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February 15, 2018


Volume 114, Issue 37

Opinion 3 Campus Life 4 Sports 6 Games 7 Classifieds 8


Christianity in class 2

UNI protects hate speech? 3

Olympic movie review 5

Women’s basketball 6

Meet the NISG presidential candidates


CALEB STEKL Staff Writer

Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) campaigning officially kicked off on Monday, Feb. 12. So far, three presidential campaigns have officially registered as student organizations and are eligible to actively campaign. The three tickets for president and vice-president are featured here in no particular order. Drew Stensland and Kristen Ahart Drew Stensland and Kristen Ahart are running as Drew and Kristen for


UNI. Stensland is a junior political science and public administration double major. He is currently serving in NISG as a senator representing the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Speaker of the Senate. Stensland is also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Ahart is a junior, majoring in English education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ahart serves as a senator in NISG representing the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and is also the Chairwoman of the Organization and Finance Committee. Ahart is the current president of the Lettuce Club.

“Our campaign is based on three pillars that will improve the experience at UNI for both current and future students,” Stensland and Ahart said in a statement. “While continuing to support current NISG initiatives, we will emphasize on creating a sound structure for student support, student community, and student communication. These three areas are all equally important, containing a range of ideas that address mental health, diversity, conduct/ disciplinary resources, partnerships within the Cedar Valley, and publicly recognizing exceptional UNI faculty and staff. All tickets running have great ideas,

on the project and accepted with the intention of making it bigger and better than ever. Her main goal in doing so was to make the space an interactive experience. “If you can make it interactive, it’s just so much more meaningful and people get involved and learn more from it usually,” she said. With the help of a few colleagues and student employees, Darland and her crew constructed a station where people are able to create Valentine’s Day cards for one another out of recycled materials. In addition, the station features a “love wall” where people can write down what or who they love on paper hearts and display them with the goal

in mind of spreading passion, love and kindness. The crew worked together to wrap the books to conceal their covers. When choosing what books to include, she was mindful of diversity and viewed book lists on websites from other libraries who also hosted the event. The books are a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. Darland decided that this year she also wanted to include movies to add more variety and attract a wider range of people. “It’s kind of fun in this season to watch a movie,” Darland said. All of the books and movies have cards attached to them that vaguely state what type


but what separates us from the rest is our determination to accomplish our original ideas while continuing to build off of last years’ milestones made within NISG.” Seán Dugan and Chad Schafer Seán Dugan and Chad Schafer are running as Sean and Chad UNIted for Change. Dugan is a senior business administration major, the president of Panther eSports and helped establish Panther Tabletop Gaming. Schafer is a junior social science education major and is the treasurer of both Panther eSports and the Financial Literacy Club. “Seán and Chad’s platform

incorporates their experiences from student organizations, student life and residence life,” Dugan and Schafer said in a statement. “Their main focus is student engagement. Their plan for engaging the students is an incentivized collaboration program to help organizers increase the scope of campus programs, utilizing resources provided by community organizations to create a more diverse and inclusive campus, and to work closely with the counseling center to change the stigma on mental health and to revitalize the student support groups with a modern twist.”  See ELECTION, page 2

Rod Library hosts Blind Date with a Book SYDNEY HAUER Staff Writer

Rod Library is currently hosting Blind Date with a Book, an opportunity to not judge a book by its cover. “Blind Date with a Book started several years ago and it has just gained popularity,” said Robin Darland, library assistant. “Students, faculty and staff all participate in it — a variety of readers across campus, so that is pretty fun.” The promotion allows participants to check out handpicked books to read — all without knowing anything about the book in question, including its title. Darland was asked to take

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Students decorate participating books in the Blind Date with a Book program at Rod Library.

of book or movie it is to give participants a hint of whether or not they might like their selection. In addition to offering movies, Darland wanted to add a virtual dating component by

adding free e-book downloads. “Virtual dating is really big right now, so why not add a virtual dating aspect to it?” Darland said.  See BOOKS, page 5


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Christianity in classrooms? FEBRUARY 15, 2018 |



For some future educators like Zach Archer, a senior music education major, the bill poses some concerns. “We don’t have a set religion in our country,” Archer said. “And the Founding Fathers themselves said that religion does not have a place within government in any case, even if it may be inf luenced by the religious practices at the time. The Puritans came over because they were being persecuted

in England, so it doesn’t make sense to build a country that has that history of persecution and then say, ‘Nope, we’re only going to say this one and the rest of you don’t really matter.’” Other future educators like Jessica Sholes, a sophomore early childhood education major, have more mixed feelings about the bill. “I’m a devout Christian,” Sholes said. “Initially, I think it’s wonderful. However, the public-school thing catches me just because once I went from my [private] Lutheran school to a public school — day and night difference. It was a very different setting, very different curriculum. I do think it’s a good idea, but I just know how strict they are.” HF 2031 stipulates that such a course is not allowed to “endorse, favor, promote, or disfavor, or be hostile toward, any particular religion, faith, or nonreligious perspective.” The possible violation of the separation of church and state is not the only problem Archer sees with the bill. “If it’s public schools that are having this, especially in schools where there’s a ton of diversity, you’re secluding so many of those students,” Archer said. “I wouldn’t want to teach in that school that’s being that segregated with what it teaches and what its values are.”

Tristan Bernhard and Cole Malcolm Tristan Bernhard and Cole Malcolm are running as Tristan and Cole for UNI. Bernhard is a junior social science teaching and political science double major. He is the current Vice-President of NISG and has served for three years in NISG. Malcolm is a junior economics and mathe-

matics double major. He is the current vice-president of the Economics Club and is captain for the basketball pep band. “Tristan and Cole are seeking to utilize their extensive campus leadership experience and familiarity of the legislative and campus climate to make UNI the best it can possibly be,” Bernhard and Malcolm said in a statement. “In doing so, TC4UNI hopes to address pressing issues like having a legislative presence,

revising the LAC to allow for greater student flexibility, addressing rampant and unsustainable textbook costs, creating an on-campus food pantry, implementation of diversity education initiatives and better advertising and outreach for vital campus resources. For specifics on these initiatives that Tristan and Cole have already begun work on and more, visit their website! Go Cats!”







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On Feb. 6, House File 2031 passed through a subcommittee and is moving on to be considered by the education committee. If signed into law, the bill would create an elective course on Bible literacy for public high schools in Iowa. HF 2031 proposes a class on the Hebrew scriptures, a class on the New Testament and a class on the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament. These courses are meant to help students use the Bible to better understand “contemporary society and culture, including but not limited to literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy.” The course will teach about the contents of the Bible, as well as its history, literary style and inf luence. “Teaching the Bible as a historical document is super relevant, I think,” said Dr. Michael Graziano of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions. “I think it would be fine to have a class on religious texts in America or something like that, if the school wanted to offer that, and you could talk about how different religious ideas have played a role in American history. But the only issue with offering a class exclusively on Christianity would be that you would then have to be open to having a class


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that offered coverage to other groups.” This Bible-based class would not be the only one in existence. In 2017, a very similar curriculum was approved by Kentucky. Just last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky sent a letter to the state’s Department of Education, claiming that the course violated the Constitution, according to the Courier Journal.


If it’s public schools that are having this, especially in schools where there’s a ton of diversity, you’re secluding so many of those students. Zach Archer

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House File 2031 would allow for elective classes on the subject of the Bible and its various books to be taught in public high schools in Iowa.

Sholes shared a similar sentiment. “Not everyone is a Christian, so only having that option in a school of hundreds of diverse people, it would almost become biased,” Sholes said. “If you only put one religion into a very diverse and populated school district, it could cause a lot of problems.” “If someone were to teach it in good faith and not to use it as a venue to try to promote their own religious ideas or something — assuming none of that is happening, I think it could be useful,” Graziano said. “On one hand, it’s definitely a part of American heritage, Western heritage — Christianity’s a big part of that for sure. That can be an interesting historical lesson. That can be an interesting thing to learn about. But I think the only

concern would be that it’s sort of odd that the only classes proposed are only with Christianity.” R ight n ow, Representatives Wa lt Rogers of Cedar Falls and Amy Sinclair of Allerton are not prioritizing the bill. Instead, they have shifted their focuses to supporting House Study Bill 531, which would require high school students to pass a civics test before graduating high school. The test would be the same one administered by citizenship and immigration services. HSB 531 was recommended passage on Feb. 7. House File 2031 needs to be approved by the Education Committee before Feb. 16 to be considered for this year’s Legislature. So far, the bill has yet to appear on the Education Committee’s agenda.

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New UNI policy protects hate speech UNI is considering enacting a new “Freedom of Expression Policy,” according to an email sent out by administration officials. Here’s why it sucks. The policy states, “we do not limit the exchange of ideas — even ideas that some may consider offensive, disagreeable, hurtful or even hateful — so long as all individuals comply with campus policies and procedures.” Policies such as this have long protected the expression of fringe political viewpoints. Perhaps the greatest test of free speech was during the so called “Red Scares” of the early 20th century, following World Wars One and Two. The Supreme Court held it was legal to express communist and socialist viewpoints, provided that their expression did not incite harm or violence. Our country’s unique conception of free speech rights views the government as an objective judge which should protect all speech, no matter how virulent and offensive. Any attempt at suppressing most forms of speech is branded as government censorship, a personal attack on our individual rights. Yet, for most of our country’s history, the right to speak has not been a uni-

versal right. Even today, minority voices are silenced because of discrimination, unequal access to education and dismissal of minority viewpoints. Free speech fails to protect minorities. Whites’ vigorous defense of free speech, and our attempt to downplay the costs associated with offensive speech, can be explained by the fact that we are so rarely the targets of it. The white majority has never been targeted by terrorist groups attempting to make us fearful to practice our religion or our ability to participate in democracy. There is no incentive to provide legal protection to minorities from hate speech; many minorities pose little threat to an elected official’s prospects of reelection. We feel no need to give up our privileged position as a people that is both excluded from hate speech and purveyors of it. Free speech has the possibility to protect minority viewpoints and challenge dogma, but more importantly, it has the power to harm the physical and emotional well-being of minorities. A common argument advanced for free speech absolutism is that we will suffer from ideological silo. Silo occurs when people are not exposed to different concepts and their worldviews are untested; their ideology becomes dogmatic. Just as Socrates tried to keep Athens on its intellectual toes, free speech defenders

view Nazis as our ideological gadfly. Except, everyone lives in their own silo. We cannot be exposed to all ideas and all forms of speech. There are unlimited normative economic arguments, but we can only hope to explore a small fraction of them. We live in silos defined by our class, gender and race. As a white, straight, male, agnostic individual, I will never be exposed to the smallest fraction of offensive speech. I cannot ethically argue for absolutist speech because I will never experience the negative effects of it. The positive argument for absolutism can only be understood from the protective sphere of whiteness. Whites live in a perpetual state of protected ideological and physical silo. We have the privilege to expose ourselves and our ideas to peer criticism without fearing our bodies will be subject to verbal or physical attack. We can freely and confidently interact with the marketplace of ideas (a flawed concept in itself) and not fear reprisal or retribution for our arguments. We need only fear our dogmas being exposed. White silo protects us from speech attacking the fundamental nature of our existence. There are few ideologies calling for the elimination or subjugation of our race. We are not forced to hear a wig-wearing cheeto call us rapists and murders.


Staff writer Caleb Stekl pens a column discussing UNI’s recently announced “Freedom of Expression Policy,” which he says protects hate speech.

There has never existed a group presenting a serious threat to our existence. For non-whites, this has been the status-quo for 400 years. Power never gives up its position voluntarily. Offensive speech should not be protected. Furthermore, ideologies that attack the fundamental beings of people should not be protected. Ideologies specifically for the subjugation of individuals for characteristics that are intrinsic in their existence cannot hold equal protected status under the law to normative economic theories. Worse, if opinions such as this are allowed to flourish, they have the serious potential to become mainstream. Free speech questions have resurfaced as our Dotard in Chief continues to berate brown and darkskinned minorities. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 757 hate-speech inci-

dents in the first 34 days following Trump’s election that were directed at immigrants, black and AfricanAmericans, LGBT* individuals and Muslims. The violence at Charlottesville was only allowed to occur because the city council approved a protest permit. The striking image of a black police officer being ordered to protect fascists should abhor the senses. But free speech, they say. Challenging our intellectual perceptions is perhaps the most important function of attending university. But hate speech inhibits this function. It creates a hostile environment that can substantially disrupt the ability of students to attend class and grow intellectually. UNI’s free speech policy protects hate speech at the expense of student safety and well-being. The policy is listed on UNI’s website and is open to comment through Feb. 15.

Pursue your dreams and aspirations without relent We all have dreams. No, not necessarily dreams in relation to sleeping, although we do have those too, but the dreams of

where you long to be, what you aspire to do and hope to change. Dreams come in an infinite amount of shapes and sizes. That’s the beauty of dreams. They aren’t bound to a specific form. Instead, they adjust and change as we grow and our intentions and ways of thinking change.

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Opinion columnist Cristian Ortiz urges readers to pursue their dreams, regardless how unclear their road in life may seem.

We may not always have the same dreams as our younger selves, but we are always dreaming. And then one day we dream a dream that starts a fire, a passion so bright that we know that we’ve found the dream we were born to conceive. I was struck with this simple, yet very complex concept of dreams and aspirations as I was watching this year’s Super Bowl. I remember thinking that all of the players on the field — even the coaches, the doctors, the referees — were in great, much-coveted positions. They have put so many hours into working to get where they are. They grew up with a passion for the game of football and fought through injuries, ignored the people who said they couldn’t and continued to

persist and persevere. And now they were a part of one of the world’s biggest sporting events. It all started with a single dream. Again, this past Saturday I was also thinking of dreams when the UNI Campus Activity Board (CAB) hosted the big Andy Grammer concert. I am a concerts co-executive on CAB, so it was awesome seeing this event finally come into fruition. My role as a co-exec on CAB was as the hospitality rider. I served in that role for Jesse McCartney and now, more recently, for Andy Grammer. As hospitality rider, I hang out around the green rooms for the artists, making sure they’re comfortable while they are here at UNI, and I walk them to the stage and back, ensuring sure they

get there safely and without issue. As I was walking Andy and his bandmates from the stage, some of them started asking me what I wanted to do for a living after they found out that I am a senior and will be graduating in May. I told them that I wanted to be a screenwriter. They encouraged me and said they hoped to see me in LA one day pursuing my dream. It was a really cool moment for me, of course. Andy then gave me some of the podcast shows he listens to, and I told him the ones I obsessively listen to, as well. As I walked out of the room and sat down outside, I was in awe. I realized that these musicians were also once where I was.  See DREAMS, page 5


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Olympic biopic is ‘bitingly funny’ CLINTON OLSASKY

Executive Editor

On Jan. 6, 1994, the sports world was forever changed when U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was viciously attacked by a lone assailant just one month before the 1994 Olympic Games. The incident resulted in a media frenzy, which later revealed that the assailant had been hired by the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s main team competitor, Tonya Harding. To this day, Harding has remained a controversial figure in the world of sports, as well as a target for ridicule in society at large. Harding’s outlandish story serves as the inspiration for “I, Tonya,” the new Oscar-nominated biopic that attempts to tell the untold story behind the scorned skater’s notorious life in the spotlight. And yes, while the incident in question (and all the controversy that surrounded it) certainly plays a major role in the film, “I, Tonya” ultimately offers a surprisingly fully formed depiction of the troubled Harding (Margot Robbie) by focusing in on her childhood and upbringing. With a deft blending of black comedy with unexpected moments of raw vulnerability, “I, Tonya” succeeds as a multi-layered biopic that, while occasionally uneven, serves to both enlighten and entertain.

Directing: 4/5 “I, Tonya” is directed by Craig Gillespie, who, while not a household name, leaves his directorial mark on the film through an eclectic mix of subjective POV shots and static, talking head interviews. Gillespie structures his film as a mockumentary, meaning that the central story of Harding’s rise and fall in the mid-90s is frequently truncated with commentary from “modern day” interviews. Now, while this unique narrative structure does result in some occasionally awkward tonal shifts, the result is largely successful in purely cinematic terms. In other words, Gillespie’s decision to purposefully punctuate his film with brief, fourth wall-breaking interludes creates a visual dynamism that constantly keeps the audience guessing. Best of all, Gillespie is so intent on achieving the desired “mockumentary” effect that he even switches from the commonly accepted widescreen aspect ratio to the square-like shape of the old Academy ratio during the film’s interview segments. As for the main storyline, “I, Tonya” benefits from some truly beautiful camerawork — most notably, in many of Harding’s extended skating sequences. Quite often, Gillespie’s camera will seamlessly glide around the ice, following Robbie with a complex series of pans, tilts

and tracking shots. Writing: 4/5 Again, given its adherence to the inherently subversive mockumentary form, Gillespie’s movie can often come across as parodic and satirical. To be sure, “I, Tonya” is a bitingTRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE ly funny film, as “I, Tonya” features Allison Janney as the the mother of Tonya Harding, a role that won its tonal elements her a Golden Globe. The film has a 90 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. often resemble that comedy does come across as ly endless series of equalof Rob Reiner’s influential “This is Spinal too mean-spirited and ton- ly cringe-worthy and comTap” or the highly success- ally dissonant, but the end ical critiques aimed at her ful sitcoms “The Office” and result is still largely success- daughter. ful for eliciting belly laughs Finally, Paul Walter “Parks and Recreation.” “I, Tonya” benefits from while also offering an emo- Hauser should be commendnot taking itself too seri- tionally resonant climax for ed for turning his ostensibly one-note bodyguard ously, especially given that star Robbie. Acting: 4/5 into one of the more memthe film’s subject matter is Although “I, Tonya” fea- orable characters in the film. simply too ridiculous not to highlight through a comedic tures capable direction and a Conversely, Sebastian Stan is lens. Any attempt to turn scathingly funny script, the merely passable as Harding’s Harding’s outrageously true film’s greatest asset is cer- ex-husband, who, while pivstory into a proper melo- tainly its principal actors, otal to the film’s core plot, drama would have almost each of whom works to proves to be quite forgettaundoubtedly resulted in a turn their respective char- ble. Overall: 4/5 one-dimensional, ham-fisted acters into fully dimensional “I, Tonya” is a well-exsong and dance about trage- human beings. Margot Robbie is partic- ecuted biopic that manages dy and regret, after all. Indeed, by injecting ularly terrific in the film’s to add depth and complexity some much needed comedy titular role, transforming to one of the most maligned throughout the tragic pro- Tonya Harding into a sur- athletes in the history of ceedings, “I, Tonya” achieves prisingly sympathetic char- American sports. acter — all the while, avoidWith fully developed a difficult balancing act. At the surface level, “I, ing the pitfalls of mawkish characters and a sharply Tonya” succeeds in deliver- sentimentality that all too funny script at its center, “I, Tonya” succeeds at delivering an uncomfortably funny often plague many biopics. Allison Janney is the ing a thoroughly entertainfilm populated with peculiar film’s other standout in ing fact-based story without and eccentric characters. However, “I, Tonya” also her Golden Globe-winning ever needing to skate around strikes a much deeper chord turn as LaVona Fay Golden, its ugliest — and often most by constructing its tragi- Harding’s memorably vitri- revealing — truths. comic scenarios around fully olic mother. Janney’s comedeveloped and sympathetic dic timing is a tour de force, people. Sure, some of the as she provides a seeming-

Students learn about healthy relationships SYDNEY HAUER Staff Writer

Fourteen students gathered on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to hear Joan Thompson, health promotion coordinator for UNI Student Wellness Services, present information about what makes a relationship healthy and how to better recognize abuse within relationships. Healthy Relationships was put on by UNI Proud, the organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, pansexual, intersex, asexual and ally students on campus (LGBTQPIA). The event was held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Oak Room in the lower level of Maucker Union. Thompson’s presentation involved several different activities to help enrich understanding about what makes a healthful relationship and to

help give students the tools to identify when they are in an abusive relationship. Thompson discussed the importance of respect, setting boundaries, identifying sexual, emotional, physical and verbal abuse and recognizing what healthy relationships ideally look like. Students in attendance actively and eagerly participated in discussion and activities. One of the activities involved “boundary prompts” being read aloud. Students stood in a line and were asked to step forward or backward with whether or not a prompt pushed their personal boundaries. “I just hope that others walked away with more skills to be able to recognize when they are in a relationship that either isn’t satisfying them or is unhealthy for them,” said

Emmett Cory, junior psychology major and treasurer of UNI Proud. “A lot of people just don’t think about this kind of thing.” Cory went on to stress the importance of setting boundaries and recognizing them before they are violated. Selena Carlson is the president of UNI Proud, and a junior studying biology and chemistry. “I thought it was definitely a good event with Valentine’s Day coming up,” Carlson said. “It’s sometimes hard to identify issues when you’re in a situation like that, so I’m sure it’s good for all of us to hear.” Cory also highlighted the added benefit of addressing these issues with LGBTQ individuals, who are often ignored and underrepresented in such conversations. “With the LGBTQ community being underserved in


The UNI Student Wellness Service presented information on what makes relationships healthy and to recognize abuse on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

that aspect, I think it’s really important to cater to that community, especially in smaller spaces like this,” Cory said. UNI Proud will be hosting “Queer Sex Ed,” with Unity Point/Allen Women’s Health as a guest speaker on March 6. They will also be holding their

annual “Pride Week” during the first week of April, featuring events such as the drag ball, a keynote speaker, queer monologues, a film screening and progressive prom. The group holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room.

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Panther Portrait: Lip sync battle

black history month

KIRBY DAVIS Staff Writer

On Monday, Feb. 12, the Black Student Union (BSU) teamed up with the Campus Activities Board (CAB) to host the first ever Lip Sync Battle in Lang Auditorium. The event was inspired by “Lip Sync Battle,” a popular television show hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen where celebrities give lip sung performances of popular songs. Some of the performances this past Monday included renditions of popular songs such as Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” and “My Girl” by The Temptations. Not only were the performing students lip syncing to these songs, but they were also showing off their dancing moves as the music played. Dejah Covington, a sophomore family services major with

a minor in psychology, was one of the students in attendance on Monday. “It went good,” Covington said. “There wasn’t a lot of people, but I feel as if we didn’t need a lot of people; just the environment and the vibe that we got was really fun and chill.” The performers encouraged the audience members to participate, many of whom sung along and mouthed the words, while also dancing in their seats, the aisles and on stage. Overall, the audience brought a lively attitude to the event with their continuous cheers and applauds. Covington, who also performed at the event, discussed the experience. “It was exciting,” Covington said. “It was fun being on stage and seeing everyone crowding for me and laughing; it was fun for me!” In total, Monday’s Lip Sync

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Even the opener for Andy Grammer, John Splithoff, whose name I never heard until we decided to book him for the concert, was a big encouragement. As I watched him perform from the side of the stage, I realized that he was still pursuing his dream. And I was happy for him. He was able to get the crowd pumped up for the headliner, and he had them singing and clapping in the meantime. All these spectacular moments feed my dreams. They motivate me to stay up late writing and wake up early to read. These athletes, artists and other people also inspire me to keep reaching, no matter what stage in my life I am in. So, no matter what your dream is, pursue it without relent. Don’t let the doubts faze you. Keep going. Keep educating yourself and pursuing your passion projects. My dream is to create worlds and stories with the simplicity of the 26 letters of the English alphabet. What’s yours?

Battle featured over a dozen performances from multiple single acts, as well as a few group acts. BSU’s Lip Sync Battle was just one of many events the organization is hosting on UNI’s campus throughout February for Black History Month. Covington, a member of BSU, urged students to attend the rest of the various BSU-sponsored events this month. “Teach yourself, learn, love and come to our events!” Covington said. “Just have a good time and remember why we have Black History Month.” The next Black History Month event will be a showing of the new Marvel Studios movie “Black Panther” at Marcus College Square Cinema on Tuesday, Feb. 20. BSU is sponsoring transportation to the screening, as well as 30 free movie tickets.

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“I walked through yesterday and I was like, oh my gosh! It looks like I have to do that because I love reading,” said Emily Hale, sophomore history education major. “I just think it’s a fun idea because you never know what you’re going to get!” Hale explained that it was SYDNEY HAUER/Northern Iowan

hard for her to choose a book because she couldn’t see what the covers looked like. “Maybe that’s a good thing,” she said. “Hopefully I like it, and I will probably do another one if I do.” “I hadn’t originally planned to attend the event but found myself in the library surrounded by thoughtful arts and crafts,” said Claire Guderjahn,

junior psychology major. “One book on the display really stuck out to me, and so I picked it up. On the back of the book there was a short description of the book’s ‘personality’ and ‘ideal dates.’ I decided to check it out!” The Blind Date with a Book station is currently on display in Rod Library and will be open through the weekend of Feb. 23.

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In the Feb. 12 issue of the Northern Iowan, the article, “UNI hosts Northern Festival of Bands,” there were several inaccuracies in the reporting. The names of some of the pieces and composers, and the performance order were not reported accurately. The Northern Iowan apologizes for this error.


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Women’s basketball wins last three DYLAN PADY

Sports Editor

The UNI women’s basketball team achieved a three game winning-streak after defeating Southern Illinois (71-63), Indiana State (56-46) and Evansville (85-60) just before kicking off a threegame stretch of games played at home. In their victory over Southern Illinois, Ellie Howell led the scoring with 17 points and five rebounds. She was able to assist her teammates with three good passes that resulted in baskets for the Panthers. Following Howell in scoring was Mikaela Morgan with 16 points and Kennedy Kirkpatrick, who recorded nine points, two rebounds and a single assist. Southern Illinois leaned heavily on two players,

Nicole Martin and Kylie Giebelhausen, who both scored for a combined 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists. The Salukis had 14 total assists. The team was looking to feed these two players as often as they could. The Panthers led by 19 halfway through the second quarter, but Southern Illinois came back and was able to get two points ahead of the Panthers with 10 minutes left in the game. A stronger second half of shooting allowed UNI to overcome the comeback and run away with the game. In the first half, UNI shot 40 percent from the field and 83 percent at the charity stripe. In the second, UNI improved to 47 percent from the field and 87 percent from the freethrow line. Their next victory was an away game against Indiana

State. Each team struggled shooting. UNI shot somewhat better. The Panthers finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from three. Their free throws have been consistent throughout the season, and 13 of their points came from the stripe. Kirkpatrick led with 18 points and Megan Maahs followed with 15 points of her own. It seemed free throws were the only shot Indiana State could make. They finished the contest shooting 16-56 from the field and 3-15 from three. Their biggest lead was four points early in the first quarter. UNI featured a 19 point lead in the third and straight up bullied their opponents in the paint, recording 30 points off layups and floaters. The bench only scored four points, but the team stayed in the game with

18 points off Indiana State turnovers. The Panthers’ big 25 point victory over Evansville featured four Panthers in double-digit scoring. Nicole Kroeger (19), Howell (17), Rose Simon-Ressler (10) and Maahs (10) were the conductors of a team firing on cylinders. Getting the ball first and good passing was a great factor in their victory. 22 total assists with just three turnovers is a great statistic, and the Panthers had 11 steals and 40 rebounds compared to Evansville’s nine assists and 33 rebounds. UNI scored 25 points off an unimpressive 17 turnovers by Evansville and a solid effort from the Panthers’ bench, who scored 38 points. The Panthers bodied every statistic in their big win against

the Aces. Evansville made 80 percent of their free throws compared to UNI’s 61 percent. The women’s team is scheduled to play their next three games at home and will host Drake, Illinois State and Bradley. After their home stretch, the Panthers will hit the road and play Valparaiso and Loyola before wrapping up the regular season and preparing for the MVC Tournament in the Quad Cities.


Indoor track and field season winds down TRACK AND FIELD


Sports Writer

When most think of the UNI-Dome, they think of Panther football. But during the winter, it’s home for the scores of athletes on UNI’s track and field athletes. The purple and gold travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Invite for their final meet before hosting the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in the UNI-Dome. Both men’s and women’s teams have posted strong results in their first several indoor meets this season. In the season opener at Iowa State for the Cyclone Duals, the Panthers ran, threw, and jumped very well and held off both the Cyclones and Drake Bulldogs. In their first home meet at the Panther Open, both teams combined to win 23 of the 30 events in a rout of their opposition. At the

SDSU Indoor Classic, hosted by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, both teams finished strong in the standings with the women finishing seventh, and the men third. To this point in the season, each meet has been an opportunity for athletes to improve further on their season-long goal of success in the conference championships. And their results are showing. Freshman Isaiah Trousil leads the men’s team in the 60 meter dash with a time of 6.91, while senior Jordan Pingel commands the mid-distance 600 and 800 meter runs. In the field, sophomore Xavier Williams has leaped to a team best 6’ 10.5” mark in the high jump, as junior Keegan Trittle has heaved the shot put just over 57 feet past the mark. On the women’s side, senior Maddie Irmen leads the Panthers in the 400 meter, clocking in a time

of 57.56, while sophomore Hannah Truniger dominates the highly demanding 3000 meter race, finishing in just under 10 minutes. Out in the field, junior Katie Cross has made her mark in the long jump, leaping for a 17’ 4” jump, as her senior teammate Kassidy Sharp jumps a team best 36’ in the highly challenging triple jump. Coming into this season’s MVC championships, both teams are eager to bring their strong performances of the indoor season to the floor of the UNI-Dome. Last season the men finished in third place, 45 points behind champion Wichita State, while the women finished in the middle of the pack in fifth. Panther fans can come cheer on the purple and gold starting next Saturday, Feb. 24, in the UNI-Dome. The heptathlon will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by field events at 2 p.m. and finally with races on the track at 3 p.m.

UNI Men’s and Women’s Track and Field: Wisconsin Invite: 2/16

MVC Indoor Championships: 2/24 NCAA Indoor Championship: 3/9 Bill Cornell Spring Classic: 3/23 Stanford Invitational: 3/30 Husker Spring Invite: 4/7 Musco Twilight: 4/14 Mt. Sac Relays: 4/19

Tom Botts Invitational: 4/20 Drake Relays: 4/25

Wisconsin Twilight: 5/4



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