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COGS wins tuition deal UI graduate-student employees now receive 99.4 percent tuition coverage. By ARIANA WITT firstname.lastname@example.org
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University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics AirCare Pilot Bob Hartman shows off a helicopter the service uses to transport patients at the hospital on Feb. 14. The teams that care for patients on board AirCare are specially trained in emergency medicine.
AirCare still flying high The Air Care program has flown over 1.8 million miles since its inception in 1979. By NINA EARNEST email@example.com
There isn’t much room in the EC130B4 helicopter — just enough for a pilot, two flight nurses, a medical director, and a stretcher. But it’s enough to save a life. On Feb. 14, Rick Ogren, a flight nurse of 20 years, stood atop the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics’ sunsoaked helipad dressed in a black flight suit. Here, on the busiest heli-
pad in the state, Ogren and his fellow crew members often get hit with frigid winds. But they also see a nearly unrivaled view of two of the city’s icons — the shining dome of the Old Capitol to the east and the empty stands of Kinnick Stadium to the west. “It’s about the best view of Kinnick when you fly over,” said Bob Hartman, a pilot and an aviation service manager for Air Methods Corp., the company that leases two helicopters to the UI.
In fiscal 2010, the crew of AirCare, the UIHC’s emergency helicopter service, completed nearly 900 flights in the helicopters. But as more Iowa hospitals add helicopters, the number of flights the crew takes is decreasing. “We used to be the only show in town,” Ogren said. And the growth is nationwide. The industry expanded from slightly more than 200 helicopter services in the United States in the 1980s to
more than 800 today, said Stan Rose, the director of safety at Helicopter Association International. “The helicopter solution is easier than a bricks and mortar solution,” said Rose, referring to building additional hospitals. Blair Beggan, the communications and marketing manager for the Association of Air Medical Services, said smaller hospitals are specializing, and there is more need SEE HELICOPTER, 3A
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Graduate-student teaching assistants have successfully lobbied for a 2 percent raise — and all of their tuition will now be covered. Under a new two-year contract ratified Wednesday, the University of Iowa agreed to pay 100 percent of tuition for graduate teaching assistants in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They now have 99.4 percent tuition coverage. The new agreement is the result of months of impassioned pleas by the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students at the University of Iowa and long negotiations with UI officials. “This is something that Keller COGS has been working Graduate College on for a long time, so it’s a dean really big win,” said COGS President Kari Thompson. The contract, which will take effect July 1, is final but won’t be signed by the state Board of Regents for a few weeks. Officials decided to base the 100 percent coverage on of liberal-arts tuition because more than 90 percent of graduate students are in the college, said John Keller, the dean of the Graduate College. Previously, the contract used a dollar amount to cover teaching assistants up to $3,612 based on credit hours and work hours — a figure that did not account for increases in tuition. SEE CONTRACT, 3A
Q&A with Mason Officials laud Ped Mall cameras Mason on legislators, budget cuts The Daily Iowan sat down with University of Iowa President Sally Mason this week to discuss state legislative issues, the response to 13 Hawkeye football players’ hospitalizations, and the search for a new provosot. The Daily Iowan: Legislators have been very involved this year with specifics in higher education. Do you think they’re overstepping their boundaries? Mason: That’s not my job or my business. The state Board of Regents is our govern-
Officials would consider buying more cameras if the project is deemed successful after three years. By HAYLEY BRUCE firstname.lastname@example.org
Local police have only accessed footage from the Pedestrian Mall cameras two times in the last three months — and they didn’t find what they were looking for. But after eight months with the video surveillance, local officials and downtown business owners stand by its importance, and insist the eight security cameras have con-
tributed to a calmer downtown environment. The Iowa City Downtown Association purchased and installed the cameras in June 2010 with $30,000 in donations as part of a three-year pilot project, in hopes of deterring crime and downtown violence on the Pedestrian Mall. While officials said other factors — including the 21ordinance and an additional downtown University of SEE CAMERAS, 3A
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ing board, and the Board of Regents is, I think, is managing our lobbying efforts and is managing the kinds of things we do with the legislators. We’re responsible to the taxpayers here in the state, so if legislators are taking an interest in the business here at the university, that is certainly a legitimate responsibility. DI: With these specific bills being proposed, does that change the role the Board of Regents is supposed to play?
Mason: That’s something for our Board of Regents and legislators to really deal with at a fairly specific level. I think it is unusual when legislators reach in and pull out separate pieces of the budget, but it’s not entirely unheard of either. DI: If, theoretically, the governor’s budget is passed and more budget cuts are made, at what point would layoffs be unavoidable? Mason: At what point am I going to fire people? I don’t know. I don’t know, but at this point that’s not something I’m anticipating. It’s not something
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Henry Tippie speaks at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday. Tippie’s speech, “Decisions,” was open to university faculty, students, and community members interested in his business experience.
Tippie: Business is easy College of Business benefactor Henry Tippie graduated from the UI in 1949. By ALLIE WRIGHT firstname.lastname@example.org
Business is easy. At least, according to Henry Tippie. “Business is not difficult in my opinion,” said Tippie, benefactor for the University of Iowa College of Business. “You have to sell something in order to build something, then turn around and collect it.” On Wednesday, the business college’s eponym shared advice with aspiring business people. He delivered his lecture, “Decisions,” to a full ballroom of students and UI officials at the Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. Dubuque St. “I’m sure if he has a college named after him, he probably has some pretty darn good advice,” said UI sophomore Megan Logan before the lecture. Before Tippie became a successful entrepreneur, he was just another Iowa farm boy. The Belle Plaine, Iowanative said his mother encouraged him to move away from the family farm and make something of himself.
• Age: 84 • Graduated: 1949 • Hometown: Belle Plaine, Iowa • Career: Chairman of Dover Motorsports and Dover Downs Entertainment • Residence: Lives in Austin, Texas • Interesting fact: The café in the Pappajohn Business Building is named after his wife, Patricia Source: Tippie College of Business website
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After serving in the Air Force, he attended the UI on the GI Bill and earned a degree in just two years, graduating in 1949. “I always feel at home in Iowa City, and I’m very proud to be from Iowa,” Tippie told The Daily Iowan before the event. He now has five companies trading on the New
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York Stock Exchange and is the chairman of Dover Motorsports and Dover Downs Entertainment. After numerous large contributions to the business school, eventually totaling more than $30 million, officials renamed the college in 1999. Lynn Allendorf, the managing director of the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, said more 400 people were expected at Tippie’s lecture. Allendorf said Tippie has never spoken to a group this large in Iowa City and accepted the invitation to participate immediately. “Hopefully, he can serve as an inspiration for how far you can really go in your career,” she said. Tippie encouraged students to take advantage of
every minute available and for new entrepreneurs to think about the coming week rather than the distant future. Some introductory speakers at the event spoke about the benefits of attending the Tippie College of Business. “Our bankers can almost tell immediately if [new hirings] have learned from [UI] programs because they are so much more prepared, much more organized, and much more ready to tackle the challenges that will face them,” said Susan Evans, the chief operating officer of MidWestOne Bank, which sponsored the lecture. A major difference between the job market Tippie entered in 1949 and the one students are entering now, he said, is accessibility. Today, career fairs and networking opportunities are more prevalent. And just attending the UI is a benefit, he said, something he appreciated during his time on campus. “I have a great affection for the University of Iowa,” he said. “After all, it allowed me to attend and was kind enough to graduate me.”
METRO Police investigate possible gunshots Iowa City police are investigating possible gunshots heard inside the Ecumenical Towers early Monday. Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said officers are looking into a report of “loud banging” and “possible gunshots” thought to have occurred at the Ecumenical Towers, 320 E. Washington St., around 6 a.m. Brotherton said no one was hurt in the incident, and there is no indication anyone was targeted. While the incident remains under investigation, she said, nothing occurred outside the towers and there is no publicsafety threat. The investigation is ongoing, but police have selected a person of interest, she said. Officers have not arrested anyone related to the incident. — by Hayley Bruce
United Way: Local poverty growing Christine Scheetz, the president and CEO of the United Way of Johnson County, gave an update regarding the organization’s Community Needs Assessment at Wednesday’s joint meeting between local government boards The 2010 assessment showed that 3,100 children and 580 seniors in
Johnson County are living in poverty, an increase over previous years. The United Way’s plan is to stop this growing poverty by targeting three key issues: education, income, and health, Scheetz said. “It’s disturbing to see the number of children living in poverty,” said Iowa City City Councilor Mike Wright. The United Way assessment was a relevant issue for the meeting because it is countywide, said Johnson County Supervisor Sally Stutsman. “This affects the very being of this community,” she said. — by Emily Hoerner
because it didn’t happen in the usual legislative way,” she said. — by Ryan Cole
UI student faces numerous charges
Iowa City School Board members said they were unaware of the Iowa Association of School Board’s and the Urban Education Network of Iowa’s intentions to support changes in collective-bargaining rights for public employees. School Board President Patti Fields said neither group consulted with the board, despite its membership in both organizations. The board wants to discuss the move with legislators, board member Gayle Klouda said Wednesday. “We are questioning how they made the decision on the stance
Police arrested a UI business student after he allegedly punched a woman downtown, and spit on emergency officials at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. John Foley III, 21, 301 E. Burlington St. Apt. 1534, was charged Feb. 19 with assault causing bodily injury, assault on peace officers and others, disorderly conduct, interference with official acts, and public intoxication. According to police reports, Foley approached a female passerby at 118 S. Clinton St., began calling her profane names, and punched her so hard she fell. An unknown male retaliated by punching Foley in the face. The report said officers found Foley on the ground and asked him to take a breath test, which he refused. Police said Foley then stood up and walked away despite being told to stop. After being physically restrained and placed in handcuffs, he reportedly refused to cooperate with police and emergency personnel. When he was being treated for his injuries at UIHC, he spit and flung blood toward officers
unknown, was charged Oct. 21, 2009 with third-degree theft and possession of a firearm as a felon. Joshua Dahlstrom, 22, 221 Iowa Ave. Apt. 1925, was charged Feb. 5 with tampering with required fire equipment. David McCune, 56, 944 Aspen
Court, was charged Tuesday with OWI. Crystal Patterson, 30, 2437 Whispering Prairie Ave., was charged Tuesday with driving with a suspended/canceled license. Robert Sorenson, 52, Muscatine, was charged Feb. 18 with OWI and
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and medical personnel, causing blood to land on officers, the report said. At one point, police said Foley deliberately called an emergency-room physician a profane name and spit blood onto his face shield and clothing. — by Hayley Bruce
Area towns won’t go 21-only Officials in the Johnson County towns surrounding Iowa City said countywide alcohol policies are unnecessary and they probably wouldn’t enact 21-ordinances in their own cities. During a joint meeting Wednesday at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building, City and county officials said they didn’t see a need for a 21-ordinance in other communities, which all have far fewer bars than Iowa City. Some officials questioned whether a younger clientele might move to Coralville in response to Iowa City’s ordinance because of its nearness. But Coralville has not seen such an influx. Officials said the discussion would likely be repeated on a regular basis to stem any potential issues. — by Katie Heine
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MASON CONTINUED FROM 1A that I’m considering. That gets people very worked up and alarmed. These budget cuts — the governor’s budget while there’s a budget cut … if we can get a 5 percent tuition increase, I think we’re going to be fine. It won’t be great, we still won’t be able to hire the faculty we need. We’re going to have to put that off yet again and hope
CAMERAS CONTINUED FROM 1A Iowa police shift — likely have contributed to the change, police and downtown business owners insist the cameras were not a waste of funds. “I think the 21-ordinance has helped calm down the downtown area late at night,” Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said. “But that doesn’t mean the cameras aren’t going to be beneficial to us … there are other things that happen downtown that aren’t just the result of people at the bars at night.” While neither department documents how often the cameras are accessed, Brotherton said the Iowa City police have only accessed them a handful of times, and the footage officers sought took place off camera. Associate Director of UI police David Visin said his department has never sought access to the video footage. If the project proves successful after three years — which will be determined by a matrix in the process of being created by the Partnership for Alcohol Safety — the Downtown Association said it would consider adding more cameras with approximately $250,000 in federal grant money. Nick Arnold, the executive director of the Downtown Association also stood by the purchase, despite the effect the 21ordinance has had on downtown traffic. “I don’t think there’s a direct correlation with the people under 21 in bars and crime and violence downtown,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a waste [of money] at all.” Iowa City property developer Marc Moen, who owns the Pedestrian Mall’s Plaza Towers, 201 S. Linn St., said cameras can help property owners determine exactly how damage occurs — and it isn’t always intoxicated students. “Students get blamed for everything, and a lot of the time that person is innocent,” Moen said, recalling an incident in which a glass door of the hotelVetro shattered because of an electronic door malfunction. Brotherton said the only problem police have encountered is cameras not capturing every incident — one reason she would support adding more cameras if the pilot project proves successful. Officials purchased the cameras from the security
that we can continue to rely on our faculty to continue to keep doing a little bit more. Layoffs are not necessarily the best way to manage a business going forward, that you really do want your employees to not only feel good about where they work but also feel good when they leave that workplace. For me, that has always been a goal. And so no, I have no idea whether there is a breakpoint … I think given the magnitude of our budget and the ways
Cameras The city installed eight downtown security cameras in June 2010. They are: • Accessible to Iowa City and UI police • Recorded 24 hours a day, seven days a week • Viewed through an online password-protected surveillance system Source: Nick Arnold and Patrick Gordon
company Physecure, and company President Patrick Gordon said technicians tried to cover as much of the Pedestrian Mall as possible, taking input from police into consideration. “You need to balance the high-activity areas where there are a lot of people and a lot going on,” Gordon said. “But then there are also the lower activity areas, where someone sitting on a bench might be more likely to be the victim of a crime.” While Moen said the cameras have helped deter littering and public urination, he said he is more happy about the how the UI, the Downtown Business Association, and police have been able to unify. “In fairness, I don’t think one can say we put cameras up, life is good,” Moen said. “But what you can say is there has been a lot of attention on downtown and a lot of people working together.”
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in which we’re able to manage down costs and become more efficient, I’m not anticipating layoffs as a strategy for managing the budget at all. DI: Looking back at the hospitalization of the 13 football players in January, do you feel the UI handled the situation adequately? Mason: You know, when you don’t know what you’re dealing with — and we certainly didn’t at first — and we are still figuring that out, I think you do the best you can to handle it. The
one thing I’ve asked my people is to do a better job of communicating across the various units that have their own communication efforts. That’s probably the one thing I ask people to do is do a better job of making sure we’re communicating centrally. DI: So communication wasn’t central in the past? Mason: It’s not that easy. It’s not that black and white. They had been, but not in a well-coordinated fashion. We’d hear from one before we’d hear the other,
and a story would get out before we’d had a chance to talk to both sides and really know what it was we were even talking about. Especially when you’re dealing with something you hadn’t seen before like this. That was the biggest challenge is we’d certainly never seen anything like this before. DI: Have you had a chance to sit down with the Provost Search Committee? When will the campus start seeing candidates? Mason: It may take
them a little longer. The application deadline is this month, so they’re still getting applications, and then the search committee will look at those applications and do a prescreening, so that will maybe happen sometime in March and during spring break. I suspect it’s going to be a little later — maybe April — before the campus gets to see the candidates, but it’s coming along.
Jennifer Ahern, a teaching assistant in the College of Education. UI graduate-student employees also received a 2 percent raise for the 201112 academic year and 2.5 percent increase for the 2012-13 year. This will be the organization’s first raise since 2008. Originally, COGS asked for a 5 percent increase in wages. Keller said school officials considered the uncertainty of state appropriations throughout bargaining, which began Nov. 1. But ultimately, officials voted in favor of increases even though state funding remains unknown. “Students might be dis-
appointed in the stipend, but I would like to think they would recognize the university is taking a big risk in the agreement we’ve reached,” he said. Daniel Rathjen, a UI teaching assistant in sociology, said the new contract is a step in the right direction. “This contract is much more appropriate for the amount of work we do,” he said. While COGS has reached an agreement, other Big Ten schools are still working toward improving their unions. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Teaching Assistant Association has been working under an expired contract for nearly
a year, said group copresident Kevin Gibbons. Legislators voted down all tentative agreements between the students and the university, Gibbons said, and bargaining is on hold following Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to restrict collective bargaining. “Because of what’s being proposed about stripping rights, it’s hard to know what to do next,” Gibbons said. Keller said he isn’t aware of any problems with collective bargaining between UI and regent officials and COGS members, and said he doesn’t expect any in the future.
waiting for a call. “We want to be available to respond quickly when a flight arrives,” Lamb said. Yet Hartman said the crew is ultraconservative in deciding when to take a flight, especially if hazardous weather is a factor. “You need to really reduce the risks,” Hartman said. “You can reduce the accidents by just having a positive safety culture.” Ty Hobbs, one of four flight paramedics, said the dispatch gives general
information about a call so as not to persuade the crew one way or another if the situation is dangerous. “You definitely have to check your hero mentality at the door,” Hobbs said. The helicopter, complete with a small Tigerhawk painted on the tail, is outfitted like an intensive-care unit: a ventilator, a defibrillator, drug kits, oxygen, among other equipment. Azeem Ahmed, the medical director of AirCare, said the service is part of a
team geared toward improving patient outcomes. The team members are the link between the first responders and the doctors in the hospital. “I always say that our role is a chain of events or chain of life,” Ahmed said. Chatting and joking on the helipad, the easy camaraderie of the crew is clear. “I take care of the patient; he flies the helicopter,” Ogren said, gesturing towards Hartman. “And off we go.”
CONTINUED FROM 1A “[Now,] if the regents want to raise tuition 20 percent, the university is committed to paying that,” Keller said. Graduate students at the UI face a 5 percent hike in tuition for the 2011-12 year. But Thompson said she was disappointed the 100 percent coverage will not fully fund graduate-student employees outside liberal arts. “[The contract is] good news, but it’s also upsetting that someone like me can’t get that full coverage,” said
HELICOPTER CONTINUED FROM 1A for a central trauma center. The UIHC is one such trauma center, which makes AirCare as vital as ever. It only takes seven minutes for AirCare to get a helicopter up and running when a call comes in. Diane Lamb, AirCare’s nurse manager, said nurses and paramedics assist in the emergency room while
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Should Iowa join a compact to use the popular vote in presidential elections? Yes
Revamp our electoral system? It might be better than you think. Eleven years after an election that went with the electors (and ultimately, the Supreme Court) instead of the popular vote (and gave us years of George W. Bush), Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, and a national group are seeking to add Iowa to the popular-vote bandwagon. National Popular Vote, a nonprofit group seeking to reduce the impact of the Electoral College on elections, called on Iowa Tuesday to commit to only certifying its presidential electors on the basis of a popular vote. This provision would kick in once 270 electors’ worth of other states have passed the legislation, and it would effectively dismantle the Electoral College. Good. While some prominent figures such as Ron Paul have spoken out against the popular vote, claiming that it instates a regionalism that concentrates electoral power in the hands of an urban majority, the Electoral College is undemocratic and undermines both voter turnout and third-party legitimacy. Under the current system, certain states — Iowa included — are considered “swing states”: states that disproportionately influence election outcomes and could go one way or the other. If states receive the same number of electors regardless of how many people in them vote, there is really only an incentive to turn out the vote in these “swing” states. In other words, this winner-take-all system encourages apathy in all but the most contentious states. It also results in the marginalization of third parties, which can either split the vote Nader-style or — and this has never happened — completely destroy the chance of any candidate acquiring a majority (which leaves selection to the House of Representatives). The shift away from the Electoral College is not a partisan issue. The spokesman of National Popular Vote is a registered Republican (even if he labels himself independent), and defining this issue along partisan lines is ruthlessly cynical. Even if Iowa becomes less coveted as a result, the Legislature should approve the bill sponsored by Bolkcom. It might not be good for Iowa, but it would be good for the country as a whole. — Shay O’Reilly
The electoral presidential vote process has been in place for more than 200 years, so why change it now? Well, many politicians are still haunted by the events that took place during the 2000 presidential election. People didn’t clearly understand how Al Gore could take the popular vote, yet George W. Bush held more electoral votes and, therefore, won the presidency. This situation only happened one other time in our nation’s history. The events that followed in Florida and the interrupted recounting also contributed to the country’s uneasiness about the election. Now, politicians are trying to ensure that such events won’t happen again, and the presidency won’t be lost because of an electoral-vote fiasco. Their solution is to create a compact by which states agree to give their electoral votes to the national popular vote, instead of the state’s individual popular vote. But small states should be worried about this compact proposition. If small states are in an agreement to give up their electoral votes on the basis of the national vote, why would politicians want to go to visit them? Political campaigning wouldn’t be necessary in the small states. Their issues would go unnoticed and unaddressed. For Iowa in particular, our significance — as the state to hold the first caucus and as a swing state — would dwindle. Attention would be focused on California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, and any other state whose popular vote would determine the electoral votes for the rest of the country. As UI political-science Associate Professor Tim Hagle eloquently put it, “Regionalism [would become] too important. The Founding Fathers didn’t want swinging toward one region.” The Electoral College was set up so that the votes are evenly distributed across the country. The proposed compact negates the whole notion of state populations and state votes. It even negates the Electoral College process. If politicians are proposing the said compact, then why not go all the way and just eliminate electoral votes? Our current system should stay in place, with large and small states alike contributing to the outcome of presidential elections. — Emily Inman Your turn. Should America shift away from the Electoral College? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com.
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Rooting for elimination of Planned Parenthood funding My husband and I were delighted to read that the Republican-controlled U.S. House voted to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funds. “The Burlington office does not perform abortions,” claims Planned Parenthood, but an
article from the Des Moines Register in 2000 states that RU-486 is available at the Burlington clinic. Planned Parenthood lies to women. RU-486 is a chemical abortion. Many other “contraceptives” also cause abortion early in pregnancy. The birth-control pill, IUD, Nuva Ring, patch, and DepoProvera work to prevent implantation in the womb, starving to death the newly formed child.
Emergency contraception also works as an abortifacient. The only reason women seek emergency contraception is if they suspect they may have gotten pregnant. When a sperm meets an egg, new DNA — a new person — is formed. There may be less than one drop of blood in his/her being, but it is innocent blood. Deuteronomy 19:30 states, “Thou shalt put away the guilt
of innocent blood … that it may go well with thee.” There have been more than 60 million surgical abortions in America since 1973, and many, many more chemical abortions with no end in sight. Cutting off Planned Parenthood’s federal funds is a start — a good start — to ending the slaughter. Donna Holman Keokuk
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Faculty overpaid? Not here WILL MATTESSICH firstname.lastname@example.org
Some students at the University of Iowa are fortunate enough to be unaware of Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty is the former governor of my home state of Minnesota and a 2012 Republican presidential hopeful. He’s also a selfprofessed tax hater who has oddly never met a “fee” he didn’t like. Imposing a statewide “fee” probably sounds better on his presidential résumé. But those students who attended his speech at the UI on Feb. 7 may remember him as the clean-cut social conservative who said that our faculty are being paid too much. These statements also shed light on a small but disturbing trend in campus discourse amid the backlash against proposed tuition hikes — namely, the idea that the state Board of Regents is requesting too much money because our faculty are overpaid. Protesting decreasing state funding for the UI and demanding lower tuition are righteous causes; calling for professors to take pay cuts is not. This admonishment comes at a time when UI professors are being forced to take cuts in benefits and increased workloads that they could easily avoid by moving to more lucrative posts at private universities. Our professors are certainly not overpaid. Of course, Pawlenty felt no need to support his rhetoric with actual facts. If he had researched the issue, he might have found that the average annual salary for a full professor at the UI is $123,695, according to the provost’s 2010-11 annual facultysalary report. While this may sound like a lot, it’s important to note that this average is only for full professors. If the UI wants to continue attracting talented faculty, we will need to also offer competitive salaries for associate and assistant professors. In the same report, the average salary for UI associate professors is $82,551, $73,853 for assistant professors. Certainly not a small amount, but these salaries are being paid to individuals who have achieved the highest level
of academic study and research in their fields. Salaries for professors follow the norms of a competitive market. Professors need to be paid well enough to want to stay at the UI, and their salaries reflect that. Money is not the only factor influencing where professors decide to work, but it is important, as shown in a study in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2001. The salary data in the study are outdated, but the principles remain true: If faculty have enough incentives to move elsewhere, they will. In a ranking compiled by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the UI was ranked 54 out of 95 research institutions in average pay for full professors. In another ranking compiled by Ohio State University, the UI was ranked eighth out of 19, and in a similar ranking from Purdue University, the UI was in the mid-range again, ninth out of 14. For associate professors, however, the UI was in the bottom half of rankings, ranked at 68th in the North Carolina compilation (along with 66th for assistant professors). Ahead of the UI in these categories were such schools as the University of Minnesota, University of ColoradoDenver, and Michigan State University. Compared with faculty at similar institutions, UI faculty are not overpaid. Many may, in fact, be underpaid. Their pay will probably not increase significantly in the near future, either; a 2010 study showed that professors’ salaries are increasing at their lowest recorded rate in 50 years. If Pawlenty wants to find someone who is overpaid, he needs to look no further than Target Field in Minneapolis, where the Minnesota Twins are paying overweight, over-rated relief pitcher Matt Capps $7 million for what will certainly be a performance of magnificent mediocrity. Of course, the success of the UI’s students and of higher education as a whole is more important than the success of the Twins. To give students the best education and to produce the best research, the UI needs to continue hiring the best professors. Let’s avoid throwing faculty under the bus in the crusade for affordable higher education and focus on fixing the budget in other areas to protect our tuition.
Solar energy, Iowa’s renewable future Imagine a readily available source of energy that could produce electricity for our homes and businesses, right where we live and work. Solar energy could be the next new engine of job creation for Iowans, provided we seize the opportunities in front of us. Iowa has become a world leader in biofuels and the big wind industry. This is thanks to great natural resources (Sun, soils and wind) and smart state policies — and let’s not forget taxpayers, who have provided plenty of help in the
form of public subsidies. Over the last decade, taxpayers have invested billions in these industries. This investment has paid off by creating new jobs and new markets for Iowa products. Iowa’s next opportunity is to harvest the sun directly to power and heat our homes, farms, businesses, public buildings, and automobiles. Iowa has abundant sunshine. Solar energy grows billions of dollars of crops each year in our state — and that energy is there for the taking.
The solar industry is taking off in the states that surround us. It can create jobs in every county in our state too. Solar’s time has arrived. The amount of electricity generated by solar photovoltaic installations will double next year, according to a new report by the iSuppli Corporation. The report predicts that two gigawatts of solar photovoltaic will be added in the United States in 2011. That’s enough to power 1.5 million to 2 million homes. Venture-capital investors have noticed this
opportunity. Investment in solar increased by 77 percent in 2010 to $1.58 billion, according to a new report by Ernst and Young. Growth in the solar industry means well-paying jobs for many people in our local communities: electricians, builders, plumbers, contractors, engineers, technicians, and salespeople. Hawkeye, Kirkwood, Western Iowa Tech, Iowa Central, Indian Hills, and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges are all helping Iowans learn to sell, install, and maintain solar energy systems.
In addition, Iowa small businesses have united to create the Iowa Solar/Small Wind Energy Trade Association. They are working to support all aspects of this emerging industry in Iowa. What our fledgling Iowa solar businesses need now are customers. Our neighbors in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota and our relatives in Colorado, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio are all way ahead of us. They all have great state policies and financial incentives to help make solar technology more
affordable for businesses, homeowners, and public buildings. That’s why the Iowa Senate is working on legislation (Senate File 99) to jumpstart this industry with a set of clean-energy incentives. They include consumer rebates for home and business solar installations. Iowa is clearly a leader in wind and biofuels, but we are on the sidelines when it comes to solar. Now is the time to create the new clean energy jobs of the future. Joe Bolkcom is the Iowa state senator for Iowa City.
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The spark of the City of Literature Jeanette Pilak, executive director of UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa City, is driven to maintain the literary status of the community. By ERIC HAWKINSON email@example.com
Jeanette Pilak’s love for literature and books began in her childhood. “My mother instilled in me a passion for reading and literature at a very young age,” Pilak said. When she was younger, the now 57-year-old’s mother would encourage her to read books that college students were reading. And now that her office is in a library, Pilak goes home with a few books every day. As the executive director for UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa City, she is able to weave her lifelong passion with her career. Her main tasks involve promotion and fundraising. City of Literature is part of UNESCO, a worldwide organization that works to promote and maintain the cultures of cities. Iowa City is one of 27 UNESCO cities and one of four City of Literatures; the others are Edinburgh, Scotland, Melbourne, Australia, and Dublin, Ireland. Pilak said she believes that this designation is something residents of Iowa City should be proud of. “We’re the only City of Literature in the country — that’s some bragging
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rights,” Pilak said. Iowa City Public Library Director Susan Craig has been a “neighbor” to Pilak, in the sense that their offices are housed in the same building. Craig said that Pilak is fun to be around because of her wide interests, big smile, and enthusiasm for the work she does. “I think it’s amazing how many people she has personally connected with since she began this job last April,” Craig said. “I think it would be hard for someone to live in Iowa City and not had an opportunity to see her. I think that speaks to her energy.” For Pilak, being able to
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Executive Director of UNESCO City of Literature Jeanette Pilak examines different globes featured in the children’s section of the Iowa City Public Library on Feb. 18. Her main tasks as executive director involve promotion and fundraising.
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Executive Director Jeanette Pilak of UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa City points out some books in the Iowa City Public Library stacks on Feb. 18. The library has a vast collection, including CDs, DVDs, and visual art. read is to understand the world. She continually works on ways to maintain Iowa City’s reputation as a literary city by introducing such projects as July’s Book Festival, the City of Literature iPhone application, and international writing programs. She aims to create ideas that maintain the availability of literary work to everyone. “The thing about Iowa City is you can sit down in a coffee shop and sit next to some famous or famous soon-to-be writer,” Pilak said. “It’s not just the graduates from the writing programs, it’s the seniors in the retirement homes who are self-publishing, it’s the kids in the schools who are in the young writers’ pro grams.” Chris Rossi has had the chance to work with Pilak on various projects in the promotion of City He of Literature.
describes Pilak as a diplomat, a forward thinker, and collegial. Rossi said she truly gets the idea that the City of Literature is a collaboration of the many efforts of people in Iowa and beyond. “She’s an innovator. She’s capable of tying together disparate strands and building and creating tight knots,” Rossi said. “She’s capable of pulling different people
together and getting them to move in the same direction, which is an essential requirement for steering the future course for this upstart organization.” For 25 years, Pilak worked in nonprofit management in arts and culture. The following 10 years, she worked in ecodevelopment. nomic When Iowa City posted a
job for City of Literature with nonprofit management, economic development, and cultural programming, she said she felt as if the job was made for her. “I love the work I do. I’m very passionate about literacy,” Pilak said. “To have a job that blends my skills and experience with my passion, I just love what I do.”
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to the media at the Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday. Opponents to the governor’s proposal to eliminate collective-bargaining rights for many state workers are in their ninth day of protests at the Capitol.
Phone call fools Wisconsin governor By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. — On a prank call that quickly spread across the Internet, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was duped into discussing his strategy to cripple public-employee unions, promising never to give in, and joking that he would use a baseball bat in his office to go after political opponents. Walker believed the caller was a conservative billionaire named David Koch, but it was actually the editor of a liberal online newspaper. The two talked for at least 20 minutes — a conversation in which the governor described several potential ways to pressure Democrats to return to the Statehouse and revealed that his supporters had considered secretly planting people in pro-union protest crowds to stir up trouble. The call, which surfaced Wednesday, also showed Walker’s cozy relationship with two billionaire brothers who have poured millions of dollars into conservative political causes, including Walker’s campaign last year. Walker compared his stand to that taken by President Ronald Reagan when he fired the nation’s airtraffic controllers during a labor dispute in 1981. “That was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and led to the fall of the Soviets,”Walker said on the recording. The audio was posted by the Buffalo Beast, a website left-leaning based in Buffalo, N.Y., and quickly went viral. Ian Murphy told the Associated Press he carried out the prank to show how candidly Walker would speak with Koch even though, according to Democrats, he refuses to return their calls. Murphy said he arranged the call Tuesday after speaking with two Walker aides, including the governor’s chief of staff. He placed the call using Skype and recorded it. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie confirmed that it was Walker’s voice on the call. At a news conference, the governor acknowledged being deceived but stuck to his message that the union changes were needed to balance Wisconsin’s budget. “I’m not going to let one
prank phone call be a distraction from the job we have to do,” he said. “The things I said are the things I’ve said publicly all the time. On the call, the governor said he was ratcheting up the pressure on Senate Democrats to return to the Capitol a week after they fled to block the legislation. He said he supported a move to require them to come to the Capitol to pick up their paychecks rather than have the money deposited directly. He also floated an idea to lure Democratic senators back to the Capitol for negotiations and then have the Senate quickly pass the bill while they are in talks. Walker said aides were reviewing whether the GOP could hold a vote if Democrats were not physically in the Senate chamber but elsewhere in the building. At the news conference, he insisted that idea was not a trick but an effort to get Democrats back to work. Democrats seized on Walker’s recorded comments as evidence that the governor plans to go beyond budget cuts to crushing unions. “This isn’t about balancing the budget. This is about a political war,” Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee yelled Wednesday on the floor of the state Assembly. The governor’s plan would strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights and force them to pay more for their health care and retirement benefits. Unions could not collect mandatory dues and would be forced to conduct annual votes of their members to stay in existence. The proposal has set off more than a week of protests at the Capitol. The GOP-controlled state Assembly began debating the bill Tuesday and was still hearing dozens of Democratic amendments nearly 24 hours later before taking a break. Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said he expected to take a vote on the bill by the end of the day.
It will be the first journalism course abroad taught by a UI professor. By MADISON BENNETT email@example.com
Some University of Iowa students will experience British society after a royal wedding this summer. They’ll also witness preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Journalism students will travel to Britain as part of Truth and Accuracy in the British Press, a new journalism course, which will allow students to examine the British media and compare British news and television with their American counterparts. “Students will be traveling right in the middle of two mega-world events,” said journalism Professor Stephen Bloom. Bloom, a self-proclaimed “newspaper junkie,” brought the idea to the Office of Study Abroad last spring as the first journalism course taught abroad by a UI professor. The class is just one of about two dozen UI facultyrun programs to take place abroad this summer, said John Rogers, assistant director of Study Abroad. “We’re going a lot of different places,” he said. The London course is an outgrowth of a similar course Bloom taught at the UI, but now he’s taking it overseas. “This is a great opportunity to see how we practice journalism,” he said. “And to see how it’s practiced in another country that uses the same language.” Many students agree a course sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication set in an English-speaking country is an ideal opportunity to study abroad. UI junior Brittany Caplin, a journalism major, said she saw fliers for the class around the Adler Building and thinks Britain is a perfect place to study journalism. Bloom said he proposed London because it’s a “cosmopolitan cultural city” with a rich history in journalism. Also, he said, people in London still read newspapers as a pastime, something he thinks Americans have forgotten. “The glue of the literate society has been the newspapers,” Bloom said.
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Professor Stephen Bloom teaches Journalistic Reporting and Writing on Monday in the Adler Building. A new journalism course, Truth and Accuracy in the British Press, will be offered in London this summer with Bloom.
British media Students will get the opportunity to visit British media outlets including: • The Times • The Independent • The Guardian Source: Stephen Bloom
The three-semester hour course will span four weeks — from June 19 to July 15 — in which students will stay in the Bloomsbury District. Activities will include visits to four British publications and the British Museum, two all-day tours of literary Britain, and potentially the BBC. The program has room for up to 20 people and is still accepting applications from students — both journalism majors and not. The course goes toward either a generaleducation credit or journalism credit, and financial aid is available. The estimated cost is $4,135. UI junior Lindsey
Moon, a journalism and anthropology major, said she’s always been interested in studying abroad but could never afford it.
“The J-School offers some really great opportunities, but some are so expensive it’s just outrageous,” she said.
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Branstad Giffords staffer makes her return to work appoints 3 males to court By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press
A UI law professor was not appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court. By LUKE VOELZ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iowa Supreme Court will welcome three new justices in the next 30 days and become a bench of nine white males. Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Iowa District Court Judge Bruce Zager, Iowa Court of A p p e a l s Branstad J u d g e governor Edward Mansfield, and Pleasant Valley attorney Thomas Waterman to the court on Wednesday. The appointees will fill the seats of three justices voted off the bench in a controversial retention election in November after they had been part of a unanimous decision legalizing gay marriage in Iowa. University of Iowa law Professor Angela OnwuachiWillig was the sole female candidate among nine nominees. “I believe Gov. Branstad picked who he thought would be the best people to serve on the court,” said OnwuachiWillig, whose areas of study include family law, employment discrimination, and feminist legal theory. Prior to her ousting in the November 2010 election, Chief Justice Marsha Ternus was the court’s only woman. Onwuachi-Willig received an American studies degree from Grinnell College and a law degree from the University of Michigan. She joined the University of Iowa College of Law in 2006, where she currently teaches a Critical Race Theory class. “I was sorry to see [Professor Onwuachi] not appointed because she would have been a good justice — she’s intelligent, sensitive, and thoughtful,” said UI clinical law Professor Lois Cox. UI law Professor Sheldon Kurtz agreed. “I think she would have made a great justice,” Kurtz said. “But I’m glad she’s still my colleague.” Cox congratulated the new justices, but called out the bench’s lack of diversity. “I am absolutely not against the three people appointed — I believe they will make fine justices,” she said. “But I think it’s a shame that we have a state Supreme Court in which there is no gender and ethnic diversity. I think women and people of color bring useful perspectives to the court.” Kurtz agreed diversity is important, but said Branstad fulfilled his duty of selecting the most qualified candidates. “I think it’s always good for courts to have representatives from all groups, but that’s not the primary goal,” Kurtz said. “The goal of the governor is to nominate those persons he believes to be the best candidates for the court, and I know he has appointed the best people.” Onwuachi-Willig said she did not wish to comment on the makeup of the Iowa Supreme Court. Branstad, in a release, said his decisions were based on the candidates’ qualifications and did not mention race or gender. “My goal was to choose Supreme Court justices, from the available slate of candidates, who are most likely to faithfully interpret the laws and Constitution, and respect the separation of powers,” Branstad said.
PHOENIX — A woman who survived a mass shooting in Tucson has returned to work at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ office, saying she is thrilled to be there and thankful to be alive six weeks after she was shot in the chest and the wrist. Pam Simon was wounded in the Jan. 8 shooting, which also injured Giffords and 11 others and killed six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl. Giffords is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head at a
Houston hospital. Ron Barber, another Giffords staffer injured in the attack, has not yet returned to work. Gabe Zimmerman, who was director of community outreach for Giffords, was killed in the shooting. Simon, a community-outreach coordinator who worked directly with Zimmerman, returned to work Tuesday, helping organize a national art contest for high-school students and responding to concerns from schools, veterans and the military, seniors, and faith-based groups. “It is normal as far as services to constituents, but on
the emotional side, we’ve obviously lost members of our Congressional family,” the 63-year-old Simon told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “Our hearts are broken that Gabe is not here, and his presence is very much felt in the office. He is a guiding light.” Simon said it was she and Zimmerman, 30, who showed up first Jan. 8 to help set up the “Congress on Your Corner” event for Giffords to meet constituents outside a Tucson grocery store. Zimmerman teased Simon for being the first one there because she typically
arrives at the last minute to everything. “It was a nice, crisp, clear morning, and I remember driving there feeling happy we were going to do it,”she said. Simon partially credited her survival to her doctors, who she said told her they’ve never seen a bullet travel so far inside someone without hitting anything too important; the bullet that hit her in the chest exited her upper hip, leading friends to playfully call her the Bionic Woman. Simon also credited a Good Samaritan who helped her as she lay face-down and bleeding on the pavement
that morning. She said a man who was shopping at the store put a sweater under her face and talked to her calmly until paramedics arrived. “I truly am incredibly lucky, but I like to say blessed,” Simon said. Simon, who is married with a grown son in New York and a daughter in Portland, Ore., said she just can’t wait for the day that Giffords returns to the office herself. “We’re very devoted to keeping Gabby’s office going, and we have a lot of faith she’ll be back with us,” Simon said.
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E-mail thoughts: • Never start your e-mail in the subject line … then continue it in the body. You wouldn’t begin writing a physical letter on the envelope, would you? • Setting an e-mail as “high priority” doesn’t mean I will get it any sooner, nor does it necessarily I will respond to it sooner. It’s still just an e-mail. Chill. • There is no inflection in email, and you can’t expect emoticons to carry that burden for you. I mean, you’ve just got to use your head, y’know? ;) • Juhl’s Law of Disproportional Response: When you ask numerous questions in a single e-mail, the response you receive will contain the answer to only the least important question you asked. • The “Reply-All” button can be your friend. Except when it’s not. • FOR GOODNESS SAKE! BACK OFF THE CAPS, MAN! • Punctuation and grammar is generally ok not to be correct as long as it kind of makes sense when your done reading it U don’t have 2 go full txt speak in e-mails, imho lol! • I will not forward your chain e-mail crap. No bad things will happen to me. Humans managed just fine before e-mail, and I’m pretty sure they’ll stay that way now. • Tanner’s Rule: Speak to text will find the most embarrassing way to type what you didn’t say. It is programmed to do so. • You can only blame so much on speak to text translation errors. It’s hard to persuade someone that “I hate your guts; I hope you choke on razor blades” was supposed to be, “Hey, want to catch that new movie?” — Brian Tanner sold all his e-mail stamps to Andrew Juhl. Think you’re pretty funny? Prove it. The Daily Iowan is looking for Ledge writers. You can submit a Ledge at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we think it’s good, we’ll run it — and maybe contact you for more.
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(From left to right) UI students Michelle Morgan, Bridget Murillo, and Lauren Eytalis speak with a Peace Corp representative at the Spring Internship and Job Fair in the IMU on Wednesday. The fair featured 132 organizations with an estimated student attendance between 1,000 to 1,400, organizer Angi McKie said.
Thursday, Feb. 24 ,2011 — by Eugenia Last
ARIES March 21-April 19 Look over your books and personal paperwork, and you will find something interesting that you overlooked. You may have to argue your concern with an institution or government agency, but it will be worth it. TAURUS April 20-May 20 Don’t get railroaded into doing things for free when you need the cash. It’s important not to underestimate yourself. A bad job will result in a poor review and possible job demotion or loss. Call in favors. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Someone is watching your every move, and with the slightest error, you will be penalized for your shortsightedness. Emotions will play a factor in the way you react personally and professionally. Be sure you have the facts to back you up. CANCER June 21-July 22 You don’t have to impress anyone if you put every effort into doing your best. Presenting and promoting what you have to offer will lead to an opportunity. Don’t exaggerate about what you have to offer. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 You’ll be eager to spend, travel, and do whatever you can to find a little adventure and excitement. Don’t let your desires turn into a costly venture that will leave you strapped financially. Emotional deception is apparent. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Don’t be afraid to make a move or to put pressure on someone from whom you need an answer. Love is in the stars and, if you are upfront and honest, you stand a better chance of receiving what you ask for. Personal changes will boost your confidence. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Limit your spending, and don’t fall for a fast-talking salesperson offering a product that claims unrealistic results. Focus on damage control at home where someone is likely to be overindulgent or to overreact. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 Put more time into your personal and home life and interact with the people you love. The things you do to smooth over any personal problems will bring about stellar results, enabling you to follow a sought-after creative path. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Be honest with yourself about what you want and what you don’t want. Personal changes are necessary. Create the opportunity you need to move forward by eliminating what isn’t working in your life right now. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You have to offer what you can to the groups you feel deserve help. Once you get involved in something you believe in, you will begin to meet people who can offer you something in return. It’s time to mix the past and present to find your future. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Stability, hard work, and self-improvement are all in the stars. Learning something new about your past will help you understand where you’ve been making a mistake. It’s time to look honestly at your personal situation. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 Your aggressive, productive, and self-starting approach to both your personal and professional life will send a signal to friends and enemies. Don’t stop until you reach your goals. Now is not the time to rest nor to let someone get away with something.
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Big Ten stacked with track talent The Big Ten indoor track and field championships will take place Saturday and Feb. 27 in Champaign. By BEN SCHUFF email@example.com
Six top-25 teams. Twenty-three automatic qualifiers for the 2011 NCAA indoor championships. Nine of a possible 14 returning individual 2010 Big Ten indoor champions. That is the quality of talent looming as this year’s Big Ten indoor championships unfold on Saturday in Champaign, Ill. “The conference is stronger than it has been for a while,” Minnesota head track and field coach Steve Plasencia said. “There are a lot of top-end, high-quality guys on these teams.” Heading into the weekend, the Big Ten has just as many top-25 ranked teams as any other conference in Division-I. The league’s 23
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6-2 forward’s double-double average has caught Lisa Bluder’s attention, though she was discrete with her plan. “We have a plan [to stop Penn],” Bluder said. “We’ll go into the game trying to execute that game plan as much as we can. But I know that Illinois is going to read these papers, so I’m not going to go into it explicitly.” If Bluder’s Bunch manages to quell Penn’s offen-
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and puts him on pace for 14.4 rebounds per 40 minutes — a number that would be the best in the country. Archie’s teammates don’t think it’s a coincidence that his absence corresponds with the squad’s slide through Big Ten play. Two of the three losses without the forward have been by 3 points in overtime, and Cole said Archie’s 7-4 wingspan would have come in handy.
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I get older and I listen to music, it really kind of cools my mind down a little bit, so I’m not so stressed out about what I’ve got to do for school or gymnastics.” Since the middle of her sophomore season, Simbhudas has been a reliable
TENNIS CONTINUED FROM 10A “I felt comfortable in doubles,” he said. “We’re getting better and better, and it’s always fun to win the close ones.” Bruche was able to record another win over Ballivan in the singles round (6-2, 6-3), avenging a loss in Des Moines from last year. “I played solid,” said Bruche. “I was pumped up. I lost to the same guy last year, and I was looking forward to a rematch.”
automatic qualifiers is second only to the SEC’s 26. What may more be telling is Plasencia that the coach Golden Gophers — the two-time defending indoor champions — aren’t even seen as favorites this year despite returning three individual champions from a year ago. Penn State head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan pointed to No. 3 Indiana and No. 16 Wisconsin as two teams with legitimate chances of winning a team title. “Indiana and Wisconsin have been so strong all year,” said Alford-Sullivan, who coaches both the men’s and women’s teams in Happy Valley. “They’ve had great depth this year
across all events.” The Badgers have three runners who have put up strong times in the distance and middle-distance events this season. Sophomores Maverick Darling and Mohammed Ahmed automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the 5,000 meter at the Wisconsin Husky Classic on Feb. 11. The pair holds the top two times in the conference for the event. Teammate Zach Mellon also qualified for the NCAAs at the Husky Classic. He posted a time of 1:47.87 in the 800 meters, good for the second-fastest Big Ten time this year. The distance and middledistance events should be the most competitive. At least three participants in each of the 800 meters, mile, 3,000 and 5,000 meters have qualified for
the NCAAs. “Traditionally, the Big Ten has been a distancerunning conference,” Iowa head coach Larry Wieczorek said. “If you were to look over the last 20 years, one area you know is going to be very difficult to score in is going to be the distance events.” Indiana’s Andrew Bayer tops the list of dynamic runners in the 3,000 meters. The sophomore holds the nation’s fastest time in the event at 7:48.35. Five athletes in the 3,000 have qualified for NCAAs — Bayer, fellow Hoosiers Andrew Poore and Ben Hubers, Darling, and Minnesota’s Ben Blankenship. Blankenship won the mile at last year’s Big Tens. Kind Butler holds the conference’s best 60-meter time at 6.67 seconds, 0.3
sive attack, it should have no trouble picking up a fourth-straight conference victory and improving its chances of receiving a firstround bye — the top-five seeded teams opt out of opening-day competition — in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, which starts March 3. “We’re on a winning streak now, and to go into the Big Ten Tournament on a winning streak would be really big for us,” sophomore guard Trisha Nesbitt said. “To go in there with the momentum would be huge in helping us to hope-
fully win the tournament.” Iowa rode momentum last year on its way to a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. After a weak 1-7 record early in conference play, the squad turned it around. The season ended with a 96-67 loss against Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The final two games of the season will determine whether the team finishes in the top echelon of the conference or near the bottom. Mathematically, the Hawkeyes could finish as high as third in the confer-
ence or as low as seventh. As the regular season reaches its conclusion, the Hawks believe they are playing their best basketball of the season. “That’s what every team wants, to peak at this time of the year,” said senior Kelsey Cermak, who will play her final game in Carver tonight. “I like the way that we ended our last three games. It was really nice to get that break in there. Not a lot of teams get a chance to rest their legs for two days, and I think we’ll take advantage of it.”
“We’re missing a guy like [him],” Cole said. “He’s very long, lean, and athletic … If we can defend a few more points in the paint than we have in the past, maybe those 3-point losses wouldn’t happen.” While that’s debatable, no one can question Archie’s tangible contributions in his first full year as a Hawkeye. The 21-year-old transferred from Vincennes Community College (Indiana) before last season but received a medical redshirt after injuring his shoulder in an early season practice. The injury train didn’t stop there. The spindly legged forward had knee surgery prior to this season, and first-year head coach
Fran McCaffery said he was a “non-factor” in preseason workouts. “He was stumbling and fumbling … he wasn’t even getting practice reps,” McCaffery said on Nov. 10. “I wasn’t expecting anything from him … But he started feeling better, and he started asserting himself. I got on him pretty intently, and he responded.” Just when it seemed like everything was going right, though, the nagging headaches restarted a trend Archie admitted is frustrating. “It feels like things just keep happening,” he said. “You try to stay positive. I talked to Coach [McCaffery], and he said there are
things I can’t control, so I can’t let it affect me. It could’ve happened to anybody — it just happened to happen to me.” Health has been elusive, but Archie has remained upbeat. The soft-spoken forward decided to try out for his high-school team when he grew 6 inches before his junior year, and he thanked his family for pushing him to succeed at every level of the sport. “I didn’t think I’d make it this far,” Archie said. “I was [aiming for] maybe a lowmajor, mid-major [program] somewhere … This is a dream for a lot of people. I feel I’m living that dream.”
all-arounder for the GymHawks. Her consistency in her events helps the rest of the team remain calm in pressure situations. Not only does Simbhudas’ athletic ability keep the team unified and calm, but the squad also relies on her personality to bring humor into a stressful situation. “Usually, the atmosphere in the gym is always fun
and outgoing, and Becky helps that,” senior Arielle Sucich said. “Everyone is at ease. It’s a tough and stressful sport, but at the same time, we’re performers, so it helps when we can have fun while we’re competing.” Simbhudas’ quirky personality includes oddities such as wearing different colored knee-high socks to practice and competition. While the other
GymHawks lovingly tease her for her eccentricities, Simbhudas lives in the moment and enjoys making her team laugh. “There’s always that Becky moment that just makes everybody laugh,” Libby said. “That’s what drives her, the fun around her team. That’s her role on the team, to be the one who comes up with the really quirky thing. That’s just Becky.”
Dunn picked up his play to win in straight sets over Hadash. Vasos followed suit with a huge win over James McKie to seal the victory for Iowa, and Kauss finished up the match with a win in three sets over Anis Ghorbel. Head coach Steve Houghton was proud of his team, praising the competitive attitude he saw. “We competed really well,” he said. “We won some close matches. All the guys who won played really well, particularly when it really counted; we really fought back if we needed
to.” Dunn also agreed with his teammate Bruche, saying that his play in doubles helped on the singles side, too. “It definitely helped,” the 6-8 sophomore said. “My ground strokes were better, and I was more patient.” The squad now rides a winning three-match streak, which it will take into its meeting against No. 9 Illinois in Iowa City on March 6. While the rest will be welcomed with open arms by the Hawkeyes — who have now played three matches in six days — the
team doesn’t want to let its momentum slip away. Houghton doesn’t see that happening. “This is the only weekend we have off all year,” he said. “It won’t be at all hard to get them motivated for Illinois.” While some may think that relaxation could be fatal for a team riding on a momentum high, Houghton disagrees. “People don’t realize how demanding a sport tennis is,” he said. “We have played [Illinois] tough lately; our guys will be relaxed and ready.”
seconds better than second place. The Indiana junior will also head into Big Tens with the second fastest 200-meter time of 20.93 seconds. Purdue’s Shane Crawford, who won the 60 meters in 2010, lays claim to the fourth fastest time at 6.75. Indiana head coach Ron Helmer said he worked out final point totals and projected Wisconsin as a 10point favorite. Wieczorek’s coaching staff did a similar projection and ended with the Badgers favored as well. The difference is Wisconsin has eight more athletes who rank in the top eight of their respective events — the top eight finishers at Big Tens score points — than Indiana does. And then there is Minnesota, which can’t be discounted as it tries for a
third-straight title. “Not too many guys can say they’ve done that,” Plasencia said. “If we’re going to do it, when we come home, I’ll have to say, ‘Wow, I never knew this guy or that guy had it in him.’ ”
MEN’S TRACK Heading into this weekend’s Big Ten championships, the conference boasts 23 automatic qualifiers for NCAAs. 9A
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Hawks set for Senior Night Seniors Kachine Alexander and Kelsey Cermak will bid farewell to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. By JON FRANK firstname.lastname@example.org
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Iowa senior Rebecca Simbhudas practices in the Field House on Monday. Simbhudas scored a career-best 9.9 on beam during the Hawkeyes’ meet against Iowa State on Feb. 18.
Spirited sprite of GymHawks Senior gymnast Rebecca Simbhudas brings her Caribbean heritage and love for music to the top of the podium. By MOLLY IRENE OLMSTEAD email@example.com
Women’s gymnastics head coach Larissa Libby came to Iowa from Canada, carrying along a South American Guianese heritage — just as senior Rebecca Simbhudas did. The two came from the same gym and had the same coaches. They celebrate Caribana, a Caribbean music festival, together each year. Each understands where the other comes from. This coach-athlete relationship helps Libby understand Simbhudas’ basic needs: gymnastics, music, and fun. One of four seniors, Simbhudas is soft-spoken and under-
stated, Libby said, but when “her jam” comes on in the gym, Simbhudas breaks out dancing and usually gets her teammates to join her. As she performs her floor exercise routine, her teammates dance along with her from the sidelines. When she fist-pumps to the Caribbean rhythm, the rest of the GymHawks shout, “Go Hawks” to the beat. Her routine highlights her Caribbean heritage, but its dance focus is a comfort to Simbhudas, who simply looks at the event as a way to express herself and have fun. “Becky is very much moved by music, tremendously, in all aspects of her life,” Libby said. “She’ll study to music, she’ll
ride on the plane to music. That’s what drives her.” Simbhudas is a natural gymnast, and her gymnastics career has thrived at Iowa. After showing a score of 9.9 on vault against Iowa State on Feb. 18, she is the first of the team’s all-arounders to score 9.9s on all four events this season. She picked up her thirdstraight all-around win last week. But while gymnastics is a natural part of her life, Simbhudas struggles to balance her athletics with academics. “Managing academics and doing really well in gym, those are the two hardest things,” she said. “I try to focus on both at the same time, but I’m not like
that. I try to focus on school and do really well, and focus on gymnastics and do really well, but it’s just hard.” Coming to compete for Iowa was a change of focus for Simbhudas, Libby said. Before, her main focus was gymnastics, but becoming a Hawkeye meant shifting her focus to set academics as a priority. Music, especially any music that reminds her of her Caribbean roots, has helped Simbhudas succeed in the gym and in the classroom. “I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always loved dancing,” she said. “As the years go by and as
The Hawkeyes probably won’t encounter much resistance on Senior Night. A surging Iowa (20-7, 8-6) will host a lackluster Illinois (7-20, 2-12) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 7:30 p.m. today. In a contest of conference opposites, the Hawkeyes enjoy just Bluder about every advantage imaginable. They’ve won coach three-straight Big Ten games. They have a talented roster with three players who average more than 10 points per game. And they have a coach with 11 years of experience and four consecutive 20-win seasons — all which have resulted in NCAA Tournament berths. The final selling point — Senior Night at home. The Fighting Illini, on the other hand, have served as an easy W for their opponents all season long. In the midst of a conference-worst 10game losing streak, the beaten squad sits 11th in the Big Ten behind Indiana and Minnesota — who have a combined six wins in the conference this season. Perhaps the only bright spot for Illinois coach Jolette Law is standout sophomore forward Karisma Penn. The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native has led the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. The
Iowa (20-7, 8-6) vs. Illinois (7-20, 2-12) When: 7:30 P.M. TODAY Where: CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA Where to watch: BIG TEN NETWORK
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Archie fights past injuries Devon Archie has struggled to avoid injuries over his Iowa career, but has proven to be an effective player when healthy. By SETH ROBERTS firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hawkeye senior Austen Kauss returns a serve from Drake opponent Anis Ghorbel at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center on Wednesday. Kauss defeated Ghorbel (6-2, 1-6, 7-6).
Men’s tennis upends Drake Iowa will be riding a three-match winning streak when the ninth-ranked Fighting Illini visit. By BEN ROSS email@example.com
The Iowa’s men’s tennis squad (4-3) came out strong Wednesday night against Drake (6-1) and cruised to a 5-2 victory. The doubles set the tone. The Black and Gold claimed victory in all three doubles matches, with
sophomore Garret Dunn and junior Tom Mroziewicz leading the way. They emerged with a swift 8-2 win over Drake’s Jean Erasmus and Jonathan Hadash. Austen Kauss and Jonas Dierckx followed by recording an 8-5 win. Juniors Marc Bruche and Will Vasos needed a
comeback but closed out doubles play with an 8-7 win against Mauricio Ballivan and Robin Goodman. Bruche said he benefited from the up-tempo doubles play, partially attributing his singles success to Iowa’s strong start. SEE TENNIS, 9A
Devon Archie’s ears rang as he lay sprawled on the floor of Indiana’s Assembly Hall on Feb. 5. The Iowa forward had gone airborne to challenge Hoosier guard Victor Oladipo’s shot. The two collided, and Archie slammed into the hardwood. “I just remember landing on my back,” he said. “I remember trying to get up, and I couldn’t see. I was stumbling, and I heard the buzzer go off, and Jarryd [Cole] came and got me.” The smash-up left Archie with a concussion that is still lingering almost three weeks after the initial impact. The 6-9 Indianapolis native said he’s getting better, and the mild on-and-off headaches he’s been having are a vast improvement over the constant throbbing he felt in the days immediately after the accident.
He still isn’t completely healthy, though, and he hasn’t appeared Archie in three of Iowa forward the Hawkeyes’ last four games. He played 10 minutes in the team’s loss to Northwestern on Feb. 17, but reported a headache after the final buzzer and didn’t see the court against Michigan on Feb. 19. He has been missed. Archie doesn’t play much, averaging 7.9 minutes per contest, but he has proven to be a vital part of the team’s supporting cast. The lanky forward has yanked down 60 rebounds this season, which translates to a team-best .36 boards per minute of playing time
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SWIMMING Men’s swimming sets 2 school marks The Iowa men’s swimming team concluded its first day of the Big Ten championships in Minneapolis on Wednesday with school records in both its races — the 200-medley relay and the 800-free relay. In the 200, senior Sean Hagan, juniors Ryan Phelan and Paul Gordon, and freshman Dustin Rhoads finished in a time of 1:28.45, breaking the previous Iowa mark of 1:29.02 set last year at Big Tens. For the 800, Gordon led off, followed by sophomore Jordan Huff, junior Duncan Partridge, and senior Max Dittmer. They finished in an official time of 6:27.36, beating last year’s previous record of 6:27.66. Because Gordon led off the race, his time also counts individually in the 200 free. His time of 1:34.85 — a college best for him — ranks second in school history. Through the first day of competition, the Hawkeyes are in seventh place with 46 points. Michigan leads the field with 80 points. Today, the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 1meter diving, and 400-medley relay all will have final races. — by Ben Wolfson
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48 hours later, a film Iowa City’s first 48-Hour Film Race has its première screening today, showcasing 11 timecrunched films produced by University of Iowa students. By ERIC HAWKINSON firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Unger and Josh Hanesack face a tough deadline. The pair have 48 hours to write, film, and edit a five- to seven-minute movie. And they aren’t alone — 16 other teams are attempting the challenge, too. With certain requirements and the time crunch always lingering in their minds, Unger and Hanesack are one of only 12 teams that prove to be successful. Their film, “Jesse,” documents the intervention for an obsessed fan of the ’90s sitcom “Full House,” one particularly passionate about John Stamos’s character, Uncle Jesse. “Jesse,” along with 11 other films, will screen as a part of the 48-Hour Film Race at 10 p.m. today at the Bijou. Admission is free to students and is open to the public.
The 48-Hour Film Project is held in cities worldwide, but this is the first time Iowa City has housed such a competition. Slade Kemmet, the general manager of Student Video Productions, worked with Bijou director Jesse Damazo and the Campus Activities Board to bring the project to campus. “[Damazo] came to me with the idea,” Kemmet said. “It’s been pretty popular in Des Moines and other major cities in the U.S., so we thought we’d join together, and the Campus Activities Board kind of jumped in on it, too.” The crews must follow a few requirements to keep them honest in the production of the films. They need to integrate a remote-control prop, the character name “Jesse,” and the line of dialogue “West on Third Street.” After picking a genre from a hat, the teams disperse and get to work.
Feb. 10 The first thing Unger has to do as team captain is enlist a team. He recognizes his strengths and has a network of talented people to draw from — he has worked with Student Video Productions since his freshman year, but he hasn’t yet collaborated with Hanesack. “I’ve got to know all the members in [Student Video Productions] going to meeting every week, and I knew that there were a lot of people in the organization whom I would like to work with whom I haven’t worked with before,” Unger said. “There’s definitely a wide range of talent in the organization.” Initially, he wants to delegate the writing, filming, and editing to the team member who is most comfortable with the task. Nothing, though, is set in stone. He said there is no
FILM SCREENING 48 Hour Film Race When: 10 p.m. today Where: Bijou Admission: Free
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MOVIES | MUSIC | WORDS | FILM DANCE | THEATRE | LECTURES
Comedy from weekend events the inside NEW MOVIES
‘Last Comic Standing’ contestant Erin Jackson will perform her standup routine today.
Drive Angry 3D Sycamore 12: 1:30, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 p.m.
Nicolas Cage stars in this action film about a vengeful father who escapes from hell and becomes obsessed with chasing after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter. He joins forces with a waitress (played by Amber Heard), who is also seeking redemption.
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Erin Jackson has been professionally providing laughter to audiences since her standup début seven years ago. But it took one humbling experience three years ago in her hometown of Washington, D.C., to understand the true meaning of humility. “I was on stage for about 30 seconds, and everyone started booing me,” she said. Jackson was performing at a music festival in front of the Washington Monument, and she felt the crowd turning on her because they were expecting a band and not a comedian. “It was pretty embarrassing,” she said. In 2008, she put the past behind her and reached the semifinals of “Last Comic Standing.” That year, she also opened for legendary comic Bill Maher and taped her first standup special for Comedy Central. Her humor will be on display at 10 p.m. today at Public Space One, 129 E. Washington St. Admission is free. Campus Activities Board is sponsoring the event. Jackson began performing standup seven years ago in Washington after building up the courage to perform at a few open mikes in the area. She notes that while performing standup had always been a goal for her, the decision to pursue a career
COMEDIAN Erin Jackson When: 10 p.m. today Where: Public Space One, 129 E. Washington Admission: Free
in comedy came out of nowhere. “I’m not funny like a silly kind of funny, but I’m always very sarcastic and like being conversational with my comedy,” she said. She has spent the majority of her career balancing tour schedules with an online advertising job she worked to support herself. In 2008, she had a breakout year, and she quit her job to focus on comedy full-time. She credits Bill Cosby as her main inspiration in comedy, and she incorporates everyday life experiences with her friends and family as the backbone for her material. University of Iowa junior Tom Donda, who first caught Jackson’s act on “Last Comic Standing,” enjoys her smooth ability to deliver punch line after
punch line. “She doesn’t need to run or jump around on stage to get your attention,” he said. “She’s very calm and collected and makes fun of things that everyone can relate to. That she’s just keeping it real on stage is what I like about her the most.” Jackson believes that honesty and simplicity is the best source for coming up with new jokes. What may be forgetable, everyday moments to some individuals is potential comedic gold for Jackson — and she doesn’t plan on running out of material anytime soon. “My act is all the things that anyone would talk about,” Jackson said. “Relationships, breakups, how my Mom hates my job — it’s just all about the encounters that I have with people every day. I think if you do that, then your act is different from other people, because it’s your unique experiences. My material comes from inside me, not from the outside, and I’ll still be doing this style 10 years from now.”
Big days for KRUI KRUI marketing director Pat Quinn discusses what’s new at the radio station this semester, including the launch of its new website and the Low Frequency series. breaking through, and providing it for the Iowa City community a year to six months in advance. We have a great staff, and we’ve got to work with all the awesome venues in Iowa City. They’re great shows with bands that you probably haven’t heard of them yet, but you’ll definitely hear about them in a year or so. DI: How has KRUI been able to grow and network around Iowa City? Quinn: Every year, we work with SCOPE to put on a KRUI show. Last year was the Cool Kids, then the Black Keys, and now we got the Decembrists to stop by. We���ve also worked with the Art Museum, we’ve worked with the Campus Activities Board, we’re now doing something with Habitat for Humanity. I just think that it’s crucial to build these relationships because we’re all doing something for the community. The nice thing about collaborating with student groups is that everyone has the same goal, and it’s great to work together to put on awesome shows. DI: How is KRUI able to lure big-name artists
to the studio for on-air interviews? Quinn: We look at who’s coming to town, and we reach out to them and explain we’re not too far from the venues and see if they’d like to come in for an interview. But the people at the venues downtown encourage artists to stop through here, as well as our name has gotten bigger in the last year or two. We’ve had Kate Nash, Girl Talk, Broken Lizard, the Cool Kids, and many other big names, so it’s nice when bands come to town and ask about us. DI: In this new technological era where people can get their music just about anywhere, what is KRUI able to bring to the table? Quinn: What it comes down to is that the radio station has the music that we play much like our Low Frequency series. KRUI is really for the people who want to discover great new music. I think that with the new website, we’re putting radio on a medium that’s more accessible and friendly to our students and generation, with people like you who are picking the music, so it’s a more intimate experience, too.
• David Finckel, with Wu Han and Philip Setzer, Schubert Trios, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall • White Water Ramble and the Trollies, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Andy Frasco, with Collectible Boys & David Zollo, 9 p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burlington
WORDS • Wrtiers’ Workshop Reading, Allan Gurganus, fiction, 8 p.m., Dey House Frank Conroy Reading Room
FILM • Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema & Culture, “Film After Noir,” Manchurain Candidate, 7 p.m., 101 Becker • 48-Hour Film Race, 10 p.m., Bijou
Comedian Erin Jackson will perform today in Public Space One.
Daily Iowan: What’s new with KRUI this semester? Quinn: The new website launch for u s h a s been huge; it’s someth i n g w e Quinn wanted to KRUI marketing do for a director long time, and it puts us on a different plane as far as a media supplier goes. We’re not just a radio station anymore. With the new website, the Lab is our online radio station that’s been around for a year, and we have a new concert series called the Low Frequency Series, so it’s been a big year. DI: Tell us all about the new features for the website. Quinn: We have our staff covering music, news, and sports. We have show reviews, CD reviews, ticket giveaways, and soon you’ll be able to live chat with the DJs online. DI: What’s the purpose of the Low Frequency series? Quinn: We’re taking bands that are going be big, or on the verge of
OPENING THIS WEEKEND
THEATER Hall Pass Coral Ridge 10: 1:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 p.m. Sycamore 12: 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 p.m.
In this comedy, married man (Owen Wilson) is given permission by his wife (Christina Applegate) to have an affair. He is joined by his best friend (Jason Sudeikis), who has also been married for years, and things fall out of whack when their wives start engaging in extramarital behavior, too.
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Andy Frasco, with Collectible Boys & David Zollo Where: Mill, 120 E. Burlington When: 9 p.m. today Why you should go: Andy Frasco is a 22-yearold blues/jazz musician from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. In the past two years, he has traveled more than 90,000 miles, performed in 500 shows, and has been across the country at least six times.
• Sunshine, Gallery Series, 8 p.m., Theater Building Theater B
• Crystal City, 9 p.m., Blue Moose, 211 Iowa
• Jazz After Five, with Cassius Goines, Groove Theory, 5 p.m., Mill • UI Orchestra Invitational Gala Concert, 7 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall • Summercamp Battle of the Bands, 8 p.m. Friday, Yacht Club • Midwest Dubstep Summit, 8 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington • Christopher the Conquered, with Cashes Rivers, So Much Fun, 9 p.m., Mill
• Four Lions, 7 p.m., Bijou • Waste Land, 9 p.m., Bijou • Annie Hall, 11 p.m., Bijou
THEATER • A Little Night Music, 7:30 p.m., Englert, 221 E. Washington • Sunshine, Gallery Series, 8 p.m., Theater B
LECTURES • Robert Storr, 8 p.m., 101 Biology Building East
Four Lions Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday, 5, 9 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory. When their competing ideologies clash, the film provides an emotional experience. This comedy demonstrates that while terrorism is about ideology, it can also be about idiots. Stars include Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, and Adeel Akhtar.
Where: Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington When: 8 p.m. Saturday Why you should go: This local Iowa City band started out as an ’80s tribute hard-rock band and has opened up for numerous bands, including Buck Cherry, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, and Bret Michael of Poison, just to name a few. Skin Kandy has even come up with its own version of the “Iowa Fight Song,” which has become a huge hit among Hawkeye fans.
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• Iowa Honor Band, 7 p.m., City High Opstad Auditorium • Akron/Family, with Delicate Steve, Datagun, 8 p.m., Mill • Skin Kandy, 8 p.m., Gabe’s • Rock Tribute, 8 p.m., Blue Moose • Yam Cannon, with Item 9 & the Mad Hatters, Old Shoe, 9 p.m., Yacht Club
• Four Lions, 5 p.m., Bijou • Waste Land, 7 p.m., Bijou • Four Lions, 9 p.m., Bijou • Annie Hall, 11 p.m., Bijou
THEATER • A Little Night Music, 7:30 p.m., Englert • Sunshine, Gallery Series, 8 p.m., Theater B
Sunday 2.27 MUSIC • Contrapunctus Brass Trio, Amy Schendel, Bernhard Scully, Todd Schendel, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall • Electronic Music Studio, 7:30 p.m., 101 Becker • 40 Ounces to Freedom, 9 p.m., Blue Moose
WORDS • Yann Martel, fiction, 3 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn
• Waste Land, 2:30 p.m., Bijou • Four Lions, 4:30 p.m., Bijou • Bijou Special Event, “83rd Academy Awards,” 7:30 p.m., Bijou
THEATER • Sunshine, Gallery Series, 2 p.m., Theater B • A Little Night Music, 2 p.m., Englert
MISCELLANEOUS • Hollywood Live, 6 p.m., Englert
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Sunshine in tough country
Melodies in the noise
Sunshine, a play about two persecuted and imprisoned women in Latin America, begins today as a part of the Gallery Series. By ERIC HAWKINSON firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Saito wanted to be original when deciding upon a career. Growing up in Los Angeles, he developed the idea of becoming a screenwriter. But that soon faded. “I thought that was a very original career idea, and then I realized that everyone in LA has a script or has written a script,” he said. While taking undergraduate courses at the University of California-Berkeley, he developed a passion for writing plays. Now studying in the University of Iowa’s Playwrights’ Workshop, he is in his last semester of graduate school, and doesn’t know where he’ll end up over the next few years. He may stay in Iowa City, he may move to the Bay Area in California, or he may be in Papua New Guinea. “There are lots of things I want to do in the next few years, so we’ll see what happens,” he said. For now, Saito is focusing on his latest creation, Sunshine. The play will open at 8 p.m. today in the Theatre Building’s Theatre B as a part of the Gallery Series. Performances will continue at 8 p.m. through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. Admission is $5, free for UI students with valid IDs. Sunshine is inspired by his growing interest in Latin American cultures. The story follows the journey of two women who are persecuted and imprisoned for opposing a dictatorial regime. “The country is never named, and that was on purpose,” Saito said. “The
After gathering inspiration from Europe and Japan, Akron/Family will present its experimental folk melodies on Saturday at the Mill. By LAURA WILLIS email@example.com
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Jacqueline Sherrard rehearses for the play Sunshine by Andrew Saito in the UI Theater Building on Wednesday. Sunshine depicts an opera singer and a dancer imprisoned for speaking out against a dictatorial regime.
THEATER Sunshine, by Andrew Saito When: 8 p.m. today through Saturday, 2 p.m. Feb. 27 Where: Theatre B Theatre Building Admission: $5, free for UI students with valid IDs play is very much inspired by the widespread disappearance of citizens in Argentina and Chile in the 1970s and ’80s.” The playwright also drew inspiration from the treatment of the prisoners of Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, in which many prisoners underwent torture and some were wrongfully imprisoned, he said. Sunshine was also written with influences by the Peruvian theater company Yuyachkani, with which he spent some time. “It has had a great aesthetics influence on me, so the play is dedicated to it,” Saito said. “My visual and physical storytelling in theater comes very much from that theater company.”
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His many travels in such Latin American countries as Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru have had an effect on him; many of his experiences wind up in his writing. “I regularly go back to all three of those countries and am wanting to expand,” he said. “Part of the reason I keep going back is I develop these relationships and friendships, so I want to keep heeding those.” He feels blessed about the production of Sunshine, saying the play has grown immensely since rehearsal began last month. Director Nathan Halvorson has worked with him to find the essence of the play. Sunshine is intense, Halvorson said, at times violent but beautiful nonetheless. “We’ve worked very closely trying to find the play’s voice,” he said. “I think this play is spectacular; what [Saito] wants to talk about is really important.”
After finishing the night shift at Gimme Coffee shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., baristas Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton usually returned to their tiny apartment to write and record music. Friend and musician Dana Janssen often joined in, quietly rehearsing at 3 a.m. so as not to wake the neighbors. “There was a certain romance in beginning the band,” said guitarist Olinsky. “Living in Bushwick, there were no walls, we were super poor. It was the romantic lifestyle of being young.” Akron/Family will perform its experimental folk music at 8 p.m. Saturday alongside Delicate Steve and Datagun at the Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. Admission is $8. The compacted environment forced the three to be creative with different melodies. They recorded forks banging on coffee cans and children running in the hallways and mixed the sounds in their songs. The outcome of the quiet, early morning jam sessions resulted in a soft studio album in 2005 whose sound gained them some fans, including
CONCERT Akron/Family, with Delicate Steve and Datagun When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Mill, 120 E. Burlington Admission: $8
former Univeristy of Iowa student Kristron Tammen. “Their earthy feel gives them that folk vibe, but it’s also dreamy and psychedelic,” she said. Six years and five records later, Akron/Family discovered the hard drive with the original noises created in that Brooklyn apartment. The band members added bits and pieces from their past rehearsals to the recently released CD The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT — bringing together ideas of the past, present, and future. Unlike previous records, Shinju TNT proved to be Akron/Family’s most collaborative body of work. Instead of usual e-mail the exchanges from Portland to New York City, the group began from scratch, traveling internationally together in a van,
gathering inspiration in Japan and Europe. “I’m curious to see their live performances and how their past Japanesevolcanic living experiences help to express their musical energy,” Tammen said. Like previous albums, the recording location for Shinju TNT* influenced the overall energy. In the summer of 2010, the group decided to record in Detroit — a place they felt was a unique city. “Places such as Detroit or New Orleans are ahead of the economic turn,” Olinsky said. “To me, they almost represent this future perspective of America — a place that’s dealing with things further along.” While the lyrics of Shinju TNT are not meant to be political, the group wanted to create the energy it felt while working in Detroit. To accomplish an emotion of a changing way of life, the group added more distorted noises to songs. “A lot of times, we are attempting to make something more extreme and intense,” Olinsky said. “It doesn’t have to be loud to do that; sometimes, just being quiet does that, too.”
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THEATER A Little Night Music When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Feb. 27 Where: Englert, 221 E. Washington Admission: $15 for seniors and students, $20 for adults students, retired musicians, and local professionals. Some of the musicians perform for fun, others are City Circle regulars. “They really enjoy the chance to play,” Sifford said. Not only do the musicians enjoy performing, the cast does as well. Josh Sazon plays Frederik, a lascivious old man going after a woman half his age. “It’s very much unlike what I’ve ever done,” he said. UI sophomore Ramya Hipp is excited to get back into acting after a two-year break. She plays the role of Mrs.
Nordstrom, a soprano in the quintet. The character changes throughout the play — at the beginning, she doesn’t know what’s going on, but by the end she is in love. Makayla Phillips, 13, plays the character Fredrika, who wants to answer every question she has about the world and romance. She finds the musical to be educational. “It’s really fun to be learning and getting experience from everyone older than me,” she said. The musical is almost all waltz but still has enough elements to give a large amount of variety. “We are fortunate to have kick-ass musicians pulling it off quite nicely,” DuLaney said. With all A Little Night Music has to offer — from a romantic plot to a grand orchestra — DuLaney said he believes the musical will be a great date show. “You’ll walk out holding hands,” he said.
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Many tales of people finding their “one true love” exist only in films, books, and television s h o w s. A n d t h e C i t y C i r c l e Acting Company of Coralville is here to show that theater productions can be added to the mix. A Little Night Music shows a romantic adventure using song, dance, and interaction on stage. A Little Night Music will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Englert Theatre, 221 E . Wa s h i n g t o n S t . Pe r f o r mances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Admission is $15 for seniors and students, $20 for the general public. The musical follows people who are with the wrong partners and the paths they take to find “the one.” The North European piece has an old feel that is light and charming. The production is s t a g e d e l e g a n t l y, y e t h a s risqué and unexpected parts, somewhat like the holiday that just passed. “I’m treating it like a Valentine’s for grown-ups,” said director Patrick DuLaney. He chose to direct A Little Night Music because he enjoys the piece’s humor and music. But in the eyes of music director Jason Sifford, the show also offers “colorful orchestra parts.” Sifford is in charge of playing the piano at rehearsals and warming up the singers. He also recruited the orchestra, which comprises 16 musicians, with the help of Ed K ottick, the orchestra liaison for City Circle. During the performance, Sifford is the conductor. The orchestra is made up of
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FILM CONTINUED FROM 1B real way to prepare for the race other than to take everything in stride. “You get your requirements, and you start off from there. It’s kind of like everything is just rushed, and you figure it out as you go. That’s part of the process,”the UI senior said. “It becomes more organic because it’s not very carefully planned out; it’s just what can you do with the amount of time that you have.”
5 p.m. Feb. 18 After registering with Kemmet, the teams are briefed on the rules of the competition, educated on their requirements, and issued their specific genres. They are allowed two attempts in drawing genres that include silent ’70s, romance, comedy, film noir, and Western. After first drawing the genre romance, Unger and Hanesack opt to go for a second draw, which to their relief lands them with comedy. It is the genre they feel most comfortable producing. “Comedy comes the most naturally to college kids,” said Hanesack,21.“It’s a really safe genre.If a scene’s not dramatic and somebody laughs at it, well — they’re supposed to.” The biggest challenge they face at this point is coming up with an idea. Their rumbling stomachs aren’t going to feed themselves, so the two decide to grab dinner and discuss their potential plot. On their way to Buffalo Wild Wings, the two stop by the Student Video Productions office. Unger jokes about one of the requirements being the name Jesse and suggests doing something with Uncle Jesse from “Full House.” Hanesack laughs at first but then agrees over dinner that this could be a great premise for their makeshift comedy “Jesse” — an intervention for an obsessed fan of the ’90s sitcom “Full House,” one particularly passionate about John Stamos’s character Uncle Jesse. Hanesack wants the character to have an obsessive personality.While eating,the pair craft the story of a living, breathing fan boy of “Full House,” one whose daily routine expresses his dedication to the sitcom and Uncle Jesse. After dinner,the two sit on the Pedestrian Mall and go over plot points. Once this is sorted out, Hanesack goes home and begins to write the script. “We’ll see if we can get this done in 48 hours,” the UI junior said.
11 a.m. Feb. 19 Hanesack e-mails Unger the script before he goes to go into work. After Unger reads the script, he requests only a few minor changes. The two are content with the idea they have, and they agree to stick to the script. Unger said he is aware of the danger of having clashing ideas when a team is trying to shoot. Fortunately, Hanesack has come up with a solid screenplay, eliminating any possible tension. Some groups started filming at 6 a.m.,but in Unger and Hanesack’s case, they have to wait. Hanesack doesn’t get off work until 4 p.m., so the team members have to dedicate their night to production.
5 p.m. Feb. 19 The team picks up its main character: They call friend Ryan Murphy a “perfect fit” for the obsessive “Full House” fan. Unger and Hanesack have worked with Murphy before in Student Video Productions and based a lot of the lines on his personality. Their approach is to film all outside and public scenes first. First comes the Ped Mall scene in which Murphy must publicly show his love for Uncle Jesse. “The first scene was the hardest for [Murphy] to film,” Unger said. “He didn’t have very much to base it on; he’s not really obsessed with Uncle Jesse.” Murphy holds a John Stamos flier, yelling at random people, inviting them to the “Full House” reunion. Unger and Hanesack manage capture the reactions of confused bystanders. The team runs into problems when trying to find an open lecture hall to film their final scene. Unger knows the Seamans Center will be open. With luck, they find an empty room — except for the custodian. Initially, the custodian says he isn’t responsible for allowing a film crew inside so the team “awkwardly” starts walking out of the room. The custodian then asks how long they will need it for. “Only a half hour,” they tell him. He shrugs his shoulders and with that, the crew is granted access to the room. Hanesack’s apartment serves as the final location for filming. It’ s pretty messy but that only aids in the setting of their character’s abode, Unger
80 hours said. It is supposed to be the home of a man who spends all day watching “Full House” episodes, after all. With pizza boxes spread across the table and the “Full House” theme song blaring, the team does its best to encapsulate its disconnected character. The only real problem Unger and Hanesack face is trying to capture the right lighting during scenes. The team finishes filming just before midnight.
Noon Sunday Unger enters the Student Video Productions office to begin editing the film. Hanesack gave him the OK to cut anything he feels is unnecessary or extraneous from the overall premise so they meet requirement of showing a film within the five- to sevenminute length. While Unger is editing, other teams come in to do the same with their projects. He hears a few teams saying their films are about 10 minutes, and they can’t edit them down any further.This makes him wonder how strict the judging will be and leads him to cut one large scene. “It just didn’t work. And it was one of the scenes where we did the most takes,” Unger said. “They call it ‘to kill your babies’ in editing.” Unger knows he is on a deadline, but it isn’t an unfamiliar feeling. Working on a show for Student Video Productions, he’s dealt with tight spots before. “I knew I had to edit quickly,” he said. It takes him until the 6 p.m. deadline to finish the editing. After he hands in the final version on a flash drive, he is all smiles.
Today The team didn’t go into the race thinking about the prize. The members knew there was some sort of gift card on the line, but it was more the experience they were looking to gain. Unger said he’s excited to see everyone’s projects, and, of course,he’s excited to showcase what he and Hanesack were able to produce in 48 hours. “I’m a little anxious, but I’ve shown some people scenes, and they think it’s funny,” he said. “I think that makes a less amount of anxiety. I know a lot of people know Murphy and his personality, so they’ll at least be entertained by watching him on screen.”
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Art full of life’s grit An art exhibition in the IMU calls attention to the unconventional work of Lil Picard. By RILEY UBBEN email@example.com
Lil Picard’s artwork is an autobiography. “Her art is very much about her life,” said Kathleen Edwards, the University of Iowa Museum of Art chief curator.“A lot of her collages include actual pieces from her everyday life.” From the jumble of cosmetics incorporated into Lady Woolworth to the personal photographs included in her later work, a close examination of Picard’s work gives one a sense of her many roles in the New York art scene of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Iowa City residents will get the opportunity to learn about her past through Lil Picard and Counterculture New York, an exhibition opening in the IMU Black Box Theatre today and running through May 27. Admission is free. UI junior Stephanie Peterson admires Picard’s avant-garde approach to art and looks forward to seeing some of the pieces up close. “I like how she did assemblages,” the art major said. “They’re not just paintings. She grabbed things from the real world, put them on canvas, and then worked it into her picture.” Picard originally lived in Germany, working in a cabaret and as a journalist
ART EXHIBIT When: Today through May 27 Where: IMU Black Box Theatre Admission: Free
until the Nazis forced her to flee to New York in 1937. There she wrote for such publications as The Village Voice and Artforum and began to establish herself as a prominent artist with her collages, paintings, and performance art that commented on the rapidly changing times. Photographs and remnants of her performances are included in the exhibition, which, Edwards says, are especially captivating because of the artist’s age at the time. “When performance art was really getting going in New York in 1964, she was 63 years old,” Edwards said. “You had performance artists like Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneemann, but they were 45 years younger than Lil Picard was.” One display showcases the ties burnt during one of Picard’s art happenings as part of a “destruction in art” protest of the Vietnam War, just one of many causes that the artist took up during her career. Feminism was also a recurring issue in Picard’s work, criticizing the mass
media’s portrayal of women and exploring open marriage, sexual freedom, and equality. “This kind of feminist critique was fairly early,” Edwards said. “At that point in time, it was pretty heady stuff. Even now, some of these issues are being dealt with in our society.” To get her points across, Picard often brought in some of her experience as a writer, reading her own poetry to supplement her performance art and using clever wordplay in her work. Earwig Theatre, one of Picard’s pieces that includes deceased earwigs, uses an alternative definition of the insect’s name to poke fun at the Long Island art scene. “If you look up an old definition of earwig, it means busybody,” Edwards said. “So using actual earwigs is a real pun.” Earwig Theatre expresses the kind of humor that those close to the artist were so fond of. Edwards recalls old friends of Picard flocking to the exhibition’s début in New York for the long-overdue tribute to the artist’s celebrated life. “She was very unusual in what she was able to accomplish, and she never had real attention paid to her,” Edwards said. “It always kind of stuck in the back of my mind as a project that was very important to do.”