Five Things

Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week.

1) July 1 (tomorrow!) is the official roll-out date of the new Big 12 Conference logo. This is the third version of the mark since the league was created in 1996-97. (And yes, while the logo includes a roman numeral, it is always referred to as “Big 12” in writing.)


2) Bloomberg News recently reported on a Federal Reserve Bank of New York study that finds “yes” is the answer to the question of: “Is a U.S. college degree still worth the investment?” Every major, researchers found, returns at least 9 percent, with an average return of around 15 percent. Engineering majors had the highest return on investment, though, at 21 percent. Read the full Bloomberg report here.

hillman3) When Summer Olympics time comes rolling around again, there could be another Cyclone to watch. Christina Hillman, fresh off her back-to-back indoor and outdoor NCAA championships in women’s shot put, placed fifth at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento June 25 — and she’s only a junior. She was the No. 2 collegian in the U.S. field behind Wisconsin’s Kelsey Card. Christina was recently named ISU’s female athlete of the year.

4) In case you needed any more evidence that the U.S. has become extremely polarized when it comes to political views and voting choices, a new ISU study analyzed election data going back to 1997 while attempting to answer the question: “Do elections truly reflect the will of the people?

5) Your summer issue of VISIONS magazine should be on its way (including our cover story on ISU in the 1940s), if it hasn’t already found its way to your mailbox. Packaged with it is the 2014-2015 wall calendar and 2015 travel brochure. Lots of goodies for your summer reading…and summer dreaming.

Friday is Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday! (Ames will be celebrating 150 this 4th.)


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