The Daily Iowan

Tinkering with Electoral College unconstitutional


February 24, 2009

There is a movement among the Iowa lawmakers to change the state’s Electoral College voting system. The system currently mandated by the Constitution may seem to be outdated, cumbersome, and unfair at first look, but in reality it is not. Now, when we vote for a particular person for president, the...

Widening choices in prenatal planning


February 23, 2009

The UI Hygienic Laboratory is now the first state public-health institution to offer a new method of screening for early term birth defects. The test, called an “integrated screen” because it cross-references samples from first and second trimester pregnancies in the evaluation, is notable for its...

Lenten sacrifice, in moderation


February 23, 2009

I find it bitterly ironic that Cadbury cream egg season comes around right about the same time as Lent. This year, I said I was going to give up refined sugar, but the sight of those delicious little sweet things in the checkout aisle of KMart caused me to rethink: Maybe this time, instead, it’ll...

The Gaza offensive: an Israeli tradition


February 23, 2009

On April 10, 1948, the New York Times reported on the massacre of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin thus: “200 Arabs killed, stronghold taken. A combined force of Irgun Zvai Leumi and the Stern group, Jewish extremist underground forces, captured the Arab village of Deir Yassin on the western...

The confusion doctrine


February 20, 2009

Naomi Klein revealed through her demeanor a solid sense of self-confidence as she took the stage to speak at the IMU on Wednesday. Proving her rhetorical prowess, she skillfully directed her audience’s palpable populist indignation against her carefully chosen target: free-market economics. But beneath...

Holding fast in stormy times


February 20, 2009

Sometimes, classes take a timely unplanned detour, and that happened in one of my journalism classes a couple of days ago. Instead of our ostensible focus, commentary and column writing, discussion turned to the changing media environment and the uncertain future of news. Iowa journalism students are...

Is Obama ready for a Middle East Change?


February 20, 2009

On Saturday, the Arab Student Association will host Dr. Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow of the American Task Force for Palestine in an event titled “Is Obama Ready for a Middle East Change?” via video conference from Washington, D.C. The event will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. in 2520-D University...

Possible cell-phone ban a drop in the bucket


February 19, 2009

It’s a Thursday evening. You have just gotten off work, and you are making your way home on Interstate 80. You’re driving the speed limit, jamming to the latest Kanye West tune and minding your own business, when from out of nowhere, an SUV pulls out in front of you. You slam on your brakes, and...

Filtered news: Taxes, promises, and nuts


February 19, 2009

• UI Faculty Senate President Michael O’Hara spoke with the media Tuesday before a meeting of the Faculty Senate regarding options for budget cuts. “This is going to hurt,” he told the Press-Citizen. “We just have to figure how to make it hurt without affecting our central mission.” O’Hara...

Letter to the Editor: Help Iowa’s working families


February 19, 2009

We have a Democratic majority in the Iowa Legislature and a Democratic governor. Yet, they’ve not passed legislation that helps working Iowa families, except a minimum-wage increase. It’s time the Legislature and governor started helping working Iowans with legislation to bring fair share, prevailing...

Facebook farce


February 19, 2009

Be honest. Sometime soon, you — like millions of others around the world — are going to log in to your Facebook account to announce what you’re doing, upload a few photos from your weekend escapades, write a “25 Random Things About Me” note, or find some other way to avoid the work you’re...

In memory of TV


February 18, 2009

TV, we must talk. TV, I thought we were OK. Remember the good times, TV? When I wrote the columns about how you were swell? How I spoke in your defense, told people you weren’t completely evil, the idiot box they’d called you so many times before? And now here we are, TV. Me, hunched over the...