Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week.
1) In what is becoming a trend that might make you laugh if it didn’t make you cry, the Big 12 Conference office has reprimanded and suspended two football officials for negligence that contributed directly to a Kansas State touchdown in Saturday’s heartbreaking 4-point Cyclone loss at Jack Trice Stadium. And in case you were wondering: No, it doesn’t change anything. But the Cyclones (0-2) head to Kinnick Stadium with chips on their shoulders Saturday.
2) The unveiling of the CyclONE City project lived up to its hype — and more. Visitors and fans were truly wowed by the artistry of the unique sculptures, which made their official debut and were on display in front of our building Aug. 29-30. They’re now scattered across Ames. In case you missed the chance to see them at the Alumni Center last weekend, check out the Cyclone City Web page (scroll down to the bottom) for a photo gallery that shows all of the sculptures — and where you can find them in Ames. They are definitely worth checking out.
3) School’s back in session. Want to know you can help your child have a successful year? Why, yes: Extension can help with that.
4) “Beat Iowa Week” means the return of another tradition in Chicagoland — the annual ISU vs. Iowa alumni flag football game. The game has traditionally predicted the winner of the big game later in the week, so if you live in the Chicago area, be sure to suit up for the Cardinal & Gold and help do your part for the Cy-Hawk Series. The game is set for Wednesday night; get details on Facebook.
5) ISU football fans are likely to remember Hiawatha Rutland (’03 psychology MEd ’08), the former Cyclone running back who led the team in rushing before suffering a career-ending foot injury in 2003. What you may not know about Rutland was what a Renaissance man he was, from his work as a stand-up comic who appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing to his volunteer work abroad to his summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to his career as a teacher at NYC’s Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. Rutland, who was working toward his dream of teaching in Africa, died last month at the age of 33 after he drowned in Lake Erie. Read more about his remarkable life that was cut so tragically short in his hometown newspaper.