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Student Spotlight: Hawkeye Marching Band selects new drum major

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter May 12, 2022

Christian Frankl is currently studying abroad in Scotland, but not for long — he’s coming back in June so he can lead the Hawkeye Marching Band in its most coveted position: drum major.  A...


Student Spotlight: First man on the UI dance team

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter April 26, 2022

Nathan Polancyak was sitting in his living room, surrounded by friends and family, when he found out he was making University of Iowa history by becoming the first man on the dance team. “I wasn’t...

Joe Marino, a student comedian, poses for a portrait in front of Joystick Comedy Arcade on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Student Spotlight: UI senior uses passion for comedy to introduce others to world of stand-up

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter April 19, 2022

Two years ago, Joe Marino’s biggest fear was to stand up and speak in front of a crowd. Today, he has an undeniable passion for stand-up comedy and an affinity for helping others give it a try as...

Graduate student and costume designer Abigail Coleman poses for a portrait in the costume storage room in the Old Museum of Art on Sunday, April 10, 2022.

Student Spotlight: UI student creative mastermind behind ‘String’ costuming

Ariana Lessard, Arts Reporter April 12, 2022

The star stands dead center, all eyes locked on them. Weeks of preparation have led up to this moment, with the cast and crew stretching themselves to account for every detail — so that every button...

Lauren Coghlan an MFA student in graphic design, poses for a portrait in her studio in the Visual Arts Building on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Student Spotlight: First-year MFA student plans to create book based on original Game Boy video games

Sydney Hurley, Arts Reporter April 5, 2022

CMYK — which stands for the four original colors that most ink printers use: cyan, magenta, yellow, and “key,” or black — is meant to represent the printing process. It is also theme of...

University of Iowa senior Gabe Bautista poses for a portrait in front of his computer monitor in Iowa City on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (Dimia Burrell/The Daily Iowan)

Student Spotlight: UI senior finds fame on TikTok

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter March 29, 2022

The pandemic has led many people to adopt new hobbies. Some have taken up painting, others baking, and plenty of others picked up relaxing pastimes like reading, puzzles, or yoga. Several people,...

Kyle Petrie, the editor of the Doily Allergen, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Student Spotlight: ‘Doily Allergen’ editor Kyle Petrie explores new mediums for comedy

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter March 22, 2022

It’s uncommon to find a news source that chooses to highlight only three sports — Quidditch, Overwatch, and the NCAA. Even rarer would be finding a news source that can publish a headline that...

Juliet Remmers and Michael Landez, who are preparing for their dance performance coming soon, pose for a portrait in Halsey Hall on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

Student Spotlight: Graduate student duo prepare for dance thesis concert

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter March 8, 2022

At this time of year, graduate students usually feel pressure to work on their thesis papers, but for two third-year graduate students working on their MFAs in dance on the performance track, their...

Olivia Brunning poses for a portrait in front of their artwork in the Visual Arts Building at the University of Iowa on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. Brunning has a BFA exhibit in the Visual Arts Building called “Hook, Line, Sinker.”

Student Spotlight: BFA painting student explores themes of ‘play’ in upcoming exhibit

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter February 8, 2022

Olivia Brunning’s childhood was filled with sketchbooks and canvases ever since they could hold a paintbrush — fittingly, they are now in their last semester as a painting major at the University...

Student Ella Davis poses for a portrait with her art on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. This piece was done in collaboration with Trumpet Studio member Sara Lyons.

Student Spotlight: First-year artist Ella Davis creates artwork inspired by trumpet music

Cassandra Parsons , Arts Reporter January 25, 2022

First-year student Ella Davis isn’t afraid to combine art forms — their latest work consists of mixed-media art pieces inspired by trumpet music. A double major in art and English and creative...

Samm Yu poses for a portrait on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Raquele Decker/The Daily Iowan)

Student Spotlight: Freshman Samm Yu pushes for social change in the photography industry

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter December 7, 2021

University of Iowa student Samm Yu has seen issues plaguing the photography industry and set out to solve them. The first-year noted that a distinct lack of representation, limited accessibility,...

University of Iowa library studies graduate student working towards getting her masters Diane Ray poses for a portrait on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. Ray has an art exhibit called “Art to Eat” on display now in special collections in the main library on campus, where she works.

Student Spotlight: Master’s student co-curates culinary archives exhibit

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter November 9, 2021

When University of Iowa graduate student Diane Ray was finishing up cataloging manuscripts from the Szathmary Culinary Collection, a cookbook collection in the UI library's archives, the curator of archives...

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