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UI Students share the mental implications that come with receiving positive test results

Photo illustration of Julia Eadler by Abigail McDaniel

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

September 2, 2020

As cases continue to rise at the University of Iowa, students who’ve tested positive for the virus told The Daily Iowan perceptions of the virus changed after receiving a positive test result, though this eventual fate seemed inevitable. The UI reported 326 new self-reported COVID-19 cases among st...

UI Faculty Council discusses utilizing P3 allocations to accommodate financial pressure

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

Alexandra Skores, Managing Editor

September 1, 2020

University of Iowa faculty discussed the possibility of allowing the public/private partnership grant to open up in order to accommodate for fiscal pressure on the institution in a virtual Faculty Council meeting on Tuesday. Upon the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UI suspended the strategic plann...

UI researchers using virtual reality to study ways children cross streets

Blurry shadow and silhouette of mother and child at zebra crossing.

Morgan Ungs, News Reporter

September 1, 2020

Psychology and Computer Science researchers at the University of Iowa are collaborating to use virtual reality to study how children can safely cross the road. UI postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth O’Neal, who is studying Psychological Research, said the study is what brought her to the UI campu...

Student-led initiative promotes health during pandemic

Director for Student Wellbeing and Harm Reduction Initiatives Tanya Villhauer speaks in an interview with The Daily Iowan on Feb. 21, 2019.

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

September 1, 2020

A group of students on campus are spearheading a Peer Leader Initiative to encourage students to practice healthy habits to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Senior Behavioral Health Consultant for Student Wellness Steph Beecher and Director for Student Wellbeing and Harm Reduction Initi...

UI biology lab classes adapt to promote student safety

Van Allen Hall is seen on Monday, November 18, 2019. Van Allen is the home of the physics and astronomy department.

John Reasoner, News Reporter

September 1, 2020

Despite classes at the University of Iowa looking different than in past years, the UI Department of Biology has modified laboratory work to allow for proper social distancing and sanitation, while still allowing students to perform hands-on activities and gain experience in their coursework. UI Direc...

White House coronavirus task force encourages Iowa universities to increase testing

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Lauren White, Politics Reporter

August 31, 2020

In the most recent report from the White House coronavirus task force, Iowa has been shown to be in the red zone, meaning that there have been more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people, holding the distinction of the highest rate in the country.  According to the report, Polk County, Story County...

Loss of Black professors in UI English department prompts petition

Loss of Black professors in UI English department prompts petition

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

August 31, 2020

University of Iowa senior and Earthwords nonfiction editor Shalini Jasti said when she entered the English department, she had a lot of hopes and believed she would find her home in the department. While in class, however, Jasti said she discovered that many white professors didn’t know how t...

Derecho leaves Hawks Ridge rooms in disrepair, tenants experience dirty rooms

The apartments at Hawks Ridge are seen on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.

AJ McEnany, News Reporter

August 31, 2020

More than 350 students moved into the Hawks Ridge apartments on Aug. 16, and many claimed to find their rooms in a state of disrepair after the derecho that occurred on Aug. 10 halted cleaning. Hawks Ridge tenant Grace Elser said she found dirty underwear in the closet, food still in the fridg...

UI Housing & Dining will not notify residents when COVID-19 positive students are moved to quarantine

Currier Residence Hall is seen on August 30, 2020.

Rachel Steil, News Reporter

August 30, 2020

Multiple students living in residence halls said they’ve felt unsafe since arriving on campus, citing what they see as a lack of communication from University Housing and Dining when a resident tests positive. The UI administration is not notifying residents when their neighbors have moved to qu...

UI changes dorm recycling program to help mitigate COVID-19 spread

Photo Illustration by Nichole Maryse Harris

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

August 30, 2020

When University of Iowa students moved into the dorms in mid-August, one thing was notably missing from their rooms — a recycling bin. Formerly provided by the UI, recycling bins were placed in every dorm alongside trash bins before students moved in. The change is one of many the school is ta...

CLAS announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Launch for 2020-21

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

Alexandra Skores, Managing Editor

August 29, 2020

The University of Iowa's largest college — the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin to offer new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including requiring all college departments and units to develop annual work plans and audits. According to an email to the liberal-arts school...

Four-night Iowa City protest streak begins with call for city action, justice for Makeda Scott and Jacob Blake

A BLM sign is seen on a bike on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Protesters marched to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and throughout downtown Iowa City demanding justice for the shooting of Jacob Blake that happened on Sunday in Kenosha, Wis. and against the recent decision by Iowa City City Council to give the ICPD $230,000 over five years. (Hannah Kinson/The Daily Iowan)

Natalie Dunlap and Caleb McCullough

August 29, 2020

Iowa City protesters kicked off the first night of a weekend of protests meant to put pressure on local government officials and in solidarity with Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot in the back by police in Wisconsin. At around 8 p.m., a car reversed in the direction of the crowd at the ...