday after Syrian security forces opened fire on mourners at funeral processions in the Damascus suburb of Douma and the southern town of Izraa, according to witness accounts, adding to a rapidly growing death toll. The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Sunday that seven people were killed “by the armed criminal groups” Saturday in the town of Nawa, citing an official military source. In addition, two security personnel were killed in al-Muadamiya and Homs, SANA said. The news agency also reported 38 police officers were injured in the clashes, citing the nation’s interior ministry. The accusations come amid heightened tensions between troops and protesters as public discontent with President Bashar al-Assad’s
regime grows. Syrians have staged anti-government protests for weeks, demanding the immediate release of political prisoners, lifting of emergency and martial law, and withdrawal of intelligence forces from Syrian cities. Residents of Zamalka on Sunday buried four protesters killed in recent demonstrations, according to an eyewitness in the town. Hundreds gathered for the funeral procession and chanted antigovernment protests as they marched toward the burial grounds. Community leaders set up a large tent with loudspeakers in the center of Zamalka to stage a large anti-government rally, the eyewitness said. Hundreds of people were in attendance, with more expected after prayers were held in honor of those killed in the unrest. There was a heavy security presence Sunday in the city of Harasta, just northeast of Damascus, which was preventing people from gathering for demonstrations, according to an eyewitness and activist. City entrances were blocked with security checkpoints, making it hard to enter or exit, the eyewitness said. Most businesses were closed. The activist said he has heard reports that several homes were raided Saturday night by security forces. In Douma, meanwhile, several small demonstrations were taking place with several hundred people each, according to the eyewitness. The protests were peaceful. There were no security personnel inside Douma, but forces were stationed on its borders. The eyewitness and activist said he was told by a doctor in the Damascus suburb of Barzah that three people were killed in Saturday’s demonstrations. CNN Wire Staff
Gasoline prices rise slower, may have already peaked By Alan Duke CNN Wire Service LOS ANGELES — Gas prices jumped more than 11 cents over the past two weeks, but the pace of higher pump prices has slowed and they may have peaked, according to a survey published Sunday. The average price of a gal-
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Hindus volunteer to clean up debris, religious offerings near Jamaica Bay By Rachel Garrett and Nina Golgowski CNN Wire Service NEW YORK — Volunteers toiled for hours Friday cleaning mostly man-made debris from a New York coastline, the scattered religious offerings from a growing Hindu population in Queens. The group has drawn concern among local conservationists after leaving offerings – clothing, statues, plastic flowers and other items – along the Gateway National Recreation Area near Jamaica Bay. “I was appalled to see the condition of the place,” said New Yorker Nagassar Ramgarib, a practicing Hindu. “It was really disgustingly filthy.” Many defend the practice, considered a sacred Hindu tradition. Millions of worshippers leave offerings to the gods at India’s Ganges river each year. “There are times when we feel that we need to come to the sea, to offer flowers and of course ... material things because we feel that flowers, they just go,” said Esther J. Ramdeen, a spokeswoman for the East Elmhurst temple, Shiva Mandir, who helped organize Friday’s clean-up. “We see God in the sea,” she said. What remains is a standoff between those who insist on practicing their beliefs unfettered and environmentalists who are trying to preserve the area for local marine life. Affected by the buildup and inspired by a park ranger who helped remove debris with him several years earlier, Ramgarib returned to his temple to encourage executives and its members to visit the park and see the destruction. “It is the sea. It is something that we as Hindus worship,” he told them. “It is the medium that we use from this life to the after-life,” he said. Ramgarib warned that if the area was continually polluted, his people could be banned. Kathy Krause, a supervisory park ranger of the Gateway National Recreation Area who attended the clean-up, agrees the religious practices have put definite pressure on the bay. “It’s a rich biodiverse ecosystem but it’s definitively suffering some major environmental issues,” Krause said. These extra items left on the bay are one of its biggest threats for Jamaica Bay, a national park that’s home to more than 325 species of birds, invertebrates and sea life, Krause said. “They release nutrients into the bay that don’t belong there, and it exacerbates the water pollution problem we have,” she said. Volunteers picking under rocks and through grass Friday filled garbage bags of bottles, coconut shells, figurines and yards of cloth, all of which the group says they will try to recycle.
Uncertainty lingers about whether Western allies will arm opposition members trying to oust Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi. A barrage of artillery rounds fell east of the oil town of al-Brega on Monday. Courtesy photo: CNN Wire
Death toll mounts in Misrata
TRIPOLI, Libya — Amid reports that pro-government forces have withdrawn from the besieged Libyan port city of Misrata, at least four people were killed there Sunday, a local resident said. Two people were killed after their home was shelled by pro-Gadhafi forces, and two others were killed in clashes with remnants of pro-government forces, said the source, who declined to be named because of fear of reprisal. The deaths could not be immediately verified. According to medical sources in Misrata, 11 people have been killed and 50 injured in shellings and clashes with remnants of pro-Gadhafi forces. Sporadic shelling continued from the outskirts of the city, the local resident said.
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Misrata, a rebel stronghold in western Libya, has been the scene of some of the most prolonged fighting in the current conflict. The main market in the city and the central hospital were “liberated” by the rebels, the local resident said, but the city remained unsafe and not under complete control of the rebels. The rebels, under the umbrella of the Transitional National Council, received a pledge on Sunday from Kuwait for about $180 million. The announcement was made during council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil’s visit to Kuwait, Kuwaiti state-run television reported. Meanwhile, an opposition leader on Sunday denounced Libyan government claims that the regime is working with local tribes to deal with rebels in Misrata. The regime has said that it is calling on the tribes to either negotiate with the rebels or use force. “There are no tribes and there are no negotiations. It’s
only Libyan people fighting against Gadhafi’s forces,” said Col. Ahmad Bani, a rebel military spokesman. Ruler Moammar Gadhafi is “lying to say to the world that he’s looking to find a solution,” Bani said. “These are Gadhafi dreams and they will never happen.” In his Easter message Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI urged an end to fighting in the North African nation. “In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue take the place of arms, and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid,” the pope said. Misrata was under heavy shelling Saturday night, according to Bani. The shelling came hours after the government said its soldiers were suspending operations in Misrata. Khaled Khaim, Libyan deputy foreign minister, said government forces have only suspended operations a day after he said they had withdrawn from Misrata, leaving
tribal leaders to deal with the rebels. “I’m not surprised. We told you Gadhafi is playing dirty games,” Bani said. “Never believe the snake,” he said. Hundreds have been killed in the battle for Misrata, under a bloody siege from Gadhafi’s forces for seven weeks. It is the scene of some of the deadliest battles as the rebels attempt to oust the ruler, who has been in power for 42 years. Human Rights Watch has said Gadhafi was using internationally banned cluster bombs and other lethal munitions to indiscriminately kill civilians. Meanwhile, the United States conducted its first Predator drone airstrikes Saturday afternoon, said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Darryn James. Keeping with U.S. practice not to comment on drone strikes, the Pentagon offered no other information. CNN Wire Staff
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Ames-based Ag Leader and HARDI International, a company specializing in global sprayers, collaborated on Ag Leader’s newest technological innovation. The two companies announced the HC 9500 controller, a customized display available on HARDI ISOBUS sprayers, April 11. The controller is supposed to bring greater performance, productivity and profitability to the industry. Additionally, the new technology will provide farmers and growers with a full-featured precision farming tool for enhanced guidance, data logging, application report generation and automated steering. “This collaboration brings together highly popular Ag Leader precision agriculture innovation with advanced sprayer features and the performance growers have come to expect from HARDI, a world leader in spraying technology,” said Ag Leader Product Manager John Howard. “This joint effort builds on the strengths of both companies and ultimately provides growers with strong year-round precision farming solutions and cutting-edge functionality,” Howard said. “At HARDI, our mission is to continue to develop global solutions for our customers through intelligent, automated sprayer features that create operational efficiencies and increase their profit potential,” HARDI Project Manager Christoph Schulze Stentrop said. “That’s why Ag Leader is a natural choice for us to partner with in integrating the control of advanced and complex spraying processes into a display that brings the benefits of precision technology to our customers,” he said. Fifty-year-old HARDI was founded in Denmark and offers customers a full range of sprayers. In 2007, HARDI joined EXEL industries, the world leader in sprayer technology. More information is available at www.hardiinternational.com. Ag Leader is constantly coming out with new hardware and software for farmers and has played a huge hand in the farming revolution over the last 28 years. For more information, visit www.agleader.com.
Arcadia, a new coffee spot on Lincoln Way in place of the old Fighting Burrito, serves a variety of baked goods and coffee in a comfortable, studentfriendly atmosphere. Photo: David Derong/Iowa State Daily
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Ames unveils new website with improved functionality The city of Ames premiered a new website that showcases more features for users. The website has been completely redesigned, but still resides at the same address, www.cityofames.org. Along with improved functionality, the site also has a new calendar, news section and quick link buttons. One link is designed especially for students and features information about anything people need to know for their first years living in Ames. This includes utilities service information, animal shelter and control numbers and a parks and recreation guide. Additionally, the students tab has a link to Ames City Council information, including instructions on how to get involved with the community and schedules of upcoming meetings. “Our new Web provides easier access to different city departments, facilities, activities, programs and features up-to-date information and news,” said Stan Davis, information technology manager for the city of Ames. “We hope users find the new site more intuitive and helpful as they search for information, learn more about city programs or use our online options.” The new website provides the same online services as the old one — bill pay, class registration, parking ticket payment and applications for employment. Additionally, the new website has a Google maps link, online bid link, email notification option and page language translator, making the site usable for those who may not speak English. “We are excited to offer this new website to the public,” said Susan Gwiasda, city of Ames public relations officer. “ We wanted the look of the new website to be fresh and exciting while keeping the needs of our users in mind,” Gwiasda said. The city of Ames partnered with Vision Internet in the creation of the new site. Micaela Cashman, Daily staff writer
Cafe in Campustown Arcadia offers ‘laid back but still upscale’ environment By McKenzie.Vogt iowastatedaily.com Liz Naylor and Ryan Jeffrey, co-owners of Arcadia, 2712 Lincoln Way, have been planning for the cafe for five or six years. The cafe is located where the old Fighting Burrito once resided. “We went through a lot of names and themes but kept coming back to Arcadia,” Naylor said. “Our house overlooks the forest, and to us Arcadia means ‘pastoral paradise.’” Slowly, everything just started to fall into place. Naylor said all of their ideas kept building on each other: First, it was the teak table they found in Wisconsin, and then a family friend thought the trees he cut down would make great cafe tables. “I wanted something that was laid back but still upscale, and not too trendy,” Naylor said. “After working at Bochner Chocolates in Iowa City, we wanted to do something with coffee and chocolate,” Jeffrey said. “We haven’t introduced a lot of chocolates at this time, but we may at some point because we are both big chocolate people.” Since working at Bochner, Jeffrey has been experimenting with fresh roasted coffee. “I can control the heat and various amount of airflow going into the beans to control how they come out,” Jeffrey said.
Located on Lincoln Way, Arcadia launched with a soft open at the end of last month and has seen a steady increase in business since. Photo: David Derong/Iowa State Daily
“How you roast it can have a pretty dramatic effect on the flavor as well,” he said. “For our coffee we do the ‘pour over,’ so it allows us to do the single origins and brew by the cup so people have many different choices,” Naylor said. Other items on the menu include Italian sodas, breakfast baguettes, scones, cheesecakes, biscotti and rum balls. “We also have an Arcadia Dog, which is a fresh baguette that we hollow out and put in the original, high-quality Coney Island beef dog,” Naylor said. The only thing not made at the cafe is the baguettes. Everything else is made from
recipes Naylor and Jeffrey have found. Naylor also uses a collection of her own old family recipes that are unique. “I grew up in an European household, and my grandma has always made special desserts for Sunday dinner, birthdays or holidays,” Naylor said. Although Jeffrey graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in biology, both he and Naylor believe their diverse backgrounds help them grab from certain areas, making opening a business that much easier. “I think it’s the entrepreneurial blood from both our dads,” Naylor said.
“You go to school to learn a certain segment of life skills, but you learn how to interact with people and do different things on your own,” she said. Another fun thing about Arcadia is the exposure the owners would like to bring to local artists on its big, blank wall. “It’s a great size,” Naylor said. “It will give some of the smaller artists or ones without as much work some sort of exposure.” The cafe is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but is looking to extend the hours for late Dead Week and all of Finals Week to allow students a nice, quiet place to study.
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ISU teams receive positive feedback from competition By Micaela.Cashman iowastatedaily.com The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship hosted a business plan competition in which 16 teams and individuals from Iowa State submitted fully formulated business plans. The 2011 Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition was an event for individuals or teams of up to five people who either had an idea or recently started a new business. At least one student on a team had to be registered at Iowa State for the 2010-2011 school year. There are five regions in the state that competed separately. The best regional finalists selected moved on to the final competition Friday where they presented their plans to John Pappajohn Matt Kinley and Brian Thompson, president and senior vice presidents, respectively, at Equity Dynamics.
Of the 16 teams that completed business plans in Iowa State’s region, three made it to the finals. Nate Pettit, graduate student in business administration, created Linked4Golf, a company that would allow golf courses to join forces and work together, creating a sportsmanship that does not currently exist in the industry. It would offer four services: a golf reciprocal program, purchasing power opportunity, a communication platform and compiled financial and statistical data. With these services, Linked4Golf would provide golf courses with benefits such as increased revenues, decreased expenses, increased membership, improved membership value and morale and improved annual budget and decision making. Sam Robinson and Matt Plasek, seniors in aerospace engineering, came up with Pink Elephant Development, which would do for hardware add-ons what Apple did for smartphone software apps. Pink Elephant development would develop and release streamlined hardware add-on products making it easy for people to create their own hardware add-ons for smartphones.
Michael Koenig and Holden Nyhus, juniors in agricultural and life sciences education and Stuart McCulloh, sophomore in agricultural and life sciences education, developed Scout Pro, a software application that would assist a grower or crop scout in identifying weeds, insects and diseases on plants. Users would take a picture of the plant on an iPad or other handheld device, and the application would alert them of any pests with full details courtesy of Iowa State. The top five teams in the ISU region won $100. The top three teams in the finals Friday won $5,000 each. Scout Pro was one of these teams. The other two teams to win the top prize were Responsible Transportation, from the University of Iowa region, and SEO Solutions, from the University of Northern Iowa region. Greg Jass and Therese Kuster, students at Northern Iowa, developed SEO Solutions — an education-focused Internet marketing firm that would specialize in search engine optimization, Pay Per Click advertising, email marketing, social media management and web design with the goal of improving clients’ overall web presence.
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Be cautious of a zombie apocalypse For many Americans — about 76 percent — yesterday was Easter, a religious holiday dedicated to the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion. However, for some people, the notion of rising from the dead means something different entirely. The folks at ZombieJesusDay.org explain it like this: “Everything that rises from the dead is a zombie.” We’re happy to let both camps, along with people who believe neither in a resurrection nor in a Zombie Jesus, carry on with their beliefs. You’ll find a variety of these opinions among this editorial board. We’re not here to judge. We are, however, here to point out that this year, Easter — or Zombie Jesus Day — fell right before the start of Dead Week. A week so horrific, so stress-inducing and so sleep-depriving that many of us end up feeling more like it should be called Undead Week instead. The proximity of these two events gives us good reason to think that now is as likely a time as ever for a zombie apocalypse — a zombiepocalypse, if you will. But don’t fret, because the Daily Editorial Board is here to do everything we can to help you survive this potentially impending doom. First words of wisdom: be cautious, but not overzealous. The toughest thing about a zombiepocalypse during (un)Dead Week is that the zombies will have lots of decoys available. For instance, your roommate might be working around the clock on a final project, or staying up all night studying. But just because school has sucked the life out of her does not mean she is actually undead. The same goes for your professor. Just because he drones on, does not make him the walking dead. The bar scene will also present some difficulties in determining the difference between live humans and zombies. Both drunks and zombies mumble, stumble, fall over and grab unwilling victims. If you find yourself face to face with an undead creature with a hankering for human flesh, the only way to destroy a zombie is to destroy its brain. Within short range, if you happen to have a sharp blade with you, the best route is probably decapitation. If you can’t sever the zombie’s head, you might try to stab it in the brain. From a greater distance, why not try for an explosion? Or, if you don’t have a grenade in your pocket, grab a gun and shoot the zombie in the head. Come to think of it, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus should really adopt the zombiepocalypse as an argument for their cause. On the bright side, if the zombiepocalypse comes this week, we can at least be thankful that it’s happening before Finals Week. Editorial Board
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Profession carries its share of perks, drawbacks
tudying journalism has its perks. Carrying a camera or a press pass typically gains free access into events, activities and concerts. If you’re part of a student publication, sometimes you can publish the same content you turned in for class and essentially get paid for doing your homework. There aren’t very many tests, in the reporting classes at least, and at parties, the opposite sex is almost always impressed and intrigued when you introduce yourself as a “journalism major.” There are some drawbacks to being a student journalist, however. Even those who consider journalism a “fluff major” have to admit the constant struggle to generate new content and compete with every other reporter, every other news source, is exhausting. Members of Iowa State’s student publications, including the one you’re holding in your hands, work late into the night every single night to ensure readers receive the news on time the next morning. This doesn’t leave a lot of time to focus on coursework. Journalism students are more than just encouraged to take part in these student publications; they’re basically required to do so — if they want a job after graduation, at least. Employment is a worry weighing down on many college students’ minds, but I think journalists especially feel that pressure. With online news sources ever-evolving and the public beginning to expect free news, journalists seem to have to fight every single day both to prove
Journalist Tim Hetherington looks at his photos a photo session in Huambo, Angola, in 2002. Hetherington died Wednesday while covering events in Libya. Courtesy photo: Wikimedia Commons
their worth and to obtain information for the pubic. Some journalists find themselves facing a much more challenging and dangerous fight than others. Some journalists, like Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, pay the ultimate price for their profession.
Hetherington, a British photographer and Hondros, an American photographer died Wednesday while covering events in Libya. Getty Images, where Hondros worked, said in a statement that he “never shied away from the front line, having covered the world’s
major conflicts throughout his distinguished career and his work in Libya was no exception.’’ The front line is exactly where Hondros and Hetherington were while covering a fight for control of a Libyan bridge. Colonel Gaddafi’s forces fired a mortar round at the photographers, which eventually killed them. According to the Transitional National Council, fourteen journalists are currently being held by Gaddafi’s forces. Throughout history, war journalists have been held hostage, beaten and killed. Hondros and Hetherington’s cases were nothing new, which is why we as a public seem so desensitized to this kind of news. Unfortunately, that fact doesn’t make this news any easier for an aspiring journalist, not to mention the friends and family of those reporters, to hear. It broke my heart to read that Hondros was engaged to be married and that his fiancé will now have to replace her wedding plans with funeral arrangements. In my mind, Hondros and Hetherington are heroes. They fought as bravely as soldiers to document the war for the world and educate the public. Their fight was bigger than an argument about who has the harder major, a free pass into an ISU event or even many fruitless attempts at scoring an internship. Their fight was for the public — for you and me. Being a journalist definitely has its perks. Fighting to protect the First Amendment is one of the most rewarding fights out there. However, there are risks associated with journalism, too. Of course, not all of us will end up covering the war, but we should honor those who do. We shouldn’t take war lightly, and we shouldn’t take the news for granted.
Paper shortsighted in article
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Newspaper does disservice by publishing list
he freedom of the press is a very sacred thing. Our founding fathers saw fit to protect the profession of journalism like none other, to ensure that the truth, no matter the cost, would be accessible. And yet one Des Moines newspaper, Cityview, decided to abuse that freedom by publishing a list of all roughly 5,200 legal Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit-holders. To begin, if it is a public service, where are other such lists of issues more pressing to the public’s concern? Lists of registered sex offenders, lists of people whose licenses were revoked due to OWIs? Just as the names of CCW-holders are public information, so is other, more pertinent, information. The people on the list are no threat. Their backgrounds are already checked out; they’ve been cleared to possess firearms. Honestly, I struggle to determine why
this list, reported by Jared Curtis, was published in the first place. It seems like intimidation to me, as if those who wish to be clandestine about possessing firearms should be utterly thwarted by having their names published. This is irksome because it goes against the very motivation of having a concealed weapon: not having anyone know. The plan is not to show people your awesome new Glock, but to never have to wish you had it when it’s needed. I can see possible points from Curtis’s side, such as: Since those people on the list chose to procure firearms legally, they should have no problem with the legal divulgence of their full names. Perhaps most distressing is the fact that no open discourse has come about as a result of this. I am aware of two individuals who left comments on Cityview’s Facebook page, and yet the paper has taken them down. Where Mr. Curtis may have had a chance to explain his rationale, there is only silence. Cityview’s website is also without comment, yet for some reason the banner ads I saw
were for CCW permits. Who knew? Frankly, I’m tired of the scorn heaped upon gun owners. I can state the case no more clearly; a criminal has no concern for lawful possession of a gun. The mentality that any sensible person has about a gun is that it serves not only as a weapon, but also as a deterrent. The hope is that those who wish to cause harm may reconsider when aware that a firearm is in the equation. A belief that fewer guns or even none at all will somehow make our streets safer is shortsighted at best. This being said, I don’t get the vibe from Curtis’s article that he wants to rid us of guns, or even that he’s anti-firearm. He actually does a good job of leaving comment out of the article and simply reporting the figures, without letting us know where he stands on the issue. But until Curtis or Cityview defend their reasoning, people will misunderstand whatever point they wanted to make. And the only conclusion I can reach until then will be that a free press is meant to defend against tyranny, not to propagate it.
No one has the right to take a life Every person has their own beliefs because of the way they were raised. Many people neglect daily experiences which oppose their beliefs. Humans as a species like routines, familiarities and continuation of their beliefs being reinforced. Many of us must realize that what we say may not be truly how we feel, and that we need to analyze our thoughts before we express them to the public. Encountering situations in which our stereotypes are defied makes many of us uncomfortable, but we must realize why they make us feel this way. It is not because the other party is necessarily wrong, but perhaps because they believe in something that goes against our own interpretations of the world around us. Understanding the reasons for the way one thinks may help us realize that other people have to believe what they do; for they only have experience from their own
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life, not yours. Believing in God is one example. People who are brought up in religious families tend to believe in the religion that their parents follow. In contrast, some people who have been brought up in a religious family tend to stray away from their parents beliefs because they either resent their parents, or just cannot find logical reasoning behind the religion. I am a republican, but I am not religious. Many people who do not belong to the Republican Party are not religious as well, and may resent us for our political and religious beliefs. Many non-Republicans think that the reason for being a person of the Republican Party is because they are religious. Not so fast. My
beliefs come from my experiences, not from being told what to think by a religious community. The reason why I think abortion is a disgrace is because my brother was adopted from a woman who was 17 when she was pregnant. He very well could have been aborted. My parents were told they could not have children; my mother and father both grew up in families of 6-7 children, and they both wanted to have as many as six of their own. After trying for 5 years with no luck, my cousin became pregnant at a young age, and her boyfriend, the father, asked her to marry him; she did not want to marry that man. My parents jumped at the opportunity to finally have a child of their own. Josh was born after 6 years of trying. My mother had two surgeries that had a slight chance of increasing the probability that she could have children
and was on fertility drugs for nine years; then she had me. My only brother taught me everything I know. He gave me motivation to become stronger, smarter and to defy the stereotype of being a small blonde woman. He made me believe that I can do anything; and thanks to him, I know I can. I moved away from everything I have ever known; family, friends and my New England way of life, all to follow my dreams of getting my Doctorate in meteorology and Masters in physics. I am conquering everything I have been told was impossible. For this I thank my brother, as well as my cousin for allowing him to have his life and live it to the fullest. His existence made me realize my own life is worth living. No one has the right to take a life, and no one should have a choice to do it either. What if someone killed your sibling? Your child? Your friend?
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Comprehensive sex education vital in schools By Claire.Vriezen iowastatedaily.com
ith the battle over Planned Parenthood’s funding at an end — for now — Americans are left either rejoicing the sustained government aid or bemoaning the continued support of an organization culturally defined by abortion. With 35 percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding going toward providing contraceptives and another 35 percent towards STI testing and treatment, one can make quite a strong argument for its positive impact in the community. But what often gets pushed aside in conversations surrounding Planned Parenthood and its services is why they are so needed in the first place. Despite only making up a quarter of sexually active individuals, teens and young adults account for almost 50 percent of new STI reports. Additionally, America continues to lead the rest of the developed world in teen pregnancy rates, despite the past two decades showing a general downward trend of teen pregnancies, births and abortions. While Iowa seems to have a well rounded, comprehensive sex education program, my home state of Minnesota follows a “comprehensive, technically accurate, and updated curriculum that includes helping students to abstain from sexual activity.” We were taught about various types of contraception, but abstinence was stressed in my sophomore health class, and the state policy itself doesn’t specify teaching contraception use. Obama’s push for comprehensive sex ed funding was apparent in the 2010 budget, allowing $190 million for “progressive” sex education, but $50 million is still open to state use for abstinence-only programs. Funding for non-abstinence based programs is certainly a step in the right direction, but abstinence-only messages continue to be emphasized by schools and private organizations alike, and only thirteen states dictate school programs must be “medically accurate.” Abstinence is a wonderful method for pregnancy and STI prevention — in theory. In practice, the entire concept depends on the will-power of the individuals and their ability to remain consistent with the chosen method. When any contraception method is evaluated, it is given an effectiveness rate for both “perfect use” and “typical use.” Perfect use, obviously, is the effectiveness this method would have if it were implemented without user error or other success-influencing factors.
Typical use rates reflect real-life scenarios and human fallibility. While abstinence is a 100 percent effective method with perfect use, some studies that have followed up on those pledging abstinence in high school report up to a 60 percent failure rate. Why on earth would we emphasize a method with such a high failure rate? Even a condom will result in over 86 percent effectiveness in typical use ⎯ more than double the hypothesized effectiveness of abstinence. But wait, doesn’t teaching comprehensive sex ed mean that young adults will start becoming even more sexually active? Apparently not. Quite a bit of research has been done on the subject, and it seems to point to the fact that comprehensive sex education programs don’t lower the age of first sexual activity, or increase the frequency or number of partners young adults have. In actuality, these comprehensive programs have been linked to a decrease in sexual activity. So what does this have to do with college students? It would seem that this issue is beyond us. We have already passed through the awkward gauntlet of high school sex ed classes and are older and wiser. Right? The problem is that these policies may still affect us as we move further into adulthood. Coming out of high school, nearly half of students will have had intercourse. By age 19, around 70 percent of teens will have had intercourse. With high teen STI rates and questionable school programs around the country, it is likely that partners we may have during our adult years didn’t practice safe sex and may carry an infection or disease. Even if you came from a school that provided an accurate comprehensive sex education, or even if you choose to abstain from sexual activity for personal reasons, the probability that you may encounter a sexual partner with little or inaccurate knowledge of STI risks is high enough to be troubling. Simply the fact that an estimated 65 million Americans carry at least one infection is reason enough to care about the education people are given. Though we have put our high school years behind us, teaching comprehensive and accurate information about sex to youth is key in protecting the future health of not only those who choose to participate in sexual activity, but those who choose to wait, as well. The more people of any age know about STI prevention and contraception, the more the
Columnist Vriezen writes that ‘teaching comprehensive and accurate information to our youth is key in protecting the future health of [everyone]’. File photo: Bryan Langfeldt/Iowa State Daily
sexual health of everyone is safeguarded. To imagine a world where the unmarried are abstinent is a fantasy, as is the idea that abstinence will always work. It shouldn’t matter
what your own personal decisions are regarding your sexual activity. Providing proper sex education will protect the health of students, and perhaps even your own health.
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Iowa State earns 3 titles in Iowa City Senior Britta Christofferson found herself back in the winner’s circle at the Musco Twilight on Saturday in Iowa City. The Cyclone thrower reached a total distance of 196 feet, 3 inches in the hammer throw. Christofferson wasn’t the only Cyclone to take home first place, as senior Ian Warner won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.61 and senior Danielle Frere took first in the shotput, competing unattached. They weren’t the only three that had strong performances. On the men’s side, Amara Sama took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.68. Alvin Garnett’s 48.39 time was good enough for a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash. Robert Utterback also finished second in the discus with a total distance of 177 feet, 9 inches. For the women, Kianna Elahi placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.60. She also took second place in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 54.23.
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Golfers finish 4th at conference meet The ISU women’s golf team finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships, tying a schoolrecord performance at the conference meet they set last year. The Cyclones carded an 882 through three rounds, 10 strokes behind first-place Texas. Texas won the tournament, Texas A&M finished second and Missouri placed third. The Cyclones made a run in the second round shooting a 285, which was the low score for the round, and tied for the fourth-best 18hole round in school history, and best ever in a conference tournament. This pushed them up to second place, two shots behind Texas, entering the final round. Senior Victoria Stefansen led the way for the Cyclones. She tied for fourth individually with a total score of 216, marking the 13th top-10 finish of her career. She also earned Big 12 AllTournament team honors. Freshman Prima Thammaracks carded a 221 to tie for 12th in her first Big 12 Championships appearance. Sophomore Punpaka Phuntumabamrung tied for 18th with a 223. Sasikarn On-iam tied for 23rd at 224, and Laurence Herman tied for 32nd with a 227. After finishing fourth, the Cyclones are guaranteed an invite to their second-straight NCAA Regionals, which take place May 5-7. Dan Martin, Daily staff writer
Cyclones swept in final Big 12 meet The ISU tennis team was looking for one more win before the Big 12 Championships on Saturday but left Lincoln, Neb., disappointed after a 7-0 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Cyclones (10-15, 1-10 Big 12) finished the regular season in 11th place in the Big 12 with the Cornhuskers (19-6, 7-4 Big 12) finishing in 4th. The Cornhuskers defeated the Cyclones in all six singles matches. Senior Erin Karonis lost 6-0 and 6-2 to Madeleine Geibert at the No. 1 singles spot. Junior Maria Macedo lost to Patricia Veresova 6-0 and 6-4 at the No. 2 spot. At the No. 3 spot, junior Tessa Lang lost to Stefanie Weinstein 6-4 and 6-1. Sophomore Simona Cacciuttolo was defeated by Janine Weinreich 6-3 and 6-4 at the No. 4 spot. Marie-Christine Chartier lost 7-5 and 6-4 to Jennifer Holmberg at the No. 5 spot, and senior Liza Wischer was defeated by Maike Zeppernick 6-2 in both sets at the No. 6 spot. Things didn’t get any easier for the Cyclones after that. The Huskers won two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Lang and Macedo lost to Veresova and Weinreich 8-4 at the No. 1 doubles spot, and sophomore Jenna Langhorst and Wischer lost to Holmberg and Zeppernick 8-0 at the No. 3 spot. Karonis and Cacciuttolo notched the Cyclones’ only victory of the day. The defeated Geibert and Abby Buxton 8-3 at the No. 2 spot. The Cyclones are taking off for Waco, Texas on Tuesday in preparation for the Big 12 Championships beginning Thursday morning. Clint Cole, Daily staff writer
By Dean.Berhow-Goll iowastatedaily.com Tthe ISU men’s golf team is heading to Hutchinson, Kan. this week for this year’s Big 12 Championships, one of the most competitive conference tournaments in the NCAAs. The regular season is over, and unless the Cyclones manage to shock the collegiate golf world and win the Big 12, this will also be the end of their season. “A lot of the guys chose to come to Iowa State to play in the Big 12 Conference,” said assistant coach Patrick Datz. “This is where they get what they signed up for.” Last week at the Hawkeye Invitational, the team faced seemingly challenging Big 12 schools in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Kansas State. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, those four schools were toward the bottom half of the Big 12. At this week’s meet, the Cyclones will be taking on all of the feared Big 12 Conference. The Cyclones will not only be facing No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 11 Texas, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 26 Oklahoma, they will also be taking on No. 1 ranked – and this year’s favorite – Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State is led by its outstanding No. 1 individual Peter Uihlein. Just last week Uihlein played at the prestigious Masters in Augusta. “As a coach, we tell them to focus on the
present, on not worry about what they can’t control, like who they play or the weather,” Datz said. “The more they’re aware of it, the more they know they should just be focusing on how they play themselves.” Over the past few tournaments, the results have been less than pleasing. Since the golfers set the record for 54-hole performance at the Desert Shootout, they’ve been on a downhill slide, and haven’t finished in the top half of the field in any of their last four tournaments. At the Big 12 meet, the teams will be competing at the highly-touted Prairie Dunes Country Club. Four of the five Cyclones playing have experience at the golf course including Nathan Leary, Nate McCoy, Michael Wuertz and Tom Lathrop. “We heard a lot of talk at the beginning of the spring semester about how Prarie Dunes is a hard golf course,” Datz said. “I think if the guys can go through the whole week and have positive attitudes, we can be successful.” The golfers know they have a lot of mental preparation for the meet, and they also know they have to go in with an winning attitude. “This year we have to realize that our mentality is the most important thing going into this,” McCoy said. “Attitude affects your entire game, and that’s what we need to change.”
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Team earns split with Kansas By Darrin.Cline iowastatedaily.com Iowa State used its home-field advantage to defeat the visiting Kansas Jayhawks and pick up a second Big 12 win Friday, 4-3. However, the Jayhawks rallied Saturday to split the series, 8-6. “All aspects of our game were on. Friday was a perfect example of what can happen when we come together and mesh together as a team,” said Cyclone first baseman Erica Miller. Kansas put up the first run in Friday’s bout before the Cyclone women found their groove. In the bottom of the third inning, Heidi Kidwell and Sara Davison found their way on base. The Jayhawks offered some welcome assistance, when an outfield error allowed Kidwell to cross the plate. Davison had advanced to third, and made the bold play to steal home. Erica Miller added a solo home run to give the home team a 3-1 lead. The blast gave Miller her 10th homer of the season. “It feels good to have some of that weight off my back. Coming into the season my goals were to have 10 home runs, 40 RBIs and bat above .300,” Miller said, who is currently batting .320 and stands at 37 RBIs. Marissa Ingle then tied the
First basemen Erica Miller catches the ball at first base to record an out against Kansas on Friday. Photo: David Merrill/Iowa State Daily
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game for Kansas with a two-run home run. With the teams knotted at 3-3, Iowa State’s Amandine Habben stepped to the plate. Speedster Jennifer Drahozal waited at third, and a ground out by the ISU catcher allowed Drahozal to cross the plate for the go-ahead run. “We took our opportunities, and a lot of people came through for us when we needed it. It
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showed our abilities in being able to come back and not give up,” said third baseman Dalyn Varela. Saturday’s game was back and forth early but went the way of the Jayhawks. Both teams opened with big offenses early. Kansas scored three runs in the top of the first inninng, and Iowa State countered with four in the second, powered by a Tori Torrescano two-run home run.
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After two innings of play, the teams had already tied their run total from the first matchup. The Cyclones manufactured two more runs in the fourth inning before the Jayhawks put the game away. Trailing 6-3, the Kansas sluggers loaded the bases. Left fielder Maggie Hull took relief pitcher Lauren Kennewell yard with a grand slam. “We kind of got down after the home runs, and we didn’t take advantage. We tried to force runs instead of just playing the game,” Varela said. Kansas had pulled ahead 7-6, but stymied the Cyclone offense for the remaining three at-bats. “Our defense didn’t play as well, I don’t think, and weren’t as aggressive as we were Friday,” Miller said. “We were hesitant and let them jump on us first.” Rachel Zabriskie started both games for Iowa State, picking up one win. Lauren Kennewell took the loss as a reliever in the second game. “It’s always nice to get that conference win, and it showed us that we can play hard and we can score runs. It can give us a strong push going into the rest of the season,” Miller said. The Cyclones will return to action at home next weekend when they host the Baylor Bears.
Sports Jargon of the Day: Lay up
SPORT: Golf DEFINITION: A shot that is deliberately left short of the green to avoid a risky positioning.
USE: Lay ups in golf can seem pretty conservative, even though Rory McIlroy could learn to use them.
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Cyclones miss opportunity By Zach.Gourley iowastatedaily.com The ISU softball team (20-21, 2-8 Big 12) split a pair of games with the Kansas Jayhawks (29-20, 2-14 Big 12) on Friday and Saturday at the Southwest Athletic Complex. With eight games remaining in the regular season, all of which will come against teams currently ranked in the top 20, the Cyclones know they missed a chance to get an all-important Big 12 victory. “I think we should have gotten both games,” said ISU pitcher Lauren Kennewell. “We wanted this sweep, we needed this sweep. Kansas is a good team and we can’t take that away from them, but I think we’re better than them.” The feisty Cyclones registered a 4-3 victory Friday behind Rachel Zabriskie’s complete game on the mound. In the second game, however, Zabriskie was not on top of her game and had to be pulled out in favor of Kennewell early in the second with Kansas out to a 3-0 lead. With Kennewell on the mound, the Cyclones put together a 6-3 lead, only to fall victim to a Maggie Hull grand slam in the top of the fifth inning. “I thought that at times, we did some really good things, but after the grand slam was hit, we just didn’t push back, and it cost us the game,” ISU coach Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler said. With the rest of the Cyclones’ sched-
Pitcher Rachel Zabriskie fires a pitch toward home plate against Kansas during Friday’s game at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Photo: David Merrill/Iowa State Daily
ule being made up of No. 16 Baylor, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 14 Nebraska and No. 13 Missouri, the time to pick up conference wins is dwindling. “Our time is running out, and we need to do a better job. There was definitely the opportunity for a sweep,” GemeinhardtCesler said. Despite picking up their second conference victory of the year over the weekend, the Cyclone players feel they missed an opportunity to, if nothing else, put some space between themselves and last place
in the Big 12. “It’s kind of frustrating to lose like that; I think overall we’re a better team,” ISU right fielder Tori Torrescano said. “It just sucks losing like that. We definitely should have swept them.” The Cyclones will be back on the field this Saturday and Sunday against the Baylor Bears. The Cyclones will celebrate senior day before Saturday’s game, which starts at 2 p.m. The second game of the series begins noon Sunday at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
Weekend series canceled Inclement weather canceled yet another ISU club baseball series, this time on the road against University of Central Missouri. The fields in Warrensburg, Mo., were drenched with rainfall brought by storms that ravaged the state this weekend. It’s another strange chapter in this season’s story for Iowa State. Weather has forced a myriad of scheduling changes all season long. Only one out of four series has been played as scheduled. The other series have either been canceled, moved to a different day or
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Pisces: Trust Love Today’s Birthday (04/25/11). Enjoy a complete makeover. You don’t have to be a star to feel like one. Sometimes all it takes is a new frame of mind. Keep your friends close. They can teach you new perspective. There’s no need to have enemies at all.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Listen to what your partner wants, and see how you can fulfill it. You have the selfdiscipline to make things happen. Accept their gratitude. What comes around goes around.
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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Be thrifty and patient, and your respectful past treatment of others earn you kudos now. Keep furthering your education, no matter your age. Inquire among friends for opportunities.
Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Celebrate. Heed the voice of experience. Discipline is required. Draw upon hidden resources. Others are saying nice things about you. Provide excellent service. Store away extra provisions.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Welcome a loved one’s assistance, and pay it forward. It’s a good time to start an adventure you’ve been wanting. The more you learn, the more you value true friends. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Continue your studies, and, with a loved one’s encouragement, your career takes off like a rocket. Focus on skills that provide profit. Wear your power suit, and gather riches.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Rearrange things for greater efficiency. Write in your journal. Stay on track with the help of a friend. Stand up for what you know is right. Shift expectations. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Your charm is captivating. Say the magic words, and ask for what you want. Collect an old debt. Work starts to pay off. Accept another assignment for a bonus.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Postpone expensive socializing. Patience and courtesy are worthwhile practices. You’re the stabilizing influence. Share the love with others ... and invite them on a picnic.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Communication is key and so is intuition. Keep working towards your goals, even if at times it feels like there’s no progress. Don’t give up. Do what’s required. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Break through the myth of the “starving artist.” You can be creative and make money at the same time. Invest in love. Use your imagination. Study what you love. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- New information changes your choice. The more precision, the more profit. Your common sense comes in handy. Keep the energy flowing, and practice steadily. Money comes in. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- You may not think so, but you’re looking good. Keep feeding your inner good wolf, so that it’s louder than the bad one. Follow intuition and the map. Trust love.
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Rho Gammas show community leadership By Alayna.Flor iowastatedaily.com During the greek recruitment process there are the chapter members recruiting and the individuals being recruited. But an important group exists to specifically guide those being recruited — a group disaffiliated with their own chapters officially known as Rho Gammas. Rho Gammas are the counselors during the recruitment process. They are individuals that are trained to assist potential new members of both fraternities and sororities in making their decisions. “Primary roles as a Rho Gamma are to lead your group of potential new members you are assigned to around the greek community,” said Lucas Ledger, junior in mechanical engineering and member of Sigma Pi fraternity. As a Rho Gamma, you are the first and last impression of what the greek community at Iowa State has to offer.” Bearing such a responsibility requires heavy training, Ledger said. And Ledger is no stranger to the experience — he served as a Rho Gamma. “Training for Rho Gammas was fairly straight forward,” he said. “We had to memorize all of the rules and regulations for Greek Getaway, what can and can’t be done, things against the rules, and learn exactly how to be disaffiliated. Not telling any member
A formal recruitment group celebrates Bid Day on, August 19 on Central Campus. The Rho Gammas are counselors during the sorority recruitment process. File photo: Ryan Damman/Iowa State Daily.
what chapter you are a part of, not to bad mouth any other chapters, and to give a great first impression to the recruits.” The experience may be different when Rho Gammas originate from fraternities compared to sororities. Being in a fraternity, Greek Getaway is the prime time for fraternities to recruit. Rho Gammas remain disaffiliated, and during any recruitment period, stay in another fraternity house with their given recruitment group. “Male Rho Gammas are disaffiliated for two reasons,” Ledger said.
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>>HACH.p1A associate dean of LAS. When it comes to utility charges, the LAS department pays for 101,652 square feet of Gilman ventilation costs. In 2010, for just LAS, the total cost per square-foot for Gilman was an astounding $12.22. In comparison to Gilman’s prices, Bessey Hall only costs the LAS department $5.87 per square-foot at a total of 54,533 square feet. “We need to have a building that has efficient, clean and well-functioning ventilation systems for the chemistry labs,” Hallam said. Hach Hall was designed to eliminate the ventilation issues experienced in Gilman. The addition will emphasize laboratory space for synthetic
best people to fill the Rho Gamma positions. After all training is complete, then the Rho Gammas are sent out and learn right away that they are the greatest link between the potential new members and the chapters. “A key lesson that I learned from being a Rho Gamma was going through tours of other houses, meeting these seniors in high school for the first time and that is that first impressions are everything,” Ledger said. “You only get one, and can tell immediately when potential new members are not enjoying themselves.” Rho Gammas are able to take what they learn from potential new members and help improve the impressions the greek community makes on others, Ledger said. Being recognized as one of the top greek communities in the nation, it’s the continuous cycle of adding new members that keeps the greek community so strong. “The whole idea behind joining the greek community is to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself,” Ledger said. “Rho gammas give seniors in high school the very first impression of Iowa state greek life, and can be the deciding factor of whether or not someone goes greek or even chooses to go to Iowa State. Recruitment is the way the greek community prospers and rho gammas make sure that that continues.”
ready made sustainability a priority, and as a greek community, we would like to assist in these efforts as well,” Mott said. “As students become more engaged in and knowledgeable about the ‘go green’ movement, as a Greek Affairs Office and individual greek councils, there is growing interest in a number of projects related to recycling and reducing energy consumption.” The city of Ames Electric Services and The Energy Group Inc. are both on board in helping the greek community go green. Kelly Needles, executive vice president of The Energy Group Inc., will be giving the energy audits for greek houses. “The key to projects of this nature is that there is ‘buy in’ on the part of the students or participants,” Needles said. “The greek leadership has shown great interest in understanding their energy usage and how they can effectively lower their electrical usages through behavioral or physical changes.” “Iowa State is an ideal setting for this type of project, and the leadership shown by the greek housing group in getting involved could set an example for other universities throughout the state and nation.” Steve Wilson, energy services coordinator for the city of Ames Electric Services, has been providing the solutions and ideas on how Ames electric can help. The city of Ames Electric Services is involved in this project because “all of the greek houses receive electricity from the city of Ames Electric Services. Our utility, through the Smart Energy Program, is committed to help-
a race where you’re going to have to campaign hard and talk to voters about what you stand for,” Roecker said. “A lot of it has to do with the large number of independent voters in Iowa, and I think Congressman Boswell is a very aggressive campaigner.” Latham’s supporters believe he can carry a win as well, pointing to the changing nature of
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individual greek members and/or greek chapters approaching our office about ‘go green’ projects and ideas,” Mott said. “With this project, we’re in the process of creating a more coordinated effort in order to support students or entire chapters who are interested in sustainability as well as taking a more communityminded approach.” Robert Schmid, Interfraternity Council vice president of member education and development and junior in mechanical engineering, is in the process of creating an award for the greek house with the best green program. “Greeks continually strive to be on the cutting edge,” Schmid said. “With the increasing popularity of green technology awareness, I believe it is time for greekland to become a working advocate for energy efficient practices.” The winning chapter house “will be the one that shows the greatest improvement from their previous energy saving standards. Houses can improve through numerous tactics including sealing windows, insulating duct work and managing heated water volume; but it can also be as simple as turning lights off when no one is in the room,” Schmid said. “The recipient of the planned award will not necessarily be the facility that uses the least energy due to the fact some fraternity and sorority houses have been built decades apart and therefore, have drastically different inherent energy saving capabilities.” Mott said this is the perfect time to implement a green program. “The university and President Geoffroy have al-
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decisions by listening,” said Emma Berglund, sophomore in elementary education. “A huge part of being a Rho Gamma is sitting there and listening to them talk things out about all of the different houses and having them make their own decisions.” Berglund is a current Rho Gamma, and attends two meetings each week with the 30 women selected as Rho Gammas for recruitment. Differentiating from Greek Getaway, the Rho Gammas stay in a fraternity house formal recruitment, and meet their recruitment groups of women periodically everyday. Rho gammas are the sources for all information about each chapter, Iowa State and anything else the potential new members are curious about. “I have learned a lot about all of the other chapters on campus and that has been a lot of fun,” Berglund said. “I have also learned how to talk to a lot of people. It can be hard to make conversation with girls that are very shy or nervous about the Formal Recruitment experience but I have learned how to ask questions that help them open up and talk with me.” The Interfraternity Council and the Collegiate Panhellenic Council provide training for the Rho Gammas. With recruitment teams for both councils, they serve as the resources for the Rho Gammas when any problems arise. They are also in charge of interviewing and selecting the
ing its customers conserve energy. Saving energy results in lower bills, improved utility system reliability, a cleaner environment and ongoing cost control which helps keep rates low. We were approached by greeks go green and asked if we would like to be involved with their effort.” But the effort isn’t the first, though it may be the most constant, Wilson said. “We have worked with individual houses within the greek community on saving energy and reducing their bills in the past, but this has been inconsistent,” Wilson said. “Moreover, even though we may have worked with an individual house we really have no way of knowing if any ongoing progress in saving energy and water resources has been made.” “A group like ‘Greeks Go Green’ helps us by organizing the effort and following through to ensure results. They will keep us apprised of how things are going which helps us track our overall community energy savings.” The program, too, will help students create positive habits for the future, Wilson said. “College students will soon be paying their own utility bills. Some will work in a green industry. Some will be responsible for facility or organization budgets that include growing costs for energy. An exposure to energy and water conservation, and a sustainable lifestyle can place these students in a much better position to positively impact not only their own lives, but the companies they ultimately work for. Efforts like ‘Greeks Go Green’ are a tremendous help.”
Iowans. “With respect to the congressional districts, I am confident that more Iowans will be represented in Congress by a Republican under this map than are today,” said Matthew Strawn, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, in a recent statement. “Congressman Boswell’s district becomes more Republican and conservative at a time when his voting record is increasingly liberal.”
and organic chemistry, undergraduate labs and general chemistry teaching labs. “With the enrollment at Iowa State growing, there is a heavier concentration on chemistry classes, which required more laboratories,” Hallam said. The structure consists of four floors, each specific: Basement: physical and analytical research laboratories First Floor: public areas, teaching functions, chemical instrumentation facilities Second and Third Floors: synthetic research laboratories The building has been certified gold according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria. “It is as green as a chemistry building can get, and part
of what makes it so efficient is that it has enormous windows, so there is a lot of natural lighting into the building,” Petrich said. The funding for Hach Hall came from Hach family, $10 million; the Roy J. Carver trust, $4.5 million; private donations from families in Iowa, $15.6 million; and the state contributed remaining expenses. All in all, it totaled a $74.5 million addition to the science department and campus. “The building was very important to the university to maintain the best faculty and hire new faculty,” Petrich said. “Before the hole was being dug in the ground for Hach Hall, just the promise of having that building kept our best faculty here and allowed us to hire the best on the market,” Petrich said.
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Give graduation gifts with professional uses By Hanna.Johansen iowastatedaily.com Many ISU students will reach another key milestone in life next month: Graduation. Parents and friends may be wondering what to get a 21stcentury graduate that won’t leave them with empty pockets. Here are a few ideas that will push graduates in the right direction and help them achieve even more of their goals without exceeding your budget.
Pearls & ties Sorry seniors; time to tuck away your faded ISU apparel and put on some slacks and a tie. College grads are going to need some new clothes to fit their new lifestyles. This option can fit every budget and ranges from ties and pearls to suits and pencil skirts. Be sure to get a gift receipt just in case the freshman 15 stuck around longer than planned.
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Many grads are going to use this transition period to backpack across Europe or visit friends they met while studying abroad. Others will need travel accessories to move across the U.S. to their new jobs. If the graduate you are shopping for has plans to travel, a guidebook to the location they plan to travel to, a gift certificate to a travel accessory or backing store or a new piece of luggage can all be practical choices.
Many college graduates are clueless on how to manage their money. A great gift to help any graduate is a subscription to a financial planning magazine such as Kiplinger or Green Sherpa. These magazines give beginner-friendly money management tips.
Creative cash Nice pens and watches are wonderful gifts, but after fourplus years of college tuition and minimum-wage jobs, chances are most graduates’ bank accounts are as vacant as the looks in their eyes the last few days of class. Cash may seem boring for the gift giver, so try presenting it in a creative way. Some ideas include hand decorating a piggy bank, tucking some crisp tens in a business card case, or tucking a check into an insightful novel as a temporary bookmark.
Things to use in their new city Is the grad you are buying for is heading to a new city for a job they landed or grad school? Buying a bus pass or subway tokens is a very sensible, useful gift. Gas cards and city maps are also great options that can be very inexpensive.
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Have a plan for finding a job after graduation By Wendy.Sloan iowastatedaily.com In about a week, thousands of graduating seniors will receive their degrees and embark on a new journey in the real world. Some might be fortunate enough to already have a job lined up, but what about every-
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Stegman said recent graduates need to be more assertive. If you find a company that you’d like to work for and they don’t have any job openings, “don’t shut the door” on them. “Take that step and contact them. See if they might have any upcoming job opportunities,” she said. With cover letters and resumes, it’s important to make sure these documents are specific to the job for which you are applying. “You can’t write the same cover letter for every job,” Stegman said. Stegman suggested using the job description to help tailor cover letters. “If it states that you need public speaking experience, make sure you talk about that in your cover let-
ter and resume,” said Stegman. With resumes, Stegman said to focus the job descriptions on your accomplishments, not the task you performed. Final tips Stegman stated that a good goal for graduating seniors is to send out 10-to-15 job applications and resumes a week. “If you’re not hearing back at all at that point, take a look at your resume,” she said. Graduating seniors can contact a staffing company or temp organization if they feel like they’ve exhausted their resources at the moment. Stegman also suggested recent graduates consider a post-graduation internship or any temporary job opportunities that will allow them to gain experience or education in their area of interest.
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Class gift will improve Hub’s outdoor area By Steph.Luhring iowastatedaily.com
Some postgraduates celebrate their diplomas by taking a trip, whether their destination is to Las Vegas or backpacking through Europe. Photo: Abigail Gilman/Iowa State Daily
Celebrating with a vacation By Sarah.Gonzalez iowastatedaily.com Postgraduates who take a celebratory excursion after receiving their diploma recognize the trip as a last holiday before entering the workforce. Andy Drish, ISU graduate, spent his trip backpacking alone around Europe. “For most people, they’ll never have the opportunity to spend that amount of time with that amount of freedom,” he said. “I had no responsibility, no cell phone, I didn’t even know what day it was part of the time,” Drish said. Drish’s experience was unique in that he traveled solo and had the opportunity to spend seven weeks as an independent traveler because he graduated one semester early. Instead of investing time in one location, he traveled to at least 12 different countries, usually spending two or three days in one city at a time. “When you’re traveling alone, experiencing the city is one aspect, but experiencing the culture and the people is
another,” he said. “I often used a website called couchsurfing. com, which is this amazing thing that can be used from all over the world; it’s a social network, like Facebook, people just open up their home to strangers, so you can use it instead of experiencing the city from a tourist perspective in hotels or hostels.” Couchsurfing.com describes itself as “a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit.” The network has more than one million members in more than 230 countries, with Europe and the United States hosting the most couch surfers. Another aspect of couchsurfing.com that helped Drish during his trip is the fact that it costs nothing. Drish’s budget included savings of approximately $2,000 and an additional $2,000 in student loans to complete his trip. He said he budgeted by spending an average of $75 per day. “Since I graduated early, I figured I’d spend money on this instead of an extra semester in college. I absolutely learned more during this trip than I would have with an extra se-
mester,” he said. “Traveling alone without an iPod or a computer, you really get to know yourself and also the history of Europe. They have so much more history than we do here and you get so much more appreciation for that.” In fact, European destinations take five of the top 10 best places for post-graduation trips on 10best.com, “trusted advice for travelers.” Edinburgh, Scotland, rated first, with the cities of Paris, London, Amsterdam and Brussels also ranking in the top 10. The same list also ranked five locations in the U.S. as the best places to take a post-graduation vacation. Second place is Las Vegas and third place is Oahu, Hawaii. Other U.S. locations on 10best.com are New York and San Francisco. Many of the destinations featured on the website include passes that help keep young travelers’ budgets. The Las Vegas Bite Card offers discounts to restaurants and attractions on the Vegas Strip, the Edinburgh Pass provides free entry to more than 30 Scottish attractions and free bus fare and the Paris Pass gives travelers free Metro transportation and free entry
to 60 popular city sites. Ashley Fishburn, senior in sociology and criminal justice, plans to visit the top-rated U.S. location a few days after her walk across the Hilton Coliseum stage. “I’ve never been to Vegas and we were able to find a pretty good deal on plane and hotel fare,” she said. “I think it’s just one of those places that would be great to experience, especially now, right before I start my career.”
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The senior class of 2011 voted to improve the outdoor seating area at the Hub for their senior class gift. Since the first gift, a flag pole on Central Campus with a boulder marker engraved “Class of 1876,” the senior class gift is an annual tradition at Iowa State. Class gifts of the past included tangible objects such as the Victory Bell in front of Jack Trice Stadium, the Forker Building tennis courts and intangible gifts such as scholarships. The senior class gift is chosen from a selection of projects to benefit Iowa State, said Sarah Johnson, program manager of the ISU Foundation. Facilities Planning and Management presented several projects to the Senior Class Council and the ISU Foundation to choose the three potential senior class gifts. The winning senior class gift will create more seating space outside the Hub and renovate the existing outdoor seating. The inside seating was recently renovated and the goal for the senior class gift was to provide permanent benches and tables consistent with the other seating areas throughout campus. The projected total cost of this senior class gift is $19,000. “We generally aim to raise $20,000,” Johnson said. The ISU Foundation student fundraisers call ISU seniors to get them involved with the senior class gift, and the average gift this year is expected to be $58. That was also the average gift last year when the senior class gift cost $19,414.14. Johnson said the project is speculated to be completed by next year. The other two options seniors voted on were also campus improvement projects. The Memorial Union Landscape improvements would have replaced steel posts and the brick paving north of the parking ramp at the Memorial Union. The third project was the West Campus Streetscape which would have improved the pedestrian safety and created a more attractive campus entry at the west entrance of Union Drive. The Hub outdoor seating project won the vote “by a landslide,” said Johnson. Approximately 63 percent of voters chose the Hub outdoor seating project, while approximately 27 percent of voters chose the West Campus Streetscape, and 9 percent of voters chose the Memorial Union landscape improvements. Holly Preston, senior in interdisciplinary studies, said she was unable to vote March 25, when voting closed. “I think the safety for pedestrians is more practical,” Preston said. When asked if she would be getting involved, Preston said she would not be able to contribute, but she would have liked to get involved.
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Start your online job search wisely, use social networks right your connections will be notified when you change your profile, making recommendations and follow companies. You can also control whether your connections can see your connection list or find out when you add a new connection. It looks a little suspicious if you suddenly add 15 recruiters from various and sundry tchotchke factories to your connections list.
By Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich CNN Wire Service You’re sitting at your desk, staring at your Dilbert calendar, loathing everything from your company-distributed coffee mug to your co-worker, Earl, who is swirling his pencil in the crevices of his ear. “Time to blow this popsicle stand,” you think. Thankfully, you’re sitting in front of a job-finding goldmine: your computer. While you might be tempted to just utter a few expletives and surf on over to Monster. com, know this: There’s a smart way to begin an online job search while you’re gainfully employed. A recent study from UCLA and the State University of New York-Stony Brook found that unemployed folks -- even if they left voluntarily -- are stigmatized when it comes to procuring jobs, unlike those who are collecting paychecks. So suck it up and start your search wisely – and maybe bring some headphones to save your eardrums from Earl’s nail chomping.
E-Ask around Let’s say you work for a home design website, but your true passion is collecting Hummels [you know, those frightening children figurines that people always give to old folks for Christmas]. You’re talking with a Hummel distributor for a story and suddenly it hits you: “Why not just work at the Hummel factory, coming up with new little-boy-leading-sheeparound tableaux?” Well, you have the dude’s ear, why not ask him if there are any openings? Dr. Katharine S. Brooks, author of “You Majored in
And if you have, in fact, been fired or laid off ...
Colton Kennedy, junior in biological systems engineering and mechanical engineering, reviews his resume at the College of Engineering Career Fair on Sept. 21 in large tents constructed on the Iowa State Center courtyard. File photo: Ryan Damman/Iowa State Daily
What? Mapping Your Path From Chaos to Career,” suggests doing so in a less-thandirect manner, however. “Contact [your potential employer] and say you’re helping a colleague out who is interested in any openings at their company,” she said. “If it turns out they have an opening, you can always say later [when you apply] – ‘I wasn’t even thinking about looking for a job until I saw this opportunity – I just had to apply,’” Brooks said. That way, it won’t make it through the knickknack grapevine that you’re considering jumping ship to trod greener pastures – like working as a professional metaphor mixer.
Social network If you don’t have time to go to a ton of mixers and whatnot, you can easily use the Web to cultivate contacts in the field you want to get into and do so in a discrete manner. “Don’t just network when you need something,” said Krista Canfield, spokeswoman for LinkedIn. “A ‘gimme gimme’ mentality is a surefire way to lose professional contacts and get deleted from peoples’ networks,” Canfield said. Canfield recommends joining special interest groups on LinkedIn, and talking with others about something other than work opportunities. “Joining different or new professional circles will help you meet other people and also
open the door to other opportunities,” she said. Brooks suggests starting a new Twitter account under a different name, on which you can post stories and thoughts about the field in which you want to work. Then, when you turn in your resume to the Hummel folks, you can direct them to your account, @ AppleTreeBoy, and all your illuminating ruminations on what Berta Hummel would have achieved had she lived past 37.
Don’t be stupid OK, this may seem really obvious, but we need to say it anyway: Do not apply for new jobs from your work e-mail or
during work hours. Earl is probably watching. “It isn’t just about the ethics of your current situation – it’s also about the impression you’re creating,” Brooks said. “If your potential new employer sees that you use your company’s e-mail to correspond with them, use the company phone to call them and appear to be contacting them during work hours, they will assume you will do the same thing when you work for them,” she said. Less obviously, it’s wise to cover your tracks when you’re doing all that networking we were talking about before. Canfield recommends that you familiarize yourself with LinkedIn’s settings. You can control whether
After you’ve sobered up/ stopped crying/put on pants, take a big swig of your pride. While you might not want to tell anyone that you were replaced by a computer algorithm, keeping your current jobless situation under wraps is actually really stupid. Every expert we spoke to told us that it was best to let everyone in your network know about your loss – upping the odds that news will strike the ear of someone who can help. Donna Flagg, author of “Surviving Dreaded Conversations,” said, “Here I think it’s smart to work Twitter in because you can tweet the experience openly and perhaps connect to other like-minded folks.” Still, keep the news-sharing professional. Even if Earl did tell everyone about your secret rendezvous with your girlfriend in the storage room, thereby leading to your untimely curtain call, telling the whole digital world about how he once had a panic attack in the break room and wept under the snack table isn’t the way to your potential new employer’s heart. Keep it classy, and you’ll be back in a cubicle in no time, sipping from a new company logo-emblazoned chalice.
Long-distance dating: making it work across the country ‘Geographic singles’ cope with obstacles By A. Pawlowski CNN Wire Service Joe Whitfield catches a flight from St. Louis to Atlanta so often he knows some of the airport gate agents by name. They’re convinced he’s a business traveler, but work isn’t the reason he’s shuttling back and forth so urgently between the two cities.
Whitfield is on the road for love.
Graduation sometimes separates couples into long-distance relationships. File photo: David Livingston/Iowa State Daily
Like many people these days, he lives in one part of the country, while his sweetheart, Chandra Thomas, lives in another.
They use phones, webcams and online chats to stay in touch as often as possible, but they long for the time when a plane or a car can finally take the distance out of their long-distance relationship -if only for a while. “We manage it by keeping our eye on the next trip ... knowing there’s another trip around the corner and knowing that because we don’t have as much time as others, that the trip is going to be full of romance,” said Whitfield, who attends law school in St. Louis. “We are always trying to figure out how to see each other,” added Thomas, a freelance journalist in Atlanta. It’s a familiar scenario for many couples as careers, studies and economic realities keep them from living in the same place. The U.S. Department of State,
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Thomas and Whitfield, who are both in their 30s, have been able to see each other at least once a month, but usually just for the weekend. They met in 2006 when he came to Atlanta for his grandfather’s funeral. His parents knew her family and she was asked to show him around the city. Thomas reached out to him – reluctantly. She had plans, but invited him out for coffee. Something clicked. They began dating long-distance several months later, with him doing the bulk of the travel, she said. “Even to this day, we have a regular pickup spot at HartsfieldJackson [Atlanta International
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which sends its workers all over the world, calls such lovers “geographic singles.” Another label that has stuck is the “commuter marriage,” in which nonseparated spouses maintain households in different cities, often for job reasons. More than 3 million Americans are estimated to live in such an arrangement. But long-distance relationships are also big among young people: up to half of college students are dating from afar and as many as three-quarters will be at some point in time, according to a study published last year in the journal Communication Research. No matter what their age, travel becomes the focus of long-distance lovers’ lives.
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Get picture perfect for your graduation party with these tips By Jacque Wilson CNN Wire Service Photos from graduation last forever. Trust us. The event itself is nice. The real test of success comes after the party -when pictures of you and your friends start appearing everywhere. You’re uploaded to Facebook. You’re e-mailed to your aunts in Seattle. You’re rotating across your mother’s desktop background in a perpetual stream of twisted hair and polyester gowns. So how can you avoid being added to the latest Awkward Family Photos meme? Follow these tips from our beauty experts and you’ll be picture perfect in no time.
Consider a spray tan “Spray tanning is such a great thing,” Almonte said. “It gives you a nice glow and evens out your skin tone.” Plus it’s infinitely better than damaging skin cells by lying out in the sun or baking in a tanning bed. DHA, the active ingredient in modern day tanning solutions, works with the proteins in the top layer of your skin to turn it golden brown. Since your upper epidermis is made up of dead cells, they aren’t harmed in the process and the chemicals won’t be absorbed into your body because they will eventually shed off with the dead skin. Many salons offer spray tanning, but there are also mobile experts who will come to your home. You’ll get personalized service, and most importantly, a customized solution, said Mandie Price, founder of the Mobile Tanning Association and owner of Gold n’ Delicious Tans in Texas. “One shot for everybody doesn’t work,” Price said. “That’s why spray tanning has that stigma of ‘please don’t turn me orange.’ The trick is to find a technician who will apply the proper solution for your skin type to avoid that ‘Snookie tan’ that we all fear.” If you are going to a salon, make sure to ask whether they offer varying strengths of solution. Pick one with 8% DHA if you’re unsure -- Price says it looks good on most skin tones. And look for a company that’s using the newer, faster HVLP sprayers. Most spray tans fade away in seven days. Get it done two days before your event if you’re wearing a
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Heshan Mudannayake, senior in industrial technology has his graduation photo taken during the Graduation Fair on Wednesday at the Memorial Union bookstore. File photo: Huiling Wu/Iowa State Daily
light-colored dress; one day before is fine if it’s a darker color. For more tips on spray tanning, check out Price’s client dos and don’ts list.
Whiten your teeth No need to make an appointment with your dentist. A ton of teeth whitening products are on the market and almost any of them will produce results with some time, Almonte said. The American Dental Association says whitening products work in one of two ways, either bleaching the tooth to change its color or by using physical reactions to remove surface stains. Whitening strips work well in just a few days by bleaching surface and set-in stains similar to a professional service. Or use a dental association-approved whitening mouth rinse and toothpaste. Toothpastes contain polishing elements that help scrub off surface strains over time. Chew some whitening gum on the side and you’ll
engaged last year, carefully monitors travel websites to get the best deals. They soon learned a longdistance romance will turn you into an airfare expert – fast. “I had a total willingness
notice a significant change in as little as two weeks. “A brighter smile just sort of lights up your face -- it makes your skin look better, your eyes look brighter,” Almonte said. Be aware that using whitening products with hydrogen or carbamide peroxide (commonly found in whitening strips or trays) can lead to tooth sensitivity. Follow the instructions on the package regarding the length of time you leave them on. If you experience discomfort, remove the strips immediately. Now say cheese!
Clear up your skin There’s nothing worse than waking up before the big day with a supersized zit on your forehead or finding a patch of acne on your back when you had planned to go strapless. Your plan of attack depends on how much time you’ve got before the party, Almonte said. “If you already break out and you want to start a (cleansing) regimen
to go for the cheapest rate ever,” said Shannon Houghton, who dated her husband-to-be while she lived in Detroit and he lived 2,000 miles away in Seattle. “I would travel on ‘Funky
a few weeks before, that’s great, but know that it takes a few weeks for a regimen to kick in.” This is true for bacne too. Use a salicylic acid body wash and you should see things clear up in a couple of weeks. If you get a zit three or four days before the party, you have a good chance of getting rid of it with a daily salicylic acid face wash and a benzoyl peroxide topical cream. Does stress have one popping out the day before? Call a dermatologist and get the pesky pimple injected with cortisone. The shot will shrink it down so you can cover it with concealer and foundation (use both, Almonte says) later. Unfortunately, if it’s the day of, you’re out of options. Put some ice on it to reduce the swelling and give the photographer your “good side.”
Lose the bloating First let us note that there’s no way to safely drop a few pounds in a short amount of time, and wanting to
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Lots of travel lessons followed the start of their longdistance relationship. It was hard to find reasonably priced tickets between Seattle and Detroit, for example, Houghton found. She is now an air travel veteran, but the first time she flew to Seattle and back, there was a big snag. On her return trip, Houghton had a layover in Chicago, but she was such a flying newbie she didn’t realize she had to switch airports. She had arrived at Chicago Midway, but her next flight was leaving from O’Hare. “I had to take a shuttle bus and it was my first time being out of the state on my own and I was really freaked out, but I didn’t know any better at the time,” Houghton said. The trip soon turned into a
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do so for any one occasion highlights an underlying body image issue. That said -- we’ve all been there. But the best ways to get rid of that extra water weight before a party don’t involve skipping meals, taking laxatives or eating grapefruit for a week. “Diet pills and diuretics don’t result in any real body weight loss,” said Kendrin Sonneville, a registered dietitian and researcher who specializes in adolescent nutrition. “Using these products can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, which can affect your heartbeat and have serious health consequences.” Skipping meals, even snacks, also tends to backfire. “Your metabolism burns most efficiently when you eat consistently.” So eat. Eat foods high in water content such as fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, like lean meats. Avoid processed foods, and snack every three to four hours. Follow this “diet” and you’ll have the energy required to deal with mom’s shutterbug tendencies AND dance the night away.
familiar routine. She knew the sights by heart as the plane approached Seattle – I-5, the mountains, Puget Sound – and she knew her beau would always be waiting for her at the airport with a chai latte from Starbucks. The couple chose to take less frequent trips to see each other -- once every few months -- and to stay together for longer periods. But after meeting only in their respective cities, they began yearning for a new place to visit. “We wanted to take an actual vacation. We were a little tired of vacations being limited to Detroit and to Seattle,” Houghton said. “We went on a trip to San Francisco and that was like the most amazing thing ever, to actually be traveling together as co-travelers rather than going to see one another.” The couple married this month and lives in Seattle.
Travel costs add up When a long-distance romance spans continents, the couple really has to get creative about airfares and meeting places. Laura Genutis, who resides in Pennsylvania, and her fiance, who lives near Florianopolis, Brazil, have been meeting all over the
world as they work through the U.S. immigration process that will allow him to move and marry her. Genutis preferred not to give his name while that process continues. She’s been chronicling their long-distance relationship in her blog, Travel for Love. The couple started dating after meeting at a Pittsburgh bar in 2008 when he was in the United States on a temporary visa, Genutis said. After he returned to his country, they promised each other they would do everything they could to meet every three months, she said. They’ve since vacationed in France, Spain, Bolivia, Argentina and the Caribbean -- their halfway rendezvous place. Genutis also regularly visits her beau in Brazil. The trips have been wonderful, but costly, Genutis said. “It gets difficult, but we really try to make it a priority in our lives. There may be better things I could do with my finances but I’ve tried to save money in other ways and cut back on other things so that I can afford the travel and he’s been able to do the same,” Genutis said. “I’m proud that our relationship has done really well.” Just another couple on the road for love.
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