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Welcome, from UNI President stand out and excel. We are nationally recognized for our high educational standards, commitment to assuring the success of our students and providing learning opportunities outside the classroom. There are so many reasons UNI is the “Right Fit:” • As a student success-focused university, our great UNI faculty puts students first. They bring their experience and expertise into the classroom and supplement their courses with knowledge gained through intensive research and discovery as well as service and engagement. • Undergraduate students can enhance their knowledge and skills

through student-faculty research and collaboration beginning their very first year at UNI. • UNI is the most affordable public university in the state. We continue to offer a quality education that’s accessible and affordable. Our loan indebtedness has decreased by 13 percent over the past six years. • We offer LivingLearning Communities in each of our 10 residence halls. Students are surrounded by other students who share their interests, whether academic or non-academic. • Our College of Education is the largest of Iowa’s 32 teacher education

programs. More than 450 new teachers graduate from UNI each year. • Students, faculty and staff have access to one of America’s best college dining services, outstanding health and wellness services, a performing arts complex, venues for playing and watching sports and much more. Be prepared to meet new people and make new friends…new student orientation is your chance to show everyone that you are Purple for Life! We look forward to meeting you this summer!

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Northern

Iowa. We are thrilled that you will be joining the Panther family! Since this February, I have been honored to serve UNI students, faculty and staff as president of this great university. I have found UNI to be a place committed to the success of our students and to ensuring that each student reaches his or her educational, professional and personal life goals. It is easy for me to see why UNI is the “right fit” for so many students. UNI is that unique combination of the resources of a large university with a small college commitment to its students — where students can really

Welcome to UNI! We are very excited to welcome the incoming class to our wonderful campus. As you begin your adventure here in Cedar Falls, we wanted to inform you about your governing body here at the university.

As a student you are represented by Northern Iowa Student Government — a group comprised of several senators from each college that make up the legislative branch, a group of justices that make up the judicial

branch and several upper cabinet members as well as the president and vice president that form an executive branch. Our goal is to represent and protect the best interests of the students here at the university across the campus, community and state. Northern Iowa Student Government works to support our 250+ student organizations by allocating over $300,000 dollars annually. We also coordinate lobbying

efforts on behalf of students, work diligently on student-led initiatives, create connections with alumni and work directly with administration to continue to make Northern Iowa an amazing place to get an education. We are actively looking to expand the reach of the student voice, so if NISG sounds like a way you would enjoy getting involved, consult our website (https:// to see how you

can get involved as a senator, lower cabinet director, justice or committee member. We would love to add you to our outstanding team as we work to make our vision for campus a reality this year. Once again, welcome to your new home! We’re glad you’re a Panther!

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President Mark Nook was named UNI’s 11th president Feb. 1 of this year.

—Mark A. Nook UNI President

NISG President and VP welcome new UNI students

—Jamal White, Student Body President —Tristan Bernhard, Student Body Vice President

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Jamal White and Tristan Bernard are the newly elected NISG president and vice president, respectively.

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Welcome, There’s no business from Dean like UNIBusiness of Students Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa. We are excited you have chosen UNI as your new home away from home. This is a great campus with awesome students, faculty and staff.  I am Leslie Williams, your Dean of Students.  The Office of the Dean of Students is here to help you be successful at UNI.  The Office of the Dean of Students consists of several offices to support students.  We have Student Disability Services, LGBT* Center, Military and Veteran Student Services, Student Conduct and students of concern.  We also house the Spiritual Leaders Association and Parents Association. To make the most of your experience at UNI, we encourage you to get involved.  We have more than 250 student organizations in which you can participate.  If you have an idea for a new organiza-

tion, you can also create your own new group. In addition, we have the Traditions Challenge that can help you get involved in a variety of activities other students at the university have created that symbolize the student experience at UNI.  If you complete enough Traditions by the time you graduate, you can participate in the Traditions Keepers Ceremony and wear a medallion at commencement. We know that students have many life issues that happen while trying to complete college.  If you ever have a concern, need to miss class for a family emergency, or just need assistance to find out resources available to you, please know staff are here to help you.  Do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you! Please check out all of our resources available at deanof-

We welcome you to UNI. You have chosen a great institution; one that has earned numerous accolades across the entire university. At the College of Business Administration (UNIBusiness) we are proud to hold AACSB accreditation — an honor achieved by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide. This accreditation is a symbol of our dedication to your success. Our faculty delivers a top-notch education that includes professional development inside and outside the classroom. UNIBusiness students have been known to participate in over 31,000 If you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to email me at deanofstudents@uni. edu. Warm regards, ­­­— Leslie Williams, Ed.D. Dean of Students

The Department of Communication Studies

at UNI is diverse & dynamic The Department of Communicaaon Studies provides majors in: Communicaaon, B.A Communicaaon-Theatre Teaching, B.A. Digital Media, B.A. (Emphasis areas in Digital Journalism, Digital Media Leadership, and Digital Media Produccon) Public Relaaons, B.A. Poliical Communicaaon, B.A.

We are dedicated to providing students with a variety of experiences that prepare them for careers in communicaaon related fields such as: Admissions Counselor Editor/Wriing Consultant Event Management Director Human Resources Management Journalist/Photojournalist/Reporter Mullmedia Developer Social Media Specialist Teacher/Theatre Director Television/Web Producer Web Designer

For more informaaon on majoring in the Department of Communicaaon Studies please contact: Ms. Marilyn Shaw Advising Cooridator, Lang Hall 369 319-273-7478

Ms. Lori Johnson Department Advisor, Lang Hall 333 319-273-3792

client project hours for over 100 different national and international companies! This hands-on, realworld learning experience, combined with our unique Professional Readiness Program, will arm you with the confidence, assertiveness and professionalism employers expect. As a UNIBusiness student, don’t be surprised to: + Receive an entry-level salary offer between $40K and $60K/year + Fly free to various locations around the globe + Receive a job offer in

accounting as a sophomore. Take full advantage of your time at UNI — participate in student organizations and explore various study abroad and internship opportunities. After you discover all that is offered, I’m confident you’ll see that your career potential in business is limitless. We are proud to have you as a member of our university. Welcome to UNI! — Leslie K. Wilson Dean College of Business Administration #GetReadyForBusiness

Welcome, from the UNI College of Education Welcome freshmen students! I’m excited you have joined the UNI community. As dean of the College of Education, I’m glad to serve with a dynamic group of faculty and staff. Our faculty are committed to student learning in the classroom and beyond. They also are engaged with scholarly and practice-oriented research with a focus on the application of theory to the real-world. What you will experience is that faculty strive to graduate students who are interested in what an education enables them to be and not just what it prepares them to do. Our staff are also committed to providing consistent, high-quality and appropriate academic advising, mentoring, and nurturing and coaching to ensure your academic and personal success. Further, the range of services available at the university are to help you be successful. We will do all that we can to ensure that you are successful — but you must do your part as well. During your academic studies, you may have the opportunity to take classes in the newly renovated Schindler Education Center which is designed

with new technologies to improve teaching and learning, including a onestop shop for student services for teacher education majors (i.e. Advising Office, Teacher Education Office & Department of Teaching for field experience and student teaching). In the College of Education, our undergraduate and graduate students are prepared for careers that range from elementary, middle-level and special education teachers to school psychologists, educational leaders, environmental health specialists, athletic trainers, nonprofit professionals, early childhood education providers, college faculty members, health education specialists, physical education teachers and beyond. I hope you’ll explore our website to learn more about the College of Education — the departments and their programs, as well as our faculty and staff. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and wish you a wonderful start to your college experience at UNI! — Gaëtane Jean-Marie, Ph.D. Dean and Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair of Leadership in Education


Dean of CSBS Welcome, from Dean welcomes you of CHAS On behalf of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS), I want to welcome you to the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Our faculty and students focus on studying and solving real-world problems, from integrating immigrants in Iowa and the causes of war in Africa, to effective crime prevention strategies and how natural disasters impact communities. We have programs that address family relations and the psychology of personality, pre-law, the role of gender and race in society, globalization and the history and politics of every region in the world. With most people changing careers several times over the course of their lives, we provide students with the skills to succeed and adapt to changing markets, not just for a job. Our students learn from faculty using innovative teaching techniques and classrooms equipped with the latest technology. CSBS is committed to

providing student experiences such as internships, field experiences, faculty-student research opportunities and international study abroad programs that enhance the value of a UNI education and prepare students to succeed in a global society and economy. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences teaches heavily in the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) because we are committed to the idea of a quality undergraduate education as the key to a lifetime of learning, whatever careers students pursue. At the same time, our faculty members engage in world-class research, receiving funding from government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Justice and the Fulbright Commission, among others. We invite you to explore the people and programs of CSBS! — Brenda Bass Dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences welcomes you to the University of Northern Iowa. The faculty, staff and students of the college represent a broad range of interests. Students in can choose from majors in the departments of Art, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Languages and Literatures, Mathematics, Philosophy and World Re l i g i o n s, P hy s i c s, Technology, Theatre and the School of Music. Available minors include Ethics, Professional Writing, Women’s & Gender Studies, and Statistics. Think, Create, Discover — CHAS students are actively engaged in experiential learning! Our students conduct scientific research, write poetry, create works of art, perform in plays and music ensembles and are award-winning leaders in campus-wide stu-

dent organizations. This year, students participated in the National Cyber Defense Competition and the National Debate Tournament, wowed audiences with their performances in the musical Into the Woods, and characterized the potential for flooding and contaminant transport in a local watershed. You also will find outstanding faculty committed to student success. CHAS faculty have received national recognition for their research, scholarship, and creative activity and numerous teaching awards. In the past year alone, for e xample, Communication Studies faculty received prestigious

awards for service, teaching and research from the National Communication Association, and the Midwest One Advising Award and James Lubker Faculty Research Award recipients and two-thirds of the Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence recipients were CHAS faculty members. Please take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you at UNI, both inside and outside the classroom. And, most importantly, welcome to UNI! Sincerely, — John Fritch Dean, CHAS


Campaniling: dodge those bricks SHELBY WELSCH Staff Writer

“Campaniling” has been a UNI tradition since the Campanile’s early years here on campus, which dates back to the 1920s. What came to be known as “Campaniling” started many years ago when UNI was the Iowa State Teacher’s College. According to UNI’s website, the tradition started with young men calling random numbers in the female dorms and requesting to meet under the Campanile at night for a secret rendezvous. When the time came to meet up, the men would hide in the bushes by the Campanile and wait for their secret “date” to appear so they could scope out the prospect. If the woman was up to the man’s “standards,” he would pop out of the bushes and introduce himself. If he was not “feeling it,” he would turn around and go home, leaving the poor damsel alone at the Campanile. The old ways of Campaniling have since been left behind, and the tradi-

tion has now evolved into more of a fun and innocent way to get a midnight kiss under the Campanile on Homecoming night. There is also an ancient UNI tale that if a student doesn’t kiss anybody under the Campanile during Homecoming at least once during their college career, a brick will fall from the Campanile and hit them on the head. So, either out of fearful superstition or a desire for romantic pursuits, students crowd around the Campanile on the Friday night of Homecoming week every year at midnight in the hopes of locking lips with that special someone — or just to kiss a random somebody. One UNI student, who asked to remain anonymous, once approached a girl under the Campanile 15 minutes before midnight, requesting that since they were both there alone, they should kiss to avoid that dreaded brick falling on their heads. “I told her it was for public safety that we kiss,” the student said with a laugh. “Sadly, she told me that she

was waiting for her boyfriend.” However, that didn’t stop him. He proceeded to make a deal with the girl. “I told her that if her boyfriend didn’t show up by 11:59, I would fill in as her boyfriend for the night and be her Homecoming kiss,” he continued. “And she agreed!” So, at 11:59 p.m., sure enough, the young lady’s boyfriend did not show up to retrieve his kiss. As a result, the student swooped in, and lo and behold, no bricks fell that night. “And we’ve been dating ever since,” he said with a smile. Some Campaniling experiences, however, do not have such a happy ending. Sophomore communications major Maddie Baetsle warned students not to turn around if somebody calls your name. “He might grab you by the face and make out with you using too much tongue,” Baetsle said. “It was bad.” Although sharing a Campanile kiss is an exciting memory for many UNI students, junior communications major Veda Largent

stressed that students should not feel pressured into k i s s i n g somebody. In fact, many students choose not to participate in the event at all, and t h e y ’ v e g raduated with very few abrasions from r a n d o m bricks falling from the sky. “It’s okay to tell somebody no if you don’t NI ARCHIVES want to The UNI Campanile, an iconic symbol of the university, kiss them,” has been on campus since 1926. Largent said. and watch everybody scram If a student is not in ble to find their kisses. the mood for a kiss, fresh “My freshman year, I just man communications major stood and watched everyHannah Oakie said that they body make out,” Oakie said. could also opt for the equal- “It was actually very fun and ly fun “creep-aniling,” where gave me a sense of fulfillyou stand in the background ment.”


Changing political rhetoric LEZIGA BARIKOR

Associate Campus Life Editor

The 2016 election and subsequent inauguration of President Donald Trump came as a shock to many, as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was favored to win. On college campuses, where political activism tends to be higher, the effects of Trump’s election have not gone unnoticed by students. Through a series of interviews, UNI students expressed what changes they have experienced in the campus political rhetoric climate since November of 2016. Some students reported seeing no obvious changes, but rather an undercurrent of politically charged tension. None of the students surveyed agreed on whether the campus political

rhetoric has gotten notably better or worse. Alexander Newkirk, a history third year graduate student, said, “I would say I don’t think it’s gotten worse or more chaotic necessarily, but I think people have become definitely more aware and cognizant of political issues.”

I think it’s been a lot of subliminal things that’s been going on, but nothing too crazy. Jameka Mosley

Freshman sociology and anthropology major

Newkirk further explains, saying, “There’s a general… vibe, you know? And you defi-


Alexander Newkirk (above) and Sashay Carroll both expressed similar ideas of sensing an aura of political tension on campus.

nitely get a sense from people that things are a lot more heated now in a certain sense.” Freshman sociology and anthropology double major Jameka Mosley, echoed this sentiment. “I think it’s been a lot of subliminal things that’s been going on, but nothing like too crazy,” Mosley said. Newkirk says political topics can’t be spoken of because ideological polarization that leads to debates. He said debates get more heated than usual. Sophomore social work major Sashay Carroll also said there has been a recent surge in heated political discussions. “I feel like I have to be more cautious,” Carroll said. She says she doesn’t see this as a change in the campus political climate. “In my Social Welfare of the World class last semester, we were talking about it when [Trump] was first elected, and it is really heated because people have really strong opinions about it,” Carroll said. “I think that it’s just a topic that people just agree to disagree on.” Samantha Connor, a first year deciding major said the campus political climate has gotten a lot worse. She says there has been increased polarization among students who choose to affiliate themselves to a political party. “If a student makes a comment that is blatantly liberal, a Republican student will say, ‘Disregard them.’ Or you’ll either just see in your classes these looks of like, ‘Oof, did you really just say that?’” Connor said. “There’s the polarization happening, and you’ll get into heated debates and no one’s really right or wrong…It becomes a yelling match because no one’s willing to listen to what the other side has to say.” Newkirk thinks the biggest change is the growth in political awareness among the student body. He cited the student rally that occurred on Nov. 16 after the 2016 elections on the Maucker Union rooftop as an example. The Northern Iowan reported around 50 students were in attendance. “There necessarily wasn’t any concrete political platform; it was just people airing, you know, grievances and stories and concerns about the future of discourse in America,” Newkirk said. Other students have noticed the political conversations growing in intensity online. “We have this UNI Confession page on Twitter, and it’s anonymous. You can send tweets into that page


Jameka Mosley (left) and Nikia Watson (right) both said the UNI Confessions Twitter page has an impact on the campus political climate.

— they’ll just put them out no matter what it is,” said Mosley. “And I think a lot of people put their opinions of either Trump or what’s going on in the minority community, or the campus in general…That’s how they get their opinion out there because that’s such a large audience.” As of press time, the main UNI Confessions Twitter account has over 14,000 followers and has been active since January of 2014. Nikia Watson, sophomore political science major, added to Mosley’s comment. “I just feel like it makes it very easy for people to share their real opinions on things versus if you were to ask someone to their face, they won’t probably say what they really mean,” Watson said. “Plus, since the page is anonymous, it does give people a platform to just share how they really feel, rather those thoughts are ignorant or not.” Despite this, Watson feels the university is doing a good job at pushing for better diversity and inclusion on campus. “The vision of the university has changed — they made it their goal to increase diversity here and we’re doing more things with promoting

ical.” Sanchez cited recent actions by the Trump administration to increase Immigration and Customs Enforcemnt (ICE) raids, border patrols and the attempted travel ban as being a cause for her concerns. Sanchez said she wants to see more than verbal support for students in the Hispanic and Latino community; she wants to see political action. Her sentiments were also supported by Janine Baeza, senior psychology major. Baeza said that she feels more uncomfortable now, and that she wants to see more support through actions, rather than in words. But the political climate on campus hasn’t been noticed by everyone. Christopher Boranian, a senior majoring in technology management and manufacturing design, said he hasn’t noticed anything changing at UNI. “I’d probably say, for the most part, everyone had kind of gone on with their regular business,” Boranian said. However, according to history graduate student Alex Pauls, the political rhetoric has heightened on campus since primary season. He says students have become more


Janine Baeza (left) and Ashley Sanchez (right) both expressed concerns that the UNI community speaks up, but lacks action.

more ethnic students and more multicultural events,” Watson said. But junior Spanish and psychology double major Ashley Sanchez said she does not feel supported by the university. “This semester I’ve mainly just seen a lot of faculty not being able to take a stance due to it being too political,” Sanchez said. “But we’re past the point of it being too polit-

set in their ways, “whether they follow a conservative, a liberal, a progressive agenda.” “And any discussions you might have has become pretty contentious, not surprisingly,” Pauls added. Although these UNI students have all had uniquely different experiences of the campus political climate, the conversations are still continuing at the university level.


Roommate Do’s and Don’ts SARAH RITONDALE Staff Writer

Roommates: they are the staple of the college experience along with tests, papers and learning to love coffee. Living with another person, sometimes a complete stranger, can be difficult, but for most it is a fond memory of growing into the college experience. The list of do’s and don’ts of living with another person is endless, however the way to any ideal living situation begins with understanding how to be a good roommate. “I would approach having a roommate with an open mind” said Kimberly Skoog, freshman digital media production major. Skoog found her roommate by signing up for a room that still had an empty bed. “You might not be best friends, but we had to be close enough that we could live together because it is hard to live with another person in such small quarters. So you have to get to know each other fairly well,” Skoog said. Brenna Bleeker, freshman early education major, agreed with Skoog when it comes to living with someone you do not know. Bleeker said she was worried because she could not get in contact with her future

roommate over the summer, but things turned around as the school year approached. “Living with Darcy is the best thing about my college life,” Bleeker said. “It’s always exciting because it’s fun to come back from our busy days and just be able to lay in bed and tell all of these funny stories that happened throughout the day and it’s like catching up but it’s exciting and hilarious all at the same time.” Haley Bunnell, freshman deciding major, said sometimes roommates just aren’t the right fit for each other, even if they do get along. “I got along with my roommate fine, however, we just were not the right fit for roommates,” Bunnell said. “She brought her boyfriend over all the time, we did not have the same views on the cleanliness of the room or who would take care of which chores such as taking the trash out or cleaning the sink.” Bunnell’s dissatisfaction with her living conditions led her to move in with a friend. She encouraged others to look for a solution that works best for them. “People should be aware that there is a solution to any living situation issue whether it is simply talking things out or making a drastic change such

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The key to living together is communication. The roommate experience teaches many freshmen critical social skills and tools for dealing with difficult, uncomfortable situations.

as moving out,” Bunnell said. Nolan Bulver, freshman communications major, emphasized that being an understanding roommate can go a long way when living together. “Don’t invade their personal space, but do adapt to how they live, just go with the flow,” Bulver said. Even though living with friends does not always work out, sophomore elementary education major Nicole Martin

had a great experience her freshman year with her best friend since first grade. “Living so close to one another we obviously argue about things but just having a good attitude and if something is bothering you just say it rather than bottling it up inside because that will just cause problems later on,” Martin states. “Obviously, you’re not going to like everything they

do but you have to pick your battles.” Sara Goodman, freshman global marketing major, said that communication is key when it comes to roommates. “I recommend that you’re always communicative and patient with one another,” Goodman said. “If you have a problem, talk about it and work to find a solution that works for both of you.”


there isn’t any confusion about which lots students can use. Visitor passes are obtained the same way as the student passes and are free. If a student does receive a ticket, it’s important to know how to pay it. A list of the penalties and fees can be found online, ranging from $5 to $75. That may not seem like a lot to some people but it can add up very quickly. If the infractions are constant, especially with habitual violators, they could be charged double the original fee. Once the violator receives the ticket, they have 10 days to do one of three things: pay the penalty (in Gilchrist or one of the ticket drop boxes in the lots outside of the WRC, Latham Field or the Gallagher Bluedorn), make an appointment to present an oral appeal to the appeals committee or file a written appeal online. Failure to pay during the allotted time frame results in additional penalties. The list of specific violations can be viewed online, but so long as people park in their lot, park in a legitimate spot and avoid driving in odd places, such as on the grass, tickets will not be issued.

Parking Tips for new UNI students When it comes to parking, there are certain things incoming freshmen should know, such as ways to avoid tickets, which can only pile up more debt for them. The people in the parking division in the department of public safety think it’s very important for freshmen to get a parking pass if they plan on bringing a car with them to school, as well as knowing how to avoid getting tickets. In order to obtain parking passes, people can go online or to their window in 30 Gilchrist Hall. Unfortunately, there are not enough spots for everyone, so it’s important to obtain this pass early. For students living on campus, they can obtain C, CP (C preferred) and R lot passes. CP cannot be obtained by incoming freshmen, and R permits cannot be used for spots in C lots or CP lots between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. Remember that these passes come at a cost. A C Lot parking pass costs $54.70 for the whole school year. For students living off campus, a pass can be obtained to park in the B Lots. The lots are labeled to ensure


Lit course uses experimental learning PRESTON JENSEN Staff Writer

College can be drastically different from high school, especially in terms of the type of learning that takes place. And now, for students who aren’t a fan of going to class but still enjoy the campus experience, UNI is developing a solution.

Having the hypridblended form of instruction allows many students to schedule their time appropriately for their busy lives. Jeffrey Copeland

Professor of languages & literatures

UNI has been conducting a new experimental teaching strategy. It is being tested in the Introduction to Literature course taught by Jeffrey Copeland, a professor in the department of

languages and literatures. According to Copeland, the class is broken down into three connected sections. The first section is the “face-to-face” portion of the course, which takes place in a traditional classroom setting. “During [this portion], the students learn about the elements of literature and how to use them when evaluating a piece of literature,” Copeland said. According to Copeland, the second portion of the class is devoted to “independent learning,” in which students work outside of the classroom and complete assignments online. Copeland described this portion of the class, saying, “The students are asked to practice the skills they have learned in the first part of the class, and to demonstrate their mastery of the material and concepts.” Copeland explained the third and final section of class, which is to allow students to become the teacher by designing course materials for other students. As

stated on the course syllabus, students will do this by creating a slideshow presentation on a story of their choice from the class textbook. According to the assignment description, students must prepare a slideshow that presents information that can help the reader better understand the story. At the end of the presentation, each student must make up at least five questions for the reader to answer. “When taken together, the three sections of the course teach the students about the world of literature, and, at the same time, allow them the opportunity to teach themselves, both now and in the future,” Copeland said. According to Copeland, part of the reason this course has been structured in this way is related to the growing number of outside responsibilities that students are forced to take on, especially with the cost of school on the rise. “Having the hybrid-blended form of instruction

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allows many students to schedule their time appropriately for their busy lives, both in and outside of school,” Copeland said. Rachel Tautges, a sophomore h u m a n resource and marketing management double major, is a member of the class and enjoys Courtesy Photo its flexible Jeffrey Copeland, professor in the department of schedule. & literatures, has recently taught an “By hav- languages Introduction to Literature course utilizing a unique hybrid ing half of model of learning. the course online, I liked how it opened dents still prefer that type my schedule up,” Tautges of learning experience. said. “In short, many peoAccording to Copeland, ple [still] appreciate the thus far a vast majority of time interacting in class students have taken a liking and don’t care for the time to this style of course, say- working independently,” ing he has gotten a lot of Copeland said. positive feedback. According to Tautges, Copeland said that stu- she still prefers the tradidents have felt the inde- tional face-to-face style of pendent part of the class learning in a because it can has allowed them to view be easy to miss insights that literature in a whole new one’s teachers could have on way, opening up how the particular subjects. interpret what they read. “I just don’t think you However, according to can learn as much from an Copeland, although he sees online class,” Tautges said. the possibility of hybrid Regardless of students’ classes gaining populari- own learning style preferty in the future, there will ences, it is clear that course always be a need for face- structure and educationto-face classes. In fact, he al opportunities can vary has noticed that many stu- widely here at UNI.


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A letter from CAB Dear Incoming Freshmen, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and its events are the perfect showcase of what the University of Northern Iowa has to offer you. CAB puts on fun and entertaining events that are open to all students. Nearly all of our events are free to UNI students (with the exception of concerts), so there’s no reason to pass up the opportunity. In Fall of 2017, CAB will be holding at least two events each month, which is more frequent than other student organizations. This allows you to accommodate a CAB event into your schedule. Incoming students, you’ll get to join current UNI students at a Hypnotist show, solve a Murder Mystery and show off your poker face at a Casino Night, just to give you an idea. Campus Activities Board also organizes larger events such as a concert, homecoming and CABapalooza, our end of the year event in April. Overall, through its events and opportunities, CAB provides a sense of community within the UNI student body and you can socialize with new people you may not have met otherwise. CAB presents students the opportunity to get involved behind the scenes at our events. We have six committees that any student can join: Concerts, Publicity, Film, Speakers, Variety and Spirit. You could join one or any combination of committees you are interested in. Even if you only choose one committee, you can still volunteer to help with other committee’s events! This gives you the chance to voice your opinion on, influence and help run successful future CAB events. As an organization, we strive to truly entertain, educate and create to reach the diverse needs and interests of our University of Northern Iowa family. We’d love to see you get involved with this mission or to just come to our events and enjoy yourself.

Sincerely, Olivia Novak and Carly Felice, Co-Presidents

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Lawther Hall set to reopen in fall SARAH RITONDALE Staff Writer

Incoming UNI freshmen will have an opportunity that few graduating seniors had: a chance to live in Lawther Hall. After an approximately two-year renovation process, the residence hall that first opened in the summer of 1940 has now been completely reconstructed. According to Annie Karr, the assistant director of residence, the renovation’s total construction cost was close to $15 million. The once all-female dormitory is now a co-ed hall and offers several new amenities different from other dorms on campus. “I am excited to live somewhere that is not like any other dorms on campus,” said Haley Bunnell, a freshman deciding major. “Since I live in Bender Hall, I know what it is like to live in a box where everyone’s room is exactly the same. I am also excited to be so close to the middle of campus!” Lawther Hall will offer the first suite style dormitory on campus. (Panther Village and Roth Hall are

apartment style complexes.) Although Lawther lacks the kitchen and living room aspect, most rooms will feature a bathroom. “I feel like it is a mix of the two,” Bunnell said, referring to apartment and traditional dormitory style living. Lawther will now feature semi-private and private bathrooms in some of the individual rooms. There are some areas of the building that will have a shared floor bathroom, rather than every room having a bathroom. One of Lawther’s benefits is being ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible with the installation of an elevator and three new entrances to the building. Moreover, the building now features full air conditioning and more inclusive housing options. In addition to the new amenities, the people involved with the renovation process wanted to maintain Lawther Hall’s historical significance. “It was due for a complete renovation,” said Dave Peerman, director of residence facilities. “As our oldest residence hall on campus,

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Lawther Hall will be reopening as a co-ed hall in August of 2017 after a renovation process that lasted nearly two years and cost a total of $15 million.

a lot of people love Lawther so we want to do everything we can to stay connected to its original heritage.” Karr agreed with this sentiment, saying, “It has a lot of historical value to it.” Part of that history involves a ghost story. For years, the fourth floor of Lawther Hall was infamous for being the home of a ghost named Augie, the sightings of whom were first reported back in 1977. Augie has been thought to reside in Lawther’s top floor, affectionately dubbed “Augie’s Attic.” This urban legend is just one example of Lawther Hall’s rich history here at UNI. Construction workers were told to do everything they can to preserve parts of the buildGABRIELLE LEITNER/Northern Iowan ing that have been The newly renovated Lawther Hall will be the first suite style dormitory on campus andthere since Lawther will feature both semi-private and private bathrooms.

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Hall’s inception. Because the building was entirely gutted, they chose certain aspects to keep intact, such as the stairwell. Elyjah Rivera, sophomore English education major, spoke about the transition to the new co-ed dormitory. “I think it will be really interesting being a part of the students who are a part of the transition from an all-women’s hall to one that is now mixed genders,” Rivera said. The price for a double room in Lawther Hall is $2,407 per semester. (The Towers and Quads are $2,237 and a two bedroom apartment in Panther Village is $3,554.) Students can log on to the Departments of Residence (DOR) website, as well as contact them to learn about the various prices of rooms and how they can contract a room in Lawther in the future.. “[The price] takes into consideration the newness of the building, the air con-

ditioning and then just the different types of rooms that are available. There are five different pricing structures for the five different room types,” Karr said. Another factor that plays into the rooms in Lawther is that if students live in a more traditional style room rather than a suite style room, there will still be a sink in the rooms without bathrooms. Also, every room is equipped with its own thermostat, so students can adjust the heating and cooling in their own rooms according to their personal preference. The building is open to all upper-class students starting at the sophomore level. Bunnell said she wants to feel more connected to campus, as well as to Lawther Hall’s historical background. “A room on the fourth floor would be preferred,” Bunnell said. “Not only do I get a cool view of campus, but I get to see what all the fuss about ‘Auggie’s Attic’ really is!”

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Football: 10/22/16 (Family Weekend) The UNI football team finished this year’s regular season 5-6; two games were won at home and three came on the road. One of these home games included a 61-7 victory over Missouri State University (MSU) on family weekend. The Panthers scored 17 points in both the first and second quarters, then in the third quarter they added a field goal to the mix and scored 20. They toned down their offensive approach in the fourth quarter and only put up seven after earning their 54 point lead. The Panthers took an early 3-0 lead just two minutes into the game and Michael Malloy found himself in the endzone after two back-to-back touchdown rushes from the goal line and added 14 points with three minutes left in the first. The second quarter looked exactly the same: UNI dominated the running game and started airing the ball out. Eli Dunne found Trevor Allen in the endzone on a 61-yard touchdown pass to put UNI ahead

31-0 before MSU scored their only points in the entire game. Dunne finished passing 25-33 and recorded a whopping 418-yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Malloy finished with two rushing touchdowns, and Tyvis Smith and J’Veyon Browning scored one each as well. The Panther’s ability to move the ball on the ground earned them 156 total rushing yards on 38 attempts that day. Defense was a huge party of the Panthers game plan this season, as well as this game specifically. Duncan Ferch, A.J. Allen and Elijah Campbell each recorded an interception and all three players returned their picks for over 20-yards. (Ferch 23-yards, Allen 25-yards and Campbell 42-yards). D’Shawn Dexter led the game with eight solo tackles, Karter Schult had five solo and one sack that cost MSU 11 yards. The Panthers’ big men recorded three sacks, and five tackles for a loss. UNI will begin this season with an away game against Iowa State; this year when these two teams played UNI won 25-20 as the Cyclones were unable to find an offensive rhythm, allowing the Panthers to take their shot and expose any missed opportunities by Iowa State.



Women’s Soccer: 9/7/16 A big game for the UNI women’s soccer team included their 6-1 victory over Midland University. A fierce offensive pressure featured the Panthers taking 30 shots (17 of which were close or on goal) compared to the Warriors’ seven total shots, of which only four were on goal. That being said, Midland did lead the game in total saves (11), UNI’s defense kept the ball

away from their own goal and only recorded three total saves; one in the first half and two in the second. Goals from that game came from Sarah Brant who had the first two of the game and became her third of the season. Just over 30 minutes in, Amber Nieland scored in the upper left corner, then to wrap things up, Jamie Althiser scored three consecutive goals and were her first three goals of the season.

12. Men’s Basketball: 1/18/17 Loyola University came to Cedar Falls to take on the men’s basketball team. The Panthers had a rough start to the season, just previously coming from a seven game losing streak. After a win against Drake to end the cold streak, the Panthers hosted Loyola and won 72-69 in a double overtime effort. Bennett Koch had 21 points, Jeremy Morgan had 17, Jordan Ashton dropped 13 and Luke McDonnell had 13 as well. Everyone played an overall good game; both teams wanted to win and neither would

go down easy. Loyola’s biggest flaw was only getting to the charity stripe eight times (only making six of their free throws). UNI scored 24 points off of fouls. I truly believe free throws can win games and this is a perfect instance of that claim; Koch led the team making 15 of his 17 attempts. By the end of the regular season, Koch was maintaining a .784 free throw percentage. His ability to draw fouls is a new skill a lot of professional players are now trying to master. The overtime effort itself was not even that great from both teams. After two

additional periods of play it is fair to assume everyone was gassed, resulting in a 30 percent shooting effort from both teams. UNI led the overtime box score shooting 3-8 from the field and 12-17 from the free throw line. This lead was nothing too special, but worth mentioning; Loyola shot 4-13 and made six of their seven free throws. With 1:29 left to play in the second overtime period, UNI’s only points came from the charity stripe while Loyola continued missing their jump shots and only recorded one three-pointer before time expired.

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Women’s Basketball: 3/4/17 (Senior Night)


In their last regular season game before the MVC tournament, the women’s basketball team won a close home game against Missouri State University (MSU) on senior night, with a final score of 65-64. Ellie Herzberg had herself quite a game, going 9-15 from the field and 3-7 from downtown. She went 2-2 from the free throw line and scored a total of 23 points with two assists and two steals. Madison Weekly had received a lot of recognition this season for her outstanding efforts on the court; against MSU, she dropped 13 points, three perfectly placed passes that led to assists and even recorded two steals. MSU had an all-around higher shooting percentage throughout the entire contest. The game-changer would be the points scored off turnovers. Despite better numbers on Missouri’s part, they also had 24 turnovers that UNI was able to turn into 28 points. UNI did have some issues with turning the ball over this season, but were able to keep themselves in check and only gave up 11 points off of 13 turnovers.

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nicole baxter staff writer The burning of Great Wall on the corner of 22nd and College Street in April of 2016 has ignited a series of new projects up and down the Hill, bringing apartments, restaurants, a bakery and more. UNI students are anticipating the changes brought about by this shake-up at the epicenter of Cedar Falls night life. “I would love to see more food options on the Hill. The more variety, the better,” said Sam Arndt, a sophomore manufacturing engineering technology major. Incoming freshmen will experience a drastically different College Hill. Two apartment complexes are expected to provide more options for student living directly on the Hill. Urban Flats, an apartment construction project located on 23rd Street between University Book and Supply and Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery, is nearing completion. These apartments, developed by UNI alumni Brent Dahlstrom and Ryan Kriener, are just a taste of what is to come in 2018. Dahlstrom and Kriener are taking on another residential project as well. The Landing, a five-story apartment complex offering ground-level parking and various apartment options close to campus, is

slated to occupy an L-shaped area behind the previous location of Great Wall Chinese Restaurant. The Landing will take the place of Ginger’s and IPPA to the west and border Great Wall’s former parking lot to the north. “We are hoping that the buildings are a new, fresh design,” Kriener said. “It just keeps encouraging landlords to improve and update their units, just to make it a more vibrant area.” According to the project developers of The Landing, around 3,000 square feet on the ground level of the building will be reserved for retail spaces. Kriener said there is interest in having a national chain restaurant located in a portion of that space along with other businesses. Urban Flats will also have retail space available, which a locally owned restaurant is likely to occupy. Dave Deibler, the Co-owner of Octopus College Hill and Mohair Pair and former president of the College Hill Partnership, said this type of expansion is exactly what the area needs. “I think there is a lot of room for growth, and I’m very happy with the development that is going on,” Deibler said. “What I want is a lot more density and a lot more busi-

nesses. I want more people to live down here so they don’t have to get in a car. They can walk and ride their bikes and we need to provide more services, more places to eat, more varied businesses.” With the addition of the two apartment complexes and their featured retail space, the Hill will be seeing more vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The matter of parking has been raised as a concern in the past. However, Deibler does not see it being an issue for his businesses. “I know a lot of people are concerned about parking,” Deibler said. “I think having parking problems is a sign that your neighborhood is successful.” Although a full parking lot may be a sign of a prosperous neighborhood, Deibler acknowledged that extra parking is never a bad thing to have available. “I know we need more parking, but we have a parking ramp that sits empty,” Deibler said. Deibler estimated that the parking garage located on 23rd Street behind Bartlett Hall is, on average, 17 percent unoccupied. “Every time I drive to the Hill I have a hard time finding a spot close to where I’m going,” said Molly Daugherty,

a junior finance and real estate major. “I always find a place eventually, but it would be more convenient to have additional parking lots.” As construction looks to improve the overall aesthetic of the area, parking does not seem to be a major factor in the plans to redevelop the Hill. The main goal of the College Hill Partnership (CHP) is to create an attractive atmosphere. The CHP utilizes tax increment financing (TIF) to aid in the betterment of the area. Deibler said the CHP plays the role of an invisible hand, which helps the small business owners accomplish things they could not do alone. “I think the original intention [of the CHP] was to create something that’s maybe similar to the community of Main Street,” Deibler said. “But [they] realized that College Hill is a lot different than downtown Cedar Falls. It is just a different world with different needs.” Although Main Street is a popular destination for many diners and shoppers, the Hill often attracts a different crowd. According to Deibler, the Hill is not historic like Main Street, as the atmosphere is younger and more energetic. While the new businesses

bring new life to the Hill, offering new housing and dining options, Arndt said it is not why he goes to College Street. “It would be nice to have some new places to get food, but when I think of the Hill, I think booze. To me, Main [Street] is where the food is,” said Arndt. Great Wall Chinese Restaurant is set to return in a new commercial structure occupying the space of their former parking lot on College Street. The construction design proposed by Levi Architecture of Cedar Falls accommodates four spaces in total, leaving room for three other tenets. The opening of Little Bigs, residing where Beck’s once did, marked the beginning of several new projects on the Hill. Andrea Geary recently opened Milkbox Bakery in the space formerly occupied by La Calle on College Street. Milkbox Bakery will sell homemade breads, pastries, croissants, doughnuts, cookies, cakes and more. Geary told the Courier that she is hoping the new location will be a nice place to build a community. It is unknown whether the owners of Gingers or IPPA intend on reopening at a new location in the future.



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— sam blatt, senior political science major

The LGBT Center is a great resource for growth of positive relationships, involvement and opportunities for inclusive environments. The LGBT Center helps spread awareness and education and you can meet people who challenge ideas with different perspectives.”

The LGBT Center has completely changed my life and college experience for the better. This is my happy place.” — nova cory, freshman sociology major

The LGBT Center has provided a safe haven for me since I came out and has made the process much easier. The people I have met through the center have changed my life and I will forever be grateful to have such an amazing space.” — emmett cory, sophomore psychology major

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The cme means a lot to me. it’s like my second home filled with my friends that have become a family to me.” — katia alford, freshman biology major

the cme is the place i come to unwind. it is a place where i can be myself and not feel like an outsider. being at a [primarily white institution], there are a lot of people i can’t relate to, but in the cme i have people who understand me.”

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Education center updated in spring SARAH RITONDALE Staff Writer

After a renovation process that lasted nearly two years, the Schindler Education Center re-opened at the beginning of the spring semester. The building has many new features that both faculty and students can take advantage of. Now that the building is open, education majors can not only have most of their classes in one space, but also have a comfortable place to study, enjoy a meal and meet up with other people. “I like the changes,” said Hunter Flesch, former NISG president and elementary and middle level education major. “Everything is a lot more fresh and clean. There is a lot more seating, which is really nice. It is a place where people actually want to be, so I see people I know all the time because they are actually sitting in here and not somewhere else more comfortable.” The changes made to Schindler range from the maintenance and classrooms to the navigation system to much more. Because the building had not been touched since it was built in the 1970s, many said it

was ready to be updated. “We weren’t using our lecture halls; everybody hated the classrooms so it really needed a lot of work,” said Rick Knivsland, field experience coordinator and chair for the Schindler Renovation Committee. Knivsland described some of the behind-the-scenes modifications to the building that were involved throughout the renovation process. “They basically gutted the whole building and replaced all the heating, cooling, air conditioning, electrical […] So half of our budget went towards the stuff that you don’t see behind the walls and above the ceiling and below the floor,” Knivsland said. Other than maintenance issues, the way students were being taught due to the layout of the classrooms was also outdated. Phil Simpson, director of facilities planning, explained the reasoning for the building renovation. “The building was built around an open classroom environment that had gone out in the early 1980s, and yet our building was still teaching classes in that open classroom environment,” Simpson said.


“So we really needed to update the pedagogy of the building and the way classes are being taught. That was the primary driver.” Schindler has a large seating area right at the entrance for students to sit amongst friends or study comfortably. This seating area, called the Great Room, houses the newest dining addition to campus, Schindigs. Schindler also offers differ-

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The main space of Schindler is large, open and bright. Tables, chairs and booths are available for students to lounge around.


Part of the Schindler Education Center’s extensive renovation included color-coding the entire building for easier navigation.

ent places within the building to study quietly that are farther away from the seating area of the Great Room. The Learning Stairs — a cement staircase used to walk to the first level — are also located in the Great Room, but the larger cork stairs are another place for students to sit and study or socialize. There is also a smaller library inside at the convenience of students and faculty. However, the new classrooms may be one of the most notable additions to the building. They are all equipped to better serve students with different needs. Even the lecture hall is equipped to aid people with hearing-related needs. There is also a classroom referred to as the TEAL lab in which there are large screens throughout the room allowing for small group work if desired. One thing that students will notice just from walking into the building, however, is the entire building is color-coded for easier navigation. Students and faculty

can now more easily find their classroom with the warm and cool colors representing where different classrooms are located throughout the building. “We were able to open up areas so we could get this connectedness between things on this floor […] and we were able to open up between the floors being able to make the wayfinding of the building much easier,” Simpson said. “It is really student-focused, which is part of the university’s overall goal to increase student success, and that is really what the building is focused on.” Some students have already praised the new renovations in Schindler since the building was re-opened. Brenna Bleeker, early childhood education major, says she feels most comfortable when spending time working in Schindler. “It is more ideal for trying to go there and study,” Bleeker said. “It is like an environment that you would want to work on projects and whatever else.”


Campus study hidey-holes JACOB MADDEN News Editor

Coming to a college campus, students do a lot of studying. Between research papers, group projects, labs and analyses, many college students find themselves buried in books at hours they didn’t know existed in high school. Students at UNI can look forward to numerous study spots on campus for all their academic needs. Many of the academic buildings have designated spaces for student use that see little traffic, according to junior biology major, Tanner Schrad. Schrad said he often studies on the far east-side of McCollum Science Hall, off of C.W. Lantz Lecture Hall. The small area on the second floor is spacious and features plenty of seating. “It’s quiet, it’s in the back, but you still see people occasionally,” Schrad said.  The ground f loor of McCollum is a little busier, but junior Spanish-TESOL major, Sierra Depping, enjoys studying on the couches there. “It’s peaceful, there’s [a waterfall] to look at and you can people-watch through the windows,” Depping said.  Both spaces in McCollum

feature large windows with plenty of seating. Depping and Schrad both expressed the importance of having a few people around, saying that “it’s quiet, but not abandoned.” Depping recommends the student room in Bartlett Hall as well. The room can be accessed through the door directly across the breezeway from 23rd Street Market, down a few steps and located behind the first door on the right.  “[The student rooms in Bartlett] are quiet, the professors I would need to talk to are nearby and my friends won’t run into me and distract me like they would in Rod or something,” Depping said.  The Bartlett student room feels very much like a lounge. The room features a small fridge, microwave, TV and comfortable seating.  Senior supply chain management and Spanish double major, Jordan Hanson, prefers the Curris Business Building for his study location.  “I’ve been in the first-floor computer lab of Curris until 4 a.m. before. It’s quiet and dimly lit,” said Hanson. These spaces in the academic buildings remain rel-

atively solitary, according to Hanson, but stay connected to campus. There are also some study spots that seem to be popular, but not overcrowded. Selena Carlson, sophomore biochemistry major, said that studying in the greenhouses can be quite relaxing. “It’s soothing,” said Carlson. “It’s just relaxing. It’s like studying in a rainforest. It’s fun to listen to the birds fight actually. It’s great.”  UNI’s greenhouse features a variety of plants in several rooms with warm or average temperatures, the sound of trickling water and a few koi ponds. The greenhouse is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and makes for a great place to study, according to Carlson.  Carlson continued to explain that the GBPAC is a prime place for studying. “It’s always quiet, there’s literally no noise at all and there are never people there late at night,” said Carlson. The GBPAC features a few places to sit down and study. Entering through the main doors, there are high tables up the stairs on the first-floor mezzanine.  Carlson, however, explained

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The chairs behind Chats in the hemisphere lounge are often sparsely populated and can provide a quieter location in central campus.

that the second-floor gallery is the most secluded. The gallery features comfortable cushioned chairs with tables and is removed from the foyer. The Hemisphere Lounge in Maucker Union tends to be a bit louder but sparsely populated. It’s separated from the main floor of the Union, while remaining in a more central location.  Since Schindler Education Center reopened, there is also an entirely new building to find space in which to study. There are several tables in the main lobby area, including a few by Schindigs which has coffee and food for long days that turn into

long nights. In addition to the traditional seating, there are ‘The Learning Stairs’ that students can sit on and work, which makes it a great location for final group projects or peer-reviewing papers and lab work. Overall, students said these spaces are great areas to sit down and study in a space that is quiet and secluded. These are some ideas for unique places to find peace and quiet for your studying (and sanity) preparing for finals week. Editor’s Note: See page 15 for a full story about the reopening of the Schindler Education Center.







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Clinton Olsasky, executive editor of the Northern Iowan, pens a letter welcoming new freshmen and transfer students to the University of Northern Iowa.

Welcome to the University of Northern Iowa! For many of you, the beginning of your college career will mark a giant turning point in your lives. Not only are you finally embarking on your own and living away from your parents for the first time, but the trajectories of both your personal and professional lives may very well be irrevocably altered by your ensuing four (or more!) years here at UNI. Hmm. Sounds pretty intimidating, doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that you’re not alone. Every single upperclassman currently enrolled at UNI, as well as the countless alumni who have aimlessly wandered these hallowed halls over the years, were in the same shoes that you find yourselves in right now. Just know that feeling a little bit of anxiety (and excitement!) is completely natural. Above all else, the important thing is to acknowledge that college is a big step in one’s life; recognizing that fact early on will help you make the most of it that much sooner. When I was a freshman coming into UNI some six semesters ago, I wish I had realized the full magnitude of the life transition that I was undertaking. Sure, I was well prepared by the university’s orientation staff to move in to my dorm hall and schedule my classes, but I had yet to clearly comprehend what really stood in front of me: a blank canvas. After all, these next four years or so are nothing but what you make of them. I know that sounds cliché, but hear me out — it’s the truth! There are innumerable opportunities to get involved at UNI and to make your unique mark here on this campus. There are

currently over 250 university-recognized student organizations that you can join; so odds are there will be a group (or groups) right here on campus to which you’ll inevitably gravitate. And, in the off chance that isn’t the case, there is also always the opportunity to form your own student organization — the possibilities really are endless. In addition to campus involvement, I can’t stress enough the importance of putting yourself out there and finding opportunities to leave your comfort zone these first few months. In other words, be social! While nearly every upperclassman can understand how intimidating it can be to take risks as a freshman or transfer student, I urge you to take the chance. You’ll likely make some new friends and form connections along the way that could very well become meaningful, lifelong relationships. However, it is equally important to find a balance. I know college can be new and exciting, but you’ll find it in your best interest to remember why you’re really here: to learn. So, please take your education seriously. Trust me; you’ll thank yourself later. And yes, education can take place outside of the classroom! In addition to all the aforementioned student organizations you can join, there are on-campus jobs, internship opportunities and so many more outlets through which you can expand your knowledge and perceptions. Indeed, some of the most valuable education you receive here at UNI will be the opportunities to learn and understand others’ viewpoints — even those that may differ from your own.  See EDITOR, page 18


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As a newcomer to campus, you may discover a love interest — a significant other to share your time with here at UNI. As the tour guides always say, many students find their significant others here at UNI. Utilize the specific locations on campus where you may have first met or had your first kiss. It shows you care and brings meaning to that location typically overlooked by other students. Feel free to keep it simple and take a walk around campus. It is actually quite beautiful when you are not rushing from class to class. A fresh snow may also add some more beauty to the night if the weather cooperates. Looking at the various architecture, discovering new statues on campus or even just enjoying the snow on the trees along the sidewalk are all picturesque things to do. The Campanile should be one of the primary visits on your walk. Share your homecoming Campaniling experience with your loved one by your side and create lasting memories.

There are benches next to the Campanile, as well as benches near the courtyard in front of it where you can watch the Campanile chime at the top of each hour. The Kamerick Art Building is another great place that houses some potential for romance. Although the art gallery is not open on weekends, you can typically find the building unlocked and can browse the halls where student work and architecture are on display. Take in the fresh air while you cross Hudson Road towards the UNI-Dome on the pedestrian bridge. The bridge is dimly lit throughout the evening, and once you look past the cars driving underneath you, the view of the skyline can be very scenic. The Book Bistro in Rod Library is a great option for a laid-back date with your sweetheart. Chat over some books, play some of the board games provided in the library or reserve a study room to watch a movie. For those ambitious romantics, planning a scavenger hunt throughout the

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UNI is a place for romantics. Take your significant other on a twilight stroll across the Hudson Road bridge near the Kamerick Art Building.

library is also a fun twist you can plan to show your significant other you put a little extra thought into the occasion. And, if all else fails, converting your room into a romantic hideaway is always

an option. Ditch the forbidden candles if you live on campus and bring out those Christmas lights. Enjoy a day in by watching movies, your favorite television series and enjoying some take out.


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Although you may not necessarily agree with every student, professor or administrator that you come across on campus, that difference in opinion is essential for forming a more balanced and knowledgeable world view that you can draw upon throughout the rest of your life. Be open to new ideas. Be skeptical. But never be close minded. With all these new ideas, friends and responsibilities quickly engulfing your daily life, please feel encouraged to keep up to date with news about the university and campus events by picking up a copy of the Northern Iowan (NI), UNI’s student-run newspaper. We print two new issues per week (both in print and online), and our focus is always student-centered. So, read the NI! It’s a great way to stay informed about issues that you know will directly concern you. In addition, if you

Whether you choose to go it alone or share your time with another, hopefully these ideas will inspire you to make the next four years at UNI full of success both in the classroom and in your relationships. have a passion (or even a mild interest) in writing, communications, photography, graphic design — or even if you just have a passing curiosity in UNI’s culture — I strongly encourage you to join the NI team! Every position is paid, time commitment is flexible, and it’s a great resume builder. Most importantly, working at the NI can open up countless doors to other places on campus you may never have otherwise known existed. If you have any questions at all regarding the NI, please don’t hesitate to send me an email at: Sigh. Now with that cheap plug out of the way, let me just reiterate the two things I hope you take away from this letter: 1) acknowledge this life-changing opportunity and 2) take risks. When I said your time here at college is a blank canvas, I wasn’t exaggerating. This is your time now. Make the most of it. Make your mark. — Clinton Olsasky Executive Editor





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