There are all kinds of things to learn about computers, but students at Iowa State University are expected to master the school’s “computer code of ethics.” Dorothy Lewis, head of ISU’s Academic Infornmation technologies, says it’s some fairly simple things like copyright laws. Years ago that used to mean retyping or photocopying books, but today it can be computer programs or online term papers.Illegal copies of software, downloading cartoon shows that are copyrighted and taking advantage of someone else’s ideas. The “Code of Computer Ethics” is short and simple, says Lewis.If students are paying attention to what it means, they won’t get into trouble. Lewis says students are expected to do research but not rip off ideas or original works with their computer access. She adds it wouldn’t be a good idea to tell students NOT to experiment with searching the Internet for ideas and information, since that’s just what jobs of the future will require of them.
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One state legislator plans to push a bill that’d force felons to stay in the courtroom to hear “victim impact statements.” Representative Chuck Larson, a republican from Cedar Rapids, is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.Larson’s making the move because last month, a man convicted of murdering two women in Iowa City was allowed to leave the courtroom while family members read statements. After the defendant has been present for the sentencing, he can currently leave the courtroom without hearing the impact statement.Larson says if a crime victim wants to stand up in court and address the person who’s responsible, the criminal should be required by law to be there.
A former superintendent’s been offered his job back. The Sentral School District has offered Arthur Pixler a contract as superintendent and elementary principal. Pixler resigned as the Sentral school superintendent in October of last year, citing personal reasons. A few days later, Perry police announced Pixler was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of minors. Police say the arrest stemmed from material found on Pixler’s home computer. Pixler was acquitted of the charge during a trial in Dallas County last month, when Judge Paul Huscher ruled Pixler wasn’t guilty because he didn’t have any contact with the girls in the images stored on his computer. And the judge said Pixler wasn’t aware the girls in the pictures were minors. After interviews last night, the Sentral School Board offered Pixler a year and-a-half contract worth 70-thousand dollars plus benefits.
A teenager has died after an early morning shooting near Marshalltown. Early this morning, Marshall County sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting in the town of Haverhill. 15-year-old Jared Tysdale was flown to a Des Moines hospital, where he died. Two juvenile suspects were interviewed but no charges have been filed.
The Iowa Hawkeyes play their final non-conference game tonight at home against Mercer. The Hawks have been idle since last Saturday’s win over Kansas State and coach Steve Alford says his team returned from the break ready to go.Iowa has played Duke, Memphis and Missouri twice during the non-conference schedule and while the Hawks are heavily favored against Mercer, Alford says it is important because of its timing, as they have 40 minutes left to get ready for the Big Ten conference season.Alford says it is important to establish the home court heading into a conference race.
Investigators believe a burning candle caused a fire that heavily damaged a house in north central Iowa last nightIt happened at the Dale Dorseth home in Clear Lake in a basement bedroom where Dorseth’s teenage daughter left a candle burning on a shelf. The two girls left the room, with the candle burning, but one of ’em went back downstairs and discovered the room on fire. Mr. Dorseth called 9-1-1, then tried to fight the fire himself with a portable fire extinguisher but the heat and smoke forced him outside. The Clear Lake Fire Department knocked the flames down, then used special thermal imaging equipment to check for hot spots in walls and floors. The fire damage was contained to the basement, but there was smoke damage on the main floor. Total damage is estimated at 40-thousand dollars.
The Hawkeye State is apparently losing residents for the first time since the 1980s. A new report from the U-S Census Bureau says Iowa lost more than 31-hundred people between April of last year and July of this year. That puts the state’s latest tally at two-million-923-thousand. The drop over the past year represents about one-tenth of one-percent of the state’s total. It’s the first time Iowa’s numbers have fallen since 1987. All of Iowa’s border states gained in population in the latest report and only three other states in the nation lost numbers: West Virginia, North Dakota and Louisiana.
The Iowa Hawkeyes play in their first bowl game since 1997 when they take on Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says with the number of short passes that Tech throws, the defense will need to be patient.On offense the Hawkeyes struggled with blitzes throughout the season and Ferentz expects the Red Raiders to bring heat.Ferentz feels the program has made good strides this season and the Alamo Bowl will be a perfect capper.while happy to be part of the game, Ferentz says the Hawks want to end with a victory.Iowa defensive lineman Aaron Kampman says Tech uses short passes as their running game and the defense will need to be ready.Kampman says as a senior he is thrilled to close out his career in a bowl game.
UNI professor Phil Mauceri figures he’ll get a good turnout for his class next term. Mauceri’s taught a course on terrorism for several years now, and says attendance varies with events in the news. After Oklahoma City, for instance, attendance went up.Mauceri says students from all disciplines, grad students and even people from the community come to sign up when the terrorism course is offered. After defining it, Professor Mauceri begins with a history of terrorism, which he says has been around for a long time.He says at least since the French Revolution groups have fought for ideology, economic ideas or religious beliefs, so he looks at the reasons behind terrorism. Psychology’s also part of the course, profiling the person who’s likely to be a terrorist and how terrorist organizations operate — he says Bin Laden and al Qaeda represent a new, “globalized” organization that operates worldwide and is sophisticated. Will there ever be an end, a “cure” for terrorism? Professor Mauceri says he wouldn’t bet on it.He says some people trace terrorism back to the Middle Ages, with different goals and forms, and perhaps the best we can do is, like in disease, to control it. He says that might include devising ways to limit the effects of terrorism, or prevent its spread. Mauceri has taught the terrorism course at UNI since 1994.
A group of Iowa peace protesters is headed for Nebraska today. A Catholic priest from Des Moines has made a name for himself as a ringleader for anti-establishment demonstrations. The Reverend Frank Cordero is setting his sites on the Omaha area this time and Offutt Air Force Base, which oversees the U-S nuclear weapons arsenal. Today’s date, December 28th, marks the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Cordero was arrested in Omaha along with several other protesters in August on the 56th anniversary of the A-bombing of Nagasaki, Japan. It was his seventh arrest for protesting the U-S use of nuclear weapons.