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Economy may aid funding By Brianna Jett

Sebastian Dockery is shown here with his father, Steven Dockery, at Sebastian’s second birthday party on Aug. 31, 1998. Sebastian died from neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor that develops from nerve tissue. (Contributed Photo/Tracy Koranda)

Dance Marathon helps grieving families keep memories of their children alive. By Lauren Coffey

Tears start to form as Tracy Koranda recounts her son’s funeral on a sunny day in December 1998. Her 2-yearold son Sebastian died from a cancer known as neuroblastoma in the early hours after Christmas, in his father’s arms.

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon community was there for Sebastian and his family, from the very beginning to today. This week, even 14 years later, the family plans to participate in the Big Event Friday. “There were those people who asked, ‘What can we do to help?’ ” Koranda said. “I told them to tell our Dance Marathon dancers what had happened. The

day of the funeral, I looked up, and 11 of the dancers were there. They always brought us so much comfort.” Erin Ferris was a dancer for Sebastian in 1999, when the Dockery/Koranda family first started participating in Dance Marathon. Ferris met Sebastian while he was in treatment and said he See sebastian, 5

Clubs, city work on venue change By Nick Hassett

The music scene in Iowa City has been described as vibrant, fresh, and exciting, but for underage music lovers, the experience at local venues can often be ruined by costly curfew citations. The Iowa City City Council is currently considering a change in the policy forbidding 19- and 20-year-olds to be in entertainment venues after midnight, after a mutual effort from the city and local venues. The policy change faced its first test in the City Council on Jan. 22, when councilors approved the measure on a 7-0 vote. The ordinance will require two more readings to pass into law. Scott Kading, owner of the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., said the old policy is more harmful to concert-goers than See venues 5




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Patrons enter the Blue Moose on Jan. 26. The Iowa City City Council is considering a change in the policy forbidding 19- and 20-year-olds to be in entertainment venues after midnight. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera)

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As the economy seems to improve, so do the hopes of state Board of Regents members that the Iowa Legislature will allocate more money to public universities. That hope is reflected across the country. A recent survey, released by Grapevine and Illinois State University, reported that a majority of states are seeing an increase in public education funding. Although the national average is still in a decline of 0.4 percent decrease from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013, it is a vast improvement over the 7.5 percent decline from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2012. From fiscal 2013, Iowa saw an increase of 6.4 percent in state funding, and officials hope the trend will continue. “I would be hopeful that we’d get somewhat more money,” Regent Robert Downer said. “I’m guardedly optimistic.” Gov. Terry Branstad’s budget proposal for fiscal 2014 includes the needed funds to allow the regents to implement a tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates at the three state universities next fall. Whether public universities receive more money can depend a lot on the state of the economy and the state’s budget. “The universities tend to do well in the years that the state budget is in good shape,” Downer said. Even when there is money, education often has a lower priority. “Historically, the universities have been one of the last levels provided for

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The transfer of gunshot residue between two suspects in the October 2009 slaying of an Iowa City landlord drew sharp questioning from attorneys on Jan. 25. One of the suspects, Marshall 20-year-old Justin Mar- defendant shall, is on trial this (Press Citizen week, charged with photo) first-degree murder in connection with the Oct. 8, 2009, killing of John Versypt. During proceedings, Iowa City police See marshall, 5


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Iowa is known for national attention in politics from the first-in-the-nation caucuses to its position as a swing state. But after Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s decision not to seek re-election, Iowa will have an open Senate race for the first time since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. “There are people who go to D.C and vote, and there are people go to D.C. and are champions,” said Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, the newly elected chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. “Sen. Harkin was a champion of Iowa and progressive issues from the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Affordable Care Act, and he showed that you can stand on principles and reach across the aisle to get the job done.” Harkin said it was “time to give someone else a turn,” citing his age and his desire to spend more time with wife Ruth as reasons not to seek re-election. “… I am going to make way for someone new in this Senate seat,” he said in a statement. “I think that is right not just for me but for Iowa, as well.” Harkin’s decision, announced Jan. 26, gives Iowa Republicans another possibility for the first time since Reagan: sending two Republican senators to Washington — something not lost on Olson and other Democrats. Iowa hasn’t sent two Democratic senators since the days of the Ford administration, when Dick Clark and John Culver, the father

of former Gov. Chet Culver, represented Iowa. “I appreciate that Sen. Harkin has made this decision so early in the cycle, giving us ample time to recruit a strong Democratic candidate for this seat,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Speculation now surrounds a variety of candidates on both sides, but focus from Democrats has been on current Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, representing the 1st Congressional District. He responded with a noncommittal statement on Jan. 26 before saying he would consider running Sunday morning. “Over the past 24 hours, I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement and support from Iowans in every corner of the state urging me to consider a campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2014,” he said in a statement. “While Sen. Harkin’s shoes are impossible to fill, over the coming days, my family and I will carefully weigh a possible candidacy for Senate.” University of Iowa political-science Associate Professor Tim Hagle said the Republicans’ chances of retaking control of the Senate are “kind of a long shot,” but it will depend on who wins the nomination. Hagle believes another current Iowa congressman may face some difficulties running a statewide campaign. “[Rep.] Steve King is a good fit in the 4th District, but he may have a very difficult time, particularly in

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Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, talks with seniors at the Tipton Senior Center on Oct. 17, 2012. (The Daily Iowan/Nicholas Fanelli) the eastern part of the state … and appealing to a large group of independents,” he said. Beyond political opportunities, Iowa’s open Senate seat allows for the possibility to send a woman to Washington. Iowa — along with only Delaware, Mississippi, and Vermont — has never sent a woman to Congress. “We hope something will come now,” said Maggie Tinsman, a former state Republican senator from Davenport and current co-head of 50-50 in 2020 a bipartisan program that promotes more women representing Iowa in the legislature and Congress. “If we really are going to change the tenor of the U.S. Senate, then we need to have some women who are problem solvers and also work across the aisle — that’s what works.” Hagle said Harkin’s work on the Americans with Disabilities Act was “the big one.” Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, pointed to this along with his work for Iowa farmers as Harkin’s legacy. “Sen. Harkin has had a

Sen. Tom Harkin Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who was first elected in 1984, announced Jan. 26 he would not seek re-election to a sixth term. Harkin’s legacy: • Advancing the rights of individuals with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act • Crafting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act • Working on the 2002 and 2007 Farm Bills

A local man has been accused of trying to elude police. Keegan Feeney, 19, 101 Shrader Road, was accused Jan. 26 with eluding and OWI. Iowa City police attempted to pull over Feeney’s vehicle for driving without headlights or taillights, but when officers activated their emergency lights, Feeney reportedly accelerated to get away. He was traveling several mph over the speed limit, and eventually stopped after several blocks, the police complaint said. Feeney then allegedly tried to flee on foot from the police but was apprehended a couple of blocks away. Feeney showed signs of impairment, and he reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana

and drinking alcohol prior to driving. Eluding is a Class-D felony. OWI is a serious misdemeanor. — by Rebecca Morin

Man faces drug charges

An Iowa City man has been accused of keeping a drug house after Iowa City police allegedly discovered burned marijuana roaches when clearing the residence during a party. Gabriel Armento, 19, 511 S. Johnson St. No. 11, was accused Jan. 26 of keeping a drug house, keeping a disorderly house, and possession of a controlled substance. Iowa City police officers responded on Jan. 26 to a call about a loud party. Upon arrival, officers were able to hear loud music and unpleasant noise

from the upper level of the apartment building, the police complaint said. Officers located approximately 10 people playing beer pong in the hallway and approximately 15 to 20 people inside the apartment. When officers cleared the residence, they allegedly located marijuana and drug paraphernalia throughout the residence. Possession of a controlled substance is a serious misdemeanor, and keeping a drug house is considered an aggravated misdemeanor. — by Rebecca Morin

Area man faces numerous charges

An Oxford, Iowa, man reportedly landed in a steep embankment when his vehicle left the roadway. Christopher Baker, 43, was

direct impact on the everyday lives of people all across the nation and the globe, not just in Iowa,” Loebsack said in a statement. “From his advocacy to improving the lives of people with disabilities to rewriting the way farmers conserve and protect their land to standing up for human rights, he has been a true leader and statesman.”

accused Jan. 25 with possession of drug paraphernalia, OWI, and carrying weapons. Baker reportedly showed signs of impairment and admitted to smoking marijuana and taking antidepressants. He told officers that he had a small quantity of marijuana, police complaint said. Police officials reportedly found a “fitting” that was used as a one-hitter pipe and a red cylindrical container that contained a green, leafy substance. Police also allegedly found a loaded Kimber .45-caliber handgun in the pocket on the back of the passenger-side seat. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a serious misdemeanor. OWI is a serious misdemeanor, and carrying a loaded weapon is an aggravated misdemeanor. — by Rebecca Morin

BLOTTER Marcus Abbott, 27, 2401 Highway 6 E. Apt. 2605, was charged Jan. 14 with third-degree theft. Elfatih Abdallah, 40, 2604 Bartelt Road Apt. 1C, was charged Jan. 25 with taxi-cab violations. Thomas Baker, 23, 1116 Carver St., was charged Jan. 25 with OWI. Robert Bany, 23, 2661 Lakeside Drive Apt. 4, was charged Jan. 26 with OWI. Morgan Barten, 19, 529 S. Lucas St., was charged Jan. 23 with presence in a bar after hours. Emily Barwick, 28, 2073 Kountry Lane SE. No. 2, was charged Jan. 26 with fifth-degree theft. Miller Cambridge, 20, 806 E. College St. Apt. 25, was charged Jan. 25 with keeping a disorderly house. Micahel Concannon, 21, 623 E. Burlington St., was charged Jan. 26 with keeping a disorderly house. Joseph Griffin-Cooke, 28, Cedar Rapids, was charged Jan. 18 with violating a harassment/stalking protective order. Christopher Crerry, 20, 912 Iowa Ave., was charged Sunday with interference with official acts and public intoxication. Brett Gudenkauf, 30, Solon, was charged Jan. 16 with driving with a suspended/canceled license. Elmer Guzman, 20, 320 S. Gilbert St. Apt. 1025, was charged Jan. 26 with keeping a disorderly house. Jamie Harris, 19, 490 Iowa Ave. No. 8, was charged Jan. 24 with fifth-de-

gree theft. Gail Johnson, 42, 926 Talwrn Court, was charged Sunday with false use of emergency communications. Samantha Jordan, 22, Corona, Calif., was charged Jan. 25 with public intoxication. Dalton Keane, 20, 1313 Keokuk St., was charged Sunday with public intoxication, presence in a bar after hours, and unlawful use of another’s license. Zeeshan Khursheed, 30, 2515 Bartelt Rd. Apt. 1A, was charged Jan. 25 with OWI and unlawful use of driver’s license. David King, 41, Columbus Junction, Iowa, was charged Jan. 24 with OWI. John Koenen, 21, Gurnee, Ill., was charged Sunday with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Stuart Krick, 20, Peoria, Ill., was charged Jan. 25 with PAULA, presence in a bar after hours, and possession of a fictitious ID. Holly Gardnew, 19, 411C Mayflower, was charged Jan. 25 with public intoxication. Hector Lopez Gonzalez, 22, 845 Cross Park Ave. Apt. 1A, was charged Jan. 20 with fifth-degree theft. James Goodwin, 71, address unknown, was charged Jan. 25 with criminal trespass. Anthony Mazzie, 23, 180 Golfview Court, was charged Jan. 24 with driving with a revoked license. Sean McKinney, 20, 100 Hawk

Ridge Drive, was charged Jan. 26 with keeping a disorderly house. Kaylee Moyer, 18, 535D Mayflower, was charged Jan. 24 with public intoxication. Zachary Mueller, 20, 406 S. Gilbert St. Apt. 925, was charged Jan. 24 with PAULA. Diane Oppelt, 56, 952 Pepper Drive, was charged Jan. 25 with OWI and obstructing an officer. Spencer Osborn, 20, 522 E. Burlington St., was charged Jan. 25 with violating a domestic-abuse protective order. Abelardo Rodriguez, 22, 3031 Friendship St., was charged Oct. 3, 2012, with third-degree harassment. Rosita Rodriquez, 56, 3056 Muscatine Ave., was charged Jan. 18 with fifth-degree theft. Andrew Roth, 20, 320 S. Gilbert St. Apt. 1025, was charged Jan. 26 with keeping a disorderly house. Carloss Sanders, 19, 490 Iowa Ave. Apt. 8, was charged Jan. 24 with fifth-degree theft. Amber Sangalli, 32, Kalona, was charged Jan. 26 with driving with a suspended/canceled license. Matthew Schlagetter, 19, Grayslake, Ill., was charged Jan. 26 with presence in a bar after hours and possession of fictitious ID. Matthew Schmitt, 21, 201 Hawk Ridge Drive No. 2110, was charged Jan. 26 with public intoxication. Richard Schwind, 20, 513 S. Van Buren St. Apt. 8, was charged Jan. 24

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with PAULA. John Shunk, 19, 320 S. Gilbert St. Apt. 1025, was charged Jan. 26 with keeping a disorderly house. Kamel Slama, 46, Coralville, was charged Jan. 26 with taxi-cab violations. Jed Vandine, 57, 4175 Kansas Ave., was charged Jan. 22 with interfering with official acts. Cheryl Vowell, 57, 1003 E. Burlington St. Apt. 203, was charged Jan. 24 with OWI. Darnell Washington, 38, 2401 Highway 6 E. No. 2407, was charged Jan. 24 with driving with a revoked license. Mikkea Washpun, 38, 1305 Second Ave., was charged Jan. 24 with driving with a suspended/canceled license. Matthew Wetzel, 20, Peoria, Ill., was charged Jan. 25 with PAULA, presence in a bar after hours, and possession of fictitious ID. Kaleb Williamson, 26, address unknown, was charged Jan. 24 with criminal trespass. Taylor Wycoff, 20, Ankeny, Iowa, was charged Jan. 24 with keeping a disorderly house. Trevor Zavagno, 20, 531 S. Van Buren St. Apt. 1, was charged Jan 26. with presence in a bar after hours. Geary Zimmon, 23, 2311 Taylor Drive, was charged Jan. 24 with OWI, driving with revoked license, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

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Dance Marathon’s UIHC go-between The UI Hospitals & Clinics’ head nurse serves Dance Marathon with her varietal experience.

Facilities used for treating bone-marrow cancer are shown in the Children’s Hospital on Sunday. Sheryl Lang, the 3JCP nurse manager, is involved with the requests and decisions in the hospital related to Dance Marathon. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera)

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Each year, thousands of students participate in the University of Iowa Dance Marathon organization to raise money for childhood cancer by dancing all night below an array of lights. Across the river, doctors and nurses work to better the facilities for their patients at the UI Children’s Hospital. S h e r y l Lang, the Children’s Hospital’s 3JCP nurse manager, helps the Lang two separate nurse manager worlds work together. Dance Marathon works primarily with this unit. Lang said the funds Dance Marathon raises, while im-

portant, aren’t the leading contribution from the nationally acclaimed student organization. “The things they can provide to patients is incredible yes, but the relationships they form with the kiddos and their families is more than that,” she said. Dance Marathon officials said her work is greatly appreciated. “She’s a competent professional and is a good friend to Dance Marathon,” said Bill Nelson, the chairman of the Dance Marathon allocation panel. “We’ve come to rely on Sherry.” Dance Marathon will hold its 24-hour Big Event on Friday evening, where the funds raised will be allocated to the UI Children’s Hospital. Nelson has worked with Lang for the past 10 years through various organizations related

to Dance Marathon. Lang has served on the allocations committee and currently is informally involved with the requests and decisions in the hospital related to Dance Marathon. She studies surveys and patient feedback to determine how to better care for the families entering the unit. Her experiences both as a member allocating money and a nurse requesting funds have given her a unique perspective on the partnership between Dance Marathon and the UIHC. UI Dance Marathon adviser Courtney Bond, who has worked with Lang for three years, said she’s a kind, professional, and passionate about the collaboration between Dance Marathon and the Children’s Hospital. “She’s a thoughtful decision-maker,” Bond said. “She’s a very good spokesper-

son for Dance Marathon. She helps people to understand what we do.” Lang oversees the donations from the organization’s funds to request and provide ideas for the allocations committee’s funds. She acts as a means of communication between the organization and the hospital. Among recent contributions from Dance Marathon to the Children’s Hospital include a communications board, a kitchenette for the patient families, and furnishings in longer-term hospital rooms for patients receiving bone-marrow transplants. Lang’s colleagues note her important contributions to Dance Marathon’s success. “She’s just been such an important steward of Dance Marathon resources,” Nelson said. “Her work has been so appreciated.”

The Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee elected a new chairman Jan. 25. Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, was chosen to replace outgoing chair Sue Dvorsky who was elected in June 2010. “Iowa Democrats have a proud tradition of fighting for an economy built from the middle out, equal rights, and the idea that our strength draws from the connections we share,” he said in a statement. “I’m honored and excited to help lead the next chapter in that effort alongside our great Democratic Olson elected officials, partners, and D-Cedar Rapids supporters across the state.” Olson said he would like to build on Democrats’ successes in 2012, which included Iowa voting for the re-election of President Obama, 150 members of Iowa Legislature, and retaining control of the Iowa Senate. “2014 brings a real opportunity to build on Democrats’ gains in Des Moines and Washington, D.C., not just to say we won an election but to expand educational and job opportunities for all Iowans,” Olson said in a statement. The announcement by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, that he will not seek re-election in 2014 will be a focus of the party. “We have a deep bench of talented candidates, and retaining his seat will be one of my top priorities,” Olson said. The bench would include women who have some leadership roles in the party, he said. “There are a lot of talented women, and I expect a number of them look at running for office.” The new chairman would also like to ensure the party continues to update its data on voters and make sure the information is accessible to local officials. “We will definitely make sure our organizing technology is the best available,” he said. “I want make sure our neighborhood leaders have the latest data.” Olson was recently re-elected to his fourth term in the Iowa House, where he serves as ranking member of the Appropriations Committee. — by Brent Griffiths

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Reinstate assault-weapons ban T he controversy over how federal and state lawmakers should regulate guns is dividing the country as the Obama administration and Senate Democrats consider how best to move with a plan to enact tighter gun laws. Stoked by a number of recent mass killings, including the July shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that killed 12 and wounded 58, and the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 children and school employees, President Obama has called on Congress to pass substantial gun-control reform. Among the specific policies proposed by the president are an expansion of background checks on gun sales, renewed investment in mental-health care, and a reinstatement of the assault-weapons ban that lapsed in 2004. The call for tighter gun laws has been met by considerable vitriol from the National Rifle Association and several pro-gun politicians. Even some members of the president’s party — particularly those from rural states where constituents tend to be especially protective of their gun rights — have expressed doubt about the viability of gun-control legislation in the 113th Congress. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., who has an “A” rating from the NRA, for example, is wary of an assault-weapons ban; he supports expanding background checks and little else. Given the current political climate, it seems that the expansion of mandatory background checks for those who buy guns from private dealers is the lone gun reform that has a chance to become law. While we believe that expanding background checks is long overdue — currently only federally licensed gun sellers are required to check out their prospective customers; private sellers may do as they please — we believe that such a measure by itself is inadequate. Any attempt at gun-control reform will be in-

complete without a reinstatement of the federal assault-weapons ban with sufficient teeth to keep military-style weapons off the street. The previous iteration of the ban — in place between 1994 and 2004 — dramatically reduced the proportion of gun crime committed with assault weapons from 4.82 percent to 1.61 percent, according to a study conducted by the Brady Center using data collected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. A 2004 report conducted for the U.S. Justice Department found that the assault-weapons ban had produced modest reductions in criminal use of assault weapons and projected that further reductions in criminal use would lead to fewer gunshot victims. There is no evidence to suggest that banning assault weapons today would lead to any measurable decline in safety, as many gun-advocates argue. The federal assault-weapons ban has a history of controversy, but the policy consensus at the highest level of the government has been, until today, bipartisan. When the federal assault-weapons ban was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, Ronald Reagan was counted among the bill’s strongest advocates. In the 2000 campaign and into his presidency, George W. Bush drew fire from the NRA for his pledge to renew the ban. Today, political partisanship in Washington threatens a commonsense piece of legislation. Beyond partisanship, however, lies the most daunting obstacle facing gun-control legislation: the increasingly prevalent culture of gun fetishism at work in America, particularly on the right. Too many equate individual liberty with the inalienable right to carry a weapon — any weapon — at any time.

The Board of Trustees’ passing of a ban against sleeping in the library has more to do with gated community that the Ped Mall promises to become than with people napping in the library. I presented such a case at the City Council on Jan. 22. All one has to do is place a guard at the Ped Mall entrance of the library, close off Linn Street, close off Washington, the Sheridan Hotel already closes off Dubuque Street, then gate Washington — and one has a perfect gated community. Why is sleeping such a menace when cell phones use and disruptive behavior by teens at the computers are ignored? At least those who are asleep cause no physical danger to

other patrons. If people snore, then have a security guard wake then, warn them, and if the behavior continues, put them out. Snoring is not a crime, but hypocrisy certainly is. Why doesn’t the Public Library get the second-floor restrooms and the snack room in compliance with ADA requirements for handicap key entrances? I have complained numerous times to the City Council and members of the board that one day, someone will soil herself because the person does not have the upper body strength to open the restroom doors. Then the person(s) will sue the city. Two years ago, a lawyer from Des Moines contacted me and told me that the only way the library can be forced to comply with ADA is to sue the board itself. Sleeping in the library

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Last fall, the University of Iowa Student Government paired up with Yellow Cab of Iowa City and launched its new program SafeRide, which gives every UI student one free cab ride per semester. Nearly two months after SafeRide started, 31 students were reported to have used the service. By the beginning of the spring semester, that number grew to be only 54. Clearly, some students have used SafeRide. However, some expected the numbers to be higher, as reported by The Daily Iowan. But are low numbers necessarily a bad thing? SafeRide is intended to provide UI students “emergency transport home to distance themselves from potentially dangerous situations,” as described on the service’s website. Out of 30,000 students, only 54 felt so unsafe that they had to call for a cab ride home — that’s not a bad thing. UISG President Nic Pottebaum said an “emergency situation” is defined by the individual student. “The definition of an unexpected or emergency situation has been left

today — walking in the Ped Mall tomorrow will soon be a crime. Mary Gravitt Iowa City resident

Congress must act on debt Education was a good thing they told me; college was a good thing. Now that I am in the midst of my college career, I’m not so sure. I am almost done and am now starting to think about how to pay back all my loans I accrued during college: and not just loans, interest. Come July 1, interest rates on college loans are set to double, and Congress will have another decision to make. The outcome of the current fiscal debate weighs on this issue as well. If the growing

debt isn’t addressed properly, interest rates will rise and jobs will be lost. Think about those graduating this spring. Interest rates will rise, and they won’t be able to find a job to pay back their debt because of the state of the economy because Congress didn’t act. That’s why I’ve joined the Campaign to Fix the Debt — a bipartisan organization that’s pushing for Congress to finally address the long-term trajectory of our national debt. Congress has decisions to make, and these decisions affect everyone, including my classmates and me. They affect my job prospects, my financial stability, and my future. Congress needs to take purposeful steps towards a solution and create a process and timeline to achieve it. Amy Speer UI student

ambiguous intentionally,” he said. “Students who use the service must determine, in their own judgment, what constitutes an emergency scenario.” When groups of students who used the service last semester were asked why they used it, a majority said they used SafeRide because of fear or a lack of a ride home. Only 10 percent self-reported alcohol as a reason. UISG Vice President Jessie Tobin said in an interview with the DI she suspects not all who are intoxicated wanted to admit to it. “I can imagine that quite a few of those [lacking a ride] are because they are intoxicated,” she said. The data also show that more than 50 percent of the users were freshmen. “I know 54 students were able to find a safe ride home when they found themselves in an emergency or unexpected situation,” Pottebaum said. “This is a good thing. Knowing that they got home safely is the goal of this program and we meet it.” Now, it seems that quite a number of students who used SafeRide may have very well been students who were too drunk to find their way home after a night out on the town — I could be wrong. However, even in the event that this is true, SafeRide is by far a better option than DrunkDrive.

An entire business destroyed, people left without a home, and a man stripped of his business. This is not what an Iowa City woman expected to result from cooking French fries. But it is precisely what ensued on the night of Jan. 22. As reported by The Daily Iowan, the woman decided to rest her eyes while her pot of cooking oil began to sizzle on the stove. This tiny moment of carelessness caused the destruction of two apartments and a local business. And it all could have been avoided had she paid more attention to something many take for granted. This fire must serve as a warning to all that when it comes to cooking, there is no such thing as too safe. People, especially first-time apartment renters, need to pay more attention. This holds true for everyone, whether they are the next Gordon

Ramsay or if their most accomplished meal is Easy Mac. Iowa City Fire Marshal John Grier described “unattended cooking” as the leading cause of house or apartment fires in the Iowa City area. “We have just become complacent,” he said. “Everyone thinks it’s not going to happen to me; it’s going to happen to that other guy.” Now, I realize that this is the digital age of multitasking, but not when it comes to fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking causes two out of every five reported home fires and 15 percent of all home-fire fatalities in the nation. We are all human, so if food were to catch fire on the stove, please be sure to smother it. As prescribed by Grier, other options are to use a fire extinguisher, which most apartments have, or throw baking soda or flour on it. But do not ever attempt to put out a grease fire with water — this will simply cause it to spread and make the situation even worse. When it comes to the recent fire that destroyed a local business, consider it a reminder of the potential outcomes of carelessness.

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News sebastian Continued from front was a beacon of strength for Ferris and the other dancers to use during the then 30-hour Dance Marathon. “We met him and saw how brave he was, even in the face of such a devastating disease,” Ferris said. “After he passed away, you couldn’t have any more

FUNDING Continued from front in the state appropriations,” Downer said. Patrick Barron, a UI adjunct lecturer in economics, said money often goes to the area that has the most voters. “It’s not as objective as you would wish it to be,” he said. “It’s more politically driven.”

VENUES Continued from front the venue. “[The policy] has caused kids who forget about the curfew to get a $300 ticket,” he said. “We’ve had mutual contact with the city; they’re real open to ideas. We’re not trying to serve underage kids.” Trenton Dickel, general manager at the Mill, 120 E. Buthe rlington St., said it was hard to tell exactly how the curfew had affected business. “It’s hard to quantify something like that,” he said. “You don’t know what you lose if they never come in, but it definitely has an impact.” For Dickel, the policy change was a matter of

marshall Continued from front Sgt. Dave Droll recounted packaging the evidence after the homicide. But other officers’ actions led Thomas Gaul, Marshall’s attorney, to repeatedly ask Droll about the possibility of residue transfer. “In this case, you didn’t collect the evidence yourself?” Gaul asked Droll. “If officers contaminated it, you wouldn’t even know that, would you?” Gaul sought to draw a link between the clothing of Marshall and Charles Thompson, who lived in the same apartment in the Broadway Condominiums at the time of slaying. Thompson was previously accused of killing Versypt, but a mistrial led him to accept a plea deal with lesser charges and to sign documents stating Marshall killed Versypt. Assistant Johnson County prosecutor Meredith Rich-Chappel began her response to Gaul’s questioning by having Droll iterate he was not an expert on gun residue. But experts said they believe it is possible for a transfer to occur. Steven Howard, a weapons and gunshot residue expert from Lansing, Mich., said the substance — a mixture of lead, barium, and antimony — exits a gun upon its firing. Gunshot residue is unique, Howard said, because those three chemicals “almost never” occur naturally together and never break down. “Under very specific conditions, [gunshot residue] can eliminate suspects or indict the guilty,” Howard said. “It’s one of those things where, if it’s there, it’s like ‘so what,’ but if it isn’t, that means something.” Howard said it is “plausible” for gunshot residue to be transferred between suspects, but “100 other things for more news

inspiration. It was easy to remember why we were dancing. We were keeping his memory alive.” Sebastian was 15 months old when he was diagnosed with a tumor growing around his organs, and he fought for 11 months until passing away peacefully on Christmas night. Two months later, Koranda and her family attended Dance Marathon and gave the closing speech at the event. Koranda said Dance

Marathon has been the instrument to help her heal with the loss of her son, who passed away 14 years ago. “Your biggest fear is that your child will be forgotten, and we never have to worry about that,” Koranda said. “Because of Dance Marathon, we know our son will be remembered. We always say we’re members of the club no one wants to belong to, and we want them to know Dance

Marathon is there for us, too. It’s one way to get on with our lives. As much as I don’t want to say moving on, in a way we are.” One aspect of Dance Marathon includes having pictures of the children who have passed away, as well as adding their names to a quilt, which is displayed during the duration of Dance Marathon. Mary Schlapkohl, who has been a pediatric nurse for 20 years, aided Sebas-

tian from the day he was diagnosed until the day he left the hospital. After 15 years, she still remembers his infectious smile and energy. “He taught me that no matter what he was going through, he was still just a little boy,” she said. “He was still just a toddler. It’s a nice reminder that this isn’t just a disease, it’s a child who had a life before this.” Sebastian’s father, Steve

Dockery, agrees that Dance Marathon is a good cause, although he says he wishes there were not a need for it. “I wish we didn’t have to do this, but I hope Dance Marathon puts a bright light in people’s lives,” Dockery said. “Seeing those kids, those teenagers and young adults being so unselfish, it’s just a wonderful thing to see. You have this sorrow in your life, but it helps to see something so joyful.”

But officials agree funding from the state is important. “We are trying very hard to make sure an Iowa education is affordable, especially for Iowa students,” UI President Sally Mason said in a Daily Iowan TV interview Jan. 24. “That’s who we are here to serve, first and foremost.” Tom Mortenson, a senior scholar at the nonpartisan Pell Institute, said that without state funding,

schools are forced to rely on alternative methods of raising money, including out-ofstate tuition. “Out of necessity, the universities are turning to alternative sources of revenue,” he said. “It’s kind of a survival strategy in the face of cutbacks from the state.” But Mortenson insists this is not a good thing. “Tuition is paying a growing share of the costs of the core functions of the univer-

sity, but the spending on instructing students is declining,” he said. Mortenson said that as schools focus efforts on attracting students from outof-state and international students, they neglect the lower-income in-state students. “It’s tough for the universities, and it’s tough for the states, but it’s devastating for the students,” he said. Downer, however, ada-

mantly disagrees that any students are being left behind. “I don’t think in any respect the interests of Iowan students are being neglected,” he said. In fact, the students from outside of Iowa’s borders provide more than just money. “I think it’s been a very positive thing,” Downer said. “It adds to the diversity of the student body.” But they do both agree

that state funding is necessary. According to the news release that accompanies the survey, if the trend continues the funding will follow. “Barring a further downturn in the economy, the relatively small overall change from fiscal 2012 to fiscal 2013 suggests that higher education may be at the beginning stages of a climb out of the fiscal trough caused by the last recession,” the report said.

fairness. “A lot of people want to be able to view and take part in music shows,” he said. “Why should someone who’s 19 or 20 not be able to?” In passing the first reading of the policy change, councilors offered various reasons for their support of the measure. Councilor Susan Mims thought the council should support the changes. “This is an effort on the city’s part to make accommodations where reasonable to allow those under 21 to partake in venues,” she said. “I’m very supportive of this.” Councilor Connie Champion was also in favor. “The venue people seem to stay out of trouble,” she said. “It can be done.”

Kelly Bender, the campus-community harm-reduction-initiatives coordinator for the Partnership for Alcohol Safety, said the venues have shown they are able to follow the law. “Looking at the data, it certainly appears they’re handling it responsibly,” she said. “It’s important for us to support music venues and businesses that are doing the right thing.” However, Bender stressed that the classifications of an entertainment venue would be strict, and it wouldn’t be easy for bars to establish the criteria required to become a venue. “Ultimately, it’s the city’s decision, but we’re all in this together,” she said. “We’re part of the same mission.”

UI sophomore Geoff Cronin, who has been to several shows downtown,

thought the policy changes made sense. “It didn’t really seem

like people were there to get beer; they’re just at a concert,” he said.

are plausible,” including an officer transferring residue to a suspect. “Unless they can isolate these questions and answer them, it’s of no meaning at all,” Howard said. Carl Leisinger, a retired major with the New Jersey State Police and a managing member with Cal III Enterprises LLC, a forensic ballistics company, agreed with Howard. He said the location of gunshot residue can be critical in accessing a guilty person. “If you have two individuals, the one with strong gunshot residue on his hands would be a more interesting person to talk to than a person who just had a flake or two on clothing and none on the hands,” Leisinger said. In general, Howard said gunshot residue should be used as evidence carefully. “[Law enforcement] is either overusing it or not using it all,” he said. “They say it’s so unreliable. Well, it is reliable but only under certain circumstances.” In addition to discussion about gunshot residue, Jonathan Thompson, an associate medical examiner for the state of Iowa, testified about bullet wounds Versypt suffered to both his right hand and forehead. He said the gunshot to Versypt’s forehead was the cause of his death. Thompson later said injuries to Versypt’s pinky finger, among other indicators, would be consistent with him trying to put his hand around the revolver before he was shot. Droll later testified officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were unable to find the origin of the revolver found near Versypt. That added to complications because authorities were unable to gather fingerprints from the crime scene. The trial is scheduled to end this week, and it will continue this morning.

Johnson County prosecutor Janet Lyness said she hopes to finish presenting witnesses on Wednesday. Marshall faces life in prison if he is convicted.

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RAGBRAI officials announce 2013 route Oskaloosa is a stop this year on the RAGBRAI route.

By Cassidy Riley

By Josh Wheeler Special to The Daily Iowan

DES MOINES — The announcement of overnight towns for the 41st-annual RAGBRAI on Jan. 26 capped the daylong Iowa Bike Expo, an event featuring vendors from across the nation who exhibited everything from unicycles to bacon. While the closest stop to Iowa City this year is in Oskaloosa, those involved say there are many reasons for local riders to start making plans to join the ride. Jess Rundlett of the State Historical Museum in Des Moines attended the event, drumming up support for the launch of a 3,000-square-foot exhibit — scheduled to open this summer — that will showcase the best of Iowa cycling culture. “RAGBRAI is only one of 52 weeks of great cycling in Iowa,” she said. “But it is definitely a great opportunity for Iowa City riders to be a part of history.” More than 10,000 cyclists will pedal across the southern part of Iowa from July 21-27. They will travel from Council Bluffs to Fort Madison, including a stop in the capital city of Des Moines for the first time in 16 years. At 406.6 miles, this year’s route is the second shortest in RAGBRAI history.

Group works to aid UI transfer students

RAGBRAI riders file through the outskirts of North Liberty on July 24, 2008. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) While Oskaloosa is the closest the cyclists will get to Iowa City this year, Coralville was an overnight town in 2011. Iowa City has not hosted riders overnight since 1975. RAGBRAI also has locals discussing improvements to bicycle infrastructures and trails locally. Mark Wyatt, the director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, said plans to build and improve bicycle trails in Iowa City may not materialize if citizen-led efforts — bolstered by the work of the coalition and high-profile rides such as RAGBRAI — can’t make up for government spending cuts. “There’s been a 40 percent reduction of government funding for bicycle trails in Iowa,” Wyatt said. “What we need to continue in this state is more bicycle advocacy in order to make up for these cuts.” The RAGBRAI Route Announcement Party acts as a fundraiser for the coalition, and last year’s event brought in nearly $80,000. Wyatt said Iowa City

cyclists can help further efforts to improve trails and pass safety legislation through participation in a ride such as RAGBRAI that raises awareness of cycling issues statewide. This year, RAGBRAI joins the future by adding Google as a sponsor. The Internet giant is working with RAGBRAI to début a mobile app that will assist cyclists through every stage of planning and riding. Patrick and Gabrielle Coughlin were in attendance representing their cycling team known as Team Cow. Covered head toe in cow apparel, sporting cow jewelry and even tattoos of cows on bicycles, the couple showed off pictures of their new team bus, “Sir Loin the Magnificent,” which was, predictably, painted like a cow. Patrick Coughlin summed up the spirit of the night and the main reason to ride in RAGBRAI. “It’s fun,” he said. “No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re going to have fun.”

The University of Iowa is reaching out a helping hand to transfer students. After roughly a year and half of planning, and an $85,000 grant from the UI Provost’s Office, the Transfer Think Tank is ready to start breaking ground on its proposals to improve the transition for transfer students. “We started initially by just building the think tank,” said Michelle Cohenour, UI director of retention in the Univesity College. “Our first year and a half was really gathering folks around the table.” Focus groups were held in the early stages to help the developing think tank discover transfer students need help on two fronts: social and academic. “Essentially, the themes were, ‘I need to figure out how to get connected,’ and, ‘This is a different environment to navigate,’ ” said Sarah Hansen, an assistant vice president for Student Life. The proposals submitted to the Provost’s Office for funding are meant to address both the social and academic needs of transfer students. They include a transfer-student version of the On Iowa! Kickoff at Kinnick,

a transfer-student mentoring program, and an online virtual success center. There are six proposals in all that the think tank is beginning to implement, and each one has its own subcommittee to oversee it. Cohenour said transfer students are a group that need special attention on campus because they are going through a transition much like first-year students, yet have that first-year experience under their belt. In 2010, retention for transfer students was at 79.5 percent, while 85.6 percent of first-year students returned for a second year. As part of the implementation of the proposals, the think tank hired UI graduate student Rose Lane to oversee the implementation of the many projects being worked on. “I’ve never been a transfer student, but I know how difficult it is to uproot and move to a totally different school,” she said. “I know how difficult that can be to connect in a new place and feel a part of the new school.” Before coming to the UI, she was a teacher in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Hawaii. Lane will work most closely with the planning and implementation of the mentoring program and virtual success center. She said

she is most excited about the mentoring program because she knows from personal experience how mentors have helped her in her life. She believes they will benefit transfer students as well. “When you’re coming into a place that is so large and is already very intimidating, it’s just nice to have that personal connection,” Lane said. “It’s like you automatically have some you relate to.” Also working on the mentoring program is UI junior Morgan Miller, who transferred to the UI last academic year for her sophomore year. She said she was asked to be a part of the think tank to help give the student perspective on the implementation process. “The main reason I want to be involved is because I came to the university, and within my first semester, I was proud to be a Hawkeye,” she said. “I want to build that same pride for other transfer students. If you have pride in your university, you want to say at your university and represent it well.” Miller said when she transferred to the UI, she felt as though she had to do a lot on her own in terms of getting acclimated to the new school and community. “I’m really excited that I can be that voice for transfer students,” she said.

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today’s events • Sports Forum, 9 a.m., Senior Center, 28 S. Linn • UI Study Abroad Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2390 University Capitol Center • African American Council Meeting, noon, University Capitol Center Executive Conference Room • Physical and Environmental Chemistry Seminar, “Investigating O3-Initiated Heterogeneous Oxidation of Atmospheric Unsaturated Organics Using ATR-IR Flow Reactor,” Yong Liu, University of Colorado-Denver, 12:30 p.m., 104 Iowa Advanced Technology Labs • Nuclear and Particle Physics Seminar, Organizational Meeting, 1:30 p.m., 358 Van Allen • Plasma Physics Seminar, Organizational Meeting, 1:30 p.m., 309 Van Allen • Physics/Astronomy Colloquium, Develop-

Future Possible DieHard Sequels: • Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die Hard • Live and Let Die Hard • Get Rich or Die Hard Tryin’ • All Good Things Must Die Hard • Live By The Sword, Die Hard By The Sword • Come Hell or Die Hard • Eat, Drink, and Die Hard • Fools Walk Where Angels Die Hard • Good Things Come to Those Who Die Hard • He Who Laughs Last Dies Hard • If It Ain’t Broke, Die Hard • Does a Bear Die Hard in the Woods? • Nice Guys Die Hard • Speak Softly and Die Hard • Stick it Where the Sun Don’t Die Hard • Stop and Smell the Die Hard • The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Oft Die Hard • To Make an Omelet, You’ve Got to Die Hard • When in Rome, Die Hard • Someday Everyone You Know and Love Will Die Hard


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UITV schedule 12:30 p.m. Feeding the World and Feeding the Community Lecture Series, “Climate change, biofuels, & hunger,” Jerry Schnoor, professor of civil & environmental engineering, Jan. 22, 2012 2 Piano Sundays, Sept. 6, 2009 3 UI Explorers, “Humans & Animals,” Anthropology Assistant Professor Matthew Hill addresses the changing nature of human-animal relationships using archaeological sites, Feb. 17, 2011 4:30 Feeding the World and Feeding the Community Lecture Series, “Climate change, biofuels, & hunger,” Jerry Schnoor, professor of civil & environmental engineering, Jan. 22, 2012 6 School of Music presents UI Symphony, select performances 7 Religion & Science Lecture Series, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson speaks on religion and science,


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Campus channel 4, cable channel 17 Congregational United Church of Christ, March 25, 20126 Iowa Magazine, human-interest stories from the UI 8 History of Medicine Lecture, Judith Houk, presented by Hardin Library, Oct. 25, 2012 9 Iowa Basketball with Fran McCaffery, Gary Dolphin hosts the Iowa men’s head coach, produced by HawkVision 9:30 Daily Iowan TV News Update 9:45 Inside Iowa, weekly campus magazine covering education, research, and service at the UI 10 Iowa Basketball with Fran McCaffery, Gary Dolphin hosts the Iowa men’s head coach, produced by HawkVision 10:30 Daily Iowan TV News Update 10:45 Inside Iowa, weekly campus magazine covering education, research, and service at the UI

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ARIES (March 21–April 19) Look at the relationships you are in, and decide which are complementary and which are not. Call in favors, and make the most of the connections you have developed in the past. Put your dreams, hopes, and wishes at the top of your list. TAURUS (April 20–May 20) You are likely to face opposition. You will have to do things on your own if you want to reach your goals without interference. Not everyone you meet will be honest regarding motives or what they have to offer. GEMINI (May 21–June 20) Pick and choose what you do according to your needs, not someone else’s. It’s important to express how you feel if you want to get ahead. A personal matter can easily get blown out of proportion. CANCER (June 21–July 22) You have more options than you realize. Don’t settle for less when you clearly want more. Use your imagination, and you will find a way to get what you want. Take the initiative to make things happen. LEO (July 23–Aug. 22) Change is heading your way. Embrace what’s being offered, and you will end up in charge. Be honest about your financial position, and don’t promise what you can’t deliver. Everything will ride on how practical and reliable you are. VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Emotions will surface, and truth will be of utmost importance. Pick up all the information you can that will help you avoid looking unprofessional. Don’t be afraid to give anything you pursue your own unique touch. LIBRA (Sept. 23–Oct. 22) Don’t wait for others to do things for you. Be first in line to make a move, and you will secure your position. A change of pace or location will help you see your personal and professional situation from a new perspective. SCORPIO (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) You can afford to be different. Walk away from anyone who wants you to conform or give in to a lifestyle that doesn’t work for you. Don’t limit your possibilities by trying to please others. It’s up to you to do your own thing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21) Travel, communication, and trying your hand at something you would like to do for a living will all play in your favor. Embrace any alterations being made in your personal life, and you will impress someone you love. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19) Money, health, and legal matters must be taken care of. Unforeseen change will make it difficult for you to get what you want if you have too much clutter in your life. Stay on top of every situation you face. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) You’ll have to address past regrets before you can move forward. Discipline will be required in order to pursue new goals. Focus on home, family, and future security. Don’t let emotions stand in the way of what must be done. PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20) Not everyone will be upfront with you. Ferret out secret information in order to keep the upper hand. Love is in the stars, but honesty regarding your current situation will be necessary if you want to start something new. Face facts head-on.

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Men’s swim team splashes by ‘Cats again The Hawkeyes beat Northwestern for the fifth-consecutive year this past weekend.

Members of the Iowa men’s swimming team dive off the blocks during their meet against Northwestern on Jan. 26 in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera)

By Jalyn Souchek

Byron Butler’s arms glided through the water, growing faster with each stroke. Meanwhile, Northwestern’s Charlie Rimkus was working his way to pass him on the last stretch for a close battle to the wall. With the members of the crowd on their feet, it came down to a photo finish. For the first time in four years, Butler bested Rimkus by a 0.01 second. Butler finished the 200 butterfly at 1:48.27. “I know Rimkus is a really good swimmer allaround,” Butler said. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a goal of mine to finally beat him in that 200 fly.” The win helped Iowa defeat Northwestern, 161-122, a dual-meet victory for the fifth-consecutive year. The Hawks took first place in 10 events. Butler’s performance in the 200 fly wasn’t his only stellar showing of the day. He began the day by helping to lead the 200-medley relay to a victory. Sophomores Grant Betulius and Korey Schneider began the race fighting neck in neck against Northwestern, but when Butler dove into the water for his butterfly stretch, he put the team in the front of the race. Senior Jordan Huff was then able to close out the race with a strong performance in the freestyle to finish with a time of 1:28.68. “I just took over from the great lead that Byron gave me,” Huff said. “It’s really nice to have a great butterflyer like Byron in front of me. I just kind of feed off of him, so anything that I

do in that relay is just fed off of from Byron.” Butler also had another first-place finisher in the 100 fly and 200 backstroke. Huff again went on to win the 200 freestyle after passing freshman David Ernstsson, who led the majority of the race. Ernstsson followed Huff for a second-place finish. The Black and Gold also had double 1-23 finishes in the 100 breaststroke and the 100 free. Schneider finished first for the breast, followed by freshman Roman Trussov and junior Andrew Marciniak, and Huff nabbed first in the freettyle, followed by sophomore Brian Donatelli and Ernstsson. Trussov also finished first in the 200 breaststroke. Freshman Addison Boschult was able to best Northwestern’s Nick Pinkerton in the platform dive for first place, but hewasn’t able to overcome him in the 1-meter. “It’s great to get a win, and there’s still a lot of preparation to go before our conference meet and NCAAs,” Iowa head swimming coach Marc Long said. “We’re happy with getting a win here against a quality team.” The Hawkeyes will get back in the pool to practice for the next week until they travel to Evanston, Ill., to compete in the Northwestern Invitationalon Friday for a two-day format. “Next week is going to be tough because we don’t get too much of a break in between these meets,” Huff said. “It’s a pretty long meet, but if we can keep this edge, I think it’s going to be a great meet for us.”

Sports GymHawks shine on the road The Iowa women’s gymnastics team continued its streak of away meets on Jan. 26 in a quad meet against Penn State, Pittsburgh, and future Big Ten member Rutgers. The GymHawks placed second in the meet behind Penn State, with a new season high score of 195.325. Once again, the GymHawks showed strength on the bars, scoring a 48.750; they were ranked 14th in the nation for bars in last week’s rankings. The team also posted a 48.9 on vault in the meet’s final rotation. The biggest improvement in the meet for the GymHawks came on the beam, where the team scored another season high of 48.725, after a week of intense beam workouts for

the gymnasts, who struggled in the event in the first two meets. Sophomore all-arounder Emma Willis led the team on bars with a score of 9.825, and teammates Kaitlynn Urano and Kyra Trowbridge earned scores of 9.8 and 9.77, respectively. Another season high was set on floor with a score of 48.95 thanks to senior Emma Stevenson’s 9.875 performance, which tied for first place in the event. Willis’ all-around score of 39.200, a career high, was also good enough to receive second place, and freshman Alie Glover placed fifth with a score of 38.825. Up next for the GymHawks is a meet against Michigan, currently ranked first in the nation, on Saturday. — by Matt Cabel

Stoughton, swimmers dunk Northwestern at home

Becky Stoughton won all three of her events for Iowa as the Hawkeyes trounced Northwestern at home. By Nick Delaquila

The Iowa women’s swimming and diving team improved to 6-1 on the season after posting a 162-120 victory over visiting Northwestern on Jan. 26. The Hawkeyes claimed 10 events that led to a much-needed conference win as the team gears up for the Big Ten championship and the NCAAs in the coming weeks. The Hawkeyes started fast — the quartet of sophomore Heather Arseth, juniors Karolina Wartalowicz and Abbey Tuchscherer, and freshman Olivia Kabacinski swam a time of 1:44.55 to win the 200-medley relay. Sophomore Becky Stoughton finished first in all three of her races, winning the 1,000 free (10:06.49), 200 fly (2:01.72), and the 500 free (4:57.40). Stoughton, who said she still was finding ways to improve, was satisfied with her individual performance and the team’s. “I’m definitely happy with my swims, but more importantly, I’m happy with how the team did, “ she said. “I think everyone really stepped up and did

the best that she could. There is definitely room for improvement, but for right now, I’m happy with the win.” Stoughton wasn’t the only Hawkeye who finished first in three events: Junior Lindsay Seemann equaled that with three victories of her own. She finished first in the 200 free (1:50.41), 200 back (2:01.20), and the 400 individual medley (4:23.70). The 200 freestyle was one of Iowa’s two 1-23 finishes of the day; junior Emily Hovren touched in 1:50.62 to finish second, and Kabacinski finished in third (1:50.62). Seemann credited the team’s success to how the Hawks have worked over the course of the season. “We just kept pushing all through Christmas break while we were back here,” she said. “I think it’s all the hard work the team has put in the last month or so, and it’s really starting to pay off. Hopefully, it will continue to over the next few weeks.” Wartalowicz added two first-place finishes to go along with the win in the 200-medley relay. The junior touched

Iowa sophomore Heather Arseth competes in the 100 backstroke in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center on Jan. 26. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera) the wall first in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:04.48, and the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.07. The combination of junior Haley Gordon, freshman Ashley Horodyski, and Tuchscherer completed Iowa’s second 1-2-3 finish of the day in the 100 fly. Gordon touched the wall first, in a time of 56.85, and Horodyski (56.96) and Tuchscherer (57.22) finished second and third. Head coach Marc Long said he was very pleased with the women’s performance, and he is now focused on gearing his team up for the Northwestern Invitational next weekend. “I’m really proud of how the women stepped

up today and the way we beat a team that we haven’t beaten in years,” Long said. “However, we do have to keep looking at the big picture and keep progressing.” The Hawkeyes will travel to Evanston to go up against Northwestern and Nebraska before returning home for one more meet before the Big Ten championships. Long has his team geared up and ready to head into the championship portion of the season. “We need to maintain focus and keep looking at the big picture,” he said. “It’s all part of fine tuning as we prepare for the championship meet coming up here real soon.”

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Sports Purdue Continued from front son said in a press conference posted to Purdue’s website. “It ended up being an easy lay-up for me with nobody in my face.” The Black and Gold had a chance to win the game on the final possession of regulation but Marble’s contested runner in the lane was short, and the Hawkeyes couldn’t tip the rebound through as time expired. “We wanted Marble going to the basket; we were in the bonus,” McCaffery said. “I thought he had a really good look at it.” In overtime, the teams traded baskets before Purdue took a 61-59 lead with 1:29 left. White then got behind the Boilermakers on the other end and was fouled underneath the basket on a fast-break opportunity with 1:24 remaining, sending the sophomore to the line with a chance to tie the game. But five days after a costly 3-of-7 performance from the foul line at Ohio State, White missed the crucial pair, and Purdue held on from there. “Aaron missed the two, and those stick out, which is unfortunate because he made a great play,” McCaffery said. for more sports

‘We weren’t knocking down shots in the first half, but we were right there.’ –Mike Gesell, freshman guard

“That was a big momentum shift for them.” The loss to a Boilermaker team that entered the game with an RPI of 122 can do nothing but hurt the Hawkeyes’ March Madness aspirations. The Black and Gold seemed to be in pretty good shape if it could just make it through the rest of January unscathed, but now the team will be pressed to find a pretty notable win down the home stretch of league play to erase the stench this defeat will mark on their tournament résumé. “The great thing about the Big Ten is its such a great league, and we have so many chances left,” Gesell said on the Hawkeye Radio Network. “We showed some good things tonight; we just had a few lulls.” The first half was one to forget for both sides as the team’s combined for 35 points on 13-of-57 (22.8 percent) shooting from the field. Iowa went just 4-of-26 (15.4 percent) during the opening 20 minutes but somehow trailed by only 3, 19-16, at the intermission.

Purdue guard Anthony Johnson (right) drives on Iowa forward Aaron White in the second half in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday. Purdue defeated Iowa, 65-62, in overtime. (Associated Press/Michael Conroy)


“We weren’t knocking down shots in the first half, but we were right there,” Gesell said. “Shooting 15 percent and still going to the half only down by 3, I see some positives there.” Marble, White, and Basabe each notched 12 points on the day, but

the rookie carried the Hawkeyes back with 15 of his 18 points following the break. “I challenged Mike in particular to really be aggressive offensively,” McCaffery said. “I felt he was the guy we could go to that would make baskets, and he really ignited us.”

Men’s tennis rolls over Loyola By Dominick White

Iowa’s men’s tennis team got its first win of the season on Sunday, defeating Loyola Marymount, 5-2. The Hawkeyes started off the meet by winning two out of three doubles matches against the Lions. The tandem of Garret Dunn and Michael Swank beat Loyola Marymount’s Sebastian Bustamante and Todd Volmari in a thrilling match. The score was tied at 3 until Swank and Dunn broke the Lion’s service. “I think that was the turning point in the match, because anytime we get a break on somebody, it’s going to be demoralizing for them because they know it’s going to be tough to break us,” Swank said. Ultimately, the Lions couldn’t break Dunn or Swank’s serve, and that proved to be the difference. The Black and Gold duo went on to win 5 of the last 7 points, leading to an 8-5 final. Juniors Joey White and Juan Estenssoro won their doubles match 8-5. After being down 3-4 in the match they broke the Lion’s service to even up the set. After splitting the next two games White and Estenssoro each hit a backhand winner to make the score 7-5. The pair closed out the match by

outlasting their opponents in a long rally. Estenssoro went on to win his singles match as well. He made easy work of his opponent Volmari and beat him in straight sets (6-0, 6-1). He never looked challenged during the match as he coasted to a victory. “Juan Estenssoro played very well in doubles and exceptionally well in singles,” Iowa head coach Steve Houghton said. “This is his first weekend competing for us, and I thought he gave us every indication that he’s going to be as good of a player as we thought he would be when we recruited him.” Overall, the Hawkeyes won four out of six singles matches. Dunn, Swank, and Jonas Dierckx were the three other victorious Hawkeyes. Swank over powered his opponent and won in straight sets (6-1, 6-4). His serve proved to be too much to handle for the Lion’s Bustamante. Dierckx defeated Othar Kordsachia in straight sets (6-3, 6-3). He wore his opponent out by working him sideto-side and winning long rallies. The junior was able to outlast his opponent by making him commit numerous unforced errors. Hawkeye captain Dunn won a tough match against Loyola’s Felix Van Kann in straight sets (6-4, 7-5). Despite winning in





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Friday’s meet. “We need to keep this level of intensity going and bring it into practice so that we can keep building on this win,” Dunn said. “Friday is going to be tough, because we have two matches in the same day.”

Blackhawks manhandle Red Wings By MATT CARLSON Associated Press

CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the best start in their 85-year history, despite not being in charge for much of their game against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. Thanks to Nick Leddy’s goal at 2:45 of overtime and a zoned-in, 29-save effort from Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings, 2-1, and improved to 6-0. After taking a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg, Leddy fired from the left circle and beat Detroit’s Jimmy Howard with a shot that slipped just under his

glove. Leddy, a defenseman, said it was his first overtime goal at any level. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, one I’ll never forget,” he said. “I heard that stat [best start] before the game. If we stick to doing the little things, we’ll be great.” The Blackhawks started 5-0 in 1971-72 — Hall of Famer Bobby Hull’s final season in Chicago — and matched it on Jan. 26 with a 3-2 win in Columbus. On Sunday, however, they were anything but assertive for much of the second and third period. Part of that was penalty-related. Still, Chicago killed all six of Detroit’s power plays,

improving to 22 of 23 this season. Detroit’s Johan Franzen finally connected at evenstrength early in the third to tie the game at 1 and set up overtime. Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal in the first period for Chicago. “We could have been on our heels a little bit,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “Detroit was pressing [being] down a goal. You know everything’s coming. They were pinching. “We could have been better, but at the same time, six [games] in nine [days] could have been a factor.” Quenneville couldn’t really fault his club, one of two undefeated NHL teams along with San Jose.

“I think everybody deserves credit,” Quenneville said. “Everybody’s contributing. Everybody was where we wanted them to be. Everybody had good conditioning to start with. Special teams, Crow [Crawford] in net, the team game. I’m pleased.” Crawford, who made his fifth start in six games, was sharp again. Last season, the Blackhawks’ 28-yearold No. 1 goalie was criticized for allowing soft and untimely goals. That hasn’t happened so far this season. “Focus has been a huge part of it so far,” Crawford said. “I thought I was focused last year, but I wasn’t quite there.

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Iowa’s Juan Estenssoro returns a serve during his singles match against Loyola Marymount’s Todd Volmari on Sunday in the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. This was the first win of the season for the Hawkeyes. (The Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell) straight sets, the match was far from easy. Dunn was challenged and had to overcome long rallies and a few forced errors. The Hawkeyes played well on Sunday, and they hope their momentum carries over into practice and

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Iowa 63, Michigan 57

Hoopsters rally for big win

Iowa 62, Purdue 65

Hawks lose in OT at Purdue By Tom Clos

Iowa’s Sam Logic drives against No. 23 Michigan in the Crisler Center on Sunday. The Hawkeyes defeated the Wolverines 63-57. (Contributed Photo by The Michigan Daily/Nicholas Williams)

Iowa forward Bethany Doolittle helped lead Iowa over No. 23 Michigan to go 6-0 vs. ranked teams. By Carlos Sosa

The Michigan Wolverines were hoping for a season sweep over the Iowa women’s basketball team on Sunday in Ann Arbor but ultimately came up short. The Hawkeyes over came a 9-point deficit early in the second half to defeat No. 23 Michigan, 63-57. “It was [our] defense and composure,” head coach Lisa Bluder said about the Hawkeyes’ dominant second half performance in a release. “We held them to no field goals for the last seven minutes of the game, and Bethany Doolittle came to play today.” The Wolverines lone basket in the last seven minutes came after Iowa had sealed the win. Doolittle led Iowa’s second-half surge for its sixth win over a top-25 team. The soph-

omore forward from Oakdale, Minn., scored 10 of her career-high 19 points in the second half. “My teammates were finding me open a lot in the zone that [Michigan] was playing,” Doolittle said in a statement. “The environment was intense, and we wanted revenge for the loss earlier in the season. I took the energy that was on the bench and the energy my teammates were giving me and put it into my game. ” The Hawkeyes didn’t shoot well in the first half — chucking up 33 percent from the field. But as the game progressed, Iowa, and especially Doolittle, found their shooting stroke. In the second half the Hawkeyes went 14-for-23 from the field — Doolittle finished the game 9-for-15 but shot 5-of-7 in the second. “It’s funny because I didn’t realize we were shooting that well,






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percentage-wise,” Bluder said. “We had good clock management in this game and [played] smart, focused basketball in the second half.” Iowa’s smart play can be attributed to sophomore point guard Sam Logic. She leads the Big Ten in assists and finished with 8 on Sunday. Senior guard Jaime Printy went 4-of-12 from the field but with 5:52 to play and Io-





wa down 2, shew hit a crucial go-ahead 3-pointer to give the Hawkeyes a 1-point lead and the momentum to close the game. Printy finished the game with 14 points en route to becoming the sixth player in Iowa history to score 1,700 points. “The fact that were now 6-0 against ranked teams sets the ball rolling for the next game,” Doolittle said.

With the level of talent the Big Ten has featured this season, it’s hard to categorize any road loss in the conference outside of trips to Penn State or Nebraska as bad. That being said, the Iowa men’s basketball team may have suffered the next worst thing at Purdue. Freshman guard Mike Gesell led all scorers with 18 points and 4 assists, and junior forward Melsahn Basabe posted 5 points and a pair of offensive rebounds following regulation, but it wasn’t enough as the Boilermakers outlasted the Hawkeyes in overtime, 65-62, in Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sunday. Junior guard Terone Johnson had a double-double on 17 points and 12 assists, and freshman guard Ronnie Johnson added 15 points for Purdue (11-9, 4-3 Big Ten), which has now won four of its last five games. The pair also combined for 8 of their team’s 11 points in the extra session. “We played tough, we played hard. We hung in and did everything we could to win the game,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said in an interview after the game on the Hawkeye Radio Network. “We just couldn’t close it out.” Iowa (13-7, 2-5) trailed for most of the game before swiping its first lead of the afternoon, 51-50, on back to back free throws from sophomore Aaron White with 2:56 remaining. Junior guard Devyn Marble split a pair of free throws to extend the cushion to 54-52 with 47 seconds left, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t prevent the Boilers from tying the contest on a Terone Johnson basket with 33 seconds remaining. “Coach [Matt] Painter drew up a great play to set up a double ball screen at the top of the zone,” JohnSee Purdue, 12

’Cats don’t Wrestlers nip Gophers in Mpls. take to Hawkeye water Iowa 16, Minnesota 15

By Cody Goodwin

After splitting 10 bouts with No. 4 Minnesota, the third-ranked Iowa wrestling team came out on top by a score of 16-15 after going to the third tiebreaker criteria on Jan. 26 in Minneapolis. The dual initially ended in a 15-15 tie after each individual match ended in a decision. But the tiebreaker criteria of total match points — Iowa held a 41-33 advantage — gave the Hawkeyes an extra point for the dual victory. “I don’t want to nitpick here, but we could have scored some bonus points,” Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands said in an press release following the dual. “You have to get bonus points when you can. We had some close matches that came down to finishing. If we finish, we’ll see more things go our way.” Top-ranked Matt McDonough started slowly in his match with David Thorn at 125 pounds. McDonough surrendered an early takedown before striking back with takedowns of his own for a 6-3 victory. Tony Ramos downed Chris Dardanes with ease at 133-pounds, 8-2. Mark Ballweg won an exciting tossup match, 3-1, over Nick Dardanes at 141, which pushed Iowa’s lead to 9-0 through three matches. Many onlookers saw Ballweg’s victory as an integral part of the dual victory for the Hawkeyes. The senior scored a takedown with fewer than 30 seconds to go to clinch the victory. “That was a big win,” Ballweg said, according to the release. “But I don’t know how good you could feel about it, because he was kind of coming after me the whole time. I kind of gutted out the win, but it’s not really the way you like to win.” Iowa nearly lost the dual at 149. Minnesota’s Dylan Ness won the match over Mike Kelly, 8-2, though some Gopher fans will argue that Ness was cheated out of 2,

Minnesota’s Logan Storely attempts to take down Iowa’s Mike Evans on Jan. 26 at the Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis. (Contributed Photo Minnesota Daily/Amanda Snyder) possibly 3, near-fall points. The difference would’ve shown in the team score, and Minnesota would have won the dual, 1615, without having to go into any of the tiebreaker criteria. Top-ranked Derek St. John cruised to a 6-2 decision over Danny Zilverberg at 157 pounds, and Iowa’s lead at the halfway point was 12-3. Nick Moore was the last winner for the Hawkeyes — he upset 10thranked Cody Yohn, 8-2. “Those matches, in a lot of people’s minds, should be close,” Brands said. “We did some really good things there to control those matches.” Minnesota then won the next four matches to tie the dual at 15 all. Of the final four matches, two were decided by 1 point and another went into overtime. As the Gophers closed in on Iowa’s lead in the

late matches, the more than 8,000 fans came to their feet in the historic “Barn” at Williams Arena, but they were silenced after Iowa gained the tiebreaker point. Brands said he wasn’t completely satisfied with the performance, but he’d rather take a win over a loss every time. “It’s a team win,” he said. “And winning 16-15 on criteria is better than not.”

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The Iowa men’s and women’s swimming teams made splashes this weekend, each gaining a victory over Northwestern when the Wildcats came to town. The women, riding a four-meet winning streak over Iowa State, Colorado College, Austin College, and Illinois, defeated the Wildcats, 162-135. Sophomore Becky Stoughton led the way for her squad, taking first place in all three of her events. The men’s side, led by senior All-American Jordan Huff, won 10 of its events in a 161-122 win over Northwestern. Two freshmen — Roman Trussov and David Ernstsson — each helped win events for the Hawkeyes, creating a larger impact on the squad than firstyear swimmers have made in the past.

Turn to Page 11 for full recaps of this weekend’s swim meets against Northwestern.

The Daily Iowan - 01/28/13  

The Daily Iowan's print edition for Monday, January 28, 2013.

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