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by Adam Haselhuhn and Trevor Boeckmann

Elections 2011: Get to know the candidates

By now, you have probably already seen a campaign poster, Facebook ad or even spoken with a candidate for Northern Iowa Student Government President. That is because as of Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 8 a.m., candidates could formally begin campaigning for president of NISG. For months these candidates have been working behind the scenes preparing for this sprint to the election on Feb. 22 and 23. The candidates will have 22 days to try and reach all 13,000 students and plead their case as to why they are the best choice for NISG President and Vice President. Now let’s take a moment to meet the candidates:

Spencer and Ian Webpage: Facebook group: Spencer and Ian for President and Vice President Twitter: None

Rhonda and Adam Webpage: Facebook group: Vote Rhonda and Adam Twitter: @Rhonda_Adam

Reed-Simonson Webpage: Facebook group: Reed - Simonson for UNI Twitter: @Reed_Simonson

Presidential Candidate

Presidential Candidate

Presidential Candidate

Spencer Walrath

Rhonda Greenway

Dakotah Reed

Major: Music and Psychology Standing: Senior Experience: Veteran NISG senator, Chair of the External Affairs Committee, resident assistant, Connecting Alumni To Students, radio host. About Spencer Spencer has been in NISG for the long haul. Starting as a freshman senator, he has worked his way up to being the most senior member of the NISG Senate, aside from Speaker Kevin Shannon, and the Chair of the External Affairs Committee. He has been a resident assistant since 2008 in Campbell Hall, which will undoubtedly be a great strength in the campaign. Walrath has 1,792 Facebook friends and counting, and that’s not just because he was adding for the campaign. He has also been involved with various music ensembles playing the trombone.

Major: Political Communications and Global Studies Standing: Junior Experience: Off-campus NISG senator, Model United Nations Secretary-General About Rhonda Greenway was a political junkie in high school and found a job in the Iowa Senate her senior year as a page. The following summer, she continued her political involvement as a Democratic canvasser and joined NISG’s Freshman Council when she came to UNI. She quickly became involved with the Model United Nations and became Secretary-General this year. Her NISG experience is limited; the bulk of it has come as a senator this fall. Greenway boasts a Facebook friends list of 1,534 after her most recent friendadding spree. With these additions, her outreach on Facebook will be fairly strong.

Major: Management Standing: Junior Experience: NISG Chief of Staff About Dakotah Dakotah Reed is new to the scene at UNI. He transferred this fall from the University of Iowa and became the Chief of Staff for the current NISG executive branch in early October. He enters the race as the first open Republican, giving him a potential voter constituency. He has 919 Facebook friends.

Vice Presidential Candidate

Vice Presidential Candidate

Vice Presidential Candidate

Ian Goldsmith

Adam Beaves

Zach Simonson

Major: Psychology and Theatre Standing: Junior Experience: NISG senator, Student Admissions Ambassador, resident assistant, Former Campbell Hall Senate president About Ian Goldsmith is a newcomer to the NISG scene. Like many before him, he joined last semester. But don’t let this newcomer fool you. Despite having a résumé lacking NISG experience, he is a strong addition to the ticket. With 1,900 Facebook friends, it is difficult to find someone on the UNI campus who doesn’t at least recognize Ian. You might know him as the founder of the now famous “Interlude Dance.” He is involved in vocal music and sings in the Men’s Glee Club. In addition to these activities, he has served as president of the Campbell Hall Senate, which will most likely be where he draws attention to his leadership and experience.

Major: Political Communications Standing: Junior Experience: NISG senator, UNI Forensics About Adam Beaves is a graduate of Hoover High School in Des Moines. He jumped into a senate spot his freshman year and had his first taste of NISG elections the following spring working on Adam Haselhuhn’s campaign team. This experience should be invaluable for the ticket. Beaves is active with the UNI Forensics team, Students Against a Violent Environment Forum Actors, and has served as a member of the Maucker Union Advisory Board. He has 1,292 Facebook friends.

Major: Political Communications Standing: Junior Experience: Model United Nations, UNI Forensics, NISG Supreme Court Justice About Zach Zach Simonson’s résumé mirrors Greenway’s. He was a politically active high schooler who was hired as a page with the Iowa Senate his senior year. He came to UNI and joined Model UN and the forensics team. His only NISG experience is serving as Clerk of the Court and Associate Justice for the judicial branch. He currently has 1,031 Facebook friends when just weeks ago he had fewer than 400.

This election will, without a doubt, come down to the wire. For the first time in at least six years there are three tickets vying for the top spot in NISG. The Northern Iowan is your source for information on the campaigns for NISG President and Vice President. For more detailed coverage and analyses of the NISG Elections, visit or find us on Facebook.




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UNI Choral ensemble to tour NYC in March Staff Writer

“This is the choir I want,” David Childs said after hearing a concert the University of Northern Iowa Concert Chorale performed last October. He invited the Concert Chorale to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The UNI Concert Chorale will travel to New York March 17-21 to perform in the world premiere of Childs’ “Festival Te Deum” on March 20. They will perform in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

Dyan Meyer, instructor of choral music education and conductor of the UNI Concert Chorale and Women’s Choir, says there is a lot the group will do in New York besides perform at Carnegie Hall. The itinerary includes the Concert Chorale performing at St. Paul’s Cathedral at Ground Zero. They will also perform at a local performing arts high school where the television series “Fame” was filmed. In order to offset some of the costs of the trip, there is a benefit concert Feb. 13 at Prairie Lakes Church Worship Center in Cedar

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special, “Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed.” “Unlike other comedians, Lewis Black doesn’t focus solely on being the funny man but also brings in the view of politics to his comedy work, and I think he does a terrific job of integrating the two together. I plan on seeing him next month,” said Austin Duve, a junior computer science major. Kylene Carlson, a freshman biochemistry major, also shared her opinion on the comic, saying, “I think he’s pretty hilarious. He’s up-to-date and current. He’s awesome.” Tickets for the show are on sale now. UNI student ticket prices are $31, $26 and $21. The performance will contain adult content. Tickets can be purchased through any UNItix outlet, online at or by calling 273-4TIX.

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7:30 p.m., Black will be preforming his show “In God We Rust” at the GallagherBluedorn Performing Arts Center. “A lot of people see comedy as something they would like to see more of around the area, so to have a comedian with national recognition on a weekend is great,” said Janelle Darst, marketing director of the GBPAC. Black’s live performances promise sarcasm, hilarious profanity, and his trademark ranting and angry yelling, which is known to often stimulate a mental breakdown on his part. His topics range from politics to trends to cultural phenomena. Black’s comedic rants about the absurdities of the world have landed him an award for funniest male stand-up comic at the 2001 American Comedy Awards and a 2007 Emmy nomination for his work on the HBO comedy


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form in such a famous place. “I probably won’t be able to hold it together; I’ll probably be really intimidated but really excited at the same time,” Cline said. Meyer has conducted the Concert Chorale for seven years and this is the second time the Concert Chorale has performed at Carnegie Hall. The Concert Chorale will perform their Carnegie Hall repertoire for UNI on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.


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Statham shines in action He said, she said: Relationship advice flick, ‘The Mechanic’ By ANTHONY MITCHELL and KATIE HUNT


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Jason Statham stars in a movie involving violence, sex and lots of guns. Not his usual gig, right? Just kidding. “The Mechanic” stars Statham as Arthur, an elite hit-man who gets hired to kill his friend and mentor, then realizes he’s been had. With the help of the deceased’s volatile son Steve, played by Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”), he takes revenge on the ones who betrayed him. Amidst gunfire, the plot of “The Mechanic” is nothing special. Like most other Statham films, there is lots of violence, and Statham kicks some serious booty. A remake of a 1972 film with the same name, the plot hasn’t changed, but the action has. It’s bigger and better, fitting the times (there’s a nifty little scene involving an exploding bus and a garbage truck, but you need to watch the whole movie before it happens.) Arthur (such a silly name for a high-end assassin) kills cleverly, only making messes when Steve gets involved. And after, he goes to bed with a beautiful woman, then returns to his beautiful home and listens to some beautiful classical music, all while maintaining the detached and brooding look of a serious assassin. Statham is, of course, brilliant in the role. He was born to play the killer, be it the brooding and classical music listener, as in this film, or the (insert any adjective here) killer. The other star of the film, Foster, does a good job keeping up with Statham. He plays the “disappointing” son and pulls off angry and violent very well. He is the character that walks into a room and wants to beat up whomever he sees first, just because he’s angry and he has a cut on his forehead that makes him look tough.

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Q: I recently started dating a new guy. He’s perfect, but there’s one little problem: He’s a Lutheran and I’m a Catholic. My parents are really strict, and they only want me to date someone who is also Catholic. But I don’t want to break up just because of his religion. How do I handle this with my parents?


Jason Statham stars as Arthur, an elite hit man, in “The Mechanic.”

That being said, he holds his own, and for some strange reason it works. If you’re looking for an action film, anything starring Jason Statham is a good choice. He is the ultimate bad boy, and he doesn’t disappoint in this film. The film contains some really crafty action and killing scenes (like killing a man in his own pool, while his guards watch). But, if you’re looking for clever quips or anything other than killing, sex and revenge, just rent “The Italian Job.” Statham plays a mean Handsome Rob, and a little Mark Wahlberg is good for everyone.

He said: I’m going to be bold and say right off the bat that you do not budge an inch on this. I can see a complete difference in religion causing problems, but differences in denominations? Come on. With respect, I say you parents need to get over it. Being a very spiritual person and having been either Catholic or Lutheran at one point in my life, you must keep in mind that denominations are not what’s important and the fact that you are both Christian is what’s important. That is big-time common ground and something your parents need to appreciate. Speaking more generally, you must remember that this is about what is going to make you happy and not your parents. Granted, we all strive for that all-important approval,

but there are times you have to draw a line in the sand on things you feel strongly about. From describing him as perfect, I think it is fair to say you think pretty highly of this guy. Fight for that. Like I said earlier, do not under any circumstances budge on this, and emphasize that you are both Christian. Of course, don’t go out of the gate hostile. Try to sit down with your parents and explain to them that being so stingy on the preferred denomination is really counterproductive. Be calm, yet thorough. Appeal to reason. Do whatever you can do make your message clear to them. If all else fails, resort to flash grenades and advanced martial arts. I kid. I’m trying to not sound too repetitive, but I really want to drive a single point home and that is that you must stick to your guns and not let something like different denominations stand in the way of a potentially fulfilling and long-lasting relationship. Stay See RELATIONSHIPS, page 4

Graduate Student Highlights

Brickley seeks to make each minute count while balancing school and work By JACKIE McANDREW

Graduate Student Affairs

Student affairs graduate student Ashley Brickley feels she is in a good place right now. Within the last year, she has obtained a dream job as the University of Northern Iowa’s coordinator for Disability Services, gotten married and bought a house. However, Brickley decided that continuing her education was another short-term goal that she wanted to accomplish. “My real goal right now is to finish school by May of 2013,” she said. As an alumna of Iowa State University with degrees in genetics and psychology, Brickley sets her sights high when it comes to her education. In the end, UNI’s location and resources factored into her choice to stay in the state of Iowa to complete her master’s degree. “I am an employee at UNI but I also enjoy the flexibility of the pro-

grams and the very hands-on nature of the education offered here,” she said. “I also love the small class sizes and the personal touch that you get here.” Brickley sees her Ashley Brickley professors not simply as teachers, but also as mentors who can offer valuable advice and help her to understand the ins and outs of her field. “I thoroughly enjoy the ‘student first’ mentality of all of the faculty and the attention they always show to students’ education. The instructors are full of real world experience and therefore can relate back to the students a lot better.” When Brickley decided to go back to school to gain more experience in student affairs, the most difficult obstacle she had to overcome was learning how to juggle her career and also keep up with her night classes. “Since I was very familiar with UNI

(as an employee) and the atmosphere here, the biggest challenge was balancing a full-time job and classes. Getting back into the ‘school mentality’ was also an issue after some time off,” she said. To keep things simple, Brickley likes to focus on school and her personal life separately. This disconnect between the two keeps her busy yet also helps her to concentrate completely on the tasks at hand. But when she does get some time to relax, she has a variety of activities to keep her interested. “I love to read in my free time, specifically horror stories. I love to spend as much time outdoors as possible. I enjoy gardening when the weather is nice and taking walks and hikes around town, just enjoying the fresh air. I also like to sew and I want to get back into playing my trumpet.” Brickley’s inner drive to achieve as much as possible with each minute is present in all aspects of her life. With a desire to advance her career and education as well as a plethora of activities

Don’t be afraid of pursuing education. It’s always possible to better yourself through it and you don’t have to sacrifice as much as you think you do. Ashley Brickley UNI graduate student

to keep her busy, she tries to find time for all of her interests. It’s only natural that her mantra would follow her straightforward approach to life. “Don’t be afraid of pursing education,” she said. “It’s always possible to better yourself through it and you don’t have to sacrifice as much as you think you do. Find ways to make time for everything. If you enjoy doing something, then you can always find some time for it!”




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Campus Cooking By KATIE MERRITT Staff Writer

Sizzlin’ Shrimp and Black Bean Corn Salad

Looking for something simply delicious? Well, look no further than your own kitchen tonight! Not only will your friends thank you, but your taste buds will as well. Impress your audience with a spicy, sweet meal of restaurant quality. This meal will allow you to change up your routine dinner plans and step out of the box.

Sizzlin’ Shrimp and Black Bean Corn Salad Serves: 2 Ingredients: 12 thawed shrimp 1 packet fajita seasoning 1 can black beans, drained 1 can corn, drained ½ cup salsa 2 Tbs. vegetable oil 1/2 Tbs. salt

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Directions: 1. Place thawed shrimp into large plastic Ziplock bag. 2. Pour 1 Tbs. vegetable oil over shrimp. 3. Empty fajita seasoning into Ziplock 4. Place bag in refrigerator and let marinate for 30 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, mix together black beans, corn, salsa and salt; set aside. 6. Pour 1 Tbs. of vegetable oil onto skillet set on medium heat. 7. Place shrimp in skillet. Cook for 4-6 minutes, or until shrimp is pink. 8. Place shrimp over 1 cup of the black bean and corn salad. 9. Enjoy! *Hungry Hint: This recipe can also be prepared for an on-the-go meal. After shrimp has cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces. Place shrimp on a flour tortilla, top with black bean and corn salad, lettuce and cheese. This makes for a delicious, on-the-run shrimp fajita wrap!

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strong, firm and reasonable. Best of luck. She said: For some, going against parents’ beliefs is an easy task. Breaking free from the guidelines they’ve set for you and setting out to figure life out for yourself can come easy to those who anticipate it. However, for others, to defy parents is next to cheating. Although I can imagine most of us by now have begun to adopt our own cultural beliefs, whether or not they reflect what our parents taught us. Religion is a big one. We grow up believing that whatever our parents tell us is right, no matter what. The most rewarding turning point in our lives, however, is that moment when we get a chance to look at all we’ve been taught and all we’ve learned on our own, and make

a decision about what to believe based on our own values and how we want to live our lives. Pretty cool, huh? The way I see it, you should be living your life based on what your own expectations for yourself are. Living up to others’ expectations can be stressful and sometimes unrealistic. From personal experience, I feel well equipped to tell you that you’re better off setting expectations for yourself. When it comes to relationships, it is possible for them to be diverse and still function. Granted, issues and differences most likely will arise if you choose to be with someone who has a different religious background, but what matters most is that this person you’ve chosen to be with is someone who will accept you despite your differences. If they’re the right person for you, they will embrace every part of you — including your religious views. Personally, I believe that your parents should be more concerned with you finding someone who will treat you right and take care of you, rather than focusing on their religious upbringing. We must not shut people out simply because they are different from us. By them restricting you, it is possible that they are causing you to miss out on someone great — someone perfect for you. So, I highly advise you stay with this wonderful guy you’ve found. Explain your feelings to your parents. Remember, they ARE your parents, which means they love you and do want the best for you. By telling you to only date a Catholic, they are, in their eyes, doing what they think is best for you. You can’t blame them. Not all parents are going to do it perfectly, and it is only once we become parents that we can understand how truly difficult it must be. Stay true to what you feel is best for yourself and your future. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when the outcome is everything you ever expected.

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Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, indicated that the ongoing protests in Egypt appeared to be coming to an end in an interview with Chris Wragge of “The Early Show” last Tuesday. Haass explained the hesitance of the military to kill protestors as an attempt to separate the ties between the military and the Mubarak regime. More importantly, President Mubarak’s newly-appointed vice president plans to meet with the opposition, establishing a dialogue that signals an acknowledgment that Mubarak cannot hang on indefinitely. The “march of millions” in Cairo also reflected the likelihood of the end of Mubarak’s regime. Things looked very different not even a week ago. Although these signs indicate Mubarak’s inevitable removal from power, the ultimate outcome of this rebellion is far from certain. The spread of violence from Tunisia to Cairo and the contention of power between various political factions and religious fundamentalists both have enormous potential to affect the entire Arab world. Americans now wonder how this crisis could affect our economy and if it is capable of derailing a fragile global economy. The Dow had its biggest drop in six months and oil prices rose almost $4 per barrel. With the lack of a controlling party to facilitate the transition and fear of a radical Islamic regime usurping Mubarak, American intervention seems ideal to many. Ironically, if the United States is concerned about its economic well-being or its national security, the foreign policy currently prescribed contradicts the nation’s intentions. American interests are best satisfied through the adoption of a non-interventionist foreign policy. The small price increase of oil pales in comparison to the trillions of dollars it costs the United States to maintain its current overseas presence. We don’t have to be involved in every squabble around the world, and we would be better off if we weren’t engaged there. Our current foreign policy is unsustainable. Bankrupting ourselves and destroying the value of our currency in order to fund this military adventurism does little good. The cost of

having a military presence in more than 130 countries, continuing to interfere in the affairs of others and adhering to imperialistic ambitions contradictory to the foreign policy of our founding fathers is too great, regardless if it is measured in dollars spent, personal liberties sacrificed or American causalities. Economic well-being aside, our overseas presence poses an immediate threat to our national security, especially our presence in Egypt. Michael Scheuer, chief of the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center in the late 1990s, illustrated this danger in 2007: “About the only thing that can hold together the very loose coalition that Osama bin Laden has assembled is a common Muslim hatred for the impact of U.S. foreign policy…. They all agree they hate U.S. foreign policy. To the degree we change that policy in the interests of the United States, they become more and more focused on their local problems.” These sentiments describing al Qaeda’s resentment toward the United States can be easily applied to the current crisis in Egypt. This resentment and revenge is what our CIA calls blowback: the unintended consequences of military intervention. We would be outraged if China, Iran or Russia occupied our country, bombed us or imposed economic sanctions upon us, yet we refuse to adopt this intuition. Propping up unpopular regimes in the Middle East and remaining on the Arabian Peninsula sparked the Sept. 11 attacks. The overthrowing of Prime Minister Muhammad Mossadegh in Iran in 1953 and replacing him with the shah led to American citizens being held hostage for 444 days. It is critical that the United States begins to respect the sovereignty of other nations and let those countries decide their own future. Our constant meddling in the affairs of others impoverishes the nation and foments resentment toward the United States, particularly nations within the Middle East. The economic crisis in Egypt has yet to be settled, but it is clear we are better off staying away from that affair.

Friends and Acquaintances of close friendship has been lost to our generation with the EMILY O’LOUGHLIN ease of communication nology provides. People seem to consider a large number of College is a place to make friends, on Facebook or othernew acquaintances and friends. wise, as more important than culYou meet people who share your tivating a few close friendships. interests and befriend them, Popularity and pleasing a friend on Facebook those who large crowd of “friends” seem to share few if any of your interests be more important than gaining and call others “friend” out of the approval of a few trustworcourtesy rather than acknowlthy people. Coming to college edgement of a relationship. Social media such as Facebook allows one to meet a large numhave blurred the distinction ber of new people with diverse between “friend” and “acquain- interests. Many of the people tance” more than courtesy and you meet in college will be shortmanners ever have. Facebook or long-term acquaintances, and makes everyone “friends” and some may become friends, but the does not allow for the distinc- distinction between those relation between friend, coworker, tionships does not seem to be acquaintance or any other rela- made often. C.S. Lewis addresses the diftionships that fall outside the ference between acquaintancecategories of friend or family. ship and friendship in his book It seems to me that the value “The Four Loves,” in which he

explores four words the ancient Greeks used to express different kinds of love, one being phileo, the love expressed among friends. According to Lewis, companions (his word for “acquaintances”) are brought together by circumstance, such as work or school, and speak mostly of themselves and material things, as in gossip. Companions cease to be such if circumstance draws them apart. If they should chance to meet, conversation will grow stilted once small talk has been exhausted. Friends may meet through circumstance, but will tend to talk of anything but themselves, pursuing speculative subjects and the like. A friend drawn away by circumstance will always remain a friend. Friends who meet years after parting may converse on anything and everything for hours, perhaps even continuing




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Commercial costs

Hoping to still get tickets for Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up? Keep dreaming. Prices currently range from $1,985 to $22,729 on Ticketmaster. Yes, you read that correctly. So now that we have potentially crushed your Super Bowl dreams, here is something to uplift your spirits. We all know that with the Super Bowl come the following things: a good game, iconic halftime shows and, of course, commercials we don’t change the channel for. And while these things won’t make up for physically not being at the game, advertisers sure try their best to entertain us. Commercials are a staple to Super Bowl Sunday. In fact, depending on the year, many people are talking about the commercials weeks later, while the game seems to be forgotten. For instance, in 2010 we were introduced to the Betty White Snickers ad, the E*TRADE baby and the chickens from Denny’s restaurants. Over the past year these commercials have expanded and led to many sequels based on the originals. Now you’re probably wondering, “How is this supposed to make me feel better about not seeing the game live?” Well, the fact is that you will be seeing commercials that cost up to $6 million. According to, in 2010 the average cost of a Super Bowl commercial was $2.7 million per 30-second spot; 10 years prior to that the average cost $2.1 million per 30 seconds. Those prices are quite high considering commercials, according to, can cost as little as $2,500 during other broadcast times. Doritos, Budweiser and GoDaddy have been known to play multiple commercials throughout the Super Bowl game, and other advertisers are known for having iconic celebrities, like the 2010 Dr. Pepper commercial featuring KISS. So on top of paying for the commercial air time, the production of the commercial is often just as expensive. That feels kind good, right? To know that advertisers are handing over outrageous sums in order to influence you to buy their product? In 2011, it is predicted that many companies are going above and beyond to produce the most memorable commercials of Super Bowl history. On, you can already watch a preview for a new E*TRADE commercial featuring the now-famous babies. Also, it is predicted that Best Buy will be airing a commercial featuring Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne. But truth is that you hold the key to success for all of the commercials. They can spend all the money they want on commercials, but if you don’t get it, the company failed. And if you do get it, the company has spent some smart money. It’s really all in your hands. While you won’t be able to smell the sweat of the players or hear the pounding of their pads, your viewing of the Super Bowl is still pretty important. So sit back, enjoy the game and be prepared for some of the most memorable commercials to date. This editorial reflects the position of the Northern Iowan’s editorial staff: John Anderson, Leah Jeffries, Brad Eilers, Cassie Tegeler, Anna Schreck and Kari Braumann. All other articles and illustrations represent the views of their authors.

a conversation they had prior to separation. Consider the classmates one encounters in a year. Some of your friends may be your classmates at one time or another, but not all of your classmates are your friends. People are quick to add classmates as friends on Facebook, perusing profiles to learn about each other rather than sitting down for a real conversation, including many and excluding few from the status of “friend.” A desire to be inclusive might lead some to call a crowd of acquaintances friends. A desire to be included might compel one to claim a large number of friends. These desires should not eclipse the potential for real friendships. I hope to increase awareness that a difference between friends and acquaintances exists, rather than bash or discourage acquain-

tances. A relationship that one person thinks is a friendship and another thinks is an acquaintanceship will inevitably lead to hurt feelings and irritation, respectively. People who learn to recognize the difference between the two kinds of relationship will suffer fewer hurt feelings, or at least be more capable of acknowledging that some relationships do not last, than someone who believes everyone is his or her friend. Consider the people you surround yourself with. Acquaintances are a part of life; they help us grow and learn. However, they cannot compare to those people who become a part of our lives and urge us to continue growing and learning, even when it might seem they have no reason to do so. These people are the ones who deserve the honor of the title “friend.”

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Despite cold shooting, Panthers’ hot streak continues By TIM GETTING

Sports Writer

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team shot a cold 30.8% from the field but still managed to pull out a 53-51 win over Illinois State University Wednesday night at the McLeod Center. The Redbirds had a chance for a final, potentially gamewinning shot but failed to make an attempt before time expired. It was another close call for the Panthers, who entered the game coming off a similar one-point win over the Missouri State University Bears. The victory continued what has been a dramatic eight-game winning streak for the Panthers with four of UNI’s last seven games having been decided by three points or less. “It feels like we’ve been in this position 30 million times,” said UNI senior

guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe. The Panthers experienced multiple scoring droughts during the contest, failing to convert a field goal for five minutes on three separate occasions. One of those stints occurred throughout the last five minutes of regulation. However, the Panthers converted five of six free throws within that span to escape the Redbirds’ late surge. “We struggled shooting it a bit, and they played good defensively, but we just kind of grinded it out, played good defense, got some big offensive and defensive rebounds, and just kind of did the little things to pull this game out,” said junior guard Johnny Moran. Sophomore Anthony James contributed to the Panthers’ scrappy victory with his first career doubledouble that featured some key rebounds near the game’s conclusion. James finished

“We are used to people mixing us up often, so we usually explain where we sit They are the people that in our game-day lineup to motivate the crowd dur- help them remember who is ing games. No matter the who,” said Clarissa. sport, they will still be rootThe twins have been tuming for their University of bling since they were 5 years Northern Iowa Panthers, old and wanted to continue even if the team is down. It tumbling after high school. can get pretty exciting being Cheerleading looked like a a cheerleader. It may even good route to participate in be more exciting cheering something similar. alongside your twin sister. “Before coming to college, Clarissa and Kristen we had never stunted before McPheron, sophomores but were excited to learn,” from New London, Iowa, said Kristen. “When we vishave the unique opportunity ited UNI, we went to a footto do just that. However, ball and basketball game and don’t worry about getting enjoyed watching the cheerthem confused at games. leaders. After seeing them, Sports Columnist

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UNI to host George Mason in ESPN BracketBuster By BRAD EILERS Sports Editor

ANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan

Anthony James recorded his first career double-double Wednesday night as he scored a team-high 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

the game with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. The six-foot guard said that he has never led a game in rebounds before Wednesday night. “(I was) going hard to the offensive and defensive glass. I wasn’t really getting boxed out, so I just felt that I could find openings to get

a rebound,” James said. “ (James) played with a high level of energy tonight, and he was extremely active. He’s done that a lot this year, but tonight it paid off with some important rebounds,” said UNI head coach Ben Jacobson. The Panthers’ win paired See PANTHERS, page 7

Panther Profile McPheron twins help bring excitement to Panther athletics By DRU JORGENSEN


we decided it was something we wanted to do.” Cheerleaders at UNI may participate in different sports. However, the twins know which sport they enjoy the most. “Men’s basketball is definitely our favorite sport to cheer for because we sit close to all the action taking place on the court,” said Clarissa. “It’s also cool to be close to the fans so we can feed off of their energy. Of course, going to the tournaments is a great perk!” Going to tournaments can be very exciting, especially when that means going to the Sweet 16 of

the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. “My favorite memory (from cheerleading) is probably seeing the confidence of our team during the NCAA Tournament, namely during the well-known game against Kansas,” said Clarissa. “It was also exciting to see my close-up picture on the ESPN website during the tournament.” Kristen, like many Panther fans, also enjoyed the ride to the Sweet 16. “My favorite memory (from cheerleading) is hugging President Ben Allen with the other See PANTHER PROFILE, page 7

The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team will host the George Mason University Patriots Feb. 19 in the McLeod Center for ESPN’s annual BracketBuster match-up. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN2. This match-up will feature a pair of NCAA tournament “Cinderella stories.” UNI made it to the Sweet 16 last March for the first time in school history after they knocked off the No. 1-ranked Kansas University Jayhawks. GMU, of the Colonial Athletic Association, made the Final Four as a No. 11-seed in the ‘06 NCAA tournament. This match-up is crucial for both schools as far as at-large bid consideration for the NCAA tournament goes. As of Feb. 3 the Panthers (18-6, 9-3 MVC) were No. 50 in the Rankings Percentage Index with a record of 2-2 against the RPI Top 50 and 3-2 against the RPI Top 100. The Patriots (18-5, 10-2 CAA) were No. 30 in the RPI with a record of 0-1 against the RPI Top 50 and 5-4 against the RPI Top 100. Both schools are currently on eight-game winning streaks. The Patriots are tied for first place in the CAA while the Panthers are a game out of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI and GMU have never met before on the basketball court. The Panthers are 4-2 all-time in the BracketBuster event and are a perfect 3-0 at home.



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cheerleaders after the Panthers’ win against Kansas,” said Kristen. “The feeling of sweet, unexpected victory for a team that I was a part of was amazing! I felt such giddy excitement after that game.” Having good chemistry amongst the cheerleaders would be good for both the Panther fans and the cheerleaders themselves. Good chemistry will help motivate the cheerleaders. That motivation will lead to encouragement for the purple and gold fans. “As we’ve been able to get to know them better, we have learned to appreciate their skills and the goals we achieve as a team,” said Kristen. Currently the Panther cheerleaders do not have a coach; however, they do

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with a Missouri State loss to the University of Evansville propelled UNI into a tie for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Since UNI began the conference season 1-3, the Panthers have yet to lose a game. UNI will be on the road


have a captain that leads the squad. They also have an adviser who oversees the cheerleaders. “It’s nice to be able to give individual input, as well as show fans that we can perform well on our own,” said Clarissa. The squad may not have a coach, but they do have something else that is needed to be a cheerleader: school spirit. “To us, it means displaying the passion we have for our school and spreading it to those watching the games,” said Clarissa. “The more people that join in showing this spirit, the more fun the atmosphere becomes.” The twins and the cheer squad can be seen at various Panther sporting events around campus. Whether the Panthers are winning or losing, they are still there to root for the purple and the gold. for their next two games and will not be surprised to have some more close games with Evansville and Drake University, who will be looking to avenge their January losses to the Panthers. “Nothing is going to be easy in this league, and we just have to keep grinding it out,” Ahelegbe said.

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The print edition of the Northern Iowan for February 4, 2011.


The print edition of the Northern Iowan for February 4, 2011.