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    Did the Univ. do the right thing or is it harmless fun?


    UI bans corn-eating contest



    By Brian Morelli
    Iowa City Press-Citizen



    The University of Iowa is taking a hard-line stance against a problem epidemic among Americans today:

    Eating corn.

    A corn-on-the-cob eating contest was to be part of UI?s annual ?Beat State Week,? leading up to the Iowa-Iowa State football game.

    UI canceled the contest (the corn-eating one, not the football one) because it would ?encourage gluttony.?

    ?With the initiatives we have in terms of promoting health living, at least symbolically, we should not promote activities that would seem to encourage gluttony, particularly with the widespread problem of obesity today,? said Phillip Jones, the vice president for student services.

    Jones requested the event, which along with all student events are run through his office, be dropped from the festivities leading up to Saturday?s game.

    The UI Alumni Association puts on the week of activities, which this year runs from Sept. 10-15. Last year, a bratwurst-eating contest that was among the events went on as scheduled.

    Other similar activities this year have been warded off by the new position. Jones said events that promote overeating are counter to the ?educational position? the university has taken.

    An event that includes free corn-on-the-cob and is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on the Iowa Memorial Union patio will go on without the contest, according to the Alumni Association Web site.

    UI promotes several weight-conscious initiatives, such as Lighten Up Iowa, adult weight management and Weight Watchers at UI.

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    That doesn't make a kernel of sense. Shucks, they must have cobwebs in their brains.
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    Exalt...

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    I guess those huskers got too husky.

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    Two farmers sitting in a small town cafe in Iowa:

    Farmer 1: Ya hear the university banned a corn-eatin' contest?

    Farmer 2: Yah. Somebody musta got a cob up their butt or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spider View Post
    That doesn't make a kernel of sense. Shucks, they must have cobwebs in their brains.
    Spider, you musta grown up on the farm you're so fulla country corn.

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    Actually, these eating contests are quite hazardous to your health. Aside from choking on a kernal, you can overstretch your stomach and cause it to rupture. There have been a smattering of related deaths that get no where near the air time that the contest winners get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RYou View Post
    Actually, these eating contests are quite hazardous to your health. Aside from choking on a kernal, you can overstretch your stomach and cause it to rupture. There have been a smattering of related deaths that get no where near the air time that the contest winners get.
    Hey if the Hawks are that stupid, let em bust a gut. You know, natural selection and all that.

    For Beat Iowa week, all we do is drink a lot of beer.
    You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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