Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week:
1) It was a joyous weekend in Ames as the university paid tribute to the eight individuals who were inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame, including gymnast Mark Diab, wrestlers Arthur Holding and Reg Wicks, football coach Dan McCarney, basketball players Megan Taylor and Jamaal Tinsley, softball player Erin Woods White, and distance runner Raf Wyns. Watch Saturday’s football halftime ceremony honoring this year’s inductees.
2) Another highlight of the weekend, from a Cyclone athletics perspective, was the first football victory of the Matt Campbell era: a 44-10 domination of San Jose State at Jack Trice Stadium. Next up is a showdown with Big 12 rival Baylor Saturday at 11 a.m. Plan to be on hand to cheer the Cyclones onward! Oh, and join us for breakfast at the ISU Alumni Center beforehand.
3) Reporting over the weekend raised questions about ISU President Steven Leath’s use of a university airplane, including allegations that his actions were in violation of university policy and/or state law. Leath issued a statement of response here, in which he states that he will no longer pilot any state-owned aircraft. The university also provided a summary of related information here.
4) You probably know that tonight is the first debate of the 2016 presidential general election season, pitting Democrat Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump in a televised event from Hofstra University. ISU associate professor of English and speech communication Ben Crosby says the debate sets up as “policy vs. reality show drama.”
“Trump likes to ridicule his opponents. When you’re a policy-driven, deliberative politician, like Clinton, you have to adjust to a dynamic in which deliberation and policy are hardly your biggest problem. Your biggest problem is dealing with an opponent who is condescending and ridiculing. I don’t know if she’s prepared to do that,” Crosby said.
Read more of Crosby’s pre-debate analysis online.
5) THE CHERRY PIES ARE HERE! Purchase yours today from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Joan Bice Underwood Tea Room as “Human Sciences Week” kicks off on campus.
Have a great week!