Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
The Ames City Council will look, Tuesday night, at a formal zoning request for the old Ames Middle School land from a Texas company that want to build 900 bedrooms of ISU student-oriented housing, along with some single-family houses. You can see the council's agenda here--go to item #24. Click the PDF link, and pay special attention to ISU's letter listing it's concerns.
Lots of people who live in the area, as you might guess, oppose the development saying they aren't interested in having the lifestyles of students foisted upon them any more than the already are.
My question is this--just how many apartment do we need in Ames? Don't forget, this development will put up 900 kids. There are new apartment buildings going in not far from this location in some existing complexes near Mortenson Rd. New complexes have gone up on SE 16th St. ISU will house more than 700 kids in apartments it's building in Fredrickson Court. The university is also interested in Campustown redevelopment on W. Lincoln Way that could put student housing across the street from campus.
Sure, ISU has record enrollment--for now. What happens as the economy improves and more kids take their bachelors degrees and get jobs, forgoing grad school as "plan B?"
Who is going to fill all those apartments? Will buildings sit empty?