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Grab a camera — the City Nature Challenge is coming to Iowa City for the first time

What began as a way for scientists to tap into the (mostly) friendly rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco is now an international event, and this year Iowa City is joining the City Nature Challenge. The challenge is open […]

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With a call for ‘fresh eyes,’ Chuck Swanson announces retirement from Hancher

In a heart-festooned shirt, with red paper hearts adorning the wall behind him, Hancher Auditorium executive director Chuck Swanson announced his retirement to members of the Hancher Partners program via a Valentine’s-themed video emailed out early Tuesday morning. “I really […]

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As spring semester gets underway, the grad student union pushes UI to improve its ‘worst in the Big 10’ pandemic policies

On Jan. 11, a week before classes started for the University of Iowa’s spring semester, the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) Local 896, the union representing UI grad students, sent a letter to the Iowa Board of Regents and […]

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UI’s 10-year facilities plan calls for historic buildings to be demolished, renovated, bought and sold

The University of Iowa presented its 10-year facilities master plan to the Board of Regents Wednesday, earning state approval to move forward with a range of renovations across campus. These changes — which are subject to evolve as UI carries […]

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MLK Day in Johnson County will include opportunities for public service, as well as storytime and art events for kids

It’s been 54 years since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the final speech of his life, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” King had traveled to Memphis, Tennessee at the beginning of April 1968 to support striking workers from the city’s […]

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Humans squirm among specimens in a new short film set in the UI Museum of Natural History

When Stephanie Miracle moved to Iowa City in 2019, she visited the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History in Macbride Hall with her 1-year-old son. “I totally fell in love with this museum space. I immediately started to dream […]

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So, ‘some jackass’ stole your bike? Welcome to Iowa City.

Robert Henderson bikes to get around Iowa City. It’s his main transportation. He works at Carlos O’Kelly’s cooking, washing dishes and bussing tables. He locks his bicycle behind the building by the dumpster. There’s a locked gate, too, just in […]

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UI student sues two former FIJI members she accuses of sexual assault, as well as the fraternity’s UI chapter and its national organization

A University of Iowa student has filed a civil lawsuit against the university’s  Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, or FIJI, alleging that two members of fraternity raped her at a party on Sept. 4, 2020. Makéna Solberg filed the lawsuit in […]

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‘I hope it’s gonna be a catalyst’: City dedicates the Oracles of Iowa City mural

The Oracles of Iowa City mural is finally completed after months of work. The figures stand tall over East Burlington Street with two stark messages: “Black joy needs no permission” and “Weaponize your privilege to save Black bodies.” Artists Antoine […]

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University of Iowa is adding a women’s wrestling team

The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced on Thursday morning it is adding a women’s wrestling program. The department anticipates the women wrestlers to begin competing in the 2023-24 season, according to a news release. UI Athletics said the addition […]

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COVID-19: Almost 12,000 new cases, 64 more deaths; UI’s ‘few protections’ get national attention

In its weekly update on Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported another 11,723 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a 39 percent increase from the 8,408 new cases during the previous seven-day reporting period. The rate of new cases in […]

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