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Voting in the NISG runoff elections begins Tuesday at 6 a.m. and goes until Wednesday at 6 p.m. on MyUNIverse under the Life @ UNI tab. For more information on the candidates and for live streaming of the results, visit www.nisgelections.com.
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University of Northern Iowa students and staff were sent an e-mail encouraging them to participate in the campus-wide Climate and Diversity Survey in February. The survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete, is anonymous and gives students and staff the opportunity to voice their opinions about the nature of campus life as it pertains to diversity. The survey is done biannually, and all responses are confidential and aggregated.
University officials will used the results of the survey to determine whether the university is meeting its goals in regards to diversity, defined as “the rich differences that people bring to the University of Northern Iowa community” by the UNI “Diversity Matters” website. These differences can include, but are not limited to: military service, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender, race, ethnicity and religion. In keeping with the university’s mission “to create and maintain an inclusive See CLIMATE, page 2
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Students gathered in Maucker Union Wednesday night to wait for the general election results. After more than four hours of vote counting, it was announced that there would be a runoff election between Spencer Walrath and Ian Goldsmith and Rhonda Greenway and Adam Beaves.
Women’s and Gender UNI residence halls participating in Penny Wars Studies Program to host Women’s History Month MARKITA CURRIE Staff Writer
A massive war is going on between the dorms on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The Penny Wars are in full force. From now until March 11, each residence hall will be collecting pennies to raise money for books to be donated to fourth-graders at Edison Elementary. The two houses that
collect the most pennies will be rewarded with a pizza party. A group of sophomore presidential scholars are raising the money as part of a project they planned for their Think Tank course. The funds will help close the disparity between the number of books many experts estimate children should have See PENNY WARS, page 3
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may be sent to the Women’s and Gender Studies office. Contributions will be used to purchase media and books on diversity and gender studies for the Rod Library. Each item purchased with funds from the memorial will have a book plate affixed to it showing its affiliation with the Allbee Memorial. Speakers at the event will include former director of the program and professor emerita of English Alice Swensen; professor emeritus of sociology Ron Roberts; and professor of religion and former director Martha Reineke. If you have questions about the event, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies office at 273-7102.
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The University of Northern Iowa Women’s and Gender Studies Program will host their annual open house for Women’s History Month this Thursday at 3 p.m. The program will be dedicating their activities this month to Susan Allbee, an instructor in sociology and women’s and gender studies from 1989 until her retirement in 2007. Allbee passed away in February 2011. The memorial will take place in the Sabin Hall foyer, with a reception following in Sabin Hall 225. Contributions to the Susan Allbee Memorial Fund will be accepted at the event or
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UNI advocates for Alzheimer’s to host QUASH MARKITA CURRIE Staff Writer
Univeristy of Northern Iowa Advocates for Alzheimer’s is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association East Central Iowa chapter to present QUASH -- the Quest to Unravel Alzheimer’s -- a campus-wide scavenger hunt. The event will be held April 16 and registration begins at 10 a.m. “Alzheimer’s is a very important cause, especially for our generation,” said Kacie Swanson, a senior communication major and member of UNI Advocates for Alzheimer’s. “So it’s really important that we support
Alzheimer’s is a very important cause, especially for our generation, so it’s really important that we support funds for research. We want to assure participants that fundraising is really easy and well worth their time and effort. Kacie Swanson UNI senior
funds for research. We want to assure participants that fundraising is really
easy and well worth their time and effort.” Currently, UNI and the University of Iowa are the only campuses in the United States that participate in QUASH, but events at several non-campus locations are being held across the country. The scavenger hunt tests people both mentally and physically. Students are given clues to locations where they will find either another clue, a question or a challenge. A basic knowledge of the UNI campus is helpful in this hunt. Registration for QUASH can be found on their website, quashnow. org. Donations can be made upon
Defiant Libyans flood streets of Tripoli to protest against Gadhafi Borzou Daragahi And Sihem Hassaini McClatchy Newspapers
RAS AJDIR, Tunisia — Thousands of Libyans poured defiantly into the streets of Tripoli after Friday prayers to protest against strongman Moammar Gadhafi, who has ruled the country for the last 42 years and has vowed to fight his opponents until the very end. One witness reached by telephone in Tripoli said the people marched from mosques to Green Square in the heart of the capital, with the support of at least
some members of the security forces. “The military police are with us,” said Mohammad Khalil, a 31-year-old businessman in Tripoli. “People marching in the demonstrations heard gunfire, and are sure that people have been killed.” Al-Jazeera television cited sources as saying at least three people were killed in the protests, though Libyan state television denied that. Al-Arabiya television said 50,000 people were descending on the center of the capital. Foreign media have been
all but barred from traveling to Libya, although many journalists have entered eastern Libya, much of which is now under the control of the opposition. A few select correspondents were scheduled to arrive Friday as guests of the Libyan government. Inspired by revolutions in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, Libyan people have taken to the streets against Gadhafi. Many of the nation’s diplomats, officials and soldiers have already turned against Gadhafi. Libyan diplomats at a United Nations meeting
in Geneva and at the Arab League in Cairo announced Friday that they had abandoned Gadhafi. Envoy Adel Shaltut told a gathering of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that the entire Libyan delegation to the world body office had switched allegiance, stirring applause among the diplomats meeting in emergency session to consider how to halt the violence gripping Libya. In Cairo, the Libyan delegation to the Arab League issued a statement saying they had “joined our people in their legitimate demands for change and the establishment of a democratic system.” The cost of the uprising has been high. More than 600 people have died, according to independent
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educational environment which prepares students to thrive in a diverse, global environment,” the results of the questionnaire are measured against Key Performance Indicators. The list of KPIs includes criteria pertaining to the percentage of diversity on the campus as well as the practices of faculty and the quality of education as it pertains to diversity. The full list can be found at www.ir.uni.edu/SAKPI/index.cfm?d=1. The survey begins with a series of questions about the student or staff member taking it, such as gender, ethnicity, age, etc. It then asks a series of questions about the participant’s background with diversity, followed by a section that allows the participant to rank the nature and quality of their experience here at UNI. There is also a sec-
human rights organizations. The unrest has also driven up global energy prices and frozen the Libyan economy. According to witnesses arriving in Tunisia, towns and districts in western Libya are continuing to fall to anti-government forces, including the districts of Jebel Gharbi and Misurata. The flow of refugees fleeing the country, most of them foreign nationals, has turned into a flood, many of them winding up at makeshift camps along the Tunisian border that appeared to have tripled in size over the last 24 hours. Governments struggled to evacuate their citizens, many of them drawn to the oil-rich North African nation for job opportunities. Thailand, for example,
tion that allows participants to elaborate on their experiences and any changes or comments they have for the university. According to the Climate Survey website, the employee participation rate was at 51.6 percent while the student participation rate in the 2009 survey was at 15.3 percent. The link to the survey (found in your UNI e-mail) will only be valid until Friday, March 4. The survey is a unique opportunity for students and staff to shape the future of UNI’s focus on diversity. Participation is strongly encouraged. For more information on UNI’s diversity policies, visit www.uni.edu/diversity/index. shtml. If you have any questions pertaining to the data or the survey itself, contact Kristin Moser, senior research analyst from the UNI Office of Institutional Research, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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registration. Last year, Advocates for Alzheimer’s raised more than $10,000 with 120 participants, and this year they hope to raise more than $20,000 with at least 200 participants. Check-in will be at the West Gym at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m. the QUASHing kick-off will begin. Lunch and the awards ceremony will be held in the West Gym at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., an after-party will be held at the Hydrant on the Hill featuring food and drink specials for participants wearing QUASH t-shirts, and there will be a performance by the Brad Myers.
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to choose from, 2,000, and the amount of books in the Edison Elementary library, which is a little more than 500. “Literacy is something so close to everybody’s heart,” said Erica Scullin, a sophomore biochemistry and biology double major. “I don’t
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is struggling to repatriate 10,000 citizens, the Bangkok Post reported. A U.S.-chartered ferry sent to evacuate Americans from Libya finally set sail for Malta on Friday afternoon after a nearly three-day delay, the State Department reported. Bad weather
see how we could refuse a project like this one. The kids are our future.” The Penny Wars promote campus awareness for childhood literacy. A student can donate without actually having to buy a book, but if students wish to donate an actual book, there is a list of books at University Book and Supply available for donation. Those who buy the books will
PAGE 3 have their name put in the book so that future students will know who purchased it, “(Students) really are impacting lives of (elementary) students for years, over and over,” said Theresa Luensmann, a sophomore biochemistry and biology double major. University Book and Supply will also offer the opportunity for students to donate $1 to Opportunity
to Achieve, which also benefits childhood literacy. The book registry will continue through April 8. There are more than 125 books on the registry. “It’s more than just a book drive,” said Maghan Orr, a sophomore biology major. “(It’s) going to make an impact on the kids.”
was blamed for the delay, although the departure of other vessels over the last two days stirred speculation that the Gadhafi regime might have been blocking the vessel’s departure to provide a human shield to protect him from any forceful U.S. intervention.
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Libyan protesters brandish guns as a defaced portrait of dictator Moammar Gadhafi is brought to a traffic circle in Agedabia, where local residents stages a large rally after prayers.
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Students participate in 12th annual rock climbing competition By CAROLINE DAVIS Staff Writer
The University of Northern Iowa Wellness and Recreation Center hosted its 12th annual rock climbing competition, Rock Revolution, on Saturday. Rock Revolution was organized by Drew Witmer, a senior outdoor recreation major; James Severson, a senior history education major; and Hannah Lang, a leisure services programming graduate student. People from all over the state of Iowa attended the competition, including students from UNI, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Luther College and Wartburg College. Witmer said Rock Revolution is “an annual event where climbers from different schools come to compete, socialize and have a good time. The competition isn’t all about being competitive. It’s about meeting people and getting together with people with shared interest.” The competition was split into five categories: women’s novice, women’s intermediate, men’s novice, men’s intermediate and men’s advanced. The rock wall was assessed the night before competition and the different routes avail-
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she married Wayne Black and they moved to Georgia, where he was stationed at Warner Robins Air Force Base. While in Warner Robins, Gladys Black started to become an active community member and established a bird-banding program with David Johnson of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After her husband passed away in 1956, she returned to Pleasantville and continued her work throughout the community, getting involved with Boy Scouts and 4-H. Throughout Stone’s presentation, he shared the importance of Black and the impact she had on the people she met along the way. “(Black) raised awareness of the struggles that faced birds as well as what made her
This week, students can learn the dangers of alcohol and how they can be avoided during Alcohol Awareness Week, which began Monday. Throughout the week, there will be activities and speakers that will show students just how much is too much when it comes to alcohol. College Street is generally quiet during the week, but when Friday night rolls around, students of every age can be seen on the Hill. Many of these students are underage, but that doesn’t stop them from consuming as much or more alcohol as the students who are over the legal age. Some students may not realize how consuming excessive amounts of alcohol could alter their lives. Alcohol can have an effect on a person’s well-being -- physically, mentally and emotionally. For this reason, Alcohol Awareness Week teaches students about the ways alcohol can affect their lives. It is common for Melissa Wright, associate director of Public Safety, to deal with alcohol-related incidents that occur on or around campus. “We have alcohol issues that take place on the weekend that may be public intoxication, criminal mischief or drunk driving,” Wright said. The number of drunk driving incidents in the Cedar Falls area have stayed steady over the years. Officers are looking for the incidents more now than ever, which could be a reason why the numbers seem to stay consistent with the increased focus on the occurrences. There are some ways drunk driving can be prevented. “Some businesses have put in place rides from the establishments; there are cab services, the UNI SafeRide that runs between UNI and the outside apartment areas, and we really try to emphasize the designated driver,” Wright said. “Even if you’re not driving, we still try to emphasize having that designated person for the night to look out for everyone.”
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Men’s Intermediate 1. Ethan Harvey 2. Jason Ratcliff 3. Christian Carper Men’s Novice 1. Charles Bourgeors 2. Jory Marvin 3. Robert Eiselstein Women’s Intermediate 1. Rebecca Schultze 2. Kathy Green 3. Bethany Drury Women’s Novice 1. Bailey Gray 2. Alissa Hoehle 3. Abbie Fisher
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Kyle Flickinger, a junior movement and exercise science major, climbs his way up the rock wall during the 12th annual Rock Revolution Saturday at the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center.
petition two weeks ago,” said Christian Riquelme, a sophomore Wartburg student and first-year Rock Revolution competitor. “It is a good way to meet more climbers. Climbing is bigger than what people think.”
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Larry Stone, a freelance outdoor writer, photographer and lecturer, talks with students, faculty and community members after his presentation on “Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady” on Feb. 23.
from an early age she was an outdoor enthusiast. Black received a nursing degree from Mercy Hospital and would later receive her bach-
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Fidi Nagy, a freshman from the University of Iowa and first-time competitor, was competing in the men’s advanced category. He has been climbing for just six See ROCK REVOLUTION, page 6
Larry Stone discusses the legacy of Iowa’s ‘bird lady’ Freelance outdoor writer, photographer and lecturer Larry Stone from Elkader, Iowa, came to the University of Northern Iowa Feb. 23 to present a seminar called “Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady,” which is also the title of his latest book, co-authored with Jon Stravers. The book is not only about Black’s work with birds but also about her passion and promotion of outdoor education. At the seminar, Stone shared the life of Gladys Black and her contribution to conservation and to the state of Iowa through storytelling and a photograph presentation. Black was born and raised in Pleasantville, Iowa, where
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able were given points, from one to five, based on technicality, balance and power. One point represented the least difficult and five points represented the most difficult. “Climbing turned into a hobby, passion, and it’s a great workout,” said Tyler Gardner, a sophomore electronic media major. “It’s so fun to see all the different people climbing.” “Some of the UNI staff came to climb at Wartburg, and I heard about the com-
elor of science degree in public health nursing from the University of Minnesota. She continued her work as a public health nurse in Iowa until
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Art students explore the effects of budget cuts on classes By BLAKE FINDLEY Staff Writer
Elizabeth Sutton, a University of Northern Iowa assistant professor of art, recently created an assignment for her students to connect with the debate about budget cuts toward higher education. She assigned her students to brainstorm a list of what the perfect art history class would entail. Upon the completion of the assignment, Sutton encouraged her students to send the list to their legislators to show exactly what the budget cuts were not allowing the students to do. “The key was to start with something for them to think about, because many students are apathetic towards politics and do not pay attention to how all of it can dramatically affect their lives,” Sutton said. “I wonder sometimes about what students really know about what is going on around them.” The assignment was prompted by an e-mail from UNI Provost Gloria Gibson explaining changes that might take place in the upcoming academic year. The e-mail explained what the budget cuts would do to education and the students, such as larger course sizes, fewer courses offered, greater number of adjunct professors versus
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so appreciative of their beauty -- in her articles in the Des Moines Register and other newspapers,” Stone said. “But even more than simply writing about all of the fascinating birds that inhabited Iowa, Black spent her time outdoors observing birds, caring for them and teaching others about them.” One of those teaching moments came from Black’s creation of Outdoor Days. Outdoor Days was a three-day event where children in the fifth grade could get involved with three events -- field day, hiking and lessons on conservation -- at Lake Red Rock in Marion County. One of Black’s main contributions to the state of Iowa was her fight against hunting mourning doves. Because of Black, Iowa Legislature passed a law in 1978 forbidding dove hunting without direct legislative action. Her other main contribution to conservation was the lobbying for the “Chickadee Check-Off ” now known as the Fish or Wildlife Fund enacted in 1981. The fund allows Iowans to donate part of their income tax refunds to
full-time faculty and elimination of programs. Sutton intended for the assignment to prompt students toward some deep thinking and reflection on the state of their education. Students enrolled in her Surveys of North American Renaissance art history courses participated in the activity. Sutton asked her students: “What would the perfect art history class include? How many students would be in it? What kind of instructor would teach it? How would it be structured? What materials would be used? Where would it be? What resources would be necessary?” The responses from students shared a similar theme. “The perfect art history class would be a smaller class, so we could learn more one on one,” one student wrote. “I learn the best when the teacher explains information to me and does not just shove it down my throat and move on,” wrote another student. “The instructor would know they are qualified and know their stuff. I would love to travel to a museum or somewhere else; hands-on experiences really help me remember important information.” Another student wrote, “The perfect art history class would include
programs to benefit nongame wildlife. Throughout her life, Black continued to remain active in her community and shared her passion for birds and nature until she passed away on July 19, 1988 at the age of 89. Black received many honors for her contributions to the state of Iowa. In 1978, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Simpson College for her studies of migration patterns and nesting of American birds. In 1978, she received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Army Corps of Engineers for her conservation and education efforts around Lake Red Rock. In 1983, she was elected a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science. In 1985, Black was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame for her work as an environmental educator, and in 1989, she was recognized by former and current Governor Terry Branstad for her 35 years of volunteer work. Stone worked for the Des Moines Register from 19711997, where he met Black through various photography assignments. He wanted people to leave
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a permanent teacher who is passionate about what they do, and it would include field trips to museums, movies on artists and fun activities with art, because I am a visual and hands-on learner and remember things more when I see and interact with them. One visit to the Da Vinci exhibit at the Des Moines Science Center taught me more about art than an entire semester in an art history course.” “My ideal art history course would take place in an old lecture hall with wooden floors, leather chairs, an old blackboard and stained glass windows,” wrote another student. “The room would be rich with history and adorned with original paintings. The class would be smaller, with all students being attentive, prepared and engaged. The instructor could be young or old, but would have the passion and energy of someone right out of grad school. The instructor would (make) information relevant, exciting and applicable.” One student explained why smaller classes are better suited to the learning environment. “I learn better talking about (the material), but I am shy in a larger class. If I was in a little class, I would feel obligated to speak up more,” the student said. Yet another student commented
his talk with one memory of Black. “She loved kids, birds and conservation,” he said. “That was her life. The three are hard to separate.” “I work a lot with environ-
how tenured, full-time faculty members are substantially better in educating students because they can adapt to their students and try new things without fear of losing their job. “I thought it was a great project,” said Austin Quinn, a senior art major enrolled in Sutton’s Northern Renaissance course. “It was a good way to allow us to express our views and opinions about our art history classes and our ideas of how they could be improved. I never would have thought about sending my responses to a legislator. But with looming budget cuts, it is crucial that students make their voices heard. Sutton’s questions were sort of a sneaky way of showing the students that our opinions do matter, and we should be heard.” “As consumers of education, it is up to us to ensure that quality of our product is up to par, and if we feel it is getting worse we need to shout out,” Sutton said. “Legislators need to understand that the youth may have better ideas, but may just be unsure of how to implement them. It is the dreams that get it started. That is what this activity was designed to do.” Sutton encouraged students to do this activity for any of their classes and to send responses to their respective legislators.
mental education programs, and I thought the seminar was interesting,” said Britney Tonnig, a leisure, youth and human services graduate student. “It’s good to learn about other naturalists and good to
learn about what’s going on in Iowa.” Stone’s presentation was sponsored by the Tallgrass Prairie Center and Student Outdoor Leadership Education (Club S.O.L.E.).
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Some UNI students have experienced alcohol-related incidents that affected their lives in a big way.
Some businesses have put in place rides from the establishments; there are cab services, the UNI SafeRide that runs between UNI and the outside apartment areas, and we really try to emphasize the designated driver. Melissa Wright associate director of Public Safety
One student at UNI who wished to remain anonymous was out drinking with friends and knew he had too much to drink. After a fight with his girlfriend, he ended up getting extremely mad and frustrated and started walking home. On his walk home, he tripped on a curb, falling and biting his lip. Soon after, he punched a glass window, shattering the window and cutting open his hand. He didn’t know the extent of
his wound until he woke up the next morning covered in blood with a gash in his hand that was in much need of stitches. He also realized he completely bit through his lip. Another common affect of alcohol is loss of memory, otherwise known as “blacking out.” Another student at UNI blacks out frequently when she drinks. One night after being out at the bars, she walked over three miles around Cedar Falls trying to find her off-campus home. During this time, she knocked on numerous doors, thinking they were her own, and after discovering they weren’t, continued on her search. She ended up waking up in someone’s lawn on the complete opposite side of town from her house. In the process, she ended up losing one of her shoes and her keys, and has no idea how she got where she was. Another common incident that occurs on campus is drinking an amount that can turn deadly, also known as alcohol poisoning. Students may find it funny when one of their friends passes out, but what they don’t know is that while they’re out, the aspiration of vomit could cause asphyxiation or poisoning of the respiratory center in the brain, which can also
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lead to death. A person’s blood alcohol level may still be rising after a person is passed out, letting alcohol in the stomach and intestine continue to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body, even when the person has stopped drinking. According to the UNI Substance Abuse Services, make sure that a friend who may have passed out doesn’t have any of the critical signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning: no response when trying to wake them; slow, shallow or irregular breathing; pale/bluish skin; or a pulse above 100 or below 60. If a person shows these signs, actions need to be taken immediately to get them medical attention. A student under the legal age of 21 who had also been consuming alcohol cannot get in trouble for helping a friend, due to the Good Samaritan Provision in the UNI Student Conduct Code. Students can learn more about these issues during Alcohol Awareness Week. On March 1, speaker Rick Barnes will present his lecture, “Drink Think,” at 7 p.m. in the Maucker Union ballroom. On March 2, the UNI police will be doing a beer goggle activity in the ballroom lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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months. After hearing about the competition from friends, he decided he would try it out. “The climb was really fun, but hard,” he said. “(They) did a good job setting up the competition. (It was) really well organized, and I really like UNI’s wall. The staff is nice, and I will definitely compete again next year.” Six other climbers hailed from the University of Iowa, while seven climbers came
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Christian Riquelme approaches the top of the rock wall in the Wellness and Recreation Center during the 12th annual Rock Revolution Saturday.
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from Iowa State University to compete. James Slagle, a freshman Iowa State student competing in the men’s novice category, has been climbing for just three months. He heard about the competition through the Mountaineering and Climbing Club at Iowa State. “The competition was really fun,” he said. “There were a lot of different variations, and the wall had a lot of nice natural features. There were a lot of friendly people at UNI. I’m definitely coming back next year.” 66 Former U.N. leader Waldheim 67 Row of waiters 68 Dweebish 69 Evian et al. 70 WWII carriers 71 Swap Down 1 Air gun pellets 2 Chaney of horror 3 Chicken-king link 4 Davenport, e.g. 5 West Coast ocean concern 6 Mingle (with) 7 Like an extremely unpleasant situation 8 Inner city blight 9 Jane Eyre, e.g. 10 Deep fissure 11 Tear gas target 12 Sawbones 13 Shape up 21 Harbinger 22 Reverse 23 Machu Picchu architect 24 Home Depot buy 25 Cold shoulder 29 Right hand: Abbr. 30 Mechanical worker 31 Circumference part 35 Performed in an aquacade 37 “Washboard” muscles 39 Astounded 40 Fabric joint 41 Rec room centerpiece 43 1-Down, e.g. 44 Cyclone’s most dangerous part 45 Harsh 46 NFLer who used to play in Yankee Stadium 47 Striped stinkers 48 Costner/Russo golf flick 49 Anatolian Peninsula capital 51 Some Horace poems 53 Pesky fliers 57 “JAG” spin-off 58 Penny 59 “Moonstruck” Oscar winner 63 Memorable time 64 Total 65 Color, in a way
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Technology has come a long way over the past two decades. We have seen video game systems develop from chunky, heavy, at-home equipment to a little Nintendo DS that can be held in one hand. Movies have gone from being played on VCRs to being played in high definition on a thin, sleek Blu-ray system. And while all these things are progressing and appearing to shrink in size over time, one thing is not: children in America. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, childhood obesity has increased at an alarming rate over the past two decades. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index that is greater than the 95th percentile for age and gender. According to the study, obesity has nearly tripled in children ages 6 to 11 from a mere 6.5 percent to 18.8 percent. And now more than 17 percent of children ages 12 to 19 are also fitting into the obese category. Many people and studies blame lifestyle for this increasing trend, and in some regards this is true. Children now are exposed to more sedentary activities than children in past decades. Their lives are full of video games and watching 3-D television rather than participating in physical activity. Unfortunately, developments in technology are never going to end. All of this means that healthy eating and lifestyle choices need to be addressed at school, where children eat many meals and can be taught healthy nutrition in order to make smart life choices. According to the Department of
Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas, childhood obesity needs to be addressed by modifying three things in the school systems: revising school lunches, enhancing nutrition education and increasing physical activity. Children need to be given meals that are healthy and nutritious. They need to be provided with food that will give them energy and strength to make it through the day. Also, children need to be required to participate in more activities during physical education classes. No more just sitting on the sidelines or spending the majority of class waiting in line to take one swing at a ball on a tee – they need to be engaged. Most importantly, children need to be taught about nutrition, because many school districts don’t even address nutrition in schools until seventh or eighth grade. Children need to be encouraged to make healthy choices at a young age so they can see how their bodies will benefit. The truth is, childhood obesity is a dangerous chronic disease. It can cause diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and many other problems. Bullying is often a result of obesity, and obesity can lead to negative social development. And like any other chronic health condition, it can never be cured, only maintained. Childhood obesity needs to be addressed and action needs to be taken. America’s youth is at great risk. Don’t just sit around and wait for somebody else to take a stand, because sitting too much is what got us here in the first place.
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.
Vote for Spencer and Ian
Throughout the past few weeks Secondly, I believe that Spencer and all three tickets vying for the posi- Ian’s diverse background makes them tion of President and Vice President the most ready-for-office candidates on of NISG have been doing a fantastic the ballot. The offices of the President job listening to what students and Vice President are not have to say and coming something that students up with unique ideas to can just blindly jump make UNI a better place. into and wind up doing However, only one can be a great job. Having voted the new Student connections across Body President and the university is Vice President and vital to the success with respect to the SPENCER WALRATH AND IAN GOLDSMITH of any platform other candidates, initiative. Given that ticket should be Spencer Walrath Spencer and Ian’s extensive work in and Ian Goldsmith. NISG, CATS, SAA, the DOR, music Two distinct factors played a part and drama, I’m certain that they have in my decision to support Spencer and the ability and connections to achieve Ian, the first being their approach- everything in their platform. ability. With years of RA experience, The President and Vice President it comes as no surprise that Spencer within NISG are crucial to UNI and and Ian are easily the most approach- the results of this election will, withable guys in the Senate. If I ever have out a doubt, affect every student at an idea or suggestion, they are always this university. For that reason I urge willing to listen and help me make you to vote with me March 1 and 2 on them realities. If elected, I’m positive MyUNIverse for Spencer Walrath and that their friendliness and approach- Ian Goldsmith. ability will remain strong as President and Vice President. Chris Miller, NISG Senator
Panthers, dates as they compete for your vote in I first off want to send a huge thank the runoff elections. I ask that you do you out to not only those who turned your research, go to the websites again out to vote for Zach and me, whom I and read the updated platforms and am forever grateful to, but to everytalk to all of the remaining canone that turned out to the polls didates to make sure that they last Tuesday and Wednesday. We are going to represent the needs had nearly record-breaking voter and concerns that you have. turnout, a huge number of Ask them the tough questions write-in candidates and people and make sure they have the DAKOTAH REED watching the results streamright answers; ensure that Former candidate for ing live over the Internet. This student they will go the extra mile body president really says a great deal about in representing not only you our university and about the students but every student here at UNI. There who attend here. It shows that they are are two very qualified tickets running for passionate and concerned, interested and the office; they both have very important devoted – it shows that you want your things on their platforms ranging from voice not only heard but acknowledged student interaction to governmental and represented. You showed all of these relations, green initiatives, and diversity positive traits throughout the campaign and student affairs. Take a look at both as you spoke up and asked questions of them and find the things that are at the debate, on the blog, on our web- important to you, and make sure you are sites; as you welcomed us in to speak at going to be represented in the way that your student organizations; and as you you want to be as they take office. talked to us on campus. You should all Then make sure that you turn out be extremely proud of yourselves, as not to the polls again this Tuesday and every college student possesses these Wednesday. This election is just as positive traits. important as the last one, and you need However, after all of this I have one to make sure that you are represented more request of you. Over the next few and that your voice is heard through your days you are going to have the chance vote. again to talk to the remaining candi- Dakotah Reed
Vote for Rhonda and Adam
Fellow students, Debate Team. This is where I was first My name is Jennifer Nulty, and I convinced of Rhonda’s uncanny ability am writing this letter to give you some to be efficient and professional. Even in insight in choosing the best candidate for high-stress situations, Rhonda was able the 2011 student body presidential elec- to deal with every situation with ease. tion. I am a senior political communicaIn serving on the External Affairs tions and sociology major and have been Committee with Rhonda, our committee involved in NISG since my freshman was constantly supported by Rhonda’s year. I know the qualities and work ethic. She put hours what it takes to be effective into helping plan for leaders of the executive events and projects we branch. There are many undertook. Her expetasks behind the scenes rience as the secretarythat the president and general of the Iowa High vice president do for School Model United students, and not Nations has given her all of the tasks are RHONDA GREENWAY AND ADAM BEAVES organizational manas glorified as many agement skills that are think. Having the chance to observe and necessary to run a smooth administrapartake in the current executive branch, I tion. see my endorsement as an educated one. Lastly, both Rhonda and Adam have The next administration will face an insight on the interworking of this many challenges in the coming year. university that really sets them apart There is a 6- to 10-percent proposed from their counterparts. Rhonda and overall budget cut to our university. Adam have been very involved as effecTuition will be rising, class sizes will tive student leaders. Their commitment get larger, and the cuts will start to take to UNI shows the passion they would a toll on UNI’s quality education. Next have as student body president and vice year’s administration needs to have the president. knowledge, work ethic and drive to be I urge you to vote for this dynamically the student voice and possess the capa- professional and dedicated ticket. Join bilities to deal with the coming problems me in voting for Rhonda and Adam on with articulacy. I wholeheartedly believe March 1 and 2 on your MyUniverse. It is that Rhonda Greenway and Adam Beaves an honor to endorse such a qualified duo. are the best individuals for the job. There are three main reasons that I Respectfully, urge to you vote for Rhonda and Adam: Jennifer Nulty professionalism, work ethic and insight. NISG Senator Emerita I have had the experience of being NISG 2007-2011 Rhonda’s debate partner on the UNI
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Another Oscar season has come and gone. Our culture eats this stuff up. The glamour, the glitz, the projected toleration of the paparazzi and the E! Network: truly a thing of beauty. The Oscars are the capper to the elegant award ceremony season honoring all the accomplishments of film for the year. The Golden Globes, the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and (sadly) the MTV Movie Awards all lead up to this night. However, I think the awards that often are overlooked or just tossed aside are the Annual Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a. the Razzies. Most readers will probably recognize the Razzies in some form. Usually the results are posted on conglomerate news websites like Yahoo! and Google. Most, I think, view them as just a fun little side note to the Oscars and a complimentary slap to the face of Hollywood. While that very well might be the case, I think the Razzies deserve a little more credit than that. In a cultural time of excess and short-sightedness (then again, has that ever changed?) when it comes to filmmaking, something like the Razzies is absolutely imperative. Studios screw up almost more than they succeed, it seems. Goofy follies like “The Last Airbender” (which took the Razzie for Worst Picture this year) and films in the past like “10,000 B.C.,” “Knowing,” “2012” and “Year
One” plague the box office, just to name a few from the last couple years. And don’t even get me started on the two guys that are behind movies like “Vampires Suck.” I think I chewed on them enough in my last column. Anyway, the point of all this is that functions like the Razzies remind Hollywood that we aren’t just going to sit here and accept crap when we go to the movies. To be fair, no studio sets out to make a terrible movie. A studio sets out to make a profit. They are a business; it makes sense. Many factors can make a movie bad. A young, inexperienced director, low budgeting, poor performance choices, post-production 3-D, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, most moviegoers still pay to see this stuff from a lack of being informed or… well, I guess some people like Razzie movies. The Razzies function as a balancing force that reminds Hollywood that some of us out there in the moviegoing public refuse to accept a lot of the crap that hits the silver screen. It also acts as a force to remind directors that every movie they make is not a work of art (though some believe that no matter what). Sure, the Razzies are rarely even accepted in person by the winners. I don’t blame them: it’s a big hit to the ego. For the rest of us though, we can sit back and laugh at the year’s crock of schlock.
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Where have all the protests gone?
Those who follow international news are probably watching the wave of protests and outright revolutions that are sweeping northern Africa right now. So far there have been protests in five countries, which have resulted in outright regime changes in two cases. This series of revolutions is already totally shaking up the power structure in the region, with leaders coming to realize that discontentment amongst their citizens could quickly lead to the end of their rule. The protests started with a man in the small African country of Tunisia who burned himself to death in protest of harassment by government officials and a perceived lack of freedom. That incident sparked outrage among the country’s citizens, and concerns over a weak economy and political corruption turned into massive protests in the streets. After much turmoil, their president resigned and fled to Saudi Arabia. In a very short amount of time, the Tunisian people rose up and successfully took back their government. This led to other protests in countries in the region, including Bahrain, Yemen and Libya. Egypt also erupted in political outrage, successfully deposing President Mubarak, who fled Cairo after days of clashes between protesters and government agents. In all of these countries, the situation is still evolving. The people in the region have a newfound realization that they can actually control their political destinies. They are casting off oppressive regimes and taking control of their future. It’s an amazing thing to behold. As someone who places a lot of value in freedom and the right of self-determination for citizens of a country, these protests make me wonder – at what point should Americans be out in the streets? I’m not particularly interested in starting a revolution, but I think any reasonable political worldview should allow for the citizens of a country to have a high degree of control over their government. With that ability to control the government comes the responsibility to stay informed about what it’s doing and to try to stop it when it crosses the line. A free society cannot survive with-
out an educated and politically active population. I think this is an essential political truth. A government with unchecked power tends to abuse its power, and yet I almost never see protests in the United States. So what should it take for Americans to pour into the streets to let our government know where we draw the line? If we take every government abuse of power in stride, promising that the next thing will be the thing that triggers our collective outrage, then we’ll never get there. Do we accept warrantless wiretaps? Do we have to live with detainment of prisoners in foreign countries with no habeas corpus rights? Are we okay with illegal wars based on lies and misdirection that result in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people? Can we live with obvious political corruption and being ruled by special interests? I’m not suggesting that any of these things is a reason to overthrow the government. In fact, I think that in all but the very worst situations, that sort of a response would do much more harm than good. On the other hand, we clearly don’t do a very good job of voicing our dissatisfaction. Though I hate the Tea Party movement for its social conservatism and fondness for right-wing windbags, at least it’s getting people interested in what their government is doing. They’re bringing people out to protest. In a time when that sort of political activism is exceptionally rare, it’s hard not to feel like it’s at least sort of a good thing. In the end, I ask questions like this, but I’m not convinced that I know the answer. I think any responsible citizen of a country like ours needs to think about these things. Ask yourself: where is the line that the government cannot cross without bringing you out into the streets? Make an informed decision about that line, and stick to it. If you don’t think there should be a line, then how can you complain about the direction that America is going? Thomas Jefferson said that “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” I think that is an essential truth, and those countries in Africa are realizing it. When will we?
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UNI women lock up first-ever MVC regular season title
UNI loses regular season finale to Creighton 63-55
By ANGELA DEHARTY Sports Writer
The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team locked up the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship after their 71-61 victory over Bradley University Friday night at Renaissance Coliseum in Peoria, Ill. The Panthers extended their winning streak to 14 straight victories and 22 overall, which ties the program’s record for most wins in a season. Junior guard Rachel Madrigal led UNI (22-5, 15-1 MVC) with a careerhigh 18 points. Junior guard Jacqui Kalin tallied up 16 points and six assists and Katelin Oney finished with 15 points and two steals. Lizzie Boeck contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, while Erin Brocka added six points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Bradley (13-14, 6-10 MVC) jumped ahead early in the first half with a 13-9 lead, but the Panthers came back when Boeck knocked down a pair of free throws and Rachel Madrigal scored off a Brocka steal in the backcourt to tie the game at 13-13 with 12:40 remaining in the first half. The Braves went on to score the next four points. However, UNI would fight back with a three-pointer
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Johnny Moran (No. 13) scored a team-high 16 points against Creighton Saturday afternoon. However, the Panthers lost 63-55.
By BRAD EILERS with 11 points. Sports Editor
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UNI defeated Bradley 71-61 to win their first-ever MVC regular season title. K.K. Armstrong (No. 4), pictured here against Creighton, has been coming off the bench and averaging 7.7 points per game for the Panthers this season.
from Brocka to bring the Panthers within one at 19-18 with 7:45 left in the first half. Oney made a lay-up but Bradley answered with a pair of free throws, putting the Braves back on top by
one. Madrigal gave UNI a two-point advantage with a three, while Brocka followed by scoring a lay-up to give the Panthers a 28-24 lead. UNI and Bradley would trade baskets twice, but the See CHAMPS, page 10
Ryan’s Rants Major League Baseball projections By RYAN FRIEDERICH Sports Columnist
Spring is finally here. It may not feel like this is true based on the recent snow that has entered the Cedar Valley, but baseball is officially back. This past weekend spring training games got underway and expectations for all fans are sky-high, except for the fans of the Chicago Cubs who realize their team took a step back after an already disappointing 2009-10 campaign. I have always enjoyed reading
the pre-season projections from great baseball minds, and my position at the Northern Iowan gives me the opportunity to do the same, whether you like it or not. This season could be a wild one, as many teams made significant upgrades to their rosters. This October I see the Boston Red Sox winning the American League East crown ahead of the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. In the AL Central I have the Chicago White Sox barely edging out the
Minnesota Twins. Falling into place are the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals. The AL West will see the Texas Rangers making another run at the World Series, finishing ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics. The Twins are my pick for the Wild Card in the AL. The Red Sox will find themselves playing in the fall classic this year, and their new first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez, will take See RANT, page 10
The Panthers (19-12, 10-8 MVC) were led by three The University of players in double figures. Northern Iowa men’s Junior guard Johnny Moran basketball team traveled scored a game-high 16 points to Omaha, Neb., over the for UNI. Sophomores Jake weekend to face Missouri Koch and Anthony James Valley Conference rival each chipped in with 10 Creighton University. The points apiece. The Panthers Panthers led by four at outrebounded an opponent halftime, but an 11-0 run to for just the second time start the second half by the in their past seven games, Bluejays was the difference grabbing 33 boards to the as UNI fell 63-55. Bluejays’ 31. The Bluejays (18CU jumped out to an 13, 10-8 MVC) outscored early 8-0 lead and eventually the Panthers 39-27 in the pushed the lead to 16-7 second half after trailing with 11:31 left in the first 28-24 at the break. CU was half. However, the Panthers led in scoring by freshman clawed their way back and forward Doug McDermott’s took a 23-21 lead following 13 points. Senior forward See UNI, page 10 Kenny Lawson Jr. chipped in
UNI softball team goes 2-3 in the Frost Classic By SAM JEFSON Sports Writer
After a 5-0 start to the 2011 season, the University of Northern Iowa softball team was looking to stay hot as they traveled to Chattanooga, Tenn., for the Frost Classic. The Southern road trip did not go as planned, with the Panthers losing three of their five games on the road trip. UNI (7-3) began their five-game southern swing Friday against the University of Tennessee-Martin. The Panthers couldn’t get the offense going as they were shut out 2-0. UT-Martin was able to jump out to an early lead and silence the UNI bats for seven complete innings. UT-Martin’s Chelsea Jones ended a UNI threat in the fifth inning when UNI had
runners on second and third with two outs as she picked up one of her 15 strikeouts. In game two, the Panthers responded with a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Tennessee Tech University. UNI fell behind early in the contest by a score of 2-0. The Panther bats heated up in the fourth inning when Gina Brown hit a solo home run to cut TTU’s lead down to one run. Following the Brown home run, two unearned runs cost UNI in the bottom-half of the inning, boosting TTU’s lead to 4-1. In the seventh inning, UNI stormed back with a vengeance when Rachel Gerking delivered a clutch two-out game-tying RBI double. With the score tied, freshman pitcher Jamie See SOFTBALL, page 10
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Panthers were in front 32-28 at halftime. The Panthers started the second half on a 7-0 run, earning their first doubledigit lead of the game when Madrigal and Boeck scored on back-to-back possessions, putting the score at 39-28. Bradley would later cut it back to single digits after a 10-2 run to make the score 49-40 UNI with 10:49 left in the game. A three-pointer from Oney at the 9:50 mark put UNI back up by double digits, 52-40. Trailing 65-46, Bradley would answer with an 8-0 run, making the score 65-54 with 1:41 to play. The Panthers made six free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure a 71-61 victory and the MVC regular season championship. The Panthers will host the Indiana State University Sycamores Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the McLeod Center.
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a steal and lay-up by Moran at the 1:23 mark. UNI closed the first half on a 13-4 run. CU started the second half just as strong as the first, coming out of the locker room on an 11-0 run. UNI would fall behind by as many as 13 points at 52-39 with 6:14 remaining in regulation before mounting a late-game comeback. The Panthers would go on a 16-7 run over the next six minutes to pull the score within four at 59-55 with 17 seconds remaining. However, Lawson Jr. would seal the victory for CU with two free throws and a slam dunk in the final 17 seconds of regulation. Although UNI lost to CU on Saturday afternoon, they still clinched the No. 4 seed in this weekend’s MVC Tournament. The Panthers and Bluejays will square off once again Friday afternoon at 2:35 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. The game can be seen on MVC TV.
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Rockies short stop Troy Tulowitzki (No. 2) is one of the favorites to win the National League MVP Award this season.
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the season’s Most Valuable Player honors. Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox will be the Manager of the Year with many memorable press conferences along the way. Look for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to win the Cy Young Award and Desmond Jennings to win Rookie of the Year in the Rays outfield. The National League tends to be a little trickier. It is tough to think the St. Louis Cardinals would miss the playoffs two years in a row, but I have to go with the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central. Behind the revamped big red machine will be the Milwaukee Brewers, Cardinals, Houston Astros, Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Colorado Rockies will be the team to beat this year in the NL West, and behind them will be the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks. No one can argue that the Philadelphia Phillies are the most stacked team in baseball, but the Atlanta Braves will be nipping at their heels all year and again will take the NL Wild Card. The Florida Marlins will come in a close third ahead of the New York Mets and Washington Nationals. The Braves will make the
World Series this year behind their abundance of pitching. The MVP in the NL will be Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, and the Cy Young Award winner will be Cole Hamels, an overshadowed starter in the Phillies rotation. Rookie of the Year will go to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and the Manager of the Year will be Dusty Baker of the Reds.
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Roy Halladay will be just one of the aces in the Philadelphia Phillies pitching rotation this season. Halladay went 21-10 a year ago.
I would give anything to see the season unfold this way, with the Braves winning the World Series on a Jason Heyward walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Let’s just hope there isn’t a Yankees vs. Phillies World Series, or that the Cubs win more than 50 games for that matter. Go Panthers!
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UNI second baseman Livi Abney hit two home runs in the Panthers’ 7-1 victory over IUPUI Sunday afternoon.
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Fisher slammed the door in the top of the eighth to hold TTU at bay. In the bottom of the eighth, with extra-inning rules in effect, Eranne Daugharthy started at second base for the Panthers. Livi Abney answered the call and drove in Daugharthy to give the Panthers a dramatic eighthinning comeback victory. Fisher’s triumph in relief marked her third win in the young 2011 season. Friday night’s magic didn’t carry over to Saturday as UNI dropped a pair of games to Northwestern State University and the University of Chattanooga. In game one, the Panthers struggled to generate offense as they suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to NSU. The score remained deadlocked until the fifth inning when Northwestern State scored their lone run on a Tara McKenney double. Plaguing the Panthers in the contest was their inability to drive in five runners who reached scoring position. In game two, tournament host Chattanooga rolled over UNI in a 10-3 rout. Daugharthy was the only bright spot for the Panthers when in the first inning she
cleared the bleachers in leftcenter for her second home run of the season. The contest remained close until the bottom of the fifth when the Mocs of Chattanooga plated five unearned runs. On Sunday afternoon the Panthers salvaged the road trip with a 7-1 victory over Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. UNI jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third inning and would add to it with a solo home run by Livi Abney in fifth inning to make it 3-0 Panthers. UNI would blow the game open in the sixth inning with four more runs, making it 7-0 in favor of the Panthers. UNI will head to the desert next weekend to compete in the Arizona State DeMarini Challenge. The Panthers are slated for five games in three days against solid competition. Friday, UNI will play the University of Northern Colorado and Arizona State University, Saturday they will face East Carolina University and Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton University and Sunday the Panthers will conclude the tournament against New Mexico State University.
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