Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cyclone Radar this week.

1) It’s sports season…to the max. After finishing third in the Big 12 swimming & diving championship and fourth (women)/sixth (men) at the Big 12 indoor track and field championship this weekend, Iowa State is currently third in the Big 12 all-sports standings — ISU’s highest ranking ever at this point in the season. Of course there are three more conference championships to be contested in the next two weeks: women’s basketball March 7-10 in Oklahoma City, wrestling March 8 in Norman, Okla., and men’s basketball March 12-15 in Kansas City. If you’re planning to follow either or both of the basketball teams to their league tournaments, be sure to check out our website for the latest information about fan events and hangouts. Tap Werks will be the official Cyclone headquarters in Oklahoma City, and Kelly’s Westport Inn will be hosting a kickoff party for the men’s team on Wednesday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. Go, Cyclones!

clairemccaskill2) March is women’s history month, so make plans to celebrate on campus. You can check out the documentary Girl Rising this Thursday in the MU Cardinal Room, and save the date for the spring Mary Louise Smith Chair‘s visit to campus March 28. Sen. Claire McCaskill, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Missouri, will speak on “Women, Politics, and Leadership” in the MU Sun Room.

3) An Iowa State professor is weighing in on the FDA’s recent decision to print the number of calories in your snacks in big, bold lettering. Associate chair of food science and human nutrition Ruth Litchfield supports it, and she says she also supports efforts to begin including Vitamin D and potassium content information. One thing that won’t be improved with the new labels? Confusing serving sizes. Just because it’s a snack size item doesn’t mean the manufacturer is counting the whole snack as one serving. That’s a big, bold number for what might be a rather little bite — so bring your multiplication skills to the table.

“We have a lot of folks who are consuming convenience products that are perceived as a single serving. But if you look closely at the label, some of those giant muffins may be three servings, so the information you’re currently looking at is if you ate a third of the product,” Litchfield said.

4) A toy designed by Axel Holm ’13 in a spring semester College of Design Option Studio was exhibited at the Feb. 16-19 Toy Fair in New York City. Holm designed the combination maze/puzzle in associate professor of architecture Mitchell Squire’s “Toys!” studio, and he was invited to attend the Western Hemisphere’s largest toy and youth product trade show by Round Rock, Texas-based Recent Toys USA, Inc. Here’s a a photo of Holm’s creation, sent to us by Prof. Square (Thanks!) It’s just another cool example of design in action at ISU.

5) The ISU Alumni Association’s Cardinal & Gold Gala was Feb. 14 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, and last week we posted photos from the event on our Facebook page that got one universal reaction: GIANT SWAN! Save the date for next year’s Gala: April 10, 2015. Hope you’ll come have fun with us next year.


Now here’s a “step and repeat” are you won’t soon forget: ISUAA President Jeff Johnson and his wife, Peggy, post with the giant swan. And no, we aren’t sure whether it’s Lancelot or Elaine. Sorry.


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