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MOVIE REVIEW

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“John Wick: Chapter 2” is an excellent sequel, says movie critic.

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Conspiracies, GMO’s, beetles and superstitions are just a few of the topics permeating the minds of audience members as Darwin Week wraps up its annual lecture series. Ending tonight with a lecture from a NASA engineer, Darwin Week will have covered topics ranging from biblical skepticism, fraudulent

NISG election correspondant breaks down social media data on candidates.

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WRESTLING Wrestling remains undefeated in MAC. SPORTS PAGE 6

scientific research and alternative facts. UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI) is the organization that hosts the series. Natalie Kaufman, UNIFI president, said she is very happy with the turnout so far. “Usually our first date has lower attendance,” Kaufman said. “We got about 40 to 45 people for [Monday], and we got about 30 people for each of our day talks which is really

good, especially for the first day.” The lecture on Monday night was delivered by keynote speaker Kavin S e na p at hy. Senapathy shared passages from her book “The Fear Babe,” which illuminates the myths that consumers hold regarding the food in their grocery cart. “The theme of this year’s Darwin Week is skepticism, and I think that food is one of those things that is in your face all the time,” Senapathy said. “I mean, you have to shop for food, you have to buy it, you have to eat it. GABBY LEITNER/Northern Iowan

Darwin Week featured keynote speakers, including Hiba Krisht, who spoke on Tuesday night.

And so, I think that critical thinking when it comes to food is really important.” Sharing some misconceptions about the terms GMO, organic and local, Senapathy informed the audience on how to be a skeptical consumer. Brandon Wittstock, a sophomore social sciences education major who was in attendance Monday night, discussed what he learned from the keynote speech. “I learned to be a more conscious shopper and be aware of what I am actually putting into my body,” Wittstock said. Senapathy said that, above all else, she hopes audience members learn to better acknowledge the food they do have.  See DARWIN WEEK, page 4

UNI United Faculty opposes labor bill NICK FISHER

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Joe Gorton, president of the United Faculty, speaks at a faculty meeting in Jan 27. Gorton is adamant on faculty keeping their collective bargaining rights.

UNI faculty and other campus groups are moving to oppose an Iowa bill that would strip rights away from public-sector union workers, including members of United Faculty, UNI’s faculty union. The bill, introduced just a week ago, would limit negotiations between union reps and employers to base wages only. In the past, unions could nego-

tiate health insurance, working conditions, seniority perks and other benefits per what is commonly referred to as Chapter 20 of the Iowa Code. Stances on restricting collective bargaining rights have been divided between parties; republicans favor it and democrats are opposed. According to a United Faculty press release sent to the Northern Iowan (NI), nearly 82 percent of the UNI faculty who responded to a survey say they would consider leaving UNI,

either by seeking employment elsewhere or retiring early, if UNI’s faculty lose the right to bargain collectively with the Board of Regents (BOR). “We’ve gone through the shuttering of Price Lab, large cuts in academic programs, continued budget cuts, the loss of President Ruud and now this,” said Joe Gorton, United Faculty president and associate professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, in a press release.  See BARGAINING, page 2

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President Trump recently signed an executive order restricting travel to the United States by people from seven Muslim-majority countries. As a result, ripples of concern are being felt among the Muslim students here at UNI. Amidst fears of not being able to return to the US to continue their education, some students have resorted to canceling their trips to their home countries this summer. Zubair Naeem, president of the UNI Pakistan Student Association, cancelled his trip to Pakistan this summer despite Pakistan not being on the travel ban list. “It’s quite sad to hear Muslim international students question […] whether or not to go home over the summer to visit their families or stay within the States in fear of not being able to come back,” Naeem said. “This ban is simply cruel for the international students who are here for the

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“There is only so much that faculty and students can take before they lose confidence in UNI and the Board of Regents,” Gorton said. He is referring to the closing of the Malcolm Price Lab and the cutting of nearly

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NISG members Maggie Miller (left) and Hunter Flesch (right) pictured above. NISG has issued a unanimous statement in support of United Faculty.

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sole purpose of their education.” Evan Renfro, who is an associate professor of political science at UNI, expressed his concerns that the 9th Circuit Court’s order to nullify the executive order may offer only temporary relief and the ban might come back. “The Circuit Court hinted that the executive order in its current form is poorly drafted and they may allow it if it’s written appropriately,” Renfro said. Renfro added that the Trump administration could have easily made an exception for students and academia in his order. “It hurts us that our colleagues [from ban-affected countries] are unable to attend conferences and provide their valuable inputs.” President Trump’s executive order was recently halted by the 9th Circuit Federal Appellate Court, but President Trump made it clear that he intends to oppose the court’s ruling, saying in a tweet “See you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!”

A UNI staff member from Iraq, who requested he remain anonymous, said that his father had plans to visit him this year but he canceled his plans because of the ban. He said that he has not seen his parents in two years and he is grieved that he has to choose between his career and seeing his family. “I miss them dearly and I wish I did not have to choose between my education and visiting my family. I don’t even know why we are being [banned] as we are victims of terrorism as well.” Nook sent out an email statement regarding the ban and advised students and faculty members from the ban-affected countries to not travel outside the US. Nook also advised the international students at the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) senate meeting to contact International Student Programs about their travel plans. Nadir Khan, lower cabinet director of NISG for International Affairs, said his

family is concerned about him as they feel Muslims are being targeted in the US. “My mom has now been calling me more than before after she heard about the ban,” Nadir says. He is concerned about the ban but the support from UNI has made him feel safe and welcome. “As a member of NISG, I’ve actively been involved with the UNI community, and together

with NISG and faculty members, we have planned a lot of initiatives to make international students from all countries and religions feel welcome here,” Khan said. “I’ve been assisting the Associate Director of Admissions Kristi Marchesani’s initiative called #You’reWelcomeHere to let the prospective and current UNI students know that we support them.”

60 academic programs at UNI in 2012. The United Faculty press release shared anonymous comments from professors who took part in the survey. “The loss of our right to have full and fair collective bargaining will ruin UNI,” read one comment. “I will start looking for a new position the moment this becomes law,” said another survey respondent. Hundreds have been rallying at the Des Moines State Capitol throughout the week in opposition to the bill, which would impact Iowa’s 184,000 public-sector employees. Public safety workers — such as police and firefighters — are exempted from the bill. Gorton and the faculty union have called upon President Mark Nook, Provost Jim Wohlpart and the BOR to oppose the bill. Nook issued an email statement to the NI regarding the bill. “Regardless of the outcome of the proposed changes to collec-

tive bargaining legislation, we are committed  to working with all employee groups to create a safe and respectful workplace and to provide competitive compensation and benefits within our available resources so that we can continue to provide our students with the high quality of education they deserve,” read Nook’s statement. Nook was traveling on business and wasn’t available for further comment. Gorton said United Faculty met with Nook on Monday and said the sentiment from Nook is that he is restrained from commenting on the bill because the BOR haven’t officially commented. “To be perfectly honest, I’m not impressed by that explanation,” Gorton said. “Admittedly, what we would have hoped President Nook would have done was to tell elected leaders, including the governor, that collective bargaining has worked really well at UNI for 42 years.” Gorton said there is potential for the union and the administration to reach an agreement

similar to the current form regardless of it being stipulated in Iowa law. He said there have been “very, very preliminary communications about that.” “So yes, there’s a lot of potential, but […] sometimes things happen that are out of your control,” Gorton said. “And we hope that doesn’t happen here.” State Representative Bob Kressig, D-Cedar Falls, introduced an amendment on Wednesday to the bill that would add employees of Regent institutions to the definition of public safety workers, thus making them exempt. Kressig said “destroying” Chapter 20 would impact UNI beyond current public employees. He says the many future educators at UNI, who are now current students, will be impacted by the legislation. “I’ve talked with some [people] in emails who are reconsidering their choices; they may not be a teacher, now, in Iowa. They may look elsewhere,” Kressig said. The Northern Iowa Student

Government (NISG) has issued a unanimous resolution in support of United Faculty. “Students rely heavily on the knowledge and expertise of faculty at the University of Northern Iowa,” read the NISG resolution. With NISG elections less than a week away, both tickets — Maggie Miller and Danielle Massey and Jamal White and Tristan Bernhard — have expressed opposition to the bargaining bill. “If you take away collective bargaining rights from faculty, I think you create a system in which there’s a unilateral relationship between administration and faculty where faculty doesn’t have the same seat at the table that they had before” said Bernhard, who’s running for vice president. “That’s important for education […] it’s definitely a barrier for educators if they can’t get the same resources here as they can across the country.”

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NISG campaigns by the numbers Since the NISG Elections Blog began in 2011, campaigns have been tracked by some easily observable numbers: friends, likes and visibility on the campaign trail. In 2011, the first author of the elections blog, Trevor Boeckmann, wrote, “Many of you may have noticed something in our candidate write-ups...Facebook friend counts. You must be thinking we can’t possibly be serious. It’s Facebook! Friends aren’t some popularity contest. This is dumb.”, and shortly thereafter elaborating: “In every race since the explosion of Facebook, the bigger Facebook group has won.” With stakes like that, it’s worth looking at the years since (see table for the complete breakdown). The pattern held only one more year, until BancroftSmithe and White won despite a large deficit of 800

Editor’s note: This is a collection of stories of why students participate in DM. Generally speaking, people think that our generation is selfish. They think that college students don’t care about anything besides texting their friends and going out on the weekends. It is organizations like UNI Dance Marathon that prove all of those people wrong. Getting involved with this organization has given me the opportunity to meet hardworking, dedicated people who care so deeply about others. It has given me the opportunity to give back to the most deserving families and to help fund the beautiful, brand new University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. W ithout Dance Marathon, I wouldn’t know what true strength is. I would be naive to the fact that there are little kids who aren’t enjoying their childhoods like I was able to, but instead fighting for their lives. I wouldn’t know what difference a donation can make for a family and I would still think that my

friends, and Flesch-Johnson in 2016 when their campaign swept the election with a large margin, despite a deficit of over 2,000 friends. There’s the data, rounded to hundreds of “surplus friends,” the difference in the number of friends of the winning ticket to their opponent, and in years with runoff elections only looking at the remaining two tickets. With two campaigns winning despite large deficits in 2012 and in 2016, the conventional wisdom may not hold. Still, for each election year, winning campaigns averaged 500 more friends than their opponents, surely giving that ticket a competitive edge in reaching voters. In looking at the campaigns this year, I’m including Twitter, as though the platform has been around for many years, this year’s tickets are using the platform far more than in previous races. Future election journalists will hopefully find the data useful, but I can’t say for sure how well either ticket is doing. Here’s what the race looks like by the numbers as of Feb. 14, one week before

voting. (Maggie) Miller & (Danielle) Massey Total Facebook friends: 1,962
Facebook page likes: 308
Total Twitter followers: 744
Campaign Twitter followers: 111 Jamal (White) & Tristan (Bernhard) Total Facebook friends: 3,485
Facebook page likes: 664
Total Twitter followers: 1,423
Campaign Twitter followers: 298 By these stats, the conventional wisdom is that JamalTristan have taken an early and prominent lead. Using Facebook’s “Insights” feature, I was able to obtain user engagement statistics for their Facebook Pages. That data for the past week told a different story: Miller & Massey has made 36 posts with 327 reactions, comments and shares, to Jamal-Tristan’s 9 and 73, respectively. The Miller & Massey campaign will be betting on their more engaged base having a greater impact than page likes, and Jamal-Tristan

will be hoping their larger reach and higher likes count will pull through for them. Both campaigns can find something to be optimistic about from this data, but at the end of voting on Feb. 22, only one narrative will be right.

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The table above breaks down the number of Facebook friends held by winning tickets. These data are rounded to hundreds. A single asterisk indicates running unopposed; double asterisks indicate no data available.

NISG election comission issues debate statement The election commission upholds the standard of remaining an impartial, unbiased party during the election season. To uphold this standard, the commission decided to restructure the debate this election cycle. We have asked university students to create questions for the candidates that will address their most pressing concerns. Further, Jerry Soneson, the head of the Philosophy and World Religions Department, will moderate the debate. The moderator is an impartial party, as professors cannot vote in stu-

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day-to-day life is stressful. I wouldn’t understand that by donating to this very worthwhile cause, I would be making miracles happen for the most deserving kiddos. I can honestly say that without this organization, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. To put it simply, I dance because I know that it can save lives and that

one day it won’t have to.  If you haven’t given UNI Dance Marathon a chance, please consider coming to our Big Event on March 4. I promise you that if you give it a chance, it will change your life. - Alexis Sharfenkamp, UNI Dance Marathon Director of Morale

Will Miller & Massey buck the trend and win with a more focused and engaged friend group, or will JamalTristan show that popularity going into the race matters more and prove the rule?

White, who’s running for student body president, discussed the positive relationships he’s had with professors during his time at UNI, and expressed concern that the bill could lead to 82 percent of faculty looking elsewhere. “That’s a huge drop,” White said through a shocked laugh. “I think the bill takes away the empowerment of our faculty and it really takes away from the protections of our programs. Obviously, 82 percent of faculty [leaving] would be detrimental to our programs and our UNI pride.” Maggie Miller, who’s running for student body president, was also troubled by the 82 percent

dent elections. As a commission, we believe this structure creates a just atmosphere for the candidates to address the most pressing concerns pertaining to the student body.  If you have any questions, please contact Ben Dzaboff, election commissioner, at dzaboffb@uni.edu. Regards, Ben Dzaboff, Nicole Bishop, Jamison Whiting, Courtney Klein, Liz Martin  number. “I think it would be a devastating loss to UNI,” Miller said. “A big part of why UNI’s so special is because of the faculty. And if I thought about 82 percent of my department leaving, I would be heartbroken. I wouldn’t have stayed at UNI my freshman year if it hadn’t been for the support of my department.” Oliverio Covarrubias, an NISG senator, called the bargaining bill “foolish.” “A big concern is that doing away with collective bargaining is that it’ll also lead to some of the problems they want to avoid — strikes and lawsuits,” Covarrubias said. As of press time, a decision had not been made on the bill.


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D-media program holds film contest SHELBY WELSCH

Pro 2.0 Wifi HD 1080p Sports Staff Writer video camera. According to Philip There are 1440 minutes in Hopper, associate professor of one day, and these minutes electronic media and judge for often tick away before any- the contest, the options and one even realizes it. Imagine levels of creativity are limsqueezing an original, fully itless for the film. Students edited and wildly creative can base their films around an video profile into only 60 animal, person, place or thing. It can be nonfiction or fiction, short seconds. Sound like a challenge? any genre under the sun is That’s what UNI’s Digital allowed and no idea is too Media program thought too. unique. However, the film must The program is sponsoring a film contest where any student not exceed 60 seconds, not across campus has the oppor- including the end credits and tunity to create a one-minute main title. Hopper expressed video profile or portrait in the how important it is, especially hopes of winning prizes any for those interested in digital media, to be able to foster the film-lover would covet. First place will receive a skills to create a concise and Go Pro Hero 1080p camera compressed film. “This is a highly desirable that includes a head strap mount and a 32 GB SHDC ability in today’s media marcard, while second and third ketplace,” Hopper said. This is the first one-minute place will be awarded a Geek film contest the department has held, but Hopper hopes it will catch on and will become a regular event in the future. He said that the contest will not only highlight student talent but will also showcase Courtesy Photo the newly mintUNI’s Digital Media program is holding a oneminute film contest, the winner of which will receive ed digital media major with three a Go Pro Hero camera.

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“Appreciate the bounty that we have right now,” Senapathy said. “It’s actually a wonderful thing. This food [and] fear-based marketing has real world negative impacts that resonate worldwide.” Another speaker from Monday was Justin Holmes, assistant professor of political science. Holmes presented on conspiracy theories in American culture. According to Holmes, half of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Holmes said that those who have lower political trust, higher political knowledge and strong ideologies are more susceptible to accept conspiracies. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, John Burnight, assistant professor of religion, gave a lecture on the biblical book of Job as it relates to skepticism. Entitled “The Book of Job as Subversive Literature,” Burnight shared how messages presented in Job were intended to question the prevailing ideology of the time. By suggesting one should not adhere to religious dogma, the author of Job was able to cleverly insert this message of skepticism into the Old Testament, according to

Burnight. Tuesday night’s keynote speaker was Hiba Krisht, a former Shi’a Muslim from Lebanon. Krisht fell victim to Lebanon’s oppressive government, which had recently been rocked by a major civil war. As a result of this civil war, laws became stricter and heavily enforced and citizens reverted back to more conservative practices of Islam. When Krisht was 18, she tried to run away from home. She disagreed with the way of life she was forced to live and wanted to escape. She was found and brought back to her home and was forced to stay there for a year, causing her to drop out of school. She felt like a “freak” because no one ever talked about people stepping out of line in the community. She felt as though she was the only one who felt strongly against the Muslim faith and tried to run away from it. “I thought I was the only one,” Krisht said, before she found other apostates of Islam. The idea of renouncing the religion was so unthinkable in her country that it was unmentionable. Wednesday saw Jeremy Schraffenberger, associate professor of languages and literatures examine the “poetics of atheism,” while Scott

overlapping areas of concentration: journalism, leadership and production. The contest has already sparked considerable interest, and Hopper said he has received many queries and expects many more submissions to roll in over the next few weeks. Hopper will be judging the contest along with colleague David O’Shields, a documentary filmmaker in residence and adjunct instructor. Hopper said he is excited to watch the submissions. “We think that there is some exceptional talent in our program and across the student body at UNI,” Hopper said. One student who plans to submit a film into the contest is senior digital media production and interactive digital studies major Ryan McDermott. McDermott said he likes how limitless the options are for the contest. He noted that since the one-minute time limit is essentially the only big constraint, you could really take the film down whatever path you’d like. “I’m excited for this contest,” McDermott said, “because I enjoy creative contests that allow for you to really express yourself with limitless possibilities.” This isn’t McDermott’s first rodeo either. He has made

countless films for classes, projects and just “for fun.” He looks forward to beginning the production of this film. He said that he will be working on the project with his roommate and plans to create a horror-themed video. While Courtesy Photo they’ve thrown Philip Hopper, associate professor of electronic media, ideas around, will serve as one of two judges for the Digial Media the details program’s film contest. filmmaking is fun, it can be are still in the a long and tedious process. works. McDermott also encour- Vizzini said he would encouraged anybody interested in age anybody new to the filmfilmmaking to step outside making world to start their their comfort zone and dip film early because it does take their toes in the waters of film time to craft a great short film. “If [students] just want to production. He said he personally loves seeing people pursue have some fun, then I think it’s it and always gets a kick out a great idea [to enter the conof watching his friends’ films. test],” Vizzini said. “I would “Creating films outside of a also warn anyone who hasn’t classroom setting allows a lot really made any films before more freedom, which can help that making a film is very time motivate you to put forward consuming and can be frusthe time and effort necessary trating at times.” All submissions must to improve your skills as a be emailed to Hopper by filmmaker,” McDermott said. Another student interested March 9, and winners will be in the contest, sophomore dig- announced on March 30 at ital media production major the Digital Media Program Joe Vizzini, said that although Kickoff event.

Peters, associate professor of political science, discussed the concept of “alternative facts.” The keynote speaker Wednesday night was Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University, whose presentation was entitled: “Can Science Prove Prayer Works?” These lectures are provided to GABRIELLE LEITNER/Northern Iowan promote a variety UNI students and community members gather in the University Room of the Maucker of ideas and top- Union on Tuesday night to hear Hiba Krisht’s keynote speech. ics beyond just the development of on campus and welcomes Maucker Union with NASA physical science. According to those who question every- aerospace technician Kathryn UNIFI public relations direc- thing from religion to politics Crowe’s keynote speech, tor Casey McGregor, Darwin and other prominent matters. UNIFI hopes that the curiosiwas a major catalyst in the “[We are] a community of ty promoted during the event field of evolutionary theo- people that are willing to ask will resonate with the audiry, but his contributions go questions,” Kaufman said. “It’s ence beyond Darwin Week. beyond the study of natural not just atheists; we actually “Our theme this year is selection. have other religions in the skepticism,” Kaufman said. “The purpose of Darwin club. The point of UNIFI is “So what we are hoping for Week itself is to celebrate not to just sit around and talk from all of our Darwin talks is the contributions that Darwin about hating God or hating for people to walk away with made — not necessarily in religion. It’s kind of focusing some questions.” According terms of science, but just in on other aspects of life, such to Kaufman, creating a line terms of making waves and as critical thinking, skepti- of thought that gets people being able to be skeptical of cism, humanism — things like thinking differently about different things,” Kaufman that.” issues is one of UNIFI’s main said. As the lectures conclude goals. According to Kaufman, this evening in the University — Gabrielle Leitner UNIFI is the skeptical group Room in the basement of contributed to this story


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FILM REVIEW

New Wick flick is critic’s pick JOSHUA ROUSE

Film Critic

Once again forced out of retirement, John Wick must answer the cry for help he receives from an old colleague seeking to use Wick’s legendary skills to win himself a seat at the top of a shadowy crime organization. Wick is begrudgingly dragged back into the sophisticated underground world of assassins as he fights his way through hordes of henchmen, double crossings and old enemies and friends. Directing: 5/5 With a sleeper hit like 2014’s “John Wick,” it would be easy to imagine that the sequel to a film with such surprising success would be underwhelming compared to its predecessor. Fortunately, returning director Chad Stahelski takes the artful combat sequences, enigmatic characters and brilliant world building to new heights in “John Wick: Chapter 2.” First and foremost, Stahelski knows how to make an action movie that delivers in both brain and brawn. The camerawork for most of the fight scenes is intriguing because the bullet and blood ridden battles are filmed as though they were ordinary scenes.

While most other movies use quick, shaky shots and cuts to create an adrenaline rush, Stahelski uses the expertly intricate fight choreography to generate the tension that drives the audience to the edge of their seats. The combination of this fluid violence and the masterful use of camerawork tur ns “John Wick” into a visual art form all its own. It’s everything and more of what TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE the first movie “John Wick: Chapter 2,” starring Keanu Reeves, continues the story of its 2014 predecessor and has garnered similar critical delivered and praise, currently boasting a 90 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. perfected. The final ingredient that get a better glimpse of the thought out that every new Common as Cassian, an makes the Wick films such a intricacies of the organiza- detail is completely satisfy- acquaintance-tur ned-enegreat watch is its self-aware- tion as the film continues ing, even if we don’t know my of Wick’s, is an enterness of how deadpan funny, to build upon the formida- everything. Such is the taining rival for the retired violent and over the top it ble legacy of Wick himself. incredible talent of Derek assassin. is. The movie is having a Even characters that make Kolstad. Laurence Fishburne is lot of fun, and it knows the an appearance from the first And not only is the world large and in charge as the audience is enjoying it too. film are shown in a new light expanded upon, but we learn electrifying Bowery King, Writing: 5/5 as more and more of the more about the titular char- who’s boisterous character Writer Derek Kolstad world of Wick is unveiled acter. While his past as an is one of the highlights on returns to expand upon the to the audience. The story assassin is mystifying in his the film. lore of the assassin under- is simple, but engagingly own right, the more human Riccardo Scimarcio plays world that was introduced so — allowing more focus part of the character — the the enigmatic Santino in the first Wick film. We to be put into developing lonely man that wants to D’Antonio, a character from the rules and society of this get away from it all — is Wick’s past. mysterious organization. the most touching part of Overall: And what a refined soci- this movie. If you liked the fluidety it is. There is a charmActing: 5/5 ly fun fight choreography, ing sophistication to this Continuing his role as the genius world building and world-wide community of feared assassin Wick, Keanu blatant self-awareness of assassins that is brought Reeves is perfect for the “John Wick” you’ll love out not just in the visually role with his wooden act- “Chapter 2.” As the “2” in striking locales, but in the ing style and commanding the title suggests, all of script, as well. Even though presence. the elements from the first they may be talented killers Ian McShane as Winston, movie are doubled to make and criminals, they abide the charismatic hotel man- a thoroughly satisfying and by strict laws that always ager of the assassin base visually invigorating film manage to make sense even in New York, is an absolute that knows how to have fun if it’s a brand-new law that delight to watch as he pow- while dishing out loads of is revealed to the audience. erfully chews the scenery action to the audience. The world-building of even with a small amount of Wick is so precise and well screen time.


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WRESTLING

Panthers finish number one in MAC ZACH HUNTLEY Sports Writer

The Panther wrestling team was relentless this weekend as they took on the University of Buffalo on Friday night and the University of Missouri Sunday afternoon. They clinched a 22-16 victory at home over the Bulls and UNI finished No. 1 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) after knocking-off the Mizzou with a strong 25-10 victory. This Friday was the UNI wrestler’s senior night and the only Panther to compete of the five seniors recognized was Dylan Peters in the 125 lb bout. Making his last duel at home count, Peters notched a 19-3 victory against the Bulls, winning by a tech fall in 5:54 after claiming an additional five takedowns to start off the evening. After barely falling in two very close bouts of 3-4 and 2-4 and accruing a 5-6 team score, Max Thomsen brought the heat to take a 6-0 victory over Buffalo from the 149 lb weight class. Thomsen earned a takedown early on and fought hard to resist an escape from his opponent in the first period. Holding him again for the entire second period, Thomsen went into the third with 3:34 of riding time. A powerful reversal and four minutes of riding time brought the team score up to 8-6 after his victory. Back after intermission was Bryce Steiert. Taking a 7-3 victory from 165 lbs, Steiert’s decision kept UNI one step ahead of the Bulls with an 11-10 team total. Getting the crowd to their feet was Panther Taylor Lujan as he notched a total of 10 takedowns against Buffalo — only allowing his opponent points for escapes throughout

the match. Lujan’s 23-8 victory added five team points and got the momentum rolling for the rest of the meet. Drew Foster added another win from the 184 lb bout, defeating the Bulls in a 6-2 decision after struggling to keep his opponent in bounds and missing multiple takedown attempts. Closing out the night with another exciting victory was Jacob Holschlag who started back 1-2 in the first period. He fought extremely hard to resist a reversal in the second period while turning back the riding time clock and securing 3-2 lead after notching a takedown with :17 left. Third period, an escape set the scoreboard at 4-2, where Holschlag again held his ground, resisting a takedown with everything he had. “I don’t have any insecurities,” said Head Coach Doug Schwab as he looked ahead to the MAC Championship. “I feel like our guys are extremely prepared, I know what my guys have done throughout the season, so now it’s about putting the fine edge on them and that’s what we’re going to do here in the next three weeks.” In Missouri on Sunday, the Panthers swept seven of the 10 bouts. UNI victors were: Jared Bartel, Jay Schwarm, Josh Alber, Max Thomsen, Bryce Steiert, Taylor Lujan and Drew Foster. Three Panthers notched victories over higher-ranking NCAA competitors: Schwarm’s 5-1 decision over No. 20 Barlow McGhee, Thomsen’s 9-2 decision over Missouri’s Lavion Mayes at No. 3 and Steiert’s fall over No. 5 Daniel Lewis in 2:23. The Panther wrestlers will bring it all to the mat in the McLeod Center March 3 and 4 as they host the MAC Championships at home this season.

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SOFTBALL

Softball girls go 4-1 at UNI-Dome Classic University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Tournament Schedule: 2/16- UNLV 2/16- Idaho State 2/17- Colorado State 2/18- Boise State 2/18- Brigham Young University

DYLAN PADY Sports Editor

The women’s softball team kicked their season off after they hosted the UNI-Dome Classic on Feb. 10. The team won four of their five games, their only loss coming from Wisconsin with a final score of 1-0. The teams they defeated and their final score include Toledo (8-0), Montana (10-2), South Dakota State (3-2) and Nebraska-Omaha (4-0). They began their season .800 and currently hold onto a three

game win streak as they play their first game in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Tournament tonight at 8:45 p.m. In the Panther’s game against Toledo, Macey Wolfe hit a double to right center field and Sammey Bunch was batted in for early 1-0 lead. Bailey Lange hit a double, then Alyssa Buchanan and Wolfe made it home giving the Panthers a lead of 3-0. UNI finished the first inning up 6-0 after Brittney Krodinger hit a double and brought three more Panthers around home plate.

In their 10-2 victory over Montana, Buchanan hit a homerun in the first inning and had Bunch recorded the RBI. Montana scored twice in the third inning, but were not able to get anything else on the board as the Panthers took control of fourth and fifth inning. Anna Varriano hit one homerun in the fourth inning which earned two RBIs then she hit a grand slam in the final inning. Against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, the first points on the board did not come until the third and fourth innings and

the Jackrabbits took a 2-0 lead. UNI came out swinging in the sixth inning with Lange hitting a homerun, which brought Courtney Krodinger home. Wolfe clinched the game by hitting a homerun. Their final game featured Nebraska-Omaha, who just won a single game throughout the tournament. UNI shut them out 4-0: Bunch scored in the second inning, then all of the Panther’s points came in the fifth from Brittney Roby, Courtney Krodinger and Wolfe, all earning RBIs.


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