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Opinion | It is not time to take off your mask

Sophia Meador, Opinions Columnist January 19, 2022

I hated winter coats as a child. Perhaps it was vanity, or the unwavering ego of my 8-year-old self that made me believe I was too cool for a winter coat. Winter coats are obviously necessary when...

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Opinion | The UI needs to lighten up on online learning restrictions

Signe Nettum, Opinions Contributor January 19, 2022

During the holidays this past break, I saw an infographic circulating on Instagram about what precautions the Big Ten schools were taking to combat COVID-19 this upcoming semester. The University of...

Iowa Senate President Jake Chapman speaks during the second day of the 2022 Legislative Session at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

Opinion | Iowa Republicans’ eviction of journalists puts American democracy at stake

Hannah Pinski, Opinions and Amplify Editor January 18, 2022

You don’t have to be a journalist to know that Iowa Republicans evicting the media from the Iowa Senate floor is a big deal. In fact, it already made national news last week in The Washington Post. Reporters...

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Opinion | The US sugar program: why Americans pay more for sugar

Shahab Khan, Opinions Columnist January 18, 2022

The one thing that I know about Americans is that we love our sugar. We consume more sugar than any other country. Thanks to the tariff-rate quota, or TRQ, levied by the U.S. sugar program, American...

Pins reading “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” are seen at the checkout tables in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Opinion | The UI needs to incentivize COVID-19 safety measures

Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist January 17, 2022

As students return to classes, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. To keep students, employees, and the community safe, the University of Iowa needs to prioritize incentivizing vaccines and safety measures. During...

Opinion | Stop posting about Spotify Wrapped

Opinion | Stop posting about Spotify Wrapped

Jami Martin-Trainor, Arts Reporter December 13, 2021

December rolls in, and as the weather grows frigid and the year wraps to a close, everyone looks forward to their favorite holiday of the year – Spotify Wrapped. Now, when I say everyone, I mean...

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Opinion | Shame should not stop transparency about COVID-19

Yassie Buchanan, Opinions Columnist December 12, 2021

As COVID-19 cases rise in Iowa, it’s important to be cognizant of symptoms and transparent with the people around you to limit the spread of the virus. At the beginning of the semester in one...

Opinion | SpongeBob SquarePants as an exploration of Existentialism

Opinion | SpongeBob SquarePants as an exploration of Existentialism

Shahab Khan, Opinions Columnist December 9, 2021

Existentialism is a philosophical system that contends existence is the antecedent to essence. This means that there is no innate guiding principle for humanity. Rather, humans are just agglomerations...

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Ops Blog | What do First Amendment rights guarantee student organizations?

DI Opinions Staff December 8, 2021

Shahab Khan (Opinions Columnist): So, the University of Iowa was embroiled in two First Amendment lawsuits about religious freedom. Hannah Pinski (Opinions and Amplify Editor): Indeed. One of them...

Iowa 3rd Congressional District-elect Cindy Axne speaks to supporters during the statewide Democratic candidates watch party at Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

Opinion | Raising the SALT cap is a really bad idea

Shahab Khan, Opinions Columnist December 7, 2021

When it comes to taxes, Democrats take special pride in the fact that their party advocates for taxing the rich. It's strange, then, that President Joe Biden's Build Back Better package disregards...

Opinion | Think green this holiday season

Opinion | Think green this holiday season

Sophia Meador , Opinion Columnist December 7, 2021

The holidays are a bustling time for everyone, which can burden our environment. Amid the parties, shopping, festivities, and gatherings, Americans generate 25 percent more waste throughout the...

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Opinion | Take care of your mental health during the holidays

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist December 6, 2021

Although the holidays are a joyous time for many, there are still those who struggle with their mental health. College students who are struggling during the holidays should not be afraid to do activities...

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