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VOLUME 109, ISSUE 53
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It’s QUASH-ing time! AMBER ROUSE
Students relieve stress at Dance Party X
Nearly in its fifth year, DPX packed Praire Lakes Church with substance-free revelers for a weekend of pre-finals fun. < See PAGE 6
Students filled the West Gym on campus Friday night to participate in the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer’s Scavenger Hunt, a campuswide event open to all students. “It’s super easy to
get involved and to raise money for a good cause,” said Brittany Ballantine, sophomore leisure, youth and human services major. “We have so many opportunities in college and it’s important to take those opportunities to help others. We are so < See QUASH, page 6
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Students participate in QUASH to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness.
My fellow Americans
Columnist Smith implores those engaging in political debate to stop demonizing the other party. < See PAGE 4
UNI says farewell to Ben Allen BROOKS WOOLSON
Fisher twins reunited on the diamond
Nicole Fisher has joined her twin sister, Jamie, on the Panther softball team after transferring from Kirkwood, and the sisters are clearly in sync. < See PAGE 8
Mini sumo ‘bots battle to the end
Students from several different majors spent the entire semester building and preparing for the Mini Sumo Robotics competition, in which small, specially designed robots fight to push one another outside the ring.
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Hurst and Jessip appointed by Senate LINH TA
After eight years of service, University of Northern Iowa President Benjamin Allen is saying goodbye to UNI and turning the post over to William Ruud from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Allen, who was provost at Iowa State University prior to his tenure at UNI, was initially attracted to the position when colleagues around the state recommended he apply. Among them was Jim Lubker, who served as interim provost at UNI before Gloria Gibson was hired to fill the role. “I was interested after I came here to the campus visit,” said Allen. “In my career, I had always been at a research I institution, so this was a little different … When
President Ben Allen, pictured, is preparing to step down from his position. Hils last day will be June 1, at which point William Ruud will step in.
we met the faculty and staff, but particularly the students, they were so engaging and they were not pretentious. They were just really good
people and we were just so excited about it.” Allen considers his < See ALLEN, page 3
Protest incites student response LINH TA
On what was one of the first truly warm days of the year, white picket signs displaying messages such as “sodomy ruins nations” were held high against the blue, sunny sky as protesters from the Missionaries to the Pre-Born shouted their message to University of Northern Iowa students. Students quickly gathered around the protesters outside of Maucker Union and fired back comments,
< See PROTEST, page 3
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Protesters from Missionaries to the Pre-Born gathering outside of Maucker Union meet a response from UNI students.
The Northern Iowa Student Government senate approved the appointments of Victoria Hurst and Alicia Jessip to the position of director of governmental relations and director of diversity and student life, respectively. These new appointments came after senate rejected the original appointments by President Thomas Madsen and Vice President Blake Findley. At the meeting, senators questioned Hurst on her political affiliation, as she identifies as a Republican. However, Hurst made it clear that her political affiliation will not place a hindrance on her commitment as DoGR to the University of Northern Iowa. “As chair of the College Republicans, I’ve worked with the president of the Democrats for the last few years … so I’ve been working with Democrats for a while and I don’t think it’s an issue,” Hurst said. Additionally, senate questioned whether Hurst attended Regents Day and UNI Day. Both of these events have traditionally been set up by previous DoGRs and they allow UNI students to speak about the importance of higher education funding with < See NISG, page 2
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bring their own different perspective, and a unique one at that too, so I think working a little bit more closely with them is one of the first things I want to do,” Jessip said. Hurst hopes to create a book that explains to political student organizations what they can or cannot do on campus. With the Cedar Falls mayoral elections closing in, she also wants to hold a mayoral debate on campus for students to attend. “I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to what I can do with this position next year. Hopefully we can get a lot more students involved,”
Hurst said. Jessip said she now has a better understanding of how to reach out and communicate with students because of her previous experience. “I think the (DDSL)’s and my own personal philosophy is to really just kind of serve as a liason between NISG and students,” Jessip said. “Every student has their own perspective on things on issues, non-issues, just basic things happening at the university, and I see myself as that bridge and connection to Tom and Blake and our administration.”
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their hometown legislators. Hurst previously attended both events and plans to bring even more students to the capitol next year. For Jessip, senate questioned her future plans as DDSL and how she will work with the new administration. “I am very excited. I feel like there were a lot of things in the previous administration, different ideas and initiatives, that we had but didn’t quite exactly get to fulfill, so I’m excited to pick those back up, maybe even modify them a little,” Jessip said. “New senate, new administration, new people to talk to, new president coming in — they’re going to have different ideas coming in too, so (I’m) taking all of those in and seeing what we can do.” One of the first initiatives Jessip hopes to take next year is to work more closely with the lower cabinet directors in NISG. When Jessip previously served as a lower-cabinet director, she appreciated the space she was granted, but she said there are benefits to working more closely with an upper-cabinet executive. “(Lower-cabinet directors)
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presidency to be a success, but emphasized that there is more work to be done. Allen came into the presidency with four primary goals: improve the visibility of the university and elevate the reputation of the campus, identify a program where UNI could become a leader in the state, raise more private money, and continue the growth of the student population and encourage an increase in diversity. He also noted the success he had in raising the visibility of the campus with the visits of Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and the Dalai Lama. He also recalled the victory of UNI over the University of Kansas in the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament. “We had some success in
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many of which were from progressive groups on campus. “I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, but some press theirs more harshly than others,” said Abby Kilstofte, sophomore social work and criminology double major. One sign showed a picture of a fetus, while others read “outlaw homosexual acts.” Dan Holman, who was a protester at the event, said
basketball in 2010. I had nothing to do with that; I didn’t coach or anything, but all of those things made the university more visible,” said Allen. Allen also emphasized the importance of UNI’s College of Education. “A lot of what we did here was to ensure we did not lose that statewide leadership in teacher education,” Allen said. “I co-chaired the Institute for Tomorrow’s Workforce, which dealt with education, and that was part of that goal to make sure we were always in the lead.” “(Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, that was another one, and that’s where we are the leader,” Allen said. “We have led that since it was (Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership).” Allen felt strongly about his success with the UNI Imagine the Impact campaign.
“We did raise the bar,” Allen said when discussing the $158 million raised through private donations. He also noted Dick Jacobson’s $15 million donation to the College of Education as a major success. However, Allen expressed some disappointment with the expansion of the student body. “We made good progress, but slipped back to where we were in 2006,” said Allen. The student body numbered around 12,200 when Allen ascended to the role of president. That number briefly grew to more than 13,000 in 2010 but has since fallen to about 12,600. When asked what his greatest achievement was, Allen said, “We elevated UNI in the eyes of the citizens of Iowa.” Allen expressed concern about the challenges that
Missionaries to the Pre-Born were on a campus tour, and they normally visit UNI twice a year. “We represent the babies that are being aborted and they have no voice of their own. … We declare God’s law that thou shalt not kill,” Holman said. In regard to homosexuality, Holman said that sodomy is wrong and that it ruins nations, even if it is legalized. “In Nazi Germany, it was legal to kill Jews, it was legal to kill other ethnic groups, but it doesn’t make it right.
They were crimes against humanity,” Holman said. Counter-protesters also appeared and many of them held signs such as “we are all equal” and “UNI I am… Proud.” “I believe in God and I also have many gay friends, so I have a very open opinion on both sides,” Kilstofte said. “And I know one thing in the Bible says God can only judge and I think (Missionaries to the Pre-Born) is kind of being a hypocrite right now with all these signs.”
will face UNI after his departure, but feels that incoming President Ruud will be equipped to handle them. “One of my successes, and it wasn’t just me, is convincing the state that UNI deserves a special allocation,” said Allen concerning the state budget. Allen also spoke abour the closure of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. “We had to make some tough decisions ... My guess is that the ability to make difficult decisions will be necessary for some time to come,” Allen said. Allen is optimistic about Ruud’s ability to lead the school. “President Ruud is a very gifted individual, very gregarious, very energetic, very knowledgeable as a sitting president,” said Allen. Allen and his wife, Pat, will move to St. Louis, Mo., to be closer to their daughter and
three grandchildren. “We know very little about St. Louis, but we know we want to be close to the grandkids,” Allen said. “Our plans beyond that will be developed once we get there.” They plan to travel the country, especially in New England. “We have this great desire to go to the northeastern United States during the fall colors, to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that you just can’t do when you’re tied to a higher education institution,” said Allen. Ruud officially assumes the role of president on June 1. Allen will continue to serve as president until that time and will attend the spring commencement ceremonies on May 10 and 11 at the McLeod Center.
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UNI I am... My fellow Americans: stop polarizing sick of this slogan NATE KONRARDY konrardy @uni.edu
You know those times when you are absolutely positive you know something – when you are so confident that you would bet your life on it? Then you know when, despite everything you have ever known about reality, that belief is proven wrong by indisputable evidence and it rocks your existence to your core, making you question what you believed to be the most fundamental of truths? Well, all you butt muscles better buckle up, because I’m about to blow your mind off. Our slogan is “UNI I am,” not “UNI am.” If you are not immediately upset about this, say it out loud. If that fails to freak your sheets, check out “Panther Style” on YouTube. You may proceed only after you have reached the same level of discomfort as everyone else. What you should be realizing is that you have always assumed that just one “I” served as both the ending of “UNI” and beginning of “I am.” Now, I see you are disappointed in yourself, upset that so many of your clever Facebook statuses have been incorrect and saddened by the sudden realization that your brain is dumb. Lucky for you, I’m here (you’re welcome). For the first (and last) time ever, I am here to tell you that your brain is possibly less dumb than I’ve led you to believe. Your only mistake was jumping to the false conclusion that a group of “professionals,” who create promotional material in exchange for the money that helps keep them alive, would cleverly take advantage of the potential double meaning of the “I.” The only reason we were cool with “UNI am” was because the “I” was already in UNI. To add a second “I” ruins the only good thing about that slogan. Now it’s just the initials of the university followed by “I am.” The lack of effort and creativity that went into this is astounding. This is a PR campaign that literally any school can do. For example: ASU I am, UCLA I am, UNLV I am, ISU I am, U of I I am, etc. Feel free to make your own. It’s easy. Despite all this, the decision has been made to post a “UNI I am…” statement above a number of building entrances around campus. The statement over the Maucker Union entrance facing Sabin Hall reads, “UNI I am Hungry.” One can only assume this is because you spent the last 20 minutes watching three confused student workers construct an $8 grilled cheese sandwich. Or, maybe you’re hungry because it’s < See SLOGAN, page 5
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“I believe in America.” This is the opening line to one of my favorite movies of all time. It is not meant to foster feelings of blind patriotism or get masses singing the theme song from Team America. This article is meant to comment on our country, particularly its people, in our current state. If you haven’t already seen it, there’s a video clip I encourage you to look up. Go to YouTube and search for “America Isn’t the Greatest Country in the World Anymore” and click on the first result. It was the opening scene to a new series on HBO called “The Newsroom,” and if you’ve ever been extremely proud to call yourself an
American, it’s like a slap to the face the first time you see it. Why? Sometimes people get so lost in a dream that nothing short of a wake-up slap will bring them out of it. The first two minutes are wonderful. Three political news anchors are conducting a panel on a college campus, and the two on the outside are yelling their arguments semicoherently at each other while the man in the middle sits there zoning out. The noisemakers are each representatives of the left and right wings that dominate the American political system. I love this and am saddened by it because it personifies the growing polarization of our society based on our political stances. Later in the video, someone comments that people now identify themselves and compare themselves to others based on who they
voted for in the last election. Seeing just how true this is has been one of the most consistently agitating things I’ve experienced in the last 10 months since reentering civilian society from military service. This is not to say that all military members vote the same, because we don’t. Political beliefs in military personnel are just as varied as outside the service. But in the end, most of us can put aside our disagreements because we all wear the same flag on our sleeves and that connection transcends political belief. If I were to place the blame for this split in any one place, I would say it’s mainly the media. Some folks would say the mainstream media is the government’s way to keep us divided and critical of each other instead of the majority being intelligently focused and critical of < See AMERICA, page 5 THINKSTOCK
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after 6 p.m., and God forbid there be hot food available for students who are doing something with their lives. The statement over the front entrance of the GallagherBluedorn Performing Arts Center reads, “UNI I am Creativity.” Whether it was supposed to read, “UNI I am Creative,” or is an actual
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the government, but it’s simpler than that. When news stations and political commentators put their spin on things and push the line between fact and bias, they make like-minded friends who contribute to ratings or, more importantly, money. So they continue to paint the opposing party as the enemy and drive a spike through a sense of national unity. The worst part is: we let them! Each time a news network blindly paints a Democrat as “socialist baby killer” or a Republican as a “gun-wielding warmonger” and we let them know we agree, they’re going to keep doing it because it’s what we want to hear. Why do we want to think that of our fellow countrymen? What good does it do us? It says a lot about the faith we hold in each other when in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack, news figures offer up their personal accusations (without any facts whatsoever) that the deeds were done by Tea Partyers because it was tax day. Senselessly accusing each other of a legitimate tragedy like the Boston bombings before any facts or suspects are identified should be a huge red flag about our society. I don’t mean to play the role of fearmonger, but in case it hasn’t occurred to you, crap like that, when piled on top of our already dividing populace, can foreseeably pave the way to civil war. How do we avoid this split that grows between us? How do we keep the media from fueling this profitable dichotomy that is our populace? Try hearing both sides of the story. Every major news station will promise you nothing but “the facts,” but most of us should know by now that any major news hub with give you facts coated in bias. So try to watch coverage and commentary of the same events from both sides of the
attempt to say, “I am the physical embodiment of creativity,” is anybody’s guess. Apparently the transcripts in their original form were lost centuries ago. However, the most damaging use of the slogan was never placed above any door, but was plastered across the UNI website and Facebook page. It was printed on materials that were distributed during the spring semester of last year. After everything that hapspectrum and form your own educated opinion. The things that are common between them should be the most reliable. Even if you end up siding with the same station and anchors as you always have, intentionally listening to the other side will broaden your horizons and hopefully increase your ability to listen to other opinions before reaching the “f--- this, I’m done” threshold of frustration we all have. We need to educate ourselves on both sides of the issues and not let the mainstream media do it for us, because they’ll do whatever they can to make money and stay on the air. It’s just a little less convenient because then it requires more work than just flipping on Fox News or CSNBC and letting them tell us their version of what went down. By all means, disagree with your peers. But do it civilly and because you have your own thoughts on something, not just a slick phrase you heard listening to Chris Matthews or Bill O’Reilly. If we really want to improve as a nation, we as individuals must make the extra effort to acknowledge, respect and even value opinions that are not in agreement with our own. This is tolerance, and it is crucial in understanding if we wish to have a hopeful future for the generations and citizens that will succeed us. My fellow Americans, we are this country and its successes or failures start with us and how we interact with each other. I believe in America, not for what she is but what she could be. I believe we can fix this breaking society before it comes to blows; for the sake of our nation and the children who will be here after us, I pray you do too.
pened a year ago, even I would have drawn a line before using the slogan, “UNI I am Stronger than ever.” Something needs to change. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the focus of an institution of higher learning should be helping to shape a young adult into the person they hope to be tomorrow. With a slogan like “I am,” you are immediately framing your focus on the present rather than the future
This issue, along with their design choices that include their use of Romy (the ComicSans-esque font), and the lack of sensitivity in dealing with internal issues, all speak to the incompetence that consumes University Relations. It is evident what changes need to be made. This is a fight that can be won. A number of the colleges, student organizations and other campus entities have
taken steps to shift power away from University Relations, an action I applaud. I hope this trend continues, for the future of the University of Northern Iowa depends on it. After this column, University Relations would probably like to tell me to go to hell. To which I’d say, “If my retinas aren’t burned out by a suffocating display of purple and gold at commencement, I’ll see you there.”
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The eighth annual MiniRobotics Competition – the world’s only robot fighting competition, for which students build their own robots – elicited cheers and applause from spectators at the University of Northern Iowa Friday morning. “I think it’s a lot of fun,” said Sarah Pearce, senior physics and chemistry double major. “It is exciting to see all the robots compete.” Pearce had a robot fighting in the competition, which she named Taiho. Her robot made it through four rounds before it lost in the double-elimination competition. Students from at least six different majors spent about half a semester building and programming their robots to fight. To win a round in the competition, a robot had to push its opponent outside the fighting ring. “(The robots) were all the same at first, but then they are modified by the builders, giving them different strengths and weaknesses,” said Pearce. Other robots from around the world were sent in as opponents for Pearce’s and her fellow builders’ robots to fight. While some of the rounds went by quickly, others took a few minutes for the robots
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fortunate and so blessed to have these opportunities to even be in college and have the funds to do things.” Students showed up in teams of up to four, and were encouraged to dress up for the event. The team with the most creative costumes won a goodie bucket that included free food donated by surrounding businesses. Some of the teams at the event were Energizer QUASH Bunnies, the QUASHing Dead, the Incredible QUASHers and QUASH Dynasty. The team that won the costume contest was the Quizzical QUASHers. After all teams received their packet of clues for the scavenger hunt, a short video clip was shown describing and detailing some of the statistics about Alzheimer’s. “Alzheimer’s is becoming an epidemic,” said Allie
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Students dressed in neon clothing threw their hands in the air and danced to the music April 26. Dance Party X attracted many students to Prairie Lakes Church for the substance- and alcohol-free night of fun.
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Sarah Dieken, senior applied physics and engineering major, right, battles her robot, Wilfred, against an opponent. The robots competed in the eighth annual Mini-Robotics Competition last Friday.
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to push each other out of the ring. Some robots lost wheels while fighting and others stopped working altogether. Angie McCardle, freshman criminology major, watched the beginning rounds of the competition. “It is a lot more intense than I thought it would be,” said McCardle. Pearce said she built her robot in an elective physics class. She expressed how much she has learned from the class and how she “hadn’t done much with robotics in the past.” At the end of the competition, an undefeated robot named Ortho-bot came in first place. It had the advantage of a big scoop on it, which flipped down when the robot started
fighting. Gizmo came in second place. This robot’s main advantage in the competition was sensors on the sides, which allowed the robot to sense when its opponent was off to either side of it. It also had good traction, which helped it to win most of its rounds. Gizmo won a robot competition earlier in Illinois. Third place went to Wall-E, who was also the top student winner. All of the winners received plaques for the hard work that went into building the robots. The North American Robotics Association hopes to have video footage up on their website later this week. The video of the competition will be at narobotics.org.
Dance Party X, the 10th installment of the dance party tradition at the University of Northern Iowa, rocked Prairie Lakes Church Friday night. The event was alcohol- and substance-free and encouraged dancers to arrive in neon colors and highlighters. Chris Bowden, senior communication studies major, was in charge of the event and he explained why they had those rules. “We have it this way because it allows people to come as they are and dance their pants off without feeling the typical college pressures you might fight at a stereotypical college party,” he said. According to Bowden the dance parties started in the fall of 2008 with about 50
Koolbeck, senior sociology major. “Giving people those statistics and numbers helps show the importance of the event. It’s also just a fun event – a good time for a good cause.” Koolbeck also said “5.4 million people in the United States are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.” “By the time our generation reaches the age of 65, the numbers of people affected by Alzheimer’s will be even worse,” said Ballantine. For John Lippmann, sophomore criminology major, this was his second time participating in QUASH. “Last year I QUASHed with my sister and she got me into it,” said Lippmann. “I had fun with it last year so I decided I’d come support it again.” Each participant is encouraged to raise at least $100 on their own prior to the event. All proceeds go to funding research for finding a cure.
But as sophomore business management major Holly Seeman pointed out, it isn’t just about the money. “(QUASH) not only raises money for Alzheimer’s but it also raises awareness – knowledge is power,” said Seeman. After the preliminaries of the event, the teams were then released to go solve and complete the different types of challenges and puzzles scattered around campus and the Hill. “I like to think of QUASH as The Amazing Race but just on a smaller scale,” said Ballantine. “It’s all over campus and the Hill. Each team gets a packet of clues and they are going to disperse throughout campus and the different locations to figure out all of these clues. There are also QUASH spots where the teams can get 50 points. These spots are where the teams want to go to, but they also take the most time.”
Koolbeck said that while the events and challenges are fun and interactive, they are “supposed to represent the degenerative nature of Alzheimer’s.” One of the physical challenges the teams had to face included filling up a bucket of water with a plastic cup in between the members’ forearms. Another challenge was to unravel a frozen t-shirt, put it on a team member and then take a picture and upload it to a social networking site. For the mental challenges teams were asked various questions such as “What color is the picnic table on the front porch?” and “How many tree sculptures are south of the building?” Teams had 90 minutes to complete all of the challenges, which took a lot of work to put together. “Normally it has just been the Advocates for Alzheimer’s and a student organization
people in an apartment. Now hundreds of people show up, with the highest attendance at around 700. Preparations for the event consisted of a video promotion and then “The Dance Caravan,” which consisted of the team driving around in a van blasting music and handing out flyers while randomly dancing around. “This year marks the fifth year of the dance party, and as a result most of the students that were here when it began have graduated, so we’ve been on a mission to find the ‘next generation’ of dance partiers that will love it just as much as we do,” Bowden said. Megan Vande Lune, junior graphic design major, attended the event and talked about her past experiences with the < See DANCE PARTY, page 7
that puts this on, but this year it’s been a little different. There are three facets; there’s the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, the Advocates for Alzheimer’s (which is the student organization and is technically in charge of the event) and then there’s the Alzheimer’s Association and their staff,” said Koolbeck. The “Q-Crew,” or the executive crew, is made up of six individuals from NLA, two interns from the Alzheimer’s Association and a member from Advocates for Alzheimer’s. “Everyone should come out and QUASH next year; it’s a good time for a good cause. You get to run around with your friends and do crazy challenges while also making a difference in raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and finding a cure,” said Koolbeck. “You never should give up hope on finding a cure for this,” said Lippmann.
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dance party. “Back in 2010 I attended my very first dance party, and every semester since I’ve looked forward to the next dance party,” she said. “This year Dance Party X was just as impressive as previous semesters, and I had a great time dancing the night out with friends.” Sam Hinman, freshman elementary middle school major, also went to Dance Party X and had a blast. “The music was great and the black lights were sweet,” he said. “I’m a big fan of dance parties and I was told I shouldn’t miss this one, so I brought along some of my
friends.” Keaton McFarlan, freshman management information systems major, heard about the party from word of mouth. “Everybody that had been before said it was awesome, so I thought I would check it out,” he said. McFarlan went on to say that the party was definitely worth it and he is already looking forward to next year’s. “Without all the people that know us and love the dance party, this event simply couldn’t happen,” Bowden said. “The event has the potential to get even larger, and when the time comes we’ll start searching for another venue large enough to hold us.”
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Offense and defense impressive as Panthers wrap up the spring RILEY UBBEN
The University of Northern Iowa football team previewed the upcoming season by partaking in the annual spring game Friday night. For this spring game, the Panthers tried a new scoring system. In a game with the defense against the offense, the defense prevailed by a score of 51-31. Head coach Mark Farley was impressed by what he saw on both sides of the ball, particularly his offense and the defensive backs. The Panthers came out firing as they went no-huddle for the majority of the first possession. Redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen threw the first three plays and connected with redshirt junior Phil Wright every time. Kollmorgen finished the game with 235 yards passing and a touchdown. Wright ended up with 73 yards receiving while newcomer Kreston Caldwell added 80 yards. “If you can throw the ball around, it can open up your run game,” said Farley. “We have a quarterback with experience and intelligence.” Sophomore Evan Williams raised a few eyebrows as he broke through the middle
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UNI quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen (17), pictured here against Missouri State, threw for 235 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers’ spring game Friday. The defense won the game 51-31.
of the defense for a 21-yard touchdown run to cap off the first drive of the game. Williams also found the end zone on the next possession and finished his first spring game as a Panther with 54 yards on six carries. “That was a pleasant surprise,” said Farley. “Evan did some nice things.” Redshirt sophomore Stephen Kaiser’s first pass of the evening was picked off by transfer Makinton Dorleant.
Dorleant jumped the quick route and took the ball 35 yards for the score. Dorleant’s most impressive play of the game was his second interception that he took 76 yards for the touchdown. “It’s all about the defense and the guys in the front seven. I will never take any credit for that,” said Dorleant. “I’m going to give it to the guys in the front. They get the pressure and the ball is
going to come out when it isn’t supposed to.” The Panthers graduated their entire secondary last fall, but have the mindset that they are more than capable of being effective in that department. The focus for the defense is not just on the defensive backs but on the defense as a whole as they strive to get better. “We want to get to a point where everyone on the < See SPRING, page 9
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UNI enters record books at Drake
The Drake Relays, held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, now have a second decathlete who has won the decathlon two years in a row. Saturday, UNI senior Daniel Gooris finished with 7,395 points to give him the victory. The competition for the title came down to the 1,500meter race, the last event of the competition. Gooris finished with a time of 4 minutes, 28.06 seconds to move into the first-place spot. The Panthers came away from the relays with a new school record from the women’s 4x800 meter relay team. The team of Emily McCarthy, Amber Clock, Scotti Schon and Alex Wilson finished eighth in the event but came away with a time of 8:48.28 to beat the record time of 8:49.61 set back in 2006. The women’s 4x800 team wasn’t the only one to set a school record at the meet. The women’s distance medley relay team surpassed the old school record set in 2002. Wilson, McCarthy, Sam Cameron and Schon crossed the finish line with a time of 11:35.45 for ninth place < See DRAKE, page 9
UNI drops 3 of 4 over the weekend Fisher twins reunited NICK GARY
The University of Northern Iowa softball team had their seven-game winning streak snapped by the Iowa Hawkeyes at RobinsonDresser Field. The Panthers held their own against the Hawkeyes in the first three innings, trailing 1-0, but the Hawkeyes exploded in the fifth and sixth innings with nine runs to win the game 10-1. Iowa scored first as Kayla Massey led off the second inning and hit a home run to right center field. The Hawkeyes scored three more runs in the fourth after getting RBI singles from Bradi Wall, Megan Blank and Michelle Zoeller, all coming with two outs. “They’re a good-hitting club,” said UNI head coach Ryan Jacobs. “Their coaches have done a nice job with their hitters up and down the lineup.” UNI found it extremely difficult to generate any type of offense against Iowa pitcher Kayla Massey. The lone run for the Panthers came in the fourth inning from Melissa Walls. Walls was on base when Haley Kriener hit a double to score her in. The Panthers only had four hits in the
game, and Kriener had the only extra base hit for UNI. Iowa had 10 runs off 15 hits as the Panther pitchers also struggled. Abbie VanVleet started the game and took the loss, allowing four runs off 10 hits and one strikeout in 3 and two-thirds innings. Mackenzie Flaws and Ellie Doughty came in to the game in relief of VanVleet and allowed six runs off five hits and one strikeout. The struggles continued for UNI this weekend as the Panthers lost two of three games to the Illinois State Redbirds, dropping their record to 22-24, 11-8 in Missouri Valley Conference play. In the first game, the Panthers were held to five hits, scoring their only run in the seventh inning when Kristin Lock scored after reaching base on a single. Julia Hunter was credited with the RBI when she hit a single to right field, which scored Lock. Jamie Fisher started the game for the Panthers and took the loss. Fisher got off to a rough start as she allowed three runs in the first inning. Fisher pitched a complete game, striking out six and allowing four hits and four runs, with only two of them earned. < See SOFTBALL, page 9
Standing at 5-foot-8-inches tall each, it’s fairly hard to find any major difference between the twin sisters, Jamie and Nicole Fisher, on the University of Northern Iowa softball team. The twins from Conrad, Iowa, are so in sync, they even speak at the same time. “Alabama,” they both immediately said when asked what their favorite game was. At the beginning of this season, the Fisher sisters got a chance to face their favorite team at the UNI-Dome. It was the first collegiate game in wich the sisters played on the same team. After high school, Nicole Fisher attended Kirkwood College for two years before coming to UNI for her junior and senior years. Majoring in elementary education, Nicole
helps out with the Special Olympics and likes to volunteer at local schools, helping out any student she can. Jamie Fisher, the recordsetting pitcher for UNI, has been on the Panther squad for three years now. As a leisure, youth and human services major, Jamie has volunteered a lot. She also worked with her sister last fall at the Special Olympics. Nicole Fisher is a catcher and Jamie Fisher is a pitcher, so together they make quite the team. Jamie Fisher attributes her high school success to her sister being the catcher. “I wouldn’t be here today without Nicole catching all those years in high school and middle school,” said Jamie Fisher. Jamie Fischer is also proud of how her sister came to UNI and led the team. < See TWINS, page 9
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overall in the event. Williams remained undefeated in the discus throw with a toss of 190 feet, 6 inches. He was pushed to his limits in the Drake Relays by the University of Iowa’s Gabe Hull, who just missed the first-place crown with a throw of 190-5. Williams topped off the competition with another great outing in the hammer throw as well. His throw of 196-9 was enough to earn him eighth place in the event and put him in the fourth-place slot for the best all-time at UNI.
The 1,600 sprint medley teams were also able to come away with great performances to wrap up the rest of the meet. The women’s team of Christine MacNeill, Maddie Beeler, Darian Thompson and Clock came away with 11th place in the finals, but their time of 3:56.40 earned them third place all-time at UNI. The men’s team of Sheldon Magee, Jesse Davenport, Jordan Guske and Ryan Krogmann went home with a seventh-place finish and a time of 3:24.17. UNI will compete again Friday as it hosts the Messersmith Invitational.
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The Redbirds scored four runs on only four hits. After the Redbirds put up three runs in the first inning, there was no scoring until the sixth, when ISU extended their lead to 4-0. The Panthers fell short on their comeback attempt in the seventh inning when they only mustered one run. Game two was much of the same for both teams. UNI only got five hits on the night with no Panther hitter getting more than one hit. Even though the UNI hitters were struggling at the plate,
Fisher kept UNI in the game with her stellar pitching performance. Fisher pitched a complete game, allowed one earned run on six hits and had four strikeouts. The only run on the game came when the Redbirds put together three consecutive singles to take the 1-0 lead. The UNI hitters came alive in game three as the Panthers got their first win in the series with a 9-3 victory. UNI scored in five consecutive innings, generating nine runs off 12 hits. UNI returns to action Tuesday, April 30 against Bradley University in Peoria, Ill.
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defense is on the same page,” said Dorleant. “If we can get everyone on the same page, there will be a lot more plays made during the season.” “I’m pleased with this spring and I’m pleased with this spring game,” said Farley. “We probably got more out of this spring game than we have in the past.” The spring game wrapped up spring practices for the Panthers, but the coaches and players are ready to take the field in the fall. UNI’s season will begin on Aug. 31 as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones.
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Jamie Fisher (left) and Nicole Fisher are on the same college team for the first time in their careers. Nicole Fisher is a transfer from Kirkwood College.
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Nicole Fisher is happy to see all of the success her sister has had. “(I’m proud of) Jamie’s work ethic and how hard she’s worked to be the pitcher she is,” said Nicole Fisher. Both girls have had success with and without being on a team together. Nicole Fisher feels that Kirkwood was a good transition into college softball. “It gave me a lot of experience and helped a lot for me to grow as a player,” said Nicole Fisher of her Kirkwood experience. The sisters might have been competitive growing up, they might push each other during weight lifting sessions, but they said they never feel like they’re in competition with each other on the field. Their goal for this year and
next year is to finish strong in the conference and go from there. Next year, as seniors, they want to have a good year allaround. For them, winning the conference title would be the icing on the cake. Their family is extremely supportive and makes it to every game they can. The sisters said staying together after graduation would be nice for the them, but that’s not a priority. Jamie Fisher hopes to attend graduate school somewhere while Nicole would like to stay in the area and teach. After saying many things in unison, the sisters said one more thing together about being on the team: “It is a great experience,” they said. “We wouldn’t trade it for anything,” continued Jamie Fisher. “We have great coaches and great teammates.”
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