dailyiowan.com WEATHER INDEX INSIDE For photos, videos, audio, blogs, and more, check us out online at: dailyiowan.com Arts Classifieds Crossword 1C 4B 6B Opinions Sports 6A 1B Thursday, February 14, 2008 THE INDEPENDENT DAILY NEWSPAPER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA COMMUNITY SINCE 1868 Bluder’s Bunch hopes for big night With its hopes of a regular- season Big Ten title hinging largely on tonight’s game at Purdue, Iowa hopes to escape with a ninth-straight win. Sports, 1B ‘Wii-habilitation’ Physical-therapy patients and senior citizens are play- ing the Wii for exercise and fun. Campus, 5A ➞ ➞ 28 -2 C -2 -19 C Mostly cloudy, windy, 50% chance of snow; wind chill (yawn) returns late tonight. Daily updates Now check back at dailyiowan.com during the day for the latest news on the UI and Iowa City. Today’s webcast • Physical therapy with the Wii • Presidential race • Mark Perry’s injury UI Sick days Regent employees used 170,106 days of sick leave at a cost of $31.8 million. Campus, 7A Daily Iowan TV To watch Daily Iowan TV, 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. By Bryce Bauer THE DAILY IOWAN Approximately an hour before authorities believe Jerome August “Patrick” McEwen was killed, his alleged slayer was kicked out of a down- town bar because of his appar- ently heavily intoxicated state. Mike Porter, the owner of One-Eyed Jakes, 18-20 S. Clin- ton St., announced Wednesday that Curtis John Fry was removed from his establish- ment by bar staff at 12:36 a.m. on Feb. 7 — just seven minutes after he and his group arrived and just 36 minutes after he became legal to purchase alco- hol, a review of security tapes shows. Bar staff denied Fry re- entry two minutes later. On Feb. 8, Fry was arrested by Iowa City police and charged in the beating death of 75-year- old McEwen in the latter’s South Van Buren residence. Porter, who also owns the Summit, 10 S. Clinton St., said taking action against drunk patrons is typical in his industry, and he praised his employees for taking appropriate action with Fry. “Sometimes, they just get cut off, and other times, they get denied entry,” Porter said, later explaining that his staff undergo training to handle these situations. By Brian Stewart THE DAILY IOWAN SOLON — Gourmet French dishes and trendy spring fashions, aimed to warm customers’ minds and bodies from the chilly winter weather, set the backdrop for a benefit to raise funds to counter domes- tic abuse on Wednesday night. The event, held in the Redhead Restau- rant, 240 E. Main St., Solon, paired a three-course French meal from Redhead chef-owner Kim Zesiger with a fashion show featuring spring items from local boutique Dulcinea, 2 S. Dubuque St. A silent auction during the event raised money for the Domestic Violence Inter- vention Program. “We just wanted to create something fun,” Dulcinea manager Jennifer Booth said. “We thought a spring fashion show would be good to get people out and excit- ed about spring.” Booth said the event was kindled by a mutual desire of the owners of Dulcinea and Redhead — both women — to sponsor a benefit for a program along the lines of the intervention program. Monika Ratner, a server at the eclectic Redhead and one of the evening’s models, said she heard about the show through the restaurant. By Charlie Kautz THE DAILY IOWAN As the sporting world on Wednesday soaked in more than four hours of finger-point- ing during Roger Clemens’ con- gressional hearing on Capitol Hill, one UI expert was simply trying to keep his web readers satisfied. That’s because when it comes to the he-said, he-said steroid controversy surrounding the Mitchell Report, Brian McNamee, and the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, nobody loves chronicling a suc- culent story about alleged juicers more than Gary Gaffney, a UI associate pro- fessor of psychi- atry. “I thought it was a remark- able preceding in that you have these diametrically opposed indi- viduals at the same table with the chief investigator of the Mitchell Report in between them,” he said. “Also, flanking either was their battery of lawyers, so the whole thing was really bizarre, I thought.” While Gaffney — a 27-year professional who works in the UI Hospitals and Clinics — spent most of Wednesday morn- ing readying for a regular after- noon at his day job, one of his hobbies couldn’t help but get in the way. By Kelsey Beltramea THE DAILY IOWAN Old Glory must remain between sea and shining sea — if she wants to wave in Iowa, at least. Rep. Ray Zirkelbach, D-Monti- cello, introduced a bill last week, now in subcommittee, that would make sure of it. Under the bill, businesses could be fined as much as $625 for selling U.S. or Iowa flags made in other countries. Busi- ness owners or operators could also face up to 30 days in jail for selling a foreign-made flag. Those flags commemorating U.S. soldiers missing in action or those characterized as prisoners of war would also be regulated under the proposal. Zirkelbach, an Iraq war veter- an who also chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, declined to comment on the bill until after it reaches the House floor, but locally, veterans lauded his efforts. At the American Legion Post 17 in Iowa City, Commander Mike Hull said he understood where Zirkelbach’s position. “You know, we raise our right hand and fight for our country, and I want an American flag draped over me when I go,” the veteran said. Hull, who served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Desert Storm, said he valued America’s free- enterprise, free-market society, Fry charged Gaffney UI associate professor of psychiatry American made, or else Tune in to Daily Iowan TV at dailyiowan.com to learn more about a bill that would prohibit Iowa vendors from selling American flags made outside the United States. An anti-violence model Check out dailyiowan.com for a slide show of Wednesday’s fashion show in Solon. Homicide suspect was kicked out of Jakes New evidence lends credence to the theory that the man allegedly responsible for Patrick McEwen’s death was drunk around the time of the latter’s death. SEE HOMICIDE, 3A Ben Roberts/The Daily Iowan A used American flag sits in the Old Capitol Museum on Tuesday. The flags that the museum uses are made in Fort Madison, Iowa. Bill would save Old Glory from foreign hands Some locals voice support for bill that would ban sales of foreign-made American and state flags. SEE FLAG, 4A Ariana McLaughlin/The Daily Iowan Audrey Wiedemeier walks through Solon’s Redhead Restaurant on Wednesday evening to show off spring styles from Dulcinea in a benefit for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. The juice blog A UI expert says Roger Clemens’ appearance on Capitol Hill is merely the tip of the steroid iceberg — and the Rocket’s defense doesn’t quite get off the launching pad. SEE STEROIDS, 3A Haute cuisine and couture A local dinner and fashion show raises funds for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program. SEE FASHION SHOW, 4A Evolutionary romance Men and women might seem to have come far since the gaffes of “I Love Lucy,” but long- running Broadway show Defending the Caveman proves Mars and Venus still have conflict to resolve. 80 Hours, 1C Lonely, alone, and lonesome? There must be more like you mingling some- where (we wouldn’t know — we’re all cool), so check out the 80 Hours Calendar, 2C for fellow solitary souls. Lickliter looks for rebound Iowa tries to snap a two- game skid tonight against Michigan. Sports, 1B
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Bluder’s Bunchhopes for bignightWith its hopes of a regular-season Big Ten title hinginglargely on tonight’s game atPurdue, Iowa hopes toescape with a ninth-straightwin. Sports, 1B
‘Wii-habilitation’Physical-therapy patientsand senior citizens are play-ing the Wii for exercise andfun. Campus, 5A
Þ28 -2 C -2 -19 C
Mostly cloudy, windy,50% chance of snow;
wind chill (yawn)returns late tonight.
Daily updatesNow check back at dailyiowan.com during the day for the latest newson the UI and Iowa City.
Today’s webcast• Physical therapy with theWii• Presidential race• Mark Perry’s injury
UI Sick daysRegent employees used170,106 days of sick leave ata cost of $31.8 million.Campus, 7A
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By Bryce BauerTHE DAILY IOWAN
Approximately an hourbefore authorities believeJerome August “Patrick”McEwen was killed, his allegedslayer was kicked out of a down-town bar because of his appar-ently heavily intoxicated state.
Mike Porter, the owner ofOne-Eyed Jakes, 18-20 S. Clin-ton St., announced Wednesdaythat Curtis John Fry wasremoved from his establish-ment by bar staff at 12:36 a.m.on Feb. 7 — just seven minutesafter he and his group arrived
and just 36 minutes after hebecame legal to purchase alco-hol, a review of security tapesshows. Bar staff denied Fry re-entry two minutes later.
On Feb. 8, Fry was arrested
by Iowa City police and chargedin the beating death of 75-year-old McEwen in the latter’sSouth Van Buren residence.
Porter, who also owns theSummit, 10 S. Clinton St., said
taking action against drunkpatrons is typical in his industry,and he praisedhis employeesfor takinga p p r o p r i a t eaction with Fry.
“Sometimes,they just get cutoff, and othertimes, they getdenied entry,”Porter said,later explainingthat his staff undergo trainingto handle these situations.
By Brian StewartTHE DAILY IOWAN
SOLON — Gourmet French dishes andtrendy spring fashions, aimed to warmcustomers’ minds and bodies from thechilly winter weather, set the backdrop fora benefit to raise funds to counter domes-tic abuse on Wednesday night.
The event, held in the Redhead Restau-rant, 240 E. Main St., Solon, paired a
three-course French meal from Redheadchef-owner Kim Zesiger with a fashionshow featuring spring items from localboutique Dulcinea, 2 S. Dubuque St. Asilent auction during the event raisedmoney for the Domestic Violence Inter-vention Program.
“We just wanted to create somethingfun,” Dulcinea manager Jennifer Boothsaid. “We thought a spring fashion showwould be good to get people out and excit-ed about spring.”
Booth said the event was kindled by amutual desire of the owners of Dulcineaand Redhead — both women — to sponsora benefit for a program along the lines ofthe intervention program.
Monika Ratner, a server at the eclecticRedhead and one of the evening’s models,said she heard about the show throughthe restaurant.
By Charlie KautzTHE DAILY IOWAN
As the sporting world onWednesday soaked in morethan four hours of finger-point-ing during Roger Clemens’ con-gressional hearing on CapitolHill, one UI expert was simplytrying to keep his web readerssatisfied.
That’s because when it comesto the he-said, he-said steroidcontroversy surrounding theMitchell Report, BrianMcNamee, and the seven-timeCy Young Award winner,nobody loves chronicling a suc-culent story about allegedjuicers morethan GaryGaffney, a UIassociate pro-fessor of psychi-atry.
“I thought itwas a remark-able precedingin that youhave these diametricallyopposed indi-viduals at thesame table withthe chief investigator of theMitchell Report in betweenthem,” he said. “Also, flankingeither was their battery oflawyers, so the whole thing wasreally bizarre, I thought.”
While Gaffney — a 27-yearprofessional who works in theUI Hospitals and Clinics —spent most of Wednesday morn-ing readying for a regular after-noon at his day job, one of hishobbies couldn’t help but get inthe way.
By Kelsey BeltrameaTHE DAILY IOWAN
Old Glory must remainbetween sea and shining sea —if she wants to wave in Iowa, atleast.
Rep. Ray Zirkelbach, D-Monti-cello, introduced a bill last week,now in subcommittee, thatwould make sure of it.
Under the bill, businessescould be fined as much as $625for selling U.S. or Iowa flagsmade in other countries. Busi-ness owners or operators couldalso face up to 30 days in jail for
selling a foreign-made flag.Those flags commemorating
U.S. soldiers missing in action orthose characterized as prisonersof war would also be regulatedunder the proposal.
Zirkelbach, an Iraq war veter-an who also chairs the VeteransAffairs Committee, declined tocomment on the bill until after itreaches the House floor, but
locally, veterans lauded hisefforts.
At the American Legion Post17 in Iowa City, CommanderMike Hull said he understoodwhere Zirkelbach’s position.
“You know, we raise our righthand and fight for our country,and I want an American flagdraped over me when I go,” theveteran said.
Hull, who served in Iraq,Kuwait, and Desert Storm,said he valued America’s free-enterprise, free-market society,
GaffneyUI associate professor of psychiatry
American made, or elseTune in to Daily Iowan TV at dailyiowan.com to learn moreabout a bill that would prohibitIowa vendors from selling
American flags made outside the United States.
An anti-violence model Check out dailyiowan.com for a slide showof Wednesday’s fashion show in Solon.
Homicide suspect waskicked out of Jakes
New evidence lends credence to the theory that the man allegedlyresponsible for Patrick McEwen’s
death was drunk around the time of the latter’s death.
SEE HOMICIDE, 3A
Ben Roberts/The Daily IowanA used American flag sits in the Old Capitol Museum on Tuesday. Theflags that the museum uses are made in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Bill would save Old Glory from foreign handsSome locals voice support for bill that would ban
sales of foreign-made American and state flags.
SEE FLAG, 4A
Ariana McLaughlin/The Daily IowanAudrey Wiedemeier walks through Solon’s Redhead Restaurant on Wednesday evening to show off spring styles from Dulcinea in a benefit for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.
A UI expert saysRoger Clemens’appearance onCapitol Hill ismerely the tip of the steroid iceberg — and the Rocket’s
defense doesn’tquite get off thelaunching pad.
SEE STEROIDS, 3A
Haute cuisine and couture
A local dinner and fashion show raises fundsfor the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.
SEE FASHION SHOW, 4A
EvolutionaryromanceMen and women mightseem to have come farsince the gaffes of “ILove Lucy,” but long-running Broadway showDefending the Cavemanproves Mars and Venusstill have conflict toresolve. 80 Hours, 1C
Lonely, alone,and lonesome?There must be more likeyou mingling some-where (we wouldn’tknow — we’re all cool),so check out the 80Hours Calendar, 2C forfellow solitary souls.
Lickliter looks forreboundIowa tries to snap a two-game skid tonight againstMichigan. Sports, 1B
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While large portions of thenational economy are slowing,onepart of the economy is skyrocket-ing — the value of farmland.
Economists at Iowa StateUniversity found that from2006 to 2007, farmland pricesrose by double digits across thestate — ranging from 10 to 30percent increases.
Johnson County farmlandprices increased 17.1 percent, to$4,579 an acre.
The Iowa Land Value Survey,established in 1941, each yearon Nov. 1 sends out approximately 1,100 opinionsurveys to farm managers andrural appraisers. Roughly 600surveys are sent back to theresearchers, and the data arecalculated and made public bythe middle of December.
Mike Duffy, an ISU professor ofagricultural economics and leadresearcher on the survey, saidthat though there was a drasticincrease in farm value, the numbers did not surprise him.
He singled out ethanol as themajor reason for the increase.And he expects land values toincrease until corn goes out ofvogue for ethanol use.
Though the rest of the economy is suffering, he said,the ethanol demand is separate.
“Congress passed a mandatethat we had to use so muchbiorenewable fuels, so Congresscreated a demand for ethanol,”Duffy said. “That is independ-ent of what is happening in therest of the country.”
Other reasons for the riseinclude the increasing demandfor recreational areas andurban development, he said,noting that farmland prices inJohnson County may have goneup because of Iowa City growth.
“It is all based around thebooming prices that we have orare experiencing for commodi-ties such as corn and soybeans,”said Joseph Prusacki, the direc-tor of the statistics division ofthe National Agricultural Sta-tistics Service, a division of theDepartment of Agriculture.
Northwestern Iowa has seenthe biggest increases in landvalues across the state.
Nationally, Duffy said, he seessome variation in land values,saying that the New Englandstates as well as California haveseen increases, but the Southern states have not.Midwestern states, mainlyIowa, have led the way, he said.
“Iowa was kind of the centerof the ethanol boom, but other
states are catching up,” he said.The considerable increase in
farmland value has affectedfarmers across the state inmany ways.
Keith Gehling, a risk-management consultant inWest Des Moines who consultswith Iowa farmers, said he hasseen an increase in the demandfor people in his occupation.
“People are looking for helpand trying to manage theirrisk,” he said.
“The farmers who own theirland, I would say, are makingmore money. The younger farm-ers are concerned about highland prices, because people intheir 30s can’t afford to buy$5,000- to $6,000-an-acre land.”
Two UI seniors are among 45students from the United Stateswho recently received GatesCambridge Scholarships,full-ride scholarships to the University of Cambridge inEngland.
Garth Strohbehn and EmilyAlden will have the opportunityto study abroad next school year.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was introduced in2000, when the Bill and MelindaGates Foundation donated $210million to the program. Theapplicants are required to be citizens of countries other thanthe United Kingdom.
Sarah Prineas, the scholarship coordinator for theHonors Program, said both UIstudents are actively involvedin medical research.
The UI had three applicantsand three finalists for the scholarship this year, Prineassaid. There is one UI studentcurrently at Cambridge.
Strohbehn said he was in dis-belief on Sunday, when he foundout he received the scholarship,
only a day after he completed aninterview in Annapolis, Md.
“Basically, I looked at it a couple times and hit the reloadbutton on my computer,” he said.
The interviews were held onFeb. 8 and 9. Strohbehn saidhis interview consisted of ques-tions about his current workand his future plans.
Strohbehn, a chemistry andbiochemistry major, is chairmanof the student volunteer boardat the UI, Prineas said. He hasfocused on cancer-relatedresearch, she said.
“He’s really humane about it,”she said. “He’s somebody who’sgoing to be a really great doctor-researcher.”
Alden was unavailable for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
Prineas said Alden’s secondarea of interest at the UI is com-prehensive cancer studies and
that she will also make a goodresearch doctor “but bringing aliberal arts perspective to it.”
After Cambridge, Strohbehnsaid he plans to do somethingthat involves both research andclinical medicine. He will beginstudies in England on Oct. 1.
“This is the chance to exposemyself to something entirelynew,” Strohbehn said, addingthat the distance is not something that worries him.
Of the 45 recipients of thescholarship, few attend Big Tenschools; many come from IvyLeague universities.
“Despite this ivory-tower-typerap we give to those people,they’re remarkably normal,”Strohbehn said. “I don’t viewthem as Harvard and Yale grads,I view them as future colleaguesand future collaborators.”
A UI student will probably losesome of his fingers and portions ofhis foot after becoming extremelyfrostbitten between Feb. 9 andSunday after a night downtown,Iowa City police Sgt. Troy Kelsaysaid.
Police received a 911 call fromsome workers with Bud MaasConcrete around 8:25 a.m. Sundayto report finding a man — whoKelsay said is a 21-year-oldMinnesota native — in the 300 blockof North Gilbert Street.
Kelsay said the man had likelybeen outside for five or six hours inthe cold, and officers reported hehad a strong odor of alcohol.
He was transported to the UIHospitals and Clinics.
Kelsay said that if the man hadn’tbeen found, he might have died inthe frigid temperatures.
“He very easily could have beenlooking at loss of life,” he said.
The man has some three prioralcohol-related charges, Kelsaynoted, including a public intoxica-tion in 2005 and two PAULAs from2006.
Police don’t expect any foul playto be involved, and Kelsay said thedepartment won’t investigate anyfurther or file any charges.
“He’s suffering consequences farbeyond what a fine would be,”Kelsay said.
— by Kurtis Hiatt
UI researchers makestem-cell breakthrough
In a breakthrough , a UI researchteam has developed functioningimmune system blood cells fromembryonic stem cells.
These cells may eventually beused as an alternative source forbone-marrow transplants, UI officials reported Wednesday.
The lead researcher was NicholasZavazava, the director of transplantresearch in the Carver College ofMedicine.
“The finding may help leverage anexisting advantage that embryonicstem cells have over traditionaltransplants,” he said in a pressrelease.
The study was published in theonline December issue of Blood, theofficial journal of the AmericanSociety of Hematology.
The cells, which were producedduring experiments on animal mod-els, have the potential to be morecompatible for transplantation pur-poses.
UI researcher, Sabrina Bonde wasalso part of the study.
The research was supported bynumerous grants, including onefrom the National Heart, Lung, andBlood Institute.
— by Alyssa Cashman
Coralville police bust 3in tobacco sting
Coralville police charged three peopleafter running tobacco-compliancestings Tuesday, Police Chief BarryBedford said on Wednesday.
Ryan Jehle, 17, Express Plus; KariDrake, 19, Walgreens; and HectorMendez, 58, Coral ConvenienceStore, were all charged with providing tobacco to a minor.
Officers used a 16-year-old toattempt to purchase tobacco products, and 25 of the 28 business-es refused to sell to the minor.
Police said they will continue to“check and monitor the sales oftobacco and alcohol to those under-age.” They said the checks are anongoing effort, and retailers shouldknow that they will continue.
The total cost for providing tobaccoto a minor, a simple misdemeanor, is $187.
— by Kurtis Hiatt
Colin Brennan, 19, 201 E.Burlington St. Apt. 1512, wascharged Wednesday with PAULA.
Jordan Brodbeck, 19, 325 E.College St. Apt. 1615, was charged
Jan. 25 with delivery of marijuana.Derek Dawson, 20, address
unknown, was charged Dec. 6,2007, with third-degree harassmentand fifth-degree criminal mischief
and Tuesday with driving with a suspended/canceled license.
Jill Dockendorf, 24, 2422Lakeside Drive Apt. 11, was chargedWednesday with OWI.
Anthony Jefferson, 38, 2543
Aster Ave., was charged Tuesdaywith driving with a suspended/canceled license.
Jose Olguin, 40, Ainsworth,Iowa, was charged Tuesday withdriving while barred.
UI winner of theGates CambridgeScholarshipGARTH STROHBEHNHometown: Gilbert, IowaMajors: biochemistry, chemistryEMILY ALDENHometown: LeClaire, IowaMajors: biochemistry,comprehensive cancer studies,minor in history
Farmland value jumpsThe price for farmland is increasing drastically in Iowa and steadily
in most parts of the nation, except for the South.
Ariana McLaughlin/The Daily IowanWild turkeys take to the air on Highway 382 near Lake Mcbride on Wednesday. Iowa farm land value hasincreased as much as 30 percent despite the economic decline, making land difficult to purchase formany farmers.
Considered by many as anexpert in the field of perform-ance-enhancing drugs, he isalso the author of SteroidNation, an online journal“looking at the use of anabolicsteroids in sports, youth, andsociety,” and he spent almosttwo hours blogging his reac-tions to hearing live.
On a day with few revela-tions from Clemens andMcNamee, a pair becoming asrecognizable as any in base-ball, the former trainer iterat-ed that he injected Clemenswith steroids and humangrowth hormone, while theRocket adamantly defendedhimself. McNamee’s accusa-tions were also documented informer Sen. George Mitchell’sreport, which was released inDecember.
Hardly surprised by the vir-tual no-decision from the days’proceedings and referring toClemens’ national coverage asa “incredible media circus,”Gaffney said the steroid con-troversy has reached a peakthis week.
“I think this is the tip of theiceberg in the interest, espe-cially in Clemens, who hasbeen really marketed as —what? the best pitcher sinceCy Young,” he said.
Choosing not to take sideswith either party’s claims ofhonesty, Gaffney did say atleast from a medical stand-point, Clemens’ defense — thathe was injected with vitamin
B-12 and lidocaine, notsteroids — doesn’t check out.
“His story is ridiculous,” theUI professor said. “Who wouldget injections of B-12, which isworthless, frankly, and lido-caine? There are two reasonsfor Lidocaine: a local anesthet-ic, which I had in my teeth[Wednesday], or if you go intocardiac arrhythmia, neither of
which I don’t think he used.His utter explanations are justtoo surreal to believe.
“… It looks allegedly likeClemens was a pretty experi-enced juicer.”
Nearly 1,500 readers visitedSteroid Nation on Wednesday,according to the website.
Iowa baseball coach JackDahm was not one of them.Spending the afternoon atpractice with his Hawkeyes,he said he hopes that Ameri-ca’s pastime can move past theblack cloud that has becomethe steroid controversy.
“I’m tired of it,” he said. “Ijust think it’s a black eye forbaseball. I’m looking forwardto it just getting behind us.”
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Previously, police officialshave said they believe Fryhad been drinking in thehours before the killing, andmany community members,including Porter, noted thatthe incident coincided withFry’s coming of legal drinkingage.
“The minute I heard it washis 21st birthday, I checked[One-Eyed Jakes’] birthdaylog, and his name wasn’t onthe list,” Porter said, refer-ring to the records the baruses to track people partici-pating in its birthday spe-cials. Noting the sensitivity ofthe case, Porter said he did
not feel comfortable com-menting on Fry’s companionsthat morning.
Porter said he providedpolice with a copy of the sur-veillance footage and said hechose to make the informa-tion public to show peoplethat some bars do make aneffort to curb excessive drink-ing.
In Iowa, liquor establish-ments can be held responsiblefor the actions of intoxicatedpatrons whom they may have
served — sometimes withcostly results. In 2006, Vito’s,118 E. College St., reacheda nearly $450,000 settle-ment with the fami ly o fMichael Kearney after thef o r m er UI s t udent waskilled by one of the bar’spatrons. Other, lesser inci-dents often occur numeroustimes a year.
DI reporters Kurtis Hiatt and Olivia Moran contributed to this report.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated PressFormer New York Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens (center) listens ashis attorneys, Rusty Hardin (left) and Lanny Breuer, address questions from members of the House Oversight and GovernmentReform Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
‘The minute I heard it was his 21st birthday, I checked [One-Eyed Jakes’] birthday log,
and his name wasn’t on the list.’— Mike Porter, owner of One-Eyed Jakes
Ex-bank officialreportedly admitsembezzlement
A former Hills Bank & Trust vicepresident who was charged withembezzlement and money launder-ing admitted to stealing more than$219,000 during a three-year peri-od and using most of it to purchasecocaine, according to a search war-rant obtained by the Cedar RapidsGazette on Wednesday.
Steven Francis Sueppel, 42, of629 Barrington Road, is accused ofstealing money from July 2000until September 2007. Bank offi-cials noticed discrepancies in anasset account Sueppel managed onOct. 3, said bank spokesman JohnBenson.
While no illegal drugs werefound in his home during the Oct.4 search, Johnson County sher-iff’s deputies confiscated threecomputers and several DVDs,
boxes of checks, and financialstatements.
Sueppel admitted to investiga-tors that he had an account at adifferent bank in which hedeposited the stolen funds,according to one of the searchwarrants.
Reports showed that Sueppel’salleged embezzlement did notadversely affect any customers’accounts.
— by Abby Harvey
STEROIDS CONTINUED FROM 1A
‘I’m tired of it. I just think it’s a black eye
for baseball. I’m lookingforward to it just
getting behind us.’— Jack Dahm,
Iowa baseball coach
Blogging on steroids Alcohol use seenin beating death
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and he found patriotism in theidea that America’s symbol offreedom would only be the prod-uct of American hands.
In 2006, Americans imported$5.3 million worth of foreign-made flags, which was a slightdrop from $5.5 million in 2005,according to the Flag Manufac-turers Association of America.
The nonprofit trade associa-tion was established five yearsago to campaign for the properuse of flags. It offers a “Made inthe U.S.A.” certification toensure consumers that theirproducts consist of homegrownmaterials manufactured in U.S.facilities with U.S. labor.
Kirk VanGundy, the ownerand manager of Martin’s FlagCo. in Fort Dodge, said his firmhas never dealt with foreign-made flags.
“Why would you want to buya U.S. flag made in China orSingapore?” he said.
His wholesale flag-distribu-tion business was founded in1895 primarily to sell fireworks,but it grew to be a nationwideflag dealer, providing flags tosuch facilities as the PentacrestMuseums.
Shalla Wilson, the assistantdirector of the museums, saidthe flags atop the Old Capitolhave come from VanGundy’sbusiness for more than 15years.
“Like a lot of the products weuse here at the museum,whether it be items for sale inthe gift shop or our flags, we tryto stay with products that arelocally made, either in Iowa orthe Midwest,” she said.
Nationwide, there has been arecent move away from foreign-made flags.
Minnesota enacted a law
under a year ago that fines for-eign-flag sellers up to $1,000and three months in jail.
Tennessee passed a similarlaw in 2005 that requires allofficial state and U.S. flags pur-chased only under a state con-tract to be manufactured in theUnited States. Those who vio-late the law can be punished byup to six months in jail and a$500 fine.
Comparable legislation ispending in New Jersey andPennsylvania.
UI economics Professor Ray-mond Riezman said these politi-cally motivated measures willlikely have little effect on theeconomy because flag salesaccount for so little in compari-son with the U.S. economy as awhole.
WASHINGTON — HillaryRodham Clinton’s crushinglosses in Maryland and Vir-ginia highlight an erosion inwhat had been solid advan-tages among women, whites,and older and working-classvoters.
While this week’s results canbe explained by those states’relatively large numbers ofblacks and well-educated resi-dents — who tend to be BarackObama supporters — her pres-idential campaign could bedoomed if the trends continue.
Rodham Clinton is holdingonto some of her supporterswho are largely defined by eth-nicity and often by level of edu-cation, such as low-incomewhite workers and older whitewomen, exit polls of votersshow. She’s been losing otherblocs, again stamped by per-sonal characteristics, such asblacks, men, and young peopleboth black and white, and bet-ter-educated whites.
The latest defeats haveslowed the one-time favorite’spolitical momentum at a badtime. With Obama winningeight-straight contests and eas-ily outdistancing her in raisingmoney, she must now endurethree weeks until primaries inTexas and Ohio that she hopeswill resurrect her campaign.
Rodham Clinton’s losseshave also enabled Obama totake a slight lead in their
crucial fight for convention del-egates. With 2,025 needed toclinch the nomination at theparty’s Denver gathering inAugust, Obama has 1,275 dele-gates to Rodham Clinton’s1,220, according to the latestcount by the Associated Press.
MSNBC, which does notinclude superdelegates, putsObama at 1,078 and RodhamClinton at 969.
Before this year’s presiden-tial contests began, Obama wasrunning consistently behindhis rival in the polls. The Illi-nois senator was mostlyattracting upper-echelonwhites, young people, andaround half of black voters —resembling the coalitions thatsealed defeat for past non-establishment Democratic can-didates such as Gary Hart andBill Bradley.
Things have changed sincethe voting has started, espe-cially after bitter exchangesduring the Rodham Clinton-Obama contest in South Car-olina highlighted their differ-ences; subsequently, formerSen. John Edwards exited therace.
Now, virtually all blacks sup-port Obama, which is signifi-cant because they make upabout a fifth of Democratic vot-ers overall.
And while last year’s pollsshowed Rodham Clinton lead-ing among men, Obama nowleads her among males by 11percentage points, according toexit polls of voters in 20 com-petitive Democratic primaries.
Before Tuesday’s voting, thetwo were even among whitemales this year. Obama defeat-ed her among that group by 18percentage points in Virginia— his first win with white menin a Southern state — and theydivided white men about equal-ly in Maryland. Obama hasdone especially well with menwho are college educated.
Tuesday’s voting highlightedthe ground Rodham Clintonhas lost with groups that havebeen strongholds of her sup-port.
In both Virginia and Mary-land, she got the backing ofonly about four in 10 womenand three in 10 men. Obamanarrowly edged her amongwhites in Virginia, while shewon among Maryland whitesby 10 points.
In each state, she got 45 per-cent of voters 65 and over, andjust over one-third of peopleearning under $50,000 annual-ly or with high school degreesor less.
At the same time, Obamawon huge margins amongblacks, young voters, higher-income and better-educatedpeople, leaving Rodham Clintonnowhere to turn for support.
She had the misfortune ofDemocratic primaries in twostates in which about one-thirdof voters were black and abouttwo-thirds of voting whiteswere college-educated, exitpolls showed. Both are unusu-ally high numbers, an all-butinevitable recipe for Obama tri-umphs.
“This is not something Iwould have chosen to do undernormal circumstances,” shesaid, noting that she didn’tmind taking on the runway for agood cause.
Before Ratner and two othermodels — frequent Dulcineashoppers asked to participateon the catwalk — took thestage, Zesiger offered the sixbenefit attendees three Frenchentree choices.
After beginning with a saladof mesclun and goat cheese driz-zled with a honey-cinnamondressing, diners chose amongcoq au vin, beef bourguignon,and a mixed mushroom
stroganoff. Dessert featured acinnamon-apple cobbler, toppedwith Zesiger’s freshly whippedcream.
She noted that similar events“give people a lot of opportuni-ties for doing charity work.”
As far as future charitableideas, she said, she is “alwayslooking for causes, especiallycauses dealing with women andchildren.”
While the event — intention-ally planned around Valentine’sDay — suffered from a lowturnout, Zesiger and Boothpointed to a comparable eventin the planning for late March.
Audrey Wiedemeier, a UIsophomore and event model,said she was lured into model-ing — which she hadn’t donesince high school — by Booth
while shopping at Dulcinea.“I love supporting local busi-
nesses,” she said shortly beforedonning three outfits on amakeshift runway. “I think it’sthe most important thing youcan do.”
Cortnie Widen, the owner ofthe White Rabbit, 13 S. Linn St.,donated hand-printed pillowsfor the silent auction.
“It’s a really great cause —they’re trying to get some of thewoman-owned businesses indifferent events,” she said. “It’sdefinitely something we’regoing to continue to do in thefuture.”
Event aids DVIP Obama cutting intoRodham Clinton’s base
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Weber Elementary will,officials hope, get rid of itsmold-causing humidity bysummer, Principal Chris Gibson said.
Gibson said the school’sheating and cooling system,an out-of-whack, ongoingissue since the school wasopened in 1994, is ready for a“very much needed” repair.Last fall, humidity caused anoutbreak of mold spots insome classrooms.
“We have some regularmaintenance projects we tryto keep up with,” Superinten-dent Lane Plugge said onTuesday at the School Boardmeeting. “So after 10 years,we don’t say, ‘Oops.’ ”
At the meeting, the board
released its first-draft estimateof $6.4 million to go to maintenance repairs, such asrenovating West High’s gymfloors.
West High Principal JerryArganbright said the school’sbleachers and gym floors have“outlived their natural lives.”
“Anybody who has been intothe gym would support andrecognize the need to replacethem,” he said.
Board member Liz Crookssaid paying for buses withthis allotment — instead offrom the general fund, as theboard has in the past — willallow money within the gen-eral fund to go to otherexpenses.
“We certainly can’t do everyproject on our list,” she said.“Some things need more thanothers. Like a roof leaking orheat and air that needs to be
replaced, always thosethings.”
Board member Mike Coop-er stressed that the boardmembers should differentiatebetween improvements andthe “things you don’t reallyhave a choice about.”
“It’s your understandingbetween the ‘have-tos and the‘have-to-haves,’ ” he said.
Crooks said even thoughthe board, naturally, does notknow what might happen to abuilding in the next day, fiveschools definitely need to seeimprovements — West High,Shimek Elementary, Wick-ham Elementary, Weber Ele-mentary, and Coralville Ele-mentary.
Rosey Bunch, 79, loves to box.She says she gets a lot of knockouts.
Bunch also is an active golfer,tennis player, baseball enthusiast, and bowler. And shedoes it all without taking a stepoutdoors.
Bunch was part of a cognitivestudy at the UI Hospitals andClinics in which she got to playgames on the Nintendo Wii system while her reflexes weretested.
The Wii uses a sensor-wandto allow players to simulatesports and physical activities.
Now, Bunch can look forwardto playing her favorite gamesagain as a new Wii getsinstalled at Melrose Meadows,where she has lived for a yearnow.
“We’ve been looking for onefor about six months,” said wellness and activity coordinator Sue Norris, whojust got one in on Wednesday.
All over the state,“Wii-habilitation” has been popping up in hospitals andretirement homes, so physical-therapy patients and senior citizens can use such games astennis and golf for not only funbut exercise as well.
At the UI, physical therapistKaren Drake said she got a Wiifor her 19-year-old daughterand is now contemplating usingone with her rehab patients,
who have to be in the hospitalfrom 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. five days aweek for two weeks.
“It would be highly motivating because it is veryfun,” she said.
Although Drake is considering using a Wii in theprogram, she expressed someconcerns about the games.
“I’m concerned about overuse,” she said. “My daughterhad a shoulder problem fromusing it over Christmas.”
She said her patients couldlearn bad habits from using theWii if they didn’t have guidancegoing through the motions.
But during the study, Bunchwas enthusiastic about thegames.
“I thought it was wonderful,”she said. “It’s such an excitinggame, and it takes a lot of pepand energy.”
She was looking forward tohaving some bowling tournaments with her friends atMelrose Meadows, she said.
“Not only is it going to havethe benefit of hand-eye coordination, but it’s still a hugesocial factor,” Norris said.
Every two years, MelroseMeadows holds the MelroseOlympics, and Norris said theWii games would be included as
a part of the tournaments.“The residents were a little
concerned when they heardthey were going to play a videogame but this is something anybody can do, from 4 to 40,”she said. “They can say, ‘Hey, I’m80 years old, and I’m playing avideo game.’ ”
And Bunch said the longershe played, the more used to it she got until she could compensate for her virtual gutterballs and lost tennis ballsover the fence.
“I think it keeps us young andinterested in those sports,”Bunch said.
And though Drake and theUIHC physical-therapy program doesn’t have anyimmediate plans to install aWii, the prospect of a new gamethat focuses on getting fit mightinspire a change in the future.
“There are so many benefitsoverall, such as getting up, andgetting on your feet, and doingsome exercise,” Bunch said.“Plus, it’s fun to win.”
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Just say ‘Wii’‘Wii-habilitation’ launches at
retirement home after study at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Board looks at maintenance costs
‘The residents were a littleconcerned when they
heard they were going toplay a video game but
this is something anybodycan do, from 4 to 40,
they can say, ‘Hey, I’m 80years old, and I’m playing
a video game.’’
— Sue Norris, wellness andactivity coordinator for
The end of another day finds mesitting on my couch, punching awayat my keyboard. I listen to the windwork its way between my apartmentbuilding and the next, moaning likea bitter old ghost, one that sits far offon some hill and stares down at thelight from my window. The gustingcrescendos are equaled by long paus-es in which the flakes glide at lessdrastic angles, ceasing their assaulton the glass panes for a fewmoments. I feel a draft, seeping insilently throughthe same livingroom windowthat I told myroommate Iwould seal upwith 3M wrapweeks ago. MyDoc Martens liedrying next tothe floor vent,their blacklaces stainedfrom the salty,sandy mess; thedetritus of the week’s weather that Ispent the night treading throughdelivering sandwiches at my otherjob. My lukewarm mug of wassailand a clean pair of dry socks offer mecomfort, but the best remedy is the e-mail US Airways sent me thisevening confirming my ticket pur-chase and reminding me of my traveldates, as if I needed notification thatI’m getting the hell out of Dodge fora week next month. Spring breakcan’t come soon enough.
My mother is fond of all thingsfolksy, crafty, and handmade. If it’screated of sticks, straw, needlework,or smells good, she’s got it, and it’s agood bet that she has two exactlylike it in different colors sitting in aTupperware tub in the basement.One of her wall hangings says,“Cleaning the house while the chil-dren are growing is like shovelingsnow while it’s still snowing.” I thinkit’s backwards, but the point is thesame. Why bother trying to dig outwhen, as the last few weeks haveproven, Mother Nature is just goingto come back the next day and glee-fully dish her snowy white wrath allover us again? I can tell you fromwalking around (and falling on myass quite a bit) delivering those stu-pid sandwiches all over town that agood chunk of the landlords in IowaCity have resigned themselves tothis already. Though I should expectas much from such attentive andcerebral folks, when they don’t both-er putting address numbers on theirbuildings, either. Hope your tenantsdon’t need the police or firefightersin the black of the night, jackasses.
So we surrender ourselves to thisencumbering straightjacket of ice,snow, and gnawing cold. We enterinto every winter resigned; December,January, February, and March arehere, and they brought their friendDiscomfort. Things get complicatedwalking to class, taking the trash out,driving to the store, and parking inthe street afterwards — as if parkingin this town wasn’t nearly enough ofan enjoyable experience. Maybe com-plicated isn’t the right word. I openup the shower curtain every morning,dripping wet in all my glory, reach forthe towel, and experience the worsttwo-and-a-half seconds of the day.The sanctuary of my hot shower isdestroyed by the frigid air thatinstantly transforms me into a prepu-bescent boy. I hate that, but it’s Iowa.I’m used to it.
I lament the raggedy, bloviatingmorons who preach about “hardyMidwestern values” or how being“Chicago tough” is so important.Lesser Bears’ fans like to talk about“Bear weather,” whatever the hellthat is. They explain some magicallink between harsh meteorologicalconditions and a sports team’s per-ceived ability to play well. Blow itout your ass. The Packers or theBears play well in their home stadi-ums, blizzard or no. It’s just a game.
But the game of life is different. Idon’t like being in Iowa when themercury dips and the plows arechucking salt. I’d rather be in myhome state of Florida, wrapping upwith a coat and gloves when themorning low is an arctic 55 degrees.I don’t deal well with this weather,but Iowans are something else. Noone complains, at least not likeweak-assed out-of-state columnists.So you have to get up early to scrapeyour windshield, and you can’t feelyour ears when you get to work. Youtake it all in. Ho-hum. Resignationgoes with indifference like sleet withice. Such is life in Iowa City inFebruary, and you know no otherway. You are tough and hearty, and Iconfess it’s admirable.
But I’m still damned cold.DI columnist and editorial writer Nate Whitney wishes guys would try something other than theItalian Night Club and girls would try something
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Superdelegatesshould take in consideration whattheir respectivestates voted for intheir primaries or caucuses.
On the Spot
Eric ThorsonUI senior
How should superdelegates decide which candidate to support?It should definitely
be some sort of bal-ance between theirpreferences and thestates’ votes. I don’tnecessarily think thestate is the best indica-tor or that the superdel-egates always have the right answer. ”
Dustin KniffenUI junior
I definitelythink they shouldbe able to havetheir own opin-ions, but theyneed to rememberthey have moreimpact than theeveryday person.
Emily RauUI senior
I think they areobligated to thepeople they’rerepresenting tovote for the sameperson as theydid. ”
Dan WatsonUI junior
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Jason Rae isn’t terribly different from your average Daily Iowan read-er. He’s from a small town in Wisconsin called Rice Lake. He’s a 21-year-old student at Marquette University who often rides his bike to class. Hehas never voted in a presidential election, but he will most certainly havehis voice heard this year. He will vote in Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday,but the candidate he throws his weight behind will get the boost of muchmore than a single vote. Rae is more than one voter — as a member ofthe Democratic National Committee, he’s one of 796 Democraticsuperdelegates.
When a normal citizen votes, her or his ballot is counted as one voice.When Jason makes his choice, it’s much more than one vote. Dan Abramsof MSNBC estimates Rae’s support as a superdelegate is worth almost10,000 votes. He isn’t what the Democratic Party calls a “pledged dele-gate,” because his vote isn’t reflective of the popular vote in his state.Party officials label Jason and others similar to him “unpledged dele-gates,” because they are just that: Unpledged delegates can change theirminds on whom they support at any time, and their support isn’t dictat-ed by vote proportions. Superdelegates decide whom they support ontheir own, for their own reasons. They can go with the popular vote, orthey can decide, by their own terms, who would best represent the partyor who would be most electable. They have absolutely no obligation toanyone but themselves; they answer to no one but themselves.
Rae has taken calls from Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Chelsea Clinton,and several others, all attempting to woo him into supporting a particu-lar candidate. Once Rae has decided on a favorite, he will likely stillreceive phone calls and offers to meet over dinner because he isunpledged and can change his mind. Superdelegates can wait for the bestoffer, so pander away, candidates. Because the Democratic race is so tight
this year, it just might come down to the superdelegate vote and whichcandidate has the best cheese tray at the convention or which campaignoffers the best gift basket.
It’s not that we doubt Rae’s integrity. From all accounts, he seems likea respectable, admirable young man who’s going places. The problem isnot with Rae himself but with what he represents.
Superdelegates are Democratic members of Congress and other partyleaders. Do voters ever consider when voting for these governors, sena-tors, and representatives that they’re also electing someone who will helpdecide the party’s next presidential nominee? Melanie Gross, a formerIowa Democratic Party Caucus and Convention director, believessuperdelegate authority has the potential to damage the newfound inter-est the Democratic Party is experiencing. “It would be a mistake for anunpledged delegate to ignore the influence of all these people that havejust recently been drawn into the process,” she said on Monday.
The real mistake would be for party officials to ignore this powder keguntil it explodes. It’s too late to alter the system before this election, butthe position of superdelegate must be eliminated and soon. Mostsuperdelegates are willing to relinquish their special influence, includingJesse Jackson Jr., who said as much in an editorial in Tuesday’s ChicagoTribune. Will it take a controversial nomination that goes against popu-lar vote for DNC officials to realize how completely undemocratic thissystem is? The dramatic increase in voter turnout would vanish shouldthis situation arise. Newfound faith in the system would be for nothing,and cynicism would champion the process. The Democratic Party likes topresent itself as the party of inclusion and equality, but all voters are notequal, all votes are not the same.
Just ask Jason Rae.
Got to like this jobAnother day, another Barack Obama
victory. The Illinois senator won in bothstates casting ballots Tuesday — alongwith Maryland and Virginia, he also tookWashington, D.C., where he hopes to beworking next year at a different addressfrom his current D.C. office.
On the Republican side, John McCainhas essentially sealed up his nomination(if he hadn’t already) with three convinc-ing wins of his own. While friends andcoworkers have insisted recently thatMike Huckabee should finally end hiscampaign, I’ve saluted his ability toremain competitive in many states —even winning a few along the way, too.
Sure, we at the DI are certainly pattingourselves on the backs for predicting this
one back in December, when weendorsed these two candidates. Whowould have thought that we’d be talkingso much about McCain and Obama rightnow, though? Not me, for one.
I’ve tried to predict this election seasonand haven’t had any luck, to be honest. Iexpected Rudy Giuliani would be the oneattempting to persuade the Christian rightthat he was an honest conservative. AfterMcCain’s awful remix of the Beach Boys(“Bomb, bomb, Iran”), he was prettymuch dead in my book. Not so.
And then Obama comes from behindand wins Iowa, slips a little over the nextfew weeks, and re-emerges a contender(if not the party front-runner).
It’s a fun time to be a political writer.— Rob VerheinDI editorial writer
The Bush administration unveiled another initiative Tuesday to helpstruggling homeowners, calling for a 30-day moratorium on foreclosures forborrowers who have fallen at least three months behind on their payments.The goal of Project Lifeline is to give borrowers who haven’t worked out newterms with their lenders more time to do so. As with the administration’sprevious efforts, this one is voluntary, yet it quickly attracted the support ofsix major loan-servicing companies that represent approximately half of themortgage market.
The new effort reaches homeowners who weren’t helped by the adminis-tration’s much-ballyhooed Hope Now plan, which proposed to delay interest-rate increases for borrowers who hadn’t yet gone into default. Both initia-tives aim to boost a mortgage-lending industry that has found it tough toprotect its interests in the wake of the subprime-lending fiasco — and unfor-tunately, both are too weak to motivate lenders who aren’t ready or willingto make sweeping changes.
Despite its good intentions, Project Lifeline seems unnecessary and inef-fectual. First, the government shouldn’t need to tell lenders to slow downtheir foreclosures. With housing prices falling fast, those that foreclose arestuck with an asset that’s hard to sell, declining in value, and potentially
worth less than what it cost. Second, the initiative assumes that borrowerswho have been avoiding their lenders’ calls and letters will nevertheless reada mailing from the servicing company, pick up the phone, and try to negoti-ate new terms. Third, the intervention comes so late in the process that thechances of salvaging the loan are poor.
With millions of risky adjustable-rate loans due to jump to higher interestrates in the next two years, the best thing lenders and their servicing com-panies can do is to determine in advance which borrowers are threatenedand help them obtain better terms — either directly or through credit coun-selors. Although lenders have dramatically increased the number of loansmodified, these moves aren’t keeping pace with foreclosures initiated. What’sworse, the help is reaching only a fraction of the delinquent borrowers.Rather than rely on lenders to save themselves and their customers, the gov-ernment should do more to inform borrowers about their options while alsogiving lenders more incentive to modify loans. A good start would be torequire more disclosure from lenders and loan servicers about their efforts toavoid foreclosures so shareholders can see whether the companies they ownare doing enough to get themselves out of this mess.
This editorial appeared in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times.
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Superdelegates must usetheir powers for good
By Terry McCoyTHE DAILY IOWAN
It’s easy to spot the condomsfrom a free rubber handout.
Why? Because they’re likeLucky Charms — all the colors ofthe rainbow are there.Predictably, the Free Lunch andCondoms presentation in theIMU Wednesday for sexual safety had such a condom smorgasbord laid out.
And it’s true, nothing sayslove or a steamy one-nightstand like sliding on a thinpiece of neon-green latex.Here’s how the scenario wouldlikely play out:
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By Clara HoganTHE DAILY IOWAN
In the 30 years Professor Jerald Schnoor has worked atthe UI, he has racked up a whopping 4,181 hours of sick leave.
Schnoor, a civil-environmen-tal engineer, said he only missesaround one day of work peryear. Meanwhile, the averagenumber of days missed amongall regent employees was 6.96in 2007, according to a human-resources report presented tothe state Board of Regents lastweek.
Schnoor’s sick-leave buildupmay seem excessive, but it isn’tuncommon for longtime facultymembers to have thousands ofhours in unused sick leave, saidRichard Saunders, a seniorassociate director of UI HumanResources.
Schnoor’s savings providehim with security; if he faces illness or injury in the future,he would have nearly threeyears of salary to help himthrough recovery.
However, some don’t haveenough sick days to fall back on.
Joan O’Kones, who works inthe Registrar’s Office, was diag-nosed with cancer during the2002-03 school year. She wasunable to work while shereceived treatment and spenttime recovering.
She soon began to run out ofsick and vacation days, andO’Kones looked to the “catastrophic leave” program atthe UI for help.
The program — in whichemployees can donate theirvacation days to someone with aserious illness or injury —saved her financial stability.
When cancer took hold of herlife, O’Kones began receivingdonated days from anonymousemployees from her departmentand across the UI, and a couplemonths ago O’Kones receivedmore donated days when shetook leave for a mental illness.
In total, O’Kones has haddozens of employees donateover four months’ worth of sickleave, something that she saidwas “heartwarming” to see.
“It was a godsend,” she said.“I had no financial backup without that pay, and I don’tknow what I would have donewithout it. Each person andeach day helped.”
Employees are only allowedto donate their vacation time,not sick time, and they mustdonate it to a specific person,Saunders said. Donors areanonymous so the recipientsdon’t know who didn’t donate.
Last year, regent employeesused 170,106 days of sick leaveat a cost of $31.8 million. UIemployees resulted in approximately 122,000 of thosedays, according to the human-resources report.
Saunders attributed this to theuniversity’s also being home tothe UI Hospitals and Clinics, andthe school therefore has moreemployees than do Iowa StateUniversity and the University ofNorthern Iowa combined.
Faculty who work on an academic schedule — only getting paid for nine months —do not receive vacation time.Thus, Schnoor is not able todonate to the “catastrophic leave”program.
Vacation days awardedEmployees in the Regents’ Merit System
• First through fourth year — two weeks• Fifth through 11th year — three weeks• 12th through 19th year — four weeks• 20th through 24th — 4.4 weeks• 25th and beyond — five weeks
Source: Human Resources
Avoiding mood killersThinking aheadon sick leave
Piling up thousands of hours in sicktime can come in handy.
Red ones, blueones, and green
ones, too.Condoms of all
kinds werescooped up and
Laurie Haag/Contributed photoDespite the tendency of some audience members to revert to seventh grade, mentally, health professionals stress that most people need to learn the proper use of condoms, which goes far beyondRip ’n’ Roll. National Condom Awareness Week begins today.
By Ronald Blum andHoward Fendrich
WASHINGTON — RogerClemens stuck out his famousright arm, the one that earned354 major-league wins, sevenCy Young Awards, $160 million,and pointed in the direction ofhis accuser.
Without looking at BrianMcNamee, Clemens told Con-gress, “I have strong disagree-ments with what this man saysabout me.”
Separated byonly a few feetat a woodenwitness tableWednesday,Clemens andMcNamee werenever furtherapart.
There theysat, the starpitcher and hisformer personal trainer, underoath and facing blistering questions. For 41⁄2 hours, bothmen held to their versions of the
he-said, he-said disagreementover whether McNamee inject-ed Clemens with steroids andhuman growth hormone.
Clemens insisted it never hap-pened. McNamee insisted it did.
His reputation and Hall ofFame candidacy potentially atstake — not to mention the pos-sibility of criminal charges,should he lie — Clemens said: “Ihave never taken steroids orHGH. No matter what we dis-cuss here today, I am nevergoing to have my namerestored.”
For some members of theHouse Committee on Oversightand Government Reform,Clemens’ denials rang hollow,particularly in light of a newaccount of his discussion ofHGH use, revealed by his friendand former teammate Andy Pettitte in a sworn affidavit.
“It’s hard to believe you, sir,”Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.,told Clemens. “I hate to saythat. You’re one of my heroes.But it’s hard to believe.”
Clemens and McNamee, byall accounts once good friends,
rarely glanced at one another.When Clemens did turn to hisright, it was with the Rocket’smound glare. Seated betweenthem was the day’s third witness, Charles Scheeler, alawyer who helped compile thereport on drug use in baseballheaded by former Senate major-ity leader George Mitchell.
“Someone is lying in spectacular fashion,” said Rep.Tom Davis of Virginia, the committee’s ranking Republican.
Just like their stories,Clemens’ Texas drawl was in
strong contrast to the clippedcadences of McNamee, a formerNew York police officer.
“I told the investigators Iinjected three people — two ofwhom I know confirmed myaccount,” McNamee said. “Thethird is sitting at this table.”
Ultimately, the matter couldwind up with the JusticeDepartment if prosecutorsbelieve either man made falsestatements. The Justice Department is also reviewingused needles and bloody gauzepads McNamee turned over.
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By Jeannine AversaTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — UncleSam wants you — to spend.
And he’s giving you someextra cash to do it. The checksaren’t in the mail, but they willbe soon.
President Bush signed legis-lation Wednesday to rushrebates ranging from $300 to$1,200 to millions of people, thecenterpiece of governmentefforts to brace the wobbly econ-omy. First, though, you must fileyour 2007 tax return.
More than 130 million peopleare expected to get the rebates,starting around May. Congress,Bush, the Federal Reserve, andWall Street are hoping themoney will burn such a hole inpeople’s pockets that they won’tbe able to resist spending it.And the spending is supposed togive an energizing jolt to anational economy that is in dan-ger of toppling into a recession ifit hasn’t already.
Whether people actuallyspend the money remains to beseen. A recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll indicates most peoplehave other plans. Forty-five per-cent said they planned to pay offbills; 32 percent said they wouldsave or invest it. Only 19 per-cent said they would spendtheir rebates.
The measure Bush signed —a $168 billion rescue packagepassed with lightning speed byCongress last week — includesnot only rebates for individualsbut also tax breaks for business-es to spur investment in newplants and equipment. That,too, would help bolster U.S. eco-nomic activity. The package alsocontains provisions aimed athelping struggling homeownersclobbered by the housing col-lapse and the credit crunch refi-nance into more affordablemortgages.
The emergency plan markeda rare moment of cooperationamong political rivals fearfulthat an ailing economy duringan election year would invitevoter retaliation.
Who gets a rebate? Most peo-ple who pay taxes or earn atleast $3,000, including throughSocial Security or veterans’ dis-ability benefits. Singles makingmore than $75,000 and coupleswith income topping $150,000,however, will get smallerchecks, up to the top limits forany rebate: incomes of $87,000for individuals and $174,000 forcouples.
To get any rebate, you mustfile a 2007 tax return and havea valid Social Security number.If you already filed your 2007return, the IRS says you don’tneed to do anything extra.
Most taxpayers will receive acheck of up to $600 for individu-als and $1,200 for couples, withan additional $300 for eachchild.
People earning too little to paytaxes but at least $3,000 —including elderly people whoseonly income is from Social Secu-rity and veterans who live ondisability payments — will get$300 if single or $600 if a couple.
Rough outing for Rocket on Hill
SPORTSSCOREBOARDNCAA#1 Memphis 68, Houston 59#2 Duke 77, Maryland 65#4 Tennessee 93, Arkansas 71#15 Wisconsin 68, #13 Indiana 66Southern Illinois 65, #14 Drake 62#17 UConn 84, #20 Notre Dame 78Texas Tech 81, #18 Kansas St. 73Ohio State 65, Northwestern 47UNI 77, Witchita St. 75, OTOklahoma 76, Iowa St. 64
NBAOrlando 109, Denver 98Toronto 109, New Jersey 91Philadelphia 102, Memphis 88Charlotte 100, Atlanta 98, OTSan Antonio 112, Cleveland 105Boston 111, New York 103Detroit 96, Indiana 80New Orleans 111, Milwaukee 107L.A. Lakers 117, Minnesota 92Houston 89, Sacramento 87
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NCAA: Sampsonmisled Indianaabout recruitingcalls
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —Indiana coach KelvinSampson and his staff violat-ed telephone recruitingrestrictions imposed becauseof his previous violations atOklahoma, then lied about itto the school and NCAAinvestigators, according to anNCAA report releasedWednesday.
The report sent to the univer-sity Feb. 8 accuses Sampson offive major violations, includingthe allegation of providing “falseor misleading information” touniversity officials and NCAAenforcement staff. The schoolcontended in its initial reportthat all violations were second-ary infractions.
But the NCAA accusedSampson of failing “to deporthimself … with the generally rec-ognized high standard of hon-esty” and failing to promote anatmosphere of compliance withinthe men’s basketball program,categorized as major infractions.
Braithwaite returnsto Hawkeyes
Iowa head coach KirkFerentz announcedWednesday that former staffmember RaimondBraithwaite has been hired asthe new assistant strengthand condition coach for theHawkeye football program.
Braithwaite, who held thesame position at Iowa during2002-04, returns from thebeing head strength and condi-tioning coach at Delaware StateUniversity to replace JamesDobson, who left Iowa in mid-January to take the headstrength coach job at Nebraska.
“We feel very fortunate tohave Raimond rejoin our pro-gram,” Ferentz said in arelease. “… He is very familiarwith our program and com-munity, and I know Ray willwork extremely well with ourstaff and players — it’s greatto have him back at Iowa.”
Braithwaite, who helped toopen a brand-new 10,000-square-foot weight room atDelaware State, fills the first oftwo coaching staff voids forIowa in the off-season. No offi-cial announcement has beenmade on who will replace run-ning-back coach Carl Jackson,who retired Monday.
— by Charlie Kautz
Men’s basketball —Michigan in Carver-HawkeyeArena, 8 p.m., ESPNWomen’s basketball — atPurdue, West Lafayette, Ind.,6:05 p.m.
NCAA BASKETBALL• N.C. State at BostonCollege, 6 p.m., ESPN• Rutgers at West Virginia, 6 p.m., ESPN2• Fordham at Massachusetts,8 p.m., ESPN2NBA• Miami at Chicago, 7:15 p.m., TNT• Dallas at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m., TNT
Beth Skogen/The Daily IowanHawkeye sophomore Adam Hairston talks with teammates during practice in the Recreation Building on Monday. Hairston broke the school record set in 1996 by Dave Novotny inthe 800 meters last weekend, and he provisionally qualified for the NCAA indoor national meet, which will take place in Arkansas in March.
By Alex JohnsonTHE DAILY IOWAN
Talent isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. For oneIowa sophomore, it certainly isn’t everything.
Adam Hairston’s coaches would agree.“The mind is the strongest muscle we’ve
got,” assistant men’s track coach JoeyWoody said. “If you believe that you can dothings, then 99 percent of the time, you’regoing to be able to do it.”
Making up the mind is where the chal-lenge lay for second-year Hawkeye Hairston.Head coach Larry Wieczorek hypothesizedHairston was under the “sophomore jinx.”
“When somebody’s real good as a freshman,the expectations are not so high, and anythingthey do is pretty good,” the oft-smiling, silver-haired coach said. “Then all of a sudden, hey,you did pretty good as a freshman, now we’reexpecting you to take it to a higher level — it’sdifficult to meet those expectations.”
That’s especially true for college-age ath-letes who spend more time away from theircoach-mentors than they do with them.
“They’re only with us for two hours a day,”Hairston said. “It’s what you do that extra 22hours that counts. I’m going to have to reallyeat well, train hard, sleep — do everything
necessary to make myself better.”Those are realizations the new school-
record holder is just coming to. Hairston blewby the old indoor 800-meter mark at theMeyo Invitational only days ago. The CedarRapids native clocked 1:49.86, clearing DaveNovotny’s 1996 time by 1.41 seconds.
Before the weekend, however, he lookedsluggish despite an undeniable natural talent that flashes through his long, purestride. For an inexplicable reason, the competitive edge just wasn’t there.
By Brendan StilesTHE DAILY IOWAN
Usually when teams havelong winning streaks, the mag-nitude of each individual gamebecomes greater and greater.
The Iowa women’s basketballteam, riding an eight-game win-ning streak, will play at Purduetonight in what is the biggestcontest yet.
Right now, the Hawkeyes sitin first place at 10-3 in the BigTen, one game ahead of both
Purdue and Ohio State. A winover the Boilermakers not onlyextends Iowa’s lead to twogames over Purdue, it wouldalso give the Hawkeyes thehead-to-head tiebreaker — theybeat Purdue, 69-53, in Carver-Hawkeye on Jan. 24.
The view from up top andbeing in control of their destinyare things the players are cer-tainly enjoying.
“I was reading an article theother day, and it said ‘first-placeIowa Hawkeyes,’ ” junior Kristi
Smith said. “It just felt reallycool to see that. We want to be inthat top spot, and we’re just liv-ing it right now.”
Historically speaking, Mack-ey Arena has been far from kindto the Hawkeyes. It has been 10years since Iowa left WestLafayette with a win.
But the Hawkeyes are going intothis game confident as ever afterwinning at Penn State on Sundayfor the first time since 2002.
Hawkeyes like first
A silky-smooth stride and naturaltalent have Adam Hairston on
the cusp of greatness, but for thissophomore, it’s all in his head.
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IOWA (11-14, 4-8) VS. MICHIGAN (6-17, 2-9)TODAY, AT CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA, 8 P.M., ESPN, KXIC-AM 800
IOWA (17-7, 10-3) VS. PURDUE (13-11, 9-4)TODAY, AT MACKEY ARENA; WEST LAFAYETTE, IND., 6:05 P.M., KXIC-AM 800
By Alex JohnsonTHE DAILY IOWAN
Losers of its last two games,Iowa has a chance to sweep a regular-season series for the firsttime under new coach Todd Lickliter tonight against Michigan.
The Hawkeyes suffered a 13-point loss last weekend at Minnesota — just three days afterfalling at home against Wisconsin.
The Wolverines ended a six-game skid by beating Penn State.
Tonight’s game is slated for an
8:05 p.m. tip-off at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“The guys are back, andthey’re focused, and they under-stand that Michigan is probablygoing through a little bit of whatwe’re going through — gettingto know one another,” Licklitersaid. “They’re making stridesand playing better. I think that,in this league, you’re going tohave to assume it’s going to takeyour best effort to be successful.”
The first-place Iowa women’s basketball team can separateitself from the pack with a victory tonight at Purdue.
Looking forthat rebound
SEE WOMEN’S HOOPS, 3BSEE MEN’S HOOPS, 3B
A whole new condition
2B - The Daily Iowan - Iowa City, Iowa - Thursday, February 14, 2008
Purdue 11 1 .917 20 5 .800Wisconsin 10 2 .833 20 4 .833Indiana 9 2 .818 20 4 .833Michigan St. 8 3 .727 20 4 .833Ohio St. 8 4 .667 17 8 .680Minnesota 5 6 .455 15 8 .652Iowa 4 8 .333 11 14 .440Penn St. 3 8 .273 11 12 .478Illinois 3 9 .250 11 14 .440Michigan 2 9 .182 6 17 .261Northwestern 0 11 .000 7 15 .318 Wednesday’s GamesWisconsin 68, Indiana 66Ohio State 65, Northwestern 47Today’s GameMichigan at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.Saturday’s GamesMinnesota at Wisconsin, 1 p.m.Purdue at Northwestern, 3 p.m.Illinois at Penn State, 6 p.m.Michigan State at Indiana 8 p.m.Sunday’s GameOhio State at Michigan, 12 p.m.
WWOOMMEENN’’SS BBIIGG TTEENN BBAASSKKEETTBBAALLLLConference All Games
W L Pct. W L Pct.Iowa 10 3 .769 17 7 .708Ohio State 9 4 .692 18 6 .750Purdue 9 4 .692 13 11 .542Minnesota 8 5 .615 17 8 .680Indiana 7 5 .583 14 10 .583Michigan 6 6 .500 13 9 .591Illinois 6 7 .462 14 10 .583Michigan State 6 7 .462 14 11 .560Penn State 4 8 .333 13 11 .542Wisconsin 4 8 .333 11 11 .500Northwestern 0 11 .000 4 20 .167Today’s GamesIowa at Purdue, 6 p.m.Michigan State at Indiana, 6 p.m.Minnesota at Penn State, 7 p.m.Michigan at Northwestern 7 p.m.Illinois at Wisconsin, 7 p.m.Sunday’s GamesMinnesota at Iowa, 3:35 p.m.Michigan at Indiana, 11 a.m.Michigan State at Penn State, 1 p.m.Monday, Feb. 18 GamesPurdue at Ohio State, 6 p.m.Wisconsin at Northwestern 8 p.m.
CCOOLLLLEEGGEE BBAASSKKEETTBBAALLLL#1 Memphis 68, Houston 59#2 Duke 77, Maryland 65#4 Tennessee 93, Arkansas 71#12 Xavier 62, Charlotte 60#15 Wisconsin 68, #13 Indiana 66Southern Illinois 65, #14 Drake 62#17 Connecticut 84, #20 Notre Dame 78Texas Tech 84, #18 Kansas State 75 Other GamesNorthern Iowa 77, Wichita State 75, OTOklahoma 76, Iowa State 64WomenTexas 61, #8 Baylor 51#11 West Virginia 56, #18 Pittsburgh 35#12 Duke 83, Clemson 54#14 George Washington 69, Massachusetts 45#16 Notre Dame 99, Marquette 76#17 Kansas State 45, Iowa State 42#21 Syracuse 81, Seton Hall 72TCU 73, #22 Wyoming 59
NNAATTIIOONNAALL HHOOCCKKEEYY LLEEAAGGUUEEEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic W L OT Pts GF GAPittsburgh 32 20 5 69 168 154New Jersey 32 21 4 68 150 136Philadelphia 30 21 5 65 178 160N.Y. Rangers 28 24 7 63 144 147N.Y. Islanders 25 25 7 57 138 167Northeast W L OT Pts GF GAOttawa 34 19 5 73 199 172Montreal 30 19 9 69 180 164Buffalo 28 21 8 64 171 157Boston 29 23 5 63 149 154Toronto 23 26 9 55 157 185Southeast W L OT Pts GF GAAtlanta 28 27 4 60 160 188Carolina 28 27 4 60 171 187Washington 27 25 6 60 166 179Florida 26 27 6 58 159 168Tampa Bay 24 27 6 54 164 187WESTERN CONFERENCECentral W L OT Pts GF GADetroit 41 13 5 87 194 130Nashville 30 22 6 66 169 156Columbus 26 24 9 61 143 155St. Louis 25 22 8 58 142 159Chicago 25 25 6 56 157 162Northwest W L OT Pts GF GAMinnesota 32 21 4 68 157 152Calgary 29 20 8 66 165 164Colorado 30 22 5 65 163 156Vancouver 28 22 7 63 149 145Edmonton 26 27 5 57 155 172Pacific W L OT Pts GF GADallas 35 20 5 75 176 148Anaheim 32 22 7 71 150 151San Jose 31 17 8 70 149 137Phoenix 28 25 4 60 155 159Los Angeles 24 32 3 51 167 194Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss orshootout loss.Wednesday’s GamesNew Jersey 3, Ottawa 2, OTChicago 7, Columbus 2
Atlanta 3, Washington 2, SOBuffalo 1, Toronto 0Boston 2, Pittsburgh 1Montreal 2, Florida 1, OTToday’s GamesPittsburgh at Carolina, 6 p.m.Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.N.Y. Islanders at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.Chicago at Nashville, 7 p.m.Dallas at Phoenix, 8 p.m.St. Louis at Colorado, 8 p.m.Minnesota at Vancouver, 9 p.m.Edmonton at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.
NNAATTIIOONNAALL BBAASSKKEETTBBAALLLL AASSSSOOCCIIAATTIIOONNEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic W L Pct GBBoston 41 9 .820 —Toronto 28 23 .549 131⁄2New Jersey 23 30 .434 191⁄2Philadelphia 23 30 .434 191⁄2New York 15 37 .288 27Southeast W L Pct GBOrlando 33 21 .611 —Washington 25 27 .481 7Atlanta 21 28 .429 91⁄2Charlotte 19 34 .358 131⁄2Miami 9 41 .180 22Central W L Pct GBDetroit 39 13 .750 —Cleveland 29 23 .558 10Indiana 21 32 .396 181⁄2Chicago 20 31 .392 181⁄2Milwaukee 19 34 .358 201⁄2WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest W L Pct GBNew Orleans 36 15 .706 —Dallas 35 17 .673 11⁄2San Antonio 34 17 .667 2Houston 32 20 .615 41⁄2Memphis 14 38 .269 221⁄2Northwest W L Pct GBUtah 34 19 .642 —Denver 32 20 .615 11⁄2Portland 28 24 .538 51⁄2Seattle 13 38 .255 20Minnesota 10 41 .196 23Pacific W L Pct GBPhoenix 36 16 .692 —L.A. Lakers 35 17 .673 1Golden State 32 20 .615 4Sacramento 23 28 .451 121⁄2L.A. Clippers 17 33 .340 18Wednesday’s GamesOrlando 109, Denver 98Toronto 109, New Jersey 91Philadelphia 102, Memphis 88Charlotte 100, Atlanta 98, OTSan Antonio 112, Cleveland 105Boston 111, New York 103Detroit 96, Indiana 80New Orleans 111, Milwaukee 107L.A. Lakers 117, Minnesota 92Houston 89, Sacramento 87Dallas 96, Portland 76Golden State 120, Phoenix 118Utah 112, Seattle 93Washington 91, L.A. Clippers 89Today’s GamesMiami at Chicago, 7 p.m.Dallas at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.Friday’s GamesNo games scheduledSaturday’s GamesNo games scheduledSunday’s GameAll-Star Game at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
TTRRAANNSSAACCTTIIOONNSSBASEBALLAmerican LeagueSEATTLE MARINERS—Agreed to terms with INFGreg Norton on a minor league contract.National LeagueHOUSTON ASTROS—Agreed to two-year playerdevelopment contract extensions with Round Rock(PCL) and Corpus Christi (Texas).LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Agreed to terms withRHP Takashi Saito on a one-year contract.PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Agreed to terms withRHP Kris Benson on a minor league contract.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueATLANTA FALCONS—Named Glenn Pires line-backers coach.CINCINNATI BENGALS—Signed S Herana-DazeJones to a one-year contract.GREEN BAY PACKERS—Named Russ Ball vicepresident of football administration/player finance.JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Re-signed FB GregJones.OAKLAND RAIDERS—Re-signed RB JustinFargas.PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—Named Jay Merlinoassistant strength and conditioning coach.WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Named StumpMitchell running backs coach/assistant head coach.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueCOLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Activated LWFredrik Modin from injured reserve. Assigned DMarc Methot to Syracuse (AHL).FLORIDA PANTHERS—Recalled LW Stefan Meyerfrom Rochester (AHL).LOS ANGELES KINGS—Assigned D Peter Harroldand F Matt Moulson to Manchester (AHL).WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Signed LW TomasFleischmann to a two-year contract extension.COLLEGENCAA—Announced the resignation of Dave Yeast,national coordinator of baseball umpires.SYRACUSE—Named Dan Conley linebackerscoach and Derrick Jackson co-defensive coordina-tor.
By Scott MillerTHE DAILY IOWAN
When Iowa women’s golfcoach Kelly Crawford wasn’thoning her Spanish — shedescribed her team’s trip toMexico as “muy bueno” — shewas busy watching her teamwin the Baja Invitational inEnsenada, Mexico, marking theIowa’s first victory since lastyear’s Hawkeye Invitational.
Iowa captured the title byovercoming a less-than stellarfirst round.
“It was a good start for ourseason, and we haven’t been ongrass probably since late Octo-ber,” Crawford said. “And we gotoff to a little bit of a rough startin the first round but brought itback the second round, which Iwas really happy with.”
One reason the Hawkeyeswere able to rebound from a 320in the first round was the per-formance of juniors Tyrette Met-zendorf and Becky Quinby.
Metzendorf — who placedfirst in the tournament with a224 (plus 8) and was named theBig Ten Women’s Golfer of theWeek — shot a one-under 71 inthe second round.Quinby, who finished in sev-enth-place individually with a235 (plus 19), picked up theslack with a final-round 74.
“Tyrette has had a really goodseason throughout the fall, andshe was able to get off to a reallygood start the first two rounds,putting in one of two subparrounds, which was exceptional,”Crawford said. “I think the bestscore after [Metzendorf ’s] 71was Becky’s 74, which Tyrettetied with her first-round score.
“With Becky, I’m super proudof her, as well. She’s got so muchtalent, and she’s such a greatball striker, and I’ve just beenwaiting for her to give me [the]numbers I know she’s capableof.”
Leading after the first day ofcompetition, Metzendorf headedinto the final round a little nerv-ous about leading wire-to-wire,Crawford said.
“It was a team effort —
everybody contributed — but it’sso nice for Tyrette to get thatwin,” she said. “I think it’s some-thing that she’s been right therewaiting for that one round to hap-pen to propel her. I know she wasa little nervous.
“Again, it’s a learning experi-ence for her, and hopefully, shegained a lot of confidence fromleading start-to-finish.”
With the help of Metzendorfand Quinby, the Hawkeyes wereable to hang onto the win with afinal-round 317.
“As I said, the second roundreally propelled us a lot,” Craw-ford said. “I think we just keptourselves in position.We were inthe lead after the first tworounds, so it was just a questionof going out and hanging on toit. And sometimes that’s hard todo, but we were able to do that.”
Despite finishing first, Iowafired a team total of 941 — theteam’s second-highest total ofthe season and three strokesmore than the squad’s seasonaverage of 937.8. This higher-than-usual total may have beenbecause of the difficulty of theBajamar Resort Golf Club.
“It was certainly challenging,”Crawford said. “There were sev-eral holes that were right on theocean. I want to call it more likea desert course because if youweren’t on the fairway, you werein a lot of trouble. And I thinkthat was the biggest challengethat a lot of these women had.
“It was all about placement,and if you weren’t in the rightplace on the golf course, it couldcost you.”
After battling a tough courseand coming out with a victory,Crawford is confident that herteam’s success won’t stop now.
“This is what we’re capableof,” she said. “Everybody con-tributed, as I said, but we cer-tainly did not peak. We wereable to hang onto the win, butthere are still some nuances weneed to continue to work on.Once we can all come togetherand jell, I think we’re going to bea pretty tough team to beat.”
Propelled by a second-round surge,the Iowa women’s golf team leaves
Mexico with its first team victory inmore than a year.
By Bobby LoeschTHE DAILY IOWAN
“Train so hard the matchesare easy.”
Christian Bierich speaks themotto; he also lives it.
Standing at a muscle-bound5-10, Bierich almost looks morelike a Hawkeye wrestler than atennis player, but you’d neverguess what his alternative sportalmost was.
“Figure skating,” he said. “Inmy little village where I lived,we did whatever sports theyhad there.”
This is the same guy who sayshe got so strong as an under-classmen, he started to lose theflexibility needed to hit back-hands. Hailing from Landvetter,Sweden, Bierich — the second-oldest of five children — saidthat while his siblings skated,his father was happy to avoidthe cold and watch him partakein tennis.
“My sisters are Swedishchampions, so I always won-dered if I’d be good at it,” he said.
The tennis gig worked out pret-ty well for the junior, who, fourmeets into the season, is Iowa’sonly undefeated singles player.
“We’ve had Swedes on theteam before, so I made thatpoint with him,” said Iowa headcoach Steve Houghton, describ-ing his recruiting of Bierich.
Three years into the program,Bierich’s level of physical condi-tioning borders on robotic.
“He’s just in abnormally greatshape, physically,” Houghtonsaid. “He’s probably in the bestshape of any guy I’ve ever hadhere at any time.”
And that’s high praise, con-sidering Houghton has been atthe helm for the last 27 years.The coach also noted Bierich’spounding forehand, which, hesaid, is “one of the better ones”he’s seen during his tenure.
While Bierich’s body rarelylets him down, mental mistakesplayed a role in a sophomoreslump last season; confidencelapses brought down his winswhile simultaneously inflatingthe losses. An 8-11 freshmanyear, which included a promising5-5 record in the Big Ten, sput-tered to 6-15 his sophomore year.And this was all while playing
relatively similar competition inthe No. 2 or 3 singles spots.
“Last year, I had problemswith my game plan,” Bierichsaid. “I was quiet on the court …so I lost a lot.”
But he rebounded, both physically and emotionally.
“I looked back to my fresh-man year — I was crazy on thecourts,” he said. “I showed a lotof guys I wanted to win bad, Iwas screaming, and it’s hard forother guys to see that. They getdisturbed by it.”
There’s nothing disturbingabout his 4-0 start. Bierichneeds just four more wins to
match his career high, and he’sgot 17 more chances to do so —the season is still young. Andnow, with more confidence thanhe’s had in a while, he isn’tready to let up.
Self-motivation and a healthydiet, combined with a new regi-men implemented by assistantcoach Steve Nash that has theteam running more than it hasin the last three years, ensuresBierich’s shape is tip-top 24/7.
“I know practice is going tokill us,” he said. “But I’m reallylooking forward to it.”
Peter Klopfenstein/The Daily IowanIowa’s Christian Bierich practices at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center on Wednesday.
“Our players are taking alot of joy in taking down thesebarriers,” coach Lisa Bludersaid. “We have another oppor-tunity to do that on Thursdaynight.”
In six conference roadgames, the Hawkeyes hold a4-2 mark; Iowa is the onlyteam in the Big Ten with awinning record in Big Tenroad contests.
Senior Johanna Solversoncredits this to the team’s abili-ty to focus squarely on its
opponent once the ball istipped. Having seen Purdueonce this season also has theteam feeling good entering adifficult environment.
“We know we can play withthese teams, and you reallygot to think about the teamthat you’re playing, not thearena that you’re playing in,”Solverson said. “If you startletting the arena get to you,it’s going to alter your game alot.”
One of the things Bludertook away from Iowa’s firstvictory over Purdue threeweeks ago was that no oneplayer stood out or had to doanything extraordinary.
“It was a great team win,”she said. “It was a game inwhich everybody got the balland played extremely well,
and we took control of thegame and kept control for thewhole game.”
Remaining in control issomething Iowa will have todo this evening if theHawkeyes are going to win aBig Ten regular-season crownthat’s theirs for the taking.
“We have a huge target onour back right now, so we justgot to keep playing solid bas-ketball and take care of busi-ness,” Smith said.
“I just wasn’t competinghard,” he said. “I was kind ofrunning passively. The trainingwas there; I just hadn’t put it alltogether.”
Hairston stood out as a rookielast year, leading the team in the800 meters indoors, hitting1:53.20, and outdoors as well,running 1:49.99. After Iowa fin-ished its final meet of the year,Hairston’s hot feet kept cooking— the then-18 year-old sizzledthrough 800 meters in 1:50.98for a third-place finish in theUSA Junior Track and Fieldmeet in Indianapolis on June 27.
Then his freshman seasonended, and his sophomore cam-paign began.
Before supplanting Novotny’splace in the books, Hairston’stwo previous efforts had timesof 1:55.64 and 1:55.42 —nowhere close to what he wassoon to achieve.
So what changed?For starters, Woody said,
until the Meyo Invitational,Hairston wasn’t executing hisraces the way he’d been trained— instead of going out fast andholding on, there was a tenden-cy for the second-year runner tocruise early and kick late.
Woody let him know.“I told him, ‘We train to run
fast and hold on, we don’t train torun slowly and finish quickly,’ ”he said. “You can’t expect thatyour body’s going to be able todrop a fast last 200 meters, youhave to challenge yourself at thebeginning of the race.”
The adjustment provedessential.
On Feb.9,after blazing throughthe best 600-meter time he’d everrun — 1:21, four seconds betterthan his first 600 one week before— Hairston legged out an evenfaster final 200 meters than he’dran in the weeks he had triedwaiting and kicking.
The sophomore jinx may be real,it may not, and Hairston seems tohave figured it out for now — butthe season has just begun.
“Even though it’s a provision-al qualifying time,” he said, “it’sprobably not good enough tomake it to the NCAA champi-onships. That’s why I reallywant to improve on that, and doreally well in the conference,and carry that through to thenational championships.”
The NCAAs are preciselywhere Woody intends to takehim.
“I told Coach Wieczorek that[Hariston] could probably run1:48 indoors and 1:47 outdoor atthe beginning of the year,”Woody said. “I still feel he cando that; I still feel he could qual-ify for nationals. I honestlythink he can be an All-Ameri-can in the 800 if things cometogether.
“That’s what we’re trying totrain for — to be a Big Tenchampion and be an All-Ameri-can.”
That puts all the pressure —not on the shoulders, or eventhe legs — but in the mind ofHairston. It’s all just a matter ofwhat Hairston does with whathis coaches give him.
“You’re an NCAA provisionalqualifier, you’ve got to act thatway,” Wieczorek said. “I thinkAdam Hairston can be as goodas he wants to be. Even thoughhe’s done this well, I think hestill is not committing to beingas good as he can be.
“Adam is probably at thatnational-champion threshold. Ifhe thinks he can do it, I don’tsee why he shouldn’t make arun at it. But he has to totallylive the lifestyle and make thatcommitment.”
His coaches believe, but doesHairston think he can be All-American?
“Yes.”Does Hairston think he can
be a national champion?“Yes.”It’s just all in his head.
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LineupsIowa (17-7, 10-3)G Kristi Smith Jr. 5-6 13.5F Wendy Ausdemore Jr. 6-2 11.3F Johanna Solverson Sr. 6-2 9.0F Krista VandeVenter Sr. 6-2 5.3C Stacy Schlapkohl Sr. 6-3 6.4
Purdue (13-11, 9-4)G FahKara Malone So. 5-3 8.2G Kalika France Sr. 5-9 8.2F Lakisha Freeman Jr. 6-1 12.9F Natasha Bagdanova Jr. 6-4 7.6C Danielle Campbell Jr. 6-4 12.6
The Wolverines are led byManny Harris and DeShawnSims, scoring 15.9 and 12.8points per game respectively.The re-emergence of senior RonColeman in the lineup gives theHawkeyes another defensivetarget.
“Coleman is a guy who isplaying a little more, I think,”Lickliter said. “[He] is a verycapable shooter, and it looks tome that they’re a little morefocused on Sims in the post, sowe’ll have to be aware of that.”
The infusion of Coleman’sexperience with the pair ofyoung scorers has the Wolver-ines slowly coming together,much like the Hawkeyes haveof late. The Wolverines are like-ly to give Iowa a bit of a differ-ent look from the one theyshowed in the teams’ Januarymeeting.
“I think they’re more com-fortable,” Lickliter said. “I think
they’re playing more man anda little bit less of their zone.”
For Iowa, focusing defensive-ly wasn’t a strength in its roadloss to the Gophers.
“You may go throughdroughts — it just might hap-pen,” Lickliter said. “Offense isa skilled aspect to the game —but you can maintain yourdefensive intensity, your defen-sive focus and purpose. And Ithought at Minnesota, we real-ly broke down defensively.”
That lapse on the defensiveside of the ball is not somethingLickliter enjoys seeing. Offen-
sive scoring droughts, anotherbother for the coach, have alsobecome problematic for Iowa,along with turnovers.
“Drought is a combination ofthings,” Lickliter said. “I’dalmost rather have that situa-tion than what we’ve donewhere we throw them the ballreal quick and then have to tryto guard in transition. That’salmost impossible.”
Despite the Hawkeyes’ prob-lems scoring and taking care ofthe ball, Lickliter is maintain-ing his day-by-day approachwith the team, pointing outimprovements over the longhaul start with incrementalbetterment.
“We just try to play high-per-centage basketball,” he said.
That includes Iowa’s scoringleader, junior Tony Freeman.Though Freeman has struggledas the go-to shot creator at shotclock’s end, Lickliter believesthat’s the reason for his incon-sistency.
“I think what happens with
Tony,” Lickliter said. “Andunfortunately for him, he endsup with the ball in his hands intough situations. It’s not fair toput it on him — the shot clock’srunning down, [and he must]create a shot — that’s hard.”
Even with the challengingbuzzer-beater looks, Freemanhas managed to score double-digits in all but three gameshe’s played in. Add in the limit-ed rotation of players, and thejunior’s production is vital forIowa’s success.
On national televisiontonight against Michigan, itwill just be a matter of the lim-ited rotation working in uni-son.
“As we got into conferenceplay, I purposely shortened therotation,” Lickliter said. “Ithink that the rotation is work-ing; [the Hawks are] playingwell.”
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1, 3 & 4 bedroom houses. Pets considered, on busline.(319)331-1120.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 bedroom, all different houses, downtown loca-tion, pets, W/D, parking. (319)530-2734.
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BENTON MANOR CONDOS-One and two bedroom, one bath, busline, dishwasher, laundry, W/D or hookup, small pets nego-tiable. $550- $635+ water paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
FALL LEASING- 804 Benton Dr. Two bedrooms, $600/ month, water included. Parking, busline, A/C, W/D hookups and laundry on-site. No pets. (319)337-8544.
542 FOSTER RD.-Three bedroom, one bath, W/D hookups, dishwasher, C/A, basement, deck, one car garage. $950 plus utilities. RCPM (319)887-2187.
2430 SHADY GLEN CT.-Three bedroom, three bath, C/A, W/D, dishwasher, deck. $860 plus utilities. RCPM (319)887-2187.
2, 3, 4, 5 bedrooms for rent for now and fall. Iowa City, Coral-ville, North Liberty. $600 and up. (319)430-2722.
VERY quiet two bedroom du-plex, professionals only, in Coralville. C/A, W/D hookups, big deck, garage. (319)338-4774.
TWO bedroom, quiet, Eastside Iowa City. W/D hook-ups, no pets. $575- $625.(319)338-4407.
TWO bedroom, attached garage, C/A, W/D, side-by-side unit. $600/ month. (319)936-4647.
THREE bedroom townhouse. New in 2006, almost 3,000 sq.ft., 3-1/2 bath, W/D, fireplace, heated garage. Super energy ef-ficient geothermal heat and A/C. Ten blocks east of Pentacrest. $1575 three persons.www.parsonsproperties.netor call (319)631-1236.
LARGE three bedroom, W/D, C/A, large deck. August 1, $900. (319)936-4647.
DOWNTOWN, one bedroom, one bath. Off-street parking, close to busline. (319)631-3268.
DOWNTOWN efficiency with off-street parking. Close to bus-line. (319)631-3268.
912 HUDSON-Two bedroom, one bath, with basement, W/D, off-street park-ing, pets negotiable. $615 plus utilities. RCPM (319)887-2187.
815 CLARK STREET-Three bedroom, one bath, W/D hookups, one car garage, pets negotiable. $900 plus utilities. RCPM (319)887-2187.
204 PARK RD.-Two bedroom, one bath close to City Park. No pets. $800/ $825 all utilities paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
TWO spectacular three bed-room, two bath apartments in a completely renovated older home. Each with two levels, all amenities, lots of character, off-street parking, close-in, quiet atmosphere. $1350 each. (319)354-9597.
THREE bedroom, two bathroom townhouse with garage, C/A, westside. $792/ month.Available now.No pets. jandjapts.com(319)338-7058.
NOW. Three bedroom across from medical/ dental/ sports complex. $930. FREE parking. All amenities. (319)337-5156.
NEWER four bedroom apart-ment, walking distance to cam-pus, two full baths, parking, ga-rage. For August 1. (319)358-7139, www.jandmhomeweb.com.
LOOKING for a place where you can live AND study? Three bed-room, two bath one block from campus. A newer building with great apartments with great amenities like W/D, fireplace, patio/ deck and parking in a warm secure garage. Looking for tenants that are seeking a high quality apartment in a quiet envi-ronment. Call (319)631-1236.
LANTERN PARK TOWNHOUSE- Leasing now and for fall. Great Coralville loca-tion- three bedroom, one bath, W/D, C/A, near schools, parks, recreation center and library, on city busline. $795. SouthGate, (319)339-9320, www.s-gate.com
AVAILABLE now: three bed-room, one bath apartment, $740 plus utilities. Located near the Carver Hawkeye Arena. (319)354-2233 for showings.
AUGUST 1, four bedroom across from Medical/ Dental schools. $1600, four free park-ing, all amenities. (319)337-5156.
APARTMENT for rent, four bed-room, one bath, 202 E.Daven-port, available 8/1/08. (319)631-5152.
419 S.GOVERNOR-Three and four bedroom, 1-1/2 bath, dishwasher, deck, W/D hookups, no pets. $600- $1000. RCPM (319)887-2187.
THREE / FOURBEDROOM
WOODLANDS APARTMENTS-Leasing now and for fall. Two bedroom, one bath, recently re-modeled, W/D in unit, C/A, some with decks, on city busline. Some units allow cats for an ad-ditional fee. $620-$650.(319)339-9320, www.s-gate.com
TWO bedroom, water paid, W/D, A/C, 6/1/08, 8/1/08. (319)936-4647.
TWO bedroom, two bathroom. Grandview Terrace Building. S.Linn St. Available January. (319)338-7058.
TWO bedroom, one bathroom, eastside. H/W paid, $550/ month. Contact Rod atWestWinds Real Estate (319)354-3792.
LARGE two bedroom, two bath in Coralville. Available now. Heat included. No smoking, no pets. On busline. Call (319)351-8901 or (319)330-1480.
SCOTSDALE APARTMENTShas two bedroom sublets avail-able in February. $625 includes water. 1-1/2 baths, 24-hr mainte-nance, parking and laundry. Call (319)351-1777.
PETS WELCOME!Two bedroom units at Sycamore as low as $700. W/D hook-ups, cable ready, central air, full ap-pliance package. Call today(319)354-1961. ammanagement.net
PARK PLACE has a two bed-room available ASAP for $600, includes water. Off-street park-ing, laundry on-site. Call (319)354-0281.
ONE and two bedroom, Coral-ville, available now. 970 sq.ft. $595/ month, water paid. Bal-cony, C/A, free parking, laundry on-site, on busline. (319)339-7925.
NICE two bedroom, H/W paid, microwave and dishwasher, ground floor, $495/ month, $495 deposit. (319)930-7339.
NICE size two bedroom in North Liberty. $570/ month. Very quiet area. Days (319)351-1346; evenings and weekends(319)354-2221.
FREE rent and gas. Iowa City two bedroom, W/D hookups, small pets welcome, carport, $500- $550. (866)362-5566.
EMERALD CT. has a two bed-room sublet February 1. $585 in-cludes water. Off-street parking, laundry on-site. Call (319)337-4323.
BROADWAY CONDOMINIUMSLeasing now and for fall. Very roomy two bedroom, one bath, water paid, C/A, on-site laundry, on city busline, $510. (319)339-9320, www.s-gate.com
CROSS PARK APARTMENTS-Leasing now and for fall. Two bedroom, two bath, dishwasher, microwave, on-site laundry, C/A, entry door system, some with deck or patio, on city busline. $565-$595.(319)339-9320, www.s-gate.com
AVAILABLE summer or fall. Close, westside, $500, W/D op-tion. (319)339-5450.
AVAILABLE ANYTIME.Iowa City. New two bedroom. $600. First month. (319)621-7196.
APM HOUSINGTwo bedroom at Benton Manor Iowa City. Immediate occu-pancy, $650 plus electric, W/D in apartment, off-street parking. Lease expires 7/30/08. No pets. Call Ken (319)530-0556.Assurance PropertyManagementwww.assurancepm.com
AD#614- Two bedroom on the westside, W/D facilities, C/A, parking, pets ok, some with deck. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
ABER AVE.- Leasing now and for fall. Two bedroom, one bath, H/W paid, dishwasher, on-site laundry, near parks and walking trails. Some units allow cats and small dogs for additional fee, on city busline. $595. SouthGate, (319)339-9320, www.s-gate.com
916- 932 OAKCREST-FREE RENT- Westside two bed-room, one bath, close to UIHC and Law, one car garage, cat negotiable. $695, water paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
800 S.DUBUQUE-Two bedroom, one bath close to downtown, off-street parking. $450- $550 plus utilities. RCPM (319)887-2187.
625 S.GILBERT-Two bedroom, one bath, vaulted ceilings, close to campus, laun-dry, no pets. $730 plus utilities. RCPM (319)887-2187.
612 S.DODGE ST.-Two bedroom, one bath, close to downtown. H/W paid, on-site laundry, no pets. $620- $625. RCPM (319)887-2187.
521 KIRKWOOD AVE.-Two bedroom, two bath, close eastside location, dishwasher, on-site laundry, off-street park-ing, central A/C, no pets, no smoking. $650- $675. RCPM (319)887-2187.
421 BOWERY ST.-Two bedroom, one bath, close to downtown, W/D. $730 plus utili-ties. RCPM (319)887-2187.
412 HIGHLAND AVE.-Large two bedroom, one bath, central heat/ air, laundry, park-ing. $675- water paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
411 E.Market St., available ASAP. Two bedroom, furnished, $550/ month includes water, parking spot, first month free. (773)445-4906.
2 bedroom, two bathroom, two balconies. Near downtown, over-looking swimming pool. Garage parking. Laundry, elevator, all appliances. C/A and heating. Call (319)621-6750.
1305 SUNSET-Westside Iowa City. Two bed-room, one bath, on-site laundry. Convenient to grocery and shop-ping. $525- $595, H/W paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
1108 OAKCREST-Westside QUIET two bedroom, one bath, close to UIHC and Law. $600, H/W paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
$495 plus utilities, 68 Oberlin (East Iowa City), 2 bedroom, non-pet andnon-smoking unit. Good credit and rental reference required. (319)530-8700.
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VERY large one bedroom. Close-in. C/A, parking available. Security entrance. W/D. $625/ month. Days (319)351-1346, af-ter 7:30p.m and weekends (319)354-2221.
ONE bedroom, best location, 410 N.Clinton, parking, laundry. (319)354-4100.
ONE bedroom apartment, $450/ month plus utilities, parking, W/D, busline, close to UIHC. Available immediately. (712)539-1392.
LARGE efficiency/ one bed-room. Quiet, no smoking, no pets. A/C. Parking, yard. $395- $505, utilities paid. After 6p.m. (319)354-2221.iacityrentals.com
LANTERN PARKAPARTMENTS- Leasing now and for fall. Great Coralville loca-tion- 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. Fall leasing available.On-site manager. Call ASAP.(319)351-0942.
CORALVILLE. One bedroom. H/W paid. Newer carpet, appli-ances, parking, laundry on-site. $475 single, $495 couple.(319)330-7081.
EFFICIENCY /ONE BEDROOM
FOR AUGUST 1:Tired of roommates? One bed-room close-in, 433 S.VanBuren. $580, H/W paid. Free parking. Owner managed. No pets. Ref-erences. (319)331-3523, (319)351-8098, (319)795-0793.
EFFICIENCY across from Burge available immediately, H/W paid, $410. (319)471-3784.
EFFICIENCIES, fall, 1-1/2 blocks from campus, H/W fur-nished. No pets. (319)337-2534.
EFFICIENCIES available. Corner Dubuque and Church. $450 to $575. H/W paid. No pets. (319)356-5933.
AVAILABLE now. Efficiencies starting at $448/ month. West-side IC. Parking, A/C, busline. jandjapts.com(319)338-7058.
AD#605- One bedroom near downtown, H/W paid, cats ok. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#420- One bedroom on Linn St., H/W paid, no pets. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#300- One bedroom on Lu-cas St., spacious, all utilities paid. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
503 S.VanBuren, clean, quiet one bedroom. H/W, parking included. No pets. Available August 1, $540. (319)321-7165.
EFFICIENCY /ONE BEDROOM
WINTER SPECIALS!As low as $660. 2 & 3 bedrooms at Mane Gate and brand new Town Square Apartments. W/D hookups, fireplace, cable ready, central air, full appliance pack-age, clubhouse with fitness cen-ter. Call today! (319)354-1961ammanagement.net
TWO and three bedrooms avail-able now. Tri-County Real Es-tate, (319)331-1382.
LEASING for 08-09Quality, close in, quiet, cleanwww.parsonsproperties.net
DOWNTOWNmoengroup sublets available now. Vogel House 255 Iowa Ave. Furnished. Pets okay. Penthouse and studios. Call Bobby or [email protected]
APARTMENTS and HOUSES.Close-in, reasonable rent.(319)331-1382, (319)936-2184.
AD#715- Sleeping rooms or one bedroom near downtown, park-ing, all utilities paid, no pets. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#624- One or two bedroom on Gilbert St., H/W paid, parking, W/D facilities, A/C, spacious, no pets. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#580- One or two bedroom off north Dubuque St., dish-washer, C/A, W/D facilities, spa-cious, water paid, pets ok. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#507- One, two or three bed-room on Linn St., H/W paid, A/C, W/D facilities, cats ok. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#412- One or two bedroom on Linn St., some utilities paid, rooms have shared kitchen and bath. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#22- Efficiency, kitchenette or three bedroom near downtown, W/D facilities, cats ok, some utili-ties paid. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
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.
AD#14- One, two or three bed-rooms downtown on Dubuque St., dishwasher, C/A, W/D facili-ties, no pets. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
AD#128- Efficiency, kitchenette, one or two bedroom on campus, no pets, H/W paid. Call M-F 9-5pm, (319)351-2178.
502 N.DODGE-One- two bedroom, one bath, close to downtown area, busline, on-site laundry. $515- $625 pluselectric. RCPM (319)887-2187.
1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms and efficien-cies. Great student location. Parking, swimming pool, C/A and heating, all appliances, bal-cony, laundry, elevator.(319)621-6750.
BEDROOM in ranch style home. Close to medical campus. Non-smoking. (309)368-5699.
ONE room available February 1, $330/ month plus utilities, ages 18-25.Three bedroom house lo-cated at 1810 7th Ave. Ct., Iowa City. Off-street parking, finished basement, two bathrooms, C/A, busline, bar and sauna, large backyard, W/D and all other ap-pliances. See interior/exterior photos at: www.buxhouses.com. (319)631-3052.
SUBLET available now through July 27, one female only, three bedroom apartment, 120 Daven-port, $385/ month with parking and utilities. (815)579-2576.
SUBLEASE immediately. Green apartments across from art/ mu-sic/ theater buildings. Free park-ing. $350/ month. February free! (319)325-3630.
FEMALE student and her dog need female student to share house. On busline, walk to cam-pus, three bedroom, free W/D, off-street parking. No smoking. Piano available, music students welcome. All utilities included, $450. (630)940-4103.
PRIVATE room on busline with shared bathroom and kitchen. Free parking, on-site laundry, utilities, cable. Less than one mile from campus. $275/ month. Call (319)337-8665.
MARCH 1, room for female. Close to campus and Co-op gro-cery store. Share facilities with other female students. All utilities paid, no pets, $360. (319)337-2534.
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 rooms for rent. Share kitchen, bathroom, laun-dry, living room. Basic cable and Internet. Utilities included. $375- $500. (319)331-1120.
FALL. Females, 1- 6 bedrooms, 1-1/2 blocks from campus, two baths, kitchen and kitchenettes, living room, laundry, deck, all utilities included, near Co-op grocery. No pets, no smoking in house. (319)337-2534.
BEST location, 412 N.Clinton, beautiful, historic house, parking, laundry. Available now. (319)354-4100.
AVAILABLE now. Dorm style rooms, $235- $245/ month, wa-ter paid. Call (319)354-2233 for showings.
124-126 N.CLINTON: Newly re-modeled student rooming house, located across the street from campus, rooms starting at $400 all utilities included! (319)331-7487,www.prestigeprop.com
121 N. VAN BUREN ST.-One room, shared bath and kitchen, on-site laundry, off-street parking, cats negotia-ble. $300, all utilities paid. RCPM (319)887-2187.
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2002 Toyota Camry LE, aspen green, 4-cyl., PW, PL, CD, sun-roof, 97k miles. Excellent condi-tion. $8500. (319)626-3700.
1992 BMW 525i, green luxury sedan, 217k miles, runs great, looks even better! $4500. (720)934-0612.
WANTED! Used or wrecked cars, trucks or vans. Quick esti-mates and removal. (319)679–2789.
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BUYING USED CARSWe will tow.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Look for ways to help others, and you will help yourself. Takea strong position, and stick to your convictions. The impression you make will help youweed out those you should not keep in your life.TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Stick to what you know and do best. Don’t be led astray by any-one with far-reaching ideas but a weak work ethic. You don’t want to get stuck holdingthings together. “No” will be a word to incorporate today.GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take the initiative, and you will work your way into a very cushyposition that will lead to advancement. A challenge will get you thinking in more diverseways. Someone may try to muck up your plans, so stay on your toes.CANCER (June 21-July 22): Secrets must be kept if you want to avoid turmoil. Put yourefforts into investments, settlements, or ending whatever troubles you have been facing.Progress can be made if you use alternative means.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Push for what you want, and refuse to let anyone talk you into seek-ing pleasure rather than production. A deal can be sealed if you are aggressive and to thepoint. Do not leave room for others to maneuver, and you will have your way.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Live, laugh, and be merry, and you will attract someone whomay have thought you were too serious to get to know better. Love is in a high cycle. Makea promise to someone you care about or find a suitable partner, if you are single. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Putting yourself in a vulnerable position will lead to loss. Avoidemotional family issues today, and get out with people who relate to your ideas and plans.Self-improvement projects will turn out well.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Put your efforts into doing a little fix-up around your place orputting together a home office. Don’t let anyone deter you from following through with yourgoals. A partnership will develop if you position yourself with people who are like-minded.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be careful; someone may try to block your plans. Lookbeyond what others are doing, and you will come up with a better way to do things. Be trueto yourself, and you will attract people who appreciate your candor and talent.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can fine-tune everything else after you close your cur-rent deal. You have the discipline to see any matter through to the end and to be an excel-lent contender. Confidence will be your weapon.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may want to keep your thoughts to yourself if you don’twant to face opposition today. Someone you cherish will be out of sorts and ready to putyou down. Emotional issues must be kept light and playful in order to avoid havoc.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Getting along with others, no matter what, will be to your ben-efit. Love is likely to take on a new meaning if you reveal your wants, needs, and desires. Arenewed confidence will emerge if you stand your ground.
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By Louis VirtelTHE DAILY IOWAN
During a sit-down interview with Charlie Roselast year, Conan O’Brien contended that a goldenage in comedy was upon us. Regarding television,he was probably correct, as such powerhouses as“House” and “30 Rock” serve as potent examples ofcharacter craft and sharp, properly tweaked script-ing. Harried but resourceful women (Tina Fey in“30 Rock,” Mary-Louise Parker in “Weeds”) andeccentric but well-timed men(Steve Carell in “The Office,”Hugh Laurie in “House”) make akilling in ratings and reset a baronce thought unreachable in theaftermath of “All in the Family,”“M*A*S*H*,” and “The MaryTyler Moore Show.”
One thing top-notch comedy in2008 owes nothing to, however, isinnovation. Rather, comedy writ-ers tend to make their dent know-ing which old ideas to avoid: par-ticularly those hackneyed devicesworn to bits on Nick at Nite fodder, including theever-done living-room sitcom that bemoans the dif-ferences between men and women. “I Love Lucy” isa classic, and perhaps “Everybody Loves Raymond”qualifies, too, but according to the present wave ofwit, they’re both yesterday’s yuks.
Or so we thought.But then Broadway, with its penchant for reignit-
ing the past, comes along and derails any legitimateexplanation for this advent of device-dodging humor.Defending the Caveman, Broadway’s longest-run-ning one-man play, not only embraces the age-old“men vs. women” comedy plot honed by everyonefrom Jackie Gleason to such standup acts asRoseanne, it also relies on a script written in thegrungy, Stone-Age yesteryear of 1991.
Leaving the toilet seat up! Keeping the romance alive!Touchy-feely female conversation!The comic plight of compatibilitybetween men and women is nonew discovery in the entertainmentworld. In fact, television seems tohave abandoned it in recentyears. But Defending the Caveman, the longest-runningone-man show in Broadway history, prevails with audiences— whether or not its ancient premise remains in boob-tubevogue.
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MC Rove in DA HOUSE!!!Hip-hop artist and occasional political adviser Karl Rove willmake a special appearance in the IMU Main Lounge on Feb.17, bringing his trademark arm-flap-er-rap moves to the ICfloor. In recent years, he’s been gettin’ down wit some freakybush and teaching forlorn Evangelicals to par-tay!!
Radio is rad, yoWe know you’re all addicted to 80 Hours on Air on KRUIevery Friday from 5 to 6 p.m., so we won’t tell you that thisweek we’ll hear from a dancer with a fascinating knack formoving social commentary, or a live review of Robert Wilson’sacclaimed VOOM. You’ll totally tune into 89.7 anyway.
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PLAYDefending the Caveman
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Workshop, noon, Public AccessTelevision, 206 Lafayette
• Michigan Peace TeamReport, “Nonviolent Resis-tance in Palestine,” 2 p.m.,Iowa City Public Library Room A
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When a giant monster attacks NewYork City, the characters ofCloverfield bravely film their attemptsat survival. Godzilla meets The BlairWitch Project? Maybe. Caution:Those who have recently eaten largemeals, consumed alcohol, or feelhung-over should not see this film,because the camera work will likelycause them to vomit.
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My Kid Could Paint ThatShowtimes: Feb. 15: 9 p.m., Feb. 16: 5 p.m. &9 p.m., Feb. 17: 5 p.m.
Picasso himself aspired to paint like achild; 4-year-old Marla Olmstead doesand sells her abstract paintings for hun-dreds of thousands. This documentaryfollows Marla, her parents, and her artdealer as they battle both celebrity andcritics.
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Teleporting is not all fun and gamesfor David Rice (Hayden Christensen),who, after discovering his ability,finds himself in a centuries-long warbetween those who teleport andthose who kill those who teleport.Wondering, perhaps, if people whoteleports can’t just teleport awayfrom their killer or if teleporting couldbe handy in the bedroom. WatchingJumper may be the only chance youhave to answer these questions.
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DI RECOMMENDSConsulting Gertrude Stein’sTender Buttons for daily guidance as a practical alternative to your usual religion or moral code. It mightbe strange, but at least it’s new.
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Illustration by Jacqueline Cieslak/The Daily IowanThose seeking a nontraditional way to commemorate Valentine’s Day may find refuge at the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party, hosted by Charlie’s in Coralville. There will be free pool and opportunities to meetlike-minded haters of this sugar-coated holiday. Imagine the irony of falling in love at an anti-Valentine’sDay event …
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Hairspray as partof its “FridayNight Films”
series. The pop-corn will be pro-vided, but view-ers will have tobring their owndancing shoes.
Illustration by Jacqueline Cieslak and Dylan Salisbury/The Daily IowanPlays can be wonderful, but numerous acts are a big commitment.For the theater lover with a shorter attention span, City Circle Shorts(formerly the City Circle Acting Company’s New Play Festival) offersmore succinct entertainment. The event features plays written bylocal authors, ranging from sketch comedy to film noir, and none runlonger than 10 minutes.
Singer and guitaristMatt White receivedthe label of “NextBig Thing” fromPerez Hilton.Listeners not per-suaded by Hilton’sendorsement willhave a chance tosee what the fuss isabout when Whitecomes to thePicador Feb. 17,with ZOX and SarahCram. Can’t getenough White?Check out WhitneyWarne’s preview ofthe concert on theArts page of Friday’sDaily Iowan.
“The heart and soul and coreof the show has been thesame,” said Caveman actorMichael Van Osch in a phoneinterview with The DailyIowan from his home in NewYork City. “Any pop-culture ref-erences we’ll update to be rele-vant. But the real nuts andbolts haven’t changed.”
Former standup comedianRob Becker meticulously wrotethe work over a three-yearspread and performed it hun-dreds of times to sellout crowdsin Washington, D.C., Philadel-phia, and Chicago. After theshow began a phenomenalBroadway run in 1995, it soontallied more than 700 perform-ances at the Helen Hayes The-atre, setting a record. Beckereventually retired and duckedout of the public eye, but hecontinues to train new “cave-men,” including Van Osch, whobegan the gig two years ago, aswell as the six other men whoperform the show across NorthAmerica. Van Osch still heedsBecker’s foremost instruction,which, as he recalls, was tomake the show his own.
Defending the Caveman fol-lows the journey of a club-totingcaveman, who dons classicFlintstonian cloth and labelsmen “hunters” and women“gatherers” to explain their dif-ferences. A tour version of the30-country international hitwill open at the Englert, 221 E.Washington St., for a two-nightstint beginning Friday at 8 p.m.
“A man doesn’t just watchthe TV,” one line of Cavemanexplains. “A man actuallybecomes the TV.”
“Women can talk more aboutfeely stuff because they getmore practice at it,” the cave-man says. “They get togetherwith their friends and havethose … creepy talks.”
So successful is the Nean-derthal shtick at pinpointing(and justifying) the gender gapthat counselors have recom-mended Defending the Cavemanto quarreling couples. Van Oschexpresses no surprise there; hesees marital rectification regu-larly as a result of the show.
“I’ll see a couple that maybehad a spat in the parking lotbefore the show, and they’ll sitat the front of their chairs, asfar away from each other asthey can get,” he said. “But asthe show goes on, they start tolaugh, they start to nudge eachother. And by the end of theshow, they leave arm in arm.”
But as the one-man show,
which combines confessional,standup comic elements with astory arc, continues to accumu-late returning crowds, themore it stands at odds with thecurrent crop of popular themesin comedy. A question emerges:How can a premise so in linewith the shoulder pads of BrettButler or the whine of PaulReiser still reverberate?
Russell Peterson, a UI visit-ing assistant professor inAmerican studies, said thesetup still works “because thesituation is always changingover time.” However, he alsothinks that humor based onthe war between the sexesmaintains a singular purposein 2008. For instance, heargues, it has become a necessary antidote to politicalcommentators who may need
counseling of their own.“All you have to do is look at
the untested ground surround-ing a women running for presi-dent,” said Peterson, citing thepundits who mistake artificialskewering of Hillary RodhamClinton for objective politicaldiscourse. “And those journal-ists who don’t realize they’rebeing sexist. It just shows thateven if [men vs. women] is an
old topic, it shall remain a rele-vant one.”
Correcting the precepts ofjournalists and political scien-tists in the present daybecomes a tangential accom-plishment of Caveman. Still,the show doesn’t mind collect-ing old-yet-ageless woes andoffering conflict resolutions forany year — not just this one.The arguably timeless lessonspoint to an observation BillCosby made years ago: “Menand women belong to differentspecies, and communicationbetween them is still in itsinfancy.” Becker’s originalscript furthers that statement,suggesting that we’ve comealong way, but not far enoughto cohabit like proper magneticcounterparts. In other words,we stab on at sex differences toget somewhere, even if “HomeImprovement” already tried tomove our fussy sex comprehen-sion from point A to point B.
Van Osch thinks identifying,but ultimately accepting, thestatic between men andwomen also serves as morethan a comic premise. Becausethe topic remains relatable,even for those who’ve seenevery episode of “I Love Lucy.”Those jaded spectators canstill feel, somehow, as thoughthe act was written for them.
“It’s no different whether inToronto, Tampa, or, hopefully,Iowa,” he said. “Everybody getsit. If you’ve been in a
relationship, or you’re in arelationship, or you want to bein one, you can get it. Ofcourse, there are exaggerationsbecause it’s comedy, but it’sstill real.”
Defending the Caveman rollsalong swiftly on its not-so-rein-vented wheel, defending not justour grunting, loin-clothed forefa-thers (who actually consideredwomen to be goddesses, saysVan Osch), but also a version ofhumor that refuses to subside.Even if Caveman’s legacy trans-forms the show into a mantel-piece alongside old-school TVlore, the relevance of the showpops off the stage and sits,rather comfortably, in the busykitchens, contentious bedrooms,and within the gentle elbowprods of fellow theatergoers —who probably didn’t expect to fitin with long-practiced, but long-reliable prehistoric punch lines.
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Reinventing oldest war on EarthCaveman contemporariesHere’s a proper list of TV efforts that predated Defending theCaveman, laughing at the gap (but quashing the static) between menand women:“THE HONEYMOONERS”: Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows, twoblazing spitfires, yelled at each other a lot — but for love, duh, even ifAudrey was almost catapulted to the Moon several times by TV’s seminal not-that-friendly bus driver.“I LOVE LUCY”: If ever a TV show thought men and women both didstupid things for stupid reasons, it was this one. Lucille Ball and VivianVance squared off against their husbands, Desi Arnaz and WilliamFrawley, usually to accomplish the world’s most important task: to landLucy in Desi’s show at the Tropicana.“BEWITCHED”: Dick York tried like hell to suppress ElizabethMontgomery’s witch powers, but that subversive feminism (and AgnesMoorehead’s drag queen makeup) always won out.“ALL IN THE FAMILY”: Bigot men, dingbat women — behold, TV’s firstforay into resembling the tumultuous social climate of the ’70s. We stillmourn Carroll O’Connor and Rob Reiner’s hair.“HOME IMPROVEMENT”: This is the proper TV counterpart for“Caveman.” Hell, Tim Allen also wielded crude tools. Meanwhile,Patricia Richardson as Jill wrenched out the kinks in an otherwise idealmarriage.“EVERYBODY LOVESRAYMOND”: RayRomano parlayed hisstandup act into a rambunctious but grandparent-friendlystudy in familial squabbles. If PatriciaHeaton didn’t serve upenough wisdom, thenDoris Roberts beamed itdown with a PG-13 comment from theschool of AgnesMoorehead.
‘The heart and soul and core of theshow has been the same. Any pop-culture references we’ll updateto be relevant. But the real nuts and bolts haven’t changed.’
— MICHAEL VAN OSCH, CAVEMAN ACTOR
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By Claire Lekwa THE DAILY IOWAN
UI Assistant Professor ofdance Jennifer Kayle feelsuncontrollably suffocated byplastic bags. Accompanyingalmost every commercial pur-chase, the crinkling materialendlessly clutters the environ-ment around her.
“It seems like everybody has abag full of these bags somewhere,and to me this started to be asymbol of having too manythings, buying too many things,”Kayle said. “In the meantime,we’re mucking up our environ-ment with all this plastic stuff.”
Yet no matter how hard shetries, she feels as if she cannotrelease plastic’s strangling grip.
“I get really upset and per-turbed about this idea [of con-sumerism],and yet I feel a part ofthis society, and it’s hard to sepa-rate from it,” she said.
Her frustrations come forth inher piece “Heel,” which will beperformed today in the dancedepartment’s Faculty/GraduateConcert at 8 p.m. in North Hall’sSpace/Place. The concert, whichwill run today through Saturday,features the choreography of fivefaculty members and three grad-uate students.
To communicate her strongemotions against excess con-sumerism, the seven dancers inKayle’s piece struggle against500 plastic bags used as props.
“It makes it precarious todance,” said Joanna Rosenthal, agraduate student in “Heel.” “I getreally mad at the bags and startcursing the bags.”
The piece, which the dancershave worked on since the fall,requires intense expression foralmost 20 minutes.
“We stuff our shirts with them,throw them, put them in ourmouths,” Rosenthal said. “It’sphysically engaging as a dancer.”
After the début of “Heel” at theFaculty/Graduate Concert,Kayle’s piece will be open inChicago later this month and inNew York City this summer.
Similar to the plastic bags in“Heel,” many of the pieces in theconcert feature integrated propsand outside elements as a part of
the performance.In Visiting Assistant Professor
Dan Stark’s piece, “Ripple,” thedancers step upon a stage cov-ered in oatmeal. Rosenthal, whoalso performs in Stark’s, said theprop complicates the perform-ance. “I’m always worried aboutslipping,” she said.
Associate Professor CharlotteAdams incorporated live musi-cians into her piece, “Tuba OrNot Tuba (What is the Ques-tion?).” Music Assistant Profes-sors Jeffrey Agrell and JohnManning improvise on theFrench horn and tuba whilewalking among the dancers.
Rosenthal’s own piece, “Burp,”also uses props. Part of the chore-ography includes the dancersblowing bubbles.
In addition to props, the chore-ographers also used experimen-tal ideas in their pieces.To create“Heel,” Kayle improvised move-ments in front of a video cameraand then played the tape in
reverse, teaching the movementsbackwards.
To inspire her choreography,Rosenthal collected newspaperheadlines, creating the move-ment based on news stories,including the bathroom-stallscandal of Sen. Larry Craig (notethe dancers’ foot movements).
For Kayle, her pieces are ameans of exploration. When atopic distresses her, she tries tounderstand it through dance.The subject of plastic consump-tion has been an ongoing sourceof inspiration for her; she alsocreated a piece that used plasticgrass for the Dance Gala thispast November.
When Kayle began collectingplastic bags for “Heel,” she decid-ed she would not be able to usebags with corporate logos onthem, because they distracted theviewer from the true meaning ofthe dance. So she ended up buy-ing 500 clear plastic bags, which,of course, conflicted with her con-victions against materialism.
“I hated it,” she said. “I hatedthat I was doing it. I hatedmyself.” But Kayle also saw it asanother layer of the piece, furtherdemonstrating the complexitiesof the issue she was working toexplore.
Peter Klopfenstein/The Daily IowanA mix of Graduate and Undergraduate dance students perform “Beautyfor Awhile” at the Space/Place Theatre on Wednesday, February 13,2008. Choreographer and faculty member Deanna Carter says that thedance was inspired by fusing classical ballet and contemporary dance.
By Meryn FlukerTHE DAILY IOWAN
Valentine’s Day is a lot likeAmerican celebrity culture:self-congratulatory and artifi-cial, and it ultimately claimsmore victims than champions.On this most chocolate-coveredof holidays, it seems appropri-ate to tackle the topic ofcelebrity death.
I’ve ripped on Rolling Stonemagazine once before in thepages of 80 Hours (obviously,the next Rolling Stone), but itsmost recent issue provides atelling look into the layers ofsociety’s relationship withcelebrities. The cover featureseveryone’s favorite good girlgone crazy. It’s Britney, bitch.The story is a biographicalsketch explaining how BritneySpears, a nice Southern popstar, became a bald drugaddict. But only mere pagesbefore the chronicle of Spears’downfall is a poetic eulogy toHeath Ledger. The actor isremembered for his ruggedgood looks, combative relation-ship with stardom, and daringperformances.
This could all be somewhatkosher if the stories weren’tjuxtaposed in some sort of cau-tionary manner. A HeathLedger tribute tucked in amagazine with Britney as itsface should raise eyebrows.Heath is Britney’s endgame.Theway things are going, Britneywill be Heath Ledger, withoutthe surprise. I’m not writing
that to be cruel, nor am I chan-neling Chris Crocker by askingthe media to leave Brit-Britalone, I’m trying to prove animportant point — Britney isdrunkenly walking on atightrope with no safety net.We’ve seen this movie before,it’s called The Anna NicoleSmith Story, and everyoneknows how it will end.
But that hasn’t discouragedanyone from buying a ticket toBritney’s Self-Destruction The-ater. Here we are, lapping it upand showing our friends howquickly the beautiful peoplecan fall. We can’t pretend to beinconsolable when a “good”celebrity dies and at the sametime be unaffected or even rel-ish the moment when a “bad”one perishes. For everyYouTube tribute video to a starwho has passed on suddenly,there’s a snarky commentabout how celebrities aren’treal people and how a starlet’sdeath is no more tragic or sig-nificant than that of a “com-mon person.”
Am I being too harsh?Google the phrase “deadcelebrity pool,” and tell mewith a straight face that ourculture isn’t seriously askewwhen it comes to fame andtragedy. People get togetherannually during the bloated,awkward lull between
Christmas and New Year’s Eve,betting on which celebritieswill kick the bucket over thenext 365 days. Aside frombeing uncomfortable to explainto an accountant, the dead-celebrity pool magnifies allthat is wrong with society’sideas about Hollywood. We’reobsessed with fame, fortune,and glamour to the point ofwanting to predict the momentit is all cruelly snatched away.I’d feel dirty placing money inthe pool, but I’d bet my menialDaily Iowan wages that Ms.Spears’ name was one of themost wagered on in dead-celebrity pools for 2008.
As media consumers, wemourn some stars, wonderingwhat we could have done tosave them, and we admonishothers, as if we have any moralground to stand on. Our moralground is moral sludge, and it’smelting quickly. Between thedead-celebrity pools, maudlinYouTube retrospectives, andmagazine eulogies, we are asociety of people who think weare entitled to have our Holly-wood cake, eat it, and throw itaway when it starts to getstale. To those celebratingValentine’s Day tonight, enjoyhaving a meal with a sweet-heart and (hopefully) withoutpeople whose bank accountrides on whether you’ll chokeon your entrée. Maybe famouspeople should start taking betson us.
Where: North Hall Space/PlaceAdmission: $12; $6 for students
A cautionary Conversation hearts, teddy bears, and red roses can only mean one thing: It’s the perfect time
of year to talk about dead celebrities.
Dances with plastic,dances with oatmeal Valentine
By Whitney WarneTHE DAILY IOWAN
Penis. Vagina. PENIS.VAGINA. It’s not likely manyof us slipped through child-hood without hearing thenames of these private partsscreamed throughout theschool bus or cafeteria. Somewere the yellers, the ones withthe courage to put it all outthere. Others sat at the frontof the bus embarrassed, wait-ing for the battle of the sexyparts to end.
But asgrown-ups,saying “vagi-na” isn’talways assimple asscreaming atthe top ofyour lungs.And when aserious tonetakes overand a deep dark secret needsrevealing, nobody wants to cryout, unless it’s in pain.
V-Day, a worldwide organi-zation aiming to call attentionto and stop violence againstwomen, wants to relieve someof the pressure and pain sur-rounding the word. With thehelp of the UI Medical Stu-dents for Choice and the the-ater department, V-Day willperform The Vagina Mono-logues today and Friday at 8p.m.
The theme of the night:empowering women to takeback the word “vagina” and allthe actions that surround thatprivate area. And how betterto get the message across thanwith Eve Ensler’s smash hit.
“Women come to see themonologues because theywant to be empowered bytheir vaginas,” said MeghaNabe, a UI theater graduatestudent and the director of thepiece.
Nabe expects a large crowdof women (and some adven-turous men) looking for funand a little release.
“Now, The Vagina Mono-logues is an event,” she said.“Women who have seen theshow say it’s amazing, and itgives them a sense that‘vagina’ is not a word to beafraid of.”
It’s not just word empow-erment V-Day the medicalstudents, or Nabe, are after.They want it all. They wantwomen to feel safe talkingabout their bodies withtheir doctors and partners.And they want women to berespected and loved bythemselves and the peoplewith whom they interact.
“Even in the medical com-munity, we don’t spend a lotof time talking about vio-lence against women,” saidEva Patil, a second-yearmedical student and co-leader of Medical Studentsfor Choice. “Some doctorshave a hard time saying
‘vagina.’ But seeing otherwomen talk about it, even if itis on stage, gives women theconfidence to talk about theproblems in their own rela-tionships.”
Patil and Nabe hope thesetwo performances will create adialogue in the communityand raise money for theEmma Goldman Clinic, a nonprofit resource and
information center for womenof all ages, located near down-town Iowa City.
The show includes 17women actors. Eight of thewomen auditioned throughthe theater program, eightcame from the medical pro-gram, and one woman camefrom Emma Goldman.
Nabe and Patil had a simi-lar philosophy when holdingauditions.
“We weren’t necessarilylooking for who was the bestactress,” Nabe said. “Instead,we wanted women who werepassionate about the play andthe message it sends.”
Nabe and Patil also lookedfor variety in the women’s eth-nic, religious, and physicalprofiles.
“V-Day is such a diverseorganization, looking to help a
very wide array of women,”Nabe said. “The Vagina Mono-logues has the same goal. Theplay embodies every type ofwomen from all walks of life.”
So whether your motivationin attending the performanceis to laugh at the bluntness ofthe language, cry from pain ofpast experiences, or beempowered by these portray-als of a life you may havelived, screaming “vagina” intothe face of Valentine’s Daymight be a little easier afterhearing 17 other women do itfirst.
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Beth Skogen/The Daily IowanUI graduate student Rebekah Stein rehearses “My Angry Vagina” from The Vagina Monologueson Monday night in the Theatre Building. The proceeds from the production will go to the EmmaGoldman Clinic and the V-Day Campaign
Taking back the Word: V-Day willperform The Vagina Monologues onValentine’s Day, bringing the pride
back to the privates.
What’s in a
Dear Louis,Who cares about
“Lipstick Jungle” when theSex and the City movie isonly months away? AndCarrie in a wedding dress?!I was wondering if youmissed the show, and if youthink the movie’s going tobe good.
I LOVE this column.Please put me in. —Anonymous
Dear Unknown, Antsy,Weirdly Typical Girl,
First, an order of business: Iam running low on letters, soit’s time for all you alleged“devoted readers” to step upour one-sided marriage andget with the sending. I toil likeThe Daily Iowan’s stable boy,see. And there you all go, inyour jodhpurs, riding my BlackBeauty through the muddyprairie after I brush her manejust right. Feel me? Gurls?Bois? You know, I’m obsessedwith y’all — but I need yoururgent-and-concise problemsfor a 21-year-old theater majorto solve, pronto-ish. OK? Let’skeep Black Beauty out of theglue factory.
OK, back to other pressingmatters, like Brooke Shields’reformed eyebrows. In allthese “Lipstick Jungle” pro-mos, I still barely recognizeher without those unbridledVelcro things. Granted, I per-sonally love Brooke Shields —but for that matter, I love any-one who fights publicly withTom Cruise about antidepres-sants and basically announces,“Tom Cruise eats the badberries. I’ve seen it.” She didn’tpretend to tolerate him, eventhough the Scientology
Liberation Front clearly kid-napped Tom Cruise, brain-washed him, and renamed him“Tania” years ago. But there’sno use saving him now — he’sobviously ready to hold themachine gun when L. RonHubbard returns from thedead and needs to rob a bank.Is this Patty Hearst referenceworking OK? Am I secretly ababy boomer? I was onto some-thing for a second.
But all right, finally, theinevitable “Sex and the City”dissertation. I think the movieprovides the opportunity to,um, correct the show’s awfulfinale. What the hell was that?During the first episode of sea-son one, Carrie (that’s SarahJessica Parker for, uh, you“McLaughlin Group” viewers)blathers something like“Welcome to the age of un-innocence” and says no onehas affairs to remember orbreakfast at Tiffany’s anymore.Flash forward to season six,when Carrie is, ahem, literallyswept off her feet by a charm-ing older man in the heart ofParis. Killez-moi. CandaceBushnell, who wrote the origi-nal S&TC book, also hated theending. I’m pretty sure weagree that Carrie should endup single, at least for now.After all, isn’t New York Citysupposed to be her real lover?Or something? Ugh, why wasthe show so terrible some-times?
Mea culpa: I have a “Sex &the City” poster staring at meright now. It was cheap, I need-ed to cover wall space, andCynthia Nixon looks particu-larly ravishing in it. And I’mSamantha sometimes. Wait,who am I asking for forgive-ness? You? Fair-weather read-er-friend? See, like most addic-tive shows, “Sex and the City”doesn’t even need to be smart,because the point of the showactually has nothing to do withinsight or reality. It’s aboutmaking these four action-fig-ure women dress up andspeak in enough generalitiesabout relationships that we,the selfish, lazy-ass trouba-dours of love, feel recognizedas super-strong people, too,even though we cried whenDennis broke up with us at
Whitey’s when we wore ourfave argyle and EVERY-THING. I’d find less of a prob-lem with this fact if the showdidn’t insist it was more thandreamy unreality in sweet,staggering, too-expensive-for-an-effing-columnist heels.
In one behind-the-scenesfeature, Kristen Davis said theshow “doesn’t try to speak forall women” (I’m paraphrasing),but the fact is, it definitelydoes, and that’s another graveannoyance. Carrie speaks inlame vagaries every damnepisode. No, Carrie, I don’tthink that metaphor about“compatible hardware” thetime your iMac broke downreally helped you understandAidan. Nor did that GREEN.MIDRIFF. BELT. Season four,WHY WERE YOU ON POP-PERS?
But hey, I’m not immune tothese fake ladies — in particu-lar, Miranda. Cynthia Nixon’scomic timing, all-around actingskills, and sharpened shoul-ders totally win me over. Word,she’s the one who went on towin a Tony and become gay inreal life. Clearly, she’s the per-fect human. Too bad theynever could dress her right onthe show. Did you see her dur-ing season one? Red rockedthe skinny necktie like theless-coordinated member oft.A.t.U. I’d give Sarah Jessicaredemption points for judgingon “Project Runway,” but ofcourse, she’s responsible forMarion’s elimination, and Ithought that was unfair,because he looked like KevinSpacey dressed as a newsieand just needs a friend.
To answer your question: I’llsee the stupid movie, but don’texpect me to enjoy it whenSamantha starts having a punhemorrhage and says, “Carrie!I love your wedding dress! Andafter the ceremony, Big candeliver you his Vera Wang!” I’llwait until the director’s cut tosee Kim Cattrall then walk offset, curse her own life, andthen seriously consider star-ring in Mannequin 3.
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By Anna WiegensteinTHE DAILY IOWAN
Music always has its power-couple performers, from Johnnyand June Cash up to Jay-Z andBeyoncé. The chemistry thatfuels a romantic relationshipseems to only improve a melodiccollaboration.
While Amy Finders will takethe stage at the Mill tonight toplay the Seventh-AnnualSweethearts’ Serenade withhusband Mike Finders, shetends to steer clear of mostmusical married clichés.
“It’s not really a night ofSonny-and-Cher, ‘I Got YouBabe’ style sappiness,” AmyFinders said. “Mike and I arekind of cynical lovers, anyway.”
Started by the Finders as a wayto showcase the numerous coupleperformers in the Iowa City area,the Sweethearts’ Serenade wasalmost instantly a success.
“We knew basically from thefirst year onward that we want-ed to keep it going,”Finders said,noting that the event has nearlysold out the Mill each year.
“I don’t think it can get muchbigger,” said Al Murphy, whohas performed in the concertsince the beginning with wifeAleta Murphy.
Appearing in tonight’s showalongside the Finders and theMurphys will be Joe and ColeenPeterson, Bob and KristieBlack, the Great BluegrassHerons, and Truckstop Sou-venir. A dinner is provided inthe ticket price, and a fundrais-ing raffle involves numerousdonations from local arearestaurants and pieces by IowaCity artists.
“I know that there are a lot ofValentine events going on aroundtown that night,” Murphy said.“But I think this one is unique,just because of the number of dif-ferent musicians involved.”
The amount of local talentthe event showcases is very
much in line with the originalgoals the Finders had for them-selves in creating the Sweet-hearts’ Serenade — namely, tolearn from performers olderthan them how it’s done.
“From a musician’s stand-point,” Amy Finders said, “we’reable to tap into these artistswho have been playing forever,which is really great.”
She also emphasized the “out-side the box” quality of the occa-sion, saying couples tend tofavor the outing, because “it’smuch more interesting thanchocolate and flowers.”
“There are plenty of festivalsin the summer,but in the winter,there’s not that much going onsave for the bar scene,” she said.
While the Serenade itselfmight be untraditional, that’snot usually the case with themusic the concert features.Finders characterized much ofthe music as “traditional coun-try,” including bluegrass andAmerican heritage.
“We do try to gear the materi-al toward a Valentine’s mode,”Al Murphy said. “There aren’tas many breakup songs.”
Set lists not only dial back onsongs about heartbreak, theyalso tend to favor numerouscover songs, a practice that AmyFinders points to as among thereasons the attendees of the Ser-enade range in age from 20 to 70.
“We relive these love storiesover and over again,in every gen-eration,” she said. “There are cer-tain things that are universal.”
Seventh-AnnualSweethearts’SerenadeFeaturing: Mike and AmyFinders, Al and Aleta Murphy,Joe and Coleen Peterson, Boband Kristie Black with Banjoy,Truckstop Souvenir, and theGreat Bluegrass Herons.When: Doors open at 6 p.m.today, music starts at 6:30Where: Mill, 120 E. BurlingonAdmission: $35/person ticketsat the door, includes dinner(salad, entrée, and dessert)
What would Valentine’s Day be without love songs?Look no further than the Mill’s annual Sweethearts’
Serenade for this most integral of Valentine necessities.
Beth Skogen/The Daily IowanColeen Peterson (right) plays with her husband Joe Peterson andAmy Finders (center), along with other couples that will be playingat the Sweethearts’ Serenade, as they rehearse together before theBurlington Street Bluegrass Band plays at The Mill Feb.13.