The Daily Iowan

University of Iowa reports 113 new COVID-19 cases

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Alexandra Skores, Managing Editor

September 11, 2020

The University of Iowa has reported 113 new self-reported COVID-19 cases since Sept. 9, with 111 cases within the student population and two among employees. The total comes just nearly a week after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Since Sept. 9, there have been 1,732 self-reported COVID-19 cases...

Sexual assault reported at a fraternity

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Rachel Schilke, News Editor

September 11, 2020

The University of Iowa received reports of a sexual assault that occurred at a fraternity on Sept. 3.  According to an email from the UI Department of Public Safety, indications are the assault was perpetrated by acquaintances. No other information concerning the victim or perpetrators is available at t...

UI plans to hold fall commencement ceremonies virtually

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld speaks during virtual commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19, the University of Iowa moved fall commencement online.

Claire Benson, News Reporter

September 10, 2020

The University of Iowa announced that in-person fall 2020 commencement ceremonies will be canceled, leaving fall graduates — and students who already graduated in the spring — disappointed to not be walking across the stage any time soon. The UI announced in a Sept. 2 email that fall 2020 ...

Class of 2024 sees decrease in enrollment

The Old Capitol is seen on Nov. 19, 2019.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

September 10, 2020

The incoming freshman class at the University of Iowa — embarking on the college journey under unprecedented circumstances — saw an anticipated dip in enrolled students. The class of 2024 has 456 fewer students than the class of 2023, with a total of 4,530, according to fall enrollment nu...

UI rhetoric department is using old fashion communication to solve a novel problem

Photo Illustration by Hannah Kinson

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

September 10, 2020

Under normal circumstances, rhetoric should serve as an opportunity for first-year students to create connections, said University of Iowa rhetoric lecturers Colin Kostelecky and Brittany Borghi. This year, they are both teaching virtually and are worried about students missing out on building commu...

Parklawn Hall will possibly be used as extra quarantine space for students

Parklawn Residence Hall is seen on Sept. 8, 2020. Parklawn, which hasn’t housed students since 2017, is now reopening for those who need to quarantine due to COVID-19.

Caitlin Crome, News Reporter

September 10, 2020

Parklawn Residence Hall, once an apartment-style living space for students, could reopen to be used as a COVID-19 quarantine and isolation space if the University of Iowa experiences another spike in coronavirus cases. After the first initial spike of COVID-19 in late August, there has been a pla...

UHD extends deadline to cancel housing contracts as students leave dorms

A moving box pictured in front of a house on Wednesday Sep. 2nd 2020.

Rachel Steil, News Reporter

September 9, 2020

Students have until Thursday to receive a guaranteed refund on a housing contract cancellation, a push back from August as students opt to move out of the residence halls due to safety concerns during the pandemic and fears of classes shifting to all virtual instruction. Those living on the Unive...

UI health officials address decline in COVID-19 cases in Iowa City

Epidemiologist at the Carver College of Medicine, Jorge Salinas, MD, speaks during a special session of the UI Faculty Senate meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Senate members and UIHC health experts met to discuss current updates of data for the COVID-19 pandemic and comment on public health.

Josie Fischels and Sabine Martin

September 9, 2020

At a University of Iowa Faculty Senate special Zoom meeting called Wednesday night to address the current COVID-19 situation on campus, UI health officials said that residence halls should stay open even if all classes go completely online, citing CDC guidelines. UI Campus Health Officer Dan F...

UI Student Government to launch campaign providing safe sex materials during COVID-19

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Sabine Martin, News Reporter

September 9, 2020

Having sex in the age of COVID-19 means the potential to catch more than just a sexually transmitted infection. University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government plans to release a campaign next week in collaboration with UI Student Wellness and Student Health about how students can be mindf...

University of Iowa Latino and Native American Cultural Center names new interim coordinator

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Mary Hartel, News Reporter

September 9, 2020

University of Iowa graduate Isabela Flores was recently named temporary interim coordinator for the Latino and Native American Cultural Center. After working for the center as a program assistant and student lead, Flores started her new role on August 30. Former LNACC coordinator Thomas Arce ...

University of Iowa faculty and students from California reflect on past and present wildfires

A vehicle streaks by in a long exposure as Fresno County Sheriff Deputy Jeffery Shipman stands along CA-168 as the Creek Fire creeps closer to town on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 in Shaver Lake, California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Claire Benson, News Reporter

September 8, 2020

University of Iowa faculty and students from California are remembering their personal experiences with wildfires, as fires continue to blaze in Northern and Southern California. As of Sept. 8, CNN reports that more than 2.2 million acres of land have been burned by California wildfires in 2020...

Backordered textbooks cause students issues to stay on top of school work

Stacked textbooks for the 2020 school year. In the first semester of the 2020 school year, textbooks from the Hawk Shop have been put on backorder due to manufacturers being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has impacted Hawk Shop sales, as well as students' ability to get books for the semester.

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

September 8, 2020

As students returned to a virtual campus this fall from all over the U.S. and out of the country, ordering textbooks for classes became more complicated in Iowa City and beyond. For the fall semester, the University of Iowa’s Hawk Shop decided to make some changes to the way students purchase and r...