Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) Next time you have the urge to visit the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series championship trophy, there’s no need to travel to Iowa City; it’s staying in Ames. Things were looking a little dismal for the Cyclones in their quest to hold on to the prize for a third-straight year, especially after the somewhat surprising losses on the football field and volleyball court last fall. But ISU won four of the last five events — men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, and — most recently — softball, to draw to a 12-12 tie. So while it’s a shared Cy-Hawk title, it still counts as a “threepeat” in 2016 for Good Ole State.
It took a while to decide the outcome of this year’s series after the softball game was postponed twice due to inclement weather, but the game was finally played last Tuesday under perfect skies at the Cyclone Sports Complex. In front of a record ISU softball crowd, the Cyclones dominated, 5-0, thanks to a phenomenal showing by freshman hurler Savannah Sanders. Sanders didn’t allow multiple hits in a frame until the top of the last inning.
Enjoy the summer, sports fans, and we’ll start the series all over again in September. (Though we’ll admit a “Beat Iowa” T-shirt is in fashion year-round.)
2) Saturday’s graduation set a record in the “sheer numbers” category (4,601), but it also marked a first for Jack Trice Stadium hosting the event. The event went off mostly without a hitch. Smoke from wildfires in northern Minnesota and a smattering of rain were included in the day’s weather events, but the new location successfully accommodated far more spectators than Hilton Coliseum has ever been able to.
3) U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was Saturday’s commencement speaker. But Moniz was also in Ames Friday to attend the dedication of Ames Laboratory’s Sensitive Instrument Facility. The Ames Tribune has the story about Moniz’s visit and his views on the state’s energy policy.
4) A pair of ISU faculty members have weighed in on the Brady Campaign’s “Zero Minutes of Fame” initiative. Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology and expert on media effects, told ISU News Service’s Angie Hunt last week that the media needs to change its strategy in its coverage of mass shootings.
“The media are showing every disaffected youth that the way to make a name for yourself is to not just kill yourself, but to take as many people with you as you can on the way out,” Gentile said. “News coverage normalizes behavior and shows that it’s acceptable, by virtue of the fact that it’s in the news. It also glamorizes the shooting because it’s important enough to make the news. Who makes the news? It’s usually the powerful people or important people.”
Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication director Michael Bugeja, however, has a different view of the media’s role. “Newsrooms now are productivity centers with little room for ethics discussions,” he said, noting that a killer’s name is public record and should be reported.
Read the full article featuring Gentile’s and Bugeja’s perspectives online.
5) While it may not technically be summer yet, it’s considered summer here at ISU now that spring classes have recessed. The ISU Alumni Association is one of the campus departments that will be observing special summer hours — 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, now-Aug. 12. You may want to check with other campus offices and departments about possible summer hours before you call or visit in the coming months.