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The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

Oct, 1986; Unknown location, USA; FILE PHOTO; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Hayden Fry on the sidelines during the 1986 season

What If? | Iowa football’s disappointing loss in the 1986 Rose Bowl

Brad Schultz, Sports Reporter July 23, 2024

1985 was a milestone year for the Iowa football program under seven-year head coach Hayden Fry. The Hawkeyes climbed to No. 1 in the AP Poll for just the second time in team history after a dominating...

Former Iowa basketball player Michael Reaves (11) sits for a team photo in 1986. (Contributed by Iowa Digital Archives)

What If? | Men’s basketball’s blown lead in the 1987 West Regional Final

Brad Schultz, Assistant Sports Editor July 9, 2024

The 1986-87 season was unfolding like a fairytale for the Iowa men’s basketball program. The Hawkeyes won a school record of 30 games and vaulted to the No. 1 ranking in the AP Poll for the first...

Jody Hovland, playing Mrs. Watts, and Phil Jordan, an ensemble member, perform during a production of “Trip to Bountiful” at Riverside Theater in Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023.

Opinion | Why we need small musical theater productions

Riley Dunn, Arts Reporter July 9, 2024

Imagine sitting in the audience of a new theater production, heart beating with anticipation and excitement as the lights begin to dim and the curtain begins to rise. Hundreds of other people are feeling...

Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi practices on the sideline during Iowas first home game against UNI on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. Stanzi threw for 242 yards during the 17-16 win over the Panthers.

What If? | Ricky Stanzi’s fateful injury

Brad Schultz, Assistant Sports Editor July 2, 2024

Ahead of the 2009 season, expectations were high for Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa football team. His 2008 squad finished the year on a four-game winning streak to end the season 9-4, highlighted by...

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the annual Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.

Opinion | Reynolds’ new law fails to help Iowans directly

Aaron El-Kerdani, Opinion Columnist June 25, 2024

The lower the rate, the safer the state. On June 17, a federal judge ordered an injunction that blocked a new Iowa law. The law allowed law enforcement officers to file criminal charges against...

The entrance of the University of Iowas Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office is seen in Iowa City on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2023.

Guest Opinion | What in the world is going on? Where is everyone? A call to action

June 3, 2024

On June 5, 2020, shortly after the tragic and unjust killing of George Floyd, I stood on a bench in front of the lawn facing the University of Iowa medical school building, and addressed one of the...

Staff photo of Claire Green

Senior column | Studying journalism at the University of Iowa was life-changing

Claire Green, DITV Reporter May 7, 2024

My college experience at the University of Iowa looks a little bit different than most students. I have been at the UI for seven years. While I did spend a year at Kirkwood in Iowa City, I don’t...

Staff photo of Sahithi Shankaiahgari

Senior column | I should’ve started here sooner

Sahithi Shankaiaigari, Photojournalist May 7, 2024

I thought my time at The Daily Iowan would be short, starting and ending with a 10-day workshop with the intensive Daily Iowan Documentary Workshop. Little did I know seven months later, I would be sitting...

Photo contributed by Natalie Dunlap

Senior column | Homegrown journalist

Natalie Dunlap, Assistant Digital Editor May 7, 2024

Before I was officially a University of Iowa student, I was a Daily Iowan reporter. I made the choice to stay in Iowa City for four more years after graduating from high school a few miles away, based...

Photo contributed by Evan Weidl

Senior column | The wonderful irritation of hope

Evan Weidl, Opinions Columnist May 7, 2024

As the sun sets on my time at the University of Iowa and The Daily Iowan, I feel a steaming casserole of emotions all fighting to dominate my heart. Above all of them, standing proud and tall — is...

Photo contributed by Avi Lapchick

Senior column | Creativity and the promise of a shrug

Avi Lapchick, Arts Editor May 7, 2024

Before I started working at The Daily Iowan, I could barely get out of bed most days. This job gave me an exciting life that was never quiet. When I joined the team in January 2023, I was a newbie...

Photo contributed by Ashley Weil

Senior column | You get out what you put in

Ashley Weil, DITV News Director May 7, 2024

Something I try and tell all new staffers as they join Daily Iowan TV is that you get out of the DI, what you put into it. And while I have put a lot into this organization, I have gained even more...