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Panthers will rely on experience and depth in upcoming season At its annual media day, the men’s basketball team and its four seniors talked about what it will take to win this winter. < See PAGE 9 ACADEMICS
3 UNI faculty members receive Fulbright funding for research The scholarly grants allowed the professors to pursue various research interests, scattering them as far as Hungary and Chile. < See PAGE 6
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Student body president, vice president discuss goals for year LINH TA NISG Writer
Northern Iowa Student Government president Jordan Bancroft-Smithe and vice president KaLeigh White have just about six months left in their term. Before being elected, Bancroft-Smithe and White campaigned on a platform, as all presidential and vice presidential candidates do. NISG beat writer Linh Ta sat down with BancroftSmithe and White to discuss what they have accomplished so far from their platform and what remains to be done.
Northern Iowan: What were some of your goals during your platform last year, and what have you done to work on them? White: Well, one of our goals < See GOALS, page 3
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Northern Iowa Student Government vice president KaLeigh White and NISG president Jordan Bancroft-Smithe after winning a runoff election in March.
Unplug: an introduction to, and challenge in, self-sufficiency Columnist Smith invites readers to consider selfreliance and start exploring ways to provide one’s own food, household items and more. < See PAGE 4
Iowa DMV to issue new form of identification in January 2013 CODY GRIMES News Writer
UNI robotics team works toward 2nd national championship The robotics team and their robot, P-CAT, rocked Cleveland last year and are preparing to give it another shot, this time with two returning national champions on their side. < See PAGE 6
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The Iowa Transportation Commission passed legislation to issue new identification cards starting in January 2013. The new REAL IDs come as a result of a bill passed in 2005, aimed to combat the type of identity fraud that allowed hijackers behind the 9/11 attacks to obtain multiple state-issued driver’s licenses. According to the bill, current state driver’s licenses will be unacceptable identification for use at federal locations. Under the bill, the Department of Homeland Security will work with state governments to implement federal standards into the new IDs to ensure strengthened security. According to a press release by the Department of Homeland Security, one of the new security features will be an online database containing the names, addresses and ages of all ID holders. This information could then be accessed by a barcode on the ID itself. “For example, a bar that required a license could quickly scan the 2D bar
code to prove that a person was 21 or over to enter the bar, but at the same time conceivably obtain the person’s name and address and compile a list of names and addresses of its patrons, along with the other encoded data, including the unique identification number, which the bar could subsequently sell or use,” said the press release. Some advocacy groups feel that these new IDs represent an overbearing government. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the REAL ID system would be cumbersome and expensive to already burdened state governments. One of the major issues ACLU has with the REAL ID system is the requirement for all applicants to undergo a comprehensive immigration status check. According to the Iowa Motor Vehicle Division’s website, currently to obtain an Iowa driver’s license, the applicant must have several documents supporting their identity. Proof of legal immigration or residency is optional but not currently compulsory. However, the REAL IDs will have a < See REAL ID, page 3
Readership program to continue
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The College Readership Program, which provides University of Northern Iowa students with copies of major newspapers, will continue throughout this year. The Northern Iowa Student Government unanimously voted to approve the continuation of the program at their meeting on Sept. 19. The $16,500 needed to continue the program will come from the NISG contingency fund, according to the bill. The program provides copies of the New York Times, USA Today and Des Moines Register daily in Maucker Union. The program began with a pilot program of the New York Times in January. NISG expanded it to include USA Today, the Des Moines Register and the Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier in April. According to the bill, the program “is designed to promote civic engagement, global awareness and media literacy on campus.”
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CME LECTURE SERIES: CATHY AREU Bengston Auditorium, Russell Hall 7 p.m. Cathy Areu, the founding publisher of Catalina magazine, will give a lecture focusing on empowering the voices of Latinas. A brief reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.
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Jordan Bancroft-Smithe is sworn in as Northern Iowa Student Government president in April.
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last year was to encourage students to get out the vote. Be more aware of what’s happening locally and at large, since it’s a presidential election year. That was something really important. Thanks to Jaime Yowler, (NISG) director of governmental relations, he’s put a lot of work into it, and we’ve accomplished a lot. Bancroft-Smithe: We did VoterPalooza and there will be a press release out soon, but we’ve registered almost 2,000 new registrations here on campus. KW: Another thing that was big on our platform was Green Initiative. Both adding new ones and carrying over from (previous NISG president) Spencer (Walrath) and (previous NISG vice president Ian Goldsmith’s) plan. (University sustainability coordinator) Eric O’Brien actually contacted us and we’re starting to work with him and a bunch of organizations who are greenfocused on campus. I met with them two weeks ago and basically they are wanting to see how we can both work together to see how we can accomplish those green initiatives, so it’s going to be a campus-wide movement to get these things accomplished. JBS: And obviously last year we passed the (College) Readership Program, so that was a big deal for this government. NI: Last year you said that you wanted to make things clear and concise for student organizations and to make funding guidelines available. What have you done to try and achieve this goal? KW: We had a discussion last night in the office on how we can better communicate to students and our next staff meeting is going to focus on ways that we can better effectively and efficiently communicate with stu-
dents and get our name out there. NI: What goals are you still working on that were on your platform last year? JBS: Actually, I just had a conversation about the (potential of placing a) streetlight (on) 23rd St., right on the corner by Campbell. There’s a possibility of maybe also one by the Multimodal (Transportation Center). We still have to work out some things there, but we’re making good (progress)... We have worked on the internship part of our platform ... We are working on trying to streamline the internship process, make it easier for students and make it more standardized. NI: Where do you see NISG moving forward from now until spring semester? KW: There’s always room for improvement. And so that’s something we’re always striving for. How can we better serve students and how can we put their money to better use and make sure their happy with the work that we’re doing? So we welcome all their feedback. NI: What is one of the best things you’ve accomplished so far, and what is something you think you’re going to buckle down on? KW: One cool thing that happened was that we were able to get a full-time veteran staff member in student affairs ... Obviously it wasn’t all us. There were a lot of things that happened that brought it to our attention.
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Junior leisure, youth and human services and communication double major Sara Rockow interacts with sophomore biology major Stephanie Dilly, a Chats employee. Chats recently put up a display showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including awareness-themed pink items. Individuals can buy a $1 ribbon and dedicate it to someone, with proceeds going to breast cancer research. Students cannot use dining dollars to buy the ribbon or charge it to their U-Bill.
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new set of rules in their application process. “A State shall require, before issuing a (REAL ID) driver’s license or identification card to a person, valid documentary evidence that the person is a citizen or national of the United States,” said a second press release from the Department of Homeland Security. Some political scientists are
concerned with the constitutionality of the newly mandated identification should it be required in order to vote in federal elections. “In particular, the voting rights act prohibits any voting laws with a racially discriminatory impact, regardless of their intent,” said Justin Holmes, professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. “This is a potential legal issue, as it appears that AfricanAmericans and Latinos would be disproportionately affected by
requiring ID. “On the other hand, there is a legal balancing act here in that preventing voter fraud is a reasonable goal as well, and several courts have upheld some of these laws on that ground,” Holmes continued. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, any further action at the federal level to either push or amend the REAL ID legislation has been delayed due to the adjournment of Congress.
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Unplug: an introduction to, and challenge in, self-sufficiency AUSTIN SMITH
A new television program called “Revolution” recently premiered on NBC. The premise of the show focuses on a dystopian planet 15 years after an unexplained global blackout. All electronic devices, down to the AAA batteries in the kitchen junk drawer, are rendered useless and the entire planet is forced to embrace practical and efficient ways of living. While the notion of a global electromagnetic pulse sounds rather extreme, consider the issue it raises: if basic things you depend on for you lifestyle were taken away, would you be able to survive? Do you possess any knowledge or skills that would enable you to live solely by your own means and actions? If you are unsure or know that your answer here is negative, please continue reading. The purpose of this piece is to encourage you to find something, even if it is small, to help change this fact. Awareness and practice of self-sufficiency seems to be on the rise lately, with
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Fresh berries are picked at the Fraser family farm in Collegeville, Pa., where the family grows and raises some of its foods. Homesteading involves creating and providing one’s own supplies, often including food.
a scale of motivations and attitudes ranging from “going green” and “living a hippie lifestyle” all the way over to “extreme survivalism” and “doomsday prepping.” With as many variations in motive towards self-sufficiency, there are also degrees of practice and involvement. One of the more encompassing movements in selfsustainment has come to be known as “homesteading.” This movement began in the 1970s during the hippie movements and has devel-
oped into a fairly well-recognized lifestyle. Reminiscent of life back in the 1800s, homesteading is based on small-scale farming of crops and livestock. A self-proclaimed homestead (most are on less than four acres of land) will almost always have at least one working garden and a small contingent of domesticated animals for purposes of meat, milk, fur or trade. Homesteaders are known for producing many products on their own including food, fabric, soap and wood;
excess of these products beyond the homesteaders need to live is often sold or bartered with neighbors for other goods or services. Many ‘steads utilize solar, wind and/or geothermal energy systems in order to strengthen their ability to live without dependence on others. There is no shortage of information and testimony from homesteaders available to those interested. Many of them keep continuous blogs < See UNPLUG, page 5
Voting: it starts with a whisper It is that time of year again, when we are bombarded with television, Internet and telephone advertisements for political campaigns. Mitt Romney wants to “Keep America American,” while Obama boasts that we will move “Forward” if he is reelected. Though the marketing involved in these campaigns can be a bit overwhelming, it does help to get the word out about the political ground on which these candidates stand. With these nationwide campaigns come a following of nationwide voters, right? Wrong. Actually, the U.S. Census Bureau states that in 2008, 64.9 percent of the voting-aged population registered to vote and only 58.2 percent actually casted a vote. Voting is a “sacred
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right” dating back to the early days of the nation, yet many do not take advantage of this privilege. Voting is an outlet for getting your voice heard and letting our government know what you think. By giving up this right, you are giving up your freedom of speech. You may not think your vote counts, but you cannot win if you don’t play the game. Every little vote can make a difference in an election and exercising your right is not only an honor, but it also allows you to help select new leaders, make and/or
change laws and aid in decisions that will affect your quality of life. As U.S. citizens, it is our duty to keep up with what is going on politically, arrive at educated positions on the political ideas we support and finalize that position by casting a ballot on Election Day. Choosing a candidate can be easy by simply determining your own personal preferences on a variety of issues and selecting the candidate that shares these preferences. The Dirksen Congressional Center adds that “voting does not guarantee that one’s preferences will prevail, but choosing not to vote denies a person one of the key tools of having a say in democracy.” This is especially true
for our generation. During the 2008 election, 18- to 20-year-olds cast the smallest percentage of votes. However, many issues in the elections often have the greatest potential impact on the youth. Young soldiers die every day in Iraq, education reforms affect K-12 and college students, and reproductive rights issues are often focused around teenage mothers. All of these are major concerns for the youth and are also major aspects of a political campaign. Without filling out a ballot, you will have no say in the choices that are made about these topics and therefore no say in what becomes of the world we will inherit. Without a vote, we are without control. < See VOTING, page 5
Students need another campus ATM option The first automated teller machine appeared on the University of Northern Iowa campus in October 1982 in Maucker Union, according to the university archives. Three decades later, ATMs have proliferated on campus, but there is still no machine located in the most logical place to have one – Gilchrist Hall. Currently, there are seven ATMs on campus. You can find one in each of the dining centers, 23rd Street Market, the McLeod Center, the UNI-Dome, Maucker Union and the GallagherBluedorn Performing Arts Center. These locations have been carefully selected by Veridian Credit Union, the company that owns all of the ATMs at UNI. Seven ATMS may seem like plenty, but there is still no machine in Gilchrist, the administration building. Gilchrist is where students go to pay their U-Bills, handle their financial aid, pay parking tickets and pay to participate in study abroad programs. In other words, Gilchrist is where students often handle their money. Although teller stations at a bank are equipped with card swipers, students cannot pay their U-Bills with their credit or debit cards. Students are asked to pay with cash or a check. In today’s day and age, checkbooks are often left at home (if students even have them) and credit/debit cards are used so much that students seldom carry cash. Often, students reach Gilchrist and have only their ATM card in their hand, but no place to swipe it in the building. Sure, they could walk to another building, get the money they need and return, but that fosters ill will toward the employees in Gilchrist, resulting in snippy students and tellers with brusque attitudes. Gilchrist needs its own ATM. According to Nick Alden, a loan officer at the Verdian location in Maucker Union, the locations of the ATMs are evaluated every year, but no plans have been made to move one to Gilchrist. Simply moving a machine from a current location to Gilchrist would not be ideal for UNI students. UNI does not need a rearrangement of ATMs; it simply needs one more to suit its students’ needs. An ATM in Gilchrist would allow for smoother, happier transactions between students and the staff of the many offices Gilchrist holds. It just makes sense. This editorial reflects the position of the Northern Iowan’s editorial staff: Kari Braumann, Allie Koolbeck, Caitie Peterson, Brandon Baker and Amanda Blanche. All other articles and illustrations represent the views of their authors.
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of their attempts, failures and successes in various endeavors. Why care about providing for yourself ? You live comfortably enough now without having to do too much work, right? Well, for starters, it can save you money. The cost of maintaining a garden or going hunting is going to be cheaper than buying groceries every week or eating out at your favorite pizza joint. You don’t have to be a “hippie” to want to become self-dependent. For some, it stems from a distrust of society and a feeling of inevitable government collapse (these folks are often referred to as “preppers,” and I used to live with one. They’re an interesting bunch); others simply wish to have the contentment of a simpler, more traditional lifestyle. One does not have to brave the Oregon Trail or become a mountain man like Jeremiah Johnson (although some do) in order to provide for oneself. There are opportunities to be had within urban settings to decrease your dependence on others and save some money – and there are some simple skills that you can learn and practice to make yourself a little more free. Take a stab at gardening, for instance. The Cedar Falls Community Gardens opened in 2010 and allows individuals to rent up to two 100-
foot plots of soil for just $15 apiece per season. A lot of food, seasonings and ingredients for herbal remedies can be grown in 200 feet of garden space, and you’ll know exactly what has gone into your food without having to pay boosted prices at the supermarket for labels that say “organic.” There is also the possibility of hunting or trapping. There are state-required courses before being eligible for licensure, but the potential benefits go beyond simply killing an animal. In addition to general hunting aptitude with a firearm or bow, you could learn how to properly skin, butcher and harvest your catches for various products like meat, hide and fur. Hide can be tanned and sold or used in leatherwork, which is a craft all its own. There are a variety of pelts legal to trap and sell in the state of Iowa, from raccoons to bobcats. We can’t forget the classic pastime of fishing, either. Sadly, Cedar Falls does not allow for the ownership of “agricultural animals” within residential zones of the city. But every city has its own laws regarding animals such as chickens and rabbits in urban areas. Once you’re out of college and working a full-time job, this is a possibility depending on where you live. Another great resource in this area is the Hartman Nature Reserve. This 300acre wooded area is right
LETTER TO THE EDITOR First it was “Open your legs – and your mind,” then it was “Judgments vs. principles,” and recently another response to the original, controversial opinion piece. Can I just say what most people are thinking right about now? Ok, I will: “Enough!” ... On a calmer note, we can learn some things that are all equally valid from all three pieces. From Pope’s original article we can all take away what was most likely the intended message, which I perceive to be, “Don’t put people down because they have sex.” The style of his writing set off many ires because it sounds like he’s encouraging people to have sex – because he is. Pope overstepped his bounds by encouraging personal choices instead of encouraging freedom in choice. Withholding freedom is just as heinous as forcing people to use their freedom. From Failor’s response we can all take away the need for restraint. ... While Failor seemed to think Pope was arguing people should be “banging everything that moves,” we can understand that exercising sexual liberty won’t automatically grant one a free mind, nor
will it necessarily be safe. It is important to practice safe sex, as Pope did note. We can take away from him the rationale, that should pair with freedom, to help use make our decisions regarding sex and other personal decisions. From Ott’s response we can take away excellent examples of ignorance and reductio ad absurdum (in other words, what not to do). ... The main thing we can take away from his piece is to not produce a hurried-looking and haggard letter and then send it to the Northern Iowan. For the future, I do hope this will be one of the final pieces, if not the last, written about this topic for this bit of time. ... We should endeavor to allow people to do what they do unhindered and uninspired. Those who want to have sex should be allowed to without shame, and those who don’t want to have sex should be allowed to without encouragement. Leave sex, and other personal choices, alone. Garrett Trotter Freshman, physics Read the full version online at www.northern-iowan.org.
here in Cedar Falls, and they are constantly running educational programs and events for the public. These programs range from how to make apple cider from scratch and maintaining good hygiene while outdoors to foraging food and navigating the wild without a GPS. The folks who run these events are all knowledgeable in their fields and are overall fun people who want to help others learn. If you’ve never been there, I suggest you check it out. It’s a pretty cool place. I challenge you to unplug yourself and pursue at least one skill, hobby or knowledge set that would somehow increase your ability to provide for yourself in more ways than simply earning additional money. Let’s hope that we never have to find out if we’d be able to apply that skill to our survival if society or government collapses. But being able to take care of yourself, being accountable and responsible for your own prosperity, was a defining principle in the development of this country. By living self-sufficiently, to any extent, you’re reflecting a key notion of the American Dream. Who doesn’t want that?
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The Northern Iowa Student Government has taken steps to educate college-aged students on the importance of voting as well. Their annual VoterPalooza event helps students to register to vote, educates them about the candidates and encourages students to make their voices heard. Politicians, officials and campaign members may also come and speak on campus. First Lady Michelle Obama made a visit on Sept. 28, speaking about the importance of voting and her husband’s current campaign. Although you might not think that your single vote can make a difference, ultimately, it does. It seems unbelievable that some countries are still fighting and dying for this right, while many of us take it for granted. To cast a vote is your chance to express yourself. Tell the government how you feel. Have a say in what laws and policies are put in place. Create the world that you want to inherit. Exercise your rights and fulfill your duty as a U.S. citizen. Voting is a voice which should not be silenced and although it may start with a whisper, it will be heard.
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Reboot, rematch: UNI robotics team works toward its 2nd national championship
A robotic arm seen turning eggs in “Jurassic Park” sits in a display case at Rixan Associates, Inc. UNI robotics team president Jeremy Ganfield had the opporutnity to to receive professional training from the Rixan Industries after the team won the ATMAE competition last year.
The Mitsubishi RV-2SDB sits ready for use. Ganfield and UNI graduate Jeremy Rick were able to train on the high-tech robotic arm as a part of the reward for winning the ATMAE competition last year.
ETHAN MENG Profiles Writer
The pale light emitting from the fluorescent bulbs lining the ceiling of classroom 13 in the Industrial Technology Center illuminates many things: the assortment of wires hanging from the walls, stacks of car batteries resting on a wagon off to the side and a partially constructed solar-panel lawnmower tucked away in the
corner. More importantly, these lights shine upon the University of Northern Iowa robotics team’s crown jewel, P-CAT, which stands for Panther Collect Analyze and Transfer, duly named for its connection to UNI and the objectives of the robot. This small Ping-Pong ball retrieving robot also happens to be a national champion. Last year, the UNI robotics team took first in the nation
with P-CAT, and this year they are ready for round two. For the next few months, classroom 13 will become the headquarters for the UNI robotics team in their preparation for the 2012 Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) competition. While primed and ready for yet another championship, the team has the daunting task of making ATMAE history by securing the national championship for two consec-
3 UNI faculty receive Fulbright Scholarships for research abroad ALAN WILKINS Staff Writer
One of the University of Northern Iowa’s visions is to “offer a world-class university experience that infuses an international perspective into both general education and professional studies.” (www. uni.edu/inter nationalprograms/about) Three UNI professors are attempting to fulfill this vision through their acceptance of Fulbright scholarship grants to teach or conduct advanced research abroad. The three Fulbright Scholars from UNI are Bettina Fabos, Kevin Finn and Tammy Gregersen. Fulbright scholarships grants are grants awarded to professors by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The goal of the Fulbright scholarship grants is to
“increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The three UNI professors are all working independently on projects around the world. Fabos is an associate professor of communications and is conducting research at Central European University in Hungary. While abroad, Fabos will show the value of photographic digital archives to artistically tell the story of 20th-century Hungary. Fabos specifically stated that the project “will revolve around this one Hungarian family’s hardships (and good times) during (World War I, World War II) and the onset of Communism.” Fabos said she chose Hungary because “Hungary has the one of the best records of digital archiving in the world, and my project involves my Hungarian father
and aunt.” Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, is conducting research at the University of West Hungary. He will study the physical activity levels of inhabitants in the northwest portion of the country. Finn said he will “work with their health promotion students on assessing physical activity using both interviews and interpreting information obtained from the wearing of waist-worn motion devices.” Finn added “I enjoy the hospitality of the Hungarian culture … the wine … and the diversity of their history.” Gregersen has already completed her Fulbright at the University of Santiago in Chile. She is an associate professor of languages and literatures at UNI. < See FULBRIGHT, page 7
utive years, an achievement that no university has previously managed. The two returning members from last year’s team are the current president and vice president. Respectively, they are seniors Jeremy Ganfield, a technology management major, and Matt Wason, who is majoring in manufacturing technology design and metal casting. The remaining four team members are newcomers. As part of the prize for
being last year’s national champions, Ganfield was given professional training by Rixan Industries in Dayton, Ohio. Rixan Industries produces technologies that have been seen in movies such as “Jurassic Park,” and Ganfield was given valuable information to bring back to UNI this year. Along with UNI graduate Jeffrey Rick, last year’s team treasurer, Ganfield trained on a Mitsubishi RV-2SDB robotic arm, which has many functions. One of these functions is sorting, which provided practice for Ganfield that he can now use on P-CAT. When it came to last year’s challenge, sorting was only part of the equation. The challenge was simple: build a robot that could collect 36 Ping-Pong balls from a small table, sort them into four different colors and distribute them into appropriate bins, all in less than five minutes. However, last year’s team did not waver in this challenge, as P-CAT blew all the other teams’ scores out of the water with a time of 112 seconds. Under the leadership of < See ROBOTICS, page 8
UNI professor gives CROW talk on women, femininity and gender representation in sports KIRSTEN TJOSSEM Staff Writer
Kate Lavelle, communication studies professor at the University of Northern Iowa, gave a talk Monday, Oct. 1, titled “Playing Like a Man: Representations of Gender and Athleticism in Sports.” As part of the Current Research on Women (CROW) Forum, her talk focused primarily on Brittney Griner, a Baylor Bears basketball player that has received criticism in the media for her physical appearance. “The fact that mainstream news is giving these comments so much attention is kind of problematic,” said Lavelle. Lavelle is a huge fan of sports, and Griner is one athlete she has become increasingly fascinated by. “We watch a lot of basketball at our house,” said
Lavelle. “It’s interesting to me why there’s so much media attention on her physical appearance. She’s actually really talented.” According to Lavelle, this media criticism tends to be even worse for female AfricanAmerican athletes. “Black female athletes are often seen as athletic and not feminine,” said Lavelle, pointing out Serena Williams and Caster Semenya. The forum was based on a paper that Lavelle will be submitting to the International Association for Communication and Sports. She is one of the 15 researchers from across the country chosen to present their work at the College of Communication’s New Agendas Conference at the University of Texas on Feb. 21 and 22.
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Physics Club incorporates friends, fun and learning ETHAN MENG Profiles Writer
It is late September and the shelter at Seerley Park is abuzz with conversation and laughter. An old charcoal grill sits off to the side, cooking burgers and ribs for approximated 20 people who have gathered for a barbecue. Others are off throwing a Frisbee disc in the field or discussing how to prove many of Newton’s Laws in fun ways. Students and professors have come together to kick back and relax with others who appreciate the field of physics. A passerby would probably assume it is just a gathering of friends having a barbecue. A closer look at the food labels on the desserts, however, would give away the fact that this is a gathering of the Physics Club. With the Bose Einstein Condensate marshmallow bars and the “Atomic” M&M cookies on the tables, anyone could guess that these people are into physics. Even so, a passerby would be correct: this is a gathering of friends having a barbecue. As physics is arguably one of the most demanding majors offered at the University of Northern Iowa, it is always helpful to have friends inter-
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Gregersen outlined her trip. “I went for six weeks in July and August, and among my responsibilities were to teach a graduate class in language assessment, deliver several interdisciplinary research presentations, present a six-hour conference on the sociolinguistic idea of lan-
ested in the same thing, and Physics Club is exactly the place to go to find similar minds. “Physics is something you have to work very hard at and you usually work on it together,” Physics Club president Jeff Wallace said. Being able to collaborate with peers is an idea that sums up much of both the club and the department as a whole. Knowing everybody involved is a fairly easy task, as there are only about 70 students in the entire physics department. Having a close relationship with other students and professors in the department has plenty of perks when dealing with difficult equations or work problems. “You collaborate, talk about the equations and you work out the problems, and having the opportunity to talk with another person helps you a hundred times more than trying to work on it by yourself,” Wallace said. Wallace knows this concept firsthand as an applied physics graduate student. The close relationships between students are shown beyond the collaboration on homework in the club meetings. The meetings, along with the barbecue, have a relaxed feel to them, even when work
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Left: Physics Club president Jeff Wallace mans the grill at the Physics Club picnic. Right: Physics Club members got creative with their desserts and created these Bose-Einstein Condensate Marshmallow Bars
needs to be done. In addition to planning events and projects for the semester, the club also dedicates time to having fun during the meetings. A small competition of who can write out the most digits of pi, with the prize being an actual pie, is a fun way to take the edge off of all the work. “When you spend so much time working, it is nice to have some time to play,” freshmen physics major Darian Everding said. After the fun and games of the meeting are over, it is time to talk about some proj-
guage identity and Spanglish in the U.S. and collaborate with the Chilean Ministry of Education on K-12 professional development,” Gregersen said. The Fulbright Program presents approximately 8,000 awards annually. Since 2000, UNI has had 19 Fulbright recipients.
ects the club wants to do this semester. “There is this huge stereotype out there that people involved in physics are all about writing equations, and we don’t know how to do practical things, so we decided that we wanted to put that stereotype to rest,” physics club adviser Andrew Stollenwerk, a professor of physics, said. To help put these myths about physicists to rest, the club has decided to harness the power of electricity in one of the coolest ways: with a Tesla coil. The idea of the Tesla coil
is much the same as the electric ball that people put their hands on to make their hair stand up. The Physics Club wants to take this idea to a new level by hooking up a much larger version to a guitar. With this rig, the club will literally be able to make sound out of electrical currents produced by sparks that look like lightning. The vibration of air molecules from the electrical current as it jumps from the tesla produces a sound. The club hopes that when it is finished, they will be able to bring the coil to different high schools throughout the area and give students a better understanding of the fun aspects of physics. Physics is a very difficult and time-consuming field of study, but with a club like this, students are able to find an escape from the massive amounts of work. They can look to each other when they are in need of assistance, or when they just want to relax with friends. The UNI Physics Club shows that physics is not all about writing equations on a board and solving them – it is also about gaining a better understanding of the world around us in an interesting way.
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two returning national champions, the UNI robotics team will take P-CAT to the next level as they compete this November in Nashville, Tenn. The format for this year’s ATMAE challenge is much the same as last year’s, but with the idea of “Kaizen” being implemented. Kaizen is the Japanese word for continuous improvement, which is the basis each team will need to follow when working on their robot. “This year we are doing a rematch theme, and it is going to be more about the modifications, the reasons for those modifications and how you’ve improved your robot to make it much more efficient for the task,” Ganfield said. Ganfield is the very reason that Kaizen was implemented into the competition this year. Ganfield proposed the idea to Chad Laux, student division president of the ATMAE competition, and after discussion with other teams who competed last year, Kaizen was accepted to be this year’s challenge. “I look forward most to seeing what other teams have done to change their robots and make them more efficient. I expect to see a
mix of all the most effective methods on each robot,” Ganfield said. With each team knowing what to expect and using their same robot from the previous competition, the competition will be fierce. “It will be a good challenge,” sophomore computer science major Trevor Thomas said. “We have to make modifications, but last year they did so well so we get to base off of them, so it will be a lot easier.” Thomas is one of the new team members and saw joining as a great way to get involved. Only a short month away from the competition, the team of two hardened veterans and four newcomers must work as hard as they can in order to take P-CAT from its already impressive level to something that could take the national championship once again.
Interested in joining the Robotics Team? Contact team president Jeremy Ganfield at ganfielj@ uni.edu.
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Panthers will rely on experience and depth in 2012-13 BRAD EILERS Sports Editor
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University of Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson addresses the media during UNI’s annual men’s basketball media day. The Panthers open the 2012-13 season Nov. 10 against Wartburg College.
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Senior guard Anthony James led the Panthers in scoring last season, averaging 12.5 points per game.
Senior guard Marc Sonnen averaged 8.6 points per game and shot 44 percent from 3-point range last season.
UNI basketball builds team chemistry through local recruiting MAT MEYER Sports Columnist
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team has made themselves known far and wide within the NCAA basketball world. The Panthers have a tough schedule this season as they play the University of Louisville, either the University of Missouri or Stanford University and a game with St. Mary’s College in a highly anticipated rematch. So how does the third largest university in the “corn state” get the opportunity to play, and potentially beat, some of the most praised schools the NCAA has to
offer? The answer is teamwork and unity. If you take a look down the UNI roster, you will notice that many of the players are from fairly close by. Nine of the teammates are from the state of Iowa, 15 are from the Midwest and sophomore Deon Mitchell is the lone player from Texas. In fact, Matt Bohannon, Matt MacDougall, Max Martino, Austin Pehl and Wes Washpun are all from the Mississippi Valley high school basketball conference in Iowa, and Matt Morrison is from that same geographic area as well. I think it’s safe to say that < See BASKETBALL, page 10
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team held their annual media day Tuesday afternoon, and the recurring message from head coach Ben Jacobson and the players was that this year’s team will heavily rely on their experience and depth. The Panthers lost only one player from last year’s team that went 20-14 and made the second round of the National Invitational Tournament with eight true and redshirt freshmen. “We’ve got 14 guys back that have an extra year of experience,” Jacobson said. “When you talk about it as a group, having 14 more years of experience on our team than we had a year ago, it’s significant.” Johnny Moran was the lone senior on last year’s team. While Moran averaged just 7.5 points per game last season, he was the unquestioned leader of the team. This year the Panthers have four seniors – Anthony James, Jake Koch, Marc Sonnen and Austin Pehl – who will look to replace Moran’s leadership. “Us four seniors, we may not be the most vocal guys, but we can definitely show leadership with our actions on the court,” Koch said. “We can all be better leaders, we just have to do all the little things right and remember not to get down on ourselves
when things are going bad. Instead, we need to pick each other up. Those were some things Johnny did a great job of last year.” “As a team you’re always going to go through something tough, maybe it’s a bad loss or something like
Playing time is a big thing, but I think it’s how you use your playing time. I think that’s what people on our team are going to buy in to – knowing how to use the time you get out there on the court. Marc Sonnen UNI senior guard
that, and with experience I think you know how to overcome that,” Sonnen said. “That’s what makes good teams, being able to overcome difficulty. I think our team will be able to do that with the type of leaders that we have.” Additionally, Jacobson believes this could be the deepest team in his seven years as head coach. < See MEDIA DAY, page 10
Women’s golf finishes 2nd, men finish 3rd in South Dakota ALEX MILLER Sports Writer
This past Monday, the University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s golf teams both competed in the Jackrabbit Invitational Tournament hosted by South Dakota State University in Sioux Falls, S.D. The women finished in second place while the men finished in third. With eight teams participating in the tournament, the Panthers still managed to finish with season-high places. On the women’s side, the Panthers were led by Alex Zenor and her stellar final-round score of 73, which rounded out play on day two. Zenor’s 73 was the best score on the Invite’s final day, beating out first place finisher Amy Anderson of North Dakota State by two strokes. Outside of round three, Zenor shot a pair of 79s in the first two
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The Panthers had a season-high 11 golfers place at the Jackrabbit Invitational Tournament.
rounds of stroke play. Also on the scorecard for the Panther women was Kaylee Benson, who ended play with an 82 that put her in a tie for 10th < See GOLF, page 10
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“We have an opportunity to have a very deep team … Our guys will be competing extremely hard individually to get better in practices, to work on their conditioning so they can put themselves in a position where they are the ones on the game floor,” Jacobson said. Sonnen agreed with Jacobson, stating that this year’s team has the potential to be deep and not face much of a drop-off in talent when substitutions are made. “We are going to have a lot of guys who are able to play,” Sonnen said. “It will be kind of like my freshman year; we’re going to be able to sub five in and five out and we aren’t going to be that tired then during games, which can really be an advantage against other teams. “Playing time is a big thing, but I think it’s how you use your playing time. I think that’s what people on our team are going to buy in to – knowing how to use the time you get out there on the court. I feel like Matt (Morrison) was a prime example of that last year,” Sonnen continued. The team is increasing conditioning. In fact, sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell has dropped 10 pounds in the off-season, while sophomore forward Seth Tuttle has added 15 pounds and hopes to add a few more before the season starts. “Conditioning-wise, I didn’t feel like we were at our maximum capacity last year,” Mitchell, a member of the MVC all-freshman team a year ago, said. “I think this off-season, we took it a lot more seriously. We knew what to expect and we have a lot more experience, so we know what we need to do to get better and to get to our goals.” “Last year, being at 210 (pounds) and playing against
(Jackie) Carmichael, (Greg) Echenique and (Garrett) Stutz, it was a struggle every night against those guys. They beat me up down there,” Tuttle, the reigning MVC Freshman of the Year, said. “I’m hoping to get up to 230 (pounds) and I feel like it’s going to be a big benefit as the season wears on.” The Panthers will need their depth, experience and senior leadership to run through their gauntlet of a schedule this season. UNI will take part in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas with the University of Louisville, Duke University, University of Missouri, Stanford University, University of Memphis, University of Minnesota and Virginia Commonwealth University. The Panthers will also play tough nonconference games against George Mason University, the University of Iowa, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, St. Mary’s College and an ESPN BracketBuster game in February. On top of all that, UNI will face stiff competition once again in the Missouri Valley Conference. “I love our schedule. I think I like it so much because we’ve got an opportunity to continue to put our team out there on a national stage,” Jacobson said. “I think (the MVC) is going to be very good again this year. Last year and this year we are back to where we were four or five years ago when we were able to string together two, three or four years where the (MVC) was really good and inside the top 10 (in the Rankings Percentage Index).” If the Panthers can find a way to win some of those key nonconference games and finish near the top of the MVC, they should be looking their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in the past decade square in the eye.
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Capone gaining praise and support at UNI JACINDA RUGGLES Sports Columnist
In the last few minutes of practice, the University of Northern Iowa women’s soccer team seems to be a hectic jumble of players on the field. However, one name continuously reigns support among the team. Shouts such as “On it Ash!” and “Get it Ash!” can be heard from the parking lot. Playing all 21 games of the 2011 season, No. 24 Ashley Capone led the UNI soccer team in points with a total of 10. Capone, a senior from St. Charles, Ill., was a four-year letter winner in soccer in her high school. Born in 1990, she has been playing since she was 10 years old. Compared to high school soccer, Capone says the Missouri Valley Conference and soccer at UNI is “10 times more competitive. Every day is a tryout is the way I look at it.” To get ready for games, Capone always listens to the song “Titanium.” “I really try and get focused before every game, as best as I can,” Capone said. The team prepares for games by working on set plays, such as corner kicks, the day before and by doing research on the other team. Capone’s favorite moment of any game is when she scores a goal, however, winning the game is equally exciting. To her, winning makes all of the practices worth it. Capone’s favorite part about playing soccer for UNI is her teammates and being able to travel with them to road games. “Having those good friendships and the close bonds makes it fun,” Capone said. In addition to her teammates’ great support, the student support system at UNI has “gotten better in the last four years,” according to Capone. She believes the support at UNI will continue to grow, particularly with
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place individually. Next on the scorecard for the Panthers was Sarah Boss, who shot a consistent 79, 80 and 81 to put her in a tie for 12th place individually in the tournament. Jocilyn Onnen managed an 88 on the final day to put her in a tie for 20th place. Rounding out the scorecard for the Panthers was Taylor VanDyke, who finished the tournament with an 84 in round three, putting her in 38th place. Overall, Zenor led the way for the women’s team with six birdies and an eagle in the tournament. Right behind her was Onnen, who tallied four birdies in three rounds of play.
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they know each other’s game pretty well, as they probably met each other in previous high school tournaments. This kind of unity and teamwork year after year is rare in the NCAA. Let’s look at Louisville, which was the fourth-ranked team in the nation last year and has players from the Midwest, Northeast and Northwest parts of the United States as well as a player from
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UNI senior Ashley Capone (24) has scored two goals this season.
the addition of a soccer field closer to campus. Capone is the first in her family to attend college. Her mother, father and three siblings are very supportive of Capone’s attendance at UNI. Her parents have been the biggest influence on her life and are likely to remain so for a long time. Despite being recruited by Jennifer Plante, the previous UNI head coach, Capone raves about current coach James Price. “He’s a great coach. He’s a wonderful person on and off the field. … He knows everything,” Capone said. All in all, Capone has gained praise and support from teammates, coaches, family and friends throughout her four years in Cedar Falls, and she wouldn’t change any of it.
On the men’s side, Glenn Walls held the overall lead in the tournament through rounds one and two, but couldn’t get his putts to fall in the final round, settling for a third-place tie. Throughout the tournament, the Panthers finished with an 888, which was only seven strokes behind their season-best of 881, which they shot at the Golfweek Challenge back in early September. Following Walls was Yarri Bryn, who finished the tournament shooting a 75, 76 and 72, which put him in ninth place. After Bryn was Ryan Argotsinger, who shot a 75 in the final round, earning him a 10th-place tie. Ryan Horner, last year’s MVC Elite 18 winner, fin-
ished the tournament with a 226 and a tie for 12th place individually. Following Horner on the team leaderboard was Jacob Bermel, who rounded out the tournament with a 77 to put him in a tie for 23rd place. Outside of the team competitors, Bennett Klostermann competed as an independent golfer in the tournament and he finished the final round with a 75, putting him in a tie for 18th place overall. The Panther men will head to Lemont, Ill., next week to compete in the John Dallio Memorial. The women will have a few weeks off before they head to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to take part in the Blue Raider Invitational.
Australia and Senegal. Sure, they can recruit nationally, but they have multiple players coming and going every year, and that makes it hard to build team unity. Winning in basketball starts with how well the team can play together. When you have a team with players from multiple geographic areas, it takes time and energy to get them to play well together. Don’t get me wrong – I understand that the University of Kentucky won the title last year, but that’s
the first year head coach John Calipari has actually done it with some of the best talent year in and year out. UNI head coach Ben Jacobson has done such a fabulous job with each year’s group of players that he has been able to take down powerhouse schools such as Kansas University. His ability to keep a team that is already on the same page together is what gives the Panthers the chance to win every single night.
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