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Opinion | Focus on the town, not the nation

The Ped Mall is seen on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Downtown was quiet during the first weekend after spring break as classes have been moved online and the bars closed due to coronavirus.
We as a nation have been so caught up in what’s been happening nationally that we have neglected the stories going on all around us.
December 2, 2020

The average person does not need to read Pulitzer Prize winning works to experience a story worthy of one — they are already living such a story. We just don’t acknowledge it. The Daily Iowan’s...

Opinion | It’s OK to take a gap year

Students walk on the Pentacrest on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The university will be suspending classes until at least April 3, 2020 and will be moving instruction online amidst concerns around coronavirus.
More students have been taking gap years due to current events in the world, this could be a great option for many.
December 2, 2020

With the stresses placed on everyone by the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to focus on college work seems more difficult with each passing day. While dropping out isn’t exactly a plan to be advised,...

Opinion | Take care of yourself in every way during COVID-19

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Jenna Galligan/The Daily Iowan)
Students are not to blame for the position they are in right now, but we all need to take responsibility for our wellbeing.
December 1, 2020

While the country battles COVID-19, college students continue to deal with increasing levels of stress and anxiety. Universities are exhibiting a high number of mental health issues among students,...

Opinion | ICPD needs systemic change, not a vague rule implemented.

Iowa City Police Dept. 410 E. Washington St.As seen on Monday June 8,2020 (Jeff Sigmund/Photojournalist)
While the current policy proposal points to the right direction, it is not the same as us walking down the path to racial equality.
December 1, 2020

Systemic racism and strategies to combat it has been one of the prominent subjects this year. Even though conversations and efforts have started, it’s important that these efforts actually implement...

Opinion | It’s important not to lose the light in the dark

A University of Iowa Cambus, at the intersection of West Iowa Avenue and South Riverside Drive on Nov. 18, has a wave decal on top of the bus to wave to kids when it drives by Stead Family’s Children Hospital.
With the pandemic and other massive, nation-wide issues, it’s important not to lose sight of the good we can do for ourselves and others.
November 30, 2020

The season of giving is among us. Despite the chaos and darkness, the world is currently in, the Iowa City community has managed to find a light in the tunnel through kindness. Five Cambuses have...

Opinion | I am a student against student debt forgiveness

Photo Illustration by Ryan Adams
There are already a myriad of ways to get a college education without bailing out people who have no interest in trying.
November 29, 2020

This is a point-counter-point on student-debt forgiveness. An estimated 38.7 million Americans had student loan debt topping $1.6 trillion according to a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of...

Opinion | Let’s forgive student debt

Photo illustration by Ryan Adams
The student debt crisis is harming far too many people — getting rid of it is something that must be priority one.
November 29, 2020

This is a point-counter-point on student-debt forgiveness. An estimated 38.7 million Americans had student loan debt topping $1.6 trillion according to a 2019 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of...

Opinion | Two days of a ‘spring break’ is a joke

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
The two off days the UI administration has given students instead of spring break is more insulting than stripping it away all together.
November 19, 2020

In September, the University of Iowa decided to cancel spring break and delay the start of the spring semester one week later than originally planned. The reasoning for the UI making this decision...

Opinion | In praise of modest fashion

Opinion | In praise of modest fashion
Recent fashion trends have begun to become more modest, something that everyone can be thankful for.
November 19, 2020

Fashion is a way for me to break out of the mold and be completely and utterly fearless and authentic. Ever since I was a young girl, I loved trying different styles and holding daily fashion shows...

Opinion | Keep the threats to yourself

Opinion | Keep the threats to yourself
Put your petty politics aside and learn to treat everyone decently, even those who think differently from you.
November 19, 2020

America’s forgotten the Golden Rule. A video showed a Trump supporter, taking part in the protests, being hit in the head and kicked by the left. Joe Biden, despite calling for unity, has not...

Opinion | Governor Reynold’s COVID-19 response has been disastrous

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.
Iowa is facing a pandemic and a lack of leadership which has been disastrous for us all.
November 18, 2020

Iowa is seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases and a lack of leadership from our Governor has only exacerbated the problem.  Earlier in the month, according to an article by Iowa City Press-Citizen,...

Opinion | Put hip-hop in the literature curriculum

A group of fans jam out to up and coming rapper, Mod Sun headlines at Gabes in downtown Iowa City on Thursday, March 5, 2020. “Mod Sun is like positive hippy rap”- Davenport citizen/Mod Sun fan, Chandler Carpenter.
Hip-hop, rap, and other musical genres that spawned from poetry should be taught in literature classes to help demonstrate the history being made in our time.
November 18, 2020

I’ve always had a passion for poetry — from reading Kahlil Gibran in Syria to reading W.S. Merwin — my love grew more and it was as if the words were etched into my mind forever. It wasn’t...

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