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The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds talks with supporters after the 2023 Thanksgiving Family Forum hosted by The FAMiLY Leader, an organization dedicated to advancing the role of religious values in government, at the Marriott hotel in downtown Des Moines on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. Ramaswamy sat with his son, who ran onto the stage earlier in the event. The event began at 3:30 p.m. with a round table discussion, and was followed by meet-and-greet events with each of the candidates, which included Vivek Ramaswamy, Ron DeSantis, and Nikki Haley.

Opinion | Reynolds’ changes to AEA law has benefits, but it didn’t start that way

Aaron El-Kerdani, Opinions Columnist April 9, 2024

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has dodged a bullet. On March 27, Reynolds made the right call in signing a new law to make important changes to Iowa’s Area Education Agencies after reviewing feedback...

Photo contributed by Joslin Bawek

Doc Is In | A transformative outlook on health and wellness: Functional medicine and diet

April 9, 2024

Focusing on your health and wellbeing is the best medicine you can get. Health care professionals around the world are now incorporating functional medicine into their practice. Functional medicine...

The Iowa State Capitol is seen in Des Moines on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

Opinion | Medicare, Social Security, and reproductive freedom are threatened by the RSC in their new budget proposal

Natalie Nye, Opinions Columnist April 9, 2024

U.S. House Republicans want to make living even harder for individuals with lower incomes, take away women’s bodily autonomy, and give tax cuts to the wealthy in our country. On March 20, 80 percent...

Opinion | Iowans can’t let the state fund the killing of raccoons

Opinion | Iowans can’t let the state fund the killing of raccoons

Caden Bell, Opinions Columnist April 8, 2024

Iowa House legislators recently proposed a bill that would use taxpayer dollars to pay Iowans to kill raccoons. The bill, House Study Bill 636, is intended to help control the raccoon population and...

Opinion | UI’s Unit Partner Program can help develop essential healthcare soft skills in students

Opinion | UI’s Unit Partner Program can help develop essential healthcare soft skills in students

Shelley Mishra, Opinions Contributor April 7, 2024

When considering what constitutes a satisfactory hospital visit, one must incorporate the soft skills of medical professionals as well as their technical abilities. While the vitals meticulously taken...

Photo Illustration by Carly Schrum

Point/Counterpoint | Should TikTok be banned in the US?

Evan Weidl and Aaron El-Kerdani April 2, 2024

YES At the start of the pandemic in 2020, my friends were constantly sending me links to TikTok videos, much to my annoyance. With every discussion of a trend on the app, I would scoff, seeing myself...

Food donations are seen inside of the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank in Iowa City on Feb. 14, 2022. The center is a volunteer-driven organization for grocery assistance.

Opinion | It’s time for Iowa to address hunger

Jordan Coates, Opinions Columnist April 2, 2024

It is an anomaly that’s hard to ignore: Iowa is one of the most productive agricultural states in the country, yet many of its residents go hungry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture,...

Students walk toward downtown during a walkout for Iowa gun reform in Iowa City on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. Following the first mass shooting of 2024 at Perry High School on Jan. 4, high school students across Iowa walked out of school in solidarity with the community of Perry. Over a hundred students from various Iowa City schools started outside of Iowa City High School and walked downtown to the Old Capitol on the Pentacrest.

Opinion | Reynolds did not deliver her promise for gun safety to Iowa schools

Aaron El-Kerdani April 2, 2024

Gun violence has become a repetitive part of the U.S. experience, and Iowa is no exception. The state government’s response has been entirely inadequate. Iowa was promised over $75 million...

Photo Illustration by Raquele Decker.

Opinion | It’s time to say goodbye to billionaires

Kennedy Lein, Opinions Contributor April 1, 2024

Call me a socialist, but it is truly time to expunge all billionaires. There are now 735 billionaires in the U.S. and 2,600 billionaires globally as of 2024. Iowa has one billionaire: agriculture mogul...

Opinion | AI deepfake apps need to be held legally responsible for creating sexually explicit content.

Opinion | AI deepfake apps need to be held legally responsible for creating sexually explicit content.

Natalie Nye, Opinions Columnist March 31, 2024

Iowa legislators passed preventative laws to criminalize deepfakes this month. Senate File 2243, passed on March 6, makes it illegal to create or distribute deepfakes that show a visual depiction...

(Left) President Joe Biden speaks during his visit at the POET Bioprocessing ethanol plant in Menlo, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (Right) Former President Donald Trump speaks during his caucus night watch party at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. Republican voters assembled statewide to participate in the caucuses despite the cold and extreme winter weather across the state. Trump’s early victory and dominant position before the start of caucus night proved to be true as 51 percent of Republicans voted for Trump’s appearance in the 2024 presidential election as of 10:20 p.m. At the event, Trump spoke to over 300 supporters at his watch party about his goals and putting America first.

Editorial | The rematch no one wants

DI Editorial Board March 28, 2024

As America gears up to watch Donald Trump and Joe Biden go head to head once more in November, many voters are left wondering: How did we end up with the same two choices again? There is a lot to dissect...

Opinion | College students shouldn’t feel the pressure of hookup culture

Opinion | College students shouldn’t feel the pressure of hookup culture

Kennedy Lein, Opinions Contributor March 27, 2024

As seen in countless movies and TV shows like “Pitch Perfect,” “After,” and the latter episodes of “Normal People,” hookup culture is prominent on college campuses in media. Hookup culture...