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Jury hears arguments By Brent Griffiths brent-griffiths@uiowa.edu

DJs spin at Dance Marathon 18 in 2012 in the IMU. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)

The DJs of the Big Event have become a tradition themselves. By Brianna Jett brianna-jett@uiowa.edu

Hands flailing in the air, flashing lights dancing through the room, a mass of dancers thumping in rhythm to the pulsating music — the Dance Marathon DJs see it all. They conduct the crowd with their music, and they watch as events unfold behind the scenes. But the only thing they don’t see is an end to the phenomenon that Dance Marathon grew to be. The combined experience of this year’s four DJs stretches back to the very first Dance Marathon in 1995 and winds through all the following years. “It’s been awesome — it’s been phenomenal to see that many people get involved and stay involved,” said Jason Wells, also known as DJ NYJ, who started part-time in 1999. “I don’t really see an end in sight.” Four DJs will stand at the helm of this year’s Big Event: Don Black, Brad Munford, Jason Wells, and Troy Williams. “Honestly, they have been doing this for longer than I can remember,” said Ben Bordeaux, the events director of Dance Marathon. Don Black, also known as Big D, danced among the crowd at the very first Dance Marathon and never went back — instead he beSee dance marathon, 3a

DJ Troy Williams at Dance Marathon 18 during Power Hour in the IMU Main Lounge in 2012. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)

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After a long week, some individuals grab a few drinks and let loose for a couple of hours. However, there are some consequences that can arise from a little too much alcohol — especially when you can’t tell how much you’re drinking. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division launched a mobile site called CALCohol in November 2012. “Today the amount of alcohol is blurred among the lines of wine, beer, and liquor,” said Shannon Pogones, the education and outreach administrator of Iowa Alcoholic Beverage Division. CALCohol allows the user to calculate standard drink sizes and the number of alcohol servings per container. See CALCOHOL, 3a

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Beer bottles and playing cards sit on a coffee table during a house party on in 2010. (The Daily Iowan/Rachel Jessen)

Stories of the alleged victim’s life, a detailed timeline, and a past mistrial highlighted opening arguments Wednesday in Justin Marshall’s first-degree murder trial. Marshall, 22, is accused of slaying former Broadway Condominiums owner John Versypt in October 2009. Assistant Johnson County prosecutor Meredith Rich-Chappel focused her opening statements on a methodical timeline of Oct. 8, 2009, the day of the slaying, which she characterized as a “robbery gone wrong.” Her timeline began around 11 a.m., when Marshall woke up and listened to music on his computer. The sequence continued through 4:08 p.m., when an apartment resident discovered a wounded Versypt — who was checking on the property — and called 911. “You will hear [the resident] describe how he watched the man in the gray sweatshirt — John Versypt — take his last breath,” Rich-Chappel said. Rich-Chappel said officers quickly arrived and found a drill, picture frame, gun, and an open wallet next to Versypt. Police also saw what appeared to be a bullet wound on his right hand. The prosecution named potential witnesses who would both corroborate and add to her timeline, including the 40 minutes between the time Marshall left his aunt’s apartment, 3:30 p.m., and the time he returned, 4:14 p.m. One of those witnesses will be

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Want to know how your hamburger was treated before it made it to your plate? Simply pick up the phone. Consumers are increasingly curious about where their food comes from, and recognizing that trend, Iowa farmers in association with the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Pork Producers created the Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition Helpline, the first of its kind in the nation. Denny Harding — the executive director of the coalition — said it was created so consumers with questions about the care of animals who will become their food can seek answers. “So many of our consumers are three and maybe four generations removed from what’s going on on the farm,” Harding said. He said the coalition is prepared to answer questions about the proper care of animals as well as help address the incidents of marginal care of animals. “There could be some marginal care going around because the farmer may be going under financial stress,” he said. “If we can talk to them, we can maybe help.” If a farmer agrees, the coalition is prepared to send out an evaluation team from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to

access any concerns and make suggestions. Kathy Mellen, a University of Iowa lecturer in health and human physiology and registered dietitian, said the trend of consumers wanting to know more about where their food is coming from and how animals are treated doesn’t appear to be going away. “I hope it’s here to stay, and I think it is,” Mellen said. “I haven’t seen any regression in the trend in the last couple of years. It is a healthy trend. I think it’s OK for people to ask questions about where their food is coming from.” There is large discussion about food and how consumers relate to it that is occurring across the country, Mellen said, and animal care is a factor in the discussion alongside nutrition and accessibility. “I think that there are people who feel very strongly about knowing [about animal care],” she said. “I think that probably gets into something more philosophical. I think it’s all part of a big discussion.” She said she is not surprised the first coalition of this kind in the country started in Iowa. “I actually think that people don’t give us enough credit,” Mellen said. “I think outside of the state, perhaps people don’t think that Iowans care about where their food comes from. I think

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Farmer Steve Swenka’s cattle stand on a field on his farm near Tiffin on Wednesday. (The Daily Iowan/Jessica Payne) it will be interesting to see does the hotline then spread to other states.” Local cattle farmer Steve Swenka said the helpline is a great new resource for consumers who may have questions. “Naturally, people are curious, and consumers want to know and have the right to know about the food that is being placed in front of them,” he said. “So if there are ever any concerns that the general public may have, this is a great opportunity for consumers to get the info that they want and need. It’s just a simple phone call away.” Swenka said he would put the helpline in his toolbox in case he ever has questions. He said farmers care just as much, if not more, about the proper care of animals and that it is good for the public to be able to ask questions. “I think that’s great that there’s that curiosity or yearning for information,” he said.

Farm Helpline The Iowa Farm Animal Care Coalition Helpline was designed for consumers and farmers who have questions about animal care. • Consumers with questions about the raising of animals for food • Citizens with reports of animal neglect or harm • Farmers with concerns or questions relating to the care of their animals

“We want them to be reassured that the food they’re getting is a safe and wholesome supply. The proper care of livestock is upmost important to any cattle producer. Somebody who neglects their animals is probably just as upsetting to us as anybody you’d like to name.”

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office switched from paper to online complaints on Jan. 21. mandi-carozza@uiowa.edu

The Johnson County Sheriff ’s Office has a resolution to lose weight. This year, the office is shedding pounds of paper by posting daily complaints online instead of faxing paper copies to various agencies. Before the office made daily complaints available online, the staff was ankle-deep in paper. The office faxed hundreds of paper complaints last month alone, Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek told The Daily Iowan on Tuesday. “There were more than 300 indictable complaints that came in during the month of December 2012,” he said. Pulkrabek said the office is working to “take the burden off of staff ” by implementing a new complaints system that automatically uploads complaints online in PDF format. The complaints are available at the Johnson County Sheriff ’s Office

webpage. At a cost of approximately $250 in IT staff time, the Sheriff ’s Office’s complaints system eliminates any future need for people to fax complaints. And the Sheriff ’s Office isn’t the only one recycling the idea of paper and opting for electronic. “Johnson County is actually doing quite a bit to ‘green’ our daily government operations, and the Sheriff ’s Office is on the forefront,” said Josh Busard, Johnson County assistant planner and sustainability coordinator. “It is a strategic goal of the Board of Supervisors to be a leader in sustainability.” Among Johnson County’s sustainability goals are efforts to increase recycling and to make county buildings more sustainable. “We have tackled everything from making recycling easier for county employees to major capital-improvement projects to make our buildings more energy efficient,” Busard said.

“For example, the Health and Human Services Building is LEED certified, and we recently upgraded several facilities to LED lighting technology.” Similar to Johnson County’s sustainability efforts, the University of Iowa is making changes to reduce paper use. “I can tell you that at the UI, we have gone paperless in many areas, including our workflow process,” said Liz Christiansen, the director of the UI Office of Sustainability. According to the university’s 2011 sustainability report, the UI accepts almost all admissions applications online, and the copy paper purchases decreased 57 percent from fiscal 2005 to fiscal 2009. Not only is this switch from paper to electronic more sustainable, it is more productive. “It was very easy for us to set up,” the Johnson County IT Director Jean Schultz said about the Sheriff ’s Office new complaints system.

Though the Coralville police have yet to make the switch to paperless complaints, Chief of Police Barry Bedford said the department would like to do so. As far as Pulkrabek is concerned, the complaint system has no economic setbacks. “All positives,” he said. “It allows the electronic world to do the work that people were doing before.”

acts, and unlawful use of driver’s license. Kevin Carlson, 23, 707 Oakcrest Apt. B, was charged Jan. 18 with public intoxication. Korderro Carter, 16, Cedar Rapids, was charged Sunday with possession of drug paraphernalia. Kyle Engler, 19, 729 N. Dubuque St., was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication. Stephen Gray, 20, Cedar Rapids, was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication. Jamie Hunt, 27, Coralville, was charged Monday with OWI and assault on a peace officer. Jovany Jacques, 27, West Liberty, was charged Monday with driving

with a revoked license. Phillip Jeter, 40, Solon, was charged Jan. 17 with OWI. Phillip Kincheloe, 22, 924 N. Dodge St., was charged Jan. 22 with fifth-degree theft. Nicholas Kuebel, 20, 537 S. Van Buren St. No. C, was charged Jan. 19 with presence in a bar after hours. Michael Lynch, 19, 221 E. Church St., was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication. Adam Martinson, 39, Richfield, Minn., was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication and criminal trespassing. Jhon Merrick, 27, 321 Taft Ave., was charged Monday with fifth-de-

gree theft. Lauri Peterson, 20, 201 E. Burlington St. Apt. No. 515, was charged Jan. 19 with PAULA. Evan Poplin, 21, 516 S. Dodge St., was charged Monday with driving with a suspended/canceled license. Aaron Tang, 29, 602 S. Dubuque No. 2, was charged Nov. 15, 2012, with possession of drug paraphernalia. Drew Turner, 20, 729 N. Dubuque St., was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication. Samantha Wagner, 19, 404 S. Gilbert St. Apt. No. 811, was charged Tuesday with presence in a bar after hours.

Paper The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has moved from paper police complaints to electronic copies. • The change began on Monday. • This change will cost the department $250 in IT staff time . • The Iowa City City Council and the University of Iowa have also made the change to almost completely paperless operations. Source: Lonny Pulkrabek, Johnson County sheriff, Daily Iowan

BLOTTER Mark Ammirati, 21, 2483 Bittersweet Court, was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication. Brett Appleton, 24, North Liberty, was charged Monday with driving with a revoked license. Trisha Babbit, 28, 2230 Taylor Drive, was charged Jan. 17 with fifth-degree theft. Madeline Baffoe, 20, 223 E. Davenport St., was charged Jan. 19 with presence in a bar after hours. Molly Barrett, 19, 648 S. Dodge St. Apt. No. 3, was charged Jan. 18 with presence in a bar after hours. Adam Carlson, 20, 501 Bowery St. No. 1, was charged Jan. 19 with public intoxication, presence in a bar after hours, interfering with official

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News dance maRATHON Continued from FRONT came the DJ. “The one thing I never forgot is how bad the DJ was,” Black said. And these men take their job to keep the dancers dancing seriously. “It’s our job to keep people motivated and mov-

marshall Continued from FRONT Charles William Curtis Thompson, the 20-yearold originally charged with Versypt’s murder. After Thompson’s September 2011 trial ended in a mistrial, he pleaded guilty to accessory to a felony and signed documents stating he knew Marshall killed Versypt. The mistrial occurred after the prosecution played part of a videotaped interview with

calcohol Continued from FRONT “Products ready to drink can be calculated using CALCohol,” said Pogones. “If a product is around 24 ounces, they can have four to five drinks versus a product that is 12 ounces that has one drink.” However, CALCohol isn’t just aimed at consumers, it is also aimed to educate bar owners and licensees, Pogones said. Although CALCohol is at its preliminary stage, new develop-

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ing,” said Brad Munford, also known as DJ InZane. “If you play the right song in the right way, you can control the crowd in a way.” Their constant energy feeds into the crowd. “Seeing those guys and their positive energy is always uplifting,” Bordeaux said. “There’s never a moment when you look at them and they’re not having fun.” In the early years, Black

brought in friends and grew a team of DJs that have returned every year they were able. This year Black is returning to the Big Event Feb. 1 for the first time in about nine years. “It kind of became our yearly pilgrimage,” Munford said. This year, Black is traveling from Lansing, Mich., and Munford is traveling from Kansas City, Kan. “As long as they keep wanting us back, we’ll be

there in a heartbeat,” Munford said. Officials in charge of the Big Event are happy to have them. “They’ve been our loyal DJs throughout the years,” Bordeaux said. “People always look forward to seeing those guys.” The DJs are just as attached to Dance Marathon. “If you go through one, you’re always attached to it,” Black said. “I still feel attached to it — I still feel

like it’s my baby.” The men volunteer their time in the best way they know how. “We fell in love with what people were doing,” Munford said. “It’s our way of giving back. We all see it that way.” While the crowd will see their enthusiasm, they may miss the undercurrent of good-natured competition between the DJs. “We get up there, and we try to out do each other,” he

said. And it only makes them better. “For me, it kind of pumps me up,” Wells said. Dance Marathon continues to grow every year — and these men aren’t surprised. They witnessed the point of no return. “There was a year when the switch sort of switched in Iowa City,” Munford said. “That was the tipping point between what it was and what it has become.”

Thompson that officials agreed would not be shown to the jury. Rich-Chappel attempted to discredit Marshall’s story by noting a number of different instances in which he has changed his account. She concluded her argument by alleging Marshall changed clothes after the shooting. Thompson will testify he saw Marshall taking the clothes he wore before the shooting in a bag to the dumpster outside the complex, Rich-Chappel said. Thomas Gaul, Mar-

shall’s attorney, focused his opening statements on the “long, intensive investigation” that originally charged Thompson with murder. “The state pulls the trigger, and it doesn’t miss, and it doesn’t hit — misfire,” he said, forming his fingers into a shape of a gun. “When the trigger’s pulled, and it’s a misfire, all of a sudden Charles Thompson suddenly remembers things.” Gaul continued by asserting the state’s case relies on witness like Thompson who had an in-

centive to testify against Marshall. William Freeman, Carl Louis Johnson Jr., and Antonio Martin, who were all facing federal drug charges, met Marshall in prison and will testify against him. “They don’t give a rat’s ass about justice; they just care about getting time off their sentence,” he said. Prosecutors also painted a picture for the 16 jurors by presenting Versypt’s life before the alleged murder. “John met his wife on a blind date and helped build the house he and his

wife lived in,” Rich-Chappel said. “He also kept in mint condition his 50-foot RV, and they picked up a magnet for each state they visited.” After nearly two full

days of jury selection, the prosecution is scheduled to begin presenting evidence today. The trial is scheduled to last two weeks. Marshall faces life in prison if he is convicted.

ments are being made so it could be easily accessed. “Iowa interactive is working on making a phone app, but right now, we are still trying to get feedback and the word out,” Pogones said. Although CALCohol can be useful, the community is still uncertain about how much the site will be used. “I don’t know if it will result in making any lower risk choices, but for people who don’t want to drink as much will find it helpful,” said Kelly Bender, the University of Iowa’s community harm reduction initiatives coordinator.

CALCohol is helpful as an education tool, but there are other precautions that have been useful for years. Local bar owners ensure their employees monitor the alcohol content in a drink. “We train our employees to heavily monitor the amount of alcohol in a drink,” said Bo-James owner Leah Cohen. Other local bar owners have taken the same precautions when it comes to serving alcoholic beverages, including training from both the manager and from the state. “All employees must be

I-PACT certified, and we also provided extensive training,” said George Etre, owner of Formosa and Takanami. I-PACT is an alcohol compliance training provided by the state of Iowa. However, bars cannot just be accounted for when monitoring the amount of alcohol a consumer consumes. UI students said they had doubts about how much the site would be used. “I think it sounds like a good idea and will work for some people, but I personally wouldn’t use it,” said UI student Karina McGowan.

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League calls for gun control Our national attention since December wrightly has been focused on the shooting deaths of 20 elementary school students and six adults in Newtown, Conn. But deaths from gun violence are not limited to that tragic event. In our country, 34 victims are murdered with guns every day. Deaths from traffic accidents are dropping, while firearm-related fatalities are rising. Americans are more likely to use a firearm in acts of violence than in 16 other developed nations. Gun violence rose Bullet casings lay on the floor of the West Liberty Gun Club shooting range after a rifle shooting competition 43 percent in Cedar Rapin 2011. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) ids last year; 22 people were shot, and two died There are many things gun permits, improved county sheriffs in issuing from their injuries. the public can do to mental-health measures, gun permits and allowing The Leagues of Women influence strengthening of a permanent director for open carry of hand guns Voters of the U.S. and gun controls. The League the Bureau of Alcohol, and long guns. Some local Iowa have long-standing of Women Voters urges Tobacco, Firearms, and sheriffs believe this has positions reached by conmeasures to ban assault Explosives, startup of resulted in gun permits sensus of our members in basic research by the Cen- weapons, limit magazine being issued to questionsupport of commonsense size, close the loophole able applicants. Somehow ters for Disease Control gun control. for buying guns without strengthening gun-control and Prevention on gun The group’s board in violence as a public-health a background check at laws does not appear on Johnson County has gun shows, and mandate lists of the top priorities of issue (long blocked by reviewed these positions annual reporting on gun Congress and the gun our Legislature. and is in agreement that violence in America. lobby), and many others. If you think our state the time is long overdue If you agree, please conThe president has to enact sensible gun laws legislators should look tact our representatives in called on Congress to at gun-control issues, that protect the public. Congress about these or require background attend one of the League Public opinion (51-84 any of the other proposals checks on all gun sales, percent as polled by Roper legislative forums held on reinstate a ban on assault mentioned above: Rep. the last Saturday of each in January) is calling for Dave Loebsack, 351-0789; month. Check our website weapons (which expired action. The state and city Sen. Tom Harkin, 1-319in 2004), limit the size of for details and contact of New York have quickly 365-4504; Sen. Charles ammunition magazines information for Johnson adopted strengthened Grassley, 1-319-363-6832. to 10 rounds, prohibit arCounty legislators: http:// laws. mor-piercing bullets, conIn Iowa, Johnson Coun- lwvjc.org. firm his appointment of a On Jan. 15, the presty legislators do not expect  Carol Spaziani, Vice President, Barbara Beaumont, President permanent director for the ident adopted 23 execthe Legislator to take Writing on behalf of the Board of firearms bureau (also long utive orders addressing much action, despite new Directors of the League of Women blocked by Congress and improved data collection Iowa laws passed in 2011 Voters of Johnson County the gun lobby). for background checks for weakening discretion of LETTERS TO THE EDITOR may be sent via email to daily.iowan.letters@gmail.com (as text, not as attachment). Each letter must be signed and include an address and phone number for verification. Letters should not exceed 300 words. The DI will publish only one letter per author per month. Letters will be chosen for publication by the editors according to space considerations. No advertisements or mass mailings, please. GUEST OPINIONS that exceed 300 words in length must be arranged with the Opinions editor at least three days prior to the desired date of publication. Guest opinions are selected in accordance with word length, subject relevance, and space considerations. READER COMMENTS that may appear below were originally posted on dailyiowan.com in response to published material. They will be chosen for print publication when they are deemed to be well-written and to forward public discussion. They may be edited for length and style.

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Diversity policy’s concerns should not be ignored

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he Iowa City City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Iowa City School District revenue purpose statement, which addresses socioeconomic and enrollment imbalances in the district. The School District’s revenue purpose statement is a legal document that guarantees the district power over currently gathered sales taxes for the purposes it sees will best accommodate the schools and students. Without the new statement, the district would be unable to make long-term plans and investments; the current statement expires in 2017. The revenue statement has the full support of the City Council, and it should be supported by voters in the School District. It is a necessary step in ensuring that local schools remain under the control of local community members and help to address socioeconomic inequalities that plague the schools. Though the policy’s passage is necessary, the Daily Iowan Editorial Board believes the complications and controversies surrounding the issue cannot be ignored. “I do think that we as a council should think about ways in which we can better increase the socioeconomic balance throughout neighborhoods and therefore throughout the School District,” Mayor Matt Hayek said. “It’s a complicated thing, but I support the resolution.” For example, of the 19 elementary schools in the district, six have more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunches. More disconcerting is the widespread disparity among the schools, with some schools having fewer than 10 percent and others having more than 70 percent of their students on the programs. The schools with the highest rates of students receiving nutrition assistance are also those schools with the greatest numbers of students choosing to

open-enroll at different schools. According to a survey done by the district, the most common reason for leaving schools is overcrowded classes. Among the many negative outcomes of high poverty rates in schools are lower test scores from students in high poverty schools, decreased likelihood of graduating, and less effectiveness on part of high-quality teachers. Poverty does not only affect the students, it affects the faculty and it affects the whole community. Parents and community members must all work together to confront the problem and improve our schools. The first step is endorsing the revenue purpose statement, but the efforts must not stop there. “It’s not clearly spelled out, and I am going to have to trust that they will be fair,” said City Councilor Connie Champion regarding the manner in which the School District will use the funds. “I think there is a real unfairness in the physical structures of the buildings, and I have talked to the School Board about that, and I feel very strongly in that we need to try to equalize physical structures.” Champion served on the School Board for nine years before becoming a city councilor. “There are multiple implementation tools available to the district,” Hayek said “Those include redrawing boundaries, offering magnet schools with special programing and special opportunities, and those things are attractive to people.” The community must ensure we maintain control over the tax revenue we provide, but we must continue to discuss and debate the merits of the proposals to improve our schools. A strong education builds up communities, so it is up to this community to provide a strong education for our students.

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Sleepers beware By Sri Ponnada sriharshita-ponnada@uiowa.edu

The Board of Trustees at the Iowa City Public Library is now considering changing the library’s policy to prohibit sleeping after receiving numerous complaints from patrons. Although I did have great adventures during my sleep in my high-school library, I’m afraid I have crossed over to the other side. The proposed ban should be passed. Kara Logsdon, the library’s community and access services coordinator, said this is not a new issue. It’s just been brought up again because many people say it affects their comfort at the library. In 2001, during a regular policy review, staff recommendations included banning sleeping in the library, but the board chose not to change the policy at that time. “We had a number of meetings to figure out what to do,” Logsdon said. “We keep coming back to: What is the purpose of the library?” According to library board’s literature, the purpose of the conduct policy is “to maintain a safe and pleasant environment for all library patrons.” It also states that patrons have the responsibility to use the library in a manner

that doesn’t interfere with other individuals’ rights to use library materials, resources and services. But how do you feel about sitting down to enjoy a novel or write a paper when there’s someone snoring next to you? “Sleeping is a very private thing to do,” Logsdon said. “When someone is sleeping, they are changing the atmosphere of the library, and often [other] people change their behavior.” Some people are concerned that the ban is targeted at homeless people. The homeless aren’t the only ones sleeping at the library, though. Logsdon emphasized that should the ban be enforced, it will be done so uniformly. In fact, a survey of large, urban libraries in Iowa shows that five of the seven libraries that responded ban sleeping. Logsdon fears, though, that the ban, if enforced, might create the perception that the library is not a welcoming place. “We are very committed to our community,” she said. “The people who work here are very compassionate and caring, and we just want to do the right thing for the entire community.” It might seem nearly impossible to keep your eyes open sitting in a comfy couch in the midst of rows of, well, books. However, beware — you may find yourself being hexed by a vengeful voracious reader while you doze off. After all, the library is a public place, not your bedroom.

A little perspective By Jon Overton Jon-overton@uiowa.edu

Great news: Gov. Terry Branstad recommended that public universities in Iowa get more funding to extend the ongoing tuition freeze. And the state Board of Regents called it “a tremendous win for Iowa’s students and families” in a response to the governor’s budget proposal. But before we throw a celebratory campus-wide keg party, we need a little perspective on the cost of tuition. The Project on Student Debt reported that the average UI graduate in 2011 owed more than $27,000 in student loans. The Iowa Fiscal Partnership found in a policy brief that between 2000 and 2011, tuition rose by 75 percent for average Iowa students at public four-year universities. Data from Iowa Workforce Development and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed that Iowa’s median household income remained flat over the same period after inflation. So why is tuition so expensive? The answer is

complicated and fuzzy, but as the Iowa Fiscal Partnership noted in the same brief, it probably relates to the state government’s appropriations to Iowa’s three state universities dropping by 40 percent from 2000 to 2011, forcing schools to increasingly shift the cost of education on to students. Branstad’s recommendation is as much of a “tremendous” win for Iowa as is getting mugged and stabbed but living. The cost of public higher education has become so prohibitively expensive that students, many of them in their early 20s, are being saddled with crippling debt that takes years to pay off. Iowa has a budget surplus of $800 million, but naturally, our elected officials are bickering about spending it on tax cuts. The status quo is clearly unjust, and a tuition freeze will only keep it alive. Our state government is in a position to help, and its failure to actively decrease tuition for public university students is entirely disgraceful. A tuition freeze doesn’t come close to “a tremendous win for Iowa’s students and families.” The state government must work to substantially decrease public university students’ education costs. Only then can we throw one hell of a party as only we at the UI can pull off.

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UI gets Asian sorority Women’s combat ban lifted The University of Iowa’s colony chapter of Delta Phi Lambda was founded on Nov. 18, 2012.

(From left to right) Sorority President Vanessa Au stands with Lisa Thai, Miller Thammavongsa, and Jasmine Li outside the IMU on Wednesday. Their new sorority, Delta Phi Lambda, will begin recruiting Jan. 27. (The Daily Iowan/ Nicholas Fanelli)

By Layla Pena layla-pena@uiowa.edu

When Lisa Thai started her freshman year at the University of Iowa last fall, she had no intentions of joining any of the sororities on campus. It was not until a friend, UI junior Vanessa Au, approached her about starting a chapter of the Asian interest sorority Delta Phi Lambda that Thai reconsidered. “I wanted to be involved with the community and express my interest for Asian awareness,” Thai said. “After looking through the Delta Phi Lambda website, I thought it was a good organization to express my interest and to also be more social.” Thai, Au and five other women founded the UI colony chapter of Delta Phi Lambda on Nov. 18, 2012. Au currently serves as the chapter’s president, and Thai is the vice president of records. Prior to being recognized as a colony of the organization, the group was known as E.I.G.H.T, an Asian-interest group on campus founded in 2009. After three years of struggle and tireless searching for a sorority that fit the group’s interests and values, the women found their match. They decided upon Delta Phi Lambda, an Asian-interest sorority established at the University of Georgia in 1998. The sorority is not only the university’s first Asian-interest sorority, it is also the first of its kind in the state. Purdue University is the only other Big Ten school that has a Delta Phi Lambda chapter. The Multicultural Greek Council, which includes Delta Phi Lambda, has considerably fewer members than the sororities within the Panhellenic Council at Iowa. Kelly Jo Karnes, associate director of the Center for

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Student Involvement and Leadership, said whereas the average membership of a multicultural chapter is 20 to 25 members, the average membership for a Panhellenic sorority is 110. While there are not an overwhelming number of Asian-interest greek members or organizations, Karnes believes this is a changing. “We’re seeing a huge surge across the country in terms of culturally based groups,” she said. “There have been historically Asian chapters on the West Coast since the 1920s. They’re not exactly new. They’re just taking a little while to get to the Midwest.” This surge in multicultural greek organizations is not unique to Asian-interest groups. Iowa is also home to six traditionally African American fraternities and sororities, two historically Latino organizations, and two progressive LGBT organizations. Karnes believes that multicultural organizations are an important part of campus life, and she vowed to ensure Delta Phi Lambda’s success. “Multicultural chapters are beneficial to students whose culture is really important to them and still want the social aspect of greek life,” she said. “It’s a mix of both worlds and it’s a really nice way for them to do that.” Although Delta Phi Lambda currently only has seven members, they hope that their commitment to Asian awareness and philanthropy will be attractive to students with similar interests during their recruitment next week. “It’s important for us to continuously expand to support the growing cultural community on campus, especially with so many international students,” Au said. “We want to create a place

for us to expand our culture by learning from each other while creating a family away from home for our members.”

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of frontline positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday. The changes, set to

be announced today by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, will not happen overnight. The services must now develop plans for allowing women to seek the combat positions, a senior military official said. Some jobs may open as soon as this year, while assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALS

and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer. The services will have until January 2016 to make a case to that some positions should remain closed to women. The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.


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ARIES (March 21–April 19) You may have to appease someone you care about. Emotional matters will escalate if you aren’t willing to back down or at least compromise. Helping a cause is fine but not if it affects a close relationship. Pick and choose your battles wisely. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) Communicate — you will get your point across. Love is on the rise, and making future plans will bring you closer together. Someone is likely to call your bluff or ask for a commitment. Your timing must be impeccable. GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Someone will offer you poor advice or information. Do your own research before you make a decision that will alter your reputation. Keep life simple, honor your commitments, and you will find workable solutions for any troublesome encounter you face. CANCER (June 21–July 22) Determination will get you where you want to go, but don’t be foolish and overspend to make an impression. Only offer what you can afford. Giving in to demands will set you back and cause a problem with someone you love. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22) A business trip or meeting will pay off as long as you are consistent and stay within your means. A partnership can help you meet the demands being put on you but only if you are both willing to share responsibilities equally. VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Give others a chance to express what they would like to see happen before you make a decision that affects others. Networking will pay off in terms of the people you connect with and the information you receive. Love is highlighted. LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22) Don’t let an emotional situation stop you from doing what’s right. Only offer what’s feasible, and be prepared to do things a little differently in order to reach desired results. An element of surprise will help you grab the attention of someone important. SCORPIO (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) Stick to the people you know you can trust. Sharing information with someone unfamiliar will lead to a loss. Stick close to home, and explore some of the creative ideas you would like to flesh out and put into play in the future. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21) Don’t sit there waiting for someone else to make the first move. Follow your instincts, and do what’s best for you. Altering the way you live can result in greater opportunities. Be open to suggestions — but follow your heart. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) Size up your situation, and you will soon see a right way and a wrong way to proceed. You have to be true to your ethics and morals even if it means letting someone down. Truth will lead you in the right direction. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) It may take a little work, but if you look hard enough, you will find a solution for a sticky situation you face with a friend or relative. Spend time at home creating a space that will lead to extra income or comfort. PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20) You are in the groove, and people will take notice of what you do. Mix practicality with ingenuity and interesting concepts, and you will create a buzz that will result in getting the support and help you need. Romance is highlighted.

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Fire wipes out East Side Iowa City Dental Lab A total of 34 firefighters were on scene Tuesday evening. By Tom Clos thomas-clos@uiowa.edu

A building on Iowa City’s East Side went up in flames within minutes due to a kitchen mishap, destroying one of the city’s health institutions in the process. The Dental Lab, 1515 Jackson Ave., was closed when at approximately 7:30 p.m. a woman who lived in the back of the building reportedly fell asleep while cooking French fries. The flames eventually engulfed most of the residential-style building, but the woman was able to make it out unscathed. No one was reportedly injured. As of about 11:30 p.m., 34 emergency responders were still working to put out the fire. Dental Lab Vice President Brian Hartley, who wasn’t at the house at the time, said everything had been shut off per standard protocol. He felt it was the result of simply one big kitchen-related accident. “I turned off all the Bunsen burners and machines,” he said. “It’s just silly because it was French fries from the back apartment.” The Dental Lab is a manufacturer of dental products, primarily dentures. “It’s a family business that operated for over 50 years, and I have a lot of memories of that building,” Hartley said. “This is also our second location; the first one actually burnt down at a downtown location years ago.” The amount of damage is as yet unknown, and

dreamers Continued from front that Iowa DOT reconsidered its stance. “I’m very happy to hear that, and I’m really glad that it has changed its decision, and I think it’s a big step forward,” said Veronica Guevara, a member of the University of Iowa Association of Latinos Moving Ahead. Deferred action is not citizenship, but it relieves the person from fear of deportation and grants access to a Social Security number, and in most states, the right to apply for a driver’s license. This is because of legislation referred to as the DREAM Act, giving those individuals the common name “DREAMers.” President Obama announced in June that the administration would grant deferred action to those qualified by the DREAM Act legislation. Some of these qualifications include attending high school or graduating, being free of significant misdemeanors or felonies, and having grown up in the United States. However, since Congress has not officially voted for the act, it exists only as an executive order, meaning states have the right to ignore parts, or all, of the order. Last month, the DOT said that under Iowa law, people who were granted deferred action under Obama’s order would not be given driver’s licenses. Iowa was one of four states to ignore the order until Wednesday.

Firefighters battle the blaze at 1515 Jackson Ave. Tuesday. (The Daily Iowan/ Tom Clos) the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Hartley knew, however, that he would have a lot on his plate from a financial standpoint for at least the near future. “It’s hard to say with all of the equipment how much it will all cost,” he said. “We’ll be talking with the insurance people with the next couple of days to try and figure it out.” Hartley said he knows his customers aren’t going to wait around forever for his company to figure things out. He just hoped they would allot them enough time to regroup. “We have like 60 dentists we do work for,” Hartley said. “We just hope all of our clients will be patient with us.” Now, for the third time, the Dental Lab will be forced to find another new home. “We make dentures here,” Hartley said. “But we aren’t going to make them here anymore.” DITV reporter Jovana Simic contributed to this story

According to a press release, DOT Director Paul Trombino maintained that DREAMers were “not authorized to be here” as late as December. According to a DOT press release, today’s decision comes after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Homeland Security issued changed guidance on Jan. 18. The reversed decision also comes after many months of protest from civil-rights groups. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa wrote Trombino in December asking the DOT to reconsider its stance. “They’re here legally, they have to drive, especially in this weather, it only has a positive impact on our society,” said Veronica Fowler, the communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union. Gov. Terry Branstad expressed support of the decision; however, he believed the issue should be decided legislatively, Fowler said. Only Michigan, Nebraska, and Arizona now continue to decline licenses to these young people. Jessica Padilla, president of the UI Association of Latinos Moving Ahead, believes granting licenses is a positive change. She said she doesn’t think granting qualifying individuals with the state-issued drivers license will have a negative effect on the driving situation in the state. “I personally have friends who are DREAMers, and they are happy that they can work and come out of the shadows, but they can’t be expected to walk everywhere,” she said.


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Sports men’s basketball Continued from 10a White, who’s normally a sure-handed foul shooter at 73 percent, went a combined 8-of-18 from the foul line in the team’s trio of losses. The forward has put a lot of pressure and responsibility on himself to come through in the clutch. “I was really disap-

Men’s Track Continued from 10a over in the 60 because this year, it’s just me and him.” Being the only two sprinters who run the 60-meter dash has given each of them someone to compete against on a dayto-day basis. Both runners agreed that what moti-

Women’s Track Continued from 10a this past summer for her improvements. “I worked really hard this summer. I trained here for two-months straight,” she said. “The heat was awful. I would go out and throw when it was 100 degrees outside, but obviously it all paid off.” Gulvas isn’t the only Hawkeye winning titles. Simpson took the title in last weekends’ Adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb. “It motivates you to get there first,” she said.

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pointed with myself for the Michigan State game, I could’ve sealed it with 34 seconds left,” White said following the Hawkeyes win over Wisconsin. “I’ve really been focusing on making them in practice and shooting them extra.” Not all has been lost for the Black and Gold from the free-throw line in the early league season thus far however. The Hawkeyes took advantage of their late trips to foul line and go-

ing 24-of-29 as a team in a NCAA Tournament résumé boosting 70-66 victory over the Badgers Jan. 19. “We have good freethrow shooters, and [against Wisconsin] we were able to make those big ones,” Senior Eric May said following the victory. “It’s something we work on every day.” But with the Big Ten being so tough and each win seemingly coming at a premium, late-game performances are going

to be crucial over the final seven weeks of the season. Free throws will likely determine Iowa’s fate in many of its upcoming contests, and so far the future doesn’t look particularly bright. “After the Michigan State loss, guys were taking shooting free throws a lot more seriously in practice,” Marble said. “Normally, we’re a good free-throw shooting team, but we’ve missed the ones that have counted.”

vates them to excel is each other. Mincy said he and Larney trade words of competition in practice to push each other to their limits. “I know that every single day I have to come in here and work because [Mincy] is working so hard,” Larney said. “If I take a day off, then he’s going to pass me into terms of work ethic. You’ve got to keep up your work ethic when it

comes to a guy like that.” Roberts credited the Iowa coaching staff as the reason the program has had such quality sprinters recently. “I think we’ve got coaches that work hard,” Roberts said. “I don’t think a lot of people think that Iowa is going to be a hotbed for sprinters, but we get good kids here. We work very hard to coach them and put

them in situations where they can succeed.” Even though Austin isn’t with the team for the indoor season, both Mincy and Larney will do all they can to keep the records coming. “Without him, we still feel pretty confident,” Mincy said. “When we get him back for outdoors, its just going to be that much more magical.”

“We’re all happy for each other when we do well, and we’re all throwing well, but at the same time we all want that top spot. It’s a nice push and pull to one up your teammates but to also want them to do well.” Gulvas agreed. She’s a fan of a little friendly competition. “We get along so well, and when someone beats someone else, it’s all about support,” Gulvas said at the intrasquad meet. “I feel like as long as we continue to [get] [personal records], it will only make us better. It’s never a negative thing.” On a team that has 23 freshmen, only one of them is a thrower — Ha-

leigh Theuerkauf. Iowa’s depth at this position has proven vital for competitions. “Our event group is definitely more experienced, and that helps going into competitions,” Simpson said. “We’re more settled into competition, and we can compete for titles and that record, it’s a different mindset.” This depth is not only providing competition-day experience for the team, it also produces points. Four out of the top-five weight throwers were Hawkeyes at the Adidas Classic, giving Iowa 22 points out of the 31 points awarded at the competition. Anderson was content with the outing but keeps expecta-

tions high for his throwers. “We’re looking for consistency and performances at or around that 60-foot mark, and if we can get them competing at that level every weekend, it’ll give them a chance to get to that 61 or 62 feet,” he said. Anderson believes when they combine the experience and training the Hawk throwers have, they can make a push for more records. “We think this group is ready to do it,” he said. “Everything is in place for these girls to do well. It comes down to execution and throwing the weight as far as you can in competition.”

Down Under experience boosts Hawkeye field-hockey player Hawkeye fieldhockey player returns to Iowa City after a stint with Team USA in Australia. By Cody Goodwin cody-goodwin@uiowa.edu

Dani Hemeon sat inside the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex in seemingly better shape than most of her other field-hockey teammates. She smiled big, likely trying to conceal any sense of jet lag that might have remained. But Hemeon’s newly tanned skin couldn’t be hidden. There was no attempt — much like there was no hesitation when she was asked about her recent trip to Australia to compete with the USA U21 Junior National Field Hockey squad. “It was awesome. It was such a cool experience,” she said. “I can’t even explain it. It was just so cool.” The Hawkeye sophomore returned Monday from a trip to the Down Under with the U.S. junior women’s field-hockey team. There, a team composed of 17 field-hockey prospects — 21 and under — competed at the U21 New Zealand Tour from Jan. 8-12 before moving on to compete in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival from Jan. 14-20. The New Zealand Tour consisted of four games against the New Zealand junior women’s team. Hemeon and Team USA flourished, earning a 3-1 record. The Gilroy, Calif., native said the series was a good buildup to the competition the players would face in Australia.

Iowa’s Dani Hemeon plays against Penn State during the Big Ten Tournament at Grant Field on Nov. 2, 2012. (The Daily Iowan/Sumei Chen) “New Zealand’s a great team,” Hemeon said. “But like, China and Australia and Great Britain are probably, I’d say, better. So it was a good test series to work on all the little things.” Fine-tuning their technique became crucial during the New Zealand games for Team USA. Hemeon said the whole team only gathered for a few days for a training camp in Southern California before flying down to play the Kiwis. But Australia provided a different, tougher test for the USA’s junior team — one that showcased a different kind of field hockey, Hemeon said. China’s junior team displayed a new level of speed and cruised to a 5-2 win over the U.S. Australia gained momentum at the end of the first half to rally for a 4-2 victory over America’s team. On their final day of competition, Team USA nearly clipped the team from Great Britain but lost a

heartbreaker in overtime. Though an 0-3 record didn’t necessarily please Hemeon and her team, it was the learning experience that would serve as motivation for her. “It was definitely a really good growing experience,” she said. “It was really good to get this competition in … We definitely learned a lot.” Hemeon’s experience generated a huge smile from Iowa field-hockey head coach Tracey Griesbaum. She said this kind of opportunity isn’t one that comes often for many women in the sport, and she supported her athlete from the beginning of the process. This Team USA episode is also a good way to help raise the level of the Iowa field-hockey practices. Hemeon’s representation in the red, white and blue uniform — wearing the actual USA jersey was her favorite part of the entire adventure — will likely help motivate Hemeon’s teammates to some day join her. “We

all sat down at a meeting and went over what we all did over the winter break,” Griesbaum said. “And she was the only one who got to play organized hockey.” There’s a Hawkeye lineage on the USA field-hockey team, both at the junior and senior levels. One of the more recent members of Team USA happens to be one of Hemeon’s coaches, Meghan Beamesderfer. She traveled to Ireland in late September to compete with the U.S. Developmental Field-Hockey Team. The assistant coach agreed that this experience cannot only benefit the individual who takes part but in the whole team as well. “It’s definitely the highest level of field hockey you can get,” Beamesderfer told The Daily Iowan on Sept. 19, 2012. “Hopefully, [the experience] will help me get these girls to play at a higher level, too.”


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N’western stuns Minn., 55-48 By ANDREW SELIGMAN Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. — Jared Swopshire scored 16 points to lead Northwestern to a 55-48 victory over No. 12 Minnesota on Wednesday night. In a game in which baskets were hard to come by at times, the Wildcats (128, 3-4 Big Ten) made just enough shots down the stretch to beat a ranked opponent for the second time in three games while sending the Gophers (15-4, 3-3) to their third-straight loss. Alex Marcotullio made a 3-pointer midway through the second half to give Northwestern a 1-point lead

and start the decisive 13-2 run. Reggie Hearn scored 13 points after averaging 21 in the previous two games. Tre Demps added 10 points, and the Wildcats shook off a loss to Indiana and took out another ranked team to go with their victory over thenNo. 23 Illinois last week. They prevailed despite getting outrebounded 45-31 because they held Minnesota to its lowest point total of the season. The Gophers got 14 points and 16 rebounds from Trevor Mbakwe but had little else going for them. They shot 33.3 percent and were 5-of-19 on 3-pointers, missing 12 in a row before Andre

Hollins hit one with 35 seconds left. That made it 52-48, but Hearn made 3-of-4 freethrows to preserve the win. The Wildcats were trailing 39-37 after a dunk off an alley-oop pass by the Gophers’ Rodney Williams when Marcotullio nailed a 3 with 10:25 left to give the Wildcats a 40-39 lead and start the decisive run. Demps buried a 3 from the corner about 3 minutes later and followed that with two free throws to make it a 6-point game. A pivoting Joe Coleman then made a jumper, ending about a five-minute scoreless drought, but Alex Olah and Swopshire followed

with layups to keep the run going. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith questioned his team’s effort following the loss to Michigan, and he probably wasn’t thrilled with what he saw in the early going. The Gophers led 27-24 at halftime even though they shot just 29 percent and cooled off in a big way from the outside after a promising start. They made four 3-pointers in the early going but were just 4-of-3 in the half. And neither team was connecting at the free throw line in the early going, with Minnesota making 5-of-10 and Northwestern 7-of-15. Despite all that, the Go-

Minnesota guard Maverick Ahanmisi (13), guard Andre Hollins (1), and forward Trevor Mbakwe walk on the court during the second half of the game against Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on Wednesday. Northwestern won 55-48. (Associated Press/Nam Y. Huh) phers were leading 27-19 after a 9-2 spurt that Mbakwe started with a rebound dunk and finished with a three-point play in the lane with 4:45 left. But with Minnesota

going cold, the Wildcats hung in even though they weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard and were within 3 at the half after Demps’ jumper from the wing at the buzzer.


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Free throws bite Hawks The Hawkeyes have lived, but, more times than not, died from the free-throw line through six games of Big Ten Play.

Tevin-Cee Mincy and Josh Larney are attempting to replace record-holding sprinter Justin Austin.

By Tom Clos thomas-clos@uiowa.edu

Many college basketball teams around the country live and die by the 3 pointer. The Iowa men’s basketball team on the other hand, has lived and died by the free throw. Through six Big Ten contests, the Hawkeyes have either won or lost four games from the charity stripe — the lone exceptions being their blowout loss at Michigan Jan 6 and romping victory at Northwestern Jan 13. As a whole, the Black and Gold are one of the most efficient squads from the line — their 70.3 free-throw percentage is fifth best in the Big Ten. But in those aforementioned instances that were made or broken from freethrow land, only once have the Hawkeyes used their foul-shooting prowess when it counted most. The first such occurrence was in Iowa’s 69-65 Big Ten opening loss to then No. 5 Indiana on Dec. 31. Junior guard Devyn Marble missed a crucial free throw with 2:05 to go that ended up keeping the Hoosiers ahead by 3 points instead of 2 — a lead they did not relinquish. The most egregious examples of foul-shot meltdowns, however, were yet to come in the Black and Gold’s losses to then No. 22 Michigan State Dec. 31 and most recently No. 14 Ohio State on Tuesday. Leading the Spartans 5553 with 1:34 remaining in the game, junior forward Melsahn Basabe, sophomore forward Aaron White, and freshman guard Anthony Clemmons combined to miss four free throws while Michigan State went 7-of-7 from the line the rest of the way in

Dashing after records By Tommy Reinking thomas-reinking@uiowa.edu

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan watches forward Aaron White shoot free throws in the final minute in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 19. The Hawkeyes’ free-throw shooting helped them hold on to beat Wisconsin, but they followed it up with a poor effort from the line against Ohio State on Tuesday. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley) the 62-59 defeat. Against the Buckeyes, Iowa posted a paltry 13-of-26 performance in free-throw attempts, more than 21 percentage points below its season average. Each one of the team’s 13 misses proved de-

cisive when a late Hawkeye rally fell short in a 72-63 loss in Columbus. “It is so critical that when you play teams that are ranked that you execute our offense,” Iowa head coach Fran Mc-

Caffery said following his team’s fall to the Buckeyes Tuesday. “[Free throws] were an issue against Michigan State and down the stretch against Indiana.” See men’s basketball, 8a

Hoopsters set to badger Wisconsin The Iowa women’s basketball team will use its momentum from a win against ranked Purdue. By Ben Ross

See MEN’S TRACK, 8A

Throwing their weight The throwers on the Iowa women’s track and field team are striving for not only titles, but also records.

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It will be business as usual for the Iowa women’s basketball team tonight when the Hawks take on Wisconsin, 14 days after beating the Badgers, 65-56, in Madison. “I feel like it’s kind of weird. It feels like we just played them,” senior guard Jaime Printy said. “But at the same time, it’s kind of beneficial because we remember what they like to do, who are their best players, who we need to key in on. We’re familiar with how they play, and playing them so close together, it’s definitely fresh in our memory.” All those sound like good things when one takes into account the fact that Iowa, with a 3-2 conference record, remains a serious contender for a Big Ten title during a time when the conference has four teams ranked in the top 25. Iowa, even with five wins against ranked opponents, received just four votes to be ranked in the most recent polls. Even though the Badgers currently reside in the bowels of the conference in terms of Big Ten record, Iowa cannot afford any hiccups if it is to receive any love from the press in terms of a ranking. In other words, the Hawkeyes can’t lose games they have no business losing. Still, the Black and Gold have their work cut out for them, and they know it. At least that’s what sophomore guard Sam Logic said. “We’re really excited to get back on the floor again after Sunday, trying to

Coming into this indoor season, the Iowa men’s track team had a hole to fill in the 60-meter dash. Record-holder Justin Austin can’t compete because he has no indoor eligibility left. What Iowa has now are two more record-holders in junior Tevin-Cee Mincy and senior Josh Larney, who are trying to pick up right where Austin left off. “I don’t know if you can replace an athlete like Austin,” Larney said. “He’s a very talented sprinter. You see that type of talent and think it’s crazy. It forces you to work harder.” Before Austin lost his eligibility, he was one of the best sprinters to ever run for the Black and Gold. He set the record in the 60-meter dash at Iowa in the Big Ten meet in 2011 with a time of 6.69 seconds. Assistant track coach and director of recruiting Clive Roberts said it’s common, but not frequent, to see older tracksters be ineligible for the indoor season. Reasons for ineligibility include redshirting early in a career or running for four years. “I always look up to Justin as someone I can really watch and learn from,” Mincy said. “From him, I learned how to get out of the blocks and how to keep my posture right. He’s just helped me along the whole way.” Mincy has the eighth-best 60-meter dash time at Iowa at 6.81 seconds, which he set at the ISU Qualifier in 2012. Larney set the fourth-best mark by an Iowa runner in the 60-meter dash earlier this season at the Iowa Open with a time of 6.78 seconds. Mincy admitted he and Larney have discussed about what it’s going to take to replace what Austin brought to the team. “I and [Larney] talked about it last year,” the Altoona native said. “We said that we were going to step up and take

By Kevin Glueck kevin-glueck@uiowa.edu

Iowa’s Sam Logic fights for a loose ball against Purdue in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. The Hawkeyes defeated the Boilermakers, 62-46. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley) build on that win and get a little win streak going,” she said. “We’ve played Wisconsin before. They’re always a tough, competitive team. We just really have to be ready for tomorrow.” Depth could play a large role in tonight’s contest — Wisconsin has just nine players on its active roster thanks to injuries. Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder said that could help her team in running the fast break and hurt the Badgers because they will be forced to keep their star player in Morgan Paige on the floor for as many minutes as possible. “We are pretty effective with the fast break the first time we played them, and I think that’s something we want to continue to look for against them,” coach Lisa Bluder said. “Where I think it hurts you a lot is in practice and preparation for games, and definitel, Morgan Paige is

having to play a lot of minutes, and that can get tiring as the Big Ten season goes on.” In theory, Iowa should be able to hand Wisconsin a loss for the second time. It will be interesting to watch, though, to see which Hawkeye squad shows up. Championship teams don’t lose games they have no business losing. Coming off a 62-46 demolishing of then No. 11 Purdue on Sunday, it’s safe to say, then, Iowa has no business losing to Wisconsin.

Iowa women’s basketball vs. Wisconsin Where: Carver-Hawkeye When: 7 p.m. Where to watch: btn.com

Before the season even started, throwing captain Jasmine Simpson was full of confidence in her fellow throwers’ abilities, predicting that Iowa’s school record for the weight throw would be broken. Not even two meets into the year, the Hawkeyes are rewriting the record books. Redshirt junior Ashlyn Gulvas set the standard at 60 feet, 7.75 inches in Iowa’s opening meet, the Iowa Open on Jan. 12. Kelsey Taylor, who threw 60 feet, 4.5 inches in 2011, held the previous record. Sophomore Annemie Smith wasn’t far behind Gulvas, throwing 60 feet, 0.25 inches to finish second at the home-opener. “To start the season with a record-breaking performance and two others right there at that same level is exciting,” head coach Layne Anderson said. “We hope that it’s something they can build off of, because the reality of that event at the Big Ten championship level is that it may be one of the more competitive events in the conference.” Gulvas credits her stay in Iowa City See Women’s track, 8a


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Exit Dance Riverside Theatre will present The Exit Interview, a philosophical comedy that tests the boundaries about important questions in society. By SAMANTHA GENTRY samantha-gentry@uiowa.edu

Maura Clement and Scot West rehearse the play The Exit Interview at Riverside Theater on Tuesday. The play, part of a five-theater National New Play Network, will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (The Daily Iowan/Sumei Chen) Design by Chelsea Weis/The Daily Iowan

“Give me an O, give me an F, give me an F-E-N-S-IV-E. What’s that spell? Offensive.” Cheerleaders in white pleated skirts with red and white sweaters and pompons lead the audience in this cheer at the start of the play The Exit Interview. They warn the viewers from the beginning that some of the ideas about to be presented may be more unconventional than what they’re used to. The daring new comedy The Exit Interview will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Riverside Theater, 213 N. Gilbert St. Performances will continue through Feb. 17, with Sunday shows beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for students and youth, $25 for seniors, and $28 for the general public. The play is a part of the National New Play Network, which Riverside Theater joined to help playwrights get their work on stage and bringing audiences new scripts. Because of Riverside’s involvement, director Ron Clark had the opportunity to see the production in San Diego and had access to a lot of research material. “It’s really made me a smarter director as I went through this process,” he said. “It’s a great community approach to foster new plays.” The Exit Interview follows the tale of Professor Dick Fig, who is fired from his job and has to go through an extensive exit interview before leaving the university. As the interview unfolds, the campus emergen-

THEATER The Exit Interview When: 7:30 p.m. Friday through February 17, with 2 p.m. Sunday performances Where: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Admission: $15 for students and youth, $25 for seniors, and $28 for adults

cy-alert system notifies the students, faculty, and staff that a masked gunman is headed toward the building in which Fig works. He is then faced with some serious existential questions as the audience members ask themselves what they would do in a similar situation. Playwright William Downs was inspired to create the play when he heard about the infant in a baby carriage who fell under a commuter train and survived in Melbourne, Australia. Many were labeling the incident a miracle, but Downs thought, “What happens to the babies who fall under the train and don’t survive?” “I got to thinking how we live our lives and our thought process,” he said. “What happens if people are put in a difficult situation during an exit interview, and they have to answer these questions about life?” But the Iowa native said he broke all the rules and ended up creating a comedy. See exit, 10B

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Iowans dancing out in the country Offering new line dances, two-steps, or couples dances each week, Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon continues to host country dance lessons for all ages and abilities.

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Today 1.24 music

• Music in the Mall, 6 p.m., Sycamore Mall • Slam, An Evening of Jazz, Human Rights, and Poetry, 6 p.m., IMU • Swing Jam Session, 7:30 p.m., Wesley Center, 120 N. Dubuque • Super Soul Session, 10 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington • What the Folk is Folkstep, 10 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn

words Hansel & Gretel Fifteen years after the two were abducted by a witch who lived in a gingerbread house, Hansel and Gretel are back with a vengeance and hunting witches.

• “Live from Prairie Lights,” Laird Hunt, fiction, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque

film

• Campus Activities Board Movie, Paranormal Activity 4, 8 & 11 p.m., 348 IMU

dance

• Country Dance Lessons, 6:30 p.m., Wildwood, 4919 Walleye • Country Dance, 7 p.m., Eagle’s Lodge, 226 Highway 1

film

• U.S. Student Fulbright Grant Workshop and Panel Discussion, 1 p.m., 1117 University Capitol Center • “So You Want to be a Trans Ally?,” 6 p.m., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By Emma McClatchey emma-mcclatchey@uiowa.edu

Folks wearing cowboy hats and boots rarely look out of place at Iowa City’s Wildwood Smokehouse and Saloon, whether they’re watching a country band on Saturday night, eating barbecue foods, or clinging to Spanky, the venue’s mechanical bull. But perhaps the most down-home of all the activities at Wildwood, 4919 Walleye Drive S.E., is its weekly country-dance lessons, where every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — including this evening — visitors can learn a new style of line dance, mixer, couples dance, waltz, or other styles. The lessons are free. “Iowa is a farm state, and I think due to that, country has always been popular in Iowa,” said Steve Sedlacek, the primary dance instructor at Wildwood. “Having a country establishment and dancing kind of goes hand in hand.” Since the program’s inception in 2009, more than 80 different country dances have been taught, from line dances such as Achy Breaky and the Cowboy Boogie to couples dances such as the Cotton-Eyed Joe Mixer and different chacha dances and waltzes. “We try to cater to even more than just the country crowd,” Sedlacek said, saying organizers recruit ballroom and Latin dancers as well as visitors of all experience levels. “I try to get everyone to have fun; that’s our first rule, you might say.” The dances are based on both new and classic country tunes. “Many country songs have their own twostep and their own little dances,” Wildwood general manager Kevin

LONDON — DreamWorks Studios says filming has begun on a movie about WikiLeaks, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s

miscellaneous

• Human-Rights Awareness Week Candlelight Vigil, 7:30 p.m., Pentacrest • Mixology, 10 p.m., Gabe’s

Friday 1.25 at the bijou

music

• Wild Belle, with Ramona Falls & Milk and Eggs, 9 p.m., Gabe’s • Evergreen Grass Band, 10 p.m., Yacht Club

film

• Campus Activities Board Movie, Paranormal Activity 4, 8 & 11 p.m., 348 IMU

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theater

Robot and Frank Showtimes:7 p.m. Friday, 4 and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 5:15 p.m. Jan. 27

When his children decide he is too old to be alone, retired cat burglar Frank is given a humanoid robot to live with him. The two develop a heartwarming and often hilarious friendship.

• The Exit Interview, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theater, 213 N. Gilbert • 12 Angry Men, 7:30 p.m., Iowa City Community Theater, 4265 Oak Crest Hill

Words

• “Live from Prairie Lights,” Wapsipinicon Almanac, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights

Miscellaneous • Mixology, 10 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Grimm said. “We take those and sort of elaborate on that.” Although Thursday nights include one single and one partner dance lesson, patrons can show off their individual skills at Line Dance Mania, a newer Wildwood event held the last Wednesday of every month. “It’s just a couple of hours of go-crazy line dancing,” Grimm said. “We have a huge dance floor that people can enjoy.” Erica Devine, another Wildwood instructor who, like her fiancé, Sedlacek, has been country dancing nearly two decades, said there is a dance for every age level, group size, or music fan. “I think all of our people really enjoy that they don’t necessarily have to come out with someone else,” she said. “It’s a great place for families or college students to come out with a first date and try something new. It’s very laid-back and easy.” From teaching lessons

to seeing country bands there on the weekends, Devine said she has started to think of the Wildwood community as a “second family” — the restaurant will even cater her and Sedlacek’s wedding. “Wildwood is definitely our home away from home,” she said. “They encourage us not only to teach the old dances but to go out on a limb and try some new ones.” Remembering the fun of his first line-dancing lesson, Sedlacek said he hopes patrons will find comfort in the country atmosphere of Wildwood as well. “I’ve always said I can teach anybody how to dance as long as they’re willing,” Sedlacek said. “We want to give anybody coming to Wildwood that great feeling that this is a home they can come to have fun and meet some great people.” The establishment’s slogan sums it up: “it’s ALWAYS a party at Wildwood.”

Sherlock”) as the website’s controversial founder, Julian Assange. The Fifth Estate will also star Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early WikiLeaks associate who eventually fell out with Assange. Early filming has been taking

place in Iceland. A photo released Wednesday by producers shows Cumberbatch and Bruhl on location in Reykjavik. Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Dan Stevens are among the cast of the film, due for release in November. — Associated Press

arts Filming begins on DreamWorks’ WikiLeaks movie

Movie 42 A stacked cast including Emma Stone, Sean William Scott, Kristen Bell, Gerard Butler, and Christopher Mintz-Please star in this film composed of 17 sketch-comedy shorts.

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Saturday 1.26 music

• Yacht Club 10th Anniversary Party, 1 p.m., Yacht Club • Truth Spoken Hip-Hop Show, 9 p.m., Gabe’s

theater

• The Mountaintop, 7 p.m., Theater Building Mabie Theater • The Exit Interview, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theater • 12 Angry Men, 7:30 p.m., Iowa City Community Theater

film

• Campus Activities Board Movie, Paranormal Activity 4, 8 & 11 p.m., 348 IMU

Dance

• Barn Dance, 7:30 p.m., Senior Center, 28 S. Linn

Words

• “Live from Prairie Lights,” Oni Buchanan & Jon Woodward, poetry and performance, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights

Fuller’s London Porter

Product of: Griffin Brewery, Chiswick, London Serving Style: Pint Glass Size: 11.2 fluid ounces Chilled Bottle Griffin Brewery has had more than 300 years to develop the perfect recipe for brewing a perfect English porter; if it doesn’t lay claim to the title yet, it is damn close. Look: The London Porter pours black into the glass, but held up to the light, it’s ruddy garnet. The body looks thinly carbonated despite supporting a thick, beige head approximately 2 inches in size. 3.5/5 Smell: The aroma is extremely subtle, but I believe coffee, milk chocolate, and dark licorice are the biggest components at play. I found it a bit boring and wanting, but I’ll acknowledge the light smell serves to make the big taste all the more accentuated. 2/5 Taste: A creamy, thin consistency and a complex flavor offering coax this exceptional porter down the throat. The flavor begins sweet, with chocolate and molasses, and transitions into bitter hops that finish off in strong roasted notes. 4.7/5 Overall: Fuller’s London Porter is worth a try if you’re in the market for an English ale. It’s light enough that you can enjoy a few over the course of a couple hours or with dinner but complex enough to keep your mouth entertained throughout. 10.2/15 - Dan Verhille

Sunday 1.27 music

• Uncanny Valley, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall

dance

• REAC Dance, 6 p.m., Eagle’s Lodge

Music

• Uncanny Valley, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall

Miscellaneous

• Free Pool, 5 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington

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80 Hours world Art-heist detectives head to Romania THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch detectives and a prosecutor will travel to Romania to investigate the possible involvement of three men in a multimillion-dollar art heist in the Netherlands, a police spokesman said Wednesday. The Dutch team will travel to Bucharest in coming days to share with Romanian authorities details of their investigation into the Oct. 16 theft from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal gallery of seven extremely valuable paintings by artists including Picasso, Monet, and Matisse, said Roland Ekkers of Rotterdam police. Romanian police arrested the suspects Monday night “in another art-related investigation in Romania, but there are indications they also have something to do with the art heist in Rotterdam,” Ekkers told the Associated Press. The arrests marked the first breakthrough for police since the late-night raid at the Kunsthal, the biggest art theft in more than a decade in the Netherlands. Ekkers said reports that some of the paintings were recovered were wrong. Romanian police “checked, double-checked, and checked again, and it is not true,” he said. The three suspects may have been part of an international ring, Romanian authorities suggested Wednesday. Lucia Zaharia, spokeswoman for Bucharest’s Sector 5 court, told the AP that the men were ordered held for 29 days pending an investigation into whether they were involved in the heist. “They were part of a group, according to documents,” she said in a telephone interview. “We can only investigate people who are in Romania,” she added, a hint that the gang had foreign members. The stolen paintings came from the private Triton Foundation, a collection of avant-garde art put together by multimillionaire Willem Cordia, an investor and businessman, and his wife, Marijke Cordia-Van der Laan. Cordia died in 2011. The stolen paintings were: Pablo Picasso’s 1971 Harlequin Head; Claude Monet’s 1901 Waterloo Bridge, London, and Charing Cross Bridge, London; Henri Matisse’s 1919 Reading Girl in White and Yellow; Paul Gauguin’s 1898 Girl in Front of Open Window; Meyer de Haan’s Self-Portrait, around 1890; and Lucian Freud’s 2002 work Woman with Eyes Closed. The apparent ease with which a pair of thieves managed to grab such a valuable haul of art was stunning. The thieves broke in through an emergency exit at the rear of the Rem Koolhaas-designed building, grabbed the paintings off the wall, and fled, all within two minutes. Police who arrived fewer than five minutes after the break-in triggered an alarm found nothing but empty spaces on the walls, broken hanging wires, and tire tracks in grass behind the gallery. The gallery said after the theft that it had a “state of the art” alarm system. Willem van Hassel, the museum’s chairman, said its security systems are automated and do not use guards on site. Mike Corder Associated Press AP writer Alison Mutler in Bucharest, Romania, contributed to this report.


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Devil May Cry suprises fans with latest installment DmC Devil May Cry Released: Jan. 15, 2012 • Published by Capcom • Developed by Ninja Theory • Cost: $59.99 • Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC • ESRB Rating: M for Mature • Reviewer Score: 9.25 PUBLICITY PHOTO

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By Sam Stewart sam-stewart@uiowa.edu

Crazy stories, insane difficulty, and ridiculous amounts of style are all trademarks of the action-game genre, and few series have ever implemented all three of these characteristics as well as Capcom’s Devil May Cry series. Capcom surprised fans when it passed the series off to rookie developer Ninja Theory for a reboot and even allowed it to change series protagonist Dante’s look. Fans raged for two years about the new Dante, but when it came to actually playing the game, Ninja Theory proved it knew exactly what it was doing with DmC, creating one of the best action games I have ever played. At its start, the game introduces us to Mundus, a Demon King that wants Dante dead. Dante is a Nephilim, the spawn of an angel and a demon, and the only thing that can kill a Demon King. While being hunted by Mundus’ demons, Dante is taken into hiding by a group known as The Order and persuaded to aid them in the fight against Mundus to save humanity. Ninja Theory takes a few stabs at American culture by having Mundus be the owner of a large bank, controlling humans through liberal news and soft drinks. DmC’s world feels very different from its predecessors, which mostly focused only on the supernatural, but this bothered me less than the game’s overall crudeness. From the opening scene in a

strip club to the talks between Dante and Mundus near the end, the game is much more profane and sexually charged, truly earning its M rating. Devil May Cry dialogue has always been silly, but DmC is so over the top it was hard not to be put off. While the story can be a little obtrusive at times, the game makes up for it one hundred times over once you start fighting. What sets the Devil May Cry series apart is that it isn’t just about killing enemies, it’s about being good at killing them. You are constantly graded on your combat performance, encouraging you to take risks for a bigger combo and better score. The combat has always worked well, and DmC borrows heavily from its predecessors, but Ninja Theory has perfected it with a new weapon system that allows you to switch between all of your weapons by holding a trigger. By the end of the game, you have quick access to eight different weapons, allowing for an infinite number of attack combinations. Adding to the fun is the plethora of upgrades available for each weapon, all of which can be removed and redistributed at any time. Combat provides the highest highs during game play, but the terrible platforming sections are never too far away. Your killing sprees will constantly be interrupted by short platforming sections, which start out simple but quickly become convoluted reaction time tests once the game implements two different grappling hooks and an air dash. They are often frustrating, especially when all I want to do is get back to the action. These platforming elements allow for tons of hidden collectibles to

be scattered all over the games levels, but many of them require late game items to access, forcing “completionists” to backtrack or replay the game. This is hardly necessary, considering how much replay value is offered by the seven difficulties. As for the “New Dante” controversy, he looks fine,

and the same can be said for the rest of the game. The normal world is a boring place, but every trip into the ever-changing demon world of Limbo is an exciting one. Streets crumble and buildings collapse in an attempt to stop Dante, and the Demon King’s commands appear in giant bolded let-

ters in the environment for all demons to see. Dante’s movements look great, especially during a long attack chain. Certain enemy designs are slightly disturbing, but that’s just all the more reason to put them down. Accompanying your danse macabre is a soundtrack filled with heavy metal and dub step perfect for beating your enemies to. Whether you are a fan of the music or not, it fits perfectly with Dante’s cocky attitude and the hellish levels. Ninja Theory’s DmC is an unexpected master-

piece and maybe the best Devil May Cry game to date. Even against a tidal wave of fan outrage, it stuck with its vision and proved all naysayers wrong (whether they will admit it or not). Any objections I have to the story or platforming are drowned out by my raving praise for the combat system, and I sincerely hope other action-game developers take good notes when they see this game. All I can think about is playing more of it, which I intend to do ASAP. Reviewer Score: 9.25


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Uncanny piano poetry

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A writer, pianist, and composer reach beyond the boundaries of technique to find repetitive harmony unlike any other executed in a performance of poetry and music. A poet with a knack for testing the boundaries of structured verse will join with his wife, an accomplished pianist, to perform Uncanny Valley at the Riverside Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for New Music. Poets Jon Woodward and Oni Buchanan will also bring their talents to Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., at 7 p.m. Saturday for a reading. The poetic couple will present the audience with “Must a Violence,” by Buchanan, and “Uncanny Valley,” by Woodward. At their Jan. 27 performance, Buchanan will play concert-length work by composer John Gibson on piano as Woodward accompanies the piano by reading his nationally acclaimed poem “Uncanny Valley.” The performance will merge the two media, and Woodward will create flowing electro beats to complement the rhythm and variation of the poem. “You can’t anticipate what is going to happen; you must be willing to let it unfold,” said award-winning poet Buchanan, who is a 2000 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “The extremes of the emotional reaction range from fury to ecstasy and everything in between. The audience feels a strong emotional response; [the members] surprise themselves.” The performance is derived from Woodward’s poem “Uncanny Valley.” “[The musical environment] really opened up the poem,” he said. “Now, it is a performance piece, truer to the poem, not just a book.” The uncanny idea was inspired by a Japanese roboticist popular in the 1970s named Masahiro Mori, he said. “Uncanny Valley” was the term Mori used to describe the compassionate and emotional divide between humans and robots. The divide between the two — imper-

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fection — is the essence of Woodward’s poem. The poem is a quest to find what is most uncanny, and most human, through repetitive language and meticulously cultivated piano accompaniment. “Some people in the audience had an experience that they didn’t necessarily expect to have after hearing language repeated over and over,” Woodward said. “People go through stages with the repetition feeling frustrated and maybe uneasy. Then they get lost in a sort of trancelike state.” Buchanan said the performance includes the triggering of robotic samples in the form of distorted sounds with gargled consonants and manipulations of voice to create an electronic sound palette balancing the poem as the story unfolds. The driving force behind the sounds enriching the performance as a whole is the electro-acoustic composer John Gibson. It was hard for him to identify one particular aspect as his inspiration for the mysteriously moving piece. “A lot of it was the sound and meaning of the poem but also the tone of it,” he said. “It is a lot about robots and people’s reaction to them. There is some deformed language and words you can barely [understand]. The electronics do a lot of scattered sounds, like a machine messing up to match the poem’s rhythm.” Gibson’s echo of music and flowing electronic components taken from varying fluctuations of staccato in the poem unveils an experience quite far from the mainstream of pop culture. “This performance is unusual because it is composed to create an environment different from reading a poem itself,” he said. “I think it’s good to see things that are unusual and not the normal things we encounter in our lives. “You may like it or not like it, but it is really good to experience work that people are doing outside the confines of Hollywood or mainstream radio. Not everything in our culture is about mass popular media.”

Readings “Must A Violence,” by Oni Buchanan, and “Uncanny Valley,” by Jon Woodward • When: 7 p.m. Saturday • Where: Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque

Performance “Uncanny Valley,” read by Jon Woodward, concert-length work by John Gibson, featuring pianist Oni Buchanan • When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 • Where: Riverside Recital Hall

Are you looking to have an exquisite evening with your special(ish) person without having to spend all your money on an expensive steakhouse dinner? Keep true to that New Year’s resolution by having smaller portions with a powerful flavor at the Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro, located in the heart of the Pedestrian Mall. This elegant yet accessible establishment can be found sharing a roof with the Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. Dubuque St. I found the environment provides a relaxing feeling without losing the warmth offered from this elegant home-away-from-home bistro. With a large array of small plates to share and an impressive wine list, this gem is worth a visit. Its “Friday With Class” specials from 4 to 7 p.m. have me returning weekly. What to try: Crab cakes ($8 for a small plate, $16 for share-ing) When to eat: An appetizer plate to enjoy a strong taste, not for the fill of a full meal. Consider adding the cheese plate to make the meal last. The plate: These succulent “crabby patties” make this Iowan feel as if I’m at a fancy Maryland crab house; the crab cakes are served fresh with Sacha aioli sauce and a citrus salad. How it looks: The golden casing on the croquettes with the white Sacha glazing invite you to indulge without the effort of cracking claws. In your mouth: Good

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crab … a rarity in the life of a college student. The moist insides of the crab paired with the slight crisp of the exterior enchant your taste buds; eat slowly to enjoy all the treasures in these cakes.

Served with a citrus salad with orange and snow peas, these juicy and sumptuous crustacean cakes are sure to impress whomever you deem worthy. Rating: 4.5 of 5


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Far Cry 3 addresses violence in video games By Dan Verhille Daniel-verhille@uiowa.edu

“Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” - Lewis Carroll. In a world where the NRA blames video games for violent crimes against society rather than the gargantuan clip sizes on military-grade assault weapons, it’s become increasingly difficult to tactfully and appropriately praise pieces of art that promote a culture of violence. However, I’m not one of the subscribers to the belief that violent films, videogames, or music are contributors to what’s been called our gun-violence epidemic, and I’m still willing to praise Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 as one of the best first-person shooters to drop in the past couple years. The game, which progresses as how I’d imagine a “Heart of Darkness” game would, comes as close to any I’ve ever played in condemning the violence the player perpetrates. If people hadn’t have been told that Far Cry 3 was a first-person shooter, the introductory scenes to the story may have led them to believe that they were playing the first videogame edition of MTV’s

“Real World.” Each of the characters introduced are college kids who fit the definition of spoiled “FirstWorld children,” including the protagonist, Jason Brody, and his older and younger brothers. As the characters jump from a plane on a sky-diving expedition in the Malay Archipelago, the scene is full of joy and laughter, until they catch a strong gust of wind that blows them away from their designated landing zone. When the player lands, the scene is one of absolute chaos and panic; all that can be heard is the sound of gunfire and screaming. The group of skydivers is ambushed and rounded up by meth-crazed pirates. Jason watches from a cage as those whose parents do not have money for an expensive ransom are executed one by one. Jason’s older brother, Grant, manages to open the cages so the two of them might escape, but Grant is killed in the final moments of the escape, leaving Jason to flee into the jungle alone. Charged with the task of saving his younger brother and friends, Jason must embrace the potential darkness within him and follow the traditions of the local warrior tribe to save his friends from monsters. This entails harvesting plants to make home-made medicines, mastering several classes of firearms,

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liberating the island from pirate influence, getting warrior tattoos, and hunting the plethora of dangerous, big-game animals that roam the tropical islands. The island itself is a visually spectacular paradise, and exploring it on jet skis, four-wheelers, and hang gliders never gets boring. The same goes for the random animal attacks, which nearly gave me a heart attack on several occasions because I would be just minding my own business exploring the jungle when “BAM” — a massive tiger would pounce on me, and that was all she wrote. I don’t know if jaguars,

tigers, komodo dragons, sharks, and dingos all actually reside in this area in real life, but it was done so well that I don’t care if Ubisoft fudged the natural habitats a little bit. Personally, I found slaughtering thousands of drug-abusing pirates to save 20 white kids difficult to justify and instead enjoyed channeling my inner “Tomb Raider” to collect the hidden relics scattered about the island. Although I don’t want to spoil some of the best plot points, I will mention that the remainder of the plot will not fail to impress players; they include some

drug-induced hallucinations, the conception of a child with a local priestess, some CIA operatives, and finding yourself alive at the bottom of a mass grave. Ubisoft has done a brilliant job of showing the effect of violence on the protagonist’s psyche, and it becomes clear rather quickly that there is no coming back from the amount of killing he’s done. In order to help the transition to “too-far-gone,” the game includes a series of quotations from Lewis Carroll that are wonderfully eerie: “I like the Walrus best,” said Alice. “Because you see he was a LITTLE sorry for

the poor oysters.” “He ate more than the Carpenter, though,” said Tweedledee. While violent per se, Far Cry 3 is fantastic game that’s actually used its graphic nature to make a statement against the potential for violence that exists in every single one of us. Unfortunately, as Jack London learned all too well when he wrote a story in which Western nations’ genocide against the growing Asian nations, society often has a knack for missing the point — and condemning art for causing the exact problem it makes a statement against.


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10th year means party time for the Yacht Club by justus flair justus-flair@uiowa.edu

The Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., is marking its 10-year anniversary with an all-day celebration. The event features a variety of bands, giveaways, and drawings. Live music will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 2 a.m. Jan. 27. Owner Scott Kading is optimistic the event will be a hit. “The turnout should be huge,” he said. In the spirit of the venue’s decade-long existence (under the current management), the celebration

will include 10 bands for $10 admission and 10-cent draws until 10 p.m. Saturday. The club will also give away compilation CDs with songs from various performances over the past year. “This year’s CD features extremely talented regional bands that have been seeing great success here. We love doing this and think this is a small token of our appreciation for people who continue to come to shows here,” Kading said. Joe Scarpellino, a member of the band Dead Larry, which will perform at the event, agrees with Kading.

“The Yacht Club is legendary,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine not being a part of celebrating its birthday. The Yacht Club and its amazing staff were the first to believe in Dead Larry, and they have been an integral part of making us who we are today.” Brandon Paizek, the Iowa beer ranger at New Belgium Brewery, agrees that the event is a “super cool idea.” New Belgium, along with several local businesses, will donate items to be given away during the anniversary party. “We love working with the Yacht Club and are happy to celebrate 10

years with it, and we look forward to working with it for years to come,” he said. If things continue at the current state, there will be many more years to come — the Yacht Club has presented more than 3,000 shows in the last 10 years. Many more are scheduled for 2013. “Ten years is an incredible feat that we never imagined when we started this,” said Kading. “We finally have everything dialed in down here and are really good at what we do, but we also never rest on our laurels. Look for more improvements and some cool things to happen in 2013.”

Yacht Club Anniversary Party Featured Musicians Dead Larry Zeta June Item 9 & the Mad Hatters Mumfords American Honey Bad Intentions Velcro Moxie Home-Grown John June

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When: 1 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Jan. 27 Where: Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn Admission: $10 10-cent draws until 10 p.m. Saturday Compilation CDs available


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Theater production, panel takes on King Jr.’s speech By Justus Flair justus-flair@uiowa.edu

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Few people will fail to recognize this quotation, spoken by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. While this is his most famous speech, King delivered countless others in his life. His last is titled “I’ve Been to the Moun-

taintop.” Just one day before his assassination, King gave this speech on April 3, 1968, in Memphis. Playwright Katori Hall wondered what King did after giving this speech, his final night on Earth. Iowa City residents will be able to see her take on his final day at 7 p.m. Saturday in the University Theater Mabie Theater’s production of Hall’s The Mountaintop. A panel discussion will follow will with members of the UI faculty. Morris Hill, who will play King in the production, believes the personal

side of the civil-rights icon that is revealed is essential to the drama. “I hope that the show will open people’s eyes up to what Dr. King was like when he wasn’t in the spotlight,” he said. “…I think a lot of people, myself included, only thought of him leading a march, sermonizing from the pulpit, or giving a speech and never humanized him.” Director Tlaloc Rivas agrees. “As playwright Katori Hall points out, The Mountaintop is about Martin Luther King Jr. the man,”

Rivas said. “It’s not biography, and it strives neither to glorify nor to demonize him. Here, he is not just a figure of legend; he is a husband, father, leader, and man who could inspire many and yet doubt himself.” Delving into King’s inner mind is a powerful role for Hill to undertake. However, he believes he is up to the challenge. “I have played Dr. King in a couple of productions before … and just knew I had to play this role as well,” he said. “I’m the type of person who likes to see good in everyone, have fun, and just live freely and

peacefully. I love what Dr. King was about, and there’s this energy that I feel when playing him…” The drama shows a very personal side of King, an imagined side not seen by the public. Hall also wrote her personal stories into the script. The panel, immediately following the show, will conduct an interactive discussion of King, his life, his work, and his legacy. There is no specific theme, but Rivas says the panel will likely discuss how King’s dream evolved and how civil-rights is-

sues continue in today’s society. “It’s special because this year is the 50th anniversary of the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial,” Rivas said. “We’re tying that speech to King’s ‘Mountaintop’ speech with a panel discussion that explores his rhetoric, poetry, and the journey depicted in his words.” More King celebration events will take place this weekend including a march, poetry readings, religious services, and lectures; they can be found at mlk.uiowa.edu/events.


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Continued from 1B “You have to be able to laugh at all the absurdities of life,” Downs said. “I usually deal with the problems of life by laughing.” The idea of a “philosophical comedy” drew Clark to the story. “When I first read the script, I was captivated by the intricacy of the scenes and the way that [Downs] molded them together,” he said. “They form an interesting line that is very funny.” With the somewhat controversial aspect of the gunman in this play, Clark said, in his role as the primary storyteller, he had to find a way the audience felt comfortable laughing one moment and gasping the next. “I think one of the keys to this play is we are never allowed to forget we are watching a play; we don’t try to show this as a slice of life,” he said. “I think that the play is so well-structured, and I hope my work as the director and the company of actors have found a way for the audience to be captivated and to think about the funny and the issues.” Guest artist Scot West, who plays the role of Professor Fig, said during his interview he has to answer some “ridiculous questions” while his mind detours through his imagination. The actor was hired for The Exit Interview a couple weeks before the shootings in Aurora and then came to Iowa City for rehearsals shortly after the tragedy in Newtown, so the effects of those

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shootings were very much on his mind. But West and fellow actor Maura Clement said this play is an opportunity because people wanted to have a dialogue about the tragedies. “There seems to be one way television wants us to experience these shootings, but the art of theater invites us to experience it in a number of different ways,” West said. “The play makes a really strong argument that as well as dealing with tragedy, you have to engage in the positive aspects of life as well.” Clement is most excited about the important questions the play asks about society, and she also looks forward to the intimate experience the actors will have with the audience. “It’s one thing that television and Internet cannot do,” she said. “Theater is a unique experience, and how [the audience] reacts with us will make a perfectly new version of the play. I think it’s a way for theater to stay relevant.” Clement plays seven characters in the play, one being a cheerleader in the beginning persuading the audience to spell out the word “offensive.” She said the company has had a debate on whether the audience is going to respond and interact with the actors. “I think we would like the audience [members] to interact as much as they feel comfortable, but it’s not like a game show,” she said. “It’s certainly a play that encourages the audience [members] to be awake and on the edge of their seats, and I’m certain some people will vocalize their performance.” Downs, who will be in

(From left)Tim Budd, Scot West, and Jody Hovland rehearse the play The Exit Interview at the Riverside Theater on Tuesday. The play will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. (The Daily Iowan/Sumei Chen) the audience for the opening night, will also hold a panel discussion after the performance. “As a playwright, I live a pretty isolated existence, and most of the time, I don’t get to see [my plays], so things like going back to Iowa, being able to sit there and watch the audience’s reaction, and then meet them after is a rare opportunity,” Downs said. He said The Exit Interview is a play that does not rest, and if audiences are tired of going to the theater and being bored, they will not be bored in his play. “The script is going to leap off the page,” he said. “From the opening cheerleaders to the final climatic moment, it will keep the audience engaged.”

Kristy Hartsgrove (left) and Maura Clement rehearse the play The Exit Interview at Riverside Theater on Tuesday. (The Daily Iowan/Sumei Chen)


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