Five Things

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

clark_wesley1) Retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark is scheduled to speak on campus this Wednesday. Clark will present “Don’t Wait for the Next War” — based on his latest book about his vision for the future of American global leadership — at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall as the keynote lecture in ISU’s World Affairs Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

2) With Election Day a week away, most Iowans can probably agree that they’re growing weary of the nonstop campaign ads in the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Bruce Braley (’80 political science) and Republican Joni Ernst (’92 psychology). But students in Kelly Winfrey’s ISU campaign rhetoric class may have a new appreciation for what goes into campaigning after participating in a recent mock campaign. Winfrey designed the project to give students a unique glimpse into the campaign process. “I think they develop a better understanding of why and how campaign decisions are made in the real world,” Winfrey told ISU News Service. “Even though it’s a mock campaign, they have to think strategically about what they want to say, how they’re going to say it, and how the opponent might use what they say against them. Candidates have to be strategic in their messaging if they’re going to win an election. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what a candidate might achieve in office if [he or she] loses.”

Read more about the mock campaign in an ISU News Service article.

3) The Iowa State cross country teams are headed to Lawrence, Kansas this weekend for the Big 2014_10_24nelson12 Championship. Will the women’s team four-peat as league champs? Yes, if junior Crystal Nelson has anything to say about it. The Winchester, Virginia, native was named the U.S Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national athlete of the week Oct. 20 after she closed out the regular season by winning the prestigious Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin (teammate Katie Moen placed fifth, which is no small achievement, either). Nelson now sits at No. 3 and Moen at No. 11 in the national Saucony FloRankings.

4) When is it too early to talk March Madness? The answer is: It’s never too early to talk March Madness. Don’t be silly. FOX Sports’ Reid Forgrave jumped into the March Madness talk headfirst last week when he released his “way too early” men’s basketball Final Four picks. And he has included Iowa State in his Final Four, noting: “This, I believe, should be Hoiberg’s year.” Funny, since the Big 12 coaches recently voted the Cyclones fifth in their preseason poll. But whatcha gonna do? We’ll quote Taylor Swift, but maybe not the Big Ten mascot version.

5) It’s Halloween week! When you come down from your sugar high, be sure to stop by Morrill Hall Thursday night to hear “Ghost Stories of Iowa State.” And save us some mini Snickers, please.

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