The Daily Iowan

Barta: Background checks on athletes worth discussing

JORDAN GARRETSON

March 3, 2011

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Hawkeye Athletics Director Gary Barta said he’s “open to the discussion” of conducting background checks on student-athletes after a report released Tuesday showed 18 players from the Iowa football team’s 2010 preseason...

UI relies more on endowments as state funding dwindles

ALISON SULLIVAN

March 3, 2011

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Public universities are beginning to rely more heavily on endowments — a practice once more common at private universities — as state funding for higher education dwindles nationwide. With the University of Iowa’s endowment...

Field House still popular even with new rec center

KATIE HEINE

March 3, 2011

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Connie Hippee has been using the University of Iowa’s Field House since she was a little girl growing up in Iowa City. And for the past year, the 54-year-old has been playing raquetball on the Field House’s courts. The amenity...

Local schools shun science fairs, students turn to outside competitions

LUKE VOELZ

March 3, 2011

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President Obama wants science fairs. Students want science fairs. Teachers want an alternative. School science fairs were brought to the nation’s attention following the president’s support in his last State of the Union...

Students, local teachers call for labor rights

JAKE KRZECZOWSKI

March 3, 2011

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As the sun dipped behind the Old Capitol and temperatures began to drop, protesters took to the Pentacrest. They were speaking out against budget cuts aimed at public educators and employees in Iowa and standing in solidarity...

Local bookstores not worried about e-book effects

ALLIE WRIGHT

March 3, 2011

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Kelly Smith knows she likes books. But she’s not yet sure how she feels about their electronic cousins. “I feel very satisfied with the experience of reading a physical book,” said Smith, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’...

UI celebrates women’s month

KENDALL MCCABE

March 3, 2011

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Adrien Wing went from being a happily married woman to a divorced, single parent struggling to take care of two children. And the series of events took place while the University of Iowa law professor sought tenure. Twenty-four...

Spotlight: Costume store supervisor never stops helping

LAURA WILLIS

March 3, 2011

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Boxes of wicker bird masks and pillbox hats are nothing out of the ordinary. Gazing around the closet in the Studio Arts Building through her red-rimmed glasses, costume-shop supervisor Megan Petkewec appears nonchalant about...

Supervisors propose county budget

KATIE HEINE

March 3, 2011

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Johnson County residents will see a 23 cent drop in their tax levies for fiscal 2012 if the Board of Supervisors approves a budget proposal presented Wednesday night. Tax levies now sit at $6.99 per $1,000 of valuation. “We...

Legislators pass nuclear energy bill

ARIANA WITT

March 3, 2011

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A panel of Iowa legislators voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a bill allowing Iowa energy companies to expand the use of nuclear power. And the University of Iowa could be heavily involved in the process, some experts said. T...

Parity the theme for this year’s Big Ten

JON FRANK

March 3, 2011

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The inaugural day of basketball in the Big Ten Tournament essentially serves as an opportunity for the league’s bottom-tier teams to press on to Friday’s quarterfinal round and get a shot at upsetting one of the conference...

Baskets hard to come by for men’s hoops in loss to Michigan State

SETH ROBERTS

March 3, 2011

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Clink. Clank. Clunk. The Iowa men’s basketball team heard those sounds a lot in its 85-66 loss to Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday night. The Hawkeyes (10-19, 3-14 Big Ten) were 0-for-12 from 3-point territory,...