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Regents back Harkin facility Regent Ruth Harkin, Sen. Tom Harkin’s wife, abstained from the vote. By ARIANA WITT


Fred Karger speaks to the UI Republicans in Schaeffer Hall on Tuesday. Karger is running for the Republican presidential nomination as the first openly gay candidate in a major party.

Karger needs doors to open The first openly gay candidate’s immediate goal is to be in a presidential debate. By REGINA ZILBERMINTS

Fred Karger doesn’t mind being known as the gay Republican candidate. It sends a positive message, he says — one of optimism and equality. He believes it would be a major accomplishment to just get beyond his sexual preference. The 61-year-old may be the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major party, but he said he rarely brings up his sexuality during interviews. Actually, he’d like to be known as “Fred, who just happens to be gay.” Karger doesn’t have as much name recognition as Mitt

Romney or Mike Huckabee or Donald Trump. He hasn’t received invitations to any debates. Nationwide, he hasn’t even reached 1 percent of the public’s support — though he hasn’t been included in major national polls. What Karger does have are stickers that self-deprecatingly say “Fred Who?” He has his signature pin — a rainbow flag crossed with the traditional red, white, and blue. And he has what he hopes is a fresh message. He anticipates all the youthful accouterments and ideas will attract students, who he believes will be crucial to his campaign and the entire Republican Party. SEE KARGER, 3A

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AMES — The state Board of Regents voted 6-2 Wednesday to name an Iowa State University public-policy institute after Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, despite disapproval from Republican members of the Iowa Senate. Regents Craig Lang and Greta Johnson voted against the decision; Regent Ruth Harkin, who is married to the senator, abstained. Lang said his vote was based not on his Republican affiliation but rather Harkin his belief that some senator regents had access to information related to the Harkin discussion that others did not. He also said the naming questions political ethics. “I deal in the public world, and I believe this a breach of ethics when anybody who is in a position of significant power such as a U.S. senator asks that money be raised for an institute in his name, whoever it is,” Lang said. During the discussion, Iowa State President Gregory Geoffrey was questioned in terms of how university officials would work to ensure donations and affiliations with the institute are unbiased, including the board that would oversee the institute. “Given the sensitivities that are involved, I think it would require strong presidential involvement,” Geoffrey said. “If this was a normal institute, we’d probably let the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for example, handle it. SEE HARKIN, 3A

Audit spots Parents upset with Borlaug plans UIHC issues Many parents said officials are reaching too far to create bus routes to Borlaug Elementary.

Officials deemed the audit high priority because of the potential risks posed to the hospital. By ARIANA WITT

AMES — A state Board of Regents internal audit of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics found further problems involving the hospital’s patient records software program, according to a report presented to the board Wednesday. In the first instance, physicians in the UIHC

Pediatrics Department were found to be using an outdated prescription-filling software. The software was not consistent with the hospital’s medical management policy, which requires the use of the EPIC software system and violated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s regulations, said Todd Stewart, SEE HOSPITAL, 5A



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Some Iowa City School District parents and faculty said they are worried the district’s proposed boundaries for its new elementary school will have a negative effect on transportation and place a burden on low-income families. The changes would force some students to transfer out of their current elementary and into Borlaug Elementary for the 2012-13 school year. Weber Elementary, for instance, would lose 19 students, and Mann

Elementary would lose 16. Community members and district officials discussed plans for the new school at a public forum on Wednesday. Bus routes seemed to be residents’ biggest concern. Weber Elementary parent Shelly Skala said the district seemed to be reaching too far in creating new bus routes to Borlaug. “[The district has] 150 students who are going to be redistricted to Borlaug. Some of those are [currently] walking to Weber,” she said. “The reason for this is I feel we need to

justify spending money to fill up [Borlaug] when there are currently 40 kids in that area.” Julie Van Dyke, who has

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County backs jail alternative Two hundred people have benefited from the jail-alternative program. By KATIE HEINE

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors says it is committed to funding the county’s jail-alternative program if the state decides to cut more than $2 million to the Mental Health and Disability Services Department. O n Wednesday, supervisors said they would allocate county funds to the keep p r o g r a m , Harney which pro- supervisor vides mentally ill people with medical care instead of incarceration, running through fiscal 2012. “No one wants to not provide this service,” said Supervisor Pat Harney.

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The jail-alternative program was established under the Mental Health Department in 2005, said Jessica Peckover, a team leader for the program. The department funds the jail-alternative program, which costs around $170,000 each year, she said. Around 200 people benefit from the program annually, she said. “Going to jail is a destabilizing event,” said Peckover, and the program’s goal is to maintain clients’ stability. Clients’ mental-health symptoms can increase when incarcerated, she said. Being in jail also disrupts their benefits, such as Medicaid, which provides many with the funds needed for medication, Peckover said. Eliminating the jail-alternative program was one consideration when county officials heard the state may cut more than $2 million from its budget.

But officials said they understand the importance of the program, and they will do what they can to keep it in place — even if that means the supervisors dip into their reserves to fund for the program. For now, though, much of the funding discussion is speculative. “We’re waiting for the state, then we’ll go from there,” said Harney, who said he thinks the state will complete its budget in the next month. Though county mentalhealth officials are uncertain about long-term funding for the program, Peckover said they were pleased with the supervisors’ decision to allocate funding for the short-term. Around eight people affiliated with the Iowa Department of Corrections attended the meeting to

show support for the program, Peckover said. “Jail alternative is seen as a benefit and an asset in our community,” she said. While the program is “set up to serve more than just probationers and parolees,” the program is very helpful to the Department of Correction’s clients, said Bob Anderson, probation and parole supervisor in Johnson County. “We certainly support that program,” he said. “We have people that will end up in jail a lot of times for reasons that are related to their mental illness.” Some of those reasons include being off of medication, being unable to afford medication, or being homeless, he said. The county’s program helps address all of those issues, he said. “We would have hated to see [the county] not fund it,” Anderson said.

Records Act from August 2009 through April 2011. According to their court petition, the School District has neither turned over the records nor provided any justification for the refusal. Stone and Gurwell allege they tried numerous times to obtain the records, court records show. The litigation names all seven members of the School Board, District Superintendent Steve Murley, and District Executive Director of Administrative Services Paul Bobek. In an April 13 letter to Bobek, Stone claimed Bobek didn’t respond to Murley’s February instructions to provide Stone with information on district construction projects. Bobek reportedly didn’t respond over the next month, and Stone filed a complaint with the School Board. Stone said he began trying to obtain the information in 2009. — by Luke Voelz

his hand and it hurt. The daughter also told her mother Walker allegedly got on top of her 5-year-old sister. The report said Walker allegedly told the 7-year-old he would kill her if she told anyone. The mother told police she believed the event happened after school on Dec. 14, 2010. Lascivious acts with a child is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Iowa City police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said Walker was arrested in Illinois, but he has not yet been transported to the Johnson County Jail. — by Hayley Bruce

the 15-member commission picks its nominees, Branstad will have 30 days to make the appointment. — by Allie Wright

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METRO Regents OK Crocco The state Board of Regents voted to approve the appointment of Margaret Crocco as the new dean of the University of Iowa College of Education at the board’s meeting Wednesday in Ames. UI interim Provost P. Barry Butler announced Crocco as the successor to Dean Sandra Damico March 24. Crocco previously served as a professor and the head of the Department of Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, and University, Columbia received a Ph.D. in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Crocco will officially become dean July 1. She will have an annual salary of $270,000. — by Ariana Witt

Appeals court rules against ex-UIHC surgeon An Iowa Appeals Court agreed with a Johnson County judge in ruling against a former University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surgeon who had sued two doctors following his termination, according to court documents. Adel Al-Jurf, a former Iowa City surgeon, had appealed the District Court ruling in favor of Carol Scott-Conner and Susan Johnson, according to court documents. Al-Jurf filed the petition in 2007 after being fired in 2005. He alleged Scott-Conner and Johnson documented incidents that were normally overlooked and encouraged others to file complaints against him. He claimed evidence was admitted at trial that shouldn’t have been and that there were violations of his due process, according to court documents. An appeals court found no evidence to support the claims, according to court documents. In February, Al-Jurf sought a judicial review against the Iowa Board of Medicine, claiming “the press release prejudiced his substantial rights and was an abuse of discretion.” In May 2009, the board’s Statement of Charges, stated in a press release on Jan. 26, contained two counts against Al-Jurf, including engaging “in unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine” and for engaging in “disruptive behavior.” — by Allie Wright

2 sue School District Two men filed a lawsuit against the Iowa City School District alleging school officials ignored their open-records requests for the past two years. David Gurwell and UI opthamology Professor Edwin Stone claim they requested documents under the Iowa Open

Regents OK parking-rate hikes The state Board of Regents approved new parking rates for its three state institutions at a meeting Wednesday in Ames. Among the new rates at the University of Iowa was an increase in the student storage parking — up $18 annually — and physician permits stand to increase the most — $120 each year. UI parking rates have not increased since fiscal 2009 because 2011 marked the last year of a four-year set rate increase. The UI Committee on Parking and Transportation projects the rate increases will help fund parking expansion and renovation, the UI Children’s Hospital project and an increase in Cambus services. Nearly 60 percent of the additional revenue will be used for these projects. The UI projects the rate increases will raise revenue to the university by an average of $2.8 million annually. The outstanding debt on the UI parking system totaled more than $20.6 million as of July 1, 2010. — by Ariana Witt

Man charged with lascivious acts with a child Iowa City police have charged a Chicago man after he allegedly touched a child inappropriately. Donte Walker, 18, Chicago, was charged April 13 with two counts of lascivious acts with a child. According to a police report, the alleged victim’s mother told officials that her 7-year-old daughter told her Walker was “a bad person.” The mother said when she asked her daughter why, she said Walker allegedly touched her private parts with

Man charged with domestic abuse Iowa City police arrested a local man after he allegedly abused a woman for more than four hours. Wufax Isles, 30, 2601 Lakeside Drive Apt. 12, was charged April 26 with domestic-abuse assault with intent and false imprisonment. According to reports, the alleged victim told police Isles began to assault her at approximately 10:30 p.m. April 24, and did not cease until 3 a.m. the next morning, degrading, slapping, punching, and strangling her. Reports said she sustained numerous cuts and bruises. The alleged victim also told officials Isles allegedly would not let her leave his apartment and taunted her when she tried by saying “try it again.” He also allegedly said by the time the cops would arrive there would be nothing they could do for her, saying “I will kill you … you think that I’m a joke, that this is a game to you.” Isles also allegedly kept her phone from her and put her in a wrist lock when she tried to take it from him. Isles has a prior domestic-violence conviction from February 2010, reports said. — by Hayley Bruce

11 UI law-school alumni among judge candidates Eleven University of Iowa College of Law graduates have applied to fill the empty seat of Judge Edward Mansfield on the Iowa Court of Appeals. Masfield vacated the position when he was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court, according to a press release from the Iowa Judicial Branch. A total of 26 Iowans applied for the job, and interviews will be held with a nominating commission on May 9 and 10 in the Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines. Gov. Terry Branstad will make the final decision on who is chosen for the judge’s position. After

Officials, alumni, and students from Iowa State University spoke at an open forum during the state Board of Regents meeting Wednesday about what they’d like to see in the next president of the university. Current ISU President Gregory Geoffroy announced during a closed session at the regents’ March 23 meeting that he would step down as Iowa State’s 14th president no later than July 31, 2012. “A new president must have a clear understanding of our mission as students,” said outgoing Government ISU Student Rolling. Luke President “President Geoffroy protected the student experience; the next president should do the same.” Mike Owen, the head of the ISU Faculty Senate, said ISU officials would like to see a president who practices transparent communication and decision-making, is student-orientated, and also has an academic background. Regent Michael Gartner challenged the background view and said he felt the presidential role calls for someone who can act as a “general executive.” The regents have accepted public input on the new president since April 5, said Regent President David Miles. They have received roughly 50 comments. — by Ariana Witt

Regents OK expanding UI disabilities program The state Board of Regents voted Wednesday to approve the expansion of a University of Iowa program that provides learning opportunities for disabled students. Realizing Educational and Career Hopes will now feature a third-year option for students enrolling in the program, though students will need to earn a certificate from the two-year program in order to enroll. During the third year, students will receive education similar to the current program with the addition of more careerdevelopment opportunities. Program officials said the third-year option is a response to needs expressed by families and students. The UI’s program is the only one of its kind in the Big Ten, and its students will be expected to take up to four semester hours of career development in their third year. Around six students are expected to enroll for the 2011-12 year. — by Ariana Witt

CLARIFICATION In the April 27 brief, “Review granted in Bo-James case,” the DI was not explicit in explaining the results of the case. The 6th District judge ruled in favor of Bo-James and its owner, Leah Cohen, and the bar is not required to serve a liquor-license suspension nor does it have to pay a fine. The DI regrets the error.

BLOTTER Alonzo Perry, 45, 511 N. Johnson St., was charged

Wednesday with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shedrick Pujoe, 22, 2401 Highway 6 E. Apt. 1014,

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ISU community voices views on new president

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Tiffin plans to reduce the number of hours it contracts with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, county officials said on Wednesday. Like all small communities in Johnson County, Tiffin contracts with county law enforcement and pays for the service. Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek expressed his concern over Tiffin’s plan to cut hours at a county Board of Supervisor’s

work session on Wednesday. The majority of supervisors expressed similar concerns about the hours reduction, especially as the town of Tiffin continues to grow. The supervisors plan to set up a meeting with the Tiffin City Council in the next few months “to share our concerns about their limited amount of investment,” Supervisor Terrence Neuzil said. “We want to make sure Tiffin recognizes that we are concerned,” he said. — by Katie Heine for more news

KARGER CONTINUED FROM 1A “I’m trying to be a different voice in the Republican Party,” he told about two dozen College Republicans Tuesday night. “Moderate on social issues but stick with conservative principals. We need young people.” He’s not just trying to court Republicans. He thinks his message of creating a “big-tent party” could appeal to young independent voters — those who may be fiscal conservatives but leery of the party’s hard line on social issues. “I want a place in the party for fiscal conservatives and social moderates,” he said. “That’s the party I grew up with. It’s changed.” Karger also wants to bring the country together. He spoke almost longingly of the days of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, when he said fights occurred on the Senate floor, but members of opposite parties could go out for dinner together afterwards. That’s the message he spends the most time one: one of reconciliation. The California native calls himself an untraditional candidate. He’s a former Republican Party strategist who worked on campaigns for former Presidents Reagan and George H.W.

HARKIN CONTINUED FROM 1A But given all the sensitivities, that board would have to be appointed by the president of the university.” Still, Lang said he doesn’t think anyone will look into whether affairs in the institution breach ethical standings in the university. “I do believe that some time in the future, this board has to deal with the issue from a policy perspective,” he said. “Is it right for us to vote on an issue like that when we know there’s an individual who can, because of his influence as a lawm a k e r, h av e i n f l u e n c e over the people that he asks for funding?” O n T u e s d ay, a l l 2 4 Republican members of the Senate sent a letter to Regent President David Miles, s tati n g t h e y backed the argument of Sen. Sandra Greiner, RKeota, that naming a university building after a public official warranted further public discussion. Miles said he took the letter into consideration for his vote and noted that the legislators’ concerns were why he asked Geoffrey extensive questions both before and We d n e s d ay ’s during meeting. “It was clear that there were a lot of unanswered questions in terms of legislators’ minds that they to h av e wa n t e d answered, and I thought they were good questions,” Miles said. “So we vented enough today, and I felt like once the questions were answered, then I was comfortable to move ahead and make the decision.” Still, Greiner said she was disappointed to hear the vote in favor of the naming. “I think it opens up a new window for universities,” she said. “Are we

Bush before coming out as gay in 2006 and becoming a staunch advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. He’s a fiscal conservative who founded a campaign to save the oldest gay bar in the western U.S. And he’s a Republican presidential-nomination candidate who maxed out his donations to Hillary Rodham Clinton and still supports Democratic Iowa Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal. “The Republican Party, a lot of the leadership isn’t too happy with me because I’m pretty moderate,” he told The Daily Iowan. “The LGBT community isn’t happy with me because I’m Republican.” But he’s hopeful. “It’s lessening,” he added. The 30-year veteran of Republican politics recalled his first meeting with the New Hampshire Republican Party in 2010 and what he called the closed off, defensive postures of those officials. He recalled a letter Steve Scheffler, Iowa’s national committeeman to the Republican National Committee, sent him, vowing to crush his campaign in Iowa. “When I ‘came out’ as a Republican,” Karger said, pausing over his choice of words as a nod to the recent campus controversy over a Republican group’s use of the

going to put the Steve King Institute at the University of Iowa? I guess so. The regents have spok e n , a n d I d o n ’t k now that there’s much else the Legislature can do.” UI spokesperson Tom Moore said naming an institute after an active political figure is a “bridge the [UI] would have to cross if it came to it.” Johnson said she had a hard time voting against the naming, but she also said she did not use her political standing as a Republican in her decision.

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News term, “that was difficult because doors were just slammed in my face, and that really hurt. And in the Republican Party, when I came out as gay, doors were slammed in my face there.” But those doors are opening again for Karger, who said he supports the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriage. “I love it,” he said. “I love the message it sends. The reason I am such a huge gay-marriage advocate is not personal, because my marriage days are presumably over, but because of the message it sends to younger people.” As a fiscal conservative, the reasons are also economic. Gay marriage pumps more money into a state’s economy, he said. The long-shot candidate is still sticking with basic Republican principals: “small government, entrepreneurship, tough on crime, strong defense.” “It rings true with a lot of college students, who may be more open to social issues,” said John Twillman, the chairman of the UI College Republicans. “He’s definitely doing a good job appealing to a younger crowd.” Twillman said Karger had clearly evolved in his understanding of major issues since the last time he spoke at the UI. Now, what Karger needs is more name

“I know I would have made the same choice were it at [University of Northern Iowa] or UI regardless of the official,” she said. “I agreed with Regent Lang in that I felt the item needed to be tabled and discussed further.” Regent Harkin said she was pleased with the outcome. “I think President Geoffrey did a brilliant job of explaining what t h e i n s t i t u t e wa s a n d what the purpose would be, and I’m glad the university can accept my husband’s papers and his gifts,” she said.

recognition, he said. Karger said he hopes to get that by participating in debates. But that road will be tough as well. He wasn’t invited to the first major debate in South Carolina on May 5 — though he accepted a spot at the podium. “I want to be in that debate,” he said Tuesday night, banging his fist on the table. “I want a seat at that table. I want to talk about some issues.” But first he needs to meet a set of criteria that includes garnering 1 percent support in five major polls. He’s appealing the requirement, alleging he can’t possibly get 1 percent when he’s not included in polls. Casey Mills, the communications director for the Republican



Iowa, said it is too early to say which candidates would be included in Iowa’s debates, though they would also have to meet specific criteria. “If I do get into a debate, it will be historic,” Karger said. “If I get into a debate, that really takes it to a new level because I’m suddenly in with all the other candidates.”

BORLAUG CONTINUED FROM 1A neighborhood to Borlaug. Many of these students and their families are in welfare housing and receive free or reduced lunch services, and she said the district is “cherry-picking” these children to make their free or reduced lunch programs look more spread out throughout the district. A predicted 37 percent of students who are currently in Borlaug’s district would be on free and reducedlunch programs for the 2012-13 school year. Elementary schools such as Twain and Mann are predicted to have 70 percent and 54 percent, respectively. Van Dyke said the district may be shifting students away from those schools to make the number of students on lunch aid seem less high. “They’re moving [Pheasant Ridge students] to Borlaug to make their free and reduced-lunch programs look better,” she said. “The district is cherry-picking poor people, who are less vocal, so it’s easier for them to manipulate the situation: Moving poor people further to balance out free and reduced lunch [services].” This move creates problems when those students’ parents need to pick them up after class or travel to extracurricular activities, she said, because many lower-income or singleparent families do not own cars. Skala also said the district is not putting enough

Enrollment Predicted enrollment for some district elementary schools in 2012-13: • Borlaug: 301 • Horn: 447 • Weber: 410 • Hills: 91 • Mann: 198 Source: Iowa City School District

thought into the status of Hills Elementary, which was rumored earlier this year to face closing. “We’re going to make decisions that will affect all of our elementary [school] kids without knowing whether Hills will close or not … not knowing how it played a role,” she said. “I feel like you’re asking us to write a book report, and you give us a book with ripped-out pages, then expect us to know the whole story.” Several parents of children assigned to move to Borlaug asked whether they would be able to keep their children in their current schools. Assistant Superintendent Ann Feldmann said students in sixth-grade or higher will not have to switch, but all other students likely will. A second draft of the boundary map will be presented at a public forum on May 2, and the final version will be presented May 9. The School Board is scheduled to vote on the maps on May 24.

METRO 2 UI areas reaccredited Two University of Iowa programs will continue to be accredited following studies reported to the state Board of Regents Wednesday in Ames. The UI College of Law upheld its accreditation from the American Bar Association, being awarded continuing accreditation for its programs

in July 2010. The Doctorate of Jurisprudence program and the LL.M. Program of international and Comparative Law were evaluated, according to the report. The approval of the college’s programs is not fixed for any amount of time and visits to the departments may occur every seven years. The UI Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program also maintained its accredita-

tion following a self-study and an on-site visit by peer evaluator. The accrediting body, the on Dental Commission Accreditation of the American Dental Association, approved the program in August 2010. The commission stipulated that UI officials limit the program’s enrollment to three residents per year in order to keep accreditation. — by Ariana Witt

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Should the downtown postal substation be closed? Yes


Does Mailboxes of Iowa City have a second branch within walking distance of its downtown one? The answer is “no,” because the owners have at least an inkling of common sense. To a fiscal conservative such as myself, this is a nobrainer; it’s honestly hard for me to think of a more obvious thing to cut than the downtown post office. That is prime real estate. If the downtown post office closes, people can go to the other downtown shipping service, and for those who have some intrinsic hatred for local businesses, there’s a Postal Service post office across the street from the Johnson County Courthouse. If we’re serious about cutting spending, we should let this one go. Most, if not all, government officials in the United States are looking for ways to cut spending. The voters who elected them want to cut spending, and the dire state of the vast majority federal, state, and local governments support it entirely. But it seems like each time some government asset or service makes its way to the budget chopping block, the same electorate that wanted to alleviate budget deficits cries foul. Education cuts are perhaps the most widely disputed, and for good reason: They can lead districts to lay off teachers, cut key programs, and drop Advanced Placement and remedial programs. Removing the downtown post office, on the other hand, will either make people walk a few blocks more or just go to the other downtown postal service. The Postal Service is trying to become more efficient. It’s competing with FedEx, so that makes sense. The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year; FedEx more than doubled its profits in 2010. These are the kind of statistics that people point to that advocate privatizing the Postal Service. As for pedestrians who are elderly or disabled, I can only hope someone will point them to Mailboxes of Iowa City (a great business, I might add), located next to the futon shop and near the residential end of downtown. For lazy college students, some might assume you’d be making frequent stops at Cheba Hut, which is right next door. As a marketing student, my advice to Mailboxes of Iowa City: It’s time to start advertising in both The Daily Iowan and AARP Magazine. — Chris Steinke

While the amount of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service has decreased annually, there is no negating that some things just can’t be sent via e-mail. That’s where the downtown Iowa City branch comes in: For college kids sending off applications before they head to the coffee shop to study, for proximal businesses that ship out orders on a daily basis, for downtown shoppers sending a Mother’s Day gift — at one point or another, everyone benefits from the downtown branch. Yet in the coming six months, the friendly little substation on Washington Street may face the ax. It is one of 60 that is being considered for closure to help rein in costs, according to acting manager of post-office operations Rory Sullivan. But Sullivan must take one fact into consideration (along with the public backlash that met his visit on Wednesday): Is the downtown post office, small as it may be, turning a profit? If so, why close it? It is regrettable that the Postal Service is under such financial duress that it must close its doors across the nation — but in the interests of effective cost-cutting, it should seek out those offices that lose money, see few customers daily, and are not integral to their neighborhoods. It is rare to walk past the Washington Street location and not see people, often a whole line, waiting for service. Additionally, closing this facility would strike yet another blow to area businesses. Already paying skyhigh rent for prime downtown space, many stores rely on the post office to conduct their daily business and ship out goods. Furthermore, who is going to provide accessible mailing services to the elderly and handicapped residents of the Washington Street Ecumenical Towers if the downtown substation closes? Will international students receive the same amount of customer service and patience at the larger branch? It would appear that until the Postal Service can drum up some hard statistics on the use and profitability of the office, it should set its sights elsewhere. — Kirsten Jacobsen Your turn. Should the postal substation close? Weigh in at

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More left-hand desks needed Have you ever been that one right-handed kid that gets stuck in the only left-handed desk in the room? It’s annoying having to use a desk designated for the opposite hand, but that’s the case for the majority of left-handed students on campus. Because only around 10 percent of the world’s population are lefties, it’s obvious that there would be more right-handed desks available. However, I have some classes where there’s not one left-handed desk in the room. I

understand the university has other places money needs to be spent, but with the leftie population on the rise, it would be nice if more left-handed desks could be made available in classrooms. Brooke Luckenbill UI student

Fond remembrance for Lewin classes As a proud University of Iowa Hawkeye and product of both the political-science and women’s studies departments, I feel I must respond to the recent controversy surrounding Professor Ellen Lewin. Lewin

was my undergraduate adviser, and I took several classes from her — so many that I used to say I “minored” in Ellen Lewin. Throughout my entire experience, she was always exceedingly professional, nonpartisan, and very open to varying viewpoints. It is a tall order for feminist scholars to achieve the level of nonpartisanship Lewin demonstrated given the politically charged nature of instructing on topics such as systems of oppression, gender, identity, and sexuality. The current controversy in no way represents the extensive care that she has taken throughout her distinguished

career to avoid politicizing her classroom or research. She is a very accomplished academic and one of the first in the field of anthropology to write on the topic of gay and lesbian parenting. Lewin is also one of the primary contributors to the development of modern theory regarding sexual minorities. She has directed groundbreaking graduate research on gender and sexuality; without academics such as her, these topics would not receive the academic attention they now receive and very much deserve. Andrew Goedeken UI alumnus


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Birthing pinheads WILL MATTESSICH

President Barack Obama calls it “silliness,” and he’s right. But being right is not important to the so-called “birther” movement, which claims that Obama’s birth certificate is a fake, Obama was born in a foreign country, and thus he is ineligible for the Oval Office. Despite Wednesday’s release of the long-form birth certificate, the movement questioning the legitimacy of Obama’s candidacy is far from over, although it may now assume a different form. The goal of the birthers is to undermine the president’s right to be in office, not to uncover any ultimate truth; they will not be stopped by a pesky thing such as evidence. “Concerned” questions about Obama’s birth were raised during the 2008 election and continued to pick up steam throughout Obama’s first years in office. Even after the president released to the public his certificate of live birth, the rumors failed to dissipate. If you think that this movement was rational in any way, consider the scenario the birthers were proposing: Obama, while a U.S. senator from Chicago, organized a conspiracy with the Hawaii Department of Health to release a fake certification of live birth. Once elected president, Obama persuaded the head of the Department of Health to lie about seeing his documents. He also managed to maintain the cover-up throughout his campaign and presidency — and the Democratic Party ran an ineligible candidate for the White House either as knowledgeable co-conspirators or as dupes. Regardless of how ridiculous these claims are, GOP leaders have been content to allow the movement to flourish until now. Even Republicans who denied the veracity of the birthers’ claims still gave no strong condemnation. Here in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann, RMinn., said earlier this year that she “takes the president at his word that he was born in the United States.” While a good shift

from her previous, I’vejust-got-questions stance, why does Bachmann need to “take the president at his word?” Why couldn’t she accept the certificate provided by the Hawaii Department of Health? This calculated statement provides a half-denial of the conspiracy claims that keeps Bachmann looking legitimate while also failing to condemn the notion. Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty employed the same tactic when he stated he “thinks” President Obama was born in the United States. No flat denial of the claims or appeals to reason, just well-designed rhetoric that allows the issue to smolder. Donald Trump picked up that smoldering fire and gave the issue more volume. Trump is firmly behind the birther movement, and he’s made it clear that the new birth certificate released won’t end his crusade. After the birthers failed to prove a vast conspiracy in Hawaii, the lunacy Trump is now peddling involves a vast conspiracy among two Ivy League schools to accept and graduate a terrible student. Trump is now calling for Obama’s grades at Columbia and Harvard to be released, stating that he “heard Obama wasn’t a good student at Occidental.” The issue has now begun to lose weight, obviously due in large part to the document released on Wednesday. Still, failing to distance themselves from this groundless conspiracy theory will ultimately be harmful for the GOP and for the country. Republican candidates in the upcoming Iowa caucuses should make sure they strongly condemn the questions about Obama’s legitimacy and focus on real issues. Trying to capitalize on the birther movement through diluted half-denials will keep the issue in the national spotlight and distract from difficult questions about the budget and foreign policy. Don’t expect the dedicated birthers to change their behavior. They’ll continue spewing nonsense about Obama’s legitimacy at least until he’s out of office and probably after that. Their movement is proof that in the political world of the 21st century you don’t need to be right or sincere — you just need to be loud.

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Taking back the night, aiding survivors Yes means yes, no means no. Simple enough, right? Every person should be able to grasp the concept. They either gave consent or they didn’t. Although this is an easy and recognizable slogan against sexual assault, it is unfortunately just one of the countless misconceptions deterring communities from understanding sexualized violence. It continues a culture that writes off rape and dismisses victims. So, what if it’s not that simple — what if a person is pressured to say yes but really means no? Violence, especially sexual violence or assault, are crimes of power, control, and fear. Offenders may use this

fear, along with physical pain, threats of more severe injury, or weapons to elicit a target that cannot fight back or say “no.” It is not consent if a victim is forced to say “yes” or doesn’t have the ability to say “no” or “stop.” These misconceptions provoke societal pressures where a victim must prove not only her own exploitation, but her own innocence. Even a Georgia state legislator (Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta) proposed a bill mandating domestic violence victims be called “accusers” until there is a conviction. But the facts remain: False reporting is extremely rare (percentages are in the single digits); sexual assault is one of the most

underreported crimes at 60 percent; and 15 out of 16 offenders won’t serve any time, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. So here’s a better fact: We don’t have to live in this kind of society. There are many ways to stop the pervasive denial and ignorance of sexual violence in our community. (The Rape Victim Advocacy Program has some great ideas on its website, and it’s nothing a Google search can’t handle.) But let’s start with a few: education and support. It’s imperative to understand why violence happens and to learn about the long-term personal effects

on the victim. Hearing from a survivor can be a lifealtering experience. The more people know and understand about sexual violence, the better equipped they’ll be to speak out against the myths that are still thrown around casually — drunk and wearing a certain type of clothing? They were asking for it. Walking alone at night or agreed to go in the offender’s room? They deserved it. Saying “yes” to a certain shirt, drink, or invitation into a home never means “yes” to any sexual activity, let alone an assault. These sentiments only serve to minimize the offender’s role and make sexual vio-

lence seem distant or unrealistic, so if we can avoid these behaviors, we can feel safe. They take the blame off the offender and place it on the victim. This is no way to support a victim or survivor. But by understanding the reactions and effects of trauma, we can give survivors a strong support system. It’s imperative to listen without judging and to let victims know they are cared for and loved. Experiencing serious traumatic effects is normal — from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to depression to substance abuse. The National Center for Victims of Crime suggests letting the survivors know

the assault(s) were not their fault and that they did what was necessary to prevent further harm. So do your part and educate yourself, support survivors, or help a friend do the same. You can do all these things today by attending the Take Back the Night rally at 6:30 p.m. on the Pentacrest. The rally will host speakers from the community and campus, march through downtown Iowa City, and allow victims and survivors the chance to share their thoughts and experiences. Kelli Shaffner is a University of Iowa senior and a volunteer for Iowa Women Initiating Social Change. for more news

County studies animal law County officials may establish an animal-control committee. By KATIE HEINE

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors is considering an animal-control ordinance for unincorporated areas in the county. Under the ordinance, the county would have the ability to seize, and potentially kill, vicious or at-large animals. An animal is considered vicious if it has taken aggressive action resulting in injury to people or other animals or an inclination to bite or attack repeatedly, according to the proposed ordinance. The county has been working on an ordinance for the past four years, said Supervisor Pat Harney. “We’re just trying to decide how much depth we want,” he said. Officials said the ordinance would help address some concerns with vicious animals in the rural areas to maintain a safe and secure county. “Those who ride bikes in the country should feel comfortable doing so,” said Supervisor Terrence Neuzil. Though a draft ordinance was presented to the supervisors at a work session Wednesday, a few adjustments will be made, officials said. Some of the language needs to be tweaked, and the penalty fees need to be further discussed, they said. “It’s still in a very draft stage,” said Supervisor Terrence Neuzil. The supervisors also discussed establishing a threeperson committee to hear and evaluate the concerns of county residents before completing the ordinance. In the draft ordinance, officials outlined the purpose as benefiting overall health and safety concerns. “It is the public policy of Johnson County to secure and maintain such levels of animal control … as will protect human health and safety and, to the greatest extent practicable, to prevent damage to property,” the draft reads. Iowa City City Councilor Regenia Bailey said she has never had to deal with any animal-control issues. Iowa City has an animal-control ordinance. “It might suggest [the city’s ordinance is] working well,” she said. Though the Sheriff’s Office will handle all of the countyrelated calls, the city will assist it, Harney said. A contract with the city will likely be in place to help take care of the seized animals, he said. The fine for violating the ordinance will increase with each subsequent offense, $25 for the first, $50 for the second, $100 for the third. Harney cited a few instances in unincorporated areas in which an ordinance may have been helpful. In an incident near Shueyville, a caiman — an alligator-like animal — got away from its owner and was killed by a neighbor. The owner was licensed by the Department of Natural Resources to possess the animal, and the county had no control. However, officials said, it’s an example of the necessity for the ordinance. There are a number of particular situations that need to be addressed more in-depth, Harney said. Supervisors said they hope to create an ordinance that addresses both rural and urban issues. “It’s such a difficult process,” Harney said.

HOSPITAL CONTINUED FROM 1A the internal auditor for the regents. EPIC has been in use at the UIHC since May 2009. The audit also found a charge lag time of about 26 days for patient billing in several pediatric divisions. “This is an issue that we’ve seen in other departments,” Stewart said. “We’re working to improve that turnaround. We had an issue of a mischarge that was also noted, and we recommended departments seek further automation of the process to allow EPIC to feed the billing application.” officials Overall, deemed the audit high priority because of the risks the issues could pose for the hospital. Ken Fisher, the UIHC chief financial officer, said he was pleased with the timeliness of the audit.

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News “It’s one of the earliest audit opinions that has been issued in many years,” he said. “We continue to figure out how to shorten the cycle pretty dramatically.” Regent President David Miles said he’s been pleased with what he’s seen from UIHC audits involving EPIC. “You never want your internal or external auditors to find anything,” he said. “[The] UIHC is a large complex organization so the way I view it is that [the findings] demonstrate the value of having an internal audit function.” UI officials felt the audit was successful, said UI spokesman Tom Moore, and he himself was “very pleased with the outcome.” Miles said he has no concerns with the UIHC’s use of EPIC. “If there was any indication that the administration at UIHC wasn’t responding quickly and effectively when problems are found, I might,” he

said. “But as long as everybody’s working together I’m pleased. I don’t expect perfection, they should strive for it, but I know sometimes there’s going to be some issues.” In April 2010, an internal audit revealed $11 million in missing patient charges in areas of University of Iowa Health Care. That audit said the issue likely started in November 2009, when bills for services in the UI heart and vascular areas weren’t entered into the system. The UIHC’s Ophthalmology Department was also the subject of an audit in February, when officials found inconsistent use of the EPIC software, which may have led to billing errors and affected officials’ abilities to maintain locally supported information systems in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s security rule.

METRO Regents approve student fees

Company to locate foundry in IC

The state Board of Regents voted to approve the allocation of the mandatory student fees for the 2011-12 year at its meeting Wednesday in Ames. The allocated revenue for the student activity fee for University of Iowa students will total $1,708,500 for the new academic year, up from $1,627,865 in 2010-11. UI students will pay $4 more per year with the increase, a hike of roughly 3 percent. Additionally, the student services fee increased from $1,743, 906 to $1,810,500. Building fees remained the same for the UI, while Iowa State University’s building fee pool of money decreased 28.3 percent. According to the regents, the changes are the result of approved student fee rates and enrollment projections for the universities. The regents approved tuition and mandatory fees at its March 23 meeting in Ames. - by Ariana Witt

Gov. Terry Branstad confirmed an announcement from officials of Nadicom, North American Ductile Iron Co., to locate its first North American ductile iron castings foundry in Iowa City, according to an Iowa City Area Development press release. “In the spirit of today’s conference and embracing the dedication the state has shown in growing our economy through renewable energy, I am pleased to announce that Nadicom, the North American Ductile Iron Foundry, has selected our state, specifically Iowa City, to build its first North American manufacturing facility,” said Branstad at the Iowa Wind Energy Association’s annual conference in Des Moines. The facility will cost $85 million and will employ 175 people, according to the press release. — by Allie Wright

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UI junior and Students in Advertising member Pat Cowhey pitches to UI junior Kaleb Bemis at the club’s Home Run Derby in Hubbard Park on Wednesday. The event raised money for Kids Against Hunger. Participants paid at least $3 for 15 swings.

Homering for kids Wednesday’s home-run derby event raised $134, enough to cover 582 meals for children. By MAX FREUND

Ryan Marks hit a home run and fed 13 children with one swing of a bat. The University of Iowa sophomore dug his feet into the sloppy sod of Hubbard Park Wednesday, participating in Students in Advertising’s second home-run derby fundraiser. The proceeds from the event go to Kids Against Hunger, an organization that helps feed children worldwide. “Oh, I love it; it’s a lot of fun,” Marks said, fresh from his seven-homer performance. “It gets people who would normally not come out and support. I think they will get them out here.” Last spring, the group attempted a similar homerun derby, but had meager results. The organizers equate this year’s higher turnout and gains to advertising and a better location. Marks and 25 other participants stepped up to the plate and donated at least $3 to take 15 swings. The event raised a total of $134, which equals 582 meals. “Even a little bit of money goes a really long way,” said Amy Lovejoy, the co-vice president of Fundraising for Students in Advertising. “One meal is 23 cents, so I thought that was a good way for even a small group like us to make a big impact.” Wednesday’s event

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marked the second athletics competition Students in Advertising has held this year. It also put on a punt, pass, and kick event last fall that raised $93 for Habitat for Humanity. Lovejoy said the event helps students see the value of the leadership taught in student organizations. “[The derby] is a way to help out the community and get our name out just so people can look to us as leaders, people who want a better future for their peers,” she said. Matt Oquist, the national director of development for Kids Against Hunger, said small donations from events like these — even of a few hundred dollars — can make a real difference for the organization. “When you talk about the need that is out there, the need is so much, but every drop helps us feed kids,” he said. Oquist said, for $84, one child can receive one meal a day for a year. In the past year, Kids Against Hunger shipped 40 million meals. And the simplicity of fundraisers such as the derby makes the job slightly less daunting.

Kids Against Hunger Information on the group: • Founded in 1999. • Shipped 40 million meals last year. • Meals consist of rice, soy, vegetables, flavored vitamin and mineral powder. • One meal costs 23 cents to prepare. Source: Kids Against Hunger

Dance party Members of the Southeast Junior High Dance Club and instructor Nora Garda dance during the National Dance Week Celebration on Wednesday in the Old Capitol Town Center. During the event, different styles of dance, including tango, salsa and Irish dances, were performed, and the audience was encouraged to dance after the demonstrations. National Dance Week runs from April 22 through May 1. DAILYIOWAN.COM Check out a photo slide show from the dance party.

“We like to keep our events fun and athletic,” said Nils Thorson, the director of philanthropy for Students in Advertising. “[Something] easy for the students to do in a short amount of time, but something that might interest them.” One participant said the setup of the event made it easy to make time and donate. “I think too many fundraisers are the same thing over and over,” said UI sophomore Kathleen Kuhar. “But this was like home-run derby.” While the derby was a hit for those involved, Oquist said, he believes this sort of event shows young people are taking a larger stake in the world. “Students are asking, ‘What can we do to affect the world?’ ” he said. “And having a fundraiser like a home-run derby is a fun way to build awareness that children are starving and dying, and they can really make a difference.” for more news

Website aids in stopping smoking The creators hope to have 5,000 users by the end of the year. By ALAN TOUSSAINT

Two University of Iowa students want to help people achieve their health goals — just by helping them check in with others. Seniors Arunan Arivalagan, the CEO, and Sean Ephraim, chief technology officer, have worked together since February to create a social networking site called CheckMates. They hope to launch the site in July. The website aims to bring people together; ideally, users will “meet” online and help each other achieve their goals, like quitting smoking and exercising more. “We’re trying to approach it now so that people will have access to the website, so that they won’t have to pay anyone else for their problem,” Arivalagan said. The concept is relatively simple. Users can choose what information they want to enter in relation to their goals and then checkin on a regular basis. For example, a graph shows a user how many cigarettes he or she had in a day, then tracks his or her progress toward a goal. Partners can check each other’s information and offer encouragement. The site also has a chat feature. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, 20 percent of adults are smokers. And four out of 10 current smokers attempted to stop smoking in the year prior to the results being released in 2007. Arivalagan said he’s seen firsthand how peer pressure can influence even adults’ smoking habits. “Two of my friends smoked together, and when one of them went back home, he stopped smoking,” Arivalagan said. And seeing his friend quit prompted the idea. “When people are paired up with similar problems, they can help each other out and cut down their use of smoking and even stop altogether,” Arivalagan said. Ephraim said the main goal of the website is to work on people with smoking problems and to tackle people who have health problems. “CheckMates provides tools to work toward the goal,” Ephraim said. Human toxicology graduate student Senthil Perumal Kuppusamy, who researchs cancer, is working with the two on the website, mainly on the health aspect. “I help challenge people and motivate them on how they can cut down smoking,” Perumal Kuppusamy said. “When people go to work out, they’re not doing it alone.” He said he knew of a few classmates who used to have a hard time with smoking in groups. Despite excitement for the idea, the creators said they’ve had to deal with challenges. Some people told them no one would use such a site and setting up the actual website proved difficult as well. “It’s more than for profit, we’re doing something good in the community,” Arivalagan said.

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Buy-local promotes businesses Several businesses offered raffles and prizes to promote their companies. By JON FRANK

For Brenda LaMarche, Wednesday was a day to promote her locally-owned business, BRL-HR Consulting LLC to the community. And it paid off. The eighth-annual Buy Here Business Fair, hosted by the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, provided LaMarche and 50 other Johnson County business owners the opportunity to rub elbows and network with one another in an attempt to persuade fellow local venders to rely on local industries for inventory and other services. Those in attendance paid more than $300 to participate. “I’ve met a lot of really nice people here,” LaMarche said, noting she’ll likely participate next year. The event is part of the Buy Here Campaign, founded in April 2007.

The Chamber of Commerce started the expo to help grow local businesses by relying on neighboring establishments for resources, as opposed to shopping outside Johnson County. “I think the local-buy ethic continues to grow,” said Nancy Quellhorst, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Particularly, we want to support businesses that are recovering from a weak economy.” She said the event is another way to promote local products and services. Since its inaugural year, the Buy Here Campaign has redirected more than $6 million in spending toward Johnson County. The campaign’s goal is to get all Johnson County businesses to pledge a 5 percent shift toward local businesses.

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Although the campaign has no specific monetary goal, Buy Here is primarily concerned with strengthening the local economy by funneling money back into small businesses. Kelly McCann, the director of communications for the local Chamber of Commerce, said the Buy Here Campaign was founded to help raise awareness of local businesses. “I think there’s been more of a mind shift to buy here,” she said. “When there’s a downturn in the economy, people think about it more.” Many in attendance said the expo is a good opportunity to meet other businesses who can help them


Business people mingle and check out stands at the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce's Buy Here Business Fair at the Holiday Inn in Coralville. with their needs. Some in attendance also hoped to shake hands with potential customers. “It’s open to the public, so ideally we want the public to come,” said Joyce Saur, a marketing representative for ServPro, a fire and water cleanup and restoration company based in Iowa

City. “It’s a way to get to know businesses as well.” Jessica Wittman, a corporate liaison with Radiologic Medical Services, said she likes the community aspect of the fair. “It’s kind of nice to know that you have neighbors you can count on,” she said.

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Smoking cessation Long-term benefits of not smoking include: • Stroke risk is reduced to equal to that of people who have never smoked • Risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of smokers • Risk of coronary disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked Source: American Lung Association © University of Iowa Health Care

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The man behind booking SCOPE acts SCOPE’s director of talent buying Jon Hackbarth helps bring big-name national acts to Iowa City. DAILYIOWAN.COM


Jon Hackbarth, the director of talent buying for SCOPE, has kept this year’s crew busy. With 15 acts booked, this year’s concert lineup is tied for the largest of any previous school year. Though it’s been worth it, Hackbarth insists it wasn’t intentional. “I wouldn’t say that’s a goal or anything,” the 22year-old said. “It’s always quality over quantity when booking, but I was definitely excited.” Hackbarth has been helping SCOPE bring live music to Iowa City since his freshman year, when he began as a general committee member. Though the University of Iowa senior enjoyed every part he played in the student-run organization, he always wanted to be the person with the most direct effect on the acts chosen. “Whenever new people interview for SCOPE, they are always asked, ‘Where do you see yourself sitting in the future?’ Everyone always says talent buyer because everyone wants to be the person to help bring cool stuff to Iowa City,” he said. “Obviously, I said that, and I just kept in the back of my mind that it was something that I wanted to do.” When Hackbarth applied for the position as the only talent buyer for SCOPE his junior year, he got the job and immediately began trying to book acts for the fall schedule. Hackbarth quickly discovered how

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UI senior Jon Hackbarth, the SCOPE director of talent buying, checks in with other SCOPE members from his office during a show on Wednesday. Hackbarth, a member of SCOPE since his freshman year, says he’s always wanted to have a direct effect on choosing which acts play at the UI. demanding the position can be, as roommate Mike Mettenburg can attest to. “I would say in the morning before he thinks about taking a shower and before he thinks about getting breakfast, he thinks about SCOPE,” Mettenburg said. “It’s like a 24-7 thing for him.” At his busiest, Hackbarth sorts through 50 to 100 emails a day from acts wanting a spot on SCOPE’s roster, in addition to cold-call-

ing different agents to get some of his own picks to play in Iowa City. The Cedar Rapids native is an avid music fan, listening to anything from country music to hip-hop. While he admits his listening habits probably come into play at some point in the process, the decision is ultimately about what show is right for Iowa City. “Your taste in music is always going to pull as far as what you think will do

well and what you think won’t,” he said. “But we’re charged with breaking even on ticket sales, so it’s 100 percent what you think will sell rather than what you think is cool for your own personal tastes.” That’s not to say that artists who do well are never on his playlist, however. Hackbarth cites Nas and Damian Marley as an act that he was especially proud of booking, as well as DeVotchKa.

“I always wanted to promote a show in a church. DeVotchKa put on a great show, and the venue was spectacular,” he said. “It was one of those moments where you reach one of your goals. Nobody had ever done a ticketed show in [First United Methodist Church] before, [so I’m] definitely proud of that.” Hackbarth’s schedule gets a little less hectic after the acts are booked, but he does feel that his reputa-

tion is on the line with every concert. Even after his part of the deal is over, he stays involved in as many aspects of the show as possible, a habit that SCOPE director of operations Carly Susral admires. “A lot of people in his job will book a show and then not really see it all the way through,” she said. “But he definitely follows through all the way with helping market the show and really sees it through from start to finish.” While Hackbarth’s duties often cause him to be away from the same shows he helped to set up, he notes that every once in a while he still enjoys the rush of seeing a show come together. “There’s always times that you just get blown away by some artist that was unexpected,” he said. “I think that’s what everyone in SCOPE lives for.”

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needed to learn to “play faster” in order to match the speed of the NFL game. It would also be important, Stanzi said, to be able to pick up new offenses quickly. The Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 was an opportunity to do just that. After having to quickly learn an offensive system, Stanzi impressed scouts and evaluators by completing seven of his 12 passes for 87 yards.


Iowa finished fourth in the Big Ten, and Clayborn put together a slightly less impressive senior year, totaling 52 tackles. That dip in productivity, as well as some concerns about his Erb’s palsy and its possible effect on his upper-body strength, have caused a slight drop in his stock. Erb’s palsy is a condition in which there is a loss of movement of the arm because of nerve damage during birth. Still, most experts, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., project the St. Louis native to be picked no later than the late first round. Wes Bunting, the National Football Post’s director of college scouting, doesn’t


Iowa to 8-6 in the conference, 26-19 overall. In the two games combined, the Hawkeyes walked eight batters and made three errors. They allowed a run to score on a wild throw in each game. “We didn’t take care of the ball the way we need to,” Looper said. “When they put the ball in play, we have to take care of it. We let ourselves down by not taking care of the ball.”


Bears hold the country’s fifth-best time and the best time of any school running at Drake in the event. Iowa could also see Baylor in the 4x400-meter relay if both schools make the final, which seems likely. Baylor’s season-best 4x400-meter relay time of 3:01.77 is also the fastest entry at Drake and the country’s second-fastest. The 110- and 400-meter hurdles have been strong events for Iowa all year, and they should continue to be in Des Moines. Jordan Mullen is entered in the 110 hurdles, and

WOMEN'S TRACK CONTINUED FROM 10A we’re excited about the fact that we have a relay, but more than a relay — two or three relays,” Anderson said. “We’ve got individuals, we’ve got opportunities on each day to sort of put the Hawkeyes in the headlines. “If you said what’s the goal this weekend, [it would be] Hawkeyes in the headlines.” The other two competitive relays and focal points for the Hawkeyes are the 4x400 and sprint medley. The sprint medley, also unique to the Drake

“You always want to work on everything, whether it’s a perceived strength or a weakness,” Stanzi said. “It’s about finding a way to get better while you’re constantly being evaluated.” The ability to quickly improve may be one of his best selling points to NFL teams. Following a successful but turnover-prone junior season, he became one of the nation’s most efficient passers in his final season at Iowa. “I watched him go from that first year, which was shaky, to that second year which was real up and down, and then that awe-

some third year,” said Hawkeye quarterback James Vandenberg, who was Stanzi’s backup for the last two seasons. “I watched all the little changes he made and how he went about his day running the team, studying defenses, studying himself.” Bunting said the quarterback’s dramatic development would catch the attention of NFL teams. “When you throw 15 interceptions as a junior and you cut it down to six, that’s going to help no matter what happens,” he said. “I think it’s just the maturation process of being a

senior quarterback. He’s going to keep getting better as he develops.” The draft’s first round will take place on Thursday night. Stanzi will likely be taken on either the second or third day, which will include rounds two-three and four-seven, respectively. And while he insists he isn’t nervous yet, he admits some anxiety might creep in while he sits at home in Ohio with his family and watches the draft unfold. But Stanzi said he knows what happens after the draft is over will be far more important. “I’m not really worried right now about a round or if you want to win.” And the Hawkeye considered the best at their respective position may be not even hear their name called this weekend. Punter Ryan Donahue is listed as the class’ No. 1 punter by both the Football Post and ESPN/Scouts Inc, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be drafted. Donahue called that punter’s plight “the nature of the beast.” “You have Adrian [Clayborn] who’s No. 3 or 4 or 5 at his position and probably a first-round lock in many people’s minds. Then, you have punters that are in the top three and not even picked,” Donahue told the DI in a phone interview Wednesday. “You never know. That’s just how it is — you just have to live with it, and it’s only more motivation to be No. 1.”

think the condition affects Clayborn’s play. He slotted him as the No. 24 overall pick (New Orleans Saints) in his mock draft Wednesday. Clayborn’s biggest asset is his versatility, Bunting said, noting his ability to play as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper. “I would have never even noticed [the condition]to be honest,” Bunting told The Daily Iowan. “I think it’s been blown out of proportion. Versatility, ability to play three downs for a team.” After those four, there are three players — defensive tackle Karl Klug, tight end Allen Reisner, and punter Ryan Donahue — who appear as if they could all be drafted between the sixth and seventh rounds. Each would almost certainly wind up as signing with teams as free agents if they weren’t picked. Klug was a second-team

All-Big Ten honoree this past season after making 13 tackles for loss for the second-straight year. But at 6-3, 275 pounds, he is considered undersized for an NFL defensive tackle. The Football Post ranks him as the No. 30 player available at his position. Ballard told the DI he believes Klug is not getting the attention he deserves as a pro prospect. “He might be undersized, but the motor he plays with and technique is all flawless,” Ballard said in a phone interview last week. “You have to have some guys like that on your team

Unreliable offense also hurt Iowa. The Hawkeyes had a big first inning in the first game, scoring four runs in the opening frame. But after that, they sputtered. Second baseman Katie Keim hit a home run in each game — a solo shot that bounced off the top of the fence and then went out in the first game and a three-run homer that accounted for all of Iowa’s runs in the night game — and Jenny Schuelke scored on a wild throw. But junior Liz Watkins, the two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, went 0-for-5 on the day. She

repeatedly flew out with runners on base, stranding five runners. “I put the ball in play, I was just getting underneath pitches,” she said. “With runners on, I need to put the ball on the ground so I give them a chance to move, or I need to be able to lift the ball over the fence. I wasn’t doing either one today, so it’s a letdown on my part.” Looper said Watkins needed to use better pitch selection. “The scouting report’s out. Liz is going to swing the bat well,” the first-year head coach said. “So they’re

not going to give her anything good. She needs to do a better job of choosing the pitches she can hit hard versus the ones that are going to jam her up. Right now, she’s not swinging at good pitches.” Massey said the team as a whole may have suffered a letdown after the team’s performance against the Wolverines. “When we played Michigan, we came out with everything to gain and nothing to lose,” the freshman pitcher said. “Here, we didn’t come out with the same intensity.”

D’Juan Richardson will run the 400 hurdles. Ethan Holmes is scheduled to run both events. “The Drake Relays is a really good opportunity for us to show up and show off what we have,” Holmes said. “A lot of Big Ten schools will be there, and a lot of schools we’re going to see in the regional meet are going to be there. So r i g h t b e h i n d B i g Tens a n d t h e fi r s t r o u n d of NCAAs, Drake Relays is one of the biggest meets on our schedule.” Both Mullen and Holmes won hurdle events at Drake as high-school athletes. Mullen broke the 110 hurdles Drake Relays highschool record in the process with a time of 14.04. After missing last year’s Relays because of a quadri-

ceps injury, he’s anxious to get back to Drake. “I’m just trying to contain all my excitement for the weekend,” said Mullen, who is from Atlantic, Iowa. “Being there is going to bring back a lot of good memories.” Junior Nick Brayton also was a Drake Relays champion in high school in the discus. Achieving championship form this weekend is something throws coach Scott Cappos hopes he, along with fellow juniors Ryan Lamparek and Matt Banse, can do at Drake. The throws group has underperformed as a whole so far during the outdoor season. Wieczorek said he’ll pay particular attention to this group more than others because improvement is needed with two weeks

to go before the Big Ten championships. Brayton and Lamparek will compete in the discus at Drake, and Banse and Ben Stancombe will throw the hammer. Banse and Lamparek are also entered in the shot put. “During the competition, it’s about getting out there and competing hard,” Cappos said. “That’s one of the things I want those guys to do is compete hard. No more excuses, no more saying, ‘My technique was this, my technique was that.’ It’s about executing the best we can and getting out there competing and getting results.” Log on to Friday and Saturday for full coverage of the Hawkeyes at the 2011 Drake Relays.

Relays, includes two legs of 200 meters, run by freshman Erin Jones and senior captain Tiffany Hendricks, a 400-meter leg, run by freshman Ashley Liverpool, and an 800-meter leg, run by senior Bethany Praska. “We tailor our schedule [at the Drake Relays] to enable us to run more relays,” Hendricks said. “Just because it’s a good time to get out and make a showing for Iowa.” Praska called the meet more fun than pressurefilled because the focus is not on individual performances — although there are some big individual events Iowa is looking forward to — the biggest races are the relays themselves. “It’s our last chance to run before Big Tens, and it’s kind of nice because there’s not as much individual

pressure to go out and compete,” Praska said. “Rather, you still get that race in and get a good time on whatever leg you’re runn i n g, b u t a t t h e s a m e time you’re stepping on the track with your teammates.” The Hawkeyes will have athletes compete individually in the shot put, hammer throw, discus, long jump, as well as events on the track — the 1,500 meters, 400-meter hurdles, and 3,000-meter steeplechase — which they are excited to have strong competitors in. But relays show off the team and show up on the prominent Drake Relays stage. Plus, it’s the last big meet for Iowa before it hosts the Big Ten championships on May 13-15. “We’re going to focus on a

couple of events and really try to make a splash there,” Anderson said. “And not over work people and try to get them ready to run faster at Big Tens, regionals, and nationals.” The Drake Relays is a big meet for all levels, high school and college. Anderson said it’s a meet he looks to because of the magnitude of the meet in the state, and because the Hawkeyes don’t want to be shown up on their home turf. “We kind of like to think it’s Drake’s stadium,” Hendricks said. “But it’s our state.” Log on to Friday and Saturday for full coverage of the Hawkeyes at the 2011 Drake Relays.


Expected Round

Adrian Clayborn, DE Christian Ballard, DE Ricky Stanzi, QB Tyler Sash, S Ryan Donahue, P Karl Klug, DT Allen Reisner, TE

1 2-3 3-4 3-4 6-7 7-not drafted 7-not drafted

DI reporter Seth Roberts contributed to this article.

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a team,” he said. “Because in a few years, none of that’s going to matter. I’m just worried about what I can do to get better as a quarterback.”

TENNIS Iowa’s men’s and women’s teams begin Big Ten Tournament play today.




Several Hawkeyes may be taken At least four Hawkeyes will likely be drafted between today and Saturday. By JORDAN GARRETSON


Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi throws the ball on Oct. 16, 2010, at Michigan Stadium. In his senior season, Stanzi threw for 25 touchdowns.

Stanzi awaits NFL’s call Ricky Stanzi is set to become the first Iowa quarterback of the Ferentz era to hear his name called on draft day. By SAM LOUWAGIE

Thirty-nine Iowa football players have been selected in the NFL draft during Kirk Ferentz’ 12 years as head coach. None of them have been quarterbacks. After a senior season in which he threw for 3,004 yards and 25 touchdowns, while cutting his interception

total from 15 as a junior to six, Ricky Stanzi is set to become the first Hawkeye signalcaller of the Ferentz era to be drafted. Wes Bunting, director of college scouting for National Football Post, said he expects Stanzi to be selected in the third round. And most draft outlets rate him between the sixth- and eighth-best quarterback in the draft. Bunting praised Stanzi ’s

rhythm and feel in the pocket but said the former Hawkeye doesn’t have ideal arm strength and could put up to 20 additional pounds on his 64 frame. Throughout the course of the pre-draft process, Stanzi said he met with “pretty much every team,” but couldn’t get a read on who planned to draft him. The Mentor, Ohio, native said he didn’t pay much attention to speculation on where

he would be picked or by which team. “A lot of that is just what the media say,” he said. “It’s hard to tell who’s interested and who’s not, because each team handles everything differently. All you can control is how well you perform.” He said he viewed the predraft process simply as a chance to improve. He said he

Last year, Iowa set a school record for the number of players selected in a single NFL draft, with six Hawkeyes hearing their name called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Just one year later, that Clayborn record could be in jeopardy. defensive lineman The 2011 NFL draft kicks off at 7 p.m. today in Radio City Music Hall; it will be broadcast live on ESPN. With the event in its second year using a three-day format, tonight will exclusively feature the first round, while rounds two and three will be Friday. Rounds four through seven conclude the draft Saturday. Four Iowa players — defensive linemen Adrian Clayborn and Christian Ballard, quarterback Ricky Stanzi, and safety Tyler Sash — are considered near-locks for selection. Clayborn headlines that group. After a 2009 junior season in which the 6-4, 285-pounder recorded 20 tackles for loss — including 11.5 sacks — he was thought by many to be a potential top-10 selection if he chose to declare early for the 2010 draft. He didn’t, citing his desire to win a Big Ten Title and “finish what he started.”



Log on to watch an analysis of the potential Hawkeye draftees.


Mistakes prove to be costly for Iowa softball The Hawkeyes suffered a letdown after nearly sweeping the nation’s No. 1 team. By SAM LOUWAGIE

It should have been a routine play. With two outs in the top of the sixth inning, Iowa pitcher Kayla Massey noticed Wisconsin runner Maggie Strange straying off second base at the end of a play. Head coach Marla Looper said Strange basically “fell asleep,” as the Badger catcher was standing idly almost

halfway between second and third base. Massey turned to throw her out and end the inning for Wisconsin. But she hesitated; rather than throw immediately to second basemen Katie Keim, Massey ran straight at Strange. By the time she finally threw to second base, the runner was safe. What at the time seemed like an annoying but minor miscue quickly

turned costly. Wisconsin leftfielder Mary Massei hit the next pitch over the Pearl Field fence for a tie-breaking three-run homer that gave the Badgers, who entered the double-header 4-8 in Big Ten play, a 6-3 win and a sweep of Wednesday’s double-header. They won the first game, 7-6. “It’s very frustrating,” Massey about the missed chance at a crucial third

Hawkeye men ready for Drake The Iowa men’s track and field team is set to compete in 18 events at the 102nd Drake Relays. By BEN SCHUFF

There’s a digital board outside the Iowa men’s track and field locker room that has been displaying a picture of Drake Stadium and the w o r d s, “A r e y o u Woody ready?” relays coach Everyone will soon find out. The Hawkeyes will compete in the 102nd Drake Relays this weekend at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The Relays are set to start at 4 p.m. today with the university and college division women’s unseeded 800 meters. The first scheduled event for the Iowa men is the 4x100-meter relay, set to start at 9:48 a.m. on Friday. In all, the Hawkeyes will compete in 18 events — six relays and 12

individual events. 102ND The last time DRAKE Iowa athletes RELAYS won a Drake Relays champi- When: Thursdayonship was with Saturday the 4x100-meter Where: Drake relay in 2009. Stadium, Des Moines This year, both head coach Larry Wieczorek and relays coach Joey Woody feel all six relays have the talent to place in the top three. “I definitely think the 4x800 and the sprint medley are two big ones for us,” Woody said. “And then in the 4x4, we’re going after it. Obviously, Baylor is the No. 1 team, as far as sprints, coming to the Drake Relays, but we’re not afraid.” The Hawkeyes will run against Baylor’s sprinters in the preliminaries of the 4x100-meter relay. The SEE MEN'S TRACK, 9A

out. “Still trying to get over it.” Looper said Massey needed to get the ball to a middle infielder immediately. The mistake was emblematic of a day full of miscues for the Hawkeyes, who followed up a near sweep of No. 1 Michigan last weekend with two losses to ninth-place Wisconsin. The losses dropped


Iowa sophomore Chelsea Lyon pitches against Wisconsin on Wednesday at Pearl Field. Iowa lost, 7-6.


Iowa tracksters excited about relays The women’s track and field team hopes to snag first place in at least one relay. By AMY TIFFANY

The Hawkeyes’ 4x1,600 relay wants a Drake Relays title. Really badly. Iowa has been runner up in the relay for the past two years. Last year, it was a border battle against Minnesota, and in the last 200 meters, the Hawkeyes were outrun by the Golden Gophers. Head coach Layne Anderson said taking second for the past two years has really “fueled their fire” to win Anderson this year. T o d a y coach through Saturday, Iowa will compete at the 102nd Drake Relays in Des Moines. The 4x1,600 is only one of the many relays that’s unique to the historic event. In

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addition to the 4x1,600, the Hawkeyes are focusing on a couple other relays. To compete, individuals and relays have to hit a qualifying time or distance, depending on the event. Iowa is taking its strongest athletes to the relays and has the potential to win the 4x1,600 — something the squad has never done before. It has had individual champions, but never a relay. This year, Iowa is the favorite in the 4x1,600. “The last couple years we’ve gone there and we felt like we’re going to be fairly competitive in this or we’ve got a shot in that, but I think this year SEE WOMEN'S TRACK, 9A

Men’s hoops improves attendance Hawkeye men’s basketball improved not only in record last season — its first under head coach Fran McCaffery — but also the attendence in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. In fact, Iowa saw the fifth-highest average attendance increase in the country, and it was first in the Big Ten in improved attendance. The empty seats in Carver decreased by an average of 2,085 people per game, putting Iowa’s average attendance at 11,635 fans per game — which ranked 31st nationally. The Hawkeyes had the highest increase of any team to not make the NCAA Tournament; the four ahead of Iowa were Brigham Young, San Diego State, Louisville, and St. John’s in that order. The Big Ten, which also announced Wednesday that it led the NCAA in attendance for the 35th-consecutive season. The Big Ten averaged 12,826 fans per home game, and it had seven teams in the top 25 nationally in average attendance. Iowa was not one of those seven teams, but the increase is promising. McCaffery hopes the upward trend will continue in 2011-12. “We look forward to building on last year and seeing even more fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena next season,” he said in a release. — by Ian Martin

OPERA Elixir of Love When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. May 1 Where: Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington Admission: $5 for UI students with valid IDs, $10 for youth, $15 for senior citizens, and $20 for the general public

Love potion No. Donizetti Elixir of Love will display a comedic side of opera on Friday at the Englert. By SAMANTHA GENTRY

It’s a weeknight evening, and the clock reads about 7. The only sounds that can be heard are a piano and the powerful voices of a handful of opera singers. The Music West-Interim Building — located in part of what used to be the Museum of Art — provides the venue for the rehearsal. Only a few props dot the stage — a wooden bench and table, a coffee mug, a hand bell. And in a couple days, the performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s comedic opera Elixir of Love will début. With limited creative visual elements to convey the story, the language and style of the music become crucial elements. “Opera is one of the only art forms that include really all of the arts — visual arts, acting, singing, and the orchestra,” conductor William LaRue Jones said. “Composers are really adding all of those elements, and it is one of the most important parts of telling the story.” With only a month of rehearsal, the costumes, music, and acting will come together at 8 p.m. Friday in the Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St. Performances will continue at 8 p.m. through Saturday and at 2 p.m. May 1. Admission is $5 for UI students with valid IDs, $10 for youth, $15 for senior citizens, and $20 for the general public. SEE LOVE, 6B





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From Afghanistan weekend events to Gilgamesh The Theater Department will present full productions and readings of Playwrights’ Workshop scripts over the next week. By RYAN COLE

Over the course of a week, Iowa City residents can experience the Mexican-American War, a torture-laden military prison in Afghanistan, and a Cherokee family’s journey through the antebellum American South — all from the comfortable seats in the Theatre Building. The 2011 Iowa New Play Festival, which will kick off with Rogue’s Dance, by Janet Schlapkohl, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and run through May 7, contains no shortage of eclecticism. The festival will feature full productions, all based on new scripts from the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. every day next week except May 3 in the Theatre Building. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for UI students with valid IDs. Graduate student Kevin Artigue, whose play People of the Ditch will run May 4, said he believes the novelty of the performances and enthusiasm of the cast and crew will create a positive and enjoyable experience for those in attendance. “We’re all part of building this thing that’s brand-new and never been seen,” he said. “The hope is that audiences will be as equally excited and receptive to the success and failure of trying to make

THEATER Iowa New Play Festival When: 5:30 and 9 p.m. May 1 through May 7; readings at 3 p.m. May 2 and 5, 2:30 p.m. May 3, 4, and 6 Where: Theatre Building Admission: $5 for general public, free for UI students with valid ID

something.” Artigue’s play, set in an Afghanistan prison in late 2002, uses an unfamiliar setting to explore a familiar issue — the compulsion to make choices in life, with consequences both unpredictable and undesirable and the degree to which people are responsible for the results. Some of the works address more local issues. Jessica Foster’s Proficient tackles dysfunction in the American educational system, focusing specifically on continued budget cuts to public education and the “No Child Left Behind” act George W. Bush signed into law in early 2002. Proficient, which will début May 6, chronicles a group of elementaryschool students gradually changing from average pupils to “robotic test-taking machines” — a reality Foster said was reflected in some of her cast. “I had a [mother] of one of the children in our play ask the child if school is more like the beginning or

end of the play,” Foster said. “And she was surprised when the child told her, ‘The end.’ ” Not all the performances will be overtly political — Jen Silverman’s And Humbaba Came from His Great House of Cedar tells a tale of Gilgamesh, an epic hero from Mesopotamian mythology, for example — and many contain humorous elements to complement the drama. In addition to the full productions, the festival will feature readings of students’ works. Many of these scripts are in their formative stages, said playwright Schlapkohl, and a reading offers audience members a chance to see a play develop from its infant stages. “It’s going to be super exciting for them because they’ll be getting in on the ground floor of seeing something,” the graduate student said. This year’s festival is dedicated to Cosmo Catalano, a former professor of theater who passed away in January. Though many playwrights said they didn’t get to know him personally, Artigue said Catalano’s reputation as a hardworking and dedicated advocate of new plays remains. “The fact that we have a festival celebrating new works of art is in large thanks to his efforts,” Artigue said.


Chasing shade and finding it The Daily Iowan sat down with Griffen Harris, the vocalist and guitarist of local band Chasing Shade. We spoke with him about the band’s sound, its first time in the studio, and its upcoming show. Daily Iowan: How did you meet band members Tim Cigrand and Elliott Beenk? Griffen Harris: Well, I was playing a show with another band of mine and [the two] happened to be in the audience. When the show was over, they approached me and introduced themselves. Through the wonders of modern technology, such as Facebook, we stayed in touch until my previous band split and I was free to begin building. DI: What sparked you to start Chasing Shade? Harris: Since we started playing music together, under various different monikers our sophomore year, we had different lead singers/songwriters who were all unable to continue playing with us because they either lived in another city and had to commute for shows, graduated college and moved to a different city, or suffered from stage fright. This forced our hand, and I told the guys that I had some original tunes written on guitar and that I could sing a little bit. From that moment onward, Chasing Shade was born as a three-piece band with music written largely by me but complemented heavily by [Cigrand’s] and [Beenk’s] creative viewpoints. DI: How would you describe the band’s sound? Harris: This is always that question that trips bands up, and I’m certainly no better at self-descriptions. I would have to say

that our music is folkinfluenced, because the music is written on acoustic guitar and can be played acoustically, but our shows are largely “electric” — by which I mean we use drums, Harris electric gui- vocalist and tar, and guitarist bass guitar instead of acoustic guitar. Our sound is pleasing and features vocal harmonies and intricate guitar parts that complement each other’s parts throughout the songs. Our sound also features a rock aspect to it because of the electric nature of the live shows, but we are not hard or classic rock by any means, not that there is anything wrong with those genres. Also, being a part of the Iowa City music scene forces a band to try out the “jam” genre, but this is something we don’t ascribe to, but that does not mean we do not solo or “rock-out.” We have high-energy electric sets that are split up by acoustic songs to put in something unexpected at a bar-scene show. We also play many shows where we only use the acoustic versions of the songs. DI: You are just about to release your first album. How long have you been writing and recording songs for it? Harris: The songs featured on our upcoming album, pen to paper, span a range from my senior year in high school to junior year in college, which is present day. The CD is 10 songs in length, and we selected the songs that we thought would work well together

to create a cohesive, interesting, and entertaining listening experience for those who purchase it. So, far as recording goes, we won the Iowa City Yacht Club/Flat Black Studios/New Belgium Battle of the Bands during first semester and received a week of free recording time with Luke Tweedy of Flat Black Studios. We started recording over Christmas break and worked during various weeknights and weekends to finish up the final touches before sending it to be mastered in Chicago. All in all, we have spent a total of eight days recording over the course of the last four months, and we’re incredibly proud of the final product. DI: Are there common themes in your songs? Harris: There are common themes through the songs, but it isn’t intentional. The lyrics stem from experiences that vary from day to day and touch on things such as love, heartbreak, anger, confusion with life paths, frustration with things that happen every day of the week, such as school or work, and the idea of the future and what it has in store. The most common theme is loss and melancholy topics such as breakups, but because every day is different, every song has a different emotion in it. DI: When is the next show? Harris: Our next show is at 8 p.m. today with Mason Jennings at the IMU Ballroom. We open up the Sustainability Concert hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World, the Renewable Energy Symposium, SCOPE, and many others.


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Fast Five Coral Ridge 10: 1, 4:20, 7:10, 10 p.m. Sycamore 12: 1:10, 4:10, 7, 9:50 p.m.

The high-speed franchise returns with original cast members Vin Diesel and Paul Walker alongside an all-star cast. This installment follows former police officer Brian O’Conner (Walker) teaming up with ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) They know the only shot of getting out requires them confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. The pair run from the law and put a racing team together to win their freedom in this action film.

Prom Coral Ridge 10: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 p.m. Sycamore 12: 1:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.

This comedy follows several intersecting stories at one high school as the big dance approaches. To these students, prom signifies the passage from high school to independence, and some relationships unravel and others ignite. Nova Prescott (played by Aimee Teegarden) finds herself drawn to the guy who gets in the way of her perfect senior prom. Fellow classmates Mei and Tyler harbor secrets, while others face insecurities and anticipation that surrounds the dance.


• Hawthorne Heights, with After Midnight Project, Handguns, Self-Centered, Worst Case Scenario, 5:30 p.m., Blue Moose, 211 Iowa • Mason Jennings, 8 p.m., IMU Main Lounge • Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, with Tristen & Apache Relay, 9 p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burlington • Sovereign Sect, with Hood Tek, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn

WORDS • “Live From Prairie Lights,” Kristin Kelly, poetry, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque • Writers’ Workshop Reading, Lydia Davis, fiction, 8:15 p.m., Dey House Frank Conroy Reading Room

FILM • Ran, 7 p.m., Bijou • Spring Proseminar in Cinema and Culture, Film After Noir, LA Confidential, 7 p.m., 101 Becker • Blue Valentine, 10 p.m., Bijou • Campus Activities Board Movie, No String Attached, 10 p.m., 348 IMU

Hawthorne Heights, with After Midnight Project, Handguns, Self-Centered, Worst Case Scenario Where: Blue Moose, 211 Iowa When: 5:30 p.m. today Why you should go: This rock band is promoting its latest album, Skeletons, on the United Scenes of America tour. Hailing from Ohio, the four-member band has been on the music scene since 2004 with the release of its first studio album, The Silence in Black and White.

• Now And Then My Country, 8 p.m., Public Space One, 129 E. Washington

LECTURES • “On Location: D.W. Griffith, Early Cinema, and the Lower East Side,” Sara Blair, 3:45 p.m., 304 EPB • Christine Shank, photography, 7 p.m., 101 Biology Building East



• Under Construction, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert

• Take Back The Night, 6:30 p.m., Pentacrest

Friday 4.29 MUSIC • Jazz After Five, featuring Equilateral, 5 p.m., Mill • Company of Thieves, with the Envy Corps, 8 p.m., Blue Moose • The Fez (Steely Dan Tribute), 8 p.m., Blue Moose • Dream Thieves, with Roman Numerals, Ex-Action Model, 9 p.m., Mill • Generations, with the Olympics, Sam Knutson, 9 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington • Uniphonics, with More Than Lights, 9 p.m., Yacht Club

• Campus Activities Board Movie, No String Attached, 10 p.m., 348 IMU • Batman, 11 p.m., Bijou

THEATER • The Drowsy Chaperone, Iowa City Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4265 Oak Crest Hill Road • Under Construction, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theatre • Elixir of Love, UI MarthaEllen Tye Opera Theater, 8 p.m., Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington


Certified Copy Showtimes: 6:45 p.m. Friday

Julliette Binoche (Chocolat) stars as a gallery owner in a Tuscan village who pretends to be married to a British author, played by William Shimell. The romantic drama won Binoche the Best Actress Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it premièred.

BEER OF THE WEEK Shiner’s Ruby Redbird The taste of beer just got sweeter. The golden-orange color of Shiner’s Ruby Redbird awakens drinkers with a lemon and ginger aroma. Nicknamed the “perfect summer brew,” Ruby Redbird is mixed with grapefruit juice and a hint of ginger. What it lacks in carbonation it makes up for in its rich, fruity taste. “I would drink it with a c h i c ke n dish and s o m e rice,” said Shiner’s Ruby John’s Redbird Grocery employee Spencer Gilbert. “It’s something cold you want outside when it’s hot out.” Ruby Redbird is a rare beer coming from the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, a company known for its award-winning dark beers. The light beverage of Ruby Redbird brings a breath of fresh air as summer arrives. — by Laura Willis

• “Live From Prairie Lights,” Laura Caldwell, nonfiction, 6:30 p.m., Prairie Lights

• “The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott,” George Handley, 1 p.m., 315 Phillips



• Certified Copy, 6:45 p.m., Bijou • Even the Rain, 8:45 p.m., Bijou

• ArtsFest, 4 p.m., Studio Arts Building • Gusto Latino, 6 p.m., Old Brick, 26 E. Market

Saturday 4.30 MUSIC • Arts Share Community Concert, Maia Quartet, 3 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall • Central Standard Time, 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque • Cornmeal, with the Mayflies, 8 p.m., Blue Moose • Dubstep Summit 002, 8 p.m., Gabe’s • William Fitzsimmons, 9 p.m., Mill • OSG, with Jet Edison, 9 p.m., Yacht Club

WORDS • “Live from Prairie Lights, Earth Words, 4 p.m., Prairie Lights

• Certified Copy, 4:45 p.m., Bijou • Even the Rain, 6:45 p.m., Bijou • Certified Copy, 8:45 p.m., Bijou • Campus Activities Board Movie, No Strings Attached, 10 p.m., 348 IMU • Batman, 11 p.m., Bijou

THEATER • The Drowsy Chaperone, Iowa City Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Johnson County Fairgrounds • Under Construction, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Theatre • Elixir of Love, UI MarthaEllen Tye Opera Theater, 8 p.m., Englert

MISCELLANEOUS • RiverBank Art Fair, 10 a.m., Hancher Green


Sunday 5.1

Life is Beautiful, 5:30p.m., Hillel, 122 E. Market



• Holocaust Music of Commemoration Concert, Mark Bernat, 3 p.m., Agudas Achim Congregation, 602 E. Washington • Groovy Katz Hair Show, 4 p.m., Blue Moose • John Vanderslice and Damien Jurado, 8 p.m., Mill

• The Drowsy Chaperone, 2 p.m., Johnson County Fairgrounds • Elixir of Love, UI MarthaEllen Tye Opera Theater, 2 p.m., Englert • Under Construction, 2 p.m., Riverside Theatre • Rogue’s Dance, Iowa New Play Festival, 5:30 and 9:00 p.m., Theatre Building Thayer Theatre

FILM • Certified Copy, 3 p.m., Bijou • Even the Rain, 5 p.m., Bijou • Holocaust Film Screening,

MISCELLANEOUS • Pub Quiz, 9 p.m., Mill

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Art on the riverbank The UI Fine Arts Council will host its annual Riverbank Art Fair on Saturday at the Hancher Green. By SAMANTHA GENTRY

black-and-white A photo featuring creative structures sits next a print highlighting an evergreen tree surrounded by a field of tall grass and purple daffodils. These pictures are just a few of University of Iowa junior Barbara Staudt’s work that will be on display at the RiverBank Art Fair. “I’m hoping to see some prints,” she said. “But I’m mostly excited to see how the art fair works and seeing what other work is out there.” This year, Staudt will be joined by two fellow art students and more than 50 artists from all over the Midwest who will sell their work in the show at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Hancher Green. Admission is free. In addition to the art work, numerous wine distributors will be at the fair, including some from California wineries, to provide free samples and cheese. A university catering adviser will not let people under the age of 21 in the wine tent.

RIVERBANK ART FAIR When: 10 a.m. Saturday Where: Hancher Green Admission: Free

While the event is free, the Fine Arts Council encourages everyone to make a $5 donation that will go to the Fine Arts Council Scholarship and the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund. Raquel Case, the logistics director for the council, is in charge of the small details and talking to administrators at the university. For this year’s fair, the UI senior added the wine-tasting element. “We felt that, historically, art in general goes hand in hand with wine,” she said. “We thought it would be fantastic to pair it with because it’s an outdoor event, a spring show, and we just wanted to add something that would add class to the event.” Clay, painting, jewelry, metal work, photography, wood, and printmaking are just a few of the

media that will be presented. The pieces will be for sale at prices determined by the creator. “All the artists will bring hundreds of pieces of work, because they want to sell as much as they possibly can,” said Makinze Meiners, the director of the Fine Arts Council. She is also part of a jury, along with the other council members, an art adviser, and four volunteers, who chose the artists. The artists submit three slides of their work to the jury. The council members look for originality, creativity, and how well the piece is put together. The only stipulation is that it cannot be a craft item, which would include dolls, quilts, or anything along those lines. Works must have a fine-arts quality, Meiners said. “We look for artists with really interesting things and who take pride in their artwork,” Case said. “We are also looking for really new, innovative artwork and are always looking for new talents.”

Salsa and mucho more People can experience the culture of salsa dance at the International Crossroad Community’s annual Gusto Latino on Friday. By LAURA WILLIS

A couple swiftly dances the six-step salsa sequence to a fast-paced rhythm. They weave in and out from each other’s arms, pausing for a mere second on the fourth beat. The dance is structured but maintains a sensuous vibe. Salsa, which has roots in both Latin and AfroCaribbean dances, has a defined culture all its own. “If there is something stereotypically Latino, salsa is the thing,” said University of Iowa sophomore Jacqueline Correa. Students and community members can learn the intricate moves of salsa at Gusto Latino at 6 p.m. Friday at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St. Besides dance lessons, the fiesta will feature a dance contest and music from the UI Latin and Jazz Ensemble, as well as Des Moines band Salsa Vibe. Beginning at 11 p.m., DJ King will play hip-hop. Admission is free for students, $5 for the general public at the door. The event, a tradition for nearly two decades, is sponsored by the International Crossroads Living Learning Community in Mayflower. The floor consists of both international students and those who are interested in diverse cultures. Throughout the year, the group

DANCE Gusto Latino When: 6 p.m. Friday Where: Old Brick, 26 E. Market Admission: Free for students, $5 for adults

organizes internationally focused activities. Favorites have included a multicultural food-sampling event, study-abroad information sessions, and last semester, a trip to Chicago to watch the U.S. soccer team play Poland. “Part of international cultures is not just about being diverse around the world but being diverse in thinking,” said resident assistant Wendy Tan. This year, the floor has created innovative ideas to grow Gusto Latino. Tan’s vision is an event similar to the Party at Old Brick in January — a nonalcoholic event with live music and a DJ. “I really want it to be a big hit,” she said. “With the 21-ordinance, I felt that Gusto Latino would be an alternative-to-alcohol event that would be a great way for people to create a bond, learn a new dance, and also to just have fun.” Nine-member band Salsa Vibe will bring an authentic Latin America flair with trumpets, trom-

bones, and percussion instruments. The group was formed in 2009, when members from different salsa bands across the United States returned to Iowa. The two founding members, percussionists Ryan Mullin and John Kizilarmut, met when they played in the same salsa band. Upon retuning to Des Moines, they gradually met musicians who shared the same interest in the upbeat music. For Ecuador native and Salsa Vibe vocalist Fernando Aveiga, part of the joy of the music is the history behind it. He remembered his father dancing to the Afro-Caribbean style of salsa, while his mother enjoyed Colombian rhythms. In the 1960s and ’70s, immigrants with similar music interests as Aveiga’s family migrated toward the heart of Queens, N.Y., combining the rhythmic patterns of rumba, bolero, and merengue. The idea of sharing cultures and stories is one aspect of salsa that intrigues the band. “It’s a creation of a community,” Aveiga said. “With salsa, you are invited to make friends. You are invited to dance. You can share time and space with someone of your tradition and human race.”

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Not afraid to look back William Fitzsimmons comes to Iowa City with a new album.

CONCERT William Fitzsimmons When: 9 p.m. Saturday Where: Mill, 120 E. Burlington Admission: $15


Singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons believes there are two types of people — those who value insight and those who would rather never look back. “I am greatly the former,” he said. “If you want to move forward, GIVE A you have LISTEN to be willing to go William through Fitzsimmons something. Catharsis Gold in the is the Shadow process by w h i c h Featured change Track: happens, n o t • “The Tide Pulls From the Moon” denial.” The folk If you like it: artist is on See William tour in Fitzsimmons, 9 promotion p.m. Saturday, of his new Mill, 120 E. album, Burlington, $15. Gold in the Shadow. He will perform at Mill, 120 E. Burlington St., at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15. The Pittsburgh native has been through a great deal in his life and has been quite open to the media about his struggles. His music has served him as a “therapeutic tool,” and he attributes much of his openness to his earning an M.A. in counseling at Geneva College. Crossing paths with individuals who have aggressive, violent, psychotic, and suicidal behaviors has had a major effect on his life. “When you’ve learned how to be comfortable and at peace in those situations, you’re able to say things in songwriting without any sort of fear or inhibition,” he said. “I


Folk musician William Fitzsimmons will visit the Mill on Saturday as a stop on his current tour promoting his latest album. think it’s benefited me greatly. There’s really not enough music that’s as cathartic as it could be.” Longtime manager Michael Solomon said it’s been an honor and a privilege to work with Fitzsimmons. Solomon described him as a perfect intersection of all things intellectual, spiritual, and emotional. “When you put it all together, you got this really wonderful person who can feel and understand emotion, both from the perspective of the person who’s having it and from

why and how people have their feelings,” he said. Fitzsimmons said he believes his experiences in counseling have given him a bit of an edge on others. In school, he was trained to be able to get inside people’s heads and to understand their motivations. He applies these skills in his music not to solely entertain people but also to to get to the core of people’s experience and to have a bolder conversation. “It’s not magic; I’m not brilliant or anything, but I know a few tricks here

and there that can help me get to a conclusion,” he said. “I use that, man, and I don’t feel guilty about it.” Fitzsimmons writes mainly from emotion. His previous album, The Sparrow and the Crow, was written in reaction to his divorce. His latest album, Gold in the Shadow, is balanced, and it moves forward honestly from the melancholy. He has moved on from the diseased state he once was in, he said, but he recognizes the previous albums as truth — that was how he felt. He’s

proud of those works because they resonate with people. “If you take everything individually, there’s nothing groundbreaking,” Fitzsimmons said. “I’m not the first person to sing quietly, to write a breakup album, to have a beard, or to play guitar. But the gestalt of the whole thing is, I think, what creates something different. That’s the idea that you can use music to go as deeply as possible into someone’s sickness, darkness, and evil and use that as a way to actually come out of it.” Throughout his career, he has been compared to the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, and Elliott Smith. These comparisons flatter him, he said, but it’s a two-way street because it’s not perfectly accurate. “Iron & Wine, yeah, there are some similari-

ties there — sort of hushed vocals, maybe attention for more guitardriven stuff, or they may be just saying that because we both have beards,” he said and laughed. In any event, Fitzsimmons is prouder of his show than ever. He refuses to do any complacent work while on tour, in which the audience might feel as if it wasn’t an honest performance. “If I wanted to just play music for people, I could just walk up there and put my CD in a stereo,” he said. “I want people, if they decide to come to the show, I want them to actually feel something deeply.”

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Poems of darkness & light A Writers’ Workshop graduate will return to Iowa City for a poetry reading at Prairie Lights today. By ERIC HAWKINSON


Chicago rock band Company of Thieves will play at the Blue Moose on Friday.

From the wizard to a gamble Chicago rock band Company of Thieves will perform at the Blue Moose on Friday. By RILEY UBBEN

The powerful, fiery voice of the rock band Company of Thieves doesn’t bring to mind “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” But according to vocalist Genevieve Schatz, that’s where her music career started. “I saw The Wizard of Oz when I was about 2, and I was just arrested by Judy Garland in that movie,” she said. “It really touched me, and I’ve been singing since then.” Company of Thieves will perform with the Envy Corps at 8 p.m. Friday at the Blue Moose, 211 Iowa Ave. Admission is $10. Schatz’s taste in music eventually expanded to punk, ska, and of course, the Beatles, a band, she said, that she and guitarist Marc Walloch first bonded over. The two were introduced by a mutual friend on a train in Chicago, and they immediately got to know each other. “The train was crowded, so we had to sit together and just talk about music,” she said. “After that, we started to hang out once a week. We would watch old movies, listen to the Beatles, and we kind of just started to write a bunch of songs over time.” Starting out as an acoustic act, Shatz and Walloch used open-mike nights in Chicago coffee shops for their initial gigs. The two developed a following in the singer/songwriter community, which inspired them to add two more members to the band as well as put together an album. “When we had our CD release show for [our first record] in May of 2007, we sold out the Beat Kitchen in Chicago,” she said. “I think that was a big moment for us, because we kind of did everything backwards. We made an album before we ever did our first show [as a full band].” The group’s unconventional

CONCERT Company of Thieves When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Blue Moose, 211 Iowa Admission: $10

route inevitably took a toll on the band members’ bank accounts. Releasing the début, Ordinary Riches,on their own, the musicians were forced to make some tough decisions. “We financed it ourselves,” Schatz said. “Some of the guys had to drop out of school, and some of [the record] was financed with student loans. I was working full-time in the city and had to use a lot of my money.” She said she is happy to have taken the risk. The album’s unique, female-fronted approach to alternative rock earned the band a deal with Wind-up Records and a wealth of new listeners. University of Iowa student Kelli Nuehring became a fan after learning the band would play in Iowa City with the Envy Corps. The freshman was immediately drawn to the energy that Shatz brought to the table. “Her voice is so great,” Nuehring said. “Femalefronted indie rock bands are really something lacking in the genre, so if you find a band with a strong female vocalist, it is really something special.” Shatz believes her singing, as well as the band’s musicianship, got stronger on Company of Thieves’ sophomore album, Running from a Gamble. The songs come with a newfound confidence that the singer doesn’t feel was represented on the début. “That [first] record was a time when everyone was really young and green and had never really recorded an album before. So we were a bit shy, to be honest,” she said. “I feel like [Running from a Gamble] is more us than ever before.”

Kristin Kelly runs her boutique store Ode in western Massachusetts, texting herself little lines of poetry on her phone when she finds a moment. “It’s interesting because it’s creating this little tiny space in which to write, so it is sort of like the space for poetry,” Kelly said. “Only a few words per line. It’s just a way for me to write right now.” The poet turned shop owner and Writers’ Workshop graduate will return to Iowa City for a reading of her latest work, Cargo, at 7 p.m. today at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. Admission is free. Since leaving Iowa City, Kelly said, she has missed the valuable poetry conversations she experienced while at the Workshop. It’s harder to find that elsewhere, she said, but that doesn’t keep her from satisfying her yearning for language — she recently hosted a poetry reading in her boutique. “I don’t read my own work at the store because I don’t want it to be about me. I have books of poetry in the store alongside fashion magazines,” the 31-yearold said. “Each month, I host different art events, and my first window display had lines of poetry in the window. They are pretty separate for me, but I like to be a part of the art community, and that’s my way of doing it here.” Friend, fellow poet, and Writers’ Workshop graduate Dora Malech can relate to Kelly in missing the great conversations found in the classroom. She is grateful, however, for her relationship with Kelly, because of their ability to strike up those talks on occasion. “Her poetry is achingly attune to specific textures, images, and moments,” Malech said. “It also has a thrilling musicality and light-onits-feet muscularity that is never light on import and emotional thrust.” Kelly often writes from experience, even if it seems fleeting. She said she loves the way one can rip apart language

READING Kristin Kelly When: 7 p.m. today Where: Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque Admission: Free

and moments and piece them back together into something stronger than before. She is energized by the access languages gives — you can experience something in life and then write about it for a completely different experience. She is especially interested in the tragedy and beauty of the human condition — the strange things people say or the miscommunications people have. She likes to write in places in which she can overhear conversations and in which she can see the scraps of paper and

trash left behind. “I listen to what people say, and just recently there’s been this woman who sits outside my store who I have to ask sometimes to leave because she’s spitting on people,” Kelly said. “But she also says these really amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking, and also offensive things that I tend to want to steal.” Cargo, the book from which she will read from today, deals greatly with the human condition. The poems start in a fragmented emotional state, but as the pages turn, she hoped to establish a unifying notion. “My hope is that I was moving from a feeling of interior ruin to exterior empathy,” she said. “A little bit of an emotional road map, I think.” Kelly has learned a

poem is either a poem or an elegy. It’s easier for her to write poems about broken-heartedness, but she feels a poem can still have heart and be happy. It’s more of a challenge. “What also is really hard for me is, lately, I’ve been trying to write odes or happy poems,” she said. “It’s hard, because a lot of times I think we start from a darker place. It’s hard to make art when you’re celebrating, but it’s important to do that.”

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Dr. Dulcamara, played by actor Jason Mallory, shows one of his products to a group of women during rehearsal for Elixir of Love at the Englert on Monday. The opera follows the life of a poor farmer, Nemorino, who drinks an elixir to make his love interest, Adina, fall in love with him.

LOVE CONTINUED FROM 1B Elixir of Love is directed by UI Associate Professor Emeritus William Theisen, who has led more than 100 productions across the country. The opera is the fourth he has directed at the university. When he’s not in Iowa, he is the full-time artistic director of the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee. Though he has a great deal of experience, this production is Theisen’s first time directing this particular show. He said he enjoys working through the process with the students rather than focusing on the final product.

Staging an opera Presented by the University of Iowa Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, Elixir of Love follows the story of Nemorino, a poor farmer. When the kind-hearted and sweet Nemorino (UI senior Chaz’men WilliamsAli) falls in love with Adina (graduate student Jacqueline Lang), he is caught in a love triangle with B e l c o r e, a Sergeant pompous character who is focused on getting her in b e d . B e c a u s e o f t h i s, Nemorino searches for the bottle of elixir that will make Adina focus her passion on him. UI senior Ian Richardson (Sergeant Belcore) drew inspiration from his job at Kum & Go to learn his character. “I watched how younger males acted toward their mothers,” he said. “They learn to put the smile on when they need to, but they are very manipulative at the same time.” Not all cast members used personal experiences to get into character. For Lang, the moment came when she tried on her costume for the first time. As she draped the Victorian-style gown over her shoulders and tightened the corset, she felt like a fashion icon from the 1900s — a perfect fit for her role. “The way the fabric flows while the character is moving [on stage] gives me a great sense of excitement,” Lang said. “The set designs and costumes are fabulous, the production team has done a great job, and it’s really exciting to see it all come together.” Theisen agreed. “I think there are a lot of components at the university that are great assets to the opera,” he said as he wrote notes for the actors on stage. “Working with Shari Rhoads is a huge help and g r e at e x p e r i e n c e, because she’s so good at what she does.” Rhoads is the vocal coach for the opera, and with her help, the students have been able to conquer the classical style of the music featured in Elixir of Love.

Behind the music Rhoads has worked with the principal actors since late March. Williams-Ali, Lang, and Richardson had to learn the music on their own at first, and the three d id n’ t p r ac ti c e to ge t h e r with R h o ad s u n ti l a ft e r spring break. Though it’s a short process for learning the music, the actors ran into problems when they had a different idea of what the tempo should be.



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“[Rhoads] is a great bridge between you doing what you want to do and someone having a say-so to what goes on,” Williams-Ali said. “But it’s really nice when you get to hear what the whole thing sounds like.” Not only do the singers have to worry about tempo, the orchestra does, too. Jones said his responsibility is to keep the orchestra moving but keep the performance in mind. “If it’s just the orchestra on stage, you aren’t concerned about the young voices being able to carry themselves over the music,” he said. “[In the opera], I have to make sure certain tempos and volumes work for the singers.” An interesting aspect of Elixir of Love is that the composer wrote each of the main roles’ vocal lines with the character’s personality in mind — which, Rhoads said, is unusual. “Composer are different with their styles of composition, where they either concentrate on the story or the beauty of the voice,” she said. “But they don’t usually compose where their vocal line reflects a personality.” The UI tends to go toward original-language operas, which are usually in Italian, but Theisen chose to do t h i s p a rt i c u l a r o per a i n English — a challenge for the students. “In an original-language opera, the librettist labors intensively over the sound of each syllable for the language,” Rhoads said. “This sets up a lot of diction issues for the students, but they have done a wonderful job with it.” While the performers may have perfected singing in English, Williams-Ali said, it’s not easy as singing in another language. “You have to sit down and figure out how it musically fits with the text, and while it is easier to interpret, it’s not easier on the voice,” he s a i d . “ S o m e t h i n gs j us t don’t work, and in order to make a legit sentence, you have to do a really weird grammar setup.” Though the orchestra and vocalists have been rehearsing for a month and a half, this week was the first time the two have come together. But Jones said he isn’t worried about the short amount of time — things tend to work out. “There is always potential things [that could go wrong],” he said. “But usually it’s not something that stops the show.”

Opening night As the curtains open and the performers take their places on stage, the mixture of music, language, and personalities come together. One element is no more important than the others — they work together to create the comedic opera. After a week of rehearsing with the orchestra, the actors are skilled enough to know not to push the musicians and to get their tempos where they need to be. “You go from being supported by one person to being supported by a bunch of people,” Lang said. “There is a lot more energy, and it’s a very neat experience.”


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U STORE ALL Self Storage Individual units from 5’x10’ to 20’x20’. Concrete buildings, steel doors. Visit us online: (319)337-3506.



FEMALE roommate wanted in three bedroom older home, utilities and heat extra, off-street parking, laundry, close to downtown and campus. Available 8/1/11. (319)360-1825.


ONE room available May 15. $330/ month plus utilities, ages 18-25. Three bedroom house GOT FURNITURE TO MOVE? located at 1810 7th Ave. Ct., Small Hauls Iowa City. $35/ load. Iowa City. Off-street parking, finished Call (319)351-6514. basement, two bathrooms, C/A, MOVING?? SELL UNWANTED busline, bar and sauna, large backyard, W/D and all other FURNITURE IN THE DAILY appliances. IOWAN CLASSIFIEDS. See interior/ exterior photos at: TWO GUYS TWO TRUCKS (319)631-3052. (319)455-MOVE



5/15 to 8/15, $1200 total, utilities included. One bedroom, Church St. Close to campus, off-street parking. WANT A SOFA? Desk? Table? (319)541-0337. Rocker? Visit HOUSEWORKS. We've got a store full of clean used furniture plus dishes, drapes, lamps and other household items. All at reasonable LA CAVA MEXICAN prices. Now accepting new conRESTAURANT now hiring signments. experienced servers, line cooks HOUSEWORKS and hosts. Apply within: 111 Stevens Dr. 1810 N. Coral St., Suite B, (319)338-4357 Coralville, IA 52241.


LOU HENRI’S RESTAURANT, 630 Iowa Ave., is hiring for a.m. Waitress. Must have previous serving experience and weekend/ summer availability. SAM’S PIZZA is hiring server positions and bartenders for summer and fall. Apply at 441 S.Gilbert St.


CAMP COUNSELORS, male/ female, needed for great overnight camps in the mountains of PA. Have fun while working with children outdoors. Teach/ assist with A&C, Aquatics, Media, Music, Outdoor Rec, Tennis, and more. Office, Nanny, and Kitchen positions available. Apply online at PLAY SPORTS! HAVE FUN! SAVE MONEY! Maine camp needs fun loving counselors to teach all land, adventure & water sports. Great summer! Call (888)844-8080, apply:


SURE, we could buy a large, flashy ad, but we’d rather give you more money for your books. Defunct Books, 521 E. Washington, across from the Co-op.


JERSEY BEEF Ready in May. Order whole $1.80/lb.; half $1.90/lb.; quarter $2.10/lb. Processed at state inspected facility. Call (319)256-8399.




USED washers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, refrigerators. Warranty. Foster Appliance (319)338-5489.



Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu. (319)339-1251

BUYING USED CARS We will tow. (319)688-2747

CALL US FIRST for top prices paid and prompt removal of your older car or truck. (319)338-7828. CASH for Cars, Trucks Berg Auto 4165 Alyssa Ct. 319-338-6688


EXPERT low cost solutions to your car problems. Visa and Mastercard accepted. McNiel Auto Repair. (319)351-7130.


SEEKING one bedroom/ bath, cooking, utilities paid, $375$425 negotiable. June 1. (319)594-6996.


121 N. VAN BUREN Rooms for rent in large house. Share kitchen/ bath/ laundry. All utilities paid, $395-$435/ month. RCPM (319)887-2187.

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1, 2 and 3 bedroom units available in Saddlebrook for current and fall leasing. Cats welcome with fee. Contact AM Management (319)354-1961.

QUIET one bedroom, eat-in kitchen, small pets ok, no smoking, professionals. (319)338-4774.

1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms, efficiencies and houses, nice places with THE ONLY SWIMMING POOL APTS in campus/ downtown location, garage parking, utilities. Call (319)621-6750.




ONE/ TWO bedroom, W/D, $585-$620, some utilities paid. (319)354-0386. SEVILLE APARTMENTS has one and two bedroom sublets available in June. $620 and $715 includes heat, A/C, water and garbage. Laundry on-site, parking and 24 hour mainte- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 nance. Call (319)338-1175. balconies, 2 walk-in closets, THE ONLY SWIMMING POOL APTS in campus/ downtown location, free garage parking, courtyards, elevator, laundry. EFFICIENCY near UIHC/ Law. Call (319)621-6750. H/W paid, no pets, off-street CROSS PARK APARTMENTS parking. Two bedroom, two bath, dishwasher, microwave, on-site (319)338-5900. laundry, central air, entry door system, some with deck or EXTRA large one bedroom. patio, on city busline. Beautiful new kitchen recently $600-$630. installed. Located close to medi- SouthGate (319)339-9320 cal campus. Rent includes heat, water, reserved parking and internet. $850 per month. Quiet DAILY IOWAN CLASSIFIEDS nonsmokers without pets call (319)335-5784, (319)335-5785 e-mail: (319)631-1236 for more info. ALWAYS ONLINE GREAT VALUE! I.C. Two bedroom, one or two ONE bedroom near UIHC/ Law. bath, quiet, clean, non-smoking, H/W paid, no pets, off-street close-in, free parking. $795 and $865. Fall. (319)351-0946. parking.




ONE bedroom, quiet, no smoking, no pets. 715 Iowa Ave. $535/ month, heat paid. Available 8/1/11. (319)330-7685.

FALL LEASING. Four bedroom, two bath, $1600, N.Linn St. (319)339-1509.

TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE TOWNHOME, four bedroom, three bath, two car garage. Quiet, eastside Iowa City neighborhood. $189,900. Kimberly (319)541-8528.



TWO bedroom, eastside Iowa FOUR bedroom, two bath, City, W/D hookups, NO PETS. internet, laundry, five minutes to $575 plus utilities. August 1. NOW leasing Sycamore downtown, secured parking (319)338-4407. Apartments. Two bedroom units available. $1450 plus utilities. $775-$800. Newer buildings, (319)331-6143. secured entry, W/D hookups. DOGS WELCOME with fee. FOUR bedroom, two bath, Contact AM Management FREE parking, internet, laundry, (319)354-1961. five minutes to downtown. MEADOWLARK $1350 plus utilities. Eastside- two bedroom, one (319)331-6143. bath, secure building, carport, PARK PLACE has a two bedroom available May 19 for $625, FOUR bedroom, two bathroom, storage, W/D hookup plus on-site laundry. Small pet negoincludes water and garbage. all appliances, W/D, deck, tiable. $525/ $550 plus utilities. Laundry on-site, 24 hour main- FREE parking! 12 N.Dodge, RCPM (319)887-2187. tenance. Call (319)338-4951 for available now, $1795. more details. (319)887-6450 or beckyhouser@ TWO bedroom, one bath, FREE parking, W/D, dishwasher, $875 plus utilities. NO PETS. THREE bedroom, 1-1/2 bath, three blocks from downtown, 216 Fairchild. 6 bedroom, (319)351-1219. behind Lou Henri Restaurant, $2200, 8/1/11. C/A, $1000 plus utilities. TWO bedroom on Newton (319)330-2503. (319)321-6418. Road. Off-street parking, no pets. THREE bedroom, two bath, AUGUST FREE. Four bedroom, FREE parking, internet, laundry, W/D, dishwasher, parking, A/C, (319)338-5900. five minutes to downtown. close-in. $1000 plus utilities. TWO bedroom, three blocks OPEN HOUSE! (319)331-6143. (319)471-3723. from downtown, behind Lou April 30 and May 1 Henri Restaurant. $575-$800. THREE bedroom, walk to cam- CLOSE-IN, very nice. Saturday 1-4; Sunday 12-3 (319)330-2503. pus. August 1st. 1100 sq.ft. Six Three bedroom house, August. Through May 31, $300 towards deposit, rent or moving Lucinda (319)354-3208 or TWO bedroom, walk to campus. closets, dishwasher, parking. expenses. (319)331-0835. $1140, H/W paid. No pets. August 1. Parking. $750, H/W Cedar Crest Apartments (319)855-9279. paid. No pets. (319)855-9279. Affordable housing for those 55 LARGE, close-in, W/D, A/C, and older. Smoke free facility, TWO bedroom, walk to campus. parking, 7- 8 bedrooms. many amenities. Must see. August 1. 860 sq.ft. Four clos(319)512-0544. Call today for an appointment ets, dishwasher, parking. (319)213-3938. $860, H/W paid. No pets. (319)855-9279. HUGE five bedroom, two bathTHE DAILY IOWAN room penthouse apartment near ALWAYS ONLINE will publish through Friday, May downtown, free parking, 501 13 for spring semester. Bowery St. Available 8/1/11. Place your ad now! WOODLANDS APARTMENTS $1995/ month. (319)351-0360 *Deadline: 11:00am for next day Two bedroom, one bath, W/D in or unit, central air, some with decks, on city busline. Some units allow cats for an additional fee. $650-$680. SouthGate (319)339-9320



LARGE one, two bedroom apartments near campus, $660/ month. (319)594-0722.

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KEOKUK STREET APARTMENTS Large two bedroom, two bath units with dishwasher, microwave, central air, on-site laundry, on city busline. $670- $700. SouthGate (319)339-9320





MOBILE HOME FOR SALE MUST SELL double wide mobile home. On market for two years. 2000 model. Excellent condition. Three bedroom, two bath, deck, $25,000. Cash only inquiries. Lot 11 Thatcher Court. (217)452-7131, (319)430-8797.




AUGUST 1. Large three bedroom, two bath, W/D hookups, eastside, one car garage, H/W paid, $1250/ month, pets negotiable. (319)331-8801. AVAILABLE August 2011. Renovated four bedroom, two bath, downtown. Great spot. $1950. (319)351-1964. AWESOME three and four bedroom, two bathroom downtown apartments, elevator in building, 613 S.Dubuque. Available 8/3/11. $1200-$1660/ month. (319)351-0360 or



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Daily Break


This column reflects the opinion of the author and not the DI Editorial Board, the Publisher, Student Publications Inc., or the University of Iowa.

Let them burn like barbecues. We will clap our hands.

— Former South Vietnamese first lady Madame Nhu speaking about the South Vietnamese Buddhist monks who immolated themselves in the 1960s in the streets of Saigon to protest the Vietnam War. She died on Easter Sunday in Rome at the age of 86.



Worst Opening Lines in Books: • The End • “Well, all evidence points to the butler, but just in case, I’m going to go through this lengthy list of possible but unlikely suspects and eliminate them one by one, just to be sure.” • It was a dreary and drizzly night. • OK, this is going to be really hard to describe, but it all happened in that one place with the thing and the person who said that one thing that one time. • Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was born in Chile, adopted when she was 6 months old, and was raised by ItalianAmerican parents in Marlboro, New York. • The following account is taken directly from official CIA files and relates to Mr. B[xxxxxx] M[xxxxxx] of [xxxxxx], MN and the time that he tried to kill J[xxxxxx] K[xxxxxx] on J[xxxxxx] 17th, 19[xxxxxx], even though he [xxxxxx] with her [xxxxxx] and she [xxxxxx]ed it. • Jacob listened to the creaking of the rocking chair as he rocked: creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak. • It was definitely the most mundane of times. • Whatever you paid for this book, it was too much. • As we gathered around the living room fireplace, Uncle George suddenly chilled us all to the bone, for we realized that we were locked in the cabin only a second before his dreadful words sunk into our brains: “I want to tell you about something that changed my life; I want to tell you about a company called Amway.” • Call me Bob. — Brian Tanner killed Lord Voldemort with the Elder Wand. Think you’re pretty funny? Prove it. The Daily Iowan is looking for Ledge writers. You can submit a Ledge at If we think it’s good, we’ll run it — and maybe contact you for more.


Fans get ready to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during a Hawkeye softball doubleheader against Wisconsin at Pearl Field on Wednesday. The Badgers swept the Hawkeyes, 7-6 and 6-3. Story: 10A


UITV schedule 6:30 p.m. Incompetent Sports Talk, student sportswriters and sportscasters review this week in sports, Student Video Productions 7 Java Blend, Ivan & Alyosha perform at the Java House 8:15 UI Explorers, Matthew Hill, Anthropology, the changing nature of human-animal relationships using archaeological sites, Feb. 17


Thursday, April 28, 2011 — by Eugenia Last

ARIES March 21-April 19 Let your intuition guide you when dealing with employers and clients. Your quick response will position you well. A serious discussion with a partner can help to even out responsibilities. TAURUS April 20-May 20 You may be tempted to impress someone by spending more than you should. It will put you in a compromising position and make you look frivolous. Don’t reveal anything about finances or a legal concern. Offer your time, not your money. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Keep an eye on anyone you deem untrustworthy. Don’t let your personal problems interfere with your productivity at work or you may miss out on an opportunity. Avoid the trivial chatter going on around you, or you won’t finish what’s expected of you. CANCER June 21-July 22 Love, romance, and spending time with someone special will be your prime concerns. If you are single, do things that are creative or cultural, and you will meet a prospective partner. If you are in a relationship, enjoy caring, sharing, and making romantic plans. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 Put everything you’ve got into your future. Both personal and professional achievement can be made. A change of scenery or planning your next trip will motivate you to work hard, play hard, and strive to live life to the fullest. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You can spend to make improvements to your home or to take care of family matters, but don’t spend frivolously — you will end up owing money you cannot repay. Refuse to let anyone’s negativity tempt you to give in to something you don’t want. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 You’ll have the drive to finish what you start and to impress onlookers who may be sizing up how valuable you are. A problem with a partnership may develop if you cannot agree to move in the same direction. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 You’ll feel akin to someone you meet socially or while networking. Share your thoughts, but don’t reveal your secrets. This person may be trying to impress you by exaggerating. Put an honest effort into self-improvement projects. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Don’t listen to hearsay. Go directly to the source. Concentrate on making changes to your home that will add to its comfort. A romantic evening will lead to some personal decisions. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Look at what worked well for you in the past, and you will know how to move forward now. Problems with friends, neighbors, and relatives can leave you in a predicament if you aren’t prepared to take action. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Look over your money matters and your current situation. You have to own up to anything you owe or need to take care of before moving on. You will feel much better once you put the past behind you and take advantage of the opportunities heading your way. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 Deal with a situation at work quickly in order to avoid being blamed for something you didn’t do. Don’t hold back information, even if it will get someone into trouble. Right now, honesty is the best way to protect your position.


today’s events

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• 2011 Iowa Renewable Energy Association Symposium and Exposition, 9 a.m., IMU; through May 1 • Wee Read, 10:15 a.m., Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville • Biochemistry Seminar/Bull Lecture, “Protein Architecture and Remodeling in DNA Processing Machinery,” Walter Chazin, Vanderbilt, 10:30 a.m., 2117 Medical Education & Research Facility • Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Iowa City Federation of Labor Workers Memorial Day, noon, Pedestrian Mall • “Community-Based Research,” Edith Parker, noon, C44-A UIHC General Hospital • Roundtable Discussion, “The Integration of Yoga and Psychology,” noon, Heartland Yoga, 221 E. College • Analytical Seminar, “The Use of Partial Least Squares for the Analysis of Data,” Yatian Sun, Chemistry, 12:30 p.m., C131 Pomerantz Center • Biomedical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 12:30 p.m., 101 Becker • Pharmacology Graduate Student Workshop, “RGS6: A Potential Growth Suppressor in Bladder Cancer,” Stella-Rita Ibeawuchi, 12:30 p.m., Bowen Auditorium 2 • “Making Sense of the Science: A Workshop on Effective Scientific Writing,” Judith Swan Workshop, 1 p.m., 2117 Medical Education & Research Facility • Special Joint Astrophysics/Space Physics Lecture, “Development of Fabrication and Metrology Techniques for the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR),” Hongjun An, Columbia University, 2:30 p.m., 309 Van Allen • Kids Club, 3 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Teen Tech Zone, 3 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 3315 Seamans Center • Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 2217 Seamans Center • “On Location: D.W. Griffith, Early Cinema, and the Lower East Side,” Sara Blair, University of Michigan, 3:45 p.m., 304 EPB • Molecular and Cellular Biology Seminar, Jessica Viner, 4 p.m., 1289 Carver Biomedical Research Building • Open Studio, 4 p.m., Beadology Iowa,

220 E. Washington • Walking Club, 4 p.m., Hy-Vee, 310 N. First Ave. • Chakra Vinyasa, 5-7 p.m., Heartland Yoga, 221 e. College • Hawthorne Heights, 5 p.m., Blue Moose, 211 Iowa • Sustainability Festival for Creative Works, 5-7 p.m., 179 and 181 IMU • Hawthorne Heights, with After Midnight Project, Handguns, Self-Centered, Worst Case Scenario, 5:30 p.m., Blue Moose, 211 Iowa • Dave Zollo, 6 p.m., Orchard Green, 521 S. Gilbert • Achieving a Just Peace in Palestine, 6:30 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Take Back the Night, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Pentacrest • Big Backyard Jam, 7 p.m., Shakespeare’s, 819 S. First Ave. • Country Dance and Lesson, 7 p.m., Eagle’s Lodge, 225 Highway 1 W. • High Rollers for Education, 7 p.m.midnight, Old Brick, 26 E. Market • “Live from Prairie Lights,” Kristin Kelly, poetry, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque • Photography Lecture, Christine Shank, Rochester Institute of Technology, 7 p.m., 101 Biology Building East • Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture, “Film After Noir,” LA Confidential, 7 p.m., 101 Becker Communication Studies Building • Ran, 7 p.m., Bijou • Memphis, 7:30 p.m., Sycamore 12, 1602 Sycamore • Men’s Harmony Chorus Guest Night, 7:30 p.m., Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert • SCOPE Concert, Mason Jennings, 8 p.m., IMU Main Lounge • Writers’ Workshop Reading, Lydia Davis, fiction, 8:15 p.m., Dey House Frank Conroy Reading Room • Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, with Tristen & Apache Relay, 9 p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burlington • Iowa City Drag Kings, 9 p.m., Studio 13, 13 S. Linn • Sovereign Sect and Hood-Tek, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Blue Valentine, 10 p.m., Bijou • Campus Activities Board Movie, No Strings Attached, 10 p.m., 348 IMU • Campus Activities Board, Mission Improvable, 10 p.m., Main Library Shambaugh Auditorium

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9:30 Daily Iowan Television News 9:45 College is Possible, information about college admission from the UIowa Admissions Office 10 Incompetent Sports Talk, student sportswriters and sportscasters review this week in sports, Student Video Productions 10:30 Daily Iowan Television News 10:45 Java Blend, Ivan & Alyosha perform at the Java House

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