Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) The university has announced its spring 2015 lectures lineup, and it includes some good ones like:
- “Kiev, Ukraine: From Collapse of Socialism to the Mass Uprising of 2013-14” on Feb. 9
- “Breaking Into and Surviving a Career in Game Development” on Feb. 17
- “What Was in the Water? Toxic Dumping in Toms River” on March 3
- “Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School” on April 2
- “Dinosaurs in the Digital Age” on April 23
For the full lectures schedule, visit and bookmark the ISU calendar.
2) Want to keep tabs on campus construction, including the south end zone improvements at Jack Trice Stadium? You can take a live look any time you wish using the Department of Facilities Planning and Management’s webcams. Talk about staying connected to campus!
3) Speaking of campus construction, Marston Hall renovation project manager Kerry Dixon recently spoke with the “Inside Iowa State” newsletter about the treasures that have been unearthed during the building’s interior demolition, which started last month as part of a $27 million renovation project. About a dozen antiques dated from the 19th century to the 1930s have been recovered so far, including several three-inch inkwells and a two-foot cider barrel. The pieces have been retrieved from the building’s attic and from the dirt just beneath the building’s six-inch concrete pad. Engineering Hall, as it was originally known, was completed in 1903.
Dixon says university archives will have dibs on any of the pieces it would like for its collection and that some items could be featured in a special exhibit when the building reopens. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is planning a similar exhibition of the treasures it found during its recent renovation of Curtiss Hall.
4) Yes, it’s true that the NCAA hasn’t been officially keeping track of the “assist to turnover ratio” stat all that long, but the fact that Cyclone point guard Monté Morris blew the record out of the water last year and is on track to do so again might tell you a little something about just how good Morris is. Some national pundits — as well as Morris’ legendary fellow Michigander, Mateen Cleaves — say he’s the best in the country at his position, and there’s no question about head coach Fred Hoiberg’s feelings: Monté runs the show, and there’s no one better.
So Cyclone Nation was delighted last week when Sports Illustrated ran a feature about Morris’ remarkable ball-handling abilities, featuring an extensive interview with Morris’ mother and biggest fan, Latonia. Check it out for yourself.
5) People we just started following on Twitter and think you should, too: Christopher Gannon (@GannonVisuals) — the new university photographer; ISU Carillon (@isucarillon) — for all the concert updates and Campanile news you need to know; and Cyclone Racing (@isu_fsae), which posts lots of cool photos and updates about the university’s Formula SAE team. Consider this a Follow Monday. Not sure that hashtag will catch on.
Til next time!