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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

A church leader speaks during a service at Sanctuary Community Center, a church in Coralville, on Sunday, March 3, 2024. Adey and Tom Wassink are pastors who advocate for women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights within their organization.

Local churches provide safe space for LGBTQ+ community

Roxy Ekberg, Politics Reporter March 5, 2024

Rooted in their passion for an open, inclusive church, Adey and Tom Wassink left their denomination and started their own. Sanctuary Community Church in Coralville has grown into a supportive...

Living Memoirs Project | Iowa City resident shares journey to his autism diagnosis

Living Memoirs Project | Iowa City resident shares journey to his autism diagnosis

Nikash Pradhan, Guest Columnist February 20, 2024

The Living Memoirs Project aims to promote greater understanding and appreciation of diversity, religion, and culture in the Iowa City community. This article is part of a series of guest columns...

A volunteer works on a desk at Northwest Junior High in Coralville, Iowa on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024

Junior High students learn service work through Home Depot desk-building project

Grace Olson, News Reporter February 20, 2024

The loud drone of drills and power tools rang through the hallways of Northwest Junior High in Coralville on Feb. 16. The sounds of sawing and hammering were soon overpowered by giggles and...

University of Iowa professor Donika Kelly performs a poem during the inaugural Black History Ball at the Iowa City Senior Center in Iowa City on Friday, Feb. 3, 2024. Several organizers planned the ball for over five months.

First of its kind Black History Ball brings community together, share culture

Jack Moore, Assistant News Editor February 6, 2024

Within the chiseled stone exterior of the Iowa City Senior Center was a scene of smooth jazz, elegant outfits, and the floating scents of fresh traditional cuisine the night of Feb. 4. The...

Oct. 31, 2022; Washington, DC, USA. Protestors gather outside as the U.S. Supreme Courts hears oral arguments in two affirmative action college admission cases on October 31, 2022. The two lawsuits from Students for Fair Admissions, an anti-affirmative action group founded by conservative legal strategist Edward Blum, accuse the University of North Carolina and Harvard of discriminating against Asian American students and giving unfair preference to Black and Hispanic applicants – challenging decades of legal precedent. In the lawsuit against UNC, the group says the school also discriminated against white applicants. Mandatory

The future of UI diversity scholarships remains unclear

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher and Kate Perez January 23, 2024

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn affirmative action in June 2023, ending race-based admission, the future of diversity scholarships in institutions nationwide is unsure,...

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark laughs while receiving the AP Player of the Year award during a 2023 NCAA Final Four press conferences and open practices at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, March 30, 2023.

Photos: 2023 – Year in Photos

DI Visuals Staff December 31, 2023

The Daily Iowan reflects on the year 2023 with powerful photos and stories. These frames range from the moments that divide us and unite us in news, politics, sports, and everyday life. The images...

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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!...

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