University Edition June 16, 2015
Youâ€™re a Hawkeye.
Inside: What you need to know WHEN entering your first year at the UI.
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Table of Contents sTaff Publisher 335-5788 William Casey Editor-in-Chief 335-6030 Stacey Murray Metro Editors 335-6063 Ben Marks Bill Cooney Opinions Editor 335-5863 Paul Osgerby Sports Editor 335-5848 Charlie Green Copy Chief 335-6063 Beau Elliot Photo Editor 335-5852 Sergio Flores Politics Editor 335-5855 Rebecca Morin Design Editors 335-5855 Maureen Jennings Ella Feng TV News Director 335-6063 Brianna Jett Web Editor 335-5829 Tony Phan Business Manager 335-5786 Debra Plath Classifed Ads/Circulation Manager Juli Krause 335-5784 Production Manager 335-5789 Heidi Owen Advertising Manager 335-5193 Renee Manders Advertising Sales Staff Bev Mrstik 335-5792 Cathy Witt 335-5794 Breaking News Phone: (319) 335-6063 Email: email@example.com Fax: 335-6297 Corrections Call: 335-6030 Policy: The Daily Iowan strives for accuracy and fairness in the reporting of news. If a report is wrong or misleading, a request for a correction or a clarification may be made. Publishing info The Daily Iowan (USPS 143.360) is published by Student Publications Inc., E131 Adler Journalism Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2004, daily except Saturdays, Sundays, legal and university holidays, and university vacations. Periodicals postage paid at the Iowa City Post Office under the Act of Congress of March 2, 1879.
ESSENTIALS Fun facts 4 Tune into The Daily Iowan 8 OnIowa 10 CRWC 12 Board of Regents 14 UI Administration 14 18 Board of Supervisors City Council 18 Local politicians 20 UISG, GPSG 22 Transportation 24 Cultural Houses 24 28 A year in review
Campus & City Dorm life 101 32 Studying abroad 32 Student Health 34 Volunteering 38 Student Legal Services 38 State legislation 42 ROTC 44 Voting in Iowa City 46 Religious organizations 48 IC, a political hotspot 54 Flood recovery 56 Iowa City developments 56 Where to buy textbooks. 56 Political organizations 58 Dance Marathon 60
Arts & Culture 68 Downtown dining FilmScene 70 Writers’ Workshop 72 Iowa City arts festivals 74 76 Campus Activities Board SCOPE 78 Local venues, bands 80 Englert Theater 82 Local theater 84 Coffee shops 86 Bookstores 86 Dance department 88 Libraries 90 KRUI 92 Museums 92
Sports Football 102 Men’s basketball 104 106 Women’s basketball Wrestling 108 Women’s tennis 108 Men’s tennis 108 Baseball 110 Softball 110 Volleyball 110 Field hockey 112 Soccer 112 CyHawk series 114 Cross country 116 Swimming 118 Men’s track 122 Women’s track 122 Gymnastics 124 Golf 124 Tailgating 126
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Fun Facts: The University of Iowa, Iowa City Here are a few facts about Iowa City and the UI: • In the fall of 2014, the University of Iowa had a student population of 31,387. The UI, founded in 1847, is one of three regent universities in the state. • The UI became the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis when it opened in 1855. It was the first to give a law degree to a woman, Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson (1873), and the first to give a law degree to an African American, G. Alexander Clark (1879). Frank Kinney Holbrook (1895, football) is perhaps the first African American to play in university varsity sports. • In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as the world’s third City of Literature, after Edinburgh, Scotland, and Melbourne, Australia. There are now 11 such cities in the world. • The Daily Iowan was the first daily campus newspaper west of the Mississippi. • Iowa lays claim to the world’s largest wooden nickel, which sits, spanning 16 feet, 3 inches in diameter in a farm field north of Iowa City. • The UI Hospitals and Clinics recorded its 5,000th organ transplant in March. It began organ transplants in 1969. • Former Hawkeye B.J. Armstrong won three NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. • The Hawkeyes’ No. 40 jersey was retired after All-Big Ten forward Chris Street was tragically killed during the 1993 season. • The Iowa Writers’ Workshop is world-renowned, with its alumni winning a collective 18 Pulitzer Prizes as well as numerous National Book Awards and other major literary honors. • At any given time, there are more than 9,000 employees, students, and volunteers working at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. • The UI’s legal name is the State
Kinnick Stadium is pictured during a football game last fall. Kinnick Stadium is named after the UI’s only Heisman Trophy winner, Nile Kinnick. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) University of Iowa. However, the state Board of Regents approved using the University of Iowa for everyday use in 1964.
kaw and Ashton Kutcher attended.
• In 1855, the total enrollment at the UI was 124 students, 41 women and 83 men.
• According to the Wall Street Journal, Iowa has produced more Division 1 college football coaches than any other school in the United States.
• In 2014, the Princeton Review ranked the UI as the top party school in the United States. • George Gallup, inventor of the Gallup poll, was a student at the UI and an editor at of The Daily Iowan. • Gene Wilder, James Van Allen, Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, John Irving, T.C. Boyle, and James Alan McPherson graduated from the University of Iowa. Tom Bro-
• Herky the Hawk has been the only mascot Iowa has had since 1948.
• The UI educates 79 percent of Iowa’s dentists, 50 percent of Iowa’s physicians, and 48 percent of Iowa’s pharmacists. • The UI was the first state university to officially recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union, in 1970. • The UI had the first public-university law school west of the Mississippi
River (1868, established in Des Moines independently in 1865). • Iowa City was the territory’s first “permanent” capital when the Old Capitol was built in 1840. The state government moved to Des Moines in 1857, leaving the Old Capitol to the university. •Carver-Hawkeye Arena seats 15,500, making it one of the 15 largest university-owned arenas in the nation • A fire engulfed the Old Capitol’s dome in 2001. The damage took five years to repair. • The UI Libraries was named a “Library of the Year” by the U.S. Government Printing Office. The UI Main Library contains more than 5 million volumes, making it Iowa’s largest library.
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TOP LEFT: Sen. Joni Ernst greets supporters upon her arrival in Boone on June 6. Ernst and many other supporters rode into Boone for her first Roast and Ride on motorcycles. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores.) TOP RIGHT: A protester wears a shirt that reads, “NOT YOUR RESPECTABLE NEGRO,” chants during a protest on May 4. The protesters, comprised mostly of students, marched in solidarity with those in Balitmore. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores) BOTTOM: Iowa third baseman Nick Day runs towards homeplaet after hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on May 20. The Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes, 3-2. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)
A letter from the editor: the DI as your newspaper Dear readers, It seems like I don’t get to connect with you directly too often. Since I’ve left my reporting days at the DI, I spend more time inside of the newsroom than out of it. But of course, I still love seeing the community, even if it’s through the words and photographs from our staffers. In fact, I’ve learned there is never a dull moment at the University of Iowa or in Iowa City. It’s one of those things I’ve grown to love since living here. Here at the DI we want to capture all of those moments. Take last year for example. We were there as the Iowa football team
made its comeback against Pitt. (We were there, too, when Iowa was handed an ugly loss in the TaxSlayer Bowl.) We saw Iowa Citians demonstrate on the Pentacrest, calling for a discussion about race. While you danced for 24-hours straight during a cold February night, we captured every hour to tell Dance Marathon’s story. And we did it because we’re your newspaper. The DI is independent from the UI. The students who work for the DI are the ones making all of the editorial decisions. We have great coaches, a governing board, and a business staff who assist us, but students are creating the newspaper
every day. Our staff ranges from between 100-140 people throughout the year. We are available on five platforms. During the fall and spring semesters, we publish five days a week, as well as broadcasting a nightly newscast and maintaining our website and our apps for the iPad and iPhone. We’re covering it all — sports, politics, arts, and everything in between. And we’re doing it right here. (And here is in the Adler Journalism Building.) But we’re even closer than that. If you ever have a question, comment, concern, or idea, you can call the newsroom or email me personally. To stay up-to-date with the happenings in this bustling city, you
can see our content on our website, Twitter (@TheDailyIowan), Youtube, Facebook, or Instagram accounts. And when you have an idea, find us. Email me or give me a call. We want to tell the stories in the community because it’s why we love journalism. So as you are amid some great moments that will happen on the UI campus this year, just know we’ll be there with you, too. Stacey Murray is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Iowan. She is a native of Hopkinton, Iowa, and a journalism student in the class of 2016.
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Acclimation and good climate change OnIowa, in its fifth year, has helped incoming freshmen become acclimated to college life. The goal of the program is to be an introduction for freshmen to the UI, giving them the opportunity to connect with other students and familiarize themselves with the workings of the campus, both in and out of class. OnIowa Director Kathryn Sojka said the program, which will run from Aug. 20-24 this year, is the second part of Orientation. “Our goal is to help the students start finding their fit and finding the resources they need to be successful here,” she said. One of the great things about OnIowa, Sojka said, is that it introduces students to campus life before the first day of classes. Although the official first date for OnIowa is Aug. 20, there will be optional social events on Aug. 18-19, including a comic-book workshop and a pickup basketball game at the Field House. “By attending them, you become more comfortable with your first-year experience and what to expect, and it will just make the transition easier,” Sojka said.
A freshman crowd surfs during Kick off at Kinnick on Aug. 22, 2013. The Kickoff at Kinnick marks the last day of the On Iowa program. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)
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Staying fit is easy (well, sort of) Five years after opening its doors, the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center has become one of the mainstays at the UI. Construction on the $71 million fitness center began with the groundbreaking ceremony in October 2007. The facility officially opened its doors on Aug. 2, 2010. With 20,000 square feet of dedicated exercise space with weights and cardio equipment, it is one of the largest student recreation centers in the Big Ten. One of the most impressive features of the center is the 50-foot rock-climbing wall. The facility also features a diving pool, a 50-meter Olympic swimming pool, a leisure pool, and a hot tub. Various events are hosted in the center; in March, the NCAA held the national swimming and diving championships in the facility. There are also basketball courts, a steam room, and a sauna. After working out, students can get massages at Massage Oasis or enjoy a smoothie from the Power Cafe. In order to access the Rec Center, UI
The Campus Recreation & Wellness Center is pictured on Madison Street in Iowa City on Oct. 18, 2012. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) students use their student IDs. The tion and also allows students access to & Recreation Complex, the Recreation $235 enrollment fee is included in tui- the Field House, the Hawkeye Tennis Building, and Fitness East.
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Meet the University of Iowa administration
Tom Rocklin, Vice President for Student life
Started: August 2007, ends July 1
Jean Robillard, Interim President
President Mason will retire on July 31 after eight years at the UI.
Interim President Robillard will begin his new position in August.
Sally Mason, President
Started: September 2008
Starts: August 2015
P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost
Chaden Djalali, dean of ClAS
Though Provost Butler has held his current position for four years, he has been with the UI since 1984.
Djalali is the 12th dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Started: May 2011
Rocklin has held his current position for 7 years.
Started: August 2012
Meet the state Board of Regents
Mary Andringa Term 2015-2021 CEO of Vermeer Corp. Pella, Iowa
Larry McKibben Term 2013-2019 Attorney at Moore, McKibben, Goodman, & Lorenz LLP Marshalltown, Iowa
Milt Dakovich Term 2013-2019 President of asphalt paving company Aspro Inc.
President Pro Tem Katie Mulholland Term 2011-2017 Superintendent of Linn-Mar School District Marion
President Bruce Rastetter Term 2011-2017 Founder of Summit Farms Alden, Iowa
Sherry Bates Term 2015-2017 Former social worker Scranton, Iowa
Patricia Cownie Term 2015-2021 Member Board of Trustees at Drake University
Subhash Sahai Term 2013-2019 President of the Webster City Medical Clinic Webster City, Iowa
Rachael Johnson (student regent) Term 2015-2021 University of Northern Iowa freshman education major
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Meet the Johnson County Board of Supervisors
Board Chair Pat Harney
Vice Chair Rod Sullivan
Supervisor Terrence Neuzil
Supervisor Mike Carberry
Supervisor Janelle Rettig
Fun fact: Harney is the 10th of 14 children.
Fun Fact: Sullivan is a foster parent.
Fun Fact: In 2011, Neuzil was the Johnson County United Way Community Volunteer of the Year.
Fun fact: Carberry worked on Al Goreâ€™s 2000 presidential campaign.
Fun fact: Rettig once played in the World Series of Poker.
Iowa City City Council sets the law
Matt Hayek, Mayor
Michelle Payne, Counsilor
Kingsley Botchway II, Councilor
Term: 2012-2016 Attorney
Term: 2012-2016 Program manager with MidAmerican Energy Co
Term: 2014-2018 Director of Equity and Staffing for Iowa City Community School District
Rick Dobyns, Councilor
Term: 2012-2016 Family Physician at the University of Iowa
Jim Throgmorton, Councilor
Susan Mims, Mayor Pro-Tem Term: 2014-2018 Professional financial planner
Term: 2012-2016 Retired/Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning
Terry Dickens, Councilor
Term: 2014-2018 Owner of Herteen & Stocker Jewelers
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Meet the local politicians
Gov. Terry Branstad Term 2014-2018 Leiland, Iowa
Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City Outreach director, UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and Iowa Flood Center
Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton Small business owner, livestock farmer
Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville Small business owner, former program director at Kirkwood Community College
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds Term 2014-2018 St. Charles, Iowa
Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville Retired executive officer for Community Based Corrections
Rep. Sally Stutsman, D-Riverside Former Johnson County supervisor
Sen. Kevin Kinney, D-Oxford Retired deputy sheriff
Rep. Vicki Lensing, D-Iowa City Funeral home and crematory business owner
Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City Retired teacher
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UISG leaders welcome new Hawkeyes Greetings and welcome to the University of Iowa! We are so excited to have a brand new class of Hawkeyes joining us. We know that you will find your niche and thrive here, just as we have. From your first night in the residence halls to the moment you turn your tassel, your University of Iowa experience is bound to be a unique and incredible one. At the UI, you will receive the best education in the country. World-renowned for its strength in the sciences, arts, and humanities, the quality of a UI degree is unmatched for sure. But let’s be honest; learning is about more than just what happens in the classroom. We are both political-science majors, but we have sought to enrich our experience by taking advantage of the holistic advantage of the university. We’ve added an additional major in social work and a minor in Spanish (Liz), as well as a minor in
art history and a certificate in fundraising and philanthropy communication (Morgan). We encourage you to enjoy the academic freedom you have at Iowa but also add to your education by joining student organizations, volunteering, Mills exploring the UISG President recreation opportunities in and around Iowa City, and making friends from all walks of life. As a Hawkeye, you will be asked to excel in the classroom, stretch your horizons, and experience new things, engage in any of the more than 550 student or-
ganizations or other activities offered, choose a healthy lifestyle, and serve the communities you are a part of. I t seems like a lot, but there are resources and opportunities here to help you meet the Brittain Iowa ChalUISG Vice President lenge. If you can’t find them, try talking to your RA or even let us know. You can give us a call at (319) 315-3860. Or, better yet, just stop by our office. We’re located on the second floor of the IMU in the Student Activities Center. You know
those scooters you used to wiggle around on in elementary PE class? Well, we have one. Seriously. His name is Roger the Roller Racer. If you stop by, we might even let you give old Roger a whirl. Congratulations on becoming a Hawkeye. We know that picking a college isn’t easy, but you’ve made a great decision. Many say college is the best four years of your life. You’re going to have a great time here, but it will only be some of the best. Your experience here will prepare you for the best years of your life. Iowa will challenge you. It will change you. You will change the world. We can’t wait to meet you, Class of 2019. See you soon. As always, On Iowa and Go Hawks. Liz Mills and Morgan Brittain UISG president and vice president
2015-15 GPGS goals from its president The University of Iowa is truly an incredible place to be a student. The student-centered focus of UI administrators, faculty, and staff provides the opportunity for each and every student of the morethan 31,000 students to obtain not only a world-class education but also amazing experiences outside the classroom. More than 10,000 of these students are graduate and professional students pursuing careers as physicians, dentists, lawyers, pharmacists, researchers, teachers, and business executives. These programs are integral to the university and its future as a major academic research institution. Indeed, 25 of Iowa’s graduate and professional programs are ranked among the “Top 25” in the nation. Although I have only been in Iowa for four years, the state and the UI have had a large effect on my life. I was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, and obtained a B.S. in biology from the College of New Jersey (’08). Subsequently, I worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Calfornia-Berkeley for three years before matriculating into the M.D./ Ph.D. program at the UI. I am beginning my fifth year in the program and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program. I am thankful for the
education I have received at UI, and the opportunities and resources at my disposal continue to impress me. The availability of these resources is large reason I chose to serve as the president of the Graduate & Professional Student Government. I want to give back to the school that has provided me with so much opportunity. I’d like to ensure these opportunities (and more) continue to be available to future graduate and professional students. I strongly believe in the value and ethos of graduate education and the impact that it can have on our society as a whole. Each and every day, current and former students of UI graduate and professional programs positively affect communities in the state of Iowa and across the nation in a variety of ways. Over the next year, with the help of my vice president, Brandon Gerleman, a third-year student in the College of Pharmacy, I will advocate for graduate and professional education at UI and across the state to UI administrators, the Board of Regents, and the Legislature to ensure we will work hard to enhance future financial and institutional support. To accomplish this, we hope to establish regular meetings between graduate and professional students and the regents and legislators
during campus visits as well as regularly showcase the accomplishments of students in monthly newsletters. We will rely on graduate and professional students across the campus to actively and effectively communicate their accomplishments and goals in order to demonstrate the effect UI graduate and professional programs have across Iowa and throughout the nation. Affordability of both undergraduate and graduate education will continue to be a priority to both the GPSG and UISG. We will collaborate with UISG to promote affordability for students across the campus. Affordable undergraduate education removes fiscal barriers to post-baccalaureate education. Additionally, the vast majority of undergraduates at UI directly interact with graduate students throughout their education (i.e., teaching assistants, undergraduate research, etc.). As such, ensuring affordability of both undergraduate and graduate education will be paramount to both UI student governments, and we will work tirelessly to advocate these ideas to the regents and state officials. Finally, we will continue to promote diversity, inclusiveness, and safety across the UI campus. Last year, the UISG and GPSG established the In-
ternational Student Advisory Board, and we will continue to expand this program to ensure increased representation of international students across campus. We strive to promote a campus environment in which all, no matter their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, feel equally at home and safe. We will continue to promote the “It’s On Us” campaign in order to help shift the conversation surrounding domestic violence to one of shared responsibility. Additionally, we are working with UISG to expand the Nite Ride program to better ensure the safety of all students on campus at night. We are all in store for an interesting year — one of transition and change, challenges, and opportunities. We will have three UI presidents over the next year and various intradepartmental searches and reorganizations. We will see implementation of many of the cases from regents’ Transparent Inclusive Efficiency Review project. We will also see the reopening of many amazing campus buildings, marking the final progression of the university from the flood of 2008. By continuing to work together, we can continue to make this university an incredible place to be a student. Joshua Schoenfeld GPSG president
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Getting around campus, Iowa City Cambus
Cambus is the UI’s main bus system. It runs various routes among all residence halls and most campus buildings. The Interdorm bus runs a route among all residence halls except for Parklawn, which has its own route. The Red and Blue Routes are some of the most convenient, making a circuit of the main campus every 10 minutes. The Red Route runs south and west from the Pentacrest, and the Blue runs north from the Pentacrest. The Mayflower route is appropriately named; it runs between main campus and Mayflower. BONGO, a free app available for both Android and iPhone, allows students to see what buses are running and when their bus will arrive.
NiteRide and SafeRide NiteRide is a free bus service run by the UI police. It provides free rides to women. After purchasing two new buses, the vehicles are driven by a full-time UI security officer, and they are available by phone. NiteRide provides a safe option for women who SafeRide started in 2012, when of the UI Student Government and the Graduate & Professional Student Government worked with an Iowa City cab company to provide free transportation to students in case of emergencies. It is available for students on and off campus during the academic year from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.SafeRide may only be used once a semester.
Parking and Other Options If students choose to bring vehicles
The Hancher Shuttle Cambus is shown at the Macbride Hall bus stop on the Pentacrest on May 10, 2010. Students waiting for this bus as well as the Interdorm, Pentacrest, and Blue Route were kept in the cold and occasional rain. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) with them to campus, there are numerous parking and storage options available. The Hawk Lot is available to provide year-round car storage for students living in the dorms. The lot is
located by the UI recreation fields. Students have the option of paying $39 a month, $189 per semester, or $378 for the entire year. Iowa City has many hourly parking fa-
cilities for which students living off-campus may purchase parking passes. In addition, there are many racks and places to lock up bicycles on campus and around Iowa City.
Enhancing cultural experiences across campus Four cultural houses at the University of Iowa offer a “home away from home” to many minority students. Each one is geared to provide cultural education in and outside minority groups, but they can also be used or reserved by UI students or student organizations. Roughly 15 percent of the UI students — more than 4,700 students — are minorities. The cultural houses simultaneously provide social justice and leadership op-
portunities. The cultural houses are open Monday through Thursday (2-10 p.m.), Friday (2-6 p.m.), and Sunday (5-10 p.m.). The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, established in 2003, is located at 223 Lucon Drive. The center aims to provide a space in which minority students can interact and enhance their college experience. The Afro American Cultural Center, or Afro House, is located at 303 Melrose Ave. It was established in 1968, with the goal
to create a space in which African-American students from different cultural backgrounds could bond and educate others. In 2014, roughly 2.7 percent of the UI student population was African American. The Latino Native Cultural Center is located at 208 Melrose Ave. It was established in 1971 by Tony Zavala, Ruth Pushetonequa, and Rusty Barceló as the Chicano and Indian Student Union but was renamed in 1994. Its original location was 115
N. Clinton St., but it was moved in 1973. Latino students are the largest minority on campus, with roughly 1,757 students. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Resource Center is located at 125 Grand Ave. Court. The center was opened in 2006 after negotiations between the Executive Board of the UI Gay, Lesbian, Transgender & Allied Union and the UI administration.
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2014-2015: A year in review Tong Shao
In late September, the body of missing Iowa State student Tong Shao, 20, was found in the trunk of a Toyota Camry in Iowa City. She had been missing for around a week. Shao had last made contact with her friends on Sept. 8, stating she and a friend were going to Minnesota. Her friends then reported her missing on Sept. 17, and her body was found on Sept. 26. Since then, her autopsy report was released to police but information from the report has remained confidential. Police have searched for Shao’s boyfriend, Xiangnan Li, a former finance major in the Tippie College of Business, at the time of the crime but no information has been released regarding him. Police believe he returned to China after cell-phone records indicated he left the country.
Andrew Mogni and Rodric Jackson After tragedy struck two members of the Beta Mu chapter of Sigma Nu, the community came together to raise money for the two families. Rodric Jackson, one of the brothers, was diagnosed with a stage-3 brain tumor. Andrew Mogni, another Sigma Nu brother, fell while studying abroad at John Cabot University. After spending a time in the hospital in Rome, he was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died 80 days after the fall. Roughly 500 people filled the IMU Second-Floor Ballroom a week after his death to gather and share stories celebrating his life. Two GoFundMe.com fundraisers relating to Mogni and Jackson have raised around $16,000 so far.
Solidarity protests Numerous solidarity protests occurred on campus this year against police violence. The first, part of a nationwide “Hands Up Walk Out” organized by the Ferguson Action Committee for Racial Justice had around 50 people gather on the Pentacrest. The second, to protest the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and other victims of alleged police violence, occurred in May. Around 150 people gathered on the
Pentacrest to protest against police violence.
Mason to retire University of Iowa President Sally Mason will retire from her post at the end of July. She will remain at the UI for one transition year as tenured faculty, during which she will receive a roughly $315,000 salary. She will also be due $625,000 in deferred compensation. The state Board of Regents also granted Mason the designation “president emeritus.” She told The Daily Iowan she plans to settle in her home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, afterwards. Currently, a 21-member Presidential Search Committee is working with Atlanta firm Parker Executive Search to find a successor. The regents hope to have a new president in place in early September.
UI student governments hold elections The undergraduate UI Student Government held elections in April. Students voted for Liz Mills and Morgan Brittain — both from the REAL Party — as president and vice president, respectively. The two won by 278 votes. However, 21 BEACH Party candidates were elected to the UISG Senate compared to 18 from the REAL Party. Appointed freshman and members from diversity-based organizations will fill the remaining 11 seats. Meanwhile, the Graduate and Professional Student Government delegates voted Josh Schoenfeld as president and Brandon Gerleman as vice president. Schoenfeld is a fourth-year student in the medical scientist training M.D./Ph.D. program, and Gerleman is a second-year pharmacy student.
New regents appointed The new state Board of Regents term began May 1 with four new faces. Sherry Bates, a retired social worker from Scranton and a registered independent, was appointed to the board following the resignation of Nicole Carroll. Carroll resigned following a family move to Texas. Patricia Cownie, who has been in-
Protesters gather in the Ped Mall to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson after violence plagued the city for weeks. Police violence was the subject of several protests this year on the UI campus and in Iowa City. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) volved in numerous civic initiatives and is from Des Moines, succeeded Ruth Harkin. She is a Republican. Mary Andringa, CEO Vermeer Corp. and a Republican from Mitchellville, succeeded Robert Downer. Rachael Johnson, a University of Northern Iowa education major and independent, succeeded Hannah Walsh. The new regents will have just one registered Democrat and will have no one from Johnson County.
AIB due to close A Des Moines business school is marching forward to closing. Early this year, University of Iowa President Sally Mason announced AIB College of Business would become a UI Des Moines campus. The idea was to absorb AIB’s students after the transition. However, after the Higher Learning Commission raised concerns over accreditation and other issues, the plans were reversed. Now, AIB will close in June 2016, and the UI plans to takes over the campus and turn it into a regional regents center. The UI will own and operate the campus while offering space to other institutions interested in offering courses. The proposal is still subject to state Board of Regents proposal. AIB has been winding down its operations and has lost a quarter of its students.
KKK statue roils campus A controversial statue depicting a robed KKK figure lit up the University of Iowa campus. Some members of the UI community found the statue deeply offensive and said they were terrorized, while others defended the statue and said it was a symbol of the freedom of speech. Serhat Tanyolacar, a UI printmaking fellow, created the statue. The statue’s robe comprised different newspaper clippings depicting racial tensions and riots over the past century. University of Iowa President Sally Mason started a presidential Black Student Advisory Committee following the incident.
Regents pass third tuition freeze Some students at the University of Iowa could graduate without ever seeing a tuition increase. In December 2014, the regents passed a third-consecutive tuition freeze for resident undergraduate students. All other students would see an increase. Some officials lauded the freeze, calling it historic and helpful for Iowa families, while other expressed concerns about the reduced funding for the universities and the possibility of a tuition spike next year. The Iowa Legislature is still debating university appropriations, which could fund the freeze.
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Living in the dorms: a guide When the academic year starts, living away from home will be an unknown experience for many UI newcomers, and the chances are that many freshmen in the dorms will have the same fears and concerns. Approximately 95 percent of firstyear students will live in the residence halls. The UI provides students with several living options. East of the river, the residence halls include Daum, Burge, Currier, Stanley, and Mayflower. West of the river sit Hillcrest, Quadrangle, Rienow, Slater, Parklawn, and the new dorm, Petersen. “The residence halls provide a healthy and important transition for students between living with their parents and living on their own,” said Von Stange, an assistant vice president for Student Life and the senior director of Housing and Dining.. New dorm students are required to live in living-learning communities, in which they are split up into various categories. Some communities are based on majors, and other are based on interests. UI officials hope to engage students to retain them, Stange said, and living-learning communities provide great support systems for students. “In the [communities], they will meet students with similar interests and values,” he said. “They will have faculty members interact with the [communities] on a regular basis. Programs will focus on activities associated with the theme or academic program that is part of the [communities].” In each dorm, alcohol, halogen lamps, candles, and anything with an open heating coil are prohibited. Students in rooms
The Mary Louise Petersen dorm is pictured above. The dorm will house 501 students and open in the fall. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) without air conditioning are not allowed to bring their own air conditioners. Petersen will house 501 students. In addition, the building will have a multipurpose room, a sports grill, and a learning commons that will support tutoring and small-group study. Burge and Hillcrest have dining halls, and convenience stores are available in
Burge, Hillcrest, and Mayflower. UI sophomore Brenna Bittner said that through living in the residence halls, she has made friendships. “I have grown close with my roommate over the last two years and have made many new friends this way,” she said. Hillcrest residence assistant Gabrielle Miller said in order to get a worthwhile
experience in college, students has to step out of their comfort zones. “Living in the residence halls creates opportunities,” she said. “It allows students to interact with a community of people. You learn how to engage yourself with different ways of life that you may not be fully accustomed to. Importantly, you create friendships.
University students explore life abroad The University of Iowa provides students with opportunities to study abroad in any part of the world. Well, except for Antarctica. During the 2012-13 academic year, 1,348 UI students studied in 70 countries. “Studying abroad opens up new perspectives, allows students to develop key competencies such as problem solving and adapting to new circumstances, and contrary to what one might think, it does not delay graduation,” said Downing Thomas, a UI associate
provost and the dean of International Programs. Approximately 22 percent of UI undergraduates study abroad at some point during their time in college. Among the UI undergraduates who studied abroad during the 2012-13 academic year, 1 percent were first-year students, 13 were sophomores, 44 were juniors, and 42 were seniors. Thomas said the ideal time most students study abroad is usually between the summer after freshman year and through the first semester
of their senior year. Students can study abroad for an entire academic year, a semester, or during the winter and summer breaks. Study abroad is not just for language majors. Students from any major — from physics and engineering to the social sciences and humanities — have the opportunity to explore study-abroad options. “For many, it is literally a life-changing experience,” Thomas said. “Our tagline is ‘You’re going somewhere’; one meaning of that phrase is that study
abroad helps you to get where you want to go in life.” For students who are worried about cost, financial aid is offered. Additional funding in International Programs and in the colleges is offered to students to reduce the financial expenses that might come with studying abroad. The university also offers an additional $500,000 in merit and need-based awards specifically to encourage study abroad. To explore the vast options offered for study abroad, visit the Study Abroad office, 1111 University Capitol Center.
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Taking care of students’ health
Students fill out papers to help guide them through the Health Expo 2013 in Hillcrest Dining Hall on Sept. 11, 2013. (The Daily Iowan/Alyssa Hitchcock) University of Iowa Student Health & Wellness offers clinical care to university students at a Westlawn and at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, preferably by appointment. Students who take at five or more semester hours are given unlimited free care through a health fee as part of their tuition. The fee covers unlimited office visits, while supporting educational and outreach efforts done across the UI campus. There are charges for certain appointments, procedures, and medical supplies, but those costs can be submitted ot the student’s insurance company. Care services include acute and chronic illnesses, injuries, mental-health issues, and wellness and health-promotion services. Medical care providers consist of board-certified physicians, physician assistants, psychiatrists, a gynecologist, nursing staff, and administration and other support personnel. Students also have access to a “Nurse Care Room,” where students can get a vaccination without seeing a doctor. Nurseline is another service offered to students where RNs are available over the phone during business hours to answer health-related questions. Students can also have certain pro-
cedures done by UI Student Health officials. These include Pap smears, colposcopies and general procedures like mole removals, toenail removal, and laceration repair. Some popular college-health issues that can be taken care of include nutrition, fitness, sexual health, stress, tobacco, and alcohol and drug use. In addition, vaccinations can be given to students, including those who need certain vaccinations to study abroad. Student Health also offers health-related programming throughout the year, and students can get involved with these programs, including Red Band Watch, Health Ninjas, the Student Health Advisory Committee, and internships through Student Health. Health Ninjas, for instance, is a group that focuses on training students to influence friends and peers to make healthy choices. The goal of the Health Ninjas program is to help students dispel popular myths about health. Hours for Student Health during the school year are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. During breaks, hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
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Giving time is the Iowa way Domestic Violence Intervention Program
The program provides vital services and support for victims of domestic violence and their families. In an averae year, it answers around 18,000 crisis phone calls and provide more than 8,000 nights of safe shelter. Volunteers can help answer the crisis line, act as court advocates, and visit conventions and fairs to increase education and awareness.
Rape Victim Advocacy Program: RVAP is a confidential advocate for sexual-assault victims and prevention agency based in Iowa City. Volunteers can work either in direct or non-direct service. Direct service helps to provide support to survivors, friends, and family. Direct-service volunteers also help answer the 24-hour Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline and accompany survivors to the hospital or police station. Indirect volunteers help in planning and staffing events and information booths, developing education curricula, and assisting with office administration.
Crisis Center of Johnson County: The agency provides a multitude of services to Johnson County and the surrounding area, and volunteers can help by anything from working at the Food Bank to answering calls on the crisis line.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Johnson County: The agency is a mentoring program that matches volunteers with children with similar interests and personalities. With their little brother or sister, volunteers do activities and help the
Dave Sears places food items in bags on June 8, 2011. Sears has been volunteering at The Crisis Center for 7 months. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) children reach their potential.
UIHC: At the UIHC, community members, college students, and high-school students are allowed to volunteer at the facility as well as the UI Chil-
drenâ€™s Hospital. College students looking to volunteer go through an application process; they could be assigned to a number of departments including the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, DeGowin Blood Center, Mother/Baby Unit, and more.
10,000 Hours: Through 10,000 Hours, people can record 10 hours of volunteer work and get free concert tickets. The organization is part of a movement to mobilize young people to volunteer in their communities and recognize those who do.
Need a lawyer? Well, youâ€™re in luck All University of Iowa students have access to free, professional legal services through Student Legal Services, located in the IMU. The UI Student Government provides financial support for Student Legal Services, which is included in student activity fees.
Some of the services provided by the organization include consumer issues, contracts, criminal defense for charges such as possession, public intoxication, or OWI, debt-collection disputes, notarization of legal documents, mediation, including tenant/tenant mediation services
between UI students. A onetime fee must be paid if representation in court is necessary. Students will continue to have representation even after graduation, so long as the case began while they were still at the UI. The legal-services staff is composed
of two full-time, practicing attorneys, up to five interns, a legal secretary, and two undergraduate student directors. Appointments must be made over the phone, because nearly 30 to 50, sometimes 80, students are seen in a week by the organization.
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Polk County Rep. John Landon is shown just before Gov. Terry Branstad’s Condition of the State speech on Jan. 13. Gov. Branstad addressed the Iowa House of Representatives and the state Senate. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)
Gas, liquor laws highlight Legislature’s term In January, the 86th Iowa Legislature began its 2015 session. Throughout the session, legislators introduced several bills, some that were enacted and some that weren’t, but could have changed the Iowa City community in a big way. The 2015 Iowa legialtive session ended June 5 after the state Senate approved a $7.3 billion budget for this coming fiscal year. Though there wasn’t a consensus for K-12 funding, the Iowa legislature approved a 2.62 percent increase in funding for the coming academic year. However, only 1.25 percent of that money will be used for state aid to Iowa’s school districts.
Broadband Following President Barack Obama’s call to expand broadband, the Iowa legislature passed legislation this session that would expand high-speed internet to rural communities.
a bit each year to $195 million in fiscal 2020. Whether you’re originally from Iowa or calling the state your home for the first time, you are helping to improve the roads and bridges — even if you’re only here for the next four years.
Early in the session, the Legislature passed a bill that raised the tax by 10 cents per gallon for gasoline and diesel. The law went into effect on March 1. With the increase, the tax will provide around $200 million annually for the state’s 114,000 miles of roads and bridges, shrinking
If you were hoping to make some bank working off campus, don’t get too ahead of yourself. The minimum wage in Iowa matches that of the federal minimum wage, $7:25. This past legislative session, a bill that would have raised the state minimum wage to $8 by July 1 and $8.75
in 2016, passed the Iowa Senate, but it never made the calendar in the Iowa House. The state hasn’t seen an increase in minimum wage since 2007.
Restricting beer, wine, and alcohol establishments Iowa City’s 21-ordinance would have been reversed if a bill had made it through the Legislature. The bill would have allowed 19- and 20-year-olds in liquor-licensed establishments and would have eliminated ordinances that did not allow 19-year-olds in wine-, beer-, and liquor-licensed establishments.
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College days with military service Some students spend their days work- ROTC Mighty Hawkeye Batallion. Though it can be quite a time coming toward more than just a college degree. In the Reserve Officers Training mitment, she said, ROTC quickly beCorps, University of Iowa students came a part of her weekly routine. “They respect that we are stuare able earn their degrees while working to become commissioned of- dents,” McKeever said. Her day begins with physical ficers in the armed forces while attraining in students’ separate platending school. toons early in the ROTC began morning before at the UI in ‘The best part is all of the people I’ve met classes begin. March 1, 1917, Once a week on a month before and their ability to challenge me and make Thursdays, she the United me feel like I belong at the same time.’ said, they attend States entered “lead lab,” in which World War I. — Katie McKever, Army ROTC students receive The UI Milhands-on training itary Science and briefings. Department, Those in the program also partichowever, has existed since 1864. ROTC students take military ipate in a variety of volunteer accoursework to learn leadership and tivities. In the past, McKeever said, military skills. Often, they receive these included raising the flag at various scholarships for their in- university sporting events and working the elevator at Kinnick Stadium. volvement in the program. McKeever said though she’s been “The best part is all of the people I’ve met and their ability to challenge interested in military service for me and make me feel like I belong at most of her life, she wanted to earn the same time,” said UI freshman Ka- a degree in sociology as well because tie McKeever, a member of the Army she’s intrigued by people.
Members of the Air Force ROTC carry the flag prior to the Iowa vs. Michigan State football game in Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 30, 2010. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) One day, she said, she would like to be a police officer.
“I want to use what I’ve learned to help others,” she said.
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Students vote inside a polling station on Nov. 4, 2014. The UI Main Library often serves as a polling location on Election Day. (The Daily Iowan/Lauren Muth)
What you need to know about voting in IC The 2016 elections are right around the corner, and it’s great to be in Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus grounds. Don’t be surprised if presidential candidates decide to visit campus, because Iowa’s vote is a vital one in the primary and general elections. Before the big day — Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016 — the Iowa caucuses will be held on Feb. 1, 2016 (presumably). The caucuses are an Iowa tradition in which voters determine who they want as their respective party’s presidential nominee, in addition to different party bylines and other candidates to represent their party. But first: make sure you are reg-
istered to vote. If you already have a registration card, it may not be in Johnson County, so make sure to have that up to date. If you choose to vote in your hometown, you can request an absentee ballot and mail in your vote. When students are deciding where they should cast their ballots, they should focus on where they are more knowledgable of the races. When student live in the Iowa City area, much of the coverage they read will inform them of their local races, and therefore, making their vote more educated here in Iowa City. Some students, however, choose to vote in their hometowns. Absentee ballots often must be requested weeks be-
fore Election Day to guarantee they will be received by county officials in time for it to be counted.
To register you may: Go to the Johnson Country website (johnson-county.com) to print out a registration form and either mail it to a county office or drop it off in person. The locations of these offices are listed on the website. After registering you will receive a voter card in the mail that will list your precinct, voting place, and legislative districts. If you are not registered within 10 days of Election Day, you may register at the polling place of your
current address. The only thing you have to do is prove who you are and where you live. Simply bringing your ID will work. The hard part is over. Once you are registered you can go to a polling place in Iowa City (many are on campus) and cast your ballot. A few typical polling places in town include: the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, the Main Library, and Quadrangle. More information of polling places will be available as the 2016 elections get closer. These locations will correlate with your address/dorm. You can stay up to date with the political sphere in Iowa by going to dailyiowanepi.com.
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Religious organizations on the UI campus Twenty-eight spiritual and religious organizations help students stay in tune with their faith similar to those practiced back at home. The following are just a few of theorganizations students can get involved in right away.
Cru Cru is one of the UIâ€™s largest Christian organizations, having approximately 300 members. The group can be found at the IMU Second-Floor Ballroom every at 8 p.m. Thursdays for worship, which includes music and discussion. Small-group meetings are also held in every dorm on campus at various times of the week. In addition to meeting times, Cru holds a number of social activities, including movie nights, masquerade balls, and illusionists. In the past, Cru members traveled to Panama City Beach, Fla., during spring break for a Christian conference. Cru staff and members have also tried to develop a Christian community on other campuses, such as Cor-
nell College in Mount Vernon.
Chabad Jewish Association The association aims to provide Jewish educational, cultural, social and spiritual programs for UI students. Its goal is to create awareness and appreciation of Jewish Heritage for all that are interested in Judaism. The group welcomes new members year-round, and doesnâ€™t have a selective-membership process. It meets everyFriday at 7 p.m. at the Chabad House, 420 E. Jefferson St. Chabad also has Shabbat dinners, group outings, and lectures.
Muslim Student Association The association aims to create an environment on campus that fosters the development and growth of the Muslim community at the UI. Student Muslims create unity with each other by serving and praising Allah. They create unity with non-Mus-
Rabbi Gerald Sorokin presided over the eight-day Jewish holiday of Festival of Lights, or Hannukah, that started on Dec. 8, 2012 in Iowa City. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) lims by promoting friendly relations with everyone on campus with service,
The group is open to anyone who is Muslim or not and anyone interested in Islam.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Senate Candidate Bruce Braley pose with owner Dave Panther outside of Hamburg Inn No.2 on Oct. 29, 2014. This was the former U.S. Sectary of State’s first time at Hamburg Inn. (The Daily Iowan/Alyssa Hitchcock)
Iowa, politics central
Welcome to Iowa. To those from beyond the boarders of the state’s 99 counties, Secret Service details, senators, and governors walking around campus or packing a diner may cause a double take. But in the home of the first-inthe-nation caucuses, such a setting is commonplace. Increasingly Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,venturr into the confines into what local liberals proudly refer to as the “People’s Republic of Iowa City.” “Iowa City is kind of an interesting location, usually considered much more liberal town or community than the rest of Iowa, but as far as the students are concerned,
there is a good mix,” said Tim Hagle, a UI associate professor of political science. Since 1972 (starting with the Democrats), the Iowa caucuses have led the nation in choosing a presidential candidate. Unlike a traditional election, which is overseen by elected officials, the state parties operate caucuses in numerous locations around the state. On caucus night, there’s no absentee or early voting, Republicans and Democrats huddle in locations such as the IMU to handle party business, but the reason everyone watches is that participants — who could include you — choose whom they want to represent their party’s candidate for president.
If a hopeful wins the caucuses, especially if the national media predict a candidate would not be successful, that can jump-start a push toward the White House. Just ask former Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former Texas Gov. George W. Bush what it did for them. Bottom line, the reason you’ll be swamped by people signing you up to vote, and if you choose to, can meet with almost any candidate is for whom Iowa matters. And if politics still is not your forte, presidential visits have caused a handful of classes to be canceled in the past — always a plus. On campus you’ll find events every-
where from the Pentacrest and T. Anne Cleary Walkway and IMU. Just a couple of minutes away from campus, you will find Hamburg Inn No. 2, which features the coffee-bean caucus. Starting with President Ronald Reagan — you can sit in the same booth occupied by the 40th president — a number of who’s who politicos have stumped through its usually cramped room. Even after the Feb. 1, 2016, caucuses, attention may still be on Iowa. As a traditionally competitive swing-state, the spotlight usually returns. As you will soon learn, here the campaign, with its visits, coverage, and volunteers, are never far away.
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UI flood recovery continues on campus When the Iowa River flooded in 2008 at record levels, the damage hit more than 20 University of Iowa buildings. Even since then, the UI has faced problems with flooding almost every summer. As of April 30, the UI’s total expense for the flood has been $640 million. The UI has received $475.8 million in funding for reconstruction.
IMU Since the ground floor of the IMU flooded, the 83,000-square-foot space that formerly housed a food court, student lounge, and performance areas has been closed to students. The UI Hawk Shop and bookstore relocated to the Old Capitol Town Center, and many offices for student organizations moved to other parts of the IMU. The final touches of renovation will not be finished until October.
Theater Building The UI Theater Building will also be finished by this summer and be open by the time classes start in the fall. The $6.5 million project will have better flood protection, a newly designed patio, a remodeled basement, and moving the building’s air-conditioning and electrical units from the basement to a newly designed third floor. The area most heavily hit by the flood was the building’s basement, which was also heavily used prior to the flood. Since then, it has undergone extensive remodeling including adding better heating and air.
Hancher /Voxman Music Building Another one of the flood’s casualties
Pictured above is the IMU basement during the floor recovery efforts to repair the basement after it flooded in 2008. Since this photo was taken, the IMU basement has reopened to students. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) was the historic Hancher Auditorium, which was demolished following extensive flood damage. Construction on the new $176 million Hancher began in June 2013 and is scheduled to finish in May 2016. The facility, designed by Pelli Archi-
tects, will be 190,000 square feet, larger than the previous Hancher. While the old auditorium seated 2,500 people as opposed to the new building’s 1,800, the backstage and stage areas will be larger, and the audience will be closer to the stage.
Construction of the new Voxman Music Building, located at the intersection of Burlington and Clinton Streets, is also underway and should be completed by September 2016. It will be 90,000 square feet, the same as the previous building.
City grows buildings as Iowa growns corn The tall, steel-and-glass building sitting on the Pedestrian Mall — Park@201 — won’t be the only of its kind in Iowa City. Several projects around town will mix the city’s classic buildings with new work and apartment space.
The Riverfront Crossings District is an area south of downtown. It will feature a waterfront park, located in the location of a former wastewa-
ter-treatment plan. The park is designed to mitigate flood damage, and it will have walking and biking trails, in addition to access to the Iowa River for boating and fishing. New business will also move to the district. MidWestOne Bank, which has its headquarters in downtown Iowa City, is building a new facilty in the district that will house the MidWestOne Financial Group in addition to office space that will be leased or put up for sale.
A parking ramp and condominium will also be built in the area. The UI’s new Voxman Music Building will be located in the Riverfront Crossings district, at the intersection of Burlington and Clinton Street.
North Side Neighborhood
Just because it’s historic doesn’t mean the North Side isn’t growing. Earlier this year, a restaurant opened up at the corner of Linn and Market
Streets. The North Side Bistro, 203 N. Linn St., features dishes that influenced by world flavors. In addition, shops are moving to the historic district. Domby, a local boutique formerly located in downtown Iowa City, moved to North Linn Street as well. A residential and commercial building is also under construction. The building will have 12 apartments and a rooftop garden.
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Your guide to buying textbooks in IC Going to class isn’t the only thing you will need to do to keep your grades up. Textbooks are a factor. But finding textbooks aren’t always easy. Here are the stores from which UI professors most often assign textbooks:
University Bookstore The facility recently moved back to its original location in the IMU ground floor. Here, students can charge textbooks to their Ubills. Students can sell or rent new and used books. Additionally, the University Bookstore buys books back from students at the end of the semester. Students can also buy Hawkeye-related items.
Beat the Book Store Beat the Book Store, located in the Old Capitol Town Center, deals
solely with books for UI courses. It sells and rents used and new books, and buys books from students throughout the year.
Prairie Lights Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St., is an esteemed bookstore in Iowa City. The store is most often recommended for textbooks with an emphasis on writing, including English and journalism. Magazines, such as Forbes, often recognize the store for being a top independent bookstore. Many authors have held book readings and signings at the store.
Iowa Book Iowa Book, 8 S. Clinton St., offers textbooks in addition to selling Hawkeye gear. Students can set up charge accounts to bill their textbooks to their Ubill.
Campus remains political College Republicans
Young Americans for Liberty
The College Republicans advocate for conservative and GOP positions. The group frequently joins the Johnson County and Iowa Republican Party for events — including a recent press conference in which students explained why Iowans should oppose Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.
A partial successor to Students for Ron Paul, Young Americans for Liberty focuses on pushing for a greater focus on the Constitution and liberty. Students are known for their protests around campus — including one in which they passed out fake pot brownies on 4/20 as a way to discuss marijuana policy.
University Democrats University Democrats promote liberal policies and the Democratic Party. Students have hosted first lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and other national figures. As with their Republican counterparts, members will be active in the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses.
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Dancers reveal the total amount of money raised during the final hour of the Big Event in the IMU on Feb. 7. The goal for Dance Marathon this year was to raise $2 million. This is Dance Marathon’s 21st Big Event at UI. (John Theulen/ The Daily Iowan)
Dance, dance against pediatric cancer Every year, thousands of danc- since it started, Dance Marathon has a lot easier to stay on your feet and ers gather in the IMU Ballroom for raised more than $16.5 million. The keep going for that last hour.” Students and community members 24-hours straight. They cannot sleep, first Dance Marathon at the UI was participate in the Big Event, which sit, or drink caffeine — they dance in held in 1994 and raised $31,000. “You just want to sit down, but you takes place in February and is the culDance Marathon’s Big Event. Dance Marathon is the largest stu- hear the family speak, and it gives mination of yearlong work. During the event, students dent organization on have campus and garners ‘You just want to sit down, but you hear the family speak, and it gives you who raised money school-wide, as well as the last little push that you need to complete it.’ for the cause, statewide attention. The — Allie Weis, first-year dancer celebrate the organization focuses on survivors of peraising money and providing support for pediatric oncology you that last little push that you diatric cancer as well as remember the at the University of Iowa Children’s need to complete it,” freshman danc- children who have died. Dance Maraer Allie Weis told The Daily Iowan thon provides food and entertainment to Hospital. This past year, 2,500 dancers raised during Dance Marathon. “Everyone the dancers, ad long as they remaining more than $2 million for the first time around you is pumped up and en- standing throughout the entire event. Throughout the year, students alsince its inception at the UI. In total couraging everyone, and it makes it
so participate in a number of philanthropic events, such as a 5K and volunteering to visit children at the hospital. All the proceeds collected throughout the year are donated to the Children’s Hospital. Dance Marathon is an event colleges and universities across the nation compete in throughout the entire year. Both City High and West High School host their own miniDance Marathons, as well. Students who wish to be a part of Dance Marathon and participate in the Big Event can register to join a Morale Group. Each dancer must raise $400 or more to participate in the Big Event.
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TOP LEFT: Joseph runs onto the stage during his family testoy during the 21st hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Feb. 7. Dance Marathon raised over $2 million for kids with cancer. (The Daily Iowan/Peter Kim) TOP RIGHT: Morale Captain David Iles gets water poured into his mouth during “Power Hour” inside the Iowa Memorial Union on Feb. 7. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores) BOTTOM LEFT: UI student Tori McCoy gets her head shaved furing the 12th hour of Dance Marathon in the IMU on Feb. 7. There were four dancers that shaved their heads onstage for the cause. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert) BOTTOM RIGHT: Two young participants take a break during the 12th hour in the IMU on Saturday, February 7. (TheDaily Iowan/Rachael Westergard)
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Munching through downtown dining Iowa City offers an abundance of culinary choices; here’s where to spend money when you’re in the mood to eat out.
Mesa Pizza, 114 E. Washington St. A unique place to buy pizza by the slice downtown. Its signature attraction is the abundance of strange topping combinations, including macaroni and cheese, quesadilla, and bacon cheeseburger. Mesa is a late-night spot with a robust and flavorful menu.
Atlas Restaurant & Bar, 127 Iowa Ave. Big burritos and slightly more upscale dining are the highlight of this downtown mainstay. Though not cheap, the food here never disappoints customers. The patio and tasteful interior are perfect for treating yourself and/or a couple friends to a more sophisticated dining experience.
NoDo, 5 S. Dubuque St. A local sandwich shop you won’t soon forget. Its menu is vast, and the ingredients are of superior quality. Especially potent is the homemade aioli served on several sandwiches. Everything here is prepared to order, and the drink selection is quite unusual. It also often sells smaller pastries or day-old scones for cheap at the front counter if you are looking for something a little less expensive.
Basta, 121 Iowa Ave. Excellent sit-down and takeout Italian dining downtown. Basta prides itself on the pedigree of its ingredients and the implementation. Especially noteworthy is the brick pizza oven it uses to bake delicious Italian-style pies. Though the prices do not make for everyday dining, it is wellworth checking out.
Joseph’s Steakhouse, 212 S. Clinton St. If you are looking for a good steak house to treat yourself at, Joesph’s fits the bill. The restaurant interior is particularly attractive with tables set through curtain draped rooms. Steak and truffle fries are two excellent dishes you will not regret trying every once in a while.
Donnelly’s Irish Pub, 110 E. College St. Great wings and bar food make up the lion’s share of this downtown eatery. It has custom alcohol-inspired sauces, such as Jameson buffalo, which are sure to
leave you with fond memories. Its chicken sandwich is also particularly good. Keep an eye out for its frequent deals and specials to make the most out of every visit.
Quinton’s Bar & Deli, 215 E. Washington St.
Specializing in sandwiches and soups, this restaurant is worth a closer look. An attractive patio makes warm-weather dining a particularly fun experience. A jukebox is available inside if you feel like customizing the auditory portion of your dining experience. Its bread bowls are also well-made and appetizing.
Forbidden Planet, 111 S. Dubuque St. One of the newer restaurants in the area, it offers a unique dining atmosphere not replicated anywhere else in Iowa City. Coin-operated arcade cabinets crowd the back of the restaurant, sending flashing lights and a variety of chip-tune noises rebounding around the restaurant. It is a must-see for anyone who grew up going to a video arcade.
Airliner, 22 S. Clinton St. A great pizza and sports bar, it offers pizzas for any taste. For instance its Thai Chicken pizza is particularly good, offering an interesting spin on the traditional pizza pie. Big sports games are also regularly broadcast here as a mealtime diversion. Most importantly, though, it boasts the Airliner burger challenge in which participants have 30 minutes to eat a burger weighing in at more than a pound with fries.
Clinton Street Social Club, 18 1/2 S. Clinton St.
A beautifully built interior frames this surprisingly affordable high-flying eatery. Everything from appetizers to desserts is guaranteed to satisfy you. Though much of its menu is rather expensive, many items are within reach of a college budget. Its macaroni and cheese is a really affordable standout menu item.
Bo James, 118 E. Washington St. With a great location in the center of downtown, Bo James boasts burger baskets and beer as their major appeals. The menu consists of classic American food – burgers, chicken, clubs, and fries. Their patio is open when the weather allows and there’s usually a game playing on the televisions.
Patrons dine and play arcade games inside Forbidden Planet. Forbidden Planet opened where the Tobacco Bowl used to stand. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)
The Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. The Mill offers a great menu and extensive drink menu. They recently unveiled their new summer drink selection, all names after literary figures in honor of Iowa City being a UNESCO City of Literature. The Mill regularly hosts musicians, comedians, and local performers.
Mickey’s, 11 S. Dubuque St. Mickey’s is the Irish pub every city seems to have, recognizable by its green décor. They serve sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and salads. The breaded chicken sandwich is a must-have. It has a calmer environment than many of its neighbors, so it’s an ideal choice for a relaxed meal or casual drink.
Erbert and Gerbert, 201 S. Clinton St. Brand new to Iowa City, Erbert and Gerbert is a sandwich shop known for the interesting names it gives its food. It’s menu includes Comet Candy, Girf, Neptune, and Bornk. Located in the Old Capitol Mall, the new restaurant could be the perfect place to grab a quick lunch between classes.
PepperJax, 114 S. Clinton St. PepperJax offers a full menu during the day, but late at night they switch to just serving Philly cheesesteaks and fries, which is all you need. Inside the restaurant, you
can watch the cooks grill your steak and toast your bread while you pick if you want onions, cheese, peppers and onions. It’s great late at night or for lunch.
IC Ugly’s, 210 N. Linn St. IC Ugly’s offers a small menu of mostly pizza and sandwiches, which lets their drink menu shine. They offer daily specials, a dozen beers on tap, and plenty of imports. Twice a month they host karaoke. Their best feature is their shot wheel; spin the wheel and wherever it lands, that’s the shot you and your table take.
Club Car, 122 Wright St. Located right by the old train depot, Club Car is a bit off the beaten path, but perfect for the south side. It has a daily happy hour, appetizers, a classic jukebox, darts, and pool. It’s a much quieter, more relaxed bar than many downtown.
Shakespeare’s, 819 S. 1st Ave. Though not directly downtown, Shakespeare’s Pub and Grill is another option for students looking to escape from the college cramp you can find sometimes in the Pedestrian Mall. They offer $1 tacos on Tuesdays, which is a price that is pretty difficult to beat.
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Making a FilmScene in Iowa City For those looking to take a break from the schoolwork, look no further than Iowa City’s only downtown theater, FilmScene. Andy Brodie and Andrew Sherburne founded the full-time cinema in 2011. Though the theater itself has remained at a cozy 85-seats, the community support of the nonprofit organization has grown immensely. FilmScene, however, is not your ordinary cinema featuring solely mainstream films. The theater is dedicated to showcasing the best in American independent and international filmmaking. FilmScene also has special showcase nights for cult films, such as showings of Ghostbusters or The Big Lebowski, where workers even made specialty drinks. Classic films, documentaries, and even a few pre-screenings are also showed at the cinema. During the inception of the theater, FilmScene partnered with the on-campus student-run organization Bijou Film Board in this effort of educating and entertaining the Iowa City community with film. FilmScene hosts Bijou events like the monthly Open Screen Night, where
young filmmakers get the opportunity to share their creations. But the university link doesn’t stop at Bijou. The cinema also parented with the University of Iowa’s WorldCanvass. The two organizations produce a UI television and radio discussion series. In addition, a scholarship to study abroad was created through the partnership this past spring in which students had to attend free screenings of international films throughout the semester. Though FilmScene’s primary goal is to promote film as an art form, it is also recognized as an enjoyable movie-going experience. With showings nearly every night of the week, students have the opportunity to get away from the daily stresses of schoolwork and relax in FilmScene’s lobby. The lobby not only offers movie must-haves like popcorn and candy, but they also offer a variety of local foods, wines, and beers. Above all, FilmScene offers a supportive community for those wishing to break into the field of filmmaking, or those simply hoping to enjoy a
Customers eat samples and socialize before the showcase begins in FilmScene on April 29, 2014. With programming that entertains, inspires, and educates, FilmScene works to build and connect the community through film. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo) classic art form. As a student at the UI, you get a ticket
discount. A ticket with a valid University ID is $6.50. Adult evening tickets are $9.
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Flagship of the writing programs Aspiring writers looking for a home find themselves at the University of Iowa. The Writers’ Workshop is a renowned writing program founded in 1936 as the first creative writing degree program. The program boasts 17 Pulitzer Prize winners, and several U.S. Poet Laureates. It was also the first creative writing degree program in the United States. The program offers the Master of Fine Arts in English, while allowing students to work improve and learn with established poets and prose writers. The program has hosted several famous visitors, including Robert Frost, Robert Penn Warren, and John Berryman. Lan Samantha Chang is the program director for the Writers’ Workshop. She has published two novels and a collection of short stories. Workshop classes were held in a temporary army barracks near the Iowa River — where the IMU currently stands — for several years after the inception of the program. It was then moved to the English-Phi-
losophy Building in 1966 before settling into the Dey House in 1997. An expansion to the Dey House was added in 2006, the Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives. The addition featured a library and reading room, classrooms, and faculty offices. After the success of the Writers’ Workshop, a new counterpart was created for international writers. In 1967, the UI created the International Writing Program. The program consists of a principal residency that lasts from late August to mid-November. A degree is not achieved from the program; instead, the program fosters new social and cultural fabrics to help contribute to production of any literary work. In addition, participants of the program are encouraged to contribute to literature courses at the UI and across the country. Recently, Writers’ Workshop has not just received attention for being one of the best writing programs in the nation. In 2014, the Writers’ Workshop became part of the storyline for HBO’s
The Dey House Writers’ Workshop is shown under construction on Monday, October 21, 2013, on Clinton Avenue. Only the outside of the building is under construction, the facility is still in use. (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing) show, Girls, after the main character, Hannah Horvath, was accepted into
the program. The UI did not allow the show to film on campus.
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A performer sings during the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Fest. Jazz Fest will take place this year during the Fourth of July.
Summers in Iowa City full of arts The population of Iowa City declines in the summer, when thousands of University of Iowa students return to hometown jobs, but those remaining are rewarded with concerts, festivals, outdoor film screenings, and other warm-weather fun. Summer of the Arts, a local nonprofit organization, has supported some of Iowa City’s most popular festivals, including the Iowa Arts Festival and Iowa City Jazz Festival. Jazz Fest will celebrate its 25th anniversary July 2 through 4 with performances by the Brian Charette Trio, Becca Stevens Band, Julian Lage Trio,
Charles Lloyd, and many more. An even older tradition, Arts Fest, will be held June 5 through 7. The 32nd-annual event will welcome more than 115 artists, both established and up-and-coming, to display and sell their work on Clinton Street, Washington Street, Iowa Avenue, and Dubuque Street. A main stage, which last year hosted the Indigo Girls and Eufórquestra, will offer nightly concerts. As with all Summer of the Arts festivals, a Culinary Row and children’s activities will be available. Apart from adopting these two
large-scale festivals, Summer of the Arts has also established several other events and programs. Perhaps the best known is the Friday Night Concert Series, which will bring more than 20 musicians to the Weatherdance Fountain Stage on the Pedestrian Mall every Friday evening through Sept. 18. The first concert was held May 15 and featured Latin American folk band Inti-Illimani, cosponsored by Hancher. The Free Movie Series welcomes families to the Pentacrest lawn Saturdays after sunset to view movies on a large screen. (This year’s
showings include Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic Park, and Frozen.) Music IC, a four-concert chamber music festival June 17-20, works to celebrate the intersection of music and literature. Another original Summer of the Arts event is the Iowa Soul Festival, now in its third year. Highlighting African and African-American music, food, and dance, Soul Fest will round out the summer Aug. 28 and 29. For more information on these programs and full schedules of events, visit www.summerofthearts.org.
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Activies Board means entertaiment, tradition The Campus Activities Board is known as source for entertainment on campus. Providing students with an alternative to downtown nightlife, the group hosts a variety of cultural and comedy events in addition to planning road trips to such places as St. Louis and Chicago. CAB also aims to grow UI traditions and school spirit, like the homecoming monument it placed on the Pentacrest last fall. Perhaps the largest event is the annual Family Weekend. Occurring during the fall semester, the board plans a variety of activities and entertainment for Hawkeye families to enjoy while visiting their students. Though Family Weekend is a oncea-year occurrence, the group hosts many other nightlife events throughout the year, such as a Haunted House, laser tag, and a Guitar Hero tournament. Each week, it also screens new movies in the IMU at $3 per ticket. These films have usually not yet been released to Blu-ray/DVD, Redbox, or Netflix and evening showings are offered Thursday through Saturday, with a matinee on Sunday.
Members of the Campus Activities Board and the UI College of Engineering set up the homecoming corn monument on Oct. 6, 2014. The monument is 25 feet tall and made completely of corn. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)
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A$AP Ferg performs at the IMU on April 29, 2014 in Iowa City. Ferg, member of the A$AP mob, recently released an album entitled Trap Lord. A$AP stands for “Always Strive and Prosper.” (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing)
SCOPING out the local music scene Last year, famous musical groups such as Neutral Milk Hotel, CHERUB, and Misterwives graced the stage of the IMU, playing in Iowa City for University of Iowa students and others. These artists were among the many that are commissioned to play on campus by the UI’s SCOPE. The groups brings concerts and other entertainment, such as comedians, to campus and the Iowa City community. In previous years, the group brought acts like Matt & Kim, Mac Miller, and
Kendrick Lamar to Iowa City. “We’re kind of a liaison between the university and artists and just trying to bring them to campus,” said Jacobi Lange, a member of the group’s 2014-15 General Committee. “The goal is to bring an eclectic group to campus.” Last academic year, SCOPE hosted such big names as Real Estate, Big Gigantic, and Santah; in the past, it has brought in A$AP Ferg, Sky Ferreira, and Dustin Lynch to perform. Lange said the group is still working on this coming academic year’s
lineup. “There’s always someone working and thinking about the next project,” he said. The music ranges from hip-hop, to country, to mainstream pop, to reflect the musically-diverse popuation in Iowa City — there’s something for everyone. SCOPE also markets as an educational opportunity for students, offering hands-on experience in the music businesses, including music promotion, production, talent buying, finance, marketing, and hospitality. It is a popular organziation for stu-
dents interested in entering the music or entertainment industry, and is the first step for many in that direction. SCOPE shows play in a variety of arenas. The musicians they host often play in places like the IMU Main Lounge, the Englert Theater, or Blue Moose Tap House downtown. “In the music industry experience wins no matter what … [so] it’s good to let these kids get hands-on experience when normally it’s hard to get experience with that kind of thing,” Lange said.
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Flash in a Pan is shown playing at Gabe’s on Oct. 20, 2014. Gabe’s is celebrating its 40th anniversary. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)
Music scene lives on, scales the bars The scene There is a lifestyle interwoven with the prominent bar-hopping scene in Iowa City. That lifestyle involves good music — and not just club tunes, either. One decades-old music venue is the Mill, 120 E. Burlington St. The Mill’s stage area is classy and comfortable. Unlike most places in Iowa City, seating away from the bar is close to guaranteed. It has hosted many different kinds of bands of varying genres, but in terms of atmosphere, it is perfect for live jazz shows and open-mike nights. People interested in sitting at the bar can check out Blue Moose Tap House, though the main stage is in
the back. Blue Moose, 211 Iowa Ave., has plenty of room for crowds of music lovers. Don’t forget to check out the upstairs for DJ dance parties. Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., matches Blue Moose’s room blowfor-blow but with the advantage of having the bar in the same room as the show. Gabe’s — along with its sister venue, the Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St. — hosts bands almost every night of the week as well as an annual Battle of the Bands series. Overall, these venues are less crowded, have excellent drink menus, and hearing loss is less of a risk. They are places to go to enjoy music — aside from the Top-40 songs played at every bar — giving locals a taste of individualism in music.
The bands Iowa City is full of talented artists from all backgrounds, and musicians are easy to find. Here, you can find music of just about any genre, sometimes on the street corner, sometimes in one of the several music venues. Folks just arriving in Iowa City should look for local group John June Year. The members offer a solid rock sound and are a good introduction to the music scene. A music video for the group’s song “Lounge Lizard” can be found online. The song is a good introduction to the band’s work. While searching YouTube, also check out “Who Are You?” by the
Olympics, another local treasure. It is a powerful band that can enrapture whole crowds with its music. When the Olympics shows up at a local venue such as Blue Moose or Gabe’s, expect a lot of dedicated fans and friends to come even when the band isn’t the headliner. Another one of its songs, “Gypsy Blood,” tends to be a popular request. Aside from those rockers, keeneyed fans may occasionally spot the punny name Juan Manbando on posters and events calendars. This being is an actual, combination one-man-band luchador. He must be seen to be believed, and he is quite a talented vocalist and guitarist to boot.
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An Iowa City stage for all Whether you want to see a concert, a play, or even a podcast recorded right in front of you, there is one place that offers any of those three, and much more. The Englert Theater, 221 E. Washington St., which was established in 1912, first started out as a theater that showed plays and even some films. Since then, the theater has gone through several changes. It caught fire in the 1920s, and was rebuilt in a new style to try and compete with the larger theaters that were popping up across the country. In the 1980s, the Englert became a two-screen cinema. In 1999, the doors of the Englert closed. The future of the beloved theater was disputed for five years. A bar owner bought the theater in hopes to turn it into a nightclub. Iowa Citians, however, began a “Save the Englert” campaign to help raise the funds to renovate the theater. The doors of the Englert opened its doors again in 2004. Since then, the Englert has be-
come a main venue for performances in Iowa City. Nick Offerman and Chicago’s improv group Second City — which was a starter for Chris Farley, Joan Rivers, and Steve Carrell — have recently performed at the theater. Ira Glass of This America Life and the ever-quirky Welcome to Night Vale have also recorded podcasts there. In addition, the theater takes part in one of Iowa City’s major festivals, Mission Creek Festival. Real Estate, Shovels & Rope, Father John Misty were several bands who performed at the Englert this past spring. Last year, the Englert celebrated 10 years of non-profit status. The theater, which has a mission to own, opperate, and maintain as community venue, encourages volunteering.Volunteers have sevearl different jobs, such as ushering, taking tickets, and seating patrons. So when you are looking for something new to do Iowa City, be sure to check out the Englert. You never know who you may be able to see.
The marquee at the Englert announces the lecture by journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on March 4, 2013. “I am an American, I am just waiting for my country to realize it,” Vargas said. The Englert hosts many events throughout the year, including comedey shows, plays, and concerts. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)
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The cast rehearses for Into The Woods on April 22. The Christopher Okiishi directed adaptation of the play opened April 24 and ran until May 3rd. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)
Sometimes, all of the city is a stage Although Iowa City may seem like a small town at first, the theater scene in this town is very popular. With an event happening every weekend throughout the year, you will never be short of your theatrical fill.
to showcase as many new works as possible throughout the year, whether it be a Mainstage show or a reading. Tickets for students are $5 for a Mainstage production and free for all other productions.
UI Theater Building
The Englert. 22 E. Washington St.
The University of Iowa Theater Department is known for having four different types of shows: Mainstage, Gallery, Workshop, and Readings. There are five Mainstage productions each year. With a commitment to new works, the departments tries
This theater, in downtown Iowa City, offers hundreds of performances throughout the year including plays, concerts, musicals, lectures, and various other events. The theater is also known to broadcast National Theatre Live and the Bol-
shoi Ballet, giving Iowa City audiences the chance to view taped performances from London and Russia.
before curtain for any unsold tickets. Buying tickets varies in price.
Riverside Theater, 213 N. Gilbert St.
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St.
Riverside Theater, a nonprofit theater located on the North Side, puts on around seven shows throughout the year. Ranging from new works to Broadway plays, Riverside focuses on Actors Equity Association members and bringing professionals into Iowa City. Riverside offers a Student Rush ticket for $20, available 20 minutes
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is a large venue located, obviously, in Coralville. The center puts on various productions throughout the year, ranging from operas to musicals to plays, as well as concerts. The facility is one of the newest theaters in the area, opening in August 2011. Tickets prices range depending on the event and the seat.
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Finding the perfect cup of Joe One of the joys of living in a college town is the myriad coffeehouses, designed for studying, friendly conversation, and early morning fueling. The coffeehouses in Iowa City are perfect ways to support local businesses, while grabbing something to get you through a long day of classes. The downtown Java House, 211 1/2 E. Washington St., is one of the most popular places for students, boasting a narrow but deep-set space, ambient lighting, couches, and a door to the neighboring Heritage restaurant. A locally owned business advertising itself as an “Iowa City ritual,” Java House frequently hosts readings and live performances, making it both a cafe and cultural center. The High Ground Café, 301 E. Market St., is one of Iowa City’s youngest small businesses. Floor to ceiling windows let in natural light, a patio to sit on for nice days, and a fireplace inside for winter. Along with the typical cafe beverages, High Ground sells beer, wine, sandwiches, and paninis. Inside the Old Capital Town Center is T.Spoons, many students’ goto place to kill time between classes and grab doughnuts and coffee. T.Spoons has ample seating and is located near the mall’s Washington Street entrance and bus stop. It’s a great place to grab some coffee, especially if students are coming from the Pentacrest. Other Iowa City coffee sellers include
Uptown Bill’s Coffee House is shown on Sept. 1, 2014. (The Daily Iowan/McCall Radavich) a Starbucks franchise, 228 S. Clinton St.; Bruegger’s, 245 Iowa Ave., which specializes in bagels and Caribou cof-
fee; the small but historic Wild Bill’s inside of North Hall; Uptown Bill’s, 730 S. Dubuque St., which hosts a open-mike
night on Thursdays and shows on Saturdays, as well as a regular Irish music session and ukelele club; and more.
Booking it in Iowa City The University of Iowa is renowned for its writer’s workshop, and Iowa City is an UNESCO city of literature. Whether you’re here for English or Engineering, the city’s bookstores are vital. While textbooks are vital part of a college student’s personal library, Iowa City offers shops to cater to students wishing for a change of literary pace. Prairie Lights opened in 1978 and in downtown Iowa City. Since then, the independent bookstore has garnered national acknowledgement. The establishment invites authors local and abroad to read on their second floor nearly every week. Their
building is located at 15 Dubuque and stocks novels, memories, plays, and more that students of the University require for classes. The store also offers a cafe upstairs. Prarie Lights regularly receives national attention. In 2013, Forbes named Prairie Lights one of the top independent bookstores in the country. The bookstore, opened in 1978, and its series, “Live From Prairie Lights,” was broadcasted on a local radio station. Since its inception, Prairie Lights has been a staple in the Iowa City community, even with the rise of technologies like the Kin-
dle and Nook. Iowa City’s used bookstore, The Haunted Bookshop, has been open just as long. As of 2013 the store is located at 219 S. Gilbert in a building dating back to 1847. Inside the shop keeps its approximately 50,000 titles stored in 10 rooms. The store will often have some of the literature needed for classes and has plenty of books to occupy free time reading. And to satisfy curiosity — the bookshop isn’t haunted. It is named after The Haunted Bookshop, written by Christopher Morley. The store is humorously known for its “ghosts,”
or two cats that roam free throughout the shop. They don’t bite. Iowa Book is located just across from the Pentacrest on 8 Clinton. The store focuses heavily on providing students with anything they might need for classes. As well as textbooks and the like located in their basement, they stock notebooks, calculators, planners, and a number of items students might require for the school year. While this store mostly caters to students in the beginning of each semester as they stock up on textbooks, there are other, popular choices available.
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An Iowa dancer performs during “Riding Mad Horses,” choreographed by Jennifer Kayle on Oct.15, 2014 in the Space Place Theater. Dance Gala is one event the department hosts every year. (The Daily Iowan/Lexi Brunk)
Dancing to a set of higher standards The University of Iowa’s Dance Department, based in Halsey Hall, has earned a national reputation for creative productions and high standards of teaching that place it among the top-10 dance programs in the country. Students working toward a degree in dance have the opportunity to perform in up to 12 productions each year. Degrees in dance include a B.A., a B.F.A., an M.F.A in choreography and a M.F.A. in performance. The department hosts numerous productions, including
performances by the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet. There is also an annual Graduate/Undergraduate recital, Faculty/Graduate show, and Dance Gala. The show takes places in the fall, and tickets are usually around $5 for students, while tickets are otherwise $10-20. The department is known to team up with the UI English, theater, and art students as well. The shows are displays of various emotions the students and audiences all face — insecurity, heartbreak, and rejection. The show demon-
strates talent from both majors and non-majors, including choreographers who are famous for dance. To dance in a performance, students are almost always required to do an audition. Aside from Dance Gala, other opportunities include the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance and collaborative performances in December. The UI Dancer’s In Company, the student performing company, also tours during the spring semester. The show focuses on the dancers acting as “painters” focusing on themes
to paint an image for audiences. But students shouldn’t be fooled — it’s not a show for clichés. This premise for the gala, as well as the department, is based on the idea that art and education are part of the human experience. Faculty members of the department include professional dancers such as department head George de la Peña, an accomplished performer from the American Ballet Theater. Audiences can stay updated on dance events through arts.uiowa.edu.
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Libraries galore bejewel Iowa City Right before you face your first finals week, you will likely find your favorite library. Yes, people have favorite libraries here on the UI campus. It gives students a place to write papers or prepare for upcoming midterms. Which library students study at is a matter of personal preference.
Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.
Though not associated with the university, this is a great resource for studying in the heart of downtown. Membership is free provided you have an address somewhere in Iowa City. Beyond books, the library also rents movies, music, magazines, and video games. Another positive of this spot is huge amount of food options surrounding it on the Pedestrian Mall if you have the urge to take a quick study break. It does tend to close early, however.
Pomerantz Business Library, 320 Pappajohn Business Building Located in the third floor of the business facility, this library offers a large number of group work areas. Though most are located in cubicles, they offer a convenient spot to work on projects. Though small, it still offers a decent number of computers to work on. While there is not much lounge space in the actual library, or books for that matter, the area outside the library also serves as an informal lounge.
Law Library. 220 Boyd Law Building The Law Library is an often-overlooked spot because of its somewhat tricky location. Students bold enough to venture into its depths will find open tables and a variety of cloistered study cubicles. Fair warning, though, some of these cubicles are claimed by law students who might not be too happy to find you occupying them. Otherwise, this is an excellent, normally very quiet or even silent, studying nook.
Main Library This building’s size and location is the main draw for students wishing to get some studying done. At least the first floor is open 24 hours a day. There are banks of computers with
A student utilizes the UI Law Library within the Boyd Law Building. (The Daily Iowan/John Baker) access to almost every program the university has a license for, and it is also linked to a good-sized group of printers. Private conference rooms can be reserved or snagged if they’re empty, allowing you and some friends to study jointly without being disruptive. Screens give students a way to give presentations or put problems up on a board for additional group interaction. The upper floors provide a wealth of available media and have some great, generally quiet, study areas tucked in between bookshelves. A café offers deli sandwiches, drinks, and snacks for a study break. Be warned the main floor and computer labs can get noisy on occasion, and it is often crowded.
Engineering Library, 2001 Seamans Center
A two-floor library of surprising size, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library makes for an excellent secluded study space. The upper floor is primarily occupied by computers
and closed-off group study rooms. Numerous chairs and desks fill the lower floor, which is smartly designed to keep study areas separate. The only problem with this library is the distinct lack of outlets on the lower floor of desks.
Art Library, 235 Art Building West Easily the most beautiful library on campus, it is appropriately located in the art building. Windows offer a beautiful view of the carefully cultivated water and forest outside Art Building West. Furnishings are fabulously modern and lend a sophisticated air to the somewhat limited amount of study space it provides. Computer offers are also relatively slim compared with some of the other larger libraries. It is worth stopping by simply to admire the elaborate and elegant construction of the space.
Hardin Library, Newton Road This four-floor library is massive and
filled with nice remote spots to study alone or in groups. It also offers plentiful opportunities to use computers. Group study rooms, though available, can be hard to find. The organization of the library takes a moment to get used to, but helpful maps are posted to help out. There are some nice views available for those willing to spend a few minutes walking around. Another interesting aspect of this spot is the posted historical works of medical or medically related art.
Sciences Library, Iowa Ave This compact three -floor building is nestled right next to the heart of downtown by The Biology Building. Though modestly sized, the floors continue to open up space-wise as you ascend the building. There isn’t much study space and barely any computers, but what is available is attractively presented. Beanbag chairs are the signature furnishing of this library, with several spread throughout the top two floors. The top floor is particularly nice and offers a good amount of space and pleasant rooftop views.
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Experiencing the air For 30 years, KRUI radio has offered Iowa City an alternative to top40 music stations, as well as a haven for student DJs and newscasters. KRUI began in 1985, and since it first hit Iowa City’s airwaves at 89.7 FM, it has had an effect on the community. Student-run, the station allows University of Iowa students to not only gain a footing in broadcast journalism and radio, but also a creative space in which to experiment. Some notable names have graced the KRUI sound booth since its beginning on April 18, 1985. These include Fun., Al Jarreau, Sharon Van Etten, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps, Seth Meyers, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Jeffery Tambor. KRUI alumni have gone on to forge successful careers, including Academy Award winner and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. KRUI hosts not only alternative music, it provides alternative programming for news and sports. The station also prides itself on offering a wide variety of specialty shows that feature everything from funk to postmodern classical styles.
Although the UI offers courses in radio broadcasting and audio journalism, KRUI hopes to give students of all backgrounds a chance to go beyond the classroom and experience the live atmosphere of broadcasting while still in school. Exposure to these situations allows students to gain confidence in themselves and their skills as they begin to work either on air or behind the scenes at KRUI.
A piece of history Iowa City’s history runs deep. Luckily, there are several museums to showcase the city’s past lives — and all that happen to be in walking distance.
Old Capitol Museum Located in the heart of the campus, the Old Capitol Museum is found in the Old Capitol. Before it was moved to Des Moines, Iowa City served as the capitol of Iowa. When the capital moved, the building became the first building owned by the University of Iowa. In the museum, you can take a tour of the building to see the rooms where some of Iowa’s first laws were drafted. This museum serves as the face of the UI campus.
Museum of Natural History The UI Museum of Natural History is the second-oldest museum in the United States west of the Mississippi River. The museum
was established in1858 when the Iowa General Assembly directed the UI to house specimens from the State Natural History and Geological Surveys in a cabinet of natural history. The museum is currently located in Macbride Hall. When you visit, be sure to take a selfie with Rusty the Sloth, who turned 30 this year. The museum is home to several exhibits. These include the mammal hall, the William and Elanor Hageboeck Hall of Bird, and the Diversity of Life Exhibits, all in Macbride Hall.
University of Iowa Museum of Art The UI Museum of Art is known for having one of the top university collections in the whole country. After the 2008 flood, the museum was moved to the IMU. The IMU location features an expansive installation of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum’s Black Box Theater is also located in the IMU.
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Quarterback C.J. Beathard calls the play to his teammates during the spring scrimmage on April 25. The Iowa offense and defense competed against each other in front of fans in Kinnick Stadium. The offense outscored the defense, 29-28. (The Daily Iowan/Rachael Westergard)
Pivotal year ahead for football What to Know:
Although it had what looked like a favorable schedule on paper, the Iowa football team clawed its way to a 7-6 record in 2014, capped by a 45-28 loss at the hands of Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Although the Hawkeyes went 8-5 the previous season, some fans are getting antsy; Iowa’s last Big Ten title came in 2004, when the Hawkeyes shared it with Michigan. The program’s last big accomplishment came in 2010 in an Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech. Because it’s been four seasons since that win, such words as “stale” and “stagnant” are being
heard more and more from Iowa fans.
Whom to know: Junior quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to be Iowa’s full-time starter this season after two-year starter Jake Rudock chose to play his final season of eligibility at Michigan after graduating in May. Although Rudock got the majority of the playing time and started all but one game, the Hawkeyes seemingly couldn’t pick a quarterback all of last season and decided to go with Beathard in the bowl game. The team’s head coach is Kirk Ferentz,
who has been at the helm of the squad since 1999. Other notable players include running backs Jordan Canzeri and LeShun Daniels, Jr., offensive lineman Austin Blythe, wide receiver Tevaun Smith, and tight end Jake Duzey, who will miss the beginning of the season because of an injury. On the defensive side of the ball, Nate Meier and Drew Ott could be one of the better defensive-end combinations in the Big Ten. Three sophomore linebackers — Bo Bower, Ben Niemann, and Josey Jewell — will likely be the No. 1s when the season begins on Sept. 5 in Kinnick.
Jordan Lomax and Desmond King are the leaders of the defensive backfield.
Looking ahead: This season should tell a lot about the football program. The 2014 squad was young, which played a role in the regression from the year before. This season should serve as a good litmus test showing us where the Hawks match up against the rest of the Big Ten. Put simply, we’ll find out if last year was an overreaction or if Ferentz and Company really are tumbling downhill.
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Men’s hoops are in good hands What to know: The 2014-15 Iowa men’s basketball team made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. The Hawkeyes were defeated in the second round by Gonzaga, which advanced to the Elite Eight. It was a good sign for Hawk fans who rememered Iowa’s loss in the play-in game in 2014. The Hawkeyes’ 12-6 Big Ten record was the best conference record under head coach Fran McCaffery — the previous best was 9-9. And for the third-straight season, the Hawkeyes won 20 or more games.
Whom to know: Iowa will return four starters this coming season. Perhaps the biggest name is forward Jarrod Uthoff, who earned third-team All Big-Ten honors last season. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Mike Gesell, Adam Woodbury, and Peter Jok are the other returning starters. All three will figure to play
bigger roles than they did last season. Along with the returning starters, Anthony Clemmons and Dom Uhl also return; both played significant roles last season. Iowa is also bringing in six new players in, a mix of freshmen and junior-college transfers.
Looking ahead: The 2015-16 Iowa men’s basketball team will face a similar problem to what it did last season. With the graduation of Hawkeye great Aaron White, Iowa will have to retool to take another step forward under now sixth-year coach McCaffery. The good news is that last year proved that replacing a transcendent player such as White is possible; last year’s team exceeded expectations in the wake of Devyn Marble’s graduation. Lots of fans are looking for Uthoff to have a big season and lead the team the way his predecessors, like Marble and White, did. If McCaffery’s track record at Iowa says anything, the Hawkeyes’ future is in good hands.
Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff dunks the ball during the game against Penn State at the Big Ten Tournament in the United Center on March 12. Uthoff had 17-points on the game. The Hawkeyes fell to the Nittany Lions, 67-58. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)
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Women’s hoops reloading, not rebuilding What to Know:
The Iowa women gave themselves one tough act to follow in the 2014-15 season, but head coach Lisa Bluder leads one of the most consistent programs at Iowa, and she has plenty of talent returning in 2015-16, even after graduating Samantha Logic, Melissa Dixon, Bethany Doolittle, Kathryn Reynolds.
In replacing the four seniors from last season, the biggest question is how Bluder will deal with the absence of Doolittle in the post. Kali Peschel has a chance to start in her senior year, and senior-to-be Claire Till projects to receive plenty of minutes in the post as well. Sophomore-to-be Chase Coley, however, is the player who could bring a pleasant surprise to the Hawkeye defense. She is the all-time blocks leader in Minnesota high-school basketball (men’s or women’s), and at 6-3 showed flashes of athleticism and versatility that could make her a dynamic game changer at both ends of the floor. Sophomore-to-be Christian Buttenham and junior-to-be Alexa Kastanek will provide shooting and defense on the perimeter, while sophomore-to-be Carly Mohns will help the rebounding. With another strong incoming freshman class, it should be another exciting year for the Hawkeyes.
Whom to know: Junior-to-be Ally Disterhoft tied for the team lead in scoring with 14.8 points per game in her sophomore season, and she will have to shoulder even more of the scoring load this coming season. The Iowa City native also averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game. Disterhoft will be joined by sophomore-to-be Whitney Jennings, who started 31 of 34 games as a freshman and scored 9.1 points per game with 2.7 assists. Jennings and Disterhoft figure to provide the bulk of the scoring for Bluder in 2015-16.
Iowa guard Ally Disterhoft dribbles the ball against Miami forward Necole Sterling during the second round game in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 22. The Hawkeyes defeated the Hurricanes, 88-70 advancing to Sweet Sixteen in Oklahoma City. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert) Bluder’s bunch will likely see another successful season. It’s hard for fans not to be excited about another
season for the women’s basketball team, especially with underclassmen priming themselves for a great year.
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Tough road ahead for Hawkeye wrestling What to know: A year removed from a runner-up finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, the Iowa wrestling team will again be a force in the Big Ten. But that hope doesn’t come without negativity. Wrestling fans hoped 2014 would be the year the Hawks ended the drought hanging over their heads. The team hasn’t won an NCAA title since 2010. At the time, it was the third-straight championship, but that type of victory isn’t something the Hawkeyes have seen since then.
Whom to know: The defending co-champions of the Big Ten return an NCAA finalist in 133-pounder Cory Clark along with three other All-Americans — Thomas Gilman (125), Brandon Sorensen (149), and Nathan Burak (197). Out of them, Sorensen might have had the most impressive year. The redshirt
freshman finished fourth in the NCAA Tournament after bursting on the scene out of almost nowhere in midseason. Clark will try to rebound after a tough loss to Oklahoma’s Cory Brewer in the finals.
Looking forward: As a team Iowa will still be premier program, but they have some positional questions to answer with the departure of three of their midweight wrestlers. However, the Hawkeyes will have their work cut out for them. Ohio State, which won last year’s national title, could certainly win the title again, though Cael Sanderson and Penn State might have something to say about that. Top to bottom, the Big Ten is easily the best wrestling conference in the country, and while Iowa will fight, it’ll be hard to get to the top.
Iowa’s Nathan Burak wrestles Nebraska’s Caleb Kolb in Carver-Hawkeye on Feb. 10, 2013. Iowa defeated Nebraska, 31-7. (The Daily Iowan/Tessa Hursh)
Women’s tennis gets younger
Men’s tennis eyes bright future
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The Iowa women’s tennis team finished just 2-9 in the Big Ten in 2015 and graduated almost half of its lineup, creating doubts about what direction the program is headed in.
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Sophomores-to-be Zoe Douglas and Anastasia Reimchen are at the head of a younger group, and they will be players to watch this season. Reimchen played at the No. 3 singles position with stretches at the No. 2 spot sprinkled in throughout the 2015 campaign. Getting that experience in is going to be invaluable to her this season and later in her career. With the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players graduating, Reimchen could very well start at No. 1 singles. Douglas received the team’s Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player awards at the team’s
annual banquet. She broke into the singles lineup at No. 6, and showed continual improvement as she progressed to No. 4. She also collected one of the best singles records of the team’s season (6-4, 4-4). Annette Dohanics returns as the team’s only senior, so expect her to have a big year as well. She came up huge for Iowa in a couple matches this past season, and head coach Katie Dougherty noted her ability to clinch tough sets in tight situations.
The Hawkeyes have struggled in the Big Ten in recent years, failing to secure a winning conference record in the past five seasons. This younger team will try to develop skills and bring the Hawkeyes back to above .500 in the conference next season. Realistically, the talented underclassment won’t turn a program around this year, but could down the line.
The Iowa men’s tennis team experienced one of its better seasons in recent years in 2015 — the Hawkeyes were ranked in the top 75 the last 10 weeks of the season. It was also the first year under interim head coach Ross Wilson, who expects to be back next season.
Whom to know: The Hawkeyes graduated two seniors in 2015, losing a big part of the team’s production. Andres Estenssoro and Matt Hagan are gone from the program after four years of service. Hagan was Iowa’s No. 1 player in 2015 and was ranked nationally throughout the entire year. He was named first-team All-Big Ten following the season. Estenssoro saw his role expand toward the end of the season because of injuries to the lineup.
Iowa returns five key parts of its lineup. Senior Dom Patrick will be heir to the leadership role, with four talented sophomores in Lefteris Theodorou, Josh Silverstein, and Jake Jacoby joining him. All were in the starting lineup throughout the year in 2015. Junior Nils Hallestrand, who saw time in the Big Ten tournament last season, will also return for the Hawkeyes.
Looking forward: Despite the loss of Hagan, the Hawkeyes are poised to have an even bigger season in 2015-16. The talented group of now-sophomores has a year under their belt and should take a big step forward. As the sophomores go, so goes the team, and if they compete to the level they are capable of, the Hawkeyes could be a top-five Big Ten team. The future is bright for the men’s tennis team.
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Hawkeye baseball breaks out into postseason What to know: The Hawkeye baseball team is no longer a Big Ten bottom feeder under second-year head coach Rick Heller. The hype around the Hawkeyes is real, and if you build it, he will come. Iowa won at least 30 games in a row for two-consecutive seasons for the first time since 1989 and 1990. This past season, Heller’s squad competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years and won its first postseason game in 43 years. Count on Iowa to continue building into a Big Ten power as Heller’s team’s success accelerates.
Whom to Know: The Hawkeyes don’t hit a lot of home runs, but they do pitch well. Blake Hickman was Iowa’s Saturday starter last season, and the hard-throwing right hander has a
fastball that touched the mid-90s most of the time. Tyler Peyton contributes on the mound with a fastball in the low-90s and a changeup that freezes batters in the box. Then there’s Sunday starter Calvin Matthews, who paints every corner of the strike zone to get outs. He’s a player worth knowing as the Hawks move forward.
Looking ahead: There are big plans for Banks Field in the works. Already fitted with an all turf surface, there is talk of putting grandstands all the way down the baselines as well as improving the concession areas. Expect the on-field product to get better, too. The more the Hawks win, which they’ve done a lot of in the past two seasons, the more the nation will pay attention.
Iowa left fielder Kris Goodman hits the ball during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Target Field in Minneapolis on May 20. The Hawkeyes defeated the Buckeyes, 4-2, to advance and Michigan. (The Daily Iowan/Margaret Kispert)
Softball team hoping for a rebound
Volleyball optimism for future spikes
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center-fielder Sammi Gyerman. She was second in many of those offensive categories and has an excellent awareness in the box. Outside of Gyerman, it’ll be interesting to see who can rebound from a poor year. Starting pitcher Shayla Starkenburg was good for parts of the season but also struggled to maintain control of her pitches. Helping her will be senior catcher Holly Hoffman, who has been around for a number of pitchers and is considered a hugely important part of both the offense and defense.
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Lauren Brobst, who led the team with 2.75 kills per set, is now a junior and the veteran of a strong corps of young hitters. At 6-3, sophomore-to-be Jess Janota was second on the team with 226 kills as a freshman, and fellow sophomore 6-5 Taylin Alm had 1.7 kills per set with a .274 hitting percentage.
Two 30-plus-loss seasons in a row and losing a four-time first-team All-Big Ten selection are not a recipe for success, but it’ll be what the Hawkeyes face at this season. Head coach Marla Looper leads the team as it tries to shake off the losses and losing shortstop Megan Blank, who led the team in nearly every hitting category.
Whom to know: Blank is one of the best softball players to ever come through Iowa’s program. She made the All-Big Ten Team in each of her four seasons at Iowa. She is also the program’s all-time leader in doubles and has the best career batting average in Hawkeye history. But she graduated. And replacing Blank as the teams go-to offensive option will be junior
As far as softball conferences go, the Big Ten is not nearly the toughest. Even with that, the Hawkeyes will still likely be near the bottom of the conference and will need a big jump from this year’s sophomore class.
Head coach Bond Shymansky began his coaching career with the Iowa volleyball team in 2014 by implementing a new culture, and by the end of the season, he saw results on the court. With loads of young talent returning and new talent joining the squad, 2015 could be another step forward for the Hawkeyes. Still, the team finished just 14-17 overall, 6-14 in the Big Ten last season.
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Senior Mikaela Gunderson was the leading blocker for the Hawkeyes in 2014, and she will provide a veteran presence in the frontline. Junior-tobe Alyssa Klostermann will move to the back line and play libero.
Looking Ahead: Shymansky has bolstered his roster with proven collegiate talent from around the NCAA, with transfers Annika Olsen of Georgia Tech, Loxley Keala of Missouri, and Ashley Mariani of Tennesse. The coach should have an exciting blend of youth with experience and veterans with proven ability. The Hawkeyes had their best conference record in recent memory last season, winning six games in the conference for the first time since 2008. The team is still young, but expect it to build upon those improvements in 2015.
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Field hockey hopes to finish strong next season The Iowa field-hockey team will try to improve in 2015-16 after a less than satisfying finish to the 2014-15 campaign. The Hawks will lose a few key names, but they return a largely veteran team with tons of talent that should make noise in the Big Ten. Offense has always been a strength of Iowa’s, a trend that should continue this coming season.
What to know: Head coach Lisa Cellucci enters her second full season as head coach of the Hawks after longtime coach Tracey Griesbaum was mysteriously fired amid allegations of verbal and mental abuse last season. Many on the team have denied the contentions, and three Hawkeyes have entered their names as part of a class-action lawsuit claiming Griesbaum was wrongfully dismissed. On the field, the Hawks limped to a finish in 2014, dropping four of their last seven games after having
won five straight. The Hawks will return 18 of 21 players from last year’s squad.
Whom to know: Senior forward Natalie Cafone will try to finish out her dynamic Hawkeye career on a high note. Cafone was named Big Ten offensive Player of the Year following her second-straight 20-goal season for the Hawks. Junior Steph Norlander and sophomore Mallory Lefkowitz should also bolster the Hawkeye attack next season. It will be tough to replace senior Dani Hemeon, who averaged double-digit goals in her time at Iowa.
Looking ahead: The team still has plenty of offensive firepower to contend in the conference. Norlander and Cafone should both enjoy huge seasons and provide most of the offense for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa forward Natalie Cafone drives the ball down the field at Grant Field on Sept. 8, 2013, against North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Tar Heels won, 3-1. (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing)
Change afoot for the UI soccer team In his first year at the healm, head coach Dave DiIanni maximized the talents of his team, while making adjustments to the program, which lead to another successful season for the UI soccer team. At the beginning of the season, the Hawkeyes were picked to finish near the back at the Big Ten. While DiIanni was successful as a Divsion-II coach, no one was buying that the Hawks would be as sucessful or productive as they were.
What to know: The Hawkeyes went all the way to the Big Ten Tournament championship for the second straight year in 2014, though a return trip will be difficult. Second-year head coach Dave DiIanni leads a squad that will have to deal with losing two of its best players in years — Melanie Pickert and Cloe Lacasse. Those two helped lead Iowa to its first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament in 2013, though they fell just
short of making a return trip in 2014. The team will have to focus on replacing some key players in their lineup to find success again this year.
Whom to know: Iowa will look to juniors Bri Toelle and Natalie Krygier to provide an offensive spark. Toelle played forward for the majority of last season and spent a lot of time putting Lacasse in good position to score. Krygier mostly plays midfielder and defender, but the former Connecticut transfer still had three goals and four assists in 2014. Look for her to also make a number of impressive plays on the defensive side of the field as well.
Looking forward: With such tremendous talent leaving Iowa through graduation, the Hawkeyes will be hard-pressed to find wins in a tough Big Ten. DiIanni will surely be tested with this squad.
Iowa forward Cloe Lacasse dribbles past Fresno State midfielder Peyton Cline at the Iowa Soccer Complex on Aug. 29, 2014. Lacasse scored 2 goals during the match. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)
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Cyclones take Cy-Hawk Series again Spurred by 5-0 start to the year, Iowa State took the Cy-Hawk Series, 15-11, in 2014-15. The schools faced off 13 times over the course of the last season, with each event counting for 2 points, except for football, which counts for 3. The Cyclones began their run in the Sept. 5, 2014, soccer match on their home turf; they went on to claim victories in football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross-country before the Hawks notched their first victory in wrestling. Iowa went on to win six of the next seven contests, but it was not enough to outscore its in-state rival. The Iowa women’s basketball team trumped Iowa State, 76-67. The next day,, the Cyclones emerged triumphant, 90-75, in men’s basketball. In the final game of the 2014-15 sequence, two struggling softball teams squared off with the Hawks trailing, 1311, in the series. The Cyclones prevailed. The two schools entered last season tied at 5 series wins. And prior to it, neither had won twice in a row. Iowa State took its second-consecutive series crown and now holds a 6-5 edge.
Iowa running back Mark Weisman runs against Iowa State at Kinnick Stadium on Sept. 13, 2013. Weisman ended the game 52 rushing yards and one touchdown. Iowa State defeated Iowa, 20-17. (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing)
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Men’s, women’s harriers should be good What to know:
The Iowa men’s cross-country squad closed its 2014-2015 season on a positive note, despite not qualifying for the NCAA Championships. They hosted the Big Ten Championships last season, with an eighth place finish led by then-senior Kevin Lewis. Lewis was a standout athlete for the Hawkeyes as he finished sixth at the conference meet along with being named first-team All-Big Ten. The distance runners also hosted the Big Ten Preview here in Iowa City where four of the athletes clocked top-12 finishes. In its most popular meet of the season, seven runners finished in the top-15. As for the women’s team, it finished 13th out of 32 teams at the Midwest Regional — but has a wealth of talent over the next couple of years.
Whom to know
With the loss of two of the team’s seniors for the men — Kevin Lewis and Ben Witt — look out for the next upcoming athletes to showcase their talent on the surface. Sophomore Michael Melchert showed up
big last season, winning a few races and also staying up with the pack of Lewis and Witt. In addition to Melchert, juniors Ben Anderson and Kevin Docherty are also athletes to look out for in the upcoming season. Cross-Country head coach Layne Anderson also added 13 athletes to add depth to its distance group. The women return their four top runners at last seasons regional: Samantha Zishka, Marta Bote Gonzalez, Carolyn Newhouse and Tess Wilberding. All are juniors this season with the exception of Gonzalez, who is a freshman.
Looking forward Five-of-seven men who competed at regionals in 2014 are back, and will look to put together a season in which they finish in the top half at the Big Ten Championships. Although they placed seventh at the Midwest Regional last season, the losses of Lewis and Witt will be tough to overcome. The women’s team looks strong
The Iowa cross-country team practice at Kent County Park in Tiffin on Sept. 9, 2014. The cross-country team will compete in the Illinois State Invitational on Sept. 12, 2014. (The Daily Iowan/Lauren Muth) for the next couple of years, and is almost certainly a lock to finish in the top ten at regionals this season,
especially if junior Katie Adams can get her 6,000 meter time under 21 minutes.
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Iowa swimmer Chris Freeman races down the pool during the men’s 100 fly in the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center during the Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 6, 2014. (The Daily Iowan/John Theulen)
Men’s swimming dives ahead What to know: Iowa hosted both the men’s Big Ten and NCAA Championship meets this past season, a huge draw for both the university and community. The Hawkeyes scored only a handful of points at the NCAA Championships and placed eighth at the Big Ten meet, but they qualified a handful of swimmers as well as a diver.
The men’s team is on the rise, but it will need a big recruiting class to continue to move up the Big Ten ranks.
Whom to Know: Diver Addison Boschult conquered the tower at the NCAA Championship meet to score Iowa’s only points. Boschult qualified for the consola-
tion final on the tower and was named an honorable mention All-American. Junior Roman Trussov qualified for the NCAA championships in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and Iowa returns medley relay members Jackson Halsmer and Jerzy Twarowski.
Looking ahead: The
swimmer, Grant Betulius, to graduation, so someone will need to fill the big shoes of the best backstroker the program has ever seen. It’s not an easy job, that’s for sure. The Big Ten is only going to get better next season, with Michigan always a perennial power and Ohio State, Indiana, and Wisconsin all building very solid programs. Iowa will need to find a leader to have a quality season.
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Tracksters continue to improve What to know: The 2015 season for the Iowa men’s track and field team got off to a solid start. Despite the loss of one of its great sprinters and relay champion, the men earned seventh place at the indoor Big Ten Championships and even sent three athletes to nationals. Each athlete also earned an honor. Once the outdoor season came around, the men still continued to succeed. The U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Associations ranked the men No. 25 in the nation. The men’s relay squads continued to put up big-time marks as well. In addition to that, many athletes finished with personal bests and broke school records, and a few of the men either won events in the outdoor season, or were runners-up.
Whom to know: Junior Aaron Mallett has been a force on the men’s side in both the indoor and outdoor season. Indoors in 2015, he was a Big Ten runner-up in the 110 hurdles, competed at nationals to earn sixth place
along with an All-American honor, and continued to stay fourth in the nation in his signature event and first in the Big Ten. Mallet also is a leg on the 4x100 relay squad. In the outdoor season, Mallett was one of five Hawkeyes to earn an invitation to the NCAA Finals in June, including junior Vinnie Saucer Jr.
Looking Ahead: The return of Mallett and Saucer is huge. Both of them competed individually at 2015 nationals as well as on the 400-meter relay. While that relay team did graduate Keith Brown, senior Bobby Thompson is back with his two standout peers, and the group figures to be formidable again this season. The team also graduated Babatunde Amosu, a London native who competed in the 2015 nationals in the triple jump, but the squad returns a solid group of jumpers led by senior Kenny Dean Jr. In addition, Mitch Wolff returns to the team for his senior season. After earning a trip to the finals in June in the 400-meter hurdles, he adds another experienced
Iowa runner James Harrington hands off the baton to teammate Keith Brown in the 4x100 meter relay during the Musco Twilight at the Cretzmeyer Track on May 2. (The Daily Iowan/John Theulen and gifted returner for a Hawkeye team
poised to add to last season’s success.
Young talent fuels women’s track and field What to Know
The 2015 season got off to a slow start for the women’s track and field team. The indoor season was less than impressive; the team took last place at the indoor Big Ten meet. However, once the outdoor season came around, the team started to put some things together. Numerous Hawkeyes landed spots in the top 48 nationally in their events, automatically qualifying them for nationals. A majority of the women’s squad will return for the Hawkeyes, because the team will only say goodbye to five seniors.
Whom to Know: Senior-to-be MonTayla Holder has continued to improve in her years as a Hawkeye. Holder spent most of the 2015 outdoor season ranked as one of the top-20 400-meter hurdlers in the nation. She was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team that won a
Big Ten title in 2014. Senior-to-be Lake Kwaza has broken 31- and 30-year-old school records in the 60 meters and 100 meters, respectively, in the past two seasons. Kwaza’s time of 11.40 in the 100 meters — at the Mount SAC Relays — moved her up in the national rankings to No. 13. Additionally, Kwaza ran a leg in the Big Ten meet 4x100-meter relay alongside Holder.
Looking Ahead: This team had its share of struggles last season, particularly indoors. The team did, however, gain momentum in the outdoor season. Two juniors-to-be, Brittany Brown and Elexis Guster, earned invitations to the NCAA Finals in June. Along with Holder and Kwaza, the four give the Hawks a strong core to build on for the 2015-16 season. And with a wealth of young talent, Iowa should have a lot to look forward to.
Iowa junior Kaitlyn Nelson passes a competitor during the women’s distance medley during the Drake Relays on April 25. The Iowa women finished last in the event. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)
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Gymnastics teams continue to rise What to Know: After reaching the team finals at the NCAA Championships for the second time in three years, head coach JD Reive continues to build Iowa men’s gymnastics into an elite program heading into his sixth season at the helm. The team finished sixth in the NCAA finals last April, and this coming season is loaded with talented upperclassmen. As for the women’s team, they earned a top-25 ranking for the first time since 2011, ending last season ranked No. 23. The GymHawks finished in fifth place at the Auburn NCAA Regional with a score of 194.475.
Whom to Know: While the program graduated Lance Alberhasky, Will Albert, and Brandon Field in May, the Hawks will return seniors Matt Loochtan, Del Vecchio Orazco, Jack Boyle, and Doug Sullivan, just to name a few. Talented sophomores-to-be Dylan Ellsworth, Austin Hodges, and Elijah Parsells are now experienced. And juniors-to-be Cory Paterson and Andrew Botto each carry the potential to be in the top tier of gymnasts in the Big Ten. Boyle and Loochtan, aside from
being the team’s top returning all-arounders, were both been named All-Americans on the still rings, the team’s strongest event in 2015. Paterson and Ellsworth took on large roles last season as youngsters, and they figure to improve in their events after a long off-season of intense training. Ellsworth could fill one of the voids left by Alberhasky and Albert on the rings. The other space is up for grabs, with the likes of Paterson and Hodges likely to be options. The GymHawks return several key athletes, including juniors Angel Metcalf and Mollie Drenth and senior Alie Glover. The team will, however, make up for the losses of Sydney Hoerr, Johanny Sotillo, and Caitlin Tanzer, all of whom graduated in May.
Iowa gymnast Del Vecchio Orozco competes on the pommel horse at the Black and Gold intrasquad meet in the Field House on Dec. 6. The Black team defeated Gold team, 253.55 to 251.40. (The Daily Iowan/Valerie Burke)
Expect the Hawks to be back among the country’s top teams, especially after losing just three athletes to graduation. In the squad’s shakiest event — the pommel horse — it returns its entire lineup. The biggest concern for the team may be on the vault, where it will be without
two of last season’s stalwarts. Typically a weakness for the program, in 2015, it was Iowa’s second best event. The group finished just sixth at the Big Ten Championships last year before making its run at nationals. But as the program continues to come
into form under Reive, the Hawks should build upon the success of last season’s NCAA Finals performance. The GymHawks will look to build off the strong 2015 season to stay nationally ranked and earn their fifth trip to the postseason in nine years.
Hawkeye golf teams ready to tee off What to Know Iowa women’s golf finished off the 2014-15 season by placing 10th out of 14 teams at the Big Ten Championship. Although this wasn’t the finish that the team wanted, the team has some promising players that will help lead them to victory in the future. The men’s team finished strong, placing sixth out of 14 teams at the NCAA Yale Regional.
Who to Know The Iowa women’s golf team is led by Megan Menzel, who took the reins as head coach five years ago in the 2011-12 season after being the teaching professional at Denver Country Club from 2009-11. Sophomore-to-be Elisa Suarez held
the team’s lowest average score of 76.4 and has a season low of 70, making her the most consistent golfer on the team. She shot at or below par in four tournaments this past season, with one top-10 finish and two top-20 finishes. Junior-to-be Jessie Sindlinger held the second lowest average score at 76.5 and tied with then-senior Shelby Phillips for the lowest round, shooting 68 in the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Sindlinger shot at or below par in three rounds this past season, with two top-20 finishes as well. Senior-to-be Amy Ihm has also been consistent. The three-year veteran is just behind Suarez and Sindlinger in lowest average score at 76.7 and has shot at or below par in three rounds this past season. For the men’s team, junior Carson Schaake won a share of the Big Ten
Championship in 2015, vaulting him into the Big Ten’s top golfers. And fellow junior Raymond Knoll is another name to watch, as he and Schaake have done nothing but improve since they came to Iowa.
tender for the Big Ten title this season. It takes more than two to contribute in team accomplishments, so the play of Sam Meuret could be an x-factor in the 2016 season.
Looking forward The Hawkeyes didn’t play as well as they wanted to this spring, placing ninth of 12 teams in the Lady Buckeye Invitational and 10th of 14 teams in the Big Ten Championship. The team is getting better with solid veteran golfers such as Ihm and Sindlinger to lead the way along with promising sophomores Suarez and Jessica Ip. The duo of Schaake and Knoll, assuming their ascension persists, make the men’s team an obvious con-
Iowa’s Brian Bullington swings during the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational at Finkbine on April 14, 2013. The Hawkeyes finished second behind Kansas in the tournament. (The Daily Iowan/File Photo)
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Fans gather at a private tailgate on Melrose Court on Nov. 22, 2014, before Iowa’s game against Wisconsin. (The Daily Iowan/Joshua Housing)
28 tailgates later Danny Payne firstname.lastname@example.org Pregame Editor
Welcome to Iowa City; I hope the next four (my parents wouldn’t let me have more than four) years are everything you ever hoped and dreamed they’d be. And if you do it right, tailgating will be one of the biggest reasons for that enjoyment. Now, between working for the Associated Press and The Daily Iowan, I’ve been up in the Kinnick Stadium press box
for virtually every Iowa home game since my freshman year. But drawing from limited personal experience and help (a fair amount of which comes via Snapchat stories I remember viewing while high above the Kinnick turf) from friends, hopefully, this will give you a basis of what to expect. If your dorm is anything like the first floor of Rienow was in the fall of 2012, a few of your floormates will be sure to do their best to get the tailgating festivities going as early as possible, which is a good thing. As is typical, the alarm will go off around 6 a.m. for an 11 a.m. kickoff or 8:30 for a 2:30 p.m. kick. For the two night games this year, I invite you to pick your own poison. Once you’re up and ready to go, the experiences can differ. Some people live and die with the tailgates that fraterni-
ties host. Those may or may not involve higher levels of college-kid activities than other types of tailgates. Personally, my parents enjoy making the three-hour drive from Chicagoland as often as possible to act as if they’re in college again. If your parents do this, be sure to take full advantage of their food and drink (use solo cups). Your roommates and friends will appreciate it, too. Because tailgates not involving parents are usually light in the food department, be sure to grab a bite on the way to Kinnick or to the downtown bars (don’t watch the game in a small, cramped dorm room). There are plenty of options around Kinnick, and you have to try a “Big Ass Turkey Leg” at least once before you graduate. If you choose to go the bar route, the kitchen will likely be slammed,
but if you do manage to get a platter of wings, you will become everyone’s new best friend (Sorry, Martha). If you do go to Kinnick, you’ll pay too much for food and will still be hungry afterwards. That’s just the way it is. Once the game is over, a nap is usually in play. Not bedtime, a nap. You may be exhausted the next day, but for no reason should you stay in on Saturday night because you tailgated that morning. Trust me, getting a full day’s experience is well worth it. If it takes you four years to get a degree, there will be 28 football Saturdays during your time as a student. Yes, school is important, and you’ll have to sacrifice 28 days of studying (you’re crying, I know). But once you look back after four years, I promise you won’t regret it one bit.
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