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Winter snags county project Winter temperatures cause problems in Secondary Roads’ construction plans.
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Frigid temperatures and a longer-than-anticipated winter may cause snags for one Johnson County construction plan. Construction on a new Secondary Roads Facility, 4810 Melrose Ave., to replace the facility that burned in a fire in March 2013, is facing some unexpected obstacles because of this season’s icy conditions. For the first time in years, Johnson County has a projected three to four layers of frost below ground, which makes digging and pouring concrete extra intensive. In addition, the presence of asbestos in the old facility has been detected and its removal is necessary. Despite the setbacks, construction manager Michael Kennedy plans to start the project this week. At the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting earlier this month, Kennedy said the project is crucial and work needs to begin sooner rather than later. “It’s worth doing a little extra work in the frost to get the project going,” he said. “I don’t want to hold up anybody; I’d like to accelerate the project.” Working through the frost and the unanticipated asbestos will raise the cost, he said, but it is unavoidable and must be dealt with.
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Carver-Hawkeye Arena remained silent as the guest speaker began her lecture with a brief history behind unique greeting calls among chimpanzees. She then offered her own chimpanzee-like greeting call with “ooos” and “ahs.” “Hello, I’m Jane Goodall,” she said at the end of the imitation call. The audience laughed and cheered. The University of Iowa Lecture Committee welcomed Goodall, best known for her study on the social behavior of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, to speak about her work Monday night. Her visit has been about a year in the making and the committee’s largest event this
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Secondary Roads will push ahead on construction of a new secondary-roads facility, despite setbacks. • Project estimated to cost $4 million. • Secondary Roads may have to hold off on other projects to save money. • Work to begin this week.
Jane Goodall speaks in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday. Goodall spends 300 days per year traveling to speak about the challenges faced by chimpanzees. (The Daily Iowan/James Soukup)
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Cancer briefing focuses on HPV, new cases An annual briefing focused on human papillomavirus in Iowa. By Lily Abromeit firstname.lastname@example.org
Experts in the oncology field met in an annual cancer briefing on Monday to discuss the cancer growth in Iowa. Officials predict more than 17,000 new cases of cancer will arise in Iowa in 2014. Additionally, researchers focused on the prevalence of the human papillomavirus. Charles Lynch, the medical director of the statewide cancer directory and a University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, spoke at the event about the estimated number of new cancer diagnoses and deaths. According to the report, an estimated 3,400 Iowans will die from cancer this year. Of those deaths, breast cancer and lung cancer are the leading culprits. “Because they’re common, they’re important,” Lynch said. “Lung cancer, by far and away, is the No. 1 cancer [leading to] death.” The briefing, “Cancer in Iowa: 2014,” followed a 24-year tradition by the State Health Registry of Iowa to inform Iowans of past cancer cases as well as future predictions for the disease. “In public health, prevention is key,”
Mostly cloudy, windy, 30% chance of rain, then 80% of rain/snow later. The winter strikes back.
Lynch said 2 to 3 percent of cancers in Iowa are HPV, and while the rate is increasing, the number can be lowered said Bill Barker, the marketing and com- with more awareness. “Most powerful medicine is to prevent munity outreach coordinator for the UI College of Public Health, in an email. the disease form ever happening, and “Briefings like this one for ‘Cancer in Io- that’s the vaccine … and not enough Iowa 2014’, [is a way] to pass knowledge wans are taking advantage of it at this on to the public that will help to pro- point,” he said. Nitin Pagemote healthy lifestyles and ‘We have to do more of a campaign to make dar, a UI assistant professor prevent things people more aware of the availability of the of otolarynlike injuries or gology, said the spread of vaccine.’ he has seen disease.” Every year, — Charles Lynch, medical director of the statewide cancer directory an increase in the rate of orothe briefing also focuses on one specific type of cancer. pharynx cancer because of the increase This year, the attention fell on human in HPV-related cancers. Pagedar said by papillomavirus, or HPV. According to the the year 2020, oropharynx cancer, which report, more than 90 percent of cervical occurs when cancerous cells develop in cancers are likely caused by HPV infec- the back of the throat, will be more common than cervical cancer. tion. Pagedar said in an email the effects of Lynch said the concentration was an effort to bring awareness to an HPV vac- the HPV vaccine on oropharynx cancer cine administered in 2006 that has re- have not been studied; however, he said, the vaccine is effective against other canceived some resistance. “We have to do more of a campaign to cers. Officials expect similar vaccines to make people more aware of the availabil- oropharynx cancer as well. Briefings such as this are only a ity of the vaccine,” he said. “Those types of sexual practices are more common in glimpse into the future of cancer rethe current generation … so that makes it search, he said, noting that large-scale, more important for young people to get it.” nationwide clinical trials are investigat-
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Cancer Briefing The State Health Registry in the UI College of Public Health released a report predicting the growth of cancer in the state of Iowa. • Approximately 17,400 new cases of cancer will develop in Iowa in 2014. • In 2014, an estimated 3,400 Iowans will die from cancer. • The leading cause of cancerous deaths are breast and lung cancer. • Doctors are seeing a rise in human-papilloma-virus-related cancers. Sources: Charles Lynch, the medical director of the statewide cancer directory and a UI professor of epidemiology, and the “Cancer in Iowa: 2014” report by the State Health Registry in the UI College of Public Health
ing similar things as researchers at the UI. “Scientists at UI are currently working to better understand how HPV transforms normal cells into cancer,” he said. “In the hospital, my colleagues and I are also working to determine how best to treat HPV-related cancers of the oropharynx, specifically to determine which combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy offers the best chance at cure.”
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Reiland to lead Daily Iowan By Chris Higgins
UI junior Reiland will begin her tenure in May. She has been a Metro reporter, Metro editor, Sports editor, and she now works as the managing editor and projects editor. “To have both of us eventually fill that position is great,” said Kristen East, the DI’s current editor-in-chief. “We’ve both taken the same path. We were both Metro reporters, and we were both Metro editors at the same time. It’s great to have her step into my role. I didn’t want anybody else to do it.” The SPI Board was impressed by her experience, particularly her internship as copy editor with the China Daily. Reiland said the internship was “a culture shock” but “such a great experience.” “She’s pretty darn ready to be editor, ” said DI Publisher Bill Casey. “She’s had a great internship, which showed her internal fortitude by going to China and
working in a newsroom that was not familiar to her in a place that was not easy to work, but she did a great job there, and we expect she’ll do just as good of a job for us.” Casey said Reiland wants to focus on staff training, reducing staff turnover, and bringing the newspaper and television sides of the newsroom closer together. SPI Board Chairman Paul Jensen said Reiland had a strong interview with the board. “She has a really good track record taking on a lot of responsibilities here at The Daily Iowan,” he said. “She’s got a tremendous interest in journalism.” East said Reiland started as a reporter wanting to be “the next Erin Andrews” and has been preparing for her new role for a long time. “She’ll do a fine job,” East said. “She knows a lot of areas in the newsroom really well, and I think that’ll help her. She’s really one to get
Woman faces endangerment, drug charges
Former Hawk football player sues state
Authroities have accused a local woman of keeping meth and marijuana in areas within her 6-year-old son’s reach. Caryn Freeman, 27, was charged Sunday with possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment, knowingly keeping or permitting the possession of a controlled substance in a structure or vehicle, and gathering for use of drugs. According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers conducted a welfare check on a 6-year-old male. Officers had been advised that Freeman was using drugs in the residence where the child lived. When officers made contact with Freeman and three other adult occupants, they allegedly spotted hypodermic syringes and prescription pills lying on the floor, the complaint said. They also reportedly found marijuana and methamphetamine residue on low tables within reach of the child. Officers conducted a search and allegedly located more methamphetamine, prescription pills, and marijuana in the apartment, as well as finding methamphetamine and paraphernalia in Freeman’s vehicle, the complaint said. Possession of a controlled substance is a serious misdemeanor. Child endangerment is an aggravated misdemeanor. Knowingly keeping or permitting the possession of a controlled substance in a structure or vehicle is an aggravated misdemeanor. Gathering for use of drugs is a Class-D felony. — by Rebecca Morin
A former Hawkeye football player is suing the state of Iowa alleging negligence related to medical complications from off-season workouts, according to court documents. William Lowe was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis in January 2011 following off-season workouts. The condition releases damaged muscle tissue into the bloodstream, which is harmful to the kidneys. A 2011 report found Lowe and 12 other players developed the condition after overexertion. Lowe claims the state, through the University of Iowa Athletics Department, failed to properly supervise the athletes during workouts and offer prompt medical care. He also contends the training was “dangerous and impromper.” Lowe is seeking compensation for damages and legal costs. UI spokesman Tom Moore said the university does not comment on pending litigation. — by Chris Higgins
intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and reckless use of a firearm. A charge for first-degree burglary and an additional charge for reckless use of a firearm were dropped in his plea agreement. Moreno pleaded guilty to all charges in October. — by Chris Higgins
Tucked away in a file cabinet is the first article Jordyn Reiland wrote for The Daily Iowan. She covered the 2011 freshman convocation and quoted a student who “long knew” she w a n t e d Reiland to attend DI Managing Editor UI. Little did Reiland know at the time, Student Publishing Inc. — the body overseeing the newspaper — would announce that she would become editor-in-chief less than three years after her first story. “I didn’t really think I was going to be a leader from the get-go, but going through being a Metro editor and having all the experience working with different people kind of showed me that I can be a leader,” she said.
Jordyn Reiland • Reiland started at The Daily Iowan as a metro reporter • She has also been a Metro editor and Sports editor and is now managing editor and projects editor • She will begin her position in May Source: Jordyn Reiland
things done. She doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.” Reiland said the selection process was nerve-racking, but she is excited to begin in the summer. “I think when you work with the staff, and you have a lot of different people working under you, you realize you enjoy helping people and learning different things from people,” she said. “Once I got that under my belt, I realized there are so many more things I can do … this is exactly what I am supposed to do even if it didn’t start that way from the beginning.”
Man who drove into Scheels sentenced An Iowa City man was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Monday. Joseph Moreno, 24, crashed a car into the Coral Ridge Mall Scheels store while intoxicated and attempted to burgle the store in December 2012. Before crashing his car, he fired a handgun several times in his apartment during an argument with roommates. Moreno was convicted of first-degree criminal mischief, OWI,
Skorton to head Smithsonian
A former University of Iowa president has been named the secretary of the Smithsonian Institute. Cornell University President David Skorton was appointed as the 13th secretary by the Smithsonian Board of Regents on Monday. Skorton will replace the current secretary Wayne Clough, who will retire. The Smithsonian consists of 19 museums and nine research facilities based around the world. Some of the more famous venues include the National Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the National Museum of American history. Skorton began at the University of Iowa in 1980. He served as a professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Bbiomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was the UI president for three years, beginning in 2003. — by Stacey Murray
Pollock’s Mural goes on display
LOS ANGELES— Mural, the brilliant Jackson Pollock painting that took 20th century American art in a new direction, has re-emerged from seclusion with a stunning face-lift that’s given it a brighter look and an even more towering presence than it
had before. The oil-on-canvas masterpiece, which belongs to the University of Iowa, measures more than 8 feet tall and nearly 20 feet long. It has been under wraps at the J. Paul Getty Museum for more than a year, undergoing an extensive restoration. Painted in 1943 for wealthy art collector Peggy Guggenheim, it represents a key moment in Pollock’s career in which he began to move from creating more symbolic, regional forms to the abstract expressionism of his “drip” paintings that would both distinguish his career and transform the art world. “This painting made a cultural shift in a modern artist who redefined art in the 20th century,” Jim Cuno, the J. Paul Getty Trust’s president and CEO, said before museum officials took reporters on a tour of the gallery where the work will hang until June 1. When visitors to the hilltop museum get their first glimpses of the painting Tuesday, the first thing they might notice is a far more colorful work than the one that hung for decades in the UI Museum of Art, which received it as a gift from Guggenheim in 1951. Restorers painstakingly removed a varnish put in place during a 1973 restoration. Although that restoration likely saved the painting, the varnish substantially dimmed the intensity of its colors, said Yvonne Szafran, head of paintings conservation for the Getty. As restorers returned the work to its original luster, they were also able to dispel some of the many myths surrounding it. The key one, perhaps, was that Pollock created the masterpiece in one nonstop burst of energy that began on New Year’s Eve 1943 and lasted 24 to 36 hours. — Associated Press
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District prepares for worst Budget increase may aid vets The Iowa City School District is educating parents on safety procedures. By Megan Deppe email@example.com
Shimek Elementary School features murals on nearly every wall. Balloons adorn the hallway, and children’s drawings serve as wallpaper. But on Monday night, Iowa City School District officials and a local police officer took a break from the elementary curriculum to focus on a more serious issue. Families gathered in Shimek to learn how teachers, and soon students, have been trained to react in the best possible way in the worst possible situation. District officials held the year-old training program ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate). Teachers in schools all across the School District have been retrained how to react if an armed shooter enters the school Susie Poulton, the district’s director of health and student safety, said this approach became relevant after the shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook. “The idea is to increase the survival rate and decrease the carnage rate,” Poulton said. “We need to give our teachers options.” Over the summer, teachers were put through practices and drills, some with police officers and guns filled with blanks, to help teachers learn to react to a potentially dangerous situation other than just locking the classroom down. Officer Derek Frank of the Iowa City police, who gave the presentation,
said that in this day and age, it is necessary to prepare for the worst. “People were alarmed that we would teach children to go after an armed intruder, but that is not the case,” Frank said. “Unfortunately, we now live in a time when this sort of drill is necessary.” Frank emphasized the importance of teachers making decisions in the event of a school shooting rather than just shutting the door and turning off the lights, as is normal procedure in the current lockdown drill. He said teachers need to know how to provide information to the rest of the school and the police, as well as how to make the decision to either get students out of the building or to confront the attacker in case of a classroom breach. “That’s why we want to come out here and teach the teachers as much as we can,” Frank said. “They’ll be the first responders.” Heidi Fincham, a mother in the district, suggested district officials create a tutorial on the Internet for parents and students to watch so that everyone receives the same information. “I want to know that the kids are getting this information from their teachers,” Fincham said, noting that it would help parents approach the topic with their children as well. Poulton said once parent presentations are completed, all schools in the district will hold a drill for students using the new techniques. She estimated this drill would
ALICE Presentation School and police officials held one of several presentations to help inform families about the ALICE Program, which will be used in Iowa City schools as a part of the precautions for a potential school shooting. The remaining presentations will be held: • Thursday at Wood Elementary, 6-8 p.m. • March 24 at Southeast Junior High, 7-9 p.m. • March 26 at Lemme Elementary, 6:30-8:30 p.m. • To be determined at North Central Junior High Source: Iowa City School District
be held sometime in May. District officials will communicate with parents about when these drills will take place. “We want to make sure that [students] are prepared as well,” Poulton said. Frank said he wanted to emphasize that preparing for this sort of event was important, especially for teachers. “They didn’t sign up to be police officers; they signed up to be teachers,” he said. “In a situation like this, we don’t want them to just freeze, sit, and hope for the Police Department to get there.”
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Iowa veteran groups say in order to accommodate veterans’ needs, they will have to address several issues — including homelessness and mental health. President Obama proposed a $163.9 billion budget for the Veterans Affairs Health Care System earlier this month, which includes the Iowa City VA hospital. However, the Iowa City VA will not know the effects of the proposed increase in the budget unless it passes, said Valerie Buckingham, the public affairs officer for the facility. While the Johnson County Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs do not receive direct federal funding, both work with VA Health Care System to ensure veterans get the care they need. The president’s proposed budget includes a $1.6 billion request for programs to prevent or reduce homelessness, a major goal for 2015 for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development, there are almost 58,000 homeless veterans on any given night. “It’s upsetting to see the situation people contend with,” said Robert King, the executive director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. But ending veteran homelessness is a complicated task because “it’s not one-stop shopping,” he said. King, who served 36 years in the Iowa National Guard, before being ap-
pointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs by Gov. Terry Branstad, said there are programs, community groups, and shelters designed specifically to aid homeless veterans. Despite the programs designed to assistant veterans with housing, King said, each homeless veteran has specific issues to address — and for some, that issue is mental health. Veterans are faced with a range of mental and physical illnesses when they return from duty, including traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, wrote Gary Boseneiler, the director of the Johnson County Commission of Veterans Affairs, in an email. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a large number of veterans who have been displaced or are at-risk for homelessness live with
PTSD. Boseneiler and other commission members work with the organization Recovery in Action, a group comprising a range of experts including social workers, mental-health staff, and employment councilors. “We work together to find the best possible solution for veterans in need so they can become self-sustainable,” Boseneiler wrote in an email. University of Iowa political-science Associate professor Tim Hagle said the proposed VA budget would likely pass, but the parties will have to play politics because it is part of the bigger overall federal budget. “It won’t come up all by itself; that’s where the problems come in,” he said, “Will you give the opposing part some of what they want to get what you want?”
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It’s all Obama’s fault Beau Elliot email@example.com
Some big news broke last week, and it left most of us slack-jawed. (Those of us without jawbones, anyway.) No, not Ukraine. (Ukraine, I kraine, we all kraine for Ukraine.) Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea was predictable, given that a chunk of his navy is based there. And besides, look what Russia did to Georgia a few years back, and there was no navy involved. (No, not the Georgia with Atlanta, the Georgia with Tbilisi. You keep going on like that, I’m going to think you’re one of the 11 percent. See below.) The big news last week, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, was that 11 percent of Americans in a survey believed that HTML was an STD. No, really. The LA Times also reported that the survey showed that 27 percent thought “gigabyte” was a non-slack-jawed insect in South America, 42 percent thought a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship,” 23 identified an MP3 as a Star Wars robot, 18 percent thought “Blu-ray” was a marine animal, 15 percent believed “software” is comfortable clothing (though they didn’t detail what “comfortable” might mean, which I thought was mean), and 12 percent thought USB is the abbreviation for a European country. (They apparently weren’t sure which European country that might be, but there are so many of them, you know? See Georgia and Tbilisi, and try to pronounce the name of the capital.) Hilarious stuff, right? I mean, we all like to think that we’re smarter than the doorknobs around us, and this just proves it. Except that many media outlets have raised
serious questions about the scientific basis of the survey, including iMediaEthics and Salon, through its Future Tense collaboration. It turns out that an outfit called 10 Yetis, which represents Vouchercloud, a British coupon service, conducted the survey via email among some 2,000 Americans 18 and older. (Yeah, I believe that last bit, too.) It’s probably all President Obama’s fault. I mean, everything else is, right? Well, if you listen to conservatives, that is. Leftists, too. Drones are everywhere in the skies? Obama’s fault. Russia invades Crimea? Obama’s fault. A Malaysian jetliner disappears over the South China Sea? Obama’s fault. That it is named the South China Sea? Obama’s fault. So, Obama is also undoubtedly at fault for the Sun rising in the west last week. (You didn’t hear about that? Where’s your head — in the clouds?) See, just another failure of the Obama administration, GOPers crowed, noting that it once again proved there was no global warming. If the Sun is rising in the west, it’s just another indication that there is no global warming, there’s global cooling, and that’s why the Sun wasn’t comfortable rising in the east, several Republicans said. And that’s Obama’s fault, because his cool delivery of speeches has chilled the planet and thus has allowed the Sun to shift trajectory and also allowed Russia to invade Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin would never have invaded Ukraine if the Sun still rose in the east. I mean, do you think he’ crazy? You needn’t answer that. In other news, it turns out that because of global climate change, avocados might disappear. And thus, guacamole, too. I happen to detest avocado, and thus, guacamole, too, so it’s no big deal for me. But. There’s no doubt whether that’s Obama’s fault, too.
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Iowans agree on legislative goals A
ccording to a recent poll conducted by the Des Moines Register, Iowans have surprisingly clear attitudes on many of the issues that could be weighed by the Iowa Legislature this year, indicating that partisan polarization may have given way to consensus-building. Iowans support expanding universal preschool to 4-year-olds and incentivizing businesses to increase the reach of high-speed broadband connections across rural Iowa by roughly a 3-1 margin, according to the poll, which was conducted from Feb. 23-26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The public broadly supports stricter laws against texting while driving and the legalization of consumer fireworks as well. In an equally strong showing of public consensus, the poll found that 71 percent of respondents placed a greater priority on ensuring the opportunity to vote, while only 25 percent believed making sure no person ineligible to vote can cast a ballot was more important. As evidenced by legislative battles on voter ID in several states, including Iowa, the party members in Congress tend to vote on party lines, namely Republicans for voter ID and Democrats against. But the results of the poll offer a surprising shift away from these conventional party lines. Self-identified Republican respondents mostly believe ensuring the opportunity to vote is more important (63 percent), with only 33 percent prioritizing that no one “slips through the cracks” in voting fraud. While it’s true that believing ballot access is important is not the same as being against voter-ID laws, the poll results are nonetheless indicative of a change in popular thinking about the issue of voter fraud, indicating that a public agreement may be forming in opposition to strict ID laws.
The public has also come out strongly against legalizing Internet gambling and decriminalizing marijuana, though roughly 60 percent of Iowans support legalizing medical marijuana. Obviously, these strong public opinions should not be viewed as infallible. Two-thirds of Iowans oppose telemedicine abortion, an issue that is poorly understood and has an undeniably ominous name. But in reality, telemedicine is a promising means of extending access to legal, safe abortions into rural areas that may otherwise be prohibitively far from a reproductive-health clinic that should remain legal in Iowa. Though they may not always align with our views, the wishes of the public in Iowa are undeniably clear, and yet the fate of many of these bills is doubtful. The debate surrounding medical marijuana, for example, is dead, despite clear public support for the policy. The fate of other policies favored by Iowans — raising the minimum wage, for example, which Iowans support by a 2-1 margin — is murky. The poll’s findings are cause for optimism on one hand — there seems to be a degree of statewide consensus on these issues that seems to transcend pure partisanship — but pessimism about the responsiveness of government on the other. We understand the need for a deliberative legislature not beholden to the whims of the public, but our legislators cannot be entirely isolated from public opinion, either. The Legislature should act upon the public consensus, particularly on the minimum wage, stricter laws to prevent texting and driving, universal free preschool, and, of course, the legalization of fireworks. YOUR TURN Do you think the Iowa Legislature is responsive to public opinion? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com.
Online comments Re: Disowning New Atheism As a “New Atheist,” I would like to make a treaty with the religious. Their faith and my atheism can coexist so long as each of our beliefs are kept private. Unfortunately, this pact could never be upheld because theists believe they have a divine right to proselytize and impose their worldview on others. Because of religion, homosexuals are forced into foxholes, scientists face obstacles in performing research, women are denied reproductive-health rights, and the education of children is being tarnished. I will not be a spectator of such stupidity. Society is becoming more secular, and I’m ecstatic to see an increase in the number of people that are morally and intellectually courageous enough to reject religious dogma.
Science offers more perfect, elaborate, sophisticated, and beautiful answers, and it has been doing so since the 18th century C.E. It is the way by which we can know the universe. By its very nature, science is self-correcting. It does not accept claims based on authority nor shun free inquiry. Absolutely none of the advances made by mankind would have come about if we had suppressed our curiosity and accepted religious teachings as sufficient. It would certainly be difficult for one to argue that atheists are intellectually superior. However, I do find peculiar the inverse relationship between religious belief and academic accomplishments. Jon Overton (DI, March 7) ought to know that a comforting belief is not true by default. Assertions are only valid when supported by evidence rather than fallacious arguments and wishful
thinking. The philosophy of atheism is only concerned with the truth. It is not disparaging or vilifying of believers. The point that Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris make is that no institutions, organizations, or beliefs are too sacred to be criticized and dismissed.
Jon Overton’s column “Disowning New Atheism” unfortunately attacks specific atheists rather than the philosophy of atheism. Just as many proponents of various faiths may disavow adherence to the extremists among them, many atheists are proponents of an appropriate middle ground. In that place, there is simply no god. There is still goodness, love, friendship, a desire for peace, humane ethics, and many other positive qualities so often associated with people of faith. Most atheists — like some believers in various religions — do
seek to remove faith as a basis for government. Religious beliefs and texts should not be a source for creating and enforcing laws or determining budgets. Instead, science and logic are the preferred foundation for government (and government-funded programs such as public education and health care). Overton is right to be offended by suggestions to make fun of people or criticize them publicly. (It’s awkward, then, to read Overton’s rant and name-calling.) He can be commended for bringing up religion as a reasonable topic of discussion. “An honest discussion of the role religion plays in society” is an excellent idea. Let’s pursue such discussions at the university, a place designed for rational discourse and uniquely suited to bringing together the thin edges and the deeper cores of human beliefs.
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Gov. Terry Branstad trotted out a new tourism plan on Monday, which will include a $1.5 million ad campaign to promote Iowa in neighboring TV markets — Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Kansas City, and Omaha — as a vacation hotspot. Unfortunately, the weather is unbearable eight months out of the year, and all of those cities and their respective states have tourist destinations at least on par with Iowa’s. Even Branstad himself hits the road for his vacations in picturesque Sedona, Ariz. So, really, what do we have to offer as a tourist destination? Not a ton, but I have an idea to boost Iowa tourism that will blow Branstad’s out of the water.
See, as it stands, the only people who really seem eager to come to Iowa are presidential candidates. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was here a few weeks ago, Rick Santorum will be here campaigning for Secretary of State Matt Schultz later this month, Mike Huckabee will be here in April. So on and so forth. As it happens, according to a Des Moines Register poll, a whole lot of Iowans would be happy to see many of the folks who have run for president before back in the state for the 2016 race. Sizeable majorities of Democrats say they’d like to see Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Biden run again; similar majorities of Republicans say they’d like to see Paul Ryan, Huckabee, and Perry again. Clearly, these candidates have some pull in Iowa and probably in the surrounding area, too. They could mean big tourism bucks if they were to be harnessed in the right way. Now, it’s also the case that Iowa, by virtue of its
rich history and position along a major national transportation corridor, has an abundance of roadside attractions and oddities. The Iowa 80 (world’s largest) Truck Stop is right up the road, for example. So how can we as a state capitalize on these two potentially fruitful resources? Well, I have some mutually beneficial suggestions for coupling candidates and Iowa tourist attractions that will give guys such as Biden and Perry some extra face time in Iowa and Branstad and the state economy a little extra tourism cash. How could we make Albert the Bull, the 30-foot-tall concrete bull in Audubon, a must-see? How about slapping a cowboy-hat-wearin’ Perry on top of that bad boy 120 days a year? Yee-haw! If you haven’t made a stop at the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, the world’s largest man-made grotto and a nine-part commemoration of the life of Jesus Christ, you certainly will once we sign former Arkansas Gov.
and ordained minister Huckabee to a Billy-Joelat-MSG-style deal: one sermon a month every month forever. Boom. Hey do you happen know what the state fruit of Delaware is? No? Well Diamond Joe Biden knows: It’s the strawberry. To honor his Delaware roots and his new Iowa family, he’s going to be shaking hands every Sunday in 2014 under the World’s Largest Strawberry in Strawberry Point. And for those Trekkies among us looking to add a little Rand to their Roddenberry, we’ll have Paul Ryan in full Starfleet gear at the future birthplace of James T. Kirk in Riverside four nights a week. Ryan’s always looking to tap into the youth culture —Rage Against the Machine, anyone? — so let’s get a little brand synergy going by matching the hottest young Republican on the block with the red-hot Star Trek franchise. So let’s go, Branstad. Every minute we waste without making this happen is a tourism opportunity squandered.
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goodall Continued from front year. The event was originally supposed to be held in the IMU Main Lounge but had to be changed to Carver-Hawkeye because of an anticipated 2,000 to 5,000 attendees. “For a lot of people, she is a household name,” said Nathaniel Richmond, the event’s committee coordinator. “We got a massive in pouring of calls and emails from people trying to get guaranteed seats and realized that with the 1,000 seats the IMU Main Lounge had to offer, we would be turning away people by the masses. So we decided against that and moved it to the arena so everyone would have an opportunity to see her.” At the event, Goodall said she has loved animals since the day she was born — just ask her mother, who found her in her bed at 1.5 years old with a hand full of earthworms. “We humans aren’t the only beings on the planet with personalities, minds, and feelings,” Goodall said. “And there are other animals who share many of these attributes, and it
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makes us think about the ways we use and abuse other animals in our daily lives. Every single one of us makes an impact on this planet every single day.” She now travels around 300 days a year, speaking about the dangers chimpanzees face, environmental conservation, and her hopes of making the Earth a better place. Goodall also speaks about her work for the Jane Goodall Institute, which helps fund research to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, and Roots and Shoots, a global environmental program for youth. “This is a great audience to hear not only where we’re coming from but also what the future can hold,” said James Enloe, the head of the UI Anthropology Department. “She’s not just preaching to those who already agree with her, but she’s reaching out to people who may not have thought about it enough but who are receptive to ideas, and that’s what universities are all about.” Through her extensive observations beginning in 1960, she made the revolutionary discoveries of chimpanzees as toolmakers along with the animals
million project would be reimbursed through insurance, yet this may still not completely remedy the problem. “This is something we’ll manage within our existing budget and fiscal ’15 budget, but the potential for a future project having to be put on hold is likely, but we won’t know for sure until we see the damage this causes,” he said. Supervisor Rod Sulli-
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Jane Goodall answers questions at the hotelVetro on Monday. (The Daily Iowan/James Soukup) being affectionate and altruistic beings with close family ties. These findings also lead to further biological studies confirming chimpanzees and humans share 98.6 percent of the same genetic composition and have nearly identical
brain structures. Goodall’s work has earned her numerous awards, including the French Legion of Honor and the Medal of Tanzania. And she could add another award to her list after the event. The Univer-
sity Lecture Committee presented Goodall with the Distinguished Lecturer Award in honor of her global work. “College students are about to go out in the world, and it’s the last chance to try to reach them if they haven’t al-
ready been reached,” Goodall said. “So try and help young people to understand the problems that people are facing around the world and they themselves may face when they go out of this sort of cozy area of academia and to the big, blind world.”
van noted the need to begin work promptly. “We don’t have any choice; this is a necessary building, and we have to do it in a timely fashion,” he said. “We hope it comes in lower than expected, but you never know until it goes.” As of now, the project will start with the removal of asbestos and relocation of an on-site cold shed to a more prac-
tical location. Kennedy informed the supervisors he will be able to effectively oversee the project because a camera has been installed on the Secondary Roads’ office. The camera may also be accessible by the public
to see the progress of the project. The supervisors intend to have a representative from Secondary Roads come to every meeting in order to give continual updates and trouble-shoot any problems
that may arise. Kennedy said workers are eager to start. “We shouldn’t lose any time over it with the way things are going; everyone is anxious to get out and work on it after the long winter,” he said.
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80s Hits EXPOSED!: • Billy Joel will love you “just the way you are” only so long as “just the way you are” is “a smoking hot supermodel.” • Egyptians don’t walk that way; implying they do is incredibly ethnically insensitive. • It wasn’t science as an abstraction but a laser invented using the discoveries of science, with which a woman blinded Thomas Dolby. • Yes’ original lyrics and title regarded the “Owner of the Tell-Tale Heart” until legal action threatened by Poe’s estate forced a change. • I didn’t actually die in your arms that night, but I did have a troubling heart palpitation and made an immediate appointment with a qualified cardiologist. • Love in an elevator is actually in violation of several statutes, both local and state. • Every girl is crazy about a guy who’s kind of a badass; it doesn’t really matter how he dresses. Women know better. • Nobody in Foreigner ever waited for a girl like anything. If you were near the bus and didn’t smell too bad, you were next. Andrew R. Juhl thanks Timothy D and David H for contributing to today’s Ledge.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t throw your weight around. Let others make their own decisions, and you will avoid getting into a heated discussion that will put a damper on your day. Focus on love, affection, and being there for the ones you love. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Listen to what’s being said, but don’t feel you have to be a follower. Changes you make at home should add to your comfort or allow you to develop a plan that will bring in extra cash. A partnership must be carefully considered. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t dilly-dally. Present the facts, and you will get the help you need to follow through with your plans. Love and romance are highlighted; they can bring about a change in the way you live. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t get angry, get moving. It’s up to you to follow through with your plans. Don’t feel you have to wait for someone else to make the first move. Good fortune comes to those willing to go after it. Use your imagination. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you reveal secret information, you will face the consequences. A move or lifestyle change may be necessary if you want to avoid someone infringing on your space. Invest in you and what you have to offer. Keep moving forward. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Find out who is up to what before you delve into a project that is time-consuming. Make sure there is something in it for you before offering your services. Success will be based on having the best team available. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stay focused on what’s expected of you, and deliver the goods. Overreacting or making a fuss will only make you look bad. Show professionalism, and you will secure your position personally and professionally. Use your charm and intelligence to win. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Sit back, and observe. Knowledge is your best weapon when it comes to controversy. Don’t get emotional when there are so many good places to put your energy. Creative changes at home will help you develop a new skill. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Love is in the stars, and you can launch exciting ways to move forward personally. A deal may not be totally above board, but it is likely to bring in cash. Don’t reveal your situation until you know it’s secure. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Maintaining your reputation should take top priority. Avoid getting drawn into an argument. Don’t meddle or offer advice. Protect your position, important partnerships, and the way you do business. A force play can be expected if you show signs of weakness. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Look at what’s being offered, see what you have to contribute, and make your move swiftly. Love is highlighted, and offering a diverse and unusual romantic scenario will capture someone’s interest. Invest in your emotional and financial future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Be true to yourself. Size up your situation, and position yourself for success. Socializing will bring greater personal and professional opportunities. Dealing with younger and older individuals will be inspiring and educational, in addition to expanding your social options.
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Iowa forward Claire Till drives during the second game of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 7 in Indianapolis. (The Daily Iowan/Alyssa Hitchcock)
Iowa’s bench played its best basketball of the season during the Big Ten Tournament. By Jacob Sheyko firstname.lastname@example.org
With 9:39 remaining in the first half of the Iowa women basketball’s loss to Nebraska on Sunday, senior Theairra Taylor picked up her third foul. Twelve seconds later, junior Bethany Doolittle picked up her second, sending two Hawkeye starters to the bench. Melissa Dixon joined them four minutes later. And with a team built to rely on their starters as much as the Hawkeyes are, the odds of the game becoming a blowout were in Nebraska’s favor. However, with the help of Claire Till, Kali Peschel, and Kathryn Reynolds, the Hawkeyes trimmed a 23-9 deficit with 9:27 remaining in the first half to a 6-point Cornhusker lead. “It’s huge just knowing that we have confidence and we can hang with anybody, even when we had some foul trouble,” junior Sam Logic said following Iowa’s 72-65 loss. “We have so much confidence in them, and it shows you why today.” The Hawkeyes are built on their starters. There’s no denying it. Of their 78.6 points per game averaged this season, 66.3 of them come from their starters.
Iowa guard Alexa Kastanek calls for a teammate during the second game of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament on March 7 in Indianapolis. Kastanek had 4 points in the game. (The Daily Iowan/Alyssa Hitchcock) But if Iowa wants to make an NCAA Tournament run, then its bench will have to replicate its performance in the Big Ten Tournament. Four bench players saw significant minutes during the Hawkeyes’ run to the Big Ten Tournament championship game — Till, Peschel, Reynolds, and Alexa Kastanek. Of those four, Till played the biggest role, particularly in the championship game. She made just three 3-pointers before Sunday, but against Nebraska, she knocked down two big 3s, helping the Hawkeyes make what looked like a possible blowout into a close contest. “I would say [I’m] believing in myself and knowing that I had it all along,” she said. “I just have to go out on the floor
and execute. Just not be scared and know that all these girls have my back and these coaches believe in me.” The Dubuque native also corralled 4 rebounds in 19 minutes of play. “Claire’s always been a really good rebounder for us; for her minutes played she does an excellent job on the boards,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “… It’s definitely something we can keep rolling with, I think, with all of those guys.” Peschel and Reynolds won’t show up on the stat sheet as much as Till did, but their contributions were big for Iowa, particularly in how they handled the defensive pressure of Nebraska and Ohio State in the semifinals game. Kastanek is the odd one here. In her two games
of action, she looked as confortable as she has all season on the floor. But toward the end of Iowa’s second round matchup against Purdue, Kastanek left the floor with a leg injury and did not play the rest of the tournament. Her status for the NCAA Tournament is unknown, but the two-week break certainly will help. Having her and the rest of the bench play well is crucial, because while Iowa’s starting five is among the best in the Big Ten, they can only take Iowa so far. “At any moment you have to be ready to go out there and do your role and do what these coaches and this team asks of you,” Till said. “You play for the love of the game, and then good things happen after that.”
Best friends head for final season Teammates and best friends Ashlyn Gulvas and Jasmine Simpson reflect on their track and field careers with nostalgia. By Katrina Do email@example.com
The classic freshman-year roommate horror story is one that seniors Ashlyn Gulvas and Jasmine Simpson will never be able to tell. When the pair was randomly assigned to live together five years ago, they never expected to spend the rest of their college years as both teammates and lifelong friends. The two have been joined at the hip since they were roommates. Now in their last semester at Iowa, a major transition is drawing near as they embark on a final track and field season together. “We’ve gotten along since Day One,” Simpson said. “She’s been there when I’ve been at my lowest and when I’ve been at my highest, supporting me the whole way.” Gulvas and Simpson have both developed sig-
nificantly over the past few years; the seniors will start in on the upcoming outdoor season as Iowa’s top-two all-time weight throwers. Their success originated from humble beginnings. There was not a single thrower on the Iowa women’s team the year before Gulvas and Simpson arrived. Assistant coach Scott Cappos said the two would be the foundation of the women’s throws — Cappos’ hopeful anticipation has since then motivated them “to succeed at a high level,” Simpson said. The duo continually fought to prove as deserving enough to be the foundation of the program. After five years of hard work, they have certainly proven themselves. Last year, Gulvas set the school record in weight throw during the indoor season, and Simpson broke the hammer-throw
record during the 2013 outdoor season. “Many of our school record holders came with modest credentials and have developed,” head coach Layne Anderson said. “Ashlyn was not a weight thrower coming to Iowa — she had never thrown a weight in her life.” In a similar fashion to her roommate, Simpson had never heard of the hammer throw before coming to Iowa City. This learning curve has caused the pair to learn the importance of hard work and strong leadership; they have also learned the value of supportive teammates. “I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to have [Gulvas] as a teammate who knows my goals and has held me to them,” Simpson said. “Although she has been such a great part of track and field for me, I’m even more thankful for the lifelong friendship.” Like many senior ath-
letes, Gulvas and Simpson will soon face a transition away from a life of organized athletics, which can be a big adjustment. “It’s not like I play a sport like basketball or volleyball where I can play just about anywhere; I know once my season ends here at Iowa that I’ll never throw a weight or hammer ever again,” Gulvas said. “And that’s what I will miss the most.” For Simpson, adjusting to more free time may be the hardest to get used to; however, a tough transition is the least of her worries. But before they shift into life after graduation, Gulvas and Simpson are preparing for the upcoming outdoor season—and they are certain their last season will be the best one yet. “We’re very ready to lead the way this outdoor season in the hammer,” Gulvas said.
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8 SPORTS BIG TEN HONORS MARBLE, WHITE Iowa senior guard Devyn Marble was named first-team All-Big Ten Monday. Marble, a native of Southfield, Mich., has averaged 17 points, 3.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.8 steals through 31 games this season. He is the first Hawkeye to receive firstteam All-Big Ten honors since Adam Haluska did in 2007. Marble joins Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Michigan State’s Gary Harris, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway, and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky on the conference’s first team. Junior forward Aaron White also earned recognition Monday — he was named third-team All-Big Ten for the second year in a row. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, has averaged 13.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season. He is also the only player in the country shooting over 55 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. Sophomore point guard Mike Gesell was named Iowa’s men’s basketball Sportsmanship Award recipient.
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FIVE HAWKEYES AND EX-HAWKS TO COMPETE INTERNATIONALLY Two members of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament runner-up Iowa field-hockey team will compete in the USA-Canada series this week. Freshman Stephanie Norlander and senior Karli Johansen will be members of Team Canada, along with former Hawkeye Jessica Barnett. All three attended Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Norlander and Johansen combined for 27 points (13 goals, 1 assist) in the 2013 campaign. Norlander, a forward, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and Johansen competed in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I senior game. Former Hawks Meghan Beamesderfer and Lauren Pfeiffer will play for Team USA. The four games will take place at the Spooky Nook Sports Facility in Lancaster, Pa., Monday, today, Thursday, and Friday. Beamesderfer and the Americans beat Team Canada, 7-0, on Monday.
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WADE CARRIES HEAT LATE MIAMI — Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points, and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards, 99-90, on Monday night. Chris Bosh scored 22 for the Heat, who snapped a three-game slide and moved within one game of Indiana in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Ray Allen added 13 for Miami, which was down 1 midway through the fourth before Wade sparked a 12-0 run with 5 points, 3 assists, and a block at the rim. The Heat never trailed again and avoided their first four-game slide since 2011.
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ships with an RPI ranking of 11 (the most-recent RPI rankings were released on Feb. 27) and sat seventh in the coaches’ rankings. Each of the wrestlers ranked above him in both polls punched their tickets to the NCAA championships through their conference tournaments. Among Grothus’ 23 wins, four are over opponents ranked higher than him in both polls — Oklahoma State’s Josh Kindig, Michigan’s Eric Grajales, Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis, and Edinboro’s David Habat. Moreover, of his 10 losses, seven are to guys currently qualified for the national tournament. Grothus has traded wins and losses with each of the previous four in addition to losing to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn, Minnesota’s Nick Dardanes, and Virginia Tech’s Zach Neibert. The outlook, at the very least, is positive for Grothus and his chance at re-
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to what has become the hallmark of an Iowa second half, the colossal scoring drought. A 55-43 Iowa lead at the 11:10 mark was a 64-57 Villanova lead seven minutes later, after a 21-2 run in crunch time. To extrapolate: Iowa led by 2 at Michigan State at halftime before being thoroughly dismantled by two separate 9-0 runs in the second half. The Hawkeyes led by 7 at Indiana with 15:54 left and promptly gave up a 9-0 run. They didn’t score a single field goal between a Melsahn Basabe put-back at the 9:50 mark and a Mike Gesell jumper with 1:10 remaining, when the game was already out of hand. At Minnesota, Iowa went from 13:42 to 8:04 without a field goal, a stretch during which Minnesota increased its lead from 2 points to 13. Same story against Illinois. Fran McCaffery’s crew led by 6 at 11:26, and by their next basket over five minutes later, they’d given up an 11-0 run. This particular symp-
Iowa 149-pounder Brody Grothus wrestles Eric Roach of Indiana during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten championships in the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., on March 8. Grothus pinned Roach at the 3:53 mark of the bout. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh) ceiving an at-large bid to the NCAA championships. Of course, an argument exists that, had Grothus wrestled better and earned his trip to nation-
tom points to any number of causes: a lack of go-to scoring, the sloppiness that inevitably follows when Devyn Marble starts pressing in tight games. It’s perhaps a lack of mental toughness or poor adjustments and poor lineup management, particularly from the under-12 media timeout to the under-8 stoppage, when Fran tends to turn to his second line. The persistence of these droughts indicates a complex set of deficiencies unlikely to be cracked in the next week. That Villanova game also highlighted Iowa’s inability to guard 3-point shooters in close games. The Wildcats’ Ryan Arcidiacono hit two go-ahead 3s in the last minute to send the game to overtime and then assisted on two more 3s to give Villanova the early lead in overtime. Bad luck, one might argue, but Iowa has been burned too many times for its inability to get late stops to be a coincidence. Of course, there was Jon Ekey’s game winner for Illinois on Sunday, but also Josh Gasser’s crunch-time 3s in Wisconsin’s win at Carver. On Jan. 28, Russell Byrd’s improbable
als through an automatic bid, the Hawkeyes could have returned to Iowa City as the 2014 Big Ten tournament champs. Iowa will have another
opportunity to down Penn State in two weeks when Oklahoma City plays host to the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships. And when the team does travel
south, it shouldn’t be surprising to anybody when Grothus is on the bus with them, his weight down, his mind set on wrestling in the season’s final tournament.
Iowa center Adam Woodbury fights for a rebound against Illinois in Carver-Hawkeye on March 8. Woodbury was 5-of-7 in the paint. (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing) but undefended overtime dagger for Michigan State sent the Iowa fans home with their first of several devastating home losses. In fairness, though, those defensive shortcomings aren’t unique to crunch-time 3-point shooting. They were also run out of the gym by Minnesota’s athletic guards and an Indiana team that had been, prior to Iowa’s arrival, anemic. We learned from the Villanova game a lot about Iowa’s personnel
use as well. Limited contributions in the Bahamas from Jarrod Uthoff, Peter Jok, and Anthony Clemmons — even before Josh Oglesby returned from his foot injury — forewarned that Iowa’s highly touted 11-man depth was exaggerated. In reality, the Hawkeyes’ depth proved to be mostly a Dackichian talking point — they’ve looked absolutely gassed of late and the late-conference rotation has actually featured nine guys with
an occasional sprinkling of Clemmons. There were other clues, too — inconsistent frontcourt play, for example — but maybe, in the end, the mystery of the Hawkeyes will conclude with a revelation similar to that of “True Detective”: the truth — that Iowa was but a slightly improved team with a tougher schedule, doomed to another 20-11 (9-9) finish — was right under our noses all along.
wa, and the ceiling is just so much higher.” While there is certainly a discrepancy in talent at the Big Ten level compared with most of the programs he has coached at previously, he knows
that the same basic principles of good coaching apply to every team no matter the size. For Brickman, it begins and ends with responsibility both on and off the field. “You’ve got to take
care of stuff on and off the field,” he said. “If we don’t trust you in the classroom, we sure as heck aren’t going to trust you in the ninth inning of a tie ball game,” Brickman said.
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baseball Continued from 10 “The guys have been sponges,” Brickman said. “They literally come sit here every day, just grasping for information that could make them better. “It’s been really eye-opening to a certain point, just because of the fact that these guys weren’t set in their own ways the way things have been done in the past.” And who better to help open their eyes than Brickman. An assistant coach on Rick Heller’s staff that helped turn Northern Iowa into a contender five years back, he knows what to expect now that they are together again, this time inside the dugout of Banks Field. “[Heller] is not a head coach that just sits around in his office all day, then shows up at game time,” Brickman said. “He’s very involved in practice every day as well as the recruiting process, so to know that you’re working with someone whose had as much success as he has, it really was a very easy choice to come back to Iowa.” That’s not to say that Brickman is solely the
beneficiary of riding Heller’s coattails. Far from it, actually. He’s a proven winner in his own right, as both an assistant and as a head coach. Before coming to Iowa, Brickman was the head coach of Division II Belmont Abbey for four years. During his tenure, he guided the Crusaders to a 104-82 record, including a 2012 Conference Carolinas Western Division Championship, the team’s first in more than 10 seasons. He also led the team to a pair of top-25 national rankings, the first in school history, and he departed Belmont Abbey with the best winning percentage in the team’s 22-year history. Before that, Brickman made his rounds at various community colleges and summer-league programs, including an assistant coaching stint at Muscatine Community College that saw four of his players drafted into the major leagues. “The biggest difference between coaching at a smaller school and coming to Iowa is just athletic ability of the players,” Brickman said. “We had some good athletes at Northern Iowa and Belmont Abbey, but you come to a big school such as Io-
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Grothus still has a chance Iowa wrestling fans should feel confident about 149-pounder Brody Grothus receiving an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA championships.
Detecting the true Hawkeyes All the details necessary to understanding the Iowa men’s basketball team’s 1-5 finish were foreshadowed in its loss to Villanova in November.
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When Brody Grothus opened his Big Ten tournament with a second-period pin in Madison this past weekend, the Black and Gold contingent in the Kohl Center stood in applause. Grothus, the fourth 149-pounder Iowa has sent to the conference championships in as many years, became the first of that group to win a Big Ten Tournament match since Brent Metcalf (2007-08 through 2009-10). That staggering fact caused some Iowa wrestling fans to tear up, be it because of the longevity between wins or because they thought the recent 149-pound curse for the Hawkeyes was, at long last, over. The tears, understandably, were replaced by frustration when Grothus went on to lose his next two bouts, eliminating him from the tournament. It’s fair for Iowa wrestling fans to be upset with his tournament showing after he pieced together, what appeared to be, a good-but-not-great season. Many expected him to make a run at placing in the top six, which would’ve automatically qualified him for the NCAA championships at 149 pounds — which also would have been a first since Metcalf, who won two NCAA titles and two Big Ten titles. But the disappointment should be set aside, if only because Grothus is in a solid position to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament at his weight. According to the NCAA, each weight class will consist of 33 wrestlers. Of the 33, 29 will qualify by virtue of placing in the necessary spots at their respective qualifying tournaments (most of which are the conference tournaments). The Big Ten was given six allocations for 149 pounds. As such, four wrestlers per weight will receive at-large selections. Those spots will be handed out based on specific criteria by the NCAA: head-to-head competition; qualifying event placement; quality wins; results against common opponents; winning percentage; RPI; coaches’ ranking and the number of matches contested at that weight class. Grothus entered the Big Ten champion-
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The first season of HBO’s pitch-dark serial-killer anthology “True Detective” tied up a few of its loose ends in its Sunday night finale, though its creator Nic Pizzolatto insisted from the start that the audience need not wait to see the mystery solved — all the necessary clues were coded into the show from the very first episode. It’s a strange way to begin a basketball commentary, yes, but here’s my point: Had we employed the same Talmudic scholarship as fans devoted to “True Detective,” we might have been able to foretell the collapse of the Iowa basketball team before such a turn seemed possible. Indeed, I’d suggest that the details crucial to understanding Iowa’s 1-5 finish were foreshadowed in its loss to Villanova in November. Remember that at the time of the Battle 4 Atlantis title game, Villanova was seen as something of a disappointing consolation prize for an Iowa team that wanted a shot at Kansas. Yes, Villanova turned out to be great, but Iowa was done in, ultimately, by its own still-untreated pathologies. Against ’Nova, Iowa started hot — it led by 12 with 11-and-a-half minutes to go — but fell inSee commentary, 8
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Iowa 149-pounder Brody Grothus has his hand raised after defeating Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin, 8-4, during Session III of the Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill., Dec. 30, 2013. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)
Iowa guard Mike Gesell looks for an open teammate against Illinois in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 8. Gesell ended the game 4-of-13. (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing)
WINNING BECOMES HABITUAL By Ryan Rodriguez
Iowa baseball pitching coach Scott Brickman gives a player some advice during practice on Wednesday. Brickman is originally from Denver, Iowa. (The Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell)
Scott Brickman has a habit of winning. In his 15-plus seasons of coaching college baseball, he has helped lead almost a half dozen programs to winning seasons, many of which went on to impressive postseason runs as well. So it seems almost natural that Brickman has landed a Iowa, a program that has for many years struggled to find its game, finding itself instead relegated to the bottom half of the Big Ten standings, year in and year out. “We’re not trying to reinvent the game,” he said. “Baseball is baseball. It simply is just working with this team on a dayto-day basis and trying to make them better.” If it seems simple, that’s because it is. Starting from
the ground up, Brickman, head coach Rick Heller, and the rest of the staff have started to implement a winning culture that began on the first day. And they’ve built on it every day since. Players who were starved for answers under previous head coach Jack Dahm have taken to the new staff like salamanders to water, growing every step of the way. See baseball, 8
Bench Newcomers Rick Heller is in his first season as the head coach of the Iowa baseball team. This is the second in a five-part series on the new Iowa coaching staff. • Monday: Rick Heller • Today: Scott Brickman • Wednesday: Marty Sutherland • Thursday: Jim Magrane • Friday: Matt Wooldrik