College Students Fearful About Current Presidential Election

By Colton Loftin


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump takes the field at Jack Trice Stadium with ISU President Steven Leath in September 2015.

“I’m just so sick of seeing both of them, it makes me not even want to vote,” Rachel Pearson, 23, senior in economics, says, exasperated at the thought of voting.

With the November 8 election only one month away, Iowa State students as well as citizens across the United States will decide who will become the next president: Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

A major factor in this election will be the youth vote. According to July 2015 estimates by the United States Census Bureau, 31.2 million people, or 9.7 percent of the US population, are of the college-aged 18-24 demographic. Iowa State University houses over 30,000 students within this demographic as of the fall 2016 semester.

Historically, college-aged voters are more likely to miss out on the polls than turn up to vote. According to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout for the 18-24 demographic has not reached 50 percent since 1988, the highest being 48.6 percent in the 1992 election and the most recent turnout rates being 41.2 percent in the 2012 elections.

Once again, youth voter turnout may be an issue this election cycle. When asked how they feel about the coming election and the entire media circus surrounding it, some Iowa State students had nothing but negative things to say.

“I think there’s definitely a better option for both sides out there, but we’re stuck with these two,” says Sydney Townsend, 19, sophomore in psychology.

“It’s just a lose-lose situation,” says Brandon Busch, 23, senior in chemical engineering.


Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at Howe Hall in January 2016.

These opinions aren’t out of the ordinary. According to September 26 Gallup Polls, only 12 percent of young voters think that Trump would be a “good or great” president if elected, and only 27 percent think the same about Clinton.

The Republican nominee in particular seems to scare away young voters. 61 percent of young voters think that Trump would be a “poor or terrible” president if elected compared to Clinton’s 33 percent.

Several of Iowa State’s community reflect on that notion.

“Honestly, Trump just terrifies the hell out of me,” says Adam Muntz, 21, junior in graphic design.

“I don’t know who I’m voting for, but definitely no to Trump,” says Patritsia Ilieva, 22, senior in accounting.

There does seem to be some Trump support among Iowa State students, but it comes with some caution.

“Somehow I think Trump might get it done. But it would really be hit or miss,” says Busch.

With this election, some are starting to view third-party candidates, specifically Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, as a viable choice.

“I feel like I have a moral obligation to vote for neither of them [Trump or Clinton],” says Andrew Oswald, 21, senior in kinesiology, defending his choice.

According to a poll made by Turning Point USA, Johnson is gaining some traction with young voters as he currently has 14.1 percent preference rating by those polled.

With all of the media vitriol for both major party candidates, it seems that college-aged voters are being left in the dust.

“It’s just really depressing that this is my first election I can vote in, and these are my two real choices,” laments Townsend.


Top Hat

By Bradley Jones

Education is becoming more interactive as technology advances. As the lives of students change, educators have to find ways to connect with them and teach them effectively. Iowa State has used a number of different programs to make the interaction between students and educators simple including Blackboard and Turnitin. It’s latest addition, Top Hat, is now used in a number of classrooms across campus. While it can make college easier, many students are not fans of how the program is being forced onto them.


Top Hat being used in a class to take attendance

Top Hat is a program similar to blackboard that requires a login and has an app available. Through Top Hat, professors are able to record attendance, issue assignments, post lecture notes, and engage in conversation with students. It allows students to use what they often bring to class (a computer and phone) to do work for the class.

Prior to Top Hat, clickers were used in class to answer questions and record attendance. One of the reasons that method has been replaced is because instructors felt that students weren’t coming to class. They were instead giving their clickers to others who go to class and still receiving points. Iowa State sophomore Jacob Hilton says that the Top Hat isn’t doing a good job of motivating him to go to class. “The assignments that we do on Top Hat, I can do from home. If anything this keeps me from going to class more.”

Hilton also doesn’t like certain features including the grading system. “I prefer the clickers. The Top Hat grading system is confusing and the clickers went straight to blackboard.”


Many students enjoy the convenience of Top Hat including Nathan Roby. “Not having to worry about losing your clicker makes life easier. I went through a couple of (clickers) last year. It’s nice to be able to use it on your phone because most students don’t leave their homes with theirs.”

Roby’s only complaint was the cost, “clickers cost maybe $30 or $40. A subscription to Top Hat was nearly double that.”

Convenience is something that a number of students praise the app for and is why they have accepted the change. There are some issues within the program that people are unhappy with or some are just not fans of the program itself. It hard for any new thing to catch on immediately and this may apply to Top Hat. The program could stick, but will likely be replaced with whatever the next best thing is.

Bringing Style to Iowa State

By Rachel Cessna

Two Iowa State University juniors are making their dream a reality in a way they didn’t expect. Courtney Johnson and Alex Ritzman, juniors in apparel, merchandising and design, started their own business making custom tees for college students across the US.

Johnson and Ritzman, whose friendship began when they became sorority sisters in Delta Delta Delta, started making the custom tees this August when they were visiting each other in Minnesota.

“We’d been seeing the lace-up tops and we thought, ‘Oh my gosh that’d be so much fun.’ So we made one out on a limb and we didn’t really know how to make it but we just kept practicing until we got it,” said Ritzman.

They already had an Instagram account (@state_style) that they had made to show others their style so they used that account to show off their first shirt.

“We put it on Instagram and one person was like ‘Oh my gosh I need this,’ and it just kept happening and happening and happening,” said Ritzman.

Customers can order the shirts by direct messaging either Johnson or Ritzman on Instagram. After a lot of practice, the women are able to finish a shirt in only 40 minutes so students usually get their orders in less than two weeks.

Their customers started off being sorority sisters, but after the football game that Iowa State played against the University of Iowa, the number of shirt requests they got began to grow greatly. They got requests from college students in Iowa, Colorado, Texas and even California.

“The week of the Iowa vs. Iowa State game I had about 15 orders that week just from Iowa State students,” said Johnson.

Johnson and Ritzman work on their own and buy all of their own supplies. People can either send them shirts that they want done for the price of $25 or they can request Johnson and Ritzman to buy a shirt for them which would cost $40.

The two women are hoping to continue their business for the rest of the football season and into basketball season. Next semester they’ll both be studying abroad in Italy so they plan to take that time off to come up with new designs and get ahead of the fashion trends.


Johnson and Ritzman are unsure what the future holds for State Style, but they hope to find a few apprentices to continue their business after they graduate.


“We’ll have to teach some of our younger sorority sisters how to make them before we leave,” said Johnson.

Beyond the Hashtag: Dismantling America’s Framework of Oppression

By Jaden Urbi


Christine Salek, senior in journalism and mass communication, shares her experience via Instagram from a Black Lives Matter Rally in Des Moines in spring 2015.

The carefully assembled framework of oppression that runs back to America’s conception takes on a new form in each passing generation, now like a silent force working diligently beneath the floorboards, out of sight from the unaffected passerby.

As Martin Luther King led his generation’s fight for equality, this generation’s efforts to unveil the systematic oppression of its predecessors has come largely from an unprecedented source of inspiration, a hashtag.

#BlackLivesMatter has become a symbol of the growing transparency behind police brutality, and to some, evidence of a country being torn apart by hashtags, protests, riots and bullets.

As a plight of names, statistics, trials and tweets dominate news headlines and spark national debate; a divisive race war is raging throughout the streets and screens of America.

For Kenyatta Shamburger, program coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs at ISU, talk of the modern civil rights movement and activism hits close to home on many levels.

“The information about the civil rights movement that I grew up knowing was more than just reading it in a book,” said Shamburger.

Originally from the South, Shamburger’s parents were actively involved in the civil rights movement, making conversations around race and activism normal dinnertime conversation.

“When we think of civil rights movements, they tend to ebb and flow, and right now we are in one of those heightened times,” said Shamburger. “We are in a state of emergency, people are tired and are finding various ways to express and demand justice.”

Go back to the 50s and 60s and most of the news people got came from radio and TV. “But the black church was a center point where the pastors were also activists, and would preach a social gospel message,” said Shamburger.

Fast-forward to today, the message has become instantaneous with pictures, memes and video being spread on social media and playing on loop during newscasts.

“These are not actors, there is no ‘scene, cut, wash the blood off and move on to the next scene’,” said Shamburger.

Images of shaky cell-phone video and protests thousands of people strong, marching through city streets have become the reference point for millions of Americans through mainstream media, but where does that leave members of predominantly white communities who aren’t seeing police shootings on their own block?

Julian Neely, sophomore in journalism and mass communication and vice president of the Black Student Alliance, used his experiences at a predominantly white high school to strengthen his understanding of the systematic oppression of the black community.

“I remember I wore an ‘I am Trayvon Martin’ sweatshirt and students argued with me about why he deserved to die,” said Neely. “After that moment, I began intensifying my knowledge and education on mass incarceration, miseducation, police brutality and racial discrimination.”

Shamburger acknowledges that often times people are not comfortable having conversations about race, privilege and oppression, but he believes it is absolutely necessary to discuss, especially in schools.

“Somehow, someway we are connected to somebody that is being affected by something,” said Shamburger. “Once we start connecting with people at our point of humanity, the possibilities begin to open up.”

Once we are able to take the step from media dictated discussion of black lives and connect with people at the point of humanity is when we will truly be able to begin dismantling America’s framework of oppression.

Iowa State Football keeps fans coming back

By Hugo Bolanos

Since 2009, the Iowa State Cyclones have not won more than three games in season. The Cyclones fired their football coach Paul Roads in 2015, for being responsible for causing such losses.  Jamie Pollard, Athletic Director for Iowa State University brought in Matt Campbell from Toledo. Matt Campbell averaging eight wins per season brings back excitement in fans. More of a motivation to attend games and also bringing back the hype that Iowa State Football once had.

Iowa State football started their season with two losses, one to division II UNI and the other to a powerful rival Iowa Hawkeyes. Though Iowa State finally getting their first win against San Jose State on September 24th winning 44-10.

San Jose State came with a great sense of victory following their bowl win last year against Georgia State, 27-16. A bowl game is something the Cyclones have not seen since 2012, when into the fourth season of six in the Paul Roads era.

Before the cyclones went on to win, the fans were up bright and early to get their tailgates ready. The weather was a great 74 degrees with partly cloudy, the atmosphere seemed to have taken a new sense of Iowa State fanatics. For the feeling of winning was upon the tailgaters.

The football game happened to be an early one, 11a.m., and meaning tailgaters had to be at their spot at 6am. “Early bird gets the worm” the motto for tailgater Alexa Trickle, junior.

Trickle has been a resident in Ames all her life with her parents owning a car repair shop; they donate each year to Iowa State athletics. When asked on how come they keep coming back to tailgate every year, Trickle replied, “When you’ve grown up in a city where you’ve lived your whole life, you can’t imagine cheering on another team. It’s more than just winning, it’s about heart and dedication.”

Heart and dedication is truly needed if you decide to become a Cyclone fan. Ames being a college town revolves not just around sports, but academics as well.

“For some, tailgating is time to relieve some stress and forget about the homework or exams you might have,” Kitral stated. Kitral being from Chicago, Illinois choose to cheer on Iowa State instead of an Illinois college team. “I don’t want to drive back six hours to cheer on a team, so I rather stay here and meet new people,” Kitral added.

Football is a game; it’s what gets some people going in the morning. Tailgaters would go the extra mile to make their tailgate experience an enjoyable one, spending money on burgers, tickets and beer of course. Pregame celebrations are what make people wake up early, because in due time their team could either walk out with a win or be a bust.

No matter what fans tend to tailgate for one common thing, heart and pride for their team!

Heart and pride is the root that keeps them attached to their team, whether it’d be winning season or losing. It keeps them hopeful for the next one and you bet your ass fans will continue to come until its winning season, even then they will still show appreciation for CyclONE Nation.

Facebook Live Makes Journalists Look Alive

By Meredith Kestel

With the changing times, news media also adapts and changes. One example of this is the use of Facebook Live.

Journalists have always needed to be aware of the changing times that surround the profession and use them to the best of their abilities. In the past months, one fad has become a very popular tool that is changing journalism in many ways. That fad is Facebook Live.

Facebook Live is a tool on Facebook that allows you to live stream a video feed from your camera onto your Facebook feed. It has become very popular for not only journalists, but for the average day people as well.


One of the first big story coverages with Facebook Live was when the Democrats sat on the House floor in protest to ending session before they reached a conclusion on gun control. The station that has a live feed of the House, C-SPAN, ended their stream once the house adjourned. As Democrats staged their sit-in the only way the had to stream out to the public was via live streams on things such as Periscope and Facebook Live.

While there are great uses for journalists to take advantage of the new technology there are some drawbacks they see as threats.

Andreas Haffar, senior in journalism and General Manager of ISUtv has been using Facebook Live with his club for a few weeks.

“We have started using Facebook live much more frequently this year. We have seen a small impact with our use but it’s a lot more convenient with breaking news or something happening on campus especially when we don’t have immediate access to equipment nor the time to go get a camera and get set up because in that amount of time, the moment could be gone or you miss something big. Everyone has a phone and many people have Facebook so it helps a lot.”

With everyone having such convenient access to a phone and Facebook it also makes everyone else an on scene journalist as well.


Haffar says, “It has changed reporting in the timeliness aspect but i feel it has also increased the number of citizen journalist and clouded the distinction between real journalists and someone with a camera and an outlet. While it is helpful to get the video out immediately, presentation and accuracy are hindered in that process. I also feel as if being prompt over being accurate is still an issue in the journalism field. I think Facebook live can be seen as an extension of the 24-hour news cycle and the interconnectedness of the internet, but a step farther.”

Broadcast isn’t the only media that has been changed by Facebook Live. Newspapers, such as the Iowa State Daily, has also adapted the social media tool.

“Reporters have always had a sense of urgency, but it’s as if we are chasing a deadline that is impossible. With the internet, there’s this expectation that we have to get up information as soon as we possibly can, to beat out other news sources and to get the information to the public. However, with these advances in technology that information is coming out faster and faster and that might be affecting our accuracy as well,” says Sarah Muller, Digital Editor of the Iowa State Daily.

As times change and technology changes we will also see how the journalism field adapts and changes alongside it.

2016: Music Today Shaping the Future

By Jimmy Huisman

Saying that 2016 is the best year in music may be a bold claim, but we are seeing a major shift in culture.

Also, almost all of the high profile artists have or are going to release albums this year.

Albums like Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”, Frank Ocean’s “Blond”, Beyonce’s “Lemonade”, Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book”, and Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool,” just to name a few.

“Because of streaming, the culture has been greater due to the ability to listen to literally every project out and connecting with artists directly,” said Louie Hernandez, writer for hip-hop blog Pursuit of Dopeness.

With streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, and Sound Cloud fans can listen to all of their favorite artists.

“Fans are able to connect with their favorite artists directly. Every social media site is a platform for artists to release and promote the music,” said Hernandez.

In the 60’s and 70’s we saw a lot of great music come out due to what was happening in the world.

During this time people were dealing with the issues of sexuality, race, gender, and the war overseas.

Currently we are dealing with some of the same issues like racial profiling, the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBT movement, and a presidential election that will go down in history.

It’s in times like these where people tend to cling onto music more than ever.

Artists start to put out music to cope with the uncertainty of everything that is happening around us and we listen because we need that outlet.

Trends that we are seeing become popular in 2016 are no name artists blowing up over night and secret album releases.

“Low profile artists are blowing up at the same time as the big names. 2016 is the year of opportunity to become an outstanding artist and become rich overnight like Lil Yatchty,” said Hernandez.

Some of those artists include 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Yatchty.

Daniel Mallory, a sophomore at Iowa State University said, “I hated not knowing when Frank’s album was going to drop. This feeling doesn’t go away either because most of my favorite artists are giving release dates and then secretly dropping them at a different time.”

This may be a negative to some but it now keeps people interested.

We sit and wait hoping that maybe tomorrow Drake and Kanye will surprise us with that mixtape they have been teasing for so long.

That uncertainty keeps us coming back for more.

These emotions are something we deal with in 2016 that we haven’t really dealt with before.

We may not know the reason behind the notable secretive releases in music; whether they come from the shift in culture, the deaths of some of the biggest music icons, or how the whole streaming industry is taking over.

But we are in a great time for music.

And it isn’t even over yet.

Islam and Iowa

By Annie Harmon

It’s late afternoon at Iowa State University’s Parks Library. The last beams of sunlight are pouring through the large glass windows and the building is alive with busy students. Meredith Andersen, an employee of Parks Library and the Dean’s Office, is putting away books. She’s been looking for the rightful home of a book for 30 minutes, to no avail. Frustrated that her exhaustive search is failing, she takes one last look into a vacant back room. To her surprise, it isn’t vacant. Five men are kneeling on the ground, with their heads toward the east wall.

For Andersen, a student of Islamic history, this spotting makes perfect sense. These men are bowing their heads in prayer toward the east, or toward Mecca. Mecca is the spiritual center of Islam, located in the Hijaz region of modern day Saudi Arabia.

To the average Iowa Stater, this might take someone aback. Sure, centrally located here in Iowa, Islam doesn’t have the weight it might have in bigger cities.

“For those coming from rural Iowa, it can be surprising seeing prayer. Some universities even have designated prayer places on campus,” said Dr. Michael Christopher Low, assistant professor of history at Iowa State.

The University of Iowa recently opened prayer rooms on campus in February of 2016. The University of California, Berkeley also has a meditation room that Muslim students and others can use for prayers. Iowa State has yet to follow the trend.

“I noticed that while they were devout Muslims, they were in a secluded area. They weren’t trying to make it a big deal, it was their time for their faith,” said Andersen.

Iowa State is known for its free speech zone in the past, and in August of 2016, was renamed Agora. All of Iowa State is now free speech, free expression. In the fall of 2015, the police were called to free speech zone for Matt Bourgault, a traveling street preacher. Some of the statements made by Bourgault were to many, offensive. Something that you don’t see often though, are Muslims participating in this type of preaching.

Andreas Haffar, senior in journalism and international studies with a focus in the Middle East, made a trip to Jordan this summer. There, he witnessed many differences between Jordanian Muslims and American Muslims.

“There, everyone is practicing prayer, everyone is involved. I have a newfound respect for them,” said Haffar. “They face all these outside pressures in the States.”

The differences extend to spreading faith as well. Why do we see a Christian push for conversion in the Agora of ISU, but not from the Muslim community?

“I believe there are two factors for that not happening. First, the majority of the people in this country are Christian,” said Haffar. “Muslims aren’t supposed to go out and convert, they aren’t supposed to go out and do something like that.”

Rami Shoukih, public relations officer of the Arab Student Association, knows firsthand that it is difficult to get used to living in the United States. Shoukih is a junior and an international student from the United Arab Emirates.

“The ASA helps people from the Arab world transition to the United States,” said Shoukih. “But we are also here to help outsiders learn more about our culture and language.”

The Iowa State Arab Student Association is always looking for more students to get involved and learn about the Arab world. Their next event is a lecture titled, “Jesus & Islam”, with speaker Imam Molhim Bilal. The lecture will be held in the Campanile Room of the Memorial Union, on Friday September 30. It starts at 7:30pm.

From Farm to Table

How ISU is providing students with fresh, local produce weekly.

By Emily Blobaum

Fresh, local produce may be closer than you think.

Tucked away off a gravel road just east of Gilbert, Iowa lies the 235-acre Horticulture Research Station, hosting orchards, gardens and a lake.


According to their website, Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station is home to over 90 student projects and 30 employees.


While the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms manage the station, it is mainly utilized by the ISU Department of Horticulture.


Golden Delicious apples are sorted and sanitized at the Horticulture Research Station. Apples are the Station’s most popular item of sale, with the majority of the cultivars going to ISU Dining.


Students study, grow, maintain and harvest a variety of horticulture crops including potatoes, apples, peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and peaches.


In addition to researching their respective crops, students and employees of the station also sell their produce to Ames community members, ISU Dining, and students.


Throughout the fall, Golden Delicious apples are very popular sales-wise, according to Nicholas Howell, superintendent of the research station. To keep up with demand, apples are harvested every day and are washed, sanitized and sorted twice a week.


Elena Ingram, junior in horticulture, sells produce at Curtiss Hall as part of the Horticulture Research Station’s Community Produce program.


Howell says the majority of the apples for sale from the station go to ISU Dining, giving students the opportunity to eat farm-fresh produce every day.


But that wasn’t enough according to Howell. Four years ago, he began thinking of ways to get rid of excess produce and came up with what is the Community Produce program today.


He partnered with a horticulture enterprise class and developed a website that would allow Iowa State students, staff and faculty members to purchase the produce that they grew. Eventually, the Horticulture Research Station took control of the website and now operates produce sales from June to November.


Anyone with an ISU Net-ID is able to purchase produce through the Horticulture Research Station’s website. Produce is posted to the website every Monday, and orders must be placed by Thursday at 12 p.m. Produce can then be picked up on the south side of Curtiss Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Friday through mid-November.


James Hartley, junior in agricultural engineering, picks Golden Delicious apples at the Horticulture Research Station. Hartley is one of 15 students that work at the Station.


Howell says that the majority of the Community Produce customers are faculty and staff.


“It’s unfortunate that students don’t take advantage of it,” he said.


He hopes for the Community Produce program to expand and wishes for students to spread the word about the program.


“It’s pretty exciting stuff,” Thabisa Mazur, junior in horticulture, said.


Mazur is one of the 15 students that work at the Horticulture Research Station. She spends 12-14 per week out at the station, and spends each Thursday putting the orders together.


Apples, potatoes, carrots, onions and peppers are all available for sale this week. A five-pound bag of apples can be purchased for $6, carrots for $2 per pound and two peppers for $1.

Multicultural education workshop in the College of Design

By Si Li

The instructors in the College of Design became students in the newly opened workshop named “Expanding Diversity Perspectives: A Curriculum Development Workshop”. Geneva Gay, the expert on multicultural education and the winner of the Multicultural Educator Award by the National Association of Multicultural Education, was invited to be the instructor in the workshop.

Opening a workshop for faculty members was the first move of Town Hall on Diversity this semester. Town Hall on Diversity is a leadership council about diversity and inclusion in the College of Design. It was originally founded by Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez last semester with the purpose of creating a safe group to talk about inequality. The meetings were called Diversity Town Hall Meeting and only opened for the students in the College of Design previously, but recently changed its name to Town Hall On Diversity and opened for all students.


The members of Town Hall On Diversity are getting together for weekly meetings.

“Compared to last semester, we add more activities and events rather than only having discussions,” said Audrey Kennis, the multicultural liaison officer in the College of Design. “We hire a equity adviser who works with faculty and staff about multicultural problems. The biggest upgrade is the two-day faculty workshop. We brought international speakers who focus on culture and responsibility teaching.”

The main goals of the workshop are to help instructors create a more inclusive classroom and to help them feel more confortable when they are dealing with multicultural issues.

The feedback from instructors and students are mostly positive.

Shan He, senior majoring in landscape architecture said, “I think workshop is great way to continue the discussion and can really change the inequality situation in our college. Instructors can set the tone for classroom so it is necessary for them to have a comprehensive understanding of multiculturalism and diversity.”


Audrey Kennis works in her office.

Although the workshop was only opened for two days this semester, the Town Hall on Diversity planned to work with the ISU Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and University Museums continually to make it an annual workshop.

“We do not want a one and done workshop. If you want to change the culture, it can’t be something you do one time. It has to be repetitive and it has to be continued,” Kennis said.

As an international student and landscape architecture major student, Xinman Liu said, “ I am very proud of my college making the first move bravely and is actually doing something to change the unequal situation.”