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September 30, 2010 | Volume 206 | Number 27 | 40 cents | | An independent newspaper serving Iowa State since 1890.



LANE4 unveils developments in project plans Community members voice concerns about profitability, sustainability By Sarah.Clark and Chelsea.Davis

President Obama answers Jeannette McKenzie’s questions about the health care bill. After the backyard chat, McKenzie said she was still very nervous about the reform, but was happy to participate in the event. Photo: Jessica Opoien/Iowa State Daily

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President Obama visits Iowa to discuss middle-class challenges

By Tyler.Kingkade President Barack Obama told a gathering in a Des Moines home Wednesday that after nearly a decade of bad policies, the country has a big hole to climb out of. He argued the country is on the right track, but acknowledged that college graduates and the generation coming of age will face the toughest economy of any generation since the Great Depression. President Obama met with about 80 people in the backyard of a middle class Beaverdale neighborhood at the home

of Jeff Clubb and Sandy Hatfield-Clubb. Guests included family members of the Clubbs, Drake University athletes, city council members, friends and neighbors. Gov. Chet Culver was also there; he and his family greeted the president along with other Iowa politicians and officials when Air Force One arrived Tuesday night. The president put a strong emphasis on what has been or needs to be done to boost the nation’s education system. He cited the goal of helping young people by expanding the federal student loan program and allowing people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan up to age 26, and said building back strength in long-term economy requires bringing education back to the top in the United States. “We’ve got to make tough choices

Watch and learn: see Obama discuss how to help youth, at

if we’re going solve some of these longterm problems we’ve been putting off,” Obama said. “That means putting aside some of the politics as usual, and it also means sometimes telling folks things they don’t want to hear,” which he acknowledged is difficult in an election season. Obama said the U.S. drop in student rankings on science and math performance and the drop in number of college graduates need to be reversed. Too many schools are failing, and students who work hard should be able to afford a col-


Anticipation filled the air as LANE4 Property Group revealed its newest plans for Campustown at the city’s public input meeting Wednesday night. Students, faculty and Ames community members nearly filled the Maintenance Shop at the Memorial Union to hear the newest plans for the area around Welch Avenue and Lincoln Way. LANE4, Iowa State and the city of Ames are working together to create a family- and student-friendly area in the Ames community.

Hunter Harris, LANE4 director of development, revealed the new developments in store for the Campustown area. Ideas discussed included a small grocery or drug store, a higher-end restaurant, a hotel and a high-tech movie theater that might be used as classrooms during the day. Harris stressed the importance of students submitting their input. LANE4 has made multiple trips to the Ames area, meeting with student focus groups throughout the summer to find out what students want. Although the consensus

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Government of the Student Body hears plans, allots funding to groups ™

By Michaela. Sickmann Hunter Harris, LANE4 director of development, and Owen Buckley, president of LANE4, came to speak about the Campustown Renovation Project at the weekly Government of the Student Body meeting. Harris said they are doing everything to “better the student experience.” They have expressed that they are always open to new input and have been around campus and the community trying to gain insight on what is needed and how people feel about Campustown.


Exclusive interview: Read the Daily’s live chat with LANE4, at Harris said they hope to retain Campustown’s identity and build on what it has. “[We] hope to keep the character of Campustown,” Buckley said. “Local tenants’ businesses are their life and blood, it differentiates from

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Bacteria study

Research attempts to pinpoint cause of drug-resistance By Nyajuok.Deng The ISU research team lead by Edward Yu may have found a key to figuring out the problem of bacterial resistance. Yu, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and his research team identified the structure which allows bacteria to resist drugs. Yu Bacterial resistance is when a microorganism is able to survive the exposure to antibiotics. For the past 60 years, antibiotics have played a critical role in the fight against diseases, although 70 percent of bacteria that cause infections are at least resistant to at least one of the drugs commonly used to treat it. “We are trying to understand resistance in bacteria, the basic knowledge and structure,” Yu said. The team found the exact structure of the protein of CusA — one of three parts of the pumps responsible for removing toxins in bacteria. The researchers then compared and identified the differences to understand the mechanism that removes heavymetal toxins from cells.

DANCE MARATHON: Recruitment Dance Marathon participants jump for a picture Wednesday outside the Memorial Union for Dance Marathon’s recruitment week. Photo: Ryan Damman/Iowa State Daily



Why it Matters:

Dance Marathon is a philanthropic organization that benefits Children’s Miracle Network and University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

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Barack in the backyard  

This Sept. 30, 2010 editition of the Iowa State Daily features a photo I took at an event held by President Barack Obama in Des Moines. I al...