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Some African-American and Latino students say they seek each other for support instead of University of Iowa diversity programs. That comes as a new Hechinger Report study shows many flagship universities across the country with relatively low African-American and Latino student enrollments, but he University of Iowa with a slight rise in first-time degree-seeking students from those minority populations.
? The mix of University of Iowa students but also non-student, would-be homeowners who want to live in or near downtown Iowa City is out of balance, city housing and urban planning experts say. This IowaWatch Connection podcast takes you to people trying to change that. Read more: This IowaWatch report explains the problem in depth.
A new Hechinger Report study shows many flagship universities across the country have low enrollment of African-American and Latino students, yet the University of Iowa shows a slight rise in first-time degree-seeking students from those minority populations. That doesn’t mean work still needs to be done for better diversity, students interviewed said.
At Bahia Honda the mosquitoes were so thick no one slept for two nights. And, although the insects were annoying, the group of Iowans from a “floating marine biological laboratory” were in the midst of an experiment that would produce a trove of valuable information. It was the spring of 1893. Charles C. Nutting, a State University of Iowa (SUI) zoology professor, led a team from Iowa to Cuba and the Bahamas traveling on a floating laboratory. The group consisted of teachers and students from SUI and other colleges, as well as a doctor, attorney and journalist.
Each Thanksgiving we like to bring out this news quiz about Thanksgiving weekend football at Iowa colleges, given that the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College football teams are on the schedule this year. The state of Iowa’s history of Thanksgiving football goes back quite a few years. How far? Find out in this IowaWatch news quiz.
A scab on the memories of lots of Americans was yanked off last week with the airing of the first segments of Ken Burns’ new documentary on the Vietnam war. The film brought to life the horrors and heartbreak of Vietnam and those events from 50 years ago that divided our nation like it has been divided few times in U.S. history. Randy Evans
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Each day’s installment of Burns’ history lesson — coupled with the headlines from that day’s news reports — had me reflecting on the current tensions with North Korea, on the rhetoric coming from our president and dictator Kim Jong-un, and on the potential for cataclysmic consequences from this nuclear age showdown.
They were born in the United States and consider themselves full-blooded Americans. But the fact that their parents immigrated to this country means first-generation Americans often have to explain their ethnicity, and citizenship.
New York City in 1919 was home to quite a few University of Iowa grads; and on Saturday night, December 27, a reunion was held at the English Tavern on East 41st Street. Vilhjalmur Stefansson was there to join the group in singing “Old Gold” and to hear Dr. William B. Guthrie, president of the New York Alumni Association, welcome attendees.
Student-run college newspapers in Iowa are feeling newspaper industry trend repercussions, reporting fewer print readers but increased online readership as young readers increasingly get their news from digital sources.