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Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Northern Iowa’s

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Storming the Capitol BLAKE FINDLEY Staff Writer

Students from Iowa’s public universities will swarm the Capitol on March 7 for Regents Day, a lobbying day during which they will express how the recently proposed cuts to higher education will affect them. The Northern Iowa Student Government is providing free transportation, refreshments and lunch for the event. “I think it is essential for Regents students to make a

presence at the Capitol and to talk to the legislators. Students should talk to them about personal problems and stories,” stated Jennifer Nulty, NISG Director of Governmental Relations. “Governor Branstad and the House are ok with cutting the funds; the Senate is our last chance.” In Nulty’s email to students across campus asking them to participate, she discussed many of the day’s potential activities. See REGENTS DAY, page 4

Provost Gloria Gibson takes over as interim president of UNI BLAKE FINDLEY Staff Writer

Gloria Gibson, executive vice-president and provost of the University of Northern Iowa, has just added “president” to her list of duties. Gibson has been serving as interim president of the university as President Benjamin Allen recovers from surgery he recently underwent after being diagnosed with prostate cancer late last sememster. Members of both the student and staff community have expressed extreme confidence in Gibson and her abilities to run the university. “Provost Gibson has not gotten enough credit for all she has accomplished,” said

Joel Anderson, Northern Iowa Student Government president. Anderson went on to discuss the many difficulties and challenges Gibson has faced and triumphed over in the three short years of her time here at UNI. He cited the decrease in funding from the government, which led to forced budget cuts for the university. “Gibson fought to keep the effects of these cuts from harming the students while at the same time fighting to keep tuition costs down as well,” said Anderson. Additionally, upon beginning her duties as provost, Gibson had to replace one of the See GIBSON, page 3

‘Talk Politics’ tackles the issues of Regents hikes and proposed budget cuts

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‘Kids in the Kitchen’ promotes healthy lifestyle choices for children KARYN SPORY Staff Writer

Malcolm Price Laboratory’s sixth-grade students are learning to whip up a healthy yet tasty meal thanks to the school’s “Kids in the Kitchen” program. The “Kids in the Kitchen” program is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative and comes on the heels of Price Lab’s lunch menu changes. “Kids in the Kitchen” is also a partnership with the “Chefs into Schools” program. Jim Nadeau, or Chef Jim as the kids call him, is the executive chef at the College Square Hy-Vee and is just one of two chefs in Iowa to participate in the program. “I heard about the program through some chef friends as something to do in the community and also through the American Culinary Federation,” said Nadeau. The “Kids in the Kitchen” program is held at the

Grassroots Café in Price Lab from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays in February. Each time, the kids have learned to make an appetizer, entree and salad. On Feb. 24, the kids will prepare the complete meal and serve their parents or special guests. On Feb. 17, Nadeau divided the kids up into teams and each team was responsible for a part of the dish. As the big day to serve the parents approached, decisions had to be made. The kids made teriyaki chicken, breaded herb chicken, mashed potatoes, rice, steamed broccoli and steamed asparagus. After a final taste test at the end of the hour, the kids would decide what to serve. “They are getting their hands on food. They’re taking some ownership, getting some responsibility and learning that it takes work to put food on the table, but there’s this great satisfaction that comes with preparing a meal from scratch,” said See HEALTHY, page 4

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TALK POLITICS continued from page 1

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During the “Talk Politics” event, which was held on Thursday, Feb 17, students discussed how the proposed budget cuts to higher education will affect UNI students and what students can do in order to get their voices heard regarding the issue.

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most experienced assistant provosts on her staff, as the person who previously held the position left to accept a job as full provost at another school. Because of this and financial reasons, Gibson had to restructure her entire department. “Gibson has done an amazing job dealing with and handling everything that has been put on her place. I think she has done great,” added Anderson. “I hope nothing surprising happens that would make this transition even more difficult.”

Things have gone off without a hitch thus far, which does not surprise me. Provost Gibson is a very capable leader. Terry Hogan vice president of student affairs

“I think she is already doing an exceptionally good job and would not expect anything different,” said Terrence Hogan,

vice-president of student affairs. Hogan discussed how Gibson joined the university in her role as provost at a time of significant external pressure, because of all the budget cuts. “Not only has she had to deal with that, but also handle the reaccreditation process of the university, which ensures the government funding,” said Hogan. According to Hogan, the management of these two events have allowed her to develop and exhibit her leadership and management skills. He also mentioned that as of yet he has not received any additional duties, which suggests Gibson is absorbing much of the extra work herself. “Things have gone off without a hitch thus far, which does not surprise me,” commented Hogan. “Provost Gibson is a very capable leader.” Due to her busy schedule, Gibson was unavailable for comment.

Committee co-chair Rhonda Greenway kicked off the discussion with a break-down of House File 45, a bill in the Iowa Senate that proposes to reduce funding for higher education. Describing the impact of this bill, Greenway pointed out that the Board of Regents’ statement to authorize a 5-percent tuition increase “does not mean it is a flat-rate increase. Some students, such as those majoring in nursing, will see a larger increase in the cost of their tuition.” After the discussion of the contents of House File 45, Greenway and UNI Democrats president Kristen Meyers mentioned the upcoming “Regents Day” event. Greenway stressed the importance of the event, saying, “This is the first time all the regents are going to be coming to Regents Day. These are the people who make the recommendation for tuition increases. Meeting them is very key.” The event, which takes place on March 7, is done in collaboration with students from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Organizers hope to get 100 UNI students to attend. Meyers reassured those in attendance that even if they are not comfortable giving specifics, the event will be a unified show of student strength. “We’ll have talking points for some of the issues, as well

This is the first time all the regents are going to be coming to Regents Day. These are the people who make the recomendations for tuition increases. Meeting them is very key. Rhonda Greenway external relations committee co-chair

as buttons and other materials available if you do decide to come,” said Meyers. “The Regents know the numbers; we don’t expect you to talk to them about that. Share your story with them; explain why it’s so important to keep tuition costs down, and what your impact as a graduate of UNI will mean in terms of impact for the future when you work in-state and pay taxes,” said Greenway. For more information or to sign up for Regents Day, visit www.uni.ed/nisg and click the banner at the top of the page. The next “Talk Politics” discussion will be held March 24 in the Hemisphere Lounge and will focus on gun control. For more information about the “Talk Politics” events or the organizations involved, contact Dan Jensen of the College Republicans, Kristen Meyers of UNI Democrats or Owen Cue of Young Americans for Liberty.

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Cara Ullrich, Price Lab’s Kitchen Director. As for Leighton Potter and Sam Prott, who participated on Team Asparagus, they were enjoying their time in the kitchen.

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University of Northern Iowa student groups will be giving presentations; there will be a press conference and a time to lobby to representatives and senators. Many Board of Regents members and university presidents will also be in attendance. Nulty also encourages students to attend training sessions, held by NISG, to learn how to be effective in their lobbying. “I think that it is really necessary for students to attend Regents Day. Ultimately, it is their money that is being affected by what happens in Des Moines at the Capitol. In order for our message to be given properly, we need to have students there,” said Rhonda Greenway, vice chair of NISG’s External Affairs Committee. “It’s necessary for students to communicate personal stories to legislators, so the

“We enjoy it because we’re doing stuff we don’t get to do that often,” Prott said. “Our parents are excited because they won’t have to cook.” As the hour wore on, Chef Jim bounded from station to station answering questions for the kids and showing the next step. “Chef Jim is great; Hy-Vee is a

legislators will understand the repercussions of budgeting cuts.”

Parties are not important. We need to educate Iowans on the importance of higher education. Also, UNI is not solely for education, but an institution of the Cedar Valley. Residents of the Cedar Valley greatly enjoy being a part of UNI, athletics being a big part of it. Joel Anderson student body president

Greenway, a junior, also discussed her experience attending Regents Day the previous two years. According to Greenway, 70 students from UNI went the first time, which


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great partner. He brings everything we need: pots and pans and food and a healthy snack for the kids,” said Jacque Bilyeu-Holmes, the nutrition outreach coordinator of Grassroots Café and leader of the “Kids in the Kitchen” program. After the kids dished out what they had created, they sampled each

was more than both ISU and Iowa. However, she believes the students who went did not really know what was going on and were not very effective. Last year there was a much smaller group that went to protest last year’s budget cuts for higher education. Greenway also reminded students who may be hesitant about participating that there will be a 5-percent increase in base tuition, with a 40-percent increase in nursing programs and an 11-percent tuition increase for students in business programs. “If you have time, go to Regents Day, but if not, send an e-mail to your legislators,” said Joel Anderson, NISG president. “Parties are not important. We need to educate Iowans on the importance of higher education. Also, UNI is not solely for education, but an institution of the Cedar Valley. Residents of the Cedar Valley greatly


other’s dishes. In the end, the kids decided on breaded herb chicken, mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. “We’re making healthy foods and sometimes after school, kids will have junk food for a snack and this is a good, healthy choice,” said Aurion Redding, a sixth-grade student.

enjoy being a part of UNI, athletics being a big part of it.” Anderson explained how these reductions that will be protested and lobbied against would affect students. To fully understand the impact of the cuts, Anderson suggested looking at what has already been cut. He mentioned that already there are combinations of colleges (the College of Humanities and Fine Arts is merging with the College of Natural Sciences), cuts of majors, the elimination of UNI’s baseball team, divisions eliminated and more. To compensate for the cuts, Anderson talked about several proposals that have been considered, such as the elimination of even more majors, consolidation of departments, more adjunct professors than tenured professors, a significant increase in class sizes, a decrease in extracurricular activities, etc. Also, Anderson said

that while free student admission into games will not be affected, the athletic departments will start trying to generate more revenue, which would lead to a change in the student atmosphere of athletic events. Students attending Regents Day will be excused from any class or activity; excuse forms are available from NISG upon request. Buses will leave from Maucker Union at approximately 8 a.m. and return around 5 p.m. that evening. Students, faculty and staff wanting to participate need to sign up by Feb. 24, which can be done at However, if one misses the deadline, one will be allowed to do so, but a sack lunch will not be guaranteed as enough may not have been ordered.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011



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Eating bugs for education

Students eat insects in class to experience culture in Africa and Australia Many of the students in Edginton’s 8 a.m. class lined up to try the bugs Staff Writer sealed in aluminum cans or small What comes to mind when you cardboard boxes like candy. think about bugs? Gross, scary, small, Justin Vonescahen, a junior decidnasty? How about tasty? ing major, decided to try the bugs. Carole Edginton, a University of “I’m pretty fascinated with differNorthern Iowa professor teaching ent cultures and what they eat,” he Culture, Nature and Society wanted said. “I’ll pretty much try anything I students to experience other cultures’ can besides rotten meat and opossum.” diets last Wednesday during class. Vonescahen tried all the bugs that Students had the opportunity to eat were offered. He had his favorites. mealworms, ants, crickets and grass“I didn’t really mind the ants much; hoppers. they were ok,” he said. “The grasshop“Bugs are eaten all over the pers had a little squirt to them when world and it’s something we’ve done you took the first bite. They were hard throughout our history,” Edginton to chew up, too.” said. “We’re studying some indigeKassy Kahler, a junior global studnous tribes and bands in Africa and ies major, also gave the insects a try. Australia who eat bugs all the time. “I’m not a picky eater at all, and I thought it would be a chance for anything I’ve tried I’ve liked so far,” people to experience that because food she said. “I just figured, ‘why not?’ I’ve is relative to the particular culture.” always wanted to (eat bugs) and try different foods from different places of the world.” “Grasshopper was awful because when you ate it, it squirted in your mouth,” she said. “The legs were awful because they got stuck in your throat. It was not good. The ants and the worms weren’t that bad at all. They tasted like really dried Cheetos because they were flavored.” These insects provide basic nutrients for many people around the world. “If we could get past the idea of eating a bug, it would be a great addition to our diet. It would be someANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan thing really healthy for Justin Voneschen, a junior deciding major, opens wide to eat a cricket during his Culture, Nature and Society class with us,” Edginton said. Edginton argued professor Carole Edginton. By ALAN WILKINS

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Kassy Kahler, a junior global studies major; Sarah Caldwell, a junior biology major; and Kelsey Ludwig, a sophomore nursing major, eat dried squid during their Culture, Nature and Society class.

that eating and raising insects is more efficient than raising animals such as cattle, sheep and cows. “(Bugs) are 20 times more efficient than beef products,” she said. “The energy conservation ratio is 1 to 4 for

If we could get past the idea of eating a bug, it would be a great addition to our diet. It would be something really healthy for us. (Bugs) are 20 times more efficient than beef products. Carole Edginton sociology, anthropology & criminology professor

bugs, whereas for the beef it is 1 to 54. They are much more efficient in production.” Edginton felt the “bug-eating” day was a success. “(The students) had a great time,” she said. “It was a lot of fun. I had a lot of people participate in it. “The thing that is kind of interesting is that there are 1,400 species of insects that are eaten by more than 3,000 ethnic groups around the world, and with all the ecological problems that we’re having right now, this might become a food source that we use in the future,” Edginton continued. “They’ve been looking into farming out insects and developing it as a permanent food source throughout the world. It could be something we could be eating in the next 100 years. Who knows?”

UNI, high school students celebrate Tallcorn Jazz Festival By JOEY SPIVEY Staff Writer

The University of Northern Iowa was filled with energetic high school students from across the state as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s Beta Nu chapter hosted the 56th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday. More than 1,000 jazz musicians representing all four Iowa High School Music Association classes (1A-4A) packed UNI’s Russell Hall to

showcase the musical ability and teamwork that brought them to the highly competitive event. “Each band gets a 20-minute performance and are stopped immediately, as well as penalized, if they exceed the time limit,” said Andy Heard, a junior business management and communication double major and Tallcorn Festival co-chair. “We have four judges, two of which are clinicians, and they have ballots which they grade the

bands on a thousand-point scale. At the end of the day, we have a team tally up the scores and the top three bands receive trophies. If you place in the top two, you will get a bid into the Iowa Jazz Championships.” The Iowa Jazz Championships are the ultimate goal for almost every high school jazz band in the state. Based on performance throughout the season, the IJC Board of Directors will handpick the finest ensembles in

the state and extend an invitation accordingly. The 2011 Iowa Jazz Championships will be held on April 12 in Des Moines. Beyond the competitive element, the festival also serves bands in their own development. Immediately following each band’s performance they are led to a separate, smaller performance area, where they will participate in a 30-minute workshop with one of two esteemed clinicians. The festival also serves as

a great entertainment venue for a variety of audiences, from jazz enthusiasts to complete strangers to the art. “One of the biggest reasons Tallcorn remains the oldest continuously running jazz festival in the nation is the partnership the event has with the SDIJ concert, and the phenomenal guest artists we bring in to perform.” Heard said. The Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concert takes place See JAZZ, page 7




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Center for Multicultural Education turns 40 its current facility in Maucker Union in 2004 and continues to fulfill its mission in the UNI community. “(The CME) is for everybody,” said Cruz. “Our mission statement says, ‘We foster success in racial and ethnic minority students, contribute to the cultural competence of all students and promote an appreciation of diversity in the university community.’ So, it’s for everybody. But most of our programs focus on students of color and people who are from generally underrepresented populations.”

By KARI BRAUMANN Editorial Staff

Decades after the height of the 20th-century civil rights movement, it may be difficult to imagine what life would have been like as a college student at that time. The University of Northern Iowa was not exempt from the rampant feelings of unrest, bearing witness to a sit-in at the president’s house, a Union boycott and more. In 2011, the Center for Multicultural Education remains as a product of that struggle, now celebrating its 40th anniversary on the UNI campus. The CME began as the Ethnic Minorities and Cultural Education Center. According to the University Archives, it was headquartered in the house on 23rd Street known today as the Honors Cottage. Originally the president’s house, the house served as the college hospital, a nursery for student lab experiences in prekindergarten education and a dean’s residence. After the house became vacant in 1970, it was suggested that it be used as a campus “culture house” – a gathering place for UNI’s minority students and a venue for educating others about minority cultures. “Some people kind of viewed having a cultural center as segregating students

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The UNI Center for Multicultural Education opened 40 years ago as a multicultural hub for students during the time of the civil rights movement.

of color into one location, but this was something that they wanted,” said Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator at the CME. “And it was not just a place for them to call their own, but also a place for them to feature people of color in literature, people of color in religion, in academics ... and tearing down people’s stereotypes of specific populations, in a way.” Initially, the Iowa Board of Regents voted 4-4 on the proposal to create the

EMCEC, and no action was taken. Several students from the Afro American Society and other supporters staged a sit-in at President Maucker’s house on March 16-17, 1970. Seven students present at the protest were temporarily suspended from classes later that week. In the ensuing uproar, the Board of Regents voted on the issue again and it passed 6-2. Preparations were made and the EMCEC officially opened on Feb. 23, 1971.

The Northern Iowan editorial staff said in its issue from the same date, “A really beautiful thing has happened at UNI. A truly rewarding, educational thing has been offered to us. ... (It’s) called the (EMCEC) and it is fantastic.” Since then, the EMCEC, renamed the Center for Multicultural Education in 1998, has offered a diverse program of speakers, artists, exhibits and other types of events. The CME moved to

Some people kind of viewed having a cultural center as segregating students of color into one location, but this was something they wanted. Tabatha Cruz program coordinator of the CME

The CME officially marked its 40th anniversary with an open house Monday afternoon. For more information about the CME and upcoming events, go to www.

Michael Eric Dyson discusses identity at UNI By ARIEL HAWKINS Staff Writer

“I believe that we live in the yet-to-be United States of America,” said Michael Eric Dyson at the beginning of his keynote address, quoting Maya Angelou’s poem. Dyson spoke at the University of Northern Iowa GallagherBluedorn Performing Arts Center Thursday. Dyson is hailed as one of the nation’s most inspiring African-Americans. He has written on a variety of topics, including Martin Luther

King’s impact, hip-hop culture, philosophy and religion. He’s a Baptist minister who went to Princeton, did radio and TV broadcasts, taught in schools and currently teaches sociology at Georgetown University. Prior to Dyson’s keynote address Thursday, Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator of the Center for Multicultural Education, welcomed him to UNI, followed by a poetry selection from Danique Seymour that set the mood for the evening. Michael Blackwell, the director of

the Center for Multicultural Education, introduced Dyson as a man full of “truth and compassion” who “tells it like it is.” Dyson’s speech focused on three main points: memory, tradition and identity. Dyson emphasized memory, saying that blackness is linked to memory as blacks tried to remember where they came from. They were removed from their homes, punished and faced struggles against all odds. Rather than just worshipping Jesus in churches, they were nurtur-

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ing memory because they had their dignity in the church. Churches were “invisible institutions,” for blacks were able to let out their anger there through singing and moving to the music. He went on to say that “blacks aren’t allowed to be angry”— they are otherwise seen as dangerous, more so than whites. Dyson described Americans as being selective in their memory, using the example of our founding fathers. We see what we want to see and hide the things we aren’t proud of.

“Just because we aren’t proud of it, doesn’t mean we should hide it,” Dyson said. “It is critical to us … it’s our identity!” Dyson described identity as something political. Race is a political identity. Blacks are seen as narrow and vicious, whereas whites are seen as more “invisible” because they are dominant. By “invisible,” Dyson meant that the wrongs whites do are overlooked and seen as an individual problem, but when blacks do something, it’s a racial issue — See DYSON, page 7



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something against the entire group of people. “Memory is articulated in traditions,” Dyson said. “We should be allowed to have traditions … and curate dignity.” Dyson called it a contest, where blacks and whites are competing in education and other things, in order to prove themselves. But these issues aren’t just with race. He also stated that it’s the same hurt for the LGBT community, women and young people. “Don’t beat up on young people … if we lift up their saggy dreams, maybe they’d lift up their sagging pants,” Dyson joked. Dyson used humor throughout his talk, referencing 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Bill

Crosby, Tupac, Delphonics and more. “Dr. Dyson’s visit was a great way to celebrate Black History Month as he provided an entertaining yet encouraging message to continue to appreciate and celebrate the diversity we have within our university community,” said Kolby Knupp, a grad assistant in the CME. “He highlighted new perspectives that I had not yet considered, noting some of the past political and social

attacks on minority populations within our own country.” Dyson was pleased to speak at UNI. “It was a marvelous opportunity to come here … and a high honor to speak at UNI to celebrate black history.” For more information on events sponsored by the CME, call 319-273-2250 or check out the CME website at

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“Tallcorn is a great jazz festival that always attracts great high school bands,” he said. “Our school always has a great time getting to see other schools perform and participating in the clinic sessions. All in all, it’s something students look forward to and work hard for all year, and the reputation of the competition is always upheld because of it.” Heard said a competition of this size and stature takes an immense amount of effort and organization, and he finds it’s always best to start planning early. “We’ve already got bands trying to register for next year, the committee starts meeting again on Tuesday, and we’re already behind. I guess that’s just how the game goes,” he said.




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Opinion The University

Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Northern Iowa’s

Volume 107, Issue 38


student-produced newspaper since

Cedar Falls, Iowa




from the editorial staff

Send a message: these cuts need to stop


FYI: It is Black History Month. If you have not been at the University of Northern Iowa the past three years, read on so you will be ready to volunteer when called upon and explain why the bookstore called Barnes and Noble should change its name. I was a member of the Multicultural Teaching Alliance and with the advisor, the late professor Janet McClain, started the AfricanAmerican Read-In event on campus. It started three years ago in the Meditation Room, which is behind Chats in the Union. The vision was to draw attention to and educate students about the diverse talents about slaves and former slaves through AfricanAmericans’ poetry, narratives and novels up to today’s talents, such as the likes of Tyler Perry and Bell Hooks. The following year, we went to our dean at that time and asked for support. He came aboard, and we were on our way to making the African-American Read-In what it is today. We went from educating 35 college students the first year to inviting nearly 200 students from Walter Cunningham and Price

Laboratory School to campus the second year. That year, I was elected MTA president and was very excited to have on board the library faculty, other professors, students of various organizations and college students as volunteers. The African-American Read-In organization had a list of suggested literature, and we used it to determine the books read to the elementary students. Most were found in Rod Library. In addition, we wanted to give the librarians of these schools books from the list that were award winners. I, as president, along with MTA’s vice president, a tall Caucasian, ventured to the very popular Barnes and Noble to purchase books. This being an educational community with the “teacher’s college,” we felt we could get a number of books from our list. So, you can imagine the shock, horror and sheer disbelief we both felt when we found very few books for the minority groups, particular African-Americans. We were told directly that some people just don’t read books. For the manager to suggest that blacks don’t read and whites would not read African-American books was like a slap in the face. The See YAWNS AND OH NO’S, page 11

A note for Black History Month GREG H. GREUBEL greubelg@

February is Black History Month. This month, we are supposed to reflect upon how our black brothers and sisters have helped shape the world. While this is an admirable cause, I believe that we should also take this time to ponder how hatred hinders our society today. Many in our society still believe people are inferior to the white-Christian-heterosexual-American. They attack Mexicans, African-Americans, Arabs and homosexuals as though they are sub-human. Those who partake in this hateful behavior do so with

many different justifications. They say homosexuals are destroying the traditional family, Mexicans are taking our jobs and Arabs are essentially untrustworthy. None of these things are true. This is similar to what happened during segregation. During these times, the decrepit of our society seek out cures to their diseases by degrading those that are different. They say things such as: “I might not be a millionaire, but at least I am not a Mexican.” These people are unable to climb up to the level of self-respect by themselves, thus they attempt to rise on the backs of Others. Without people to degrade, they would drown in a pool of self-loathing. See HATRED HINDERS, page 10

In the past few years, the University asking students to pay more for less as they of Northern Iowa cut its baseball pro- gouge money out of higher education to gram, merged two colleges, eliminated make up for other programs. The result is a administrator positions, placed employees on big financial blow to students who already unpaid furloughs, reduced retirement ben- have one of the highest average debts in the efits, delayed building country and a conrepairs and suspended, tinuation of the steep restructured and elimidecline in the quality nated several academic of education in a state programs. In that time, So once again the state that prides itself on in-state undergraduate legislators are asking students it. tuition has increased Those who proto pay more for less as they by nearly $700. pose these cuts say What does this gouge money out of higher that budgets are amount to? Students education... The result is a tight and that we as are paying more for a state need to priless than they did two big financial blow to students oritize. We agree. years ago. They’ve who already have one of the However, providing seen increasing class highest average debts in the an affordable, qualsizes (just ask any ity education should upperclassmen who country and a continuation of be one of the hightook Oral Comm. this the steep decline in the quality est priorities of our year), fewer programs of education in a state that state. As state Board (just ask Lucas O’Rear of Regents president about baseball) and a prides itself on it. David Miles said faculty whose morale at the board’s most is exponentially declining as their salaries recent meeting, college graduates generdwindle or remain stagnant in light of cost ate far more tax revenue to support needed of living increases. government services and are healthier, less What’s the cause of the ongoing degrada- likely to be unemployed and less dependent tion of the quality of our university? While on public resources. fingers may be pointed in many directions, Moreover, a recent analysis conducted it’s impossible to deny that the $23 million by the Georgetown University Center on reduction in state appropriations is the pri- Education and the Workforce shows that 60 mary culprit. percent of jobs in the U.S. will require postAt the same time that the state carved secondary education by 2018. Today, only 39 away at the budgets of Iowa’s public univer- percent of working-age Iowans hold at least sities, it pumped money into its other pro- a two-year degree and only 28 percent have grams: funding for Iowa’s other programs a bachelor’s degree or higher. We need eduhas increased by about 13 percent, including cated Iowans to fill those jobs. a 10-percent increase for K-12 education and Something needs to change, and we can a 5-percent increase for Iowa’s community make it happen. The legislature still hasn’t colleges. Only Oregon and Arizona have cut voted on a budget for higher education for public higher education funding more in the next year, and it’s up to us to make sure they past two years. understand what these unacceptable cuts will But here’s the best part: despite these do to our institutions, our students and our massive, inequitable cuts to Iowa’s public state. universities, the state is discussing reducing On Monday, March 7, students from budgets for these institutions even more, Iowa’s public universities are swarming the including a monstrous $8.3 million cut to capitol during Regents Day in order to stand UNI. up for higher education. They will be filling The result of these cuts will likely be a the rotunda, peacefully forcing our legisla5-percent tuition increase for UNI students tors to recognize just how important higher (that’s an extra $300 out the pockets of education is and the extent of the damage in-state undergrads), increased class sizes, these cuts will cause. The Northern Iowa fewer course offerings (which will likely Student Government will be providing free mean more students will need to take a fifth food and transportation to any student who lap to finish college), a potential closing of wants to go, and students attending will be some academic programs, an increased use excused from their classes. of adjunct instructors, an increased diffiFight against these cuts. Don’t let your culty attracting and retaining quality faculty representatives shave away at your future and a reduction in support of co-curricular with cut after cut and tuition increase after programs in areas like Maucker Union, the tuition increase. We need to maintain the Wellness and Recreation Center and the quality and accessibility of our public uniGallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center versities. to name a few. Sign up for Regents Day on www.uni. So once again the state legislators are edu/nisg. You have no excuse not to.

This editorial reflects the position of the Northern Iowan’s editorial staff: John Anderson, Leah Jeffries, Brad Eilers, Cassie Tegeler, Anna Schreck and Kari Braumann. All other articles and illustrations represent the views of their authors.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Pure as the driven snow TOM EARLY

JOHN ANDERSON/Northern Iowan

Growing up with cartoon-saturated Saturdays, I found my ethical heroes in animated form. The Ninja Turtles taught me about teamwork and pizza. Transformers taught me about integrity and auto mechanics. However, the most influential exemplar came in the form of a campy, environmentally conscious, blue-bodied super hero named Captain Planet. In my prepubescent years, I was a litterbug’s harshest critic. When I saw a friend drop a gum wrapper on the asphalt of the street, I quickly picked it up and put it into my pocket. I

then provided my peer with a helpful maxim from the great green sage, Sensei Planet. Captain Planet provided an excellent credo for anyone regardless of age or superhero preference: “The power is yours!” Although he embodied environmental consciousness and fought plundering and pollution most effectively, he promised that we all had the power to make the world a better place. As I walk up College Street from my humble off-campus abode, I bear witness to the devastation a night on the Hill brings to our town. The light of morning brings not hope but gloom. It illuminates not only our carelessness but even worse, our selfishness. For the past few months, our weekly pollution sins were atoned for by blankets of fresh powder. With each flurry, the Hill became pure as the driven snow. However, as our crystalline veil lifts with the coming of spring, the stratified layers of cigarette butts and vomit become one solidified affront to the senses. The aromas of flowers and budding trees come with the stench of rotting garbage. The vistas of vibrant green grass are muddled by beer cases and pizzaslice tagboard. I think we can all remember a time when we’ve littered. It’s convenient, fast and seemingly victim-

ANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan

Abandoned cigarette butts, once hidden under layers of snow, litter College Street after a massive snow melt following last week’s high temperatures.

less. What can one gum wrapper hurt? The words of my mother come to mind: “what if everyone did that?” Soon the mind flashes to 12,000 Tom Earlys who can’t be inconvenienced with an extra 20 steps to a trash can. Now it starts to make sense. No one person turns the Hill into a landfill. But what do we do now? It seems hopeless. No one person can clean the whole campus. But what if everyone helped? If everyone picks up one piece of trash every day, what would our university look like? What if everyone picked up two or three pieces of trash? Now for you cowards too afraid to touch trash, I promise, you won’t die. However the Earth will die if you don’t start pitching in and

making a difference, so suck it up. Unfortunately for us, Captain Planet exists only on YouTube. Thankfully his message still remains: the power is ours. Together with little individual effort, we can clean up UNI. If you frequent the Hill, direct waste of all kinds toward the trash cans. I’ve littered, you’ve littered, we’ve all littered. I think we all feel bad when we see the state of our campus and surrounding neighborhoods. So start today with one piece of trash. And as you wash your hands with the free antibacterial soap on campus, remember the difference you made. Somewhere, Captain Planet is smiling.

HATRED HINDERS continued from page 9

We cannot fool ourselves: there is still a great deal of hate in the United States. The entire Tea Party movement is a group of impotent individuals based upon the hatred of those that are not like them. Is it a coincidence that this group of people has materialized at the same time as the election of our first African-American president? Is it a coincidence that more than 90 percent of their membership is Caucasian? Is it a coincidence that all of the candidates they favor are the ones that talk about “returning America back to the good ol’ days”? The answer to these questions is self-evident. It is remarkable how much our society has progressed since the days of Jim Crow, yet by no means are we rid of bigotry. Is it even possible to get rid of it entirely? Yes. Like a virus, these hateful sentiments have continued to evolve as their host has become stronger and more resistant. We shall someday cure ourselves from all of this. In the mean time, denying that racism is dead will

These (bigots) are unable to climb up to the level of selfrespect by themselves, thus they attempt to rise on the backs of Others. Without people to degrade, they would drown in a pool of selfloathing. not suffice. In the spirit of Black History Month, it is vital for us not to allow this type of hatred to go unnoticed. We have all seen these kinds of things at UNI. As a university, we are not nearly as multicultural as one would like. If someone makes a racist or homophobic comment, call them on it. It will not take long to see their ignorance. As Tupac said, “It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes. Let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.”



Tuesday, February 22, 2011



letter to the editor

On reason and society

In light of the responses to my opinion column last week, I would like to clarify my intent when writing “UNIFI makes a religion of science.” I focused too much on science and empiricism rather than reason itself. I intended to share a recurring thought of mine: that society places so much emphasis on reason that it becomes an ultimate authority in defining existence. UNIFI and Darwin Week were meant to be an example of this greater issue I noticed, the issue being that when reason is used to define existence and provide meaning in our lives, people may imbue it with qualities usually given to religion. Reason can be good. Reason and science help us to better understand the world, bring about the technology that we use every day and serve many other roles. Despite this, we should consider the consequences of relying on reason alone. Can reason encompass every aspect of humanity? Should reason encompass humanity? The fine arts – music, art, dance, theatre, etc. – are aspects of humanity that cannot be fully explained by reason. Reason might try to explain why a particular song moves us to tears, or why a work of art can make us feel awe, but it cannot express those things itself. The creativity and inspiration that can be found in the arts cannot be quantified by reason, and might never be subject to reason. The acceptance of and appeals to reason in our society reject that our world may contain some aspects that cannot be wholly explained by reason. I believe this acceptance is dangerous because it does not allow for that possibility of something more, something further to reach toward. Shakespeare expressed this well when he wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” EMILY O’LOUGHLIN

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salesperson and store manager’s reasoning is why, in my opinion, Barnes and Noble should consider changing its name to Yawns and Oh No’s. I say Yawns because we heard the same boring excuses for not having diverse books: “We just don’t get enough readers or interest for those types of books,” blah, blah, blah… I say the Oh No’s because even as we stood at the counter writing our statements to combat this issue, the store manager and the clerk we first spoke to were saying, “Oh, nothing is going to change.” Reading the background of Barnes and Noble at, it seems that they are concerned about falling profits. Well, being one of the largest book retailers in the U.S., surviving through wars, famine, the suffrage, civil rights and so forth, they should get the message. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” says the

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United Negro College Fund, so, let’s supply books that can encourage us all to read. Yawns and Oh No’s told us to place an order, wait for them to notify us and come back to make the purchase. Most students from campus support this bookstore, no doubt, so I contacted it again to make sure my facts were still accurate. I will only say, I challenge the reader to ask why there is not a better selection of diverse books on Yawns and Oh No’s shelves considering the age we live in and the caliber of readers in this area. Backwards thinking that only blacks read AfricanAmerican books should be confronted. If necessary, join the former president and former vice president of MTA in writing a letter and doing what you feel is appropriate. In our case, it was silently boycotting the store. Topics like this and actions to bring change is what the Study Circles group is all about. Meet us there this Saturday.

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Sports The University

Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Northern Iowa’s

Volume 107, Issue 38


student-produced newspaper since

Cedar Falls, Iowa




Panthers keep George Mason defeats UNI 77-71 in rolling, winning ESPN BracketBuster streak now at 13

BRANDON BAKER/Northern Iowan

Katelin Oney (No. 2), pictured here against Creighton, scored a team-high 17 points against Evansville Saturday night. UNI defeated UE 69-33.


Despite a 26-point performance from senior point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (No. 11), the Panthers still couldn’t top the Patriots as they fell 77-71.

By BRAD EILERS Sports Editor

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will look back on their Saturday night BracketBuster game against George Mason University as one filled with missed opportunities. UNI led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but couldn’t find a way to hold on for the victory, falling to GMU 77-71. “I told the guys at halftime, this is like a (boxing) prize fight and we’ve got to win some of these rounds. (UNI) won several rounds in the first half and I knew we









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had to come out and win some in the second half,” said GMU head coach Jim Larranaga. “I have been a big advocate of the ESPN BracketBusters since its inception and I believe in it because of games like this.

The fans were entertained tonight.” The Panthers (19-10, 10-6 MVC) and Patriots (235, 14-2 CAA) were tied on eight occasions throughout the game, including ties at 2-2, 5-5, 10-10 and 13-13 to start the game. GMU would respond with an 8-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 21-13 with 11:41 remaining in the first half. UNI would answer right back, tying the game at 23-23 with 8:36 left in the first half after a Kwadzo Ahelegbe three-pointer, five straight points from Johnny Moran and a layup by Kerwin Dunham. The See UNI, page 13

The victories keep on coming for the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team after they brought home a pair of road wins against Southern Illinois University and the University of Evansville over the weekend. The Panthers dominated the court in both games, which helped them improve their winning streak to 13 consecutive victories. The action started Thursday night at Southern Illinois when the Panthers defeated the Salukis 68-41. Four Panthers scored in double figures and nine Panthers recorded doubledigit minutes. Junior guard Jacqui Kalin led UNI with 18 points, 15 of which were scored in the first half. Amber

Kirschbaum contributed 14 points while Lizzie Boeck finished with 13. The game started with the Salukis scoring first, but the Panthers responded with an 8-0 run to take an early 8-2 lead with 15:43 remaining in the first half. UNI would pull ahead 17-10. However, the Salukis notched five straight points to pull within two at 17-15 with 10:30 left on the clock. The teams went back and forth until the UNI defense took control over the Salukis, holding them scoreless for more than five minutes to build up a 37-21 lead with 1:36 left in the half. The Panthers went into the break leading 37-24. UNI came out strong in the second half when Kirschbaum gave the Panthers a 20-point lead by See PANTHERS, page 13

Ryan’s Rants

The debate we’ve all been wrestling over By RYAN FRIEDERICH Sports Columnist

I understand that by now everyone is sick of the debate over whether or not Cedar Falls High School student Cassy Herkelman should have been allowed to wrestle at the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend. There is no right or wrong answer to this argument, but I would like to share my opinion with you loyal Northern Iowan readers.

Herkelman did nothing wrong this weekend. She, like many other high school athletes, made the trek to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines because she qualified for one of the toughest high school wrestling meets in the nation. Herkelman put her blood, sweat and tears into the entire wrestling season and beat many quality opponents. Here is where it gets tricky: Joel Northrup didn’t do anything wrong either. Northrup stuck with his

beliefs and gave up a dream that he has held since he first put on a singlet. When I first heard that Northrup was going to forfeit the match, I called him many different words that probably didn’t exemplify his masculinity. Now I think he is more masculine than I will ever be. The part of Northrup’s written statement that got me was, “wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and

my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner.” Northrup is clearly a class act. Whether you believe that Northrup should have wrestled Herkelman or not, it seems as though both these kids have a good head on their shoulders. Herkelman was just doing what she loved and making history while doing it. Northrup was standing by his values and not falling to peer pressure to possibly win a trophy.

I have a tremendous amount of respect for both these student athletes, and I am proud to say that they are both from Iowa. The amount of courage displayed by Herkelman and Northrup at this year’s state tournament is something that makes athletics so magnificent. I hope that one day I am able to raise my children to show the class, respect and audacity that was on display in Des Moines this week. Go Panthers!



Tuesday, February 22, 2011



UNI tennis team excels against UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee By SAM JEFSON

Sports Writer


UNI sophomore guard Anthony James (No. 52) was held to single-digit scoring for just the second time in the past eight games. James was three-for-four on three-pointers and finished with nine points.


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Panthers would continue their run, pulling ahead by as many as six points at 34-28 at the 3:38 mark. UNI would take a 36-32 lead into the locker room. The Panthers made eight three-pointers in the first half, shooting 57.1 percent from behind the arc and 58.3 percent for the half. “I told the guys at halftime, this is like a (boxing) prize fight and we’ve got to win some of these rounds. (UNI) won several rounds in the first half and I knew we had to come out and win some in the second half.” Jim Larranaga GMU head basketball coach

UNI’s hot shooting carried over to the start of the second half as they extended their lead to 10 points at 42-32 with 18:46 remaining in regulation. From that point on GMU would slowly start to chip away at the UNI lead with offensive rebounding and free throws. The Patriots out-rebounded the Panthers 35-22 for the game while attempting and making 10 more free throws than the Panthers throughout the course of the game. GMU got their first lead of the second half after a free throw from Andre Cornelius at the three-minute mark, making the score 62-61 in favor of the Patriots. GMU

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picking up a short jumper at 14:38 to put UNI ahead 49-29. The Salukis cut the lead to 17, but the Panthers would go on to lead the rest of the game by at least 23 points on the way to a 68-41 victory. The Panthers were still


LEADING SCORERS: Dwayne Lathan -- 11.6 ppg Carl Richard -- 10.7 ppg Jake Kelly -- 9.3 ppg

LEADING REBOUNDERS: Carl Richard -- 7.1 rpg Myles Walker -- 5.2 rpg Dwayne Lathan -- 4.8 rpg OFFENSE: 66.8 ppg (4th MVC) DEFENSE: 65.0 ppg (6th MVC)

would build their lead to 69-63 with 53 seconds left in the game, but UNI wouldn’t back down. UNI had a shot to tie or win the game in regulation, down just two points, with the ball, at 71-69 with 11.8 seconds remaining. Moran tried to inbound the ball to Ahelegbe, but was unsuccessful as GMU defended the inbounds pass perfectly, coming up with a timely steal. “We were trying to get the ball to Kwadzo (Ahelegbe) coming off a double screen to the top (of the key) and their guy took an angle so that I couldn’t get the ball to him,” said Moran. “At the last second I tried throwing (the ball) off the defender’s legs since we didn’t have any timeouts, and he avoided it and they came up with it.” The Patriots sank their final 10 free throws of the game to seal the 77-71 victory. “Our guys expect to win, as do I,” said UNI head coach hungry for more Saturday afternoon when they took on the Purple Aces of Evansville. UNI rolled to a 69-33 victory over UE. The Panthers’ 21st win of the season marks a record for most victories earned by the Panther women as a Division I program. Junior guard Katelin Oney was four-of-five from

Ben Jacobson. “We had (the inbounds play) set up to get Kwadzo the ball… and there are different ways to handle that situation and I chose the wrong one. I didn’t handle it well enough and I didn’t give our guys a chance to win the game. That was my mistake.” Ahelegbe scored a game-high 26 points for the Panthers. Joining him in double figures were Jake Koch and Moran, who scored 14 points and 10 points, respectively. “I didn’t handle it well enough and I didn’t give our guys a chance to win the game. That was my mistake.” Ben Jacobson UNI head basketball coach

UNI returns to action Tuesday night when they host the Indiana State University Sycamores. The Sycamores (15-13, 10-6 MVC) are tied with the Panthers for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Tuesday night’s game will be the final home game for three Panther seniors: Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Kerwin Dunham and the injured Lucas O’Rear. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Get live UNI athletics updates on Twitter at: @NISportsLive behind the arc on her way to a team-high 17 points. K.K. Armstrong, Boeck and Kalin each added 10 points for the Panthers, while Boeck led the Panthers with eight rebounds and Armstrong led UNI with five assists. UNI’s next match-up will be in Peoria, Ill., Friday night against Bradley University at 5:30 p.m.

The University of Northern Iowa tennis team made a statement Friday and Saturday at the Black Hawk Tennis Club. UNI won 13 out of 14 matches to dismantle the University of WisconsinGreen Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Friday, Northern Iowa won every set played against Green Bay leading to a 7-0 rout. Every doubles team and all six singles players for the Panthers recorded convincing wins. The victory set the team up for another home match the following day. Wisconsin-Milwaukee traveled to Waterloo Saturday to take on Northern Iowa. The Panthers showed determination in the 6-1 victory by winning a handful of hard-fought matches. “They pushed us,” said UNI head coach Sachin Kirtane. “They are a solid team and we knew that coming in.” The Panthers won two of three doubles matches to earn the important doubles point. The No. 1 doubles team of Phoebe Walker and Laia Gonzalez-Garrido defeated Morgan Weuve and Emily Laurent 8-3. The No. 2 doubles match also belonged to the Panthers with Krissy Lankelma and Jessica Kunzelmann earning the 8-1 victory. “They pushed us. They are a solid team and we knew that coming in.” Sachin Kirtane UNI head tennis coach

“If we can get the doubles point with how deep our lineup is, we will have a chance to win,” said Kirtane. “With our depth, we are capable of winning any of our singles matches.” Following the momentum of winning the doubles point, Northern Iowa won five of six singles matches to secure the victory. The Panthers’ lone defeat came in the No. 1 singles match. Walker lost to Maddy

Soule in a back-and-forth three sets. Soule’s heavy topspin and hard hitting broke strings on three of Walker’s rackets. All of her rackets thus broken, Walker was forced to play with another teammate’s racket for the remainder of the first set. With Walker’s equipment issues in set number one, Soule was able get out to an early lead she would never surrender. “We were unlucky to lose 6-4 in the third set, but Phoebe played a great match,” said Kirtane. In the No. 2 singles match, Gonzalez-Garrido used devastating drop shots and towering lobs to take down Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Kelly Fritz. Scores for the three-set match were 6-3, 6-7 and 6-1. Lara Okicki, Kunzelmann and Lankelma all worked magic on the court for UNI, easily winning the number three, four and five singles matches. “I scheduled these three matches on purpose. At the conference tournament we are going to have to come out Sunday morning and play in the championship.” Sachin Kirtane UNI head tennis coach

The final match of the day captured the Panthers’ gritty attitude displayed during the entire match. Chelsea Moore won in a super tie breaker over Kristin Kurer by scores of 5-7, 6-4, (10-8). “Hopefully a match like this will be a springboard for the rest of the season,” said Kirtane. UNI played another match Sunday after press time against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. This marked the third day in a row the Panthers played. “I scheduled these three matches on purpose,” said Kirtane. “At the conference tournament we are going to have to come out Sunday morning and play in the championship.” Northern Iowa will travel to Iowa State University Friday to take on the Cyclones.

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Black Hawks lose a pair of heartbreakers to Indiana and Green Bay By DUSTIN WOODY Sports Writer

Both of Waterloo’s games this weekend were decided by one point, but neither of them went in the Black Hawks’ favor. On Friday, the Indiana Ice downed Waterloo 2-1, and on Saturday the Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Black Hawks in a shootout 3-2. Indiana started the scoring at 9:31 of the second period Friday night with a Tim Smith power play goal from Nick Mattson and David Johnstone. Tyler Zepeda scored on a shorthand situation at 10:12 from Jamie Hill and James Hansen to tie the game at one point. Johnstone took a five-minute major penalty for elbowing Waterloo’s Andrew Panzarella in the back of the head at 15:42 of the first period, and Panzarella sent his message back to the Ice bench by taking on Peter Schneider in the second. Schneider and Panzarella dropped the gloves at 14:27, with Panzarella earning a very decisive victory. The win came with a fairly steep price, however, as Panzarella was out of Saturday’s game with a severely injured hand. It seems that he will be out for a while at least. In the third period, Smith and Alex Barron assisted a Brian Ferlin goal at 6:04 to put Indiana up 2-1. Waterloo couldn’t bounce back and lost by the 2-1 margin. C.J. Motte stopped 25 of Indiana’s 27 shots. On Saturday, as has been

the case several times this season, Waterloo needed to bounce back from a two-goal deficit to get a point from the Green Bay Gamblers. Robert Francis and Travis Lynch scored at 9:10 and 11:28 of the first period, respectively, to give Green Bay their twogoal advantage. Francis’ goal was assisted by Andrew Welinski and Lynch, and Brian O’Rourke and Markus Lauridsen assisted Lynch’s goal. Alex Guptill scored both of Waterloo’s goals to pull the team into contention. His first goal came from Zach Palmquist and Blake Thompson at 1:31 of the second period, and his second came unassisted 11:26 into the third period. No scoring in overtime led to a shootout, where it was all Green Bay. William Kessel and Jean-Paul LaFontaine scored on the Gamblers’ first two shots, and none of the Hawks could beat Gambler goalie Ryan McKay. Jay Williams stopped 41 of Green Bay’s 43 shots in the loss. The Hawks have a difficult stretch coming ahead, with seven of their next 11 games on the road. Waterloo travels to Des Moines on Tuesday to face the Buccaneers, then returns home to take on the Omaha Lancers Friday at 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


UNI wrestling knocks off No. 24-ranked Wyoming


The UNI Panthers and the Wyoming Cowboys took center stage Sunday afternoon in the West Gym. UNI came away with a 19-13 victory over the No. 24-ranked Cowboys.


This Sunday in the West Gym, the University of Northern Iowa Panthers took on the Wyoming Cowboys for the last dual meet of the season. The Panthers put up a tough fight against their Western Wrestling Conference rivals, ultimately defeating the No. 24 Cowboys 19-13. UNI’s wrestling team finished their season with a 12-9 record overall and a 5-0 record in the Western Wrestling Conference. Both the Panthers and the Cowboys went into the dual undefeated in the Western Wrestling Conference. Because of this win against Wyoming, UNI went undefeated in the Western

Wrestling Conference for the 2010-11 season, and ultimately claimed the Western Wrestling Conference title for the season. The Panthers started the meet off with a victory when UNI’s 125-pounder Caleb Flores won by a decision of 5-3 over InterMat’s No. 15-ranked Michael Martinez. Wyoming picked up their first victory of the meet at 133 pounds. The Cowboys’ Tyler Cox defeated Panther Ryan Jauch 5-4. The Panthers won their first of three consecutive matches starting with 141 pounds. UNI’s Joey Lazor won by a 5-3 decision against Chase Smith from Wyoming. Brett Robbins, UNI’s 149-pounder, followed by winning an upset against Wyoming’s No. 17


The UNI wrestling team returns to action March 5 when they participate in the NCAA West Regionals in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Cole Dallaserra with a score of 6-3. David Bonin, UNI’s No. 19-ranked 157-pounder, picked up an 8-7 victory over Wyoming’s Jimmy Belleville. This is Bonin’s eighth consecutive dual win for the season. The Cowboys came back by winning the following three matches. At 165 pounds, No. 11 Shane Onufer defeated UNI’s Trevor Kittleson by a 10-2 major decision. Wyoming added another victory when their 174-pounder Patrick Martinez won the match against Panther Brice Wolf, 10-6. The only match of the meet with two ranked wrestlers occurred at 184 pounds. The Cowboys’ No. 5 Joe LeBlanc defeated the Panthers’ No. 7 Ryan Loder by a 6-5 decision. Wyoming took the lead for the first time of the dual, 13-12. The Panthers took back the lead when UNI’s Andy O’Loughlin picked up a 10-2 major decision over Wyoming’s LJ Helbig. UNI had a 16-13 lead going into the heavyweight match with the Panthers’ No. 13 Christian Brantley and Wyoming’s Matthew McLaughlin. Brantley and McLaughlin were tied in the end, but Brantley picked up the win with a score of 2-1 due to advantage time. Brantley’s win gave the Panthers three more team points. The Panthers won with a final score of 19-13. On March 5 the Panthers will be at the NCAA West Regional in Colorado Springs, CO to see who will qualify for the NCAA Division I National Championship in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 17-18.

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