|Back on the Farm: University of Iowa News
Local and National News
--It was Homecoming this past weekend! The theme was "Hawkeye State of Mind" and you can bet your fellow Hawks were out in full force to celebrate. The parade was awesome as usual and a bandstand erected in front of the Old Capitol served as the venue for a variety of acts over the weekend. Aaanndd Iowa beat Penn State with a crushing victory of 24 to 3 on Saturday evening! Overall a great show- Go Hawks!
Just to give you a picture of campus- fall weather is upon us now and Iowa City trees are turning out some beautiful color!
--With the midterm elections just a month away (Nov 2nd), the battle between Republicans and Democrats for control of Congress is heating up. Stephen Colbert of The Colbert (COL-BEAR) Report put in his two cents on migrant labor in an address before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security- not sure they fully appreciated it but we enjoyed it! Check it out:
--The radical Topeka, Kan. Westboro Baptist Church
is being sued by the father of a fallen marine after a group from the church staged a protest at his funeral (they claim God is killing soldiers to punish the nation for its sins of homosexuality). The case, before the Supreme Court on Oct 6th, will address rights of the First Amendment and could have implications on other recent expressions such as Quran burning.
Iowa City and State of Iowa News
Well, that long-debated issue - the 21-only ordinance - finally made it to the ballot for November 2nd and students lined up in record numbers (over 1,370!) at polling locations around campus this Tuesday to cast their votes early. Groups on either side of the issue have been campaigning hard for their cause; here's what they're saying:
The YES's: voting to strike down the ordinance - 19-year-olds should be allowed into bars because it provides a more regulated environment than out of control house parties and that they are entitled to a safe, public social atmosphere.
The No's: to support only 21 and over in bars - it will deter underage drinking by keeping kids out of the bars.
Top tunes: what we're listening to state-side:
1) Just a Dream- Nelly
2) Like A G6- Far East Movement
3)Teenage Dream- Katy Perry
4) Only Girl (In the World)- Rihanna