The Nadas

The Nadas

Listen to “Feels Like Home”

I’ve been listening to the Nadas for quite a while. At least 12 years of auditory enjoyment. I remember seeing them perform at the OP in Cedar Falls, Iowa while I was a student at the University of Northern Iowa. I’ve seen them perform at venues in Iowa, in Chicago, IL and at a friends wedding in Minnesota. I’ve watched these guys grow up while I myself was maturing. When the inevitable occurs and the Nadas retire/break-up, I’m going to be bummed out. They have been a musical constant in my eclectic musical collection. I wonder if they’ll ever make it out to Oregon for a gig?

Listen to “Blue Lights”

Listen to “Coming Home”

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Flooding + Iowa + Potential Cause

Iowa Flooding Could Be An Act of Man, Experts Say

Kamyar Enshayan, director of an environmental center at the University of Northern Iowa, suspects that this natural disaster wasn’t really all that natural. He points out that the heavy rains fell on a landscape radically reengineered by humans. Plowed fields have replaced tallgrass prairies. Fields have been meticulously drained with underground pipes. Streams and creeks have been straightened. Most of the wetlands are gone. Flood plains have been filled and developed.

“We’ve done numerous things to the landscape that took away these water-absorbing functions,” he said. “Agriculture must respect the limits of nature.”

[S]ome Iowans who study the environment suspect that changes in the land, both recently and over the past century or so, have made Iowa’s terrain not only highly profitable but also highly vulnerable to flooding.

via the Washington Post

University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa Campus Alert System and Dancer Hall
My alma mater, the University of Northern Iowa, had a scare today on campus. Thankfully, nothing happened and the UNI Alert system seems to have worked fairly well.

University of Northern Iowa officials have locked down Dancer Hall on campus because a male made several threatening text messages to a female Dancer resident, indicating he was coming to the campus with a weapon, officials said.

This is the first time the alert system has been used. It was just instituted two weeks ago.

via the Waterloo – Cedar Falls Courier

I actually lived in Bender Hall in 1997. Bender is the twin residence hall of Dancer where things were locked down.

I took screen shots of the UNI website as their Marketing and PR folks made updates. The site was stripped of most images in order to conserve bandwidth.

The screenshots are after the cut.

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