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BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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No more home games for us

I attempted to email the following letter to Gary Barta and Jane Meyer, but their spam-blockers prevented me from reaching them.

My husband and I attend some of the home games by purchasing tickets from a longtime season-ticket holder. On Sept. 8, we attended the Iowa State game. We sit in the west stands.

I don’t think we are going to any more games this season. The reason? The painful, harmful, and senseless volume of the music played through the speakers at Kinnick.

Don’t get me wrong — I like the music that is played. It is fun. But on kSept. 8, as I was sitting in the stands, I looked over at the big sign that reads “University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics,” and I wondered what the head of the Department of Audiology would have to say about how loud the recorded music is at the game.

Loud is not a strong enough word. Ear splitting, while an overused phrase, does accurately describe the decibel level. It just can’t be good for people.

I think the games could still be fun, and the music lively, with a reasonable volume. Everyone I’ve talked with about this agrees. Have any administrators actually sat in the open stands during an entire game? Really, the volume is dangerous to one’s hearing and very unpleasant.

Thanks for your ear (you probably still have one).

Sara Gaarde
Mount Vernon, Iowa

Photographical responsibility

I was excited to see in the Sept. 10 issue of The Daily Iowan that our esteemed president of the United States and his magnificent first lady were in town on Sept. 7, bringing a sense of pride at the thought that 8,000 citizens came out to hear the Leader of the Free World.

This was a tremendous chance to showcase the citizenship that our university and Iowa City represents.

However, I was dismayed that immediately adjacent to the picture of our president was a picture of Hawkeye fans playing flippy cup, a game in which alcohol is consumed sometimes with reckless abandon. Not only was it inappropriate as I am sure no verification was pursued to show if the fans were of legal age, but what a disjointed image to show after the patriotism that was displayed by the president’s visit.

To then reduce our university to images of fans drinking instead of perhaps fans in the Hawks Nest cheering or a picture of our football team running onto the field in their throwback jerseys is insulting and an embarrassment to the University of Iowa.

Bryne Berry
UI faculty

RE: ‘Point/Counterpoint: Whose loss was worse for the Big Ten?’

Nice article to hide the fact the Iowa’s loss was pathetic — one touchdown in two games. Rhodes makes better use of his talent than Ferentz currently does.

Hot Dogs

I’m going with Iowa’s loss versus Iowa State. Two years in a row is beyond disgusting. With home games versus UNI, chips, and [Minnesota], things don’t look any easier. If [Minnesota] makes it three years in a row, dogs and cats may start to live together.

Peter Speck Mote


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