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Locals stay in shape despite heat
Council approves Towncrest project City Council approved construction of a $5 million medical office building in the Towncrest Urban Renewal Area. By ALY BROWN firstname.lastname@example.org
People use treadmills on Tuesday in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. The Rec Center has 2,000 to 3,000 people use the facilities each day. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera)
The Rec Center has seen an increase of roughly 9,000 visitors over last May’s numbers. By JOE HITCHON email@example.com
With the summer sun at its hottest, students and locals flocked to the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center to beat the heat. “I exercise year-round here at the Wellness Center,” said Shannon Sole, a recent University of Iowa graduate. “Even though it’s hot out, coming here to exercise is a nice break from studying, and it’s nice and cool
Group files ethics complaint against regent The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed an ethics complaint against Regent Bruce Rastetter on Tuesday for allegedly abusing his role as a regent. David Goodner, the Iowa City organizer for the group, said members gathered Tuesday morning for a meeting with Megan Tooker, executive director of the Iowa Ethics and Disclosure Campaign Board. They discussed their concerns and took a copy of the complaint to the state capitol building. “Members are filing a conflict of interest complaint against … Rastetter because he abused his role as a regent and public servant to seek a partnership between his company, AgriSol Energy, and Iowa State University — a
inside. I just have to be sure to drink more water and stay hydrated throughout the day.” Kim Jamriska, the facility coordinator at theRec Center, said the facility sees between 2,000 to 3,000 people each day during the summer. “Members like to come and work out when it’s hot outside,” she said. “We especially see a lot of families and even camps that come to use the indoor facilities.” The Rec Center has seen increased atten-
regents’ institution — for a project in Tanzania that could have netted him millions of dollars in profit while forcibly evicting thousands of refugees from their land,” the complaint alleges. The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement asked that Rastetter be terminated from the Board of Regents. Rastetter is the president and CEO of Summit Group and AgriSol Energy. The group alleges that Rastetter used his influence as a regent to partially subsidize the business practices of Summit Group and AgriSol through Iowa State, according to the complaint. The group also alleges that Rastetter filed a fraudulent personal financial disclosure statement with the ethics board in order to hide his interest and investments in Summit Group and AgriSol, the complaint said. — by Kristen East
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dance over the past year — officials reported 70,000 visits in May 2011, and the number of visits this May increased to roughly 79,000. Despite many UI students leaving for summer, officials say attendance numbers at the Rec Center are consistent with what they saw last summer. The Rec Center had more than 62,000 visitors in June 2011 and more than 52,000 SEE REC CENTER, 3
The Iowa City city councilors said they hope to spur expansion in the Towncrest Urban Renewal Area after they approved the first major development in the district. The City Council approved construction of a one-story medical office building Tuesday on a 6-1 vote. MDK Development LLC proposed a 14,850-square-foot facility that will offer three spaces for medical, office, or retail use, along with 80 parking spaces. The 102 William St. ACT building and Sinclair Gas Station at 2611 Muscatine Ave. will be demolished to make way for the roughly $5 million development. Kevin Digmann, the MDK manager, said the project will help advance the area’s redevelopment. “This project would be a great start to the city’s overall plan for redevelopment of the Towncrest area,” he said. Councilor Connie Champion said the building will help spur investment in the urban-renewal plan. “It is a major development, and it SEE TOWNCREST, 3
New cinema on downtown horizon City Council approved construction for an art house cinema on the Pedestrian Mall. By ALY BROWN firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Iowa City will soon have an independent cinema showcasing new releases and old favorites on the silver screen. FilmScene, an independent nonprofit organization in Iowa City, will be temporarily located at 118 E. College St., previously Vito’s bar. The Iowa City City Council unanimously approved the proposal Tuesday night. FilmScene cofounder Andy Brodie said the organization has received a great deal of positive feedback from the public. “FilmScene is committed to build-
The building at 118 E. College St., previously Vito’s, is under renovation; it will become the temporary home of FilmScene. The nonprofit organization will run a full-time independent cinema showcasing both recent and older independent films. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin)
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Jack Elias says education, research, and patient care will provide for a better University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. “We cannot achieve excellence in one area without achieving excellence in the other areas,” he said. Elias is the third candidate the UI search committee has seen out of the four finalists to replace current Dean Paul Rothman. Each candidate has answered or will answer the question: “What is Your Vision for the Future of Academic Medical Centers?” Elias is the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine, professor of immunobiology, and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Council of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, with the National Institutes of Health, and a past president of the Association of American Physicians, according to a UI press release. Elias spoke to members of faculty, staff, and students about his vision of the college using three pillars — education, research, and patient care — but said each are crucial.
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine dean candidate Jack Elias speaks during a forum at the Medical Education & Research Facility on Tuesday. Elias is the third candidate of four being considered for the position. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin) “Academic medical cen- research campus more ters have three equally attractive for private enterJack Elias important missions,” he prise. Jack Elias is the third said. “I’m talking about joint University of Iowa Carver Sue Curry, the dean of ventures,” he said. “I would College of Medicine dean the UI College of Public encourage the UI to make candidate. He spoke Health, said the medical itself maximally attractive Tuesday at the Medical school is looking for a to this generation of startEducation & Research visionary leader who up companies.” Facility understands the mission. Ken Kates, a co-head of • Waldemar Von Zedtwitz “We’ve had now three the search committee and Professor of Medicine outstanding candidates the CEO of the UI Hospi• Professor of Immunology who were very thoughtful tals and Clinics, said he felt • Chairman of the about their answers,” she positive about Elias’ interDepartment of Internal said. est in the position. Medicine Besides the three pillars, Source: UI Press Release “We’re absolutely Elias also stressed the delighted with his interest importance of being a prof- in the current position,” he He had nothing but itable institution. said. praise for the integration “In many places in the Elias said he not only seen in the medical school. U.S., there’s competition looks toward a future that “I am very impressed [between] for-profit medical involves potential financial with the structure of the hospitals,” he said, noting struggles but also spoke institution, the committhat the UI medical school about the importance of ment of the institution,” he is at an advantage for personalized medicine in said. growth against competition the 21st century. The final candidate will “Personalized medicine speak in the Medical Edubecause of its access to is going to extend to every cation & Research Facility patients. Elias said it was import- discipline in medicine,” he at noon June 26, according ant to make the UI medical said. to a UI press release.
METRO Man faces charges in Pride Parade incidents A Los Angeles man has been accused of disturbing the Iowa City Pride Parade on June 16. Michael Oren, 58, was charged June 16 with interference with official acts and disorderly conduct. According to an Iowa City police complaint, police were called to College Green Park because Oren was allegedly yelling obscenities and disturbing the parade. He was reportedly given a warning for the incident. Oren followed the group to the Pedestrian Mall, where he began yelling again and jumped on the stage and disrupted the musicians. According to the complaint, he yelled very loudly and continued to resist efforts to get into the squad car once he was arrested. Disorderly conduct is a serious misdemeanor, as is interference with official. — by Jordyn Reiland
Diversity panel passes The Iowa City City Council voted Tuesday to establish an ad hoc diversity committee to study city operations as they relate to minority populations. The committee will consist of seven members. The councilors passed a resolution of intent May 15 to establish the ad hoc committee and voted June 5 to create it, The Daily Iowan has previously reported. The committee will be responsible for studying the operation of the city’s transit system and law enforcement, according to city documents. — by Kristen East
Council approves Highway trail The Iowa City City Council approved plans for the construction of the Highway 1 Trail Project at its meeting Tuesday. The project involves constructing a 10-foot wide trail along the north side of Highway 1 from Sunset Street to Orchard Street, according to city documents. In addition, the project involves constructing an 8-foot wide trail along the west side of Orchard Street, 4-foot wide sidewalks along the east side of Miller Avenue and the west side of Hudson Avenue, and Highway 1 crossings at the Walmart entrance, Miller Street, and Orchard Street. The estimated cost of the project is $1.1 million. Councilors approved the project’s plans, specifications, and cost Tuesday on a 7-0 vote. — by Kristen East
Councilors back Highway 6 and Sycamore project The Iowa City City Council approved plans, specifications, and estimated costs Tuesday for the U.S. Highway 6 and Sycamore Street intersection-improvement project. According to city documents, the project entails widening the pavement, reconstructing the median, overlaying asphalt through the intersection, installing an 8-foot-wide sidewalk, and installing a new trafficsignal system. The estimated cost of the project is roughly $1.8 million. Councilors approved the plans on a 7-0 vote. — by Kristen East
Council OKs publicworks facility The Iowa City City Council
approved plans for the construction of the Public Works Complex Warm Storage Building Project Tuesday after holding a public hearing. The project, according to city documents, involves constructing a building on the Public Works Complex for winter vehicle storage. The building will be located on South Gilbert Street between Napoleon Lane and McCollister. The estimated cost of the project is roughly $178,000. Councilors approved the project’s plans, specifications, and estimated cost on a 7-0 vote. — by Kristen East
Council passes water project The Iowa City City Council approved plans Tuesday for the 2012 Muscatine Avenue Water Main Improvements Project. The project, according to city documents, includes installing a water main along the south side of Muscative Avenue from Arthur Street to Scott Boulevard. The project also includes installing new water services, removing and replacing pavement, driveways, sidewalks, and other associated improvements. The estimated cost of the project is roughly $937,000. Councilors approved the plans on a 7-0 vote. — by Kristen East
borhoods. Councilors approved the resolution a 7-0 vote. — by Kristen East
City OKs new license for Summit The Iowa City City Council approved a new Class C liquor license for the Summit Restaurant and Bar, 10 S. Clinton St. City officials told The Daily Iowan that the new liquor license would be granted to Andrew White, who is taking over ownership of the Summit. The change in ownership comes just one year after the last switch in ownership for the establishment. Former owner Mike Porter sold the Summit to Christopher “Topher” Wanek of Des Moines in May 2011. Summit employees declined to comment Tuesday evening. — by Kristen East
Woman faces drug charges
The Iowa City City Council passed a resolution Tuesday approving the distribution of Improving for Program Neighborhoods grant funds. According to city documents, city officials allocated $15,000 in the fiscal 2013 budget for funding grants to neighborhood associations so they can make improvements to their respective neigh-
An Iowa City woman has been accused of attempting to sell marijuana. Mersadies Turner, 21, 2420 Bartelt Road No. 2C, was charged April 27 with a drug tax-stamp violation and a controlled-substance violation. According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers executed a search warrant for Turner’s apartment. Officers reportedly located roughly $1,000, 39 individual packages of marijuana, packaging materials, a digital scale, and a marijuana pipe in her bedroom. Drug tax-stamp violation and a controlled-substance violation are both Class-D felonies. — by Amy Skarnulis
Curtis Lewis, 56, Indianapolis, was charged Tuesday with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools. Najuua Omer, 43, 322 Douglass Court, was charged Sunday with taxi cab violations. Michael Oren, 58, Los Angeles, was charged Jan. 1 with interfer-
ence with official acts and disorderly conduct. Jasmine Walker, 20, 3560 Sharmrock Place, was charged June 5 with fifth-degree theft. Tiara Woods, 25, address unknown, was charged Monday with criminal tresprass and fifthdegree theft.
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BLOTTER Johnie Barnes, 24, 1424 Brodway, was charged Sunday with driving while barred. Randelle Brown, 21, 3527 Shamrock Place, was charged Monday with driving while license was suspended or canceled. Theresa Csanady, 62, 201 S. Linn
St., was charged June 15 with domestic assault with injury. Lee Deo, 25, 320 S. Westminster St., was charged Monday with driving while license was revoked. Tobias Hermann, 57, 207 N. Seventh Ave., was charged Monday with pubic intoxication.
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in July 2011. Officials said they expect these numbers to continue to rise. For UI teaching assistant Ben Morton, the weather has not had much of an effect on his exercise activities.
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will jump-start development in the area,” she said during the work session. Mayor Matt Hayek agreed. “I think it is a fantastic opportunity to jump-start the development that we have been talking about doing for years,” he said.
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ing a first-rate cinema and home for film downtown,” he said. “An interim venue is an important and exciting first step.” FilmScene will be a fulltime movie theater showing new releases of American independent and foreign films, as well as restored classics when possible. Marc Moen, the developer renovating the facility, said he is interested in offering space to a cinema because of the city’s interest. “Movie theaters appeal to everyone,” he said in an email. “All ages. All backgrounds.” Iowa City residents said a movie theater was at the top of their list for new downtown development, according to a 2007 market niche analysis of downtown. An art-house movie theater was a specific response mentioned as a best opportunity for downtown.
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“I prefer exercising outside, plus the heat helps you sweat more,” he said. “I think that’s what people are looking for.” Several local health experts say it’s important to stay hydrated when exercising outside. Jason Bradley, a nutritionist at the Washington Street Wellness Center, said while he does not com-
pletely discourage his patients from exercising outside on hot days, he does emphasize the need to exercise responsibly. “If you only exercise outside, it’s best to treat a hot, hot day kind of like a snow day and just stay in and ride it out,” he said. Bradley said exercising in a climate-controlled
environment will allow one to exercise longer and burn more calories. “Exercising in extreme heat and humidity is just going to dehydrate you faster,” he said. Doug Beardsley, the director of the Johnson County Public Health Department, iterated Bradley’s advice, noting health dangers can be
avoided if people stay hydrated. UI student Thomas Hoak, who relies on a bicycle to get around, said the only effect of the heat has on him is that he rides a little more slowly. “I bike everywhere anyway, but I come here to lift weights,” he said. “The only change is I’m not biking nearly as fast.”
The council approved an allocation of $950,000 for pre-development and demolition expenses. Towncrest URA Gap Financing for Catalyst projects will contribute $300,000 to the project, according to a letter to the City Council Economic Development Committee. A Predevelopment Design and Environmental Assistance grant will cover $25,000, with the remainder coming from Tax Increment Financing.
The total estimated assessed value of the property will increase from roughly $886,000 to approximately $2.127 million, according to city documents. Tracy Hightshoe, the city’s community development planner, said the area is composed mostly of buildings built in the 1950s and 1960s. “It is developed, but they are mostly older buildings,” she said. “There has been a lack of reinvestment as
some people have moved to outlying areas.” The last major development in the area was Walgreens drug store, Hightshoe said. Planners are hoping to develop the area with a mix of facilities, including medical, commercial, retail, residential, and senior-citizen housing. “We are hoping it spurs more investment in the area,” Hightshoe said. The proposal passed on a 6-1 vote, with Councilor
Jim Throgmorton having the only dissenting vote. Throgmorton was concerned that the public has not had a sufficient opportunity to comment on proposal before a change in TIF laws effective July 1. But Champion said the project should move forward as planned. “I want to get this going as soon as possible,” she said. “I want to move this forward.”
The Iowa City Council approved a proposal Tuesday for the one-story medical office building. • One-story 14,850-squarefoot building with medical, retail, and office space • To be located at 102 Williams St and 2611 Muscatine Ave • First major development in Towncrest Urban Renewal Area
ages. The original agreement did not allow a restaurant or bar, but the council and cofounders agreed that alcohol is an accessory for the business model. Councilor Connie Champion said she approved of the proposal in the work session. “I have been to several theaters like it across the country, and you can actually take your drink in and sit on the couch and watch the movie,” she said. “It’s great.” Brodie said allowing
alcoholic beverages will not detract from the purpose of the cinema. “Nobody is coming to FilmScene for the purpose of drinking,” he said. “People attracted to an arthouse cinema are not a rowdy crowd.” Brodie said the temporary location will help raise awareness of the organization and offer moviegoers a preview of what the cinema will offer while fundraising for the permanent downtown location. FilmScene cofounder Andrew Sherburne said
there are few existing spaces downtown that would suit FilmScene’s long-term needs. “This interim space would likely operate for a few years and allow us to pursue new construction of a dedicated two-screen cinema,” he wrote in an email. The University of Iowa’s Bijou is the only art-house
cinema in the city. The FilmScene cofounders indicated they are exploring collaboration options with the cinema. “We hope to work with them and continue that tradition… While broadening programming options and improving the moviegoing experience,” Sherburne said.
FilmScene The Iowa City Council approved a proposal Tuesday allowing FilmScene to temporarily occupy 118 E. College St. • Iowa City nonprofit arthouse cinema founded by Andrew Sherburne and Andy Brodie • Offers screenings of independent, foreign, and classic films, filmmaking workshops, and cinema classes Source: FilmScene website
Mayor Matt Hayek said the organization is consistent with the analysis. Moen said the FilmScene cofounders are knowledgeable about the industry and dedicated to improving downtown. “It has an impressive board of directors, and I appreciate its vision and commitment to downtown,” he said. Councilor Jim Throgmorton said he is a “big fan” of the organization’s mission, but he suggested an end date for the organization’s location. The theater will serve patrons food and drink, including alcoholic bever-
Rec Center visits The Campus Recreation & Wellness Center typically sees 2,000 and 3,000 people each day in the summer. • May 2011: 70,051 • May 2012: 79,376 • June 2011: 62,441 • July 2011: 52,445 Source: Bruno Rwayitare, Recreational Services
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Should employers be able to discriminate based on criminal records? Yes
The Waterloo City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit employers from refusing to hire any person because of that person’s criminal record. If Waterloo does decide to pass this ordinance, it will be among only a very small number of cities in the entire nation, and the first in Iowa, to have such a rule. Waterloo should not pass it. It is unnecessary, and it is likely to have detrimental results for the workforce in Waterloo. People with criminal records can still get hired without the regulation, which makes it unnecessary. The only difference between the reality of the current situation and the potential outcomes of such a regulation is a dangerous and unchecked working environment. Sure, America is a nation of second chances, and if people are worthy of a second chance, they should get one. However, when a government decrees that everyone is deserving of a second chance, and employers no longer get to use reason or discretion, problems become inevitable. Waterloo has a situation that we don’t see everywhere in Iowa, which probably contributed to this proposal. Even though the city’s unemployment rate reflects the statewide unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, Waterloo crime rates are outlandish. Waterloo has higher rates of rape, burglary, assault, and theft than the national average and, according to Neighborhood Scout, Waterloo is only safer than 1 percent of all U.S. cities. In a situation where unemployment rates are relatively low but crime rates are relatively high, we shouldn’t eliminate any protections from the workplace. Everyone can agree that it’s the duty of an employer to hire the best candidate for the job. If the best candidate happens to have a criminal history but can still positively contribute, no harm done. There are plenty of people who have criminal histories who can still perform well, and they do so frequently — even without this extra regulation. That being said, companies are also obligated to keep the workplace safe and successful so that they can maximize profits and encourage economic growth. If at any time during the hiring process supervisors question whether a candidate will rob the business, misuse the equipment, or create a hostile work environment, they should choose someone else. While anti-discrimination laws are crucial, they needn’t extend to cover crime. Factors that are out of people’s control, such as their country of origin, skin color, and sex, ought to be protected, not crimes. We can choose not to steal, rape, or do drugs. If a potential employee chose to commit crimes, let the employer choose someone else. Some regulations really do hurt business. If the current situation is better than the potential outcomes of change, don’t change. Waterloo should focus on lowering crime rates, not giving criminals any more power. — Katie Kuntz
To hold people accountable for their criminal records as a permanent judge of their character is to say that action is no different from behavior. There are three things to consider when evaluating a criminal record: the circumstance of the ex-offender at the time, the distance between the time of the crime and the time of considered employment, and the severity of the crime and its pertinence to the job. The circumstances of the offender can change the understanding of the crime’s intention. The crime can be proven a misfortune or circumstance or even a necessity. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 24.5 percent of federal inmates reported being under the influence of drugs while committing violent crimes, often to support their drug addiction. Homelessness also changes the view of crimes committed when trespassing becomes a way not to freeze on a cold night, when invading someone’s trash becomes a way to not starve. On the opposite hand, white-collar crime could be seen as especially greedy and disrespectful of the law but often the highly educated are the easiest to fit back into society, working for personal firms on low wages or for the government to catch criminals like themselves. The amount of time passing between an illegal act and the time of hiring also comes into play because of statistics that have proved it vital to understanding ex-offender psyche. A study that focused on felons, titled “Barriers to the Employment of People with Criminal Records,” found that “after seven years of crime-free behavior, individuals with criminal records have essentially the same risk of committing crimes as those with no records.” The study concluded that the state of Michigan, which it was hired to assess, would best be served by specific limitations on the hiring of felons in certain fields after a five-year period. A problem with this Waterloo ordinance is that it doesn’t set out specific disqualifications that would be consistent to ensure public safety. A teacher’s gap from committing a felony to becoming re-employed should be assessed differently from a security guard’s. Through a system of approved jobs applicable to an ex-offender’s skill set, the city could allow certain jobs to be available much earlier. When considering the economy, this is an opportunity to provide more low-wage workers and taxpayers instead of spending government money to build more prisons. When considering ex-offenders themselves, they have statistically proven they are worth employing. The way one acts at a specific time and under complicated circumstances should never be the dogmatic judge of their life, and these simple human rights should be available to all Americans. — Jacob Lancaster Your turn. Do you think employers should be able to discriminate based on criminal history? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com.
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GOP said what? After reading what Republicans from Iowa were thinking for Puerto Rico USA, I was very surprised and I cannot believe what my fellow Republicans in Iowa were proposing. No statehood for Puerto Rico? We have served in the armed forces and are proud of our contributions to the United
States — what were these guys thinking? Now I understand pretty well President John Kennedy’s words when he assured people that the United States was a nation of immigrants and that the country was open to every human being of the world. In the case of Puerto Rico, you are talking about a territory that for more than 100 years
has been a colony of the United States, and we request a formal action to be your 51st state. You are denying our natural rights to the U.S. Constitution, but when trouble arises, you request that Puerto Ricans defend our nation, and no matter how much blood we gather together with our brothers in the continental states, you never considered us as one of
your fellow citizens. Shame on you, and God forgive Republicans from Iowa, because you don’t deserve to be treated like humans. From a fellow Republican, together with more than 3.7 million American citizens living in the island of Puerto Rico. Manuel Fernando Navedo Naranjito, Puerto Rico
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Americans ban books from public schools for a great many silly reasons. The Erie School District in Illinois banned a children’s book filled with silly pictures, around 10 words per page, and bright colors called The Family Book, by Todd Parr. This book, it is argued, is too political, too “irreligious,” and too homosexual. What makes this book so intolerable? you may ask yourself. It’s that some families have two moms or two dads. After a quick evaluation, it’s clear to me that there aren’t that many reasons Americans ban books, rather, only one. The one reason Americans join together to censor great works of literature is that parents and teachers don’t want to examine their own beliefs that lead to difficult questions to answer. When students question the world in which they live, adults realize they are unable to confront certain topics themselves. For example, Huckleberry Finn caused ongoing controversy because of the discussion of race, slavery, and interracial friendships and strife. It’s a great book. Another great book banned in many schools because it encourages a discussion of tough political topics with students — such as government interference and individual liberty, love, lies, and torture — is 1984, by George Orwell. Definitely worth a read if you’re ready to start questioning your government. Most of the books I listed above are really geared toward young adults (other than Harry Potter, which touches the hearts of people of all ages). The Erie School District, however, decided that banning books on the junior-high or highschool level just wasn’t enough. It needed to reach those even younger to discourage acceptance, tolerance, and knowledge of “countercultures.” The book was introduced to the Erie School District because the district wanted to decrease the amount of reported bullying. So it introduced curriculum
designed by the GayLesbian-Straight Education Network to try to teach students tolerance and encourage a safe environment for all students — but then, enough was enough. When the teachers started reading such things as “two moms or two dads,” community moms and dads just wouldn’t have it. So the book was banned in May, and despite the evidence showing that LGBT-inclusive curriculum can decrease the amount of bullying, the ban was upheld in a School Board meeting June 14. This book itself is not controversial. No one denies that some families do have two moms or two dads. The controversy enters when the school encourages young students to think. The book lets young people consider other ideas and try to accept other lifestyles. Books teach us things. Any student who goes to this university and ends up spending some $600 per semester on books only to celebrate selling them back for $75 can attest to that. Great books teach us great things. Books such as 1984 teach us that if we don’t watch out, then the rulers will. They will monitor our movements, track our correspondents, and take us out — like the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, signed on Jan. 1 by President Obama allows. Books such as Brave New World remind us that with enough drugs, we will become complacent with shallow, meaningless lives and ignore the issues around us, thereby losing our will to fight. Then there are books such as The Family Book, which teach us that there is no one “right” way to make a family and that we should accept others and be happy with our own families. It is a mistake for any school district to ban a book for no greater reason than “I don’t want to talk about it.” Especially given the importance of many of the banned books. That being said, as a writer, I can only hope that someday, people will try to ban my work, because then I’ll know it really was important. Congratulations, Todd Parr, on writing a book good enough to be banned.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, a great story to tell As the dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, I value what professional schools teach, and I value the way they prepare students to assume vital professional positions throughout Iowa and throughout the world. But for the past half year, I have headed the search for the new dean of the University of Iowa’s one “nonprofessional” college, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We are delighted that Chaden Djalali has been chosen as dean. He is already showing his eagerness to get started. This experience has reaffirmed something I have always known but now feel more strongly than ever: Our liberal-arts school has
a great story to tell. The value of the college is immeasurable to individual students, the rest of the university, the state, and the wider academic world. This college is in fact the very foundation of the university, and the kind of work that it does defines us as a civilization and prepares us to be productive members of that civilization. To find out what liberal arts graduates emerge with that “counts,” a chat with accomplished graduates is insightful, starting with the school’s Advisory Board — some of the university’s most accomplished and worldly alums. At a recent reception for this group, I asked a num-
ber of these alums a simple question: “What skills and qualities did you learn in [liberal arts] that contributed to your success?” Among the variety of responses were “inquisitiveness,” “resourcefulness,” “team problem solving,” “respect for numerous perspectives,” “critical thinking,” “communication,” “an ability to process large amounts of information and articulate the results clearly and concisely.” As a dean of a professional school, I recognized these qualities as exactly the ones we are looking for in our own students. Sure, we teach a lot of specific information, but half of what we teach will be out of date in
five years, and we don’t always know which half. So the skill that is truly needed is the ability to be resourceful, to keep questioning and learning, to be able to adapt what you learn today and apply it to the unexpected conditions of tomorrow. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of the liberal-arts school is its culture of curiosity and openness. This culture of endless inquiry crosses and binds the realms of teaching and scholarship. The culture of openness means not only an openness to wildly divergent ideas, but at Iowa, it means that undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty inter-
act in courses, projects, and individually mentored activities. Education in liberal arts is not a one-way street, from professor to student, but a rich and open exchange among learners at different stages of expertise. It is hard to describe just how transformative and exciting active mentoring from a world-class faculty can be. This is the unique atmosphere created by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and it is essential that we preserve and develop this place of intellectual vibrancy for Iowa’s current and future generations. For many years at university deans’ meetings,
Dean Linda Maxson has beamed with pride as she has described the impressive achievements of her faculty, students, staff, and alumni. UI President Sally Mason has pointed out the intellectual and economic impact of this great university. During the recent dean search, it became clear that it was the caliber of the people — their intellects and their collegiality — that made Iowa such an attractive place to study or to develop a career. So as we get behind Dean Chaden Djalali, we have many formidable assets to build on. David Johnsen dean of UI College of Dentistry
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way f o r ki d s to be g i n learning how to respect t heir e n v i r o n me n t . It allows them to understand the importance of the five tenets that dominate tae kwon do. “I’ve been pleasantly surp ri se d w i th wh a t they’ve taught,” Morris said. It could be difficult to
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mate to cross half court before passing off for a open 3-pointer. “He’s very heady; he’s very unselfish,” Cole said. “He’s very aggressive, and you need that in a point guard. I think that will
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PRIME TIME CONTINUED FROM 8 Gesell said that he was excited to be playing well in front of Iowa City crowds and was pumped up by the raucous atmosphere. “It’s awesome anytime we can get fan support like that for our team,” he said. “We’ve got some great things going for us, and it’s nice to see that this whole town and the whole state is behind us." Fans got to see a glimpse of the future when Iowa transfer Jarrod Uthoff scored 11 points after the break, finishing with a total of 13 for Larson’s team. Incoming Iowa freshman center Adam Woodbury helped in the victory, too. He pulled down 8 rebounds to go with 3 assists and 2 points. McCabe said that he liked what he saw from Uthoff and Woodbury, and he believes they will only get better. “Jarrod hesitated to take some shots, and it happens sometimes,” McCabe said. “Adam’s got to battle guys like Jarrod in the Big Ten, so he’s got to work on that, but they’ll both progress and I’m excited that these guys are here.” Uthoff said that it was beneficial to be on the court with some of his potential future Hawkeyes
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instill the five tenets in kids still in kindergarten, not to mention developing respect. But Messersmith experienced the difficulty of grasping the sport when he was learning and can relate to his students in this way. “I remember what it was like being 5,” he said. “My father had to enroll as well because I was so shy, and then after I got comfortable, he quit. I try t o i n co rp o r a t e h o w I remember learning tae kwon do into the class.” Messersmith was a stu-
dent of Gr andm as t er Yong C hi n Pak , an eighth-degree black belt in tae kwon do who has taught martial arts at Iowa State since 1975. Messersmith tries to i ns t i l l t he l es s ons he learned from Pak in his class. His teaching seems to have resonated with some of his students. “I like that I’m very good at it [tae kwon do], and I like my instructor,” Elijah said. Teaching young children can be tough. For Messersmith, however,
it’s about showing the kids how he learned tae k won do and al l owi ng them to learn it at a comfortable pace. “Fr om t he s chool I cam e fr om , I had no choice but to learn tae kwon do. If not, we’d have t o do pus hups on our knuckles,” Messersmith said. “So I said if I wanted to teach kids that I wanted to make it fun. So I slowed [the class] down and al l owed t hem t o learn differently than I did.”
Brothers Elijah, 7, and Isiah, 6, Morris practice tae kwon do at Wood Elementary on Tuesday. The brothers are learning tae kwon do’s five tenets — courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit — in addition to martial arts skills. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera)
[help him] thrive in [Fran] McCaffery’s system.” Woodbury’s final stat line wasn’t as impressive, however. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Hawkeye-to-be said he wasn’t sure what his expectations were of him for his freshman year under head coach McCaffery. “I don’t have any real
goals in mind. I just want to win,” Woodbury said. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to win — if that’s getting five assists a game or scoring or rebounding — I’m going to do whatever.” He passed well. He frequently showed his ability to find an open teammate in the first half of Tuesday’s game. Woodbury twice drew applause from the huge
crowd in attendance at the North Liberty Community Center for his passes on a pair of give-and-gos. Another time, the 7-1 center grabbed an offensive rebound and wowed the fans with a no-look pass to a teammate for an easy layup. The ability to affect the game without scoring points may prove a valuable asset for Woodbury. He
said that increasing his strength is the primary focus of his summer training. He admirably guarded Cole in the post at times, but there were other instances that the stronger and more experienced Cole made Woodbury look like the freshman-to-be only weeks removed from high school. But Cole’s body type is
They were coached by Olympians Tom and Terry Brands and Mike Zadick. They shook the hands of wrestling legend Dan Gable. Diego said he’s happy he got to meet all his idols
while Peyton was there, too. “This is an awesome experience for them to have together. I mean, for these kids, wrestling is a reward and a big event,” Soltero said. “They’re going to remember it for a long time.
We watch these [Hawkeye] guys on TV all the time, so to meet them in person it’s like going on vacation and seeing movie stars for Diego and Peyton. They both just love this sport.”
and said he knows there’s a lot to work on over the next year. “It’s really nice to be able to play with a couple of my future teammates,” he said. “I need to get a lot stronger and most importantly, work on my basketball skills.” Former Iowa player Jarryd Cole put on a show of his own in the first half,
grinding out 14 points in the paint and finishing with 19 overall. Cole also racked up 10 rebounds. The forward spent a season playing Iceland professional basketball but said he was ecstatic to be playing in Iowa again. Cole said he was impressed by what he saw out of Woodbury. “We had a 7-footer on my
team in Iceland, and he wasn’t as strong or athletic as Woodbury,” Cole said. “He held me to 19 points, and I expect more of myself, but it was fun going against him tonight.”
what Woodbury will face in the Big Ten. The ex-Icelandic pro player is an invaluable training partner for the incoming freshman. “I hope he stays around for a while, because I think he can help me improve a lot,” Woodbury said of Cole. “That could really help me improve a lot because he is a big, strong dude … It would be a good learning experience for me.”
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Hermes Banguid delicately taps out a song on one of the many downtown pianos on Tuesday. The soon-to-be Kirkwood freshman said he was practicing; he is still learning to play. (The Daily Iowan/Chastity Dillard)
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THE DAILY IOWAN WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
Hot hands open Prime Time
PRIME TIME LEAGUE
Gesell shines in Prime Time début Hawkeye fans got their first look at prizerecruits Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury on Tuesday in the first night of 2012 Prime Time League action. By BEN SCHUFF firstname.lastname@example.org
Melsahn Basabe (left), guards Jarrod Uthoff in the Prime Time League’s opening game on Tuesday in North Liberty. Uthoff scored 13 points and nabbed 13 rebounds for head coach Randy Larson’s team. (The Daily Iowan/Chastity Dillard)
Zach McCabe’s double-double highlights the Prime Time League kickoff in North Liberty on Tuesday. By TOM CLOS email@example.com
Iowa basketball forward Zach McCabe got hot early from beyond the arc in his first Prime Time League appearance of the year. McCabe scored a game-high 29 points in Vinton Merchants/Mike Gatens, 93-87 victory over Jill Armstrong of Skogman Realty in front of a jam-packed crowd at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Tuesday. McCabe drained five of his first six 3point attempts and 7-of-10 overall for head coach Randy Larson. He also tal-
lied 10 rebounds en route to recording a double-double in front of one of the largest crowds in Prime Time history. The story of the first half was McCabe and former Hawkeye guard Andre Murphy — the two combined to score 33 points and stake Larson’s team a 58-43 advantage at the intermission. “We hadn’t played a pickup game for a while now, and I think all of our guys were a little excited to actually play against other people,” McCabe said. “It’s nice to not just play against our team and get to see other guys out there.”
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On the losing end, incoming Hawkeye freshman guard Mike Gesell led his team with 27 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point territory. Iowa sophomore forward Melsahn Basabe also notched 18 points for coach Dan Ahrens’ team, in addition to pulling down 7 boards in a second-half comeback attempt.
The first game of the 2012 Prime Time League featured two of the most anticipated players to join the Iowa basketball team this coming season. Point guard Mike Gesell and center Adam Woodbury headlined a nationally ranked recruiting class that will join the Hawkeyes this fall. Their skills were on display on Tuesday night in a game that Woodbury’s team won, 93-89. Gesell won the individual battle between the future Hawkeyes. The 61 guard scored 27 points — connecting on five 3-pointers — to go along with 6 assists and 5 rebounds. “My emphasis is to just push the ball,” he said. “We really want to play up-tempo. I just want to get the best shot for the team. I think that’s what the point guard’s job is to do.” Gesell demonstrated the ability to find quality looks for his teammates throughout the game. He arched a pass perfectly over a defender that was fronting Prime Time teammate Jarryd Cole in the second half. Cole easily collected the pass from Gesell and turned for a simple lay-up. Gesell also showed patience while trying to find the open man, waiting on one fast break for his final teamSEE GESELL 5
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Go online to dailyiowanmedia.com/live for results of the Prime Time second game on Tuesday night.
Learning the Friendship grows for mat rivals martial art of deep respect Iowa City Tae kwon do instructor Nick Messersmith is teaching his students more than just martial arts. By CARLOS SOSA firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtesy. Integrity. Perseverance. Self - c o n tr o l and indomitable spirit. Thes e ar e th e f i v e tenets of tae kwon do. “I t’s i s base d o n respect,” instructor Nick Messersmith said. “In tae kw o n d o, the y believ e i f y o u f o l l o w those rules inside and outside of the classroom, that you can live the perfect life.” For mo st 5- an d 6 year-olds, a perfect life may consist of eating ice cream or playing at the playground. But Elijah and Isaiah Morris’ “perfect life” is beginning to take hold in the form of tae kwon do classes. Six - y e ar- o l d El i j a h sa id h e p ar ti c i p at e d because it sounded fun and he wanted to learn martial arts. Over the next week, the brothers will learn
basic self-defense moves and how to punch, kick, and block. But Elijah and Isaiah wi l l l e a rn m o re t h a n t h a t t h i s we e k . Fo r instance, they’ll learn about respect and their parents’ birthdays. Messersmith asks the kids to do some homework after class. Besides learning the five tenets, he asks the kids to memorize the their parents’ birthdays. This is how respect is l e a rn e d t h r o u g h t a e kwon do. The core of the martial art is respect — not only for oneself but a l s o fo r e l d e rs a n d peers. “ T h e fo cu s [o f t h e c a m p ] i s o n r e s p e ct ,” said Elijah and Isaiah’s father, Bryan Morris. “He [Messersmith] gives t h e m h o m e wo r k , l i k e making their beds and remembering their parents’ birthdays.” This homework is a SEE TAE KOWN DO, 5
Two young wrestlers from Illinois traveled together the Hawkeye Wrestling Camp, bringing a lot of personal history with them.
By MOLLY IRENE OLMSTEAD email@example.com
Diego Sotelo and Peyton Timmons only came up to the height of the other wrestlers’ hips. Hawkeye Wrestling Camp coaches explained a drill to the large horde of boys in the takedowns and escapes group. The two 9year-olds were so much smaller than the rest of the kids that they were almost lost in the crowd. But when a coach shouted, “Find a partner,” the two immediately ran toward each other. Peyton and Diego wrestle at 58 and 55 pounds, respectively. Diego beat Peyton in the Illinois state championships in 2011, and the two have been friends ever since. Peyton’s father, Chris Timmons, has sent his son to various wrestling camps before, but he was frustrated that there weren’t other wrestlers in Peyton’s weight class for him to practice with. That’s when he made a pact with Diego’s father, Ralph Sotelo: their sons would travel to the same wrestling camps in the sum-
Diego Sotelo, 9, rides Peyton Timmons, 9, during the Takedowns and Escapes Camp in the Iowa Recreation Building on Tuesday. This camp is one of the Iowa Wrestling Camps instructed by head coach Tom Brands and his staff, current and former Iowa wrestlers, and former Iowa coach Dan Gable. (The Daily Iowan/Sumei Chen) mer to ensure they both had an adequate partner. “Wrestling makes your friends your enemies and your enemies your friends,” Soltero said. “Diego and Peyton don’t interact too much without wrestling because we live about 50 miles apart, but they do see each other at tournaments and wrestle each other a lot because they’re so close in size. They’ve become good friends through it all.” Diego and Peyton are 4-4 against each other. They’re both competitive and driven to win. They’re both 9-yearold wrestlers who will likely see each other on the mat every year as they grow older. But they don’t let the competition between them affect their friendship.
“You know you have to beat somebody anyway anytime you wrestle, so it’s good to wrestle a friend,” Peyton said. “You can know that no matter what happens, you’ll still be friends afterwards.” Diego does get mad when Peyton beats him, but he said it’s because he lost, not because he lost to Peyton. “You can be friends with anyone,” he said with a shrug. “All of Diego and Peyton’s matches are hard-fought and really tough,” Timmons said. “It makes a lot of sense for the two to go to camps together because they do such a good job in training. That’s what summer and off-season wrestling is about —increasing technique, learning, growing.” Diego and Peyton wres-
tled near the edge of the mat during camp, away from the cluster of larger boys near the center. But they practiced with the same drills as everyone else, even though they’re not even old enough to go to camp without a chaperone. They might be the smallest kids at the camp, but they work just as hard as some of the wrestlers twice their age. Timmons said he hopes Peyton and Diego grow at the same rate so they can continue to train together. But regardless of their future weight classes, they’re going to remember the summers they spent in the sweaty gyms together. They got to meet Iowa SEE WRESTLING, 5