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ZKY Hosts the Fourth Annual Fall Fest

Written by Samantha Vorwald

In the chilly fall weather, the Zeta Kappa Psi (ZKY) sisters held their annual Fall Fest on Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  This was the fourth year for the Fall Fest and this year, it continued to have an excellent turnout.  ZKY had multiple games for students and community members to play while enjoying the fall weather.

The games included a ring toss, dart board, Plinko and a duck pond.  These games all awarded different amounts of tickets ranging from 5 to even 15 tickets.  These tickets could then be exchanged for a prize at the prize table.  The prizes ranged from little knick knacks to miniature stuffed animals. 

There was also a dunk tank in which people could exchange five tickets for four chances to dunk somebody in the tank.  The graduate assistants and Resident Assistants were the victims of the tank and they took half hour shifts due to the cool weather.  However, the sun did come out and warm up Grace Meyer Square momentarily.  Besides the activities outside, snow cones and popcorn were offered along with a photo booth for anybody interested inside the Student Center.

Overall, ZKY’s fourth annual Fall Fest was a success and provided entertainment on a Sunday afternoon.  Erica Minich, junior and sorority sister said, “This is the best turn out we ever had.”

Peacocks Complete a Successful Weekend With a Win Against Minot State

Written by Samantha Vorwald

The Peacock volleyball team faced Minot State University at Prochaska Court on Saturday, Sept. 20.  Upper Iowa had a successful weekend after facing the University of Mary and winning three sets to zero. The Peacocks completed the weekend with another victory over Minot State in just three sets.

In the first set, Minot made a lot of desperate attempts to return the ball to Upper Iowa’s side which resulted in several free balls.  Upper Iowa used the free balls to their advantage and were fierce at the net.  With this, Upper Iowa quickly took the lead in the game and had a 6-0 lead when Minot State took their first timeout.  After this timeout, the Beavers of Minot State made a comeback and got within a one point margin of Upper Iowa.  The Beavers kept the score to within two points until the last five points for Upper Iowa.  It was Minot State’s serve and the score was 24-20 with the Peacocks looking for the game point.  Jennifer Mundt, junior, attacked in response, and the ball bounced off the block and out of bounds ending the game 25 to 21 for the Peacocks.

Game two was slightly different in that Minot State had a small run from the beginning.  UIU kept an aggressive offense though and took the lead at 10-9.  There was a continuous fight to keep the serve throughout the entire set.  Minot State tied the game 21-21.  Upper Iowa earned a point and MSU tied again.  UIU brought the score 24 to 22, and Minot State took a timeout.  When the game resumed, the crowd chanted “UIU” to show their support of the Peacocks.  The Beavers got the serve back, and sophomore, Alisha VanderWoude made the winning kill ending the game 25-23 for the Peacock win.

The third set had Minot State coming back with ferocity and the score was 6-3 with Minot in the lead.  However, after an MSU serve fell short of the net, Upper Iowa pulled ahead 8-6 and kept the lead.  In this third game, Minot State was more aggressive at the net with more attack attempts, but UIU answered with strong blocks.  Upper Iowa continued with fierce attacks and strong blocks to close the third set 25 to 21. 

Upper Iowa is now 2-1 in the NSIC conference. Next for the Peacock volleyball team is a match against the Golden Bears of Concordia University, St. Paul on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in Dorman Gym.  The match is set to start at 7 p.m.

Ryan Penneau is a highly acclaimed motivational speaker. He will be speaking in the Student Center Ballrooms at 7:00 tonight. This is the third year he has come to Upper Iowa. His message will be directed towards new students; however, everybody is welcome.

Upper Iowa Tennis Wins in Singles Matches

Written by Ryan Bubulka

The Upper Iowa tennis team took part in the Drake Invitational tournament last weekend on Sept. 12. This was held in Des Moines, Iowa. Teams that were invited included Creighton, Drake, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Upper Iowa. Upper Iowa was the only NCAA Division II School represented and the other eight were NCAA Division I. Upper Iowa lost all eight of the doubles matches they competed in. They did, however, win two matches in the singles division.

Anna Okolot beat Liz Vermillion of Creighton with the scores of 7-6 and 6-4 in her opening match of the singles division.  She then fell to Courtney Schulte of Northern Colorado by the scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Iris Verweij dropped her opening match, but went on to win over Christina Colarossi of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by the scores of 7-6 and 6-2. Verweij then lost to Jieke Stroobant of Northern Iowa to end her run in the consolation bracket.

Up next for the Peacocks are the ITA Regionals in Springfield, MO next weekend Sept. 19. 

There will be a Strategies for Success session on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Ballroom C in the Student Center. This session is “How to Conquer your Stress.” If you are unable to attend this time, the same session will be held twice on Thursday. The sessions on Thursday will be in Garbee Hall in the Fayette/Upper Iowa Rooms at 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. and again at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Questions can be directed to Vickie Houser at

Experiencing Lights Out

Written by Sunny Poudel

A lot of people in the United States are not familiar with “load shedding.” Sometimes, a country does not have enough electricity that can be supplied all the time.  Load shedding is frequent electricity cuts carried out by a country’s government because of the lack of electricity.  In my home country of Nepal, we experience this phenomenon every day whereas this is not a practice here in the states. Does it make us Nepalese glad we do not have power cuts in U.S.?

Nepal had a situation in which the king was dethroned resulting in a lot of political instabilities. One of them was the electricity cut-off. We have experienced 18 hours of electricity cuts during the day.  A lot of people might think 18 hours per day is insane, but we have a lot of things we can do in these times. Also, only the main cities have load shedding because the population is higher in city areas and the demand of electricity is greater. Hydropower is the source of electricity in our country.  Nepal is the second richest in water resources, but the total electricity that has been developed is only around 700 megawatts whereas we can develop up to 46,000 megawatts of electricity.

Load shedding is a season in our country. In the summer or spring, there are hardly any power cuts in our country.  When it approaches winter, the power cuts start from 4 hours a day to up to 18 hours a day. Sometimes it felt unnecessary to have a smart phone or any electrical appliances, but some people have inverters or solar light at their houses. They did not have any problems with these power cuts. I was one of those with electricity, but the time when the lights were out was tough for a lot of Nepalese. We got out of our homes and we would go watch movies at halls as entertainment.  Movies are cheap in Nepal and the rules are not too strict so a lot of young people use the time spend their time seeking entertainment.

For some families, load shedding is a nightmare if food is not cooked on time or chores are not finished. During exams, students have to study by candlelight and watching television is hard. Factories and places that provide entertainment have their own alternative sources of light so businesses can run smoothly. However, the prices of the materials go up. Still, the prices are cheaper compared to the U.S. Life is still difficult because of load shedding. Whereas, being here in U.S. and experiencing no light cut-off makes international students from Nepal glad because we do not have to worry about the lights going off, not finishing our assignments, cooking our food or even getting our electronics charged. When talking to Nepalese people staying in the U.S., they said that having no electricity cut-off makes them happy, but they also miss a small part of the load shedding because it was an excuse for students to enjoy themselves. The best thing is that they do not need to check their schedule for the time of electricity cuts.

Thinking about this matter of load shedding does cause Nepalese to have a hard life, but it helped us learn how to kill time even in the most boring of moments. Being here in the U.S. makes us Nepalese glad we do not have to experience any power cuts, but Nepalese do miss a little bit of the excitement and the challenges of load shedding. Nepal does load shedding to utilize its water resources further and sell it to other countries around the world which could lead to economic prosperity in the country.

A reminder that all club and organization paperwork is due on Wednesday, Sept. 17 by noon at the Office of Student Activities. Questions can be directed to Amy Tucker at

Homecoming t-shirts are being sold in the Student Center during lunch on Monday through Wednesday this week. E.Y.E. will be taking the pre-orders for the shirts. The shirts cost $12. If you are unable to pre-order during lunch, but would like to, contact Tara Duran at

Career Development will have two Resume Workshops on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Student Center in Ballroom C. The workshops will be at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Questions can be directed to Anne Puffett at

Peacocks Lose Tough Game in Last Three Minutes

Written by Gregg Fairley

The Upper Iowa women’s soccer team returned from their final non-conference game on Sept. 14. They came back empty handed after losing 1-0 to the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos.

In what was a close game throughout the 90 minutes, the Bronchos scored a goal in the last three minutes of regulation time. This left the Peacocks frustrated after having plenty of opportunities to wrap the game up before the Bronchos scored.

Peacock Head Coach Brian Diaz said, “UCO is a good team…they put away an opportunity that they had, and we didn’t unfortunately.”

What the Peacocks could do so easily last year (the Peacocks averaged 2.2 goals per game) seems to be the only thing missing this season. During preseason, the Peacocks scored seven goals in two games. However, they haven’t been able to continue this form into the regular season having failed to score in any conference games so far.

The next game for the Peacocks will be Sept. 20 against Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.