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Guest Opinion: Government should follow example of climate kids

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Iowa City Climate Strike in downtown Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

October 8, 2019

Around 3,000 Iowans showed up in downtown Iowa City Oct. 4 and cheered wildly as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden took to the stage. As a member of 100 Grannies for a Livable Future, which has been supporting the local school Climate Strikers for months, I was thrilled to share the stage with Thunberg...

Guest opinion: The Doctor Is In: The bacteria behind the rare ‘silent killer’ of college outbreaks

Close-up medical syringe with a vaccine.

October 7, 2019

We’ve all heard the horror stories about meningitis: A perfectly healthy college student tells their friends they have a headache before going to bed and then is found dead in the morning. The media labeling meningitis as “The Silent Killer” did nothing to make it sound less terrifying, but perhaps...

Guest Opinion: New ethanol rules hurt small farmers

The Old Capitol is seen on Nov. 25, 2018.

September 29, 2019

I grew up on a farm. My wife grew up on a farm. My family and I still own a farm that has been in our family for 154 years. My letter concerns a threat to that farm, and to all the Iowans who depend on agriculture. Recent actions by the Trump administration threaten small, independent-farm ownership...

Guest Opinion: Iowa and ISU fans need better sportsmanship

Spectators sit in the rain during a football game between Iowa and Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The Hawkeyes retained the Cy-Hawk Trophy for the fifth consecutive year, downing the Cyclones, 18-17.

September 20, 2019

As proud Iowa State University alums, we were mortified to learn of our daughter’s experience at the 2019 Cy-Hawk game as a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band. She described ISU fans who swore at the band, yelled “go home,” and continuously flipped them the bird. As ISU alums, we are appalled...

Guest Opinion: Why I’m caucusing for Beto O’Rourke

Beto O'Rourke sits down for an interview with Daily Iowan staff in the IMU on April 7, 2019. O'Rourke will be running for the democratic nomination for president.

September 17, 2019

I first met former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, when he came to Iowa’s campus last spring. Since being a part of a political organization at the University of Iowa, I have learned how to tell a good candidate from a bad candidate when it comes to how enthusiastic that said candidate is to meet young...

Guest Opinion: Young Iowans need clean water

The Old Capitol building is seen in 2018.

September 15, 2019

Over the past few years, Iowa’s water quality has become a matter of debate. While the science points to nutrient pollution (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus runoff) negatively impacting recreational and drinking water quality around the state, state leaders are choosing to ignore these facts and...

Guest Opinion: Ousted professor’s free speech was violated

The Old Capitol is seen on Nov. 25, 2018.

September 10, 2019

The undersigned representatives of the American Association of University Professors in Iowa write to protest Kirkwood Community College’s treatment of Jeffrey Klinzman. Because the state Board of Regents universities are partners with Kirkwood and the other community colleges in Iowa’s system...

Guest Opinion: Iowa City needs to pay attention to the climate crisis

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

September 9, 2019

On Sept. 20, millions of youth around the world will lead schools, towns, and countries in a global strike for climate action. It’s time for the University of Iowa to work with the city of Iowa City on the most pressing issue for our generation: the climate emergency. As Iowa City high-school...

Guest Opinion: How you can make the most of student life as a Hawkeye

UI VP for Student Life Melissa Shivers speaks in an interview with The Daily Iowan on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

September 5, 2019

With the academic year in full swing, the Division of Student Life remains as active as ever. My charge to the division is simple: New Semester. New Start. New Energy. New Focus. Same Intentions. Our top priorities are always to provide a well-rounded student experience and look out for the safety and...

Guest Opinion: The UI encourages participation in the strategic planning process

Icicles form on the Old Capitol on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

September 4, 2019

As members of the University of Iowa community, we have a remarkable opportunity to materially impact the future of our university. The process of refreshing the UI’s strategic plan will begin over the next few months across campus. This activity is purposely originating outside the confines of Jessup...

Guest Opinion: Why can’t Iowa Athletics go green?

Kinnick Stadium is seen fom the north end zone at Iowa Football Media Day on Friday, August 9, 2019.

August 29, 2019

When it comes to sustainable initiatives, the University of Iowa Athletics Department is struggling to compete within the Big Ten Conference. From facilities to nutrition, the Iowa Athletics program funds a variety of amazing opportunities for their athletes. Yet, there is a gaping hole within the program...

Guest Opinion: Grappling with TaJuan Wilson’s departure

MUSC Executive Director of Student Programs and Student Diversity TaJuan Wilson speaks during the forum for the associate vice presidency of diversity, equity, and inclusion on March 25, 2019.

August 28, 2019

I am still dazed after the Aug. 15 announcement. From the very start, TaJuan Wilson repeated over and over again that becoming the associate vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Iowa was his “dream job” — and when he was selected, I was so so happy to see that...