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Despite protests to the contrary, wrestling’s showdown with Iowa State is a big deal

SAM LOUWAGIE

December 2, 2010

Filed under Sports

For a minute, they were almost believable. The Iowa wrestlers tried admirably on Tuesday to persuade reporters that Friday's showdown with Iowa State doesn't hold much extra importance. Senior Luke Lofthouse cautioned against...

Long-jumper hopes to reach new lengths at collegiate level

AMY TIFFANY

December 2, 2010

Filed under Sports

Iowa women's track and field head coach Layne Anderson has high expectations for freshman long-jumper Carisa Leacock, a Trinidad and Tobago native, "Anytime you jump over 20 feet in high school, you're outstanding at any...

Intramural three-on-three basketball game stopped early

BEN SCHUFF

December 2, 2010

Filed under Sports

Tempers flared Wednesday in the Field House South Gym as Da Heat and the Retreads failed to decide a winner in their second-round intramural three-on-three basketball game. With the Retreads up 14-13 in the third game of a three-game...

Despite apparent roadblocks, Legislature should legalize medical marijuana

DI EDITORIAL BOARD

December 2, 2010

Filed under Opinions

For all of those hopeful, keep dreaming. Obtaining a written prescription for medical marijuana in Iowa likely won't happen anytime soon, according to one state legislator. While the Iowa Board of Pharmacy recently took its final...

Loss of a comedic giant

WILL MATTESSICH

December 2, 2010

Filed under Opinions

One of the most famous miscommunications in film was delivered perfectly: "Surely you can't be serious!" a flight attendant says to a doctor. "I am serious," he replies with a straight face, "and don't...

Afghans want their country back; Americans should listen

GUEST OPINION

December 2, 2010

Filed under Opinions

America's first problem in Afghanistan is that the Afghan people in the key battleground don't understand why we're there: When pollsters read a simple summary of the 9/11 attack and its aftermath to a sample of 1,000 young men...

Local group practices art of fire spinning

LAURA WILLIS

December 2, 2010

Filed under Arts

Juliet Reid slowly dips a fire poi into fuel. A ball attached to the end of a metal chain quickly catches fire. Tightening a lime green cap on her wavy brown hair, she waits for the electronic music to play. Gracefully, she begins...

Nutcracker comes to the Englert

ALYSSA MARIE HARN

December 2, 2010

Filed under Arts

A 32-foot Christmas tree covered in ornaments towers over a group of children dressed as sugar-plum fairies in handmade ballet costumes of lace, silk, and full tutus. The students gracefully twirl and leap across the stage with...

Atlas of Mud premieres today

JESSICA CARBINO

December 2, 2010

Filed under Arts

Lights flicker, the sound of rain trickles through the theater, and a little girl's voice, characterized by her sadness, tell the story of a tragic time. She describes how she witnessed people fighting to get on a boat similar...

Comedian Chris Strait performs standup

ERIC HAWKINSON

December 2, 2010

Filed under Arts

Comedian Chris Strait wants to make you laugh. He could care less about the rest of the job, especially dealing with the "immature" people in the entertainment business. "What I love is the actual performance,"...

Tennessee Williams one-act opens today

SAMANTHA GENTRY

December 2, 2010

Filed under Arts

For the cast of "The Long Goodbye," Tennessee Williams is more than just an iconic American playwright — he's also a 1938 graduate of the University of Iowa. So, performing his play is an amazing experience for them. "To...

Stuart Dybek returns as Ida Beam visitng professor

HANNAH KRAMER

December 2, 2010

Filed under Arts

An author who doesn't create outlines for his work and begins projects without a complete story in mind, Stuart Dybek relies on unpredictability to motivate him. "One of the ways that I am wired is that I kind of like...