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Shanda Munn

A fatal mistake

In the early morning hours of Dec. 3, 2005, former ISU student Shanda Munn made the decision to get behind the wheel of her 1992 Buick Century while under the influence of alcohol. That decision resulted in a hit-and-run collision that took the life of another ISU student, Kelly Laughery. Photo: Rashah McChesney/Iowa State Daily

Former ISU student recounts life-altering decision Editor’s note:

The following is part one in a two-part series. Read the entire story online, at, and in Friday’s Daily. By Kim Norvell Daily Staff Writer

Officials say OWI arrests hold steady By Rashah McChesney Daily Staff Writer


sounded like wood splintering. There were no sights and no sudden jolt — only the noise of splintering. Later, authorities told Shanda Munn the sound she still hears today was that of her windshield cracking. In that instant, on a calm night in December 2005, Shanda’s life would be changed forever. Dec. 2, 2005, was the Friday before finals, one of the last nights to party before the end of the semester. To celebrate, Shanda and her friends were going out together before they left for Christmas break. With many of her friends involved in the party scene, the plan was to meet up at a friend of a friend’s apartment at University Plains Apartments, in west Ames. Shanda says the atmosphere was not foreign to her. “It was just kind of the apartment party I’ve been to it seems like a million times before.” There were about 50 or 60 partygoers who came in and out throughout the night. Shanda recalls people mingling, playing card games and occasionally listening to music. After about six hours of card games, keg beer and red Jell-O shots, Shanda was ready to leave. The friends she had come with had gone to a bar earlier in the night, but Shanda, only 20 years old, had been forced to stay behind. Ready to drive to McDonald’s for a McChicken and then go to bed, Shanda headed to her car. No one at the party tried to stop her from driving home drunk. Between 3 and 4 a.m., Shanda got behind her wheel to travel a route she had driven many times before. She drove about two miles on Mortensen Road before she heard the noise like splintering wood.

It was time to go home, she thought. She would go to bed and worry about her car in the morning. “The more I thought about the sound,” she says, “the more I put in my head that it was a mail-

People in Ames have been driving drunk. They’ve also been getting arrested for it at consistent rates for the last three years. Both the Ames and ISU Police Departments have arrested similar numbers of people for operating while intoxicated and other alcohol related charges for the last three years. Police and members of the community said they thought people had a hard time relating to the potential consequences of drunk driving. Chad , of Ames who did not want to use his whole name, estimated that before his arrest he drove home drunk once every two weeks. “I live close enough to campus so most of the time I just walk anyway. Actually, this was probably one of the less-drunk times that I was driving,” he said. “I think everyone kind of feels that they were a pretty good drunk driver. But, in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have been driving.” There have also been similar statistics in the blood alcohol content recorded in recent years. Ames Police Cmdr. Mike Brennan said he doesn’t think people have been getting any more or less drunk now than they were two decades ago. “I can remember years ago, you’d see some real doozies walk through the door,” Brennan said. “So as far as alcohol levels go, I don’t think it’s a new thing for people to be so drunk. Twenty years ago, I would think

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Prior to the incident on Dec. 3, 2005, Shanda Munn was an average college student in journalism and mass communication. Courtesy photo: Facebook

Graphic: Brian Hanson/Iowa State Daily

“It was a sound,” she recalls. “It wasn’t a sight, it wasn’t anything that I saw that I remember the most. It was the sound.” Shocked and scared, she made an immediate left turn and went straight to Alpha Chi Omega — the sorority where she lived.

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After 35 years, music still thrives at Maintenance Shop By John Lonsdale Daily Staff Writer The Maintenance Shop was quiet with the exception of a few shuffling footsteps and some coughs. A clinking noise of bottles could be heard as bartenders served drinks to some customers. A dim shade of yellow cast shadows among the small crowd

and brick interior walls. The lights went dark as the Scottish band, Frightened Rabbit, prepared for its encore. The crowd died down as the band began to play a song with an acoustic guitar, no microphones or amplifiers. Everyone’s eyes were plastered to the band as the house lights went out, and the pink and blue hues of the stage lights emitted their glow while the mu-

sic lifted the crowd out of its seats. The music enamored Michael Taylor, codirector of the M–Shop and junior in pre-business. He stood quietly, intently watching and listening. This concert was only one of many throughout the 35 years of the M– Shop’s existence. Bands and singers such as Jack Johnson, Smashing Pumpkins, Muddy Waters and Arlo Guthrie

have performed at the M-Shop. Celebrating its 35th anniversary of live music on Thursday, the M-Shop is known as the “longest running nightclub in Ames,” according to the Student Union Board Web site. While many students and faculty come back from Thanksgiving break to be hounded by homework and finals, they may be surprised as to find out

the events taking place this week in celebration of this historic venue. Among the activities was the Fall Art Mart, which began Tuesday, and a show put on by Grandma Mojo’s Moonshine Revival Improvisation Troupe on Wednesday. Fall Art Mart, an annual arts and

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Men compared to women arrested for OWI by Ames Police

2001: 0.148 2002: 0.148 2003: 0.146 2004: 0.145 2005: 0.146 2006: 0.148 2007: 0.149

the numbers are probably going to be about the same, probably not more than in the 200–300 [arrests] range.” When Chad was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, his blood alcohol content was .095. “They did a Breathalyzer on the spot and I was over the limit, so they took me in,” Chad said. “They took me to the armory where they did another Breathalyzer, and then from there they took me to [the Story County Justice Center in] Nevada.” The Iowa Department of Public Safety aggregates all of the data from the Breathalyzer machines at each police station. Bruce Reeve, laboratory administrator for the Iowa DPS, said between 2001 and 2008 the

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2006: 204 males, 62 females 2007: 193 males, 55 females 2008: 253 males, 51 females

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uations where there are a male and female together I think the male just decides they’re going to drive home for whatever reason. I can’t explain it other than that maybe women have better common sense,” Brennan said. When Chad was arrested, he was driving two friend home from a poker game at 3:30 a.m. “It was on Mortensen, right by the cross country field,” he said. After Chad was arrested, his

levels have been consistent. “It doesn’t really change a whole lot. The average is 0.148 and it’s been remarkably steady the whole time going between .145 and .150,” Reeve said. From 2006 to 2008 at least twice as many males than females were arrested by the Ames Police, Brennan said. “I suppose there are different reasons for that, but from conversations we are having with people I think that in a lot of sit-

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taken into consideration,” Brennan said. “Also, when people consume large amounts of intoxicating beverage eventually they’re going to have to urinate and there are times when they’re going to do it in a manner that prescribed by society and times when they are going to do it whenever and wherever they feel like it. Usually we deal with the latter.” Brennan said the idea for patrol officers was to keep an eye out for people who are walking that are too drunk to keep from calling attention to themselves. “I think the most important thing to realize what the true consequences are,” Brennan said. “Let’s just assume you haven’t killed somebody or seri-

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Group examines GSB finishes work for semester effects of exercise By Paige Godden Daily Staff Writer

By Jody Korthaus Daily Correspondent As the temperatures fall and the flu season is already under way, students might find themselves wondering what steps they can take to decrease their chances of catching the bug. Researchers from Iowa State have been working to answer that question by studying the effects of exercise on mice injected with the flu virus and on college students injected with the virus. Marian Kohut, associate professor of kinesiology, specializes in immunology and has been active in a research study at Iowa State looking at the effects of exercise on mice that have been injected with the flu vaccine. Kohut said the study compared three groups of mice: One group was “exercise-trained,” one was sedentary and performed no exercises and the other was a control group. The mice that exercised ran 45 minutes on a treadmill five days a week for three months, while the control group was exposed to the same stresses, but only exercised one time after receiving the flu vaccine for about 15-20 minutes. “While the group of mice that exercised just one time before getting sick did see some benefits, the group of mice that had been moderately exercising for three months showed much less severe flu symptoms, such as weight loss and lack of appetite,” Kohut said, “Some of the earliest host defenses against infection appear to be enhanced by exercise because we see less virus in the lungs of exercised mice relatively early in the course of infection day five post-infection. By day five postinfection, the exercise-trained mice had less virus in their lungs compared to the mice that did not exercise.” Kohut said that while the study shows how exercise seems to be enhancing the effects of the vaccine on the body, exercising while already sick is not good for a person’s health. High intensity, prolonged workouts such as marathons and over-trained athletes are also at a higher risk for infection. Moderation seems to be key as Kohut goes on to describe a human study focusing on immunology and exercise. The study focused on older adults that were given an influenza vaccine and exercised three times a week for 30–35 minutes for a year compared to those who did not exercise. The study showed that those who exercised had a higher antibody response to the vaccine. “The higher the antibody response you have to the vaccine, the better protected you are from infection,” Kohut said. In studying different types of exercise in the past, she has also found that cardio or aerobic exercises show a greater reduction in inflammation then compared with strength training and stretching. “Inflammation is linked to many chronic illnesses as we age, so in understanding the mechanisms of how exercise affects immunity and inflammation and by identifying with it on a cellular level, we can apply the findings to many diseases in the future,” Kohut said. In addition to the research conducted by Kohut, another researcher, Justus Hallam, graduate student in kinesiology, is also working on a study which involves college students and the effect of one-time exercise on those given the H1N1 vaccine. Hallam is just beginning to get results back from this newly conducted research. Hallam said there are many well documented studies that show too much exercise or highintensity workouts are damaging to the body. He would like to find how one workout could affect the vaccine. Preliminary studies show that 90 minutes of working out on a bike at 65 percent heart rate will benefit certain types of cells. “In this study, we want to determine if the effects of the H1N1 vaccine are enhanced by exercising 90 minutes on a bike with a heart rate of 60–70 percent right after the vaccine is injected,” Hallam said. The subjects will be brought in two weeks later, and again at one month for an observation

of their body’s response to the vaccine in relation to those who received that vaccine, but Kohut didn’t exercise. “We hope to have substantial data on all of our subjects by the first of the year,” Hallam said. The study is made up of ISU students with an age criteria of 18-30, both men and women. Hallam said he would like to have a total of 100 subjects to test. Students interested in participating can contact Justus Hallam at justushallam@gmail. com or Marian Kohut at

The Thielen Student Health Center will stop offering HIV testing starting in January, according to the report from the University Affairs Committee presented at Wednesday’s Government of the Student Body meeting. Navneet Malani, University Affairs Committee member and graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, said that the testing is funded through the State of Iowa, but they have decided to stop funding the tests. It is now a priority of the University Affairs Committee to look into how they can bring back the funding, or look into other ways to continue HIV testing at Iowa State, Malani said. During his State of the Student Body address, GSB President Jon Turk, senior in political science, covered many issues. He began with how GSB managed to reach out to several organizations on campus, including student services on health

and legal services, and women and LGBT services. This helped to see what kind of services they are providing to students and to see how GSB can Turk assist them. It was also a good way to express GSB’s commitment to student services, Turk said, including launching the “Mind the Gap” campaign in the spring with the help of Penny Rice, director of the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center. The campaign will bring awareness to students diversity, Turk announced. He also brought up the CyRide intermodal facility and mentioned strong state lobbying efforts took place, including letters and thousands of postcards that stressed the importance of the project to the Ames community and Iowa State’s student body. The proposal has made its way through the first round of cuts. Turk discussed the Sustainability Umbrella Organization in his speech. It is the

first of it’s kind in the nation, Turk said, created in order to unite sustainability groups on campus to better focus its efforts. The second annual Sustainability Symposium will be hosted on Feb. 23 and 24. GSB supported the symposium by passing a bill for $895.00, which will be used to buy office supplies and help with supplying electrical equipment. Turk closed his address by discussing tuition and fees. The good news about tuition, Turk said, is that the university was able to halt student fee increases. However, tuition is going to rise. Turk said he will stay opposed to the proposed $100 surcharge, because students were under the impression that spring tuition and fees were set. Turk challenged the Senate by saying, “We need to be a strong, stable, united voice to represent this institution during that time.” Wednesday’s meeting was the last of the semester. The next GSB meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 13.

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from PAGE 1 box. That was the best thing I could come up with. Never, never did I think ever it would be a person. Never.” Waking up to a fresh blanket of snow, Shanda went outside to check the damage to her gray 1992 Buick Century. The right cap was off the light, part of the right side of the grill was gone and almost the entire right side of the windshield was cracked. “What am I going to tell my parents?” she recalls thinking. She also dug through her car for her cell phone and the disposable camera she had taken to the party the night before. After seeing the damage, Shanda decided to drive around with the friend she’d been out with the previous night. She wanted to find what she had hit. “Had it been a mailbox,” she says, “I wanted to let the people know that, ‘I hit your mailbox. It was me.’” However, the pair failed to find a single damaged mailbox along Mortensen Road. Shanda and her friend kept looking at telephone and sign posts, but she kept saying the object she had hit must have fallen over on impact. “So, it couldn’t be a post,” she recalls thinking. “And, I’m like, ‘No, that would have stopped my car, and it didn’t stop my car.’” With no luck finding the object,

Former ISU student Shanda Munn recalls piecing together her Dec. 3, 2005, accident which resulted in the death of ISU student Kelly Laughery. Photo: Rashah McChesney/Iowa State Daily

Shanda returned to her sorority. When she was back in the house, she overheard a sorority sister talking on the phone. “I remember her saying that a girl from the greek community was killed in a car accident and that it was a hit-andrun,” she recalls. “I didn’t know where it happened; I didn’t know anything. I was more interested in who it was, because I was in a sorority, too.” Shanda received an e-mail from the greek system explaining the accident and providing a number for informants to call. Yet Shanda was still unaware whether or not the accident occurred in Ames. She started to panic.

She opened Google in order to find more information. There, she found an article saying there was a hit-and-run in the early morning hours in Ames. The article didn’t specify where it happened or the exact time it occurred. Shanda wondered whether it had occurred in the early morning, such as 1 or 2, or if it happened around 3 or 4. “I was trying to figure out … what the probability would be of that being me.” Trying to make sense of the accident, Shanda headed to her father and stepmother’s home in Nevada. There, she sat with her little sister, trying to get information from the television news. Shanda said she was realizing more

and more that she could have been the hit-and-run driver. But she wanted to be sure before she told her family the life-altering news. “Because I know my family and I know that something like this would be something that, you know, would devastate them and it would be unimaginable. So I wanted to make sure it was me.” After hours of growing fear, at 6 p.m., Shanda felt she needed to tell an adult what she thought had happened. Although Shanda and her stepmother don’t have the closest relationship, she confided in her because she was “the nearest adult.” Her stepmother’s reaction was to suggest Shanda wait for her father to get home so he could advise her on what to do next. “It’s almost like, through this whole thing, there was always that hope that it wasn’t me, that I wasn’t the one capable of taking a life like that.” Then, at 8:36 p.m., a time her brother will always remember, Shanda learned that her darkest fear was reality. She called her brother to tell him about the situation. He did an Internet search and found the details: The approximate time, the road and, most importantly, the vehicle they were looking for — a 1991 or 1992 Buick Century. “At that point, when he told me what car they were looking for, that’s

Kelly Laughery Courtesy photo: Facebook

when I just … I fell to the ground and I just bawled. I couldn’t breathe. I just remember it took my breath away. And I remember him saying ‘I’m sorry, it’s going to be OK, I’m sorry, it’s going to be OK.’” Kelly Laughery, an ISU sophomore and member of Sigma Kappa sorority, was walking home from a friend’s house around 3 or 4 a.m. Dec. 3, 2005, when she was struck from behind by a car. Kelly was left lying in a ditch on the south side of Mortensen Road until 4:30 a.m., when she was found and taken to the hospital. Shanda’s car had two impact points on the windshield, which she was later told were from Kelly’s hand and head. The impact also took the grill off of the car. Kelly died at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames that morning from the injuries she suffered during the crash. ™


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crafts sale at the Memorial Union, is hosted by the Workspace with all proceeds going toward clubs and organizations such as Gaffer’s Guild, Ames artists and Workspace instructors. One of the items available at the Fall Art Mart is blown glass

from the Gaffer’s Guild including vases, vessels, ornaments and sculptural works, said Letitia Kenemer, fine arts coordinator and Workspace director at the Memorial Union. Kenemer also said some of the other items include pottery by Ames artists and Workspace instructors Greg Lamont and Amanda Barr Hawkins, as well as a number of Workspace clay studio

artists, beaded and sterling silver jewelry from Amber Russell, local artist and Workspace instructor, and beaded jewelry by Memorial Union Associate Director Gail Ferlazzo. Tom Danielson, Government of the Student Body finance director and senior in civil engineering, encouraged everyone to attend the activities because they’re free for all ISU

students. Once the excitement dies down from these activities, it will be time to focus on the main event. In celebration of the 35– year milestone, the M-Shop is hosting a free event featuring jazz music by Mike Giles, lecturer in music, as well as Philip Lombardo, senior in linguistics. Those who attend the event will also be the first to hear the

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spring music lineup announcement. The M-Shop staff won’t give many details about who is going to be on the list except that it won’t disappoint. The M-Shop plans to continue its 35-year tradition. Taylor said he sees a bright future for the M-Shop and anticipates a lot of new students who will enjoy it each year. “In 1994, the M-Shop won

the W.C. Handy Award for Best Blues Venue in the nation,” Taylor said. “And for the past several years it has won the Best in Story County Award for live entertainment. As one of Iowa’s longest running live music venues, the M-Shop has developed a reputation for bringing quality music and decent sized artists to Ames while maintaining an intimate listening atmosphere.”

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