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Iowa student Isabelle Bennett leads a WERQ fitness class at the Campus Recreations and Wellness Center on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

UI Rec Center’s ‘WERQ’ workout classes are high-energy, community-driven

Grace Westergaard, Arts Reporter March 21, 2023

A room at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is packed full of people of all ages twice a week for a WERQ workout class. The room bursts with energy as the music begins....

Photo contributed by Logan Pratt.

College town comedy — Standup comedy bounces back in Iowa City

Parker Jones and Stella Shipman March 21, 2023

Whether it’s open mics, professional stand-up routines, or “Joke-E-Oke,” Iowa City makes room for laughs. Although several locations host established comedians, comedy spots also host...

Photo contributed by Roman Alexander

Rising country star Roman Alexander to play Elray’s

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter March 21, 2023

Country music will grace the main stage of a local downtown bar this Friday, telling stories through songs and entertaining audiences in a welcoming environment. Roman Alexander will perform on...

Abubakar Ibrahim holds his scarf while posing for a photo in the Adler Journalism Building on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

UI faculty members share inspirations behind their personal styles

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter March 7, 2023

When Abubakar Ibrahim threw on a scarf to dress his casual outfit up for a formal occasion, he did not expect the article of clothing to become his iconic fashion statement — but he has since embraced...

Women from the UI use their art to tell stories about experiences and womanhood

Women from the UI use their art to tell stories about experiences and womanhood

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter March 7, 2023

Looking around the University of Iowa campus, art can be found everywhere. With sculptures outside of buildings and paintings lining the walls, the UI creates a desirable space for all artists. On...

Photo illustration by Alex VerSteegh

TikTok-famous University of Iowa students: How they did it

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter February 28, 2023

When University of Iowa sophomore English and creative writing major Elana Walters posted a fantasy “POV” on her TikTok account in 2020, she only hoped to express her passion for storytelling....

Jean Ivonne Keller auditions for a spot in Jarod Valencia-Cheng’s upcoming fashion show “Come As You Are” on Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. Valencia-Cheng’s fashion show will take place in March.

Upcoming fashion show at Tru Coffee organized by UI senior promotes thrifting and authentic self-expression

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter February 21, 2023

Style can say a lot about a person. Jarod Valencia-Cheng, a University of Iowa senior who is planning a fashion show at Tru Coffee, wants style to say everything. Valencia-Cheng started collaborating...

University of Iowa student Katie Pribyl pets her horse Milo at the 7A Ranch in Oxford, Iowa, on Feb. 18, 2023.

Curious critters on campus — Hawkeyes and their unique pets

Parker Jones, Arts Editor February 21, 2023

Tortoises, snakes, lizards, geckos, horses, and more.  As an owner of an unusual pet myself, I’m always on the lookout for other people with kooky creatures, bizarre beasts, or other atypical animals. I...

Inflatable bunnies sculptures are seen in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. Sculpture artist Amanda Parer’s Intrude bunnies are part of a month long Winter Night Lights experience put on by the Iowa City Downtown District. (Emily Nyberg/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa City Downtown District’s Winter Night Lights dazzle Iowa City

Stella Shipman, Arts Reporter February 14, 2023

While strolling through the Pedestrian Mall, it’s hard not to notice that Iowa City has become home to a host of six new inhabitants. Rabbits as tall as 40 feet have nestled in close to buildings...

The exterior of SpareMe, a bowling alley in Iowa City, is seen on Feb. 7, 2023. (Avi Lapchick / The Daily Iowan)

SpareMe vs. Colonial Lanes: Pinning down Iowa City’s only two bowling alleys

Ariana Lessard February 7, 2023

Iowa City has two bowling alleys: SpareMe and Colonial Lanes. But location isn’t the only thing that separates the two. These competitors provide completely different environments and experiences,...

Photo illustration by Cody Blissett.

Dungeons and Dragons and Hawkeyes: D&D campaigns on campus

Jami Martin-Trainor, Assistant Digital Editor January 31, 2023

There’s a certain charm that comes with the idea of transporting to a fantasy land filled with caverns and caves, monsters and madness, and — of course — dungeons and dragons. While physical...

Attendees listen to guest speaker Johanna Winters during the Grant Wood Fellow Talk at the Stanley Museum of Art in Iowa City on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. Winters’ work has been exhibited and performed nationally, Winters discussed her work and research in performance, video, printmaking, and puppetry.

Performance, printmaking, and puppetry — Grant Wood Fellow Johanna Winters gives talk at Stanley

Emma Gaughan, Arts Reporter February 1, 2023

Uniting the two worlds of puppetry and printmaking is just one part of what makes Johanna Winters’ art and teaching engaging. Her work touches on vulnerable subjects like aging. Winters...

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