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Nationwide emergency alert test exposes problems for KULT

The student radio station could be fined up to $30,000 for not meeting FCC regulations


Committee, student group examine veterans’ issues KARI BRAUMANN Editorial Staff

This article is part two of a series. Look for part three in the Friday, Nov. 18 issue of the Northern Iowan.

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The University of Northern Iowa’s student radio station, 94.5 KULT-LP, was taken over Wednesday. The station’s transmitter was covered by local station Rock 108’s broadcast for one to two hours following the first-ever nationwide Emergency Alert System test at 1 p.m. JOHN ANDERSON/Northern Iowan that day. Brian Marshall, a junior physical education major, talks during “We’ll Mow Your “I literally had to Lawn,” a show about NFL football on KULT. During a recent test, KULT realized they could be fined $30,000 because their old dot matrix printer (upper right See KULT, page 2 hand corner) doesn’t currently print EAS test logs properly.



s the voices of student veterans at the University of Northern Iowa grow louder, they and the Veteran Student Services Committee are working together to reexamine the way UNI serves its military student population. Terry Hogan, vice president for student affairs, said he calls it “a strengthened or renewed effort” that began with attempts to gauge student veterans’ experiences at UNI. According to Hogan, there are three ways UNI measures itself on how well it serves its military stu-

dents: student satisfaction, retention rates and graduation rates. Retention and graduation rates can be discerned mathematically; to gauge student satisfaction, Hogan listed three specific assessments. They include a survey for graduating seniors (which has a question about student satisfaction), a biannual campus climate survey and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Hogan acknowledges that these measures don’t fully capture student veterans’ experiences at UNI. For example, students who drop out would not get a chance to complete the graduating student survey. That, Hogan said, is where the UNI Student Veterans See VETERANS, page 3


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Members of University of Northern Iowa’s Dance Marathon team participate in a flash mob in Maucker Union on Nov. 10 as part of a registration push. Dance Marathon, which will take place in the Union on Feb. 25, 2012, raises funds for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.

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Therese Kuster, a senior public relations major at the University of Northern Iowa, recently won the Young Entrepreneur Council/ Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization Student Entrepreneur of the Year at the National CEO Conference. Kuster won UNI’s Elevator Pitch competition in September and is an active member of UNI’s chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Association. See ENTREPRENEUR, page 2

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call them and say, ‘Hey, what what do we need to do to get this fixed?’” said Bevan Lucas, KULT’s general manager. “They were very willing to work with us, and it was also something that they were made aware of.” According to Lucas, Rock 108 was assigned to activate their EAS for several stations in the area as part of the test, as some smaller broadcasters may not have a news organization or may have just been set up. The test revealed a glitch in their system, as their EAS was not working properly and wasn’t triggered to end the test. The glitch was one of many that occurred throughout the country during the test, which was performed by all broadcasters, including radio stations and cable and satellite distributors. According to an article in the New York





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Times, some DirecTV subscribers reportedly heard Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” during the time of the test, while Inside Radio reported that several stations were unable to return to their regular programming after the test. While the test exposed issues with Rock 108’s system, KULT’s EAS went off fine, a “relief ” for Lucas. “We just didn’t know if we had the capability of doing such a test, which, if it would have turned out that we wouldn’t have been able to, we would have been in serious violation of the (Federal Communications Commission) regulations,” Lucas said. Despite this, the nationwide test exposed an issue with KULT’s old dot matrix printer, which doesn’t currently print EAS test logs properly — an issue that, if not fixed, could saddle the organization with $30,000 in fines. “The FCC is already

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investigating stations in this area, in this market even … What’s to say they wouldn’t stop in at a university lowpower station?” Lucas said. KULT will be seeking funding from the Northern Iowa Student Government to bring the system up to FCC regulations, which Lucas estimates could cost up to $2,000, a small price to pay compared to the potential $30,000 fine. “We teach the stuff on a daily basis about complying with FCC regulations and copyright regulations and all these other stipulations, and it’s so strict that in classes we’re taught that if you don’t have this consent form filled out, you’ll get an F or an incomplete, and yet we’re not doing that (complying with all regulations) here at KULT,” Lucas said. “That’s one of the biggest concerns in my mind, is how can we teach this and allow this to go on?” Lucas hopes the funding will help keep KULT, which is currently in its 56th year, on the air. “Radio’s a very expensive business to do, and we seem to pull it off with very limited funds,” he said.

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Kuster, who traveled to Fort Worth, Tex., at the end of October for the conference, won the award as a result of her essay about entrepreneurship, letters of recommendation and financial statements from her business, TargetClick Marketing Solutions. TargetClick Marketing Solutions works with local businesses to develop websites and optimize existing websites for better search engine rankings. Kuster’s business launched in 2010 as a collaborative effort between her and UNI alumnus Greg Jass. In June 2011, the two merged with TargetClick to form the business in its current state. Amid the frantic pace of the business world, Kuster admits things haven’t always come easily. “Some days it’s hard to go to class because I’d rather be with a client, and other days it’s hard to go to the office because I have homework and group projects,” Kuster said. Despite the challenges, Kuster said she has never thought of throwing in the

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towel. “I’ve had my fair share of doubts and concerns, but because my office is always my favorite place to be at the end of every busy day, I know I could never give it up,” Kuster said. Laurie Watje, manager of the Student Business Incubator program, admires Kuster for the award and her tenacity. “She’s very professional,” Watje said. “She’s juggling being a full-time student and full-time businessperson and still maintaining a strong GPA … I’m very proud of Therese for bringing the award home to UNI.” Kuster said UNI, and specifically the SBI, “has been instrumental in my entrepreneurial success.” “I have had access to incredible resources, experiences and mentors thanks to UNI,” Kuster said. After her graduation this spring, the Boone native plans to continue working with TargetClick full-time. “Each of us has a career with TargetClick, and we’re fortunate to be able to support ourselves with our business,” Kuster said.


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Association comes in. “We really, in a lot of ways, rely upon that group to be a channel of communication … about how people are feeling, what the needs are, how’s it going, how we can help, and so on. The measures are the more analytical view, but it doesn’t replace the human part,” he said. SVA has been around for a few years, according to its faculty adviser, Joe Gorton, but has struggled until recently to get traction. “Some of the students have really started to assert their leadership in ways that are helping the organization to really gain some footing and become an active and important part of the community here,” said Gorton, an associate professor of criminology. Gorton can think of two main goals for SVA: to provide a source of support for student veterans, and to be an organization that “is a voice to the administration about the needs of those students.” Tim Tolliver, one of the leaders of the group, emphasized SVA’s efforts to serve as a source of peer support for its members. “It’s something that we’re working on, to get maybe a more cohesive group and just to form a group where people can kind of lean on each other and support each other as needed,” said Tolliver, who is studying social work at UNI. Gorton said that while not every student veteran struggles with the transition from service to the classroom, “it can be difficult.” “I think being able to have an organization that is primarily about people who are dealing with that transition, it provides an emotional support. It provides friendship networks. It provides a kind of resource for veterans to take advantage of to make it through (tough times),” he said. Ron Devoll, another leader of SVA, said that support doesn’t have to be in response to negative elements of students’ lives. “It’s not always issues. There’s positive things. Just being amongst your peers that you feel you fit in with, and just having that camaraderie, being together, it’s a great feeling,” Devoll said. About two dozen people attended SVA’s last meeting on Oct. 27. Devoll, a UNI student studying social work, would like to see more new faces in the future. “Obviously this student group, we’re open to everyone, and we encourage not only veterans but nonveterans to come and participate. That’s the only way to close some of the gaps is to have


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participation from all students,” Devoll said. The gaps Devoll refers to are the differences in age, life experience and other personal factors that typically separate traditional students from nontraditional students. He and Tolliver both pointed out specific experiences veterans may have had that other students have not, which they said can be isolating. “One way to attack that issue is traditional students coming and participating and getting to know us,” Devoll said. “… This group is for everyone, and I’m open to a whole lot of dialogue and people coming together for the purpose of helping veterans.” Besides bringing a variety of students together — be they veterans or nonveterans — SVA is also working on goals and suggestions for the UNI administration to improve its veterans’ services. “I think what we’re doing is we’re going to build a collaboration with the university administration,” said Gorton, “and they are inviting that.” Though SVA may come up with suggestions, assistant professor of political science Lindsay Cohn sees a financial challenge in bringing those ideas to life. “In the current climate, we are very resource-squeezed right now. The idea of creating new programs is going to be a rough sell,” Cohn said. Darin Adams, the president of Hawkeye Community College’s student veterans’ group, thinks the university should still make addressing veterans’ issues a top priority, noting that only a small portion of the population chooses to serve in the military. “It’s not that hard to go


the extra mile for one half of 1 percent of the population, especially considering some of those people didn’t come back,” Adams said, “and most of those people that are part of that one half of 1 percent don’t even go to college.” In short, Adams said, UNI should “go the extra mile for these guys because, well… they deserve it.” Adams has spoken with various UNI student veterans about their experiences. He sees a disparity between the way the administration perceives the handling of veterans’ issues and the way students feel about the issue. “There’s a disconnect here. And the disconnect probably is (that) the administration perceives they’re doing all these great things, but they’re not — or at least in the eyes of the veterans, they’re not,” Adams said. Devoll thinks a great deal of work remains to be done to address student veterans’ needs, but says the measures UNI has taken thus far are “a step in the right direction.” “Anything the university does towards bringing our diverse community together and enabling students by providing them resources and the tools necessary to be successful and graduate from here, and to maintain retention, I feel that’s a step in the right direction,” he said.

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n the past, students were able to sit back and have a drag in the classroom without a worry in their minds – now, “no smoking” signs are placed outside many campus buildings, but that doesn’t mean cigarette butts aren’t frequently found stomped out right in front of them. A little over three years ago, smokers were able to light up in bars, restaurants and hotels, but now due to the Smoke Free Air Act, that is no longer a possibility. Students are required to go off campus to get their a fix. As we all know, laws are constantly broken, especially among students. Students who are in a hurry to class park illegally and speed through the 25 mph areas around campus. Many take part in underage drinking every

weekend. Unfortunately, some University of Northern Iowa students put smoking right on the top of the list of laws that are “meant to be broken.” Students go to the extent of hiding behind bushes just to get their deathly fix of an addictive drug. Despite the fact that they are college educated, many students chose to blatantly ignore the warnings printed on the packages containing one of the leading killers in

the United States, being completely unfazed by the damages cigarettes can do to their bodies and overall health. Those of us who don’t enjoy smoke being blown in our faces as we enjoy a nice stroll from class to class appreciate these laws, but it’s very upsetting when the entrances to campus are blocked by a cloud of smoke and a rainy day means getting soggy cigarette butts stuck to the bottom of your

Students go to the extent of hiding behind bushes just to get their deathly fix of an addictive drug.

shoe. Laws are meant to be obeyed for good reasons, although it might not always seem like it. A student’s smoking habit not only affects their health, but the health of those around them as well. Whether a student’s dislike of smoking comes from an already prevalent health issue, such as asthma (which smoking can aggravate), or they just don’t enjoy filling their lungs with toxins, we need to respect our fellow peers. Smokers: The next time you want to duck behind a bench to take a puff, just take the time to walk across the street to do so. With all of the harm the smoking is doing in the first place, the little bit of exercise that walk provides may be good for you.

This editorial reflects the position of the Northern Iowan’s editorial staff: John Anderson, Allie Koolbeck, Brad Eilers, Tehrene Firman, Brandon Baker and Kari Braumann. All other articles and illustrations represent the views of their authors.



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THANKSGIVING America’s nightmare before Christmas NATE KONRARDY


was doing my usual Saturday morning social network surf when I noticed a trend among the posts being made. There were a number of status updates proudly proclaiming how little that person cared about accidently missing both 11:11s on 11/11/11. Obviously 11:11 on Nov. 11, 2011 has no actual significance in the grand scheme of things, but it has social significance. As a society, we apparently find matching numbers so captivating that we can convince ourselves they possess magical qualities, thus creating the need to share with everyone our thoughts and feelings about our own acknowledgement of the numbers aligning. The fact of the matter is that Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 was a date unlike any other, just like every other day. Now let’s look at a date that is supposed to have actual significance: Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is no longer a day set aside for families to get together and give thanks. It instead has become the speed bump separating Halloween from Christmas.

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The media perpetuates a sense of urgency, which is quite easy in a capitalist society. The day after Halloween, you already see Christmasthemed everything out in stores and commercials advertising the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone. But in that flurry of advertisements, it is important to remember what the real meaning behind a day like Thanksgiving really is. I have found that the days that end up meaning the most to me are those in which I stumble upon something meaningful serendipitously, and even then, only in hindsight am I able to recognize the true significance of the event. Leading research tells us that every individual will die at the end of his or her life. Keeping that in mind, we should not ascribe more significance to any one day than it deserves. We all need things to look forward to – we’re human after all – but we should not let our anticipation of tomorrow outweigh our appreciation of today. I suppose what I’m trying to say is rather than waiting around for a new year to begin a resolution or making wishes

twice a day at 11:11, be proactive, because nobody is going to live your life for you. It takes time to find a truly meaningful pursuit; luckily, we each have a lifetime to spend. But it’s funny that we use the phrase “time is money,” because seeing how easily we waste time you’d think it’s free. Sometimes you have to remind yourself to take a step back and gain a new perspective. Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 is a date unlike any other, so give thanks. As Steve Jobs said in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, “For the past 33 years, I

have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the l a s t day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Wrestling with the words of a prophet In many of our churches on Nov. 6, we read from the prophet Amos and heard him tell the Israelites that God does not accept most of what they think is acceptable to God. God does not accept their festivals, their solemn assemblies, their grain and animal sacrifices; God does not accept the noise of their music! The Lord wants one thing: “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” Amos 5:20-24. In our nation today we face many complex problems that touch the lives of many people. The Occupy movement spreading across our land and globally has given us the opportunity to witness discontent, frustration, anger and disillusionment spilling onto our streets and into our parks. While the verbiage used by the Occupiers may not sound like the words that we proclaim from pulpits, what is happening is very public wrestling with what Scripture tells us about what God expects of us in the way we care for one another as brothers and sisters. The Occupation asks us to reflect on what “giving to Caesar and to God” means today.

Are they asking what it means to “love our neighbor” in these days where so many are dealing with foreclosures, excessive debt, hunger and financial stress? Today, maybe it is the Occupation Movement that challenges us to wrestle with the words of Amos all over again. What does this mean for all of us today? Where the 99 percent are raising challenges, questions, frustrations and concerns that are about God’s justice, we area clergy extend our support and thanks; they occupy in behalf of many who are struggling. We want to say thanks for raising voices that must be heard. We pray that in decisions that are made the words of the Prophet will be heard: “there is one thing acceptable to the Lord, that is that justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an everflowing stream.”

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR In response to Nov. 11’s LAC article The purpose of the University Northern Iowa’s Liberal Arts Core classes are to create well-rounded individuals who are prepared for the “real world.” It is essential that the LAC fosters an understanding of how the world works. For instance, do you know

why so many people refuse to believe in global climate change? Why racism is still such a problem? Why rural and lower-class individuals tend to vote conservative even though it is entirely counterintuitive of their own well-being? Why innocent individuals confess to crimes they did not commit? Why we fall in love? Social sciences

address these and many other similar issues. Social sciences can, and should, be applied to daily activities and interactions, whether it is a business transaction, scientific breakthrough, or publishing a new novel. For instance, take the example of global climate change. There is plenty of scientific data that suggest that climate change is really happening and that it is, at least, partially due to manmade technologies. The real problem: we can’t even get half of our country’s population to believe this is occurring in the first place, let alone that it is a man-made issue. How can we change this impending catastrophe if people refuse to believe it will eventually happen? People do not simply change deepseated beliefs about a topic just because scientific fact is placed in front of them (look at how long it took for people to get the idea that smoking is bad for them!). Social sciences can greatly aid in understanding and creating positive change in our world. It would be irresponsible to deny future students the fundamental knowledge of how our world works. Sara Richardson Graduate student, social psychology

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Phi Beta Sigma hosts Homeless Sleep-Out AJ CASSIDY Staff Writer

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Bobby Elam stands in the cold over two containers of clothing and food to be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Black Hawk County Women’s Shelter.


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With temperatures below 30 degrees, the sight of people seated on top of Maucker Union can be unusual. On a first glance, the natural questions to ask might be, who are those people and what are they doing out here? Bobby Elam, a graduate mathematics student and member of Phi Beta Sigma, answered that question – raising awareness. Last Thursday night, Elam took residence above Maucker Union for the Homeless Sleep-Out, an event run by Phi Beta Sigma chapters around the country to alert students of the epidemic that is homelessness. “It’s a great cause to sit out here and raise awareness for the homeless,” Elam said. “(On) a day like this, when it’s about 20 degrees, you get to actually experience what they’re going through – it’s extremely humbling.” In conjunction with the Sleep-Out, Elam collected food and clothing donations for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and the Black Hawk County Women’s Shelter. Elam is a veritable one-man army, currently the sole member of Phi Beta Sigma at the University of Northern Iowa, as other members have graduated. Elam said he strives to do good in the community, and effect change positively however he can. Members of the Northern Iowa Student Gover nment, includ-

ing Spencer Walrath and Rhonda Greenway, stopped by with donations, filling the basket Elam brought with food. He smiled and stuffed his hands deeper into his pockets, preparing to face the cold until the wee hours of the morning.

(On) a day like this, when it’s about 20 degrees, you get to actually experience what they’re going through — it’s extremely humbling.

Bobby Elam

Member of Phi Beta Sigma

Aside from the occasional far-off shouts of students on College Hill, the campus was quiet – almost barren. The absence of attendees could be daunting to some, but Elam kept a smile on his face, talking about the concept of the sleep-out and ideas for other community events. “I would like to see this be an annual event,” Elam said. When asked about the desire for more members in the chapter, he responded, “You know, even if people don’t want to join the fraternity, they can still help out with the events we’ve got coming up… But if it’s just me, I’ll still do the best I can. Hopefully I’ll have other people to do it with me.”

Safety tips to ensure a warm and safe winter KIRSTEN TJOSSEM Staff Writer

While winter means snow angels, hot chocolate and Ugg boots, it also means frostbite, slippery roads and an increase in house fires. Here are some precautionary steps that everyone can take this coming season. Walking to class in the winter may not be the most enjoyable experience for

students, and often times it can be difficult to make the pros outweigh the cons when deciding if the walk is worth it. Dressing warmly is important. Hats, scarves, mittens and a water-resistant coat and boots should be worn. Staying dry is equally as important, especially when it comes to one’s shoes and socks. Taking these precautions will prevent those not-

so-fun things like frostbite and hypothermia. Cold weather puts extra strain on the heart, and the body is already working hard to stay warm, so don’t overexert the body. Remember to work slowly when shoveling or doing other outdoor chores. Ice is also very dangerous, with slips and falls causing both injury and embarrassment. Be aware of the

sidewalk conditions, and if unable to avoid them, try to walk at a slower pace… or invest in a pair of ice skates. Safe winter travel is also crucial. Before heading out on the road, be sure to check the driving conditions. Also, remove all snow from the vehicle, including the headlights and taillights. Accelerate slowly and brake gently when driving. Never use cruise control and

make sure there is always a window scraper and shovel in the vehicle. Students who live offcampus will need to take some extra steps to ensure a safe home throughout the winter season. More house fires are started by heating equipment throughout winter than anything else. Make sure portable space See WINTER SAFETY, page 10

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Hundreds of students sat, neon shirts glowing under blacklights, as they watched a montage of inspirational speeches with one common message: sometimes, you just gotta dance. “I’m sick and tired of hearing about all the tests and all the projects your professors are givin’ out – screw ‘em!” Logan Mundt said in the video, parodying a speech from the movie “Miracle.” “This is your time. Now go out and dance.” The inspirational speech parodies kicked off Dance Party: 7 Up Get Down, the latest in a series of once-asemester dance parties, which was held Friday in St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center. The Dance Party began in fall 2008 in a Campus Courts apartment, with roughly 50 people attending. It has since changed venues twice to accommodate growing crowds – so big last year they nearly threatened to collapse the floor of the Lutheran Student Center – that neared 800 dancers on Friday. While the scale has changed, the message remains the same. “The Dance Party is a place where people can come, be themselves, swallow any pride or self-consciousness they may hold and just dance the night away and have good, clean fun,” said Ian Goldsmith, a senior psychology and theatre double m a j o r and

member of the Dance Party Commission. “It’s a substancefree atmosphere; it’s basically proving that you can have the best night ever without having to be like a stereotypical college student: going out, partying – that kind of thing.” The introductory video sought to capture this atmosphere and motivate attendees to get on their feet. “Now if you wanna go out and dance; start dancing! But you gotta be willing to let it all go – don’t be pointing fingers saying you don’t want to dance because he’s looking at you, or because she’s looking at you, or you’re too embarrassed to dance. Because that’s what cowards do, and that ain’t you!” said Chris Bowden, a sophomore communication major and commission member, as he parodied a speech from “Rocky Balboa” in the video. Each Dance Party is planned and hosted by a commission of roughly seven people. This year’s commission consists of Mundt, Goldsmith, Bowden, Michael McAndrew, Tom Madsen, Michael Rosenberg and Jason Thompson, who was a member of the original commission. “We’re all fairly faithful gentlemen, and so we kind of take it as a – the gifts that God has granted us, we’re kinda paying it forward to everyone else and (trying to) not make it about us but make it about just providing one night of good, c l e a n , awesome

fun for as many people as we can,” Goldsmith said. Friday’s party was the first Dance Party since the majority of the original commission graduated last spring. “The past dance party commission … has been nothing but supportive this entire time,” Goldsmith said. “They not only gave their blessings toward us, but they let us make it our own; they helped us in any way they could, but they never once tried to interfere with our own creative process or anything like that. “They were the ones that started the mindset that it’s not about us, it’s about the people and the Dance Party itself,” he continued. The DP series will continue in April 2012 with Dance Party: Invigor8. “Invigorate basically means to energize or to give life to – basically, to get pumped,” Goldsmith said of the name. “We’re expecting something similar (to DP7) but even bigger and better.” Goldsmith feels the new commission’s first Dance Party continued the tradition set by its predecessors. “We did a fairly good job of continuing it on, continuing the growth and success of it,” he said. “I know a lot of people have been saying it’s the best one yet… I would say we’ve continued the success, which is what we set out to do.”

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UNI Disability Center gives students personalized attention MANDY VRIEZE Guest Writer

When walking into the Student Disability Services office on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, there appears to be no one who looks like they have a physical or mental disability, but rather just averagelooking UNI students sitting patiently in the waiting room. Within minutes, Ashley Brickley, head coordinator of the Student Disability Services office, strolled herself in her wheelchair to her office. Brickley started working as disability specialist in

2007, then moved up to the coordinator position in 2009. “I look at my job not as a challenge, but as an opportunity,” said Brickley. More students with severe disabilities are coming to UNI, and there are more needs for those students. Brickley has seen growth in the last few years in the amount of students with mental and physical disabilities such as Asperger’s, seizures and psychological disorders. Brinkley’s main daily duties are reviewing documentation and determining eligibility for disability accommodations, meeting with students to get accom-

modation forms filled out and signed by professors and taking action on any follow-up activities or questions from faculty, students and parents. When she’s away from her office, Brickley likes to speak about students with disabilities and help run the Student with Disabilities organization on campus. When asked what makes the University of Northern Iowa Disability Center different from other university schools in the state, Brickley said, “The services with UNI Disability Program are more hands-on, meaning we interact with more of our students and are more personalized.”

For example, UNI SDS may contact a student’s professor and provide the student with someone to read their tests to them in a separate and quieter location than the rest of the class, whereas the University of Iowa and Iowa State University may give the student a computer instead of a human reader, making the process less personalized. The University of Northern Iowa also provides weekly mentoring programs. Brickley feels that because it’s a teaching school, the university really focuses on not only giving students the best education, but also understand-

ing the diversity of learning. Whether it’s mobility and physical impairments, hearing, vision, cognitive and learning disabilities, or psychological disorders, UNI Student Disability Services is determined to stay true to their goal of helping students gain access to a better education. “The best part of my job is hearing success stories from students I work with,” said Brickley. “Whether it’s hearing them make the Dean’s List, going to grad school or graduating from college, knowing I had a part in helping them succeed makes my job worthwhile.”

UNI Symphonic Band takes the stage S. Daniel Gaylen, UNI School of Music professor and conductor, led the Symphonic Band during their fall concert with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, directed by Rebecca Burkhardt in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Thursday. For a list of School of Music events, visit www.uni. edu/music/events.


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heaters have been tested for safety. This label can usually be found on the bottom of the machine. Also, make sure they have plenty of space around them and they’re at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Most

importantly, never leave the house with the space heater on. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should also be examined. Any questions can be directed to the university and fire safety specialist, Jason Kayser, at 319-273-2004.


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UNI volleyball takes third straight MVC regular season title

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UNI junior running back Carlos Anderson (1) compiled 115 yards on 11 carries. Anderson is back at full health after battling a nagging ankle injury throughout the season.

Panthers come back to defeat Southern Utah, 34-21

great job,” said SUU head coach Ed Lamb. Sports Editor “(UNI) did a tremendous job and they really put pressure on our defense all day.” The No. 5-ranked University of Northern Redshirt freshman running back David Iowa football team improved to 8-2 overall Johnson chipped in with 82 yards on 14 caron Saturday with a 34-21 come-from-behind ries and senior linebacker L.J. Fort even got victory over non-conference opponent in on the action, with two goal line carries Southern Utah University. The Panthers for two yards and two touchdowns. used 27 unanswered points to claw their way “L.J. (Fort) was an all-state running back back from a 21-7 deficit midway through the down in Missouri. This provided us with second quarter. something different, new and fun,” said UNI racked up a season-high 284 yards Farley. rushing and 410 yards of total offense. SUU SUU scored on its opening possession, (5-5) compiled 287 passputting together a 14-play, ing yards and 352 yards 60-yard touchdown drive to of total offense; however, take a 7-0 lead with 9:20 the Thunderbirds were just remaining in the first quarI really think the two-for-four in red zone ter. However, UNI respondscoring opportunities. ed with a touchdown drive whole thing that The return of junior of their own, capped by a sparked us was running back Carlos one-yard touchdown run by Carlos (Anderson). Anderson to the starting Fort at the 6:43 mark of the lineup seemed to spark the first quarter. I really think that Panthers’ rushing attack, The Thunderbirds having Carlos which was held to a seasonresponded with touchdowns back made all the low 30 yards last weekend on their next two possesagainst Youngstown State sions to make the score 21-7 difference in the University. Anderson carin favor of SUU with 12:57 world. ried the ball 11 times for remaining in the first half. 115 yards. However, the Thunderbirds Mark Farley “I really think the whole did not score again as UNI UNI head football coach thing that sparked us was scored 27 unanswered Carlos (Anderson),” said points. Farley. “I really thought that having Carlos “The defense stepped up in the second back made all the difference in the world. half and I thought we looked totally differHe gave us that spark we needed and then ent on defense in the second half than we Tirrell (Rennie) was back after last week did in the first,” said Farley. “We just needed and he looked like himself.” to get our guys into the locker room and get UNI senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie them in the mind set that we needed to come returned to the starting lineup as well after back out with.” missing last weekend’s game due to injury. UNI’s run started with a four-yard Rennie was 10-for-16, throwing for 126 touchdown run by Rennie to make the score yards, no touchdowns and an interception. 21-14 midway through the second quarter. Rennie also compiled 86 yards rushing and Sophomore kicker Tyler Sievertsen added a two touchdowns on 16 carries. field goal to make the halftime score 21-17 “Give credit to Tirrell Rennie and the whole Northern Iowa offense; they did a See FOOTBALL, page 13 BRAD EILERS

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Michelle Burow recorded five blocks and 23 kills against Creighton and Drake over the weekend.

MAT MEYER Sports Writer

The No. 12-ranked University of Northern Iowa volleyball team faced off against the Creighton University Bluejays on Friday and in-state rival Drake University on Saturday. UNI (28-1, 16-0 MVC) defeated the Bluejays at home 3-1 with scores of 25-23, 20-25, 25-20 and 25-14. The Panthers then hosted Drake

for senior night, and with a 3-0 sweep, UNI clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title for the third straight season. UNI won with scores of 25-9, 25-20 and 25-12. UNI’s first match against Creighton (16-12, 11-5 MVC) was led by Shelby Kintzel, who recorded a team-high 16 kills. Michele Burow pitched in with 14 kills of her own. Bre Payton See VOLLEYBALL, page 12


UNI throttles Old Dominion 63-46 behind hot shooting and solid defense BRAD EILERS Sports Editor

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team opened the 2011-2012 season with a blowout road victory over Old Dominion University, 63-46. The Panthers shot 49 percent from the floor for the game and 39.1 percent from three-point range.

The Panthers (1-0) were led by junior forward Jake Koch, who scored a gamehigh 18 points on six-ofeight shooting from the floor, including three-forfive on three-pointers. Koch also recorded four assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block in 34 minutes of action. See BASKETBALL, page 12




Tuesday, November 15, 2011



Veterans Day victory for Black Hawks DUSTIN WOODY Sports Writer

The Waterloo Black Hawks used two goals from Taylor Cammarata on Veterans Day to power past the Chicago Steel. Joe Rehkamp and Trevor Owens also scored for Waterloo, while Theo DiPauli and Daniel Kucerovy scored for Chicago in Waterloo’s 4-2 victory. Cammarata’s first goal came at the 11:49 mark of the first period with assistance from Mitch Witek and Mark Naclerio. DiPauli’s goal for the Steel came at the 14:37 mark of the frame and was assisted by Phillip Marinaccio. In the second, Rehkamp scored from Eddie

Wittchow and Witek at 9:12, and Owens’ goal came at 13:50 with assistance from Justin Kloos. Kucerovy’s goal came at the 17:59 mark, and Marinaccio assisted on his as well. Cammarata’s second goal came unassisted at the 3:51 mark of the third period. The Black Hawks wore special jerseys for the night in honor of America’s veterans, and the jerseys were auctioned off to fans after the game. The proceeds from the auction are going toward next year’s Honor Flight from Waterloo. Waterloo returns home next Friday and Saturday as Dubuque and Indiana invade Young Arena.


With victories over Creighton and Drake, the Panthers improved to 28-1 (16-0 MVC) and clinched their third straight MVC regular season title.

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contributed 47 assists and 16 digs for the Panthers defense. The first set was close until the very end as the two teams found themselves locked at 16-16. The teams continued to battle back and forth and were once again tied late in the set at 23-23. UNI took it from that point with a kill from Amy Braun to take the lead and then Kintzel put away the set with a kill to make the final score 25-23. The teams were tied at 9-9 early on in the second set until Creighton went on a 9-3 run to take the lead 18-12. The Panthers battled back, but it wasn’t enough and the Bluejays took the second set 25-20 over UNI. After the break, UNI came out and took an early lead of 16-6 in the third set. The Panthers never looked back from there as a kill from Kintzel ended the set, making the final score 25-20. UNI found themselves up

early in the fourth set 9-6, and eventually built a 22-12 lead over the Bluejays. UNI took the set on a Creighton service error 25-14, and the match 3-1. The Panthers hosted in-state rival Drake on Saturday in its second match of the weekend. It was senior night for UNI as both of the seniors, Payton and Burow, were recognized for their contributions to the team and university. “It’s been a great experience. It’s a little bittersweet, but it’s an experience I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my life,” said Payton. Burow, Kintzel and Krista DeGeest each contributed nine kills for the Panthers, and Payton dished out 35 assists. Candice Burke led the defense with 16 digs in the match. All of the momentum seemed to be on the Panthers’ side in the first set as they jumped out to a 7-1 lead. After a 13-3 run, UNI held a 20-4 advantage. The Panthers took the set 25-9

after a kill from DeGeest. The second set started similar to the first with the Panthers eventually taking the lead 19-8. However, the Bulldogs clawed their way back into the set, eventually making the score 24-20 in favor of UNI. An attack error by Drake gave the Panthers the second set 25-20. After the break, UNI found themselves up 18-6 in the third set, and they did not look back from that point. A service ace from Molly Turk ended the set 25-12 and gave the Panthers a 3-0 sweep over Drake. As the Panthers’ magical season draws to a close, they have the MVC and NCAA Tournament ahead, where they will be facing some tough competition. “As long as we play our game and do what we need to do, we can beat a lot of teams,” said Payton. UNI concludes MVC play next weekend when they travel to face the University of Evansville and Southern Illinois University.

ERIC CLAUSEN/Northern Iowan

Junior forward Jake Koch (20) scored a team-high 18 points in the Panthers’ season-opening 63-46 victory over Old Dominion.

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Junior guard Anthony James chipped in with 13 points and five assists. Junior guard Marc Sonnen and sophomore forward Chip Rank came off the UNI bench to contribute 12 points and eight points, respectively. Freshman point guard Deon Mitchell scored just four points, but secured a team-high six rebounds in his first collegiate start for the Panthers. The UNI defense held the Monarchs (0-1) to just four second-half field goals and a miserable 27.3 percent shooting for the game. The Panthers didn’t allow

ODU to score a basket from the 10:46 mark to the 2:34 mark of the second half, which helped UNI stretch its eight-point halftime lead to as much as 20 points near the end of regulation. The Panthers will travel to Morgana, Calif., to take on the Gaels of St. Mary’s College on Tuesday morning at 1 a.m. for ESPN’s annual College Hoops TipOff Marathon. The Gaels are expected to compete with Gonzaga University and Brigham Young University for the West Coast Conference championship this season. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011



UNI women win season opener against Colorado State, 61-50

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Junior forward Amber Kirschbaum scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds against Colorado State.

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Trailing by four points midway through the second half, the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team used a 24-4 run to build a lead it never relinquished in a 61-50 win over Colorado State Friday night in the McLeod Center. Mercedees Morgan scored a career-high 19 points. Rachel Madrigal added 14 points and Katelin Oney scored 11. K.K. Armstrong led the Panthers (1-0) with seven rebounds and Amber Kirschbaum tallied six. Madrigal led UNI with five assists and three steals. Trailing 5-3 early, Mercedees Morgan and Rachel Madrigal hit threes put UNI in front, 9-5. CSU tied the game at nine, and then K.K. Armstrong and Katelin Oney each made a free throw to put UNI back in front, 11-9. The teams were tied at 11-11 and 13-13, and a three from Mandy Makeever gave the Rams a 16-13 advantage. Morgan scored on a lay-up, and Brittni Donaldson made a free throw to tie the game for the fourth time, 16-16 with 8:10 left in the half. Colorado State scored on back-to-back possessions to build a 20-16 lead. With CSU leading 22-18, Morgan hit her second three of the game to pull the Panthers within a point, 22-21 with 4:48 on the clock. Sam Martin and Madrigal traded baskets to keep the difference at one, 24-23, but CSU scored the next five points to take a 29-23 lead with 43 seconds left in the half. Oney made a pair of free throws with 8.4 seconds on the clock to send UNI into the break trailing 29-25. Trailing 32-28, Madrigal hit a three from the top of the key to pull UNI within

a point, 32-31. After a free throw brought the CSU lead to 33-31, Morgan made a three from the left baseline to put the Panthers in front, 34-33 with 13:37 to play. Kelly Hartig made a free throw to tie the game at 34-34, but Jess McDowell answered with a free throw to return the lead to the Panthers, 35-34 with 12:33 remaining. Meghan Heimstra scored to put CSU back in the lead, but it was short-lived, as Brittni Donaldson drove for a lay-up to tip the score back in the Panthers’ favor, 37-36 with 11:43 left. Colorado State scored five straight points to build a 41-37 lead with 10:27 left. Kirschbaum hit a jumper to end a four-minute scoring drought for the Panthers, and she scored on a jumper in the lane to tie the game, 41-41 with 7:08 left. Oney hit a three 30 seconds later to cap a 7-0 run by the Panthers that put UNI in front, 44-41. CSU scored on a jumper, but Kirschbaum answered with a turnaround jumper on the baseline and Madrigal hit a free throw to give UNI a 47-43 lead with less than six minutes to play. K.K. Armstrong and Oney each converted a pair of free throws to stretch UNI’s lead to 51-43. Morgan hit her fourth three of the game and followed with a pair of free throws to extend the Panther lead to 56-43 with 2:45 left. Colorado State got a jumper from Kim Mestdagh, but Morgan answered with a pair of free throws, and Oney knocked down a three on a fast break to bring the score to 61-45 with 1:33 on the clock. CSU scored the game’s final five points to bring the final score to 61-50. The Panthers return to action on Monday when they play at Chicago State.


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in favor of SUU. On the opening drive of the second half, UNI drove 79 yards in six plays to take a 24-21 lead after a 16-yard touchdown run from Rennie. Fort added his second rushing touchdown of the game with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter, making the score 31-21 UNI. Sievertsen added another field goal to make the final score 34-21. Junior safety Garrett Scott led the Panther defense with 13 tackles and one interception. Senior defensive lineman Ben Boothby and Darren Branch each recorded two sacks. UNI was able to send 19 seniors off on a positive note, with a victory in their final home game of the regular season. On top of that, a UNI victory combined with a North Dakota State University 27-24 loss to YSU has the Panthers back in a position to clinch a share of the Missouri Valley Football Conference title with a victory next weekend. UNI will wrap up the regular season Saturday when they travel to Normal, Ill., to face the Illinois State University Redbirds.

Relive the game with a photo slideshow on our website, www.

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Thanks to Youngstown State’s upset over No. 1-ranked North Dakota State this weekend, the Panthers are back in a position to be co-champions of the MVFC with a victory Saturday at Illinois State.

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Across 1 Onetime VHS rival 5 Like honed knives 10 Relaxed 14 The Earth turns on it 15 Swiss calculus pioneer 16 Hebrides hillside 17 Rules, in brief 18 Grassy Southwestern tract 19 “Mike and Mike in the Morning” radio station 20 On-the-go morning snack 23 Flight that may be round 24 Craft stabilizer 25 “No __!”: Mexican’s “Enough!” 28 Story spanning decades

31 St. Teresa’s home 33 Matador’s cloak 37 Cash for a sandwich 40 Tenth of a sawbuck 42 Tailgaters’ beverage carriers 43 Waiter’s handout 45 Dorothy’s dog 46 Run the show 47 Vidal’s Breckinridge 49 Actress Sandra 50 Moan and groan 53 Browning work 57 Familiarly, nutritious trio found twice in this puzzle 61 Dubai big shot 64 Medium’s card 65 Part of a float


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66 Take it easy 67 Bacteria in rare meat 68 Footnote word 69 Biblical heirs, with “the” 70 Barber’s chair attachment 71 Corporate __ Down 1 Farm fence feature 2 Put into action, as effort 3 LSU mascot 4 Very, musically 5 __-centered: egotistical 6 Luau entertainment 7 Sarah Palin, notably 8 Yvonne’s income 9 Legislative investigation 10 “Good buddy” 11 Horace’s “__ Poetica” 12 Comfy spot for some cats 13 Guys 21 GI mess crews 22 Memorable Texas landmark 25 “Giant” actor Sal 26 Ready for whatever 27 Final authority 29 Old apple spray 30 Frances __: Judy Garland’s birth name 32 Battery unit 33 Encrypted 34 Japanese cartoon style 35 Pound divisions 36 Adolescent woe 38 Manhattan campus, for short 39 Rush __ 41 Bloodsucker 44 Invisible-clothes wearer in an Andersen tale 48 “The Simpsons” storekeeper 51 José’s humanities 52 Show one’s feelings, say 54 Kalahari refuge 55 Wear away 56 Jason jilted her 57 Taxing trip 58 Go it alone 59 You may stick it in your ear 60 Dan’l’s cousin? 61 Street shader 62 Ginnie __ 63 Special ending?

Answers to Crossword and Sudoku on page 15.

Horoscopes By Nancy Black Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday (11/15/11). The gates are open, and you’re on your way. Stand up for your principles. Obstacles that were blocking the way have melted, and everything’s lining up to support what you’re up to. Generate harmony at home, and start singing. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Clear out space for a new possibility. Sort, organize and give stuff away. Take time to appreciate where you’ve been, as you prepare for where you’re going.


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Today is a 7 -- Pass on what you’ve learned. What goes around comes around, sooner or later. Keep dreaming new adventures, and share skills with those who would follow your path. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -Today is an 8 -- Think bigger. Your job here’s not done. You have a lot to say and a lot to contribute. Allow others to show you your own blind spots. They love you more than you know. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is a 7 -- Upgrade your personal environment with pleasing touches. Find them on Craigslist or Freecycle ... no need to spend. Save up for something big. Travel later.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Keep the good vibes flowing at work and at home by continuing to adjust the infrastructure. Take some special alone time. Then you can care for others.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Accept well-earned acknowledgment. Harmony infuses your efforts, and you make things look graceful and easy. You know the persistence it took to pull that off.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- List your blessings. Doing this will make you happy. There’s money coming in (and going out). Go for balance. Success is knowing you’ve done your best.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Negotiating a contract is easier now. Make a case for honest communication and clear listening. Begin a writing or recording project. Children spur you on.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) -Today is a 9 -- Lose yourself doing something you love. Your have award-winning confidence. Move up a level at work. Synchronize schedules for upcoming plans.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Today you’re a worker bee. Collect all the pollen that you can, as you do the dance that makes the flowers grow. Work as a team. Enjoy the honey later.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Slowing down is not a bad thing now. Take your time to regroup, and consider the low hanging fruit. Study the details. Thinking it over reveals hidden pitfalls.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Nurture the love you have and make it grow. Step into a larger role in a project. Small, yet consistent actions taken over time can add up to big results.


The Nov. 15, 2011 edition of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's student-produced newspaper since 1892.


The Nov. 15, 2011 edition of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's student-produced newspaper since 1892.