As this year’s Cy-Hawk series continues in a string of December games, here are five things you may not have known about the long rivalry between Iowa State and the University of Iowa. It has been about a lot more than sports over the years:
- Iowa’s original “State University” was in Iowa City, and remains there today; State University of Iowa informally shortened its name to resolve confusion after Iowa State College became a university.
- Iowa president Virgil Hancher not only objected to a university in Ames, he argued vocally against Iowa State introducing a major in English.
- During the same period, James Hilton’s Iowa State lobbied the NCAA to shut down local telecasts of Hawkeye football games when they took place at the same time as the Cyclones’ games.
- Half a century before the recent controversy over performance-based funding, a split over funding formulas nearly paralyzed the entire Board of Regents system for three years.
- The University of Iowa once ran its own extension service, and both it and Iowa State fought to resist proposals that one school take over the other’s program.
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The lost chapter in the history of Iowa State and the University of Iowa is complete, and awaiting your discovery. Meet the men behind the campus landmarks, and read about the feud which shaped Iowa’s universities for generations.
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Lately it feels like my life has been subsumed by overtly political concerns and activity. I look down the front page of this blog, and posting has been a bit more sparse than usual, but more significantly almost everything in recent weeks has been tagged “politics.”
It’s a presidential election year, and I’m reading too much about that. I don’t know if things were different decades ago, or if it’s more my personal feelings changing, but US presidential contests seem like they have become not only all-consuming but invariably near-apocalyptic. Good news, we seem more and more to have real choices; bad news, the nature of those choices combined with the growing power of the office make it difficult for me to say “oh it’s just politics” and turn back to “real life.”
I would probably be getting more actively involved already, if not for having already just about maxed-out my personal energies for Lakewood Hospital. After weeks of dithering, our city council has confirmed the November general election as the date for our referendum on their vote to close our community hospital. So, just under 35 weeks to go. 😐 Then I can (maybe) have my life back! Certainly I could use more in my life than slow, tiring and usually dispiriting campaign hack work. As I’m not sure what else that is at this point, though, I’m doing a little stock-taking.
First, I have completed the manuscript for a third book, and at some point in the next year will present to the reading public Hancher vs. Hilton: Iowa’s Rival University Presidents.
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