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Meet the UI’s first female drum majors, leaders and entertainers during WWII

When UI drum major Analisa Iole stepped onto the Kinnick Stadium football field this past fall, she was celebrated as the Hawkeye Marching Band’s first female major since WWII. But who were Iole’s predecessors, the women who served as leaders in the community while U.S. service members (including Nile Kinnick) were overseas? […]

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Kevin ‘B.F.’ Burt, International Blues Challenge champion, reflects on Iowa’s rich blues history

Kevin “B.F.” Burt is unstoppable. Burt was the second Iowan to win an award at the festival, the first Iowan to win in the Solo/Duo category and the first artist in the festival’s 34-year history to sweep the solo categories—he also won the Solo/Duo Cigar Box Guitar Award for most promising acoustic player and the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award. […]

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UI symposium Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence and Social Justice draws top scholars

Human memory is a tricky thing. It’s all too brief: How well can you recall your grandmother’s voice? Did your best friend in elementary school have green eyes or blue? It’s fickle, too: Your high school locker combination may be etched in stone while your ATM card PIN continually eludes you. And it’s notoriously unreliable: studies have shown that even the clearest memories formed during high-stress events are often flat out incorrect, and that each time you bring an old memory to the surface, you risk smudging it as you refile it again. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: ‘Law and Order: SVU’ echoes Trump’s problematic ‘both sides are bad’ narrative

Contrary to a recent Law and Order: SVU episode, the Anglo-American tradition of law enforcement touted by Jeff Sessions has been one of white supremacy — and police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country are still trying to grapple with that.
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Remembering Dennis Jones, Iowa City’s sound guy

Those who contribute the most to local music scenes often make the least amount of noise. This was certainly true of the late Dennis Jones, an unassuming sound engineer who could regularly be seen operating the sound board for Iowa City’s Friday Night Concert Series, as well as at hundreds of club shows, benefits and other local events over the past three decades, until his death at the age of 68 on Feb. 9. […]

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Hot Tin Roof: How to Get Rid of Bruises: Seven Easy Tips

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#1: Apply ice packs to the bruise.
We existed within an infinite number of universes, he and I. You do, too. In these other universes, there are other yous doing other things. In one, you stand and breathe; in another, you sit and blink. In another, you stand on your hands, and you blink twice as fast and three times as often. Maybe, maybe not. […]

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Album Review: BEES — Shady Lady EP

The early 1970s was a dynamic time for country music. The old guard of ’50s and ’60s country artists started taking a backseat to the rise of artists crossing over with rock and R&B who took over the Top 40: artists like Glen Campbell, Mac Davis, John Denver, Elvis in his post-’68 Comeback period, Jerry Reed and J.J. Cale. […]

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Astrology forecast Feb. 21-March 6

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In her novel The Round House, writer Louise Erdrich reminisces about how hard it was, earlier in her life, to yank out the trees whose roots had grown into the foundation of her family’s house. “How funny, strange, that a thing can grow so powerful even when planted in the wrong place,” she says. Then she adds, “Ideas, too.” Your first assignment in the coming weeks, my dear Pisces, is to make sure that nothing gets planted in the wrong place. Your second assignment is to focus all your intelligence and love on locating the right places for new seeds to be planted. […]

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