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Defendant’s ex-girlfriend testifies in sex-abuse trial


February 19, 2009

Wendy Cohen said the heavy, black gun she found with the belongings of Micah Matthews — her daughter’s ex-boyfriend who is on trial this week for allegedly sexually abusing a 50-year-old woman — was horrifying. Cohen testified...

Fewer jobs for students in 2009


February 19, 2009

Students are being laid off, the UI’s Jobnet is offering fewer positions, and finding some extra cash for the weekend seems harder than ever. Across the campus and nationally, people are already feeling the effects of a dwindling...

IC not following condom trend


February 19, 2009

In today’s faltering economy, it’s good to be in the condom business. Researchers at the Nielsen Co., an organization that measures retail trends, found more people are purchasing prophylactics. From latex and lubricated...

Plan to consolidate departments causes rift


February 19, 2009

Peggy Mills said it’s odd that while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is touring Asia, UI officials are considering a plan that Mills thinks could damage the Asian and Slavic languages and literatures department. The...

Naomi Klein on the value of ‘shock’


February 19, 2009

Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1970s takeover of Chile seems distinctly different from the current bank bailout, but they may in fact share a few similarities. They were both born from shocking events. Klein, a journalist and c...

Prof finds cognition breakthrough in baboons and pigeons


February 19, 2009

That monkey at the zoo or those pigeons on the street may be a lot smarter than scientists originally believed, according to a recent study by a UI professor. Ed Wasserman, a professor of psychology, recently discovered baboons...

State joins equity in sciences project


February 19, 2009

Kristin Mirocha met some other women in a living-learning community before attending her first class freshman year at the UI — and four years later, she’s still good friends with them. Mirocha’s community was part of the...

Study: Minority victimization rises in recession


February 19, 2009

A new study cowritten by a UI sociology professor found that minority victimization increases during times of economic recession. UI sociology Professor Karen Heimer and University of Missouri Professor Janet Lauritsen presented...

Culver picks Writers’ Workshop grad Swander to be poet laureate


February 19, 2009

From a country lifestyle of organic food and banjo music to receiving the esteemed title of Iowa poet laureate, Mary Swander has much to love about the state. Gov. Chet Culver appointed the 1976 Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate...

Sexual-abuse trial begins


February 18, 2009

Micah Matthews, a 33-year-old man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in 2007, sat still at his trial on Tuesday as witnesses described the victim as now “traumatized” and “broken.” “I feel like her...

Students & music teachers


February 18, 2009

Matt Logan is a UI music-therapy student and a teacher on the side. Drawing from the classroom and previous experience, he makes money while adding to his own education. He’s one of a number of UI music students who spread...

One UI senior is living for the thin air


February 18, 2009

This year, UI student Josh Kingry had to take out $5,000 in student loans. But he definitely didn’t use it all for school. The 22-year-old used half of it to fund climbing Mount Rainier with friend Ryan Fisher in what Kingry...