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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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Point/Counterpoint | What is the best place in Iowa City for a Valentine’s Day date?

Evan Weidl and Emily Nyberg February 13, 2024

DAVE’S FOXHEAD TAVERN Sometimes when you go on a date, you just want to sit down for some drinks. Whether this is a first date or your lifelong partner, it’s nice to be able to have casual conversation...

Opinion | We should follow the Amtrak way by creating a state-run airline

Opinion | We should follow the Amtrak way by creating a state-run airline

Caden Bell, Opinions Columnist February 8, 2024

Flying can be a stressful and difficult endeavor, and the airlines are no help. Passengers can often be hit with delays and left without compensation or assistance with their travel issues. Airlines...

A Young Americans for Freedom banner sits in the Iowa Memorial Union during a lecture organized by the University of Iowa Chapter of YAF for Matt Walsh’s “What Is a Woman?” documentary on Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Prior to the lecture, progressive students called for the lecture to be suspended because of Walsh’s transphobic remarks and organized protests.

Opinion | YAF’s stunning ignorance highlights need for DEI

Evan Weidl, Opinions Editor February 7, 2024

I saw a photo on the social media network YikYak on Tuesday that showed a Young Americans for Freedom poster advertising one of the conservative student group’s upcoming speaker events on the University...

Opinion I We need to crack down on kids’ screen times

Opinion I We need to crack down on kids’ screen times

Shelley Mishra, Opinions Columnist February 7, 2024

The current abundant presence of screens in an average household gives us a common scenario: A child is engrossed in a screen, the parent snatches it away, and the child throws tantrums. Even if...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds opens the Faith and Freedom Presidential Town Hall at the Iowa Events Center on Sept. 16, 2023. The event had ten Republican candidates speak for a crowd of over 1,000. Reynolds spoke to the audience about her work on changing laws around abortion and gender-affirming care.

Opinion | The fight for transgender rights is far from over

Natalie Nye, Opinions Columnist February 6, 2024

Iowa Republican lawmakers failed to pass another anti-LGBTQ+ bill, House File 2082, which would make it legal to discriminate against transgender people. The bill would have specifically removed...

The Iowa City Public Library is seen on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

Guest Opinion | Senate Study Bill 3131 is end game for Iowa libraries

February 4, 2024

Iowans before us understood why the legal liabilities and complex policies inherent to library (First Amendment) services require specific and robust management to successfully steward collections,...

Snow falls on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. A snowstorm swept across Iowa on Jan. 9, and Iowa City reported 15 inches of snow as of 8 p.m. that day. Several more inches of snow covered Iowa City on Friday.

Opinion | Seasonal depression shouldn’t be dismissed as ‘winter blues’

Shelley Mishra, Opinions Contributor January 31, 2024

When the much-awaited winter break approaches, students usually anticipate catching up on sleep or binge-watching their favorite shows after a semester loaded with assignments, projects, and exams. Sometimes,...

Caucus participant and University of Iowa freshman Mason Zaker checks his phone before a Republican caucus at Schaeffer Hall on February 3, 2020. The result of the locations preference poll was 14 votes for President Trump and 1 vote for former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.

Guest Opinion | Voting from our phones is not as beneficial as it seems

Sean Flaherty and Douglas Jones January 30, 2024

Last week, entrepreneur Bradley Tusk told a crowd at the Old Capitol that America should implement nationwide online voting. A longtime Internet voting promoter, Tusk announced that he will publish...

UI graduate instructors John Jespen (Department of History) and Kassie Baron (Department of English), and associate professor Megan Knight (Department of Rhetoric) discuss why they will only teach online classes in the upcoming semester during a press conference over Zoom on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. They say returning to campus is a health risk for students and faculty, as well as members of the community.

Opinion | The ‘pandemic skip’ has left many lost and confused

Kennedy Lein, Opinions Contributor January 30, 2024

I may be about to graduate college, but the drastic effects of the pandemic have left me feeling like I am still 17 years old. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a widespread, uneasy feeling of lost time...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds opens the Faith and Freedom Presidential Town Hall at the Iowa Events Center on Sept. 16, 2023. The event had ten Republican candidates speak for a crowd of over 1,000. Reynolds spoke to the audience about her work on changing laws around abortion and gender-affirming care.

Opinion | Iowa’s hungry kids deserve better

Evan Weidl, Opinions Editor January 25, 2024

For Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, “taking candy from a baby” is not so much a figure of speech as it is a legislative goal. Last month, Iowa state officials announced the state would not participate in...

Iowa City Community School District Board member Lisa Williams, President Ruthina Malone, and Vice-President J.P. Claussen as seen at the Educational Services Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Opinion | Iowa City K-12 students will have better relationships due to restorative justice

Natalie Nye, Opinions Columnist January 24, 2024

Iowa City schools are making great strides to provide positive reinforcement discipline for students. Other school districts in Iowa should follow Iowa City’s lead. The Iowa City Community School...

The Old Capitol Building is seen in Iowa City, on April 26, 2023.

Guest Opinion | UI AAUP chapter concerned with proposed College of Liberal Arts and Sciences policy

January 23, 2024

Last fall, the Executive Committee of the University of Iowa chapter of The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) became concerned, and then alarmed, about the UI administration’s proposed...