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Ruud named UNI president SOFTBALL

Panthers fight bravely but fall to the Crimson Tide

The score didn’t reflect the intensity of play in UNI’s game against Alabama, as the Panthers’ intensity kept them engaged in the game even with a loss. < See PAGE 10 OPINION

Let us pee in peace (and choose who we live with)

Columnist Pope challenges UNI’s stance on open, gender-neutral housing and lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. < See PAGE 4


The script is the star in Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’

Actors’ performances were fair to middling, and the players were outshone by the dark twists and turns of a convoluted plot, according to NI film critic Paul Lichty. < See PAGE 6

I really look forward to working with the Board of Regents, the faculty and staff, the students, the alumni, the community of Cedar Falls and Waterloo and the William Ruud entire state of Iowa. Incoming UNI president LINH TA

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After a busy morning of interviews, questions and deliberation, the Iowa Board of Regents voted unanimously for the appointment of William Ruud as the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa on Feb. 7 in the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa. Farzad Moussavi, College of Business Administration dean and presidential search committee co-chair, said that the BOR made a good appointment. The committee has searched for the next president since their first meeting in October. “He brings years of successful presidential experience to UNI and he received unanimous endorsement

by the search commitment to advance his name to the (BOR), and he received favorable feedback from the campus and from the community when he visited the campus,” Moussavi said. Ruud will start his new position as UNI’s president on Jun. 1 at a salary of $340,000 in accordance with a three-year contract. He is currently the president of the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and has served there since 2007. “It is absolutely my pleasure to accept the opportunity to be the 10th president of the University of Northern Iowa,” Ruud said at a press conference following the announcement. When Ruud begins his

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William Ruud speaks to the press and answers questions after being announced as the 10th president of UNI by the Iowa Board of Regents.


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The number of University of Northern Iowa students with a food allergy or intolerance has more than doubled in the past three years, from 22 students in 2010 to 54 students in the spring 2013 semester. “It can be very tough, especially if you get diagnosed with (an allergy or intolerance) and you’re away from home and you’re not used to cooking, and just learning about what you need to do,” said Lisa Krausman, administrative dietician and purchasing manager at UNI. In her work, Krausman assists students on campus with special dietary needs. While there are different research studies on why there is an increase in people with special dietary needs, Krausman said that she has not found anything entirely conclusive. “For some of it, I think doctors are looking at it more and diagnosing it more than they did before. It’s more commonly known about it,” Krausman said. Jordan Knoll, a sophomore early childhood education major, was diagnosed with

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David Johnson, junior physical education major, considers which Godfather’s pizza to purchase at 23rd Street Market.

a gluten allergy in October 2012. While Knoll said she’s not able to eat things in the dining center like bread, fried foods and dessert, she can pre-order her meals to make the selection process easier. “I can get breakfast, lunch and dinner if I choose, and there are about three options for each meal,” Knoll said. “If I do not order my meals ahead of time, it is a little < See FOOD, page 3

I am looking for how he goes about getting students involved with the activities on campus or with volunteer opportunities... I’m in a sorority so I would like to see what he does with the Greek community.

Kathleen Varner

Junior, leisure, youth and human services

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tenure in June, he will face challenges including lower enrollment, a potential censure by the American Association of University Professors and a community that is still recovering from the closure of Malcolm Price Laboratory school and program and faculty cuts. During the press conference, Ruud said he wants to try and repair relationships on campus by holding open conversations with the UNI administration, faculty and staff, and he emphasized the importance of listening. “You have two eyes, two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionately,” Ruud said.

Facing UNI’s challenges

When asked about avoiding future cuts to faculty and staff, Ruud said that he is “not sure whether you can ever avoid cuts” but believes increasing enrollment and promoting fundraising will help assist the university. In addition, he also said that collaboration with the BOR, legislature and the other two regents institutions will provide more opportunities and assist UNI. Ruud’s plan to increase enrollment includes better collaboration between the office of the registrar, admissions and financial aid. He also said increasing enrollment is a collaborative effort. “We need to understand that enrollment management is not just the responsibility of the (offices of the registrar, admissions and financial aid), but it’s the responsibility of every staff members, every faulty member, every student and every alumni,” Ruud said. Full efficiency of finan-




cial aid is also imperative in increasing student enrollment, Ruud said. While potential students may be intimidated by the price of higher education, Ruud said, “We at (UNI) need to make sure we can manage each and every student that wants to come.” To achieve more funding at UNI, Ruud said that donors need to feel like partners, rather than just people writing a paycheck. He said that there should be no need to ask for money if donors are on board and engaged in the programming occurring at the university. Ruud also addressed other issues at the university, including funding and the potential censure in July by the American Association of United Professors. “It will be simple. I will want to work with the UNI family and have a good conversation, look at the procedures policies and the activities that we have engaged in,” Ruud said. “If we are censured, I want to find solutions to get us off the censure as soon as possible.”

Board of Regents’ decision

Regent Bruce Rastetter said a number of things were appealing about Ruud as the next president, including his current presidential experience at Shippensburg and his expressed enthusiasm about working at UNI. “He (shows) interest in UNI as the comprehensive university in the state of Iowa and that we should embrace that. I think that’s one of the first times we really thought of it that way, and we should,” Rastetter said. Rastetter also said the BOR announcement was held in Des Moines instead

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William Ruud answers questions at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines. Ruud was announced as the 10th president of UNI Feb. 7.


of Cedar Falls because the regents already had a two-day meeting there and were not sure about the schedule of the announcement. Moussavi said he believes the BOR made a good appointment. “(Ruud) brings years of successful presidential experience to UNI and he received unanimous endorsement by the search commitment to advance his name to the (BOR), and he received favorable feedback from the campus and from the community when he visited the campus,” Moussavi said. His previous experience and personality were reasons why the search committee were first interested in Ruud as a candidate. “The fact that he had several years of successful presidency set him aside. He had done this and he had done it very well, so that’s a quality that we appreciated in him, so that was the initial reason the search committee was interested,” Moussavi said. “He is a person with whom people will feel at ease and with whom they’ll interact with comfortably, and that’s a big quality to have.”

Moving forward

UNI State Relations Officer Jeneane Beck said that Ruud understands the importance of speaking with the legislature and promoting UNI. “Sometimes it’s hard for legislatures to understand, ‘Well you’re not in my district, so what’s your value?’ You need a president who can explain that value for all 99 counties, and the fact that he already knew we had 99 counties gives me great hope, so hopefully he can do that,” Beck said. Julee Jacobson, office coordinator of the School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, as well as member of the presidential search committee, said that she is pleased with the BOR’s decision. “The basic thing is to heal the rift that has occurred between the faculty and the administration, and the staff and the students,” Jacobson said. “I believe Dr. Ruud, through our conversations with him, has demonstrated that that is a real priority for him: to really listen to him, meet people across the different parts of our family at the university.” In addition to Ruud’s $340,000 annual salary, he will receive a deferred compensation plan equal to $50,000 a year, life insurance coverage < See RUUD, page 3



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HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE BIBLE: IT’S COMPLICATED Elm Room, Maucker Union 7-9 p.m. Professor of philosophy and world religions Susan Hill will discuss various interpretations of homosexuality in the Bible. MOVIE: QUANTAM HOOPS Great Hall, GBPAC 7 p.m. “Quantam Hoops” is a documentary that follows a basketball team looking for that one single win. UNI PROUD: MARDIS GRAS PARTY The Wesley Foundation 7 p.m. UNI Proud will host a Mardi Gras party with food, music and dancing.


POLITICAL SCIENCE GUEST LECTURE Room 2, Sabin Hall 6:30 p.m. Egypt in Transition: Politics and Experiences of the Uprising and Transition Period will be presented by Hillery Roach, UNI alumna and graduate student at American University, Cairo. MEN’S BASKETBALL VS. CREIGHTON McLeod Center 7 p.m.


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equal to $1 million, special allowances for the Office of the President, housing in the president’s house, a car or car allowance along with insurance and moving expenses, according to his contract with the BOR. The contract also stipulates that Ruud will “serve at the pleasure of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and (his) performance will be evaluated on a yearly basis.” The evaluation includes commitment to UNI’s mission and strategic plan, cooperating with other Regents institutions and UNI’s administration in implementing the strategic plan and commitment to serving the state of Iowa in economic and workforce development. Overall, Ruud said he was ready to collaborate with the UNI community. “I really look forward to working with the Board of Regents, the faculty and staff, the students, the alumni, the community of Cedar Falls and Waterloo and the entire state of Iowa,” Ruud said.

harder to find food, especially dealing with crosscontamination.” For other students, avoiding food contamination can prove more arduous. Krausman speaks with students to try and educate them about all the steps they can take to ensure safe consumption during summer orientation and during the school year to try and conjure a plan that allows them to safely eat on campus. “I had a student last year who was allergic to airborne particles from seafood. In that case, our area is large enough and we went through a plan with the parents and her, and deter-

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mined if she knew when we were cooking seafood and what area they were in, she would avoid those places,” Krausman said. Outside of the dining areas, retail stores such as Prexy’s in Maucker Union also try to accommodate students with special dietary needs. Krausman said students can request for foods to be made separately in areas like the grills and Mongolian grills. Knoll, however faces issues finding foods to eat at other retail stores. “Getting something from Biscotti’s is almost impossible,” Knolls said. “Some of the only things I can get from there are corn chips, fruits and pickles. It’s hard to find

anything to eat, especially if I want something warm.” Education is a major component when trying to decipher which places contain contamination. Krausman teaches students to avoid spots like the dessert areas, where high amounts of cross-contamination may occur. However, students without any special dietary needs should also pay attention to how they handle food. “An important thing for your average student who doesn’t have a food allergy is knowing that when you go to student group meetings or something, it’s important to try and not cross-contaminate, (and) touch lots of the food items, so students with allergies

can still have something,“ Krausman said. For incoming and current students, there are a variety of ways to receive accommodation, as well as education on dealing with a food allergy or intolerance. Students may contact the Department of Residence or reach out to Krausman and set up a meeting. “It’s interesting because after the semester break, we always have a few new students come to us that went to the doctor,” Krausman said. “We really help out students at anytime that have a special need.”


For general nutritional information and information on special dietary needs, visit www.uni. edu/dor/nutritional-information.

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The most important thing for me is that he has a personable quality. I think that’s what most students respond to. We like to know that they’re on our side.


For more information about UNI’s next president, including a CV and biography, visit www.

Taylor Van Roekel

Junior, English Education


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I hope that he can cut down on a lot of the costs. I think we waste too much sometimes. I also hope he has good leadership qualities.

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Junior, business management

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Let us pee in peace (and choose who we live with) It’s nearing residence hall contracting season, and the “More Choices, Better Choices” campaign has likewise ramped up. But in one major way, students on campus have fewer choices and poorer choices – the lack of open, gender-neutral housing and bathrooms. Let’s talk bathrooms first. Although the university does contain single-occupancy bathrooms, these are almost all still gender-specific, and they are often located on the edges of campus in difficult-to-find areas. Open bathrooms are important primarily because there are transgender individuals on our campus who are presented with a daily challenge when having to use the restroom. Transsexual folks are often made to choose between the gender that they are and the gender they may be legally defined as currently. These individuals risk harassment, expulsion, and legal action if they choose the “wrong” restroom. In the “right” restroom, because of their gender presentation, they risk harassment and violence.



Students who are gender-nonconforming like me often do not feel particularly safe or comfortable in either restroom, and restrooms can present a danger even to cisgender or gender-conforming folks who may be stigmatized in such places like lesbians, gays, and bisexuals. What’s more, families with young children may find it nearly impossible to find a restroom where, for example, a mother and her young sons can safely do their business. Imagine “holding it” all day long through classes and meetings or having to rush off to an obscure corner of campus each time you had to use the restroom. Open bathrooms solve these problems by providing a space for transsexual and gendernonconforming members of the UNI community (as well as families) to use the restroom in peace without being harassed, expelled, attacked

or legally challenged. The University of Northern Iowa should take its commitment to these groups just as seriously as its commitment to people of various abilities for which accessible bathrooms and stalls are available. We will all benefit from knowing our friends, peers and colleagues are happy and safe on campus. I have no doubt that open bathrooms would increase the quality of life for transgender folks and families at UNI and that these groups will be more likely to attend UNI, stay here and gain a quality experience with these restrooms in place. Doesn’t everyone deserve to pee in peace? Open restrooms provide choice for all. There are various reasons why individuals would choose not to use these facilities – those whose religion forbids cross-gender contact in such spaces, survivors of sexual abuse, etc. It’s important to remember that these communities would have their security and comfort protected too, as they are under no obligation to utilize open rest-

rooms. The vast majority of restrooms on campus would continue in their current form and be available for anyone who prefers them. UNI: Establish open restrooms so we may all choose restrooms that ensure our safety and comfort. Now on to housing. There are no on-campus open housing options. Again, in the case of housing, transsexual and gender-nonconforming students would have an option that many of them would prefer as safer and more comfortable than the current setup. It would allow these students to define their own identity and peer group, rather than be assigned one by the university based on chromosomes or genitalia. When I was contracting to live in Panther Village this year, a good friend of mine who is a trans man applied to live with us. He was denied because he is seen by the university and by the government as a woman. Although my other proposed roommates and I would have loved to live with him, we < See CHOICES, page 5


Divided we fall HEATHER NICHOLSON hnichols@

We are a nation in competition with one another – far from united on any front. It’s no wonder we can’t seem to get anything of value accomplished. The recent election is a perfect example of how far divided this country truly is. When it comes to policy, you’re either with us or on the opposing team. According to data from the Washington Post, President Obama won the 2012 presidential election with 50.6 percent of the popular vote; 47.8 percent of the votes went to Mitt Romney. These numbers show me a country split right down the middle between candidates with vastly opposing values. Politics becomes the blame game as campaigning takes a turn to mudslinging and “he said, she said.” Each party spends considerable time creating, funding and marketing the negative aspects of their competition. And that’s precisely what elections have turned into – competitions for our votes. While some candidates’ hearts may be in the right place, it would be difficult to truly tell considering the amount of slander and propaganda we are continuously exposed to from March to November of every year. Politics is not the only thing that drives us apart. It seems to me that we are all in competition against one another to some degree. Whether we are both fighting for the same job, property or higher pay, we all have some way of comparing ourselves to others. In this comparison, we either measure up to our standards or fall behind, causing more animosity between us and the very people who can help us reach our goals. Unfortunately, violence seems to be what many turn to in order to get the attention they feel their “side” deserves. It’s a ridiculous (and dangerous) mentality that merges power and fear. If you’re not with us, then you’re against us, and you’re wrong and we just can’t have that. This violence drastically contributes to our informal segregation, continually pushing us further apart. It silences voices that fear the potential < See DIVIDED, page 5



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backlash and confrontation. And it escalates arguments to a point where there only seems to be one right answer. America: land of the free and home of the brave. Because of where we choose to live we are all completely, 100 percent entitled to our opinions. But at some point, I hope at least a majority of us realize that we can truly accomplish nothing without compromise and understanding. We are driven apart on so many levels that it seems almost impossible to find common ground. I’ve been thinking about the ‘60s lately – a time when our nation was in great


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were never given the chance to. He could have had an accepting group of roommates with which he felt safe and comfortable, but instead he was forced to pay far more to live in a single room. This doesn’t serve student interests. This wasn’t “more choices, better choices” – it was no choices. If the university wants students to stay on campus, it better take notice and get competitive by offering open housing options. It isn’t just good for UNI students – it’s good business. A single hallway in Panther Village and another in a regular dorm hall would be enough of a start to keep folks on campus and make students feel safe and comfortable.

If UNI is to be inclusive, responsive to student needs and competitive in residence, we need to offer open restrooms and open housing options.

This is college. We are adults, and we are more than capable of deciding who we live with. The outdated Victorian obsession with keeping people separated by sex ignores the fact that


turmoil. We were about to become even more involved in a war that many Americans were opposed to. We would be sending thousands of troops and drafted men overseas creating a great divide between supporters and protesters. JFK would be elected and then assassinated only two years later. Many great men, heroes of our nation, would be assassinated during this decade including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Robert F. Kennedy. In addition to all of this, the civil rights movement would strive to pull all men together under one common goal: equality. This attempt to unify a nation continues to be a struggle today while all men value their opinion as the highest

and are quick to find a scapegoat. A writer for Spiegel International comments in his article entitled “The Divided States of America” that all sense of community diminishes once it comes time to “pay the bills and distribute the cost.” It is these times when we need solidarity most, but in these moments, we separate ourselves and either turn to ignorance or blame. No matter Obama’s plan to unite our nation under policy reform or revised mandates, he cannot succeed without support. And his agenda will only be met with resilience because, inevitably, it will piss somebody off. And who wants to deal with the backlash of an angry

LGBT people exist and that many college students will be having sex, regardless of who our roommates are. It also does a disservice to those of us who honestly would love to stay on campus and live with friends of various sexes and genders. Although lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students especially would benefit from open housing, all students would have “More Choices, Better Choices” as advertised. The open housing program at Iowa’s Grinnell College has been wildly successful and actually expanded each year since its implementation because of the high demand. LGBT folks and others who want to decide on their roommates based on other characteristics than just sex or gender would be more likely to come to UNI, more likely to stay here and more likely to get a quality experience here. Those who may be uncomfortable with living in open housing will of course be under no obligation to do solike open restrooms, the vast majority would remain in the current format. If UNI is to be inclusive, responsive to student needs and competitive in residence, we need to offer open restrooms and open housing options. This isn’t about forcing something new on students; it’s about giving students choices about where they want to pee and with whom they want to live. UNI will only fulfill their promise of “More Choices, Better Choices” if open housing and restrooms are a choice that we students get to make.



congressman or senator or pharmaceutical company or insurance company or anyone in the top 1 percent, for that matter? Apparently nobody. So here we sit, on our divided agendas accomplishing absolutely nothing. In his post “A Country Divided,” an Economist blogger writes that Americans need to learn to live civilly with one another. We all need to agree to disagree and strive to find the common ground between us that does, indeed, unite us all instead of allowing our differences to drive us further apart, dividing America “into two hostile armed camps that are incapable of talking to each other.” There is no more empathy. There is no more unity. We

are a country divided among our principles unwilling to compromise or even, at the very least, listen to the other side. In JFK’s inaugural address, he states, “United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do — for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.” I couldn’t possibly agree more and find it unfortunate that a man’s statement, uttered more than 50 years ago, continues to fall on the ears of a deaf and selfish nation. Heather Nicholson is a senior

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Black Student Union hosts fashion show KIRSTEN TJOSSEM Staff Writer

“Oohs” and “aahs” filled Lang Hall Auditorium Friday, Feb. 8, as stunning gals and spiffy gents took to the catwalk for the Black in Time Fashion Show, put on by the Black Student Union as a part of Black History Month. “Fashion is a huge part of African-American culture, so we wanted to make sure we captured it properly,” said Darvel Givens, president of BSU and senior management major. While last year’s event focused solely on showcasing current New York City fashion, this year’s event switched things up, taking a journey from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s to the fashion of today. “With all of our events, we wanted to make sure they were all educational and entertaining,” said Givens. For the fashion show, BSU incorporated slideshows of photos and music fitting to the specific era. The two

hosts, Rob Byrd and RayVynn Schauf, also delivered historical facts in-between jokes. “The fashion show itself not only showed many amazing pieces relevant to the decade, but showed a lot of African-American culture during the time period. The event was educational, showing aspects of struggle during these decades and the fashions associated (with them),” said Justin Wurtzel, senior biochemistry and biology double major. The fashion show wouldn’t have been possible without the help of New York City fashion designer and stylist Nicole Lyricc, who was raised in Waterloo and, alongside Givens, was a big help in coming up with the themes and plans for the event. Givens, president of BSU for his second year, first got involved with the organization after he returned from a yearlong National Student Exchange Program trip to New Jersey, where he experienced a campus that was overflowing with culture.

“I wanted to bring that same experience back to UNI,” said Givens. With many events still in store for the month, he encouraged students to come out and show their support. “They will be impactful, fun and most definitely worth your time. If you’re looking for a reason to get your head out of the books and need to have a good time, these events are where you need to be,” said Givens. To stay up to date with BSU, follow them on twitter @UNIBSU and like their two fan pages on Facebook, UNI BSU and UNI BSU Black History Month. Students may also attend the group’s biweekly meetings held in the Center for Multicultural Education. The next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 pm.


UNIFI’s fifth annual Darwin Week hosts a variety of speakers KIRSTEN TJOSSEM Staff Writer

Darwin Week will kick off its fifth year at the University of Northern Iowa on Feb. 18. Put on by the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, the weeklong event encourages many of Charles Darwin’s beliefs, and it is scheduled around his birthday. “Our goal for the event is to promote critical thinking and intellectual curiosity among students, which are values that Darwin exemplified,” said Stef McGraw, senior philosophy and Spanish double major and UNIFI vice president. The week will consist of several 50-minute talks in the Center for Multicultural Education, given by UNI faculty and outside speakers. Speakers will present on topics they’re passionate about. The main themes for each day are skepticism on Monday, humanism on Tuesday, sci-

ence on Wednesday and education on Thursday. The keynote speakers will present at 7 p.m. each of those nights. After seeing Darwin Days pop up around the country, Cody Hashman, founder of UNIFI, started the weeklong event five years ago. Since then, many changes have been made, the biggest being the expansion of talk topics. “The first Darwin Week featured talks that were all based somehow on evolution or Darwin, and we have decided to in recent years expand that to a wider range of topics,” said McGraw. “We’re more concerned with spreading the values of critical thought and intellectual curiosity that Darwin progressed than executing the event in the most literal sense of the name.” High-profile speakers have also made an appearance in recent years, including Jamila Bey and Greta Christina, popular figures in the secular

movement. Famed physicist Lawrence Krauss presented last year, and executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Eugenie Scott, is said to be a must-see this year. The week will kick off at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, with the last talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. “I encourage students to attend the different talks because I think we can all sometimes get jaded with our daily routines and forget that it’s truly a privilege to be in a place where inquiry and learning thrive. Getting to hear academics speak in (a) non-classroom setting is a much needed change of pace,” said McGraw. For a complete schedule of Darwin Week events, visit

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Rooney Mara stars as depression-stricken Emily Taylor in “Side Effects.”

The script is the star in Soderbergh’s ‘Side Effects’ PAUL LICHTY Film Critic

Steven Soderbergh is one of the most unique filmmakers in the business. He started his career off back in 1989 with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” and he went on to create some of the finest independent films of the 1990s. Later in his career, he dived into mainstream cinema with “Out of Sight” and the “Ocean’s” trilogy. He is a master at creating solid genre pieces, and even with a résumé that includes some misfires, no serious film aficionado can say that Soderbergh is an uninspired filmmaker. His latest effort is “Side Effects,” which plays as a successful drama, mystery and thriller. It’s been marketed as a film about a woman who is taking a new medication for depression, medication that has side effects that lead her to commit murder. While this is indeed a part of the plot, the trailers and previews for the film are very misleading. The plot starts off with 28-year-old Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara), whose husband (Channing Tatum) has just been released from jail for insider trading. She suffers from depression and, after a suicide attempt, is put on a new antidepressant called Ablixa, which is prescribed by her new psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law). Even though Emily claims she is getting better (no lack of energy, increased sex drive, more sleep), one of the side effects that she experiences is sleepwalking, which has deadly consequences. The plot synopsis above sums up only the first half of the film. The last half of the movie veers into a complex plot that is filled with so many twists and turns that the audience ends up getting a very different experience than they

thought they would coming into the theater. Plot twists can be very problematic. They are often overused, and many movies rely on them too much to make up for the fact that the plot they have to begin with isn’t very interesting. Many writers often have a difficult time making them believable and practical. On paper, the plot twists in “Side Effects” are borderline ridiculous, but Soderbergh handles them with such craft and ease that viewers go along with them. “Side Effects” is undoubtedly a writer’s piece, with the script as the main star (very well-written and thought-out by third-time Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns). One aspect of the film that didn’t necessarily stand out was the performances. Law was good as usual as the psychiatrist who gets more than he bargains for when dragged into this deep, concocted, deceptive mess of a plot (the film is very Hitchcockian in those regards), but neither Mara or Tatum really bring any originality to their performances. Mara seems to just drift wearily throughout the film. Catherine Zeta-Jones has some nice moments as Emily’s former psychiatrist, but as I said, it’s not the performances that make this film memorable or worth seeing; it’s the script. Soderbergh is only 50 years old and is perfectly able to continue filmmaking, so it’s interesting that he has announced his intention to retire. For a director who has made good films in many different genres and styles, one would think that his last film would have been more than just another slick genre piece. While the film is very well made, it is in no way significant. Nothing about it < See REVIEW, page 9

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Broadway’s ‘West Side Story’ brings Latin flair, new life and a little street cred to Gallagher-Bluedorn ANDREW RUBENBAUER

Theatre Writer

As the curtain was drawn, a dark street lined with towering buildings and a rusty fire escape appeared through the haze. When the actors took the stage, it became clear the audience was no longer in Cedar Falls, Iowa, but on the streets of New York City. “West Side Story” is an American musical that serves as a 1950s New York City gang adaptation of William Shakespeare’s timeless classic “Romeo and Juliet.” The Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, along with Troika Entertainment, brought the show to the University of Northern Iowa Feb. 8 through Feb. 10. Pitting the Puerto Rican immigrant Sharks against the Caucasian juvenile delinquent Jets, “West Side Story” realistically re-created the tragic environment that surrounded the forbidden love of protagonists Maria and Tony. Through song, dance, acting and various technical elements, the streets came to life

before the audience. With 15 starkly different scenes, “West Side Story” kept the diverse audience of children, students, alumni and community members captivated. The passion and sorrow with which each kiss was delivered and each tear was shed could be seen as the actors lived the twists and turns of their characters’ troubled lives and romances. The performers, through character-specific mannerisms and choices – as exemplified in their dancing, singing and acting – added personality and flavor to their craft, creating an individual style that was consistently carried throughout the production. “I think the actors themselves were my favorite part of the show,” said Chelsea Miller, a junior theater performance major. “They gave 100 percent to their roles, and it was completely evident in the performances they gave.” Solo performances such as “I Have a Love” evoked strong emotional responses while large-scale ensemble

numbers like “America” and “Gee, Officer Krupke” kept the onstage energy alive. This energy came not only from the vocal ability of the actors but also from the exemplary dancing. By highlighting the dancing, the famous songs of “West Side Story” became the showstoppers of the production. With a former Ricky Martin backup dancer and “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant, the dancers gave each scene a Latin flair or ’50s jive step with ease. Pirouettes and turns were present in a knife fight while elements of flamenco and swing created intense battles at the high school dance. The ability of the dancers to convey a message through movement not only increased the aesthetics of the scene but transformed it completely. The 31-member cast made for a believable and emotional experience in which the characters confronted messages of racism, masculinity, sexism, violence, love, family, loyalty and much more. While the Sharks told

Maria to “stick to your own kind,” the Jets told Tony his girl was the enemy. “It’s not us,” cried Maria, played by MaryJoanna Grisso. “It’s what’s around us.” All these emotions and factors increased the cultural divide between the Jets and the Sharks. “Every one of you hates every one of us and we hate you back,” screamed Bernardo, played by Andrés Acosta. “The level of intolerance between the groups in the show was almost hard to watch,” said Joe Barloon, junior electronic media major. With so much happening onstage in “West Side Story,” audience members left the Great Hall discussing their opinions of the show and what they took away from it. “… Everyone is human, and when we come together we can do great things, or we can remain divided and run headlong into tragedy,” commented Miller. Barloon and Miller, along with other UNI students, had the opportunity to see “West Side Story” for free.

“I got my ticket by using my two free ones provided to me by UNI per semester. Without them, it would have cost me $122 to take my girlfriend with me,” explained Barloon. The GBPAC offers a rare experience to UNI students. Not only can students see professional, travelling shows from around the world but they can see these shows without breaking the bank. Miller explained why he thought the opportunity was important. “At such a critical juncture in our lives, when we’re doing our best to figure out who exactly we are, these performances present us with a unique opportunity to see things in a way that we may not have considered otherwise,” said Miller. College students at UNI and around the world are facing, have faced or will face many of the same hardships confronted by the Sharks and the Jets in “West Side Story.” By working toward a better < See GBPAC, page 9


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By working toward a better future, whether that future is tonight, tomorrow or years from now, “West Side Story” reminds us there is a “time and a place for us … somehow, some day, somewhere.”

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Panthers survive Bradley’s 2nd-half surge, win 68-65

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UNI senior Anthony James (52) was one of four Panthers in double figures. James finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. ERIC CLAUSEN/Northern Iowan Archives

UNI junior pitcher Jamie Fisher (pictured above) went six innings against No. 1-ranked Alabama, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and one walk. Fisher was limited to just one strikeout against the Crimson Tide.

Errors cost UNI in 8-1 loss to No. 1 Alabama BRAD EILERS

Sports Editor

It isn’t every day you get a chance to compete against the defending national champions, and Friday night’s final score between the University of Northern Iowa softball team and the No. 1-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide doesn’t indicate how close the game really was. “Our girls played hard the whole time, and if you took the numbers off the board, you would never know where we were at in the game, as the intensity was the same throughout,” said UNI head softball coach Ryan Jacobs. “The girls showed right away that they could make adjustments during the game, and that is something that we struggled with a little last year.” The Panthers lost 8-1 in their season opener of the UNI-Dome Classic, and while they never threatened Alabama on the scoreboard, the game certainly felt closer than the seven-run differential. Two costly errors and two stellar defensive plays from the Crimson Tide seemed to have had a large impact on the final outcome. UNI alumnus and current Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy was very complimentary of the Panthers. “It’s early on and everybody makes mistakes, we were just lucky enough to be able to capitalize on some of them,” said Murphy. “(Jamie Fisher) made some very good pitches tonight, we just got the bat on it … She is going to win a lot of games this year for (UNI). She is a very good pitcher and I was very impressed by her. “I hope (UNI) wins the rest of their games. Seriously, they can win every one of them and repeat as (Missouri Valley Conference) champs. It helps us out,” said Murphy. UNI junior pitcher Jamie Fisher retired the first eight batters she faced before giving up a two-out double to Kayla Braud in the top of the third inning. Next up was Haylie McCleney who hit a blooper into left field, but

UNI outfielder Kristin Lock accidently kicked the ball and it rolled across the UNI-Dome turf into right field, allowing both players to score.

Our girls played hard the whole time, and if you took the numbers off the board, you would never know where we were at in the game, as the intensity was the same throughout. Ryan Jacobs

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Sports Editor

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team held a 37-18 halftime lead over the Bradley University Braves Sunday afternoon in Peoria, Ill., before the Braves rallied to cut the UNI lead to just one point with 15.6 seconds remaining. The Panthers sealed the 68-65 victory with clutch free throws and strong defense in the closing seconds. After back-to-back heart-

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UNI struggles to find balanced scoring, drops 57-47 contest to WSU

The Crimson Tide scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning and three more in the top of the fifth, one of which was unearned due to an error by UNI third baseman Haley Kriener, to extend their lead to 7-0. The Panthers had their first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth inning when freshman Micalla Rettinger led off with a single to left field and advanced to second base on a throwing error. Freshman Caitlyn Wnek was the next batter for UNI and she hit a line drive into right field. However, Alabama outfielder Keima Davis made a sliding catch to prevent Rettinger from scoring. The Panthers would eventually get runners on first and third base with two outs in the inning, but senior Samantha Reimer struck out swinging to end the scoring threat. UNI had another scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth inning after senior Melissa Walls doubled to lead off the inning. Walls would eventually score after two illegal pitches from Alabama standout Jackie Traina. The

breaking road losses to Indiana State University and the University of Evansville, the Panthers (14-11, 7-6 MVC) have won three straight Missouri Valley Conference games for the first time since Feb. 2, 2011. UNI defeated Wichita State University, Missouri State University and Bradley University in the past eight days to move into fourth place in the MVC, just two games out of a three-way tie for first place with five

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Amber Kirschbaum (pictured above) and the Panthers struggled to find any offensive rhythm Friday night in Wichita, Kan. WSU beat UNI 57-47.


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The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team tried to hand the Wichita State University Shockers their first Missouri Valley Conference loss Friday night in Wichita, Kan., but ultimately fell 57-47. The Panthers struggled to find a second scorer to team up with senior guard Jacqui Kalin. Kalin led UNI

with 20 points, but no other Panther reached double figures. Redshirt freshman Jen Keitel scored the first four points of the game for UNI. However, Keitel’s scoring slowed as she was limited to just four points and one field goal for the rest of the game, finishing with eight points. Kalin and freshman Hannah Schonhardt helped < See WOMEN’S, page 12





UNI comeback falls short in 23-12 loss to Iowa State NICK GARY

Sports Writer

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Despite an 8-1 loss to Alabama, the Panthers still won two games throughout the UNI-Dome Classic.


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Panthers had a chance to score again with a runner on second base and only one out, but a fly out to left field and an acrobatic sliding stop by Alabama second baseman Kaila Hunt ended the scoring threat. The Crimson Tide added another run in the top of the seventh inning off of UNI reliever Mackenzie Flaws to extend their lead to 8-1, which ended up being the final score. “We threw a lot of young kids out there tonight ... obviously this is their first time on the field together, and I liked what I saw,” said Jacobs. “We wanted to go and compete and have fun, and we did. There were some mistakes made, but we can clean that up. We faced a

very good pitcher in (Jackie) Traina, and she is definitely as good as advertised.” Traina struck out 12 batters while only allowing three hits, two walks and one earned run through seven innings. For UNI, Fisher pitched six innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and one walk. Fisher recorded just one strikeout during the game. The Panthers (2-3) defeated North Dakota State University and the University of WisconsinGreen Bay Saturday during the UNI-Dome Classic. However, the Panthers dropped both games on Sunday to the University of Illinois and Drake University. UNI returns to action Friday as they take part in the Arizona State Littlewood Classic.

The University of Northern Iowa wrestling team traveled to Ames, Iowa, Friday to square off with their in-state rivals, the Iowa State University Cyclones. Despite a strong showing, the Panthers fell 23-12. UNI’s Ryan Loder, who wrestled in the second match of the evening, put the Panthers on the board with a 6-1 victory over ISU’s Boaz Beard. Neither competitor earned points in the first period, but Loder scored one point with an escape and two with a takedown in the second period to take a 3-0 lead into the third and final period of the match. Beard earned an escape point in the final period in an effort to make a comeback, but it wasn’t enough as Loder recorded another takedown and earned a point for riding time, taking the match 6-1. Loder’s victory made the score 4-3 in favor of Iowa State. Despite Loder’s strong performance, the Panthers were unable to turn his performance into any type of momentum going forward as they lost the next three matches and trailed ISU by a score of 16-3. UNI’s Levi Wolfensberger (133 pounds) helped the Panthers head back in the right direction with a 5-0 decision over ISU’s John Meeks. Wolfensberger started the scoring late in the first period, recording a takedown with just seven seconds left. Wolfensperger earned an escape in the second period and recorded a takedown late in the third period to finish off the match with a hard-earned shutout. The next match was at 141 pounds where the Panthers’ Joey Lazor defeated Luke Goettl

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The Panthers fell behind the Cyclones early and were never able to recover as they fell 23-12.

6-3. Lazor and Goettl were tied at 2-2 after the first two periods, leaving plenty of drama for the third period. Lazor earned an escape with 1:12 left in the match then came back and took down Goettl just five seconds later to take a 5-2 lead with just over a minute to go. Goettl earned an escape point with 27 seconds remaining, but Lazor took the victory 6-3 after earning over three minutes of riding time. Lazor’s victory helped pull the Panthers within seven points at 16-9 with three matches remaining. However, the Cyclones won two of the final three matches to earn a 23-12 victory over the Panthers. ISU’s Max Mayfield defeated Bart Reiter 4-1 at 149 pounds before UNI’s David Bonin defeated ISU’s Logan Molina 5-2 at 157 pounds. ISU won the final match of the dual meet 10-1 as Michael Moreno defeated Jarrett Jensen at 165 pounds. The Panthers will look to get back on track Feb. 17 at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Cliff Keen National Duals in Kent, Ohio.



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UNI senior guard Jacqui Kalin (10) is closing in on becoming UNI’s all-time leading scorer. Following Friday night’s game against Wichita State, Kalin was just 20 points from tying Amy Swisher atop the leaderboard.


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spark a 9-0 Panther run near the end of the first half, but the Shockers responded with a 6-0 run of their own to give UNI a slight advantage at the break, 23-22. The Shockers (16-6, 10-0 MVC) continued their run after halftime, jumping out to a 27-23 lead over the Panthers. UNI senior Amber Kirschbaum scored UNI’s first points of the second half on a two-point junper, but the WSU run continued. The Panthers failed to make a bucket over the next four minutes of action and found themselves trailing 35-25 with just under 13 minutes remaining in regulation. The Shockers never relinquished the lead,

expanding the gap to as much as 12 points at 52-40 with 2:11 remaining in the game. WSU sealed the victory with clutch free throws down the stretch, handing the Panthers a 57-47 defeat. Kalin’s 20-point performance against Wichita State puts her 20 points away from tying Amy Swisher for the all-time leading scorer title at UNI. Kalin has 1,831 points as a Panther. The Panthers (10-12, 5-5 MVC) squared off against the Missouri State University Bears on Sunday afternoon. For a recap of the game, be sure to check out Friday’s issue of the Northern Iowan. UNI’s next game is Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host the Bradley University Braves.

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games remaining. The Panthers and Braves were tied at 6-6 seven minutes into the first half before the UNI offense started to click. The Panthers went on a 24-8 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 30-14 lead. UNI and BU traded buckets over the final three minutes of the first half, with the Panthers taking a 37-18 lead into the locker room. UNI shot 45.2 percent in the first half while holding BU to just 25.9 percent shooting. The second half was a different story. The Braves opened the second half on a 14-0 run as the Panthers failed to score in the opening seven minutes of the half. However, UNI responded with an 11-2 run of their own to push their lead back to double digits at 48-34 midway through the second half. For the next seven minutes fans got to witness Bradley senior Dyricus SimmsEdwards put on a show.

Simms-Edwards scored 22 of Bradley’s next 24 points as the Braves cut the UNI lead to just three points with 3:56 left in regulation. SimmsEdwards scored a career-high 32 points, with 26 of those points coming in the second half. Bradley cut the lead to 66-65 with 15.6 seconds left, but two Jake Koch free throws and strong defense by Marc Sonnen sealed the deal for the Panthers, 68-65. The Panthers put together a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. Sonnen led UNI with 15 points while Koch and redshirt freshman Matt Bohannon chipped in with 14 apiece. Senior Anthony James was the other Panther in double figures as he finished with 10 points. Koch and sophomore Seth Tuttle each collected seven rebounds while sophomore point guard Deon Mitchell added five assists. UNI returns to action Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when they host No. 16-ranked Creighton University.


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classifieds | tuesday, february 12, 2013


The Feb. 12, 2013 issue of the Northern Iowan, the University of Northern Iowa's independent, student-produced newspaper since 1892.

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