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WHAT’S INSIDE: METRO Trial date set for community leader charged with failing to report abuse allegations. Page 2 Iowa City schools dig into gardening. Page 3 Outing of gay sheriff could shake political conversation. Page 3 OPINIONS Hang in there, Occupy Iowa City. Page 4 American views on Shariah unsettling. Page 4 SPORTS Hawks win upset over Indiana on Gatens’ shoulders. Page 10 Hawkeye women finish near the bottom at conference championship. Page 10 Once top-ranked wrestlers lose to Minnesota in pursuit of dual title. Page 10

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Proposed farm rules spark ire New farm-labor laws could change the youth’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs. By DORA GROTE

Some local farm advocates are concerned current proposed child-labor rules could restrict today’s young farmers. The U.S. Department of Labor introduced a new set of rules in late 2011 that prohibit workers under the age of 16 from working in manure pits and with certain animals unless their parents completely own the farm, said Roger McEowen, the director of the Iowa State University Center for Law and Taxation. Russ Meade, the Johnson County Farm Bureau president, said the county’s number of multigenerational farms is unique in the state and exposes a lot of children to farm life early on. “ We h av e a d i v e r s e makeup of smaller

Cole Dallmeyer feeds a calf on the family farm near Wellman, Iowa, on Sunday. Cole and younger brother Kyle have raised calves and helped at the farm since they were around 5 years old. (The Daily Iowan/Jessica Payne) farms that rely heavily on extended family i n v o l v e m e n t ,” M e a d e said. “[The regulations] would significantly restrict kids’ ability to participate.” The proposals also state children under 18 would not be allowed to work in

feedlots, grain elevators, stockyards, and livestock auctions. Following uproar from farmers across the state, the department proposed to revise the rules earlier this month — but no specific changes have been made, McEowen said.

“It’s a non-committal response,” he said. “It’s really kind of hazy as to where [the Department of Labor] is going with this. They got a big blowback on these proposed rules.” Kurt Dallmeyer, who owns Dallmeyer farms

n e a r We l l m a n , I o wa , said the regulations could put a dent in the number of future farmers in Iowa. According the last agriculture census from the SEE LABOR, 5

Int’l students face obstacles Waste cans sent to trash bin of history

MULTIMEDIA: Big Ten swim meet swamps campus rec center. PHOTOS: Basketballers net big win over solid Indiana squad.

UI is adding recycling bins to help promote recycling alongside the single-stream recycling program.

PHOTOS: Men’s and women’s track competed over the weekend. PHOTOS: Former Hawkeye wrestling standout focuses on art.



fees a year, but we don’t get any chances or opportunities to try our own business here,” she said. The 23-year-old said finding a good business partner is a difficult process. “I think partners need a lot of trust, and you need to really know who your partner is,” See said. Mark Rhoads, an immigration attorney based in Rich-

Some trash cans at the University of Iowa are on their way to the dump. Following a university-wide effort last fall to condense recycling bins at the UI, Facilities Management officials said they’re looking to cut back on garbage cans altogether and get students to throw more items into the blue bins. “There are so many things that can be recycled now because of this new single-stream recycling,” UI Student Government sustainability advocate Kelsey Zlevor said. “And a lot of those things were being found in the trash because it was hard for students to find recycling bins to throw these items into.” Zlevor said many UI sustainability advocates admit the university lags in its sustainability efforts, and removing trash containers will serve as a way to catch up. Though she said she is unsure if other universities are removing trash cans, she knows other schools are using the methods.



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UI graduate student Hung Tran co-owns an online tutors’ social-media site that is scheduled to launch in March. International students are not allowed to own businesses independently because of student-visa regulations. (The Daily Iowan/Asmaa Elkeurti)

University of Iowa international students seek to create businesses. By CHASTITY DILLARD

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Angeline See loves baking. The University of Iowa junior longs to craft her dream business — a bakery chock-full of delicious Asian and colorful desserts. But the native of Malaysia found out her endeavors may be postponed last fall when applying for an office space at the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory.

The lab allows students to start their own business with the assistance of UI resources. International students are prohibited from self-employment while on student visas. So for students like See, the only chance at launching a business would be finding a native student to partner with. “It’s kind of disappointing, though, because for the international students, we pay more than $12,000 in tuition

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Chad Beatty draws a tree in his art studio on Feb. 14. Beatty said the picture of his former coach, Dan Gable, behind him reminds him where he comes from. (The Daily Iowan/Ya-Chen Chen)

A former University of Iowa wrestler enjoys fostering talents in the arts. By HANNAH KRAMER

Many hours of Chad Beatty’s life are split between a wrestling mat and an art canvas. The 25-year-old University of Iowa alumnus studied 3D Design in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa and also competed on the Hawkeye wrestling team. He was a two-time NCAA qualifier, placed fourth in 2009 and sixth in 2010 at the Big Ten championships. “It balances each other out for me,” he said. “Wrestling is competitive and full of aggression and controlled fury, but with art, it’s kind of the opposite — it’s really soothing for me.” Currently, Beatty works construction, coaches wrestling at West High,

and spends time working at his own art studio that he shares with other artists in Iowa City. But the Wilton, Iowa, native isn’t willing to push any of his interests aside, despite his busy schedule. “In 10 or 20 years, I’m still going to be in the art world and the wrestling world,” he said. “It’s always been a part of my life.” Beatty’s father, Paul Beatty, confirmed his son’s longtime interest in both art and wrestling: “He’s always been real athletic, but when he wasn’t doing that stuff, he liked to sit and draw.” Paul Beatty said as a child, Chad often spent time drawing at family functions, at church, or at home when he had free time. Those years of doodling

when he was young led to his current career path. Chad Beatty said he hopes to continue work in graphic design or possibly become a full-time artist. “I love all aspects of [art],” he said. “The process of it, building a piece and getting to the final stages. I don’t currently sell pieces, I mainly do it for fun and for pleasure.” Beatty enjoys different types of artistic craftsmanship, including ceramics, abstract molds, and painting with fine-tip markers on canvas. He describes himself as a “laid-back guy” but said he is competitive and a perfectionist in all aspects of his life. UI art Professor Christopher Roy said Beatty’s work ethic was a reason for his success at the UI. “He’s a hard-working and serious student,” Roy said. “He was always quiet

and attentive and paid attention [in class].” Beatty said he knew he wanted to study art in college, and he felt lucky that the UI had a well-established art program when he was offered a scholarship to wrestle with the Hawkeyes. He admitted that his time at the UI was not always easy. The pressure of competing in wrestling and managing academic responsibilities was challenging, but it forced him to learn important life lessons. “For the first couple years it was really hard,” Beatty said. “You just have to get used to time management. It’s just like anything else — you have to be dedicated and focused, put your nose to the grindstone, and do it.”

According to Iowa City police, Krista Stramel, 24, 201 Hawk Ridge Drive, was charged on Jan. 2 with assault causing bodily injury. Stramel allegedly attacked

another woman and beat her to the ground at a party at Stramel’s residence. The alleged fight was the result of an argument between Stramel and the woman, who received a black eye and

other facial injuries, the report said. Assault causing bodily injury is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,875. — by Conrad Swanson

Danielle Daehn, 20, 639 S. Lucas St., was charged on Feb. 18 with interference with official acts, PAULA, and presence in a bar after hours. Jordan Demers, 21, 21 N. Johnson St., was chargedonFeb.18withOWI. Preet Dhugga, 19, Coralville, was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication. Hannah Duncan, 22, Coralville, was charged on Feb. 17 with OWI. Robert Hanaford, 20, Barrington, Ill., was charged on Feb. 17 with possession of a fictitious driver’s license, public intoxication, and disorderly conduct. Eric Hansen, 29, 739 Michael St., was charged on Feb. 18 with domestic-abuse assault. Emma Harris, 62, Cedar Rapids, was charged on Feb. 16 with fifthdegree theft. Nicholas Hauptly , 22, 423 Haywood Drive, was charged on Feb. 18 with OWI. Antwan Johnson, 27, Coralville, was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication. Keith Kamman, 21, Vernon Hills, Ill., was charged on Feb. 18 with interference with official acts, and disorderly conduct. Nicholas Klein, 21, North Liberty, was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication. Natasha Kriener , 26, 2018 Waterfront Drive, was charged on Feb. 15 with child endangerment with serious injury. Richard Kruse , 63, address unknown, was charged on Feb. 18 with interference with official acts and disorderly conduct. Samantha Lewis , 20, 201 E. Burlington St., was charged on Feb. 16 with unlawful use of authentic driver’s license and presence in a bar after hours. Santiago Marin , 19, Columbus Junction, was charged on Sunday

with public intoxication. Demarco McClain, 23, Coralville, was charged on Feb. 18 with disorderly conduct. Andrew McClanahan, 22, Bennett, Iowa, was charged on Sunday with public intoxication. Shannon McDonald, 22, 278 E. Court St., was charged on Sunday with public intoxication. Matthew McQueen, 24, Overland Park, Kan., was charged on Sunday with public intoxication. Cody Menting, 20, Mason City, was charged on Dec. 17, 2011, with fifth-degree theft. Charles Michalak , 19, 313 S. Gilbert St., was charged on Sunday with PAULA. John Norris, 20, 417 S. Gilbert St., was charged on Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Gina Oddo, 20, 320 S. Gilbert St., was charged on Feb. 16 with PAULA. Dillon Olson, 19, Midlothian, Ill., was charged on Feb. 18 with the possession of a fictitious driver’s license. Kylie Quigley, 19, 201 E. Burlington St., was charged on Feb. 16 with keeping a disorderly house. George Robinson, 21, 1610 College Court, was charged on Feb. 16 with OWI. Erik Saenz Caperon, 22, was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication. Kendra Schiebout , 21, 408 S. Dubuque St., was charged on Feb. 12 with OWI. Samantha Shimkus, 18, 100 Hawk Ridge Drive, was charged on Feb. 18 with PAULA. Kevin Stamis, 19, 417 S. Gilbert St., was charged on Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Jennifer Stewart, 18, N024 Hillcrest Hall, was charged on Sunday with

presence in a bar after hours. Dillon Sweeny, 21, 504 S. Johnson St., was charged on Feb. 12 with indecent conduct: Urinating. Caitlin Tanzer, 19, N024 Hillcrest Hall, was charged on Sunday with PAULA. Samantha Taylor, 20, 717 Kirkwood Ave., was charged on Feb. 17 with presence in a bar after hours. Tania Tomilonus, 19, 201 E. Burlington St., was charged on Feb. 16 with presence in a bar after hours. Kevin Tompkins, 19, 625 S. Clinton St., was charged on Sunday with public intoxication. Fabin Torres, 22, Muscatine, was charged on Feb. 18 with driving while license under suspension/canceled. Kelsey Wedwell, 18, West Dundee, Ill., was charged on Sunday with public intoxication and presence in a bar after hours. Tremell Wilkins, 22, 2104 Davis St., was charged on Feb. 18 with interference with official acts and domestic assault with serious injuries or aggravated. Ryan Wishy, 25, 1937 Sherman Drive, was charged on Sunday with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Jayne Wolfe, 19, 5239 Currier Hall, was charged on Sunday with PAULA.

METRO Woman charged with assault An Iowa City woman has been charged with assault following an incident at a party.

BLOTTER Tahmir Allen , 20, 900 N. Governor St., was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication. Kelly Allworth, 20, 711 E. Jefferson St., was charged on Feb. 18 with presence in a bar after hours. Gabriel Armento , 18, North Liberty, was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication, presence in a bar after hours, unlawful use of authentic driver’s license, PAULA, and disorderly conduct. Daniel Boal , 23, 3 Dunaggan Court, was charged on Feb. 18 with driving with suspended/canceled license. Gregory Bowker , 50, address unknown, was charged on Feb. 17 with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Mitchell Bracker, 21, Neola, Iowa, was charged on Feb. 18 with public intoxication. Kevin Brannan, 19, 278 E. Court St., was charged on Feb. 17 with keeping a disorderly house. Romario Cardoza, 21, 4494 Taft Ave., was charged on Feb. 17 with possession of a controlled substance and driving while barred. Kyle Carlson , 30, Colorado Springs, Colo., was charged on Feb. 15 with public intoxication. Jack Cavanagh , 20, 719 E. Jefferson St., was charged on Feb. 17 with PAULA. Kristy Clouse, 25, 3734 Lower West Branch Road, was charged on March 14, 2011, with firstdegree arson. Veronica Collins, 27, 3734 Lower West Branch Road, was charged on Feb. 17 with interference with official acts. Jose Corado , 21, Columbus Junction, Iowa, was charged on Sunday with public intoxication and interference with official acts.

Kathryn Wolz, 18, S237 Currier Hall, was charged on Sunday with presence in a bar after hours and unlawful use of authentic driver’s license.

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Schools turn to gardens


Wenying Tang (left) and Yichen Xu sing to celebrate Xu’s birthday in the newly opened No. 18 Karaoke & Bubble Tea Store on Feb. 17. (The Daily Iowan/Ya-Chen Chen)

Ariz. sheriff out of closet By BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press

FLORENCE,Ariz. — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu built a reputation as a rising, conservative star by taking a hard-line stance against illegal immigration, attacking the Obama administration, and appearing alongside Sen. John McCain in a 2010 re-election ad in which McCain urged federal officials to just “complete the danged fence.” But on Feb.18,Babeu’s conservative image took a beating as he was forced to confirm publicly that he is gay and was involved in a relationship with a Mexican immigrant who claims the sheriff threatened to have him deported if he revealed their relationship. Babeu denies any wrongdoing, and has vowed to continue his battle for the GOP nomination in an extremely conservative, rural Congressional district. He recognizes he is fighting an uphill battle,especially in a state in which family values,as defined by a large evangelical Christian and Mormon population, often battle fierce, anti-immigrant beliefs to define conservatism. At a lengthy press conference, Babeu said he hopes voters will stick with him. His competitors think that’s unlikely. Arizona Sen. Ron Gould says Babeu is sure to lose major support among the family-values voters who oppose gay marriage.

Babeu previously avoided a public stance on gay rights, but he came out in favor of them on Feb. 18. “I can be a supporter and get out there and help articulate as we progress as a culture and a society, that there should be individual liberties and there should be individual freedoms,” Babeu said.“For any other person to define somebody else’s relationship and say it not OK, that is not who we are as Americans.” The revelation already led Babeu to call GOP presidential-nomination candidate Mitt Romney’s staff to say he would step down from his post as state campaign co-head. Babeu campaigned with Romney and was featured in robocalls in Iowa attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was then seeking the GOP nomination. “Sheriff Babeu has stepped down from his volunteer position with the campaign so he can focus on the allegations against him. We support his decision,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. Some political observers think Babeu’s career could be over. “There is no question that his budding Congressional campaign is over,” longtime Arizona Republican political consultant Sean Noble wrote on his blog. “Because it is a Republican primary in a conservative district, it’s likely that the thing that hurts him the most is that he was in a gay relationship.”

Heather Widmayer, the School District Farm to School coordinator, prepares an activity with different seeds at the Growing School Gardens: Training Workshop in the Iowa City Public Library on Feb. 18. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh) In February 2011, district build garden spaces with easy By ALYSSA BERGAMINI schools only had three school access to water, light, and air. gardens, with Weber Elemen- Placing the gardens outside this Eastern Iowa school officials tary and Northwest Junior High way, he said, will help students are readying their spades and beginning gardens last fall. Offi- — working in small groups of six shovels for the coming spring. cials from five other district to eight at a time — get the The Iowa City School Dis- schools — Mann Elementary, proper hands-on experience. trict’s Farm to School hosted a Lemme Elementary, Shimek While Farm to School officials training workshop Feb. 18 on Elementary, Lincoln Elemen- have focused their efforts on eledeveloping student-run gardens tary, and Garner Elementary — mentary- and middle-school garat schools. Local health officials are considering adding gardens dens, Cavagnaro said highsaid these gardens help cut this spring. school students also need to recdown on the amount of Cavagnaro has added 19 ognize the benefits of homeprocessed foods students con- school gardens in school districts grown food and spread those to sume while mixing gardening surrounding Decorah. their younger peers. education into classwork. “The empowered students are Heather Widmayer, the Iowa David Cavagnaro, school gar- City district’s Farm to School coor- typically the ones who spread den coordinator of Northeast dinator, said school gardens will the word,” he said. Iowa Food and Fitness, said help bring students away from The University of Iowa maindeveloping student- and faculty- heavily processed foods found in tains a garden and uses its promaintained gardens will improve cafeterias and grocery stores. duce in the Burge dining service. school-food quality and aid stuScott Koepke, a New Pioneer “Kids don’t even know what a dents in science and biology. fresh tomato looks like,” she said. Food Co-op education outreach “Every school should incorpo- “By starting gardens at schools, coordinator, said students who rate gardens into their everyday we’re giving kids an opportunity grow their own food are more curriculum,” he said. “For exam- to learn how food grows and to likely to eat fruits and vegetables. ple, instead of learning the parts taste fresh, healthy produce “This is for the lives of the stuof a plant by lecture or reading, straight from the garden.” dents,” he said. “We need to students can learn by growing School officials said Cav- inspire them to take advantage their own plants and will agnaro could expand play- of what Iowa’s deep, rich soil has grounds and outdoor areas to to offer.” remember the lesson.”

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Adapt and keep fighting for goals, Occupy Iowa City Occupy Iowa City may be getting booted from College Green Park, but the members can still make a difference in the community, doing their part to strengthen the image of a what could be a powerful movement. Since the inception of Iowa City’s Occupy chapter in early October, only two men have stayed in College Green Park for the duration of the protest. One of the men, who goes by only Tibbs, says his biggest concern is where everyone will end up. “Over 50 percent of the camp is homeless, and we provide a safe place to stay,” he said. “I don’t know where people like him will go,” pointing with a cigarette to a diabetic homeless man making what looked like bracelets to sell to whoever would buy them. Now that Iowa City has denied the group’s permit renewal, the people in the camp don’t know where they will go next — physically, at least. Ideologically, they have expressed interest in shifting focus to bettering the much-maligned Southeast Side of Iowa City. Such a shift is consistent with the ideals of the movement and will silence critics clamoring for results. But that’s not the only area in which the movement can effect positive change. In fact, the members are immediately obligated to another cause. Though the denial of the permit comes with no shock and is the best thing for the community, some apparent members of Occupy Iowa City will again be without shelter. According to the city of Iowa City’s official statement in denying the permit, the “continued presence of Occupy Iowa City will unreasonably interfere with the public’s use and enjoyment of the park and is not compatible with the normal public activity at the park.” Of course, the Occupy movement is a protest, and civil disobedience always comes with a certain price to the status quo. The reaction from the city is in line with Occupy Iowa City’s view of the public’s apathetic stance toward the poorest of the poor. But there does come a point when the words and phrases such as “protest” and “lawful assembly” are pegged to groups who are merely looking for a place to fight the cold rather than fight the man. In the statement signed by City Manager Tom Markus, the Occupy group was depicted as unorganized and unsanitary. Furthermore, the group failed “to routinely move tents … and the failure to remove trash and debris in a timely manner.” The only obvious thing for the city to do was to deny the permit, since the occupation turned into merely a

campsite, not a hotbed for protest. College Green being a public park, the community has a right to enjoy it just as much as the protesters, and the protesters’ infringement upon that right needed to be addressed. There is too much damage to the park now for anyone to enjoy it in the near future — the grass will need to be reseeded, and many of the public fixtures will need repair — it is time for the protesters to find a new place. But the movement should not stop the service it provides the community. It gives many of the homeless a place to live and safely sleep. “It is not safe on the streets,” Tibbs said, describing the three times he had gotten assaulted near the camp by apparent college-age kids. “Here, we trust each other and are safe together.” Chris, the other original member of the Occupy movement, was hesitant to give his last name, citing the media’s unfair interviewing tactics when it came to Occupy Iowa City. He claimed many reporters badgered the mentally handicapped in the group, painting the movement as nothing more than a nuisance to society. “People don’t understand why we are here,” he said. “We are here to provide a voice and place for those who have neither.” The movement in Iowa City has striven to do just that, and in many ways, it has succeeded. Libris Fidelis, a member of the Johnson County Local Homeless Coordinating Board, wrote in a guest opinion to The Daily Iowan that the group was an advocate of social change. He wrote, that many members of the board “were very impressed with Occupy Iowa City due to some high-quality presentations,” and the board was aided by the Occupy movement to find shelter for some of the homeless in its camp. The movement still has a place in Iowa City, and it should continue its work but with a more centralized base of operations and a clearer message to the community. People should know about the kinds of people inside the camp and what they can do to aid the homeless inside. But for now, only the Occupiers know where they will go. “The group will move quietly and cooperate,” Tibbs said. “And we would like to thank the city for giving us the original four-month permit.” If the members of Occupy Iowa City make a strong effort to benefit the local community in the coming months, the city will thank them. Your turn. Should Occupy Iowa City disband? Weigh in at

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Protestants should be opposed to birth-control There should be no disagreement about life beginning when sperm penetrates the ovum. Many abortifacients are mislabeled “contraceptives.” Many kinds of “birth control” make the womb hostile to implantation. The newly developed baby cannot attach itself to the womb and dies of malnutrition. This is early chemical abortion.

God commands: “Thou shall not murder;” “Thou shall not commit adultery.” The Apostle Paul warns us to “Flee fornication.” He writes, “Fornication is sinning against your own body.” “My body, my choice,” you say? Not so. Sin has consequences. ObamaCare requires everyone to pay for your poor choices. Fornication, like adultery, is a great evil. The fornicating couple are defiling themselves before their future mates. Sex is holy. God intended it for one man for

one woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage. The consequences of sexual sins lead to unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and abortion. Sterility is often the result of “better contraceptives.” Reproductive organs do not turn on and off like a light switch. It is much easier to turn them off than turn them on. Fertile women are healthy women, contraceptives make them unhealthy. The average American woman has 2.1 children. Children are a blessing from the Lord. Divorce sky-

rocketed after the pill was introduced in the 1960s. By 1992, divorce had increased 345 percent. If it is true that 98 percent of Catholic women use contraceptives, it’s because government schools have more influence over them than their church. It violates my conscious when I indirectly pay for contraceptives. I do not want the price of my health insurance to go up because of the poor choices of others. I do not want to pay for the murders of unborn babies. Donna Holman Keokuk resident


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Breaking the chain email EMILY INMAN

A couple days ago, I received a chain email from my uncle. Normally, I do not open these because of the ubiquitous dancing cats or get-richquick schemes, but I was bored and clicked on the link in the email, anyway. As I scrolled down, reading through poorly written sentences containing obnoxious fonts and colors, I soon found out that this email was of a different breed. Titled “Wow! She Did It Again!!!,” the email described a speech given by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in which she brutally lambastes Muslims who abide by Shariah law. The email states, “Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terrorist attacks.” The email goes on to declare, “Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.” Gillard did not speak or allude to these outrageous sentiments. The email is a hoax. It began circulating a year or so ago, then lay dormant for some time, and now, it has regained circulation or a following, so to speak. The problem with this chain email isn’t that it is a hoax involving false statements from a prime minister of an ally nation. The problem is that many Americans wholeheartedly believe in and revere the bigoted views toward Muslims expressed in the email. At the bottom of the email, instructions are given to forward it to as many people as you know if you agree with the sentiments. After tracking the message history and investigating its online popularity, I found that the email has been forwarded thousands upon thousands of times through email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. In many forwards, someone

will add a hooray, awesome, or take that. For these Americans, Islam and Shariah law are wrongly equated with terrorism and threats to Christianity. They holistically view all Shariah lawpracticing Muslims as terrorists. But many of these Americans do not even bother to educate themselves on the practices of Shariah law nor try to understand its cultural and historical foundations. Shariah law, as described in the Koran and by the Prophet Muhammad, is rooted in morality and truthfulness. Justice, equality, and a personal relationship with Allah (God) are the utmost principles to live by for Muslims. Shariah law promotes peacefulness and does not constitute the promotion of Islam onto any unwilling party or person. It is not a violent, prejudiced, or threatening religion or way of life. Those who commit violent acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are not true Islamists or children of Allah.They do not live by Shariah law and its teachings. Equating deadly terrorists with the teachings of Islam is like equating members of the Westboro Baptist Church with the teachings of Christianity. Though they commit acts of violence in the name of religion, they are not true believers of such religion. Both the Bible and the Koran teach love and compassion:“You have heard that it was said,‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven,” Matthew 5:34.“And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel evil by that deed which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity will become as though he was a devoted friend” (Koran, Ch. 41:34). Assumptions and accusations that are meant to demean a people on the basis of their religion are dangerous thoughts and actions that can lead to irrational and extreme agendas. Respect for others’ cultural and religious differences should be upheld. Morality is an intrinsic expectation that needs to become a part of everyone’s daily life.

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Bashing China will not benefit America In this election year, China-bashing once again has become a favorite activity of the presidential hopefuls. Although Chinese policy does not, in of itself, determine the outcome of the election, it nevertheless influences the American public’s assessment and perception of the economic conditions that will likely be central to the outcome. The Republicans have been accusing the Democrats of being too compromising to the Chinese, implying that that is the reason for the economic troubles in the United States. In return, the Obama administration, in its re-election bid, has launched a series of tactics

aimed at denouncing China, such as the accusatory tone against Beijing in the president’s most recent State of the Union address, and a long list of criticisms made by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Washington. These criticisms included China’s unfair trade-practices such as alleged intellectual property theft, the mandatory technology transfer that goes along with American exports to China, currency manipulation, human-rights violations, and China’s recent veto of the U.N. Security Council’s resolution condemning Syria.

Unlike some domestic political issues that tend to divide voters, China-bashing is a perfectly safe way to unite voters. The bigger the China monster one can create, the more votes one gets. As a result, China is portrayed as an ideological threat to American liberal democracy, a security threat to American military supremacy, and an economic threat to American jobs. Whoever is more successful in convincing the American public of the existence of such threat will get people to rally around them and hand in their votes. While such tactics will benefit candidates in the short term, in the long term, it will serve to intensify the distrust

and conflict between these two superpowers. It is like a nuclear-arms race in which each country strives to develop nuclear weapons to make itself safe, while the world meanwhile becomes more dangerous. China bashing will make the American public more hostile and suspicious of an increasingly powerful China. It will also encourage the growth of Chinese popular nationalism, which will serve to rally public support for the Chinese Communist Party. So long as the party can then effectively use such nationalism to legitimize its rule, democratic change will not come anytime soon in China. The tension between the two countries will rise, and the world will not be peaceful.

The American public should recognize this long-term danger of China bashing. Working together will benefit the two countries, and even the world — more than pointing fingers at each other. The $4.3 billion contract signed by China to purchase Iowan soybeans during the Chinese vice president’s recent visit is just one example of the complementary nature of the two economies. China and the United States can work together on many other issues, such as environmental protection, arms control, fighting against terrorism, worldpoverty alleviation, and promoting global economic growth and financial stability. As a naturalized Chinese American, I see more in common between my native coun-

try and my country of residence than differences. Both governments are under public pressure to provide services, and both make mistakes and do bad things, even though they operate in different political systems. But just because China has a different political system does not mean the two countries can’t see eye to eye. After all, democracy means tolerance,including tolerating different political systems. Americans should have as much distaste for bashing China as they do for the endless tirades between the two American political parties during the campaign season. Wenfang Tang is a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Iowa. for more news


U.S. Agriculture Department, there are 1,293 farms in Johnson County. “You develop your interest in agriculture at a young age,” Dallmeyer said. “If they want to put rules in place that say it’s too dangerous or too scary,


mond, Va., said the restrictions are in place to keep jobs available to U.S. workers. “U.S. immigration law does not have easy options for international investors or entrepreneurs to start businesses in the U.S.,” he said. Leanne Seedorff, assistant director for advising in UI International Pro-


In the first week of September 2011, the amount of recycling on campus was 18 percent higher than the average in 2010, she said. Environmental engineering Professor Keri Hornbuckle said she supports the change. “I think this is a great plan for the university to

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they’re basically going to limit the number of people who want to be involved in agriculture, because they don’t have the experience.” The proposed rules could encourage laziness, he added. “If you’re from the Midwest, they always say, ‘The good old farm boy, they have that work ethic and want to work and get something done,’ ” Dallmeyer said. “We have a society today that is based

so heavily on handouts — and why would we want to help create something that makes people who do not want to go out and get a job?” Dal Grooms, the communications director for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, said safety is a big concern for farm parents with children who help out. “We know that safety and the responsibility of animal care can go handin-hand when properly

planned and supervised,” Grooms said. “It is through that exposure to circumstances involved in livestock production that young people learn how to safely work with livestock.” Dallmeyer has three children who help out on his farm feeding livestock and doing chores. Meade has a daughter who helps out, too. “It’s up to the parent to determine their children’s skills,” Meade said. “We

want our kids to be safe and would not put them in position of something they can’t handle.” Meade and Dallmeyer both expressed concerns the law could hurt family farms while boosting the trend of factory farms in Iowa. “I think that’s something we can be proud of in Johnson County,” Meade said. “There are a lot of small farms still thriving here.”

grams, said international students are only permitted to seek employment on campus, though certain circumstances do allow students to go offcampus. Optional Practical Training is one such option. The program can last up to 12 months after a student graduates, but it must be in a degree-related field. Though students could start their own business during this time, Rhoads said, after the 12-month period, the graduate would have to close up

shop or apply for a new work visa. Such work visas are very limited, he said. According to the U.S. Department of State, 140,000 employment-based visas are distributed each year. One option, H1B, allows students to work but not be self-employed, while the E-Visa is available to certain foreigners whose countries have trade agreements with the United States. Rhoads said he feels these restrictions hinder foreign investments.

“These businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs do not displace U.S. workers,” he said. “They create jobs.” Hung Tran, a UI Ph.D. student in computer science, said he was fortunate to partner with an American student. He and partner Thomas Hornbeck have worked together for many years in classes and to create decided TutorUniverse — an online eBay-style tutoring service that will launch by late March. Tran said the ability to practice starting business-

es is a good way to implement what they learn in the classroom. “I think that benefits not just the student but the school and for the people,” he said. Seedorff said International Programs officials are unaware of the collaborating efforts among U.S. and international students. “… that may still not meet the criteria for us to give the necessary legal authorizations to permit an international student to be employed in that manner,” she said.

have,” she said. “I have a recycling bin right outside of my office, and it’s amazing. It makes recycling a lot more efficient, and people can treat these recycling bins almost like trash cans.” Every blue recycling bin on campus is used for single-stream recycling, in which most recyclables — including newspaper, magazines, cardboard boxes, glass, plastics, and aluminum — can be thrown in a single bin without having to be sorted. UI junior Kat

Williams said she was glad to see the change, having taken measures into her own hands before the single-stream method became more widespread. “I use it all the time,” she said. “I also see a lot of people using the recycling bins. Often, I do see people using the trash bin for recyclable, and I dig through the garbage and put bottles in their proper place.” The ongoing singlestream project is part of the

UI’s goal to reduce waste across campus by 60 percent before 2020, alongside projects such City Carton Recycling — which separates materials placed into single-stream outlets. Students using the newly streamlined system would likely recycle more frequently, Hornbuckle said. “I support this idea because I think it gets students to recycle more on campus,” she said. Don Guckert, the UI associate vice president for

Facilities Management, agrees. “I have to agree that this will be easier for the students,” he said. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, a occupational- and environmental-health professor who worked on a panel for 10 years to get singlestream recycling started, said he’s pleased with the university’s recent recycling and garbage removal efforts. “I think it’s great that it’s finally happening,” he said.

Agricultural employment laws Workers under the age of 16 are not allowed to: • Operate grain combines • Operate hand or chain saws • Use dynamite for black powder as blasting agents • Work inside a silo or manure pit • Operate earthmoving equipment Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Student visas To live or work in the U.S. international students must apply for the following visa types: • F-1 status: allows student to attend U.S. universities • L-1: allows student to work for multinational employers • E-Visa: allows students whose countries are in trade agreements with the U.S. to work in the U.S. Source: Mark Rhoads, immigration attorney

Single-stream recycling The UI began its singlestream recycling program in September 2011. • Styrofoam and glass are not included in single-stream recycling. • Waste Management Inc. works alongside the UI. • Materials are sorted in Cedar Rapids. • Promotes recycling throughout campus. Source: Sustanability at Iowa

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7 More Action Films Reimagined as Independent Shorts, Based on Their Titles: • Aliens: Sigourney Weaver is a paranoid and delusional Tea Party supporter keeping watch from her lawn chair at the southern U.S. border for “illegals.” • Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as Mitt Romney, wherein he continues to fire a bunch of people and light cigars with money. • Heat: Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino as themselves, sweating it out in a sauna. They boastfully recall their finest performances, each trying to one-up the other. Scenes of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Gigli flash onscreen, indicating that both are aware of these films, but neither has the gall to bring them up. The tension and the temperature continue to rise. • Armageddon: Stock footage of mushroom clouds interspersed with images of Bruce Willis eating string cheese while dressed as the pope. • Equilibrium: Christian Bale repeatedly attempts to balance himself, plank-style, on a sawhorse, unsuccessfully. But he’s shirtless the entire time, which is nice. • The Bourne Ultimatum: Matt Damon’s wife threatens to leave him unless he agrees to abandon an online community of adult male My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic enthusiasts. • Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Brangelina go about an everyday breakfast before reporting to their mundane jobs. No one gets karate chopped. Credits. — Will Hartman works at the Bijou and wouldn’t make for a very good action hero.


• Toddler Fitness Program, 9:30 a.m., Scanlon Gym, 2701 Bradford • Third-Annual Craft Crawl, 10 a.m., Beadology, 220 E. Washington • The Journey to April, 10 a.m., Senior Center, 28 S. Linn • Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Physical and Environmental Seminar, “Citric acid adsorption on cerium oxide,” Induni Wathsala Siriwardane, Chemistry, 12:30 p.m., 104 Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories • Hand & Foot, 1 p.m., Senior Center • School’s Out Special, 1 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Nuclear/Particle Physics Seminar, TBA, Chris Doran, Ohio University, 1:30 p.m., 301 Van Allen • Colloquium, “Relativistic Electron Scattering by Electromagnetic ion Cyclotron Waves in the Ratioan Belts,” Kaijun Liu, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 3:30 p.m., 301 Van Allen • How to Make the Career Fair Work For You, Pomerantz Career Center, 3:30 p.m., W401 Pappajohn Business Building • Reading for Success, University Counseling Service and

UITV schedule 4:30 p.m. Feeding the World and Feeding the Community Lecture Series, “Climate change, biofuels, & hunger,” Jerry Schnoor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Jan. 22 5:30 University Lecture Committee, Paul Farmer, worldwide leader in globalhealth and social-justice issues, Aug. 24, 2011 7 University Lecture Committee, “Sustainable Foods and Climate Change: Fixing a Broken System,” Frances Moore Lappe, Nov. 1, 2011


University College, 3:30 p.m., 60 Schaeffer • Biology Third Year Review Seminar, “Speciation processes in Drosophila: lessons from genomes and transcriptomes,” Ana Llopart, Biology, 4 p.m., 101 Biology Building East • Affirmationists Toastmasters, 5:30 p.m., W401 Pappajohn Business Building • Ballroom Dancing Lessons, 6 p.m., Old Brick, 26 E. Market • Screen Printing, 6 p.m., Home Ec Workshop, 207 N. Linn • Zumba, 6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Society of I.C., 10 S. Gilbert • Zumba classes, 6 p.m., Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 Eighth St. • Andrea Huber, master class and lecture/discussion, 7 p.m., University Capitol Centre Recital Hall • “Minority and Gay: Traversing the Cultural/ Sexual Orientation Line,” 8 p.m., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center • Open Mike, with J Knight, 8 p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burlington • One-Night Stand, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn

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8:15 University Lecture Committee, “Creating a Sustainable World,” Bill McKibben, Oct. 13, 2010 9:30 Daily Iowan Television News 9:45 UI Explorers Lecture Series, “A Watershed Year: Flooding in Iowa, Connie Mutel, archivist & historian, Hydroscience & Engineering, Sept. 23, 2010 10:30 Daily Iowan Television News 10:45 University Lecture Committee, “Sustainable Foods and Climate Change: Fixing a Broken System,” Frances Moore Lappe, Nov. 1, 2011

Monday, Feb. 20 — by Eugenia Last

ARIES March 21-April 19 Call in favors, talk to influential people, and use your appeal and insight to attract the help you need to accomplish your goals. Love is on the rise, and participating in something that interests you will expand your popularity and friendships. TAURUS April 20-May 20 Choose carefully. Too much of anything will work against you. Separate what’s necessary from what’s inconsequential. Make a point without making a scene, and you will achieve greater interest from people who can make a difference. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Not everyone will be honest with you. Ask direct questions, especially if it has to do with your reputation or your position. Charm will help you uncover what you need to know. Don’t show anger when compassion and understanding are what’s required. CANCER June 21-July 22 Impulse will be the enemy. Think outside the box, and patiently incorporate your thoughts into your plans. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when others will be affected by your decision. Improvements at home can be expected. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 Discuss your plans, and you’ll find out information that will help you move along faster. Someone unique will interest you in ways that can alter your way of life. Travel plans will enhance your love life and your emotional well-being. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Don’t get trapped in a situation that goes against your morals. Your patience will be tested, along with your integrity. Own up to any mistake you’ve made, and move on before you waste time or miss a better opportunity. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You can make personal changes that will boost your confidence and help you see your options. A unique opportunity will lead to love and romance. Don’t sit at home when you should be out engaging in social activity. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Put more time and effort into your surroundings and your personal relationships. A stable home environment will help you be more productive professionally. A new way of doing things will open up opportunities you never knew existed. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Keep your thoughts to yourself. As soon as you voice your opinion, you can expect to raise eyebrows as well as opposition. An argument will not help your cause, but it will waste your time. Focus on home, family, and self-improvement. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Dig deep into your past to find the answer you are looking for. Reconnecting with old friends or colleagues will raise your interest in something you haven’t considered previously. Don’t let love hold you back or cost you. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Emotions must be controlled if you want to come across as reliable and stable. Not everyone will have your vision, but if you present a finished product or offer a well-thought-out service, you will be successful. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 Put pressure on anyone holding you back. You must keep the momentum flowing if you are going to reach your goals. Your intuition will help guide you in the right direction. Being secretive and honest simultaneously will lead to success.


Performers from the Renascer de Jacarepaguá samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday. (Associated Press/Silvia Izquierdo)

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GymHawks beam up Men’s track flashes its talent at home IOWA INVITATIONAL

The GymHawks finally put together a solid performance on the beam, which clinched a win over Iowa State. By ALEX FRENCH

Iowa’s Patrick Richards (left) and Kaleb Van Cleave (right) run in the 4x400-relay at the Iowa Invitational track meet in the Recreation Building on Feb. 17. The Hawkeye men took first place in nine events, including the 4x400. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

Iowa’s nine first-place finishes set the table for the upcoming Big Ten indoor championships. By ELDON GIANNAKOUROS

The Iowa men’s track team put on a show at the Iowa Invitational during its final meet of the indoor season on Feb. 17. The Hawkeyes won nine first-place titles in the crowded Recreation Building, making it the show and momentum swing the team had hoped for ahead of its Big Ten indoor meet date in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. “It was a fun night; we had a lot of good performances. It was great to have the place full of people,” head coach Larry Wieczorek said. “I really like to be able to entertain with track and field and make people have fun, and tonight, that was the case.” All-American Justin Austin rediscovered his form in front of the home crowd. The junior took first place in the 60 and 200 meters. His time of 6.71 seconds in the 60 was a season best; his 21.48 seconds in the 200 — a strong time on a flat track — was the first official time he’s posted in three meets. He was disqualified in the 200 on two separate occasions this season. “I was a little on edge before this meet,” Austin said. “We came here, we put a solid time down, I won,

and my confidence is up — that’s all I was waiting for all season, for my confidence to come up. Today was the first meet where I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go out there and compete,’ and it shows.” Jeff Thode coasted to a first-place win in a rare 800-meter outing for an athlete who usually runs the longer distances. Thode paced himself for the first half of the race, then easily moved to the front of the pack and stayed there. The All-American junior made the win seem easy but said winning wasn’t his primary concern. “We were trying to set it up like the last 800 in a mile, so we’re trying to work on speed and trying to work on my finish,” Thode said. “The game plan we set up was to go out with the group but don’t be leading, stay with the group in first or second, and then push the last 200.” It was an idea Wieczorek and Thode hatched earlier in the week to prep the runner for the Big Ten championships. Thode’s absence in the mile allowed three of Iowa’s less-heralded distance runners to show their development with a strong pack finish. Kevin Lewis, Nick Holmes, and Ben Witt took first, second, and third with

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times of 4:12.47, 4:12.86, and 4:13.07. Lewis, a freshman, pulled into first ahead of Holmes early in the race and kept just ahead of his junior teammate to capture a landmark time ahead of the biggest race of his inaugural season. “I got a [personal record] by almost two seconds,” he said. “I’ve got to just ride the momentum and hopefully make another [personal record] at the Big Ten meet.” Lewis showed improvement, but Witt provided the drama. With just minutes to go in his last attempt to make the Big Ten meet traveling team, he put his feet to floor and pushed his way into a third-place finish and on the 32-man traveling squad. “I had a good set of teammates that were going to take me through,” Witt said. “I went along for the ride with them, and then halfway through, I felt good. I knew that was it, I knew I had it, and I just kicked through.” The Hawkeyes’ next meet will be the Big Tens, where they’ll try to solidify their position atop the Big Ten. “We made some good strides forward tonight, definitely,” Wieczorek said.

The No. 24 Iowa women’s gymnastics team led Iowa State after vault and uneven bars during its Feb. 17 meet against the Cyclones — a relatively familiar position. But the balance beam — the GymHawks’ most troublesome event of the season — ultimately clinched I o w a ’ s 194.150192.750 win in its annual P i n k Libby breast-can- head coach cer awareness meet, head coach Larissa Libby said. “It was nice to clinch with beam. They just needed it one time to be like, ‘OK, we can do this,’ ” she said. “It was not perfect, it was far from what we needed to be, but the trust builds. Each time the trust builds.” Iowa’s 48.325 was its second-highest beam score of the season. The Hawkeyes swept all events and individual titles, including the allaround competition. Senior Jessa Hansen was a game-time decision because of two sprained spinal disks sustained Feb. 10 at Ohio State, but she contributed to her allaround title with a firstplace score of 9.85 on the beam — while wearing a back brace. Rachel Corcoran’s 9.825 in the vault tied a careerhigh, and junior Emma Stevenson added titles in floor and the uneven bars with a 9.85 and 9.825, respectively.

While no event stood out among the others, Hansen said, the team is happy with its overall improvement on beam. “It was great to put a beam team together. We can build on this event and continue to build throughout the rest of the season,” she said. “We’re not complacent. We’re happy with the improvement on beam.” Corcoran agreed, saying her beam teammates had the ability to excel all along. “The beam team did great this weekend,” she said. “We knew they could do it based on what they do in the gym [each week during practice].” Libby was also happy with the progress, she said. She decided to have the floor exercise and beam compete simultaneously for the first time this season in preparation for future meets. “We decided we were going to make that change and teach them, because that’s what it’s going to be


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like [at the Big Ten championships],” she said. “That’s what it’s going to be like, and that’s how you need to be able to focus down.” In front of 1,277 pinkdraped fans, the Hawkeyes finished with a 48.85 in the floor, a score tied for the second-highest in the event all season. Although Libby conceded the team made a number of atypical mistakes — including a fall on the uneven bars by senior Jordan Eszlinger — she admired how the team rallied. A large part of this, she said, was because of the fans. “The fans were phenomenal. They were the difference-maker for us on beam and floor,” she said. “I know fans don’t often get credit, but that win came from them tonight.”

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“We didn’t have great flow because there were a couple guys that — it just wasn’t their day to be on the court in an expanded period of time, because they just weren’t playing as well,” Crean said. “… I’ll have to watch the tape to see if we didn’t get [the ball] where we wanted it, but we just didn’t finish — and that’s a tribute to

WRESTLING CONTINUED FROM 10 appointment, it was a good day for most of them. The biggest statement of the day came from Matt McDonough, the nation’s top-ranked 125-pound wrestler. McDonough beat No. 2 Zach Sanders of Minnesota, 7-4. It was the second time this season (and sixth in his career) that McDonough has beaten Sanders. Then he avenged his only loss of the year, an early season upset to Illinois’ Jesse Delgado. McDonough, a 2010 NCAA champion and 2011 finalist, beat Delgado, 6-3, this time.

SWIMMING CONTINUED FROM 10 consolation round — after missing on one dive and


[Iowa]. They played well.” Iowa fell behind, 8-4, in the early minutes in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, then went on a 10-0 run to capture a lead it never lost. Iowa forced 3 Hoosier turnovers on Indiana’s final four possessions before the first media timeout at the 15:48 mark. Guards Devyn Marble and Gatens both recorded steals during that stretch. The one possession Indiana didn’t turn the ball over ended with a block by Melsahn Basabe. Basabe had a particularly solid day, playing like the

All-Big Ten Freshman he was a year ago. The sophomore forward scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to go along with 5 blocked shots. “I thought I came into the game — I got those blocks and I was able to run the floor and get a tip-dunk early — that kind of just set me up for the whole game,” he said. “I think I provided a good spark in the first half.” Iowa led by as many as 19 late in the second period, thanks to a myriad of weapons. Four Hawkeyes scored in

double-digits, led by Gatens’ 30-point performance. The senior poured in 7 treys, a career-best for the Iowa City native. “He’s been playing as well, if not better, than anybody in this league,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said. “Coaching is easy when you can start running some clock and then run something for [Gatens]. We just kept going to him in different ways, and he kept ringing the bell.”

The pair of wins leaves little doubt that McDonough is the country’s best wrestler at his weight. It will be a shock if anybody else wins the conference or national title at 125. The other two of Iowa’s dominant three lower weights also won big matches. Tony Ramos and Montell Marion each faced tough matches against twin brothers Chris and Nick Dardanes, both ranked in the top eight nationally. Ramos and Marion both scraped out overtime victories. Ramos then beat the Illini’s B.J. Futrell, ranked fourth in the nation. McDonough, Ramos, and Marion are the three

Hawkeyes with the best chances of winning a national title. And all three had impressive wins on Sunday that should position them well in terms of Big Ten Tournament seeding. Also continuing a strong run of late was 174pounder Ethen Lofthouse. Lofthouse had been inconsistent for much of the season, but the eighth-ranked sophomore picked up two dominant wins over relatively weak opponents last weekend in Ames. And on Sunday, he earned a 4-3 upset over Minnesota’s fifth-ranked Logan Storley and a 4-2 decision over No. 9 Jordan Blanton of Illinois.

The two big wins are encouraging signs that Lofthouse, who has looked like a fringe All-American at best for most of the season, could make a run at a high NCAA Tournament finish. Yearlong struggles at the 149 and 197 classes, injuries at 157 and 184, and a slump at heavyweight meant that the Hawkeyes weren’t an elite dual-meet team. But Hawkeye fans can still look forward to strong individual performances from the team’s stars. And based on Sunday’s results, that’s what they’ll get.

balking on another — and 15th overall. Minnesota walked away with the conference crown after beating Indiana, 680.5-651. The Gophers’

Maggie Keefer was named Diver of the Year, and head coach Kelly Kremer was named Swimming Coach of the Year. The Hawkeyes’ season is

now essentially over; they’ll find out within the next few weeks if they’ll send athletes to Auburn, Ala., for the NCAA championships on March 15-17.

Gatens sinks Hoosiers

Iowa guard Matt Gatens drives for a lay-up during Iowa’s 78-66 victory over Indiana in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday. Gatens had 30 points in the win over the No. 18 Hoosiers, including 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)


Matt Gatens turned to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena faithful and threw his arms in the air, beckoning the fans to their feet. And just as Gatens has poured 1,503 points, 120 starts, and more than 4,000 minutes into the Iowa basketball program over the last four years, a crowd of 13,282 returned the favor with deafening cheers. The final 17 seconds ticked off the clock on the Hawkeyes’ 78-66 win over No. 18 Indiana. “The crowd was into it,” Gatens said. “All the guys were happy and smiling and that’s what means the most to me — just everybody being happy. After so many down times, it’s a lot of fun winning.” But that wasn’t the first time the senior guard brought Iowa fans to their feet on Sunday. Gatens’ career-high 30 points — 22 of which came in the second half — denied Indiana’s comeback bid and propelled Iowa to victory. The Iowa City native

turned in a lukewarm first stanza, scoring 8 points on just 2-of-8 shooting as the Hawkeyes seized a 37-26 halftime lead. Iowa’s advantage expanded to 19 with 12:13 remaining. Then the Hoosiers chipped away, using a 9-0 run to trim the deficit to 52-42 with just over eight minutes left. Iowa went 0-for-5 from the floor during that stretch — but Gatens took none of those shots. From there, Gatens’ mentality would be best described by Big Ten Network commentator Gus Johnson, who referred to the sharpshooter as “Matty Fresh” during Sunday’s game: Rise and fire. Gatens hit four 3-pointers between the 7:21 and 4:35 marks, helping restore Iowa’s lead to 19 points. “We made a good run in the second half,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. ” … But then Matt Gatens, the most determined player on the floor in my opinion, took it to another level. He got extremely hot and broke our backs in the sense of coming back.” He hit one more 3-point-

er with 1:16 left to finish with a career-high 7 3pointers. The 22-year-old, who Crean called one of the country’s better guards, was 7-of-10 from long range. “It seemed like every time we needed a bucket, he hit a 3,” sophomore Melsahn Basabe said. “Whether it was a one-dribble, deep 3, corner 3s — every time we needed something, he provided it. It was just a great performance by a senior leader.” Sunday’s game was simply the latest installment in a series of games in which Gatens has played like a man possessed. He nearly carried Iowa to a comeback victory in a 69-64 loss at Penn State on Feb. 16 by going 5-of-7 from long distance and scoring 21 points. Gatens is 15-of-22 from deep and averaging 22 points over the last three games. The reason? He simply is a man possessed. He’s possessed with the desire to reach a postseason tournament for the first — and

only — time in his career. “It’s the last time,” he said. “You have to give it your all. This really is your last time. You see it, you see the schedule, you want to make the most of it. We want to make the postseason — that’s the goal right now.” The Hawkeyes will have no problem qualifying for postseason play following the Big Ten Tournament if Gatens continues his tear, which even went viral on Sunday: “Matt Gatens” was the No. 3 trending topic worldwide on Twitter at one point. “That’s cool, I guess,” Gatens smiled and said sheepishly, ducking his head out of the limelight as he humbly has so many times before. Continuing to shrug off his well-deserved fanfare, he predictably shifted the focus away from himself and towards Thursday’s home contest against No. 15 Wisconsin. “Hopefully, we get Iowa trending on Thursday.” for more sports

Softball takes 3 of 5 The Iowa softball team rallied from two-straight losses to win three games in the Littlewood Classic this past weekend. The Black and Gold fell early in their first two contests against Illinois State and No. 5 Arizona State. The Hawkeyes were in a position to win late in each game, but the bullpen couldn’t close the deal. The score was tied at 2 in the top of the seventh, when the Illinois State bats produced a 5-run shelling. Iowa then had No. 5 Arizona State on the ropes — the Hawkeyes were beating the Sun Devils, 2-0 — going into the final out of the game. The home squad then turned a series of walks and errors into 5 runs to close the game. Iowa began its three-game winning streak the following day by defeating Central Michigan, 7-5. The Hawkeyes closed out the tournament with another win over the Chippewas when they beat Central Michigan for the second day in a row, 4-2.

The Hawkeyes took on Iowa State at the Classic between the Central Michigan games. The squad p o s t e d s c h o o l records in runs, hits, RBIs, total bases, and Watkins team batting catcher average in a five-inning, 26-5 shellacking of the Cyclones. Iowa scored its 26 runs on 29 hits in 44 at-bats (a .659 team average for the game). Catcher Liz Watkins led the charge, going 5-for-5 with 5 RBIs and 4 runs scored. First baseman Katie Keim smacked a pair of home runs as part of a 4for-6, 5-RBI night. Her 5 runs scored set a school record. Head coach Marla Looper sent 19 batters to the plate in the third inning alone. The Hawkeyes will travel to Palm Springs, Calif., to compete in the Cathedral City Classic next weekend. — by Ben Ross


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MATTY FRESH Matt Gatens’ career night played a huge role in Iowa’s upset of No. 18 Indiana. 8

IOWA 78, NO. 18 INDIANA 66


Hoopsters upend Indiana

Too many holes for wrestlers

Iowa earned its third win over a top-25 opponent this season by upsetting No. 18 Indiana.

The Hawkeyes’ third-place finish was disappointing, but the team still has enough individuals to make a run at a Big Ten title.


The Iowa basketball team that faced No. 18 Indiana on Sunday played like a different group than the squad that allowed 103 points and was dunked on left and right in the teams’ first matchup on Jan. 29. Sunday’s group of Hawkeyes played with defensive intensity and desire, resulting in a convincing 78-66 victory. Most importantly, Sunday’s Hawkeye team played with pride. “The coaches really hammered that in to us — giving up 103 [points], easy lay-ups, and dunks is unacceptable,” guard Matt Gatens said. “That was in our minds going into this game.” Several statistical categories show how Iowa’s play improved on Sunday compared with the teams’ first meeting in Bloomington, Ind. The Hawkeyes turned a minus-15 rebounding margin in Assembly Hall into a plus-6 advantage in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa scored only 11 second-chance points to Indiana’s 23 in the first meeting. On Sunday, the Hawkeyes posted 19 second-chance points to Indiana’s 8. But the biggest difference, forward Aaron White said, was defense. “Sixty-six versus 103 — not much more you can say,” White said. “We got stops and pushed it down their throat.” The Hawkeyes held Indiana to 38 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from the 3-point line. The Hoosiers entered the contest ranked fourth nationally in field-goal percentage (49.5) and third in 3-point field-goal percentage (42.7). For comparison, the Hoosiers shot 55 percent from the field against Iowa in January. A large part of Iowa’s defensive success could be credited to its 2-3 zone. Indiana head coach Tom Crean said his team prepared for Iowa’s zone heading into the game, but the Hoosiers rarely had an answer for it. SEE BASKETBALL, 8

Hawkeye football hires Ferentz, Woods Former Iowa football players Brian Ferentz and LeVar Woods will join the Hawkeye coaching staff as assistants, the team announced on Feb. 18. Ferentz will coach the offensive line in place of Reese Morgan, who was named the Iowa defensive-line coach on Feb. 7. Woods will handle the linebackers, taking over for new secondary coach Darrell Wilson. “I’m excited to have LeVar and Brian — two men with strong ties to our program and highschool football in the state of Iowa — join our staff,” Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz, Brian Ferentz’s father, said in a release. “I’m confident they will make positive and significant contributions in all areas of our program.” Ferentz The younger Ferentz played for new offensive-line coach Iowa from 2002-05. He battled through a series of knee injuries and complications from surgery to play right guard and center for the Hawkeye teams that won Big Ten titles in 2002 and 2004. He spent the last four years on the New England Patriots’ staff, most recently as the tight-end coach who helped develop Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez into the best one-two tight-end punch in the NFL. But because Brian Ferentz is Kirk Ferentz’s son, Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta issued a statement on Feb. 18 to address the hiring process. “Obviously, Brian’s relationship to Kirk necessitated additional steps,” he said. “The process and the hire were approved according to university policy in the same manner as other similar Woods situations across campus.” Woods was a second-team All-Big new secondary coach Ten linebacker for the Hawkeyes as a senior in 2000. He was undrafted but ended up playing seven years in the NFL with Tennessee, Arizona, Chicago, and Detroit. He joined Ferentz’s staff in 2008 as an administrative assistant responsible for helping compile statistics and scouting information. He coached the Iowa defensive line in the 2011 Insight Bowl after former coach Rick Kaczenski left to take the same job at Nebraska. Woods’ players combined for four tackles for loss and two sacks in the 31-14 loss. — by Seth Roberts


Iowa forward Melsahn Basabe takes the ball to the hoop against Indiana forward Christian Watford in the Hawkeyes’ 78-66 victory over the No. 18 Hoosiers on Sunday. Basabe finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks in 28 minutes off the bench. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

The dual-meet portion of Iowa’s wrestling season is over. And if you’re a Hawkeye fan, that’s a good thing. Iowa took a 16-15 loss to Minnesota in the National Duals semifinals on Sunday before beating Illinois, 28-6, to take third place in the tournament. It was the fourth dual defeat of the season for the Hawkeyes, who didn’t lose a meet once over the previous three seasons. It became clear over the course of the year that this Hawkeye team had too many holes in its lineup — and suffered injuries to a few too many key wrestlers — to beat the nation’s best teams. All that remains in Iowa’s schedule now are the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments. In a tournament setting, balance and depth are less important than stud wrestlers who can place high. The Hawkeyes have a few of those. And while a team loss to the Gophers — and a third-place finish — may have been a disSEE WRESTLING, 8


Hawkeyes set records The Hawkeyes fell short of their goals despite Becky Stoughton’s record-breaking efforts. By TORK MASON

Members of the Iowa women’s swimming and diving team entered the final day of the Big Ten championships hoping to achieve a top-half finish. But it was not to be. The Hawkeyes were 10.5 points out of sixth place entering the day, and they had what appeared to be a good chance to put athletes in the “A” and “B” final heats. But one by one, the Black and Gold was bumped out of scoring positions until only Becky Stoughton, Lauren Kelba, and the 400-freestyle relay team remained. They gave Iowa a total of 201 points, good for ninth place overall. Head coach Marc Long said keeping up mentally when an athlete just misses the cut is a challenge. “When you just miss the finals, it’s hard to keep that position, because you want to be at the next level,” he said. “Then you start swimming for best times, and that’s no way to do athletics. You don’t go into a basketball game trying to get your shooting percentage up; you want to win the game.” But both Long and senior captain Danielle Carty said Iowa has positives to take away from the week.

Iowa freshman Becky Stoughton swims in the 1,650 freestyle during the Big Ten championships in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center on Feb. 18. Stoughton placed sixth in the event and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. (The Daily Iowan/Ricky Bahner) “A lot of us were getting into the bonus final, which we were disappointed with,” Danielle Carty said. “But we all swam lifetime-bests this morning, so you can’t ask for much more. We were happy with how we did, but it just wasn’t enough to get into a scoring position.” Long said he was pleased with much of what he saw throughout the week — the Hawkeyes set seven school records over the course of the tournament — but admitted there’s still work to do. “It’s hard to argue with how many school records we had,” he said. “It was an outstanding week as far as school records, personal bests, and things like that. But clearly, we’re a program that needs to move up.”

Stoughton continued her season-long assault on the Iowa record books in the 1,650 freestyle. She broke her own record with a time of 16:14.14 minutes on her way to a sixth-place finish in the event. She also anchored the 400-freestyle relay team — which finished eighth after clocking a time of 3:21.66 minutes — and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. “The expectations I had for myself were to just do the best that I can,” the Peoria, Ill., native said. “I didn’t have an ‘I’m going to do this,’ kind of goal. I can’t complain. I’m really happy with how it turned out.” She also addressed her stamina, which was her most

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visible weakness throughout the week. Stoughton quickly surged into the lead in all of her races but faded in the back half of the races. She said gaining that stamina — while still being able to “take it out fast” at the beginning of competitions — will be her main focus. Kelba was the only Hawkeye diver to participate on the platform, but Michigan’s Amanda Lohman edged out the sophomore by .55 points in the championship finals. Kelba placed seventh in the SEE SWIMMING, 8

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