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Obama promotes job plan in CR President Obama’s plan proposes that those making $1 million a year should pay a tax rate of at least 30 percent. By CHASTITY DILLARD

Obama operates on African philosophy of community. Page 4 University ought to keep IMU open all night. Page 4 SPORTS Hawkeye swimmer Phelan hopes to be an All-American again. Page 8 Iowa and Nebraska will play basketball for the first time as Big Ten rivals tonight. Page 8 The Hawkeye women’s basetball squad will face two ranked opponents in the next 72 hours. Page 8

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CEDAR RAPIDS — President Obama said he is looking to the manufacturing sector to spur U.S. job growth, but some say his plans may do more harm than good. The president’s speech Wednesday mirrored much of what appeared in Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address, which unveiled plans to help keep jobs from moving overseas — dubbed the Blueprint for an America Built to Last. “We need to make it easier for American businesses to do business here in America, and we also need to make it easier for American businesses to sell our products other places in the world,” Obama told a crowd of roughly 400 at Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids. “I don’t want to export our jobs; I want to export our goods and our services.” Obama’s plan calls for tax incentives to keep jobs in the U.S.: Companies would forfeit tax cuts if they move positions overseas and earn tax cuts if they keep jobs here. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in 2010, 88 percent of Iowa exports came from manufacturers. At the same time, U.S. manufac-

President Obama talks to members of the audience following his speech at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. Obama’s speech kicked off a five-state tour focusing on jobs and tax reform following his State of the Union address on Tuesday. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

People applaud during President Obama’s speech at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

DAILYIOWAN.COM Go online to read the full text of the speech President Obama delivered in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday afternoon.

turers sold $70 billion more in manufactured goods to free-trade partners than it received. But an executive at one Iowa manufacturer said that while the plan is intriguing, it might not be feasible. David Martin — the

vice president and general manager of Sig Manufacturing which employes about 30 people in Montezuma, Iowa — said the company’s overseas work won’t be coming back to the United States. SEE OBAMA, 6A

President Obama speaks at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. The presidential seal below the podium was made at the Conveyor plant. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

Monitors aid Bongo The monitors were funded through a $37,000 transit grant.

HawkAlert not used for assaults By BETH BRATSOS


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University of Iowa student Alison Boltz used to stand outside in the cold extra early to make sure she didn’t miss her bus. The Currier resident said the new bus monitors installed in the UI dorms have helped her keep track of when her bus will arrive. “I don’t carry my laptop around with me all day, so having these screens available is awesome,” Boltz said. “… Especially when the weather’s like

A student walks past the Bus on the Go status screens in Burge Hall on Tuesday. The newly installed screens help increase the efficiency and convenience of local public transit. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin) this — you don’t want to be out longer than you have to.” Over the holiday break, the Bongo transportation project

installed a number of bus monitors screens across Iowa City SEE MONITORS, 6A

The University of Iowa says the HawkAlert system is used in cases of “tornadoes, violence, hazardous material incidents, etc.,” but the protocol lacks specifics on what might pose as an “imminent threat.” HawkAlert is the UI’s system of notifying the campus about emergencies. UI spokesman Tom Moore said Wednesday that while a sexual assault is a violent incident, it is not generally thought of as posing a potential immediate threat to others. It is usually not an emergency that affects the entire community. He said in the case of a recently reportSEE HAWKALERT, 6A

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TOP STORIES Jennifer New looks through her book Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life at her home on Tuesday. New likes to interview people because she enjoys listening to people’s life stories. (The Daily Iowan/Ya-Chen Chen)

Iowa roots tie Iowa City author Jennifer New to an internationally known photojournalist in recent literary projects. By JULIA JESSEN

Jennifer New opened the pages of The Journey is the Destination and found herself entranced by the images. The book includes reproduced images from the journals of Dan Eldon, a photojournalist killed at 22 while photographing the war and famine in Somalia in 1993. The pages of his journals are layered and intricate, combining photographs with newspaper clippings, paint, and sometimes chunks of hair. New had the opportunity to write her books on Eldon after meeting his mother, Kathy Eldon, at an exhibition of his work at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. The elder Eldon suggested New when officials of the publisher told her they were interested in publishing a biography of her son’s life. “She was a determined writer; she was gutsy; she was brave,” Cedar Rapids native Kathy Eldon said. “She just appeared to be someone who was totally

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dependable and smart and could definitely handle telling Dan’s story.” The sensitive subject matter of his art and life is inspirational to many, including New. “One thing I think Dan was great at was not living his life secondhand, so by that I think of people living life via movies, and computers, and online stuff,” New said. After that first glimpse, she was fascinated, and she wrote two books about Dan Eldon, Dan Eldon: The Art of Life, in 2001, and Safari as a Way of

Life, in September 2011. The 45-year-old, an Iowa City author who is the assistant director at the Obermann Center for Advanced Research, also writes a blog about maintaining one’s creativity while being a mother. “I would say it was kind of like diving into a rabbit hole,” New said. “It was a very intense process.” The part of writing she enjoys the most, she said, is interviewing people and hearing their stories. In the course of writing her books, New interviewed approximately 100 people from all over the world about Dan Eldon. Kathy Eldon said New’s subjects enjoyed being interviewed by her as much as she enjoyed interviewing them. “She interviewed 60 different people around the world in order to do the first book, and every one of them reported that is was a joy and a privilege to work with her,” Kathy Eldon said. After New’s book was finished, Kathy Eldon said, she was satisfied. “I think that she cap-

tured the essence of Dan absolutely perfectly,” she said. “People who read it who knew him couldn’t believe that she didn’t know him herself.” Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St., said he considers New an expert on putting together a book. The content and style cannot be replicated on the Internet, he said. “The world of books is changing hugely, and among the things that you do these days is you make a book that you can’t download,” he said. “And you can’t download her books.” News work embodies the spirit of the messages of Dan Eldon’s life: safari as a way of life, journey as the destination. “What that meant to Dan was that what you do every day is not where you’re getting to, it’s how you go about it,” she said. “Enjoying yourself and doing it authentically with love and passion — that’s the more important part than where you end up.”

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among some conservatives into a career in talk media. Despite her high profile, Bachmann has been only a marginal player in Congress. “I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.,” Bachmann said in an interview with the Associated Press. She said a formal announcement would come later. Unless redistricting radically changes Minnesota’s Republicanleaning 6th District, Bachmann figures to be a heavy favorite. Other Republican hopefuls have stood aside awaiting her decision. No Democrats have yet declared for the race. Bachmann is a potent fundraiser who brought in $13.5 million in her last House race, but she likely would start from scratch after the presidentialnomination campaign. A campaign-finance report that would show how much money she can bring to the race isn’t due until the end of the month. Ken Martin, the chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer Labor Party, said Bachmann’s announcement wasn’t a surprise. He said Democrats would attack Bachmann for being absent from the district and for missing votes in Washington during months chasing the presidential nomination. “Anyone who thinks that they’re unbeatable is fooling themselves, and particularly once you hand us these issues on a silver platter,” Martin said. — Associated Press

METRO/NATION Several businesses fail tobacco stings Iowa City police conducted several tobacco-compliance checks at Iowa City businesses. Police conducted the compliance checks at the local businesses on Jan. 18, 19, and 21. During the checks 54 businesses refused to sell tobacco to underage buyers. Seven businesses failed the compliance checks: The Den, 123 E. Washington St.; Fareway, 2530 Westwinds Drive; Liquor Downtown, 315 S. Gilbert St.; Red Poppy, 341 E. College St.; Russ’ Northside Service, 305 N. Gilbert St.; Walgreen, 2214 Muscatine Ave.; and Zombies Tobacco, 318 E. Burlington St. Selling tobacco products to a person under the age of 18 is a simple misdemeanor; the first offense is punishable by a $100 fine. All violations are also reported to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division for civil penalties against the tobacco licensee. — by Conrad Swanson

Legislature may ban red-light cameras The Iowa Legislature is one step closer to banning red-light cameras. Rep. Ralph Watts, R-Adel, told The Daily Iowan Wednesday a bill

prohibiting the use of automated traffic law-enfocement systems passed through an Iowa House subcommittee. This development comes one day after the Iowa City City Council voted 4-3 in support of the technology during a second consideration Tuesday night. City Council plans to vote on the proposed ordinance’s third consideration at its next meeting Feb. 21. The proposed law would become effective this year, requiring cities with alreadyexisting camera systems to remove them by July 1. The bill will advance to the full House Transportation Committee next week. — by Kristen East

Man charged with domestic abuse A Coralville man has been charged with allegedly assaulting his ex-wife. According to a Coralville police complaint, Daniel Lindberg, 41, allegedly shoved his ex-wife to the floor, jumped on her, and began striking her with an closed fist. The woman sustained a fractured eye socket in the assault, the report said. Domestic-abuse assault with intent is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250. — by Conrad Swanson

COCOA, Fla. — Newt Gingrich promises to establish a permanent base on the Moon by 2020 if he’s elected president. Gingrich, the former House speaker, told an overflow crowd gathered on Florida’s space coast Wednesday that he wants to develop a robust commercial space industry in line with the airline boom of the 1930s. He also wants to expand exploration of Mars. The pronouncements appeared to thrill the crowd of roughly 700 people. Florida’s space coast is still suffering from a recent round of federal cuts to the space program. But how would Gingrich pay for it? The Republican presidentialnomination contender says he wants to offer prizes to help stimulate investment by the private sector. — Associated Press

Bachmann to run for re-election MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann swept aside doubts about her political future Wednesday, declaring less than a month after ending her presidential bid that she will seek a fourth term in Congress. Bachmann’s decision ended speculation she might be ready to move on from the House, perhaps leveraging her popularity

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City hopes to restore cabins

Iowa City Parks & Recreation would like to restore the log cabins in City Park in the next year. The City Park log cabins have been unused for approximately 40 years. (The Daily Iowan/Ricky Bahner)

The 123-yearold cabins have never been renovated. By AUDREY DWYER

Two log cabins have sat abandoned in City Park for decades. Several Iowa City organizations, however, want to renovate the cabins for community use. “There are few things that remain to tell us about the people who first came here,” said Joyce Carroll, an Iowa City Parks & Recreation supervisor. The effort to restore the cabins, led by Carroll, will cost an estimated $100,000, said Mike Moran, the director of Parks & Recreation. Funding, Carroll said, will have to come from grants and other fundraising efforts because of the department’s budget restrictions. The cabins were first built in 1889 by the Old Settlers of Johnson County — an organization of families whose ancestors had settled in the area. The organization built the cabins as a tribute to their ancestors. One cabin resembled a typical family home, and the other was a replica of the trading post of influential local figure John Gilbert, according to documents from the Office of the State Archaeologist. “For me, it’s an emotional attachment to the earth and where we came from,” Carroll said. Parks & Recreation Department officials have teamed up with the Office of the State Archaeologist to restore the cabins. Moran said the department has been working the past six months preparing for the start of the fundraising efforts. Carroll said she hopes to gain support from other local historical organizations — such as the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commissions and the Friends of Historic Preservation — for continued support. Carroll said collaboration among the community is important and “forms a sense of community.” The cabins were used frequently over the last 123 years, Carroll said. Old Settlers of Johnson County held its meetings in the cabins, and Girl Scout camps, Pioneer Days, and even weddings were held at the cabins. Extensive deterioration, however, has forced the department to close the cabins, which have been unused for the past 40 years. Patti Mott still remembers her time as a Girl Scout camping out in the cabins. The 76-year-old

said she and her troop roasted hot dogs and sang songs around the campfire outside the cabins. Mott also learned the history of the site and their city. “They were important lessons for us as little girls,” she said. “Not only was the area part of Iowa City’s history, but we learned about our cultural heritage and became better Americans because of our experience there.” The restoration will reopen the area for local groups to use the buildings for scouting, nature hikes, historic events, reenactments, and festivals. Carroll said no money has been collected for the restoration so far, though

Old Settlers Cabins Throughout the years, the cabins have been used by organizations throughout the community. • 1880s: Old Settlers meetings • 1940s: Girl Scout camp • 1960s: Pioneer re-enactments • Fall festivals • Historical Society summer camps Source: State Historical Society of Iowa

the department has applied for several grants. The department will likely host its first fundraising event this year.

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UI students shun journalism project By JENNY EARL

University of Iowa students are declining to go to Canada or Mexico — even on the federal government’s dime. And now, budget cuts will end a program that has sent a grand total of six UI students to Canada and Mexico since 2001. Offering UI students a stipend of $5,000 — a $2,000 increase from previous years — to study abroad in Mexico and Canada through a federal grant, the North American Environmental Journalism Project aims to increase movement between bordering countries. “Students in Iowa have refused free money,” said Lyombe Eko, a UI journalism associate professor and the director of the North American Environmental Journalism Project. “Each university has a quarter of students they can exchange — our students have not been performing.” The project is made up of seven different schools, two Canadian, two Mexican, and three from the United States. The seven schools received $189,000 from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education to run the project. Specifically aimed at journalism students, the project allows students to pay the same tuition with the added $5,000 stipend and offers a direct transfer of credits, as long as one course is taken in journalism and mass communica-

tion and the student completes a specific project on water or environmental journalism. Students from Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico have taken advantage of this opportunity, but the UI and University of New Mexico — another United States participant — aren’t meeting their quota of students going to Canada or Mexico. “My view is that [United State’s students] don’t consider Canada to be different from home, and, for that reason, they are more likely to choose other locations, or other exchange programs entirely, offered by their schools,” said Terry Field, the head of the Mount Royal University Journalism Program in Calgary. Program officials said the lack of participation in Mexico is due to safety reasons. “We haven’t had a problem with [student] interest — we’ve had a problem with the university’s interest in taking students to Mexico,” said Carolyn Gonzales, a University of New Mexico senior representative Communication and Marketing. Field said Mount Royal University has always met its quotas of students sent to the United States and Mexico. It has also met — and even surpassed — the quota of Mexican students coming to Calgary. “If we have money left in the project, we’ll ask for an extension,” Eko said about the program, which is set to end in July. “We’ll ask the government for a ‘no cost

North America exchange program Seven North American schools participate in North American Environmental Journalism Project: United States • University of Iowa (lead) • University of New Mexico • Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Canada • Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta (lead) • University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia Mexico • Universidad de Colima (lead) • Universidad de Baja California, Ensenada Source: UI website

extension’ so we can finish our exchange — the federal government isn’t funding this anymore, so this project is being cut from the project of education.” Because of the lack of interest, students from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico have recently taken UI students’ spots. “It’s more exotic to go to Spain or England,” Eko said. “A lot of [students] don’t appreciate the importance of this kind of exchange.” But at least one UI student said the lack of participation may be due to a lack of awareness. “I guess it would depend on if I knew people or heard experiences of people that did it before,” UI junior Ellen Havey said. “I’m a journalism student, but I’ve never heard about it.”

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Surviving the electoral gauntlet DANIEL TAIBLESON

Running for major political office is often compared to “running the gauntlet.” The term stems from the punitive act of forcing a person to run between two parallel columns of armed men who strike him as he passes. Considering the volatility and brutality of most recent this Republican nomination cycle, this comparison has rarely felt more apt. Perhaps more importantly, it appears that this has been by design. When the Republican Party made the decision to require early states to divvy delegates proportionally rather than winner-take-all, GOP officials might have thought they were creating an electoral process better suited to producing a stronger, battle-tested candidate. However, what they have really done is condemned their eventual nominee to enter the general election as the weakened standard bearer of a fractured party. There is certainly some merit to the argument that long competitive primaries make for stronger candidates. They force candidates to build strong campaign infrastructures that are better able to raise money and mobilize voters. They afford candidates an opportunity to

air their faults early in the process when they are less likely to influence general-election voters. Furthermore, they give prospective nominees a chance to test and hone their messages. Viewed in isolation, these possible rewards compelling. seem However, when weighed against the very real and predictable costs exposed by an entire field of research, it becomes clear that the benefits are few and the damage real. University of Iowa Associate Professor Cary Covington has noted that protracted primaries are prone to exposing party and that divisions Republicans might have forfeited a very real advantage by restructuring their nomination process. “The Republican Party’s practice of relying on winner-take-all primaries was seen as an advantage over the Democrats’ reliance on more proportional rules, because it allowed a Republican to deliver a knockout blow on Super he said. Tuesday,” “Protracted nominating contests weaken the eventual candidate. They tend to undermine party unity, making it more difficult to pull together an enthusiastic broad base of support.” In reflecting upon the 2008 Democratic nominaprocess, Robert tion Putnam (of Bowling Alone fame) came to a similar conclusion. Putnam points out that it is in party’s interest to avoid

protracted nomination battles, because the longer the process goes on, the more likely competitiveness will turn into divisiveness. He goes on to say that the onus is on the party to avoid this; failing to do so introduces the very real risk that party divisions will not heal by the time the general election comes about. Further reinforcing the above, a paper penned by a team of professors from the University of Georgia and the University of New Mexico explored how the nature of primaries influenced presidential-election outcomes between 1948 and 2004. In their analysis, they found that divisive and prolonged primaries are prone to harming a nominee’s performance in the general election. More precisely, they found “that a divided party will lose up to 5 percent nationally in the general election, as well as losing up to 2 percent in individual states that had divisive state primaries.” This brings me back to the current Republican nomination process. Jan. 21 marked a historic moment in Republican presidential-nomination politics. Never before have three Republicans split three early states. This, in tandem with the unusual volatility of the primary cycle to date (thanks to a series of boom-bust candidacies), makes it highly likely that the primary process will drag on well beyond Super Tuesday (perhaps as intended). imagine the I Republican establishment

and even many Republican primary voters think they are doing themselves a favor by running their prospective nominees through as long a gauntlet as possible — but there is little historical precedent to support this thinking. Moreover, recent data have revealed that this divisive primary process is damaging the current establishment favorite, former Gov. Mitt Romney. Thanks to a series of attacks levied by former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Romney’s general awkwardness in responding to them, Romney has experienced a 19-point jump in his national unfavorable numbers. And in case you wondering whether this was resonating in any way, Fox News’ exit polling found that 13 percent of South Carolina primary voters (many of whom voted for Gingrich) would refuse to vote for Romney in the general election. If Romney loses to Gingrich in Florida, this Republican contest will likely become a far bloodier process. As of Tuesday, a Washington Post poll found that Romney and Gingrich have net favorability ratings of minus-18 and minus-22, respectively. This is great news for Democrats and bad news for Republicans no matter who the nominee is. False wisdom has instilled in the Republican officials the false notion that they are helping themselves in the long run. It is too bad that they are not.

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Why is the IMU no longer 24-7? The first few weeks of a semester are not a time to get used to your coursework or learn the Cambus schedule. It is a time to hit the ground running, because professors will not wait to flood you with homework, readings, projects, or exams. For this reason, I became very upset when I was informed that the IMU would close at 2 in the morning instead of being open 24 hours as it normally is. It will not return to a 24-hour schedule

until “sometime in February,” according to a housekeeper who told me that I needed to gather my things and leave. Our tuition is too high for us to sit idly and not demand more for the money that we will be shelling out for decades. We need either a university that will accommodate people who study for an entire 16-week semester or professors who will wait before assigning work. I know it would be foolish for anyone to think the latter would or should happen. Ryan Maher UI student

Applauding the new underage-drinking bill I would like to make some points on the article “New bill to target underage drinking,” published Jan. 24. This bill will not only help local law enforcement, it will also be an incentive for those both over and under 21 to make better decisions. We are all faced with tough decisions in our lives, but young adulthood seems to have many more than other points in our lives. When you add peer pressure and alcohol into the mix, the decisions we have to make can

seem nearly impossible. By putting this legislation into law, people of legal drinking age thinking of providing minors with alcohol will not only have a moral decision to make but a legal one as well. For minors accepting alcohol from those 21 and older, they also face the same moral and legal decisions. I think in either situation, the very real possibility of getting a fine will bring gravity to the situation and make people think twice when making the decision to break the law. Bryant Balasa UI student


Want to know how to reverse the unemployment trend in America? Just ask Apple. There is a brilliant feature in the New York Times from earlier this month that explained, “How the United States lost out on iPhone work.” It shows rather plainly how the mindset of businesses focused on profit is radically different from the politically weak and highly bureaucratic federal government we have today. It is true that Apple indirectly employs many people overseas. This wasn’t the case just a few years ago. When producing the first iPhone, then-CEO Steve Jobs was not satisfied with the plastic screen that was on the device, which scratched easily in his pocket full of coins and keys. It was just six weeks before it was due on shelves, but Jobs knew if it bothered him, it would bother his customers. So he told his fellow executives to fix it, which required the redesign and reassembly of hundreds of thousands of iPhones. Obviously, history tells us that they accomplished this feat. How? Foxxconn Technologies in Shenzhen, China. The Times reports, “A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories … Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation, and within half an hour started a 12hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing more than 10,000 iPhones a day.” The fact of the matter is that America does not train workers who come remotely near this kind of production. High-tech manufacturing jobs are down 30 percent in the last decade from when the technology sector began to boom. Restrictive immigration policies have deterred many qualified foreign workers from coming to America. And it isn’t an issue of labor cost, it’s an

issue of labor supply and logistics. The resources required to do what Apple needs to be as efficient as possible aren’t in America. From precious metals, to factories that can scale up or down on a whim’s notice, to workers who are efficient and willing to work for their dollar, we are eons behind the quasicapitalist China. From the Times story: “ ‘The entire supply chain is in China now,’ said another former high-ranking Apple executive. ‘You need a thousand rubber gaskets? That’s the factory next door. You need a million screws? That factory is a block away. You need that screw made a little bit different? It will take three hours.’ ” It is also important to note that Apple is a foundational stock for not only direct buyers but for those who invest in the NASDAQ. As of the time of this writing, shares of Apple are at around $425. Its IPO was priced at a far smaller $22 a share, and it has split 2-for-1 three times in its history. If it were not for the profit that Apple makes every year, it would employ far fewer workers and many people’s investment and retirement incomes would be significantly less. Apple employs 43,000 Americans — hiring 8,000 last year alone — and must be credited for its success and its contributions to society. We have an administration that feels exactly like Betsey Stevenson, the former chief economist at the Labor Department. She told the *Times*, “Companies once felt an obligation to support American workers, even when it wasn’t the best financial choice. That’s disappeared. Profits and efficiency have trumped generosity.” (Emphasis mine.) Think about that. According to Stevenson, the main goal of business should be generosity, not profit. For an economist, she doesn’t seem to know very much about the subject. Until the federal government wises up and addresses the problem at the source, don’t expect Apple — or any business for that matter — to bring outsourced jobs home.

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How Obama thinks: An Africanist interpretation Ever since President Barack Obama achieved national and global stardom, many have struggled to understand his thinking process. In fact, the Tea Party has its own guidebook on how Obama thinks. Newt Gingrich and Dinesh D’Souza believe the president has a “Kenyan anti-colonial worldview.” The problem with these philosophical viewpoints is that they’re inscribed within old Greco-Roman thematizations that insist that noth-

ing good can come from Africa. To them, the African is backward, uncivilized, and incapable of anything positive. If it smells African, then it has to be negative, dark, or bad. Some scholars summarize the old European idea of Africa by referring to the continent as a “mysterious, throbbing, palpable, darkness within the European psyche.” Obama is a pure mystery to these people. As a member of this mysterious club, let me offer some help here.

I wish to argue that one of the ways to understand the Obama phenomenon is through African philosophical thought. We also need to somehow deliver ourselves from the impression that anything African is inferior. This is because at his core, Obama is a community man, a people’s man, and a community organizer. DNA is Obama’s ingrained with the philosophical belief that a man is defined not only by his individual agency but his commitment and connec-

tion to the wider society. While Western thought glorifies individualism and adores exceptionalism or “hero” narratives, African traditional thinking ontologically, epistemologically, and pragmatically believes that the community is indispensable to our definition of who we are. John Mbiti foregrounds this basic underpinning of African societies through the enduring dictum, “I am because we are, and since we are, therefore I am.” Isn’t this what Obama

has been saying all along: “I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper … We’ve got each other’s back.” And so on and so forth. At his core, Obama deeply believes that the person and community are intrinsically linked. This is not different from Ifeanyi Menkiti’s thesis that “in the African view, it is the community which defines the person as a person, not some isolated static quality of rationality, will, or memory.” To me, the belief in

being each other’s keeper does not at all sound at variance to the evangelical doctrine of bearing each other’s burden (Galatians), because Christianity is a huge part of Republicanism — and rightly so. The GOP is going to have to find another narrative to counter the Obama machine this fall. Demonizing Obama and his core values even when they’re right in lockstep with yours is not the way to go. Etse Sikanku is a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa.

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Farmers protest property code Climate change The rental prophits gardens erty code has been discussed for over a year, and discussions will continue at a public hearing next month.

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Local farmers said their inclusion in changes to Johnson County’s rentalproperty code is unjust. The changes, which Johnson County supervisors said they will continue to discuss, include allowing county officials to order inspections on properties and requiring owners to fix problems. Janette Ryan-Busch, the owner of Fae Ridge Farm, said she doesn’t agree with the inclusion because it would force area farmers to make costly and unnecessary improvements to uninhabited farm buildings. “In reality, as a farmer, I’ve had endless complaints about my dogs barking, about my sheep making noise,” RyanBusch said. “People who are from out of town and move [to Iowa], they don’t understand farms. [A property code] could create a real serious financial hardship for farmers.” The Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Wednesday to continue discussion of the code during a work session. Supervisor Terrence

A mobile home sits in the Regency of Iowa City Mobile Home Park in 2010. Changes to the county’s rental property code will be discussed at a public hearing next month. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)

Housing Codes The Johnson County Board of Supervisors discussed a rental-property code for the health and safety of residents at a work session and voted to discuss it further. Some of the concerns included: • Unsanitary drinking water • Fire hazards • Unwarranted evictions Source: Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Neuzil said he supported the rental code’s exclusion of farm owners because he believed prior laws appropriately protect those individuals. “The reason I support that exception is because I believe the Iowa law protects farmers from these kinds of codes written by county government,” he

said. However, not all supervisors agree. Supervisor Janelle Rettig said she thinks the rental code is not worth the number of exemptions. “The board has chosen to exempt so many properties and is complaint-only,” she said. “I think it’s not worth it.” The most recent changes to the code were brought up after concerns arose with the living conditions of the Regency Mobile Home Park. Neuzil said, even in light of the mobile-home issues, the ordinance would need to be encompassing of more than one area. “We can’t create a county law that says we are going to look at mobile homes,” he said. “It’s everybody or nobody.” Assistant Johnson County prosecutor Susan Nehring said most of the

mobile homes are owned by the residents, making the code inapplicable to them. She noted that the homes — which are rented out by either the trailer park owner or a mobile home owner — would have to adhere to the new code changes if they pass. Last year, the supervisors discussed the rental code and held a public hearing in which farmers attended and voiced concerns. Supervisor Pat Harney also agreed with the code’s exclusion of farmers because a lot of the properties are owner-occupied or have a relative living on the property. “We had a meeting last fall and many of the farmers expressed concern,” Harney said. “The actual Farm Bureau wrote a lot of the verbiage, and it satisfies their concerns.”

WASHINGTON — Global warming is hitting not just home but garden. The color-coded map of planting zones often seen on the back of seed packets is being updated by the government, illustrating a hotter 21st century. It’s the first time since 1990 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revised the official guide for the nation’s 80 million gardeners, and much has changed. Nearly entire states, such as Ohio, Nebraska, and Texas, are in warmer zones. The new guide, unveiled Wednesday at the National Arboretum, arrives just as many home gardeners are receiving their seed catalogues and dreaming of lush flower beds in the spring. It reflects a new reality: The coldest day of the year isn’t as cold as it used to be, so some plants and trees can now survive farther north. “People who grow plants are well aware of the fact that temperatures have gotten more mild throughout the year, particularly in the wintertime,” said Boston University biology Professor Richard Primack. “There’s a lot of things you can grow now that you couldn’t grow before.” He stand the giant fig tree in his suburban Boston yard stands as an example: “People don’t think of figs as a crop you can grow in the Boston area. You can do it now.”

The new guide also uses better weather data and offers more interactive technology. For example, gardeners using the online version can enter their ZIP code and get the exact average coldest temperature. Also, for the first time, calculations include more detailed factors such as prevailing winds, the presence of nearby bodies of water, the slope of the land, and the way cities are hotter than suburbs and rural areas. The map carves up the U.S. into 26 zones based on five-degree temperature increments. The old 1990 map mentions 34 U.S. cities in its key. On the 2012 map, 18 of those, including Honolulu, St. Louis, Des Moines, St. Paul, Minn., and even Fairbanks, Alaska, are in newer, warmer zones. Those differences matter in deciding what to plant. For example, Des Moines used to be in zone 5a, meaning the lowest temperature on average was between minus-15 and minus-20 degrees. Now it’s 5b, which has a lowest temperature of 10 to 15 degrees below zero. Jerry Holub, the manager of a Des Moines plant nursery, said folks there might now be able to safely grow passion flowers. Griffin, Ga., used to be in zone 7b, where the coldest day would average between 5 and 10 degrees. But the city is now in zone 8a, averaging a coldest day of 10 to 15 degrees. So growing bay laurel becomes possible. It wasn’t recommended on the old map.

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“We do manufacturing in China with almost-ready-to-fly airplane kits,” Martin said. “You could never do this in the U.S.A. No one would work for the wage. If we worked in Montezuma, the price would be so high the consumer wouldn’t buy it.” The airplane kits would jump from $200 to as high as $500, he estimated. Still, Obama stressed the importance of American products on Wednesday. “It’s an economy built on American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products made right here in the United States of America,” he said. But Martin remained skeptical. “Unless [other countries] would be removed from the market, it would be suicide for us to do this,” Martin said. “You couldn’t do any sort of tax deduction that would appeal because the American consumer would not buy it.” John Solow, a University of Iowa associate professor of economics, said the president’s plans are likely to be positive for some and negative for others. “We could make it very expensive to manufacture overseas by putting very high tariffs overseas


and campus. The screens display the location and arrival times of the Cambus, Iowa City Transit, and Coralville Transit. “This was something we had an interest in from early on,” said Romy Bolton, the director of enterprise services at the UI Information Technology Services.


ed sexual assault near the Becker Communications Studies Building, university police canvassed the area of the alleged incident and did not find any evidence of imminent threat. “If, by issuing a HawkAlert, [students] would be able to take action to reduce their risk of being injured or affected by the incident — [anything] that falls under that category would be the subject of a HawkAlert,” Moore said. In place of a HawkAlert, Moore said it is more common for a timely press release to be issued in cases of sexual assault. Stephen Pradarelli, the director of the University News Services, said his department and the UI police are the two groups that have access to Blackboard Connect, the service with which the UI works to send out HawkAlerts.

President Obama recently released his economic proposal. The plans include: • Eliminating overseas jobs tax deductions Current tax code allows businesses to deduct international moving expenses. This eliminates that deduction and awards U.S. businesses. • Focusing on manufacturers as a way to spur economic growth The plan proposes changing current tax cuts for domestic production and focusing more on manufacturing in the U.S. • New Manufacturing Communities Tax Credit A plan to create a new credit for those who invest in communities that have experienced a huge economic loss. • Drive domestic clean energy manufacturing This will continue tax credits to push roughly $20 billion of investment into the United States clean energy industries. • Reauthorizing expensing of investments in plants and equipment Proposal extends a provision throughout 2012 that allows industries to write off as an expense the full cost of investments in equipment. • Erasing loophole allowing profits from overseas This will prevent businesses from moving profits overseas and resisting taxation.

(Above) President Obama speaks at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley) … That would bring jobs home,” he said. “It would increase the advantage of producing domestically, but it will also make the products more expensive, and then you have to weigh the costs.” Still, Solow said, the plan could provide benefits. “This is not a trivial thing to do. You need to know a lot of details before you can say this is a good idea or a bad idea,” Solow said.

The cost of the new screens are covered entirely by a $37,000 grant from the federal government, Bolton said. “We wanted to make certain that everyone who wanted to put up one of these new signs had the opportunity to.” Some officials say the monitors are another key component in the Bongo system’s ability to increase ridership. Bolton said ridership on the Iowa City Transit, Coralville Transit, and Cambus have increased

HawkAlert The basics of the system: • Used for emergency notifications • Immediate impact on entire campus • Potential threat to health and safety • Not for updates Source: HawkAlert website

Pradarelli said his office handles HawkAlerts that deal with weather or class cancellations. But about a year ago, officials handed the responsibility of alerting the community about public safety emergencies to the UI police. Charles Green, the assistant vice president for the UI police, said his department must decide whether a crime-related incident requires a warning on the university’s website or a full HawkAlert. “We use a HawkAlert for emergency notifications,” he said. “… when there’s an impact that will affect the entire campus and it is immediate and happening at the moment.” He said the content of

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The sight of President Obama’s speech, at Conveyor Engineering & Manufacturing, is seen on Wednesday in Cedar Rapids. Conveyor employs 80 people and makes a variety of conveyor mechanisms. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

Source: Blueprint For An America Built To Last fact sheet

since Bongo was instituted. Iowa City has seen a 5 percent increase, and Coralville has seen a 10 percent increase. Cambus recorded its largest ridership of more than 4 million for the fiscal 2011. Bongo costs the university, through both Cambus and ITS, a total of $50,000 a year. The first screen was set up in the Old Capitol Town Center, and others have been placed in the Carver College of Medicine, UI dorms, and the Coralville

Public Library. Kirkwood Community College and Coral Ridge Mall have all expressed interest in the screens, Bolton said. Expansion to these locations and elsewhere could happen as soon as February. “It’s just one more layer of convenience we’re providing for our users,” said Chris O’Brien, Iowa City’s director of Parking & Transportation. Bolton also noted the effect the increased ridership can have on the envi-

ronment. “That are fewer cars on the road and more feet on the buses,” Bolton said. “It’s got a huge sustainability impact.” Bongo was acknowledged as “the first regional, real-time passenger information system in the U.S.” by the American Public Transit Association at its 2011 expo. The service was even highlighted on the Department of Transportation’s Fast Lane blog. “We were contacted a few days ago by an agency from

California asking about how much our QR codes are used and if they were worth the screen real estate,” Bolton said. “Communities from all over the country, including Los Angeles, are looking at what we’re doing with Bongo for inspiration.” O’Brien said riders like the dependability of the system. “If people know there’s a delay due to accidents or weather, they’re more willing to accept it and work around it,” he said.

HawkAlerts is dependent on the incident and time and location may not be included. It is better to send less information than try to address an inaccuracy. “We are so limited in number of characters we can put out,” Green said. “It is not for updating, it is for the immediate concern. Because it is so immediate, people are assuming all information is accurate. We try to make it so people have accurate information at the time of the incident.” He said people are encouraged to go to the University website for more information on incidents when they occur. Annette Hacker, director of Iowa State University News Service, said ISU has

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PHELAN CONTINUED FROM 8A tion, and team MVP as a member of the Washington High swimming team. Washington has a history as a nationally recognized swimming program; it has garnered 27 state titles in the sport. Junior captain and fellow All-American Jordan Huff swam against Phelan in high school while at Dubuque Senior High. He said he thinks having Phelan on the squad is an honor, and the former highschool rival played a large role in his own commitment to Iowa. “I only knew him as that really fast kid from Washington in the beginning,

MCCABE CONTINUED FROM 8A ting in the game, I wasn’t confident in my abilities.” He credited conversations late last season with McCaffery and his parents for helping him remain positive. “They just told me, ‘If things don’t go well, just keep playing as hard as you can,’ ” McCabe said. “That’s what I did. I con-

MEN CONTINUED FROM 8A ‘Oh yeah, we definitely can get these guys.’ It’s not a lack of respect for us, but if you look at the standings, we’re not ranked. So they’re looking at someone like us and thinking, ‘We have to win this game.’ ” Nebraska is led by senior Bo Spencer, a 6-2, 193pound guard who averages almost 15 points per game and has scored at least 20 points five times this season. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said on Tuesday he plans on using “different

WOMEN CONTINUED FROM 8A the 2-point line and from the free-throw line, but we need to play better defense. “Our team only had 13 turnovers against them the last time we played; we’re going to have to duplicate that type of performance in order for us to be in this game at Nebraska.” Iowa will travel home after tonight’s game and will only have Friday to prepare for its second game in 72 hours. The Hawkeyes

Next Up Iowa at Shamrock Invitational When: Friday-Saturday •W • Where: Rolf’s Aquatic Center, South Bend, Ind.

[but] by my junior year, we were texting back and forth before our races and stuff like that,” Huff said. “My junior year — his senior year — we raced at the conference [meet], and he broke my conference record, which I never got back. But I got him back at districts and state. “When I heard he was coming here, I really started to consider Iowa … I thought; ‘You know, he’s really fast. If they can attract a fast swimmer,

McCabe by the numbers Sophomore Zach McCabe’s offensive statistics have improved dramatically since his freshman campaign. • Scoring: 8.1 points per game (5.8 as a freshman) • Field-goal shooting: 50.4 percent (34.9 percent) • 3-point shooting: 46.2 percent (28.6 percent) tinued it through the off-

Iowa (11-9, 3-4) vs. Nebraska (10-9, 2-6) • When: 6 p.m. today • Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena • Where to watch: ESPNU looks” to stop Spencer, including throwing three different primary defenders at him: guards Matt Gatens and Devyn Marble and forward Eric May. Stopping opposing teams’ leading scorers has been a problem throughout the year for Iowa. The Hawkeyes have allowed the opponents’ top scorer to

Iowa (11-9, 3-4) at No. 19 Nebraska (16-3, 5-2) • When: 7 p.m. today • Where: Devaney Sports Center, Lincoln, Neb. • Where to listen: AM-800 KXIC

will host No. 13 Purdue on Saturday, a rematch with a team the Hawkeyes led by as many as 14 points before losing a 57-55 contest on Jan. 15. “Rebounding has been a

Sports there’s probably a couple other fast swimmers. I really want to be a part of that.’ ” Long couldn’t seem to say enough good things about Phelan; he lauded both his abilities in the pool and his strengths as a leader out of the water. “He was stereotyped in high school as more of a drop-dead sprinter, but he’s certainly much more talented than that,” the eightyear head coach said. “He really takes care of business; he leads by example in terms of how he takes care of himself and his swimming. This program means a lot to him, and that shows. His family has been very supportive, and he’s a very serious student. “That all comes together to make a champion.”

Derrick Shostrom of Man Dimes drives downfield in the Bubble on Wednesday. Man Dimes beat Just Can’t Get Enough, 4-0; log on to for the full story. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin)

season and just tried to stay confident.” If the Purdue game was an early peak in the Sioux City native’s career, the previous four games served as an appropriate precursor. McCabe is averaging 11.2 points per game over his last five. Prior to that stretch, he averaged 7.1. The 20-year-old’s aggressiveness also earned him as many freethrow attempts (21) in his last five games as he shot

in Iowa’s previous 15 games combined. “What you’re seeing now is a much more effective, and then ultimately, a much more confident player,” McCaffery said. “He’s attacking the basket. He’s making jumpers. He’s defending much better. He’s staying out of foul trouble. He’s taking advantage of what he’s learned in the last year and a half, and using it to his advantage.” Though McCabe’s 20-


surpass his scoring average in all nine of their losses. Iowa’s defensive effort has improved in recent performances — the displayed Hawkeyes stretches of great defense against Michigan and Purdue, for example — but Gatens said there’s still room to improve the consistency of effort. “A lot of it has to do with communication, staying in your stance, and handling on-ball situations,” he said.

“We’ve done a better job of late against the 3-point line. We need to continue working on that and work in practice.” Iowa had plenty of time to work on whatever needed fixing following its 8point loss to Purdue on Jan. 17. McCaffery said the team didn’t start planning for the Cornhuskers until Tuesday, but said that’s more than enough time to get ready. “I think Nebraska has our full attention,” McCaffery said. “I think they’ve got everybody’s full attention.”

problem,” freshman guard Samantha Logic said when asked why the team has struggled to close out games. “We have to be more focused on that. There’s no excuse; if we focus on that, everything else will come.” And while the Hawkeyes are in a position with their backs against the wall, junior guard Jaime Printy said she’s “excited” about these next two games. “We need to have confidence down the stretch,” she said. “We play really good for 35 minutes of the game — but the last five minutes, we just give away

our win. We need to be focusing on that … and being able to rely on each other.” A win tonight would go a long ways toward setting the team up for another postseason trip, Printy said. “Once you get that feeling of winning back, you get on a roll,” she said. “My freshman year [2009-10], we struggled a lot on the road in the Big Ten, but getting those wins and getting that confidence is huge.”

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Persia triumphs in soccer By PATRICK MASON

Strong play and an organized effort pushed Persia to a 3-2 victory over Sigma Pi on Wednesday night in the Bubble. The match was marred by poor officiating, though. Many calls were missed, and several players said it seemed the officials were not even paying attention to the match. Maysam Takapoo, a University of Iowa research assistant, said he felt the referees weren’t “into the game.” “The officials did a very poor job,” Takapoo said. “They need to be paying attention, blow the whistles with some force to show that they can control a game when it is needed.

They also need to know the rules on key plays.” The play in question occurred near the end of the match as Persia goalkeeper Alireza Mofidi grabbed a corner kick in front of the net. Mofidi was outside the keeper’s box, which resulted in an indirect kick; while the players knew this, the officials did not. Both teams yelled about where to place the ball, and play stopped for around five minutes before everything was straightened out. But the officiating problems didn’t stop Persia and Sigma Pi from putting on a show. Mofidi played well in goal, making a series of acrobatic plays with the game on the line. “He was definitely our

MVP of the night,” Takapoo said. “Even my parents who came to watch said they enjoyed seeing him jump around and stop ‘those hard shots.’ He kept us in the game when we went down an early goal due to some defensive issues, but we rallied and prevailed.” Persia was shut out for the first half, and entered the second down a goal. Persia scored back-to-back goals within four minutes of each other, but Sigma Pi answered in the 33rd minute to tie the game. Persia striker Foad Khoshouei scored his second goal of the game with a minute remaining to put his team up for good. Even after the tough loss, members of Sigma Pi said they had nothing but

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respect for their opponent. “They definitely outplayed us,” Sigmi Pi’s Taylor Boegel said. “It was a little intimidating to see Persia in full soccer gear with jerseys on before the game, while we had on basketball shorts and old shirts. But I thought we played surprisingly well against them, but they just came through at the end when I thought we had a chance after tying the game.” Sigma Pi walked off the pitch after the game, but Persia stayed and formed a circle. Takapoo walked around the circle, congratulating each player on the game before walking over and hugging his parents. It was a nice moment after a hard-fought win.

point game caught others’ attention, he didn’t sound particularly impressed with himself. Asked what led to his career night, he smiled and shrugged before laughing it off. “I think I had open shots, and I was able to hit them. I had other opportunities to get to the basket and I took those,” he said. “That was a good performance, but you just have to keep building. It was a loss, so it’s not that big for me right now.”

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Phelan makes his mark

Hawks not overlooking Huskers Nebraska will enter Carver-Hawkeye for the first time as a member of the Big Ten tonight. By BEN SCHUFF

Iowa senior Ryan Phelan julls himself out of the pool on Wednesday. Phelan owns the eighth-best 50-free time in the country this season. (The Daily Iowan/Asmaa Elkeurti)

Ryan Phelan is one of four All-Americans on Iowa’s roster, and he’s poised to make that honor a double this season. By BEN ROSS

Ryan Phelan had options to swim coming out of high school. Iowa’s senior captain and All-American took official visits to Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio State — but his mind had been all but made up even before he stepped on the non-Iowa campuses. He said he didn’t know he was ready to be a swimmer at the college level until he started receiving recruiting letters from schools. The first piece of such mail was adorned with the University of Iowa logo. “I didn’t know the first thing about college swimming,” Phelan said. “Junior

year, I started getting calls and letters, and I really thought it was something I should look into and go for. The first letter I ever received was from Marc Long here at the University of Iowa. It was handwritten, and I won’t ever forget it. It really meant a lot to me and opened my eyes.” Phelan maintains he didn’t make up his mind to go to Iowa just because of the letter, but admitted he thinks it may have given him a push. “When I received the letter, I didn’t say, ‘Hey, that’s where I want to go,’ ” he said. “It was neat, I thought; look into this, take it a little further, and see where it goes.”

Hoopsters hope to get on a roll Iowa still doesn’t have a win on the road during conference season. By BEN WOLFSON

The Iowa women’s basketball team (11-9, 3-4 Big Ten) has underperformed this season. But the Hawkeyes still believe they can regroup over their remaining nine games and qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Iowa is searching for its first conference road win, and it needs a big v i c t o r y Bluder over a Coach ranked team to bolster its tournament résumé. “We need some wins,” head coach Lisa Bluder said in a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s not an easy week to have that happen, but we need to make it happen. We need to have a quality win or two in our résumé, and this is an opportunity for us to get it.” Iowa will try to extend its streak of making the

NCAA Tournament to five-straight seasons. The 2008-09 squad started 9-7 overall, 2-3 in the Big Ten, before it closed the regular season by going 11-2. The Hawkeyes were in an even worse position in 2009-10. Bluder’s team was 8-7, 1-3 in conference play, but strung together 12 wins in its last 14 games. Iowa was even able to turn its play around in 2010-11, when it started 8-10 and 1-6 in league games. Nine wins in 11 games got the Black and Gold into the tournament. Last year, Iowa was 177, 5-6 in conference, before closing the regular season with a five-game win streak. The Hawks will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to take on the No. 19 Cornhuskers (16-3, 5-2) tonight. The Hawkeyes went into halftime up 2 points in their first with the matchup Huskers, in CarverHawkeye Arena on Jan. 8, but ended up losing, 7772. “Last time we played them … [it was] one of those situations where, it could have been anybody’s game,” Bluder said. “We took care of the ball, and we shot the ball well from SEE WOMEN, 7A

Phelan ultimately committed to Iowa and hasn’t looked back since. The Cedar Rapids native is a part of the 200- and 400-free relay teams that set school records at the Big Ten championships in 2011. His 50-free time of 19.77 seconds is the eighth-best in the country this season. The best times of the 200- and 400free relay teams are ranked ninth and 10th in the country, respectively. Phelan has helped lead Iowa to a 5-1 Big Ten record and a No. 14 national ranking. His prep career may have destined him to be college swimmer, too; he was an All-American, a two-time all-state selec-

The Iowa men’s basketball team won’t face a nationally ranked opponent or a perennial Big Ten powerhouse when it hosts Nebraska tonight. Instead, the Cornhuskers will bring a pair of conference victories into Carver-Hawkeye Arena for the first time as a member of the Big Ten. The contest, set to tip off at 6:02 p.m. on ESPNU, features two teams from the bottom half of the conference standings. Both Iowa (11-9, 3-4 Big Ten) and Nebraska (10-9, 2-6) opened league play with difficult schedules, playing Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin in their first five games. Now, the two squads will try to start a somewhat easier Basabe portion of their schedules forward with a win tonight. “From the outside looking in, somebody might say, ‘Oh, you guys got Nebraska. Nebraska should be [an] automatic win,’ ” forward Melsahn Basabe said. “When you really look at it, they’re just as dangerous as somebody like Michigan State in the scheme of things, because everyone is beating each other [in conference] now.” Basabe was referring to Nebraska’s 70-69 upset of then-No. 13 Indiana eight days ago. Performances like the one the Cornhuskers had against the Hoosiers caught the attention of Basabe and the rest of the Hawkeyes. “Those teams [like Nebraska] are even more dangerous because they have the scrappy attitude like we have,” Basabe said, noting that Iowa may have snuck up on Wisconsin and Michigan in upset victories of their own. “These games can be more dangerous than other games because they see it as,



Hawk McCabe comes of age Zach McCabe’s improvement is the result of newfound maturity and confidence. By JORDAN GARRETSON

Matt Gatens still can’t forget a play Zach McCabe made — never mind that it happened 10 days ago. Just under four minutes remained, and then-No. 13 Michigan was chipping into Iowa’s 60-48 lead when Bryce Cartwright’s misfired 3pointer caromed to the top of the key. Failed attempts to grab the ball by Gatens and two Michigan players saw it ricochet to midcourt. But instead of haphazardly flailing at the ball, McCabe dove across the floor, skidding until he secured the rebound. Gatens hit a 3 moments later to secure Iowa’s upset of the Wolverines on Jan. 14. The effort earned such a prominent place in Gatens’ mind that he brought it up after hundreds of plays from a full week’s worth of practices and another game since. “A game-changing play,” the Iowa senior guard said on Tuesday — and after playing in 113 career games, Gatens should know. “It just shows how tough the kid is, taking charges, stuff like that. A guy that can get on the floor is a guy that every team needs. All of us could probably do more of that.” That kind of tenacity has accompanied McCabe’s play since the beginning of his Hawkeye career. But now, as a sophomore, he is combining his hustle with new-found maturity to become a more complete player. The 6-7 forward most recently exemplified that transformation in a 75-68 loss to Purdue on Jan. 17. He started inauspiciously, missing his

Iowa forward Zach McCabe shoots against Ohio State in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Jan. 7. McCabe is averaging 11.2 points over the Hawkeyes’ past five games. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) first shot from the field and two of his first three from the free-throw line. He finished with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. McCabe wouldn’t have responded as well last season if faced with sim-

ilar early game struggles. As a freshman who coach Fran McCaffery said “made a lot of freshman mistakes,” McCabe was often plagued by selfdoubt. “It hurt me,” McCabe said. “GetSEE MCCABE, 7A

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Politics as a joke John Oliver will perform his comedy show, inspired by stories from his own life and current events in the United States, at the UI on Saturday.


When Brit John Oliver was asked about Stephen Bloom’s article in The Atlantic, he said he hadn’t read a word. But he noted that if it attacked the exaggerated importance of the Iowa caucuses, it might have some validity. Many of Oliver’s comedic musings deal with American politics and the commentary surrounding it. The Emmy-award winning comedian will perform his show “Comedy for Smart People” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the IMU Main Lounge. The University of Iowa’s Hancher and


SCOPE Productions will present the show in collaboration. Along with “The Daily Show,” Oliver is known for his recurring role as Dr. Ian Duncan on the NBC comedy “Community” and for hosting a Comedy Central standup series titled “John Oliver’s New York Standup Show.” Oliver’s interest in comedy began well before relocating to the United States. “I was always interested in politics, and I was always interested in comedy, but it took me a surprisingly long time to think of putting the two together,” he said. “I loved ‘The Daily

Show’ when I was living in England, so to be working on it now is a dream come true.“ While studying at Cambridge, he was the vice president of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, a theater group whose previous members include Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugh Laurie, and most of the members of Monty Python. Despite his background in theater, Oliver contends that he doesn’t portray a character on “The Daily Show.” “I don’t know if I really have a SEE OLIVER, 4B




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Man on a Ledge

Dee (Alyssa Perry) and her high-school sweetheart (Sam Hawkins) rehearse for Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers on Tuesday in Theatre B. The play will open Friday. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin)

Actors Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, and Edward Burns star in this heart-rending thriller about a man who makes the life-threatening decision to stand on the ledge of a building in order to prove his innocence. Directed by Asger Leth, the movie takes audiences on the journey of what this man is thinking as he climbs a skyscraper for all of New York City to witness. With the help of his brother and a police negotiator, he tries to clear his name of a crime he didn’t commit.

• Open Mike (Singer/Songwriter), 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque • Slewgrass, 8:30 p.m., George’s, 312 E. Market • Passafire, 9 p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burlington • 5 in a Hand’s Last Show, Item 9, and the Mad Hatters, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Mixology, 10 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington

Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers is a mixture of myth and history that takes the ancient Greek story of Demeter and Persephone and shakes it up in the 1960s and 1990s. “It’s about mothers and daughters. It’s about family,” said director David Hanzal. “It’s about making sense of your past in order to have a better future. It’s about reconnecting with people who have unfortunately fallen out of your life.” The play will open at 8 p.m. Friday in the Theatre Building’s Theatre B. Admission is $5 for non-UI students, free for UI students. In the production, Dee and the daughter she had to give up in the ’60s are reunited in the ’90s. When Dee meets daughter Corie after around 25 years, she finds an avid death-metal fan who is wary of the mother who gave her up. Dee must explain the circumstances surrounding her pregnancy in order to show her daughter that she was wanted. “I’m interested in exploring different mythologies and ideologies and how they shape our choices and our relationships with other people,” said M.F.A. playwright student Louisa

Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 Where: Theatre Building Theatre B Admission: $5, free for students

Hill. The theater artists she worked with on the play helped to make the project successful, she said. “My favorite part has been the collaboration with the theater artists that I’m working with,” she said. “People brought their own background and experiences to the project, and it really helped to enhance the script.” Junior theater major Alyssa Perry, who plays Dee, said that although she hasn’t experienced the same struggles that her character does, the story is somewhat similar to what some generations of her family have experienced, making it easy for her to understand. “You end up discovering a lot about yourself because you realize all these things the character is doing are exactly things that you would do under certain circumstances,” she said. One of the challenges of

working on a new play is that the script is a work in progress. New elements are added and some are taken away as the production advances. “I think what’s most important for me as a director is to nurture this new work, and foster it, and bring it into the universe, so it’s something I’m really passionate about,” Hanzal said. “Even though it’s always a challenge, it’s an exhilarating challenge.” Those involved with the play said one thing they enjoyed was the atmosphere of collaboration. “It’s been really neat to be able to create in such a warm environment and collaborate with so many beautiful and goofy people,” Perry said. Although the play takes place in a different time period and involves situations that not everyone has encountered, Hill believes people can relate to the play because it’s about people making mistakes, loving each other, and hurting each other. “I think people can learn a lot about their own lives or about the world in which they live,” she said. “Maybe challenge their assumptions about different groups of people and consider the way that ideology affects our choices, our decisions, and our relationships with people.”

Kayaking past tragedy New York Times best-selling author Roger Rosenblatt will read from his most recent work Friday at Prairie Lights.

Roger Rosenblatt long knew he wanted the life of a writer after growing up in a neighborhood in Manhattan that had been home to such literary icons as Herman Melville and Nathanael West. He remembers being able to feel the atmosphere of a writer’s life before he started to create his own work. In elementary school, he was, he said, a terrible student, but one thing he did was write. This hobby grew to become his career. Now, 15 books later, he is ready to share his latest book, Kayak Morning, with the public at 7 p.m. Friday at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. Admission is free. Kayak Morning, written in essay form, focuses on a man’s struggle after his daughter dies. Rosenblatt reflects on the grief that results from personal

Author Roger Rosenblatt will read on Friday at Prairie Lights. (Contributed Photo) tragedy. The essay takes place on a summer morning, two and a half years after his daughter’s death. Rosenblatt kayaks down a river and reminisces about her life; at moments in the narrative, he talks to her as if she’s there. The nature surrounding the writer as he journeys down the river also triggers memories of his own

past. The work follows his previous work, Making Toast, which was more closely attached to his daughter’s death and how his family coped with the loss.

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• Guys on Ice: An Ice Fishing Musical Comedy, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert • Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers, Gallery Series, 8 p.m., Theatre Building Theatre B • Turn of the Screw, UI School of Music, 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington

• Stage on the Page: True West, 10 a.m., Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., Coralville • Susan Wheeler poetry reading, 8 p.m., Dey House Frank Conroy Reading Room

LECTURES • Campus Activities Board V&E: MTV Real World, Frank Sweeney, 10 p.m., W151 Pappajohn Building


• Art & Music Night, 6 p.m., Uptown Bill’s

Friday 1.27 MUSIC


This crime and mystery thriller is based on the character of Stephanie Plum, a popular hero in the mystery series by Janet Evanovich. Katherine Heigl plays Plum, a Jersey girl who is desperate to find some cash. She resorts to a job as a recovery agent and is instantly caught up in a business that she never thought would be as involved as it seemed to be. Directed by Julie Anne Robinson, the movie creates a picture of what Plum has to deal with in her new job and in her personal life.

• Andy Juhl and the Blue Stem Players, 5 p.m., Uptown Bill’s • Celebration of Human Rights: Tim Be Told Concert, 7 p.m., IMU second-floor ballroom • Sean Boarini, 8:30 p.m., Piano Lounge, 347 S. Gilbert • The Gabriel Hounds, 9 p.m., Mill • Henhouse Prowlers and Acoustic Mayflies, 9 p.m., Yacht Club • Limbs with DJ Kage and Half Naked, 9 p.m., Blue Moose, 211 Iowa • Miles Nielson, Emperor’s Club, and Milk & Eggs, 9 p.m., Gabe’s

•Into the Abyss, 6:30 p.m., Bijou • Take Shelter, 8:50 p.m., Bijou • Campus Activities Board Movie, 50/50, 10 p.m., 348 IMU • Labyrinth (1986), 11:20 p.m., Bijou



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• “Live from Prairie Lights,” Roger Rosenblatt, nonfiction, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque

Saturday 1.28 Labyrinth Showtimes: 11:20 p.m. Friday, 11:20 p.m. Saturday

In the 1986 film directed by Jim Henson, Labyrinth follows the story of a young girl named Sarah who is left alone by her parents to baby-sit her halfbrother. But when he won’t stop crying, Sarah tells him a bedtime story in which she creates her own fantasy world in which her brother gets stolen. She is forced to save him from the mythical characters before the clock strikes midnight.





• The Skin I Live In, 6:45 By JULIA JESSEN

p.m., Bijou • Melancholia, 9:15 p.m., Bijou

This week’s beer of the week comes to us from one of the best beer-making counties in all the world, Belgium. The brew is the Watou Tripel from the St. Bernardus Brewery. A tripel is a word to describe a strong pale ale. And while this brew is strong at 7.5 abv, it is more drinkable than most tripel, which come in around 9 percent abv. The lower alcohol percentage makes this beer quite sessionable (hands down my favorite adjective to describe beer), meaning it Watou Tripel is easy to drink many in one sitting or session. The brew features a mild, dry body. The drinker is met with a mild sweetness from the front that is followed by a slightly spicier notes. The nose offers citrus notes and hints of wheat and ginger. “This beer should be paired with lighter meats like chicken, salmon, or tuna steaks,” said Joe Hotek of John’s Grocery, 401 E. Market St. So this weekend pack a cooler full of St. Bernardus Watou Tripels, grab your rod and reel, and plant yourself on the banks of the great Iowa River. It should only take you a few casts until your pulling salmon, tuna, heck, maybe even chickens, right out of the murky waters. But if it takes longer than expected, just keep putting down those tripels; don’t worry, they’re sessionable. Cheers. — by Jordan Montgomery

THEATRE • Guys on Ice: An Ice Fishing Musical Comedy, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theatre • Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers, Gallery Series, 8 p.m., Theatre B • Turn of the Screw, UI School of Music, 8 p.m., Englert Theatre

MISCELLANEOUS • GLOW, Mingle ’n’ Rave, 8 p.m., IMU Black Box Theater

don’t miss!

MUSIC • Saturday Night Music: Jeffrey Capps, Uptown Bill’s • Item 9 & the Mad Hatters with Gone South, 9 p.m., Gabe’s

FILM • Into the Abyss, 4:15 * 9 p.m., Bijou • Take Shelter, 6:30 p.m., Bijou • Campus Activities Board Movie 50/50, 10 p.m., 348 IMU

THEATRE • Guys on Ice: An Ice Fishing Musical Comedy, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theatre • Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers, Gallery Series, 8 p.m., Theatre B • Turn of the Screw, UI School of Music, 8 p.m., Englert Theatre

T.U.G.G. and Lick It Ticket Where: Yacht Club When: 9 p.m. Why you should go: T.U.G.G., hailing from La Crosse, Wis., will visit Iowa City this weekend and bring its warm reggae sound to the chilly Midwest. The group is quickly becoming a highlight of the reggae genre, recently sharing a stage with such bands as the Dirty Heads and Rusted Root.

Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.

MISCELLANEOUS DANCE • Barn Dance, 7:30 p.m.,

• John Oliver, 7:30 p.m., IMU, Main Lounge

Sunday 1.29 MUSIC • Senior Recital Revisited: 45 years later, Stephen Swanson, 4 p.m., Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton

• Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers by Louisa Hill, 2 p.m., Theatre B • Turn of the Screw, UI School of Music, 2 p.m., Englert Theatre

MISCELLANEOUS THEATRE • Guys on Ice: An Ice Fishing Musical Comedy, 2 p.m., Riverside Theatre

TRACKS FROM THE PAST Daft Punk — Discovery Daft Punk is playin’ at my house. And the album is the group’s 2001 release, Discovery. The record runs a shade more than an hour, and it marks the group’s transition from the Chicagohouse genre in which it had been categorized to a more disco/postdisco/synthpop style of house music. Daft Punk’s two members, Frenchmen Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are famously private, wearing robot masks and cos-

• UI Museum of Art Student Bus Trip to the Figge Art Museum, noon, depart from Studio Arts Building tumes during their live performances and public appearances. This practice only adds to the mystique of their music. Discovery was met with largely favorable reviews such as an 8/10 from Spin, 5 stars from Q, and 4.5 stars from Rolling Stone. As of 2005, the album had sold 2.6 million copies worldwide. The easily recognizable tracks can still be heard at raging parties today. Tracks such as “One More Time,” “Digital Love,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” will never lose their luster and will forever get people on their feet and wiggling around the room faster than most other songs. — by Jordan Montgomery

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Passafire will perform at the Mill today at 9 p.m. (Contributed Photo)

Passafire will showcase its new music today at the Mill. By SAMANTHA GENTRY

The members of Passafire never experienced going to a large state school — they all attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where they started their musical careers. But they leap at the chance to play shows on college campuses, such as the University of Iowa. Lead vocalist Ted Bowne said the musicians didn’t expect a lot of people to show up at their first Iowa City show because the band isn’t well-known. “Surprisingly, a lot of people came to the show, and it was actually a really good time,” he said. “We are looking forward to seeing all of those people again.” Passafire will play at 9 p.m. today at the Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Admission is $8. The band members steer away from being in the category of traditional reggae/rock by continually composing new material. “There are definite elements of our music that aren’t average, and most recent reviews have said that we are straying away from reggae,” Bowne said.

“We have progressed a lot and expanded into different charters.” But the band’s sound isn’t the only thing that has changed in the past year. With the September 2011 release of its most recent album, Start from Scratch, the band has gained a new member, label, and producer. “I think that in some ways we were starting from scratch in new areas of music that we haven’t been to before, such as ballads and music that could even be considered alternative country,” Bowne said. “We do acoustic records here and there, but this time, we actually decided to create songs that were just made for acoustic instruments.” Mike DeGuzman, the keyboardist and newest member of the band, said he notices a difference between his first show with the group and more recent performances, he said. “I was a fan of the band before I even joined, and listening to the band, I always had ideas of where [it] could go,” he said. “Now that I’m in [Passafire] and getting a chance to help write the songs, in a way, it’s kind of a dream.” The band usually plays

an electric show, so playing alternative versions of the songs, as the members plan to do at the Mill, presents a new element. Since the tour began, the members said, audiences have responded positively to their new sound. They sees this as their chance to explore the Americana roots and sounds of the music. For drummer Nick Kubley, recording and performing Start from Scratch has made him a lot happier than he was before. “This actually made me like what I was doing more, and overall, it was a positive change,” he said. “It’s good to start with a clean slate and move forward. I like that we’re changing up our songs, because it keeps things fresh.” The musicians plan to play songs that they left out of their last tour’s set. The band will play some of its older songs that were crowd favorites and will also included a cover song, which, the members said, they haven’t done on tour in years. “We thought it would be really fun to include a cover on this tour,” Bowne said. “We are excited to play some new songs and new old songs.”

Ghostly opera

Miles (Daniel Burgess) sits with sister Flora (Kaitlin Shewmate) during a rehearsal for The Turn of the Screw on Tuesday in the Englert Theatre. The ghost story centers on a governess who attempts to fight the evil that has corrupted the orphaned children she must take care of. The play will open Friday in the Englert. (The Daily Iowan/Asmaa Elkeurti)

The UI School of Music will put a musical twist on a classic horror story, Turn of the Screw, this weekend. By JORDAN MONTGOMARY

When a single spotlight began to burn in the Englert Theatre, the audience’s gaze became fixed on a lone man standing on stage. Two 8-foot cobblestone walls separated by an intimidating black wrought-iron gate joined him. From the orchestra pit below him crept eerie piano notes, and he began to sing. This weekend, the University of Iowa School of Music will perform Benjamin Britten’s famous opera, The Turn of the Screw, based on Henry James’ gothic novel. There will be three performances: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Admission is $20 general public, $15 for seniors above 65, $10 for youth under 17, and $5 for students with valid IDs. Janet Brehm Ziegler, a doctoral candidate studying voice performance at the UI, plays the governess in the production directed by Allen Hicks.

“I am most excited about being able to portray the governess as Dr. Hicks has allowed me to,” Brehm Ziegler said about her first lead role in a contemporary opera. “Being able to experience the governess’ emotions and feelings has been an absolute gift. [Dr. Hicks] has allowed us to decide how to portray the characters, and it is very exciting.” Hicks said a committee in the School of Music decides upon the production every year. But had it been up to him, he would have also chosen The Turn of the Screw. “It is a fantastic work of the 20th century,” he said. “It is very challenging both musically and dramatically, and it is a great learning experience. With regards to 20th-century music, it has a place in the opera canon. Because of that, if these kids decided to pursue a professional career, they will likely run into it again.” Not all members of the cast are students at the university.

Miles, a young boy in the story, is played by brothers Daniel and Andrew Burgess. The pair auditioned for the part after their piano teacher told them that singing would help their skills with the instrument. “It was hard work; we had about a week to prepare, and we got the part,” 12-year old Daniel said. “I think it’s a great opera; the music is incredible.” The production stays true to the music written by Britten in the 1950s, but the group has taken some liberties with the visual presentation. “You’ll never see two productions that are exactly the same,” Hicks said. “It all depends on what the stage director and design staff decide and find most important in telling the story.” And the story they tell is a spooky one. “It gets a little creepy,” Brehm Ziegler said. “Even though it may not be real, it feels real because the theater magic takes over.”

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character, and if I do, he or she doesn’t have any political position whatsoever,” he said. “That’s the beauty of playing a fake journalist — you don’t have to be consistent in any shape or form. You can change your positions as frequently as Mitt Romney changes his ties. And his positions.” Many UI students likely depend on “The Daily Show” as one of their main news sources. But Oliver assures his fans that he is not a journalist — he works for the laughs. “[It’s] purely for entertainment,” he said. “I have absolutely no interest in politically influencing anyone whatsoever. If I did, I’d have gone into politics. And if I’d done that, I think I’d have killed myself by now.” Though Oliver verifies that his goal is not to sway the public’s political opinions, his colleagues are known for their influence. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been listed in the rank of Time’s Most Influential People of the Year. On Oct. 30, 2010, the pair led the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., an event that attracted around 215,000 people. UI journalism Professor Julie Andsager notes that the faux journalists who present information on such shows as “The Daily Show” are not a bad source of news. “If you look at ‘The Daily

Show,’ it presents news in a much more comprehensive way compared to other news networks,” she said. “What I mean by that is, if they show a clip of Newt Gingrich contradicting himself, it shows several clips of him saying something in the past that is the complete opposite. If you were going to just rely on 20 minutes of television news per day, you could do a lot worse than ‘The Daily Show.’ ” But Andsager warns that the program’s viewers should seek news from other sources as well. “Some people think that they don’t have to go elsewhere,” she said. “You’re not getting a full picture of the news, and you’re not getting a broad picture of the world.” UI journalism Associate Professor Frank Durham agrees that “The Daily Show” should not be a person’s main source of news. “People watching this fake news are not learning about events and politics, they are learning to ridicule institutions,” he said. “I like it when they make fun of institutions, because institutions are worth making fun of. It is worth making fun of their foibles.” And when it comes to the flaws of institutions, Durham says, now is a great time for satirical news shows. “At a time when the

80 hours world is more complicated than it’s ever been, at a time when [institutions] are stretched economically, there will be more opportunities for ridicule,” he said. “The modern institution is under more strain than ever. That means more mistakes, and more mistakes mean more ‘Daily Show.’ ” Institutions’ errors will undoubtedly be under attack in Oliver’s standup show, which carries the slogan: “Offering insight into American values and politics only an outsider can provide.” Oliver said that his standup performance differs from his work on “The Daily Show” because it is slightly more personal, and he sometimes draws in stories from his own life. He also said that his audience can come in with one expectation. “I think they’re entitled to expect it to be funny,” he said. “Otherwise, I think we can all safely assume that the evening has been a complete failure.” for more arts and culture

ARTS Voice professor revisits recital In 1967, University of Iowa music Professor Stephen Swanson was a senior at North Park College in Chicago, working toward fulfilling a bachelor of music degree with a recital program. Now, 45 years later, Swanson will perform the same recital at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton St. The recital will include arias from Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s “Cantata No. 130,” German and French art songs by famous composers, and selections from Vaughan Williams’ “Songs of Travel.” Swanson has been a professor of voice at the UI since 1994. His life is filled with music, being a concert and opera singer, a teacher of singing, and an opera stage director.

The baritone’s accomplishments include singing in opera houses in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. Over the course of his career, the roles in operas, operettas, and musicals he has performed has grown to 91. Casey Rafn, a pianist and the winner of the 2010 Iowa Music Teachers Association Young Artist competition, will join Swanson as he returns to the program he performed nearly half a century ago. — by Julia Jessen

‘Real World’ persona visits Iowa City Come find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real … because Frank Sweeney is coming to Iowa City. Sweeney, a cast member

from MTV’s most recent season of “The Real World: San Diego,” will speak at 10 p.m. today in room W151 at the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free. Sweeney is partaking in a Q&A hosted by the Campus Activities Board in which he will talk about his experiences on the show and possibly show a few clips from this past season. Sweeney, nicknamed Hurricane Frank, showed a tropical storm of emotions while on the show. The New Yorker has become known for his hookups with numerous girls and guys and his notion that a night spent drinking without a blackout means you didn’t have enough fun. Members of the Iowa City audience will find out if it was all an act for television or if this is how Sweeney truly lives his life. — by Samantha Gentry

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15 Ways My Girlfriend is Like Crack: She’s the first thing I think of when I wake up. • She makes my heart race. • She makes me feel like I can take on anything. Anything. • Sometimes, she keeps me up all night and makes me sleep all day. • Wherever she is, a spoon and a lighter are likely also nearby. • Ever since she came into my life, it’s been harder and harder to get to the gym. • The first time I had her, it was on a street corner and didn’t cost me a dime.


• Trauma Conference, 7 a.m., 0091 UIHC Colloton Pavilion • Maximizing the Use of Outlook Workshop, 8 a.m., 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building • Biochemistry, Diabetes & Obesity Candidate, Brandon Davies, 10:30 a.m., 2117 Medical Education & Research Facility • Epidemiology Seminar, 11:30 a.m., N120 College of Public Health Building • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, noon, UIHC General Hospital Medical Alumni Auditorium • Iowa Eye Interest Group, noon, 4181 Medical Education & Research Facility • Organic Seminar, “The Englerins: Potential agents for treatment of Renal Cancers,” Patrick Ndung, Chemistry, 12:30 p.m., W228 Chemistry Building • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 3315 Seamans Center • Electrical & Computer

Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2229 Seamans Center • Study Arabic in Morocco, 5 p.m., 1117 University Capitol Centre • Surgical Oncology Tumor Conference, 5 p.m., 4638 Colloton Pavilion • History of Anesthesia in the Veterans Health Administration, 5:30 p.m., 301 Hardin Library • Susan Wheeler poetry reading, 8 p.m., Dey House Frank Conroy Reading Room • College of Public Health Student Association Movie Night, 8:30 p.m., N110 College of Public Health Building • Five in a Hand’s last show, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Melancholia, 9:15 p.m., Bijou • Mixology, 10 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington • Campus Activities Board Movie, 50/50, 10 p.m., 348 IMU • Campus Activities Board V&E, MTV Real World, Frank Sweeney, 10 p.m., W151 Pappajohn Building

• Since then, she’s gotten really expensive. • She’s not as pure as originally advertised. • Because I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time on her, my grades and work performance are noticeably slipping. • I like her, man, but not enough to go to jail for her. • Because of her, I’m no longer allowed to donate blood or plasma. • I don’t think I’ll be able to give her up unless I start

UITV schedule 12:30 p.m. UI Explorers Lecture Series, “Sustaining Biodiversity in Coral Reefs,” Nancy Budd, Geoscience, Nov. 18, 2010 1:30 Montana Ranching: Raising Family and Beef, a film by UI alumna Lauren Chase (2010) 2 Java Blend, Mother Banjo performance at the Java House, Sept. 9, 2011 3:15 UI Explorers Lecture Series, “Humans & Animals,” Matthew Hill, Anthropology, addresses the changing nature of human-animal relationships using archaeological sites, Feb. 17, 2011 4:30 UI Explorers Lecture Series, “Sustaining Biodiversity in Coral

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Reefs,” Nancy Budd, Geoscience, Nov. 18, 2010 5:30 Youth Ballet, Dance Department Performance, Dec. 18, 2011 6:30 Incompetent Sports Talk, student sports analysts review the week in sports, Student Video Productions 7 Java Blend, Mother Banjo performance at the Java House, Sept. 9, 2011 8:15 UI Explorers Lecture Series, “Humans & Animals,” Matthew Hill, Anthropology, addresses the changing nature of human-animal relationships using archaeological sites, Feb. 17, 2011

doing heroin. — Andrew R. Juhl swears he’s never really done crac— SPIDERS — GET ’EM OFF ME.


Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 — by Eugenia Last

ARIES March 21-April 19 Keep a low profile, and take care of business. It’s important to clean up loose ends so you can assess your situation and move forward with an open mind and a set goal. Don’t let emotions interfere with what needs to be done. TAURUS April 20-May 20 Love is in the stars, and a little romance will do you good. Volunteer or offer your services to a campaign you believe in, and you will meet someone interesting. Nurturing friendships and business relationships will bring excellent results. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Volatility should be your prime concern. Whether it is in your personal life, an organization you are involved with, or a potentially ugly situation, protect your interests and retreat before it’s too late. CANCER June 21-July 22 Live, love, and laugh. You have to enjoy life, not let it pass you by or just endure it. Let down your guard a little and experience new people, places, and interests. Take action. Make changes at home that add to your comfort. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 You’ll be tempted to overspend on people and on items you don’t need. Impulsiveness and spontaneity can be wonderful attributes, but they can also get you into trouble. Stick close to home, and avoid fast-talking sales people. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You’ll be drawn to people who are aggressive and who know how to get things done. Take part in whatever is going on around you, and you will enjoy the results you get. Not everything has to be perfect to work. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Look, see, and do. It’s up to you to take charge and to make things happen. Finish jobs and enjoy the company of your peers and colleagues. Interacting with others will lead to bigger and better opportunities. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Put more effort into your home, family, and domestic life. A couple of adjustments can make your home more comfortable and entertaining. Love is in the stars, and time spent with the one you love will enhance your relationships and your life. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Put greater emphasis on your talents and how you can use them to get ahead. Don’t let love stand in the way of progress. Emotional matters will escalate if you meddle. Go about your business, and let things unfold naturally. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Someone from your past or something you did way back when will have an effect on your life now. Let love flourish, and experience what someone is offering that is unique and comforting. A twist of fate can be expected. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Keep your funds and your possessions in a safe place. You’ll be tempted to burn through your assets, resulting in uncertainty regarding something you want to do. Use discipline and hard work to attain your goals. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 Keep a level head, and everything else will fall into place. A power struggle will not be worth your time and effort. Go it alone if you want to avoid opposition. Your strength and courage will impress someone with clout.


If you could study abroad anywhere, where would it be and why? ‘Italy, because that’s where my ancestors are from.’

Andrew Abate UI freshman

‘Antarctica, so I could play with polar bears.’ Cramer Anderson UI freshman

‘Hogwarts, so I could learn magic.’ Cole Rush UI sophomore

‘Australia, because it’s warm and pretty.’ Rachel Gean UI freshman

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