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UI student organizations adapt to COVID-19, off-campus format

Kate Berlant performs during the CAB comedy show on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the IMU.

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

April 19, 2020

The university-wide move to a digital format canceled events and pushed all meetings online for student organizations, but members and leaders are finding ways to stay connected and plan for the fall semester. The UI Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate and Professional Student Gover...

‘Dancing in Our Hearts’ room remembers children who died from cancer at UIDM 26

Dancing in our hearts plays during  Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

Kinsey Phipps, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

While bright colors and party music celebrated survivors of cancer and those still fighting the illness in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge downstairs, dim lights and calming tunes set a tone of remembrance on the third floor. The “Dancing in Our Hearts” room was lined with photos and stories of ...

Dance Marathon 26 raises $2.8 million ‘For the Kids’

The final total is shown during  Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Feb. 8.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

After 24-hours without caffeine, sleeping, or the comfort of a chair, participants in the 26th University of Iowa Dance Marathon screamed and cried as the final tote board revealed that Dance Marathon had raised over $2,879,755.26 for pediatric cancer.  Over 2,500 dancers, 300 leadership members, ...

University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26 participants dance it out at Power Hour

Participants dance during the Power Hour in UI Dance Marathon 26 at the Iowa Memorial Union on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

In the last hour of the Big Event, Dance Marathon participants crowded together in a huddle, clutching glowsticks in their palms. Upbeat music played in the background, a constant reminder of energy as the party continued. Most have been awake and standing for 23 hours, but in the final push of the ev...

Ten kids celebrate being five years cancer-free at Dance Marathon 26

Kids switch their tassle to the right during Kiddo Graduation at Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Kinsey Phipps, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

“Congratulations to the class of 2020.” Not the class of 2020 finishing out this academic year, but the one celebrating its anniversary of being five years cancer free. Smiling faces and teary eyes filled the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge on Saturday afternoon as ten children were recognize...

Dance Marathon 26 recognizes top fundraisers for pediatric cancer

(From left) Haley Talbot, Emily Yeast, and Audi Zapf receives awards for raising the most money of organizers and students during Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

Rin Swann, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

A little over 18 hours into University of Iowa’s 26th year of Dance Marathon, students and organizations who contributed the most for pediatric cancer were recognized in an awards ceremony Saturday afternoon. These honors continue following award presentations that began earlier in the day with a don...

Kiddo talent show rocks the main ballroom

Max performs during the Dance Marathon Kiddo Talent Show  at the IMU on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Megan Nagorzanski/The Daily Iowan)

Annie Fitzpatrick and Lauren White

February 8, 2020

From singing and dancing to classical violin solos, this year’s “Kiddo Talent Show” displayed the many skills of Dance Marathon 26’s members on Saturday. The show started out with kiddo Max’s hip-hop solo to Lil Naz X’s “Panini,” where he showed his skills in modern and trendy dances, ...

Dance Marathon participants are ‘re-energized’ as they reach the halfway point

Dancers participate in the halfway mark of Dance Marathon in the IMU Main Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Dancers listened to “Livin on a Prayer” to mark the halfway point.

Annie Fitzpatrick, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

In a sea of lime green, tie-dye, purple, pink, blue, and accompanied by University of Iowa mascot Herky the Hawkeye, dancers at the 26th annual Dance Marathon reached the halfway mark in the IMU ballroom after 12 hours of dancing by early Saturday morning. Despite the long hours and constant movement...

University of Iowa Dance Marathon brings new sustainability efforts to Big Event

Composite, Landfill, and Recycling bins were placed outside the Food Court inside the IMU during The Dance Marathon. The event took place in the IMU from Friday, February 7 to Saturday, February 8 of 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

February 8, 2020

Hundreds of dancers and families gather together for the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Big Event each year, and new sustainable practices within the student organization aim to help reduce the waste that a group that size can create. Starting this year, Dance Marathon is recommending that returnin...

Thompson and Company father and daughter hold hands, donate hair on main stage

Thompson and Company Owner Bobby Thompson poses for a portrait with his daughter Lola Thompson during the Short Hair Don't Care event at Dance Marathon 26 in the IMU on Feb. 8, 2019. Thompson has been cutting hair for the event for four years. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Riley Davis and Rachel Schilke

February 8, 2020

In celebration of University of Iowa Dance Marathon 26, a father and daughter honored the families and held hands as they donated their hair together on the main stage. The UI Dance Marathon event, “Short Hair, Don’t Care,” kicked off at 4 a.m. as the co-director of local hair salon Thompson &...

UI Dance Marathon 26 implements more inclusive initiatives

Accommodations volunteers sit in the accommodations room during Dance Marathon on Friday, February 7, 2020. The volunteers remain in case students need medical or physical help during the marathon.

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

February 7, 2020

Following the release of results of a University of Iowa Dance Marathon Diversity and Inclusion Audit, the student organization realized a need for improvements to accommodate dancers of different backgrounds. In its 26th year, UI Dance Marathon is making changes to ensure every participant has access to...

Dance Marathon 26 kicks off ‘For The Kids’

University of Iowa President Bruce Herald speaks at Dance Marathon in the IMU on Friday, February 7, 2020. Herald encouraged the the students to stay strong for the kids and stay hydrated. (Hayden Froehlich/The Daily Iowan.)

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

February 7, 2020

The Iowa Memorial Union has officially come alive in color and motion for the University of Iowa’s 26th annual Dance Marathon event. Around 180 dancers participated at the first UI Dance Marathon in 1995, said UI Dean of Students Angie Reams. Now, over 2,800 dancers are participating in the Big Even...