Top 5 stories from the past week

Emily Clement

Here are the top 5 stories from the past week:

1. Iowa State basketball grabs commit from Nebraska– Michael Jacobson, Waukee, Iowa native, will transfer from Nebraska to play basketball at Iowa State. Jacobson appeared in 65 games over the past two years for Nebraska. Because of NCAA transfer rules, Jacobson will not be eligible to play for the 2017-18 season but will have two years of eligibility beginning in the 2018-19 season. It was also announced this week that the Cyclones will host Tennessee in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in January 2018.

2. Special Olympics take place in Ames– Special Olympics of Iowa hosted its annual Summer Games in Ames this past week. The games started out with cycling events which took place in the parking lot of Hilton Coliseum. The athletes also gathered in Hilton on Thursday for a celebration of the beginning of the games. Special guests such as Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell and Ames Mayor Ann Campbell made an appearance at the opening ceremonies. The games went on through Saturday.

3. Reynolds sworn in as governor– After the departure of Gov. Terry Branstad, Kim Reynolds officially took his place as Iowa’s 43rd governor on Wednesday. Reynolds is now the first woman to serve as governor in the state of Iowa. Her four key priorities as governor is to reform Iowa’s tax structure, innovate the energy policy, provide education for children and provide training for adults.

4. Iowa State football adds final commit to 2017 recruiting class– Iowa State football grabbed one last commitment for its 2017 recruiting class on Friday. Josh Knipfel, native of Hampton, Iowa, is transferring form Iowa Western Community College to play on the offensive line for Iowa State. 

5. Fireworks, community centers and music festivals covered in City Council meeting– In Tuesday’s City Council meeting, it was decided that fireworks will still be illegal in Ames. Selling, purchasing and possessing them will be legal but shooting them off will not be. Also, a new community center was discussed and is awaiting approval from the Board of Regents. The center would provide accessibility to healthy living for people of all ages and socio-economic status. More information from the meeting can be found in the linked article.