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Iowa City Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration virtually celebrates human rights advocates

A vehicle display in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan 18, 2021.
Sarah Watson, Executive Editor January 18, 2021

The University of Iowa and Iowa City kicked off their Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — a full two weeks of festivities, online programming, and service projects this year — on Monday, to celebrate...

Study abroad canceled through through Aug. 1

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Caleb McCullough, Managing Editor January 15, 2021

Study abroad will be canceled at the University of Iowa for the spring semester and the summer of 2021. In a campus-wide email, the UI said all study abroad and university-sponsored international...

UIHC union begins contract negotiations with state Board of Regents, asks for wage increase

Board members listen during the Board of Regents meeting on September 12, 2018 in the IMU Main Lounge. Regents members discussed remodeling various buildings and sights across various Iowa campuses.
Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter January 13, 2021

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics caregivers asked for a 5 percent raise per year in their two-year contract with the state state Board of Regents on Wednesday. During the first virtual bargaining...

Reynolds’ state budget proposal underfunds public universities’ request

Members of the senate take part in a session within the senate chambers of the Iowa State Capitol Building on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Des Moines. Tuesday marks the second day of the 2021 Iowa legislative session, including the annual State of the State address given by Gov. Kim Reynolds. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)
Sarah Watson, Executive Editor January 12, 2021

Iowa’s three regent-governed universities would see a budget boost of $15 million under Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposed state budget — underfunding university leaders’ requests after lawmakers...

Harreld denounces violence at U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol is seen on March 13, 2018.
Rylee Wilson, News Editor January 6, 2021

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld issued a statement on Wednesdays’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump demonstrators, calling on the university community to remain calm.  Harreld...

‘This isn’t worth it.’ Former member of deregistered Acacia Fraternity recounts events leading to chapter suspension

The UI Acacia Fraternity is seen on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.
Josie Fischels, Arts Editor December 16, 2020

Being blindfolded and forced to drink a “horrible” concoction, coerced into signing a lease, locked in an attic overnight in below-freezing temperatures, and having his fingertips burned by a match...

Students, faculty prepare for uncertain spring semester

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter December 15, 2020

Students and professors are preparing for a spring semester with some questions still unanswered. The UI announced winter break would be extended by a week and there would be no spring break in...

‘Loving a challenge:’ Leon Spies lives life on the edge of the seat of the courtroom as Iowa City criminal defense attorney

Leon Spies, a criminal defense attorney in Iowa City, poses for a portrait in his office. Spies attended the University of Iowa for both his undergraduate degree and for law school. His firm was originally called Mellon & Spies, but is now called Spies & Pavelich law firm. Spies will be covering the upcoming trial Roy Browning, who's accused of murdering his wife, UI employee JoEllen Browning.
Alexandra Skores, Managing Editor December 15, 2020

Never afraid to face any obstacle, Iowa City Attorney Leon Spies has lived a storied career on the edge of his courtroom seat as a criminal defense attorney. “I have that reputation for loving...

Hassles heading home: University of Iowa international students recount memories of quarantine centers

Ran Huo quarantine room is seen from her stay in Cambodia. (Contributed)
Mary Hartel, News Reporter December 15, 2020

As winter break approaches, many University of Iowa international students are encountering barriers to make their journeys home, including travel restrictions, inflated airfare, and government-mandated...

Q&A | President Harreld talks presidential search, DEI initiatives, and the spring semester

Q&A | President Harreld talks presidential search, DEI initiatives, and the spring semester
DI staff December 13, 2020

The Daily Iowan: So where are you Zooming from here today? President J. Bruce Harreld: I’m in Colorado right now.  DI: I know at the beginning of the semester, some people on social media...

‘It’s been Hell and I think we’re ready for a transition’ Harreld looking to new testing, depopulation options for spring semester

President Bruce Harreld speaks during a virtual interview with The Daily Iowan on Sept. 29, 2020.
Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter December 13, 2020

The University of Iowa is looking at various plans for how to ensure there is more testing accessible to students and there is not a COVID-19 outbreak in the spring semester. In an interview with...

Rape Victim Advocacy Program launching Dungeons & Dragons therapy sessions

Boxed board games are seen at Critical Hit Games in Iowa City on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.
Ailis McCardle, News Reporter December 10, 2020

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program will begin hosting game sessions of the popular tabletop roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons, to help victims of sexual violence identify and address their trauma. The...

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