The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

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Iowa book bans contradict history of controversial literature in school

Archie Wagner, Amplify Editor November 7, 2023

Despite rereading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” every year since I first picked up the book at 13 years old, I didn’t consider it controversial until I noticed its title on a list of 68 books...

Olivia Buerger signs after winning a point for her team during the Deaf Awareness Week volleyball game at the Iowa Field House on Monday, Sept. 18, 2023.

UI cultural Deaf community emphasizes importance of interpreters

Noora Minalla, Amplify Reporter October 24, 2023

Member of the Iowa City Deaf community Robert Vizzini scribbled down some notes an interpreter provided to him, but when it was finally his turn to speak at a Cedar Rapids school board meeting, the...

Noora Minalla poses for a portrait on the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023.

UI student tries to connect to her larger cultural community through Sudanese Student Association

Noora Minalla, Amplify Reporter October 10, 2023

I was born in California in 2004 to parents who immigrated from Sudan in the 1990s. My upbringing was a blend of American and Sudanese culture, and I used Arabic and English in a constant rotation. The...

The Latino Native American Cultural Center and Native American Student Organization hosts a Decolonization Rally for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the Pentacrest on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023.

UI organizations hold rally on Pentacrest for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Marisa Lopez, Amplify Reporter October 9, 2023

Native American Student Association and Latino Native American Cultural Center members and students gathered at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Monday for a decolonization rally on Indigenous Peoples'...

Ella Christopher and Grace Nelson pose for a portrait in Iowa City on Sept. 24, 2023. 

Ella Christopher and Grace Nelson are navigating their Freshman year of college as students with a physical disability. Along with new classes and a new environment the two are dealing with the shortcomings of the University of Iowa in terms of accessibility regulations and resources. On a day to day basis, Ella and Grace encounter inaccessible—often broken—handicap door buttons, expensive care assistants, uninformed faculty, and much more. All of these factors impact their personal wellbeing and their education t the university.

UI students push for DEI efforts to include more disability issues

Archie Wagner, Amplify Editor September 26, 2023

Grace Nelson, a first-year student at the University of Iowa, had fifteen minutes to get to a classroom in the basement of Van Allen Hall. Nelson said she found the experience a little scary because...

University of Iowa third-year transfer student Dania Green poses for a portrait on the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023. Green studies art and fine arts at the UI and enjoys painting and portraiture, inspired by all types of people and cultures. But being a transfer student and student of color at the UI, Green said she feels drained by the lack of diversity on campus, saying it’s taken much more energy to adjust to campus with a small number of students of color.

Students of color struggle to find community at UI amid lack of diversity

Marisa Lopez and Sophia Connolly September 12, 2023

It didn’t even take a week for cameras to start following first-year University of Iowa student Euan Mugisha. He said he noticed UI photographers focusing on him at a bingo event during On Iowa!...

Owners of Da Flava Unit Express Tony and Zee Brown pose for a portrait in Iowa City on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. The duo, who have been together for over 20 years, opened the restaurant about a year ago and now sell their Caribbean-inspired street food in Sycamore Mall Shopping Center.

JoCo small business owners go from mobile food to stationary eats

Archie Wagner, Amplify Editor August 29, 2023

On a vacation in Miami, Florida, Zee Brown expected to see the beach and swim in the ocean, however, her husband, Tony Brown, had other ideas. “He told me that he had an appointment to go get...

Karla Sierra, Stands for a portrait at The Old Capitol on Sunday, 26 2023.

First generation students find college a luxurious experience of overwhelming choices

Archie Wagner, News Reporter April 4, 2023

I once waited three hours in a very hot gym, flipping through a pamphlet to pass the time, so I could watch the 30-or-so seconds when my mother walked across the stage for a diploma. I didn’t appreciate...

Students listen to instructor Sara McGuirk in the Writing and Community Outreach creative writing class on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

Iowa Youth Writing Project filling academic gaps for area K-12 students

Yasmina Sahir, Opinions Columnist March 19, 2023

As a social justice and advocacy intern with the Iowa Youth Writing Project since last fall, I’ve never walked into a meeting when the room wasn’t filled with laughter and a sense of community. At...

Photo contributed by Tara Bynum.

UI assistant professor writes book about Black Joy in early American History

Meg Doster, Amplify Editor February 21, 2023

American history classes teach students about the struggles experienced by Black Americans before and after the Civil War. An English assistant professor at the University of Iowa wants to shed light...

The University of Iowa freshman student and amateur performer Archie Wagner, waits for his turn to perform in the hallway of the 2nd floor ball room, Iowa Memorial Union on December 2, 2022.

UI student performs drag for the first time to explore gender

Archie Wagner, News Reporter January 24, 2023

I’d never attended a drag show where I was on the stage myself. I’d never met drag royalty in the flesh. You adjust quickly, I found out. The second I walked into that dressing room, I knew nobody,...

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