dailyiowan.com WEATHER INDEX INSIDE For photos, videos, audio, blogs, and more, check us out online at: dailyiowan.com Daily Iowan Television To watch Daily Iowan Television, go online at dailyiowan.com or tune into UITV. The 15-minute newscast is on Sunday through Thursday at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m., with reruns at 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. and 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. the following day. 9 killed in Omaha mall shooting Man opened fire with a rifle at a busy department store. Nation, 4A Arts Classifieds Crossword 1C 4B 6B Opinions Sports 6A 1B Thursday, December 6, 2007 THE INDEPENDENT DAILY NEWSPAPER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COMMUNITY SINCE 1868 Stellar research A number of UI departments rank high in faculty-research productivity, a recent report shows. Campus, 5A Hawkeyes upset UNI Tony Freeman returned to the lineup, helping Iowa top UNI. Sports, 1B ➞ ➞ 30 -1 C 25 -4 C Cloudy, windy (wind- chill readings of 0 F early), 90% chance of snow. Snow accumulation could be 5 inches. By Olivia Moran THE DAILY IOWAN Around a dozen Iowa City homeless people plus around 40 others gathered at the Iowa City Public Library to discuss ups and downs of local efforts to bring the homeless out of various unfortunate situations. In a panel discussion, six officials in the Johnson County area initially focused on the fact that the homeless will not survive with- out the support of family members and full use of the community’s resources. Panel member Peggy Loveless, a co-presi- dent of the Johnson County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, spoke of her own hardships, which include the discov- ery of her daughter’s paranoia schizophrenia. “People who are homeless and mentally ill are part of someone’s family,” she said. Loveless said her daughter was diagnosed around the age of 20. She heard voices, listened to them, and ended up in some sticky situations but never realized she was sick, Loveless added. “If people are mentally ill and do not have a family, they have three choices: They’ll end up in prison, homeless, or dead,” she said. In 2005, there were 21,280 homeless Iowans and 1,257 homeless in Johnson County, panel moderator Garry Klein said. Nationally, 44 million people who have a serious mental illness are homeless at some point in their lives, according to a 2006 fact sheet from the National Coalition for the Homeless. However, panel member Crissy Canganel- li, the executive director of the Shelter House, said one of the biggest issues can be discover- ing which homeless actually suffer from a mental illness. By Jen Delgado and George Sweeney THE DAILY IOWAN The UI Black Student Union plans to boycott one downtown bar because of pictures they deemed offensive on the estab- lishment’s website. Brothers Bar & Grill, 125 S. Dubuque St., posted photos in a gallery dated Oct. 26 and 27, the weekend before Halloween. One picture shows three bar patrons wearing Chicago Bull jerseys, two of them in black- face. A second picture depicts another man, also in blackface, wearing a ruffled, white satin shirt and a wide-brimmed zebra hat. “What makes this such an insult is that they have a dress code that is blatantly anti- black,” said Vernon Jackson, the group’s president, echoing a let- ter addressed to the “Owner and Management” of the bar. By Samantha Miller THE DAILY IOWAN It’s not uncommon for juve- niles to be sent through the adult justice system, local offi- cials attest — though a new report claims this trend may be detrimental. The report, compiled by a panel appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion, took a look at nine different studies concerning juvenile offenders before recommending against tougher transfer policies for youths. “Transfer policies are imple- mented to reduce violent or other criminal behavior,” said the panel, known as the Task Force on Community Preventative Services. “Avail- able evidence indicates that [transfer policies] do more harm than good.” UI sociology Professor Celes- ta Albonetti said it isn’t surpris- ing that transfer policies result in long-term higher rates of crime for juveniles. “It’s commonsensical to think that whom you hang out around affects what you do,” she said, attributing increased crime for youths after incarcer- ation in adult facilities to their exposure while behind bars. The task force’s findings col- laborate this, stating in its results that the transfer of youths to the adult criminal- By Ben Fornell THE DAILY IOWAN David Miles has been elected president of the state Board of Regents, a move expected to assuage those at the UI con- cerned with Michael Gartner’s management style during the first, failed search for a new UI president. On Wednesday, the regents selected the current presi- dent pro tem to the position in a telephone meet- ing. His term will last from Jan. 1, 2008 to April 30, 2008, when Gartner’s term would have ended. Gartner says he will remain on the board until his term ends in 2011. Miles led the meeting, which lasted fewer than eight min- utes. Regent Bonnie Campbell nominated Miles to the presi- dency, and he was approved by seven regents. Miles abstained, and Gartner was traveling and unable to attend. “Thank you,” Miles said to the regents. “This is an By Zhi Xiong THE DAILY IOWAN After five years as director of the UI Hospitals and Clin- ics, Donna Katen-Bahensky will be chief executive officer of the University of Wiscon- sin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison starting Feb. 4, 2008. Katen-Bahensky has headed the UIHC since 2002, after serving as the chief operating officer at Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics. When the UIHC underwent leadership restructuring in January, Katen-Bahensky added senior associate vice presi- dent of Medical Affairs to her responsibilities, serving the merged administrative body for the hospital and the Carver College of Medicine. She was selected from among five candidates for the Wisconsin hospital, a 471-bed facility that is part- nered with a medical founda- tion and medical school. In addition to hospital administration, the institu- tion is overseen by an authority board consisting of regent members, state legis- lators, and physicians, with whom Katen-Bahensky became better acquainted during an interview blitz. “I saw about 70 people in two days,” she said. “It was wonderful.” It was a swift and open process, said Patrick Boyle, emeritus regent and Robin Svec/The Daily Iowan Peggy Loveless, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Johnson County, shares her experience of raising a daughter suffering from mental illness with a panel of local mental-health and community outreach personnel at the Iowa City Public Library on Wednesday. Miles elected president of state Board of Regents Katen- Bahensky director of the UI Hospitals and Clinics Rethinking juvenile justice SEE COURTS, 7A Miles to lead regents SEE MILES, 7A Black union slams bar UI’s Black Student Union plans to boycott Brothers Bar & Grill. SEE BROTHERS, 7A ‘If a person is mentally ill and does not have a family, they have three choices: They’ll end up in prison, homeless, or dead.’ — Peggy Loveless, co-president of the Johnson County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness SEE HOMELESS, 7A Head of UIHC to resign SEE HOSPITALS, 7A homelessness An eye on Is it Christmas yet? No, we still have another three weeks until the sup- posed pinnacle of holidays. Some area residents, though, extend the season to strange extremes — others, not at all. 80 Hours, 1C Buddha to appear at The Mill Actually, he’ll probably never set his floating feet in there. But real things are happening in the 80 Hours calendar, 2C Robin Svec/The Daily Iowan Leonard McClellan (right), a former member of the National Guard, voices concernsabout Iowa City’s homeless popu- lation to a panel of local mental-health and community outreach personnel at the Iowa City Public Library on Wednesday. In 2005, there were 1,257 homeless people in Johnson County. Should kids be tried as adults? The DI’s editorial writers take on both sides of the argument. Opinions, 6A
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Stellar researchA number of UI departmentsrank high in faculty-researchproductivity, a recent reportshows. Campus, 5A
Around a dozen Iowa City homeless peopleplus around 40 others gathered at the IowaCity Public Library to discuss ups and downsof local efforts to bring the homeless out ofvarious unfortunate situations.
In a panel discussion, six officials in theJohnson County area initially focused on thefact that the homeless will not survive with-out the support of family members and fulluse of the community’s resources.
Panel member Peggy Loveless, a co-presi-dent of the Johnson County chapter of theNational Alliance on Mental Illness, spoke ofher own hardships, which include the discov-ery of her daughter’s paranoia schizophrenia.
“People who are homeless and mentally illare part of someone’s family,” she said.
Loveless said her daughter was diagnosedaround the age of 20. She heard voices,listened to them,and ended up in some stickysituations but never realized she was sick,Loveless added.
“If people are mentally ill and do not havea family, they have three choices: They’ll endup in prison, homeless, or dead,” she said.
In 2005, there were 21,280 homelessIowans and 1,257 homeless in JohnsonCounty, panel moderator Garry Klein said.
Nationally, 44 million people who have aserious mental illness are homeless at somepoint in their lives, according to a 2006 factsheet from the National Coalition for theHomeless.
However, panel member Crissy Canganel-li, the executive director of the Shelter House,said one of the biggest issues can be discover-ing which homeless actually suffer from amental illness.
By Jen Delgado andGeorge Sweeney
THE DAILY IOWAN
The UI Black Student Unionplans to boycott one downtownbar because of pictures theydeemed offensive on the estab-lishment’s website.
Brothers Bar & Grill, 125 S.Dubuque St., posted photos in agallery dated Oct. 26 and 27,the weekend before Halloween.One picture shows three barpatrons wearing Chicago Bulljerseys, two of them in black-face. A second picture depictsanother man, also in blackface,wearing a ruffled, white satinshirt and a wide-brimmedzebra hat.
“What makes this such aninsult is that they have a dresscode that is blatantly anti-black,” said Vernon Jackson, thegroup’s president, echoing a let-ter addressed to the “Ownerand Management” of the bar.
By Samantha MillerTHE DAILY IOWAN
It’s not uncommon for juve-niles to be sent through theadult justice system, local offi-cials attest — though a newreport claims this trend may bedetrimental.
The report, compiled by apanel appointed by the Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-tion, took a look at nine different studies concerningjuvenile offenders before recommending against toughertransfer policies for youths.
“Transfer policies are imple-mented to reduce violent orother criminal behavior,” saidthe panel, known as the Task Force on Community
Preventative Services. “Avail-able evidence indicates that[transfer policies] do moreharm than good.”
UI sociology Professor Celes-ta Albonetti said it isn’t surpris-ing that transfer policies resultin long-term higher rates ofcrime for juveniles.
“It’s commonsensical to thinkthat whom you hang out
around affects what you do,”she said, attributing increasedcrime for youths after incarcer-ation in adult facilities to theirexposure while behind bars.
The task force’s findings col-laborate this, stating in itsresults that the transfer ofyouths to the adult criminal-
By Ben FornellTHE DAILY IOWAN
David Miles has been electedpresident of the state Board ofRegents, a move expected toassuage those at the UI con-cerned with Michael Gartner’smanagement style during thefirst, failed search for a new UIpresident.
On Wednesday, the regentsselected thecurrent presi-dent pro tem tothe position in atelephone meet-ing. His termwill last fromJan. 1, 2008 toApril 30, 2008,when Gartner’sterm wouldhave ended.
Gartner sayshe will remainon the boarduntil his term ends in 2011.
Miles led the meeting, whichlasted fewer than eight min-utes. Regent Bonnie Campbellnominated Miles to the presi-dency, and he was approved byseven regents. Miles abstained,and Gartner was traveling andunable to attend.
“Thank you,” Miles said to the regents. “This is an
By Zhi XiongTHE DAILY IOWAN
After five years as directorof the UI Hospitals and Clin-ics, Donna Katen-Bahenskywill be chief executive officerof the University of Wiscon-sin Hospitals and Clinics inMadison starting Feb. 4,2008.
Katen-Bahensky hasheaded the UIHC since
2002, after serving as thechief operating officer atVirginia CommonwealthUniversity, Medical Collegeof Virginia Hospitals andClinics.
When the UIHC underwent leadershiprestructuring in January,Katen-Bahensky added senior associate vice presi-dent of Medical Affairs to herresponsibilities, serving the
merged administrative bodyfor the hospital and theCarver College of Medicine.
She was selected fromamong five candidates forthe Wisconsin hospital, a471-bed facility that is part-nered with a medical founda-tion and medical school.
In addition to hospitaladministration, the institu-tion is overseen by anauthority board consisting of
regent members, state legis-lators, and physicians, withwhom Katen-Bahenskybecame better acquaintedduring an interview blitz.
“I saw about 70 people intwo days,” she said. “It waswonderful.”
It was a swift and open process, said PatrickBoyle, emeritus regent and
Robin Svec/The Daily IowanPeggy Loveless, president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Johnson County, shares her experience of raising a daughtersuffering from mental illness with a panel of local mental-health and community outreach personnel at the Iowa City Public Library on Wednesday.
of state Board of Regents
director of the UIHospitals and Clinics
Rethinking juvenile justice
SEE COURTS, 7A
SEE MILES, 7A
Student Unionplans to boycott
Brothers Bar & Grill.
SEE BROTHERS, 7A
‘If a person is mentally ill and doesnot have a family, they have threechoices: They’ll end up in prison,
homeless, or dead.’
— Peggy Loveless, co-president of theJohnson County chapter of National
Robin Svec/The Daily IowanLeonard McClellan (right), a former member of the National Guard, voicesconcernsabout Iowa City’s homeless popu-lation to a panel of local mental-healthand community outreach personnel at theIowa City Public Library on Wednesday. In2005, there were 1,257 homeless people inJohnson County.
Should kids betried as adults?The DI’s editorial writers takeon both sides of the argument. Opinions, 6A
By Kathleen OlpTHE DAILY IOWAN
Philip Gordon says the prob-lems in Iraq originate from thelanguage used in “the war onterror.”
“It’s a substantive fight ver-sus a rhetorical fight,” said thesenior fellow for foreign policyat the Brookings Institutionsaid. “The war on terror: Whatdoes that mean? We need anew phrase.”
Gordon gave a lectureWednesday titled “Winningthe Right War: The Path toSecurity for America and theWorld” at the CongregationalChurch, 30 N. Clinton St.. TheIowa City Foreign RelationsCouncil hosted the event, andthe National Security Net-work of Johnson County madeGordon’s trip possible.
“It’s time to take a step backand see how we are doing,” Gor-don said. “There is increasinglyno end in sight.”
He stressed the importance
of redefining the war asdefeating the ideologicaladversary. Using the Cold Warlogic of containment wouldserve to improve the mess, hesaid. “We have to contain thethreat, rather than thinkingwe can eliminate it immedi-ately,” he said.
The unpopularity of theUnited States abroad remainsa major concern for him, hesaid, noting that the U.S.approval rating is decreasing— for example, approval of theUnited States in Turkey hasdeclined from 12 percent to 9percent.
Gordon began his researchon foreign policy in Europe butmoved his focus to the MiddleEast as security concernsshifted. He traveled to Pak-istan in May, visitingPeshawar University in north-western Pakistan, giving simi-lar speeches as he gaveWednesday.
“It was both depressing andencouraging,” he said.
Gordon said while in the fron-tier province talking with thePashtuns, one of Pakistan’slarge ethnic groups, he remem-bered a man saying, “We’velived like this for 2,000 years.We’ve been killing people andrepressing women. You thinkyou can send your NATO forces,and we will change, but you’rewrong.”
He also recalled a trip to Jor-dan after 9/11 in which he saw asimilar discouraging tone.
“It made me aware of howdeep the hole was,” he said.
In regards to questioningthe presidential-nominationhopefuls campaigning inIowa, he thought residentsshould directly ask how he orshe would approach challeng-ing Islamic terrorism. Gordonalso disclosed that he sup-ports Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for the presidency, findinghis start-fresh campaignappealing.
The recent National Intelli-gence Estimate finding Iran
had halted its nuclear-weaponsprograms undermined Ameri-can credibility — he called it“devastating throughout theworld.”
On a positive note, he said itshowed America had an opensociety, revealing both the nega-tive and positive.
President Bush maintainsthat Iran is still a threat,despite the recent findings, towhich Gordon said he thoughtBush came off as dishonest.
Paul Kretkowski, a foreign-policy blogger, was in atten-dance Wednesday, saying heworries about the president’sinsistence on nuclear prolifera-tion, citing the already fragilecredibility that exists.
Gordon concluded with theimportance of remembering thetrue enemy in the war.
“We will only win when weundermine the ideology ratherthan catch and torture everyterrorist,” he said.
The Coralville Public Libraryreopened Wednesday after an$8 million renovation.
Well, sort of.The “right on schedule” phase
one of library renovations wereofficially completed, and itreopened after being closed fortwo weeks. But the entiretransformation of the librarywill not be completed untilphase two is finished in five tosix months.
Alison Ames Galstad, thedirector of the library, said forthe time being — until the sec-ond stage is completed — every-thing is in a temporary “pre-scribed” location.
There are book stacks in therotunda, she noted.
“The adult and children [sec-tions] are smushed into the newwing,” she said.
Phase one was the con-struction of a new wing on theeast side that stretches southof the rotunda — a new addi-tion itself. Phase two will bethe complete inside-and-outrenovation of the existinglibrary.
But Ames Galstad said thelibrary will still be able to pro-vide the public with computeraccess, story time, and the abili-ty to check out materials.
Coralville Mayor Jim Fausettsaid the need for more spacebecame apparent about five
years ago because of the grow-ing population of Coralville, butthe start of the project faced adelay from Coralville bondingissues.
Ames Galstad said $3 mil-lion came from bonds thatpassed by a 92 percent vote,$3 million originated from taxincrement funding, and thelast $2 million was raised bythe Library Foundation in theforms of private donationsand grants.
Construction began in July2006, but Ames Galstad said thefirst assessment of the buildingwas done in 1996 or 1997, only10 years after it was first con-structed.
The Iowa City PublicLibrary went through a simi-lar expansion in 2004 in whichbooks, employees, and readershad to move into the newestaddition while the old spacewas renovated.
“It will be beautiful when it’sdone,” Iowa City Public Librarydirector Susan Craig said aboutthe Coralville expansion.
“It’s not easy,” she said. “Buteverybody understands [we’re]doing something to make it bet-ter in the long run.”
Ames Galstad said thatafter the renovation, officialsproject an increase in thenumber of residents using thefacility.
Craig said that in the pasttwo weeks the Coralville library
has been closed, the Iowa Citylibrary has been reaping thebenefits, as well as the book-worms.
“I think we’ve had extra busi-ness while it was closed, but inthe long term, people use thelibrary that’s most convenientfor them,” she said, noting thatJohnson County has a greatpublic-library system.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday, AmesGalstad said the library’s tem-porary lot was full, but it wasbecause of another “very dis-
couraging” setback during thetransition time.
The new parking garage cus-tomers would use is off-limitsbecause of ice.
The garage was made with adifferent kind of cement, AmesGalstad said, and so traditionalice removal is not available, butthe wait should only be a coupleof days.
“But people have been prettyupbeat, so we’re thankful forthat,” she said.
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Brian Cassidy, 19, 444 S. Johnson St.Apt. 4, was charged Tuesday with keep-ing a disorderly house.Kelly Darrow, 28, Coralville, was chargedWednesday with second-offense OWI.Jacob Hatfield, 23, 14 S. Dubuque St.Apt. 3, was charged Tuesday with domes-tic assault, false imprisonment, and inter-ference with official acts.Andrew Hayden, 21, 130 N. Linn St. Apt.2415, was charged Nov. 30 with keepinga disorderly house.Jacob Heathman, 22, 319 E. Court St.Apt. 36, was charged Nov. 17 with publicintoxication.Kevin Jefferson, 25, Burlington, was
charged Tuesday with driving with a sus-pended/canceled license and OWI.Aparna Mandiga, 21, 700 Carriage HillApt. 1, was charged Nov. 29 with fifth-degree theft.Tyler Sass, 19, 444 S. Johnson St. Apt.4, was charged Tuesday with keeping adisorderly house.Bryan Savage, 21, 701 Bowery St. Apt.1, was charged Nov. 18 with public intox-ication.Ethiah Williams, 22, 758 WestwindsDrive Apt. 5, was charged Aug. 20 withfifth-degree theft and Tuesday with fraud-ulent criminal acts with a credit card andinterference with official acts.
Coralville library reopensThe facility is undergoing two phases
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Redefining terror warA foreign-policy expert questions the U.S. strategy in the ‘war on terror.’
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UI Student GovernmentPresident Barrett Andersonplans to display evaluationresults next to course descrip-tions on ISIS to allow studentsgreater ease in selecting classesand teachers.
Though the UISG official isunsure whether the measurewill pass, he feels it’s important“to be as forthright as possible”in order to provide studentswith a thorough understandingof class material and instruc-tion.
But the university views eval-uations as property of theinstructor, and students onlyhave access to specific ques-tions, as determined by UISGofficials, according to UI Evalu-ation and Examination Ser-vices.
Each semester, instructorschoose scaled and open-endedquestions — students checkanswers ranging from stronglyagree to strongly disagree — toinclude on their course-evalua-tion forms. Questions pertain totopics such as course content,objectives and structure,instructor communication andbehavior, and class material.
The UI Evaluation andExamination Service compiles
the results ofthese surveys atthe end of eachacademic term.The currentsystem utilizesscalable answersheets to collectstudent opin-ions and gener-ate a summaryof results.
Director Joyce Moore saidthat once completed formsarrive at the office, they takeone to two weeks to process. Butultimately, it depends on howmany critiques are under cur-rent analysis.
“It’s hard to guesstimatewhat the turnaround time is,”she said. “With 3,600 courses,we’re cranking through quite abit of information.”
Evaluation and ExaminationServices attempts to completeassessment before the inceptionof the next semester.
Following compilation, theoffice provides faculty membersand departments with studentfeedback. UI Students do nothave access the office’s records.
“We consider results to be theproperty of the faculty membersbeing evaluated,” Moore said.“There’s nothing stopping stu-dents from going in and havingconversations [with instructors]
if they’re concerned about eval-uation results.”
Faculty members also havethe option to include a block ofsix “student core” questions onthe back of their evaluationsheet.
UISG adviser Bill Nelsonsaid the questions, addressinggeneral areas of course effec-tiveness, were created by UISGofficials about three years ago toprovide additional feedback “tostudents, from students.”
If instructors choose toinclude “student core” questionson their evaluation sheets, theUISG receives the compliedinformation to further analyze.It is then up to them to distrib-ute this information.
Anderson said that, at thispoint, he is unfamiliar with theprocess but plans to work withMoore over winter break toassess “student core” findings.He also aims to address hisidea to include the informationon ISIS at the close of thesemester.
“The whole concept of studentevaluations of courses andinstructors is an ongoing thingthat’s very typical for studentgovernments both near and far,”Nelson said. “That peer-to-peerloop that is always valued.”
Martin Davidson, the headof the British Council, willspeak to the UI students, facul-ty, and staff today about cultur-al relations in a time of war,with a focus on the MiddleEast.
His lecture will be the firstopen discussion about thenature of public diplomacyfrom the council.
“The big thing for studentsto see is that this is a compli-cated area,” Davidson said.“We’ve tried to simplify it. Gov-ernments want to build influ-ence overseas, but to engagethe public we must expresscommon issues. ”
Davidson said Iowa Citywas chosen as destinationbecause of the UI Internation-al Writing Program and itswork with UNESCO and thecouncil. Furthermore, Iowa’scentral location is a change tohosting the presentationstrictly on the east or westcoasts, he added.
Christopher Merrill, thedirector of the IWP, saidIowa City is well positionedto host such an eventbecause of its sophisticatedaudience. Merrill also seesthe upcoming caucuses as anintegral role.
“The war in Iraq is up andmost important in Ameri-cans’ minds,” he said. “Cul-tural diplomacy will be help-ing to find a solution to theproblem.”
Many UI offices and depart-ments have helped to workwith Davidson’s arrival,including the UI Lecture Com-mittee.
“What ’s interesting isDavidson’s discussion of cul-tural diplomacy,” saidSharon Benzoni, a UI stu-dent and committee mem-ber. “I think we as a commu-nity are interested to seehow we can be ambassadorsfor ourselves.”
Davidson stressed that thelecture is not meant to be apolitical discussion, but a wayto look at building friendships,relationships, and long-termengagements.
“This asks us what roleplaces like the UI might play tobuild bridges,” Merrill said.“We are wise to the issue of cul-tural relations and manywould be interested in what hehas to say.”
The British Council is theUnited Kingdom's organiza-tion to increase educationalopportunities and culturalrelations. The council buildsrelationships and understand-ing between people in the Unit-ed Kingdom and other coun-tries. It operates in 233 citiesin 110 countries and territoriesworldwide.
“An occasion like this putsideas in the air,” Merrill said.“We’re used to presidentialcampaigns. It makes sensethat a British official wouldadd his ideas to the mix.”
While many UI students consider course evaluations trivial, the surveys may pan out to be more valuable
than expected in the future.
Cultural diplomacy comes to ICA British official will stop in Iowa City today to speak
about cultural diplomacy and relations.
‘What’s interesting is Davidson’s discussion of cultural diplomacy. I think we as acommunity are interested to see how we can be ambassadors for ourselves.’
— Sharon Benzoni, UI student and Lecture Committee member
‘An occasion like this puts ideas in the air. We’re used to presidential
campaigns. It makes sense that a Britishofficial would add his ideas to the mix.’
— Christopher Merrill, IWP director
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Transportation — specificallythe likelihood of a possibleregional or countywide service— was a main point of discus-sion at Wednesday night’s John-son County Council of Govern-ments Urbanized Area PolicyBoard meeting.
Minutes after a report on DesMoines’ Regional Transit andAmes’ CyRide and a letter to besent to Iowa’s Department ofTransportation was approvedby the council, two communitymembers spoke on the need fora countywide transit system.
Gerry Kuhl, a North Libertycity councilor, emphasized theneed for a system that wouldserve all of Johnson County, asystem that could possiblyinclude both bus and rail options.
“The citizens don’t disputethat the current systems areefficient and well-run,” he saidabout the 50 people who signedthe petition he presented to thecouncil. “However, the issue isthe scope of the service.”
The benefits would be plenti-ful, Kuhl said, if fixed routeswere expanded to better incorpo-rate certain under-served areas.
The North Liberty councilorcontended such a system wouldimprove air quality, reduce traf-fic, and increase job opportuni-ties.
“A transportation system for
everyone in Johnson Countywould enhance the economicdevelopment and vitality of thecounty,” Kuhl said.
Kuhl proposed a third-partystudy be done on the transitneeds of the county.
Carol Spaziani, a member ofthe League of Women Voters ofJohnson County, also spoke,echoing much of what Kuhl said.
Council of Government mem-bers were receptive to the ideaof a study.
“I think we’ve been havingthis dialogue inside ourselvesfor awhile now,” UI Director ofParking Transportation Ser-vices David Ricketts said, not-ing that the project that wouldhave “an extraordinary cost.”“[Now] we need to sit down andtalk specifically about whatwe’d like.”
Coralville City Councilor TomGill had another suggestion.
“If you really want to solvethe problem, close the parkingramps,” he said.
The panel will further discussthe matter at its January meet-ing, deciding then if a studyshould be conducted.
UI President Sally Masonalso spoke at the meeting on hergoals for the university, settingprecedent as the first-ever UIpresident to speak at such ameeting.
OMAHA — A man openedfire with a rifle at a busydepartment store Wednesday,killing eight people in anattack that made holidayshoppers run screamingthrough a mall and barricadethemselves in dressingrooms.
The young shooter, who left anote predicting, “Now I’ll befamous,” wounded five others,two critically, then took his ownlife.
Witnesses said the gunmansprayed fire down on shoppersfrom a third-floor balcony ofthe Von Maur store usingwhat police said was an SKSassault rifle they found at thescene.
“My knees rocked. I didn’tknow what to do, so I just ranwith everybody else,” saidKevin Kleine, 29, who wasshopping with her 4-year-olddaughter at the WestroadsMall, in a prosperous neigh-borhood on the city’s westside. She said she hid in adressing room with fourother shoppers and anemployee.
Police found the first victimon the second floor, then sever-al more near a customer serv-ice station on the third floor.
The shooter, identified bypolice as 19-year-old Robert A.Hawkins, was found dead onthe third floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Omaha Police Chief ThomasWarren said the shootingappeared to be random. Hewould not release the victims’identities and gave no motivefor the attack.
Hawkins was kicked out byhis family about a year agoand moved in with a friend’sfamily in a house in a middle-class neighborhood in Belle-vue, a suburb wedgedbetween Offutt Air Force Base
and the Missouri River, saidDebora Maruca-Kovac, whoalong with her husband tookin Hawkins, a friend of hersons.
“When he first came in thehouse, he was introverted, atroubled young man who waslike a lost pound puppy thatnobody wanted,” Maruca-Kovac told the AssociatedPress.
Maruca-Kovac saidHawkins was fired from his jobat a McDonald’s this week, andhe had recently broken up witha girlfriend. She said hephoned her about 1 p.m. onWednesday, telling her that hehad left a note for her in hisbedroom. She tried to get himto explain.
“He said, ‘It’s too late,’ ” andhung up, she told CNN.
She told the AP she calledHawkins’ mother, went to theMaruca-Kovacs’ house andretrieved the suicide note, inwhich Hawkins wrote that hewas “sorry for everything,”would not be a burden on hisfamily anymore and, mostominously, “Now I’ll befamous.”
Maruca-Kovac said she tookthe note to authorities andwent to her job as a nurse atthe Nebraska Medical Center.
Hours later, Maruca-Kovacsaid, she saw victims beingbrought in.
Police received a 911 callfrom someone inside the mall,and shots could be heard in the
background, Sgt. TeresaNegron said. By the time offi-cers arrived six minutes later,the shooting was over, she said.
“We sent every available offi-cer in the city of Omaha,”Negron said.
The Omaha World-Heraldreported that the gunman hada military-style haircut and ablack backpack, and wore acamouflage vest.
“Everybody was scared, andwe didn’t know what was goingon,” said Belene Esaw-Kag-bara, 31, a Von Maur employee.“We didn’t know what to do. Iwas praying that God protectus.”
AP writers Josh Funk, Timberly Ross,Eric Olson, and Lara Jakes Jordan
contributed to this report.
Kiley Cruse, Omaha World-Herald/Associated PressShoppers file out of Von Maur with their hands up after a shooting spree at the Westroads Mall onWednesday in Omaha. Eight people have been reported killed (not including the gunman), with fivewounded, two critically.
Panel eyestransit for
countyA countywide public transit system wasdiscussed at Wednesday night council
of governments meeting.
Gunman kills 8, then self at mall
By Alyssa CashmanTHE DAILY IOWAN
Students aren’t the only oneswith a heavy work load; profes-sors are also doing a fairamount of research.
According to an index com-piled by Academic Analytics inThe Chronicle of Higher Educa-tion, some departments at theUI are leading the pack in facul-ty scholarly productivity.
Factors considered in thecreation of the index werebooks and journal articlespublished by each memberand amount of funding andawards received by professors.The only departments exam-ined were those with Ph.D.programs.
UI faculty in the health-pro-motion field were the top-ranked group among the 375universities included, beatingout such institutions as the Uni-versity of Florida.
“We know that both theundergraduate and graduateprograms are top quality,” saidBeth Pelton, the head of thehealth and sports-studiesdepartment. “It’s nice to knowwe have the external attentionwe feel we deserve.”
Approximately 96 percent ofthe 26-member faculty in thedepartment has a journal publi-cation, according to the index.On average, there are 1.35books published per professorwho contributes to health-pro-motion research.
Pelton attributed the profes-sors’ wide range of researchinterests as a factor in theirhigh ranking.
Kathleen Janz, a UI professorof health and sports studies, isone of the department’s “stars,”Pelton said. With more than 50papers published in variousjournals, she estimates shedevotes about half of her time toresearch.
“My research informs myteaching,” Janz said. “I’m reallya better teacher because of myresearch. It’s kind of an interac-tion.”
Additionally, 20 other UIdepartments placed in the top10, including epidemiology,which was ranked fifth.
“As a department, it’s a lotsmaller than other depart-ments across the nation,” saidJames Torner, the head of thedepartment. “It’s a tremendousaccolade in attribution to thefaculty.”
Torner said the faculty goabove and beyond the “norm,”and the department is more col-laborative than most.
The average amount of agrant received by an epidemiol-ogy faculty member was morethan $500,000.
Students get the opportunityto see research done firsthand,and that indirectly helps themto integrate into the researchfield, Torner said.
Pelton agreed that high facul-ty productivity means addedbenefits for students. Thehealth-promotion track is selec-tive, and Pelton said that high-quality teachers attract above-average students.
“All of my honors studentswork on research with me, aswell as all my graduate stu-dents,” Janz said. “I can facili-tate it because I have a lab andthe funds.”
Having someone who canteach students in a smaller set-ting and who knows theirstrengths is invaluable to thosestudents, she said.
Other departments in the top10 included the anatomy, envi-ronmental health science, andaccounting.
The UI as a whole alsocracked the top 50 forresearch institutions acrossthe nation.
BERKELEY, Calif. — Thenumber of international stu-dents attending American col-leges and universities has near-ly rebounded from a slump thatfollowed the 2001 terroristattacks, which triggered toughnew visa restrictions and closermonitoring of foreign scholars.
During the 2006-07 academicyear, nearly 583,000 interna-tional students took classes atU.S. schools, just 3,000 fewerthan the record enrollment setjust before the crackdownbegan, according to a recentreport from the State Depart-ment and the nonprofit Insti-tute of International Education.
Vance Gram, 26, a graduatestudent from Norway who isstudying political science at theUniversity of California-Berke-ley, said the nation is more wel-coming to international stu-dents than a few years ago.
“There’s been something of arelease from the grip of fear anddistrust of anything foreign,” saidGram, who has been in and out ofthe United States for years. “AndAmerica is more relaxed nowthan even two, three years ago,never mind five.”
The enrollment figures werewelcomed by government andacademic officials who haveworked to attract foreigners.
“This is a hugely importanteconomic investment as well asan investment in human capi-tal,” said Tom Farrell, deputyassistant secretary for academicprograms at the State Depart-ment, which released the reportlast month.
“We believe that people whostudy and learn here with usare better able to work with uslater in their careers.”
For years, U.S. schools madeit easy for students from othercountries to study here for longperiods. But after one of the9/11 hijackers entered the coun-try on a student visa, the Bushadministration got strict, adopt-ing visa restrictions and
reforms that allowed the gov-ernment fast access to foreignstudents’ information.
The FBI also worked closelyto keep tabs on internationalstudents and watch for evidenceof terrorism.
After enrollments declined,some officials grew concernedabout the dwindling numbersbecause international scholarshelp keep the United Statescompetitive in the global mar-ket and contribute $14.5 billiona year to the economy. KarenHughes, undersecretary forpublic affairs at the StateDepartment, described the stu-dents as “the single most impor-tant public diplomacy tool of thelast 50 years.”
In January 2006, Secretary ofState Condoleezza Rice and Sec-retary of Education MargaretSpellings co-hosted a summitattended by college presidents.The goal: To recruit more for-eign students to U.S. schools.
That resulted in new grantsto help foreign students study inthe U.S., stepped-up recruitingin places such as India andChina, and the hiring of new
consular officials to expeditestudent visa applications.
Even now, Gram said, apply-ing to study in the U.S. is notwithout hassles.
“There are so many tediousand seemingly unneededrequirements in visa
regulations and so forth,” hesaid. “I think that still puts peo-ple off, so they end up goingother places.”
Pui-Wa Li, an environmentalengineering student from HongKong who is now studying atUC-Berkeley, considered study-ing in Europe or Asia. But shewas ultimately drawn to theUnited States by its “open,friendly climate” toward foreignscholars.
But some immigration-con-trol advocates question the ben-efits of having non-Americanstaking up desks and dormrooms at U.S. institutions,which are seen as a back doorinto the country.
“It’s being used in a way itwas not originally intended tobe used,” said Steve Camarota,research director for the Centerfor Immigration Studies. “Itfarms out U.S. immigration poli-cy to schools, who may or maynot have the best interests ofU.S. policy in mind.”
Foreign student enrollmentpeaked at 586,000 in 2002-2003, the year the visa restric-tions took effect. It droppedsteadily each of the next threeyears, before increasing 3.2 per-cent this year.
Int’l students coming back
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Top 10 UIDepartmentsDepartment, rank, in terms offaculty productivity:• Health Promotion: 1• Anatomy: 5• Epidemiology: 5• Environmental Health Science: 5• Pharmacy: 5• Speech and Hearing sciences: 5• Performing and Visual Arts: 5• Applied Mathematics: 5• Business, various: 6• Educational Evaluation andResearch: 6• Accounting: 7• Higher Education &Administration: 7• Computational Sciences: 8• Counselor Education: 8• Foundations of Education: 8• Biomedical sciences, various: 9• Industrial Engineering: 9• Civil Engineering: 10
Source: The Chronicle of HigherEducation
UI profs hard at workUI professors buckle down and get to research.
Jeff Chiu/Associated PressSebastian Wickenburg of Germany (left) and Pui-Wa Li of Hong Kongwalk out of the International House of the University of California-Berkeley on Thursday. A recent report from the U.S. StateDepartment said nearly 583,000 international students wereenrolled during the 2006-07 academic year, the second-highest totalever and the first significant increase since 2001-2002.
I have this fear, the daydreamingequivalent of a nightmare. I buy a girla drink and begin discussing the elec-tion with her. I mention the namesVictoria Woodhull, Margaret ChaseSmith, and Shirley Chisolm and I getsomething like this in response;“Aren’t those knock-offs of Victoria’sSecret, Vera Wang, and Calvin Klein?”
At this point you’re thinking, “Gee,you pompous, misogynist jerk. I can’tunderstand why you’re single whenyou assume most female students areso uneducatedwhen it comesto previousfemale presi-dential candi-dates.” But let’sbe honest, thereare others whoare reading thisright now whoreally havenever heard ofChisolm or theothers. I’mguessing theyaren’t in the majority, and I’m guess-ing that — despite that disclaimer —my reputation with female studentswill now plummet from bottom-of-the-basement to lower than PresidentBush’s approval rating.
I’d also wager that if I ask mostfemale students about HillaryRodham Clinton they’ll have some-thing to say, positive or otherwise. Yes,Woodhull, Chase Smith, and Chisolmare of a different era from what theiPod-infested North Face mafia isaccustomed to, but for those who sup-port Rodham Clinton for feminist rea-sons, these names are known precur-sors to Hill’s gallant march toPennsylvania Avenue. I applaud themfor their knowledge, I applaud themfor their vote (I’m not a RodhamClinton fan, but they could do worse),but only if they decided on the senatorfrom New York for reasons other thanthe fact that she has two X chromo-somes. Otherwise I call them a stupid-face with cooties and make a giantfart sound with my hands before run-ning off giggling. On the other hand, ifyou’re a guy and you’re discountingRodham Clinton simply because she’sa woman, you’re 10 times a stupid-face, and in your case I’d bypass thegastric sound effects and go straightfor “WTF, mate?”
Rodham Clinton is running as asenator, former first lady, graduate ofYale law, and advocate for socialized-health-care-at-gunpoint. Pick one ofthose, or the many others, and vote forher because of it. Or don’t vote for her;I’d be fine with that too. She attackedBarack Obama this week for having atrivial amount of Senate service in hisback pocket before leaping headlonginto the presidential-nomination race,despite the fact that she herself waselected to the Senate only four yearsprior to the grinning, lanky Illinoisan.That argument assumes her experi-ences as first lady give her immeasur-able amounts of White House policy-making leadership that Obama — orany of the other candidates for thatmatter — lack. Was she vice presi-dent, or was Al Gore? My worthlessopinion aside, Rodham Clinton hasissues, as she does merits. Get in thepolitical buffet line, grab a wet platefrom under the heat lamp, and takeyour pick of concerns, qualities, andthe like. But for god’s sake, avoid theroom-temperature steel container atthe end; it looks wicked disgusting,and I’m guessing it’ll make you sick.Besides, it wasn’t labeled until just aminute ago, when Tom Jones strolledup with a Sharpie, scribbling “She’s-a-Lady Salad” onto a strip of maskingtape and slapping it crookedly ontothe sneeze guard.
In a November 2006 issue of TheNation, Katha Pollitt somewhat sar-castically attacked Rodham Clinton’sopponent in the New York senaterace, John Spencer, for his sexist andjust-plain-juvenile remarks onHillary’s appearance. Spencer won-dered aloud to a reporter why Bill hadmarried her when she was so ugly.Pollitt, frustrated at this latest symp-tom of a larger social issue, pro-claimed, “I’ve had it with the endlessmonitoring of women’s beauty, age,weight and hotness. You’ve just givenme another reason to vote for her.President Hillary! The anti-ParisHilton.” Yes, that’s good. Attack stu-pidity with stupidity.
Much as I’d love to vote for a candi-date should he or she run as the anti-Hilton (mouth-breathing numbskullsaren’t my forte), I have a little morecommon sense than that, just as Ihave enough common sense to notvote for Barack Obama simplybecause he’s black or for Mitt Romneysimply because he’s Mormon.Intelligent voters choose candidatesbased on the issues, not on the shapeand design of their sexual organs orwhether they sit when they pee. Thefeminist movement, the women’s“force,” isn’t necessarily stronger inthis one because she’s actually awoman. Hate Hillary, love Hillary; Idon’t care — but don’t do so becauseher name isn’t Hal, Cliff, or Chuck.
DI columnist and editorial writer Nate Whitneyencourages you to get out and vote, but for the right
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Sometimes —if they realizedwhat they weredoing.”
On the Spot
Tommy HarrisUI sophomore
Do you think juveniles should be tried as adults?No, there is a
big differencebetween juvenilesand adults.”
Alex EinfeldtUI freshman
It depends onwhat they arecharged with.
Andrea ReinhardtUI freshman
Only if thechild showedadult intentionsand motivations.”
Cory SandersonUI junior
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THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD FIT THE CRIMEWhen Lionel Tate was 12 years old, he beat a playmate half his age to
death. The 1999 murder and subsequent trial created national controversywhen Tate was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 2004, afterserving three years in prison, a plea agreement was reached, and he wasreleased.The following year,Tate was arrested again, this time for pulling agun on a pizza-delivery driver.
Some individuals are predisposed to violent tendencies. In Tate’s case, themurder of another child was no random act of violence or mere accident. Per-haps prison is no place for a 12-year-old child,but juvenile detention may not bea deterrent to an individual who quickly chooses violence above other options.Though it’s difficult to even consider, some people are destined for a life of vio-lence and lawlessness — sometimes, the individuals in question are juveniles.
I don’t like the idea of sending a minor to prison for life, but under certain cir-cumstances, the punishment fits the crime.As someone who opposes the deathpenalty except in extreme cases, I’d never sentence anyone under the age of 18to federally sanctioned murder. That said, I feel that many minors understandthe extent of their crimes and the seriousness of their actions. Does a 17-year-old consider murder differently from the way an 18-year-old does?
Lee Boyd Malvo, who assisted in the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, wassentenced to life in prison without parole in 2004. At the time of the mur-ders, he was still a juvenile. He committed terrible crimes that resulted inthe deaths of more than a dozen people, investigators say. Should he havesimply spent several years in juvenile detention, or was his punishmentwarranted? Juvenile or not, the law applies to everyone; if it can be proventhat the individual was aware of the consequences, he or she deserves thesame punishment as anyone else.
— Rob Verhein, DI editorial writer
Fear of a hot planet The jury is no longer out. The science
is not junk. The reality is frightening. Thetime for talk is over. The time for actionis now. Global warming is real. Globalwarming is largely due to man-madecauses. Global warming is deadly seri-ous. We need to do something aboutglobal warming.
Global warming is a worldwide prob-lem that in the long run far surpassesthe threat we face in the global war onterror. Solutions to this problem areneeded at every level of society in everycountry of the world. The heaviestweight, however, must be carried by theUnited States. Our country has fewerthan 5 percent of the world’s populationyet produces more than 25 percent ofthe world’s greenhouse gases. It is our
moral imperative to lead the world to thesolutions to this problem.
Big problems require big solutions, andthis issue begs for big solutions. It is tothe next U.S. president that we must turnto for these solutions. Raising our autofleet’s miles-per-gallon standard to morethan 40 miles-per-gallon would be a greatfirst step. Renewable energy standardsand a carbon cap, auction, and trade sys-tem would be others. This problem needsnational and international leadership thatonly the U.S. president can provide.
The next time you see a presidential-nomination candidate campaigning inIowa, ask her or him what specifically heor she will do about global warming. Itmay be the only talk that matters.
Mike CarberryUI alum
View from the corner
Like many of your professors, I was born in the Eisenhower era —indeed, I was in the womb as Ike began his first term.
My electoral awakening occurred during those simpler times. Pre-YouTube. Pre-cable. Pre-logos on T-shirts. Pre-Gatorade. Prehistoric, youmight say.
One of my first political memories comes from a Boston area kids’ show.Pre-Sesame Street, of course.Standing by his TV-set fireplace,Big BrotherBob Emery would lift a glass of milk to the rousing strains of “Hail to theChief” as he toasted the presidential portrait over the mantel.
My earliest recollection from a political campaign is of my parentsstrategizing around the dining room table in support of the 1962Massachusetts peace candidate for U.S. Senate — H. Stuart Hughes, run-ning as an independent against Republican George Cabot Lodge andDemocrat Edward M. Kennedy.
Hughes was a distinguished Harvard historian and grandson of aSupreme Court justice.Lodge was the son of a senator and descendant of two eminentYankee families (as the saying went, this was Boston, “home of the bean and the cod,where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, and the Cabots talk only to God.”) Kennedy, ofcourse, was a Kennedy.Three bluebloods, known in those days as “legacies.”
Teddy, making his first run for his brother Jack’s Senate spot, won overwhelm-ingly,and he has held that seat ever since.My dad,a regular photographer for LIFEwho frequently found himself on assignment at the Kennedy compound inHyannisport, Cape Cod, was developing a jaded view of the clan. Yes, lots of touchfootball. Yup, Kennedy boys could always find people to write their college papers.Kennedy men were too rich to carry cash; thus, an entourage with pockets full ofchange. The women knew their place, at least in public. My dad liked Jackie most— an off-camera chain smoker who could swear like a sailor.
Once he got presidential ambitions and youthful indiscretions out of his system,Teddy turned out to be a heartfelt liberal who won elections on his record along withhis name. Now the second-longest serving U.S. senator, he just sold his yet-to-be-written memoirs for $8 million.
Hughes, who got 1 percent of the vote, died in 1999. But in my mind,he’s forever memorialized in lyrics my dad set to the tune of “Up theLazy River” that began “Up the cool Potomac in November time …” andended “vote for brains for peace for Stuart Huuuuuughes.”
Which reminds me of one of the funniest campaign songs of all time— “Charlie on the MTA.” Poor Charlie is stuck on Boston transit in per-petuity because he doesn’t have the nickel “exit fare” required at thetime.
How does he survive? Each day at his home station, his wife handshim a sandwich through an open window.
Why not a nickel? We wondered that, too.The song, written in 1948, became a hit about a decade later thanks
to the Kingston Trio (ask any of your Eisenhower-era professors aboutthem).The popularized version ends with: “Vote for George O’Brien! Get Charlie offthe MTA!” The original shouted out for Walter O’Brien, a Progressive Party candi-date for Boston mayor.
Another important voice of our era was Tom Lehrer, a math professor who per-formed musical spoofs on the pressing issues of the day, from the atom bomb to civilrights to the “folksong army” that spurred our movements for peace and justice. Imemorized his entire album That Was The Year That Was. The year was 1964. Thealbum was vinyl.
Referring to Europe’s dress rehearsal for World War II, the Spanish Civil War(and no, I wasn’t born yet), Lehrer sang:“Remember the war against Franco? That’sthe kind where each of us belongs.Though he may have won all the battles, we hadall the best songs …” Looking back on Charlie and the cool Potomac, not to mention“We Shall Overcome” and “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” I kind of feel like thattoday. We’re still fighting some of the battles I thought we’d won.
Judy Polumbaum teaches journalism and mass communication at the UI.
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Should minors be tried as adults?DON’T TRY ‘ADULTS’ FOR THE CRIMES OF TROUBLED CHILDREN
Presumably, minors are sentenced as adults when it is believed theyunderstand the consequences of their actions. As such, minors are oftentreated as adults in the eyes of a judge and the law. But does the fact that aminor has the moral understanding of an adult entail that he or she shouldbe rehabilitated in the same way? After all, the goal of criminal sentencing isnot simply to deter but also to rehabilitate. To that end, it seems that aminor’s moral understanding is a determinant of guilt, but not of the propersentence. The important question is not whether these minors knew the con-sequences of their actions, but what sentence is likely to be most beneficial,both for society and the minor in question.
Rather than assuming that minors ought to be rehabilitated in the same wayas adults, it must be determined if youth affects the potential for a criminal tochange. Of course, probability implies that it does, if only on a figurative level. Ifan individual has more time left to live, it stands that he or she has more oppor-tunities to change. But this does not seem to be the only reason for postponingcriminal sentencing. Young people tend to be easily manipulated, easily per-suaded to make decisions that later seem ridiculous. They frequently act on awhim, in spite of knowing the detrimental consequences likely to result.
While it is true that old dogs often scoff at new tricks, children have yet toadopt the ideals that will carry them through adulthood. They have not yetdecided what kind of life they are to live, and, as such, there remains potentialfor change — for a life of crime to be bypassed entirely. Thus, it seems thatminors ought not to be sentenced as adults.While other options offer the poten-tial for real behavioral changes, lengthy incarceration can only hope to delay thetime at which these minors will inevitably return to crime.
— Erik Hovenkamp, DI editorial writer
The more things change …
Panel member Frank Flem-ing, the clinical co-director ofmental health at the ClinicalResearch Center at UI Hospi-tals and Clinics, agreed. He said50 percent of the people heworks with never understandtheir condition.
“I think that’s one of the most
frustrating things,” he said.Ronald Kinum, who was once
homeless for two years, said he’sback on his feet thanks to helpfrom Shelter House. He saidnational and local homeless sta-tistics still wouldn’t ring trueeven if they were tripled.
What officials don’t know, he
said, is that “homelessnesscauses mental illness.”
Lucienne Boeing, a memberof the National Alliance on Men-tal Illness Veterans’ Council,said her main concern is beinggiven adequate help from thecounty.
“They may find a place to live
but they can’t afford utilities,”she said.
But homeless assistancewithin a county is a public issue,Canganelli said.
“It has to do with how societydefines what is a basic need,”she said.
When asked how the homeless
were expected to afford addi-tional bills, Canganelli said shedidn’t have an answer.
The problem is that thehealth-care delivery system inthis country is flawed, Flemingsaid. He added that the typicalexpense for someone with a men-tal illness ranges from $600 to
$1,200 per month, which bringshomeless people with a mentalillness to the ultimate question.
They’re asking, “Do I pay forfood, do I pay for housing, or do Iplay for these medicines?” Flem-ing said.
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justice system typically leadsto greater subsequent crime.The panel asserts that thetrend is “counterproductive.”
Johnson County prosecutorJanet Lyness said that inmany cases, she’d rather avoidsending a youth into the adultcriminal system.
“For juveniles, you want tobe able to get their behavior tochange,” she said. “We reallytry to deal with a juvenile in ajuvenile court.”
She said she prefers to keepyouths in the juvenile systembecause of services availableto them there, which wouldnot otherwise be offered.
But Lyness said that somecircumstances call for a juve-nile to be tried as an adult.The Iowa Legislature man-dates that minors who are atleast 16 years old and commitcertain offenses would haveto be charged as an adult, shesaid. A “forcible felony” —such as robbery, sex abuse,and murder — would alwaysgo to an adult court in thesecases, she said.
“These crimes are not discre-tionary,” the prosecutor said.
“They have to be tried as anadult.”
Lyness said that another casein which a juvenile would betried as an adult would be if heor she was about to “age out” —is close to turning 18. Consider-ing the time a case would taketo go through the system, therewould be no reason for thatkind of defendant to spend timein a juvenile court, she said.
“We want to make sure thatthere’s nothing we can do forthem in a juvenile court beforetrying them as an adult,”she said.
extraordinary group of people,anyone of whom would makean excellent president.”
Miles has said that he favors arelaxed style of managementand that he sees himself as moreof an administrator than a gate-keeper. He told the assembledregents that he will ask for theirhelp in recommending what theregents’ institutions need.
After Miles was elected,Campbell proposed a motion tostate “the appreciation of theboard for the leadership ofMichael Gartner.”
Miles added that Gartnerhad seen the board throughthe selection of two universitypresidents, an executivedirector, secured full-fundingfor the regents’ agenda in theprevious legislative session,and integrated the stationsof Iowa Public Radio, amongother achievements.
The motion was unanimouslyapproved.
Regent Jenny Connolly, agraduate student in postsec-ondary education at the Uni-versity of Northern Iowa andthe youngest member of theboard, said “Michael’s been agreat person to learn from.”
Miles, who was appointed byGov. Chet Culver in March,runs a family investmentsfirm, according to the regents’website. Prior to that, he wasCEO of Countryside Renew-able Energy, a company thatconsolidates independentethanol producers.
Miles graduated from DrakeUniversity before earning a Mas-ter’s of Public Policy and a lawdegree from Harvard in 1983.This year, he concluded 11 years,three as chairman, on the DrakeUniversity Board of Trustees.
File photo/The Daily IowanPatrons head for the bars on Sept. 28, 2006, outside of Brothers. Members of the Black Student Unionhave said they plan to boycott Brothers.
A small group of Black Stu-dent Union members went toBrothers to deliver the letterWednesday night, but noowner or manager was pres-ent to accept it.
The letter states: “You aremaking the statement that,despite having a dress codethat prohibits white T-shirts,sports jerseys (such as thosebeing worn in one of the pic-tures), bandanas, do-rags,baggy clothes, and large orflashy jewelry … it is appar-ently acceptable for whitestudents to think that it isfunny and creative to donbrown or black paint on theirbody, exaggerating their fea-tures to stereotypicallyreflect those of black people.”
Brothers’ dress code man-dates that hats worn beeither straight forward orbackwards, and loose neckjewelry must be tucked in. No“flat-brimmed hats,” “wave-caps/headbands,” or “ban-danas” are allowed. “Athleticsjerseys (except collared jer-seys)” and “exposed men’sunderwear” are also prohibit-ed. It also states that “homeand away jerseys are allowedon game day.”
At the bottom of the list, it
also says that any clothing orjewelry that poses a safetyrisk to customers or employ-ees is also not permitted andthat modifying a wardrobe atthe time of entry to meet thedress code is also not allowed.
In the letter, the group alsoasked for a public apologyand the removal of the pic-tures from the website. Theletter also stated that thegroup was outraged peopledressed offensively would beallowed into the bar, even if itwas Halloween.
“The images are highlyoffensive and extremelyinsensitive and show thatracial issues are relevant andprevalent in Iowa City,” saidUI student and Black Stu-dent Union member Court-ney Parker.
Parker also said the letterdid not call for Brothers to
abandon the dress code,because it ’s not the onlyestablishment with a codethe members of the BlackStudent Union feel to beunfair. Jackson said otherIowa City bars have similarrules, naming 3rd Base, 111E. College St., and the Sum-mit Restaurant & Bar, 10 S.Clinton St.
The group will discuss thisissue at a regularly sched-uled meeting Thursday nightalong with a petition askingfor community support.
Keisha Stubbs, a black UIstudent not involved with theBlack Student Union, saidshe was “offended andshocked” by the bar’s display-ing the photos on its website.
“People say ‘racist ’ is aharsh term, but it is what itis — you can’t sugarcoat it,”she said. “What’s right isright, and what’s wrong iswrong.”
Marc and Ronald Fortney,two of the bar’s owners, werenot available for commentbefore press time.
Mike Porter, the owner ofthe Summit, declined to com-ment on whether the dresscode at his establishment wasprejudiced.
‘People say “racist” is a harsh term, but it is what it is —
you can’t sugarcoat it.What’s right is right,
and what’s wrong is wrong.’
— Keisha Stubbs,UI student
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Homelessness inIowa City in 2005• 21,280 people were homelessat one point in their lives• 1,257 people were homelessin Johnson County at one pointin their lives• Johnson County made up for6 percent of Iowa’s homeless• 30 percent in Johnson Countywere older than 45 years old• 80 percent Johnson County ofthe homeless people were white
chairman of the Wisconsin Hos-pital Authority Board. The goalwas to have someone appointedby Christmas.
“If you dabble around, youtend to lose good candidates,” hesaid. “We are very, very happywith her.”
A quick turnover rate is to beexpected in a hospital and aca-demic institution, she added.
The search board liked Katen-Bahensky’s experience in a hos-pital similar to Wisconsin’s insize and scope, and her ability tocommunicate well with employ-ees, Boyle said.
The board also knows aboutthe UIHC’s run-ins with federalhealth inspectors in July andOctober this year, when the hos-pital was cited for violatinghealth and safety regulations.
“I was in good communicationwith them about that,” she said.
Katen-Bahensky received adegree in anthropology from theUniversity of Missouri-Colum-bia. She has worked in hospitalmanagement roles since the1980s, after finishing a master ofsciences degree in public healthadministration.
Helping secure magnet statusfor nursing excellence at the UIHC— the first site in Iowa to achieveit — was one of her most memo-rable accomplishments,she said.
The hospital also added several“beautiful new facilities” andintegrated a new businessimprovement model underKaten-Bahensky’s years here.
Health-care institutions areconstantly recruiting adminis-trators, but the University ofWisconsin piqued her interestedwhen the search board contactedher in October.
“It wasn’t really until Wiscon-sin that I said, ‘I would really liketo be a candidate,’ ” Katen-Bahensky said.
She will get to know other hos-pital directors and spend moretime with the medical collegewhen she starts in February, shesaid.
Her resignation goes intoeffect Dec. 31; Chief FinancialOfficer Ken Fisher stepped intothe interim role Wednesday.
“He’s been in health care for30 years — he didn’t need muchtraining from me,” she said.“Like I told the managers: I lovethe community and love the peo-ple here. It will be hard to move,but they’re going to be just fine.”DI metro editor Danny Valentine contributed
8A - The Daily Iowan - Iowa City, Iowa - Thursday, December 6, 2007
By Brendan StilesTHE DAILY IOWAN
AMES — To say the Iowawomen’s basketball team gotoff to a slow start again wouldbe an understatement.
For the first 20 minutes ofW e d n e s d a ynight’s gameagainst rivalIowa State, theH a w k e y e sstruggled, andthat burnedthem big-time,as the Cycloneswon their thirdstraight overIowa in Hilton Coliseum, 58-44.
The Hawkeyes simply could-n’t muster anything. In theentire first half, two players —juniors Megan Skouby (eight)and Wendy Ausdemore (five) —accounted for all of Iowa’s 13points, a new low for a first halfin program history. Worse yet,it came on 5-of-29 shootingfrom the field.
“I thought we had somedecent looks in the first halfthat just didn’t fall for us, andthen we lost a lot of confi-dence,” coach Lisa Bludersaid. “That obviously hurt us.”
But it wasn’t just the lackof offensive production that crippled the Hawkeyes. Infact, had the Cyclones’ per-formance in the paint hadbeen any better, and they
already held a 40-16 advan-tage inside, Iowa Statewould’ve blown Iowa evenfurther out o f Hi l ton Coliseum.
That , along with the 19of fensive rebounds pul leddown by the Cyclones, did notsit well with Bluder and hercoaching staff.
CEDAR FALLS — Howmuch better is this teamwith Tony Freeman?
I’m not sure what I justwatched, but the Iowa men’sbasketball team did not lookanything like what it showedthrough the first nine games.
While the second part ofthat statement is true, Ilied, I know exactly whatthe difference was. Hustle,aggressive attacking offense,and uhh, oh yeah, I just saidhis name a minute go:
Tony Freeman.The junior came back
from his broken foot andbroke some ankles, weav-ing his way through theUNI defense repeatedlythroughout the course ofwhat was an exciting,impassioned basketballgame.
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Drake whips ISU,79-44
DES MOINES (AP) —Keno Davis is picking upright where his father left off.
Drake went 4-0 against in-state competition under TomDavis last season, and theBulldogs are at it again withKeno as coach, routing IowaState 79-44 Wednesday nightfor their largest margin ofvictory in the 167-gameseries with the Cyclones.
“Coming into this game,we’ve known as a staff and asa team that we’ve got achance to be pretty good,”Keno Davis said. “But wemight not be there yet. SoI’m kind of at a loss forwords when you saw whathappened tonight.Sometimes, the ball goes in.”
It certainly did for theBulldogs(6-1), who shot 65percent in the second halfand 50 percent for the gamein winning for the fifth-straight time. They went 11-for-21 from 3-point range,the fifth straight game Drakehas made at least 11 3s.
Josh Young went 4-for-5 frombehind the arc and led theBulldogs with 23 points. LeonardHouston scored 16 and made allthree of his 3-point shots.
Vikings’ Edwardssuspended 4 games
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.(AP) — Minnesota Vikingsdefensive end Ray Edwardshas been suspended fourgames for violating the NFL’spolicy on steroid use.
Edwards has been a starterfor most of the season, buthe was replaced by ErasmusJames forlastSunday’sgameagainstDetroit.Coach BradChildresssaid thatdecisionhad noth-ing to dowithEdwards’ violation, which thecoach learned of onWednesday morning.
Childress said he was dis-appointed in Edwards andcould not comment furtherbecause of the confidentialitysurrounding the policy.
“It’s disappointing, butthere are policies in placeand our players have toadhere to those policies,”Childress said. “Every teamgoes through challenges asyou go through the year.We’ve been through some ofour own. It’s an opportunityto have others step up.”
NFL• Chicago at Washington, 7p.m., NFL NetworkNBA• Denver at Dallas, 7:15 p.m.,TNT• Miami at Portland, 9:30 p.m.,TNTCollege Basketball• South Carolina vs. Providence,at Philadelphia, 6 p.m., ESPN2• LSU at Villanova, 8:30 p.m.,ESPN
IOWA STATE 58, IOWA 44
IOWA 62, NORTHERN IOWA 55
Natalia Salazar/The Daily IowanHawkeye junior Tony Freeman directs the Hawkeye offense against Northern Iowa on Wednesday night in Cedar Falls. Freeman returnedfrom a foot injury to score 15 points, helping Iowa upset the Panthers, 62-55.
By Charlie KautzTHE DAILY IOWAN
CEDAR FALLS — TonyFreeman’s surprising return,an inspired effort from truefreshman guard Jake Kelly, anda blue-collar performance byIowa’s big men helped theHawkeyes outlast NorthernIowa, 62-55, Wednesday nightin the McLeod Center.
The Hawkeyes, labeled 101⁄2-point underdogs, won therebound battle by 21 and fin-ished 10-of-17 from beyond thearc, looking better than theyhave all season to win theirsixth game in dramatic fashion.
Not even expected to dress onWednesday night, Freemanentered the game at the 12:22mark, playing for the first timesince breaking his toe in a pre-season exhibition. The ener-gized play of the returning
leader helpedIowa jump outto a 33-30 half-time lead.
“It was verypainful, but Ijust went outand tried tohelp my teamthe best way Ican,” he said.
Freeman’ssurprising return, on-courtawareness, and nine first-halfpoints kept the Hawkeyes offenseafloat. Utilizing the junior’s expe-rience in on the floor, Iowaundoubtedly looked like a differ-ent team for the first 20 minutesat the McLeod Center.
“Absolutely, [Freeman] was alift tonight,” Iowa coach ToddLickliter said.
Northern Iowa cut theHawkeye lead to 58-54 at the1:34 mark with a 3-pointer,
and the Hawkeyes immediate-ly turned the ball over.
After the teams tradedturnovers, Eric Coleman gotback to the free-throw line with54 seconds and the deficit stillat four points. The forwardmade the first and missed thesecond, but the Panthersgrabbed an offensive reboundand found an open look for 3.
The potentially game-tyingmissed shot fell into the arms ofwho else — Kelly — before thefreshman got the ball downcourtto Freeman, who was fouledwith 21 seconds on the clock.
Shooting directly into the stu-dent second of the capacity crowd,Freeman ignored the noise, thepressure, and his ailing toe injury,making both free throws toincrease Iowa’s lead to 60-55 with17 seconds left and ice the victory.
Julie Brayton/The Daily IowanHawkeye senior Johanna Solverson drives through the Cyclonedefense in Hilton Colliseum on Wednesday night. The Hawkeyes weredefeated by the Cyclones, 58-44.
AMES — For a teamthat ranked secondnationally in 3-point per-centage last season andset 12 offensive schoolrecords — a team thatreturned all its players— offense wasn’t anissue this past off-sea-son.
The Hawkeyes scored103 points in their regu-lar-season finale inFebruary. Fast forwardnine months, they put up13 in the first half ofWednesday’s
embarrassment at IowaState — a tie for the low-est point total in schoolhistory.
That’s one record noone wants.
I felt like I was sittingthrough Iowa football allover again — and I meanthat. The support theCyclones garner forwomen’s basketball inAmes is unreal. Almost13,000 packed the lowerlevel of Hilton Coliseumand fortunately, they putthe visiting media right infront of the student section.
Thank you, Iowa State,you’re really a classygroup. I think my earswill ring for the nextthree days. And theCyclone fans certainlyhad a lot to cheer aboutin one of the worst lossesin recent history.
Sluggish first half kills Hawk womenIowa scores just 13 in first half,can’t rebound
Indiana 0 0 .000 7 1 .875Michigan St. 0 0 .000 7 1 .875Wisconsin 0 0 .000 6 1 .857Purdue 0 0 .000 5 1 .833Minnesota 0 0 .000 5 1 .833Illinois 0 0 .000 5 2 .714Iowa 0 0 .000 6 4 .600Ohio St. 0 0 .000 4 3 .571Northwestern 0 0 .000 3 4 .429Penn St. 0 0 .000 3 4 .429Michigan 0 0 .000 3 5 .375Wednesday’s GamesIowa 62 Northern Iowa 55Purdue 70, Ball State 57Saturday’s GamesIowa at Iowa State, 1 p.m. Arizona at Illinois, 11 a.m. (Chicago)Michigan at Duke, 12:30 p.m.Northwestern at Western Michigan, 1 p.m.Kentucky at Indiana 3 p.m.Michigan State at BYU, 3 p.m.Purdue at Missouri, 3 p.m.Marquette at Wisconsin, 5 p.m.Colorado State at Minnesota, 7 p.m.Seton Hall at Penn State, 7 p.m.
WWOOMMEENN’’SS BBIIGG TTEENN BBAASSKKEETTBBAALLLLW L PCT W L PCT
Minnesota 0 0 .000 8 2 .800Ohio State 0 0 .000 6 2 .857Penn State 0 0 .000 6 2 .750Michigan State 0 0 .000 6 2 .750Illinois 0 0 .000 6 3 .667Iowa 0 0 .000 5 3 .625Indiana 0 0 .000 4 4 .500Michigan 0 0 .000 4 3 .571Wisconsin 0 0 .000 4 3 .571Purdue 0 0 .000 3 4 .429Northwestern 0 0 .000 3 6 .333Wednesday’s GamesIowa State 58, Iowa 44Dayton 67, Indiana 59Oklahoma 77, Illinois 67Today’s GamesPenn State at Syracuse, 6 p.m.Seton Hall at Northwestern, 7 p.m.Saturday’s GamesNorthern Illinois at Iowa, 7 p.m.Air Force at Wisconsin, 11 a.m.Utah at Minnesota, 12 p.m.Michigan State at Indiana State, 1 p.m.Chicago State at Illinois, 1:30 p.m. (Chicago)Notre Dame at Purdue, 3 p.m.Kentucky at Michigan, 5 p.m.
CCOOLLLLEEGGEE BBAASSKKEETTBBAALLLL#3 Kansas 85, Eastern Washington 47#4 Texas 88, North Texas 72#5 Georgetown 70, Alabama 60#8 Washington State 51, #17 Gonzaga 47#12 Pittsburgh 73, Duquesne 68#18 Clemson 82, East Carolina 67#20 BYU 72, Weber State 57#21 Xavier 79, Creighton 66#23 Vanderbilt 83, Wake Forest 80Other Score Drake 79, Iowa State 44Women#1 Tennessee 83, #24 Old Dominion 51#2 Connecticut 75, Virginia 45#3 Maryland 74, Middle Tennessee State 69#9 Oklahoma 77, Illinois 67#14 Auburn 99, Colgate 47#16 Notre Dame 86, Bowling Green 84, OTColorado 69, #21 Wyoming 55
NNAATTIIOONNAALL BBAASSKKEETTBBAALLLL AASSSSOOCCIIAATTIIOONNEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L Pct GBBoston 15 2 .882 —Toronto 10 9 .526 6New Jersey 9 10 .474 7New York 6 11 .353 9Philadelphia 5 13 .278 101⁄2Southeast W L Pct GBOrlando 16 4 .800 —Washington 9 9 .500 6Atlanta 7 10 .412 71⁄2Charlotte 6 11 .353 81⁄2Miami 4 13 .235 101⁄2Central W L Pct GBDetroit 13 5 .722 —Indiana 9 10 .474 41⁄2Milwaukee 8 9 .471 41⁄2Cleveland 9 11 .450 5Chicago 5 11 .313 7WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest W L Pct GBSan Antonio 16 3 .842 —Dallas 12 7 .632 4New Orleans 12 7 .632 4Houston 10 9 .526 6Memphis 6 12 .333 91⁄2Northwest W L Pct GBUtah 13 6 .684 —Denver 11 8 .579 2Portland 6 12 .333 61⁄2Seattle 4 15 .211 9Minnesota 2 14 .125 91⁄2Pacific W L Pct GBPhoenix 15 4 .789 —L.A. Lakers 11 8 .579 4Golden State 10 8 .556 41⁄2Sacramento 7 10 .412 7L.A. Clippers 6 11 .353 8Wednesday’s GamesPhoenix 136, Toronto 123Boston 113, Philadelphia 103Chicago 91, Charlotte 82Washington 105, Cleveland 86New York 100, New Jersey 93Detroit 91, New Orleans 76Houston 105, Memphis 92San Antonio 97, Dallas 95
L.A. Lakers 111, Denver 107Golden State 120, Milwaukee 90Seattle 95, L.A. Clippers 88Today’s GamesMinnesota at Atlanta, 6 p.m.Denver at Dallas, 7 p.m.Miami at Portland, 9:30 p.m.
NNAATTIIOONNAALL HHOOCCKKEEYY LLEEAAGGUUEEEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L OT Pts GF GAPhiladelphia 15 9 2 32 80 72New Jersey 15 10 2 32 71 66N.Y. Rangers 15 10 2 32 62 55N.Y. Islanders 13 11 2 28 60 72Pittsburgh 13 12 2 28 81 77Northeast W L OT Pts GF GAOttawa 17 7 3 37 88 75Boston 14 9 3 31 69 66Montreal 13 10 4 30 78 78Toronto 11 11 6 28 84 95Buffalo 12 12 1 25 76 68Southeast W L OT Pts GF GACarolina 15 10 3 33 90 86Atlanta 13 13 1 27 73 88Tampa Bay 12 13 2 26 85 83Florida 12 15 1 25 73 81Washington 9 16 2 20 63 79WESTERN CONFERENCECentral W L OT Pts GF GADetroit 19 6 2 40 92 64St. Louis 15 9 1 31 63 56Columbus 13 10 5 31 73 71Chicago 14 11 2 30 80 75Nashville 13 10 2 28 74 75Northwest W L OT Pts GF GAMinnesota 15 10 2 32 70 68Vancouver 15 10 2 32 72 64Colorado 14 12 1 29 80 81Edmonton 13 15 1 27 74 86Calgary 11 13 4 26 76 85Pacific W L OT Pts GF GADallas 15 10 4 34 83 74San Jose 14 8 4 32 69 58Anaheim 13 12 4 30 70 81Phoenix 12 14 0 24 64 77Los Angeles 10 15 2 22 72 89Wednesday’s GamesNew Jersey 4, Boston 3, OTColumbus 5, Colorado 4Atlanta 4, N.Y. Islanders 3, SOOttawa 5, Florida 4Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 1San Jose 3, Dallas 2Vancouver 3, Chicago 2Phoenix 4, Los Angeles 1Pittsburgh 4, Edmonton 2Anaheim 4, Buffalo 1Today’s GamesMontreal at Boston, 6 p.m.Toronto at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.Carolina at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.Vancouver at Nashville, 7 p.m.Pittsburgh at Calgary, 8 p.m.Buffalo at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
NNAATTIIOONNAALL FFOOOOTTBBAALLLL LLEEAAGGUUEE AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast W L T Pct PF PAy-New England 12 0 0 1.000 469 209Buffalo 6 6 0 .500 184 274N.Y. Jets 3 9 0 .250 221 291Miami 0 12 0 .000 196 317South W L T Pct PF PAIndianapolis 10 2 0 .833 337 197Jacksonville 8 4 0 .667 268 223Tennessee 7 5 0 .583 232 241Houston 5 7 0 .417 263 291North W L T Pct PF PAPittsburgh 8 3 0 .727 272 145Cleveland 7 5 0 .583 336 338Cincinnati 4 7 0 .364 281 292Baltimore 4 8 0 .333 206 270West W L T Pct PF PASan Diego 7 5 0 .583 285 233Denver 5 7 0 .417 241 329Kansas City 4 8 0 .333 172 230Oakland 4 8 0 .333 234 260NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast W L T Pct PF PAx-Dallas 11 1 0 .917 395 248N.Y. Giants 8 4 0 .667 274 257Washington 5 7 0 .417 229 257Philadelphia 5 7 0 .417 258 246South W L T Pct PF PATampa Bay 8 4 0 .667 241 187Carolina 5 7 0 .417 204 257New Orleans 5 7 0 .417 266 279Atlanta 3 9 0 .250 171 272North W L T Pct PF PAGreen Bay 10 2 0 .833 323 222Detroit 6 6 0 .500 267 311Minnesota 6 6 0 .500 278 237Chicago 5 7 0 .417 237 272West W L T Pct PF PASeattle 8 4 0 .667 273 207Arizona 6 6 0 .500 281 280San Francisco 3 9 0 .250 164 285St. Louis 3 9 0 .250 196 297x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched divisionToday’s GameChicago at Washington, 7:15 p.m.Sunday’s GamesDallas at Detroit, 12 p.m.Miami at Buffalo, 12 p.m.San Diego at Tennessee, 12 p.m.Oakland at Green Bay, 12 p.m.Tampa Bay at Houston, 12 p.m.St. Louis at Cincinnati, 12 p.m.N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.Carolina at Jacksonville, 12 p.m.Arizona at Seattle, 3:05 p.m.Minnesota at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 3:15 p.m.Kansas City at Denver, 3:15 p.m.Pittsburgh at New England, 3:15 p.m.Indianapolis at Baltimore, 7:15 p.m.Monday, Dec. 10New Orleans at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
By Lars HeadingtonTHE DAILY IOWAN
Tempting as it may be,avoid the MASH-unit clichéwhen you talk about Iowawomen’s gymnastics and itsinjury-depleted roster.Injuries are an obstacle, butthey’re just the superficialstory here.
Fourth-year Iowa women’sgymnastics coach LarissaLibby is cutting beneath thesurface, emphasizing mentaltoughness and consistencythis year from every able body.
Falls were a problem lastseason, when the GymHawksfinished the year at 8-11 witha final national ranking at No.40, the nadir coming in theteam’s breakdown on thebeam in last spring’s Big Tenchampionships. The Hawksdropped from third to sixthoverall in the final event.
“That’s probably the great-est lesson, and the largestdriving force for a lot of theupperclassmen this yearbecause they don’t want to feelthat again,” Libby said.
Libby brought in a sportspsychologist to hone her gym-nasts’ mental game, a focusthat junior Kara Pinjuv said isimportant when the crowd andnerves threaten to distractfrom the otherwise basic repe-tition of a well-honed routine.
“Every place we go, we’regoing to be doing the exact sameroutines,”Pinjuv said.“So for us,the biggest thing is just trans-ferring what we do in practice towhat we’re going to do in themeet — it’s a mental game.”
Libby is confident that theimproved mental focus will but-tress her renewed goal to buildon consistent no-fall routines.
“I want to start the seasonwith ‘24 for 24,’ ” Libby said. “Iwant to not be missing ever,and then make the perform-ances better each time we gofor 24 for 24.
“Even if we have to waterdown some of the routines alittle bit so they’re not so diffi-cult, not so risky, I think hav-ing that base of knowing thatyou can put six kids up on fourevents, and they’re not goingto miss strengthens you.”
Libby’s squad lacks depthbecause of injuries, with twoout and six very limited. Butshe’s confident that experi-ence and preparation will but-tress her team’s resolve.
“The upperclassmen havebeen through it before,” shesaid. “They understand whatthey’re facing, and they thinkthey can handle it and webelieve that they can.We’re notgoing to start the season say-ing, ‘Oh, we’re down and outbefore we even had a chance tocompete’ — even though itfeels like that — we have tobelieve that we’re conditionedand we’re good enough that wecan get through the seasonbecause we’ve trained to beready for that situation.”
Libby said she’ll depend onfour “heavy hitters” this yearto lead the team as all-aroundcompetitors, beginning withthree upperclassmen.
“They’ve got good leadershipqualities, and they train hardand keep the women focusedon the right things,” she said.
Senior Katie Burke, whoearned an All-Big Ten first-team selection in 2007 as wellas a berth in last spring’s NCAAchampionships, said it’s impor-tant to avoid frustration and seta confident tone at each meet.
“It’s hard that we have a lotof injuries,” she said, “But it’s agreat opportunity for us to getbetter each weekend and tostep up and do what we’ve beentraining our whole lives to do.”
Pinjuv and junior JenniferSimbhudas, who were namedto the All-Big Ten second teamin 2007 and competed in theregionals, will also help anchorthis year’s GymHawks.
Pinjuv, whose 39.075 all-around score was good forthird at last spring’s Big Tenchampionships, said consis-tency at the top of the lineupwill be key to the team’s sta-bility and success.
“We have to try our best tobe consistent, because if westart having a problem, there’snot a ton of depth to back itup,” she said.
Talented freshman HouryGebeshian, despite being limit-ed by injury, will likely be a reg-ular contributor as well, person-ifying the “just do it” mentalitythat will be the GymHawks’reality this season.
“We have a lot of workahead of us …” Pinjuv said.“Whether we’re injured or not,we’re just going to have tomake the six women who goup on every event hit, andthat’s the bottom line.”
When it comes to ring rou-tines and pommel horses, it’stough to stump Iowa men’s gym-nastics coach Tom Dunn. Enter-ing his 27th season as theHawkeyes head coach, he has nodifficulty pinpointing the subtleintricacies that distinguish aflawless flip from an utter flop.
But ask him to assess histeam’s standing for the quicklyapproaching 2008 season, andhe’s left baffled.
“I feel more at a loss this yearthan I ever have, as far as mak-ing predictions,” the seasonedcoach said. “A lot of questionmarks remain; we’ll just have totake it one day at a time and getthe most out of everyone.”
Entering this weekend’sBlack and Gold intrasquadmeet with only 10 healthy bod-ies and a slew of fresh faces,Dunn’s squad will begin its jour-ney to improve on last season’sninth-place NCAA finish cloud-ed by a fog of uncertainty.
Following the trend of year’spast, this season’s 13-man ros-ter is young and diverse, com-posed entirely of out-of-staters,with athletes hailing fromPennsylvania, Florida, Canada,Mexico, and nearly everywherein between. With the loss of fourgraduating seniors, includingBig-Ten champion ring-special-ist Jacques Bouchard, thisyear’s squad will rely on strong
performances from its ninereturning letterwinners, agroup that includes three previ-ous All-Americans.
Senior Jacob Becker earnedAll-American status last year fol-lowing a solid third-place finish inthe pommel horse at the NCAAchampionships. Threatened inthe off-season by a stubborn rota-tor-cuff injury, Becker, who com-peted in four events for Iowa lastyear, looks to further his successon the pommel horse by limitinghis exertion in other areas.
“If my form stays clean [on thepommel horse], and I can stayhealthy enough to compete, I can
definitely see doing just as well,”the Pennsylvania native said.
Becker’s All-American statuslast season was matched by oneother Hawk, junior Geoff Reins.He earned his second-careerAll-American distinction bysoaring to a fourth-place NCAAfinish on the vault.
Also returning is senior CurtisKleffman, a 2006 All-Americanin the pommel-horse who wasslowed last season with a backinjury. He looks forward to con-tributing full-force this year.
Vital to the team’s success,Dunn said, is the performance ofits four incoming freshmen, a
group of highly touted recruitswho won’t be given the luxury of alax transition period. Dunnexpects the group — JohnHaines, Brock Hamilton, MichaelJiang, and Ben Kettlesen — to bequickly thrust into competition.
Jiang, a standout All-Aroundathlete from Littleton, Colo., hasbeen stung by a double-wristinjury, and he will push hard to bein competitive shape when the sea-son officially opens at the Windy-City Invitational on Jan.12.
The rash of injuries that hasinfected the squad is not rare,considering the intensity oftraining and seemingly perpet-ual season, Dunn said.
“Gymnastics is a 12-month ayear sport,” he said. “Trainingmight become a little more relaxed,but there really is no off-season. It’sdefinitely very hard on a body.”
The ninth-ranked Hawks willuse the intrasquad meet on Sat-urday as a proving grounds for itsyoung athletes and as a tune-upfor the start of the official season.
The real test of the season,however, will fall during themonth of April, when the teamwill travel to Penn State for theBig Ten meet, then head toStanford for the NCAA qualifierand championships.
When it comes time to executein the big time,Dunn doesn’t doubthis team’s potential or play downthe importance of preparation.
“Hope is not a strategy,” thecoach said. “When it comesdown to it, it’s about competingwell, not giving it away our-selves, and hopefully, catchingsome teams ahead of us.”
Sarah O’Brien/The Daily IowanMembers of the Iowa men’s gymnastics team, along with assistantcoach Alex Kolyvanov (right), watch as freshman John Haines practices on the bars in the Field House on Monday. The team wasranked ninth in a preseason poll by the College Gymnastics Association.
Men gymnasts want improvementThe Iowa men’s gymnastics team enters the season
ranked ninth nationally but looking for improvement.
While 29 turnovers killedthe Hawkeyes in the team’sfourth loss last weekend, Iowahad only eight giveaways inthe opening half and finished6-of-8 from downtown.
Lacking depth with onlynine active players, Iowa ben-efited greatly from the avail-ability of Freeman and spreadthe minutes across the boardearly. Eight players played atleast nine minutes in the firsthalf, with guards Johnson andKelly logging 19 apiece.
“Tony helped us a lottonight in bringing a lot ofenergy,” Johnson said.
Northern Iowa senior Cole-man,known for big performanc-es in the series, was neutralizedin the first half, managing onlyfive points and three rebounds.
After Johnson buried hissecond triple of the night, Kellysnatched a Panther turnoverat mid-court and appearedpoised for a breakaway lay-up,but an intentional foul pulledthe freshman to the groundand sent him to the charitystripe. Amid a chorus of boosfrom the Panther student sec-tion, Kelly cashed in on bothfree-throw attempts to takeback the lead, 40-38.
After converting anotherNorthern Iowa turnover and amessy offensive possessioninto an 18-foot field goal fromcenter Seth Gorney, theincreasingly physical play ofthe second half finally caughtup the Hawkeyes.
Trailing by four points with
just under 12 minutes left inthe contest, Northern Iowa’sAdam Koch swiped an errantIowa pass near mid-court andtook off for the races. Tryingmightily to catch the fleet-footed forward, Gorney metthe surging Panther in mid-air underneath the basket,hammering Koch to the hard-wood to draw a flagrant foul.
That’s when Kelly caught fire.The true freshman’s desire
to find open shots was evidentin the second half, and hisgrowing confidence helpedhim torch the nylon whenIowa needed it most Wednes-day night.
Making four-straight pull-up jumpers — three of whichcame from beyond the arc —Kelly’s 3 with 3:44 left gavethe Hawkeyes a 56-49 advan-tage and quieted the capacitycrowd in Cedar Falls. Flour-ishing in the absence of fresh-man point man Jeff Peterson,who missed Wednesday’sgame because of a death inthe family, Kelly’s hot handjust wouldn’t cool off duringhis best four minutes of bas-ketball this season and he fin-ished with 19 points.
“I really expect them to playthis way,” Lickliter said. “Thisis what we’re supposed to do.We’re supposed to play goodbasketball.”E-mail DI Sports Editor Charlie Kautz at:
In a role reversal from lastyear’s 11 unanswered Hawkpoints to start the game, IowaState jumped out to a 22-6lead in the first 15 minutes— a lead that wasn’t in jeop-ardy for the rest of the con-test. The Hawkeyes doubledthat output in the final fiveminutes of the half. Only twoHawkeyes — Megan Skoubyand Wendy Ausdemore —scored in the half.
Iowa rebounded in the sec-ond half to outscore theCyclones, but that doesn’t mat-ter when you dig yourself intoa 15-point hole in the first.
Coach Lisa Bluder saidshe wished she could takeback the forgettable firstperiod, Iowa’s second in asmany games. But this scor-ing output makes the 25points Iowa put up in thefirst half against Detroit-Mercy on Dec. 2 look like itwas raining 3’s in Carver.Even Bluder is baffled bythe squad’s disappearingoffense.
“I wish I had a goodanswer for that; I don’t,” shesaid. “I’m very happy withour defense. I think we havepaid a lot of attention to ourdefense and maybe we needto spend a little more timepaying attention to ouroffense right now.
“Our defense is way aheadof our offense right now.”
You could blame it on theturnovers, of which Iowa hashad plenty this year, includ-ing 26 in a loss to GeorgiaTech. Or you could harp onoffensive rebounding and sec-ond-chance points. TheCyclones had 27 defensiveboards and scored 18 pointsoff second chances. Maybe it’sIowa’s inability to consistent-ly get the ball inside. TheHawkeyes scored 16 points in
the paint to Iowa State’s 40.“That’s too many high-per-
centage shots that we gavethem,” Bluder said.
It’s possible, regardless ofwins and losses, they justneed some more butts in theseats at Carver holding up“3” signs as Bluder’s Bunchtakes the hardwood.
It sure didn’t hurt theCyclones.E-mail DI columnist Diane Hendrickson at:
“We gave up way too manyoffensive rebounds, and sec-ond-chance points, too manypaint points,” Bluder said.“They score 40 paint points toour 16, and that’s too manyhigh percentage shots wegave them, and a lot of thosecame off those 19 offensiverebounds they had.”
The players also felt theoffensive rebounds Iowa Statemanaged to come away withon Wednesday played a bigrole in the final outcome.
“That’s what’s killing us,”Skouby said. “It’s not alwaysour defense, it’s boxing out
and getting the boards.”Ausdemore led the way for
Iowa, scoring 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range.Meanwhile, Skouby finishedwith 10 points and pulleddown seven rebounds.
During the second half, Iowalooked better, outscoring IowaState, 31-30. Perhaps no play-er exemplified the difference
between the two halves thanjunior Kristi Smith. Afterbeing shut out for the first 20minutes, she managed to comeaway with 14 points.
“In the second half, she wasa little more determined,”Bluder said. “She was tryingto create for herself a little bitmore than maybe she was inthe first half.”
Now Iowa has 48 hours to
prepare for two games over theweekend when they host theHawkeye Challenge. TheHawkeyes will open up withNorthern Illinois on Saturday,and they will play either Wyomingor St. Joseph’s on Dec.9.
The defensive play hasimproved, but the offense is lag-ging, and the Hawkeyes need toblend quality play on both endstogether over the weekend.
“I’m very happy with ourdefense again, and I thinkwe’ve paid a lot of attention toour defense,” Bluder said.“Maybe we need to spend alittle more time paying atten-tion to our offense right now.”
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Big chill hits Hawkeye womenCOMMENTARY
Chilly scenes of first halfIOWA STATE 58, IOWA 44
Let’s just say Freeman’spassing, ball-handling, andshooting looked like a Rolls-Royce driving into a demoli-tion derby — a smooth-wheeling beauty in a cloudof dust — the Maywood, Ill.,native brought everythingIowa lacked in its first ninegames: leadership, experi-ence, and backcourt savvywith the basketball.
The Hawkeyes offensiveprecision and efficiency —something Lickliter preachesheavily — were extraordinar-ily different with Freeman onthe hardwood and not on thecushy bench seats.
It’s not to slam the rest ofthe backcourt players, butNo. 11 is far and away thebest guard Iowa has. It’s notthat Justin Johnson isn’t avery dangerous player, I lovewhat he can do behind the 3-point arc, but Freeman doesit in so many ways.
He can drive with speed,finish with strength, and hisjumper has come a long, long
way since the day he cameto Iowa City more than twoyears ago. Plus his passingability makes everybody elsein Black-and-Gold thatmuch more dangerous.
I’ve never been in theMcLeod Center before, andIowa had never playedthere, but something aboutthe lighting or the spacing,whatever it was, I don’t real-ly know, but the Hawkeyeshooters must’ve been lovingsomething because theycouldn’t miss.
Freeman was a perfect 3-for-3 behind the arc, com-bined with Johnson’s 2-for-3and Jake Kelly’s 1-for-2. Thetrio’s 18 points from down-town and 28 overall in thefirst half led the out-of-town-ers to a 33-30 halftime edge.
I’ve got to be honest, Icame into this game doubt-ing whether Iowa could con-tend with the Panthers, par-ticularly after losing toLousiana-Monroe in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. ButFreeman’s presence com-pletely changes theHawkeyes, and now, I mightdare to believe in this team’schances to win more than
the two games scheduledagainst Northwestern in BigTen season.
UNI was good preparationfor the conference play —Wednesday night’s contestwas physical, the fans wererelentless, and rebounds —like foul calls — were toughto come by, unless it wasintentional.
Jake Kelly was pulled tothe floor on what would’vebeen an easy breakaway inthe second period, and with11:50 left in the game, Iowa’sSeth Gorney went airborneright into Northern Iowa for-ward Adam Koch’s side onhis way to the glass. Needlessto say, the crowd was upseton both occasions, doing theirbest Carver-Hawkeyeimpression unleashing booson the zebras.
Through all the mayhemthough, there was the 3-ballfor Iowa.
The hot first half burned oninto the second-half, thanksmostly to Kelly. By far thefreshman guard’s best game, heseared the nets with his icy-hotstroke making three straightfrom long-range, and anothertwo-pointer in the midst of his
jumper-jacking fury.He sure didn’t look like an
inexperienced rookie — notonly did Kelly give the ball anylon burial for 19 points,but with 1:09 left in thegame and Iowa on defense,up 58-54, No. 32 took a divefor a loose ball amid a messof purple shirts and atop thekey, trapping the ballbetween his elbows and sig-naling a big time-out for theHawkeyes.
Then the poise of Freemankicked in after being foulednear mid-court, sinking twofree throws on the one-and-one before Kelly echoed theperformance with two of hisown, putting up the finalscore 62-55 to close out avery impressive road-win.
Expecting a disappointingloss typical of the previousIowa games, I watched theHawkeyes evolve back into abona fide basketball teambehind their bona fide leader:
Tony Freeman.Look out, Cyclones, the
Hawkeyes want their statecrown back, and the king isready to take his throne.
‘We gave up way too many offensive rebounds, and second-chance points, too many paint points.
They score 40 paint points to our 16, and that’s toomany high percentage shots we gave them, and a lot
of those came off those 19 offensive rebounds they had.’— Lisa Bluder, coach
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By Mike BrownleeTHE DAILY IOWAN
The members of this year’swomen’s diving team have allthe ingredients of success —camaraderie, hard work, andperseverance. Each also sharesa common bond.
They’re all from Iowa.Senior Aimee Moylan, junior
Meghan Sievertsen, and sopho-more Deidre Freeman are sea-soned Hawkeyes, and this year,they’ve been joined by thecoach’s daughter, freshmanVeronica Rydze.
Growing up in the HawkeyeState, they competed againsteach other on the diving boardand in other sports while inyouth leagues and high school.Now, they’ve united to wear theBlack and Gold.
“They dived against eachother in high school, now they’rediving together,” said Iowa div-ing coach Bob Rydze. “They helpeach other, in practice, at meets.They look out for each other.”
The divers have performedwell this season, with Freemanhaving the most early success.In the 1-meter, the Grinnellnative took top honors in dualmeets against Wisconsin andMinnesota. She also placed sec-ond against Michigan Stateand in a triangular meet withNebraska and Nevada.
In the 3-meter, Freemanadded a win and second-placefinish against Wisconsin andMichigan State respectively.
“She has done a nice job andis getting better and bettereach week,” Bob Rydze said. “Ithought her performance at the
Ohio State Invitational thispast weekend was very good. Ifelt good about how she per-formed against some of the bestdiving teams in the country.
“The top eight at Ohio Statemore than likely could makethe top eight at the NCAAs.”
Veronica Rydze, an Iowa Citynative, has been hampered byinjury and a sinus infection thisseason. She has shone when inaction, though, including win-
ning first place on the 3-meteragainst the Gophers.
“By the time Deidre andVeronica are juniors, they’ll bepretty darn good Big Ten andNCAA divers,” Bob Rydze said.“It takes time, but they’ll keepimproving.”
Moylan, who calls Davenporthome, has been bothered byinjuries during her career buthas been relatively healthy thisseason, giving the team solid
performances. She placed fifthon both boards against Wiscon-sin, on the 1-meter againstMinnesota and the 3-meteragainst the Spartans.
“Moylan has improvedimmensely since she was a fresh-man,” Bob Rydze said. “I’d like tosee her continue to improve.”
Moylan and her fellow upper-classman, Sievertsen, who hailsfrom Cedar Rapids, have knowneach other since they were 7 and6 years old, competing againsteach other in gymnastics.
“We were at rival gyms; shewas in Cedar Rapids, and I wasin Davenport,” Moylan said.“We got to know each othermore when she came to train atmy gym during some summers.”
The familiarity among thedivers has led to a close unitwhose members spend timetogether in and out of the water.
“We’re really close. We’rewith each other all the time, atpractice two times a day, inweights every day. I think it’dbe hard if we weren’t all goodfriends,” Moylan said. “We allget along very well. I thinkthat’s rare. Going to awaymeets, you’ll see other teams,and you can tell maybe theydon’t all get along or don’t likethe coach.
“We don’t have that. As awhole, the team, Coach Rydze,we all get along. It’s a goodatmosphere.”
Bob Rydze agrees, sayingthat he’s enjoyed managing ateam that gets along so well.
“I’ve coached 33 or so years;when you get to my age, youwant to coach athletes whomyou enjoy coaching,” he said.“When you’re a younger coach,you’ll have a tendency to takesome athletes who are morehigh maintenance. So that youmake a name for yourself,you’re more patient.
“These kids are great; theylike each other, help each other,and get along well.”
Robin Svec/The Daily IowanUI diving team member Meghan Sieversten practices one meterdives during practice at the Fieldhouse pool on Oct. 16. During lastweek's meet against Wisconsin, Sieversten finished sixth in onemeter diving.
By Howard FendrichASSOCIATED PRESS
LANDOVER, Md. — A seasonremoved from the Super Bowl,the Chicago Bears are masteringthe art of inconsistency.
Their results so far? Theyopened this way: loss, win, loss.Then, after a second consecutiveloss in Week 4, the Bears haveput together this string over thepast eight games: win, loss, win,loss, win, loss, win, loss.
The Washington Redskins,meanwhile, have been far moreconsistent of late: loss, loss,loss, loss.
It’s a testament to the parity— or, frankly, the mediocrity —of the NFC that both of thesestruggling teams considerthemselves part of the playoffrace going into their head-to-head meeting Thursday night.
“We need to get this one. Weknow it’s important for them,too. Both teams are going to betired from Sunday’s game, so theteam that wants it the most isgoing to get it,” Washingtondefensive end Phillip Danielssaid. “We know our back’s
against the wall, just like theirs.”At least the Bears and Red-
skins also seem to appreciatewhy they haven’t been elimi-nated from contention yet. AsWashington center CaseyRabach put it: “Thank God, therest of the league has kind of
been helping us along here.”That’s for sure.Amazingly, even at 5-7,
Chicago and Washington areonly one game behind the threeteams tied for the conference’sfinal playoff berth: Arizona,Detroit, and Minnesota.
So that means there’s still achance of playing into January,no matter how slight. And that,in turn, means players on bothteams are talking about today’scontest as “an elimination game.”
“It’s all-or-nothing,” Redskinfullback Mike Sellers said. “Ineed vacation money; the play-offs are the extra money youdepend on. And I’m trying toget that ring just like every-body else.”
Uh, sure Mike.Tight as the turnaround from
Sunday is for this game, Sellersand the rest of the Redskinssounded pleased to be thinkingand talking about football.They’re coming off as difficult aweek as possible, following theshooting death of teammateSean Taylor during a burglaryat his house in Florida.
What would have been ashortened work week anywaybecame even more so for Wash-ington because the entireorganization traveled to Miamifor the Pro Bowl safety’s funer-al Monday, returning to Red-skins Park at 6:30 p.m. thatnight.
M. Spencer Green/Associated PressNew York Giants’ Kevin Dockery breaks up a pass from ChicagoBear quarterback Rex Grossman to Muhsin Muhammad in the endzone during the final seconds of an NFL football game Sunday inChicago. The Giants defeated the Bears, 21-16.
By Ralph D. RussoASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Florida quar-terback Tim Tebow, trying tobecome the first sophomore towin the Heisman Trophy, andArkansas running back Dar-ren McFadden, the runner-upfor last year’s award, wereamong the four finalistsselected Wednesday.
Missouri quarterback ChaseDaniel and Hawaii quarter-back Colt Brennan were theother finalists. They will all bein New York on Saturday nightwhen the award is given to thetop player in college football.
The Heisman race took awhile to develop this seasonand seemed wide open untilthe last month when Tebow,McFadden, and Danielemerged as front-runners.
Since the first Heisman wasgiven to Chicago’s JayBerwanger in 1935, all 70 play-ers who have won college foot-ball’s most prestigious awardhave been juniors or seniors.
Tebow could break thattrend. The ultimate dual-threat quarterback at around235 pounds, Tebow ran for 838yards rushing and a South-eastern Conference-record 22touchdowns.
He’s also the nation’s sec-ond-leading passer, havingcompleted 68 percent of histhrows for 3,132 yards, with29 touchdowns and just sixinterceptions in his first sea-son as a starter.
Tebow’s already had a his-toric season, becoming thefirst major-college player torun for 20 touchdowns andthrow 20 TD passes in thesame season.
McFadden was one of thepreseason favorites after fin-ishing second to Ohio Statequarterback Troy Smith lastyear. His candidacy laggedwith a mediocre October, but
he gave himself a boost with aspectacular November. In thefinal month of the season,McFadden tied the SEC recordwith 321 yards rushing againstSouth Carolina, and ran for206 yards and three TDs andalso threw a touchdown pass tolead the Razorbacks to a 50-48triple overtime victory overthen-No. 1 LSU.
McFadden could become thefifth player to win the Heis-man the year after being therunner-up, joining Tom Har-mon of Michigan, Glenn Davisof Army, O.J. Simpson of USC,and Herschel Walker of Georgia.
Dive, they saidThe Iowa
women’s divingteam embodiesthe meaning
of the ‘Hawkeye State.’
Bears, Redskins in must game
Four Heisman finalists named Tim Tebow, Darren McFadden, Colt Brennan, and Chase Daniel round out the field.
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SPACIOUS one bedroom apart-ment, downtown Iowa City.Available immediately. $475/ month. For inquires, call(319)321-4032.
SEVILLE APARTMENTShas one bedroom apartments available January. $570 includes heat, AC, and water. Call(319)338-1175 for more details.
ONE bedroom, $505. Efficiency, $485. Near law and UIHC. H/W paid. Available now.(563)506-1489.
ONE bedroom on busline in Coralville. H/W paid. $475/ month. (319)351-1346.
ONE bedroom attached garage. Basement, W/D, dishwasher,busline, hardwood floors. $700 plus utilities. (319)400-7335.
NICE size one bedroom in North Liberty. $510/ month. Very quiet area. Days (319)351-1346; evenings and weekends(319)354-2221.
LOVELY efficiency apartment in historic district. Close to campus. Available January 1. Please no pets. $580, H/W paid. Cell (319)331-9932 or home (319)339-1820.
LARGE one bedroom for sub-lease. Very close to campus. Internet provided, cheap, parking available. Security entrance, clean and safe. Call(309)781-8032 for details.
LARGE one bedroom for rent, 636 S.Dodge St., H/W paid. (319)338-2218.
LARGE efficiency/ one bed-room. Quiet, no smoking, no pets. A/C. Parking, yard. $395- $495, utilities paid. August free. After 6p.m. (319)354-2221.iacityrentals.com
LANTERN PARKAPARTMENTS- Great Coralville location- one bedroom, H/W paid, on city busline. Some units recently remodeled. Some units allow cats for an additional fee. $475. (319)339-9320,www.s-gate.com
HIGHLY SELECTIVEDeluxe large one bedroom with office (will also rent as two bed-room) $550- $650, includes parking. Close to UIHC. H/W paid. No smoking, no pets. Available January 1.On-site manager. Call ASAP.(319)351-0942.
QUIET sunny efficiency study apartment for rent to quiet, non-smoking female grad stu-dent. Own kitchen, but shares bathroom with other ladies in historic owner occupied house. Walking distance. $285 plus electric. References.(319)337-3821.
EFFICIENCIES available. Corner Dubuque and Church. $450 to $575. H/W paid. No pets. (319)356-5933.
DOWNTOWN Iowa City. One bedroom loft. H/W paid.(319)338-4774.
CORALVILLE. One bedroom. H/W paid. Newer carpet, appli-ances, parking, laundry on-site. $475 single, $495 couple.(319)330-7081.
CLEAN, quiet one bedroom. H/W paid. Laundry. Busline. No smoking/ pets. Coralville.(319)337-9376.
AVAILABLE now. Efficiencies starting at $448/ month. West-side IC. Parking, A/C, busline. jandjapts.com(319)338-7058.
EFFICIENCY /ONE BEDROOM
ONE and two bedroom, west-side, H/W paid, busline, quiet, on-site laundry, A/C, off-street parking, garage available.Family owned and operated. (319)338-5736.
MANE GATE APARTMENTS1, 2 & 3 bedroom units available. W/D hookups, cable ready, C/A, fireplace, free parking, Club-house with fitness center, close to busline. Contact AM Manage-ment at (319)354-1961 or www.ammanagement.net
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A few units left!1 & 2 bedrooms at great prices!
DOWNTOWNmoengroup sublets available for January. Vogel House 255 Iowa Ave. Furnished. Pets okay. Penthouse and studios. Call Bobby or [email protected]
ATTENTION STUDENTS!1, 2, & 3 bedroom units available at Saddlebrook for December and January move-in. Mane Gate and Town Square Apartments. Fitness center in-cluded. Contact AM Manage-ment at (319)354-1961 orwww.ammanagement.net
APARTMENTS and HOUSES.Close-in, reasonable rent.(319)331-1382, (319)936-2184.
AD#209. Efficiency, one, and two bedrooms in Coralville. Quiet area, parking, some with deck, water paid. W/D facilities. Possible flexible lease. Call M-F, 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
409 S. JOHNSON1, 2, or 3 bedroom.Close to campus.
Free parking. Laundry.$650- $850/ month plus utilities
2, 3, and 4 bedrooms. Close-in. Pets negotiable. (319)338-7047.
SUBLEASE. One bedroom,NEW house. Three bathrooms, free driveway parking, Iowa Ave. $490. Call (815)474-3978.
SHARE two bedroom with work-ing male. Large bedroom, walk-in closet, garage, green area. 1637 Aber Ave. $350/ month includes heating. Decem-ber paid. (319)594-6292.
OWN bedroom and bathroom in spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. Close to downtown. (563)543-2924.
ONE bedroom in two bedroom apartment available January 1. Great location, walking distance to downtown. Laundry in build-ing, near busline. $300 deposit, $300/ month plus utilities (319)899-1361.
ONE bedroom in four bedroom available January 1. New build-ing, short walk from campus, coded entry. Rent $400/ month. Call (563)357-3002.
NICE 1BR in 3BR apartment available now! Dec./Jan. rent FREE. Ten minute walk to cam-pus, on cambus route, near Kin-nick, free parking. $295/ month. (515)231-6936.
FREE RENT/ UTILITIES!!Includes light healthcare/ house-keeping in exchange. Male quadriplegic seeks responsible roommate with flexible schedule. PERFECT opportunity forhealthcare students. 10 minute bus ride from campus. Need clean driving record and subject to background check. Potential for additional compensation. References PLEASE.Contact TJ. 319-358-6358
BEDROOM in ranch style home. Close to medical campus. Non-smoking. (309)368-5699.
SUBLET bedroom and private bathroom in five bedroom apart-ment. 601 S.Gilbert St. Parking included. $410/ month includes H/W. Available December 23. (641)330-8343.
JANUARY 1st1-3 roommates needed to share a 2-year old townhouse. $500 in-cludes all utilities and parking. Call (708)638-6044.
LARGE room on S.Johnson. Quiet, A/C, non-smoking, no pets. Refrigerator. Parking. After 6pm, (319)354-2221.
LARGE sunny room. Hardwood floors, close-in, kitchen privi-leges. Quiet responsible person. No pets. No smoking, refer-ences. $300- $350. (319)354-0386; (319)331-5071.
FURNISHED, across from medi-cal, dental complex in private home. $375. (319)337-5156
AVAILABLE now. Dorm style rooms, $235- $245/ month, wa-ter paid. Call (319)354-2233 for showings.
ROOM FOR RENT
EXPERT low cost solutions to your car problems. Visa and Mastercard accepted.McNiel Auto Repair.(319)351-7130.
PROMPT JUNK CAR REMOVAL. Call 338-7828.
WANTED! Used or wrecked cars, trucks or vans. Quick esti-mates and removal. (319)679–2789.
CASH for Cars, TrucksBerg Auto
4165 Alyssa Ct.319-338-6688
BUYING USED CARSWe will tow.
1998 Ford Windstar minivan. White, gray interior, automatic, 144K miles, well maintained, re-mote starter, keyless entry. $2699. (641)472-3168.
GARAGE FOR RENT
730 E.Jefferson$65/ month
GARAGE / PARKING
SPRING BREAK 2008.Sell trips, earn cash and go FREE. Call for group discounts. Best deals guaranteed! Jamaica, Cancun, Acapulco, Bahamas, S.Padre, Florida.1-800-648-4849 orwww.ststravel.com
** SPRING BREAK WEBSITE!4 & 7 night trips. Low prices guaranteed. Group discounts for 8+. Book 20 people, get 3 free trips! Campus reps needed. www.StudentCity.comor 1-800-293-1445.
Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu.(319)339-1251
BED- DELUXE, memory foam (tempurpedic style) twin XL.Est. value: $1.5K. STILL IN ORIGINAL PACKAGE.Sac. $350. (319)551-6130.
WANT A SOFA? Desk? Table? Rocker? Visit HOUSEWORKS.We've got a store full of clean used furniture plus dishes, drapes, lamps and other house-hold items. All at reasonable prices. Now accepting new con-signments.HOUSEWORKS111 Stevens Dr.338-4357
MOVING?? SELL UNWANTED FURNITURE IN THE DAILY
MOVING OUT?Two guys with two trucks will help you move. Affordable, reliable, fast, and fun.(319)341-3497 or(319)400-7684, leave message.
U STORE ALL Self StorageIndividual units from5’x10’ to 20’x20’.Concrete buildings, steel doors.Visit us online:www.ustoreall.com(319)337-3506.
16X30 Commercial Condo Units 1610 Willow Creek Drive, IC $325. (319)358-6911.
NOW HIRING:Midtown Family Resterant 2. All positions, full and part-time. Apply 9-11am and 1-4pm at 1069 Hwy 1 West (next to Iowa City Walmart) or call(319)321-9194
NOW HIRING:We are looking for an experi-enced all-around person. Bartending, serving, and helping in the office. This is a full or time position. Apply in person between 2-4pm.
University Athletic Club1360 Melrose Ave.
PRESCHOOL TEACHERTeach in a diverse, NAEYC ac-credited preschool classroom and build a love of learning and promote school readiness. Can-didate will have BA in education or Early Education. Full-time, $25,000- $27,000 plus benefits. Send resume and cover letter by December 10th to:Neighborhood Centers of Johnson CountyPO Box 2491Iowa City, IA 52244fax (319)358-0484
LOVE-A-LOTEARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERis taking applications for full and part-time positions. Please apply
BASP is looking for part-time support staff. Child care experi-ence preferred. Please contact Kasey Hoyer (319)321-5138 or [email protected]
KINDERCAMPUS is seeking a teacher for our After School Pro-gram. Hours are:2:30- 6:30pm M-T-W-F and 1:30- 6:30pm M-Th. Apply within at 1552 Mall Dr. Iowa City or call Nicki at (319)337-5843.
èèèUNDERCOVER SHOPPERSEarn up to $70 per day. Under-cover Shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required.1-800-722-4791.
The Krell Institute is seeking a senior level individual with 15+ years of experience and an ad-vanced degree in a science or engineering discipline to serve as a Program Manager. This person will be part of the man-agement team and work to de-sign, plan, lead and execute pro-grams including the Department of Energy’s prestigious Compu-tational Science Graduate Fel-lowship program. Visit “Jobs” at:www.krellinst.org for detailed in-formation.
RIVERSIDECASINO & GOLF RESORT
is looking for Retail Hosts, full-time and part-time positions are available. For detailed job descriptions or to apply online, please visit our website at:www.riversidecasinoandresort.comEOE. Drug-free workplace. Ap-plicants with felonies, drug-re-lated or theft charges will not be considered.
èèèMOVIE EXTRA opportunities in TV and Film production. All looks needed, no experience required for casting calls. Call1-877-218-6224.
LUCKY PAWZ DOG DAYCARE & BOARDING
Get paid to play with dogs. Part-time positions available. Call (319)351-3647 or visitwww.luckypawz.comfor application.
JOIN the industry leader in resi-dential cleaning. Mon.- Fri. work week. No nights, weekends, or holidays. Paid weekly. Immedi-ate opening for hard working reli-able people with valid driver’s li-cense. Join our maid service by calling. (319)354-6243.
HOUSE OF LORDSBartender needed,
experience preferred. Apply at:
The Canterbury InnHouse of Lords
1st Ave. Coralville or call after 5pm (319)351-0400.
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FULL-TIME GRAPHIC ARTISTin Mac based programs: Adobe, PhotoShop. Must have excellent free hand skills. Competitive wages and benefits. Please con-tact Jim, (319)337-2685.
EARN $800- $3200 a month to drive brand new cars with ads placed on them. www.AdCarClub.com
BARTENDING! $300/ day po-tential. No experience neces-sary. Training provided.800-965-6520 ext. 111.
12:30 p.m. News from China-Beijing (inChinese) 1 A Prairie Lights Reading from the UITVArchives, Kate Christensen2 News from Germany (in German)3 “Java Blend,” Music from Pieta Brown4 Art Share Concert, Nov. 11, from the OldCapitol5:30 Art Share Concert, Poetry & Prose
from the Old Capitol 7 “Java Blend,” Music from Pieta Brown8 Art Share Concert, Nov. 11, from the OldCapitol9:30 News from Daily Iowan TV10 Incompetent Sports Talk, from StudentVideo Productions10:30 News from Daily Iowan TV11 “Java Blend,” Music from Pieta Brown
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the ledge”— Joanna Rosenthal, a graduate fellow in dance. Her piece
“Auto-Body” is part of the Graduate/Undergraduate Concertcurrently playing in Space/Place. See story, page 3C.
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22 PlaywrightEdward andothers
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33 Kind of cup34 Les poissons
swim in it35 Charter36 Folk wisdom,
part 237 Doggone38 Nabokov novel39 Biblical prophet
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40 Formal dressshoes
41 Sane43 Norwegian coin44 End of the folk
wisdom49 Obliquely51 Bishoprics
52 Old Eur. domain53 Cutout to fill in
55 See 16-Across57 Additionally58 Green: Prefix59 Corrida
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2 “___ to bealone” (wordsattributed toGreta Garbo)
3 Wee, quickly4 Exact properdivisor, in math
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9 Pendant place10 Bit of wishful
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first president ofSouth Korea
25 The last PopePaul, e.g.
28 Infield cover29 Heavenly orbs30 Scorch
31 She dies withRadames
32 Talk, talk, talk
33 Robert of “The39 Steps”
36 Teflon, e.g.
37 Any Sonny andCher song
39 Bumps on a ride
40 Do someadvanceorganizing
42 Ayatollah’s home43 Titania’s
membranes46 When doubled,
47 Cause for anerasure
48 Fighters for JeffDavis
54 Powell’s co-starin “The ThinMan”
56 Speed: Abbr.
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horoscopes Thursday, December 6, 2007— by Eugenia Last
For complete TV listings and program guides, check outArts and Entertainment at dailyiowan.com.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Figure out what you have to do to save money. If you can puta little away each week for something you really want, it will give you a sense of security.Don’t get upset with anyone you live with.TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Spend time with friends and family. Whatever you can do tohelp your community or people in need, the better your opportunities will become regard-ing position, proposals, and finding new friends. Short trips will be good for business.GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t take sides if an issue arises. Instead, play the mediatortoday. A change with regard to your position may alarm you at first. Don’t become emotion-al, or you will be viewed as unprofessional and could ruin the outcome.CANCER (June 21-July 22): Everything will work in your favor if you are accommodatingtoday. A little give-and-take will go a long way. A love relationship looks very promising.Whether a new connection or a longtime love, you can turn it into a passionate affair.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t feel guilty for wanting to enjoy yourself. You can get moredone in a shorter period of time than most. Money is in the stars — winnings, settlements,and even old debts can be collected.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Short trips or hands-on help with something you believe in willlead to positive changes. You may want to hold off making any changes around home. Youaren’t likely to get the respect you deserve or the job done that you require.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may not feel like taking the day off, but force yourself to putin the time and make the professional moves that will help you advance. An energeticapproach to something unusual could turn into a satisfying, new position.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your emotions will be running at a fever pitch. Use them wise-ly. If you are in tune with what you need in your life, you should be able to make it happen.Love looks positive, so make a promise.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Focus on others, not yourself today. You need to distanceyourself from emotional matters that could cloud your vision. Do what you can to help acause, or check out an investment that can help you get back on a positive financial track.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Partnerships and professional goals should be your primeconcern. You can make some changes to secure your financial future. Don’t give in to any-one making a loud noise about how to invest. You have better ways to spend your money.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Someone may lead you in the wrong direction. Don’t let youremotions get in the way of doing what’s right. A problem with someone you have known inthe past will crop up. It’s time to cut off the people who lead you astray.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Put your time, effort, and money into your home and yourfuture. Invest in yourself and your surroundings. Fix up a workspace at home that will moti-vate you to follow your dreams. Don’t be daunted by negative people.
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• Regeneration: A Selection of Work from theUI Thesis Collection, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Art BuildingWest third-floor atrium
• Humanitarian Assistance, Preparedness,and International Disasters Panel, noon, PublicPolicy Center Seminar Room, 200 South Quadrangle
• Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, per-formed by students of the Nolte Dance Academy,noon, UIHC Colloton Atrium
• UI Staff Council Brown Bag Lunch, 12:05p.m., Oakdale Hall Gold Room
• Advent Meditation, 12:15 p.m., Old Brick, 26 E.Market
• Major Grooves Winter Concert, 12:30 p.m.,Medical Education and Research Facility Atrium
• Cultural relations in the time of war, MartinDavidson, head of the British Council, 4 p.m.,IMU Richey Ballroom
• Pharmacology Visiting Seminar, “Interac-tion Networks for Protein Phosphatases:Insights into DNA Damage Checkpoint Recov-ery,” Anne-Claude Gingras, 4 p.m., Watzke Audito-rium, Bowen Science Building
• UI Linguistics Department Fall 2007 Collo-quium Series, “The Role of Pragmatics in Reflex-ive Interpretation by Korean Learners of Eng-lish,” Kum-Young Lee, 4 p.m., 205 English-Philoso-phy Building
• Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil, 7 p.m., CityPark
p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burlington• Free Jon McLaughlin Concert, 9 p.m., IMU
Main Lounge• Thursday Night Karaoke, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Char-
lie’s, 450 First Ave., Coralville• Emmett Sheehan, 9:30 p.m., Quinton’s Bar &
Deli, 215 E. Washington
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Jed Carlson, Daily Telegram/Associated PressJosh Mentzel, 10, begins his zoom down a snowy hill near Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Superior,Wis., as Michael Johnson, 10 (back left), and Reo Lund, 10 (back right), watch on Tuesday afternoon.The boys enjoyed themselves as a winter storm moved through the area, dumping more than 15 inchesof snow in some areas.
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Signs you aregetting older
• You keep telling yourself that there is
nothing wrong with beinga seventh-year undergrad.
• You’ve become the nontraditional student
that you’ve come to hate so vehemently.
• You stay home and kniton Friday nights.
• You’ve come to the conclusion that cellulite
• You’ve tried everymajor, and you know all
the academic advisers ona first-name basis.
• Hitting on freshmen hasbecome so wrong even
though it feels so right.
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• Gardening is your newfound passion.
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• You find yourself shopping for bargains on
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• You’re finding it harderand harder to get up …once you’ve sat down.
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Locking on McLaughlinPiano-sporting singer-songwriter JonMcLaughlin makes a free appearance in theIMU Main Lounge tonight, promoting hisdébut album, Indiana (which, unfortunately,doesn’t aim to extend Sufjan Stevens’ state-usurping quest).
coming upthis weekend
Check out 2C for a complete list of Iowa City events
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A steady stream of cars floats by the house,with the drivers dimming the headlights andthe occupants staring in awe at the impressivedisplay of lights and lawn decorations. A fewpedestrians brave the bitter cold, strolling bythe Cabbage Patch doll Jesus asleep in thenativity scene, Santa’s workshop and stable,three German industrial-strength toy trains,and well more than 100 Santa figures of all sizeslining the lawn.
There’s more: candy-cane fences, a massiveinflatable Santa, a PVC-pipe-backed light signreading “MERRY CHRISTMAS” stretchesacross the roof. Signs answering common ques-tions about the holiday adornment, a placardteaching how to wish a merry Christmas indozens of languages, a TV playing black-and-white such movies as It’s a Wonderful Life.
Impressive.With the holiday season well underway, the
spirit might seem unavoidable. Churcheshave changed signs to read, “Jesus is the rea-son for the season”; malls started pumping outChristmas tunes and placing poinsettias intheir windows weeks ago.
But if you aren’t into Santa, and you aren’t aChristian, the appeal might be different. Theholiday season often entails creating a list ofall the things consumers desperately need or atime to bake excessive delectable goodies anddecorate a pine tree in the front window. Andit’s just that — a holiday season. Many religioussects don’t celebrate Christmas or an identicalequivalent. With consumerism seeming tousurp the “true” origins, and with the increas-ing diversity of faiths among Americans, thearchetypal image of Santa Claus coming totown might be coming down.
AAllll tthhee bbeellllss aanndd wwhhiissttlleessCoralville resident Dave Bahnsen has
spent 16 years adding to and perfectinghis Christmas display, dubbed and knownthroughout the area simply as the Santa House.He and wife Roxanne Bahnsen, with the help of anarmy of friends and family, decorate the house forChristmas every year just before Thanksgiving anddisassemble it after New Year’s.
WHATAREYOUREADING?Each week, the DI finds anindividual in Iowa City raving about her or hisfavorite book of themoment. This week, the DItalked to Dean LindaMaxson of the College ofLiberal Arts and Sciences.
I just finished James VanAllen: The First Eight
Billion Miles, by AbigailFoerstner. Van Allen was amember of the faculty untilhe passed away in 2006. I
was privileged to knowhim; he was a really
fascinating man. I got theopportunity to talk with thewoman who wrote the bookand discuss how he was afabulous inspiration and
MUSIC• An Evening with the Schwag, 9
p.m., Picador, 330 E. Washington• Great Lakes Music/Old World
Charmers, 9 p.m., Mill, 120 E. Burling-ton
• John McLaughlin, with speakerJoe White, 9 p.m., IMU Main Lounge
• The Mayflies, featuring AnnieSavage and Blueheels, 9 p.m., YachtClub, 13 S. Linn
• Emmett Sheehan, 9:30 p.m., Quin-ton’s, 215 E. Washington
WORDS• Writers’ Workshop reading,
Richard Price, fiction, 8 p.m., DeyHouse Frank Conroy Reading Room
THEATER• Anton In Show Business, Univer-
sity Mainstage Production, 8 p.m.,Theatre Building Mabie Theatre,
• M.F.A. Directors One-Act PlayFestival, 8 p.m., Theatre Building The-atre B
LECTURES• Commemoration of World AIDS
Day, Dena Dillon, 11:30 a.m., PharmacyBuilding ZOPF Auditorium
• Humanitarian Assistance, Pre-paredness, and International Disas-ters, noon, Public Policy Seminar Room,200 South Quadrangle
• Aisle of Lights, 5 p.m.,Coralville City Hall, 1512 Sev-enth St.
• Old Brick Taize, 5-6 p.m.,Old Brick
• Knit Night , 5:30-7:30p.m., House of Aromas Coffee,118 S. Clinton
• Nativity Scene, 5:30-7p.m., New Horizons Church,2251 First Ave., Coralville
• The Original Mill PubQuiz, 9-11 p.m., Mill
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The Golden CompassSycamore 12, Coral Ridge 10The Golden Compass has seen itsshare of media. Originating as a bookin Britain as Northern Lights, thebook took the name The GoldenCompass in the United States. Twelveyears later, the Philip Pullman novellooks to reach a greater audiencewith a forthcoming movie. Set in aanalogous world, the book featuresyoung protagonist Lyra (Dakota BlueRichards) as she sets out to discoverthe mysteries that surround child kid-nappers known as Gobblers..
new moviesOPENING THIS WEEKEND
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Lake of FireAmerican History X director Tony
Kaye was not done with challengingsocial issues after his racially fueled hit;his new film, Lake of Fire, evaluates theevery-day and theoretical dispute sur-rounding abortion. The release foundwidespread acclaim through its self-proclaimed lack of bias toward thetopic.
No Country for Old MenSycamore 12 Tommy Lee Jones is always a badass,and No Country delivers him justice.Set in depths of the dry Rio Grandecountry, the movie tells the linearstory of a handful of characters sur-rounding a common antagonist.Using character quirks to speak totheir personality, the Cohen brothersguide the film with startling sceneryand odd characters. Javier Bardem,Josh Brolin, and Woody Harrelson allstar as they attempt to claim an ill-gotten prize.
DI RECOMMENDSLearning to play the guitar. Well,don’t really learn to play, thatcould take years. Instead, learn toplay a handful of party classicssuch as “What I Got.” Then go toparties and watch as the oppositesex starts to flock toward you(but be sure to avoid JohnBelushi).
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“Camp Euphoria favorites
Chicago Afrobeat Project willmake another local appearanceon Saturday at the Yacht Club,13 S. Linn St. IntertwiningAmerican rock influences withNigerian drum styles, the bandlooks to spread messages ofdiversity and unison through itsensemble. Sometimes featuringas many as 15 members, or asfew as seven, only the coremembers will make it to IowaCity this time around.
“It’s tough to organize a hugeband,” drummer MarshallGreenhouse said. “We don’thave 100 percent commitmentfrom every member, which is agood thing. It gives our bandhuge variety.”
Featuring mostly white musi-cians, the band members saythey’ve received criticism forplaying traditionally Africanmusic. Despite these critiques,the band donated portions ofthe money made from its mostrecent CD, (A) Move to SilentUnrest, to Journalists AgainstAIDS Nigeria.
“Our music song ‘MediaMan’ talks about the media’scriticism of us,” Greenhousesaid. “But this isn’t music for aspecific race, it’s just musicthat’s good to dance to.”
The full band features bass,keyboards, tenor sax, guitar,drum set, baritone sax, trom-bone, two secondary percus-sionists, djembe, talking drum,
and two dancers. Their per-formance extends far beyondrecordings and into the visualrealm. The heavy Nigerian influences, combined with ajazzy feel, gives the band thevibe of an ethnically chargedColtrane, Roots, Big Band swirl(with a hint of the DoobieBrothers).
This slew of people is nooddity in Afro-beat groups,which even Iowa City has pro-duced. On the local scale,Greenhouse said, he’d seen alot of Chicago AfrobeatProject’s ideals and styles in theband Euforquestra, and the twocould possibly initiate a jointtour.
— by Cole Cheney
Publicity photoChicago Afrobeat Project brings its Euforquestra-esque sound to the Yacht Club thisSaturday.
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By Claire LekwaTHE DAILY IOWAN
In shock, senior dance majorCarrie Nicastro needed a dou-ble glance to realize what hadhappened. All six of her pieceshad made the list to be in thedance department’s Gradu-ate/Undergraduate Concert,meaning she would be dancingin half of the show.
Nicastro will perform in theGraduate/Undergraduate Con-cert today through Saturday at8 p.m. in North Hall’sSpace/Place. The program fea-tures 12 selected pieces choreo-graphed by five graduate andseven undergraduate students.
Even after dancing all day,Nicastro exudes energy as shediscusses the pieces she’s pre-pared this semester, a commit-ment of 12-18 hours a week. Inone, she improvises dance tothe sound of the rain. Anotherallows her to transform intoone of Picasso’s five simultane-ous lovers — she is the only onewho had the courage to leavehim. In another, she is a fallengirl, the one no one saved.
“I get to play a little actressgame,” she said.
The variety of Nicastro’spieces represents the concert asa whole. The program mixes theexperimental with the tradition-al, the unfeeling with the pas-sionate, and the strange withthe beautiful, incorporating con-temporary ideas throughout.
“They’re all responding tocurrent trends, even in ballet,”said Jennifer Kayle, a dance
assistant professor on theadjudication committee. Shesaid the choreography demon-strates students’ ideas aboutbending the rules.
Graduate student Rain Ross’ballet en pointe, “contrappos-to,” incorporates new direc-tions in the professional balletworld. To the unsettling disso-nance of electric violins, sevenballet dancers twist and weavethroughout the stage in intri-cate choreography. Ross useschallenging off-balance tech-niques, a less traditional styleof ballet choreography, toexpress the sensuality she saidis inherent in ballet.
Graduate fellow JoannaRosenthal also explores theideas of the flesh, abstracting theposes of 1940s pinup girls intothe choreography for the work“Auto-Body.” Rosenthal says shehas been obsessed by the imagesof the pinups lately, drawn byboth curiosity and appreciation.
“There’s so much controver-sy surrounding the pinup,” shesaid. “Is it further subjugatingwomen or is it the beauty oftheir bodies?”
Despite the inspiration,Rosenthal said, her work is notabout sexuality. “It’s about theobjectification of women, butalso the power they can holdwith this knowledge,” she said.
Nicastro, one of the twodancers in Rosenthal’s piece,said the work was the mostchallenging of the six shelearned, requiring her to twistinto strange, mechanical move-ments that elongate the body’slimbs, especially the legs.
Unlike the expressiveness ofother pieces, the dancers in“Auto-Body” purposely emit nofeeling at all. “It’s almost like[we] look past you in a strangeway,” Nicastro said.
Rosenthal said the use of thebizarre has become a signaturepart of her work. “I like tothrow a wrench in things —I’m attracted to some kind ofstrangeness,” she said. “I’m notreally a strange person, so it’skind of weird.”
A ’96 UI graduate, today’s
performance will be her firsttime returning to Space/Place.Now a professional with her ownChicago dance company, one ofRosenthal’s most profoundmoments in dance occurred dur-ing her time at Iowa, performingin choreographer DavidBerkey’s piece “Critical Mass” inthe 1995 Dance Gala.
“It was the first time I self-acknowledged how much Iloved dancing and performing,”she said. “[Berkey] demandedso much of you. You wanted to
please him because you knewhow good the work was andyou wanted to do it justice.”
Now back at Iowa, Rosenthal ispassing on those same moments toher own dancers. “She is a stun-ning choreographer,” Nicastrosaid.“She is so specific about whatshe wants and you always want toplease her.”
Admission: $12; students $6; freefor children under 12
Featured StudentChoreographers• “Five Picassos”Analia Alegre-Femenias• “morning to morning”Katherine Salome Robbins• “Untidaled”Alison Riazi• “SURGE”Lynn Bowman• “A Route:Condition of Rut”Anna Adams Stark• “The Night We BecamePeople Again”Analia Alegre-Femenias and Erin Zintek• “contrapposto”Rain Ross• “Auto-Body”Joanna Rosenthal• “evaporation, condensation, rain”Vladimir Condereche• “Settling for Recovery”Leigha Mena• “Luke 5:10”Christine Hands• “Knowing Ordinary”Rachael Hillman
Whitney Wright/The Daily IowanDancers hug one another during a rehearsal of “Morning to Morning” in Space/Place on Monday. Thepiece will be performed as part of the Graduate/Undergraduate Concert tonight through Saturday.
WHETHER THROUGH CONTORTED PINUP GIRL POSES OR SENSUOUS BALLET, UI CHOREOGRAPHERS BEND THERULES TO EXPRESS A RANGE OF CONTEMPORARY EMOTIONS.
TRUE LIFE dance
“You can see the pure joy littlekids feel here,” Dave Bahnsensaid, entering the house rosy-cheeked after spending all day onthe roof and in the yard bangingice off the ornamentation. “Wecan hear the squealing on thesidewalk from here in the livingroom and see kids racing up anddown the sidewalk. There are sofew places anymore for people toenjoy the pure Christmas spirit.”
And the Bahnsen homeembodies his idea of that spirit.From the mailbox to the festivelyendowed Christmas sweaters,the Bahnsens have made it theirhobby to decorate their home,and they encourage others to tryas well.
“You don’t have to go over-board as we do,” Dave Bahnsensaid, laughing with RoxanneBahnsen. “Just add one strand oflights — it costs a buck. It makesit so much nicer and more festive.The city’s never had a contest,and we don’t look at it like that.We don’t decorate like this forevery holiday.”
Cutting out Christmas altogether“Christmas is something that
seems so obvious to a lot of peo-ple,” said UI sophomore RachelMcNamee, who is Jewish. “Peo-ple still ask, ‘Well, I know you’renot Christian, but why don’t youhave a tree?’ They can’t seem tocomprehend the fact that I don’tcelebrate Christmas at all. It’snot a part of my life, but the diffi-cult thing is that it kind of has tobe. I’m completely immersed in agenerally Christian culture. Justknowing that I have no choice inthe matter is pretty frustrating.”
McNamee’s vexation partiallystems from people’s often assum-ing that Hanukkah is the JewishChristmas, and they associatethe two. She says it’s odd,because Hanukkah, which start-ed Tuesday this year, isn’t themost important Jewish holiday,and it has nothing to do with thebirth of Christ. Because Jewishpeople use a lunar calendar, it’s acoincidence if the two fall aroundthe same time of year.
“It’s hard, because I do thinkit’s nice how enthusiastic peopleget about it,” she said, noting,with some irritation, that insteadof celebrating Hanukkah withher family, she’ll be taking finals.Those who celebrate Christmashave vacation time.
Not all Christmas customsnecessarily make sense to out-siders, such as getting up at 3a.m. to go shopping the day afterThanksgiving, decking out ahouse with thousands of lights, orbelieving in Santa Claus.
“All people seem to have sto-ries about when they found outSanta wasn’t real,” Hillel staffmember Adina Hemley said.“Why does it bother people? It’sso bizarre that that’s such a partof the American conscience. It’sthe equivalent to, ‘When did youlose your virginity?’ ”
Yule: the six-month holidayFor some, this season means
gearing up for more than one hol-iday, even when not everyonestays nice all season. CarolRaymer, the manager of Kirlin’sHallmark Store in the CoralRidge Mall, said her store doesalmost one-third of its businessfrom Thanksgiving to Christmas.
“At the beginning of the sea-son, consumers start out nice;they’ll say, ‘Have a merry Christ-mas,’ ” she said. “But at the end,people become just desperate ifyou don’t have what they want.You can see the frustration allover their faces.”
She’s lucky to be in the Hall-mark business, she said, becausestaffers are spared a lot of that,but everyone who celebratesChristmas has experienced theincreasing mall traffic and down-to-the-count stress of last-minuteholiday shopping.
However, some plan quiteearly. Hallmark releases its col-lector’s item ornaments in July,and the store starts transitioningfor Christmas as early as Octo-ber.
Stepping out of the mainstreamChristmas isn’t a drawn-out
thing for everyone. For thosefamiliar with the liturgical orBiblical calendar, Christmas sea-son doesn’t begin until theevening of Dec. 24, and only lastsuntil Jan. 6 — 12 days long(remember the song). On this cal-endar, we’re technically in themiddle of Advent.
“This is the time of year for
preparing to observe the nativityof our Lord,” said John Cowan,the ministries coordinator for theTaize community at Old Brick. “Idon’t recognize that we’re in theChristmas season yet.”
He doesn’t put up his tree untilthe Sunday before Christmas Eve, and he doesn’twant to see a tree until then. Fol-lowing Catholic and ancientchurch traditions, he also prefersnot to listen to Christmas carolsuntil services Dec. 24. As analternative, Old Brick offersmonthly Labyrinth days, depend-ing on the liturgical season.
“[The Advent Labyrinth] is away to step out of the rat raceand spend personal time inreflection and pull the inner selftogether,” Cowan said.
The Labyrinth is a 40-foot can-vas reproduction of the floorlabyrinth in France’s ChartresCathedral. Participants can med-itate or pray while walkingthrough it. “It’s a time to preparein one’s heart spiritually for thepinnacle time of observance ofthe nativity,” Cowan said.
Many local churches strive topush aside a typical consumeristview of the Christmas season.For the fifth year in a row, FirstPresbyterian Church, 2701Rochester Ave., is offering theAlternative Gift Market eachSunday morning through Dec.16. The market presents theopportunity to donate to 11 dif-ferent local and internationalprojects in the name of thereceiver for a holiday gift.
“It’s an alternative for otherkinds of shopping than what peo-ple have gotten in the habit ofdoing,” said Mary Palmberg, oneof four market committee mem-bers. “Those of us in faith com-munities hope that people don’tlose sight of the real meaning ofthe season in the frenzy of theholidays,and we try to find differ-ent opportunities for people tospend their shopping dollars.”
Projects range from supportingmissionaries in Guatemala andCentral Asia to aiding the IowaCity Shelter House, which pro-vides housing and services to thehomeless. Others include Well-spring Africa, Kids AgainstHunger, and the sale of variousfair-trade goods and handmadegifts. The Alternative Gift Mar-ket earned more than $9,000 lastyear to support these causes.
Christmas without the ChristNot everyone gives gifts this
time of year. UI freshman NehaTandon’s family still puts upChristmas lights and embodiesthe festive spirit, but becausetheir religion is Hindu, theyalready had their biggest holiday,Diwali, or the Festival of Light.
“During Diwali, all familymembers and friends meet tospend time together,” Tandonsaid, explaining that they’ll givegifts of traditional Indian sweetsas tokens of good will. In her fam-ily, they don’t give gifts on Christ-mas, but she knows plenty of
Hindi families who do exchangepresents.
“We used to get gifts when wewere younger,because my parentswanted to add that element of funfor us,” she said. “We don’t reallydo anything materialistically now,though.We just make it a point tospend the day together.”
UI sophomore Darrah Krotzalso tries to celebrate the holidayin a more family-oriented way.She’s been an atheist since age12, but she comes from a Presby-terian home. Having a differentset of opinions about Christmashasn’t been too difficult, she said.
“I kind of felt guilty celebratinga religious holiday when I didn’tbelieve in what I was celebrat-ing,” she said.“We just don’t men-tion Jesus before we eat or onChristmas night. When we havedinner, we talk about what we’regrateful for. It’s kind of likeThanksgiving with presents.”
For her, it doesn’t matter howother people choose to celebratethe season as long as they knowwhat they believe, Krotz said.
’Tis the Scrooge seasonIn a consumer-driven nation
such as the United States, it’seasy to find instances when peo-ple desire to destroy the spirit ofthe holidays. Take the vandals inMount Pleasant, Ill., who ranover a man after sabotaging hun-dreds of dollars’ worth of décor inhis yard. Or the student chargedwith misdemeanor assault inMissoula, Mont., after he alleged-ly smashed a pumpkin pie intothe face of a mall Santa Clauswith a child on his lap and yelled,“What do you think of that,Santa?”
Perhaps you’ve already seenpreviews for “the movie Santadoesn’t want you to see,” WhatWould Jesus Buy?, a documen-tary with stark opinions aboutthe over-commercialization ofChristmas.
But if you, like the Bahnsens,buy into all those Christmas fes-
tivities and the potential joy theycan bring, “good things do hap-pen.” One child wanted the CoralRidge Mall Santa to take him tothe Santa House through theMake A Wish Foundation. TheBahnsens have seen weddingparties climb out of limousines totake photos with the hundreds ofSanta ornaments, and the bestmoment for them was when acouple got engaged in their frontyard.
“Both came here as kids grow-ing up in the area,and they had alot of happiness associated withit,” Dave Bahnsen said, adjustingthe giant waving Santa in his liv-ing room’s bay window. “So heproposed here. Some years, wesay, this will be our last year, orthat we’d rather not put up deco-rations this year. But how canyou stop doing this?”
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Ringing in the holidaze
Julie Brayton/The Daily IowanOld Brick hosted Labyrinth Walking Meditation on Sunday from 2-8p.m.
Christmas by thenumbers:United States ReligiousBreakdownChristians: 224 million (76.5%total population)Jews: 4 million (1.3%)Muslims: 1.5 million (.5%)Hindus: 1 million (.4%)Buddhists: 1.5 million (.5%)No religiousaffiliation/Atheists/Agnostics:43.9 million (15%)
How much is toomuch?Average consumer spendingduring 2006 holiday season:$907Estimated average spendingduring 2007 holiday season:$859Average consumer credit debtin Iowa: $12,981Average consumer credit debt,national: $16,223By Nov. 20, 43% of Americanshad already started Christmasshopping.
By Meryn FlukerTHE DAILY IOWAN
Few groups can really becalled “institutions.” The labelconnotes a group that stillremains relevant despite the lossof original members. In music,the Jacksons saw a sharp declinein popularity after Michael wenton to solo success, and one canonly imagine the humiliation ifDestiny’s Child tried to replaceBeyoncé.
Sweet Honey in the Rock isthe rare group that has main-tained its popularity after it sus-tained such losses. Ysaye MariaBarnwell, a member of SweetHoney in the Rock, invoked thatspecial word when she describedthe African-American group.
“This is our 34th year,” Barn-well said. “Something that old isbasically an institution of sortsand should be able, after all ofthose years, to continue on. Thatis exactly what the group hasdone.”
There’s solid evidence to sup-port her claim. She knows thishistory well: She’s been a mem-ber of Sweet Honey since 1979.During the group’s 34-yearcareer, 23 women have at onetime been members. SweetHoney in the Rock was foundedby Bernice Johnson Reagon, whoretired from the group in Febru-ary 2004. Despite the obstaclethat would have toppled an aver-age group, this musical institu-tion still soldiers on. Sweet
Honey just released a newalbum with original material,Experience …101, and it is com-ing to Hancher Auditorium onSaturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sweet Honey in the Rock hasa chameleon-like identity thatcomes from many sources, mak-ing the group hard to categorize.Its music combines jazz, spiritu-als, and rap, among other styles.Much of the group’s repertoirefeatures songs with religiousovertones (the group’s namecomes from Psalm 81:16) butBarnwell said the group does notclassify itself as a gospel outfit.
“People from a number of different faiths come to our con-certs, listen to our music ‘reli-giously,’ because they understand that we’re not proselytizing. I think there’s avery big difference,” she said.“There are religious themes inour traditional music that areunavoidable, and I believe thatthose religious themes haveremained in the culture becausethey have helped us to survive,but we do not exclude anyone.”
Barnwell said a few of the
selections for the upcomingHancher concert will reflect theholiday season, namely Christ-mas and Kwanzaa, becausethose are the two holidaysobserved by most of the group’smembers.
Sweet Honey in the Rock alsoprides itself on its message, itsstances on issues, and its devo-tion to causes.
“I think it’s all a matter of per-spective and attitude. I feel likeeverything we do is socially con-scious,” Barnwell said.“I say thatbecause we are very aware of thepower of music. We also come
from a culture in which musichas been the thing that has keptus alive and kept our culturealive, and has been used func-tionally to get our people,African-American people,through some very, very criticaltimes in our history.”
She closed the interview witha reflection on Sweet Honey inthe Rock’s past, present andfuture.
“We’ve done what we havealways done,” she said. “We havecontinued to grow.”
As if graduate school isn’t hardenough, imagine being forced tolet complete strangers read yourthesis, or better yet, your firstassignment.The upcoming M.F.A.Directors One-Act Play Festival,beginning today at 8 p.m., hasthat idea in mind. The festival,which occurs every three years, isa showcase for the first-year stu-dents in the Master of Fine Artsdirecting program at the UI.
Starting a graduate careerwith such a public display seemsto take balls of steel, and the fear-lessness of the directors shouldnot be undercut by the fact thatthe decision wasn’t exactly volun-tary. Four directors heeded thecall, including John Kaufmann,who offers “The Collection”, byHarold Pinter.
“The four M.F.A. directing stu-dents,we all do this festival,” Bran-don Bruce, 31, said. “We’re actuallyrequired to do it, for our grades.”
He describes his play, “Chica-go,” by Sam Shepard, as a “psy-chedelic melodrama.” The protag-onist, Stu, is contemplating hisabandonment issues in the bath-tub as his fiancée contemplatestaking a job in the Windy City.
The performances, occurringthis weekend and next, are theculmination of around six monthsof hard work for the first-yearstudents, casts, and crews.
Sarah Ballema said shereceived an e-mail from her advis-er in June, roughly three monthsafter her acceptance into theM.F.A.program,notifying her andthe other directors of the festival.
“I think I committed to thisscript in August, and we hadauditions the very first week ofclasses,” said Ballema, 33. “Wehad lived in Iowa for about aweek and a half, and then wecast the shows.”
Three of the plays explore thetheme of abandonment,an appro-priate fact because the directorscome from different areas andwere left to their own devices inselecting a play for the festival.
Ballema’s play, “Free Gift,” byIsrael Horowitz, tells the storyof a young black woman wholeaves her newborn son on the
doorstep of an older, more afflu-ent white couple in New York,and her return to that homemany years later.
“It kind of fit what I was look-ing for, which was female voicesand a woman’s story. I was prettyself-aware, being the ‘girl director’coming into the class,” Ballemasaid.“I think I felt an obligation tomake sure that this was either awoman playwright or had some-thing strong for some actresses tosink their teeth into.”
“I was thinking of all kinds ofdifferent plays,” director AnthonyNelson said about his search. “Iwas sending ideas to the depart-ment head,and he was like, ‘Well,that kind of sounds academic.Let’s try not to go so academic.’ ”
Nelson finally settled on“Walking Backwards,” a byBrian Silberman. The plot cen-ters on three teenage boys liv-ing in Virginia during thebuildup to the draft and U.S.
involvement in the VietnamWar. He urged non-theatergoers, especially in the UI com-munity, to attend the One-ActFestival because they might besurprised with what they find.
“Hopefully, people will seethese [posters], and be intriguedby seeing something different,now that we don’t have a footballteam,” Nelson said before hequickly added, “Just kidding.”
Later, he clarified his point. “Ialways try to do theater for peo-ple who don’t see theater,because a lot of people areafraid to come see theater.”
Sarah O’Brien/The Daily IowanSam Miller (left), who plays James, pauses during a conversation with Zachary Borja as Bill in a rehearsal of “The Collection” in the Theatre Building on Monday. As part of the M.F.A. Directors One-ActPlay Festival, it will run with “Free Gift” today through Saturday at 8 p.m., and “Walkin’ Backwards”and “Chicago” will play from Dec. 13-15 at 8 p.m. Admission is $6, $4 for students.
Dear Louis,Much of the time I
enjoy you. But every oncein awhile, you use myleast favorite word: “fab-ulous.” Don’t you thinkit’s time to put thatawful word to rest? Idon’t know if this isworth an entire column,but I think the worddeserves some re-evalua-tion. Maybe you’re up forit.
Best, AndrewDear Purposely Un-
Fabulous Andrew,Um, how doesn’t this
deserve an entire column?Remember that time Iwrote six paragraphs onKelis being a bad-ass?Come on. That was unheardof. And I could’ve written atome. It would’ve lookedlike Anna Karenina by thetime I was done. Translatedinto Russian and every-thing. Your question is epic,important, and, in anabstract way, about me, soI’ll treat it with love.
Ready for the surprise ofyour tawdry life, Andrew?Here she blows: I agreewith you. I know, call allyour friends. Well, let’s beclear here: I agree with thebroad strokes of your argu-ment. Plenty of wordsbecome painfully overused(Can I get a holler for theepidemic that is the word“amazing”?), but evenworse, many words are flat-out misused. For instance,ahem, ladies, it’s not fabu-lous when you go shoppingwith your gay friend. I don’tcare if he lets you sing inthe car. Nor is everythinggay inherently fabulous.Unless, of course, the onlygay person you know is me,then I suppose “gay,” “fabu-lous,” and “straight-upballer” are all synonyms toyou. I advise you preservethis vision. Avoid all othergay men; stick to SportsColumn whenever possible.
But of course, Andrew, thereal problem with “fabu-lous” is how it’s used todescribe everything gay. Infact, it’s utilized, scathingly,in reference to that flam-boyant, obnoxious gay arti-fice that all awful straightcomedians used in mockery.But you know what,Andrew? I think you needto consider just the misin-formed types who use theword that way. These arethe same people (mostlysheltered suburbanites, ifyou ask me) who meet a gayguy and shout, “You’re justlike Jack from ‘Will andGrace’ ”! Oh, look, a newsbulletin: Almost no one islike Jack from “Will andGrace.” Gay men are notperpetual appendages topretty straight women. Norare they unending comicrelief. I mean, look at me —serious, intellectual, hum-ble, and a humanitarian.Just call me OskarSchindler. I had a list onceupon a time. You and yourbullshit weren’t on it.
You see, many haplesspeople (all fine specimens,I’m sure) simply need areminder of real fabulous-ness. It’s somewhere on thatnexus of “sublime,” “defi-ance,” and “superior.” Stilllost? Wuh oh, here comes alist of examples. Here I goeducating again:
1. The Legends: We canonly accurately describeBette Davis, MarleneDietrich, and Angelica from“Rugrats” so many ways,you know? Here is wherethe legal use of fab re-enters our lives, when we’retrying to encapsulate adivine doyenne’s effortlessreign. For any newcomers,Bette Davis is like Reginafrom Mean Girls exceptBette owns the evil.
2. Regina from MeanGirls.
3. Saucy Intelligence: Ibasically just mean TimGunn from “ProjectRunway.” Your instincts tellyou he has as much brassas his gray BananaRepublic suits, but inspect
further. This is the manwho said to Elisa, a hippie-dippy contestant whomarked her garment withspit, “Elisa. That’s cuckoo.”You know she was eatingsome comfort tofu afterthat.
4. Gets-Its: Once upon Iworked at a grocery store(which still means youshould pray for me). A 60-something grandmothernamed Rosemary worked atregister four, and she sur-prised me with both hersparkling wit and gray pig-tails. During a lull one day,I said to her, “Rosemary, youget it.” She turned, raisedan eyebrow, and replied,“And then some.” Has thereever been a more fabulousgets-it moment?
Send in your nominations.The truth is, if I was
forced to describe myself (oreven if I wasn’t), I’d proba-bly speed through a wholebunch of phenomenal adjec-tives before I reached “fabu-lous.” But you know, “fabu-lous” would still make thetop 100. It’s an overused,misused wonder, that trickyF-word, but when uncorkedat the right temperature, itstill hits the spot. And onvery special days, it canalso hit you square in thejaw, but that’s mostlybecause of Kelis’ documented anger-manage-ment issues.
ar ts&cul ture8800 HOURSAaron Carter is a hack. Louis Virtel is not. Go to
dailyiowan.com to come get more of Louis’sparty. He swears he didn’t spike the juice.
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Seven years ago, his pre-pubescent voice graced ourboom boxes with solicitationsof the party of the month —nah, the party of the year.But Friday, the same littlerebel who tricked his parentsinto leaving home and intheir absence threw a party,will finally be able to legallyprovide liquor for his guests.Yes, ladies and gentlemen,Aaron Charles Carter isturning 21!
His desire to be the flyestkid on the block startedyoung. At age 7 — the timewhen most chumps are stilllearning to read — Aaronhad already formed his ownrock band, Dead End. Butthe tour of local librariesproved to be a waste of hischildhood talent, and twoyears later Carter left theband, citing artistic differ-ences.
He lingered in his brotherNick’s shadow for some timeafter the split, but like somany boy bands before him,eventually found fame inEurope. That fame startedwith “Crush on You,” a sin-gle that some of us may unfortunately remember asthe overly processed slew ofsqueaks and New Kids onthe Block-like beats.
Remarkably, his fame con-tinued to soar, and in 2000,he released “Aaron’s Party(Come Get It),” which soldmore than 1.5 million copiesand achieved platinum sta-tus. As history has shownthrough Drew Barrymore,Danny Bonaduce, and CoreyFeldman, fame at 14 can beoverwhelming.
You wouldn’t guess thatfrom the hit video, though.Featuring dance moves thatare a combination of wristspins, fist pumps, and roofraises, set to spastic step-ping, this taste of fame couldbe every hammy preteen’sdream, and it seems quitepossible that it is Aaron’s.After all, I believe that theangelic little boy really doeswant to meet the “honey overthere.” And I believe that hefeels like “da man” while bop-ping through his party witha constant head nod. Butunderneath that farawaylook and half-smile, lurkssomething much darker.
In a heartwrenchingmoment of episode sevenfrom House of Carter’s, theCarter family reality showon E!, Aaron admits that hisparents forced him intomusic at such a young age(shocking that a 7-year-oldwasn’t looking for record
deals on his own). In a soft-ening voice he goes on toreflect: “I didn’t even see aday of high school. I didn’tsee prom. I didn’t see any ofthat stuff.” It makes you feelfor the young man … for asecond. And then he addssomewhat aggressively, witha cocked head, “Maybe I’m astronger person todaybecause of it. I feel like Iam,” and all of my surpriserespect for Aaron went fly-ing out the window.
A birthday is no time totear into someone, so allowme to backtrack and talkabout Aaron Carter’s contri-butions to the world. Youmay remember the feud thatstarted between LindsayLohan and Hillary Duff? Itwas surrounding Aaron’sinfidelity with Duff. Had thetwo stayed together, who’s tosay, they might havebrought another unwanted-child-of-a-pop-star into thisworld. Thank you for break-ing up, you two. Or whatabout one of the three AaronCarter dolls, all clad inwhite undies (not that Ichecked — OK, I did), whonow may rest coated in afine layer of dust in the backof someone’s closet.
Although dolls andbreakups are significantcontributions to our world,on a day such as today, inthe dawn of his 21st birth-day, we should pause andraise our juice-filled glassesto Carter for introducingsuch an incendiary tune intoour lives. Only this time,let’s be sure to keep thejuice off of his mom’s newcushion.