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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...


Student Spotlight: UI freshman is a three-time self-published author

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter November 2, 2021

Never did Nora Walls, a University of Iowa first-year, expect that the her casual writing on the notes app of her iPad would turn into three self-published novels.  Walls is one of many UI students...

Iowa Golden Girls Kylene Spanbauer and Ella McDaniel walk onto the field before a football game between No. 2 Iowa and Purdue at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. The Boilermakers defeated the Hawkeyes 24-7.

Student Spotlight: Hawkeye Marching Band’s Golden Girls

Anaka Sanders, Arts Reporter October 26, 2021

The position of the Golden Girl in the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Marching Band has traditionally been held by just one twirler but now — for the first time since 1987 — it is held by two. Senior...

Jared Bobi Knox shoots a picture near the railroad tracks of Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2021.

Student Spotlight: Senior Jared “Bobi” Knox related his photography to other artistic avenues

Olivia Augustine, Arts Reporter September 28, 2021

For most, photographs are a casual part of everyday life, but University of Iowa senior Jared "Bobi" Knox knows how a passion for photography can turn that into something truly special. Knox said...

University of Iowa junior Kayd Nissen records footage at a Clear Creek Amana high school football practice on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

Student Spotlight: TikTok famous football filmmaker

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter September 14, 2021

With over 390,000 followers on TikTok, student videographer Kayd Nissen has already found success doing what he loves — sports filmmaking.  A University of Iowa junior double majoring in journalism...


Student Spotlight: From sergeant to screenwriter

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter September 7, 2021

Undergraduate student Bruce Bartlam Jr. joined the U.S. Air Force only three months before Sept. 11, 2001. Twenty years later, the 38-year-old has retired from service and decided to attend the University...

Cinema and journalism major Jacob Smithburg poses for a portrait with his animations on screens behind him in an editing lab located at the Becker Communication Studies Building on Monday, April 26, 2021. Smithburg is an animator who spends hours working projects that he is interested in. “Go with the flow, do the work, follow your gut,” Smithburg says. “Be adventurous. Experiment and push the boundaries of a given medium! Go buckwild! Own it! Weirdness is the brand, baby! Also get a fun pair of socks. Its thrilling. Its fun. Youll love it. Go bananas.”

Student Spotlight: UI animator shares passion for cartoons

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter May 4, 2021

Jacob Smithburg had been an animation hobbyist before he fully understood animation. Whether it was making stop motion videos using Legos and action figures or creating moving drawings using the Flipnote...

Masters student studying trombone performance, Ben Hahn, poses for a portrait outside of Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa. Hahn is a finalist for an international solo competition organized by the International Trombone Association, and will be playing in the final round this summer.

Student Spotlight: UI grad student named finalist in Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition

Abby McCusker, Arts Reporter April 27, 2021

Benjamin Hahn had an advantage over other fifth-grade trombonists in his private school — his lanky arms were already long enough to reach all the sliding positions. His fascination with the slide...


Student Spotlight: A UI pianist performs for the first time during the pandemic

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter April 11, 2021

A spotlight illuminates the silhouette of Jason Lee as he seats himself at a large concert grand piano inside the Voxman Recital Hall. The auditorium in Voxman Music Building, which can seat over 200...

Emmy Palmersheim poses for a portrait on March 27, 2021.

Student Spotlight: UI undergrad playwright and activist delves into powerful themes

Parker Jones, Arts Reporter March 30, 2021

When Emmy Lane Palmersheim was a child, their parents played a crucial role in developing their love and appreciation for the arts. Together, the family would frequently attend plays, musicals, and...

Photo of t-shirt made by Sophia Gluba and Grace Frommelt. Contributed.

Student Spotlight: UI freshmen create game day merchandise

Tatiana Plowman, Arts Reporter March 16, 2021

As Hillcrest Residence Hall roommates Sophia Gluba and Grace Frommelt packed up their dorm room belongings and headed home for winter break, they knew that the extended time away from school would...

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