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Florida Georgia Line review

Florida Georgia Line review

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Copy Editor
April 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The award-winning country duo Florida Georgia Line (FGL) made their second stop in Iowa in the past 10 months, this time in the UNI-Dome as part of the “Dig You Roots” tour on April 21. Fans went crazy as the pair, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, descended onto the stage from elevated platforms and ...

Letter to the Editor: Veteran responds to ‘Military Violence’

Letter to the Editor: Veteran responds to ‘Military Violence’

April 24, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Last Monday, the Northern Iowan published an opinion piece that infuriated me to the point of writing this response. I consider myself, normally, rather mild mannered, but the offensive comments therein were reprehensible. In the referenced article, the author chose to end her argument by calling the...

Trump admin. should tread lightly

Trump admin. should tread lightly

JOSHUA DAUSENER, Opinion Columnist
April 20, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Throughout the past couple weeks, President Trump and his administration have shaken up American foreign policy. First came the strike on Syria, in which Trump authorized the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Syrian regime targets. Soon afterwards, the US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in...

Guest column: Protecting yourself as a renter

Guest column: Protecting yourself as a renter

CARA STRIKE, Guest Column
April 20, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Editor’s note: Iowa Legal Aid is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides legal help to low-income, elderly and disabled Iowans. Cara Strike, of Iowa Legal Aid, pens a column explaining how students can protect their rental deposits. As seniors are all too aware, the final days of the sch...

Columnist pens farewell

Columnist pens farewell

KYLE DAY, Opinion Columnist
April 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Editor’s note: Kyle Day joined the Northern Iowan (NI) columnist staff one year ago. He has written some 20 articles on politics, free speech religious liberty and sexual assault, among other topics. This is his final solo column for the NI.    As my time in the Masters in Public Policy program will come to an...

Obama, Trump have ‘desensitized’ us to military violence

Obama, Trump have ‘desensitized’ us to military violence

ABBI COBB, Opinion Columnist
April 17, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

I remember how pleased and even excited I felt when listening to Barack Obama discuss his goal to reduce the number of American combat troops on ground. I was naïve enough to equate such statements with a reduction in US military violence and an eventual end to the country’s involvement in conflict a...

Never Forget: Court seat was stolen

Never Forget: Court seat was stolen

JOSHUA DAUSENER, Opinion Columnist
April 13, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

On Monday, Judge Neil Gorsuch became Justice Neil Gorsuch as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was sworn in at the White House Rose Garden. The ceremony marked the end of 14-month partisan struggle to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. I do not have a problem with Neil Gorsuch himself. Gors...

‘Bad Studies’ columnist responds

‘Bad Studies’ columnist responds

KYLE DAY, Opinion Columnist
April 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I have experienced more feedback from my article about sexual assault and bad social science last week than any other piece I’ve written. First off, what took you all so long? I’ve made far more controversial claims in my past year as a Northern Iowan columnist (at least, I thought so, until t...

Columnist writes in defense of offensive speech

Columnist writes in defense of offensive speech

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Copy Editor
April 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion

The Northern Iowan (NI) opinion page and social media sites have recently blown up with replies to a March 30 column, but I believe some online responses were directed at the wrong entity. Not only were some people expressing their discontent with the column in question, they also seemed to be under t...

Atheist movement getting it wrong, says atheist student

Atheist movement getting it wrong, says atheist student

ANONYMOUS, Guest Column
April 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion

I am writing today in regard to the atheist movement, its current status and where it should go moving forward. Atheism and agnosticism are on the rise in the United States and in Iowa. A 2014 Pew Religious Landscape study found that 23 percent of Americans do not consider themselves affiliated with a re...

LTE: NISG President responds to columnist

HUNTER FLESCH and JARED RITER
April 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion

As you are aware, an opinion article was written last week regarding issues surrounding sexual assault and misperceptions related to it. As brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon we are writing to explain the importance of sexual assault awareness campaigns. We want to make something abundantly clear — the victim is...

‘Bad studies’ column misguided ‘mansplaining’

‘Bad studies’ column misguided ‘mansplaining’

ABBI COBB, Opinion Columnist
April 6, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Showcase

The following piece is in response to Kyle Day’s “Bad studies don’t help rape victims.” In the article, Day recklessly addresses the “1-in-5” statistic regarding the prevalence of campus-related sexual assault. In a perplexing attack on the research behind this particular statistic, Day ...

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