Here are five things to put on your Cyclone radar this week:
1) Put it on your radar that the CYCLONES ARE IN THE SWEET 16, BABY! After losing forward Georges Niang — the sophomore who either scored or assisted on 35 percent of ISU’s baskets during the 2013-2014 season — to a broken foot in a first-round win over North Carolina-Central Friday night, some Cyclone fans woke up Saturday morning feeling just about as bad as if the Cyclones had lost to the 14 seed. But undermanned and undersized, ISU willed its way to a win over sixth-seeded North Carolina yesterday and is now headed to Madison Square Garden. Coach Fred was so excited he danced in the locker room, embarrassing his children and becoming a top Twitter trending topic in the process.
Eldest Hoiberg daughter Paige shared this text conversation, with the note that she “didn’t curr” (though son Jack tweeted that his father “might have the worst dance moves of all time):”
Do you want to go to New York City with the Cyclones? Of course you do. You’re Cyclone Nation. Wanna do it with ease and leave the travel planning, transportation, and lodging to someone else? Sign up for our charter. We need to get a minimum number of reservations by today if the trip is going to go, so act now if you’re considering it! The plane leaves Friday!
2) If you want to get a T-shirt with your registration, today is the deadline to sign up for the VEISHEA Cherry Pie Run. This unique 5K benefiting VEISHEA scholarships is scheduled for April 12 (VEISHEA Saturday) at 8 a.m. Runners will have the opportunity to eat graham crackers, cherry pie filling, and whipped cream along the route to earn points toward their times. What better way to run than while consuming cherry pie? ALL IN.
3) This weekend Iowa State hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament at Hilton Coliseum. The host Cyclones fell in the first round to Florida State Saturday, mustering a season-low 44 points on a season-low 25.4 percent shooting from the field. But the show must go on. Iowa State will host tonight’s second-round game between Stanford and Florida State. Tipoff was originally slated for 8 p.m., but it has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. Tickets are still available if you’re able to come out and support NCAA women’s basketball in Ames. Attendance factors largely in the university’s opportunity to host such events in the future. And hey — Great basketball is great basketball.
4) Although remembering one password can be a challenge enough, two is actually far more secure. So get your brain ready. An Iowa State student has created a website advocating for double authentication to increase personal Internet security. Josh Davis, a senior in computer science, created www.TwoFactorAuth.org. You can read more about his work in Wired magazine.
5) ISU students are back in class today after a week of Spring Break. What’s here to welcome them back? Snow, of course. Happy Spring!