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‘Getting Covered’ highlights benefits of Affordable Care Act TEHRENE FIRMAN Campus Life Editor

At a time when the weather gets colder and coughs and sniffles begin to be heard around campus, a roundtable of health advocates discussed the issue of health care for the younger generation in the United States in Maucker Union. “Getting close to cold weather, students think they’re invincible, and they’re not,” said Zoe Schaefer, a professor at Allen College of Nursing and a nurse practitioner for the Black Hawk County Health Department. “They’re studying long hours, they’re not eating the right food, they’re not exercising properly and they’re probably not buying the right vitamins and those types of things that they need.” The panel, “Getting Covered,” was hosted on

Sept. 22 by Know Your Care, an organization dedicated to educating American people about the Affordable Care Act, and Young Invincibles, an organization that began in the summer of 2009 out of the recognition that young people’s voices were not being heard in the debate over health care reform. One health advocate was Kristen Meyers, a senior political communication major. “Like my fellow UNI students, I am a busy college student finding my new classes, doing homework, getting involved in campus activities and trying to have a little fun in between,” Meyers said, “but I believe it’s important to take the time to find out the benefits that are available to me under the Affordable Care Act.” See HEALTH CARE, page 5


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UNI rededicates Sabin LAURA RASMUSSEN

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With Sabin Hall finally completed, University of Northern Iowa students, faculty, staff and community leaders attended its rededication ceremony on Sept. 23. After two years of reconstruction, Sabin Hall reopened in January 2011. The renovation of Sabin Hall reached its ultimate goal when the building received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Council. Sabin Hall meets standards for energy efficiency, reducing water consumption enhancing indoor air quality and using renewable, reused or recycled building materials. President Benjamin Allen opened the rededication ceremony with congratulatory words of encouragement. “We are proud of the environmental design, which we anticipate will achieve LEED certification at the silver level, making it the first LEED-certified facility on this campus,” Allen said. Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, made

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UNI students, faculty, staff and community members converse at the rededication ceremony of Sabin Hall on Sept. 23. After two years of reconstruction, Sabin Hall reopened in January 2011.

remarks on the importance of Sabin Hall and the contribution the facility will make on education in Iowa. “This beautiful renovated building symbolizes the commitment that both the University of Northern Iowa and the state has to

providing excellent education,” Reynolds said. The new facility houses classes for more than 2,000 students enrolled in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Classes for the Liberal Arts Core See REDEDICATION, page 2


Variety of musical student groups perform at scholarship concert OLIVIA HOTTLE Fine Arts Writer

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The Panther Marching Band dedicated a maple tree on Sept. 24 to the memory of Anna Williams, a UNI student who passed away last March.

The 30th annual scholarship benefit concert for the University of Northern Iowa School of Music literally started with a bang that echoed through the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Sept. 23. The concert, which raised money for scholarships for music students, featured several UNI School of Music alumni and student music groups. “Can you believe it – 30 years of music-making for our students,” said John Vallentine, director of the School of Music and executive producer of the concert, in

his opening speech. The evening began in the lobby of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, with the light, angelic sounds of the UNI Harp Studio, under the direction of Gretchen Brumwell, and the young members of the UNI Suzuki School. The screens in the lobby shuffled through pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Hollywood sign and a London double-decker bus, among others – all images representing the theme of the night, “World Tour.” The first official performance of the night began with the Kaji-Daiko Taiko drum ensemble and its loud, Japanese style drumming of Zoku. Barefoot, wearing See CONCERT, page 4





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are also held there. Sabin Hall now has 700 classroom seats, one of the largest lecture halls on campus, computer labs and offices for faculty and staff. “Sabin Hall is a tremendously important building for the university,” said Board of Regents President Craig Lang. “It represents a foundation for the university’s teacher education program.” Spencer Walrath, Northern Iowa Student Government president, emphasized that new technology means moving the teaching at UNI into the 21st century. “By bring technology into the classroom it opens a whole realm of media capabilities,”

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STUDENT VOICES What are your thoughts on the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?


I think that it’s a really good thing. It’s a step forward, but also a step back. Even though people can come out in the military now, it’s not to say they will; there’s still a threat of getting harassed and beaten up.


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We all have these people in our families – some of us are proud of them, some are embarrassed, some just do not care one way or another because we believe in everyone’s right to live as they please. Yet we still have not nailed down a coherent policy on how to handle the issue. I do not believe in gay marriage, which is an opinion I am entitled to, and at this point, most people at this university will close the paper in absolute disbelief that anyone remains this bigoted. The reason for me not believing in gay marriage has nothing to do with having a desire to discriminate and deprive members of our country of the civil rights they have been deprived of and most certainly deserve. I support civil unions, not just for gay couples but for all couples. To me a marriage is a religious ceremony held in a church or religious institution, something that should remain separate from any statutory control or validation. I am, and have been for a while, concerned that such a religious activity is being administered in what is supposed to be a secular government. Why do we not take seriously the concept of separating church and state? Leave unions to the state to administer equally to any gay, straight or lesbian couple so that we treat everyone equally… like a government is supposed to do. If any couple wants to get married in a religious sense, they can go to whatever church they belong to and tie the knot; this policy does not discriminate because there are several church denominations that accept homosexual and heterosexual couples alike with open arms. The only problem to this strategy is that it is a solution, not a battle. Again we see the crazies on both sides driving the issue. The far right cries foul that homosexuals are stepping all over their (otherwise pure) government. Then those on the

far left say that civil unions aren’t enough, that they want full blown marriage, because anything less would be discrimination, when in reality they love the term gay marriage because they feel that it publicly tells Bible thumpers to “shove it.” But wait, even after we solve this issue, another arises. We are still discriminating! There are, after all, many benefits to marriage. Off the top of my head, married couples are allowed to file a joint tax return and are allowed to divide business income among family members. So all of this is wonderful for those who are married, and even when we extend these benefits to homosexual couples, there is still a section of society that is getting the shaft. Why do we openly discriminate against single people? All these benefits add up to discrimination against those who are not married. I have two uncles and an aunt who have never been married, and I cannot help but notice that they are not recipients of like benefits. How about we get serious about this issue and actually make it fair for everyone? Amongst the bickering and protest, we forget that we are not just arguing because we can; we are not just protesting because the Constitution grants us this unique privilege. There is a real issue and there needs to be a real solution. Maybe the issue is not making sure everyone gets their piece of the pie but rather everyone is paying their fair share. Everyone is shouting at the top of their lungs to get their way when maybe the whole idea of the government weighing in to say that a coupled lifestyle is superior to a single one is inherently flawed. So, in short, that is why I do not believe in gay marriage or really any statesanctioned marriage. If you love who you are with, let that be between you, your lover and your god (or lack thereof) and leave the state out of it.

Marriage equality is at risk STEF MCGRAW

April 3, 2009: the day the Iowa Supreme Court declared the legality of same-sex marriage. This historic decision was a victory for those in favor of LGBT rights everywhere. Fast forward to the 2010 elections. Many Republican candidates claim repealing same-sex marriage is their number one priority in the Iowa Legislature. Failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats leads a campaign to get three “activist judges” kicked out of office in the retention election. Those of us who care about gay rights were appalled, infuriated and ready to take action. Some registered students to vote, some made phone calls and knocked on doors and others simply talked to their friends and family about supporting proequality candidates and voting to retain the justices. Election Day caused mixed emotions; while many pro-equality candidates lost and the justices were unfortunately not retained, we kept a slim Democratic majority in the Iowa Senate. This means that with Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s oath to block a constitutional amendment bill, same-sex marriage is safe. We can relax. Or so is the perception. The fact of the matter is that we cannot sit idly as the movement against equal rights continues its crusade, because at any moment, something can go wrong and we need to be mobilized. That time is now. With the recent resignation of pro-equality senator Swati Dandekar, same-sex marriage is at risk in Iowa. If a Republican gets elected to office, this would create a 25-25 split, and due to a few Democrats who may side with the Republicans on this issue, a public marriage amendment vote could come as soon as 2013 (which would likely guarantee same-sex marriage’s demise). Before I say anything further, I must clarify something: In my ideal world, this would not be a partisan issue. However, it is. So while I make no secret of my Democratic Party affiliation, the issue

at hand has nothing to do with my overall support of liberal policies and has everything to do with the facts about who does and does not support marriage equality. According to activist site Care2, all 24 Republican members of the Iowa Senate would support a bill allowing for a public vote on same-sex marriage. Regardless of your overall political leaning, I would hope that you not support that sort of bigotry. We need to take action to ensure that marriage equality remains in Iowa. The affected area, Senate District 18 (which includes part of the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area), is split politically – with 15,945 registered Republicans, 15,752 Democrats and even more voters who are independents or not registered at all, it can be anyone’s race. The one thing working in our favor, however, is that Liz Mathis is the Democrat running against Republican nominee Cindy Golding. As a former KWWL and KCRG anchor and current Chief Information Officer at youth nonprofit Four Oaks, Mathis is a household name in the Cedar Rapids area. This can only help the prospect of maintaining the Democratic majority. But as I stated before, despite any good news, we cannot just wait around for things to happen; we have to get back into our 2010 mindset and be ready to fight. The Republicans are passionate about winning this seat. As Troy Price, executive director of marriage equality group One Iowa stated, “This is expected to be the most expensive legislative race in Iowa’s history.” So what can you do to save civil rights in our state? On campus, you can get involved with the student organization One Iowa at UNI. It isn’t just a gay-straight alliance –it’s an activist group that’s meant for busy students who want contribute what they can to the cause. The group will be having a variety of events leading up to the Nov. 8 special election so that everyone who wants to fight for same-sex marriage can do so. Even if you don’t get involved, talk to friends and family you know who live in Senate District 18. Let them know how important this election is. Let them know that their vote could make or break how well Iowa truly lives up to its motto, “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” For more information about One Iowa at UNI, contact Stef or find the One Iowa at UNI Facebook Page.

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Contest winner ‘pops it forward’ at UNI ALEX McDANIEL Staff Writer

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Jesssica Hennigard, Leah Jessen, Mariah Otto and Jessica Leyh enjoy their Pop-Tart desserts in the grass. See more pictures on page 5.

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traditional Japanese clothing and striking their instruments with movements of dancer-like grace, the KajiDaiko group featured students and associate professor of percussion, Randy Hogancamp. Following the Kaji-Daiko Taiko drum ensemble, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, along with conductor Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt performed the powerful, yet elegant “Fanfare for a First Lady.” The piece was written by Burkhardt, for Michelle Obama’s appearance at UNI’s spring 2011 commencement ceremony. An emotionally charged opera reading of two of Aaron Copland’s “Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson” by UNI alumna Sheri Greenawald followed. The reading was accompanied by the Northern Iowan Symphony Orchestra. “I always tell everybody that I’m from Iowa. I never hide the fact,” said Greenawald. “It’s always fun to represent Iowa ... For me, UNI was the place I learned about my world.” Movement three of

“Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 40” by Sergei Rachmaninoff was then performed by the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra with associate professor of piano Sean Botkin on piano. Botkin will be taking this piece on an international tour, including a stop with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Following this was “Der Hölle Rache” from Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,” performed by graduate student Megan O’Brien and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. The snippet of “Der Hölle Rache” was theatrical, with O’Brien’s soprano notes cutting through the Great Hall and her flowing green dress perfectly representing The Queen of the Night. The first half concluded with a touching performance of “Follow,” a piece written by Jonathan Schwabe, a professor of theory and composition. The song, performed by the UNI Singers, Concert Chorale and UNI Symphonic Band, was written for the Dalai Lama for his 2010 visit to the university. “It was so great to see the expansive nature of what the School of Music has to offer,” said Morgan Kramer, a freshman vocal music edu-




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On Friday afternoon, shouts for s’more Pop-Tarts echoed across Lawther Field. Carelyn Pohl, a sophomore biology teaching major at the University of Northern Iowa, received second place in a Facebook contest and was awarded 100,000 Pop-Tarts. This spurred her to create Pop It Forward, which was sponsored by Kellogg and organized by the Residence Hall Association. This enabled Pohl to go forward with her idea to let students play on inflatable structures and build their own Pop-Tart shakes. The Facebook contest Pohl cation major and member of UNI Singers. Chris Merz’s Jazz Band One, along with Randy Hogancamp on the djembre, provided more drumming to engage the audience after intermission. The swinging melodies of “Mopti” by Don Cherry whisked the audience back into the talent of UNI’s students. The success in UNI’s flute program was the focus of “Steppin’ Out for Six Flutes” by Linda Holland. Past and present students and professor of flute Angelita Floyd were showcased in a number that brought the audience to its feet. Rebecca Johnson, Deanna Hahn-Little, Daniel Velasco, Angela Reynolds, Hannah Leffler and Abigail Coffer played, beat-boxed and made various noises into the flutes, producing an avantgarde and crisp sound to what would have otherwise been a solely “pretty” piece. The Northern Iowa Wind Symphony followed the flautists under the direction of Ronald Johnson. The group played Giacomo Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” from “Turandot” and were accompanied by instructor of applied voice, Jeff Brich. The notes sung by Brich left the audience speechless until the end of the song when applause erupted from the crowd. Ending the benefit concert were the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club and Northern Iowa Wind Symphony performing “Music for a London Pageant” by Gustav Halst. The smooth male voices and delicate notes of the instru-

entered required two things: an essay written on what one would do with 100,000 PopTarts and a photo showing what the contestant would do. Pohl, using her experience from working at Whitey’s Ice Cream in her hometown of Davenport, decided to mix PopTarts with ice cream and create a Pop-Tart shake. She had tried this on the job, and her firstever creation was one part blueberry and one part strawberry. She loved it and wanted to find a way to let others try it. Instead of eating all the Pop-Tarts she won by herself in her dorm room, Pohl decided to share them with many other people. She donated 5,000 PopTarts to UNI for the event,

ments mixed well to provide an end to a night of incredibly different styles of music. “I felt that the concert showed the extreme diversity of our musical offerings in the School of Music and showcases the excellent teaching by School of Music faculty members,” Vallentine said. “They have extremely high standards and our students live up to those expectations.” Throughout the night, several scholarship recipients who are currently a part of UNI’s School of Music expressed their gratitude to the audience for donating funds to help them attend school. “It’s kind of weird. You don’t realize (as a freshman) that you’re representing the school, but then as a senior you realize the importance of this,” said senior Betsy Groat, a flute performance major and scholarship recipient. “I’m not representing myself anymore, but the classes after me.” A champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception followed the concert, where students, alumni and community members all mingled. During the time of the concert, $19,000 had been raised by special donors for scholarship funds. Funds from the ticket sales had yet to be counted, but organizers of the event are confident that the concert was a success. “Just hearing the amazing talent and dedicated work of UNI students allows me to feel that the concert makes a difference,” said Vallentine.

10,000 to troops overseas and the rest went to feeding underprivileged children and to food banks, including the one in her hometown. Many students were “popping” at the idea of an event like this on campus. Freshmen Jenna Licht, a communicative disorders major, and Leah Eiffert, an elementary education major, partook in the PopTart and ice cream mix. Licht had a fudge Pop-Tart in vanilla ice cream and Eiffert combined vanilla ice cream with a strawberry Pop-Tart. Sophomore twin sisters Zoe and Callie McKimpson thought that Pop-It Forward was a “good way to end classes for the week.”

Scholarship benefit concert controversy OLIVIA HOTTLE Fine Arts Writer

The University of Northern Iowa’s School of Music’s 30th annual Scholarship Benefit Concert is known as a fundraiser for scholarships. Should it also be a learning opportunity? Some students are raising this question and feel the tickets should be lowered from $50 to a more student-friendly price. Most concerts through the UNI School of Music are free for students. “The event is really to raise funds for student scholarships, so we do not market this particular concert for students,” said John Vallentine, executive producer of the show and the director of the School of Music. “Otherwise, they would be paying for their own scholarships.” Some students are concerned that while students might benefit from the scholarship funds themselves, they are not benefitting from the experience of attending the concert.

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State Senator Jeff Danielson and Representative Bob Kressig were also at the event to promote the importance of health care. “Health care matters; it’s important, it’s a public issue, students are affected by it and we’re glad the changes have been made, but you have to raise awareness,” Danielson said. Danielson pointed out that a lot of changes have been made for students thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Because of the act, students are able to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26, preexisting conditions no longer exclude students from getting insurance and vaccines, and preventive procedures, such as flu shots and tests for blood pressure, diabetes and cancer screenings, are now available and affordable even if a student doesn’t have insurance. It also prevents insurance companies from cutting off health insurance coverage because of illness or high medical cost and allows students to access additional coverage options through health care exchanges, tax credits and Medicaid. “If you ask people about the individual changes that affect their lives, they wanted those changes,” Danielson said. “When it becomes an abstract political discussion about health care, people are out of sorts when it comes to whether or not they support (it).” For Meyers, staying on her parents’ health insurance is really important. “I get sick a lot,” Meyers said, “and it’s not good because I’m not healthy – I don’t eat right, I don’t sleep ever, so having health insurance is important to me, especially with how ambitious I want to be after graduation. Who knows where I’m living, where I’m staying, when I’m eating.” According to Danielson, many of the changes were phased in, having to address the media problems and then make health care work better for people over the long term. One example of this is one’s ability to find insurance if one is not currently covered. Since a lot of the insurance options were through

IT employers, there wasn’t a real market for insurance. Because of this, in 2014, health care exchanges will be set up where a person is able to “shop for” and purchase health care plans. Kressig, whose daughter recently graduated from UNI and is able to maintain coverage through his health care plan because of the Affordable Care Act, believes in the importance of making sure young people in the United States don’t have a financial burden on them if they become ill. “I think it’s important that as young people are getting out of the K-12 segment and trying to figure out what they’re going to do in life, they go to school, do all the studying, and to find out that they get sick, they’re on their own. I think that’s a travesty,” said Kressig. “We as Americans need to make sure (that) doesn’t happen to young people.” Chris Schwartz, an organizer at Working Families Win and Americans for Democratic Action and a 2006 UNI graduate, was personally affected by the burdens of not having health care coverage when he was 24 and got pneumonia while taking time off from school to work for the 2008 election. “Getting sick once can really damage you and follows you for a number of years,” Schwartz said. “It also not only impacts your health, but your financial health.” After getting sick and incurring the costs of not only the emergency room and urgent care visits but also the prescription bills, Schwartz was set back around $2,000. “That’s not like a Judy Blume kind of a story of a serious illness, but that’s how something relatively common can really impact someone involved for a couple years,” Schwartz said. “It’s something that really shouldn’t happen in this country.” The Affordable Care Act also helps with the often higher costs of women’s reproductive health. According to Schaefer, the Allen Women’s Health Clinic offers reproductive health care for free or at a reduced cost, including, free long-term birth control.

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FORWARD As of August, women’s preventative services, such as birth control, must be covered under insurance, which Schaefer says is “huge, because even just a onemonth supply of birth control pills can be $40 to $50.” “If you’re doing that every month, it’s cost-prohibitive – people are not going to take birth control at that cost,” Schaefer said. “It’s so much cheaper in the long run to prevent a pregnancy than to have an unplanned pregnancy.” Whether women or men are involved, Kressig’s believes the United States’ health care system is a “sickcare system.” “People go to the doctor when they’re sick, when, in a sense, they should go there when they’re healthy and find out what (they) need to do to avoid future illness,” Kressig said. According to Danielson, the Affordable Care Act

allows students to achieve their goals without the worry that being ill will hold them back. “We all have the opportunity to pursue our dreams,” Danielson said, “but it’s

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The No. 14-ranked University of Northern Iowa volleyball team traveled to Illinois State University and Indiana State University this weekend to continue Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers came out on top in both matches to improve to 14-1 (4-0 MVC). The Panthers defeated Illinois State 3-1 and then went on to sweep Indiana State, 3-0, in their final match of the weekend. UNI’s victory over Indiana State marked their 40th consecutive regular season victory against an MVC opponent. UNI faced the Illinois State Redbirds Friday night. All of the sets were close, but it was UNI who eventually came out on top 25-21,

Krista DeGeest came away with 14 kills alongside Megan Lehman’s 13. Bre Payton recorded 51 assists to lead the Panthers to victory. The first set was neckand-neck before UNI went on a 5-0 run to take a 24-17 lead. After four straight points from the Redbirds, UNI’s Amy Braun got the set-clinching kill. There were an astounding 17 ties in the second set of the match. The teams found themselves under the pressure of a close game, tied at 25 points apiece. Illinois State scored the next two points of the set to give them the 27-25 victory, evening the match at 1-1. The third set was another See VOLLEYBALL, page 7

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The Panthers line up against the Leathernecks in the UNI Dome Saturday. Tirrell Rennie (10) and David Johnson (7) rushed for a combined 247 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Western Illinois. UNI outgained WIU on the ground 275 yards-105 yards.


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“The best team, they certainly won the football game. Northern Iowa is ranked No. 2 in both polls, and from what I have seen on tape of their first two ballgames and what I saw on the field today… they probably are the No. 2 team in America,” said Western Illinois University head football coach Mark Hendrickson following his team’s 38-10 defeat at the hands of the University of Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon. “They’re a very good football team. They certainly deserved the win today and somebody is going to

They’re a very good football team. They certainly deserved the win today and somebody is going to have to play very well to beat them. Mark Hendrickson WIU head football coach

have to play very well to beat them,” Hendrickson continued. The No. 2-ranked Panthers (2-1, 1-0 MVFC) dominated the Leathernecks from start to finish and

were once again led by the dynamic play of senior quarterback Tirrell Rennie. “(Rennie) and the ability that he has to run the football, that makes (UNI) very tough,” said Hendrickson. “You might think you have the scheme to stop their (running back) or to cover all their receivers on a certain play, but as long as (Rennie) can pull it down and gain 12 yards in a hurry that really makes (UNI) tough to defend.” Rennie was 10-for-14 passing, for 142 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions. He also carried the ball 12 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns. See FOOTBALL, page 7


UNI soccer drops MVC opener ALEX MILLER Sports Writer

The University of Northern Iowa women’s soccer team (3-6-2, 0-1-0 MVC) lost their Missouri Valley Conference opener on the road against the Creighton University Blue Jays on Friday, 1-0. The Panthers played solid defense all around, preventing the Blue Jays from scoring until CU’s Shonna Fraser squeaked one by UNI’s Erin Zaideman in the 67th minute. The Blue Jays (5-4-0, 1-0-0 MVC) netted the game winner following a cleared corner in the 67th minute. Once the ball had cleared, CU’s Brittney Neuman scooped up the loose ball and counter-attacked the Panthers, just before passing the ball to

Fraser for the go-ahead goal. The Panthers shot five-of-seven as a team. Ashley Capone led the way with two shots on frame and three shots total. Claire Clark, Melissa Hagan, Missy Journot and Caitlyn Fuller also attempted shots throughout with Clark, Hagan and Journot putting shots on target. Overall, UNI shot 5-7 and Creighton shot 5-12. Creighton’s goalkeeper, Alicia Montgomery, led the game with five saves, followed by Zaideman’s four. UNI was also out-shot on corner kicks, 6-3. The Panthers’ next game is Monday, Sept. 26, when they play host to St. Ambrose University at the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex in Waterloo. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.



Tuesday, September 27, 2011



Northern Iowa vs. Wichita State

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The UNI defense forced one turnover against WIU Saturday bringing their season total to nine forced turnovers through just three games.

UNI VS. WIU BY THE NUMBERS: First Downs UNI: 19 WIU: 15 Total Yards UNI: 417 WIU: 312 Passing Yards UNI: 142 WIU: 207 Rushing Yards UNI: 275 WIU: 105 Penalties UNI: 4-31 WIU: 6-47 FOOTBALL continued from page 6

“(Rennie) is a dynamic player,” said UNI head coach Mark Farley. “He’s always got a chance to make something happen for you. The better he throws the ball, the more things can happen for him in the running game because they have to start defending the width of the field.” The Leathernecks (1-3, 0-1 MVFC) defeated UNI in last year’s regular season finale, 30-14. However, as Hendrickson noted, these are two entirely different teams. “From year to year, teams are just totally different. There are so many different intangibles. This is our 2011 team, this is their 2011 team and their version this year is better than ours.” The Panthers stole the momentum early as junior receiver Terrell Sinkfield blocked a WIU punt on the opening drive of the game to set UNI up with a short field. Rennie rushed in from two yards out to give UNI an early 7-0 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first quarter. “On our behalf, it was very unfortunate that the punt block occurred. I would have liked to have got the punt off and let our defense go out and play on a full field on that first series,” said Hendrickson. “It was 14-0 fairly quickly and that makes it tough on the defense.” With just under six min-

Third Down Conversions UNI: 6-for-11 WIU: 4-for-14 Fourth Down Conversions UNI: 0-for-0 WIU: 0-for-2 Turnovers UNI: 1 WIU: 1 Time of Possession UNI: 29:39 WIU: 30:21 utes remaining in the first quarter, Rennie found paydirt again, this time on a 12-yard scamper. UNI took a 14-0 lead. WIU responded with a 20-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 14-3, but the Panthers would respond with two more touchdowns before the half. Rennie found redshirt freshman running back David Johnson on a 30-yard scoring strike. Then Rennie notched his longest run of the day, a 35-yard touchdown run to give UNI a 28-3 lead heading to the locker room. With 8:19 remaining in the third quarter, Rennie found tight end Darion Howard on a four-yard touchdown pass to make the score 35-3. Sophomore kicker Tyler Sievertsen added a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 38-3 UNI. WIU would add a late touchdown to make the final score 38-10 in favor of the Panthers. The Panthers racked up 417 yards of total offense, led by Rennie’s dual-threat performance and Johnson’s first career 100-yard rushing performance, in which he carried 21 times for 133 yards. Senior linebacker L.J. Fort led the Panthers with 12 tackles. UNI returns to action Saturday as they travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on the Missouri State University Bears (0-4, 0-1 MVFC) led by former UNI head coach Terry Allen. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

close one that involved pressure for both teams to keep their leads. The Panthers eventually jumped ahead of the Redbirds with a 16-14 lead and after some good plays around the net, UNI extended their lead to 19-14. UNI would take the set 25-21 and a 2-1 lead in the match. The fourth set was tied at 16-16, but UNI went on a 9-2 run to take the set 25-18 and the match 3-1. UNI’s second match of the weekend was at Indiana State on Saturday evening, where the Panthers claimed their 40th straight MVC victory as they swept Indiana State 25-11, 25-11 and 25-17. Krista DeGeest continued her solid weekend with another 10 kills. She was joined by Braun and Shelby Kintzel, who had eight kills apiece. Payton led the Panthers with 27 assists and defensive specialist Candice Burke led the way with 14 digs. The Panthers came out on fire in the first set to take an early 8-1 lead over Indiana State. After five more kills UNI extended their lead to 13-2, and took the first set 25-11. The second set went much the same as the first, with some large runs and great

Friday, 7 p.m. McLeod Center defense from the Panthers. UNI had a .407 attack percentage, which helped them claim another 25-11 victory over Indiana State.

UNI took an early lead at 11-9 in the third set. However, the Panthers would go on another large run to take a 21-11 lead and eventually won the set 25-17 and the match 3-0. The Panthers will attempt to continue their MVC winning streak when they host Wichita State on Friday. The match is set to start at 7 p.m.

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