The Daily Iowan

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...

Guest Opinion | The cutting of swim teams is a betrayal to alums

Head Coach Marc Long addresses the audience at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020.

August 30, 2020

Almost a week after I heard the terrible news, I continued to think about my life as an athlete, specifically my time as an Iowa swimmer. The University of Iowa announced the women’s and men’s swimming and diving programs will be eliminated in 2021. Young swimmers will never get to feel this ...

Guest Opinion | We can beat COVID-19 in Iowa City, but we have to do it together

A mask sits on the Irving B. Weber statue in front of Van Allen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   The US has seen a shortage of N95 surgical masks in the recent weeks due to coronavirus. The CDC currently recommends the use of facemarks be reserved for those who are sick or for those who are caring for the sick.

August 25, 2020

Iowa City — and Johnson County — take a deep breath (through your mask). Some 30,000 people came into town over the past two weeks and most are here to stay. Our COVID numbers are spiking. In other words, we have an outbreak. Instead of panicking, let’s think both short- and long-term. Speaking as so...

Guest Opinion | Sports cuts are devastating

Swimmers compete in the 100 yard freestyle during the last session of the 2020 Women’s Big Ten Swim and Dive Championship on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Ohio State won the championships with an overall score of 1503.5.

August 23, 2020

The news this week of the cancelation of the University of Iowa swimming and diving programs has been devastating. I am not sure your administration truly understands what this means. The swimming and diving budget is just a drop in the bucket compared to football or even basketball. I’m not, ...

Guest Opinion | Like all forms of racism, anti-Semitism is rooted in misinformation and slander


August 6, 2020

The last several weeks have seen an uptick in anti-Semitic social media postings. The ones that have been receiving the most traction have been from Black athletes and celebrities Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, P.Diddy, and Nick Cannon. The main anti-Semitic conspiracy echoed in their posts have...