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Ames and Iowa City are the Lands of Milk and Honey, Hope and Dreams

Ames - No ghost (down)town for business

Ames - No ghost (down)town for business

If you’re like me, you run from news stories that use the word “unemployment.” How many times can you hear or see the wordit, even if you’re one of the lucky ones to still be employed?

Well, here’s some good news:

Two of the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with the lowest unemployment rates in January were Ames and Iowa City, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Continue reading


What About Bob? Will Bowlsby Be the Next Pac-10 Commissioner?

Yes, it does, as Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby knows

Yes, it does, as Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby knows

To answer the question in the headline of this post … maybe. How’s that for fine journalism?

The job of Pacific-10 commissioner is officially open on July 1.  Bowlsby, the athletic director from 1991 to 2006 at the University of Iowa, presently holds a similar job at Stanford University.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News lists several potential candidates at http://tinyurl.com/aj2zb6.

About Bowlsby, he wrote this:

Everyone I talk to believes Bowlsby wants the job, and yet he’s on record saying he’s not a candidate.

The way it has been explained to me: After the executive committee reviews the candidates provided by Bowlsby’s committee, Hennessy turns to BB and says, essentially: “We’re not sold on any of them. What about you, Bob?”

Bowlsby worked in the Big Ten and is considered very savvy in the ways of multimedia and TV and business matters.

But just as Al Gore didn’t carry Tennessee in the 2000 presidential election and even the great Alex Rodriguez has been booed in New York, not every Stanford supporter is a Bowlsby supporter. Check the comments portion of Wilner’s blog post to see what I’m talking about.

Speaking of which, here’s the last paragraph of his blog item:

Again, everyone I talk to — Stanford folks, Pac-10 folks, non-Pac-10 folks — thinks the league will eventually get back to Bowlsby and offer him the job. Until there’s reason not to, I’m going to take him at his word.

Bowlsby’s not going to retire as the AD at Stanford. Running the Pac-10 may not be the dream of Condolezza Rice (see Wilner’s article), but it’s got to be a pretty good gig for career athletic-department people.

Video Tribute to the State of Iowa

I’m not sure calling this a tribute is accurate, but at least it’s set in warm weather.

Board of Regents Not At All Happy With U of I

I just returned from the State Board of Regents’ special meeting in Iowa City Tuesday afternoon. Calling it tense would understate it.

“Dumbfounded” was a word Regents President David Miles used. It was his feeling about the Regents not getting the letter the mother of the alleged sexual assault victim of two former University of Iowa football players sent university officials last November. Miles called it “a serious breach of trust.” He also said the letter “should serve as the roadmap” of the new investigation.

That’s kind of strong stuff.

UI President Sally Miles said “The original thinking that federal law known as FERPA, designed to protect student privacy, prevented the letters from being shared with our Board of Regents leadership is just not tenable.”


The Regents – at least Miles and some of his peers – are clearly upset. Mason seemed chastened in her apolgetic address to the Regents.

In briefly speaking to reporters afterward, UI Athletics Director Gary Barta said how confident he was the reopened Regents investigation of the way this incident was handled will end up with the same conclusions as it did the first time, that all athletic department personnel involved followed policy and protocol thoroughly. After the investigation – and presumably the trials of the former Hawkeye players, Cedric Everson and Abe Satterfield – Barta said his and his employees’ sides of the stories may be told.

There was a nervous crackle in Barta’s voice, and understandably so. He has to wonder if he’s a potential “fall guy” in all this. You have to think someone’s at the university is going to get burned for this incredible public-relations mess.  

But Mason may be the one on the hottest seat. If she (and whoever else she was consulting) really thought FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) was blocking the university from sharing the letter (and another sent this May) with the Regents, she should have checked again. And again. Had the Regents gotten the letters, they may very well have come up with the exact same finding as the one they completed last month. But they didn’t, and now the whole affair is a bubbling cauldron. 

Not getting the letters “undermines our credibility,” Miles said.

“This board owes Iowans a complete account, and we will provide it.”

This thing could swing a lot of different ways. The only certainty is it isn’t going away for quite a while.