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Hopefuls spell out positions City Council candidates discussed a variety of community concerns at Tuesday evening’s forum. By Rebecca Morin

Transportation and housing was the forefront of discussion for the prospective Iowa City City Council candidates. In a Iowa City Public Library meeting room filled with students and community members, City Council candidates tried to explain why they are the most fit to help run the city. The forum, hosted by the Johnson County League of Women Voters on Tuesday evening, provided an opportunity for citizens to submit a variety of hot-topic questions for the candidates to address. One main community concern the candidates addressed was growth in the developing business districts in Iowa City, and how it should be accommodated. Increasing affordable and diverse housing throughout the city were the main focuses of the majority of

Iowa City police officers talk to people outside of Brothers on May 5, 2011. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)

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A University of Iowa organization has discovered the 21-ordinance has not been as effective as previously believed, which comes just two weeks before Iowa City residents will vote on if they want to continue the current policy. Previously, the Iowa Policy Research Organization had compiled and analyzed data that suggested the 21-ordinance had a large effect on drinking behavior and criminal charges. The Nov. 5 election will deter-


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A new study released by the Political Science Department and the Honors Program stated the 21-ordinance has not had an effect in the decrease of alcohol-related incidences, which had been steadily declining. The graph shows the number of arrests for public intoxication, and the number of citations for PAULAs and disorderly houses.

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Although one family member’s time on City Council will soon come to a close, Iowa City has not seen the last of the Champions. Catherine Champion is running alongside three others in the race for two at large seats on Iowa City’s City Council. She said her decision to run was a natural transition after working on the Downtown District’s Board of Directors since 2007.





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The Iowa City School Board was presented a timetable showcasing the possible opening of several new schools and retiring of the 59-yearold Hoover Elementary. The board discussed on potentially utilizing two eight-room transitional schoolhouses during the renovations of Twain and Penn Elementary on Tuesday evening — an issue that will be voted on Nov. 15 by the School Board. According to one the proposals, beginning fall 2017 the district would look to use the former Hoover Elementary School building as a transition school to relocate students during the renovations of Twain, Penn and other schools undergoing renovations within the next ten years.


One downtown business owner is running for Iowa City City Council in hopes of developing the city’s core. By Megan Sanchez


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A new report finds that the 21-ordinance has had little effect on alcohol-related criminal activity.

“I always wanted to do more and become more involved,” she said. “I had been thinking about widening my scope to the rest of the city, and running for City Council fit into that [idea].” The 47-year-old owns two downtown boutiques — Catherine’s Boutique, 7 S. Dubuque St., and Cheap & Chic, 105 S. Dubuque St. Although she is heavily involved in downtown, Champion’s platform is firm on developing all areas of Iowa City.

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The public listens to the City Council candidates answer questions during the candidates’ forum in the Iowa City Public Library on Tuesday. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. (The Daily Iowan/Alyssa Hitchcock)

Report: Faculty rack up hours by Greta Meyle

The state Board of Regents released numbers Tuesday showing that University of Iowa faculty members work an average of 57.57 hours on average per week — and some members in the university community are wondering if those numbers are sustainable. The survey weighed the amount of time faculty members spend doing research, teaching, assisting students outside of class, etc. at three Iowa schools — Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and the UI. The regents require the universities to survey their faculty every two years. According to the survey report, the data are designed to monitor faculty job performance against agreed-upon standards and to provide constructive feedback and assistance to the few faculty members who fall short in one or more areas of their work. Associate Provost for Faculty Tom Rice said he was pleased with the results. “We had entirely positive results,” he said. “The only question that I got from the Board of Regents was why was Iowa State’s average [higher] than ours?”

Questions arose about whether the survey would place the number, 57.57 hours, as a weekly expectancy on faculty. Faculty Senate member Professor Jane Pendergast said despite the positive results, the survey worries her regarding the sustainability of maintaining this amount of work in the future. “Is it OK that people are working nearly 60 hours a week on average?” she said. “I mean, 12 hours a day five days a week, is that really what we want for employees here? There are other things to do in life besides work. Is this where the regents want us to stay?” Pendergast also said the amount of work becoming a norm might hinder graduate students in their desires to pursue teaching. “I think there is a cost to having such huge numbers of work, and I think if we were a business, we might start worrying about burnout and paying people, etc.” Pendergast said. “Maybe it’s happening, maybe it’s not, but I certainly see it in the students — they don’t want to go into academics because they don’t want so many hours. It worries me.” Assistant Professor of journalism Travis Vogan

said he believes the statistics accurately echo the work of faculty at the UI. “I don’t think a lot of folks get in to this profession because they want to have a 40-hour-a-week job,” he said. “They get in this profession because they like doing these kinds of things and they’re interested in it. And I guess that’s the danger, if more than average becomes average — if the expectations continue to increase… then it makes it difficult to budget your time.” The survey by the regents indicates that faculty at the UI spend an average of 21.80 hours in student instruction and 22.49 in scholarship, research, and creative work. Faculty Senate President Erika Lawrence said despite the potential concern of increasing the expectation, the survey demonstrated the faculty work ethic. “I think there’s this perception by external stakeholders sometimes — perhaps from legislators, from the Board of Regents, perhaps from the public — that faculty here don’t spend a lot of time on teaching, and I think what it shows is that we really are spending 20 to 25 hours a week on teaching — as much time as we’re

competitive with the other housing units in Iowa City. “There’s inexpensive housing, and then there’s housing that was the Hawkeye Court, which was substandard — it was not healthy, it was not good housing,” Mason said. “We knew whatever was going to be built in its place would cost more. And we insisted that it at least be competitively priced with what goes on across Iowa City. Like I said, we’ll just have to wait and see how all of this plays out in the end. I don’t think we ever suggested that it would be the same price or anything even close to that, because that just wasn’t realistic.”

The 252 Hawkeye Court Apartment units being demolished were damaged by the 2008 flood. The new apartments are likely to be completed in 2014. — by Lauren Coffey

Faculty Senate The state Board of Regents released a survey that assessed the time faculty members spend in the areas of research, student instruction, professional development, and administrative service at the three major Iowa universities — the UI, ISU, and UNI. • University of Iowa: 57.57 • Iowa State University: 58.16 • University of Northern Iowa: 54.09 spending on research and even exactly how we’re spending that time, so it really helped challenge some of those myths,” Lawrence said. Rice said it is undetermined how the data will be used, but he is confident in the results and believes the data will allow the UI faculty to begin asking questions that will provide solid evidence to back their claims. “It was such a different experience in front of the regents to talk about each one of these student instruction areas and to be able to talk in detail about how the time was spent,” Rice said. “And it was all believable — that we’re actually spending more time teaching, actually spending more time researching.”

METRO Hawkeye Court replacements to be more expensive The UI recently released renderings for the new Aspire at West Campus apartments, formerly known as the Hawkeye Court Apartments, and the new apartments will be significantly higher priced. Hawkeye Court previously served many graduate students with young families, but UI President Sally Mason said in an interview with The Daily Iowan the apartment prices need to remain

A Coralville man has been accused of stealing, then pawning, numerous items. Adam Bennett, 22, was charged June 30 with third-degree burglary and second-degree theft. According to an Iowa City police complaint, on July 2, officers inter-

viewed a man about a robbery that had occurred while he was away. The man listed items he knew to be missing. On July 17, another person told officials he was a witness to the burglary and identified Bennett as being at the apartment with a bag full of items. Investigators were then led to a pawnshop in Minneapolis, where they learned Bennett had reportedly pawned the robbery victim’s laptop and X-Box for $251.50. The total value for the stolen items is around $2,650. Third-degree burglary and second-degree theft are Class-D felonies. — by Megan Sanchez

driving while license suspended/canceled. Tyler Paulson, 21, Davenport, was charged Sunday with public intoxication and possession of an open container of alcohol. Theodore Scott, 34, Cedar Rapids, was charged Oct. 19 with public intoxication. Sarah Sinnott, 19, 648 S. Dodge St. Apt. 1, was charged Oct. 18 with presence in a bar after hours. Adam Steinke, 21, Urbandale, was charged Monday with possession of a controlled substance. Renee Villarreal, 18, Green River, Utah, was charged Monday with possession of a controlled substance.

Samantha Wagner, 20, 409 S. Dodge St., was charged Oct. 18 with presence in a bar after hours. Joshua Walters, 20, DeWitt, Iowa, was charged Sunday with possession of open container alcohol in public, possessing or supplying alcohol under the legal age, and public intoxication. Kyle Westfall, 34, 104 West Side Drive Apt. 2, was charged Oct. 19 with domestic-abuse assault. Jacob Wiese, 24, Coralville, was charged Oct. 19 with public intoxication. Valorie Witte, 45, Fairfax, Iowa, was charged Oct. 19 with public intoxication.

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BLOTTER Brandon Berry-Garza, 19, Bartonville, Iowa, was charged Oct. 19 with OWI. Brittany Boudreau, 18, 1201 Quadrangle, was charged Oct. 18 with falsifying a driver’s license, presence in a bar after hours, and public intoxication. Lindsay Carr, 20, 728 E. Washington St., was charged Oct. 19 with presence in a bar after hours. Sean Cavanaugh, 18, Waterloo, was charged Oct. 12 with public intoxication. Cody Embree, 22, 521 Bowery St., was charged Oct. 19 with public intoxication. Anthony Freitag, 23, North Liberty, was charged Monday with two counts of third-degree theft.

Ana Galvas, 20, North Liberty, was charged Sunday with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Quentin Gard, 21, Eldridge, Iowa, was charged Sunday with public intoxication and possession of an open container of alcohol in public. Stacey Gonzalez, 20, 217 Myrtle Ave., was charged Oct. 19 with public intoxication. Rachael Hayes, 18, 1201 Quadrangle, was charged Oct. 18 with presence in a bar after hours. Richard Henry, 30, 2401 Shady Glen Court, was charged Oct. 18 with driving while license revoked. Amanda Jacobson, 21, Kalona, was charged Oct. 19 with

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21-only Continued from front mine whether the 21-ordinance will continue. The ordinance does not allow people under age 21 to be in the bars after 10 p.m. Those in favor of maintaining the ordinance say the downtown culture has become safer since its implementation in 2010; those favoring a repeal of the policy feel it creates an inequality among age groups when 18-year-olds are old enough to be considered adults. The latest study, sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Honors Program, looked at trends from 2004 through 2012 with regards to alcohol-related criminal activity in Iowa City.

champion Continued from front “One of the things that I am for is strengthening the core of our community,” she said. “We need defined business districts that have boundaries, and are a walkable distance for [all of our] neighborhoods.” And Champion said this idea of reachable resources is something she has known as long as she can remem-

council Continued from front the candidates — but all agreed it is a multi-municipality solution. “The City Council is looking at working with other entities, and we really need all other cities to jump on board,” Councilor Terry Dickens said. “There has to be some kind of give-and-take, and



The new findings come after the city released its own findings on Oct. 9. Its report indicated that alcohol-related calls to emergency responders decreased following implementation of the 21-ordinance. Iowa City city councilors were unable to be reached for comment, or declined to comment on the report — with some saying they wanted to read the report before commenting. A central finding in the new study shows that while PAULA citations have gone down since the 21-ordinance went into effect in 2010, this decrease is part of a long-term trend, which has been occurring since 2004 and may not be a result of the ordinance. “The number of PAULAs has been decreasing

over time, and the fact that they are lower after the 21-ordinance was bound to happen regardless of its being put into place,” said sophomore student researcher Ashley Wiginton. Sophomore student researcher Collin Cook said he believes that because of the release of the figures in the study, voters will be able to see a more accurate picture of how the ordinance has affected Iowa City for the first time. “The way these data have been analyzed by other organizations has been methodologically flawed, because they fail to look at the effect of these long-term trends before the 21-ordinance,” he said. “This report takes into account these long-term trends, and I believe it is a more ac-

curate representation of what the 21-ordinance has really done to the amount of criminal drinking charges in Iowa City.” The study also found after the 21-ordinance was put into place, there were an average of 10 more disorderly-house citations per month. UI political science Associate Professor Rene Rocha, who advised the study, said this finding seems to back up the belief students who are banned from drinking in bars will simply find other places, such as private residences, to drink in after 10 p.m. “The increase in the number of disorderly house citations does lend some credibility to the idea that the 21-ordinance redistributes activity away from the Ped Mall area and into

surrounding neighborhoods,” he said. Wiginton said she believes if the city offered an alternate course of action regarding the ordinance, it would have more success in combating the dispersal of alcohol activity. “Voters should seek a policy alternative that will actually give minors [sic] more options other than going to the bars, not just push the underage drinkers to drink elsewhere,” she said. According to the study, one positive trend the 21-ordinance is believed to be responsible for is a 6 percent decrease in OWI citations given to people under the age of 21. Rocha said the report will have an interesting effect on the upcoming Iowa City election — in which the ordinance will

be put up to a vote by the citizens of Iowa City. “I think there’s some evidence in this report that supporters and opponents of the 21- ordinance could use to bolster their positions, and that makes for an fascinating dynamic,” he said. Senior student researcher Molly Hammer said she believes the city needs to rethink the effect the 21-ordinance was expected to have based on their findings. “I think it’s important for voters to look at the hard numbers and the data, take a step back and say, ‘Maybe the 21-ordinance hasn’t had the effect that the City Council intended it to, and repealing it might by the right option since it clearly hasn’t had the outcomes that they were hoping for.’ ”

ber. “That’s how it was when I grew up,” she said. “You walked everywhere or took the bus. So I think it’s important for amenities, grocery stores, and appointments to be reachable for people.” According to one local official, Champion’s passion is an aspect the city has already began to grasp. “Iowa City prides itself on gathering broad public input … in order to determine what the [citizens]

value, and what the vision and goals are for the future of our community,” said Karen Howard, an associate city planner. “Based on this input, the city has adopted a comprehensive plan that covers all areas of Iowa City.” One of Champion’s longtime family friends and coworker said Champion can reach her objectives by utilizing her drive toward seeing all sides of any situation. “She motivates people,” said Kara Schares. “She is

open-minded, and she tries to include everybody in the decision she makes.” Schares added despite Champion’s primary employment being downtown, she has the ability to reach all parts of Iowa City. “I feel a lot of retailers that are downtown are just concerned with what’s happening in their little six block radius, but Catherine isn’t like that,” she said. “She has friends in every part of the city and she knows what’s going on.”

Champion said she is also supportive of city development through high rises, even though these projects have historically been controversial. “I think if we can build up and fit what we need within those spaces, then we have less chance of sprawling, and we can protect our neighborhoods,” she said. The 21-ordinance — also a part of the Nov. 5 vote — is a policy that Champion said does not need to change. “It’s a liability for the bar

owner and the city,” she said. “I think if you want younger people to go to bars, then change the drinking age.” Champion said she ultimately hopes to use downtown as a model for what each area of town can easily become. “We are unified together,” she said. “We are leveraging each other’s strong points and strengthening the weaknesses. That’s something that can be picked up and disseminated all through town.”

we need to look at outside areas, new areas … and affordable housing, which is important to have in neighborhoods.” All the candidates — Councilor Susan Mims, Councilor Dickens, Catherine Champion, Rockne Cole, Kingsley Botchway, and Royceann Porter — were in attendance. On Nov. 5, Iowa City residents will vote to fill two at-large seats on the council, as well as an ad-

ditional seat open in District B — Dickens and Porter are the only two candidates eligible for the seat in District B. Concerns on transportation were also brought to light with a master bike plan currently in place, candidates suggested revising current street landscapes to be safer for bicyclists. “We have made modifications for certain streets, and new streets are built

with bike safety and pedestrians in mind, that just encourages walkability and bicycling,” Champion said. “I grew up on a bike, I grew up walking, I grew up taking a bus, and I would like to continue with that.” The current Riverfront Crossings development, which will allow for an array of building heights, were not a problem for all candidates except for one contender.

“If you go [to Des Moines] today, you will see something incredibly dynamic,” Cole said. “You’ll see a lot of buildings between eight and nine [stories] and sometimes even 11 stories, and you’re seeing robust commercial growth, but you’re seeing healthy neighborhoods.” While some candidates disagreed on community issues, the candidates unanimously agreed to not repeal the 21-ordi-

nance, which will be on the ballot once again on Nov. 5. However, one candidate warned that in the end it would be up to the community to decide whether or not to repeal it. “I had a little epiphany … we have binge-drinking, you can be 18 or you can be 36 and still make wrong decisions, but we’ll just see what decision the voters make on that day,” Porter said.

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Educating the introverts Adam Gromotka

Mention group work to the average student, and you’re bound to get a less than enthusiastic response. When the announcement for a group project is made in class, take in the quiet discomfort that engulfs the room. Most students won’t get too excited. But, for some, this distaste for group work, or graded, forced participation in class, isn’t rooted solely in apathy or feeling shy. As explored in a TED Talk — presented by Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking — a large portion of society takes comfort in quietly learning and keeping their thoughts to themselves. Enter the introvert. A lot of them, actually. Something like a third of the population does their best thinking, processing, and reflecting in a quiet setting. In a discussion section, you’ll probably see them sitting in the back of the room, taking notes. Or, if they enjoy the class, they’ll sit closer to the front. Whatever the case, they’re learning how they learn best: quietly. While there is obvious merit in group work and speaking up in some academic settings, for many classes, it’s insensitive to force introverted students to participate in activities designed for extroverts. Before continuing, it’s important to defend the idea of group work. In a higher-level course or one that’s designed to be small and intimate, working and talking through ideas is a must. If an introverted student feels passionate about the material or doesn’t understand something, they will speak up. The problem arises when an introverted student does understand what’s happening, but must then throw in her or his two

cents for the sake of receiving a better grade. It teaches them to dislike, even despise participating in a subject they’d otherwise enjoy. It also teaches them the unfortunate truth about society: Speaking is more valued than thinking. As explained in the TED Talk, the United States used to value quiet thinkers, like Abe Lincoln, very highly. Then, with the Industrial Revolution, came a focus instead on those who could speak the loudest: salesmen. Self-help books changed to meet the growing popularity of these ideas, and we’ve since come to embrace the value placed in being a skillful speaker. But, historically, a great number of scientists, artists, and even actors described themselves as quiet, introverted people. Why has the value of introverted thought been so actively masked in education? As Cain put it, many elementary schools now seat students in bunches of desks, forcing them to participate in groupthink. Kids are picked on, bullied, and even diagnosed with behavioral issues simply because they enjoy keeping to themselves. Shouldn’t higher education be a place that fosters all types of learners? Again, there’s nothing wrong with working in a group — as long as it harbors intellectual benefit. Collaboration and good communication are what drive society forward. But forcing quiet individuals — under threat to their grades — to participate in a discussion simply to fill up class time sets it back. Give introverted individuals the opportunity to talk about something they love, and they’ll never shut up, but forcing them to speak can be painful for all parties. For these students, written papers teach serve to teach them how to structure and shape their thoughts, and classes exist that can help them become better speakers, should it concern them. Ultimately, though, you can’t teach introverts to enjoy talking, but you can learn to respect their point of view.

Obamacare bugs troubling I

n this day and age, it seems easier to get something done online than it is to do in the physical world. Buying airplane tickets? Ordering a pizza? Emptying your bank account on Amazon? It’s all only a few mouse clicks away. Savvy web developers understand that the user interface and experience can make or break a website, despite how valuable its services may be. Web users can be easily turned off by overly complex site design, sluggish loading times, and broken hyperlinks. As the character of Mark Zuckerberg says in The Social Network, “If those servers are down for even a day, our entire reputation is irreversibly destroyed.” It’s a reality that has faced the new website, which was overwhelmed by traffic, charged with the cardinal web-sin of outdated site design, and most importantly of all, has failed to function even on a basic level. The government-run website offers side-by-side comparisons of different insurance options under the Affordable Care Act — when it’s up. The numerous technical issues that have plagued the site since its launch have deterred all but the most persistent of customers, or even customer (singular) as the case may be in Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, Edward Voss, a 60-year-old Iowa City man, may have been the first in the state to successfully purchase a health-care insurance plan from, three days after it opened. Even after the web forms were filled out, Voss wasn’t certain that he had made it through the system until he received a congratulatory message from the plan’s provider, CoOpportunity Health, telling him he was the first customer from the site. Voss’s story reflects a national trend as well. After an initial burst of web visitors that caused the site to drop offline, traffic to the exchange declined dramat-

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letters to the editor/ Online comments Re: Study abroad is not for everyone A student can gain some knowledge about another culture without going abroad: befriending students from other countries, participating in events sponsored by UI organizations, taking a wide variety of courses, etc. Some programs concentrate on disciplines other than a second language. These may even be in Anglophone nations, in which language may not be an issue. However … even then, one should keep in mind a famous

quote: “England and America are two countries separated by the same language.” One can simulate an ocean in a bathtub at home, or at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center Leisure Pool, but this is hardly a substitute for the Seychelles, Pinarello, Maspalomas, Myrtos, or Sopot. Foreign-language students can only benefit so much from classroom instruction; for those who can afford it, it is imperative to spend one semester abroad. Naturally, the program has to be chosen wisely, students should live with

host families, enroll in worthwhile courses, and avoid — at all cost — spending time speaking English with their peers or engaging in an endless European bar crawl.

Osvaldo Francisco Díaz-Duque

Re: GMO prize well deserved This editorial was not well-researched at all. The World Food Prize has been made a mockery by the choices of the current recipients. Those who follow developments and news in food safety and food politics

consider Norman Borlaug anything but a boon to the world’s agriculture and food production. GMOs are primarily being pushed by large corporations — such as Monsanto — that want to sell more chemicals (pesticides) and control the calorie: our food. Monsanto even is trying to prevent gardeners and farmers from using their own saved seeds. When they achieve their goals, we will all be at their mercy. For a much better commentary on the situation, see the op-ed by Jim Walters in the Oct. 20 Press-Citizen.

Caroline Dieterle


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ically. According to Kanter U.S. Insights, a consulting and information group, the number of unique visitors to fell 88 percent between the day that it opened, Oct. 1, and Oct 13. Even more damning, less than half of a percent of the site’s visitors were able to purchase health insurance during the first week. The fact that has been available since the start of the month and has successfully completed so few transactions is problematic, especially considering the scope of the Affordable Care Act. Seven percent of the population — or 24 million Americans — are expected to obtain health plans through the insurance marketplaces by 2023. And yet new bug reports and subsequent apologies from officials behind the site are becoming commonplace. In fact, on Monday President Obama addressed the site’s shortcomings directly. “Nobody’s madder than me about the website not working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed,” he said at the White House. To be fair, the site isn’t the only way to purchase health insurance for those that need it. One can sign up by phone or in person as well. But the site is the most visible portal to the services provided under the Affordable Care Act and the one touted the most by the Obama administration. If the site’s failings continue, it will reflect poorly on the act as a whole. Hopefully, workers will be able to bring the site up to full functionality before it is regarded as a failed modernization effort by an out-of-touch government.

Zach Tilly

In their guest opinion Monday, the UI College Republicans accused me of being a lot of things: a “farleft” Democrat, a mortgager of “our children’s future,” an intellectually dishonest and “logically inconsistent” writer, and a peddler of empty rhetoric. Above all, the College Republicans took issue with my characterization (in a Sept. 30 column) of the debt ceiling standoff as Republican hostage-taking. They argued that because Joe Biden and many Democrats were once opposed to raising the debt ceiling that I (as an alleged Democratic shill) was being hypocritical and “logically inconsistent” in deriding Republicans this time around. Two things: First, that’s a really strange argument. Second, they seem to have glossed over my Oct. 9 column in which I argued that the debt ceiling standoff was just a slightly escalated, more explicit version of past debt ceiling fights instigated by both parties. My conclusion was that it’s irresponsible for anybody — Democrats or Republicans — to use the threat of default as

leverage for extracting concessions. That I didn’t mention Biden specifically was mostly a product of my distaste for bizarre nonsequiturs. I argued that debt ceiling threats are a fundamentally illegitimate negotiating tactic, but the assumption underlying the College Republicans’ argument was that the shutdown/debt ceiling standoff was simply another policymaking tool in the GOP’s chest. That’s why I thought the Democratic unwillingness to negotiate with the House Republicans was appropriate and why the College Republicans thought it represented a refusal to make a tough deal on Obamacare and the federal budget. At some point Congress will have to make some politically tough decisions to stabilize the country’s long-term fiscal outlook, which is kind of bleak. But we’ve got some time to make a decent deal in a less chaotic context — the Congressional Budget Office projects that deficits will be relatively low for the next few years before they begin to rise again toward the end of the decade. We also fundamentally disagree about what would constitute a decent deal. The College Republicans claimed that the ideal endgame in the shutdown fight would have been a balanced budget or a substantial step toward one. That may have been

true, but I take exception to the idea presented as fait accompli by the Republicans that balancing the budget is intrinsically good policy. The current debt track is probably unsustainable, yes, but the reduction in government spending required to balance the budget would come at the cost of slowing or reversing economic growth. The negative economic impact of sequestration in the U.S. and austerity in Europe is well documented. A more responsible policy package would make incremental changes to entitlement programs — chained CPI for Social Security, means-testing Medicare, etc. — to stabilize the long-term debt-to-GDP ratio rather than tank the economy in pursuit of a balanced-budget pipe dream. An unbalanced budget is not a moral failure and a failure to support a balanced budget is not, as the College Republicans suggest, tantamount to “mortgaging our children’s future.” For what it’s worth, that’s a pretty hacky rhetorical trick coming from a group that implored me to “make claims based on factual considerations, not empty rhetorical brinkmanship.” Speaking of factual considerations, let’s get a few other things straight while we’re at it. First, there was nothing “supposed” about the economic impact a default

would have had on the economy, as the Republicans insinuated. It would have been a disaster — the U.S. debt would have been downgraded, interest rates would have risen, credit markets would have seized up, aggregate demand would have fallen, and the economy would have contracted. Second, the College Republicans falsely attributed to me a number of labels and views, mostly by association to the Democratic Party, a party to which I feel no particular connection or loyalty. The truth is that I want to like the College Republicans — I’m sympathetic to plenty of traditionally Republican ideas that they should be talking about: lower corporate taxes, entitlement tweaks, protecting civil liberties. Sounds great. But these guys don’t seem to care about appealing to a wide audience with good ideas — they opt instead for cattily defending the party’s talking points. Even as they cried crocodile tears and claimed to be “thoroughly disappointed” by my intellectual dishonesty and rhetorical bloviating, they couldn’t resist tossing in a dig about Democratic inaction that reads like something one might find in a chain email from grandma. “But then again,” they mused in phony exasperation, “when has a Democrat ever done serious work?”




Panel to examine regent-school graduation data By Gabriella Dunn

The state Board of Regents has assigned a task force to analyze which factors should be used in assessing regent-university performance. University performance

can potentially be used to determine financial aid and funding. Patrice Sayre, the regents’ chief business officer, said she would staff the task force — providing data to the head, organizing agendas, and coordinating speakers to

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U.S. economy limps along By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A dim view of the U.S. job market emerged Tuesday with a report that employers cut back on hiring in September just before a partial government shutdown began. Just 148,000 jobs were added last month, a steep drop from August’s gain, though they were enough to lower unemployment to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent in August. The report bolsters expectations that the Federal Reserve will maintain its pace of bond purchases for the rest of 2013 to try to keep long-term loan rates low. The government’s release of the September jobs report had been delayed 2½ weeks by the shutdown. Temporary layoffs during the 16-day shutdown will probably depress October’s job gain. That means a clear picture of the job market won’t emerge before November jobs figures are issued in December. “The economy is too fragile for the Federal Reserve to touch,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at California State University. “The shenanigans in Congress have hurt confidence and increased uncertainties, most likely hurting both consumer and business spending as well as hiring.” Average U.S. job growth has fallen sharply in the past three months after a promising start this year. The economy added an average of 143,000 jobs a month from July through September. That was down from the 182,000 average gain during from April through June and well below the 207,000-a-month pace from January through March. The report “reinforces the impression that the labor market was losing a little momentum heading in to the shutdown,” said Josh Feinman, global chief economist at Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management. “The labor market is continuing to create jobs. … It’s just frustratingly slow.” Stocks rose after the report was released, in part because slower job gains mean the Fed will continue its stimulus efforts. The Dow Jones industrial average was up about 50 points in midday trading. Economists at Barclays now predict the Fed won’t trim its bond purchases until March, much later than its previous forecast of December.

A tight job market has discouraged many Americans from looking for work. The percentage of Americans working or looking for work remained at a 35-year low last month. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work. Most of the drop in the unemployment rate this year has occurred because many people have either given up looking or have postponed their job searches by remaining in school. The September jobs report showed that some higher-paying industries added jobs at a healthy pace. Construction companies, for example, added 20,000. Transportation and warehousing gained 23,400 jobs, governments 22,000. Manufacturers added 2,000 jobs. Lower-paying industries were mixed. Hotels and restaurants cut about 11,000 jobs, after strong hiring earlier this year. Retailers added 21,000 positions. The budget impasse didn’t stop Accumold, which makes components for medical devices, smartphones and other electronic goods, from boosting its workforce. CEO Roger Hargens said the Ankeny, Iowa-based company filled jobs in September and plans to add up to 65 to its 185-worker staff in the next few months. Hargens says he is seeing more orders from customers who are shifting from Chinese manufacturers to U.S. suppliers. “There’s a big trend to move manufacturing back to the United States,” he said. “It’s really speeding up now for us.” Last month, average hourly U.S. pay ticked up 3 cents to $24.09. In the past year, pay has risen 2.1 percent, ahead of the 1.5 percent inflation rate. The government revised its estimates of job growth in July and August to show a slight net gain of 9,000. It said employers added 193,000 jobs in August, more than the 169,000 previously estimated. But it said just 89,000 were added in July, the fewest in more than a year and below the earlier estimated 104,000. The deceleration in job growth was a key reason the Fed decided in September to hold off on slowing its $85-billion-a-month in bond purchases. Many economists think the lack of clean data will lead the Fed to put off any decision on the bond purchases until 2014.

add background to the information. The task force, she said, has been inaugurated and will gather more facts and background information on university performance standards during the next eight months. Ultimately, she said, the committee will not make any decisions regarding performance measurements; rather, it will make recommendations to the regents. As far as the future of regent decisions regarding the issue, Sayre said, it is unclear whether changes will be made. “At this point, we have just started our work,” she said. Regent Robert Downer said university performance rates have not been studied for a long time and the study will either validate what the regents have already done or determine if they need to change.

“There are a number of reasons why this was done,” he said. “One is to ascertain whether the state appropriations that are received and deployed [are] in a manner that are providing the best educational experience for Iowans both in terms of quality and quantity.” Downer said the reason behind the task force is to see if allocations of state appropriations are benefiting the largest number of students at each of the regent universities. Independent public-policy consultant Art Hauptman spoke to the task force on Oct. 18 about why graduation rates should not be used as a determinant for performance. Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of the FinAid and Fastweb websites, concurred with Hauptman’s contention that student demographics

have a larger effect on graduation rates than do university performance. “Focusing on graduation rates may actually have the opposite of the intended effect, Kantrowitz said. “These schools that are doing better simply would be doing better because they are aggregating the most talented students, not just because their actual performance is better.” Student demographics such as income status, average high-school GPA, and SAT scores affect graduation rates. Other influential factors include students who are the first in their family to attend college as well as students with children or single-parent students. Enrolling students with a higher likelihood of graduating based on demographics, Kantrowitz said, could raise a university’s overall rate without

changing performance of the institution itself. “One approach would be to normalize the graduation rates based on the demographics,” he said. The effects of financial-aid distribution among universities could vary greatly depending on income status of students, he said. Kantrowitz said among students from low-income and middle-income families, additional financial aid increases student’s probability to graduate by about onefifth. For students from families with incomes of six figures or more, financial aid adds only about 1 percent to their graduation rate. “If you’re comparing a college that has a 90 percent grad rate to one that has 30 [percent] you have to ask what is the benefit of adding funding to a school that is already succeeding,” he said.




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• Evidence-Based Resources, 11 a.m., Hardin Library East Information Commons • English Language Discussion Circle, noon, S126 Pappajohn Business Building • “The State of the World Novel Today,” IWP, Patricia Portela (Portugal), Kim Kyung Uk (South Korea), Tong Wei Ger (Taiwan), Erez Volk (Israel), noon, 109 EPB • Three-Month Seminar, “Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Amination of Racemic Trichloroacetimidates and Application to the Synthesis of Nitrogen Heterocycles,” Jeffrey Arnold, Chemistry, 12:30 p.m., W323 Chemistry Building • Anatomy/Cell Biology Seminar, “Targeting the Terminal UPR in Cell Degenerative Diseases,” Feroz Papa, University of California-San Francisco, 1 p.m., 1-561 Bowen • Note-Taking Skills Workshop, Academic Support & Retention and University Counseling Service, 3:30 p.m., 61 Schaeffer • “Soul Talk, Song Language”: A Conversation with Joy Harjo, poet, performer, writer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, 4 p.m., 125 Trowbridge • “Boundless Labor: Melville, C.L.R. James, Frank Stella,” Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Wai Chee Dimock,

I Like My Women Like I Like My Wine … • … full-bodied. • … most nights. • … color doesn’t matter. • … on the Ped Mall on a relaxing evening. • … with a subtle nose. • … inexpensive at restaurants. • … all to myself. • … intoxicating. • … with controlled yeast. • … enjoyable at room temperature. • … sampled in embarrassing amounts at the company Christmas party. • … as a gift at a housewarming or dinner party. • … not foisted upon me with a hard sell at Olive Garden. • … on the dining room table. • … so good I have to stay in bed the next day. • … able to be picked up from the local liquor store. • … capable of emulating Windows applications on Linux box. • … the richer the better. • … not to make me sleepy in the middle of dinner. • … in glasses. Andrew R. Juhl thanks Allison S, Becca R, Josh B, Brad Q, Constantine B, Chris R, & Drew B for contributing to today’s Ledge.

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. — Lily Tomlin

8-9 a.m. Morning Drive 10 a.m.-11 p.m. The Dog House Noon-2 p.m. Sports Block 4-5 p.m. Daytrotter 5 p.m. KRUI News


4 p.m., 304 EPB • International Stanley Awards Information Session, 5 p.m., 1117 University Capitol Center • “Live from Prairie Lights,” Francesca Rendle-Short, fiction/memoir, 7 p.m., Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque • Spoken Word, 7 p.m., Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque • School of Music Presents, Nicole Esposito, flute, 7:30 p.m., Riverside Recital Hall • Start-Up Iowa Town Hall, Scott Case and Scott Heiferman, 7:30 p.m., Coralville Marriott, 300 E. Ninth St. • Dance Gala, 8 p.m., North Hall Space/Place • UI School of Music Presents, James Naigus, horn, 8 p.m., University Capitol Center Recital Hall • Jam Session, 9 p.m., Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Eugenia Last

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make a decision, and stick to it. Staying focused and being consistent will help you pick and choose with greater clarity. Your intuition regarding partnerships and secret matters will be precise. Love is in the stars.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Playful interaction will attract favorable attention from the people you want to collaborate with professionally, financially and personally. Explore new interests, get involved in physical activities that are challenging, and improve your overall look and attitude. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep your life simple, truthful and free from emotional complications. Honesty will play a major role in your relationship personally and professionally. A problem with someone you live or work with is apparent. Love is plentiful but will also lead to trouble. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Indulge in entertaining pastimes and enjoying the company of people who are quite different than you. The more you share, the more you will discover. Travel or taking part in a community or cultural event will bring rewards. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your generosity will impress new acquaintances but won’t have the same effect on those who know you well. A change of plans that ensures you keep loved ones happy should be your goal. You cannot buy love; you must earn it. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Talk to anyone and everyone, and share your ideas. Don’t let emotional matters interfere with your productivity. It’s important to put what pays the bills first and foremost. A change of heart is apparent. Distance yourself from drama. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Get involved with people from different backgrounds. Love and romance are highlighted, and they will lead you in a new direction. Don’t pay for others or relinquish your cash to someone wanting to handle it for you. Stay in control and have fun. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take a break, try something new, or consider a lifestyle change that will lead to better health and personal rewards. Don’t spend money on something that sounds too good to be true. Avoid being hustled by a smooth operator. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Stick to what you know, and avoid dealing with government agencies and financial or medical institutions if possible. Emotions will escalate and a personal situation will come to a head. Take time out to focus on personal improvements and a new direction. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can call the shots, but before you decide to make alterations to your home or status, consider whom you will affect and the consequences that will unfold. Baby steps are your best bet. Stability will create a solid opportunity. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Collaborate with people you find inspiring and motivational. Take pride in how you look and what you are doing to stay fit. Confidence will help carry you through any difficulty you encounter. An innovative idea will lead to a profitable endeavor. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You can talk anyone into anything if you use your imagination to promote what you are contemplating. Your intuition will help you choose the right people with whom to join forces in order to excel. Take care of your health.




UISG mounts off-campus recycling campaign Student environmental leaders kick off a campaign to encourage off-campus recycling programs. by Lily Abromeit

A recent program supported by officials both on-campus and off encourages community members to increase sustainability efforts. The University of Iowa Student Government kicked off its campus-wide recycling campaign Tuesday after months of planning — the next initiative under the UI 2020 sustainability goal. Students could approach tables in the IMU and Main Library to learn recycling tips and send letters to their landlords asking them to make recycling opportunities available. One Iowa City business owner said he is happy to see progress come from the UI. “I believe our future is in the students’ learning new and improved ways to help the environment,” said Andy Ockenfels, the CEO of City Carton Recycling, who noted that the business is 100 percent supportive of UISG’s most recent sustainability campaign. UISG sustainability liaison Jeffrey Ding, along with UISG City Council liaison Alec Bramel, organized the event. Ding said it was a way for the organization to gauge the demand for multifamily recycling programs citywide. Ding said he hopes various landlords will notice the demand and respond in a positive way, making recycling more convenient for their tenants. “We’re just hoping to increase the recycling culture of Iowa City,” he said. UI senior Ian Smith, who participated in the event, said he and his roommates attempt to recycle cans but are not always able to find

UI senior Alec Bramel talks to a UI student about recycling in the Main Library lobby on Tuesday. Bramel educated students about sustainability and encouraged them to talk to their landlords about implementing recycling programs. (The Daily Iowan/Mariah Green) the time to travel to a recycling center. “It would be better for us to recycle rather than throw [everything] away, if there’s an option,” Smith said. UI recycling coordinator Eric Holthaus said making recycling a convenience is necessary for improvement to occur. Ding said reducing waste produced by students is an important part of the campaign because he sees cur-

rent waste as “a loss of both environmental and economic value.” According to the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center’s manual to help improve recycling practices, the value of recyclable material in the landfill is $1.5 million annually. Additionally, 120,000 tons of garbage is dumped, and 75 percent of this could be recycled or composted. “I am slightly frustrated … in the fact that we haven’t

pulled more waste out of the Iowa City Landfill,” Ockenfels said. One of the biggest recyclable items, corrugated cardboard, he said, is found in 10 percent of the landfill. This number surpasses the statewide percentage, which sits at 7 percent, and exceeds the Cedar Rapids landfill, which barely reaches the 2 percent mark. “We are taking the easy road and doing what is more

convenient rather than what makes environmental sense,” Ockenfels said. “[We should] try to work on a solution that is beneficial to all.” He said UISG’s campaign is a step in the right direction. “There is a lot of education and discussion needed among all the stakeholders involved,” he said. “If it takes a student group to start a conversation, then we have to listen to the future leaders

to work with the students.” Smith said that as a chemical engineering student, he understands the need to improve the environment and thinks this campaign could inspire the necessary change. “[This issue] definitely pertains to the school and community,” he said. “It is a group effort to protect the planet, so as many people as possible should be willing to protect it.”


notebook Continued from 10 mentum from half to half. “When we have the momentum going into halftime, we know that the other team is going to come out swinging and give us their best punch,” Miller said. “We have to be better prepared for that and really key in on finishing games.” Linebacker James Morris offered a different perspective on the situation, comparing the team’s performances in a game’s quarters, halves, and even with individual plays as battles. “You might win the majority of the battles in the first half, but just because you did doesn’t necessarily mean you will in the second half,” Morris said. “When the second half comes out, maybe we’re not winning enough of those one-on-one, those one play battles.”

Three-tight end set here to stay Iowa’s offense turned heads on Oct. 19 when it revealed an offensive set consisting of three tight ends lining up together

big ten Continued from 10 Targeting rule affects Big Ten; Fitzgerald has interesting rule suggestion A new rule was put in to place this past off-season to protect defenseless players from hits near the neck and head. Targeting, as the rule states, is the act of hitting a defenseless opponent above the shoulders. Those guilty of targeting in the first half of games are supposed to be ejected. If a player commits a tar-

Swimming Continued from 10 swimmers traveled for the Black and Gold and competed. While many would find this hard to take, Holliday knew going in that he would have to take his lumps before he finally had a chance to show the team what he could do. “I knew going in that it was going to be tough,” Holliday said. “When I came in as a freshman, I understood that I wasn’t one of the bigger or stronger guys on the team, but that’s why I chose here. I wanted the challenge even if I knew it was going to take some time.” In his mind, every moment has been a learning experience. “Being at the bottom really helped me out,” he


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competitive in just about every game. With just three games remaining in the season, this couldn’t be any truer. The Hawkeyes currently stand in the middle of the Big Ten standings with a conference record of 3-4-1. Fortunately for the Hawkeyes, half of the teams have either three or four wins. Iowa has proven that in any given match, it can compete with any team in the Big Ten. During Iowa’s road-intensive portion of its schedule, it faced two ranked teams — Nebraska and Minnesota. In those games, the Hawks lost to Nebraska, 2-1, in



on the offensive line. The results spoke for themselves: tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jake Duzey scored touchdowns of 2 and 85 yards, respectively. The team was told of the addition to the offense last week, and the Hawkeyes think it will be around for a while because of the matchup advantages it creates. Cornerbacks are forced to cover the tight ends, who believe they are more than capable of out-blocking the smaller defenders. “We’re all excited about it,” Duzey said. “We’re all out there competing every day, all five of us. We can all play, so we love being out there together. It’s working well.”

Rudock given freedom to audible at the line of scrimmage

Iowa linebacker James Morris attempts to tackle Ohio State wide receiver Corey Brown in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 19. Brown had three receptions for 72 yards. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)

Iowa’s offense has been known at times for its predictability, particularly toward its run-first offense. But this season, quarterback Jake Rudock has been seen changing plays at the line of scrimmage in numerous games. “You can’t just walk up there and always run a play,” Rudock said. “If

you’re running right, and they put eight guys on the right side, obviously, you don’t want to go that way.” It’s something that has come to the quarterback from experience. Rudock also credits understanding why and what offen-

sive coordinator Greg Davis is thinking when he calls certain plays as influencing whether he chooses to use an audible. “Coach Davis will say, ‘This is the look, this is what we want to run against; if you don’t like

it, you can check to this, this, or this,’” Rudock said. “That extra study — understanding that not every play will be the perfect play, but you might have to set up a better play, [is beneficial]. It may not be the

geting penalty in the second half, the player is ejected and is required to sit out the first half of his team’s next game. The rule has been under some fire from coaches and analysts of the sport because of the perceived subjective nature of calling a targeting penalty. Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby was the latest player to be ejected for targeting after he hit Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz above the shoulder pads this past weekend. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has liked what he’s seen regarding the

rule, especially how the officials have handled procedure. “First of all, my opinion really doesn’t matter,” Ferentz said. “I’m not an official. Like a lot of calls, my opinion has no bearing on the outcome of it. “I think the biggest concern I had was the attitude that was going to be taken toward the rule, then the process, which has been handled as well as it can. It’s all reviewable. They either uphold it or don’t uphold it. I think the process is good.” During Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, Northwestern head coach

Pat Fitzgerald suggested an interesting modification to the rule — a yellow-card/red-card system, much like the system used by soccer, or what the rest of the world calls football. “I said earlier in the year, I thought the whole yellow-card philosophy would be a good idea,” Fitzgerald said. “If a guy makes a momentary mistake in a game, and his target’s in the wrong spot, and there was clearly no intent to injure, there was just a football play. Then give a kid an unsportsmanlike conduct, and warn him, and the next one he’s ejected.”

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said. “It really gave me the extra motivation to work harder than if I would have gone to a smaller school where I wouldn’t have had to work as hard.” While his breakout start against Michigan State may seem as though it came out of nowhere, many of his teammates and coaches knew it was only a matter of time before he had success in a real meet. “I’ve known Charles a long time, and I saw him swim in high school, so to see him finally have a breakout meet is really inspiring,” sophomore Matthew Boyd said. “We knew what he was capable of.” Boyd is a member of the 200-medley relay team that Holliday is on, which took second with a final time of 1:31.48. Boyd says that there is plenty he can take away from watching Holliday train day in and day out.

“It was really inspiring for all of us just to see that hard work and perseverance really pays off,” Boyd said. So what changed? Why was Holliday finally able to turn it on this year and make an impact for the Hawks? Holliday attributes it to mental focus and doing the little things right. “I think the biggest change was just my attitude,” Holliday said. ‘I’ve been approaching practices with a better mental attitude, which has really allowed me to focus on a lot of little technical

things that have allowed me to improve.” Last year, Holliday looked to his teammates to help set an example. Now, he sets the example, and his coaches and teammates couldn’t be happier for him. “It was great to see,” head coach Marc Long said. “The team really loved it, too. It’s a perfect example to showcase that hard work and dedication really do pay off in the end, which is something that we have used to teach this year’s freshmen.”

what was one of their best games played all season, and they forced a draw with Minnesota. This is promising for an Iowa team that is looking to make some noise in not only the Big Ten Tournament but also the NCAA Tournament. Another thing was confirmed in the Hawkeyes’ latest road trip — they will live and die by their defense. The Hawks have yet to win a Big Ten game in which their opponent has scored more than 2 goals. For most teams, this would be seen as a major problem. But for the Hawkeyes, this has been the philosophy of the program ever since head coach Ron Rainey took the helm. The Hawks have allowed the third fewest goals among Big Ten

teams with an average of 0.94 given up per game — a total of 15 goals given up in 16 games. On the other side, the Hawks are only scoring 1.62 goals per game — 26 goals in 16 games. This may be cause to worry. In this aspect the Hawks rank 10th among Big Ten teams. What this does is put a lot of pressure on the defense to be almost perfect in every game. What the Hawkeyes do well and have proven on this road trip is that their offense continues to be extremely balanced. The Hawks have six legitimate scorers on the field at any given time. Four Hawkeyes have scored four times on the season, and two have scored three times. Interestingly enough, the

Hawks problem isn’t shooting on target — 47.8 percent of their shots are on goal. Instead, the Hawks have a hard time getting their shots past the opponent’s goalkeeper. Just one instance of this came when Iowa tied with No. 24 Minnesota —a match that had no business of being close. The Hawks launched 29 shots compared with Minnesota’s 10. The only thing keeping the game close was Gopher goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs’ 16 saves. With upcoming games against No. 4 Penn State, Ohio State, and Purdue, coming up with wins in games similar to the Minnesota contest may be the difference between Iowa’s season ending early or continuing into the NCAA Tournament.

‘I think the biggest change was just my attitude. I’ve been approaching practices with a better mental attitude, which has really allowed me to focus on a lot of little technical things that have allowed me to improve.’ — Charles Holliday, sophomore swimmer

Ticket prices for the upcoming Iowa-Purdue game on Nov. 9 are going for incredibly low prices on online marketplaces. As of Monday on the popular ticket exchange website StubHub, tickets for the game at Ross-Ade Stadium are going for as low as $1.11. Neither Iowa nor Purdue has a dominant football team this season, but the prices have to at least be alarming to conference officials and Purdue’s ticket-sales department.

best possible play we can run, but it’s better than getting no yards on a play.”






GABLE TO RECEIVE RAY AWARD Former Iowa wrestling head coach Dan Gable on Tuesday was named the recipient of the 2014 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award. The award is named after the former Iowa governor, who has had a lifelong commitment to development of character and civility. Character Counts in Iowa saw Gable as a role model who demonstrated good character and morals. Gable will accept the award at Character Counts in Iowa’s All Star Evening on April 11, 2014, in West Des Moines.


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— by Danny Payne

FIELD HOCKEY FALLS TO NO. 19, SILFER HONORED The Iowa field-hockey team dropped one spot in the most recent rankings released Tuesday. The drop to No. 19 comes on the heels of a five-game winning streak for the Hawkeyes. Iowa’s (10-5, 2-2) most recent victories came against Ohio State on Oct. 18 and against Miami on Sunday. The Hawkeyes won both games by a score of 3-1. Rounding out the rankings for the Big Ten are Penn State (11-3, 4-0) at No. 6 and Northwestern (12-4, 3-1) at 13. The Big Ten announced Tuesday that Jessy Silfer has been named Freshman of the Week. Silfer helped the Hawkeye defense hold Ohio State and Miami to a combined 15 shots over the two games. The native of Cazenovia, N.Y., has started all 15 contests this season.

— by Danny Payne

BLACKHAWKS TOP PANTHERS SUNRISE, Fla. — Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each scored in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Toews also scored in regulation, Bryan Bickell added a goal, and Corey Crawford made 20 saves. Sharp beat goalie Jacob Markstrom on the glove side for the deciding shootout goal. The Blackhawks have won five of their past six games and extended their point streak to six games. Florida has lost four of its last five games and has lost to Chicago four-straight times. Dmitry Kulikov and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Panthers, and Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots before leaving with 2:59 left in the game due to an apparent lower body injury. Markstrom entered the game and made two saves. Thomas was in his third start after missing four games due to a groin injury. Trailing 2-0, the Panthers scored two goals in less than three minutes in the third. They closed to 2-1 on Fleischmann’s goal at 9:04. Aleksander Barkov passed across to Fleischmann in the lower right circle. His slap shot beat Crawford on the glove side. Kulikov took a shot from the high slot that got past Crawford at 11:51 that tied it at 2 and put the Panthers back in it. The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead on Toews’ power-play goal at 5:18 of the second. Duncan Keith made a nice pass from the top of the left circle to Toews skating in on the right side. His backhanded shot beat Thomas.

Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock throws a pass in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 19. Rudock threw for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game, but Ohio State outlasted Iowa, 34-24. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)


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After Iowa lost two-straight games after leading at half time, playing 60 minutes will be crucial going forward.

The first BCS standings of the 2013 season came out on Sunday, and only three Big Ten teams, the usual suspects, made the top 25.

By Matt Cabel

By Ryan Probasco

It was well publicized over the weekend that the Iowa football team would boast a 7-0 record if games were only 30 minutes long. But the Hawks are not. And Iowa is instead 4-3 on the season, with back-to-back losses in the last two games that it led at halftime. The Hawkeyes have, in fact, won every first half. As a result, head coach Kirk Ferentz is focused on playing games for the whole 60 minutes. “We didn’t finish it up,” Fer-

entz said about the Oct. 19 loss at Ohio State. “We didn’t get it done. We couldn’t finish the game, and [Ohio State] did — that’s why they won. So we have to move on and see what we can do this week to be prepared to play 60 good minutes.” The team took a 17-10 lead into halftime against Ohio State and a 14-10 lead against Michigan State before losing 34-24 and 26-14. Safety Tanner Miller said the Hawkeyes need to work on improving the “little details” and carrying over moSee notebook, 8

The first BCS standings were released on Sunday, and much like recent AP polls, the Big Ten was not well-represented. Ohio State came in at No. 4, ranked behind Alabama, Florida State, and Oregon. The only other two ranked Big Ten teams were Michigan and Nebraska — ranked No. 22 and No. 24. Wisconsin’s absence from the year’s first BCS standings came as a bit

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of a surprise, considering the Badgers are ranked in both the AP and USA Today polls. Badger head coach Gary Andersen isn’t concerned with Wisconsin’s not being ranked; he emphasized the Badgers’ need to focus on the task at hand. “Worry about the things I can worry about, and try to get the kids ready to go play every single week,” Andersen told the Pierce County Herald on Tuesday. See big ten, 8


Home sweet pitch Following a road intensive schedule, Iowa’s final games are all at home.

— Associated Press

SCOREBOARD NHL Toronto 4, Anaheim 2 Vancouver 5, NY Islanders 4 Columbus 4, New Jersey 1 Edmonton 4, Montréal 3 Chicago 3, Florida 2 Minnesota 2, Nashville 0 Washington 5, Winnipeg 4 Phoenix 4, Calgary 2 NBA San Antonio 123, Orlando 101 Indianapolis 107, Atlanta 89 Detroit 99, Washington 96 Phoenix 88, Oklahoma City 76 LA Lakers 108, Utah 94

WHAT TO WATCH NBA Preseason: Chicago vs. Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m., ESPN MLB: St. Louis vs. Boston, 7:07 p.m., FOX

Swimmers dive into the water during the men’s 200 free against Michigan State in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center on Oct. 18. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans, 182-113. (The Daily Iowan/Alyssa Hitchcock)

Sophomore Charles Holliday swam his first home meet this past weekend against Michigan State. Even though he was on the team last season, Holliday failed to make the traveling squad in 2012 and, as a result, never swam in a Big Ten event up un-

til the Michigan State meet. Holliday tallied two individual first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle and added a third win as a member of the 400-freestyle relay. While three first-place finishes is nothing short of spectacular, what made it all the more impressive was that he did it in his first Big Ten competition. “Not making the squad was

hard to take,” Holliday said. “But that’s why I came here. I think if I wouldn’t have gotten that challenge last year, I wouldn’t have been close to where I am right now as a swimmer.” For basically an entire year, Holliday had to watch while many of his fellow freshman

The Iowa soccer team is coming home. For the past month, the Hawkeyes have spent the majority of their time playing on fields other than the Iowa Soccer Complex. Of Iowa’s last seven matches, six of them have been on the road. The Hawkeyes posted a record of 3-3-1 in these games. Other than their record, we have learned a lot about the Hawkeyes and the possibility of their fulfilling postseason aspirations. In the beginning of the season, the general consensus from the team was that play in the Big Ten was going to be

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Charles Holliday’s breakout performance was the result of months of perseverance. By Ryan Rodriguez

By Jacob Sheyko

The Daily Iowan - 10/23/13  
The Daily Iowan - 10/23/13  

The Daily Iowan's print edition for Wednesday, October 23, 2013.