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Gay students pushing for own floor in residence hall IOWA CITY, Iowa — Gay and lesbian students at the University of Iowa are seeking their own floor in a residence hall on the Iowa City campus. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says Quentin Hall of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Allied Union is working the university to open the floor for the 2012 school year. Hill, a freshman from Eagle Grove, says the group asked University Housing and Dining to offer the option on housing applications ahead of the current year, but only 10 students signed up. Hill says it needs to be better advertised. Iowa has more than a dozen dormitory floors designated as “communities” that focus on specific areas of study. University spokeswoman Kate Fitzgerald says a GLBT floor would be classified as such as community. The Associated Press

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Student group to take on Mount Rainier this summer

I go to the wall and it’s me and the wall. It’s the greatest combination of physical and mental. I’m challenging myself to climb the wall the best I can.”

By Ben.Theobald Colton Kennedy grew up in the mountains of Idaho. He started climbing mountains his senior year of high school in 2007, but it was not in the specialized way. “I started without ropes doing it the non-technical way,” said Kennedy, senior in mechanical engineering. “I came to a point where I saw people climbing with ropes.” In the spring of 2010, Kennedy joined the ISU Mountaineering and Climbing Club so he could climb mountains the right and safer way. “My first experience climbing technically was ice climbing,” Kennedy said. “It gave me infatuation with snow and ice knowing I was physically able to accomplish something like that.” Many of the members of the club generally had no previous experience when they joined. “I had no prior knowledge before joining two years ago,” said Bethany Drury, senior in biology and president of the ISU Mountaineering and Climbing Club. The club gives those a chance to do climbing without investing their life savings. “Our main function is letting everyone try it,” Drury said. “Having fun is the whole point.” The club also makes sure that those who join will be experienced as well as safe. “We will teach you what you need to know to be

Bethany Drury safe,” Drury said. “We provide the equipment and plan the trips.” One of Drury’s favorite experiences in the club was when the group went to Horse Shoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas. “It just has a nice community atmosphere,” Drury said. Drury enjoys the confrontation that she must deal with when rock climbing. “I go to the wall and it’s me and the wall,” she said. “It’s the greatest combination of physical and mental. I’m challenging myself to climb the wall the best I can.” Depending on the weather, the club goes out to climb every third weekend in the fall semester. This summer, the club went to Colorado, where it climbed the two tallest mountains in Colorado — Mount Elbert being the tallest ranging at 14,440 feet and Mount Massive measuring at approximately 14,421 feet. “We started around 4 a.m.,” said Ryan Frey, senior in landscape architecture. “We hiked for about nine miles for Mount Elbert and 14 miles for Mount Massive.” Frey has been a member of the club for three years.

“I wanted to do something adventurous,” Frey said. “I enjoy outdoor activities. Every year is different. It’s definitely a fun time.” The group is planning a mountaineering trip for next May, when it will go to the state of Washington to Mount Rainier. It will be the biggest trip the club has ever done. Rainier is the largest mountain in the Washington and Cascade Ranges and is the fourthtallest mountain in the US at 13,211 feet. Kennedy has climbed Mount Rainier three times. It all started when he had an internship in Seattle where he saw Rainier, located 54 miles southeast. “Seeing that every day played with my psyche,” Kennedy said. “I had to figure a way to get on that mountain. It was then I decided to take lessons so I could climb the mountain.” Climbing Mount Rainier was no easy task for Kennedy; it took a massive amount of preparation. “It takes every amount of strength,” Kennedy said. It was during those lessons this past summer Kennedy was asked to join a team to climb Mount Rainier. “Somebody said, ‘Do you want to join the team?’” Kennedy said. “They have to see you as a valuable asset to that team. You can’t ask someone to join.” The team was made up of four people including Kennedy. Two of the members were surgeons and one of the members was a wife of one. “I remember a rescue chopper came about 100 feet over my head pulling one of the surgeons who had a broken leg off our route,” Kennedy said.

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Group reports membership increase Organization invites more students to join

By Cristobal.Matibag A record 3,424 international students enrolled for the current semester at Iowa State. According to figures obtained Tuesday from the registrar’s office, there are now 97 more students here from other countries than there were during the 2010-2011 academic year. Members of International Student Council, an umbrella organization for international and multicultural groups on campus, say they’re eager for more such students to join their ranks. “We are like the voice of international students,” said Ashok Rajan, council event coordinator and senior in electrical engineering. “Most people don’t really know who we are.” Though Rajan thinks the council’s on-campus profile is too low, his fellow members say it has already captured the interest of more students than it did the previous academic year. Benjamin Ch’Ng, council treasurer and junior in electrical engineering, put the council’s executive board membership at 19. Because some aspiring members were still being interviewed, he stressed Tuesday that the

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Nicholas Gilbertson, 19, 6326 Frederiksen Court, was cited for underage possession of alcohol at the Memorial Union (reported at 10:36 p.m.). Jordan Kremer, 18, of Robins, Iowa, was cited for underage possession of alcohol. Michael Tibor, 18, 5544 Friley Hall, was arrested and charged with public intoxication at the 200 block of Ash Avenue; he was transported to the Story County Justice Center (reported at 11:53 p.m.). Felipe Gonzalez Jr., 18, of Fertile, Iowa, was arrested and charged with public intoxication at Hunt Street and Sheldon Avenue; he was transported to the Story County Justice Center (reported at 11:56 p.m.).

Noah Allyn, 19, 4120 Buchanan Hall, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at Buchanan Hall; he was transported to the Story County Justice Center (reported at 12:11 a.m.). David Ridnour, 19, of Perry, Iowa, was cited for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at Buchanan Hall (reported at 12:11 a.m.). Jeffery Thompson, 19, of Ankeny, Iowa, was cited for underage possession of alcohol (reported at 12:11 a.m.). An individual reported damage to a fire extinguisher case at Larch Hall (reported at 1:34 a.m.).

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The rumored “Sex and the City” prequel series that was said to be landing on the CW is closer to becoming a reality. According to Entertainment Weekly, the home of “Gossip Girl” is working out details to procure a script for another fashion-forward, NYC-based show. It’ll be based on Candace Bushnell’s “The Carrie Diaries,” which told the story of infamous “SATC” character Carrie Bradshaw’s senior year in a small, New England town during the ’80s. The show would stick to the story and focus on Bradshaw’s high school years, EW reported, and the CW would be keeping it in the family on the production side — “Gossip Girl” team Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are on board to oversee the concept if it finds its way to pilot and potentially series. As suggested previously, former “SATC” writer Amy Harris — who’s also writing for “GG” this season — would lend a hand with the project.

Sheen roast to air Monday Comedy Central’s much-hyped “Roast of Charlie Sheen” was bound to get nasty, what with the actor’s wild warlock hijinks of the past year as joke fodder. The show was taped Saturday, but the full special won’t air until next Monday. Luckily, outlets like Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times were there to cover the event. Host Seth MacFarlane had more than a few zingers up his sleeve. “Charlie, you claim to have ‘tiger blood,’ but after all the porn stars you’ve [slept with], it’s probably Tiger Woods’ blood.” MacFarlane continued, “’On ‘Two And A Half Men’ tonight, they’re apparently having a funeral for Charlie’s character. But there’s no need to switch over; in two months, you can probably see the real thing.”

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Iverson named chairman of geology department Endowment also helps fund trips for students By Carly.McKinney Dr. Neal Iverson, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, has been named the Smith Family Foundation departmental chairman in geology at Iowa State. The chairmanship was founded by Tom and Evonne Smith, alumni of Iowa State. The chairmanship was first endowed at Iowa State in December 2008, when Carl Jacobson, professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, was named chairman. Iverson replaced Jacobson as chairman of geological and atmospheric sciences on July 1. The position is only the second endowed departmental chairmanship at Iowa State. Iverson graduated from Iowa State in 1983 and later earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1989. The endowed chairmanship is part of his job as the chairman of geological and atmospheric sciences. With his chairmanship and the input of the department faculty, he is granted the responsibility to decide how to spend the money donated by the Smith family. “The position is a chairmanship, not an endowed chair,” Iverson said. “There is a difference.” Rather than being a faculty member that is having his research endowed, the entire department is benefiting from the Smith family’s donations. The money in the endowment has multiple uses including undergraduate scholar-

ships to help “mitigate the costs” of rising tuition, Iverson said. The endowment Iverson helps fund field trips taken by students and a summer field course required of geology majors, which entails a six-week trip to Wyoming. Another use is to cover travel expenses of speakers from around the country, which Iverson said is beneficial for both students and faculty. Faculty also benefit from the endowment for research assistance. Dr. Kristie Franz, assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, is being aided in her research where she is working on the process of predicting floods. The money also will “go to renovating the Stable Isotope Lab,” Iverson said. The lab is a facility used by faculty and students for hands-on research. Graduate students benefit

from the program through fellowships, helping to keep their costs high. “[The money] is being used at all levels of the program to strengthen it,” Iverson said. The number of majors in Iowa State’s geology department has continued to climb, and Iverson stressed that there are plenty of jobs in the field. Dana Caudle, sophomore in geology, said the field trips funded by the endowment are very useful. “I like [the field trips],” Caudle said. “It’s a very visual, good way to see what we’ll be working with in the future.” She has taken trips with the department to Ledges State Park in Boone and to a quarry filled with fossils. Caudle said she is “insanely excited” about the summer field course in Wyoming, where she will be studying geologic structures. She has heard positive discussion about Iverson taking over the position as the departmental chairman in geology, and she can’t wait to see the department grow more than it already has.

figure was not final. He added in an email that, counting the campus group representatives who comprised the General Assembly, the council’s total membership was currently 39. Ch’Ng was confident, however, that membership would stay higher than it had been during the 20102011 school year, when only 14 students were on the executive board. “More international students are aware,” Ch’Ng said. “They would like to get involved and help more international students make Iowa State their home. I would say that’s the main reason more students want to join now.” Founded in 1984, the council coordinates several events each year. Open to all, they are meant to, in the words of the council’s website, “showcase the cultures and lifestyles of participating constituents.” Scott Byrd, director of the council’s Humanitarian Awareness Committee and senior in history and philosophy, said the council’s annual International Food Fair — traditionally held during Veishea — was by far its most popular event. But Byrd, who is one of two American students

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now serving on the council, said that it had much more to offer Iowa State than just exotic cuisine. He said he joined because he saw in the organization “a way to bridge the gap between American students and international students” on campus. Rajan noted another gap the council bridged: the one between international students from different countries. “Chinese people like to hang out with Chinese people and Indians like to hang out with Indians,” Rajan said. “They don’t really mix a lot.” Rajan sees himself and

some members of the council as defying this tendency as this council gives students the opportunity to stretch beyond their realms of comfort in a relaxed environment. “I know people from almost 15 or 20 countries now,” Rajan said. “I got to know a lot of people since I became a part of ISC.” On Saturday, during the council’s annual Welcome Picnic, he repeatedly called for more students — both international and American — to participate. “I really would encourage people to be part of it,” he said.

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NASA needs long-term space goals If you got up early enough last Saturday morning before the football game and tuned to NASA TV, you may have been able to watch a Delta II rocket fling NASA’s new GRAIL probes into space. For the uninitiated, GRAIL is designed to orbit the moon and use the effects of gravity to “see” beneath its surface. In this way, researchers can better understand how planets form and how the moon was created. While instruments like GRAIL are amazing, what do they achieve in the United States’ grand plan for space exploration? Maybe we should ask, “Do we have a grand plan for space exploration?” Ever since we reached the moon, it seems we have been traveling backwards, undoing the achievements we made in the 1960s in human spaceflight. The International Space Station is great, but it is little more than a waypoint on the path to achieving some unknown goal. Why don’t we have goals for NASA? Well, simply because Congress has never given the agency enough funding or dependableenough funding for them to declare their intent to go to the moon, Mars, or an asteroid. Even when NASA created the James Webb Space Telescope, which is slated to replace Hubble, Congress did not listen to reason and respond to some small budget issues appropriately. In the best dysfunctional political form, it did not move $0.5 billion of the $6.5 billion budget forward by a few years as an oversight panel recommended — a mistake that is slated to cost an additional $2.2 billion and may end up killing the mission. In the same fashion, a lack of congressional foresight over the last few decades has kept NASA from having a spaceship designed and built to replace the shuttle when it retired. Now we are stuck paying $62.7 million per seat (up from $55.8 million) on Russia’s Soyuz for each astronaut we send up until American alternatives become available. That is less than the entire published cost of a Falcon 9 flight that could get 7 astronauts into space. If Congress or the president had found money to allow NASA to develop new space vehicles while they finished the final flights of the shuttle, these costs and our dependence on Russia could have been avoided. NASA needs a purpose. It needs a long-term goal to strive for. NASA has money, but less than it did during Apollo. Congress needs to stop telling NASA to go to the moon or Mars without giving it the money to pay for it. If we want to do great and inspiring things with our tax dollars, we must set some good goals and then take real steps to achieve them. Editorial Board

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Photo Illustration: Kelsey Kremer/Iowa State Daily President Barack Obama gave a speech Thursday night to Congress about a new jobs initiative, which he moved to an earlier start time so as not to conflict with the opening game of the NFL season. Witte and Long face off about Obama’s decision to move the time and whether he made the right one.

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e’ll have this speech ... whenever. After President Barack Obama announced he would give a speech about a new jobs initiative he wants Congress to focus on in order to get us out of this economic stagnation, he called for a joint session of Congress in order to give this speech — a rather rare occurrence these days. The problem is, however, he just couldn’t decide when to give this speech. He originally scheduled the speech for last Wednesday, which he had to change because it would conflict with the Republican Debate. Republicans have had several debates by now, but the president felt he had to change it to Thursday night. So even though GOP contenders would spend the time blaming Obama for every current ill in this country, the president decided to be diplomatic and change the date of the speech. Choose your battles, right? Then, another scheduling conflict arose when the speech was scheduled for Thursday night. He scheduled the speech for 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, but it just so happened that the NFL’s opening game, the Green Bay Packers versus the New Orleans Saints, was also scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EDT. So what did the White House decide to do about this? Move the time up, of course! The speech ended up being broadcast about a full hour before the football game, just so all the pregame pageantry would not be disturbed. I enjoy football as much as the next guy, and I am even a Packers fan. However, the notion that the president, the leader of the free world, has to move a critical speech in a dire time because of football is simply pathetic. Are we as a country so ass-backward when it comes to priorities that we have a knee-jerk reaction when the president schedules a speech that happens to coincide with a football game? Each NFL team plays 16 games per regular season. That measures out to 64 quarters. And at 15 minutes per quarter, that comes out to 960 minutes. And that does not even count preseason, games that go into overtime, and playoffs. Many hours can be added in those circumstances. So out of the most basic 960 minutes, it appears that we as a nation cannot withstand missing 10 to 15 of these in order to hear our president give a speech about a seemingly important topic: how to attempt to fix the economic calamity we currently find ourselves in. I know, I know, this may seem like making a mountain out of a molehill, right? However, this goes to a bigger problem, that being the priorities of the American people. President Obama should have kept the original Thursday time slot in order to make people realize that public policy is more important than watching the gladiatorial games at the Roman Colosseum — football game. Sorry, Freudian slip.


how of hands. How many people knew that there was an NFL game on Thursday? It has only been scheduled since April. For NFL fans, this is the first drop of blood in the shark tank. The last two Super Bowl Champions, the Packers and the Saints, play the opening game of the season at historic Lambeau Field (full disclosure: I am a Packers fan). I know the president has a lot on his plate. In fact, he also had a little event planned Thursday: an address to a joint session of Congress. It directly conflicted with the football game, and as a result, the president moved his speech up a few hours. Usually joint sessions are only reserved for the most important issues; this address outlined the president’s new job-creating proposals. With a stagnant economy, this is obviously more important than a football game, and should have priority over one. However, President Barack Obama was correct to move his speech up. Setting a date for this speech was an exercise of ineptitude. Originally, he had the address scheduled in direct conflict with a GOP debate. Whether this was a political ploy or not, we may never know. However, judging by how quickly he agreed to change the date and time, we can guess it was a mistake by his administration. However, by changing it, he directly conflicted the opening game of the NFL season. So, after the embarrassment of scheduling the speech during a nationally televised event and having to move it, they didn’t bother to check the network schedules of the time they would be commandeering? It makes him and his entire administration, at least at this moment in time, seem disorganized and out of touch. Perhaps it was a ploy to steal some viewers. After all, last year the NFL’s opening game did draw 22.5 million viewers. However, I don’t know about you, but for me, there is no worse first-world problem than when you are watching a game and it is interrupted. If the game suddenly cuts away, even for something as important as an address to a joint session of Congress, I (and many other viewers) become livid. And an angry audience is not a receptive audience, no matter what you are pitching to them. And let’s not forget how important sports can be as an escape from real life. While I’m sure what President Obama had to say was undoubtedly important to the nation’s unemployed, I also know that seeing him issue a statement on unemployment did nothing for their short-term outlook, aside from reminding them of their current disposition. For some of these people, looking forward to football may have been the only thing to get them through this last month. To have football ruined by unemployment, like so many other things have been, is something the president should have worked hard to avoid from the beginning.

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Advance technology in apparel I

’ve heard multiple times that almost all our clothing, shoes and bags are made by people who aren’t being paid a living wage. So I got to thinking: How is it that we have made so much technological progress in areas such as food packaging and computer manufacturing, and still most of our outfits are made one by one with long hours of tedious labor and sewing? I looked up where and how most automated sewing research is being carried out and was surprised to find how few there were. Solar cells, on the other hand, are researched at a staggering number of universities. While solar car technology is immensely important, with a limited supply of gas and the wonderful possibility of us breathing clean air, apparel manufacturing also has its potential benefits. Making economical industrialscale sewing machines that can easily change sewing patterns

By Krupali.Desai to match the evergreen styles in fashion and various sizes still remains a technological standard to establish. As quality clothing becomes ef-

ficient to manufacture, companies can produce more at a low cost. This would lead to a higher gross domestic product of countries, bettering our economy and improving the economy of developing countries. This would enable them to improve education and

shelter for children, for instance. People previously in laborintensive jobs that didn’t pay well can be moved to higher-paying technological, marketing or creative departments. Jobs in areas like distribution, maintenance and advertising could open up as demand for apparel goes up and prices decline, combating unemployment. With an outstanding program in industrial and mechanical engineering, as well as fashion design and apparel merchandising, Iowa State would be a fitting place to do research in this area. Machines able to cut and stitch elaborate designer clothing and accessories on a large scale without the use of a lot of labor would be an important breakthrough in the realm of clothing manufacturing.

Krupali Desai is a senior in journalism and mass communication.

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ISU Dining should offer variety, not monopoly “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.” These revolutionary words undoubtedly changed the course of history, and to this day still incite rebellions, albeit on a much smaller scale. My intent with these powerful words also is to start an upheaval, much like our founding fathers so many years ago, but here and now for all students. My intent with these powerful words is to dissolve our bands with ISU Dining. Let facts be submitted to a candid world: For raising the charge of nourishment: The current system of meal plans range from $6.15 to $9.23 per meal, depending on how large or small the plan is. Comparatively, buying groceries once every two weeks at a maximum rate of $60 per visit equates out to just more than $4.28 per day. If you separate that out even more for three meals per day, it would cost $1.43 per meal. Still not factoring out snacks and the fact I don’t use all of everything I buy in each two-week time span, the math more or less speaks for itself. The point being, fending for one’s own meals saves money. We all are, or will be shortly, broke college students, and saving money in any respect is beneficial now as well as in the long run. But, shout the masses, dorm-room cooking is all improbable, as many students hardly know how to eat correctly, let alone cook. Alright then, maybe ISU Dining does right by preparing food for the less culinarily inclined students. But, say I in further rebuttal, that still doesn’t account for the average of more than $7.50 per meal. In perspective, think of it as paying for and eating a two-entree Panda Express meal three times per day. While it must be nice to eat out all the time, the sad fact is I can think of many restaurants which serve food just as tasty for less than $7.50. So ISU Dining, I turn my declaration to you. For offering what is extra instead of offering what is needed: I present the salad bar. The next time you make your own version of a chef’s salad, look down at all your options: Not one, but three kinds of lettuce, including mixed greens, romaine and spinach; multiple proteins, often ham, bacon, eggs, beans and tofu; several veggies, too many to even try naming; various fruit selections and specialty salad choices; dry nuts and “bird seed” toppings; and who-knowshow-many dressings at the end. Now think back to the last time you went to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Which had more salad bar options? I am willing to bet on ISU Dining. This expanse extends to the other service lines as well. Why do we have these options? That’s right,

Photo: John Andrus/Iowa State Daily Students line up to eat at Seasons Dining Center in Maple-Willow-Larch residence halls. Because ISU Dining is the only option for food on campus, students are spending more — and eating more — than they would if other options were present.

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because iceberg lettuce and four or five basic dressing options aren’t enough for us, whether our opinion matters or not. Yes, some people do have dietary concerns, but catering to the few through the masses at every single station does not compute. Provide those specialized options, but please, scale them back. For incorrectly assessing faulty logic: The excess of options also extends outside of residential dining. A new feature this year at the MU Food Court is three sides with a meal bundle, instead of the previous limit of two. This addition assuredly stems from students wanting more bang for their buck, and what other way to provide such buck-banging than to give students more food? Because lowering the prices for just the two sides would result in disorder and chaos upending all, forcing cats and

dogs to cohabitate. But I suppose they called it the freshman 15 for a reason, and ISU Dining assuredly does not inhibit waistlines. As they put on their song and dance number to keep us in the dark, we must stop and ask ourselves, “Is this really necessary?” Is it necessary to buy gourmet coffee drinks every morning and afternoon when we can make coffee in our own residence hall rooms or apartments? Is it really necessary for them to offer more food to appease us to the cost? Is it really necessary for the new State Gym to feature a smoothie stand, undoubtedly offering sugar-loaded beverages that most likely will counteract the purpose of a workout? Incidentally, the next time you pass by the still unfinished State Gym, wave goodbye to your tuition dollars. But that is a whole other article. For blackening the eye of good workers: Despite making it appear so, the corporation of ISU Dining is not completely cloak-and-daggers. The cooks in each of the centers are excellent, both in skill and personality. The student workers, despite their underappreciating man-


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Discover Twitter, gain opportunities By Derek.Jensen have the desire to create a close relationship with but wanting to stay updated on what they had to say. To date, Facebook has about 750 million users while Twitter has roughly 200 million. While 200 million is still a lot, it’s not at the number of 750 million for some of the many reasons you and others fail to join and use the network. Instead of thinking of Twitter as a place where you just say or “tweet” what you’re doing, the bigger and better power it holds is networking and making connections. Facebook is where we mostly talk with people we spend time with on a regular basis, with a few surprise interactions usually around our birthdays. Additionally, Facebook is focused more on our private life, whereas Twitter is for our public life. The current landscape for life after college is pretty rough, so many professors, advisers, employers and even other students, like myself,

are pushing the practice of networking and building connections. Some professors are integrating the practice of Twitter into the curriculum, but lack the true importance of actually using Twitter other than just for an assignment. One of the traditional ways of doing this is going to job fairs and starting to engage with people because they will remember a conversation or thought more than your specific resume. Twitter is the modern way. I’ve connected and met so many people because Twitter makes it easy and functional. To start, you will figure out your interests and then there will be some people suggested for you to follow where you can then begin to connect. Also, if you are looking for someone, you can usually find them by Googling their name with the word “Twitter” attached. Many times, I just see who these major people in your specific field or interests talk to and then start making myself known. Not everyone is having conversations with themselves on what they are going

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to have for lunch. Instead, many people are discovering people with similar goals or interests in life and then have conversations that further both of their careers and other aspirations in life. We all should give Twitter a try because the potential return on investment is very high with the service being free to all. It’s about the conversations you seek out to create with others; networking does not come to you. If you are still skeptical, create a free account and discover how others are using Twitter. You have to discover the possibilities with the people who are all currently waiting for a tweet from you on Twitter. Just find me (@ byderekj) for your first tweet.



ost if not all of us have a Facebook account, but most of us certainly don’t have one on Twitter. It was really a no brainer to join Facebook, and if you didn’t have Facebook when starting college, you certainly felt left out. I consider myself to be a geek when it comes to technology and seeing how it has the opportunity to enhance our lives when used right, so I’m one of the initial users to these social networks (but these networks are not new by any means). The current issue is that the popularity of Twitter is at an all-time high, and we college students should not feel left out in the coming year or so. You’ve probably figured out by now that Twitter and Facebook are very different experiences to the eye, and the true flaw of why you use Twitter less than Facebook is the marketing on these company’s ends. Facebook was and continues to market itself through the actual users, us. I’ve told a few friends and even family members to get on Facebook because being, and staying, updated has never been easier than before. On the other side, Twitter marketed the use of its social network based on you wanting to follow certain people that you would not

agers and patrons, are kind and hard-working; I know I was when I worked at Season’s. But there is a problem here, and it stems from the managerial staff catering to its own needs. Just walking around the recently renovated centers (are we now up to five?), you can tell they are doing everything they can to keep the corporation afloat, which apparently includes expanding the food selection unnecessarily, jacking up the prices and in general, playing nicely with no one. Many of you will now go about your routines with on-campus food. But do remember the next time you purchase a hazelnut soy-milk iced latte or leave an uneaten slice of applestuffed smoked pork loin on the dirty dish line, you are encouraging the beast to gluttonize. When will it stop? Either when we as a student body wake up and realize the illusion, or when the university chooses not to renew their contract. Until that day, ISU Dining will continue expanding its markets, expanding our waistbands and all the while slimming our wallets.




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>>CLIMB.p1 Kennedy was able to make it to the top of Rainier despite the challenges. “When climbing, you have that short moment of triumph at the top,” Kennedy said. “Then you have to go all the way back down.” After the first time, Kennedy felt comfortable enough to bring some of his friends with him, though like the last time unplanned events occurred. “The second time I went with my friends, a car-sized boulder fell and wiped out our trail that we were going to take the next morning,” Kennedy said. “It is a completely out-ofyour-hands situation.” Before leading the club to climb Mount Rainier for the summer, Kennedy will climb Mount Rainier again in the winter. “During that time up here you can expect hurricane-type winds,” Kennedy said. “It’s

very dangerous during that time.” Despite the danger Kennedy has faced and will face, his family has always been supportive of him. “I have a unique family,” Kennedy said. “My family understands these risks. It’s a part of life.” Mountain climbing is a team-focused activity where your life can very much depend on the person next to you. “Bonding happens with either jubilation or misery,” Kennedy said. “The success of the team is in your hands and the lives of the team are literally in your hands. You need a definitive and decisive leader.” Kennedy is looking forward to bringing the ISU Mountaineering and Climbing Club to Mount Rainier; to Kennedy, it is the expeditions that define the club. “It’s about the trips we are taking and the adventures we are having,” Kennedy said.

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Appearance of Hot Dog Man statue mystifies law enforcement

New York-Phoenix flight diverted to St. Louis

NYPD: City still on high alert after 9/11 events

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A Hot Dog Man statue that suddenly appeared in one Iowa town has mystified police, who would relish information about it. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reported that a concerned citizen called police there last week to report a man in a hot dog costume near a bus stop where children congregate. When officers arrived, they found the man was actually a 6-foot tall statue, with spindly legs and a pair of high-top sneakers. Its hands are missing and a U.S. flag is draped across its back. The statue has been spotted elsewhere in the city, but police Capt. Terry LeMaster says no one knows anything about it or where it came from. It is being stored at the police department until someone claims it. The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS — Investigators have determined that there was no terrorism involved in an incident that caused a US Airways flight from New York to Phoenix to be diverted to St. Louis on Tuesday, officials at the St. Louis airport said. US Airways flight 457 landed at Lambert Airport just before 8 a.m. after crew became concerned about the activities of three male passengers, all three of whom were Israeli citizens. All 128 passengers were taken to the concourse and the plane was given a security sweep. The plane took off for Phoenix a little over two hours later. The three men remained in St. Louis for interviews with airport police, the FBI and the Transportation Safety Administration. Once cleared of wrongdoing, they were put on another plane to Phoenix, airport police

chief Paul Mason said. Mason said the men do not speak fluent English, but he did not speculate if a language barrier was part of the problem. They were also carrying a box that turned out to be for a game of backgammon, Mason said. “It was their actions that caused the broad attention,” Mason said. “The whole nation has been on alert and we’ve asked citizens, if you see something, say something. “The flight attendant was concerned and the pilot decided to err on the side of caution,” Mason said. Mason said the men were traveling together. One of the men was not in his seat prior to takeoff, he said. Then, soon after the plane got into the air, one of the men began walking up the aisle. When instructed to return to his seat, he sat in another unassigned seat. The incident comes amid heightened awareness around the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

NEW YORK — New York City police say security measures put in place for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks have been scaled back. But they caution that the city remains on high alert because of an unconfirmed tip that alQaida may be planning a bombing. They say New Yorkers will still see extra patrols in the subways and elsewhere. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke about security Tuesday at a gathering of community leaders in advance of the Jewish holidays beginning with Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 28. He says there are no specific threats linked to the holidays, but police still will step up security in Jewish neighborhoods and at synagogues as a precaution. Authorities announced last week they were investigating the potential al-Qaida threat. Kelly says it’s still unconfirmed. The Associated Press

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Put your fall produce to use

How to: slice an apple

By Lindsay MacNab AmesEats Flavors Writer

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the local farmers markets in order to browse the wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetables that growers in the area have to

offer. You will most likely find juicy peaches, bell peppers, ripe melons, yellow and green zucchini, squash and much more. Not quite sure how to use squash and zucchini

while cooking? Here are some creative ways in which you can turn these delicious vegetables into a mouth-watering main dish or delectable dessert.

With the change of season, it is a great time to visit local orchards and pick your own fresh apples. Apple slices make an easy, healthy snack or can be put into fruit crisp and other desserts.

Step 1:

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Align a corer so that the stem of the apple is in the middle of the circle to be cut. Push straight through, twist and remove the core, discard.

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Interested in simple cooking or short on time? Sauteed zucchini and yellow squash make a perfect side. Combine olive oil, minced garlic, sliced onion, lemon juice, green zucchini and yellow squash in a skillet and cook on medium-high until vegetables are golden brown. Sprinkle with freshly chopped mint leaves and serve. Have an urge to grill? Try making vegetable kabobs. Skewer green and yellow zucchini slices, cherry tomatoes, sliced onion, orange

bell peppers and yellow squash. Add chicken, shrimp, pork or tofu if desired. Lightly drizzle olive oil over the kabobs and grill until meat is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are crispy. Looking for a low-carb pasta substitute? Instead of pasta noodles, use spaghetti squash. Squash is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and beta carotene, making it very nutritious. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut one medium-size spaghetti squash in half and place the open ends facing

down in a baking dish. Then, add 3/4 cup water and bake for 45 minutes or until squash can easily be pierced with a knife. Run a fork through the inside of the squash to remove it from the skin and give it a spaghetti shape. Top the steamy squash with pasta sauce, sauteed veggies, meat, seafood and/or cheese. Craving something sweet? Zucchini spice bread is sure to please your sweet tooth. Check out this recipe from Martha Stewart: (www.marthastewart.

com/318960/ zucchini-spice-bread) Try adding nuts, dried fruit (such as cranberries or cherries) or chocolate chips as a special touch. Zucchini is low in calories, is a good source of antioxidants and contains fiber, so don’t feel too guilty! Soup’s on! Squash soup is warm, creamy and delicious, perfect for a crisp fall day. There are thousands of recipes for squash soup on the Internet, each with its own unique flavor, so make sure to find one that sounds the

Cashew Chicken 2 1 ½ 1

large skinless/boneless chicken breasts ( cut into 1” cubes) cup chopped green onions cup whole cashews tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons cold water 2 chicken bouillon cubes 1 cup lemon lime soda 4 cups of cooked white rice pinch of sea salt pinch of pepper

In a large skillet, season and brown the diced chicken pieces. Once the chicken is browned, add the chopped green onions and cashews to the pan. Cook over medium heat for two minutes or until the onions are softened. Next, add the soda to the skillet. As the soda comes to a simmer, mix the cornstarch and cold water in a separate cup to form a slurry. Once the skillet returns to a slow bubble, add the slurry and stir well. At this point, turn the heat to low and begin dividing the cooked rice into four bowls. Divide the cashew chicken between the four bowls and serve.

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most appetizing to you. Most recipes use either butternut or acorn squash as the main ingredient. Try making a soup that contains something interesting, like curry or Granny Smith apples, and enjoy! Lasagna, anyone? In between layer upon layer of noodles, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and basil, try adding thin zucchini slices. Why not add a few layers instead of one? It will not only give the lasagna extra vegetables, but it will add extra flavor.

Cut the apple in half and lay the flat side down. Start at one end and make vertical slices of the desired thickness equally all the way across. Repeat with the other half of the apple.

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Deal of the week: green beans By Kelsey Schirm AmesEats Flavors Writer

Green beans are planted in early spring in order to be ready for harvest during mid-summer, but the great thing about green beans is that they will continue to grow throughout summer and into fall until the first frost. In some places, they are grown year-round, but the typical peak season is May to October. Due to the early fall harvesting, green beans can be found at great prices right now.

Separate the slices with your fingers and enjoy! File photos: Iowa State Daily

Cost this week: Grab a pound of fresh Michigan green beans at your local grocery store for around 88 cents a pound. You can also visit the farmers market for some good prices on locally grown green beans.

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How to use them: The flavor of green beans will be at its best within a day or two after purchase. They are a low-calorie food that offers a great source of dietary fiber and various vitamins keeping you healthy as the cool weather rolls in. Green beans can be added to many dishes including casseroles, salads and soups, or simply used as a side dish. The easiest way to prepare them is by boiling or steaming. Try boiling the green beans and then sauté them in a mixture of butter and parsley. Green beans also can be canned or pickled for use later in the year, but be sure to follow safe canning practices.

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Cy gets win taken away for cheating Cy the Mascot has passionate fans. Maybe a little too passionate. Cy is currently entered in the Capital One Mascot Challenge, and last week won a matchup with Old Dominion’s mascot, Big Blue. However, the win was taken away from Cy by the officials at Capital One for illegal voting. “During Week 2 unfair voting activity inflated the vote totals of several mascots,” a post on the Mascot Challenge website said. “All the irregular votes have been identified and discounted.” As a result of the illegal voting, Cy went from 2-0 to 1-1 and is now ranked sixth of eight mascots entered in the competition. This week Cy is facing off against Aubie, the tiger mascot representing Auburn University. As of Sept. 13, Aubie led Cy 120,111 to 88,553. Cy won the competition in 2008. Daily Staff


Boise State gets NCAA probation BOISE, Idaho — The NCAA placed Boise State on probation for three years and imposed other sanctions Tuesday for major violations by the football program and other sports. The sanctions included a public reprimand, a one-year postseason ban for women’s tennis and recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions. Some of the penalties had previously been self-imposed by the university. Boise State’s football program will be able to offer three fewer scholarships each year, from 85 to 82, through the 2013-14 season. The football team will also be allowed fewer contact practices during spring training for three years. Gregory Sankey, associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and a member of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, said the committee opted to go beyond the penalties that Boise State imposed on itself because the violations took place over multiple years. Boise State President Bob Kustra said Boise State’s rapid growth over the last decade, from an upstart Division II program into a perennial Top 25 team, likely outstripped the school’s capacity to keep tabs on compliance with NCAA rules. Kustra, who fired former athletic director Gene Bleymaier in August, said he’d hoped the selfimposed sanctions would have been enough to avoid probation. “Having new leadership in the office of athletic director that understands the critical role compliance can play in the life of the program” will help prevent future violations, Kustra told The Associated Press in an interview. “You’re always going to be disappointed in penalties. It is what it is. Now, our job is to move forward.” Football coach Chris Petersen said he, too, thought the school had done enough to show NCAA officials it had addressed the problems.

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Dump SPORT: Volleyball DEFINITION: A surprise attack usually executed by a front-row setter to catch the defense off guard; aimed at the donut or area 4 on the court. USE: Alison Landwehr dumped the ball, resulting in a point for the Cyclones.

By Dean.Berhow-Goll CEDAR FALLS — Going into a hostile environment like the McLeod Center, the ISU volleyball team wanted to suck the life out of it and take the crowd out of the game. Instead, the previously undefeated Cyclones were the ones that had the life sucked out of them. No. 15 Northern Iowa (7-1) swept No. 12 Iowa State (9-1) in Cedar Falls on Tuesday night (26-24, 25-26, 2518) to end the Cyclones’ best start in school history. “We were bad tonight,” said coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. “We couldn’t get anything going and it showed.” Iowa State had been a blocking team in the matches this year. Against Northern Iowa, the Cyclones only had four blocks overall, while Northern Iowa had 13. Five of those blocks came from Shelby Kintzel. “Typically we frustrate teams with our defense,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Tonight they frustrated and rattled us with their defense.” The Panthers also had seven aces to Iowa State’s two. The entire match, Northern Iowa’s serves kept Iowa State off balance. “They served us off the court,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Other than a few good runs, we were chasing them the entire match.” The Panthers statistically dominated the match on both sides of the ball. Not only did they outserve and outblock the Cyclones, they also were able to rack up 40 kills at a .225 clip while holding them to 30 kills at a .093 clip. The Panthers also had fewer errors and more assists than the visiting Cyclones. Individually, Iowa State was thrown off by the dynamic play of UNI setter Bre Payton. “She’s a very difficult player to prepare for,” Johnson-Lynch said. “Most teams don’t revolve around their setter, and she just makes her hitters better.” Payton not only had a 30-set night, but also had seven kills, four digs, two blocks and an ace. For Iowa State, Hannah Willms led the team with 10 kills, but on a .065 clip. Kristen Hahn led the Cyclones with 13 digs, which is down from her

File photo: Manfred Brugger/Iowa State Daily Iowa State’s Alison Landwehr with the ball during the Cyclones game against Southern Mississippi on Friday, September 2, 2011 in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones won 3-0.

average 5.8 digs per set. After a 5-0 start to the first set, Northern Iowa took control of not only the game, but the entire atmosphere. “After we started strong, they

just took off from there,” said setter Allison Landwehr. “We started off with some nice swings and blocks, but we just lost it.” Johnson-Lynch knows that one match doesn’t define the season and

that the Cyclones have their hands full already going to Lincoln, Neb., for this weekend’s rivalry game against No. 11 Nebraska.

Willms’ homecoming spoiled by UNI Waterloo native leads Cyclones with 10 kills By Zach.Gourley CEDAR FALLS — The ISU volleyball team dropped its first match of the 2011 season Tuesday against No. 15 Northern Iowa at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls. Christy Johnson-Lynch’s No. 12 Cyclone squad (9-1) was swept in straight sets, 26-24, 25-12 and 25-18. The Panthers (7-1) gave their record crowd of 6,490 plenty of reasons to be loud as they led most of the match, aside from an early 5-0 Cyclone lead to start the match. “It’s a terrific atmosphere. It is hard to come into this gym and play well. I especially felt like they put pressure on us with their serve,” Johnson-Lynch said. “When you’ve got thousands of people in purple behind that serve and it just can rattle you and it showed in our passing numbers.” For ISU outside hitter Hannah Willms, a Waterloo native and Dike-New Hartford High School standout, the match was a homecoming of sorts. The redshirt freshman led the Cyclones in kills with 10, but struggled at times with the Panthers’ double blocks. “It’s nice being back home. It’s a lot different because last time I was here, I was watching Iowa State and UNI play,” Willms said. “It’s a very scary atmosphere seeing

File photo: Manfred Brugger/Iowa State Daily Hannah Willms’ homecoming was spoiled by No. 15 Northern Iowa on Tuesday night in Cedar Falls. Willms, a Waterloo native and Dike-New Hartford High School standout, led the Cyclones with 10 kills in Iowa State’s first loss of the season.

people you know and they’re all in purple, but it’s really nice to have the Willms support.” F o r much of the match, Willms and Co. were beat at their own game, as the usually defensively imposing Cyclones were outblocked, 13-4. “They were pretty relentless defensively. We tend to frustrate teams with our de-

fense. I thought we got rattled by their defense,” JohnsonLynch said. “I think it was partly because of that atmosphere and that pressure that you feel from that crowd.” ISU setter Alison Landwehr, who tallied 23 assists on the night to go with nine digs, said the team’s 5-0 run to start the match was more indicative of who the team is. “We started as ourselves and then we lost that as the match went on,” Landwehr said. “They really put the










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pressure on us with their serve and their attack.” For the Cyclones, the road only gets tougher as they prepare to head to Lincoln, Neb., to face No. 10 Nebraska (6-1). Johnson-Lynch said the loss to Northern Iowa should be a motivator as the team moves forward.

“I think you can come away from here and be more determined and I hope that’s what we do,” Johnson-Lynch said. “We played like crap, we have to move on and get ready for the next match. We have to be determined to serve and pass better to give ourselves a chance.”

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Intramurals: ready, set, throw By Alex.Halsted As fall classes continue on, students at Iowa State are just beginning their season on the intramural fields. On Monday, intramural flag football, run by ISU Recreation Services, kicked off with 253 teams signed up. Each team consists of at least seven players and most have several extras. With those numbers, the intramural department expects more than 2,800 students to compete on the fields this fall. Funded by student fees, intramural football carries no additional costs, allowing many students to participate. There are three different skill levels offered by Rec Services including competitive, intermediate and recreational, meaning students can take part with or without prior experience. “We believe everybody should have the chance to play regardless of skill level,” said Nathan Pick, intramural coordinator. “Whether they played a lot in high school or whether they’ve never played at all, we want to get everybody involved if they want to play.” Both men and women have the opportunity to take part in flag football in a variety of different leagues. In all, there are four different divisions including one for women, fraternities, resident halls and an independent league for teams outside of those groups. Pick said there are a variety of reasons that students

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Photo: Jordan Maurice/Iowa State Daily The Intramural flag football season kicked off Monday at the intramural fields across from Jack Trice Stadium. Teams compete for the chance to win their bracket and wear the champion T-shirt.

choose to play, and added that the competitiveness of both teams and players varies in each skill level. “I think people that sign up for the A and B [leagues] take it more serious and are more competitive about it, and people that sign up for the C and D divisions are probably there more to have fun, get out there and play and meet new people,” Pick said. For Carla Tessmer, junior in event management, the decision to start a team with her friends was about getting involved in something new. “We put a team together because it sounded like fun and we wanted to get involved and meet more people,” Tessmer said. “It’s just a good way to get out of the study mode, meet new people and have fun while

you’re doing it.” Others, including David Parkinson, junior in history, do it to remain competitive in a sport they love. “A lot of us played college sports and then we transferred into Iowa State, and we just kind of miss football,” Parkinson said. All teams are guaranteed of playing at least three games during the flag football season. The season begins with each team playing two preliminary games and at least one game in the single-elimination tournament. As teams advance through the tournament — where they can reach a total of eight games on the season by arriving in the championship — one referee said they tend to come closer. “As the season and tourna-

ments go on, they get closer friendships and they definitely work together as a team,” said referee Andrew Giesemann, senior in agricultural business. “It’s kind of cool to see.” Preliminary games will run through September, and on Oct. 3 tournaments will begin, allowing many students to earn an honor of their own. While students play for different reasons, many agreed that the ultimate goal is to receive one of the rare and highly coveted intramural champion T-shirts. “That’s the Cy-Hawk trophy out here for us,” Parkinson said. “That’s the big deal.” Those shirts will arrive on the backs of intramural champions later this fall. Be sure to look for them as you are walking around campus.


Darks focusing on little things By Dan.Tracy After missing Iowa State’s season opener for an unspecified team rules violation, senior receiver Darius Darks was a key contributor in the Cyclones’ 44-41 win against Iowa on Saturday. Darks, a team captain, caught three passes for 22 yards with one of those catches being a four-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 2424 with 1:17 left in regulation. Darks admits that physically he might not be the best receiver on the ISU offense, but his focus and concentration gives him an advantage when trying to haul in a pass. “There are other wide receivers that I play with that are probably a little bit more athletic, maybe faster, maybe bigger or stronger than I am, so I take pride in the little things,” Darks said. “I look the ball all the way in, nothing else really matters. I don’t really worry about getting hit as much and that allows me to take a split-second longer to concentrate on the ball instead of looking away or trying to get downfield.” It’s that focus and concentration that has allowed Darks to have a successful career in the cardinal and gold, making 109 catches — just five short of entering the school’s top 10 in the category. “DD has, I think, the best concentration of all our receivers, and that’s because he practices that way so aggressively every day. He eyes every ball right into his fingers and into the catch,” said ISU coach Paul Rhoads. With junior quarterback Steele Jantz making a lot of throws on the run and outside of the pocket, Darks had more time to find the open spot in the Iowa defense, something he hopes will continue throughout the year. “As a receiver, that’s the kind of thing you pray for. He scrambles a lot, but he always keeps his eyes downfield and that’s the thing you love about him,” Darks said.

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Twitter on Sunday after ISU free safety Jacques Washington tweeted, “No perkin them all white uniforms gonna look good on ESPN Friday night.” Rhoads confirmed Tuesday that the Cyclones will debut a white jersey-white pants combination in Friday ’s game. “The kids wanted them, so I went to Nike and tried to turn it around as fast as we could and we were able to get them in here for the start of the season, so we’re going to wear them this Friday,” Rhoads said.

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Big 12 Conference remains on shaky ground By Jake.Calhoun One year removed from the departures of Nebraska and Colorado from the Big 12, the talk of conference realignment has again resurfaced. This time, the possible result could mean the end of the conference altogether. On Aug. 31, Texas A&M announced that it would leave the Big 12 by July 2012, causing Baylor to seek legal action against it and the SEC, A&M’s preferred transfer point. Last Friday, ISU Executive Director of University Relations John McCarroll said Iowa State would not waive its right to seek legal action, as would be customary for every member of the Big 12 in the event of the departure of a school from the conference. “At the same time, we are not part, nor have we been asked to be a part, of any kind of legal action against those two organizations or anyone else,” McCarroll said. Seeking details about the stability of the conference has been a struggle, McCarroll said, since not much is being talked about outside the realm of the administrators involved in the decision-making because of the fluidity of the situation. For ISU student-athletes, the conference debacle is a distraction that is intentionally avoided. “Really, we’re not even the type of team to think about that stuff,”

Photo: Eric Gay/The Associated Press Texas players carry U.S. flags as they take the field against BYU on Saturday in Austin, Texas. With recent reports of Oklahoma’s consideration of leaving the Big 12, the conference’s existence is in question.

said ISU senior left tackle Kelechi Osemele. “We’re a blue-collar team. All we’re thinking about is winning and working hard, and we don’t even think about that stuff.” Speculation of the conference’s instability has risen from the issue of uneven revenue sharing, but the reason the members of the conference have developed hostility toward one another does not stem from dollars and cents.

“The revenue-sharing thing is so overstated,” said David Ubben, Big 12 blogger for “More than anything, it’s symbolic and it’s fostered a lot of resentment that you don’t see in other leagues and I think it’s one of the many reasons the Big 12 is where it is right now.” Ubben, who has covered the Big 12 for since March 2010, said Tuesday the TV deal that the conference used to have was centered on TV

appearances, which had juggernauts like Texas and Oklahoma making around $10 million as opposed to the smaller schools like Baylor, which was only making $7.5 million. “The Big 12 isn’t breaking up because Texas is getting $3 million more than Baylor,” Ubben said. “You look at the teams that have left — Nebraska, Texas A&M — those teams benefited from an equal revenue sharing.” Baylor’s bone to pick with Texas

A&M and its decision to leave has the potential to cause problems, McCarroll said. “The SEC has indicated [they’re] not going to accept Texas A&M if there are any lingering potential legal issues,” McCarroll said. “In other words, they don’t want to accept Texas A&M or probably anyone else and then find out a suit might be filed that delays all of that.” The constant volatility has the schools with a smaller standing in the conference — such as Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State — pondering their future if the Big 12 folds. “It’s been interesting,” Ubben said. “There’s not a league in the country that has as much internal friction as the Big 12 does.” With recent reports of Oklahoma’s consideration of leaving the Big 12 that has resounded the possible demise of the conference, Iowa State may be left without a home. “At other conferences, schools like Kentucky and Purdue and other schools that have similar positions in their league don’t have to deal with the realities of that on a day-to-day basis because their league is not talking about falling apart every year,” Ubben said. “So it’s a little bit more of a reality that schools like Iowa State and Kansas State are reminded of it on a more frequent basis.” With a smaller athletic endowment than Texas and Oklahoma, Iowa State can’t afford to buy a little time.



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