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U.S. Senator Tom Harkin visits UNI to address funding for higher education SARAH KELZER Staff Writer
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin held a public hearing open to students and the community at the University of Northern Iowa’s GallagherBluedorn Performing Arts Center to discuss funding for a broad range of areas with a group of panelists on Saturday, Feb. 5. Harkin listened to seven individuals give their short, individual speeches on the effects budget cuts would have on their specific programs. Spencer Walrath, a UNI senior double majoring
in music and psychology, was pleased with Senator Harkin’s decision to come to UNI. “I think it shows how strong his commitment to funding higher education is,” said Walrath. President Benjamin Allen was among the panelists who discussed the importance of not decreasing the college’s funding for Pell Grants and other scholarships. “We would not be able to help such promising lowincome students attend college without this funding See HARKIN, page 3
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Pictured from left to right, Kevin Shannon, Senator Tom Harkin, Spencer Walrath and Jennifer Nulty. Senator Harkin met with audience members after the forum to discuss the specifics of funding for higher education.
Regents propose 5 percent tuition increase in light of potential budget reductions
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The University of Northern Iowa is proposing a 5 percent increase for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to an 11.3 percent increase for in-state students and a 7.9 percent increase for out-of-
state students in the College of Business upper division. The proposed increases would help offset the significant budget shortfall the institutions face as Iowa’s legislators debate cuts to
Chris Larimer to discuss gender-balancing law
UNI to co-sponsor “Growing Local Lunches” event
JOHN ANDERSON Editorial Staff
The state Board of Regents proposed a 5 percent tuition increase for Iowa’s public universities during their meeting in Iowa City last week.
See REGENTS, page 4
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The Iowa legislature recently passed a law requiring local administrative boards in the state to maintain an equal number of male and female members. Chris Larimer, assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa, will present a discussion on the gender-balancing law 10:30 a.m. Saturday at University Book and Supply. “I think this discussion will be beneficial for anyone who is interested in gender dynamics at the state or local level of government and what the government is doing to bridge
Darwin week February 7-11, 2011
All events will take place in the CME of the Maucker Union. Darwin Week will feature a series of presentations by UNI faculty and invited keynote speakers. Each day will feature a theme around which the lectures will be focused.
On Thursday, Feb. 17, the University of Northern Iowa will be co-sponsoring an event entitled “Growing Local Lunches: Connecting Iowa Farmers and School Meals” at the Cedar Falls Public Library.
See LARIMER, page 3
See LOCAL LUNCHES, page 5
Monday - Sexuality Tuesday - Religion Wednesday - Evolution Thursday - Critical Thought Check out our website for thecomplete schedule!
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Winter Storms 2011
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On Feb. 1 the Cedar Valley experienced the first storm of the new year. With snow accumulations reaching more than 8 inches and winds up to 40 mph, a blizzard warning was in effect for much of Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The storm led to a delay of classes for students at UNI. ANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan
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UNIFI to host third annual Darwin Week SARAH KELZER Staff Writer
The University of Northern Iowa’s Freethinkers and Inquirers, an organization dedicated to advancing science and reasoning, will be hosting their third annual Darwin Week Feb. 7-11. The week will feature various lectures taking place in Maucker Union that center around a daily theme. The weeks themes include sexuality on Monday, religion on Tuesday, evolution on Wednesday and critical thought on Thursday. Trevor Boeckmann, a senior majoring in general economics and the president of UNIFI, is anxious for Darwin Week to commence. “Darwin utilized the scientific method and went where the evidence took him,” Boeckmann said. “He represents the intellectual pursuits and growth by daring to challenge conventional wisdom, and our event and group are dedicated to doing the same.” Darwin Week has filled nearly 1,750 seats, in the last two years and this year’s attendance is expected to rise. The 2011 Darwin Week features more speakers than its predecessors with 17 events on four different themes. “The amount of knowledge and expertise these presenters bring to the table is astonishing. I hope these talks make attendees start asking questions,” said Boeckmann. Darwin Week will consist of four keynote speakers, the first being Greta Christina, who spoke on Monday. Christina an author, editor and blogger, gave a presentation called “Atheism and Sexuality.” Her talk consisted of how atheists can view sexual morality without a belief in God and how we can view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural.
“Sexuality is one of the most powerful, most deeply-rooted drives we have – right up there with hunger and survival – and it touches almost every aspect of our lives,” said Christina.
(Darwin) represents the intellectual pursuits and growth by daring to challenge conventional wisdom, and our even and group are dedicated to doing the same thing. Trevor Boeckmann UNIFI President
Tuesday’s keynote speaker will be Hector Avalos, a professor at Iowa State University who used to be a fundamentalist preacher but is now an openly atheist biblical scholar. He will be giving a lecture called “Can Science Prove that Prayer Works?” Avalos believes “the conflict between science and religion is more important than most people realize, and affects issues ranging from stem cell research to the teaching of creationism in schools.” He is a strong advocate of the separation of religion and government, and his lecture is meant to allow audience members to make informed choices about the debate on science and religion. On Wednesday, Mark Blumberg’s talk will be based on his most recent book, “Freaks of nature: What anomalies tell us about development and evolution.” Blumberg is a professor at the University of Iowa and hopes his presentation “Developing Creations and Creating Development: Monsters Matter,” leaves his audience members
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the gender gap,” said Larimer. Throughout the presentation, Larimer will discuss the background of the gender balancing law, describe the law and explain a study he is administering. According to Larimer, the idea of gender balancing began in 1987 when the state of Iowa passed a law requiring state boards to be gender-balanced, but it was not until 2009 that a law was passed requiring local boards to be genderbalanced. “Part of the reason for this is that Iowa is the only state in the United States that has not had a female governor or member of congress,” said Larimer. “Additionally, only 20 percent of the state legislators are women.” Dr. Larimer explained that it is harder to get women to run for public office, because many
with a few new ways to think about how we develop and how we have evolved. “These are big, complex issues that can’t be entirely absorbed in one evening. So my aim is to inspire people to want to learn more – I view book writing and public speaking as another way to promote education and dialogue,” said Blumberg. Also on Wednesday, Jim Demastes, a professor from the UNI biology department who has been conducting research in the field of coevolution for more than 20 years, will be speaking about “Evolution Times Two: Co-evolutionary Research at UNI.” “Darwin Week is one of the top intellectual events on campus each year and it is completely put together by students ¬– very cool,” Demastes said. He enjoys seeing how Darwin Week has evolved from being about Charles Darwin to becoming a celebration of critical thinking. “In such a complex world, it is not easy to wade through the flood of information (and misinformation) to correctly judge the ‘facts’ for yourself,” said Demastes. His goal is to show what real evolutionary biologists actually do. “Some friends of mine just used lice to show when people started wearing clothes – how cool is that?” Demastes said. Finally, Thursday will feature Dan Barker from the Freedom from Religion Foundation giving a lecture titled “America Doesn’t Have a Prayer.” Barker chose to talk about this topic because of the importance of the First Amendment and how it protects the liberty of religious conscience. His aims his talk to be educational, not confrontational. “I hope the audience will see that millions of good Americans do not
Part of the reason for this is that Iowa is the only state in the United States that has not had a female governor or member of congress. Additionally, only 20 percent of state legislators are women. women will exhibit tendencies to underestimate their capabilities whereas many men tend to be overly confident. “Like any issue, the question is not as simple as good or bad policy. There are facts to be weighed and experiences to be heard. The fact of the matter is women’s access and opportunity regarding political science and participation, no matter the level, is limited. Dr. Larimer’s discussion of this legislation, and
Chris Larimer Assistant professor of political science
the discourse and research surrounding it, will be beneficial to everyone,” said Kaitlin Korbitz, a graduate assistant in the Women and Gender’s Studies program. “Laws such as this affect all of us who live in the United States, because we are all affected by the laws and legislation of this country and the states within it.” The law will not go into effect until Jan. 1,
See DARWIN WEEK, page 5
2012; by that time, every governmental board at both the state and local level will need to have an equal number of males and females serving. For example, boards that are generally male-dominated, such as Planning and Development, will have to ask certain male members to resign and find women to replace them. However, the same also holds true for the opposite; femaledominated boards, such as the Library and Parks and Recreation Boards, will have to ask their female members to step down to let the men serve. However, Larimer will also discuss the “good faith effort” that is required by the state, so if the boards cannot find a willing replacement within three months, they may appoint whomever.
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and we would surely be missing out,” said Allen. He later gave examples of intelligent individuals who have overcome strong financial obstacles to enter the workforce. “President Ben Allen represented UNI very well and is working very hard to make sure we have continued funding for the next term,” said Walrath. Rhonda Greenway, a UNI junior double majoring in political communications and global studies, gave her thoughts on the meeting. “I loved hearing President Allen,” Greenway said. “But it was really nice to hear from the president from Allen College because it’s something that’s kind of out of my focus area. Also, I liked learning more about the advocates of the Cedar Valley, how budget cuts affects them, how the departments work and the issues concerning (Washington, D.C.),” said Greenway. Other speakers were Senator Bill Dotzler, who spoke about the benefits of the Workforce Investment Act; Jerry Nelson, who manages the Waterloo office of the Social Security Administration; Kim Young-Kent, executive director of Tri-County Head Start; Jerry Durham, chancellor of Allen College of Nursing; and Jonathan Keniston, a student at Hawkeye Community College and Pell grant recipient who shared his inspiring experiences after overcoming barriers in his personal life. Andrew Miller, a UNI sophomore majoring in political science and a member of the Northern Iowa Student Government, came to the forum to see how the issues dealing with future education funding were being handled. “Many students are concerned about getting a job when they get out and seeing as few costs as possible,” said Miller. “I just wanted to see what plans, if any, these individuals had to minimize those costs.” When each panelist was finished giving their reasons for more funding and fewer cuts, Senator Harkin asked each individual about the consequences if the federal government should decide to indeed cut funds. Each person expressed the dire complications this would cause – from students not attending college to poor mothers unable to receive the financial aid required to clothe their babies.
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higher education. House File 45, which passed through the Iowa House and is currently being debated by the senate, would potentially cut the regents’ budget by $10 million for this year and by $15 million for each of the next two fiscal years. Likewise, Governor Terry Branstad’s recent budget proposal includes a $6.3 million cut to the University of Northern Iowa. Because they won’t know their final budget until these proposals are voted on by the legislature, the regents will determine the actual tuition increase during their March 23 meeting at Iowa State University. If the proposed cuts are passed by the legislature, UNI could face a more than $2 million shortfall going into the next fiscal year despite revenue generated by a 5 percent tuition increase, UNI President Benjamin Allen said in an email sent to all UNI students. “Planning will begin immediately to develop ways to maintain the high-quality education provided by this institution, meet the needs of our students and continue to work toward our strategic goals, while also balancing our budget,” Allen said in the email. “This will not be easy, but it must be done. Tough decisions will have to be made.” According to UNI Student Body President Joel Anderson, those tough decisions may include increased class sizes, the elimination of professors and the potential removal of entire majors. Tuition would have to increase by 38 percent in order for the univer-
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sity to offset budget reductions that tom of a bigger problem,” Anderson occurred over the past two years, said. “The real issue is that Iowans Anderson said. are not caring for our institutions “If the board entertains the anymore. More and more Iowans notion of a 38 percent tuition are seeing the universities as either increase to fill the cuts from the entertainment from sporting events past three years, or as a place students will where professuffer with bursors get to go densome debt. on sabbatical However, (if) We must weigh the tuition whenever they the board does proposal in front of us want.” not entertain According to a 38 percent carefully, recognizing that David Miles, increase, the any tuition increase poses a Board of quality of their challenge for our students and Regents presieducation will dent, less than suffer; because their families. However, we do 25 percent of although we not serve our students or our the $143 milcan still look state if we allow persistent lion cuts in inward at our state approrespective insti- erosion in funding to continue priations over tutions to find to threaten the outstanding the past two cost savings, we quality of our institutions. fiscal years are now at the were made David Miles up in tuition point where the cuts will start President, Iowa Board of Regents i n c r e a s e s , to come into the though the classroom,” Anderson said during institutional cuts made in order to Thursday’s Board of Regents meet- make up the rest of the budget ing. reductions could potentially reduce “Either way students in Iowa will the quality of the institutions sigsuffer next year when it comes to nificantly. higher education,” he concluded. “…public higher education in Anderson voiced his reluctant Iowa can only do more with less for support for the increase, as he felt so long before quality, access and it is necessary to minimize institu- affordability are all compromised – tional cuts that could significantly perhaps beyond repair,” Miles said. reduce the quality of an education “We must weigh the tuition proreceived at UNI. Anderson, how- posal in front of us carefully, recever, also argued that such tuition ognizing that any tuition increase increases will result in mounting poses a challenge for our students debts that will drive students out and their families,” he later continof the state to pursue better-paying ued. “However, we do not serve our jobs. students or our state if we allow “This brain drain is just a symp- persistent erosion in funding to con-
tinue to threaten the outstanding quality of our institutions.” Anderson felt that the solution to this problem is to educate Iowans on the importance of higher education and called on the board to become less reactive and more proactive to that end. “We need to show Iowans that our universities are economic engines, not money pits,” he said. “We need to show the cultural advancements that our universities bring to the world. We need to show the amazing research that is going on in our universities and how it relates to every Iowan on a daily basis.” Though they recognized the potential decline in institutional quality that could result from these cuts, Luke Roling and John Rigby, the student body presidents of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, respectively, voiced their opposition to the tution increase. “…we must stand firm against the alarming privatization that is occurring at our regent institutions. If we don’t, the notion of a public education in the state of Iowa could be lost further down the road,” Rigby said. Roling emphasized the high student debt in the state of Iowa, which ranks fourth in the nation for highest average student debt according to the Project on Student Debt. “Keeping (the) needs of Iowa State students in mind, I cannot yet in good conscience give my support to an above-(Higher Education Price Index) tuition increase leading to an overall tuition and fee increase of 7 percent (for ISU),” Roling said.
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Funding process for student organizations underway BALKE FINDLEY Staff Writer
The University of Northern Iowa is filled with different, entertaining activities throughout the year providing the students with ample opportunity to have fun and enjoy their college experience, but all of these activities, whether it be the weekly Campus Activities Board events, the Rhave sponsored by Resident Housing Association, or the many events for Homecoming, all have to have the funds for which to be paid. Organizations sponsoring these events, such as CAB and RHA, have to apply to the Northern Iowa Student Government for the funds. Felly Phommalinh, Director of Administration and Finance for NISG, explained the two different processes by which student organizations collect funds. The Spring Budgeting Process and the Immediate Needs Funding Process. The Spring Budgeting Process, which is overseen by Pam Creger in the Student Involvement and Activities center, is held every spring semester and allows time for student organizations to apply for funding for the following academic year. Applications for any student organization interested in receiving funding can be found at www.uni.edu/ funding. The applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15. This process allows for groups to apply for much larger amounts and for multiple events. “The reason we have this process is to encour-
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believe in a god, or in prayer, and that we value reason and kindness over superstition and divisiveness,” Barker noted. The university recognized Darwin Week as the Education Event of
The reason why NISG provides these resources is that we understand that for students a large part of campus life focuses on activities and student-sponsored events. Felly Phommalinh NISG Director of Administration and Finance
age student leaders to plan ahead for activities they may want to sponsor and to teach fiscal responsibility,” said Phommalinh. Phommalinh is responsible for the Immediate Needs Funding Process, which is open throughout the entirety of the school year. Through the process student organizations can apply for funding for events they had not previously budgeted for. The money comes from student activitiy fees and so the amount available varies with enrollment numbers. These fees are held in three accounts: Contingency Panther (NISG-Senate-controlled funds), the Pepsi Grant fund and the Diversity Matters fund. Polina Bogomolova, NISG’s Director of Diversity and Student Life, advises student leaders to pay attention to the guidelines set by the applications. “The more you follow the directions given by the application, the greater chance to receive the money,” said Bogomolova. Phommalinh would also the Year last year and the year before, and it was named the best on-campus event among secular student organizations in the country by the Center for Inquiry. For a complete list of speakers, times, and dates, visit http://darwinweek.com/wordpress/.
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STUDENT ORGANIZATION BUDGET APPLICATIONS DUE: February 15 Visit www.uni.edu/nisg/ funding for more info and to download the application. like to remind students that in order to receive funding, the organizations in question must have already undergone the recognition process through NISG. Recognition applications are also available online at www.uni.edu / nisg. Phommalinh is hoping to break the current record of student organizations applying, which was set last year with 75 groups asking for funding. “The reason why NISG provides these resources is that we understand that for students a large part of campus life focuses on activities and student – sponsored events,” commented Phommalinh.“We want campus life to encompass more than the educational aspect of college.”
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The event is geared toward local farmers who are interested in selling their produce to schools and to anyone who is interested in learning more about the program. At the event, there will be a panel discussion with farmers from the area who are already involved with the “Farm to School” program. Rob Faux of Genuine Faux Farm in Tripoli, Jeanne Hansen of Hansen’s Dairy in Hudson and Tim Daley of Daley’s Shamrock Acres in New Hartford are scheduled to speak at the event. Attendees will also learn about the procurement process for schools, the benefits of buying local and how farmers can get involved with teaching kids in school where their food comes from. There will also be a separate presentation by Jacque Bilyeu-Holmes, Grassroots Cafe program director at Price Lab School, who will be discussing the importance of farmers being more involved in the educational component of the farm to school program. “Last April, we held a similar discussion panel but for local school food service directors, and it was successful, and we wanted to reach out to more farmers so that more schools could
benefit from buying local,” said Andrea Rissing, Farm to School coordinator. There are six school districts benefitting from the Farm to School Program thanks to grants provided by the Wellmark Foundation and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Price Lab School, Waterloo Community Schools, DikeNew Hartford Community Schools, Independence Community Schools, Sumner-Fredericksburg Schools and Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools all currently participate in the program. “Parents are very interested in the program because it’s making more sense to them to know where their food comes from,” said Rissing. The event will be cosponsored by the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership, the National Farm to School Network, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Center for Rural Affairs, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, the Leighty Foundation, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Wellmark Foundation. To learn more about the upcoming event, contact Rissing at email@example.com.
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Features The University
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
UNI Entrepreneurs fight hunger in the Cedar Valley
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UNI students experience culture at the Chinese New Year Celebration
By MEGAN KENNEDY Staff Writer
Members of the University of Northern Iowa Entrepreneurs, a Students in Free Enterprise affiliate group, are participating in a competition sponsored by Campbell Soup to battle hunger in the Cedar Valley. Along with the UNI Entrepreneurs, the 2011 “Let’s Can Hunger Challenge” will be attempted by other university SIFE groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States. The UNI student group hopes to reach the goal set by Campbell Soup of $5,000 or 5,000 pounds of non-perishable food to be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by April 1. The food bank and its 200 member agencies serve 16 counties in Northeast Iowa. “Considering the World Health Organization estimates more than 1.2 billion people do not know where their next meal will come from, and coupled with our current economic climate, it’s more important than ever to lend a helping hand to our neighbors as well as empower food-insecure populations to defeat the cycle of hunger,” said Ben McClurg, a sophomore finance and accounting major and leader of the project for the student group. According to McClurg, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is currently very low in food supply, but he hopes to change that with the help of donations from UNI students and community members. “Our challenge is to raise awareness, empower those in need to defeat the hunger cycle and also provide knowledge of hunger relief,” McClurg said. Drop-off locations for food donations can be found in the student lounge of Curris Business Building and in the main entrance of the Business and Community Services Building. To make a monetary donation, contact the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at 319-273-JPEC. For more information on the UNI Entrepreneurs, visit www. uni-e.org.
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(Above) From left, Catherine Au Jong, a sophomore accounting major, and Khoon Huang Chia, a junior accounting and finance major, grab food during the Chinese New Year Celebration. (Right) Kunjue Han, president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, talks with Phelly Phommalinh, NISG director of administration and finance.
By JOEY SPIVEY Staff Writer
Hundreds crowded into a festively-decorated Center for Multicultural Education on Saturday to belatedly ring in the Year of the Rabbit. The celebration, hosted by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, was open to students and community members of all cultural backgrounds wishing to partake in a rich tradition of conversation, art and delicious cuisine. The center of the festivities was transformed from a typical conference room into a vision of celebration. With lanterns hanging, doorways draped with traditional ornament, Chinese hanzi (calligraphic characters) expressing traditional New Year wishes and portraits of significant Chinese figures displayed, guests were instantly submerged in culture. “We’ve been planning for months, and we came here around noon and have been working nonstop since then,” said Wenyan Dong, a gradu-
ate student from Kunming, China. The New Year festival featured several musical acts from a variety of age groups, as well as dance, drama and video footage of traditional Chinese New Year performances. The party also included gift-giving, which is a staple in the Chinese New Year. All of the children present were given small red envelopes, or lee sees, containing several dollar bills, an emblem of good luck to come. A spread of Chinese dishes cooked by students and area residents remained a main attraction throughout the night. The buffet featured several symbolic Chinese dishes such as egg rolls, synonymous with wealth; dumplings, said to hold a family together throughout the new year; and a variety of noodles, which encourage longevity in those who eat them. Kunjue Han, a junior biology major and president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, said she was ecstatic to see so many Americans at the celebration.
“We’re just happy to see that they’re interested in the Chinese culture and are coming to give us support, and (we) would like to see them at our future events.” Han attributes a majority of the success of the event to a surprising and overwhelming amount of outside sup-
port – all of which she said came in handy as the number of attendees quickly reached double what the hosts had expected. “We’re really thankful for the support we got from the university and student See CHINESE CELEBRATION, page 8
FEATURES I Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Club S.O.L.E. builds a relationship with nature By DANIELLE KRULL Staff Writer
Every Wednesday and Thursday, it’s not unusual to find members of the University of Northern Iowa Student Outdoor Leadership Education group (Club S.O.L.E.) hiking through the Cedar Valley in snow shoes or crosscountry skis. Club S.O.L.E is led by Andrew Montgomery, a senior outdoor recreation and natural resource management major; Ben Hoksch, a senior biology and natural history major; and Michael Holthaus, a senior outdoor recreation major. The mission of Club S.O.L.E is “to foster leadership development through outdoor experiences, while building a greater relationship with the environment through protection, exploration, community service, outdoor recreation and fellowship.” The club was founded in 2001 by Kathy Scholl, a UNI associate professor of recreation. “This club has gone in all different (directions) and focus,” Scholl said. “One year the club was all about rock climbing; this year, these three guys are taking the club in a new direction … more environmental education and outdoor recreation focus.” All three student leaders have been involved with Club S.O.L.E. for more than a year before taking over the shared leadership position. “(We) all have a passion for nature, and we want to use nature to foster community. Nature is a good way to bond and to communicate with oth-
By John Lampkin
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ers.” Through Club S.O.L.E, Montgomery, Hoksch and Holthaus hope to educate their fellow students and bring awareness to the UNI campus about what is going on in the community and how it is impacting the environment. In particular, they want to raise awareness about a possible clear-cutting of logs on Morris Island of Black Hawk Park, located off the Cedar River. They feel the clear-cutting of logs would make a lasting negative impact on the environment. “The first clear-cutting of logs at Morris Island happened 10 years ago; the second happened last year and the third time will be this year,” Hoksch noted. “The Black Hawk County Conservation is allowing clear-cutting of one section by cutting down sections of the trees and leaving the tops and the bottoms there in a mess, and that is what we are concerned about,” Holthaus said. Club S.O.L.E. will be co-sponsoring an upcoming presentation by Larry Stone, freelance writer, journalist and member of the Clayton County Conservation Board, on his 2010 publication of “Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady.” Stone’s presentation will be held Feb. 23 at the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Throughout the semester, Club S.O.L.E will also be hosting events for Earth Week, the Prairie Remnant Tour, various workshops on wild edibles, cooking food over the camp-
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Ben Hoksch, a senior biology and natural history major, and Andrew Montgomery, a senior outdoor recreation and natural resource management major, hike during the first Club S.O.L.E excursion at the Cedar Hills Sand Prairie.
fire, composting and camping. Every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 4:45 p.m., the club hosts snowshoeing and cross-country skiing excursions. There is a one-time $10 equipment rental fee that students must pay before participating in the
2 Bluesman Redding 3 Newspapers’ staff lists 4 Nonbeliever 5 Athletes for Hope co-founder Hamm 6 Chum in Chihuahua 7 What drives a baby buggy? 8 Cookie jar morsels 9 Transplanted successfully 10 Batting no. 11 Lamb’s greeting 12 Salsa drum 13 Bug sci. 18 Head, to Henri 22 Cookout holder 25 Maker of Mama’s Special Garden Sauce 26 Invoice add-on 27 Sports car option 28 Chihuahua greeting 32 Big bomb blasts 33 Courtroom VIP 35 Photographer’s tote 36 Morales of “NYPD Blue” 37 Arrive, in a way 39 Spare tire site? 40 About to arrive 43 Light hit 45 Grinds, as teeth 47 Chihuahua, e.g. 49 Fair-hiring org. 50 Round of gunfire 51 Attach, as to a hitching post 52 Ham it up 53 Vagabonds 54 Supporter’s political sign word 58 Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Warner 59 Gig gear 61 “__ Blu Dipinto Di Blu”: 1958 hit 63 Eur.-North America divider
outing. The club has meetings every Thursday at 5 p.m. in room 204 of the Wellness and Recreation Center. For more information on Club S.O.L.E., check out the group’s Facebook page: “Club S.O.L.E.”
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College freshmen’s stress levels intensify, study finds By DIANE STAFFORD MCT Campus
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -That first year of college has always been tough. But tight economic times have made it even harder. Pressures to pay for college and choose studies that will produce good jobs have stressed this year’s college freshmen at unprecedented levels. In a new report, college freshmen rated their emotional health at the lowest level in the 25 years of the survey. The data, published by the University of California, Los Angeles, mirrored observations of some high school and college counselors. “In the last couple of years of the recession, students’ parents are more stressed, and the natural idealism and optimism in the young adult population has been eroded,” said Rick Hanson, director of student counseling at Rockhurst University and a past president of the American College Counseling Association. Lauren Sander, a Rockhurst freshman, agreed that new college students were feeling a lot of stress, especially if they didn’t have good coping skills.
“Some may freak out way more than they should while they’re getting used to how college works and how their classes are going,” Sander said. Although there’s not a wholesale “freak-out” occurring on campuses, it’s clear that economic pressures are piling on top of the normal life transitions teens experience. “Freshmen and their parents are more aware of the student loan debt they are taking on, and therefore more anxious about money,” said Barbara Cooke, lead counselor at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods and author of “Parent’s Guide to College and Careers.” “Students and parents are understandably worried about the long-term consumer debt they are taking on for college and how, in a weak job market, the student will be able to repay that debt,” she said. The national evaluation of student stress, quantified in “The American Freshman” report from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, said groundwork was laid in the senior year of high school as well as in the economy at large. The report charted an
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uptick in the number of students who said they were “overwhelmed by all I had to do” in their last year of high school, when they juggled extracurricular activities, academics and college admissions. “They’re not naive,” David Burke, director of college counseling at Pembroke Hill, said of high school seniors. “They hear and see what’s going on in this economy. They see parents losing jobs. They hear they’ll have five careers in their lifetimes. They hear about the onrush of talent from China and India. “Maybe they have older siblings who graduated from college in the last year or two who haven’t found jobs they consider appropriate. Then there’s tremendous stress about picking an affordable school and being away from home for the first time.” At Missouri State University in Springfield, freshman Kelly Jeffries, a graduate of Park Hill South High School, said she was coping with the stress of trying “to find something to do to make money in the future.” Her interest in elementary education may not be what she ends up pursuing, depending on the economy. Meanwhile, Jeffries said, “time management and getting good grades are the top stressors” among her fellow students. To cope, Jeffries said, she has found herself going home on the weekends “a lot more than I probably should.” The coping alternative she sees on campus is students partying hard on the weekends as a relief mechanism. The UCLA report noted that students who reported more stress also described more alcohol use. At Rockhurst, Hanson said he more often saw some freshmen struggling to hold jobs and make decent grades. “A big factor we’ve watched over the last couple of years is that they’re working more hours --15 to 30 hours a week -- to help pay for school, and particularly as freshmen they don’t understand the academic demands of college,” Hanson said. “They quickly feel overwhelmed.”
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community that we didn’t expect at all. We can’t count the number of volunteers that helped, everyone pitched in and they did an amazing job,” she said. The CSSA is responsible for much more than party planning, serving an essential role in the Chinese student community. “We help Chinese students in the area stay connected to their culture … as well as
In a new report, college freshmen rated their emotional health at the lowest level in 25 years. Some freshmen feel pressure during these tough economic times to pay for college and choose studies that will produce good jobs.
The UCLA study reached 201,818 freshmen at 279 four-year colleges around the country. Its results are said to be statistically representative of the nation’s 1.5 million first-year, full-time students. “Stress is a major concern when dealing with college students,” said John H. Pryor, lead author of the UCLA report. “If students are arriving in college already overwhelmed and with lower reserves of emotional health, (we) should expect to see more consequences of stress, such as higher levels of poor judgment around time management, alcohol consumption and academic motivation.” At Maple Woods, Cooke said she was seeing more entering students who were academically unprepared for college. “Any time you’re in a position where you get into it and
don’t have the skills to be successful, it’s stressful,” Cooke said. Also, counselors around the country say more freshmen have learning disabilities or mental health issues. Sometimes it’s difficult for them to manage their medications, let alone their lifestyle changes. And many new enrollees struggle to get enough sleep, eat nutritious diets and engage in good study habits -- some of which they may never have learned in the first place. To top it off, Hanson said, the high cost of college pushes many students to sign up for 18 academic hours -- which top-notch students with good study habits may be able to handle but which spell trouble for midlevel or struggling students.
introduce parts of our culture to American students,” Han said. The organization accomplishes this goal through several outreach events over the course of the year, and will be featured in the Cedar Valley CultureFest March 3. The New Year festival is the organization’s most popular outreach event, and allows guests to observe the culture in its most natural form. “It was an amazing experience,” said sophomore family services major Jamie Bortell.
Bortell was enthralled by the cultural activity, decorations and high energy of the event. “I have close personal ties to the Chinese culture, but I’ve never witnessed a celebration like this.” “There was good food, great music and beautiful decor,” Bortell added. “But the best part by far was the overwhelming sense of family – something that goes far beyond a festive tradition, but something that’s engrained in the society, and that’s magnificent.”
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Wanderlust takes hold at UNI’s global job fair By AMIE STEFFEN Waterloo-Cedar Courier MCT Campus
WATERLOO, Iowa -- Want to get a job in Egypt? Deborah Beasley does. The Chicago resident drove to Waterloo this weekend to the University of Northern Iowa’s Overseas Recruiting Fair to try and get a job as a guidance counselor in the currently volatile country, or in the Middle East in general. “It’s a fantastic fair to have all these countries here,” she said. Beasley’s not the only one. Thirteen candidates were vying for four open spots at the Modern English School in Cairo, according to recruiter Daniel Adam. Modern English was not the only Egypt school recruiting this weekend despite the recent, ongoing violence in that country. “We’re trying to give (candidates) as much information to make an informed decision,” Adam said Saturday morning as hundreds milled
about in the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo. He acknowledged the situation in his school’s city was still uncertain. Modern English closed Jan. 26 to let its teachers leave the country if they choose, and won’t reopen until Feb. 20 -- something Adam dryly referred to as “spring break early.” “(Egypt) is not for anyone who is risk-averse,” he said. “But we are optimistic.” Yet the candidates attending the 35th annual Fair, which attracted 550 new and experienced teachers from around the country and more than 100 schools from around the world this year, are usually up for the new and daring. And the UNI Fair is the oldest and largest recruitment fair of its kind in the world, according to Fair director Tracey Godon. “It’s the opportunity to take your teaching credentials and teach in some wonderful schools and experience new countries, new cultures,” she said. “Ultimately (UNI wants to) spread
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It’s the opportunity to take your teaching credentials and teach in some wonderful schools and experience new countries, new cultures. Ultimately, (UNI wants to) spread American teaching all over the globe. Tracey Godon Fair director
American teaching all over the globe.” Greg Von Spreecken, who has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNI, was trying to hire for five positions for the Yangon International School in Yangon, Myanmar. “This is one of the best recruiting fairs,” he said between his 25 interviews Saturday. “The candidates are
so full of energy.” Schools usually offer anywhere from two to 20 teaching and administrative positions that they then shop around at recruitment fairs across the country. Even though she still has another fair to attend, recruiter Bonnie McGill already filled her five positions at the Morrison Christian Academy in Taichung, Taiwan, from the UNI Fair alone. She said she looks for teachers who have excellent qualifications and references and who will be able to handle living in a completely different environment. “I want to know if they’re going to fit in at our school, is this person going to transition well into a crosscultural setting,” McGill said. For Beasley, who already had offers to teach by Saturday, that last part was especially enticing. “I’ve always wanted to work overseas,” she said.
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Volume 107, Issue 34
from the editorial staff
Censorship is n** the answer “The Adventures of Huckleberry truth. They need to know that slavery Finn” by Mark Twain has long been an and the unfair treatment of blacks was American classic. The book is known part of American culture. If they don’t for its description of culture, people see the mistakes we made in and places along the Mississippi the past, including our misRiver in the mid-19th century. It take of using hateful words, has been read, analyzed and interthey won’t know how to preted by countless numbers of change the future. scholars, historians, teachers and Sanitizing our past is students. not the answer. When we do But last month, the so, it’s like we are trying to book experienced one say that something never major transformahappened. Removing tion. According to the “N-word” implies Publishers Weekly, that white Americans NewSouth Books never used the plans to release a word. But they did. new version of They put black “Huckleberry Americans down Finn” that deletes using that racial the word “nigslur – and children ger” and replaces Censorship is telling a man deserve (and need) it with “slave.” he can’t have a steak just to know this. The word is because a baby can’t chew it. New York replaced 219 Times columnist Mark Twain Michiko Kakutani times throughIllustration courtesy of MCT Campus explained it best out the book. The new version will also remove the slur when he said, “Haven’t we learned by “injun” that refers to Native Americans. now that removing books from the The idea to remove the controver- curriculum just deprives children of sial words came from Alan Gribben, exposure to classic works of literaan English professor at Auburn ture? Worse, it relieves teachers of the University. According to an article in fundamental responsibility of putting the New York Times, “Gribben has said such books in context — of helping that he is worried that the ‘N-word’ has students understand that ‘Huckleberry resulted in the novel falling off reading Finn’ actually stands as a powerful lists, and that he thought his edition indictment of slavery (with Nigger would be welcomed by schoolteachers Jim its most noble character), of using and university instructors who wanted its contested language as an opportuto spare ‘the reader from a racial slur nity to explore the painful complexithat never seems to lose its vitriol.’” ties of race relations in this country. Gribben, who has been teaching To censor or redact books on school Mark Twain for decades, said that reading lists is a form of denial: shuthe is not hoping to censor the book ting the door on harsh historical realibut rather give it an updated version ties — whitewashing them or pretendfor modern times. His hope is that ing they do not exist.” young students and general readers, We can’t always change history to not scholars, will be able to read the accommodate to our times. We can’t book free of racial epithets. encroach on Twain’s intellectual propSome people agree with Gribben’s erty simply because we are uncomfortargument. They think that replacing able with the way he said things. What the “N-word” with “slave” will give Twain wrote was true – he paints a more students the chance to read the picture of how people talked in the book when they otherwise would not 19th century. have been allowed to by protective It’s also important to note that parents and school boards. Some also Twain was not advocating for the use think that the change is no different of the word. He was criticizing racism, than censoring a movie so that it can not supporting it. By reading Twain’s be shown on public television; they book in the language it was meant to agree that updating the book will allow be read, students will learn our true more people to explore its teachings. history, and they will learn that we But we feel that changing the words were not always right. in this American classic changes the Perhaps Twain said it best: mood and lessons behind the entire “Censorship is telling a man he can’t book. Isn’t the point of reading the have a steak just because a baby can’t book in the first place to teach students chew it.” Why are we depriving our about life along the Mississippi River in children of history because we feel the 19th century? Changing the words they can’t handle its ugly side? used in the book would give readers Censorship is not the answer; edua false sense of what life was really cation is. like back when slavery was enforced. Young students need to know the
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.
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Why I’m voting for Spencer and Ian
If you’ve been paying attention the past week, you have probably heard that this Northern Iowa Student Government campaign season is remarkably different than any other we’ve had on campus in the past few years. For one thing, there are three very strong tickets vying for the NISG presidency and vice presidency. Aside from that, the Student Body President and Vice President for 2011-2012 will face new and unique challenges and pressures from groups on campus and throughout the state. Program changes on campus combined with more oversight and less funding from the state will make being a student leader all the more difficult. While I respect all of the candidates, I know that Spencer Walrath and Ian Goldsmith are the best students for the job. There are two main reasons that I am supporting Spencer and Ian. The first is experience. Spencer and Ian have more experience working with and for students at all levels of involvement. Whether it’s serving as resident assistants and helping students through challenging academic or personal times or working as NISG senators to voice University of Northern Iowa students’ concerns to university and state officials, Spencer and Ian have worked for years to support and contribute to student success. The other key reason I’m voting for Spencer and Ian is their passion. Spencer and Ian have shown time and again that supporting all students and promoting UNI is what drives them. It is exactly that drive that will help them work constantly throughout the next year on behalf of each and every UNI student. Representing the 13,000 of us is an enormous undertaking in the best of budget times, and next year will require extra determination and dedication. That is why I want Spencer Walrath and Ian Goldsmith serving as NISG President and Vice President. I urge you to join me in voting for them on MyUNIverse on Feb. 22 and 23. Jake Rudy NISG Vice President 2009-2010
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Best of Cedar Falls To say I hate this town would be an u n d e r s t at e m e n t . Cedar NICK KROB F a l l s nickkrob@ a n d gmail.com t h e surrounding Waterloo area, is a town in which I have no pride and dread calling home. The rare days that I wake up in a good mood are quickly ruined upon stepping outside and remembering I live in this hellhole. A culturally dead town, Cedar Falls is a place best described by phrases such as drab, dull and dreary. Needless to say, my time here is spent suffering through the industrial wasteland with the ultimate goal of obtaining my college degree, or better yet, a ticket to law school in a town much better than this. Don’t fret, however, for the pessimism stops here. While I hate many things about Cedar Falls and Waterloo, it is not from a lack of things to do. Much like diamonds in the rough, this area has many great things about it that serve to counter
the lifeless town in which they are encompassed. Opting for the isolated brilliance that is encompassed by Main Street over the industrialized University Avenue, I would like to tip my hat to the places that have prevented me from leaving this town already. Most significant in my “best of Cedar Falls” list may just have to be Scratch Cupcakery. The type of place that will spot you the money when you’re short a dollar (trust me, it happened), they serve some of the best cupcakes you’ll ever have. Yes, better than Grandma’s. Using both classic flavors and new creations (e.g. Salty Dog), Scratch is THE place to go to satisfy your sweet tooth. Not to mention the various other goodies available. If Scratch doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, however, you’d better head to 4 Queens Dairy Cream. It would appear the only reason Dairy Queen and Cold Stone are still in business with such a good local ice cream shop in existence is due to 4 Queens’ winter hiatus, See BEST OF, page 13
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The one virus you want to catch
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Can someone please explain to me why I am encountering so many forms of viruses lately? The first obvious form is illness. Winter is making every individual around me sick lately. It’s gross, an annoyance for the sufferer and a detractor from school, and I don’t like it. Second form: computer viruses. Not that this is the main focus of the column, but I have a short beef with these things. Can you be any form of life lower than the jack-wagons that design these stupid things? My computer caught some malware ANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan the other day and, being an e-media major, my computer UNI students perform the Interlude Dance during a time-out at a UNI men’s is my life. So four hours and basketball game. Videos of the dance have become viral on the Internet, making their way onto sportsillustrated.com and garnering more than two missed classes later, I got 60,000 views in less than a week. the stupid thing fixed, but the Northern Iowan before is surroundings, I finally got a what a waste! Can we pass the Interlude Dance. If you taste of what I have craved some national legislation to haven’t seen it yet, check it out for years. I was sitting in a have these hackers thrown in immediately. To the makers class explaining the video to a a pit or someof that video, friend of mine when suddenly thing? All I say with all out of nowhere, a girl I had right, I’m of my heart never spoken to turned to me good. To me, it is such a and soul: con- and said, “’Like a RA!’ I saw In all serigratulations. that on Facebook! That was so ousness, the fascinating concept, You guys funny!” Sure, I haven’t found real virus I’m designing a video ... that accomplished national or even local fame, focusing on has such a connection what all video but it was enough. I finally today is the p r o d u c e r s felt that I had made some viral video. To with humanity that it set out to do sort of an impact. If you are me, it is such spreads like wildfire... and that is to video producer, keep trying. a fascinatimpact society. Someday you’ll get that shining concept, Be it our local community, ing light, even if it is for a designing a video that’s only state or nation, your work moment. a couple of minutes or even impacted your surroundings. seconds long that has such Students do the dance at a connection with humanity basketball games now. How that it spreads like wildfire intensely awesome is that? or, as the name suggests, like I can only say I’ve barely a virus. Granted, most viral scratched the surface when it videos aren’t that complex. comes to making an impact. Shots to the male package, My YouTube channel cursport fails, pranks, live news rently has 39 videos on it gaffes, cute babies: all these and I’ve been making them things can go viral without since early high school. I only much effort. However, I think recently found some success. viral videos that have a lot of My video, “Like a RA,” (proeffort put into them deserve nounced “rah”) a parody of the most credit. The Lonely Island’s “Like a Examples of what I’m Boss,” was written and pertalking about include the & formed by Bartlett Resident David Blaine Street Magic Assistants about their dayparodies and the Powerthirst to-days as a UNI RA. At last videos. These were more than glance, the video has 1,542 just a camera being in the views. Of course, it would right place at the right time. be criminal to not say you Producers of these videos sat should check out the video! down and worked out a prodThis is nothing compared to uct that got seen by the right the Interlude Dance or milpeople and blew up like a lion-view powerhouses, but it cherry bomb. was the first time I had felt I One video that I want to had created something people give mad props to and has related to and/or enjoyed. been highlighted here on In my quest to impact my
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when they close up shop until warmer weather rolls around. When the doors open, however, you’ll most likely be waiting in a long line for the delicious ice cream. I think Gummy Bear “Snowstorms” have cured my Cedar Falls/ Waterloo depression more times than I can count. I suspect I am preaching to the choir with these selections, for every time I show up at either, I am met with countless college students. Yet my favorite place to get some food in this town is quite the opposite. Though I am usually the youngest customer by about 50 years, Gravy’s Diner is my favorite spot to eat. My grandma probably thinks I’m being considerate, taking her to a restaurant where she fits right in whenever she visits, but such is not the case. Find me a better meal in this town than the off-the-menu special hot beef and I think I’d collapse. Not to mention the killer 1960s theme. If something more ageappropriate is up your alley, Mulligan’s can’t be beat. With solid food and a great atmosphere, it’s the place to go whenever someone (other than my grandma) visits. But when no one’s in town, it’s off to Pablo’s. Can someone explain to me how the Cedar Falls Panchero’s still exists with Pablo’s a few miles away? Not only is it local, but it is not outrageous to label it far superior in quality to
Panchero’s. And should I be ashamed to admit I have to split a QUESADILLA with my girlfriend? Best $6 meal for two in town. Food, food, food. There are, however, more bright spots in this town than those serving food. Whenever I have a full stomach and can’t seem to cure my Cedar Falls blues, it is off to the Hearst Center for the Arts. The most culturally lively place in this town, the center serves to satisfy any artistic needs one has. Not to mention the perk of having one of the all-too-oftendiminishing dark rooms. Last is a hair salon. While I may be a new customer, I must express my love of Wild Hair Salon, housed in Limited Edition Comics on College Hill. As if getting your hair cut in a comic book store wasn’t cool enough, the staff is as friendly as you’ll meet in this town. The place itself is so nice that it makes one wish they had a comic book obsession… I always struggle to leave. It is in pointing these places out that I hope to enjoy this town more. Maybe if people support the great things this town has to offer, the town itself will follow suit and become a place I’d love to call home. While envisioning this town as a Madison, Wisc. or Boulder, Colo. is a ways off, I like to think there is hope for Cedar Falls. Until then, however, I’m counting down the days to graduation.
Where are all the good movies?
Every time I peruse the selection of movies that are currently showing at the theater, I can’t help but get a little depressed. Good movies seem to be infrequent, and when they are out they are usually a lone beacon of light in a sea of mediocrity. Films that come out of Hollywood today are often just… bad. I don’t know how else to describe them. It’s not that I’m a film snob. Sure, at one point I was a film major, but I was always very fond of “good bad movies” and popcorn entertainment. I think the problems I’m seeing are just a trend in the film industry right now – something that I hope time will fix. Part of the problem is that as the film industry adjusts to the short attention span of moviegoers, we get waves of bad movies that arrive and then disappear as soon as the novelty runs out. I’m thinking about the remakes of Japanese horror films or the “genre movie” series. Those were fads, and those resulted in some of the worst movies of every year in which they were released. Look up Epic Movie on Rotten Tomatoes sometime. It has one of the lowest ratings in history. Yet films like that were still made. Sometimes I think studios pander to the lowest common denominator. They make films to please the least-discriminating, most-easilysatisfied moviegoers, with studios hoping that they’ll pull in a general audience as well. Of course that’s not to suggest that studios should ignore profits – I think the problem is just that we’re going to bad movies and giving them an incentive to make them. Every time you get excited about a movie where more thought was put into two minutes of special
effects than the entire plot, you’re contributing to the problem. Another contributing factor to the stream of bad movies is the 3D craze. It was awesome in Avatar, and it works in some movies, but it’s a gimmick. I don’t need to see every single movie in 3D. Apparently there is a crowd out there that thinks it’s a good idea though, because that seems to be where things are going. What is the result of this? The fad has spread to other media, for instance movies in 3D on 3D TVs. Sorry, but I’m not going to sit in my living room wearing big awkward glasses. When better 3D comes out, it might make sense. But right now it actually makes the movie look worse more often than it helps. I’m not romanticizing the past either – there have always been bad movies. I just feel like the industry is trending in the wrong direction. There were definitely good movies last year, and I’m sure that there always will be, but sometimes skimming over the current movies listings is kind of depressing. The solution is to just not see bad movies. As a general rule of thumb, if it’s a remake of an already bad movie, a reboot of something that should be left alone or a film that’s marketed entirely based on special effects, just skip it. Drive by Family Video and pick up something that’s already out. Don’t reward Hollywood’s bad habits. They’re not evil; they’re just reacting to the incentives we create. All we have to do to improve the quality of movies that come out and make them appear in theaters more often is to start demanding better ones.
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Putting someone other than yourself first, in my opinion, takes time and ener- Putting students first is gy. It is a case of denying self and a habit of seeing the campus and finding ways to make our learning experiences the other person’s life through students’ eyes. or a particular situation healthier or better. It Keeping the sidewalks clear could appear as think- sends the message that UNI ing outside the box, or is putting all students first trying to earn “brownie points.” On occasion by making sure they arrive it can resemble a gen- at their destinations safely erous act of kindness and in a timely manner. or a deeply moving experience. But, nevmove. The wheelchair kept ertheless, someone is always getting stuck or the wheels on the receiving end. My would spin on the ice and words to the University of snow. My boots became snow Northern Iowa are to put our removers. The student kept students who have challenges saying how thoughtful it was first this winter and the win- and how much he appreciated ters to come. the help we were giving. I I would like for you to felt bad for him but worse for revisit with me a few weeks UNI, because this was not the ago when two students were first time I helped a student going to the Center for who had a challenge on camMulticultural Education after pus. Some students are not dark. I was one of the stu- put first because we are not dents and the other was a seeing the campus from their student from Nepal. We tried angle. to find a spot close enough to So, what can be done? campus because of the snow Well, for starters, we can and cold. As we started to have work study students or walk to the CME by way of whoever make sure the sideGilchrist, we walked in the walks are clear enough for all street rather than the side- students, especially the curbs walks. Talking about the day, where wheelchairs can enter as graduate students do, we and exit safely. We have stunoticed a disturbing sight. A dents patrolling the campus student in a wheelchair was and walking students home, desperately trying to get onto so why not have a special the sidewalk from the horse- group designed for students shoe area near the green- who may need help in situahouse. tions like this? To let you in on a secret Last year, after pushabout me, I am not one to ing a student up the slope at pass up an opportunity to say Redeker, I found that the door I have done a good deed, so I opened and closed quicker asked the student if I could than she could maneuver her give him a push. He kindly wheelchair. In my opinion the said he only needed help to doors were too close together find the spot where his wheel- at this spot. Did the designer chair could get onto the side- have a person in a wheelwalk. That was easy enough, chair there as he timed the or so I thought, and I showed door? Did he actually conhim two spots. I thought at sider the amount of space a least one was the one he need- wheelchair would take up, or ed. Both tries were wrong, was he just following requireand he bumped the curve. So, ments without considering I began moving the snow other factors? with my boots along the curb Putting students first is to find the right spot. After seeing the campus and our about five or so minutes we learning experiences through found the spot and he was on students’ eyes. Keeping the his way. sidewalks clear sends the What is so disturbing message that UNI is putting about this? Well, for one, the all students first by makstudent not only needed our ing sure they arrive at their help there, but from that point destinations safely and in a to the CME. The sidewalk timely manner. Maybe the job was not deep in snow, but it title “campus snow removwas not cleared enough that al” should be added to the the wheelchair could get a UNI job board for the winter good grip on the concrete to months.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 I Volume 107, Issue 34
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Panthers defeat the Shockers 77-57 behind second-half surge By ANGELA DEHARTY Sports Writer
Drake snaps UNI’s eightgame winning streak, 72-69 By BRAD EILERS
A great second-half finish led the University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team to a 77-57 win over the Wichita State University Shockers Friday night. The win is the eighth straight victory for UNI (16-5, 9-1 MVC) and their longest winning streak since winning eight straight in their 1975-76 season. Five Panthers scored in the double digits. Jacqui Kalin led UNI with 19 points while Katelin Oney added 13. Lizzie Boeck contributed eight rebounds, while Amber Kirschbaum tallied up seven rebounds, respectively. Both teams started out strong in the first half, trading leads six times while battling through 10 ties. K.K. Armstrong came up with a lay-up to give the Panthers a two-point lead, and Kalin made a mid-range jumper to extend UNI’s lead to four with 30 seconds left in the first half. The Panthers continued the run in the second half with Kalin and Boeck both
CASSANDRA HAYNE/Northern Iowan
The Panther women have won eight consecutive Missouri Valley Conference games and currently sit atop the MVC standings with a 9-1 conference record.
scoring on the first two UNI possessions. However, the Shockers (10-11, 4-6 MVC) came back with seven straight points to cut UNI’s lead to 36-34 with 16:09 remaining. Boeck answered with a free throw followed by a three-pointer from
Oney to give the Panthers a 40-34 lead. The Shockers kept pace with the Panthers by trimming the lead to 40-39, but Rachel Madrigal made a lay-up to extend UNI’s lead to 42-39. The Panthers got their second wind when K.K.
Armstrong got a steal and connected with Madrigal to give UNI a 50-42 advantage. The Panthers would maintain a 12- to 15-point lead over the Shockers until Oney knocked down a threepointer to extend the UNI See PANTHERS, page 17
Brad’s Sports Blurb
Lucas O’Rear... the true definition of a leader By BRAD EILERS
If you had to think of a word or phrase to describe the basketball program at the University of Northern Iowa during Ben Jacobson’s five-year head coaching tenure, what would you think of ? The following may come to mind: successful, stellar defense, leadership, hustle, high basketball IQ, unselfish and entertaining. However, you could cover all those phrases and more just by saying one name… Lucas O’Rear. Jacobson announced Thursday morning that O’Rear, a senior from DuBois, Ill., will miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle suffered late in Wednesday night’s 53-51 victory over Illinois State University. In his time as a Panther, O’Rear brought a certain mentality to the UNI basketball team that isn’t found in many programs
around the country, and the Panthers have flourished over the past four seasons because of it. The defending two-time Missouri Valley Conference Sixth Man of the Year became a fan favorite and cult hero a season ago with his distinguished mutton-chop side burns that could have made even Grizzly Adams blush. This season he decided to take his facial hair fashion even further by growing an Amish-style beard as well as a mullet, which got praise from everyone including teammates. “Luke has so many styles. He’s got that mullet look going on,” said fellow senior Kwadzo Ahelegbe. “That’s just Lucas’ personality.” And let’s not forget about that four-leaf clover and eagle that he has tattooed on his arms. He’s the true definition of a crowd favorite. But do we love him and cheer for him because of all this? No; on game
The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team saw their eight-game winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon in Des Moines as the Panthers suffered a 72-69 defeat at the hands of the Drake University Bulldogs. UNI senior point guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe led the Panthers in scoring with 26 points. Sophomore guard Anthony James added 14 points while sophomore forward Jake Koch chipped in with 13 for the Panthers. James recorded his second consecutive double-double as he grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. UNI went on a 12-4 run early in the first half with Koch scoring seven of those points. Senior guard Kerwin Dunham added a threepointer to cap the scoring. Drake then answered with an 8-3 run of its own. The teams traded baskets the remainder of the first half with the Panthers leading 35-34 at halftime. During the second half neither team went on a run of more than five points. Drake took its biggest lead of the game at 49-44 with 11:57 left to play, but the Panthers answered with a 5-0 run to tie it at 49-49 with 10:48 left. Drake held a three-point lead with 1:53 to play after two made free throws before Anthony James added two free throws of his own to cut the lead to one with a minute remaining in regulation. Drake’s Ryan Wedel and Ahelegbe traded buckets to keep the score at 70-69 with 18 seconds left to See UNI, page 18
ANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan
Lucas O’Rear fractured his ankle in the Panthers’ 53-51 victory over Illinois State on Feb. 2. O’Rear will be out for the remainder of the season.
nights the McLeod Center rafters ring with the name “Luuuuuke” because he puts as much effort into a basketball game as any
coach or fan could ever ask for. Sure, opposing players and fans may not enjoy the See BLURB, page 17
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
UNI wrestling team falls to Iowa State 21-20
MONICA SODERGREN/Northern Iowan
The Panthers came up just short against Iowa State Friday, losing 21-20. UNI returns to action next weekend when they travel to Greeley, Colo., to face Northern Colorado and California State-Bakersfield.
By MORGAN JOHNSON Sports Writer
MICHAEL BROWN/Northern Iowan
Jacqui Kalin, No. 10, is leading the Panthers in scoring this season, averaging 14.8 points per game.
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lead to 68-52. This started a 9-0 run that would allow the Panthers to hold at least a 19-point advantage for the rest of the game. UNI shot 28-of-53 from the floor, with an outstanding 15-of-25 (60 percent)
shooting performance in the second half. The Shockers turned the ball over 18, times which led to 15 points for UNI. The Panthers will be back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host the Creighton University Bluejays.
The University of Northern Iowa Panthers traveled to Ames on Feb. 4 to take on the Iowa State University Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum. The Panthers fought a great battle against the No. 15-ranked team, ultimately losing to the Cyclones by a point, 21-20. UNI’s 125-pounder Caleb Flores started the night off right for the Panthers by defeating ISU’s Brandon Jones 9-3. At 133 pounds, Ryan Jauch added another victory for the Panthers with a 8-3 win over the Cyclone’s Ben Cash. The Panthers gained six team points from a forfeit at 141 pounds, leaving the Panthers with a 12-0 lead after the first three weight classes.
The Cyclones raked in their first victory at 149 pounds when Max Mayfield defeated the Panthers’ Brett Robbins 4-2. David Bonin, UNI’s 157-pounder, picked up a major decision with a score of 11-2 over ISU’s Trent Weatherman. ISU’s No. 10-ranked Andrew Sorenson added six points to the Cyclone team score, winning by injury default over UNI’s Nick Pickerell. The Cyclones picked up another team victory at 174 pounds when No. 1-ranked Jon Reader won by technical fall in the second period against UNI’s Brice Wolf. At 184 pounds, Ryan Loder picked up another win for the season, winning by 11-2 over ISU’s Cole Shafer. Loder has won the past nine consecutive matches and is currently ranked ninth in the nation according to
Intermat. UNI’s Andy O’Loughlin took on the No. 17 ranked 197-pounder for ISU, Jerome Ward. Ward picked up a major decision for the Cyclones with a score of 12-3 over O’Loughlin. Going into the heavyweight match, the Panthers had a 20-18 lead over the Cyclones, leaving the final match as the ultimate decider of the dual’s team winner. UNI’s Blayne Beale made his first dual meet appearance against ISU’s Kyle Simonson. Beale fought a tough match until the end, ultimately losing 3-2 because of riding time. UNI now stands with an 8-9 season record. The Panther wrestling team will be traveling to Greeley, Colo., next weekend to take on the University of Northern Colorado and California State UniversityBakersfield.
Black Hawks beat Musketeers in overtime
ANNA SCHRECK/Northern Iowan
Lucas O’Rear recorded 529 points and 517 rebounds in his four-year career with the UNI Panthers.
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6-foot-6, 260-pound menace who sets screens like a brick wall. But even they couldn’t argue that he gave 110 percent every second he was on the basketball court. “He’s a tough, hardnosed competitor,” said Illinois State head coach Tim Jankovich. “His motor is always running.” While O’Rear may not have a place in the UNI basketball record books
with his 529 career points and 517 career rebounds, he will always have a place in our hearts. Whether we remember him for setting blistering screens, diving for loose balls or skying for rebounds, O’Rear did it all with a passion, mentality and leadership unmatched by many athletes today. I would like to conclude by saying, from all of us here in Panther country: thanks for the memories, Luuuuucas O’Rear.
DUSTIN WOODY/Northern Iowan
Alex Guptil, No. 91, celebrates with Blake Thompson, No. 3, after the Black Hawks’ victory over the Sioux City Musketeers Friday night.
By DUSTIN WOODY Sports Writer
The Waterloo Black Hawks are trying to find their footing in the race for the playoffs, and they gained a large boost Friday night from veteran defenseman Blake Thompson. In a game that saw three goals per
side in regulation versus the Sioux City Musketeers, Thompson scored just 47 seconds into the overtime period to seal the win for Waterloo. The Black Hawks got out to an early two-goal lead in the first period, as Tyler Zepeda scored from Andrew Panzarella and Max Edson
at 3:18, and Dan McNamara added a goal from Aaron Pearce and Jacob MacDonald at 11:10. Max McCormick scored for the Musketeers from Caleb Herbert at 2:48 of the second, and Richard Zehnal scored unassisted at 9:25 to tie the game. See BLACK HAWKS, page 18
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
BRICE JENSEN/Northern Iowan
Kwadzo Ahelegbe led the Panthers in scoring Saturday with 26 points against the Drake Bulldogs.
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play. UNI’s James drove to the basket with six seconds left, but his lay-up missed and Drake grabbed the rebound. Drake’s Jordan Clarke made one of two free throws with 4.2 seconds left, setting the stage for a Koch three-point attempt at the buzzer, which hit off the backboard and front of the rim. The game featured 13 ties and 12 lead changes. The Panthers dropped to 18-7 overall and 9-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play. UNI travels to Evansville, Ind., on Feb. 8 to take on the Evansville Purple Aces at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING EVANSVILLE HEAD COACH: Marty Simmons RECORD: 13-10 (7-6 MVC)
LEADING SCORERS: Colt Ryan -- 15.1 Kenny Harris -- 9.0 Denver Holmes -- 7.7
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Kenny Harris -- 6.7 Colt Ryan -- 3.4 Clint Hopf -- 3.3 OFFENSE: 66.9 ppg (4th MVC) DEFENSE: 65.8 ppg (8th MVC)
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The Waterloo Black Hawks return to action next weekend, playing two games on the road against Dubuque and Des Moines. Waterloo returns to Young Arena Feb. 15 to host Des Moines in a make-up game.
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Zepeda assisted a Max Edson power play goal at 9:28 of the third to send the Hawks up by one, but Adam Krause scored less than a minute later to tie the game. Krause’s goal was assisted by Alex Velischek, and came at 10:12 of the third. Zepeda assisted Thompson’s overtime gamewinning goal. Edson was the Waterloo Black Hawks’ third star of the game due to his goal, and Zepeda received the second star award for his goal and assist. Naturally,
Thompson was the first star with the game-winning goal. Waterloo Black Hawks first-year forward Gunnar Hughes feels that even though the team is just a couple points out of the playoffs at this time, the Black Hawks try to take things one game at a time. “We try to win the game that’s at hand, and take things game-bygame, letting things just fall where they will,” said Hughes. “Overtime hockey is as intense as it gets. We want to win every game in 60 minutes, but overtime hockey makes us want to put
teams away in 60 minutes.” The Black Hawks return to action next weekend, playing two games on the road in Dubuque on Friday and in Des Moines on Saturday, respectively. Waterloo returns home for a make-up game versus the Des Moines Buccaneers on Feb. 15. The Black Hawks are also at home the following weekend, playing Indiana and Green Bay Friday and Saturday. All three home games are college nights, with all college students getting any seat in Party Town for just $7 with a valid college I.D.
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