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Ignoring tough climate solutions won’t make the problem go away

Ignoring tough climate solutions won’t make the problem go away

December 1, 2015

Monday marked the beginning of Conference of Parties, a global climate-change conference in Paris. Last year’s conference in Lima, Peru, ended with a draft of a document called the “Lima Call for Climate Action.” With each passing year, relatively drastic climate-change legislation becomes more ne...

Mixed news for the UI’s national standing

Mixed news for the UI’s national standing

September 17, 2015

According to a new release of college and university rankings, the University of Iowa has tumbled in three distinguishing categories: schools for veterans, public universities, and overall ranking. U.S. News & World Report posted its annual “Best College” report last week, and the UI is positi...

We can take in more refugees

We can take in more refugees

September 15, 2015

As the Syrian refugee crisis unfolds, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. needs to take a more active and vigilant role in resettlement. The four-year civil war has displaced more than 2 million Syrians, and it isn’t the only crisis facing the region. The swath of Asia is experienc...

Working to live, not living to work

Working to live, not living to work

September 14, 2015

On Labor Day, President Obama signed into action an executive order that would allow up to seven days of sick paid leave for federal contractors and subcontractors. This executive order bolsters the president’s plans to further improve the workplace environment nationwide along with pay raises, discrimi...

Speak up, greeks

Speak up, greeks

September 11, 2015

This week, a video of sophomore members in the University of Iowa Alpha Phi sorority chapter was uploaded and quickly went viral. It features a large group of women chanting lyrics ranging from drinking to degrading members of other sororities. Without going into all of the crude specifics, one lyric directs mem...

Learn from the war on drugs in criminal-justice reform

Learn from the war on drugs in criminal-justice reform

September 9, 2015

Drug use increased in the United States throughout the 1980s and ’90s. In response, Congress enacted increasingly elaborate and harsh legislation. The objective was to curb drug use and create safer communities. It’s known today as the war on drugs. Thirty years later, the “war” has had an...

The rise of non-politicians

Donald Trump gives a speech during the Freedom Summit in the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. During he speech, Trump said he was concidering running for office. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)

September 8, 2015

Politicians as a whole, it appears, would be well served by a rebranding. In the latest GOP poll by Monmouth University, the top two candidates in the Republican Party race have no political careers. Donald Trump, who neither needs nor deserves an introduction, led the first poll following the R...

Our new UI president, an academic outsider

The new UI President Bruce Harreld addresses the crowd during a meeting in the IMU on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (File photo/The Daily Iowan)

September 4, 2015

As promised, the state Board of Regents selected the next president of the University of Iowa on Thursday: Bruce Harreld, a business consultant with no academic administrative experience. Harreld’s UI-provided résumé lists him as managing principal of Executing Strategy, while his LinkedIn listed hi...

Reconsider regents’ funding model for Iowa universities

Reconsider regents’ funding model for Iowa universities

September 3, 2015

The state Board of Regents has asked for nearly $16 million in new funds for the public universities in the state. Well, not all the public universities — only ISU and UNI. The proposed increase for the University of Iowa is $0. The UI still receives the most state money in general-fund appropri...

Obama’s controversial Arctic trip

Obama’s controversial Arctic trip

September 2, 2015

On Monday, President Obama embarked on a three-day tour of Alaska and the Arctic in an effort to increase awareness of climate change and the need for increased American involvement in the region. The president has been notably ambitious in his work to bolster policies meant to combat climate change...

Johnson County workers deserve $10.10 minimum wage

Johnson County workers deserve $10.10 minimum wage

September 1, 2015

In conjunction with the popularized “Fight for 15” national narrative, the Democratic Party on Aug. 28 incorporated a $15 minimum wage standard into its platform. On Aug. 27, closer to home, local officials reached agreement on implementing a minimum-wage hike. The Johnson County Board of...

Our concerns in the search for a new UI president

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August 31, 2015

Former University of Iowa President Sally Mason retired earlier this year, and the state Board of Regents is wasting no time in finding her replacement. The current interim president of the UI, Jean Robillard, is also the vice president for Medical Affairs at the university. But his time running the a...