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Opinion | Teachers need better safety protections when schools reopen

Closed lockers in a school hallway

Jason O'Day, Opinions Columnist

June 25, 2020

One silver lining of the coronavirus school closings is that teachers got a respite from classroom abuse. It is an unfortunate reality that in our current school system, teachers are under-protected in a multitude of ways from the harms of their profession. They are ill-equipped in dealing with stud...

Opinion | The University of Iowa must condense the coming semester

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.

Chloe Peterson, Opinions Columnist

June 23, 2020

On June 12, the University of Iowa announced that they would be keeping the semester on the same academic calendar, although there will be changes. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks in all campus buildings, and the university is going to put all classes online after Thanks...

Opinion | Trump’s lack of leadership is going to cost him the 2020 election

Then-candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Henderson, Nev., on Oct. 5, 2016.

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

June 22, 2020

2020 has been a chaotic year to say the least. On March 9th, the stock market fell by 7.79%, and on May 28th the amount of deaths due to a worldwide pandemic surpassed 100,000 in the United States. For the past three weeks protests have erupted across all 50 states due to the systemic racism that has existed far too long in American...

Guest Opinion | UI English professors call for reinstatement of liberal-arts faculty

Student made paintings are shown inside the EPB on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Students from the art department moved these paintings to the EPB in attempt to make the building less bland.

June 21, 2020

On a day last week when the entire university community was asked to cease “business as usual” and contemplate solutions to institutional racism, administrators at the University of Iowa had other things on their minds. They were busy terminating the contracts of 15 instructional-track facul...

Opinion | Pick your pups well for quarantine companionship


Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

June 21, 2020

I lost my childhood dog this past November. Her name was Roomer and she was a 14-year-old Yorkie. While my little sister and I wanted to continue having a dog in our lives after her death, our parents said no. That it was too soon, and I would not be there to take care of a dog for most of the f...

Opinion | Rest in power, Disco

Opinion | Rest in power, Disco

Bailey Cichon, DITV Director

June 18, 2020

They say history repeats itself. Although progress has been made for people of color and the LGBTQ community, the same hate that fueled a movement that murdered disco in 1979 remains decades later. Today more than ever, we need to learn from history to prevent the achievements of minority groups from ...

Opinion | White America needs an art history lesson

The Old Capitol in downtown Iowa City is seen after the completion of a march to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest police brutality on Thursday, June 4. Protesters added to the graffiti from previous nights and small groups stayed behind after the crowd dispersed to take photos and continue spray painting.

Becca Bright, Opinions Columnist

June 17, 2020

As Black Lives Matter protests continue to leave their mark, it’s become obvious that many Iowans have forgotten – or were never properly taught – history. What many are calling “vandalism” by protesters is in fact an ancient, very Western style of political expression. Painting publi...

Opinion | America, we are not equal

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.

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

June 16, 2020

To the citizens of Iowa City, we have to wake up. We have to open our eyes to the reality of our society. We have to recognize that right now America does not have equality, liberty, and justice for all. For the past two weeks, I have signed petitions, attended protests, and educated myself on th...

Letter from The Daily Iowan editors | We’re listening

The Daily Iowan newsroom is seen on Feb. 26, 2019.

Josie Fischels, Caleb McCullough, and Sarah Watson

June 16, 2020

George Floyd's killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked historic civil rights demonstrations across the country and calls for swift action long overdue from leaders on every level of government and in the corners of every industry. The call for change has reached us here ...

Editorial | Leaders: Don’t miss this moment

Editorial | Leaders: Don’t miss this moment


June 16, 2020

Only in times of crisis do we see our elected officials and industry leaders move as swiftly as they have these past several days. On Friday, the governor signed a police-accountability bill that sped through the Iowa legislature in a single day as Des Moines Black Lives Matter organizers looke...

Guest Opinion | I Can’t Breathe

A protester puts their bicycle on the ground before sitting down in front of police officers. Officers fired tear gas on the crowd after protesters disobeyed an order not to advance. Several protesters reported that no one in the crowd made physical contact with officers before being tear gassed unexpectedly. This protestor sat on the ground amid a cloud of tear gas for several minutes.

June 16, 2020

The gas never really got to me. I never needed water or antacid poured into my eyes because of the burns. With it being a powder, it never got on my skin so that I might rub it on my face later and start the process over again. Although I did cough a little, I was not bent over hacking because it go...

Opinion | The Iowa football program sets the standard for others

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

Chloe Peterson, Opinions Columnist

June 16, 2020

On June 5th, former Hawkeye football player James Daniels tweeted that “There are too many racial disparities in the Iowa football program. Black players have been treated unfairly for far too long.” After his tweet, other former Hawkeyes spoke out in droves, sharing stories about racism and...