Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) For the second week in a row, it’s Big Monday in Ames — and everyone’s talking about tonight’s ISU vs. No. 3 Kansas men’s basketball matchup, though not all the news surrounding the big game is positive. Some students have been lined up outside Hilton Coliseum for more than a week in hopes of securing seats for the game, and while the “tent city” is certainly a good example of the dedication of Cyclone fans, it’s also presenting safety challenges in the freezing weather. A propane heater started a fire in one of the students’ tents early Friday morning, destroying the tent and a laptop computer. There were no injuries, but the alarming incident has put campers and officials on high alert and working to communicate as broadly as possible about safety.
University administrators and local law enforcement officials have emphasized that they do not encourage students to camp out for games, but they’re also not interested in violating students’ individual liberties. There is likely to be further discussion about the matter, but in the meantime ISU-KU tips at 8 p.m. CT tonight on ESPN and the student section will no doubt be there in full force.
2) The CEO and founder of “Girls Who Code” is slated to speak on campus this week as part of the university’s 30-year celebration of WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) at Iowa State University. Reshma Saujani’s keynote address will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. in the MU Great Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.
3) New Cyclone football coach Matt Campbell seems to be working just about nonstop since his arrival in Ames Nov. 29, and he may finally get a chance to breathe Feb. 3 as the recruiting period ends on National Signing Day — though his fourth child is due to be born any day after that! If you haven’t had a chance to meet the new coach, he and his staff are inviting the public to a Cyning Day Celebration, presented by the Cyclone Gridiron Club Feb. 3 at the Sukup Endzone Club in Jack Trice Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.
4) ISU Dance Marathon, the university’s largest student organization, held its annual fundraiser this weekend at the MU Great Hall. $362,854.19 will be donated to patients at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital as a result of the students’ efforts. Check out photos in the Iowa State Daily online.
5) ISU has a new Student Health Center director: Welcome, Erin Baldwin.