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Early voting continues on UNI campus LINH TA News Writer


Creighton snaps UNI’s MVC winning streak The Panther women fell to an MVC foe for the first time since 2008, breaking a 65-game conference winning streak, but bounced back to defeat Drake. < See PAGE 9


Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama attend the first presidential debate at Denver University on Oct. 3.

UNI professors weigh in on presidential debate CODY GRIMES


Students salsa the night away Experienced dancers and possessors of two left feet alike enjoyed an evening of salsa dancing in the Commons ballroom Friday. < See PAGE 6

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and president Barack Obama discussed issues centralizing around domestic policy during the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver. “In terms of issues of interest to college students, neither had much to say,” said Justin Holmes, professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa. However, Holmes said Obama “touted his administration’s changes to the student loan program.” “(These changes) seem to have cut borrowing costs by making more loans direct from the government rather than from private lenders backed by the government,” Holmes said. According to Holmes, Romney’s only mention of collegiate issues was when he said he didn’t plan to cut federal grant

2012 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SCHEDULE Vice presidential debate on Thursday, Oct. 11 • • • •

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy Air time: 8-9:30 p.m. Central time Location: Centre College in Danville, Ky. Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News chief foreign correspondent)

Presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 16

• Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy • Air time: 8-9:30 p.m. Central time • Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. • Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN chief political correspondent)

Presidential debate on Monday, Oct. 22 • • • •

Topic: Foreign policy Air time: 8-9:30 p.m. Central time Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Moderator: Bob Schieffer (host of “Face the Nation” on CBS)

< See DEBATE, page 2


$en, CHuck Gr@ssley vs. the machine Columnist Konrardy examines the hypocrisy of a bad Twitter typist who mocks the use of teleprompters. < See PAGE 4

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Early voting for the Nov. 6 elections began in Iowa on Sept. 27 and continues throughout the month at a variety of locations on the University of Northern Iowa’s campus and in the community. On Oct. 19, 23, 24 and 25, students will be able to vote on campus at locations such as the Redeker Center, Maucker Union, ROTH Center, Campbell Hall and the Towers Dining Center. Jaime Yowler, director of governmental relations for the Northern Iowa Student Government, believes early voting is important because it is the most direct way of getting involved with democracy. “We do lead very busy lives. As a student leader, working and stuff, I’m super busy, so I’ve already voted because (of) accessibility,” said Yowler, a senior political science major. “It was easy to vote early. Take the 10 minutes out of your day … (to wait in) a line here in the Union or at another building to just vote early and cast your vote.” Starting in the ‘90s, there has been a trend of easing the ability for people to vote, according to Donna Hoffman, head of the department of political science. The state of Iowa offers satellite voting, noexcuse absentee, early voting in person and same-day voter registration to make voting easier. < See EARLY VOTING, page 3


Iowa Waste Reduction Center receives award for VirtualPaint BROOKS WOOLSON Staff Writer

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), an outreach of the University of Northern Iowa, in collaboration with the Ames Laboratory at Iowa State University, received a Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Excellence in Technology Transfer regional award for their work to develop and

improve VirtualPaint. VirtualPaint is a virtual reality simulator that assists in the education of commercial, industrial and military spray painting. Joe Bolick, communications and grant manager at the IWRC, described the system as a “very (highly) accurate and high-tech Nintendo Wii.” It reduces the cost, learning curve and environmental

impact of teaching students how to paint items, such as car hoods and fighter jet components, properly. The system also eliminates preparation time for classes and greatly reduces the cost of supplying paint. The types of spray paint used in commercial applications can range from $100 to $800 per gallon and require expensive filters to lessen their potential impact on the environment.

Bolick also said the system promoted competition in the classroom. VirtualPaint scores students as they practice, tallies up the cost of wasted paint and allows instructors a flexible platform that handles different types of spray nozzles and paint coatings, among other variables. “In 20 to 30 minutes, somebody can learn the basics,” < See VIRTUALPAINT, page 2



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programs. According to Donna Hoffman, head of the department of political science at UNI, Obama won more than 65 percent of the youth vote — defined as those under age 30 — in the 2008 presidential race. “Nationally, about 18 percent of the electorate in 2008 was 18 to 29 (years old),” Hoffman said. “But in the 2010 midterm elections, the youth’s share of the electorate was down dramatically to 12 percent of the electorate, but it is always true that midterm turnout declines.” Although Iowa has only six electoral votes — one less than in the last election — Hoffman said Iowa is a “swing state.” “What this means is that our electoral votes

are in reach for either candidate,” Hoffman said. “This makes us very important in both the Obama and Romney campaigns’ calculations of how they can get to 270 electoral votes, which is the minimum number one must have to win.” As the Nov. 6 election draws near, Obama and Romney will debate on foreign and domestic policy on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and on foreign policy on Monday, Oct. 22. Vice presidential candidates Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat vice president Joe Biden will debate on foreign and domestic policy on Oct. 11. “For the VP debate, look for the focus to be mainly on economic issues, particularly the Ryan budget proposal from last year,” Holmes said. “Biden turned in a strong debate performance in 2008, but it was against Sarah Palin, who seemed to have been poorly prepped. It’s really hard to know how this one will play out.”

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Bolick said. Jeremiah Treloar, process research reduction and education specialist, said it is important to teach students to handle the application and manage the hazards of aerosol paint coatings. Given that only half of what is in a can of paint is actually solid and the other half simply evaporates, Treloar said their “goal is to see that painters understand the fundamentals.” The VirtualPaint system costs around $32,000 for the basic setup. Since initial research on the project began in 2005, the platform has gener-


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ated $4 million in revenue for the university, as the program is sold to military contractors and industrial buyers. UNI controls many of the patents to the system hardware, which it licenses to IWRC. Ames Lab is responsible for the software powering VirtualPaint. Treloar said development is not finished on the VirtualPaint system. Future improvements may include the use of 3D helmets to enhance the realism of the experience. Attempts at a 3D upgrade have not yet been successful, as past efforts have caused dizziness in some students. Previous improvements include glossy coatings that “reflect” the paint sprayer and a paint booth matching the effect of real-life coatings.

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FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: “CHILDREN IN NO MAN’S LAND” Center for Multicultural Education 7 p.m. This documentary follows unaccompanied immigrant minors entering the U.S. It is part of “Dreams Deferred... Dreams Held Fast,” a film and discussion series sponsored by the CME and Rod Library in conjunction with Reaching for Higher Ground. “HUNGER GAMES: WHAT IS IT ABOUT AGRICULTURE THAT’S EATING CONSUMERS?” Lang Hall Auditorium 7-9 p.m. Environmental Working Group’s Ken Cook will share his experience in agriculture policy.


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“We’re a ‘good government’ state, so that’s one of the things that mesh with our political culture. We make it pretty easy to vote,” Hoffman said. In terms of early voting turnout, Hoffman said that in the state of Iowa, Democrats are more likely to vote early and Republicans have a higher turnout on the actual day of the election. While young adults historically have lower voter turnout rates than other age groups, Hoffman said young adults are more open to the idea of voting early. “Young adults, because of where they are in life — (which) often times … (is) in college — … (are) more transient and so it makes (early voting) convenient,” Hoffman said. “I don’t have any

figures or data to prove if they (early vote) more, but my guess is they probably do.” If students are not registered to vote, Yowler said they can go to a student organization or the NISG office in the second floor of the Union to get registered. They can fill out the form and return it to the NISG office or turn it into the county auditor’s office. The preregistration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. Yowler said voting is especially imperative for UNI students. “UNI students in particular, we’ve had a lot of talk in recent years with the budget cuts and things, and a lot of people have two very different ways to look at what’s happened or multiple ways to look at what’s happened,” Yowler said, “and being able to express their opinion is easiest by going out and voting for the people that represent you and the institutions that already exist.”

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Towers Dining Center

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College Square Mall

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Jesse Crosby Center, 1112 Mobile St., Waterloo

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Oct. 27 Hy-Vee, 2181 Logan Ave., Waterloo

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Disconnect or differences in philosophy? ANTHONY MITCHELL ayomitch

The following is a familiar scene to all of us: a professor is lecturing and the entire class is completely in their own world, staring into space as the clock slowly turns to another minute. Anyone could attribute this situation to a variety of causes: unflattering material, dry delivery, student laziness, lack of coffee, etc. While this is incredibly familiar, it still troubles me that there seems to be a consistent disconnect between students and faculty. For most students, retaining new information is merely a side effect, not the goal. It’s not about learning; it’s about finishing the game. Speaking in generalities is deathly dangerous and of course this doesn’t apply to everyone. I speak more from a blanket perspective based on multiple years here at the University of Northern Iowa. I love our school and I only want to see it improve, which is the reasoning behind this column; it’s not to be ugly. Anyway, as I’ve gone through my years here and am in my final one, there seems to be a major difference in philosophy between instructors and students. Instructors view students as scholars and students view college as a means to an end. < See DISCONNECT, page 5







$en, CHuck GR@ssley vs. the machine U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s Twitter (@ChuckGrassley) got a lot of attention earlier this year when Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report,” April 10) did a segment about the senator’s unorthodox online methods of constructing sentences and spelling words. Sen. Grassley’s justification, “I love tweeting but I don’t like to type,” inspired Colbert to create “#IGotTheTweetsLikeGrassley,” encouraging viewers to add the hashtag to a tweet after jamming letters and punctuation together in a Grassley-esque manner. Within the last year, along with tweets containing a curious lack of vowels and a cryptic usage of capitalization, there have been a number of tweets containing only one character. These range from the letters P, A and Q, to @ and # symbols, and even the number 3. The latest installment occurred during the Obama/Romney debate on October 3, when Sen. Grassley tweeted just the letter “N.” Sen. Grassley’s trend brings us to one of his tweets from Sept. 7 of this year, “As Romney speaks notice he is smart enough to do so wo TelePrompTer unlike obama.” The level of irony in Sen. Grassley’s hypocrisy is borderline offensive. As convenient as Sen. Grassley finds it to believe intelligence can be accurately measured by a speaker’s use of a teleprompter, there is a severe lack of evidence supporting his assumption. On the other hand, there are a number of studies that suggest a very strong, positive correlation between literacy and one’s level of intelligence. At this point it is common knowledge that the consistent inability to correctly capitalize letters, spell words and include punctuation in sentences is a solid indicator of a lack of intelligence. I am aware that illuminating Sen. Grassley’s hypocrisy may upset some indi-


viduals, and understandably so, for nobody enjoys being forced to justify one’s own cognitive dissonance to oneself. The means by which this exposure occurs, irony, also creates negative feelings. Socrates says irony is “a modest means of rebutting others’ arrogance,” yet he recognizes that exposing such arrogance is “likely to produce hostility in its audience.” Now, if you are one of the audience members driven to feelings of hostility, chances are you feel the need to respond. But first, let’s make sure we’re on the same page regarding the definition of hostility. According to psychologist George Kelly, hostility is “the willful refusal to accept evidence that one’s perceptions of the world are out of alignment with objective reality” ( Kelly goes on to say that the hostile individual will make attempts to force others to view the world the way they do, disregarding how detrimental it is for themselves or others. There is no problem with responding to an opinion you disagree with; in fact, I encourage it. But as Kelly points out, it only becomes a problem when the rebuttal is devoid of logic and either attacks the speaker or misrepresents the original argument. Your rebuttal must respond directly to the points presented in the argument; if not, you are placing yourself in the same boat as Sen. Grassley. Sen. Grassley intended to support his belief that Romney should be elected president for the next term. But he opts out of using logic to support his opinion

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and uses a false cause to attack Obama’s intelligence, consequently drawing attention to his own bias and hypocrisy. As a whole, we need to get over the idea that everything has to fit perfectly into our pretty little personal view of the world. That mentality makes us look ignorant since it’s not how reality works. An attempt to prove an opponent’s lack of intelligence can be easily undermined by our individual tendency to reaffirm our own intellectual deficiencies.

Nate Konrardy is a senior in philosophy and interpersonal communication from Dubuque, Iowa.


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A failed presidency: Do the right thing in November I am a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal. I’m for equal, civil, gay and women’s rights, like many college students in this generation. All of these issues, however, are second to the biggest threat to our country – the national debt and staggering unemployment rates. These are what is really hurting us now and will continue to do so in the future, especially for people our age – the generation of new voters. Barack Obama has added more than $5 trillion to the national debt, of which each American’s share has increased by $16,000, since he took office. When Obama was running for president in 2008, he criticized Bush for being “unpatriotic” and “irrespon-


sible” for adding more than $4 trillion to our national debt. Along with many other broken promises, Obama has already added almost $6 trillion to the debt in less than four years, exceeding Bush’s debt increase over a span of eight years. It’s obvious that after Obama’s first term, he has not succeeded in making our country fiscally a better place. In fact, he’s made it a lot worse. But while Obama has a dismal record of failure,

many people are afraid of Mitt Romney, thinking that he will repeal all gay and women’s rights. This is ridiculous. You may recall from the sixth grade that the president is not king, and cannot pass sweeping the laws like these. Only the Supreme Court can. While Mitt Romney personally believes in certain things, he can’t outlaw them even if he wanted to. I know that it is trendy to be for Obama. He is cool and hip, but he is leading our country, not hosting our birthday party. I agree that he is a smart man with noble intentions for our country, but his “hope” and “change” is financially unsustainable, and unrealistic and has been a complete failure. The num-

bers don’t lie. A household can’t survive by spending more money than it takes in, and neither can a country. Romney plans on being fiscally responsible by making government smaller and more efficient, promising to cut spending and cap it at 20 percent of gross domestic product, and hoping to further cuts that allow caps to be set even lower. He will also establish his Balanced Budget Amendment, putting controls in place to ensure that Americans never see a repeat of Obama’s outof-control spending and borrowing. In his first term, Obama’s plan failed. His plan for a second term is more of the same. Two-thirds of Americans

believe we are heading in the wrong direction. Obama needs to be replaced now. In November, I hope the voters of the United States make the right decision and don’t listen to Obama give us more empty, rhetoric-filled speeches. We need a strong leader now, not four years from now. I hope that my peers here at the University of Northern Iowa will pay attention to politics, watch the debates and make the decision that you think is right in the upcoming election. In the end, we are all still Americans, no matter what party we affiliate ourselves with. Kayla Venuto is a freshman in

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Look at any given survey of why students come to college. We are here to ensure employment opportunities. Granted, there is a lot of information we take in thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s useful, but boil everything down to the core and we are here for better jobs. Students will jump through any means necessary to ensure they receive that piece of paper at graduation. According to a surveys aggregated on, a range between 75 to 98 percent of students have admitted to academic dishonesty. The flipside then becomes,

are we as students right to jump through the hoops so long as we reach employment? Are professors wrong to view us as scholars and not job seekers? There is no right answer. I am fully of the opinion that professors should hold their students to the highest academic standards. The issue then becomes this: How do you make scholarship have more value than simply BSing enough for a diploma? I wish I could give a solid answer, and this piece sounds like it is more critical of professors than students, but the truth of the matter is we are in this together. In the bigger picture, students and instruc-


tors alike are going to have to work together to improve the environment of American postsecondary education. Students will have to rediscover what it means to be scholars and not a great mass of charades players. In saying all this, my final message is to go to class this week. Take a second look at that reading. Take a few extra notes. Maybe someday, we will reach a level of academic synergy that will be a force to be reckoned with. Until then, keep that coffee close.




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Lysistrata gets modernized in time for 2012 elections BROOKS WOOLSON Staff Writer

Latex balloons, raucous humor and the power of love over war mark the showing of Lysistrata at the University of Northern Iowa’s StrayerWood Theater. The play, a contemporary twist on Aristophanes’s classic published in 411 B.C., is set in the city Athens, which is stuck in a 20 year war with Sparta. Lysistrata, whose husband is away at war, rounds up women from across Greece and proposes a radical solution to stop the violence. Until peace is reached, the women of Greece will refuse to make love to their husbands. The play incorporates modern song and dance to freshen up the 2,400-yearold script. Attendees will also notice many parallels

and references to the present American political situation, particularly about the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Jessica Moore, a junior theatre major with a performance emphasis, fills the role of the vehemently anti-war Lysistrata. “I think it’s a great message for the show, especially now that this (the War on Terror) is (the) longest we’ve ever seen in American history,” said Moore. “It shows that people can rise up and change their world.” Sean Klippel, a junior theater major with a performance emphasis and theater for youth emphasis, plays a “geezer” in the show. He made special note of the uniqueness of the play. “I would say it’s something completely different than I’ve done before,” said Klippel. “This is more eclectic.” Discussing the work that

went into creating the play, Klippel said, “The whole thing was created by the ensemble. All the props were just laying around the theater. The process was a lot of fun.” Molly Franta, a senior theater and history major, noted that the play had “a little bit of improv every night.” Similarly to Moore, Franta voiced that she is a “huge fan of the anti-war message.” Students at the Saturday night showing had positive remarks about the play. Sophomore undecided major Pierce Ames said it “definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. It was much funnier than what I thought it would be. It has a good message that relates to today’s war and I think everyone wants peace.” Tricia Wisniewski, a junior communication major, said “it < See LYSISTRATA, page 7

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Holly Richtsmeier and Henry Williams dance the salsa at the Commons ballroom Oct. 5. Richtsmeier and Williams taught salsa lessons before the dance began.

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STYLE & BEAUTY Dear Grit ‘n’ Glam, I like to be style-conscious and unique in my appearance and have been wondering about my options. I am a Muslim woman and there are certain ways in which I want to remain modest, for religious reasons and my own preference. Specifically, my arms and legs should remain covered. Would it look all right to, for example, wear long dresses with tights underneath and the like? What other ways would you suggest to put together stylish outfits without baring too much skin? -Betty Dear Betty, We are all, whether conscious of it or not, held to certain limitations in the ways in

which we present ourselves. You don’t see Iowan women walking around topless even on the hottest of days, nor do you see folks wearing full, sequined gowns to class or pajamas to job interviews. We are all subject to our contexts and the limitations inherent in them. We are limited by the Iowa weather, religious and philosophical ideas, our own resources and clothing options, the attitudes of our peers, gender norms, even laws and policies enforcing the wearing of shoes in the dining centers and banning “indecent exposure.” Self-expression is for all of us a constant balancing act between the limitations – tangible and intangible – we experience and our own desired style statement. Your situation, though somewhat unique in its specifics, is really just another variation of the

many ways in which we are limited in our expression. I have often found that these limitations, though at times frustrating, are some of the most productive for the growth of style. As the old adage goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Breakthroughs occur most frequently when one is forced to be resourceful. When most of my clothes are dirty and I have to try pairing the plaid pants with a stolen bow tie from my roommate for a lastminute formal event, I discover something new that I wouldn’t have tried had I had my go-to choices. When I am invited last-minute to spend a weekend in Chicago and I can only pack my school backpack, I discover ways of using the same pieces in multiple outfits in order to find a < See STYLE, page 7

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The University of Northern Iowa’s Salsa Club met this past Friday in the UNI Commons for a night of dancing, food and camaraderie. Those in attendance ranged from experienced salsa dancers to students taking their first salsa lesson. Katie Ralston, a junior business marketing major and exchange student from Scotland, came because “... we don’t have a lot of opportunity for salsa dancing in Scotland, so I really wanted to do it when I heard there was a club here.” Sarah Stephany, a freshman deciding major, agreed. “I don’t know what I’m doing, but I love dancing and new cultures!” said Stephany. Students were greeted at the sign-in table with glow stick wristbands. Lessons for those new to salsa began promptly at 6:30 and were taught by Henry Williams, the founder of the UNI Salsa Club who is currently pursuing a doctorate in leisure studies, and Holly Richtsmeier, a UNI alumna. Late arrivals were given an abbreviated lesson by Williams and Richtsmeier and were dancing the night away shortly thereafter. Newcomers and experienced dancers could be seen asking each other for dances in between the flashing of the multicolored strobe light-

ing on the Commons ballroom floor, in outfits ranging from flashy sequined dresses to jeans and polo shirts. “When you come to a salsa dance, even if you don’t know anybody, there are lessons and you have to ask someone to dance. Salsa dancing is all about cooperating, so you get to know people very quickly,” said Williams. Both Williams and Richtsmeier had little experience with dance before coming to UNI. “Before I came to UNI, I never danced. I was scared of dancing. Having that ability and skill to be able to show it off is something that I thought I could never do. Having that confidence is probably the best feeling in the world,” said Williams. Richtsmeier added, “I used to live vicariously through ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ It was one of those things where I thought ‘If only I could...’ and now I am and it’s so much fun!” Though the Salsa Club will not have any formal dances for the rest of the semester, students can still get involved. Williams and Richtsmeier teach ballroom and salsa dancing at the Wellness and Recreation Center twice a semester. “It usually meets in the evening, Tuesday evenings once a week. You don’t need a partner; you can come solo. < See SALSA, page 7

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All-American Rejects to ‘move along’ to UNI campus

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The All-American Rejects perform during a free concert in New York City on Sept. 5, 2007. The band will perform at McLeod Center on Oct. 10.


The All-American Rejects will be making a stop in Cedar Falls on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Best known for their 2005 album “Move Along,” featuring the hit tracks “Dirty Little Secret,” “Move Along” and “It Ends Tonight,” the band will be using the current tour to promote their most recent album, “Kids in the Street.” Alongside them will be Boys Like Girls, whose self-titled debut

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had a good sense of humor. The singing and dancing were pretty funny.” In addition, she was impressed by the many nuances of the play, picking out a theme of “red and blue” as a parallel to today’s political world. “Because it was a classic, I was surprised by the modern touches” said Wisniewski. Katherine Pearce, a senior math major who attended the play with

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It’s for students, faculty, staff and community members,” explained Richtsmeier. While the Salsa Club usually holds their events at the Wesley Foundation, this semester has been an exception. Ralston said Friday was her first salsa dance “... except for

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UNI’s MVC winning streak snapped by Creighton





Former UNI linebacker L.J. Fort makes history in NFL debut

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L.J. Fort (24) and teammate Varmah Sonie (4) celebrate during a football game last season. Fort is currently a member of the Cleveland Browns.

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Shelby Kintzel and the UNI Panthers suffered their first MVC loss in more than three years. The Panthers had won 65 straight games against conference foes before their 3-1 loss to the Creighton Bluejays.

MAT MEYER Sports Writer

The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team traveled to Omaha, Neb., Friday night to take on the Creighton University Bluejays. UNI (14-6, 6-1 MVC) was defeated 3-1, moving the two teams into a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The loss snapped UNI’s 65-match winning streak against MVC opponents. UNI’s Macy Ubben had 14 kills, putting together another solid match after recording a career-high the previous weekend. Molly Turke dished out 45 assists to her teammates and was backed up on the defense end by Candice Burke’s 24 digs. The first set was a hard-fought battle by both teams, with the Panthers getting a slight edge on Creighton. The Bluejays (18-3, 6-1 MVC) tied the set at 22-22, but it was all UNI the rest of the way. The Panthers took the set 25-22.

The second set was the complete opposite for UNI, as Creighton dominated from start to finish. The Bluejays took the second set 25-13. With first place in the MVC on the line, both teams fought hard to gain an edge in the match. UNI found themselves trailing again in the third set, but with a couple of front-line kills, the score was tied at 19-19. Creighton was able to hold the Panthers at bay for the rest of the set and won 25-22. With the Panthers trailing 2-1, they needed to win the fourth set to stay alive. However, Creighton continued their strong play and won by a score of 25-18. UNI returned to Iowa, stopping in Des Moines to face the Drake University Bulldogs (2-15, 1-6 MVC). The Panthers were looking to get back on track after the loss to Creighton and did just that, defeating Drake 3-1. UNI returns to their home court on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they host South Dakota State in a nonconference matchup.


UNI women drop 3-1 contest to Missouri State ALEX MILLER Sports Writer

The University of Northern Iowa women’s soccer team fell to the Missouri State University Bears, 3-1, Saturday afternoon. The Panthers scored first when Caitlyn Fuller came through with a header in the 21st minute following a free kick from Sarah McHugh. However, the Bears later equalized with a goal of their own in the 35th minute and two more in the final three

minutes of regulation. “We can’t let them back in the game, but we let them back into the game way too easily and then once the game got tied we had to push forward and not give them those easy goals,” said Fuller. Unfortunately for the Panthers (6-8-1, 1-1-1 MVC), the Bears were persistent after their first goal and refused to let up. The Panthers got off to a quick and physical start in the first 20 minutes of play before scoring the go-ahead

goal in the 21st. Following the goal, the Panthers stayed active, holding the Bears (7-62, 1-1-1 MVC) to just five shots in the first half of play. Going into halftime tied at one goal each, the Panthers weren’t looking to settle, firing 15 shots compared to just one in the first half. UNI landed five of those shots on frame compared to MSU’s three before scoring their final two goals. The Panthers looked ready to take the lead, < See SOCCER, page 9

Former University of Northern Iowa linebacker L.J. Fort made his National Football League debut with the Cleveland Browns in a 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9. It’s a tough transition from college to the NFL, but Fort played explosively and made an impressive showing, notching three tackles, a sack and an interception. Not bad for an undrafted rookie. “It’s been his goal to go to the NFL for a long time. He’s worked extremely hard,” Sam Tim, current UNI linebacker and former teammate, said. “He went out and played every single play like it was his last play.” “L.J. has a relentless work ethic,” Nick Davis, UNI football strength and conditioning coach, said. “He hates to be told that he can’t do anything. For example, in the weight room you’d tell him to pull weight off the bar due to the fact he may fatigue and get injured. He’d still keep attempting the weight again and again until eventually he succeeded. He always knew that he would be a great football player.” Fort started in the place of strong side linebacker Scott Fujita and received significant playing time despite being a rookie appearing in his first career game. Early in the second half, Fort intercepted a pass from Eagles quarterback Michael Vick that was intended for Clay Harbor. With the interception, Fort became the first Browns linebacker since 1970 to intercept a pass in his NFL debut (Fort’s roommate during training camp, Craig Robertson, accomplished the same achievement during the game). Fort

was also the first NFL player since 1996 to record a sack and an interception in his first career game. But Fort’s debut also came with a small downside. With 1:23 left in the fourth quarter and the Eagles at the Browns’ 4-yard line, Fort had a chance to intercept another pass from Vick, but the ball slipped through his hands. The missed interception would have sealed the game for Cleveland. Instead, Vick connected with Harbor on the next play to edge past the Browns.

There is no doubt in my mind that L.J. is going to be successful in the NFL. He’ll probably have some ups and downs throughout his career, but with his will he’ll get through any tough situations. I expect him to have a very long career. Nick Davis UNI strength and conditioning coach

“He should’ve caught that ball... But everybody on that field is there for a reason,” Tim said. “If he wasn’t any good, he wouldn’t have been out there.” Fort is the type of gritty, dependable player franchises lean on when injuries start to mount late in the regular season. With his talent for tracking and closing on the ball carrier, he’s a great fit for the Browns 4-3 defensive scheme. The Browns are hard up for reliable lineback< See FORT, page 9


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ers and Fort seems to fit the bill perfectly. Look for him to be a frequent contributor on special teams throughout the season. “There is no doubt in my mind L.J. Fort is going to be successful in the NFL,” Davis said. “He’ll probably have some ups and downs throughout his career, but with his will he’ll get through any tough situations. I expect him to have a very long career.” Tim agreed with Davis, stating, “I definitely think he’ll last a long time in the league. He’s young. He’s versatile. He can play inside or outside linebacker. His passion and his drive are just two things that are going to propel him to even greater heights.” Despite being passed up by 32 teams at the 2012 draft, Fort was quickly signed by Cleveland as an undrafted free agent on May 9, 2012. His impressive preseason play then earned him one of Cleveland’s 53 roster spots.

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but instead they came up short. “We weren’t aggressive and we got what we deserved, but I’m very disappointed,” UNI head coach James Price said. With staggering winds and temperatures in the low 40s, it was hard for everyone on and off the pitch to stay focused. When asked about the weather conditions having an affect on the game, Price shrugged his shoulders. “I’d like to think not, but I think it probably did,” Price said. “We didn’t react well to it; a couple of girls looked like

In four preseason games, Fort notched a team-high 21 tackles and forced a fumble. His preseason highlight came in a particularly impressive game against the Chicago Bears, in which he had seven tackles and a big hit on Bears running back Armando Allen. “You can just tell his passion for the game, his love for the game,” Tim said. “It came out every single day during every single practice at UNI.” Fort appeared in 50 games at UNI from 2008-2011. In 2011, he finished as the Division-I leader in total tackles (184) and tackles per game (14.2). He was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and was selected as the Football Championship Subdivision’s National Defensive Player of the Year by both College Sporting News and College Sports Madness. He was also named a 2011 first-team All-American on Phil Steele’s FCS All-America team and finished fifth in school history with 356 career stops.

they didn’t really want to be out there.” Throughout the course of the game, UNI tallied 16 shots compared to MSU’s 13. The Panthers also managed five corners (all in the second half) in contrast to the Bears’ seven. Erin Zaideman had three saves on the day while also conceding three goals. MSU keeper Chelsea Voet had five saves for her squad. With only three games left in the regular season, the Panthers head to Normal, Ill., on Wednesday to battle against Illinois State University.

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Appreciating UNI athletics JAKE BEMIS Sports Columnist

Sure, we’re not the University of Alabama in football, and we don’t have as many championships as the University of Kentucky in basketball, but the University of Northern Iowa has a lot to be proud of when it comes to athletics, and sometimes I think we forget that. The UNI football team is 1-4 for the first time in a very long time, but it’s not a reason to give up. First off, there’s still a chance UNI can make the playoffs (albeit a very small chance). It’s not written in stone that the Panthers need seven wins to make the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and they can still win the Missouri Valley Football Conference for an automatic bid. Just because UNI is down this year, we can’t forget about how spoiled we’ve been for the past decade, and how spoiled we’ll be in the future. UNI has been a national powerhouse in the FCS (sort of like Alabama in the Football Bowl Subdivision), and in case you haven’t noticed, the Panthers are starting a redshirt freshman at quarterback. Running back David Johnson is only a sophomore. The entire defense is young. This team is going to be a powerhouse again, and it may be sooner than you think. It’s not just football that we should appreciate. It seems to me that many people don’t get out enough to support our basketball team. I’m not even going to talk about how we beat Kansas University in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, because it was three seasons ago. Instead, take a look at last year. UNI made the National Invitational Tournament and even picked up a win in the postseason tournament. This year, UNI is returning four starters and looks to be stronger and deeper than last year’s team.

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The UNI men’s basketball team returns four starters from last season, including MVC Freshman of the Year Seth Tuttle (10).

This is the type of team that can win the Missouri Valley Conference and create a new upset story, and they can do it early on this season. UNI is playing in the Battle for Atlantis Tournament, which includes teams such as Duke University, the University of Louisville and the University of Missouri. A win or two in that tournament can put UNI back on the national map, which will make for a great season. Even sports such as volleyball and wrestling have made UNI proud in recent years. The wrestling team just moved into the Mid-American Conference, and the volleyball squad just lost their first MVC match in more than three years. With all these sports on the rise, we should take a step back to realize just how great our athletics have been in the past decade. Sometimes it’s not enough to sit at home and watch the games on TV. Instead, go out and support our athletics. You have a limited time in college; make the most of Panther pride while you can.

brandon poll managing editor

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The Oct. 9, 2012 issue of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's student-produced newspaper since 1892.


The Oct. 9, 2012 issue of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's student-produced newspaper since 1892.