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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Volume 107, Issue 2 Cedar Falls, Iowa UNI student starts up own business.

Sanders returns to Panther football as assistant coach

On July 24, Nick Cash was named one of five finalists in Entrepreneur magazine’s national College Entrepreneur of 2010 contest.

The 2007 Walter Payton Award runner-up was hired onto the UNI football coaching staff this summer as an offense assistant.

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UNI dedicates its first net-zero building KARYN SPORY

Staff Writer

The University of Northern Iowa, in conjuction with the city of Cedar Falls, the city of Waterloo and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, dedicated the long-awaited $14.8 million Multimodal

Transportation Center Friday. The Multimodal Transportation Center is one of Iowa’s first net-zero buildings, which means that it is a facility that generates its own energy. The dedication began at 1 p.m. at the top of the Multimodal Transportation Center, and featured sev-

eral speakers, refreshments, and several vintage cars and photographs. “The most important issue on any campus is parking,” President Benjamin Allen joked. “That will get a president fired faster than anything, is if you can’t solve the parking problem.” According to a UNI press

release, the Multimodal Transportation Center boasts 587 parking spaces, an elevator, vending machines, a waiting area and restrooms in the pavilion as well as 10 lockers for bicycles. The Center also provides public parking, including meter and handicapped parking, as well as G Reserved, A and B

“From my family we want to say thank you UNI for giving me a small opportunity to pay the great state of Iowa for the great education provided to my sister and I.” Mokhtee Ahmad Director of Federal Transit Administration Region IV

student parking. The project, which Allen called a “marathon,” began


ABOVE: Vintage cars are displayed in the Multimodal Transportation Center to display transportation history. BELOW: Audience members listen as speakers explain the importance of the center and how it brings UNI closer to energy efficencey.

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on June 22, 1999 and has gone through many modifications, including two site changes. Mokhtee Ahmad, director of Federal Transit Administration Region IV, kept things light as he joked about scouting sites in Iowa’s cold winters and also about UNI’s two site changes. Ahmad also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity. “I can truly say that I am really proud to be from the federal government and it is my pleasure to have worked with you,” Ahmad said. “From my family we want to say thank you UNI for giving me a small opportunity to pay the great state of Iowa for the great education provided to my sister and I.” UNI worked alongside the federal government to

Coming out on top ADAM HASELHUHN Staff Writer

The University of Northern Iowa is at the top of the rankings again this year, and this time it’s not only for basketball. UNI was ranked third in the “Best Regional Universities (Midwest)” category for public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook. “It’s great to be considered one of the best universities in the Midwest,” UNI President Benjamin Allen said. “This is wonderful recognition of the quality and value our faculty and staff provide our students.” Receiving this recognition is nothing new for UNI. For 14 years, U.S. News and

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World Report has ranked UNI as one of the top three public universities in the Midwest. Jim O’Conner, Executive Director of University Relations said that, looking forward, the university does plan to use this recognition to recruit new students who might be on the fence about UNI. “Recognition like this is always nice to have, especially in cases where a student or family may not be overly familiar with UNI. It’s a nice way to start the conversation,” O’Conner said. O’Conner said it will also help UNI when recruiting international students. “We know in talking with international students that rankSee RANKINGS, page 3 Your Night Starts Here. We are your one-stop site for drink & food specials in the Cedar Valley.

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College Hill Partnership seeking nominations JORDAN MAKINSTER Staff Writer

The College Hill Partnership is looking for nominations intended for the name of the Dry Run Creek Plaza that was built as part of the Streetscape Project on College Street. “We want to include the community in naming this plaza because it is a community gathering place” Darin Beck College Hill Partnership President

The College Hill Partnership is looking to dedicate the plaza to someone

who has made significant contributions to the College Hill area, or a name with historical sinficance to the area. The partnership’s president, Darin Beck said, “We want to include the community in naming this plaza because it is a community gathering place,” said Darin Beck, presdient of the partnership. Who better to choose the name then the people that will be using it?” To submit a nomination, send a short rationale stating the reason behind the selected name with supporting information to Nominations must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.


Ben Allen gives his speech to a full audience at the new Multimodal Transportation Center. In his speech he joked about how keeping parking issues under control is curical to maintaining his presidency.


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create an energy-efficient building that can be an inspiration to students wanting a green initiative and also for future builders. Nine hundred solar panels and a “This is a project that is an example of how we should be operating now and in the future. “ Ben Allen University of Northern Iowa President

geothermal pump keep the lights on and the pavilion as cool or warm as needed for Iowa’s seasons. “The federal government paid for 80 percent of the

cost and UNI’s 20 percent came from the value of the land and parking funds.” said Pat Geadelmann, special assistant to the president for governmental relations, who was also thanked by Allen for being so “critically important.” “This is a project that is an example of how we should be operating now and in the future. Collaboration between units on this campus, collaboration between entities in this community, and collaboration up and down the state level...this is a perfect example,” said Allen.


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Recycling now available Campus-wide


The University of Northern Iowa is becoming increasingly more eco-

friendly and green. This year, recycling efforts in the dorms on campus were expanded to include in-room recycling and recycling center in the residence halls. The massive increase of indoor recycling has increased desire for outdoor recycling as well. So far six three -unit recycling bins have been pur-

“We certainly have a finite amount of landfill space, but we’re tring to create a culture where we divert as many materials as we can to conserve that space and make a more sustaiinable and greener UNI.” Eric O’Brien UNI Sustaibability Coordinator

chased. According to Eric O’Brien, UNI Sustainability Coordinator, one of these units has been placed by


The University of Northern Iowa has become a little more “green” this year. In addition to the new parking facility, powered solely by solar panels, recycling bins have increased exponentially--available in all residence halls, as solar powered trash compactors have made appearances throughout campus.

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ings like this are something they use routinely to start the search process. “ The recognition comes as no surprise to Student Body President, Joel Anderson. “Anyone who attends UNI can see that it is truly a great school,” Anderson said. “There are many things that set us apart. The quality academics that are provided and how the faculty members care about students both in and out of the classroom. The experiences and involvement that students can get here is unmatched by other schools. Where else can you see an amazing basketball game and attend a lecture by His Holiness the

Dalai Lama? Compared to other schools our size and in the region we are more accessible and affordable, which allows many students the opportunity to attend what is truly a wonderful place - the University of Northern Iowa.” The magazine’s ranking criteria includes peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance, and alumni giving rate. Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first in the Midwest category. The University of WisconsinLaCrosse was second.

the west entrance to the Wellness and Recreation Center. Others will be installed at the Schindler Education Center plaza, the McLeod Center and at the Maucker Union plaza. Two more prospective locations are the Kamerick courtyard and the UNI-Dome. In addition to these recycling bins, six solar-powered trash compactors are being installed around campus. One has already been installed on the south plaza of the McLeod Center. The compactors will reduce the number of times trash has to be collected and by doing so will lessen the amount of fossil fuels being burnt and harmful emissions being released into the atmosphere. “I think it’s good that they have it (recycling bins) on campus,” said Jerica Crawford, a junior communications major. The overall goal is not to have several different systems at once, but an over-

all unit. If all the residence halls, centers and leaders work together to create a recycling infrastructure, UNI can have an infinite amount of information on how much is being recycled and saved, and possibly on what could be reused. It is information like this that helps us create more efficient energy sources, save money ,and, in the long run, help the planet. The compactors and the recycling bins will be open to both the campus and the community. The program believes that it’s a shortterm goal to divert waste from the landfills, but a longterm goal to change the way we think about recycling and our perception of the things we buy. “We certainly have a finite amount of landfill space, but we’re trying to create a culture where we divert as many materials as we can to conserve that space and make a more sustainable and greener UNI,” said O’Brien.

Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Kossuth, Lee, Lucas, Lyon, Mahaska, Marion, O’Brien, Osceola, Polk, Ringgold, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Union, Warren, Webster and Wright. Also, applicants must have “storm-related expenses — such as job disruptions, uninsured losses, cleanup, or replacement of ruined food…” according to the governor’s press release. “The Emergency Food Program works much like the formerly known food stamps. Recipients will receive a debit-like card,

much like that of the food stamps; however, this is a one-time use only,” said Roger Munns, Department of Human Services spokesman. “The amount of benefit is determined by family size, but will be in the amount of hundreds of dollars.” Munns added. Applicants can apply at any county Department of Human Services office. For more information you can look online at http://www. Find_Help/MapLocations. html.

Emergency food program put into action KARYN SPORY

Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Aug. 24 Governor Culver announced a one-time food assistance program for Iowa residents living in areas affected by the recent storms and floods. Individuals must apply for assistance during the time of Aug. 25-30. Applicants must live in a flood or storm affected area, which includes the following counties: Black Hawk, Cherokee, Clayton, Decatur, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton,

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Freshman 15: A myth? Student launches own business


Each year, thousands of students are faced with the fears that accompany becoming a college freshman. One of these fears revolves around gaining the “freshman 15.” Gaining weight during the first year of college is common, but the idea of the “freshman 15” has been blown out of proportion, according to Joan Thompson, University of Northern Iowa health aide coordinator. “This weight gain is more like five pounds rather than 15,” Thompson said. “It is a dangerous myth because then students either overeat to fulfill that standard, or they become so fearful of the term that they could start having unhealthy habits, leading to weight gain rather than weight loss.” Most students come to college already knowing about the freshman 15, but not everyone gains weight in college.


Students can avoid the freshman 15 by eating when they’re hungry and stopping when they are full.

According to the article, “Freshman Fifteen: Mindful Eating 101” by Susan Albers, women who gain weight in college experience a fivepound increase, while men experience about a sevenpound increase. Accoring to Thompson, if students do gain weight, they shouldn’t go into panic mode.

She offered these healthy tips for students: • Listen to your body -- Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. • Balance -- Honor physical needs with nutritious food, and eat what sounds good sometimes. See FRESHMAN, page 7

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The UNI Center for Urban Education tutoring program gives UNI students the opportunity to tutor students in grades 1-12.

UNI-CUE seeks volunteers By DAKOTA FUNK Staff Writer

University of Northern Iowa students can benefit their community by becoming part of the UNI Center for Urban Education tutoring program. The program gives UNI students the opportunity to tutor students in grades 1-12, working with them one-onone to improve their reading,

composition, social sciences and math skills. Students can gain college credit while tutoring by becoming enrolled in the 200:080/180(g) class, or they can simply volunteer. Volunteering takes place at the UNI-CUE Center, at 800 Sycamore Street in Waterloo. Nancy Scoggins Rose, assistant director of UNICUE, believes students get hands-on experience as they

help these students learn and grow. According to Rose, most students who tutor are education majors, but any student can tutor. She emphasizes the center’s positive atmosphere. “UNI-CUE is not a threatening place in the community,” she said. “It’s really heart-warming to see the students and the smiles on their See VOLUNTEER, page 7


UNI junior Nick Cash was named one of five finalists in Entrepreneur magazine’s National College Entrepreneur of 2010 contest.

By WILLIAM KRESSE when you have a book that’s Staff Writer

Nick Cash, a University of Northern Iowa junior, has his own personal office. Located in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, he shares the space with a select group of students who are all part of the Business Incubator, a program designed to nourish the creative talents and ideas of student entrepreneurs. This office provides Cash with all he needs to run his own business, a high-tech startup called Book Hatchery. It’s a company that will allow writers to publish their own work through the website On July 24, Cash was named one of five finalists in Entrepreneur magazine’s National College Entrepreneur of 2010 contest. The winner will receive $5,000 in seed money, a profile in Entrepreneur magazine and a multitude of other prizes designed to aid new businesses. Cash took the incredible news in stride. “It kind of came as a surprise,” he said. “Just an e-mail, really. I mean, it wasn’t anything fancy. It was like, ‘Hey, guess what? You’re a finalist. Promote yourself.’” Cash first conceived Book Hatchery toward the beginning of his sophomore year, while attempting to write an eBook that would be more useful to the computer science students he was tutoring. “We didn’t really have a good book to use because

full of computer code but printed on paper, it’s not helpful,” he said. He explained that students really need something they are able to copy and paste from, otherwise they waste time typing out each code by hand. Book Hatchery was his solution. “There’s nothing quite like what I’m doing,” he said. “Some (websites) can help you publish, but they’re kind of set up as their own retail store, and I’m not really interested in making a website for people to come and buy books, because that exists. It’s called Amazon or Barnes & Noble. So that’s been done. I don’t really want to compete with them. I just want to get them more stuff to sell.” “Nick has continued to grow as a small-business owner through each step. His confidence level has increased, and as frequently happens, he now recognizes opportunities everywhere and thinks of new ideas.” Katherine Cota-Uyar

associate director UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

As a junior attending Cedar Falls High School, Cash began taking computer science classes at UNI, quickly landing a student job. “I became a research lead for the College of Natural Sciences, working on their See CASH, page 7


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Student Voices

Q: What have you enjoyed about the semester so far?


My favorite thing so far this semester as an RA in Hagemann Hall is starting to get to know the residents and helping them through their first few weeks on campus.

Sarah Sterner

junior english education major

Going to the WRC to workout and use all the nice equipment.

Exploring campus and living in a new place.

Staff Writer

A new school year has just begun. Many students are moving into dorms, apartments or Greek housing. Students are getting their class schedules, figuring out when they can fit in work, signing up for extracurricular activities and picking up their books. The whole process can be overwhelming, but the worst is when students begin to miss their homes and become homesick. The stress of getting back into the groove of things or getting used to new surroundings can become a serious problem for some students. One student who is feeling a little homesick is Blake

Getting back into the swing of things -- going to class and reconnecting with friends.

Jake Zahner

Hailey Stockdale

Moriah Casteel

Luke Miller

freshmnan science education major

freshman elementary education major

freshman english education major

senior finance and real estate major

Feeling homesick? You’re not alone


I really enjoy being a freshman at UNI and getting to know a bunch of new people around campus.

Powerton, a junior business major from Waterloo. He said he goes home about every day and has photos of his dog, Princeton, all over his room. Nicole Niewoehner, a freshman business management major from Fredericksburg, also has pictures of friends and family in her room to make her feel less homesick. But for Niewoehner, having friends from her high school on campus makes her feel more comfortable. If left unresolved, feeling homesick can become a large problem. If you do not take control and push through it, you may isolate yourself or even stop going to class, said Stephanie Harken, a University of Northern Iowa counselor. “In time, students should

be able to overcome (being homesick),” Harken said. “(Students should) think it through, give (themselves) time to adjust and talk to (their) parents about it.” According to Harken, there are a number of things students can do to stop feeling homesick. First, you should acknowledge your feelings and know that “it is OK to feel this way,” she said. Then you should push yourself and realize it’s only short term, she added. Harken also mentioned that students should make it a routine to meet new people on campus. Knowing that you’re not alone and that it won’t last forever can help you through your first few months at UNI, she said.

Jorgensen brings “Panther Trivia” to UNI By ADAM JOHNSON

Staff Writer

Do you enjoy trivia? Would you like to see a television show on a local channel featuring your friends and classmates? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re in luck. Senior electronic media major Dru Jorgensen has created a television show titled, “Panther Trivia” that will air on the University of Northern Iowa cable channel this fall. Jorgensen was involved with the production of “Panther Shout Out,” a “Jeopardy”-like game show that aired several years ago on UNI Cable. “Panther Trivia” is more like “Cash Cab,” only it takes place in Maucker Union, he said. “My original idea was to have a show entirely of pre-planned skits, kind of like Saturday Night Live,” Jorgensen said. “However, doing a trivia show gets students more involved.” Jorgensen is the creator, producer, writer and director of the show. Sean Presnall will serve as the co-director and Angela Deharty will be the assistant director. Mat Chapman will design the graphics and Callie McKimpson will be assisting with production. Joyce Chen will be the faculty advisor.

According to Jorgensen, anyone can be a contestant on the show. “If you are 85 and want to be quizzed on mammals or you’re 22 and want to be quizzed on Adam Sandler movies, (you can compete),” he said. Winners will receive prizes including free T-shirts from Universitees and burritos from Panchero’s. The process of preparing the show, according to Jorgensen, includes approval from the electronic media department and format planning. “We will pull random contestants from Maucker Union, and they (can) pick the topic,” Jorgensen said. The show will also feature “commercial breaks” that will actually be fake commercials and possibly music videos, similar to the SNL skits that Jorgensen wanted. Filming for “Panther Trivia” begins Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the month every Wednesday. Jorgensen expects “Panther Trivia” to start airing at the end of September. “We want to get enough footage for six episodes,” Jorgensen said. “Come be on the show ... it should be a lot of fun! It can be a great memory to add to your college experience, and you are capable of winning prizes.”

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auto meter reading project, and somewhere along the way, Lockheed Martin had gotten my resumé and called me up and said, ‘Hey, we have an internship program, and we really need people to fill it,’” he said. “Would you like to be one of those people?’ So I didn’t even call Lockheed Martin. They called me, which was really cool.” Almost immediately after his internship with Lockheed, Cash landed another internship with a firm called Distek Integration. Cash has also won

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• Variety -- Eat a variety of foods (the new food guide pyramid provides an accurate guide for the variety and balance of food groups). • Moderation -- Watch portion sizes, and again, listen to your body! One size does not fit all (a football player needs different food proportions than a less active person).

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faces when they come every week.” The learning environment at the tutoring center is success-oriented and offers students opportunities to design,

first place in Iowa State University’s Cyber Defense Competition and in the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition. The latter provided Cash with the $5,000 in seed money and the strong sense of validation he needed to quit his job and put full-time effort into the success of his business. It’s been a year since then, and throughout the process of creating Book Hatchery, Nick has relied heavily upon the Incubator and, in particular, on Entrepreneurial Center employees Laurie Watje and Katherine CotaUyar. Though he is technically a one-man company, Cash

likes to think of the two as unofficial employees or even board members. “(They) do an astronomical amount of work,” he said. “They are the best mentors I could possibly have.” And for Cash, Cota-Uyar had equal words of praise. “Nick has continued to grow as a small-business owner through each step,” she said. “His confidence level has increased, and as frequently happens, he now recognizes opportunities everywhere and thinks of new ideas.” Cash has words of advice for other students who wish to become entrepreneurs. “Get started,” he said. “You

• Drink plenty of water -- Minimize pop and alcohol intake. • Keep some food in your backpack -- Fruit, nuts, trail mix and other small snacks on-the-go can help lower how much you eat in the dining hall. • Exercise regularly -- Find what exercises are fun for you. A variety of physical activities exist on campus. The freshman 15 may be more of a potential hazard than

a given. Weight gain is different for everyone, and ignoring the freshman 15 is most likely going to benefit you and minimize stress. Listen to your body, and create a comfortable balance of exercise and food consumption. If you have further questions or would like assistance concerning this topic, call Joan Thompson at 319-273-2137 or e-mail her at joan.thompson@

implement and manage their own curriculum for helping young students succeed academically and personally, she added. To get involved, students must apply and be accepted to the UNI-CUE Tutoring Center program. Acceptance

to the program is based on an evaluation by the program coordinator. For additonal information about this tutoring program, call 319-433-1271 or email Nancy Scoggins Rose at

PAGE 7 don’t need the best idea. You don’t even really need an idea, to be honest; you need a direction.” Cash attributes a great deal of his success to the opportunities provided by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the donors who make everything possible.

“We have incredible resources here that a lot of students don’t know about, like the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Student Business Incubator,” he said. To vote for Cash’s website, visit www.bookhatchery. com.


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Redefining “School Spirit” From the editorial staff As fall sports approach, school spirit will soon be in full swing. And with the success of the University of Northern Iowa’s men’s basketball team last season, we clearly have a lot be celebrating. But is school spirit only an athletic thing? Are we only seen as “supportive” of the university if we attend all athletic events, paint ourselves purple and camp out in front of the dome five hours before kick off ? Well, it depends on who you ask. While standing behind our student athletes is certainly one way to show school spirit, it seems that sometimes we, as students and faculty, can overlook how being academically engaged in school is often the only way a particular student knows how to show school spirit. As we are a state university, our student body is full of people who excel in a variety of activities. From athletics to music to student organizations such as Northern Iowa Student Government and Public Relations Student Society of America, all students here have something to offer the UNI community. We have students who win national awards, start their own businesses and volunteer a great deal of their time to better the community. And while of course these students get recognition throughout campus, it is hard for some to see how they are showing school spirit. Many of us can be blamed for that; sometimes we just don’t see the bigger picture. As students we all have a great deal of pride for UNI, otherwise we wouldn’t be here constantly moving forward, getting our rather small state university on the map. And while athletics brings a great deal of pride and national attention to our school, many other organizations do as well. In fact, the PRSSA currently has two students from the UNI chapter serving in national leadership positions. If that isn’t a representation of school spirit, well, what is? As many freshman take their first dive into college, it is crucial to show them how being involved, no matter how, is important to UNI. Because students often come from high schools that are much smaller in size, it can be difficult for them to feel a part of such a large student body. However, if we all show more support for the organizations throughout campus, it will show the underclassmen how they can give back and become part of the UNI community. Whether a student wants to perform at the Strayer-Wood Theatre or become a member of the Accounting Club, there is always an opportunity to get involved. Certainly, as a student body we all do our best to support each other. We have respect for one another and common interests between us. But it seems that our definition of school spirit is a little muddy and in need of a renovation. While in no way should the success of our hardworking athletes be overlooked, it can sometimes feel disappointing that other successful students aren’t as highly praised. We are all here to excel; we all want to succeed. Perhaps the best way for us to keep pushing each other is to praise one another, no matter the organization, just a little more. Our peers are often our best motivators, aren’t they?

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.



Prop 8 overruling a threat to democracy

Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT Luke Otterstas and his fiancee, Nadia Chawka, gathered outside the Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, California, as a judge ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional on Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

ROBERT TURNER Opinion Columnist

Recently, a ruling came down from the California Supreme Court blocking the controversial Proposition 8, which would ban homosexual marriages in California. I’m not going to debate the merits of the law and whether it should or shouldn’t be enacted. I believe there is a much bigger danger in this court ruling, one that really threatens every state, not just California, and is about much more than marriage. First, this is a highly divisive issue, with both Republicans and Democrats voting for this initiative, a fact that is lost in a lot of the reporting on the issue. In the 2008 Presidential election, California’s count was 5,011,781 for McCain and 8,274,473 for Obama, according to the CNN election results. When looking at the numbers for Prop 8, a little over 7 million voted for the ban while almost 6.5 million voted no. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, 77 percent of Republicans voted for the ban while 66 percent of Democrats voted no, so there were crossovers on both sides of the political par-

ties. According to exit polling reported in the New York Times, 70 percent of AfricanAmerican voters voted for the ban; the majority of those voted Democratic. In the final count, 52.3 percent voted yes and 47.7 percent voted no. A clear majority wanted this ban to be the law in California.

“...I believe the government should not be in the personal lives of Americans. But when a law that the majority of voters want is invalidated, it comes with a price. In this case, do the votes cast even mean a single thing?” Lawsuits were filed by several parties almost immediately after the Nov. 2 elections. In early August, Judge Vaughn Walker struck down the ban, saying that it was unconstitutional. Appeals are being filed and most likely the case will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. I think the major danger in this ruling is that the judge went against the wishes of the people when the people had a clear vote and the ban was voted in. If a judge can rule against the will of the

people, why should people even bother voting? There are a lot of laws I don’t agree with, many of which I feel intrude on the rights of citizens. As a Libertarian, I believe the government should not be in the personal lives of Americans. But when a law that the majority of voters want is invalidated, it comes with a price. In this case, do the votes cast even mean a single thing? One side vilifies the other, and had the sides been reversed, there still would have been lawsuits filed; the danger would still be the same. Would that judge still go against the wishes of the voting public? With such a controversial issue, it’s easy for both sides to get lost in the debate and the deep-seated feelings, but if nothing else, please consider this: Next time, it may be another issue, another judge, another majority vote for something that gets overturned. When that happens, the government, the judges – they are the ruling class and the wishes of the people will no longer count for anything, and we could lose everything that makes America a wonderful and free place.

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“Call me later!” “I’ll text you after class.” We hear these words constantly. In this day and age it seems like everyone has a cell phone, and if they don’t, they must be a freak. In the past five years the amount of people who own cell phones has risen drastically. Today, when instructors are handing out their class syllabi the statement, “No cell phones in class” or “Cell phones must be off during class” is almost always there. In my opinion ,cell phones really shouldn’t be an issue in the classroom. If students are paying for their seats in class, why would they let their cell phones distract them from paying attention to their professors? I mean, isn’t that why we’re here in the first place, to educate ourselves? Students who can’t put their cell phone away for one class show poor self-discipline. Don’t get me wrong; I feel lost without my cell phone, but no matter who is texting me, if I’m in class, I’m trying to focus. Instructors shouldn’t have to ask their students to keep their cell phones away during class because we know better. We’ve all hid our phones under our desk and sent a quick text while in the middle of a lecture, but honestly, we didn’t need to; we

wanted to. There are very few places we’re not allowed to use our phones: school, work and while driving. Is it really that hard to simply put your phone away and concentrate on the task at hand? Cell phones are a tremendous convenience today, yet there are times when they are nothing but obnoxious, like when you’re in a movie theater and suddenly you hear “California Girls” screaming out of your neighbor’s pocket. Or when you’re in the library trying to study and someone’s phone continues to vibrate every two minutes because he or she won’t check their text message. It’s one thing when your phone is a bother to you, but if it’s disrupting the people around you, it can be very rude. Cell phones are a great way to keep in contact with anyone close to you, but there is a fine line between normal cell phone usage and obsessive usage. If you’re having trouble deciding whether or not you’re an obnoxious cell phone user, try leaving your phone home for an entire day. If you make it through an entire day without having to check your phone, you should be proud of yourself. If you can’t go a whole day without it, at least put it away out of respect for your instructor.

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Obama, midterm elections and the 2012 race DOYLE MCMANUS

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Sixteen years ago, as the summer of 1994 came to a close, then-President Clinton could see that his party’s congressional campaign was in trouble. “Hillary had called our old pollster Dick Morris for his assessment,” Clinton recalled in his autobiography. “Dick took a survey for us and the results were discouraging. People didn’t feel their lives were improving and they were sick of all the fighting in Washington. Apparently they thought divided government would force us to work together.” That November, Republicans swept Democrats from power in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. In the summer of 2010, the news has been bad for Democrats again. Mired in unemployment, the economy seems to be slowing down rather than speeding up. Most voters don’t think President Obama’s policies have had any positive effect, and an increasing number say they are willing to give the Republican alternatives — tax cuts and spending cuts — a try. Discontented Republicans are fired up about voting; discontented Democrats are likely not to vote at all. And just as in 1994, many independents — the swing voters who hold the decisive votes in close elections — say they like the idea of divided government, with each party


Former Washington Governor Gary Locke accompanies President Barack Obama as Air Force One arrives at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday morning, August 17, 2010.

keeping the other in check. Democrats know they are heading for a major setback; the only question is, how big? “It’s getting a little late for lucky breaks,” acknowledged Geoff Garin, a leading Democratic pollster. “At a certain level, the only thing that matters is economic pessimism, and the level of economic pessimism has gotten worse over the last few months.” Already, Democrats have begun arguing over whether Obama could have played his hand better. Liberals complain that the president has been too ready to compromise; centrists say, on the contrary, that he has made himself look too liberal. Some complain that Obama has failed to offer voters a narrative, an overarching vision of where he wants to take the country.

Obama’s defenders point to the fact that Ronald Reagan’s popularity sank even lower during his first term and argue that there’s nothing wrong with this presidency that a good economic recovery wouldn’t fix. True, but if the recovery continues at its current agonizing pace, Obama can’t count on it for much help this fall. Republicans, of course, are hoping Obama’s troubles are like those of another former president, Jimmy Carter, who didn’t lose control of Congress but did lose the White House after only one term. The Carter precedent bolsters a counterintuitive point that Democrats don’t like to admit: As Obama approaches his own 2012 campaign for re-election, he may be better off if Republicans win a majority

in the House this fall. “If Democrats keep control of both houses, it will be by the skin of their teeth, but they will still be held responsible by voters for the state of the country in 2012,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster. “It will probably be easier for Obama to win re-election if Republicans take over the House and Senate. He’d have a Republican Congress to run against.” If that’s true, the most interesting historical analogy at the moment isn’t between Obama and Reagan or Obama and Carter but between Obama and Clinton, the most recent Democratic president to lose control of Congress and survive to win a second term. When Newt Gingrich’s Republicans took over the House in 1994, Clinton announced that he had heard the voters’ message and tacked dramatically toward the center. “The era of big government is over,” Clinton said. He went on to make limits on domestic spending a centerpiece of his agenda. Then, when Gingrich’s Republicans pressed for draconian budget cuts and shut down the government to dramatize their stand, Clinton charged them with extremism — and rallied voters to his side. Obama may face a similar choice next year if a new Republican majority seeks to cut taxes, slash spending and dismantle his newly passed health-

care law. Wrestling with a Republican Congress would give Obama a chance to move back toward the post-partisan center he talked about during his 2008 campaign. Pulling a Clinton by moving to the center would be the easiest way for Obama to improve his chances of re-election in 2012. He could then remind voters that he has always promised to cut the deficit, agree with Republicans that deficitcutting should start immediately, and then wrestle with them over how. The purer, more difficult way would be to emulate Reagan and announce that he plans to “stay the course.” The risk of that strategy, of course, is that he might end up emulating Carter instead. More than once, Obama has said, “I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre twoterm president.” Many of his fellow Democrats hope those aren’t his only choices. ABOUT THE WRITER Doyle McManus is a columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Readers may send him e-mail at (c) 2010, Los Angeles Times. Visit the Los Angeles Times on the Internet at Distributed by McClatchyTribune Information Services.

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Above Left: Alex Prinsen (left) and Alex Popinga (right) of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers volunteer at the organization’s Root Beer Fest. Above Right: Derrick Johnson (right), a junior accounting student, with Ben Deutmeyer, a sophomore MIS major, working on their marshmallows during the Campbell Hall S’mores Night/Dance Party. Below: UNIFI member Owen CUE plays root beer pong at UNIFI’s Root Beer Fest on Friday.

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Sanders returns to Panther football as assistant coach By TIM GETTING Sports Writer

Former University of Northern Iowa quarterback Eric Sanders embodied efficiency during his four seasons competing in purple and gold. As a starter, he led the Panthers to a 35-9 record. Twelve of those victories came via fourth-quarter or overtime comeback. He set the Football Championship Subdivision record for career completion percentage (69.59 percent). He threw just one interception in his last 139 pass attempts. In his final season (2007), he captained his team to a 12-0 regular season record and a No. 1 national ranking. Sanders will once again grace the Panther sideline this season, hoping to bring some of that efficiency back to a program that is coming off a disappointing year. But instead of suiting up in helmet and shoulder pads, he will be adorning a polo and khaki pants. The 2007 Walter Payton Award runner-up was hired onto the UNI football coaching staff this summer as an offense assistant after spending two years coaching at Syracuse University.

Sanders was a graduate assistant at Syracuse, taking six hours of graduate courses each semester while instructing quarterbacks and compiling scouting reports for the Orange. Coaching was nothing new to Sanders, even during his time as a student-athlete at UNI. He coached eighth and ninth grade baseball in his hometown of Oelwein, Iowa. “When I decided to play football, I had coaching in mind as soon as I was done playing, whenever that was,” said Sanders. Sanders attempted to join National Football League squads like the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills following his playing years at UNI, but failed to make a roster. “I could have gone to the (Canadian Football League) or Arena Football League after that, but I didn’t want to try that out. The opportunity at Syracuse came about, and I just took it,” Sanders said. Sanders joined former UNI teammate Curt Bradley at Syracuse, who was also hired as a graduate assistant three months prior to help with the Orange defense. “Curt Bradley was the one

who hooked me up out there at Syracuse... A job opened up the summer of 2008, and he gave the head coach my resume,” said Sanders. During his two seasons at Syracuse, Sanders worked under two different head coaches and learned new offensive philosophies as a result. Now, he returns to help coach a West Coast style offense that became second nature to him at UNI. “I’m a young guy, yet I know the system pretty well. I can relate to the players kind of in a different way than maybe some of the other coaches can,” Sanders said. “(Sanders) will bring an attitude of what it takes to win at UNI,” said head coach Mark Farley. Sanders’ official title with the team is Assistant Wide Receivers’ Coach. He works under another new hire for Panther football, Dedric Ward. Ward is also a UNI alumnus and Panther football legend. In the mid 1990s, Ward set both school and conference records for career receiving yards (3,876) and touchdown receptions (41). His records still stand. Following his time at UNI, Ward went on

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Eric Sanders speaks with reporters during UNI Football Media Day back on Aug. 11.

to play eight seasons in the NFL. “He’s a great coach and a great person, so I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from him,” said Sanders. Sanders, Ward and the 2010 UNI Panthers will make their debut Sept. 11


at the UNI-Dome against North Dakota State University. Look for The Northern Iowan’s season preview for 2010 UNI Panther football in the Friday, Sept. 10 issue.

Top five sporting event pet peeves By RYAN FRIEDERICH Sports Columnist

The University of Northern Iowa fall athletic season has yet to get underway from a fan’s perspective, leaving me with yet another column to fill with my random and often unintelligent “rants” regarding anything to do with sports. My love for sports has taken me to a lot of events over my lifetime, which has given me plenty of time to compile my top five pet peeves at sporting events. My number five biggest pet peeve at a sporting event are all the fans who get cocky when their team wins, and can’t take the heat when their team loses. Unfortunately, as UNI fans we encounter these people on numerous occasions when we play Iowa

and Iowa State in football. In 2007, when our football team was going to Ames to play the Cyclones, all I heard was how bad we were going to get smashed. After the big win I started texting every Cyclone fan I knew, but I kept receiving the same response, “We are Iowa State, we always suck at football!” I suppose it shouldn’t bother me that much however, because they are actually correct. My number four pet peeve is the attention-seeking injured player. I can’t stand to watch a player go down in a heap during any sport, receive medical attention and then make a miraculous recovery while sprinting off the field. Besides a shot to the unmentionables, athletes should realize the difference between an injury and a boo-boo.

The number three pet peeve for me at sporting events is when fans leave early. I obviously understand if a fan leaves for an emergency or if they have prior commitments, but heading to the parking lot to hammer another beverage is ridiculous. The UNI-Dome can certainly get rocking for about an hour and a half on Saturdays, but after halftime the place is a graveyard. If you are paying for a ticket, stay until the end and support your team. My number two pet peeve is the random fan at a game supporting a team that isn’t even on the field. A baseball cap worn to a football game isn’t what I am talking about here, but I get irked when I see a fan walking into a Braves vs. Cubs game wearing a Dodgers jersey and

hat. What is this gentleman trying to prove? If this dude was THAT big of a Dodgers fan, why didn’t he just stay home and watch his team on TV, instead of parading his L.A. pride around a venue that is hundreds of miles from Los Angeles? My number one pet peeve is one that has bothered me for years. I have absolutely zero patience for the belligerent, uninformed fan. The one occasion that sticks out to me the most also came during the 2007 UNI football season. In 2007, there was a great game played between our Panthers and the Southern Illinois Salukis during homecoming. The Dome was completely packed with 17,074 fans, and the most obnoxious individual obviously chose to sit directly behind me. I tried

to remain calm for most of the game, but after the Salukis made a field goal I heard, “(explicit) you ref !” Maybe I just pride myself too much on my football intelligence, but I couldn’t understand how it was the official’s fault that the Salukis kicked the ball through the uprights. I proceeded to totally freak out on this football whiz and they started to redirect their criticisms towards me in a way that would surely disappoint their parents. If you have found yourself guilty of any of these offenses, don’t worry, I will probably never say anything to you personally. To the fan I freaked on, I sincerely apologize; I wasn’t happy about the field goal either. And finally, go Panthers!


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Vandenabeele sets high goals for the 2010 season By DRU JORGENSEN Sports Columnist

Cross Country takes dedication and a lot of training, both of which sophomore runner Thibault Vandenabeele seems to have. The leader of the pack, who in 2009 gained an automatic berth for the NCAA Championship, will again try to make it to the NCAA Championship for the 2010 season. Vandenabeele leads a Panther squad that is ranked fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference. “Fifth is pretty good. I hope that everybody in the team will do a good job,” said Vandenabeele. Having good chemistry will help the team be better, which is something Vandenabeele feels the team has. “The team spirit is good, we spend many times together, and I feel comfortable with the team and the coaches,” said Vandenabeele.

Vandenabeele hopes the team will do well, but also has some individual goals that he wishes to achieve. “The only goals for me are the nationals and the conference. I want to win the conference whatever the time; it is just the fact of winning. For the nationals, I want to do better than last year, a better time and a better place. The conference is important; the other races are more like a preparation for the conference,” he said. Unlike many runners, Vandenabeele hasn’t been competing in races for very long. “I began to run five years ago in a club; we don’t have sports in high school. It is a big change for me; I like the college spirit very much,” he commented. At UNI, Vandenabeele decided to turn his club running into competitive college racing. The leading runner, who is originally from Belgium, had a great experience at the 2009

NCAA Championship. “My best memory in cross country is the nationals last year. ... I had no goals, I just wanted to run for myself, trying to not think about the other teams, trying to do the best I can. ... I ran the first mile far behind everybody at the look of all spectators. Finally I finished 90th and I was really impressed of my performance,” Vandenabeele recalled. Vandenabeele loves many sports. He enjoys climbing, soccer and biking. In sports he likes to see friends and meet new people as well. He also doesn’t have any role models. “I try to think that they are normal people like me, I don’t want to put a barrier between them and me but I respect what they did,” said Vandenabeele. Vandenabeele also had some thoughts on training and eating habits for running. “I usually eat rice and chicken, no sauce, no

vegetable. I drink only water. I don’t run too much mileage (more or less 50); I focus more on the quality of training. I also practice biking and swimming once a week. I still like to practice other sports. We do also lifting with the team. It is a good atmosphere,” he said. Vandenabeele’s name might seem a little bit confusing to read, however, the Panther runner doesn’t mind his confusing name. “Everybody confuses my name but I don’t mind. I’m a shy person and I feel less selfconfident in public, so it is better that people confuse my name. It is usually funny and it relaxes the atmosphere,” said Vandenabeele. The Panthers will have their first meet of the 2010 season on Sept. 3 in Des Moines at the Bulldog Classic, hosted by Drake.

from the nickname of the Black Hawks’ home ice, Young Arena. The nickname is Party Town, which has a dual meaning to fans and players alike. Firstly, Glenn Frey’s song “Partytown” is played after every Black Hawks goal, which many hope to hear regularly in the 2010-2011 campaign. With talented new forwards hoping to wear out the sound system at Young Arena, a stalwart corps of solid, returning defensemen and a veteran goalie in store this year, opposing teams may

not have fun when playing in Waterloo. First-year forward Vinnie Hinostroza has been in the Cedar Valley just a few short weeks, and he loves it. He is currently staying with Black Hawks housing parents Vince and Cindy Jenness. “I love the people here,” Hinostroza said Friday evening. “I love the town, the area, everything. It’s all great.” When Hinostroza was asked about the team’s goals for the season, he wasn’t sure how to reply, since he is new to the team. “Obviously, we look to win, to come together as a team to get the job done.” Other members of the team were in attendance as well. Second-year goalie C.J. Motte explained how this season’s team compared to and contrasted with last season’s team. “We were able to return several of our defenders, so that squad ought to be very solid,” Motte said. “On the other hand, we have new forwards. Hopefully they can pick up (the basics) really well, and we can get off to a faster start than last season.” Last season saw the Black Hawks get off to a very sluggish start indeed, as they were fighting to stay above last place in the division around the middle of the season. The team came together well, however, and managed to make the playoffs.

Blake Thompson is one of the solid defensemen Motte mentioned who is returning. Thompson is in his third year in the league and second with the Black Hawks’ organization. “Personally, my goals are to keep improving, to get bigger, stronger,” Thompson explained. “As far as team goals, we hope to be able to rally together and win the Clark Cup (awarded to the champion of the playoffs).” Black Hawks president Doug Miller, however, hopes every game is filled with fans enjoying the game and atmosphere. “Everyone loves a party! Whether you’re a 10-yearold having a birthday, a married couple celebrating an anniversary or a coworker congratulating a colleague on retirement, parties are great, and there’s no argument that the Black Hawks host 30 of the best parties in the Cedar Valley. Even people who don’t like hockey have a great time at our games, because the atmosphere is so much fun for everyone,” Miller said in a press release last Thursday. The fun began last Friday in Sturgis Park in downtown Cedar Falls, as the Black Hawks and Lincoln Savings Bank sponsored “Live to 9.” “Live to 9” is a free, familyfriendly concert which helps families wind down summer. Wagg, a local band, helped

“Party On” to be new Black Hawks slogan By DUSTIN WOODY Sports Writer

The Waterloo Black Hawks have announced their new slogan for the 2010-2011 campaign, in an effort to encourage fans to get loud supporting their United States Hockey League (USHL) team this season. The slogan is “Party On,” and will be featured on t-shirts from the official Waterloo Black Hawks’ souvenir store, Party Town Outfitters, next month. The store gets its name

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UNI Volleyball team goes 3-0 over the weekend By SAM JEFSON Sports Writer

The Mortar Board Premier Tournament hosted by Purdue belonged to the Northern Iowa Panthers. In the tournament, the Northern Iowa volleyball team went undefeated in their first three games of the season, defeating Central Michigan, Western Kentucky and Purdue. In the first game of the season, the Panthers didn’t have any trouble with Central Michigan, defeating the Chippewas by a score of 3-0. The first two games of the match were contested closely, with UNI prevailing 25-21 and 25-23. In game three, the Panthers showed their prowess and experience, winning by a lopsided margin of 25-14. Offensively for the Panthers, Bre Payton led the way, registering eight kills. Defensively the Panther star was libero Ellie Blankenship who finished the match with 11 digs. The Panthers continued to roll with an impressive win against Western Kentucky. The Panthers won by game scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-19. Michelle Burow stepped up for the Panthers against the Lady Toppers, registering 11 kills. The final game of the tournament proved to be the first test of the season for Northern Iowa as they triumphed over Purdue in a five-set epic. Losing two out of the first three games, the Panthers rebounded to win games four and five by scores of 25-23, and 19-17. The star of the night for the Panthers was Bre Payton, who recorded a triple double. Payton finished the match with 14 kills, 41 assists, and 12 digs. Following her impressive performance against Purdue, Payton was named most valuable player of the tournament. Ellie Blankenship and Michelle Burow also earned alltournament team honors for the Panthers. The Northern Iowa volleyball team will look to extend their winning streak next weekend as they travel to the Diet Coke Classic in Minneapolis. The Panthers will play Dayton, Minnesota and Baylor. You can find this week’s edition of “Brad’s Sports Blurb” on our website: www.

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fans “Party On” with the Black Hawks, with music beginning at 6 pm. Several of the Black Hawks were in attendance. Fans were able to pick up copies of the season schedule at Friday’s “Live to 9.” Those in attendence also had an opportunity to win cool prizes. Tim Harwood, the Black Hawks’ radio play-by-play announcer, greeted fans and prepared for the new season at Friday’s event. When asked why a typical college student should attend a game, he paused for a brief second before stating that if you’ve never been, hockey is a very easy game to pick up. He also said that hockey is a lot of fun to watch. “We also have a promotion for families who wish to attend the games,” Harwood added. “Every Friday night home game, a family can order a “Family 4-Pack,” which includes four tickets to the game, a Domino’s pizza, four sodas, and a souvenir

Hochstedler breaks scoring mark in 3-2 loss to Northern Illinois NI NEWS SERVICE

The University of Northern Iowa women’s soccer team allowed two second-half goals in a 3-2 defeat to Northern Illinois University on Sunday afternoon at the Iowa Tournament. UNI senior Chelsie Hochstedler scored in the 53rd minute to become UNI’s all-time leading goal

game program. The cost of the four-pack is less than the cost of taking the same family to the movies for the night, so it’s affordable and fun for everyone.” Following Friday’s event, the Black Hawks have just a few short weeks to wrap up preparations for the season. In the first preseason game for the Black Hawks this season, Black Hawks’ chief rival, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, invade Party Town at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Following three other home preseason games, the RoughRiders return to Young Arena for the Black Hawks’ home opener on Oct. 2, also at 7 p.m. Fans can pick up tickets to the preseason games beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Fans who attend the Sept. 21 preseason game against the Des Moines Buccaneers will have first claim to individual regular season tickets. All other information and updates about the Black Hawks can be found at the team’s website, www. scorer. Hochstedler’s recordbreaking goal gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead. The senior forward buried her shot into the top left corner for her 21st career goal, the most ever by a Panther soccer player. The previous recordholder was Shanon Dechant, who played at UNI from 2002-05. UNI was unable to hold onto the lead, allowing the tying goal in the 64th minute and the game-winner in the 77th minute. The Huskies outshot UNI 21-9.



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