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WHAT’S INSIDE: METRO Legislators are crafting a bill to reform early childhood literacy. Page 2
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See if any of your friends got arrested this weekend. Page 2 A walking tour invited Iowa City residents to discuss urbanrenewal opportunities over the weekend. Page 5 The University of Iowa police use social media such as Facebook to help catch criminals. Page 5 A new radiation therapy technique for breast-cancer patients is expected to make treatment more convenient. Page 7 OPINIONS Nobody to blame but us. Page 4 Chen deal saves face for all parties involved. Page 4 A West Coast perspective of Iowa. Page 4 Letter to the Editor. Page 4 SPORTS Without White, who was Iowa’s Freshman of the Year? Page 10 The Daily Iowan selects Aaron White as Freshman of the Year. Page 12 DI’s Mason defends horse racing as a sport. Page 12
Cyclists race down Iowa Avenue in the Masters 40-49 race at the 35th-Annual Old Capitol Criterium in downtown Iowa City on Sunday. The event included races on a 1-kilometer loop around the Pentacrest for all ages from junior events to a 60-plus race. The criterium was part of a weekend of cycling events with a total of $10,000 available in prize money. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)
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Class uses Potter as window to learning ON THE WEB TODAY: SLIDE SHOW: Men’s baseball drops two to last-place Michigan. VIDEO: UI students protested size discrimination on the Pedestrian Mall over the weekend.
The UI will offer another Harry Pottertheme class in the fall. By CHASTITY DILLARD firstname.lastname@example.org
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Correction In the May 4 story “Branstad talks taxes,” The Daily Iowan inaccurately attributed the quotes and information of John Solow, a UI economics associate professor, to Mark Nolte, the Iowa City Area Development Group interim director and business-development director. The DI regrets the error.
Potter series signified the end of Cristina Ponce’s childhood. The University of Iowa senior said she grew up “alongside” Harry Potter and often imagined their two worlds intertwined with magical adventures filled with fire-breathing dragons, scary boggarts, flittering golden snitches, and tasty butterbeer.
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University of Iowa students have begun questioning the underlying social standards behind UI junior Jordan Ramos’ advocacy and rally against size discrimination. The rally, held May 4 under the shadow of the Plaza Towers on the Pedestrian Mall, marked two months since Ramos was allegedly denied access to a dance platform at the Union Bar, 121 E. College St., for looking “pregnant” and “not pretty enough,” while thinner women were still allowed on. Ramos and her peers’ plan to protest the bar turned into a rally against size discrimination after Union owner George Witgraf offered an apology. However, some rally-watchers suggested the issue at hand was not size discrimination but a cultural objectification of women.
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looking through the Potter lens lets you understand what was going on in Germany in World War II,” he said. Spisak said the Honors Program continually looks for ways to offer courses that engage students through popular culture. Two new Honors first SEE HARRY POTTER, 3
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UI officials said moderntheme course work featuring popular cultural subjects, such as the boy wizard, helps students resonate with important lessons in the classroom. Art Spisak, the director of the Honors Program, said the Harry Potter class helped students connect to historical periods. “That whole mindset
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“I must have read the first book 16 or 17 times, probably more,” she said. “Each time I still laugh at the funny parts and cry at the sad parts.” So when the UI Honors Program announced a new Harry Potter-centric literary class would be offered during the 2012 spring semester, she jumped at the chance.
“It doesn’t seem surprising to me that those letting people on that platform objectify themselves that would harbor sentiments against obese persons — if we’re going to address anything, it’s the voluntary objectification of women,” said UI graduate student Mara Determan. Determan said she was happy to see the ralliers stand up for issues they believed in and encouraged them to continue looking at the root causes of prejudice against women. Ramos — who said she never used the platform before the alleged incident-agreed the installation allowed women to be objectified, they had to be “screened” to use it. “… They did that to each of my friends who made it up on the platform, so basically they were treating women like pieces of meat who had to be hot enough to
People gather on the Pedestrian Mall on May 4 to speak out against size discrimination. Rally leader and UI junior Jordan Ramos was allegedly told she couldn’t dance on a platform at the Union Bar because of her size; Union owner George Witgraff apologized, and she moved from a protest of the Union to a rally against size discrimination in general. (The Daily Iowan/Asmaa Elkeurti)
their standards to even get up on the platform … No wonder women feel they have to put on so much makeup and lose so much weight in order to feel valued in society,” she wrote in an email. This objectification process, she added, still relates to issues of size
discrimination. “I am not fighting for the right for men to objectify women,” she said. “I just wanted to have fun with my friend, and unfortunately, something as simple as that SEE PROTEST, 3
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Ed bill to focus on literacy Legislators said an educationreform bill will likely address early childhood literacy issues. By LOGAN EDWARDS firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa legislators said the surviving policies of a nearly four-month debate over education reform will likely focus on early childhood literacy. Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, said he met with Education Conference Committee co-head Rep. Royd Chambers, R-Sheldon, numerous times last week to develop a final version of the bill that concentrates on childhood literacy. The draft will likely be introduced either today or Tuesday to the rest of the conference committee. Sen. Bob Dvorsky, DCoralville, said a proposed literacy program in the bill would cost roughly $2 million, making it one of the
smaller proposed reforms. He said other proposals, such as college-entrance exams and career-preparation tests for high-school students, will likely be cut because of their extensive costs. Legislators are focusing on literacy, he said. “What [the co-heads] are doing makes sense,” Dvorsky said. “We just need to move forward with what makes sense, such as literacy and continue to look at what needs to be discussed [in the future].” Sen. Shawn Hamerlinck, R-Dixon, said he thinks third-grade retention will not be included in the bill’s early education focus. In earlier debates, efforts were made to link efficient literacy rates with thirdgrade retention to ensure young students had early successes in reading. Hamerlinck said the retention effort’s controversial measures would not likely gain enough support. Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, said early literacy is key to later success in a child’s life.
Education reform Current early childhooddevelopment programs offered in Iowa include: • Head Start • Early Head Start Source: Iowa Community Action Association
“If you wait until the child is in middle school or high school, it’s almost too late [to help them],” she said. “The earlier you can help students, the better.” Iowa City School Board member Karla Cook said she agrees with the legislation’s current priorities. “I do believe that focusing on making every child literate would be a wonderful thing to do,” she said. “If they can read and understand everything, there will be less issues in high school.” Iowa City School Board member Sarah Swisher said literacy efforts are more effective the earlier they are introduced to a child.
“Our problem isn’t that teachers do not know how to teach,” she said. “It’s that we don’t expand the resources and support they need.” Cook said she does not agree with the suggestion of exit or placement exams at the high-school level. “There are a lot of students who mature at different times,” Cook said. Swisher shared Cook’s views. “I think testing can put too high of an emphasis on performance,” Swisher said. “Those sorts of arbitrary guidelines don’t belong in a classroom.” While policymakers said it’s unlikely the specifics on placement exams will be included in the final bill, Dvorsky said legislators will continue to examine testing in the future. Quirmbach said the bill will lay the framework for education reform in upcoming years. Other specifics included in the bill will be released following discussion by the other members of the committee.
METRO Mason’s husband paid to attend fundraising events University of Iowa President Sally Mason’s husband, Ken Mason, will be paid $54,175 this year at attend fundraising events on the UI’s behalf, according to documents obtained by The Daily Iowan. The university’s hiring of Ken Mason in 2007 as a lecturer in the Biology Department and a “presidential fundraiser” — which gives him more than $107,000 a year — was part of a negotiation to hire Sally Mason, the documents stated. The UI Foundation pays the university for Ken Mason’s position. Ken Mason is reportedly required to participate in fundraising activities and events on and off campus in his role as presidential fundraiser, a position that was established in an oral agreement among President Mason, former Board of Regents’ President Michael Gartner, and former Executive Director Gary Steinke when Sally Mason was appointed to the position, the documents stated. Gartner told the Des Moines
Register he was never aware such a position was established for the UI president’s husband. UI Officials will be meeting today to discuss the issue, said Meyer, the UI Forrest Foundation's executive director of strategic communication — by Beth Bratsos
Man charged with assault with a weapon
vated misdemeanor and is punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250. — by Jordyn Reiland
University, Southwestern Community College, Kirkwood Community College, and Drake University. The Branstad administration will introduce more information in a press conference at 9 a.m. today — by Derek Kellison
Branstad announces beginning of educaAnimal service ends tion hubs Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for some towns
A North Liberty man has been charged with assaulting a person with a knife. Jequan Scales, 23, was charged May 5 with assault with a dangerous weapon. According to a North Liberty Police complaint, Scales and the victim went to Scales’ residence to discuss issues. While the victim was at the residence, Scales allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife. While they were arguing, the victim began to leave out the back door, the complaint said. Scales allegedly swung the knife at the victim, causing the victim’s shirt to be cut. Assault with a dangerous weapon is considered an aggra-
recently announced the launch of several education “hubs” throughout the state for science, technology, engineering, and math fields. A release issued May 4 outlined the responsibilities the six hubs — which include the University of Iowa — will have including opening communications to business, educational institutions, nonprofit groups, and other institutions in their region. “These six regional STEM network hubs will be the driving force offering Iowa youngsters more opportunities to learn about STEM, which will better prepare them to someday consider STEM careers,” Branstad said in the release. The STEM centers also include Iowa Lakes Community College, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State
The city of Iowa City’s animal services will end May 4 for some area communities — including Hills, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Shueyville, Swisher, and Tiffin. According to an Iowa City press release, animal services including the drop-off of strays or unwanted pets will no longer be provided by the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center. Residents of the communities are encouraged to contact local officials to find out where to go for these services. The city sent letters to each of the communities on April 5 notifying them of the end of service, the release said. According to the release, Iowa City is in the process of designing a new facility that is planned to be constructed on Napoleon Lane. — by Jordyn Reiland
was charged April 26 with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kalen Felder, 19, 507 Bowery St. No. 4, was charged Sunday with presence in a bar after hours and PAULA. Robert Fuller, 20, Cedar Rapids, was charged April 28 with possessing or supplying alcohol under 21. Levi Gates, 24, N319 Hillcrest, was charged April 30 with two charges of possession of a controlled substance and a drug taxstamp violation. Jamie Gluskin, 19, 201 E. Burlington No. 1522, was charged May 4 with presence in a bar after hours. Ronald Gray, 32, Fort Madison, Iowa, was charged May 5 with OWI. Evan Hammond, 24, Nashville, Tenn., was charged Sunday with public intoxication. Sydney Heim, 20, 328 N. Clinton St., was charged May 4 with presence in a bar after hours. Matthew Heizer, 21, Shorewood, Ill., was charged April 27 with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Emma Howell, 19, Lisbon, Iowa, was charged Sunday with OWI. Mallory Hynes, 20, 3224 E. Washington St., was charged Sunday with public intoxication and unlawful use of a driver’s license/ID of another. Geoffrey Irving, 22, 302 Melrose Court, was charged May 4 with public intoxication. Ryan Kaminsky, 22, 221 N. Linn St., was charged May 4 with keeping a disorderly house. Anne Knight, 1038 E. College St., was charged May 2 with OWI. Casey Levigne, 19, Tinley Park, Ill., was charged Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Catherine Lile, 20, 1139 Quadrangle, was charged April 28
with possession of a controlled substance. Ginger Lortenson, 43, address unknown, was charged May 4 with two counts of criminal trespassing. Coleman Lydon, 21, 637 S. Dodge St. No. 4, was charged May 4 with public intoxication. T. Kurien, 20, 120 E. Davenport St. No. 9, was charged April 27 with unlawful use of a driver’s license and possessing or supplying alcohol under 21. Dalton Martin, 18, 1010 Slater, was charged May 4 with three charges of possession of prescription drugs. Adam Meyers, 22, Frankfort, Ill., was charged Sunday with public intoxication. Ashley Mountain, 37, Coralville, was charged May 5 with obstruction of an officer. Austinie Myers, 21, Coralville, was charged April 29 with public intoxication. Jenell Nyberg, 27, 715 E. Burlington St. No. 1, was charged April 23 with third-degree harassment. Rollie Opalacz, 22, 320 S. Gilbert St., was charged May 4 with public intoxication. Miguel Pena, 18, 541D Mayflower, was charged May 2 with possession of a controlled substance. Michael Pesavento, 18, 2301 Burge, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Veronica Petit, 27, 409 Dakota Trail, was charged May 4 with driving while barred. Dene Ray, 19, Cedar Rapids, was charged Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Carmen Rannfeldt, 23, 2401 Friendship St., was charged with OWI. Joseph Riggan, 25, 606 Pounds Court, was charged Sunday with public intoxication. Jacob Roberts, 19, 4302 Burge, was charged April 28 with pos-
session of drug paraphernalia and possessing or supplying alcohol under 21. Trinidad Romero, 19, 327C Mayflower, was charged April 27 with possessing or supplying alcohol under 21 and public intoxication. Stephen Rusch, 22, 500 S. Gilbert No. 13, was charged May 5 with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Tabytha Seigfried, 21, Clinton, Iowa, was charged May 5 with OWI. Jacklyn Seyring, 19, 302 Stanley, was charged April 28 with public intoxication. Broderick Shemansky, 21, 323 N. Linn St., was charged April 27 with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Peter Simon, 19, 702 N. Dubuque St., was charged April 29 with possession of prescription drugs and public intoxication. Joseph Stein, 19, Elmhurst, Ill., was charged Sunday with PAULA, unlawful use of an authentic DL/ID of another, presence in a bar after hours, and public intoxication. Kayla Trombley, 18, 1222 Quadrangle, was charged April 28 with possessing or supplying alcohol under 21. Michael Wary, 19, W8 Hillcrest, was charged with public intoxication and public urination. Meghan Weiss, 20, was charged May 5 with presence in a bar after hours. Meghan Whitters, 23, Amana, was charged Sunday with public intoxication and assault causing injury. Marcus Vazquez, 24, Coralville, was charged Sunday with public intoxication. Alexander Zalesky, 19, 718A Mayflower, was charged May 1 with possession of a controlled substance.
BLOTTER Lashelle Beard, 19, 820 Caroline Ave., was charged Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Douglas Bissing, 24, 127 E. College St. No. 4, was charged May 3 with public intoxication. Isaac Butler, 19, 4254 Burge, was charged April 28 with possession of a controlled substance. Earline Chatman, 48, 1100 Arthur St. No. 3, was charged May 4 with fifth-degree theft. John Chiakuilas, 22, Mount Prospect, Ill., was charged April 29 with public intoxication. Dalton Clark, 20, 719 Michael St. Apt. 1, was charged May 4 with public intoxication. Anthony Critelli-O’Donnell, 20, 30017 Hawk Ridge Drive No. 117D, was charged May 5 with public intoxication. Geoffrey Cronon, 19, Elmhurst, Ill., was charged Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Kelsey Cunniff, 21, 201 E. Burlington St. No. 1525, was charged May 4 with presence in a bar after hours. Bernard Daly, 31, 1502 Ridge St., was charged April 27 with public intoxication. Kelvin Davis, 46, Coralville, was charged May 4 with obstruction of an officer. Brandon Deheer, 20, Cedar Rapids, was charged April 28 with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joseph Delay, 18, 2309 Burge, was charged May 1 with possession of prescription drugs and falsifying a driver’s license. Taylor Denny, 20, 74 Erobi Lane, was charged Sunday with presence in a bar after hours. Austin Derby, 24, 221 N. Linn St., was charged May 4 with keeping a disorderly house. Katherine Diaz, 21, 418 S. Van Buren St. Apt. 7, was charged Sunday with public intoxication. Kelly Drone, 19, 412A Mayflower,
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TOP STORIES Most-read stories on dailyiowan.com from May 4, 2012. 1. You're welcome 2. Branstad addresses corporate tax rate, property taxes 3. The 50 percent aren't who you think 4. UI ROTC sees declining funding, increasing applicants 5. UI students and community to protest alleged size discrimination at the Union Bar
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could not happen simply because of my size.” UI senior Madeleine Stroth disapproved of the Union’s alleged actions and agreed Ramos deserved the apology, but she expressed concern about the rally placing size issues on the same level as other cases of social discrimination. “What bothered me was her trying to make this bigger than it is, bringing it into sex or religion or things that are not a choice. For me, as far as the whole size thing — it’s like the way we discriminate against cigarette smokers.”
HARRY POTTER CONTINUED FROM 1 seminars will be offered this fall: One on the HBO series “The Wire” and the other focused on comics. Prior to the Harry Potter class, the UI has offered a class on the Beatles. Spisak said throughout the semester-long course, students used parallels
Ramos acknowledged such concerns but said onlookers cannot only view size issues in black and white. “What about people who have thyroid or metabolism problems?” Ramos said. “Should we deny them the right to have access to things because of something they can’t control? There are people with genetic issues who work out every single day.” UI junior Jordan Ramos leads a rally against size discrimination on the Pedestrian Mall on May 4. Ramos was allegedly told she couldn’t dance on a platform at the Union Bar because of her size; Union owner George Witgraff apologized, and she moved from a protest of the Union to a rally against size discrimination in general. (The Daily Iowan/Asmaa Elkeurti)
between the Harry Potter series and a variety of social issues like racial purity and religion. “You can make comparisons with what is going on in the Harry Potter series to meaningful issues that are relevant to what’s going on today,” Spisak said. Student demand pushed the class cap of 19 to 28. The seminar was fully enrolled after only eight hours of registration. Donna Parsons, a lecturer in the Honors Program and instructor of the Potter
class, said the course brought focus to other areas outside the series as well. “I found it rather surreal to be asked Beatles questions in a Harry Potter seminar,” she said. “But their queries allowed me to show the connections between Beatlemania and Pottermania, Sirius Black and John Lennon, and that truly ‘all you need is love.’ ” Melinda Finberg, a visiting English associate professor at Swarthmore College, has taught freshman seminar Harry Potter courses in the past.
“It brings very relevant humanistic questions that are still being written about today,” she said. “It was a very good way to bring to students.” Finberg’s past classes have compared the Harry Potter series with other popular modern literature from authors such as J.R.R. Tolkein. Although Spisak focuses his classes on more classical studies dating back 2,000 years, he admitted to using popular movies such as The Gladiator and Troy
publicly support gay marriage. Biden told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that marriage should be about being loyal to someone you love, whether that marriage is between a man and a woman, two men, or two women. “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties,” Biden said in the interview broadcast Sunday. Gay-rights advocates said Biden’s comments signaled unmistakable support for gay marriage, which they said made
him the highest-ranking member in the Obama administration to take that position. “I’m grateful that the vice president of the United States is now publicly supporting marriage equality, and I hope very soon the president and the rest of our Republicans and leaders, Democrats in Congress, will fall in line with the vice president,” said Chad Griffin, a gay-rights supporter and a member of the Obama campaign’s national finance committee. Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said his group was encouraged by Biden’s comments and called on Obama to speak out for “full marriage equali-
ty” for same-sex couples. While Obama opposes gay marriage, he says his personal views on the matter are “evolving” and has noted that polls show Americans are increasingly supporting same-sex marriage. Biden, a devout Catholic, has said previously that his personal views, as well as the country’s, on gay marriage are evolving. The vice president’s office said Sunday after the interview aired that Biden’s comments were not an endorsement of gay marriage but simply a reaffirmation of his belief that same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections as all Americans. — Associated Press
NATION Biden backs civil rights for all married couples WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says he’s “absolutely comfortable” with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples, a stand that gayrights advocates interpreted as an endorsement of same-sex marriage. But the White House and President Obama’s re-election campaign, eager to avoid a debate on a hot-button social issue in an election year, insisted that Biden was not breaking ranks with Obama, who does not
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to engage students. “Another approach, however, which is equally valid, is to bring out the relevancy of whatever material is treated in a course,” he said. “For example, as a
classicist, my course subject matter is usually 2,000 years or older. So, my challenge is to have the students understand how that very old material is relevant to their lives.”
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Voters to blame for polarization Americans don’t have all that much confidence in Congress. Since 1973, the number of Americans who have said that they have confidence in Congress as DANIEL TAIBLESON email@example.com an institution has only surpassed 40 percent four times. Though as bad as Congress’s historical record has been, it has inspired less confidence in recent years. In fact, according to Gallup’s most recent survey, Americans have less confidence in our foremost legislative institution than they do in banks, big business, and HMOs. There is little doubt that this collapse of confidence stems from the fact that many view Congress as a broken institution. It is rather astonishing that anyone views Congress as anything else, considering that this most recent Congress struggles to conduct routine legislative responsibilities. The reasons for this dysfunction are numerous, but I think it is far from controversial to point to polarization as the key contributing factor. This is especially true when you consider that the ideological gulf between the parties in this most recent Congress is abnormally large. However, while it is clear is that polarization has contributed much to cultivating an impotent Congress, what is less clear is why Congress is so polarized. Now would be an appropriate time to talk about the Congress we “need” and the Congress we “deserve,” but I think that discussion would actually distract us from something far more important: Congress is broken because we as voters are sending our elected officials the wrong signals. Many people blame gerrymandering — to be sure, gerrymandering exacerbates many of the underlying problems, but senators are elected statewide and it is not as if the Senate has escaped the polarization trend. Furthermore, meticulous research has revealed little reason to think that gerrymandering is to blame. Some blame the influence of money, and again I advise caution. The influence of centralized monetary interests on electoral and legislative outcomes is well-documented, but the link between money and polarization is weak at best. Still, others blame institutional rules in clear need of reconsideration. However, the abuse of institutional rules such as the filibuster to the point of turning the Senate into a minority-ruled
body is more a symptom than a cause of polarization. That all having been said, I offer a bracing dose of good, great, and bad news. The good news is that recent research has shed light on what appears to be driving the polarization trend and making partisan compromise less tenable. The great news is that we as voters can pretty much correct this problem at any time. The bad news is that correcting this problem will require a large-scale shift in the way we as voters reward our elected officials. A recent paper by Philip Jones exploring the relationship between constituents and their representatives has provided compelling evidence that how voters reward elected officials has done us all the considerable disservice of producing a highly polarized legislative body inhabited by officials with no incentive to compromise. Jones studied whether voters were more likely to vote for incumbent senators based on their policy stances or the state of the national economy and the occupation in Iraq. Even after controlling for party affiliation and ideological similarities, Jones found that voters were far more likely to vote for an incumbent based on his policy stances than they were to vote for an incumbent based on “peace and prosperity” policy outcomes. This information does a lot to explain why it is lawmakers appear increasingly incapable of governing — which in our system of government requires some degree of compromise. If deviating from previously established policy positions poses significant electoral risks and legislative outcomes provide few (if any) electoral incentives, it is no wonder elected representatives would rather grandstand than seek grand bargains. Furthermore, if voters care a lot about policy stances and little about policy outcomes, there is nothing standing in the way of people who hold extreme ideological views — which make compromise impossible — from obtaining elected office. If we as voters want a Congress that functions, then we need to reward officials who are dedicated to making that happen. I am not saying that we should support squishy candidates who lack an ideological core, but I am saying that it is high time we support candidates that prioritize governance over ideological fealty. Your turn. Are the voters solely to blame for polarization? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com.
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Standing up, not crossing legs An unfortunate reality that continues to exist in our world — for men and women alike — is exactly described “daily oppression of sexism and violence against women” (DI, “Cross your legs,” May 4). However, there’s more than how we dress, live, and choose. The attitude that a woman should be categorized as a whole being by her choices in
dress or sexual lifestyle is the same kind of degradation, if on a lesser scale, as a man deciding he is entitled to take advantage of her body because of a similar value judgment. It continues to offload responsibility from the action of the offender by absolving one person’s impulses with the implication that another tempted them. It sows shame and urges silence. This attitude perpetuates the oppression
that surrounds us — actively and passively — every day. In the picture of the Slut Walk featured prominently in The Daily Iowan, I saw girls in bras and hot pants shoulderto-shoulder with girls in jeans and T-shirts. I guess that’s all pretty slutty, depending on how far back a person would like to roll our definitions of “classy” and “ladylike.” However, I fondly hope that my generation’s daughters will be able to feel safe dressing how-
ever they feel comfortable and beautiful without being shamed and violated by rape, harassment, or the ill-informed scrutiny of their lifestyle and health-care choices. I’m not going to sit with my legs crossed — I’m going to stand up, and I hope other women understand that I’m standing up for their rights, voices, and safety as well. Marie Raven Iowa City resident
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A West Coast perspective of Iowa At the beginning of college, one of the first questions people ask is, ‘So, where are you from?’ I grew up in Santa Monica, Calif., a beach suburb of Los Angeles. Most days were in the 60s or 70s because the ocean keeps the weather temperate. Snow was something that I had seen a few times before coming to Iowa City, and once when I was 10, snow fell at home. I was so excited that I just ran outside and started taking pictures. It is true that I have seen some celebrities; as a kid I went trick-or-treating at Tom Hanks’ house, and Christina Schwarzenegger is my age (and having met her, I can attest that she is a complete brat). Then my peers usually ask me, “Why Iowa?” I chose to make UI my home because it has the No. 1 writing program in America. I chose it because I needed to separate from my parents and leave La-La land. I also chose it — and this is a huge reason — because of the budget crisis in California, which has raised the price of tuition. I often think of what my California friends who stayed in state have gone through compared with what I’ve gone through. The state of California has no money, and in the past three years, tuition has gone up 75 percent. My friend who is living at home and going to UCLA is paying more than I am for out-of-state tuition to go here. Further, because of the budget crisis, the state of California is giving out no scholarships, only IOUs, which the colleges do not accept. Because of all this, there have been riots at many of the college campuses. Recently, students at Santa Monica College were pepper-sprayed by the police for peacefully protesting a raise from $50 a class to a $150. And this is junior college. Even beyond the money problems, getting into decent California colleges is arduous. The system wants you to apply to at least six schools. The state colleges that are easier to get into are not prestigious. To get into Berkeley or UCLA, you have to have at least a 4.0 GPA and have taken many AP classes. On the other hand, getting into UI is simple. It
accepts anybody with over a 3.0 GPA, and many people I have met never took an AP class. A lot of people only applied to the University of Iowa because they knew that they could get in. I was surprised, and it showed me how different Iowa is from California. The LA attitude is similar to the New York City one. We are the secondlargest city in America and just don’t have time for pleasantries. On the UI campus, numerous people have asked me if I was angry just when I was stating my opinion. If I were mad, you would know. In contrast to the segment of life that I have seen and that I react to, I find Midwesterners to have a friendly exterior but to be rather passive-aggressive. I’ve met many people (especially in my freshman dorm) who would smile, then wait until a person left and say how much they hated them. I also assess a more traditional outlook from the people in Iowa than from the people in California. It should not be a surprise, then, that settling down is not every girl’s No. 1 priority. When I was in high school, I only had about three conversations about whether or not I wanted to have children and the chats were, “So, do you want to have kids?” It’s not that girls in California don’t eventually want to have kids, it’s just that we have other things that we want to do first. The Iowan attitude towards babies is very different. My freshman year of college, I met many girls who wanted to discuss their future procreation. These girls would not simply say, “Do you want to have kids?” but would ask, “What are the names of your children going to be?” “How many do you want?” “Boys or girls?” and “Do you want to have a C-section, epidural, or a natural home birth?” I was shocked about being continually asked this and showed me the different priorities in Iowa. When I go home, which isn’t that often, it always takes me three days to adjust to being back. Coming to Iowa has opened my eyes to the life beyond Rodeo Drive. Some people go to Spain or Italy to experience a different culture; I went to Iowa. Kelsey Berryman UI student
Chen deal shows U.S., China can work together WASHINGTON — A tentative deal to allow activist Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng to study in the United States serves as a face-saving measure for all involved: Washington can say it safeguarded human rights, Beijing can point to its cooperative diplomacy and Chen gets a new start in America. After a week of hectic back-and-forth negotiations and Chen’s own flipflop on staying in China, the May 4 announcements by U.S. and Chinese officials pointed to a positive end for a standoff that embarrassed the Chinese government by shining a light on its human-rights record and put President Obama in a tight spot while campaigning for reelection.
Several steps remain before Chen can take up an academic fellowship in the United States. But the speed with which a near calamity was resolved illustrates the maturing partnership between the world’s biggest powers, after years of stumbling over lesser disputes. “It is a testament to how far we’ve come in building a strong and resilient relationship and being able to have very candid open discussions about issues where there is disagreement, without it endangering the entire range of significant matters that we are working on together,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on May 4 in Beijing. Chen, a blind, selftaught lawyer, has
emerged as a symbol of the Chinese civil-rights movement after exposing forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China’s one-child policy and then enduring almost seven years of prison and house arrest. His dramatic, nighttime escape last week from local authorities into the halls of the U.S. Embassy — just before Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner were to arrive for unrelated meetings — had all the ingredients for a diplomatic fiasco. The escape forced the Obama administration to balance its defense of an internationally renowned human-rights defender against its courting of the Chinese to help advance the global economic recov-
ery and deal with North Korea and Iran. It presented tough choices, too, for Beijing, whose violent crackdown on prodemocracy protesters at Tiananmen Square 23 years ago is the portrait of its human-rights behavior retained by much of the world. Chinese leaders still are extremely concerned about internal security and chafe at any foreign criticism of the nation’s domestic affairs. But China has also become increasingly conscious of its global image. Somehow the worst was avoided this time. Eschewing the public grandstanding that has long prompted the Chinese to dig in their heels, U.S. officials worked behind the scenes to first secure a deal that saw
Chen leave the embassy on Wednesday to be reunited with his family and receive hospital care. Rodham Clinton avoided shaming China publicly. She issued one written statement but said nothing else. When on May 2 Chen backed out of the deal and demanded to leave China, officials from both sides hammered out a second compromise within 48 hours. The understanding came even as Rodham Clinton and Geithner were holding sensitive talks with the Chinese on issues such as currency, trade, and territorial claims in the resource-rich South China Sea. When she finally spoke, Rodham Clinton was able to deliver positive news. “Over the course of the
day, progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants,” she told reporters after the strategic talks. But she also sought to drive home Washington’s message that the cause of human rights wasn’t thrown aside. She said the administration would continue to engage China’s government at the highest levels and put “these concerns at the heart of our diplomacy.” “This is not just about well-known activists,” she said. “It’s about the human rights and aspirations of more than a billion people here in China and billions more around the world. And it’s about the future of this great nation and all nations.” Christopher Bodeen Associated Press
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Walk opens some eyes
Police turn to social media The University of Iowa police have used Facebook since February 2010. By JORDYN REILAND firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa City City Councilor Jim Throgmorton leads the Jane Jacobs social-activist walk in downtown Iowa City on May 5. The walk is held throughout the nation and attempts to protect local neighborhoods from urban renewal. (The Daily Iowan/Melissa Wilson)
The Riverfront Crossings District construction will add an estimated 800,000 square feet of commercial space. By DEREK KELLISON email@example.com
A stream of Iowa City residents walked through town with new perspectives on making neighborhoods more open. The tour examined the Riverfront Crossings District, which covers the area between Burlington Street and Highway 6 between roughly Gilbert Street to Riverside Drive. During the May 5 tour, Iowa City City Councilor Jim Throgmorton called on participants to look at neighborhood development through a set of principles created by AmericanCanadian writer and ecoJane nomic theorist Jacobs . “We’re focusing on making the city a more walkable, mixed-use neighborhood close to where people go to work and where they shop,” said Karen Howard, an Iowa City associate planner. Jacobs’ theories included short city blocks, a mixture of old and new buildings with a variety of businesses, and a high-density population, which combine to create a more accessible community. Jacobs established these principles in Greenwich Village, N.Y.
Developing Projects During the walk, several ongoing projects were considered using Jacobs’ principles: • U.S. Postal Service parking lot • Old railways for Amtrak transportation • Multiuse structure on the corner of Clinton and Burlington St. • Future UI School of Music site Source: Source: Iowa City city government
Cities across the country have since asked residents to re-examine their community through events called a “Jane Jacobs Walk.” Throgmorton, a University of Iowa professor emeritus of urban and regional planning, said making parts of the community more accessible, such as parks, also benefits local businesses. “Micro-parks and roaming spaces can be very helpful in creating a more comfortable space between the road and the sidewalk,” he said at the intersection of Clinton and Burlington Streets. In January, a private contractor for the city produced an analysis that predicted ongoing projects in Riverfront Crossings would attract more young professionals, according to Iowa City documents. New developments such as the construction of the new UI music facility, would “add an average of 1,064 new households” annually to Iowa City’s housing market, according to the report.
Though city officials sought input from the crowd on the developing projects during the walk, some participants voiced concern about the amount of change to the area. “I love Ralston Creek the way it is,” said Laura Rigal, a UI associate professor of American studies and English, referring to the waterway project. “It has always been seen as a ditch for sewage, but its branches provide for all of the ecosystems in Iowa City.” Throgmorton also brought participants’ attention to the potential site of the county Justice Center and asked them to evaluate it using Jacobs’ guidelines. Some residents responded the $50 million building might appear as a menacing structure and may appear unwelcoming. Officials will seek approval for the building’s construction during this fall’s elections. Howard told participants many of the area’s projects, such as an passenger system utilizing existing rail lines, were essential to accessing the offerings of the new district. “The rail line that runs between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids runs right through the heart of the university and about 30,000 jobs,” Howard said. “Part of the goal of this project is to get more transit-oriented development.”
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Law-enforcement officials across the state say they are starting to catch on to social media and its benefits in catching criminals. The University of Iowa police uploaded six surveillance photos last week on their Facebook page of two males stealing a bike earlier this month near Art Building West. UI police officials have not caught the two bike thieves yet but said social media have proven to be useful in other instances. “We’re trying to solve crimes, and we’re hoping to get the info out of all sorts of people, and this is just one way,” said Dave Visin, an associate director of the department. UI police started using Facebook in September 2010 for a primarily informational purpose. Yet after a Sept. 18, 2011, alleged attack on a police officer, officers found social media could be used for catching criminals. UI crime-prevention
Social Media Police officials locally and throughout Iowa have used social media for crime prevention and information: • UI police • Iowa City police • Des Moines police • Coralville police specialist Alton Poole said the use of social media in the law-enforcement setting will only become more popular. “I believe using social media will be an application that will be used frequently by police agencies,” he said. The Iowa City police have a Facebook page as well, but because they deal with a larger demographic than do the UI police, city police Sgt. Denise Brotherton said they have not done as much with social media. “That may not be a means for us right now because we have a broader population to reach,” she said. Visin said police officials will adapt to the technology as time goes on. “I think as cultures change and as we change, police departments will have to adapt,” he said. Iowa City is not the only
location looking toward social media. Earlier this week, the Des Moines police caught a burglar through social media. Des Moines police officials said Kathy Smith — a frequent viewer of the department’s Facebook page — recognized a man who she thought was one of the men posted on the page. This case was the second known instance of the department using social media, said Des Moines Sgt. Vincent Valdez. Valdez said the police began using the Internet to catch criminals in April, and they are seeing results. “It is effective in getting our message out and asking the public for their help in solving crimes,” he said. The Des Moines police follow a city-wide social media code in which they do not advertise or express personal opinions on the page. Valdez said he thinks law-enforcement officials will continue to use social media as an aid to solve crimes. “It has become very popular in the law enforcement community,” he said. “There have been police departments using it all over the country before us.”
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Sp tlight Iowa City
Fueled by driving and medicine Cory Bonnett likes to attend his daughters’ softball games in his spare time. By KRISTEN EAST firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Bonnett loves being behind the wheel. That passion ultimately led Bonnett to his position as a field supervisor for the Johnson County Ambulance Service. Bonnett, 43, a North Liberty resident, said becoming a paramedic was the logical career path after competing as a teenager in stock-car and dirt-track racing with his friend and having an interest in medicine. “He needed help with the car, so I just started helping out,” he said. “Once in a while, I got to race it. My aspiration was to be a driver, but that never panned out.” Though he occasionally raced, Bonnett said his father, who drag-raced in Bonnett’s hometown of Eddyville, Iowa, gave him a passion for working on cars when he was younger. “I was around it quite a bit,” he said. “Messing with cars was always a hobby of mine.” Bonnett said he didn’t race or work on cars as much in order to study
Cory Bonnett Bonnett has worked at the Johnson County Ambulance Service since 1991. • Age: 43 • Hometown: Eddyville, Iowa • Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo • Favorite spot in Iowa City: Regina softball field • Hobby: Fishing, woodworking Know someone we should shine a light on? E-mail us at : email@example.com. Catch up with others from our series at dailyiowan.com/spotlight.
when he started college. He attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls for a year, then transferred to the University of Iowa in 1988 to study nuclear medicine. Bonnett’s uncle, the fire chief of Eddyville for roughly 50 years, also inspired Bonett’s interest in emergency medical services. “I was interested in EMS after seeing him do what he did,” he said. “I saw a few car accidents … and it piqued my interest.” One of Bonnett’s college advisers suggested he become a paramedic because of his interest in both medicine and racing. “My adviser asked me what I wanted to do with my life and I told him I really wanted to race, but I really liked medicine,” he said. “He suggested I become a paramedic because I could [do both]
Cory Bonnett (left), a field supervisor for the Johnson County Ambulance Service, helps wash an ambulance on May 3 with one of its newest team members, Andy Roeder. Bonnett has worked for the service since 1991. (The Daily Iowan/Jessica Payne) and drive at the same time.” Bonnett started working at the Johnson County Ambulance Service in 1991 as a staff paramedic responding to emergency calls. He became a field supervisor in March 1997. Steve Spenler, the director of the service, said Bonnett is well-respected by his coworkers. “Cory is clearly dedicated to Johnson County Ambulance Service and works to
make the service the best it can be,” he said. “Cory takes pride in delivering quality patient care, and over the course of 21 years, he has made a positive difference in many lives.” Responding to emergency calls and checking equipment during 16- or 24-hour shifts are part of his routine, but Bonnett said he enjoys taking care of geriatric patients the most.
“[Elderly patients are] really interesting to talk to and they appreciate that you’re there to help them,” he said. “They’re the ones that really need the help when they call.” Becky Loyd, also a field supervisor at the ambulance service, said Bonnett puts the patient first. “He lives the life,” she said. “He’s a very nice person, and we enjoy working
with him. He’s [also] very dedicated to the employees.” After working as a paramedic in Johnson County for more than 20 years, Bonnett said, he is thankful to have had the opportunity to incorporate both his passions into one career. “I never thought you could make a living doing [both],” he said. “But obviously, I have.”
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UIHC tries new breast-cancer treatment Five University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics breastcancer patients have been treated with intraoperative radiation therapy. By DORA GROTE
Radiation Therapy Breast-cancer patients can qualify to receive different kinds of radiation therapy: • Conventional radiation therapy • Brachytherapy • MammoSite therapy • Intraoperative therapy Source: Sonia Sugg, UIHC breast health center director
Beverly Mueller received daily conventional radiation therapy for six weeks in 1995, following her breast-cancer lumpectomy. She had a second surgery in April, when suspicious cells reappeared in her mammogram — and a new form of radiation therapy ensured she hasn’t returned to the hospital since. Intraoperative radiation therapy — which targets only the surgical cavity — allows breast-cancer patients to receive radiation treatment immediately after surgery instead of over several weeks. “I went in for surgery that morning, and I was home that night,” the 79year-old said. “It was a very simple procedure — much easier for me this way than it was before.” The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics started using this new treatment method in April, following a 2010 published clinical trial, TARGIT , that randomly selected 1,113 women to receive the intraoperative treatment and
1,119 to receive conventional external beam therapy. Sonia Sugg, the UIHC breast health center director, said the trial results showed the intraoperative method to be equally effective as conventional treatment for patients over 45 and in the early stages of breast cancer. “We want to be pretty careful about whom we’re treating and make sure it matches the patient populations studied in the trial so we don’t find out later that it’s not quite as effective for the others,” Sugg said. The UIHC is the first hospital in Iowa to use intraoperative therapy, which is commonly used in Europe and Italy. Timothy Waldron, a UIHC radiation physicist, said five patients have been treated with the new radiation method since the beginning of April. Waldron said conventional breast-cancer radiation therapy provides radiation to the whole breast. It is performed in a room with 6-foot concrete walls to provide protection from the
penetrating X-ray beams of 6 million megaelectron volts. “It’s about six tons — the size of a large fork lift — and permanently installed,” Waldron said. “The intraoperative radiation therapy unit is actually portable — the size of a small lunch box. We can do the treatment right there in the operating room without having a special room.” The intraoperative treatment method only provides radiation to the surgical cavity on the breast through a 50,000-volt machine, Waldron said. Sugg said this treatment is also convenient for patients who travel great distances or live in rural areas. “Given the fact that Iowa is a rural state and we do have a lot of patients who come from a long ways a way and some who live in rural areas and don’t have access to the treatment, this treatment is great to bring to the state of Iowa,” she said. Mueller said she thought her most recent radiation therapy would cause less damage. “The regular radiation in ’95 did more damage to my voice and to my lungs than this will do because it’s a small area that they used this time,” she said. “I am very pleased with it so far — no problems — and everything has healed up fine.”
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PAINTING A CAUSE
UI students throw balloons filled with paint at one another at Hubbard Park on May 5. The Associated Iowa Honors Students held a “Paint War” to raise money for the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation. Students bought shirts for $5 and were given balloons to throw at one another in a designated battleground. (The Daily Iowan/Melissa Wilson)
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ARIES March 21-April 19 Emotional deception will lead to an overdue decision. Don’t fear making an impulsive move if it will help you put distance between you and someone or something that has been causing a financial or legal problem. Love is highlighted. TAURUS April 20-May 20 A carefree moment can lead to something out of the ordinary. Enjoy the moment, but don’t overdo it. Balance will be necessary if you want to get the most out of an experience for the least amount of money, effort, or debt. GEMINI May 21-June 20 Let your emotions lead the way. Don’t become angry, but do express your likes and dislikes in order to get the results needed to move forward. A partnership can be your ticket to a better life or interesting new venture. CANCER June 21-July 22 Focus on the task at hand. You won’t win points talking about what you are supposed to do. Show a little enthusiasm, and make an honest effort to outdo any competition you face. Embrace a challenge, and make a good impression. LEO July 23-Aug. 22 Make a last-minute change. A new perspective will lift your spirits and motivate you to engage in a pursuit that can alter your life. Don’t sit back; let your experience and knowledge lead you to the winner’s circle. VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You will pick up valuable information from a seasoned colleague. You can push for what you want, but don’t pressure someone or make demands that can lead to a lack of support or a falling-out with someone you need in your life. LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Take control, and make things happen. Partnerships will thrive if you communicate and formulate what you want to see transpire. Short trips will inspire you to make a promise that will dictate how you proceed. Love is in the stars. SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21 You may not see eye-to-eye with someone you are in a relationship with. You can move forward if you are willing to compromise, making your everyday routine far more conducive to reaching your set goals. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Don’t get angry. Be realistic, and look at the statistics. Once you are fully aware of the consequences involved, you can make a move that will position you positively. Change is necessary and must not be put off. CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Focus on what you can do to secure your home, family, and financial situation. Investment purchases or sales will be your ticket to a better future. Don’t let an emotional matter come between you and your destination. AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Good fortune will be yours if you put your effort into a plan that encourages securing a better future by utilizing your skills in a more diverse manner. Socializing will lead to a connection with someone who will help stabilize your life. PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 Emotional blackmail is prevalent. Whether you are applying or receiving pressure, it is important not to continue down such a destructive path. A remembered experience will help you get back on track and avoid making the same mistake.
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the fastest. That sounds an awful lot like stock-car racing to me. The horse is a living thing — and they seem to get credit for that. The horse is the one celebrated after a win. You don’t see flowers draped all over the jockey who was riding the
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rebounds in Iowa’s next contest, a 108-97 loss to Oregon. The gangly 6-8 forward’s 47 points and 19 rebounds in the NIT was the final flourish in a campaign that saw him get named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America squad. White’s consistency — he scored double-digit points in 18 of Iowa’s 35 games and led the team in rebounding with 5.7 per contest — allowed him to play his way into McCaffery’s starting lineup and had opposing coaches raving. “That No. 30 for them, White, is going to be a hell of a player,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said after the Strongsville, Ohio, native scored 15 points and provided Iowa’s few oncourt fireworks in a 95-61 loss to the Spartans in January. “I don’t know how he got
out of the state of Ohio,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said in March. “Somebody needs to explain that to me.” Perhaps it’s because he only received one scholarship offer from the state, according to Rivals.com. White was a three-star recruit at Strongsville High, but Miami of Ohio was the only in-state school to give him an offer. So he ended up at Iowa, picking the Hawkeyes ahead of schools such as Northwestern, Boston College, Duquesne, and St. Bonaventure. And it didn’t take long for him to make an impression; he poured in 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the Hawkeyes’ season-opening 96-53 thrashing of Chicago State. “He’s a complete player,” McCaffery said after the game. “… When you have a 6-8 player who understands how to play, dribble, pass, shoot, post up, play in the paint — he’s got feel. He doesn’t rattle. There’s no panic in him at all.” That adaptability and
I’ll Have Another, the 15-1 underdog that started the race in the 19th post — the first to win from that post in Derby history — and came from behind to take the lead in the final furlong. It remembers Secretariat, War Admiral, and Man O’ War. Gutierrez will be remembered if he rides I’ll Have Another to a Triple Crown. But he’ll still serve as little more than a footnote to the history made by his mount. Horse racing isn’t
2012 Freshman of the Year Other nominees: Second place: Sam Logic Honorable mention: Megan Blank Last five winners: 2011: Melsahn Basabe 2010: Matt McDonough 2009: Matt Gatens 2008: Jake Kelly 2007: Tyler Smith
completeness quickly made him a fan favorite in Iowa City and spurred a flurry of nicknames for the redheaded forward. The Ginga Ninja. Whitey. The Dunkin’ Tomato. But the Daily Iowan’s Fr e s h m a n o f t h e Ye a r didn’t seem to let the attention go to his head. “ Ju s t t r y i n g t o t a k e advantage of my height and my energy down low, trying to get offensive rebounds,” he said when asked about his 7-point run against Dayton. “… A lot of it is because teammates keep me open.” DI reporter Jordan Garretson contributed to this article.
Iowa forward Aaron White (30) celebrates after the Hawkeyes’ 64-61 victory over Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at the Bankers Life Field House in Indianapolis on March 8. White’s 13 points helped Iowa win its first conference tournament game since 2007. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)
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57.19-meter toss in the hammer throw. That mark was good for second place, and is the second-best mark in Iowa history. Senior Kelsey Mims finished third in the 400 meters with a time of 58.05 seconds. Sophomore Ash-
lyn Gulvas took fifth in the women’s hammer throw with a season-best toss of 55.06 meters, and sophomore Andy Carman finished sixth in the men’s discus with a throw of 51.14 meters. Throwing coach Scott C a p p o s s a i d h e was pleased with his group’s p e r fo rm a n c e o n a day t h a t a ct e d a s a fi nal tune-up before this weeke n d ’s B i g Te n o u t d o or ch a m p i o n s h i p s, wh i ch will be held in Madison, Wis.
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“Annemie had a personal best, Ashlyn had a season best in the hammer throw, Courtney had a lifetime best in the discus, and Andy Carman missed his personal best in the discus by a couple centimeters,” Cappos said. “Overall, as a group, it was a great day for the throwing events and sets us up well for the Big Tens with these athletes — as well as the ones we left at home who are still training.”
about the jockeys. It’s about the horses. And the horses are athletes, just like LeBron James, Chris Johnson, and Starlin Castro are. Just search “Chad Johnson beats horse in a race” on YouTube for proof. Thoroughbreds are bred for one purpose: to race. You’ll also have a hard time persuading me that humans are more competitive than thoroughbreds. There are countless stories of horses racing each other in pastures, and I think
most of us have seen Seabiscuit. And what are these horses racing for? They don’t know what the Kentucky Derby is, or the Preakness, or the Belmont. They certainly don’t know what Vegas oddsmakers have to say about the race or how much money is being bet upon them. There are no stakes for the animals except pride. Honestly, is there a purer form of competition?
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winning horse, and you don’t see Ron Turcotte anywhere on the statue of Secretariat at Belmont Park. Quick, tell me who I’ll Have Another’s jockey was. Humor me. You had to look it up, didn’t you? Me, too. History won’t remember Mario Gutierrez because of the May 5 race. Hell, most people can’t remember who he is right now — and the race was two days ago. History will remember
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Top frosh besides White? Sam Logic, women’s basketball The Iowa women’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament hopes seemed to nosedive at the same moment Jaime Printy went down with a torn ACL against Wisconsin on Feb. 2. Iowa had a disappointing 13-10 record and was 5-5 in the Big Ten at the time. But the Hawkeyes won six games in a row and made the Big Dance after Printy’s injury — largely because of freshman Sam Logic. Logic led the Hawkeyes in rebounds in each of the last six games of the regular season, includ i n g an 18- bo a r d game at Michigan and a triple-double in the regular-season finale against the Wolverines. The freshman was Iowa’s top rebounder in 2011-12, grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game. The Racine, Wis., native finished seventh in the conference in rebounding and was the only fresh-
man in the top 10 in the category. Logic retrieved 87 offensive rebounds, 20 more than any other Hawkeye. Logic also led the Hawkeyes in assists by dishing out 4.4 per game. This was another category in which the freshman was among the Big Ten’s best; she was fifth in the conference, ranking second among league freshmen. While Aaron White had a great season, Matt Gatens was the Hawkeyes’ main option. The Iowa men’s hoops resurgence would not have been possible without Gatens. When the best player on the women’s team fell victim to an injury, Logic — with some help from teammates veteran Kamille Wahlin and Morgan Johnson — led the Hawkeyes to another NCAA Tournament. Her efforts were more than worthy of the DI’s Freshman of the Year. — by Ryan Murphy
Megan Blank, softball Batting average. Runs. Hits. Doubles, triples, and total bases. Slugging percentage, walks, fewest strikeouts,
on-base percentage. Freshman Megan Blank leads the Iowa softball team in every single one of these offensive categories. What doesn’t she lead? Just home runs and RBIs, which are claimed by senior Katie Keim — who has double the college experience Blank does. Blank has started in every game this year and has become a goto player at the plate and a staple in the infield. Blank injured her mouth in a baserunning collision on April 28 and the normally ever-present shortstop had to be replaced for the two final innings against Indiana. There was a subtle air of panic as the infielders were scrambled around in an attempt to fill the hole of an extremely successful player. The freshman ranks in the top five in the Big Ten in many offensive categories and has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season: after her very first tournament in college play in February and again in April during conference play. But what’s even more impressive is how much Blank stands out on her team. The Hawkeyes have struggled to stay consistent at the plate all season, but
Blank — currently batting .397 — hit over .400 for much of the season. She’s a freshman and can grab the attention of Iowa softball fans used to the slugging power and batting dominance of seniors Liz Watkins and Keim. Performing well is one thing, but Blank is even more successful because of her ability to make a difference on her team within her first year. The Hawkeyes finished eighth in the conference last season, but are now battling defending champion Michigan for first. She’s obviously not the sole factor in Iowa’s climb up the Big Ten ladder, but her 58 hits and 33 runs certainly helped. She’s quiet and laid-back but serves as a leader on the team simply by stepping up to the plate and performing well every week. It’s hard to argue that somebody isn’t a leader on the team when she’s leading nearly every offensive category. — by Molly Irene Olmstead
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Iowa’s Jake Mangler hits an RBI single in a double-header against Michigan on May 5 at Banks Field. The Hawkeyes and Wolverines split the two games — Michigan won the first, 8-2, and Iowa took a 7-2 victory in the nightcap. (The Daily Iowan/Jacklyn Couppee)
Baseball earns split in double-header The Iowa baseball team received a pair of stellar pitching performances over the weekend but ended its weekend series against Michigan with only one win to show for it. The Hawkeyes and Wolverines played a double-header on May 5 because of the bad weather that was forecast for Sunday. Iowa’s starting pitchers did more than simply keep the Black and Gold in both ball games, but only Sasha Kuebel left Banks Field with a win. Kuebel threw a complete game to lead the Hawkeyes to victory in the nightcap and avoid a sweep.
Ex-Hawk divers finish well Former Iowa divers Veronica Rydze and Deidre Freeman competed in the 2012 Canada Cup in Montréal over the weekend and finished fifth. The duo posted a score of 275.04 points in the 3-meter springboard synchronized dive — a personal best, said Iowa diving coach Bob Rydze, Veronica Rydze’s father. It was the pair’s third top-10 finish at a national competition. Veronica Rydze was a senior on Iowa’s 2011-12 swimming and diving team. She took fifth on the 1-meter and ninth on the 3-meter springboards at the 2012 Big Ten championships and earned All-American hon-
The freshman earned his fifth victory of the season by allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits in a 7-2 Iowa win. Kuebel is now 5-0 on the season with a 3.03 ERA, the lowest among Hawkeye starters and second-lowest on the team behind Taylor Kaufman’s 2.96. Left-hander Matt Dermody fell victim to an extra-inning comeback by the Wolverines in the first game. Michigan scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 10th off of Iowa relievers Nick Hibbing and Tim Fangman for a 8-2 victory. 1 Dermody pitched 7 ⁄3 frames of shutout baseball while allowing 5 hits. He once again gave Iowa a chance to win but left without
one. Dermody threw a complete game in his last home outing, April 21 against Penn State, but he was bested by Nittany Lion starting pitcher Steven Hill’s nohitter. The Hawkeyes are now 1-10 on the season when Dermody starts. Michigan also won the series opener on May 4, 11-0. The Wolverines scored in five different innings, and catcher Coley Crank went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and 4 RBIs. Hawkeye starter Jarred Hippen was roughed up by the Wolverine bats to the tune of 6 earned runs and 10 hits in five innings of work. It was Hippen’s
shortest start in Big Ten competition this season, and Iowa’s ace now has the highest ERA among the team’s top starters at 4.83. Senior Phil Keppler had a solid weekend at the plate with two multihit games; both came during the double-header. Keppler collected 5 hits over the weekend, and his teamleading batting average sits a .342. Freshman Eric Toole also had a notable day swinging the bat by bringing in 2 runs in Iowa’s lone win of the series. The Hawkeyes will next be in action on May 11, when the team will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for a three-game series with the Spartans. — by Ben Schuff
ors in 2011 after placing 13th at the NCAA championships on the 1-meter. Freeman, a 2011 Iowa graduate, finished her time in the Black and Gold as the school record-holder in the 1- and 3-meter dives. She placed third in the 1-meter at the 2011 Big Ten championships and earned AllAmerican honors on both boards following her performance at the 2011 NCAA championships. — by Tork Mason
Iowa (25-25, 14-7 Big Ten) swept a double-header from the Buckeyes on May 5; pitcher Kayla Massey picked up the 2-0 win in the first game, and Chelsea Lyon earned the 15-3 victory in the nightcap. The Hawkeyes have struggled to score consistently throughout the season and continued the trend by only scoring 2 runs during the sixth inning of the first game. But Iowa kept swinging in the second game. The team scored six runs in the second inning — a result of 6 hits — and the Hawkeyes continued to score in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. “It’s nice when we can get production from top to bottom,” head coach Marla Looper said in a release. “What helps with that is
our aggressive baserunning. We made things happen. When we force things to happen on the defense, we’re probably going to score some runs.” But the Hawkeyes slipped back into their habit of sparse scoring in the series’ third game on Sunday — and it cost them. Iowa didn’t score until the seventh inning, when designated player Michelle Zoeller hit a solo homer to tie the game, 1-1. The Buckeyes responded in the bottom, though, and scored another run to win the game. “It’s a little frustrating,” Looper said in a release. “Coming out with the momentum we did, we didn’t take the momentum.” — by Molly Irene Olmstead
Softball takes two of three The Iowa softball team claimed its fourth-straight Big Ten series win this weekend by taking two of three from Ohio State.
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THE DAILY IOWAN MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012
White slam-dunks top-frosh award
Iowa forward Aaron White leads a fast break during the Hawkeyes’ 84-75 victory over Dayton in the first round of the NIT in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 13. White scored a career-high 25 points in Iowa’s win. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)
The DI’s Freshman of the Year inspired a flurry of nicknames and praise from opposing coaches. By SETH ROBERTS email@example.com
Aaron White didn’t look like he had been ready to shoot when he tossed up an off-balance hook shot in the second half of Iowa’s first-round NIT game against Dayton on March 13. It didn’t matter. The ball kissed off the glass and
through the twine. Two points. Matt Gatens drove through the lane on Iowa’s next possession and threw a lay-up attempt at the rim. But Gatens put too much on the ball, and it ricocheted off the bucket. It didn’t matter. White was there to snatch the offensive board and flush it
through the hole in one motion. Four points. The freshman from Ohio caught the ball behind the 3-point line on the Hawkeyes’ next trip and saw Dayton’s Luke Fabrizius fly out at him with his arms raised. It didn’t matter. White buried the triple and held his right hand aloft as he
jogged back down the court. Seven points — in just a hair over one minute. “He’s really special,” head coach Fran McCaffery said following the team’s 84-75 win. “We knew we had something in Aaron White when we signed him … very few freshmen at this level accomplish what he has
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accomplished. You just don’t consistently put up those kinds of numbers.” White finished the game with 25 points and 11 boards. He scored 22 with 8
First in a five-part series Follow along this week as The Daily Iowan reveals its athletes, coaches, and stories of the year. Today: Freshman of the Year: Aaron White Tuesday: Coach of the Year Wednesday: Male Athlete of the Year Thursday: Female Athlete of the Year Friday: Story of the Year
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Not horsing around
Hawk tracksters shine in tune-up
‘Is horse racing a sport?’ Are you serious?
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I came across a thread on a message board on the afternoon of May 5, following the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby — one that questioned why horse racing is considered a sport. Here’s an excerpt: “Sure a human rides and beats a horse’s [expletive], but to me, that’s not sporting.” Really? This is the country in which NASCAR is considered a sport. You know, the activity in which a machine does all the physical work. But the drivers are the ones who are adored,
Jockey Mario Gutierrez rides I’ll Have Another to victory past Bodemeister, ridden by Mike Smith (6), in the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5 in Louisville, Ky. (Associated Press/Mark Humphrey) hated, and remembered. All they do is make scores of left turns. Sure, there’s strategy involved in NASCAR — a lot, in fact. But chess and checkers have a lot of strat-
egy involved, too. Are we ready to give Samuel Shankland (the latest American chess Grandmaster) the title of “athlete”? That strategy is also
present in horse racing. Jockeys have to know when to turn their ride loose, for which opponents to watch, and where the track runs SEE DERBY, 9
CEDAR FALLS — The Iowa track and field team sent a handful of athletes to the Messersmith Invitational at Northern Iowa on May 4, although it was a much smaller handful than originally expected. The Hawkeyes were originally scheduled to send 13 athletes to Cedar Falls, but only six ultimately made the trip. Head coach Layne Anderson said there were a couple of reasons for the scratches and noted that the team is prepared for this weekend. “We felt like we could get some good things done right here with workouts and performance trials,” he said. “We also had a few who couldn’t miss any more classes. We’re only allowed to miss eight days per semester, and there were a couple who we couldn’t get up there early enough to compete.”
Two of the six Hawkeyes claimed championships in their respective events. Sophomore Carisa Leacock claimed the women’s long jump title with a leap of 5.78 meters. She followed that with a jump of 11.61 meters in the triple jump to take second place. That mark ranks sixth all-time at Iowa. Sophomore Courtney Fritz took first place in the women’s discus with a toss of 46.96 meters, which was a personal-best and the seventh-best throw in program history. Freshman Annemie Smith — who Leacock missed part of the jumper season while recovering from an appendectomy — posted a personal-best with a SEE TRACK, 9