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EDITOR’S PICKS: • The UI’s Tippie School of Management M.B.A. program ranks among the top 60 in the world, according to a recent report. Page 2 • The Iowa City City Council on Tuesday night moved forward with a plan that would allow a new development to be built on the North Side. Page 5 • The matchup between No. 15 Michigan State and No. 4 Wisconsin is one to watch in the Big Ten this week. Page 9
Senate votes to block ‘Fast & Furious’ WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to effectively block the Justice Department from undertaking gun-smuggling probes like the flawed “Operation Fast and Furious” aimed at breaking up networks running guns to Mexican drug cartels but that lost track of hundreds of the weapons, some of which were used to commit crimes in Mexico and the United States. The 99-0 vote would block the government from transferring guns to drug cartels unless federal agents “continuously monitor or control” the weapons. The amendment’s sponsor, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called the vote “just the first step toward ensuring that such a foolish operation can never be repeated by our own law enforcement.” The Justice Department has already stopped the program. A Justice Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Congress did not ask the department for its views, said the amendment essentially reflects Justice Department policy. In an interview Tuesday with ABC News, President Obama said “we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.” The vote came as the Senate debated a $128 billion spending measure that would fund Justice Department operations and those of several other Cabinet agencies for the 2012 budget year already under way. Operation Fast and Furious was a gun-smuggling investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives aimed at tracking small-time illicit gun buyers up the chain to major traffickers in an effort to take down arms networks. In the process, agents lost track of many of the weapons. — Associated Press
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Lawmakers say change is still “a ways off ” in Iowa regarding loosening marijuana regulations, despite a rise in national support for its legalization. A Gallup Poll released Monday showed, for the first time, Americans who support the legalization of marijuana outnumber those who don’t. But Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said Iowans would need to provide more support for change before legislators will address it. “Legislators are still nervous about seeming weak in the war on drugs,” said Bolkcom, who introduced medical-marijuana legislation in the last legislative session that failed to advance out of committee. “If they hear from their constituents that this an important issue to them … if enough people talk about it with their legislators, we’ll see more action.” Though marijuana dispensaries operate in several states, they are in violation of federal law. While local and state police in such states as California and Colorado don’t go after pot users, federal agents still go after growers in those places, putting federal statute at odds with state laws. Some cities, too, have instructed their police forces not to enforce marijuana laws, but Iowa City isn’t likely to join those ranks. Iowa City City Clerk Marian Karr said marijuana is criminal in Iowa by state law rather than city law, so legalization would have to begin at the state level before Iowa City could make any changes. Similarly, Councilor Terry Dickens A new poll shows more than 50 percent of Americans favor legalization of marijuana. (Daily Iowan Illustration/Adam Wesley) SEE POT, 3
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OCCUPY IOWA CITY: DAY 13
Occupy gets innovative Occupy Iowa City protesters use new technologies to create a more sustainable movement.
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Demonstrators at College Green park are finding new ways to power their electronics and connect with other groups in the now-worldwide movement. Recently donated additions to the group’s infrastructure include a solar panel, materials for tent insulation, and a wireless Internet connection. Demonstrators say these improvements are helping them spend more time at the park, as well as creating a more sustainable mode of occupation. Doug Chaney, a retiree and PATV volunteer, helped set up the solar panel donated to
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The solar panel donated by the Iowa Renewable Energy Association for Occupy protesters sits in College Green Park on Tuesday. The solar panel will enable protesters to power their operation sustainably. (The Daily Iowan/Christy Aumer) demonstrators by the Iowa Renewable Energy Association. He said the panel has been in a testing phase since its début at College Green, but the group is making strides toward using it as an alternative to the city’s public outlets at the park gazebo. “I ran a battery test, we powered a radio and a light bulb for more than 72 hours,” he
said, touting the panel’s ability to store electricity in car batteries for later use when the weather isn’t at its best. “The panel still generates electricity when it’s not sunny — just not as much.” I-Renew hasn’t been the only organization to help demonstrators, said Michael SEE OCCUPY TECHNOLOGY, 3
Receiving financial aid could become a bigger challenge for college students if Iowa caucus candidate Ron Paul is elected. Paul’s deficit-reduction plan released this week, would cut $1 trillion from the deficit by eliminating the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior, and Education during the first year of his presidency. And experts say eliminating the U.S. Department of Education could significantly affect the way college students receive loans, grants, and access to postsecondary institutions. Paul’s plan makes no mention of what would happen to such programs as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the Clery Act, among others. Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of the FinAid and Fastweb websites, said there would be a net decline in support for higher education without the federal government administering these programs. SEE RON PAUL, 3
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METRO/WORLD Highway 6 crash kills one, injures 7 Iowa State Patrol responded to a crash on Highway 6 and HalfMoon Road near Tiffin on Monday night after a head-on collision between two vehicles reportedly resulted in one fatality and seven injuries. Authorities Zachary Swenka, 18, North Liberty, was driving eastbound on Highway 6 when he lost control of his vehicle, first driving onto the gravel shoulder and then crossing the center line, where his vehicle struck that of Bryan Cooling, 47, Oxford, Iowa. Cooling’s vehicle reportedly came to rest on Highway 6, and Swenka’s ended up in the ditch on the north side of the road. All persons involved in the crash were reportedly transported to the University of Iowa hospital. The accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol. — by Matt Starns
Hayek to speak on passenger train Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek will travel to Des Moines Oct. 24 to speak at an information session on a passenger rail in Iowa. He will be joined by representatives from Michigan and Illinois. The Transit 2030 Task Force, made up of Des Moines business and community leaders, are sponsoring the event. City officials have discussed the possibility of a rail service linking Chicago to Iowa City for the past four years. The rail serv-
ice would also eventually provide transportation to Des Moines, western Iowa, and Omaha. A $230 million grant was given to the project last year. — By Asmaa Elkeurti
nonresidents would not take the interests of the community to heart. “Not in favor. Period,” said Councilor Connie Champion. “I just object for somebody from outside Iowa City making decisions for this community.” Councilor Mike Wright was also against nonresidents serving. “I have a difficult time with people who are not residents sitting on a city board,” he said. — by Asmaa Elkeurti
U.S. offers more aid to Libya
The Iowa City City Council passed an amendment regarding regulations for members of the Board of Appeals. The councilors voted 7-0 in favor of not allowing nonresidents to serve on Iowa City commissions. Councilors were concerned
A Colorado man was charged with domestic-abuse assault without intent causing injury after he allegedly threw a female companion over a chair in a hotel room. Coralville police say they responded to the Baymont Inn in the early morning hours Tuesday after the female victim placed a 911 call and reported abusive situation in room 302. Officers reportedly arrived to find David Edgell, 36, and a female companion in the room. According to a complaint by Coralville police, Edgell initially admitted to arguing with the victim and throwing her over the chair, then denied the actions a short time later. The woman stated Edgell did throw her over the chair, and she sustained a small cut to the back of her head. Domestic-abuse assault without intent causing injury is a serious misdemeanor. — by Matt Starns
TRIPOLI, Libya — The Obama administration offered millions of dollars in new aid to Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged the country’s unsteady new leadership to commit to a democratic future free of retribution, and acknowledged in unusually blunt terms that the United States would like to see former dictator Muammar Qaddafi dead. “We hope he can be captured or killed soon so that you don’t have to fear him any longer,” Rodham Clinton told students and others at a town hall-style gathering in the capital city. Until now, the U.S. has generally avoided saying that Qaddafi should be killed. U.S. officials usually say they want to see him brought to justice, something Rodham Clinton also said during her daylong visit. “I am proud to stand here on the soil of a free Libya,” she said. “The United States was proud to stand for you in your fight for freedom and we will continue to stand with you as you continue this journey.” She met with the leader of Libya’s Transitional National Council, Mahmoud Jibril, and offered about $11 million in additional aid. The fresh aid boosts Washington’s contribution since the uprising against Qaddafi began in February to roughly $135 million. — Associated Press
Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Kelly Ford, 19, Chicago, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Garry Gleason, 51, 944 Spring Ridge Drive, was charged Monday with OWI. Rodney Henderson, 56, 1121 Gilbert Court, was charged Oct. 15 with driving with a suspended or canceled license. Saiphone Houangsavanh, 27, Waukee, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Jared Johnston, 30, Des Moines, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication and interference with official acts. Jennifer Lammers, 30, Cedar Rapids, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Cody Leffelman, Sycamore, Ill., was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Sara Love, 19, 823 E. Burlington St., was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication William Meighan, 18, N243 Hillcrest, was charged Oct. 15 with PAULA. Jonathan Merritt, 34, Coralville, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public.
Samuel Parker, 28, Center Point, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Courtney Pederson, 23, Humboldt, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Matthew Pewe, 23, Bettendorf, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Garrett Pieper, 25, Colfax, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Darcy Ries, 34, Ryan, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Nic Ries, 27, Elizabeth, Ill., was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Lisa Rippey, 33, Urbandale, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Chasidy Roberts, 19, Cedar Rapids, was charged Oct. 15 with PAULA. Kelly Rundall, 33, Anamosa, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Demetrius Spidle, 38, 36 Aniston St., was charged Tuesday with
obstructing emergency communication and domestic-abuse assault. Vanessa Stanerson, 25, Marengo, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Kenneth Stirm, 46, Coralville, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Nick Ulloa, 32, Urbandale, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Renee Weldon, 48, Coralville, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Thomas Weldon, 53, Coralville, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Janet Woody, West Branch, was charged Monday with driving with a suspended or canceled license. John Yocum, 29, Chicago, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Gregory Young, 44, Cedar Rapids, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Alex Zeppieri, 19, 806 E. College St., was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication.
Economist recognizes M.B.A. program The University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Management M.B.A. program received high rankings in a recent survey conducted by The Economist, according to a UI press release. The survey conducted by the London-based weekly ranked the M.B.A. program No. 59 in the world for 2011, compared with its No. 66 ranking in 2010. It is the only UI program in the magazine. The ranking was based on feedback collected from alumni and current students. It reflected the effectiveness of opening new career opportunities for graduating students personal development and educational experience, salary increase, and networking potential. — by Dora Grote
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BLOTTER Steven Allen, 37, Des Moines, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Mark Amend, 18, Waterloo, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Erin Bennett, 18, 4501 Burge, was charged Oct. 15 with PAULA. Stephen Bouxsein, 27, 1021 Walnut St., was charged Tuesday with driving with a suspended or canceled license. Ashley Brenneman, 18, Oxford, Iowa, was charged Tuesday with public intoxication and unlawful use of an authentic driver’s license. Mitchell Bruckshaw, 18, Johnston, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with PAULA. Jamie Cavey, 28, 1901 Gryn Drive, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Jeremiah Clark, 30, Humboldt, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Joel Cox, 32, Urbandale, Iowa, was charged Oct. 15 with public intoxication. Sheila Davisson, 34, 6 Brickwood Road, was charged Oct. 15 with possession of an open alcohol container in public. Brittany Devries, 19, Northwood,
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Warfield Tibbetts, a 43year old who has lived in the park for more than a week. He said a local union member came to the park Monday and conducted a “teach-in” — or educational demonstration — on how to insulate a tent using Tyvek, a water- and airresistant material used primarily in construction applications. The union member
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“These loan programs need to be managed, and there needs to be contractors,” Kantrowitz said. “You really couldn’t split up the existing loans unless you were to send them off to the state agencies.” Kantrowitz said eliminating the Department of Education would be “nothing short of a disaster” in terms of postsecondary completion rates. “Students would find it much harder to find an affordable education,” Kantrowitz said. “If you had the means to afford college, you’d be able to go.” University of Iowa Dean of Education Margaret
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iterated local change in reference to marijuana decriminalization is not something the council has discussed, and it is unlikely the issue will be discussed on a municipal level. And though some on the University of Iowa campus are not surprised by the results of the poll, President of Iowa Students for Sensible Drug Policy Viktor Crnkovic said the 50 percent in favor of legalization was “encouraging.” “I think it really just comes down to people seeing firsthand that a lot of what they’ve heard about a drug war and drugs in gen-
donated three rolls of Tyvek and insulated Tibbett’s tent to provide an example. “It’s made the living conditions remarkably more efficient and more comfortable,” Tibbetts said. “It’s much better insulated, and the body heat is trapped better now.” He also said he thinks the group will be able to use hot water to heat the tents as temperatures drop. “This is Iowa, and certainly it’s going to get windy and cold,” he said. “But standing firm, we will endeavor to persevere.”
He also highlighted the importance of using renewable energy to sustain the group. “We can take the solar panel, charge [batteries], then move those into the gazebo and use those to power other things,” he said. “You could even hook up a heater to it and just plug it in.” Occupy Iowa City members have also set up a WiFi network for the park, using bandwidth granted by a nearby homeowner. The signal is bounced wirelessly from the home, across the street, and
received by an antenna made from a tin can on a tripod. The can was connected to the WiFi router with a cable. “It’s one more example of the solidarity the community has shown with us, and it’s been remarkably useful,” Tibbetts said. Protester Victoria Watson, the manager of a local yoga studio, said she’s grateful for the addition of wireless Internet at College Green. “Being the studio manager, I get a lot of the work done online while also doing research on the Occu-
Crocco agreed. “If the Department of Education were to end tomorrow, all of those programs would end,” Crocco said. “That would have a profound effect not just on higher ed, but also on K-12 programs. It would make a big difference.” Paul’s plan claims eliminating the Education Department would save roughly $290 billion over the next four years. The 2011 budget for the department is roughly $71 billion. “Many people believe we have a problem with the budget, so they’re looking for ways to trim the cost,” Crocco said. “Students who also have that concern might like Paul’s idea. Students who have taken out loans through the federal government wouldn’t be in favor of this.” Sen. Herman Quirm-
bach, D-Ames, is critical about Paul’s plan excluding the future of federal student-aid programs. “Proposals like that are more posturing than substance, until he’s willing to talk in detail about what programs he wants to continue or eliminate,” Quirmbach said. “Reorganizing the bureaucratic chart is a fairly pointless action unless you’re willing to say what you want that entity to do.” But Paul is not the first politician to suggest abolishing the department, as several former presidents and presidential candidates have suggested eliminating the department since it was formed in 1979. The Republican Party supported the abolition of the department throughout the 1980s. Former President Ronald Reagan
attempted to eliminate it
eral are simply myths,” he said. “States have started medicinal marijuana programs, and people have seen that it’s not bringing about some sort of hell on earth.” Though Crnkovic said his organization works more in the Iowa City community — as opposed to lobbying at the state and national levels — he said the group hopes to work with local law enforcement on substance policies that “will benefit everyone.” “The government works for the people, and I think a lot of young people in particular lose sight of that,” Crnkovic said. “Although I disagree with a lot of what they do, law enforcement is not our enemy.” National organizations also anticipated the
increase in support of legalization. Morgan Fox, the communications manager for prolegalization lobbyist organization MarijuanaPolicyProject.org, said the increase in support was something his organization hopes to see continue “at an even quicker rate.” “More and more people are seeing that we’re spending
amount of money arresting people for something that’s less damaging than alcohol,” Morgan said. “Given our current economic situation and that we have so many other issues to worry about, people are looking at this and saying, ‘There’s no point in being concerned about this.’ ”
but that move was blocked by a Democratic House of Representatives. In more recent years, former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and the Republican Liberty Caucus both made promises to abolish the department. Crocco said it’s likely this proposal will fail like those that came before it. “Even if he were elected, it would be unlikely that he would get bipartisan agreement to get that to happen,” she said. “I think the odds of success are pretty low.”
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py [movement] as well as typing up notes,” she said, noting her workload made it hard for her to spend time at the park before the installation of the WiFi router. Brian Ekdale, a University of Iowa assistant professor of journalism, says the addition of Wi-Fi should help protesters function more efficiently and do outside work without having to leave the park. “We use the Internet all the time, and having it there allows them to do their regular work as well,”
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he said. “Even if they are in this space symbolically, they can still take care of their business.” Ekdale also said he was impressed with the ingenuity of the group’s soup-can antenna. “That you can have people in a park rigging up a system so they can be using not just their phones but their laptops — it’s pretty remarkable,” he said.
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Including LGBT in UI greek life would maintain reputation
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The University of Iowa campus has recently been recognized as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-friendly community. But if the UI continues to lack an LGBT presence in its greek life, the community put its LGBT-friendly designation at risk. It is evident that the university wants to make LGBT students feel at home in Iowa City. Several clubs with the goal of LGBT awareness and outreach have been a place of haven for students who feel may feel victimized or prejudiced on campus. There is an LGBT resource center that organizes programs and activities that make LGBT students feel as comfortable as possible while on campus. The UI’s Safe Zone Project offers educational workshops to help ensure an inclusive and compassionate community. Next fall, the UI is planning to organize a LGBT LivingLearning Community in the residence halls. While these are applaudable steps to make our campus a safe, affirmative place, there is one thing we are missing that would draw more LGBT students and make them feel even more welcome: an LGBT sorority or fraternity. Currently, the university is considering starting a chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity with the mission of recruiting progressive young men, mainly bisexual, gay, or allies of the LGBT community. Following through with this idea is crucial for a friendly, unbiased living space that is imperative to students’ success and comfort. While it is not commonly reported or guaranteed, it is possible that joining a fraternity or sorority that is not centered on diversity, enrichment, or LGBTfriendliness can create a hostile living environment for students who are gay or lesbian. Because everyone in the house is of the same sex, men and women sometimes claim that their LGBT brothers and sisters are “hitting” on them. While this is usually not the case and is more an issue of proximity, this can cause LGBT students to feel uncomfortable in their living situation and make them victims to the discrimination and mockery of their roommates. In an LGBT sorority or fraternity, the likelihood of this happening is greatly decreased, if not completely eliminated. It is important that LGBT students have a place to live where they feel completely at home, unafraid of stigma and hate. Fraternities and sororities are commonly designed
for students who share common morals, values, or identities — such as community service, heritage, or religion. The UI has many of these. At present, the UI boasts 39 fraternities and sororities, encompassing Greek-letter organizations for nearly every minority group, and UI greek life continues to grow following the 21-ordinance. Similarly, Texas A&M has a diverse range of almost 60 greek chapters, but none of which are LGBT-centric. Texas A&M was listed among the Princeton Review’s top-10 “LGBT-unfriendly” colleges. In the Midwest, where there is stereotypically more hostility toward the LGBT community, students might not have the same resources or outlets as they would attending college on the West or East Coast. LGBT fraternities and sororities don’t solely have to be for LGBT students. Allies, or people dedicated to education and equality, would be welcome to housing in these chapters. Shane Windmeyer, staff member of Campus Pride and author of Out on Fraternity Row, said an inclusive LGBT community is important. “Every fraternity and sorority attracts certain types of people,” he said. “It’s important for LGBT members to have access to things like these for friendship, leadership, and social opportunities. Oftentimes, LGBT students cannot join a traditional fraternity or sorority because they feel intimidated or they wouldn’t be accepted if they rushed openly gay. “Having a gay men fraternity is a way to allow openly gay men and straight men who are allies to not have to worry about their sexual orientation in joining a progressive gay men’s fraternity.” LGBT-centered fraternities and sororities can give students a place where they can congregate and perhaps even design programs, educational and social, to raise awareness about the LGBT scene on campus. LGBT sororities and fraternities can also serve as safe zones for students, even if they aren’t members, and can be a communal center for LGBT students to learn about programs they can become a part of in the community. Hopefully, we will see a chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, which can serve as a home base for equality and acceptance. Your turn. Should the UI include an LGBT greek chapter? Weigh in at dailyiowan.com.
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Potheads, rejoice … But don’t get too excited. For the first time ever, half of Americans support legalization of marijuana, according to a recent Gallup Poll. The case for legalization is so painfully clear and so well-reasoned elsewhere that it’s hardly even worth devoting space to here. But if you need some more persuasion, consider this: Nobody has ever died from overdosing on marijuana. Nobody. Ever. Need more? Pot tax revenue and savings from not jailing tokers would create an economic boon. Still not satisfied? There’s no Constitutional basis for a federal ban on marijuana. Need another reason still? Uh, remember alcohol Prohibition? But see, half of Americans support a lot of things that won’t happen. For instance, Rasmussen Reports says most voters think cops ought to check immigration status dur-
ing traffic stops, a Gallup study showed something around 60 percent of Americans say they want higher taxes for the rich, and half of Iowans say they’d vote to ban gay marriage, according to Public Policy Polling. Despite their majority support, widespread immigration checks, preReagan tax rates, and a ban on gay marriage here are unlikely to take hold any time soon. Similarly, the road to legalization — or even decriminalization or widespread medicinal legalization — is still years or decades away. Still, open support for pot in Washington, D.C., is sparse. While loosening the law to allow marijuana to be used as a medicine has earned some support, there are only a few lawmakers who admit they support outright legalization. And in the 2012 presidential race, the picture is pretty grim as well. President Obama — who has admitted to toking up and who kind of said he supported decriminalization during the 2008 campaign — has actually increased federal attacks on growers in medical-marijuana states. That’s right — the
youth’s political savior is once again worse than George W. Bush. The Republican side of the 2012 race isn’t much better, of course. Most of the candidates are staunchly opposed to loosening federal drug policy and would likely carry on Obama’s drug war. But then there are U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. Paul wants to get the federal government out of drug policy and let states consider prohibition, while Johnson supports outright legalization, regulation, and taxation of pot. That’s promising, however Paul has failed to use his campaign to preach for reasonable drug policy, and Johnson has flown almost entirely under the radar this election season. But while there’s little hope of the federal government coming around any time soon, there are ways we can jury-rig reasonable solutions at the state and local level. The obvious start is to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa. A medicalmarijuana bill advanced in last year’s legislative session but failed to earn enough support and died
in committee. Similar legislation will likely be introduced this year. Its passage is a long shot but certainly plausible. And in Iowa City — where support for legalization is no doubt higher than 50 percent — there are things we can do as well. While local policymakers can’t one-up the state or the feds by legalizing pot, the city can install de facto decriminalization by instructing cops to make pot busts a low priority. That’s not to say people could light up on the Ped Mall, but cops could refrain from investigating apparent marijuana use in homes and residences. And let’s get even more local — the University of Iowa. A couple years ago, the UI police joined with other area agencies to bust a dozen potheads in campus residence halls. But it wasn’t the campus police who initiated the investigation — it was UI Residence Life. With binge drinking still a dangerous problem and with numerous reports of on-campus sexual assaults in the last couple years, is busting potheads really what our publicly paid university officials ought to focus on?
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A recent video from a security camera in China caught a toddler as she struggled to escape traffic after being run over by two different cars on a busy city street. The disturbing content of the video, surprisingly, isn’t so much the tragedy of the event as it is the visible lack of action on the behalf of bystanders. The camera displays a large crowd of people as they witness the accident, stop to watch, and subsequently continue to go about their daily business, walking off in every direction. It’s easy for us to view this nearly subhuman reaction as the outcome of an event in a foreign place of “different” minds with “different” values, but the truth is much simpler and not so distant. This tragic event sets the great stage for a far less dramatic but nonetheless applicable lesson concerning the choices and decisionmaking tendencies of human beings. We are a part of a society, of a world, that often presents itself in the form of choices that must be made at a moment’s notice. While for the most part these choices are fleeting and insignificant, the constant potential for encountering moral conundrum at any point in time is a weighty reality. In the walk of life, we must be vigilant — we must condition ourselves to prevent habit or ease of doing to drive our dayto-day decisions. From the moment of consciousness and selfawareness, we’ve been endowed with that innate ability that so distinguishes us from the rest of Earth’s biological population — the gift of choice, of will, of agency. From the tiniest flick of the wrist to the decision to attend the University of Iowa to the choice of what major to call your own, we are a people made up as a population and as individuals by the decisions we make on a daily basis. Yes, yes it’s all elementary, my dear Watsons, and we’ve all heard it before. But it’s not necessarily the decisions themselves that should scare us — or empower us — it’s the natural tendency for those decisions to become habit. After all, every bystander on the street that day didn’t simply “make the wrong decision.” We know it doesn’t work like that. That particular street didn’t happen to be, on that very day, at that very moment, filled with crooks, thieves, and gangsters. (Who knows, maybe one of them would have helped.) It’s easiest to think of decision-making as a code, or a series of numbers, perhaps ones
that can be graphed easily on an X-Y plot. For each decision we make, let’s say our choice is plotted on that graph (math fanatics, this is all theoretical and for the sake of metaphor.). As we continue through life, we make more and more decisions, most insignificant, others not so much. At first, when we’re young, these points on our graph can be easily distinguished and vary visibly. But as we grow and evolve as persons, our agency begins to take shape. Our symbolic scatter-plot begins to become an ink-blot or an oil spill on white canvas — our decisions begin to take form. If we were to plot a line of best fit, we would discover tendency, trend — we would find habit. Our individual decisions from one to the next would become, unlike when we were young, indistinguishable from one another. And as we grow and live our lives, these decisions vary less. We continue to do what’s comfortable; we do what is easy and what is obvious; we do what we have done. And before we know it, the decisions we once made begin to make us. We are a people who, perhaps more often than not, allow our greatest gift to spoil and to rot, a tendency in and of itself. Can the bystanders of the recent event in a crowded Chinese street be blamed for what they did or didn’t do? Maybe, maybe not. But our aim should be to not become them. And sure, we might never find ourselves confronted with a situation remotely akin to what those people were exposed to on that day. Hopefully, we’re not. But we can only strive. To resist the tendency to become machine, to become an equation that can produce only certain solutions, to be ruled by a trend line. As French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once noted, “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” So next time you walk into a Starbucks, don’t buy the usual Pumpkin Spice Latte. (Besides, it’s a diabetesinducing stomach grenade.) The next time a friend asks you to go out on a Friday, when you’re usually studying, say yes. If someone asks you to go out on a Wednesday, when you’re usually going out anyway, say no, and study. Ask the girl in your lecture on a date, even if she’s out of your league. Talk to the less fortunate — don’t ignore them. Put Skittles in your pancakes. Don’t find yourself watching something happen, knowing you could have made a difference. Rule your life, because if you don’t it, it might end up ruling you. Or don’t. Truth is, it’s always been up to you.
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Council OKs project For now, protest is exempt The proposed development originally comprised 17 apartment units. By ASMAA ELKEURTI firstname.lastname@example.org
The Iowa City City Council voted Tuesday to approve one of two measures that could significantly change the intersection of Linn and Bloomington Streets. When local developer Jesse J. Allen approached the city about constructing a mixed-use, commercialapartment building at the corner, officials determined they would have to alter two regulations: one for zoning and one for land-use designation. At Tuesday’s meeting, councilors voted to approve the change to the land use designation rule. Following a 4-3 vote, developers are now allowed to use the land for commercial use. Mayor Matt Hayek, Councilor Connie Champion and Councilor Mike Wright dissented. However, the council voted 5-2 against the rezoning proposal, meaning structures at the site must still be used for single-family homes, as opposed to a numerousunit apartment complex. Councilors Terry Dickens and Regenia Bailey voted in favor of the proposal. Bailey said the proposed building offered an opportunity for economic development in the area. “I work with small businesses. Looking for affordable small spaces is a chal-
BloomingtonLinn Some of the concerns expressed regarding the changes to land use and zoning at the site: • Increased density in the neighborhood • Increased non-single-family developments • The bulldozing of three standing houses Source: City Bouncil agenda packet
lenge, and this might provide that opportunity,” she said. “This is the kind of innovation we need to start seeing in the community.” Allen’s proposal included a building with 17 apartment units and three bottom-level space for small businesses. The proposal evoked a plethora of community response, with many residents from the North Side coming to prevent what they called encroachment on a nearby historic preservation community. John Thomas, a member of the North Side Neighborhood Association, expressed his opposition Tuesday night. “It was viewed at the time that we really needed to stop the bleeding of the North Side and the loss of single-family homes,” Thomas said, referring to the zoning enacted three years ago to preserve the
Local housing sales increase By RISHABH R. JAIN email@example.com
Mike Rohr decided buying a house would be cheaper — or even profitable — after one semester renting an apartment and paying $450 a month. And as local real estate sees an increase in buyers, some students have considered purchasing houses instead renting. “The way it’s with mortgage rates right now, especially if your parents have a decent credit score, mortgage rates are cheaper than rentals on most apartments,” said the secondsemester University of Iowa freshman. His parents suggested he buy instead of renting, which he did with the help of his grandparents. Rohr, 21, pays $400 a month on his mortgage. According to the website apartmentratings.com, rental prices nationally on single-bedroom apartments have seen a 14.55 percent increase since 2010. Rohr said he intends to hold onto his home even after he graduates, making a profit by renting it out or selling it. As mortgage rates decrease, more people look to purchase property all over the country. According to HSH.com, 15-year fixed rate mortgages have gone down from about 6 percent in October 2008 to just over 3 percent in September. A report by the National Association of Realtors said housing sales have increased 18.6 percent since August 2010. Throughout the Midwest, housing sales have seen a 30.1 percent increase since that time. Iowa follows that trend. “In the state, the increase in sales of housing is up 20 percent from what it was last year at this time, while the actual sales price of housing is down by about 1 percent,” said John Marshall, 2012 president-elect of the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors.
Marshall said though official numbers are being solidified, Iowa City has also seen a relative increase in sales. The area also saw a relative increase in housing sales during the post-economic slump, Marshall said. And one economic expert said efforts made by the Federal Reserve have encouraged spending, making it a good time to buy property. Hennadige Thenuwara, a UI economics lecturer, said the post-economic-downturn interest rates continue to decrease because of “expansionary monetary policies” — more money in the market along with low interest rates — put in place by the Fed. “It wants to push the long term interest rates down, so that there will be greater demand for long-term mortgages and loans, which will encourage spending,” Thenuwara said, who has experience with central banking as a former assistant governor for economic and price stability at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The Fed is trying to increase the purchasing power by pursuing monetary policies that increase the money supply and lower long-term interest rates, Thenuwara said. Parents with several students in college are also considering buying property. Parents of UI students Sana Irshad, 22, and Hiba Irshad,19, bought them a condo in downtown Iowa City in 2009, despite the high mortgage rates. “My older sister was going to start at law school at the University of Iowa, and my parents were tired of paying rent for apartments, which are such a rip-off. So they decided to invest in something as they knew their daughters were going to be in Iowa City for more than four years,” Sana Irshad said, noting that her younger sister has two more years at the UI. Following her graduation, her parents intend to sell the condominium.
area. Christina WebReynolds, another North Side resident, was also concerned. “Too much concentration in one area generally is not a good rule to follow,” she said. “I understand that a bigger complex means more money … If I don’t like it, I can move, but then what? Stabilization fails. Proposals and plans should be in keeping with intended plans of a neighborhood.” However, Councilor Susan o said she supported the expansion of commercial land use to the area but said she had concerns about residential density. “That’s a concern we keep coming back to — the lack of office space, lack of small space for offices or retail,” she said. “It gives a cohesiveness to that whole area that I think makes sense.” Wright said he believes changing codes and policies would eventually lead to increased development and infringement on the neighborhood. “I take issue with changing [the code] so rapidly. It may well have long term ramifications for the North Side neighborhood,” he said. “… Sooner or later, this needs to stop, or the neighborhood’s going to die a death of a thousand cuts.”
By MARY KATE KNORR firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupy Iowa City protesters are conflicted on whether to comply with a suggestion from city officials to obtain a permit. “We want [them] to just let us not have to worry about silly paperwork,” said one of the Occupy protesters who goes by the moniker Ant. “Find out what the real issue is and [be]come involved instead of figuring out the paperwork behind it.” Protesters have discussed the issue since they first occupied College Green Park on Oct. 7. When demonstrators began protesting, city officials said they were exempt from the city code, which would require a permit to assemble. Though city officials said as protesters continue to remain in College Green, the group’s exempt status could change, requiring it to obtain a permit. Occupiers sent a letter to the city prior to the protest that stated they would camp out indefinitely. But Iowa City City Manager Tom Markus said eventually, the group will have no choice but to make
a decision on the permit. “At some point, the spontaneous provision runs out,” he said. “I think that the average person would contend that after a certain period of time, it’s time to move on to the next stage. The next stage would be a permit.” On Oct. 14, Markus and the Parks and Recreation Director Mike Moran approached protesters at College Green to discuss future measures of the movement. “We just wanted to discuss the permit option with them,” Moran said. Markus said city officials hoped to initiate a dialogue between protesters and the city to communicate what needs to be done to respect the protesters’ right to free speech while still abiding by city regulations. Some demonstrators are conflicted about whether they should comply with the city’s request. Though obtaining a permit would allow protesters to stay in the park legally, some argue it would defeat the group’s purpose. “It’s not about whether we’re permitted to do it or not — we’re doing it,” Ant said. “If it’s going to be about paperwork, we
already sent them the paperwork that says we’re [protesting].” For now, Iowa City officials are unsure of what to expect from protesters. Markus said there is no way to characterize what the group feels at this point. “The way that I understand it is that they conduct their business through general assembly,” Markus said. “They were very polite, they were receptive in the conversation. We conveyed our message, we asked them to consider it and get back to us.” There will be a second meeting today at College Green to continue dialogue between the protesters and city officials. Both protesters and Markus said they intend to maintain peaceful talks, and Markus said officials are willing to hold periodic meetings with occupiers when needed. “We want to show them that we can respect each other, so let’s mutually respect each other,” Ant said. “Let us show what human beings really are and not human beings on paperwork.”
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Impossible to peg music By JORDAN MONTGOMERY email@example.com
California-based band Dirtfoot will perform at Gabe’s Thursday night. Admission is $7. (Publicity photo)
Louisiana-based Dirtfoot sees its audience as its seventh band member, and the band incorporates the people into live performances. In April 2000, a tornado forced a tree out of the and onto earth singer/songwriter Matt Hazelton’s home. While out on a walk, banjoist J Bratlie saw the damage to the man’s home and began a conversation. Once the pair discovered that they were both musicians, Dirtfoot was born. The band has performed at numerous large music festivals across the nation, including Wakarusa, Summercamp, and Harvest Fest. At 9 p.m. Thursday, it will perform at Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St. Admis-
sion is $7. Scott Kading, the owner of Gabe’s, said he was initially attracted to the band because of its tagline, “The Only Front-Porch, Whiskey-Swillin’, FootStomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land.” The band played four nights at the Harvest Festival in Ozark, Ark., last weekend, which is headlined every year by the Yonder Mountain String Band. “Festivals are always fun, of course, for the experience,” Bratlie said. “But smaller venues are great because you get this intimate environment. It’s not a huge stage where there’s a bunch of ego worship. There is a lot of interaction with a crowd.” Audience interaction is a major part of the show,
Bratlie said. At every show, the musicians pass out homemade bean cans, a simple percussion instrument made from tomato cans, pinto beans, and a little duct tape. “We’ve always looked at the crowd as the seventh member of the band,” Hazelton said. “It is part of what we do. There’s a lot of singing along, even if the crowd hasn’t ever heard the song, they pick it up really quickly.” Many of Dirtfoot’s songs, he said, are call-andresponse. But the members say their sound doesn’t fall into a specific genre. “Gypsy punk country grumble boogie is really the best description we’ve ever come up with, simply because the sound is so diverse,” Bratlie said. “People ask us all the time, What bands do you sound
like? Well, we don’t. We truly have a unique sound.” Because the band’s singer and songwriter, Hazelton, is from Texas, Bratlie said he brings a swing and kind of outlawcountry sound. The rest of the band is from Louisiana and adds the gypsy sound, the voodoo and jazz influences, and a Louisiana flavor. Along with promising singing and homemade instruments, the band’s performance ultimately provides an escape. “You’ll most likely dance your ass off, and you can expect to forget about your daily woes while we’re on stage and live in the moment,” Hazelton said. “There’s something about our show that will clear your mind.”
Let foreclosures ‘hit bottom,’ Romney says in Vegas By KASIE HUNT Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney came to the state with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation and said he wants to allow home foreclosures to “hit the bottom” to help the housing industry recover. In an interview published Tuesday ahead of a presidential-nomination debate, Romney told Las Vegas Review Journal’s Editorial Board that solving the foreclosure crisis would require letting banks proceed against homeowners who have defaulted on their mortgages. New investors could then rent out the homes until markets adjusted. “As to what to do for the housing industry specifically and are there things that you can do to encourage
‘Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in America, and it has for almost three years. And here’s what Mitt Romney said: He would just let them hit rock bottom.’ - U.S. Sen. Harry Ried, D-Nev. housing: One is, don’t try to stop the foreclosure process,” Romney said. “Let it run its course and hit the bottom.” Romney elaborated during the debate Tuesday night. “The idea of the federal government running around and saying, ‘We’re going to give you some money for trading in your old car … or we’re going to keep banks from foreclosing if you can’t make your payments,” Romney said, “The right course is to let
markets work.” Nevada, where seven of the candidates are debating, has the country’s highest foreclosure rate and the nation’s highest unemployment rate. Democrats immediately criticized Romney as out of touch with middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling to hold on to their homes amid high unemployment. “Mitt Romney’s message to Nevada homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage bills is simple: You’re on your own, so step aside,” President Obama’s re-election campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement. “This is just one more indication that while he will bend over backwards to preserve tax breaks for large corporations and tax cuts for millionaires and billion-
aires, Mitt Romney won’t lift a finger to restore economic security for the middle class.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada also went after Romney. “Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in America, and it has for almost three years. And
here’s what Mitt Romney said: He would just let them hit rock bottom,” Reid said during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol. “I don’t know what’s more graphic than that, in how we have different views of what the world should be like than our Republican friends.”
But the home-foreclosure issue has been almost entirely absent from the GOP race. While it was mentioned during the debate Tuesday, and Romney addressed it as part of a larger answer, the candidates quickly started talking about bank bailouts instead.
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Badgers, Sparty collide Tough defense meets explosive offense this week when Michigan State hosts Wisconsin. By SETH ROBERTS firstname.lastname@example.org
Some say defense wins championships. Others say it’s all about the potency of an offense. We’ll find out which applies to the Big Ten this weekend. In the green corner sits No. 15 Michigan State, a team that boasts the No. 2 defense in the country. In the red corner is No. 4 Wisconsin; the Badgers’ rushing attack is one of the finest in the nation, averaging 257.5 yards per game on the ground with 25 touchdowns. The two titans will clash on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich., and both head coaches said they were anxious to see if the Badgers’ claws would be able to punch holes in the Spartans’ armor. “A number of things [impress me],” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said in a Tuesday teleconference. “They’ve had one interception and, I believe, three fumbles, so they take care of the football very, very well. Second, they’re able to run the football — I think the fewest attempts [in a game] was 39 and the most was 51 rushing attempts.” How Wisconsin’s tailbacks — especially junior Montee Ball — respond to the Spartans’ No. 3 rush defense will go a long way toward deciding the game. Ball is No. 19 in the country in terms of yards per game (108.8), and he has achieved those numbers on a relatively small number of carries (107 through six games). His average of 6.1 yards per carry is impressive, but his 16 touchdowns (No. 2 in the country) are
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interests, she said, and it’s nice to have someone there to talk to who “knows what you’re going through.” Nicolette Freeman chose Iowa over Albion College, a Division-III school in Albion, Mich., but said she never seriously considered attending school anywhere but Iowa City. She said her familiarity with the coaching staff and campus was a key factor in her decision — and so was the opportunity to compete on a big stage. “Seeing [Deidre] go to the University of Iowa was
more so. Those are gaudy numbers, but Michigan State’s defensive stats aren’t shabby. In total defense, Sparty gives up 3.3 yards per play and 186.2 yards per game; against the rush, those numbers drop to 2.25 and 67, respectively. The Green and White have given up three rushing touchdowns all season. “You have to play disciplined football,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said on Tuesday. “… You have to take advantage of the opportunities you get. You’re not going to get many, but if you do get them, you have to capitalize.”
the rest, [although] obviously we got to be able to do that. We have to focus on getting better fundamentally and making sure we understand it’s about work,” he said in a Tuesday teleconference. “The only way you get better is to work at it, so we’re going to go out there today and start working at it and make sure they understand this isnt a bye rest week. This is a week for us to get better at what we do fundamentally.”
Illini have to bounce back
For the first time in a long time, Ohio State isn’t one of the best teams in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes aren’t ranked. They’re hovering around .500. While the defense is still pretty good, Ohio State’s offense is the 108th-best in the country — and the quarterback situation is such that the Scarlet and Gray threw four passes all game against Illinois last week and completed just one. Good thing they’re entering their bye week. Head coach Luke Fickell said he won’t take his foot off the gas in the free week, especially with the Buckeyes fresh off a win against the previously unbeaten Illini. His team doesn’t need rest, he said; it needs to relearn what makes a program strong in the long run. “My focus isn’t really on
Illinois head coach Ron Zook cited recent history when asked about the Illini’s 17-7 loss to Ohio State. Last year, his squad lost a heartbreaker in to Fresno State the final game of the regular season but bounced back to win the Texas Bowl by two touchdowns three weeks later. The difference this year, he said, is that the Illini have only a week to correct their mistakes — namely, their rush defense — before they travel to face Purdue on Saturday. “I told our football team this is our first challenge; it’s a new challenge, it’s something we have to respond to,” Zook said on Tuesday. “… I’ve been very, very pleased with Monday’s practice and this morning’s practice — I’ve been impressed with how the locker room was. They understand it’s going to be a tough test, and we’ll have to play a lot better than we did last week.”
such a big deal, coming from a small town where not a lot of people get that opportunity,” she said. “I’m just thankful that I have the opportunity to come to Iowa also.” Senior diver Veronica Rydze said she’s noticed a few traits that the sisters share. “The both smile a lot and are a lot of fun to be around,” said Rydze, who is competing with Deidre Freeman at the U.S. Olympic trials in synchronized diving. “You can tell they’re sisters.” Deidre Freeman agrees. “She has the most bubbly personality, and she’s one of the most fun people to be around,” she said. She said her younger sister is a different style of diver because Nicolette is taller and less flexible than
she is, but she is still a wellrounded athlete who can do a lot of things well and who is “very motivated.” “She’s the type of athlete that every coach wants to coach,” she said. Rydze also praised Nicolette Freeman’s work ethic, saying her hard work is evident in her strength and how high she’s able to get off the board. Nicolette Freeman won’t dive on Thursday when the team travels to Madison, Wis., to take on the Badgers — but that won’t keep her from trying to improve. “I’m really excited to see my improvement and where I can go,” she said. “I’m just going to try my best.”
Back to basics for Buckeyes
Freshman running back Jordan Canzeri gets dragged down by Louisiana-Monroe players on Sept. 24 in Kinnick Stadium. Canzeri suffered a strained hamstring on Oct. 11, but he should be active when Iowa plays Indiana this weekend. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)
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Northwestern. With Tyler Nielsen shifting to middle linebacker in place of the injured James Morris, took over Donatell Nielsen’s usual strong-side role and registered seven tackles. “I didn’t see it coming at all,” said Donatell, a junior. “But it’s awesome to get out there and play and help contribute to a win.” When linebacker Shane DiBona went down to an Achilles injury in training camp, Donatell said coaches approached him and said, “Hey, we’ll try you out for a couple practices.” “It stuck, and I’ve been doing linebacker ever since,” Donatell said. Donatell said he’s
encountered some difficulties in learning the position’s technical nuances. Getting off blocks is a challenge he didn’t face much as a safety, but every day marks part of the learning process, he said. “It was new, a little faster-paced being that close to the line,” he said. “But it was real similar to safety in certain circumstances. I just wanted to do anything to help the team.”
Canzeri works through hamstring injury Jordan Canzeri didn’t play against Northwestern because of a strained hamstring suffered in practice on Oct. 11. The freshman running back hasn’t played since his début on Sept. 24 against Louisiana-Monroe, when he racked up 30 yards on
five carries. Ferentz said he expects Canzeri to be OK to play this week. “I don’t know if he could have played or not last week,” Ferentz said. “He probably could have played Saturday, but he didn’t practice all week, so that kind of threw a monkey wrench in that one.” Ferentz is also optimistic that Morris (ankle), Anthony linebacker Hitchens (knee), and defensive tackle Tom Nardo (knee) will all be fit to return as well. “They were all cleared last week, but I don’t know how effectively they would have played,” Ferentz said. “Hopefully, they’ll be ready to go, and we’ll see what happens.”
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Leader with a capital ‘L’ Senior Becca Spengler has been a symbol of leadership for the Hawkeyes the past three seasons. By NICK SZAFRANSKI email@example.com
Senior Becca Spengler’s ability to lead is “beyond her years.” At least that’s how fieldhockey head coach Tracey Griesbaum touted Spengler, the only three-time team captain in a four-year career in Iowa history. Spengler’s playing statistics show consistency throughout her career, but her indescribable effect on the program sets her apart. “I keep the team moving in a forward direction,” the fourth-year midfielder said. “I make sure we get what we need done, on the field and off the field. I’m a liaison between the coaches and the team — like [if] the team needs something different from them or if they need something different from us, just being able to communicate that both ways.” Friendships don’t exist on the playing field in her mind. “On the field, it gets dropped. Off the field, relationships carry on,” the Lititz, Pa., native said. “I’m a competitor; I always want to get the ‘W’ for Iowa. If I need to say something to a teammate to make her better, or if she needs something from me, it’s taken in a constructive criticism matter and not in an attacking matter.” The lone senior on the Hawkeyes’ squad, Spengler is also the only remaining player from the 2008 team
Senior midfielder Becca Spengler (left) defends during a field-hockey practice at Grant Field on Tuesday. Spengler is the only four-year Hawkeye in program history to be named team captain three times. (The Daily Iowan/Jackie Couppee) that advanced to the NCAA Final Four. She said she looked up to the eight seniors on that 2008 team — one was Caroline Blaum, Iowa’s only other threetime captain. She redshirted her junior season because of an injury, so her career lasted five years; Spengler is set to graduate upon the completion of her fourth year. Spengler had only one full season as a college athlete before she was elected team captain as a true sophomore. Players are nominated by other teammates for the position, and the squad’s captains are chosen after a speech based on a player and coach vote, Spengler said.
“[Being picked captain as a sophomore] was just more of an adjustment,” she said. “At first, it was a little bit overwhelming, but then you have to step back, and you realize you have to play field hockey and your team sees you as a leader, so just keep doing what you’re doing. I slowly progressed sophomore year.” Spengler has appeared in 61 games for Iowa, starting 50 of them. She has compiled eight goals, four assists, and 20 points in her career, including 14 games in her current senior campaign. Her résumé also includes two-straight awards as Iowa’s Field Hockey Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
But she won’t necessarily be remembered for those numbers and awards, junior Geena Lesiak said. Instead, her lasting legacy will be that she stuck with the team when the Hawkeyes had a rough year last season — the historically proud program stumbled to a 3-14 record — and helped turn them into contenders again. “[The lasting impression] will be helping lead the team that we were last year — which was not at all where we wanted to be — into the team that we are this year,” Lesiak said. “She helped lead us into what we wanted to accomplish for this year.”
Who is Iowa’s midseason MVP? James Vandenberg, quarterback James Vandenberg has been the top offensive player for the Hawkeyes in 2011, and the quarterback’s play warrants the title of the team’s midseason MVP. The Iowa offense has flourished under Vandenberg’s direction in his first full season as starter. The increased use of pass-oriented schemes is a change that plays to the strengths of the Keokuk native, and he has used the offense to become a better quarterback for the Hawkeyes. The junior has led the offense to at least 31 points five times — the same number as Ricky Stanzi managed in 2010. Vandenberg’s play has allowed receivers Marvin McNutt, Keenan Davis, and Kevonte Martin-Manley to shine as well, and the Hawkeyes have two of the conference’s top seven pass-catchers in number of receptions. Vandenberg’s numbers have been impressive, especially for a quarterback who had only two career starts entering the season. He has thrown for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns through six games, while tossing only four interceptions — two of which came against a Penn State pass
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defense that is one of the best in the country. Vandenberg is second in the Big Ten in passing yards, behind only Wisconsin’s Heisman-worthy gunslinger Russell Wilson. Vandenberg has completed more than 60 percent of his passes, and he is ranked third in the Big Ten in passing efficiency, behind Wilson and Illinois’ Nathan Scheelhaase. Vandenberg is also fourth in total offense per game in the conference, behind three mobile quarterbacks. If the Hawkeyes are to improve their current 4-2 record and enter the Legends Division championship discussion, they will have to ride the arm of their signal-caller. And so far, Vandenberg has shown that he is up to the task. — by Ryan Murphy
The Hawkeyes are 4-2 overall at the halfway point in the season, and they have received solid production from a number of players on both offense and defense. But the Hawkeyes’ MVP at the halfway point of the season has to be Micah Hyde. The cornerback-turnedsafety-turned-cornerback has been the backbone of a inexperienced young,
defense. With the loss of several defensive players to graduation and the NFL draft, Hyde has stepped into the role of differencemaker, and he is having an MVP-caliber season. The 61 corner leads the Hawkeyes this season in interceptions (three), has broken up a team-leading six passes, and is third on the team in total tackles (first among defensive backs). When Hyde plays well, Iowa usually follows suit. He played a huge role in the Hawkeyes’ historic comeback against a Pittsburgh team that led by 17 points in the fourth quarter. The coaches’ decision to move Hyde from safety to cornerback proved to be pivotal; he solidified the Iowa defense by intercepting two passes — one of which ended a late-game scoring drive that came with 1:41 to play and sealed the comeback. In the Hawkeyes’ most recent victory, against Northwestern, the team took the field without second-leading tackler James Morris. But Hyde stepped up and continued to perform; he broke up two passes and recorded nine tackles as Iowa cruised to victory. Even Iowa’s loss to Penn State, Hyde almost single-
environment to boost her team to a new level of excitement. “The state of Nebraska loves volleyball, and it’s a fun place to play because the crowd appreciates good volleyball,” she said. “It’s not going to be the rudeness that we might see when we play Michigan. I guarantee if the Hawkeyes make a good play, they’re gong to appreciate it.” Although this will be the team’s third road game in six days — and the midpoint of the season has proven to be exhausting for the Hawkeyes in the past —
Iowa expects the invigorating environment of Nebraska’s coliseum to lift its game to a new level. “It’s a tough, long season,” sophomore Rachel Bedell said. “Especially this week, because we’re getting back on the road, and being this busy can make it harder to get sleep, make sure you’re eating the right things, and such. But we’re all really excited to get out there and experience this. It’s more than worth the trip.”
Micah Hyde, cornerback
kept the handedly Hawkeyes in the game. With the Nittany Lions threatening to extend their 6-3 lead in the third quarter, Hyde intercepted a pass in the end zone to keep Iowa close. The junior cornerback is an important piece to this team because when he plays well, he gives the Hawkeyes a chance to win. Plain and simple, Hyde is the Hawkeyes’ MVP so far this season — and don’t be surprised if he continues to make big plays this weekend against Indiana. — by Patrick Mason
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Quiet season for tight ends
Not diving in sister’s shadow Having a Hawkeye great for an older sister doesn’t cast a shadow over freshman diver Nicolette Freeman. By TORK MASON firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa tight end Zach Derby is dragged down by a group of Louisiana-Monroe players after a catch on Sept. 24 in Kinnick Stadium. Derby and the rest of the Hawkeye tight ends have struggled to make an impact on offense this year. (The Daily Iowan/Ricky Bahner)
Iowa’s tight ends have been relatively quiet in the passing game this season, combining for only 14 catches in six games. By JORDAN GARRETSON email@example.com
Iowa is experiencing uncharacteristically low production from its tight ends this season. Through six games, four players — Zach Derby, Brad Herman, C.J. Fiedorowicz, and Ray Hamilton — have 14 catches among them and zero touchdowns. Allen Reisner alone caught 19 passes with one touchdown in Iowa’s first six games in 2010. But coach Kirk Ferentz —
Johnson-Koulianos heads to Canada
whose teams have sent a bevy of tight ends to the NFL — said the lack of production is OK, as long as the Hawkeyes are scoring points. They are. Despite a 3-point output at Penn State, Iowa is still averaging 32.5 points per game, fourth in the Big Ten. “Doesn’t matter who’s catching or whatever,” Ferentz said. “One game it’s this guy, and another game, it’s that guy. It’s managing. The thing is trying to get points — that’s the bottom line.” Surprisingly good wide-
receiving yards. But he wasn’t selected in April’s NFL draft. He was arrested Dec. 7 on numerous
Former Iowa wide receiver
receiver depth has helped neutralize Iowa’s need for receptions from its tight ends. Marvin McNutt and Keenan Davis both rank among the Big Ten’s top 10 in receptions and receiving yards per game. Redshirt freshman Kevonte Martin-Manley is among the conference’s top 20 in both categories. Still, quarterback James Vandenberg said, he would like to get the tight ends more involved. “We know we can get them the ball more, and that’s something we’ll look to do,” he said.
“But if we’re running the ball well and we’re throwing the ball well, it’s going to get spread around.”
Donatell continues transi tion to linebacker A few months ago, Tom Donatell never would have thought his first career start would be at linebacker. But that’s exactly where the former safety found himself in the Oct. 15 game against
As the daughter of a pole-vaulter and a high-jumper and the sister of an AllAmerican diver, Nicolette Freeman would seem to have quite the pedigree. But don’t think the freshman diver feels any added pressure because of her athletics lineage. Freeman’s father, Will, pole-vaulted for Florida; Freeman her mother, Evelyn, high- freshman diver jumped at the University of Toronto (Canada). And while her older sister, Deidre, was one of the best divers in Hawkeye history, Nicolette said she doesn’t see herself in her recently graduated sister’s shadow. “We’re both two different people, and stylistically, we’re two different divers,” she said. “If she has more success than I do, I’m proud of her.” Nicolette Freeman may not feel any sense of sibling rivalry when it comes to diving, but she said she does partly owe the start of her career to her sister. The Freeman sisters both participated in acrobatics growing up, and one day the swimming coach at Grinnell (Iowa) High asked Deidre Freeman to come out for the swimming and diving team. Nicolette Freeman then developed her own interest in the sport by watching her sister. She said the influence is still present. “I’m just thankful to have her as my sister,” she said. “She’s been a great role model in my life, and she’s been my mentor in the sport.” Not many siblings can share the same
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V-ball faces big challenge
drug charges and suspended by Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has head coach Kirk Ferentz for the signed with a Canadian Football Insight Bowl on Dec. 28. League team, the former Hawk Six of the seven charges were posted online Tuesday. later dropped; he pleaded guilty to “Montréal Alouettes. 3rd Downs possession of marijuana.
Iowa will challenge No. 4 Nebraska in its home arena, but the Hawkeyes hope the extra energy in the environment will help them put up a good fight.
By MOLLY IRENE OLMSTEAD
Alouettes, who own the league’s
best record at 10-5. Three games
The Iowa volleyball team will be the first Iowa City squad to take on new-to-the-conference Nebraska. The Iowa volleyball team practiced in Iowa City for only one day after returning from Wisconsin on Sunday before the hitting the road again. Iowa traveled to Lincoln, Neb., and it will become the first Hawk sports team to challenge the Cornhuskers this season. The fourth-ranked Huskers (15-1, 8-0 Big Ten), are ranked No. 2 in rating percentage index; Iowa (11-10, 1-7) falls in at No. 111. Iowa played Minnesota last week and lost, 3-0, in a quick slaughter. Nebraska also challenged the Golden Gophers last week, and came out on top, 3-2. “We all know that [at Nebraska, it’s] going to be harder for us to win than most other games,” senior Mallory Husz said. “We’re preparing pretty much the same way as we do for everyone, but realizing that it’s going to be a long night. We’re not going to beat them in three sets. It’s going to be a long time.” Head coach Sharon Dingman said that, in
are no longer an area of corncern He’ll
[sic],” Johnson-Koulianos tweeted around 3 p.m. Johnson-Koulianos, commonly remain in the team’s 2011 season, referred to as DJK, confirmed the and its final regular-season game signing via text message on is on Nov. 5. The Alouettes will host Tuesday evening. a playoff game on Nov. 13. Johnson-Koulianos is Iowa’s all— by Sam Louwagie
time leader in receptions and
Greenwood Foundation established A fundraising effort to be called the Brett Greenwood Foundation has been created to help the former Hawkeye safety
injuries to his brain as a result. The native of Bettendorf was in a medically induced coma for more than a month; he emerged from the coma on Oct. 13. The Foundation
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order to pressure the dominant Huskers, the Hawkeyes will have to stretch out the rallies and limit their errors from the service line and at the net. “I just want to see us learn how to compete for an entire match at a really high level,” Dingman said. “We’re getting closer to understanding that it’s going to be two hours of really high-level competition.” Although Nebraska is a tall, physical team, Dingman said, there’s no reason the Hawks can’t put up a fight and have a good game. Husz said going in as the underdog is a benefit, because it relieves some of the pressure — both from the game and from Iowa’s goal to compete well. “You always want to win, but I’ve been doing this so long I think I have a pretty good understanding of how to measure success,” Dingman said. “We’re measured by [the media], we’re measured by the fans, we’re measured by everyone else in the country by the scoreboard — but for what we’re trying to do, there are lots of ways to measure success.” Despite the obvious challenge of competing against one of the top teams in the nation, the
Senior Mallory Husz notches a kill in the Hawkeyes’ 3-0 victory over Chicago State last month. The Hawkeyes, who have had problems winning in Big Ten play, will visit No. 4 Nebraska tonight in Lincoln. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley) Hawkeyes are looking forward to competing in Lincoln because of the Cornhuskers’ arena environment.
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