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April 16, 2018


Volume 114, Issue 51

Opinion 3 Campus Life 4 Sports 6 Games 7 Classifieds 8

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Chief of Staff nominee rejected 2

UNI Traditions Challenge 3

‘What Were You Wearing?’ 4

Softball vs ISU 6

UNI expands bike-share program SOFIA LEGASPI

Associate Campus Life Editor

Before the semester ends, students will be able to check out bicycles from Rod Library as part of a student bike-share program. When UNI’s Office of Sustainability shared a photo of a new f leet of purple and gold bikes on Facebook on April 3, they received over 350 reactions and 130 shares. “Honestly I don’t know that we’ve ever done a program that we’ve had this much positive feedback on,” said Eric O’Brien, director of sustainability. “Across the board, students have just said, ‘that is really, really cool.’” “I think it would just be a really cool idea to be able to check out a bike,” said Lexi Dinsmore, a sophomore English education and

TESOL major. “I think I would be more active on campus. It would give me something different than just walking around.” Students are currently able to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s naming competition for the new bike-share program. Suggestions can be submitted via a link on UNI Sustainability’s Facebook page; finalists will be up for public voting later in the week. The winner will be revealed during the UNI Earth Day Celebration on April 25 outside the Union. Although unbeknownst to many students, UNI’s bikeshare program has been running for nearly three years. The existing program — a partnership between Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) and the Office of Sustainability

—had about 40 bikes, the majority of which were reclaimed from campus bike racks after being left on campus at the end of the school year. Students could rent a bike for one semester for a fee of $35, which also covered a bike chain, maintenance and winter storage. The expanded program will include 20 bikes from the old program, as well as 40 new UNI-branded bikes. In addition to long-term rentals, students will now be able to rent bikes for shorter periods of time. “Right now, we’re going to have eight bikes that are available for short-term checkout out of the library,” O’Brien explained. “You’d check them out the same way you would check out a book or a laptop.” The vision for a bikeshare program emerged

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UNI will soon be expanding their bike-share program. Bikes are located in front of Rod Library.

from a capstone class project in the spring of 2014. The students took their proposal to NISG, who then brought it to O’Brien — who, coincidentally, was the instructor of the capstone class. “The sustainability office, NISG, the vice president for

student affairs and the international programs office each put in money to start the program — so, to get the initial group of bikes and get them fixed up so they could be ridden,” O’Brien said.

sauce, plus pearl tea. The pearl tea was sponsored by the PearlTea shop on University Avenue. Planning for this event began last year, according to Deepthi Seelam, a senior business management major from India and the event coordinator for ISA. “We’re spreading diversity, so it’s a good way for all the international students to show their cultures to everyone, and we also do join with the community,” Seelam said. “We had a Bosnia dance performance, so we do call other people that have diversity.” Besides the cultural activities and food, there were also performers from a variety of countries and backgrounds. There were dance performances representing regions of India, Malaysia, Bosnia, Columbia and many others.

The performances were done in traditional clothing, and many were performed either in pairs or groups. The variety of performances ref lected the theme of the event, showcasing the many different students and cultures on UNI’s campus. Anjanah Nair, a senior financial management major from Malaysia, is the administration secretary for ISA. “This year’s theme was ‘Diversity, Not Division,’ so it is nice that UNI accepts us as one and does not divide us,” Nair said. “Everyone should know that we are accepted as one, and they are not pushing us away.” The students in attendance echoed this sentiment of acceptance by cheering, clapping and vocally supporting all the performers throughout the event.

ISA hosts annual Diversity Showcase KIRBY DAVIS/Northern Iowan

KIRBY DAVIS Staff Writer

On Wednesday, April 11, the International Student Association (ISA) held their annual Spring Diversity Showcase in the Maucker Union Coffee House. The theme of the event was “Diversity, Not Division,” which was incorporated into trivia, activities and performances throughout the night. There was a variety of activities at the event, including origami, henna, name translations in traditional languages, a sand mandala and a photobooth with traditional attire. ISA also brought in street food from all over the world for those in attendance to sample. Some of the food included lamb, rice, crepes with spiced apples and honey

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NISG Senate rejects Chief of Staff nominee JACOB MADDEN News Editor

This past Wednesday, the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) then-transitional senate held its meeting to confirm President Drew Stensland and Vice President Kristen Ahart’s upper cabinet nominees. The meeting began by swearing in Stensland, a junior political science and public administration double major, as president and Ahart, a junior English teaching and TESOL double major, as vice president. The meeting also saw Jacob Levang, a junior finance major, be sworn in as speaker of the senate. The NISG upper cabinet is comprised of five positions, according to the NISG Constitution: the Director of Diversity (DOD), the Director of Finance (DOF), the Director of Governmental Relations (DOGR), the


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Stored in the Nielsen Field House, the first bikes were rented out in the summer of 2015. During the 201617 school year, the program began to grow. “I was really interested in seeing how we could solidify the program because it was a

Director of Public Relations (DOPR) and the Chief of Staff. Yakira Sanders, a junior social work major, was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the DOD. Jacob Stites, a junior economics major, was confirmed as DOF, Matt Johnson, a senior public administration major, was confirmed as DOGR and David Konfrst, a junior management major, was confirmed as DOPR. The Chief of Staff nominee, Caleb Gipple, a freshman deciding major, was not confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 8-10-2. Among the concerns raised by those in attendance included Gipple’s experience and his membership in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. “It would be an understatement to say that this wasn’t the result I had been hoping for Wednesday night,” Gipple said. “I spent a lot of time preparing myself for thought-provoking, challeng-

ing questions for this position.” Gipple also said that he intends to continue involvement in NISG in any capacity available to him. “Although I was not able to obtain the necessary votes for a confirmation, I do not feel defeated by this,” Gipple said. “This has helped me see perspectives in another light and has helped me gain a better understanding of what other Senators have brought up. My view on whether or not the decision was fair is completely irrelevant because the Senate did not feel I was the best fit for the position. The Constitution and By-Laws ensure a fair process through its checks and balances system. I did not do as well as I had hoped when explaining myself and my ideas, so I do not hold anything against the Senate for voting no.” “While we were optimistic about our nominees headed into Wednesday night,

we still view all of the confirmations of the Executive Branch as a success for the student body, despite the rejection of our nominee for the Chief of Staff position,” Stensland and Ahart said in a statement. “Tough decisions had to be made over eight hours of deliberations on our applicants, but Kristen and I selected the applicants that we knew would excel on multiple fronts in their respected positions. “However, we recognize the Senate’s position to make the final decision as our Constitution and By-Laws have these measures put into place to create a government that has the correct checks and balances in it,” Stensland and Ahart continued. Gipple was also elected to the Senate for this coming year, where he will serve until April 15 of 2019. After the confirmation hearings, the new Senate was sworn in, and the 2017-18

really good program, but we didn’t have a lot of bikes to use and the bikes weren’t always the most reliable,” said Avery Johnson, a senior English major who was serving as student body vice president at the time. After Johnson had explored different options, including the possibility of moving to the WRC, O’Brien approached

him about passing a resolution in the senate supporting the bike-share program. O’Brien went on to include that resolution in a proposal submitted to the PepsiCo Zero Impact Challenge, a competition supporting eco-innovations on college campuses. “We were the winner in the transportation division, and as part of that competition, [Pepsi] agreed to buy us a bike fleet for campus,” O’Brien said. For the percentage of the student population who do not have access to vehicles — most notably international students — the bike-share program will provide more mobility, Johnson said. Even for students who do have vehicles, O’Brien noted that biking is often easier than walking to one’s car, driving to campus, finding a parking spot and walking to class. “People don’t realize how fast it is to be able to bike,” O’Brien said. “Our campus is a very accessible campus for biking [. . .] We’ve got very good

sidewalk systems that are nice and wide to accommodate both pedestrians and bikers.” In addition, both O’Brien and Johnson pointed out the extensive trail systems located around Cedar Falls. “I don’t think students are really able to use those [trails] as well as they could, and so getting people bikes is a great way to explore the Cedar Falls community,” Johnson said. “I’m really interested in ways that we’re connecting health issues along with the environment, and this is one of those ways. You’ve got not only the well-being of riding bikes and living healthier that way, but also, it clears your mind, and you’re able to just kind of enjoy that ride across campus,” O’Brien said. “And at the same time, you’re not driving a car, burning as much fossil fuels, things like that [. . .] And providing this economical option for students, so they’re not having to worry about bringing their own bike to campus.”


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Chief of Staff nominee Caleb Gipple was rejected by a vote of 8-10-2.

Senate completed the final meeting of their term. The application for Chief of Staff will now be open until Thursday, April 26, at 5 p.m., and all students interested in the position are encouraged to apply. The form can be found on the NISG website or on NISG’s Facebook page.

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Over the weekend, the UNI Office of Public Safety issued a campus-wide email reporting that a sexual assault had occurred. The assault occurred between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. According to the email, the assault occurred in an on-campus building, and the perpetrator was a male that the student had met earlier that evening. This assault marks the third instance of sexual misconduct reported this semester and the seventh report of sexual misconduct reported on campus this academic year at UNI. Victims of sexual assault or misconduct can contact UNI police at 319-273-2712 and can also seek support by contacting the Riverview Center’s 24-hour sexual assault crisis and support line at 888-557-0310. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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The power of story in our lives If I said that I wanted to tell you a story, how would you react? Would you be intrigued and happy to hear it? Or would you pass, think I was weird or not even care at all? See, when I tell people that I’m an English major, they automatically ask, “So where do you want to teach?” I then follow up by explaining how I do not have any desire to teach, but I want to tell stories for a living. “I’m a writer,” I’d say. They then usually look at me like I’m crazy and start to mentally estimate the age that I will be when I am a broke, job-less English major who loves to tell stories. It’s perfectly okay, though. I know that it is all worth it. The real reason I’ve chosen to study English and creative writing is because I have an unrelenting faith in the power of story. I absolutely adore stories and am at my happy place when I am in the middle of crafting or

experiencing one. As you well know, story is a huge spectrum that contains countless genres and realms of narratives. That’s where I find the infinite beauty in story; one can come from anywhere. In fact, when we were all young, our imagination fed upon and created stories. Dreams are little narratives that inspire, bring awe or sometimes even frighten us. I find it awfully sad that as we grow older, we often lose touch with our imagination and tend to ignore the stories that made us who we are. And the worst part is that we think that is a necessary part of “growing up.” But what we sometimes don’t realize is the fact that stories are a part of everything. I was recently flipping through a series of different news articles on my phone when I came to a realization. Not only is story a wonderful creative entity, but it is also necessary. As I flipped through the entertainment articles, I found that industries involving movies, music, television, theater, video games and literature are absolutely nothing without stories. These same industries are a big part of our economy


Opinion columnist Cristian Ortiz explores the power of storytelling and the ubiquity of stories in our daily lives.

and bring billions of dollars in revenue each year. Whether we realize it or not, we pay a lot of money for stories. I then started going through my social media feed (which sparks and documents stories) and saw some posts about history. All of history is a story. I saw posts from friends and family, which reminded me that even basic human interaction and relationships are threaded with us telling stories, relating to them and creating them through experiences.

I also saw posts about the #MeToo movement, and I started asking myself where the movement would be if brave individuals didn’t tell their stories and inspire others to share their own painful experiences. Without them telling their stories, there wouldn’t be a movement. I saw posts about March for Our Lives and how students from Parkland, Florida are going all over the nation and demanding that something changes with regard to gun laws. They are influencing peo-

ple with their courage and their stories. I saw posts relating to my religion, and I realized that there wouldn’t be any religion without stories. Basically, story is everything. So, go out there and share your stories. Craft them. Absorb them. You don’t have to be an English major like me. I chose that path. All you have to do is feed your imagination and sometimes return to your youth. I love stories. I think you should too.

Traditions Challenge leads to lifelong memories KIRBY DAVIS Staff Writer

Well Panthers, it’s that time of year again: two weeks of classes, then finals and then graduation. It’s unbelievable how fast time flies when you’re in college. It’s hard to imagine

that four years ago many of us were just about to graduate high school, worried about not seeing our friends anymore and wondering if college is actually like it is in the movies. Honestly, I was hoping college was going to be like “Pitch Perfect,” joining a


Staff writer and photographer Kirby Davis pens a guest column about the UNI Traditions Challenge and its impact on her in her final year at UNI.

wild group of friends and an organization, along with going to events and parties. But was my college experience actually like that? Well in a sense, it kind of was. I joined multiple organizations, made a variety of friends and went to some events. Looking back on my last four years in college, I realized that many of the events and places that I went to over the years were ones that were in the UNI Traditions Challenge. Remember that little purple book that you were handed at orientation when you first attended UNI? That’s the UNI Traditions Challenge Book and inside that book is not only the history of UNI and many of the events held on campus, but also a checklist of 51 different traditions. Those 51 different traditions are challenges to you and your friends to create and capture lifetime memories here at UNI. The Traditions Book states, “the pages you hold in your hands gather UNI’s great feelings into one

scrapbook,” which is exactly what it does! Granted, I didn’t take the challenges very seriously until my senior year, but within this last year I have experienced so many wonderful things that I never really knew about before. For example, did you know that on the roof of the McCollum Science Hall there is an observatory where you can go and learn all about the stars and see them crystal clear? Neither did I, but that’s one of the traditions, and after I went, all I wanted to do was go back! The Traditions Challenge has helped me experience new things here at UNI and make memories with my friends that I will look back on long after my graduation. Not to mention, upon completion of the traditions you receive a commemorative piece to wear at graduation. Upon completion of 25 traditions, you receive a pin, and for 45 traditions, you receive a pin and medallion to wear at the graduation

ceremony. With this achievement, you officially become a Traditions Keeper! Am I the only one who thinks that’s really exciting?! Once you check in your UNI Traditions Challenge Book and a member of CATS (Connecting Alumni to Students) counts the number of traditions you have completed, you are then officially invited to the Traditions Keeper Ceremony where you will receive your pin and/or medallion. Then the next step is graduation, and you realize that another four years of your life has gone by, just like high school. What do you have to show for it? As for me, yes, I’ll have my diploma and some photos of friends from over the years. But I’ll also have my Traditions Challenge scrapbook, which is full of memories that I’ll never forget — not to mention my pin and medallion saying that I’m an official Traditions Keeper. So again, I ask: what do you have to show for all your years at UNI?


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Exhibit asks ‘What Were You Wearing?’ AMELIA DUAX Staff Writer

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Kamerick Art Building and Rod Library displayed outfits in an exhibit sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon called ‘What Were You Wearing?’ from Monday, April 9, to Friday, April 13. The outfits, which were replicas of real outfits worn by sexual assault survivors, were provided by the UNI Theatre Department. The exhibit, which was installed with the help of Carly Nielson and Kaylee Michelson, encouraged viewers to realize that clothing is not the cause of sexual abuse. Jen Brockman and Mary Wyadt-Hiebert at the University of Arkansas originally created the “What Were You Wearing?” installation. Brockman and WyadtHiebert were inspired by a poem by Mary Simmerling with the same name. The installation eventually reached numerous other universities across the nation. Nielson is a UNI student involved in the clinical mental health counseling master’s program, and she played a large role in curating this exhibit. “The way I’m hoping it is affecting people is that they’re seeing themselves


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Seelam shared some of the struggles of being an international student, such as having to be away from home for an extended period of time. “It’s different, our weather is different, food and everything, but we do have some help, like ISP [International Student Promoters],”

represented in the outfits that are portrayed, as well as the stories that survivors are giving,” Nielson said. “As people realize that it’s not about the clothes and it was never the victim’s fault, then we can kind of move past that victim blaming behavior and move past asking questions that induce victim blaming, such as ‘What were you wearing?’” According to Nielson, the exhibit was very chilling and moving. She said that responsibility should fall where it belongs, which is on the person who caused the harm, rather than the victim. The outfits in the display were provided by Jennifer Sheshko Wood, the assistant professor of costume design and technology. “Sheshko Wood did a great job of supplying the outfits. I gave her a list of the outfits we were looking for, and she gave me the outfits all together in order and she also gave me lots of options,” Nielson said. “It was really helpful, and the theater department was great to work with, and they got it together in a week. It was amazing, and they really did a great job with that.” In addition to Nielson and Sheshko Wood, other people involved in the installation were Leah Gutknecht, Katelyn Melcher, Anna Patch

and Taylor Brown. Michelson is a UNI campus coordinator and sexual assault advocate at the Riverview Center in Cedar Falls. Michelson says that she had been anticipating this exhibit at UNI for a while after seeing it on other campuses. Along with her intern, Melcher and Nielson, it was decided that the exhibit would be beneficial to UNI. “I work with a lot of different survivors, and the stereotypes that society thinks about are not actually what happens. So, a lot of people think that people wear a certain thing, and that’s why they were sexually assaulted,” Michelson said. “Really, it has nothing to do with what they were wearing; people can wear whatever they want and not be sexually assaulted, so it’s a good way to break that stereotype that society thinks.” Michelson’s inter n, Melcher, also helped to put the “What Were You Wearing?” exhibit together. “I thought it was a cool way to put out a visual example of what happens in today’s society,” Melcher said. “I know that society is definitely shifting and trying to get better about not asking the question of, ‘Were you drinking? What were you wearing? How did you bring

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Rod Library and the Kamerick Art Building hosted “What Were You Wearing?” exhibits from Monday, April 9, to Friday, April 13, for Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

that on yourself ?’ However, there definitely still is that stigma, so I’m hoping that once students walk through, they’ll see that clothing doesn’t matter.” Melcher and Michelson both hoped that students took the time to look at the outfits and carefully examine the meaning behind them. Michelson wanted students to break down the stereotypes attributed to sexual assault survivors and to know that students should be able to go out wherever and with whoever they like without the fear of sexual assault. Michelson wants more students to be aware of the

Seelam said. “They do help us and ISA […] so we don’t get homesick.” Nair expressed hope in continuing the Spring Diversity Showcase for many years to come. “I want the UNI students to know it is nice to have everyone come together and work hand in hand,” Nair said. “It will be great if they can, like everyone, continue this every year.”

resources that are available to them at UNI, such as the Riverview Center. The Riverview Center is a non-profit agency that serves anyone affected by sexual violence. Currently, Riverview Center is the only sexual assault advocacy agency on campus. Michelson also added that the agency is free and confidential for everyone. As for the “What Were You Wearing?” installation, Michelson hopes that the display can come back again next year and be viewed in more areas on campus to spread awareness about society’s battle against sexual assault.

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Directing class presents ‘10-Minute Plays’ ANNA FLANDERS Staff Writer

On Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., a UNI directing class will present “An Evening of 10-Minute Plays” in the Bertha Martin Theatre in Strayer-Wood. The event will consist of 11 plays, each directed by one of the students in the class. The directing class is under the instruction of Assistant Professor Amy Osatinski, who first gave her students a 10-minute play assignment last year. However, those plays were not publicly performed. “I decided to do a public performance because it raises the stakes for the students, and it gives actors more incentive to audition, as it culminates in a public performance, which can go on their resume,” Osatinski said. “I chose 10-minute plays as the assignment because it allows student directors to deal with the entire play in a manageable time frame. It is very different to direct a whole play than it is to direct a scene from a play. Students do both in the directing class.” Directing a 10-minute

play counts towards 20 percent of each student’s grade. Although students learn skills in the class that help them with their 10-minute plays, they are expected to rehearse outside of class. “We had a build-up process to it,” said student director Adis Keserovic, a junior majoring in theater for youth and drama. “First, we had like five to seven minute scenes [. . .] So moving forward to 10-minute plays, it was more of a natural transition and much more easy overall, just because of the flow and knowing what went wrong, what went well.” The students each chose a published play from Rod Library at the beginning of the semester. The only requirement was that the play contain two to three characters. The student directors held a general audition back in February. No previous acting experience was required. While some of the students auditioned with a prepared monologue, others were given one by the student directors to act out. Some of the directors are even acting in their classmates’ plays. “A big surprise was when

I cast my two actors, Megan Lenstra and Bryce Palm. The characters that I assigned to each one are the complete opposite of who they actually are,” said student director Brittany Starr, who is a junior majoring in theater with an emphasis in performance. “It was challenging for me to try to bring out that character within them. It was also a little challenging for them to play something that they are absolutely not.” “An Evening of 10-Minute Plays” will feature a variety of genres. The plays will explore many themes, including relationships, creativity, political correctness, death, sexuality and friendship. Both Keserovic and Starr agree that one of the greatest challenges of directing their plays was finding times that worked for everyone’s schedule to rehearse. This would have been especially challenging for Starr, who is acting in one of her fellow student’s plays in addition to directing her own play. Neither Keserovic nor Starr had very much directing experience prior to taking the directing class. They both said that the experience has taught them a lot.

“With theater and directing, it’s a leadership skill. So, you could move forward to other theatrical projects, shows, musicals, broadways, operas, film,” Keserovic said. “Or you could take it into the world of business, as well, because the leadership skills that you gain through managing people and knowing how to set up rehearsals is like setting up work schedules — all the skills I learned, I noticed I could transition into any other industry.” “I really like directing,” Starr said. “That’s not necessarily my major or my emphasis, but I’ll definitely


A UNI directing class will present “An Evening of 10-Minute Plays” on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Strayer-Wood’s Bertha Martin Theatre.

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Starting on Sunday, March 25, Rod Library began a display of comic artwork by Cedar Valley artists. The exhibit will run until


Pictured top left is “Onyx Malaise,” a print on photo paper by artist Alissa Rindels. Pictured top right are two drawings by Rachel “Ray” Smith. The left most drawing is “Before Amethyst” and the right most is “After Rose.” The bottom left artwork is by T.J. Warren and is titled “Vader.” The placard quote says, “Through dark, the force is strong with this one.” The final bottom right drawing is by Tulani Gillum. The pen and water drawing is titled GABRIELLE LEITNER/Northern Iowan “Thalassa.”

continue work on directing as an art form because I fell in love with it.” These reactions are exactly why Osatinski chose to have her students direct the 10-minute plays. “My favorite thing about the 10-minute plays is the confidence that it instills into the students,” Osatinski said. “After successfully directing an entire play, students are often more confident in their own abilities as a theatre artist and in their own artistic vision and process.” Doors will open in the Bertha Martin Theatre at 7:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

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Monday, April 30. It coincided with the fifth annual RodCon, which was held last week on Saturday, April 7. RodCon is a mini comic book convention that celebrates graphic novels, pop culture and “nerdom.”


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Panthers fall to Cyclones in extra innings JOEL WAUTERS

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After playing their first 35 games away from UNI’s campus, the Panthers’ softball team returned home to Cedar Falls to take on in-state rival Iowa State on Thursday night. Wet weather and poor field conditions at Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex had postponed the game’s original start time to 7 p.m. on Thursday from the original time of Wednesday afternoon. Additionally, the game was moved indoors to the UNIDome. The Panthers and Cyclones were tied up in the all-time series 39-39-1 going

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Junior Courtney Krodinger (3) steps into the batter’s box against the Iowa State Cyclones last Thursday in the UNI-Dome.

into this game. In the first two innings, UNI’s starting pitcher Brooke Craig gave up only one hit and struck out swinging. Iowa State’s Brianna Weilbacher walked two Panthers in the second as the

two squads went to the third scoreless. The Cyclones broke the doors open in the third with back to back singles, followed by two straight doubles by Sydney Stites and Taylor Nearad to put ISU up 3-0. UNI went to the bullpen in the fourth and turned to freshman right hander Emma Olejniczak to put away the Iowa State hitters. Iowa State outfielder Kaila Kontz went deep on Olejniczak after one out to extend the lead to 4-0 before the Panther defense ended the inning with two assisted outs to first. After going through the ISU batters in order, UNI went to work

with the bats. Sammy Brunch hit a single along the third baseline that hit the third base, securing her safe call at first. After Kennedy Bailey flew out to right field and Ashley Chesser was walked, Brittney Krodinger was hit by a pitch and took her spot on first. Iowa State then changed pitchers, going to right handed reliever Savannah Sanders. Adara Opiola was walked by Sanders allowing Bunch to score from third. A double by Courtney Krodinger allowed Chesser and Brittney Krodinger to score and cut the lead down to one run. Claire Dudek broke down the deficit with

a three run inside the park homerun to take a 6-4 lead over the Cyclones. Iowa State’s Kontz was able to knock in three runs with a sixth inning triple, but UNI tied the game at seven when Tianna Drahn singled to send Britany Krodinger home. Going to extra innings, Iowa State catcher Kaylee Bosworth hit the ball over the fence to go up one run, as Stites doubled to add another run that secured the Cyclones’ 10-7 win. The Panthers will return to action tomorrow as they host another in-state rival, the Drake Bulldogs, in a conference double header at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are here and as of


Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette (left) collides with New Jersey’s Stefen Noesen (23) during their first round playoff game on Saturday.

press time, all teams are only two games into their respective series except for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals. The Blue Jackets defeated the Capitals 4-3 in overtime in an exciting first game. Washington hosted the first two games and their own Evgeny Kuznetsov put the Capitals on the board early, scoring twice within a single five-minute power play. The Blue Jackets narrowed their deficit after a strong crossice pass by Boone Jenner, setting up Alexander Wennberg for an inside score. Early in the third period,

Thomas Vanek tied the game at 2-2, but the Blue Jackets were scored on shortly after by Devante Smith-Pelly. The Capitals retook the lead at 3-2 before Seth Jones scored at 15:34 to tie the game one last time. Artemi Panarin then made the game winning shot just 6:02 into overtime. So far, there has only been one other instance of overtime throughout this year’s postseason. In a long double overtime matchup between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Los Angeles Kings, the Golden Knights took another victory at home, as well as the series

lead, 2-0. For the Golden Knights, this is their inaugural season as an NHL team as the league expanded to 31 teams this season. In other news, the Tampa Bay Lightning led the New Jersey Devils two games to none in their series, and the Boston Bruins have a 2-0 lead on the Toronto Maple Leaves in their first-round meeting. The two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers are tied at one game each, as the Nashville Predators lead the Colorado Avalanche 2-0, the Winnipeg

Jets lead the Minnesota Wild 2-0 and, finally, the San Jose Sharks lead the Anaheim Ducks by a two game deficit. In the postseason, Boston’s David Pastrnak leads the NHL with four goals. With an additional five assists under his belt, Pastrnak has already doubled his number of goals and assists from the six games he played during last year’s playoffs. The Bruins also lead the league in average goals per game at six. It is still incredibly early in the first round, but this is already proving to be an exciting NHL postseason.


Barkley and Darnold among NFL draft favorites EMMETT LYNCH Sports Writer

The 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, and many college football stars’ dreams of being on an NFL roster will soon come to fruition. This year’s draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This marks the first NFL draft to take place in an NFL stadium and the first to be held in the state of Texas. Now that pro days are in the books, college players are now going on their official visits to NFL teams prior to the big day. As a player, in order to be eligible for the draft, you must be at least three years removed from high school and must have played in at least two seasons at the collegiate level. Draft day has been one of the most anticipated events on the American sporting calendar, as 32 teams get a total of 256 player selections over

the course of seven rounds. Traditionally, the worst team in the league gets the number one pick. The team with the first selection is none other than the Cleveland Browns. This past NFL season, the Browns made history having one of the worst records in NFL history, recording a win/loss record of 0-16. With the 16-loss season in 2017, the Browns become the first franchise in NFL history to have multiple seasons with 15 or more losses, having only one win in the 2016 season (1-15). With their first pick in last year’s draft, Cleveland chose Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett. Fans from all over the American Football Conference (AFC) wondered why the Browns went for pass rushing instead of skill players. However, last year’s draft didn’t have many standouts in the skill positions like quar-

terback or running back. This year’s draft is the exact opposite. Some of the best 2018 prospects are running backs, such as Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. It will be hard for teams like the Browns to pass up that opportunity. Barkley ran for Penn State for three seasons and racked up 3,843 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns, while adding another 1,195 receiving yards. He totaled 5,557 all-purpose yards as a Heisman finalist in his threeyear collegiate career. The second overall pick belongs to the New York Giants. Eli Manning has been the franchise quarterback for the past 15 seasons, when he was the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers but was immediately traded to the Giants for future Pro-Bowl quarterback, Philip Rivers. A two-time Super Bowl champion, Manning holds the

Giants’ franchise records for most passing yards, touchdown passes and completed passes in a career. He started 210 straight games from 20042017, which is the second-longest consecutive start streak by a quarterback in NFL history. That may soon come to an end, as USC star Sam Darnold is on New York’s radar as a quarterback prospect. In 2016, Sam Darnold began as a backup quarterback to Max Browne but was soon named the starter in the 2016 season after a 1-2 season start with Browne. Darnold then set the school record for most passing touchdowns by a freshman with 26, then ended the 2016 season with a historic upset victory against Saquon Barkley and Penn State in the Rose Bowl. Darnold entered the 2017 season as an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy. But with USC’s injury-plagued roster, Darnold led his team to a Pac12 Conference championship


Penn State’s Saquon Barkley (26) runs away from a Maryland defender last season.

with a hard-fought victory over rival Stanford. Darnold was awarded the game’s MVP as the Trojans received an invitation to the 2017 Cotton Bowl following the conference championship victory. Sam Darnold went on to officially declare for the 2018 NFL Draft after the matchup. The 2018 NFL Draft will be held from April 26 to 28, starting at 7 p.m. central time and will be televised on ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, Fox and the NFL Network.

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