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“It is that basic. Kids need to have their essential needs met in order to have the opportunity to benefit from instruction, and today there are more and more students who don’t have this.”

Ann Garcia Santos, clinical assistant professor in the School Psychology Program. According to Iowa’s 2010 Condition of Education report, 28.8 percent of the state’s students qualified for free meals and 8.2 percent qualified for reduced-price lunches during the 2009-10 school year—nearly double from the year 2000. (The Gazette, Oct. 30)


“Even people who are anti-abortion will often reject that extreme.”

Tim Hagle, associate professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Randall Terry, a 2012 Democratic caucus candidate and longtime anti-abortion activist, stresses anti-abortion policies while on the campaign trail. Terry’s specific strategy: show graphic images of abortions on TV. (Daily Iowan, Oct. 28)


“Computing equipment today generates an enormous amount of heat, and in Iowa, where we have our extreme temperatures, that can be a real challenge compared to some other parts of the world.”

Rex Pruess, director of infrastructure services. As data centers in Iowa grow in size and scale, Pruess says technicians charged with keeping the facilities online must understand weather patterns. Cold, dry conditions can create static electricity and harm electronics in the winter. And when summer hits, the state’s humidity can wreak havoc on computer equipment. (Des Moines Register, Oct. 24)