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No. 109

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa


Friday, October 19, 2012

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UNI students to crown Homecoming royalty again The tradition of haivng a Homecoming king and queen has returned with a new twist; students showed off their talents while TAPP students competed for the chance to adorn the winners.

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University of Northern Iowa students gather on the roof of Maucker Union to watch the Pride Cry on Oct. 15. Nine teams competed in the Pride Cry, which kicked off the 2012 homecoming week.

Pride Cry kicks off Homecoming JENNY PAUK

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UNI looks to bounce back vs. SDSU Despite a record that looks disappointing on paper, the Panthers still have potential this season if they can work on their turnover margin. < See PAGE 8 RELATIONSHIP ADVICE

A blast of spirited sound came from the top of Maucker Union on Monday night. Huge crowds of people dressed in purple and gold packed the area to witness the Homecoming kickoff. The event began with the Panther Marching Band playing the University of Northern Iowa fight song. The crowd joined in by singing and clapping. Next, the emcees of the event danced to get everyone in the Homecoming mood. Through their old-school dance moves, they paid tribute to this year’s Homecoming theme: throwback. After that, the nine Pride Cry teams took center stage one by one to show what they could do. Each team had to sing the fight song in its entirety along with whatever other song they wanted, but the performance couldn’t be

He said, she said: the freshman Campaniler

In their 50th column, Mitchell and Hunt advise first-time Campaniling participants on locking down a midnight kiss. < See PAGE 6

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Students, faculty share experiences with Mandarin Chinese course BLAKE FINDLEY

Academics Writer


DeGeest evolves into team leader

Krista DeGeest has been an integral part of UNI’s successful volleyball team.

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One of nine teams compete at the Pride Cry on Oct. 15. Teams had three minutes to sing the fight song in its entirety and any other song they wanted.

This semester, the University of Northern Iowa began offering two threecredit co-requisite Mandarin Chinese courses. After half a semester of the courses, students enrolled in and faculty involved with the new Mandarin Chinese courses shared their experience with the courses and how the courses have affected them. Julie Husband, interim head of the department of languages and literatures — which is the department offering the courses — said she was struck by the engagement and accomplishment of the students. According to Husband, the class atmosphere is exceptionally relaxed yet simultaneously productive. Chang-Li Huang, whom Husband

identified as an “exceptional teacher,” instructs the course and said every student has displayed a strong motivation, need and interest in learning Chinese. “Some of them studied and worked in China before and are planning to study and work in China again in the near future, so this course serves them as a solid foundation and preparation,” said Huang, a visiting faculty member from National Taiwan Normal University. “The rest of the students are interested in the Chinese language and the affairs related to China and are taking the course for personal enrichment and to broaden their horizon.” Huang said having 12 students in the class is the perfect number for a language class in that everyone can have opportunities to interact with the instructor and their classmates. Some students had experienced chal-

lenges in learning the Chinese characters because they are entirely different from the Roman alphabet, so Huang invited Allison Alstatt, an assistant professor in the UNI School of Music, to share her experience learning Chinese and offer some advice to the class. Huang said he also worked with the Office of International Students in order to improve the listening and speaking ability of his students. He connected his students with those from China and Taiwan to develop an exchange program. “Each student can sharpen their language skills mutually and experience different culture(s) from each other,” Huang said. “In addition, the Chinese language films are shown in the class (so) that the students can have more perspectives on the Chinese language and culture.” < See MANDARIN, page 3


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Elections 2012: A Look at the Candidates CODY GRIMES News Writer

With the 2012 elections on Nov. 6, the Northern Iowan compiled information on the stances different candidates take on certain issues. Look for the U.S. House of Representative candidates from Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the next issue of the Northern Iowan.


Barack Obama

Mitt Romney

Higher Education Affordability

Expanded Pell Grant program. His “Pay As You Earn” program caps federal student loan repayments at 10 percent of gross income for those under certain income levels.

Would simplify the financial aid process and welcome private sector lenders.

Wants to increase availability of federal student loans and financial aid and forgive debt after 10 years for public service workers.

Has not released his view on this topic.


Wants to eliminate tax breaks for companies that outsource American jobs. Would establish regulations on Wall Street financial firms.

Wants to institute a flat tax, end industrial regulation, open trade markets and allow free enterprise labor markets.

Would introduce a manufacturing committee within the Commerce Department to entice jobs back to the United States.

Wants to open foreign trade markets for American manufacturing.

Health Care

Would impose regulation on medical insurance companies and increase Medicare. Supports the funding of Planned Parenthood and Roe. v. Wade.

Would repeal Affordable Care Act and give individual states power to regulate public-private healthcare cooperatives to help the uninsured.

Vowed to keep Medicare and Medicaid from becoming privatized. Supports Affordable Care Act.

Wants to reduce costs by removing insurance companies’ influence on both doctors and patients.

Taxes and Government Spending

Would increase taxation on top earners. Supports the Buffet Rule.

Plans to bring federal spending below 20 percent of GDP, cut corporate taxes to 20 percent, switch to a territorial tax system and eliminate the death tax.

Wants to rewrite tax legislation in common language and cut federal spending by $450 million.

Wants to audit the Federal Reserve and rein in its “overreaching” authority.


Would increase fuel efficiency standards for new automobiles, increase domestic oil production and invest in wind and solar energy development.

Would allow individual states to control domestic energy production. Supports completion of the Keystone oil pipeline.

Wants to provide grants to train green energy workforce and end tax cuts for fossil fuel companies.

Wants to develop and expand domestic oil production and nuclear power.

Same-sex Marriage

Supports same-sex marriage.

Would amend the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as between one male and one female.

Believes in marriage equality. Supports more parents in the household. Voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Has not released his view on this topic.

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Huang said due to the importance of the Chinese speaking world and its impact on global culture, community, economy and politics, “there seems to be no doubt that a need to offer the Chinese language as a tool for communication (exists).” “Understanding the knowledge of one more language other than English can definitely make you more competitive in the job market and also open a new window for you into a different world,” Huang said. Spencer Ross, a senior marketing major, said his experience has been very positive. Ross said he is taking the class now so he can be proficient when he goes to China next semester. He hopes to be fluent. “I like that we’re not only learning the language, but also that we’re learning the characters and symbols,” Ross said. “I used to see hieroglyphics, but now I can read some of the words

and that is a very cool feeling.” Josh Dunnick, a senior exercise science major, said he wanted to take the course because it was the “harder road.” He also enjoys the ability to read people’s tattoos written in Chinese. Bob Overton, a graduate student in the Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) program, was in China for the past two years and said he plans to go back but wanted to first improve his Chinese, which the class has helped him do. Colin Johnson, a sophomore TESOL major, said he’s had some experience with martial arts and it’s great to learn what some of the terminology actually means. His favorite part is when his friends who can speak Chinese say something to each other and he understands it. “I think (the course) is a great experience for the students,” Julie Husband said. “I would be thrilled if we could offer Chinese permanently at UNI.”

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Extracurriculars are not just for fun: it pays to get involved MADISON McKONE mckonem

From the minute you take your first step on campus until graduation day, college is a time to learn, thrive and develop as a student. College prepares you for the real world and is merely an introduction for what is to come. However, this preparation does not come solely from academics, but from many types of learning and experiences, such as student involvement on campus. Participation in extracurricular activities during your college career can have a significant number of benefits and offers broad experiences that you cannot receive in the classroom. Student groups and organizations provide a different atmosphere and give students a break from their routine class/homework schedule. It gives us the opportunity to set our academics aside for a bit and to get out and get active. This time away from the books can actually be an aid in your educational performance as well. According to an April 2011 article published on the U.S. Department of Education’s website (“Positive Effects of Extra Curricular Activities on Students”), students who participate in extracurricular activities are actually three times more likely to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher as well. Socially, involvement not only introduces you to a new set of peers, but also offers you the chance to feel like part of the college community, and gives you an identity on campus. You will get to meet new students with new perspectives and new ideas, who may become some of your best friends. Colleges are filled with people of many different cultures and races, and while you may not encounter this in your own social group, student organizations will provide immersion into this diversity. They are places where you can share common interests or create new ones. Many of the available extracurricular activities also allow students to gain a sense of pride in their work. Volunteerism is a major < See INVOLVED, page 5

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An insight into the art of cigars AUSTIN SMITH

Anybody who has known me for longer than a few minutes can tell you that I am an enthusiastic cigar smoker. It is something that many people identify me with and it is one of my favorite pastimes. But this love for cigars does not stem from the nicotine or the tobacco leaves, and this article is not written in an attempt to deny the potential health risks of tobacco usage. Rather, this is an attempt to show that a cigar is so much more than what most people consider it to be. When alone, a cigar is a way to reflect and collect one’s thoughts. Many aficionados are content to sit by themselves with no other stimulus and consider issues in life, be them trivial or profound. The slow roll of the smoke and the lingering flavor is a way to slow down and remember that life, like the brown leaves, is burning away and should be cherished for all the work and effort that comprises it. Marcus Aurelius wrote in his “Meditations” that a man should be able to retreat within himself when he feels the need to escape the world, for a man cannot always convalesce to a beach or mountain home to become isolated, but he has always with him his own mind and conscience. In this, a man should be able to withdraw into his thoughts and his own soul to escape and remove himself from the overwhelming world in which he has so little control. I believe in this sentiment, and have come to find that cigars are a method through which I am able to smoothly transport to that place of men-

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tal serenity, as if striking a match equates to turning the ignition and beginning a cerebral retreat. As unusual or un-Christian as it may sound, many of my most heartfelt prayers and penitent moments with God have come at the butt of a Man O’ War

or Rocky Patel. One is hard pressed to come off a cigar feeling less content with the happenings of life than before they began it, and based on multiple conversations with < See CIGARS, page 5

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others I am sure to not be the only person who feels thias way. The social cigar is another great thing and is valuable in its own ways. I firmly believe, and have witnessed repeatedly, that a cigar can bring out of even the immature man conversations of depth and understanding. One would be very hard pressed to find an instance of a group sitting to enjoy a smoke in which the ensuing conversation was of purely trivial topics, or where regret for having given both time and cigar to the persons involved was greater than the appreciation for the conversation and company. My closest friends and I consistently indulge in discussions pertaining to life, death, humanity, relationships and philosophies amongst the smoke. This simple roll of combustible leaves is often a catalyst for respect and connection between human beings, even in an instance of getting to know a new person for the first time. Many consistent cigar smokers openly offer their own cigars to others, even when hardly knowing them; for the time spent in their enjoyment is always well received. It is not difficult to be grateful for all that was brought by the cigar you let somebody else smoke.

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component of on-campus involvement and gives students the opportunity to contribute and make a difference on whatever scale they chose. Some programs are aimed at helping the school, the community, the region, or even the nation, but no matter the size, students are able to give back and help those who are less fortunate. The future looks bright for those who take the time and energy to get involved, as employers look for extracurricular activities on resumes. The article “How Involvement Affects Your Career and Future,” retrieved from St. Cloud State University’s website, states that “extracurricular involvement allows students to link academic knowledge with practical experience, thereby leading to a better understanding of their own abilities, talents, and career goals. Future employers seek individuals with these increased skill levels, making these involved students more viable in the job market.” Other skills that are improved through group participation include leadership, teamwork, problem solving, time management and communication, as well as emotional, intellectual, social and interpersonal development.

It is a thing that is associated often with degrees of manliness and sophistication. Cigars do bring these things about in an individual, but not necessarily for the reasons people often assume. Yes, a cigar can give presence to a modest man on aesthetics alone. But the act of smoking a cigar, especially with others, deepens relationships and subtly develops a sense of character that is reflected in the one who partakes. And while it may seem strange to think of a female cigar aficionada, they do exist and are just as welcome (if not more so) into any given group of smoking men for their rarity of company as well as perspective. It is for this that I think people see the character of it, even though it is not often recognized as such. Whatever the case, I continue to keep cigars as a part of my life because they help reinforce meditations, thoughts, prayers and the most valued of friendships. I cannot imagine what my personality would be like without the effects that cigars have covertly melded into it. The secondary and tertiary effects on lifestyle and mental health are very much real, and are nearly impossible to deny by anybody who has experienced them firsthand.


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in TESOL/Spanish teaching from Iowa City.

The University of Northern Iowa offers a myriad of ways that a student can get involved. There are more than 200 student organizations and other groups to get involved in. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can also create your own organization that suits your interests. Few things are easier than participating in the Stop and Serve program, which allows students the chance to help with service projects without a time commitment. The next programs take place in the Union on Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and Dec. 6. Although it seems like college life is quickly overtaken by academics, it pays to be involved. Engaging with campus activities is rewarding not only socially, but also academically and for future career options. Take a break from your homework and join a club that you are interested in, or choose a new one. Pursue your passion. Meet a new group of people with new perspectives. Use the available resources. To get the full college experience, we must go beyond the classroom walls to discover what our school truly has to offer. Madison McKone is a senior in public relations and Spanish from Fort Atkinson, Iowa.

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University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Homecoming Throwback

Homecoming royalty display talents BRIAN FREESE

Staff Writer

University of Northern Iowa students celebrated a throwback to the days of yore when royalty reigned at Homecoming by choosing a court of their own on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Maucker Union Ballroom at the Royalty Talent Competition. The night’s festivities, hosted by the Campus Activities Board, included a showcase of the Homecoming Court candidates’ talents, along with a fashion show that featured the Textiles and Apparel Association (TAPP) members and what they could do with capes and hats. “I thought it’d kind of all be singing and dancing and stuff, which it kind of was, but it was all really different – the spoken word and the crazy dance moves and the costumes. The crowd was really into it,” said Nicole Nesset, a sophomore communication major. The talents displayed varied widely, from an interpretive dance to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a sign language version of Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” to Scottish tenor drumming and a poetry recitation. Along with the attendees, a panel of five judges watched the talent show. “They judged the candidates on how the Homecoming theme was incorporated, how much purple and gold they had in their costume, their enthusiasm, their creativity and originality,” said Whitney Stoolman, a sophomore English education major. Applicants to the talent competition had to submit a form, which Stoolman said, “... had spots for what


Melanie Bressler, a model for the Panther Runway Coronation Challenge, shows off an outfit designed by Cody Soeder. Winning outfits from the TAPP design challenge will be worn by the Homecoming king and queen this weekend.

activities you were involved in, stuff like that, and then three essay questions. The same judges that were here tonight judged those applications based on their essays and their involvement, and picked their top five girls and top five boys.” The Panther Runway Coronation Challenge took place after the talent show. For the challenge, a selection of 20 models showed off the capes and headwear the members of TAPP had designed for the future king and queen to wear. Designs fit into one of three categories, as Sarah Ormsby, a senior textiles and apparel major, explained. “Our first design group was ‘80s, so purple reign, kind of neon,” said Ormsby. “Then the second one was elegance in retrograde, which is what you think of traditionally when you think of capes and crowns, like royal family. And then our final segment was kind of a ‘90s throwback theme, since the Homecoming theme was throwback. Kind of pop-culture-y stuff and urban wear.” Also, according to senior textiles and apparel major Morgan Gaffney, “They had to incorporate an old Panther jersey, and they had to show school spirit.” A chain-link fence cape, a cape featuring a very high collar, a crown of golden leaves and an outfit featuring fingerless gloves were among those displayed. The models made several trips around the stage, which allowed their ensembles to be viewed from every angle, to the cheers of the audience. Nesset, who was one of the five talent show < See ROYALTY, page 7

ANTHONY MITCHELL and KATIE HUNT Relationship Columnists

He said, she said:

relationship advice: Homecoming edition “I’m a freshman here at UNI and there’s this girl I really like. We’re in a club together and we’re doing a lot of the Homecoming activities together as part of the club. I’d really like to take her Campaniling, but I’m not entirely sure how to go about it. Could you help me out?” He Said:

Believe it or not, I myself have not gone Campaniling during my time at the University of Northern Iowa (though I have a lucky feeling my fortunes will change this year). Meaning I have three bricks with my noggin’s name written on them. For those of you new here, if you don’t go Campaniling during Homecoming, a brick will supposedly nail you should you walk past the clock tower. Aren’t traditions weird? Anyway, this is a sensitive subject to approach because,

as you all know, Campaniling deals with kissing. For some, kissing can be a very sensitive issue, but for others it can be a very open expression. There’s nothing wrong with either; you just have to figure out their position and act accordingly. Now if I were being myself and pretending to be charming, I would play up the tradition angle. Something along the lines of, “Hey, we’ve been getting to know each other pretty well as part of our club and I’d hate to miss out on a great UNI tradition like Campaniling.” Obviously don’t say that word for word, but with a flirty angle you can play up the idea of a freshman missing out on a big tradition. They’re not just going on a semi-date with you, they’re doing you a service as a true Panther! How can they not feel good about themselves for that? One thing I will say is not to take it too seriously. Will things go anywhere as a result of kissing by that clock tower? It’s possible, but don’t get too ahead of yourself. Approach it in a fun, lighthearted way

to not give too heavy of an impression. This is for fun and not for passion (let the passions progress). All in all, just tackle it and be up front. You find this person attractive and interesting, so why should you not try and have them go Campaniling with you? The worst that could happen is if they did in fact say no, there’s a brick with their head’s name written on it. Speaking of which, I’d better start finding routes around the Campanile.

She Said:

It sounds like you’ve got a good start, considering you’re both on committees responsible for Homecoming activities. This way, you know for sure she knows what Campaniling is. For those of you who aren’t aware of this university tradition, it is simply sharing a kiss with someone under the Campanile at midnight Friday of Homecoming week. There are a few rumors that follow this tradition, so definitely check those out if you’re planning on going!

Anyway, since you’re both doing a lot of other Homecoming activities together, you can use one of those as an opportunity to see if she’s planning on Campaniling. (You might also want to take this time to find out if she’s already planning on Campaniling with someone, because asking her when she’s already got someone would be a real bummer.) Best case scenario, she says she wants to go but has no one to meet there. That’s your cue, I suppose. Actually, even better than that, she asks you to meet her there. Another potential scenario would be her going with friends, just to see what it’s like. If you know she’s planning on going, you could get some people to go, too. If it comes down to you having to ask her, don’t panic. She must have given you some kind of signal that says she wants to go for you to want to ask her. So, if it comes down to you asking her to go Campaniling with you, then keep your cool and remain confident — you can do it. I suggest asking while you’re setting up for

another Homecoming event or attending one. If you two have really been hitting it off and connecting, then I’m sure she’ll agree to go with you. Don’t get discouraged if she says no, though, or if, for whatever reason, it doesn’t work out. I will warn you now that this has the potential to be extremely awkward (I have to be honest) and you have every right to be nervous, but like any other date or question you must ask a potential love interest, you’ve just got to find that confidence (it’s in there somewhere) and go for what you want. Hey, if it doesn’t work out this year, you’ve still got three Homecomings left; one great thing about being a freshman is all of the opportunities that lie ahead. I wish you the best of luck. This is Anthony and Katie’s 50th relationship column! They are in their fourth year as columnists. If you have any questions for the seasoned experts, be sure to email them to

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judges, spoke about the Runway Coronation Challenge. “I really liked it,” Nesset said. “I didn’t even know we were having that. It was really neat to see everyone’s creative designs because I am not creative in any way, so I could never do that, but I liked it. It was awesome.” Once the talents had been showcased and the capes and crowns had been displayed, students were asked to stay to vote for their Homecoming king and queen, along with

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their favorite Homecoming apparel. According to Stoolman, the winners will be chosen based on a combination of student and judge voting. “Thirty percent is student vote and 70 percent is what the judges decided on their talent tonight, plus their application scores,” said Stoolman. The winners will appear dressed in the winning outfits from the Runway Coronation Challenge. Students can attend the pep rally on Friday, Oct. 19 after the volleyball game to find out who was crowned king and queen.


Tyler Adams, a senior leisure, youth and human services major, busts a move at the Royalty Talent Competition. Adams is a member of the Homecoming Court. The Homecoming king and queen will be announced this Friday at the pep rally after the vollyball game.

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more than three minutes long. While the judges deliberated, the dance team and cheerleaders both performed. TC and TK were also present and they danced and cheered along with the students. The three Pride Cry finalist teams were the Student Admissions Ambassadors and Connecting Alumni to Students (SAA and CATS); Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Delta Pi; and Orchesis Dance Company. The three groups will perform in the finals on Friday night after the volleyball game. Senior theatre major Ian Goldsmith explained his group’s song choice. “We chose to parody the song ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ by Queen,” explained Ian Goldsmith, a member of the SAA and CATS Pride Cry. “Since the theme was throwback, we wanted an older classic-rock-type song that people would enjoy, but was not cliché. ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ emerged as our favorite.” Goldsmith said that all three teams were very deserving of being placed in the finals, and the competition should be fierce. He said he can’t wait to see how the performances turn out. Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Delta Pi were the biggest group of the night,

and they decided to use the melody of “Bye, Bye, Bye” by ‘N Sync. The popular song, along with their dance moves, helped push them into the finals. The Orchesis Dance Company took “throwback” to a new level, dressing, walking, dancing and singing like senior citizens to the song “Push It” by SaltN-Pepa. “I think my favorite part about Pride Cry would have to be the whole thing in general,” said Montana Smith, a junior communications and public relations double major. “This is the first time Orchesis or International Dance Theatre has ever done Pride Cry, so it was a really great experience for all of us to just go out there and really represent the dance program here at UNI.” The Homecoming Court was also announced during the Homecoming kickoff. The Homecoming Court candidates are Tyler Adams, Haley Minear, Karl Baresel, Brittany Sprague, Darvel Givens, Stacey Howes, Ian Goldsmith, Aleesa Nutting and Matthew Knight. “Homecoming is a special event at UNI and it is fun to get involved with. The best part was seeing all the teams compete and see everything go together so smoothly,” said Jessica Libberton, a senior graphic design major who was in charge of planning the event.

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University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa

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UNI sophomore receiver Chad Owens (19) and the Panthers will look to get back on track with a victory over the SDSU Jackrabbits during this weekend’s Homecoming matchup.

The University of Northern Iowa football team suffered another heartbreaking loss last weekend against the Southern Illinois University Salukis. Now they face the lone undefeated team in Missouri Valley Football Conference play, the No. 20-ranked South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. Saturday’s Homecoming game is set to kick off at 4 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. The Jackrabbits (5-1, 3-0 MVFC) have relied heavily on sophomore running back Zach Zenner this season. Zenner is averaging eight yards per carry and leads the Football Championship Subdivision with an average of 208 rushing yards per game. SDSU also has the reigning MVFC Freshman of the Year, quarterback Austin Sumner. Zenner and Sumner pose a significant threat to the Panther defense, which ranks 50th in the FCS in terms of yards allowed. “Right now it’s the rhythm; we can’t get in rhythm. Every time we do something right, we do something wrong,” UNI head football coach Mark Farley said of his team’s performance through the first six games of the year.

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“We’re resilient, we’re competitive, we grind, but we just aren’t making the plays during the critical moments.” The Panthers are just 1-5 overall and 0-3 in MVFC play. However, they have only been outscored by a combined 38 points, an average of 7.6 points per game, against Division-I opponents, which means they have been present in every game this season. However, turnovers have cost the Panthers. UNI is -6.0 in turnover margin during their five losses. “I have to get this team to lineup and finish these games,” said Farley. “If you go back and look at (the losses), we’re tired of saying it, but we had a chance to win every one of them.” Despite being virtually eliminated from the FCS playoffs, the Panthers still have something to play for in the second half of the season, especially during Homecoming against a top-25 team. UNI can use their five remaining games to assess talent for next year while trying to gain momentum heading into the offseason. “The best way to learn is to play the game, and you learn quicker by failure sometimes than by success,” said Farley. “We have not played our best football game yet by far – not even close.”

UNI needs some ‘Midnight Madness’ JAKE BEMIS

Sports Columnist

ERIN KEISER/Northern Iowan

UNI senior volleyball player Krista DeGeest (18) recently recorded her 1,000th career kill as a member of the Panthers. Sports Columnist

University of Northern Iowa senior volleyball star Krista DeGeest came to UNI as a raw, unfocused player. However, after spending five years on campus, her coaches

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DeGeest has evolved into a team leader


(5-1, 3-0 MVFC)

and teammates have molded her into the player she is now, the one who currently ranks No. 2 on UNI’s all-time career hitting percentage at .320. DeGeest, a native of Spencer, Iowa, recently became a member of UNI’s 1,000 career kills club, while

also becoming the 19th player in UNI history to record a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 2011. DeGeest attributes her success to head coach Bobbi Petersen. “She’s really inspired me to < See DEGEEST, page 9

With the University of Northern Iowa football team standing at 1-5 halfway through the football season, it may be time to turn our attention toward college hoops. This means it’s time for “Midnight Madness” – a tradition of many schools to celebrate the beginning of a new basketball season. During these events, players, coaches, fans and students all get together for one fun night of basketball. Some schools let fans play against the players, while others hold the first scrimmage of the year. All in all, it’s just one big party to let fans know the season is once again upon us. UNI has started its preseason practices, but you may not have known. Unlike bigger schools, the Panthers do not celebrate the begin-

ning of their basketball season with some type of “Midnight Madness” party. I am finding it hard to think of reasons not to partake in some sort of celebration. For the past decade, UNI has been one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, and students would love to come see the team practice for the first time of the season. Imagine this – the McLeod Center filled with thousands of screaming fans. The lights are dark, and the team comes out to the court for the first time all season. You have a chance to take on Anthony James in a game of one-on-one or get a photo with Seth Tuttle. Then, after everyone gets settled into their seats, the Panthers have their first purple vs. white scrimmage of the year. Instead, you’re just now < See MADNESS, page 9

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ERIN KEISER/Northern Iowan

UNI’s Krista DeGeest (18) is third on the team in kills (207) this season and second in blocks (77).

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The Panthers return four starters from last year’s 20-win team, including senior forward Jake Koch (second from right) and sophomore forward Seth Tuttle (10).


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reading for the first time that UNI basketball is underway. It’s a shame that in my four years at this school we haven’t been able to enjoy such an event. Nonetheless, “Midnight Madness” or not, it’s time to start getting excited about the

upcoming men’s basketball season. After finishing last season in a postseason tournament, the Panthers are returning four starters, and the team appears to be stronger and deeper this season. UNI will also compete for the MVC title and an invitation to the NCAA Tournament, and we all know what type of madness happens in March.

WHITNEY PHILLIPS/Northern Iowan Archives

Krista DeGeest (left) and her UNI teammates celebrate a victory over the Iowa State Cyclones last season.


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be the best person I can be, both on and off the court,” DeGeest said. Her love for the game and the fan support is what keeps DeGeest going. UNI’s fan base and the Cedar Falls community is what attracted her to UNI, rather than to schools like Georgetown University and the University of South Carolina. Another reason DeGeest chose UNI is because of her family. She didn’t want to be far away from home, plus she didn’t want to spend a lot of time away from her older sister Kayla, who DeGeest says has been the biggest influence on her life. “Kayla pushed me to keep going,” DeGeest said. “I never would have been as successful as I have been without her help.” The UNI volleyball team, who recently had their 65-game Missouri Valley Conference winning streak snapped, is like DeGeest’s second family. She noted that the team chemistry at UNI is unique, coaches included. “The coaches are the

type of people you respect, and you want to put the effort in for them,” said DeGeest. “They didn’t give up on me.” DeGeest attributes her maturity as a player and a person to the coaching staff. During her time at UNI, DeGeest says she has become more focused and has developed the skills necessary to be successful both on and off the court. DeGeest is a financial management major and believes the values and skills she has learned from volleyball will help her in her future endeavors. DeGeest’s teammates think highly of her as well, having named her team captain this season. DeGeest says that if she could pick one honor to keep forever, it would be the title of team captain for the UNI volleyball team. “It shows my teammates respect me and care about me as a person,” she said. DeGeest feels she has come a long way from the player she was in high school, “turning a complete 180” in how she plays the game and interacts with her team.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

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By Nancy Black Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Answers on page 12, Classifieds.

Today’s Birthday (10/19/12). Your thrifty ways provide great savings this year. An income increase could come as soon as this month and gets reinforced by the solar eclipse (Nov. 3). Stick to your financial plan, while diving into specialized study to expand the tools in your belt. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (Mar. 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Keep up the good work. Take some risks, maybe, but keep it steady. Your credit rating’s on the rise. Challenges in romance pay off later. Hide a treasure. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -Today is a 5 -- Study an ancient source and combine the new. Listen to a bright idea (from yourself or someone else). Sometimes small is beautiful. Postpone launches, travel and romance. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -Today is a 7 -- Be careful so that you don’t double-book or forget an important date. Spend time outdoors to replenish your

energy. It’s not a good idea to stretch the truth now. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- You have less than you thought, but that can change with intelligent work. You have the support of loved ones (even if it doesn’t always seem so). Meet with friends later. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- A new trick doesn’t necessarily work, but it may still be worth trying (results may surprise). Sell something you’ve kept hidden. Let a loved one help you decide. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Today is an 8 -- Provide plenty of positive reinforcement as it’s needed. Achieve harmony through meditation. Send a scout to gather information. Postpone long journeys for later. Compromise. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Consider all possibilities. Make sure you have all the facts before choosing. Working at home increases your efficiency. There’s no need to spend money now; you have what you need. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Don’t tell everything to everybody. Watch

out for mistakes with numbers. Check for changes in requirements. Exceptional patience may be required. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Today is an 8 -- The glitches in romance will go away. For now, focus on taking advantage of your new boost of confidence. Thank the others who stand by your side. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Today is a 5 -- You can be social, but it’s better to postpone having company over. Every experience adds wisdom. Investigate suspicions and avoid gambling. Optimism is within reach. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is a 7 -- Friends play an important role today, especially providing assistance in difficult situations. Listen and be heard. You have the support of the most important people. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Stand up for yourself. The group helps out, even as it seems that they may disagree. Give and receive love, and compromise. Logic wins. A bond gets renewed.


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Congratulations to Joe Flockhart for completing the Quest and winning the homecoming weekend tailgating experience.

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The Oct. 19, 2012 issue of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's student-produced newspaper since 1892.

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