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In recognition of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Iowa State’s Global Health and AIDS Coalition will host World AIDS Awareness Week on campus.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, is a chronic and life threatening disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. It can be transferred sexu-ally, during childbirth or through blood. Treatment can slow down the progression of the disease, but currently there is no cure. An estimated 36.7 million people worldwide live with the virus HIV, according to the official World AIDS Day website.

The Global Health and AIDS Coalition is a student orga-nization aimed at spreading awareness for HIV/AIDS. On the student organizations database, their page states, “The ISU Global Health & AIDS Coalition is an organization that advo-cates for policies in the political arena that are favorable toward increased access to medications and healthcare. While keep-ing politicians accountable to the promises they make, we also educate ourselves and promote awareness on campus about the resource constraints and pervasive disparities in global health.”

In addition to World AIDS Awareness Week, the group also hosts the spring HIV/AIDS Monologues and advocates for public and global health programs such as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

World AIDS Awareness Week will consist of events intended to spread awareness of AIDS. The events include Day With(out) Art, an event to honor artists who have lost their lives to or are currently suffering from AIDS, and a documentary showing.

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World AIDS Day has been recognized on Dec. 1 since 1988. This day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic, caused by the spread of HIV infection. This day is also a day to mourn those who have died of the disease.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, is a chronic and life threatening disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. It can be trans-ferred sexually, during childbirth or through blood. Treatment can slow down the progression of the disease, but currently there is no cure. An estimated 36.7 million people worldwide live with the virus HIV, according to the official World AIDS Day website.

According to, approxi-mately 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today. About 15 percent of them, or 1 in 7, are unaware they are infected.

In addition, there were approxi-mately 38,700 people who became newly infected with HIV in the

United States in 2016. After about five years of substantial declines, the number of annual HIV infec-tions began to level off in 2013, to about 39,000 infections per year.

At Iowa State, there is an orga-nization bringing attention to the AIDS pandemic, and that is the Global Health and AIDS Coalition.

Madeline Haeffele, the presi-dent of Global Health and AIDS Coalition and a senior in kinesi-ology and health, said this student organization is a club on campus that pushes focus on knowledge and funding within the political arena toward accessible health care. A major aspect of this


day brings

advocacy to

those affected

Students volunteering for polit-ical campaigns offer their time to candidates in many different ways, but tabling is one of the ways most commonly seen on Iowa State’s campus.

Students are often seen tabling in front of Parks Library, pro-moting their candidate and get-ting their message to Iowa State students.

People working for or volun-teering with the presidential cam-paigns of Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie

Sanders and businessman Andrew Yang have all had visible pres-ences in recent weeks in front of the library in all kinds of weather.

The “Students for Bernie” stu-dent organization is regularly vis-ible outside the library, and Nathan Whitcome, senior in computer engineering, has been among those volunteering to get out the vote for Sanders.

Whitcome is involved in the campaign through tabling and calling.

Being a student in college while volunteering on a political cam-paign can require a lot of time. Managing one’s time and resources

can be a difficult job.

Whitcome said he enjoys having a leadership role in something he believes strongly in.

He said he joined the Students for Bernie organization in hopes of informing people and sharing a message. He said he believes in the importance of exercising his right to vote, as not all people have those rights.

“There are people who don’t have the opportunity to have a voice in the same way that I do,” Whitcome said.

Whitcome said he underwent


World AIDS Day

Student-led group

to host World AIDS

Awareness Week

Students campaign on campus as caucuses near

IOWA STATE DAILY Day Without Art is an event hosted by the Global Health and AIDS Coalition during World AIDS Awareness Week.

CAITLIN YAMADA/ IOWA STATE DAILY Right to left: Kristen Busch, Madeline Sinovic and Morgan Sperry campaign for Elizabeth Warren on Aug. 26 outside of the Memorial Union.

DESIGN BY MARIA ALBERS World AIDS Day is on December 1. This day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and mourning those who have died of the disease.





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Retirement reception: Denis Biechler,

Room 136 Union Drive Community Center at 1 p.m. Denis Biechler, supervisor of plant services for the residence department, is retiring.

Retirement reception: Vern Caruth, Room

0162 General Services Building at 1 p.m.

Vern Caruth, a maintenance mechanic in utility services, facilities planning and management, is retiring Dec. 2. A program will begin at 2 p.m.

Wood-Burned Ornaments, Workspace at

the Iowa State Memorial Union at 2 p.m. Need a last minute gift? Starting with a wood slice, stamp a design on and trace it with a wood burner, or

freehand your own idea.


Build Your Own Willow Wreath, Reiman

Gardens at 6 p.m. Crisscross willow branches to make a base for a holiday wreath with the expert guidance of local artists Pam Dennis & Ryk Weiss.

Concert: Toys for Tots benefi t, Martha-Ellen

Tye Recital Hall, Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. The ISU student chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota inter-national music fraternity will present a benefi t concert for the Toys for Tots program. The concert features ISU students and faculty. Donations are welcome.

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Monday, December 02, 2019 Iowa State Daily

Black Friday is a time for catching deals and getting a head start on holiday shopping, but some question the morality of the unofficial holiday in its juxtaposition with Thanksgiving.

Black Friday’s origin is as dark as its name, though it has been tangled with several false stories about where the name comes from.

According to, the first recorded use of the term Black Friday was for the gold market crash of September 24, 1869, when a conspiracy between financiers Jay Gould and Jim Fisk to buy up gold in hopes of shooting up its price was revealed and sent many into bankruptcy.

The true origins of today’s Black Friday lies in Philadelphia in the 1950s, according to history. com. Police in the city began using the term to describe the havoc of the day after Thanksgiving when shoppers and tourists overwhelmed the city in anticipation of the Army-Navy football game that happened every year on that Saturday. Cops often had to work overtime to deal with all the extra crowds and the shoplifters that took advantage of the chaos.

By 1961, the term “Black Friday” had caught on in Philadelphia, but it was not until the late 1980s that the rest of the country adopted the term, according to Businesses and retailers reinvented Black Friday to associate it with a more positive connotation, and thus the “red to black” profit margin story was born.

This “origin story” concept of Black Friday holds the day after Thanksgiving, when the holiday shopping season begins as businesses move from not making profits, or the red margin, to making more profits, or the black margin.

Black Friday has now evolved into a four-day event with other holifour-days such as “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday,” with some businesses even opening as early as Thursday evening.

Today, while some people look forward to Black Friday to snag deals, others abstain from shopping to protest the holiday.

“I think that this kind of raises [...] two things that people might judge to be arguably more significant than the satisfaction that [Black Friday] produces,” said Travis Butler, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies. “One of them I think would be [...] a kind of encroaching of fairly crass commercial values into an area and time that one might have hoped to be free of that. Secondly, [...] I think employees are a really important stake-holder group. By stakestake-holder group I just mean people who aren’t owners of the firm but who are affected by what it does.”

Black Friday can be hard on businesses’ employees, even if they make extra money on that day. Butler said many people likely share the desire for businesses to think more about the effects of their decisions, not only for the retailers themselves but for their employees and their community.

“I think there is a kind of justification for [Black Friday], which would be that it gets both sides something that they want,” Butler said.

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) will host its last meeting of the semester where it will be reviewing bills to ratify a new consti-tution and adopt a new set of by-laws.

During the meeting, the Committee for Constitutional Revision will pres-ent its final report.

The committee was chaired by GPSS Vice President James Klimavicz, working alongside President Eleanor Field, Sen. Joe Eilers, Sen. Chelsea Iennarella-Servantez, Sen. Benjamin Robertson, Sen. Charles Wongus and Sen. at-large Carrie Ann Johnson.

“The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Special Committee for Constitutional Revision [...] was formed on Sept. 30th, 2019 to address serious shortcomings with the current GPSS constitution and By-Laws, including a lack of proce-dural components and insufficient inclusion of the College of Veterinary Medicine in these documents,” accord-ing to the document. “Over the course of two months, the Committee met in person for a combined total of approxi-mately ten hours, with substantial addi-tional time being spent reviewing and editing documents online.”

The committee members all spon-sored two separate bills, one to ratify the proposed constitution, the other to adopt the proposed by-laws.

“The Constitution must be ratified by a three-fourths majority vote to come into effect,” Klimavicz said in an email. “The By-Laws must be passed by a two-thirds majority vote to come into effect, and will only be in effect if and after the constitution is passed.”

Klimavicz discussed the multiple paths the Senate can take depending on the outcome of the vote.

“[T]he simplest case, both bills pass by the required majorities and the bills become law,” Klimavicz said in an email.

If the bills don’t pass, then there are four options, Klimavicz said.

“If the Senate does not pass the bill, then several things can happen: 1) The Senate provides some feedback to the Committee for Constitutional Revision [...], which will then make changes and come back with new drafts at a future meeting,” Klimavicz said in an email. “2) The Senate can debate further on the documents and bills and hold another [vote]; 3) The Senate can move to postpone a vote to a later meeting; or 4) The Senate can move to postpone the legislation indefinitely, effectively killing the bills.”

The Senate will also have the first reading of a bill titled “Fall 2019 Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Regular Allocations.”

“The GPSS Finance Committee has reviewed all Fall 2019 allocation requests, submitted recommendations, heard appeals for the recommenda-tions made, and accepted withdrawals,” according to the document.

GPSS allocates money to graduate and professional student organizations twice a year, and this bill lays out the funding amounts for each organization. GPSS will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

The bills, report and proposed con-stitution and by-laws can be found on the GPSS website, as well as minutes of past GPSS meetings with additional information.

A new city law took effect Sunday regulating guest lodging, such as Airbnbs, in Ames.

Short-term rental policies have been an ongoing conversation within the Ames City Council, with one of the goals to convert rental housing into home-ownership.

Ames City Council Ex-Officio Devyn Leeson said the person who currently lives at the home would be considered the owner.

“This goal is based on the gen-eral idea that a high density of rental units provides instability in a neighborhood, as the people living in these units change from year to year,” Leeson said.

The Council has had a pro-longed conversation of rental and

affordable housing along with new ordinance and working with new state laws.

“The rental ordinance that was repealed by the state would have made it so a maximum of 25 per-cent of houses in near-campus neighborhoods could be rental

units,” Leeson said. “Some neigh-borhoods had more than 60 per-cent of the units as rentals, so I thought this ordinance would have been bad for students. Over many years, it would have drasti-cally reduced the number of rental housing near campus and forced

poor students farther away.” After 18 months of discussing, reviewing and analyzing the ordi-nance, the Council unanimously voted to enact the legislation.

“Many students would have had to live in the expensive high rise apartment complexes that

make a lot of money for big busi-nesses and not a lot for Ames res-idents,” Leeson said. “After the ordinance was made illegal by state law changes, the Council has con-tinued to look for ways to achieve the goal of rental conversions, and that is partially why the vacation lodging discussion started.”

The ordinance is known as the “Guest Lodging Code of the City of Ames,” and is in a new chapter of the Ames Municipal Code.

Vacation lodging is now defined as guests staying in an entire home that is not the owner’s primary res-idence and could be found com-monly through an online market or website, according to the Ames Municipal Code. The vacation lodging can be offered as an ongo-ing basis throughout the year, but the contract for each guest will have a limit of 30 days or less.

“The goal of the vacation lodg-ing ordinance is then to limit the number of vacation rentals there can be in a neighborhood,” Leeson said. “Vacation rentals take the idea of neighborhood instability and



Black Friday raises

moral questions

New city law goes into effect

Graduate and Professional

Student Senate to review

new constitution, by-laws

AMBER MOHMAND/ IOWA STATE DAILY Ames City Council discussed ordinances regarding massage establishments as well as options to change the name of Squaw Creek at their meeting on Nov. 26.

City Council




COURTESY OF GETTY IMAGES Two customers leave Target with 50” flat screen TVs in their shopping carts on Thanksgiving during a Black Friday sale in 2016.





Iowa State Daily Monday, December 02, 2019

The Faculty Senate will vote this month on a resolution to remove words from position responsibility statements (PRS).

The proposed changes, introduced at the Nov. 12 meeting, remove the words “citizenship,” “collegiality,” “civility” and similar terms from all faculty PRS. The faculty handbook limits PRS to consider-ations in evaluating performance of position

responsibilities, such as teaching, research and outreach.

“In the section defining the PRS, the Faculty Handbook clarifies the content of PRSs: ‘The PRS description itself should be general and include only the significant responsibilities of the faculty member that are important in evaluating faculty accom-plishments especially in the promotion and tenure process for tenure eligible/tenured faculty or for advancement or term faculty,’” according to the resolution. “The restrictive term ‘only’ precludes including expectations for faculty conduct or aspects of faculty performance that are not subject to explicit evaluation.”

“Citizenship,” “collegiality,” “civility” and associated terms are not defined in the fac-ulty handbook. There are no standards in the faculty handbook for faculty citizenship, collegiality, civility, etc. They are not defined

areas of position responsibility. According to the resolution, the faculty handbook pro-vides no guidance for how to incorporate considerations of citizenship, collegiality, civility et cetera in the evaluation of faculty performance.

The resolution directs colleges and depart-ments to remove “any statement about citi-zenship, collegiality, civility or other associ-ated terms from every faculty PRS, including PRSs signed prior to the adoption of this resolution.”

During the meeting, some senators said terms including collegiality, while not put in a separate category for evaluation, should be considered in the whole context of faculty responsibilities.

Others argued including those words in a PRS makes it easier to get rid of faculty President Donald Trump faces an

impeachment inquiry initiated officially in a vote of the House of Representatives on Oct. 31.

Mack Shelley, Iowa State profes-sor and chair of the political science department, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was “strategic” in her announcement.

“Pressure had been growing within the Democratic caucus in favor of impeachment, and the whistleblower had revealed information that made Trump seem more vulnerable,” Shelley said.

Prior to the vote, Pelosi announced the opening of the inquiry and closed-door hearings on Sept. 24.

The FiveThirtyEight average of polls on impeachment finds that since five days after Pelosi announced the opening of the inquiry, more Americans do not support Trump’s impeachment.

As of Sunday, 48.8 percent of Americans support his impeachment compared to the 43.5 percent who do not.

Trump faces the impeachment inquiry following allegations from an anonymous whistleblower that Trump withheld military assistance to Ukraine as the nation faces occupation by Russian-backed militias in its east and occupation of its southern territory of Crimea by Russia itself.

Trump allegedly sought to pressure the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential-frontrunner former Vice President Joe Biden and his family in exchange for the release of the mili-tary aid.

During public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20, Gordon Sondland, the United States ambassador to the European Union, said there were several conversations between himself and Trump regarding Ukraine opening investigations into Biden’s family, as well as a conversa-tion regarding the possibility Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential elec-tion, a theory for which no evidence has surfaced.

The theory Ukraine did so was rejected in a public testimony on Nov. 21 by Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council adviser to Trump.

“This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves,” Hill said. “The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016.”

The impeachment proceedings slowed to a halt for the Thanksgiving holidays, though more public hearings are scheduled to begin Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

“[Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee] Adam Schiff has indicated that further hearings in the [intelligence committee] are possible, but that will depend largely on whether court rul-ings uphold congressional subpoenas,” Shelley said.

In past election years, candi-dates who surged ahead early in pre-caucus polls did not end up finishing first caucus night.

Since 2000, only three can-didates who were polling ahead in November won their party’s caucus: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee.

On caucus night during the 2004 election, polling showed a close three-way race between Dick Gephardt, Howard Dean and John Kerry.

Gephardt took the lead early in the race but lost momentum the closer it got to caucus night, stay-ing between 18 and 27 percent. In November, Dean surged in polling to 29 percent and stayed hot until the last two weeks, before Kerry won easily on caucus night after taking a slight lead just days before the caucuses.

Several candidates have won on caucus night that did not have a lead in November.

Ted Cruz was in third place in

October 2015, but won on caucus night in February 2016 with 27 percent support. John Kerry was in third in November 2003, but won on caucus night in January 2004 with 37 percent support on caucus night. Rick Santorum was tied for sixth in November 2011, but won on caucus night in January 2012 with 24 percent support.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged 26 percent in Iowa polls, according to a recent poll overseen by Iowa State professor of political science Dave Peterson.

Behind Buttigieg is Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 19 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden at 12 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders at 18 percent.

“Buttigieg has been picking up supporters who were unsure or were not planning on caucus-ing,” Peterson said. “Buttigieg has gained a lot of Iowans who had supported other candidates; he gained a lot of Biden and Warren supporters.”

Factors that can determine who will win caucus night are the retail nature in politics and voters who

are undecided and switching can-didates, said Mack Shelley, Iowa State professor and chair of the political science department.

Campaign organization and volunteering is crucial for candi-dates to keep up momentum from November through February, as is smooth campaigning on the part of the candidate.

“There is a lot of time until [caucus night] for something major to blow up or for someone to make a stupid statement or be

unable to handle a media attack,” Shelley said.

Since the Iowa caucuses began in 1972, only one candidate in either party has gone on to win their party’s nomination without placing in the top three on caucus night in Iowa. The lone exception was in 2008 when John McCain placed fourth in Iowa and won the Republican nomination. This is why presidential candidates live by the catchphrase of “three tickets out of Iowa.” BY LOGAN.METZGER BY MALLORY.TOPE BY LAUREN.RATLIFF

Faculty Senate to vote

Surges possible before caucuses


hearings set

to continue

this week


proposes word

removals from

faculty handbook

IOWA STATE DAILY Faculty Senate hosted a meeting April 23 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Senate members discussed workday updates, annual pro-motion and tenure reports.

CAITLIN YAMADA/ IOWA STATE DAILY Pete Buttigieg spoke Oct. 16 in Ames. Buttigieg answered questions sur-rounding wars, the possible make-up of his presidential cabinet and more.




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Seth Pierce, student

Climate change may seem like a far-off issue happening in places like the Arctic Sea or the Amazon Rainforest, but there’s no longer decades to deal with it. Climate change is happening right here in Iowa. We have been facing record-setting flood-ing, unusual precipitation patterns and increasingly extreme winter weather. Conditions are even forcing farmers to plant and harvest later, driving down the yield of crops according to reports by the USDA.

Iowa can’t afford to wait for people to take action at the national or global level. We need change to happen now. There is a lot of work to be done in shifting from fossil fuels toward a sustainable future, but thanks to decades of work we are already a huge leader in this fight — through renewable energy.

Iowa is second in the nation for wind energy production, generating enough power for two million homes. In 2018, 34 percent of our energy came from wind, preventing the emission of 8.8 million metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 1.9 million cars off the road. The wind energy industry also helps stretch the incomes of small farmers devastated by flooding, extreme temperatures and droughts as well as other impacts of climate change. Many farmers across the state elect to host wind turbines on small parts of their land in exchange for lease payments totaling roughly $2-$3 million across the state.

Wind energy offers immediate resiliency for farmers, and long-term hope in our path toward green, sustainable energy. In 2014, when I was a teenager

strug-gling with the most mundane things teenagers struggle with, I came across an advertisement for a toothpaste. This was in India, and I have a vague memory of being enamored with the neon lighting and fancy bikes in the advertisement. I dug into the details and found out the name of the movie that would — albeit slightly — change my life. Spoilers ahead.

“TRON: Legacy” is a movie with a plot almost as recycled as the fifth mason jar on my desk. So why is it so good? The secret lies in the branch of philosophy known as aesthetics. You can watch the trailer to the 2010 film here.

Aesthetics are not limited to visual beauty, as they also encompass music. It is no wonder that I love the soundtrack; it was produced by Daft Punk. The sad synths, the uplifting bass, the poignant melodies and the overall neon vibe of the soundtrack made it a strong Oscar contender. They were actually beaten by the soundtrack to “Inception,” which is fair, but not really. A remixed version of the soundtrack was released later, which was excellent as well.

Anyway, “TRON: Legacy” has the classic plot of hero-stuck-in-game-try-ing-to-save-disappeared-father, and it ties everything up nicely at the end. The movie is actually a sequel to “TRON” (1982), which has Kevin Flynn, a programmer who gets stuck in his own game.

“TRON: Legacy” follows Sam Flynn, Kevin Flynn’s son, as he embarks on a scintillating journey through “The Grid” to find his father. The plot has the mak-ings of a classic, with Sam developing

a crush on a pretty algorithm named Quorra and using his excellent gamer skills and biking acumen to get through the games leading up to the boss fight.

But there is no boss fight. “TRON: Legacy” is not a movie about winning. The bad guy is a clone of Kevin Flynn, aptly named CLU. Kevin and CLU are at the opposite ends of a spectrum, but are they really? Kevin and Sam both have to face questions about life, love and loneliness in a game while being part of an astonishing produc-tion design.

Again, the virtual world is quite pos-sibly the most beautiful set I have ever seen in a movie. There are batons and

disks and light-cycles (neon motor-bikes!) and very cool flying thingies. I was trying hard not to blink, lest I miss any of the transitions of hand-held batons to the light-cycles. These deserved a separate ovation on their own.

Sam’s character development from newbie to pro is believable. Again, the plot is no “Ocean’s Twelve,” but it’s not wafer-thin. Is “TRON: Legacy” one of my absolute favorite movies of all time? Yes. Does it deserve a sequel with the same production team and the same sound design team? Yes. Am I secretly lobbying for Disney to make a third “TRON” film? No comment.

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Iowa State Daily Monday, December 02, 2019

Iowa State lost two of its three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis Wednesday through Friday, but it wasn’t all bad for coach Steve Prohm and the Cyclones after they lost two of three games against Michigan, Alabama and No. 13 Seton Hall.

While the Cyclones were close to having a successful tournament, there are still some positives to pick up from this tournament for Iowa State’s side.


Those who watched the first game of the tournament for Iowa State might have thought Iowa State’s defense must be terrible. The Wolverines shot 57.7 percent on 30-52 shooting from the field. They coupled that output with a blistering 47.6 percent (10-21) from beyond the arc.

Iowa State couldn’t find a way to stop Zavier Simpson at point guard, as the senior totaled 10 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. The Wolverines were unranked, which landed questions to Iowa State’s talent level after a seven-point loss.

Michigan didn’t stop there.

Against No. 6 North Carolina, Michigan held on for a nine-point win thanks to junior Eli Brooks, who scored 24 points in 39 min-utes for the Wolverines. The win set Michigan

up for a date with No. 8 Gonzaga where the Wolverines played their best game yet.

Michigan stomped the Bulldogs with a convincing 82-64 win. The Wolverines were aided by an excellent shooting performance where they saw 54 percent of their baskets fall. They added to this with superb three-point shooting where they hit 12-23 — good for 52.2 percent.

Jon Teske led the team with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Iowa State had the closest game against Michigan in the tournament. The Wolverines will likely shoot up in the rankings after a dominating performance in one of the more prestigious non-conference tournaments.


Iowa State before this tournament looked lost when it came to long distance shooting. The Cyclones finished multiple games with dreadful three-point percentages.

After a 5-21 first game against Michigan, Iowa State found its stride and hit 15-29 long distance shots against Alabama. Sophomore guard Rasir Bolton snapped his slump by going 5-7 from deep while sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton found some luck with a 4-7 outing from deep.

Against Seton Hall the Cyclones cooled down a bit, but they were able to connect on 9-27 from three, which is an improvement on their poor start to the season. Haliburton

connected on 3-5 three-pointers.

Iowa State scored over 100 points in its first game where it shot well from three — against Alabama. Consistency in that area should be a main focus for Prohm and the team.


Haliburton had 67 points combined in the three games. He scored 25 against Michigan and 23 against Seton Hall. Haliburton went 10-22 from three-point land in the series and

26-48 overall in the three contests.

Haliburton also totaled 21 assists, 23 rebounds and seven steals over the three-day stretch. The sophomore was all over the place for the Cyclones in three tough non-confer-ence games against major opponents.

It wasn’t enough to win more than just one game, but Haliburton added to his already solid season by shoring up his three-point percentage and doing more on the scor-ing end.

Iowa State got off to as bad a start as one could possibly imagine Saturday night in the Northeast Kansas winds of Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

A 93-yard kickoff return from Kansas State true freshman Joshua Youngblood gave the Wildcats a perfect start, and put the Cyclones twisting in the wind before they had even played a down of offense or defense.

The rest of the Cyclones’ 27-17 loss wasn’t easy, either. Much like many recent games in this rivalry, the game was in the balance until the final quarter. In the end, the Kansas State ground attack was too much for the Cyclones — and for the 10th time in 11 seasons, the Wildcats took home the win in ‘Farmageddon.’

“I felt like on a night like tonight the more physical team was going to win the game,” coach Matt Campbell said postgame. “They did it and we didn’t. The reality is that they did what they needed to do to win the game and we didn’t.”

The Cyclones were trailing 14-0 midway through the second quarter after a 98-yard, seven-minute drive in which the Wildcats took control of the line of scrimmage and ran the ball effectively — a consistent recipe

for success for first-year coach Chris Klieman’s team.

The tide turned for a bit after the Cyclones converted a fourth-and-13 at the Kansas State 26, a play Campbell said the Cyclones needed because they were heading into the wind and were not in reasonable field goal range.

A 13-yard pass to La’Michael Pettway led to a Brock Purdy touch-down pass to Sean Shaw one play later, and the deficit was cut in half.

Purdy had a difficult night facing the conditions and a blitz-heavy Kansas State defense, going 15-for-30 for 185 yards and one touchdown and turning into a non-factor on the ground (-3 yards on five carries).

The Cyclones also failed to con-vert two Wildcat turnovers — one a Will McDonald strip-sack, the other a Greg Eisworth interception — into more than a 36-yard field goal from Connor Assalley. Those turnovers came in the early third

quarter, and from there Iowa State’s offense was left in a lurch.

McDonald said the Wildcats had the edge in some areas.

“We really just messed up on details in that area,” McDonald said.

More three-and-outs turned into more possessions for Kansas State to assert control over the game. The Cyclones committed six false start penalties and had eight penalties overall totaling 55 yards.

With the first drive of the fourth

quarter, the Wildcats used their physicality to their advantage and took the lead on a four-minute, 28-second drive covering 53 yards. Jordon Brown ran it in from 15 yards to complete the drive. The Wildcats had 231 net rushing yards as a team. Campbell said he was frustrated with the Cyclones’ lack of detail.

“Our whole team had good moments and bad moments,” Campbell said. “The bad moments were the ones that don’t allow you to win games like this.”

The next kickoff, Iowa State lost tight end Dylan Soehner to a leg injury. Soehner has been key to the Cyclones’ success in the run game this season. Campbell said Soehner will miss the team’s bowl game and undergo surgery, with an estimated return timetable of eight-to-10 weeks. After the Cyclones failed to con-vert on a fourth-down in Kansas State territory, the Wildcats bul-ly-balled their way down into the red zone for a field goal to make it a two-possession game and seal the victory.

After all of the early expectations, the Cyclones ended the regular season with a record of 7-5 and in a four-way tie for third in the Big 12. The message after the game? They only have themselves to blame.

“We made a lot of our own mis-takes and they capitalized,” Eisworth said. “They are a great football team.”

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GARRETT HEYD/ IOWA STATE DAILY Defensive end Will McDonald rushes the back field to force the sack against University of Kansas. Iowa State won 41-31 on Nov. 23 at Jack Trice Stadium.

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Monday, December 02, 2019 Iowa State Daily

Harley Quinn made her debut as the leading lady in a new animated series on the DC Universe stream-ing service.

“Harley Quinn” is a dark comedy dripping with gore, comedy and explicit language to portray Harley Quinn as she accepts the fact that she needs to break up with Joker in order to become her own person and the new queen of Gotham.

The titular character is voiced by Kaley Cuoco, best known for her role as Penny on “The Big Bang Theory.” With this being Cuoco’s first time voicing a main character in any animated series, especially one as recognizable as Harley Quinn, expectations from fans were high.

Even though only one episode has been released, “Harley Quinn” exceeded these expectations. The voice acting in this show is sur-prisingly well done. Despite doubts of her ability to play the infamous

Harley Quinn, Cuoco nailed the character. Her vocal range, New York accent and sudden mood changes all combine together to produce a very impressive voice for Harley.

In addition to new voice actors, there are also veteran actors such

as Alan Tudyk and Wanda Sykes, who voice Joker and the Queen of Fables respectively, in this series. Diedrich Bader reprises his role as Batman, after previously play-ing the character in “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”

The animation style is also very

enjoyable to watch, taking notes from classic DC animated shows such as “Batman: The Animated Series” and “Justice L eague Action.” This style of animation makes the show seem both refresh-ingly new and nostalgic at the same time.

“Harley Quinn” relies heavily on gore and surprise factors. These are both shown in the very first scene of the series where Harley and Joker kill a handful of goons on a boat, with plenty of bloody viscera to spare. While the gore is not real-istic in any way, there is certainly plenty of it. If blood, violence and swearing are not for prospective viewers, then it would be best to skip this show.

One outstanding annoyance when watching this show is that viewers must sign up for a mem-bership or free trial on the DC Universe streaming website. With Disney+, Netflix, Hulu and all the other streaming websites, the last thing fans needs is another mem-bership to pay for. That being said, it is fair to say this show is worth the $7.99 per month fee.

There are 26 planned episodes of “Harley Quinn” confirmed to air on the DC Universe website. The first 13 will serve as the first season. New episodes will air every Friday on the streaming website.

Standing at 6 feet, 1 inch tall and topped with a head of bright blond hair and dirty sneakers to match, Keegan Konsor has a style that is all his own — and not just in clothing.

The twenty-year-old University of Iowa student began creating music when he was 11 years old.

“A family friend of ours had shown me how to make a couple songs in his living room when I was like ten years old,” Konsor said. “And so my next birthday I saved up enough money to buy an eight-track recorder, and I made some really terrible, terrible songs, [...] fully a capella, just beat boxing and I’d sing over it.”

Konsor has come a long way from beatboxing in his childhood home to now writing, record-ing and producrecord-ing songs that have earned him a following of nearly 10,000 monthly listeners from across the country — and all without stepping foot in a studio.

“I produce all of my own stuff, and I write all of it and record it all myself,” Konsor said. “Not that that’s like a crazy feat, but I feel like it’s pretty cool to be able to say that my music is 100 percent myself.”

Konsor will open for lo-fi hip-hop newcomer Deb Never at her Friday performance in the Maintenance Shop. Some may recognize her from her appearance on the alternative hip hop band BROCKHAMPTON’s song “NO HALO,” released earlier this year.

Aptly enough, Konsor himself cites BROCKHAMPTON as one of his biggest inspirations when it comes to creating music of his own.

“I hate to say it; it’s so basic, but I love BROCKHAMPTON so much,” Konsor said. “Open[ing] for Deb Never, is the first time I’ve ever really been genred by somebody. The hip-hop or alt-pop genre is what I was put into, [but] I don’t really like to stick to a genre.”

Konsor’s genre-fluid music typically features a collaboration of vocals and instrumentals,

offering a complementary melange of airy guitar melodies, lively drum beats and a variety of vocals, not all his own.

“I like to stay on my toes when it comes to making music and writing something different every time, something that surprises [people]. I try to do something different every time, and I hope that that shows,” Konsor said.

Many of his projects are the product of col-laboration — with both friends and a number of other local musicians with complementary styles.

“I love working with other people because I like blending in with whatever style or method that they have when it comes to writing music, and I become a sort of chameleon that retains some of its own color,” Konsor said.

It wasn’t until this past summer when music came to the forefront of Konsor’s vision.

In late June he released the song “Crash” after it spent nearly four months in production.

“When I released ‘Crash,’ I was getting num-bers that were surprising to me, and had pushed

me to want to make music more,” Konsor said. “So this summer I kind of turned on the engines to make as much music as possible.”

Both social media and the streaming plat-form Spotify have been Konsor’s only true forms of promotion since he began producing and releasing music.

The initial spread and success of “Crash” was almost entirely the result of social media word of mouth and Spotify’s discovery algorithms, which helped Konsor’s music reach listeners from coast to coast.

As for the process of creating music, it’s never the same between projects, Konsor said. It takes a lot of tinkering and tampering to perfect a song, and for this reason, the music writing pro-cess can range from a few days to many months. “I think a lot of the time I just try and push [a song] as far as it will go, until it tells me it needs a break, and then I’ll take a break for as long as my heart tells me until I go back and talk to that song again,” Konsor said.

Konsor gets much of his inspiration from his close relationships and the unique lens through which he views the world.

Much of the development of this creative lens can be attributed to the two years he spent at an international boarding school as a teenager.

“It turned out to be the most amazing experi-ence of my life, and probably the best decision I ever made,” Konsor said. “It opened up my eyes in so many ways and pushed me to be someone with a bigger scope of vision.”

Although writing and producing is where his focus lies, Konsor looks forward to bringing his music to life onstage.

“Outside of music, even, [...] I’m such an open book; I love to talk to people,” Konsor said. “So if you ever want to say something, just say ‘Hey.’”

Konsor will open for Deb Never in the M-Shop at 8 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 with a student ID) and are available for purchase at the M-Shop box office or at

Iowa student to perform


COURTESY OF KEEGAN KONSOR Keegan Konsor, a University of Iowa student who has been making music since the age of 11, will perform at the Maintenance Shop at 8 p.m. Friday.

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Iowa State Daily Monday, December 02, 2019

amplify it as the people living in a unit change from month to month. Someone [on the] Council mentioned this issue, saying it leads to people never knowing their neighbors and not feeling tied to the community.”

Along with limiting the number of vacation rent-als, the goal of the ordinance was to ensure the safety, welfare and convenience of guests, owners and neigh-boring property owners throughout Ames.

The ordinance was also created to help maintain the housing supply for household living and protect the character’s neighborhoods by limiting the opera-tions, number and concentration of guest lodging in residential zones.

The regulations, definitions and enforcement pro-cedures can be found in Chapter 35 of the Ames Municipal Code as well as Chapters 13 and 29.

Leeson, as the liaison between Ames City Council and Iowa State, was opposed to a rental limitation but in favor of vacation limitations.

“Generally speaking, I have been opposed to rental limitations as they raise the cost of housing for stu-dents,” Leeson said. “In this case, however, vacation rentals are usually far more expensive than a usual rental and are targeted toward people visiting family or going on a vacation. Limiting vacation rentals in this instance means the cost of renting in Ames long-term doesn’t go up, but the cost of potentially buying

a house would go down if those homes were used as owner-occupied housing instead.”

Along with the approval, the Council also voted to change the length of the occupancy from 31 to 30 days. The ordinance is currently in full force, as it began Sunday and will be enforced starting March 1, 2020.

“I did mention to the Council at one point that the primary function of vacation rentals is valuable though,” Leeson said. “For many families visiting their children in Ames, vacation lodging is a far better choice to visiting family. I spoke at one meeting saying I think the Council should allow some vacation rent-als because losing that option for families would have been really hard.”

The ordinance will require the property owner to submit an application and specify if the residence is for guest lodging or not. There will be a 1000-foot separation distance between properties licensed as vacation lodging units and it does not apply to apart-ment complexes.

If there are any violations of the new code to any of the administrative procedures, there will be a $500 fee for the first time and $750 each time after.

“I am glad the Council ended up restricting vaca-tion lodging the way they did,” Leeson said. “I felt it didn’t affect long-term rentals that students use to rent in Ames and only reduced the cost for a family to buy a home in Ames.”

“So it gets people into these retail stores, which the retail stores really need because they’re in trouble. And it gets consumers extremely low prices. So I think that’s the initial kind of justifica-tion for it, and the quesjustifica-tion then is, are there other kinds of value questions that may make that issue of satisfaction seem less important?”

Butler named a few businesses that already do not participate in Black Friday, such as Patagonia and Recreational Equipment, Inc.

“Now, these are businesses with a certain kind of market share, and a certain kind of clientele, and I think we always have to be mindful of that, but rather than saying that I don’t think it should exist, I think it’s healthy that some firms are reflecting whether or not they want to participate,” Butler said.

There can be ethical concern with Black Friday related to the commercialization of Thanksgiving. Questions arise about the effects

this unofficial holiday has on fam-ilies and consumers, as well as the whole community that the busi-nesses reside in.

“Some of those businesses I had mentioned, some of them have chosen to do some contri-bution or other kinds of support of charity work on Black Friday rather than participating,” Butler said. “So I wouldn’t want to treat that as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ thing for businesses, but I think it gets back to this idea of sort of just being reflective about the role of Black Friday in the communities in which the businesses operate. And then also thinking about maybe is there a way that they can actually not just reflect or maybe do less of it but actually maybe do something different that might still be good for the firm, since businesses aren’t usually in the business of pure self-sacrifice, but [...] is there a way that they can actually positively contribute to their communities around the Thanksgiving holiday, either in addition to or rather than partic-ipating in Black Friday.” organization is advocacy and outreach for

health care, specifically health care regarding HIV and AIDS.

Haeffele said outreach through this orga-nization consists of many things inside and outside of Iowa State. One of the many things the Global Health and AIDS Coalition does is Fall Uprising, an event where student members of the organization go to Washington D.C. in October to go to conferences and meetings to discuss poli-cies and funding for research for HIV and AIDS. The organization also has congressio-nal meetings in Iowa with congressmen and women about policies in the state of Iowa.

In the Iowa State community, however, they have events like a lecture series that will be returning in Spring semester, as well as table events outside of Parks Library on Wednesday.

“We brought individuals to speak at these lectures who live with HIV and AIDS,” Haeffele said. “Something coming up this current week is we’re holding a tabling event where we will be handing out information regarding free testing days and access to health care at the Thielen Health Center at Iowa State, as well as Polk County Health. Our goal is to make sure people know where they can go to get the health care they need.” During this tabling event, the Global Health and AIDS Coalition will be handing

out red ribbons to people to show support for those who live with HIV and AIDS as well as mourn those who have lost their lives to AIDS. Haeffele said the Global Health and AIDS Coalition’s goal is to show support for these individuals on and off campus.

Haeffele said the awareness that a day like World AIDS Day brings is very important for college students to acknowledge because this age group is sexually active and can be exposed to other risk factors, such as expo-sure to needles. Knowledge gained from World AIDS Day can help anybody who does have any sort of needle usage in their day to day life become aware of the risks regarding sharing needles.

The main organization leading in national efforts to end AIDS and bringing awareness to the virus is UNAIDS. This organization is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

UNAIDS uses problem solving, strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and tech-nical support needed to catalyze and connect leadership from governments, the private sector and communities to deliver life-saving HIV services internationally.

Every year there is a theme for World AIDS Day, and the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities make the difference.”

According to UNAIDS, the commemo-ration of World AIDS Day is an important opportunity to recognize the essential role

that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the inter-national, national and local levels.

“Communities contribute to the AIDS response in many different ways,” accord-ing to the UNAIDS website. “Their leader-ship and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the centre and leaving no one behind. Communities include peer educators, networks of people living with or affected by HIV, such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers, women and young people, counsellors, community health workers, door-to-door service providers, civil society orga-nizations and grass-roots activists.”

According to the UNAIDS website, World AIDS Day gives an opportunity to offer an important platform to show the roles that communities play when reduced funding and a shrinking space for civil soci-ety are putting the sustainability of services and advocacy efforts in jeopardy. The advo-cacy role played by communities is needed more than ever to ensure that AIDS remains on the political agenda, that human rights are respected and that decision-makers and implementers are held accountable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the decline in HIV infections has plateaued because effec-tive HIV prevention and treatment are not adequately reaching those who could most

benefit from them. These gaps remain par-ticularly troublesome in rural areas and in the South and among disproportionately affected populations like blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos.

However, organizations like UNAIDS, The Global Fund and the World Health Organization are fighting to raise awareness for the AIDS pandemic, and to reach those who suffer from the HIV/AIDS virus.

“The 2019 slogan for World AIDS Day is ‘Community by Community,’” Haeffele said. “We really want to put the focus on the idea that someone within your community could be affected by HIV or AIDS and that communities should be working together to educate and respect each other, as well as destroy this stigma behind HIV and AIDS.” Haeffele said she wants to encourage people to talk about the HIV/AIDS pan-demic and fight the stigma that has been cre-ated because of it. She also wants students to know the importance behind the campaign to end the AIDS virus, and that the Global Health and AIDS Coalition organization is there to help provide information and help start conversations in the Iowa State community.

During World AIDS Day you can go to or and donate to the #ROCKTHERIBBON campaign to help raise awareness and help those who have HIV/AIDS receive treatment.




a major back surgery a few years ago. A week before his surgery, his insurance company informed him that his surgery would not be covered by the insurance. His family fought for the surgery to be covered by insurance, and it ultimately was.

Whitcome said his personal experience with health insur-ance is one of the reasons he stands with Sanders and chooses to table.

“Health care is a human right; you don’t have to ask the ques-tion of who deserves health care and who doesn’t,” Whitcome said.

Sophie Almeida, a non-degree liberal arts and sciences specials

student, is a volunteer on the Harris campaign.

The Harris campaign has been organizing on the Iowa State campus in part through a group called “Cyclones for Kamala.”

Almeida was out tabling on a day when the high temperature was only 32 degrees.

“It’s so important to table, even on days like this — it just shows how dedicated someone is to a campaign,” Almeida said. “No matter what the weather is, you’ve got to be out and talking to people.”

Almeida said she enjoys talking to students about politics.

“Students walking past are able to see the name Kamala Harris and hopefully that leaves an impact,” Almeida said. superiors disagree with, or can lead to suppressing

academic freedom.

“We are not saying as a Faculty Senate we reject civility or citizenship or collegiality,” said Annemarie Butler, associate professor in philosophy and reli-gious studies. “We are saying these are inappropriate to be included on the PRS because the PRS has an expressed purpose as a tool of evaluation.”

The executive committee introduced the resolu-tion to remind college and department administra-tors that the faculty handbook governs what a PRS can include.

Senators of the Faculty Senate also worked on a resolution connected with the recent controversial events on campus.

During the November meeting, Senators voted to suspend the rule requiring two readings and unani-mously passed a resolution opposing racist incidents that have occurred at Iowa State and supporting the students affected by them.

The resolution also supported the constitutional rights of students to protest and called on the entire

campus community to support diversity and inclusion at Iowa State.

“The Iowa State University Faculty Senate stands opposed to racism, white superiority, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, religious intolerance and other forms of prejudice and bias,” according to the resolution. “We condemn these things both on and off campus. We support our students who have been the targets of racism and discrimination. We support the Constitutional rights of our students to protest.” During the meeting, multiple senators spoke about how faculty have the power to put action behind words.

“I think it is a powerful statement to come from our faculty to say we are supporting our students who are experiencing this,” said Jordan Brooks, director of equity, inclusion and multicultural student success in the College of Design. “I think when you are in your department meetings, your curriculum meetings making decisions about the experiences we want our students to have, let’s be conscious of our ability to stand up for them then. Make decisions and enact policies that will support diversity, equity and inclu-sion for all our students.”




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