The Daily Iowan

UI senior to graduate as first REACH student in Hawkeye Marching Band


Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 10, 2020

While music is for many people a form of entertainment, to University of Iowa senior Jack Emptage — who plays the piano, baritone, harmonica, steel drums, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar — it’s a passion deeply ingrained in his daily life. That passion carried him through college, where he ev...

UI senior takes winding path to studying STEM fields


Rin Swann, News Reporter

May 10, 2020

Olivia Sandvold performed onstage as a mime in high school, creating a comedy sketch about incompetent superheroes. Now, as Sandvold graduates from the University of Iowa with highest distinction, a degree in biomedical engineering, and minors in mathematics and computer science, she recalls her t...

Graduating Hawkeye reflects on journey toward embracing first-gen, Latinx identities

Contributed/Alexia Sánchez

Lauren White, News Reporter

May 10, 2020

Latina. First-generation. Hawkeye. In her four years pursuing her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, senior Alexia Sánchez has learned to accept and embrace her different identities. Sánchez will graduate with majors in political science and social justice, and minors in Latinx studi...

UI master’s student breaks barriers for Hawkeyes, raising disability awareness


Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

May 10, 2020

When University of Iowa master’s student Andrea Courtney stepped onto campus as a transfer from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012 as a sophomore, she said she had found a home where she could express confidence in her identity and find support to break the barriers that she and her peers...

‘Nothing but school:’ Looneys know both sides of the classroom experience

Angie Looney

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

May 10, 2020

Married couple Angela and Tim Looney have seen both sides of the Hawkeye classroom experience — the quick turnaround for instructors to finalize grades at the semester’s end, the rush of cramming for finals as students. The two have worked as staff members while also enrolled in University of Io...

UI partners with autism research organization amid community concerns

The Old Capitol is seen on April 13, 2020.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

The University of Iowa recently began work with SPARK for Autism, a research organization of which the UI has been an extension site for three years, on a project that aims to map the heterogeneous medical complexities of autism, causing concern for some UI community members and student organizations. SPARK repre...