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Senior Column: DI taught me I can do anything


Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

May 12, 2020

I remember being scared in first grade. One afternoon, I walked in on my mom looking up information on stuttering on the website for the Stuttering Foundation of America. I had just started stuttering for the first time. I was scared. I didn’t know what it meant. I didn’t know what to do...

Senior Column: It’s true: I survived college without becoming a liberal


Marina Jaimes, Opinions Columnist

May 12, 2020

Reflecting on my last piece for The Daily Iowan, one thing in particular comes to mind about the graduating class of 2020: our college years were dominated by national politics. From the moment we walked onto campus as freshmen, we were asked if we were registered to vote and for whom we planne...

Senior Column: Being uprooted leads to new beginnings


Andy Mitchell, Digital Producer

May 12, 2020

Four years ago, I spent my last days in a dying high school with a constant dull pang in my stomach, constantly overwhelming the elation that comes with graduation. My class had less than 100 students and my whole school had around 300. For a lot of K-12 Catholic schools, a low triple-digit stude...

Senior Column: For the love of the written word

Senior Column: For the love of the written word

Charles Peckman, News Writer

May 12, 2020

When I graduated from high school in 2016, I bore a striking resemblance to Bill Hader’s character, Fear, from the animated movie Inside Out. The similarity was physical — I am 6-feet tall and weighed a mean 110 pounds at the time — but I embodied the character’s internal struggles as w...

Opinion: Inserting ‘mental breaks’ into our lives is more important now than ever

Opinion: Inserting ‘mental breaks’ into our lives is more important now than ever

Hannah Pinski, Opinions Columnist

May 11, 2020

We are now heading toward the third month of social distancing and what seems to be the “new normal.” The hustling cities and streets are still ghost towns and more events for the summer of 2020 are getting canceled. However, one thing that is most affected during this quarantine is menta...

Editorial: Resiliency, unity connect University of Iowa Class of 2020 graduates

University of Iowa freshman Grace Aldrin speaks during Convocation on the Pentacrest on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

DI Editorial Board

May 10, 2020

To the University of Iowa Class of 2020: This time of year for graduates is normally filled with moments to soak up our lasts: Our last time in the classroom. Our last time cramming for finals in the Main Library. Our last time venturing downtown Iowa City with our friends to dance and drink at th...

Senior Column: A UI senior’s walk down a photographic memory lane

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Kayli Reese, Cops & Courts Editor

May 10, 2020

I’ve never really been a picture person, preferring not to miss memories as they happen in real time. However, as I struggled to try to find a way to sum up my experience at The Daily Iowan, I found myself turning to my camera roll. I have an embarrassing amount of photos of my byline, includ...

Senior Column: The UI pushes Hawkeyes to change the world. Thanks to the DI, I’m ready.

Marissa Payne poses outside Jessup Hall, where the UI central administration works, with her investigative reporting award on May 9, 2020. She earned the Iowa Newspaper Association’s honor for her April 2019 Modern Piping scoop on the Pharmacy Building change order and thought this photo summed up her relationship with the UI.

Marissa Payne, Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2020

It sunk in that my time reporting on the University of Iowa was ending the morning of May 6 as my last President Bruce Harreld interview wrapped up. Indulging in my request for sappy senior talk, he said of Hawkeye graduates and our emotional impending flights out of the Hawks’ nest, “You in one wa...

Senior Column: The DI has been my home away from home

Aadit Tambe poses for a photograph on the rooftop terrace of the Newseum during the National College Media Convention in Washington on Nov. 3, 2019. The DI website was recognized as an Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker Finalist.

Aadit Tambe, Managing Digital Editor

May 10, 2020

Two days before my deadline, I was struggling to pen this narrative. I decided to take a break and go on a stroll to clear the clutter of thoughts in my head. As I stepped outside my building, I felt the wind blow off my cheek on an exceedingly gray Iowa City Monday. I took my usual late after...

Senior Column: Putting the lens cap on senior year

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Katina Zentz, Creative Director

May 10, 2020

I remember standing on the football field in San Diego with the cheers of celebration ringing through the stadium. The players held up their trophy in celebration of the 2019 Holiday Bowl win. Banners hung on the railings, saying “win it for Hayden.” I put my lens cap on the 300mm lens and e...

Opinion: Reality shows allow life to feel normal during the pandemic

Movie projector on a dark background with light beam / high contrast image

Angela Stansbery, Opinions Columnist

May 7, 2020

Even reality tv stars and talk show hosts are confined to Zoom. Contestants sing into a camera set in their room, judges critique from their million-dollar houses. Even Jimmy Fallon has a live audience in his two daughters who giggle through every take. The continuation of these reality shows...

Opinion: As some Iowa businesses open, you should stay inside

Gov. Kim Reynolds gives the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Gov. Kim Reynolds discussed initiatives such as tax cuts, mental health funding, and workforce training.

Brie Baugher, Opinions Columnist

May 6, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, the great state of Iowa has begun to open up the doors to various businesses again. Here and there, I am beginning to see “open” signs lighting up again, lines outside of shops, and a noticeable increase in people walking around outside. Dear Gov. Kim Reynolds has eased...