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Regent calls cuts to higher education funding an ‘attack on our three public universities’

The slashing of state financial support for Iowa’s public universities over the last two years is “the worst state government public attack on our three public universities” Larry McKibben has seen during his five years on the Iowa Board of Regents, McKibben said on Thursday. The lack of adequate state funding for higher education is […]

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UI President Bruce Harreld finally meets with non-tenure track faculty protesting working conditions

A basement room in a police station isn’t typically the setting for negotiations between equals, but that’s the location University of Iowa officials chose for their Wednesday morning meeting with members of Faculty Forward Iowa (FFI). FFI, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, represents members of UI’s non-tenure track faculty seeking better working […]

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UI non-tenure track faculty stage a sit-in at President Bruce Harreld’s office (updated)

Update: This story has been updated since it was first published with information on the outcome of the sit-in protest. On Wednesday, members of the University of Iowa’s non-tenure track faculty staged a sit-in at UI President Bruce Harreld’s office. It was not the sort of raucous sit-in familiar from university protests in the 1960s. […]

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‘It was physically unpleasant and humiliating’: Tom Brokaw accused of sexual harassment

A former NBC news correspondent has accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment, Variety reported on Thursday. Linda Vester told the magazine Brokaw, a University of Iowa alum who anchored the NBC Nightly News for 22 years, made unwanted sexual advances that included physical contact on two occasions in 1990s. On Thursday night, The Washington Post […]

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‘We’re spread too thin’: UI non-tenure track faculty demand better working conditions

Despite freezing temperatures and threatening skies, approximately 60 people gathered on the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest on Wednesday afternoon to show support for members of the university’s non-tenure track faculty who are demanding better working conditions. Following a 20-minute rally, the crowd marched to UI President Bruce Harreld’s office to deliver a letter explaining their […]

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Peaceful protest by high school students won’t hurt their admission chances at Iowa universities

Iowa’s three public universities have announced that being disciplined for participating in peaceful political protests won’t hurt the chances of high school students applying for admission. […]

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‘From whiz kid to college dropout’: Tom Brokaw on his time at the University of Iowa

Tom Brokaw, the University of Iowa dropout who went on to host the NBC Nightly News for 22 years, announced in Nov. 2016 that he was donating his personal archive of materials from his long career to UI. After a year of a preparation, that archive was opened to students and researchers on Thursday. It is housed in the Special Collections of the UI Main Library. […]

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Federal judge orders UI to restore official status of Christian group suing the university

On Tuesday, a federal district court judge ordered the University of Iowa to reinstate Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) as an official student organization for 90 days. The 10 member organization was stripped of its status in November, following an investigation by university officials of a compliant by a former group member, who claimed he was prevented from serving in a leadership role because he is gay. […]

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Five UI student groups file a brief supporting Christian group’s lawsuit against the university

Five faith-based student organizations at the University of Iowa have filed a brief in federal court supporting the lawsuit filed against UI by Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), after the university stripped the 10-member group of its official recognition as a UI campus organization, because university officials determined it had violated anti-discrimination laws and policies. Four of the groups — Chi Alpha, 24:7, Ratio Christi and Christian Medical & Dental Associations — define themselves as Christian. The fifth, Chabad on Campus, identifies itself as Jewish. […]

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UI student organizer who became Obama staffer publishes oral history on ’08 Caucuses

In 2007, University of Iowa student Chris Liddell-Westefeld co-founded Iowa Students for Barack Obama. Today, the 10th anniversary of Obama’s win in the Iowa Caucuses, Liddell-Westefeld published outtakes from those interviews with Crooked Media. […]

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