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Panel to eye school funding Regent President Craig Lang announced a new task force will review state funding for the regent universities. By Stacey Murray stacey-murray@uiowa.edu

earthquake area],” Guo said. “But she was in the car, so everything was fine. She saw it, felt it, but she’s OK.” Downing Thomas, the dean of International Programs, said he wanted to encourage the students who attended the event, and he was impressed by how quickly people organized to show their support for the victims of the earthquake, just a few days after the disaster. “I think your coming out tonight is the demonstration of the strong bonds that tie Iowa and China at this particularly

The state Board of Regents announced a new task force at its meeting Thursday to analyze state funding for the regent universities. Regent President Craig Lang has asked Regent David Miles to head the board. Additionally, Regent Katie Mulholland will serve as a member of the task force. “We have fine institutions, and we want to continue to support the missions of all three,” Miles said. Lang estimates the panel will be composed of roughly nine members — the two regents, an alumnus from each regent university, and other members Miles will appoint. The formation of the task force follows concern nationwide about the rising cost of public higher education and the funding regent institutions are receiving. The task force will review the history of how the funds have supported the three universities. It will also analyze how the money backs the regent universities along with making recommendations to help realign funding with the goals of the universities. Lang noted the expense of postsecondary education has shifted from state funding to student debt. He said the three universities haven’t had a change in the way money has been allocated since 1946. The force could re-examine the model in which funds are distributed

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UI freshman Chao Dong writes on a banner on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway Thursday. UI students gathered in support of those who suffered in the earthquake in Ya’an, China, on April 20. (Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell)

UI students organized a vigil and fundraiser to pray for earthquake victims and raise aid money. By Michelle Kim hae-deun-kim@uiowa.edu

Thousands of miles from Iowa, an earthquake struck China last week, but some University of Iowa students still felt the impact. On April 20, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the center of Ya’an, located in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, killing more than 192 people and leaving more than 11,000 injured, according to the Associated Press. On Thursday night, approximately 100 students each held a white carna-

tion as they encircled the candles that formed a heart shape in the middle of the Kautz Plaza. They then prayed for the victims at Ya’an. Yashu Gou, a UI student from China, said she experienced the Wenchuan earthquake in China five years ago and hearing that another earthquake hit China makes her sad for those who experienced losses. However, this time, Guo said her mother was roughly 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away from the center of the earthquake. “My mom was actually [near the

Clothesline Project brings awareness T-shirts on the Pentacrest shared victims’ stories of abuse. By Lauren Coffey lauren-n-coffey@uiowa.edu

Under a clear blue sky on the green Pentacrest lawn, roughly 300 victims spoke out, sharing their stories of abuse. The stories took on many different forms: a spew of profanities, individuals struggling with self-blame, or those finding acceptance. But these women, men, and children were not standing on the lawn Thursday morning — they were represented by T-shirts they had decorated. “One of these things this project does is it shows our statistics about violence in a visual way,” said Karla Miller, the executive director for the Rape Victim Advocacy Program. “It makes it seem more real to people. Each victim is a survivor of violence and designed their shirt or someone made it on their behalf.” Multicolored shirts fluttered in the wind, carrying such phrases as “You stole my spirit,” “I was 4 years old,” and “Not my fault.” In Iowa, according to the 2012 domestic-violence census in late March, a reported 737 assault victims were served in one day across the state.

New vision for Kinnick A new video and sound system will cost the University of Iowa Athletics Department roughly $9 million. By Stacey Murray stacey-murray@uiowa.edu

UI students Christapher Cameron and Ashley Moeller look at shirts designed by victims of sexual abuse at the Pentacrest on Thursday. The Clothesline Project aims to help the healing process for victims. (The Daily Iowan/Sam Louwagie) In 1995, the national “Clothesline Project” came to Iowa City, sponsored by RVAP. Miller has been involved nationally in the project since 1977, and she said one thing continues to surprise her with the event each year. “You put [the clothesline] up, and I thought I had read all of them by now,”

Miller said. “But I stopped at the power of their message. You know, you look at these shirts, and it’s just people’s heart and souls put into them.” University of Iowa junior Molly Schuneman stopped to look over the

Hawkeye football fans can anticipate watching replays with improved HawkVision this fall. The state Board of Regents authorized the University of Iowa to enter an $8 million agreement to fund a new video system and sound system for Kinnick. The project is estimated to ultimately cost around $9 million. It will be funded through the Athletics Department and gifts as opposed to with tuition or tax dollars. Athletics Director Gary Barta said the board would be finished in time for

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River Landing expanding By Quentin Misiag quentin-misiag@uiowa.edu

Area officials say a 180-acre plot of land off Interstate 80 — once stigmatized as an environmentally hazardous industrial park — is today coming to fruition as a true ‘front door’ to the greater Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City corridor, following decades of community planning discussions and more than $313 million in development projects since opening in 2006. Coralville’s Iowa River Landing District, once littered with worn warehouse spaces and a hodgepodge of automotive-related businesses, is today one of the fastest-developing projects in eastern Iowa. Weathering record flooding in 2008, controversial TIF-related activity, and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, construction has started to return to the mixeduse development. “… [It] is really picking up steam and really filling out the vision we had for the area,” Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth said, noting other area redevelopment projects, including the Riverfront Crossings District. He noted that $20 million in further construction planned or underway will bring the area’s first rooftop restaurant, 30Hop, a five-story, 60unit condominium project, and another retail project. Considerations for a Cambus route to run between the district, the UIHC main campus, and downtown are being mulled. Manager Tuan Nguyen said customer flow during his first two years at Konomi Grill, 843 Quarry Road Ste. 140, was lagging to the point that staff salaries had to be cut. The two years following the June 3, 2008, opening, however, have resulted in an 80 percent increase in total business. “At first, it was pretty slow because there was nothing around here,” he

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the University of Iowa’s appeal to fund a project that would prevent future flooding on campus through underground utility tunnels. FEMA Region VII denied the proposal on March 28. “It’s a crucial aspect of our steaming, chilled water, and electricity,” said Doug True, the UI senior vice president and treasurer. “It’s disappointing, but we’ve made a lot of progress.” The $30 million project would have prevented against future flooding with the utility tunnels. The appeal has been pending since August 2012. FEMA also denied the UI’s appeal for costs related to the Museum of Art replacement. FEMA did, however, approve an appeal approving a portion of funds for the reimbursement of funds used in the renovation of the Studio Arts’ temporary facility. FEMA approved $171,000 of the $405,000 requested. The most recent appeal was submitted to FEMA last month regarding reimbursement eligibility of the IMU north entrance elevator. — by Stacey Murray

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Rendering of Iowa River Landing area. (Contributed) said. “We’re hoping with Von Maur opening soon, that will help our lunch business out.” Previous controversy related to Von Maur’s arrival has been coupled with recent attempts to lure downtown Iowa City businesses to the district. Coralville city consultant Deanna Trumbull said the intent is to attract more people to the entire Iowa City area to stay for longer periods of time. The city of Coralville granted the luxury department store an incentive package valued at nearly $16 million to build a larger store in the district, leading the store to vacate Iowa City’s Sycamore Mall. Von Maur’s 80,000-square-foot department store is set for a late July opening. Trumbull further praised on-going work downtown, saying that partnerships between the UI and the Downtown District are evidence that the two areas can work together cohesively to grow and create “cross-shopping” patterns. “There’s a tremendous number of entrepreneurs in this market that have the opportunity to expand here,” she said. “It’s not so much geographically driven but product niches and how they fit into the market.” JoS A. Bank, Scratch Cupcakery, 30hop restaurant, and Charlotte’s Deli each recently announced future Iowa River Landing locations. The businesses are expected to open in spring 2014 and

June, October, and November 2013, respectively. Combined with the recently opened Backpocket Brewery, nearly 40,000 square feet of new commercial space will come online. The north side area of Ninth Street — yet to be built out — will total more than 100,000 square feet. Trumbull said talks are underway with prospective office tenants for 40,000 square feet on the second floor of the “Main Street” building but was unable to make any official announcements as of Thursday afternoon. On Oct. 25, the state Board of Regents approved spending $1.8 million to buy three pieces of land in the district for the possibility of expanding the UIHC clinic. “The number of people inquiring about space has increased tremendously from the first of the year,” she said. Trumbull said she is optimistic additional retailers can be announced in coming months. 30hop restaurant partner Erik Shewmaker said the more than $3 million, 400-seat restaurant has been in the planning stages for quite some time. He believes the urban-industrial dining and drinking establishment modeled after Denver and San Diego restaurants will work well alongside existing dining spots. “This was the area we were excited about when we first started hearing about the development being that it’s the gate-

Appeal denied for man convicted of murder

allegedly seen leaving the scene of the homicide by a witness and days prior to the incident, a witness allegedly told the police he spoke of needing money and potentially committing a robbery. White could still be convicted of first-degree murder if the prosecution could prove joint criminal conduct between White and Marshall. Marshall’s sentencing is today, and he will face a mandatory sentencing of life in prison. — by Cassidy Riley

Iowa River Landing development The former industrial park has seen more than $313 million in development projects since opening in 2006. • The 180-acre plot of land near I-80 features the Coralville Marriott Hotel, Antique Car Museum of Iowa, restaurants, office space, condominiums, and the $73 million UIHC outpatient clinic. • Recent developments including three restaurants and retail space totalling $20 million. • The main anchor tenant, Von Maur, is set to open a 80,000-square-foot department store in late July. Sources: Coralville city officials

way into the [Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City] Corridor,” he said. “There’s a lot of buzz. Everyone’s really excited about the development.” To UI sophomore Meghan Horihan, the on-going retail, restaurant, office, and housing development means nothing if people, particularly the younger demographics, don’t know about it. “It’s just not a location I find myself attracted to,” said Horihan, a former Daily Iowan employee. “It’s just kind of an awkward place. They need to market that area more if they want to get the audience they’re trying to attract.”

The motion for a new trial for a man convicted of first-degree murder has been denied, according to online court documents. Justin Marshall, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Feb. 7 in the October 2009 slaying of John Versypt, the former landlord of Broadway Condominiums. In March, following being found guilty, Marshall asked for a new trial. His trial was denied on Thursday, according to an online Courthouse document. At the time of the incident, Marshall lived with his aunt, cousins, and Charles Thompson, who was dating one of his cousins, at one of the apartments. Thompson was the original suspect in the murder case, but his trial ended in a mistrial. Thompson later pleaded guilty to the charge of accessory to a felony and signed a document stating Marshall committed the murder of Versypt. Courtney White is the third suspect in this case. He was

University of Iowa President Sally Mason said at the state Board of Regents meeting Thursday that 100 percent of faculty at the UI have undergone appropriate sexual-harassment training. “This is no promise no one will ever sexually harass anyone else,” she said. “I think these are good steps as we move forward.” The regents requested 100

percent compliance from the university faculty following controversy with Peter Gray, former associate director of Athletic Student Services at the UI. Gray resigned Nov. 4, 2012, amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with student-athletes and sexual behavior in the workplace. Regent President Craig Lang said at the Dec. 5, 2012, regents meeting there was an “obvious breakdown in the process” in the handling of the Gray case, and the regents requested an internal audit following the controversies. The audit was then presented at the regents’ Feb. 5 meeting. The audit found the university followed its policies for reporting allegations and hiring procedures, but it suggested the UI improve compliance with sexual-harassment training. It reported the UI had an 81.6 percent compliance rate with the training. Mason said she’s confident in the compliance level and the completion of expectations. “It does satisfy our policy, and I feel very good that we’ve had 100 percent compliance,” she said. — by Stacey Murray

Drive N.E., was charged Wednesday with fifth-degree theft. Aidan Guimond, 23, 530 Iowa Ave., was charged Monday with fifth-degree theft. Racheal Jones, 22, 1100 Arthur St. Apt. L5, was charged Tuesday with criminal trespass. Alexis Kuberski, 32, 1121 Gilbert Court, was charged Monday with

violating a domestic-abuse protective order. Chiquita Wideman, 26, 945 Cross Park Ave. Apt. C, was charged Wednesday with fifth-degree theft. Jasmine Wildburn, 24, 1814 Hollywood Court, was charged Monday with driving with a suspended/canceled license.

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The Iowa City police chief said he believes the Boston investigation shows how surveillance can be useful in a crisis. By Brent Griffiths brent-griffiths@uiowa.edu

Iowa City activists are seeking 400 more signatures to bring the privacy debate to the forefront in Iowa City — a debate that has only intensified with actions taken in Boston in response to the Boston Marathon bombing. “I don’t think it changes our view as having cameras didn’t prevent this from happening,” said Aleksey Gurtovoy, who’s leading efforts on a local petition attempting to ban red-light cameras in Iowa City. “Why do we have a problem with terrorists or just any tragedy happening? … Indications are that there is a larger story, and we need to a take a step back and look in the mirror.” Conversely, local officials tout the effectiveness of some security measures as a result of the FBI’s work on the case. “The video images we saw on national TV solved [the case],” said Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine. “It’s a classic example of how surveillance can help in a time of crisis.” Martha Hampel and Gurtovoy are trying to pass a petition banning the use of red-light cameras, drones, and automatic license-plate rec-

ognition systems. City officials said there were not enough valid signatures when they submitted their petition, so they have to obtain 400 more signatures by April 30. “In case the city strikes out one-third [of the signatures] again, we plan on getting more than 400,” Gurtovoy said. “Before we submit, we also plan on going the extra mile to do the verification against the voter registrations ourselves … we don’t want to have any surprises.” Hargadine said he believes there is a place for red-light cameras, and believes they could potentially even save lives if implemented in Iowa City. While he doesn’t necessarily agree with the arguments against the cameras, he questions the inclusion of a drone ban. “We’re not looking into getting [a drone],” he said. “Honestly, that debate is a whole lot of worry about nothing.” One city councilor said she does not support surveillance cameras, although she recognizes that sometimes they can be “helpful tool.” “I have never been for surveillance cameras on public property, and I never approved traffic-control cameras,” City Councilor Connie Champion said.

Beyond the petition drive, the debate over privacy and surveillance has grown even greater with the steps state and local governments took during a search for the Marathon bombing suspects, including “locking down” the Boston metro area. Hargadine said incidents such as those in Boston require officials to “walk a fine line” when it comes to what steps need to be taken to protect the public. Hargadine said policies such as citywide curfews would be directed from Gov. Terry Branstad and other officials. A local transportation official said local law enforcement would provide the direction on when to suspend service. In the event of a sudden incident, the central hub has the capabilities to reach all buses simultaneously and would give instructions from there, and the focus would be on spreading the word about the status of the bus service quickly. “The city …would put out its own press releases, but we would post on eBongo and our website,” said Chris O’Brien, director of city transportation services. “We would also send out transit alerts and try to post signs at stops if possible.”

Iowa City police and Coralville police will collect unused prescription drugs on Saturday. By Rebecca Morin rebecca-morin@uiowa.edu

Local police will participate in a national initiative on Saturday to help local citizens rid their medicine cabinets of old or unused prescription pills. National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day is an annual initiative organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Office of National Drug Control Policy in which law-enforcement officials collect expired or unwanted prescription medications to target the national issue of prescription-drug abuse. According to the DEA, nonmedical use of prescription drugs is second to marijuana abuse across the nation. “We treat prescription-drug abuse like any other crime, and from a medical standpoint, we treat it like any other substance abuse,” Coralville police officer Ben Hayden said. Coralville police will be at Hy-Vee, 1914 Eighth St., and at both Walgreen locations,

102 Second St. and 2751 Heartland Drive, in Coralville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Iowa City police will be at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Blvd. S.E., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One Iowa City law-enforcement official said that finding individuals with prescription pills is something police see in the community. “It certainly happens, and what we come across is people with prescription drugs in their pocket but without a prescription,” Iowa City police Sgt. Vicki Lalla said. This is not the first year local police have participated in the initiative. The Coralville police have been involved with prescription-drug-abuse awareness for several years, Hayden said. “Coralville has been a member of this initiative for several years, and we typically do one in the fall and in the spring,” he said. Disposal of the drugs is also an issue that affects the community if not done properly, and the initiative hopes to target that.

“A lot of times, people just throw the pills in the trash can, and people can dig through the trash and take the pills,” Hayden said. “Sometimes, pills are also flushed down the toilet, and that can contaminate the water.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription-drug overdoses have tripled since 1990, and officials want to help prevent misuse of the drugs. The most abused prescription drugs are pain relievers, said Doug Beardsley, the director of Johnson County Department of Public Health. Hydrocodone, a painkiller, is the most prescribed drug in Iowa with more than 72 million doses in 2011, according to the 2013 Iowa Drug Control Strategy report. “Pain relievers alter perceptions, alter motor skills, and even can alter your decision-making,” Beardsley said. “It could be damaging if you are taking something you are not supposed to.”


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Electoral districts proposal may backfire for the county

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oncern over representation on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors has led some locals to collect signatures for a petition that would call for a referendum dividing Johnson County into electoral districts for supervisors. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors currently has five members, all of whom are elected countywide. The Committee for Fair Representation is circulating a petition that would hold a referendum on Aug. 6, providing voters with three options: no change in the supervisor-election process; require residing in a given district with county-wide election; or have each district elect a representative that lives within it. Roger Anderson, a member of the committee and the Johnson County Republicans Central Committee, said the district proposal would provide better representation for residents outside the Iowa City area, pointing out that four members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors live in Iowa City and only Republican John Etheredge (Kalona) does not. While we sympathize with the intentions of this proposal, we believe the idea may very well sabotage its proponents’ intentions. According to the Iowa Code, Johnson County would be split into five districts of equal population with a variation of 1 percent, and all land in a district must be contiguous. Because the population of Johnson County in the 2010 census was 130,882, that means each district would have approximately 26,176 residents plus or minus 262 people. Coralville would have 72 percent of a district, Iowa City would make up 2.6 districts, and North Liberty would be about 51 percent of a district. This essentially means that every single district would have a primarily urban population, largely defeating the purpose of redistricting. Rural Johnson County’s voice will only be further drowned out as cities continue growing. World Poole & Economics projected that by 2040, the population of Johnson County would be more than 200,000. An analysis of Iowa’s population since 1910 from Iowa State University reported that “Metro areas have gained population every decade since 1910. … Rural areas have lost people every decade since 1920.”

Janelle Rettig, the head of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, said the proposal would make the supervisors even more focused on urban interests. “This guarantees the board will always be urban. … If I only represented Iowa City people, I’d have a completely different opinion on who pays what. I represent the people I’m paid to represent.” Every supervisor currently must be concerned about the entire county to win re-election. If the county were divided into districts, Rettig said, it would make supervisors concerned primarily with their own districts instead of doing what’s best for the entire county. Linn County recently switched to a district system for its supervisors and created one that covered much of the county’s rural area. Lu Barron, the vice chairwoman of the Linn County Board of Supervisors said it didn’t work out as well as people initially thought, though the board has found a way to make it work. “Be careful what you wish for,” she said. “Just like in Johnson County now, folks out in the rural area felt they didn’t have representation. We tried to tell them that even if we go from three to five districts, there’s no guarantee you’ll have someone from the rural area.” The redistricting process, Barron said, also made decision-making less efficient and cut her off from the county as a whole. “When I used to represent everyone from the county, I made it out to every meeting, went to every city council meeting at least once a year, made a point to drive the roads. I always had that connection. Now that my district is all within Cedar Rapids, I don’t have those connections anymore,” she said. It’s clear that the best interests of Johnson County’s rural residents do not lie in creating districts for the supervisors. We admire the attempt to achieve fairness through redistricting, but it doesn’t work mathematically and would worsen representation for rural voters.

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phil’s day 2013 Honored by serving Last year I was incredibly honored to serve as the keynote speaker for the inaugural University of Iowa Phil’s Day, which celebrates life-changing philanthropy on campus. It is always humbling to be asked to do such things, and I often wonder, “What does a lower-middle-class kid from Iowa City have to share that would be valuable to the excellent students and profound faculty of the University of Iowa?” However, I can tell you that, from my perspective, speaking at last year’s Phil’s Day event was a “mountaintop” experience; I not only had the chance to share my own thoughts, but

I also had the opportunity to connect with some of Iowa’s best and brightest. That Phil’s Day speaking request made me recall the day, some 18 years ago, when I was asked to join the board of the University of Iowa Foundation. Again, I remember wondering what I would have to offer such an important organization. The people with whom I would serve were Horatio Alger Award winners and CEOs of large and famous companies — and their names were on buildings all over campus and on many endowed and prestigious professorships and chairs. My other passion relates to recognizing and thanking those who helped me get my start in

life. I have been blessed to be in a position to give back to the UI College of Engineering, of which I am a graduate. Words are not adequate to express how my wife, Cammy, and I felt when we were able to add our resources to those of many others in naming the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. That call to action — to change the world — is the reason I am so excited about my current role as one of four co-heads of an exciting and ambitious $1.7 billion fundraising initiative, For Iowa, Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa. This campaign will mean the difference between the UI being a great institution and being the best,

and I look forward to seeing just how far we can go … For Iowa. Forever More. As I think about my own experiences related to philanthropy, I have decided that what our parents always told us is true: It is better to give than receive. There are so many talented faculty and students who have skills and capabilities that dwarf my own. Though I can’t do what they do, I can help them succeed by supporting their endeavors and encouraging others to do the same. Together, we really can change the world — and, trust me, it doesn’t get any better than that. Gary F. Seamans (1972 B.S.E.E.) Chairman and CEO of IDx and longtime UI philanthropist

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An open letter on guns By Zach Tilly zachary-tilly@uiowa.edu

I’m writing in response to the letter, published Wednesday (April 24) on this page, in which the UI College Republicans defend the group’s stance on gun-control laws. The Editorial Board previously criticized your position as absolutist and “factually (not ‘fatally’ as your letter says) suspect.” At the risk of outing that piece’s author, I’ll come to the defense of the Editorial Board here. The editorial in question was built in part around a quotation from Mary Kate Knorr, the president of the College Republicans and one of the folks to whom this column is addressed. “Any efforts on the part of the government to make it more difficult to obtain firearms is a breach of our Constitutional rights,” she said. This is a position you reaffirm with a few minor caveats in your letter, as quoted in the next paragraph. Your view is notable for its Constitutional absolutism; you argue that any new limitation on gun ownership for law-abiding people is unconstitutional, but this idea is legally, historically, provably incorrect. You argue that the recent cases D.C. v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) “have made it clear” that “[a] law-abiding, mentally stable citizen has the irrevocable right to keep and bear arms, and any further infringement on this right is a violation of our Constitution.” Those cases have not made that clear at all. D.C. v. Heller established a firm Second Amendment right to keep a handgun in one’s home, but in the majority opinion Justice Antonin Scalia (Scalia!) wrote that “[l]ike most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited.” “… nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill … or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms,” Scalia wrote. He also noted that the government’s ability to ban certain types of weapons as established in U.S. v. Miller is “supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual weapons.’ ” Because of the narrowness of the Heller ruling, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., was able to uphold the city’s assault-weapons ban in 2011. McDonald simply expanded that narrow Heller ruling to all 50 states. Clearly, there are many limitations to gun rights precisely like those voted

down in the Senate last week that are well within the scope of the Constitution. Let’s turn our attention now to what would have been the centerpiece of any Senate gun bill: an expanded background-check program. You oppose this measure because “expanded background checks prior to firearm purchases would hardly be effective when it comes to keeping weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals.” My question is: Are you sure? In your letter you concede that you believe felons should not be able to purchase guns. It stands to reason that you must believe that allowing a felon to own a gun introduces a greater risk to society than allowing a non-felon to own one. Background checks prevent felons from legally buying guns. But under current law, a felon need only hit up a gun show or do a little online shopping to circumvent that process. So why wouldn’t closing that loophole be effective policy? Sure, some of the dangerous folks turned away from legal purchases might seek out illegal weapons. But, realistically, how many would buy black-market guns? And how many would do that if stricter laws for gun trafficking — another gun amendment that you say “rightly” died on the Senate floor last week — were also passed? It seems to me that expanding background checks couldn’t hurt, could it? The most popular argument left standing is that such a policy could infringe on Second Amendment rights of upstanding gun buyers. To that I ask whether the current background-check system constitutes a violation of the Second Amendment? If your answer is yes, then I wonder if you’re willing to advocate for abolishing background checks altogether? Not likely if you truly believe that felons should be prohibited from owning guns. And if the answer is no, I wonder how eliminating the loopholes in the existing background-check law might render it unconstitutional or overly burdensome. And so here we are, left with a Second Amendment that allows for a surprisingly wide variety of gun-control legislation and a relatively innocuous proposal to expand background checks that could possibly help but certainly couldn’t hurt. So — in response to the case made above — why do you guys oppose expanding background checks? I don’t accept “they probably wouldn’t work” as sufficient rationale for doing nothing. This is an important conversation; I think this is as good a place as any to have it.

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News china Continued from front difficult time,” he said. “As well as the outpouring of sentiments and support you’re providing, particularly the area surrounding Ya’an, where the earthquake was strongly felt.” Several different organizations came together to raise money and pray for the victims, including the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Greater China Business Association, AiCheng Magazine, Chinese in Io-

clothesline Continued from front T-shirts as she passed by on the Pentacrest and was shocked at what she saw. “I’m just speechless,” she said, as a tear trickled down her face. “I just can’t imagine the pain the women have gone through. I’m very lucky to

task force Continued from front to the regent universities. Currently, the money allocated by the state government is then appropriated to Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. ISU and the UI each receive 40 percent of the funding, and UNI receives 20 percent. But the panel could change this model to help

kinnick Continued from front the 2013 football season, even though it will be a time crunch. The new video display and sound system will be purchased from Daktronics Inc. for roughly $4.5

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wa City, UI Photography Club, UI Fusion Music Club, and the Organization for the Active Support of International Students. Will Cai, the president of the Organization of Active Support of International Students, said there are two reasons the people came together. “Even though we are far away from Ya’an, we believe our hearts are tied together. We want to do what we can do to help the region rebuild their homes,” he said. “Moreover, we want to use this event to unite, not only Chinese students, but also the ones

who are from different backgrounds. We pay more attention to the process of including everyone who cares to be the team. We want to show our spirit and how united we are.” The UI provided funding for the event, and it was held within a $300 budget. Sushuang Ma, the vice president of Chinese in Iowa City, said the money spent for the event was roughly $270, and organizers expect to gain money through the fundraising at the event. “We will use this money and send it out to the

American Red Cross and ask it to use this amount to help the people in Ya’an,” he said. Many students, both Chinese and non-Chinese, joined together and sent their prayers and support to the victims of the Ya’an. “It’s a tragedy, that’s for sure,” said UI junior Andrew Rietgraf. “I have friends who are Chinese, and we had our 24/7 campus group tonight, so I thought we’d come and show our support.” UI junior Sarah Henry also said she came to support and pray for the people affected by the tragedy,

and she did not know the seriousness until she read the statistics on how bad the effect was. At the end of the event, students raised more than $4,800, not including the 640 Chinese yuans. Roughly 300 students donated money, Ma said. “Unfortunately, natural disasters strike all of us,” Thomas said. “We had the Iowa City floods of 2008, so no one is immune from the natural disasters. I think that’s one reason that everyone can feel something when they know that people are suffering from somewhere else in the world.”

live with such loving parents and [have] a really lucky life.” Schuneman said although being a part of Alpha Chi Omega — whose philanthropy is centered on domestic violence — has made her more aware of the issue, she said many other college students do not understand the gravity of the effect of abuse.

“I think most of us come from privileged families,” she said. “And I’m not saying they don’t have their own issues, but coming to the university, people can get so wrapped up in their own world. Domestic violence is one of the least-talked about evils.” There are 28 organizations in Iowa aimed to provide assistance to those who have experi-

enced domestic violence. RVAP education coordinator Susan Junis, who agrees with Schuneman, said many people do not think abuse is an issue because of some misleading statistics. According to the 2012 Clery Report, an annual report issued by the UI police, the UI saw 10 cases of forcible sex offenses on campus in 2011, an in-

crease from six in 2010 and nine in 2009. Junis says this is not indicative of the actual crimes that occur. In 2012, 41 phone calls were made to RVAP is regards to domestic violence alone. Junis said it is important for people to realize how common assault truly is to support victims of the crimes. “If you look at the numbers [in the Clery report],

people will say ‘Oh, this is really rare,’ ” Junis said. “That isn’t true — 16-19 year olds are the most common demographic to experience assault, which is college freshmen and sophomores. One in four women will be assaulted just in their college years. It’s very common and important to bear witness to that and to bear representation to that.”

the UNI adjust to recent budget cuts that have left the university hurting. “Certainly, UNI has faced some major challenges, and that’s something that the task force to look at,” Miles said. Lang said 40/40/20 distribution might not have benefitted the universities equally in the past. “It didn’t allow the dollar distribution [to be] necessarily fair with the number of in-state students,” he said. “David [Miles] has had a lot of discussion with both

Bruce [Rastetter] and I over the last few years about [if] is there a better way to look at this.” But Lang said if the model was to change, no universities would be damaged from a switch and the regents wouldn’t move large allocations from one regent university to the other. The panel wouldn’t leave a university drastically short of funds than it has previously been granted. “We are not doing harm to universities as they are today,” Lang said.

This point addresses a concerned raised by Rep. Cindy Winckler, D-Davenport. “Certainly, it’s always helpful to have a group of individuals have a conversation about some different ways of funding,” Winckler said. “But I think I would want to be assured that in the very beginning, all three regent universities would be held harmless in regards to reduction of funding.” But she said this task force, as another means of communication, could

benefit funding. Rep. Curtis Hanson, D-Fairfield, echoed this sentiment. “The more information we have, the better we are equipped to make those decisions,” he said. The panel will have a full agenda once it begins to meet. Winckler said she hopes the task force not only looks at each regent university’s student population when discussing funding but also the bigger picture — the state provides more funding for

the private institutions than the public ones. “We’re almost upside down in our funding,” Winkler said. “I think those are all significant considerations to add to the mix of what the task force might be looking at.’ For now, Miles said, the distribution of funds needs discussion. “The formula for providing state appropriations among the universities has not been revisited for quite some time, and it’s time to take a fresh look,” he said.

million. The remainder of the budget will provide for installation costs, along with a new sound system and new control room to run video equipment in Kinnick Stadium. The purchase will include a large screen video display system in the existing infrastructure, vid-

eo screens in the northeast and northwest end zone corners, and a ribbon display above the seating in the north side of Kinnick. Additionally, the purchase request includes two game clocks and two delay-of-game clocks. The current video screens were purchased in

2005 but have become outdated with the advancement of technology. “When we put them in in 2005, they were stateof-the-art,” Barta said. “Since then, HD has come along.”

Miscalculations in steel prices caused the budget for infrastructure to almost double from the initial estimate. The infrastructure budget is approximately $1.3 million. But Barta maintains

the project can move forward on budget and can be completed on time. “We want to make sure we are providing … the tools for success, and facilities are always a part of that,” Barta said.

Earthquake UI students gathered at the Kautz Plaza on Thursday to pray for the victims of the earthquake in Ya’An, China. •A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the center of Ya’an. •As of press time, there have been 192 reported deaths and more than 11,000 injuries. •By the end of the event, the total amount of the money raised was $4,844.09 Sources: Sushang Ma, vice president of Chinese in Iowa City


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today’s events Andrew R. Juhl, Professor of Letters: • Dear Powerlifter Somewhere in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center: I understand you’re proud of the weight you’re lifting. You want to share. But maybe ask people to come over and watch you lift those pointlessly large amounts metal instead of forcing everyone within earshot to search their peripheries for what sounds like an ongoing sexual extravaganza. Yes, we see you. Yes, you’re very vascular. We’d rather focus on our squats. Friday is Butt Day.

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• Dear Same Powerlifter Who Then Used the Toilet Prior to Me: Originally, I was going to insist that you learn to flush, but I think you must know how to flush as well as know it is pointless in your particular case. Somehow, you crap pure iron. Flushes have no effect. Nor fists. Nor hammers. At all. Perhaps ease up on the supplements? I’m sort of impressed, and I imagine you must feel greatly relieved. Anyways, for these and other reasons, I forgive you. • Dear Super Duper Ridiculously Gorgeous Women: No, I will not buy you a drink. I will especially not buy you a drink if your first words to me EVER resemble, “Buy me a drink?” I do not care that you are pretty. I do not care that you have bountiful and unblemished cleavage. I do not care how slutty you’re dressed. The world has given you plenty; you don’t need free booze from me. Besides, too many women have gotten diamonds out of me this way already.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take care of your responsibilities. Don’t trust others to put as much effort into something as you do. Disappointment will lead to a standoff that adds to your stress. See matters through to completion, and collect the rewards. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Focus on relationships, and take a position of leadership. Put your best foot forward and call the shots. Making creative suggestions and carrying out your plans without expecting anything in return will enhance your reputation and the way you live. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Help others, but don’t let it cost you financially. Look at the big picture, and find a way to minimize what needs to be done. Keep life and relationships simple, and maintain a positive outlook. Take care of your health and wellness. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Helping others will lead to friendship. Take time out of your busy schedule to pamper or treat yourself to something nice. Love is on the rise, and spending time with the people you care about most will build a stronger relationship. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Emotional issues will climax if you address complaints aggressively. Step back, and put your effort into preparing and executing what’s expected of you professionally. Attend a meeting or function that allows you to expand your business contacts. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A change will be restful and spark new interests. Take a trip, or get involved in something you’ve never considered doing before. Love and romance are heading your way, and enjoying the company of someone special will result in an improved lifestyle. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Everything will focus around contracts, money, and negotiating the best deal you can. Don’t leave anything to chance. Being fully prepared and offering something with a unique twist will grab the attention of someone with the ability to help you establish your plans. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take care of unfinished personal business that can alter the way you move forward personally. Use your imagination, and you’ll come up with a formula that will enhance your chance of success without letting your personal life suffer. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your good ideas will bring positive change to your personal life. Showing interest in someone able to contribute to your plans will help you move forward. Don’t take on responsibilities that don’t belong to you, or you’ll stifle your chance to succeed. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Spontaneity coupled with a little charm and pressure will help you get your way both at home and at work. Let your intuition guide you — you will find the perfect way to please someone you love. Passion is highlighted. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put more time and effort into learning, honing, and researching. The time spent now will pay off when the time comes to make both personal and professional changes. Updating your image or making physical improvements will result in compliments. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): By helping an organization you have worked with in the past, you will work your way into a position that will spark your imagination and motivate you to explore new interests. Love, romance, and commitment are all in the stars.

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Officials: Jail needs work By Quentin Misiag quentin-misiag@uiowa.edu

As the May 7 vote for a new Johnson County justice Center nears, county officials face yet another hurdle in the maltimillion-dollar project. During a Thursday morning Board of Supervisors meeting, county facilities manager Eldon Slaughter and Chief Deputy Steve Dolezal said all of the approximately 80 jail inmates may need to be evacuated for an estimated 60 days because technological deficiencies plague the 32-year-old facility. Slaughter said much of the jail, including its control center, uses 30-yearold technology, and it has become difficult to find replacement parts for doors, wiring, and operative valves. “If the bond issue doesn’t go through, you’re going to have to get new upgrades or start from scratch,” he said. “We keep putting a BandAid on it; [the technology] is close to having run its course.” Preliminary cost estimates from Slaughter in conjunction with Neumann Monson Architects’ Dwight Dobberstein revealed that a “low” figure of $1.56 million

may be necessary to improve the jail’s control-center. The building’s 53 doors would cost approximately $7,300 and corresponding motors and parts are a roughly $5,200 investment. Slaughter estimated an additional $200,000 for labor costs to alleviate the “copper spaghetti” of wires over a 60day renovation period. He told supervisors that contractors from Chicago and Texas are visiting Iowa City soon to assess the repairs.

Dolezal said shipping inmates to facilities in Washington and Muscatine Counties would cost the county $45 a day per inmate plus transportation costs. He said the jail’s first floor could still be available for day-to-day operations and overnight holdings. In discussions with Supervisor Chairwoman Janelle Rettig last week, he said the control center was “on its last

leg.” “The control center is the brain center of the [jail] hub,” Dolezal said. “If we’re going to shut this down, my best guess is that we can operate downstairs, but the next morning, we would have to transfer them to another county.” Slaughter said even if the justice center proposal passes, the technological opera-

tions may continue to “limp along” for an additional three years before the new facility opens. He said a minimum of $250,000 would be spent to keep it operational. The new justice center proposal needs approval of a $43.5 million bond issue to finance it. The original proposal didn’t garner enough votes to pass in November. Supervisor Terrence Neuzil said the newly revealed concerns further emphasize the need for upgraded operations. “Vote for or against, the cost is not going down,” he said. “This would just add to the cost.” Aleksey Gurtovoy, a local activist who opposes the current justice center plans, questioned the validity of the technology upgrades. He said he doesn’t understand why officials haven’t mentioned the large investment. “My question is why is the sheriff just bringing this up now? This should have been communicated in discussions,” he said.

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Mat Kearney filled the IMU ballroom with his catchy, laidback music Thursday night as he performed as part of RiverFest. SCOPE hosted the singer/songwriter alongside opening act Emily Hearn. Tonight, RiverFest continues with several events, including Casino Night at 9 in the IMU Main Lounge. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)


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‘We dug ourselves into a hole. Starting this weekend, we’re going to have to start climbing back out.’ – Taylor Kaufman, sophomore pitcher

series, but win one. The series against the Maroon and Gold will begin Friday with the first pitch being thrown at 6:05 p.m. at Banks Field. It will wrap up on April 28. The Black and Gold didn’t have an ideal outing last weekend against Penn State. There, they gave the Nittany Lions their first two conference wins of the season. Penn State sits in last place in the Big Ten, behind Iowa.

softball Continued from 10 to swing out of our shoes.” Massey’s home run wasn’t the junior’s only highlight. As a pitcher, she faced only 18 batters, collecting 4 strikeouts and allowing just 4 hits. At one point, the Foothill Ranch, Calif., native retired nine-straight batters between the first and fourth innings. Massey’s efficient execution was good enough for her 14th win of the year and allowed Iowa to wrap up the mercy-rule victory in just 91 minutes of play. It was a victory that was both needed — it snapped a six-game losing streak — and well-received by the Hawkeyes. “We definitely need that game to finally get another

ihm Continued from 10 River Entertainment Invitational and the Boilermaker Invitational — something that hasn’t been done by an Iowa golfer since Brad Schuchat also won back-to-back medalist honors in 1970. The Peosta, Iowa, native has also played ninestraight rounds at or under par in the last three outings the Hawkeyes have had. He was also just named Big Ten Golfer of the week, with good reason. “No, definitely not,” Ihm said when trying to recall if he’s ever had such a long streak posting red scores. “Right now, my main thought going into a round is limiting mistakes.” Last weekend at Purdue, he did just that. The No. 46 player in the country — and highest ranked in the Big Ten, according to golfstat.com — estimates he made around 4 bogeys the entire weekend en route to his minus-5 score. He also shot minus-5 at the Hawkeye-GRE Invita-

But Iowa is coming off a midweek win against Northern Illinois, which it hopes will boost morale going into this weekend. Dahm said they needed to have a positive feeling and the win helped accomplish that. “It’s going to have a really nice mentality shift for us coming off a tough weekend against Penn State,” Kaufman said. “That should give us a nice boost going into the

win under our belt,” said Zoeller, who knocked in 3 of the 10 runs. “It reminded ourselves that we are the great team that we know we are. I think we kind of lost that [thought] for a second.”

Returning to Pearl Field for the weekend Iowa will now head roughly 91 miles back down I-380 to Pearl Field for a threegame weekend series against Penn State. This could spell disaster for the Hawkeyes, who have been a staggering 2-9 at home this season. The good news for the Black and Gold is that they’ll play one of the Big Ten’s bottom feeders in the Nittany Lions, who are just 2-14 in conference play this season, 11-30 overall. Overlooking is not an option for Looper’s squad, though. These next three

tional but had 16 birdies for the tournament, meaning his scorecard had more squares than he would’ve liked. Head coach Mark Hankins said that Ihm’s mentality is one of the biggest factors in his recent hot streak. “Some of that stuff he doesn’t know because he’s not really paying attention,” Hankins said in regards to the recent honors Ihm’s received. “He’s not worried about how good he is or what his accolades are, he’s just trying to go out every week, and post good numbers, and see if he can get a top-five finish.” That top-five finish isn’t only the goal for Ihm but for all the players as they head into the postseason. Hankins thinks that it’s key for Ihm, and the rest of the Hawkeyes to buckle down and really execute at the Pete Dye-designed course. “The interesting thing about our conference championship is that it’s based on one tournament,” Hankins said. “It’s not necessarily the best team, it’s who plays the best this weekend. We have to

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The Iowa women’s track and field team began a weekend of competition at the Drake Relays in Des Moines on Thursday. Head coach Layne Anderson’s squad fielded competitors in the 800 meters, the 4x1,600 meter relay, and the 5,000 meters. During the afternoon session of the distance carnival, junior Adrianne Alexia took second place in the 800 with a time of 2:08.61 that narrowly bested Loyola (Illinois) freshman Rebecca Sterns’ time by .07 seconds. Freshman Kaitlyn Nelson finished fifth in the event with a time of 2:09.96. In the 4x1,600 meter relay, the team of graduate students Lauren Scott and Mareike Schrulle, senior Brooke Gambrall, and freshman Lisa Gordon clocked a time of 19:41.15. The quartet’s time was good for fourth place in the 16-lap relay to cap the afternoon session for the Hawkeyes. The meet is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. today and

continue throughout the weekend. — by Danny Payne

Women’s golf heads to Big Tens The Iowa women’s golf team is gearing up for the upcoming Big Ten championships this weekend in French Lick, Ind. The 54-hole championship tournament will be held at the Donald Ross Golf Course. Competition will be stiff; three of the teams in the Big Ten boast top-25 rankings: Purdue is ranked ninth, and Northwestern and Michigan State are ranked 24th and 25th, respectively. The Black and Gold will send six golfers to the tournament: seniors Kristi Cardwell and Gigi DiGrazia, sophomores Lauren English, Shelby Phillips, and Nicole Rae, and freshman Briana Midkiff. The Hawkeyes want to improve over their 10th-place finish at least year’s match, where they carded a 54-hole score of 929 (plus-65). Cardwell and DiGrazia will

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son, three of which are this weekend. “There are some things we need to get better at,” Looper said. “But those positive things will be great to have heading into [today].”

Iowa’s Steven Ihm urges his ball to the hole during the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course on April 14. (The Daily Iowan/Tork Mason) go earn our position to be in contention in the final round.” It’s not the first time Iowa’s played at the Pete Dye Course — it hosted the Big Ten championships last season. For Nate Yankovich, Joseph Winslow, and Brian Bullington, it’s their first conference tournament in college. Not all of the players are unfamiliar with the course, though. Brian Bullington played the course in the summer, knowing that the Big Ten championships were held at the course. The sophomore thinks the time spent practicing on the links will

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a small thing, but we just haven’t been able to practice. It’s going to be a good opportunity for us to get a workout outside.” This weekend will begin the last of Iowa’s opportunities to jump ahead in the Big Ten standings. Following Minnesota, the Hawkeyes will take on Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue — each in a three-game series. “We have to win the se-

weekend, and hopefully, we can play as well as we did [against Northern Illinois].” The squad was able to take to their field Thursday for practice for just the third time this season. Mother Nature has kept them inside the football practice facility for most practices. “We’ll be able to get some groundballs and hit on the field,” Dahm said. “It might seem like

try to end their college careers on a high note. Cardwell has been a stalwart on the team all season long, often leading by example with her strong play. Both Cardwell and DiGrazia hope to improve on their performances at last week’s Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Hawkeyes will rely on their underclassmen to help pace the team. English carded a three-round score of 238 (plus22) at the Lady Buckeye last week, which led the team. Rae sank three birdies in the final round to finish plus-31. Both sophomores hope to carry over this strong play this weekend. “We will be ready for the Big Tens. We will definitely need to be decisive at French Lick and commit to our game plan and our shots,” Iowa head coach Megan Menzel said in a release. “Our team will be patient. They have learned a lot this year, and we are due to put three good rounds together. I know if we can minimize our mistakes, we will be competitive.” — by Ryan Rodriguez

ease him into playing. “The more comfortable you are, generally the better you play,” he said. “Now it’s just a matter of going out and doing it.” Hankins said that his players’ knowledge of course, along with his, will lead to a winning performance April 28. “Hopefully, we’ll prepare better and that will show up in a better team performance,” he said. “Hopefully, as a collective group, we can be better than everyone else.”

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Sports

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring football with a twist

Softball snaps streak Iowa ends a six-game losing streak with a five-inning victory over Northern Iowa. By Cody Goodwin cody-goodwin@uiowa.edu

Iowa running back Mark Weisman gets hit at Valley High School in West Des Moines on April 14. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh).

The format of the spring football scrimmage will be different this year compared to past years. By Ben Ross benjamin-d-ross@uiowa.edu

For the first time in the Kirk Ferentz era, Iowa will treat fans to a spring game as part of its pre-fall football festivities. Not a controlled, 15-minute scrimmage. Not an open practice. But four full quarters of what Hawkeye fans hope will be honest-to-goodness Iowa football. The game will even feature unique scoring. Beyond the traditional touchdowns and field goals point-scoring method, the offense will gain a point by executing three first downs in a row. A run play of 12 or more yards and a pass play longer than 16 will also give the offense added opportunities to score. The defense also has its own scoring. The unit can pick up 3 points by forcing a turnover. A three and out gives the defense a point, while a sack is 2, and a red zone turnover is worth 4. “It’s a pretty good way to have an offense play the defense and everybody gets some points,” Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis said. Normally, the final practice of the spring is left open to the public, with a short, untimed, scrimmage capping the day at Kinnick Stadium. But an open practice in Des Moines on April 14, and the tightest quarterback battle in recent memory at Iowa begged for a revamped conclusion to spring football. Jake Rudock, Cody Sokol, and C.J. Beathard are deadlocked in a battle to replace the departed James Vandenberg as

‘We wanted a game, it brings a little more reality, a little more excitement to the field.’ –Kevonte Martin-Manley, wide receiver Iowa’s signal caller. Each of the three potential quarterbacks should get the opportunity to conduct a drive with each of Iowa’s offensive units, creating what the coaches hope to be a competitive atmosphere that helps make selecting a gunslinger for 2013 simpler. “We want guys who make big plays. Those are things that we’re talking to them on a daily basis,” Davis said. “Here is what happened in yesterday’s practice. Here are your mental mistakes. Here are your explosive plays. Here is this and that. There’s a whole litany of things that they are aware of that we’re trying to evaluate.” Players seem receptive to the new format, too. “We’re excited; we watch other teams around the country, in the Big Ten, having games, and we always pushed for that. We wanted a game,” wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said. “It brings a little more reality, a little more excitement to the field.” Saturday will also give Iowa fans the first chance to see any tweaks Davis has made to Iowa’s offense. Because all of Iowa’s running backs are healthy, that creates an opportunity for last season’s premier ball-carriers — Damon Bullock and Mark Weisman — to potentially be on the field at the same time, whether they both are in the backfield or Bullock in the slot as

a receiver. Iowa’s spring two-deeps also feature a new “YB” position on offense, with tight end Jake Duzey filling in at the spot. The event will be a nice change of pace for Iowa fans and more so even for the players, who seem to be champing at the bit to get the opportunity to get back on the field. “It will be tough for a scorekeeper to keep a tally on us,” Weisman said.

Iowa football spring practice When: 2 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 1 p.m. Where: Kinnick Stadium Where to watch: BTN.com Cost: Free

Scoring System

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6 points for a touchdown 3 points for a field goal 1 point for run of 12-plus yards 1 point for pass of 16-plus yards 1 point for three first downs in a row 3 points for a defensive turnover 1 point for a forced three and out 2 points for a sack 4 points for a defensive turnover in the red zone

Baseball needs weekend series win In order for the Iowa baseball team to make it to the Big Ten Tournament, they’ll need a win over Minnesota this weekend. By Jalyn Souchek

Iowa softball (25-21, 4-11 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (1130, 2-14) Where: Pearl Field When: 6 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. April 28

Golfer Ihm is heating up Steven Ihm has won his last two tournaments. Now he and the rest of the men’s golf team are looking for a victory at the Big Ten championships.

jalyn-souchek@uiowa.edu

It’s safe to say the Iowa baseball team is not in the position the Hawks would like to be in Big Ten standings. In recent weeks, the Hawkeyes dropped to 10th in the conference, with the Big Ten Tournament less than a month away. The Hawkeyes are 3-9 in conference play. It’s also safe to say that the team understands the gravity of this weekend’s series against Big Ten leader Minnesota. The Gophers are only four wins ahead of Iowa at 7-2 in the Big Ten, 24-13 overall. “There’s a lot on the line right now. Obviously, our Big Ten record isn’t as good as we had hoped at this point in the season,” sophomore pitcher Taylor Kaufman said. “We dug ourselves into a hole. Starting this weekend, we’re going to have to start climbing back out.” If Iowa has any hopes of making it to the tournament, it will have to begin with a win over Minnesota. Only the top six teams make it to the tournament at the end of the season. “It’s going to be three close ball

CEDAR FALLS — The first three innings of Thursday’s softball game between Iowa and Northern Iowa mirrored much of what the Hawkeyes were hoping to fix. The Black and Gold managed a 1-0 lead through three frames — thanks to Kayla Massey’s eighth home run of the season in the second-inning — but the Hawkeyes left five runners stranded. This did not please head coach Marla Looper. She previously talked about her team trying to do too much lately when simple contact and easy hits were the answer. The contact and hits — and even runs — came in abundance in the next two innings, and Iowa jumped all over the Panthers to escape Robinson-Dresser Field with a 10-1 victory in five innings of play. “Early on, people were trying to do too much. I saw big swings, heads flying out, and when that’s happening, they’re trying to do too much,” Looper said. “As the game went on, they did a better job of keeping it simple. See ball, hit ball.” Iowa turned on the offensive jets in the later two innings. Facing two outs in the top of the fourth, Bradi Wall, Megan Blank, and Michelle Zoeller each drove in a run in consecutive at-bats, pushing Iowa’s lead to 4-0 at the time. In the fifth-inning, 11 Iowa batters came to the plate, with six circling back around to score. The Hawkeyes extended their lead to 6-1 before the Panthers recorded an out, UNI plated its 1 run in the bottom of the fourth-inning thanks to a double by third basemen Haley Kriener that sent center fielder Melissa Walls home from first. Northern Iowa collected two-straight pop-outs against Wall and Blank before Zoeller managed her second double of the afternoon that cleared the bases, extending Iowa’s lead to 8-1. The final 2 runs scored before the inning’s end, punctuating just Iowa’s fourth victory on Iowa soil this season. “We were really just focusing on seeing the ball and driving it,” said Wall, who collected two of Iowa’s 15 hits. “We didn’t want to do too much with it and tried not

By Kevin Glueck kevin-glueck@uiowa.edu

Iowa’ pitcher throws against Northern Illinois at Duane Bank Field on Wednesday. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera) games,” Iowa head coach Jack Dahm said. “They’ve got great pitching, they play good defense, and they’re struggling from an offensive standpoint right now. If we can execute from an offensive standpoint, what it’s going to come down to is who makes the plays and who comes up with the timely hit.” The Hawkeyes haven’t been able to win back-to-back games since March 10 and have yet to not only sweep a

Steven Ihm is playing the best golf of his college career — and with perfect timing. Heading into this weekend’s Big Ten championships in French Lick, Ind., Ihm has tied for first the last two tournaments he’s in — the Hawkeye-Great

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Iowa baseball (15-20, 3-9 in Big Ten) vs. Minnesota (2413, 7-2 in Big Ten) When: 6:05 p.m. today, 1:05 p.m. Saturday, 1:05 p.m. April 28 Where: Banks Field Where to watch: Big Ten Network

Iowa men’s golf at Big Ten championships Where: Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort, French Lick, Ind. When: All day today-April 28

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