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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

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Opinion | Iowa mandatory minimum sentencing laws contribute to an already ineffective justice system

Opinion | Iowa mandatory minimum sentencing laws contribute to an already ineffective justice system

Jordan Coates, Opinions Columnist March 5, 2024

In the state of Iowa, youth of color consistently continue to be disproportionately suspended in juvenile detention centers compared to their white peers. The disproportionate suspension and detention...

Opinion | People need to look out for toxic positivity

Opinion | People need to look out for toxic positivity

Shelley Mishra, Opinions Columnist February 29, 2024

When we mindlessly scroll through a social media app, such as Instagram or TikTok, we come across posts that say “Be positive” or “Good vibes only” which appear optimistic. It is hard to pinpoint...

Opinion | The Religious Freedom Restoration Act puts all Iowans’ health care at stake

Opinion | The Religious Freedom Restoration Act puts all Iowans’ health care at stake

Alex Belzer, Opinions Columnist February 28, 2024

Religious freedom has a curious position as both a tenet of democracy and a frequent motivator to violate human rights. The Iowa Legislature is deliberating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act...

Vince Everett Ellison speaks during a guest lecture at the IMU on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Ellison is a conservative speaker invited by YAF who opposes DEI and abortion. Roughly two dozen protesters played a “bingo board” made out of Ellison’s talking points.

Letter to the Editor | Daily Iowan presents a writing tutorial

February 28, 2024

I read the Feb. 28 Daily Iowan “IC residents protest conservative speaker” with interest on speaker Vince Ellison and wondered how the line governing the DI’s student journalists’ 1. Personal...

Opinion | FAFSA is leading students away from financial aid

Opinion | FAFSA is leading students away from financial aid

Kennedy Lein, Opinions Contributor February 28, 2024

One of the most unnecessarily difficult parts of college is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, process. Not only is the FAFSA application overly confusing to fill out, but it...

Attendees plant flags during the Student Solidarity Walkout at the Pentacrest on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. The demonstration was organized by the Iowa City Students for Justice in Palestine.

Opinion | Reflecting on Israel’s genocide after four months of war

Evan Weidl, Opinions Editor February 22, 2024

Last year, just a few weeks after the Hamas attack on Israel that triggered Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian people, I published a column arguing that the U.S. should stop giving money to...

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Opinion | It is time to move on from toxic weight loss trends like Ozempic

Kennedy Lein, Opinions Contributor February 22, 2024

American culture is rapidly transitioning away from the celebration of different body types to the promotion of instantaneously shedding pounds and sunken cheeks. Ozempic, a drug originally created...

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

Opinion | A new Iowa “Religious Freedom” bill could protect discriminatory actions

Natalie Nye, Opinions Columnist February 21, 2024

People should not get a pass to discriminate in any and all cases under the guise of expressing religious beliefs. Iowa Republicans in the Iowa Senate and House have decided to push for a religious...

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Opinion | The UI’s learning assistant program expansion will benefit students

Shelley Mishra, Opinions Columnist February 20, 2024

When the first participation question popped up on the first day of a higher-level University of Iowa STEM class, I raised my hand, looked around, and waited for an undergraduate learning assistant so...

The Roy J. & Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is seen on Monday, November 18, 2019. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Guest Opinion | State bill Senate File 2286 is dangerous for marginalized Iowans

Aastha Chandra February 18, 2024

This week, The Des Moines Register published an op-ed written by Lauris Kaldjian, who is a medical ethics professor at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, supporting Senate File 2286. The...

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Opinion | Iowa needs to prioritize juvenile prevention and rehabilitation

Jordan Coates, Opinions Columnist February 16, 2024

In the state of Iowa, youth of color consistently continue to be disproportionately suspended in juvenile detention centers compared to their white peers. The disproportionate suspension and detention...

The American flag flies above the Old Capitol Building on Thursday, January, 24, 2019. The semester theme of The American Dream celebrates the diversity and perseverance of the American people.

Opinion | Iowa should not force students to sing the national anthem

Caden Bell, Opinions Columnist February 14, 2024

House Senate Bill 587 was introduced in the Iowa Legislature in January that would require students to sing the national anthem daily at public K-12 schools. This bill would also require social studies...