The Daily Iowan

Guest Opinion | Federal guidance on race in education is going backwards

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the Des Moines International Airport. Thousands of people showed up to hear President Trump speak about his campaign and support Iowa republicans for the upcoming election.

October 21, 2020

On Sept. 22, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on combating race and sex stereotyping,” targeting workplace training programs that address white privilege, sexual harassment, and structural racism. It contrasts a progressive vision of our nation’s history with “the pernicious and f...

Guest Opinion | Pesticides report must be released

A sign warning students to stay off the grass sits on the Pentacrest on Sept. 4, 2019. Despite the warning about chemical treatment, some students continue to sit.

October 11, 2020

The University of Iowa Environmental Coalition (UIEC) is the longest running and well-respected sustainability organization on campus. As a group of student activists, we take on many initiatives to make our campus and the Iowa City community a better and more environmentally friendly place to li...

Guest Opinion | Faculty must be involved in search for new president

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

October 11, 2020

Once again, the University of Iowa begins its search for a new leader.  But this search will be like no other, not only because it is happening in the midst of a pandemic, but because it happens in the dark shadow of the last search.  The process that resulted in the hiring of President Bruce Harre...

Guest Opinion | The Doctor is In: Alcohol and Tylenol a deadly duo

A new study shows a potential link between higher rates of autism and ADHD in the children of mothers who used Tylenol, which contains acetaminophen, during pregnancy. Experts, however, caution that it is too soon to tell pregnant women not to use the over-the-counter painkiller.

October 6, 2020

The morning after a night of bar hopping and parties can vary from person to person. Some feel fine while others are left feeling sluggish, tired, and/or overcome by a blistering headache. Products such as Motrin and Tylenol are seen as safe for individuals wanting to alleviate common symptoms such ...

Guest Opinion | The Doctor Is In: Medical trainees view medicine as activism. Do programs?

September 20, 2020

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, this generation of future physicians is waking up and paying attention to the systems that promote racial inequality, including healthcare. In the middle of a pandemic that is disproportionately affec...

Guest Opinion | A campus shutdown is not the answer

The Old Capital is seen on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

September 16, 2020

After having been on campus for just over three weeks, I have finally found my motivation as a student that has been missing for many, many months. When the university sent us home in March, my academic motivation plummeted. Full online learning from my childhood home was the most difficult and t...

Guest Opinion | Why we continue to protest

A protester holds up a sign on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 outside the Johnson County Sheriff's office. Protesters marched through Iowa City, stopping at intersections and government buildings to spray paint before continuing on.

September 13, 2020

We are members of the Iowa Freedom Riders, a multi-racial collective of BIPOC individuals, white allies, and other marginalized groups who believe in the Black Lives Matter ideals that have been highlighted throughout the country this summer. When the nation watched George Floyd’s murder on vi...

Guest Opinion | Our democracy is eroding away


September 13, 2020

When lobsters are placed into boiling water, due to their brain structure they cannot feel pain.  However, the same cannot be said when Americans witness their current president putting our democracy into hot water – close to boiling – day after day.  How much more can Americans endure? Many forme...

The Doctor is In | Be Mindful about the present

Alpha Phi Alpha run a booth promoting mental health discussion with “insecurity mirrors” and polaroid snapshots at the Homecoming Week Fresh Check on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019. Fresh Check is part of the local festivities for Homecoming Weekend centered around mental health awareness and advocacy.

September 8, 2020

The current pandemic has taken a toll on everybody’s health: physically, socially, and mentally. For many undergraduates, the thought of the unpredictable future brings with it unwelcome, yet, justifiable, feelings of hopelessness and anxiety. Naturally, our brains react by asking more questions rathe...

Guest Opinion | Iowa Freedom Riders, law enforcement both need to be involved in police department restructure

City Councilor Susan Mims addresses the crowd on Monday, June 15 at her house on Oakes Drive. At the edge of the driveway, protesters discussed their demand for disbanding the police and what actions Mims would take in the upcoming City Council meeting. Mims said that she could not promise that all Iowa Freedom Riders' demands will be met immediately.

September 4, 2020

Our community is in the midst of a renewed and needed debate about policing, law enforcement, and the impact it has on underrepresented communities, particularly BIPOC individuals. This debate often focuses on two absolute and polarizing positions. I hear those who say, “There is no such thing...

Guest Opinion | Iowa City still can’t behave during COVID-19

People walk around downtown on Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017. Iowa City was named City of Literature by Unesco City of Literature.

September 3, 2020

When the University of Iowa announced that it would be resuming classes as planned this year, I honestly was not too concerned. I had no doubts in my mind that we had the tools and motivation to make this school year as normal as possible. I put too much faith in my school and my 23,000 class...

Guest Opinion | Vandalism won’t fix police issues

Graffiti is seen on the outside of the MidwestOne Bank during a Black Lives Matter protest organized by the Iowa Freedom Riders on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. This was the third protest of a four day protest streak in which protesters took to the street to put pressure on the City Council. These protests lead up to a Tuesday meeting during which three of their demands will be discussed.

September 1, 2020

Let me start with some context: We are amid one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the state, this country and the world. To bring our infection rate down, we must rally all levels of government, all segments of our community, to work together. We need to have our infectious disease medical exper...