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Bipartisan event celebrates end of election BRIAN FREESE Staff Writer


One last go-round

The Panthers have a chance to pick up their third straight win this weekend, but despite a promising alltime record versus Missouri State, they shouldn’t get comfortable. < See PAGE 9 OPINION

Don’t write off those who signed secession petitions

Columnist Smith argues that readers should not dismiss those whose names are affixed to states’ petitions to secede. < See PAGE 4


UNI Italy capstone course earns top national honors

The capstone in southern Italy was ranked No. 1 among short-term programs by Abroad101. < See PAGE 6

University of Northern Iowa students celebrated the end of this year’s election season on Monday night in the Maucker Union ballroom with cookies, punch, lemonade and live entertainment. Students were seen relaxing with their friends, though some of them brought homework to the party. The focus of the celebration was the end of elections, but students made no claim that everything about the elections was negative. Adam Shannon, a junior computer science and mathematics major, said, “A lot of the people who were put into office are interested in making UNI a better place for students.” The night kicked off with a performance from HalfMasted, a UNI improv comedy troupe, which according to their Facebook page is “comprised of students, graduates and dropouts.” Initially, they took five word suggestions from the audience, which consisted of “Furby,” “red,” “seven,” “goosefraba” and “airplane.” Each of the five cast members came on and off stage as their word was said, in a scene which took place in the bathroom of a bar. Plenty of jokes and toilet humor brought laughs from the crowd. Other acts they performed


Politeness is not just a notion of the past She hates to be rude, but columnist McKone wants to take a moment to pick on others’ manners. < See PAGE 4


Panther profile

Read about Panther powerhouse Jenny Willms. < See PAGE 9

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University of Northern Iowa student attendee; Victoria Hurst, sophomore political science major and chair of UNI College Republicans; and Corey Cooling, junior physics and philosophy double major, make paper cranes at “Election 2012: Thank God It’s Over Celebration” on Nov. 12.

included a reverse-alphabet conversation about “Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century” and a sketch using the arms of cast members and the bodies of audience members to make complete people. Their final act was a sketch involving mystery guests at a bar mitzvah. The mystery guests included Mordecai from “Regular Show,” a man whose feet were all of the Power Rangers and a squash who, upon his character being found out, said, “I’m going < See ELECTION 2012, page 7

to go be a centerpiece somewhere.” UNI Jazz Band Four finished out the night playing some slow tunes along with some up-tempo jazz while attendees discussed why they were so glad they never had to see another campaign ad on YouTube. At least not for another four years anyway.

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Senior English major Mandy Paris and graduate student in public policy Keenan Crow watch improv troupe Half-Masted perform at the “Election: 2012: Thank God It’s Over Celebration” on Nov. 12.


Petraeus scandal a reminder that email isn’t private JESSICA GUYNN

Los Angeles Times

If the director of the CIA cannot keep the FBI from rummaging through his private Gmail account, what digital privacy protections do ordinary citizens have? Precious few, privacy advocates say. “When the government goes looking, it can find out pretty much everything about our lives,” said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. That’s because the main law governing digital privacy – the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA – was passed in 1986. At the time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

was a toddler. The Web was in its infancy, and social networking had yet to be conceived. No one predicted that, as the Web surged in popularity, people would begin storing their entire digital lives – emails, instant messages, Facebook status updates, photos, medical records, tax returns – on far-flung computer servers rather than on their home hard drives, where the information has broader legal protection. Privacy watchdogs for years have warned that the antiquated federal statute – and conflicting interpretations of the statute from different courts – has not kept up with how people today use the Web, giving more legal rights to letters and docu-

ments stored in your filing cabinet than to emails and other electronic communications. But attempts to reform federal law in Congress and in the courts have foundered. “People worry about their password to protect their privacy. This illustrates how useless that is,” Pace Law School professor Ann Bartow said. “Unless there are substantive changes in the law, people just have to assume their email is accessible to the government without their permission and without their notification.” Requests from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to access private accounts regularly flood companies like Google Inc. The request to access the private Gmail account of Gen. David

Petraeus was one of them. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, law enforcement officials say, such requests are routine and more necessary than ever to fight crime and terrorism. But civil libertarians say the Petraeus scandal should serve as a wake-up call to ordinary citizens that anyone’s privacy can be invaded. “In the pre-digital world, if the government wanted to find out what was going on in your bedroom, it needed to get a warrant to enter your bedroom. At least then you knew what was going on,” said Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy for the Center for Democracy & Technology.



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Since Election Day, individuals from every state but Vermont have filed petitions to secede from the Union through the government website “We the People,” according to an article from ABC News. As of press time, six states had reached the required threshold of 25,000 signatures in 30 days for review by White House staff. According to the ABC News article, the White House said it will

review these petitions. The six states with at least 25,000 signatures include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Texas’ petition currently has the highest number of signatures with more than 100,000 signatures. According to the “We the People” website, after the White House staff review the petitions, they will send it to the relevant policy individuals, who will then issue a response.

Some cities, including El Paso, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; and Austin, Texas, have filed petitions to secede from their state but remain a part of the United States. Anti-secession petitions have also popped up in response to the petitions to secede. One such petition is titled “Strip the Citizenship from Everyone who Signed a Petition to Secede and Exile Them” and another is titled “Keep the United States United.”

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Kickoff highlights importance of international education ALAN WILKINS

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International education is critical for the “future relations between Americans and people around the world,” according to Nadia Korobova, assistant director of international programs at the University of Northern Iowa. For this reason and others, UNI celebrated International Education Week from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, beginning the week with a kickoff event. “(International education) is important because exchanges are critical to developing mutual understanding and respect (and) building leadership abroad,” Korobova said at the kickoff event on Monday in the Maucker Union Ballroom. The event was sponsored by the Office of International Programs, the International Students and Scholars Office, the Culture and Intensive English Programs and the Study Abroad Center. International Education Week is a combined initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education marking the benefits and importance of international education through international exchange and study abroad programs. This year’s theme is “Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide.” At the kickoff event, various speakers talked about what International Education Week is, the

events that would take place during the week and what role international education has played at UNI and in their own lives. Kathy Green, director of health services, addressed the theme of this year’s International Education Week. “I suggest it’s our responsibility to do what we can to support the health of those around the world who do not have our advantages,” she said. “I encourage us to attend to our personal health and to the health of those around the world so that people of all nations have opportunities to achieve their potential and live out their dreams.” In between speakers, various international performances took place, including African djembe drumming, a Bavarian dance and flute playing. “I thought the performances were excellent. The drumming of course was very exciting … I also enjoyed the dance the two students did. I thought they were very expressive,” said UNI Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson. At the end of the event, four drawings for prizes were held. The first two prizes were $100 scholarships, and they were given to one UNI domestic and one UNI international student. The last two prizes were a $25 gift card and another $100 scholarship, which went to two attendees of the event.

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Petitions for secession are valid expressions of opinion In September of last year, the Obama Administration established a website titled “We the People” in an effort to increase the national public’s voice in Washington, D.C. The website is a way to file petitions online for policy changes that are sent directly to the White House. Any petitions that attain 25,000 electronic signatures (consisting of a signer’s first name, last name initial and U.S. zip code) within 30 days will supposedly receive an official response from the Administration. As of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, there are petitions active on behalf of 20 separate states requesting



peaceful secession from the Union. The first two petitions showed up on the White House’s We the People website on Friday, Nov. 9 and were created on behalf of Louisiana and Texas. Both of these states’ petitions surpassed the 25,000 necessary signatures within just four days of existing and continue to gather more support; the petition for Texas is at nearly 60,000 signatures at the time of this article’s writing. The current aver-

It’s time to come together KAYLA VENUTO


In case you haven’t heard, President Obama was reelected on Nov. 6. I’ve been hearing the laughs of the left, mocking the loss of Mitt Romney, and the cries of the right, predicting doom. It was the most expensive election in our country’s history. And the funny part is, nothing changed. The President, the House, the Senate – they’re all the same. Kind of like bringing an old jankety van (like mine) into the repair shop, and six months later, they give it back to you in exactly the same condition with a $2.2 billion bill. Yikes! On the bright side, we are closer to having gay rights in our country, special needs citizens will receive more money and schools will receive more money too (or at least the teachers’ unions will), just to name a few. How will we pay for all of this? Well, let’s say we worry about that later. On the downside, our new president has many tough challenges ahead – a stagnant economy, high unemployment, a Congress that cannot work together, perhaps a nuclear Iran and the biggest problem of all, our rising trillion-dollar national debt, which the president doubled in just four years. We need to help erase this debt that hangs over our heads. Every child born in the United States today will immediately be more than $50,000 in debt because of President Obama’s policies. This needs to change. The

president has his Chinese credit cards out and he’s maxing them to the limit. As President Obama moves forward, he needs to change his style of government and work together with both the Democrats and Republicans, much like President Clinton did during his second term. As Americans, we all face the same problems, and these problems need to be solved. Partisan bickering must end, but that is easier said than done. So as students, I challenge you to look at the bigger picture, and support the pure act of every American working together to provide a better country for our future and our children’s future. Now that the election is over and the TV ads have stopped, it’s time to come together as a country, not as two separate parties at war. Even if you are a fiscal Republican like me, Barack Obama is our president, and we must respect him. It is time now to stop being left or right, blue or red, and start being American. We all want the same things in our life – a good job, good schools, a safe place in which to raise a family. The problem is, the two parties don’t always agree on how to achieve these things. Well, they need to start agreeing. We all call the same country home. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. We’ll need to be brave now and starting building a better future for ourselves and our children. And it starts with us. Kayla Venuto is a freshman in

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age number of signatures for petitions on behalf of other states is approximately of 8,000 per state. Petitions exist from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. It is easy to see these numbers in the news and be carried away by rallying cries of “freedom” or “treason.” There are significant things to keep in mind regarding the nature of the We the People website, these petitions and the future

of this entire scenario. These petitions are not filed or submitted on behalf of state governments. Any American with an Internet connection, email and a zip code can write a petition of any sort on the White House’s page and try to garner support. They are petitions; voiced by concerned individuals who wish to gather people of like mind to bring about a change of policy. If a governor submitted an official request to secede (supported by the state government and its citizens), the White House would have to take an entirely separate approach in its response. Before accusing everybody


who signs a petition to secede as an ignoramus or lunatic, I’d like to say that it is a right to voice displeasure and a desire to separate from a governing body when the people don’t feel that said governing body is operating in the people’s best interest. If that displeases you or causes you to disagree, let me know if the following text is at all familiar: “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its < See PETITIONS, page 5


Politeness is not just an outdated notion of the past MADISON McKONE


otable writer and poet Kahlil Gibran once stated, “The real test of good manners is to put up with bad manners pleasantly.” Well, I have tried that, and it is not getting me anywhere. So this time, I am going to set my manners aside to complain about everyone else’s. We are living in a fast-paced world with such busy schedules and people tend to get wrapped up in their own hectic lives, leaving common courtesy in the dust. Rude, selfish inconsideration seems to be the “in thing” nowadays. “Excuse me” and “thank you” has been substituted for a shove or push. Materialism and ignorance have taken the place of generosity and kindness. What’s worse is that the less polite we get, the more this epidemic spreads. Whether we have become immune to it or have just decided to let it go is up for debate. Either way, it

should stop. America has adopted a new concept of manners – one that lacks respect and regard for others. Not only are we ignorant of the basic social graces, but we are uncivil and stubborn. Now, I’m not talking about the kind of manners that emphasize the importance of knowing the difference between your salad fork and dinner fork. I’m just referring to general, selfless gestures. It is amazing what a simple “hello” or a genuine smile can do to a person’s day. These polite acts are refreshing. I have been taught from a young age to say “thank you” for even the smallest act, yet this phrase is becoming obsolete. Random good deeds are taken for granted by today’s generation and the Golden Rule has been thrown out the window. In the study “Aggravating Circumstance: A Status Report on Rudeness in America” done by Public Agenda, 79 percent of Americans surveyed said lack of respect and courtesy should be regarded as a serious national problem and 73 percent believe Americans treated < See MANNERS, page 5



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one another with greater respect in the past than they do now. The increased use of technology may be behind this perception. How many times are you in close quarters with someone who obviously does not realize how loudly they are speaking on their cell phone? Or, are you ever bothered by someone’s constant mobile internet surfing


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powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” This comes directly from the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence. This quote and/or several others from the same document are cited in most of the petitions presented before the White House. This is not to say that everybody in the nation feels this way in light of the presidential election, or even everybody in the states listed above. You don’t have to reside in a state to sign a petition regarding its secession, and therein lies the problem with the entire process of the website. Individuals in New York can sign petitions regarding the marijuana laws in Oregon. This can be problematic when attempting to judge realistic support of state-related issues. It is difficult to imagine the entirety of Louisiana seceding with thousands of votes coming from residents of other states.



while you are trying to have a conversation with them? As convenient as these handheld devices can be, technology has created a whole new world for us: a world without regard for others and without any policies of politeness. 61 percent of survey respondents stated that banning cell phone use in public settings (theaters, restaurants, museums, etc.) may help us retain the manners of the past.

We also find this contempt for civility in poor customer service. America’s pursuit for efficiency has led us to believe in quantity over quality, and this is reflected in the service provided by many businesses. Receptionists, store clerks and sales professionals tend to think that helping customers is a burden, when in reality it is their job. Cutting back on cursing and vulgar language, brushing up on

basic etiquette guidelines, driving with respect for others and applying simple elevator courtesies to our daily lives can make maintaining manners easy. We all slip up every once in a while, but in general, we need to be more conscious of our own actions. We should slow down and recognize strangers as fellow human beings, while putting aside our selfish beliefs. Everyone is worthy of respect and should be granted it.

If anybody actually expects a state government to secede (or the federal government to allow it) because a petition got enough

several blue states) feel that the reelected president is not simply of a separate political ideology than they are. Instead, they genuinely believe that the current administration is going to be detrimental to the American people in the long run. This may or may not be what you believe about our commander in chief, but thousands of others do and are not afraid to voice this directly to the White House. It is an exercise of the right to free speech, at least until real attempts at secession are made by states or allowed by the federal government. It is a bold and fairly harsh expression of opinion, but those who have signed it deem it to be appropriate. They believe in small government enough to express their opinion that they’d be better off without the influence of a growing federal presence. If any of them think that 25,000 signatures equals automatic secession (surely there are a few somewhere), I chuckle at their inevitable disappointment. You may read this and still

think this is all absurd and that those signing the petitions should be severely punished. If that is the case, I implore you to consider what free speech really means. None of these petitions are hateful or threatening, and all are phrased as requests for “peaceful secession.” Nobody is attacking federal offices or inciting war at this point, and hopefully it stays that way. The White House’s reaction to the two petitions and any others that reach the 25,000 limit cannot be predicted. Just like the elections, the handling of this issue by both the Obama administration and the American public will have a notable impact on the history of this nation. I urge you to use sources outside of mainstream media to form your own opinion, as this is certainly not the last time you will hear about this issue.

... I implore you to consider what free speech really means. None of these petitions are hateful or threatening, and all are phrased as requests for “peaceful secession.”

signatures, then they are poorly informed and have unrealistic expectations of how this process actually works. However, it is a strong show that a large number of Americans from across the country (including people from


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Whether you are rich or poor, from the city or country, the North or the South, politeness goes a long way. General manners and social graces are not a concept of the past, but should be passed on and encouraged today and in the future. Madison McKone is a senior

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UNI southern Italy capstone course earns top national honors from Abroad101 NICK HINZMANN Staff Writer

A University of Northern Iowa capstone course has been officially recognized as a cut above the rest. Abroad101, the world’s largest study abroad review website, recently ranked UNI’s southern Italy capstone course as the No. 1 short-term study abroad program in the United States. The trip, which is led by UNI assistant professor of geology Chad Heinzel, took students on a journey through the powerful Roman civilization, tracing their footsteps to learn from their successes and mistakes in hopes of making our civilization better. “It’s always nice to be recognized for your hard work and efforts,” Heinzel said. “I enjoy sharing the experience with the students in hopes they go on to do bigger and better things.” The award not only reflects on the students and faculty on the trip, but the Study Abroad

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Center as a whole. “I think it is a clear indication of the quality of UNI short-term academic programs abroad,” Yana Cornish, director of the UNI Study Abroad Center, said. Abroad101 bases its rankings on student reviews and takes into account the number of reviews available, recency

of reviews available and data points throughout the review form. “Personally (the award is) really cool because it comes from the students,” UNI short-term programs adviser Devon Bilsing said. “It’s really great to see students like the program.” The Southern Italy


Enterprising Enactus students snag $1,500 grant to complete a project KIRSTEN TJOSSEM Staff Writer

The University of Northern Iowa Enactus team was recently selected to receive a $1,500 grant to complete the Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business project. Enactus is a nationwide organization that consists of a community of student and business leaders who strive to take entrepreneurial action to create a more sustainable world. The name itself is comprised of parts of three different words, “entrepreneurial”, “action” and “us.” “The UNI Enactus team is about seeing possibilities, taking action and making progress each and every day to ensure success in who we are and what we do,” project leader Brandon Honeyman said. This year the team is joining up with The Other Place in Waterloo. For OP manager Tony Patterson, the Sam’s Club project is nothing new. A few years ago, he was a member of a team that placed

second nationally with the project. “The challenge is to help the sustainability of the small business, so we decided to tackle the biggest problems,” Honeyman said. “We are finding new ways to increase lunch revenue, more effective marketing strategies, a new software system for a rewards program, social media growth, increasing applicant quality and raising apparel revenue in the store. “Through these aspects, we have high goals and hopes for making a difference in the business,” he added. The grant money, which is awarded through an application process, will go directly to what the group and Patterson believe will be most beneficial to the success and demand of the restaurant. The group has already purchased table toppers. Hand dryers, apparel designs and a new rewards system are on the list of possibilities of future purchases. “We hope to spend $1,500

of the money to make a turnaround for the business worth well more than that,” Honeyman said. “It all depends on the willingness of our group to perform and brainstorm the best ideas, which I feel confident in saying our ideas have been very solid thus far.” The partnership will last until March of next year, when the progress will be presented at the national conference in Minneapolis. The team appreciates the opportunity and encourages all the support they can get. “Every little thing helps, so even a simple Facebook ‘like’ on the Ridgeway OP in Waterloo page would go distances,” Honeyman said. “We represent this company in the eyes of Walmart, and we want to ensure our presentation has no room for error. UNI has never received first place, and we want nothing more than to change that just as we want to change the business in a positive, lasting way.”

Capstone isn’t the only award the center has received from Abroad101, however. The Study Abroad Center offers students the opportunity to study in more than 60 countries, with more than 600 students involved. Earlier this year, the UNI center was ranked fourth in the U.S. for the quality of its academic programs. “The Study Abroad Center will continue to strive to provide outstanding academic experiences for UNI students in various locations worldwide by continuing to offer a number of short-term courses and adding new programs, like winter capstone programs in Costa Rica or Nicaragua, Spring Break programs in Tanzania or South Africa and summer programs in Brazil and Germany,” Cornish said.

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I went out last weekend and I bumped into my last two ex-girlfriends, both of whom were with other guys. I was with a group of guy friends and did not know if I should go up and say hello because they were with someone. Any tips on how I should approach this kind of situation in the future? He said: For starters, I think it is very mature of you to have the thought of going up and saying hello. With exes, things can get very ugly, so it’s good to see you are being civil from the start. In my opinion, I see nothing wrong with saying hello to an ex, so long as the situation is appropriate and you don’t have any

underlying motives. Now you say that they were both with someone, and this is where things can get sticky. If I were you, if you happen to cross paths in whatever location you are in, then I’d say hi. If they are seated by themselves, I wouldn’t interrupt them. Also, there’s the chance that they could see you < See RELATIONSHIP, page 7


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and initiate the conversation themselves. In essence, don’t force the situation. If you see an opportunity, you can be totally comfortable in saying hi. In the future, just be sure to be pleasant and do not bring up any old wounds, even if it isn’t on purpose. Be very conscious of what you’re saying. One slip and the new guy is going to be interrupting, asking if there are any problems and/or to step outside. Also, don’t go in with any ammunition to try and get a zinger. It’s immature; if you want to get even, don’t even acknowledge her. Ultimately, you shouldn’t feel awkward about it at all. If you are civil and you approach it in a civil way, you’ll have no problems should it happen again.

She Said: Running into exes can be extremely awkward, but only if you allow it to be. You have to know that it will inevitably happen from time to time so that you can prepare yourself for when it does. For all intents and purposes, just assume that it is up to you each time you run into an ex to take the high road and simply smile and maybe say hi. You never know what


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they’re going to do, but you can go into it with a positive attitude, knowing that no matter what happens, you will be polite and not dwell too much on the situation at hand. Yes, they are an ex, but in reality, it’s just another person in passing. Say hello to them or give them a brief smile like you would to a friend. It is worse when you ignore them completely—it can make the other person feel weird and replay the scenario in their head, wondering what went wrong or why you didn’t acknowledge them. Whether you say hi to them should not change based on who they’re with. After all, it is just a friendly hello. Unless, of course, you feel uncomfortable saying something when they’re walking with a new guy or you think it might make the new guy feel uncomfortable. You’ll have to use your best judgment depending on the situation, but it would be best to be polite and say hi every time. In order to move on, things need to be normal between the two of you and everyone else involved. We can’t dwell on things or relationships that are in the past. There’s a reason they’re there—for us to have memories to smile at and situations to learn from, not to dictate our lives and cause us to walk on eggshells when we see the other person out and about.

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Online courses to be reviewed for possible degree credits LARRY GORDON

Los Angeles Times

Officials of two prominent education organizations Tuesday announced a partnership that eventually could lead some colleges to grant degree credits for online classes offered through a network of currently free, noncredit courses. The American Council on Education, an influential group representing colleges and universities, will start next year to evaluate some of the courses available through the online consortium education group Coursera and make recommendations about whether they meet academic standards and anti-cheating safeguards, officials said. It would then be up to colleges to decide whether to allow their students to obtain

degree credit through such so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Universities around the world are grappling with the challenge to brick-and-mortar classrooms that online education might pose. And online organizations are seeking the respect and legitimacy that would come from being linked to diplomas from big-name schools. So the new partnership may be an important step in bridging the two areas. Coursera, a for-profit organization, was founded by two Stanford University computer science professors last year and now offers about 200 courses for free, many from such schools as Caltech, Princeton and the University of California, Irvine. A spokeswoman for the American Council on Education said it is also in

talks to possibly evaluate classes for Coursera’s nonprofit rival called EdX, a smaller online consortium that includes Harvard, MIT and UC Berkeley. The review work is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is also announcing support for other projects related to MOOCs. ACE President Molly Corbett Broad said massive open online courses hold much promise to educate students around the world and for schools to broaden their audience. But she added that much study is needed into whether the courses can “help raise degree completion, deepen college curricula and increase learning productivity.” THINKSTOCK

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UNI looks to close out season on three-game winning streak WHEN: 4 P.M. BRAD EILERS

Sports Editor

The University of Northern Iowa football team will close out the regular season on Saturday at 4 p.m. when they host their Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals, the Missouri State University Bears. The Panthers will say goodbye to 16 seniors and are looking to end the year on a threegame winning streak and finish 4-4 in MVFC play. UNI head football coach Mark Farley attributes the Panthers’ success over the past couple weeks to hard work and their ability to stay healthy. “The best thing about our football team the past few weeks is that we’re playing very hard. Our seniors, they’re really doing a nice job,” Farley said. “Probably our biggest difference from earlier in the season to right now is that we will be lining up with the same football



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Volleyball prepares Jenny Willms for life after college

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UNI senior Jenny Willms is currently third on the team in service aces and fifth in digs.

Sports Columnist

Jenny Willms, a senior defensive specialist on the University of Northern Iowan volleyball team, is pleased to be a member of the Panthers and the UNI community. Willms, a native of Dike, Iowa, wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school. However, UNI head coach Bobbi


Petersen recruited her and Willms has made the most of her opportunities with the Panthers. “I’m so thankful for UNI, for the experiences I’ve had and for my amazing teammates and amazing coaches,” Willms said. Willms ranks third on the team in service aces and fifth in digs. She recorded a career-high 20 digs against the University < See WILLMS, page 10



team for our third week in a row. Before that we had a lot of changes and movement going on, but this will be the third week in a row we put the same group out there.” The Panthers (4-6, 3-4 MVFC) hold a commanding 27-5 all-time lead in the series between the two schools. UNI has won six straight meetings with MSU (3-7, 3-4 MVFC) in dominating fashion, outscoring the Bears 233-52 in that timespan. The Panthers haven’t lost a home game to the Bears since 1998. Adding to the rivalry is current MSU head coach Terry Allen. Allen coached the Panthers from 1989 to 1996, accumulating a 75-26 record during that time span. UNI won seven conference titles in his eight years at the helm. Despite the lopsided history between the two schools, MSU cannot be overlooked. The Bears started the season 0-6, but have won




(3-7, 3-4 MVFC)

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UNI running back Carlos Anderson (1) is one of 16 seniors who will play his final game in a Panther uniform this weekend.


UNI wrestling delegation impresses at Cyclone Open NICK GARY

Sports Writer

The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team had their first competition of the season last Saturday at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open in Ames, Iowa. Eleven UNI wrestlers took part in the competition, with six wrestlers placing in the top six of various weight classes, including a number of freshmen who got their first taste of collegiate wrestling. Dylan Peters, a freshman three-time state champion at Denver-Tripoli, won the 125pound weight class. Peters started the day off by pinning Chad McCannon from Iowa Central in 2 minutes, 45 seconds, and would go on to win every match of the day, finishing 5-0. Joe Colon, a returning NCAA national qualifier, finished first in the 133-pound weight class, ending the day with a perfect 5-0 record. Tyler Willers, also competing at 133 pounds, placed sixth, finishing 3-3. Two of his victories came by pins in 5 minutes, 56 seconds and 6 minutes, 1 second. Willers is a freshman from Leclaire, Iowa, where he

competed for Pleasant Valley High School and won two state championships. Gunnar Wolfensperger, another state champion from Denver-Tripoli, ended the day with a 3-3 record, with all of his wins coming by decisions. He finished sixth place in the 141pound weight class. Zach Witte, a former twotime state champion for Cedar Rapids Prairie High School, ended his first collegiate meet with a 7-1 record and a thirdplace finish at 157 pounds. He won two matches on technical falls and two more by decision. He also beat teammate Curt Maas 3-1. Blaize Cabell finished in fifth place in the 197-pound weight class for the second year in a row. He ended the day with a 5-1 record. His wins included a technical fall over teammate Kyle Beale and one pin in 4 minutes, 13 seconds. The other Northern Iowa competitors were Tyler Patten (1-2), Curt Maas (1-2), Kyle Beale (0-2), Aaron McMurphy (1-2) and Jared DeGeeter (0-2). The Panthers’ next meet is Saturday in Moorhead, Minn., at the Cobber Open.




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three out of their four games since that point. During that time, the Bears have outscored their opponents 10765. However, UNI has stepped up their defensive effort as of late. After allowing an average of 27 points per game in their first six games of the year, the Panthers have allowed an average of 15 points per game in their past four outings. Aside from the improved play on the defensive side of the ball, Sawyer Kollmorgen and David Johnson continue to shine on the offensive side. If UNI can continue to play well on both sides of the ball, they should have no problem with MSU, which ranks in the bottom half of the MVFC in both offense and defense. Saturday’s regular season finale will not be televised. However, the game can be heard on 1540 KXEL where Gary Rima will call the play-by-play action.

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Farewell, seniors JAKE BEMIS

Sports Columnist

Their time has come. There’s just one home game left for both the University of Northern Iowa football and volleyball teams, which means it’s the final home game for the seniors. For the seniors (or super seniors) reading this article, think back to when you were freshmen. Just young kids fresh out of high school. Personally, I remember the dorm life, heading to the UNI-Dome for tailgating on Saturdays and catching the game no matter what sport it was. It seems like it was just yesterday, but oddly enough it was a whopping four years ago. We all have those college memories, and it’s the same for these student athletes that will say farewell on Saturday. This is especially true for the football squad, who will be putting on their UNI jerseys for the last time due to no postseason. These athletes have dedicated at least four years to being a member of their respective squads, and they’ve created their own memories over the course of their college career, for both themselves and the fans. For the volleyball squad, it will be a bittersweet moment saying goodbye to the McLeod Center, but we know it’s not for good. UNI will have the chance to hold on to their season with the conference tournament and possibly a trip to the NCAA Tournament. These student-athletes, once random freshmen liv-

ing in the dorms just like you, have grown into leaders on the field and captains on the court. They’ve been through rough times, yet they’ve shined at others. Now it’s our duty to make sure we show them how much we’ve appreciated their hard work and dedication to their respective sport. For one senior in particular, it may be more sweet than bitter. Carlos Anderson, currently fourth on the all-time career allpurpose yards list at UNI, is just 274 all-purpose yards from breaking the record currently held by Kenny Shedd. Shedd was a Panther from 1989-1992. It may take a big performance in all phases of the game, but I don’t think Anderson would ask for anything else in what will be his final game as a Panther. For all the seniors who have worked so hard to get where they are today, I say congratulations. Not only is it an honor for you to play your sport at a Division-I university, but you have done it for four years. Not only have you worked hard at your sport, but you’ve stuck around to earn your degree. As a student, that is a feat in itself that should not be overlooked. You’ve put your blood, sweat and tears into your teams, and you’ve shown your dedication to UNI. We thank you for all of your hard work and wish you good luck moving forward. Congratulations, seniors, and enjoy your final games in a Panther jersey.

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Jenny Willms (far left) celebrates with her UNI teammates following a victory over Southern Illinois earlier this season.

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Jenny Willms has experienced three MVC titles and three NCAA Tournaments as a member of the Panthers. Willms and her UNI teammates will try for their fourth MVC championship and NCAA Tournament appearance next week when they play in the MVC Tournament in Springfield, Mo.


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of California-Irvine in 2011 and was also named a member of the Missouri Valley Conference scholarathlete team after posting a 3.99 GPA. Willms was also one of 10 honorees to win the MVC Leadership & Service Award. “Being a smaller school, every sport is a competition year in and year out,” Willms said of UNI athletics. Coming from Dike, Willms’s family is able to make it to a lot of her games. Her mother and father, Joyce and Larry Willms, are her biggest fans. When it comes to volleyball, Petersen has had the biggest influence on her life. “I’ve grown in knowledge for the game and knowledge about life in general. You grow up a lot when you play a sport in college,” Willms said. Willms is well aware that her senior season is winding down and her career is coming to a close. Willms’ senior year philosophy is “to give everything, so I regret nothing.” Willms has tried to be a good role model and leader for the underclassmen on the team and she hopes to

end the season on a positive note. “I will miss the feeling of family. The feeling that someone is there and will have your back no matter what … I will miss my teammates,” said Willms. Willms hopes to one day work in the medical field after she completes graduate school. While grad school and prepping for her career will take a lot of hard work, she feels volleyball has helped prepare her for the challenges that lie ahead. “In volleyball, you experience and learn about hard work, how to take the positives with the negatives and the ups and downs,” said Willms. Willms and the Panthers certainly haven’t experienced many negatives in her four years on campus. Willms has been a part of three MVC championship teams and has experienced three NCAA Tournaments. With a 23-8 record this season and the MVC Tournament just one week away, Willms could certainly end her career on a high note.The MVC tournament will give Willms four straight NCAA Tournament appearances andpossibly four conference titles.

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The Nov. 16, 2012 issue of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's independent, student-produced newspaper since 1892.


The Nov. 16, 2012 issue of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's independent, student-produced newspaper since 1892.