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Opinion: The dream of commencement hangs in the balance for first-generation Hawkeyes amid COVID-19 concerns

Opinion: The dream of commencement hangs in the balance for first-generation Hawkeyes amid COVID-19 concerns

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Commencement may not carry on as I had envisioned since I was a little girl. I had always wanted to attend a large public university such as the University of Iowa, where campus was my world. My parents had always urged me to do well in school to open doors for a better future — one filled with ...

Letter From the Editor: The Daily Iowan to continue publishing after spring break during COVID-19 in-person class suspension

Letter From the Editor: The Daily Iowan to continue publishing after spring break during COVID-19 in-person class suspension

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

The University of Iowa community is preparing for two weeks of online course instruction from March 23 through at least April 3 after spring break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the UI’s independent student-run news organization, The Daily Iowan considered what the university’s decision...

Opinion: UI students should follow expert guidance on coronavirus 

Opinion: UI students should follow expert guidance on coronavirus 

Visouda Somsaath, Columnist

March 12, 2020

Now that the Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed 12 presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Johnson County, it is now more critical than ever to take the steps to protect ourselves from the disease. COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China in 2019 and eventually made its way into the U.S. ...

Opinion: Low-income students deserve spring break, too

Opinion: Low-income students deserve spring break, too

Becca Bright, Columnist

March 11, 2020

“Poor” is a word most college students use liberally. This raises brows when the same students are able to afford going on a road trip, or travel abroad. Having the income — whether it’s individually earned, or given by family, or through loans — to buy a vacation experience is not bein...

Guest Opinion: Physicians shouldn’t condescend to those preferring alternative medicine

Guest Opinion: Physicians shouldn’t condescend to those preferring alternative medicine

March 11, 2020

The divide between homeopathic and allopathic medicine dates back to the 1800s and, albeit shrinking, is still very much present today. As much as public interest in alternative medicine seems to have grown outside of clinic doors, the irritation and dismissive avoidance of the matter among healt...

Editorial: Clearer communication needed from UI on coronavirus response

Editorial: Clearer communication needed from UI on coronavirus response

DI Editorial Board

March 11, 2020

The UI announced in-person classes will be suspended after spring break through April 3. Read here for more information. It seems likely that the University of Iowa will shift to online-only classes for some length of time. Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed Tuesday that Iowa has 13 presumptive positive cases...

Opinion: The Bachelor franchise allows sexism to grow in media

Opinion: The Bachelor franchise allows sexism to grow in media

Angela Stansbery, Columnist

March 10, 2020

Gendered double standards can work in reverse. With the presence of the #MeToo movement, women’s voices are being heard in profound ways. However, in this process, other interests can go ignored. Men who wish to abstain from sex are being left behind and the television media is a big culprit. The Bachelor ...

Opinion: Even when it’s not in the news, gun violence remains a problem

Opinion: Even when it’s not in the news, gun violence remains a problem

Hannah Pinski, Columnist

March 10, 2020

When you hear “gun violence,” what are the first things that come to mind? Sandy Hook, Stoneman Douglas, Las Vegas? I’m sure if it wasn’t one of those events I mentioned, it was probably another mass shooting that occurred within the past few years. However, the reality is that gun v...

Opinion: Owning my seat at the journalism table

Opinion: Owning my seat at the journalism table

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

If I were a man, my experience in journalism would look a lot different. Legendary TV host Tom Brokaw sat down in The Daily Iowan newsroom with me and members of my team in January to film an interview for a segment that aired Feb. 3 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Brokaw, who attended the University of I...

Opinion: TikTok is dialing up addiction to social media

Opinion: TikTok is dialing up addiction to social media

Hailey Marx, Columnist

March 9, 2020

TikTok is a social-media platform that was released in September 2016, but didn’t gain notable, worldwide attention until 2019. Users can create videos ranging from 15 to 60 seconds and edit them, utilizing cut scenes, visual effects, and song overlays. The reason it has taken off is due to the inner wo...

Opinion: People with disabilities don’t need eugenics to improve

Opinion: People with disabilities don’t need eugenics to improve

Ally Pronina, Columnist

March 9, 2020

We all have value and deserve to be loved for who we are, but society doesn't always recognize that. There are plenty of different bigotries across history, a major one being social Darwinism, also known as eugenics. Eugenics can be defined as “selective breeding of human populations to improve the po...

Opinion: Choose patience over panic as coronavirus reaches Johnson County 

Opinion: Choose patience over panic as coronavirus reaches Johnson County 

Marina Jaimes, Columnist

March 8, 2020

After 550 diagnoses, 21 deaths, and 34 states, the coronavirus has made its way to the Hawkeye State.  Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Sunday that the state has confirmed three cases of the virus here in Johnson County. The virus, first detected in Wuhan, China, made its way to Iowa via a cruise in Egy...