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Opinion | Protesting doesn’t have to be physical

Protesters circle at the intersection of Dubuque St. and Foster Rd. on Friday, June 5, 2020 to spray paint before marching to I-80.

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

June 14, 2020

With the death of George Floyd by the police, another name is added to the list of Black people killed unnecessarily by police officers, sparking protests that have swept the nation. While during any other protest I would be down at the capitol with a sign, raising my voice and using my privilege to he...

Opinion | Antiracism requires antifascist action from our leaders and our people

Graffiti on the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Dubuque Street is seen on June 4.

Elijah Helton, Senior Columnist

June 13, 2020

The Iowa City Police Department attacked the people it is sworn to protect and serve. People were gassed and flashbanged. Videos were recorded and uploaded. Social media lit up. Some online reactions used the word “ashamed.” At the time, I didn’t quite get it. In my head, “ashamed” is ...

Guest Opinion | Department of Anthropology unequivocally condemns police violence and white supremacy

Macbride Hall is seen on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

June 11, 2020

We, the members of the Department of Anthropology, stand in unreserved solidarity with Black people of this country as they confront organizations that perpetuate racialized violence and institutionalize White supremacy. We denounce the racial violence enacted by the police, sanctioned by state gover...

Guest Opinion | The University of Iowa must divest from ICPD, the Iowa State Patrol, and CPD

Guest Opinion | The University of Iowa must divest from ICPD, the Iowa State Patrol, and CPD

June 9, 2020

To President Harreld and all University of Iowa administrators, My name is Isabella Senno and I am a recent UI graduate. I’m writing today to demand that the UI cease contractual agreements with the Iowa City Police Department, and end its affiliation with the Iowa State Patrol and the Coral...

Editorial | No justice, no peace: Iowans must support the Black Lives Matter movement

Editorial | No justice, no peace: Iowans must support the Black Lives Matter movement

DI Editorial Board

May 30, 2020

Iowa’s northern neighbor is the current epicenter of a centuries-long infliction of violence and oppression against Black Americans.  On Memorial Day, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man was killed after repeating, “I can’t breathe” as a white police officer knelt on his neck. Floyd h...

Letter to the Editor: Mapping diversity of autism key to understanding

The Old Capitol is seen on April 13, 2020.

May 26, 2020

As the Iowa principal investigator for SPARK, UI associate professor of psychiatry, and board member of the Autism Society of Iowa, I have had a front row seat to the community response as we have conducted this study of autism in Iowa over the past three years. Thousands of Iowans have joined hundreds of tho...

Guest Opinion: Take time to celebrate your University of Iowa graduation, 2020 Hawkeyes

Graphic by Katina Zentz

May 15, 2020

Dear Seniors, The last time I saw any of you, it was March — not even Saint Patrick’s Day. In a lot of ways, it seems like a whole different world. I know this semester has been strange for you. It’s been strange for me, too. I’ve missed interacting with you. I can’t imagine how it m...

Opinion: Tiger King misses the opportunity to bring awareness to animal abuse

A Malayan Tiger roams his area at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019.

Angela Stansbery, Opinions Columnist

May 14, 2020

At the beginning of the series it briefly discusses animal abuse and what each person in the documentary thinks of it. One major consensus though is that those who have cats don’t believe they are the ones abusing them. The show doesn’t dive into opinions, rather letting each person state their...

Opinion: The value and person behind the writing

Opinion: The value and person behind the writing

Ally Pronina, Opinions Columnist

May 14, 2020

“I can’t imagine why any news person would want to talk to somebody who can only talk through a machine. How boring.” This is a quote from Melody, a character with cerebral palsy, in one of my favorite books, *Out of my Mind* by Sharon Draper. I’m not a news reporter. I don’t like using...

Opinion: We should all be in search of new hobbies

Board game club attendees play a game at Hobby Corner located in the Sycamore Mall on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Signe Nettum, Opinions Columnist

May 13, 2020

Like any Generation Z, or Millennial — I was born in 2000, so I branch that weird gap between the two — I am glued to either my smartphone, laptop, or gaming controller. Yes, I will proclaim to the stereotype that I am connected to electronics. I even listen to audiobooks or read from my kindl...

Opinion: Let’s play ball

Newly-elected Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, speaks at the Iowa State Capitol on Monday, January 13, 2020. The House convened and leaders in the Iowa House of Representatives gave opening remarks to preview their priorities for the 2020 session.

Jason O'Day, Opinions Columnist

May 13, 2020

High school athletics are a crucial thread in the social fabric that binds our state, and our country, together as a whole. They are even more important than professional sports because young adults glean life lessons that could never be found in a classroom. There is an irreplaceable bond among...

Senior Column: A senior reflects on time learning rugby, and how it is more than just a sport


Naomi Hofferber, Arts Reporter

May 12, 2020

Junior year, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. Seasonal depression had hit me hard, and I felt like I had hit a plateau — in my work with The Daily Iowan that I loved so much, in school, even in my personal life. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was looking for an outlet for my ...