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02.27.2020 Vol. 220 No. 106
A threat to polar bears CAITLIN YAMADA/ IOWA STATE DAILY Attendees of the Iowa State Rare Disease Awareness Club’s Rare Disease Day event learned from several presentations.
Iowa State club hosts event to bring attention to rare diseases
The warming Arctic affects polar bears’ food supply BY SAGE.SMITH @iowastatedaily.com
With the diminishing population of polar bears, future generations may only know polar bears as the
ones on Coca-Cola cans and in zoos. Thursday is International Polar Bear Day to bring awareness to the challenges facing polar bears. Polar bears are starving to death as the continuing warming of the Arctic, due to climate change, melts the sea ice. This leaves the bears without their main food source: seals. Polar bears are listed as a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. According to the most recent study (Hamilton and Derocher, 2018), there are about 23,000 polar bears worldwide. Andrew Derocher, professor of biology at the University of Alberta, is a longtime scientific adviser for Polar Bears International. He has been
studying polar bears for about 36 years, mainly in the Canadian Arctic, but he also worked in the Norwegian Arctic for seven years. “The simplest way to look at the ecology of polar bears is it’s what we call a sea ice obligate species, so they’re only found where sea ice persists for most of the year,” Derocher said. “They’re highly adapted to be a predator from the surface of the sea ice. So sea ice is their preferred habitat. It’s where they travel, it’s where they hunt, it’s where they mate and even some parts of their distribution, such as often the north coast of Alaska, pregnant females will actually den out on the sea
BY OLIVIA.RUF @iowastatedaily.com The Iowa State Rare Disease Awareness Club (RDAC) hosted an event dedicated to Rare Disease Day, a day to raise awareness and educate the public about rare diseases. The event was kicked off by John Bunney, senior in physics and president of RDAC at Iowa State. Bunney gave a presentation that highlighted the statistics surrounding rare diseases and the importance of awareness. He had also discussed his experience as someone who lives with a rare disease. “The internet may be your best friend,” Bunney said. “For me, it helped me learn because doctors didn’t have the resources to study my rare disease.” Next, Bunney discussed the importance of conversation when it comes to rare diseases, especially in regard to mental health. “Spending years looking for a diagnosis means, for some patients, that it becomes impossible to stay hopeful that they’ll ever find answers,” Bunney said. “Incidence of depression and anxiety is greater than 75 percent.” Following Bunney ’s speech was a presentation given by Lillian Howard, a graduate from Iowa State who has a master’s degree in genetic counseling. She spoke on her experience as a genetic counselor and the stigmas that surround those with rare diseases and their families. Howard had also stressed the importance of funding for genetic testing, a method used to learn more about rare diseases and their symptoms. She refers to her patients as zebras, a common term used in the medical field, to describe those with rare diseases. “It ’s easier when you have a herd. When you have those people to lean on, you can see hope. With rare diseases, you need to get horses involved. Not just zebras,” Howard said. Howard then introduced the audience
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Debating StuGov scholarships BY CASSIE.LEHMANN @iowastatedaily.com Student Government addressed a bill that would change a scholarship receiving, looked at two funding bills, seated a senator to the Public Relations Committee and passed a resolution in support of a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy at Wednesday night’s meeting. Currently, the finance director
of Student Government receives a scholarship equivalent to threefourths in-state undergraduate tuition. During Annual Allocations, the finance director spends over 60 hours with club questions, budget requests and line-item transfers, according to the document. Due to the heavy workload of the finance director, Sen. Travis Lipford, senior in finance, introduced a bill to have
the scholarship change for the position. With the scholarship offering the equivalent to in-state undergraduate tuition, the bill garnered discussion. “A three-fourths scholarship, I think, is adequate to compensate for the role,” said Jacob Schrader, vice speaker and junior in economics and political science. “This position means that you probably cannot hold a job for
many other hours. So that the reason behind the compensation, we want to make sure people can do the role and not have finances be an issue, but I don’t think we should be spending more money on ourselves. We are all asked to sacrifice for the sake of the organization, so with that, I would be against this bill.” Following along the same lines,
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CCE Workshop: Writing the Literature Review, 134 Parks Library at 2:30 p.m. “Part 1:
Conducting a lit review: A Citation Here, a Citation There ... Pretty Soon You’ll Have a Lit Review.” Searching for publications for a literature review is a frustrating experience for many grad students. Learn about search strategies, how to find and search subject databases, and how to keep up with literature in your field. You’ll be introduced to citation chains and how they can streamline your search for relevant publications.
Retirement reception: Blue Maas, 2768 Vet Med (Veterinary pathology conference room) 3:30 p.m. Blue Maas, secretary in the veterinary pa-
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POLICE BLOTTER 2.25.20 Michael Allen Miller, age 32, of Ames, Iowa, was arrested and charged with probation violation at 515 Clark (reported at 3:27 p.m.). Jose Trinidad Herandez, age 30, of 1316 S Duff Ave. - Ames, Iowa, was arrested and charged with a probation violation at 1316 S Duff Avenue (reported at 2:24 p.m.).
Alan Lee Ellertson, age 52, of S Main St. Apt 29 - Leon, Iowa, was arrested and charged with harassment in the first degree, all other offenses, at 2986 Monroe Drive (reported at 2:30 p.m.).
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Indigenous activist talks representation in literature BY LOGAN.METZGER @iowastatedaily.com
COURTESY OF JACK KRAUS The Cyclone Off-Road Racing team is bringing their car to compete in the Baja SAE Illinois competition in June. The new process of registering for Baja SAE events has changed to account for the large numbers of applicants.
Amped up for the season Cyclone Off-Road Racing team prepares to race at Illinois event BY CAMERON.KARN @iowastatedaily.com The Cyclone Off-Road Racing team is boiling over with passion and excitement for their next big competition in June. As a branch of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International club on campus, they are competing against over 100 other teams from around the world at the Baja SAE Illinois event. To compete at Baja SAE events, students build off-road vehicles capable of facing grueling trials designed to push the single-seat buggies to their breaking point. These trials are broken down into two categories: static events and dynamic events. Static events test the students’ knowledge and ability to follow the rules with a sales
presentation, design presentation, tech inspection and cost report. The dynamic events are where tires and drivers endure a rock crawl, hillclimb, acceleration course, maneuverability course and a four-hour, wheel-to-wheel endurance race. In past years, Cyclone Off-Road Racing was able to compete in three official competitions a year, but due to an influx of teams looking to join the high octane action, SAE International tweaked the registration rules. This year, teams are guaranteed the ability to register in one competition but must wait at least two weeks to sign up to another. With all of the slots filling up so quickly, the Cyclone Off-Road Racing team could only manage to enter in the Baja SAE Illinois event. “Those hundred spots for certain competitions fill up in under two minutes,” said Brandon Jaeger, the safety director for Cyclone Off-Road Racing and vice president of the SAE International club. With only one competition on the schedule, the team is doing everything they can to have a top finish. In the second semester of the school year, they are rebuilding the vehicle from last year with some new design improvements created in the first semester. They are repackaging the steering, braking and pedal
systems as well as returning the suspension and designing their own steering rack. “We completely rebuild the entire vehicle every year,” said Jonathan Patton, the technical director for Cyclone Off-Road Racing. “The vehicle is made new every year with some small design changes or sometimes larger changes.” The last two years have been a roller coaster for the Cyclone Off-Road Racing team. In the 2017 to 2018 season, there was an issue during transportation resulting in a fire that cut the vehicle’s life short and prevented the team from competing at all. Last year, however, the team made a triumphant return, placing 15th overall out of 213 teams from across the globe. “We are teetering on the edge of greatness,” said Jack Krause, senior member of Cyclone Off-Road Racing. “We have a lot of good members, and we’re definitely a good team in terms of where we sit.” This year, the team is hoping to push even further to reach the next level. Cyclone Off-Road Racing is always looking for new members to help them with their crusade to the top. Students of all majors are welcome to join. For more information on how to get involved, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An activist for the representation and misrepresentation in Native people’s lives through children and young adult literature presented a lecture Wednesday. Debbie Reese, a scholar, author and activist of indigenous children’s literature and the teaching of indigenous peoples and history, was the speaker for the lecture, which packed the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The lecture started off with an acknowledgment of the land that Iowa State stands. “Before this site became Iowa State University, it was the ancestral lands and territory of the Baxoje, or Ioway Nation,” according to the land acknowledgment on-screen at the lecture. “The United States obtained the land from the Meskwaki and Sauk nations in the Treaty of 1842.” Reese started off her presentation by laying down four main talking points. The first was Native nations were nations before the United States was a nation. The second was “We are still here. And we are still nations, with nation-to-nation relationships, treaties, with the United States government.” The third was characterizing traditional Native stories as “myths, legends and folktales” is sacrilegious. The fourth was the emphasis of Reese’s work, and others, is education; the phrase “politically correct” doesn’t do justice to the work educators are doing. Reese then moved in her story. She is from the Nambé Owingeh Nation, which is a pueblo nation in New Mexico, which is one of 19 Pueblo nations in New Mexico. Reese said people should never label Native nations as cultures because they are nations. Every Native nation is sovereign and has a system of governance. Reese also said she wanted to clarify a Native nation’s traditional clothing is not a costume; it is special clothing handed down. Reese then went on and discussed the history of the Pueblo people from 1540 to 1863. She said the Pueblo people had received three canes of power from three different nations, Spain, Mexico and the United States, that recognized the Pueblo Nation’s sovereignty at different times throughout history.
Film screening for Womxn’s History Month BY MORRGAN.ZMOLEK @iowastatedaily.com H e l p k i c k o f f Wo m x n’s Histor y Month with a film screening at the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity. On Thursday, the Women’s Center, in cooperation with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, will be presenting a screening of Shirin Neshat ’s “Expressing the Inexpressible” from 3-5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. This event is the kick-starter for the 2020 Womxn’s History Month celebration at Iowa State. Coming off the cuffs of Black History Month, the Women’s Center seized the opportunity
to combine the two historic months with this event in an attempt to highlight a womxn of color’s work within the visual arts. Womxn’s History Month was first started as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California, according to the National Wom e n’s H i s t o r y M u s e u m website. “ T h e E d u c a t i o n Ta s k Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned a n d e x e c u t e d a ‘ Wo m e n’s History Week’ celebration in 1978,” according to the museum’s website. “The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement
spread across the countr y as other communities initiated their own Women’s Histor y Week celebrations the following year.” The original Womxn’s History Week persisted until 1987, when it was finally dubbed Womxn’s History Month after Congress passed Public Law 100-9. From then on, every president ever since 1995 has declared March as Womxn’s History Month in the United States in an attempt to bring visibility to women’s issues. Neshat is a filmmaker, video artist and photographer. She was born in Iran in 1957. Her work incorporates the impact of the Muslim culture on women, diving into the
different social, psychological and political factors that mold the experiences of those women and the many gender conflicts they face. I n 1 9 9 7 , N e s h a t ’s f i l m “ Tu r b u l e n t ” w o n t h e 4 8 t h Venice Biennial prize.This film shows the contrast between a man and a woman performing, the man to an all male audience and the woman to no audience at all, according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ website. “Turbulent” is included in this program, along with four other videos she has produced, and her first ever series of photographs, “The Women of Allah,” according to the Films Media Group website.
COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Shirin Neshat discussing her film “Zanan bedun-e mardan “, also known as “Women Without Men” during the Vienna International Film Festival 2009.
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ACCESS provides support Center helps victims of felony-level crimes BY LOGAN.METZGER @iowastatedaily.com The Assault Care Center Extending Service and Support (ACCESS) supports more than just sexual assault and domestic violence victims in Iowa. It also supports victims of violent crimes. ACCESS provides services to victims of violent crimes in Boone, Marshall and Story Counties. This Homicide and Violent Crimes team was created three years ago to serve local Iowans in need. “Our division focuses on felony-level crimes, like murder in the first and second degree, robbery, burglary, those kind of crimes, and we provide services to victims of those crimes,” said Jon Meyer, certified victim advocate for ACCESS. Meyer said there are two main services the Homicide and Violent Crimes team provides. The largest is helping victims with filling out Crime V ictim Compensation applications and restitution requests. “Those applications are basically a form that victims can fill out that
can cover costs for funerals, transportation, medical bills, it covers a range of options,” Meyer said. “That’s one of the ones we push the most because many people don’t know about it, and we want to get them help.” Meyer said a Crime V ictim Compensation application can last for years as long as it is filled out soon after the crime, so if someone needs help with a cost related to the crime years after the crime happened, they will have funds available. The second biggest service is just walking victims through different processes. “We just walk them through and are just there for them throughout the entire process if they want us to,” Meyer said. “We can attend hearings and arraignments, meet with Story county attorneys, if there is a deposition, we can go with them. We help them with victim impact statements, we help them write it if they want or read it if they need it.” Some of the other services that the team provides includes counselors for death notification and support after a homicide, information and referrals for services, assistance with funeral arrangements, advocacy to support victims through the criminal justice system, accompaniment to law enforcement/county attorney meetings and court proceedings, emotional support, family and individual counseling, assisting victims in finding housing and/or transportation, providing information on
COURTESY OF ACCESS The ACCESS Homicide and Violent Crimes team consists of of a group of three people, two of which are interns.
victim’s rights and a 24 hour crisis line: 855-983-4641. These services are provided to victims of felony crimes. These include murder in the first and second degree; attempted murder in the first and second degree; robbery; extortion; burglary in the first and second degree; attempted burglary in the first and second degree; arson in
Iowa’s 4th Congressional District race underway BY MALLORY.TOPE @iowastatedaily.com The battle for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District is beginning as Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, campaigns for a 10th term. Candidates were able to file to run for state and federal primary elections in Iowa starting Monday. King announced in 2019 he would run for reelection in 2020. King had been the representative of Iowa’s 5th Congressional District from 2003 to 2013. In 2013 following post-census redistricting, most of the old 5th Congressional District became the current 4th Congressional District. The 4th District includes Story along with other counties in Western Iowa, containing cities such as Sioux City, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Boone and Carroll. In 2018, King ran against Democrat J.D. Scholten and won by about 3 percent. King faces a general reelection rematch against Scholten in 2020 if he makes it through the Republican primary. Scholten announced his campaign to run again for the seat in August 2019. “We’re building a people-powered campaign that is focused on meeting with, listening to and earning the trust and support of voters in all 39 counties in Iowa’s 4th District,” Scholten said in a press release at the time. “This time, we’re going to get the job done.” Scholten’s campaign plans to follow the same plan they had in 2018, raising money and meeting Iowans. “We have the same game plan: go everywhere, meet folks where they’re at and write no one off,” said Lauren Mcllvaine, the communication director for Scholten. Scholten plans on hosting several town halls before the primary.
IOWA STATE DAILY Congressman Steve King speaks at the end of the Roast and Ride fundraiser June 3, 2017, in Boone, Iowa.
“We’re bringing folks from across the political spectrum and all walks of life into our campaign,” Mcllvaine said. “We’re listening to and learning from folks in small towns that haven’t seen a political candidate in decades, college students who have big dreams but want to achieve them in Iowa and people who have written off politicians in the past.” There are several Republicans that have announced primary challenges to King, including Sen. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull; Aaron Thomas Krull; Steve Reeder; Bret Richards; and Jeremy Taylor, supervisor of Woodbury Country. Richards was the first official candidate on the primary ballot for Republican after submitting nomination papers Monday. Republican candidates in Iowa’s 4th District are required to gather 1,874 signatures and must gather eligible voters’
the first degree; kidnapping; felony assaults including willful injury, intimidation with a weapon, etc.; homicide and serious injury by vehicle; and felony hate crimes. “Those can be very traumatizing and hard events for someone, and this team is important because people need help when these kinds of things happen,” Meyer said. “It is
Sen. Anand Advait, freshman in food science, was also against the bill. “This is something of a bad look, given that we’re having enrollment go down and financing going up,” Sen. Advait said. “It’s easy for students to say, ‘Oh, Student Government cut funding for clubs and funding criteria, and then they pay themselves an extra $2,000. Given that we are looking to build trust, I am not really sure that it’s a good message to send out.” The bill ultimately failed with a vote of 5-21-3. Furthermore, Student Government looked at two funding bills. The Kuwaiti Student Association will be holding an event to celebrate a national holiday. The organization requested $1,137 from the Events account to cover catering, the room rental and light package. Although the event would not be eligible through the Priorities and Criteria bylaws, the funding bill was up for debate. “My first semester here, a person in my class was racist towards me, and that made me so insecure at Iowa State,” said someone from the Kuwaiti Student Association. “And that made me insist more on showing my fellow students who we are and what we are. And I want to celebrate this national day with everyone in this university. I wish we could show them who we really are and count us as one of them
also maybe important specifically in Ames because it is a college town, and if something like that would happen to a college student, they might not have the family support to go through these events.” ACCESS arose from the need to confront and combat the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence in Story County. Established in 1976 as a rape crisis center, ACCESS services were expanded over the years to include a 24-hour crisis hotline and shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1981, ACCESS opened its first shelter facility, a place where survivors and children could share a safe environment and more readily receive the services its growing staff and volunteers were ready to provide. ACCESS continues to serve Story, Boone, Greene, Marshall and Tama counties to this day. ACCESS’ mission is “to address the roots and impact of domestic and sexual violence through services that enhance safety, empower survivors and promote understanding and social justice within our community,” according to the ACCESS website. ACCESS also has other crisis lines that include a sexual abuse crisis line at 515-292-5378 or tollfree at 800-203-3488; a domestic violence crisis line at 515-292-0519 or toll-free at 855-983-4641; and a housing/sheltering services crisis line at 515-292-0543 or toll-free at 855-696-2980. and not different.” The bill passed with a vote 20-8-1. Sen. Ian Searles, senior in geology, also presented a bill to purchase a bluetooth controller for Student Government presentations. The controller would require $25 from the Senate Discretionary account. The bill passed with a vote of 23-3-1. A d d i t i o n a l l y, S t u d e n t Government sat Sen. Mariana Gonzalez, junior in political science and public relations, to the Public Relations committee. Sen. Gonzalez was approved with unanimous consent. Then, Sen. Kate Alucard, second year student in veterinary medicine, presented a bill to support the Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. The bill updated the definition to include all tobacco products that already do exist along with products that may exist in the future. The intent was to ensure the university policy is ahead of the tobacco industry and products will be treated in the same way. The bill passed with a vote of 24-2-1. Student Government elections will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can cast your vote at vote. iastate.edu. For more information, visit stugov.iastate.edu. The Senate meetings are open to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union.
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BY PEYTON.HAMEL @iowastatedaily.com
is the fruit of conversation
Controversy is the fruit of conversation, the core of the apple. But we are too narrow-minded nowadays to productively use controversy to our advantage. (By productive, I mean to persuade someone else to understand or align with a desired viewpoint.) Controversial discussions, which aren’t productive, usually involve shouting notions or disgruntled facial gestures. Is it true we are incapable of endorsing productive, controversial discussion? I hope not. We pigeon-hole our thought narratives into straight, linear burrows that limit our thinking and problem-solving ideas. Our burrows extend beyond regular discussion; it inhibits science, politics and social justice. We are either too focused on touting a certain viewpoint or scared of harming another that we forget that the solution to the problem is the focus. We need to learn to diversify our discussions to enhance productivity in science, politics and social justice. Is our progress stagnated? We are limiting ourselves. If we cannot effectively communicate to each other, then there is no point in discussion at all. Examining scientific issues will contribute to a more accurate vision of sciences, which broadens to other areas of study, according to M. P. Silverman in his publication “Raising questions: Philosophical significance of controversy in science.” Controversy contributes to social attitudes as well: “More trusting in society. More politically confident. More socially integrated” and more. Every controversy possesses its own spectrum of opinions; that’s what makes democracy work. Yet we are too focused on extreme opinions to derive a resolution through our superb capability of problem-solving. Maybe we are too headstrong in our opinions to calmly have a productive conversation concerning such controversies. Which conversations would you be able to handle calmly? Abortion. Legal or illegal? Mental health. Legitimate or illegitimate? Immigration. By the number or by the qualification? Racism. Institutional, individual or anywhere at all? We do not have to live in a world that swears by dualist dichotomies, the yin and yang. Moderate areas exist for these purposes. However, moderate solutions do not always include the most effective.
COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Columnist Peyton Hamel encourages individuals to engage in controversial conversations to better society and education. Hamel believes controversy contributes to social attitudes.
It is true that you need to stand for your opinion, but it is also true that you need to consider your community and those who would be impacted by the controversy. What if a woman was sexually assaulted and got pregnant? What if someone who did not receive academic accommodations in high school or college did not do well because their mental health was not deemed legitimate? What if someone who emigrated from Vietnam at a young age was forcefully deported back because of a foreign policy conflict but didn’t speak the language? What if ? We need to ask these questions to increase the quality of our
community and nation as a standard for the whole, not just for the individual. Imagine if we lived by moderation instead of if we lived by extremes. How the world would feel a little bit warmer than it did before. We might end up appreciating each other a little bit more, too. Break the script. Engage in controversial discussion, and do not succumb to the abrasive nature of binary politics. The only way we can improve as individuals and as a nation is if we engage in controversy in a productive, beneficial manner.
An editorial doesn’t represent the entire newsroom’s opinion ISD EDITORIAL BOARD Have you ever been in a newsroom? If you haven’t, the demographic looks a little like this (or at least ours does): news desk, politics desk, diversity desk, photography desk, design desk, copy desk, opinion desk and so much more. Each desk owns its own voice, and they are, more often than not, not the same. But there’s a difference between the opinion desk and the rest of the editorial team. Our news desks and sports desks report the facts of the news and what is going on around campus. The opinion section also uses facts but uses them to publish columns and editorials to pack up an individual’s argument. But where columns and editorials differ is who it represents. When a reporter or editor writes a column, that represents their own opinion and why they feel that way. An editorial represents the thoughts of a group called the ISD Editorial Board. In today’s news climate, it can be confusing to understand all the moving parts
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Anger toward what happened at Last Chance Open is not justified
BY ZACH.MARTIN @iowastatedaily.com Let me start this by saying the following: wrestling is a sport that should be getting more positive coverage instead of negative. It’s a sport that is only on the main ESPN channel one time a year, with smaller networks doing more coverage and what happened on Saturday added to the negativity that wrestling is accustomed to. Allow me to give my perspective on what took place at Gilbert High School on Feb. 22. Marcus Coleman, needing to go 5-0 to get an allocation spot and attempt to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in March, went 5-0. His fifth win was an actual match, defeating North Dakota State’s TJ Pottinger by a 15-4 major decision Sunday. The previous four? The most activity Coleman did was walk on the mat and have his arm raised. Four matches with four injury defaults, and the Ames-native met the 15-match requirement, not only improving his winning percentage but also being at the center of controversy. As in the case of today’s world and on the Twitter-verse, everyone piled onto a wrestler, who had the first half of his season wiped away due to bumping up 10 pounds and needing to accumulate wins and matches, and a head coach for allowing this to happen. Yet it’s Kevin Dresser who, following his team’s 22-16 win over the Bison, said publicly that it’s all gamesmanship and no rules were broken. “There’s instances where guys needs matches for [the rating percentage index (RPI),] win percentage and coaches’ ranking,” Dresser said. In real time as it happened, I had many thoughts running through my head. It was shady; it didn’t sit well with me. And it just made Dresser, for all the good he’s done in turning the Cyclones’ program around in three years, look really awful. Rules, in fact, were not broken. So for the people calling these matches fixed, that the NCAA should step in, I’m going to say one word
for those individuals: listen. Iowa State put five guys in the 184 pounds bracket. Tate Battani, Austin Stotts, Caleb Long and Julien Broderson joined Coleman. “Everybody had to wrestle that was healthy, and they did not, if they hit each other, did not have to wrestle each other if they didn’t want to,” Dresser said. “I said, ‘If we’re on the championship side, that’s up to you guys. Both guys want to wrestle, you gotta wrestle.’” Dresser and Coleman were expecting the latter to wrestle multiple matches. What the former didn’t expect was Battani and Long winning their matches, which caused a wrench in the plans, as Battani defeated Minnesota’s Caden Steffen and South Dakota State’s (SDSU) Jacob Schoon, while Long won 4-3 over SDSU’s Caleb Orris. Had those two guys lost their respective matchups, Coleman would’ve legitimately wrestled at least two matches, which made this whole spectacle more of an issue than it would’ve been. And in terms of what happened with Wisconsin’s Johnny Sebastian, it was told to the media that Dresser and the Badgers’ Head Coach Chris Bono had a discussion on how to approach that matchup between Coleman and Sebastian. Everyone is mad because the young guys that wrestled their opponents won. People are upset because Battani and Long did what they are attending a Division I program to do, outside of getting an education, which is to wrestle. Anger shouldn’t be put toward Coleman and Dresser. Nobody did anything wrong or flagrant, and no one broke a rule. The way it takes to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, this is it, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. I can’t see how people who view this in complete context leave and say, “Well, it’s still fixing,” or “Well, Coleman shouldn’t qualify for NCAAs.” One, it’s not fixing when, per the NCAA rules, injury defaults count towards the 15-match requirement. Two, Coleman struggled in his new weight, but he has been building confidence, and I think it’ll show at the Big 12 Tournament.
COURTESY OF IOWA STATE ATHLETICS In his column, Zach Martin expresses frustration with the amount of anger about the results for Marcus Coleman at the Last Chance Open.
In my eyes, he’s the fourth best 184-pounder in the conference. And I don’t think that’s a reach. “The guy that I probably need to apologize to is Coleman; he needed the mat time,” Dresser said. “... He wanted matches. Coleman would’ve wrestled seven guys if I would’ve put seven guys out there; I just couldn’t get anybody to wrestle him.” Dresser is an advocate against this. He’s going to use it while it’s still allowed because what coach wouldn’t? While viewed from the outside as shady, it’s strategic and smart. Wrestlers stay fresh and healthy, which is what every single coach in the country wants. I applaud Dresser for speaking against the approach it takes to qualify for the final tournament of the season. “The way the system is set up is very, very messed up,” Dresser said. “We had two kids... they came and probably got NCAA bids, and they did nothing wrong, just were gaming like the rest of us. They will get NCAA bids for their conference because their athletes showed up and defaulted out of a tournament. To me, that’s not how we want to roll.” If people want to tweet angry, go right ahead. It won’t change what happened, and it won’t change Coleman’s record or the reputation Dresser has established at Iowa State, nor should it.
MARCUS COLEMAN’S LAST CHANCE OPEN MATCH BREAKDOWN MATCH 1 VS Austin Stotts (Iowa State) WIN
MATCH 2 VS Johnny Sebastian (Wisconsin) WIN
MATCH 3 VS Caleb Long (Iowa State) WIN
MATCH 4 VS Tate Battani (Iowa State) WIN
AVERAGE MATCH DURATION
Jackson & Grill offset a tough night for Nixon BY ZANE.DOUGLAS @iowastatedaily.com Iowa State’s game against TCU came down to the final minute before Iowa State could put the Horned Frogs away in Hilton after letting the Frogs jump back from an 18-point hole. A 65-59 win against a team that was tied for a spot in the top half of the Big 12 standings could look good without context, but Iowa State gave up a huge halftime lead, and TCU was missing multiple effective players.
MASK OFF, SHOOTING ON Freshman guard Tre Jackson didn’t play shy Tuesday night as he set a career high in points with 18, backed up by four first-half 3 pointers on six attempts in his first game with a face mask that was used after a nose injury he suffered against Oklahoma State on Jan. 21. Jackson sunk 3 after 3 in the first 20
minutes, directly following a stretch where the Cyclones were hard-pressed to get it inside. TCU played up on him in the second half, which didn’t allow much space for shots, but Jackson still found a couple opportunities to drive in and release a floater that rattled in on both occasions.
GRILL COVERS Freshman guard Caleb Grill had a positive impact for the Cyclones on Tuesday with his biggest plays of the game coming on the defensive end. After a steal in the waning minutes by TCU, Grill stepped up and snatched the ball right back, giving the Cyclones an extra possession. In the decisive final minute, Grill would nab the ball again and follow that up with a key block, giving the Cyclones the defensive stops they needed late. Grill was playing with a wrap around his right wrist, which could’ve
contributed to his 0-3 shooting day, but his defense still shone through as he played 24 minutes with a plus/minus of +6, the final minute being the difference. Grill’s game against the Horned Frogs could buy him some more time on the floor in the coming weeks.
NIXON STRUGGLES Part of the reason that Grill played so much was the lack of effectiveness from redshirt senior guard Prentiss Nixon. Since coming back in the starting lineup, Nixon’s abysmal percentages in conference have improved, but his offensive inefficiency showed again. Nixon shot 1-10 from the floor and missed the rim entirely on multiple occasions. He also racked up four turnovers and was hit with four personal fouls. The combination of inefficient shooting and carelessness with the ball resulted in one of the Nixon’s worst games of his career.
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&RISE of South Korean cinema BY CELESTE.KI @iowastatedaily.com Everyone, even President Donald Trump, seems to be talking about South Korean cinema after Palme d’Or-recipient Bong Joon-ho took home four Oscars for his film “Parasite,” including the best picture Oscar — the first non-English language film to do so in the history of the Academy Awards. That isn’t to say that Korean movies are new, even to Americans. South Korean cinema has arguably been prominent in the West and in the United States for at least two decades. Barbara Demick, journalist and former Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, said in a 2005 article from The Los Angeles Times that “Hollywood considers South Korea to be one of its more lucrative foreign markets,” and “South Koreans typically have a major presence at the American Film Market.” While “Parasite” brought global attention to the South Korean film industry, movies like 2003 Grand Pixrecipient “Oldboy,” directed by Park Chan-wook, and “Burning,” directed by Lee Chang-dong, which won 101 accolades, have also gained substantial attention in the West. Korean films are often best known for their themes of revenge, politics and class issues. South Korea also has a long history of political and economic instability and governmental corruption, as it went from extreme military rule to democratization and industrialization in the 20th century,
which has been particularly harmful to the working class. Korean cinema began with Do-san Kim’s “Righteous Revenge” on Oct. 27, 1919. This day is now recognized and celebrated as Korean Film Day. However, the Korean film industry didn’t really take off until the late 1940s after their liberation from Japan in 1945 with movies that depicted and celebrated Korean independence, according to Lee Gyu-lee’s article from The Korea Times. Shortly after, the then-grow- T he ing film industry was affected by ula 2003 film “O ldboy,” rity for dir South the Korean War, in which active Korean ected by Pa rk C films in combat lasted from 1950 to 1953. wester han-wook, is amo n mark Illu A total of 14 films were produced b e c a m e a n ng ma ets. ny film stration by Y s credit o during those three years, which have expendable human ed for ungchang K in im creasin since been lost as the country split into resource in the industrialization prog poptwo separate nations. cess,” according to Ahn Minhwa’s authoritarian rule of After the Korean War came to a article from Asianfilms.org. President Chun Doo-hwan. cease-fire, the South Korean governFilmmakers during this time were As South Korea began to indus- industry and continue to perform ment support and foreign aid helped subject to censorship and faced getting trialize rapidly, governmental control strongly, according to Darcy Paquet’s revive the film industry, which led blacklisted or imprisonment if their of the media and film industry began book “New Korean Cinema: Breaking to South Korea’s “Golden Age of work wasn’t loyal to the government, to relax in the 1980s. The film indus- the Waves.” Cinema.” From the mid-1950s to the such as film producer and director try slowly recovered and began to see One of the first huge South Korean 1970s, these films consisted mostly Shin Sang-ok, who was blacklisted international recognition. However, blockbusters was Kang Je-gyu’s film of melodramas that often explored by the South Korean government and the industry suffered again during the “Shiri” (1999), which follows the class issues. then kidnapped by the North Korean International Monetary Fund (IMF) story of a North Korean spy in Seoul, Kim Ki-young’s “The Housemaid” government in 1978. crisis in 1997 when its global stock South Korea. Other notable examfollows the story of a woman who is The Golden Age came to an end markets had a sudden drop. Despite ples include “My Sassy Girl” (Kwak hired by an upper-class family to be in the 1970s under Yusin System, also the quickly growing economy, South Jae-yong, 2001), “Taegukgi” ( Je-gyu, their servant. It’s a prominent exam- known as the Fourth Republic of Korea, Korea suffers due to military crises 2004), “The Host” ( Joon-ho, 2006), ple of the Golden Age of Cinema in which South Koreans were under related to North Korea, according to “Train to Busan” (Yeon Sang-ho, and is considered by many film critics the authoritarian rule of President an article from Hankyoreh. 2016) and, of course, “Parasite.” to be one of the greatest films made Park Chung-hee. Censorship laws Following the IMF crisis and the Hollywood continues to dominate in South Korea. The film also reflects and governmental control of South persistence of young filmmakers, we the global film market, but with the political issues relevant to its time. Korean media posed a problem for are now currently in the “New Korean success of “Parasite” in the United “The Housemaid” was produced in filmmakers and audiences alike. After Cinema” wave. Larger-budget produc- States, more films from South Korea a time period of “development driven Chung-hee was assassinated, heavy tions and international coproductions and foreign films as a whole may find by dictatorship,” in which “[laborers] censorship laws continued under the now dominate the South Korean film similar success.
Trevor Sensor, Halfloves to perform at the M-Shop BY GABBY.LUCAS @iowastatedaily.com For fans of Midwest-native music, a night of genre-bending and mellow indie rock is in store this weekend. Trevor Sensor and Halfloves will perform at the Maintenance Shop at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Halfloves, a five-piece art rock band from Iowa City, have been hailed as “the best currently active rock band in Iowa” by the Iowa Informer. However, frontman Jeff Roalson said he feels his band doesn’t fit into one label. Drawing heavy inspiration from Radiohead, Roalson said the ability to consistently evolve their sound is the key to Halfloves’ dynamic. “[Radiohead] obviously have, like any great band, their own sound, but each album they are able to reinvent themselves,” Roalson said. “I think that’s something that, and I’m not saying that we do it perfectly, but we definitely at least aspire to try to write something new and not get into that rut of doing the same thing over and over.” For fans of other Iowa-based outfits such as
treesreach, the Envy Corps and the Fuss, the members of Halfloves are multi-instrumentalists who come from a myriad of different musical backgrounds. This allows them to work together to create complex, textured and never-the-same live shows. Roalson said they always like to be as creative as possible with their arrangements and play different instruments within the same set. “That kind of flexibility gives us, on one hand, a lot of options,” Roalson said. “I think what we really try to figure out is how to use both a lot of musical possibilities in combination with intentionally limiting certain aspects or zoning in on certain things that we’re trying to do.” Material from Halfloves’ newest album “Dazer” will be the main focus of their upcoming show. While high energy in some respects, Roalson said their live performances aren’t afraid to get moody, spacey and downright raw when necessary. Trevor Sensor, armed with a gravelly voice often compared to that of Tom Waits or Bob Dylan, is an Illinois-native, Iowa-transplant solo artist who describes his unique blend of folk punk and indie rock as “venting music” and “a way to get shit out.”
COURTESY OF SUB The Iowa City-native band Halfloves, a band serving mellow indie rock, will perform at the M-Shop Saturday night.
With a style similar to Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver and Daniel Johnston, Sensor said his music is emotionally charged and personal. “I don’t really know if I can really compare it to other people because people vent in different ways than I do,” Sensor said. “It’s overall pretty aggressive music. It’s a good way to scream a little bit with how you’re feeling.” Known for his intellectual and atmospheric
lyricism, Sensor said his upcoming sophomore album will explore emotional vagrancy and other similar themes. “If I could wrap up everything within one word or so, it would be exile,” Sensor said. “It would probably have to be something about getting your teeth kicked in a little bit.” Sensor said the new album reflects on the past couple years of his life, which he spent “drifting around the country, seeing a lot of things and wrestling with the malaise of working life.” Sensor grew up interested in music and said he always wanted to devote his time to making art. Sensor said he feels he got lucky with his musical career, which he decided to take a break from for the past couple of years. “I’ve been kind of away from music for a while, and I’ve just been doing a lot of manual labor jobs and stuff,” Sensor said. Despite the dichotomy between music and manual labor, Sensor managed to find inspiration. Tickets for Trevor Sensor and Halfloves are $12 for non-students and $8 for students who present their student ID at the door. There will be a $2 cost increase on the day of the concert.
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ice and give birth to their cubs there.” These bears rely on sea ice for hunting, and with it disappearing, the bears’ ability and time to hunt for food is limited. “The simplest summation for them is that the main threat to polar bears is habitat loss,” Derocher said. “And that is exactly the same threat that is putting many, many species around the world at risk.” Stephen Dinsmore, department chair of the entomology department, is a professor of natural resource ecology and management. He is also a population biologist and avian ecologist. “So the food supply that’s on the mainland is not as good, is not as nutritious, so they’re trying to make do with a secondary food supply, which causes the emaciated images [of polar bears] that you see on the news,” Dinsmore said. “That’s not sufficient for something like that. They’re a big animal. They need a lot of input of calories. And meat and fat and proteins and things like that are very, very important, so I think that’s kind of this phenological mismatch we call it.” Derocher said the Arctic is warming somewhere between two to three times faster than areas of lower latitudes. He said in the 70s and 80s, studies about polar bears weren’t looking at monitoring climate change. Through those studies, though, they found monitoring information to look at things like reproductive rates and survival rates. “In essence, with increasing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, we’re getting rapid warming in the Arctic and essentially shortening the time period that sea ice is present but also doing some fundamental changes, like changing the thickness of the sea ice and its distribution,” Derocher said. “So in overview, there’s not a lot of things you can do from a conservation effort for polar bears without trying to at least address climate change, greenhouse gas emissions across the planet.” James Colbert, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has been director for the undergraduate biology program for 15 years. He said a lot of people assume if a species doesn’t have a direct impact on humans that they don’t really view them as important. “Every species has a role in the ecosystems that they live in,” Colbert said. “Because of limitations
signatures, equal to at least 2 percent of the Republican party vote in at least 20 of the district’s 39 counties. “Today’s event was the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication by our campaign’s supporters, but it certainly doesn’t come as a surprise,” Richards said in a press release.“Our team had gathered more than double the necessary signatures, topped the 2-percent requirement in 26 counties and collected signatures in every county before mid-August last year.” If no candidate reaches 35 percent in the Republican primary, the party’s nomination will be selected by delegates at a district convention. In January 2019, King was stripped of his assignments on the House Judiciary and Agriculture Committee after he made comments on white supremacy. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King said in an interview with the New York Times before his assignments were stripped. King later said on Iowa Public Television that the New York Times “misquoted” him. If reelected, King will serve his 10th term. King declined to comment on his reelection campaign for this article. King will host town halls throughout the 4th District up until the election in November. After confirming his reelection campaign, King offered a message to voters. “Don’t let the elitists in this country, the power brokers in this country, tell [you] who’s going to represent [you] in the United States Congress,” King said on IPTV.
of time and effort and money and people to study these things, we often don’t know exactly what the role is, but they all have a role, whether we know what it is or not.” The role that every species has is called a niche. They have their job and the goal to survive to pass on their genes to the next generation. Michael Rentz, assistant teaching professor of natural resource ecology and management, grew up adventuring in nature and watching the “1970s versions of Animal Planet.” He said the more time he spends in his career, the more passion he has. “The polar bear is a great example of an animal with a pretty narrow niche,” Rentz said. “It’s able to live off of seals and to hunt seals in the winter on the ice.” Rentz relates the idea of niches to humans. There used to be a niche for blacksmiths and pager salesmen, and now it’s more about repairing iPhones. With polar bears though, he said they can’t evolve to have a different main food source or adapt to eating seals without the help of ice, considering the time scale. “So they can’t necessarily swim [seals] down, and the seals don’t necessarily come to land reliably enough that they can hunt exclusively just on land,” Rentz said. “As the climate change is, an ice up comes later and ice out comes earlier. We’re shrinking that period of time where the bears can be effectively feeding.” Not being able to effectively feed on seals and build up fat can be a challenge for mother polar bears when reproducing and feeding their young. They can lack the energy needed to go through the process and may be unable to give their cubs the proper nutrients and teach them skills needed for the wild once separated from their mother. Rentz said the bears do eat for more than just themselves when pregnant, but it takes even more energy to produce milk for the young than it does to produce the cub itself. Mother polar bears have one to three cubs at a time, twins being the most common, according to Polar Bears International. The newborns are fully dependent on their mother for warmth and food, as when first born, they can’t see, don’t have teeth and only have short fur. The cubs will nurse for at least 20 months using the milk, which is 31 percent fat to grow bigger and stronger.
The first children’s book Reese discussed was “Orbis Pictus” by John Amos Comenius. In one section of the book is an image with different depictions of Native people from around the world, with corresponding text below. “The Indians, even to this day, worship the Devil,” according to the description of Native Americans in “Orbis Pictus.” The next book Reese spoke about was “A Son of the Forest” by William Apess. This book described Apess’ view of Native people as scary, even though he was a Native person himself. This was because Apess was raised by a white family that told him stories about how Native people were scary and aggressive. Reese said that as Apess got older, he realized this fear was wrong and that the white people were actually the aggressors. Reese went on to describe some of this aggression. One example was how white people would try to “Christianize and civilize” Native peoples, oftentimes against their will. The main way they would do this is by using “boarding schools” to remove Native culture from them and teach them how to be “civilized.” Reese spoke of her two grandfathers; one was a white man with the last name of Yates while the other was a Native American man with the last name of Sakiestewa. Her Native American grandfather was sent to a boarding schools, and his last name was taken from him in exchange for a “common” name, Calvert. “One of my grandfathers lost his name but kept his culture,” Reese said. “One of my grandfathers, his identity was never under threat.” Reese then moved into the idea of names and how they are important. She said that all given names are special and very important because they are given for a reason and mean something to the person who gives it. Reese brought up how one teacher used “Native American Names”worksheet in a class that encouraged the students to create names such as “Talks-Too-Much”
“The other thing, because they eat mostly fat and they store lots and lots of fat, any chemicals that are fat soluble, that accumulate in the environment, there’s the chance for bioaccumulation in the bears,” Rentz said. “So I don’t think necessarily the way the ocean currents work that bears are seeing a lot of straws, but any of that pollution in the water or in the air that’s accumulating in the food chain — the fish eating the plankton, the seals eating the fish, the bear eating the seal.” Getting educated not only about what can be done to address climate change but also what animals do can be helpful to people so they have a better understanding of why animals are important to their ecosystem. Dinsmore said with polar bears, there has been the use of satellite tracking technology. Satellite tags track where the bears are and if they stick to the same routines year by year. Understanding how polar bears use their environment can be helpful when looking at how to correct the problems the bears are facing. “Well, certainly I hope that all the attention and research and images of polar bears that are suffering get enough attention so that we can deal with the Arctic ecosystem in a way that reverses those trends,” Dinsmore said. “So that we don’t have to have our children see the same images or not have the opportunity to see a wild polar bear. It’s a magnificent animal and it’s something that’s great to have the possibility that we can have those around for next generations.” Polar Bears International will have special programming throughout Thursday including live chats on Facebook. There will be a range of experts from the U.S., Canada, Norway and Denmark on the live chats so people can ask them questions. The full schedule for International Polar Bear Day can be found on Polar Bears International’s website. A Canada Goose short film called Bare Existence documents the work Polar Bears International has done to drive awareness and inspire action.The Polar Bears International website also has a large amount of information about polar bears, climate change and how people can get involved to help not only polar bears but all species. “Personally, I think it’s a much sadder world if the only place you can see polar bears is a zoo,” Colbert said. “But not everybody would agree with me.” or “No-Particular-Time,” which presents the idea that Native nations actually use these names and that “taking on a Native name” is a good thing to do. The next book Reese discussed was “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This is one of Reese’s least favorite books for many reasons. Reese said the contents of the book are deeply problematic with multiple factual problems in the book, such as misrepresenting Native peoples as primitive and pretty naked, when that was in fact not the case. Reese also said the story is presented as autobiographical when it is not because Wilder was two when she moved to “Indian Territory,” and the story is written from the perspective of a 7-year-old. “I don’t want people using this book in classrooms, not because I’m trying to censor you but because you’re educators,” Reese said. “You’re charged with educating children, not misleading them with mythical and stereotypical content. That goes against what you as educators are expected to do.” Reese presented the idea of “windows, mirrors, sliding glass doors” by Rudine Sims Bishop, a professor from Ohio State University. That idea states that windows allow vision into another culture, mirrors reflect back a shared culture and sliding glass doors allow for immersion into another culture. Reese showed an infographic showing different mirrors in children’s literature and who they represent. Fifty percent represented white children, 27 percent represented animals, 10 percent represented African American children, 7 percent represented Asian Pacific American children, 5 percent represented Latinx children and 1 percent represented Indigenous children. To the “windows, mirrors, sliding glass doors,”Reese discussed with Bishop of adding “curtains” to the list because some things do not need to be shared because it is no one else’s business. Examples of various Native nations’ practices have been incorrectly shared by outsiders in various points in history, and curtains in these metaphorical windows may help with that.
to the common medical phrase, “When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras.” In an example of this, she said in a situation where an individual shows symptoms such as a sore throat, a doctor is more likely to test for strep throat rather than throat cancer. Fol lowing Bunne y and Howard’s presentation was the panel walk, where attendees could talk with members of RDAC and presenters of the panels. “I am a parent of a child with a rare disease, and when I found out Iowa State was hosting an event like this, I just had to get involved,” said Shannon Grundmeier, an academic adviser for the business undergraduate program. Grundmeier was one of the presenters at the event, standing alongside a few others, all of which who have been personally impacted by a rare disease. S he was standing next to her panel, which discussed Kleefstra Syndrome, a disorder that involves numerous parts of the body. One of the key features of this disorder includes developmental delay, severely limited or absent speech and weak muscle tone (hypotonia), according to the U.S National Library of Medicine’s website. “My son received a diagnosis a little over a year ago, and we want to raise awareness about his unique condition because hardly anyone knows about it, including medical professionals,” Grundmeier said. Morgan Tweed, a graduate student in architecture, member of RDAC and president of the Alliance for Disability Awareness club, was one of the presenters during the open panel. Tw e e d ’s p o s t e r i n f o r m e d attendees about MoerschWoltman Syndrome, also known as stiff-person syndrome. Those affected by this condition tend to have progressive and fluctuating muscular rigidity that can include muscle spasms, according to Tweed’s poster. “Our goal is to help the disability office raise awareness on campus and help students who need accommodations,” Tweed said. “ W hat we tr y to do is help students know what’s there because most students don’t know what is available to them.” Tweed also discussed resources that are available to Iowa State students, such as the Digital Accessibility Lab, located in D ur ham Center 108, whic h recently opened in November 2019. T h e D i g i t a l Ac c e s s i b i l i t y Lab is a campus space for students with disabilities to “work together using assistive technology and a place for them to try out new technologies that could increase their course engagement,” according to the Digital Access website. Those who are interested in learning more about Rare Disease Day can visit rarediseaseday.org. The 2020 Rare Disease Day is Saturday.
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