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Iowa City’s Best Kept Secret The Downtown Chait Galleries contain a plethora of local art. 80 Hours.

Thursday, July 11, 2013



Group mulls alcohol


Flood projects coming UI officials started disassembling floodwalls this week, and they hope to begin removing remaining HESCO barriers around campus next week. By Kristen East

to show an underage ID. “It only takes one person to make an error, and it costs you your license.” Developer Marc Moen said many of his tenants would also like guidance on how to pass compliance checks. “Bar owners who are really trying to run a legitimate business aren’t sleeping at night because that license is their

Floodwalls and HESCO barriers protecting a handful of University of Iowa buildings have remained intact even as Iowa River levels have continued to decrease. And more than a month removed from initial flood-mitigation efforts, officials have begun the process of returning to a state of normalcy on the UI campus. Officials started to disassemble floodwalls surrounding Art Building West on Monday, and removal of HESCO barriers around Mayflower Residence Hall is slated for Friday. Additionally, UI officials hope to start the process of removing remaining HESCOs around campus next week, according to a press release. Officials plan to restore buildings, pedestrian walkways, and landscaping affected by flooding and mitigation by the time the fall semester starts, Aug. 26. UI officials awarded four bids this week the flood-protection removal and site restoration of four campus areas, including East Campus north of Iowa Avenue, East Campus south of Iowa Avenue, the Arts Campus, and Mayflower. The budgets for each project and award of bid are as following: • Arts Campus: Jasper Construction Services of Newton, Iowa, $83,100 • East Campus north of Iowa Ave-

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Katherine Schofield, Allison Cronk, and Kiersten Tallant (all 21) celebrate Cronk’s 21st birthday at DC’s on Wednesday. The Partnership for Alcohol Safety has talked about implementing new secret shoppers for bars. (The Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell)

By Alison Crissman

With Iowa City officials focusing much of their recent efforts on creating a more vibrant downtown that is not so focused on alcohol, one Iowa City business owner made a suggestion to improve these efforts at the Partnership for Alcohol Safety meeting on Wednesday. George Etre, the owner of Takanami and Formosa restaurants, suggested that one way to increase the number of businesses passing police compliance checks for serving alcohol to minors could include allowing restaurants to have “practice” compliance checks be-

‘Bar owners who are really trying to run a legitimate business aren’t sleeping at night because that [liquor] license is their livelihood.’ – Marc Moen, developer fore police carry out their actual checks. In Iowa City, failing compliance checks can lead to losing an establishment losing its liquor license. Etre said an establishment failing a compliance check often comes down to simple human error. “I’ve found that many times, once someone shows you an ID, you assume they’re 21,” he said, noting that people who are underage often do not attempt

Metro group OKs roads projects

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The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County Planning organization approves four transportation projects.

The UI Stroke Center joined the rapidly growing number of institutions to receive the accrediting body’s highest rating.

By Julia Truszkowski

Projecting continued near-future growth throughout Johnson County, area officials are taking the necessary steps now to accommodate additional residents, services, and traffic. In a Wednesday evening meeting at the North Liberty City Council chamber, 1 Quail Creek Circle, the Metropolitan Planning Organization approved several major transportation projects, that when finished, are expected to provide greater connection between local municipalities. Full-agenda decisions garnered unanimous approval for the group, composed of officials from Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Tiffin, University Heights, the University of Iowa, Johnson County, and the Iowa City School District. In all, the Burlington Street Median Project, Dubuque Street/I-80 Pedestrian Bridge, as well as expansion of the Clear Creek Trail into further city limits of Coralville and Tiffin moved forward.





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By Robert Crozier

Final costs for the project were unavailable as of Wednesday evening. The second Iowa City project, the Dubuque Street/I-80 Pedestrian Bridge project, was originally set to receive $547,398 in secured funding secured. But with traffic counts and area popu-

If a clot ever blocks an artery to your brain, or if you start bleeding into your skull, the next few hours of your life are critical, and they could be your last. From a stroke’s onset, doctors have a three to four-and-a-half hour window to intravenously inject a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator, said University of Iowa neurology Professor Harold Adams, the director of the UI Hospials and Clinics Stroke Center. “The clock moves very fast in that

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Burlington Street is seen on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Planning Organization approved a major project for Burlington Street. (The Daily Iowan/Mariah Green) The original Burlington Street Median Project, which will bring sweeping pedestrian access across the busy street in the form of additional plantings and a median strip, was originally reserved for Burlington Street itself. In lining up with the 2012-20 Road Projects list, however, officials extended work to Gilbert Street and Riverside Drive.







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21 Continued from front livelihood,” he said. Etre’s suggestion came about from a presentation during the meeting done by Shannon Pagones, education and outreach coordinator at the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, about mystery-shopper programs done in other states to ensure that laws are upheld. Pagones said that since no mystery-shopper program exists in Iowa, the Alcohol Division has collaborated with Idaho, Oregon, and Vermont to learn more about how those states run their mystery-shopper programs, citing Ohio’s use of Ohio Liquor Law Consulting.

planning Continued from front lation levels on the rise, a total of nearly $1.79 million in aid was granted. The development of projects in the urban area is driven by increased transit over the years for all transportation systems, leading Johnson County to have the highest bicycle ridership of all Iowa counties, said John Yapp, the executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County. “Connectivity is a big part of the story,” he said. “As transportation planners, instead of adding capacity, it’s important to increase connectivity and give people more options for what routes they take.” The seventh phase of the Coralville’s Clear Creek Trail is to be added to the 2012-20 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects list. It is to receive $621,578 in fund-

hesco Continued from front nue: Chris Jones Trucking of West Branch, $60,410 • East Campus south of Iowa Avenue: Carter and Associates Inc. of Coralville, $84,000 • Mayflower: Tricon General Construction Inc. of Dubuque, $59,000 The total cost to both set up and remove the HESCO barriers around

stroke Continued from front situation,” he said. The leading cause of long-term disability in adults, strokes result in roughly 1,600 deaths each year in Iowa, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 795,000 people in the United States have strokes, killing almost 130,000. On May 13, the UI center joined an elite cadre of 35 other such institutions in the nation when it was awarded the highest stroke accreditation offered by the Joint Commission, the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification. The commission is an independent accreditation agency for healthcare organizations that created the new standard roughly a year ago in collaboration with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, said Jean Range, the executive director for certification programs at the Joint Commission. The UIHC Stroke Center admits 900 to 1,000 patients annually and sees around three new patients every day, Adams said.

THE DAILY IOWAN After the presentation, Moen asked if any independent company could conduct mystery-shopper operations, and Etre’s idea was born. However, a debate ensued when Iowa City Police Chief Sam Hargadine asked why the practice compliance checks had to involve underage patrons, because a failure of compliance forces the police to write a ticket on the spot. “Why can’t you guys hire your own secret shoppers?” he asked. Etre said that providing restaurants with as much information as possible regarding IDs would be valuable for making improvements. Moen commended Etre, saying that in Etre’s restaurants, everyone is carded, regardless of age.


However, Iowa City police Sgt. Vicki Lalla noted that every establishment with a liquor license is checked for its adherence to the rules. “The bottom line is, if it has a liquor license, it’s being checked …” she said. Tom Rocklin, the alcohol-panel co-head and the University of Iowa vice president for Student Life, said although he is anxiously awaiting the arrival of more alternatives venues, the student experience has changed for the better in recent years. “Students are safer than they have been in years,” he said, noting that he would like to see formal discussions regarding the mystery-shopper program come to fruition over the next year. UI Student Govern-

ment President Katherine Valde, a first-time meeting attendee, liked the notion of the mystery-shopper program but emphasized the need for further planning to take place before implementation. In light of the 21-ordinance possibly coming to a vote in the future, the Partnership for Alcohol Safety is still in the process of determining its stance on the issue. Bender mulled the idea for an email-based polling system on the divisive issue but no further comments proceeded. “I think we need to decide what [the group’s] role is as this becomes a front-page topic,” Hargadine said. “I think it’s the biggest issue we’re going to be talking about in the community.”

‘Connectivity is a big part of the story. As transportation planners, instead of adding capacity, it’s important to increase connectivity and give people more options for what routes they take.’ – John Yapp, the executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County ing. The Clear Creek Trail in the town limits of Tiffin is also to be added to the 2012-20 Bicycle and Pedestrians List, receiving $148,922 in funding. Both a seventh phase leg of the Coralville’s Clear Creek Trail and expansion into the city of Tiffin, as part of the 2012-20 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects list, received $621,578 and $148,922 in respective funds. So what about additional projects currently in the construction pipeline not included in the funding provisions? Assistant Transportation Planner Kris Ackerson said they’re numerous. Such projects are not limited to the expansion

of Lower Muscatine Road into a continuous cross section, the Iowa Interstate Railroad Grade Separation, Highway 965 geometric improvements, and the expansion of the two-lane segments on Coral Ridge Avenue to a four-lane road with additional turn lanes. Additionally, the city of Iowa City is developing an $880,000 trail project along Foster Road to the fast-developing Peninsula Neighborhood. And a number of highly traveled streets, including Iowa City’s First Avenue, Scott Boulevard, and the joint Camp Cardinal Boulevard Iowa City-Coralville artery, have been vital in reducing traffic volumes on other streets, Yapp said.

Discussion of additional projects will continue at the next board meeting, set for Sept. 11. As fast-growing North Liberty nears its 100-year birthday, city officials say they are working hard to tackle traffic volumes and boons in residential construction. Notable examples, assistant city administrator Tracey Mulcahey said, lie in a $3.4 million North Liberty Library expansion and the 40-acre West Side Park. “The metropolitan area has done a wonderful job continuing to invest in trails and sidewalks,” Yapp said. “People don’t have to come to downtown Iowa City for their daily needs anymore. They can find facilities closer to their residences.”

campus stands at more than $5 million, The Daily Iowan previously reported. UI President Sally Mason told the DI earlier this month that this year’s flood scare helped exemplify how prepared the university was in responding to another natural disaster. “After [the 2008] flood, we learned so much, and we executed [the] plan perfectly,” Mason said. “All of the preparation

that we did to keep any damage from happening to the campus this time really paid off.” Officials started to close several university buildings leading into the first week of June, starting with the closure of Art Building West on May 30. The Theater Building and the former Museum of Art were closed the following day. The UI’s flood-mitigation efforts also included sandbagging around several university buildings,

closing various parking lots, and evacuating Mayflower. While barriers and floodwalls are removed, a number of facilities and parking lots remain closed. The southbound lane of Riverside Drive is closed, and won’t reopen until the removal of the floodwall around Art Building West is completed. The northbound lane is, however, open to alternating twoway traffic.

Commission officials visited the UIHC in January, Adams said, and they will return in about two years when the time comes for recertification. Joint Commission official Bret Coons estimated that only around 500 institutions nationwide even have the resources to be even able to apply for such a s status. Research universities with the requisite resources are busy working toward the certification, and many of them currently hold the decade-old Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification. As of Wednesday, 48 advanced comprehensive stroke centers have been named. “This outstanding achievement is the result of many years of hard work, training, teamwork, and dedication to our patients,” UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard said in a press release. Adams said strokes can affect all ages but are more likely to occur in older individuals. “The primary — the first level — was so successful in driving hospitals to follow best practice standards and improved care,” said Kathy Morrison, stroke program manager at Penn State Hershey Stroke Center, who

UIHC now continas a recognized Advanced Certification Comprehensive Stroke Center. (The Daily Iowan/Juan Carlos Herrera) sat on the technical advisory panel that helped write the new standards. But she said the primary certification standard didn’t provide enough oversight for newer, more advanced stroke treatments, nor did it require hospitals be able to handle numerous stroke victims at any time of any day. Penn State’s Primary Stroke Center had its onsite review in May and hopes to receive Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification soon, she said. Comprehensive centers must offer treatments such as endovascular therapy, Adams said, which is used in patients that can’t receive tissue plasminogen activator. In those cases, a very small tube is inserted into the

bloodstream and guided through the arteries to the brain. The University of Arizona’s Primary Stroke Center added endovascular capabilities July 1, and while officials there look forward to pursuing comprehensive certification, the center does not yet meet the requirements, said Leslie Ritter, the stroke coordinator. “The excellence comes first, and then the certification follows,” she said. Smokers and people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol are high-risk, Adams said. “The best treatment of stroke is to prevent it from happening to begin with, which includes things to treat high-risk people, such as medications [or] lifestyle changes.”

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METRO First VP candidate to hold forum The University of Iowa today will host the first finalist for the UI vice president for Strategic Communication position. Jeff Iseminger, the interim vice president for university advancement and marketing at Minnesota State University- Mankato, will host a forum today in 2520 University Capitol Center from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The other two finalists’ names will be announced a day prior to their visits. Those forums will take place on July 15 and 17, respectively. Mark Braun, UI President Sally Mason’s chief of staff, currently serves as the interim vice president for Strategic Communication. He filled in after Tysen Kendig left the position in December 2012. Iseminger has degrees in journalism and cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a degree in political science from the UI. — by Kristen East

Roadwork detours bus routes Continued road work on one of Iowa City’s most heavily traveled corridors will result in the closure of an East Side intersection and adjustments to a number of bus routes, a city release said on Wednesday. With construction continuing on Lower Muscatine Road, an intersection adjacent to Kirkwood Community College, will be closed to traffic effective today. Road improvements include a new street, sidewalks, street lighting, storm and sanitary sewer additions, and construction of a new water main. Current detours will affect the inbound and outbound Mall transit route and the inbound Broadway and Night/Weekend Broadway bus routes. For inbound trips, the Mall, Night/ Weekend Broadway, and Broadway routes will detour using Highway 6 to Sycamore Street to Deforest Avenue to Pine Street to Highland Avenue. Outbound Mall routes will detour using Highland Avenue to Pine Street to Deforest Avenue to Sycamore Street. 

 As a result, two area bus stops, at Highland Avenue and Sycamore Street (stop 7063) and Highland Avenue and Pine Street (stop 7064) will be removed from service starting today. Alternate inbound stops are located at


Down by the river the west side of the Sycamore Mall parking lot (stop 7061) and at the Highland Avenue and Franklin Street of (stop 7065). In place of the closed stops, temporary outbound bus stops are located at Highland Avenue and Marcy Street and at Deforest Avenue and Sycamore Street.
 The Iowa City City Council voted to approve an amendment to the Lower Muscatine Road reconstruction project in a 4-0 vote Jan.15, a move that cost the city approximately $50,000 more. The Lower Muscatine Road improvements from Kirkwood Avenue to First Avenue was an estimated $5.48 million project as of Jan. 15, but it has since jumped to a $7.2 million price tag, according to city records. — by Quentin Misiag

Homeless man charged with arson A local homeless man has been charged after allegedly setting fire to a vehicle following a drug sale.

Jerry Titus, 57, was charged June 23 with second-degree arson. According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers responded to an east Iowa City residence after receiving a telephone call from a woman associated with the Iowa City Shelter House. The woman reportedly had recorded a conversation with Titus in which he admitted that he had set her vehicle on fire in order to get back at a drug dealer who had cheated him during a recent drug sale. Titus told the woman he believed the vehicle belonged to the drug dealer, not her. The victim also photographed Titus with her phone, the complaint said. Responding officers were able to identify Titus as the accused using booking photos and the photo taken from the phone. The woman’s vehicle was valued at $1,000. Second-degree arson is a Class-C felony. — by Quentin Misiag

Scott Falkenhan, store manager at the Lower Muscatine Road Deli Mart, enjoys a half-day fishing under a bridge near Highway 6 on Wednesday. (The Daily Iowan/Jake Stanbro)

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The Miracle of Flight By Barrett Sonn

In light of the recent Asiana Airlines accident in San Francisco, I thought I’d take the time to remind everybody of something (and no, it’s not the cliché about air travel being safer than automobile travel). I’d like to remind you of the magic of flying. Yes, accidents happen, whether through mechanical error or human error, and they’re too often tragic. Such tragedies often lead people to re-evaluate man’s relationship with flight or at least reinforce some deeply held phobias. But for all the high-profile accidents and the much-maligned penny-pinching airlines, flying remains humankind’s crowning achievement. When you look at airplanes, you have to remember what they have done for us as a species. They elevate human beings as conquerors of gravity. Before the first airplane, pretty much every single human being was incapable of flying, even R. Kelly. The act of flying has been a source of fascination since the dawn of modern thought, whether it’s the Greek myth of Icarus or Leonardo da Vinci’s intricate concepts of flying contraptions. Once we humans finally developed an ability to fly that didn’t involve a one-way ticket off a roof, we all collectively turned into the stuff of legend. We finally had wings, and even though we didn’t get to actually flap them in the way a bird might, we were still able to glide through the air with relative ease. Now I know it can be tough to see the magic in flying these days. Beefedup security in the form of pat-downs and body scans — as well as the recent trend toward fewer, fuller flights — have made everything from getting to the gate to leaving your destination’s airport take longer and longer as the

years have gone by. Those things can grate on people. The last time I took a plane (from Las Vegas to Chicago) both McCarran International Airport and O’Hare were filled to the brim with grumpy, disheveled people waiting in lines and paying through the nose at every turn. They shuffled from Hudson News kiosk to Hudson News kiosk eating Cinnabons and looking dejected, desensitized to the miraculous spirit of flight. Meanwhile, I was excited. And I would argue being excited about flying, no matter how many times you’ve done it, is the proper flying emotion. Being frustrated and angry in an airport is unseemly. See, we take flying for granted. We don’t realize how things like delays are drops in the ocean when you consider the total time that still gets saved. Can you imagine having to take a boat across the Pacific Ocean? Crazy, I tell you. Our attitude toward airplanes is the attitude people have towards spaceships in “Star Trek” — casual indifference. They are acknowledged as being objects that exist without realizing the implications of what would happen (or what couldn’t happen) if they never existed to begin with. We complain about negligible issues such as temporarily bad cell-phone reception, a classic First World thing to do. We complain about fees for extra bags and being groped by the TSA. We complain about being crammed into a tiny seat next to an odious woman and her equally odious baby. We complain about having to watch B-team sitcoms such as “Rules of Engagement.” And when tragedies happen, we worry, and our palms get sweaty. Sometimes, we take pills to forget that we’re on an airplane altogether. Through all of this, we ignore the most basic truth about flying: Every time we take to the sky, we take part in the greatest technological innovation in the history of mankind. That’s undeniably awesome.

STAFF KRISTEN EAST Editor-in-Chief JOSH BOLANDER Managing Editor ZACH TILLY Opinions Editor SRI PONNADA and JON OVERTON Editorial Writers BARRETT SONN, JEREMY ZIEMER, and MICHAEL BEALL Columnists EDITORIALS reflect the majority opinion of the DI Editorial Board and not the opinion of the Publisher, Student Publications Inc.,or the University of Iowa. OPINIONS, COMMENTARIES, COLUMNS, and EDITORIAL CARTOONS reflect the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Editorial Board.

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THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. — FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION


Limit school closures On Tuesday, the Iowa City School Board put off a decision on two proposals for a long-term facilities plan, one of which it will need to adopt in order to accommodate a growing district. Under the first proposal, referred to as Recommendation A, Hills Elementary, the district’s smallest school, would be rebuilt at its present location and would add 100 students. Roosevelt Elementary, which is now repurposed as the Roosevelt Education Center, and Hoover would be swing facilities. They would close after other facilities were renovated or constructed. A new approximately 1,500-student high school would be built, and a more than 100-student addition at North Central Junior High in North Liberty would help feed it students. Two Iowa City and one northern Johnson County elementary schools would also open. Under Proposal B, Hoover, Hills, and Lincoln would be swing facilities. Roosevelt would be renovated. Hills Elementary would not be rebuilt. The Editorial Board encourages the board to move forward with a plan requiring as few school closures as possible. There is no question that the district’s facilities will require major upgrades in coming years; the district predicts that its enrollment will increase by approximately 3,000 students over the next decade. But there is some doubt about whether school closures are an optimal component of a facility-reorganization plan. The negative effects of school closures are well-documented. According to a 2009 study of school closures from the Consortium on Chicago School Research, students who are relocated after school closures tend to suffer short-term academic setbacks and no long-term benefits. Closing schools also tends to have negative effects on their neighborhoods. School closures can reduce neighborhood property values and disrupt small communities. There are often perfectly good reasons for school closures, of course A 2002 study on the cost-effectiveness of public schools by researchers at Syracuse University notes that some very small schools operating in dense urban areas can often become a resource drain, costing more to maintain than they can contribute. The study notes that in high-density areas, elementary schools with enrollments under around 300 can become a resource drain, with

Facility closures on the table The Iowa City School District will choose between two long-term plans for its facilities, both of which include school closures. Proposal A — Under this plan, Roosevelt and Hoover would be swing facilities. Hills Elementary would be rebuilt. Proposal B— Hoover, Hills, and Lincoln would be swing facilities.

Roosevelt would be renovated. Hills Elementary would not be rebuilt. Source: Daily Iowan reports

that number falling as areas become less dense. But Hoover Elementary, the most centrally located of the schools on the chopping block, has an enrollment of 360 students. Hills and Lincoln serve fewer students in less-dense areas. None appears to be a conspicuous drain on the district’s resources. Perhaps most importantly, public support seems to run contrary to school closures. Many locals have spoken out against the district’s proposed closures. “Closing a neighborhood school is a decision with grave consequences,” local attorney Mary Kate Pilcher Hayek said at the Tuesday meeting. “I have not received conclusive information from the district. What are the prospective uses of Hoover that could be used to help City High?” Kerri Barnhouse, a West High teacher, told the DI that the School Board seems to be acting against the will of the community. “When the scenarios and the decisions of the district don’t represent public opinion, it increases the perception that there is another agenda here,” she said. “So many people in this community have answered the call to come to those meetings. School closings are on the agenda, even though they aren’t what the overwhelmingly number of people want.” The School Board should listen to the community members and the relevant history of school closures and move forward with a plan that minimizes closures.

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A congressional interest-rate mess By Zach Tilly

A Senate student-loan plan that would have extended a discounted interest rate for low-income students was filibustered to death Wednesday by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. On July 1, the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford Loans doubled from 3.4 to 6.8 percent because Congress failed to reach a long-term agreement on student loans. Most student loans are issued right before the school year starts, however, so Congress effectively has until August to get a deal done with minimal collateral damage. If Congress can’t manage a deal, average subsidized student-loan borrowers would see their overall borrowing costs rise by $2,600, according to a report issued by the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Those subsidized

Stafford Loans account for 35 percent of the student loans issued in the Unites States, by the way. It seems odd that no agreement has yet been reached to solve this problem. There doesn’t seem to be any political upside to screwing subsidized student-loan recipients — their budgetary impact is relatively small, and higher education is usually popular. So, what’s the problem? The bill that failed Wednesday was a stopgap measure that would have frozen the low rates for another year to give Congress more time to craft a comprehensive plan. That temporary plan was killed by bickering among the Democrats. The Senate’s Democratic leadership refused to bring a proposed bipartisan compromise bill to a vote, so the handful of moderate Democratic compromisers, led by West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, joined up with the GOP to scuttle the short-term fix in hopes of salvaging their compromise later. The reason for all this infighting is in the minutiae. The student-loan fight boils down to a few

small differences in the plans on the table. Currently, all federal student-loan rates are set directly by Congress. That’s unsustainable in the long term because when interest rates inevitably need to go up, a nasty fight will break out in Congress. It’s in the best interest of most members of Congress to ensure they don’t have to have this fight in the future. So, to prevent such a battle, the Obama White House, the House GOP, and that bipartisan group in the Senate all developed plans that would tie interest rates to the performance of 10-year Treasury notes. As the rate of return on those notes goes up, interest rates would go up, too. President Obama’s plan would add 0.93 percent to the Treasury rate to get the new subsidized loan rate. The House GOP plan would add 2.5 percent to the Treasury rate. Not much difference there. The problem is that returns on Treasury notes — currently 2.7 percent — are expected to rise fairly substantially in the next decade as the

economy improves. The Congressional Budget Office projects that Treasury notes could return as much as 10.6 percent by 2023. That means that interest rates could skyrocket correspondingly. That threat has led many more liberal Democrats, most notably Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, to call for a maximum cap on interest rates tied to market performance. The Senate’s failed compromise was cap-free — hence the discord among the moderates and liberal Democrats that’s clogging the process up. For now, the House has little to do until the Senate passes a bill; the representatives are content to lay this budding failure at the feet of the Senate Democrats. Incidentally, the House GOP plan features the highest initial interest rates, but it’s also the only major plan on the table that features a maximum cap on interest rates. As it stands, the sides don’t seem too far away from a mutually acceptable compromise, but the question is — once again — will they act in time?

Fareway stores, all three Hy-Vee stores, and the New Pioneer Food Co-op.

larger than that. “Medication abortions are more risky than surgical abortions. At least 11 women have died after a medication abortion, including five women in the United States.” In what time span? Under what circumstances? What is the rate? Based on which statistics? The author’s letter is alarmist. It is my believe that safe abortion must remain an option for women who choose it.

letters to the editor/ Online Re: Crisis Center If you can donate your time, money, or nonperishable food, you can help the Crisis Center of Johnson County. The Crisis Center is a place you can turn to in a time of need. The Crisis Center is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Food Bank, where you can pick up food once a week on any weekday, offers nonperishable and perishable food, as well as personal hygiene items. The Food Bank

can also help you with many other services, including clothing and household item vouchers, and help you pay for utilities, prescriptions, and minor car repairs. You can help the Crisis Center provide these services. Currently, the Food Bank is holding a food drive called Thanksgiving in July. It is very easy to participate. Simply look for the large donation barrels at any of these Iowa City grocery stores through July 31, and donate any nonperishable items: Bread Garden, both

Danielle Oakes Johnson County Crisis Center

In regard to Jennifer Bowen’s July 10 Letter to the Editor, I must ask: “… women have the abortion at home and have to deal with the body of the dead baby.” Really? Approximately one-third of an ounce (about 9 grams) is what that “dead baby” would weight. Women pass menstrual clots

Diane Graber


Game time Continued from 6A lot of people scoring, which was good.” Disterhoft’s team didn’t let the late first-half run faze them. The players responded with a 14-4 run at the beginning of the second half and never looked back. Doolittle scored 11 points in

the second 20 minutes and shut down ex-Hawk Johnson, holding her to just 4 points. “She’s still one of the best post players I’ve ever played against,” Doolittle said. “I have played with her for a long time, so I’ve learned kind of how she plays, and that helps a lot.” Doolittle seemed unstoppable at times offensively, knocking down several key



jump shots late in the game. “She knows that she can play against anyone, and tonight should really solidify that fact for her,” Disterhoft said. “If she keeps this type of play up, she will be a tremendous help next year.” Johnson’s team isn’t out of playoff contention yet, but a loss next week won’t bring it to postseason play. It now has a 0-3 record, good for last place. Some

members of the team might be frustrated with the season, but Johnson continues to stay calm. Johnson, who will be playing in the Czech Republic next year, says it’s not all about the wins and the losses. “I play basketball to have fun and to glorify God,” Johnson said. “It’s just fun when you’re out there playing for the right reasons, and there’s no pressure in this league.”

Hawks corral first victory Sam Logic and Alexa Kastanek lead their team to its first win of the summer. By Jacob Sheyko

PRIME time Continued from 6A wa basketball team on the court to his advantage. McCabe’s team with fellow Hawkeye Gabe Olaseni is the only undefeated team left in the league after it defeated Larson’s team with Hawkeyes Anthony Clemmons and Jarrod Uthoff on Sunday. Olaseni believes he plays on a “complete team,” whereas McCabe believes the team finds success through the strong chemistry gained over the four weeks of play.

IHM Continued from 6A dence was further bolstered when, just a few short days after his win at Sunnehanna, Ihm traveled north to Wisconsin and shot a round with his golfing idol: Steve Stricker. “That was awesome,” Ihm said. “He gave me a few tips on chipping and my wedges. It was awesome. He’s really a genuine guy, and so is Zach. They’re both true Midwestern guys.” The fun ends today, though, when Ihm tees off at his first professional golf tournament at TPC Deere Run (he begins his round at 9 a.m., on Hole 10). But make no mistake: Ihm will

Olaseni said his team’s first game was the most difficult, because the players “didn’t know what each other did.” But the junior and his teammates quickly learned each other’s abilities, tendencies, and strategies. “You can tell who likes to shoot 3s, who plays defense. The plays that coach has put in allows you to see what guys do,” said Olaseni, noting that gelling with his teammates gets easier every game. “… We have good guard play, big guys that understand our roles — I think we’re playing pretty well right now.” Other teams in the

league have not been as successful as Olaseni’s and McCabe’s when it comes down to chemistry. Coach Kevin Sanders’ team didn’t acquire a single win until guards Devyn Marble and Josh Oglesby hit the court together on Sunday, becoming the tandem duo the group needed for a win. “You could tell I was enjoying it,” Marble said about having Oglesby return to the court. “Now that he’s healthy, he’s back, and when we have all our pieces, this is a good team.” For Larson, drafting a team comes down to choosing players he knows will

work well together and share the basketball. He believes his team’s lone loss in Prime Time occurred because his team was focused too much on matchup advantages instead of sharing the ball and looking for the open man. “If there’s someone who just wants to play just on the offensive end, I’m not going to take him,” Larson said. “If they’re somebody who wants to play on both ends and be an unselfish player … that’s a little bit rare, and those are the guys you love to be able to find. “My attitude is that teamwork always beats talent.”

carry the lessons he learned from both Johnson and Stricker into today’s tournament. “Some of that stuff was set up by me,” Iowa men’s golf coach Mark Hankins said. “I think it’s extremely important for him to interact with those guys — especially those two, who have won the John Deere Classic before. He was going to get some good insight about the course and about what to expect. “I’ve had plenty of players play at the John Deere Classic, but Steven’s the first one who’s a current student-athlete.” Hankins said Ihm’s practice rounds with both of the former John Deere Champions — Stricker won three-straight from 200911 before Johnson won it

last year — was also set up to help shed some of the nerves that come with a golfer’s first PGA event. But Ihm, though admittedly nervous, said he was excited to get the tournament underway. This came as no surprise to Hankins, who said Ihm is playing well enough to make Friday’s cut and play over the weekend. “We’ve both realized that he’s as good as a lot of these guys right now,” Hankins said. “Some of these guys are maybe not as comfortable on Midwest golf courses. That’s [Ihm’s] advantage — he’s playing on a golf course that’s one hour away from his hometown.” The locale of the tournament plays into Ihm’s excitement, too. He and Hankins both estimated

that more than 100 fans will be there to support him through these first two rounds — some as family,others to support him as a Hawkeye, and more because he is close to home. The bigger crowd also helps to further build Ihm’s eagerness to begin play, but knows that, just like at Sunnehanna, patient play is the key to playing good golf. “You can find yourself being overly aggressive early because you can look up at the leaderboard and see guys that are 5-under through five holes, or 5-under through six holes,” Ihm said. “You just have to know that the birdies will come. If you hit good shots, options open up, and you’ll get a lot of birdie opportunities.”

Samantha Logic and Kathryn Reynolds, women’s basketball; Kelsey Hart and Lena Placzek, women’s cross country/track and field; Sarah Drake, field hockey; James Morris, football; Javier Balboa, men’s gymnastics; Emma Willis, women’s gymnastics; Caitlin Lawrence and Mackenzie Norton, rowing; Allie Adam, Kiley Beck, Caitlin Brown and Katie Nasenbenny,

women’s soccer; Ashley Akers, Malloree Grove and Bradi Wall, softball; Sean Abbas, Dustin Rhoads, Mike Vinyard and Donny Warren, men’s swimming and diving; April Allen, Heather Arseth, Elaine Boosalis, Elise Borja, Joelle Christy, Abby Grilli and Hannah Maher, women’s swimming and diving; Garret Dunn, men’s tennis; Keaton Rickles and Ben Stancombe, men’s track and

field; Courtney Fritz, women’s track and field; Erin Leppek, Emily Yanny and Bethany Yeager, volleyball.

sports 47 Hawks win academic honors The Big Ten recognized 47 Iowa student-athletes by giving them Distinguished Scholar Awards. Eleven of the Hawkeye honorees maintained 4.0 grade-point averages during the 2012-13 academic year: track and field/cross country’s Mareike Schrulle, Jocelyn Todd, Sarah Ryan, and Kirsten Weismantle; field hockey’s Brynn Gitt, Niki Schultheis, and Marike Stribos; rowing’s Melissa Dawkins and Susie Stralina; soccer’s Jade Grimm; and Gigi DiGrazia of women’s golf. The Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to student-athletes who have earned a minimum gradepoint average of 3.7 in the previous academic year. The honorees must be letterwinners and in at least their second academic year. The following athletes also received the Distinguished Scholar Award:

— by Cody Goodwin

Wednesday evening action displayed speed, skill, and toughness in the Game Time League as Alexa Kastanek and Sam Logic stole the show. Logic’s and Kastanek’s team defeated Theairra Taylor’s team, 77-71. The game served as Logic’s squad’s first win and Taylor’s team’s first loss. The night was Logic and Kastanek’s, but it didn’t appear that way in the beginning. Both teams got off to slow starts, looking sluggish and sloppy in the opening minutes of the first half. “I don’t think anyone was ready to play today. It seemed too relaxed for a game,” Taylor said. “Second half, it was better competition.” Logic started to look for easy baskets, trying to compensate for the sluggish play. These came in the form of free throws and a couple of easy transition points, including an overhand pass that flew over three-fourths of the court to Nicole Smith for a lay-up that had the crowd crowing in awe. “If your shot’s not falling, a great way to get it going is the free-throw line,” Logic said. “You practice free throws — you’re wide open, and no one’s guarding you. It really helps with the rhythm of your shot.” Logic and Kastanek got to the line a combined 14 times — more than their opponents did as a team. Logic took over the game after enough of these easy buckets. At one point, the junior guard scored 14-straight points for her team, using a combination of midrange jumpers and drives that often ended in 3-point plays. Logic was just two assists shy of a triple-double at the end of the contest, something she has become accustomed to in league

play. She finished the night with 25 points, 8 assists, and a game-high 16 rebounds. “I think I was being a little more aggressive, taking it to the hoop a little more,” said Logic. “You get that flow going a little more when you get closer shots. I think I kind of settled a little bit early” Logic, standing at 5-9, used a masterful floater to her advantage, going toeto-toe with the opposing shot blockers, only to sail a teardrop over them and into the basket. “Kiah has some crazy length. She blocked a couple of jump shots that you never would think could be blocked,” Logic said. “It’s [the floater] just something to add to my game. That’s what we’re trying to do.” But Logic wasn’t the only star for her team. Freshman Kastanek, known for her in-your-face defense and endless number of hustle plays, stepped up and displayed an offensive game that impressed everyone in attendance. Kastanek showed no fear on the 3-point line from the opening tip, and she took shots from farther and farther back as the night went on. She finished the night with 4 treys en route to a 27-point performance, and she corralled five boards, while also holding the opposing Taylor scoreless from behind the arc. Her defense and hustle may come naturally, but Kastanek noted this whole summer has been a learning experience. It certainly doesn’t hurt that she was placed on the same team as Logic, she said, and playing with her and learning a few things has helped immensely. “Sam’s been helping me out a lot. She’s tells me things to do, things not to do,” Kastanek said. “She’s helped me out the whole summer.”



KICKER MEYER ON WATCH LIST Mike Meyer’s three successful seasons as the Iowa football team’s placekicker has earned him a spot on the 2013 Lou Groza Award preseason watch list. This is the third-consecutive year the native of Dubuque has been put on the watch list — Meyer was a semifinalist for the honor in 2011 and ’12. He is one of 30 kickers named to the watch list, which is given out by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Athletes are placed on the watch list based on their performances during the previous season and their expectations for the upcoming season. Meyer’s streak of 81-consecutive PATs ranks 10th all time in the Big Ten. The semifinalists for the Groza award will be announced Nov. 4, and the three finalists will be named on Nov. 25. The winner of the 2013 Lou Groza Award will be announced on Dec. 10 on the “Home Depot College Football Award Show.”

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CONCACAF GOLD CUP Group Standings: (Team, record, points) Group A: 1. Panama, 1-0-0, 3 1. Martinique, 1-0-0, 3 3. Mexico, 0-0-1, 0 3. Canada, 0-0-1, 0 Group B: 1. Honduras, 1-0-0, 3 2. Trinidad & Tobago, 0-1-0, 1 2. El Salvador, 0-1-0, 1 4. Haiti, 0-0-1, 0 Group C: 1. Costa Rica, 1-0-0, 3 1. United States, 1-0-0, 3 3. Belize, 0-0-1, 0 3. Cuba, 0-0-1, 0 Today’s Matchups Panama vs. Martinique, 7:30 p.m. Mexico vs. Canada, 10 p.m.

FIFA U20 WORLD CUP Semifinals France 2, Ghana 1 Uruguay 1, Iraq 1; Uruguay wins 7-6 on PKs Finals France vs. Uruguay, July 13, 12:45 p.m., ESPN Third-place Match Ghana vs. Iraq, July 13


Theairra Taylor takes a shot after dodging some defenders during Game Time action in the North Liberty Community Center on Wednesday. (The Daily Iowan/Jake Stanbro)

Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle topple Morgan Johnson’s and Kali Peschel’s team and snap a twogame losing-streak. By Ryan Young

Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle pushed their team past Morgan Johnson’s and Kali Peschel’s team Wednesday night, winning, 8466, in the Game Time League’s fourth week of action. Disterhoft dropped 30 points in the contest, and Doolittle scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. “We’re getting to the point where we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses out

there,” Doolittle said. “We can really work off each other’s strengths now. It gets better with every game.” Doolittle’s squad improved to a 2-2 record with the win, snapping a two-game losing streak. “We just knew that we had to come in and play really intense, and we knew that this was a must win game for us,” Disterhoft said. “We felt like we should have won the last two games, but we just came in with the mindset that we are going to get a W.” Doolittle and her team began the game quickly. The squad went on a 12-2 run in the first five

Ihm set Some summer chemistry for Deere Hawkeye golfer Steven Ihm is ready to play, and compete, at this weekend’s John Deere Classic.

Zach Johnson, 7:30 a.m., Hole 10 Steve Stricker, 7:30 a.m., Hole 10 Keegan Bradley, 7:40 a.m., Hole 10 Steven Ihm, 9 a.m., Hole 10 Boo Weekley, 12:45 p.m., Hole 10 Louis Oosthuizen, 12:55 p.m., Hole 1 Scott Verplank, 1:05 p.m., Hole 1 Stuart Appleby, 1:15 p.m., Hole 1 Trevor Immelman, 1:15 p.m., Hole 10 Rory Sabbatini, 1:15 p.m., Hole 10

By Cody Goodwin


WNBA Chicago 89, Washington 85 San Antonio 88, Phoenix 80

WHAT TO WATCH Golf — John Deere Classic, Round One, 2 p.m., Golf Channel U.S. Senior Open, Round One, 3 p.m., ESPN2 Softball — 2013 World Cup of Softball: USA vs. Canada 7 p.m. ESPN


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MLB Miami 6, Atlanta 2 Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 2 NY Mets 7, San Francisco 2 Baltimore 6, Texas 1 Toronto 5, Cleveland 4 NY Yankees 8, Kansas City 1 Washington 5, Philadelphia 1 Detroit 8, Chi. White Sox 5 LAA Angles 13, Chi. Cubs 2 Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 3 (13 innings) St. Louis 5, Houston 4 Pittsburgh 5, Oakland 0 LA Dodgers vs. Arizona (late) Colorado vs. San Diego (late) Boston vs. Seattle (late)

minutes of the game, and kept Johnson at bay in the post. The players fended off Johnson’s squad for most of the half, never leading by fewer than 10 points. However, Johnson sparked a 10-0 run in the last minute of the half on four-straight buckets. Her team trailed 41-34 at halftime. Disterhoft came up big in the first half, too, when she scored 17 of her 30 points. “Our offense was just clicking tonight,” she said. “We moved the ball really well and got a

Adam Woodbury hits a basket in a Prime Time game in the North Liberty Community Center on Sunday. Woodbury’s and Peter Jok’s team won the game,107-92 . (The Daily Iowan/Jake Stanbro)

Teams in the Prime Time League don’t practice together, relying instead on sharing the basketball and team chemistry. By Matt Cabel

Some things are missing for Iowa basketball players participating in the Prime Time League. Teams consist of players from a multitude of different schools around the state of Iowa. Only two Hawkeyes are allowed on each team, with the exception of incoming freshmen, per NCAA rules. There are no practices, no film sessions. Fran McCaffery isn’t yelling on the sidelines. What they do have, however, is a basketball, two 20-minute

halves, a shot clock, and referees. And that’s all they really need — it doesn’t matter if they’ve played one game together or 100. “Basketball can be played as a game where you don’t have to have plays,” league Commissioner Randy Larson said. “You just work together and move. There are certain things that are timeless: give and go, screen and roll, three-man game, feed the post and make them react to that, and go inside, outside — those kind of things are always available.” Forward Zach McCabe said

developing summer-league team chemistry is tough, but he uses his leadership skills learned from playing on the IoSee PRIME time, 5A

Prime Time League, July 11 Where: North Liberty Recreation Center Matchups: Armstrong of Skogman Realty vs. Culver’s/McCurry’s, 6 p.m., Jones Gym; Comfort Care/Gatens vs. BlendCard, 7:30 p.m., Jones Gym; Greater Iowa Financial/Vinton Merchants vs. Pelling/ HawkeyeReport, 7:30 p.m., Roberts Gym

Iowa’s Steven Ihm spent this past Tuesday afternoon at the TPC Deere Run Golf Course with former Masters champion Zach Johnson. Ihm and Johnson talked about their upcoming weekend, shared a few jokes and, of course, played some golf. It was a relaxing nine holes for Ihm, though he admitted to asking Johnson a few questions about the course as the day progressed. It was a practice round, after all, and Ihm made sure he learned all he could before he begins play in today’s opening round of the 2013 John Ihm Deere Classic. golfer “[Ihm] came to me, and that’s great,” Johnson said after their practice round. “I was doing that when I was their age, too.” The 2013 John Deere Classic is just the next stop — and perhaps, the most important and exciting — in what has become an exhilarating and successful spring and summer for Ihm. After a spring season with the Hawkeyes — in which Ihm posted a 72.3 stroke average, good for third all-time in program history — the Peosta, Iowa, native traveled to Johnstown, Pa., where he won the 60th-Annual Sunnehanna Amateur. Ihm attributed the continued success to built-up confidence. That confiSee IHM, 5A


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Ben Chait of Chait Galleries Downtown stands near the works of Youngjoo Yoo and other Korean artists on Tuesday, July 9. (The Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell)

The Chait Galleries has a capacious range of art for the community to enjoy. By Meredith Cullen

Chait Galleries — called “the best kept secret in Iowa City” by gallery co-owner Benjamin Chait — is touted as the hidden gem of Iowa City, providing local and regional artists the chance to display their work and a venue for members of the community to experience contrasting artistic styles. The gallery, 218 E. Washington St., represents 150 local and regional artists. The artwork continually changes to give artists a chance to exhibit. Besides the ever-changing styles, the costs vary widely, so anyone in the community can take home an interesting piece of art. “A lot of people are intimidated by a gallery, thinking it’s more of a museum, but when they come in, they see that we’re just a retail gallery,” Chait said. “We try to offer things people can afford. We’re always putting things up, taking things down, moving things around, having new work come in, and when we [see] something, we put something else up.” The affordability also struck Bethany Fischer, the marketing assistant. “Initially, I was really surprised by the selection and the range of prices,” she said. “People who have never been in before think it’s for the rich and wealthy, but there is such a huge range of pieces, almost anybody can find something that he or she likes and can afford.” A wide range of art decorates the plain white walls. There’s everything from woodwork by Craig Miller to assorted busts by Linda Folden. The back of the gallery displays colorful portraits of farming landscapes, accentuating the importance of local artists. Local artists Louise Rauh and Lee Iben currently have their artwork displayed. Rauh makes sculptural metal pieces, and Iben uses acrylic latex to paint portraits of marshy scenes, demonstrating the diversity of art at the Chait Gallery. Rauh starts with industrial bowls and paints them with asphaltum in a specific

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Jewelry artwork by YoungJoo Yoo are seen in Chait Galleries Downtown on Tuesday. The works of Yoo and other Korean artists are on display for purchase at the gallery. (The Daily Iowan/Callie Mitchell) pattern. She then puts the bowl in an alkaline bath to dissolve the exposed metal. She etches the pattern each time while adding more layers until the bowl is almost covered and the edges start disappearing after 20 to 30 rounds. This process takes eight weeks before the bowls can be

bleached and colored with acrylic ink for the final product. “Because elements in nature often surface in my work, ‘transition’ is a recurring theme,” she said. “The etched pieces reflect See chait, 4b

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Iowa City goes electric By stefan juran

People like to dance, and few musical genres facilitate dancing like electronic music. With the rise of DJ superstars such as Skrillex and Pretty Lights, electronic dance music is steadily becoming a part of the mainstream. Iowa City has been no exception to this fad, and the growth in electronic dance music has caused many local talent buyers to adjust. “Ever since I started booking shows, I have noticed a large demand for electronic music,” said Brent Johnson, a talent buyer for Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., and the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St. “The numbers for these shows, especially in the summertime, have been something we can count on.” Similar to many genres of music, electronic dance music can be hit or miss, depending on the audiences and various markets around the country. Iowa City is different from most small-city markets around the Midwest, and the variety of tastes represented by audiences in this community has pushed the popularity of music genres such as electronic to a new level. “[Electronic] is such a large and complex genre that has grown substantially in the last couple of years,” Johnson said. “When I do book shows, I

team up with a local DJ to make sure I book acts that people like at that time.” Johnson said when it comes to music, the United States seems to be behind on what is currently popular, especially in an area such as the Midwest. But with electronic music, what is popular seems to change continually. “There have been times that I will go to a show and play a song that was just released a day before, and sometimes the crowd is already singing along,” said DJ and Gabe’s mixology talent buyer Dan Juhl. “That this music can affect audiences so quickly is amazing to think about.” The growth of electronic music has been noticeable in and around the Iowa City community in the last couple of years with the genre’s transition into popular music. In previous years, the electronic-music scene was scarce and was focused more on ’90s traditional house or indie-pop vibes, Juhl said, but recently, interest has skyrocketed. “The communication between different bars and venues looking to add [electronic] shows has grown, and it seems to exist outside of just Gabe’s and Yacht Club,” Johnson said. “People are finally starting to realize that computers can be a form of an instrument, and they are continuing to learn about the artistic values [electronic] has to offer.”

One of the venues that have hopped on the train has been the Blue Moose Tap House, 211 Iowa Ave. Like Gabe’s Thursday Mixology Series and Yacht Club’s Lower Deck Dance Parties on Tuesdays, Blue Moose has adopted a weekly dance show called Free Bass. DJ Keith Kage from Free Bass — who said he will often DJ for up to four hours in one night — noted how important the growth of electronic to other bars has been for the music scene here in Iowa City. “When I first started to DJ, the music was more underground, you could say,” he said. “But when I started the weekly party at Blue Moose, I was able to expose this music to a crowd that we may have not reached at Gabe’s, so the popularity definitely grew that way.” Although states such as Iowa are often hard places to launch a music career, especially abstract music such as electronic, Kage said, he believes the popularity of electronic music will grow in Iowa City because of, in part, to the student atmosphere the University of Iowa provides. “This is the new big thing in music, and it won’t die,” Kage said. “If more places around here start having intimate weekly shows, the more likely Iowa City will be able to book bigger [electronic] names in the future.”

Pride & Prejudice lives on The Iowa City Public Library celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice with film screenings. By brett karlan

It’s a book so popular that Nialle Sylvan, the owner of the Haunted Bookshop, 203 N. Linn St., said it has spawned its own genre of fiction. She is not, however, talking about Harry Potter or Twilight. The book she’s describing was published in 1813. “As a bookseller, I’ve noticed Pride and Prejudice has spawned an entire genre, usually called ‘Edwardian fiction,’ ” she said. “There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of titles that draw their inspiration from that book.” Pride and Prejudice, a novel by the British author Jane Austen, celebrates the 200th anniversary of its publication this year. The book is a novel of manners, centering on the tension-filled relationship between the upper-class, lively, and judgmental Elizabeth Bennett and her initially oft-putting suitor, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Part of the appeal of the book lies in the way this particular relationship generalizes broad human themes. “Pride and Prejudice is

relevant today mainly for the themes that it deals with,” said Beth Fisher, an adult program librarian at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. “It deals with marriage. It deals with money, class, and self-knowledge. People who read it today get as much, or more, out of it than people who read it when it was first published.” Fisher has helped organized various events that the Public Library will put on throughout the month of July as a way of commemorating the anniversary. At noon July 16, for instance, the library will host “Two-Minute Jane,” an event in which participants are invited to read two-minute passages from their favorite Austen novels, Pride and Prejudice or otherwise. The library will also screen three different film adaptations of the novel at 7 p.m. today, July 18, and 25. Fisher said each film offers viewers a chance to see Pride and Prejudice from a different perspective. She emphasized that the July 18 screening, Bride & Prejudice, as particularly interesting. The 2004 film transplants the British novel into a contemporary Bollywood setting.

“I wanted to throw in something different,” she said. “And this version surprised me, because I wasn’t really expecting anything of it. But it was actually really good.” The legacy of Pride and Prejudice stretches into the halls of academia as well. “I can’t think of another example of a literary work of that [Edwardian] age that crosses over between the non-academic and academic world to the extent that Pride and Prejudice does,” Juliette Wells, an associate professor of English at Goucher College in Baltimore and a noted Austen scholar, wrote in an email. Wells stressed the universality of the novel as an explanation for its continued success. “Young girls read it and want to be Elizabeth when they grow up,” she said. “Teenagers read it and start to understand their parents … Older people read it and marvel that Austen, who died at 41, could capture with such brilliance life experiences across the whole age spectrum.” “The novel means many, many things to different people,” Wells said. “As only a work of literary genius can truly do.”

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• Bryan Mathew Hardester, bass trombone, 6 p.m., University Capitol Center Recital Hall • Dana T, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Super Soul Session, 9 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington


Grown Ups 2

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, and David Spade return for more summertime charades when their characters revisit the town in which they grew up.

• Iowa Summer Writing Festival Eleventh Hour, “Write What You Don’t Know About,” Jim Heynan, 11 a.m., 101 Biology Building East • K-6 Summer Reading Program, 2 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Teen Tech Zone, 3 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Celebrate Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1940), 7 p.m., Iowa City Public Library


• Room 237, 8:00 p.m., Bijou


• Country Dance Lessons, 6:30 p.m., Wildwood, 4919 Walleye S.E.


Pacific Rim

When enormous and mysterious creatures ascend from the sea to wipe out mankind, two unlikely heroes are tasked with preventing the oncoming apocalypse.

at the bijou

• Open Gym, 1 p.m., River Community Church, 3001 Muscatine Ave. • Safe Zone Project: Phase I, 2 p.m., 315 Phillips Hall • Open Lab, 4 p.m., Beadology Iowa, 220 E. Washington • Party in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Mercer Park • Open Mike, 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque • The Everybody Gets Laid Comedy Show, 7:30 p.m., Gabe’s

Friday 7.12 music

• Friday Night Concert Series, Bambu, 6:30 p.m., Pedestrian Mall Weatherdance Fountain Stage • Dick Dale, 8 p.m., Gabe’s • Sunset Summer Party, 8 p.m., Yacht Club


• A Band Called Death, 8 p.m., Bijou


• Stories in the Park, 10:30 a.m., Mercer Park • Spanish Book Club, 6:15 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • “Live from Prairie Lights,” Jan Morrill, fiction, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque

A Band Called Death

During the Motown and disco days of the ’70s, punk band Death pioneered a genre that would become a musical craze.


of the week Baraboo Fireworks Blue Berry Ale

Product of: Baraboo Brewing Company, Stevens Point, WI Serving Style: glass bottle to pint glass Size: 12 fluid ounces

The Blueberry Ale is a fantastic example of well-brewed beer that isn’t getting the attention it deserves because of some questionable marketing efforts. It’s quite difficult to discern what the name of the beer even is because the company has two similar yet different names and two brewing companies printed on the label, although it neglected to print the ABV. It turns out that Baraboo is a private label of Hy-Vee, and while it hasn’t updated its online roster or developed a website that looks like it’s from this century to support its beers, it actually did a pretty decent job brewing it. Smell: Pungent blueberry hits the nostrils as soon as you twist off the cap with a punch of hops. 3.5/5 Appearance: When poured into the glass, it appears as if it might evaporate away because it’s so strongly carbonated, but the beer stays in the glass and looks promisingly refreshing. 4/5 Taste: I was surprised by how malty the flavor was, as the sweet blueberry only appears after you’ve felt a short bite of the Sterling hops. Without knowing the ABV, I can’t in all good conscience recommend having several, but if one chose to do so, he or she would likely find they went down with refreshing ease. 3.5/5 Hy-Vee has done a great thing getting its private brewing label started, but it really needs to follow through and support its product before and after it hits the shelves. While you may have trouble finding it in the store or online, it’s worth trying if you do. 11/15 - Dan Verhille


• Acupressure Massage, 10 a.m., Senior Center, 28 S. Linn • Junk Jewelry for Teens, 2 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Family Fun Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Macbride Nature Recreation Area Archery Pavilion

Saturday 7.13 music

• Saturday Night Concert Series, Beaker Brothers, 6:30 p.m., Pedestrian Mall Weatherdance Fountain Stage • Saturday Night Music, Hannah Drollinger and Friends, 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s • Johnny Kilowatt Blues Band, 9 p.m., Yacht Club


• Real Genius, Saturday Free Movie Series, sundown, outside Macbride • A Band Called Death, 8 p.m., Bijou


• Cruis’n for the Kids Car Show, 8 a.m., Kinnick Stadium • Twisted Sister Bracelet, 10 a.m., Beadology Iowa • Reiki Clinic, 11 a.m., Senior Center • CoderDojo Iowa City, 2 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Community Folk Sing, 3 p.m., Uptown Bill’s • An Hour With Eckhart Tolle, 4 p.m., Iowa City Public Library

Sunday 7.14 miscellaneous

• Bicyclists of Iowa City Sunday Bike Ride, 9:30 a.m., Napoleon Park • Open Lab, noon, Beadology • Iowa City Scrabble Club Gathering, 2 p.m., Wedge, 136 S. Dubuque


• A Band Called Death, 9 p.m., Bijou

Fixing Macbride

Dustin Ohlfest works on Macbride Hall on Wednesday. (The Daily Iowan/Mariah Green)




Euforia sweeps over Eastern Iowa By Hope Wilson

Camp Euforia, a festival on a farm near Lone Tree, will celebrate 10 years of music and camping beginning Friday. The festival, founded by the Iowa City (originally) band Eufórquestra, got its start in 2004. Over the past decade, Camp Euforia transformed from an appreciation week for Eufórquestra’s fans into a full-blown music festival. Festival attendees are invited to bring RVs or cars and tents and camp out for the two-night festival, which includes more than 20 musical acts on three stages. Festival director Eric Quiner said the festival presents an opportunity to showcase local talent and

bring in national acts. “Eufórquestra’s goal in creating Camp Euforia has always been a seamless gelling of community and music,” he said. “The festival has always been focused on the Iowa City music scene, but each year, a handful of performers from connections made during Eufórquestra’s touring are invited in to come and experience the magic.” In honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary, Eufórquestra will unite its original members for a performance. Iowa City bands featured in this year’s festival include Tallgrass, FireSale, Dead Larry, Beaker Brothers Band, and Chasing Shade. Chasing Shade drummer and vocalist Griffen Harris said Camp Euforia presents

an interesting and exciting opportunity to see people from all around come together and enjoy different styles of music. “My favorite part is being able to camp and bike out to something that is so cool and so close to Iowa City,” he said. Chasing Shade is a new addition to the Camp Euforia band list, but this year is not the members’ first appearance at the festival. The musicians will continue their “greening” recycling system of sorting trash and recycling for a third year. Elliot Beenk, Chasing Shade’s guitarist, said the group began the system to fill the need for a recycling system at the festival. “I’ve been going to [music] festivals for quite a while, and so it’s kind of nice to feel like you’re paying back the


debt a little bit,” he said. Camp Euforia will offer ample opportunities for festival attendees to get up close and personal with some of their favorite musicians. In addition to a camp-wide yoga session, this year’s festival will host coffee with the Grossos and Bloody Marys with Maximilian Eubank on Saturday morning. Saturday evening

will include a happy hour with Eufórquestra. Quiner said the mix of camping, music, and activities creates a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere different from that typically found in Iowa City’s downtown music scene. “This festival has become a staple for many people in the community,” Quiner said. “It’s economy, it’s a reunion,

[and] it’s a place for performers to perform. It’s a guaranteed good time for all.”


chait Continued from 1B change, grace in cycles of grown and eventual decline. I strive to capture the fragility of life belied by the strength of materials used.” Starting as a dental hygienist, Rauh discovered an interest in art at the University of Iowa. This led her to continue pursuing art while opening her own gallery and participating in numerous exhibitions. “I love the process,” she said. “I like having steps to take and the completion. I like that my art’s really happy. It’s happy-looking, it’s colorful, it’s cheerful, and it elicits a really nice response from people.” Iben also found a passion for art at the UI. He changed his focus of studies to graphic arts but then got back to fine arts in 2007. “That’s when I really started to explore the landscapes,” he said. His process of creation is different from Rauh’s. He works uninterrupted to achieve the desired effect of the piece, he said. “My intent is to develop a tranquil landscape usually centered on a marshtype scene,” he said. “It’s pretty much a nonstop process from start to finish because it’s so fluid.” Iben’s imagination


evokes imagery and emotion in which he prides himself. “When you walk into the gallery, it should first cause you to just stop and take a breath of fresh air,” he said. “When you look at one of my pieces, you should not feel any kind of conflict whatsoever or angst. Each person has a different reaction, but you’re not going to feel agitated or conflicted when you look at my paintings, and that’s naturally the desire.” Chait has continually supported these two artists. “He’s been great to me,” Iben said. “I have no desire to really go to other galleries locally because he does such a good job, and he has a national presence, and he knows a lot of folks, and so it works out well.” In addition to representing local artists, the gallery also takes the opportunity to display special exhibits. Korean jewelry from five makers is on display currently. Three of these artists sent their work from South Korea, garnering international attention to the gallery. Youngjoo Yoo, a jewelry maker and part of the exhibit, described her jewelry as delicate, unique, and embodying beauty. “The viewer or customer can wear my jewelry and enjoy art,” she said. She combines geometric shapes with organic


designs such as flowers or leaves. “That’s why I pursue not only aesthetic values but also practical value in my artistic journey,” Yoo said. “This pursuit, in turn, acts as a catalyst for my artistic maturity, arousing aspirations to create other unique works of art.” The divergence of styles and techniques brought together in the Chait Gallery resemble the variety of customers as well. Fischer described the clients as coming from all walks of life, representing all ages, states, and various countries. “[There are] all kinds of people looking for anything,” she said. “So we’re just trying to do our best to figure out what they’re looking for and see something that speaks to them.” The Chait Gallery — tucked close to other artistic stores, including Beadology and the Paper Nest, 220 E. Washington St. — continues the Iowa City tradition of creativity. Talented local, regional, and occasionally international artists come to display a variety of visions. “It’s interesting [to work at the Chait Gallery],” Fischer said. “It’s definitely an inspiring environment. There are so many new pieces that come in and rotate through and all the different artists you get to meet while you’re here.”

The shoals of adaptation By Lu Shen

The Great Gatsby has been adapted to film six times, including the most recent 3D version. Yet there are a thousand Gatsbys in a thousand people’s eyes. Nick Twemlow, a poet and filmmaker, will share his experience of turning a book into a film as well

as talking about his frustrations with literature and adaptation in an Iowa Summer Writing Festival Eleventh Hour event on July 17 in 101 Biology Building East. At the beginning of the presentation, Twemlow will screen his work-inprogress movie, The Fast, an adaptation of a poetry book of the same name by

Hannah Weiner. The film is about a budding filmmaker who doesn’t care about commercial movies and has made an “impossible-to-watch” movie based on an avant-garde text that’s hard to read.

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• Iowa Summer Writing Festival Eleventh Hour, “Write What You Don’t Know About,” Jim Heynan, 11 a.m., 101 Biology Building East • Open Gym, 1 p.m., River Community Church, 3001 Muscatine Ave. • K-6 Summer Reading Program, 2 p.m., Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn • Safe Zone Project: Phase I, 2 p.m., 315 Phillips Hall • Teen Tech Zone, 3 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Open Lab, 4 p.m., Beadology Iowa, 220 E. Washington • Bryan Mathew Hardester, bass trombone, 6 p.m., University Capitol Center Recital Hall • Country Dance Lessons, 6:30 p.m., Wildwood, 4919 Walleye S.E. • Party in the Park, 6:30 p.m., Mercer Park

In Which I Battle Valiantly: ARJ: Hark! I come to make copies of my taxes for the Office of Financial Aid. Copy Machine: Dubious! I will make you HALF of a copy, then paper jam in FOUR PLACES! AH-HAHAHA! ARJ: Vile Machine, I shall vanquish these paper jams posthaste and continue my copying. CM: You’ll not get the better, Grad Student! BEHOLD!! I have loosed a part of my very self onto the floor! A PART YOU ARE POWERLESS TO IDENTIFY! ARJ: Verily. And yet … said part seems unimportant. I shall simply kick it under the nearby filing cabinet and continue my work. CM: Nay, Foe of Foes! I resist, and I disallow you to fully close the paper drawer! Can you o’ercome such an INSIDIOUS EQUIPMENT FAILURE? ARJ: Forsooth, I cannot. It is with grievous contempt that I must seek the help of another. CM: Cackle and Guffaw! Forever RUE the day you came to me, the Copy Machine, for your copy-making needs! Aged Librarian: Allow me to render aid to you, good Sir? My merest touch will cow this recalcitrant contraption. CM: Oh, Aged Librarian, I am powerless against your wiles, and I shall function properly for you. ARJ: Fiend! That you should behave so well in the presence of another. I’ll suffer this slight not lightly. Now I make my leave, but I’ll ne’er forget this treachery in all my days, Devil Machine! Andrew R. Juhl thanks Susie for providing the base material for today’s Ledge.

One does not arrest Voltaire. — Charles de Gaulle

• Celebrate Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1940), 7 p.m., Iowa City Public Library • Open Mike, 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque • The Everybody Gets Laid Comedy Show, 7:30 p.m., Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington • Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, UI Summer Opera, 8 p.m., Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St. • Room 237, 8 p.m., Bijou • Dana T, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn • Super Soul Session, 9 p.m., Gabe’s submit an event Want to see your special event appear here? Simply submit the details at:

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7 The Demise of Stonewall Jackson: A Civil War Case Study 8 Old Gold, Restoring the Old Capitol 8:30 Old Gold, Grant Wood, the Door in Turner Alley 9 Daily Iowan TV News and Inside Iowa 9:30 Iowa Magazine, Foresight 10 Java Blend, Awful Purdies, recorded December 2012 11 Daily Iowan TV News and Inside Iowa 11:30 Iowa Basketball with Fran McCaffery (repeat from fall 2012)

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Eugenia Last

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t be afraid to act impulsively when it comes to presenting and promoting what you want to do. Share your beliefs and feelings in both your personal and your professional life. You can make a difference if you follow your heart. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Put your needs first, and you won’t be disappointed. If something needs to be done, make the first move. Putting demands on others will result in hard feelings. Focus on what you can offer your friends, relatives, and your community. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Work on your relationships at home. Make domestic changes that will improve your life. A trip or reunion will bring you in touch with someone from your past. Proceed with caution. Taking a backward step is not a wise choice. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Find out what you need to learn in order to change your direction. Talk to someone you admire or trust about your dreams. Expanding your interests and making improvements to what you do well will pay off. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Put a huge push behind the things you want to accomplish. Don’t let anyone stand in your way. Go after what you deserve, and don’t stop until you get it. Secret affairs or plans can lead to an interesting and wise investment. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Listen to what’s being said and offered, but don’t be too quick to respond. Ulterior motives are apparent and must be dealt with before you sign up or give your word. A change of heart may end up costing you financially. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t be a wimp. Someone will take advantage of you if you try to keep the peace. Sometimes you have to fight back in order to get what you deserve. Put your heart on the line, and speak up. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Let your imagination soar, and put your energy and creative ideas and plans into motion. A short trip or making alterations to your living space will improve your lifestyle. Protect your mental and physical health. Put yourself first. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll have a change of heart if someone in your life is becoming too predictable. Make plans to liven things up. A trip or a philosophical journey can open doors to interesting new friendships. Embrace life, and live in the moment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can recover some of the losses you’ve incurred in the past if you make a move or revamp a contract that has been weighing you down financially or emotionally. Open up to a partner, and put stress behind you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Concentrate on relationships and what it will take to improve the connection you have with someone who influences your options. Taking action will help you make the choices that suit your needs instead of someone else’s. Enhance your love life. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Mingle and engage in conversations with people heading in a similar direction as you. Appeal to the creative and unusual side of people who might be able to contribute to your goals. A colleague or peer will make an unexpected move.

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