News from the home cities and states of the Big Ten universities:
IOWA: Residents, business owners debate 21-only law
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – As Iowa City prepares to begin enforcing a new 21-only entry age for bars June 1, most people connected to the downtown live music scene say the show will go on.
Bar owners, those who book live entertainment and University of Iowa students agree that a change over the summer and early fall will be minimal, and they're confident the new law will be overturned in a November referendum.
They'll simply find ways to adjust in the meantime. Sam Locke Ward, talent buyer at The Mill, said the venue doesn't plan to change its music schedule in light of the 21-only law, though changes eventually might be made based on what happens with the ordinance in November. The Mill hosts live music and other entertainment seven nights a week consistently throughout the year.
"We're just holding on to see the exact deal," he said.
Beginning June 1, all-ages shows at the Blue Moose Tap House will start earlier so underage patrons can attend an entire show before the 10 p.m. curfew, said Doug Roberson, talent buyer for Blue Moose Tap House, which hosts live music at least three nights a week.
Though the Blue Moose is a popular venue for all-ages shows, it already offers enough 21 and older events to keep the business from suffering irreparably, Roberson said.
"We just kind of adapt and deal with it on a day-to-day basis," he said.
Despite little change in show schedules, some said they think the ordinance will cause the arts to suffer more than the businesses.
"The law wasn't directly supposed to affect the arts, but it is," Locke Ward said. "The arts are just going to be a casualty of this law."
Locke Ward noted examples of when he would come to Iowa City as a high school student and see "amazing, life-changing stuff," he said.
"Bands don't go to small-town Iowa. Kids come here," Locke Ward said. "Younger people who wanted to see art could, back in the day."
Roberson said he thinks the ordinance was a waste of the city council's time.
"There's got to be something else they could spend a lot of time dealing with," he said. "If someone's 18, they're old enough to get shot at in Afghanistan and can't have a drink? I just think it's a dumb idea. The kids are going to drink no matter what."
Local bands and musicians also are concerned about the negative effects the ordinance may have on the college town's entertainment scene.
"That you go to college and you can't see live music is frankly ridiculous," said Dave Bess, frontman for the Iowa City-based band Public Property.
Bess said he thinks the "heart of the problem" with binge drinking in Iowa City is the fact that it's illegal to drink until age 21. The ordinance, he said, will only aggravate rebellion.
"When you demonize something, it will be abused," he said.
As for students, many are confident the referendum again allowing underage patrons in bars past 10 p.m. will pass in November. But many said they worry about the live music scene until then.
NORTHWESTERN: $2 million grant is for undergrad science
EVANSTON (AP) – Northwestern University is giving biological sciences students more hands-on lab experience thanks to a $2 million grant.
The Evanston school is one of 50 research universities receiving grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The money will be used to help create innovative courses for freshmen to hook them on science and prepare them for independent lab work.
It will also fund a new summer program for entering freshman from resource-poor high schools. They'll form mentorships that will serve as a support system in years to come.
Northwestern's Linda Hicke says the trick with creating successful science students is to start early.
MICHIGAN: Vase-like sculpture planned for Huron River
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – A porous, vase-like sculpture of bronze rods is planned for the Huron River in the University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum.
Artist William Dennisuk's sculpture is scheduled to be installed next week on the river in Ann Arbor. He says it draws attention to "our relationship with water, and by extension, the larger environment."
Dennisuk spent eight months tailoring the project to meet city and state environmental standards.
The sculpture is part of Dennisuk's three-phase Vessel Project. In late April, the first phase was installed outside the College of Engineering on North Campus. A second is being installed Wednesday afternoon in Gallup Park.
The sculptures will be on display through October.
PURDUE: Researchers to use grant to fight malaria
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Purdue University researchers hoping to fight drug-resistant strains of malaria will get a $100,000 funding boost to help their efforts.
The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could help fight malaria, which is often fatal.
Purdue chemistry professors Christine Hrycyna and Jean Chmielewski hope to create a way to revive once-successful malaria drugs so that they can fight drug-resistant strains of the disease.
Malaria is caused by a parasite that's spread by infected mosquitoes. The parasite has developed widespread resistance to drugs by pushing the drugs out of its digestive system. Purdue researchers found a way to block that process, giving the drugs a better chance to fight the disease.