ISU’s Viewpoint Discrimination Case Cost Taxpayers Over $343,000

Taxpayers in Iowa will have to dole out more than $343,000 after a federal court decided that students with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws at Iowa State University had the right to use a cannabis leaf and the Iowa State cyclone on the front of their T-shirts. The funds will be paid out of the state’s general budget after lawyers have battled the case for many years in court.

In 2012, the organization received permission to use the team’s mascot on the organization’s shirts. The Des Moines Register asked if this was the impression that the school officials wanted to leave with the general public. After the Register pointed out their opinion, then school officials blocked the reordering of any shirts with a cannabis leaf on them. They also took steps to change the regulations on how the school’s name and mascot could be portrayed.

Then, Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh took the university to court with their lawyers arguing that the university’s blocking of the use of the mascot and name amounted to viewpoint administration. After several rounds in court, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the students had the right to use the mascot and school name.

The two students will each receive $75,000 each while their attorneys will receive more than $193,000 for their work. A federal judge will also tell the university how much more money that they will need to pay the attorneys for additional work. Lawyers with the Iowa Attorney General’s office defended the school and its officials for free.

Officials with the state say that it is still cheaper to settle the case than to continue to fight it.

Secrets to Aging Well

Aging is unavoidable. Although you cannot control your age,you can delay the aging process with savvy decisions along the way.

From the foods you consume, to how you exercise, to your companionships and goals for retirement — everything affects how quickly or moderate your body ages. Listed below are basic approaches to keep your mind and body rejuvenated. Fortunately it’s never too late to implement lifestyle changes to combat aging.

Minor changes in your dietary patterns can drastically decrease your risk for a large number of the infections related to aging.

Lose Weight

A minor change in body weight can benefit one’s health. Losing only 5 percent of your body weight has been proven to decrease your risk for diabetes, coronary illness, and enhance metabolic function within the liver, muscle tissue, and fat. This implies that a 200 pound individual can receive health benefits just by losing 10 pounds.

Reduce Processed Meat

Processed meats, such as smoked sausages, sliced deli meats, and hot dogs, have been salted or smoked to improve the flavor and preservation. Various examinations have discovered a relationship between eating too much prepared meats and physical weakness.

Prepared meats contain around four times more sodium and 50% more nitrate additives than natural meats. Other research has linked processed meat with a higher risk for colon cancer.

While you shouldn’t design your wellbeing around any one particular “super food,” let’s remember the importance of eating blueberries. The goal should be to include fresh foods grown from the ground, such as blueberries, spinach and kale — to your eating regimen. They are stacked with vitamins, fiber and carotenoids.

Exercise for Youthful Skin

Not only does exercise keep your body healthy internally, it also moderates and even reverses the impacts of aging on your most unmistakable organ- the skin.