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February 12, 2018

A Constitutional Convention /NorthernIowan


Volume 114, Issue 36

Opinion 3 Campus Life 4 Sports 6 Games 7 Classifieds 8


Darwin Week preview 2

‘Welfare queens’ 3

‘Beta Snowflake Cuck’ preview 5

Swimming and Diving 6

What it means for our state and our union


The Iowa Senate recently filed Senate Joint Resolution 8, calling for a constitutional convention of the states to

propose amendments to the United States Constitution. The Senate resolution follows a 2017 resolution by the Iowa House, making the Iowa legislature the 28th of the required 34 to hold a constitutional convention.

The resolution cited an expansion of the federal government’s power since the United States’ founding and deficit spending as the reasoning for requesting a convention. According to the resolution, the Iowa legislature aims to use a convention to “impose fiscal restraints, and limit the power of the federal government, and requesting Congress to similarly propose such amendments.” Procedures to amend the Constitution are outlined in Article V, where two paths to amending the Constitution are forged. The first is the method by which all 27 amendments to the American Constitution have been added; a proposed amendment or amendments are passed by two-thirds of both chambers of Congress and ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures. The second is the nev-

er-before-used convention method. Two-thirds of American state legislatures must petition for a convention in order for one to take place, but according to UNI Political Science Department Head Donna Hoffman, what would happen after that is largely unclear. “The Constitution says that we could use this, but this Constitution doesn’t say very much about it,” Hoffman said. “And that’s one of the reasons why we’ve never totally progressed to actually having that method, because there’s a lot left to the imagination.” The only historical precedent that exists for an American constitutional convention is the convention held in 1787. The convention was called to revise the Articles of Confederation, but instead the Articles were scrapped and replaced with a brand-new document:

the U.S. Constitution. “That is why the lack of specificity in terms of what a Constitutional Convention today would look like, has really kept it from being used in some ways,” Hoffman said. “A lot of the efforts where states have actually passed something to send to Congress that says ‘we call for you to do a convention,’ they try to limit it to a specific topic. It’s not clear that that’s binding […] Even if it were binding, there’s still not an agreement on: Do states get one vote? Do states get the number of votes in their congressional delegation? The rules governing a constitutional convention are open. Because again, historically, we have one example. I’m a little leery whether you could bind a convention, because there is no authority about a convention.”  See CONSTITUTION, page 2

UNI hosts Northern Festival of Bands KOREE DEERING Staff Writer

On Friday, Feb. 9, UNI hosted the Northern Festival of Bands 2018 in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). The Northern Iowa Wind Ensemble and the UNI Symphonic Band each performed a few musical pieces, as they have done in previous years. “First, the symphonic band is playing three pieces and then the Wind Ensemble is playing three pieces,” said Hugh Zehr, a freshman economics major and tuba player for the UNI Symphonic Band. “There is some pretty exciting repertoire. We have practice for two hours twice a week to prepare for the show, so I’m excited to see how it goes.” The first piece that was performed was a musical composition written by Giovanni Gabrieli, an Italian composer and organist. The piece was a part of Gabrieli’s “Sacrae

Symphoniae,” written in the late 1500s for St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice. According to UNI Symphonic Band Conductor Justin Mertz, this musical piece maintains the Renaissance behind Gabrieli’s work and emphasises the creation of a unique atmosphere. It was chosen to be part of the Northern Festival of Bands because of the GallagherBluedorn’s similarly distinct atmosphere. The UNI Symphonic band proceeded to perform Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-flat for Military Band” and Symphonic Dance No. 3, “Fiesta,” as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. “I’m here for the UNI honor band. We’re just here to watch, so I think it’s going to be really cool because we’ve never heard their band so I’m interested to see all of their practice and hard work pay off,” said Grace, a student from Waterloo West High School who attended the


On Friday, Feb. 9, the Northern Iowa Wind Ensemble and UNI Symphonic Band performed at the GBPAC.

performance to see the UNI honor band. After intermission, the Northern Iowa Wind Ensemble played “Wine Dark Sea,” a depiction following the story of Odysseus, a Greek King and hero of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The first piece they played after intermission,

“Hubris,” represents the journey Odysseus takes after the Trojan War as he and his crew triumphantly march in celebration of their victory. The next piece, “Immortal Thread, So Weak” told the heartbreak of an immortal nymph named Calypso who holds Odysseus hostage as he tries to leave her to return

home to his wife and son. The final piece played by the Northern Iowa Wind Ensemble, “The Attention of Souls,” tells the story of Odysseus’ journey through the underworld where he must make a sacrifice to the dead.  See ENSEMBLE, page 5


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gral to a successful week. UNIFI’s advisor, Doug Shaw, professor of mathe-

matics, and Connie Hansen, student organizations coordinator, have been particularly instrumental this year, Covarrubias said. To Covarrubias, Darwin Week is an event for anyone and everyone — including students who are religious or students who may not identify as part of the free thought movement. “Science does not discriminate based on religion. We are not trying to prove or disprove God,” Covarrubias said. “In fact, Darwin wanted to be a preacher and he didn’t discount his religion after he made his discovery. For anyone to say Darwinian evolution is anti-religious or anti-Christian is coming from a place of fear and ignorance rather than one of open exploration. To allege such is disappointingly untrue.” Darwin Week is an event meant to stimulate discussion, raise questions, and promote curiosity in a range of areas, according to Covarrubias. Many of the lectures are not directly tied to a conversation about religion. There are lectures that talk about other ideas, such as ethical ref lection and the relationship between being a historian and being skep-

The expansion of federal authority and fiscal priorities within Iowa’s resolution are not the only justif ications provided by convention activists. Other convention issues include imposing Congressional

term limits and campaign f inance reform, according to Hoffman. “[The Iowa resolution] is a conservative effort, but there are liberals who would love to amend the Constitution and do things for campaign f inance reform,” Hoffman said. The implications of a con-

vention are large; however, the odds of one taking place are relatively slim, despite the addition of Iowa’s voice to the call to hold a convention. “I don’t think [the odds of holding a convention] are strong, because of the ambiguity,” Hoffman said. “But they’re also not zero.”







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UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI) annual Darwin Week will kick off today, Feb. 12, and lectures centered on religion, science and healthy skepticism will continue until Feb. 15. “[It’s] no different than going to a really cool class,” said UNIFI president and senior psychology major Oliverio Covarrubias. “It gives students time to pick and choose what we want to learn.” According to Covarrubias, Darwin Week is an event that provides a platform for the presentation of research and ideas relating to philosophy, science, and social sciences. Faculty from UNI and other universities will informally discuss topics important to them. This year, that ranges from what it means to be a modern atheist, intersectionality in the free thought movement, religion in public schools, vulnerability in geography, the evolution of disease and Mark Twain. Darwin Week has been UNIFI’s cornerstone event for years. Featuring several lectures each day, the week is a feat for a student organi-


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zation to coordinate. According to Covarrubias, the event is successful because of the combined efforts of the entire officer team. Officers and members collaborate about what professors are engaging and dynamic and what topics are timely. UNIFI members also bring ideas for speakers that are not just from UNI, as faculty from other Iowa schools are brought to speak through transfer student connections. For example, Tim Bergin, Wednesday’s keynote speaker, who is lecturing on the history of Darwin, is a faculty member at DMACC. Faculty are also inte-


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tical. Another speaker will discuss the history of religion in the public-school system. Tre Goodhue, UNIFI vice president and senior history major, looks forward to seeing UNI’s faculty lecturers, like Instructors of Philosophy and World Religions Abbylynn Helgevold and Michael Graziano, as well as Associate Professor of History Thomas Connors. “I’ll get the chance to talk about things I normally wouldn’t get to talk about in class,” Goodhue said. Covarrubias is prioritiz-

ing Tuesday’s keynote, Diane Burkholder, who will present “Intersectionality and Free Thought” because, for him, “being the only Mexican in this organization has had its interesting intersections with other aspects of white neoliberalism. It’s no secret that the movement is seen as very white, to put it politely.” Covarrubias urged students to attend lectures that catch their eye. “We’re giving you the chance to learn something new and look at the world from a different perspective,” Covarrubias said.

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Understanding public aid recipients In considering the contemporary climate of unfavorable perceptions of public assistance and its recipients, it seems impossible to consider the fact that these programs were once valued and widely appreciated within mainstream U.S. culture. Today, Americans tend to view the recipients of public aid as distrustful, which may come as no surprise when considering the thorough construction of the conception of a typical recipient. The public’s hostile discourse regarding social welfare policy has been consistently directed toward minority groups and individuals, despite the actual racial composition of recipients. At the forefront of public scrutiny regarding public assistance are black women. In fact, the widely used term “welfare queen,” coined by President Ronald Reagan, is summarized in a piece on welfare reform proposed by Michele Gilman. Gilman explains that the

phrase was shorthand for “a lazy woman of color, with numerous children she cannot support, who is cheating taxpayers by abusing the system to collect government assistance.” This depiction of welfare recipients as lifelong, black dependents somehow made its way to the public sphere, where many assume it is representative of all who qualify and utilize the benefits. But let us briefly take a look into what the makeup of aid recipients actually is. According to the US Census Bureau: • In an average month, 39.2 percent of children received some type of means-tested benefit, compared with 16.6 percent of people age 18 to 64 and 12.6 percent of people 65 and older. • At 50 percent, people in female-householder families had the highest rates of participation in major means-tested programs. • Of people enrolled in Medicaid, 35.6 percent participated between one and 12 months and 35.3 percent participated between 37 and 48 months. From these three trends in overall benefit use, it can be concluded that children and their single mothers,

receiving for no more than four years, are the real face of American social assistance. And while black families are disproportionately represented in recipient populations, they do not constitute a majority. It’s easy to express dissent toward a system of people when the popular rhetoric surrounding it has, for decades, consistently created a deserving versus undeserving distinction among recipients and subsequently blamed undeserving beneficiaries for their disadvantaged position. This way, by discounting layers of inequality, the dominant perception has successfully defined behaviors and practices of poor, marginalized groups as immoral and lazy, thus contributing to the poverty they live in, if not entirely determining it. This blame removes any possibility of exterior explanation and vilifies individuals based on their failure to behave according to dominant culture, as if that alone would explain their experiences with poverty. The assumption that personal characteristics are to blame for receipt of public assistance has elicited puni-


Opinion columnist Abbi Cobb discusses the harmful stereotype “welfare queen,” which was first coined by President Ronald Reagan (above).

tive and fiscally conservative responses to funding the assistance, and this has seemed especially true in the realm of reforming these systems, making it difficult for the most vulnerable among us to receive the assistance that their families often times require for survival. The popular debate around this topic has made

evident the fact that politicized efforts to shape public opinion have been largely successful in changing the way Americans see welfare recipients and black women, more generally. The harmful nature of the stereotypical “welfare queen” must be acknowledged as resting both in racialized and gendered stereotypes.

staff will cease. Salaries would not resume until the appropriations are completed. This action may change their habitual irresponsible behavior. Congress also needs to be held accountable for two other fiscally-related problems they’ve largely ignored: 1) $20.5 trillion federal deficit ($62,805 debt/person) and 2) current one-year, short-term versus five to 10-year, longterm budgetary thinking. We should insist legislators support legislation on three other bills or we will purposely endorse their competitor to the office they currently hold: 1) Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2) TwoYear Budgets and 3) LongTerm Capital Budget. Fiscal Responsibility Act, supported by 80 percent of Americans, would prohibit Congress from passing budgets that would increase the national debt as a share of the overall economy, except in cases of war, disaster or recession. By Congress ignoring America’s federal deficit (Trump’s tax bill added $1.5 trillion to the $20.5 trillion federal deficit), it will become

the next “hidden crisis” we face. Three out of every five citizens support the concept of “Two-Year Budgets” whereby Congress would be required to implement a biennial budget process. Congress would spend one year on appropriations, permitting them to focus their time on oversight activities the other year. Successful companies employ a one, three, five and 10-year budgetary process. Long-Term Capital Budget legislation requires Congress to have the budget divided into two parts, just like successful small businesses and corporations: 1) capital budget for long-term investments (e.g., infrastructure, NASA, research, etc.) and 2) operating budget (i.e., annual expenses). Since Congress has proven, in statistically significant means, for 40 years they’re fiscally irresponsible, it’s time we insist they do their job. We must let them know we’re serious and will vote for their opponent, even if we have to cross our preferred party line, which is a simple flip-of-the-switch away.

LTE: Iowa’s reps lack fiscal responsibility Editor’s note: the following letter to the editor was submitted by Steve Corbin, professor emeritus of marketing at UNI. I’m sure you can answer this question: how many of America’s 27 million small businesses and 18,586 largescale companies start their fiscal year without a budget? Answer: zero. Senators Grassley (R) and Ernst (R) and Representatives Blum (R), King (R), Loebsack (D) and Young (R) must feel they are privileged and can ignore meeting budgetary deadlines. How can I say this?

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress has only met the Oct. 1 beginning date fiscal year deadline four times in 40 years (i.e., 1977, 1989, 1995 and 1997). With a 90 percent failure rate, Congress should not be surprised they’ve earned a 15 percent public approval rating. Spending plans for the current fiscal year should have been completed by September of 2017. For fiscal year 2018, we’ve already endured four budget stopgap measures (i.e., continuing resolution), a fifth delay


Steve Corbin, professor emeritus of marketing at UNI, pens a letter to the editor calling for Iowa’s representatives to practice fiscal responsibility. Pictured above are Iowa Senators Joni Ernst (R) and Chuck Grassley (R).

may occur in February and Sen. John Cornyn (Rep., TX) predicts March is when lawmakers will finally be able to agree on spending caps. This means FY 2018, which began Oct. 1, 2017, could well be half over by the time Congress approves a final spending plan for the year. The bipartisan organization Concord Coalition reports “the habitual use of these short-term spending measures reflects congressional failure on one of lawmakers’ most fundamental responsibilities. Beyond the embarrassment for lawmakers, however, continuing resolutions [have] created months of governmental chaos, long-lasting inefficiencies and wasted tax dollars.” It’s long overdue we tell every legislator in office we will not support their re-election unless they work acrossthe-aisle and vote yes on the “No Budget, No Pay” bill that is supported by 81 percent of the public. No Budget, No Pay dictates that if the appropriations process is not completed by Oct. 1, pay for members of Congress and their entire


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Career Fair tips for future employment PEYTON HUSMANN Staff Writer

Students looking for future employment opportunities will have a chance to network with a wide variety of employers this upcoming Monday. On Feb. 19, UNI students can come to the McLeod Center for this semester’s job and internship fair. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all students are encouraged to attend. The fair will feature over 150 businesses, along with a few graduate schools and nonprofit organizations. Both large and small businesses will be represented at the fair. “There’s a reason that 150 organizations are here; it’s to talk to students,” said Sarah Goblirsch, assistant director of employee relations at UNI Career Services. Among the larger businesses in attendance at the fair are Principle and John Deere. At the same time, smaller, locally-based organizations like Allen College and Camp YMCA will also be at the career fair. Businesses choose to attend this event so they

can interact face to face with students. According to Goblirsch, they want to be able to show students what they have to offer. Students coming to this event should be dressed in professional business attire, says Goblirsch. While this does not mean that they have to be dressed in a suit, they should at least wear dress pants and a matching dress shirt. However, according to Goblirsch, it is preferred for seniors who are attending the fair to wear a suit and tie. Goblirsch stressed that students should not feel obligated to go buy a new suit for the event, as long as their attire is appropriate, though. Students looking to prepare for the upcoming fair should have their resumes reviewed in advance, says Goblirsch. Throughout this week, UNI Career Services will be offering a variety of different walk-up hours in which students will have the opportunity to get their resume reviewed before attending the fair next Monday. Goblirsch also advised students to review the UNI Career Services website


and the list of businesses and organizations that will be attending the event. Doing this will give students the upper hand when it comes to talking points and knowledge about each

specific business that they plan to talk to. Along with all of the businesses and organizations that will be attending the fair, there will also be many different opportuni-

ties for internships. “We always recommend students to do as many internships as they can,” Goblirsch said.  See CAREER FAIR, page 5

UNI student receives prestigious opera award SOFIA LEGASPI Staff Writer

UNI graduate student Leia Lensing won first place at the prestigious Concert of Arias on Feb. 2. The Concert of Arias is the live finals of an extensive audition process for the Houston Grand Opera Studio, an elite

program for emerging young artists. As first place winner, Lensing won $10,000 — not to mention worldwide recognition for UNI’s music program. “This award brought even more light to what a fantastic school of music we have here at UNI,” Lensing said, a contralto who will complete

her master of music degree in vocal performance in May. “All the musicians and ensembles in the School of Music have been taking the world by storm with touring and recordings and teaching,” Lensing said. “It was just fun to be able to be an individual representing the school and especially the teaching that occurs at UNI.” The Concert of Arias, hosted at Rice University in Houston, Texas, was streamed live via Youtube and Facebook. In addition to first prize, Lensing won the Online Viewers’ Choice award. “I’m so grateful for all who watched and cheered me on through this experience,” Lensing said. “I know a lot of the Viewers’ Choice votes came from Iowa and especially from the UNI family. Thank you!” Lensing recounted the strenuous audition process. She spent eight days in Houston, auditioning four times in three days. “I had never felt so challenged and pushed in an audition setting before,” Lensing said. “So many auditions for the same company in such a short period of time is exhausting, mentally and physically. Also,

being surrounded by such fabulous performers is exciting but also a little unnerving. You have to really believe in yourself when you are surrounded by such high talent.” According to Lensing, it was during her seventh-grade talent show when she first realized performing was for her. However, she didn’t discover her love for opera until her sophomore year of college, when she LEIA LENSING/Courtesy Photo joined UNI Opera. “I love that opera sing- Leia Lensing is a graduate student who took first in the Concert of Arias on Feb. 2. ing is purely produced Program with the Santa Fe by the voice. There is only yourself to rely on when Opera. Reflecting on the Concert making sound,” Lensing said. “There is an empowerment in of Arias, Lensing encouraged knowing that the sound you others to pursue their dreams. “One of my dreams came produce is completely unique to you and that no one else can true that night, so from firsthand experience — cue the play it except for you. “Vocal performance is never cheesy music — your dreams something that can be per- are within reach,” Lensing fected because there is always said. “Work hard, take your something new to learn,” time, find the people to support Lensing said. “I love that this and help you along the way career is essentially full of for- and just go for it!” Lensing will be performing ever-students!” After earning her degree in UNI Opera’s Aria Concert in May, Lensing plans to move on March 1, and her master’s to New Mexico to be a mem- recital will be held on March ber of the Apprentice Singer 20 at 6 p.m. in Davis Hall.

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UNI to host ‘Beta Snowflake Cuck’ BLAIR HINES

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On Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., UNI’s Office of Undergraduate Studies and First Year Cornerstone program will host Dylan Marron, videographer and writer, in the Great Hall of Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Marron will be presenting “Beta Snowflake Cuck: Being a Digital Creator in 2018.” The talk will be free and open to the public. The Facebook page for it states Marron will use satire to examine name calling in the political arena and discuss how people can communicate free of negativity when talking about politics. According to Marron’s website, he is an IFP Gotham Award and Drama Desk nominated performer, writer and video maker. Marron wrote a play called Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite, which was a part of the 2010 Fringe Festival. Marron voices Carlos on the smash-hit podcast, “Welcome to the Night Vale,” which presents saterized community updates about the small desert town of Night Vale and features weather, local news and announcements from the Sheriff ’s Secret Police.


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Some organizations will also be participating in an interview event on Feb. 20, the day after the career fair. Students will have the opportunity to have an interview scheduled when meeting with the organizations at the fair, says Goblirsch. Many students may be thinking that the career fair is only meant for juniors and seniors who know what they want to do and are ready to find a job. However, Goblirsch always recommends that freshman and sophomores also attend the fair just to see what is out there. “Regardless of what year you are in school, there is always something to learn,” Goblirsch said.

Marron is an alum of the New York Neo Futurists, which is a collective of productive performers, writers and directors who combine theater with sport, poetry and living newspaper. The group aims to embrace those who are unmoved by conventional theater and inspiring them with feeling thought, action and much more, as written in the mission statement on their website. According to Marron’s website, he is the creator of “Every Single Word,” which was Tumblr’s “Most Viral Blog of 2015.” A Shorty Award Nominee, “Every Single Word” is a video series that edits down popular films to only feature words spoken by people of color. Marron is a writer and correspondent at where he created, produced and hosted “Shutting Down Bullsh*t,” “Sitting in the Bathroom with Trans People” and the “Unboxing” series. Marron is also working on a podcast entitled, “Having Conversations with People Who Hate Me,” where he extends conversations with folks who have said negative or hateful things about him on the internet. This podcast was a “podcast pick” by the Guardian and USA Today. Rachel Morgan, an instructor in the department


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Ryan Frost, a percussion instructor at UNI, attended the event to see his students perform. “I am here to listen to my students perform, as well as support the ensemble. It’s the Northern Festival of Bands this weekend, which has high school students throughout the state, and we have just under 300 students in attendance for this festival,” Frost said. “It’s an exciting event that we host every year this time in February. This event is great, our students work very hard up to this point in the semester and they’re definitely putting on a great concert tonight,” Frost continued.

of languages and literatures, discussed how she found out about Marron. According to Morgan, every year Cornerstone faculty members have meeting where they have Common Read, a suggested reading for the campus community. For this year, they read the book, “The Best American Nonrequired Reading of 2016,” trying to find a common theme that emerges. This year, however, the theme that really seemed to speak to the faculty was about citizenship creating communication and what it means to create civil discourse. Morgan brought up an event a faculty member went to recently by the name of “NerdCon,” which, as described by their website, was a way to reflect on the way humans tell stories. They have events including discussions, panels, interactive storytelling, art projects and much more. During the faculty’s time there, she had heard Marron’s speech of how to talk to people whose opinions differed from his own. “We thought it would be really important given the current political climate, when it seems that one side is yelling at the other,” Morgan said. “How do we teach and

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UNI reaches final lap of the season JOEL WAUTERS

Sports Writer

For the UNI swimming and diving team, the 2017-2018 season has come and gone in the blink of an eye. The Panthers wrapped the regular season up on the road in Brookings, South Dakota against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Jan. 26. This meet was initially scheduled for October but was rescheduled due to mechanical issues in the Jackrabbits’ pool. This meet was also the first for the Panthers against their former head coach Doug Humphrey, who coached at UNI from 2012 to 2017 before leaving for SDSU. Under his leadership, Humphrey has led the Jackrabbit men’s team to a 3-1 dual record and a 5-1 record for the women’s team. The purple and gold closed their final dual meet out with

a strong 169-131 victory to end the season with a dual meet record of 7-4-1. “We had a pretty good meet on Friday [Jan. 26],” said head coach Nick Lakin at a press conference held on Jan. 29. “The last couple of meets, we’ve been getting off to a little bit of a slower start, so we moved some people around and really talked about it and worked it out to get a really good start. And we did that.” Sophomore Katie Taylor dominated her events, taking first place in the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. Junior Madison Rinaldi snuck into first place ahead of Taylor by 0.74 in the 100 backstroke, while Crystal Florman and senior Molly Lembezeder went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle. In the 500 freestyle, sophomores Kylie Engstrom and


The UNI swimming and diving team is nearing the end of their regular season and is now looking forward to the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, scheduled for this week.

Jordan McCullough took the top two spots, finishing just three seconds apart. Junior Alyssa Deuso finished second in the three-meter springboard, scoring 243.68, while senior Hannah Brummel took third in the one-meter contest, posting a 230.54 score. With the regular season

in the books, the Panthers now have their eyes set on the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championships, set to run this Wednesday through Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Of the 17 events planned

for competition at the MVC Championships, UNI currently holds the top times in four events. With the biggest meet of the year now upon them, the Panthers expect to swim and dive their hearts out and climb their way to the top of the conference podium.


Recent NBA trades are a suprising shake-up JERRIUS CAMPBELL Sports Writer

The recent trades in the NBA have stirred things up around the league. For starters, the Cavaliers traded Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Lakers for youngsters Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Honestly, I can’t believe they gave up Thomas so easily after all the backlash and criticism the Cavaliers took after trading Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Thomas. Rumors around the league say LeBron James has more front office control than many are aware. It wouldn’t surprise me if LeBron pushed for the most recent trade. I also believe he talked Dwayne Wade into coming to Cleveland to hang out on the bench until trade deadline. In fact, right at the trade deadline, Wade was traded back to his home in Miami. That was probably the most pointless one-year deal

in history, but who am I to talk? The Cavaliers also reached out to the Jazz for guards Rodney Hood and George Hill, while giving up Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert. After all, I feel as if the Cavaliers are trying to become the second super team in the league behind the Warriors. Prior to the deadline, I was really surprised to see Blake Griffin go to the Pistons for two average basketball players and two draft picks. After the Clippers went on a 10-game win streak, Griffin found out via twitter that his new home is in Detroit. I’m sure many people did not see the Griffin trade coming but expected other players to be shipped to a new team. The most notable player that wasn’t traded, to me, was Kemba Walker. Despite recent struggles in Charlotte, Walker is still holding his own, averaging 22 points a game. I do think if Walker were


Sports writer Jerrius Campbell analyzes the recent trades in the NBA, such as the Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers.

to be traded to a team such as the Spurs, he could be a game changer. I also thought Deandre Jordan going to the Cavaliers would be a hard move, but I

do not see him staying in Los Angeles any longer. To me, it seems Jordan has been in trade talks for at least three seasons and has not been traded yet.

So, what does that mean for the Clippers’ future? Will Deandre Jordan go to the Cavaliers next season? I guess we won’t know until after the championship game.



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